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Tornadoes and Tropical Storms

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!

  
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ADAPTOR 6/8/2013 9:55PM

    Be safe. Your SparkPeople village sends thoughts and prayers to you.

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GAILRUU 6/6/2013 6:36PM

    The weather in the southern USA makes me grateful that we only have to deal with cold weather up here in Minnesota---Oh, and mosquitoes!

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VHALKYRIE 6/6/2013 3:10PM

    I'm really glad that my hubs and I got our emergency bottled water this past weekend BEFORE we knew there could be a storm. The rough weather has come earlier than we expected. I agree it is a worry because storms have the potential to be much stronger than in the past.

I was shocked by how many people in tornado alley didn't have storm shelters.

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CAALAN23 6/6/2013 3:01PM

    We've heard the sirens here in Arkansas but thankfully were passed by on this round. Still in for a series of thunderstorms tonight but those will be kittens' paws compared to what we had last month.

Stay safe!
Tina

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Dear Migraine: I Don't Like You!

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!

  
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LOBOSMOMMA 4/29/2013 10:11AM

    I try to keep bananas around, but after I eat one or two I forget about them and they wind up going bad on me by the time I remember them! I actually like my head massaged when I have a migraine. Sometimes my husband will actually do that for me. He got me one of those things where you can do it yourself, but all it did was make my hair a huge rats nest. lol

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BETHS60 4/29/2013 8:59AM

    Banana is always a good choice when you have a migraine. It is high in potassium, which can help a migraine. I keep bananas on hand all the time, for just this reason.

A couple of years ago, I had a migraine on Christmas morning. I asked my son, who was a licensed massage therapist, if he could help. He said a lot of times people don't want to be touched if they have a migraine, but I was desperate. He worked on my neck and head, and the migraine was gone.

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LOBOSMOMMA 4/23/2013 7:42PM

    Yes they usually do the neck and back. I haven't been to a chiropractor since I got out of the Army so I was way overdue. I'm VERY nervous when anyone messes with my neck but this guy kept me pretty comfortable. It helped a little I think. I go back Monday after work too. I've been told this before, but this time I actually saw the xrays... I've mostly lost the natural curve in my neck. And now I've also lost some of the cushioning in my lower back where I keep hurting. :(

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KJELLYBEAN15 4/23/2013 1:31PM

    Migraines are terrible. I am so sorry you are experiencing this. You say you have had your back adjusted by a chiropractor? Have you ever had your neck done? I've had them both done and the neck really helps with the migraines. At least it did for me. Might want to mention it to Dr. Best wishes. Hope you get to feeling better.

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My Vitamins

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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GRAMMACATHY 4/12/2013 5:35PM

    Sounds like a good combo. So much of what we eat is not very nutrient dense anymore. I still believe in vitamin C.

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TRACYLYNN853 4/12/2013 2:35PM

    Good info, I just might start taking some of those! Thanks

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Motivation

Thursday, April 11, 2013

My biggest problem inhibiting me on my journey to lose weight and get healthy? Motivation. I simply lack it. It's not that I don't want to lose the weight badly enough, I just can't seem to find the motivation. Ever. I always seem to find an excuse, when in reality, there is none. Not for every single day that is.

I commute an hour to work and I'm NOT, never have been, a morning person. I have to be at work at 7:30. My alarm is set for 5:45. I'm lucky if I'm out of bed before 6:05. So basically, no, I don't want to fit my workouts in in the morning. I hated my time in the Army for robbing me of my precious sleep, and they forced me to work out in the mornings. Not just work out, but most days run a few miles.

When I get home I'm just flat tired. I have an office job, but that does not mean I'm not tired. I deal with customers (soldiers) all day long. When I get home it's time to take the dogs out. It's time for dinner. It's time to clean up after dinner. It's time to let the dogs out again. It's time to get things ready for work in the morning.

