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Starting Over - Yet Again

Friday, November 09, 2012

I am still recovering from my allergic reaction to an antibiotic - for the second time in six months. The lymph edema is much worse this time because my lymphatic system is still compromised from the last antibiotic allergy. My weight loss was at 31 pounds and I was looking forward to plowing through the weight loss challenges of the upcoming holidays. That was then, this is now.

Right now I am so swollen that it is uncomfortable to wear clothes. Between the fluid and actual weight gain, I've regained 10 pounds. Doesn't sound like much, but at this momement it feels insurmountable. The swelling is so concentrated in areas that I look like the Mechellin man!! Gearing up to climb back on the diet bucking bronco is taking all of the grit and determination that I have. As much as I don't want to, I know that getting back to tracking my nutrition and my exercise will help me to re-establish normal - something I very much want to get back to.

What really concerns me most is that I know exactly what actually triggered my current medical situation. I had two Pilar Cysts removed from my head. To perform the procedure, I was given local injections of lidocaine, three of them for two cysts. In short, I was over-injected and my body revolted, triggering a massive reaction that will take months for my lymph system to redress. (At one point, the excess lidocaine moved down to rest just below my left eye. I looked like I had a chrysallis attached to my face.) I'm worried about what will happen the next time I go to the dentist and need to be numbed with lidocaine. Probably my safest bet is to remind my dentist of the potential lidocaine sensitivity prior to each procedure. Perhaps dental lidocaine is different than the lidocaine used by dermatologists? That would be nice.

Now that I've vented, I do actually feel better. I'm certain that getting back on track nutritionally will also help me both physically and emotionally. Time to "cowboy up" and get back to it.


Weight Loss Epiphany & Unknown Drug Allergy

Saturday, November 03, 2012

How did I get to be 62 years old and not know that I had drug allergies?! In the last six months I have discovered (the hard way) that I am allergic to Sulfa drugs and to Doxycycline. Actually, I've been told to list all of the cycline family of medications as an allergy. It seems that I'm rather lucky about the nature of my particular allergy because it was mostly confined to profuse tissue swelling pretty much everywhere, but primarily in my face and neck. I had to resort to the application of ice packs to control the swelling. After checking with my doctor, I was told to discontinue the anti-biotic that I had originally been prescribed. I was then put on a regimen of a 10 day decreasing dose pack of prednisone along with 50 mg of Benadryl every 6 hours. It's now day 3 and I'm actually starting to feel better.

While I was so sick, I ate anything that I thought would make me feel better, especially high sodium foods that would make me want to consume more liquids so that I could better flush all of the excess fluid from my body. Well, between all of the excess calories and the excess fluid, I managed to gain 5 pounds. I'm very grateful that I am now feeling better enough to resume a healthy eating program. Due to the nature of my weight gain, I feel that the excess pounds will probably be dropped within a couple of weeks. I'm especially looking forward to resuming my exercise regimen. Wow! Did the words "healthy eating program" and "exercise regimen" actually come out of me?! Could there be clearer evidence that I am going through a mental metamorphosis about my body and my health? Thank you, SparkPeople for providing the tools and outlet that people like me need to overcome their body traps.

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EBURGITE 11/3/2012 10:57AM

    it's great when you realize you really have changed how you think, not just white-knuckled your way to losing weight. emoticon

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A Small Roadblock on the Way to Weight Loss

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I recently had 2 pilar cysts removed from my head. They were quite large, but gave the dermatologist no trouble removing them. Of course, that should have told me that trouble was waiting to bite me on the butt. Anyway, as a result of the procedure, I have developed a lot of localized swelling that is gathering below my left eye. It is approximately 2 inches long by 1 inch wide and sticks out approximately three-fourths of an inch from my face. Most of my left upper eyelid is now resting on my upper lashes. There is also some other diffuse swelling on the lower left side of my face. The whole thing is not painful, but is quite uncomfortable because of pressure and vision obstruction.

So, how do I cope with this? Well, after seeing the doctor and getting some medication and being patted on the head and told that it should be much better in a week to 10 days, I am once again turning to comfort food for. . . comfort. I don't want to, but it's hard to break old habits. Yes, I realize that "this too shall pass", but I'm hanging on with my fingernails just trying to be patient. I'm afraid to exercise because getting overheated might make everything worse. Oh well, like Scarlett O'Hara said, "Tomorrow is another day."

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LINOVER 10/28/2012 8:29PM

    Hope everything goes well for you! Hang in there! emoticon

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LOLEMA 10/28/2012 3:01PM

  Rest well and you will be well soon!

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