INFLATED's SparkPeople Blog INFLATED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community CT scan with contrast and a monkey bump. Day 7 Walked around the block 13 minutes 72 calories burned <BR> <BR> I am home from the CT scan. I had to drink 2 1/2 cups of water prior to the scan. I am thanking God because 3 people in the waiting room had to drink two cups of contrast. I was allowed to use the rest room. An IV was put into my left arm and it began to hurt. They did the contrast and it was on an interval basis that I was x-rayed in the CT scanner. I told one of the nurses that my arm hurt at the site of the IV. After i... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:58:06 EST I might need to study for my lab tests. Day 6 Walked around the block 13 minutes 72 calories burned <BR> <BR> <BR> I got a lab slip for my urologist on Saturday and had one for the primary care physician which required a 12-hour fast. My mouth gets so dry that my plan was to sleep most of the fasting time away. <BR> <BR> The testing place where I am to go in the morning called and asked if I had the lab work done yet. I told her I got the slip on Saturday and had fasted for another lab test today. I left to go to the lab... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:08:41 EST Queen For A Day! Last week my printer quit working. It would go into "sleep mode" and wouldn't print. Our son came over and said the computer was not communicating with the printer. I found a wire that I had put in a drawer and he was able to hook up the printer to the computer and take it off of "wireless." It worked! <BR> <BR> I figured I was ready to go back to working on the spreadsheets, but I started to get a blue banner across the screen that said I could update from Windows 8 to 8.1 version. I d... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:06:30 EST The best birthday surprise! We had snow yesterday and it was my husband's birthday. We went to our son's house and there was a gift bag from our daughter with homemade shortbread cookies, a Wyoming T shirt and a Wyoming sweat shirt in it. My husband was trying on the sweat shirt and we were singing Happy Birthday to him, when I saw his jaw drop. Our daughter came home from Wyoming to be there for his birthday and she hid on the stairs at my son's town house and came running into the kitchen. <BR> <BR> It was just ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:09:09 EST A Misty Day Here. Day 5 Walked around the block 11 minutes 63 calories burned Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:30:25 EST The visit with my podiatrist. Day 4 Walked around the block 11 minutes 63 calories burned <BR> <BR> Hubby got the results of his CT scan, everything was okay. The doctor said he thought hubby had a concussion. <BR> <BR> I had an 8:15 AM appointment this morning to have my feet measured by a podiatrist to get some shoes that fit properly on my feet. I was given a catalog to look at, but the shoes were ugly. I chose a pair of Mary Janes because I don't have any dress shoes. The doctor said she didn't think they would... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:59:52 EST Getting medical tests scheduled and over with. Day 3 Walked 2.34 Miles 56 minutes 310 calories burned <BR> <BR> I had an appointment today with my urologist. He was in surgery so I was seen by a nurse practitioner. My doctor always catheterizes for a urine sample, this woman didn't. They also did a sonogram on the bladder to see if it was empty and so I had a pain free visit. <BR> <BR> I sent in a change of address in 2008 and they never changed it. It is now 7 years later and I am getting caught up on things I have let go. Sinc... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:16:11 EST We are in the red. Day 2 Walked around the block 13 minutes 72 calories burned <BR> <BR> I was having a normal day today until I started reading my e-mail. I had one from the online book seller saying that my debit card had been denied. I called the number on the back of the debit card and the woman I spoke with, said to contact my bank. I got online and had a look and we are overdrawn. I thought this might happen when hubby took off to have his foot operated on. <BR> <BR> His first pay check since goi... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 21:22:35 EST Starting to exercise with caution. (Explicit blog) Day 1 walked around the block 12 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> <BR> I wrote too soon on Friday. The effects of the Metformin hit while I was in the basement and I soiled myself, had to shower and do laundry. Fun, fun, fun! Let me tell you, if you have been told that you are pre-diabetic, work hard to lose weight and eat within the guidelines here at Spark People. I had 5 bouts of diarrhea with this, 4 after showering. <BR> <BR> Our son invited us to his house today after church for ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 21:26:24 EST I am working on lowering my carbs. A doctor that has been a Type 1 diabetic since his youth and invented a portable blood glucose meter, said to try to keep carbs at 30 for a whole day. Just pick up a piece of food that is packaged with a wrapper or that comes in a box and see how hard that is to do. Diabetics count the total number of carbs per serving which is on nutrition labels. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I tried and my blood glucose was 215 before supper. I had 75 carbs for the whole day. Today when I tested my blood gluco... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:41:56 EST Battling hyperglycemia. It's Thursday and though my husband left to go to work, later the government announced a shut down and he turned around and came back home. He doesn't work for the government, his company does government contracts. We had snow today, a lot of it. Right now, it isn't snowing and I don't know if that is the end of it. We are to have very cold temperatures after this. It is 21 degrees now. <BR> <BR> ... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST this evening... <BR> ... Wind Ch... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:09:38 EST Slip Slidin' Away Winter Weather Advisory <BR> Statement as of 4:54 AM EST on March 03, 2015 <BR> <BR> ... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 10 am this <BR> morning to 10 PM EST this evening... <BR> <BR> * locations... the eastern West Virginia Panhandle and western <BR> Maryland. <BR> <BR> * Hazard types... snow... sleet and freezing rain. <BR> <BR> * Accumulations... snow and sleet accumulation of up to 1 inch... <BR> along with up to a tenth inch ice. <BR> <BR> * Timing... late this... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 06:11:13 EST Nineteen days until Spring. Elliptical Trainer 3 minutes 30 calories burned <BR> <BR> I discovered that my elliptical has a 10,000 step program. I was working on that today while waiting for Princess to come inside. She went out and was lying in the snow. My husband was upstairs and I asked him to bring a pencil and a piece of paper to me. By the time he did, the screen cleared and my readings were lost. <BR> <BR> We went to church this morning and the weather was worse in Maryland than in Pennsylvania. This was ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:52:37 EST Plans for today, be the Lord willing. This morning, I am going to the foot doctor. My husband has his appointment first. After that we plan to return home, let the dog out and meet with our son's girlfriend for lunch. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, my husband slipped on ice at his work place and hit his head. He was seen at a medical facility near where he works. He didn't break the skin and there was no bleeding, but he has a place about the size of a nickel that is red on the crown of his head. He was given an ice pack that looked ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:09:19 EST Today's forecast. Washington Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio <BR> Winter Storm Warning <BR> Statement as of 10:14 PM EST on February 20, 2015 <BR> <BR> ... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 6 am Saturday to 6 am EST Sunday... <BR> <BR> * precipitation type... a mix of snow... sleet... and freezing rain Saturday through early Sunday morning. <BR> <BR> * Accumulations... 5 to 8 inches of snow... locally higher amounts at elevations above 2000 ft up 10 inches. Ice accumulations of a tra... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 04:20:45 EST We are keeping warm. Washington Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio <BR> Wind Chill Advisory <BR> Statement as of 8:54 PM EST on February 18, 2015 <BR> <BR> ... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect from midnight tonight to <BR> 10 am EST Friday... <BR> <BR> * wind chill... 5 to 15 degrees below zero tonight into Thursday. <BR> Wind chills on Thursday night are expected to drop into the 5 <BR> to 15 below zero range. <BR> <BR> * Temperatures... lows tonight in the single digits. Highs <BR> T... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:36:43 EST Our last day together before my husband goes back to work. It's 5:05 AM here. We had gusty winds yesterday and very low temperatures during the day time. <BR> <BR> Hubby goes back to work tomorrow (Tuesday). We both go to his foot doctor on Friday. He is talking more and more of going to part-time work and drawing Social Security. Somehow he split a toenail on the foot that was operated on. He said his jeans caught on it. It split from side to side and I think he will have to have it removed. <BR> <BR> I didn't get all that I wanted to do,... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:19:34 EST I was mistaken about my husband's date to return to work. My husband told me yesterday, he goes back to work February 17th. I don't know why, but March 17 got stuck in my brain. <BR> <BR> I have weighed myself shoeless for two days in a row and my weight is at 241 lbs., that is 3.5 lbs lower than it was at 244.5 lbs. I attribute it to falling in love with ice water and I drink a lot of it. I eat what I want, when I want, but this seems to be the difference. <BR> <BR> Also a half of a raw lemon in the morning. I squeeze the juice into my water ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:33:30 EST My husband will return to work March 17, be the Lord willing. I went with my husband to his doctor's appointment yesterday. He had a stitch in his foot that was missed when she took the stitches out. He is to use a necktie or exercise bands and stretch the tendons in his foot. <BR> <BR> She wants him to build up slowly to walking on his foot without the boot. He has to wait for new nylon braces before he goes back to work. If he has any pain, he may have to go through physical therapy, but we are expecting everything will go well. He returns to ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 01:11:34 EST Mouth in the foot disease. Thursday, January 22, 2015 <BR> Shoveling Snow 19 MINUTES 233 CALORIES BURNED <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we got up at 7 AM to get ready for my husband's 10:30 AM appointment with the podiatrist. It had snowed on Wednesday, so I had snow to shovel. I did our walks and the neighbor's and cleaned the snow off my van. We ate breakfast and left at 9:45 AM to give us plenty of time for any bad road conditions. <BR> <BR> Hubby's cast was cut off, the stitches removed, and he is now walking with... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:11:59 EST My husband has passed the one month mark from his surgery. I went shopping this evening. I went to four stores: CVS, Lowe's, Weis and Food Lion, then I came home and unloaded the van, put the groceries away and made a new list of things that I didn't get. <BR> <BR> Things are going well except that the Metformin makes me nauseous and I haven't been taking it. I will make an appointment when hubby goes back to work. <BR> <BR> On January 9th on Facebook, someone posted two pictures of my Dad which I had never seen. He died January 8, 1971, so 44 ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:26:27 EST Baby, it's cold outside! The temperature high today was 18 degrees. The overnight low was 4 degrees. I thank God that we have a warm house, food on the table and that we have each other. <BR> <BR> My son interviewed for a new job today and he called this evening to tell us that he got it. I am happy for him and hope there will be many advantages for him. <BR> <BR> I feel a lot better since I quit the Metformin. Sometimes, I still have urgency, but none of the cramping or nausea. <BR> <BR> I finished filing m... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 19:38:07 EST Shovel operator. Shoveling Snow 20 minutes 245 calories burned <BR> <BR> I stopped my Metformin Sunday evening. I went 4 times between 7 AM and 10 AM and another two times after supper and had an accident. My blood glucose was over 240 daily, even on the Metformin. <BR> <BR> The first day without it, it was 254 and today it was 187 before I ate anything. <BR> <BR> I just went out to shovel snow and my husband or son or both of them got rid of our snow shovels. I had to use a flat shovel to shovel the... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 17:30:56 EST My New Year's Resolution. My New Year's resolution is simply to remember to write 2015 instead of 2014. <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:19:02 EST Time to myself tonight. Heavy Cleaning 80 minutes 736 calories burned <BR> <BR> Our son called us this evening as we were eating supper. He wanted my husband and I to come over. They were going to watch a football game in the man cave on the first floor of our son's townhouse. <BR> <BR> I had some things I wanted to work on, so my son came and took my husband to West Virginia and I vacuumed the main level. Princess fought me the whole time I was trying to use the wand in the living room. I had the idea of ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:19:42 EST I am tired. Hubby is off all of his pain medication-oxycodone, but still has ibuprofen to finish. He gets one dose at 2:30 AM. He had a cast put on his leg Wednesday and we go back in three weeks to see if he is ready to wear the boot he had from his last foot surgery on his right foot. The doctor said that she removed two bones and she said the swelling was down on his foot and it looked good. <BR> <BR> I have been doing little projects daily and maintaining the housework. I have all the receipts f... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 00:34:56 EST Detail cleaning. Day 148 of exercise in 2014 not a streak <BR> Around the block 13 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> I didn't feel well yesterday evening. My stomach hurt. <BR> <BR> Today I wiped the counter tops in the kitchen with bleach water and cleaned the mirrors, vanities and toilets. I bathed hubby and took a shower and we had leftovers for supper of chicken rice soup. <BR> <BR> Little by little, I am getting some projects done such as filing monthly receipts and I want to organize my pantry... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 21:15:00 EST Some friends dropped by today. December 26th <BR> Day 147 of exercise in 2014 not a streak <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 28 minutes 258 calories burned <BR> <BR> Some friends of ours called this morning at 9:44 AM. We were both sleeping and in the Providence of God, it was a good thing because hubby was due a pill at 9:45 AM. They bought subs and we had lunch together and read the Bible together. <BR> <BR> We talked about the current situation in America and we wonder how long it will be before our Lord ret... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 22:10:11 EST Keeping track of my exercise. December 25th <BR> Day 146 of exercise in 2014 not a streak <BR> Around the block 14 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> Elliptical Trainer 2 minutes 20 calories burned Fri, 26 Dec 2014 01:06:14 EST Tending to those things left undone. Day 145 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 14 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> <BR> Our son came over today and took me to Staples to get a new toner for my printer. He said he hadn't bought a birthday present for me, so he paid for it. It was $84.88. Then we went to the meat market and I bought meat. After that, we went to Food Lion for groceries and with the two of us getting the stuff on the list, my grocery shopping was finished quickly. He stopped at Burger King and I bough... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:20:42 EST Day 5 of hubby's post-op. Hubby had his first post-op appointment today at 11 AM. We decided to get up at 8 AM. We ate breakfast and then I helped him to bathe and washed his hair, then I took a shower. Yesterday evening was the first that I got to shower since Friday. If I could trust my husband not to get up unless I am there with him, I could get a lot done. <BR> <BR> This morning the battery on my food scale was low. I took our dirty clothes to the basement and the light bulb over the washer was out. Yeste... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:58:09 EST Day 3 of hubby's post op. Yesterday morning my husband called to me that he needed to use the bathroom. I have been sleeping in the living room on a recliner on the love seat. There is a recliner at each end of it with cup holders and a storage area in between. My husband sat down on the toilet, but managed to urinate all over the bathroom floor at 4 AM. I had to clean it up with paper towels, then mop the floor and launder the mop head. <BR> <BR> Last night I washed his hair at the kitchen sink and used the spr... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:41:06 EST Post Op, Day One Day 144 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 13 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> We left the house this morning at 9:30 AM. My husband drove to the hospital. Our son let us off and parked the car. My husband was taken back to be prepped a little after 11:00 AM for his surgery. Then the nurse came back and said that his surgery wasn't scheduled until 12:30 PM. My husband was sleepy and he said for me to go eat lunch. When I went back to the waiting room, my son was not there.... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:34:17 EST Tomorrow is the day of surgery. Day 143 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 12 minutes 68 calories burned <BR> <BR> The hospital's operating room called today after Noon. My husband is to be at the hospital at 10:30 AM. <BR> <BR> Tonight we took the dog for our last walk together this year. I pray all goes well and that my husband doesn't have any falls or ankle twists during his recovery. He will be off work for two months. <BR> <BR> He had a ruptured tendon on his other foot and an extra bone in his foot.... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:11:43 EST Counting down the days. Day 142 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 11 minutes 64 calories burned <BR> <BR> Last night, my son and his girlfriend came here for supper. We had tacos. I had cleaned out the night stand in our son's bedroom and picked his stuff up out of his bedroom as best I could and I put everything on the bed. I filled up a laundry basket of stuff and he took that home with him. There is still clothing, a mirror, some books and a computer screen. <BR> <BR> We are expecting company fr... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:59:04 EST Clarification about the broken arm. I posted my sister's e-mail to me about her broken arm. She had a picture of the bruise in the e-mail, but it wouldn't print on Spark People. <BR> <BR> She is the one with the broken arm. She took a fall before our birthday celebration and I noticed that she was not moving much. I don't know what day she fell or how long it was before she went to a doctor. Her arm was black above the elbow in the picture she e-mailed to me. It looked like a giant fingerprint on her arm. <BR> <BR> I pos... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:31:13 EST My sister's fall. went to doc today after seeing the ugly bruise on my arm. <BR> <BR> arm is broken and tendons torn in hand. <BR> <BR> I have a sling and a brace on my wrist. <BR> <BR> Six weeks and I should be good as new LOL <BR> <BR> sorry, one hand typing <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:51:57 EST Surgery is 10 days away. Day 141 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 20 minutes 184 calories burned <BR> Around the block 13 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> Our son phoned this evening to tell me not to cook supper. He and his girlfriend bought stuff to cook and then came here and cooked supper for us. She made chicken tortellini soup and garlic bread. <BR> <BR> The weather was icy this morning. <BR> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:35:15 EST The old gray hair, she ain't what she used to be. Day 140 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 12 minutes 68 calories burned <BR> <BR> We were out last night shopping at different stores for things. We didn't get home until around 10 PM. <BR> <BR> Today, our son was here and he checked the gutters for leaves and I think he cleaned the dryer pipe from the dryer to the outside. We all went and got hair cuts after we had lunch together. My hair was to the bottom of my shoulder blades and I wanted a pageboy hair cut. It doesn't look... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:39:09 EST Food and Fun. Day 139 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 13 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> I have made a list of things to get done before hubby's foot surgery on the 19th. <BR> I add to it as I think of anything else. <BR> <BR> Our son came over today and they took back a pan that had corn pudding in it to my one sister-in-law and a big bowl that had fruit salad in it to another sister-in-law. Hubby also got his prescription for B-12 and needles for his B-12 shots. We both have to get... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:50:20 EST Will you still love me, will you still need me... Thank you all for your post Thanksgiving recipes. <BR> <BR> We didn't get any ice, just rain on Monday, but I was glad to stay inside. I don't like driving in rain or the dark or any condition that reduces my visibility. <BR> <BR> Today is my birthday and that of my sister's. Her husband has planned a get-together for us tonight at 7 PM. The wind is blowing and we had a light rain shower here. For a few months, I am the same age as my husband. This is the year he finds out, " Will you s... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:11:46 EST Cancelled appointments for tomorrow. Day 138 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 13 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> I had an appointment with my urologist and my nutritionist tomorrow. I checked the weather and this is what I found. <BR> <BR> Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 1 am Tuesday to 1 am EST Wednesday... <BR> <BR> The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for sleet and freezing rain which is in effect from 1 am Tuesday to 1 am EST Wednesday. <BR> ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:52:01 EST We were invited out today. Day 137 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Walking around the block 13 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> We went to clean the church building this morning. It never entered my mind to time my cleaning. Afterward, we went to some friends house and ate lunch and supper with them. We came home about 7 PM. <BR> <BR> My husband had to go back home during that time. Our son called and said he had a nail in his tire. He had to buy a new tire and have it put on his car. His girlfriend and her fam... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:49:23 EST What are the best recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers? Day 136 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Walking around the block 14 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> <BR> I had a turkey sandwich at lunch. A turkey sandwich is my favorite use of leftover turkey. <BR> <BR> For supper, we tried to make a panini sandwich on the George Forman Grill. Our son came over to eat supper with us. I didn't like the recipe. He wasn't thrilled with it either. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:25:44 EST Thanksgiving Day at our son's house. Day 135 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Walking around the block 14 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> <BR> Our son wanted us to bring the dog and spend the night with him last night. I was at my son's all day. My husband came home from work and came to our house to let the dog out, then drove to our son's. We both wanted to sleep in our own bed and we didn't want to take the dog over to his new house because she drools in the van and doesn't like riding in a vehicle. <BR> <BR> I had leftov... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:16:38 EST A Table Set Before Us. My son picked me up this morning a little after 7 AM and took me to his townhouse. Ashley Furniture delivered his furniture after 2 PM and set it up. <BR> <BR> We will have a table to eat at tomorrow. His house is coming together nicely. He is taking his time in arranging his possessions. He bought a dark brown sofa and loveseat for in the basement. He has posters he wants to hang and he bought some record albums that he wants to frame the album covers and make a "man cave." <BR> <B... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:45:31 EST Gratefulness in finding Crellie. I posted this last night on Facebook: <BR> Requesting prayer. Our cat, Crellie, is missing. We think she may have slipped out the basement door. Our rottweiler pushes the basement door open with her nose to let herself inside and then comes upstairs. This evening our son was phoning me and I went down and shut the door. I didn't notice that the cat was out. This is bizarre. We had another cat named Elle. She got out Thanksgiving Day several years ago. We found her in January. She was in a nei... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:09:33 EST I tried posting 3 times, I'm done I keep getting, no HTML please, then my blog disappears. <BR> <BR> Sunday, November 23 <BR> Day 134 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Stationary, exercise or recumbent bike: moderate 20 minutes 286 calories burned <BR> <BR> We resolved the issue with our dish. Ashley Furniture wants to deliver after Thanksgiving. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:17:29 EST The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead. My son's post on Ashley Furniture's page: <BR> <BR> I made a purchase at the Ashley Homestore in Hagerstown, MD. I purchased a living room suite as a gift for my parents last year. I was concerned about delivery to the wrong address after their system automatically listed my parents address on my order. After confirming my new home address at the time of purchase, at order confirmation, the day before delivery and the day of delivery, my new furniture was still delivered to the wrong address... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:50:45 EST I am ranting today about inept workers. My son is driving his girlfriend and her family to the airport today. She and her family are going to Lake Tahoe. <BR> <BR> My husband went to our son's townhouse to await delivery of furniture our son bought. I heard my doorbell ring and it was the driver of the furniture truck. I live in Maryland and our son lives in West Virginia. He bought the furniture from Ashley Furniture and every time they called here, I gave our son's phone number to them and told them to call him. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:09:35 EST