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A better day

Friday, October 24, 2014

Slept well last night. No nightmares, and the headache didn't wake me up. What a relief. Had to get an earlier than normal start as I had that appointment with the cardiologist. She gave my heart a clean bill of health. She said the chest pains I have been getting are more likely from my lungs, possibly an after effect of the pulmonary embolism I had a few years ago. I got to my appointment half an hour early and got seen right away, so I decided to take the extra time and do some Christmas and dog supply shopping. (I am trying to get all my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving.) Cooper is stocked up on treats for a few months. Happy dog! After I unloaded the car I decided to go to the gym, since Cooper was safe with my parents. Got in 3 miles on the treadmill in 30 minutes. Got up to 6.6 mph at my top speed. I am still doing intervals. I didn't run for over three weeks, and it feels like I am starting over. Hopefully it will come back pretty quick. After I got Cooper home I did a couple of SP videos, finished the book I started last night, then took the Coopster out for an hour and a half walk. I just had my go to salad for dinner again. It just doesn't get old. And it is high in protein and fiber. For a treat I stirred up some almond chia pudding. Yum! And then I did over 14 miles on the bike... I think I might relax a little tomorrow, though my neighbor wants to go with me to the gym...

My neighbor invited me over for drinks after dinner. I just had one. She was pushing me to have another, but I stuck to my one drink limit. We were dancing like crazy around her apartment for about 20 minutes. Silly ladies! Then I took Cooper out one more time for a half hour.

Now I am going to curl up with the dog and a good book and relax.

Heavy frost on the car this morning, and now there is snow possible on Nov 1st. I think we are washing the kayaks and gearing down for the Winter this weekend. So sad.

  
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TERRY0217 10/24/2014 9:58PM

    Glad you're feeling better and God bless you for starting that Christmas shopping..I haven't even thought about it yet!
Take care

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DOGLADY13 10/24/2014 9:52PM

    Glad the appointment went well and you slept better. A good night's sleep always helps. I'm impressed with your Christmas shopping goal. It's a good one. I may do that, too.

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MJREIMERS 10/24/2014 9:51PM

    What a nice day! I'm not ready for winter! Can't we just have fall until a brief snow during the holidays and then back to the 50's until March?

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MBPP50 10/24/2014 9:22PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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MSPENCER7 10/24/2014 9:14PM

    Good luck with getting the Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving.

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Weird day

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It was a weird day today. I woke up at 4am with my headache throbbing and nightmares echoing in my head. Not a good way to start the day! I stayed up for a while until the nightmares faded, and the Tylenol blunted the headache, then curled back up with the dog. When we got up later I took him for a nice walk (over an hour). He had definite opinions about where we should walk today. He can be so stubborn. Then I crated hum and went to get my blood work done. I took the long way home... about 5 miles. Had lunch, which was the last of the big pot of chili I made a few days ago. (I gave a few servings to my aunt, so I didn't eat the whole thing myself.) After lunch I walked the dog again. While we were out the cardiologist's office called with a message that they had a cancellation for tomorrow morning, if I wanted the appointment. It means cancelling my morning walk with my niece, but I figure it is worth it. (My original appointment was in November.) My neighbor decided she wanted to make us dinner, but then when she got back from Walmart she said she had changed her mind, as she got so fed up with the store that she left without buying any groceries... which is why I never shop there. So, then I had to decide on dinner. I ended up just making a quick salad. I put black beans and corn on it among other things, but no salad dressing. Pretty healthy all in all. Then I walked the dog again. Now I am trying to locate my brother who has the keys to my mom's car, which he parked in my parking lot, but took the keys with him. (He just called me finally, it turns out he accidentally ran over a bow hunter's bow out at my parent's house this evening, and wanted to show dad the damage, and there is a whole long story attached to that...) Okay, I will be getting the keys shortly, only two hours later than he said he would. Grrrr... my family is bad about doing things in a timely manner. It makes things awkward, because I am usually early for things... probably as a reaction to always getting to events late as a child. Getting places early means that quite often my family is a loooong way from being ready to do or go where we are planning. Frustrating.

Anyway... It was just a weird day of ups and downs and miscommunications, all colored by the nightmares I had. Ugh. Here is hoping tomorrow is a more normal day... though with the doctor appointment in the morning it is looking like it won't be.

