After months and months of doctor's appointments, my diagnosis has been confirmed. The liver clinic at the VA hospital put together some pretty challenging treatment edicts and I've done a pretty good job of sticking with it. My diet has changed dramatically whereas I am only allowed 2,000mg of sodium a day and I have to watch my sugar intake (diabetes) and if you don't think that's tough, limit your sodium for a couple days and you'll see what I mean. Sodium is everywhere and in everything.
Mentally, I'm going through some serious life changes right now, but hey - some amount of depression is understandable. I think what's helped me more than anything is selecting a few people in my sphere of influence who have really expressed an interest, expressed concern, and held myself emotionally accountable to them. Depression is a son of a bitch and it's relentless regardless of the medication one may be taking. It latches itself onto the negativity in your life, the negative people in your surroundings and taunts you - and it will not give up. What I have found is that elimination of those negative influences is the beginning of long term healing. Or at least having the ability to cope.
All in all, I'm doing pretty well. I'm more lucid and decisive than ever, and frankly, the 400lb Gorilla is back in the saddle and refusing to take anymore shit from anyone. "Tempt not a desperate man."
Since I am baring all here, I thought I'd share part of my "Bucket List" and hopefully, I won't need them any time soon!!
Grand Canyon. I've never been but I've heard so much about it and the photographs are stunning.
Pilot a Ferry. I know that it would never happen but I would love to pilot the Seattle ferry from Seattle to Bremerton.
Tour the Naval Academy. Worked with a lot a officers who were Naval Academy graduates, never had the chance to see it myself.
See the Governor's Mansion. You'd think that all my time in politics in Oklahoma, I'd have seen the Governor's Mansion. I haven't and would like to.
Space Needle. Nope, I've never been up to the observation deck.
Have Coffee with Al McAffrey and Sally Kern. At the same time.
Take a road trip to Amarillo for a bowl of chili. Then come right back.
See Alaska. I've always been fascinated by Alaska and I'm a fan of cold weather, so...
Those are just a few things I'd like to see someday and because my health has stabilized, I'm going to make plans to do just that. So there.
Thanks for reading, indulging me.