Super Bowl, RISE UP Falcons!

This is my second blog today, but it is Friday, and it is also a couple of days away from the Super Bowl. Now, I’m not a huge NFL guy…my sport is basketball, and my addiction/hobby is Golf, lol. However, I enjoy the fact that my city’s team is going to the ship! It’s been a while, so it’s nice, especially since it is one of those things that brings us together as a group of like-minded citizens, of the same community, all pulling for the same outcome. It’s a great thing to witness the crap we see, and deal with on a daily basis put aside for the love of the game.

So, hopefully I am going to be going to a buddy’s house down in the city of Atlanta to see him for a bit, probably watch the first half with him and his wife, as well as a few close friends. Then I am going to be heading back North to around where I live where a good family friend is throwing a Super Bowl block party, and it should be a lot of fun. Also, a few of my fraternity brother’s are going to be there with their wive’s, and being that I don’t get to see them often I am very excited.

Now, I am going to give a quick few tips about doing things like this with a condition like CF, or anything that requires lots of medications and making sure certain things are present or available. So here goes: Don’t stuff yourself the day before a day when you are going to be eating and drinking a lot, you will feel less lethargic and have more energy for the big day. Wake up and turn on some good music, music that you like to jam out to. Straighten up your surrounding a bit, as returning to a nice clean house/room is very pleasant, and reduces stress. Exercise! You will be eating and drinking a lot during the day of the game, usually “junk food” type stuff, and soda’s, beer, etc. This will give your body a good start to the day, and make room for all that good grub! After you get dressed, grab an extra change of clothes, just in case you spill a drink or sit on a plate of wings. Also, get all of your stuff together and load it up, then look at it a couple of times to make sure you have all of the things you need. After that, just get yourself ready and head out. Drive carefully, as the drunk folks will be out, in high numbers. But, enjoy the day, the game, the company of good friends and family, and the experience as a whole…getting to a Super Bowl is a big deal, everyone will be elated, and this will rub off on you.

Well, that’s about it for the Super Bowl festivities, and the day in general. Like I said, I hope everyone has a great time, and gets to watch a good game of football. To my Falcon fan’s RISE UP and let’s win this thing!!

CF Life tip of the day: An empty bottle cleaned and dried out, then lined with a plastic baggy is a great way to carry a re-usable spit bottle around. When you’re almost full, zip the baggy up, and throw it away, then put in a new one. Boom! Now you have to only bring 1 bottle for a day, and off to the races…you’re good to go for the whole day. For the cost of a couple plastic baggies.

CF Life Body Hack # 4: Keep a couple of small bottles of honey around the places you spend most of your time. It is an incredible superfood, and it tastes great! Also ,it is not possible for honey to go bad, it just crystalizes. If that happens stick in next to your body in your pocket for the body heat or pop in the microwave for a few minutes, and back to liquid it goes. It can coat your throat if you cough a lot, your esophagus & stomach lining if you’re having a lot of reflux. Alongside all of that it is great for a quick healthy pick me up, just pour a couple of spoonful’s down your gullet, and go about your day. Enjoy!

“Off the record”

YES, it’s Friday afternoon, and I have had a rough week. However, most of the time the silver lining of CF or life in general is only visible behind a cloud of unpleasantness. I have been trying to raise some awareness to this invisible illness Cystic Fibrosis, that so few American’s have, and in doing so I have realized some things about people in our society. The term out of sight out of mind is an insane thought until you put some thought behind how YOU operate in your day to day life. Think about it, when you have a sick friend, or pass a homeless person in your car, or see a dog get beat by some dickhead it bothers you, however as soon as that next thing pops into your brain its replacing that “bad feeling.” Its not that we do these things on  purpose, its just in our nature.

Imagine what the world would be like if every time we saw a homeless person we stopped and helped them. If every time we saw a sick friend we did everything in our power to make sure they were on the path to getting better, or at least getting help. These thought have lead me to a silver lining thought: We need to put our money where our mouth’s are. So, I am going to start doing this at least once a week, I am going to go out of my way to help somebody, but here’s the catch, none of what I do is going to be recorded, or even shared with anyone. I am going to do everything I can to keep it between me and the person I am helping. I could be something as simple as helping an older lady load her groceries, or getting a meal for a homeless person without asking first, “just do it” (as NIKE says…

This isn’t really a new concept, but it is one that isn’t employed enough, we too often just go about our business. Sadly, I am guilty of this as are most if not all of us. So, I ask that you reach out and help someone at least once a week, if not once a day. I know that’s asking a lot of people who are already very busy, and spread thin. But, I believe we can make more of a difference than we feel we can as one person, if it’s a bunch of us doing it the results will be amplified greatly. Now, it can be someone you know, or a total stranger…but, please be safe while doing this. Some people are looking to take advantage of kind-hearted people so use good judgement. With the Super Bowl just around the corner we are all planning a party, or making arrangements for gluttonous amounts of food and drink to be available to us. Meanwhile, just down the road the man on the corner is starving and sleeping outside. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own problems we forget to reach out and realize that there is always someone who has it worse.

I have Cystic Fibrosis, it sucks horribly, it’s painful, and it makes most daily activities very difficult…if not impossible. But, I have a bed to sleep in, clean clothes to wear, and food to put in my belly. I’m not asking you to go give everyone who looks down on their luck $100 bill…I am asking you to give them a bunch of bananas, or allow the lady with a crying baby and three toddlers to go in front of you in the checkout line, simple things that can have a greater impact than the action taken.

Hopefully your week wasn’t too rough, and have a great weekend. Be safe, there will be crazy, drunk, idiot’s out driving around from party to party watching football, and consuming huge amounts of alcohol. Enjoy the game, RISE UP, and watch the Falcon’s win this thing!