Monday, November 04, 2013
I have had a few setbacks recently, therefore gaining weight instead of losing, but some were out of my control.
I have started seeing a new doctor since starting my new job in January. I finally found out how to go about being seen by a VA doctor since I am a veteran. Now that I work on an Army base again, and there is actually a VA clinic literally right outside the main gate, that is who I primarily see now. One of my chief complains I've had for many years now is chronic migraines. This doctor put me on Depakote for them. Me being the type of person who always wants to know exactly what I'm taking, I did a Google search on it. One of the side effects I saw many people complain about, was weight gain. And yes, I gained a few pounds from it as well. And it wasn't even worth it because it did nothing for my headaches. I continued the initial prescription, but I did not renew it.
Finally I was able to see him again and get put on something else. We are giving Topamax another try. I am actually excited about this, because I have tried this before and I actually lost a few pounds on it. I wasn't able to stay on it due to it costing so much and my insurance at the time not covering it, so I don't know how long that would have lasted. I have tried so many things for migraine and this was the best results I did see even though I did have some numbing sensations in my feet after getting to a higher dosage. I've talked to many people who swear by it and they assure me the numbing feeling goes away. So I am very hopeful this time around.
I also have now officially been diagnosed with high blood pressure, so I am on not one but two medications for that. Ugh! I think my doctor was hoping that treatment would miraculously cure my migraines. I assured him I've been dealing with those since my early teen years at least, while my blood pressure has only recently started to be a problem. I've been expecting it though since my grandfather has it, so I've made changes to my diet, but I guess it just wasn't enough. Anyway, hopefully now with the combination of all the medications, it will all be taken care of.
And hopefully somewhere along the way I'll find the energy and motivation I need again to actually want to take Lobo for a walk or play Just Dance on my Wii when I get home from work.
Monday, September 16, 2013
I'm afraid I haven't been online much lately. Work keeps me pretty much busy most days, and by the time I get home I just don't feel like it. Then add in I'm back in school now, and with the classes only being 8 weeks, that keeps me busy as well. After working 8-5 with an hour commute 5 days a week, and a 6 hour class every Saturday, I don't much feel like doing anything once Sunday rolls around.
I will admit that even though I haven't been trying as hard to work on my goals, I have made a few changes. I've cut back on my unhealthy snacks, and aside from an occasional Snack Pack pudding, it's usually yogurt, applesauce, fruit cups, or fruit that I snack on. Still working on cutting back the soda, but it's not several a day now at least, and usually none at all on the weekends since I've made a bigger effort not to keep any at the house. Haven't been able to cut back much further on my sugar intake with my sweet tea just yet. I may get there eventually, but it will take some getting used to.
Exercise wise I admit I really haven't been doing much. I do try and make the effort to take a break at work and take a walk around the field at least once a day several days a week. Once it starts cooling off I may do so more often. Again, at home I generally just have no energy once I get there. But my dog and I both need it, so again ready for the cooler weather so he and I can take walks a few times a week at least.
Medical wise, we've gotten my blood pressure under control finally. I've been making one month follow ups with the nurse at the local VA Clinic and my last one I was well within the normal range, almost spot on even, and that's never been me. I've always been a little higher, then progressively borderline until I was finally diagnosed with high blood pressure. I did expect it though since my dad (technically my blood grandfather) has it. I'd made changes to my diet with the salt intake, but I guess that didn't matter. Still having the recurring migraines and lower back pain. That makes me even less inclined to want to do anything.
Anyways, just wanted to let you all know that I am still alive and not completely lost hope. Hope you all are well!
Thursday, June 06, 2013
I hope none of you were affected by all the Tornadoes that hit during the month of May. I hate that so many folks were killed or injured, especially the children. I will never understand why places in the areas most likely to be hit with Tornadoes do not have storm shelters. It does make me feel good to know that so many people went out of their way to help, even if just by sending donations. I'd like to think that everyone was nice at all times, but at least it's good to know people help out during bad times.
Now here in the southeast we're getting hit with TS Andrea. I'm originally from FL so used to be I wouldn't be so worried that there's some TS moving in unless it was a Cat-3 or Cat-4 Hurricane. But now, living in GA and a bit more inland, we are more prone to flooded roads and such. Not to mention, it seems as though any storm that comes along these days has the potential of being much worse than they used to be. I still have family in Florida and I've seen them posting about all the Tornadoes spotted and tornado watches and warnings. You best believe I've been checking on my folks!
