Big Budah’s Blog: Baby bears and bone spurs

Posted at 2:44 PM, Apr 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-03 16:47:47-04

Well, there was good news and bad news from Doctor Royall about my foot this week. The boot is off as of Thursday, but I can’t workout or do anything physical on my feet until after physical therapy, which starts in two weeks.

My steady workouts and basketball games are on hold, and I have to start easing into a normal walking stride. My foot feels stiff and there is a little pain, but it feels great to have the “pump bump” removed from my heel.

There were two big highlights for me this week. One, I got to hold Marley, a 3-month-old black bear cub. It’s hard to believe the little cub in my arms can grow to be one of the most-feared creatures in the animal kingdom! See the video below for video of Marley and me. He wasn’t the only adorable animal I encountered, click here for more.

The other big highlight, and speaking of kids growing up: My daughter Jordyn received her letter from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints office with her call to be a missionary. My oldest son Kingslee is in Minnesota, and now Jordyn will soon be off to the field. I am excited and nervous and sad and proud all at once.

It has been more than a year since my gastric sleeve procedure, and I wonder a little if I would have been here had I not taken the advice from Doctors Cottam & Richards to undergo this process. I try to think ahead and use the past and the “what might have beens” as motivation to continue to be healthy. Thanks to Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, BMI Utah and Doctors Cottam & Richards.

Thank you to all of you for your encouragement, both online and when I’m out and about meeting people with my job. I appreciate the support.

Click here to follow my Losing for Life journey from the very beginning.