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Follow Up

Friday, August 05, 2011

Follow Up to yesterday's blog: Pharmacist recommended triple antibiotic ointment until open sore are gone then switch to hydrocortisone for scaly skin. Seems to be working for me. (Incidentally, my CVS hydrocortisone cream has 10 warnings, but none about not applying to broken skin.)

Follow Up to 8/2 blog: My cold is much better. I had 10 day cold, 5 days of feeling okay, followed by 3 day cold. Don't think it's allergy - hubby seems to have it today. May be related to overtraining, so I'm planning run/walk when all recovered rather than straight running.

Follow Up to yesterday's status: Was well enough to attend local SparkTeam dinner last eve. Really enjoyed. Great group of people!

Follow Up 7/31 blog: Aquagirl saw me in my new bathing suit and wrote really nice things. She is a dear friend. Thanks, Cyndi!

  
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_LINDA 8/7/2011 12:17AM

    Glad you are feeling better! I am betting you look good in a bathing suit! Good caution in getting back into things slowly..

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/6/2011 11:04PM

    I am glad you are doing better.

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KEKEIKO 8/6/2011 10:29AM

    Glad you are feeling better and on the mend but ut-oh for hubby. Probably best to ease into training slowly but you know your limits. Kudos again to your Pharmacist!

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MONTY68 8/5/2011 11:37PM

    Hi Marsha
Thanks for the follow up comments. I looked at my tube of cortisone and it also said nothing about broken skin. I am glad you made the comment.
Glad you are feeling much better and like your plan for exercise. Going to the Spark dinner may have helped make you feel better. It is nice you have a active local team .

Are you saying we have to take Aqugirl's comments about the bathing suit? emoticon

Thanks again for your follow up reports.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 8/5/2011 7:57PM

    You've had a tough patch: and you're shaking it off.

Doesn't surprise me you can do that. . . but doesn't make it easy either. Please be kind to yourself while you recover fully: and don't hesitate to strut your stuff in that new suit!!

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PARKERB2 8/5/2011 5:40PM

    Glad your feeling better. I'm sure you look GREAT! in the suit. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/5/2011 2:43PM

    I use triple antibiotic all the time!

Heal quickly!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/5/2011 2:24PM

    You are welcome Marsha! You're the best!
Hugs,
Cyndi

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WILD4STARS 8/5/2011 2:14PM

    emoticonGlad you're feeling better.

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KALIGIRL 8/5/2011 12:57PM

    Glad all is better!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/5/2011 10:07AM

    Smiling with you! Glad you are feeling better!

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NEW-CAZ 8/5/2011 10:03AM

    Glad everything is more positive! emoticon

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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.

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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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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/4/2011 8:47PM

    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.
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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.
Hugs,
Cyndi

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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

    Marsha,
Please remember to go to the doctor early if this lingers on.
Monty
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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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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/3/2011 11:42AM

    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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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/2/2011 2:12PM

    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!
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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!
Diane

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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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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/1/2011 1:52PM

    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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