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What Went - Thursday

Friday, July 25, 2014

Another busy day, but isn't it always with kids?

First, I drove into the big city before 7 am for adrenal and liver testing that had to be completed before 8 am. At least the adrenal had to be done that early and it's not like I was going to go in later for the liver test. I got to talk another phlebotomist through how to get blood from a turnip. After a couple of tries he was successful. Honestly, don't they teach these guys how to do a hot pack any more?

Ds17 impulsively invited himself along on a 7 mile bike ride this morning with his younger sister and her friend. (About a month ago he impulsively entered a 5k race). I told dh that at least his impulsivity is targeting healthy things. The bike ride was on trails and sidewalks that gave them some distance from the road so I felt comfortable about it. My 12 year old daughter, the jock, left my son and her friend in the dust. I had to talk to her about going with the pace of the slowest member when in a group like that or at least moderating her pace somewhat for their benefit when she knows the route and they don't. They had a lot of fun though. I picked them up at the mall where they ended up and ferried them and their bikes home after a couple of hours. I was a tiny bit ticked when the friend told her mom that I had made her late by not picking her up on time. I spent a total of 4 hours ferrying those kids around in traffic today including taking that girl to and from her house. The reason I was late was because they were not ready when they should have been. Humph!

Phew! The kids and I did a 1 hour cleaning round robin.

1st 20 minutes: Dd's choice of music - OneRepublic, Maroon 5, etc.
2nd 20 minutes: Ds's choice of music - Pink Floyd, the Boss (aka Springsteen) etc.
3rd 20 minutes: my choice of music - Weird Al Yankovic!

Oh, you want to know what we actually did? One big shelf in the kitchen pantry was gone through, tons of expired stuff thrown out, the shelf washed and then restocked. Three kitchen drawers emptied, gone through (some stuff tossed and some put in the Goodwill pile and others sorted to put back), all washed (I found actual mold in a corner of one drawer Ack! ) and disinfected, and then restocked. Laundry folded and put away, washed and dried. I actually should have stopped after the 2nd 20 minutes but we were on a roll and I had happy kids (or at least resigned kids) helping me so I finished out the hour. Now I'm in mucho pain but hey, we got a lot done!


  
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YVETTEB57 7/25/2014 1:27PM

    Busy, busy, busy. I'm worn out just from reading what all you did! LOL!
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JENNEINAZ 7/25/2014 11:28AM

  You did a great job! I hope the blood tests do well.

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1MORNINGWALKER 7/25/2014 1:50AM

    Really an adventure, love seeing the different music choices Lo.
Hope you get lots of rest and feel better. emoticon

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COASTAL6 7/25/2014 12:30AM

    What a big day you had, I just stayed home, boring! emoticon

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What Went - Wednesday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I rediscovered why I had such a good pain day yesterday. Or at least I have a theory. I woke up with a bit of a sore throat today and that reminded me that right before I get even a minor illness I have a good day when I suspect that my immune system has kicked in full force. Then it fails and I get sick and go right back to my normal pain and fatigue. I hadn't remembered because it's been months and months since that's happened.

My daughter survived her babysitting. She was so glad to be done this evening! The mother was hinting broadly that she could use her again tomorrow but we stuck to our guns. My daughter does have plans for tomorrow and the next day anyway.

You could have knocked me over with a feather this morning. My 17 year old son asked if we could go exercise! Unfortunately the Y is closed for renovations so we walked at a local mall. Then we ate out at Chipotle's and went to a music store. It was really nice to spend some time with him. Sometimes he gets lost since his little sister is very much the squeaky wheel of the family.

My daughter, Rocky and I walked around the neighborhood this evening. I got over 6000 steps today. It had been raining most of the day but it was very nice and even sunny on our walk. We kept hearing music and I thought it was a very loud garage band before it hit me that tonight was a local concert in the park! I'm a bit slow sometimes. . .!

  
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YVETTEB57 7/24/2014 1:24PM

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JENNEINAZ 7/24/2014 11:44AM

  Congratulations on the steps! I am sorry you might be getting sick. Hopefully you will feel better soon.

