Last month my brother had emergency surgery on his small intestine. Results from testing the part removed was a cancerous growth causing the blockage. Unlock my sister, my brother and his wife are keeping folks informed. While the doctors feel they got all the cancer, he will be starting chemo for precautionary reasons, as I understand. He is the oldest in the family, 18 years older than me.
Illness has been rampant in my extended family lately. Please keep good thoughts for positive outcomes for them both-I really appreciate it. It is odd to me to be dealing with this with my siblings. These are illnesses many of my friends are facing with their parents, but when you come from a large family with such wide age ranges, the oldest are not that much younger than some of my friends parents.
Today I'll have serious thoughts of getting in better shape, not letting my own bad habits contribute to my medical demise. I wish I could keep that resolve tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that. I don't smoke, have never smoked, and so far, my cholesterol is in check. But, I know the extra wight makes my heart work harder-perhaps too hard. While I had a clean colonoscopy last January, not eating enough vegetables and still eating too much sugar and simple carbs isn't a help to my colon health. I've started letting work and family pressure and deadlines build up, turning to too much caffeine which I know is causing a sleep disruption. I'm already doing too much binge watching and other screen time overindulgence.
Maybe biting things off again week to week in light of my families health scares, will kick start me in the right direction again. I've gotten complacent, but here are five resolves for the week.
- Get the simple white flour pastas, bread,and rice off my plate.
- Drink 16 ounces of water to and from work each day. Eliminate caffeine after noon.
- Wind down without electronics before going to bed.
- Start my morning with 10 minutes of quiet meditation/reflection.
- Despite the cold, bundle up, walk at least two extra blocks.