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Taking time for the second guessing

Friday, July 25, 2014

Over-peopled as I was, I decided to take a half day vacation yesterday. I delegated an afternoon meeting to a team member who is more suited for the topic of the meeting anyway... and came home to do a couple of loads of laundry and chill.

The second guessing of training has truly been going on all week, as I have NOT been working out, other that walking and massaging the calf that had cramped on me last Saturday in the Open Water Swim. Got the pre-race e-mail about next Sunday's event later in the day... and of course, the second guessing came full to the front.

emoticon voice complains about what I eat, how I train, whether I should be tapering this much, etc. I'm kind of used to it by now. I have come to accept that the second guessing is ALSO a part of the process. The nerves are a part of the process. And it will all become worth it when I cross the finish line. If I didn't like it, why would I do this to myself?

I also ended up succumbing to overeating last night... over 3000 calories on the day. This also seems to be part of my process. And as long as I pull in my horns and don't let it get away from me today or tomorrow, this should be OK, too. Carb loading? Maybe? Sleep aid? Maybe. Dunno, but definitely a reaction to the over-peopling and pre-race anxiety.

Funny thing, I have heard the NOW (never overweight) people talk about their days of eating extra... seems the POW (previously overweight) like me are not the only ones who eat in response to stress / anxiety. Is the difference just in how we react AFTER the fact? Perhaps.

Anyway, the scale reflects that extra eating this morning, and I'm OK with that. Still under the goal weight. Mentally strong for today and tomorrow, then coiled spring on Sunday, right? Of course right, Yenta!

LIFE is good. It's better when I am fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits have journeys that touch along the way. Creatively, consciously, and consistently (remember, not perfectly) making choices to support the goals, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!

emoticon Namaste.

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WORDLILY 7/25/2014 11:16AM

    I think you'll be fine. As you said, mentally strong today and tomorrow, and event Sunday!

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    emoticon Sunday!!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/25/2014 9:45AM

    I always second-guess my training too (we do half marathons) but it always turns out great. I think the adrenaline of race day gets us through! You'll do great.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/25/2014 9:41AM

    Interesting thought about NOW vs. POW reactions after the fact. Are we POWs affected by that guilt that NOWs would not feel after the same eating/overeating event? Maybe.

Think you've got this process down and your acceptance of the stress and reactions is positive. I'm going for coiled spring today, too. Best wishes for a great race! Thanks for all your support. -Marsha

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GABY1948 7/25/2014 9:38AM

    Hush that second guessing...WE all know how great you are and so does the enemy in your head that second guesses you!

You will EXCEL this always do!

God bless your race and you! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/25/2014 8:55AM

    Giving you a gentle hug and telling you it will be okay. Your strong mental attitude will get you through this to the weekend. HUGS!

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KANOE10 7/25/2014 8:50AM

    You are still under goal weight and are staying mentally strong! You will have a great race on Sunday! The NOWs that I know stay calm and simply cut back if they have up pounds.

You are doing well despite stresses and second guessing!


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DDOORN 7/25/2014 8:40AM

    Sounds like you are taking the wise course of listening to your body...onward! :-)


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WATERMELLEN 7/25/2014 8:07AM

    You'll be good: that matter of fact acceptance of the second-guessing is key!!

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SANDICANE 7/25/2014 7:47AM

    Coiled for spring on Sunday...I love that! You go girl...still under goal weight and attacking new goals!!!! You life!!

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MIRAGE727 7/25/2014 7:46AM

    This week was Tri week for me. I fueled up Mon-Wed and then focused on hydration. Yep, went up a couple of pounds but know the way my system is working now. I've also had events which have played with me mentally. I'm going to be smart about my Triathlon tomorrow and work on a clean performance over any time goal. It usually works out better all around! Stay strong, Barb! You're rockin' it right!

