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My Uncle's Birthday

So, tomorrow is my uncle's birthday.  It may, though, be his last.  Wow, that sure sounds like hyperbole.  It's not.  He hasn't been doing well for a number of months, and he's getting worse.  His kidneys are failing and he won't accept medical help--he doesn't want treatment; he doesn't want to go through dialysis; he doesn't care.  It's a really sad situation, but he's made up his mind, and there's not really anything we can do about it.  It's really hitting my grandmother hard.  I mean, he's her son.  My grandmother is a very strong Christian, and my uncle isn't a believer--as far as we know.  My grandmother is handling things a lot different than I am--she's pressuring him and trying to change him.  But I know that I can't change him.  There is nothing I can do or say or be to inspire him to accept help--either medical or spiritual.  All I can do is be there for him.  So tomorrow, Anna and I will stop by my dad's house (my uncle lives at his house) to wish him a happy birthday and pray for his next year.   

By the way, I've got to say that the product placement on Biggest Loser can be too much sometimes.  I mean, I know it's green week on NBC, but come on!  Evolve Ziploc bags?  Really? Come on!

1- 15 minute session on the Elliptical
1- 20 minute session on the Treadmill
1- 10 minute session on the Stairmaster
30 sit ups
Walk 3 miles (49:32 minutes; 3.7 mph)
1 set of 2- 60 second planks
Read the Bible

2- 15 minute sessions on the Elliptical
2- 20 minute sessions on the Treadmill
2- 10 minute sessions on the Stairmaster
120 sit ups
Walk 5 miles
2 sets of 2- 60 second planks
Read the Bible Daily
Pray Daily

3- 15 minute sessions on the Elliptical
3- 20 minute sessions on the Treadmill
3- 10 minute sessions on the Stairmaster
90 sit ups
Walk 7 miles
2 DVD workouts
2 sets of 2- 60 second planks
Read the Bible Daily
Pray Daily
Date with Anna


  South Beach Steve

November 18, 2009 at 5:01 AM

Beej, I am very sorry to read this about your uncle, and I hope that somehow something that has been said to him will open his eyes to the truth before his life is over. I'll say a prayer for him.


November 18, 2009 at 9:59 AM

My Thoughts and prayers will be with your uncle as well.

Also, I totally agree with you about the product placement on BL last night. It's always alittle forced, but it just seemed terribly contrived.

I was happy to see them push Larabars last week, as I've been all over those for a while now and love them.


November 18, 2009 at 12:51 PM

beej, so sorry to hear about your uncle and the situation as a whole. :( I do hope that your grandmother can find a peace with it all before he passes. That kind of hurt can linger and really eat away at a person. I know from experience. My spiritual life can best be described as a jagged road. Lots of curves, u-turns, dead ends, and forks...but at least I'm still on the road...and hopefully eventually I'll make my way to the path I was destined to be on. Sorry for going on a tangent. I guess this was just my way of saying that I used to be a devout praying Christian, and while I can no longer classify myself as such (would be hypocritical of me to do so) I can really relate to what you're going through. Since I'm not praying right now, I always feel silly when I say to people that they are in my thoughts or that I'm sending good vibes their's just that I'm never sure what else there is I can say/do. You are however, in my thoughts and I wish nothing but the best for your family as a whole!!!!


November 18, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Sorry to hear about your uncle. That is great of you to stop by and have a birthday visit. You rock!

  Shelli Belly

November 18, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Being present Beej.
May the Lord Bless you and your family.


November 18, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Thanks for all your kind words guys, it was a good evening.