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Paying Attention To My Health Is Paying Off

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My focus on my own health is paying off! Last week, I had outstanding lab results. Today, I went for my mid year check up, with my neurosurgeon. My doctor needed to check the bone growth on the fusion that I had in September. The last time it was checked, in December 2011, I was healing ahead of schedule. Now, my bone is almost healed! There was just a tiny area of white on the x-ray this morning (the white area was the area that still needs to heal). My doctor was very pleased with my progress. I won't have to be checked again for six more months. My neurosurgeon took most of the restrictions off but I do have to have a nerve conduction test on my left arm. The reason I need this test is that I still have residual pain in the areas of the ulnar and radial nerves due to the length of time that my arms were unable to move. If surgery has to be done, this time it will be out patient and I will have a five inch scar on the underside of my arm. This I can live with!

The sad news that I got this morning is that my neurosurgeon is leaving to do an additional fellowship of some kind at Ohio State University. His last day is June 1st. I'm bummed and just feel a sense of panic at this news. After all, he was the first neurosurgeon (out of 4) that was able to find out what was wrong with me and fix it! Hopefully he will turn my case over to someone who is as kind, brilliant and gentle as he is. He will be a hard act to follow.

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L*I*T*A* 4/19/2012 4:17PM

    awesome results!!!
praying your next dr lives up to expectations....
blessings and hugs......lita

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DONNABRIGHT 4/19/2012 2:08PM

    Hooray, it was a long road but so glad you are well on your way.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/19/2012 1:08PM

    Sorry you are still having residual pain, but it is SO VERY GOOD to hear of your continued progress. I saw you @ the Y yesterday, but I was with Wellness Coach and didn't get to communicate. Glad to see you so active. That is a bummer that your neurologist is leaving. Here's hoping the replacement is exactly as you described. However, if not, I have total faith that you will keep looking until you find exactly what you need. Continue to take such great care of yourself!! (Sorry the HR monitor won't work for you. Thought it was worth a try. )-Marsha

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My Lab Numbers Are Awesome!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I had a follow-up appointment with my primary doctor today. He was very pleased with my recent lab work. My cholesterol level was 168, blood pressure 108/68, A1C 5.8, triglycerides 56 and my thyroid levels were out of sync. We discussed all aspects of why I feel so fatigued and he evaluated all of my medications. The result was that I will take 2 thyroid pills. On pill is T4 and the other pill will be T3. He made some recommendations for some additional tests and I will see him again in 3 months or sooner if there is any kind of flag on my tests.

I was all concerned about a 5 pound weight gain that I've had since my last visit. He wasn't at all concerned about that due to the tremendous increase of muscle on my body. He re-enforced the fact that he could see that I was noticeably smaller due to lost inches and he can see muscle definition in both my arms and legs. Although this made me feel better, I still want the scale to go in the opposite direction. We discussed the fact that I usually do 2-3 hours of exercise 6 days a week. I told him about the dietitian/nutritionist who I went to for about a year. Then I asked if it would be okay if I were to eat according to her plan, which was about 1600 calories per day. He told me that 1600 calories was way too little! I was shocked! I need to take in about 1800 calories in order to lose weight since I get so much exercise. Wow! That was a surprise. He's afraid that if I eat less, I will go into starvation mode and my thyroid will tank even further. He said he wants me to add more lean protein to what I'm already eating and watch out for sugary foods. He said the protein will make me feel more satisfied. I am never to eat a carb without eating a protein along with it. (I already knew this thanks to Spark People!) He told me to keep up the good work and he'd see me in 3 months.

I guess what surprised me about the whole visit was how very supportive my doctor was of all of my efforts. I was much more critical and expected much more of myself than the doctor did of me. I think I need to work on accepting and loving my emerging body as it is right now. My own attitude toward myself surprised me. I also need to focus on the big picture of health and not on just the number on the scale!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/14/2012 12:29PM

    Fantastic!! So good your doctor understands your efforts. Congrats on all those good numbers.

I wonder if it would be helpful to you to use a heart rate monitor to track how many calories you are actually burning in the pool. I have a waterproof one I'd be glad to loan you if you are interested. I think it would work for you; we'd just have to try and see. Let me know if you'd like to try it.