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COMPCHIC52 7/24/2014 12:41AM

    time with the kids is a wonderful thing emoticon emoticon

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FRAN0426 7/24/2014 12:17AM

    Good for you and your daughter for not caving in for her to do more babysitting.
Nice that you got some mom and son time in today. I'm sure Rocky was thrilled that the rain dried up and he and mom got there walk in tonight. Hope you feel better tomorrow.

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UKNOWITNOW 7/23/2014 11:11PM

  Congratulations. The more steps you take the more you want to take. emoticon

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What Went - Tuesday

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Today was day 2 of my 12 year old's babysitting adventure. She was so much calmer today and so were the children. I took her to the house and got her settled but left shortly after the mom did. She was there for about six hours before she called me. The kids wanted to go to the park and I did not want my daughter attempting that on her own. We're only a minute away by car so I buzzed on over there and walked with them to the park. My daughter was whispering to me that she couldn't wait for the day to be done and that she should have charged more! She was obviously tired and out of ideas for entertaining them.

The kids started to whine at the park so I could see that they were bored and out of sorts too. I told them I was "it" and started a game of tag. Yes - me running! It helps that they are small and aren't fast runners and my daughter was gracious to let the children and me tag her on occasion. We had a nice time of it.

Once we got back to the house there wasn't too much time to kill before the mom would be home. The little boy had an accident, which he was not going to admit to even under torture. But I just told him that I was sure he was a big enough boy to change his pants without help and that there would be an Otter Pop waiting for him when he was done. Once he saw that I wasn't going to argue about it, he went and took care of things. I still remember a thing or two from when my kids were little!

Today was a good pain day. My pain level was only about a 1 today. I can't even remember when it has been this low! And no, I have no idea why it was better today.

Because of the low pain I was able to do more in the house. I've been working on cleaning and reorganizing my pantry for two weeks now and today I got a massive amount done. I'm actually quite pleased at how nice and tidy it is.

  
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YVETTEB57 7/23/2014 1:11PM

    Sounds like you had a fun day and got alot done besides! I enjoyed reading your blog! emoticon

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JENNEINAZ 7/23/2014 12:30AM

  A low pain day is wonderful! And I bet you had fun playing with the little kids. Enjoy!

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1MORNINGWALKER 7/23/2014 12:08AM

    Great that your pain level is so low. I guess mothers never forget how to deal with the small ones. The tag game seemed like fun, nice that you are so close to help your daughter, she sounds like she is doing a good job babysitting. emoticon

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FRAN0426 7/22/2014 11:55PM

    So glad to hear you had a low pain day hope you continue to have them.

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What Went - Monday

Monday, July 21, 2014

I only got 3 hours of sleep last night because my 12 year old daughter was up crying in the night scared of her big babysitting gig that started this morning. Once I got her settled the second time around 1:30 am, I was too wound up to sleep. I got up at 6:30 and took dd to babysitting at 7:15. I was a mousie in the corner and worked on my next Bible camp lesson while dd took care of the kids. The little boy was literally bouncing off the walls (not figuratively!). I'm glad I was there even though dd handled it just fine. I then left and went to my doctor's appointment. We've been having apocalyptic traffic predictions because one of the main bridges across the lake is down to one lane for construction. So I planned an hour for a 20 min. trip. It only took 20 minutes because the road was almost deserted! I hate to think of what the alternative routes might have been like (We've got the 4th worst traffic in the nation so you know it was bad somewhere.)

Anyway. . . . my doctor's appointment was ok. I told him all about the pain and fatigue which specifics like how many steps I'm taking and how many minutes I can do a task and how long it takes me to recover. He said "have you ever heard of fibromyalgia?" Um. . . yes. . . . I've avoided telling him that I have that diagnosis up until now because so many doctors will use that as an excuse for not treating any symptoms you have. He said "there isn't much to do for fibro" - I have 20 years of proof for that. Then he said a common treatment is SSRI's. I told him that I didn't want anti-depressants. He said that he didn't think anti-depressants were a good choice for me either. Then why did he mention it?! But I digress. . . We are having some improvement with the PT exercises and diet so I'll just keep with that.

