I get sick a lot…

Hey Guys,

Today I woke up hacking up a lung for the 4th day in a row and my ears feel like they have oceans in them and my nose is itching so bad I want to stick a drill bit up there to get some kind of relief. I realized that I catch a lot of flack in my video comments and on social media for being sick all the time and not producing enough videos as a result and I realize that it’s absolutely true!

Some people say it’s because I’m fat, some people say it’s because I don’t exercise enough and other people just think I’m unlucky and just have a crap immune system. The part that nearly nobody touches on is that I have a 5 year old son in the autistic spectrum that literally likes to put his hands on everything and goes to public school, private therapy and interacts with more people in the average day then most people do in a week.

The problem is my immune system is very weak from taking antibiotics in one form or another for literally everything for most of my life because of lazy doctors. When I get sick it takes 5 – 7 days for me to recover where as Xander and Mrs. Barnacules with the same exact cold will beat it in 3 – 4 days (sometimes faster). My immune system is lethargic and slow but I refuse to take antibiotics unless they are 100% necessary because I don’t wan to become so resistant to them that when I finally do have something that requires them my body doesn’t respond.

That unfortunately means I have to suffer through being sick each and every time and it’s almost always some bacterial infection in my lungs, throat, eats, sinuses, etc. I rarely get a sickness that is viral with a fever and headaches, etc.

Back when I worked at Microsoft when I got sick I could just remote in from home and write code all day, that’s easy to do when you’re sick. Just wrap yourself up in a blanket with a laptop in bed, get some coffee or tea and just crank out code. I didn’t have to talk, I didn’t have to move a lot, so it just worked.

Now that I work in media where my presence in front of the camera is required it changes what I can do when I’m sick. I don’t want to shoot a video where my nose is running and my eyes are watering and I’m coughing constantly. People would just spam the comments about what is wrong with me and not focus on the content itself. So that unfortunately means I’m not producing content when I’m sick which can be a week at a time. Sometimes it can even be more like with my gout episode I had in my foot that lasted for nearly a month. I still shot videos but I was in a lot of pain when I did them and it probably showed.

The truth is I do have a weak immune system, and I think exercise and possibly losing some weight could help with that and I fully plan to explore that. My foot is finally feeling better after that doctor finally put me on medicine to lower my uric acid to prevent gout attacks and once I’m over this nasty southern California sickness I brought back from Disneyland I will be back to the gym.

I figured I would spare you guys another vlog where I talk about why I’m not making videos as fast as you would like since a lot of people get irritated by that. So I figured I would just write it in my BLOG for my more supportive followers.

I don’t want to be sick, I don’t want to be fat, I don’t want to have a foot with gout crystals ripping through the joints. I don’t want a bad back that makes me take medicine to do things like bike riding and snowboarding just to cope with the pain. I want to be healthy and happy, but it’s not as simple as that otherwise I would have done it a 1000 times over. I understand their are some amazing success stories out there, and I hope one day the stars align for me and I get to be one of them. But in the mean time I’m going to do what I can and what I can tolerate towards becoming a little more germophobic and get a lot more exercise. They also say sleep is an important part of the immune system and because of my back I never sleep well, I can’t remember the last time I went to sleep and didn’t wake up at least 5 – 6 times throughout the night to move around to release pain in my back. I’ve tried multiple mattresses, etc. It’s just the curse of the compressed disc and having a bone spur sitting on my sciatic nerve. But I hope that losing weight will help with that so it’s still a goal of mine!

Thanks for reading, there should be a #TechTalk tonight @ 5pm PST (2/11). I appreciate the patience and understanding when it comes to new content. I do realize this is my job now and I have to deliver on some what of a solid schedule if I’m going to continue to succeed and build a future for my family. And I’m giving it one more year, if things don’t improve across the board by 2017 I’m going back to a software development job and going back to YouTube just being an occasional hobby. I also think the stress created from this job contributes a lot of my immune system health and I’m taking steps to work on that also. I’ll keep you guys updated and I will eventually do a BarnaVlog on my Disneyland vacation when the time is right but that ended up being a very stressful experience for me rather then a vacation so I’m giving myself some time to recover from it so I can look at the footage with new eyes.

Thanks for reading guys!


