Friday, August 29, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Things to consider when it's hot outside

I came across a few tips in the August 2014 edition of Natural Awakenings on how to stay safe when in the heat. I've highlighted a few of them from the article below:

  1. Stay in shaded areas and avoid the sun
  2. Wear light clothing and a hat
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Check on the elderly and more vulnerable
  5. Never leave another person or animals in a parked vehicle


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

You're getting a physical

I decided to go to my primary care physician, recently. As I explained to the doctor, I was building a list of ailments before visiting him.

Actually, the reason why I decided to visit the doctor was because I suffered a server headache. Well, I call it server because I almost passed out after feeling an intense pain on the right side of my head. Of course, it was after drinking four cups of coffee and about 12 ounces of green tea. Plus, it was soon after doing something some men who are lonely do to relief themselves.

Nonetheless, the headache stayed around throughout the day and into the next. My vision and sense of smell was sensitive. My neck and back muscles were stiff. I blamed allergies and caffeine, but perhaps there was something more that I just didn't know.

I shared my symptoms to the doctor and waited for him to give me the answer.

"Does anyone in your family suffer migraines?" he asked.

I thought about my mom suffering migraines when she was young, but she says that it was more stress related. "No," I responded.

"Does anyone in your family have diabetes?"

"Well, not really."

"Your dad?"

"I think he has type 2."

"That's diabetes," he was quick to respond.

So, my dad says he has "borderline diabetes." However, to my doctor, you either have diabetes or not.

"Take off your shirt," he directed, "your getting a physical."

It had been four years since my last physical. I thought I was good for another two years or so. For God-sake, I'm not even 40 yet.

After checking my breathing and stomach, he directed me to stand in front of him, "Drop'em."

I looked under the examination bed and noticed the latex glove. "Oh, no." I thought and perhaps said out loud. Was I going to get a finger in the rectum?

"No. Just face me and drop your underwear," he said as I was bending over the corner of the examination table.

After checking my testicles, he asked me to give some blood and urine for sampling. He then told me that he would call me the following morning with the results.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer break is over

Summer break is over and that means back to a normal routine. No more staying up late. No more playing video games past 8:30 in the evening.

It also means my son will be experiencing 5th grade. It's the last year he will be in elementary school. 

After this year, it'll be a totally different experience for him; especially, since he will be mixed in with other kids from other schools. Middle school is when cliques start to form and also lifelong friends.

So, in a way, this year is both exciting and frightening for me as a parent. Next year, will I have the strength to lead my son through adolescence.

School Bus 1940 by United States Department of Agriculture

Saturday, August 23, 2014

My wife in South Padre Island

Photo taken on August 23, 2008 using the Sony DSC-W120.