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Saturday, January 26, 2013

I'm veering off from MIL talk today to publically announce that I am already frustrated that I'm not losing weight. This week I was sick and so, I ate soup for many lunches and I tried to keep my portions in control and make wise choices when we ate out. Yesterday, I added the Lose It App to my smartphone and I tracked all my food. I came up with about 1600 calories for the day. I had cereal for breakfast, a small portion of thai food for lunch, and a roast chicken salad at Ruby Tuesdays for dinner. I got up this morning and gained 2 pounds.

This is the frustrating part of weight loss for me. I seem to maintain and maintain. Whatever I eat, even if it is a healthy choice, puts weight on me. Eventually I give up and give in.

This morning is boot camp at Gold's gym and I am going to go even though I would rather stay home and sew. Last night I was up at 3:00 a.m. with a cough resembling an adult asthma attack. The doctor I saw on Thursday described it as bronchial asthma so now I'm wondering if I have developed this in my old age.

Hubby let me sleep until about 9 a.m. which was good because it took me a while to go back to sleep after my coughing attack. I have a good friend who had a heart cath this week to discover that she doesn't have a heart problem. They had scared her into thinking she had serious issues and now they have put her on a mediterranean diet. I said I would go on it with her and together, we would lose. I bet she drops pounds like crazy and mine will cling and cling. If you have been a friend of mine for many years here on Spark, you will have been through this with me before. I don't want my biggest loser challenge to go by the wayside so I am going to get on my exercise clothes and make the best of it and hope I don't cough my way through it.

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TOWHEE 1/26/2013 10:51PM

    Like everyone else, I'm thinking that the sodium from the Thai food and the Ruby Tuesday food is the culprit. If you drink lots of water today (OK, it's too late today, so make it tomorrow), you should flush the sodium out of your system and with it the 2 pounds of water weight.

I had bronchial asthma as a child, but finally outgrew it (I think the fact that both of my parents stopped smoking had something to do with it, but Mom denied that). Keep an eye on it and if it gets worse go back to the doctor, otherwise you may be coughing for a while (it has taken me 6 to 8 weeks to get rid of winter coughs).


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EBURGITE 1/26/2013 2:39PM

    sodium is a killer for me...and most restaurants' choices are overly-full of sodium, so i'll usually gain after dining out. don't give up....keep working your program....it's hard to find the right calories in/out balance for you. hang in there!

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KASEYCOFF 1/26/2013 12:38PM

    I know what "they" say - and I'll tell you, I eat about 1200 calories / day. I don't think I get enough exercise, but then again, I do housework, shopping, run errands, whatever, plus I walk and ride my exercycle if not every day then every other day, for 20-30 minutes. I also avoid salt like mad (because of hypertension, plus it bloats me and water retention drives me nutz). I don't eat artificial sweeteners, or very seldom. Butter? Couldn't tell you the last time I had it. No sugar, little fat, and I rarely eat meat.

I'm maintaining. Just barely. I can't go any lower on cals or I won't get the nutrients (minerals, etc) I need - I take a vitamin supplement, but I prefer to get my nutrition from "real" food.

So 1600 calories with things like Thai food (is there salt in it?) and chicken salad (any mayo, dressing, sauce--?) and I would definitely gain.

The last thing I'd ever recommend to someone is "do what I do." But I know if I did what you're doing, I wouldn't be plateauing, I'd be gaining...

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ANDI571 1/26/2013 11:32AM

    I have found now that I am older I have to tweak, tweak, tweak. I am finding foods that make me gain, and foods that doesn't. Sparkpeople had me where I could eat up to 1700 calories. I can't eat no where that many. I can usually lose between the 1200 and the 1350 mark. Any higher I maintain or gain. Also, sodium in foods used not to bother me, and now it does. Keep good track of when you lose and when you gain and compare them.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Well, we tried to bring her home but she arrived back at the home yesterday evening at dinner time. All of the nurses and CNA's were so glad to see her and they immediately got to work taking care of her. It is so the right place for her to be. SHe is in a newer room that has built in cupboards around her bed and more room at the end of the bed for us to sit and visit. And a new flat screen, bigger TV on the wall that works.

I just can't tell you how relieved both my husband and I are at the thought of her being there, being taken care of. I hope she realizes that it is where she needs to be and starts even to like the place a little. She has 25 free days left and after that, they will drain her assets and then go onto medicaid. We have about 2 months worth of money before that happens.

Thank you to all of my friends in sparkland who have read and listened to me as I complained and whined and told the truth about how I felt. THe good part is that my husband now believes that this is what she needs. He had to try and bring her home and see if we could do it.

Yesterday I went back to the doctor as I thought I was going to drown in phlegm. I left with a bag of medicine including an antibiotic and I already feel better. Although, I coughed a bunch last night and this morning and peed my pants. I'm wearing one of MIL's pullups right now. THey come in handy.

Maybe now I can get my life and job back. January was a bust for sure. I did not do any exercising and so the Biggest Loser challenge went by the wayside for the week. Tomorrow there is an exercise session at the gym at 10:45 and I plan to be there. HOpe I don't cough my head off. I've lost 4.7 lbs but now is the hard part. Stay on some sort of nutrition counting to start losing the next 30 pounds. This is the hard part.

