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Sent Cysta Ryan Packing.... Literally!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

OK, forgive all my typos b/c my hands are very shakey. The Lydacaine (sp?) they used to numb me for surgery made me terribly jumpy and shakey and once it wore off my nerves took over and I can't seem to stop the shaking right now!

Yes, I'm home from surgery. It was all able to be done in the MD's office, It wasn't anything fun or exotic or even alien in me, but a blocked oil gland that caused a horrible hard build up of oil which then became infected. The doctor took out a hard glump of built up oil that was the size of a nickle (per hubby). I asked if this should've been taken care of years ago and the doc said probably. He said that he couldn't say without knowing what it looked like at the time, but that I should've pursued having it checked b/c a blocked oil gland will eventually become infected. Oh those docs who said it was nothing! Now I have a gaping hole in my tummy and it has to heal from the inside out so it is packed! I have to remove the packing before each shower and then pack it again.... I really, really don't want to deal with that! It sounds so painful to me!

Cysta Ryan was evicted and sent packing! She/it is gone, gone, gone! Now I have this gaping hole left in her wake! It is sore, but not horrible. I hope it stays this way. Well, you know, not a gaping hole, but just sore and not horrible!

I wish this jittery, jumpy feeling would go away tho! I feel like a hooker in church, a long tailed cat in a room full of rockers, a bean from below the border with a restless worm in it.... It is getting just a little freaky! If it doesn't wear off soon I'm going to call the doctor and see what may be going on.... I think it is just that I was so nervous and so tense at the beginning and then the meds made my heart race and my body couldn't sort the feelings out and is trying to reach homeostasis again!

I'm having a lovely fat filled Reuben sandwich today in honor of St. Patrick's Day! I'll eat a nice big salad too, but wanted some corned beef.

May your kilt be hsort enough for a jig, but long enough to cover your lucky charms!

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MTNGRL 3/21/2011 4:04PM

    Catching up on reading and am so glad your Cysta is history..now about that hole...I had surgery in January and had 2 drains for a week, that was no fun either emptying them 3 times a day. Yuck. Oh well, gotta do what you gotta do!

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KARLOTTA46 3/19/2011 9:55AM

    I hope today is better for you! emoticon

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AMYSNEWSPARK 3/19/2011 9:33AM

    The worst is over. I pray for a quick healing.


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NEWNAC304 3/18/2011 10:02AM

    I'm glad the doc was able to remove it. I hope it heals quickly and that you're feeling much better soon.

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CHRISPYLEE 3/17/2011 8:07PM

    Crazy what our bodies can do....good and bad!
Glad they got rid of Ryan!
I loved your last line!!

Gots to get me lucky charms!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 3/17/2011 7:40PM

    I am glad that part is over with melissa, just be careful of your sugars now since it needs to heal, I don't think the packing will hurt, at least hopefully not, I will keep you in prayer

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KATWOMAN12839 3/17/2011 7:15PM

  well at least you have your priority's straight gf...having a ruben...i am sending you healing thoughts....hope your hebe jibys are gone soon....

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The Funny Thing(s) About My Cysta....

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

For those of you who know me or have read a few of my blogs you know that I cope with life with a little humor and alot of laughs! So, thought I would share some amusing thoughts and conversations regarding My Cysta, Ryan. She was named Ryan by a fellow teammate who feels as I do about a character on our favorite soap.... We find him annoying, a major pain and he doesn't seem to go anywehre! I thought it was a perfect name for my Cysta!

The darn thing is really, really hurting today, but that is OK b/c this is the eve of Cysta Ryan's departure! I have surgery scheduled for 2:30 PM tomorrow. I'm going to work for a couple hours and then to have a bite to eat since the surgery is supposed to involve only local anesthetia.

So, one of my friends suggested that perhaps when they took out the Cysta they would find remnants of the twin I "ate" in utero! You've all heard those stories about people having tumors removed that had teeth or hair or spines in them! I didn't discount it b/c I'm a firm believer in that you just never know.... I am kinda bossy too.

Another friend suggested that it wasn't an absorbed twin, but the gold tooth of the spanish pirate I once had an affair with! Somehow his gold tooth came loose during our passion plays! Hmmm, don't remember any Spanish pirates, but spent alot of the 80s drunk!

I wouldn't be surprised if it is a splinter or something crazy my body collected on one of my misadventures down stairs or into telephone poles or down manholes as a blind person!

But alas, I figure it is probably just whatever cysts are made of covered up with some painful infection! I don't care what it is, I just want it gone! Cysta Ryan: serves you right for trying to take up room in MY mom's womb.... Adios and Hasta La Vista to the Spanish gold Tooth..... Surgeon do your thing!!

