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A Busy Afternoon March 9, 2017

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It’s Thursday in the Ottawa valley. The temperature has dropped, though not as low as it’s going to get over the weekend, but the sun is out so hopefully the day will feel warmer than it has so far.

Promises to be a busy day. After work, I’ve got to go for my Footcare appointment, then to the hospital for a PSA blood test, and finally for a haircut. Then I’ll think about lunch.

Gods, but I feel tired already!

Doctor Appointment Results February 22, 2017

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Well, my fears and suspicions have been confirmed.

I went to the doctor’s office for my appointment early this afternoon, and things came out pretty much as I expected. The doctor listened to my chest and stuff, checked my ears and throat, and told me that there was definite “crackling” in my right lung and some in the left, and confirmed that I’ve got bronchitis. He reassured me that it’s not as bad as it might be, but that a course of antibiotics was called for, and prescribed some Biaxin/Clarithromycin. Meanwhile, the harsh coughing continues at times. So what else is new?

The appointment itself was to go over my latest diabetes test results and a general health check-up, and we talked about various things. Contrary to what the endo had said, my PSA test results were higher than the previous one, not lower, and he’s sending me for another PSA blood test in about a month. As for the diabetes, the doctor was content with where I am right now with it, but that I do need to get the a1C and my triglyceride levels down somewhat (okay, a lot with the latter!).

Went and picked up the antibiotic on the way home, after eating some lunch at Aamp;W. While the root beer (sugar-free!) is great, I’m not crazy about their food, though the sweet potato fries were nice (though not as good as the ones I’ve eaten in Kansas City). Got home, caught up on a bit of e-mail, and watched some curling action at the Scott Tournament of Hearts. Fell asleep (not surprising really, given the night that I’d had), and then did some reading of more Coriolis – The Third Horizon game stuff.

Just about time to make some supper, and then see where the evening leads me. More curling viewing, I suspect. 🙂

Wednesday Morning Thoughts February 15, 2017

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Had a pretty rough night. I started getting nerve spasms again in my left foot around 10:00 pm last night, and they were very…strong. I took a couple of Tylenol, but that didn’t help, though I guess it made me feel sleepy (they always do). I went to bed, but slept very little and to be honest, I felt like I was losing my mind somewhat around 3:30 am. Suffice it to say, I managed a few cat naps here and there overnight, but woke up feeling woozy and tired, and the spasms haven’t stopped.

At about the right time for leaving for work, took one look outside at the falling snow (we’ve had about 15cms more of the white stuff overnight), and decided that I would work from home. The office was fine about this, so that was good. Besides, the way I was feeling at the time, it would not have been a good idea to go anywhere. And I think that taxis were at a premium around that time. So have been working from home, despite the fatigue and exhaustion.

Regardless, I still have to go out this afternoon. I have my regular, 6-month appointment with my endo at the Diabetes Clinic in mid-afternoon (not a good time of the day, ’cause he always falls behind), and I have to say that I’m not looking forward to that at all. I don’t think my diabetes numbers are good, and I’m also worried somewhat about my PSA blood test results (though I know they’re not as accurate as having an actual biopsy done); I just have to wait and see what he says.

Gaming-wise, the Wednesday night gamers are supposed to be playing this evening, though Donna told me that she’d get back to me later in the day about this. While they want to start playing the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, I’m not sure whether I’m ready to do so. They still need to do up their characters for the game, and I can manage that I suspect, but we’ll see whether we game tonight or not. There’s a lot of snow to clean up everywhere, and I’m not sure if it’s supposed to snow some more today or not.

A Wednesday’s Thoughts January 25, 2017

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Wednesday morning.

A rather gloomy day outside, not a lot of sun at the moment, although the weather is supposed to clear up and get a bit warmer (for a winter’s day in January), so that’s a good sign.

I’ve got no gaming tonight with the Wednesday night players, as this is the gaming week off, so I’ll be able to sit back and relax this evening.

Of note today is that I do have another dentist appointment today. Nothing major… The dentist is going to do some bonding on three of my teeth.

