Monday, May 14, 2012
So, the doctor called...
...and you know that means trouble!
They don't waste their precious money to tell you that your test results are negative. :-)
So, the news...
Yes, I have a bowel infection.
I am already improving so hopefully the pills I'm on will sort it.
I am also anaemic. How anaemic they don't know, but my haemaglobin is 9. So pretty anaemic.
I have to go have another blood test to determine how low the iron is. That happens on Friday.
The anaemia doesn't surprise me. I had a couple of migraines - one at Christmas and one a few weeks ago, and I only seem to get those when I'm anaemic.
The doc wants to see me when the iron results come back to discuss why I'm low again, and how best to move forward. Also, with blood in my urine and so forth, there may be something going on internally, and so it needs further investigation.
As for the urine test, the results of that aren't back yet. She'll ring if they flag anything when they do come back.
Sorry. Random shot of Sophie taken a few mins ago by Tara just wanted to sneak in here for a little light relief! LOL
So yeah, feeling better, still a little tender in spots, but eating and output seems back to normal. Can walk upright now, instead of doing passable imitation of Neanderthal Woman! :-)
And walking at my normal pace, which is also good. :-)
I played with my Exerbeat again today.
No! Get on with you! Really? You're kidding me!
Today I have done a mix of Boxercising, Karate and Stretching.
Turns out the My Fitness section of the game has TWENTY spaces for saving your own fitness routines! That is so awesome! That means I can create my own upper, lower, core, and stretching routines, and save them to use again.
The Wii Fit Plus can only save one custom-built routine at a time! It is one of the things that, to my mind, lets WFP down a wee bit, much as I like it. The peeps who created it don't seem quite as knowledgeable about exercise as those who've created Exerbeat. Wii Fit Plus is also missing a stretching section.
This 20-segment section for building your own routines is truly the best aspect of Exerbeat so far. I am SOOO impressed by that. What a brilliant idea!!! :-)
Changing the subject...
Thanks to MOSTMOM I went on a hunt to find out which Muppet I am today. Recovering from illness makes you do daft things to while away the hours. LOL
I looked here:
Turns out I am Sam the Eagle! :-)
You are Sam the Eagle.
You are patriotic and devoted. And extremely anal.
Patriotism, Being appalled at what everyone else is doing.
The National Anthem of America
"An American In....America"
LAST BOOK READ:
"Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Eagles are from America"
"Please stop that now! It's un-American!"
The obvious question is...
I'm not even American! LOLOLOL
As I explained to MOSTMOM, I adore so many Muppets, but among my faves are Statler/Waldorf, Gonzo, and the Swedish Chef, but how that would morph I have NO idea! LOLOLOLOL
Oh, and I have to add Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupugus from Sesame Street too!
Here's a link to Shelli's vlog, in case you are one of the few Sparkers who've missed it...
In other news...
I loved this item of news today and just had to share.
All you rail commuters, take note...
Blackadder star Tony Robinson has helped coach rail staff to deliver new "comedy" announcements.
Written by Richard Preddy, who wrote the sitcom Green Wing, the announcements aim to make the Birmingham to London journey enjoyable.
Robinson, who played Baldrick, spent a month helping Chiltern Railways staff learn the lines.
The announcements will also be heard at London Marylebone Station.
The announcements passengers will hear include:
"I'd like to welcome passengers boarding this 7.33 from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone. If you've just bumped into someone who you barely know, you now have one hour and 30 minutes of awkward small talk. Good luck."
"For any passengers who've not visited London before, do please prepare yourselves for the capital's overwhelmingly calm and relaxing pace of life."
"Will any passengers listening to noisy iPods please get a better taste in music. Thank you."
And my personal favourite...
"We will shortly be passing through West Ruislip where we will be racing the Underground trains. Do please feel free to cheer for our driver."
Makes me want to move to Brum and get a job in London! :-)
Have a great day!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I'm pleased to report that I got a good few hours sleep last night, and although I still have some abdominal pain, it is significantly reduced. Most important of all, I seem to have both input and output again.
I haven't taken my lunchtime painkillers. I'm seeing how tolerable the pain is now.
So far, so good! :-)
I'm currently nomming some dinner and Sparking while listening to Scream Extreme USA behind me. Something Tara wanted to watch. Two of the judges from Strictly Come Dancing - Craig and Bruno - are in opposition, riding some of the scariest funpark rides in America with members of the public, while trying to ask and answer questions on general knowledge.
Who thinks up these shows??? LOL
I had no idea Bruno had such a potty mouth! Mind you, I'd put a trooper to shame if they stuck me on one of those rides!!! LOL
In other news...
I played with Exerbeat today. Surprised? LOL
I did little bits and rested between, but really enjoyed myself. Specially as the pain relaxed for a good patch of the day. :-)
It may be the novelty value of a new game, but right now, it is my absolute favourite of all my Wii Games to date.
