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OldBones-Larry

Mixed Results

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 26, 2019

I got the results of my latest blood tests yesterday. 

Everything seems to be holding steady.

However, family history seems to be catching up to me again.

Heart problems took my Mother and my Brother at younger ages. Both passed in their 50's.

My brother developed insulin-dependant Diabetes in his 20's. My Mother's blood sugar was over 500 when she passed away.

I have been plagued with low blood sugar since I was 28.

My brother did this before he slipped into Diabetes. Doctors termed it Pancreatic Burnout.

A little over a month ago I began having blood sugar spikes. My fasting sugar level began hitting 124, 128. and even 133.

My latest tests by the doctor says my A1C is 5.8. This is a good result. My blood glucose at the same time was 99. Barely in normal range according to the standards posted for this test.

I will now be taking a fasting sugar each morning.

Will I light up over these results?

NOPE!

I learned that the hard way. Some of my medical problems can be tracked to my smoking for all those years.

I will continue watching my test results, following my doctors instructions, and going to any tests and procedures that are deemed needed.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry

OldBones-Larry

The Journey

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 19, 2019

Five Years, Eight Months, Twenty eight Days ago I began my personal journey to where I am today.

It began with being laid out on an OR table while a surgeon tried to fix what had happened to my body. He bypassed three blockages in my Coronary Arteries.

For ten hours a machine kept me alive while the doctor worked. I was on that table for twelve hours.

I can’t remember the next three days as I was placed in a chemical coma. ICU is a haze of rousing up and being suctioned and then slipping back into blackness.

I was transferred to the cardiac floor to continue recovery on the fourth day. I was there for another week. That was a time of lung rehab, stretching to prevent strictures, and walking up and down the halls. They also included several trips into the stairwell as I was living in an upstairs apartment.

I went home and was back within a day as I had Pneumonia. That was another weeklong stay to treat that.

One and a half days home and back again as they thought I was having a coronary.

Three days later I was able to come home and stay.       

I spent the first 30 days of my quit working to stay away from smoking on my own. I then found this site and was welcomed with open arms.

I soon had to move to a downstairs apartment as weakness, very low blood pressure, and shortness of breath from COPD took their toll on my body.

I have since developed an Aortic Aneurysm, Hiatus Hernia, Barrett's Esophagus, and other vascular problems.

Many of the elders worked patiently with me and helped me through the rough spots.

I now spend my time here trying to encourage new travelers across the first part of their journey and then across NML.

Each person here has their own story of their quit journey. Stay on the trail and you can write your own quit journey.

It is my deepest wish that you new quitters have done so in time to bypass the terrible results of sickorette use.

Travel safely my friends and always be wary of traps that can ruin your quit.

I leave you with the following thought ….

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Heat Warning

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 18, 2019

This old Caravan Master suggests that everyone setup your tent and stay put for the day. 

A major heat wave is headed across the desert.Stay in your tent and drink lots of fluids.

Travel at night after the sun sets and, as soon as the heat rises each day, set up your tent and stay in for the day.

Be safe out there and travel wisely.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Be Wary

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 14, 2019

After finishing the clearing at the oasis, we began the journey to the next one. 

I noticed a light off of the trail. 

We decided to check it out and discovered it to be a band of people.

I recognized Luck E Strike, Mar L Boro, Virginia Slim, Chesterfield Jones, Paul Mall, Kool Jamison, and several others.

They were talking low and seemed to disagree on some points.

I thought they were up to no good and the Sheik agreed.

After a quick consultation, we decided to capture them and try to find out what they were doing.

We surrounded them and quickly captured them.

The Sheik suggested we take them far into the desert to question them so we wouldn't be interrupted.

Several miles into the sands we stopped and began questioning them.

They refused to answer my questions, so the Sheik suggested that I walk away and let him and his men do the questioning.

After several hours the Sheik came back to inform me that Nic and his crew were planning a lot of trouble for the travelers.

We spoke at length about what we should do with this bunch. 

I left them to the tender mercies of the Bedoins and rode off finally.

I doubt if I will ever see these folks again.

Take this as a warning to keep your eyes open for traps and be very careful on the trail. There could be an ambush or trap anywhere out here on the trail.

I want to see everyone on the other side of the desert.

Remember .....

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Just A Game

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 12, 2019

How many brands of sickorettes can we name?

I know there are many brands around the world.

