JEANINNEWCASTLE's SparkPeople Blog JEANINNEWCASTLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What Went - Wednesday I had better sleep last night. I did start to ramp up in pain once I was lying down but immediately got out the ice and that helped. Paradoxically, I've been more tired today - maybe my body figured out that this sleep thing is pretty good. <BR> <BR> Today was fairly normal. We got through our chores and school. Ds had an allergist appointment that was fairly routine - just a check to make sure everything is progressing ok. It is. He got his allergy shot as well so I don't have to d... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:15:07 EST Very Tough Night, Hopefully Not so Tough Day I got up at 2 am in so much pain that I could not stand to lie down anymore. Dh (who works swing shift) was still up but even though he's an RN, there really wasn't anything he or anyone else for that matter could do. I had already taken two (compatible) RX pain meds. It hurt so much that I actually contemplated asking him to take me to the ER but then I realized that then I'd just be hurting in a bright uncomfortable setting and that they really couldn't do anything for me either. So I w... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:37:58 EST What Went - Monday Today was our first day of school. Lest you get all confused, we homeschool and can set our own schedule. We had done school through the end of July and took August and September off. We had a lovely first day. Dd who is now in 7th grade and has learning disabilities is now on grade level for everything except for math. And even there I have no doubt that this year will be a turning point for her. I see such growth in her. I think she's a late bloomer and am happy that I have the abili... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:19:42 EST My Earthly Reward Last night I treated myself for losing 5 pounds by buying two shirts at Talbots. It was supposed to be a treat for losing 10 pounds and it was supposed to be only one shirt but apparently I have instant gratification issues! Actually the reason I did it now is because I got a really good deal. I got two really nice shirts off of clearance for 70 percent off. 70 percent! They look really nice on me. One is a cobalt blue - a color that sets off my eyes. The other has a nice deep pink on ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:03:08 EST The Plan for Saturday So much pain last night. Is it just because my chiropractor is out of town and so I wasn't able to get adjusted again? Is it because I did that very light 12 min. chair workout? My abs are pretty sore from my workout so I suppose I should expect at least some of my back muscles to be sore from it. I had a hard time sleeping last night even with the muscle relaxers. It was bad because it hurt to sleep on either side, which is my go-to sleeping position. But I can't be on my back without ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:59:24 EST Strange Cravings I am craving seaweed. And eggs. And cream cheese. I had cream cheese California rolls today which gave me two out of three. ;) I don't know if this is a coincidence or not but I got these cravings after going gluten free again. <BR> <BR> My back is sore today but doing ok. I was either full-hardy, brave or proactive and did a 12 minute seated core workout today. I wasn't able to do a few of the parts where Coach Nicole brings both her feet up, That hurt my lower back and I was not goi... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:21:31 EST Sunbreaks Living in a rainy climate, sunbreaks are important. They are also important in a stormy life. <BR> <BR> My back is slowly getting better. I've been going daily to the chiropractor and I'm finally able to stop taking pain relievers around the clock. This weekend is the real test though - the chiropractor is off until Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I called some new neighbors today to get together. The mom is a homeschool mom I know from online. She moved in a few blocks away over a month ago ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:12:08 EST My Son is Good for Me Pain = cravings for soft carby foods. My 17 year old son wanted a salad for dinner. I drove to the grocery store just five minutes away and we both chose salads. I did have a little bit of sushi on the side. I've been doing gluten free in a probably vain attempt to lower some of the inflammation in my body and I really really wanted to blow it all with some macaroni and cheese from the deli! But I didn't. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:33:22 EST What's Going - Tuesday I've stopped talking. I've obviously not stopped typing. Can I just communicate with my family by text today? Talking takes too much out of me right now. <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon and evening I kept alternating ice packs. Last night I broke out the muscle relaxant. I can't be responsible for kids and use muscle relaxants so I only use them at night when dh is here. The muscle relaxant helped me to sleep well. But pain is exhausting. I'd love to sleep again now. I might curl up w... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:39:07 EST What's Going - Monday I went back to the chiropractor today. I had e-mailed him again over the weekend explaining things more in depth and from a more personal point of view. My first e-mail had been an FYI on the procedure. This one was a "I'm hurt and angry and this is why" e-mail. It helped a lot. He told me today that he was very grateful that I had taken the time to tell him what I was feeling instead of just disappearing as a patient. I didn't take that route for two reasons: he's the only chiropracto... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:17:27 EST What's Going - Sunday It's only 3:45 so I still have a ways to go for Sunday to be over. But I'm typing this now in an attempt to get my head on straight. The back pain isn't going away. In fact, I'd say that today is a bit worse. Possibly because I walked a lot yesterday? <BR> <BR> Do you know what I'd really really like? For everyone to just go away - and not just for the day but for at least a weekend. That's not going to happen but it is what I'd like. When I'm in pain like this it takes a lot of men... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:52:12 EST What Went - Saturday Dd and I went out for a nice lunch. A nice lunch at a nicer restaurant is so much easier to keep healthy with access to healthy vegetables and cooking methods. I then took her shopping for some pants. Shopping with her so easy because all she has to worry about is if she likes the style, color and if it is her size. I found myself on the way to the girl's section seeing adult clothes that I liked "if I were thin enough". So many styles really do not look good on a plus size body. I have... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:47:58 EST What Went - Friday I went back to the chiropractor today. I still have not made a decision on further treatment but I did need to see him in order to get more information. I embarrassed myself by crying again. And I was not able to verbally communicate all I wanted to. I find it much easier to deal with strong emotions in writing. He did do a couple of very gentle adjustments but my pain is still the same. <BR> <BR> The kids and I went to the homeschool store today. I was able to get most of what I wante... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:49:07 EST What Went - Thursday Part 2 One of the toilets is now clogged. <BR> <BR> A friend is not being very supportive. <BR> <BR> I have a splitting headache. <BR> <BR> I just discovered that my daughter got fingernail polish all over the kitchen sink and some of my dishes. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:42:57 EST What Went - Thursday Today was a bit of an stressful and emotional day. Nothing catastrophic but a lot of small to medium things going on. <BR> <BR> First, I took my daughter to the dentist for her scheduled fillings. They didn't have her scheduled. Fortunately they just had someone cancel so they could take her anyway, so it worked out. But there was a bit of a heart sink when they first told me that she didn't have an appointment. Something is going on though with their system because afterward I was conf... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:11:11 EST What Went - Wednesday I'm going to tempt fate by posting before the day is over. ;) <BR> <BR> Today's big news - I got my desk cleaned off! I have been working on this off and on for a month. Now I'm not totally done. There is one big cubbyhole that is chock full of papers that are spilling out of it. And I do have a pile of papers from my desk that need to be filed and dealt with. But I can see my desk! <BR> <BR> I also got done with all the auto accident insurance stuff. It is done and sent off. And ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:14:12 EST What Went - Tuesday I am exhausted from going to the fair with the kids! We get free tickets each year from the school district. This year we actually didn't stay too long. We've gone so much over the years that we just check in to see a few favorite things. I always like to talk to the people giving demonstrations of crafts. They are so happy to talk about their interests. <BR> <BR> We were going to meet up with a neighbor at the fair but she didn't get there until we were already home. I knew when I c... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:36:24 EST What Went - Monday 1. Dh (an RN) thinks that when the chiropractor put me on the decompression table that it tore my muscles. It sure feels like it. It is still very painful. But. . . I am able to get a lot done and really, that's where my priorities are. After 20 plus years of pain, pain-free is such a luxury! <BR> <BR> 2. Dd felt a lot better today. She's still a bit snorty but I think it is just leftover stuff. <BR> <BR> 3. I got my second of five allergy shots before I'm able to bring it home and ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:49:15 EST Tracking all day activity What is this? I just got this notice that I tracked two minutes for all day activity! What? I logged in 5000 plus steps. I went for a walk even! I feel a bit insulted by this. . . . Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:06:58 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Dd's cold is in the goopy congestion and cough stage. We left her home while we went to church. I checked in on her periodically but she was happy cuddling on the couch with the dog and watching t.v. <BR> <BR> 2. We had missionaries today from Brazil. I was a bit proud of myself that I was the only one that could pronounce the wife's Portuguese name correctly! :) <BR> <BR> 3. We went out for lunch with the missionaries. We had a lovely time visiting. I ordered fish and chips. ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:14:50 EST What Went - Saturday 1. I've received such good support on SP. I know that I've been really bad about thanking each of you as you've encouraged me. I just wanted to say thank you. I do read each comment and appreciate each one. <BR> <BR> 2. Today was a bad pain day - still a lot of pain in my back, hips and pelvic region since the treatment yesterday. But. . . I have been functional and that is my litmus test of whether a day is really bad or not. <BR> <BR> 3. I got a lot of laundry done today. A very... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:54:49 EST I'm So Upset I wrote a blog earlier this week about being in a minor car accident and being treated at the chiropractor. The Dr. talked me into doing a decompression treatment. A couple of people with chronic pain on the message board I frequent told me that they had bad reactions to it. I started to talk about backing out of my appointment. Dh talked me into keeping it. I left the doctor after an hour's "treatment" in excruciating pain and in tears. I'm still extremely upset. I'm actually more ups... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:12:06 EST What Went - Thursday I took car into the dealership this morning. There were two recall notices on the car for fixes and upgrades. Plus, a couple of days ago I got the bright idea to replace the air filter in the car. I got mad when two mechanics laughed at the idea of me doing this myself. So I watched a YouTube video and it was very very easy. So I lifted the hood and put in the new filter. Easy peasy. Only when I put the hood back down, the check engine light went on plus the 4wd light and some kind of ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:26:01 EST What Went - Wednesday Another spectacularly busy day. <BR> ins <BR> Dd and I were at Children's for an EKG at 8 am. The technician was very nice and competent. She was a former homeschooler too. We are meeting more and more former homeschoolers in the marketplace. Proof that they do get hired and can get advanced training! We probably won't get results until next week. <BR> <BR> We had breakfast out at our favorite local diner. <BR> <BR> We then went back to the chiropractor to get x-ray results. Dd and my... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:07:46 EST What Went - Tuesday Another super busy day. <BR> <BR> The day started with dd telling me that she had a lot of pain if she turned her neck. Since we were rear ended two days ago and she was in the car, I was concerned and took her to the chiropractor. I had not expected him to do full exams of both of us including x-rays but I do see the wisdom of it. He said that she was showing classic whip-lash signs and since her head did go forwards and then back when our car was hit, that makes sense. I don't have any... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:45:51 EST What Went - Monday So busy. <BR> <BR> We were rear ended for the second time in two days yesterday. Fortunately my husband is handling all the work in getting that cleared up. <BR> <BR> Ds had his specialist appt. this morning. It was a bit stressful getting there since he had an anxiety meltdown but the actual appointment was fine and uneventful. <BR> <BR> Children's finally took pity on me when they discovered that dd's EKG order was still lost and are coordinating everything with the ped's office for me... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:25:02 EST Homemade Lunchables I planned out healthy lunch options for today. I talked to each kid (3 of them since dd has a friend with us this weekend and she's a super picky eater). I went to the grocery store to get each of their favorites. I shopped for about 40 minutes and got fruits (mango slices, strawberries, grapes), cheeses (sliced med. cheddar, sharp cheddar, havarti), meats (summer sausage and sliced ham), veggies (sugar snap peas) plus a dip and crackers (sesame rice crackers and regular saltines). I have... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 01:58:53 EST Appointments Dd had another migraine/dizzy spell today. I've gotten appointments for her at the retinal specialist and the neurologist. I'm still waiting on being able to schedule the ordered EKG because the big children's hospital hasn't logged the order yet. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:13:07 EST A Month of Doctors September at least is going to be a month of doctors. We've seen 3 doctors in two days. Two more doctors are already scheduled for next week. The dentist for the week after. But I'm not done. I still have two more doctors to call tomorrow for my son. And three doctors to call tomorrow for my daughter. And one doctor to call for myself. Phew! <BR> <BR> Half of these are for "maintenance" - ongoing treatment like allergy shots etc. The other half are to check to make sure there aren... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 21:00:55 EST That Darn CPap I am very fond of my CPap. It really has made a difference in the quality of my sleep. It helps to stay breathing all night long. . . . <BR> <BR> That said, I had a very bad reaction last night to something in my CPap. I'm thinking a touch of mold or something because I got lazy and didn't clean it properly? No idea. Anyway, I put it on, had a bad allergic reaction with my nose, throat closing up. Like a dummy, I didn't realize it was the CPap at first and left it on to just "fight t... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 02:22:11 EST The kids and diabetes Looks like both my kids are at least border-line diabetic. One needs to lose weight. The other one is as skinny as a rail and is a jock. Neither has type 1. Ds17 is being watched/treated by his doctor. I just became aware of dd12's problem this weekend and need to take her in. She had a hypoglycemic episode on Friday and since then we've been monitoring and have discovered that her sugar is too high on occasion. Dh's family are all diabetic due to some genetic something that has nothi... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:39:00 EST The In-Laws Today after dinner, we went to visit my in-laws. We walked in to a very strong smell of gas. MIL had put on the gas burner on the stove, hadn't noticed that the igniter was broken and just left it. FIL, who is the one who "takes care of" MIL who has dementia, was totally oblivious to the smell as well. I got a bad sore throat and a headache from the gas even though we had fans going and doors and windows open to air out the house. Dh taped off the defective burner so that (hopefully) the... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:20:01 EST My Friend Linda Today I had lunch with my friend Linda. I have known Linda now for 39 years. We went to a Japanese restaurant that neither of us had ever been to before but was truly lovely. It was quite reasonably priced and was neither the fast foody ubiquitous teriyaki nor the posh and expensive sushi. I had chicken chasu don - steamed chicken with spinach and green onions on a bed of rice. I was able to order a small, which was really nice because it was just the right amount and was cheaper to boot... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:13:25 EST The Bill Paying/Filing/Shredding Extravaganza Day 4 Yesterday I took a break and drove over 2 hours south. My son took a hunting safety course. I'm sure they must offer them sometimes closer but we couldn't find any and he's a bit impatient to get his license so I was a patient mama and took him. My daughter came too and we made a day of it. We took sandwiches and stopped and ate them in a parking lot on the way. I wanted to get out of the car at the place we stopped but they required a $3 fee and some "squirrels" had been in my purse and... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:34:25 EST The Bill Paying/Filing/Shredding Extravaganza Day 3 Today is the first day I could really see progress. I have now gone through all three 3 file boxes and have filed every single piece of paper that goes into them. I've shredded three bags worth of papers and have recycled even more. But despite the shredding, the files are full to bursting again because of all the things filed. Sigh. I might need to get a fourth box but I'm not sure where to put it. Maybe where the loose papers were all stacked in a teetering pile! <BR> <BR> Once I g... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:01:20 EST The Bill Paying/Filing/Shredding Extravaganza Day 2 I'm frustrated that there is a day two. Why don't these things all get done in the couple of hours I've alloted for them! (I know - unrealistic expectations to begin with). I'm tempted to do what I've done for years - stuff all the stuff back in it's holding box and ignore it until I can't stand it anymore or it becomes an absolute emergency if I don't find something. But I'm not going to do do that this time. I think my life will go so much smoother if I get a handle on this once and f... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:43:50 EST The Bill Paying/Filing/Shredding Extravaganza Now that I'm back from Bible Camp, I'm overwhelmed with all that needs to be done on the home front. I had to pay bills anyway, so today we are having the bill paying/filing/shredding extravaganza. I've paid all the regular bills. (Medical bills are a whole 'nother ball of wax.) I've made some calls on some of the business things I've been putting off. Ds and I have filed 3/4 of the huge pile of papers that needed to be filed. Dd has shredded 2 1/2 bags of papers. We're taking a break ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:37:50 EST Back From Bible Camp It was exhausting but amazing. The kids had a great time. They were safe except for literally a minute before the end of camp when a little girl got hit on the nose with a ball and possibly broke her nose. My dh (camp nurse) put ice on it and put a call into her mom who was already on her way in the car to pick her up to let her know that she needed to plan to have a doctor look at it. It was one of those freak things - the ball must have just hit her nose "just right". We're already pla... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:39:02 EST Bible Camp - Midweek Report The following blog was written on Wednesday but only posted on Saturday because getting to a place with Wi-fi was too difficult while at camp. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is halfway through our week at Bible camp. It is traditionally the day I get sick but God has been gracious and I'm just having a touch of intestinal stuff going on. Camp food can be rough on the system! It is also the day when traditionally we've had to deal with the brunt of stuff going on in the lives of young people. Its th... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:10:18 EST It's our Plan B, But God's Plan A Today is our first full day of Bible camp. I've nicknamed this year's camp "Camp Plan B". Every year we have to be flexible during camp week but this year seems especially so. Our lead guitarist dislocated his shoulder on the way to camp. He had it "fixed" and came anyway. We didn't have enough counselors for the girls after we had some "day of camp cancellations of staff". I was planning to stay with my co-teacher but my co-teacher became the teen girl's counselor, I got a new co-teach... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:12:00 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Another very busy day. Everything is printed out. I have supplies for activities and games. Sleeping bags and towels are already packed in the car. Other expensive items are waiting by the door to be packed tomorrow morning. I've been to the bank and the pharmacy. All laundry was done prior to packing. Phew! <BR> <BR> 2. but despite all that busyness my Fitbit only says 2024 steps. How did that happen? Oh well, I''m too tired to try and get 3000 more steps. <BR> <BR> 3. My da... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:01:57 EST What Went - Friday 1. I survived the day. Well, technically the day isn't done yet but I'm saying that on faith. It was a super busy day today. In the morning I went to the chiropractor and gassed up the car while ds17 volunteered at the library and dd12 baked an order of chocolate chip cookies for a customer. Then after lunch at McDonald's (yeah, I know), I dropped dd off at a friend's house then took ds to get his allergy shots. Then we went shopping for camp stuff. I didn't know that chocolate coins ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:46:35 EST What Went - Thursday 1. My kids were thrilled to find 'play with Legos' on our to-do list today. We made a 6 foot racing track for Lego cars that we will use at Bible camp. Tomorrow we will need to dismantle it very carefully and figure out how to transport it in pieces. 3 cars didn't work with the track so we went out and bought new sets that will work. <BR> <BR> 2. One other activity we were going to do at camp didn't work out when we tried to execute it. That's why we do all these things now ahead of ti... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:16:15 EST Hyperfocusing There is too much to do. So much so that I feel a bit out of control whenever I think about it. So I'm choosing to mono-task, aka hyperfocus on one thing only. Of course you still need to eat, sleep, run the dishwasher, but for the most part, I'm focusing on the main thing. <BR> <BR> This week that is getting ready for Bible camp. I've now written all nine lessons and have sent them off to my co-teacher. Today I need to read all 9 of those lessons as a whole, check them for continuity... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:16:47 EST Difference between There and Here I lost 5 pounds while I was out of town for my dad's death and funeral. I did not stop eating out of grief. So I'm comparing food choices/ exercise between there and back home to figure out what I did right. <BR> <BR> Medications: <BR> Took all my meds with me. I mostly kept up with my Metformin but forgot some days. I had my glucometer with me but did not test my sugar once while I was there. I ran out of gabapentin while there and did not renew it until I came home so I didn't take ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:59:49 EST Tired I'm too tired. Some of it is jet lag. Some of it is working through some stuff that got stirred up by my dad's death. <BR> <BR> I really really need to finish my Bible camp lessons. I've written 5 out of 9 lessons. I was supposed to write lessons 6 and 7 today. I wrote half of 6. And I'm tired. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 01:33:35 EST A Look Back My dad was a complicated man. He was raised in an abusive family that he never talked about. He left home at age 16 and never looked back. He was a difficult person in many ways. And yet my dad found and was changed by Jesus profoundly. <BR> <BR> He came to know the Lord when he was 15 years old. He had a call to overseas ministry not too long afterward and took the time to get the education and training he needed. He was very intelligent and yet had no support for education from his... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 12:09:39 EST Home I am very happy to be home again. I am so tired. I did get 7606 steps today from all the walking in airports. <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 23:45:25 EST Heaven My dad passed away at 8 pm tonight. Dad stopped breathing for a few minutes, my sister called all of us to tell us that he had passed away, called a nurse to call time of death and then suddenly Dad started to breathe again. As strange as it sounds, God worked that out for the best because it allowed the rest of us to bring mom back to say a final good-bye before he stopped breathing for a final time. My son, my two sisters, my mom and I were all with Dad when he died. My husband and daug... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:42:09 EST Monday Just a few short notes here. <BR> <BR> I'm leaving in a few short hours to go see my family. My dad is still alive at this moment. We don't know how long he will hang on - he could surprise us or not. But we know his fate is in God's hands who knows the best time to bring him home. <BR> <BR> I may or may not be checking in here. It may be a nice distraction or it may be a distraction that I don't need. We'll see how it goes. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:31:22 EST