So the family starts arriving on Friday. That is when the two sisters come and then Saturday is when the two son's arrive, the DIL and two grandchildren. We are getting ready. Sure wish FIL would be ready...he was sitting up in wheelchair yesterday and we were told he likes the protein powder milkshakes. We were driving down one of the main streets in our village and saw this turtle...had to have it for the pool. We think the grands will have fun on it.
Another good report today is that I changed up my diet. I have been reading about this diet that is supposed to be good for autoimmune disorders and some people claim they have even been able to get off all the meds. I started it three days ago and am feeling pretty good. It is very restrictive and eliminates all foods that they claim can give you "gut" issues. It takes all grains, nuts, dairy, nightshade veggies, sugar, processed foods, etc. out of your diet. It really wasn't hard for me to do this as I have all ready cut most of this out of my diet. The big new thing to cut was grains and reducing the amount of fruit I eat. Well after three days there might be something to this as I have lost 2.5 pounds of the puffiness. So the cream of buckwheat cereal and the Greek Yogurt might have been making me have reactions and inflammation. I basically am eating grass fed meat and veggies. Not too hard to follow for me. And for me I will eat what ever makes me feel better...Food is medicine to me now. So feeling good today especially having a good night's sleep!
I do hope you all are doing great.
Have a wonderful day and great week
Geez, but it is hard. You all must be going nuts with me saying one day that FIL is doing well and the next not well. When my DH and I went out yesterday he was in bed and not even talking to us. The nurses are worried as he is refusing to eat and refusing to do the small little exercises the nurses put him through. He is so weak due to not eating. They have him on IV again so hoping that will pick him up again. My DH and I went to GNC and got him really good protein powder to have the nurses make him milkshakes. It is vanilla and we took vanilla ice cream. This protein powder must be for guys who are weight building. It has like 500 calories and like 40 grams of protein. We are hoping they can get enough in him to give him some energy. I don't know what else can be done unless they put him on a feed tube. But then we are not sure that is what he would want. And do people come back after being on feeding tubes? It is so sad seeing him like this. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I guess it's one day at a time with some days good days and some days bad days.
On another note, I lost 2 pounds over night but not the way I wanted to. I was up sick all night and throwing up. So that doesn't count. I am not sure what upset my system but I had some broccoli at dinner with my fish and for some reason the broccoli didn't sit well. I know it wasn't the fish as my DH had it as well and he was fine...but he didn't have any broccoli and had green beans instead. The good news is what ever it was I got rid of it and don't have an upset stomach this morning just totally tired from not sleeping. Additional good news is that we do not have anything on the agenda and I can rest and what mindless Tv. I might try and get myself together to go with DH to check on FIL but if not, my DH can go on his own. I know the 2 pounds isn't an accurate loss but I liked it but didn't like the way it came about ; )
Thank you Mobycarp for the reminder that it wasn't too long ago that I was striving for 110 as my goal weight. I like your idea to lighten up and accept anything between 105 and 110. When I was shooting for the 110 I thought I was 5;4" but recently was measured again and am only 5'3" Shrinking as I get older. So I am going to not be so hard on myself and the number on the scale.
I do hope you all are having a great Sunday.
Enjoy your day.
Thank you all again for your encouraging thoughts regarding both my FIL and my weight gain "problem".
FIL report was better yesterday. The IV is working again and they said he had eaten dinner. When I went to visit he was sleeping so I didn't disturb him. They said he had exercised which wore him out. The nurse also told me that she asked him if he didn't want to get well so he could sit up and visit when the family arrives next week. He said that he wanted to do that. The nurse doesn't think he is giving up. They also told me that he was cute now to 1/4 of patch for the morphine. So that is also good. I hope he gets his sharp mind back. Will check on him again today.
Now, what the heck is going on with me??? I am eating my normal foods when I want to take a pound or two off. Around 1200 calories. But I am still gaining. Today after eating on plan I was up to 109.5. My tummy is bloated and I am confused. My goal weight and where I feel good is 105 as I have very small bones. So I am going to talk to my doctor and see if it is the Wellbutrin anti depressant that I am taking. Funny part is if you look that up on the internet is says is sometimes causes weight loss. So leave it to me to have a body that does the opposite. Funny thing, I wasn't depressed to begin with when my doctor put me on the antidepressant but she wanted me on it to calm my type A personality and to help me deal with stress as stress can flare up my autoimmune disorder. But you all know that I will be depressed if all I do is continue to gain weight while taking it. Yikes. So will check that whole thing out. I don't think it's the small amount of prednisone (5mg) that I am taking as it never effected me that way in the past and I could still lose weight while on even higher doses.
So confused I am and even though I am trying hard not to let the scale dictate how I feel on any given day it still is discouraging. And I don't want to buy new clothes!!! Not a hold lot to chose from that I like here in our village. I would have to drive to Guadalajara to the mall to find things I like and then it's expensive. So somehow I will work this out and find a diet that will get the now 5 pounds off.
When I went out to visit him yesterday he was in bed again on IV and not doing well. The say he is not eating. Yesterday they were going to cut back on the Morphine patch again which is good. And that is the only pain med he is on so once they stop it he will be off the pain meds. He wasn't doing well at all and I got the feeling he is giving up. So sad to see. When I asked him to please try to eat he just started to cry. I talked to my DH and his view is that he has to make up his mind to try and that there really isn't anything we can do. And he says if the quality of life for him is to be in bed all the time that it isn't a life at all. My DH seems prepared to let him go if that is what he chooses. It is so different from my Mom's attitude. hope he is fairing better today when I go.
On another note I am really holding on to those recent pounds. My body is trying to tell me it likes being at 108.5! But I am trying to tell it "NO" I feel better at 105. I know it's only 3.5 pounds but on a small frame it makes a big difference. So I am going to cut back a bit again today and see what happens. but the good news is that I feel healthy and that is most important!!!
I do hope all of you are doing well. Thank you again for all your positive thoughts and prayers for my FIL. They means so much to me.
Last night we went to dear friends house for dinner. Our friend likes to make home made pizza. They have both also gone gluten free recently after reading the book Wheat Belly. Our friends were having GI problems so they read the book and decided to try going gluten free. Well they were pleasantly surprised that all of their problems went away after going GF. So they are converts. He even did an experiment and ate some gluten to test his body and his body rebelled against the gluten. So they are converts. Unfortunately the GF pizza crust he made was too spicy for me and I ended up with a belly ache. And I haven't been eating cheese and most dairy(only Greek yogurt)....so I am a bit bloated today and up a pound but it was worth it to enjoy such dear friends and good company. I will get back on track today and am looking forward to eating foods that I know my body likes.
Saw FIL yesterday and he was about the same. The nurse said that she will be cutting him back on the morphine patch again....so glad to hear that. she said she told the nurses not to tell him they are cutting it so he won't know. I hope cutting it brings back his sharp mind. I miss having good conversations with him. It's so hard right now to understand him.
Some of you have asked about my Mom after her surgery of having some of her colon removed. She is doing fine. She is 88 and a tough little cookie. I wish my FIL had some of her determination and will. She kept telling me that she wasn't going to baby herself and that she was going to work to get her mojo back. She walks to a shopping center everyday and gets a latte and sits on a bench and watches people. She made a joke saying that she feels like the old man on the old tv show Laugh In. Too funny.