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.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
It's been several months since I added a blog to my series so thought I'd update youall. I still have not lost any of the weight I gained this past year and my health problems continue to plague me. During the spring challenge I was unable to participate on the Lemon Team (BLC) which I had been a member of for sometime because I was unable to keep up with the requirements.
Thankfully, I still had my other teams which continue to encourage me along the way, especially the STOP team, Wildflower's Live-It, One-der-Land Wannabies, Daily Weigh-In and several others. Thank you to those folks who have continued to encourage and support me along the way.
Regarding the Biggest Loser summer challenge, I opted to go on a different team and have been warmly welcomed by the Dazzling Diamonds. I really did good last year on a BLC team I was on so am really looking forward to making progress with the Diamonds. I just hope they will be understanding of my health issues and that I cannot/nor am able to do many of the physical activities that we may be asked to do.
Right now, F.Y.I., I have severe spinal stenosis (doctor's words, not mine) and because of this, I have horrific sciatica pain that shoots down both my legs like a bolt of lightening. I have had a number of spinal epidural shots in my spinal canal this year, but they have done nothing to relieve the pain. Right now I'm considering a new procedure where a wire is run down the length of your spine and the doctor said to think of it as a "pacemaker" for your back. We'll see.
Just want to wish all my Spark friends a happy and wonderful summer with the wish that you all accomplish your summer goals and challenges. See you at the scales!
Monday, March 11, 2013
It's been a long time since I've been on Spark People because it's been a "rocky road" since this past December.
I had another bad run with my health so basically gave up the months after Christmas. I was in the hospital from 12/18 until Christmas afternoon because of a very bad cellulitis infection in my leg. Then several weeks after that, I was readmitted because of severe abdominal pains.
I was no sooner feeling like I was ready to give my dieting a go again when I swelled up like a tick and have to make numerous visits to the doctor to have my legs wrapped very tightly to literally squeeze the fluid out of me....and have my lasix upped to 80mg a day everyday. There's no going back to the 40mg because the lasix was no longer was working.
Anyway, I'm sorry for not being online but I have just ignored the computer, dieting, blogging, posting my weight on my teams, keeping up with a food journal, reading Spark articles, etc. I hope now that my legs are at a normal size once again, I can get with the program and start to get rid of some of these excess pounds that I have gained.
My daughter got on a cleaning spree and dug out my treadmill and my stationary bike so I can retreat to the "big room" and get in some exercise time. That is something that I have never had the pleasure of doing because of the swelling which caused me so much trouble in so many ways. I am not able to walk outside presently because of continued back pain and sciatica pain down my legs, but the treadmill will allow me to get some exercise, which I am looking forward to. My daughter is going to put my walker with wheels and a seat in my car so that I can drive to the next town so I can go to the YMCA and swim in their pool. It is such a long, long walk into the building and right now I am not able to do it, but I know that I can with my walker. I've hesitated using it because I like to get around on my own and have been using two canes, but this will really help when I'm outside my home.
I want to thank all who responded to Blog #39 with well wishes for a better 2013. My motto is to never give up and that I will not do, although I have to admit that it is a struggle sometimes. You all have so supportive of me and I am deeply grateful for that. Thank you all and I'll see each of you on my individual Spark teams.
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