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Taking A Break Due To Illness

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I'm taking a small break due to illness. I've had a vicious bout of the stomach/intestinal flu. Hope to be back soon.

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L*I*T*A* 4/30/2012 12:23PM

    get well soon.............take care....
blessings and hugs............lita

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SLENDERELLA61 4/29/2012 7:48PM

    Get well soon! -Marsha

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EILEENV3 4/29/2012 4:41PM

Hope you feel better soon!

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JTREMBATH 4/29/2012 3:15PM

    Hope you get better soon emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 4/29/2012 3:08PM

    Drink lots of water and be well soon.

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Perhaps A Clue To My Fatigue

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Today I met with a new allergist. I liked her very much. We talked about my medical history, specifically my allergy issues current and past. Then my doctor did a physical exam. It appears that I have an allergy induced sinus infection. I chronically have sinusitis but when I am exposed to lots of allergens, it can become a full blown infection.

This spring the pollen in our area has been off the charts. We didn't really have a winter with a hard freeze per se, so the trees, grasses, weeds, bushes and flowers are confused and making pollen like crazy. The dry, breezy weather just makes it easier for the pollen to fly around and stay in the area. Consequently, my allergies have been kicking my butt. Thus, my primary doctor and I decided that I needed a new allergist who is a doctor not an LPN under a doctor's care. I was only too eager to go to my appointment as I have been feeling draggy.

I had a sinus x-ray, blood tests for allergies and am scheduled for a breathing test tomorrow. She put me on an antibiotic and nebulizer treatments and gave me a steroid shot. Within twenty minutes of getting the shot, my nose was cleared and I can now breathe! Yea! I see her again in 10 days. I sure hope the treatment works. I think that I will be feeling more energetic soon!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/29/2012 11:02AM

    I hope it works too..and i'm betting it will!! good for you!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/25/2012 10:01AM

    Wow, you are just having one success after another these days! Persistence does pay off and it is a good thing you decided to take care of you!

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L*I*T*A* 4/25/2012 4:19AM

    such great news!!
good luck with your other tests......
blessings and hugs.......lita

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TBRANCH2 4/24/2012 7:46PM

    great news! Bob, too, had a steroid shot for something else (non-related) but, it gave instant relief to his allergy issues, also!!! WOOHOO!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/24/2012 7:44PM

    So glad you got fast relief. The pollen has been kicking me down this year, too. Sure hoping this allergist lives up to your expectations and needs. It is no fun to feel fatigue all the time. Happy healing!! -Marsha

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You Can Do It And Come Through It, Just Start By Taking The First Step!

Friday, April 20, 2012

I've been asked quite often lately, "With all of the health issues you've had, how did you cope and come through it so well?" I've struggled to explain that I'm a survivor and that I'm worth fighting for because I'm worth the effort. Many people don't understand so I'll explain it by posting my mantra.

You can do it and come through it, just start by taking the first step.

I say this over and over and over to myself as I struggle to meet my goals. After the first step I take a second, third, forth and fifth step and just continue until I meet a goal. Sometimes the going can get really rough but if I give up, I'm guaranteed to lose. The way I win is to continue my struggle until I reach my goal - no matter how long it takes!

Whenever I meet a goal, I set a new goal and begin again. I consider life to be a long term learning opportunity. I can always set a goal for something and go through the process of achieving that goal. To stop learning and changing or as I like to say "polishing myself" is to stop living. I look at life as an interesting puzzle with endless possibilities. I ask myself this question, "What do I want to be and how do I want to achieve that?" Naturally our home is filled with butterflies. They symbolize my constant rebirth process. I am always a work in progress. It is a life long journey not a destination.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/21/2012 12:01PM

    Wonderful blog! I voted for it. Wonderful attitude and way to live. Keep up the great work and great thinking!! -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 4/20/2012 4:41PM

    Thanks for sharing. When I first started this journey several years ago I had not exercised for most of my life and I literally sang (to myself) like Elmo from Sesame Street: "Just put one foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking out the door." It got me started and I still laugh when I think of it but Elmo had a good plan!

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LORETTA1945 4/20/2012 3:19PM

  this is a great idea

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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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