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11 thoughts on “I get sick a lot…

  1. Jerry.

    Don’t ever apologize for being sick. This does happen and with some people it happens more with others it happens less. It has nothing to do with weight or excersise so don’t let any of those Butt heads tell you different. It just shows there maturity or lack of.

    Get better and keep putting out the great product you do.


  2. Hello Jerry did you think about plants? Maybe you can get ideas from this Ted talk. I didn’t know how much air a plant can purify. Stay away from the antibiotics if it’s not necessary. We have a campaign from the government here who warn’s us not to become resistant. All the best from the Netherlands.

  3. Hi Jerry, in advans sorry for my bad english. I have dyslexia and im using a translater to find words. i have been watching your chanel for some time now and must say from my heart that you are a inspiration for manny people. I got a good laught when i started reading this when you said people says that its becouse youre fat i got a more understanding of that there is som many people that have mutch to learn aboute how things work in life a special when it comes to children. I know how it is to have a bad immune system, i have IBD (inflamatory bowel disease) and are useing medicine that are in conflict whit the immun system even my immun system are in conflict whit the rest of my body. And yes, sleep is the best thing for the body to recoop from a disease, thats just the way it is and yes it will help to lose some weight, but it takes time. I have had the opposite problem, on my worst period when i was hospitalized i weighed 49kg and was in baaaaad chape….. So just to rap it up here, we have a saying her in Norway: you must go fast slow or do tings fast slow. As i have to take my days fast but slow and just work whit it.
    Thanks for all the good and bad you have shared, it makes it more human if you know what i mean…
    Wish you and yours all the best.

  4. Get well soon, I fully understand where you coming from. Thank you for sharing you life like you do and thank you for being you.

  5. My friend replied on facebook to your post. I am not on your friends list so I thought I would contact you in this manner. Our 9 yr old grandaughter lives with us and has been the proverbial “petri dish” of school germs and nasty colds. At the slightest hint of a cold I begin taking EmergenC because the liquid form gets it into your body quicker. For years I have also used grapefruit seed extract, also known as GSE, that I purchased from the local health food store. It is bitter. Mix it in with the C drink and swig it down fast. I also have colloidal silver oral spray ACS200 (Google ResultsRMA, but purchase online elsewhere unless you are a medical professional) and the same product in nasal spray form. I have also used peroxide in the ears myself (search http://www.earthclinic.com) and saw hubby’s flu induced fever break soon after having him do the same. I have used Basil essential oil behind ears to unclog them. As a fibromyalgia patient my Dr prescribed Trazadone as a sleep aid–helps you stay asleep. Very helpful. However, the one thing that I noticed as most helpful in prevention (as opposed to the warding off techniques above) was increasing oral vitamin D3 per my Dr instructions. It is prudent to get your blood levels checked first. I started with a minimum of 2000 units/ day. Costco big bottle. Amazed at how few colds! However, my research has shown me that D3 is almost wasted in the body without companion K2. I go online for brand “Michael’s D3/K2”. Small nicely flavored dissolvable. I currently take 3-5000 unit tabs a week. Hope all this info helps!

  6. If I may, for your respiratory issues, get on a regimen of apple cider vinegar. Mix a couple tablespoons of the stuff with some hot water, adding some honey to improve the taste a bit. Do this 3 times a day, preferably after you’ve eaten something because it can upset your stomach. If you wanted, you can also add a tiny amount of ACV (less than 1/4 tsp) to a Neti Pot twice a day. Just be careful with how much you add because too much will cause your nasal passages to sting like crazy. Even a small amount will hurt a bit, but the little bit of pain is worth the gain.

    As someone who would come down with colds that would turn into sinus infections at least 4-5 times a year, going to the doctor or local drug store clinic was getting really old, really fast. I was even told to go see an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Desperate for any other option, I came across people saying that ACV was highly effective. While I was skeptical, at the same time, I didn’t have much to lose. As soon as symptoms started, I did what I described above, and in 3 days, I was back pretty much to 100%.

    The key is making sure you buy raw/unfiltered apple cider vinegar with “the mother.” I’ve seen it at Walmart, but if you’d rather not shop there, Whole Foods should definitely have it.

    From one fat guy with a special-needs son to another, peace and good health.

  7. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, sir. You’re youtube content is always top notch so it doesn’t matter much when the videos don’t flow in regularly. Take care of yourself, and that cute family of yours. 🙂

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