Category: Life

Life

Firewall

I know it’s just a movie, and I shouldn’t let this get to me. I have a problem with the ages of the actors in this movie. Harrison Ford is going to be 64 in 2006. Virginia Madsen is in her 40s. In the story, they have two young children. I don’t know what the statistics are, but it bothers me that they didn’t choose a younger actor to play the lead, making the situation more realistic. There’s nothing cute about starting a family at 60. In fact, I think it’s irresponsible. Give Harrison Ford some grandpa roles.

3 Miles!

I did 3 miles today. No small feat for me, being on dex. But I pushed myself. I didn’t let myself turn into my driveway and go home when I passed. I also did 1/2 hour of leg exercises. I can’t manage upper body stuff right now. Whenever I try, my right arm hurts. It may be different now that I’m on dex. That seems to get rid of my aches & pains. I should talk to the doc about it though. When I had my first xrays, there appeared to be a tiny dark spot on my right humerus, but nobody ever said anything about it. It was circled on a few of the films. I never asked, not wanting to think there was anything wrong, of course!

Exercise

I’ve been trying to exercise more every day. Before, I would let myself get away with once around my neighborhood, which is .6 miles. Now I go twice around. I try to go around at least 3 times a day. I have this weird thing that happens when I exercise! I smell a pretty strong ammonia smell afterwards. I don’t know if it’s something just I can smell, or if other people can smell it, too? What do I do? Ask people to smell me? Yikes.

In addition to the walking, I do these leg exercises for 20-30 minutes a day. When spring comes, and I can swim, I’ll work on upper body strength. The dex can really do a number on your legs, so I’m paying close attention to that.

Before I had MM, I tore out the ACL in my right kneee. I had PT before a few surgeries. The last surgery was a patellar tendon graft. It has held up fine. The first time I went for PT though, my legs were very strong. the therapist asked, “Why are you here?” I explained. But while they were checking over my gait and measuring things, they talked to each other about how muscular I was. Well, that’s not the case anymore. I hope I can get that back. I realize it will take some hard work, and I’m willing to do that now. I’m only 44, and am not ready to become an invalid!

Relay for Life

We’re trying to get the Moore County, North Carolina Relay for Life off to a start. There have been some obstacles. I’m hoping we can find a venue soon. There’s a lot of work to be done! If you’re a Moore County, North Carolina cancer survivor and would like to participate, please visit the web site: http://www.moorecountyrelay.org/. Register and you’ll be contacted. If you’re a company and would like to sponsor the event, we’d love to hear from you!