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Heart condition

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

After 41 yrs of numerous ecgs, echos, doctors, hospitals, blood tests, xrays and finally an mri the specialist has finally told me what is wrong with my heart. There is a flap of skin over the aortic valve which is affecting the flow of blood, making a very original sucky noise! One that many medical staff have been called in to listen to as it is so rare. This apparently means that my heart is having to work harder and finally this needs to be treated. I've been put on a mild dose of beta blockers for 6 months to see if my symptoms improve. They are only 1.25mgs once a day and I have only taken three but I feel so ill since taking them, much worse than before, do I really need them I ask myself!

Whinge whinge, moan moan! lol

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SLENDERCLAIRE 8/15/2012 5:53PM

    Good luck. I hope you come to tolerate the beta blockers - or find that they're not necessary after a while.

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LTMURPHY7 8/15/2012 2:38PM


I hope they fix it quickly so you can get back to life

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Muffin help

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hi Guys n Gals,

I don't know if anyone can help me but I recently had an email with a muffin recipe on it that included, amongst the ingredients, zucchini and carrot. I was quite intrigued with the idfea of baking them and finally on the way home today I stopped and bought the zucchini and carrot, knowing I had the other ingredients in the cupboard, however now I can't find the email nor the recipe. They also had icing of some kind on the top. If anyone can help with this I'd be very greatful.


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SLENDERCLAIRE 9/15/2011 1:13PM

    Google "carrot zucchini muffin" for loads of suggestions and you might find your recipe - or an even better one!

Good luck and enjoy!
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Scared - to be or not to be?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

At the age of five I was diagnosed with an aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic artery. I attended hospital on a regular basis for different tests and as it was always dealt with in such a matter of fact manner it has never worried me. Growing up with it was no different to having a knee or an elbow. It didn't affect my life at all.

Although I started my Spark journey some time ago it wasn't until fairly recently that it finally dawned on me that I needed too make a real commitment to myself in order to achieve my goals, one of which was fitness. This past winter has been long and dark, with a new boss at work, lots to do I found that even getting out for a walk became almost impossible. I was often out of the house for twelve hour days and found myself coming home, eating and going to bed. Consequently it wasn't until the lighter days and evenings arrived that I finally managed to get into more of a routine of walking with my dogs.

I started fairly sensibly walking at a steady rate for an hour covering approximately three miles. It wasn't long before I began to feel some chest pains, nothing too serious and nor did it stop me walking but I soon realised that it started at about three quarters of a mile and lasted for anything from a few minutes to about fifteen minutes. I kept ignoring it especially as I couldn't decide if it was real or if I was imagining it (yes my mind does work in mysterious ways, lol) and then I went to the surgery nurse for an injection and my blood pressure was high, definitely not normal for me. She asked how I had been and I told her about the pains I had been getting, she then suggested she carry out an ECG and for me to see my doctor. As a consequence of this I had to see my specialist this week on thursday and that is what leads me to my dilemma.

He is not worried but has ordered a blood test, an echogram and a CT scan, which makes me think he is concerned. He says there is a possibility that I have furring of the arteries but he's not worried. I am not allowed to go the gym nor exert myself...............but he's not worried! I have had my blood test and this morning the appointment arrived for my echogram but he's not worried. I've never had an appointment come through that quickly.

So I am worried, there are heart problems within the family, angina, high blood pressure, heart attacks and I have a cousin who had a quadruple bypass at fortyish. I've been eating the most horrendous crap which isn't going to help the situation at all and isn't making me feel any better either but I can't seem to help myself. I'm trying not to cry at the drop of a hat but it's not easy.

The voice inside my head is having an argument as to whether or not I should be scared and neither side is winning. Normally I'd get my boots on and go for a long walk to clear my head but now I'm scared even to do that! To top it all off it's half term at school this week and I have the week off........plenty of time to sit and think............to be or not to be...........that certainly is the question.

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FLYINGB16 5/28/2011 12:37PM

    First I would like to say how sorry I am that you are going through this. Stress and worry about real or perceived issues is still stress! I hope the doctor can put your mind at ease soon.

Now about eating the horrendous food. We always hear that everything in moderation is okay. I believe this is true for people that aren't food addicts. I know for myself if I eat one twinkie or candy bar I fall off a cliff and it's a major struggle to get back on track.

I have also heard someone say that what if that twinkie that you just ate was THE ONE that caused your artery to clog up...the last straw so to speak...

"Genetics load the gun but lifestyle pulls the trigger." This is a favorite quote of mine from my Weight Watcher days.

I know the all or nothing attitude about food is why most of us are here on Spark today. When I am about to eat crappy food or when I get envious of my co-workers eating fatty foods (apparently without a care in the world) I try to think..."Is that the meal that will cause them to have a heart attack? or diabetes? etc...

This may be a harsh way to think about food but I only think this way about unhealthy food. When I know I can't exercise I make sure to eat to the low end of my calories AND I fill up on healthy high fiber foods so I don't feel deprived.

This journey has been hard and at times it has seemed pointless but I would not trade a minute of it. I am the healthiest I have ever been in my life and I am the healthiest member of ALL of my family.

I hope you don't find any of this offensive. This is just how I think and deal with my own food issues.

I know you can do this!


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A worrying time

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's been a difficult few days and at the moment there is no end in sight. My youngest dog Keeva, 15 mths, has had severe gastroenteritis since early wednesday morning. She's been at the vets on a drip for two days except for the nights when she has come home to be watched carefully for any signs of her condition worsening. Neither my son nor I have had much sleep and even our days have been taken up with the worry and trying to keep each others spirits high. She seemed much better this morning but now this afternoon she is looking awful again and appears to have no energy so it's back to the vets again. My other dog, Indy, can't fathom out what is going on at all, he's very concerned for Keeva and is being very good considering how much he is being ignored.

Healthy eating and exercise have completely gone out of the window, in fact I have found myself eating just to stop myself thinking about what may happen.

I know not everyone will understand the depth of my worry and for those who think there are more important things to worry about, you're probably right, but she is as much a part of my family as my children and I can't help myself. Anyway it's off to the vets for us to see if there is any more we can do. Hope everyone's day is going better than mine.

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    I've been away and only just picked this up. Hope there has been some improvement over the last two weeks. It's dreadful when a loved pet is sick.

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ALICIA214 7/20/2010 8:04PM

I am sorry that your fur baby is sick, I know how hard that can be, you feel
so helpless and you tend to panic when you cant seem to make things right.
I hope your baby will be running around very soon, wanting you to play ball with her.

Chin Up.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Written by a 90 year old.

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Its estimated 93% won't forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title '7%'.

I'm in the 7%. Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.

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    Great thoughts, though I'll just link to it if you don't mind (call me Mrs 93%!)
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SGBR-1 7/7/2010 4:46AM

    Very true.

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JABCLUB 7/7/2010 4:20AM

    I like this! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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