April 15, 2009

April 15, 2009
Tax Day

Welcome to another blog entry and a peek into my life. It is hump day and we are half way through the work week for most of us. It is also tax day which is a day a lot of us dread. I hope it was as painless as possible for you.

I had to get up and started today since it was going to be another busy one. For my new readers, I had a stroke a couple of years ago and it takes me a little time to get all the gears working in the right direction especially first thing in the morning. I also have trouble sleeping from chronic neuropathy, spinal problems and medication side effects. (and my other half snores like a bullhorn, tosses and turns, and occasionally mumbles in his sleep)

I got up and had my morning protein shake. Then it was time for an ab workout before a conference call. The conference call for one of the HIV groups I work with lasted about an hour. It is giving me hope seeing the number of Americans with HIV who realize we have to get active again. Especially the number of women and minorities who are becoming active. We need to train them how to go back into their own communities to do awareness, education and prevention.

After the conference call, it was time to catch up on some emails. I still have some calls to catch up on because of my schedule lately and the number of calls coming into the project. Being mainly a one man job is can be daunting sometimes. But I always try to answer emails and calls as quickly as possible.

At 2pm, I was on the POZ Radio show with Jack Mackenroth and Robert Breining. Todays interview was with Ongina from RuPaul's Drag Race. Now I had already seen the episode where Ongina came out about her HIV status and had written something for POZ magazine on the event. So it was a special treat for me getting to speak with Ryan (Ongina) today on the show. Unfortunately, he is home sick with the flu and had to cancel a booking but was able to make the radio interview. I continue to be impressed with him. Ryan has kept a level head and is genuinely interested in helping HIV/AIDS causes with his new found celebrity status. Not many young people his age are so community minded so it is another sign of hope for us older people in the community.

Ongina was a delight and shared her story with everyone, details about filming the show and her life afterward. I think he/she are going to be a great ambassador and will be a huge help in stopping further infections while helping those already infected. May her example serve to help other young people to come out about their status. Only then will everyday America see the problem is a human one. An American one. And one which needs to be cured.

I would hate to see happen to a generation of women and minorities that happened to a generation of gay men.

Drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Tonight we had our bi-monthly meeting of our men's HIV support group at Lutheran Social Services. It was a great group and time flew by and was up before we realized it. We almost got locked in by the automatic alarm system but made it out barely in time. Guess that is what happens when you are having a great time with a group of friends. Here is hoping the rest of your week is as great of a time.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab