CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Counting the days until school is over! Beloved drove me this week but next week he leaves to go to Florida for a few weeks so I have to be able to drive myself. I can't wait for school to be over so I can just rest, read, and relax! When Mum can't volunteer anymore then I will pack it up. It takes me 40 minutes to get just over 30 miles but the roads are crooked, traffic heavy, and my syncope on that road has me panicked. I love the kids, though! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:28:44 EST Slept in, finally! I was tired to tears yesterday. Mum just says, "why? You haven't done anything!" Health problems, soaring and crashing BP, doctor visits, all are exhausting. Sometimes I wish she weren't around and I instantly banish those thoughts because I know I don't have many more years with her. But she's stress, and I love her. Health problems are exhausting. Oh, to be 40 and healthy again! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:51:33 EST Raw foods, day 1 I have to do something so am willing to try this drastic step. For breakfast I had 5 cups baby greens pureed with water and two apricots...not tasty but not awful either. A few hours later I had 24 raw almonds. For lunch I had a huge raw veggie salad and 4 slices of dried apricots for the potassium. For dinner it was 24 more almonds and two pears. I slept pretty well last night! Today I will try to drive myself to school 40 minutes away and pray I don't pass out again! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:30:22 EST Has anyone done a raw foods diet? Heard from a dietician friend, very slender, no medical problems whatsoever, that she recommends a raw foods diet to many of her difficult patients...difficult to treat, she means. Has anyone tried it? I'm looking for resources, anything to get my blood pressure and resulting crashes, under control. The medical bills, ambulance bills, and co-pays are astronomical so far these six months. Got to be a better wa,...need to find it. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:52:10 EST Cannot drive? How do I volunteer? The doctors tell me I cannot drive until they "get the orthostatic hypotension under control." Cannot tell me how long that may take but my blood pressure is officially "uncontrolled" and I now have to take readings 4X day. How do I volunteer? My Mum "lives for the school" so now what do I do? I can have beloved drive but that's about 200 miles a day for him to take me there, drive home, drive back for me, take Mum home, then drive me home. If I didn't have her I could pack it up... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:08:27 EST Another ambulance ride! Today is my birthday, 63, and I am back in the hospital AGAIN! I was driving to volunteer at school yesterday and half way started to feel light head , like I was going to pass out. I pulled into some guy's yard, waited a while, and drove some more. I made it to a laundry shop, pulled in, knew my blood pressure was crashing so attempted to walk and do some push-ups on my car. Just wanted to get to school! Drove some more, had to pull into a parking lot of a medical office building where I... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 03:35:30 EST Finally Friday School today...beloved is going to ride the hills and he deserves the break. He spent yesterday meeting the TV guy to fix Mum's 3ABN satellite, lowered her bed so she can get in and out, then was working at the school. I met with the allergist and have loads of skin testing May 2, should have had it done yesterday but the Ambien my physician prescribed interfered with testing. Mum is really slowing's so sad. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:02:38 EST Back on the treadmill of life, at full speed! Beloved drove straight back. The next day we were at Mums' with groceries, new phones, new lamps...all had "died" while we were away. The next day beloved and I were at her house building a ramp from the garage into the house since she can no longer walk the two steps up into the house. The NEXT day, yesterday, she and I volunteered all day at school and one of the teachers told me Mum had FALLEN again while we were gone...Mum never mentioned it. What do I do? We pray about it every day! ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 04:44:15 EST Anybody gotten rid of a nasty corn? It's these dancing shoes...they rub my left little toe and now I have such a bad corn I cant wear any shoes but flip flops! My beloved carefully cut the top off with a new scalpel blade, the podiatrist cut out a piece, and now I'm waiting to have "cortisone shots" into the toe. I'm wearing the corn pads, little silicone dance sleeve thingys for toes, open shoes, etc but darn, it hurts! Anybody gotten rid of one? Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:47:00 EST Home again See the doctor in two weeks so will be very careful, no wine, lots of fresh raw ...time to pay the piper! Mon, 18 Apr 2016 06:44:51 EST Heading home! Yeah! Heading home today! It's a ten hour drive but I'm glad we're back! Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:26:32 EST Brutally hot We walked into Cozumel yesterday and the heat came on hard and fast. After an hour I was ill, we had to get a taxi the rest of the way. Beloved got his haircut from the barber he uses, then we walked in the coolness of the shops before heading back to the ship, again by taxi. After a long, cool spring the heat came on too hot and too suddenly! Sat, 16 Apr 2016 08:30:31 EST Another week and my dress won't zip! Good thing we head home Sunday. Today we walked three hours into town, around, and back to the ship. Getting the exercise in. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:24:03 EST Going to Hell The site in Grand Cayman that's a dying coral reef. All dark instead of pink, people painted Red Devils all over the post office where you can pay a few dollars and get your passport stamped, "Hell, Grand Cayman." It's fun to do the first time...we will skip all that and just get more walking in. Almost two weeks and we are both ready to get off... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:34:39 EST Burned my feet Somehow got my feet sunburned...and my knee caps. Only a few days left before we hit the US on Sunday. Then will have to really go vegan with NO wine for a month to prepare for labs...this darn fatty liver! Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:57:16 EST Gone swimming Got in an early ocean swim, fabulous! In the rain. So much for Caribbean sunshine... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:52:20 EST Got our walking in Early morning and again early afternoon walks are so peaceful. Saw a whale off the side of the ship, unusual for this time of year in the Caribbean. Love the sound of the sea. Calm, stress-free week ahead. Have a blessed day, spark friends! Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:12:00 EST Mum refuses to go into assisted living And she doesn't want to live with us either! I spent the day trying to call her...she can't open her cell phone...leaves the phone off the hook...what do you do with an aged parent? I want he to be safe and happy...but it's killing me! Sun, 10 Apr 2016 21:05:27 EST Mum refuses to go into assisted living And she doesn't want to live with us either! I spent the day trying to call her...she can't open her cell phone...leaves the phone off the hook...what do you do with an aged parent? I want he to be safe and happy...but it's killing me! Sun, 10 Apr 2016 21:05:26 EST Slept so well The roar of the sea, gentle rocking of the ship, no kitty making mad, passionate love to my face at 1am...slept better than I can long remember. Sat, 9 Apr 2016 08:12:49 EST Medical emergencies put it all into perspective Unplanned stop in Turks and Caicos to drop off not one, but TWO medical emergencies. The ship sent off another medical emergency two days ago in St. Thomas. That's three people too ill to stay on board. Makes my stresses pale in comparison. Early bed tonight to be rocked asleep by the waves and roar of the sea. I am blessed. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 21:18:49 EST Stressed to tears! We got near the Virgin Islands yesterday morning about 0830 so I tried calling my mother. Kept getting the message "call cannot be completed." Sent a text to my "Bay Area" sister and asked if she had been in contact. "Yes", on Sunday. It was now Wednesday. Two hours later I could only call the police and have a "health and welfare check" for a 90 year old. The officer called me back from Mum's living room, seems her power had been out for two DAYS, no phone, cell, tv, power, Life Alert. ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 07:49:40 EST Sharing the bounty! In two days the ship has delivered 4 bottles of wine, a cheese wheel, fruit basket, fruit plate, and 5 boxes of 4 cupcakes...we have been having a great time finding first time cruisers and having the room steward put them in their room with a note from us welcoming them. We love passing on blessings! Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:32:28 EST Dining with the Captain tonight Got three hours of walking in so far this morning. Slept like a baby. Tonight we have a big, formal din Ed so will be very careful all day! Mon, 4 Apr 2016 08:31:02 EST The only sound.., Is the sea....our door is open...sitting on the balcony watching the water. Peace. Sun, 3 Apr 2016 20:01:38 EST In Charleston We couldn't make it out of South Carolina last night, it was pouring with rain and traffic was heavy. I was exhausted after a long day at school and the teacher I volunteer for is full of ideas for next year...and I am tired just thinking about her plans. Mum was really bummed..."whatever will I do for two weeks?" I can see her really slowing down...and know the time is coming when we wont be able to get away anymore... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 06:33:20 EST Leaving after school today! Mum is already frantic, "What am I going to do for two weeks while you're gone?" My BP is up and I am SO looking forward to leaving down this afternoon! Fri, 1 Apr 2016 07:30:10 EST A long day at school! A really long day with K-3 at school, some art done, some music, long drive to Mum's afterwards so I can do her feet before driving home. LOOOONG day! Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:29:52 EST Counting down...! Only a few more days and we get on a ship again...boy, do I need it! Last night I just fell apart, furious at the grey weather, tearful about caring for my Mum and my husband insisted I "was beyond exhausted" which I was. An early night, feel better this morning but I HAVE to get away, Mum doesn't understand at all, she's old and doesn't think volunteering with all the driving as well should wear me out, but with fibro x 20 years I start the day out half empty. Today is gorgeous, I'm sitt... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:14:47 EST A very quiet Easter It drizzled most of the day. Beloved and I were back at the church and school doing repairs, I got the old art down from the hallways and last weeks "He Is Risen" art projects up...the teacher will be a little bit ahead this morning when she comes in. Mum is getting old...90 in a few months and now my sister and b-i-l in California are talking of retiring this year! We are all getting old! Last night when I went to bed I begged the Lord not to let me get old and alone. We have no kids, n... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 05:15:20 EST Blessed Easter! He has risen! Sun, 27 Mar 2016 07:03:10 EST Blessed rest! So glad it's a rest day day... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 07:38:49 EST Back to school today but only a week more... And then beloved and I crawl on to a ship and totally relax for two weeks. I can get thru this week and next...I can...I can. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:29:24 EST Slept 11 hours! I knew I was exhausted, as was beloved who spent the whole day at school working on maintenance projects. We hired a water fountain service man out of North Carolina... Kooler Dude, and he came down and serviced all dozen of our drinking fountains at school and church. The coils were CARPETED with dust..machines couldn't cool properly...and the filters had NEVER been changed!!! Who knew there were water filters inside drinking fountains? I didn't! Now they all have new, HUGE water filters ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:49:40 EST Ill with exhaustion after a day filled with BLESSINGS! Yes, it's 2am and I fell into bed at 8:30 last night. One of those nights too tired to sleep. Mum had announced, suddenly, that she absolutely couldn't read any more, her vision was gone. As a once RN I immediately thought of all the terrible things that can go wrong with eyes in the elderly. Beloved and I had prayer on our knees and the next day we got her into walmart optical to see an optometrist, but I also spent the day arranging the "next available" emergent appointment at a major ey... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 03:36:12 EST A hectic day scheduled with Mum Beloved will be doing the driving but today we drive to one town, pick up Mum, take her to the next city for her dental visit. She has several cavities and at almost 90 she just wants the teeth pulled, instead of filling them. Not going to happen, I told her, since the risk is bigger with a removal than a filling. Then it's off to the eye doctor at wal-mart, not our first choice at all but her vision is failing rapidly and beloved and I leave in a week! If, we pray, she only needs glasses... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 07:45:54 EST Feeling so much better! Our dance instructor has been sick so no lessons these past two week . It's been great to be able to get so much done. Tuesday will be another full day for us since Mum's vision has suddenly begun to fail. I had to get an urgent appoint with yet another optometrist...her last one moved and took all the records. She loves to read so I hope it's nothing to worry about. I am praising the Lord for answering prayers and getting me to the right people to help relieve the vertigo. It's only a l... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 08:34:14 EST Much less vertigo! Finished the 10 days of cephalosporins and am MUCH less dizzy. The ENT appointment isn't until April 19, but at least I have something to show them. The BP hasn't crashed or skyrocketed yet after them meds were reduced to half...but we did this once before and it went thru the roof so it may have to be tweaked again. At least I'm feeling SO much better! And SPRING is TOMORROW!! <em>87</em> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 06:24:51 EST back to school today! Another busy at school volunteering. Beloved is doing maintenance, I will be in the classroom all day, Mum will be in the next room, and this afternoon after school we will hosting a party for our neighbor kid who leaves Sunday for Navy Seal school! Fri, 18 Mar 2016 06:32:33 EST Take control of your own healthcare! I cannot stress enough for people to PUSH for what they feel they need from physicians, DOCUMENT what's going on with your health, and keep the physician up to date. Today I fax'd my physician a week's work of blood pressure readings...and she IMMEDIATELY called and had me cut the doses in HALF! Now I will only take one pill in the morning and one OTHER pill in the evening. First I was too high, then waaaay too low, then too high, now too low. I think we're going to get this fixed and I hope... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 18:35:59 EST BP getting ridiculously low 77/55 last evening before I was due to take my meds...maybe it's from the diarrhea due to antibiotics...88/56 this morning. I'll rush around getting ready and maybe have to wait until I get to school to take them. Can't risk another loss of consciousness on the freeway! Wed, 16 Mar 2016 06:49:15 EST Dance instructor is we will go walking instead! Need a break from trying, unsuccessfully, to deal with "an assistant in this office will contact an assistant in that office and we will get back to you by Friday" crap. First Neurology appointment isn't until July and I cant have that because my paperwork which was approved on Friday was finally shipped over by the office but hasn't been seen YET by unknown clerk number infinity. I was supposed to be seen in October! Just give me ENT! We are heading to the caribbean April 2 and will try ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:27:49 EST So frustrating! The insurance company called me Friday and told me to call the Neurologist and ENT. They even gave me the names and phone numbers! I called each place but NATURALLY they never heard of me, had nothing from MY doctor's office, so "sometime this week" I may get calls back for appointments within a few months. Ridiculous and outrageous. It's been since October. What are people supposed to do? We pay HUGE amounts each month, since we left California, for super insurance. Kaiser was the bes... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:38:47 EST Not a good way to loose weight! The pounds are falling off...4 lbs in 4 days...because the cephalosporin diarrhea has started. . Yesterday, BEFORE I took my BP meds it was 95/63 at 5a, and 98/64 at 8pm. No change in my ear feelings of pressure, and the vertigo is ridiculous sometimes...I believe because the BP is getting too low BUT the doctor told me several weeks ago it will "be fine!" I go to bed every night PRAYING I will awaken in the morning..The referrals came thru for ENT and Neurology so I'll get on the phone fi... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 09:27:30 EST Vertigo and meeting the new neighbors! I have vertigo, not getting any better so now have been referred to a Neurologist and ENT. Will start calling Monday morning. But, we just met our new neighbors who said, "my daughter met you and said THAT LADY MUST LIKE WINE" because she had seen me walking, reeling sometimes, around the neighborhood on Brett's arm. So the new neighbors thought I liked to drink!!! Funny but OH MY! What must the neighborhood be saying! <BR> She should see me at church lately! <BR> <BR> No further improv... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 06:01:22 EST Tired of incompetence yet understand the positions the businesses are in... 1. My primary sent me to a Neurologist in October but when I got there they didn't take Cigna HMO, just PPO. I had to walk out...because the staff at my primary didn't check to make sure they took my insurance. Now, 5 months later...still no Neurologist so we start OVER AGAIN. <BR> 2. Took our car in to Scion for it's regular oil holds 4.5 quarts. Says all over our paperwork 4.5 quarts ONLY. Again, the guy threw in 5 quarts. Had to go back yesterday and have half a quart R... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 06:31:41 EST Failed PT...being sent to a NEUROLOGIST Yep, when they moved my head my eyes jiggled back and forth...NO, they should not. They called my primary physician right away and she was calling on my phone AND beloveds before we got back to our car. I told her about the antibiotics I'd found three days before and how they SEEMED to help, so she immediately ordered a course of cephalosporins...different and much stronger, told me to expect "profusive diarrhea in the next few weeks as it kills off the flora in my gut" and has ordered me i... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 05:56:17 EST Never do this...except I did! We had to order new suitcases when we were gone, sailing out of Florida. My "heavy duty, lifetime, very finest" suitcase hds a complete wheel assembly chewed off by a conveyor belt...sigh. So I got on-line and ordered a new set. BUT BUT BUT! <BR> While we were cleaning out the old suitcase to give to Goodwill I came across 7 amoxicillin 500 mg capsules that a ship's doctor had prescribed when we were cruising South America and I got my annual sinus infection. Not too expired so I took two... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 05:55:02 EST Back on the trainer! I don't know why the photo flipped, it shows properly in my "photos!" Busy yesterday but today beloved is going to a bicycle shop and museum with our 20 year old neighbor. It's in North Carolina, about 2 hours away. I suggested he take Jacob who leaves soon for Navy Seal school. They can have a "guy" day and I can read ALL DAY!!! Vertigo continues but I start PT training tomorrow, then it's a volunteering day for me. Pray this can be fixed! Tue, 8 Mar 2016 08:42:43 EST Beyond discouraged Of course I will continue but I "feel" like I just can't go on like this; relking into walls, doors, and cars while walking. I stagger across the bedroom, reel down the catwalk. Yesterday was a busy day with church, Mum, lunch, and then we had evening tickets to the ballet. Walking down the street was NOT funny...I was staggering. It's getting worse. Nobody seems to have a clue. My busy, active life is over at this point. And it's been since October. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 08:20:35 EST