LIZZIE138's SparkPeople Blog LIZZIE138's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Doctor visit today I had my yearly visit with my ENT doctor today. I had quite the surprise when I got there & discovered he no longer took my insurance. When informed of this I cancelled the appointment. I called my primary care doctor from my car for a referral to a different doctor who was in my network. I got another name of a doctor I knew nothing about so I went back into the office to ask how much it would be if I paid cash. I really like my ENT and didn’t want to switch to someone who knew nothing a... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:50:41 EST Under the weather Yesterday I felt like a UTI was coming on. I drank lots do water & took my d-mannose to try to ward it off. I went to bed thinking I had successfully dodged that bullet. Well this morning it hit me head on. I couldn’t get to the clinic soon quickly enough. Once I got there I had to produce a specimen for a culture which was next to impossible as I had been going every 10minutes since I had gotten up. After being there 1 1/2 hours the mission was finally accomplished. Went to pharmacy for... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 22:13:01 EST Looking for a weekend trip I’ve been looking for somewhere to go with the hubby since we are both retired now. It doesn’t have to be far, I want to keep the cost reasonable, and wherever we stay has to have a nice pool area. I’m not finding much within about 250 Miles from home. Hubby doesn’t care for gambling, it’s too darn cold & snowy to do anything outside at this point. So I’m thinking we’ll probably end up in Frankenmuth MI again. It’s about 60-65 minutes from home & when we are stuffed from the chicken dinne... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 08:56:35 EST Not a good way to start the day... and a Monday no less... I woke up this morning at 7 am. I went into the bathroom and could feel my heart pounding and racing.. I took my pulse and it was upwards of 180 per minute. I sat down, took a few deep breaths to see if it would calm down on it's own. No luck. So I woke up hubby and told him I needed to go to the ER. We scrambled around trying to get out the door ASAP. Right before we walked out the door I took my pulse rate again and it was still up there way too high. <BR> The hospital I go to was abo... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:38:03 EST January 2nd... first real day of retirement I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year celebration. Hubby & myself did the usual... toast the new year about 9pm, hubby went into bedroom to read & I stayed up & watched the CNN New Year’s celebration with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen. I was very disappointed with that pairing. Not nearly as funny as when Kathy Griffin was with Anderson. I know, I know, Kathy Griffin is taboo right now but she was hilarious with Anderson in the past years. <BR> <BR> So back to topic at hand, First day ... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 12:45:08 EST Feeling like a fraud I check into SP every day and have for quite some time now. I’ve given encouragement and shared other Sparkies high & lows with them. But the one thing I haven’t done is motivate myself back into action. One of the first times I found myself at SP, I was able to lose 70 lbs by tracking my food, exercising regularly. Then I don’t know what happened... I slowly gained back 40 of those hard fought to lose 70 pounds. It seems I can give great advice but I’m a total failure at following it m... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:13:00 EST Just returned from Hubby's family reunion. We just got home from my Hubby's family reunion in central Northern Michigan, or as we Michiganders call it Up North. We took our travel Trailer and camped at my BIL's campground that his association has for family members and friends . The weather was gorgeous, sunny, <em>67</em> very warm <em>259</em> but little humidity. Relatives come from Florida & Georgia to attend which is great because we only see them about once or twice a year. <BR> <BR> I had a great time catching up wit... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 18:03:30 EST Damm you Sprint! I have logged in to SP every day for over 500 days and because I was out of my normal area I couldn't log in yesterday even though I tried from several different spots at different times of the day. Thanks a lot Sprint. And even more maddening was that I was in an area that showed coverage on the Sprint map. <BR> <BR> I know it doesn't seem like something important but logging into SP daily has kept me from ballooning back up. I know, I know I can start again and I am but it still burns ... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 17:46:17 EST My night in the hospital Monday after a particularly stressful day at work I came home to an even more stressful night at home. Hubby was being very unsupportive at a time when I needed it most. So at about 10 pm my heart started to race & wouldn't slow down . So off to the hospital we went. By the time we got there, about 25 minutes, it had slowed significantly but wasn't back to normal yet. Had an EKG in the ER & was seen quickly by the dr. After blood work & being hooked up to the EKG monitor for several hours the... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:58:30 EST MIL's Memorial yesterday My MIL passed away at the end of December just before her 98th birthday down in Georgia. Today was her memorial for family and friends in Michigan where she had lived most of her life. It was a beautiful celebration of the life of a kind, loving woman. I wish she had lived closer to us so I could have enjoyed more time getting to know her better. I would only see her 2-3 times a year because of the distance. <BR> <BR> I heard many amusing stories of her life from my hubby and his 4 sibl... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:49:53 EST Long time, no blog... I haven't blogged since before the holidays. Life has had more downs than ups lately & I hate being a Debbie Downer. Today would have been my dad's 94th birthday. He passed in 1975 from heart disease. He just sat down outside at work, fell over and he was gone. Just like that my wonderful daddy was no more. I was 18 years old then and I'm sure that affected my life in more ways than I can imagine. <BR> <BR> Knowing the strong history of heart disease on my dad's side of the family shoul... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 22:03:54 EST A not so happy holiday season.. Part 2 We got word this morning that our nephew passed away from a massive heart attack. He was only 48 years old. He died on his birthday. Between my MIL passing now Nick passing within 5 days of each other the entire family is in shock. My SIL is beside herself. Her mom then her son. Please keep our family in your prayers, especially Judy. Children are not supposed to die before their parents. <BR> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:19:31 EST I love seeing posts... that talk about the weather in your areas.. I'd like to have Sparkys post where they live. Some people talk about how hot <em>259</em> it is while I'm here in Michigan freezing my tush off <em>425</em> . So anyone let me know where you're living and what the weather there is. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 08:25:05 EST A Not so Happy Holiday season My dear MIL passed away yesterday just two weeks short of her 98th birthday. It was quite sudden and everyone is in shock because she had just had a stent put in and the doctors told us and her that her heart was in the best shape it has been in a very long time. <BR> She went to sleep and her heart slowly stopped beating. I can't think of a better way to pass, peacefully in your sleep. For the past few years she had been telling everyone that she was ready to go when her time came. She li... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 07:55:02 EST Sis chomping at the bit to come home Her leg is still swollen although it's gone down some. The purple ankle has lightened to a deep red and the pain is not as severe. The infectious disease resident and the dr overseeing her case all said it looked a lot better but the head infectious disease dr said it's still too infected to go home . Thank the Lord. When she was in hospital about 2 weeks ago for this very same thing I believe they discharged her too soon because here we are a few weeks later, she's back in hospital with a... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:31:53 EST Sister back in hospital again Her leg is extremely swollen, a deep purple color and it's weeping fluid. They are calling it cellulitis again & they aren't sure why it has come back. She is on IV antibiotics again. She's very tired and it's very painful. Please keep her in your prayers. Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:45:05 EST My ramblings... My sis is finally home after almost 2 months of being either in the hospital or in rehab. She is doing well and is very happy to be home. I'm so glad too. <BR> <BR> I saw my doctor this morning for a regular BP check, which was very good this morning. My doc is also my sis's dr so she has been following Tina's progress. So we had an honest discussion about her health. Dr said it's very hard to watch the steady decline of someone I love. She said she could bounce back for awhile but... <BR>... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:37:15 EST MY day off My sis is doing better in the hospital. <em>30</em> And I have been there every single day, sometimes staying all night, for the last three weeks. So I am finally taking a day off from there. My SIL and her friend are going to visit along with a cousin or two. <BR> I really need this day off, I'm running on empty, my buckets are too full, I'm just plain exhausted. I slept in today <em>102</em> and plan on doing nothing at all. I don't care that the kitchen floor needs mopping, the ca... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 09:27:39 EST Looking back I see all my blogs.. have been real downers lately. I am truly sorry about that. There is just so many stressful things going on in my life as of late that I took a step back to analyse why this part of me comes out here of all places. This is what I discovered. <BR> <BR> I have only a few close friends that I could share these feelings with and right now they too are going through similar things so I don't want to burden them with my woes. <BR> <BR> My hubby is either all in supporting me or all out because ... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 07:43:39 EST Those 3am phone calls have to stop. At 3am this morning I got A call from the rehab place my sister was in saying she was having trouble breathing & called 911 & she was on her way to the hospital. She was in critical care ER when we got there. Extremely labored breathing even with a bi-pap machine. She had more fluid in her lungs & was running a fever again. They somewhat stabilized her & sent her to ICU. they ran another million dollars worth of test & haven't yet determined if she had pneumonia along with the heart failure... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:20:44 EST 5:50 am phone calls aren't good either Tuesday at 5:50am i got another call from Life Alert saying my sister needed help. We got there & she was so weak and having such labored breathing that she couldn't get out of bed. My sis is a big gal and it took all our strength to get her up, into the bathroom, dressed then into the car to take her to the hospital. She did not want an ambulance called because they would have taken her to the nearest hospital, not the one where her drs are at. <BR> <BR> In the ER, she was seen immediatel... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:04:45 EST 3:00 am phone calls are rarely good Early this morning, 3:00 am my phone rang. It was an operator from Life Alert calling to tell me that my sister had fallen while trying to get into bed and she couldn't get up . A little background on my sis. She has medical problems too numerous to list and takes medications too numerous to count. She has always been a big gal which has taken its toll on her body. She uses a walker because she has so much trouble moving around. <BR> <BR> My hubby & myself were over to her apartment yes... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:47:05 EST I hope there is an end in sight. I have been plagued with frequent UTI's for years now. The last one was the worst I had ever had. I've tried everything. Cranberry juice, cranberry pills, other supplements, gallons on water consumed and nothing has helped. So I finally broke down and saw a urologist on Wednesday. After taking my history and asking me about a hundred very personal questions along with doing an exam that I was totally unprepared for, more testing is needed. They took more blood and I'm scheduled for an ur... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:43:24 EST I'm sick of being sick! I had my follow up with my Dr. yesterday and the news wan't good. The cellulitis seems to be resolving itself <em>48</em> , BUT I have developed C diff from the IV antibiotics I was bombarded with to clear up the cellulitis. I have been feeling unusually tired along with lots of bathroom time since I got home from the hospital but I thought it was normal to feel that way following a hospital stay. Turns out not to be the case. C diff is highly contagious especially to older folks so I'm... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:28:20 EST Home from the hospital I came home yesterday from my visit to the hospital. I had (have) cellulitis on my chin of all places. The chin started itching and burning then turned red and swollen (think Jay Leno, no offense to him). My dr was at a loss as to what it was because the chin is a very unusual place to get this. So I was admitted, pokeed and prodded by more drs than I can count to get the official diagnosis of cellulitis. I was bombarded by antibiotics of which I'm not fond of but they were afraid with it... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:28:45 EST Angry at myself On vacation hubby & I decided to go for a bike ride. Little did I know it was going to be 5 miles over moderately tough terrain in 88 degree heat, under a blazing sun. Now hubby is in much better shape than I am, being about 35 lbs overweight, but he's very muscular. Me, about 100 lbs overweight with about 2% muscle. I did the best I could to keep up with him and I did succeed but am very angry at myself for letting myself get this out of shape. All I could think about was we should be enjoy... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:13:34 EST Tough times easier now. Update on sister... She is home now, still unable to walk very far but with her walker and/or cane she is able to get around. She is nursing a rather large wound on her shin caused by the EMS team who came to her rescue when she fell. My sis is an RN who was on the team from the hospital that trained that city EMS. I advised her to contact the supervisor re: her wound and the severe bruising caused by them. Well the supervisor was falling over himself apologizing to her even more so when he ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:24:13 EST Tough times easier now. Update on sister... She is home now, still unable to walk very far but with her walker and/or cane she is able to get around. She is nursing a rather large wound on her shin caused by the EMS team who came to her rescue when she fell. My sis is an RN who was on the team from the hospital that trained that city EMS. I advised her to contact the supervisor re: her wound and the severe bruising caused by them. Well the supervisor was falling over himself apologizing to her even more so when he ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:24:13 EST Tough times I'm going through a turbulent time right now. My dear friend passed away earlier this week. While I will miss her I am glad her suffering has ended. The funeral will be this Friday. I will do all I can to support her loved ones. <BR> <BR> Today my sister ended up in the hospital again. She fell out of bed yesterday and had to call 911 to get her up. She didn't let them take her to the hospital at that time I think more because she was embarrassed by the situation. <BR> <BR> She is e... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:55:02 EST 50th Anniversary party Today I am attending a 50th anniversary party <em>179</em> for a wonderful couple who are going through a very rough time. They are related to me as in-laws in-laws. Dar has been battling brain stem cancer for over one year now and is losing the battle. She is a tremendous person and a great friend. There are few people in my life that I can truly be silly stupid with and she is one of them. Her husband is one of the kindest people I've ever met. He is calm, kind of quiet with a surpri... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 09:25:45 EST Struggling emotionally I have been having a very hard time lately with blue moods. This morning I sat and cried for 1 hour and I would be hard pressed to tell you why, I would just like to stay in bed with my sheet pulled up over my head and not be bothered by anyone or anything. Too much stress at work, at home. Sat, 28 May 2016 00:17:28 EST Sister in hospital again Yesterday my sis called me at 6 am to take her to the hospital because she had been severely naucious & weak for a week & didn't have the strength to walk into her office at work. At the hospital they gave her IV as she was extremely dehydrated after barely drinking or eating anything for that week.& something for her nausea. She has had this happen before & after the zillion dollar work up, nothing was conclusive. So she will get another zillion dollar work up & hopefully a cause can be ... Thu, 26 May 2016 07:06:27 EST The not so good day Today I had to go shopping for a dress for a weekend away and nothing looks good in a size <BR> 22/24. It left me feeling very depressed. And it made me realize that I don't want to continue to have to shop in "woman's sized stores" any longer. I want to be able to go into any store and find something pretty that fits, that looks good on me.I usually do most of my clothes shopping online because there is a wider (no pun intended) variety of plus size clothing out there that is moderately b... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:07:50 EST The good and not so good of yesterday. First the good. Yesterday was beautiful here in Michigan. Sunny, warm, low humidity. <em>67</em> A rare day for us this early in the season. Hubby and myself took a drive up to Frankenmuth, a Bavarian style city with lots to do. If you're ever in the area I highly recommend it. We wandered around town going in and out of all the cute little shops. And I only bought one thing, a birthday gift for my sis. Now comes the bad... Frankenmuth is well known for its family style chicken dinners... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:33:16 EST Confession time I have a confession to make. A really big one. My eating plan has been out of control for the past 3 weeks or so. I have been gorging on fast food for lunch at work, sneaking candy bars and sweets whenever I can. I've even hidden junk food from my hubby cuz I was afraid he would get to it before I did. <BR> <BR> And how does this make me feel? Disgusted with myself for eating so poorly, disappointed with myself for treating my body, the only one I get, so badly. <BR> <BR> So what b... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:09:09 EST Still waiting to feel better. Day 4 of sickness. Still dragging my tail. I had a much needed hair appointment this am. I went and by the time I was done I was so exhausted I went home and climbed back in bed. I hate that this bug is lingering on like this. <em>234</em> <BR> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 23:50:35 EST Day off and still sick. But at least I'm home in my jammies curled up on the couch with a blanket, my pillow, my ipad & the tv remotes. Oh and my tissues, tylenol... I think you get the picture. And this is how I intend to say all day long. I will keep retired hubby busy getting me juices, toast, soup the whole day. If i have to be sick it's great to have a servant. Lol. <em>527</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:07:41 EST Under the weather... Whatever "bug" that's running thru our office has decided it's my turn to get it. Feels upper respiratory & my head feels like it's stuffed with cotton. I am off tomorrow so I'm going to trudge thru today @ work and share my bug with all of those who shared theirs with me. Then home to bed & lots of rest. Tue, 8 Mar 2016 06:27:13 EST March 2nd I have upped my H2O intake as indicated. The measuring tape is still sitting on my desk. Very afraid of what it will show. I wish I had a trusted friend to measure me, write it down, don't show it to me until April so I see I'm doing something good for myself. I did join Planet Fitness today & rode the bike for 10 minutes. Hey, it's a start. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 19:31:06 EST End of a month... Planning for the next. As February draws to a close I am looking back at my progress or I should say lack of and am not feeling good about it at all. So as we are heading into March I am going to set a goal or two or three and promise to stick to them. <BR> <BR> 1. Using my water intake. H2O is good for everything. <BR> 2. Take my measurements. Thank you Himelissa for the push on that one. Is it Lissa? <BR> 3. Move this body for 10 minutes a day most days of the week. <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a great ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:32:58 EST Hubby's retirement... is not going well for me. For him it seems great. He retired at the end of September 2015 after working for 40 yrs. At first, he kept busy with golf, which he loves. But once golf season ended he has been sitting on the couch from morning to night watching anything that's on. I've been patient knowing he did work hard for all those years, but 4 months of nothing?!? <BR> Thankfully I'm still working about 32 hrs a week but the stress level at work lately has been off the scale. It has been s... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 09:26:32 EST I'll admit it... I had it all planned out. This past Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, was going to be my free cheat day. I had visions of spinach dip & pumpernickel bread & ooey, gooey cake slices as big as my hand dancing in my head! Rumchata was going to be my adult beverage of choice for the evening. I was going to throw all caution to the wind & go for it in a big way! <BR> <BR> Now here's what really happened. We attended the funeral of the father of a friend of mine mid afternoon. On the way home, stopping... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 06:43:55 EST Lesson learned At work I usually get out of the office at lunch by myself (or I may hit someone) <em>18</em> and get a Wendy's grilled chicken salad most days. Yesterday I forgot to say grilled and ended up with a crispy chicken instead. I went through the drive thru and didn't realize it until I was ready to eat. I didn't have time to go back so I decided to eat it as I was very hungry. <em>4</em> and it was greasy and I didn't enjoy it at all. <BR> <BR> When I got home from work, hubby had made ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:45:30 EST More productive day... Today I fared much better than yesterday. I did Grocery shopping , laundry, cleaning the kitchen. Whoever thought I would enjoy doing these things. I felt like I was more productive than yesterday and it felt great. Sometime doing the simplest things feels good. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:44:59 EST What a day... Not really. Friday is my day off. A day where I usually get all my running around done for the week. Today I did absolutely nothing and I do mean nothing. I sat around all day in my jammies and watched tv with my hubby. While he enjoys doing that, I do not. <em>24</em> I wasted a perfectly good day. But on the bright side, I was able to stick to my healthy eating plan. So all was not lost. And tomorrow I will be more productive. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:02:18 EST Hubby made dinner My hubby made stuffed pork chops for dinner this evening. While it was delicious i knew I should have investigated how much it weighed and what he added to the stuffing. It was way more than I would have eaten for dinner. Next time I'll check out exactly what he puts in it before I take my portion. Although I can't really complain because it was one less meal for me to cook. <em>30</em> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:31:30 EST I have 100+ lbs. to lose There, I said it, I have always hidden how much weight I had to lose to become a healthy woman. Today that stops. I am taking baby steps towards my goal... No matter how long it takes. And I know it will take a long while but it took me a long while to get this overweight. <BR> I am tired of being the biggest woman at work, shopping at plus sized stores & web sites, hiding what I eat from others. Well NO MORE! I know there will be struggles along the way but i am up for the task to get t... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:20:51 EST Day 3 This is day 3 of my return to a healthy lifestyle. It has been easier than I thought so far. I actually am enjoying getting back to tracking my foods. This has been a real wake up call showing me just how out of control my eating has been. Now I have to start working on getting my behind moving again. I'm proud of my progress so far. Baby steps. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:43:17 EST Back again after a looong absence Hi. I'm returning after a 15 month break, leave of absence, or whatever you want to call it from Sparkpeople. My break began in October 2014 when I began to experience pain in my left foot. The pain caused me to stop going to the gym because I could barely walk. After about 4 months of seeing various doctors I finally had an MRI which revealed 2 torn tendons in my foot. I took many meds to try to help the situation but in the end I finally realized that I needed to have surgery. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 14:30:57 EST Back in 2015... With a foot injury Hi!. Long time, no me. I have been MIA for a very long time. I am not proud of this fact but I have finally found my way back. <BR> <BR> During my absence I kept up with my exercise routine until mid September 2014. Then I slowly tapered off until I stopped completely. With the absence of exercise, my eating habits started to spiral out of control. As a result of these actions, or lack of action on my part, I believe I've regained about 25 pounds which I found extremely hard to lose in ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:21:21 EST