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Sunday 1/23/11 I Did a Little Baking

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I slept in until 5:30 this morning. I must have been super tired. I was craving some cardio so I did 70 minutes on the elliptical and got in 6 miles.
I made some oatmeal with a little vanilla whey powder, chocolate PB2, fiber one and a square of Trader Joe's Organic Super Dark 73% chocolate. Tasty!!!
For my husband, I baked Ginger Chocolate Chunk Scones. I needed 1 square shy of 1.5 bars of the TJ's chocolate...that's why it ended up in my oatmeal. Win-win!

I did a load of laundry and swiffer vac'd around the house. We went to Trader Joe's to pick up some groceries. After they got put away, we went out to lunch at one of the many local taquerias. I had some chile verde, rice, beans and tortillas. It was pretty good but not as good as the chile verde at El Rancho.
I got a Cookie Calendar. It's one of those page a day calendars (weekends are one page), so it has over 300 recipes. Actually it has a master recipe and then for a few days following it, there are variations. I picked it up yesterday when we were walking around Mountain View. I decided to make this weekend's cookie: macadamia nut cookies with the variation of dried cranberries.

They turned out nicely. I did not roll them in sugar and flatten them. I just left them as scooped.
I'm really not sure what we'll be doing for dinner if anything. I suppose we'll be hungry soon. I have nothing planned for tonight so we'll have to pick something up.
Have a great night. I hope everybody has a fabulous week!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 1/24/2011 8:31PM

    Those scones are incredible -- and your oatmeal recipe sounds heavenly, too. I'm coming to breakfast at your place next weekend!

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    You? Bake??? Surely you jest! LOL
All the things you make look positively delicious! I am especially fond of macadamia nut cookies.
The calendar sounds perfect for you too!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/24/2011 6:59PM

    Those look fabulous! YUM!

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SBATES63 1/24/2011 1:56PM

    Sounds like you had a day like mine, except I made bread. Playing in the kitchen is something I could do all day, every day. Unfortunately, I have to work to afford to have a kitchen! Have a great day today.

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BUTEAFULL 1/24/2011 1:21PM

    oh those look so yummy

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/24/2011 11:56AM

    Mmmmm as always your cookies look amazing!

Cool cookie calendar, I know you will get a lot of great recipes from their since you like to bake.

Hope you had a yummy dinner and enjoyed your day!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/24/2011 11:00AM

    emoticonover for a emoticon!!!!!

White chocolate & craisins are emoticontogether!

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LILDEE4370 1/24/2011 7:47AM

    Baking is my therapy. I'm glad cookies aren't my weakness, those looks yummy!

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MISSMITSY 1/24/2011 6:32AM

    I swear all those wonderful cookies in the house constantly I don't know how you resist the temptation! Awesome work on the elliptical! How is the knee handling it all?

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JLITT62 1/24/2011 4:44AM

    There you've gone & made me hungry again. I'm tweaking the blueberry cheesecake oatmeal again this morning. I'll write about how it turns out in the blog.

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/23/2011 11:37PM

    Nat those cookies look so good! I was hungry before I started reading, but now . . . sigh. It sounds like you had a busy day, with a great workout to kick it off.

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MIRWYN 1/23/2011 11:01PM

    YUM! emoticon emoticon

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LARIESHA 1/23/2011 10:52PM

    Your cookies always look so good, good thing we are not neighbors or my radar would be on all the time. Sounds like a good Sunday. That oatmeal sounds good to, I love oatmeal.


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MARCHEM 1/23/2011 9:48PM

    The cookies look great. I love your schedule. I used to think it was pathetic that sleeping in for me means 8--but sleeping in for you is 5:30 (my weekday wake up time).

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    It sounds so weird that 5:30 a.m. is sleeping in. I slept in too...but for me that means 9:00 a.m. LOL Your oatmeal sounds tasty and can you send me a macadamia cookie :) they look sooooo good!!

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HOLISTIC5 1/23/2011 9:03PM

    They all look yummy---

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/23/2011 8:56PM

    Hey Nat! baking up a storm as usual! i would weigh 300 pounds if i live anywhere near you! i still didn't make the orange cookies. got to darn busy getting ready for the trip and put them off for another time. they are pinned to my stove though, so when we get back, i am sure i will make them. i love almost anything orange!

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KATRINAKRAUT 1/23/2011 8:42PM

    You are one busy woman! Wow. I don't know how you squeeze it all in. emoticon

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MYCUTEGIZMO 1/23/2011 8:40PM

  I love bake goods..well as long as they are not burnt cookies never go wrong?