It has about everything you could want in a game to keep fit while having fun. All you need is a reasonable ability to follow a rhythm.
It has about 150 different Workouts and games, varying from around 53 seconds to 8 minutes (so far). I still have a ton of the workouts to unlock. There is Aerobics, Hip Hop and Latin Dancing. Kung Fu and Boxing. Yoga, Pilates, and stretching! Stretching is particularly helpful as so many games tend to miss out that important aspect of your exercise routine.
There are also some intriguing games to play. Would anyone here ever believe that you could SWIM using a Wii??? Well, I can't! I am a Lead Weight apparently, but it was only my first go at the swimming game. LOL
There is a finite score for each workout (as far as I can tell) so you can work towards 100% on each one. So far I only have 100% on one of the workouts I've done. But I'm close on a couple of others.
As you play, choosing exactly what you want to do from the open and available workouts and games levels, you open a ton of new workouts, plus extra options, such as an option to use the game without a remote, so it is more of a classic workout style (no scoring on that one), a section where you can build your own routine from the options available (haven't tried that yet, but am hoping you can save a selection rather than just one like the Wii Fit Plus), and a personal trainer who offers you a good range of choices - such as working on specific parts of your bod for a length of time of your choosing - for a workout that doesn't get interrupted after every section to add your scores up.
An added bonus is the Around The World feature. Everything you do, no matter how little, is converted into miles and your Wii Mii gets to walk to 90 different places around the globe. You get miles for rhythm points, combos of correct moves, medals, minutes played and your success percentage.
As a result, in two days and a bit over an hour of play time I've passed through 13 of the 90 places so far. :-) I've travelled 15450 miles!!! And I am currently crossing the Sahara Desert.
Well, dinner is eaten. Now to see how my tum hamdles the input. :-)
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
This was their audition:
This was their semi-final routine:
And when the final hits You Tube, I'll edit this to include it. :-)
And here it is! :-)
I so love this act. And Simon Cowell is in love too! I'm sure he is thrilled to be writing out a cheque for this pair!!! I do have to wonder...
What was with the sudden display of chest hair Simon?
Was that aimed at the dog?
Or the girl? LOL
And congratulations to Jonathan and Charlotte for a very well deserved second place, and Only Boys Allowed for an equally well deserved third place spot! It has been a brilliant year for Britain's Got Talent!!!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
So the week started off painful, and then became excrutiating!!!
My stomach and lower back joined my chest on Thursday evening, in a "Who can cause the most pain" challenge to Lexie. My stomach and lower back won and culminated in virtually no sleep that night, a visit to the GP Friday morning, with lots of poking and prodding, a prescription for antibiotics, and half-an armful of blood sent off for tests. *pulls indescribable face*
The doc said urine infection (blood and allsorts in my urine) AND diverticulitis (tenderness all along my bowel), which is why the bloodtests. My body's input and output are not currently good (trying to be delicate here), so definitely not feeling all that grand.
Not the best fun in the world, having to walk to the doc, then walk to the chemist, then walk home, when every step jolts your stomach and back more. But I managed it, and then did as my dear friend Newcaz insisted, and rested for the rest of the day.
I slept some last night, but the pain was soon back this morning, though it seems less severe, and I am having little breaks from it now, rather than it being continuous. Also there was a little 'output' this morning, which I am taking as a good sign. I've NEVER been bunged like this before. It is horrible!!!
Hoping and praying that things improve and I don't need further tests and stuff. *gulp*
Day 23 of my Funky Fitness Fun challenge today.
Yesterday was a push. But I danced - sort of - it is a bit of a cheek to call what I did 'dancing' to be honest LOL - to three Just Dance 3 songs first thing, before the pain totally gripped me, which got my streak in. YAY!
Today, the pain is still there but less so, and I could not resist popping Exerbeat, which finally arrived this morning, into the Wii for a looksee. Very luckily there were some upper body exercises immediately available, so, very carefully, so as not to jolt my stomach at all, I tried those, and managed 15 minutes, in diddy segments with decent breaks between. So my streak remains intact. :-)
Obviously, I will be good and not push myself in the circumstances, no matter how excited I am about the game. I couldn't have used it yesterday at all. Way too sore! It was nice to at least be able to check it was working and try out a few little bits of it.
First impressions of Exerbeat are...
WOW!!! Loving it! I particularly like how your effort is converted into miles and you get to travel round the world. In fifteen total minutes I started in England (at Greenwich) and travelled to France, Germany and Austria today - coincidentally, three countries I have actually visited in real life! :-)
I also love that you can do daily challenges, and/or weekly challenges and set your own routines (though all these options have to be opened as you play the game). Bu that is good too. If everything was available at once you wouldn't know where to start. :-)
So, keeping everything crossed that I continue to improve and can play Exerbeat to my heart's content very soon. :-)
Enjoy your weekend.
This is aimed at my Bowel system!
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