By Ken Boone
I’m sitting in the lobby of a government building in Charlotte, NC. Celia’s attending a meeting in one of the conference rooms somewhere in this huge structure. Unlike most of the government buildings I’ve been in, this one looks more like an art school, complete with hip lighting and avant garde sculptures in the courtyard. Maybe this is why I feel inspired to write at this time.
As I mentioned on my most recent podcast, I had appointments with both my cardiologist and my general practitioner a couple of days ago. I also got an order to produce multiple podcast episodes for a client. While the two seem unrelated, I felt that the results I got from the doctors would impact how I approach the podcasts.
As I expected, both doctors had to do a double take, because I looked like a totally different person. I lost over 60 pounds of bloat and moved around without getting winded. I do have a turkey neck, but I’ll wear it like a badge of honor.
Dr. V., my cardiologist was concerned when I told him that my blood pressure readings were still elevated. He introduced another med that should address that issue. Dr. R., my primary care physician, wanted to make sure that my A1C didn’t go past my last reading of 6.4. Apparently a mere one decimal point rise would throw me in the diabetes range. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
Although I was annoyed with myself at the possibility of receiving another serious diagnosis, I was committed to accept the outcome and follow the doctors’ orders. I did use the 24 hours between my appointments and getting the lab results to think about the holes I dug for myself and what I did to stop digging.
I remember during my first visit with Dr. V, he used phrases like “treating this like I had a cancer diagnosis”, “trying to make me comfortable”, and “circling the drain” to describe my condition, treatment, etc. In other words, I looked and acted like someone who didn’t care if I lived or died. Dr. R. was much gentler, but equally concerned about my prognosis.
With meds and marching orders in hand, I went about taking their suggestions and seeing positive results. However, I still had to address what was going on between my ears. To me, that was the hard part.
I started by comparing the hopes and dreams I had for my endeavors with the outcomes achieved. I quickly realized that things weren’t going according to plan. When I started this business, my goal was to devout 2/3 of my efforts to creative pursuits (music, podcasts, blog posts) and 1/3 of my efforts on business services such as accounting. Much to my frustration, the time allocations were flipped.
I’m working hard to correct this problem and will keep you posted on my progress. In 2019, I produced 60 podcast episodes, wrote 30 blog posted and 3 theme songs. I hope double my output in 2020.
Before I left home to come here, I saw that I got an email from Dr. R. She told me that my A1C was lowered to 5.6! I’m out of diabetes range. I also found out that I was getting false blood pressure readings. They mentioned something about a defective monitor. Those numbers are actually normal!
All of that is wonderful news. Now if I can hit my numbers regarding the podcasts, blog posts, and theme music, I’ll be cooking with gas! I haven’t totally emerged from that hole, but at least I’ve stopped digging!
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About the Author
As owner of the Descant Music & Media Group, Ken is a creator and producer of several podcast shows. He is also a music producer, as well as a writer and an accountant for small businesses and nonprofits.