Taking Care of #1
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Today has been an interesting day thus far. Went back to the doctor’s for my ear, only this time I went to see my primary doc instead of going back to a doc in the box. My ear is still infected and I still have fluid trapped behind my eardrum. It has been driving me crazy with pain and the added effect of being able to hear everything going on inside my head – like all the inside noises when I chew – ugh! I haven’t been sleeping well because it wakes me up at night, which makes me a boatload of fun during the day. I have never had an ear infection like this! The doc said if this round of new meds doesn’t clear it up, we’ll have to go the draining route. I am afraid to google that and find out what that entails, but my imagination is terrifying me.
We also found that my blood pressure was ever so slightly in the “prehypertension” zone today. My doc wonders if I have white coat hypertension from my anxiety (AKA your blood pressure going up at the doctor’s office because you are scared of… oh needles, like me). But she also suggested I try to monitor it more closely at home. Ummmm this scares me! Prehypertension?! I’m 26!!!! This really shook me up a bit and I definitely want to work at it. Anyone know of a good monitor to buy? And now for me to avoid becoming totally obsessive over checking those numbers… ugh.
My workouts have been pretty lax. My ear is a mess. I can’t use headphones and I’m sorry – I can NOT use a cardio machine without some sort of tunes or I lose my mind. When I start bouncing around, it must mess with the fluid behind my eardrum because it starts to hurt really bad even if I just take a walk down the hall. I am SERIOUSLY hoping the new meds I start tonight help. I need sleep and I need exercise! I actually WANT to exercise, which is like the oddest freaking Catch-22 ever. I am just trying to take care of myself, c'mon body!!!!
My eating has been slightly better. I had a networking lunch yesterday at an Italian place, and instead of getting pizza and fries like everyone else around me, I had half a veggie sub and a side salad. On Sunday I made an AMAZING chicken & veggie thai curry instead of BF and I being lazy and going out. Last night I made a Pinterest recipe that turned out amazing! I ate cauliflower buffalo poppers instead of wings or chicken tenders. I baked them in the oven and they turned out SO delicious! The texture ended up being sort of chicken-tender like in a weird way, and it was a surprisingly satisfying substitute. I cut up some carrots and celery with it, and at one point I found myself thinking “Oh good, I put veggies with this… uhhh wait, this is ALL veggies!” hahaha. THAT good!
BF made a good point the other night – I used to walk to and from work every day. I had to do a couple of blocks, no matter what, going to and from the metro. The afternoon walk was uphill too. Those bursts of exercise are gone now so I will definitely have to find some way to make up for them. Yikes!
My goal for the rest of the week: do SOME sort of workout the next three days, off on Saturday, and something on Sunday. Even if it is a workout video at home that is slow like pilates to try to work around this ear nonsense. And hopefully start to feel better! I’m also going to pack lunch and snack food all of those days and stick to the healthy food dinner menu. I am also going to go to PT tomorrow and hopefully find some improvements on that front as well.
Hope you all are having a great week so far! What is good in YOUR world?