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BA5454 7/25/2014 7:37AM

    Interesting observation about the NOWs and POWs. Hadn't really thought about the difference, but it makes sense. Hope your weekend goes well ;-)

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ALICIA363 7/25/2014 7:34AM

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The comedy of a recording scale...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

emoticon I probably blogged about it when I got the Withings Healthmate scale back last September, I think it was, when my old less fancy scale finally gave up the ghost.

This one interacts with web sites, synchs with automatically, etc. You can set up profiles for family members, height, gender, activity levels, etc., and it uses this to calculate body fat percentages using the electrical resistance method. My old scale did similar things, but it didn't upload to a website or blue-tooth to a tablet or phone to do settings.

One of the "features" of this scale (and I'm sure there are others out there that do similar things) is that when you step on it, and it finds your weight, it decides who you are among the profiles you have set up. So SPINNINGJW, who has a profile on my set up, and myself, are automatically detected as being us, and our statistics credited to us on the website.

Y'all heard in earlier blogs that Jen was visiting different days this week, due to family stuff going on. This time, which is different, she had her young adult daughter with her.

This morning when I went in to do my once daily weigh-in, I noticed the scale was in a slightly different position than usual. This would be expected if for example, someone unfamiliar with the layout of that bathroom stubbed their toe on it, or shuffled it around for easier access to shower or cupboards or whatever. No problem, I just start adjusting it back... step on. Not sure I like what it says... adjust the position of the scale a bit, weigh again... whoa, that's different by over a pound... not sure I like WHERE it is sitting on the floor patter, adjust it again, weigh again. I figure I can delete the extra entries on the website (another feature), and keep the one I like (i.e. I think is most likely accurate/consistent given position of scale matching where it usually is).

Cool beans, I see the number I'm going to pick, and go to the smart phone app to delete the spurious entries... and...

I find this anomaly: an entry about ten pounds off, attributed to me. At a time I did not weigh in. I scratched my head a bit, deleted it, along with the other two I wasn't going to keep... then in a few minutes (call it fuzzy morning brain)... I realized what it was! My niece must have used the scale... and it decided she was close enough to my numbers to attribute it to ME. Being untrained for the scale itself, she didn't know to tell it that it picked the wrong profile, or even to hang around long enough to get her body fat measurement (wonder what it would have done with THAT, given it thought she was me?)

Doesn't take a lot to amuse me. The number? It was ten pounds LESS than I had weighed in at that day... she's just a slip of a gal, very small boned. I would have been gravely concerned if I really weighed that... I was already trying to gain a couple back. Fortunately for me, today, it looks like I'm moving in the right direction.

LIFE is good. It's so much better when I'm fit. It is at its best when shared with kindred spirits as our paths in life touch. Consistently, consciously, and creatively making choices to support the long-term aims of a healthy lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day.

emoticon Namaste.

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I was considering the balance scale used to weight brides to dowry their weight in gold.
Then I realized it'd take a lot...Ft Knox is locked.

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ROXYZMOM 7/25/2014 6:28AM

    emoticon That scale sounds awesome!

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SWEDE_SU 7/24/2014 11:45PM

    and life is good - even when our techie toys mess up!

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BOOKAPHILE 7/24/2014 11:35PM

    That kind of reading will get your eyes open fast!

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GABY1948 7/24/2014 7:16PM

    WHoa, now I think that is a little TOO techie for me...But you? I know you are so techie and the more the better! emoticon emoticon

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DLDMIL 7/24/2014 7:16PM

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1CRAZYDOG 7/24/2014 1:24PM

    Glad you solved the mystery of the wayward weight! LOL


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LINDAKAY228 7/24/2014 11:31AM

    She got caught ha ha. Glad you really aren't that much under. Sometimes scales and other tech gadgets are subject to human error.

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DALID414 7/24/2014 11:21AM

    emoticon tech toys that rat people out! emoticon

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SHARON2014 7/24/2014 9:44AM

    This is funny! I have a Fitbit Aria - what I don't like it that it weighs me about 3 lbs. heavier than my old scale so for consistency in the challenge I am in, I use the old scale. Once in a while I use the Aria for my body fat % and darn!... the next time I look at my SP weight it has registered the gain! Then when I re-enter my old scale reading, everyone thinks I have lost weight!! Too funny! Now that I am through with this challenge I will use the Aria exclusively - it probably is more accurate anyway! emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/24/2014 9:20AM

    emoticon Have to love technology. I wonder what DH would say if I purchased a scale like this. He doesn't use the one I have now.

