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Road to Recovery

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

This should be the last account that I write to you of what has been going on with me and cough.

Sunday night was another miserable night so first thing Monday morning I put a call into doctor and told him that I was still coughing day and night! He ordered me to go immediately to have a chest x-ray and then I was to see him Tuesday afternoon for results, meanwhile I was to pick up another inhaler at his office after getting the x-ray.

Monday all went well and easy. Tuesday afternoon I headed down to the doctor’s office to hear the results. I don’t know if I was happy or sad because the results of the x-ray were… NOTHING! All clear!! How could that be? How could I be coughing like this and feel like I’m coughing a lung up and everything is ‘all clear’? SIGH!

I asked him then what is it then? He said it was the Lisinopril! It was just a perfect timing of the Lisinopril and allergy season taking hold and now I have an infection that needs an antibiotic. This was way nothing I had tried had any affect.

I’m on a 5 day antibiotic and because I cough so much at night I also have a codeine cough syrup to take at bedtime.

Day 2 of taking antibiotic and 1 good night sleep later and I’m already feeling better!!!

Good example of why I won’t be thinking this anymore: “It will be better tomorrow.” Or “I’ll try this next.” I’m going to just bite the bullet and go to the doctor when I get sick from now on and I will tell him everything… making my complaints loud and clear if I must, but I will tell him everything so I can get what I need to get on the road to recovery sooner!

This has been a nightmare!

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CATIATM 7/7/2014 2:35AM

    I'm so glad they figured it out, and I hope that means you're well on your way to being recovered! emoticon emoticon

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ODAT1117 7/3/2014 7:30AM

    SO glad they figured it out and definitely a good lesson to learn. I do the same attempts at problem solving and then I wonder why I didn't call the doc sooner. :-)

At least you are getting some sleep now!

Have an awesome day!! :-)

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MISSY455 7/3/2014 2:41AM

    Hope you are feeling much better very soon.

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UPPITYANN 7/3/2014 12:30AM

  A good lesson learned!

I was even thinking whooping cough which is making the rounds again.

So glad that you finally know what is wrong and have some medicine to clear it up.

Now a word of advice--don't push yourself very hard once you start feeling better. Wait a few days beyond and start back gradually when you do start to get back to full speed.

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KAYTIE22 7/2/2014 10:20PM

    This sounds like you are finally headed in the right direction. That would be great!!t. Hope you have another good night.

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MEADSBAY 7/2/2014 6:25PM

    Omg...ypu have been off that for a month, haven't you?
So it started the cough and an infection continued it?

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    I certainly hope this works this time!! You have suffered with this way too long.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/2/2014 4:03PM

    So glad you found out what was wrong and that it is an easy fix. Glad you got a good nights sleep, that help a lot.

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Update on Me

Monday, June 30, 2014

Again I had a terrible night coughing up a storm! I've had it! I put a call into the doctor. They called me back and he's ordered a chest x-ray and wants to see me tomorrow afternoon.

This has been unbearable! I have been so unable to do anything because of this cough! Now that we are getting down to the nitty-gritty I hope that it isn't anything more serious than ... than ... than what? I don't even know what to expect! Asthma?

It's a crackerjack day today. 107 is predicted. I know that I start coughing when I get hot! Great! Like I need another excuse to keep coughing!

We've closed the house down and have the room AC running to keep us as cool as possible without owing our souls to the PG&E.

Wow! This was a doom & gloom blog. I'm sorry. I hope I can have better news tomorrow. Hey, it's supposed to be cooler tomorrow, only 104 predicted!

Here's a picture of what I wish it was like outside!

Bucks Lake 2011

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CATIATM 7/1/2014 8:55AM

    Hope you feel better soon! Stay cool! emoticon

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ODAT1117 7/1/2014 8:03AM

    Oh my!!! How exhausting!!!

I hope the doc figures out what is going on and that they get you BETTER!!!

Dang that heat. I will take Michigan's four crazy seasons over that kind of heat ANY and EVERY day. :-)

Hang in there!