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/23/2011 8:37PM

    Baked goods look delish as always!! Sounds like a good Sunday!

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"Fun" Saturday

Saturday, January 22, 2011

DH and I headed out at 6:30 because I needed to stop for gas. Then off to Kaiser. Of course the door I usually go in was locked, we had to find another door. Finally get in and get to the lab at is supposed to open at was already open and they were on number 50 (no, it does not start at 1 every day) and I pulled my number...60. Not too bad. Only have to wait for 9 people. I get my blood drawn and we decide to head over to the hospital building to see if we can get a cup of coffee since my mammogram isn't until 8:30 and it was only about 7:15. We find the cafeteria but it doesn't open until 9 on the weekends and although there are vending machines, there isn't one that sells the icky coffee. We leave the hospital from the basement and get trapped behind the building. Have to walk up and down a whole bunch of stairs before we get to a place that we recognize. It's time for Starbucks. We cross the massive parking lot and finally get across the street.
YAY for coffee!!!! Then it's time to head back to Kaiser. We get back at 7:55 and they are just arriving in the Women's Imaging department. I get checked in and prepare to wait until 8:30. I get called back at 8:15 and we're walking out of the building at 8:30. I call my brother to let him know we're heading over and he says "Wow, your appointment only lasted 1 minute."
We went to Baji's Down the Street Cafe. I got a really good egg white, chicken, mushroom, tomato, onion and jack cheese scramble with some home fries and 9 grain toast. I was starving so I ate the whole scramble but only half of the potatoes and toast.
As we often do, we headed over to Fry's Electronics and walked around for a couple of hours looking at DVDs, Blu-rays, PS3 games. We get back to my brother's place and then people are starting to feel a little hungry. We decide to walk to downtown Mountain View and go to Shiva (Indian buffet).
Too much tasty food was eaten...well, I still made my calories...not even at the the top and I definitely don't want dinner.
Got lots of walking in. It was a 5 mile round trip to lunch/dinner (lunner). I'm at about 19,000 steps for the day. It turned out to be a good one.

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/23/2011 6:24PM

    Hopefully your Vt D level will be low and a somewhat answer to your issues!

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MDTWEETY 1/23/2011 5:59PM

    How do you track calories at the Indian buffet? I have no idea what some of it is, let alone how many calories it has. :)
Glad you had a great day!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/23/2011 2:55PM

    Hooray for finishing the testing! I'm very familiar with the icky vending machine coffee, too. I have one in the break room, and I use it only when I really, really want some coffee and can't make the hike to the coffee shop. I'm glad you got 19k steps in! That's a very good saturday!

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OHSOSVELTE 1/23/2011 1:15PM

    Hey! Glad you made it through all that testing ... what a Saturday!!! Thanks for helping make the flu go away too! You're the best!

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MARCHEM 1/23/2011 11:12AM

    Glad your testing wasn't too awful.

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KAMAPERRY 1/23/2011 9:47AM

    Sounds like an awesome day!! emoticon

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SBATES63 1/23/2011 7:19AM

    Glad you had a good day. I had a day with lots of walking too. I have a mammogram Tuesday. Not looking forward to it, but it's before work so it will be over with. Hope they find out what's wrong soon so you can get back to running, if that is in the cards. I am off running for a few days until my knee ligament stops hurting. Drat!

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JLITT62 1/23/2011 4:49AM

    Wow, 19.000 steps is a lot! Hardly surprising you were hungry after having to wait so long for breakfast.

I'm not sure I'd label that a good day -- no day with a blood draw gets that label from me -- but it sure was balanced!

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MISSMITSY 1/23/2011 4:30AM

    Awesome day!! So glad you got all the yuck stuff over with before 9 am left you loads of time for all the fun stuff!

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LARIESHA 1/22/2011 11:39PM

    Sounds like it all worked out in your favor today! I love when the days go smoothly, except of course forgetting trapped behind the building. Don't care much for coffee never have really drank it. I usually go for a hot chocolate with low fat milk and no whip cream. I go to Starbuck's maybe one a year! Walking is good, if I could get away with it, I would walk everywhere I go. I like to see things as I walk can't browse while driving! That's not safe!

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MIRWYN 1/22/2011 11:37PM

    Woot! It was a productive day here too, woo hoo! I'm beat... sweet dreams!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/22/2011 10:28PM

    lots of walking yeah! great day!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/22/2011 9:59PM

    Hi Nat! i am so glad that you had a fun day and got all of the tests done in record time! and so nice that you have your family near by to spend time with.

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    Sounds like it turned out to be a great day. How are your knees after all that walking?

