This week I’m going to answer the question where has Max been and what has he been up to. I’m also going to tell you about a new podcast that I just started. I hope this is the beginning of a whole new chapter for me.
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Leading You Out of the Darkness episode 001
Where has Max Been and What Has He Been Doing
For those who know me, or for anyone who has been reading my blog for very long; you know that I am a firm believer in the importance of good health to your ability to succeed at anything. This is true whether we are talking about starting a business, getting a degree, learning a language, or losing weight. And its not just your physical health that is important. You also need to pay attention to your mental, emotional, and spiritual well being.
I wrote a great two part post about this last year. You can read part one here.
And this is a link to part 2.
I also discussed my journey to good health in my ebook Leading You Out of the Darkness Into the Light
I started dragging
I honestly thought all my health issues were behind me. I mean I eat right, exercise regularly, take my vitamin supplements, get plenty of sleep, visit my doctors regularly, etc. But a few months ago I started to feel tired out. I was having a hard time finding the energy to keep up with all my work for both my websites, their blogs, blog commenting, doing radio shows, and promoting my work. I even had trouble finding the desire to ride my stationary bike or walk on my treadmill.
Maybe I hit the wall
I actually thought I might have hit the wall. You know that point that all online business owners have heard about and most wonder about. I thought have I reached that point where I just don’t have the energy or the desire to keep going. I don’t see myself as a quitter, so my decision was to find out if there was some medical reason for me feeling this way.
Eliminating sleep apnea
I have sleep apnea, and it will always be with me; so the first thing I thought was there must be something wrong with my cpap machine. I mentioned this to my primary care physician Dr. Christina Ho from Lone Star Family Health care. She said that the first step would be to order a new sleep study. I thought we would start with checking the machine. But apparently its easier to get my insurance provider to pay for test than it is to get them to pay for equipment.
I don’t mind the sleep study. You stay in what amounts to a hotel room with no one to share the bed or the tv with. Yes, they put those sensors all over you, but I don’t mind them. The only part I mind is when they remove them and that tape rips off of your skin and you are left with gunk in your hair where they attached some of the wires.
Resetting the cpap machine
So, after the sleep study; they determined that my machine did need to be reset. They said it was at 11 and needed to be raised up to 13. I thought they would have to reset the machine. They said no we could do it ourselves. So I called my brother Patrick into my room to get him to change the settings.
We found out two things about the unit. First, it wasn’t set on 11. It was on 5.5 exactly half what I should have been getting. This is just another example of how blind people and devices with touch screens but no speech don’t mix. We figured that the machine got reset by one of the thunder storms we have all the time here.
The second thing we learned is that Patrick could put it back to 11, but he could not raise it past that number. I imagine it is a safety device. I do know they had to write a prescription to have a home health care person come out to change the level.
That wasn’t it
So, I started sleeping with the updated machine and hoped that would take care of my problem with not having enough energy. But the problem persisted. I still didn’t have an idea what was going on until a few weeks ago.
Maybe it was my arthritis
I have arthritis in my right shoulder right knee, and lower back. About the time we started getting all that rain that lead to the flooding I noticed that the pain in my shoulder was getting worse. I went from taking tylonol after exercising to having to take it to fall asleep at night. And when the tylonol wore off, I would wake up and have trouble falling back asleep.
I checked into natural remedies and read posts about foods that can help with arthritis and inflammation in general. Fish was one of the top recommendations. I realized that I was out of my omega three fish oil and had been for a while. I was taking so much of it that my doctor gave me a prescription for a more concentrated version. When I called to get it refilled I mentioned the increased pain to her nurse. I’ve learned that you don’t hold anything back from your doctor.
A solution is found
Even though I wasn’t due for my annual physical for several months, she decided to bring me in for a good check up. While there, she did some tests on me for flexibility and range of motion. She surprised me by saying that she didn’t believe it was the arthritis. She said I have severe tightness in the muscles of my neck back and shoulders.
Her prescription surprised me a little. She first asked when was the last time I had a massage. I had to tell her that I’ve never had a massage. She then told me that I should use heat, massage, and physical therapy. She also prescribed naproxen. Since I am a gastric surgery patient, she gave me one with a buffer; and so far I’ve had no issues with my tummy.
She did order blood work just to be sure. She wanted to make sure my CLL was under control. She also wanted to rule out the possibility I might be anemic or low in one of the vitamin b group. The blood tests all came back in the normal range including my white blood cell counts. Well, that one wasn’t normal, but it was within a range we are comfortable with for now.
I haven’t managed to get that massage yet, but I’m open to the idea. I used to rub my dad’s neck, shoulders, hands, and scalp to help him keep going; but I’ve never thought of having it done for me. Have also never had a girlfriend or family member offer to do it. As for the physical therapy I’m still fussing with the insurance company to find someone that is on my plan.
