Wednesday, November 06, 2013
First, let me give you some background:
Monday, on my way to work, I had to use my rescue inhaler again. I've been having to use it more frequently, so I knew it was time to call the doc to let her know, which I did. She prescribed me a pill to take to help. I also brought up the Raynaud's that she thought I might have a mild case of last year. I told her how much worse it's been, so she gave me yet another pill. Needless to say, I'm upset about having to take more meds.
This morning I experienced some significant side effects of the new meds. Hubby was ready to call the ambulance, but I wouldn't let him. I was getting weak in the legs and either fainting or falling. According to hubby, it happened 3-4 times, and one time I almost wacked my head pretty good. When I was on the floor, I just wanted to stay there because I was so fatigued. It seemed like every time I got up, I fell. Hubby tried to help me to bed, but couldn't do it. Therefore, he suggested that I crawl there, which I did. We were both so scared.
An hour or so later I got up and went downstairs to have breakfast. I fell into the chair and hubby decided to take charge and called the doc. I went in to see a nurse and they found that one of the meds was making my blood pressure too low, and that was probably why I was having these issues. Unfortunately, I had already taken the pill this morning, so it's possible that this could happen again tomorrow morning. Something to look forward to - not!
I'm just glad that my hubby was there to help, especially with driving me to the docs. There was no way I was going to drive in that condition. I called work to let them know that I might not be able to work tomorrow, and why. My boss was nice about it and decided that it made more sense for me to just take tomorrow off so she could find coverage today for the client. She was glad that I called to let her know what was going on so she's able to have enough time to get coverage.
So now I'm at home trying to spend the time online, since I have the time. They want me to be extra careful today. So no exercising, unfortunately. I had so much planned today, that I won't be able to get to. But now that I have tomorrow off, I may have time then.
This was scary, so I'm glad that I'm feeling better.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
So, I went to the neurologist Tuesday and told him about that weird episode I had earlier in the month and he suggested that I contact my cardiologist to see if someone can read my cardiac implant to see if the issue was cardiac-related. I see the cardiologist later in the month to find out. The neurologist is all set with me. I have a 6-month follow-up.
Wednesday I went to the endocrinologist (my thyroid MD) for a follow-up on my enlarged thyroid. Everything checks out OK with him too. Set up a 6-month follow-up with him as well. He did increase the dosage of my thyroid medication to try to get my numbers lower. I'm hoping it helps with the depression, loss of energy and weight gain that the thyroid is known to affect. I'm just glad that there is no cancer!
I've been so busy lately that trying to get back on track since the surgery has been difficult. I am, however, done with the extra shifts at work, so that will help. I just need to find time to get stuff done. Also, now that craft season is in full swing, I need to get more crafts done. I haven't been in the mood to do them in a while. I just started up again last week, and am hoping to just keep up with it.
I'm really hoping to get back into the swing of things with my exercising schedule and the time spent online, especially on here with all of you. I haven't been a very good Spark friend lately - and for that, I'm sorry!
Hope you're all having a Sparktacular day!!!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
For those of you who've been following my blogs, you know that I underwent gallbladder surgery last month. Due to the surgery, I have had to deal with exercise restrictions. Because of that, I have gained weight. It has upset me, to have gone through the pain and suffering of the surgery and the aftermath, and then to have gained weight. It depressed me, and I'm pretty sure I was whining about it on here.
This past weekend I was able to get a regular workout in, and almost all of my strength training in. I didn't want to overdo it, so I made sure that I only did what I thought I could handle. I figured that if I overdid it and was in pain, it would be my excuse to slack off. NO MORE!!!
Tomorrow marks the date to my month of surgery restrictions. I will not be upset about the weight gain any longer. I still may not be able to do all of the exercises that I used to, but at least I'm trying. I can't wait to get back into my regular routine - but I won't get down if it still takes me a while to get there.
Later today I'm going to try to do yoga for the first time since the surgery. I know it will be difficult to do what I used to do, since it's been about a month since I've done it - but I won't give up. I'm sure I'll look pretty funny doing it too, but I won't give up. Tomorrow, I will try to do all my strength training (if I can) - but I won't give up. I may be back to the beginning with my workout routines, and not at where I stopped off - but I won't give up!
So whatever is getting in your way, whether real or "imagined". Whatever happens - don't give up!!!
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Just realized that it's been a while since I blogged, so I thought I should fill you all in on what's been going on with me. I have been off the Vicodin since last Saturday. I'm trying to go off the prescription-strength Ibuprofen, but it's not time yet, apparently. I've tried yesterday and today, since I'm not working, and I still needed the meds. I'll try again on my next two days off, which are Tuesday and Wednesday.
Today I tried to put jeans on - first time since the surgery, and it didn't work. I've gained weight, too much weight and the jeans wouldn't fit. So I did find that I have some stretch jeans. That is what I'm wearing now, and plan to wear until I can loose the weight again and fit back into my jeans - and be healed enough to wear them.
I think I'm gaining because I still haven't returned to my regular exercise routine. Right now walking is all that I'm doing. I'm still on lifting restrictions for at least a week and a half, and probably longer since two of the incisions had to be made bigger. After my lunch has settled today, I'm going to try either yoga or strength training. I obviously won't be back to the normal routines, but I want to at least to try to do some of the moves.
Monday I had a medical scare. I shared it somewhere on Spark, but not on my blog, so I thought you might want to know. I went through my AM routine like normal, but when I got to the part where I sit in the recliner I felt dizzy and fatigued and I was loosing time and having trouble forming words/sentences. It was scary. I called the MD's office and they wanted to see me. They wanted me to do an MRI, but because of my cardiac implant, I can't. Instead I'll be getting a CAT scan. That's scheduled for Tuesday. I'll keep you posted.
I've been so busy with MD appointments that I haven't been online much. I'm sorry if you're feeling neglected. I'm confident that things will get better, and I will have more time to do things, like spend time on SP with all my friends!
Have a Sparktacular day everyone!!!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It's been a rough ride since the surgery last Monday. The first couple of nights I slept on the recliner because it was only comfortable position I could get into. The third night I was able to get up all the stairs to the bedroom to sleep. Saturday night was a rough night. I was in sooooooooooo much pain and I couldn't get comfortable and was crying even. Almost went to the ER that night. Luckily hubby was there and was able to run downstairs and get my pain meds, and that helped and I did finally get some sleep. Sunday night was unbearable pain too and I barely got any sleep at all. I just couldn't get comfortable, even after the pain went away.
I called the surgeon on Monday and told his assistant what was going on, who in turn told the doc, who in turn called me back to tell me to come in. We were concerned about the pain and the way one of the incision sites looked. Luckily he was able to allay my fears and get me some more pain meds and also some prescription strength ibuprofen to take on a more regular basis.
He wants to start sitting and standing straight, even if it's painful. My body is hunching over because of the belly pain from the four incisions. He wants me to stay active and is thrilled that I wear a pedometer to let me keep track of my activity. He thinks it's great and that everyone should have one. When I told him that I used to do over 18,000 steps a day before the surgery, he was shocked and glad that I'm that active.
We went grocery shopping yesterday, so I got some steps in yesterday. I'm hoping to go for a walk after supper tonight. I want to be able to get my walking back up there again and slowly work in some other cardio. I'm taking it one day at a time. I can't do too much tonight because I want to be off the pain meds for tomorrow so I can try driving to work. That's my goal. Now I just have to hope that it works that way.
Thank you to everyone that commented on my last blog. I really appreciate it!
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