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/22/2011 9:48PM

    WOW you sure got in ALOT of walking! Sounds like a good productive day!

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GLMOM2 1/22/2011 9:27PM

    WOW! I am tired just reading that!

Sounds like a good day!

Relax tomorrow! emoticon

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Friday Has Come!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sort of a busy day today at work. That's okay because it kept me occupied. But boy was I happy to leave.
It's been an exhausting week.
To further exhaust myself, I decided to do some strength training. Bob Harper Butt & Balance. Didn't want to do too much squatting and lunging. Then I did 40 minutes on the elliptical. A good workout day. In the morning at work I did the 15 minute SP desk workout. It hadn't started getting busy yet.
Tonight I'm not sure if we're going to the model club meeting or not. We certainly have to finish eating dinner by 7pm because I plan on getting my blood drawn at 7am and I need to be fasting for 12 hours. We almost always go out to eat on Friday night but still haven't decided where. My husband isn't home yet at it is 5:40. He better get home soon or I'll have to resort to a frozen meal.
Not a super exciting day. I'm looking forward to tomorrow so I can get my blood drawn and for extra fun also get a mammogram. Then we'll be heading over to my brother's place to have breakfast.
Have a fabulous Friday everyone!!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/22/2011 10:50AM

    That sounds like a great workout! Hopefully you got to eat some good food before the fasting began. emoticon

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JLITT62 1/22/2011 8:06AM

    Hope the blood draw & mammogram weren't too painful!

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MISSMITSY 1/22/2011 5:04AM

    Sounds like a really fun Saturday for you! I hope that you at least get to enjoy spending time with your brother to make up for all the yucky medical stuff!

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LARIESHA 1/22/2011 12:55AM

    I hope all goes well at the lab. Hope you got to eat real food and not that frozen stuff, although some of the meals can be okay. Good Luck!

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KATRINAKRAUT 1/22/2011 12:33AM

    Argh! I hope you were able to eat some real food. My funny mammogram story: Years ago I was getting a mammogram in a small hospital in Wyoming. The exam room was right off of the lobby. The technician put my boob in the machine and started to crank it down. For some reason, I passed out... but because my boob was stuck in the machine (and because there was/is a lot of boob), I kind of stretched out and finally went plop to the cement floor. The technician didn't know what to do. She wanted to open the door and call for help but because I was laying half naked on the floor and the door opened to the waiting room, she was in a tizzy. I was fine. It was fine. And the next year I had the same technician. Poor girl.I'm sure she never wanted to see my face (nor my boob) again! Good luck tomorrow.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/21/2011 10:48PM

    You are a much better patient than me! i rarely do the fasting before tests. maybe from midnight on, but i can't stand to not be able to eat or drink for that many hours.

hope all goes well and they get the pics right on the first try!!

Have a GREAT Weekend!! oh, i am planning on making the cookies on Saturday. hubby will be gone for the day, so i can bake in peace!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/21/2011 9:37PM

    Wow, Bob Harper and elliptical? You go girl!
I hope breakfast is delicious and the tests go well.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/21/2011 9:33PM

    Awesome workout! Hope you were able to eat with your DH before fasting. Good luck at the Docs tomorrow.

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/21/2011 9:23PM

    Wow you go lady! Seems like you put it an very good workout today emoticon

Hope where ever you guys go tonight you have a good time! And good luck with the docs tomorrow!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/21/2011 9:11PM

    good luck tomorrow, did you end up eating frozen food? or did hubby "save" you, lol?

home alone with tot, hubby and daughter watching mary poppins!! 3 yrs or older, so I am stuck home

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 1/21/2011 9:08PM

    Good luck with your tests tomorrow. You are a workout champion. I love any DVD that's called Butt & Balance. ha!

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HALFFAST 1/21/2011 8:50PM

    Good luck tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you!

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JUSTJUSTY 1/21/2011 8:43PM

    Enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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Mild Osteo Seen

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I decided to sleep in this morning. I didn't have the heart to move Malika. She had her paws resting on my left shoulder and her head on her paws. So cute.
Work wasn't particularly busy so I had plenty of time to Spark.
When I got home, I put in 54 minutes on the elliptical and got 4 more miles for the SF to NYC relay. It's only about 250 miles away from NYC right now.
I got an email from my doctor about the weight bearing x-ray:
"Hi Natalie,
Here is a copy of your Xray of the knee mild osteo seen . Similar in both knees.

