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A little frost in your day can be a neat thing!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Benefits of cold weather (from someone who must be in cold temps at all times!)

Doctors claim that cold weather boosts your metabolism in your body's effort to stay warm, so people tend to lose more weight in cold weather. Hmmmm? I Like it!

Pesky insects don't survive in freezing weather. No Mosquitos, Fleas, etc! Which also means none of the horrible diseases that these insects carry either.

All the dog poo in the back yard freezes, making it easier to scoop. If you step in it, it does not matter, IT'S FROZEN & will not stick to your shoes.

(My most favorite): Cold Weather Can Reduce Inflammation - There's a reason putting ice on an injury works. That drop in temperature reduces inflammation. But the theory works on a much grander scale, too -- cold temperatures can reduce inflammation and pain all over. In fact, athletes and spa-goers even have a remedy of sorts available for muscle recovery. A 2011 study found that, at extremely low temperatures, such treatments, called cryotherapy, did more for athletes to recover from physical activity than simply resting. At some spas, cryotherapy chambers appear much like steam rooms - with, of course, the opposite effect. And while the majority of us probably won't be taking a trip to the cold room, it certainly beats summer swelling!

In some countries, the use of cold temperatures for medical purposes is taken quite seriously. Several years ago, Finnish researchers reported the results of a study of 10 women who, for three months, took cold-water plunges (20 seconds in water just above freezing) and submitted to whole-body cryotherapy sessions. Blood tests showed a two- to threefold jump in norepinephrine levels minutes after cold exposure. Norepinephrine is a chemical in the nervous system that wears many hats, including a possible role in pain suppression.

Endurance Performance Increases in Cold Weather:
More Fat is Burned During Cold Weather Exercise: Exercising in cold conditions can produce both higher usage of muscle glycogen and also higher rates of fat metabolism…Insulin levels have been shown in some studies to be lower in winter and cold conditions which can also spur on fat breakdown.

Cold Water Bolsters Immune System: Scientists from the Czech Republic immersed subjects in cold water for one hour, three times a week and monitored their physiology. They found significant increases in white blood cell counts and several other factors relating to the immune system. This was attributed to the cold water being a mild stressor which activates the immune system and gives it some practice.
Athletes who train regularly in cooler air (or in cold water) are less likely to experience downturns in their immune systems after workouts than those who are exposed to the cold only sporadically.

The Cold Will Make You Happier: cold will also stimulate your parasympathetic system, which is responsible for rest and repair, and this can trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are a vital part of keeping us happy and low levels of them are linked with depression. Couple this effect with the endorphin rush as you take the plunge and it should make for a warm glow and a wide smile when you re-emerge.

Speaking for myself and my disease, cold temps keep a bit of a muzzle on some of my chronic pain. Warmth of any kind triggers pain flares and wild swelling. Since people with EM cannot sweat from the affected areas (arms, legs, face), it's a whole lotta no fun. Cold temps and ice packs sit on some of that pain, at least for a little while each day. I love me some cold! And I have a new appreciation for it after doing this Spark Team homework : ))

Yay for staying chilly (at least for myself!)

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TIME4CARRI 4/11/2013 7:30PM

    This is great information. You know, I am a born and raised "sun" girl from O.C. and 11 years ago we moved to N. California which has real seasons. For the first 7 years I was depressed during winter and spring. I have since changed my attitude because it looks like we're here for at least another 10. This information is wonderful for continuing to change my attitude about cold and I will be referring to it again for sure. Thanks so much!!
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JCARDINAL 4/11/2013 5:55PM

    Come to Chicago it's been freezing!

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Thanks for sharing. Never thought of that.

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NUOVAELLE 4/11/2013 6:17AM

    Thank you for all those interesting facts, Bren! I've always loved winter and cold. I actually find every season to have its own beauties but the lack of pesky insects during the winter months is definitely a reason that makes it my favorite!!!

