Spread too thin…

Well, I have been trying to make a post a bit more often but like the title says I’ve spread myself I bit thin…but, in a good way.

I have been hitting the gym consistently, today I did chest, tri’s, and calves. Maybe ill post one of my workout routine’s soon. However, one of the things about Cystic Fibrosis is you have to pace yourself or you’ll burn out quickly. So, basically every other day I have to “rest,” which in CF terms means: hang out around the house, don’t do anything too active, eat and drink a lot…and sleep as much as possible to allow the body to recover.

I’m not gonna lie I can deal with not being able to breathe well, put on weight easily, or even taking 100 pills a day. What I absolutely hate is “resting!”

There are only so many thing you can do before you start to go a little stir crazy…and it gets difficult. So, I’ve been taking on a few new projects, trying to get my foot in the door in a couple of new situations…just for some change of pace.

And, also to try to acquire some new income streams. Since working a 9-5 is kinda out of the question for me, I have to be creative. Its a bit of a pain in the ass.\

But, recently having a few things going on simultaneously, trying to keep a steady workout routine, and taking care of my CF stuff I have a bit more on my plate than I usually do and I can feel it, and the pressure.

So, I guess that’s good problems to have…things can ALWAYS get worse…lol. As such I like to enjoy myself as much as I can when things are going “well.”

Anyway, hope everyone is having a good week. Its almost Wednesday so that’s cool…but, I appricaite you reading!

-p.s. I added a new body hack, and daily tip, the focus is working out, and nutrition based on health benefits…check them out!

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Hitting the GYM!

So, I haven’t been posting as much recently, which wasn’t intentional…I had been feeling a bit crappy for a while.

However, lately I have been pretty busy and just haven’t had much free time. As I’ve been trying to create a positive snowball effect of things to improve my life a little bit.

I have been consistently hitting the gym..an working out with a trainer friend of mine. Gains son! Lol, anyway…I have been seeing some pretty decent results not in just physical appearance, which used to be the most important thing to me…wanted to look good when I took my shirt of, haha…but, also in actual applicable strength. Something that I know many CFer’s deal with when they go extended periods being stuck in bed, or being told by Dr.’s to “take it easy…”

It is very easy to develop a sedentary lifestyle when you have something like CF or anything that is chronic and debilitating, it becomes almost SOP to take is easy. It takes less to feel sick, especially when you don’t limit what you do, so putting limits on yourself is just almost a knee-jerk reaction.

So, I used to be pretty heavy into body building, I weighed like 160 and was pretty jacked especially because of my body frame, and the near 0% body fat, lol…CF does have some benefits, even if they are kind of shallow…I went a good long time away from the gym, but I had some muscle memory still and the first couple workouts were surprisingly beneficial. Then you hit that “wall” where you really have to push through because you aren’t seeing the same instant results you were seeing for those first couple of workouts back.

Now, it had been about 1.5 months and I’ve been pretty consistent, I’m seeing some new muscle definition after breaking through that wall of resistance you get for the first but of time you start lifting again…its kind of a strange feeling to describe, but you feel “off, slow, weak, out of place, unsure of yourself, or even unsure of your workout routine…”

It took a few weeks for that to go away but, since I’ve experienced it before I knew I had to keep at it and let myself feel the frustration, so that I could feel when I passed that wall…and sure enough I did, I started being able to lift more, seeing more perpetual pumps, and generally having more energy and strength during the days.

It goes without saying that the physically visual benefits of working out are what a lot of people go for, I used to be one of them…but, as I’ve seen more CF related problems come into my life the impact that isn’t outwardly visible is WAY more of what I’m going for…useful, applicable strength, and generally feeling better…that’s what I hit the gym hard for. Don’t get my wrong though, it’s a great feeling to go into the locker room post workout, pull off your shirt, and see he visual improvements of killing a workout.

Well, this is a pretty long post, but I wanted to jump back in with both feet. I am going to go back to doing a couple of posts a week, as well as some new body/CF life hacks…and now I have a few more that I had forgotten over the years.

