LILYBELLE12's SparkPeople Blog LILYBELLE12's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community In Major Need of Encouragement I have been absent for several weeks. My health took an very unexpected turn, and I now am on Oxygen all the time! It has left me very depressed for so many reasons. I am stuck on a 100 ft. oxygen tube for the distance I can go anywhere in home (my home is much bigger than this! I no longer can be near the stove or oven due to my increased risk of catching myself on fire. That leaves my son and husband having to always cook now. I still can cut up things, mix things, but nothing near a ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:43:41 EST What a week! I know I have been absent from here a number of days, but with good reason. I knew I still was not feeling well after multiple antibiotics and multiple roads of antibiotics. This week was the worst yet. Finally I went back to my Doctor on Thursday feeling worse than ever. She decided then to order Home Health Care to try and help with clearing up some of my infections, and resolve some of my Home mobility issues that are always worse with illness. Friday the nurse came and the first thin... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:48:35 EST Where I Have Been. I am sure some of my friends here have wondered where I have been for a few days here. I have been sick and then sicker from the treatment! I ended up with Doctor ordering more antibiotics, and at much higher doses. I never do well on these "Big Guns" antibiotics, as they always make me nauseated and tired all the time. This has been no different. As a result I ended up having to drink more Tea than water and probably more Carbs to help with nausea than I would like. Then, as if that wa... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 15:19:37 EST Taking It Easy! Just taking it easy and sleeping a lot lately. I woke up this morning with a sore throat and lots of sinus congestion again, and I have just finished the antibiotics for the upper respiratory infection! Not sure if it is another infection, the antibiotic did not work on the last infection, or it is a viral infection this time. Guess I will just wait it out a few days and see what happens. I am not eating very well still. . . still no appetite! But I am making sure to drink plenty of wa... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:21:27 EST A Snowy Sunday!!! <em>425</em> It's snowing and very windy and cold today. The kind of day to crawl under the covers and just SLEEP!!! I felt like doing that, but just had to get up. We did not go out though, like we usually do on Sunday for Church... the roads are just too icy! So, guess I will just spend the day crocheting while my DH watches NCIS reruns on the NCIS marathon! I think we have seen all of them more than a dozen times. It makes it easier to crochet for me though, since I can pay atten... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:57:13 EST Better Day! Well, one Antibiotic done and one more to finish up!!! Thank Goodness, because I think it is the one I finished today that was causing the most trouble, though the other one for the UTI still causes nausea. Oh well, I will be done with both soon enough. I did only fair with my nutrition today, I just have not got a very good appetite and nothing tastes good thanks to the antibiotics. So I ended up low on everything. I did drink plenty of water though, it does taste fine with a little Lem... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 01:51:56 EST It's Friday, what happened to Monday? I know these antibiotics are really messing me up now! I thought it was Monday almost all day until my husband said something and realized I was thinking it was Monday, and corrected me! I then started to contest the fact until he had me look at the Computer calendar. Okay, so I lost 5 days somewhere, or maybe I only lost three and just think it is "Next" Monday!!!! I just cannot believe I spent nearly a whole day that "off"! Maybe the problem is I slept too much.... about 13 hours to be... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:22:11 EST Win a Few, Lose a Few! I have still had problems with nausea from the two very potent antibiotics I am on for this UTI and URI that I have, and today is the first day in a week that I have even felt like they might be working. I have made sure, as I always do unless otherwise directed, to eat before taking these medicines, but I think all that has done is made me feel like I have something I could bring up if I start to throw up! As a result of this nausea and generally hurting from being so sick, I am not eating... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 02:00:33 EST Still Sick!!!! <em>39</em> Found out today the antibiotic I was started on last week is not enough to clear up both my UTI and URI, so I was started on another antibiotic today. In the mean time I am nauseated, achy and feverish... in general miserable! So headed back to bed! Tomorrow will be another day and maybe this new antibiotic will kick in enough I feel better! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:03:29 EST A Quiet Sunday! Today was a relatively quiet day that was spent with Church and family. I did fit in some exercise time, and spent time crocheting (to bad it cannot count for exercise too... though it does "exercise" my hands and mind. I also realized this is a 3 day weekend, being retired I forget these sort of things.Free Parking Mters on Holidays includes President's Birthdays or not! No matter, whether I get out or not depends on how much snow we get tonight. We heard it was suppose to snow tonight, ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 01:10:49 EST Yeah!!! I did it! The past two days I have had to make some conscious choices about food that in the past I know I would have done differently. However both days, without even realizing it a the time, I used some new skills I have learned on Spark People to make my choice and to consciously make decisions instead of just "jumping in and doing something I would later regret"! Ironically I later read one of the Articles that actually talked abot this, and realized I actually did the right thing to help me make... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 01:50:03 EST Day at the Doctor Today was my day to see the Doctor again. Most of my news was good. Their scale also registered the nearly 10 lb weight loss my scale at home showed, even with a heavy sweater and heavy winter pants and my heavy shoes on!!!! However, the bad news was, I do have a infection, and that is why I have not been feeling well. In fact I have both a Urinary Tract Infection and a Upper Respiratory Infection she thinks started in the Sinuses and has spread from there. Since I have Asthma, she wante... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:13:27 EST A Cold Winter Day!!!!! <em>425</em> <em>27</em> It has been a cold winter day here with snow coming soon! All I have been able to do is sleep every time I sat still any length of time. At least I was not so achy with the weather change. Though I may end up achy tomorrow when I have to get out to the Doctor in the cold and snow. I did well with getting in some exercise in between my naps though! Also my nutrition matched closer to my goals today, though I still was a little low on calories, carbohydrates... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:58:47 EST Nutrition and Balance There has to be a way to get this all to balance out!!! Today I was slightly over in Carbs, under in fat, protein and calories. It seems like every day I end up off somewhere. It is a balancing act for sure. I am trying to do this by pre-planning my meals, but somehow it just has not been balance totally. I am trying not to get so concerned, since I am usually pretty close, and only under by a few calories, carbs, fat, protein. But sure wish I could get this down better! <BR> I did fe... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 01:50:44 EST Exhausted!!!! Today I have just felt exhausted, and also a little nauseated. I hope I am not coming down with something! I was only able to get in some stretches today, just no energy. I basically got in my nutrition, only short on fats and calories ( quite a bit on fats, just a few calories to the lowest end of my requirements). I think it is because so much just did not sound good to even taste today, and I ended up with a pretty bland diet. <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:12:33 EST I Can't Believe It!!!!! Well today was my weigh in day at home on my home scale, and I had to weigh myself twice because I could not believe what it said!!! Both times it read the same....336.8 lbs! That is an over 8 lb (almost 9 lb) weight loss in a week! It is a 28.2 lb weight loss since January 3, 2013 when I started this Journey!!!! I knew I must be losing some because my clothes are getting loser, especially my Bra's. I think every time I have ever lost weight, that is where I lose first!!!! I wish I woul... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:33:09 EST Just have to add on to my I received a number of different responses to my blog yesterday, and am compelled to add on a bit. Several people from other countries than the US told me it was against their health codes for a Restaurant or Hotel to let anyone take home left over food for health concerns. That really does make very good sense, and would be great if they only serve a normal portion of everything... 3 to 4 ounces of meat, 4 to 5 ounces of fish, normal 1/2 cup servings of vegetables, in other words healthy s... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 02:08:28 EST "You have to clean up your plate to get up from the table!" <em>4</em> I can still hear my Mother telling us "You have to clean up your plate to get up from the table." It was something I refused to do to my own children in hopes it would help them avoid becoming obese adults. I think it worked, since neither of them are, and both are into their 30's now. <BR> Tonight I was reminded of this though. My husband and I had a dinner to go to that our meals were totally unknown ahead of time. I had spent my day preparing for the unknown, I made... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 02:05:44 EST Busy Day!!! I had to be awake today. Had to bring my poor little Mariposa (my 12 year old Chihuahua with Congestive Heart Failure) to the Vet today. He has to drain the extra fluid off her abdomine,, about once every 4 or 5 weeks due to her CHF so she can breath easier and feel like eating. They drained off 750 ml!!! That is a lot of fluid for a little dog, a little over 3 cups of fluid! She weighted 6 lbs 8 oz when we went in, but I am sure she is probably around 5 lbs 8 oz. now!!!! It never cease... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 00:25:36 EST Soooo Sleepy!!!! Not sure why, but I slept a LOT today!!! Every time I was still for more than 5 minutes, I feel asleep. Tomorrow I just have to have a more awake day. I even went to bed early for me last night, so not sure why I was so sleepy! <BR> <em>39</em> <em>102</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:03:42 EST To Tired to Blog!!! Let's just say it has been a long day, and I need to get sleep. I started to take my meds for the night and after taking three of too many I have to take, I realized I had started taking my morning meds instead of my night meds. Thankfully the ones I took were the same ones I take at night so I just took the night ones and put in the morning slot of my Mediplanner and proceeded to take my night meds correctly. Then I realized I had just put my Calcium chew in my mouth, paper and all to swa... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 01:46:12 EST One Month into My Journey!!! Today was a quiet day, and I was sleepy all afternoon. I just did not sleep well last night! I weighed today and had lost another pound since last week! So for my first month (today is one month into this) I lost 19.6 lbs. That will mean I am almost to the point I need to lose under 200 lbs....but for now it is 200.4 lbs I need to loss. I am hoping to be under 300 lbs by my Birthday on July 31st. So I still have 45.4 lbs to hit 300 lbs and 25 weeks to get it off! So hopefully I can do ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 20:37:57 EST Great Day and Tomorrow is Sunday!!!! What a great day! It is warm outside (in the 50's in Colorado), and the sun was out all day. Tomorrow is suppose to be the same, plus it is Sunday and my favorite day of the week. I do have a very busy week next week, which is probably good since all week is suppose to be warm for Colorado in February. I will take it since I know we can have Blizzards in March and April (and historically we have had some really bad ones in those months). At least we do not live at 9,000 ft like we did in... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 22:00:46 EST A Good Night to All!!! <em>102</em> I should have done this earlier, because I am just too tired now!!! Much better on my nutrition side today, but had too short of a night and too little sleep last night... so today I have been so sleepy all day long. I have to get some sleep tonight though because I have too much to do tomorrow! So with that, a Good Night to all!!!! <BR> <em>102</em> <em>31</em> <em>102</em> <em>56</em> <em>102</em> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 01:05:37 EST The Good and The Bad!!!! This is one of those rare days that I decided to throw caution to the wind I guess. After going to the Doctor and being told I had dropped two more pounds in just two weeks, I went Grocery Shopping with my Husband. This was our "Stock-up" trip to Costco for two months, which is always hard anyway, even with a list and a plan. Being middle of the day of course, all the "Sampling Booths" were up, and though we were pretty selective with what and how much we tried, we still managed to take in... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 01:48:52 EST The Good and The Bad!!!! This is one of those rare days that I decided to throw caution to the wind I guess. After going to the Doctor and being told I had dropped two more pounds in just two weeks, I went Grocery Shopping with my Husband. This was our "Stock-up" trip to Costco for two months, which is always hard anyway, even with a list and a plan. Being middle of the day of course, all the "Sampling Booths" were up, and though we were pretty selective with what and how much we tried, we still managed to take in... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 01:48:52 EST Quiet Day! Not much different today. I was not so sleepy for once in the afternoon and as a result I felt like I accomplished more. I am working hard to finish a Baby Blanket for my cousin's new Baby Daughter Bridget, who was born in December. I have it about 1/2 completed..maybe a little more. I hope to get it finished by Valentine's day at least since she will be about two months old then. Thankfully it is a very big Blanket so she will be able to use it for years to come. I will post a picture ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:45:59 EST Continuing to "plug away" at this journey!!! <em>386</em> I am still working at this, and will sure be glad when our weather gets warm and I can get out more. It has been cold and snowy all day today and tomorrow will be more of the same! Even though it will warm up some by the end of the week, it is only to the low 50's Unfortunately Springtime in the Rockies also usually means more snow (not rain), so it could be a while before we see some really warm days here to stay! In the meantime, I am continuing with my Home exercise pr... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:45:24 EST A Good Day!!!! Though I did not get to everything I wanted today, it was a good day overall. I actually did get 8 hours sleep last night, even if it was 3:30 am before I could go to bed and sleep. I did very good with my activity level and exercises today, and even did pretty good with my nutrition. I still need to find the balance there, but I had almost everything in I was suppose to, and only slightly over in protein and sodium (but I am usually under on both those, so I think being slightly over on o... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:54:45 EST Missed a Day! I was sick most of yesterday, and still not all the way back today. I am hoping I feel well enough tomorrow to make it to Mass. I have decided if whatever this is plugging my sinuses up and making my ear hurt bad enough I am nauseated from it does not go away by Monday, I am calling and getting an appt. early to see the Doctor. I have not been able to eat all I need to and even trying to get my fluids in has been a challenge the past 24 hours due to the nausea. I hate being sick besides!!... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 01:48:28 EST Good Day!!! <em>41</em> Not so sleepy today!!! Had a good day as far as exercise and nutrition too! Still need to find a way to get in a few more Carbs. I also seem to be short on some of my vitamins and minerals, so good thing I am on a Multivitamin. Plus I am on Prescription amounts of Folate and Vitamin D since the Labs my Doctor runs routinely because of other health issues already showed deficiency's in those. The Doctor had told me before that some of my medications will cause me to be low... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:39:33 EST Tired Day! <em>102</em> I think I slept more today than anything. I was so sleepy even though I slept fairly well for me last night. I also had an earache all day... no clue why! Just hope I am not this sleepy tomorrow! I really have things I need to do. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 01:39:00 EST Making Progress!!! I broke down last week and decided to weigh on our home scale and start using it to track my weight. It is as accurate as the Doctors digital scale, and I am not always weighing me in my coat, shoes, and half the time with a pocketful of change in the jacket I sometimes have on in the Doctor's Office. It isn't their fault, it is just I forget to take my coat off and that I have a pocketful of change in it besides; and I am never comfortable taking my shoes off, because they are hard for me... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 01:00:17 EST Better Day Today! Well I think whatever I had is going away, because I felt much better today. I even exercised and did a little more and different exercises today. I am still struggling some with getting the Nutrition part right. Though I am not over in Calories, I still have a problem getting the Carb, Protein, Fat proportions correct. I always seem to come up short in the Protein area and surprisingly, the fat area. I am not nearly as concerned with the Fat part, since it seems to be a pretty small amt... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:03:15 EST Sick Day!!! <em>24</em> Not a very good day. I woke up feeling really I had just been run over by a Truck!!!! Plus I was chilled with a headache and slight fever. No appetite at all today, but tried to make sure I was drinking water (with lemon in it). Whatever this is, I hope it goes away quick. I had my Flu shot back in late September, and have only been out once the whole week, and it was to the Doctor's office and to the grocery store afterwards. I did not even try to go to Chur... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 00:00:03 EST Not feeling very well! I thought I was going to make it through Winter without getting sick, but today I am not feeling very well! My head hurts, my back aches, and I'm a little nauseated! So, think I may have to stick to fluids today. I just do not want to get any worse. Tomorrow is Sunday, which is my favorite day of the week, and I don't want to ruin it by being sick! <BR> <em>24</em> <em>91</em> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 15:59:26 EST Interesting Day! Woke up this morning and discovered the oxygen to my CPAP had never come on last night, so I slept all night without oxygen, but had the CPAP machine on and the mask on. I don't know if it was a result of no oxygen (it is suppose to be 3 liters through the CPAP at night only, I do not use oxygen during the day at all), or just me, but I could hardly keep my eyes open all day long!!!! 0ore than once I thought I should just go back to bed, and I even contemplated putting the CPAP on and taking... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 01:14:33 EST I JUST WANT TO SLEEP!!!! <em>102</em> I have to figure out how to get to sleep earlier. I did not get to bed before 3:00 am and today I slept until 2:00 pm and was still so sleepy that I fell asleep eating my "breakfast". I have done this before and actually spilled coffee down the front of me as a result. My Doctor appt. was changed to tomorrow, and I have to get her to refer me to a Sleep Disorder specialist. I just want to sleep normally, and even with the CPAP for my sleep apnea, it is not better! <BR> ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:34:48 EST It was Monday! Okay, not my favorite day of the week, and I had a little trouble getting motivated to make it through today, but in the end I did good! I had preplanned my food and snacks fairly well, and to my amazement, I was not over on anything! It is still cold and snowy here, so we used the crock-pot for Dinner tonight, and the house smelled wonderful...a lean beef chuck roast we had gotten on sale recently with carrots and little yukon potato's!!! It really came out good and flavorful with almost n... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 02:05:54 EST A Little Tired Today!!! <em>27</em> <em>444</em> It is a cold snowy day here, and my week of a lot more exercise than I am use to, I think caught up with me today! I am suddenly just exhausted! So decided to take it a little slower today and let this "poor old body" catch up. I did do some stretches today because they do not make me tired or sore, and then just made sure I drank my water and then spent the day resting and crocheting on a Baby Blanket I am working on for a cousin half my age who had a Baby ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:12:52 EST Great Day! <em>224</em> I tried another Chair Dancing DVD today, and loved it. I feel so good! I am so glad I found out about these Jodi Stolove Chair Dancing DVD's!!!! They are great for a chair bound person, especially someone who loves to Dance like I do. I just cannot stand up to do it any more. I also had a good night's sleep last night even though it was 3:00 am before I went to bed!! I just think my Body circadian rhythm is set for later hours than most!!! Too many years working the E... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:44:39 EST Great Day! <em>104</em> I finally had a good nights sleep, and it has made for a much better day. I was so happy too, when we got our mail today my new Chair Dancing Tapes came, and my husband even joined in with me as we tried them out! I have always loved to dance and I think since I have needed the wheelchair, it is the one thing we both have missed. We have tried a few times with Family only present to do some Dancing with me in the chair, but it is a huge challenge and no where near as fun a... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 01:21:04 EST If I could just get to sleep! <em>134</em> I feel like the Tortoise in the Tortoise and the Hare race today!!! I finally got a good night of sleep, but I ended up with it being from 3:00 am to 1:30 pm!!! So then the rest of the day ended up off. I feel like I slept most of the day away and it is nearly bedtime again! I just have to find the happy median in this sleep issue. Seeing the Doctor the 15th I hope he has a good idea - better than his last recommendation. I just need to be able to go to sleep earlier. ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:48:41 EST Today is my 7th Day!!!! I cannot believe a week has gone by since I started this journey. I have learned a lot in the past week about myself, and about what I can do. Such a difference from the filling of helplessness before I even began. I know I have a long way to go, but if I can continue to learn more about "how to" make sure I eat healthy and exercise, and ways to prepare food that my whole family can enjoy with me, I know I can do it. As I have moved around this site in different areas I have realized ther... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:10:49 EST Sleep, sweet sleep! Finally an 8 hour sleep night! Maybe the cooler night and the warm blanket, maybe my little Chihuahuas sleeping against my back and knees. Maybe less snoring by my husband. Who knows! We both slept so well we never heard the door bell ring at 9:00am, and they had to come back at 11:00am to get us up to add a special meter that can be read from the street for our water consumption! I slept a sound 8 hours for the first time in nights! I just wish I could get to sleep earlier so I could w... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 15:57:50 EST What a Day or Maybe it was What a Night!?! <em>102</em> I have had it with sleep! Maybe it is just over-rated that you have to sleep at least 7 or 8 hours at night! Seems like I cannot go to bed until 2 am and then take forever to get to sleep. Then I wake-up one or two times in the night, and again take forever to get to sleep! Then if that is not bad enough, I sleep all morning after I get up while trying to do things, and again half the afternoon. Yes, my Doctor knows all this, and yes I have sleep Apnea and am already on ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:19:23 EST It's Sunday! <em>224</em> My favorite day of the week is Sunday, because I am finally out of the house some and among friends at Church. It also seems like our most peaceful day of the week for some reason! The only problem I have is we usually only eat Brunch, and a light dinner. So, I have to figure out now how to manage that with my new food plan and making sure I get enough calories and correct nutrients to keep my Diabetes in check too! It has been an eye opener for me the past several days o... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 01:39:15 EST Another Day in my Journey Today I was just an emotional mess! I do not even know why! My Blood Sugars were back in line, and I actually got more sleep probably than I wanted. Maybe that was what made me so out of sorts...too much sleep! The bad part is, I missed eating lunch, and there is no way I can even try to make it up. I slept through lunch time and by the time I woke up it was dinner time. It really upset me, and I was in tears for no good reason! I am hoping for tomorrow to be better. I just need one d... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 00:51:44 EST One step at a time! I think I am really enjoying the "lemon water". Having never been a big fan of water, plain water, I decided to add a little piece of lemon with the juice squeezed into the glass to my water. What a difference that has made! I now think I can drink all my water and then some! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:44:42 EST My Journey Begins Every journey, no matter how long and far, begins with one step. Today I decided to take that step! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:24:33 EST