JEANINNEWCASTLE's SparkPeople Blog JEANINNEWCASTLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Rusty Houdini (a diary of sorts) Tuesday 9:35 pm: I went into Dd13's room tonight to say hi to Rusty during a t.v. commercial. I couldn't find him anywhere. Not in his cage, not in his favorite box, not in his favorite hiding spot in the closet. . . I was starting to panic and happened to look up to where a curious bunny was watching me - from on top of dd's bed! Dd's bed is raised higher than a normal bed - sort of like a bunk bed but without the bottom bunk. He must have hopped from one ledge to another to another.... Wed, 6 May 2015 20:53:25 EST What Went - Tuesday Today has been one of "those" days. <BR> <BR> 1. I totally lost track of time and didn't start dh's lunch until he appeared in the kitchen expecting to eat it before going to work. So I grabbed some leftovers for him. Then I put the fish in the oven to at least cook so he would have it for tonight. And set a timer. The timer went off and went flying off the counter in pieces. By the time I collected it all and put it back together, I had totally forgotten to take the fish out of the ... Tue, 5 May 2015 20:53:52 EST What Went - Monday 1. I tried a new med last night. It is supposed to make you sleepy. Instead, it kept me up most of the night. Today I'm rather cranky as a result. It is an OTC med that the doctor suggested so I don't have to keep taking it. <BR> <BR> 2. I was very surprised when ds' doctor called and said that he was putting ds on prednisone. Ds hadn't been able to have his allergy shot last week because his allergies are bad right now, I guess the idea is to get things calmed down enough so that he... Mon, 4 May 2015 21:34:57 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Rusty is a very happy and very cute bunny. He is so curious and engaging. We have two dogs and one cat parked outside his door. I know at least one dog is trying to figure out how to get carry-out. <BR> <BR> 2. After a couple of nice days on my new meds, today was a hard one. Right before my evening antibiotic dose I felt extremely poorly. Fortunately that dose did make me feel better. I am extremely tired though. <BR> <BR> 3. Dh is still coughing a lot. <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 May 2015 02:15:34 EST Meet Rusty! (Cute Bunny Content) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rusty is our new 10 month old boy Lop that dd13 got from a rescue this morning! <BR> <BR> I don't know how to turn the picture so I guess you will have to cock your head sideways to see it! Sat, 2 May 2015 17:36:47 EST What Went - Friday 1. Despite all the health problems plus a few new ones that have cropped up, I actually felt pretty good today. Take that, you stupid body! <BR> <BR> 2. I spent a good many hours of the day getting us all signed up for free credit monitoring offered to victims of our insurance being hacked. All of us, except for ds17, that is. Apparently he is in this black hole where he's too old to be signed up as a minor despite still being a minor and too young to be signed up as an adult. I was ... Fri, 1 May 2015 21:05:17 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Dh spent the day in bed sick. <BR> <BR> 2. Today was my first full day on my new antibiotic. I can't take this antibiotic within two hours of magnesium or calcium. So breakfast is low magnesium and so is my evening snack. My other meds and any magnesium/calcium foods are eaten in the middle of the day. <BR> <BR> 3. FIL called again this morning to tell us about a doctor's appointment that no one knew anything about. Fortunately he was calling to tell us that he had cancelled it.... Fri, 1 May 2015 01:08:10 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. I am extremely upset. The doctor put me on antibiotics again. Except for 2 weeks respite I have been on antibiotics and/or prednisone since the middle of January. He searched and found one that he's never put me on before (a hard task since last year I was on 8 different antibiotics and this year have been on 3 different ones). It's a fussy one. I have to time it around certain foods and other meds because there are bad reactions that can happen if I don't. I think I'm going to have... