Friday, August 27, 2010

"Pollution" describes the state of my computer online

Since I can't access my photos at Doc's I had to borrow one of his drawings for my new header. I think my polluted online computer is partly my own fault due to my nervous habit of pushing buttons when something goes wrong instead of just stopping and backing away. I know my son Dan can get me out of this mess, and he will help me to decide the best thing to do with it. Waiting a few days for him to return to Phoenix would be better than letting some resident who says, "I might be able to fix it" even get near my computer.
I have been out under the trees this morning having coffee with disgruntled residents, but they were all sober! I have decided I even prefer them disgruntled and less intelligent to my erstwhile breakfast companion Doc who fixes him a drink on first arising. I got into a rather heated discussion with a new resident who said these people in here were so crazy, etc. etc. he was moving as soon as he could. I said well, how can your criticize them for what you are doing yourself? I think you have had an attitude ever since you moved in. You sounded like the original angry man. He admitted he had an attitude all right, but why is his attitude better than their attitudes? He started to get angry and I said, "if we are going to have a discussion, don't you want the truth from me?" He said that I could tell him the truth of what I thought, so I did get through to him, even though the conversation was partly unpleasant and took energy. Then the friends he has made came and he soon left, and so they discussed some trouble they had with him, even though they were the ones who finally got him to smile and show a little charm.
Now I am here at Doc's and resisting any effort he is making to 'make up.' He asked me to come and have lunch. I said no, no, no. I have had all the lunches and breakfasts I am going to have with this inebriated man. I am here strictly to do business. I am going to check his e-mail and facebook acct. as he asked as soon as I finish my blog entry.
He asked me if he could get me anything to the store, and I said no no no. I plan to go to the Silvercrest for lunch and start setting up a video I want to do of the master over there playing pool. I am trying to decide how to shoot it. I would like to hold the camera myself which means I won't be able to play, but later on I can do another one maybe with us playing a game, he and I. Then I want to do at least one more at the pool with Kevin and I in the water. He didn't swim this morning, so it is possible I might have to do that one by myself. I spent a couple of hours talking to an interesting guy in the pool named Victor. He was wearing what he calls 'life saver shoes.' He says you can't drown in them. I told him it bothered me for him to wear shoes into the pool. He said they were swimming shoes and he never wore them anywhere else, but I still think they got a little dirty on the way to the pool area and he should wear other shoes to that point. But he got so stimulated by my objection that he showed me his diabetic toes he was trying to cover up, and I could see why. He has lost 3 toes altogether and he is only 60. He also has an ulcer which he says if he opens that up someway and it gets infected, he will have to have his foot cut off above his ankle! I shuddered. He said when the skin looks 'pruney' it is time to get out. I was so nervous I told him he should get out when we forgot time. So we both got out and went on talking another hour on the bench by the swimming pool, and he described to me all the risks that go with advanced diabetes including loss of kidney function. He said his kidney function has been down to 35 percent for 4 years and if he is not very very careful he will go below and he will have to spend all those hours in dialysis. He said he does not want his foot cut off as that will mean another long hospital stay. He says diabetes is epidemic and there are a lot of people in his predicament and there will be a whole lot more with so many young people getting it earlier and earlier from obesity. He had me scared to death before he was through, but he did assure me I would not get diabetes at my age and should just go on being careful as I have been doing. As I do have high blood pressure and need to keep my weight down and exercise to help my kidney function among other things.
I am starting to look more toned from exercising in the pool and I will be able to walk in another month or so. We don't walk when it's around 110 in Phoenix! About all you can do is exercise indoors or swim. We are so fortunate to have this beautiful swimming pool.
I have seen Victor, the diabetic, in the pool before, and will again now we have talked. See I am getting around better. And connecting up to real live people more, which I think is so important, as I already feel energy flowing from them!
If you only stay inside and watch TV you don't get that energy flow from people. I am getting proved to me again how important interaction with people is in staying healthy. It is a challenge to talk to these people and get along with them, but the rewards start coming with persistence--renewed vigor.
I hope my videos will soon reflect this vigor from going to different locations and involving more people! Then you, too, will get the benefit of a change in my life style through my blog and videos.

5 comments:

Missie said...

My mom does the same thing with her computer. I keep telling her she makes it worse by constantly pushing keys to make it work. LOL

Enjoy your weekend.

kanyonlandking-annk.blogspot.com said...

Victor is right about swimming shoes. Many people wear them now, not only for protection from hurt or scrubs on bottom and sides, but because they seem to work well for people already in trouble. We have many kids that use the shoes. I think they just want to wear shoes in the water (fun!). Of course they are invaluable in lakes or ocean.

Gerry said...

I had no idea they even manufactured such a thing as swimming shoes to keep you afloat. Trust a dedicated swimmer, teacher, like yourself to know, Ann. By the way, how are your feet? Since you are a diabetic, he had me worried about all diabetics. Now other diabetics tell me their feet look terrible and some doctor wants to cut them off. Betty in here said she will die before she lets them cut off her feet and legs. She expects to die this year as she also has melanoma that has spread, and she is going blind, too. But she still drives a scooter and fast! A guide is supposed to go in front of her to make sure she does not hit anyone! There are so many dark legs in here this must be the capital of bad legs. Everybody is nursing legs. Mine big fat ones aren't so healthy either. These talks should be very good for my dieting and exercising. I will be scared thinner!

Gerry said...

I had no idea they even manufactured such a thing as swimming shoes to keep you afloat. Trust a dedicated swimmer, teacher, like yourself to know, Ann. By the way, how are your feet? Since you are a diabetic, he had me worried about all diabetics. Now other diabetics tell me their feet look terrible and some doctor wants to cut them off. Betty in here said she will die before she lets them cut off her feet and legs. She expects to die this year as she also has melanoma that has spread, and she is going blind, too. But she still drives a scooter and fast! A guide is supposed to go in front of her to make sure she does not hit anyone! There are so many dark legs in here this must be the capital of bad legs. Everybody is nursing legs. Mine big fat ones aren't so healthy either. These talks should be very good for my dieting and exercising. I will be scared thinner!

kanyonlandking-annk.blogspot.com said...

My feet look surprisingly good. I get a heavy feeling once in awhile if I sit too long...then I sit on the floor and stretch or get up and go. I started doing some exercises to strengthen the muscles around knees (to avoid knee surgery)..they do help and I only get a twinge there once in awhile. I miss the kids because once I was on the floor, so were they. We all exercised (they tumbled)together...I kept a pad for them to do stunts. I hear Meadow has organized a squad..one boy can jump from a table and go in flat splits. He impress her. She said he was really short.


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