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CANNIE50 4/10/2013 5:13PM

    Such an interesting set of facts, Miss Bren. So, when is the move to Alaska? emoticon I have definitely experienced the benefits of ice baths, when I used to run long distances. I am the first one to turn on a fan or request a door to the outside be opened, during boot camp classes. When I hear the weather in the Bay Area is chilly, I am always happy for you. Chill out, baby emoticon

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LINWASH23 4/10/2013 4:45PM

    Wow, that is good to know. Thank you for sharing emoticon

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Dark chocolate covered inspiration?

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Were you assaulted by marshmallow peeps or that danged Cadbury Egg?
I'm pretty sure I consumed both. Blech.
I won't say I blew it this holiday weekend, but I certainly didn't fare well.
I DID have an 'aha' moment last night though, and I am kinda impressed with myself.
Is it possible to be disappointed by my appearance and my eating issues and still give myself some kudo's? Important to note that these are not the real candy bar Kudo's of the grocery type, but a much needed pat on my (already) padded back? : )

I feel like a screenwriter here, but here goes:

Monday eve. Nervous and anxious about potential nerve damage in my left leg as a result of the procedure last week to hopefully relieve some pain. I just might be one of the casualties that the docs warn you about before they knock you out. I'm so upset!! EAT!
Will it last forever?! Numb from the knee down, but still have so much pain there? Is that even possible?? Eat. Eat.
Is this how I will need to live out my life ON TOP Of living with Ethel (my EM) and CRPS? - With crutches and being unsure of walking on my own -FOREVER?! I can't breathe...
Is living out my life with potential nerve damage going to get any easier with eating my emotions and getting even bigger???
*Stop eating* (Woah!!!).
I waddled to the kitchen and put back the remaining sweets (holy moly), and even tossed the extra popcorn (wasting food? The horror!)

Do I get an award for this? Will I one day write and bellow out some sappy acceptance speech (and forget to thank the people I love accidentally)? Hee Hee. I dunno.
But strangely, aside from the total discomfort of eating too much prior to that moment, I felt... motivation? Like a slice of my former self hollered out, "hey you, chubby. Yeah, I'm talking to you. You have always hated the idea of throwing in the towel. You've not only thrown in the towel, but i think you're eating it. KNOCK IT OFF!!!"
A tiny particle of the old healthy me didn't retreat with this inner confrontation, but acknowledged it instead. No excuses this time. No denial. I don't know how that 'aha' moment could have motivated me, but it did.

So this morning I did as much of my dvd mat workout as I could handle. Even though I had to hold ice packs (acid fire arm pain); even though I couldn't wear my shoes (yep, more fire pain); even though my workout pants wanted to roll off of my belly like some twisted circus trick (stay up darn you!).
Instead of focusing on the sad scene of me fighting with my pants throughout that partial workout, I have been looking online for some of my favorite Lucy capri workout pants. My bum is bigger. I get it. But (har har) to keep me inspired to shrink it smaller, I want to get some workout clothes that fit!

Look out world, here I come.

'Nuff said.

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KAILYNSTAR 4/7/2013 7:08PM

    You are quite the fighter.

I'm impressed. Motivation!!!! Yay!

You are going to get far my friend.

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JCARDINAL 4/4/2013 9:35PM

    You are my hero!! Amid all your pain you can still find motivation. Yeah YOU!! emoticon emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 4/3/2013 11:26PM

    During this journey we gotta laugh at ourselves. NSV - putting the candies back. Tonight I got home about 8pm and I went in the kitchen and cooked sesame shrimp warmed up some quinoa that I made this weekend and that was dinner. Before Spark - I would have stopped at Wendys or some other fast food joint and had my dinner in the car. When I got home I would have finished wolfing down that food and be in bed. So, there has been a changed ... Believe you me... I did think about Wendys but it was only for a second - honestly emoticon

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SUNFLOWER4ME 4/3/2013 8:42PM

    You amaze me.