Well, lovely. What does that really mean? I don't know. Hopefully I'll get a better explanation after the blood work is done. Can I go back to running? I don't know.
Anyway, that's the news so far.
I may get up in the morning to elliptical some more. It depends on if there is a cute sleeping kitty tempting me to stay in bed and if I get enough sleep tonight.
I am very happy tomorrow is Friday. It feels like the week has been very long and draining. Some of that may be due to joint pain. I haven't been taking any pain relievers.
Have a great Thursday night. I'll catch CSI On Demand. Too late for me.

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/22/2011 10:48AM

    I hope the doctors can give you a better explanation and advice about when you can start running again. I'm glad you got to sleep in, and I'm sure Malika feels that way, too!

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BLUEEYESXOXO 1/21/2011 8:19PM

    The doctor could have spoken in "human" terms... Jheesh. Hopefully you get some good news! I could never move a sleeping kitty. More than enough reason to sleep in :)

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MARCHEM 1/21/2011 4:13PM

    Well, at least you know and its mild. Wish the dr. would have told you what you can and can't do.

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KAMAPERRY 1/21/2011 2:02PM

    Hugs, at least it is mild, so maybe they can catch it early?

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/21/2011 1:11PM

    Glad the doc got back to you, I dont know anything about osteo but hopefully its treatable and you can get back to your running!

I am glad its friday too! It definitely has been a long week!

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LARIESHA 1/21/2011 1:04PM

    Since it states that it is Mild Osteo, hopefully it can be fixed. Wishing you all the best. I can see the vision of your cat sleeping, how cute? That would have been my reason to sleep in too!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/21/2011 11:34AM

    emoticon emoticonbummer dudette

I would hope gloucosomine supplement will help?? Fish oil is good too.

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MIRWYN 1/21/2011 10:43AM

    I just don't get doctors sometimes! The cryptic crap they say sometimes drives me batty! Hopefully you get some real feedback soon!

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    Ugh ... doctors. Do you have an appointment with him soon so you can get more information? Hopefully!

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    Ugh sorry you got such a simple diagnosis without any explanation. That is frustrating. I hope you get more detailed information and easy treatment when the blood work comes back.

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JLITT62 1/21/2011 8:56AM

    You might have to see if you can find a sports doctor -- GPs or regular doctors aren't necessarily all that qualified to help you with the running stuff. Sorry it wasn't what you wanted to hear!

Did you see the spark article today about not sleeping with your animals? Like that's going to happen!

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MDTWEETY 1/21/2011 8:02AM

    Awww, sorry. :( The doctor could have at least briefly put that in perspective for you!! Can you call or e-mail back and find out a little bit more today? I really hope you will be able to continue to run. Keep us posted!!

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    ugh doctors can be so dumb sometimes! Why on earth would they send you that half-assed explanation? Just to see if you'll worry and stress over it? yeesh!
I hope it's nothing too serious and you'll be able to work with it, whatever it is. emoticon

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MISSMITSY 1/21/2011 7:07AM

    Oh that's not a great diagnosis at all, I hope that she can give you something a little more useful when she gets the bloods back...

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SBATES63 1/21/2011 6:39AM

    Hope there is a simple help for the osteo, like daily Aleve or something like that. Don't know much about it. How lucky you are to have a kitty to keep you in bed. My dog kicks me out of bed if she thinks I am sleeping too long.

By the way, I have put in 300 minutes on my treadmill since I got it 2 weeks ago. Not too bad for an old girl. Hope you have a great Friday.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/20/2011 10:34PM

    Hey Nat, the mild osteo, hopefully you can do something simple for that. it was nice of the doc to email you the info.

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HALFFAST 1/20/2011 10:32PM

    Hmm, I think I'd have rather gotten nothing than that email :( She could have at least recommended something to take, or something! Sigh. Hang in there! And keep me posted.


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APIRLRAIN888 1/20/2011 10:24PM

    I just googled it ;p


found this, it's 2008, but I am sure you are able to find more info being in your field ;p

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THEHONESTME 1/20/2011 10:12PM

    This has been a very looonnnggg week -- i feel the same way! Sorry to hear you didn't get much of an answer. Doctors! I think maybe that little kitty was put on your shoulder to keep you in bed on purpose -- what do you think? HAHA

