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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I havent been blogging regularly lately, but I'm still here. I m slowly sparking along.

I havent lost any weight in mths BUT I m losing inches. Last time I put on jeans they were a sz 24; this weekend I bought a pair of jeans. They r stretch jeans but they r a sz 16. I never wore a sz 16 in my life. I went from being youth sz 14 to a 26.

I should find out tomorrow if I'm getting my surgery (spinal fusion) or if I have to try another type of treatment first. I dont have to get the surgery on my left hand. It winds up that the carpal tunnel isnt that bad the numbness s actually caused by a pinched nerve in my neck. So my neurologist has ordered a few more test on my neck. My legs r bothering me as I m trying to do more walking.

Well I guess thats my update.

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CAROLEHZ 4/15/2011 8:28AM

    Here's hoping they fix the pinched nerve and solve the Carpal Tunnel problems. Is that a surgery or will Steroids make it better? I hope the decision on the spinal fusion, whichever it is, is one that will make you get well and feel good quickly.
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for the new size 16. To be able to do that when you have been feeling bad is wonderful. Can't wait to see how you do when they fix everything and you feel great!
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SERENEART 4/14/2011 11:06PM

    Hope you hear good news about the surgery.


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10TOES 4/14/2011 9:57AM

    That's great you're losing inches! Maybe it means you're building muscle! I'd personally rather get into smaller jeans. I hope all goes well with your doctor. I can't imagine having to wait like that. I will be praying for you.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 4/13/2011 11:06PM

    Congratulations on getting into some smaller jeans, Maga! That is emoticon

You are in my prayers for your health.

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THENAMESLISA 4/13/2011 8:58PM

    Good job on the size 16s!! Hope you find something to relieve your health problems.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

This has been a rough week for me. i did however did get my fluid retention under control and lost a cpl lbs.

I got a letter from my insurance company yesterday they have denied my 2nd injection for my back so now I have to spend alot of time on the phone Monday trying to figure out how to move forward with my health care.

I did not work on any of my goals this wk sooo I will be doubling up on stuff this week.

A cpl of mths ago I was teasing my daughter that my goal was to weigh less then her now that I do it really bothers me. My daughter is alot like me we are both bipolar and both were skinny kids. Are weight came after we had our kids. So I've stopped joking about trying to b thinner then her n I m now trying to encourage her to get active.

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FIERYSPARKED 3/28/2011 12:42PM

    It's great that you are encouraging your daughter to become active. What does she say when you tease her? If it's all in good fun than it probably doesn't bother her like it bothers you?

I hope the insurance stuff works itself out!

Have a great week!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I DONT THINK SO - not words you want to hear from a dr's office let alone 2 drs offices.

Since I had the Epidural Steroid injection in my back 1 wk ago today; I've gained 15 lbs. It is basically fluid retention but still; 15 lbs IS ALOT. I had to go get La's yearly lung test done today before she went to school; so even though the dr not in I ask 1 of nurses should I b concerned about the 15 lb fluid retention since the injection is related her response I DONT THINK SO.

I call pain management - cause it really hurts to walk due to the retention in my legs. I ask the nurse there should I be concerned is it related to the injection - I DONT THINK SO.

Like for real now. So I decided screw the medical profession I'm taking matters into my own hands. I've taken the water pills for 2 days and they havent helped at all. So I decided to eat some Dipsy Doodles, the little bags. Then take 2 water pills. PRAISE BE it's working. I m now down 8 lbs. Yea u read that right 8 lbs.

Since I had the injection I m so much more aware of my pain it is no long the dull annoying pain its now HERE I M type of pain. So I do about 1/2 hr of activity around the house the I rest 1/2 hr.

Well I m going to the family Dr on Monday to once again talk about my fluid retention n leg problems. Not to mention the pesky asthma. My ankle looksa like a football but prayerfully that will b gone by the Monday but usually when it gets like this it last a mth of so. It's from a hairline fracture that happend about 10 or 12 yrs ago. I had a really bad habit of avoiding drs I guess this is wat I get now I'm at a drs appt 2x a mth minimum
I get that needle nerve test either on the 28th or 29th of March. Then I go back to the neurologist on April 1st. Next injection is on April 5th. I'm still waiting for an appt for the Dr about the Carpal Tunnel.

I'm just so tired of it all.