  
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DBEAU57 10/24/2014 8:50PM

    But Thank God there was a cancellation and now you don't have to wait until November! That is good news! I hope you get a good night's sleep with sweet dreams!

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/24/2014 12:51PM

    Wishing you relief!

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SWEETNEEY 10/24/2014 8:34AM

    It's called living.

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/24/2014 7:54AM

    Whew! Hope things are better today.

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NILLAPEPSI 10/24/2014 7:38AM

    Keep smiling! Praying for you as you go to your appointment. Praying for wisdom for the medica staff. emoticon

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MBPP50 10/24/2014 5:00AM

    Hope your appt goes well. Wish that darned headache would go away. emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/23/2014 11:45PM

    Hang in there.

Ran across this recently and thought of you:

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/23/2014 11:21PM

    Good Luck at the doctor and here's to a dream free night !

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/23/2014 11:06PM

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GOULDSGRANITE 10/23/2014 10:15PM

    At least the lunch and dinner you had sounds good. I like the salad idea with the beans and corn. Lately I have been using salsa and lite sour cream for a salad dressing and makes me think it would taste good on that one too! Sure has less fat and sodium than other dressings. Hopeful you will have good calm rest tonight.

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DOGLADY13 10/23/2014 10:06PM

    Let's hope you have sweet dreams tonight. Nightmares aren't fun to wake up to. I'm so happy you are getting in to the neurologist tomorrow. Sending prayers/good karma your way!

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Joined the gym

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Managed to get myself and brother to the gym and signed up for a 3 month membership. He had to get right back to work, but I stayed and fit in a workout. I seem constitutionally incapable of not running when I get on the treadmill. LOL! I knew it would make my head hurt more, but I said what the heck and tried to see how fast I could go... safely. I got up to 6.5mph without a problem. I was hot and sweaty when I hopped off. Yes, my headache was worse, but my mood was improved. We take the good and bad together.

I am not doing too bad all things considered. Like I said yesterday... things could be much, much worse.

I am excited I actually got my brother to come in and join. Now I just need to keep him going regularly for 3 months!

  
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THROOPER62 10/24/2014 5:31PM

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/23/2014 4:08PM

    Yes!

Still wishing you relief, friend!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/22/2014 11:40PM

    Glad to hear your brother joined with you!

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NILLAPEPSI 10/22/2014 8:53PM

    emoticon Get some rest tonight. emoticon

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DOGLADY13 10/22/2014 8:34PM

    I don't mean to make light of your head ache, but I wonder if muscle tension is part of the problem? Have you tried getting a full-body massage? It came to mind, because I have a tendency to tightening my shoulders and neck when I run, and that can lead to a headache. Just a thought.

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FLORNH 10/22/2014 8:17PM

    Nice!

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SIRIUS2014 10/22/2014 7:23PM

    Great that you pushed yourself to get the workout in!

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/22/2014 7:06PM

    Good for you for leading by example. emoticon

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THINAGIN2 10/22/2014 6:52PM

    Congratulations! Sounds like things are going your way!


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MBPP50 10/22/2014 6:48PM

    Great job! Glad you have a workout buddy- wish I did.

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Future workout plans

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My brother and I are meeting at the gym tomorrow to sign up together. We have already agreed on a tentative schedule to workout 3x a week. I hope we can stick to it for the entire Winter. I would like to get a few more of these regained pounds off of me before the new kayaking season.

I haven't been talking about the headache as I was getting tired of my own whininess, but it is still with me. I have been practicing denial, in the hopes that if I ignore it then it might go away, or at least it wouldn't seem so fierce. Sad to say it is not working. I think this beast is bigger and stronger than me. emoticon But, on the bright side... only 9 days to my neuro consult, and maybe some answers (or some good painkillers, lol). Despite the discomfort my life is really pretty good. I just have to keep telling myself it could be worse... much, much worse.

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 10/22/2014 3:27PM

    Take excellent care of yourself, my friend. So many people let pain be an excuse to stop exercising. I am proud of how stubborn you are about moving through this. Wishing you relief!