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CANNIE50 4/3/2013 2:57PM

    Oh, Miss Bren. I am so happy you posted this blog. I love how you convey your "aha!" moment. Yes, workout clothes that fit - I am on that same quest, my dear. Workout clothes are a tool in our "get fit toolkit" and wearing the kind that roll down (UGH - HATE that) is just annoying and gets in the way of really getting into the workout. You are a lovely inspiration to many, dear Bren. You have inspired me so many times, in so many ways. Yes, Easter was ugly for me, food-wise. All that sugar did me no favors and did not soothe the pain of estrangement. We trudge on, doll - emoticon I wish I could wrestle the awful pain away from you but, alas, I cannot. I can only hold you in my thoughts, my prayers, and my heart, as you do all the wrestling of those awful beasts that attack you. emoticon

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RYDERB 4/3/2013 2:47PM

    Bren, how you were able to find such clarity, strength and determination at such a tough moment is beyond my comprehension, but at the same time, something that makes complete sense; because you are the strongest, most beautiful, and AMAZING woman that I know.
I'll be praying that you're NOT one of the statistic your doctor warned you about before the surgery. and that your leg starts "feeling" better soon. emoticon

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CTUPTON 4/3/2013 9:19AM

    I took a nap yesterday emoticon with 'ice' (frozen vegetables ) on my knees. I fully understand pain. I hope your new problem is very temporary! Chris

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/3/2013 9:06AM

    Wow, very impressive Aha! Award winning indeed! Your award is wearing cute yoga capris;-)
Way to go Bren!

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CELLISTA1 4/2/2013 10:24PM

    Bren, you continue to fight the good fight. That's all that matters. Most of us have never been tested like you have. I say: have an expensive Godiva chocolate once in awhile and leave the junk food chockies alone.

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MAMADWARF 4/2/2013 9:36PM

    You're a champion!! I love you, BREN!

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Elvis has left the building

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I have used this phrase in reference to my hands and feet often, but this time I am referring to my nails. 
They seem to be leaving the building. As in, 'Elvis has left the building'.

I've noticed that I dwell on this recent occurrence more than I should.
By then again, how can I avoid it? My hands are right there in front of me. I generally cover my legs with a pair of black tights and a skirt, so that doesn't nag me too often. But my nail-less fingers...it gets under my skin.

I needed some distraction from my nails, or lack there of. 
Rather than focus on all of the things I have not been able to do for quite a while with the frail and now some missing nails (like opening soda cans, picking up a penny from the floor, actually pushing those 'push' buttons, etc. why not think up some fun benefits that warped and/or nail-less fingers CAN do?

Yes, many of my nails have 'left the building', but it was time to put a twist on this reality. It was time to get my giggle on. Check out what I came up with, Elvis style.

I visualized myself in metallic gold shades, flaunting a frothy pair of unaffiliated side burns. 
Then I surfed my own personal wave of a Blue Hawaii daydream, as if channeling The King:

I could stir the peanut butter in the jar with my index finger, not having to worry about getting it stuck under my finger nail before making that fried PB and 'nanner sandwich. 
Don't worry! I haven't actually done this. I'm just dreaming about it. 
Mmmmmmm....drool drool drool.

I could play a guitar with a guitar pick, and not worry about using nails here either. I just might belt out, "All Shook Up" though. So be warned, I can't carry a tune!

I would have no problems hopping into and out of those polyester sequined jumpsuits since there are no buttons. Yay for giant zippers!

I took the shiny gold shades off and came back to reality. I seems that Elvis Presley is a good fit when I need a good distraction.

Bonus of Elvis daydreams: the rhinestone clad wardrobe distracts anyone (even myself) from seeing those mangled fingertips. Nice!

'Nuff Said

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    good 4 u.

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 12/4/2012 2:08PM

    Your smile comes right through this post. I love it!

Hang in there!

