I joined back in 2008 right after blood clots had caused a stroke at age 47 (from a-fib) but didn't keep it up and put all the weight back on.
In 2002, I had a mild heart attack while on the phone with my doctor, believe it or not. She made me go to the ER or I'd have totally missed it. I was out of town and had called for refills on my meds and was in panic mode because my house had just been robbed of everything I owned. The stress caused the heart attack. My BP was sky high.
Over the ensuing years, I've developed multiple health issues, but joined SP again in Sept because I wanted to get healthier.vi wanted to get healthier and lose weight. About three weeks in, after walking nightly,vand eating healthy, I noticed that even with walking and using my 02 and walker, I was getting very short of breath walking all of a sudden, and though clothes were fitting better, and losing inches, I was gaining a ton of weight.
Low and behold, went to the doctor and found that I'm now in congestive heart failure and my blood pressure is uncontrollable. It was 207/110 at the doctors, and with the meds they gave me in the office, it went up, not down.
Needless to say, I'm on a ton of new meds, including Lasix and 2 new BP meds as well as potassium.
Im still walking. I missed one day due to sheer exhaustion, but finally got my 5k last night, even if it was on the darn treadmill instead of the road. I'm afraid of the shortness of breath now, and dont want to be far from home, but I walked 3.77 miles at a mace of 23 minutes a mile.vi just can't walk faster now, too hard to breathe.
Still fighting the high BP and shortness of breath, but all of a sudden, the weight is literally falling off. I seem to have no appetite, so am forcing myself to eat. No idea if the meds are causing the lack of appetite.
I hurt my back somehow, so can barely move without my walker, but not walking makes it worse. Not sure if I should ease off or walk it off.
Oh well. We will see.
I will be thinner and healthier if it kills me. We don't say diet in our house-ever. Diets fail!
| current weight: 160.0