Tuesday, August 09, 2011
I'm home from Vegas. Yes, July Vegas is . Home, apparently, was hotter. I have dead plants and bushes, dying grass, and the dog's belly is distended for unknown reasons. I think about that Sandra Bullock movie, 28 Days; how she went to rehab and her assignment was to simply take care of a plant, then she could graduate to a pet. Both dogs have ear infections (again). I was too busy to micromanage, and left it up to the daughter. At least the kid kept them alive.
I'm glad to be home. I my bed.
I've weeded for hours (weeds apparently love the heat).
My walking neighbor has me back up at 6:30am instead of 7:30am to beat the heat. I wasn't ready for that after driving 19ish hrs, even a day later. I'm so tired. Started my TOM 12 days into cycle. THAT's unusual. Stress?
I was able to take Dad to his doctor. He's gnarly to tend to at this stage in his dementia. Mom prefers "Alzheimers" to "dementia" but regardless, he doesn't like to shower. My nephew, who lives with them, likes to get Dad to swim, but often Dad laughs he doesn't want to get wet. He made us late to the appt cause I couldn't get him out of the bathroom. He's in there forever, and has been for a couple of years. I had a laundry list of tests to ask doc for. It was like pulling teeth and the talking I had to do was ridiculous. Please, his bones hurt. Please do a thyroid TSH (at least - didn't dare ask for other thyroid tests), Vit D, DEXA scan to check osteoporosis, A1C & insulin, ferritin/iron panel, and B12, cholesterol, PSA etc. I called for a scan appt but they won't do them the same day, and I was leaving the following Monday. argh. The Vit B12, D, A1C & insulin didn't get done. Thyroid and PSA were high. Triglycerides were high at 209 (other chol was ok). Normal metabolic and CBC. Now learning about the prostate. One thing I read in a quick read, is that the body will try to slow down metabolically (lower thyroid output), to slow down cancer growth. His thyroid was 3.8 last year, now 5.something. When I brought up to doc that I thought thyroid TSH should be 1ish, he said that's for someone being treated, not UNtreated. *whatever* I need to pick my battles, and I had other skirmishes ahead.
Mom's surgery went well. Her knee, once turned inward, is now straight. For years she told docs that it pained her, that something needed fixing, but for years it went undone. This made her not use her leg and I think the muscles have atrophied; they don't stretch and the stiffness causes pain to use - she can't bend the new knee. She can't function, she says, without her pain meds (she also has sciatica, but I think peripheral neuropathy - both feet her toes are curling). She had to eat the way I prepared food, but what a fussy girl! It was annoying. And I say that as someone who is fussy - lol. I guess we like what we like and find comfort in our addictions :P. Still she likes aspartame water :P, bagels, butter and coffee for breakfast. She sees not how her food choices affect inflammation and pain. Or she chooses otherwise despite what I suggest.
One of her brothers died unexpectedly from an unnamed cancer and his wife has lung cancer, one has an acute leukemia of some kind, and another younger brother has lung cancer. I was there three weeks, and I think she was looking at this time as her vacation. She was still in bed and not moving around as much as she should be. I tried to not be Nurse Ratched, but it was hard. I have a friend whose mother is in hospice care. Her own mother hadn't showered for over a year and was pretty crusty in her dementia. Friend said her mom just loved on her. I wish I were as loving, but I was wanting more for mom than she could muster. I got stuck in that instead of the loving part. At one point I did have compassion and just stopped and held her hand. Who knows what she's thinking. She probably wanted a cig. LOL. (or not LOL).
I talked to mom's orthopedic surgeon quickly before the surgery about nightshade-free diet for osteoarthritis, and he said there's no money for diet studies (we said it the same time). I told him about my myxoid cyst and going nightshade free, but he said his hunch was that a person was to NEVER have had nightshades, that mine not reoccurring was likely a fluke.
I was busy sun up to sun down. I visited with oldie Vegas friends and got some "me time" for sanity. I got some boots from Nordies Rack for fall for more sanity. I started out walking daily 2 miles early in the morning, but by the end I hadn't walked for two or three days tying up loose ends. Then the car ride home: my left ankle was so swollen, and my right ankle started swelling, too. I took a baby aspirin and tried to move my lower limbs best I could thinking about DVTs.
DH has another job interview today. It's his third with the same company which is encouraging. We've been let down before, so my emotions are steady with this process now. Kid quit her full-time job to go to school full-time, and she just found a part-time job.
So Nina Simone. Was Youtubing around, and found her. She's a light, and I dig her energy. I can see her fierceness and I need some right now as I feel a bit deflated; trying to find my inner strength during this ebb as I know I'm gonna need it. There's MUCH to be thankful for. Even your boobies.
Feeling Good (SUCH a classic - love this right now): bit.ly/q4Fp6C
.... it's a new day. Ba, ba ba, ba ba ...
Reading: Over My Head - A doctor's own story of head injury from the inside looking out.
Next: Nina Simone's autobiography: I Put a Spell on You. She died cause of her boobies. :(
I am coping by eating cherries and continuing with the walking. I know: too much sugar, not enough fiber.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Discussion here at Perfect Health Diet:
Part 1 bit.ly/jCz3HV
Part 2 bit.ly/ihzzOn
Interesting that they're talking about copper DEFICIENCY, when I know I have too much or an imbalance to zinc. I had a zinc and selenium deficiency (need to redo my Spectracell test to see how I'm doing). Selenium is important for the thyroid. Well, I know minerals are important for thyroid health, and that's one reason lectins have been banished from my diet. Not all lectins, because ALL foods have them, but know/understand your lectins(!): bit.ly/dY6gYx
Upshot you have some control over: KNOW your mineral status before supplementing anything. Spectracell Micronutrient Testing: www.spectracell.com/mnt/ .
