Saturday, November 09, 2013
First of all, thanks to everyone who extended well wishes to me while I was dealing with the upheaval of my son’s accident and his healing process. Working where I do, and with all that I have seen, I know how lucky he was. J has done really well and is now back in Waimanalo with his 2nd family. (He practically kissed the ground we got him home) He went back to work this past Monday, with a 20 lb lifting limit for his right arm, and that has gone well. The big one for him is his jaw is no longer wired shut! The day the wires came off, I took him to The Original Pancake House for brunch, since the oral surgeon said soft foods only. He got an order of Poi Pancakes with Lilikoi Butter. The look on his face when he took his first bite was so classic! He said as much as he loves Jamba Juice, it is going to be a while before he actually looks forward to having a smoothie.
I haven’t gotten on the scale yet, this month. I know it the numbers have gone the wrong way, and I just don’t want to have the proof right before my eyes. It’s time to start focusing on me and making the commitment to exercise again. Now that I won’t be spending hours on the bus getting to and from appointments 2-3 times a week, I can focus on spending that time on my health.
I need to work on a “winter” routine. I know, Hawaii, no snow or cold, what do I mean by winter? Well, my weekend-after work bike rides are greatly altered. Those were my “big” cardio sessions, and I love it, but it gets dark too early for me to go the whole distance. It just isn’t safe. I can go half the distance, but it just isn’t the same. The other issue is there are more rainy days than not. I prefer to do my cardio outside; biking, walking/jogging, or walking in the sand. I do have DVDs by Leslie Sansone and Sparkpeople, but it is harder to motivate myself when I just want to curl up on the couch and listen to the rain.
I also need to get back into the habit of tracking diligently!! I have been stress eating and I haven’t wanted to face the truth; even “healthy” food will make you gain weight if you eat too much. One nice thing; I got a NutriBullet blender to prepare things for J to “eat” while his jaw was wired shut. I have started making freggie smoothies in the morning. I follow the “formula” that the company promotes; 1/2 leafy greens plus 1/2 fruits. I use baby spinach and a combination of whatever fruits I may have on hand and water. I end up with a 12-16 oz drink that has 2 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits. I always feel like I am not getting enough, so this is a great way to add more to my menu. I don’t usually care for “drinking” my meals, but I am finding this pretty satisfying, plus it is so easy in comparison to using a traditional blender.
I am leaning towards doing the Great Aloha Run this February. I am hoping that it will help me stay motivated with my exercise. I am just not looking forward to the possibility of losing my toenails, again! Payday is next Friday, so I will probably send my entry in then.
I hope you all are having a good month.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
It’s been a very hectic two weeks. J was discharged from the Rehab Hospital on 9/28. The whole thing was stressful! The staff told him “You are going home on Saturday.” He had it in his mind that he was going back to his home, and got VERY mad when I told him he was coming home with me, at least for a month. We argued for about an hour before I walked out. I told him to call his Hanai Mom and talk to her, and then let me know what he decided. I called her when I got home, and we talked for about half an hour. We met up the next day to explain to J why we wanted him to stay with me while he finishes with his recovery. He wasn’t happy, but he did express understanding. I think he had it in his head that he would go home, rest a couple of days, and then resume his normal life. He had a rude awakening when just going to Walmart to pick up his prescription left him totally exhausted his first day home. He has made a lot of progress since then. We are hopeful that he may be able to return to his regular life sooner than anticipated.
His Jaw is still wired shut, and it will be for at least another two and a half weeks, but we have managed to get enough calories into him so he hasn’t lost any more weight. That was a concern, since he lost about 15 pounds in the beginning, and at 6’ 2”, dropping below 180 makes him look slightly anorexic. My mom promised him a meal at the restaurant of his choice, and I promised Buffalo Wild Wings, so he has two “dreaming of it” meals coming to him.
I haven’t been as active on SP, and haven’t been tracking, but I am still trying to exercise every day. It helps that J has therapeutic exercises he is supposed to do every day, and by adding resistance bands, they become a good strength work out for me. I need to get back to planning and recording my meals. We have had Doctor’s or PT appointments 3 out of the 4 days I had off since he came home on the 28th, and without a car, a good portion of our days have been spent on the bus. That has made planning and cooking meals even more of a chore. This coming week will be just a bad, plus I have an appointment for Pops as well. At least I will be on Vacation for two weeks when my shift ends today.
