Friday, October 24, 2014
For a nonworking person I sure have had a busy week!
Diabetic cat has been the most work this week, starting insulin shots, figuring out how to feed him separately in a way that doesn't stress him, taking him to the vet to check his glucose levels. Taking other cat with UTI in for a recheck today to find there is still blood in her urine, getting a different antibiotic for 10 days and then a recheck. Taking DD's dog in Monday for a check on her glaucoma (very improved) and forgetting to get her yearly shots (had a migraine that day...migraine brain I call it when I forget things or don't think right during a migraine). So took her in today to get those shots. I was at the vet four days this week!! And will be back Monday for another glucose check as Etienne's glucose has not come down a bit! 480 was the number, non fasting...four hours after the insulin shot and his morning meal (special diet). Monday is a fasting test so we'll see. If not better then either increase in dosage or change in insulin.
Morning routine with the pets has gotten more complicated and longer, as has evening. I dread my next trip out of town, as DH will have a hard time managing this and getting off to work in time! Take the dogs out first thing, come back inside, medicate Hallie (thyroid pill and this week antibiotic for UTI), insulin shot for Etienne. Feed Etienne in his special food area (zipped in for an hour so he is by himself yet in the same room), feed the other cats. Go get the dogs if still outside, feed them and put Carolina's heart pill in her food, take them back out if they need it, put eye drops in Audrey's eyes for glaucoma. Wash dog food bowls, rinse out cans of pet food, get my breakfast, then about an hour after first feeding cats, clear up their bowls and let Etienne out of his feeding area and clean it up. And then I clean out the litter boxes.
Repeat in the evening.
This is my life for the next x years!!
Talking to my son, he mentioned that we may have to euthanize Etienne if we can't get his diabetes in control, that cats can be very difficult to regulate. People can be, too, but cats are even more difficult. I knew that and brought it up to my husband. We are giving this our best try but the poor cat is down to 6 and a half pounds as of Monday and has no fat left. It's hard to pick him up he's so bony. He doesn't groom his hair anymore and though I brush it with the Furminator, I've had to cut matted places out of it. And his skin is flaking. If he goes downhill we won't have a lot of options. My son, by the way, is a non practicing veterinarian. He works on The Hill as a Legislative Assistant but is my go to person for advice on my pets, in addition to my vet.
Low carb is going fabulously. I got light headed for a week or so and then in thinking about realized that is was my blood pressure. Back in August my BP was normal while on low dose BP meds at my last checkup and I lost 5 pounds that month, 5 pounds in Sept. and am still losing. So I stopped the BP meds last Monday and checked my BP daily for a few days. Rechecked it yesterday: 117/75. It has been great! So the lightheadedness was because I no longer needed the BP meds! Now I can't wait to get my labs done in Feb and check my cholesterol!
Another thing. Before low carb I'd be getting energy dips mid afternoon, sometimes mid morning, depending on my breakfast. Now I don't get those, unless I've had a horrible night's sleep. But before it was a daily thing!! Today I have breakfast at 6:30 and due to two trips to the vet, and other errands that kept me busy until I got home and got lunch at 1:30 I had no problems with my energy flagging at all!! It feels great to not have those energy drops that would have me reaching for candy bars or chips so I'd get a burst of energy! Breakfast: eggs, sausage, with peppers and onions. Lunch: grilled tilapia with grilled zucchini and a salad with ranch dressing. Yum!! Not sure about supper yet, plenty of leftovers in fridge, depending on hunger level (broccoli, sloppy joes, roasted chicken, boiled eggs, lettuce), or an Atkins shake if I'm not very hungry.
I missed exercising yesterday...was planning on an evening yoga session at home, my favorite time to do yoga, but we had to sort out paperwork that needed to be notarized and fed exed today to our relocation company for next month's house closing (this means we don't have to attend the closing). So if all goes as it should, in a month the house will be sold.