So, if you have something life CF or any chronic illness that greatly restricts what you can/can’t do sometimes the benefits of pushing that “I don’t feel good, I’m just gonna take it easy” feeling out of the way, sucking It up, blasting a few albuterol shots, and just getting out and doing what you need/want to do outweighs the consequences you will end up facing. For me the biggest one is actually psychological. And there’s an incredible benefit and feeling to know I could have stayed home but I sucked it up and did my thing anyway.

Hope everyone has a good rest of the week, thanks for taking the time to read!

–  Will

another late night, or early morning

Well, its almost 4:45am and I’m still awake. I dozed for a bit but my sleeping schedule has been extremely strange of late. I sleep a few hours and am awake for several, rinse and repeat…it sucks.

I have been in a very peculiar situation for the past couple of years, in that I have a better control and understanding of what my life with CF is going to look like as I get older, but it also changes slightly everyday, no days are completely predictable of even able to be planned for and it is pressuring me to figure out how to make this situation work to my benefit, or at least be able to benefit while dealing with my situation. Which is very damn hard, and not pleasant at all!

I just wrote my first blog for a few months a couple of days ago, and got a decent number of people reading It as well as a few new followers which is always a nice surprise. But, to be honest, I realize everyday more and more how much different my life is going to be than any kind of “normal” I had ever pictured as a kid and it is a bummer to say the least.

The only options I really have are “outside the box” type things, since regular places of employment either can’t accommodate my schedule, or I accidentally cough during the interview, lol…in which case I get extremely strange, albeit concerned looks, followed by: “are you ok?” or “do you cough like that all the time?” at which point I have to explain in detail what Cystic Fibrosis is, and that is isn’t contagious…and then the obligatory “thank you for coming in, we’ll let you know…” Which never happens oddly enough. I get it…I sound like someone who has been smoking since they were 2 and is probably gonna keel over the second I stand up out of the chair, haha.

Anyway, enough ranting for one day.

Ill be getting back to my daily life/body hacks posts soon, I actually have quite a few stocked up, and hopefully the tone will be a little more upbeat. So, thank you for reading and please know I welcome any questions or comments, or even suggestion…about anything. Hope everyone has a great rest of the week! Appreciate you stopping by…

-Will

The Return…

So, it has been a pretty long time since I’ve posted anything, I haven’t been doing too well health wise, but trying to keep my spirits up.

I had some really bad CF rundown, and then a week ago I had a broken tooth extracted…that’s 3 now in less than 2 years, ughhh!

But, I don’t want to let this blog go stagnant, however I have to admit it has been low on my list of priorities, especially being in pain and not being able to take pain medicine…I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I have had a problem with pain meds in the past, doctors will fuck you up if you’re not careful…

Anyways, I’m doing a good bit better now, still not totally healed up, but on my way for sure…hopefully!?

After my Mollie girl left us, I had a pretty rough couple of weeks, then an extraction and now I’m finally starting to come out the other side, but its a bitch to say the least.

However, I am a strong willed person and I wont let things defeat me anymore, besides killing me I’m not gonna stop. So, good…but, kind of morbid I know, lol…

Well, I just wanted to get back into the swing of things and get y’all updated on my situation…im not dead…lol! I hope everyone has had a good spring break, Easter, or anything you’ve been up to really…

And finally, I will be posting regularly again, and am actually thinking about upgrading my site subscription for some different benefits and more personalization, maybe starting to branch out a bit and see how it goes…so wish me luck!

Thanks for reading and hope everyone is doing well!

– Will

 

Watchathon Week!

So, it’s been a rough time for me recently, if you’ve read any of the recent posts…the few I have made…you will know I’ve been sick, my dog had to be taken in to be put down, and all kinds of horrible shit.

CF life is terrible in and of itself, but when you get even one thing extra that adds pressure, stress, angst, pain, anything really that isn’t easy to deal with it gets really f#cked up. Everything becomes exponentially harder.

So, there are certain times when it isn’t as hard because something (an outside variable) makes stuff easier to disregard.

Well, this week is watch-a-thon week on demand, with X-Finity…I live in an area where the cable company I have really has a monopoly on the area. It sucks sometimes, but there are benefits, and I am currently in the middle of one of those benefits: “watch-a-thon week,” it basically opens up the channels like Starz, Showtime, etc. you can either watch shows that you don’t have access to unless you pay for the particular channel, or you can watch the movies on demand on those channels. It’s pretty cool, it lasts about a week, and it allows you to catch up or watch stuff you wouldn’t get to unless you pay for those premium channels, which I don’t…lol.

