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21 November 2007 

Recent Goings On...

My sister was married to Mr. Ryan Ballinger this past weekend. It was a very nice wedding, and went off without almost any hitches, aside from the cake being dropped during transport. Except for that minor disaster it was a really happy time. We all looked great in our tuxes, and my sister was absolutely beautiful. I was an usher, and I even put gel in my hair for the event, which makes now two times in my life I've deemed an event significant enough to break out the product. So, she's not Lisa Ballinger and that's certainly strange to me, she grew up while I was at college and I think I might always consider her that 15 year old girl I used to know, but she's really a woman now, and I am very happy for her and Ryan.

This past week at my weight management class my weigh in was 268.2 lbs. For anyone keeping track, thats a total loss of 41.8 lbs since I started the program in September :-). I feel really great, I got a lot of nice compliments at the wedding from friends and family, and I feel now that it is really obvious to others that I'm losing weight and not just to myself. It actually nearly caused a little bit of drama as the tux I had ordered two weeks ago was quite a bit too big and had to be reordered on 20 hours notice.... but they did get me a new one, and it fit great. My jacket size dropped from a 58 to a 48, the pants from 53 to 44, and my neck from 18.5 to 16 :-) It was a good problem to have, and I am just feeling very good about my physical health in general for the first time in a long while.

Speaking of physical health, I spent part of this past weekend in the emergency room as well with some severe abdominal/back pain. I wasn't sure what was causing the constant, intense pain all of Saturday night, so I finally gave up and went to the hospital. They shot my up with some morphine and did all sorts of fun tests that involved taking my blood and running me through tubes and generally poking me everywhere. In the end, I had some pain so intense that it made me scream in agony through the 5 mL of morphine they gave me, and then it was over. They suspect I may have passed a kidney stone, which is supposed to be one of the most painful things possible, but luckily, I was high on the morphine, so I only got a partial jolt. All the same, it was the worst pain I've ever experienced, and I've spent the last 3 days recovering.

This weekend I'm going home for the traditional Thanksgiving at my great grandfather's on Thursday and then up to my dad's with my sister and her husband for a weekend thing. It should be fun. I'm also looking forward to playing through the rest of Super Mario Galaxy and Mass Effect in the upcoming weeks. Mass Effect so far is one of the most cinematic games I've ever played, and the story is something worth paying attention to as well.

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone, thanks for reading.