So needless to say it has been a very long time since I have been on here. I sort of let my life and pain take over my whole existence. For the last few years, but mostly the last year I have been dealing with debilitating pain. I have had so many scans and blood tests and lumbar punctures and my doctors still cannot figure out what is going on with me. I had been put on prednisone over the holidays to help with the inflammation, needless to say I gained a lot of weight. After the first month it stopped helping reduce the pain and I kept gaining weight. My first week on it I gained 10 pounds. I ballooned back up to 296 and have struggled for the last two months to take off any of the weight I had gained. I have managed to lose 5lbs of it but it has been like pulling teeth just to get that!
Sorry if I'm rambling there is so much that has happened in the last year. Finally last week my husband and I decided to go check out the new gym that opened less than a mile from our apartment. Although it is not an expense we can truly afford right now because my husband is unemployed, we decided to go ahead and sign up because we HAVE to change things. If for no other reason than my health, it does not seem to get any better with just medication. Although, it hurts to move most of the time I have decided that I can't let the pain rule my life anymore. I am missing out on so much and I just realized I have not seen my best friend in over a year because of it.
Hopefully the next blog I write will be a lot more positive and I will be making progress!
Well I just got back from my 10 day checkup at the doctor and having my staples removed. when they weighed me in the hospital before I left I had actually gained 2lbs, when I went in today I was weighed again and I am at 253! Not exactly how I thought I would reach my first 10% goal (I feel like I kinda cheated LOL).
I knew when they showed me the catscan that the cyst was HUGE but I had no idea that it would have weighed closed to 20lbs. Now I have to wait for my incision to heal enough for me to start rebuilding my core strength. I have discovered that the cyst was so big that I have hardly any muscle mass in my abdomen so just standing up for more than a few minutes is challenging.
Oh and what does one do when they are out of work for 6 weeks and they aren't supposed to do anything but walk??? I am only 1 week into this and it is sooo boring!
So I have had a lot of stuff going on lately both physically and emotionally. I know that I have spoken about my hip problems previously but I had never really gone to my doctor about them. Well my old PCP left the practice and was replaced with another doctor who I decided to give a try although I was hesitant because he was male...
Well I had my first appointment with him on may 28th as a follow-up for my stomach problems (the doctor I had seen previously thought I might have gerd) So this first appointment was a LOT more thorough than just a follow-up for the tummy problems. So at this appointment I also touched base on what has been going on with my hip/left leg. He ended up sending me for a MRI for my hip and an upper GI for the stomach just to make sure there was nothing major wrong.
Well, you could say I was a little surprised when I got a phone call from the new doctor lierally two days after my MRI saying they had found a large mass in my abdomen and he wanted me to go for a CTscan. I went in less than four days later for the ctscan and then was almost immediately scheduled for an appt with a specialist. There was a lot more going on during this time but it all seems so small now.
Well the results of the CT scan were scary, I had a "mass" that was taking up my entire abdomen. My stomach and intestines were all squished onto my left side and to top all of this off I have a herniated disc in my lower back which has been twinging my nerves and making my left leg go numb.
Well to make a long story short I had surgery on Friday to remove the mass, this ended up being an ovarian cyst which was approximately 20x30 and was completely benign!!! That was the best news ever! I am recovering well and am now home, but having something like this happen to you really makes you take stock of your life and who you have for support. If I hadn't had my family and friends I would not have been able to be so positive for most of my stay in the hospital and would not be making such a speedy recovery.
So today I was doing my usual routine when I got home from bringing my husband to work. Normally I just sit and watch a little tv and relax, I had to close at work tonight and he had to work early so I was pretty tired. For the first time in a long time I only managed to do that for about 30 minutes, I was very restless and my hip was bugging me.
Today instead of spending the rest of my time watching tv and being a lazy bum I got up and put in the Zumba fitness game that my husband got me for the xbox. Although I didn't get every step right I was able to complete 4 songs and it was so much fun!! I just put that exercise in the fitness tracker and I couldn't believe how many calories I burned in just those few songs! After I finished with that game (I was a little breathless) I put in the biggest loser game that my husband also got me for the xbox, and I did some yoga!!!
I have been slowly losing weight since I have been on my blood pressure meds and I am feeling more energetic and this is very encouraging. I just wish I could figure out what it is that will give me that one last push and where I will just take the steps I need to take to reach my goals.
I work with a great woman who is an inspiration, not even a year ago she started working on losing weight and she has gone from about a 22/20 to a 12/14! She mainly just counts her calories and goes to the gym for zumba classes.
Well, it has been months since I posted anything on here. I'm not quite sure what has been going through my head during most of that time. I started my job and I love it but at times is physically taxing as I haven't worked on my feet in close to five years. I think that I am learning to manage with the sore feet and aching back but it would be nice to lose enough weight that these things would not be so bothersome.
I have also been working with my doctor (now that I have insurance again) to get my migraines under control and as it turns out I have high blood pressure too. It has been an interesting couple of months trying to figure out the right meds and the right dosage to get it under control. This has kind of freaked me out...I am only 30 and I have higher blood pressure than my 60 year old mom. On the other hand I think we have finally found the right dose of the right meds IF we can keep my potassium up. So now it is on me, to make sure I am eating right to ensure that I am getting the potassium I need.
I know my thoughts are all over the place but that is normally how I think LOL. I am thinking about joining a weight loss challenge that snap fitness is doing. They have a deal going where you get a 8 week trial membership and a easyfit for $99, I'm not sure if it is free if you don't get the easy fit though. But anyway the challenge gives you access to a personal trainer for the entire 8 weeks!!! That alone is worth the $99, now I just have to make sure I have the money and the courage to go and sign up!