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Signs of Depression

Friday, November 12, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon = emoticon It doesn't take much to make a person feel depressed. And for some of you out there, you may not even be aware of some of the signs of depression. Here are just a few to look for:
1. Not interested in normal activities
2. Very tired
3. Maybe feel cold when everyone else is fine
4. Listless, irritated, quiet, morose
5. Not hungry when you normally eat like a horse

There are other indications to be sure -- every person is different, and there are lots of causes for the onset of depression. What to do about it? The cure can be simple or complex, again depending on what triggered it, how long it lasts, and our general state of health.

For lots of people it may be your body's way of saying it needs more rest. You may have been pushing yourself beyond your limits. And for you lucky people, a good nights sleep will often take care of the problem. If you've been through a very stressful experience, even when it's over, it's normal to feel a certain let down as you rethink what you've been through. In this case, time is your best friend. Try to stay around friends and family -- being alone is usually not a good thing when you're feeling blue. And . . . . . although exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're depressed; it's the magic cure-all for many of us. Get's our blood circulating and it's hard to feel down when you're walking along brisky on a beautiful day. For those of you -- whistle for Fido and you're off and running (or, OK, just walking).

May you find your own little "magic pill" whatever that may be -- and get out of the slumps speedily! Here's a little smile for you:

  
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BLESSED2BEME 11/17/2010 4:51PM

    Depression is a hard illness to admit that one has as well. There is nothing wrong with seeking help! I finally did and I am so thankful for the doctor that set me on a healthy path again.

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PSMITH3841 11/14/2010 4:28PM

    Fortunately for me, (unfortunately for others) I get crabby, instead of depressed and that passes very quickly...I usually can't remember why I'm in a snit, so why bother! But I have a friend that suffers on a regular basis, and I worry about her all the time....you signs, are spot on and that's a cue for me, she's not been taking her meds and needs an intervention! Thanks for the smile!

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LIS193 11/13/2010 2:08PM

    Thank you for this blog. Since moving here 3 weeks ago life has been hectic and stressful going from very quiet to a full blown social life here - meeting lots of new people, lots of late nights and eating at different times than usual. Last week my body "shut down" and I had 2 nights of being in bed around 8pm and sleeping 10-11 hours. Now I feel great again and ready to take on life. I have realized that I need my quiet time to recharge...

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THPEAKY 11/13/2010 6:45AM

    - and conversely sometimes one needs the combination of exercise then rest. That helps the serotonin get movin'. It is amazing how emotional stuff can really make us TIRED too! I used to only sleep 3-4 hours a night for many years after having a chronic form of mononucleosis and sleeping about 12 hours a day! I finally have gotten up to between 6 and 8 hours a night but some nights it is very difficult. The diet and exercise is really helping.

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Not a Heart Attack -- But it sure made me think!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

When you get that dreaded pain in the chest and shortness of breath, what goes through your mind? As your life flashes across the screen of your mind, do you regret your life or cherish the moments you had?

Last Tuesday, after returning from a long week-end visiting my daughter and granddaughter in Henderson, I was standing in front of the washer, dropping in clothing from our trip -- when suddenly I was struck motionless with a flash of pain in the center of my chest. I tried to take a deep breath, which just made the pain worse -- and I couldn't get my breath. That's about the time that panic tends to grab us. I knew if I told my BF he would say to me "it's hospital time." But if I didn't tell him I might just fall over dead, and how stupid would that be?

I tried for a middle ground and told him I had "a bit of chest pain and was a little short of breath." So much for "middle ground" because he took one look at me, and as my face was a very pale grey, he immediately said, "we'd better take you to the hospital." Of course I did not know about the pale face, I was too busy trying to get that deep breath I so wanted.

CHEST PAIN -- SHORTNESS OF BREATH are the magic words as you enter the Emergency Room. I was in a wheelchair and heading up the elevator before I had time to be concerned, or even to object. Tests were run, blood was taken, and I was hooked up to an array of beeping machines! Finally, after what seemed like hours -- and probably WAS, I was told that most of my tests came back and showed me to be in good health. . . . . except I had gallstones. When that happens your gallbladder has a tendency to mimic heartburn, which in turn can be construed to be heart problems -- so was I OK? That was the bottom line. . . and even there it seems there was a debate. ANOTHER doctor comes along, and tells me he may be overly cautious, but HE didn't want to rule out the heart problem. He wanted me to spend the night at the hospital and let them run more tests.

