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My Trip to the E.R.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Two days ago my head started hurting like crazy. It was so bad it zapped the life right out of me. I neglected to listen to what my body was saying to me because I was busy caring for my dad and my mother (both who were recently released from the hospital). Well, when I went to my parent's house to monitor their blood pressure, I decided to check mine. It was 180/120! I checked again 173/118, I couldn't believe it. I called my doctor and she said go to the E.R. immediately.

They got my blood pressure down and sent me home on anti-hypertensive which I've being trying to stay off of by controling my diet and losing weight. I failed at that. But I am hoping that I can get off of them really soon.

  
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BRILYNN79 1/19/2011 6:07AM

  Take care of you! As nurses we tend to take care of everyone else, but girl that is a sersious pressure.

Hope you are feeling better and the med works until you can get those healthy habits working for you!

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DSTDIVA9 1/18/2011 4:20PM

    Girlie don't let that happen again. I definitely need to check on you the BP was high. I got your back :-) emoticon Feel better.

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EULALIA14 1/18/2011 1:55PM

    Yikes! That sounds really scary. Whenever I have patients who tell me they are having the "worst headache of their life", I am always on the alert for 1) high BP, 2) aneurysm, 3) TIA/Stroke. I'm glad you listened to your body and got to the ER. I'm sure it feels frustrating to be on meds, but I've seen life style changes work wonders for lots of folks with HTN and diabetes, etc. Good luck!

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DHSPARK 1/18/2011 8:31AM

    Glad you went to the ER...that's a really high BP and dangerous!

Good luck on getting it under control!

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GIGALENA 1/18/2011 7:44AM

    That is scary. I am glad you went and are taking something to get it under control. Take care of yourself. YOU ARE VERY IMPORTANT!

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TAMLKING 1/18/2011 7:06AM

    What a scare! I've been there, so I know. I know that one of the biggest goals for me is to get off my bp meds, and it's happening, but a lot slower than I want! Exercise really makes a difference, and can have a permanent effect on lowering your bp if you're consistent. (it's also a great stress reliever)
Stay on the meds until they say otherwise and try to reduce your stress. Hope you're feeling better!

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SISTHOROUGHBRED 1/18/2011 6:58AM

    OH GIRL! I hope that you are able to get off of them. Stress can also cause your blood pressure to stay sky high. Every once in a while take a time out for yourself, I'm happy that you are trying to live healthier but sometimes we forget that if our mind goes, so does our health. Hope you feel better....

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/18/2011 5:40AM

    oh virgina ! man! that is one of the main reasons i called myself exercising too! because i could feel those symtoms; feeling lightheaded like i was on an elevator, the tips of my fingers throbbing, the headaches. almost immediately after i began working out the symtoms disappeared, but i probrably need to go get checked out. but my problem is , i'm one of those millions with no insurance. what to do? guess i gotta pay outta pocket, but first i'll try a cvs minute clinic to get my blood pressure checked. glad you went in and got treated, now you can relax and concentrate on your goals. will the exercise and diet eventually help take you off the meds?

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REGAN49 1/18/2011 4:21AM

    emoticon Hope your feeling better soon!!!

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Singleness...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Being single sucks sometimes.... emoticon. But my marriage sucked all the time so I will take the occasional "sucky" day over a lifetime sucky days. lol emoticon

  
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REDRUDY5 1/16/2011 4:08PM

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/15/2011 7:16PM

    it's just kinda forming new habits, its harder some days than others but the effort will be worth it. you need to try to develop a new social life...


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KAREBARE506 1/15/2011 9:19AM

    I totally agree!

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RUNNINKAT 1/15/2011 7:07AM

    I so agree with you on that! Here's to singleness! emoticon

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CURVYCC 1/15/2011 6:54AM

    Do at least one thing each day just for you. Perhaps it was something that you couldn't do during your sucky relationship. Now is the time to do you!

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TWOTIMESS 1/15/2011 6:23AM

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Rather a happy single than a miserable couple. Take your time, mourn the loss and love yourself!

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LMATTHEWS76 1/15/2011 6:13AM

    I feel this way some times. So rather than feeling bad that I am single, I decide to see it as a time to better myself through education, lifestyle change, and learning crafts such as sewing. Take this time to improve yourself and your life and you will attract a better quality of man. The previous statement was spoken to me by a very kind person I met only breifly many years ago. Perhaps giving me that lesson was the reason for our chance meeting. I have taken her advice to heart and now I pass it on to you.

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Down 20 lbs (20.6 lbs to be exact)! I am so happy!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

On November 1, 2010, I weighed in at my doctor's office at 245 lbs and that is the heaviest I've ever been in my life. I was shocked and knew I had to do something. That week I started using SparkPeople again, stopped fast food and soda. I went to my first Weight Watcher's November 8, 2010 and my weight was 242. Today, I weighed in at 224.4 at my Weight Watchers Meeting. Down a total of 20.6 pounds!