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LADYBUG546 10/22/2014 12:50PM

    Oh the gym through winter...I need to start going to our gym in the condo for at least a walk on the treadmill. I am struggling a bit with work life balance in my day but I also am exhausted too. I have the answer to some of it so I have started with food changes and then I will go to the exercise maybe today as I kind of feel normal.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 10/22/2014 10:54AM

    Keep thinking positive. good luck at your appointment.

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SAILOR64 10/22/2014 10:20AM

    What a great attitude you have. You realized within yourself that complaining doesn't make things better so you choose to move forward and do something about it.

I hope your appointment with the doctor goes well and he can make an accurate diagnosis that will bring you some relief. A persistant headache can be really draining both physically and mentally. Our prayers and good wishes are with you.

Jonny Mac emoticon

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JANET552 10/22/2014 7:58AM

    I hope you get some answers from the doctor and that those days to the appointment aren't too bad. Kudos to you for planning your winter workouts!!

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TWEETYKC00 10/22/2014 5:50AM

    I hope the doctor can help you with that headache. those can be nasty when not taken care of. Good luck with the gym.

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MBPP50 10/22/2014 5:15AM

    Praying that the neuro will find some answers that get rid of that darn headache. emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 10/22/2014 4:05AM

    Praying that the doctor will be able to help you. emoticon Sounds like a great workout plan. Working out is always more fun with a buddy.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/22/2014 12:27AM

    I hope your headache is soon better you are in my thoughts and prayers !

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DBEAU57 10/21/2014 9:47PM

    I pray every night for both you and my husband. He has been having headaches all day every day too, ever since he had a tooth pulled 2 weeks ago! What gym did you sign up for? I go to Planet Fitness 3 times a week.

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DOGLADY13 10/21/2014 9:43PM

    It's no fun to walk around with a constant headache. I hope the neurologist can offer some good alternatives for you.

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EMMACORY 10/21/2014 9:12PM

    Sorry you are still having pain. Once when I was going through hospitalization with a lupus flare and had pain...I tried to befriend it and the pain felt less. Sending healing energy and prayers your way. emoticon

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Snow coming?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Took care of a bunch of stuff early in the day. picked up my nieces before 10 am, dropped them off. Came home and walked the dog. Scheduled my neurology consult, picked up the disc of my CT scan. Went to lunch with my elderly friend, Peter. Went shopping for clothes and books (spent all of $30). Came home, and walked the dog for over 2 hours. Made a big pot of chili, since it is so cold the last few days. Now, I am going to relax with a book and a bowl of chili.

I checked the extended forecast, and it looks like our first taste of snow might come Nov 10. That first one rarely sticks. They are calling for another snowy Winter here. Good for snowshoeing, bad for walking, especially when it gets icy. I think I am going to convince my brother we should join the gym before Thanksgiving. I already got his word he would join with me and set appointments for workouts. Now we just need to motivate and get organized.

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 10/21/2014 8:18PM

    You certainly had a busy day. I'm so not ready for snow!

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/21/2014 1:57PM

    Shhhh, I have never seen snow.

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KALEWINE 10/21/2014 8:53AM

    Wow! Snow that soon? If we get snow, it's not usually until late January, and even then it's only flurries. Rarely do we get snow that sticks.

Sounds like you had a good day though!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 10/21/2014 8:40AM

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SWEETNEEY 10/21/2014 7:32AM

    Forewarned is forearmed. Good for you

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GARDENCHRIS 10/21/2014 7:30AM

    busy day! HATE WINTER!

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/21/2014 5:21AM

    We're not dipping down to freezing yet in Albuquerque, but we're having a lot more rain than usual. Some areas are getting hail with their rain. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/21/2014 12:02AM

    I am trying not to think about snow.I see the surgeon tomorrow about a date to have my hip replaced .I hate surgery as much as snow LOL !

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DOGLADY13 10/20/2014 9:38PM

    Sounds like your relationship with Jeremy is rock solid. What a blessing.

I like snow, but we are only getting predictions of rain around here. Snow would be pretty awesome.

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CINDHOLM 10/20/2014 8:35PM

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NILLAPEPSI 10/20/2014 7:45PM

    Sounds like a good day. Keep smiling! emoticon

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AJB121299 10/20/2014 6:38PM

    nice

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MBPP50 10/20/2014 6:33PM

    Wow- busy day! Snow already? Wow- it rarely snows here at all.

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