Feeling the effects of the treatment
I do know that within two days of starting to take the naproxen before bed I started sleeping longer and deeper and feeling more rested. I have gotten more done. I returned to writing posts for my own site as well as visiting the sites of my blogging friends to read their posts, leave comments, and share their content. Several told me they had missed me and were glad to see me back on their sites.
A couple people had even emailed me to ask if I were okay. And after sending out my first email newsletter with a new post from me in it, I got a few more who said they had wondered what was up and were about to email or call to find out.
Before the recent post about doing more radio shows, I hadn’t written a blog post in over a month. If it weren’t for Debra Morgan offering to write a guest post sharing her inspirational story, I imagine people would have thought I was completely off the grid.
I only kept doing the radio shows because most of them had been scheduled quite a bit in advance and I just couldn’t leave someone in a bind by not showing up. I did take the easy way out letting my friend and editor Lorraine Reguly update the as seen online page and not writing posts sharing my show appearances telling myself it was because I didn’t want to clutter up the blog.
So, not only am I writing to share this with you today; but I have included more internal and external links than I ever use. I don’t have any images, but I hope no one is disappointed. I keep trying to get Patrick to give me the ones he took of Miss Penny playing with a deer.
This weekend I also recorded some new videos for the first time in a while.
I recorded one for The Midway Marketplace where I shared some amazing amusement park rides from cambodia. I created a slide show and included it in the video. I sang a bit of roustabout by Elvis Presley. I haven’t written the blog post yet, but its next on my list.
I recorded myself singing you belong to me for my aunt. Its been recorded by a lot of people including Patsy Kline and Bob Dylan. Its one of her favorite songs. She has sung it to or taught it to many of her kids, grandkids, nephews, and nieces. If you know my Aunt Marguerite, then you will have heard you belong to me at some point. I hope you like it, but I really hope she does.
And I recorded the first episode of a new podcast for myself as the blind blogger. Please don’t be worried I’m overloading myself. Its going to be about five to ten minutes of something i can share to inspire, motivate, encourage, or uplift people.
I shared the audio with a few of my friends, and several have already asked me if I plan to do interviews on the podcast. I told them I don’t plan to. I want to keep it easy on myself if possible. But I also told them I’ve learned not to put limits on God.
And I went one step farther with what I’m calling Leading You Out of the Darkness in honor of the book. Since there won’t be need for any photos or videos, I opened up a Podomatic account so I can syndicate the audio. I hear there is even a way people can download or listen to files on their site in itunes. And hopefully I will get the show on to Itunes proper soon.
Getting back to my routine
I have also gotten back into my exercise routine. I am doing at least 30 minutes a day now. And a couple of times I even walked on the treadmill too. I’m up to 15 minutes at two miles per hour. I’m very pleased with my progress.
And my weight is starting to come back down. During this time period I had gone up to 282 pounds or about 30 above what I had been when things were going well for me. I am giving myself time to get back to my ideal weight. Pushing too hard or stressing about it doesn’t make your progress any quicker. Or at least it doesn’t for me.
And I’m also back to reading more. I made it through John Entborg’s book Everybody Is Normal Until You Get to Know Them. He talks about how we should see everyone we meet like you would an item for sale that says as is. We should take people as they are not as we wish they could be, and this applies to yourselves as well. I am about half way through Breakout by Joel Osteen. So, things seem to be moving in the right direction Thank God.
I hope I’ve made it clear that our health is something we have to pay attention to. We have to listen to our bodies and see our medical health professionals regularly. We have to do the things that most people agree are good for a long healthy life such as eating healthy foods, getting regular moderate exercise, taking vitamins where necessary, drinking plenty of water, getting quality sleep or rest, and having a circle of friend and family to support and care for you.
Before I end I want people to know that I don’t see myself as perfect. And I hope I haven’t come off as preachy. I just know how much I can accomplish when my mind and body are right and how little I have gotten done when they weren’t. I want success for you. And I don’t believe anyone can achieve their dream or accomplish their goal unless their mind, body, and spirit are right.
Sharing is caring
I hope you have enjoyed the post. More importantly I hope my story has encouraged you to take action. And I’m sure you have friends and family who could also use a healthy reminder. So, please forward this post to them. I also hope you will share it on your social media networks. And I want to thank you in advance for your help.
Well, that’s it for this time. I am always happy to hear from my readers. I enjoy meeting new people and making new friends. And I want to be there for you my friend.
If there is something I can help with, or if you need someone to share with; I’m here. I look forward to hearing about your successes, your disappointments, and your plans for overcoming your past failures.
Until next time thanks and take care out there, Max