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Friday, March 26, 2010

sorry i am abit late writting this blog but life seemed to get in the way.
after all the stress with waiting for aymans test results which was negative thanks be to god.i learned a valueale lessons for me.and that is that i can stop my emotional eating taking control of me and that i can and am the one in control of my eating not the otherway round.for the first time i planned and organised alternatives to eating and also a back up plan for if the first one didnīt work.i have done that before in the past but with out the back up plan.instead i would just kick myself for being so weak and giving in and do nothing more about it.this time instead of kicking i fargave my self and did damage limitation.here is what i did for thoes who donīt already no.

1#preperation and distraction.
i made sure i had lots of healthy snacks in for when i felt the need to eat.
made sure i had lots of diet pepsi in(i know it is not so healthy but hey it has fast no calories,i love the taste and it helps me feel alittle pampered which is what i really need in times of stress.)
had loads of hand cream so if i wanted the pepsi i had to weight awhile before the hand cream made my hands no more slippy and i could think about weather i really need the pepsi,
did exercise to distract me from food.
did house work(this was the biggy for me because lastely my mind has been so wrapped up in all that has been going on that it was letting the normal day to day things slide.)
concentrated on making things more enjoyable for the kids.(not that i donīt do things with them but sometimes mine and their lives seemed to just revolve round drīs appointment,therapy etc and seeing more what they canīt or are not allowed to do rather than what they can do.)

2#damage limitation.
this was when i did emotionly eat i accepted itas a need when the above in nr,1 didnīt work.i also had a rule before i could eat anything unhealthy i had to eat too healthy things first.i didnīt say no you canīt have it.i said you can previded you ate two healthy things first.( the result of this.as i wasnīt forbidding it it didnīt take on unrealistic propotions like it would if it was banned.i.e i didnīt have to crave after it because it was allowed.also after eating the two healthy things first i was often not hungry so didnīt eat the planned unhealthy thing.when i did eat it it wasnīt as much as i would normally eat when emotionally eating.for two reasons,my stomach wasnīt emptyx because of the two healthy snacks first and it was nolonger forbidden so the gorging which goes hand in hand with eating/binging forbidden food was not there.)

the result of theese two stragagies is.
#i didnīt put on weight like normal but lost 0.5lb.ok it is not alot but still it is a loss not a gain.
#my house is clean
#i am more organised
#the kids had more time to be kids,because i am more organised i had more time and because i decided to put prioty on what they could do and not what they canīt do.
#my hands are in better conditoin with using the hand cream.
#i know now i managed to controll my emotional eating.and if i can do it once i can do it again.IT NO LONGER HAS THE SAME POWER;THE SAME HOLD ON ME like it used to have.I AM NO LONGER AFRAID OF EMOTIONAL EATEN:

so like i said in the title.every cloud does have a silver lining.

thanks once again for reading this blog,thanks for reading and responding to all my other blogs.with out you it would not have been possible for me to be so focused and put my plan of action into force.once again you have all helped me more than you will ever know.you all rock.thank you ,thankyou,thak you.i can not say that enough.

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    Keep up the good work

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DEE797 3/26/2010 9:12PM

    Karen, love the way you have thought ahead and planned for when things get hectic. MORE POWER TO YOU!

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DANNIELLEFIT 3/26/2010 3:08PM

    Way to go!! You are totally awesome!!

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    Way to go! Strategising & planning are very important. Way to go! :D

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JUDITH1654 3/26/2010 1:36PM

    Oh, Karen! That is wonderful news all the way around! So glad the tests were negative and what a clever way to control emotional eating! You are emoticon!!!!
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POSITIVELY_EB 3/26/2010 10:04AM

    Fantastic! Good for you!

Hugs! Beverly

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ITSTIMECM 3/26/2010 8:10AM

    emoticonjob Karen! You have made great progress and should feel very proud of yourself!

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SUZIEQIAM 3/26/2010 7:54AM

    Karen, I love reading your blogs. You are wise way beyond your years. You come across as a "Gentle , Quiet Spirit" to me. I am so amazed by your courage. I have enjoyed being a team member with you. I hope to see you on BLC 13.

