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Chapter 16 -Day 64

Friday, December 12, 2014

Yesterday was a super good workout with shoveling 10" of heavy snow. I topped that with 1.5 hours of sledding with granddaughter; I did a lot of pulling her up the hill on the sled. I took her to the same spot I used to take my boys to when they were younger....enjoyed making new memories at this beautiful park with a lake in the distance.

Doctors decided to hold off on amputation for BIL yesterday....instead they did inserted drain tubes to help treat the leg to clear it of infection so that the amputation can occur below the knee instead of above it. The difference likely means being able to successfully walk on prostethics as a double amputee or being limited to a wheelchair only. At best doctors predict his recovery and rehabilitation will be a long, difficult 2 year process. How does one totally re-create their life defined in this way? I am reminded....."Good health is better than gold and silver." (author unknown).

BIL is getting another chance for below the knee amputation
Thankful I have been able to continue making wise food choices for my optimum health....some days are very difficult still

Stay the course with food plan
Fitness minutes....at least 10
Client work

Wishing us all a healthy and fit day!

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FITMAMA_ 12/15/2014 2:22PM

    Nice to see you enjoyed the snow!

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JULIA_211 12/14/2014 10:26AM

    That is good news about your BIL! I'm so sorry they are going through such a tough time. I will continue to pray for them.

How was your day out with the girls, yesterday? (Saturday)
I hope you guys are getting a break from more snow! emoticon

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EDLEAR 12/13/2014 2:22AM

    Snow is a great workout medium, I agree! I haven't sledded in years,but shoveling is a favorite here.
This is an important lesson in health for us all. emoticon

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 12/13/2014 12:00AM

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So glad you took our granddaughter sledding, wonderful memories for you and her.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 12/12/2014 11:56AM

    Diabetes is such a dreaded disease, wish they could do more to prevent things like what your BIL is going thru. I mean they can fly to Mars, why can't we cure this. And talking about going to Mars, my question is WHY, what's up there that is so important to spend billions of dollars on. Just because they can doesn't make it worth the money.

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Type 2 Diabetes lesson...maybe not too late for another

Friday, December 12, 2014

Doctors are treating BILs other leg right now, trying to clear it of more infection so that they can amputate below the knee instead of above. This is likely to be a 2 week process.

Doctor is requiring that once BIL is able to start rebuilding his life, that he see an endocrinologist for his diabetes and not his family doctor. Most people he sees that are in a similar situation as my BIL have a similar story: poorly controlled diabetes and the use of family doctor to monitor the disease. He claims that most family doctors are too soft with diabetic patients and tell them it is okay for their glucose levels to be between 150-200 (exactly what my BIL has been saying over the years as his acceptable range from his family dr). Dr said it should not be over 100. And dr also said it explains why BILs kidneys are not working well.

Dr said food choices are critical to manage diabetes effectively.

The situation for my BIL has really made me think more about my own health and how important preventative health care is to one's body. I already knew that....but pushed it aside for instant gratification from food. I am trying hard to eat smarter, and more responsibly.

"When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no "I'll start tomorrow." Tomorrow is disease." ~Terri Guillemets


Chapter 16, Day 61

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

In my busy streak for my business, closing company books for year. I know I am not too busy, though, to fit in at least 10 minues of exercise daily, so that is my Commitment to Self today, and everyday now until the end of January. Course, more is better and I will encourage Self.

Food choices are going well, thank goodness.

BIL is doing better; delerium is nearly gone completely.

BIL's medical situation has re-awakened the importance of preventative health and fitness.

DH decided he would focus on his food choices again for better health and weight loss. Answered prayer. I am trying to be as supportive as I can be, making sure something healthy and interesting is around for him to eat, no matter how busy I am. (For me, I will often just grab a salad and some cottage cheese, and won't take the time to cook when I am busy.)

So glad BIL is doing better.
Re-committed to 10 minutes of fitness daily
Will see grandson tonight

Healthy eating
10 minutes of fitness
Sit granddaughter
Provide transportation to grandson to one of his evening activities

Wishing us all a healthy and fit day!

"If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse." (unknown)

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JULIA_211 12/10/2014 5:38AM

    I'm so glad that BIL is improving, and that your dh is focusing on health again! It is much more motivating when you have someone at home with the same or similar goals! emoticon

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 12/9/2014 1:25PM

    Nice , glad BIL is better. great positives Vicki.
Glad hubby is back to a healthier lifestyle.
Have a healthy day too, love the quote emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 12/9/2014 11:10AM

    That is what I need to do. I need to make goals every day, like you have, and then follow thru. Maybe I will give it a try.

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Chapter 16, Day 58 ... family sorrows from diabetes

Saturday, December 06, 2014

I didn't want to get up this morning and rise again to deal with BIL's sad fate: the first of two amputations was done last night; the second will be done next week. We are all so sad for him.

