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Getting To The Fat of The Matter April 18, 2014

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I have been obese for about 12 years with a couple of years off for good living. I remember watching commercials when I was younger that featured formerly obese people holding up a pair their gigantic jeans. I couldn’t believe anyone could ever get that big. Now, I am that big. Unfortunately, I’ve met many people who are small. All men, though that may be meaningless. Here are my stories four:

 

1.  I am in line at a local grocery store when the man in front of me turns towards me, gawks at me and then chokes out, “What’s it like being Khloe?”  He was referring to Khloe Kardashian the supposedly largest woman of that reality tv family. Then he laughed and left.

 

2. I am boarding a plane on my way home from Winnipeg where friends threw me a really fun 50th birthday. I’d had a great weekend and was in great spirits as I found my seat. The guy I was supposed to sit beside switched seats with someone he was travelling with and ended up on the other side of the aisle. He runs a sport excellence program in Victoria near Elk Lake and the look on his face spoke volumes. Was I imagining it? No. When he told my friend that he was building a green building she immediately tried to get him to talk to me because, besides being obese, I am also a LEED AP and have long been a LEED educator. He wouldn’t even look at me. I said to his travelling companions that it was clear he wasn’t happy with my size and, in short, they agreed.

 

3.  I am in the emergency room of my local hospital some years ago. I don’t remember the reason for the visit but I do remember the doctor coming around the corner of the curtain, stopping, gawking at me and then talking to himself. He looked up and laughed, then bent over and laughed. He shook his head, approached, and the rest was a blur because I couldn’t believe a professional could be so ridiculously unkind.

 

4. One day last spring, I arrive at work breathless and can barely walk up the stairs to my office. I do get up the stairs but I never make it to my office. I am cold and clammy and collapse into a chair. I have pain in my jaw and don’t understand how it came on so quickly. I am nauseous and confused. My co-workers see me and have no idea what to do. I can’t help much. One finally calls an ambulance and by the time it arrives, some of pressure I had been feeling has been relieved. I go to the hospital anyways. I’m not a doctor and nobody is going to appreciate me playing the hero by refusing care. I am woozy when we get to the emergency room but breathe through it to stay calm and answer questions. The nurses are fantastic, the technicians who come to hook me up to things are great, the dreaded IV goes in without too much discomfort, and my blood is taken quickly. Other than the suspected heart attack, there is no drama. Then the doctor arrives. He looks at me, shakes his head, and briskly asks me a number of questions as I expected he would. I describe what happened, mention jaw and back pain and after checking a number of test results he leaves the cubicle saying over his shoulder, “You should get into shape and not call an ambulance for a back ache.”   Apparently, it was a massive muscle spasm that presented similarly to a heart attack.  Again, I was struck by the unkindness and lack of professionalism. What was he thinking? Fat people should self-diagnose? That’s idiotic. If you think I should lose weight, feel free to refer me to a nutritionist but maybe tell me I’m not dying first.

 

Change of the Day:  I want to change the callousness of random strangers but this blog isn’t so much about other people as it is about me. And, the only thing I can change is HOW MUCH BACKTALK I’M GOING TO ACCEPT.  There. I feel better now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Have Rocks In My Head April 16, 2014

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When I was a little girl, my sister had a box with a small book about minerals and some mineral samples in it. I spent hours looking at both. Even before I could read, I loved the pictures and the tactile sensations of touching the rocks. I’m pretty sure one of them had something white running through it that was soft and very un-rock like. Interesting, hard and soft at the same time applies to something other than my cooking.

 

I still love looking at rocks online and my favourite place to see them is the Alberta Provincial Museum in Edmonton. What I haven’t done is go to a rock lover’s meeting to explore the geology of my area. If you Google “rock lover” and “Victoria” you will either end up at a site for Ayers Rock in Australia or a website that would like to introduce you to gentlemen who love their motorcycles, sleeveless shirts and rock music in equal proportions. No match there, interwebs. Please reroute to a “geologist, t-shirt, and country music” combo.

 

Change of the Day:  Why not look up the local rock group? And, if they’re all wearing sleeveless shirts…just walk on by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to Back Problems April 15, 2014

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I made the mistake of trying to put a piece of paper into my recycling bag yesterday. Naturally, this threw my back out.

 

Change of the Day: Improve my core muscles. And maybe get some to start with.

 

 

 

 

I’m Not Sure I Remember How To Do A Wheely April 14, 2014

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Road trips are one of my favourite things to do. I like driving. I also like stopping. When you stop, you can find some very cool things to see and do. I remember stopping at the Terry Fox Memorial back in 2000 and seeing one of the funniest sights of that trip: A little girl was walking her cat on a leash…while it was still in its cat carrier. Fortunately, the carrier was on wheels.

 

Thinking about that led me to thinking about putting my next vacation on wheels. Have I really reached the age where I find RVing appeals to me? Has roaming the open road come to include “as long as I can sleep in a bed every night?”  Aw, who am I kidding? Needing a comfy bed has been part of the travel experience since I was about 30. But putting that bed on wheels is new!

 

Change of the Day:  Look into the pros and cons of renting an RV for an extended trip. And then, look into getting a cat carrier on wheels.

 

When The Answering Machine Has a Sex Change Operation April 13, 2014

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My answering machine is part of my phone. I had a message on it that was as standard as peas and carrots. I mentioned the phone number, asked callers to leave a message and assured them I would get back to them “as soon as I can.”  Okay, so, “as soon as I can,” should have been prefaced by, “once I remember to check for messages,” then, “I will get back to you as soon as I can.”  No point offering a speedy response when the answering machine is in the dining room and I never go in there anymore. Eventually, the dog drags a toy in there, I follow to pick it up and voila! I’ll see the flashing light on the machine.

 

After I ignore it for a day or two, I actually listen to the messages.  The only problem is many of the messages are hang-ups. Why? Because the answering machine message is now delivered by a man. Suddenly my recorded message is gone and this deep-voiced man is offering to take messages from my callers. What’s really funny about this is my ex-husband’s answering machine did the same thing only his callers were treated to a message from a British woman.

 

As I’m writing this, it’s occurred to me that maybe I promised myself I would change the message earlier this year. Egad, I may have put something off again. I bet nobody saw that coming.

 

Change of the Day:  Record a new answering machine message. And, maybe do it in a British accent. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Funny Thing About Babies Is… April 12, 2014

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The funny thing about babies is they can drool on you and you think it’s cute. As a friend recently said, it must be confusing to start out life drooling, burping and farting to applause only to have those same behaviours fall out of favour just a year or so later.

 

Poor kids. We set them up to be confused by our expectations.

 

We have one baby in our extended family at the moment. He is surrounded by people who LOVE him enormously. But, he doesn’t see me very often. Obviously, this is a terrible situation for him. Who else will teach him that up is down and down is up?

 

Change of the Day: Spend more time with my little buddy. And, try to resist messing him up.

 

The Power to Change

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I got a bill from our electric utility and was surprised to see that instead of a lower bill than the same time last year, my bill was higher. To me this meant someone had to be running a secret meth lab in the basement because I was certain I’d been extra vigilant in turning off lights and reducing my overall power usage. Ah, but the truth eventually catches up to us and even though the lights were off the power-sucking treadmill, printers, chargers, etc., were still plugged in. And, I had two children living with me who are extremely capable of being blamed for the higher charges whether it was their fault or not. (When in doubt, deflect responsibility.)

 

Change of the Day: Unplug. And, maybe move somebody new in to shift the blame to eventually.