Now I live in a small town outside of Savannah, GA and work on Fort Stewart, GA. The Army post here is already making sure they have all their soldiers' and civilians' evacuation plans / emergency contact info. As it stands now we're only under flash flood warnings. But closer to the coast they are under tropical storm advisories. It's been raining here most of the morning, but the worst isn't supposed to hit us until this afternoon. Basically time to drive home. If I'm lucky, it looks like it will be following me home since I live an hour north-ish of where I work. That will hopefully give me time to let the dogs out and bring the grill and trash cans under the carport before it gets too bad.
So here's to hoping we all stay safe from Andrea!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Today I am suffering through my second day with a migraine. It wasn't too bad yesterday while at work, but got worse once I was home. I was so nauseous that all I managed to eat for dinner was a banana. That's not normal for me, but nothing else in my pantry or fridge sounded good. Then there's the fact that I didn't want to make the effort to actually fix anything other than maybe toast, but I didn't want toast. Luckily after eating my banana I at least didn't have any more hunger cravings. Into the night and my headache did not improve much.
This morning's shower helped a little. I'm just glad we have good water pressure, because honestly, the pressure on my head is what felt good. This afternoon I finally got an appointment to have my back adjusted. I went to the chiropractor last week, but since I'm a new patient, he refused to touch me with no xrays. Trust me, I'm fine with that, but I really wanted relief sooner. Anywho, I'm really hoping my adjustment this afternoon helps my migraine as well. I'm not sure I'll be able to make it to work tomorrow if it's any worse. I can't afford to be missing work!
My primary care physician, let's just say I've given up on him. He's been giving me treatment, but every time he tells me if it doesn't work, he's referring me to a neurologist. Well that hasn't happened yet, so I stopped going to him for the headaches. Now I'm waiting to get in with the VA. I tried when I first got out of the Army in 2007, but never got a response after 3 attempts, so I gave up. I applied again when I started back to work here on post and this time actually got a letter to set up my initial appointment. I'm not getting in until the end of May, so I just have to try and wait it out.
For now I just want to crawl back into bed, but I'm stuck at work. Luckily my office normally isn't very busy!
Friday, April 12, 2013
Yesterday I mentioned that I got back in the routine of taking my daily vitamins. Today I'll tell you why I take what I take.
1 - Prenatal vitamins rather than regular multi vitamins. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for awhile. I'm over 35 so I just want to make sure I have enough of whatever I need in my system if I ever do get pregnant. I'm convinced I was pregnant and miscarried last spring. I never tested positive, but I FELT pregnant, my period was 2 weeks late (I'm never more than a day or two off), and the cramping was excruciatingly painful, the worst ever, along with severe clotting. We were actively trying also. Keeping track of my fertile days and making sure to take full advantage of those days. Now we're not tracking quite as much, but still not trying to prevent.
2 - Vitamin C. I'm one of those people that get sick almost every time the weather changes. I know some studies don't agree that it helps, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
3 - Cranberry pills. I have a history of urinary tract infections and kidney stones, and I can't stomach cranberry juice.
4 - Potassium citrate. I used to take this in prescription strength for my kidney stones. I haven't been able to get back to my urologist to be checked out again and get a new prescription. I finally found it online from Puritan's Pride. The dosage is much lower, but I figure anything will help for the time being.
5 - Maca root. I've only recently started taking this. It's well known to help with fertility in both men and women, but it's supposed to help with a lot of other things as well. Overall well being and women's libido is mainly why I take it. So far it seems to be helping. I read where some folks had problems taking large doses, so I started with only taking one pill a day. I'm going to up it to 2 a day starting next week. The recommended dosage is 3-4 a day.
6 - Allegra-D. Seasonal allergies and sinus headaches. They seem to be getting worse every year. I actually switched from Zyrtec-D two months ago. Allegra I can find in 24 hour doses whereas my local pharmacy rarely has the 24 hour Zyrtec in stock. Allegra actually seems to work better too. The non-D forms do nothing for me.
Now I just need to make sure and remember to take them all every day!
** Edit - I really need to remember to use spell check! **
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