JEANINNEWCASTLE's SparkPeople Blog JEANINNEWCASTLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Voice Rest My throat is still swollen and sore today. I feel like a drama queen but I've called the specialist's nurse twice today. We've worked out a plan to hopefully manage the swelling and to address any problems if I can't wait until the specialist gets back in town. If things continue to swell to the point where I am having trouble breathing then I'll go to the E.R. If things are ok tonight but still bad enough tomorrow morning, I'll go see the ENT's partner. If things are ok even if not opt... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:38:50 EST What Went - Sunday I made it to church though I didn't feel super. Had a nice service. Had a nice class with the teens. Sang some hymns. By the time church was all over I was starting to lose my voice even though I'm still on the antibiotics and there was no voice restriction. Went out to lunch with some people. Didn't feel well but managed to still have a nice time talking and eating. On the way home, my throat started to hurt and swell up. I was coughing and coughing and dh was telling me to grab a ba... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 21:34:21 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Dh had a successful all day seminar on the Life of Christ. <BR> <BR> 2. Ds spent much of the day making some kind of a gadget for his electric guitar. I 'm impressed even if I don't understand it. <BR> <BR> 3. Dd ran a couple of miles. This is the first she's run all week because she had been sick. She also volunteered a.m and then evening at the Y. <BR> <BR> 4. I survived. That's my job right now. To survive until nightfall. I'm fairly sure my liver is inflamed. I am nause... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 01:39:12 EST What Went - Friday 1. I start round 3 of antibiotics tomorrow. The doctor is going out of town and called to make sure I was ok. His nurse will still be here and has told me to call next week to let her know how I'm doing. He doesn't want me to try coming off of antibiotics until he can be there to monitor it (the infection is in my throat so me not being ready to be to be off of antibiotics involves my throat closing up - last time quite rapidly). But I'm actually functional today. Which is a good thing ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 01:53:32 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Today had some tough spots physically but it was a lot better than yesterday. Tomorrow I find out if I stay on the same antibiotic for a third round or if I will be switched to another antibiotic for the third round. <BR> <BR> 2. Ds got his physics done. He did not think he would. I knew he would. It was one of those line-in-the-sand moments. But it got done and everyone is happy. <BR> <BR> 3. I don't feel like eating any more. I used to long for this to happen to me. It's ac... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:34:48 EST What Went - Wednesday Today we did an experiment where we crushed up iron fortified cereal and separated out the iron. It was so weird to see little black iron bits lining up by the magnet! Kind of cool and a bit gross to think that we are actual eating metal! <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:25:47 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. The cherry blossoms are beautiful. <BR> <BR> 2. The forsythia is beautiful. <BR> <BR> 3. The daffodils are beautiful. <BR> <BR> 4. Decided to eat sauerkraut for my tummy. Opened up the can and it was brown! Yuck! I looked at the expiration date and it was over a couple of months ago! Oops! Someone told me that the refrigerated kind was better anyway because it is "live". Does that mean it has active good bacteria cultures? Anyway, I got some refrigerated at the grocery store.... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:06:06 EST Feeling Lost and Guilty 1. Got home from a grocery run for dinner ingredients to find dh up and heading out the door. I wish he'd tell me when he has something like a doctor's appointment. I had no food packed for his work. I had no dinner made for him yet. Oh well. I guess his natural consequence is that he'll have to pick some stuff up for himself. <BR> <BR> 2. The ENT called the obnoxious doctor and got his take on what my condition is like. He wants me to stay on the antibiotics that Obnoxious doctor pre... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 20:18:40 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Dd and I stayed home from church today. Dh and ds went. <BR> <BR> 2. These antibiotics kick me in the butt. Today has been a mix of slowly working through some necessary chores and sleeping. <BR> <BR> 3. I can feel that the antibiotics are working - there is less swelling, I think. But it hurts at the base of my tongue to talk and eat and esp. when I cough. Tomorrow I need to call my ENT. <BR> <BR> 4. We've been taking care of my neighbor's dog. She's a sweet dog but fragil... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 23:41:00 EST Update on Obnoxious Doctor This morning I went to see the obnoxious on-call doctor that had talked to me last night. In person, he was falling over himself to be nice, so much so, that I almost got the giggles. He's still full of himself. He's the "best in his field" according to his own description of himself. He's sort of the stereotypical metrosexual plastic surgeon who is hyper focused on age. Apparently it is all downhill for women after age 50 and for men after age 40 (he's 43)! He said that he was so gener... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:17:54 EST The Most Obnoxious Doctor Ever Background - had a throat infection (lingual tonsillitis) last month. Was on antibiotics. My throat was still swollen afterwards but ENT didn't want to put me on more antibiotics if he could help it. I've been doing alternative stuff at his suggestion to try and keep it from getting reinfected. <BR> <BR> Of course, now that it is Friday night, it has rocketed into the sharp paln that I "love" so much. So I did exactly what I had been told to do if it happened again outside of office ho... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 23:28:52 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I guess I spoke too soon on my tummy being better. I ate fruits and veggies yesterday and things went back to being a problem. Oh well. I went back to chicken and rice today. And more probiotics. <BR> <BR> 2. Dd was sick all day on the couch. It's just a bad cold. I didn't have a sore throat all day but at night got one again - when I'm tired and my immunity goes down a tad. I really hope that I don't get this. <BR> <BR> 3. I found a YouTube explaining how to replace the part i... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:09:39 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. My stomach is all better. I can eat fruits and veggies again. Today I had a banana, lettuce, avocado, apple, asparagus, onion, mushrooms. <BR> <BR> 2. My daughter was sick today with yet another cold. Now I have the start of a sore throat. <BR> <BR> 3. My throat is still swollen and tender from the last problem so anything I get now will just be layered on top of that. <BR> <BR> 4. One of my shelves in my refrigerator came crashing down. Apparently one of the pins that holds u... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 02:17:29 EST He Who Has Health. . . Today's motivational quote: "He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything." - Arabian Proverb. Well, that's a bit of a kick in the teeth to those of us with chronic health problems. . . <BR> <BR> I was a bit nervous about getting dental work done today since my throat is still swollen and dental work can dislodge bacteria and stuff. The dentist and hygienist were very knowledgeable about the lingual tonsil (much more than my primary doc!) but I suppose that is to be expe... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 23:01:38 EST Crossroads Just got back from the doc. We're hoping that I am not getting C-diff. My tummy problems, while increasing, are not that bad at this point. I'm pushing the probiotics. I was very unhappy to discover that while I'm not having throat pain, my throat is definitely still swollen down there. He said that this may indeed be a chronic thing that I've been having that is only now coming to light. We're at a crossroads now - my body could continue to heal without antibiotics and both throat and ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:10:50 EST What Went - Sunday 1. My tummy is still grumpy. I'm taking probiotics in the a.m. and p.m right now trying to get things put back together. <BR> <BR> 2. Dd and I went to the big county library today. She finally paid off her fines and was able to pick out new books. <BR> <BR> 3. Then I took dd out for a milkshake. I had promised her six months ago that if she had no cavities at her dental cleaning that I would get her one. I had forgotten. She hadn't;) <BR> <BR> 4. Dh took ds out target shooting. ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 23:00:58 EST What Went - Saturday 1. My tummy is Not Happy. About the only thing it can tolerate is a bit of rice and chicken. I tried a bite of green beans and it really was unhappy. I was taking high doses of probiotics but had run out of the special colon specific ones. I went tonight to get them. I hope they can make my tummy happy again. I'm off the antibiotics as of yesterday and was taking probiotics all along (separated by a couple of hours from the antibiotics) but I'm sure that has set up this situation. <BR>... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:46:20 EST What is Going - Friday 1. Doctor's appointment went well. The doctor looked at my weight and then at the records and said "You've lost weight!" Then he looked at me and said "how did you do that?" I told him that I don't know. I am eating the same way (healthy) and exercising daily just as I have been for the last few years. I don't know what has made a difference now. Possibly my new probiotic targeted for the colon? Weird, I know, but that's really the only thing I can think of that is different. That an... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:43:53 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I got my 6000 steps today. <BR> <BR> 2. I had to use my Mommy Voice on the union rep. to get them to resolve things for my son. I was trying to let him resolve it on his own but seeing as he's not an adult and they were being uncooperative for a week, I think it was ok to intervene. A good Mommy Voice is a super power. <BR> <BR> 3. Dh is home for 3 days. We were supposed to go out of town just the two of us but then I got sick. I'm much better now with the antibiotics but there was... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:58:49 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Is it good when you go in for lab work and the technician says "I know you. Let me get the hot pack?" Bad news is that it took two tourniquets, a hot pack and ten minutes until he got blood. The good news is that he was very patient and did it with good humor and no digging. :) <BR> <BR> 2. Dd and I went for breakfast afterward at IHop. They gave me an extra egg when I said no to any bread. <BR> <BR> 3. My 13 year old daughter loves to spend time with me. :) <BR> <BR> 4. Aft... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:22:00 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. I felt good today. I found that I still tire easily (not that that is something totally new with this latest illness or anything!) But my busy spurts were a bit more enjoyable. <BR> <BR> 2. I actually walked on the treadmill for about ten minutes which is more than I have done in a couple of weeks. I need to contact the personal trainer and tell him that I will schedule our workouts once I'm able to actually do them - maybe in a week or so. <BR> <BR> 3. I lost another pound. I'm b... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:49:18 EST What Went - Sunday It is about 8:30 at night and I don't feel so well. This has sort of been the story of today. I woke up with a sore throat again, I saw the family off to church and went back to bed. Then I've had a mix of trying to get some much needed things done: dh's work clothes for tomorrow needed to go through the washer and dryer, I had other clothes that needed to be folded and put away, I've been chipping away at bills. I do a bit, rest a bit. Do a bit, rest a bit. Right now I've been doing ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:24:36 EST What is Going - Saturday 1. I overdid it yesterday plus had to wake up early this morning. I had a sore throat as a result. I'm glad that I'm still on the antibiotic. <BR> <BR> 2. Because I learn from overdoing it, I had an extra long walk with Rocky this morning. ;) We went through the deserted dog park and I coaxed him into trying out a couple of the agility things in there. I wish I had done agility with him from when he was a puppy. He would have enjoyed it and it would have been a good outlet for his en... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:33:43 EST What Went - Friday 1. I slept lying down last night! Not only did I not have to spend part of the night in my armchair, I didn't need to use the wedge to keep myself propped up. I still woke up to a couple of coughing jags but my nights are getting better every night. <BR> <BR> 2. I can eat without any pain at all. I need to watch it now that I am not just eating because I have to eat. I do want to enjoy my food but just not too much. ;) <BR> <BR> 3. I took the kids clothes shopping after school today... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 02:31:46 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I can eat again. Most of the pain in my throat and tongue is gone. <BR> <BR> 2. I am still coughing a lot. I get coughing jags where I'm gasping for breath. Laughing so hard that you start to cough like that is kind of a strange oxymoron. (I'm pretty sure I'm not using the right word here but I'm too tired to figure it out. Hopefully you know what I mean anyway.) <BR> <BR> 3. I am very fatigued. Is this from the antibiotic? From the work the antibiotic is doing? From still not ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:35:03 EST A Tale of Two Doctors One week ago I got sick - intense sort throat, fever. One week ago I weighed four pounds heavier - four pounds lost due to not being able to swallow, not due to good healthy choices. I thought it was getting better and then it seemed to start to get worse again. <BR> <BR> So today I tried to get into the ENT. They told me that it was impossible to fit me in until next week. So I go into my primary doc. <BR> <BR> Appointment #1 with primary: His nurse was really worried about me and kep... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:58:12 EST I Am Truly Miserable How's that for a Valentine's post? I was going to send Valentine's Sparkgoodies to all my Sparkfriends asking you to be "Be Mine. . . Sparkfriend". This is going to have to do, because once this is posted I'm going to go lie down! <BR> <BR> Saturday I was hit with severe fatigue. Managed to limp through Saturday and Sunday and Monday. Tuesday I had a fever. Wednesday my throat swelled up and it feels like there are glass shards way back where my voice box is. I have had absolutely no ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:40:46 EST What Went - Saturday (Part 2 of today) OK - I just scared myself thoroughly. As you know, earlier I hit total exhaustion. I rested all afternoon - slept some, dinked around on the computer some, read some. Then after supper (a grab your own affair) I had to go to the grocery store for our Sunday packed lunch. Dd and I went a little bit farther away than normal to a store with a salad bar (about a 15 min. drive). I was driving home, still totally exhausted, when the car stopped working. It was slowing down more and more. I g... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 22:47:51 EST What is Going - Saturday It is 12:30 in the afternoon and I've already met my step goal! All the rest of today is gravy. This morning while dd13 ran 4 miles with her 10k training group, Rocky and I walked 2 1/2 miles. That's longer than I've walked in a very long time. The last 1/4 mile was a bit rough but I had to get back to my car. ;) <BR> <BR> While we walked on the trail, it was fun to people watch. There were a lot of runners out today, some walkers like me, most with dogs, and absolutely no bicyclists... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 15:47:36 EST What Went - Friday 1. First, I want to thank God that I did not have to drive 1 hour to pick up FIL and then drive an hour back to take him to the doctor and then reverse all of that. . . (We think he's the one making these appointments because neither SIL or dh are making them and they are for odd times. Fortunately, SIL was able to cancel this one and I cancelled another one. And no, he doesn't need to see the doctor.) Dh actually called the office today and told them that FIL is not authorized to ma... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 21:35:09 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I did really well doing Zumba on Wednesday without the personal training as well. No spasms. No unyielding clenched muscles. No pain and minimal fatigue. <BR> <BR> 2. I went to the Y twice today. The first time was at 10 am when I went with the children and we all did our stuff. I walked on the treadmill and watched remodeling shows on the t.v. The second time was at 1 pm when I went for my personal trainer appointment. We very cautiously tried two different weight machines. O... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 19:53:52 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. My physical trainer session got pushed to tomorrow. We got out the door in time - in fact even a bit early to allow me extra time to park and to warm up before the training. But there was no parking. All those stupid New Year's Resolutioners had taken up the spaces at the Y. (OK - they aren't stupid. In fact, they are smart for wanting to take care of their health. But I want my parking spots back!) I had to circle around and around until someone left. I was ten minutes late for a... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 00:21:35 EST What Went - Tuesday I am beat. Today after school we went for ds's allergy shots. Then we went to the nearby Costco. I haven't done a big shop there in a long time - at least 6 month and probably more like 9 months. I'm very glad that the kids were with me to help. <BR> <BR> I got more than my step goal. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 00:34:21 EST What Went - Monday 1. My weight at the end of January was one pound more than at the end of December. But. . . at the beginning of January I gained 5 pounds trying to follow the personal trainer's recommendations (incorrectly) and then lost 4 of those pounds. So all in all, not too bad. Of course I'd like to lose that one pound and then some this month. <BR> <BR> 2. The bad thing about not following the strict diet is that there are a lot more grey areas when it comes to food choices. The black and white... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 22:46:01 EST What Went - Sunday A busy day. <BR> <BR> Church went well. I had wheat gluten during communion - just a small wafer but even that amount is enough to elicit an allergic reaction in someone. I had no reaction. I'm still going to stay away from it though. I really don't think I'm allergic (as my non-reaction seems to support) but if I eat a lot it seems to lead to inflammation that I don't need. <BR> <BR> I totally forgot my church bag with my teaching book for the teens. So I taught off the cuff. Of ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 02:25:46 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Today was the start of dd's 10k running group. It was cold out there! And of course I forgot my warm coat. I wonder if Rocky felt cold too or maybe at at almost 12, he's finally acting his age, because I took him to the dog park and he spent over half the time at the gate looking to see if it would open. Dd ran 4 miles today. <BR> <BR> 2. To keep with the theme on dd, I suggested the other day that she start to learn computer programming on Khan Academy. (Everything on there is f... 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