Sunday, April 01, 2012
March was not a good month for us or our cars, in fact March was a month of stresses.
Wed., March 7th, my daughter was already upstairs and in her pajamas around 10:30PM when we heard some kind of impact noise outside. I went outside and saw a police car stopped across the street and her mangled car. Something had distracted the police officer and he hit her car, denting the entire driver's side, bending the rear axle and the frame, and the rear and front wheels. Because her car was 12 years old it was totaled by the insurance company even though it only had a little over 50,000 miles on it. Since her car was totaled, she was only allowed a rental car by the insurance company for 1 week, so we had to act fast to get another car for her. Unfortunately, the insurance company only gave her $6,000 to work with.
We had planned to go shopping for another car for her on Wed. evening., March 14th. We were busy preparing dinner at about 6PM that night when again we heard an impact, a screech of tires, and the sound of a vehicle being accelerated, followed by another impact. We rushed outside to see our neighbor's car with the rear end pushed in and the car pushed up onto the sidewalk within about 6 inches of their front porch. Our neighbor came outside and we thought she was going to have a nervous breakdown. We went to try to comfort and calm her and I told my daughter to return to the house to call the police. There was also another car stopped in the middle of the street with liquid draining all over the street and steam pouring out from under the hood. The car had been driven by a young man in his early twenties who was unhurt except for a few cuts on his hand and arm. My husband joined outside us to find out what had happened and saw that there was debris on the road between our house and our neighbor's. He walked back to our car to find that the entire left side had been hit, cracking the rear bumper and fender and also the front fender. Both doors were dented and the side view mirror no longer existed. Both tires and wheels were also damaged and something to do with the front end suspension...a total of $5,076.60 in damages. However our car was a bit newer than our daughter's and also had low mileage so it was deemed repairable.
The next night we took our daughter shopping for a car with our friend who works for several dealerships, delivering and picking up cars to and from other dealerships. He had already told them to be on the watch for a nice car with low mileage at no more than $6,000 . They had several cars waiting for us to look at and our daughter came home with a 2001 Ford Taurus in beautiful condition and only 70,000 miles on it. Of course, we paid for the car for her because the insurance company will not release her check until they receive the title to the totaled car.
On Sunday of that same week we got a call from hubby's 81 yr. old sister who is wheelchair bound and cared for by another 65 yr. old sister. They had gone to the Phila flower show earlier that week and the 81 yr. old had a serious allergic reaction to the flowers, especially the orchids. She began sneezing violently (she never had an allergy to flowers before) and because she has osteoporosis she suffered multiple stress fractures to the spine. A few days later the 65 yr. old went grocery shopping and when she leaned over the side of the cart to get the last of the groceries out she broke a rib. So they called to ask if we could come up to help them out for a couple of days. My daughter had the next week off from work for vacation so she and I went to help out, leaving hubby home to deal with insurance calls etc. regarding our car. My daughter and I stayed with them for the entire week.
So that's the story of our stressful March. The only benefit to all the stress is that my daughter and I both lost about 10 pounds each in March.
Monday, November 15, 2010
This is my temporary farewell to all my fellow sparkers. The day after tomorrow (Wed., Nov. 17, 2010) is my first total knee replacement surgery and the other knee will be done as soon as my blood count goes back to normal. Of course the surgeries will be followed by physical therapy 3 times a week for several months, so I will have little or no time for the computer.
This is not a true farewell, as I have every intention of coming back to SP as soon as I am able. This is really a "see you later". I am hoping the surgeries will finally enable me to walk with a degree of comfort that I have not had for a very long time. I am SO looking forward to being able to take a walk and the walking will hopefully enable me to get the last of the weight off. In fact, walking will be part of the physical therapy as soon as PT has determined I am ready for it. I anxiously await that day. So until we meet again................
Thursday, May 20, 2010
2009 was a very difficult year, and 2010 isn't much better. Needless to say stress has led to my gaining back most of the weight I lost. Now my doctor wants me to get serious and get the weight back off which she feels will help with a few of the problems I have been having. Let me go back a bit and explain what's going on.
