Saturday, June 01, 2013
First off I am hoping this blog uploads as I have had great difficulty with this the past several days.
The nutritionist canceled the appointment I had scheduled with her this week and reset it for the 1st of July. Now I must wait until then to weigh in which will take an act of God to keep me away from the home scale but I will try!
In other news, DH and I are so tired! We've been cleaning, sanding and staining cabinets and floor to ceiling shelving all day. They look so good though and worth the hard work! Can't wait to tackle the rest!
Tomorrow we are headed to church in the am for the grandson's Soccer Awards Banquet along with the daughter, Dan, her ex, his wife and parents. Should be fun! Super proud of the grandson and the whole Cobra team. They ended the season UNDEFEATED!!
Monday, our grandson graduates from Kindergarten. Can't believe how fast this school year has flown by. He can slow down anytime now. It's been such a big year for the little man and the next will be bigger still with First Grade and all it has to offer, in addition to the baby brother he will meet for the first time come Fall.
In anticipation of the class party that will follow graduation Monday, I made up some treats for him to give out to his classmates and teachers. A simple, fast and inexpensive way to help kick off Summer vacation! Just 30 minutes and under $10 for 30 of them.
I also found a really cute idea on PINTEREST that I decided to begin for the grandson as well. I bought the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr., Seuss. I printed out an instructional poem, lamented it and attached it to the front of the book with ribbon. At the end of every school year from now until his HS graduation, his teachers and other educators (PE, Art, Drama, Club, Coaches, etc) will be asked to write a special note, memory, song, poem or other encouragement in the book. There is also room designated for Family and Friends to give their words of wisdom, a place for pictures, memorabilia and a special section for his own thoughts, dreams and visions of the future. I talked it over with the daughter and she was is very happy with this idea. I hope come graduation years down the road my grandson will appreciate the thought behind the gift as well.
Hope everybody is having a great weekend! Wishing all my fellow Sparkies a safe, fun and Sparktacular SUMMER!!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
If you read it ... you have to do it ... have a little fun!
A - Age: 54 years young
B - Bed size: king but downsizing to a queen soon
C - Chore you hate: scrubbing toilets and cleaning the cat box! Double YUCK!!
D - Dog's name: Cinnamon, our brown lab which the grandson nicknamed Meme, the runaway dog. No leash=a visit to every neighbor in sight to catch up on all the latest gossip.
E - Essential start of your day: stretching and prayer
F - Favorite color: blue
G - Gold or Silver: both
H - Height: 5'5"
I - Instruments you play: none
J - Job title: early education teacher (preK-3rd)
K - Kid(s): one daughter and one grandson
L - Living arrangements: 4 bdrm 3 bath house
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: five as a child, three as a teen, one in 2002.
P - Pet Peeve: people who pretend to be something they are not, rudeness/ bad manners
Q - Quote from a movie: "Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it." Rafiki in "The Lion King"
R - Right or left handed: right
S - Siblings: 1 brother, 1 sister, both older, sister passed away in 2008
T - Time you wake up: 6am, if I am lucky enough to get to sleep.
U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": ukulele
V - Vegetable you dislike: beets and turnips
W - Ways you run late: husband
X - X-rays you've had: kidney, mammogram, dental, chest, sinus, arm, knees, elbow. Am I glowing yet?
Y - Yummy food you make: pasta dishes and desserts
Z - Zoo favorite: tigers and monkeys
Friday, May 17, 2013
DH and I have enjoyed seeing the grandson twice already this week. Wednesday, we took him after school to his favorite indoor play place where the owners have built a new super large Jungle Jim/ Clubhouse for all the kids to enjoy. Our grandson was over the moon at seeing it and played in it for hours. He didn't even miss one of the extra large bounce houses they needed to take way to have space for it. I talked my daughter into meeting us there so she could see her son's reaction to the surprise. She and I talked "nicely" together while my husband played with our grandson and she even showed me a Power Point Presentation on the Titanic that she did for one of her classes. She got a 96.8 on it! She also took the time to tell me that my grandson received an excellent end of the year review from his teachers. As a retired early education teacher and a grandmother to boot I really enjoyed hearing how well he is doing in school. And if all this wasn't enough shock to my system, my daughter even invited her dad and me to attend our grandson's Soccer Banquet on the 2nd. WOW! Now, I know all this "niceness" can and most likely will be short lived when it comes to my daughter but at this stage I will enjoy any break in the "drama" I can get. After the play place, DH and I took the little man to Applebee's for dinner before returning him home. All in all, it was a good day!