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KAILYNSTAR 10/2/2012 8:32PM

    No dirt to pick out from under your nails either... emoticon

I'd miss them too.

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AAAACK 9/29/2012 2:41AM

    You can spin a quarter! No nails to slow it down. You can turn laundry right side out with no fear of snags. Ooh ooh, your tights will all last longer! You could take up piano. But I still hope they make a reappearance because I know they're important to you. Does the nail bed hurt as much as I imagine?! Yikes, I started out trying to be funny and here I am getting all mothery on you. Be better!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/28/2012 6:01AM

    Not having fingernails would suck, but peanut butter stir sticks - an awesome advantage! Ooooh, you could use them as kebab skewers without having to worry about poking or scraping the roof of your mouth.
Do something extra good for yourself, maybe give yourself a bouffant combover, ok?

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NICIACOLETTE 9/28/2012 3:05AM

    Maybe you can rock long, silk gloves? Those look so retro and pretty with the right outfit. Sorry your hands are giving you a tough time. emoticon

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 9/27/2012 7:22PM

    You are fabulous girl! Know that!

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JCARDINAL 9/27/2012 12:32PM

    I can just picture you swiveling in your gold lame". Bren, you are an inspiration to us all!! emoticon emoticon

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WINACHST 9/27/2012 10:04AM

    emoticon I love the way you share such a positive attitude

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SARASMILING 9/27/2012 7:50AM

    Gardening without getting dirt under your nails that stays there for days! ;)
Making anything dough related and really being able to dig in there without worrying about it digging in your nails!
Finger painting!! Fun!!
emoticon you Bren! You always bring a smile to my face. God knew what he was doing when he made you.
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CELLISTA1 9/27/2012 3:12AM

    Bren, or should I say "Elvis," you are the most awesome girl on the planet. Now, without nails, if your hands were working well, would be the ideal time to play a stringed instrument. Nails just plain get in the way when you're playing the violin or cello, let alone the guitar or the banjo. If you had nails, you'd have to be filing them all the time. So I say, take up the cello, like me! Air guitar or air cello work too!

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NUOVAELLE 9/27/2012 1:44AM

    You're giving us lessons of positive thinking every day!
I really hope they grow back.
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MOMKAT4310 9/26/2012 10:24PM

    Your sense of humor will continue to carry you far. Sorry about the nails, but there is so much more to you than finger nails. Love and Hugs!

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CTUPTON 9/26/2012 9:58PM

    emoticon Chris

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    Love your heart

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GUITARWOMAN 9/26/2012 7:04PM

    You poor thing!

Nail loss would drive me right around the bend, I got freaked out enough when I had to have a toenail removed for my most recent surgery!

I hope they grow back!

But....imagine how silently you could keyboard, no clacking nails.

Plus the major $$$$ you will save on nail polish, and files, and strenghteners.....

You could start a new trend!

Seriously, your positive attitude elevates me every day, hope the things grow back!


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JIBBIE49 9/26/2012 7:03PM

    hugs emoticon

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Pig Pen Response

Friday, August 24, 2012

I am now referring to my frenzied stuff-face behavior as the 'Pig Pen response' (remember that kid from Peanuts?). 
I know I am not alone here.
Have you ever felt like you just have a whirlwind of items on that to-do list, truly enveloping you?All are important, and all with an urgent deadline. 
At that moment, the freezer and pantry light up like neon signs, advertising their sweet and salty contents like a mini Las Vegas! I won't tempt you with the food porn...

Speaking for myself, my raging stress response to pain could trigger my inner Pig Pen, or giving myself an unrealistic to-do list, etc. 
But really, its all about my reaction to a trigger. 

I've skimmed over recent events that lead to my last Pig Pen response.
My chronic pain had ruled most of my day. Big surprise here on what I did next. Yep, I saw the neon lights of the sweet & salty treats, and out of the depths of my memory, I remembered exactly where each of those items were hiding (candy under quinoa pasta, potato chips behind the pouch of flax seed meal, etc.). I sabotaged myself!

