CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Anybody else starving for points? I'm living on 1's and 2's, even for team points. Surely someone gets a 25 once in a while? Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:06:07 EST Still getting dizzy! Today I called a pharmacist and told him my recent history and the new meds I am on for high BP. He thinks I am still on meds too strong for what my body can handle and said I shouldn't have been started on THREE meds because now we have to figure out which one is the problem. I see the cardiologist on Wednesday...but he isn't easy to talk to, no "bedside manner" when I have questions. Bummer! I feel like I just got off a spinning ride... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:06:04 EST Nice day yesterday We picked up Mum, went to church where I had the Children s Story. I was so dizzy I had to hang on to the pews! We had a nice lunch ready in the crock pot when we got home...chicken picatta from Sam's Club into which we added onions and mushrooms,. We buy lots of prepared meals from Costco for Mum, she's in to comfort food almost 90 she can have whatever she wants! Sun, 22 Nov 2015 06:39:55 EST Hiking on the nature trail....COLD! Winter is pushing in early. Yesterday was warm, high in the 70's, but last night the wind started blowing. This morning there is a hard frost on the ground and it's only 40 degrees. We are doing a nice hike, not too long, since I want to be able to return to volunteering Dec 2 and need to get my stamina up! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:11:38 EST Went to the neurologist....and my insurance was denied! Got all the way there and the woman said they didn't take my insurance! It was all arranged by the doctor's office ahead of time...somebody goofed somewhere. Oh well, we start over because I'm trying to learn to let things go that I cannot control. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:41:02 EST Giving up my wine! I really enjoy a nice glass of pinot grigio in the evening but now I'm giving it up. Not only is it a source of empty calories, but my girlfriend's husband is an alcoholic and to support her, I'm dropping it. Such a shame to see a marriage fail after 25 years...but we can never see what really goes on. It's the only thing I can do for her...that, and be there when she needs a supporting shoulder.,,and pray for them both. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:23:05 EST Have to take Mum to the doctor! I found a very large cancer on her right hand which she'd kept covered with a band-aid. Today we will take her to the dermatologist to have it removed. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:32:00 EST This whole mess was from too much BP meds! The cardiologist said it all was from too big a dose of BP meds! All the passing out, EMS trips to the hospital, dizziness, angiograms, and CT scans when nothing was wrong except my dose was too high. We are starting to return to normal in the house here, I'm feeling great and hoping to return to volunteering December 2. My BP dose increments will be miniscule! Sat, 14 Nov 2015 06:24:16 EST Feeling better! Happy, happy! Feeling better! Came downstairs this morning all smiles, feeling completely like my old self again. So the meds are tweaked just yet, it's getting there. Back on the road to wellness, back to dance, back to happy feet! Thanking God for answering prayers! Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:29:10 EST Still no BP meds! My blood pressure is still too low to take the lisinopril and HCTZ so again today it was just the beta blocker for my heart. At least I have some parameters now and will resume lisinopril when the systolic hits 150. "This will take weeks" the cardiologist said. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:22:25 EST Whee! Feeling better! No lisinopril with hctz again this morning. My BP was 103/69 when I got up so I only took the beta blocker. It's up to 126/84 which is great for my age. Praying these meds can get finely tuned so I may resume my very active, very healthy life! Sun, 8 Nov 2015 11:40:57 EST Fighting to keep BP up! Had to call the cardiologist again this BP was 89/65! First, it was waay too high, 198/126. Then it we are fighting to keep it up! Now I am to take only the beta-blocker, not the lisinopril ER. Still very dizzy! Sat, 7 Nov 2015 08:54:46 EST Cant' anyone show up like they say they will??? I know it's trivial but we are going thru cleaning people like water. They either don't show, show up very late, or "call in sick." I know it is out of my control but I get so frustrated! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:15:46 EST Anybody on beta-blocker? I'm dizzy all the time, not enough to fall down, but enough so I can't drive. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 15:59:40 EST Brain fog lifting! The new meds, and discontinuing the other ones, has lifted the brain fog a bit and I'm starting to feel a little better! Not normal, since the beta blockers keep my heart rate low and I feel exhausted with any movement. But, we think we are on the road to recovery. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 16:44:11 EST Medications changed again! Yet again, third time in a few weeks, the cardiologist changed my meds. He did say my heart is FINE, that the BP is causing all the problems. He hopes the med change will alleviate the dreadful feelings of vertigo and "out of body feelings", as well as allow me to walk again! Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:26:27 EST On Bystolic 3 days and now it has been discontinued due to brain fog and dizziness! My BP is still spiking, heart racing, and I can hardly walk. Talked to the cardiologist today and he stopped the Bystolic, "maybe" it was causing side effects. Only the Lord knows what's going on because we don't. Prayers appreciated! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 18:17:51 EST Feeling lousy BP now normal on bystolic and norvasc but chest pain continues despite angiogram showing my vessels are completely clear. I;m dizzy still, now going on a week. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 14:00:47 EST Family visiting from California We see them only today as they flew out two weeks ago to take my Mum to Myrtle Beach. It's been such a blessing to have them with her this week with me in and out of the hospital. We are not close, but we will try to kill them with kindness today and hope to rebuild our relationship. Family can be tricky...all I have is a sister and her family on the West coast, beloved and Mum here in South Carolina. It's been a terrifying month with two ambulance trips, one admission, but my heart is cl... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 05:03:13 EST Getting monitored for 21 days Now I have to wear what looks like a jet pack hooked on to my belt with ekg stickies on my chest for 21 days. My vessels are completely clear. My BP is still not well controlled and I'm still getting lightheadedness and chest pain. Back to the cardiologist this morning. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 04:35:40 EST Seeing the Cardiologist again today I have been on lisinopril for over 10 years, HTN runs in ALL the women in our family on Mum's side. We have always been avid hikers, walkers, and cyclists and exercise every day. For some reason the lisinopril is not holding the bp so today I start on lisinopril 10 mg PLUS norvasc 2.5 mg,a calcium channel blocker. Despite crushing chest pain, pvcs, and bigeminy, my labs are normal, and again the doctor says "it's NOT your heart" so back we go to see him again. This is the second time in Oc... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:01:16 EST Out of UCU, are you kidding me? ME? I keep my weight at maintainence level, normal for my height. We don't smoke, rarely have a drink, rarer still, meat, sugar, or processed foods, and exercise daily. AGAIN, my BP went into the stratosphere. We had gone to the gym, feeling great, but after 30 minutes of walking at 3 mph I got dizzy, felt nauseous, sweaty, and the room started swimming. I shut off the machine, rested, got my husbands attention, and went home. Checked my BP an HOUR later and it was 154/101 so I took another... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:01:05 EST Out of UCU, are you kidding me? ME? I keep my weight at maintainence level, normal for my height. We don't smoke, rarely have a drink, rarer still, meat, sugar, or processed foods, and exercise daily. AGAIN, my BP went into the stratosphere. We had gone to the gym, feeling great, but after 30 minutes of walking at 3 mph I got dizzy, felt nauseous, sweaty, and the room started swimming. I shut off the machine, rested, got my husbands attention, and went home. Checked my BP an HOUR later and it was 154/101 so I took another... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:01:03 EST Getting a renal artery ultrasound today The doctors are trying to figure out what is causing this really high BP and the syncope. It was pretty much ok, high normal, on the ship but from the day before we were to return home it skyrocketed again. My almost 90- y/o Mum insists I have "absolutely no stress whatsoever" in my life, and I really don't except for freeway driving to volunteer and care for her. My beloved says he will do the driving for now lest I have another episode of syncope and run off the road...again. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 04:29:55 EST Returning home We pull in tomorrow morning and should be home by bedtime. It's been a great cruise, yet, starting today my BP is really high again. It HAS to be stress as well as genetics, just knowing we will be home, how do I check my BP every 4 hours?, caring for Mum...I can't sleep at night! Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:05:38 EST Sure is cold in Maine! Trees are lovely, scenery is gorgeous but my, it's cold here! Getting in hours of walking with my beloved, having a great time! Stay warm! Sun, 18 Oct 2015 07:57:28 EST Rough seas! Rough seas off Bermuda...My husband had to keep reminding me it was "the ship moving" and not another spell of syncope. I am doing pretty well, taking my BP every 4 hours, partial doses as needed. I don't want to take the calcium channel blockers until I am home and in a more controlled environment. Thu, 15 Oct 2015 21:05:50 EST Staying upright! I have been checking my BP every 4 hours and taking my lisinopril 10 mg in the am and adding another 5 mg in late afternoon. Staying off the calcium channel blockers until we are in a more controlled environment at home. No further syncope...staying off red wine drops my BP too much. Wed, 14 Oct 2015 06:49:45 EST Managing... Taking my BP every 4 hours and taking melds more often but in smaller increments, being slow and very careful. No syncope yesterday, praise God! Mon, 12 Oct 2015 06:56:08 EST Anybody else struggling with getting BP under control? I gracefully slid down the wall onto the floor outside the main dining room last evening. :(. Beloved got me onto a chair and kept concerned guests away...I'm terrified I' going to have a stroke. I recovered about 30 minutes later. This morning has been really "iffy" since the lisinopril doesn't seem to keep me stable. Suggestions? I just saw the doctor before we left and see him again when we get home. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:58:20 EST Getting on a ship! Hoping to relax and get my boy under control! Fri, 9 Oct 2015 07:05:34 EST BP up then way down I was unable to walk around beautiful Virginia Beach yesterday, felt so weak, like I was going to collapse, felt 100 years old. We had a nice Italian meal, then returned to our hotel. Today we drive the back roads to Baltimore and get on the shop tomorrow. I have a new dance dress...sure hope I can get strong enough to wear it. Pray for me, whatever is going on I need it fixed! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:24:49 EST He says it's not my heart but... Could be an inherited condition causing fibrous tissue build up in the renal arteries, fibromuscular hyperplasia. That severely raises blood pressure starting in your 20s...and mine sisters and Mum are hypertensive too and it runs in families. He added a calcium channel blocker to my lisinopril so I have to take that when my be wont come down. We can get on the ship with frequent be monitoring and I get major tests done when we get home late October. He doesn't know until the tests... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 08:00:09 EST Seeing a cardiologist today...then I hope we can leave for the ship! Our trip has been delayed although the ship sails Friday and the latest we can leave town in early Thursday morning. I have to see the cardiologist today, got an emergent referral from the insurance company and internal medicine doctor. She thinks it's my bp meds that need to be changed since the bp skyrockets suddenly and I faint. We have been praying it's something chest pain...ekg normal...ct brain shows no bleed. I'll keep you posted! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:13:10 EST Syncope with complete collapse---911 came Totally terrifying Friday evening. We were home from volunteering, sitting quietly reading when all hell broke loose. My husband said I shouted to him, and collapsed in my chair. He got me on to the floor, laid me flat, checked my by 179/100, and called 911. I was out. Next thing I know the house is filled with people, I'm loaded into an ambulance and at the hospital. EKG-normal. Brain CT scan-normal. BP thru the roof. The doctor suggested I go BACK onto my old, original dose of lisin... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 08:13:55 EST Lots of rain! Lots of rain but my Mum's town flooded. My beloved and our neighbor kid are trying to put together two basketball units for our little school so it will be a wet day for all of us! We get on a ship a week from Friday so hope the hurricane is over quickly! My BP is lower but skyrockets when I get too active so it's not under control. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 05:38:12 EST Hypersensitive to HCTZ Dr hat a fit yesterday when I showed her my numbers and told her of fainting 3 days in a row. Today is the second day of mo meds at all, check bp twice a day and take half a dose if it shows above 140/90. It's always very low at home but skyrockets when I go to see the dr or to school. I see her again the 5th. Thanks for all the encouraging comments. It;s so encouraging knowing friends are behind me! Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:18:20 EST BP uncontrolled! Fainted Friday and Saturday on my 20/25 lisinopril so yesterday I decided to take just my old dose of 10 mg. 30 minutes later I fainted again, hitting the floor. Felt like I was dying! My bp was 70/65 after my husband found me and elevated my feet, waiting with me until I recovered. Felt ill until evening. Had a lousy night's sleep so will be sitting in the doctor's office when she walks in at 8am. Something's not right and has to be fixed asap because we leave in a week! Mon, 28 Sep 2015 05:45:39 EST Fainted yesterday I was driving to volunteer at the school in the next city yesterday when I suddenly had a sense of tunnel vision, and knew I was going to faint so I pulled off the road and hung my head down for a few minutes. Started driving again and felt very faint again! This happened 4 times and then I called the school to cancel and my husband to come pick me up. We have a wonderful neighbor who later drove with my husband to get my car and bring it home. I was weak and shaky all day so stayed mostly ... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 07:09:29 EST BP down to 114/84 now Changing my BP meds and doubling the dose has lowered it to normal limits now. I have to check it twice a day in a log and see the dr in 2 weeks. I'm trying to stay calm at all times, which is difficult with an 89 y/o Mum who sees the "end of the world" in every news event. I agree but don't want to hear it every day! Today beloved and I go to dance lessons, then meet with a financial adviser to see how we can ride out this stock market debacle. Have a blessed day! Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:02:13 EST Blood pressure, on meds, 180/110! Am I stressed, yes, looking after an almost 90 year old Mum in the next town is exhausting even with my beloved doing as much of the driving as possible. Every morning I have to call her at 7am and she goes over all the "terrible, terrible news" of the world. She agonized over each news item, war, immigrants from Syria, politicians, California wildfires, etc. Then she wants my opinion on each subject. Often I'll just hold the phone away from my ear and make murmuring noises. She doesn't hav... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:57:57 EST Anybody using probiotics for stomach trouble? Even after having my gallbladder out I still have exactly the same stomach burning issues, especially at night when it wakes me up. Does anybody else have burning stomach issues and if so, what do you use? Any probiotics ? Any suggestions? Sat, 19 Sep 2015 18:27:33 EST Praying for the kid who lives behind us...our burglar The only way I can get periodic thoughts of absolute revenge out of my mind is to pray morning and evening, for the kid who lives behind us, the one who was arrested with our belongings under his parents crawl space. The judge agreed with his expensive attorney that there was a remote chance that someone else had broken in our home, stolen our safe and valuables, and stashed it all under the kids parents house, so he dismissed the charges. Heartbroken, we are still pro law enforcement since ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 05:58:53 EST Great dancing yesterday! We got in a lovely long walk, then had dancing lessons for 45 minutes. Learning how to waltz, rumba, and swing. Then we had another class in the evening for 45 minutes followed by a public dance but we only stayed 30 minutes since I have to be at school early to volunteer. It's so much fun! We're terrible but not as terrible as when we first started. Having a great instructor helps! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 05:48:55 EST Back volunteering again! Another busy day planned at school followed by hours of driving on the freeways. When my Mum stops volunteering, then I will too but she has no plans to ever quit! Praying for a happy, joyful heart for today... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 06:43:35 EST Frustrated with no points from all the downloads! I have downloaded Spark apps all over my laptop AND my IPAD but STILL no points from all the downloads. Yes, they are all opened and installed. Frustrating! Mon, 7 Sep 2015 07:23:15 EST So glad for the challenges... or I'd be starving to death for points! Still getting only 1-3 points on sign-in, bonus spin, and team spins...sigh. Oh well, the challenges keep me busy! Sat, 5 Sep 2015 07:30:41 EST Getting my exercise done FIRST! I'm way too tired to exercise after a long day volunteering so this morning I was out by 5:30 to get my walking in. Then it was a full day at school, gulp down my veggie lunch, then cram as much work as possible into the remaining hours. I do love the children...their hugs are better than any paycheck! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:31:42 EST Busy day with Mum! Beloved did the driving today, so glad! We had to go take Mum to the bank, then out to lunch, then to the doctor. Doesn't sound like much but it was a loooong day with lots of driving. Tomorrow is another busy day with volunteering...counting the days until we cruise again in October! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:42:07 EST 25 mile bike ride We went a 25 mile tandem ride yesterday, lots of hills and I do love feeling so strong. The weather was perfect, 73 degrees and slightly misty. It was supposed to rain but here in the upstate of SC we are behind in our rain by 7 inches. Only 26 inches so far this year! My weight is staying off and I'm not having a single problem since having the gallbladder out. Funny tho, I still get the burning at night in my tummy! Keep moving and keep sparking! Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:53:28 EST