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:44:27 EST What Went - Tuesday Is it really Tuesday? Somehow it doesn't feel like a Tuesday today. . . <BR> <BR> 1. Our identities were indeed stolen. Fixing things with the IRS was pretty easy. Trying to protect all our accounts and assets is a lot harder and more time consuming. <BR> <BR> 2. Dh is quite ill. He thinks he will need to go on antibiotics. He has a very deep cough. I am still wearing a mask around him to protect myself. <BR> <BR> 3. Today the kids and I went for our eye exams. Mine was the ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:48:33 EST What Went - Monday 1. Sigh. My 90 year old mom got confused and rang me at 6:40 a.m. then apparently realized with horror what time it was and slammed the phone down in my ear! I have caller i.d. I know it was you, Mom! I couldn't get back to sleep. Oh well. <BR> <BR> 2. Went to my primary this morning. The stress echo was normal. They got my heart up to it's target heart rate. The primary now thinks the breathlessness and chest pressure may be due to asthma. He's prescribed albuteral in an inhaler... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:02:08 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Dh insisted on going to church sick and still preaching. I wore a mask esp. in the car to protect myself from him. I also wore it at church to protect myself from him and all the other hacking people (just a few) and going in and out of the restaurant afterward to protect myself from the general public. <BR> <BR> 2. I don't know if it was the mask or what, but our waitress was super super nice to me. She figured out from what I ordered that I was gluten intolerant and when the kitc... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:35:43 EST What Went - Saturday 1. The IRS wants us to prove our identity. I wonder if they made the people who used our social security number(s) prove that they were us or if they got away with it. <BR> <BR> 2. Dh and I finally took our walk tonight. Dh walked at my pace. We had to go up one hill and I made him wait for me because I was so out of breath that I could barely talk. Only once we were back from the walk did I feel actual chest tightness. And I started to cough a bit again. <BR> <BR> 3. Dh is sick... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:05:17 EST What Went - Friday 1. Today we saw "Lightning" the Douglas Squirrel and his friends! We named him lightning because he is that fast. They are so cute - the size of a chipmunk but still all squirrel. <BR> <BR> 2. I was planning on going on a walk tonight but it didn't work out. I may go out in a bit (I have to pick dd up from the Y first) but we'll see. I still get very winded from not a lot of effort. I'm a bit annoyed at dh. He keeps trying to push me to do more. I refuse to push until I get the re... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:02:32 EST What Went - Thursday The heart test went ok. It took a good hour and a half. We'll see if it showed anything. Dd13 went with me but they wouldn't let her past the waiting room. She really wanted to eat out with me afterward and she got her wish. We just went to a teriyaki place so nothing fancy. I am super tired now and despite the fact that it was my legs running on the treadmill, my arms are so sore and achy. For about an hour afterward I kept coughing intermittently as well. <BR> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:43:47 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. I took my baby aspirin. <BR> <BR> 2. I took my multiple doses (throughout the day) of probiotics and Florastor. <BR> <BR> I write these down because they are new routines that I need to make a habit. <BR> <BR> 3. Ds17 did a lot of cooking today. He had bought a value-pack of ground beef and today he made spaghetti sauce and taco meat. He ran out of pre-made seasoning so he made his own from our spices. He mistook cayenne pepper for a milder chili powder and boy, is that taco meat... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:59:35 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. All systems seem stabilized with probiotics and Florastor. I still have sharp knife like spasms on occasion but they are so quick that it isn't so bad. I think I'm just going to have to keep at this for a few months and hope that it changes the internal landscaping (ie. gut flora). <BR> <BR> 2. Today was a regular day all around. Regular chores. Regular school. Regular everything. <BR> <BR> 3. I love stepping outside at night and hearing the frogs croaking away. <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:47:22 EST What Went - Monday 1. Health: the good, the bad and the ugly. <BR> <BR> The good: I've lost 5 pounds of water weight since stopping the prednisone. My heart feels a lot better without the extra water. <BR> <BR> The bad: I still have bladder pain. Just not bad kidney stone pain. But it's tolerable. <BR> <BR> The ugly: Despite trying a special diet and tons and tons of probiotcs etc. I'm showing signs of C-diff again. I'm monitoring this because it could get very ugly indeed. But so far the diet ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:28:25 EST What Went - Sunday 1. I'm falling apart even further. Last night I only got about 2 hours of sleep due to possible kidney stone pain. I'm sore today but not in pain like I was. I went to the pharmacy and got a UTI test to make sure it isn't an infection and it isn't. <BR> <BR> 2. I stayed home from church today. I took a couple of naps in the morning. I'm trying not to nap this afternoon or evening though so that I will sleep well tonight. <BR> <BR> 3. The family went to Costco after church and go... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:59:47 EST What Went - Friday 1. I took my baby aspirin. <BR> <BR> 2. I took my last prednisone. I'm done! <BR> <BR> 3. I feel like I'm so boring to people I don't talk to all the time. "So what have you been up to?" And people mention trips and hobbies and. . . Then they ask me. "Oh you know, being ill." I do try to deflect it by talking about what the kids and dh are up to but sooner or later they get back to "Yes, but what about YOU." And I'm back to "Oh you know, being ill." They might blink in confusion... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:34:08 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I took my baby aspirin. <BR> <BR> 2. I took my prednisone. I'm on only 1 pill now until I'm done in a couple of days. <BR> <BR> 3. We live in a split-level house. I get chest pressure every time I climb the short flight of steps from the front door to our main level. The pressure lasts for about 20 minutes. Is this just from obesity? Is it the prednisone? I already have a stress echocardiogram scheduled so it's being checked out. I just find myself wondering if I'm making a mount... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:46:11 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. I took my baby aspirin. <BR> <BR> 2. I took my prednisone. I'm on only 1 pill now until I'm done in a couple of days. <BR> <BR> 3. I'm trying to avoid stress. Hahahahahahaha! <BR> <BR> 4. Tried a 5th time to send the taxes after finding one small error. Still didn't work. Packaged up the papers and got it ready to send snail mail. Post office was a ZOO. <BR> <BR> 5. Cleaned the grill. Ds17 was cooking the carne asada. The grill started to shoot flames out at the wood deck. ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:37:07 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. I took my baby aspirin. <BR> <BR> 2. I took my prednisone. I'm on only 1 pill now until I'm done in a couple of days. <BR> <BR> 3. My throat isn't swollen today. I have no idea why. It seems to ebb and swell at random. Allergies? If so, I have no idea to what. <BR> <BR> 4. I got my taxes done. I tried to file them electronically. They got rejected 3 times in a row. The IRS told me that someone might have used one of our social security numbers (hopefully by accident and no... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:52:31 EST What Went - Monday 1. ENT wants me to have a cardiac workup as he does not think that all my symptoms are due to prednisone. So despite not really thinking it is my heart, I was good and called the primary doc. They got me in to see him this afternoon. <BR> <BR> 2. EKG was fine as I thought it would be. Blood pressure was fine for once. So was my pulse. <BR> <BR> 3. They took a boatload of blood after soaking both hands in a wastebasket of hot water to try and find a vein. The lab guy offered to do ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:56:31 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Day 5 of loopy pills. I'm tapering down now so I'm much less loopy. I still like calling them my loopy pills though. <BR> <BR> 2. We saw a beautiful bald eagle soaring above. I wish I wasn't driving at the time and had to keep my eye (mostly) on the road. <BR> <BR> 3. My chest still gets very tight walking up the stairs. It only started doing that with the loopy pills so I hope it will go away as soon as I'm done with them. Only 4 more days. <BR> <BR> 4. It's taken 12 years but... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:31:31 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Day 4 of loopy pills, or what are now droopy pills. No more energy from these pills, just fatigue. I wonder if they are burning off what adrenals I have left? <BR> <BR> 2. Stressful day - worked on taxes. We owe money. Money we don't really have. Stress = bad. <BR> <BR> 3. My son is perfect on our lowish carb diet. Stress = bad eating habits for me though not as bad as they could be. But definitely too much chocolate. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:39:16 EST What Went - Friday 1. Day 3 of loopy pills. I feel better today because the doctor allowed me to up my diabetic meds. Prednisone messes with bloodsugars and that was making me feel pretty bad. <BR> <BR> 2. Took a walk at the mall with dh. I had to get him to slow down and I only made it around one lap because my chest was so tight. <BR> <BR> 3. I'm keeping up with all the probiotic stuff and my gut is getting better. I think it will take months before it is really good though. <BR> <BR> 4. Dd d... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:51:18 EST What Went - Thursday Day 2 of my loopy pills. I'm tired but I can't sleep. My brain is going a mile a minute but I can't think. I'm supposed to be doing the taxes. . . This is not good! <BR> <BR> (Sung to the tune of "I Feel Pretty") <BR> I feel loopy! <BR> Oh so loopy! <BR> I feel loopy and droopy all right! <BR> And I pity <BR> all my children who are with me tonight! Thu, 9 Apr 2015 22:42:48 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Today has been a weird day. I am on the highest dose of prednisone for two days and then taper down. I am soooo tired and yet my mind is racing. My bloodsugars are not good and I know I probably made it worse by having pizza today. It was very very thin crust gluten free pizza with chicken, bbq sauce and cilantro on it. The carbs would be ok normally, I think, but I did know better than to do it today of all days. Why did I do it? Because we always celebrate the end of academic tes... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 00:55:33 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. What I thought would be a monster day due to insomnia last night and an early and busy schedule, wasn't. Hey, I'll take it! <BR> <BR> 2. Ds17 asked if carne asada with homemade pico de gallo would be acceptable on our food plan. It is. He made the pico de gallo and reheated the refried beans while I grilled the meat. He's a good cook and all his help lately is making me spoiled. <BR> <BR> 3. I did retire to my armchair in the late afternoon. I'm trying to go there before the pain ... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 22:34:44 EST What Went - Monday 1. Ds17 and I started our 40/30/30 plan today. He liked his breakfast. He liked his lunch. He was gnawing his arm off at dinner! But that's because he had turned down 2/3 of the dinner. He did like the veggie/chicken skewers we made. I let him have some extra protein. <BR> <BR> 2. My tummy was very very unhappy today with the antibiotics. I've been taking probiotics all along but over the weekend I missed a dose or two and my body did not take that well. Today I got some Kefir wi... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 02:17:33 EST What Went - Easter Sunday Happy Easter! <BR> <BR> 1. This morning at church the young people (including me! I'm young at heart) did special music. It went pretty well. <BR> <BR> 2. After church I barely made it home driving, I was so tired. Dh was even more tired than I was since he only slept 2 hours Saturday night so it wasn't like I could ask him to drive (he was sleeping in the passenger seat). Anyway, I made it home and then slept for 30 min. in the car in the driveway before I was able to drag myself ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 01:16:34 EST What Went - Saturday 1. I guess I totally stuck my foot in it. I talked to my oldest sister today. We're the closest of all the siblings and are good friends. She was fishing for birthday wishes (which totally went over my head) and then had to come out and tell me that I had missed her birthday last month. Then she started asking about the other siblings and I had forgotten my other sister and one brother's birthday as well. :blushing: <BR> <BR> 2. Today was a tiny bit better. I did go out with dd13. ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 22:01:34 EST What Went - Friday 1. Oops. My good/bad day streak ended. Unfortunately it ended with me having an even worse day :) (Yes, I'm smiling. You have to see even little bits of humor in all of this even if it is a bit dark.) <BR> <BR> 2. Today I waved the white flag, cried uncle, caved in. I very rarely do that. But sometimes. . . . <BR> <BR> 3. I thought briefly about all the half scolding motivation quotes that tell you to keep going no matter what and thought "forget it. Those people don't know what t... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 00:09:47 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Today was a high fatigue, pain day. (Yesterday I talked about my pattern of alternating good day/high fatigue, pain day.) <BR> <BR> 2. I was telling a friend who knows the Spoon theory for chronic illness that it's like I use up all my spoons on the good days and despite a night left to recharge, I only start out with half the spoons on the bad days. Somehow I manage to limp through the day and with extra rest plus another night to sleep I replenish my spoons again but then of course ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 00:08:43 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Friday - bad pain and fatigue day <BR> Saturday - good day <BR> Sunday - bad pain and fatigue day <BR> Monday - good day <BR> Tuesday - bad pain and fatigue day <BR> Wednesday - good day <BR> <BR> I'll give a Sparkgoodie to the first person who figures out the pattern! <BR> <BR> 2. Ds and I did our ab workout this morning. We aren't competing but are supporting each other. His ab workout is a lot harder than mine. But I did one. <BR> <BR> 3. Today was too busy. I first drove ds 1... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 02:37:36 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Dh winced when he saw the plumber bill but he did say that he was glad that it was fixed. <BR> <BR> 2. I had to get dh up early because his dad called from the nursing home. That isn't unusual and I started to do my usual listening and deflecting because dh was sleeping before working evening shift. But then I heard MIL in the background - loudly moaning and keening with pain. That's when I got dh up. Dh drove over to the nursing home. She was in the ER on Saturday and they couldn'... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:37:33 EST What Went - Monday 1. Tried to go to bed early last night. Then ds came out to say that the toilet was stopped up. I worked on it for a half hour straight with no luck. I reluctantly woke dh up who had actually gone to bed early. The two of us worked on it for an hour before giving up and going to bed. During the night the kids had to sneak into the master bedroom to get to that bathroom while trying not to wake up dh who has an important interview today. In the morning I tried some more then called a pl... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:08:16 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Church done <BR> <BR> 2. Church cleaning (to get ready for Easter Sunday) done. They wouldn't let me do much so I went through the condiments in the fridge and threw out all the ones that were past due. <BR> <BR> 3. Napped. <BR> <BR> 4. Dh took us all out to dinner. <BR> <BR> 5. I wonder if I can get away with going to bed at 8 pm? I am so tired I can barely keep myself upright. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:01:40 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Still feeling good on this antibiotic. :) <BR> <BR> 2. More in-law drama. First we got a call from the assisted living facility saying that they could find nothing wrong with her but MIL wanted to go to the ER. They had to transport her. They couldn't find anything wrong with her at the ER either. Which is good, but still expensive and time consuming. Then while we were checking in on MIL to see how she was doing back at the apartment, FIL came on the line to say that they were go... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:42:49 EST What Went - Friday 1. Last night was a bad night - lots of leg cramps. In fact now at suppertime, my left leg is still a bit cramped up. I'm doing a lot of stretching and magnesium. <BR> <BR> 2. Today, however, was a good day. I'm a bit surprised that it is because both my kids had slightly bad days but I didn't let them get to me. I think I'm still just too excited at feeling like a human! <BR> <BR> 3. Good eating today again. My bloodsugar numbers were supercallifragilisticexpialidocious. (Did I ... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:58:01 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I wish I could bottle today (or days like it) and repeat it over and over. Other than some tummy upset which I'm dealing with, I'm feeling so much better on this new med. The old one was a broad spectrum one that killed everything and I was barely functional. This new one is more specific and I feel like I'm actually human! I hope it is killing the right things though - we'll see in a few days if my throat pain comes back or not. <BR> <BR> 2. Dd asked to go to the mall with her c... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:19:22 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Today has been such a happier day since I learned I could still sing. I sing all the time. I swear we live in a musical! <BR> <BR> 2. The new antibiotic doesn't seem to be causing any major problems. So far (for the one day I've been on it) it doesn't seem to make me as tired and wiped out as the other antibiotic. I have had some tummy problems but I think I have a good probiotic routine going. <BR> <BR> 3. I've gotten serious again on my food and bloodsugar testing. It's not... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:44:49 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. This is for my Spark friend JenneinAZ who loves ducks: Last night I was driving down the road and there was Mr. Mallard sitting in the middle of the road. He let me get within 4 feet of him (I was driving slowly) before flying off. Dumb duck! <BR> <BR> 2. This is also sort of about ducks but sort of not: Today we had the most fun science time ever! We made "oboes" out of straws (or were they duck calls?) The dogs (bird dogs!) came running to see what the sound was :) We were ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:08:38 EST What Went - Monday Tomorrow's my ENT appointment. Today was actually pretty good. Until about 15 minutes ago anyway. Pain is rushing at me like a freight train. A by-product of getting too tired. <BR> <BR> Anyway. . . today the teens had another music practice for their Easter special music. I was good and bad today. The good was that I did not sing with the teens today at their jam session even though I really wanted to and they really wanted me to as well. (The original plan was that they would play pi... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:42:30 EST What Went - Sunday Dd did good! She came in sixth in her age group (under 14 women). Dd says that I have to tell you that her age group was only 6 people. I don't care. She's a super star! <BR> <BR> It was a big deal. There were 5 races - at staggered times. We went early and the park and ride was already full so we had to park farther away and walk about 8 or 9 blocks to the race. Our team was comprised of all of the Y's in the area and there were 75 on the team. We got our own room to relax in in... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:37:34 EST What Went - Saturday Tomorrow Dd13 is running her first 10k. Today we went to the 10k check in. It was a huge thing with about 20 booths! Dd got her bib number (the big number you pin to your shirt) and her timing chip (hooks to your shoe and measures your time across the finish line down to the second and makes sure you don't cheat). I got my bp taken (170/90) which shocked me because that's a lot higher than even my normal high. My bloodsugar was normal at 2 hours past lunch. The doc. was surprised - I gu... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:24:01 EST What Went - Friday 1. After having things fairly under control tummy wise, the tummy started to act up again. Time to have even more probiotics. <BR> <BR> 2. Dd (13) made lunch for the family - pigs in a blanket. I can't eat them but everyone else enjoyed them. <BR> <BR> 3. Ds (17) made dinner for the family - spaghetti. I can't eat that either or rather I could eat the sauce only if my tummy wasn't so sensitive right now - but everyone else enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> 4. I'm happy that the kids volunteer... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:28:42 EST What Went - Thursday 1. My husband was taking apart the mower today to try and fix it. And thus we have the solution to the Mystery of the Tall Grass in the middle of the yard. <BR> <BR> 2. I partially solved the problem of swimming in eggs because I forgot to cancel egg delivery. I made a very nice Paleo Chicken-Broccoli Frittata for lunch. It was Paleo because I used no dairy or grains. I used almond milk instead of the coconut milk that the recipe called for. It was very tasty and very easy too. I fou... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:30:20 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. I'm in that in-between phase where I feel good enough to be bored and frustrated with life but not good enough to really live it. <BR> <BR> 2. Ds actually got a 87% on his physics test! I've been so frustrated to see him getting excellent marks on his daily homework and then bad grades on the tests. The teacher averages it out so he was passing but this helps a lot. <BR> <BR> 3. Dh mowed the lawn except for an island of longer grass in the middle. I wonder if he ran out of gas in t... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:26:04 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. When cherry trees are in a row, they make a wall of cherry blossoms. Beautiful. <BR> <BR> 2. Not talking is hard. It's not really that I have so much to say but I want to say it anyway. <BR> <BR> 3. The teens got together to practice. I was supposed to sing with them but can't of course. That was hard. I love to sing. Plus, they really needed someone singing to keep them on track since they are all playing instruments and can't play and sing at the same time. Oh well. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 01:05:50 EST