Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Last night I started a blog entry about my granddaughter's 10th birthday party that I attended on Sunday. She wanted a family celebration out at the family farm where we could all go fishing and have a weiner roast.
I had written quite a bit last night, but only a few of the pictures would upload -- and none of the birthday girl. So I finally gave up and quit.
Tonight I tried to upload the pictures again. No luck. Even resized them, in case that was the problem. Not a one of the pictures loaded tonight.
We all had a great time at the party, and my granddaughter caught two HUGE catfish. Maybe I can try posting the pics to my page instead of this blog to prove this isn't just another big fish story! *** News flash!!!--- See pics below. I tried again and it worked! ***
I drank a Dr Pepper, and ate a hot dog and a small brownie, so I was able to stay within all my nutritional ranges. Beautiful weather, and I really enjoyed being with all my grandkids.
Hope everyone is having a good week...
Who knows what's different, but I tried again, and finally got a few of them uploaded. Here's the birthday girl:
Here's a picture of her fishing:
Here's her biggest catch of the evening (shown with her uncle, my son):
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Last Saturday when I took my two grandsons swimming at the local pool at the park, one of the lifeguards sounded an alarm, dove into the pool, and pulled out a young boy who looked to be about 12 or 13 years old. I didn't see the boy flailing or exhibiting the signs of distress that I would have expected of a person who was drowning. His head and eyes were above the water, but I don't recall seeing whether his mouth was above or below the water. Although he was staying in the middle of the pool and wasn't progressing toward the side, he looked calm to me, and I wouldn't have noticed there was a problem. Apparently (thank goodness!), the trained lifeguard saw something I didn't.
The boy was okay, and I was impressed with how fast the rescue team came from the office area and how the other lifeguards got everyone else out of the pool during the incident.
Just a few minutes ago I came across this article titled "Drowning Looks Different than You Think." If, for some reason, this link doesn't work when you copy and paste it into your browser, try doing a yahoo search with that title. It's definitely worth reading and sending to your friends and loved ones who go swimming.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I'm making progress!
I had fasting lab work done this morning to check my cholesterol, and my total cholesterol is lower than it has been since I started on medication over two years ago. My LDL ("bad" cholesterol) levels were so low that the machine didn't register the number. All other numbers were in the normal range, so I'm very pleased with the results.
When I first got the print-out from the office this morning, my total cholesterol number showed to be higher than my last three check-ups. I was pretty much concerned, knowing how much I've been exercising these past six months that I've been on SparkPeople and knowing how much healthier I've been eating. So I came home and started looking on the Internet for normal ranges for the various other tests that had been run. As I was checking the other numbers on my flowsheet, the non-HDL reading didn't match the formula of total cholesterol minus HDL equals non-HDL. When the nurse called this evening to go over my readings with me, I questioned her about the results. She hadn't noticed that the numbers weren't calculated correctly until I pointed them out to her.
After checking the machine print-out with what was entered on my record, the nurse discovered that the aide who had input the results had transposed the last two numbers for my total cholesterol. My total cholesterol was actually quite a bit lower than what was printed on the flowsheet I had brought home. And with the corrected number, the non-HDL formula added up correctly, too.
While I'm relieved that the first number I saw for my total cholesterol reading wasn't the right one, I'm concerned that the mistake was made in the office. I'm so glad I took the time to do my own research and make my own calculations that revealed the mistake. Otherwise, my medications would have been needlessly increased.
I've decided that I will call the office manager tomorrow morning to report the error, in hopes that the aide will take more care and this won't happen to some other patient. I realize that human errors like this frequently occur, so some of the best things we, as patients or patient advocates, can do are to be informed and to be proactive in questioning matters about our health.
WooHoo! All my exercising and my nutritious eating is paying off -- after only 6 1/2 months on SparkPeople! I still want to get my weight down, but knowing that I'm now at a lower risk for a heart attack or a stroke will help keep me motivated to reach my other goals.
(Well, I started writing this on Monday night, but it took me so long to finish that it is posted with the Tuesday date!)
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Looks like I'm not going to reach my goal of three blogs per week this week...
If you've seen my recent updates, you know that I've got my 9-year-old grandson with me for "Nonna Camp" this week. Each of the four oldest grandchildren come to visit me on their own for a few days and nights during the summer. (I can't handle the 3-year-old yet!) This gives me a chance to get to know them better and gives their parents time with the other child/children at home for a change. During the previous summers we've done lots of crafts, but this summer we've spent most of our time outdoors.
Unfortunately, the recent floods in our area damaged the natural wading pool at the park, so my grandson can't go there to catch minnows like he usually does when he's here. He had been to the spring-fed pool to swim, and he loves going down the big "Wet Willie" slide.
We went to the batting cage on Tuesday after discovering that the pool was closed for maintenance that day. He played Little League again this summer, so he really enjoys the batting practice. With one of the tokens he hit 12 out of 12 balls. This morning when we drove over there we were disappointed to find that the motor had burned out on the pitching machines overnight. So we ended up looking at motorcycles at the Harley-Davidson store! Never thought I'd be doing that with a nine-year-old!
We're also working on a jigsaw puzzle, and I'm teaching him to Western dance when a song comes on with a good beat. He takes guitar lessons, so he's not adverse to learning how to dance. He's seeming to enjoy the dancing and is improving daily since we started the "dancing lessons" on Tuesday. However, he's not enjoying the daily lessons in his math workbook.
We got back a few minutes ago from feeding horses for a friend. He's always hungry, too, so he just finished squeezing two oranges for orange juice and ate an apple with peanut butter for his afternoon snack. When it cools off a bit we'll go to the driving range again and then play a round of putt-putt golf. He'll help grill hamburgers (lean beef with whole wheat buns) when we get back home.
On Monday night I started reading "Tom Sawyer" to him before bedtime. I haven't read it in years, and I was a little surprised at all the somewhat difficult words I'm having to explain to him. I was pleased last night when he asked me if we were going to read again.
I really haven't had too much time to check other blogs lately, so I hope all my SparkFriends are doing okay. Spending time reading about my friends' journeys has become a habit with me, so I've missed all of you!
Time to get ready to go to the driving range...
Friday, July 09, 2010
Hooray! I met all my nutritional goals today. Usually there are one or two goals that I go over (fats and sodium) or under (carbs and fiber). But so far this week I've been only slightly under a few times.
This has been my pattern for the past couple of months: I've been doing okay during the week, for the most part, but on week-ends I sabotage my plans and end up eating too much. This week-end I'll be going out of town for a friend's wedding, so I'm already wondering how things are going to work out.
I'm already thinking about the food choices:
(1) We'll have lunch on Saturday at one of my very favorite family-style restaurants that is about 120 miles from my home. How could I just eat another salad? Do I dare have a piece -- or just a bite -- of my favorite coconut meringue pie? I haven't eaten at this restaurant in over a year, so my mouth is already watering. Not a good sign.
(2) At the wedding reception -- wine? a Margarita fountain? wedding cake? Hopefully the dinner won't be the usual Texas bar-b-que with potato salad. There are always those big dill pickles with that kind of a dinner. Sodium sin, for sure.
(3) Sunday morning before driving back home -- probably a continental breakfast at the hotel. Am I going to have to pass up those beautiful German pastries!!! I won't eat them. I won't eat them. I won't eat them.
I've got to start visualizing myself fitting in some of my nice, smaller-sized clothes rather than visualizing chicken fried steaks, bacon cheeseburgers, and dessert tables full of wedding cakes, brownies, and homemade pies!
Will-power needed. Lots of it.
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