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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Today is day 1120 with spark people.

Two days ago, I wrote about subbing white beans for pasta in a tuna salad.
I liked it. DH - I am never sure as he usually just eats with no comment.

I did something similar yesterday. I made a recipe from food network by Giada. It was called chicken stew. I added the veggies I had on hand and some garlic scapes from the freezer. DH ate well.

Some of you mentioned the spark recipe calculator. I like it, but lately, I haven't been in the mood to use it. I guess it requires more patience than I have some weeks.

Today's spark email featured an article:
4 Easy Ways to Assess Your Well-Being.

It talks about a self - assessment of the following:
emoticonEnergy Level
On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest), how is your energy level today?
emoticon A week ago, it was not more than a 2.

Yesterday I would say was a 2.5. Today - not sure yet. About the same.

emoticonStress Level
On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest), how would you rate your stress level today?
emoticon The past week, about a 3-4. At the moment about a 2.

I think my stress is in part related that DH seems overly stressed. He is worried about my health and his ability to make sure my needs are met. It isn't like I am a total invalid. I am not.

All the medical bills are coming in. Everything is under control. It is aggravating when health care providers try to collect large sums of money about an hour before a surgery. The surgery center said the amount requested was 20% of the negotiated rate. DH paid about 40% of what they had asked for. Now, the surgery center owes us over $300. We haven't heard from them yet.

But DH seems to want to spend money on things that I consider unnecessary. We have rarely had much disagreement on money. When we do, it is often because he won't buy himself new clothes when I think he needs them. A lot of his spending is his way of spoiling me which may or may not destress him.

emoticonQuality of Sleep
On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest), how well did you sleep last night?
emoticon Since Saturday, 2-3. But last night, I would rate it a 4. I took 3 mg of Melatonin before bedtime.

That makes me a little leery as on Dr. Oz they said not to take more than 1 mg. I don't remember seeing that low of dose at Walgreen's, but they have different brands and items are sorted according brand and not the ingredient. They had women on the show who were taking 6 pills of 10mg each. I would never not follow package directions without talking to my doctor. All of my doctors know I am using this. It does seem to help if I don't take it daily. If I don't see it helping, I quit taking it a few days. That is true of other sleep aids. Dr. Oz's program was about extremist who were overdosing themselves on pills and booze. I wish he had more for the average person who wouldn't do that.

My biggest disruptor of sleep has been GERD. I woke up with it at 5:40 a.m. so, I got up and took my B/P medication and got on the computer. After I get my meds in me for a while, I will take my antacid. My GERD seemed to flare up with the high doses of Medrol that I had to take last Friday & Saturday. Now it is a matter of getting it back under control.

On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest), how good do you feel about yourself today?
emoticon I do think I am worthy of good nutrition, moderate exercise, and a better body.
I have been struggling with nutrition because I haven't felt well for a couple of weeks - low energy - poor cooking habits. I have also dropped out of my exercise classes after last Monday.
emoticon Today - I plan to go to yoga. It won't be overly strenuous. It should help my back and hip issues. Any exercise should help stress levels. Often exercise helps the energy levels.

emoticon Hijacking a phrase from the 60's:
We shall over come!
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    emoticon My Dr's are looking at my meds as a possibility for some of my issues also. emoticon and emoticon WE will keep on keepin' on!
    2335 days ago
    Thank you for a great post!
    We SHALL overcome...one day at a time :)
    2335 days ago
  • SWAZY33
    I hear you with the stress over medical bills, etc. My stress level has been off the charts this week. Had some abnormal results and will need additional testing :(
    But...YES!! we shall overcome!!
    2336 days ago
    I like how you are methodically approaching all of your challenges with the help of the self-assessment quiz and scale. It helps to break what could be an overwhelming situation into manageable pieces. Try not to worry too much about the money. There is always such a lag time between the bills and the insurance adjustments. Pay only the minimum for now because those invoices will keep changing over time. I honestly don't think anyone really knows how much a patient ever owes at any given time!!!
    2336 days ago
    A great post! I so need to work on my sleep - not quality, but certainly quantity!
    2336 days ago
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