red-crossFull blown flu (103 degree temp, etc). Probably H1N1 since one of the girls was down with it last week. I’m pretty miserable.

Update: 24 hours later, I’m feeling much better but still somewhat feverish nevertheless up and around. Which is good since Kim is now a full-blown flu victim, and little boo is trending that way as well. Fun.

One Week on the Brink

red-crossLast week has been tough on the whole family. We’ve been to the ER twice, and straight to the doctor’s office once.

Last Sunday night I managed to drop the hot tub cover on my foot. I managed to limp through the whole day Monday, but by Tuesday morning I was in extreme pain. At Kim’s behest I went to the ER and had them look at my foot. While it was not broken, they ordered me off the foot and issued a splint and a pair of crutches.

Wednesday started off normally enough — when you consider I was on crutches, but while proctoring a midterm exam I was informed that Kim was suffering from extreme abdominal pains. Another trip to the ER ensued, this time the diagnosis was kidney stones.

Thursday started with I both at home, struggling to get the girls out the door for school. Unfortunately, by midday the school nurse called to inform us that one of the girls was running a high fever. After picking them both out, we found that Tessie has a temperature over 103°. After a long night, we managed to get her to the doctor the next day for diagnosis of H1N1 flu.

The rest of the week was pretty much a long bout of all of us laying about the house trying to recover. Thankfully, Little Allie has been a trooper and helping us all. Currently, I’m much better, Kim is still waiting for her kidney stone to pass, and Tessie is running an intermittent fever. This next week looks to be at least a little better than the last, but there’s still a lot of recovering to go.


I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been (approx. 285lbs). Sigh.

Time to really make a change. I’m going to try to post regularly to see if I can humiliate myself thinner.

Cholesterol Numbers

My latest blood work is back, and I have new cholesterol numbers:

Triglycerides: 121

HDL Cholesterol: 41

VLDL Cholesterol: 24

LDL Cholesterol: 57


Total Cholesterol: 122

Total cholesterol is down from about 214, which is a pretty massive reduction (thanks to Lipitor).

New Year’s Update

Happy New Year!

I suppose now is as good a time to post a general update as any. Here’s a potpourri of random things going on in my world.

Health: I’m fighting a cold (that I’ve also managed to give to Kim), but otherwise I’m doing pretty well. I start cardiac rehab next week (delayed by my stomach surgery) — so I hope to be getting stronger and healthier with the assistance of the program. I’m hoping that the new year brings good health to the whole family. I’d like to think that I’ve had my major service needs met, and I’m not due for anymore “tune-ups” for a long time.

Work: I haven’t made much progress on the dissertation, but I’m hoping to get on that in the next couple of days. Looking over the available academic positions is a bit depressing — I’ve only found one or two that I’d be interested in applying for. The only local position that looks good is at George Washington University.

Fun: I’ve been messing with radio control stuff in and around the house. I’ll post about the various details in short order, but it’s definitely been entertaining. We’ve also picked up a couple new board games (yet another post). There needs to be a gaming night sometime soon. If you’d like to be invited, drop me a line or post a comment.

Friends: I need to apologize to you all for not being more communicative. I’ve been sleeping odd hours, and just generally been pretty self-absorbed. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to make some new year’s calls in the next day or so.

Love: I’m happy and in love, what more could I ask!

Hopefully all of you are doing well and enjoying the holidays. I look forward to hearing from you all in the new year.

Thanksgiving in New York

First order of business, “Miss I” is really named Kim. Since just about everyone now knows that we’re together, there’s little point in keeping the pretense up any longer.

Fresh out of surgery and with staples still holding me together, we made the trip to Long Island, NY to have Thanksgiving with her family. All 35 of them. Sadly, her uncle is battling cancer and festivities were muted, but everyone managed to be nice in spite of their obvious suffering. No one was particularly focused on the food, and with my limited ability to eat I didn’t mind in the least.

Friday after Thanksgiving included a scare for us as I took a turn for the worse (lethargic and exhibiting a pretty serious set of symptoms). A quick phone call to my surgeon confirmed that I might need to be re-admitted to the hospital. I resisted going to the emergency room 250 miles from home, but Kim was a trooper and got us back to Maryland by late afternoon. The decision all around was to wait and see if the symptoms continued, and if so to head straight to the ER in Baltimore.

Luckily my condition improved and I managed to stay out of the hospital (far too much time there as it is).