Cigarillos can be included and also cigars.

I will also accept pipe tobacco brands.

I'll start with my downfall.... Cheyenne Cigarillo.

Your turn ....

OldBones-Larry

Good News

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 11, 2019

I talked to the Vascular Surgeon after the tests today.

He said that the arteries in my lower extremities have remained open and faired very well since the procedure 4 years ago.

The AAA however has grown. Not enough to need any action at this time, but it has enlarged a small bit.

Recheck in a year is the plan.

If it wasn't for the fact that I would probably fall over from Oxygen starvation, I would dance a fine Irish jigg.

I think I will just relax in my chair instead .

Next Doctor on the 23rd.

I want to thank everyone for keeping my in your thoughts today.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry

OldBones-Larry

Busy Time

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 10, 2019

Just a short post today.

I will be in the medical building most of tomorrow. I will be undergoing multiple ultrasound tests and cat scans.

They want to check arteries to make sure they are open. They are also checking my AAA to determine if it has gotten larger.

There is the possibility that they will go ahead and fix anything they find.

I will let you know more when I do.

Larry

Today I want to post the other part of this thought. I left the Part 1 off on purpose when I wrote the other post.

Quitting smoking is much as I described in Part 1.

Smoking is much as a sandstorm in your body. There is a large buildup of tar and other substances in your lungs, muscles ( like your heart), and many other areas.

Your brain becomes polluted with Nicotine and is fooled into thinking it needs it to continue doing it's job.

Now you have decided to quit smoking.

It doesn't, and can't happen overnight. It took years to build all these toxins up. Now it will take time to clean things up and retrain your mind and body to live without Nicotine.

You begin and take it one minute at a time. After a time you are going a day without thinking of smoking, then a week.

I won't say that you will never think of smoking again, but when you do, it will just be a fleeting thought.

Are you willing to work to clean up your body (oasis)?

Without it being cleaned your life is shortened considerably.

I learned late, but I learned well that I would not be here long without cleaning my oasis up.

It takes time, but it can definately be done.

As you must first clean the sands away, so must you clean out your body.

You clean and repair the oasis one thing at a time, so you must clean your body one step at a time.

Be safe and best wishes on your journey and your cleaning.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

There was a large sandstorm here last night. I came out of the tent this morning to find the waterhole here at the oasis full of sand.

I sent word to the Sheik for assistance and have begun clearing the sand from the area around the water. 

I will begin clearing that when I am done with what I must do first.

Cairns are buried and must be located again and cleared of sand.

I hope to have at least a small pool of water soon for travelers.

I'm afraid work will be going on for several months though.

I heard of many new travelers beginning their trek across NML. To them I say follow the track of those that have been before you. Watch for traps set by Nic and his gang. They can be anywhere along the trail.

To the others already well along in their journey, Stay vigilant and continue traveling safely.

I must get back to clearing the oasis now.

Remember......

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

The Smithy

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 1, 2019

I would like to compare the trip across NML in the caravan with the making of a sharp tool by the blacksmith. Seems kind of strange to do so though this ran through my mind for hours last night.

The first 30 days are filled with preparing for the trip on the caravan.

The blacksmith would be gathering scrap metals during that time.

You begin the trip across NML with your supplies and slowly find your way along the trail.

The smith begins slow firing the metals to fuse them into an ingot that he can work, He might melt them to pour into a mold to achieve this also.

You adjust to the heat of the desert and travel along.

The smith begins working the metal and shaping it.

You rest at the oasis to recover until you feel you can continue.

The smith allows the metal to cool until tomorrow before he continues with his work.

Sometimes someone falls at Desolation point.

At times the metal breaks.

You return to the start to regroup and begin again.

The smith recasts the metal with some harder materials added for strength.

You finally reach the hottest part of your journey and have grown strong in your travel.

The smith has finished shaping the tool and plunges it into the tempering tank to harden it.

You can see the end of the desert and are honing your tools and skills to keep your quit going strong.

The smith sharpens the tool he is making to assure it will fulfill it's job.

You reach the end of your journey across NML and continue your journey.

The smith polishes the edge to finish his work.

As the blacksmith forges tools, we are forged in the desert of NML to enable us to stay away from sickorettes in the future. We must continue working on our skills to remain smokefree as the smith must sharpen the tools he creates so they can continue what they were designed for.

Travel safely my friends and fellow travelers.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master