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Doctor's Appointment

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I did not do any elliptical today. I was tired and slept in. When I got up my joints were feeling pretty good but by the time I got to work, my knees and elbows were pretty unhappy.
I was done for the day trying to wrangle up people for our study at work, so I headed over to Kaiser for my appointment. I got there about an hour early. That's okay, on a few occasions I've even been seen early. That was not the case today. My appointment was supposed to be at 3:10 but I didn't get called back to see the doctor until after 4:00. She asked lots of questions, she looked at my knees, she listened to my heart and lungs. This was a yearly checkup originally. She said that along with the regular blood tests, she would check for arthritis and also check my vitamin D level. That's good because I was going to ask her if I could have my vitamin D level checked because I wear sunscreen every day and it's usually SPF 100. She doesn't think that I have rheumatoid arthritis, but I could have osteoarthritis. I could also be vitamin D deficient which can cause joint issues. She did send me to get x-rays of my knees since those are the worst joints. We'll see what they turn up and what happens with the blood tests. I won't be doing those until Saturday because I need to be fasting and their lab opens too late (6:30am) during the week for me to go before work. I should have some sort of idea of what's going on by early next week.
She did say no running or jumping (so no jumping jacks or jump rope...sorry, Jillian), until she at least sees the x-rays. Elliptical is okay.
So the answer is, we don't know yet.
If I don't stay up too late tonight, I'll try getting up in the morning to exercise. It's already getting late so I guess I should wind this down and get to bed soon.
I'll keep you updated!

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THEHONESTME 1/20/2011 10:07PM

    Please do keep us updated! I hope it turns out to be something easily "fixed". The important thing is to take care of yourself! Let us know how you make out.

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/20/2011 8:32PM

    Glad you got your check up and you soon will be getting results! Like your doc said just take it easy and yea let Jillian know you will be on medical leave from her for a while lol

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/20/2011 7:02PM

    Good luck with the upcoming results. Take it easy on the knees til you know. Glad you got it checked.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/20/2011 1:32PM

    Good luck with your results. The waiting game is the hardest when you just want to know what is wrong! For my blood work, my doc also had them check my Vit D levels and I'll be finding out the results on Monday. Jillian will be very upset that you can't do jumping jacks and jump rope but hopefully she'll get over it! ;)

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BREW99 1/20/2011 1:19PM

    Ugh! I never enjoy having to starve before those tests. I feel sorry for the nurses that have to draw blood - all those cranky people that just want a cookie or something. emoticonGood Luck! Crossing fingers everything turns out okay!

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LARIESHA 1/20/2011 12:36PM

    Happy that you went to the Dr. and sorry you had to wait so long, I usually schedule my appts first thing in the morning or right after lunch if possible. I hate waiting in the waiting rooms. I hope you find out soon! My Vitamin D was low this summer, too hot to soak up the rays here in Sac in the afternoon. But I started taking the Costco brand multivitamin and my levels went back to normal. Hope you are feeling good today!

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KAMAPERRY 1/20/2011 12:14PM

    I hate waiting, but at least you will know. emoticon

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MARCHEM 1/20/2011 11:11AM

    Sorry you don't know more, but glad you're on the way to finding out.

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FLYER99 1/20/2011 10:53AM

    Hi Nat! The results of the blood tests should be interesting. Do you know is they did a blood test called "RF" (rheumatoid factor)? The result of that gives an idea of the chances of rheumatoid arthritis. Have a super duper day!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/20/2011 10:42AM

    Lets hope for the Vit D issue!!! I take a supplement every day as mine was low 2 yrs ago. I get my supplements thru Swansons Vitamins . com
very happy with them.

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HALFFAST 1/20/2011 9:40AM

    I'm with Judy in thinking that its Vitamin D deficiency, and that's an easy one to fix! Sending good vibes your way!

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MISSMITSY 1/20/2011 6:01AM

    Fingers crossed for the nice simple vitamin D diagnoses for you! I'm glad she's taking the time to really get to the bottom of the issue though, even if you do still have to wait at least you know she's taking things seriously...

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MDTWEETY 1/20/2011 6:01AM

    Glad you are getting it checked out! I hope you find relief soon. I also hope it's just your vitamin D levels and not arthritis!!

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JLITT62 1/20/2011 5:27AM

    I would bet you are vitamin d deficient -- most of us are. But you'll know soon enough, and then hopefully you can do something about it & feel better.

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/20/2011 2:27AM

    bummer that there is still no concrete answer, but at least you can still elliptical. Hope you had a good book to keep you entertained while you waited so long for your appt :)

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/19/2011 11:14PM

    Hey Nat! glad you finally got in and have the tests lined up. bummer that you have to wait on the labs. a bit odd, huh, since you work in one.
i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 13 years ago, but i found out that the more i let the pain be the boss of me, the more pain i was in. now i just ignore it for the most part. so hopefully once you find out what the cause of your pain is, you will be able to be the boss of it!!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/19/2011 11:01PM

    wow guess we still need to wait

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