Love, your emoticon Fran emoticon!!!!!

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SLOLOSER 3/26/2010 7:42AM

    I love your planning!

So glad the test was negative! I was confused by the comments on your last blog.

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    Just look at the strength you have gained!!! I am so proud of you!



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SUSIEPH1 3/26/2010 5:21AM

    Ohh Karen I am so happy for you! thank goodness the tests were negative and you have done so well my friend organising your meals, snacks, house work, and children.
I am sure you have turned the corner, to a new fit and healthy you.
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WANNABFIT34 3/26/2010 5:19AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan in place, I have learned the same thing although sometimes I fall off track with it I get right back up and go after it again!

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DEEGIRL50 3/26/2010 4:50AM

    I never thought of using hand lotion to give yourself time to think before snacking. Very clever.

I'm glad your son's tests came back negative.

You are making great strides!! emoticon

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up date,aymans test results.boy am i peeved.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

here is the score.i phoned the hospital yesturday at 10am the sister who answered the phone took my number and said the dr would phone.every time the thone would ring i was on tender hooks.a couple of times it rung and when i picked it up they had hung up again(boy how i hate that)i then wondered if that could have been professor von meutius but a emergency came in or something.to cut a long story shortby 3.45pm i still havenīt heard anything so i phone back the hospital as i had to go and pick up ayyub and zakariya from tagesheim and kindergarten.the same sister as before came on the phone.said she knows i am waiting for a phone call but professor von meutius is in with a patient and has lots of patients waiting to see her.i explained that i was going out now but would be back at 5pm.she said she would make a note.i got home 4.50pm.still waiting for a call.the phone rang later at 6.10pm just as i was in the middle of taking the pitta bread out of the oven.my 4 year old got to the phone.i said to him to say i wonīt be a minute.who ever on the phone said they will call back later and hung up.needless to say they didnīt call back.ayyub couldnīt tell me who it was on the phone only that it was a woman.so i am still here.donīt know the results.donīt even know if it was professor von meutius on the phone or not.and now i have to wait till wednesday as she only works on the monday and wednesday.so as you see i am here and a bit peeved to but it mildly.on the one side i am trying to think positively that it must be good news that she is not in a hurry to give me the results.onthe other hand in my down moments i think that she didnīt phone as she really didnīt have the toime or it is bad news and she didnīt want to squeese it in in a few minutes and was waiting till she had more time to speak to me uninterupted.luckily i am being more positive than not but it is still st thze back of my mind.but i am peeved and i am trying to work it off healthily with exercise and house work rathe rthan with food which is a step in the right direction as normally i would be eating uncontrollably.it helps that i have just got under the 250lb barrier abd i am determined not to go over it again at all cost.so woo hoo for this 250lb barrier.thanks for listening as usual and thanks for all your support and encouragement.it is all needed and much appreciated.

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KO1215 3/26/2010 10:27AM

    I would not be happy either. They should have called you. Keep that positive attitude!



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JFROGDIVA 3/26/2010 12:10AM

    Karen ~ the situation is in God's hands, so just relax!!!! WOOHOO on your loss below 250!!!! AWESOME!!!! You CAN do this!!!! Hugzz ~ Jae

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MUSIC66 3/23/2010 8:10PM

    glad your son test for cystic fibrousis was negitive you must be relieved.

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ABRIDGESRNC 3/23/2010 12:46PM

    I'm glad it is cystic fibrosis. I hope you get a real diagnosis soon. In the meantime I know you will be strong and keep going DOWN the road.


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JCARDINAL 3/23/2010 10:45AM

    Glad you got good news on Ayman! Congrats on breaking that 250 barrier. 200 here you come!

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MADIGRAM1215 3/23/2010 10:21AM

    Rainbow of promise! Glad to hear of your good news...

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JENO0615 3/23/2010 9:56AM

    emoticon on under 250lb great job- you are doing awesome under all the stress.

I am so glad to hear your son doesn't have cystic fibrosis. I will keep up the prayers and good vibes.