So good to see you at the pool this week. Keep up the great work!! -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 4/12/2012 10:25PM

    awesome news!!!............ emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 4/12/2012 9:25PM

    That's great that your labs were mostly good. I have to work at getting enough protein in my diet. I usually run a little on the low side. I think it is because I don't eat much meat, though I am not vegetarian, just picky. I know what you mean about being more critical of yourself than others are, as I do that too. In fact, I could really relate to quite a bit of what you posted! Thanks for making me think!

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Working On My "To Do" List

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I started my day by paying a visit to the dentist. I was my annual visit and I did well. I will return next week to see if I can have my front tooth bonded to fix a chip.

Upon returning home, hubby wanted to take me out for lunch. We went to Pizza hut. There, we both ordered a tossed salad and had 2-3 pieces of pizza each (1" wide x 3" long pieces). We both had large glasses of unsweetened ice tea with lemon. I found it to be very thirst quenching. I felt like we both did very well and the little pieces of pizza fulfilled our pizza cravings. This was a far cry from the old me who could have eaten 3 huge slices of pizza.

I think the caffeine in the tea really revved my motor. After lunch I couldn't sit still so I decided to tackle my "to do" list. I changed the bed, washed a load of sheets and another of throw rugs, vacuumed, switched out the wreaths on the front doors, changed the garden flags, folded laundry and put it away, made several telephone calls, balanced my check book and caught up on all of my emails. I went from thing to thing to thing, until I got almost everything done. I was dripping with sweat and downing glass after glass of water. I feel satisfied that I had a very constructive day. I got in some great exercise and getting caught up on my chores is a big relief. Even though I didn't go to the gym, today was a win/win day for me.

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DONNABRIGHT 4/18/2012 9:33AM

    You probably got way more exercise than you thought. I am always amazed at how high my pedometer registers when I have a day like that one.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/12/2012 3:08PM

    Sounds like a great day, and very prodcutive, too. So good to see you this morn at the Y. Maybe someday I'll catch you where we can sit and have a cup of coffee or water together and catch up. Glad you are doing so very well health-wise. Take care. -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 4/12/2012 9:13AM

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New Hopes With The Sunrise!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

We started our day Easter Sunday with an outdoor sunrise service. This is my favorite way to celebrate Easter. When you first get to the service, people are scurrying around getting ready for the service. It is dark and chilly outside and the quiet seeps into your soul. Other people arrive with chairs and blankets to sit upon. There is the general noise associated with the increase of activity. The service is sponsored by the local group of outreach ministries so many different types of churches participate. There is a sense of community here.

The service begins. Music reaches out into the stillness and surrounds my heart. I feel a tremendous sense of peace. I look around and see about 75 other people who have come to worship and welcome the message of Easter. The sky is beginning to lighten, birds awaken and begin to chirp. Those gathered begin to sing beautiful, cherished songs. These songs and the message given by one of the ministers/priests remind me of the hope and promise of Easter.

The service begins to draw to a close. The sun peeks through the clouds. The birds burst into song. People smile and let their joy bubble over. It is contagious. My heart lifts and my lips curve as I absorb the peaceful beauty of the morning. There is new hope with the sunrise and the message of Easter!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/8/2012 11:30AM

    Thank you for this beautiful sharing of an inspirational experience. May all your days be touched with peace and joy! -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 4/8/2012 10:47AM

    Happy Easter to you and yours....
blessings and hugs.........lita

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I Did Everything On My "To Do" List

Saturday, April 07, 2012

The eggs are boiled and ready for us to dye. The groceries for Easter dinner are put away and the menu is planned. (Lots of fresh veggies by the way!) The table is decorated and looks festive. The Easter baskets are filled and ready. We purchased our annual hyacinths (can't have spring and Easter without them) and they smell heavenly. The laundry is finished and our alarms are set for the sunrise service tomorrow. The only things left to do are egg dying and cooking tomorrow after church. I am ready for a beautiful family day. I did everything on my "to do" list and I'm ready for some "me" time.

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DONNABRIGHT 4/8/2012 11:11AM

    Have a wonderful day!

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L*I*T*A* 4/7/2012 10:31PM

    enjoy your family tomorrow....
great to be prepared....
blessings and hugs........lita

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