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Agony last night but maybe light in the tunnel soon

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I only slept for about 3 hours last night because my rib cage was so inflamed! But, I had to go to work. I was off sick last week for 2 days and the week before for 1 day so I didn't want to book off again and besides that I'm running a meeting on Friday and I need to get ready for it and I can't do it at home (actually, I probably could but I haven't asked my boss about that yet).

Anyway, I went to work feeling very, very sleepy and still quite sore so I plugged in my heating pad and drank the energy drink I kept for emergencies. And, then one of the guys I work with said that he and his wife were going out for lunch and when I asked where they were going, he named a few places including Williams Coffee Pub, which makes wonderful Chai Lattes so I asked him if he went there if he could please bring me one. Well, he and his wife didn't go there for lunch but he stopped by anyway just to get me my Chai Latte and it thrilled me. I told him I loved him and he was my absolute #1 favourite person at work today! And, then this afternoon, I skipped my walk because I felt so awful (oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that yesterday on our walk in the rain, the 3 of us had umbrellas and spent a lot of the walk trying to keep from knocking each other's umbrella and because I wasn't paying all that much attention, I walked into the pointy thing on the side of a fire hydrant and killed my right knee. I actually swore! OMG!) and also seemed to end up skipping my lunch (I ate but at my desk) because I have so much to do and had a Diet Coke this afternoon and was still tired enough to sleep when I got home tonight.

But, my husband wanted to contact someone on My Space but he didn't want to actually join so I did and that woke me up somewhat because I actually had to think.

So, anyways, the light in the tunnel is that my doctor's office finally came up with a massage therapist for me and I go to see her on Monday and I'm really, really hoping she can help me with this horrible, agonising rib cage pain that my rheumy says is muscle spasms because after last night, I decided I honestly don't want to have to live with that much pain and that little sleep for the rest of my life whenever it's damp out.

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LISA_HDS 11/27/2008 1:18PM

  Bkwerm.....hope you are feeling better today!!!! emoticon

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FABGRAMMA 11/27/2008 12:32AM

    Hope you get some much needed pain relief soon, think postive and good luck

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NOR1498 11/26/2008 8:24PM

    Joanna, nothing worse than lack of sleep due to pain! I know how awful that can be....hoping the massage helps. Until then I hope you feel better and are able to get some rest! emoticon

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JENDAN30 11/26/2008 7:46PM

    I really feel for you. This is such a horrible thing to go through. I hope the massage helps you. Good luck!! emoticon

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Interesting Day

Thursday, November 20, 2008

So, I got up at 4:45 this morning, took my back pills, did my workout and then I started getting ready for work. I'm off tomorrow so today was supposed to be my Friday so I put on jeans and then tried to find a top. I tried on a couple of tops that didn't fit me last year and even though they're still a little snug, they fit better than they did last year.

So, anyways I was feeling pretty good. I made my breakfast (my favourite PB & honey on toast with tea) and sat down to eat it (it was about 7:10). All of a sudden my stomach started to hurt and I broke out in a sweat and thought I was going to throw up so even before I swallowed my first bite of toast, I ended up spitting it out and running to the bathroom shedding clothes on the way because I was so hot.

So, I started to feel a little dizzy so I ended up sitting on the toilet instead of puking into it and I seriously thought I was going to pass out. I managed to get to the bedroom and laid down on the bed until the dizziness passed. By this time, it was about 7:30 and I didn't know what was wrong with me but I really didn't think I should drive into work in case I got dizzy again. So, I called the on call doctor, who just happened to be my GP and I told him what had happened and that I had taken for the first time the back pills that he prescribed for me on Tuesday at 5 a.m. and wondered if they had anything to do with my episode and he confirmed that it probably did and suggested that I stay home today and take it easy and maybe next time, I should take them before I go to bed instead of first thing in the morning.

So, I called work and told them that I wouldn't be in again today (it's getting to be a weekly habit) and thought that I would have a low key leisurely day. NOT!!!

About 10ish, a social worker from our local hospital called to tell me that my mother-in-law was in the ER there and had been since yesterday but that she was fine and she just wanted someone to call us so that if we were trying to reach her, we wouldn't worry. I asked why she was at the hospital and the social worker said that Mary (my mil) wasn't feeling well yesterday and just came to get checked out. They were running a bunch of tests on her to see if there was anything wrong.

So, Jake (DH) had worked nights last night and had only been asleep for half an hour but I thought he might like to know that his mum was in the hospital so I woke him to tell him and he told me that he talked to his mum the other night and she told him that her pointer finger was swollen and so she'd been to the doctor and he told her not to worry about it, that it was probably just osteoarthritis and that at her age (71), it was fairly normal. In the meantime, she'd also been to the dentist and he had put a new tooth in her mouth by putting a post in and building it around the post and she thought maybe he had accidentally poisoned her (my mil is a bit of a hypochondriac and she's very paranoid, thinks everything is a conspiracy). So, the fact that she ended up at the hospital wasn't all that surprising. Anyway, he was too tired to drive and I was under doctor's orders not to drive either so neither of us went to the hospital (which I feel a little guilty about).

