RENIESSPARKIN's SparkPeople Blog RENIESSPARKIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Have a wonderful Thanksgiving ALL! I'm so THANKFUL for all my SparkPeople friends (& family) on this special day. I pray all will be able to join with their families/friends and enjoy it to the fullest, too! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>223</em> <em>381</em> <em>426</em> <em>428</em> <em>576</em> <em>53</em> <em>578</em> <em>579</em> <em>580</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>353</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <em>362</em> <em>213</em> <em>4</em> <em>334</em> <em>253</e... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:24:40 EST Gamboling like a Goat! Hello All: <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I had surgery on my right foot about six weeks ago. Most of it healed up without a hitch, but... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>40</em> <em>46</em> <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> The doc had to slice off some of the bone along the outside of my foot (I'd broken it at some time and didn't heal correctly). The surgical site finally healed shut, but it's still bright <em>325</em> <em>150</em> and angry looking. ARGH!!! <em>234</em> <em>230... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 18:38:20 EST PLAY TIME I had so much fun Tuesday evening! My second to the youngest grandson, Cage-age 9, <img src=""> was in a play at his school. <em>185</em> He belonged to Robin Hood's gang who was trying to rescue Cinderella. <em>32</em> <em>85</em> <em>352</em> <em>188</em> <BR> <BR> The children did a remarkable job and made me laugh all the way through. <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246... Fri, 20 May 2016 14:39:25 EST Who Knew? I never thought I'd see the day that I would be thrilled to have my weight be DOWN to 188.6! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> But at this stage of my life, with diabetes playing havoc with my body over the past 10 years +/-, I'm grateful to go from 225 lbs down to 188.6. <BR> <BR> What can I say? <em>104</em> <em>521</em> Thank you, SparkPeople!!! <BR> <BR> Hope to see you all again soon with more good news. <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Renie Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:09:54 EST OOPS! ... Well, my AHA moment didn't last all that long. <em>198</em> <BR> I had tests and trials and more tests. <BR> Oh, I was anemic. So took some iron drips..each week for.three weeks . <em>527</em> <BR> Okay, I have a little more energy. <em>311</em> <BR> But the trots to the bathroom continued. Groan--then the oscopy tests. <em>234</em> <BR> No polyps to worry about, everything looks great. <em>48</em> <BR> I was told: No, I didn't have gluten intolerance again. Uh-... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 20:14:33 EST AHA! Hello, Gang! <BR> <BR> Things are finally looking brighter physically <em>311</em> , mentally <em>58</em> , and meteorologically(?) for me <em>67</em> after my lovely, pirouette <em>351</em> and swan dive <em>356</em> on the loose rocks out front while walking Charlie <em>313</em> last October. <BR> <BR> I'm getting out and about walking <em>363</em> (maybe not that fast, but) much more in the Spring weather <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>67</em> <em>126</e... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:19:51 EST G R O A N ... Dear SparkPeople Friends: <BR> <BR> Sorry I haven't been in contact. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Charlie, our community dog, decided to make a swift change of directions on the evening of 9/23. <em>313</em> <em>200</em> (He's much cuter than this & is a Cock-a-Poo, white & apricot). <BR> <BR> I broke my tailbone, whiplashed my neck, and hurt everything in between. <em>527</em> <em>46</em> My legs folded under me and I couldn't get up. Thank goodness for cell phones to get s... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:11:29 EST I Need a Change of Attitude Instead of focusing on all my woes, I'm going to enjoy the blessing I have and God's gifts. <em>224</em> So what if the water line broke in our building? We have plenty of bottled water to use for necessities. The pioneers didn't have piped in water. <em>430</em> <em>465</em> <em>257</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> So what if the A/C has been broken for over a month & they've had trouble finding a match/near match? Air Conditioners are a fairly recent discove... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:55:35 EST I'M OVERWHELMED WITH JOY! Hi all: <BR> <BR> I just couldn't believe all the glorious Birthday Wishes <em>383</em> <em>389</em> <em>247</em> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>407</em> <em>129</em> <em>44</em> <BR> I got from all these SP friends. Thanks to all: <BR> Nancy <BR> Patti <BR> Linda <BR> GardensForLife <BR> 19Diamond54 <BR> KathyJo56 <BR> 1CrazyDog - Barb <BR> NYKimmie <BR> Kelly <BR> Gabi <BR> Elaine <BR> Dorothy <BR> GoozleBear <BR> LunchMom1 <BR> MsLizzy <BR> Jamer123... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 16:38:12 EST HELLOOOO! I'M BACK! I finally got my computer fixed so I could use this site again. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>321</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> I was about going nuts having to use RENIESSPARKIN2 until now. <BR> <em>24</em> <em>39</em> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I just wish I could have transferred my new info onto my former site. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> At least I'm now back and can get on with my business. <BR> <em>250</em> <em>236</em> <em>212<... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:59:20 EST Oops! Wake Up Call I've caught myself making a major gaffe! <BR> <BR> I've been so hot with our weather here in northern Utah, that I started drinking McD's Caramel Frappes! Can you believe a diabetic would be so foolish? <BR> <em>91</em> <em>2</em> <em>46</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I just posted my intake on my SP Food Counter and ... gasped with horror. <BR> <em>198</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Wake up call time!!! <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> Losing my health and eyesight are not ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:13:57 EST Wow! Who knew? I can hardly believe it, but ... <BR> <BR> Since I've been getting the shots to build my immune system and get rid of the miserable hives, I'VE BEEN FEELING BETTER and doing better with my diabetes as well. <BR> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> I've been able to increase the number of steps I take each day! <BR> <em>311</em> <em>319</em> <em>313</em> <em>361</em> <BR> ... and help my friend walk her new dog, Charlie, several times each day. <BR> <BR> Who knew getting healthy and h... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:28:02 EST Hi there, SparkFriends! I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for your help and encouragement during tough times ... <em>46</em> <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <BR> ... and smiles and congratulations when times are great! <em>104</em> <em>20</em> <em>224</em> <em>243</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>223</em> <em>250</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>220</em> <em>524</em> <em>48</em> <em>334</em> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> I couldn't make ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:12:27 EST Double-Check Insurance! I finally figured out that my former oxygen supply agency (Apria) was still charging Medicare for their equipment This was clear back from 2012!! This is why insurance wouldn't cover the expense for my Bi-Pap and made me give it back!!! My doc is on the warpath! <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Finally, I got someone in Medicare Fraud to check on them. Boy, was she boiling. When she called the agency about it, the gal there yelled at her and then hung up on her. WOW! <em>40</em> I fi... Sat, 31 May 2014 23:03:42 EST Misery is my Name! I don't know why I get to experience all these wonderful conditions <BR> <em>527</em> <em>46</em> , <BR> HOWEVER, I have Chronic Hives, AGAIN! These are an auto immune condition and take forever to get over. I feel like I have them inside and outside! <em>24</em> <BR> Did you know there are over 7,000 auto immune conditions? Me neither. We never hear about all the others. My doc first says I'm on too many meds, then prescribes three more. Sigh ... <BR> <BR> Have you ever he... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 15:28:21 EST Health Insurance Problems For some unknown reason, Medicare took my BiPap and Concentrator away with no explanation. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I can't find out why from my equipment provider. Just said insurance said to get it. <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <em>24</em> <em>28</em> <em>198</em> <em>234</em> <em>527</em> <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> This is driving me nuts! Anyone else having any problems like this? <em>28</em> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> HELP! <em>282</em> <BR> ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 01:44:20 EST Support Teams Hello Everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> For some reason I feel compelled to let you know the Support Teams I belong to (and help administer on some). Some of them seem to go together, <BR> <em>351</em> <BR> while others are way out in left field. <em>60</em> <BR> <BR> However, maybe I just need a new look at them and get some input from friends! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>36</em> <em>58</em> <em>334</em> <em>527</em> <em>18</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <BR>... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:32:14 EST Fitbit Force! I'm soooo upset! <em>198</em> <em>46</em> <em>28</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I've been anxiously awaiting my Fitbit Force!!! <em>311</em> <em>206</em> <em>362</em> <em>405</em> <BR> <BR> Now, I'm told, "No can do cuz it causes skin irritation on some." <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I kept losing my earlier Fitbits--either the whole thing or the part that gathered the info. Soooo ... I got one that fits on the wrist only to discover: <BR> <BR> It only tells me whe... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:41:14 EST Snow or No Snow? Hello, my SparkPeople Friends: <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> We desperately need much more snow than we've received this year here in Utah. <em>310</em> <em>329</em> <em>548</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Cassius is looking for Snow Dog's tail, only to discover it looks like hers. <BR> <BR> We have snow storms, but they are just little wimpy ones with tiny little flakes and they melt way too soon. We are supposed to have an... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 18:53:14 EST Spark Radio Hello SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Probably like you, I've been anxiously awaiting the new changes promised to Spark Radio for about a month. <BR> <em>252</em> <em>104</em> <em>224</em> <em>276</em> <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <em>103</em> <em>273</em> <em>321</em> <em>344</em> <em>320</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> Every day I'm so sure I'll tune in and find a glorious array of encouragement, humor, ideas, and even a little music. YAY! <BR> <BR> Then, alas ...... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:41:05 EST FAITH! Just some food for thought: <BR> <BR> WHAT WOULD YOU <BR> A-T-T-E-M-P-T <BR> IF YOU KNEW <BR> YOU COULD NOT <BR> FAIL? <BR> <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> Think about it, dear friends. <BR> <BR> Renie <em>306</em> <em>365</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <em>350</em> <em>351</em> <em>352</em> <em>213</em> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:05:02 EST Help! Smog Warning in Effect! Hello, dear Spark Friends: <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> How do I get my exercises done when there is a Smog Warning in effect and I'm coughing my guts out while in my apartment? <BR> <em>234</em> <em>198</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I know some of you deal with this type of situation on a daily basis, so .... how do you handle it? <BR> <BR> I have trouble breathing anyway and am on oxygen and a Bipap for Sleep Apnea. I thought someone must be smoking in the building, <em>270</e... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:36:51 EST A Christmas Message Hello, my dear friends on SP: <BR> <BR> I have a smile on my face today because the sun is shining out over the Great Salt Lake and it lifts my spirits as I think of Christmas and the gift our Lord Jesus Christ gave to us. I thank Him for loving His Father enough to give His very life's blood so that we wouldn't have to do so to repent of our sins. <BR> <BR> Christ is there for us whenever we need Him. He loves, comforts, listens, and encourages us when we reach out to Him in prayer. I'm... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:58:54 EST Wow! Oh, what a night ... AND, Yahoo! <em>40</em> I got a scary awakening this a.m. about 3:30! I was really trying to watch what I ate and when, after a visit to my diabetes nurse. <em>551</em> <em>4</em> <em>194</em> <em>277</em> <em>492</em> <em>470</em> <BR> <BR> Yaw, that worked really, really well--NOT! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'll have to call Carra, the diabetes caregiver and let her know what happened. <em>245</em> She is very sweet and caring about trying to get me on a regular track so ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:22:49 EST Hey! I B Feeling a Little Better <em>213</em> <em>30</em> <em>363</em> I don't dare say that too loud, but believe I'm on the mend. I've been feeling a little better each day and reading your Blog answers sure helps. <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> They always lift me up and encourage me to try a little harder each day. And when you think about it, what more can you ask for? <BR> <BR> You are all wonderful friends and I love you dearly. <em>43</em> <em>104</em> <em>356</em> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 19:49:41 EST I Find Myself Whining AGAIN! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> It seems as though I'm always whining, but I've just got to get this off my ... uh ... well.. . chest and everywhere else. For some reason my Fibro-myalgia / or Fibro-blast is really blasting all over. I don't seem able to get it under control. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I can hardly type with my fingers in such pain. I can't sleep, read, enjoy anyone's visits, you name it. Blubber, blubber. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> I try to get walking i... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 16:31:28 EST Sorry Hey, y'all. <BR> <BR> I've had to have more dental surgery today, and the surgical site is still sore. <em>381</em> I'm still woozy and hurting and an't stay focused. I'll try to write tomorrow. Bye <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Renie <em>40</em> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:59:22 EST Transition to Senior Housing Hi friends: <BR> <BR> I went from the nursing home, back to my house, but kept having out-of-whack blood sugars. I'd shake so bad I couldn't even call 911! Soooo -- that made it scary to live alone. I'm still quite ambulatory, so the health workers and myself decided that Senior Housing would be right for me. <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> I really like my apartment and there are lots of folks to meet and get acquainted with. We do fix our own meals here, but sometimes someone on our floor (I'm... Tue, 7 May 2013 13:59:43 EST In A Nursing Home Hi, Everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm currently in a nursing home near my home. I will be here until my AARP Medicare runs out. Then they will send me home with some home care benefits covered by Community Medicaid. They will pay all my copays for medicine and doctors' visits. This will help greatly, as my current medicine copays run over $1,000 per month. Plus, I see several doctors each month and they will pay the copays there too. <BR> <BR> Sorry, I won't be able to answer you personal commen... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 19:15:03 EST Unfortunately ... Well, friends, just when I thought it was safe to go back in the water ... <em>492</em> <em>333</em> <em>423</em> <BR> <BR> My new med causes Tardive Dyskinesia, and of course, I've developed it already. So, I have to stop taking it. That's much worse than having the tummy problems. I'll let you know the new plans after I see the tummy doc on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I thought I was shaking from having low blood sugar episodes (I did have a couple), but that wasn't the cause. Drat! <B... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 17:07:11 EST Doin' Better Dear SP Friends: <BR> <BR> My belly seems to be doing a little better. The new medication keeps it from burning like a wildfire. So, I'm eating more properly and my FBS is more in tune with what it should be. That thrills me beyond words. <BR> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> This prescription isn't something I can stay on long term, but I can for the time being. Kudos to my tummy doc. I can't seem to be able to convince my Cpap doc that the pressure needs ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 23:42:35 EST 'Abnormally Slow' Yup, that's me ... or at least my tummy's digestion. Wouldn't ya know? So, in other words, I do have Gastroparesis in a big way. <BR> <BR> I know: Small meals, spread over the day. <BR> <BR> New medicine. <BR> <BR> Okay, I'll play this new game and try to get it working for me. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Renie Mon, 1 Oct 2012 19:35:52 EST Pondering my Dilemma Just a note or two: <BR> <BR> I had the gastroparesis test in radiology yesterday (9/26/12). Not a fun experience when your tummy is raw and you can't sleep. <BR> <BR> However, this did allow my brain to wander around and ponder something: <BR> <BR> Strangely enough, I'm beginning to believe the pressure is too high on my Cpap and it's agitating my tummy with air bubbles rumbling around all night. Of course, this is my doctors' surgery day, so I can't find out if this is plausible, but t... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:12:43 EST Still having tummy problems! Sorry, I haven't been able to keep up with my teams and SP friends. I'm just still in a lot of tummy pain. I'll be having another test Wed 9/26. <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> Meds don't seem to be helping. <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> Can't seem to do my exercises & physical therapy <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> Nothing seems to taste good, or if it does at first, it sure changes later. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Had some fun things planned and couldn't do 'em. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Stop y... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:22:51 EST Funny Tummy This is going to be a short Blog, my SP Friends. Since I had my esophagus scope done a couple of weeks ago, I haven't been hungry or thirsty. For those of you who don't know, I had my esophagus was stretched in two places and my tummy was red, so she took some biopsies. No results yet. <BR> <BR> Have any of you experienced this result after a scope? <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Any of you nurses or medical folks have any ideas? <em>2</em> Or am I the only very strange person around?? ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:25:39 EST Appreciate Family & SP Friends I just wanted to drop by and let you know I had a throat scope to check on restrictions due to GERD/or acid reflux. I had two places that had to be stretched and the doc said my stomach was red so she took a couple of biopsies. <BR> <BR> Between that and my poor sore knees, shoulder and bum from falling out of bed on Sunday, I'm kinda messed up. <BR> <BR> Now for my question: <BR> <BR> Do I tell the doc that I ate red Jello the evening before my test? <BR> <em>24</em> <em>198</em... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 22:55:09 EST GRATEFUL ILoveDuane reminded me today that I have many things to be grateful to God for. Yes, I do. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful that God has given me a plethora of SP friends who care about me and I care about them. <BR> <BR> I'm blessed with a wonderful large family and we keep in touch often and love each other. It wasn't always that way with seven siblings growing up together, but now we show our love and appreciate one another for our uniqueness. I've said this before but I'm the eldest of seven. ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:48:13 EST Yuck! You know, there are some pretty dumb things one can do, but scheduling a colonoscopy for the day after your birthday is just plain STUPID! <em>24</em> That means I had to drink that super nasty, humongous jug of bitter, salty, I don't know what jug on my birthday instead of going out and having a steak and some birthday cake and ice cream. Blech! <em>198</em> <em>230</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Why would any sane person do that? <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I mean, have you ever tasted... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 23:08:18 EST PATHETIC! I did a stupid thing that was dumb and painful but sounds funny. I got stuck on my sore knees under my computer desk trying to fix the plug. It turned out to be a problem with the power strip going out on me. That meant I had to go back under the desk when I got a new one and just about didn't make it back out. <em>46</em> I was afraid I was going to have to call 911, but that sounded so embarrassing I forced my way out no matter how much it hurt. <em>413</em> <BR> <BR> Now my knees ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:09:14 EST Ambulating! I just had to start over with my weight. I'm really struggling with my blood sugar and keeping it under control. <BR> <BR> However, I am feeling better physically after starting with the physical therapy. Thank you, Chris and Tammy at Sports Medicine Clinic. I can hardly believe how well I'm ambulating. <em>211</em> AND it actually feels good! Before, I was flinching and scrunching up my face with every attempted step. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> So, I guess the ups and downs are that... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:30:18 EST Dang it! I've been doing pretty well with my exercise, eating right for my diabetes, and a positive attitude. Then yesterday afternoon as I'm leaving the doctor's office, I pull out of my parking stall, notice a van about the same color as mine pull into a stall. As I slowly cruise passed the other van, much to my horror I see it rapidly backing towards me. Shriek and CRASH! <BR> <BR> She hit me in the passenger front fender. Crunch. And I just sat there, dazed. Thank heavens neither one of u... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:16:10 EST Hypothyroid & Meds I just found this out and so I wanted to share, all you folks in the same boat. <BR> <BR> I'm on Synthroid and I suppose most of you are too. My doc told me yesterday that Synthroid was a very touchy medication. It has to be taken ALL BY ITSELF in the morning (or whenever you take it) at least 1/2 hour to 1 hour <em>128</em> BEFORE anything else is taken--MEDS OR FOOD. I knew about the food, <em>4</em> but NOT the medications. <BR> <BR> If you are also taking Prilosec/Omiprizole, y... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 00:25:12 EST My Son, My Son <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Many of you were too young when a political cartoon was created way back when at the death of Dag Hammarskjöld, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. It showed the Statue of Liberty weeping over his death, and crying, "My Son, My Son." He was over the UN and did a marvelous job for all concerned. <BR> <BR> This is how I feel today. Even though my son, Curt, died many years ago, with it being his birthday today 5/27, a... Sun, 27 May 2012 16:26:54 EST Kinda Goofy I had to change my Information Page of my SparkPage around because every time I'd open it, I'd see my little grandsons. That in turn would make me think about them and I might not see them again soon. Then I'd start <em>46</em> and have to take a SparkBreak and forget what I was doing. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I hope this arrangement will help some. <em>20</em> Sometimes you just have to keep trying and doing the best you can. They still don't have Skype and my cell phone is too told ... Mon, 7 May 2012 16:45:20 EST Sad, but Happy What would you expect from an oddball? <BR> <BR> I'm sad because my daughter, Nike, has taken her two sons, Cage and Cade (see pix on front page), back to Wyoming. She has decided to give her husband one more chance at their marriage. <BR> <BR> The good news is that her husband finally has a good paying job instead of sitting around playing his war games that are so addicting. He couldn't even pay attention to those adorable little boys when they needed it. The way things look, he wil... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 18:39:38 EST What's Wrong Now? Hello SP friends. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Grandson Cage and I enjoying my new paint job in the livingroom. <BR> <BR> I don't know what is going on, but I just plain can't seem to lose weight. Well, let me clarify. I do lose weight, but then I gain it right back. I'm working out more since I got my Fitbit Ultra, still cataloging my food intake, keeping track of my blood sugar. <BR> <BR> One thing I've noticed with my Fitbit is t... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:42:42 EST Fitbit, Apnea and weight I knew I wasn't getting enough sleep and was waking up a lot, but I thought it was all in my head (ya know how ya get after awhile?). The Fitbit is a little thing like a pedometer, but it hooks up to your computer and keeps track of everything on the computer. It's like the Nutrition tracker on SP, a pedometer, tracks how many stairs you go up and down, your BP, glucose, Systolic/Diastolic, FBS. I put the little tracker in a pouch on my wrist and when I go to bed, I turn it on for tracking my... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:41:57 EST Don't Assume! Hello, friends: <BR> <BR> While I'm no longer broken out with chronic hives, I am still on meds for it. The sad part is that I automatically took myself off one of the meds, Vistaril aka Hydroxyz PAM. Dumb, huh? I just figured if the hives were no longer breaking out, I didn't need the med. Wrong, wrong, wrong <BR> <BR> All of a sudden my blood sugar started heading for the moon. I couldn't control it at all. Time to re-evaluate, folks. It seems the Imuran (to suppress my immune syst... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 16:44:15 EST Zippy WOW! My doctor and I were both cheering and dancing around like lunatics in the office today. I don't know which one of us was the happiest--him or me. Other than an occasional hive, my level of auto-immune Rx (Amuran) seems to be doing the job of keeping my chronic hives under control. I will try this level for a month, go in and get my blood drawn and see if I'm maintaining. (I'll see both my Dermatologist and my Internist next month to follow up.) <BR> <BR> Of course I still have to be caref... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:32:19 EST Who Knew? Your Thyroid and You. About four-five months ago I broke out with constant hives and the docs were having problems discovering why. They still are. We first went through the majority of my prescriptions: removing one from the regime and if I still had the chronic hives, go on to the next one. Long story short, none of the suggested Rxs were the cause. So now we are lowering my autoimmune system, week by week, to see if the hives let up and I can sleep (that almost rhymes). This is my third week and still no ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:16:58 EST