Friday, January 31, 2014
It's the last day of the first month of the New Year and what a rough start it has been for me. I was excited to see the New Year and had my plan of action all laid out before me, which I still intend to stick to, even though circumstances threw me a loop. One of my favorite mottos is "never give up" and that is what I hope to convey to all who read this blog. No matter what, refocus and keep on going, even if it means starting all over again. You'll have everything to gain by it and can look back a year from now and be ever so grateful that you didn't throw in the towel when the going got rough.
FYI, many of you know, I've got lupus and sjogrens, both auto-immune diseases, that I take a good deal of medicine for. Unfortunately, my immune system is not up to snuff and I easily catch things, hard as I try not to. In my little corner of South Carolina, not far from my house, a new shopping center has been created and I stayed out of the stores over Christmas to avoid the germs. But, after the Christmas rush, I begged my daughter to take me with my wheelchair and let me browse around one of the new stores that opened.
This was on a Thursday and by the weekend, (January 5), I was down sick with chills, fever, sweats, vomiting and diarrhea. I couldn't eat I was so sick but I started to feel a little better by the next Thursday and was glad because my birthday was coming up for the weekend. I turned 63 years old on Saturday, January 18th, and spent all that Friday and Saturday in bed I was once again so sick with this stomach virus. But on Saturday, I hurt so bad on my R side that I couldn't even get a shallow breath of air it was so painful.
Then Sunday morning, January 19th, around 4:00 AM, I awoke from a fitful sleep and could hardly get myself into the bathroom and back to bed. I woke my daughter and she called EMS and I went to the ER and I've been in two hospitals since the 19th, and just came home this past Monday, January 27th. One of the medications I take on a regular basis is coumadin to thin my blood because I have had a previous stroke and blood clots in both lungs. Unbeknown to me, even though I did not miss this medication, it was wreaking havoc with my body because of my lack of food. My coagulation and coumadin levels were way off and a CT scan showed a mass in my R side under my lung around my liver and fluid in my abdomen.
Both the mass and fluid turned out to be blood because I had literally "sprung a leak" and had a large spontaneous bleed. This did not become evident until Tuesday morning, January 21st, when my hemoglobin dropped overnight from 11.5 to 6.6.......wow, that was a huge drop and I was immediately blood typed and transfused with two bags of O+ blood. Sunday, the day I was admitted, I was given plasma and Vitamin K to get my coagulation and blood clotting correctly.
My hemoglobin stayed up at 7.4 and then 9.9 so I went home on Thursday, but that night the pain began again so my kids rushed me to the internist who sent me to the surgeon who immediately readmitted me to the big hospital in Greenville where I stayed until this past Monday. I'm on the mend but am feeling kind of puny still and wasted from losing so much blood. The pain is still there but is getting better everyday and will stay that way until all the blood/fluid is reabsorbed back into my body.
And so I have a stern admonition to be really careful about taking the coumadin, especially if I get sick. I had a GI bleed once in the past but nothing like this so would love to ask that you pray for me. I know I never would have made it through this one if it had not been for the many people who prayed for me, my children, my family, my church family and all my wonderful friends. God is good and I'm a testament to that. He has pulled me through so many things and I'm so grateful to Him. I love the Lord Jesus because he is there for me everyday and I thank him for His steadfastness.
So friends, this is my rough start to the New Year, but I tell you to never give up. I am home mending now and each day I feel better than the day before. Would you believe that on January 1st I weighed 293.4 pounds and today I weighed 272.8 pounds? That is a loss of 20.6 pounds for the month of January. It was a terrible way to lose weight, that much I can tell you, but as I get feeling better I'm getting back on my "plan" and maybe this will be the year I make it to Onederland by next January.
Hugs & Love to all and remember, don't ever give up. Stuff happens along the way, that's life, and a lesson that took me a long time to learn. Hang in there and thank you to all who continue to pray for me.
Happy Ground Hog's Day & Super Bowl Day
Monday, December 30, 2013
CREDIT: The following information is taken word for word from the book called, THE BIGGEST LOSER (The Weight-Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health & Life - Adapted from NBC's Hit Show!) by The Biggest Loser Experts & Cast with Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, Phd, Chapter 2, Page 22.
Please be sure to give credit to the above resource if you share this with your other teams. With the New Year 2014 here, I thought this information might be of use to many of our Sparkers, especially those of us participating on the various Biggest Loser Teams.
From Reasons to Resolutions
Like the cast members of The Biggest Loser, you too may have some deeply personal reasons for losing weight. But how strong is the resolve behind those reasons to actually lose weight and get in shape? To turn those reasons into heartfelt resolutions and achievable goals, answer the following questions.
1. Why do you want to lose weight? List the most important reasons you can think of, for example, to look better, have more energy, be able to play sports, be more self-confident, improve specific aspects of your health, and so forth.
2. Next, take each of those reasons and reflect upon how your life will improve if you address them. For example: How will looking better benefit you? With more energy, what will you do that you're not doing now? How will playing sports enrich your life? Why do you want to be more confident, and how will it improve your life? What will your life be like in the absence of overweight-related health problems? How will you feel if you do all these things?
3. Finally, set some weekly, doable goals for yourself to help you move forward in a positive manner. Depending on what you wrote above, ask yourself such questions as:
What can I do this week to improve my appearance?
What can I do this week that will increase my energy?
