Thursday, January 14, 2010

Don't burn the pig...

I actually got out of the house yesterday, took my sweet M3 for a nice ride. It was my first time out of the house in a week. My medical supplies company (Homestar) called and said they had my lancets in for me to pick up. For those of you who don’t know lancets are the little needles that poke a hole in your finger to check your blood sugar. I have to check my blood before each time I eat to determine how much insulin is needed to cover the sugars I’m consuming. Since the temperature outside was actually above freezing for a change I figured it safe to go out and explore the outside world a little. I stopped for my favorite Starbucks drink (triple venti whole milk white mocha), picked up my supplies and since I was already out, proceeded to drive around for a few hours. It was really nice to be out and about for a little while and it not being so bitterly cold.

A little shout out to my mom here about diabetic supplies, she always tells people with the medical insurance to get them through a durable goods supplier as they are covered that way and you don’t have to pay out of pocket, thank you mom for the budget saving tip. So now back to the blog….

Well I am finally feeling a little better. I had been feeling off (more junk in lungs and short of breath) since mid last week and of course started an antibiotic to try and keep things from progressing. My weight after a brief rise has dropped right back to where it was. It seems my body just likes to be 150 pounds. The good news is that for my height (5’-9”), a weight of 150 pounds gives me a body mass index of 22 solidly in the acceptable range for transplant. I prefer to be around 160 simply because when I get sick I drop weight like a stone and if I don’t have the stores to pull from I just keep getting skinnier. My mom and Richard have been sending over some tasty food to help me out. Great soup and cheesecake!

Over the weekend we took down the Christmas decorations or more so Denise did. I did help a little at first, but really over did it when trying to take apart the tree. I got winded coughed some and then went into one of my jags where I literally can’t get in enough air. My oxygen saturation went so low I was teetering on passing out. I sat there gasping for air, even though my oxygen was on full blast I was in and out for a few minutes. This is very scary when it happens and not good for me at all I know. It’s really tough when the mind wants to do something and the body just can’t keep up with it all. I’m a guy who just wants to dive in and get things done and I just can’t anymore, pisses me off really. So I was feeling the ramifications of my actions for a few days after, but seem no worse for the wear now. In a case of perfect timing Denise had just called her brother Dave to cover for my weak ass in taking apart the tree, when her mom and dad showed up. So the short of it was Pop Pop helped pull the tree apart (I did hold the base, much to the chagrin of everyone….thank you very much…LOL). So now my beloved Christmas decorations are down and I do miss them. Being from the Christmas City (Bethlehem Pa.) coupled with a mom who always made the holidays really special made me love Christmas and always miss it when it’s done.

Last night was our Godson Johnny’s birthday, so we went over to see the Callahan crew and give our love. Being the first day out for me in awhile it was really nice. I don’t mind being cooped up, really I don’t, but it was a nice change of pace to be around all the activity and good people.

On the campaign side things are going really well, Congressmen Dent is going to be amazed at what the fledgling campaign has been able to do this quarter, as well as what we have planned for him over the next ten months. It will also be very interesting to see how he handles the tea party candidate that he now has to face in the primary. No more pretending to be one thing here at home and then going and voting completely different in DC. He is now going to be held accountable for his actions and really more to the point, lack of action.

And for those of you who took the time to read the whole post the title line is from the Dave Mathews song titled Pig….

We need the light of love in here
Don't beat your head
Dry your eyes
Let the love in there
There are bad times
But that's ok
Just look for love in it
Don't burn the day away…


  1. Hey Jim,

    You have a way with words! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Patty McCarthy

  2. Thank you Patty on both points. I like to write and glad to have this forum to do so. It's nice to know people are actually reading it.

  3. Hey, Jimmy came across your blog the other day and look daily to see your thoughts and daily ups and downs. Always hoping you have more ups than downs. Just wanted to let you know you have one more friend out there. Try not to get a speeding ticket in your M3.

    Bob McLaughlin

  4. Hey Bob, good to hear from you and thanks. I have challenges, but try not to let them get me down too much. The M is by far the fastest car I have ever had. I have only had it for about two months now and can't wait till summer to drop the top.