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Sick this last week

Friday, January 14, 2011

Well I have been sick this last week , with a cold virus. Thought I was better yesterday went to the gym was only able to get through yoga and ride my bike to and from the gym, had a great day with Mary Jo, went out for Indian food. Also went thrift shopping and found that I am now in a size 14 jean got 3 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of jeans that I sorely needed and a pair of Khakis all size 14s. Yay. I am still shocked smallest I have been in 31 years, have all this flab and loose skin that hangs over but what can I do about that? I changed my goal weight to 150 and actually think that that is doable and a reachable goal for this year which I never thought I could get to before. I just have to get well and start back to exercising and working out and focusing. Right now I have to get well. I have been resting and pushing fluids and babying myself and that does not mean eating sweets for once when I am sick which is a whole new mind set . Was so much fun going out with Mary Jo yesterday , has been more than 2 years since we have done that and I dont think we were ever so relaxed before. Today I woke up feeling sick again so I didn't push myself , went to the health food store and got Emergencee and made myself some Thai soup with chicken and vegetables. Ate lightly and pushed fluids.
I couldn't get warm today just felt cold all day, the right side of my neck feels tender and swollen. Shaking my head. Hope it isn't the lymph glands.

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MAGIC10FINGERS 1/15/2011 10:35PM

    Sorry U are still under the weather my dear. I sure hope your glands AREN'T swollen! Sending healthy vibes your way. Well, not sure MY healthy vibes will help for I thought my cold was going away & 2day the scratchiness in my throat is MUCH worse. Aren't we a pair? LOL!

Glad U had a nice day with MJ. VERY cool about the clothing!

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ELAOPET 1/15/2011 7:05AM

    Take it easy, give your body time to regain strength from the cold, ok? emoticon

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Feeling better every day!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Today was a wonderful day! I slept late, til 8:35 ! I was shocked that it was that late and hurried through my shower and dressed ate my sandwich thin with PB and rode my bike to the gym for my spin class with my friend Sue as the instructor and it was the best I have felt in a long time spinning. My balance is so different since surgery I can get my knees up to my chest in third position ( the racing position ) and finally my heart rate gets above 130 bpm and I feel strong and in the zone and powerful! I only got off the bike once to fill my water bottle today instead of twice which I have been doing since surgery so that is an improvement. I started doing the super 'greens' mixed with a little bit of 100% cranberry juice trying to increase my ph level. I also started on prophalactic fluconazole 150 mg last week 1 pill a week for a chronic yeast infection that has been occuring since I started taking topamax for epilepsy a year ago. Lets hope this helps, I have had 3 + pap smears this past year they are atypical and the colposcopys so far show no lesions , I have to have another one on the 17th of January , my gyn specialist thinks that the yeast infections are making the pap smears showing a false positive and hoping that by medicating me for them and getting that under control will make the pap smears go back negative. Until then they will have to do colposcopys every 6 months to make sure I do not have vaginal cancer since I no longer have a cervix since I had a complete hysterectomy 2 years ago.
I started doing upper body weights and yoga last week and I have not had any discomfort except adominal and leg cramps from that. Every day I am stronger and feel better. Andrew and I are continuing to grow and explore this new relationship as well , and I look forward to seeing him again.

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ELAOPET 1/9/2011 4:04PM

    Extra cool that you do this despite the glitches. You will get stronger every day.
Enjoy life, I wish you all the luck in ALL areas of it emoticon

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The "NEW ME"

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Four weeks ago today I had breast reduction. Today I did upper body weights for the first time since surgery. Yesterday I did yoga for the first time since surgery. Last week I weighed in at my lowest weight in 31 years , 181.5 pounds! Last night I rolled over on my belly for the first time since surgery and woke thinking 'I am on my belly and I am not sore!" but I rolled over on my side just in case. My upper back and neck has not been sore since surgery. I am healing well and the scarring so far is minimal. I am back in spin class, using the elliptical, and leg weights and pilates as well. Still haven't gone back to Sue's class yet and tried to do kickboxing today but that was too much 'bouncing' and that hurt so will not do that yet. Sue's class the aerobics class doesn't meet until the 8th so maybe I will be healed enough by then to try that we will see. I was well enough on the 17th of December for the running club's party to dance and that didn't hurt, I guess the bouncing in kickboxing is different. Phil says I am still walking differently like I am protecting myself. I can't wait until I can workout full bore and start taking more weight off and utilizing my new body to the maximum!

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PJOY17 12/29/2010 7:25AM

    Ela you are so sweet! Thank you for the support!