I had a few good laughs about all of this and hope you did too! I'll post again post-surgery! You never know....

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DANLIN60 3/18/2011 9:26PM

    I love you melissa, you can always put just the right touch on any subject, you are fantastic and you are also a very beautiful woman. Your DH is a very lucky man

Hope you continue to feel better, sounds like the worst is behind you now. Good luck Spark friend emoticon

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NEWNAC304 3/18/2011 4:24PM

    You always make me laugh! You have a great sense of humor!

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KATWOMAN12839 3/17/2011 7:20PM

  humor is such a wonderful things .....the more crazier it is the better....i also have a good imagination...Probably why i like your blogs...

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GRAMMACATHY 3/17/2011 5:19PM

    You should be done with surgery and being totally pampered by now. Thinking of you.

Maybe the implant the Aliens put in you when you were abducted is working it's way out.
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    Good luck with your surgery today!!! Loved all the stories of what Ryan could be!

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LESSOFMOORE 3/16/2011 9:36PM

    Hasta la bye-bye, Cysta! emoticon

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LINDAGRAVEL 3/16/2011 8:42PM

    Thanks for the laugh Melissa.Good Luck with the surgery

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TEDDYBEAR662 3/16/2011 8:37PM

    Best of luck tomorrow, Melissa. (hugs) emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/16/2011 8:29PM

    C YA LATER CYSTA! Be on your way! I love that you can make lite of this. It is better then worrying.

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Should I name My Cyst? Call IT My Cysta?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ah! I thought things were getting better with the antibiotics. My blood sugar levels evened out, were even normal for a few days and then my cysta decided to burst open! I know, I know, GROSS!! It was indeed gross. But, the worst part is the pain. It is like the pain has doubled. Not only am I sore from the darn thing growing in me and out of me, but now I hurt with an open wound! The thing is actually on my upper abdomen on the left side and low and behold I discovered I have some ab muscles there! Muscles that hurt with the infection and the cyst growing there, but muscles nonetheless! Problem is that I can't work those muscles or really any of my other muscles without a rather great deal of pain. I take my antibiotic as directed. I clean the wound. I put hot compresses on it, which of course is why the thing burst open. I am folllowing doctor's orders, but I hurt! This AM I woke up to a blood sugar reding of 303! That is a fasting blood sugar. What is going on? Did my trouble sleeping last night cause this? Is the infection worse instead of better? Has cysta moved in for life? Augh!

Surgery is in 2 more days.... BTW, this is not just a boil or an absess. This is a hard knot the docs called a cyst; a benign cyst, that became infected and sort of grew an absess over it. So, just a good lancing won't fix it. It needs to be surgically removed. Whoever thought a stupid little bump on your upper ab could cause such a mess and such pain? My doctor actually said there was no reason to remove it before it became infected. Huh? Everyone I've talked to who has had this kind of thing said that eventually theirs became infected! So, why do the MDs wait until you are in pain and infected? Why not remove it when it is just there? Makes me worry about my poor dog's so-called benign cysts. I keep checking them now b/c I don't want him to be in pain!

As for my week.... I'm doing really well with food. I'm still eating too much of the processed stuff, but I am making improvements. Yesterday I was well within my calorie limit and all my other nutrients and only 41 mg. above my sodium limit which is excellent for me! I'm taking it all a day at a time. I miss my exercise ALOT! I'm supposed to dance for a performance tomorrow evening and don't know that I will be able to do it! We'll just have to wait and see!

Sorry to always be whining about Dear Cysta here, but it is a real bother to me and it hurts! I just want it to stop! Thanks for allowing me to whine!

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CATIATM 3/16/2011 5:03PM

    My Cysta! Too funny! I'm sorry you're hurting and hope that it's over soon. Hang in there, my friend! emoticon

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MIRWYN 3/16/2011 10:35AM

    I love your sense of humor! You can take a painful and serious cyst and make me smile as I read about "my cysta". I think it is nuts they waited until it got infected, wow. Hopefully the surgery will be easy peasy and you'll be right as rain in no time!

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    I hope you feel better soon!!! We are so close the the final day getting it removed then you will be pain free. Do you think the antibiotics made you BS sky rocket?

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LESSOFMOORE 3/15/2011 9:48PM

    Melissa, you are such a trooper! We are both eager for Cysta to leave your life. Counting the days!

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MTNGRL 3/15/2011 5:03PM

    Hey Sis-ta, your Cysta is a big pain in the behind! I almost fell off the chair when I saw you FBS. Yikes!!! Did you call your doc and let him know. I know stress, sickness etc can affect your glucose levels, but that was a real shocker.
Here's hoping you Cysta makes a complete disappearance in a few days. As for dancing and /or exercise....please don't do anything that might cause more discomfort.
Sending hugs from your Sis-ta Firecracker! emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 3/15/2011 2:54PM

    Please listen to Lennie and see a doctor now. Save the dance till after you are healed. We love you and want you whole and healthy.

