Big Fat Queer

August 30, 2011

A Walk in the Park

I walked from my apartment to Central Park this afternoon. It is about six tenths of a mile (or one kilometer). I sat for a while and enjoyed the view, then walked some more in the Park. When I was ready to go home I took a bus and got out a few blocks from home and walked the rest of the way. Altogether it was about 1.2 miles.

Despite that I didn’t feel as energetic today. I didn’t sleep so well last night. Since my surgery I have had a problem with my cpap machine. My mouth comes open a lot when I sleep. This reduces the effectiveness of the cpap since some of the air pressure escapes, and it also dries out my mouth and sinuses. The dried sinuses produced a sneezing jag that woke me up in the middle of the night and lasted for quite a long time. I even began to worry that I might injure something internal (like my incision) with the endless sneezing. I eventually got control of things and went back to sleep. I have had several short naps today, but I never really caught up. I don’t know why the open mouth problem has started. I have used the cpap for a few years now without the problem. In a few months I won’t even need it any more. Here’s hoping tonight I get better sleep so tomorrow will be more pleasant.

At least my lower energy today was not due to a lack of progress in recovery, but something explainable.

For lunch I had leftovers from dinner last night, cucumber soup, sweet potato mousse and some vegetable puree. For dinner I ordered a steamed platter from my favorite Chinese restaurant with vegetables and steamed shrimp. I blended five shrimp with a little egg drop soup to moisten them and it was tasty. I also blended some vegetables but they did not taste so good so I didn’t eat much. In place of the vegetables I had some apple-apricot sauce. I always seem to be able to get fruit down. I’m getting really tired of purees. In a week I can start real food. For breakfast I had a protein shake, which I will continue doing after I start real food for the protein supplementation.

P.S. When I was just about home I passed a restaurant around the corner from my building. There is an al fresco dining area. I saw my surgeon with four residents sitting outside having dinner. I started to say hello, but I decided not to bother them outside a professional situation. He was holding court with the young acolytes hanging on every word. I did find it a strange coincidence to see them there.

August 2, 2010

He is the very model of a modern endocrinologist.

Apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan. Today I saw my endocrinologist. I see him every six months to discuss my blood sugar levels and other health matters so we can determine if any of them are related to my diabetus. It’s often like a private tutoring session. He teaches and he’s very professorial in manner. I enjoy my visits to him. He always spends about 30 minutes to an hour and almost always sees me promptly at the appointed time. No other doctor I have ever been to does that!

What makes him very modern is that he is practically paperless and uses technology well. I don’t know his age, but I would guess he is in his late 60s. During the consultation he enters everything in a laptop. He has your history and all records at the ready on his laptop. He orders his labwork and medication online and sends me the results as an email attachment. He prescribed new testing supplies for me and I got the confirmation from the mail order drug company while I was sitting in his office. His desk is uncluttered by paper. In addition to all of that he is a very good doctor.

I took today off. I had worked a lot editing video this weekend. When I went to bed Saturday night I couldn’t sleep because I was working out problems in my head. I got up at 3 am and worked until 5 am, then went to sleep for a few hours, got up and worked all day Sunday. So I was exhausted today. I took a crosstown bus and walked from the bus stop on Central Park West to the doctor’s office, which is located about a block from the legendary Dakota apartments. I walked back to the same bus stop. That was about a mile and a half. I walked an additional half mile in my neighborhood, so I did two miles today.

I had the last of the Kashi granola this morning. I had looked at Whole Foods on Friday trying to find granola without sugar added. I couldn’t find it there, but I did at the neighborhood health food store this afternoon. Familia muesli with no sugar added. I will try it out tomorrow morning.

For dinner I had the rest of the borscht and salsa.

I’m excited. One of my regular blog readers is in town and we’re getting together tomorrow night. I met her last year through an old YouTube friend, and it will be good to see her again.

After probably way too much build up, here is the video:

May 15, 2010

I can walk!

After a week of being a total loaf, I walked a mile and a half today, all in Central Park. I carried cough drops with me and stopped frequently to rest. I did have a couple of coughing fits, but for the most part I did okay. It wasn’t the most vigorous walk, but it was a walk just the same. Such a beautiful day.

I had eggs and rye toast for breakfast. I didn’t eat again until this evening. When I got home I edited a lot of photogrpahs. I had anticipated shooting a few shots, but I shot over 200. I am a little compulsive with the camera. I uploaded a few to Flickr. After editing I had a half roast chicken with a salad. Not a bad day.

Here is a picture of some ducks I took today in the park:

April 4, 2010

A Walk in the Park

Ok, I said I was going to walk without taking a camera. I forgot about my Blackberry camera, so I did take a few shots and a video or two. Hard for me to resist the urge. At least it’s an urge that won’t pack on the pounds. I walked two and a half miles today.

It was a perfect day, few clouds, low humidity, bright sun and about 75 degrees F. The park was full of people. There were the usual performers, although I didn’t see Thoth in the Angel Tunnel, where he usually prayforms. From his website it seems he is in Portugal on tour. I did see a balloon folder I had not seen before and posted a Twitvid of him. And I eventually sat by the lake with a stunning view and just sat. Did nothing but empty my mind and enjoy the warmth and the light and the park.

For dinner I had some Dreamfields low carb pasta (about 400 calories worth) with a sauce made of roasted red peppers and roasted garlic, pureed. I used about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the sauce. The total was about 650 calories.

For an afternoon snack I had a raw turnip. For my night snack I will have an apple. I am on target for the day, and surprisingly I feel full, no cravings.

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