Tomorrow I officially start my counseling; prayerfully they can get my meds regulated. I have decided to stop my denial of my bipolar (for 23 yrs I've been saying NO NOT ME). Well now I m embracing my bipolarness; by embracing it instead of denying it I can make it work to my benefit. Thats y I'm doing all the list. I also working on not burning myself out when I have those UP days - its makes the down days not so down; not so stuck in bed.

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PUGRAD1995 3/16/2011 10:40PM

    So sorry you are going through it. I didn't have any trouble with the epidural steroid. But I did do the water retention when they changed my BP med after surgery (left knee replacement) - wasn't even a diuretic. I gained 40 lbs. Had trouble moving and breathing. So don't go that far! I thought it was just not feeling good after surgery. Good luck!

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WORKINGITIN 3/16/2011 7:08PM

    8 pounds is alot. Remember, medicine is not an exact science - it's more like a practice in elimination of possibilities.


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LITTLE_QUEEN 3/15/2011 3:05PM

    Oh Maga, That is alot of fluid retention, glad you are 8 pounds down, I can't even imagine the pain you are in.

As far as taking meds for bipolar, I beg you to stay on them, My daughter is bipolar and she thinks she does not need meds sometimes herself, She is so much better when she takes her meds.

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Weekly Update

Sunday, March 13, 2011

week 1 - eat a fruit or veggie w each meal emoticon emoticon
week 2 - get back to tracking all of my food emoticon
week 3 - start using the wii again
week 4 - try to eat meat with only 1 meal a day

I have not recovered so well from my epidural steroid injection on my lower back. I m now more painfully aware of my pain. So I did not do Saturdays 5 task items, so I did not go to spa night. So the money that hubby sent me to go went into my the AC (Atlantic City) jar.

Week 1 Spa night - NOT
Week 2 - do a layaway

My next injection is on April 5th; its scheduled so far away cause every other appt they offered I already have appt scheduled 4 those days.


Lent Rewards

Thursday, March 10, 2011

wednesday, I challenged myself to stop procrastinating. I plan to do this by every night making a list of 5 things that I need to accomplish the next day.
For each wk that I complete these task I get a reward w the final reward being a cpl days vacation. I also have a way that I can get the final prize even if i dont get each weekly prize. Except for the 1st wk there are a total of 35 task a wk to be completed. So If I mess up n dont finsih the task 1 day - Idont get the reward 4 that wk - but I can add the missing task to another day and then I can still recieve my final prize.

So I sat down and made a list of rewards which are changeable. Its just 4 me things in writing help me out alot. Besides these I do have my March Goals and the I will have my April goals during this process. I find as I'm no longer in denial about my bipolarness I m finding ways to embrace it. Which is a little tricky after 22 yrs of denial. Well here is my reward list; I do want to change a few things its just best for me to have something in writing.

Week 1 Spa night
Week 2 do a layaway
Week 3 nails
Week 4 New Outfit
Week 5 - lunch out
Week 6 get layaway out
Week 7 - Nails
All 40 Days trip 2 AC

My back is still very sore at the injection site, I've realize y I cant lean on my back, its like with any type of needle I get; the area always swells and is sore for many days. What made me remember this was I hit my had where they had the IV in n it felt the same as my back when I lean on it. DUH
Then I called a friend of mine yesterday who works in the medical field due to me being in so much pain and she had to remind me that I've had back problems for over 15 yrs. I can't expect it to be all better over night. Tomorrow I will find out when my next steroid epidural will be of if they want to go onto the next treatment.
I'm trying very hard not to fall to far back into my depression but its hard. Today I had to find out that I've gained 5 lbs. I realize why I've not been able to exercise as much the last cpl of wks yet I never changed my eating habits. That all changed today. So prayerfully this time next wk I will b reporting a weight loss.

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FIERYSPARKED 3/15/2011 10:31AM

    Good plan! I think it's a great idea to plan ahead like that. I hope your back starts feeling better soon!

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CAROLEHZ 3/12/2011 7:40AM

    It sounds like you have a great plan. I like to see things in writing too. I like to make lists so that I can cross things off. It makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something.
I have gained weight recently too. I think the time change and Spring will be helpful in getting us back on track.

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JEANNETTE59 3/11/2011 3:48PM


Sending positive thoughts to you emoticon

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