He's a type 2 diabetic. A snitcher of sweets over the years. A mostly non exerciser. A non smoker. His diabetes always seemed under control. Until two years ago, when he got a tiny open wound on his foot. He tried to self heal for 3 weeks, but by that time the bone had started to liquify from infection, and doctors struggled to save a foot that was ravaged by this disease. After a long recovery at home with IV fluids and debridement, BIL was left with a foot with softened bones, and he became partially disabled, and weekly visits to the doctor forever more.

Recently more bones in his weakened foot pushed through the skin, causing 3 openings in the foot; BIL was under the constant care of a doctor for their healing. BIL spent a week at home, trying to self-heal, with a skin graft planned for the following week. That week was a tough one, BIL's other leg started hurting, it was thought from overcompensation to that side of his body. Another doctor said the knee cap was broken, fitted hime with a cast, and sent him home to recuperate. 5 days later my husband's sister sent her DH by ambulance to the hospital. Diagnosis: the one unhealed open wound gave entrance of bacteria, that we all carry on our skin, into his body. It ran havoc. The knee to the other leg was not broken but infected by the other foot. BIL's blood was septic, and 4 different bacterias waged war within his body. Antibiotics were powerless, though doctors fought valiantly to save his limbs. He could not win this war.

Cutting off his limbs just gives him a fighting chance to survive.

If you are pre-diabetic, type 2 diabetic, PLEASE treat all wounds with great seriousness. With each passing day, the situation can go from bad to critical, just that fast the doctors told us. Better to go to the emergency room if a diabetic....simple things can escalate very quickly into a serious situation.

A couple of months ago, I happened upon a yahoo article of the day that said that studies are showing that people with type 2 diabetes are taking their medication, and then eating what they want thinking their pill will tak e care of everything, and then have serious health issues to deal with from the disease. It stuck in my mind for some reason, and presently it haunts my thoughts like a stalker.

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold or silver." (Ghandi)

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EDLEAR 12/7/2014 4:03AM

    Oh so sorry to hear all this about BIL's health. I had no idea that these things could happen, and so quickly, too!
This is an important blog posting for me, thanks.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 12/6/2014 8:16PM

    Such sad news Vicki. Thank you for posting this blog. Serves as a warning to us, we need to take our health seriously for sure.
Many prayers for you and BIL and the whole family. Wish I could do more!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 12/6/2014 12:00PM

    So sorry for BIL, but your blog my help someone with this dreaded disease take a closer look at themselves.

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    This hits home with me I was diagnosed with type 2 several years ago. Was on pills for awhile but have been off all meds for 2 years. I monitor my blood sugars and try to eat healthy but I do have a terrible sweet tooth. My sugars run in a low normal range. I try to monitor my skin every day. As a retired nurse I am well aware of complications of type 2 diabetes. I am so sorry about your brother-in-law. Hopefully this surgery will help but it will be a hard road to recovery. He will definitely have to take better care of himself. Hugs. Pat

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I am so sorry to hear this about your brother in law. I agree, so many think
that a pill is an easy fix....but it is not. There are consequences.

Praying that your brother in law will be okay in every way, especially emotionally,
after such drastic surgery.

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SWEETNEEY 12/6/2014 9:44AM

    Thanks for this information.

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JULIA_211 12/6/2014 8:34AM

    I am so terribly sadden to hear this news, Vicki! It hits home with me, not only because type 2 diabetes run in my family, but because I have this horrible sugar addiction. It scares and worries me and yet I haven't been able to stop.

Your post has inspired me to do my best today! One day at a time, I won't even think of tomorrow, just today. Thank you for taking the time to post about this, and for caring! emoticon emoticon

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PICKIE98 12/6/2014 8:34AM

    Thank you so much for this fateful eye-opener. I needed to read it.

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TRYINGHARD54 12/6/2014 8:24AM

    WOW, thank you for this important information. and I hope and pray all goes well.
I have type 2.

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JAROL7 12/6/2014 8:22AM

    So sorry. Health is a gift.

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Chapter 16, Day 52

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Such mild weather, 55 degrees! I must find some time to walk outdoors today.

More setbacks for BIL; hope he turns the corner soon.

Made huge batch of healthy turkey soup
On track with fitness and Food Plan

Stay course with Food Plan
Client Work
Package up some soup for the freezer, BIL, my boys

Wishing you a peaceful, healthy and fit day!

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EDLEAR 12/1/2014 2:42AM

    I hope that today you get some brighter news about your BIL.
Soup! I love soup in general, make it 5x a week at the cafe, less so at home, but it sure is a great way to get multiple veggies in!
I hope that you got your walk in yesterday, it was unseasonably warm here, too!
Hope that you have a calm and healthy day.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 11/30/2014 1:37PM

    Your making Turkey soup and I am making a big batch of chicken soup with homemade noodles. I could live on soup, any kind, any where, and will make it out of anything. Hubby not so much, farmer and a meat and potato guy, me I like them both just in a different form.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/30/2014 11:22AM

    emoticon and prayers Vicki, soup is a great idea. Do hope you can get out. Wishing you a peaceful, healthy and fit day too. emoticon emoticon

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/30/2014 10:46AM

    Accentuate the positive!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

emoticon Until Tomorrow!

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