Thursday, March 28, 2019

Post Surgery

So, for many years I was having issues with a stinging sensation going down my left arm. I went through physical therapy, shots in the spine and a chiropractor with little or no success. I finally broke down and went to see a surgent Dr. Jean-Marc Voyadzis, MD. He informed me that I had 3 degenerative disc’s located between my C5-C6, C6 – C7 & C7 – T1 and that the fusion surgery would be my best option, so I scheduled for Dec 3, 2018.

On March 27, 2019 I had my last follow-up appointment, Dr. Voyadzis said that I was recovering fast than he thought I would be and that new bone was growing over top of the fusion. I was given the go ahead with all activity without restriction. He did tell me to start off slowly and if I had some discomfort that some aspirin should help fix it.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Goals

Well, 2018 has come and gone – although I failed to reach the weight I wanted, I was able to get below 230 lbs. Might not sound impressive, but when you are pushing 280 – I am happy with that progress. SO, what am I going to try and accomplish for 2019.

  1. Security+ certification – I have been putting this off for far to long.
  2. Less time on social media – I have found that I spend way to long on FB and Twitter. So I am updating my Home Page start ups and going to work really hard and limit myself.
  3. Complete my project. 5 years ago I had an idea for an app. I have not worked on it at all, it is time to finish it.
  4. Complete 2 – 100 mile cycling rides. I will need to start riding again once I get cleared from the doctor, but I am looking at one in June and the Seagull in Oct.
  5. Updating my blog more. I have had this URL and blog for a VERY long time, but have not updated in years, I am going to be writing monthly.
  6. Reduce weight – I have been doing well so far, but my goal for 2019 is to get down to 210.
  7. Reduce Debt – I hate credit cards, so I am going to pay off my cards this year and keep them at zero balance.

This is a pretty long list, but I believe that this can be accomplished.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Northern VA CodeCamp

On April 1, 2017 I had the honor of speaking, for the first time in a LONG time, at the Northern Virginia CodeCamp. I can say that the talk was not the best one that I did, but I think I did something that I enjoyed. At the end of my talk, when I was out of content, I opened it up and we had an interactive session. In my humble option, I think I got more out of the last 20 minutes, when we were all throwing our input into the project, than I did doing the research and putting together the presentation. I am going to expand on my NancyFX presentation and will try and give it again at another Code Camp. I want to incorporate the new things I learned today and maybe expand on that to bring more to the presentation.