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JANETLEE09 3/23/2010 9:23AM

    Congrates on breaking that 250 pound barrier, it is so difficult and inspiring to finally get below a dreadful number we could have never imagined going above in the first place. Keep focused and stay diligent, before you know it, you'll be breaking that 200 pound barrier!
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NICETOCYOU 3/23/2010 9:21AM

    Yay for good news, and not stress eating!

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GLORYLIGHT57 3/23/2010 9:03AM

    It's a blessing that Ayman doesn't have Cystic Fibrousis. I am happy for both of you.

emoticonon crossing the 250 pound barrier. No round trip ticket. WTG!

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MILLISMA 3/23/2010 9:02AM

    Sorry to hear that you've had to wait so long but just saw that you received great news finally! So glad everything is okay. Sending you lots of hugs.

I am so proud of you for breaking the 250 mark. You have worked very hard.

Have a great day, my friend.

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SOOTHINGGLOW 3/23/2010 8:53AM

    I am so glad to hear that you have finally gotten your news... and most of all that it was good news! Thank God!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/23/2010 8:48AM

    just had a phone call from hospital.ayman doesnīt have cystic fibrousis.it is just a case now of running more test to find out what he does have.thanks every one fo your support and preyers.i am really glad you were all there for me. emoticon emoticon

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JEM0622 3/23/2010 8:01AM

    Lots of hugs and prayers! I have been dealing with slow doctors too and it is upsetting! ~Julie

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DEE797 3/23/2010 7:36AM

    emoticon emoticonI do hope you here from the doctor soon. Thoughts and prayers coming your way for good results of the testing.

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DANNIELLEFIT 3/23/2010 6:27AM

    Sorry to hear that you still don't know the results. Maybe they are negative as if they weren't, I'm sure that they would have had you come in and would of had your son on some kind of meds or something like that. Good job in not letting food control you. Reaching goals do help us to keep ourselves in check.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/23/2010 5:22AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue waiting for the news from your doctor. Sorry you have to wait.
Blessings and hugs,

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SUSIEPH1 3/23/2010 5:15AM

    Ohh Dear What a mish mash of circumstances.
It is a shame that yourchild answered the phone! on the other hand, it probably was not the Doctor.
So we are back at square one!.
Hopefully you will have good news on wednesday.
You are doing really well, useing your frustration on exercise! that is definately the way to go!
.Keep Smiling dear friend, give the boy's a hug and a kiss from me and Bobby .
Much love Susie


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MUSIC66 3/23/2010 5:04AM

    sorry you have not heard from the hopital yet i know you are on tender hooks i hate it when doctor want ring when you want them too.

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    Wow You better give that Doc and earful when you finally get her! This is too important to leave you waiting! Not right! I am so proud of you for breaking 250 and for all of the healthy changes that you are making! You are AMAZING!

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still waiting for the results of aymans test.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

phoned the hospital for the results of aymans cystic fibrousis test on thursday.the person on the phone said they have just got the test results but she couldnīt give it out to me.i have to phone back on monday to speak to professer von meutius as she has to speak to me.now there where two thoughts running through my head when she said this.the first,anger that the test results are there and they wont tell me.donīt they realise what we as mother go through when waiting for something that is this important,that to know one way or the other would be a relief and that until we know it is like our whole life is on hold and we are living on bated breath.obvious not.how i still remained polite to her and said ok i will wait till monday like a meek lamb i donīt know.then the thought that maybe he does have it and that is why professer von meutius wants to speak to me personally.if it was good newes surly the person on the phone could have told me.either way i am torn one way or the other over the day.one i am thinking on the positive side as i always try to do it is what keeps me going most of the time.the next it like what if it is,at least we would then know,we would know how to treast it but how could i live with the death sentance i see it would be for my child as the life expectancy though better than years ago is still not that high.granted i donīt know that much over it but what i have heard scares me if i am honest.i have perposely not looked it up on the computer as i donīt want to put the cart before the horse so to speak and i admit it i am really scared as i know they test the most likeliest first before testing the least likely so as this is the first test they are doing(as before they put all the symtoms down to asthma)this is the mostly likely the professer must think.i am slowly going mad here i tell you i am doing my best not to think about it but canīt seem to think about anything else.it is not helping my journey to loose weight as i am emotional eater.there i have admitted it .i am trying to control it and doing more exercise to counter act the effect.in fact exercise is helping me an the most.i can let vent in the exercise which i canīt do in real life as i donīt want any off the kids to know how i am feeling.i donīt want them to be scared or uncertain like i am.a question.do you thing i am going mad?it feels like it to me.anyway i hope this blog makes sense and thanks for letting me write it.will let you know on monday what the professer sayīs after all there is nothing i can do till then to change things,except more exercise maybe.

