Tuesday, May 24, 2011
It's a new morning.
The sun is shining, and I'm not in any pain... probably the first time in a long time. Even my little colon issues seem to be at bay this morning, and it's beautiful. I hope it lasts...
Last night was something else...
I was putting my laptop to bed and stopped for moment to absent-mindedly scratch my palm... and my fingers started itching too. I looked at the back of my hand--OMG. Hives. All the way up to my arm pits,all the way around, both arms. I showed Brian, and he told me to show him my back: it was the same, especially across my shoulders. I got on the phone and called the hospital to ask a question, and they advised me to call the doctor's night line--and my gyne/surgeon just happened to be the doctor on call! (Yay!) By that time, my toes and the tops of my feet were covered too. He asked me some questions, and asked specifically about the medications I was taking. I mentioned the new Niaspan (I'd lost the bottle so hadn't been taking it before the surgery--but took my first dose again last night) He told me not to take any more of it, and asked if I had some Benedryl on hand. I did (for bee stings, I have a local reaction) and he told me to take 50mg and see if that wouldn't take care of it. I was to call again if it stayed the same or got worse... but it started fading about half an hour later, and I was able to sleep in a few hours.
Yikes. What a night.
This morning, I called my endo who prescribed the Niaspan and left a message for him, so I'm waiting for a callback from his nurse...
I'm on curtailed PHYSICAL activity for two weeks, but there's no reason why I can't still do some learning and growing and planning. Even if I told the doctors that while I'm on the pain pills I won't enter into any legal agreements...! LOL
It's really going to be bits and pieces today, though. Even as I am sitting here, typing these words, I can feel the fatigue and achiness trying to sneak back in. I'm going to drink some water, get a book, and maybe go lie down for a bit. If I fall asleep, that's okay, because it's probably the pain meds anyway, and my body is trying to heal... and my alarm is set for half an hour before my next meal, so I don't miss it.
And of course, waiting for the call... OMG. MORE WAITING! LOL
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
... and boy, am I tired.
Funny how something like this can trigger all the worst symptoms I get. I'm lying there on a hospital 'gurnie', having FMS spasms in my abdominal muscles! Good thing they weren't trying to put in the IV just then! LOL Just the thought of me twisting and spasming my way right off the table in the middle of THAT! LOL
Just FYI, my doctor reminds me of Brent Spiner... Remember the character he played in Independence Day? That 'mad' doctor in Area 51? The one with the thinning grayish hair, the little thin-rimmed, thick-lensed glasses and the outrageously big grin?... just add a squarer jaw line and a great bedside manner... I told him to his face, and it made him laugh. He liked the character in Boston Legal...LOL
BGLs have been all over the place, though they started out okay at half the insulin at 123.... pre-lunch was 197. Post lunch was 280. Pre-dinner was 349. I don't want to know what it is now... *sigh* *giggle*
I was told the surgery went as smoothly as any they'd ever done, and that I had handled it VERY well, and that I was doing great. Okay, so I'm on pain killers and do I care? Maybe it'll mean something more later...LOL I don't think I'm going to put down as one of my skills that I handle surgery 'very well'! LOL Although it's nice to know, huh?
I do remember "no heavy lifting, no vigorous exercise for two weeks." Two WEEKS?? yikes. They especially mentioned no vacumming--guess Brian gets to keep up with the dog hair for the next 14 days! Vroom vroom! LOL
I'm thinking this is sounding a bit... giddy... again... maybe I should go to bed, y'think? Hm...
Oh, look, time for more Vicodin! Drat.
I told someone else today, I don't know who PARTIES on this stuff--I can't type worth beans right now, and can barely make it accoross the room... no WAHAY I'm gonna BOOGIE! oOH, that's bad. Now I'm even laughing at my own jokes... Wait... I do that anyway, don't I? LOL
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Nicole. That blog... Normally, I really enjoy your blogs and find them fun and informative-- and this was no exceptiong, until I hit that 'cardio doesn't count unless it's 10 minutes...' Sorry Nicole, but I do not believe you can put blanket figures on that kind of thing. For a normal healthy person, that may be the truth--but how many people fall into that category?
I honestly don't believe in 'normal' anymore! LOL
I spent a lot of time working with physical therapists on setting up my workouts-- including ways to change them up and switch out exercises to eliminate 'muscle boredom'--and with my health issues exercise is critical. But so is NOT overdoing. I would dearly LOVE to do 10 minutes... For me, right now if I exercise for FIVE minutes... there are times when my heart rate won't go up until 10-15 minutes AFTER I stop. Then it spikes, and stays up too high for 30 minutes or more. Some days I'm not allowed to do even that because I start out with high blood pressure! Believe me, I DON'T need 10 minutes to get all the cardio I can handle!
And every day is different.
I have a whole list of health issues that create some real challenges when it comes to daily living activities, not to mention exercise--hence the physical therapy. There are days when 10 minutes can put me flat on my back in bed for two days. I am not going there for some arbitrary rule... and I imagine you're going to get a lot of flack from this particular statement.
I didn't see the usual "consult with your doctor" advice with this either... but maybe I missed it.
I know you can't always address specifics, but this really upset some of the people on my teams because they work so hard just to get to five minutes, and to have someone tell them it doesn't count... some of my strength training I can now do for 10 minutes, and I used to do 11-15 minutes of the aerobics (THAT took four years) until I had surgery last year. Now it's back down to five minutes-- And it took me a year to get there!
It doesn't seem right to me to EVER tell anyone that their best efforts don't count. Who wants to try if your best isn't good enough?
Me? I'm stubborn. I won't quit just because someone tells me what I'm doing isn't enough. Other peoples' opinions can hurt, but they don't matter in the long run. What matters is what I feel about myself, and I know I'm doing my best.
I was disappointed in the way this was handled. Maybe you could have found a better way to word it so it would encourage instead of seeming... belittling.
We've all been aiming farther before this. Now we're moving ahead, past all this. You're welcome to join us!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I know the lab has finished the reports for the CT scan: I called and they have my copy waiting for me to pick up. But...
My doctor's office HAS it, but the doctor has apparently not seen it yet. The receptionist tells me they 'have a procedure' and that he may not get it for another week..(?!) I guess if there is anything urgent, the technician calls before they send the report.
It's frustrating. And it's Saturday, so I'm not sure I can even get my copy 'til Monday now...
The mail brought a nice surprise.
A refund check from my prescription coverage, for the 'overpayments' I made during the first part of the year. Apparently I was eligible for a specific program tbat they failed to apply... so I got a check for $521... Nice! LOL
I'm going to pay my phonebill, and top off the tanks in our vehicles... and I spent $36 on some new Tshirts. I had about six black ones, and I'm tired of wearing funereal colors! BRING ON SPRING! LOL
It was a good day, even though I'm exhausted...
Today it's only 6:30am and I'm already tired--but I still need to go to the pharmacy, etc... You all know how you just have to do certain things, even when it doesn't FEEL possible... LOL
I'm always amazed at the things I can get accomplished in SPITE of the limitations I start out with. Most of the time, what starts out feeling like a limitation becomes a game of creativity and ingenuity. Some of my best ideas came from not being able to do things the way I USED to--now I do them SMARTER! LOL
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