Thursday, the daughter texted us to asked if we could pick up her son again from school and take care of him until bedtime. She was on the way to the ER with a sore throat from hell, no voice and trouble breathing. Turns out she has a severe case of Strep Throat. She had to get a steroid injection in the back of her throat (OUCH!) to take down the swelling and inflammation and was prescribed a course of antibiotics. DH and I took our grandson back to the play place than to a nearby lake for a picnic dinner and to feed the ducks, geese and swans before heading home. I helped with his bath, story time and put him to bed. By this time our daughter had returned home with a very raspy voice but at least she has one now, and told us of her ordeal.
If we haven't been busy this week with the grandson, DH and I have been painting! The kitchen is coming along quite nicely. DH and I have finished the trim throughout the kitchen and laundry room which includes all the crown molding, chair molding, windows and doorways, doors and base boards. We have changed it from a medium country blue to white. It took 3 coats of paint with primer to cover the blue but it was worth the extra work. What a difference a color can make! The windows and doorways all look so much larger now. We are quite happy with it. Next up the wall color which will be "Westminster Gold" from Benjamin Moore. I will upload pictures but not until after the kitchen is complete.
As for today, I'm relaxing. I am a bit tired, not to mention SORE. So I am taking the day off. Tomorrow we will be off to the grandson's soccer game in the morning. Go Cobras! I hope my fellow Sparkies all have a great weekend. Keep Sparking my friends! WE CAN do whatever we set our minds to.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Today began with a visit to my ENT. I have small ear canals so I need to have my ears cleaned out every 6 months which is always fun. This time I took along DH because I have been noticing he is not hearing too well. After 30+ years of marriage it could be just selective hearing on his part but I think it's more than that. So the doctor checked his ears and they are clear so he wants to do a hearing test but of course DH is in denial and has decided to put it off until whenever.
After lunch I went to my appointment with the nutritionist. Amanda is her name, and she is very nice and seems to know her stuff. We spoke for an hour. Of course the first thing she says to me is," Does your Creatinine level usually run a bit high?" I said no, but my doctor said it was just a little high and that he wasn't concerned. She said okay and that lots of things can cause it to run a bit high like for example dehydration. Though I don't think I was dehydrated the day of my labs because I drank 5 glasses of water an hour before to ward off dehydration so they wouldn't have to stick me a bijillion times. Nonetheless her asking about it only served to increase my concern especially since I only have 1 kidney. I lost the other when I was 8. However I can't allow this to stress me out and have to have faith my doctor knows what he's doing. If he isn't concern about it than I need to let it go. Like I said before I can't undo the harm I have already caused my body but my hope is that I can stall further damage at least for as long as I can.
Anyway, all and all it was a good visit. Amanda tweaked my meal plan for me a bit. Here are my NEW daily guidelines:
Calories: 1,300 - 1,500
Sodium: 2,000 mg or under
Protein: 84 - 90 g
Carbs: 45 g for breakfast, lunch and dinner and 15 g per snack
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner must each have a protein source.
My morning and afternoon snack must consist of a 15 g carb and a protein.
Over the next four weeks she wants me to increase my walking to a mile and a half 5-6 days a week.
As for sodium, she said the new guidelines for EVERYONE is no more than 1500 mg per day. However that this is difficult to do, she said, when the food industry has yet to catch up with the new guidelines. So she has given me a 2,000 mg goal per day for now which I am currently obtaining for the most part except for days I eat out. For those times I do the best I can and make the wisest choices possible.
She has also instructed me to start taking a Calcium supplement with Vitamin D and Magnesium.
She weighed me at the hospital and the scale there read 236. That's 8 lbs heavier than my home scale. Yikes! Not sure which one I should follow? It's such a big difference.
She also has scheduled to see me again in 4 weeks. I was surprised by this as I thought this was a onetime only visit but according to her she will have on-going regular meetings with me. I wonder if this is the norm when it comes to nutritionists. I don't mind it as it will help keep me motivated and on track however DH is not pleased. To him it is just an added expense he feels I don't need. Nevertheless I will attend whatever meetings she sets up regardless of how he feels about it. I have spent way too many years doing what others want me to do. It's time I put me and my health first and foremost. This is a start in the right direction!
While I was waiting for DH to pick me up at the hospital today I walked around the very large parking lot - 30 minutes. Go ME!
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