I regret not having Doogie's cyst removed. I think it led to the cancer and subsequent kidney failure from the research that I did on line. What does your vet say?

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PATTYCAKE17 3/15/2011 2:44PM

    It's hard to smile while you're biting the bullet. Pain is pain and I sympathize with you 100%. Been there. Hope the surgery goes well and you will make a miraculous and speedy recovery. sounds like you're a good patient. God bless and heal you. Keep faith that all will be well. emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 3/15/2011 2:13PM

    I don't know why they make people wait, why don't they just take care of it? I am sure that your cysta is playing havoc with your body and sugars, I know you want to dance melissa, but maybe you should not dance, you'll get sweaty and it will hurt more.

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RONIE11 3/15/2011 12:53PM

    That fasting CBG is awfully high... I can't imagine what would raise it so high... did you drink some juice or eat something in the night ... of course everyones blood sugar is different but I would really watch this.. I hope it all evens out for you soon... I also have a cyst on my back.. its been there for years.. I went to have it removed many years ago and it didn't work.. most likly he just drained it like you mentioned above.. it was so painful and now because of where its at I don't get bothered by it very often...I have talked to my doctor about having it removed and maybe some day I will.. wouldn't it be nice to be able to get rid of it.... take care. and best of luck...Ronie

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NEWNAC304 3/15/2011 12:16PM

    I am so sorry that you're in so much pain. emoticon I hope it heals fast after the surgery.

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I'm Being Committed, er Recommitted!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Yeah, I know, some of you are saying it is about time she was committed.... We all knew she just was a little off! Well, too bad! I've actually decided that I need to truly and absolutely commit to my weight loss goals! No messing around.... No saying "one won't hurt".... No OK, I messed up today, but there is always tomorrow.... While all that stuff is true, I need to focus on not making the same mistakes over and over hoping for different results. That, BTW, is Einstein's definition of insanity! I've been insane. I irrationally kept believing that just exercising was enough. I stay within calorie limits most of the time, but toward the upper end and only concerning myself with calories, not useful or nutrient rich calories! I don't need to do this to be able to wear a sexy bathing suit this summer, but that would be a nice bonus, I don't need to do it to stay alive, I'm fairly healthy for a 42 year diabetic and chunky lady; I don't need to do it for energy.... Ask anyone, I'm always working out or doing something that involves movement! I need to do it b/c it is what I want to do! I want to lose 5% of my body weight and then 5% more. I want to do it in a healthy way, in a strong way, in a way that lasts! I don't want to starve either!

I bought a multi-vitamin b/c even though I eat plenty of fruits and veggies I wanted to be sure I was getting all the nutrients my body needed. I also bought a complete B complex supplement b/c I read that certain B vitamins are good for diabetics in helping to metabolize carbs and can help build anti-oxidents to combat the free radicals that can destroy a diabetic's body.

I'm committing to less sodium and more fresh! I am a total processed food junkie! I like EASY! Most everything that is easy is processed. But, I have always kept veggies chopped and separated into their own containers for easy salad making. I'm going to do the same for all cooking. Chop and prepare and then have the ease of throwing it all in a pot, pan or crock pot!

I'm committing to whole grains or nothing. No white bread at all! If for some reason I find I must eat OUT AND MY CHOICES ONLY OFFER WHITE BUNS OR BREAD i I will remove the bread completely!

I'm going to show a weight loss next week whether I am bloated from pain killers or not. Whether PMS has me by the throat or not. I'm going to finally WIN at this LOSING game!!

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IMAGINE_IT 3/15/2011 2:33AM

    You are very determined..and it shows...just try and be not too hard on yourself...your attitude is great..and i know you will show a weight loss the end of the week!!By the way when i gave up 'processed food' you know the frozen stuff..which i know is so very convenient...but when i 'quit'i saw a difference in my weight loss and also started feeling better overall. emoticon emoticon

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JANIE724 3/14/2011 2:40AM

    emoticon I love seeing that you want to stick to your goals! It's the first step towards getting where you want to go... Just don't commit yourself so much that you still end up in the funny farm! emoticon

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HICIM705 3/13/2011 9:49PM

    You CAN and you WILL do this!!!

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SWEETLIPS 3/13/2011 6:59PM

    Be gentle with yourself and work at the best you can be one day at a time.

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LESSOFMOORE 3/13/2011 6:56PM

    Great goals, Melissa! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 3/13/2011 6:47PM

    You can do it Melissa! You will feel better both physically and mentally.

