I thought I'd compile a list of some of the questions I've been asked over the past month:
Q. When are you going to update the blog?
A. I’m doing so right now! Follow along!
Q. Does a quiet blog = a busy life?
A. Nope. A quiet blog = a dead home computer. It’s about 1995 in my house right now.
Q. When are your next medical appointments?
A. My next rheumatology appointment is Feb. 4 and I see my nephrologist on March 25. But I'm going to U-M for lab work on Monday, Jan. 14. This is to monitor the amount of protein in my urine and to see if the higher dosage of blood pressure medicine is making a difference. I'm very curious to see the results.
Q. How are you feeling?
A. In a word, encouraged. My energy level is the highest its been in a long time. I think the alternative therapies (acupressure, acupuncture) are contributing to my improved overall health. I am sleeping well and have learned the art of getting enough rest.
Q. Are you running?
A. No. I go for walks every day and have a new pedometer to track how much walking I do at work every day. But that's about all for now.
Q. Do you think you'll try another 5K?
A. Definitely. I haven't chosen one yet but will look for a race in June or July. That will give me enough time to prepare. The hard lesson from my September 5K was that I'm not the athlete I used to be, and running a 5K is fairly taxing on my body. So I want to make sure I train properly. I could use training partners so if anyone wants to run with me this spring, please let me know.
Q. Are there any National Kidney Foundation of Michigan events coming up?
A. There's a Kidney Walk in Grand Rapids on April 28 that I'm thinking about doing. I will be making a decision in the next month or so and, if I'm participating, I'll announce it on the blog.
Q. Why do you park in a driveway and drive in a parkway?
A. Dad? Is that you?