Sunday, April 03, 2011
Hubby and I went shopping yesterday. Probably overspent, but oh, well! Everything we bought was necessary and relatively healthy. He is 3 lbs away from his goal weight & needs to concentrate on getting more protein & fiber. I, as always, need to work on less fat & sodium and more protein.
Big thrills for the day were finding reduced sodium black olives at Fred Meyer/Kroger and Orange flavor La Croix seltzer at Walmart.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE black olives but thought I would have to give them up due to the sodium. Now I can toss a couple into a salad or garnish my small bagel with reduced fat cream cheese again! Yay! They are definitely different, but still olive-y and good--in moderation.
Since quitting pop have been drinking La Croix seltzer (no sodium or sweetener, just carbonated water & flavor) but could not find my favorite Orange. None of the local stores that carried other flavors would special order it for me, either :-(. So was delighted to find Orange at Wally World. They had Berry too, which I've never tried. What can I say, I like bubbles? Even if the budget is tight, I'd like to make room for them.
The other discovery was that the "handicapped carts" at Walmart have a 500 lb weight capacity, and that I can use one without completely dying of embarassment. I only crashed into 1 rack & bumped 1 person. It's also hard to find things from a seated position! The wierdest thing is, you have to load your purchases into a regular cart before going out to the car, which reduces the convenience. Apparently someone got hit in the parking lot & sued, so no more going outside. But...I managed to do WalMart without being in tears from exhaustion & pain for the first time in a couple of years. That was very nice :-) Even nicer was not running into anyone I know. This is another time in my life for lessons in humility, but not while I'm learning to steer, please!
Of course, it will be nice to get a new hip and not need so much help to get thru the store! I'm trying not to obsess, but one of my friends asked so I put a countdown on my Facebook page. I gained back 5 lbs after getting the surgery scheduled--and that only took a couple of days--but am back on track and down 1 more pound net. 8 more need to go to make my doc happy, I'm shooting for 15 before surgery, along with boosting my albumin and hematocrit.
One of my fabulous co-workers just donated 40 hours of leave with me in mind (we have a brand new shared leave policy). My supervisor got the OK for me to also do some work from home if I need to either before or after surgery. There are a few tasks that might actually be better from home (less interruptions) and I can take on some of the more annoying tasks for co-workers to pay back for them occasionally covering for me. As Martha would say, It's a good thing!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saw the hip doctor today. He kept us waiting until after 1 p.m. for an 11:30 a.m. appointment--must be nice to be good enough at what you do to get away with that (he does it routinely according tostaff). I'm glad hubby came with so I had someone to talk to. He was glad he came because some guy in the high rise next door stripped when the "maid" came in--he loves a free show :-)
I weighed in at 311 with clothes, having been told to get to 315 by this appointment. A few cursory questions to determine that, yes, my hip still hurts like crazy and doesn't bend anymore, review that I'm not an ideal surgical risk (duh!), a new Xray, and next thing I know I'm on the calendar for June 24, 2011. I still have to be under 300 to get the surgery done, the farther under the better. He suggested I not consider quitting the "diet" until I'd lost another 75. I told him I'll be happy to just lose enough to get the surgery done & then we'll see where things go. Geez, doctors, work your ass off (well, part of it) and they're never satisfied!
They swabbed my nose for MRSA, guess they check everyone which I think is great. If I don't get a call I'm clear, if they do call I get antibiotics. (Wonder if I could claim worker's comp with all our MRSA+ patients?)
He sent me down to the lab to get my A1C checked (it has always been in the 6's so should be fine) and hematocrit. Told them I'd be aniemic, and I was. I've done iron supplements in the past with little result so now they want me to double up on the iron (hello constipation!) and add extra folic acid. I already take about 20 pills a day, what's a few more, right? I also have an appointment for May to get a shot or two of Epo (a hormone that stimulates your marrow to make red cells). And I'll have to consent to transfusion, just in case.
The important thing is--I'm on the surgical calendar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I can hardly stand it--my next consult with the hip surgeon is Monday at 11:30 a.m.! Can't wait!
Today I weighed just under 312 lbs (I was 310 Saturday) and I need to be at 315 or below to get surgery scheduled. I usually don't weigh so often, but this is high stakes and not knowing really bothers me!