Stuff face. Rinse. Repeat. Yuck. 
This is not an acceptable way to cope. Ugh. 

I logged on to Spark and poked around for some motivation to fend off my inner Pig Pen. I read some great blogs by CANNIE50 and AAACK and decided to integrate them into my daily life. I've been working hard to "tidy up my side of the street" by keeping my inner complainer in check. Allowing that negativity into my life just piles up emotional 'trash', and trash stinks!
I'm also making sure that I do at least one thing per day that makes me feel accomplished (no matter how small), and then acknowledge that moment. It's amazing how such a small thing can keep you smiling.

I challenge you to make a mental list of your Pig Pen triggers. 
Then list your personal battle tactics to prevent you from wolfing down your refrigerator contents. Be sure to put your action plan at the forefront of your mind.
After all, no one wants to clean up after Pig Pen!

'Nuff Said.


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SARAWALKS 9/12/2012 6:34PM

    Ooooh yes, and I must say I agree with KAILYNSTAR - my triggers are boredom and stress. Fighting those head-on is the key - acknowledging and DOING something other than PIGGING. Little oinks are one thing but it's the BIG MESS one wants to avoid.
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MAMADWARF 9/4/2012 11:19PM

    Um yea. Totally relate. But tonight I won because I had a 1000 calorie pack of popcorn and a 100 calorie pack of chocolate pretzels. Luckily I have nothing else in my house to eat so that worked out pretty good. A reasonable 200 calorie snack instead of 1000 calorie binge. I will take it

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KAILYNSTAR 8/29/2012 1:12PM

    Since I have been on this stricter diet, I have found that my kids and husband are my best supporters. They are amazing!

What triggers me? I have to say, boredom and stress.

I'm glad that you came on Spark and found some support and other perspectives. I find that helps a bit for me too.

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CANNIE50 8/28/2012 4:14PM

    triggers, triggers, triggers - I am armed with many triggers, unfortunately. I still say, based on my experience, that eating at least 50 grams of protein is one of my best trigger-defenses. Of course, I must have the willingness, and act on the willingness, to arm myself with all that protein so that I am less assaulted by all the triggers and cravings that come after me on my more difficult days. Yesterday was one of those difficult days and I didn't even attempt a fight - just shoved sweet then salty, sweet then salty, etc etc etc in my belly all day. Today has been a much better day. I think of you every day, dear Bren. I so wish I could relieve you of some of that awful pain that refuses to let you go. emoticon

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SARASMILING 8/26/2012 6:51AM

    I was just thinking the same thing yesterday about the smalls things that make you smile and really learning to laugh at yourself. It really does help. And boy do I know the pull of the neon signs or even when you can hear them whispering your name from across the room.. or house. lol! I've been eating like crazy for the past several weeks. I've got to stop. WE CAN DO THIS!!!
I wish I could take your pain away. And you can take my fat. Yeah, not really comparable, but it's all I got. lol!
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MELIBUG 8/25/2012 11:26PM

    Pig-Pen - hmmm, that sent a visual of you circling the kitchen with a brown cloud following you; hopefully you haven't also taken to the blankie too!? :)

Triggers are huge and finding a way to keep out the trash is a good thing.

Hope you are feeling better today and have pretty flowers back around you instead!
Hugs ~ Melissa

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CTUPTON 8/25/2012 10:10PM

    Great blog! You have my mind going-as you always do! Chris emoticon

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FINALLYBEINGME 8/24/2012 11:11PM

    Love the idea of doing one thing a day that makes you feel accomplished. I've been trying to do that lately as well. Hope you're feeling better! emoticon emoticon

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AAAACK 8/24/2012 5:27PM

    oooh, my favorite line is: its all about my reaction
you're SO totally right! Regardless of the triggers, it's all about MY REACTION.
I'm going to ruminate on that today (along with whatever I overate last night, ewwww), as I go about trying to get things done.

thanks for the shout-out in the blog!

have a fab day

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KETTLEBURN 8/24/2012 1:08PM

    the pig pen response sounds like a response that would be discussed in psychological journals hahaha i'm sure they have an equivalent, but not one with such a catchy name!
thanks for sharing about your response (and triggers)! way to be accountable :)

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MISSB8604 8/24/2012 12:51PM

    Wonderful blog and what a great challenge!

