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1st Day of Experiment: Definite Improvement!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thank you to everyone for your wonderful support, suggestions and for being "with me" through my struggles!

I skipped my Ramipril last night and experienced a noticeable uptick in my energy today. Not running any races, but there was more focus, energy and ability to be more truly "with" others. My elliptical workout reflected progress as well. Not that it really ever suffered that badly. In 30 mins. I typically run around 425 calories supposedly burned...not that I believe the number, but I use it as a marker for how much oomph I put into my workout. I had dropped down to 380-390 but today bumped up to 411.

Last night I had one of those nights where I just could not get back to sleep when I awoke at 3:30 (the brain just would not stifle the chatter no matter how many slow, deep breaths I took...yeesh!)...so by all rights I should be severely dragging by now...but I'm not. I'm encouraged!

Stay tuned! Hoping for some energy to start pursuing various avenues the spirit has been willing to consider but up until now my body just wouldn't cooperate...!

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  • _LINDA
    Sounds great!! Hoping there is an alternative to this medicine or its okay for a lower dose. Sorry to hear about the wake up and monkey mind chatter : Hope its better tonight!
    Seeing those new doors opening!
    Thinking of you and knowing that intelligent mind will come up with a good solution! I have faith in you!
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  • KANOE10
    I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better and are finally getting some energy back. That energy will give you the strength to look for options in your life. This is good news. I am up at 3:30 am also. I am on Hawaiian time but waking up on mainland time.

    1373 days ago
  • BILLB000
    I admire your persistence, Don. That is the way to get some answers and resolutions. Watch your BP's if you went off the Ramipril. Maybe your MD can help with dosage once you have some data for him / her. So glad the spirit continues to be willing.

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  • L*I*T*A*
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    1373 days ago
    I couldn't fall asleep last night and I am dragging this morning. Maybe it is our weather messing with our ability to sleep well. Glad to hear that you are pumping up the workout!
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  • BILL60
    Sounds much better than yesterday. Hang in there, my friend.
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    I am so glad to hear that you are experiencing so much more energy, Don! I agree with the others here who asked if you have talked to your Doctor about this experiment - he should know what you are doing.

    As for waking up at 3:30 and not being able to silence the voices in your head...boy, can I ever relate to that one! It happens to me, too. It is so darned aggravating, too! However, I also notice that it doesn't seem to interfere with my energy levels during the day, so maybe it's my body knowing that I have had enough sleep? Could be your body doing the same thing.

    Keep on posting so we know how you are doing, Don! Keeping you in my thoughts every single day!
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    Comment edited on: 6/19/2014 7:31:30 AM

    Don, this is so encouraging!! Glad you're experiencing the resumption of a bit of your ol' oomph . . . and as for the sleeping issues, the link above is to an article I've found comforting when I cannot sleep because it "normalizes" insomnia. The panic about being unable to sleep is often more problematic than the sleep loss itself . . . .
    1373 days ago
    Don this is incredibly encouraging. I am not a supporter of RX for myself. I see way too many problems with people because of that sort of thing. No thank you!

    Here's to getting YOU back! emoticon
    1374 days ago
    Baby steps, Don, baby steps. And sympathy for those 3:30 a.m. "mind chatter" insomnia nights... had one myself a couple of nights ago. Glad to see you back blogging... whining on my own helped me through many a rough patch. You are WORTH this! And having the conversation with the Dr. about that Rampiril and the side effects might be a good follow up after your experimentation. emoticon
    1374 days ago
    I'm so relieved to read this after reading your last blog.
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  • 123ELAINE456
    What a difference a day makes. Have you called your day and told him what you did yet? He needs to know. Looks like things are improving for you. God Blessings Always. Good Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Coming Your Way. Take Care.
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    I really think that new doors will open for you.
    1374 days ago
    Echoing SAM60SUMTHINK. There may be an alternative to Ramipril that will meet its objectives without the negative effects.
    1374 days ago
    What a difference a day makes!

    You did let the doc know you did this adjustment, yes?

    1374 days ago
    good luck. Day #1 success, hope da #2 is too!
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