My Arms Burn!

I’ve been dealing with my psoriasis flair up now for 6 months but hopefully we’re going to be headed around the bend. I finally received my Humira after about a month of playing monkey-in-the-middle with doctors, pharmacies, and insurance. Humira, in case you aren’t aware, comes as a self-injection.

On the day the shot arrived, I was excited and anxious. The pharmacy said that I would be contacted by someone who would show me how to go about giving my shot. The only thing I got was a video that was sort of vague, and made it seem like taking the shot was very risky and should absolutely be done under doctor supervision a few times. When I tried to contact my PCP they refused to assist me in taking the shot. I then contacted my dermatologist, and they wouldn’t get me in for a week. Out of frustration I sat in my office for a little while, freaked out staring at the shot.

I watched a few videos online of people candidly taking the shot, they all seemed pretty upset about how much the shot hurt but made taking it seem extremely simple. Reassured by their confidence I went ahead, jammed the shot against my stomach and pulled the trigger while my wife was on the phone. This may sound extreme, but honestly if you would’ve watched this Humira video you’d be on edge as well.

Weight Loss

My psychologist recommended trying a “sugar detox” to me the other day. I understand that she’s not a dietitian or anything but the idea sounded simple enough and I liked the idea of going for a sort of jump-start. I told her that I would make sure to try it before our next session (which is next Tuesday). I spoke with Stephanie and she agreed to give it a shot (although she didn’t like the idea).

This Monday, we began the three day process of avoiding anything containing sugar, and I mean anything. Things like candy and soda are obvious, but we’re also avoiding fruit, bread, sweetened drinks, pasta, etc. etc. The idea here being getting our bodies used to a much lower sugar content so that in the future we’ll require less sugar.

We finished the three day process successfully, even if the third day saw us both kind of bitter and irritable towards each-other. I’ve been weighing in daily and my weight has plummeted. I understand that this isn’t healthy. I fully intend to increase my calorie intake shortly, but we both agreed to extend the “sugar detox” through the weekend. It’s genuinely difficult but I’m happy we’re doing it.

Starting next week I’ll be beginning a modified couch to 5k program. I’ve tried C25K before, however I quickly found that I was too out of shape for the normal program. A friend of mine recently expressed interest in C25K but he’s in similar shape to me (that is… not good shape at all) so I did a little research and found the modified program. I don’t mind how long it will take (I’m in no hurry, we’re in for the long haul) and I appreciate that it very slowly adds in the running. My first day is next Tuesday so I’ll do my best to keep the blog updated with that progress.

For additional details on the progress of my modified C25K adventure, check the health page. A link for it can be found in the sidebar.

Book, Game, Movies

I finished the book for this month – The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner. It was a good read. I’ve heard before about mindfulness but his approach to practice and focusing on enjoying the process rather than the result is really enticing. I’ve been trying to think about how I might apply this to exercise… is it really going to be helpful to be mindful and in the moment when I’m huffing and puffing and in pain? We’ll have to see.

I watched a move that I’m counting as one of my movies for the month “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.” I enjoyed the movie quite a bit! I’m not much of a movie critic so I won’t go into detail but it was very unique and often funny.

I also finished my game for the month. Note: it was not Persona 5. I’m not sure when or if I’ll get back to that game. Instead, I played Shovel Knight! It was great! A very challenging game that happily took so many of the best parts of games from the SNES days and mashed them together in a fresh way. The story was fun and surprisingly touching at times. The final boss fight had a really cool twist to the gameplay that pulled the story together nicely. I strongly recommend it if you don’t mind a challenging platformer.

Hot Hot Summer

Second Place Aint Bad!

My friends and I participated in Game Jam Pittsburgh this week. We built the main structure of the game last weekend and then spent the week polishing it up. I expect you’ll be able to see the game we made on my friend’s site in the not to distant future. We managed to take second place which I’m really proud of. We really worked our butts off and I’m super-pumped to get to work on our next game. Congrats to the other teams that participated as well, you all did great!

Air Conditioner Broke

So… my air conditioner broke at my house. Fortunately we were able to borrow a few good fans from my buddy Jim, but because of it being 4th of July weekend, we will be unable to get someone to our place to install a new one until Wednesday. The house is sweltering and I can tell it’s taking a toll on my family’s mood. Here’s to hoping Wednesday is at late as it takes to get this thing fixed!

The Itching Continues

My psoriasis is still awful. My upper arms are covered, my stomach has huge patches and my legs look beat up to hell. I’m constantly bleeding and aching. I really hope this is the week I get my humera shots.

Fringe Worlds Campaign

I’ve had two sessions now of my Fringe Worlds campaign. I’m using Fate Core to run the campaign, I absolutely love how fast and story driven this system is. It’s by far my favorite ruleset out there today. If you’re interested in reading the rules check out the Fate SRD.

The Practicing Mind – Update

I’m a little over halfway through The Practicing Mind. The beginning part of the book felt pretty unrelated. The author spent a *lot* of time talking about his own experiences and where he’s coming from. While I appreciate the context I think about half as many pages could have been spent talking about his own personal history. The rest of the book has been interesting though and I look forward to trying to put some of his recommendations into practice and see how they work. I expect once I do finish it, I’ll be moving on to reading Furiously Happy – a book that my wife has recommended to me over and over again. I feel like it’d be really rude of me to pick up yet another book without at least giving it a try!