He said that I've lost weight (3 pounds - I knew that), that my cholesterol is looking great now (it wasn't 3 months ago - and this is without any meds for it), that my bloodsugar numbers are improving - but at a cost - no more grains:( and that my liver numbers are getting even worse. I badgered him into looking at my adrenal function. I don't want the fatigue to just be labeled "fibro" without looking at other possibilities as well. He started to just shrug off the bad liver numbers until I reminded him (it was right there in the chart) that we've been "waiting to see" for over a year now and it is getting worse not better. So later this week I will do labs on both the cortisol and the liver function.

I went back to help dd with a trip to the park. Little Guy is very impulsive and not a good candidate for a walk on real roads. Now they are riding bikes and I sent my 17 year old son over to provide safety patrol. In the house dd does great but I am taking the "better safe than sorry" tack for trips outside.

I had to go over one last time. Little Guy bit his tongue and as tongues do, it bled quite a bit. I went over because dd had a touch of hysteria to her voice on the phone. It was easier to just drive the one minute there to help calm things down. In fact, by the time I got there, everything was all better! Little Gal was just fine the whole day - she isn't the livewire that her brother is.

  
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1MORNINGWALKER 7/22/2014 11:11AM

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COMPCHIC52 7/21/2014 11:15PM

    busy day for you . hope labs turn out fine

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FRAN0426 7/21/2014 10:43PM

    Good luck with the labs needing to be done. Sounds like a busy day for both you and your daughter.

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FIT_MOMMY_OF2 7/21/2014 8:48PM

    Whew, busy day! You made it!

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ALIHIKES 7/21/2014 8:01PM

    Busy day for you! I hope the doctor has some suggestions. (I'm seeing my doctor tomorrow, follow up because leg pain is not better)
Hugs from
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YVETTEB57 7/21/2014 7:44PM

    Sounds like you've had your hands full! emoticon

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What Went - Sunday

Sunday, July 20, 2014

1. I made it to church. I wrestled with getting dressed this morning. I tried to get my pantyhose on this morning (yes, I'm an old fogie who still wears it - partly because my legs look pretty bad due to edema and other issues) but I could not put them on. My daughter tried to help me but by the time we got them on, I realized that there was a humongous hole in them! So I ended up going bare legged but I absolutely cannot wear my leather church shoes without anything on my feet. I tried some footie things but they kept popping off my feet repeatedly so that wasn't going to work. So I ended up wearing black ankle socks, my leather shoes, my pasty white legs and then a white/teal dress. I'm sure it would have set off Tacky Meters but oh well, I tried and this is what worked. That, and by that time I had to get out the door or we'd be late for church.

2. Church was good. I taught the teens during Junior church and we had a nice discussion. We studied about Nicodemus today.

3. I took lunch stuff with us but it was a pretty eclectic selection. We ended up just stopping at Burger King. I got a chicken wrap but it was still too many carbs and made my sugar go up too high. I didn't get a salad because raw veggies make me have digestive issues and it isn't fun.

4. I was feeling fairly good after church so I almost decided to go with the family to a baptism they were going to. I'm glad that at the last minute I decided that it would be too much. My energy crashed in the afternoon and I slept for two and a half hours. Now I'm exhausted and can barely keep my head up. I'm glad that I'm going to the doctor tomorrow. This is one of the issues we will discuss, though the cynic in me (born from having chronic illness for over twenty years) wonders if it's worth mentioning since they don't seem to be able to really do anything about it.

  
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JENNEINAZ 7/21/2014 10:23AM

  Good job on knowing when t0 say enough. I am glad you got to church and enjoyed your time there.

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COMPCHIC52 7/21/2014 2:21AM

    My husband cant eat raw veggies they have to be cooked but he has diverticulitis. also he has a lot of scare tissue that interferes on the digestive System so to keep him from going and getting his stomach pumped he does not eat anything with seed. nuts or raw had veggies and some hard fruits. He has had a few Blockage in his days.
so glade you had a good time at church sounds like you had a blast getting ready too. I would say find you some shoes you can wear with socks or barefoot and just go with no stockings . its the in thing to do. my mom wear Birkenstocks to church with socks or if she is wearing long pants or dress she wears knee high stockings. save the hassle and stress you know. emoticon

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PUZZLEPOPPLES 7/20/2014 10:38PM

    Good luck at the doctor. Glad you made it to church. God doesn't care about the tacky meter! :)

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THEEXERCISER 7/20/2014 10:34PM

    Good luck at the doctors.

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