What sports, exercise, or other physical activity can I do this week to improve my fitness? When and how often will I do it?
What can I do this week to boost my self-confidence?
What actions will I take this week to improve my health?
Spark People has so many of the tools available to us that the Biggest Loser suggests such as a food journal and calorie counter. Jillian strongly believes in food journalling and it is a known fact that people who keep food journals tend to be more successful at losing weight and keeping it off than those who don't record their intake.
Biggest Loser also writes of Bob Harper taking his teams for meditation breaks at the end of a long walk or run where they were introduced to "mantras" which are positive affirmations to get them over the hurdles they encounter along the way. For myself, I, personally, would relate my faith into my weight loss mantra repeating in my head something like....."Jesus help me", "Lord, with your help, I can stay within my calorie allowance", "All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me", One day at a time sweet Jesus". Other mantras that the Biggest Loser book uses as examples are "Keep on keeping on", "You can do it", "I have a strong, healthy body", "Just one more mile", "Just five more minutes", "Just (X number of exercises/and name of exercise) more and I'll be finished", "I'm beautiful/handsome and I feel great"......the options are limitless.
Biggest Loser book says that years down the road, when you are slim, trim and fit, you will be glad you found this plan (in our case, being part of the Spark People family). It's just want you need to transform your body, your health and your life.
It's my sincere desire that by sharing some of this information that some of these reasons to resolutions to success will be of some help in strengthening your resolve to get where you are going in 2014. Spark People has been the biggest and most successful move I ever made in terms of losing weight. It worked for me three years ago until I encountered some health problems which resulted in me gaining back what I lost. BUT, I know I will succeed again because of all the support I get from all the wonderful friends I have made on Spark People who share the same weight loss problems that I do.
I wish each and everyone of you SPARKERS who read this a wonderful, happy and most of all, a very successful New Year in 2014. Happy, Happy, Happy New Year!!
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
God is Good, God is Awesome and I thank Him for the good things that are beginning to happen since my last blog.
First, my weight finally dropped below 300 pounds, something that was really getting me down.
Second, yesterday (9/30/13) I had some GOOD news regarding my back problems.
I'll start with the first thing that happened, my weight finally dropping below the 300 pound mark. Today I weighed 299.7 which was two pounds heavier than yesterday, but still below 300. To condense, to have all my abdomen surgery last February 29, 2012, I had to lose down 50 pounds "at least" from the 320 I weighed when I saw the new surgeons who would be operating. I not only lost the 50 pounds which would have taken me down to 270 pounds, but I lost down to 246 pounds and had high hopes of getting to "Onederland" by the end of 2012.
That dream was dashed and I didn't make it because as soon as I was released by the surgeons and home health at the end of June 2012 at 246 pounds, I was hit with the sciatica pain and back problems in July 2012. I have had NO injury to cause this this, it is all from the osteo-arthritis, spinal stenosis and osteo-penia that I have in my back. From then, until 8/9/13, I gained back up to 324.1 pounds.......TOTALLY regained the weight I worked so hard to lose because I have been almost totally incapacitated because of the pain and inactivity due to the sciatica nerve and lower back, and my SI joints which have gotten worse.
I have been trying hard to get the ball rolling again, and while much of the weight gain has been due to swelling and inflammation, I have lost a great deal of it with the lasix that the doctor has me taking everyday. It has really affected me the weight gain, including my breathing so I am very grateful that the first 25 pounds is now gone and I can start working on the next 25 pounds to get down to 275 and then hopefully after Christmas and going into Spring, I can get back down to my lowest around 250 pounds. One thing's for sure, I have no intentions of giving up. I did it once before and I CAN DO IT AGAIN.
Secondly, and most importantly, God has continued to show his goodness towards me after my visit with the neuro-surgeon early last month. He referred me to a new pain management doctor who he personally highly recommends because he helped his son when he was in so much pain. My daughter and I saw him last week and were greatly impressed with him both in his knowledge and his compassion and his likeability (his "bedside manner", so to speak). He was very kind and had much empathy for the pain that I have had and did not speak "down to me" as I've experienced from some doctors. He also acknowledged my daughter and my friend who went with me because I have a hard time remembering everything and comprehending some things because of the stroke I had in 2001 which affected my memory.
This doctor said that first he wanted to get my pain under better control so he prescribed a new pain patch. I asked if it was those lidoderm matches because I have had them before with no relief. He said no, that it was a Fentanyl pain patch which is usually used in cancer patients for pain, and that he would start me out at a lower dose, not the lowest which I think is 12.5 mcg/hr but at 25 mcg/hr. He also told me take my other pain medication if needed but to take a half dose if the patch didn't entirely work. He said he could always increase the strength of the pain patch if the 25 did not work.
The other thing was that he agreed with me is that I needed some intensive physical therapy to help with the physical problems. He wants me to go into a "rehab hospital" if they approve me. An RH (rehab hospital) in the next city over, about a 45 minute drive, called me yesterday and interviewed me over the phone after they received the doctor's notes. The woman who talked to me is going to present the doctor's notes along with her notes to the doctor at the hospital and if he feels like I can be helped, I'll be put on their admission list when they have an opening. Right now they don't have any open beds, but feel like they will soon.
Will keep you all posted on what happens next. Thank you all for your prayers because they are very much appreciated.
Get An Email Alert Each Time ROBBGIN Posts