So, I ended up going to the ER on Monday because the chest pain kept getting worse and worse & then I started getting nauseated as well. Not good.
I spent 8 1/2 very long hours in the ER, 5 1/2 of those were spent in the waiting room, 3 were spent running labs, EKG, XRay, and being asked the same questions over and over again by different people. It was an interesting experience. The worst part was the 18G IV catheter. I may be a nurse, but that doesn't mean I like needles!
So after ruling out heart issues & pulmonary embolism, they finally decided that I have costochondritis which is basically a really fancy term for rib cage inflammation. Apparently it is pretty common in people my age, although I went through 4 years of nursing school and 1 year of being a nurse without ever hearing about it. I was sent home with an anti-inflammatory med & a muscle relaxant & told not to move anything heavier than 15 lbs or do anything too strenuous for a few weeks.
Now I am trying to figure out what to do for good cardio exercise. It still hurts to breathe, so just moving is difficult, however it is getting a little better each day. BUT, it could be a lot worse! I'm glad I don't have heart problems!!
So, I am trying to get back on track with eating healthy. It's not difficult on my off days, but on the 3 days I work 12 hour shifts, I am ALWAYS hungry!! I only get two 30 min breaks. Eating twice in 12 hours is not the healthiest option, but I have to make the best of it. SO... I am trying to come up with recipes I can make ahead of time that will pack well & then require nothing more than a microwave to prepare them once I am at work.
- LESS sugar
- MORE protein
- MORE fruits & veggies
- LESS spontaneous eating
- MORE prepared & planned meals
- LESS giving in to "wants"
Confession: Yesterday I had 3 large cookies & a handful of M&Ms that I did NOT need, nor was I hungry for them. The cookies I ate because they were sitting on the table in the break room, the M&Ms I ate after dinner because I was bored while sitting on the couch listening to a book on tape.
Today: I ate an omelette with 1 egg, two egg whites, red bell peppers, tomato & mushrooms with spices on top. YUMMY!
9 weeks & 3 days until VACATION!!