I put my food goals and reminders in outlook and the SP planner so they keep popping up daily to remind me no refined sugar and no wheat products. No mindless eating. I sure feel a lot better when I eliminate that stuff.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 3/13/2011 6:43PM

    Great blog Melissa, You sound so positive

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Medical Update & A Kicking Cardio Bellydance Class!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Well, went to my GP today who of course couldn't do anything about this infected cyst except prescribe antibiotics. He called and set up a surgery date which is March 17. So, a little less than a week until I can have this mess removed from my body! I was due to see my GP for my 3 month check up on Tuesday, so they did my bloodwork today. My A1C, which is a sort of average of your blood glucose levels over a 3 month period, was 6.6. This is really, really good for a person with diabetes for 42 years. It is excellent for me who was running an A1C of 15+ when I went blind. For most of my life on the insulin pump I've run around a 7 to a 7.5 and when I started Zumba classes I dropped to a 6.4 and that is where I was the last 2 times and a 6.6 this time. Not bad!! That is the good news.... The bad news is that the infection is finally affecting my blood sugar and I went from a pretty normal fasting 106 this AM to a whopping 386 this afternoon and this was after no food intake at all, not even my vitamins or pills and after 45 minutes of a pretty intense workout! Augh! I'm hoping the antibiotcs will help these numbers come down!

I almost didn't go to my cardio bellydance class. I was in a whole lot of pain after the doctor pushed and squeezed and prodded my cyst! But, couldn't find a fill in for me and just felt like I was going to have more people than usual there. Well, I did! I generally have 2 to 3 people there at 1 time. I have about 5 that come fairly regularly but not always at the same time. Today I had 9! I was thrilled and happy I didn't skip! I warned them that I had this cyst and may not be able to do as much as usual, but I fooled myself and them! Poor ladies! I nearly killed them! No, just kidding of course, but I worked us all! It was a lot of fun and a killer belly dance workout! It felt really good.... Until it was done.... I was really sweating and my cyst was really hurting. Then, I had a hard time catching my breath. I also felt as if a weight was on my chest. I started to fear I was having a heart attack, but reasoned that I just left the doctor about an hour ago and my pulse was 88 and my BP 124 over 60 and probably was not having a heart attack. I didn't feel well though and got home and found out I had that 386 blood sugar which is why I was having trouble catching my breath and my chest felt weird.

It is still running high, but not as high. I guess the good thing in all of this is that I have hardly no appetite! I'm going to try to do Zumba tomorrow probably in just a dark tee shirt with no bra! The bra kills me! And I hope to get a short walk in with my husband and dog too! We'll see how I feel, but I'm going to try!

Just wanted to keep everyone updated on my health issues. This sounds weird to me, but I'm looking forward to the surgery. I hated this thing on me ever since I discovered it and am ready for it to be gone, gone, gone! Thanks for all the well wishes!

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JUDIL62 3/15/2011 11:34AM

    Now that's determination! Glad you taught your class, I bet you felt better mentally and physically after. I hope you feel better soon.

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MIPPY265 3/13/2011 12:30PM

    Melissa - You are one tough lady. No matter what life seems to throw at you you just keep on going. You are definitely and inspiration to us all.

Keep us updated. Keeping you in my prayers!!

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LESSOFMOORE 3/12/2011 6:57PM

    Melissa, I see what you mean about this cyst being particularly bad for a diabetic. I'll be happy for you when have this behind you. Take care of yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/12/2011 6:16PM

    Does the doctor say it is okay to go to zumba and BD? Be careful & when you are feeling better I would love a vlog on the BD!

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SOFEDUPP 3/12/2011 3:53PM

    I am glad people are enjoying your class so much that they are telling others about it!!!

I hope the antibiotics help your sugar levels. You need to take care of your self, we need you and love you!!!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 3/12/2011 12:12PM

    Yep! You need to get those numbers down girlfriend, that is high, that is one thing about diabetics though, when we are sick our numbers go high.

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KATWOMAN12839 3/12/2011 11:06AM

  you go girl.....wowzer....i am inspired....

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SWEETLIPS 3/12/2011 9:23AM

    Warrior Woman - that is the name I am giving you after reading that blog, and your numbers ( aside from the high read) are wonderful. I am going to start Zumba tomorrow and try to get in 2-3 classes a week. I loved it when I went, so now one is closer to my home. I understand looking forward to surgery - it makes sense to get that awful stuff out of you. Have a great weekend.

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HOWLERMOM 3/12/2011 12:44AM

    Wow please please please take care of yourself!! Talk about pushing through the pain -- you are really amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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