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ELAOPET 12/29/2010 6:46AM

    So happy to hear all this! So very happy for you and so thankful for the shared experience!
You are going to chisel that body now and it's gonna be a dynamite! GO GIRL!!! GO!!!!
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2 days to Surgery!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Breast Reduction surgery is slated for the 30th , Just two more days to go!
I have many last minute things to do still, new bras to get that I will have to wear 24 hours a day for 6 weeks after surgery, have waited until the last minute to get them because I have no idea what size to get. Even though the surgeon says he will take me down to a B cup or a small C cup I have always gotten a bigger around bra than I have needed to help compensate for not being able to find the larger cup size I have needed so I am confused. I can not even imagine what size bra I need. The whole point in wearing these particular bras 24 hours a day is so that there is no tearing or sagging of the "NEW FORMED BREASTS!" The nurse told me to get bigger than what the surgeon says he is forming because there will be much swelling , and I am thinking ok so I will then need smaller bras after the swelling goes down. Bother. I need a 'BREAST SHOWER" sort of like a Baby Shower, for my new ' babies' . I am nervous about the surgery and the unknown, have never been intubated and with all of my health issues I am nervous. My friend Phil will be with me the first 3 days so I will not be alone so that is a relief. I have to do some cleaning the next few days, get phone numbers of everyone in one place so Phil can call people after surgery for me and passwords for the computer so he can post that I am ok. Have to cook food for us to eat, Phil isn't a cook and I don't want him to go to a bunch of expense trying to feed himself and me while he is here. On top of everything else just found out my repeat Pap smear is still positive 3 months after it was positive, and the yeast infections continue. I don't have diabetes so that is not why the yeast infections continue each month. The doctor gave me 3 difluican pills so I can get rid of the Yeast infection or maybe just the symptoms for the month before I get in to see the specialist for a consultation. There were no lesions when I had the colposcopy in August to biopsy for the pap she thinks everything is inflamed because of the yeast infections. I keep having swelling from the lymph system and the weight is stalled at between 186-191 for now.
It has been awhile since I have felt very well because of these infections. I am seeing a new man, Andrew Patrick Jackson, he is from Jamaica , funny , sweet, kind , smart and he calls me on my know it all ways all of the time! LOL makes me laugh my butt off which is wonderful medicine. He is a great cook so it tells me ( he is modest too ) lol was a coach of basketball, track and field, and soccer ( football ) of champion teams in Jamaica at the High School level . He is a new American Resident meaning he just got his green card, is looking for work, is here living with his elderly mother and near his beloved sister and her family. He thinks I am funny , says every night he goes to sleep smiling at something I have said. That makes two of us smiling.

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ELAOPET 11/27/2010 12:33PM

    I will be crossing my fingers AND toes for all to go well (which I am sure it will!)
And then I am dieing to hear ALL about it! You know I want to have it done also. I was wondering about the bra issue - how will I know what to buy...Just buy something and then, when it al settles, so to say, you can spring for some really nice ones. Oh, just imagine the joy of THAT shopping! emoticon
Nice to hear you're not giving up on love either!
Good luck! Waiting to hear from you soon!!! emoticon

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SUZIEQS65 11/27/2010 8:33AM

    Way to go!...I had it done almost 3 years ago now...WOW...I should not have waited tos long to do it!
You will do great.....enjoy the new you!

PS....I had bandages on for about 6 days after surgery...so I picked up the bra's on the day they removed the bandages!

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DIANE2110 11/27/2010 8:23AM

    Good luck with your surgery and with your other health issues. I wouldn't worry too much about it too much, it won't help. Concentrate on the things you can control and look forward to the end result. emoticon

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Amazing how life changes! In just a month. I broke up with Michael. He was a liar. Is a liar. A Cheat. He is gone. I was heart broken. I am changed forever by it. I am stronger and I am sad and I am angry and I am changed!
I am down to my lowest weight in 31 years. I got a new scale, this scale is the same weight at my doctor's scale whcih always weighed me 5 pounds heavier than my old scale so I actually lost 5 pounds more but officially I weighed 186 pounds this morning! My waist this week was 32 inches , my hips 40 inches, my calfs were 15 inches.
I am having a breast reduction surgery on November 30th! YAY, my surgeon is my friend as well I work out with him and his wife at the YMCA. He thinks he can get me down into a B cup! I am stoked. I told him to make me as small as possible. I am so tired of being in pain in my neck and upper back and shoulders. I kicked it up a big notch this week in exercise and have swam a mile 2xs the first long swims since destroying my knee back in December and it was the easiest swims I have had in a long time. Taking the last 20 pounds off has really changed things.
I am excited about the future. I can't wait to have 'perky' breasts and be able to do things physically that I have not been able to do for the last 31 years because of my 'big girls' , I will be down and not be able to work out for a month while recovering from surgery. My friend Phil is taking off for 3 days to take care of me , or he is trying to get those days off. I am excited about being off the plateau finally!

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ECHOBLUE1 10/28/2010 7:55PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon They will have you do some lite arm exercising as you heal. Have to keep the muscle structure toned and helps the scar tissue to stay more normal. Oh, wow -- what a great thing to get to do. After i had mastectomy it left me with the one "hanging down" , bras don't fit - C too big - I've had to make darts in them. The B new ones don't fit right because of the way I'm put together. then with the "real' me settling in and low, the prosthesis is so "perky" that I have one down and one straight ahead. What a hassle - for 18 years. Soon as I can afford it I'm going to the specialist place to have them make to fit. But, have to have enough to pay the 20% that Medicare doesn't pay. In the meantime I am reduced to going to the second rate prosthesis place with $20 cheap bras that they charge Medicare a couple hundred dollars for. I hate that. Good luck and enjoy looking "perky".

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ELAOPET 10/28/2010 5:47AM

    I am so excited for you!!! OK, so one man is out of the picture and I am sorry you got hurt! YOu are a strong woman! You will find the right man, he is out there.
But I am excited about your breats reduction so much because I want one so badly too! I know all about the pain and the heartache of having to carry them and not being able to do the things you want and all about dreaming of a cup B!!!! OMG! One of the things I plan to do is have it done after I have reached my goal weight and my other health issues are taken care of....I really hope it happens!!!
I can't wait to hear all about it from you, first hand! CAN NOT WAIT!!!!
WOOHOO you will be free!!!!!!! emoticon

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LRRSNDRS 10/27/2010 10:23PM

    You certainly have had some big changes. Great job on your weight loss.

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