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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Hi, gang.

Let's see, where to start... while still keeping this fairly short... lol

Back in early April (maybe late March) I messed up my lower back and had to stop working out for about 6 weeks. I dragged that out to 8 out of laziness, then started slowly working out again. I had put on at least 25 pounds since Xmas, courtesy of being in a new relationship and also the lack of working out. Ugh.

June 17-18 I had some weird medical stuff appear in the form of vision problems. Several wowza-expensive tests later, I learned that I have a cyst on the pineal gland, which is located deep inside the brain. Mine is large enough to cause symptoms, but not so large that they will want to risk brain surgery to remove it. So - for now, I get to live with the symptoms. Actually, according to my doc, apparently I get to live with them forever, unless it gets bigger and they feel it needs removed. Well, happy happy joy joy.....

These symptoms are basically vision problems - can't deal with bright lights AT ALL, eyes feel strained constantly, can't look up or to sides without pain - minor headaches, dizziness, and sleep problems. Not pleasant, but I'm trying to find ways to deal with them. Oh, and erratic blood pressure. My new bp cuff is my constant companion.

To add to that, I managed to pull a ligament in my left leg last week, with possible cartilage tear. Doc has me on steroids for the inflammation and will recheck in a couple of weeks to see if we need an MRI to check the cartilage. Yippee.

So - still no working out. I am back up to 248-249 pounds, after weighing 211 for one brief moment late last year and being at 218 on Feb 1st. SIGH. And what do I want to do about it? Eat... Of course. Actually, I am really wanting to work out. And I can't. And that makes me mad! So I'm trying to find other ways to do things. Small stretches while doing laundry or dishes. Tonight I'm going to set up the wii we bought right before all of this happened in june and do some arms-only stuff on it. I have GOT TO find a way to bring the weight back down, and fast. The steroid increases appetite - SO not what I need right now. But hopefully it will help my leg.

Anyway - that's what's happening in my neck of the woods right now.

Thanks, everyone, for the support and love I always find here!
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    Sheeeeeeshh. What a load of crap to get dumped on you.
    Don't forget the bags of vegies for the munchies. I hear you on the increased appetite, but filling can be empty stuff or healthy... just saying!
    You'll look good with dark shades. Oh, yes, mystic, and like that.
    Be good to you.
    4216 days ago
    Whew! You have really had a rough time of late. Sounds like a big flippin' drag.

    I've been down the steroid road--I hear you. Sometimes I really forced myself to reason with myself--I told myself that I wasn't really hungry in my body, only in my mind. Sometimes it worked.

    Arms only is a start! Little steps are still steps.

    Thinking of you.
    4216 days ago
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