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JUDITH1654 3/21/2010 3:59AM

    I'm not excusing it because as a mother, of course you are anxious to know, but having worked in a law firm for years, I can tell you that the reason only the doctor/professor can give you the results all has to do with legalities. In a nut shell, they don't want to get sued. It also has something to do with the medical profession - only the primary doctor can give out information - nurses and assistants are NEVER allowed to do that.

That doesn't make it any easier on you but unfortunately, that is the policy.

Will definitely be keeping you in my prayers, Girl. You are amazing!!!

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SHANNONSPRING 3/20/2010 5:51PM

    Subhana Allah, I didn't know you were dealing with all that. I am teary-eyed after reading this--it must be so painfully hard to be patient during everything you are going through.....La hawla wa la quwatta illa billah. I will continue make loads of dua for you and your dear Ayman and family. emoticon

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ENAS38 3/20/2010 2:37PM

    I promise I'll pray tonight for you and your family and remember alhadeeth "cure your patients with alms"
I wish you all the good luck! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/20/2010 2:32PM

    thanks everyone.you are all great and donīt let anyone tell you any differant.knowing you are there to lift me up means alot you know.i canīt really talk about it with my husband .his attitude is it is maktoub,we canīt do anything about it so why worry about it.idonīt think he really knows what it would mean tfor ayman or for us as a fami9ly re treatments etc if he does has it.i am the oppersite and try to foresee the next step.a case of as i am the one who has to deal with it the most i like to be prepared so i can organise my life ropund it if that makes sense.anyway thanks alot for your support everyone you are all diamonds.if i had the money and your addressīs i would send you all a diamond as well.

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JCARDINAL 3/20/2010 1:50PM

    Karen keep positive thoughts! My prayers are with you this week end. Hope you hear good news on Monday!

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/20/2010 10:38AM

    Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers! emoticon

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SOOTHINGGLOW 3/20/2010 10:06AM

    emoticon emoticon Thinking of you and saying a prayer for peaceful thoughts in this stressful time! I am with you...waiting for results is HARD! ((((hugs))))

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SUSIEPH1 3/20/2010 7:35AM

    Karen, Please try to stay positive love .. It is shocking that these professional People don't realise what we mothers go through . I am so sorry this is happening!.
I understand what you are saying, and what you fear! My heart goes out to you and your Family I will pray for you all.
Try to relax if you can, do your exercise it will help you vent!. Much Love Susie emoticon emoticon

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D710DANCE 3/20/2010 6:44AM

    Praying for your peace while we wait for the results. I'm proud of you for exercising and for sharing this blog...know that we're here to support you 1,000%!

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DANNIELLEFIT 3/20/2010 6:21AM

    Good job on the exercising. I think that it's a good way for you to relieve your stress. I hope that you hear good news on monday.

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    I am so proud of you for getting all of these out. Perhaps, the person who answered the phone is merely a receptionist. Perhaps she is not allowed to give results over the phone. I know when my Tookie bird (my youngest) was in the ICU and the docs thought she had Swine Flu I was a wreck! A whole week I waited and still they were treating her with precautions (masks, gloves, robes) and not telling me a thing. Ya go crazy for sure. Stay busy. And accept that this issue is bigger than you. You can't control it. No matter how much you eat on it! You can do this! And perhaps you could try crushed ice. No calories and it helps with the stress eating. Good luck my friend. I will keep you in my thoughts. And I am here if you need to talk.

