From my front door to the neighborhood Corner Store is almost exactly one mile. I walked there and back earlier this afternoon to pick up a 12-pack of diet coke and that little bit of exercise left me drenched with sweat (temperature was in the comfortable low 70s) and totally exhausted.
Man! If I ever needed incentive to lose weight and get myself into better physical condition, this is it!
A battle against fatigue, that is.
This past week hasn’t brought me many good sleeps. Most nights have actually been filled with more insomnia than sleep. Normally such nights are followed by good, restful naps the following day. But there were no naps this week. Instead, each day has found me more tired as the week has progressed.
Tonight, as I try to stay awake to watch my Saturday night TV shows, the eyelids grow heavy. I fear I’m fighting a losing battle against the fatigue that’s been building all week. Soon I’ll be moving from this recliner in the front room to my bedroom to watch the shows from the smaller set back there. And, being so close to my bed, I’ll be ready to put head to pillow whenever the tiredness wins out over the desire to stay awake.
- Monday – 2 mile walk
- Tuesday – yard work
- Wednesday – 1 mile walk
- Thursday – 2 mile walk
- Friday – rest day
- Saturday – yard work
Given my age and level of decrepitude, and given that it’s been so darned hot outside, (this is July in South Texas after all), I’d say this is plenty.
When I had my eye exam last week one of the topics of conversation the doctor and I covered was those floaters in my eyes. She could see them in my eyeballs when she looked with her scope. My peripheral vision checked out fine, and I don’t see flashes, so the floaters don’t signal any serious health condition. But they are quite entertaining.
Sometimes the spots, shapes, and foggy masses that drift across and hop around my field of vision seem like a host of shadow people. But I think they’re just floaters. I think…
So this morning I had my eyes examined (full exam, with dilation and everything) for the first time in four years. Now that I’m diagnosed with diabetes (type 1, controlled by diet and exercise) having such an eye exam will be an annual thing.
Not surprisingly, the prescription for my new glasses has changed quite a bit. It has become increasingly more difficult for me to see in all circumstances: distance vision, near vision, night vision, every darned thing. And I assumed (wrongly, as it turns out) that my eyes had just gotten much weaker.
The eye doctor told me this morning that she detected some slight glaucoma, but no worse than she noticed four years ago. And she saw some slight retinal tearing and slight macular degeneration, but again, this is just what she noted four years ago. However, the degree of astigmatism in my vision is much less now than it was previously, And my distance vision and near vision are quite a bit stronger than they were previously!
Wow Zoopers! I may be getting older, but my eyes are getting stronger! How about THAT!? The Optometrist attributed the improvement in my vision to the facts that: 1.) I’m now treating my blood pressure with medication; 2.) I’m no longer smoking, and; 3.) that I’m eating better now. Sylvia’s good home-cooking that I eat every day since I’ve fully retired is helping to improve my overall health and is making my eyes stronger!
Thank you, Sylvia! 😀
So last Thursday the doctor told me to rest my arms, shoulder and neck, but to start exercising regularly as soon as I could.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did little more than sit in the recliner or lie in bed. Boring! And while I was doing that the grass in my lawn, which really needed to be cut before the problem with my shoulder, etc., set in a week or so ago, kept growing. Yesterday I finally did something about it: walked down to the ice house (there and back is just about a mile) for a can of gas for the lawn mower, and I mowed the front yard.
Today the shoulder and arm aches, but that’s better than the sharp pain of the past week or so. So this afternoon I mowed the back yard. It is gratifying to be productive again!