CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community So glad... To be getting on a ship! Came down with a UTI yesterday...burning, urgency every single minute. Luckily I had on one in Mexico and was able to buy some Cipro at a local pharmacy and now carry it everywhere. I know the dose so will treat myself for 5 days and notify my Dr. When I get home. Day 4 of no amitriptaline so I'm still not sleeping. I will do anything to reverse my fatty liver! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:34:58 EST Driving 12 hours in pouring rain! Accidents everywhere, three bad semitrrck wrecks, one didn't look survivable. We sat on the freeway at one wreck for over 2 hours. Finally got out of South Carolina and a sheet of rain came Down, we had torrential rains all the way into Tampa so we were hours late. It's almost impossible to sleep without the amitriptaline but this is day 3 without it. We had hard oiled eggs for protein yesterday and veggies the rest of the day. Beloved wants my liver healed again too, so he bought some B... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:22:29 EST Heading to Florida! Beloved is driving us to Florida today...we will get as close to Tampa as we can since we sail out Saturday. Can't wait, need this break. It will be a different cruise since I'll be abstaining from much of the marvelous food and wine. It must be done to reverse this liver! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 07:20:44 EST Do raisins help you sleep? The doctor called me at home last night...even tho I'd seen her at 9am. She is ordering a liver ultrasound because my labs are abnormal...again, and she stopped the amitriptyline (elavil) that I take every bedtime to help me stay asleep. She thinks it may be causing liver problems after 10 years on it. Last night I fell asleep, awoke at midnight, and was awake the rest of the night! Yes, I got up, read quietly in the other room, reeled back to bed...nothing. One of the neighbors said eati... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 06:52:48 EST Out of challenges, what next? I'm still starving for points, and now I have completed all the challenges I have no way to earn more! It's almost an obsession...seeing how many points I can get each day. I saw my doctor today and have to have a liver ultrasound...bummer. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:04:44 EST Going back to vegan to heal my fatty liver! Again, fatty liver. If I were needing pate I could harvest myself... I suppose a lovely coconut walnut tea bread sample from the bread store isn't advisable almost every day, nor celebrating with Krispy Kreme donuts when the Panthers win! Back on a very strict eating plan... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:17:59 EST Time for severe change...fatty liver is back! The doctor called, all my liver studies are elevated again so it;s back to lots of raw veggies, greens without dressing, and cooked cabbage. I have reversed this before with loads of raw means no sugar, nothing white, and no wine at all, no samples from the bread store. We leave Thursday for a few weeks at sea, praying all the while the burglar who lives behind us will not break in again! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:46:45 EST God has a special place in heaven for teachers! And it may include alcohol because if I had to do this full time...well, I couldn't. I was not called to be a teacher, I was called to be a nurse, and it's takes a real calling to be excellent at either. The classroom has not burned down nor have the students missed any lessons, but boy, they sure talk a lot! "In my day" we weren't allowed to talk in class but we have gotten the work done, although with all the grading I didn't get home last night until 8pm! They want me Mon, Tues, and Wed o... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:01:52 EST Prayers needed...I have to cover a classroom this week! And I am NOT a teacher, never was, just a Registered Nurse for neonates, but I AM a volunteer. One of the teachers where Mum and I volunteer has an autoimmune problem that has attacked her corneas so she's out for the week. They have nobody to cover her middle school girls...I am still intimidated by middle school kids, feel like I'm back in junior high. I'm needed so with prayers I will go and do my very best. I have a smile on my face but am unhappy about it inside. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:30:13 EST The sun is shining! We had two days of snow which is all melted now, just enough to close school and church. I enjoyed the quiet time with my beloved who brought Mum over for chili and an afternoon of Downton Abbey. My eye is rid of pink-eye, my cough is almost gone, and other than STARVING for points all is great. The sun is shining and we are headed to dance lessons! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:31:53 EST Pink eye, sinus infection, hacking cough! All came on the day before yesterday but I was blessed to actually have a doctors appoint yesterday! Got started on the proper treatments but still don't feel any better yet. We were supposed to be volunteering at school today but are getting the first winter storm so all the schools are closed, including ousr! Yeah! I am warmly snuggled in my big chair, beloved in the chair next to me, one cat on my left, one behind my neck, and a cup of tea in my hand. Let it snow! Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:30:37 EST home again for two weeks Over fed, over wined. Now two weeks to cut back before I see the doctors. My bones are even thinner than before although I drink almond milk, take fosamax, and eat leafy greens. Guess I'll have to resort to the dreaded weight lifting. Bummer! Sun, 17 Jan 2016 07:58:16 EST Tour bus crash in Jamaica One of the tour buses from the cruise ship was hit by a semi-truck yesterday afternoon coming back from the Dunn falls. One guest killed, 21 guests injured. We sailed out of Jamaica four hours late, the Captain is making up the lost time today so we get back to Florida tomorrow. A very quiet ship now...lives changed in an instant. Yes, we have to lose weight...yes, we have to get healthy, but never lose sight of the fact that life is precious...and can be short, so love, live, share, and ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:33:37 EST Very busy day at school! It was non-stop, but Mum is in the classroom next door and this "keeps her going", she says. I have been trying to arrange rides for her to get to school and back Wednesday and Friday of this next week since we will be gone. No parents "available" to help me. Trying NOT to become cynical...they don't know we are putting many students through the school, they want financial help, but aren't interested in helping anyone else. Oh well, such are,the times we live in. It will all work out! He... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 20:01:22 EST Hubby is volunteering...I'm taking the day off! It was a very full day yesterday with Mum, church, lunch at our house, driving her back to her place. Today beloved is at the school and church with the electricians, I'm staying home with my tea, book, and newspaper. School resumes tomorrow but I have a bone scan scheduled and have to reappoint a mammogram the doctors office made for fifteen minutes later on the other side of the city. Someone wasn't thinking! Got my walking in, but the rest of the day will be relaxing. Have a blessed fi... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:10:19 EST Got in a long hike yesterday The weather was perfect for hiking, just above 60. Beloved and I walked the Swamp Rabbit Trail for over 3 hours, then went to Starbucks and shared a New Year's Mocha. I'm still trying to arrange rides for Mum to get to no avail as yet. Brett and I leave in a week so I have to pray she can get to church and school...and back! Sat, 2 Jan 2016 05:19:12 EST New year, new start. I joined three challenges for these first 30 days and today I'm going to find a notebook and start blogging. My BP has shot up through the roof again this week, stress of trying to arrange transportation for Mum to and from school when we are gone, and to and from church. Not seeming to get any answers to prayer about rides...but if I don't get away every so often I fear I'll have another heart attack. It's very difficult being a caregiver to an elderly person in the next city, and no, she... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:57:06 EST End of the year...goals not reached... Another year older, weigh goal not was ALMOST reached at one point but then my old habits kicked it when my stress rises. I am blessed to still have my Mum but the stress of arranging rides so she can still volunteer wears me down. She loves it and wants to continue so again I'm trying to arrange so hubby and I can slip off for a week. I can't afford to end up in the hospital wonder many caregivers die before the one they are caring for! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:01:03 EST Taking Mum shopping She still thinks she's a size 0 "off the rack" shopper but at almost 90 her body has changed. I can relate, what with fallen knees, flappy arms, and thighs around my ankles. I take her to Chico's where a nice lady has her numbers on file and can whip articles together that both fit her and look nice. We are going to match "bottoms" with the new tops my sister sent her! The other news is my husband went and bought a new computer last night after the other one from the big box store couldn't ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 07:45:15 EST Nothing works anymore? The new computer doesn't beloved has worked with it since we brought it home Saturday night but we cannot even log on. Will go to the store today and find someone to help us. Frustrating getting older without kids to help us. Too much technology...beyond my befuddled brain. To feel I have some control over my life I'm going to be careful and control my eating today. <em>104</em> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:45:21 EST New computer! So the computer man told us than "when the first big piece goes, it's done." Seems when we had to have the motherboard replaced two months ago we should have just tossed the computer then. Bummer, it was only two years old. We walked in to the big computer store, talked to an"kid" who recommended an inexpensive computer. Bought it and we're out in less than ten minutes. Now beloved will get it going and I can log on in the morning! Sat, 26 Dec 2015 18:43:01 EST Got the blue screen of death...again! I'm on beloved's computer since mine quit completely yesterday. It's only 2 years old and got a new motherboard just 3 months ago. Seems we will have to buy a new laptop during the after Christmas sales! Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone! Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:25:41 EST Thunder, lightning, and 3 inches of rain last night! Didn't sleep well because of the NOISE! Thunder crashing, lightning snapping, and the downpour sounded like drums! A fabulous storm but it did keep us awake. We have a too full day topped by a party this evening in North Carolina which we will take Mum to. It's almost all over...Have a blessed Christmas! Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:17:50 EST Very mild with light rain Foggy, misty, quiet. Very calm and lovely. These first few days of winter are a delight! Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:32:24 EST Celebrated 41 years! Our Anniversary is December 21, yesterday, the "shortest day and the longest night " which we didn't learn until years later. It was busy, but just the two of us so still fun. We went out to lunch to try a new restaurant, delicious but heart stopping food which we never need to have again, but it was fabulous. Stocked up on veggies but won't really clean up our eating until the 26th since we have lots of nice things for Mum. Had an inch of rain last night...feeling blessed! Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:58:21 EST Stressed beyond measure! So tired of having to be responsible for Mum. Yesterday we made FOUR trips to the post office trying to pick up two certified letters...a notice had been left in her box the day before but the mail carrier never bothered to come to her door. The slip was dated December 15, she got the notice the 17th, and we were shunted from post office to post office four times. Finally, when they STILL couldn't find the mail, I called to the supervisor in the back of the room and asked WHAT was I suppose... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:39:21 EST Another long day! It was a looong day at school, the kids are wired because they get out early on Friday for Christmas break. Then I was told that the three children my husband and I SACRIFICE to put in private school will not be returning next semester. Their Mom is getting her 3rd divorce and is taking all three kids to another state. Yes, maybe they will remember some good times but it ticks me off when WE sacrifice to help somebody's kids get ahead, the parents and kids don't know it's been us, but then t... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:01:30 EST Feeling grumpy at the gym Back at the gym, disappointed at how much I have LOST these two months being sick. My husband is my trainer so I can grumble a bit, but nothing I can do but start back at square one! And the metroprol keeps my heart rate low so I get tired more to keep pushing! Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:25:43 EST What a lovely warm day! Beloved and I went to the gym this morning, my first time back since being started on the metroprolol. I couldn't go as far, as fast, or as vigorous as I used to be able to, but it's good to be back exercising. We will start working me up to where I use to be! Sun, 13 Dec 2015 13:14:39 EST Weight is sneaking back on! I thought my pants felt snug the last few days so I got on the scale this morning. Up 11 lbs since I left the hospital a month ago! Too much hard eggnog, too many holiday cookies. We have got to plan more meals to be eaten AT HOME instead of while racing from one appointment to another. It's so easy to put on...why can't it be as easy to take off? Wed, 9 Dec 2015 19:49:31 EST Dancing lessons before the gun range We still take dancing lessons two afternoons a week, and now we are brushing up on pistol shooting as well. The weeks get too busy since I'm back volunteering at school in the next city, caring for Mum again, yet the dancing and shooting lessons are for beloved and me. I still have to write appeals letters to the insurance company to see if they will adjust some of the outrageous balances on my medical bills...I didn't get "pre-authorization" before being admitted via ambulance to coronary c... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 05:22:49 EST Back volunteering at school today Beloved is driving in December just to make sure I have not dizziness. Blood pressure seems somewhat controlled on metroprol 50 mg every day and if it rises I can take micro doses of lisinopril...but there is not time to be measuring BP in sshool! I have all the Christmas crafts ready for the children to paint, glitter, jewel, and still have time to dry before we send them home as Christmas ornaments. It was nice being off...but it's better to be well again! Wed, 2 Dec 2015 06:31:52 EST First time using health insurance...what a joke! In California we had Kaiser where everything was covered and we never saw a bill, just paid the monthly premium. Now, here in South Carolina we not only pay an exorbitant monthly premium for our health insurance since our retirement health insurance didn't follow us out of the state, but we have been flooded with ambulance bills and co-pays for my recent hospitalizations and extensive testing. Yes, I'm grateful to have survived these two terrifying events in October...but today our bills tot... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:09:13 EST Expensive under the eye puffiness cream...what a joke! I have bags under my eyes...yes, I'm 62 so they are to be expected but I could pack for a month cruise in my eye bags! We were in the mall, beloved and I, and I pointed out an expensive make-up store I thought might have a "cure". And the young woman assured me the stuff would work...Came out with a lovely little bag and a big credit card slip. After using the stuff for six weeks we find there is...drum roll please...absolutely NO change! I still have eye bags...and they look exactly as t... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:00:28 EST Counting my blessings... Still married to the love of my life; still have almost 90 she's a lot of work but I know time will be short so I try to remember to cherish every moment; despite a very rocky October and November I'm getting my health back and am determined to return to volunteering at the school starting December 2. Life is still filled with blessings! Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:17:56 EST 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