AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community This Was A Busy Week This was a busy week for me. I shopped on Sunday afternoon and made a meatloaf dinner. Monday, I got my allergy shot and ran errands. Tuesday, I cleaned our house and cooked chicken. Wednesday, I went to the orthopedist. Thursday, I went to the pulmonary specialist, got a flu shot and picked up prescriptions. (Thank goodness for leftovers!) Friday, I had blood work done, went to breakfast, met with our insurance agent, got paperwork together, went to lunch, met with the insurance agent ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:56:37 EST Sometimes The Doctor Just Confuses Me Thursday evening, my primary doctor's office called me to ask if anyone had called me about my toe. The call puzzled me because they called the previous Friday afternoon to tell me it was broken. Then they asked me about the referral to the orthopedist. Hold on.......What? The person who called last week was supposed to tell me to get copies of my X-Rays and make an appointment with a particular orthopedist. So, I got the telephone number for the orthopedist that my doctor prefers and pr... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 18:50:36 EST The Toe Won't Get Me Down Update - the doctor's office just called and my toe is fractured. Bummer! I have to keep it wrapped to the adjoining toe for a minimum of 4 weeks. I can only walk on the foot to do necessary activities. The doctor will recheck it on November 25 and give me an update on what to expect next. There will be no working out for me for the foreseeable future. <BR> <BR> I have decided that I will look at the 4 weeks of rest as an opportunity to do some self development, some relaxation and so... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:12:08 EST Embarrassed Part 2 The nurse at the doctor's office had me take off my bandage before I saw the doctor yesterday. Her words upon looking at my bloody toe were, "Oh my! How on earth did you do that?" I told her that it was really stupid and she just smiled and said that they have seen it all in her line of work. I explained that after my shower, I rest my foot on the edge of the tub to dry my leg. She assured me that that wasn't stupid because most people do that. I said that once I was towel dried, I swun... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:03:10 EST Color Me Embarrassed Yesterday, I cleaned the house. I took several rest breaks, which was good but I was tired when I finished. I took a lovely shower and was pleased with how nice the bathroom looked. Then, I stubbed my toe and it bled all over my clean floor. I had a terrible time getting the bleeding stopped and had to keep changing the bandage because it would bleed through. Today, it is still oozing blood and I can't bend the toe. It is swollen and the back is black. I feel klutzy and embarrassed but... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:37:13 EST Walking On Day 4 I started this morning with a walk. My pain is still manageable and I pray it will continue use to be. The dogs are loving the walks. I will add a short noon walk as well. I will top off the day with an evening walk. I am hoping to go to the Y tomorrow to do some strength training. We'll see if that will happen. One day at a time. I may do some vacuuming this afternoon as well. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:45:37 EST My Plan To Ease Back Into Working Out On Tuesday of this week, I had a 5 month checkup appointment with my migraine neurologist. My doctor wasn't pleased by my pain level, stiffness and range of motion. I told her about my steroid withdrawal issues and she wasn't sure that it was only caused by the steroids. This is because it has been 3 weeks since I took the last pill. She stressed that I need to have autoimmune testing done since I have a family history of autoimmune diseases and I am already hypothyroid. She advised me ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:54:45 EST Goal Met 200,000 Spark Points! I set a goal of achieving 200,000 Spark Points back in 2012. Today, two years later, I achieved that goal! I am so excited that I just had to share my news! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:36:25 EST Working Around My Limitations Yesterday, hubby and I took the two pups on a 15 minute walk. Later I did about two hours of heavy cleaning, split up into segments. I took several rest periods and water breaks. Today, hubby and I took two 15 minute walks, one in the morning and one in the evening. Between the two walks, I went to the grocery store and walked up and down all of the isles even though I only bought a few items. As I was tracking my exercise, I was excited to see that I have naturally split up my workouts ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:46:14 EST Being My Own Health Advocate I have learned many useful things over the past several years. Among them, I have learned to be my own health advocate. Last Friday, my primary doctor called and said he wants me to see a pulmonary specialist. He gave me the doctor's name and telephone number, but since it was already 5:30pm, I had to wait until Monday to call for an appointment. When Monday morning rolled around, I dutifully called the pulmonary doctor, the first time. I should have said, "Let the games begin!", because... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:48:36 EST Talking To Others Helps! Yesterday, I started back with my allergy shots. My new protocol really helped with my reaction to the shot! While I was waiting to be called for the shot, I was talking to a young woman who I have seen and spoken to many times before. She has had many of the same issues with asthma and allergies as I, so we often compare notes on a variety of issues. I mentioned that I am having issues with steroid withdrawal and asked her if she had any experience with a similar issue. She said yes an... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:34:40 EST When The Going Gets Tough........ The tough look for the silver lining! Even though it may not always be obvious, there is a silver lining for most things that happen. I sometimes find that I have to look pretty hard to find the positive within a negative, but eventually it pops out and I see it. <BR> <BR> A case-and-point, is my recent struggle with a long term illness. What started out as a sinus infection, morphed into a throat infection and then became bronchitis. The prolonged infection necessitated the long term us... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:53:27 EST Aching Joints and Muscles I have tried writing from my iPad but I keep losing my blogs. Here goes another attempt! I have been really hurting this week due to steroid withdrawal after being on prednisone for two months. I called the doctor's office this morning just to be sure. I also have an occasional productive cough still and I wanted to ask the doctor when I can get a flu shot. When the nurse called me back, she said yes, I have steroid withdrawal. I will watch it and see how long it lasts. The doctor was ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:54:30 EST Taking A Rest Day I have been so active for the past week that my exhaustion is worse than it was before I started back to doing deep water aerobics. The doctor sure did nail that prediction! Today my protesting knees rule and I am taking time off. I will do deep water tomorrow, being careful of my joints. My steroid withdrawal, has made me super sensitive and achy so I will be extra careful. I am glad that the doctor warned me about this too or I would be very alarmed! <BR> <BR> I took a few minutes thi... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:42:31 EST Busy Day Today, I polished the furniture, cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms, vacuumed the carpet, cleaned the non carpet floor areas and washed/changed the sheets on our bed. Later, I went to the grocery store. (Actually two different stores.) I was so proud of myself because I used coupons and took advantage of store specials to the tune of saving $30! I must admit that I am super tired but the refrigerator is full of healthy food, the house is clean and everything smells fresh. It was a producti... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:38:56 EST Changing Your Perception To Be More Positive As many of you may already know, I am coming off a long illness which required at least two months of steroids. Since I am also hypothyroid, the steroids really do a number on my weight and metabolism. I have been alternately stressed out and depressed by the number on the scale and my cravings for all things that are carbohydrates. Sigh, one of the listed side effects of steroids is weight gain and elevated blood sugar levels, which includes carb cravings. " What can you do when things ar... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:20:21 EST Still Wheezing But Able To Do Deep Water Class Yesterday, my doctor rechecked my lungs and overall recovery. I am still doing a bit of wheezing but am so much better than I was at the beginning of September. I am only occasionally hoarse now, usually when I talk a lot late in the day or when I am exhausted. The wheezing will hopefully abate within the next few weeks. I still have nine more days of steroids left. Perhaps it will help the wheezing, however after being on them for such a long time, I do not look forward to the process o... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:06:15 EST Going For A Lung Check Today I have my follow up appointment this afternoon for a lung check. If I am well enough, we may start pulmonary testing and a possible referral to a specialist. I can't wait until I am well enough to get back to my regular workout routine! Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:11:45 EST 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