It’s finally here! My official “Back from Obesity” Book Signing Tour begins at the Long Beach Coffee Roasters tomorrow, Saturday, October 25, from 10-12, and continues at 3 Cups Coffee in Astoria from 1:30-3:30. I’m hoping to see lots of friends, old and new, and I know I’ll have a fabulous time at each place. Please stop by for some coffee, conversation, and of course, I’d love it if you bought a book or two!
“Back from Obesity: My 252-pound Weight-loss Journey” was written to inspire and encourage others to get their lives back on track. After a decade at living close to 400 pounds, I came back from morbid obesity to a healthy size and lifestyle WITHOUT gastric bypass, lap band surgery, diet pills, liquid fasts, extreme exercise, or any other “drastic” measures.
I’m not a celebrity, and I certainly couldn’t afford a personal chef or trainer, but I managed to find a way out of a definitely life-shortening situation. And while it’s not a “how to” book, inside the story of my personal journey a reader will learn the tips, tricks, and tools I used to reclaim my life. One day at a time.
I hope to see a lot of you tomorrow! Stop by at either place for a great cup of joe!
I cleaned out my DVR the other day. Deleted everything I’d watched, or didn’t care to ever watch, changed the settings on a few shows, added a few, and generally tidied things up. And when I was finished with my technological housekeeping, I had to stop to laugh at myself.
Now generally, once I watch something, it’s done, and I do not need (or have the time) to see it again. But in my cache, I saved four programs. Four very different programs. And it immediately occurred to me that my entire life could be summed up and psychologically examined by what I had chosen to keep.
And since the NSA already knows what shows I saved, my faithful blog readers may as well also enjoy the insights into how my brain works.
1) The Night that Changed America: The fabulous special on the Fab Four. The 50-year anniversary of the night The Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
3) The 2014 Kentucky Derby (complete with all the pre-race back stories): California Chrome, a “rags to riches” horse, claims the roses and inspires soaring hope for the “Dumb Ass” little guys everywhere.
4) Dancing with the Stars, 2014 finale: In my opinion, Meryl and Maks dancing for the trophy is one of the most romantic and knee-swooning moments ever broadcast.
So there you have it: My brain in a nutshell.
Now I have to ask: What shows have YOU saved? Go take a look. Take your psyche for a little spin. A DVR is a lot cheaper than therapy…
And today is my last Saturday to take a deep breath before winding up and stepping to the plate, if you don’t mind mixing my baseball metaphors. I’m getting ready to plunge full steam ahead into the marketing phase of book signings and bazaars.
New on my sale table this year is “Back from Obesity: My 252-pound Weight-loss Journey,” a 272-page tome, complete with “Then” and “Now” photos documenting my progress. I wrote this book to inspire, encourage, and motivate others who would like to get their health back on track and live a happier life.
I also have many other books available, including some very entertaining “Chicken Soups” of Crazy Cat Stories, the Joys of Home Ownership, and Miracles All Around Us in addition to seven other volumes written all by myself.
But today is a day of gathering my energy and thoughts and plotting the next couple months. I’ll be dividing my time three ways: Hillsboro still taking the lion’s share of my time, then Bazaars, then maybe a few nights at home, reloading for the next sale venue.
“They say” Christmas is coming, but I may be too busy to notice!
I like bright colors. I like realistic images. But I also like impressionistic avant garde “fun” paintings. In truth, there’s not a lot of rhyme or reason for choosing the pictures I bring into my home.
Picture one, above left, was a no-brainer. Rick and I went to Italy in May, 2012, and this picture looks a lot like the Amalfi Coast. I fell in love with it immediately.
Picture two, on the right, is a deck near the water with a plentitude of hanging fuschia baskets. My best guess is that those particular red and white flowers are called “Swingtime.” I love fuschias, and plant hanging baskets (as my mother did) every year. I even have a fuschia (and hummingbird) tattoo.
Picture three, back on the left, just makes me happy. I hung it in Rick’s office on a hugely naked and waiting wall, and as I work here on his computer, glancing up at it always gives me reason to smile.
I guessed correctly; Rick loves all three pictures. And the best part? Two of those pieces of art came from thrift shops and one from a garage sale. Total spent: Less than $15. And that makes me quite delirious with joy!
First thing in the morning, he weighs and takes his temperature. We write those down, along with the monitor numbers on his controller. On non-shower days, it’s then time for his driveline dressing change, before he gets dressed for the day.
iRick reclines on his bed. First step is for me to take off my rings and wash my hands. Then I close the bedroom doors and windows and turn off the fan. I put on non-sterile gloves and use disinfectant wipes on the designated procedure table.
Next, I lay out the materials I will need: two antiseptic scrubbies, one package of split sterile gauze, one package of regular gauze, a package of skin protectant, two sections of overlay tape, and a set of sterile gloves.
Then we both don paper procedure masks. No way are we going to blow our germs on his open wound! I remove yesterday’s dressing and discard it in a designated waste basket. I check for redness, swelling, or any oozing where the driveline enters iRick’s body. Next I remove the non-sterile gloves and open the packages laid out on the dressing table, careful not to touch them or let them touch the outside of their packaging.
I use antiseptic hand solution, and when my hands are dry, put on the sterile gloves. It’s tricky and sometimes frustrating, and the hardest part for me is to get the gloves on correctly without compromising their sterility.
Rub-a-dub with one of the scrubbie tools around his wound site, then wait for 30-60 seconds while the antiseptic kills any germs. Then scrubbie number two, same procedure, making sure to work out from the center and along the driveline and waiting a full minute this time.
Finally, I straddle the driveline with “two by two” split gauze dressings and cover it with the solid gauze. I use skin protectant all the way around the dressing before taping the whole thing securely in place. Once a week, I also change his “Foley Anchor,” which is like a soft plastic tie-down which keeps a gentle loop between the exit site and the Controller so it doesn’t compromise the driveline if the Controller is dropped or pulled away from him.
Shower days there’s a whole ‘nother set of things to do prior to the dressing change, focusing on a “waterproof” shower bag for his Controller and batteries, and pasting on transparent windows over his driveline exit and taping it down all around before he gets into the shower. (Nope, iRick says this is not a photo op!)
Fortunately, the daily changes are only for the first 30 days or so after coming home, so early in November, if there are no signs of infection, and I predict there won’t be, iRick will go to weekly sterile dressing changes.
Which is certainly something we both look forward to!