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MUSIC66 3/20/2010 4:19AM

    so sorry you have not got the results of your sons test yet , hope things will be ok it is so annoying waiting for the resultsjust try and hang in there i will be there for you . emoticon

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zakariya and aymans lung specialist visit.update.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

yesturday was at the lung specialist with the kids.the result was not good for both of them.

zakariya lung funtion has gone down again,she put him on atibiotics,doubled his dose of viani forte and also add acc with the pari boy.renewed the atem therapy.still has salbutomol and rectadelt for as and when needed.

ayman is also not good.given him more antibiotics,third lot in a row,stopped the pumicort but put him on budiair with the areo chamber ,2 times a day for the next three months.also put him on acc with pariboy 2 a day.salbutamol,atrovent and rectadelt as and when needed.also he also has to do atem/breathing therapy.but what concerns professer von meutius the most is the weight he has lost he has gone from being in the 90% area to being in the 25%area.also the fact that dispite all his treatments and antibiotics etc his lungs are still full of mucus.she now things it is something more than just the asthma and has tested him for muciverdousis/cysticfibrousis(i know the spelling is wrong)if we donīt hear from them by friday then he doesnīt have it and would have to start looking into other reasons for his heqlth deteriation,they only contact people if the test is positive.so as you can manage the waiting is effecting me as usual with my emotional eating but it is also making me exercise more just to keep busy so i hope they even themself out but i wouldnīt bet on it.anyway that is the stand as it is at the moment.keep fingers crossed that it is not muciverdousis/cystic fibrousis.thanks for listening to me but i just had to get it off my chest.to the people i am on challanges wuth,please bare with me i will try as soon as possible to get back on track.thanks.karen

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MUSIC66 3/19/2010 4:58AM

    karen i will pray for your sons hope the youngest doesnot have the problem you mentioned, hope the mrdication works for both of them.

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PONGKEY 3/18/2010 11:52PM

    Take care dear, may Allah make it easy on you and the children.. may they get well soon...

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DANNIELLEFIT 3/17/2010 1:39PM

    You are taking care of your children and that right now is more important. We will be here once everything settles. emoticon emoticon

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HONEYLEA 3/17/2010 12:14PM

    Karen --

Sending you my hugs and prayers. Hang in there!

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AUNTX4 3/17/2010 8:11AM

    Those poor boys! I hope the doctors are able to figure out what's going on with both of them...and soon!

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    Lots of prayers being sent your way.

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SUSIEPH1 3/17/2010 12:54AM

    Ooh Darling ..Your poor little men! such a terrible time for you all. I do feel for you my dear.
I am hoping it is not cystic fibrosis as that is not good but!! on the positive side at least you will know what you are facing with him .
There are great discoveries in treatment these days, but first he has to be correctly diagnosed to access them.
Don't worry about being on line Just do what you have to do to get those lovely boy,s as healthy as you can.
Exercise is good ! it can also help in releasing Endorphins in your body to help you cope. Take care my love.
Kisses and Hugs to the boy,s and a huge cuddle from me to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYSALUBRIOUS 3/17/2010 12:16AM

    Oh my goodness. I'm sorry to hear that this visit didn't bring you welcomed news. I pray that Allah will watch over you and your family and that good news will come your way soon.

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JEM0622 3/16/2010 9:18PM

    Lots of strong prayers. Take care of your children and rest when you can. ~Julie

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dr put ayman on what she calls the full programme=emotional eating.