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COASTAL6 7/1/2014 7:30AM

    That's way to hot for me. It's only been in the 80's here in Washington State, and that for here.
Rooting for you.

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MISSY455 7/1/2014 2:58AM

    Hope you have answers very soon.

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KAYTIE22 6/30/2014 9:17PM

    Hopefully, you will be able to find out what is causing this once and for all. You have been dealing with this far too long. Maybe you will know more in a couple days. I wish the best for you.

Try to stay cool although I know that with 107 and 104 temperatures it's quite a tall order. Hang in there and stay in the coolest rooms.

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MEADSBAY 6/30/2014 5:19PM

    Oh my goodness...enough already! There has got to be an explanation.
Anything new in your environment/surroundings?
Hoping for the best.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 6/30/2014 5:05PM

    Hope you get the answers you need this afternoon. If it is asthma, you can live with it, I do, but it does change your life a little.

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    I hope they get to the bottom of this soon and get it corrected.

It's miserably hot here too and humid. 100 heat index. I slept terrible and don't want to to do anything today.

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No One Can Do This Alone!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It’s Sunday. A lazy Sunday, filled with just taking care of me doing the things that have been neglected for a while, like polishing my nails, and plucking … OUCH!

After lunch DH reclined in the chair and I made my way to the computer to Spark, and get those Sparkpoints! I realized while I was reading the articles, and watching videos just how amazing this SparkPeople really is! There is so much information. There is information for anything you might want to know!

It also gave me a moment of regret that I left it once. I know my motto is “Don't Look Back” but I found myself sitting here wondering, “Why did I do that?”

Sometimes I run across my old tips that I shared when I was REBECKY44 that are still out there for all to read. It seemed strange for me to find “my old self “because it can’t be me anymore… REBECKY44 left and is gone! Now it’s the new me, the one with more understanding, appreciation, and excitement!

I took over the Co-Leadership position of the Westies Fan Team, and I’m trying to rouse the excitement in it again in 2009. I've visited the team member’s Spark Pages in hopes to subscribe to blogs, and light a spark to motivate them again. I moved on to check on some of my other Spark Friends to see what was new with them and to make sure I was subscribed to their blogs, and to light a spark in them, too. Everyone seems to be either gone or on some kind of sabbatical! There are very few new blogs anymore! Very few new ‘Status Updates’ anymore! Why is with that? What’s happening? Sharing the adventures of our weight loss journey was so much fun to read about!

I remember blogging about Buddy and me trying to conquer the ‘Killer Hill’. Or when we walk the ‘Back 40’ and our adventures on the trail! I had my friends joining me virtually on the treks and encouraging me all the way! Those were wonderful times!! Those were times that I didn't appreciate until now. Where are they?

What can I do to get my Spark Friends to remember and realize that blogging allows all of us to share and give encouragement to one another?

How can I get my Spark Friends to join me in my new found excitement of discovering Spark People for the second time?

Come on everyone!! Get Sparking!! No one can do this alone!! We need one another!!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 6/30/2014 11:52AM

    I also was here a few years ago and then just kind of faded away, but this time I have found so much more information here that it keeps me coming back daily to see what is new, and the people who help you along are worth there weight in gold. Can't do it alone. Linda

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COASTAL6 6/30/2014 7:53AM

    Your dog is so cute!
I'm so happy to see you back!
Let's keep in contact with each other more often, and read each others blogs.
Your Friend,

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OHSOSVELTE 6/29/2014 11:29PM

    Thank you I too joined in 2009. Nice to hear your out ignighting the Spark, that motivation does so much good.

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    I have not and never will forget you and Buddy and that hill. LOL!

I am trying to blog more actually. I went and checked out a bunch of my old friends too and tons of them had left. It was sad!!

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HOLLYM48 6/29/2014 5:27PM

    Absolutely! We do need one another and if others have left the SP village, find different friends and share the spark with them. I have been here for 2 years and never plan on leaving. It is too good, too helpful, to motivating and I want my maintenance to work and in order to succeed, I want the help of my great SP friends! Welcome back, enjoy the journey!

