Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Have been doing some reading this morning about vitamin d, trying to find an answer to why mine is so low, other than the lack of sunshine.
Some types of blood pressure medicine, mostly calcium channel blockers, can cause malabsorption of vitamins, such as vitamin d.
Obesity, which, I suppose according to the medical guidelines, I am still considered to be, is another BIG cause.
And when I had my gallbladder removed, I was told by my doctors that my digestion would speed up.
So, I have noticed this to be a "thing" with me for some years now, I eat, and I go to the bathroom alot faster than normal.
I have often wondered why losing weight was so difficult for me, since food doesnt hang around as long as normal.
So that is one possibility and also kidney problems, which I had for years and years in my teens and 20s, I was hospitalized many times over the years with kidney infections and kidney stones.
A few years ago I was sent to a kidney specialist, to have tests done to try to find out why I have uncontrolled high blood pressure.
No medication seem to work for me.
Yet, I was found to have perfectly normal kidney function, well, no damage caused by my blood pressure, and no diabetes.
And I was sent to a endocrinologist, who apparently didnt see this problem. No one, but me and reading online, put it all together.
The removal of my gallbladder sped up my digestion and keeps my body from absorbing the nutrients and vitamins that would help lower my blood pressure and my body doesnt hold onto vitamin d, etc.
All that time in doctors offices and labs and ct scans and visiting the nutritonialist and counseling.
I am even more happy now that I didnt go thru with the WLS because that makes the body absorb even less, and I would have had to be taking vitamins in very high doses the rest of my days and for naught, my body wont absorb them properly now as it is.
Of course, the question remains, if I cant absorb vitamins, medications, etc, then why dont I lose weight?
I should be super skinney by now????
So, here is the plan, hormone level testing, to rule out or confirm pcos.
Kidney function tests or ct scan, to see if my kidneys are functioning properly.
And probably changing my bp meds, yet again.
Funny how things fall into place, funny how just a little reading can show you what it takes doctors thousands of dollars and appointments and testing and all that to confirm.
A. my body doesnt absorb the vitamins because they dont stay in my intestines long enough to absorb.
B. my blood pressure medicine most likely keeps the vitamins from absorbing, if they could absorb to begin with.
C. losing weight is even harder for me because of the fact that, being overweight, i cant absorb the vitamins needed to help my body heal itself and my body isnt absorbing the nutrients to help me lose weight.
D. I really dont know what I can do about all of this!!!!
But, I am determined to find out.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Very disappointed, got a call today from my doctors office and my vitamin d is back down to 20.
The same as it was back in January when I broke my foot.
Am I at risk again?
With this cold snowy weather coming what if I slip and fall?
This is crazy!!!
I know I had slacked off on my D3, but I am still taking it, not at the dosage that I was, so now the doctor is going to put me back on the 50,000iu twice a week.
I really dont know what is causing it, lack of sunlight has a lot to do with it, but could it be my blood pressure meds?
Am I just not getting the nutrients in my food?
Apparently not, I just have to build it back up, if I can.
I guess time will tell, here we go again!!!!
Friday, December 06, 2013
Feeling down, but determined today. Got on the scale, against my better judgement and while I havent gained, I havent lost either.
Then I got to thinking, Jan 7th, the day before I broke my foot, I took a pic of me on the scale, It was a day of victory and celebration, as I was down a full 70 lbs from where I had started.
Now, I am only down 56 pounds, I have gained, in 11 months, a full 14 pounds this year.
No loss, so I was determined to lose that, or as much as I could, before next Jan 7th, which is a month away.
Under normal circumstances, losing 14 pounds would be hard for me in a month, but this is the month of cookies and candy and stopping off to eat after shopping, and turkey and dressing and ambrosias galore!!!! oh and of nog and rum drinks and candies made of peanut butter and bourbon!!!
And while I can refrain from over indulging in any of these, I cant guarantee I wont sample.
So, I know, or at least realistically I anticipate, going into 2014 heavier than I went into 2013!!!!
This angers me to the point, that I know I have to buckle down and get serious, again.
I have to do this.
There IS NO OTHER CHOICE!!!
Last night, I replayed in my head the visit to the surgeons office over a year ago and how I was determined when I walked out of her office that I would never return, I would never undergo lap band or bypass for weight loss!!!
And I worked my butt off, literally, my butt is alot smaller.
But I cant seem to lose with that same commitment, I cant seem to find my way back to that place.
So, the best I can do is watch my every bite, walk as much as I can, lift weights, use the bands, and workout at home as much as I can, because today, its in the 30s and pouring rain, pouring, literally, wet wet and wetter!!!
I can only do the best I can and just see where I am when the new year rings in, hopefully it will be alot closer to NORMAL.
Wherever that is.
2014 is going to be a year of renewal, renewal of hard work and commitment.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Got my tree up, and then cleaned up the mess, mostly. Have done alot of my wrapping as well. Still have a few gifts to get, hopefully if the weather doesnt turn too bad, this weekend that will wrap it up for me.
Its raining here now, they say its only going to get wetter and colder.
So, I guess that means no walk, my foot has been bugging me a little the last few days, maybe its the colder wet weather.
Will find out if my vitamin d has gone up or down, I am betting down.
So, the bike is out of the living room and in the storage bedroom, so for the next few weeks, its walking and weights.
I just hope I can make it thru the shopping and holidays without over indulging in snack and sweets.
Keep me in line Spark friends!!!
A few pics of my ornaments and tree, my newest one, the pink dragonfly.
Someone asked me tonight what is it with me and dragonflies, so, I was reading that the dragonfly is a symbol for change, renewal, emotional growth, because the dragonfly spends so much of its life just growing and then only gets to fly for a short time of its life, it makes the most of its time and it sees so much, because 80 percent of its brain is used for sight.
So, to me, its about my finally seeing myself, finally seeing whats important, finally deciding to make the most of my life, and live. And the renewal, my broken foot, getting back to walking, healing, that is growth and renewal of my self. Pink, just cause I love the color pink.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I woke up this morning, really early and stayed up. I was feeling kinda of melancholy, or something.
Watching a video had me near tears, I asked myself, what is up with that?
Then I looked at the date, and realized it is the anniversary of a happy day I had, once, in days gone by.
I knew the day was coming, and I wondered how I would feel, but the funny thing is, I didnt even remember it, before I remembered it, understand?
If I hadnt looked at the calender, I wouldnt have known.
But, I think I handled it pretty well.
The memory of it, I mean, because the day, oh so long ago was a happy one, and I was happy then, and if I had known, what I know now, I would have tried to have enjoyed it more.
Or something like that.
But we cant foresee the future.
I was feeling kinda melancholy, but then I watched a funny movie and I was over it.
The past is the past.
I went to have my lab work done, to check my vitamin d and cholesterol and whatever else, and then I went to the store and bought some of the ingredients I will need to start my Christmas candy, I will probably begin making it around the 12th. Then I went to the walking track, then I came home, with plans to clean, because my house needs it.
But for some reason, I got started on the wrapping and now the house is an even bigger mess!!!
Maybe I will at least get the dishes washed and maybe vacuum, the one patch of carpet in the living room you can actually see.
The weather here today was fantastic and I went for a one hour walk, even though its somewhat windy and we are supposed to see rain.
I am kinda hoping for a white Christmas and hoping to get organized and decorated before the actual day arrives.
Hope everyone had a good day.
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