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/24/2014 8:47AM

    Funny! emoticon


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GLORIAMAJDI 7/24/2014 8:45AM

    That is funny, I don't have a "smart" scale but I would love to have one...I like gadgets.

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LORIVIOLA 7/24/2014 8:38AM

    that's an interesting way to start the day!
glad you sorted it out.

have a marvelous day!
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COASTAL6 7/24/2014 8:29AM

    Good Morning emoticon

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KANOE10 7/24/2014 7:55AM

    That was an amusing error of technology. What a fun scale.

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AUNTRENEE 7/24/2014 7:49AM

    I'm glad that I don't have those kind of scales.

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MOBYCARP 7/24/2014 7:37AM

    LOL. Techno toys are so much fun, especially when they're not as smart as they're supposed to be!

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WATERMELLEN 7/24/2014 7:37AM

    Oh you high tech gals -- constantly reminding me that really I should join the 21st century sometime within the next decade!!

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SPINNINGJW 7/24/2014 7:36AM

    Katy will be amused.

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MIRAGE727 7/24/2014 7:36AM

    Nice morning read, Barb!

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ELRIDDICK 7/24/2014 7:32AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Unusual week

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Normally the week of the Cornhusker State Games is a quiet one for me. The heat, the work schedule, form a backdrop as I do one weekend's event (Open Water Swim) then taper a bit and do the triathlon the next weekend. Sometimes I have been known to take the day after the tri off work as vacation.

This week has been plastered with lots of family stuff... between the one sister's hospital side-trip (by the way, for those of you who expressed something about 3 times every year, it hasn't been EVERY year, just the past year)... and family visitors at a different time than the usual pattern due to their own "death in the family" obligations... and of course work would be in a meeting heavy phase... so that this introvert ends up on the "over-peopled" side.

Fortunately, my family knows this of me, and is respectful and understanding when I retire to my own room before they are ready to call it a night. Doesn't stop me from feeling a pinch guilty for not being a better hostess (mom's voice still echoes in my head)... but as SPINNINGJW firmly reminded me, "You are not a hostess, you are FAMILY!" Thank goodness for folks who accept you for who you are.

And last night, my son was particularly chatty via instant message, letting me know something that he might have been holding back earlier... that his wife went in for some medical stuff this week, too! Yikes. Never rains, people, but it pours. And... he wants me to come over next weekend (probably Saturday) to help him put a basketball hoop together for his backyard. emoticon That should give HIM a play outlet, right there where his dog can hang out with him.

In the midst of all this, I haven't had a whole lot of "soak" time to start second guessing my training. It is what it is. If I don't get a single workout in this week, we shall have the coiled spring thing going next Sunday. emoticon emoticon emoticon And if I do get a couple of light workouts in (taper)... it will relieve some of the other pressures in life.

LIFE is still good (even when it is stressful). It is better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits have paths that touch from time to time. Creatively, consistently and consciously making choices to support a healthy and active lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 7/24/2014 11:47PM

    i also like to retire early with the over-peopled thing. we have guests all summer here in sweden and it is my best defense mechanism (along with getting up early before anyone else!). hope things calm down for you soon!

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LEANJEAN6 7/24/2014 7:15AM

    Oh Barb---lotza stress eh??-----You know how to handle it however ------My heart goes out to you---Hugs-Lynda

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HOT4FITNESS 7/24/2014 4:06AM

    Your friend is right. You are not a hostess, you are family. Which I needed to remember myself this past month when my son got married. I have enough to do than to worry what the out of town family is going ot eat, drink, be entertained with, or what timet hey will be calling it a night. Great attitude you have there about your workouts. What is done is done!! Keep up the good work and get some well needed rest.

