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Who Knew? Pharmacist's Instructions

Thursday, August 04, 2011

While I'm focused on getting over this cold I thought it would be a good time to treat the scaly skin patches on my hands. I asked the pharmacist and heard something that I didn't know. He said never use cortisone products on broken skin. He said it can get into your system. Who knew?

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KEKEIKO 8/5/2011 9:53AM

    Thank you for sharing. I'll keep that in mind. A Pharmacist is the one that solved the mystery when my oldest kept breaking out with hives when he had red fruit punch and was on amoxicillin. We had him tested for antibiotics and he wasn't allergic however the Pharmacist said it was probably the Red No. 5 dye which they took off the market since and replaced with Red 40. The Pharmacist was correct!

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MONTY68 8/4/2011 10:16PM

    Hi Marsha
I guess I didn't read everything on the tube. Did he suggest something instead?
Thank you for sharing.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/4/2011 9:15PM

    Thanks for sharing the info: did you get an alternative? I like plain Glaxal base cream . . . soothing.

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    I didn't know that either.

WTG for sharing!!

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MNNICE 8/4/2011 2:44PM

    This is why it upsets me that so many health insurance companies require that you use their selected "teledrug" service and order presccriptions by phone or online from a pharmacy in some distant part of the country. Your local pharmacists can be so helpful and give you that kind of personal attention that can prevent health problems.

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AQUAGIRL08 8/4/2011 2:30PM

    Good to know. Thanks for the heads up!

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MIRAGE727 8/4/2011 12:42PM

    Uh, it states that info on the tube I've used. I always read the directions of use after a bad experience "when I was a child" a few years ago.
Good to see you're feeling better, Marsha. But don't push it.

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KALIGIRL 8/4/2011 12:32PM

    I didn't emoticon

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_LINDA 8/4/2011 12:16PM

    People get sick through things getting into broken skin. That is why injections are so risky for infection and why they give tetanus shots when you cut yourself with anything.
I know this fully well from my extensive experience with the medical system

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NEW-CAZ 8/4/2011 12:06PM

    Better to use something like E45 cream or an emollient Marsha

I talk to my pharmacist before our doc sometimes...makes more sense and he can usually advise an over the counter remedy there and then

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KKKAREN 8/4/2011 9:00AM

    Love those good pharmasists.

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WILD4STARS 8/4/2011 8:42AM

    Good to know. I love Cortaid. Maybe a bit too much?? Will be watching for broken skin. Did he suggest what you should use on that scaly skin?

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Prepared for the Appetite From Hell

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I can't taste a thing. I could not even tell there were raisins in my oatmeal this morning. Right now my appetite is just neutral - I can eat, but I feel no urgency. So I plan to just make wise decisions.

However, I know what to expect. Last time I was sick -- last 2 weeks -- I lost my appetite and then it came back magnified. l balanced out by making every bite contribute to health when not hungry, and using my appetite management skills - lots of veggies, frequent small meals, drink water, distract myself - when the Appetite From Hell hits.

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AQUAGIRL08 8/4/2011 2:22PM

    So sorry that you're feeling so bad again. I hope this passes soon and that you feel more like yourself.

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WATERMELLEN 8/3/2011 8:21PM

    I've never realized that after a cold, I need to anticipate the "appetite from hell": but that absolutely coheres with my own experience. Pent-up demand to experience taste again!!

Thanks for your comments on my "willed optimism" blog and the goodie: so much appreciated. My work is not more "important" than anyone else's work . . . but some periods can be a bit cliff-hangerish!!

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MIRAGE727 8/3/2011 7:53PM

Please remember to go to the doctor early if this lingers on.

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SHECHAM 8/3/2011 5:08PM

    Hope you feel better...

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/3/2011 12:59PM

    One choice at a time; you'll do OK. Hope your feel much better quickly!

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    Bless your heart.

I hope this passes quickly!

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NEW-CAZ 8/3/2011 11:35AM

    At least you know the way you think and what your body craves after being ill.
I hope you feel stronger again soon emoticon

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Oh, No, No, No!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Yesterday I enjoyed a run on the treadmill with 4 minute intervals up to 6.8 mph/1 minute walk at 4.5mph. Wow, I was almost back to speed and almost back from my cold/cough that kept me out of the Watermelon Series race #3. I then tried my new Speedo bathing suit, swimming 5 laps breaststroke, 2 laps backstroke, and 1 lap freestyle (crawl). I went home feeling good.

