Saturday, June 18, 2011
So I got in to see my doctor today. Described my symptoms, both what I did and did not experience.
As expected he suspects gall bladder issues. He doesn't think it is acute since neither the frequency nor severity has been increasing and I have not been vomiting or feverish. So the good news is I don't need emergency surgery to remove it.
He has ordered an ultrasound for next week, or as soon as I can fit it into my schedule. If that is inconclusive there is a second test they can do, which is more invasive. Assuming my gall bladder is the issue my choices are to delay the surgery and try to manage it by my diet or get it removed. Eventually it will likely have to be removed anyway since it won't get better.
He also said it could possibly be relax or an ulcer, but thinks the gall bladder is a likelier candidate.
So "highly intelligent" person that I am I went home and ate for lunch something very similar to what I had eaten Thursday night that caused the attack. I wanted to experiment & see if it WAS what I had eaten that caused the attack...and the experiment worked. Another attack, fortunately much less intense than the other night.
My 2 coworkers who have recently had their gall bladders removed are both still on very bland diets. They can't eat anything spicy, drink alcohol, anything fatty, etc.
I don't drink much at all, but I love pizza and spicy foods. I don't like the thought of having to give those up completely. So more experimenting. I just had some of my HOT salsa with the new Tostitos chip, Hint of Pepperjack ( hey, it's made with whole grains, it's practically a health food LOL!). We'll see how it goes tonight.
I'm optimistic that I won't have to restrict my diet too much because from their descriptions it sounds like my coworkers were a lot worse off than I am right now.
It won't be the first time I've had something removed. My poor belly button, though, is going to get another scar.
And I wonder...what do the hospitals actually DO with the bits of people they remove? When I had the "knuckles" removed from 2 of my toes way back when I asked the doctor if I could have them but he wouldn't give them to me. So I wonder where pieces & parts really end up?
Saturday, June 18, 2011
TMI WARNING! Proceed at your own risk!
Thursday night I was in pain. Not agony but enough where that was really all I could focus on. It started around 9-10 pm right at the top of my ribs where they come together. Based on the location I don't think it was indigestion (too high) or heartburn (too low). Some minor (in comparison) pain started spreading along the sides of my ribs and up my shoulder blade. I couldn't lay down on my sides, or stomach, or back and either had to sit upright or stand...and it still hurt. I felt like I had way over- stuffed myself although I had not and like if I could only puke or burp or something the discomfort would end (but I couldn't seem to do either). I did not actually feel nauseous. My dinner was fatty & processed but within all my nutritional ranges.
I ended up taking some Rx painkillers I had from previous injuries/surgeries which never really worked until the pain went away about 2 hours before I had to get up for work. So I got virtually no sleep.
This was not the first time I have experienced this in at least the last 8 months. It was not the worst experience but it wasn't the mildest either. Normally it happens at night but it has happened at least twice during the day at work.
Friday, in addition to being exhausted, I still felt out of sorts. The area where the pain hit still felt wrong, my shoulder blade still hurt, but no major pain like the night before. I was telling a coworker about why I was so tired and she asked "did it hurt here (pointing to the exact place) and then travel around like this & up your shoulder blade & did it feel like this (describing the exact sensation)? Yes, I replied, that was it exactly.
She said those were her symptoms too and she had just had her gall bladder removed because of it last month.
Great, betrayed by my body again. I made an appt. with my doctor for Monday afternoon but just now called the office & they can get see me in an hour. I told myself 3 times ago that if it happened again I would go to the doctor, I was concerned it could be a symptom of heart disease...but of course it happened again and I did not go to the doctor. So I'll go now and get it figured out.
It really irritates me though because it seems like something is always going wrong. Fortunately nothing ever life threatening or major, just lots of "little" irritating health problems. If it is my gall bladder & I do have to have it removed it will cause some minor setbacks in my training. I think that pisses me off more than anything. I should get "frequent patient miles" or something for all the times I've had surgery. I'm also probably going to get disqualified from the organ donator list at some point because at the rate I'm going I won't have any organs left to donate if I die! ( that is an LOL! by the way).
