Preparedness My Journey.

Many of you know me already but, I thought it was time to give some background on myself. My name is Joshua. I am a stay at home dad and a freelance writer. My journey began in October of 2000. That was when my life went sideways. 

October 4th, 2000 I fell 15 feet and impacted a steel I beam. It caused a burst fracture of the first lower lumbar. Luckily I can still walk but this left me with a difficult journey. It took me a year to get back on my feet and back to work. Having the hard head I do I went back to work for the next ten plus years. That is where I went wrong the first time. 

Listen to your doctors and medical professionals. I did not and I am the worst for it today. I am now trying to pick up the pieces and put my back back together. It is not an easy task. Many things prevent me. Arthritis and nerve damage are the first two I have to deal with. 

How does this affect my journey? 

Lifting and moving is my biggest issue. Repetitive movements and movement in my back is an issue that has always been tied to it. Most things I am fine to do on my own but, I have learned that I need to ask for help sometimes. Lifting heavier things or moving a lot of objects is sometimes beyond me. Working smarter and not harder is the key. 

Bag weight is another issue I have to watch out for. I am an avid hiker, camper, and fisherman. In all of these instances how much weight I am carrying is of paramount concern. I try to keep my wet weight down under thirty pounds. My dry weight is under 15lbs. 

Within the last year the doctors decided to throw me another curve ball. I was diagnosed type 2 diabetic with high blood pressure. So far I have controlled both problems with exercise and diet. Losing weight is another issue that I am dealing with. 

In all of this the last thing I deal with is my own mind. I try to focus my attention on things I can control. Listening to doctors, taking medication, and doing what I like are my driving factors here. This year was my first large garden and that has been great to focus my attention. Then there is the writing. I write both freelance and for my own website. I am also editing my first book. 

This is just the beginning of my journey.  I hope you all will not mind coming along with me during my writing. I hope to bring you reviews and bring you all some of my thoughts on these subjects. Please follow along with me and give me any advice you can. We can all learn together. 

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