I decided I'd stay. First of all, I had not eaten so far that day, and secondly, I was already there. Why reschedule? And the chest pain had not gone away yet. My blood pressure was quite high, no use being foolish at this age. I'm not a teenager -- I was 72, and hoped to live LOTS longer.

So a day later, many blood tests, stress tests, scans, you name it I-had-it type of tests, the final analysis given to me by a Cardiologist was that I do have a bit of problem with my valves to my heart, but it is not serious enough to do open heart surgery (which is VERY serious) -- so WAIT, that was the magic word. I'm not good at waiting, but that's what I must do. When it reaches the point where I find my breathing compromised or I get exceedingly tired, that's when we will again address the solution of surgery.

Does it jolt you to have this happen? Does it make you rethink your life and what you are doing with it? I would have to say YES! But should you wait for an eye-opener such as this to make you STOP AND THINK? NO - NO - NO! Think of what your life is, what you want, what you have! And if there are changes you need to make, baby, get off your butt and get out there. Some people don't have a second chance!
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STILLFLYIN 11/12/2010 7:33AM

    So glad you are OK.

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THPEAKY 11/12/2010 7:16AM

    Oh my!! I am so glad you are okay

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TRISTAROSE 11/12/2010 6:33AM

    Oh my goodness ... what a day you had! Glad to hear that all went well and now you've had a good check up and know where you stand. This gives us incentive to continue to eat well and exercise. Please take care of yourself.

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USFBULL 11/12/2010 12:52AM

    That must have been very frightening, thank you for the the candid description of your thought process during and through the event. Wow, not a woohoo time. emoticon Glad you made it through and posted this blog. Reflection after that I think any of use would do. Probably a good thing you have been taking care of yourself and keep up the good work, stick around a write a bunch more blogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 11/11/2010 7:13PM

    Wow, girl!!! Talk about a wake-up call!! Whew! So, now you've dodged that bullet, continue to take care of yourself and be very aware of what your body has to tell you about everything!! I consider you a great person and a very valuable friend.......want us both to be around a good long while yet!!!! GLad you got all those tests done, so now you know your present status!
Let's go and keep this thing going!!!! WooHoo!!!

Hugs!!!!!!

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CATLADY52 11/11/2010 6:59PM

    Take care of yourself. But don't change anything about you. Better to have had all the tests now, at least the doctors have a baseline to work from. emoticon emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 11/11/2010 5:44PM

    Wow! That is scary. I sure am glad they figured it out. Now continue to take good care of youself. We want you around a lot longer too!

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PSMITH3841 11/11/2010 4:46PM

    I'm sorry you had this scare...but on the positive, it was an alert, you know what you have to watch...we do all these things to help us to live healthier lives, but we cheat...I'm healthy, I can eat this one______! I'm healthy, I can skip the exercise today....no more cheating!!! No matter how healthy we think we are, we must be ever vigilant...I am so glad you're OK! I'm planning on blogging with you for many more years...OK?

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MARYLQ11 11/11/2010 4:31PM

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/11/2010 4:30PM

    Glad you are OK after your scary ordeal. It definitely makes you stop and think. Take care of yourself. emoticon

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It wasn't MY birthday -- so why did MY weight go up?

Friday, November 05, 2010

I helped a friend celebrate their birthday last night -- so I would not be the least bit surprised to know that THEIR scale was on the high side this morning! But it wasn't MY birthday, so what's MY excuse? Yes, my scale was up too!

Have you ever noticed a trait that all us humans seem to share? We see someone ordering dessert -- we order it. Someone else orders a drink, so we do too! We see someone else ordering some fantastic item off the menu, and immediately our attention moves from the "salad" column over to something fried, creamed, or we pile it on ourselves! We can chalk it all up to human nature.

Maybe it's something like having two dogs in the house at the same time. If your dog is a finicky eater, this will cure him/her. They want to be sure and eat up all their food immediately so the "other" dog doesn't get it.

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PSMITH3841 11/8/2010 9:08PM

    You are so right...I go with all sorts of good to make healthy, wise choices...as soon as we all get together, intentions fly right out the window, hand in hand with my good sense! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 11/6/2010 12:01PM

    I think in advertising it's called Bandwagon, as in join in whatever other folks are doing. Normal human thing. As previously mentioned, jump back into the SP bandwagon today.