Then last night. No, no, no, no! My nose is like a faucet. Post nasal drip is disgusting. Every time I laid down last night my face and head pounded. I had to "sleep" sitting up. Man, I am so, so, so disappointed. Neither of my granddaughters are sick and they weren't last time, either. I don't know where I got this bug. I guess it could be allergies, but I feel headachy and think I have a fever, so that sounds more like cold.

Anyway, I'm committed to exercise as I should. I suspect for today that means rest.

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AQUAGIRL08 8/4/2011 2:18PM

    I hope you feel better soon. Could you possibly be allergic to something?

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MONTY68 8/2/2011 11:52PM

    Hi Marsha
I am sorry that your nasty cold came back. Hope you feel good soon.

Monty emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/2/2011 9:48PM

    Rest rest rest rest. So sorry that you're under the weather again . . .but it does sound like a cold.

Hope you're better soonest!!

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AMANDAJCD 8/2/2011 4:58PM

    Oh no -- feel better soon!!!!

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    sounds more like flu.

I hope it isn't.

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KALIGIRL 8/2/2011 1:36PM

    Rest is good.

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DONNABRIGHT 8/2/2011 12:29PM

    I hope this one is quick!

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MISTYRIVER64 8/2/2011 11:46AM

    Take care of yourself and give yourself time to recover.

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JOHAL52 8/2/2011 11:16AM

    Maybe you need to give yourself more time to recover. The exercise routine sounds a bit . . . ummm . . . intense?

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MIRAGE727 8/2/2011 11:02AM

    Marsha! Marsha! Marsha! Whoa! I am so slow compared to your times. Yes, I embrace my star role in turtle class!
Take care of yourself and have a speedy recovery. Be well.

Oh, and thanks for your work explanation. I managed a 1.3B AF contract involving consultants so I was thinking in that direction.

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NEW-CAZ 8/2/2011 10:12AM

    sounds more like a cold to me. Take a day out and let your body rest and recuperate hun, don't fall into the trap of overtraining!

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FIT-AT-50 8/2/2011 9:51AM

    I hope this bug goes away quickly.

Way to go on the great fitness day!

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Tracking Shake Up

Monday, August 01, 2011

I only have 5 days left in my Weight Watcher three month tracker. For those of you who are not Weight Watchers, a three month tracker is a paper journal for tracking food, exercise, hunger levels, weekly goals/plans, tips, etc. I have estimated a lot this past 3 months. On WW you don't have to count veggies (except starchy ones) or fruits (except dried and with juice). I also measured my 3 milk servings per day on a weekly basis very easily - I buy one gallon fat free milk and know I also need 5 servings of yogurt or fat free cheese for the week. Sometimes I measure out 14 teaspoons of olive oil to meet my healthy fat requirement for the week. Then there are only a few things I had to measure: the protein, carbs and fun foods. I won't say it was effortless, but I maintained without too much trouble.

Now to shake it up. My plan is to go back to SparkPeople tracking for the next three months. By alternating tracking methods, my aim is to overcome complacency. SP tracking is more work, but there is more nutrition feedback and, therefore, an opportunity to improve my nutrition even further.

PS To those of you who asked for a picture of my new bathing suits, I would pose if I had a photographer!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/4/2011 2:07PM

    Great approach to shake things up!

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FROSTY99 8/1/2011 5:01PM


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    We have to be "forever vigilant" which a lot of people don't understand.

RE: needing a photographer - it took a lot of guts for me to pose in my bikini!
And no, I didn't go outside, lol.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/1/2011 1:15PM

    Great job on the tracker, that is my downfall even though I know the importance of doing it.

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FLORIDAGHOST 8/1/2011 11:34AM

    Well done on the tracking ideas. Sounds like you've figure it out for yourself and I wish you Sparkling Success. I remember when I used to have a quart bottle that I filled every morning with my milk allowance when I was on WW. Otherwise I was way over as I loved milk and even though I bought WW milk, I still measured it out. My idea was, when it was empty, I was done for the day. I am attempting to do the same thing in many areas of my food now, but haven't reached it yet.

I'm a little frustrated with myself because I'm not forming habits quick enough, but it does take a specific amount of time to form a good habit, so I need to stop being so hard on myself.

Anyway, Super Great Job and I wish you Sparkling success in reaching all your goals and dreams.

As far as the new swimming suits go, you could get a maniquin and dress it with your new suits then take pictures. Okay, just an idea! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/1/2011 9:42AM

    This sounds like a great approach: mixing up the tracking.