Monday, October 06, 2014
DD returned home after two years overseas in the Peace Corps. She arrived home at the very first of September and spent a couple of days here then left for a "tour" of the southeast/midwest, visiting friends and family. After a month of travel she is back home. She is also job hunting and while on her travels spent time in DC networking, attending a job fair, etc as she has noncompetive status for a year for federal jobs. So we hope that she gets a job!!! In the meantime she is with us, in a small town that we moved to in April, where she has no friends. And for a 26 year old that can be boring! And she has no income for now (Peace Corps pays a stipend when they finish but she is being very careful about spending) so the good news is by being with us she is not going out with her friends and spending a lot of money. The bad news is she is stuck here with us. And from experience....two adult females in the same house day after day can become a problem. So my routine has gone awry and I am working on adjusting and giving her space and she is doing the same. We have both learned over the years to respect each other's privacy and that we both need time away from each other!
My problem, a big one, is that my mother and I have a difficult relationship, due to my mother's mental health issues which she refuses to seek help and address. After years of dealing with her, luckily from a distance of 700 miles, I've come to terms with the fact that I will never have a relationship with my mother that many daughters have with theirs. My sister and I have discussed it many times and are each other's support, our brother hasn't come to terms with it. Such is life. Regardless...whenever my daughter and I get into a spat I see parts of my mother in me!! And I know it's not true. I give my daughter her privacy! I respect her choices and her decisions! I encourage her! I don't criticize her! I don't try to manipulate her! In essence I am the total opposite of my mother! But it still is always there: the fear that I will become my mother. Yet I don't have the mental illness my mom has.
So....I am working this month on adjusting my schedule to adapt to having my daughter, a grown young woman, in the house. Since I don't work and am here a lot that makes it more difficult. But we can do this. I watch what I say at times. It's not worth saying something I might regret later (shades of my mom!), something that really isn't necessary that may appear to be nagging. Or the timing of when to say something..with her it's better to talk about things later in the day as she is so NOT a morning person!
So we can do this! And she is a great daughter and we are so proud of her accomplishments and that we can support her during this transition time in her life! I just wish DH wasn't out of town this week and then again next week, as he provides a nice balance the two of us needs, as she and I are, in some ways, a bit too much alike!!
So life stresses: waiting to sell our house in BR. Waiting for DD to get a job. The ongoing stress of my mother.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Sept. 1st I weighed 171.5
Sept. 30 I weigh 166.5
Total loss: 5 pounds (10 pounds lost since Aug 1st)
What have I done differently? Low carb.
Low carb is basically more protein, veggies, a fat. No simple carbs. Right now my carb intake is below 30. And I'm not hungry. I cook. I keep a couple of Atkins meals (breakfast ones) on hand for emergencies) and I do use his shakes for one meal a day, since I'm not usually hungry. So if I do a shake for breakfast I'm ready for a lunch I will cook and then finish the day with a good salad with protein (last night it was a sausage). Today I cooked scrambled eggs (with spinach, onions, peppers, & feta) and bacon. Lunch will be the Atkins shake before I head off to book club. Dinner will be...hmmmm, maybe a salad with a boiled egg. Or I may cook that broccoli and have that with the sausage. Haven't decided yet. I also have a big cauliflower in the fridge and a recipe waiting to try it out with.
Exercise: Going well. Still doing aqua exercise. I may cut back this winter as I don't relish getting out in cold weather... Right now my arthritis is good and I have a lot of work out options at home, too. Yoga, dvds, walking outside when the weather is nice. All can be done on my schedule.
So the last month (and Aug.) have been very successful. I am fitting into the next lower size of pants and shirts again. I did this last summer before the move and all that stressed derailed my lowcarb eating and the pounds came back.
So I'm liking wearing the size L clothes as opposed to the XL clothes! I'm liking not being hungry between meals. I'm liking not having that energy drop between meals that I always used to get when I ate simple carbs. You know, the mid-morning and mid-afternoon slump where you grab for some kind of snack to get the blood sugar up! It feels so much better to get through the day and realize that, oh yea, it's time to have dinner, instead of...I'm dying here...get me some food!!!
I'm liking feeling stronger. My core strength is building up. After my rough spell in the spring with the bad arthritis flare and my back going out, I'm back on track and stronger than before. PT helped a lot, too. Now to just keep it all in place and keep moving forward. Knowing my limits and pushing forward at the same time, a crucial key to working out with arthritis so I don't end up paying for it the next few days!!
Looking forward to October.
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