In early April I started coughing a bit. Thinking it was allergies I decided to up my vitamin C intake. After 3 weeks with no improvement I went to the doctor. What started out as allergies had turned into an upper respiratory infection. So I was put on antibiotics, cough syrup, and allergy meds. A few days into this new med regimen, I noticed my feet and legs swelling. My feet and legs do swell on occasion and I though nothing of it. Usually propping my feet up for a while reduces the swelling and next day I am usually back to normal. This time that didn't happen. Every day my feet and legs were swollen and the left foot was getting painful. I finished my 10 days of antibiotics, but the cough lingered. Three weeks later, I still have a lingering cough, I am still feeling short of breath, and my feet and legs are still swollen. Then I started experiencing mild chest pain/discomfort. I thought, must be gas trapped in my chest.....but I wasn't expelling any air (no burping and no flatulence). After 4 days of this with increasing frequency and duration, I called my doctor. She listened to my heart and lungs.....CLEAR. She did an EKG. Again nothing showed up. She then recommended that I go to the emergency room and let them do chest xrays and blood work to get my enzyme levels. So off I go to the hospital. At the hospital they again did an EKG which was normal. They also put me on oxygen and did blood work. My enzyme levels are fine. At that point they told me they were keeping me overnight so further testing could be done. I was scheduled for a stress test and a doppler test for blood clots in my legs. I am happy to say that I passed both tests. Heart is fine and there are no new blood clots. After 24 hours I was released from the hospital. Their diagnosis is stomach irritation from the pain meds I was using for my arthritic knees. It seems that the Naproxen irritated the lining of my stomach and the pain radiated up into the chest.
So now I have nothing to use for the fibro and arthritis pain. The doctor at the hospital did prescribe Tylenol with Codeine for me, which does nothing for the pain and only puts me to sleep and the swelling of my feet and legs continues. I was also told to take Prilosec for 2 or 3 weeks to heal the stomach lining and a low acid diet was also recommended. So now I hurt all the time, but the chest pains are gone.
I went to my family Dr. on Tuesday for my sugar recheck (diabetes type II) and for a follow up to the hospital visit. She has now put me on water pills and potassium to try to reduce the swelling. She also wants me to get this weight back off and to get more exercise AND to prop my legs and feet up above heart level for at least 10 minutes twice a day. I started the water pill regimen yesterday and for the last two days have elevated my legs and used my exercise bike. So I am back in the saddle and praying I will stay there and finally get rid of the weight and some of these health issues. Just hoping this renewed motivation to get serious stays with me long enough to accomplish my goals.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
There's not much that I can say.... I just keep bouncing between 201 and 206 but people keep coming up to me and saying, "Your losing more weight again, aren't you?" When I explain that I have been stuck for well over a year they just can't believe it. I suppose my body is just redistributing the weight so that I appear to be making progress. I love that! I alsolove that Icanfit comfortably into some larges instead of the tents I had to wear before losing some weight.
Since the 18th of October I have recorded my food a total of only5 days but I have been continuing to maintain. I have been backing off and spending less and less time on SP due to feeling burned out from the pressure of trying to keep up with responsibilities for teams I co-lead and challenges I have been participating in.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I have basically been at a standstill in my weight loss since Dec. 2007. I am stuck in a maintenance pattern, fluctuating a pound of two up or down week after week, month after month. What's good about it is that I am maintaining. What's not so good is that I want to be losing.
The other day I looked at my situation and decided I need to set some realistic goals and recommit myself to this process. So I have set some goals with specific time line by which to accomplish them. I sure hope this will give me the incentive I need to get moving again.
One of my previous goals was to reward myself with a particular item I wanted when I reached 200 l bs. My husband, knowing how much I wanted that item, decided to gift me with it for our anniversary. So I have had to replace that with a new reward. My new reward will be a Wii to exercise with.
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