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Lunch with the fam tomorrow

Friday, June 17, 2011

The other day I posted a link to the website about (part of) my family biking from WI to WA. Well, due to some delays and bad weather they weren't able to be in my area tonight. They also won't be biking a little ways out of the way to stay at my house for the night when they are here tomorrow night. Oh well - means I don't have to go crazy cleaning my house for them.

Instead, I will be driving to meet up with them for lunch tomorrow. I'll have to pack some food because if they end up somewhere that I can't have the food I'll just be sitting there staring while they eat. But there is a coldstone a few miles away from where they're expecting to stop, and I have coupons, so I think I may see if I can sneak my dad away for a few minutes to get ice cream for father's day. I can't really get him anything because he's going to be on a bike for the next 2 months.

Also, I have some Clif bars that I can't eat anymore (the fake fiber is bad for my stomach, so I can only eat them rarely) and I pulled out some nutrisystem food that I never ate (it is freeze dried and sealed so it should still be good) and I'm going to give that to the 2 young'uns on the trip who can't afford much. They're attempting to live on less than $10/day (over 56 days that's actually a lot of money for 2 kids without steady jobs!) so they can't just eat all their meals in restaurants.

Gotta head to bed so I can get up earlier than normal (for a Sat) tomorrow and be ready to go when they call.


Bad night - went too long without eating.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Last night was one of those awful nights that make the next morning and day feel like you're swimming in pudding - messy and you never get anywhere.

After work yesterday I ran some errands. Unfortunately, it took much longer than I expected, so I didn't get home until 7:30. I hadn't eaten in several hours, which is too long for me. So I'm trying to do what I need to do, eat a snack, dinner, and dessert before going to bed, all while I was already exhausted. I laid down on the couch to watch the news and dozed off. I had set my alarm so I was going to get up and shower and go to bed. But I was so tired, I turned off the alarm (several times) and just fell asleep. I woke up at 4:45 am (have to be up for work at 6) and jumped up. I got in the shower, put on my work clothes, and laid back on the couch to attempt a quick nap before finishing getting ready for work. Couldn't fall back asleep. So I have been absolutely dragging all day. I really hate feeling like I'm dragging my brain along, never being able to get a real hold on it. I probably should've called in and went back to bed for 2 hours, but since I already couldn't fall asleep, I figured it wasn't work it considering how much I need to get done at work.

This is just a huge reminder to me that I need to eat SOMETHING every 2-3 hours. With my gastroparesis and reactive hypoglycemia, going longer without eating (besides sleeping) really messes up my day, my body, my brain, and the next day (or more). ugh

Early to bed tonight! emoticon


New dentist numbed my eye! Yay! :-)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I just want to say I went to a new dentist for the first time today and seriously, she actually took me serious about how quickly I go through novocain. She numbed me pretty well but it was still shooting cold when she started drilling, but a few minutes in that stopped and eventually the numbness spread all the way up through my eye and into my forehead. I loved it! I didn't feel a dang thing! Which is pretty rare for me - when I was a kid I thought that it was only supposed to take the worst of the pain away, so I suffered through too much pain from dental work. Not any longer! WOOT!
(I think this face works for the numb-droopy-face feeling! haha)

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HANNAH_CALM 6/16/2011 10:21AM

    I'm happy to hear you found a dentist you can work with.
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PAMNANGEL 6/15/2011 5:25PM

    I've always had trouble getting numb enough. First dentist I went to as a kid started before the novacaine took hold and ignored my efforts to let him know that I could feel everything. I was so traumatized, it took 26 years before I could make myself go to another dentist. The dentists at our county clinic were wonderful about making sure I was numb before they started. I was so unhappy when the county closed the dental clinic due to the economy. Luckily, 1 of the dentists opened an office here in town.

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MOM2ACAT 6/15/2011 5:05PM

    I'm glad the Novacain worked, hope you are feeling better soon!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/15/2011 2:41PM

    Funny thing was, it made my vision BETTER! But considering how bad it is getting (I blame 29 years of undiagnosed gastroparesis causing nutrient deficiencies) if my eyes aren't in pain, my vision is better.

Part of my cheek is still a little sore from being numb so long. But it only hurts if I touch it. Part of my face and gums was still numb when I went to bed last night, about 7 hours after she gave me the shot.

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JBINAUSTIN 6/15/2011 12:35AM

    Numbed your eye? How freaky! Did it affect your vision?

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2500 miles and 2 months on a bike

Monday, June 13, 2011

No, I am not making this trek. But several of my family members are! Starting tomorrow part of my family will be getting on their recumbent bikes and leaving WI to spend 2 months biking 2500 miles to WA. This is going to be an incredible trip and I will be following from home at their website: www.benthub.com (If you don't know what a recumbent bike is, you'll see when you visit the link!)

2 years ago they spent a little over a month biking from WI to New Orleans. The blogs don't always say a lot, but the pictures do! I'm proud of my family for doing these trips - my family hasn't usually been the healthiest people. Even my father who spent 38 years in the military (national guard) was not very fit or healthy until he started these trips (psst he turns 58 in Oct!).

Is this ever something I would do? Probably not. With my health issues, I doubt I could handle the heat and sun and having a hard time eating the kind of food I should have versus that which is easy to find. Plus if I suddenly have a flare up, it would be really bad to be in the middle of nowhere, with hours of riding before I could find a decent place to rest. So instead I cheer on my family.

I would like to hear from some sparkers - have any of you ever considered something like this? If you've done a really long bike trip do you have any tips? If you don't think you could do this, why not?


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MOM2ACAT 6/14/2011 6:21PM

    I know I could not handle a bike trip.
I would love to do a 5K walk someday; not a race to win, but something like an awareness walk, but right now I cannot walk very far because of my sciatica pain.
If I can do the Survivors lap at the Relay for Life next fall, that will be doing good.

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Sitting on an exercise ball in front of the computer

Sunday, June 12, 2011

So I don't get the point of sitting on an exercise ball while sitting at a computer. While it helps to keep my left leg from going numb (which happens when I'm sitting on chairs at work and at home all day), it kills my back and my neck. It is because I can balance on it better when I slouch than when I sit up straight. Yeah, I don't get it. The 2 ways I've found where I have to balance on the ball are to curl up my legs on either side of the ball (toes on the floor to help balance, then lift them for a little while now and again) or to sit cross legged on top of the ball. Though I can balance pretty well either way. Not because I've spent a lot of time working on it - I haven't. I just can do it. I can't explain why it is so easy and it kinda bugs me. I bought this thing so I can engage my core while I sit at the computer... but it doesn't do enough! Does anyone else have this problem?

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    If you can't balance on it as well when you're sitting up straight, that's probably because when you're sitting up straight you're engaging your core.

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RIPPEDPAUL1 8/3/2012 10:23AM

    it works for me, I'm not stiff when I get up and I found a position where my posture is perfect. I can now feel it working my core and my calves

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JUSTJUSTY 6/12/2011 9:30PM

    I haven't got a clue! Good Luck! emoticon

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HOLISTIC5 6/12/2011 6:29PM

    It's good for your core-I use one doing part of my yoga class. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 6/12/2011 6:15PM

    I sometimes sit on my ball while watching tv, but I don't think I would be comfortable sitting on it front of my computer; I'm a little short, so I think it would be awkward reaching the keyboard.

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SWAN47 6/12/2011 12:25AM

    I like sitting on it and I have to work at sitting up straight. When I do that I feel like I've engaged my core. emoticon

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