Some serious diet sabotage went on yesterday. Refined sugar, fat, sodium like crazy. (Damned free Employee Appreciation Day food!) I stopped when I realized there was an obnoxious voice in the back of my head saying "You know YOU never could lose weight. Not really, and if you did it wouldn't stay off." What was I listening to *her* for? (She sounds suspiciously like my grandmother...) Got back on track and ate a very sensible salad for dinner with roasted, no sodium added chicken for protein.
All I need to do in the next few days is maintain. If I lose another pound or two (I will if I quit mainlining sodium and add some fiber!) that's a great little bonus. I *AM* going to get on the surgical schedule! I *AM* going to get this surgery done, even if I won't quite have enough leave to cover it. I *WILL* figure out a way to make all this work!
I'm planning to ask for a late June surgery date. Would like to do it sooner, but that will give me time to drop the next 15 lbs and my sis-in-law will be off work for the summer by then too. Hubby is doing well on his new medication, but with this recent manic episode I feel more comfortable with a back up plan since I'll need help at home & can't count on my daughters.
I just hope my legs will stay under me until then. The last few days have been hell. I go to work, maybe make a stop at the grocery store (that takes twice as long as it should cuz I move so slow), and by the time I'm home I'm in tears. Worthless for the rest of the evening. Thank goodness hubby is very understanding and helpful despite his own health problems. I'm going to have to ask about stronger pain meds. My "good" hip hurts much worse than the bad one at this point and at some point I'll be saying "I've fallen and I can't get up." Please let it not be at work!
From the waist up, however, things are going great. Hubby is better. Dogs are back. Daughter isn't yet but I'm enjoying the break from teen drama. We got all kinds of electrical stuff fixed in the house for a very reasonable price. (A co-worker with an electrician husband felt sorry for me & sent him over to do good deeds.) Tax refund should be here shortly which will let me do a couple of long overdue home maintenance items, get the clutch in my car fixed, etc. A friend had a crisis that seems to have resolved itself. I'm caught up at my full time job & nearly so for my part time one. Happy sigh!
So now I'm just waiting for Monday, reminding myself of an old Mervyn's commercial. The one with the woman pressing her nose to the door saying "Open, open, open."
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Hubby is home, we're adapting to life with one car (complicated!), and it's time for me to get back on track. My re-check with the hip surgeon is in 1 1/2 week!
Early on I was losing weight rapidly enough that I thought I just might be at his "goal" weight by this appointment. That's not going to happen, but I know what got me off track and it's a pretty darned good reason. So, my new interim goal is to be sure to be under 315 by appointment day, which is what I need to get surgery scheduled. I'll feel safe if I lose 3 lbs between now & then. It's OK not to be the poster girl for weight loss, I just have to get what I need for now.
I've been sporadically logging my food the last couple of weeks, but I didn't have time nor the emotional energy to lay it all out there. And that's OK. Today I logged my breakfast and lunch is in there too since I know what I'm eating. Hubby roasted a chicken for me before going to physical therapy. I'm going to de-bone & portion it and another chicken for chef's salads for lunch so I won't have all the sodium from lunch meat. I have at least maintained snacking on oranges during all the drama. Not sure what's for dinner, but it WILL be within my calorie limit!
Other than that, planning to enjoy "normal" as much as possible. I really appreciate all the support from friends, and I'm glad I reached out, but it will be very nice when all the drama dies down and the first words are no longer "How are you (worried look)?" Yay normal!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Brought Hubby home Monday. His mood was a roller coaster until well after we went to bed. I slept, he didn't much. But he stayed home. This is good. Saw doctor yesterday, started new meds. Today we only cried twice--major improvement.
Tomorrow I may try to work part of a day, but it depends on how much snow we get. Hopefully after a good night's sleep my tolerance for frustration will be high enough to give it a go. We got some AWESOME Spikes Spider traction devices (a substitute for chains) that I've only gotten to use once. They retail over $400 but found them used for $50 on Craigslist. I love Craigslist.
Time to stop rambling, find some dinner & go crash. I'm trying to eat right. Haven't been entirely successful, but did better than I would have in the past & that's good enough for me right now. Hope you are all doing well & thanks again for all the support.
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