I feel like I should make a rude sound now to express my disgust at being betrayed by my body yet again. I should just start going cyborg, head off all these issues in the future.
I'm off to get ready for the doctor, will update afterwards.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Last month I reached the 50 lbs. gone milestone. As my reward I had decided previously that I would get a massage. I've never had one before. In anticipation of this goal, back in March, I got a coupon for a "VIP Spa Package", 65% off the regular price. The package includes a choice of massage type, mani-pedi, facial or chemical peel, hair cut or style, and a skin evaluation/picture thing (one of those that highlights sun damage).
Never having done anything like this at all...what should I expect?
Do I have to tip each person? Or just the place as a whole & they divvy up the gratuity? The coupon states the gratuity is not included & I assume any tips should be based on the normal charge, not the price I actually paid.
Do I have to get naked?
Will they be upset if I accidentally kick whoever does the pedi because I can't stand having my feet touched? I think I may just skip the pedicure part entirely to be safe (plus my feet are so ugly they are just not redeemable LOL!)
What else am I not even aware of that I should be asking?
Thursday, June 09, 2011
When I joined on 1/1/11 (yes, I am a New Year’s Resolution baby!) I, like everyone else, entered my weight loss goals. For me it was a starting weight of 204, a goal weight of 134 and a goal date of 12/31/11. This was a reasonable, achievable loss of about 1.3 pounds per week. My starting calorie range was about 1200-1400 per day and I had no planned cardio minutes on the tracker. After a few weeks, once I got into a routine, I entered 30 cardio minutes M-F, nothing on the weekends; my calorie ranged changed a little, but still was within this same basic range.
In reality I exercised a lot more. So finally, for the last few months, ever since I updated & increased my planned cardio on the fitness tracker to 60 minutes per day, Monday - Saturday, SP has told me that my needed calorie range is about 1500-1900 per day.
I understand that if I get 60 minutes of cardio a day I need to eat more to stay healthy on this journey than if I only exercised 10 minutes a day. It made sense, then, that my calorie range would increase.
But that much?!? I quickly found that if I ate even at the low end of that range I started gaining weight (and felt stuffed & bloated). *Obviously* SP was wrong! So I made several posts about how SP ranges were inaccurate for me.
So I continued staying mainly in the range of 1200-1400 per day and that was working for me.
Then this morning I went in to the weight tracker to enter my new weight – 149.9! – and got a little message in a box. Maybe it’s been there in the past, I don’t know, but today I read it.
I wish I had thought to take a print screen or write it down word for word.
It basically said the SP does not automatically recalculate calorie ranges based on weight losses (or gains) and that members need to do so manually. SP recommends resetting every 10-15 pounds.
Well no wonder then that my calorie ranges were so high! SP was calculating based on my original starting weight & goal date with a rate of 1.3 pounds per week.
The *problem* is that I have been losing an average of 2.3 pounds per week (Yay me! What a problem to have!). But SP is still on the original schedule. By my calculations based on my original goal settings I now have over 6 months (29 weeks) to lose the last 15 pounds, bringing my calculated loss rate to…0.5 pounds per week.
Nope. Not going to happen. At least not deliberately by me. If I happen to plateau that is one thing but I’m not going to ease up on fitness or eat more just to stick with “the plan”.
So a new “plan” is required. SP instructed me to go to my Start Page and next to the weight progress graph click on “Change” to update either my starting weight or my goal date or both in order to recalculate my calorie ranges.
So I updated my fitness minutes to 45 per day, 7 days a week (but this is temporary until I take the time to figure out what I am actually doing going forward this summer & update to reality). And I changed my goal date to August 31 (b/c SP would not let me choose July 31 since that would put me over the max recommended 2 lbs. per week).
And now my calorie range is back to 1200-1500 per day, right where I thought it should be.
I don’t understand why SP does not automatically recalculate calorie ranges for your weight loss. SP recalculates when you change your fitness minutes, so why not weight?
Perhaps this should be a future improvement because I am sure I am not the only one who was not aware of this and there are probably many people who follow the SP nutrition recommendations…and are wondering why they have stalled or are gaining now.
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