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Sunday, Sept 15, 2013 - Enjoyed the Scale Today

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I have a defribillator/pacer maker combo unit. Defribillator will deliver a shock similar to what a medic would deliver. This is when the beats get too high for too long of a period. The pacer delivers little baby shocks that you do not feel that paces your heart when the defibrillator delivers a shock or if your heart rate is too slow. They now have these monitors that you get to install. You then get a blood pressure unit and a scale. These all automatically record into the monitor. They are both very accurate units. The scale is extremely accurate and is very nice and unfortunately won't kidding about unfortunately..... It definitely helps with accountability. I am REQUIRED to WEIGH DAILY. Yeah, I know. Lots of people in the past have made suggestions or ways for me to not weigh, but it is NOT an OPTION. No matter how well I feel, I am REQUIRED to WEIGH. If I miss a day or two on occasion or go on vacation, then I am exempt.

The reason for me and anyone suffering from CHF, if we go up as little as 3 pounds in a day, we are suppose to take our lasix for those that take on an as needed basis. May be for those on regular basis too but I am not sure. Also, with a defibrillator, it helps them get a picture of what your body is doing / heart. Quite often we can have swelling / water build up around our heart/lungs at any given moment which makes it hard to breath. Swelling may not show up in our legs, ankles, hands, feet. Swelling shows up in our abdomen or chest heart....the upper body and is EXTREMELY uncomfortable.

Well, if you look at my tracker and you look at my numbers, you will see I have this yoyo. Well, the last visit, I was up and told to be sure to do my lasix when I got home. Even though my ankles did not look swollen, my abdomen was. I was above my ultimate high and made me embarrassing sick and was like darn it, I need to seriously lose. Well, I still don't like my numbers but after now day two, I am down again.

Today was very glorious moment for me, my scale was 226 pounds and it just got sent into the doctors. They were happy to see I was working on it the other day, and now to see it go down :-) tomorrow is my appointment with the cardiologist not his nurse...well I may be seeing her too...but with him.

I am pleased as my efforts for the past several days are paying off! My pledges today:

1) Laundry
2) Flip Mattress
3) Drink Water
4) Eat Healthy
5) Rest - but if I get a leisure walk in good, but if I do no exercise, I will still have met today's goal/pledge.

I pray my scale will go down some more!
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    1738 days ago
    emoticon Nadine! Happy for you and proud of all the hard work you are putting in!
    1739 days ago
    I am so proud of you for continuing to take care of your health. As a nurse I see a lot of people with CHF that can be non compliant with treatment. And, who do not hold themselves accountable for their own health, even when faced with their own mortality. I think some of them think if they pretend it doesn't exist, then it won't be an issue . They end up on my floor with a lasix drip with a BNP in the thousands, and barely able to breathe. It can be frustrating at times to help people and educate them, then they go home and go back to their old ways. It's very sad. And, I guess it is the main problem that many of us have. Lifestyles are very hard to change, but it is the one modification that lowers health risks. You should be applauded for sticking with it! When I get a patient like you, well that makes my day! Keep up the good work! emoticon
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    1739 days ago
    emoticon emoticon The Heart Guru is gonna so pleased with your Successes !! You have set the standards for me and now I better get busy and catch up, so in October I can have the same successes as you and have the Heart Guru proud of me too! I know to well about that Yo Yo, just a part of CHF and Hope to stabilize that Yo Yo, it's a balancing act and some days it's better and some days, not so much. Congratulations !! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    I'm so proud of you for trying so hard. You are an amazing woman and a great source of inspiration to me. Keep your head up & keep on pushing. emoticon
    1739 days ago
    You are working to improve your health and will improve your health. Congrats on the steps you are making. Yes, you don't need extra fluid around your heart right now! Take care of yourself. emoticon
    1739 days ago
    We all have our battles in life, keep strong with yours. Who doesn't want to feel and look good? emoticon
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    Keep up the good work.
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