Meanwhile, back to work.

Friday Morning Thoughts January 13, 2017

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Woke up this morning after a restless night’s sleep spent tossing and turning. Managed to get my feet caught up in the sheets, and woke at the usual time with my right leg slightly numb from the constriction.

I don’t feel too tired, to be honest, but it’s been a busy morning of work here at the office. Friday being what it is, there have been several meetings to figure things out for next week, so it’s been a busy morning.

Looking forward to going home for the weekend, and having a bit of a rest. Since the forecast is for extremely cold weather, I think maybe I’ll hibernate. 🙂

Wednesday Morning Thoughts January 4, 2017

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Woke up this morning somewhat tired, under the weather, and a bit depressed. The view outside the window, gloomy and snowing, didn’t help my mood, but I hauled myself out of bed and got ready for breakfast, and then work.

I got to work around 7:00 am this morning, and after checking what was on the agenda for the day at the office, had my first cup of herbal tea. Feeling somewhat better now, no doubt aided by the fact that I’m relatively busy and have been thinking about the afternoon and this evening’s plans.

In the meantime, back to work.

The Year That Was January 1, 2017

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A new year. A time for reflection. A time for memories.

Up until a couple of years ago, I always did a Year in Review entry about things in a lot of detail. Two years ago, I changed it up and didn’t do that, only something along the lines of a year’s perspective. I’ve come to realise that the year is done. Life has wound its course for 2016, and there’s no point dwelling on it too much. That’s not to say that I won’t remember 2016. I am, I do, and I will. But I can’t live in the past, though I can certainly learn from what happened last year.

For me personally, the year was epitomised by the various deaths in both the entertainment and music industries, notably of individuals my own age; this has brought home my own mortality, in some respects, but has just been saddening in others. I can’t say that my health drastically improved over the course of 2016, but I did lose a bit of weight, though my blood sugars aren’t totally under control. I guess, when it comes down to it, I still have a lot to learn about my insulin therapy.

I can’t honestly say there were a lot of 2016 highlights and lowlights that I’ll look back on with any real fondness or annoyance, but there were a few of both during the course of the year. I like to think that I’m a bit of a better person for what happened in 2016, but there’s room for improvement, and I hope to be a better person yet again in 2017.

That’s really all I have to say about 2016.

Now? It’s time to look forward. And all the good/great stuff that’s going to happen this year.

A Thought for the New Year January 1, 2017

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January 1st, 2017. A new year. Also a time for contemplation, a time for New Year’s resolutions and thoughts, and a time when we discard the destructive, old habits for healthy, new ones. Supposedly. Back when, a good friend of mine, Janet Wilson, suggested that I journal today the New Year’s resolutions that she makes every year, based on her time in Alcoholics Anonymous. She got this list from the column that Dear Abby wrote way back when. So here’s some thoughts for folks to think about as we get ready to head into a New Year…

Just for today: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.

Just for today: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

Just for today: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct, and accept those I cannot.

Just for today: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.

Just for today: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.

Just for today: I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.

Just for today: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully – if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it’s only around the block.

Just for today: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.

Happy New Year! January 1, 2017

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Happy New Year!

I would like to wish each and every one of my LiveJournal friends (and all my friends in other media who might be reading this) a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. May the Goddess bless you with health, prosperity, safety, and good cheer for the coming year.

Happy New Year, one and all! 🙂

New Year’s Eve Thoughts December 31, 2016

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So, here we are, once again. New Year’s Eve.

I haven’t planned to do much this New Year’s Eve, other than to relax and have a relatively quiet evening, and I don’t expect that to change. I’m just looking forward to ringing in the new year as quietly as I can, and it seems fitting that I’ll be doing so on my own with a bottle of shandy.

Not even sure that I’ll be awake at the stroke of midnight, depending on how I feel and all.

In any event, I would like to wish all my friends a very safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. Be good to yourselves, be good to each other, and I’ll catch you here again in 2017. 🙂