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.
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!
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!
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.
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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