Well, it has been a little while now since I realized I need to make some changes. To be honest, it was all that flipping probing with little cameras looking at my innards that made me stop and think.
Well, I was all ready to start the Little Purple Pill but my doctor, who seems to love little pills, surprised the bee-jabbers out of me and said that we can try to deal with this without medicine, at least. Whoa!
The reasoning was because I was so adamant that all the Prilosec I took for ten or so years has given me osteoporosis (I have it in my spine and left hip). Prilosec and Nexium and other medicines like that leech calcium from your bones and can cause osteoporosis. Now, I know my mother and her father both shrunk a lot as they grew older and my grandmother had osteoporosis. So I think all the moons lined up and I got it.
I have been banned from coffee. Not even a sip. Darn it. I cut back drastically several years ago but would sneak some every now and then. She is allowing me my tea but I need to cut back on that, too. And other things like chocolate candy and other sources of caffeine-related foods. Darn it again. And spicy foods, too. Darn it and double-darn it.
I have been listening and, thank goodness, I have not had a gut attack like the one I had on July 4th since I have started. That is good!
But I have also made sure I have not been stressing myself out because of work. I have been leaving at a reasonable time--sometimes, even after only eight hours! Ha-ha: I haven't done that in years. And I have been "forgetting" to get on some calls I have with China and India at nights.
I have been doing a lot of other things that I enjoy more or are at least more productive. For example, I have gone fishing several times (of course) but have also done things like making a bed for my daughter's college apartment, moved her in, worked with the wife to clean out a neglected storage room in the house (this is taking a while!!). One of the things I drug out of the storage room is a plastic rolling drawer unit that we cleaned out. I confiscated it and now all of my current fly tying material is in it. (It is sort of cramped in it but it is in one place. I guess I need to buy another
All in all, I have just forced myself to slow down. It all seems to be working. I think it is more about me slowing down and not as much on what I eat or don't eat--EXCEPT for coffee, I know
that causes my stomach fits.
Thank you, siege, for checking in on me!!
I also have over two weeks of vacation days left that I need to take; otherwise, I will loose them. Trust me, I am taking them!! The wife asked me to take several days so she and I can do some things but I have ample time to get on the water. I can't wait!!!