It's Been a While

It's been a while. I've just been so busy... ish... :) No, I've just been trying to spend less time on the computer. Anyways, though, life has been relatively busy. I mean, I'm working, and I'm also relearning how to play the piano, and boning up on my music theory. I was really embarrassed during my proficiency test for theory and piano. I seriously didn't remember ANYTHING. I've never been good at sight playing (I can sight sing like no one's business), but it was just horrible. I couldn't play anything. And then for the theory test. Now, I used to be pretty good with theory. I wasn't an ace or anything, but I knew what I was doing when I looked at a piece of music. But when I was doing that test... They were throwing around phrases like diatonic scales (which is, simply, a major scale... Stupid Stefanie) and relative keys (I kicked myself when I retaught myself the whole relative key thing.), and I simply couldn't remember what I once knew. I was upset with myself, and I guess that was the push I needed to make me relearn everything that I had forgotten. So that's what I'm working on right now.

I'm watching this show on TLC about the Brookhaven Obesity Clinic, and it's just infuriating me. All of these people are refusing to lose weight. I understand that food is a drug for some people and extremely addictive, but... come on! These people are upwards of 600 pounds. They have limited mobility (and by limited, I pretty much mean that they can't move at all), severe health problems, etc. etc. etc... For example, there's this woman who can't make it down a set of stairs on her stoop. That's ridiculous. I don't understand how people can let themselves get to that point. Now, I'm not one to talk, being that I'm 35-45 pounds overweight myself, but I'm actively fighting that. These people REFUSE to take action. No, scratch that. Not all of them refuse. Some of them are really fighting hard, and I really respect that. I guess I'm just annoyed with this one guy. He and his girlfriend live at the Brookhaven Obesity Clinic, and he is unable to walk due to a condition (I can't remember what it's called.) that has blocked a vein-- or something similar to that-- that transports all of the waste from the blood to be exited through urine or other forms of body waste. Therefore, the leg has swollen to about 5 times its size, and he's in danger of losing it. He says that he "gets bored" with the food they give him at the clinic, so his girlfriend goes out (She can actually walk.) and brings back junk food for them to binge on. Now, this I don't understand. He's paying SO much money just so he can sit in his bed and GAIN WEIGHT even though he's there to lose it. That's just stupid. Seriously. Why on earth would you do that to yourself? There's a chance that he might lose his leg! He has a sore on his leg that might turn into an infection and eventually KILL HIM. That would be kind of the point where I'd probably become anorexic. Maybe that's just me. Heck, I might even take that new pill, Alli, that supposedly purges you of fat via your intestines if you eat more than 15g of fat a day. I mean, this pill purges you. There are reports of people having violent, uncontrollable bowel movements. Imagine this: You're standing in the middle of Kroger, you know, doing some shopping, and then all of the sudden, your bowels empty themselves all over your thighs and onto the floor. How horrible would that be??!!? I would be humiliated. Once again, I'm not one to talk, being fat, but... I have not let myself get to that point. There is a silver lining to this, though. There's a lady at the clinic named Annette who is just wonderful. She is completely focused on getting healthy, and I respect her so much. She is 50, I believe, and when she was 45 they found out that she was pregnant, and even though doctors advised her to have an abortion she refused. She ended up having the baby, and he is now a healthy 5 year old boy. :) She has a lypoma (a fatty tumor, benign) on her thigh, and it needs to be removed. First, though, she has to lose 100 lbs. She had gone through a successful 4 weeks of the program (50 lbs. lost!!) when her insurance company decided to drop her and no longer pay for her to stay at the Brookhaven Clinic. Thankfully, the guy pretty much in charge of the clinic went out of his way to find someone to sponsor her stay. So now she can stay until she gets healthy enough to have the surgery to get rid of her lypoma. Let's hope she sticks with it.

~Stef

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