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OLDERDANDRT 11/5/2010 3:58PM

    emoticonStuff happens and last time I looked, you're still human, soooo,,,,, back on the wagon and back on track in no time!! emoticon emoticon

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MSKITYOCAT 11/5/2010 11:57AM

  I can appreciate what you are referring to, however there are foods that I consider as poison and I just don't touch them ever and feel badly whey my friends do order them. Blessings on your day.

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Ohh! My Aching Back

Thursday, November 04, 2010

I got back on the "wagon" and did my circuit training like a good girl (groan) and today I feel like a ton of bricks fell on me! Oh! My aching back. I guess the moral of the story is: "Everything in moderation?"

I was so determined to 'get back in shape' and get off the excess weight I must have gone overboard -- I used the regular weights and did my 3 reps on each one of the exercises. My muscles, especially on the upe part of my back are telling me about it today!

Tomorrow I HAVE to trim the shrubs in my yard, so, heaven help me, it will either work the soreness out of my muscles -- or kill me! Hey! If you see me on here tomorrow, then I guess it didn't kill me!

  
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PSMITH3841 11/4/2010 1:31PM

    I have 3 words for you..."Bayer Back & Body"! It's the only thing that seems to ease the discomfort my body uses to remind me I'm not 30 anymore! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/4/2010 7:55AM

    keep up the good work kido the muscles will get better soon
Vicki

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THPEAKY 11/4/2010 7:02AM

    I got in a "squat contest" in the physical therapy room with a favorite former patient of mine Monday who is coming in for PT. It was "C'mon...you can do it...see I'm doing it with you". I sincerely HOPE she is not as sore as I am! I hope your beack gets to feeling better!

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ROSY_TIAMO 11/4/2010 6:51AM

    The sleeping puppy is soooo adorable...... emoticon emoticon

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CBEVNOW 11/4/2010 4:07AM

    Be careful, love, love the pictures, you can tell this little one doesnt have a care in the world and knows it is loved.
Caroline

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LUNADRAGON 11/4/2010 12:41AM

    Oh, take it easy, I understand the aching back, and just how easy it is to overdo it to try to keep the fitness up. Love the pictures by the way.

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FITANDFIFTY2 11/4/2010 12:36AM

    Oh I so love your pics!!! I do hope your back feels better very soon!!

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The Wagon That Moved!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

emoticon Guess it's time to walk the walk if I'm talking the talk. My plans seemed to go right out the window. emoticon emoticon Yes, the scale is UP, back to my plateau of last week, and most of my well laid plans of doing all the healthy stuff daily kind of got shifted around too! Instead I went to Yarnell (the summer home) on Friday and found our grocery stash was wanting -- no fresh veggies except tomatoes! Had a couple of bananas and some apples -- and Baby! It was COLD outside, at least early in the morning!

emoticon One day I walked around in my PJ's all day (they are flannel) and it felt soooo good. Of course I know we could have turned up the heat, but for some strange reason having that artificial heat pumping out at me during the night makes it so I can't sleep.

Of course that has nothing to do with the reasons I couldn't keep up with the former list (of 4) that I had in place before going "off the wagon." I'll tell you, it's very difficult to stay ON the wagon with all the slippery little temptations and tricks that go on in a person's life.

I'm back down in civilization now (that means I can go to the gym for my circuit training again) so I need to put my bad habits on the shelf and start to be serious about maintaining the healthy things in my life!

emoticon is like "starting over" -- but the silver lining is that starting over is always at a much lower weight than it was years ago. My 144.2 is not that far off from my goal. So never admit, or even consider, that you are a failure. Just smile -- and MOVE ON!
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THPEAKY 11/3/2010 10:40PM

    Count me in ...I am jumping back on after a day trip to Amish Country! translation: carrrrrrrrrb city! But we had a good time: took the day off from work and went with 2 co-workers.

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GRAMMIE1959 11/3/2010 8:35AM

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/3/2010 7:59AM

    emoticonand we will do this together NOV is our month to get a few more pounds off and keep them off
Vicki

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PSMITH3841 11/2/2010 9:58PM

    emoticon Just a bump in the road... Next time, you'll just hang on tighter...You're almost there!

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CATLADY52 11/2/2010 4:47PM

    When faced with a dilemma, just move the goal posts a bit. emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 11/2/2010 1:21PM

    Welcome back on the wagon! Lets get it moving!

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