Saturday, March 31, 2012

Texas Bluebonnets Are In Bloom

It's not all about physical health. Gotta have some fun too :-) We drove to Ennis, Tx today and toured the Texas Bluebonnet Trail. A-MAZ-ING!

And there were some animals out there too!
These are elk??? Maybe?? Really have NO idea, but look at the furry horns!
These are goats hearding themselves through the fence to the next pasture.
A beatiful day that I am thankful to have been able to take in.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Back Sliding and Creepy Mustache Monster Man, integrity. Defined in a sermon I once heard as doing the right thing, even when nobody is looking. So, what is it called when you do the wrong thing when somebody IS looking? Back sliding, I suppose. Kevin saw the whole thing...all month long! I have not really had a consistent month, as far as eating right. I would say I had a 75% success rate, where in the months before I was knocking it out of the park at almost 100%. I'm gonna need to regroup! It's amazing to me how much stress zaps my resolve for consistency. Not just in eating, but sleeping, exercising, and other stuff. I'm sure that's normal on some level, but I really do need to regroup. Glad tomorrow is my Friday, and I'm leavin' town for some Tulsa time this weekend.

Also, this evening, Kevin and I saw Needs-to-eat-a-hamburger guy from the gym out in the neighborhood running. What an awkward runner!! He was all hunched over and looked like he was almost limping, and his arms were wagging all over the place. Dude has a new nick-name...Creepy Mustache Monster Guy. He has a mustache now too. It's too big for his face, very scragly. NOT THAT I'M JUDGING ANYONE...AT ALL!!!!! And, he DOES still need to eat a hamburger! NOT JUDGING!!!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pictures From Honduras

I figured I would share more about Honduras than the fact that there might be parasites in the water. I went twice, once in December 1996, and then returned in May 1997 and stayed through September 1997. Here are some of the adventures. In these pictures, my hair is short because it was growing back in. I had finished my chemo treatments in August 1996.

My host family, Calvin and Linda Henry. Mr. Henry and my dad traveled to Columbia, doing mission work, back in the 80's before it was the drug/crime capital of the world.
Typical Honduran scenery seen on the way to missions in the mountains.
I helped out with translation in the clinics we visited.
And,here's a monkey :-)

A group came from ACU, headed by Harland Rall. Mr. Rall is another friend of my dad, also involved in mission work together.

This is the scenery at the school where we set up a clinic for the local village. The next pics show the set up of what we did most places we went.
Church groups would come in for one week, and have various missions. I don't have any pics of the homes that were built, but there was always a group building homes in addition to the medical mission.
Non-medical, non-spanish speakers removing lice from children's heads.

A typical triage scene at the school. Edwin Goodwin is on the left, and was in charge of the Clinica Amicus at the Baxter Institue, where I was living.
This is a nurse that came with a group from Tennessee, helping out with blood pressures on other vitals.

This is Edwin's wife, whose name I don't remember. She was the pharmacist, and is handing out meds to the locals.
I have no idea why I would have picked up some random rodent, but then again, I drank the water too.

That sums it up :-)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Adrenal Glands...Little Toboggans On The Kidneys

Apparently, one can put too much stress on their body. And, apparently, eating unhealthy foods, hosting a parasite for 14 years, not drinking enough water, combined with the normal daily stressors of work and home is too much stress on the particular, my body. Enter adrenal gland malfuntion.

On a side note, apparently the maker of the toboggan was inspired by adrenal glands.
Here's a picture of adrenal glands

Here's a picture of a toboggan

Anyway, adrenal glands make adrenaline. I didn't konw that. Funny thing is that when Doc Brown said adrenal gland, I heard a word with renal in it and freaked out. I work for a dialysis clinic, where people come for 4 hour treatments, 3 times a week in order to survive having End Stage Renal Disease...aka. kidney failure. Apparently, just because they sit on top of the kidneys, does not mean I'm starting to have kidney failure. May have overreacted there a bit. Eh, whatever :-)

Apparently, I have overworked my tobbogans over the past several months, and they have run out of gas. Nothing left in the tank. This explains why I am still so tired all the of the reasons. My thyroid is also out of whack. Doc Brown has me on vitamin B supplements. They're like a spa day for the toboggans. A soothing massage to get them ready for action once again.

In hind-sight, apparently, I should NOT have consumed the water in Honduras. Eh, whatever :-)

Number of times the word "apparently" was used = 6
Apparently, redundancy is my motto for today. 7

Friday, March 2, 2012

Time To Celebrate!!

I've lost 20 pounds! Who'da thought I could do that?! Certainly not me. I really haven't been motivated to actually lose weight during this whole thing, however, it's obvioulsy not a bad thing. The conversation with Doc Brown went something like this:

Me: "So, just so I can hear it out loud...this diet is not because of the parasite, but a lifestyle change for the rest of my life that I was tricked into?"

DB: "'s a lifestyle change you'll need to follow, or you can not follow it, and have to come see me every month for the rest of your life with something wrong."

Me: "I was tricked."

DB: "Ok" (insert devious smile)

So, on an obvious note, I feel so much better since I've started seeing him, that I'm going to accept the trickery that got me here. He did say that eventually, "NOT NOW", I'll be able to experiment with some foods (wheat, soy, corn, grains, sugar, etc.) to see what my sensitivity level actually is.

Back to the celebration...20 pounds!!! Holla!! Maybe it's because it's been 8 weeks since I've had anything sweet, but this was one of the best brownies EVER! It was topped with chocolate mousse, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. FABULOUS! I had no problem digging in!