Saturday, December 11, 2010

I'm OK!

I am getting some vague hints that people are everything from worried to flat- out saying I am in bad shape-- not from any who have actually been here like Paul or Rebecca, but by those who hear rumors from those that speculate or ??? I am here to say: such rumors are EMPHATICALLY not true!

Fitness: for walking and treadmill I customarily do an absolute minimum of a half mile a day(well, sometimes skip Sunday for a big breakfast), most usually a half each of on- the ground and aerobic treadmill. I have found a full mile on treadmill every day hurts my back so cut that a bit. Which means I am in better shape than I have been in two years.

I have cut my bench press top weight to only (!) 225, and shifted the heavier part to legs for walking.I was bulking up too much and putting on too much weight to suit, and am now down to a lean 175, exactly where I was before I got sick but probably more muscular.

Mood, activities: I am probably drinking the least I have in my adult life though enjoying it socially a couple of times a week, sleeping the best ever (exercise I suspect), and have almost no tremors unless I try something intricate-- doubt I'll tie flies much, but I know plenty who can. I am shooting rifle well, shotgun erratically but well when I'm "on"-'twas always so. Getting dogs out less than I want because the truck still won't run; slow on peregrine because dexterity is off and because-- a problem at last!-- I avoid COLD, which makes for muscle rigidity and tremors.

Typing lousy many days. Dictation program better but still has gremlins if not a demon. turns itself on and records scraps of conversation when I don't realize it...

Am I 100%? Nope! And sometimes I hate it. But I see both a PD specialist and an internal med doc (both female, young, and intellectual-- the only kind worth seeing IMAO), and all my tests & signs are good. Do I have problems? Balance ain't perfect, and I get painful cramps. Can I hunt? You bet! If you are down my way take me out with hawk or hound or bird dog & gun, please.


Anonymous said...

Hi Steve

"Can I hunt? You bet! If you are down my way take me out with hawk or hound or bird dog & gun, please. "

Wish I could take you up , or you could my similar offer,in return!!

Glad to see the old feisty spirit is still in evidence.

Keep up the pressure !

Happy Holidays


Andrew Campbell said...

Steve: you work out so hard, you'd kick my ass! Will hopefully be back your way in June to check on 'my' gun, drop off some more ammo, and maybe you'll take me for a walk with that new bird of yours!

all best

Rebecca K. O'Connor said...

I'll vouch for it. Honestly, you look better than I've ever seen you!

Max Inclined said...

Steve, you're amazing. Laura C also says that having a love/obsession -- of which you have several -- is essential to keeping one focused and driven and alive.

Anonymous said...

Steve, I a so proud of you, I can think of so any things that could ake you be in such a depression. I a sure Libby is quite a positive influense on getting you through. Good docs and great hobbies and a great brain make me believe you will do well on this journey too!

janet said...

Steve, I am glad you are doing well! You've inspired me with your exercise may lead to better sleep comment ;-) I think you are right on there. I need to do more exercise myself and reap the benefit of more sleep. Carry on good fellow! Hugs from your Oregon tazi kin, Janet and Elsa

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danontherock said...

Keep at it Steve. Glad to hear you are managing well. I am back to work now but my time with my dogs is what keeps me alive. If you ever get up here, I would be pleased to show you our country and would probably have a bottle of Russian vodka on hand

Steve Bodio said...

Dan, I would love to take you up on that-- Newfoundland has always been on my short list.