In order to start feeling human again, I've gotten back on track with taking my vitamins, as long as we eat dinner at the table. The nights we eat in the living room, forget it. I put them in a weekly pill bottle every Sunday. But if they are not sitting in front of me when I sit down for dinner, I simply cannot remember to take them. I take a prenatal vitamin, vitamin c, cranberry pills, potassium citrate, and lately I've started taking maca root, although I usually take that one in the morning along with my allegra-d. Why don't I take the others in the morning? Because the prenatal makes me queasy if I don't eat. I don't eat until I get to work. Maybe there's my answer. Bring my vitamins to work!

So, why do I take what I take? I'll blog about that tomorrow. You don't want to read a book today, do you?

  
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LOBOSMOMMA 4/11/2013 1:10PM

    Thank you! I'm glad I'm not alone!

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HUMANSSRI 4/11/2013 12:25PM

    You just described me to a "T". I HATE mornings, and I can't grasp how my BFF gets up and goes to boot camp four days a week at 5:30 a.m. I have to be at work at 7:30 and the commute is terrible! When I get home, family life takes over. I totally understand how you feel. I struggle bc I have had an enormous weight gain in the past two years with out much change in diet.

There's the rub - I know I need to get in better shape/health, but I am just not motivated to find the time to squeeze in exercise.

I wish you the best - it's good to know we are not alone! Let me know if you find something motivating and I will do the same.

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Hubby Update

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Things have been going much better between the hubby and I. He has been much more attentive to me and spending less time on his computer. In fact, he didn't even get online last night. I have been happy to have him spending more time with me lately so much that I haven't pushed my luck by asking about the other chick. Last night we talked about it a little bit and he actually told me that he did finally tell her she needed to back off. I told him it wasn't the fact that he was trying to be a friend to her, just that she had intentionally led me to believe there was more and that he didn't seem to be concerned enough to tell her to back off with that. I told her she needed to back off, but until she heard it from him she didn't want to, or think she had to. Thankfully he did finally tell her, and so far she is honoring his wishes.

Her husband, on the other hand... My husband has told me that her husband keeps texting him from random numbers. The first day, he sent the text pretending to be her, saying she lost her contacts and was asking who it was. He never said, just replied with LOL. Because how would she have had my husband's number if she lost her contacts? Then yesterday he told me the guy tried to ask him stuff to see who he was. My husband didn't respond this time so the guy called him, but he didn't answer. So I'm very happy to see that he is taking a step away from all their drama and keeping our lives sane.

A part of me does feel sorry for her, especially now seeing how her husband is behaving, because I've been there. But it was not okay for her to cause a rift between my husband and I the way she did. I keep thinking she chose the wrong person to confide in. I myself have been in 2 very bad relationships, the first mentally abusing and controlling, and the second even worse. Basically I could relate to her better. But I honestly think she was trying to find someone that was actually willing to physically help her out of her situation. I know my husband would not have left me for that purpose, but by not telling her straight out he was leading her on in a way. She knew she had upset me and she knew I didn't want him talking to her anymore. Since he kept talking to her, she assumed she was getting her way. I'm so glad he finally set her straight.

In a way this has actually brought us closer. He saw how very upset I got and I think it made him realize just how much I do care for him. He feels bad that he hurt me like that. He's made more of an effort to spend time with me and be more affectionate. I realized that maybe I wasn't giving him enough attention as well. I've made more of an effort to keep up with the house, even though I still hurt a lot. We've rekindled the spark in the bedroom as well. So in the end I think we're all the more stronger from it. That does not mean I ever want our relationship tested like this again though!

  
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TRACYLYNN853 4/10/2013 11:38PM

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Hope everything works out for yall!

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LOBOSMOMMA 4/10/2013 3:54PM

    Thanks for commenting. He can't change his number since he uses it for work. I'm sure the other guy will stop when he realizes he won't get a response. One of my coworkers said he should answer "narcotics division" or something along those lines. lol

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KAT7457 4/10/2013 1:42PM

    emoticon emoticon to you and hubby to get your relationship back on track I know the feeling I been in a few bad relationships myself
It's hard but it sounds like hubby is doing good by ignoring the texts calls maybe he could change his phone #
xx

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