Thank you for this!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/24/2012 12:35PM

    Great blog!

My pigpen is alive and well (particularly these past two days) and I am working on pumping up the positivity again to give him a bit of a time out.

I do know my triggers and sometimes I make what I think is a rational decision to allow them to trigger me.

But, as you say, focus on the positive and what we are doing right!

I loved the pigpen character in Peanuts. Especially that cloud of....well, I don't know exactly what.....but it was cute!


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JCARDINAL 8/24/2012 12:27PM

    Great blog Bren!! We all have that pigpen response hidden in us. I'm starting my list now!!

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Check out time is 12:00PM right?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Does that apply for hospitals?
For this trip I've been a 'guest' in the hospital for over 2 weeks. I've gotten the best care by truly talented people.
Initially I was admitted into the hospital via the E.R. over the 4th of July weekend, and stayed for 8 days due to painful nerve flares. I was so homesick and bolted at the first chance I was given to go home. Unfortunately I checked out too soon.
I was so happy to be home, but my disease refused to follow the doctor's orders. A few days later I had to return to the hospital. : (

I was in my room for less than 5 minutes before some of the nurses from my past visit came over to day hello.
'I'm so sorry to see you come back. Didn't the treatment work?', they asked. '
'Oh, I feel great. I just missed the food so much, I wanted to come back!' : )

And then I was plugged into the hospital matrix (har har).
Crisis Nurses were called in to start IV's on me since I am considered a 'hard stick' (small difficult veins that get easily irritated). God bless those nurses!

I surfed my gurney as it was rolled to the opposite side of the hospital into the O.R. to get my first epidural and catheter placed. I was then literally flipped over onto my back so that my doctors could do another nerve block procedure via my neck. The gurney roller coaster ride started up again, and I was wheeled back to my room.

Colorful wires were taped on my torso. A portable (heavy) cordless heart monitor stuffed into my gown pocket, constantly dragging my gown faaaaar too low in the right boobie region -embarrassing!

Throughout my time in the hospital, I received multiple types of drugs and treatments.
I had another vampire bite in the neck to administer a nerve block for my right hand.
I have had 3 long term epidural catheters inserted in my back to administer pain drugs to my legs.
I had a 4 day ketamine infusion (horse tranquilizer) for pain, and was warned that I might hallucinate.
Yep, I saw my cat Jit-Zu replicate and come to visit me in the hospital as a duo. Pretty strange, but an unsuccessful treatment.
I had a 3 day Litocain infusion to cool my constant burning nerve pain. Also unsuccessful.
I fought and cried through 2 (literally) burning treatments of capsaicin patches, which were sealed on my feet for 2 hours each time. The first round was unsuccessful since I have a very stubborn and evil condition.
I reluctantly agreed to a second attempt and now refer to this treatment as Chicken Fried Feet. Successful? Time will tell.
The next treatment that my pain doctors are recommending involves a drug called Prialt (snail slug toxin) to 'stun' my nerves. Umm, I'm still undecided on this one.

Horse tranquilizer, capsaicin chili patches and sea snail toxin? Wild!

Throughout all of this, I have had 2 shiny IV poles with at least 3 bags of medication hanging over my head at all times. This obviously has made just about everything difficult. Try fitting two IV poles in the bathroom with both yourself AND a nurse!
I quickly felt claustrophobic with all of the tubes and wires. Especially since most of pills and IV medication often made me quite sick. Feeling dizzy and barfy while hooked up to so many things is a terrible feeling. Then again, so is getting vomit in your hair and relying on the nurse to clean me up.
Bless the nursing staff for making the rough days much better!