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MJREIMERS 7/23/2014 9:22PM

    I get peopled out, as well. Family should understand.

I hope you get some "me time" as/and some training in. I always feel better after I get a chance to work out. Either way, you will do great this weekend. I believe it was you that said something like if I cross the finish line with a smile it was a good race. Or something to that extent.

Enjoy the time while family is here. Don't worry about your tri. Know that we all are cheering you on!


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GABY1948 7/23/2014 9:20PM

    You are truly blessed with the family you have! Not just for the reasons you mentioned. And as an introvert too, I totally understand and most people that know me are like your family and respect that in me also!

Have a great evening!

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WOMANWITHGRIT 7/23/2014 8:52PM

    I always love reading your last paragraph -- your refrain, as it were. All true. And for me to be on that approach, I do need time alone. I've learned to respect that and to tell the difference between this recharging time and isolating -- which is *not* good for me!

Thanks for blogging about this.

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DALID414 7/23/2014 8:20PM

    My sis knows when I'm over peopled, too!
We're 2 years apart and have our own 'twins' language, which sometimes is just a look.

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    Yes, s$#&t happens.
We move on and get things done.
Good for you!

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LINDAKAY228 7/23/2014 6:10PM

    You really have had a busy week! I can so relate to your introvert status as I am one too. And I understand completely your need to withdraw at times. I went to see my middle son Friday evening until early Monday morning when he had to go to work. So it was him, his fiancÚ that I met for the first time, her 6 year old daughter, and my two grandsons he has every other weekend. I really enjoyed the visit but that was enough time. He's only 3 1/2 hours away now, instead of 14 hours when I lived in New Mexico and it was a major deal for either of us to make the trip. He could drive straight through being about 29 the last time he did it, but had to take a whole week off from work for the trip. I couldn't drive straight through and had to stay overnight somewhere so it was a 2 day trip each way for me and a week or so off work. Last time either of us did that was 4 years ago. We've communicated other ways but it's so nice to be closer and get to see them more often hopefully. But that was long enough a visit for me and I enjoyed my quiet time on the way over and back and being back home. I hope your sister gets better soon and things get easier for you in general.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/23/2014 3:07PM

    Best wishes with your unusual preparation for your games. I feel pretty confident you will do very well whatever happens. Good you can be there for family and those who need you, and that family understands some of your needs, too. Take care. Enjoy your taper!

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WATERMELLEN 7/23/2014 1:34PM

    I am absolutely prone to getting "peopled out" and it's great your sister doesn't require you to be a "hostess" (one of my least fave roles in life frankly!!).

You'll get through the week and be just fine for next weekend . . . yes you will!

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DLDMIL 7/23/2014 10:56AM

    hugs and prayers for everyone including you. Hope you are able to go for a run, bike ride today or tomorrow to release the spring. I also agree with your sister, that you do not need to entertain your family all the time. We introverts need our space.

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MSLZZY 7/23/2014 9:19AM

    Hope everyone in the family continues to recover and those will medical issues get the help they need. We had a basketball hoop for years but now that the boys are gone, it was given to a family with younger children. And life goes on. Spark off to a spectacular day!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/23/2014 8:22AM

    Seeeeeee . . . your sis said it too . . . you don't have to entertain family! So just do what you do for you .

AS for your statement that when it rains it pours, I can only say it is a DELUGE !!


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SPINNINGJW 7/23/2014 8:04AM

    FAMILY is not required to entertain its own members. Thank you for providing "crash space." It is very much appreciated whether or not you are up to interacting with me. Retiring to your bedroom is what you need to do for YOU, and I do understand this.

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KANOE10 7/23/2014 8:00AM

    Between many family issues, work being in a meeting heavy phase, and people visiting you have been pulled in many directions. I can see why you would reach the 'over-peopled " phase. Family does understand. I often go to sleep earlier than others and let them stay up and enjoy themselves.
When it rains, it pours. I have never figured out why problems seem to multiply at once, but they often do.
I hope all of the health issues with your son's wife and your sister will be better.
Plus, behind all of this activity is needing time to workout and to keep training.
You are doing well in your unusual week.

