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Viral Syndrome & Pneumonia

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Well its gonna b another rough couple of weeks for me. It seems that La & I have something called VIRAL SYNDROME (more on that further down). I do believe that we r both on the road to recovery but unfortunately my other health issues have been compromised asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis & now the pneumonia is back. I m back on the nebulizer every 6 hours. They cant put me on the antibiotics cause I just finished a round of very strong penicillin

The worse part for me is the fevers last night mine was so bad I was hallucinating. La's fever finally broke last night; prayerfully for good.

I get tired very easily so I m spending most of my time in bed. Today though I aired out my room & changed the sheets; I had to lay down after doing that. I m not use to being this run down from any illness. I havent been able to hold much food or drink in me since Thursday. I finally had a cup of coffee this morning NEVER HAS COFFEE TASTED SO GOOD!

Just one it would b nice that when I got sick I could the mild version of an illness but it seems with me its always the extreme but then again I dont always take very good care of myself. Today was the 1st time that I left my house since Friday. If it wasn't for La going back to school i probably wouldnt have left the house. The drs said she could go back yesterday but I kept her home an extra day and still doesnt think she shouldnt have went back. But she is in this school thru a special transfer even though I live only 3 1/2 blocks from the school it is not considered our home school our home school (the elementary school I went to) is over 8 blocks away. Part of the agreement ofr her to go to this shcool is she must wear uniform everyday; no behavior problems and must b in school everyday. Prior to this she had missed 4 days with drs notes and they sent truancy to my house.

I hate these breathing treatments buts its either them or wind up back in the hosp.

Personally I have never heard of Viral Syndrome so here is the info straight from the hosp paper work:
A viral syndrome is an infection caused by the growth of a small virus germ inside the body. These germs are spread from person to person as a contagious disease. They are probably spread with coughs and sneezes and may even b transmitted by shaking hands.
Unfortunately this is no medication that can destroy these viruses. Antibiotics have no effect. Given time, however, the body's own immune system will destroy the germs and eliminate the infection. This may take just a few days or it may take as long as 2 to 3 wks.

The symptoms of a viral syndrome are often similar to those of a common cold. There is a run down feeling, muscle aches and a mild fever. In addiction, there may also be a sore throat, diarrhea, hoarseness, a cough, a poor appetite, a mild headache and watery eyes
A viral syndrome does not ordinarily produces any serious medical problems. There are, however, some risks:
1. People with a viral syndrome generally have a poor appetite and do not drink enough fluids. This can can result in dehydration, which makes the run down feeling even worse
2. a viral syndrome sometimes worsens the symptoms of other medical problems, such as bronchitis, asthma or emphysema
3 people with a viral syndrome occasionally develop other infections such as sinusitis or pneumonia

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CAROLEHZ 1/30/2011 7:28PM

    I'm sorry that I missed your Blog until now. Since 5 days have elapsed I hope that you are feeling much better by now. I'm sure the people from La's school mean well but sometimes people get sick and at home in bed is the best place to be. I had never heard of Viral Syndrome, Thanks for the information.

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WORKINGITIN 1/28/2011 9:50PM

    Oh goodness. I hope you and La get some relief soon. Will keep both of you in my prayers.

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 1/28/2011 6:05AM

    Take care of yourself!

Hope you are better by now.

Jane on Guam

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MENHALLS 1/27/2011 8:01AM

    Get well soon - I hate to see you feeling this way!

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FIERYSPARKED 1/25/2011 5:08PM

    Hope this passes quickly!!!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 1/25/2011 2:19PM

    You have sure had your share of illness and not feeling good, I pray you are well soon from this latest thing, and you try your best to take care of yourself, at least with La in school I am hoping you are able to rest some during the day.

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BATTISTOLI 1/25/2011 1:07PM

    everyone around me seems to be getting sick with the flu or something else! i sure hope that you and La get to feeling better REAL soon!

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Exercising (Chair +)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Well I joined a chair exercising team about a mth or so ago. I dont @ this time own or have used any chair exercising dvd. But I do chair marching I also have learned to adapt some exercises that I do.
Chair Marching who would have thought that it could b such a workout. I have only done 10,000 steps a cpl of times but i did it. I do about 1000 steps in 10 mins. So I try to do the marching while doing my sparking. I dont watch much TV but I plan on also to start marching while watching TV.

I m truly glad that i found this team. I m inspired by them all. It is a very active team that I m learning 2 keep up with.

I m also now using an exercise bike that I got @ a yard sale. It's called the edge & I use it minimum of 3x a week. It along with the chair marching is gonna b my main form of exercising while I learn to recope with my pain.

I have had a rough year. I had gotten to the point where I could cope with my pain I was walking a mile in about 20 mins (there is a track nearby). But then the pain has gotten to the point where I can barely walk unless with my cane. I m presently in physical therapy awaiting to start taking epidural steroids and there is a spinal fusion in my future. My physical therapist says that I have strong legs I just have a weak core. Some of the strengthen that I do in therapy I was already doing @ home thanks to Sparkpeople. I do have leg spasms but the main problems with my legs r due to my back issues.

Now to our sick updates. My daughter has La for the weekend & took her to the hospital. Her fevers were up to 104.8 & only went down for an hr or so after medication. She has a viral infection; well @ least she doesnt have the same version that I have. I have spent most of today in bed. I did get up and do 30 mins on the edge NOT ALL @ 1 TIME. I m trying to get as much rest as possible this weekend.

