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What Went - Friday

Friday, November 21, 2014

1. Rain and traffic and congestion, today! The medical parking garage was so full that a number of us drove around the entire thing and found nothing. Fortunately when I was coming out of the garage wondering where I was going to find parking, an attendant had just come running up and he let me (and others) park in the staff parking. I wonder why everyone needed to go to the doctor today?

2. The receptionist was snippy with me because late to the appointment and I was a bit snippy back because the parking situation was not my fault but due to bad supervision of the parking area. But she apologized and I apologized and we were all friends by the end.

3. My doctor's appointment went two hours long! This was not all with the doctor but included time undressing, talking to the P.A., waiting for the doc, talking to the doc, waiting for him to come back from an emergency, talking some more to the doc, getting a shot (he insisted I needed the pneumonia shot - happy birthday to me). The bad news. I'm now officially diabetic. He said that I need to give up rice. He's Asian and sympathized with how hard it is to give up rice in an Asian household! But waaaaah! I've already given up gluten so at least he can't tell me to give up bread because I'm not eating it. Also - my liver tests are getting worse, not better. So. . . more tests and off to the G-I specialist for me. He emphatically told me to lose weight. I'm trying! And I don't mean that to be an excuse. I do watch what I eat. I log it. I've just recently been able to do more exercise but I was walking every day anyway and keeping track with my Fitbit. Now I'm going to the Y everyday. And I hope to be able to do Zumba once a week for starters. I'm really frustrated.

4. So next on my list was a visit again to the lab. (I was just there two days ago). This time it took two phlebotomists, a hot pack and finally keeping my arm in a wastebasket of hot water before they could get some blood out of me.

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JENNEINAZ 11/22/2014 11:05AM

  I'm sorry about the rice. It is hard to give up the foods you are familiar with.

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FRAN0426 11/21/2014 11:03PM

    Jean it is tough having to give up a staple used in your diet. I understand frustration of exercising , and recording nutrition and see no weight loss, I'm there right along with you on that one. My doctor just keeps saying your eating to much. Naturally the doctor is a male--you know the group other than women, the group who just start eating healthy and exercising and lose quickly ( my hubby for one)--then they can't figure out why you aren't losing like they are. Yup, super frustrating!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/21/2014 9:43PM

    Sorry to hear about being diabetic (I assume type 2) It'll be a learning process, but you'll get the hang of it. I am type 2 as well.

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What is Going - Thursday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

1. I slept fairly well despite getting dh to give me my allergy shots right before bed. I woke up around 3 am to go to the bathroom and had a bit of a hard time getting back to sleep because my arm hurt and was itchy but I did get to sleep and then slept until morning.

2. I'm not too achy this morning. A little bit achy but a little bit achy is my norm so I don't see any bad effects from doing Zumba.

3. I am staring at my birthday fudge cupcakes. My dh was a sweetheart but I am gluten free and can not eat even one. Oh well. The kids like them.

4. We went to the Y this morning for our usual 30 min. workout.

5. On the way home, we stopped at the pharmacy. I had a prescription refill ready. Dd was laughing that "A" (pharmacy tech) had my pills all ready for me when she saw me coming down the aisle. She laughed harder when "A" told me that she was sure she's see me again before Thanksgiving but just in case she wasn't, Happy Thanksgiving. (And yes, I'm sure I'll be in for more meds before Thanksgiving.)

6. I scrubbed the tub this morning. I also folded one load of laundry (3 more are waiting to be folded this afternoon). I also dealt with the composter. For me, these kinds of chores are a symbol of my functional fitness - something I struggle with.

7. I plan to make an orange chicken in the crockpot later. If I had my act together I would have had my list before we went to the Y and then the pharmacy on the way home, but I didn't. So I'll go out later and will pick up the few ingredients I need.

OK time to get up off of my duff and get more laundry folded.

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JENNEINAZ 11/21/2014 11:28AM

  Orange chicken in a crock pot? That sounds yummy.

I am glad things are going well and Zumba wasn't a problem.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/20/2014 4:41PM

    Happy birthday and glad you're doing well.

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ERIN_POSCH 11/20/2014 4:24PM

    sound like you are moving along quite nicely. functional fitness might be a struggle for you but your doing it and that's what is important. keep it up and you will get stronger bit by bit. be blessed!

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The Gift of Zumba

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I gave myself the birthday gift of going to Zumba tonight. It was the first time I've gone in a year. Bad pain, my dad's death, car accident and botched treatment that led to even worse pain, the whole IL elder care thing. . . all of those conspired to keep me away from my beloved Zumba. I had such a wonderful time! It was my favorite teacher. I saw some nice friends who were very welcoming. I was able to dance really well. I don't know if I will be able to move tomorrow, but tonight was great! And I reached 10,000 steps!