You know what has lots of copper? Nuts and seeds. It could be why I felt tired after eating sunflower seeds. Going low on nuts and seeds is not just about 'fats' and 'fat ratios'. Anyway, too much copper, not enough zinc = fatigue. It's why I feel better eating beef (zinc) when I can or I need the protein. Ann Louise Gittleman has a great book about this. amzn.to/ALGTired
Dr. K on iodine and Hashimoto's: bit.ly/ycw0uB
Mom called. I'm needed sooner than expected. Mid-July in Vegas here I come.
I'm still sore from my Saturday cross-fit workout. :P
Iodine Deficiency, thyroid, achlorydia, fibrocystic breasts + ... and Cancer:
iodine deficiency: bit.ly/qyvSIH
from same author/dr, another article: bit.ly/pDzyJN
Sunday, June 26, 2011
The house across the street finally sold after 18 months-ish on the market (empty, then w/2 different renters). My new neighbor saw me walking and asked if I wanted a partner. YAYES! She likes to walk earlier than I do because yes, it's cooler, so I've been getting up around 6:30am where I'm used to 8am (bed is usually between 11p-1a). THAT in itself has been hard, but such a blessing because it makes me try to go to bed earlier (down to 10:20p). She's a stronger walker than I am and it's good, too, cause I'm walking farther and more consistent. She came along and is putting oomph back into my wanting to work out. I took her out of the neighborhood one day, and got lost, so we ended up walking a bit more than 5 miles. Boy, I was sore the next day cause I'm not used to it. Now my body has been awakening around 5:30am.
She's diabetic (runs on paternal side), and she's just started metformin. We gab about health, and she's actually open to hearing what I have to say about the "G" word. lol Her tri's are in the 300s, HDL 23? Something crazy low. Anyway, I shared with her the www.bloodsugar101.com that helped me understand diabetes, and she's taking a look.
My Crossfit groupon's gonna expire, so I thought about giving it away since I don't think I'm up to it, and yet: They have free Saturday classes, so I thought I'd try despite myself. I like the community aspect of it. I liken it to being in gym class again. They were suuuuper encouraging and nice. They consider it functional exercise, which I can appreciate, but really, just moving for me is good. :P
We ran relays (i got the short run 2x - thank you).
We did 3 sets of 10 kettlebell snatches w/10lb weight (everyone's weight differed)
We did 3 sets of 10 squats with a medicine ball thing.
We jumped rope 100x (started goofing around jump 70 from being tired).
We were supposed to do 3 sets of ? lunges, but I lunged 10x and couldn't/daren't do more cause my hams started feeling like hard balls in my legs.
Then I did 21 mins on the rower, which I thoroughly enjoyed and want one now. :)
I went home and took extra fish oil, and a 200mg magnesium glycinate (NOT oxide which I found gives me the runs -ew) every couple of hours.
I slept like a rock last night - ahhh. I feel very sore today as expected from someone in my condition. I don't know what tomorrow will bring and how I should proceed exercise-wise. I think I'll continue w/the walking, and try learning the cross-fit basic training moves next week. Then I'll give away the groupon to a neighbor jock who's interested. We'll see.
I'm glad to have tried. I yearn to feel strong again.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Dear Family and Friends,
Pain stinks, especially if you live with it on a daily basis. You know I think leaky gut is the root of all evil, but do cute lil tomatoes have to add fodder to the cannon? Unfortunately, they can. As can all kinds of peppers (not black pepper), eggplant, the wonder-food goji berries or wolf berries, potatoes, tomatillos, and nicotine (even second hand smoke, Ms. Whoopi Goldberg, who needs to quit, and is so angry she can't smoke inside buildings like a real human being -- okay, sometimes I still watch The View ;oP).
I went nightshade free about a year ago. I can tell you that I had a myxoid cyst (looks like a blister) on my toe (associated w/osteoarthritis) which has since disappeared. It was hurting as it grew, or I'd have ignored it whilst dealing with other aches and pains ala fibro (they're really intermingled and it's hard to say which is which). I'd pop it w/a needle and squeeze out the sticky K-Y jelly-like stuff, and it'd grow back. My nailbed was indented because the blister had tentacles so-to-speak, or roots. The indent was valley-like, now it's very, super narrow about the width of a fine point marker. It took about 6 months of popping it monthly, then I left it alone.
June 2010 Before the Big Squeeze (myxoid cyst)
June 2010 After the Big Squeeze (indented and defeated!) ;0)
Solanine - get to know it. It's the enemy if you are prone to arthritis and/or fibromyalgia. Unfortunately for me, I've been eating some not realizing it's also in strawberries, blueberries, and artichokes. I will TRY TRY TRY to take these out for three months to see if it makes a difference. I'll begin after this last batch of groceries is gone.
Gilbere: bit.ly/ggnightpain , youtube: bit.ly/gloriagilbereinflammat
Nightshades Wiki: bit.ly/klSsgJ
Avg read: Solanine: Wiki: bit.ly/mERgCC
Myxoid popping youtube: bit.ly/dotsmyxoid
Let us know if you try it. It can take months, if not years to get it out of your system. (Read Lebowitz link for more info.) I reintroduced nightshades by forgetting I don't eat ketchup on burgers. Ketchup also = HFCS, but it was goood! LOL. I've also had yellow peppers a few times, and small tomatoes without seeds (the concentrated part of solanine I think). I didn't notice more pain in particular, but have decided to continue leaving them out of my diet until I heal my leaky gut nice and proper. I figure a leaky gut only makes things more toxic. I feel best eating greens and meat, but have a hard time sticking to it! I like variety, too. :P
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