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The bad, the good and the better

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I finally got some answers to my stomach pain. I had my endoscopy yesterday and it showed I have a hiatal hernia and gastritis. The Dr. told me I was about 2 weeks away from a gastric ulcer.

I have been given meds that will help cure my stomach and get me better. The bad news is that I have arthritis and need to take anti-inflamatory and pain meds. These will re-irritate my stomach so there is the possibility that I will have to be on these medications for the rest of my life. I'm not thrilled about that but it's better than being in pain all the time.

The good news is that I have to be very regimented about my eating routine. I must take one of them before I eat lunch. Usually, I eat when I get home from work (around 2 ish) but am so hungry I have something to eat in the car on the way home. I can't do that anymore.

Now I must take my medicine when I get in the car and can't eat for an hour which means nothing till I get home.

My evening meds are taken before bed but must be after two hours of eating so, I can't eat late into the evening. This is going to save a lot of calories too!

So, it's not great news as I do have a real stomach problem but it may have a silver lining getting me to eat better.

The great news is that I won't need surgery and soon I will be feeling better. The better news is that it's going to help me keep on track by being sick. Weird but hey, it works!!

  
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LE7_1234 10/24/2011 6:01AM

    I'd be interested to hear how balancing the stomach meds and arthritis meds goes...

My mom has moderate to severe arthritis, and the one medication that seemed to be really helping unfortunately appears to have caused an ulcer (it's a known side effect). She was advised to stop taking it, at least until her stomach heals.

May you be pain free--both stomach and joint!

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/22/2011 11:03PM

    Yes...thankful it will not require surgery. My husband has had horrible stomach issues forever and finally resolved them when he found out what his food allergens were and began eating that way. Glad you got your answers!

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LANNIEMANUEL 10/22/2011 6:19PM

    I completely feel for you with the whole stomach and meds for arthritis. but it is a good thing when they finally find out what is wrong. so good luck to you with it all.

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6 hours in the ER.....

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Yesterday was not fun. I have been having stomach problems for the past couple of weeks. I would eat, get stomach pains and become horribly nauseous. I had the day off yesterday and decided enough was enough. I went to see the Dr.

The Dr. did an exam and said he thought I was having a gall bladder problem. He said it could be gall stones or an obstruction in the duct of the gall bladder and that I needed immediate attention to this. He said he was calling the ER and I was to go immediately there. He said to stop home, get a friend because I may not be able to drive home as they may operate that day!!

I decided he was wrong (how typical of me) and drove myself to the hospital. It took hours to just be brought into the back. Hours more for them to do blood work and the sonogram of my gall bladder.

As luck would have it, my daughter came home for the weekend and panicked when I told her where I was. She rushed over to the hospital and stayed with me the entire time. She was so wonderful and we chatted like school kids. Even one of the aids mentioned that we were so like friends and said I must be a great mom. That made me feel better than anything!!!

After 6 hours, they came and told me I was in great health. They could find nothing wrong with my gall bladder (see, I knew it) and my blood test was perfect. I need to see a gastroentrologist. I should have an endoscopy.

I think I have an ulcer. I have had so much stress in my life this past year that I think this is a result. I will schedule the appt. on Monday.

I will keep everyone updated on the progress. To be honest, I thought I was having an heart attack. Women get symptoms differently than men and one of them is a burning sensation in the "gut" and indigestion. They did two EKG's and my heart was in perfect health. Whew!

  
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SLIMCRUISER 10/18/2011 2:15PM

  glad it turned out ok so far. Gall bladder pain is the worst! Suffered with it for several years, not knowing that's what it was until it finally ruptured....emergency surgery and good as new....maybe even better! Now I can eat/drink anything and not worry about being sick...hmmm, I may have just figured out one cause of my weight issue! Stay healthy....
Patty

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CYNEDRA 10/16/2011 3:13PM

    Hope you find out what the cause is soon and can get it cleared up. I think that it is interesting that you the nice conversations that you can have while waiting in hospital ERs and or ORs.

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ILOVEROSES 10/15/2011 7:11PM

    I am sorry you had to spend so much time in ER but glad that you were right, and they didn't find anything wrong. Enjoy your time with your daughter and hope they find the cause of all that pain you've been suffering. Good luck!