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MEADSBAY 6/29/2014 5:24PM

    I know exactly what you mean!
So many of our old friends have just disappeared,
some with and some without a good-bye.
I have taken a few one month Spark breaks, always with fair warning.
I joined in 2009 as well and though I have never reached my goal weight I am smaller and way healthier now than I was then.
I have learned so much here but it really is the connection to all of my sparkpeeps that keeps me coming back.
I remember your old blogs very well, as you conquered Killer Hill with Buddy.
Let's just keep climbing life's hills together, shall we?

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Update on My Crazy World!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My elderly mother went back into the hospital this week only this time with pneumonia and a bladder infection. No telling where this will take us, but it isn't looking good. If I need to head down to Burbank I won't have computer access the entire time I’m down there, so if I should suddenly disappear… don’t panic… I will return.

As for an update on me; I was able to get into a second pair of cropped pants yesterday that had been so tight a month ago that I couldn't pull the zipper together! Plus, I was able to wear them all day in complete comfort! So I would say I’m on a successful roll with my weight loss.

As for losing my cough; I haven't been that lucky to lose it! I still have this dang cough, especially at night every hour on the hour! I’ve slept with cough drops in my mouth so often now that I’m afraid I’m damaging my teeth!! But I know the cough is getting better even though it is still here! It's like an unwelcomed guest that just won't leave!

I still haven't been able to do any aerobic exercises mainly because of the coughing but I have been doing weight training with Coach Nicole, my arms haven’t been waving back at me as much and my core is getting stronger!

Thank goodness for SparkPeople and Coach Nicole!

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    emoticon step by step- I love your positive outllook!

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CATIATM 6/23/2014 2:12PM

    I'm really sorry about your mother, but I am super happy for you that your fitting into smaller clothes. That's a wonderful gift to give yourself at a time I know you're stressed and dealing with a lot.

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    I am so sorry about your mom. She certainly is having a time of it. I hope she has a speedy complete recovery.

You are doing amazing!! I would love to have my clothes fit more comfortable. I need to have that as a goal.

Maybe the cough was not caused by the B.P. med. Have you tried something like Claritan?

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KAYTIE22 6/22/2014 4:14PM

    How exciting about fitting into another pair of crop pants. All of your hard work is certainly paying off. As for your cough, I hope you will be turning the corner soon. I know it is very frustrating. In the meantime, hang in there. I wish I could tell you something that could help.

I will continue sending good thoughts and prayers for your mother, you and your family. With her treatment and care, I hope you will see some improvement soon.


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AMAS92568 6/22/2014 12:49PM

    I hope your mother is doing well (or as well as possible).

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MEADSBAY 6/22/2014 11:49AM

    Pneumonia...that's a tough one, especially for the frail elderly, many of whom have built up resistance to anti-biotics toward the end of their lives.
My best to you and your family.
I can't believe you are still coughing!
You must be exhausted from the interrupted sleep.

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/22/2014 11:34AM

    Prayers for your Mom. I hope she is feeling better soon. One of my Sisters was born in Burbank. That's a long drive for you. emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 6/22/2014 11:15AM

    I hope things can work out for your mom. I am so proud of you!

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SMITHKRISTI 6/22/2014 10:37AM

    I love ME!

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Father's Day Love

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Becoming a Papa and showing the little ones the way.

Some pictures need no explanation. Happy Father's Day! Or should I say, "Happy Grandfather's Day!"

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CATIATM 6/19/2014 6:06AM

    Awww, too cute!

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/16/2014 10:44PM

    Love the pic!

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    Wonderful picture!! Totally loved it. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 6/15/2014 3:58PM

    Very sweet picture!

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JTREMBATH 6/15/2014 2:38PM

    great photo.happy granddad

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UMBILICAL 6/15/2014 2:01PM

  My Dad was wonderful. I never told him enough how great he was as a father.

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