These last two weeks have been days of good and great news!
Many of you know that I had a condition called Abdominal Aortic Aneurism which is the aorta develops a “ballooning” that
projects from the aorta. The condition was discovered in a PET scan and has been monitored ever since. This can rupture and cause me to bleed out internally. It had been slowly increasing in size so; the vascular surgeon decided it was time to repair it.
Eleven days ago, I was admitted to inpatient and put on the table for a three hour procedure to repair my aorta. The repair
involved inserting a stent to the inside of the affected area to reinforce it. Eventually, the aneurism, now without any pressure on it, will shrink to a normal size.
Afterward, I spent the next 24 hours in critical care until the surgeon arrived, evaluated my response to the procedure and discharged me to the care of my wife.
I had to stay inactive for the first two days at home and afterward three days of moderate activity and then resume normal, but cautious, activity. (It was easy to discover when I went too far with “normal” activity. Once, I went for a walk and
got sick and another time I had stood up and sat down too many times and had some very unfriendly pains at the entry sites that were the messengers notifying me of my carelessness.)
The success of this procedure is wonderful all by itself, but five days following it I had a regular follow up appointment
at the cancer center. I had some lab work and x-rays which were negative and following the normal exam routine, I was once again, declared cancer free. This time, though, was much different than the first time I heard the words, “You are cancer free!” This
time I felt the impact of what those words really mean to me. I don’t know if I have ever been more joyful than I was at that moment. This time, I feel cancer free! I’m not ashamed to tell you that I tear up when I think of them.
Now, with no serious issues between me and my remaining life, I am going to re-future. Re-future???
I’ll define it this way. “Re-future; the acts of planning and following a lifestyle of healthier diet and activity conjoined with love of family and friends through outward expressions, as opposed to previous mindsets.”
Two years ago, I embarked on a new approach to my lifestyle but, as often happen, my mindset was diverted for one thing or another and I didn’t succeed. Now, there is nothing between me and a successful healthier lifestyle.
I don’t think my normal diet is where I want to go, though. It wasn’t a particularly unhealthy diet but it will be modified
to meet a better more conscientious intake. My diet has been largely fruit and vegetable for the past six weeks but I don’t want to dwell in that diet much longer, either, because I am getting a strong desire to climb trees, bite lice and fight
I’ll be seeing a fitness coach/ nutritionist in a couple of weeks and hope to get a solid plan from her-
a workable plan that is enjoyable. From that information, I’ll assemble menus and snacks to accommodate this completely new (for us) lifestyle.
As I learn my way through this maze, I’ll relate what I have been told and how it seems to work.
My obstacles toward healthier diet? Cooked green anything. Forget boiled! I can eat green stuff if it is
steamed just enough to kill the bugs. (I don’t like to feel them squirming as I chew.) Reducing my consumption of meat. For way too many years I have preferred portions of meat that hang over the plate- and don’t crowd that portion with too many potatoes.
Reducing carbohydrates. To me, carbs have been the reward for eating all the meat.
So, here it is. The basis for re-future-ing. Now, to make it become a plan for action and then to follow that plan. Do
I have the desire? The fortitude? Common sense? The self-respect?
Like you, I won’t find out until chapter two is opened.