I celebrated my birthday in the hospital. My husband tried to decorate my room and make the best of things. He even brought Sprinkles cupcakes for the nursing staff, whom we have gotten to know quite well. One of the nurses told me that a common joke around the hospital is that you can leave $100 out in the open and it won't be touched, but bring some desserts and they will get nabbed in a second. She wasn't kidding : )

I'll be checking out of Chez Hospital today (hope hope hope). This second stay added up to 15 days.
My solid-gold hubbie used up all of his vacation time to be with me. He came to my room daily in the morning and left late every night, taking a break only to go home and feed Olive. There were many days that were a fuzzy blur for me, and he still sat next to me as I slept. This entire experience really has been one of those 'for better or worse' vows played out. I know how lucky I am : ).

A HUGE thank you to Spark pals for keeping my spirits lifted throughout my time here. Believe it or not, its actually challenging to stick to a healthy diet in a hospital. I had free reign on the hospital menu, but found limited healthy gluten free options that tasted good. It was so much easier to order the cheese plate and an ice cream sundae daily. Thank you for the reminder that it's the little changes that add up over time - no matter where that time is spent!

Now, back to business. Do I get to keep the robe, err, gown? Perhaps I should leave it here. Talk about a wardrobe malfunction in the rear section every time I get out of bed! : )

'Nuff said.

*i wrote this a few days ago but was not able to post it until today. I'm recovering at home. Yay!

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MELIBUG 8/16/2012 2:41PM

    You are such a champ! I think you have endured enough and hoping all your recent procedures take so you can enjoy some relief! If so, you may have to replace fozzie with a chicken... (just saying')much cuter than a snail, but whatever it takes girlfriend! As always saying prayers for you!
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Hugs ~ Melissa

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FITNESSJEN11 8/16/2012 12:50AM

    I know you're back home now, but I'm still SENDING UP PRAYERS, PRAYERS, PRAYERS FOR U, GIRL!!!

I'm in total awe of u...ur spirit is AMAZING and ur such a BLESSING to know!! Thank you for never giving up, regardless of ur circumstances!! U inspire me every day!!!
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KAILYNSTAR 8/14/2012 5:23PM

    The roads that one must travel...

I'm so happy that you're home now and hoping for a full and speedy recovery.

I have to say, that I actually pictured you surfing on a gurney down the hallway! (I think I'm the one hallucinating!). Believe me, that was a giggle spot for me, just picturing you going down the hallway, in your hospital gown, front right wardrobe malfunction and let's not mention the back... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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CATS_MEOW_0911 8/12/2012 8:09PM

    Love you, Bren!

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TRENTDREAMER 8/9/2012 8:40PM

    "'I'm so sorry to see you come back. Didn't the treatment work?', they asked. '
'Oh, I feel great. I just missed the food so much, I wanted to come back!' : ) "
* Finally I've found someone else who feels this way.

(Referring to the picture)
* Wow. Were they diagnosing/treating your illness or upgrading your processor/RAM?

"Yep, I saw my cat Jit-Zu replicate and come to visit me in the hospital as a duo. Pretty strange, but an unsuccessful treatment. "
* Are you sure that that was a hallucination?

"Horse tranquilizer, capsaicin chili patches and sea snail toxin? Wild! "
* hey-YA!!

"A HUGE thank you to Spark pals for keeping my spirits lifted throughout my time here. "
* Sorry I haven't been on as much recently.

"Feeling dizzy and barfy while hooked up to so many things is a terrible feeling. Then again, so is getting vomit in your hair and relying on the nurse to clean me up. "
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"I'll be checking out of Chez Hospital today (hope hope hope). This second stay added up to 15 days.
* Ouch.

