AUNTRENEE's SparkPeople Blog AUNTRENEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Could I have sleep apnea? Went to the lung doctor this past Wednesday. He thinks that I might have sleep apnea. With my short neck, weight, bloated legs, and some chest pains, I might have sleep apnea. Plus there are a few other symptoms like the headaches, shortness of breath, and being tired could be connected to sleep apnea. I can see where he is getting at. He wants me to have a sleep test done to see if I have it plus he had me get a blood test done to check my thyroid. My mom had a thyroid problem and a cousin o... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 08:53:05 EST 3 visits to the ER and really low blood sugar Well, since I last posted in here, I have been to the ER at least 3 times and the over the weekend my blood sugar got low. So low that it scared me. The days that I went to the emergency room was July 30th and 31st with dizzy spells. Come to find out that I was suffering from vertigo. Then this past Thursday I went back thinking that I was suffering a stroke. Come to find out that I wasn't. It was a type of migraine that was mimicking a stroke. They gave me a medicine through the IV and it he... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:36:40 EST New medicine is helping Well, the new medicines are helping. Since Monday, I've lost 4 pounds. It has helped my legs a lot but not much. At least they're not as bloated as they were a week ago. I'm just glad that I'm not taking as much as my dad. Dad takes 60mgs of the water pill in the morning and in the afternoon and 4 of the potassium a day. I take 40mg of the water pill and 1 of the potassium once a day. But I have been drinking a lot more water than I have here lately. I usually drink this much when we are on ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:34:34 EST Taking some new medicines I'm taking some new medicines but not for the headaches or shortness of breath. My legs have been bloated since my dad took me to the emergency room back in March and the doctor didn't do anything about it until I mentioned it when I got the results of the PFT. He wanted me to decrease my sodium intake and keep my legs elevated. So I did that from last Thursday until Monday and no luck. The bloat was still there and the pain was worse to the point were I couldn't even walk from my bedroom to ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 15:28:40 EST Results of 3rd test I got the results of the PFT test today. The test showed something abnormal but I'm not sure what though. I have to see a lung doctor on August 19th t see what's going on. <BR> <BR> Dad had me in the emergency room this past Saturday. I was having trouble breathing. They said that I had pleurisy but my regular doctor said that it wasn't that. And they didn't give me any antibiotics when I left the emergency room. I'm still having problems breathing but I don't have the problems all the time... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 21:42:49 EST Got results of two of the tests Well I had to call the doctor's office to see about the lung test tomorrow and where its at. I'm having the PFT tomorrow. I also asked about the results of the two tests that I had last week. Both CT Scan on my head and the EKG on my heart came back negative. The nurse thinks that the test that I am going to have tomorrow will help with finding the reason for the headaches and anything else that is happening with me. I mentioned that I'm still having the headaches and what happened on Sunday.... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:52:50 EST Ugh on the way that I've been feeling Sorry for the long delay but I've been feeling like crud for the past month. Headaches, chest pains, shortness of breath, numbness, and a few other things. I saw my regular doctor the beginning of the month. He sent me to a cardiologist 11 days ago. Hated the guy because he didn't pay any attention to the other symptoms that I had marked off on the paperwork that I filled out. The only thing that he paid attention to was the chest pains. I had 2 tests this past Thursday. A CT Scan on my head ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:56:29 EST On vacation to Ohio My dad and I got in about 5 hours go to my brother's house in Ohio. Got to meet the two male cats that him and his wife have. Loki and Bailey. Sweet cats. Sofie (their other cat) is still not coming up to us yet. She came up to me a couple of hours ago and sniffed my leg but that's it. Probably by the time we leave she'll want to hang around us. <BR> <BR> Had beautiful weather coming over today. There were times we thought that we were going to get rained on. But it didn't. Looks like we wil... Fri, 15 May 2015 22:31:06 EST Sorry for the long delay I'm sorry for the delay but there hasn't been much news coming from here. I have been feeling better since my trip to the emergency room but the weight has been flexing. I've gained the 8 pounds back but I've been slowly losing it. Really slowly. Too slow for my taste. I'm hoping to lose more weight before we go to Ohio from May 15th through 17th and when we go to Minnesota in July. I've been walking lot. Not just with the dog but to church (when dad sleeps in) and when we go out of town. Pl... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:53:13 EST Feeling better since trip to the emergency room Well, I'm doing better since my trip to the emergency room. I saw my doctor the day after the stress test. He said that the emergency room didn't mention about my aorta arching but did mention about the fatty liver. He didn't mention that I didn't lose the weight that he wanted me to lose but glad that I am trying to get rid of. He wants me to be on a low carb diet and its okay with the gluten free diet. I told him that I was having some of the symptoms of having a gluten problem. I had one o... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:07:26 EST Spent time in the emergency room I got to spend some time in the emergency room yesterday afternoon for over 3 hours. I had some signs and symptoms of a heart attack but I didn't have one. My aorta was arching and I have a fatty liver. I got blood tests, an xray, and a stress test that they put me into a scanner. Today I have a stress test on a treadmill. I lasted 7 minutes. Tomorrow at 5:45pm CST I will be seeing my regular doctor. I should be able to post more hopefully tomorrow. Sunday I took the dog for 2 walks (after ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:59:12 EST What happened 2 days ago Friday we were heading to another town north of us and we hit a piece of steel tubing about 2 inch square that was about 4 feet long with a piece of steel at one end that was 4 inches long, 2 inches wide, and a quarter inch thick. We were lucky that it didn't hit the gas tank on our van. It broke the tub where the stow and go on the driver side and the spare tire cover was cracked. I'm not sure when we're going to do it but the earliest that we can get it in is 2 weeks from tomorrow at the de... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 22:48:13 EST Its going to be a long day Its going to be a long day. Dad's therapy starts at 4:20pm and it was the only time that they had for him this week. So I'm going to be bored. I'm going to have my laptop and it'll keep me busy for a while. <BR> <BR> We have an estimated time on when we're going to Ohio but no set date yet. We might be going either late April or early May. My brother who lives out there has to see when they got all the proms set up (he's a photographer) to see when we can go. I need to email him to let him k... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:01:12 EST Still not in the mood to exercise I'm still not in the mood to exercise. I was going to do a workout DVD this morning before dad got but didn't. It isn't because I'm still mourning the loss of my uncle. Its because my TOM is here and I hate getting hot when I'm on it and it usually gets heavy when I'm on it. <BR> <BR> I found out that my pen pal in Australia had her baby a week go today. She had a little girl. I'm not sure what she named the baby. I never asked. I've been writing to my pen pal for 23 years this month. <BR> ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:20:50 EST Thanks for the thoughts and prayers Thanks for the thoughts and prayers for my uncle who passed away 5 days ago. It doesn't seem possible that he's gone. Since he died, this week has been so slow. I didn't do any exercises this week because I didn't feel like doing them. There were 2 days we couldn't even go up for dad's therapy. Those were the days that I did the exercises. <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Feb 2015 21:57:24 EST Need thoughts and prayers Please keep me in thoughts and prayers. I got a call from my uncle (my mom's younger brother) who lives half an hour north of me this morning and he had his some sad news. His and my mom's oldest brother passed away this morning from a possible massive heart attack. This is the same uncle that I mentioned who had cancer. He lived in Omaha. The uncle that called is taking care of the funeral arrangements and is going to have the uncle who passed away cremated. Going to have the service probabl... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 13:28:48 EST I lost another pound Lost another pound. I was at 220 pounds and now I'm at 219 pounds. The amount of exercises that I did yesterday must of helped. I did a Walk Away The Pounds 5 miles DVD (68 minutes), 30 minutes on the treadmill and 15 minutes on the stationary bike. I would of done more yesterday on the bike but we were late getting there because dad thought that his therapy was 1:40pm when it was at 1pm. So I'm hoping tomorrow I can get an early start in getting my exercises started before he starts on his t... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:57:47 EST Feeling better I feel much better now. Ate less processed food today and less salt. I had my blue dress and heeled boots on for a while this morning but changed after awhile. I was still bloated this morning but now I'm not. I was at 221 pounds but I'm hoping to be lower soon. I think that the bloat was leftover from when my TOM was here. Never had it stay this long. I drank some hot tea this morning and it help get rid of a lot of the bloat that I had when I got up. I was thinking of drinking some hot tea ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:54:07 EST Any suggestions Does anyone have suggestions n what to take care of bloat even though TOM is over? I feel bloated even though I haven't had my period since the beginning of the week. Today was a pain with the bloat. Especially tonight. Does anyone have an idea besides cutting down my salt intake? Something like a OTC pill or food. And something to help with being regular. The only thing that has helped is to eat something that makes me have an upset stomach or eat a lot of fruits and veggies. I just need to ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:49:38 EST I think that I'm going crazy My TOM is driving me crazy ever since Thursday. On Thursday we were at home and it got heavy in the afternoon. Last night it was heavy before I fell asleep. We went up to Target and my TOM was heavy. It isn't heavy now. I got a few things while we were at Target. One was for use while I am on my TOM, 2 bottles of cranberry juice, 2 squeeze bottles of agave nectar (organic), and I went to see if one of dad's meds, I got worn out. I'm hoping that my TOM ends before Monday. <BR> <BR> There was ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:59:05 EST Still feeling sore from Wednesday but a good kind of sore I'm still a little sore from Wednesday but its the good kind of sore. I will be doing my exercises while dad is getting his physical therapy. I'm hoping to do a little more time on the treadmill and stationary bike today. I didn't do a whole lot Wednesday since dad had a shortened physical therapy on Wednesday (we were late then). <BR> <BR> My TOM was heavy yesterday afternoon. It drove me nuts. I'm hoping that it doesn't do that today. I was a little warm from wearing sweat pants and drinki... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:12:30 EST Feeling better Feeling a whole lot better. Did my exercises. Did 10 minutes on the treadmill and stationary bike each and 5 minutes on the elliptical. I did 1 of each. With my TOM being around, I didn't want to overdo it. I felt a whole lot better than I did but my abs are sore. I started to feel the soreness just before I took my shower and this wasn't a cramp from my TOM being around. I'm going to do a workout DVD in the morning because I know that I will have plenty of energy when I get up. I have plenty... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:46:06 EST Feeling like crud this morning Feeling so bloated and sore this morning. Hoping that it doesn't get too bad today with me starting on the treadmills and stationary bikes. I'm on my TOM and the flow usually gets heavy when I get a little warm. And need to use the bathroom a lot. I'm crossing my finger that I am not in that position today. Took something for pain because I was a bit sore this morning but it doesn't mean that I might not feel great later on. I just need to figure out how long to do certain things so the flow... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:04:50 EST Some good news Got a call from my uncle in Omaha (my late mom's oldest brother) this morning with some great news. If you remember, they found cancer in his rectum when they gave him a colonoscopy. Well, his cancer is in remission. He has one more week at the assisted living place. He has to have surgery but not sure what for. I had hard time talking to him when he called. With his good news made me feel so much better today. I sent a text message to my other uncle (his and my late mom's brother) who lives... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:15:13 EST First day out in a couple of days Today was the first day we have been out of the house since Tuesday. We had to go to Peoria, IL for the garage here in town to pick up a part. We fought the wind but at least the wind wasn't as bad as it is now. It was 10 degrees F when we left town around noon and when we got home 2 hours later it was 16 degree. When we were coming home from supper, the thermometer in the van read 23 degrees. Well, I have the Weather Channel app on my laptop and it was reading that. And this time it was read... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:59:59 EST Stayed home where it was warm It was too warm to go anywhere today. Dad was suppose of had a chiropractor appointment and therapy but he called to tell them that we weren't coming. It got up o 3 degrees F and now its -4 degrees F. There is a drift on our step and I will take care of that and put more salt down on that tomorrow. The only times that I got out was to take the dog out. Its suppose to be in the teens tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Yesterday all the exercising that I did was to shovel the sidewalk and step and cleaned of... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 22:18:50 EST Got to exercise but not Zumba I didn't do the Zumba workout today. I ended up doing a Walk Away The Pounds DVD 5 miles instead. I am hoping that I will do the Zumba tomorrow morning. But I need to do the Step by Step first before I do any of the other DVDs. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling the working DVD that I did this morning. But its the good kind. My knees and ankles hurt sometimes. And my right hip hurts sometimes too. My sides hurt a little bit but its worth it. <BR> <BR> We went up for dad's physical therapy on his neck a... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 21:57:18 EST I'm glad that I didn't walk to church today I'm totally glad that I didn't walk to church this morning. It was cold and slick out. And we have snow out there. Someone is a Chevy 4x4 pick up drove through a stop sign, did a complete 360, drove onto the street that they came off, and started again. We weren't even close to them so they didn't hit us. Dad got up half an hour before the usual time I would of left. We just went to church and got lunch uptown. Never left town. I saw a friend of mine say on Facebook that her parents went sout... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:19:55 EST Happy New Year!!! I know that I'm late saying that but I just haven't had much to say since then. I know that I won't have much to say this time. <BR> <BR> I haven't started using the Zumba kit that I got yet. I might use it Monday morning before my dad gets up. It's best to start a full week with it than on the weekend. <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:42:37 EST What happened to the warm weather? Where did our warm weather go? It was nice and warm for a while and all of the sudden we're freezing. It got up to 15 degrees F today and tonight in the single digits. The furnace will be working overtime tonight. <BR> <BR> I got a Zumba DVD set with the 1 pound shakers today at Target. I'm going to start with the step by step since I've never done it before. I'm so looking forward in using it. I got a size 18W jeans today and saved $6.99. Need to get them hemmed up because they are too long... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:24:50 EST Sorry for the delay Sorry that I haven't posted anything in over a week but there wasn't much to talk about. Plus I went to bed before I got to post anything. <BR> <BR> I got a $30 gift card from our minister to Target and I used it that day for a pair of knee high boots this past Sunday. The day before I went to where one of my friends work and she got me my Christmas gift. She works in a beauty supply store. That day she got me 4 mini bottles of nail polish in purple, green, pink and neon orange and an angel... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 21:52:06 EST A slow few days Sorry that I haven't posted in a while but there hasn't been much to post. Dad having his therapy yesterday and me fighting my TOM right now. My TOM is almost over but it feels like its been around forever. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I realized that I didn't post anything when I was asleep. I didn't feel like getting up just to post something. Plus my TOM was really bugging me that night to where it almost kept me up. <BR> <BR> I was going to watch more of the NCIS DVD set that I got today but I mig... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:06:31 EST Feeling tired I'm feeling tired all day like I was on my birthday. My TOM has started and I'm not usually this tired. We had a somewhat of a long day with dad having his physical therapy and we had a gloomy day with the weather. I'm hoping that we don't go anywhere tomorrow because I know that my TOM will get heavy and I will be need to go to the bathroom a lot. <BR> <BR> I got some money for birthday/Christmas from friend who worked with dad in the factory. She sent me $30.00. I got NCIS Season 11 (this... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:54:40 EST Thanks for the birthday wishes Thanks for the birthday wishes. I'm just glad that we didn't do anything yesterday because I wasn't in the mood to do anything. I got a birthday gift of cranberry nut mix from my first grade teacher who I go to church with. I ate the whole container but I'm not sure how to put it in. I ate 6 servings worth. I will add it here in a bit. <BR> <BR> I walked to and from church today. Took me 36 minutes round trip (18 minutes to church and another 18 minutes coming home). And I was wearing boots... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:08:31 EST Did what I wanted to do today I got to do what I wanted to do today for my birthday. Absolutely nothing. Just went uptown to get the mail, got some lunch, and came home where we stayed for the rest of the day. I really didn't want to do anything at all. I did crochet and get on the computer. It felt great in doing nothing. We might e doing the same thing tomorrow after church. <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:22:15 EST Plans for my birthday I'm not going to go anywhere. Don't want to do anything. Not in the mood for some of the local places to eat. Some of the places that I could go to take over an hour to get too and the prices are too high. I'm just wanting to stay home and veg out. I'm hoping that dad doesn't try to convince me to go somewhere if someone else invites us. I'm not in the mood to go anywhere. <BR> <BR> Why do you need to celebrate something like a birthday with food? I don't. I might of did back when I was heav... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:13:51 EST Quiet day Today was somewhat quiet day. We didn't do a whole lot. Tomorrow we will with dad's physical therapy in the afternoon. I will have this with me tomorrow while he's doing that. I won't be able to work on a crocheted leftover yarn afghan that I'm working on because its getting pretty good size and if tomorrow's therapy session is anything like it was yesterday, he won't take long. <BR> <BR> I did work on the leftover yarn afghan this morning. The pattern calls it a hexagon but its a pentagon.... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:58:23 EST Need some sleep Today has been a long day. Didn't get much of a nap this afternoon. Wish that I did though. But its almost time to go to bed. <BR> <BR> Dad may have to have surgery on his right wrist for carpel tunnel again. He hasn't had it done in a long time. In 1989 was the last time. It might help with that side since he had a cramp in that side in 2009. He has symptoms of having problems with it. <BR> <BR> No headaches to start off the day. Just aches and pains. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:40:57 EST Slow week so far This week is going by slow. Tomorrow is going to be long. Dad has a chiropractor appointment in the morning and physical therapy in the afternoon. I hope that I'm near a power outlet tomorrow when he's having therapy so just in case I need to use it. <BR> <BR> I had a headache when I got up this morning and then I didn't take anything until 8 hours later and totally regretting it. I had a nasty headache. But its gone now. Been figuring out what could be causing it. It might be doing some spl... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:41:31 EST Not looking forward to Saturday I know that it is only Monday but I'm not looking forward to Saturday. My birthday is this Saturday. I will be 37 years old. I have no idea what I'm going to do yet. I wouldn't mind not doing anything that day. I know that I should but I'm not sure. After last year with all the snow we got, we went as far as the pizza place uptown. <BR> <BR> Dad will be having physical therapy on his shoulders and neck. The doctor who did his knee replacement surgery in 2010 suggested it. His right knee is ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:36:26 EST Headaches are gone I woke up with a headache this morning. I took something for it when I was taking my medicines. I drank some hot tea this morning and it was gone. I didn't have to take anything for it again until noon and again around 6pm. But no hot tea. I haven't crocheted yet. If I can't sleep tonight I may crochet then. <BR> <BR> I walked to church this morning and back home. It took me 18 minutes to get to church and 17 minutes to get home. My dad didn't get up until I got home. I got home late because... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:36:34 EST Feeling better but fighting headache Feeling a lot better with no sinus pressure. The zpack has really helped. But now I'm fighting a headache but not sinus. I took something it almost 6 hours now and its still clinging. Might take something for it before I go to bed. I may take some sinus medicine just in case it is a sinus headache. Was planning on fixing hot tea but I don't think that I can wait for the water to heat up. Not even food helped with my headache when I ate. <BR> <BR> I even crocheted thinking that it might help ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:54:35 EST Finally feeling better I'm feeling better now. I called the doctor's office and asked if the doctor could prescribe something for my sinuses and ringing in my right ear that I've been fighting for about 14 months. Well, still got the ringing of ear but sinuses feel better. The doctor prescribed a z pack. My teeth still hurt and its going to take a while until those feel better. My teeth on the right side (the side that the sinuses were bugging me) were REALLY bothering me when I was eating supper. I couldn't eat a... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:38:35 EST Sinuses are killing me tonight My sinuses are killing me right now. But did take something for them a while ago and it hasn't gotten the chance to kick in yet. I was going to call the doctor but by the time that I was going to do it was, the doctor's office was closed. I'm just hoping that they start to feel better before I go to sleep. I'm also nursing a hot tea right now. Its been a long time since I've felt this much pain. It was when my mom died. And that's been over 8 years ago. I'm also doing something that might sou... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:44:11 EST Somewhat okay with sinuses Thanks for all of the suggestions on what I could do. I can't wear Breath Rights because they won't fit on my nose no matter if they're adult or kids size. Plus my oldest brother said that it made his sinus drain and made him sicker (he just turned 46 years old today). I know that I will be taking some sinus medicine with me tomorrow because dad has a doctor appointment with the doctor who did his knee replacement in 2010. I know that my sinuses will be bugging me at the time of his appointme... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:47:53 EST Spoke too soon on sinuses Around 11pm last night I had to take some sinus medicine and Tylenol to help with the pain. I didn't get back to sleep about midnight. Talk about being sore. I got better sleep after that. I'm so close in calling the doctor to see what he thinks. I can breath okay but its either nasal swelling or sinus pressure making me hurt. The medicine that I'm taking I can take every 4 hours. Sometimes I'm starting to get sore before then and sometimes its okay an hour or more afterwards. Its been about ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:01:42 EST Sinuses are better I'm feeling somewhat better. I don't think that I will be taking anything for them tonight. It will be the first time in a week that I won't need anything. It feels good. <BR> <BR> My aunt is back home. I was waiting for dad and my uncle (the only brother he has left) called to tell us that she's home. <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 22:00:36 EST What a day Over an hour before I walked to church this morning, I get a phone call from another step cousin. His mom had a heart attack last night and was in Peoria in on of the hospitals but wasn't sure what they were going to do. So when I got home from church, dad was up and he said that he talked to his brother. The brothers said that the put a short stent in today and probably go home tomorrow. She told us when we were leaving to come home (an hour drive from home) that she is going to quit smokin... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:56:36 EST Full day of fun Dad and I went up to Le Claire, IA, today to visit the home of the American Pickers. Mike and Frank wasn't there and neither was Danielle. It was a bit more crowded with people and they had more stuff in the original building and new building. And their first van that they used to go around doing their pickings was there. We then went to Moline to a store that we've been there before and ended up getting 3 DVDs for $2.99 each (originally $5.99). I did get pictures at the American Pickers wit... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 21:30:21 EST Fought sinus headaches all day I fought the stupid sinus headaches today. I'm sitting here in my room and they're bugging me right now. I'm hoping for relief before going to bed I about an hour. <BR> <BR> Got a new camera today at Target. I got a Nikon Coolpix L330 with 20.2MP, 26x zoom, and a 3" screen. It is originally $229.99 but we got it for $99.00. Dad is considering it as my birthday/Christmas gift. My birthday is 2 weeks from tomorrow. It is nice. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:28:08 EST