Well, that’s what I have been and will be doing for the next couple of days, and I will be watching a bunch of movies, and maybe some cool TV shows I don’t know yet, i’ll figure it out when I run out of movies I want to watch, if that happens.

Right now I am watching a movie called “Freaks of Nature” it’s like a mix between “Can’t Hardly Wait, Final Destination, and Twilight/Walking Dead”…lol. Pretty funny, and a crazy vampire/alien/zombie/human integration movie…nice!

Anyways, hope all is well with everyone, and have a good week!

Damn!

Well, its been a while since I’ve made a post, been having a pretty hard time recently.

We had to take my dog to the vet the other day, she’s had cancer and had a tumor…we were given a diagnosis a year ago that she’d only be able to go for 2 months, we had her for an additional 14, and without any pain we were comfortable having her stay with us…as the vet put it “she doesn’t know she’s sick, so as long as she isn’t in pain, she’ll be fine.”

So, we brought her home started feeding her only home cooked food, and making sure she got lots of extra outside time and loving, well it paid off and I got to have my sweet girl around for a while longer…but, as I didn’t want to have her be in any pain at all, the second I realized she was having pain we took her into the vet, and they confirmed the suspicion, so we did the humane thing, and didn’t keep her around being in pain.

As I was saying goodbye and tears were streaming down my face and onto her greying hair, I thought about all the times I had cried into her fur and she always laid right there and allowed me to release my pain with no judgement, especially when I had no one else around. She was an angel…that’s for sure.

Saying goodbye was one of the hardest things ive ever done, but it was her time, I do miss her every second of everyday though, especially when she would be on my heels, and now she isn’t…im still having bouts of crying and missing her next to me.

In time I may get another dog, but not right now. Being a CF patient brings with it a lot of weird things regular people just won’t ever have to think about…I honestly thought I wouldn’t be here without her. Going through the shit I go through without her is miserable, and I have to remember to keep my head up where before she would bring a smile to my face.

I miss her…

Stay Positive

So, lately I’ve been having a rough time both physically with the Cystic Fibrosis, and also a little bit mentally.

Physically, I’ve been having a rough time with the allergy season, It has sapped my energy, and made my face itchy, watery, and red…lol…it sucks…

Mentally, I’m having a bit of trouble, I’m alone a lot and I’m struggling to figure out what to do with my downtime, especially when I don’t have energy to do shit…

Making yourself do things when you don’t feel good is one thing, but when you feel extra shitty, its damn near impossible, and when moving is taxing it takes it to a whole new level.

I see and hear about what people are doing and it bums me out…I try my hardest to stay positive, which is very hard to do, and 5 years ago I would’ve had a serious breakdown by now, probably gone on a bender and paid for it for several months afterwards. Now, I have gotten my shit together since then, but mentally it is never going to be easy to go through life with CF.

I am always going to have to be strong mentally, not being rock solid will lead to my demise, and not metaphorically, but literally…it definitely takes a toll on you knowing things will NEVER get easier, in fact they’ll only get harder.

It is a mind f#ck and then some…but, I am strong, and I will stay positive, and I will make it…

I have made the resolve of my inner strength being solid, I have an iron will, and it cant be broken. Maybe temporarily damaged, but nothing will ever break me totally again, ever. To tell the truth knowing that is the only thing that keeps me going…is that I wont break, life will have to get rid of me to break me, and even then I hope to leave behind a legacy that outlasts my time here physically.

With that I’m gonna go listen to some rap, and get in the mood to dominate when I wake up tomorrow!! Do what you gotta do…

 

Been Gone…

I haven’t made a post in a few days, been having a rough time CF stuff. But, I did want to make a post and throw it up…

I have noticed something lately that I don’t really know how to approach but ill try.

So, I don’t have nearly as many friends as I used to, I have acquaintances, and I have a few close friends. However, it is very hard to keep friends when you constantly have to disappear for several days at a time to tend to your health and physical ailments.