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MHNGJR 10/15/2011 6:09PM

    Glad you got to have some quality time with your daughter even in such a stressful situation and unpleasant surroundings.

Relieved for you that the tests done were negative. Hoping you'll get the problem figured out.

Hang in there! and enjoy your daughter's visit.

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WHOLEHEARTPAT 10/15/2011 4:54PM

    Sorry for the rough day! Look forward to hearing when you get more test results.

Enjoy your weekend with your daughter!

Blessings,
Pat

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PATTIE441 10/15/2011 3:27PM

    Oh my goodness. Hope everything is ok. Good luck on Monday, and take care of youself!! emoticon emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/15/2011 2:20PM

    Sorry it took so much out of your day but good for you taking care of yourself at long last. I don't envy you the endoscopy though!

Enjoy your visit with your daughter!

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PHEBESS 10/15/2011 1:29PM

    Hope they find the problem soon! Feel better!

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CRYSTAL8488 10/15/2011 11:29AM

    That's great there wasn't anything going on with your gall bladder..but it's defintely a good idea to get checked out by the GI guy. Hope everything works out for you, and you start feeling better. emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 10/15/2011 11:19AM

  So glad your symptoms didn't mean anything worse. Good luck! emoticon

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Oh To Be 12 Again...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oh To Be 12 Again...

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror.
Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her Birthday.

'I'd like to be twelve again', she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to Alton Towers theme park.
What a day!

He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slid e, the Corkscrew, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park.

Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.

He then took her to a Mc Donald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to the cinema with popcorn, a huge Cola, and her favourite sweets...........M&M's.
What a fabulous adventure!

Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted.

He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, 'Well Dear, what was it like being twelve again?'

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. 'I meant my dress size, you retard!!!!'

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong!!!


  
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FERNASHES 10/14/2011 10:44AM

    I thought the moral of the story would be something along the lines of "tastes change" - but I like this ending, too! :)

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SUNRISE;) 10/14/2011 6:59AM

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Good for a chuckle this morn!
Yes I would prefer a size 12 too.

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PHEBESS 10/12/2011 12:00PM

    Yeah, sounds just like my DH!

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MHNGJR 10/12/2011 10:46AM

    ROFL emoticon Loved it1

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VK2Z10 10/12/2011 9:47AM

    That is TOO funny. sounds JUST like my DH and how he would interpret what i say. of course, i know that i have to be clearer about what i mean by 12. i would have to say clothing size or age. he doesn't understand my "sayings".

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DOROTHYBERO 10/12/2011 8:33AM

    LOL - ain't that the truth.

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A New Year

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Yesterday was Yom Kipper. It is the holiest day in the Jewish religion, the day of atonement. We fast the entire day and reflect on the past year. What went wrong, what can we fix and what can we accept.

Since I no longer belong to a Synagogue, I need to find creative ways to celebrate this holy day with my son. Several years ago I hit upon a walk.

My son and I walk to a local lake and then walk the path around it. It's 4 miles in total for us.

We talk. We talk about everything and most of the time I just let him talk. Sometimes I find if I just shut up and listen, he will go deeper within himself and tell me things he has been wanting me to know but didn't get out.

Yesterday, he talked the entire time. He told me about the things he had done that past year that I didn't know about (and some I did). If I didn't have grey hair (yes, I color it!) already, I would now.

He told me things he had done that I was stunned to learn. He told me about feelings he had about girls, he told me of some of his hopes and dreams. I pretty much didn't say anything, just an occasional "I see" or maybe a little question like why or when.

All I can say is wow. It's not easy being a single mom to a teenage boy but I am learning every day. I do the best I can and I love my son with all my heart. I only hope he grows into a wonderful man in spite of the terrible role model his dad is. I think one of the most important things a man can bring to the table is the ability to communicate on many levels. It's something I try and teach him every day. Seems to be working!

To all my Jewish friends I wish you a wonderful new year. To everyone, I wish health, happiness, joy and prosperity in the coming year!

  
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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 10/14/2011 4:11AM

    Thanks for your show of support on my blog. Made me come see what's happening in your world. Your walk around the lake sounds lovely.

It's heartwarming to hear of teenagers making their parents proud. Sounds like you have done a great job as a single mother.