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LKWQUILTER 1/25/2013 5:39PM

    Carol, know that you tried to keep her at home and your dh knows too and he realizes that sometimes what we want is just not possible. I so agree with you. My parents used to say that they did not want to come live with any of us and really did not want any of us to move in with them either. Take care of yourself and get over that "crud" before you do much exercise. ((HUGS)) to all of you.

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ANDI571 1/25/2013 4:10PM

    You will always know you tried, and you know she is being taken care of. Also, you aren't taking care of her, you just changed the way it is being done. Now take care of yourself also. emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 1/25/2013 1:06PM

    That is a relief. DH will maybe still be able to take her out to visit for the day when she gets a little better. You can have your house back and get some rest before you get back to normal. And maybe some of MIL's treasures can go into storage?

When you feel better you might like to check out my blogs, I have lost 10 kilos, that is 22 lbs in 18 days. You might win your biggest loser challenge after all!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/25/2013 10:54AM

    I am glad both you and your husband are in agreement. Hopefully you MIL will soon see that is the best place for her too.

Praying the medication will get you back on the mend quickly!

emoticon on losing 4.7 lbs and soon those other 30 will come off too!!

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KASEYCOFF 1/25/2013 9:44AM

    A new beginning for all of you...

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MJRVIC2000 1/25/2013 9:31AM

    Live before God His way and be blessed! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

So today hubby was taking MIL to the doctor and when they were testing her oxygen it was only 78 and they immediately sent her to the emergency room. We thought surely this is it this time but you never know. They took an x-ray and she has a slight case of pneumonia. We are so ready for her to be out of her misery and off to better parts. But I guess God has plans for her that we do not know about.
So you see, all this week, when she was coughing at our house, she was developing pneumonia. They put her in a regular room and they have DNR orders so we will see. Both he and I agreed that she will not be coming home with us again. If she gets well enough to leave the hospital, she will go back to the nursing home and stay there until whenever the Lord decides to take her. After arguing for a week about the situation, hubby and I both agree, we cannot take care of her adequately. And I did tell her I loved her and that she was the best MIL I could have ever had so I hope she understood and heard me. My head is pounding and my nose is still dripping although it is loosening up. I'm so relieved that she is at the hospital as last night, she could not breathe and coughed and coughed.

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EBURGITE 1/24/2013 11:14AM

    hugs and prayers, friend. be sure to take care of yourself in the midst of it all.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I went to the doctor yesterday and all I have is a head cold. The drainage is making me cough and he gave me some heavy duty cough medicine so I slept good all night. Hubby took MIL to the doctor as well and they did an x-ray and found she has fluid on the outside of her lungs, not in her lungs so that was a revelations. She got symbicort and we have to administer that. I am so ready to feel better. This is one of the worst head colds I've had in a long time so another week and its gone, I hope. Thanks All for wishing me well.
MIL is still in bed and I treasure this time, knowing that when she gets up, it will be none stop.

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LADYBUG1943 1/23/2013 9:48AM

    This is the year, it seems. My DH was sicker than he's ever been... in bed for three days. Our family was still here for Christmas, and our 5 year old grandson said "this might be his last days!!!" Wonder where he got that phrase. DH got up from bed before they left just so grandson could see him walking!! You get gray hair and people think only death comes next!

We know different, don't we! I saw you're online this morning, so hope you're feeling better.


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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/22/2013 6:11PM

    Hope you ALL feel better soon!

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EBURGITE 1/22/2013 2:00PM

    sending hugs...praying.

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BILLETWIFE 1/22/2013 12:43PM

    I hear you.....my head is going to explode and I can't breathe. Just walking BY my treadmill makes me cough!!! I ended up sleeping on the couch so I could stay upright. If I lay flat, I just cough and keep everyone up!!!!

Feel Better!!!!!!

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KASEYCOFF 1/22/2013 11:20AM

    I wonder if fluid "outside" the lungs is old-fashioned pleurisy? I don't think the term is used anymore, but you sometimes find it in old books and newspapers...

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LKWQUILTER 1/22/2013 10:58AM

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COOPQUILTLADY 1/22/2013 10:41AM

    Hang in there. This, too, shall pass. emoticon emoticon

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MIL at doctor

Monday, January 21, 2013

So today, after coughing her head off all night, my husband took MIL to the doctor. Had to see someone we don't know but she is getting a chest x-ray and then we will see what is up. This is so annoying. I am seeing the doc at 4:30 this afternoon although I feel much better and will probably be okay but hubby is insisting. You see, he was not around MIL Fri and Sat and he did not know how bad it was. ANd then me coughing as well.
I am so over this and ready to move on.

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LKWQUILTER 1/21/2013 8:48PM

    Carol, let the dr check you out. I have several friends that have been fighting this crud for over a month and one friend has taken 3 rounds of antibiotics and still isn't completely over it. I would want MIL x-rayed too as she may pneumonia. Praying for all of you. ((HUGS))

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KASEYCOFF 1/21/2013 2:36PM

    Probably not a bad idea to have her x-rayed - the older we get, the longer it seems to take to recuperate from anything, and this sounds like such a bad "bug" that's going around...

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ANDI571 1/21/2013 1:36PM

    Glad you are feeling better, but best to be checked out. This has been a bad year for the creeping crud for sure.

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