As you can probably tell, I’ve been taking a break from blogging. Ok, it’s more than a break, it’s more like a long hiatus.
Almost a year ago, I had a minor heart attack and went to the doctor. I haven’t been to a doctor since leaving Rhode Island almost seven years ago.
Blood tests and examinations and discussions came to the conclusion (and diagnosis) that I was a hypertensive diabetic. Hypertensive I got. I had been medicated in Rhode Island for my blood pressure. But diabetic?!? Seriously?
Yes, it turns out that my pancreas had decided it was time to go on vacation. Permanently it seems. No insulin for me, yet. Relatively managed with medication, lifestyle changes and serious diet control. As with a lot of Americans, I have a passion for all things bread. No longer.
I now have to be VERY careful what I eat and when. I have a medication that gives my pancreas a little kickstart if I’m going to eat anything with more than a few carbohydrates. There are a few things I can put together that aren’t as detrimental, but one of my favorites (frybread tacos) are dangerous. It’s really hard to reduce the size of the frybread!
I have discovered that I can exercise and have a positive impact on both my blood sugar and my blood pressure. I have a device, called a Bowflex, in the basement. It’s extremely versatile in the variety of exercises that can be performed. Think of it as a home gym that takes little more space than a recliner.
One of the nice things about the Bowflex being in the basement is the temperature. When it’s warm (hot) outside, like summer can get here, it’s cool down there. When it’s cold outside (like it is as I write this), it’s, well, not as cold. The temperature in the basement stays pretty consistently around 50-55 degrees.
Part of my problem is that I’m also expanding my knowledge of web technologies and business acumen, specifically, marketing. I’ve been a computer geek all my adult life. Even before there were personal computers, I was working as a field service technician on computer systems.
My big push lately is learning marketing for the digital age. Not for myself, but for my wife. She has, what we hope is, a viable product line. I have committed myself to making her “business” grow. I’m learning the tips and tricks to effective marketing. At least I hope I am.
To that end, I have been working on redesigning the web sites under the Laughing Bear umbrella. Trying to wrap my head around responsive design. Coping with how to design emails that not only get opened but also clicked.
I have set myself a deadline for the release of the new sites. I hope it’s a realistic deadline. There just seems to be SO MUCH to learn and implement!
In the meantime, I MUST budget my time to incorporate the Bowflex. I MUST get into a routine. I am still making sure that we are ready for what if. I am learning the processes that create her product line. I am also the principal photographer, for all our endeavors.
I hope this note finds you well and safe. By all means,
Keep Getting Ready!