AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Taking Care Of Business I have mixed feelings today. I have a friend who passed away because she didn't take care of herself, physically, spiritually, emotionally, you name it. Her family was supposedly going to pull her off life support yesterday. Someone was supposed to call us but we haven't heard anything today. It makes me sad just to think about the fact that if she had only paid closer attention to herself, some of her suffering might have been preventable. I said my good byes to her this past week. She... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:52:41 EST Exercising In 10-15 Minute Intervals Today Today is a "rest day" after several days of intense workouts. My strategy for today, is to work out in 10-15 minute intervals. I have done 3 so far today. My objective is to increase my breathing but not stress myself. I want to work in a fairly easy range that works my muscles and warms them without stressing them. I feel that this will aid in my recovery and decrease my overall fatigue. So far, so good. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:54:10 EST Cleaning The House Using Rotation I finally think I have my required cleaning down to a science! I can clean the whole house in about 2-3 hours and it sparkles! I have found that I do certain jobs on a rotating basis. For the rest, I prep on one day (it takes around 75 minutes) and finish the heavy cleaning the next day in about 2-3 hours. I am easily able to break up the process into chunks in order to pace myself. Our bedroom has to be cleaned twice a week because of our allergies. I vacuum, dust and change the bed b... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:59:02 EST Working On Pacing Myself Today Today, I am working on pacing myself and spreading out my activity throughout the day. I woke up with a headache and by taking care of it right away and pacing my activities, it only lasted two hours! Yeah me! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:10:34 EST On A Wellness Quest Today is day 56 since I first got sick. It appears that the infection may finally be gone but it took so long that my body is having trouble bouncing back. I still have fatigue, a cough and bouts of heavy sweating. My CT scan showed signs of severe inflammation and scarring from previous granulomatous disease. I am still on some strong medication and will continue with it at least until my re-check with my doctor on September 24. During my next appointment, my doctor will start doing so... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:31:33 EST Finished With My Heavy Cleaning At Last! It has taken me close to two weeks, but I am happy to report that I am finally close to being finished with my heavy cleaning. I buckled down yesterday and spent about 8 more hours vacuuming, shampooing, dusting, scrubbing, polishing, scouring, mopping and laundering. Hubby was a big help with changing sheets, moving furniture and folding laundry. There are still plenty of things that can be done and or improved upon but both of us are satisfied that we have our house back to order. In fa... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 15:02:33 EST Day #1 Riding The Bike There were many positive changes made at the Y during my 6 weeks hiatus. Many rooms have been painted, pictures of local places, landscaping and general information have been carefully displayed on the walls. This gives the gym a warmer and less institutional look. I am liking these new changes! <BR> <BR> My task today was to ride the stationary bike at a moderate level for 30 minutes plus a 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down. I paid special attention to stretching out my legs afte... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 05:14:44 EST I Now Have A Healing Plan I had an appointment with my doctor yesterday, instead of this morning. The CT scan showed that I had bronchitis and am left with patches of inflammation. It also showed previous granulomatous disease. My doctor said the word previous is a good thing but I will need to go to a pulmonary specialist for further testing after we get all of the inflammation and coughing under control. That, hopefully, will be under control within the next three weeks. <BR> <BR> In three weeks, my primary w... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 03:55:40 EST Getting Ready For The Ct Scan On My Lungs I got up early this morning in preparation for the CT scan on my lungs. The other part of the reason was that I woke up coughing, which is the reason for the scan. I am nervous about what they may find out. Will it show something that can be fixed? Will it show nothing and require more study to find the cause of my fatigue and cough? I could make myself crazy with this line of thought, so I will set it aside for now. I did notice what looks like the early stages of thrush in my mouth, f... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:26:26 EST A Day For Family And Relaxation Happy Labor Day to all of my Spark friends. May you have a day of family, fun, relaxation and wise choices. Put yourselves at the top of your "to do list" today because you are important! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:23:56 EST My Cleaning Frenzy Burned 3500 calories Last Tuesday, my allergist told me that I needed to clean our bedroom twice a week and wash the bedding in hot water twice a week. He also said that our dogs can't set foot in our room even if they are non she'd. It has something to due the enzymes in their saliva and shedding of skin cells. I was to clean our room and shampoo our carpet, which I did. We have had someone cleaning for us off and on since I injured my spine in1994. When I have spine issues, cleaning becomes painful and oft... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:03:47 EST Busy Morning It's the end of the month so it is time to do our household bookkeeping. This is a necessary but tedious chore that I don't particularly relish. Hubby and I will sit down after I have finished and set up our monthly budget. I am hoping to put some money away for a rainy day but things are so expensive. Sigh! I am sure that there are those of you out there who experience the same issues. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I decided to let out housekeeper go. My ENT told me that I needed to shampoo our... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:58:19 EST Condition Update I had my sixth visit to the doctor's office this morning. Both my ENT and my primary care doctor are trying to sort through my treatment to come up with an idea as to what my health issue could be. <BR> <BR> I saw the ENT yesterday. He fed a scope through my nose and down my throat to look at the back of my tongue, my throat and my larynx. Although I have some small amount of fluid build up around my larynx, and thus the raspy voice, it isn't enough for me to have the nasty cough that I... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:55:16 EST Trying Again To Post A Blog After losing my blog still again, I thought I would give it another try. Saturday's fund raiser was a success. We raised over one hundred dollars for the little toddler, who has leukemia. It was hot, tiring, sweaty work but we were more than willing to make the effort. <BR> <BR> As for me, I am still under the weather. I went to get my allergy shot this morning and couldn't get it due to my cough, laryngitis and asthma problems. The ENT will look down my throat tomorrow morning and see ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:57:11 EST Cleaning Out Closets and Organizing Since my workout activity is severely curtailed, I have been looking for ways to move and increase activity around the house. Right now, I need filtered air and have trouble breathing when I go outdoors. I decided to clean out my side of the bedroom closet and my dresser drawers. It took me about 2-3 hours, but I got it all done. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I packed up the discarded items and put them into a large box. We are holding a large yard sale tomorrow. The reason is that a little boy... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:58:42 EST Cleaning Today I woke up with my eyes almost swollen shut and gloppy. Not a good sign as these things go. Our person came to clean, so I changed the bed and put in a load of laundry. We changed the furnace filter and I cleaned the outside of the cold air return, which was covered with dust. It isn't like we never clean it. I don't know where all of the dust is coming from! <BR> <BR> Hubby took me out for breakfast while that worst of the dust was stirred up in the house. I had a veggie omelet (no chee... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:14:16 EST Took A Short Walk Today Perhaps I am making a bit of progress. Hubby and I took a short walk this morning, with the dogs. We kept it short because it is already so hot and it is the first exercise we have gotten outdoors since we both got sick. The puppies, who have black hair, got hot quickly and kept running after little patches of shade. They enjoyed the walk and so did we. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:59:34 EST Three DOCTOR's Visits So Far In The Past Ten Days Finally, my infection is starting to get a little better. It has been three weeks of burning fatigue, no voice, fever, coughing and wheezing. Hubby has been sick too minus the wheezing. In the last ten days, I have been seen by the doctor three times. I think changing my antibiotic and adding a steroid, along with using a nebulizer, has really helped. My next check up for my lungs is August 27th. I have just got to be better by then! <BR> <BR> I have been able to go out for several sho... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:03:21 EST Scary Moment Last Night I have been sick for about ten days now. Hubby has too but he doesn't have asthma like I do. This past Monday, when I went to my ENT doctor for my allergy shot, they told me they couldn't give it to me because I was so hoarse and I have asthma. That made sense to me. They made an appointment for me to see the doctor the first thing on Tuesday morning. When I went in on Tuesday, the doctor looked in my ears, throat and nose. I apparently have a sinus infection that was draining down the b... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 17:28:35 EST Trying To Limit Gluten Since I am hypothyroid and the latest research shows a connection between autoimmune thyroid disease and gluten, I am experimenting with limiting my consumption of gluten. When I asked my doctor about it, he told me to start by substituting brown rice and sweet potatoes for carbohydrates containing gluten. <BR> <BR> I have started to do this but it can become boring. I also started eating oatmeal, that is gluten free, per a suggestion yesterday by Spark friend SLENDERELLA61. I added a cup... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:17:35 EST Looking Forward To Our Local Team Monthly Dinner Even though I've been sick, I am looking forward to attending our local team's monthly dinner. (I am on medicine so am no longer contagious) Over the years, we have become pretty good friends. Our husbands attend with us and I'll have to say that my hubby looks forward to attending our monthly dinners as much as I. In fact, when he had his 60th birthday party last month, other than family, his first reaction was to invite a few long time friends and our monthly spark friends! That made me... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:27:00 EST Happy Spark-versary To Me! Today is the anniversary of the date I joined Spark People. I have been active on the site for six years now! How time flies! If I had to give a new person advice, I would tell them two things. First, believe in the program because it works. This means stick with it even if you encounter some bumps and bruises along the way. Second, track, track track! Keep track of everything that goes into your mouth and keep track of your exercise activity. Use the old tracking records to help you... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:08:35 EST Still Tired But I will Try to Be Slightly More Active I felt much better initially when I got up this morning. I went out with my Sunday breakfast group but ate almost nothing, I drank a big glass of ice tea and ate some cut up fresh fruit. My veggie/ egg white omelette is in a to go box in our refrigerator. <BR> <BR> Since this is a tax holiday here in Florida, I plan to make a short trip out to look for bargains. After that, I will come home and go to bed. I am hoping that moving around a little will help to put my system back in sync.... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 12:25:05 EST Resting Today..... I still feel exhausted. This leads me to believe that hubby shared his germs (which we got from the grand) with me. I am going to back off from activity for a few days so I can fight those bad germs. I also don't want to give it to anyone else. My throat was sore when I woke up and I felt hot. I feel better after taking some Tylenol and allergy medication. I will fix a smoothie or some soup for lunch to keep me hydrated. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:53:49 EST Sweating During A Pool Workout? I did a deep water aerobics class this morning. We started the class by swimming six laps at an easy pace to warm up our muscles and joints. The teacher increased the intensity level of the class with every task. As we progressed, the teacher had us complete sprint laps between the different exercises. We also did treading for 30 seconds, while holding a noodle overhead. We alternated the treading with bursts of very fast jumping jacks. We did three rounds and I could feel the burn at t... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:57:41 EST Mine And Not Mine A friend, who is a mental health professional, and I were discussing the effect of taking on the responsibility for things that don't belong to you. I was saying how exhausted I am and I listed several things I was doing. She looked puzzled. She then asked me if people had actually asked me to run the errands and perform the tasks that I was doing or if I had just done it to be nice without being asked. It was my turn to look puzzled. She told me that some people exhaust themselves by ta... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:36:42 EST Delighted To Get Right Back On Track I must admit that with all of the eating out we've done this past week, I have put on a few pounds. Hubby was up all night, which in turn disturbed my sleep. We took him to the doctor this morning and she gave him some strong medicine. We are both exhausted after a week packed with company and activity. My immediate reaction to all of this surprised me! <BR> <BR> Despite fatigue and falling into the sugar abyss, when I got up this morning my first thoughts were about getting right back o... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:28:26 EST We Have A Very Quiet House Once Again Our house has been a whirlwind of activity for the last six days. Thursday through Saturday, we had a revolving door of family and friends coming and going. Sunday, I bathed the dogs, did laundry, changed sheets and cleaned the house between rounds of company. I finished with only minutes to spare. We were on the go most of Sunday, Monday and today. I took my daughter and her beau to the airport late this afternoon. Since arriving back home from the airport, I have already done two more... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:01:15 EST We're Exhausted. But The Party Was A Blast! Last night was hubby's big 60th birthday party bash. We had such a good time! Hubby and I danced to our two songs, "Eternal Flame " and "Crazy". Later we dance several dances with our grandson. He just giggled and flirted the whole time. He is just a precious little boy. From the impish smile and dimples to the dark curls, he is handsome. Add in the fact that he is so well behaved and he appears almost angelic. <BR> <BR> We have a ton of food left over so we will not need to cook for ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:58:47 EST The Grand Is Visiting Our grandson is here visiting for hubby's 60th birthday. He is so big! When they are so young, a year makes a big difference! When we last saw him, he was 5.5 months old and just a little baby. Now he is 1.5 years old and he is a full fledged toddler. He walks and tries to talk. He loves to play too. The puppies aren't sure what to make of him! He has a big smile and a bunch of teeth. He has ringlets all over the back of his head and loves to play hide and seek. It should be fun bei... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:25:27 EST This And That...... Last Friday, I was given a new home program and released from physical therapy. This is a big relief because it takes up a lot of my time. On Monday, I saw the orthopedist and was released by him. He said when I can stand with all of my weight on the ball of my right foot, I can do what ever I want. This was good news! Of course I can't do this yet but I am getting there. <BR> <BR> This coming weekend is hubby's 60th birthday. We are having a big party at a small restaurant in our town... