I'm so tired. I felt better three days after the heart cath than I do this week. Maybe I jumped in to all that walking and regular activity too fast. I don't know but I've just hit the exhausted state and it sees to zap my strength with everything I do. Guess I'll have to re-evaluate all that I'm doing which is nothing compared to pre-cath days. I don't know.
My 84 year old Aunt volunteered us to take her friend to the doctor today. After spending half of yesterday trying to find out where the doctor was I felt relieved that I knew exactly where we were headed. We had things we had to do, like pay some monthly bills, on the way to her house. Well, that got shot out of the water because we got to the 4 way stop in town and the "service soon" light came on. I was confident it was low on oil because I was told that it was burning oil. It takes two people to hold the hood open on this car so I headed back to where we took it to get the oil changed. Yes it was low on oil - 1 quart low so they put that in. Then they had to fill up the coolant. I was told that the cap needed to be replaced on the coolant "tank". No biggie will get one at Advance Auto Parts along with windshield wipers.
We got her friend to the doctor 30 minutes early because this was the first time seeing him and we knew she'd have paper work. She got in 15 minutes early. Great. Two hours later she comes out. That was one long wait. I should have walked around the parking lot a few times. I didn't though because I was just too darn tired and knew I'd be walking my dog later on anyway. Lazy won that round. So afterwards we go to eat lunch. Well, my Aunt's friend insisted on going to Olive Garden. Never been there before so I didn't know what to expect. We all had the grilled chicken caprese sandwich, soup, salad and breadsticks. We all brought the other half of the sandwich, salad and a breadstick home with us. I'm stuffed and ready for a nap.
So after that we went to Advance Auto Parts because it's on the other side of the complex from Olive Garden. So I go in and get the cap and wipers. The young man came out and I was asking him how to put on this cap, he said no problem I'll do that before we do the wipers. Well, after 10 minutes of me holding up the hood, he finally got the old one unscrewed from the frame and the new one on and then had the wipers on in no time. Then on to put gas in the car. I forgot I had money in my pocket and went to take my cell phone out. Guess what happened? You guessed it my money fell out and the wind caught it. I had to chase down the money and then get in the car and back it up to get the rest that had blown under it. Thankfully I got all my money. Finally we got home and now I'm doing laundry. I may take a short nap because I can barely keep my eyes open and now my left side is hurting like crazy.
Maybe I'll feel a little better later on. I don't know. When I got in I took my fluid pill - daily must these days. Logged in my food - oops too many carbs for one meal. I'm still stuffed. Just thirsty. I had three glasses of unsweetened tea for lunch and I drained everyone of them.
Other than being so tired I've had a good day. We accomplished a lot. My Aunt's friend has a new doctor she loves. Her old doctor was arrested last Friday for writing pain med prescriptions for favors. Wonder what kind of favors? Not really wanting to know those sorrid details either. Bills were paid. Got things done on the car today. It's always interesting being in the company of these two - you never know what stories they'll tell today.
If you're young spend some time with the elderly people on occasion. You never know what you'll learn. Sure you may not speak the same "language" but there are common grounds you'll probably understand each other on. We all laughed a lot - laughter's the best medicine.
Guess I'll get the towels in the dryer and catch a quick nap. Surely to goodness I'll feel a little better. Although I just happened to catch a few words on TV about heart caths taking a month to get over. It's been 9 days for me since I had my radial artery wrist heart catherization. I'm black, blue, purple and yellow on both arms and I have a large purple and yellow bruise on half of my pot belly from a blood thinner shot in the hospital. So I'm a very colorful person right now.
Take it easy. Give yourself time to heal if you've been under the weather. Pushing yourself to exhaustion is not the answer, ever! Be kind and gentle to yourself. If things didn't go as well as you wanted in your exercise - re-evaluate and see what happened. Don't give up or beat yourself up. If you went overboard on a meal - re-evaluate what you ate and make adjustments for the rest of the day or tomorrow. Don't give up or beat yourself up.
It's easy to feel sorry for yourself and boo hoo about smething. It's hard to say "ok this is what happened and this is what I need to do" especially at the beginning. You always hear how easy this is. As far as I'm concerned it's the hardest thing you'll ever do if you want to lose weight, get healthy and not regain all you've lost. You'll have great days and you'll have not so great days. Keep the faith in yourself. Take baby steps if you need to. No one said you had to accomplish "xxx" amount in 2 weeks or whatever. This is a lifestyle change. You want all your hard work to be successful and you want to be able to stick to your new plans when you reach your goal. You don't want to gain it all back again. You want to set yourself up for success with each step you take. I know you can do it. I want to see you succeed. I'm here in this little corner rooting for you. Sending you love and hugs for a successful lifestyle change.