All my adult life I've engaged in a rather vigorous workout involving weights and cardio exercises, and was even something of a bodybuilder through my 50s. Gay men, unlike straight men, have to keep in shape for reasons I've explained elsewhere (see "Men, Women, and Pornography" in Related Posts, below). But early in 2011, due to various medical problems also explained elsewhere (and from which I've made a complete recovery), I dropped over 40 pounds and came very close to dying twice.
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A week later I had a bad moment in Microcenter when, right in the middle of their large showroom, I realized there was nothing substantial enough to lean against and I hadn't the strength to keep standing upright. I stumbled, almost falling, to a shelf that teetered but held me for a moment, and then made my way from trembling shelf to trembling shelf to the front of the store. I had something I wanted to purchase in my hand, but didn't have the strength to wait in line without collapsing. I grabbed the woman in line in front of me by the shoulder and said to her, "I'm about to fall—get help!" Alarmed, she propped me up and called out to others, and I was lowered into an office chair on wheels. Microcenter rang up my purchase, and a kindly middle-aged man helped me to my car, allowing me lean on his shoulder. I can't tell you how humiliating this all was.
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