My upstairs water pipes froze over night & didnt unfreeze until almost dinner time. I now have a small electric heater in there so that it doesnt happen again.

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JEANNETTE59 2/2/2011 6:21PM

  Chair Marching is a great way to exercise while working on the computer!
Hope you and La feel better soon emoticon

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MENHALLS 1/23/2011 10:17AM

    Get better everyone! Yikes you are haivng a tough go - keep your faith in yourself strong & the rest will fall into place. You are one tough woman & deserve much better than you are experiencing right now.

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EMMABE1 1/23/2011 3:04AM

    Thank you for your comments on the team.
Chair marching is an idea Dawn came up with as a way of walking, without walking - and it can be very effective!!
I'm sorry that your personal life sounds very busy - but jkeep trying to make time for you as well - and the advantage of Chairt marching is that you can do it while sitting doing other things with your hands!!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 1/22/2011 7:45PM

    That team sounds good, and I am glad it is working for you, I wish I could come and help you with everything you are responsible for so you could get a nice rest. I hope La is feeling better, and you feel better soon yourself.

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Looking 4 My Spark

Friday, January 21, 2011

Its been a rough week for me.

I m so tired but cant seem to sleep more then 2 hrs w/o waking up in pain. The pain varies between my back, my legs, & my left arm. The meds dont help, sometimes if i take a double dose it eases up some but never really leaves.

But La & I r sick. But I still sent her 2 my daughters 4 the weekend. I need to get some rest. They just called her fever is up to 102 they gave her meds & I'm waiting 4 a phone call w c how she is doing. As for me for the last 24 hrs its been taking turns wat end 2 come out. it eased up but is now back.

I m so irritable that everything is causing me to snap; so i'm gonna just try 2 keep 2 myself till it passes. Sparkpeople & facebook r usually part of my high points each day but not this wk. It just doesnt seem to matter.

Hubby is about half way thru is contempt of court stay. I just really wish he was home right now to deal w my dad La n the house so I can just curl up in bed & stay here until I feel better.

Well the dog is patiently waiting @ my feet 4 me 2 lay down so later ppl

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KMIRANDA2000 1/23/2011 6:36AM


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MINDYJ1 1/22/2011 7:17PM

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W8FALNOFF 1/22/2011 9:59AM

    Sorry to hear that your week has been so rough!
I hope you and La are feeling better soon, take care of yourself, you need rest too!

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BIYNAH 1/22/2011 1:10AM

    Hope you feel better soon, and rest is important. Get rest and lots of liquids and I hope you feel better next week.

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NPA4LOSS 1/21/2011 11:09PM

    emoticon and emoticon that you are feeling better soon. emoticon

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BECKYQUIGLEY 1/21/2011 10:47PM

    I'm so sorry to hear that you've had such a hard week. emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 1/21/2011 10:45PM

    I hope you feel better soon, and I wish you had someone to help with your dad.

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5 pounds (really now)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fluid retention is a witch. This morning I weighed myself @ 6 am the scale n I argued when I seen 242 there is no way last wk I had gained 2 lbs due to pms binging.
But since then I been exercising n eating better. I took my meds n decided to take a water pill with my morning banana.
Took La to school barely made it home weighed myself again 240 lbs. Ok that was a little better but I still wasn't happy.
After lunch I weighed myself again DID U NOTICE I SAID AFTER LUNCH & it was 238lbs. This means I had @ least 5lbs of fluid retention.


So I will b talking to the dr about going back on the water pills.

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FIERYSPARKED 1/17/2011 7:19AM

    I let the scale get the best of me sometimes too. I made the mistake of eating soup before I went to bed before our last Mahogany weigh in and I think that put my water retention up too.

You just gotta keep on keepin' on and it's really the inches that matter more anyways!


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FITWITHIN 1/14/2011 9:54PM

    Try walking around the house fo 10 minute before weighing in. Don't let the numbers upset you too, much. Things will get better. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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796 days

Thursday, January 13, 2011

796 days - that's how long I've been on Sparkpeople.

Looking back I did great the 1st yr but the 2nd yr wasn't so good( I did gain back some of the weight but I didnt gain it all back) ; but the 3rd yr is gonna b awesome.

I have refocused myself. I m especially working on strengthening my core as this will help when I get my spinal fusion. Today was another physical therapy - it wasn't so bad. I find out next week when I will get my 1st epidural steroids.

The snow has started to melt; so now I have to worry about all the ice. I hurt myself earlier by trying not 2 fall.
My La is a girlscout she is a Daisy & is selling girlscout cookies. This is not easy 4 especially the caramel delites, peanut butter patties, thin mints & peanut butter cookies. How m I 2 avoid this temptation. Well I guess I will b setting aside some calories 4 them. Otherwise I will go nuts & eat boxes of them.

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WORKINGITIN 1/18/2011 11:07PM

3 years is great staying power. You are an inspiration. GS cookies are good. Freeze them and take out your snack portion 30 minutes early - enjoy.

Good luck with therapy and cortisone. I have a hip replacement so I know it is scary around ice. My hubby moved us to Las Vegas so I wouldn't worry about it any more. emoticon

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FIERYSPARKED 1/18/2011 7:58AM

    YES! The third year is going to be emoticon!!!!

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CSNODGRASS 1/13/2011 5:22PM

    You've got the right attitude!! Don't totally deprive yourself of them; slip two a day in as a snack...track ahead and stick to it! Oh yeah, and send me some Thin Mints!!!!!! 796 days...that's awesome!!!! Keep up what you're doing, friend!!!

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