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Just my luck…

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

So after many tests and doctor visits it seems I finally have the answer to what ails me; I have an non-operable (unless it gets really, really bad) Sliding Hiatal Hernia up near the esophagus and top of the stomach. This thing even accounts for my wonderful Pseudo heart attack that started all the tests in the first place (from what I understand it put enough pressure into my chest cavity to squish the lungs and heart). So after the doctor and researching online there is not much to be done for this thing. Mainly one is stuck with it and has to adjust accordingly. One of the big issues from what I am reading is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) which means the old stomach acid gets into the esophagus and starts burning holes through it. So for that I am on a new medication; Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), which will be for the rest of my life it seems (need to keep good  medical coverage as this stuff is not cheap). At least I am not a lover of spicy foods so that is one dietary change I won’t have to make.

So as with anything the doc recommends the normal things, eat right, 6 small meals a day (Sound familiar Mom?), lose weight, take meds, and no heavy lifting. Now this last one  is where I am having an issue, neither the doctor or what I read online can tell me what weight is too heavy to lift. Do I need to stop at 25 lbs, 50 lbs, 100 lbs, 200 lbs. Do I have to stop lifting my kids, stop taking the groceries up the stairs, how much is too much at the gym? Or in general? So far I’m not finding an answer anywhere, and so I’m most likely not going to change my life aside from what I do at the gym; guess I’m stuck doing more boring cardio and no more of this…

So until I can get a definitive answer it seems to me that life will keep moving along as normal. Still waiting on the pulmonary tests but seems like this would be the issue there as well, not enough room for the lungs to fully inflate as one of the hernia’s symptoms can be misdiagnosed as Asthma since it affects the diaphragm.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Nostalgia I guess…

I don’t know why as of late I am having such an interest in NASA projects. It might be the fact that STS-135 was the final mission of the Space Shuttle after 30 years in operation. Maybe it is the fact that the shuttle missions began (first launch April 12, 1981) & ended within the span of my life so far on this earth. But it all seems rather poignant and inspiring at the same time. It is sad in the sense that we have stopped an amazing feat in human engineering and adaptability. One also needs to remember the loss of life during STS-51-L (Challenger) on January 28, 1986, and STS-107 (Columbia) on February 1, 2003. No matter what era of history one looks to, one finds that with all great advancements in science and technology there is usually a human cost associated.

I watched the final launch live online; I even dragged the kids over and kept them interested for the final seconds till liftoff. I must say that I was happy to see the excitement in their eyes as they watched in rapt attention as the Shuttle cleared the tower and powered into the ether. After the launch my one daughter pointed to the screen and said “I want to see that again!” And I can say that we have watched it over again online.

The ISS (International Space Station) orbiting over our heads remains focused on a number of scientific research programs. For the duration of its time in space NASA has turned toRussia’s Soyuz spacecraft and the private sector for support. In some ways this is a deferral of costs as the Shuttle was not the cheap mode of transport as originally hoped ($450 Million per mission on average). Nor did the shuttle reach its expected target of 500 launches.

NASA now intends to focus its efforts and knowledge to reaching farther into space; designing the next generation of engines and spacecraft that will take humankind to Mars and beyond. I still think they should be testing a little closer to home, before sending people off to Mars and I know we have been to the moon already; but the kid in me still thinks a moon base would be cool. NASA also has a number of on earth projects on the go, one of which is taking place a mere 126kms from where I live; once again…cool.

In my small sense of trying to be part of the bigger picture I have gone so far as to buy some NASA patches marking the 30 years of the shuttle program and final launch. What I will do with these is still up in the air (no pun intended…lol). I have thoughts of a framed set-up of patches and photos but for now they sit tucked away with my Apollo patch. I know these items have not traveled to space to return to Earth so their value will not really grow over time but it allows me a chance to own a small piece of history.

Who knows, maybe I can instill the interest of the world & space around us into my kids that they might look to the stars and strive to reach them as well.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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