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Monday, April 30, 2012

Life. I got blood clots but I ain't even Jamaican man..

For awhile, I find myself dealing with the age old question "WHY ME?" My health has taken a toll on me this semester leaving me very disappointed because I didn't have a good run academically, now thinking about it yes it was my health that was the cause. As I was admitted in the hospital on last Wednesday, I was in awe because many times I've been to the hospital I have never been a patient.

So the doctor diagnosed me having D.V.T. deep vein thrombosis and P.E. pulmonary embolism. The unnerving thing is I have been walking around this earth with P.E. for about two months now before going to the E.R. for D.V.T. Both conditions are painful and I wish it upon my enemies, first time I ever went to the hospital for some pain. Not a total shocker but I could have died..like twice. I'm young (to young for blood clots) in my thirties and athletic but from my Internet researching D.V.T. and P.E. is a happening thing for athletes who are young and healthy, like I was. Come to find out that more athletes are acceptable to D.V.T. and P.E. than people who are sedentary or more less couch potatoes. Not that this condition discriminates but this can happen to anyone and everyone.

Understanding my condition and preparing for the long treatments and regularly testing of my blood for clots, its going to be a tick for tack journey with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in my life. I will be researching and asking questions trying to make sense of all this. I consider myself.... well, I don't know how to explain it when you could have died twice...its nothing to make light of. I figure everything important to me I'm going to find time for because I'm not going to waste time inviting people to my funeral. I'm not going to make my condition a handicap in my life.I'm determine not to sit or stand still....getting back to the mats is one of the first goals I want to accomplish when I'm discharged from the hospital.

Here is a link for awareness of D.V.T. and P.E. I found very informative and easy to read, I advise all to check it out! http://www.stoptheclot.org/index.htm

Friday, April 6, 2012

Catering to Smokers Isn't Cool Anymore...

So apparently the college I go to is banning smoking all across the board making smoking illegal on campus. I have heard the ridiculous statements from nonsmokers, that is my opinion, I'm not convinced the school should do such a thing. I'm a former smoker, picked up the habit in the military and I do have something to say to these new generation of adults coming into what I call the real world "Quit Being Sissified!"

I do have an argument about where the school currently places their "smoke areas" which are like right smack in the middle of walkways, in between walkways, and in front of gathering areas etcetera, etcetera...So people who are health conscious about breathing in second hand smoke, I wonder how do they make it through parking lots where they can breathe in carbon monoxide from the passing cars. I know for a fact carbon monoxide is far more deadlier than cigarette smoke. In fact, you can't smoke enough cigarettes or breathe in enough second hand smoke to even commit suicide but with carbon monoxide you can, so what is the problem non smokers? I don't even want to assume non smokers attend barbecues or even hold barbecues at their homes.

"I don't want to breathe in smoke" is the most common complaint from the non smokers. People who breathe in smoke because they are trapped in burning buildings die on the spot, people who breath in second hand smoke tell people how much it (second hand smoke) stinks. Yes, second hand smoke is harmful just as much as smoking but over time right? I have seen those quit smoking now and you can revive your health commercials so I assume when a person is away from the second hand smoke in time they can also revive their health.

I don't believe the college should ban smoking on campuses. I think maybe a inconspicuous spot where non smokers should not wander be a perfect spot for "smoking areas" on campuses. I also believe that people should not smoke because its harmful to their health but then people also chew gum that causes cancer in lab rats. So who should I tell to conduct a healthy lifestyle.

So overall, yes smoking is bad, smoking is bad for non smokers, and a fair treatment of all who attend the college is in order, in my opinion.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Back to the Mats in About 3 More Weeks


On Saturday I decided to head out for a roll on the mats. Concerning my health issue, yeah I need some more time to recover. I was literally out of breath two minutes into my roll. The fact that my current health condition involves my lungs, breathing was definitely an issue and having a guy put a knee on your chest which immobilized me, which it rarely does but because of my health, that weight itself felt 3x the average pressure I could take. Talk about I was done even before the match was over. I didn't even catch my breath until after I got out of my gi, went shopping at Walmart's and then cooked dinner at home. All I know is I passed out way early for a Saturday, more likely when most people are headed out for the weekend happy hour special.