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    Hang in there - it will get better

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Dueling computers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Having a great evening with three computers at the dining room table. SPINNINGJW and her daughter are here... we're looking things up online and discussing, kind of like grandma and grandpa used to do with reading the newspaper. Modern tools for a modern family, but still the intellectual comparison and conversation.

What are we looking up, you might ask? Well, our sister just went home from the hospital, having had a "gut" issue that landed her there. She asked her doctors whether there was anything she could do to prevent / avoid this happening, i.e. reduce the risk.

Her doctors told her no, not really. Due to surgery that she had over 30 years ago, on occasion the scar tissue around where the sutures were gets inflamed, and she will have a partial blockage... which, as mentioned, can land her in hospital.

She passed the doctors' opinion (i.e. nothing you can do, you were just unlucky) along to the rest of the family, and of course, multiple opinions arise. I thought of KALIGIRL's research into anti-inflammatory eating that she blogged about last year. One of sis's daughters is a big fan of paleo eating, and is sending a book on THAT. We're all thinking.

Is it not at least worth asking the doctors "will it hurt anything if I try this?" about any option she decides she might want to try. I anticipate there will be more "experiment of one" work in the family future. Because landing in a hospital three times in a year at random times? Not what we would call optimal. This sister doesn't Spark, but she's always taken pretty good care of herself... so it will be interesting to see what if any changes she decides to try.

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It's at its best when kindred spirits have touch points on our individual journeys. Creatively, consciously, and consistently making choices that support a healthy lifestyle... I am solidly GRATEFUL for each, and every day! emoticon Namaste.

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DDOORN 7/24/2014 6:38AM

    It's always worthwhile to run our own experiments...GL with all your "tweaks"! :-)


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SLENDERELLA61 7/23/2014 3:10PM

    Hoping your sister finds just what she needs to stay healthy, feeling good, and out of the hospital. Good of all of you to be on the lookout for what might do it. Sure hope your life gets back -- well, maybe not less exciting, but more predictable. Take care, Marsha

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WORDLILY 7/23/2014 10:10AM

    Experimenting is definitely worthwhile. Sometimes the doctors just don't have all the answers, at least not yet. There's so much about these bodies that we don't understand yet.

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SANDICANE 7/23/2014 7:22AM

    I concur with most of the above comments! More information is better...just b/c one person says one thing...doesn't make it true.

I love the concept of paleo...I mean's like getting back to our cave-man days without having to dodge those man-eating fellow planet-sharers!!! And, I FEEL AMAZING when I eat paleo, perhaps it will help her too!

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SHRINKBUG 7/23/2014 5:04AM

    How frustrating for your sister! To generally take good care of herself, yet end up in the hospital several random times each year. And no medical guidance to move forward. Let's hope with the research/support she receives from you and other family, and by literally listening to her own gut, she finds a diet healthier for her and avoids future visits to the hospital.

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DLDMIL 7/23/2014 1:11AM

    Due to some recent health issues of my own. I am juicing. No, it is not for everyone, but I can get all of the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, vitamin, minerals, etc. in 2 juices a day. Then eat a meal in the evening (gluten free, free range protein, low human intervention foods as possible).

Research Jason Vale, super juice me.

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KPETSCHE 7/23/2014 12:45AM

    I would definitely research some of the anti-inflammatory diets out there. She should be able to control some of the problems by adjusting her eating to what works better for her system and condition.

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WATERMELLEN 7/22/2014 9:44PM

    Research/second opinion: you will all join together to do whatever you can to help.

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/22/2014 9:39PM

    I definitely agree on researching this - or perhaps getting a second opinion. Glad your sister is out of the hospital, a hospital is not a good place to be!

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MSLZZY 7/22/2014 9:17PM

    Hope you can help her find a solution since the doctors haven't given her much to go on. One thing I have noted that may help a bit-drink water.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/22/2014 8:59PM

    So often it is a matter of doing your own research and seeing how it works for you. OF COURSE in a situation like your sister's, it's always good to discuss it with them, . . . share the information you've found!

