Lofty Goal

I have something I would like at least three people to read. They are, in no specific order, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Mehmet Oz. So if anyone knows them, please feel free to forward this to them.

Gutenberg didn’t invent the printing press, he made it work better. The Walkman by Sony was nothing new, rather a reinventing of the wheel by removing bulky speakers and amplifiers. The Apple iPhone vastly improved the experience of using a phone.

Like one of my literary hero’s Douglas Adams pointed out. Innovation is not always about adding new features, but sometimes removing unnecessary ones. Streamlined, polished, leaner, and a better experience is what I would like all of us to have regarding life. A life filled with ease rather than disease. Life should be easy, rather than diseasy.

Did I just make that word up?

Before September 1, 2017, my life had become diseasy unbeknownst to me. I just assumed I was getting older. You know, deteriorating with age. Soaking in the senescence as it were. Read on to see what I am speaking of.

My name is Michael J. Loomis. In August of 2017 I was sitting at my desk working frantically pounding away at my keyboard attempting to create an application that would improve the experience of Uber drivers and riders. To the left of me was a mirror on my wall that five years earlier that made me realize that something was not right in my body.

In August of 2012 I sat in the same place, looking in the same mirror, itching from head to toe. At that time, gluten-free was gaining popularity and when I Googled, “itching head to toe allergy,” all of what I was experiencing led me to believe it was gluten related. So I resolved to stop eating gluten of any sort and my situation improved greatly.

Back to August 2017. There I was in the same place, looking in the same mirror, with the same symptoms, this time without gluten. Now what?

Before I go any further, I should probably provide a little historical context. I was born with VUR or Vesicouretral reflux. Vesicoureteral (ves-ih-koe-yoo-REE-tur-ul) reflux is the abnormal flow of urine from your bladder back up the tubes (ureters) that connect your kidneys to your bladder. Normally, urine flows only down from your kidneys to your bladder.

Vesicoureteral reflux is usually diagnosed in infants and children. The disorder increases the risk of urinary tract infections, which, if left untreated, can lead to kidney damage.

~~~Work in progress 2018/08/18