But I called his sister and brother and his sister drove out to go see her mum at the hospital. About an hour after I talked to my sil, the social worker called again to say that Mary had been released and sent home in a taxi so I called my sil again and gave her the update.

So, in some ways it's good that I stayed home today. We can't hear the phone in the bedroom so Jake wouldn't have found out about this until this afternoon if I hadn't been here and my sil and bil wouldn't have been apprised of the situation either.

And, then the whole thing exhausted me so much, I napped for two hours this afternoon.

And, I have to have bloodwork done tomorrow morning so I have to fast for 12 hours so I ate more than I usually do for dinner in hopes that I won't be hungry again until 9ish tomorrow morning but I am worried because I often wake up in the middle of the night hungry and if I don't wake up in the middle of the night hungry then I'm always hungry when I get up in the morning and I can't even drink water to compensate.

Whew! Night!


A couple of questions for my American friends...

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Of course, you don't have to answer but I am curious.

You just elected your first African-American President and I, for one, think it's about time!

Who did YOU vote for and why?

I was just wondering if anyone voted for Obama partly because of his colour? Or, maybe because McCain picked a running mate who so very obviously wasn't the right woman for the job? Or whatever?

As I say, I'm just curious. Answer at your own risk.

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SQUIRTZIE 11/11/2008 8:25PM

    I voted for a 3rd party. I do not even remember which one. This is the second time I have done this when I did not care for either candidate. But I agree President-elect Obama does appear very calm and confident. Hopefully he will bring a brand new perspective to the government.

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MAESTRO3 11/10/2008 7:02AM

This election was a difficult one for me-almost daily, I wavered between my choice. Mainly because my father was strongly for one candidate, and my husband was strongly for the other one, plus we have such huge problems to be resolved. I don't want to say which candidate got my vote; that's just something I never do. However, since the election, I have been reading the news stories and watched President-Elect Obama's news conference, and to me he offers a calmness, confidence, and hope which we need.

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Over 1 Million Steps!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Our Race to Paradise team (6 of us) now has over 1 million steps since the beginning of the challenge at the beginning of October. This equals 796 kilometres (495 miles)!

My personal contribution to this number is 258,450 steps, which equals 196 kilometres (122 miles)!

We're 40th out of 65 teams and I'm 170th out of 378 individuals.

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MOLLIEMAC 11/5/2008 10:26AM

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ARRRGGGGHHHH!!! 1 Frigging Pound!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Well, at least I didn't go up but 1 frigging pound lost for a whole month of exercise every day except one and staying in my calorie range most days is very, very frustrating! I mean, what's the frigging point of being good if it takes one month to lose one pound?!? It will take years for me to get to my goal weight at this rate!


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    I can see that you're really frustrated. I wish that I had loads of advice, but I don't.

What is your heart rate during your workout? You don't have to purchase a heart rate monitor (if you don't already have one) but you can stop to check your heart rate periodically. Search Spark for your target heart rate and make sure it gets there during every workout. From different friends ( not on spark) I've heard what their doctor's have said must be done to lose weight.

One said you have to walk 2 miles every day to make a dent...doesn't matter how fast, but you need to do at least 2 miles.

The other doctor ( which is how I believe) says that in order to lose weight you much exercise enough to sweat at least 4 days a week. The part I really buy into is the sweating. If I don't have to wipe the sweat off my face and don't have wet hair when I'm done, then I've not done "cardio". Period.
I couldn't go out into public without a shower after I've exercised. That includes aerobics or walking on a treadmill. That's what works for me. It's harder when your joints ache, but you've got to sweat that fat off.

I hope next month goes better.

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MOLLIEMAC 10/28/2008 9:15AM

    Joanna, celebrate that one pound loss- you worked hard for it, now keep it going down. As others have said, it's not just the pounds lost but the strength and fitness gained that really count...MJ emoticon

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WITMER30 10/28/2008 7:19AM

I know how frustrating it can be! But keep at it. I was 208 lbs I went to 205 then I started spark. I lost 5 lbs pretty quick and then for 2 months...yes 60 days! I loss NOTHING!
I was mad, and upset and I was ready to quit! I worked out everyday for about 45 min a day, I did strength training everyday! I drank water til it was coming out my ying yang! And still I didn't lose a single lb!

I felt healthier though and less winded, I also found my skin had a special glow to it, it looked healthy.

Over the last 3 wks I've lost 5 lbs...Sure it's not melting off like butter, but it's coming along. I didn't gain it quick so it will take time to lose it.

I also found that it took me awhile to get my metabolism in gear once that happened I found it worked better.

Check to make sure you are eating enough as well. I've also found over the last month that I am going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. All these things are suppose to help in weight loss.

Don't give up you are worth it. And that one pound you loss, is one less you have to worry about.

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ASCONAMAUS 10/28/2008 6:48AM

    Hang on in there. It'll work out in the end. It's not ONLY losing weight that matters, but I can bet my little Finger that you feel a lot better and that you have more energy. And thanks to the work out I can bet you look Fantastic! So heads up and think about the other benefits.

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