That's good that you all are doing research, too. Sometimes it just takes another set of eyes to find something that could work.

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GEORGE815 7/22/2014 8:45PM

    Life is better when your fit!

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Extra ears

Monday, July 21, 2014

They tell folks when they go to meet with medical people to take someone along. This is so wise and important, and SOME of us are so stubborn as to think we can go it alone (cough... me... cough).

Watching my sister's teacher friend and how organized she is in being those "extra ears" has taught me much. I serve this way as a back-up, but gee, some people just have a knack, you know what I mean?

Every doctor seen, name written down. Every drug dose, time administered, recorded. Every bathroom visit, walk down the hall, meal or even drink of water, etc. Why? Because in a medical setting, any/all of these could be important. Yes, the hospital records most of this, but they might not be in the room for some things.

For example: questions the patient has mentioned wanting to ask can be written down and gone over with the staff later. Why? Because of drugs and distractions that might cause the questions to be missing from the mind when the medical folks show up in the room.

Later, at home, when the questions arise, there is a record. In case you need to follow up with a phone call, you have the names as recorded by yourself. Many people easily accept this need when it comes to medical matters.

Many of us here on Spark also accept our own need to track nutrition and exercise carefully to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight range. Good record keeping, and touching base with others who have been listening can truly help us stay on track in self-care, whether it is healthy lifestyle of "normal" or in the more challenging setting of dealing with illness/injury.

To those who model good habits, THANK YOU ALL!

LIFE is good! It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits who have paths with touching points encourage one another along the way. Creatively, consistently, and consciously making choices that support ongoing health, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day! emoticon

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DLDMIL 7/22/2014 5:23PM

    Great blog and very timely for me. Thank you for reminding me to write down the questions. Because I sometimes get to dwelling on one and forget the others.

Hugs and prayers for your family.

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    oh yes and every good Dr. would agree too!

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LINDAKAY228 7/22/2014 11:42AM

    When I had a stroke for a few months afterwards I had my oldest son or DIL go with me and be those extra ears. They are both in the medical field and got information from the hospitals too that I was too drugged up to understand. Now I go by myself, as I am doing better and they are so busy they kind of dropped out. When my mom was alive (she died at 81) she had a hard time sometimes in the doctor's office, partly because she didn't always understand or because she was of the generation where she didn't question the doctor but I did. She was also a little hard of hearing and didn't catch everything. I was there the last several years for every medical appointment and hospitalization to be her extra ears. I also have a Road-ID and paid for the online service, which I think it only about $10 a year, and keep my information updated on their web page. I wear it when I'm out and first responders or paramedics can access the information by calling the number on the inside of the Road-ID. It had medications, history of illness/problems, insurance info, allergies, emergency contacts, and a whole lot of stuff that they can call in and get if I am out and can't answer for myself. I can't run now but I do walk and wear it so if anything happened the information is available.

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_LINDA 7/21/2014 11:40PM

    I always have a complete medical record dating back to when I was a child to take to each new Dr. I see. Its simply too much writing to fill out all their forms with medications and history. I actually started tracking when I was a teenager. Later I learned to make sure I kept track of test dates as well. I had no idea they could track down my record of surgery when I was nine years old as well as X-Rays!! This was before electronics! Having someone along on an appointment is good, but writing down all questions and concerns is critical if you have no one. The idea of tracking things in hospital is a good one too. I have no problem with that because I know what things are important to my care, and also what they are watching out for.
Here is to being your own best advocate in health and wellness!

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TRUE-NESS 7/21/2014 11:00PM

    Definitely. Doctors sometimes speak so quickly and are on to the next patient. Most of the good ones in my HMO (Kaiser) will include all necessary information and instructions in the after visit summary. Sometimes you have to say, "can you include that in the AVS" if you know you'll forget. That's what I do.