Have a great New Year and hope you are successful with your future goals.

All the best
Scootergirl in Oz
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EDWARDS1411 10/9/2011 8:44PM

    Happy New Year to you and yours!! What a wonderful way to spend such a special day. I'm sooooo impressed that you can listen and talk to your son like that!!!

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JUDI_CUTIE 10/9/2011 1:42PM

    That long talk with your son sounds so good! I have two grown sons. The younger one still goes to services (at Hillel) but the older one has done something similar to your idea. He does fast, and he spends the whole day thinking about the previous year and setting goals for the next year. I belong to a synagogue, so I have a fairly traditional way of observing. But I also have little powerpoint file which different slides for different aspects of life, and things I am working on. Each year I review it and think about changes I want to make. I started it around seven years ago.

So, have a happy and healthy new year!

Judi (I'm on the ADD team and the Jewish team with you)

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BARCINTL 10/9/2011 12:28PM

    Happy New Year to you too. I went out yesterday with Julianne. I listened while she opened up. All I learned was that she thinks that Maroon5 went downhill after their first album but Coldplay has stayed consistently good. Glad this deep thinking/talking works for some!!

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Painful and senseless....AGAIN!

Monday, September 26, 2011

It has been a sad 24 hours for me. I have lost another friend, totally senselessly!!

Over 20 years ago, my ex took me to Memphis on a surprise trip to Graceland. It was so exciting and so much fun. While there I met friends of his and we stayed with them. They were an older couple (my parents age) and their daughter came over (my age) and her children (just kids).

That one encounter, that weekend, left me with lifelong friends. I have been in touch with them ever since. I had come to know "Grandmother" and "Grandfather" very well as well as the rest of the family. They were very dear to me.

Grandfather passed away several years ago, but Grandmother kept right on going. She went to 3 weddings of grandchildren, lots of occasions (birthdays, graduations etc), she was really amazing!

At 91 she was still in great shape. Not a thing wrong with her, no physical problems, no mental dysfunction, nothing. She walked several miles every day without a care in the world. What an truly remarkable woman.

She is gone now, tragically. Disease didn't take her, a drunk driver did! She was on her morning walk, crossing the street and he just didn't stop. She lived for two days, long enough for her entire family to come and be with her but she was just to fragile to go on. So many broken bones.

When I was 16 my best friend was killed by a drunken driver. It was more than anyone can bare in a lifetime and now it has struck again.

NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO DRINK AND GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A CAR. NO ONE!!!

Sorry for the rant, I'm hurting and upset. This didn't have to be this way. She still had good years left.

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/23/2011 9:35PM

    So sorry to hear of your loss. And it is senseless and stupid!! You're just sharing your feelings - nothing to apologize for. That's why we're here on SparkPeople.

Julia

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VK2Z10 10/12/2011 9:53AM

    so sorry for your loss. that really is horrible.

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PATTIE441 10/8/2011 8:46AM

    Oh my dear, I am so very sorry. How awful. I too, know what it's like to lose loved ones to drinking and driving. Such a horrible waste. My heart goes out to you my friend. Hope he is brought to justice. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GUITARMAMA80 9/27/2011 10:53PM

    That is so sad, and senseless. So sorry to hear about this.

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DOROTHYBERO 9/27/2011 8:14AM

    So sorry for your loss - what a tragic way to go and so sensless. You are so right - no one should drink and drive. Hugs.

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DETERMINEDJANET 9/26/2011 9:58PM

    You have every right to rant about that because it is totally senseless. Hugs to you!!!!

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FRANCA1P 9/26/2011 9:58PM

    I am so sorry. Alcohol and driving will always be a deadly mix. We need to be vigilant and not let anyone drive if we know they are impaired.
blessings to you.
Fran

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NTSOHLTHNT 9/26/2011 7:47PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I agree, no one has the right to Beth behind the wheel of anynsort of vehicle once a drop of alcohol passes their lips. That is so wrong and so sad, I hope the perso who did this will be brought to justice.

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JUSTPEACHY360 9/26/2011 7:04PM

    I am sorry to hear about that - what a tragedy. I agree, nobody has the right to get behind a wheel after they have been drinking. It's senseless and selfish.

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