Fourteen years ago today I remember it was my day off and I had to go to the pharmacy to pick up medication for my child. I waited in line to get up to the counter where I could let the young lady know what I came here for. In the back of the pharmacy area there was a TV hanging from the wall and the staff was glued to what was on it. I looked up and at first thought they were watching a movie as I saw one of the Twin Towers on fire. I asked the pharmacist what he was watching and he simply stated to me that a plane had flown into the Tower in New York. As I watched but couldn’t hear what was going on while I waited for my order I saw a second plane fly into the other Tower. That’s when the hair on my arms stood up and realized that America was under attack. Some entity took out the World Trade Center. I drove to the schools and picked up the kids and headed home. We sat there in amazement at what we were watching on our television. This was all happening less than 60 miles away from where I lived and I started getting into survival mode and started planning an escape route if it came down to it.
There are events in our lives that change the way we think about things forever. When I think about the aftermath of this situation I realize that the business world in America was changed forever since this attack. There is nothing about it that I can call stable. People moved from the Cities to find new homes in the suburbs and the country, while the price of real estate grew to record numbers. Banks started giving away money to anyone who could sign a piece of paper under new federal government regulations. Large corporations started moving more of their production to other countries and soon unemployment number started going up. People were out of work and couldn’t pay for those homes they purchased with high mortgage rates. Finally the bubble burst and the investment firms who purchased these mortgages in packages started losing capital as no one could afford to make mortgage payments and quickly went into default. Even today I notice that each time a new job is posted there are literally hundred to thousands of applicants applying for the job. Yes, we are still feeling the effects of September 11th, 2001.
Even with this memory I am doing well and feeling well. My body weight is up slightly but my problems with IBS are good and my blood sugar is now stable. I haven’t worked out in well over a week and I am seeing improvements. I know that I will get that spark back again after I know that everything else is working properly.
Blood Sugar- 90, Weight- 178.8