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  • Day 80 - Finally

    9/1/2015 6:57:59 PM, by LASHARINK

    Monday I finally connected with both the Neurologist (she had left me a message on Saturday 4:30 PM - who knew doctors called on the weekends?), and the assistant at the Neurosurgeon's office. Surgery has been scheduled for October 2, and I was told the recovery period might be 6-8 weeks. ... Read more

  • Back at it

    8/31/2015 10:40:27 PM, by MARIANNE426

    back again- here we go...... Read more

  • Day 77 - Counting my Blessings

    8/29/2015 2:12:28 AM, by LASHARINK

    Well I called the Neurologist again on Friday, and asked if she was not available, isn't there someone else I could speak to? I was told her assistant; however, she was not at her desk at the time. Did I want to leave a message? I said yes, and gave her my information. That was at about 10:30 AM... Read more

  • Day 75 - Trying to hide my disappointment

    8/27/2015 11:56:53 PM, by LASHARINK

    8/20/15 - Left 2 voice mail messages at Neurologist office re prescription for lab work 8/20/15 - Dropped off FMLA forms at Neurologist office 8/21/15 - Left voice mail message for Neurologist to please call me - Neurosurgeon recommending surgery 8/24/15 - Left voice mail message at Neurologis... Read more

  • Day 71 - Readjusting my meals

    8/23/2015 12:36:58 PM, by LASHARINK

    I had a nice routine going on of six small meals a day, staying within my calorie limits of 1200 - 1500. Well, the doctor recommended that I take my meds with yogurt since I have to take with food and the probiotics in the yogurt will help soothe my stomach. I like yogurt, but not enough that I... Read more

  • Day 70 - How I Surprised my Doctors

    8/22/2015 9:06:46 PM, by LASHARINK

    When I was in the hospital I was overwhelmed by the number of doctors that were coming and going out of my room. It seemed when one doctor left, another one came in not 5 minutes later, asking me the same questions. Then there was a group of them, and when I was asked if I was seeing double, after... Read more

  • Day 70 - Doctors' are entitled to ...

    8/22/2015 12:14:56 PM, by LASHARINK

    I last saw my Neurologist on August 13th and let her know my next appointment was with the Neurosurgeon on August 20th. When I went for my blood work on the 20th, because the Anti MuSK test is so new that the Neurologist had ordered, it wasn't listed in their books for them to get a code. When she... Read more

  • Day 69 - Neurosurgeon's Final Answer

    8/21/2015 4:42:22 PM, by LASHARINK

    After my son and I met with the Neurosurgeon yesterday, more consultations were needed. On our way home, my son and I talked about our disappointment, because we both thought with all of the tests that had been conducted since July 28th, this would have already happened. So, the doctor said we did... Read more

  • Day 68 - So Much to Think About ... So Little Time

    8/19/2015 7:17:46 PM, by LASHARINK

    Instead of relieving my stress, I've been creating stress. Friday is my deadline date to give the HR Manager my new mailing address so I can take the position I was selected for in Buffalo, NY. She said it was important because it had to be processed 2 pay periods prior. Well, now that I've had t... Read more

  • Having a hard time getting motivated :(

    8/18/2015 9:15:13 PM, by FULLYUNDERSTAND

    Very blah today...nagging headache and no motivation to exercise. Thank goodness I'm eating right.... Read more

  • Day 67 - Rethinking

    8/18/2015 7:05:56 PM, by LASHARINK

    Today was a frustrating day. Usually a very conscientious worker, I'm finding myself making more mistakes which is quite disturbing. I don't know if I should blame it on memory loss, double vision, stress or what. When I go to the doctor on Thursday, in addition to getting paperwork filled out fo... Read more

  • Day 65 - Relaxing

    8/16/2015 4:14:10 PM, by LASHARINK

    Doctor's orders were to relax, limit time in sun, wear sunglasses, use sunblock,, drink plenty of ice water, limit time on computer, and more importantly, to watch my stress, pick my battles. Today, I did just that. Stayed outside just long enough with Grey-D to relax and read the paper before ... Read more

  • Day 64 - Refocusing

    8/15/2015 7:41:57 PM, by LASHARINK

    Finally had my appointment with the Neurologist on Thursday and my BP was up to 146/84! Very high for me. 2:00 appt. didn't start until 4:15, in addition to just being there period. She tried to make light of it by caling it the "white coat syndrome,!" But seriously, don't they understand how... Read more

  • Day 60 - I'm OBSESSED with the scale!

    8/11/2015 9:37:06 PM, by LASHARINK

    192 I know it was only 2 blogs ago that I wrote "To Weigh or Not to Weigh!" and I even shared a link about 5 Steps to Stop Obsessing About the Scale (something like that). I said because I had joined a couple of teams that had challenges of losing one pound a week, consequently, I couldn't give ... Read more

  • Day 59 - Time to Analyze all of the Tracking

    8/10/2015 11:59:50 PM, by LASHARINK

    From childhood to adulthood I've made several changes in the foods I eat and how I appreciate them more as an adult. A few that came to mind was cutting a grapefruit in half and sectioning it off to get the juices flowing. Then spreading about 2 tsps or more of sugar on top and letting it disso... Read more

  • Day 58 - To Weigh or Not to Weigh

    8/9/2015 10:22:38 AM, by LASHARINK

    I normally weigh myself on Thursdays, but last Thursday was disappointing results. It had only moved .5#. So I decided to weigh myself again today and was delighted to see the scale had moved another 1#. Yay - my determination just went up a few notches! Then I decided to get on SparkPeople to t... Read more

  • Day 57 - Even my snacks are veggies!

    8/8/2015 9:32:31 PM, by LASHARINK

    Finally got some sunglasses to deal with this light sensitivity that I've been having. After running around for a few hours, I was ready for a quick snack. Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws - 1 oz. = approx. 38 straws = 130 calories. Yup I actually counted them and then I weighed t... Read more

  • Day 56 - What's That About?

    8/7/2015 11:54:35 PM, by LASHARINK

    My family and friends know that since returning from Buffalo, I said I was going to become a vegetarian. So every now and then, someone will ask me how long has it been? I quickly mentally calculate using the childhood rhyme: Thirty days has September April, June, and November. All ... Read more

  • Day 55 - Ready for Tomorrow

    8/6/2015 10:19:51 PM, by LASHARINK

    As I continue on my journey to become a vegetarian, I find myself cooking at all times to make sure I'm ready for tomorrow. 9:30 PM and I just finished making the veggie lasagna for tomorrow. I had hoped to make the zucchini bread or muffins, but didn't have all of the ingredients. So I've add... Read more