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Wake Up Call

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Well, I got a wake up call Monday night. I'd been blogging about motivation and how exercising was making me hurt so badly, and then I went to have some supper and began to experience intense abdominal pain. The pain got worse (to the agonizing point) and my best friend rushed me to Methodist Hospital. Tests were run and my liver enzymes were elevated, resulting in me being kept overnight for observation.

I'm terrified of needles, and between being poked four times and all of the prodding, I am sore and terrified two days later. I signed myself out against medical advice when they wanted to stick my *very* deep veins for the fifth time (they weren't hitting them and I am so sore that it's unbelievable. I'm also belonophobic, meaning that I have a very real PHOBIA of needles). The second liver test turned up strange, and the doctor wanted to repeat the test because he believed that the results were lab error.

I have a bladder infection and gall stones. My liver is tender to the touch, as is my right kidney and my gallbladder (area).

At the end of the day, what this amounts to is that I HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT. I knew that. I've known it for a long time. But if I've ever needed a motivator, I surely got it Monday. I'm still scared. I hadn't ever thought about cutting fat out of my diet because I've mostly worked on low-carb diets, but now it's time to look at fats as well. This is going to throw a wrench into my diet plans, but I'm doing what I have to do and eating as lean as I can. I might go raw or pescetarian for a while to save myself some trouble with cutting fats out of my diet -- the foods I'd be eating then are all lean, and if I cut out flour, low-carb as well!
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    What a scary situation! I hope you're doing better! This journey we're all on together isn't an easy one, but it's definitely worth it! emoticon emoticon
    1689 days ago
    hang in there and keep on moving forward! Feel better!
    1692 days ago
    1693 days ago
    That IS a frightening thing to go through.
    Old habits die hard. It really does help to make use of all of Spark's resources - articles, videos, message boards - finding encouragement from people who have "been there, done that." It's harder for me, approaching 60 and dealing with arthritis, but I have managed to keep off MOST of the weight I lost the first couple of years I've been with Spark. I have a ways to go for goal, but with the resources here, I have at least been developing healthier habits. And if an old fogey like me can do it, so can you! Blessings to you on this journey to a healthy lifestyle.
    1693 days ago
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