THE JOURNEY

Every once in a while, someone posts a significant article or letter on Facebook that seems to disappear after you’ve read it.  This am I read a letter about aging, the losses one experiences and the time we have left.  The letter was right on the spot and reinforced that, rather than getting bogged down in the losses, we should concentrate on enjoying the time left.  When I find it, I’ll share it with you.

I am trying to let go of the losses and follow the author’s advice.  I’m focusing on making the most out of whatever time I have left.  First and foremost, optimizing the time I have left means shedding 40 pounds.  For those of you who haven’t seen me lately, I’ve become a blimp.  Functioning with worsening Parkinson’s is hard enough.  Dragging an extra 40 pounds of lard around is insane as it adds a significant burden to everything I do.

It’s time to go back to the beginning.  Twenty years ago I created my “Wellthy Plan” and successfully got to my healthy/wellthy, losing 30 pounds and improving every part of my life.  Since moving to NC, I’ve done everything I’ve always told my patients not to do.  It’s no wonder that I’ve failed at every diet and lifestyle change I’ve made.  Time to get “Wellthy” nutritionally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I’ve started the process to get cleared for DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) and hope to have surgery in April.  DBS is fascinating but carries some risk.  Everything carries risk.  I had decided against DBS as I was so lost in dealing with my losses (my wife has become my nurse and caregiver) that I lost sight of the fact that I have a loving wife and family, all reasons to concentrate on improving the future rather than awaiting the end. 

My Covid test is finally negative again.  I survived Covid as did my family and friends.  With the new vaccines, I hope it will become safe to travel again.  I really don’t want to use a seatbelt extender.  Losing 40 pounds will ensure that I’ll fit on the plane in a normal seatbelt.  Again, it’s time to get “Wellthy!”

It’s time to find the author of this morning’s inspirational piece.  I owe him/her a big thanks. I also owe a big thanks to all of my former patients who have prayed for me and supported me through my journey since leaving practice.  I recently wrote about Humpty Dumpty and his great fall.  As you know, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty back together again.  Like Humpty, I can’t wait for the king’s men, I have to put myself back together again.  I’ll keep at it until I succeed!

Here’s your joke for the day:

A large Humpback whale is lazily enjoying a beautiful day when he sees a female Humpback whale just a little ways off, and he thinks to himself that he’s going to try to impress her…

He swims over to her, and breeches the surface, showing off the large hump on his back.

She looked unimpressed as she breached and showed a larger more well formed hump herself.

Now, a little embarrassed, he tries again to impress her by taking a breath and blowing a huge cloud of mist and water with a really nice rainbow in it.

Once again she looked unimpressed and she blew a larger cloud of mist, with a more beautiful rainbow.

Now clearly agitated, the Male sees a Naval vessel in the distance and races off toward it. Just before he collides with the ship, he dives, jumps out of the water and, as he sails over the bow of the ship, he plucks a sailor off the deck and in one gulp swallows him whole!

He swam back to her very proud of himself, only to find the female object of his attentions with a disgusted look on her face…

As she swam off she said…”I’ll Hump, I’ll Blow, BUT I WON’T SWALLOW SEAMEN!

And here is your music for the day. RIP Mary.

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