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Day 141 Accountability

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Tuesday --

A roller coaster day for Harry. Tuesday morning, surgeon told Harry that what happened on Sunday had nothing to do with the carotid blockage, there is something else going on that landed him in the ER. Surgeon called for a neurologist consultation. Surgeon said carotid surgery is necessary, but not urgent. It can probably wait a month or two while they try to find out the root cause of the dizziness. Surgeon ordered a CTA (CT scan with dye) that is more specific than the CT that was done on Sunday.

Neurologist visited on Tuesday afternoon and agreed with the surgeon - carotid endarterectomy is needed, but not urgent, and that something else is going on. Neurologist ordered an EEG, which Harry still has not heard the results of. Later in the afternoon, the CTA results came back showing carotid blockage could be as much as 95%. Now, the carotid endarterectomy is more urgent - would Harry like it this week or next? It is scheduled for this Thursday - probably early in the day. Surgeon will take a vein from his leg to bypass the blockage, cut the blockage out, then sew the leg vein in place of the cut out section. They will use general anesthesia for this procedure. He'll stay in the hospital til Friday.

Thank you in advance for keeping Harry in your thoughts and prayers for peace during this bump in the road; for successful surgery; that God will guide the surgeon's hands; and that the doctors are able to find the root cause of what is going on.

emoticon1 - Exercise - None. I spent the evening at the hospital.
emoticon2 - Calories - 1,435.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 5 hours. Spark curfew - 11pm. Going to bed now.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 1 fruit, 4 veggies.


June 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Per the book, "Younger Next Year," I am going to shoot for 6 days a week of exercise - 2 days of weight training (I'm taking a weight training class) and 4 days of aerobic exercise, mostly biking and swimming.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1700 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June, so cutting back on calories this month.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10pm. The number of hours that I sleep is directly related to how late I am Sparking/Facebooking. I've been having a hard time making curfew the last few months. I'm cutting it back to 10pm this month. If I can keep the internet curfew discipline, my sleep will fall in line.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LUCKYDOGFARM 6/8/2012 12:37AM

    Hey Nan! hope you and Harry are both resting well now. i am sure you are getting your 8 hours of sleep in. you must be exhausted. please do rest. God has it all under control!
Love and Prayers!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/6/2012 11:02AM

    Oh, Nancy. I'm so sorry about Harry and hope they find out the root of his dizziness soon. Prayers for a successful surgery tomorrow morning. Be strong my friend. You have always been there for me. I'm here for you...now and forever! emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/6/2012 10:24AM

    Prayers for you and Harry both and that the Doctors have the guidance they need to proceed successfully. Take care of yourself through this; it's important. Hugs.

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FREDANN 6/6/2012 10:11AM

    I will definitely keep you and Happy in my prayers. Please take care of yourself through all this.
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BACKTOME10 6/6/2012 9:20AM

    still praying for doctors wisdom and healing...and strength!

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QUEENMOXIE 6/6/2012 6:45AM

    I pray that all goes well. emoticon emoticon

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THINGETTINOUT 6/6/2012 5:45AM

    Nancy I will keep you and Harry in my prayers.

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DARINGR8LY 6/6/2012 12:53AM

    Nancy I will certainly be thinking of Harry and praying for him.

Thank you for spending time on my blogs commenting. I enjoy hearing from you.

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Day 140 Accountability

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Monday --

Thanks for you concern about Harry. His stress tests came back fine on Monday, so his cardiologist ordered a carotid artery ultrasound. That test revealed that Harry has greater than 70% blockage of his right carotid artery. Tonight, they did an MRA (an MRI with dye) to locate the exact location and size of the blockage. It's a 2cm "tight restriction." He's apparently lucky he hasn't had a stroke.

The surgeon will be in to chat with Harry on Tuesday morning about his options, but the cardiologist told Harry today that he is most likely going to have carotid endarterectomy surgery. We'll have more details after the surgeon's visit on Tuesday.

emoticon1 - Exercise - 20 minutes walk/gentle jog, 10 minutes of weight training before I headed to the hospital.
emoticon2 - Calories - 1,981. The hospital makes great lemon bars!
emoticon3 - Sleep - 5 hours. Spark curfew - it's almost 1am. I'm running on adrenalin. Going to bed now.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 1 fruit, 3 veggies.


June 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Per the book, "Younger Next Year," I am going to shoot for 6 days a week of exercise - 2 days of weight training (I'm taking a weight training class) and 4 days of aerobic exercise, mostly biking and swimming.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1700 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June, so cutting back on calories this month.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10pm. The number of hours that I sleep is directly related to how late I am Sparking/Facebooking. I've been having a hard time making curfew the last few months. I'm cutting it back to 10pm this month. If I can keep the internet curfew discipline, my sleep will fall in line.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FREDANN 6/5/2012 10:02AM

    Harry is very lucky to have you by his side. It sounds like he's in good hands. Make sure you both get some rest! I'll keep you both in my prayers.
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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/5/2012 9:00AM

    I'm glad Harry caught it early. I hope the surgeon has a plan this morning and all will be good soon. Harry is lucky to have you by his side. Hugs to you both.



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JOYINKY 6/5/2012 8:53AM

    One day at a time; you'll both get through this. Sticking with your program as much as you can and getting your rest will help. emoticon

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BACKTOME10 6/5/2012 8:00AM

    Can definintely understand the adrenaline! You are staying on course...even if things are hectic and stressful now....

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THINGETTINOUT 6/5/2012 5:03AM

    It is amazing what they can do with hearts today. Sounds like Harry is in good hands and I bet he is up and about in no time. You my friend are up way too late. Course you know that.

