LESLIELENORE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LESLIELENORE LESLIELENORE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Breaking down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038732 I lost my s++t today sparkaroonies. I called the neurologist's office at 8am when they opened, and actually talked to a person, instead of having to leave a message, so I thought that was a good sign. They got back to me around 10:30. Another change of medications, and the insurance company finally approved the one they have been stalling on, and they wanted to do another benadryl and thorazine infusion, which requires a driver as it makes me stoned out of my gourd. Dad agreed to take me ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:20:25 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038293 Around 10:30 this morning I threw in the towel and decided to give in and go to the ER for this migraine. Usually they can give me something for the pain that will work at least for a day or two. Today... nothing worked. Not dilaudid, or IV tylenol or any of the other things they tried. The migraine did calm down enough that I went from wanting to scream to merely wanting to whimper. I have never had a migraine that bad before... and it is still with me. Around 1pm, I started getting sh... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:06:21 EST MRI is done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037883 Sort of took a rest and recovery day today, as I had my MRI this afternoon, and I had to run errands this morning. I still started the day with a 4 mile walk with Cooper, followed by coffee with mom. The coffee seems to help my migraines a little, but the effect wears off over the course of the day. Then I left Cooper with my parents so I could go to the bank, the grocery store, the post office, and put gas in the car... all before noon, as that was about the time I said I would meet Jere... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:46:11 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037356 Nothing really fascinating happening here. The migraine is back. But the dog still has to be walked. My gratitude list for today... <BR> <BR> 1. Passionate emotion <BR> 2. Serene moments <BR> 3. Happy dog <BR> 4. Good books... especially the ones I want to reread <BR> 5. Good food that fits my nutrition plan. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:37:27 EST Gratitude list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036840 1. Cool, clear days <BR> 2. A good friend <BR> 3. A new book that makes me laugh <BR> 4. A clean kitchen <BR> 5. Getting back on track right away <BR> 6. Mobility <BR> 7. Heat and light... electric power is wonderful <BR> 8. Technology... even when it does strange things and makes me puzzled. <BR> 9. Happy dog, snuggled inside my hoodie <BR> 10. Potential Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:13:50 EST What is acceptable... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036264 I still have a migraine, but it isn't as intense, so I will accept it as liveable for now. It is a matter of perspective and what I am willing to resign myself to for now. After the intense agony of the past couple of weeks this is very doable. Not comfortable, but acceptable nonetheless. Now if I can only maintain at this level until mid December when I have my next neuro appointment. I think the nurses on the triage line are sick of hearing from me. LOL. <BR> <BR> I had a decent da... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:47:17 EST Temporary relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035749 So yesterday's infusion was thorazine and benadryl. Both of which are supposed to make you drowsy. In fact the thorazine is supposed to knock you out, so your body can reset without the pain. I have the opposite reaction to benadryl though... it gets me wired. I did have some kind of allergic reaction to both the benadryl and the thorazine, but it was limited, and didn't spread, so we proceeded anyways... So, I got drowsy from the thorazine, but restless from the benadryl. weird headsp... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 15:21:48 EST Grasping at straws http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035255 The doctor has ordered another infusion. This one may make me sleep anywhere from 12-24 hours, so if you don't hear from me that is why. The SPG block treatments only minimally helped the migraine, so they are busting out the big guns. My BFF, Jen, is riding to my rescue as a last minute driver, as I obviously cannot drive myself home from this one. We just have to drop Cooper off with my dad and Jeremy. I am going to ask if I can leave him overnight, because I doubt I will be conscious ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:05:41 EST Third treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034883 Third and final SPG block treatment this evening. I have only seen a minimal improvement. But I have seen SOME improvement. Now I just hope I don't get a rebound headache. And yes I cried again. There is just something about it that brings tears to my eyes. The PA said not to worry about it. <BR> <BR> Got quite a bit accomplished today despite the ongoing migraine. I might WANT to curl up and cry and do nothing, but I am stubborn. Started the day with coffee with mom and dad at their... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:50:09 EST Second treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034385 I drove myself to my appointment for my second SPG block treatment. The PA was running behind so I waited quite a while. I cried again, and the taste didn't get any better. Still haven't noticed a difference. The drive didn't help. It was definitely a two hands on the wheel kind of day. Boy was it windy! Gusts to 60mph. Passing the big trucks on the thruway was an adventure. I was glad I wasn't driving a truck myself. Tomorrow I am catching a ride with my BFF, Jen. I have an MRI sc... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:19:52 EST First treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033916 Had my first SPG block treatment this evening. No noticeable effect yet, but I am hopeful that the cumulative effect will ease the grip of the migraine. It made me cry a little, and the lidocaine running down the back of my throat tastes nasty, but it wasn't too awful. <BR> <BR> My gratitude list for today <BR> <BR> 1. Warm weather <BR> 2. Happy dog <BR> 3. Morning coffee with mom and dad <BR> 4. Two new books on my kindle this morning <BR> 5. Hope. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 22:11:58 EST Keeping going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033175 Having a bad day with this migraine, but I am trying not to let it influence my attitude too much. It is hard, when all I want to do is curl up in a dark place and cry. But the dog has to walk, so I have to get out and interact with the world. I try and make a point of smiling and nodding at the people I pass on the sidewalk. The people I am most envious of are the runners. I think if I tried running right now my head would simply explode. I spend plenty of time each day gently stretchi... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:35:54 EST Gratitude list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032524 1. The opportunity to watch the sunrise while walking with my dad in the morning. <BR> 2. Pups playing. <BR> 3. Helping hands (at least when I am not being stubborn). <BR> 4. Abundant sunshine (and I remembered my sunglasses!) <BR> 5. Unseasonably warm weather <BR> 6. The crinkle of the colorful leaves under my feet. <BR> 7. Found money. <BR> 8. Puppy snores <BR> 9. Getting right back on track <BR> 10. Not letting adversity control my life or attitude. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 12:48:42 EST To sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032229 The infusion yesterday provided enough relief from the pain that I was able to sleep last night. Nine hours straight through! Felt good. Today I did my usual Saturday thing, with a few early morning errands added on. I stopped and got a Christmas present. I am not feeling the Christmas spirit yet this year. I only have two presents purchased and ready to wrap. I am not sure if I am going to buy any more either. After errands I got coffee and went out to my parents' house to visit with... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:12:45 EST Where I am at... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031671 I am on day 6 of my second killer migraine this month. I have tried steroids, infusions, sumatriptan, naratriptan, and have started taking daily topamax. The only thing that really seems to work so far is dilaudid, but they frown on giving that to you very often. They start to question if it is drug-seeking behavior. Next week I am going for SPG blocks on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This is kind of an extreme measure, because I am miserable. They stick a catheter up your nose and ... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:23:00 EST Gratitude list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031101 1. Fall weather <BR> 2. My dad is willing to drive me to the neuro doc <BR> 3. Good books! <BR> 4. Seeing good all around me... even when I don't feel well <BR> 5. A gentle chiropractor <BR> 6. Yummy food <BR> 7. Long time friends who listen to me vent and then make me laugh... at myself! Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:35:46 EST Took a ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030685 ... In an ambulance. Boy howdy sparkaroonies... the migraine was wicked today. I called the neurologist while my neighbor was here, and tried talking to the nurse and couldn't follow the conversation... it was bad enough the nurse made me give the phone to my neighbor and they told her to hang up and call 911 for an ambulance. I was having trouble processing information, and saying the words on my tongue. Scary, because when I had my stroke those were some of the symptoms. Thankfully, no... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 23:04:42 EST Feeling pathetic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029940 This migraine just won't quit. I had three days headache free at the end of last week, before it kicked back in again. It makes me nauseous and weepy, and generally pathetic. I am sick of my own company that is for certain! And today is a rainy day, so Cooper does not want to go out. Despite the Eeyore-ness of my day I still have plenty to be grateful for... <BR> <BR> 1. I live in an apartment, so maintenance issues are someone elses problem. <BR> 2. Good insurance coverage <BR> 3. Lovi... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:27:31 EST Gratitude list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029380 Again with the not very good day. I am trying a new medication... hopefully starting tonight. If not, then it is probably back to the ER for me. I do have things to be grateful for though <BR> <BR> 1. Clean, safe drinking water <BR> 2. Healthy, tasty food <BR> 3. Loving family <BR> 4. I won something cool! <BR> 5. Good friends Mon, 9 Nov 2015 15:53:11 EST Gratitude list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028791 Not having a very good day. So I am going to focus on my gratitude list, and not bore you with my woes. <BR> <BR> 1. A happy dog <BR> 2. The scale moving the right way again <BR> 3. The lack of snow so far <BR> 4. Access to a car <BR> 5. Limitless possibilities when I get out of my own way. Sun, 8 Nov 2015 16:18:12 EST A decent day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028332 Spent a good chunk of the day with mom. Started the day with a walk with dad and Cooper, then coffee while Cooper played with the neighbor's puppy. They play hard! Mom and I left around 9am to go to a Scandinavian cooking class. They were demonstrating how to make cinnamon buns. I had a teeny, tiny nibble... they were so heavy, I am glad I didn't try eating more than one bite. After the cooking class we went shopping. Two farm stands and the big grocery store. I resisted most of the t... