Thursday, June 28, 2012
Just a quick update on my daughter. Shortly after beginning prep for surgery my 15-year daughter's blood pressure elevated. It was high enough that surgery was immediately stopped. The surgeon came to let us know what was happening. As soon as he stepped out of the OR my daughter had a seziure. Shortly, after she continued to have 3 additional seizures. They kept her heavily sedated to prevent additional seizures. She was given 8.5 times the reccomended dosage of one of her meds. It was a pharmacist error.
They have gradually stepped down her meds and this evening she is awake and alert. She has not had any additional seizures and seems to be doing well. She is not happy that the surgery did not take place as she was looking forward to an end of her back pain. I just want to scoop her up in my arms and take her home.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Yesterday started out a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning. We decided to go down to the new Menard's for the things for the new garden. We were going straight through an intersection when an eighteen-year old making a left turn failed to yield and hit the front passenger side.
Everyone is fine. Our only car, isn't. I would estimate it will probably be in the body shop for about a week. We are insured, so insurance will take care of most of the damages.
The timing couldn't possibly be much worse. It occurred after all car rental places have shut down for the weekend. We will need to take a taxi, to the car rental place on Monday. We will be late to work on an already short week. I know this is probably silly, but I don't want to drive a rental, to the hospital each day. I don't want the hassle of dealing with all of this while my daughter has surgery on Thursday. I certainly, don't want to take her home in the rental car.
Okay, as I read above, I realize I am tired and whiny. So, time to count my blessings. Big one, I am glad no one was hurt. The car CAN be repaired. My daughter wasn't in the car. My son, was but he's OK. We didn't feel like cooking dinner, so my new healthy body, biked itself up to the restaurant. In fact, we went on a nice long bike ride.
Friday, June 22, 2012
It's been some time since I posted a blog. I have tried, but was so tired I couldn't string words together. I had so much fun on my anniversary, but we stayed up late and my body woke me at my usual time. For someone struggling with insomnia and etc. this is a bad thing. I have been catching myself eating to stay awake. So, I have been at the upper end or over my calories several times. This is why I was so surprised to be down a pound this week. Well, I guess it just means that what I am doing, and all the good choices I do make, do make a difference. Sometimes, you wonder when you hit a plateau.
This Thursday, June 28th, my daughter has surgery. So, eating at the low end of my calorie range and exercising as much as I can would be very helpful. Not sure, how I am going to manage eating at the hospital. I will take that one step at a time. I do have the SP app on my phone, so that should help.
I know my focus will be on my daughter. But, my new healthy lifestyle needs to be part of each and every day. If, it is a lifestyle and not a diet, there is no quitting, it should just be how I live. I have to remember, that I have more control than I can sometimes imagine.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
My June goal is very simple, I want to get as close to weighing 135 pounds as I can by the end of the month. That is a 10 pounds loss, to reach by the end of June. So, more realistically, if I could just break into the 130's I would be happy. Maybe, 139 pounds? That definitely sounds good. It makes me feel good to achieve some of the goals that I set, that I wasn't even sure I could achieve.
The reason 135 pounds was my original target weight, is that at that point I will no longer be over weight according to my BMI.
Now, if my BP will cooperate and realize that it is a healthy weight for my heart, we're good. But seriously, I will probably battle high blood pressure the rest of my life. All, I can do is give 100% each day. Sometimes when life is busy, it may not be 100% to exercise, but it will be 100% to a well-balanced life.
Sunday, June 03, 2012
I thought about the visit with the cardiologist for about a week. I understand why he didn't want to reduce the dosage, from his perspective the safest thing to do was to maintain the status quo. After all, reducing or eliminating the med could cause harm.
From my perspective, as a 40 something person, I am just too young to be dizzy on a daily basis. I find it unacceptable to be at a high risk for falls. Also, it's hard to exercise when you don't have energy.
So, I have been checking my blood pressure on a daily basis. As long as it stays at or below 120/80, I will continue taking 1/2 a blood pressure pill. I have also been taking potassium and magnesium supplements. I track it on my food tracker to make sure I get the correct amount.
So far, I have had only 1 day where I needed to take a full pill. Gradually, over the last week my BP has been dropping. Tonight, I measured it and it is getting close to what it was when I was taking a full pill. My pulse was high, so my body must be fighting to raise my BP.
My best blood pressure readings are on days that I do any form of exercise. It could just be a long walk. So, going forward I may need to exercise daily to keep my BP normal. Since, I really enjoy long walks, this definitely works for me. When winter returns, I will have to get friendly with my Zumba video. Probably, will need to buy a few more exercise videos to keep me interested and challenged.
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