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:50:30 EST "Know When To Fold 'Em" I got up this morning, trying to decide if I should rest or do another deep water workout. I have already done four very vigorous workouts this week, so I decided to rest and only do my physical therapy at home program. <BR> <BR> This brings to mind the lyrics of the Kenny Rogers song, "The Gambler". To paraphrase part of the song, in order to be a success, <BR> <BR> "You gotta know when to hold 'em <BR> Know when to fold 'em. <BR> Know when to walk away, <BR> And know when to run."... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:18:54 EST Awesome Endurance Deep Water Class There were only three people who showed up for deep water class today and all of us were worker bees. Our instructor polled the class to see if we wanted to ramp things up since we have plenty of space to move around, whenever we have a small class. This morning we voted to do continuous aerobics with endurance training. In a word, it was awesome!!! All three of us pushed ourselves to perform to the best of our ability. We took off the flotation belts (since we could all swim) and stayed... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:57:00 EST Feeling Strong And Learning To Believe In The Program I ate a healthy breakfast this morning, followed by a very vigorous hour plus workout. I loved that I could move through the water so smoothly. I felt strong and beautiful. I had a healthy lunch after my workout. My weight was up after my workout, when I weighed in at Weight Watchers. Surprisingly, I still feel strong and beautiful! I am trying to focus on my positive non scale changes. <BR> <BR> I treated myself to some new shoes this afternoon. I feel that I need to do whatever it t... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:47:41 EST My Fatitude Was Showing And Then....... This morning I felt down and disgusted with myself. It didn't help matters any that I was off my game when I woke up either. I got on the scale and wasn't happy with the number. As Coach Dean would say, my Fatitude was showing! I wasn't being kind to myself either. To work out or not to work out was my next question. I decided to just go ahead and do a light workout even though I just didn't feel like it. Before I left the house, I decided to track my breakfast. Suddenly I began to fe... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:42:53 EST Frustration With Slow Healing Yesterday, when I woke up, my Achilles was very painful again. Sigh! Not again! I went to the Y and worked out. I could only do one set of physical therapy exercises afterward. I had a series of appointments so instead of being able to go home to rest after my workout, I had to plow forward. Thank goodness my last appointment was physical therapy! <BR> <BR> My therapist stopped my at home therapy program for a few days to let me rest. I am fine with that. I had trouble sleeping last nigh... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:12:05 EST Taking It Easy I felt okay when I got up this morning. I decided to ride along with hubby this morning as he delivered some printers to a client. We stopped at McDonald's and I had an egg white sandwich and some unsweetened tea for breakfast. I took a good book and read as we traveled along. <BR> <BR> We made two other quick stops on the way home. It was a nice day for a ride and I enjoyed it. When we returned home, I felt queasy from pain that I only half felt. It is a strange phenomena, getting the... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:17:08 EST Doing Fairly Well After My Ablation Yesterday, I had a radio frequency ablation in my lumbar spine. Some of my pain was dramatically reduced right away, which surprised me. The whole area is inflamed, which is normal for the procedure. Unlike my other ablations, I felt very sleepy afterward. I slept deeply yesterday afternoon and again last night. I have been very tired today too. I was close to falling asleep during physical therapy this morning too. My therapist found it quite amusing as did I. :) <BR> <BR> I am unab... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:02:11 EST Progress At Last This is my third week of physical therapy and I am finally starting to make progress! Yes! I woke up this morning and my bruise is fading after 4 weeks! This is indeed good news! I still have a lump where my Achilles tore and my therapist said that will take some time to heal. He has magic fingers because after he massaged and stretched my leg it felt better. This was the first time in about 3 months that my leg pain has been manageable. <BR> <BR> I was very active today. I did a vig... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:56:02 EST Life Marches On Through A Hot Summer Hubby and I had a nice, quiet 4th. It rained, so we stayed indoors. We could see fireworks from our front window. I guess they could shoot them off even though it was wet outside. We were tired from a busy day. <BR> <BR> Physical therapy is still quite painful. I found out that I was doing too many home exercises because I am working out in the pool too. The therapist told me that my pool workout counts as one or more sessions of my home therapy. Once I cut back, the pain reduced. Th... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:25:45 EST On A Lighter Note........ This morning, I had a dentist appointment at 8am. The dentist shot my gums with fast acting, short lasting, numbing medicine. He replaced 4 fillings that were 50+ years old each. This enabled him to check all 4 teeth for any additional decay, which is apparently common with very old fillings. I was happy to have this done because it will help my overall health in the long run. It took the dentist a little less than an hour to complete the whole process. When it was finished, I was happy... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 21:13:10 EST Who Wins? Me Or My Stress? Have you ever had a chore or series of chores that you have put off doing? Everyday that you put off completing these chores just adds to the size of that little black cloud (stress) that hangs over your head. Like we need more stress in our lives. Not! I don't know about you but I have enough stress from other things without making more myself and increasing my total amount. I find that lots of stress increases the chances of doing stress eating. <BR> <BR> I have an ongoing battle with... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:52:48 EST Make The Most Of Your Life Right Now! I received a note in the mail from an old friend yesterday. She was my mother's friend when they were both in the second grade, so she s getting up there in years. Two years ago, this sweet woman was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer and congestive heart failure. Her doctors expected her to pass away shortly after her diagnosis. She has refused treatment, preferring instead to make the most of her remaining years with a good quality of life. Up until late last year, she still gave pian... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:08:06 EST Starting Physical Therapy Today! I was going to try to go to water aerobics class this morning but woke up all stuffy and puffy this morning. It is just as well since I don't know what my therapist will want my routine to be. I am so relieved that the tear in my Achilles' tendon is very small. The bruise over top of the tear is a couple of inches, which makes it look worse than it is. Therapy is at 3pm so that gives me a while to clean up the mess left from my birthday yesterday and get ready. <BR> <BR> I decided to sen... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:04:44 EST Only A Small Tear In My Achilles - Good News! I spent what seemed like forever at the orthopedist's office this morning. My doctor and staff got slammed with patients this morning. After an initial exam by a nurse practitioner, I was sent to X-Ray for a series of pictures <em>198</em> Of my right foot and ankle. Then back to the waiting room for a while. <BR> <BR> Finally, I went back to the examining room. A resident doctor saw me there and reviewed my X-Rays. He said I have some condition where I was born with an extra bone i... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:25:37 EST Evaluating And Setting New Goals Today, I decided to assess my current weight loss goals and adjust them to be more realistic. I had to take into consideration my current health conditions and limitations. Much as I don't like to curtail my activity level, the reality is that for the near future, I can do some slow walking but that is about all. I miss my workouts and all of my workout buddies. I feel like I am off kilter and out of my social loop. <BR> <BR> Adjusting my weight loss goals wasn't all that difficult once ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:31:36 EST Not A Stellar Pain Day..... Today was not a stellar day for me. I think of today as a Bermuda Triangle day. I have three physical issues going on at the same time and I let my pain get out of control. Once my pain was out of control, my pain specialist had to step in and get it under control again. This took about 5 hours. I had to have intravenous medication because I needed four different medications. We found out that the fourth medicine is only available for patients who are "in-patient" at the hospital so I h... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:56:49 EST Off To See An Orthopedist I couldn't understand why my primary doctor still hadn't called me back this week. I called both Monday and Tuesday about my Achilles' tendon on my right leg. Hubby and I decided that I should give it one more try, so I called again today. Surprise! My doctor referred me to a podiatrist at the beginning of the week and the referral person never called me to tell me. I am so glad I called him! I would never have known about the referral without the call. The strange part is that the pod... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:44:08 EST Being Off My Feet Doesn't Mean That I'm Not Busy On Monday, I had my female wellness check up with our family doctor. My mammogram came back normal and I am waiting to hear back on a few other tests, my blood work is great and both my doctor and I were pleased with the results. My blood pressure was 122 over 73 which is great for an anxious patient. <BR> <BR> One of the things my doctor wanted to do was to give me a steroid shot in my Achilles' tendon area. I have been fighting with this area for about a year. It was way past time for ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 17:14:34 EST Thank You Doesn't Seem Like Enough To all of our military, thank you for your service to our great country. Some of you have given your lives for us, some of you have been wounded or permanently disfigured or have lost part of your body. Some of you fought for our great nation and returned to find that people were filled with scorn for the cause you held so dear. I can't even begin to imagine how you must have felt. I can only offer you apologies for those here at home who have made you question your service. Today, I wou... Mon, 26 May 2014 08:28:18 EST