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 18:34:10 EST MRI results... and a good samaritan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027874 It rained most of the morning, so Cooper was uninterested in walking, but it looked on the weather radar like the rain was over around 11am, so I took him out for a walk. The radar lied. We were about a mile from home and it started pouring. Poor Cooper was miserable and we were both soaked, when this woman pulls over next to us and asks if we want a ride. Bless her heart, she had no qualms about letting a wet dog into her nice car. There ARE still kind people in this world, and Rihanna ... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 18:24:10 EST Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027381 I got quite a bit accomplished today. Started the day early walking in the early dawn light with dad and Cooper. Then had coffee with the family out on their deck, as the weather stayed pretty. Was home by 9am and took Cooper for another short walk. Cleaned my whole apartment, including all my laundry, which piled up over the last week while I was under the weather. Also did the grocery shopping for the week. At 3pm I went to the chiropractor. (Cooper went into the crate.) After the c... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 20:15:03 EST Finally... relief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026573 I did end up going back to the ER last night, as the pain had me in tears. It was the same ER doc as last week, and he remembered me. We tried the same cocktail of meds as last time, and it wasn't working, so they finally broke out the Dilaudid. Relief! Within about 5 minutes I was feeling much improved. (Loopy, but felt much better.) And the headache hasn't come back yet this morning. I felt so much better I got up really early to go get coffee and go walk with my dad. (He is 72, and... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 10:31:52 EST The good, and the not so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026178 I slept last night! After not sleeping at all Sunday night, then getting the infusion yesterday afternoon, I crashed early last night (before 9) and slept for 10 hours. Which meant I was still up early enough to grab coffee and visit with mom and dad before loading up gear and boats to go kayaking. Kayaking was spiritually uplifting, emotionally comforting, and physically... a bad idea. I got slightly seasick for the first time ever, and it wasn't even all that bouncy. It was also a brig... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 18:43:04 EST Kayaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025602 I have plans to go kayaking tomorrow morning with my brother. It is supposed to be close to 70F and sunny... probably one of the last few nice days before the long slog of Winter. That is assuming my head does not explode or my brains leak out of my ears overnight. It could happen. I am of two minds on this venture. On one hand it will be a de-stressing adventure, and will probably blow some of the clouds away, but on the other hand my migraine is still hanging on, and I don't want to do... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 20:05:26 EST Hope and gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024733 I am trying to be both hopeful and grateful today. Doing okay with it so far. The migraine still hasn't broken, despite the new medication. If it still is no better tomorrow I guess I will call the doctor again. At least I HAVE a doctor to call, and my insurance covers my care. Those are big things to be grateful for! I am still holding onto hope that the pain will diminish. <BR> <BR> My dog does not understand the concept of daylight savings. He was up at 7:30 this morning wanting to... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 13:29:17 EST Happy Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024293 I keep my dog indoors for the most part on Halloween. I timed his afternoon walk for after the parade, but before trick or treating. The costumes freak him out. Poor puppy! <BR> <BR> Still no relief from the migraine from h@ll. It is only the second day of the steroid dose. I need to give it time to work, but I have been living with this intense pain since Tuesday, and I am tired of it. I keep holding onto all the things I have to be grateful for. It does help. <BR> <BR> Today I am g... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 17:14:14 EST Gratitude list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023857 Nothing new or interesting happening here. So today's blog will just be my gratitude list... <BR> <BR> 1. I have plenty of healthy food to eat <BR> 2. There is water enough to drink <BR> 3. My heart is open enough for hope to bloom Fri, 30 Oct 2015 19:20:12 EST Still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023281 I did not have to go back to the neurologist. He called in a prescription for a steroid, that I will start taking tomorrow before breakfast. It is supposed to break the cycle of pain. I only take it for 6 days, but it might affect my warfarin, so I have to go get more blood work done on Monday. I was up at 5:22am, because my migraine was bad enough to wake me up and keep me up. Cooper was not pleased with this development. He went back to bed without me. <BR> <BR> I went off plan with... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 17:58:01 EST Quick update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022789 I went for an infusion at the neurologist's office today, in an attempt to break the grip of this migraine. It failed. Might have to go again tomorrow. Sigh. <BR> <BR> It was a very windy day here today, lots of trees down and spotty power outages. And it rained, much to Cooper's disgust. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 19:25:25 EST ER visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022329 Let me preface this with the caveat that I can be imprudent at times... <BR> <BR> That said I went back to my regular workout routine after three weeks of light duty, and do I regret it. It triggered a massive migraine. And idiot that I am I didn't immediately lie down in a dark place. Nope I tried squeezing in just one more workout. Ugh. I won't be doing that again! I have very little patience with my physical limitations. My arms and legs work fine so I must be capable of working ou... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 23:49:16 EST MRI is done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021656 I will find out the results of the MRI on Nov 6 at my next appointment with the neurologist. I did not freak out in the machine. Yay! They only gave me 1mg of Ativan as sedation, which isn't much of anything, but it is enough to help me keep my eyes closed and breathing deeply to maintain my composure during the test. <BR> <BR> The test ate up about 4 hours of my afternoon if I include the driving time, and the wait for the sedation to kick in. That means less steps... so far. I will ta... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 19:28:56 EST Quiet day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021122 I like my routine. It is simple, and feeds my introverted self. It also revolves around my dog. He doesn't mind one bit. <BR> <BR> Off to Orchard Park tomorrow for another MRI. Dad is driving as I have to be sedated for the imaging. That little tube they slide you into wigs me out. Cooper will be spending the afternoon with my mom. I plan on trying to get him to go for a long walk in the morning. <BR> <BR> Jeremy decided against kayaking today as it was cold, dark, and windy for mo... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 20:53:56 EST A little of this and that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020554 Had coffee with mom this morning, before we decided on what to have for lunch. She had a big old ham in the fridge, so that was easy. To go with it I stir fried some veggies, sliced a tomato, and got out the homemade applesauce for mom and dad. Mom still has over 2 bushels of apples to cut up use in some way. Not sure what she will do with them. They are starting to run out of freezer space. And there is only so much apple crisp she is willing to make. LOL. <BR> <BR> I took it a litt... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 20:42:26 EST Tired tootsies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020011 So I walked 27.8 miles in 383 miles or just under 6.5 hours. My first few miles were 14min/miles I think, because I am pretty sure my last two were 16min/miles. I started "strolling" a bit at the end. Overall I averaged a 13.77min/mile pace. Not too shabby. Funny thing is the only ankle pain I experienced was in the ankle I DIDN'T injure, but it wasn't bad, so I kept on trucking. It gets a little boring just doing laps around town, but it is easier, and I can call it quits whenever. Sm... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 18:58:21 EST Car stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019510 Finished up the car stuff this afternoon... mom's car is inspected for another year. While I was waiting I walked down the big hill to the chiropractor for an adjustment (and then back up the hill after... surprisingly it took me one minute less to walk up the hill than it did to go down), and I still ended up waiting at the garage for half an hour, because the computer went down as they were getting ready to hook up our car. doh! They did get it up and running, but it took a while. That ... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:26:46 EST We humans are strange... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018947 The visiting nurse managed to get here today. I had just come in from walking the dog when she rang up to my apartment to be buzzed in. She was about 20 minutes early which was why the timing was so close. I also did some grocery shopping, and cleaned the apartment from top to bottom... in between walks with the dog and other exercise. <BR> <BR> I cooked supper for my neighbor again tonight. I made chicken. She loves how I do up chicken, which makes me feel good that I am getting her to... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 19:06:58 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018414 Nothing earth shattering happened here today. It was just a lovely Fall day. Cooper was up for a long walk this morning, so we did close to 4 miles before lunch. The visiting nurse is supposed to come tomorrow. We will see. It is not the usual day, and sometimes she cancels when it is an odd day. Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:56:16 EST Getting there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017817 I am not quite 100% yet, but with a simple brace I am able to do pretty much anything... with a little care. Lateral movements are a bit iffy, but walking is fine. That said, I left Cooper with my parents this morning after having coffee with mom, as I had a dentist appointment in the early afternoon. I took advantage of being dogless to go for a very brisk, long walk. When I walk with him I am doing good to make a 20min/mile. Today I got in 9.52 miles in just over 2 hours. First I walk... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 20:47:40 EST Snow on the ground... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017104 I woke up to snow on the ground. Had to clean the car off before driving too. But it is supposed to be 60F and sunny by Tuesday. This is just a taste of what is coming later in the year. Cooper didn't want to walk in it this morning, but he was interested in playing in it... not me. I did take him out for a long walk this afternoon after it had all melted. He seemed happy enough. <BR> <BR> Food was pretty much right on target today. Still need to increase the fat a little more, but th... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 17:16:11 EST Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016658 First snowfall of the season today. None of it stuck though... yet. Cooper is firmly planted in front of the heater, or under a blanket on my lap today. I don't think he is any more prepared for this than I am. Brrrrrr... <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> That said... we still got in our walks today. I also tried a WATP DVD, as the ankle seems fin... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 19:26:23 EST Taking it easy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016140 I cut back on the intense exercise again, because it is the wise thing to do. Walking no longer seems to hurt the ankle, so I tried to stick mostly with that today. It is so hard for me to just chill out... but I am trying. <BR> <BR> We have snow in the forecast for tonight. It is supposed to warm back up again, but in the meantime I am looking for my Winter gear. I know wear my jacket is, but I am not certain of things like gloves, scarves, and hats. I guess I should locate them BEFORE... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:06:53 EST Pushing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015645 Cooper and I ran across a skunk on our evening walk tonight. We did not get sprayed, as I spotted it from quite a distance and hauled Cooper in close to me and distracted him from barking at the skunk. We waited for the critter to cross the street and disappear into some bushes before proceeding. That is one of my worst fears, is Cooper getting sprayed. That smell is horrible! <BR> <BR> Walked him 4 times today, though our last one was very short as it has started raining. I bet it was ... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 20:03:29 EST Car stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015098 I don't own my own car, but I use my mom's a lot of the time, since she doesn't drive anymore. Today was all about car maintenance. Took it in at 9am to get checked out prior to having to get it inspected. (I do not want another ticket for lapsed inspection!) The check engine light has been on for a while, so I knew I would probably have to drive it some after they fixed whatever was wrong. They replaced the O2 sensor, and now I have to drive it 100 miles before I take it in for the insp... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 19:52:03 EST Rainy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014553 It poured this morning. That meant Cooper had no interest in walking until noon, and then just around the block. That had to do. I left at 12:30 for my appointment with my therapist. Thankfully it had stopped raining by the time I got home, so I was able to take Cooper for a slightly longer walk, followed by time on the bike while I read. I also spent time this morning doing ST, though not much lower body work yet, as the ankle is not 100% yet... and probably won't be for a while yet. T... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 20:45:50 EST Helping others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013955 I spent a good portion of today ferrying my neighbor around getting car stuff straightened out. Now her tires have been replaced, and her car passed inspection. She tried to walk Cooper for me at midday, but he would not budge for her. If I wasn't going then he wasn't going. Silly puppy! I ended up walking him over 3 miles after lunch. The ankle doesn't throb anymore, and most of the bruising is starting to change colors. I am still babying it, but I am not so worried about it now. ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:44:16 EST Quiet day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013340 Said goodbye to Tigan this morning. Other than that I spent a good part of the day reading. Still got in exercise of course, but did not take Cooper for a long walk, as one of the girls took him out for an hour midday. Food was pretty good. A little more protein than I needed, but not by a lot. I need to boost my fat intake a little on a consistent basis. Overall, my diet and fitness efforts are paying off with a consistent downward trend on the scale. I have no desire to be "skinny", ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:57:01 EST A day all about food... I mean family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012833 I started the day with coffee and Timbits with mom and dad. I eat about a quarter of a timbit, which is not very much. Then we discussed dinner on and off for a couple of hours, until finally we settled that, yes, we would have a family dinner tonight, even though my brother and his family didn't get home from the airport until about 2am last night. So, mom and I decided to go light and simple for lunch with carrot soup and salad... and not a large serving of either. It was actually warm ... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 20:27:09 EST The neurologist and attempting to rest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012329 I saw the neuro doc today for my usual nerve block injections. I mentioned what the chiropractor said about my cervical spine, and the neuro ordered a cervical MRI to see more clearly what is going on. I had that migraine last night, so those aren't gone, and I still have a constant low level headache, even with chiropractic adjustments twice a week. I know it has only been three weeks, but I want to see results NOW. LOL. My impatience with my body's limitations might be showing a little... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 20:10:33 EST