"*i wrote this a few days ago but was not able to post it until today. I'm recovering at home. Yay! "
* Here's hoping!

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JCARDINAL 8/9/2012 2:30PM

    As always, you are my hero!! No matter what life throws at you, you never loose your wonderful sense of humor! I am so glad you're home and hope your pain is better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EVERSTEPH 8/9/2012 12:23PM

    I probably shouldn't have been reading this at work because now I have this huge lump in my throat and racoon eyes from dripping liquid eye liner.

You are such a strong woman and an inspiration. It's no wonder you have such a loving hubby - he knows you are the best! I'm so happy you're home. Your nurse friends will have to get their cupcakes elsewhere!!!!!!!

When I'm feeling down (physically, mentally, whatever), all I want to do is snuggle with Yoshi. I bet it feels good to have Olive again.

Happy belated birthday, cupcake!!!!!!!! As always, thanks for sharing your story. :)


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NUMD97 8/8/2012 8:21AM

    I was so heartened beyond what mere words can say, to see that you posted this blog from home. At least some of our prayers for you, Bren, were answered.

It is my hope that you link more and more of the days spent at home together, until there are months and months, and finally no days spent in the "H place", as my friend's wife calls it (rather than invoke the name), when she goes there.

I pray that you find a measure of relief that allows you to function like the rest of us do, and then you can kvetch about the ordinary and the mundane, just like the average person does.

"Ordinary", yes, that is my wish for you. I pray that it happens soon.

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AAAACK 8/8/2012 1:37AM

    You always have such a good attitude about such an awful set of circumstances. I admire you, and root for you, every single day.

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CANNIE50 8/8/2012 12:09AM

    Oh, SweetPea, it is one thing to hear it in bits and pieces via your wonderful emails but to have it all laid out like this is just overwhelming to take in so, of course, it is pretty unimaginable to think about how much you endured, for SO long. Poor Randy must be wiped out, as well. Olive and Jitzu must be thrilled to have you home where you belong. Of course the nurses adored you - how couldn't they?! I hope and pray that some of these treatments take, and that you actually experience some much over-due relief. oxoxoxoxoxo C

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MAMADWARF 8/7/2012 11:23PM

    I was telling frank about now much you suffer yet your humor remains in tact. I love you, been. Get some rest and hug ms. Olive and randy for me, ms. Kitty too!

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RYDERB 8/7/2012 9:47PM


You go through so much every day, and no matter how rough things get, you find ways to share your spark, and make the world around you brighter. You're AMAZING! I'm so happy you're home again, and I'm paying that you find some relief from your pain, and the pain medication.
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    I'm so glad you're back home! Being in the hospital that long must've been tough. I'm keeping everything crossed that all the treatments work well. It's funny how the little things become so much more meaningful after a stint in one of those awful hospital gowns. emoticon emoticon

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MOMKAT4310 8/7/2012 8:40PM

    I commiserate. I had a horrible round of hospital stays in 1992. I was a sweet young thing, had a gall stone get stuck, pancreatitis, then surgery. A full month. So glad you are home. Hope you are on the mend. Glad to see you did not lose your sense of humor. Best Wishes. Momkat

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GUITARWOMAN 8/7/2012 7:26PM

    You are one incredibly brave lady....my admiration for you is HUGE,

Hope at least some of the treatments worked; let us know,mic you can,how you are doing


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OOLALA53 8/7/2012 7:17PM

    Such a trooper! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/7/2012 7:14PM

    I really want to punch that disease right in its face! Just make sure you duck so I don't get you by accident. I hope you get to stay home and pain free for a long long long time, say like FOREVER.

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SKIPSIDE 8/7/2012 6:53PM

    OMG! You make me feel like crying and then you turn it around and make us laugh.
Hopefully this time something will kick in and stick for a long while.
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I'm sure Olive is glad to have you back where you belong :)

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