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Healing and losing

Monday, April 23, 2012

I am still a bit stunned by the results of my medical tests. I've done more research on Fatty Liver and came across a few things that get better search results: one is metabolic syndrome, which includes fatty liver with diabetes, hypothyroid, obesity... I am thinking that all my hard work, exercising and eating well, may not have resulted in weight lose but it probably did prevent diabetes and thyroid problems. The other thing I found was a condition called NAFL non-alcoholic fatty liver.

My doctor had said that my test results were similar to an alcoholics. That led me to finding a lot of good advice on Alcoholic and rehab web sites. My father was an alcoholic, which is why my diagnosis is so hard for me to accept, I have zero tolerance for addicts. One bit of advice I saw everywhere was taking MilkThistle, which I immediately started after researching the herb. It is one of the most researched herbs and actually heals the liver. This does my soul good. I was raised to believe all we need for nutrition and healing was put on the earth around us by God. It was frustrating not being able to cure myself, to lose weight and my stubbornness could have killed me. I feel blessed to have found a good doctor.

I have lost 17 pounds and have adjusted to my extremely low calorie diet. Since I do not eat processed foods, it is easier to accomplish. That said one of my favorite dishes was discovered in a Panera Restaurant in DC. It is a Mediteranean egg white sandwich. I hadn't had an egg in a month, so it was especially tasty. It had spinach and sundried tomatoes with parmesan cheese on a frocaccia bread. I make it at home and it's lovely. I am getting used to using th elittle carton of eggwhites.

Okay, need to get going today, I was sick for the past few weeks with a very nasty cold. At first I thought I was extra sick due to the diet but then my husband got sick and he's is worse off than I was! So far a trip to a party in DC and an illness have not interrupted my progress!

I see my doctor again on Friday, can't wait!

  
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MOEYFAERIE 4/24/2012 2:18PM

    Keep going. A fatty liver is scary, but you are on the right path to creating a healthier you. Milk thistle is great for many things. Just keep at it.

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ZELDA13 4/23/2012 1:24PM

    I was also diagnosed with a fatty liver and have also started taking milk thistle. In speaking to people, it seems many of them have it and have few consequences. I just try to keep eating well and exercising to be as strong and healthy as I can be. Congratulations on your recent marriage.

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Bit the Bullet

Friday, March 30, 2012

Last year I decided that the Spark People plan sounded smart, so I did it for about 9 months faithfully and gained ten pounds... I became convinced my thyroid was shot or I was diabetic. I worked in a hospital, medical school and NIH doing research, so I wasn't thrilled with the quality of medical care in my neck of the woods. Too many lapband surgeries, friends getting bizarre serum injections from doctors. I decided to do some research and perhaps focus more on health and activity and not monitoring... gained more weight. At this point, my hands and arms were going numb when I slept and when I drove! I felt terrible and nothing was working.

I was so confused. I work on my family's genealogy and I could see my shape was the same as my father's grandmother and her sisters "little refrigerator-shaped" german/canuck women! I wondered if this was something I can't accomplish, it was all genetic. Not having health insurance, well, I am in the process of getting on my husband's plan but with a $2,500 deductible, it is basically like not having health insurance. I was getting very depressed. Once again I was faced with buying new clothes soon in the official 'fat' sizes!

Serendipity works often in my life and at my favorite Farmer's Market, the woman I chat with told me I had to see her Doctor, he won't work with health insurance, he has a $40 flat fee and still does house calls one day a week. I went home and did my research. He was well published and had 30 years of metabolic research publications under his belt. So, I finally threw in the towel, my husband was shocked it didn't snow, since I said hell would freeze over before i went to a doctor (kinda common attitude for people who have worked with them) I didn't want to waste his time or mine so I wrote up my medical and family history, which got me depressed all over again.

When I called the receptionist immediately said that the Doctor "didn't do pain meds..." I immediately said, "good, I don't want to see a doctor who is high!" After a short silence, she explained that the doctor did not prescribe pain medication. I said that was fine, I don't take pills either! After I made my appointment and faxed her my history, I laughed. It's rural VA and meth and oxy are a big problem, and I realized what she meant.

