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Slowly feeling better

Friday, February 07, 2014

Boy being in the hospital takes it out of ya! I haven't had the energy to do much this week but that's okay because apparently my body said "rest" and it's doing just that.
My throat is finally feeling better. Hot green tea with honey has been a big part of that because the heat soothes and the honey is helping heal the raw feeling in my throat. I'm swallowing much better - never want to see another NG tube again - ever!
We have snow and ice on top still on the ground with low teens for temps. So there's no chance of me going out for walk with my dog right now. Looking forward to some warmer temps. We've got another system coming through tonight because we've got a winter weather advisory already in place for snow. Right now it's just a couple inches and I hope that's all. Snow's pretty and all but I'm sick of it. It's blinding when the sun comes out.
So Monday I have an appointment with my primary care doc, the following Monday is the rescheduled (again) MRI of my head, the following Monday is the retina specialist, the following Monday & Tuesdays are both doctor appointments, then mid-March is the neurology follow up. 2014 is the year of doctors, tests and hospitals! Yuck!
My last year in my 50's is turning out to suck big time. The whole decade has been crappy. I'm praying the 60's turn out to be super fantastic!
Looking forward to warmer weather so I'll be able to get out and get my walking back up to par so I can do some hiking this summer with my brother and friends. Looking forward to September on the beach in Florida with lots of sunshine, long walks and the Atlantic Ocean to soothe me.
Hope everyone has a super fantastic weekend! Stay warm & stay safe.
Remember we're all in this together. With each others support and encouragement we will succeed in reaching our goals. I'm looking forward to reaching last years low weight of 202 and then losing another 30 pounds this year - I need to lose 60 according to the charts but I'm going with how I look and feel more than anything.
Don't ever give up on yourself - especially the younger ones on Spark. No matter far you have to go, you are so worth the effort to change your life and get healthier. I wish I had had Spark years ago and maybe I could have changed things so these past ten years wouldn't have been so bad. Take care of yourself NOW not down the road when you lose xxx pounds. You find your starting point and go from there. Make your goals doable and not so strict and difficult that you will not live up to your expectations. Yes you will have to change your habits - this isn't a diet it's a lifestyle change - remember that. You want to change your life so you can live healthy for the rest of your life. You want to be a participant in your life and not watch from the sidelines wishing you could do more. Yes, it will be hard at times especially in the beginning but it will be worth it in the long run. No, the weight won't drop off overnight. You didn't gain the weight overnight so it will take time and all out effort to lose it. Not used to exercise, do things that work for you - what works for me or the next person may not be what you can do or need. Experiment and find what works. This is going to be a year of discovery for me - trying to find something I love and that I'm actually able to do besides walking and hiking. Listen to your body - if it says rest then rest. That's what I'm doing right now. Sometimes the stress in our lives plus any other health issues can wear your body down. Take that time and regroup and focus on what's important now - not down the road or what you think you should do but focus on where you are now. Don't be afraid to try something new - you never know you may find something else you love be it food or exercise. Change things up so you don't get bored - boredom kills results because you're only halfway focusing on what you're doing.
Remember you are a very special person. You are loved. Sending you love & hugs! Stay safe & warm!
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  • LOVETOLAUGH56
    Recovery may be slow, but you'll get there. emoticon
    1200 days ago
  • DANCINCAJUN1
    We are getting a bit tired of all the snow also and yes it is definitely bright today with the sun ... finally has melted the ice from most of the trees ... glad you are feeling better ... roc
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    1201 days ago
  • -SPIRITSEEKER2-
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  • HOBBESIS49
    What precious advice.. I hear it coming from a deep place of truths and experience.

    I so hope that your health finds its way back to you.. emoticon

    Thank you for your words of wisdom.

    This is my first year of my 50's and I appreciate the message you've left us with here.

    “No one can save me except myself.”
    ― Susane Colasanti

    But having friends REALLY helps.

    It has been snowing here in Oregon.. I've been walking and walking.. I feel like a child in the snow! It rarely ever happens here.
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    1201 days ago
  • MSLZZY
    So many appointments but all necessary to stay on top of things.

    Such a blessed and positive attitude. Your words speak volumes. Thanks for posting! HUGS!
    1201 days ago
  • FENWAYGIRL18
    This has been a brutal winter, hope all your appointments go well especially that MRI one I know you had so much trouble with it. I canceled an appointment for Monday because they are forcast is for bad weather and I know I'll be in a flare up, the woman goes how do you know how you'll feel Monday? (real cocky) I said I have fibromyalgia I know how I'm going to feel these temps are just killing me well okay she said....
    Hey I don't owe her a living....
    Feel better and hope you don't get much snow
    1202 days ago
  • BRENDABUNNY
    You are so inspiring and give great advice..You have done very well just emoticon my friend emoticon
    1202 days ago
  • FORMYDARLINGS
    Ramona. So glad to hear that you are progressing with your healing. I have tried soooo hard this winter to not pick up any bugs or viruses to make me sick. I have a weak immune system ( taking supplements to help restore it ) That any infection can be disastrous for me.
    You are going to LOVE being in your 60's!!! All of a sudden there are no more social ' norms'. People look at you and think 'well she's older' and let you get away with outrageous behaviour. Suddenly, all those young men, on the bus, jump up to give you their seat. Drivers on the bus lower the kneeling buses for you to step on , well most of them. You can wear silly hats and any style that you like. You can dress up at a casual event or the other way round. I love that I will be 62 in April. People also, however, lower their expectations of you and after a bit, if you're not careful, you begin to believe that you are somehow less. Be whomever you want. Wear your best dress to the market. Wear lots of lipstick and jewellery and comfortable shoes. It's about being young again at 60!!!
    Take care friend, and have lots of fun at all your appointments. Sounds like you'll be getting out of the house a lot whether you want to or not. keep in touch and thanks for this blog. It made my day to know you are doing well.


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