Superphoto

While healing from another back injury this past week, I have been mainly using only mobile devices rather than my desktop which is why there have been no blog posts.  

One of the things I did on one of my mobile devices (my Amazon Fire) is to have some fun with the Superphoto application.

I find it hard to get good pictures of Night since she is almost completely black.   I pulled a picture of her sitting next to a cat toy into the Superphoto app and came up the following ways of portraying my favorite black cat:

The Superphoto application allowed me to portray my favorite black cat, Night, in some creative ways.
The Superphoto application allowed me to portray my favorite black cat, Night, in some creative ways.

While at it, I snapped a picture of Jamey while he was on the phone with my surrogate Dad and had some fun with it.   Since Jamey is (by anyone’s definition of the word) a Geek and proud of it, I used a Rubik’s Cube as the backdrop for his photo.

my favorite Geek on a Rubik's Cube
my favorite Geek on a Rubik’s Cube

So today, while I am still recovering from my most recent back injury*, I am grateful for my mobile devices and the many things I can do with them when I am not up to using my desktop computer.

Yes, today is Sunday and should be Jamey’s day to post but he is asleep and I have not posted all week so I am posting today instead.  I am including the Jamey’s post tag on this one even though I am writing it as it features a picture of him and talks about why he is not doing one today.

*Due to my osteogenesis imperfecta, my spinal column is collapsing (which is why I am down to 4’6″) and I am very susceptible to back injuries.  

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Hypotension

In 10% down, I wrote about my pleasure in having lost 10% of my body weight.   There are two drawbacks to that:

How can losing weight have dangerous side effects?

The less I weigh,

  1. the more often my blood pressure drops dangerously low (hypotension), and
  2. the less fat I have to cushion my bones when I fall due to passing out because of low blood pressure

The former occurs because my autonomic system does not work properly. The latter is a problem due to my osteogenesis imperfecta (“brittle bone disease”).

 

How I deal with that

When my body sends me signals (numbness in limbs and fluttery stomach) that all is not well, I reach for the blood pressure cuff.  It will tell me if the signals mean my blood pressure has dropped or is in the process of dropping.   If it has gone too low (recent readings have included 88/60, 90/58 and earlier today 82/64), I head to the kitchen for the “safety’s sake” cup of coffee I usually keep in the fridge, heat it quickly in the microwave and carefully head back into the bedroom with it.

 

Does the Nutritarian eating plan allow coffee?

Dr. Fuhrman recommends against coffee because

  1. it raises blood pressure
  2. is a stimulant that interferes with sleep
  3. can cause you to eat more than your body needs

In “Eat to Live,” he states “One cup of coffee per day is not likely to cause a significant risk, but drinking more than one cup can interfere with your health and even your weight-loss goals.”  I rarely need more than one cup to moderate my blood pressure and passing out and falling definitely interferes with my health, so I am keeping coffee in my hypotension tool kit.

My blood pressure monitor and a cup of coffee are essential tools for me when dealing with hypotension.
My blood pressure monitor and a cup of coffee are essential tools for me when dealing with hypotension.

So that is what I am grateful for today: my blood pressure cuff (a gift from my surrogate Dad) and coffee.      

 

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Synchronicity

One of the lessons I have learned from my daily gratitude practice is that the more I am grateful for, the more instances of synchronicity I experience which give me more reasons to be grateful.

Gratitude often leads to synchronicities that lead to more reasons for gratitude.
The more one is grateful, the more synchronicities seem to occur, resulting in more opportunities for gratitude.

 

For example:

A few days ago, Jamey and I looked at the stackable nine cube organizers (hereafter referred to as a credenza) at Walmart for some of his books, DVDs and electronics.   Before he was in a wheelchair, Jamey could easily have picked one up.  Those days are gone.  

I am down to 4’6.”  Many years ago, I was a whole 4 foot 10 and a quarter inches.  (When you are as small as I am, every quarter inch counts!) Between my size and my osteogenesis imperfecta, there was no way that I could lift the credenza.

That left us knowing we would need to ask for help (and grateful that there are people willing to do so).    We talked about asking Denise who assists us with the cleaning I am unable to do.

Lo and Behold, when we were dropping garbage off at the dumpster yesterday, who should come walking by but Denise. This is the first time we have ever met her there – definitely a synchronicity for it to happen when we needed her.

As usual, Denise was happy to assist and it wasn’t long before we were back home with Jamey’s new credenza.   He promptly set it up. Johnny did not like the hammering but came out to see what was going on once it was finished, after all a “Snoopervisor” cat has to do her duty.

 

Johnny and Night “snoopervising” as I take a picture of the new credenza.

 

Thank you, Denise.  We both very much appreciate  you.

 

being able to reach the mailbox

Mailboxes at our apartment complex
Hurrah! The mailbox for our new wheelchair accessible apartment is low enough to be reached while in a wheelchair!

Our new wheelchair accessible apartment is better in many ways for Jamey and me.   One of those is that our new mailbox is on a lower level.   With our previous mailbox, I had to literally rise up on my tiptoes while reaching my hand up over my head to try to feel around inside of it to make sure I was not leaving any mail behind. 

Our new mailbox is low enough that I can actually see inside of it. It is also low enough that if I am incapacitated from an injury, which does happen from time to time due to my osteogenesis imperfecta,* Jamey can go over to the mailbox in his wheelchair and easily reach the mail himself.

Thus today’s “we are grateful for” goes to having a mailbox low enough that we can both easily see and reach into it.

*Due to my osteogenesis imperfecta, my spinal column is collapsing.   Last time Jamey measured my height it showed that I am down to 4 feet, 6 inches tall.    Thus I am very grateful for not only the lower level mailbox, but the fact that being wheelchair accessible means that everything from the bathroom mirrors to the kitchen cabinets are at a lower level in our new apartment.  This move has improved life for both of us.