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Here I thought I was having problems with my liver . . .

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

and it was my gall bladder, instead. I saw my doctor yesterday, had more blood tests done and had an ultrasound of my liver and gall bladder today. All my blood work came back normal except I'm slightly anemic.

I get this call from the doctor's office to tell me about the ultrasound results. Terry, the woman who called was so excited! I have an 8 millimeter gallstone blocking the neck of my gall bladder! Alrighty then! I have to have my gall bladder removed. I'm not as excited as Terry was. Truly. And I have to confess that I had a bagel with cream cheese after the ultrasound! At least now I know why I don't feel well.

I'm not sure how this all translate to my Spark program. I have to avoid fat, so what does that do to my nutritional balance? I have no clue how to go forward. I can limit fat, no problem, but then do I eliminate 20-30% of the calories?

I haven't been exercising much at all in the last week because I'm in pain. I'm assuming the pain will go away if I don't eat too much fat. Do I walk and strength train, doing as much as I can comfortably do? That sounds good to me.

The thing that makes me crazy is that I don't get to speak with the doctor again. Why am I jaundiced? My liver enzymes are all wonderful and happy! I thought it was my liver. Was the Crestor exacerbating the gall bladder problem or is the gallstone creating symptoms that mimic liver damage? No way for me to know. Well, I see the surgeon on Thursday. I'll have to see what the doctor says and when the surgery is going to be scheduled.

  
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KAREN608 12/16/2012 1:12AM

    sometimes losing weight causes a gallbladder problem. I've known many dieters that had problems with this. So sorry it is bothering you, no fun at all.

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DESERTJULZ 12/14/2012 8:19AM

    It's good to know what's making you sick. I'm sorry it means surgery.

Write all those questions down. In the stress of the Dr office, it is easy to forget a question.

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MIDNIGHTER1 12/13/2012 1:11AM

    Ask all the important questions when you see your surgeon. Maybe ask about a new eating plan or dietician to coordinate your calorie change.
Hopefully after your surgery you will get to feeling better and adapting your new lifestyle.

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EABL81 12/12/2012 11:48PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your gall bladder problem, but it is good that you found out. My mom had the surgery and it made a big difference for her - no more pain! I'm sure your doctor can advise you on the diet - those are all good questions. Feel better soon!

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SENATOR9 12/12/2012 9:40AM

    The surgeon will fix it all up.You will be fine my friend
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Much Better Day!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I'm feeling better today! Yeah! It was a dark and cloudy day. I loved it. Sometimes it seems like the sun never stops shining here in the Charlotte area. Even on rainy days the sun will come out. Then again we've had very little rain this year. I like some cloudy and rainy weather.

I've discovered that if I take more than two days of exercise off in a row, I feel yucky. I was going to take a week off just to help my body heal. By day four I was ready to exercise (or scream at the top of my lungs). So I went for three very slow walks, spaced throughout the day. Then yesterday I walked on the treadmill and did strength training. I went back to 5 lb weights because the statins really made my muscles ache. I figure I will have to just go slowly and focus on form for the next month. Today I walked. I had intended to walk for an hour, but I was too tired to continue after 40 minutes. I might have to walk more slowly. Even though I got tired after my walk, I still felt great. So other than being yellow still, I'm much better.

  
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LIVINGFREE19 12/8/2012 11:36AM

    I feel terrible if I take even 1 day off of exercising.
I'm glad you are doing better though!
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DESERTJULZ 12/7/2012 8:47AM

    First, I am *so* glad you're feeling better. My thoughts are with you and I know you'll continue to improve.

Are you off the statins? Is this all residual? Or did you switch to a different med?

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Having A Crummy Day

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Having a crummy day. I had to stop taking Crestor because I'm experiencing liver problems. I had the blood work today. I'll have to see what the doctor wants to do. I really haven't been feeling well for weeks now that I think about it.

I've been working really hard, but lately it's been difficult. Really difficult. I started waking up in the middle of the night in pain. My right shoulder and side hurt so much I couldn't fall back to sleep. I thought perhaps I was overtraining. I have done that before. Exercise was getting more difficult. I had to stop doing push ups and crunches because it hurt so much. Over on Spark Coach, Coach Nicole kept telling me to vary my routine as it got easier. I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. After 20 minutes of walking I used to feel energized and I would continue. Lately, after 20 minutes of walking all I want to do is curl up in bed and sleep. Well, now I know why. I thought I was going crazy.

Also, I've been somewhat depressed. A friend passed away, another friend's breast cancer has returned. And, then with Thanksgiving I was pretty busy and not really paying attention to what was happening to me.