Yesterday after lunch the Spark tracker told me: not enough protein. So: I changed up my supper, had an omelette (Omega 3 half and half mixed with egg whites), added low fat goat cheese, fresh basil and mushrooms, and hit all my targets: fat, carbs, protein, calories (low end).

You are doing a terrific job!!

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KALIGIRL 8/1/2011 8:38AM

    Sounds like a emoticon plan!

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Good Sale

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I found a Speedo bathing suit for half price yesterday and decided to get it. For one thing, it is just what I need if I decide to enter the swimming events of the Senior Games. I think I'll just time some of the event lengths - like 50 yard breaststroke and 100 yard backstroke - to see if I'm somewhat near competitive. I'm quite willing to enter even with no chance of winning, but I want some assurance that I won't finish, embarrassed, way behind the others. Since the Senior Games are not until January, I have time to train, too.

Another reason I got the suit is that it doesn't look too bad. It's various shades of purple with a white racing stripe down the side. It is a Speedo Endurance which advertises that it lasts 20 times longer than a suit that is not chlorine resistant. That is important as the one piece suit I bought last year and have worn less than 2 dozen times has blue only on the inside of the elastic on the legs. The color has bleached and near the seams it is showing wear. The YMCA pool where I swim is heavily chorinated.

I have a tankini that is cute, but it doesn't have a solid enough fit for lap swimming and racing. I plan to save it for the beach rather than the chlorine. And I must confess, I not only got the practical Speedo, there was this cute little black one piece that was very flattering on very good sale. Couldn't resist!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/3/2011 7:00PM

    Yes, Marsha, I'm going to tell everyone here that you showed me how you looked in your suit. You looked great!!! Look out everyone she is looking pretty hot in her new suit. It fits perfectly and all that exercise has paid off with a slim toned body! Well done Marsha!!! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/1/2011 9:45AM

    Nice!! I wore my new black tankini to the beach yesterday . . . and thought it looked pretty good too!!

In addition to colour loss, the other problem with "regular" suits in chlorine-heavy pools can be dramatic "thinning" of the fabric. I've seen a number of ladies heading towards the Y pool clearly unaware that the whole behindular of their suits is pretty much . . . sheer!! Yikes. Never know what to say and generally just say nothing . . . .

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JOYINKY 8/1/2011 8:11AM

    Isn't it fun? Good for you! I love a good sale and bathing suit shopping is more fun than ever now.

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FROSTY99 7/31/2011 9:48PM

    Woo Hoo-good for you. I keep looking and can't find anything that I like or fits good.
I know you will do great-you are sucha competitor!

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KALIGIRL 7/31/2011 8:23PM

    Good for you!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/31/2011 5:09PM

    Good for you - remember how we used to hate to buy bathing suits and now you did two at once - what a champion!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/31/2011 2:13PM

    Sounds like you are having fun and you're gonna kick/splash/stroke your way to another milestone.

emoticon Go, Marsha!

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MONTY68 7/31/2011 1:37PM

You are amazing, A fantastic example to all the read your blogs. What a beautiful attitude and desire that you give us. Your purchase sounds like a great investment and also looks good. I love purple, no matter what shade of purple it is. As some have suggested or asked for, a couple of pictures of your new purchase would be wonderful.
As far as you competing in the swimming events, there is no doubt in my mind that you will be very successful.
Thank you for sharing and take your time in getting the pictures in a blog, tomorrow would be fine.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/31/2011 12:10PM

    I should think with your colouring it'd really suit you.
Do we get to see you in it?
You're one step nearer preparing for the senior games and I know how competitive you are GO FOR IT!!!!

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_LINDA 7/31/2011 10:54AM

    Wow!! Sounds lovely!! Would love a photo! purple is my favorite color, although in bathing suits, I always go for that slimming black.. That is what I need, a chlorine resistence one. I bought an expensive Tyr suit that lasted only three days before relaxing in the pool :((
So you are setting another goal and a new challenge for yourself! That is fantastic!! Reaching for new heights is what will keep you young! I have no doubt that our favorite motivational person will ace this new challenge!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/31/2011 10:45AM

    pictures - we need pictures!

great going!!

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MEXGAL1 7/31/2011 10:03AM

    sounds like a great find.

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PMFISH 7/31/2011 9:50AM

Sounds like you are set for the summer with swim wear. I bought about 6 last year, when I came across a great sale. Haven't worn a couple, but probably before summer is over this year. Ordered them online from ShapeFX Swimwear and they have the control insert for the tummy.

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RONDADEBI 7/31/2011 9:41AM

    your gonna be just great...wishing the best....wooohoo....come on senior games...

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