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Health Checkup, Home Routines app, and Menu Planner App

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Saw the infectious disease doctor today who's handling my histoplasmosis. My meds levels in my blood are high enough to be effective (it's hard to rid the body of fungus). In two months we check the levels of histoplasmosis in my body (urine test) and hopefully the numbers will be good so I don't have to increase the meds! They are causing minor side effects, but those would get worse if the meds were increased (minor fluid retention and migraines are two I'm having problems with). She thinks the levels will be good, since I've improved so much.

I did get a migraine before my appt with her. Starts with the visual aura, but never really goes into a full blown headache, luckily. Just feels like there's a headache waiting to come out. I can live with that! As I said I had two of these migraines in Jan. and one today. I used to get one a year when I was younger. The last ten years I've gotten bad headaches but no aura (a bad headache is when tylenol or ibuprofen doesn't cut the pain).

Not much physical activity today. I spent the morning at my computer desk, made four appts, and worked on putting my to do list on my iPad and iPhone. I'm using the Home Routines app for now, after considering several others. I've had the app, but haven't used it much, but a few years back they added the ability to sync to your account online. I like that since I prefer typing when I have a long list. So I need to get in the habit of checking Home Routines every day. I set it up a few years back with the household chores via FlyLady, adapted to my situation, so that should help get me on track around the house, too.

Menu planning has been a tough one. DH doesn't eat what I cook unless it has ground beef and has no: onions, mushrooms, etc. He's picky. And he is just as happy to fix a bowl of soup, a sandwich, or a bowl of cereal for supper. So I'm basically cooking for myself, as I refuse to eat ground beef every day of the week! I'll make something for him, last week it was meatloaf, but the rest of the time I'm cooking just for me.

I looked for an app that would be easy to use and help me plan meals. Menu Planner is the one. It syncs to your free online account! I think the app cost something, but it's worth it. You can go to many websites and download recipes. I went to and it downloaded ones I had saved there. It also downloads from Spark Recipes!!!! After downloadind or uploading, or whatever, you can change the recipe (ingredients, etc before saving). And you can type in your own recipes.
It will make grocery lists from the recipes you put on the planning calendar (I haven't gotten that far, yet.) It keeps track of your pantry (I haven't used that yet, but I'll get in there tomorrow or this weekend and take stock of my supplies). That should be helpful!

So some useful tools as I restructure my life and work on getting healthy!

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TWNOMWE 2/17/2013 2:36PM

    Hope that migraines stay away. Great with meal planning. I too cook for one most of the time. DH does not like brown rice, quinoa or sweet potatoes. He will eat beans only if they are just boiled no tomatoes or onions. He likes a steak but not ground beef unless it is chili from Tim Horton not the home cooked one.
Here a emoticon wishing you the best.

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PCOH051610 2/16/2013 5:03PM


I'm on the Cloverleaf team with you and I'm new to the team but not to Spark. I just bought an iPhone and iPad and the apps you mention seem I very interesting. Thank you for pointing them out.

Meal planning really works for me when I do it! I think that is going to be one area I have to focus on if I am to succeed.

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-AMANDA79- 2/16/2013 10:30AM

    You are a girl after my own heart! Will definitely have to check out the Menu Planner app! Your DH is worse than my kids! What a brat! LOL!!

Have a great weekend! emoticon

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AMYROSEC 2/15/2013 4:55PM

    The app sounds interesting. I hope all is well with your health. I get aura type episodes and then have a light show doing on in my field of vision that lasts about 10 minutes. It does feel like a headache wanting to come out and it never does. The eye doctor said that I am having what are called occular migraines.

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DIANNEYME 2/15/2013 1:43PM

    Glad things are looking up health-wise! We are searching for answers for my husband right now. Cancers thankfully seem to have been ruled out. Current testing is for possible RA -- next will be the infectious disease doctors...

And I envy your taking steps to get organized. Cannot find apps for the Droid that I like...yet. Also need to return to Flylady and recommit.

Thanks for the inspiration - sorely needed right now! emoticon

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LJCANNON 2/14/2013 10:41PM

    emoticon Sounds like a Great App for a Cook.

I hope that everything Health Wise continues to look up! emoticon

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