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Day 139 Accountability

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Sunday --

emoticon1 - Exercise - rest day. I spent the day at the emergency room and then the heart hospital with Harry. He had a dizzy spell this morning. They are keeping him for observation & a stress test in the morning.
emoticon2 - Calories - 1,490.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 8 hours. Spark curfew - 10pm.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 1 fruit, 1veggies.


June 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Per the book, "Younger Next Year," I am going to shoot for 6 days a week of exercise - 2 days of weight training (I'm taking a weight training class) and 4 days of aerobic exercise, mostly biking and swimming.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1700 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June, so cutting back on calories this month.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10pm. The number of hours that I sleep is directly related to how late I am Sparking/Facebooking. I've been having a hard time making curfew the last few months. I'm cutting it back to 10pm this month. If I can keep the internet curfew discipline, my sleep will fall in line.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FREDANN 6/5/2012 9:59AM

    You did great Nancy, despite this stressful event with Harry. I hope he's okay now!
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BACKTOME10 6/4/2012 9:27AM

    Look at you Nancy, getting it done! Great job!!!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 6/3/2012 11:17PM

    Nan, praying for Harry and you.
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JOYINKY 6/3/2012 10:34PM

    Prayers for you and Harry. May nothing come of this but good. emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/3/2012 10:02PM

    Oh, Nancy! I am praying for Harry. He is very lucky to have you by his side. Hugs friend.

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THINGETTINOUT 6/3/2012 9:37PM

    I hope all turns out well with Harry. I will keep you both in my prayers.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/3/2012 9:32PM

    Nan, I will be praying for you and Harry and the medical staff!

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Day 138 Accountability

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Saturday --

emoticon1 - Exercise - 75 minutes of gardening at the CSA (Community-supported Agriculture) farm; 35 minute bike ride.
emoticon2 - Calories - 1,791.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 8 hours. Spark curfew - 10pm.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 2 fruit, 6 veggies.


June goals - very similar to May. It's not broken, don't fix it.

June 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Per the book, "Younger Next Year," I am going to shoot for 6 days a week of exercise - 2 days of weight training (I'm taking a weight training class) and 4 days of aerobic exercise, mostly biking and swimming.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1700 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June, so cutting back on calories this month.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10pm. The number of hours that I sleep is directly related to how late I am Sparking/Facebooking. I've been having a hard time making curfew the last few months. I'm cutting it back to 10pm this month. If I can keep the internet curfew discipline, my sleep will fall in line.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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FREDANN 6/5/2012 9:57AM

    Look at you with the perfect day! Well done my friend!! emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/3/2012 10:05PM

    I wish I could have been gardening with you! Sounds awesome! You're such a good, good woman! emoticon

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MSANITAL 6/3/2012 7:09PM

    woohoo Nancy.. way to go love the positive attitude emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/3/2012 10:01AM

    Quite a few of the churches here sponsor community gardens that they share with those in need. Gardening is wonderful exercise. I've swapped it for the gym this summer. Will go back when the July/August heat hits.

You get an "A" for yesterday!!

I don't know how you do it on those days when you don't get much sleep. I only slept 3.5 hours Friday night due to a combination of too much coffee at my DGD's graduation celebration and a good book. Tired all day yesterday and slept 10 hours last night! Feel good this morning! Have a great day!

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THINGETTINOUT 6/3/2012 5:14AM

    Gardening is work and good exercise. You really inspire me to get up and get out.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/3/2012 12:03AM

    you are going to have to write about the CSA. i wish we had one around here. surprizing since we are in an ag area that there are no csa's! the farmers around here do it for a living, not for a way of life.

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Day 137 Accountability

Friday, June 01, 2012

Friday --

emoticon1 - Exercise - 45 minute walk/ever-so-gentle jog. Felt great in the brisk evening air. Did lots of stretches afterward to soothe the hip flexors.
emoticon2 - Calories - 2,003. I ate dark chocolate Easter eggs at my dad's house. He lost his check book, so it was nervous/mindless eating while looking for it. We found it in his walker carrying bag. He was sure that he left it on the dining room table, and the cleaning people had been there, so I was concerned that it might have been taken. No excuse for mindless eating, but just goes to how cunning mindless eating is.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 8.5 hours. Spark curfew - 10:30pm. It's the first of the month, and I'm already breaking Spark curfew! It's Friday night. I can sleep in tomorrow. And look how many hours I slept last night -- 8.5!
emoticon4 - Freggies - 2 fruit, 5 veggies.


June goals - very similar to May. It's not broken, don't fix it.

June 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Per the book, "Younger Next Year," I am going to shoot for 6 days a week of exercise - 2 days of weight training (I'm taking a weight training class) and 4 days of aerobic exercise, mostly biking and swimming.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1700 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June, so cutting back on calories this month.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10pm. The number of hour that I sleep is directly related to how late I am Sparking/Facebooking. I've been having a hard time making curfew the last few months. I'm cutting it back to 10pm this month. If I can keep the internet curfew discipline, my sleep will fall in line.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FREDANN 6/5/2012 9:54AM

    8.5 hours of sleep!! Nice job!!
Stress and mindless eating... that ever so scary combination! You know just the fact that you recognized it is half the battle! You're doing well, a few chocolate Easter eggs is not the ned of the world!

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JOYINKY 6/2/2012 9:55AM

    A great maintenance day! If that's what you're shooting for. ;)
Good to see those sleep hours!

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THINGETTINOUT 6/2/2012 6:18AM

    I know about the mindless eating thing but you will burn off the chocolate cause you never stop. let me know when you get the ladies book on Younger Next Year and we can see how it differs.

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