So, my visit was very good. After a long beautiful drive through the backroads along the Blue Ridge Parkway, I found his office. (Note to self: winter will be a problem! Must lose weight before next snow) He actually had read my 3 page fax and had very good questions for me. He agreed that it most likely was my thyroid and maybe B12, my sugar was 104, which was nice to know! He asked if the tests came back normal, would I consider his diet plan? I blurted out: "If it's not crazy!" Then I apologized, but he said it was a good answer. His plan was the Mediteranean Diet with an appetite suppressant. I groaned but agreed to trust him, since nothing else was working.

He then explained that medical services are 3 times cheaper if doctors avoid health insurance!! He then sent me to the local hospital where they had a LabDirect service and anyone could have blood work done. Granted the majority of people were getting drug screening. A full battery of test cost me only a little over $100! They said they mail me a copy and fax the results to my doctor.

Before he called I decided to start using SparkPeople Tools but not the diet. This way I would be able to have reports for my Doctor to review what and how much I ate.

He called the next morning. All my tests were perfect except my cholesterol was high and my liver function was poor. He said my liver results were similar to a heavy drinkers, I have a glass of wine with dinner about 3-4 times a week. He said that would not cause these results. He said he has been seeing these results in obese people, the liver is too fatty and can't work right. I was confused, how could my cholesterol be high I already use olive oil and eat mostly veg and fruit with chicken breasts and fish for protein. But, I admitted to eating 1 or 2 eggs a day and cheese. He told me that was going to end. Stop eggs or limit to once a week. Only dry parmesan cheese, not cheddar for a while.

He then called in a prescription for me to a VA pharmacy, I live just over the border in NC but the same drug is $30 here and $10 up there! I started to whine but then shut up, I had agreed to trust him... here goes!

  
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MOEYFAERIE 4/24/2012 2:24PM

    Wow you aren't too far from me. Good job on trusting the Dr. He sounds like he knows what he is talking about. emoticon emoticon

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Swimming Meditation

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

When I started aqua aerobics a few months ago it was mainly a step to my first fitness goal -to do an hour of laps. That first day I was able 'nice to only do 2 laps! and it was hard. Today, I do 10 minutes after water aerobics on MWF and now I am adding laps on TTh -was able to do 30 minutes. I changed my goal to doing laps but keeping the water aerobics 3x a week. The water aerobics provides a lot of good stretching and some good exercise. It's always great to see improvement and look forward to reaching that goal of an hour of laps... You burn twice the calories doing laps than you do in water aerobics.

  
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DAWNSYOGAFLOW 10/11/2011 9:19AM

    Keep up the good work!

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Weeding as meditation

Friday, August 12, 2011

I read an article about being in the moment and they used weeding as a meditation. Since I can't get on the treadmill I spent 2 hours in the garden today, weeding! I was great exercise and I felt like I ran a couple of hours. I also felt zero stress and felt so calm for the rest of the day.

  
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MOEYFAERIE 4/24/2012 2:27PM

    I am going to try this today with my 3 year old :-)

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MISSY455 8/12/2011 11:42PM

    Wow great work out! I hope you aren't sore tomorrow, that is a lot of weeding.

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Dog is in doghouse!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Poor Mukki, he is in the doghouse and I am in bed with foot on a pillow -actually, that should be poor me!

Someone dumped a cat on our property last year, we have tried to get someone to take her but no luck. We had her spayed and shots but she has to stay outside, because we have 4 siberian huskies inside! These dogs have a high prey instinct, which comes from thousands of years in the Arctic in Siberia, eat what you can when you can or you do not survive.

Lately the cat has been insistent about getting into the house and today she bolted between my legs while i was entering with arms full of groceries. All four dogs were inside the door and somehow my leg got caught in the middle! One dog pushed me aside and took off after cat and I limped after him with a leash. He was easy to catch -he was under the tree he had chased the cat up! But on my way back into the house I saw my heel and ankle covered in blood!

Everything is cleaned and bandaged but hurts like heck -so no treadmill for me! I slept all afternoon, funny how your body gets tired when you need healing. Now I am trying to think of non-walking cardio and keep coming up with weeding SIGH! I need to weed and hate it.

So, tomorrow as I weed, my mantra will be "Burn calories, forgive cat and dog."

  
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MISSY455 8/12/2011 12:24AM

    Take care, and get plenty of rest with your foot elevated. I hope the weeding goes quickly!

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PEPPERCHILD 8/11/2011 5:38PM

    LOL - love the story and how nice of you to take in the poor kitty while having 4 huskies. I'm surprised that kitty wanted in. Take care - you'll be back on the treadmill in no time.

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