• A Gastric Emptying Study and an Answer

    Last Thursday, October 11, I spent the better part of the day at the hospital for a gastric emptying study.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been dealing with some GI issues for a while now, without much luck in getting answers about what’s going on.  This test was the next step in the process of figuring out the problem with my guts. My arrival time for the test that morning was 7:30 a.m., which was a real challenge considering that I work nights and my sleep schedule is weird.  Unfortunately, a combination of anxiety and insomnia, as well as GI symptoms, led to my having no sleep before going to the hospital. So, I was feeling pretty…

  • Monday Motivation: Good, Better, Best

    When I was in junior high school I had a metal shop teacher who would often recite this quote.  Doug Bierman was his name.  He made it a requirement that each of his students memorize and would randomly call on you in the middle of class and insist that you recite it.  More than 20 years later, I still remember those words by heart.  They are words to live by. Mr. Bierman was one hell of a teacher, coach, and friend.  He passed away in 2015 after a long illness.  He left quite a legacy, and I’m thankful to have been a part of it. Have a great week, and remember that A Little Heart Can Do Big Things!

  • Wednesday Wisdom: I AM

    Recently, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across this image that a friend had posted.  It was posted with challenge to write statements about oneself.  The post reminded me of an “I AM” statement that I wrote back in 2006, during a time when I was really struggling.  A time before I was diagnosed with Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. So, I went searching through the archives to find the words to share again.  Some 12 years later, they are still quite relevant and applicable.  They are a much needed reminder to myself now, as I find myself struggling once again. So, who am I? I am a strong, confident, caring, loving, and passionate man. I have…

  • American Eagle Day

    In honor of American Eagle Day, below are a selection of eagle photos that I’ve had the privilege to capture in northern Indiana during the last year or so.  My health consumes so much of my time, thoughts, and energy, but, as I’ve said before, there is so much more to my life than the chronic illnesses with which I live.  Nature photography is one of my escapes.  I share a lot of my images on Facebook and Instagram, but I think I’m going to start sharing them here more often as well.  Because they are part of my story.  Enjoy!