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KOHINOOR2 7/21/2014 9:03PM

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    You said it!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/21/2014 1:14PM

    Very good idea. Hubby and I don't always do that for each other and we would benefit if we did. Thanks for this good blog and thanks to those role models who teach us good things!!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/21/2014 1:11PM

    Couldn't agree MORE. My widowed 80-year-old mother is undergoing chemo for lung cancer (she's never smoked) but refuses to let anyone go to the doctor with her. She's on information overload but won't let anyone help. I'm going to share your blog with her so maybe she'll change her mind.

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DALID414 7/21/2014 12:49PM

    I was chatting with sis about possibly getting myself a medical bracelet, with my new found allergy to penicillin! Her and moms are on prescription meds, I have photos of all labels and know the reasons for taking each. It would be SO much easier if moms realized she could stop taking them if she lost weight! (Sis has no gallbladder so she can't rid herself of hers.)

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LORIVIOLA 7/21/2014 11:53AM

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WORDLILY 7/21/2014 10:32AM

    Yep, even at a regular doctor's visit I've often experienced the questions fleeing my brain. Or if I'd written down the answers, maybe the followup questions would have presented themselves while I was still there, instead of after I'd left!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/21/2014 9:50AM

    For sure, I always have things written down, always! That10 minutes per patient allotted for the Dr. to care for you (insert a bit of sarcasm here) means you have to be PREPARED!

I always bring my meds. Don't want to skip anything if there could be an interaction. Supplements? Those too.

I once brought an article to my thyroid Dr. and he said, and I quote, "Mrs. L., you read too much!" What????????????????? Well, hmmmm . . . found that door and a new Dr.

Great blog, great reminders.


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MSLZZY 7/21/2014 9:38AM

    Writing it down makes it real and can come in handy so many times. Don't depend on your memory for everything!

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KANOE10 7/21/2014 8:43AM

    I am hoping your sister is doing better and glad that your other sister is there as well. I totally agree from experience the need for an extra pair of ears in dealing with doctors and also with the value of tracking medical information. Hang in there. Keeping your family in my prayers.

The analogy works the same with maintenance. Tracking nutrition and fitness are great tools. But having the support at Spark helps immensely as well. I am appreciative of the insightful comments that people here offer.

Comment edited on: 7/21/2014 8:56:41 AM

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SPINNINGJW 7/21/2014 8:11AM

    Thank you Barb. I agree that sometimes when one is in the "rush" of the doctor/staff giving the information, some of it may get lost in the shuffle, or mis-remembered.

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GOLFGMA 7/21/2014 7:42AM

    When Dad had Cancer my Sister took a recorder along and recorded all our questions and the answers and suggestions the Dr. said and he was OK with this and it helped us with Dad's care.

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WATERMELLEN 7/21/2014 7:01AM

    Excellent idea, to record all that info in a hospital: you just never know when it will be relevant and useful. Plus emotion inevitably clouds our recollections when the patient is a close relative.

Another suggestion I read recently for persons in hospital; having a "help yourself" dish of wrapped candy (!!!! I know, I know) for hospital personnel markedly increases the quality of attention and the number of visits the patient receives. It's "read" as a token of appreciation for kindly care, apparently: plus so many hospital personnel are rushed off their feet and lack the opportunity to get regular meals and are actually hungry . . .

All best.

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DDOORN 7/21/2014 6:56AM

    Just as in SP tracking, medical tracking can be a challenge, but the rewards keep on rolling in! :-)


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GABY1948 7/21/2014 6:28AM

    Outstanding blog, Barb! I, for one, find that ***I don't remember EVERYTHING anymore*** without writing it down, even the smallest thing.

Thank you so much for passing all of this along!

Praying for sis will not stop! I do remember to pray!

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LEANJEAN6 7/21/2014 6:05AM

    so true--- One gets into Panic Mode--at a Dr's office--a friend beside you would help!--Lynda

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WDIPIM 7/21/2014 5:51AM

  Amen - some of us are on borrowed time. God is good. God Bless

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