Sunday, July 20, 2014
I know the scale can seem so cruel (trust me on this). I decided to quit focusing on that 'big' picture of how much I had to loose and just focus on 1 pound a week. Sometimes I get there and sometimes I don't... but each day now I look at myself and say that I am doing this because I love myself... and I need to do this for me... and no one else.
It's no one's fault that I got here but mine. It's not my children’s fault, nor is it my husbands fault, it's not the place I worked, although all of these things may seem to have been extenuating circumstances, but it's all because of my choices.
Now I need to tell myself that I must make the choice to do this for me and make the right choices for me ... and just 1 pound a week is all I ask of myself, just 1 pound! If there is more, than I'm thankful. If there is less, then I will not beat myself up. I’m going to love myself for yesterday, today, and from this day forward.
Join me in this. We can do this!
Friday, July 18, 2014
Update for those who have been following my ‘coughing saga’.
I saw the doctor again on Thursday. He was throwing up his hands and wanting to send me to a pulmonary specialist. He said the infection was in my bronchial tubes. I asked him to try one more time since I was really unable to follow all his instructions last time on the inhaler therapy because of getting thrush after the first week. He agreed, but told me if my ‘cough doesn't clear up he’s sending me to a specialist!’ I agreed and I was sent home with a new more heavy duty 5 day antibiotic prescription, another inhaler, and a prescription for mouth rinse to prevent any thrush this time.
Day one on and a half on the new regime; I’m already feeling better! I haven't coughed since early this morning and that wasn't bad!! I feel like I can take deeper breaths, and I haven't had a cough drop in my mouth now for almost 5 hours!!
By George … I think we've Got It!!
Strange thing on this whole scenario; my doctor asked if I ever had acid reflux. “Hmmm” I said, “Yes, a few times right before all this started!” Then I told him my husband was having the same thing so I thought it must be something we were eating, or we were eating too late at night. Anyway, I told him that I made adjustments in our meals and also in the position of my head while sleeping in bed. That once I raised my head up all the problems with the acid stopped!!
(But then shortly thereafter the cough began.)
He told me that he feels possibly the acid reflux caused an irritation in my bronchial tube, and then with the added BP med which began causing my constant dry cough, it may have been just enough constant irritation on an already irritated bronchial area to bring on an infection. Thus, here I am today!
(And I thought to myself, "AND considering that I thought I could get over this with Vitamins and OTC meds... without the doctor's help... foolish me!")
Hmm… something to think about, and at any rate, it made sense to me while he was explaining it. He said it was just a theory, and we would never know for sure, but for me to be very careful about acid reflux and to let him know if it should return.
So Sparky Friends, this might be the last time you read about me and my dang cough!
I even felt well enough to do some exercises today with Coach Nicole! Bless her!
Friday, July 11, 2014
My life as it’s been flying by:
The cough has subsided, but the treatment left me with thrush! Yes, I said… Thrush! I had to do 1-2xday and 1-3xday… by the time the week was up I woke up Saturday morning with the strangest feeling in my throat!! When I took a look I cringed!!! Being a RDA for over 37 years I knew instantly what I was looking at! My throat looked like it was coated with cottage cheese… I had a good case of THRUSH!
OK! So, this can be overcome! I rinsed with warm saltwater, and then ate pure Fage yogurt and made sure to smear it on the back of my throat. It’s just another roadblock to becoming 100% well! But I am on the road to becoming well! And yes, I am finally sleeping again!!
On Monday ‘cottage cheese’ was gone but the throat is sore like someone threw acid on it! Still rinsing with warm saltwater and eating my yogurt. Today is Friday and my whole mouth feels like it has been bathed in acid, and is bright red, but there are not splotches and it is getting better. I see the doctor again next week, but mainly for my weight checkup. There is a positive side to having a sore mouth… YOU DON’T EAT!
Thursday was a scorcher day so I got the Ice Cream Machine down from the pantry and the kiddos and I made vanilla ice cream. They had fun learning how to make it and then eating it... and my mouth enjoyed the cool refreshment. That was a fun time for us and relief from the heat.
I started a challenge with my West Highland White Terrier Fans Team to lose 1 pound a week. I found for myself that it has been much easier to focus on losing 1 pound a week than it was to focus on the big picture of losing ‘say 50 pounds’ that we might have to lose. I’m sure it is going to be really successful! Anyone want to join me? It’s just 1 pound a week!
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