July 30th, 2009


Well That Was Fucking Scary

Called the Cardiologists’ Office to setup an appointment and was informed by the appointment lady they do not accept my insurance. And I need to call my insurance company to see if the doctor (or another) is in my network...“We’re Sorry...”

Well, that kind of left me in a panic.

So I went upstairs got dressed and was going to call my regular doctor AND the insurance company to find out WTF!?

By the time I got back downstairs, the appointment lady had left me a message saying basically, “Oops! The hospital had your insurance wrong...Call us back and I can set you up...”

Well, yeah I’ll be doing that, but let me tell you, I had one helluva(n) adrenaline surge after that first phone call. Still shaking...

I hate dealing with the insurance company. But I still need to call themn to see if they cover some kind of weight loss program...

I will still call the PCP’s office...

Now, about those tests...Gotta make a call.


So now I have an appointment for Monday for the stress test and Thursday for the Echo (Cardiogram, I think?) and a Carotids ultrasound.

Also have an appointment to see my Doctor tomorrow morning. Just want to discuss this whole frickin’ thing. No one as yet has really told me what the fuck happened, and I’d like her insight. And just what does “Take it easy...” mean.

So yeah it looks like I’ll be out tomorrow as well. AND Monday. Sorry Boss!

The Doctor that I talked to in the ER that night was very sobering. His candor was all right, but sobering. He said, “Tom? You are pretty screwed up. You are at least 60 lbs over weight.” And he used a word I hadn’t really considered too ~ Obese. I hadn’t thought I was Obese. Fat yeah...Obese? Well This morning I got to looking up a few things and yes, I certainly qualify as obese...Shit. Honestly I never even thought about it. And my BMI is way high.

obese |ōˈbēs|
grossly fat or overweight.
obesity |-sitē| |oʊˈbisədi| noun
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin obesus ‘having eaten until fat,’ from ob- ‘away, completely’ + esus (past participle of edere ‘eat’ ).

He also said, “You are in deplorable shape, and you smoke. Let’s face it, if you do not make some changes right now, you are gonna be fucked.” That is a direct quote. His exact words...Never had a doctor use the ‘F’ word before. And I hope I never do again. Unless it is because he hit his finger with a hammer or something.

I asked him about mild exercise like walking or biking. He said that to lose 1 (ONE!) pound you would have to walk the equivalent of Katy, the small town where I live, to downtown Houston. That is like 20 something miles...And to lose a pound riding a bicycle you would have to do that 7 times!

He himself recommended that I go to Quick Weight Loss Center. He used them. I did some research on these guys today. They guarantee results. With no exercise The plan seems to be quite expensive. With a large paid cost upfront. And I see further, that once you are in they try to sell you branded supplements. With high pressure sales tactics.

I hate that kind of shit...I may see if I can get a consult (for free) and ask a bunch of questions. But I just talked to my Doctor’s nurse and she didn’t think that this is a really good way to do weight loss. Something else to discuss with the doctor tomorrow.

But I think for me, Weight Watchers may be the way to go. They even have a program specific to men. There’s a meeting not too far from here and I think I’ll go (this evening) to see what they have to say. (Possible I could even ride my bicycle once I get going.

And they have a pile of online tools as well. So as long as I am serious and are ready to make a lifestyle change, this maybe the way to go. And I can go online or to meetings...But online is one thing and meetings is another. I think they may be separate but equal.

I need to buy a bathroom scale as well.

Texas and Texans

Be sure and read all the way to the bottom where there are "Interesting Facts".

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas ....

If someone in a Lowe's store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you may live in Texas;

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Texas;

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Texas;

If 'Vacation' means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may live in Texas;

If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas;

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Texas;

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Texas;

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Texas;

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph -- you're going 80 and everybody's passing you, you may live in Texas;

If you find 60 degrees 'a little chilly,' you may live in Texas;

If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas friends, you definitely live in Texas.

Need to be cheered up?

City, State and Zip code
Happy, Texas 79042
Pep, Texas 79353
Smiley, Texas 78159
Paradise, Texas 76073
Rainbow, Texas 76077
Sweet Home, Texas 77987
Comfort, Texas 78013
Friendship, Texas 76530

Love the Sun?