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JENNEINAZ 11/20/2014 10:56AM

  Woohoo! Zumba is for you!

I hope you are able to get back again soon.

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What Went - Tuesday

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

1. This morning I had fasting lab work done - I got a very good phlebotomist this time! I didn't have to walk her through the process of getting blood out of a turnip.

2. I came home to find dd Skyping friends in Kuwait. They met at summer camp. I am so amazed by technology even though most of what we have has been around awhile.

3. Ds is sick with some kind of a virus. I wonder if I have a virus too but since the flu achiness and my everyday achiness feel exactly the same, I have no idea. I took some oscillo just in case. And since I am feeling sort of tired and lightheaded even after eating, I'll take it a bit easier today. Maybe.

4. We didn't walk at the Y today. I have been deep cleaning the main bathroom. It has taken me off an on all day and I don't think I'm going to get to the tub today. The tub is very hard for me to do. But I am happy with the parts I did get to - esp. mopping the floor.

5. I talked to my mom today. Almost 90 and she's just gotten done sewing 7 stuffed animals for Christmas! I was able to talk to her about some things that were bothering me. I don't often get to do that - her hearing doesn't usually allow that depth in conversation even with the TTY. But today I was able to and that made me feel better.

6. I'm not getting my steps in today. I might go out tonight even though it is pretty cold.

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NASFKAB 11/20/2014 3:15AM

  great you got to speak to your Mom she is a wonder making so many stuffed toys hope you all feel better soon

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JENNEINAZ 11/19/2014 11:19AM

  I'm glad you got to talk to your Mom, that sounds pretty special. And your mom must be crazy good with a sewing machine. Stuffed animals are hard.

I hope you don't get sick!

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ALIHIKES 11/19/2014 1:43AM

    Technology is amazing for keeping in touch with far away friends! Glad you accomplished so much.

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FRAN0426 11/18/2014 11:51PM

    Sounds like you got some good workout time in the bathroom cleaning today.
It was nice you got to talk with your mom today, and that she was able to hear you.
Hope you son feels better soon, and that you do not have the virus.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/18/2014 8:44PM

    Hope everyone feels better!

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What is Going - Monday

Monday, November 17, 2014

1. I am achy, achy, achy today. I'm fairly sure I got into some gluten yesterday. The sweet potato fries were obviously coated in something and while the manager assured me that it wasn't wheat, some people think that "wheat" only means whole wheat and doesn't include things like flour. I didn't make a big deal out of it but after I ate a couple, I gave them to my husband. I can't find anything online to tell me for sure what the ingredients are in Kidd Valley sweet potato fries. I'm also a bit suspicious of the small shake I had. Why can't places make things out of simple ingredients anymore?!

2. I slept fairly well.

3. I am still using the Core Program stretches and my legs esp. like them.

4. I took ds17 to a sleep specialist this morning. The specialist was so happy that we were checking out sleep problems prior to any ADD medications. He said that a (I can't remember the percentage but it was a lot) of kids diagnosed with ADD/ADHD actually have sleep disorders. He said that he then gets them when they are in their 30's and have been on stimulants for 15 years and he's finally able to diagnose the underlying sleep disorder. We've scheduled a sleep study which may or may not show anything (ie. the intake itself was just an interview with the doctor) but the doctor strongly suspects it will show some things.

5. After going home for lunch we went to the Y for a half hour exercise time. Not a whole lot but something.

6. I plan to cook a pork roast this afternoon in the crock pot.

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JENNEINAZ 11/18/2014 10:49AM

  Sleeping well is a wonderful thing. I hope the exercise and the pork roast worked out well.

I'm sorry about the gluten. We have friends that are super sensitive to gluten too. I never cook for them because I am afraid of cross contamination.

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COASTAL6 11/17/2014 7:33PM

    Can I come over, roast sounds good. I'm cooking beef ribs, I have to figure out what kind of spices to put on it, with potatoes. I hope you feel better soon emoticon

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FRAN0426 11/17/2014 6:07PM

    Yes, why is it food isn't made simply without extra stuff put into it is a very good question. Far too many people have allergies to stuff they put in food these days.Hooping you feel much better tomorrow Jean emoticon

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CALGIRL80 11/17/2014 6:05PM

  Sorry about the gluten. Great job on going to the Y today anyway. Hope you find answers for your son with the sleep study.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/17/2014 5:58PM

    Yes, it does sound like you got into gluten! Hope you're feeling better today.

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