Saturday, July 23, 2011
Just thinking how lucky I am to have such good health. Not that I don't take care to ensure that I maintain my good health.
I was recently having problems with skin blemishes and skin itch. I am a believer in you are what you eat. After experimenting with various foods, I decided to try low carb for a while. NOT no carb. As you all know, we need complex carbs in our diet. It is what gives us energy to do the things we love to do. I have eliminated all bread, sweets and unnecessary sugars from my diet. My skin has cleared and the added bonus is that I have lost 8 pounds since the beginning of February.
I Feel Great!!!!!!!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Without a doubt, the best person I know.
She takes the time to visit and listen. She needs to be elsewhere but cares enough to visit her parents.
She is shortly starting a new position but stil has time for us.
She feels for her MIL and wants to care for her. But her MIL lives in another province. She wilshes she were closer.
She is honest, trustworthy, caring and loyal. Who could ask for better. My daughter, Keri. How lucky am I.
Monday, January 03, 2011
Once again, here we are at the beginning of a new year, and the beginning of a new challenge in our lives.
A little slip up and on comes a few pounds. But not to worry, easily shed. Just need to get it together with the calories in and calories out. It is a simple enough equation. Why is it not so simple to follow. It must be all the darn hollidays. And not just the Christmas ones. It seems we fall off the program so easily when it comes to hollidays of any kind.
So, onward and upward, as they say. Back to basics. Exercise daily and reduce calories, meaning all the empty foods, of course.
Friday, September 03, 2010
A bit of a fiasco from the beginning, we couldn't get a reconfirmation from the co-odinator of the trip and procedure. We decided to take the flights and arrive as scheduled. Only to find we were not on a list for the transportation from the airport to the resort. But, as is norm with Mexico, they put us on the list at the airport and assured us there was no problem.
While waiting for the other patients to get off the plane, we waited outside in the hot Mexican sun. NOt fun. So hot this time of year.
A real eye opener for Dave and I, this whole trip. We found out that Dave is really not so bad off. I have to say, I have never really been around many MS Patients. Was not aware of how bad it can actually get. In our group was a lady who hadn't walked in 10 years, on a scooter; a gentleman in the same condition, but also lacking partial use of his arms. Another poor soul, a quadraplegic, and also unable to hold her head up. All in all we were the most ambulatory group that had gone through the program at the Amerimed hospital. The bad thing for these folks, other than the heat, of course, was they had to be carried down steep steps to get off the plane. Two of these ladies have severe osteoporosis from the meds and one lady had a broken arm and thigh bone. Just from being lifted all the time. Like I said, a real eye opener for me.
The resort was not bad, except for the cock roaches that appeared the last night there. Apparently they are common in tropical areas. Enough said. SMile. A nice pool, although too deep for anyone with a handicap. One thing I found strange, compared to Canada, nothing is geared to older handicapped folks. No bars in the shower. Absolutely nothing for these people. NOt good. All in all we felt the organization of the whole thing really lacking. Everything is Mexican time and that gets a bit tiresome after a while.
As for the Amerimed hospital and the doctors and staff. They were fantastic. The very best care for all. Can't say enough good things about any of them. The doctor was in the waiting room talking to everyone between procedures, lots of assurances and questions answered.
The problem was, it is a working hospital and emergency patients had to come first, hence long waits between tests and procedures.
We went on Tuesday morning for paperwork, blood work, neuro testing, the Doppler (ultra sound) and later the MRI. The procedure was on Wednesday and followup neurological testing on Thursday. Friday and Saturday were rest days before coming home.
We met many wonderful Canadians down there. We only met two american ladies who were there for the procedure. I wonder if this means the disease is more prevalent in Canada. The majority of folks were from the prairie provinces. Hmmmmm.
A support group developed while we were there that was a real bonus for all the patients. The doctors were pleasantly surprised at this. Not one person regretted having the procedure. It may not be 100% improvement for people but even a little bit is good. The lady who couldn't hold up her head before the procedure, held her head up all the next day.That was huge for the family. She also found a voice she hadn't had in years. I get teary eyed just thinking about it.
We met twin brothers from Saskatoon area. They were both in wheelchairs when they arrived. One was still struggling with a cane and walking very slowly, the other was amazing. He only had a slight limp and went golfing one morning. Huge success there.
We met a man who is a real estate agent, also arrived in a wheel chair, now walking with a cane. I could go on and on.
I realize this is not a cure and is in experimantal stages, but I witnessed it with my own eyes. Dave and I will never regret the money spent. What good is money if you can't do anything to enjoy it. Put it into perspective. We spend money on needless stuff, why not our health.
As for Mexico, I said it before and I will say it again. Never again. Now they have opened the procedure up in many places in the USA. If it needs to be done again, and it probably will, we will travel stateside to do it. It seems a cinch, in will not be allowed in Canada.
Just one more thing to note. This procedure is done on the veins in the neck, not the arteries as in Cardiac patients. The veins are thinner in the walls, hence the hesitation to do the procedure. We all understood this going in. It was explained to us thoroughly. It can't be done as often in an MS patient, as in a Cardiac patient. Also the use of stents could be dangerous. Dr Moguel hesitates using stents for this reason. They could move. Dave has been reading on the CCSVI LOcator site that they have developed a new type of stent to be used in veins. Progress is coming in this area.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I cannot believe it has been two years since I first found this site. I can't remember for the life of me how it came about. I just know it was an accident and probably the best accident ever. Smile
This site has taught me more than you will ever know when it comes to nutrition and fitness. I really never had a weight problem until I turned the ripe old age of fifty and became menopausal. I have always thought I was heavy but looking back at old snapshots tells me different. Perception is quite a thing to change. Fortunately for me, I have always been an active person, but as time went on I found I needed to up the ante. Meaning counting calories and working harder to keep the weight down. In spite of all I do, I am better at maintaining than losing. SMile. I will keep at it and maybe one day will be rewarded with a few pounds gone forever. In the meantime, I will just keep on trucking and tracking, and hopefully stay healthy.
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