Friday, December 19, 2014
May you never have gout! It is painful and you cannot stand anything to touch your foot in the beginning stages. Plus you have trouble walking.
I have had gout since November 13 and went to my doctor who referred me to a rheumatologist. Of course, as a new patient, I had to wait two weeks to see the new doctor.
In the meantime, I was trying alternative things both at home and from the vitamin store. Nothing worked.
One plus is that I love cherries and cherries are good for gout! Even though expensive and grown in South America at this time of year, I have been enjoying the cherries. Plus I have been drinking cherry juice, not as good. Can't hurt, right?
So now I am taking prednisone for 6 days, the kind that you taper down each day. I have never taken steroids, EVER.
So far, I have not wanted to eat more, but it is only the second day. However, my face feels hot.
Most important, my foot does not hurt for the first time since November 13. So maybe the doctors know what they are doing. Still, I don't like the idea of introducing steroids into my system.
After this, if the gout comes back, I will have to take something called Allipurinol, forever. It is a drug that takes uric acid out of your body. The reason is that I have to take a diuretic for a condition called Hyperaldosteronism, which is rare and causes high blood pressure. Well when you take diuretics over time, like I have to, there is an increased risk of gout. So one drug causes another condition, causes another, ... hopefully not into infinity. Once you get into this pattern, it never ends, but medical science has made many advancements and I hope to eventually get back off some of the drugs.
What I miss the most is my walking, and aqua fit. I cannot wait to get back to it. Since the gym will be crowded in January (and the pool), I will just take to the streets to walk. I am so looking forward to it! That is my Christmas present, mobility.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
I have realized that the older I get what I really want for Christmas cannot be purchased with money.
Good health is at the top of my list every year.
Love between family members is another Christmas wish.
For everyone to know the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
To be successful in my new business venture.
To live in health the remainder of my life.
I wish the same for you! Love and health, my friends!
Of course, I have to throw in a bit of humor, a bit outdated, but here goes...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Have you heard if you cannot run, then walk, if you cannot walk, then crawl, if you cannot crawl, then pray?
There is always something we can do to improve.
The goal for some is to lose weight, but good health should be the goal for all of us.
I keep getting gout. Earlier this year I tore a tendon in my ankle. So I am having mobility problems this year. This has kept me from my treadmill or my aqua fit classes. I think it is too cold for aqua fit at this time of year.
I really dislike the chair exercises, but if that is all I can do, then that is what I will do.
I can at least stand and prepare my healthy meals.
Yesterday I made a vegetable and grain soup. Green salads are every day, as well, and it takes some time to chop everything up. I like the organic romaine lettuce with peppers, radish, onion and cucumber. Yum! Today will be sautéed squash and cabbage with onions.
Yeah, and I will do my chair exercises...
Do what you can and don't stress. Stress is unhealthy.
Monday, November 10, 2014
I turned 64 yesterday. Birthdays have never bothered me. What bothers me is not being healthy. I would love to live a long time, but only if my health is good.
At church we had a special service for Veterans Day, it was touching. Our pastor always announces birthdays, so many people wished me a Happy Birthday!
After church, dh and I went out to lunch with friends, 16 total! I had a "birthday sopapilla" with candle! What fun!
Dh gave me our traditional gift of fragrance, enough to last a year.
Then we shopped for Christmas lights.
The weather was marvelous, so it was a lovely day all around!
I am happy to be here!
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