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12/10/12 3:53 P

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12/10/12 3:05 P

Went to the Dr today for my missed BP checkin from last week. My weight is down to 283.6!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12/9/12 12:53 A

You ROCK :-D

Kris

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12/9/12 12:43 A

Aha! I tracked all day today! Thanks guys!

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12/8/12 6:01 P

I hope that you are really proud of yourself :-)
Kris

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12/8/12 9:45 A

I wanted chocolate SO much last night. I was tired and thought there is some leftover from the Senior citizens Christmas presents bags I just finished. One piece wouldn't hurt. But one piece would have led to two, which would have led to a handful, which would have led to polishing off all of what was left. So I grabbed a diet caffeine free coke and went to bed and watched tv on my smartphone.

Probably not the best, but better than the chocolate. I'm on my way back on track.

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12/7/12 2:01 P

SENIMMO,

When a person is under a lot of stress, this is when it's really important to eat as healthfully as possible. No one would fault you for turning to food for comfort. It's something all of us have done under similar circumstances.

Stress can weaken our immune systems and break down our bodies. That's why we must do our best to eat right when we can. If you eat crap, you'll feel like crap. Eating all that junk will just make you feel worse. Try to eat right to the best of your ability, but don't beat yourself up if you lapse. Do the best you can. I'm glad your mom is doing better.

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And keep walking on those crutches. You're strength will improve with practice. I know people who lost weight with a broken leg. Walking on crutches is surprizingly good exercise.



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12/7/12 4:21 A

I truly admire you!

Kris xx

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12/6/12 8:49 P

Long drive today. Almost done. I stopped for a rest break. And I'm hungry. I want a burger or pizza or fried chicken. Argh! There are so many tempting things! And now that I'm almost home, the relief is almost overwhelming. And I don't dare drive more until I rest. Or eat or both.

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12/5/12 9:17 P

Okay. Mom is at the residential facility. Probably short-term, but that remains to be seen. And is up to my sister and the doctor. I have done what I planned. I came down, supported my sister, proved that I meant what I said when Daddy passed (that if they ever needed me, I would be here for them), and did what I could to lessen the strain on my sister and comfort my mom.

My dad would be proud of me, he wouldn't expect more than what I've been able to do.

So after I rest (as much as my body needs) I will head home tomorrow. I kept an ice pack on most of today. And I went and picked up a couple of bananas, a box of protein bars, and some greek yogurt for my trip.

And I did eat breakfast today. Had a salad at lunch, and had a sandwich and cottage cheese for late dinner. Not great, but not horrible.

Thanks for the moral support!

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12/4/12 4:34 P

I'm really glad that you know where your cut-off point is - unfortunately lots don't. I have had to stop a couple times at the side of the road for a quick sleep myself. It sounds like your plan for the day is a good one.

With your Mum being in a Residential Facility it will be a big stress off your family's mind, and your Mum will get real good care.

I wish nothing but the best for her and for your family.

Take care,
Kris xx

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12/4/12 7:18 A

When I came down, her condition was life-threatening. She was on a vent and being put on care-flight to a bigger hospital whem they called me. So my whole drive down was not knowing. She will also be going into a "residential facility" and not coming home. My sister and brother-in-law will have to deal with that, they live here. I've been trying to give them a break.

I can't drive back and forth, and yesterday they said we would have her test results-so I was waiting for those. My husband and I are both professional truck drivers, so I do know my limits and would not drive beyond them! Had I been incapable of safely driving, I would have found a place to park and nap, or slept at the hospital for a while.

As it is, I'm taking my ice pack with me today and leaving as soon as the doctors have been in. And my plan is to then come back and baby my leg and hopefully head home tomorrow. Thursday at the latest.

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12/4/12 3:16 A

I read your blogs earlier, and have a couple comments that I would like to share with you!

The first is that you MUST take care of yourself, first and foremost. You NEED to do this for your emotional sanity, and your physical well-being.

The second is that your mother may be in hospital and she may be ill, BUT it doesn't give her the right to be overly demanding or abusive. It is possible that her condition has triggered a form of dementia or it is possible that she may be suffering from depression, and it is also possible that she is just plain frustrated/annoyed with herself. Whatever the reason, remember compassion and empathy is one thing but allowing her to bully you is another. You can only do so much. If you can't take as much as she would like, well tough! You are doing what you can! You are only human and you are still healing physically yourself, too!

Now for a couple questions! Do you NEED to be at the hospital for 10 hours? Try at least halving if if you are able, and give yourself the occasional day off! I was having to pace myself, too. Even tho' hubby's hospital admissions were very serious and some life-threatening, I didn't go every day - I went generally every second or 3rd day, and only stayed about 3 hours. The same with my S/Father. For me it was over an hour travel each way, too! I HAD to do this because I get very exhausted very quickly. Driving in a state of exhaustion is not only putting you at risk of an accident, but potentially putting others at risk.

I hope that you don't think that I am being hard on you - I'm not, I'm just very concerned that you don't burn yourself out!

Kris xxx

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12/4/12 12:40 A

I've been trying to at least make sandwiches with lettuce and taking those, and I'm drinking water. I'm doing my exercises for my leg, no worries about that! I'm just too exhausted after the 10 hours at the hospital and driving both ways and getting whatever she's decided she can't do without-that I can manage to carry in my bag-to go to the grocery. Right now I'm just exhausted and if I let myself, I could probably polish off an entire cheesecake! I guess its a good thing I'm too tired to go get one!

Thank you for the advice. I really will try to get back on track tomorrow. They called Thursday late afternoon and I was on the road within an hour.

I did manage to go to the store and get some fat free cottage cheese, a head of lettuce, some low fat cheese, and diet bread yesterday. Tomorrow I will try to pick up some hard-boiled eggs, protein bars, and fruit. If I don't end up spending 10 or more hours at the hospital!

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12/4/12 12:02 A

I have had to spend loads of time at the hospital too, with hubby's many (7) admissions last year plus his many Out Patient appointments including this year, which requires a long time from home. I also had my 92 yr old step father in for a few lengthy admission, too, and I needed to spend a lot of time there. How did I manage nutritionally? I made my healthy food at home and took with me in a little chiller bag. I would take things like cold stuffed baked potato (healthy make-over type), hard boiled egg, pieces of fruit, a few nuts, some yoghurt, salads, and a couple sandwiches and a couple packaged healthy version nut bars or fibre bars JUST in case. If I didn't need them I didn't eat them. My food would all get written down to be entered into the tracker when I had time.

Skipping meals may SEEM like it is easier, but you NEED the good, regular nutrition - particularly as you are still healing from your operation yourself. You will also set yourself up for making it harder to reach your goal by skipping meals.

Don't go beating yourself up for slipping occasionally, but do be aware that good nutrition IS important. Also, I would be inclined to talk with your Dr about the knee and and if there are any specific little exercises you can do while sitting, visiting your mother.

I am sending a BIG hug for you AND your mother.
Take care,
Kris xxx







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12/3/12 11:51 P

My mom is in the hospital near her home. Long story, but it was scary and I came nearly 700 miles to be here. I'm spending nearly every day at the hospital with her and my nutrition, tracking, and exercise are all down the drain since I came.

How do you stay on track when there are only so many hours in a day, over a half hour drive each way to the hospital from her house, and my knee replacement is not quite 3 months old and still healing?! I'm trying to keep up, but using crutches is pretty hard to do everything by myself. Skipping meals has been easier. And tracking has not been happening. Maybe I should just plan on starting over when I get home? Hopefully in the next few days...

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