For What It’s Worth

“You are the most precious thing you have.  If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?”

Francois Henri “Jack” LaLanne

The late Jack LaLanne had a simple life philosophy, but an effective one, because he lived to be 96, exercised to the end of his life and died in his sleep.  He has been a model for me in my life and I am grateful to him for putting me on a positive path.

When I had heart surgery for aortic stenosis at Cedar-Sinai in Dec. 2010, I was encouraged to use a Voldyne inhaler to strengthen my lungs and prevent infection.  It worked!  My caretaker at the time, Glenn Malapit, thought I should continue using the inhaler at home.  He encouraged me to do at least 100 inhalations at 1250 ml. before moving to the next 1500 ml. level.  Once I had done 100 inhalations at the 1500ml. level, I would move to the next level, and so on.  Now I do from 40-60 inhalations at the 2500ml. level level.  What is my point in all this?  My point is that for years I had severe allergies during March and April in Southern California, and since I’ve been doing the inhalations, they have mostly disappeared.  Now, I’m just one individual, and there may be other contributing factors.  However, for what it’s worth, at least you could blow out all your birthday candles with one hearty puff!

About Robert M. Weiss
From an early age, I've taken great pleasure in reading. Also, I learned to play my 78 player when I was quite young, and enjoyed listening to musicals and classical music. I remember sitting on the floor, and following the text and pictures of record readers, which were popular in the 1940s and 50s. My favorites were the Bozo and Disney albums. I also enjoyed watching the slow spinning of 16s as they spun out tales of adventure. I have always been attracted by rivers, and I love to sit on a boulder with my feet in the water, gazing into the mysteries of swirling currents. I especially like inner tubing on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Since my early youth, I've been interested in collecting minerals, which have taught me about the wonderful possibilities in colors and forms. Sometimes I try to imagine what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they began to discover physical laws in nature. I also remember that I had a special passion for numbers, and used to construct them out of stones. After teaching Russian for several years, I became a writer, interviewer, editor, and translator. I continue to delight in form, and am a problem solver at heart.

2 Responses to For What It’s Worth

  1. berlioz1935 says:

    That took determination and discipline. But is life, it takes determination to tackle it.

    Modern life is such, that people are to negative and they want it all to fall into their laps.

    I’m happy you took all those puffs because it puts me in to the position to learn from you.

  2. Thanks for your kind comments!

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