Monday, March 08, 2010

ayman was really bad again yesturday and in the night(not that he has been really healthy for a long time)but he was a lot worse.so this morning was back to the dr and she has put him once again on what she calls the full programme.which means a lot of stress for me which usually means emotional eating.he is back on anti biotics,pulmicort,salbutamol and atrovent.(means 4-5 hours daily on the pariboy/nebuliser)which mean constant physical and emotional fights.even though ayman is only 15 months when he fights to stop me keeping the mask over his mouth and nose he is surprisingly strong,and the screaming that goes with it really gats to you.my husband canīt cope with it and tends to go out.either that or sayīs i have to stop the treatment which is also not really an option.i also have to start doing physio therapy with him again at least 4 times aday.,basically it is like hitting him on his back in a certain place with certain force and doing like a vibring massage on his chest at the front to help clear his lungs.when you think i have the other two children to deal with with there therapies as well and having the dr coming everyday to check on ayman you can imagine the stress.but it is better than ayman being in hospital i suppose though it still might come to that if his fever doesnīt come down.did i mention he had fever as well?and for the first time he has come in an all over rash,the dr sayīs it is through the fever.well the reason i am writting this blog when you think i have so little time is to explain why i wont be on the computer much in the next few dayīs,or responding to my friends feeds like i usually do or on the challange threads for awhile.hope someone who reads this will pass this on tho the challange threads as i donīt have ther time to go to them.also to try to make myself accountable and not to over eat or eat junk just to give me the feeling of having my much needed energy that i need.this time i am going to try my best not to over eat.i have just got below my 250lbs mark again and it took me so long last time after i over ate in this samer situation that i donīt want to go through that again.i have to try to be strong,to take care of what i eat.find the time to orginise and cook healthily,not just for me but for my whole family.some times the time to cook just isnīt there with all the medical needs.wish me luck that this time i can break my habbit of emotional eating which seems to go hand in hand with aymanīs full programme as the dr sayīs.thanks for taking the time to listen to my ramblings.

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MILLISMA 3/12/2010 9:55AM

    Karen, keeping you and your family in my prayers

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/12/2010 5:03AM

    thanks everyone for your comments and well wishes,when i have more time i will get back to you personally.the drīs put him on another course of antibiotics yesturday,if he gets worse must take him to the hospital.if he is not in hospital by monday have to go and see her monday.we also have the lung specialist monday afternoon away.so fingers crossed he doesnīt have to go in hospital.thanks once again for the support.karen

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MUSIC66 3/12/2010 4:55AM

    sorry your son is sick again hope he is better soon.

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JENO0615 3/10/2010 2:32PM

    I'm sorry to hear your son isn't better. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Also a very big hug. Jean emoticon

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JENO0615 3/10/2010 2:29PM

    I'm sorry to hear your son isn't better. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Also a very big hug. Jean emoticon

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CHARQ09 3/10/2010 11:36AM

    I hope your little one is feeling better soon! Your strength is very admirable! Hang in there. I'm sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

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GAIL461 3/10/2010 11:07AM

    Sending hugs and strength your way. Take care of you and your family. Good luck!

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JEM0622 3/10/2010 11:02AM

    I am worn out just from reading! Lots of prayers!

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JUDITH1654 3/9/2010 12:00AM

    I don't know how you do it! You are SO strong!!! I will be lifting you and yours up - especially that your husband will help you with the children as much as he can and give you some relief. emoticon

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MILLISMA 3/8/2010 1:33PM

    Karen, wish there was something I could do to help you. It's so sad when your little ones are ill. It also takes it toll on you. I will keep you in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Take care my friend. When you feel stressed, remember that we're all here keeping you in our hearts.

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JCARDINAL 3/8/2010 12:22PM

    Take care Karen and I hope everyone is feeling better soon!

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MOM4RENT 3/8/2010 12:00PM

    Oh honey, I know that scream. My son hates his nebulizer mask too. Luckily I was a lifeguard and know how to hold people. He fought me when he was a baby too. Now he asks for it if he needs it. Luckily not so much. We call it Mr. Bubbles it is the name of a fish in a story that came with it. At work we would wait until the fighters slept so the fight wouldn't be so big but they don't breath as deeply. My son's nurse said when they scream like that you know they are breathing the meds deep in their lungs so I just remind myself of that as I fought for control.
If you need to vent just drop me a line. I hope your baby heals soon. Good luck.

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BONSAIAMAZONE 3/8/2010 10:20AM

    You must feel so exhausted! And even with all this trouble on your mind you are dedicated to stick to your goals. Respect!
I have a idea concerning the massages and inhalations: It is always easier if you make some kind of game out of it.
During massages you could always sing the same songs, tapping his back and front to the rhythm.
And to help with inhalation you could cut a paperplate into a mask and make a whole for the tube. Put up a little mirror and ayman will want to see himself wearing the funny mask and not notice the inhaltion process that much perhaps. If you like the idea feel free to contact me for details. emoticon

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