I have slowly lost fiends over the years for many different reasons some of which were my choice, some weren’t, some were ridiculous reasons, but then there’s those people who juts kind of fade away not for any particular reason. Those I think are the hardest to come to terms with. I was going through my phone the other day trying to clear out some old unused contacts and I noticed I was deleting a lot of “old friends” numbers…

It is something we all come to terms with when we start getting older people drift apart…its unavoidable. But, that doesn’t mean it makes it any easier to do or even accept.

Anyways, just wanted to throw it out there, if you have an old friend and you haven’t talked to them in a while, reach out. It is something we all need to do more of. We allow social media to kind of fill in that spot but really how many close fiends do you still have that you have had since say college? Its drastic how many people are out of my life that I never thought would be.

Feeling better!

So, if you’re following any of my posts you know I had a small breakdown just a day ago…well, like I said in that post they don’t last too long  and I already feel a good bit better.

But, it did a number on me that day, and night…so much so that I had to dip into my reserve of anxiety meds which I don’t like to take a lot for that particular reason, when I need them I NEED them to work…lol. and the less you take them the better they work when you need them.

With something like Cystic Fibrosis this kind of thing is unavoidable, it happens incrementally thought the week, you have ups and downs, but some days are literally just hell on earth type days, that one was falling into that category for sure!

Anyways, I handled it as best I could, and shared it with y’all to show you how easily it is to go from “good” to “bad” with something like CF and not in a physical way (well yes physically) but that time more so mentally…So, I took my meds, meditated, then hooked up to some video games to blow some steam off…it worked, by the time late night/early morning rolled around I was able to sleep a bit, and today am doing much better!

So, with that I am going to go watch some basketball, as Northwestern made history today making it into and then winning their first NCAA tournament, something 78 years in the making. But, that and a couple of other games totally screwed my bracket up…oh well, that’s “March Madness” for you…lol.

Hopefully everyone has a good rest of the week, and if you’re watching these games have as much fun as I do getting into them!

 

 

 

The Plunge…this sucks!

Well, I’ve kind of been waiting for this to happen for a few days since I’ve been naturally feeling not terrible, and have been enjoying watching some really good basketball games…I’ve been elated, enjoying the natural high of life. But…waiting for the other shoe to drop.

It just hit me like a ton of bricks, as I am sitting here watching some game recaps, I feel that nasty pit of the stomach feeling start to churn, it is angst, dread, fear, loneliness, just discomfort on a deep psychological level. The other side of the effect of waiting for the other shoe to drop type feeling, well it has dropped. And it is ripping my stomach apart as I try to control it.

I literally just made a post probably less than an hour ago, and I wasn’t in this mood. I know all people experience this kind of thing, just maybe not in this amplified of an impact. Having Cystic Fibrosis I am used to dealing with discomfort both physically and mentally, and I have a pretty well developed sense of how it is impacting me and how I can keep it in check. Having said that, I also have NO control sometimes, and this is one of those times.

I am sitting here at 12:30 am, I’m alone, and uncomfortable…in a terrible way. These are the times I anticipate with fear, almost more than anything else. The feeling of dread fills my mind, and my stomach in trying to rip its way out of my body to find an escape.

I usually wouldn’t share this type of stuff, I wasn’t raised to complain, but I’m trying to be as real as possible and make this site/blog raw, real, and not sugar coated…I was raised well, and raised with the idea that you don’t complain unless you need to, “don’t cry wolf” I guess would be the best way to describe my discipline in this area. There are times I need help, physically, and even mentally…but, if I always say how crappy I feel I would be complaining almost constantly and more so when it gets bad, but this is one of those times. So,where I usually just suffer in silence as to not create stress and tension among the ones I love, I am using this as my outlet. Trying to share my pain in an attempt to understand it better myself, but also to show how much of an impact something like CF has one people aside from the physical affects.

Obviously, this will subside at some point…but I don’t know when. So, until then I will try to distract myself with meditation, video games, TV, anything to take my mind off of this for just enough time for it to fall to the back burner in my already scrambled brain. As I said I don’t usually share this stuff because it Is my shit to deal with, I am trying to be more open, and hopefully shed some light on what impact an invisible illness has on the person, like I said, aside from the physical impact.

So, with that I am off to distract myself, I apologize if this post seems to just be a long winded complaint. That wasn’t really my intention, but I think it was the outcome.