On Monday, I noticed that I'm losing my hair. Even my husband noticed. That he noticed is pretty significant. It once took him three weeks to notice that my hair was burgundy! Go ahead, laugh. It was funny and rather startling. My hairdresser left the red highlight color in my hair too long so she decided she would just color the whole thing! Every time I looked in the mirror I would gasp! Thank God it wasn't a permanent hair color.

This morning when I looked in the mirror I discovered I was the most unusual shade of yellow. Sort of looks like a tan. I've never had a tan before. I'm one of those people that just get sunburn and freckles. Gee, does this mean I can wear yellow and that strange green shade that looks okay on other people but just looks hideous on me?

Well, I'm going to take a walk and then, probably a nap. Hopefully, I'll be back in fighting form (and my usual color) for Christmas!

  
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EABL81 12/2/2012 11:52PM

    I'm sorry that you're not feeling well. I hope that the doctor has some good alternatives for you to try. It's hard to stay upbeat when you're not feeling well. I'm so sorry to hear about your friends. It's tough when life seems to pile things up on you like that. Hang in there!

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MIDNIGHTER1 11/30/2012 11:51PM

    I am sorry you are going thru a tough time and not feeling well.I hope you get back to form also.Hopefully your physician can give you an alternative that will be kinder to your liver. Don't want that problem. emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 11/30/2012 12:32PM

    Yikes! Chlorophyll, honey. Research it. Safe, no side effects, good for cholesterol. Maybe read a few health articles from Hippocrates Institute.

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Santa Threats

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I was singing "Santa Clause Is Coming To Town" to my four year old grandson the other day. I thought he would think it was fun, but he got very quiet. He had this look on his face.
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Well, think about it. The song is a little threatening. Santa knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been good or bad! Kind of creepy, isn't it? Why do we sing these songs to our children? Do we really need Santa threats to get them to behave? No, I never threatened my son with Santa and I wouldn't do that with my grandson. So I was thinking about singing "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," but then he might worry that Santa will get lost in the fog!
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"Frosty The Snowman" is a safe bet. At least he promises to be back again some day.
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Maybe I should use the Santa threats on myself. When those dark thoughts of consuming more calories than I've planned for the day start to linger or I decide I don't need to walk that cul-de-sac with the hill and the big scary dog, I'll just say to myself: NO SANTA FOR YOU!
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BEBOP4ME 12/16/2012 10:12AM

    I sang the song to my 2 girls, mainly for the older ones benefit. After she went to school, my 4 year old came over to me in tears and confessed all her bad things ( which werent that bad) but i guess the song scared her, but not her older sister. I felt so bad, because it wasnt even directed to her! emoticon

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KAREN608 12/4/2012 6:48AM

    When I was growing up in a huge city, a santa was in every store so I soon figured out at a young age he was a make believe thing. Plus my father was laid off often in those years so no money for presents. Of course we went to church so Christmas meant more to us than getting presents.

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EABL81 12/2/2012 11:41PM

    OMG, stalker Santa! Never thought of it that way - lol!

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DESERTJULZ 11/29/2012 2:42PM

    Santa is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient. That is SCARY!

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SENATOR9 11/29/2012 10:17AM

    emoticon sound like a plan

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Shoulders Relaxed, Abdominals Engaged!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I have earned the dubious distinction of being able to walk with my shoulders relaxed and my abdominals engaged. Now, this may not seem like much to you, but achieving this has been my obsession for the last four months.

I blame this all on Coach Nicole. I was reading one of her blogs or articles and she mentioned that when walking, your shoulders should be relaxed and your abdominals engaged. Right. So I tried it. I literally laughed myself right off the treadmill. All I could think was, I really can't walk and chew gum!
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So, every time I got on the treadmill I would get to a point where I would consciously consider my stance--was I leaning forward or back; my gait--was I limping, were my strides too long; my step--was my heel touching down softly and was I pushing off with my toes? Then I would check to make sure my shoulders were back, down, and relaxed. And last, but certainly not least, were my abdominals engaged?! See, I told you I was obsessed.
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Perhaps, I thought, it's like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time. But, no. Finally, I did it! I went through my whole neurotic list and got to the end and. . .my abdominals were engaged. Yes!

What can I say, it keeps me motivated. Just keep walking! Engage!

  
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SENATOR9 11/16/2012 12:33AM

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EABL81 11/15/2012 10:37PM

    Good for you!! I'd just end up on my butt on the floor.
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DESERTJULZ 11/15/2012 4:08PM

    Your abdominals deserve a reward. emoticon

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