City, State and Zip code
Sun City, Texas 78628
Sunrise, Texas 76661
Sundown, Texas 79372
Sunray, Texas 79086
Sunny Side, Texas 77423
Sunset, Texas 76270
Tesnus, Texas 79830
The name Sunset was selected in allusion to the Sunset Limited symbol of the Southern Pacific, but a post office by that name already existed in Montague County. Finally the name Tesnus was contrived, which is Sunset spelled backwards. Tesnus had twenty people in the 1940s and 1950s. The post office closed in 1955. Although none of the earlier structures remain, Tesnus still serves as a siding for the Southern Pacific (Now Union Pacific).

Want something to eat?

City, State and Zip code
Bacon, Texas 76301
Noodle, Texas 79536
Oatmeal, Texas 78605
Turkey, Texas 79261
Trout, Texas 75789
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
Salty, Texas 76567
Rice, Texas 75155
Sweetwater, Texas 79556

Why travel to other cities? Texas has them all!

City, State and Zip code
Detroit, Texas 75436
Colorado City, Texas 79512
Cleveland, Texas 77327
Dayton, Texas 77535
Denver City, Texas 79323
Klondike, Texas 75448
Nevada, Texas 75173
Memphis, Texas 79245
Miami, Texas 79059
Boston, Texas 75570
Santa Fe, Texas 77517
Tennessee Colony, Texas 75861
Toronto, Texas 79830
Reno, Texas 75462

Feel like traveling outside the country? Don't bother buying a plane ticket!

City, State and Zip code
Athens, Texas 75751
Canadian, Texas 79014
China, Texas 77613
Dublin, Texas 76446
Egypt, Texas 77436
Ireland, Texas 76538
Turkey, Texas 79261
London, Texas 76854
New London, Texas 75682
Paris, Texas 75460

No need to travel to Washington D.C.

Whitehouse, Texas 75791

We even have a city named after our planet!

Earth, Texas 79031

Like to read about History?

Santa Anna, Texas
Goliad, Texas
Alamo, Texas
Gun Barrel City, Texas
Robert Lee, Texas

For the kids...

Kermit, Texas 79745
Elmo, Texas 75118
Nemo, Texas 76070
Tarzan, Texas 79783
Winnie, Texas 77665
Sylvester, Texas 79560

Other city names in Texas , to make you smile.....

Frognot, Texas 75424
Bigfoot, Texas 78005
Hogeye, Texas 75423
Cactus, Texas 79013
Notrees, Texas 79759
Best, Texas 76932
Veribest, Texas 76886
Kickapoo, Texas 75763
Dime Box, Texas 77853
Old Dime Box, Texas 77853
Telephone, Texas 75488
Telegraph, Texas 76883
Whiteface, Texas 79379
Twitty, Texas 79079

And some of our favorites...

Cut 'n Shoot, Texas
Gun Barrel City, Texas
Hoop And Holler, Texas
Ding Dong, Texas and, of course,
Muleshoe, Texas

Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas .

  1. Beaumont to El Paso: 742 miles
  2. Beaumont to Chicago: 770 miles
  3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas
  4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos, July 4, 1883.
  5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is (was) the only hotel in North America built over water. (It was destroyed during Hurricane Ike.)
  6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston .
  7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America
  8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of No. America 's only remaining flock of Whooping Cranes.
  9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
  10. The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.
  11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was ' Houston.'
  12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island .
  13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43' in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979.
  14. Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the U.S. Flag, and may divide into 5 states.
  15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.
  16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
  17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.
  18. Dublin, TX has the oldest and only Dr Pepper bottling company that is still working and producing the original Dr Pepper.
  19. Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia and Austin .
  20. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington DC (by 7 feet).
  21. The name 'Texas' comes from the Hasini Indian word 'tejas' meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas .
  22. The State Mascot is the Armadillo (an interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.).
  23. The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston .

Cowboy's Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, Texas:

(1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma &Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin' before God.
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
(7) No killin'.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don't take what ain't yers.
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff.