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The Good, The room to improve and the general update

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Good:
I have gotten plenty of sleep and kept up with my daughter this month.
I have not had any incidents of psychosis which is huge!

The Room to Improve:
I only made it to the gym a few times.
I ate just "okay".
I am seriously fighting depression and have been for almost a month.

I have serious vacation"itis" and am looking forward to a few days to myself this week and a trip to Chicago to see athenalisa, my favorite human. I will also get to see my brother and some old friends which should be fun. One more day of work and I'll be free for a whole week!

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AMBER281 5/29/2013 1:56PM

    You are doing amazing!

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ISTRALOUISE 5/24/2013 3:51AM

    you have to acknowledge where you are for any of your progress to make sense or take hold... realizing you have been down for about a month is instrumental in that.. Eating ok, getting to the gym, those are all HUGE parts of taking care of yourself and getting yourself some of that TLC that you need and deserve. I'm glad you've been connecting with your daughter and will have the opportunity to get together with other friends you enjoy!

Keep in up! And keep being good to you!

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UNICORN212 5/21/2013 11:41PM

    It sounds to me like you are doing "good" in both areas!

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SERENAMOM45 5/21/2013 8:01PM

  Wow! To see the "good" and to know on the "room to improve" you are eating okay and made it to the gym a few times while simultaneously dealing with depression shows me you are a very strong woman! Have a WONDERFUL time on your trip and with your friends and brother.

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    You are doing amazing honey. Depression is debilitating and you are doing amazing with eating ok and going to the gym some. HUGS!

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Gee, Towanda, You've been quiet this month...

Friday, April 26, 2013

Well, I've had quite a few challenges this month, here is the main one:

I started taking a new hormone called Symlin.
The good news, it cuts the amount of insulin I need in half.
The bad news, it metabolizes all of my psych meds very quickly and I have hallucinations.

I've been working with my endochrinologist and my psychiatrist to find a solution but so far there doesn't seem to be a happy medium. Chances are I'll have to stop taking the Symlin because the insulin works and the psych meds work, when I don't have it. It was supposed to be easier on my liver and hopefully help with my weight loss efforts. I'll see what the psych has to say next week, but my mental health and my diabetes have to be my priorities. It's just not fair that one effects the other so negatively.

I am still working out a couple of times a week and taking walks around the neighborhood. I'm off to update my fitness minutes soon. I'm just frustrated because I feel like my meds should work together to make me healthy, not work against each other to make me crazy.

I'm still here though and still fighting the good fight. I need to do some tracking and some exercise in the next week.

I start training for a second job on Monday and am hoping that I can handle working both jobs simultaneously. I'll give it a month at least to see how I do.

How are YOU doing??

Love to all,

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AMBER281 4/30/2013 5:45PM

    Hopefully they will get something sorted out.
Good luck!

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ISTRALOUISE 4/29/2013 12:28AM

    I'm sorry your meds are counter-acting each other.. that is not good.. I hope they can find something that will help you without elevating your other problems. Two jobs and hallucinations seems like a heavy load to handle.. I'll be thinking of you in my prayers

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    love you!

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SGTSUNNY 4/27/2013 12:04AM

    I was wondering! I hope you can get the meds balanced so you can concentrate on getting healthy. Hugs emoticon

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UNICORN212 4/26/2013 9:44PM

    Balancing meds is always fun (NOT). I know exercise is supposed to help (mentally as well as physically) - maybe you can up the intensity of your walks a bit? It may help. I know it lowers my cholesterol. I often walk briskly in place while I would otherwise be standing still - at home, of course, usually while waiting for dinner to cook, the microwave to beep, the coffee to perk, etc. I think even that helps me out a bit!

I hope the job situation is a good one and all goes wel!

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NEWCHINELO 4/26/2013 5:27PM

    Take it easy,you will be fine!

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    Clever title ...... I had to check it out ! Sorry for your meds problem... that would be a frustrating one ! I hope you and the DR's can work it out so that it works for you


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TWNOMWE 4/26/2013 4:58PM

    Good that you are still fighting the good fight. Sorry that you have to stop Symlin that was helping. Can the dose be reduced so that it does not affect the insulin as well your other meds? Keep exercising and eating well balanced meals as they good for for mental and physical health.
Good luck with your job training.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hello friends, my mental health is improving slowly but surely. I follow up with the doctor on Monday. I did not make it to the gym this week between my brain and my tooth but the tooth is out, the brain is improving and I have 3 dates scheduled with the gym next week.

Today I am going to try and get some playground time in with my P. It's fun to swing and climb and chase her and it burns more calories than reading books. emoticon

I hope you all have a great weekend. I know I intend to make the most of every minute I have with my family.

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ISTRALOUISE 3/31/2013 11:29PM

    Glad to see you blogging again! Keep up the work of working with all the medical providers like you have! It takes work! Which is especially hard when the brain isn't working right to begin with!

Keep in touch and keep us posted!

Theresa (IstraLouise)

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    you are amazing.

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SGTSUNNY 3/31/2013 12:42PM

    Enjoy! Glad the tooth is not bothering you anymore and you are improving, was worried my friend! Get some good sleep for the challenge this week and it might help you mood as well. HUGS

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DONNACFIT 3/31/2013 12:07AM

    Take care and have a great weekend!!

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UNICORN212 3/30/2013 2:01PM

    I read while I pedal my recumbent bike. I am glad to hear your brain is improving!

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OLIVIANIGHT 3/30/2013 12:14PM

    If only reading burned calories, I'd be stick-thin in no time.
It's great that you're feeling better : )

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POOKASLUAGH 3/30/2013 11:48AM

    Glad to hear you're starting to feel better!

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CARLYG8 3/30/2013 10:32AM

    Glad that you are feeling better! Wish it was warm and dry enough to play outside here, but hopefully...SOON!

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hello friends, here is yesterday's promised blog post. I was going to write it while P was at gymnastics but we drove an hour to get there and found them closed for spring break, so no downtime for me. Anyway, I have been a piss poor teammate the last week and for that I am sorry.

I have had serious mental health struggles which landed me back in the hospital for IV and IM meds, I also have a cracked molar which I can't get removed until Thursday. So I have done some exercise and some healthy eating but mostly I am just working on survival. I have had a med change and will see my doctor again in two weeks and while I am a little nervous about it, I am going to trust him and hope that it is the right choice.

I'll try to be back on track this week, but until the tooth is out I may be kind of quiet. If we don't have a snow day tomorrow I'll head to the gym before work and do some much needed strength training.

Thanks for being patient and supportive, you ladies are amazing.

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DONNACFIT 3/31/2013 12:11AM

    I am just catching up on reading some blogs..sorry to hear you have been in the hospital!! Get well soon and know that we are here for you!

Any time you want to talk..just send me a spark mail..take care..Donna xxx

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SGTSUNNY 3/29/2013 10:52AM

    Hope the tooth is fixed and feeling better soon. Hugs!

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DAWNSJOURNEY 3/26/2013 3:53PM

    emoticon Hoping things keep getting better. Good of you to post about it and get it out... emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/25/2013 7:48PM

    I'm sorry you have been having a tough time. I'm impressed that you are blogging in spite of it.

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REBECCATKD 3/25/2013 12:34PM

    Sometimes you need to take a step back and just worry about yourself for a while. Now is one of those times. Focus on what you can control.

And don't worry: we Starfish are still here for you!

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    Oh sweetheart I am so sorry to hear you ended up in the hospital. I love you and am here for you. Tooth problems are AWFUL! I seriously didn't work out for like 3 weeks when dealing with my tooth issues. I love you!

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UNICORN212 3/24/2013 5:10PM

    One day at a time - even one hour at a time if needed!

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NEWCHINELO 3/24/2013 4:50PM

    Everything will be okay,dear!

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ISTRALOUISE 3/24/2013 3:53PM

    Keep hanging in there with the basics until you can get everything sorted again!

Keep posting!

Were here for you

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PRETTYPITHY 3/24/2013 3:51PM

    Sounds like a rough patch, sorry to hear it. Good luck, hopefully things will turn around soon!

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Midway through March Check in

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sugar Free ---still rocking it!

Jog/Walk 30 miles---halfway there

Workout 4 days a week (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri) ---On track, even snuck in a Tuesday

Eat at the table with no distractions (no tv, no book, no phone, no journal) Great at home, still a struggle during lunches at work.

Journal daily ---Doing great

Read Tarot/Meditate most days---doing great

Save money in emergency fund.

Woohoo! I'm well on my way to a successful March!

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SERENAMOM45 3/15/2013 7:58PM

  That is wonderful news! You inspire me to keep on keeping on towards healthy living in all respects. I have to say I've noticed that I feel better in every way since I've been doing this, and part of the reason is sharing our healthy living news with each other. Thanks for being you! emoticon

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BUTTERFLY-1976 3/15/2013 1:20PM

    Your doing awesome. Keep up the great work

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MONAKIN314 3/15/2013 11:24AM

    emoticon emoticon

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CBLENS 3/15/2013 8:03AM

    Well done!

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ISTRALOUISE 3/15/2013 1:40AM

    Awesome!!! keep it up, Towanda!!!

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DONNACFIT 3/15/2013 12:19AM

    You are doing great!! I'm very proud of you!!

Go Starfish!! Have a great 2nd half of March!!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/14/2013 9:41PM

    I don't remember if I've said this before, but I love that you're a fellow tarot reader. That is all. :)

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    You are a success story!
Keep it up and you will reap all sorts of rewards. emoticon

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    cuz you're amazing!

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DONDAIN 3/14/2013 5:07PM

    Great job. Congratulations. emoticon

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