Here’s to hanging on!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
So J is at the Rehab Hospital, and doing well. They are a really good facility, and will address all aspects of his recovery; physical, cognitive, and emotional. He is starting to enter into an anger phase, mad at the world, but I am seeing some of his Bipolar symptoms peeking through. I am a little concerned about that, but unless it makes him a danger to others or himself, we can't force him to take medication for it. The doctors are aware of his condition, and will adjust as needed. As his mother, I want to gather him in my arms, hold him close, and protect him from all the bad things. As an adult, I want to smack him in the head and yell at him to SUCK IT UP!
As for me... Well my food has been all over the place, as most of you probably guessed. I did buy food at the grocery store that I could fix in the toaster oven or microwave while I was staying over night at the hospital; Healthy frozen entrees (Kashi has some that are decent in price, taste, and sodium content), Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, bagels, salad mix, frozen waffles, and liquid egg substitute. I was really eating on the run, though, so I didn't take time to track.
I haven't been so good since he was transferred, so I expect the scale to go the wrong way at the end of the month. I haven't exercised at all for a week and a half. Between trying to work off the stress and the VERY uncomfortable sleeping arrangements, I strained/sprained something in my knee. I could walk, but I had Rice Crispies in my joints. (Snap, Crackle, Pop, and occasionally Crunch) So much for getting a 1500 min trophy this month. Anyway, I have a couple of beginner yoga DVDs I have been wanting to try, so now may be a good time.
Once again, I would like to extend my most heartfelt gratitude to everyone who sent prayers and well wishes our way. It really meant a lot to me, and just goes to show SP is more than a Diet site, it is a HUMAN site. Blessing to all.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Thank you so much to everyone who sent prayers and well wishes to me and my Family. I feel truly blessed.
J has made a lot of improvement over the past week. It has been hard, emotionally, as well as physically, for him to be in the hospital. His time line is as follows:
9/13-He had his accident and went to the Surgical ICU.
9/14-Surgery to fix his broken arm in the late afternoon.(spent the night at the hospital)
9/15-They started to turn down the sedation on the 15th and he started to respond to commands (when I told him "I love you" he mouthed " I love you, Mommy")
9/16-The breathing tube is removed. (spent the night)
9/17-Transfered from ICU to the Neurology Medical Unit. Surgery to fix his Broken Jaw. (spent the night)
9/18-Got confused early in the morning and fell out of bed when he tried to get up. Luckily no new injuries. Had his first Physical and Occupational therapy sessions. Finally allowed clear liquids. Still confused at night and trying to get out of bed.(spent the night at the Hospital)
9/19-More PT/OT. Both therapist recommend Short Term Rehab. Meet with the Intake coordinator for Rehab Hospital Of The Pacific; she feels he would be a good candidate for their Brain Injury Program. I get permission from the doctors to take him outside. He is cleared for a "Wired Jaw" Diet (any thing pureed and strained that he can drink through a straw) so we celebrate with a Jamba Juice while sitting out on the front lawn. He is still impulsive, trying to get up to use the bathroom, so I decide to spend the night, even though I have to work the next day. ( I had one of the nurses call house keeping for a set of scrubs, since I didn't have anything appropriate to work in.)
9/20-They remove the cervical neck brace. He finally gets a visit from his son. I Let him know that I was going home that night, I needed to sleep in my own bed.
9/21-He gets to take his first shower. He is showing some signs of depression. He really wants to go home.
9/22-I stop by in the morning before I start work, and he is awake. He said he woke up and could not get back to sleep. He was really down. I ordered his breakfast and told him to call me when it got there. An hour and a half later, I went down to check, and he was sound asleep. His nurse said he was up at 7:15, but zonked out when she came back at 7:45. She promised to call me when he woke, so I could bring down his breakfast smoothie. I went back down at about 10:00. He was really down and crying. I ended up promising to stay the night, since I don't have to work tomorrow.
I am hoping to talk to the doctors and find out when he is going to be discharged, and to the case manager and social worker about moving forward with RHOP. I would have had to leave early in the morning, so I don't mind too much about staying.
I am so glad he is in recovery, and seems to be doing well, I am just a little concerned about his depression.
Once again, thank you all, for the support and prayers.
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