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RUSSELLORAMA 1/15/2011 10:10AM

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SUGARBABY60 1/13/2011 5:53AM

    As one WW member to another . Keep it up girl you are doing fantastic! and the Support and education here at Spark People is just the cherry on the top . You are building a life of successes congratulations. I started out at 235 and now am down nearly 60 lbs. follow your dreams!

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/11/2011 8:01PM

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CHANTALE518 1/11/2011 7:23AM

    Your weight watchesrs experience I hope will be the same as mine. I start in 3 weeks at my job and I am looking forward to the changes within me. Great Job and good luck toward your continued success!!!

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HUNNNYBEE 1/11/2011 7:14AM

    You are making GREAT progress!!!! Congratulations!

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TAMLKING 1/11/2011 7:08AM

    I am very proud of you! Keep up the great work!
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KIMBERLIEV 1/11/2011 6:55AM

    emoticon awesome consistent effort!! way to stick with it! emoticon

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MBOLTON5 1/11/2011 6:53AM

    FANTASTIC! emoticon emoticon

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OCTOBER2842 1/11/2011 6:07AM

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That is great, keep up the good work, isn't Spark People and WW super?

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DSTDIVA9 1/11/2011 5:42AM

    emoticon emoticonI am so proud of you on your 20 pound weight loss. emoticon

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Update on my job situation...

Friday, January 07, 2011

In my previous blog I told how I accepted the lower paying job to follow my bliss! (It's all about the pursuit of Virginia's happiness this year.) I was a bit uneasy about it at first but I am so glad I followed my heart.

But guess what happen in the meantime.....

The same company offered me an additional contingent position (only 3 shifts a month) yesterday and of course, I accepted it because it will give me the opportunity to keep my foot in the hospital but not really having to be caught up in the politics or daytime drama! And it will more than cover the difference in my primary pay!! emoticon

"If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else." Joseph Campbell

  
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SUGARBABY60 1/13/2011 5:48AM

    Y E SSSSSSSS !! emoticon emoticon

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MRE1956 1/7/2011 7:14AM

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CURVYCC 1/7/2011 6:57AM

    Congrats on following your dream and taking the leap of faith.

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TAMLKING 1/7/2011 6:44AM

    That is excellent! Congratulations!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 1/7/2011 5:59AM

    I'm so happy you followed your bliss!!! It means the world to your overall happiness! I did the same thing several years ago and have never regretted it. Wishing you an awesome 2011!!!

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/7/2011 5:55AM

    you deserve every good thing that is yours because of your own perseverance and effort-brandi
i'm so glad it all worked out better than planned, you deserve it virginia!

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KITTY_WHO 1/7/2011 5:39AM

    What an inspirational post, I love that quote. x

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TAZZ46 1/7/2011 4:51AM

  congrats to you on your new job wishing you a very blessed friday huggs vickie

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One of the first major changes leading to happiness...

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I am resigning from my current position! The job that I have now has been a constant source of aggravation. I get no respect from my boss and I don't understand why because I have gone above and beyond in my care of my clients. I am extremely bored, it does not challenge me or my nursing skills. There is no advancement and I feel as if this would be career suicide if I stay here. The pay is excellent but it is not worth my happiness. Not to mention I am at the point that working midnight is not working for me anymore. I am raising my two kids alone and I am physically at home with them but I am so exhausted that I can't do a lot for them or with them.

Also, my working midnights keeps my soon to be ex-husband in my life more than I want him to be. He works afternoons and come to my house to sleep and take the kids to school in the morning. I don't like the access he has to my home and in effect, my life by staying there. He sleeps in my bed, eats my food and uses my computer and it is time for that to stop.

The new job!!! I will be doing home health care for one of the best hospitals in Michigan. My schedule is flexible enough that I can take my kids to school and pick them up each day. I will have the opportunity to do the thing that I love patient education, health promotion and disease prevention!!! I will be able to care for my patients without being pulled 30 different directions. I will have automony and on-going training. I will be back in the loop! I am so happy!

The downside is that there is a pay cut but I think it is worth it! I am worth it!

Happy, happy, joy, joy!!! 2011 is my year, I can feel it!!

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SUGARBABY60 1/13/2011 5:44AM

    You are one smart lady and I admire you for stepping up to the plate and making those necessary changes for yourself and your children.congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TAMLKING 1/7/2011 6:46AM

    Good for you for following your heart and getting rid of that job that was causing you aggravation! I agree that you need to limit that man's access to your home and life and this will help you do that.

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JUDITHANNIE 1/6/2011 8:09AM

    You are worth it. Good luck with the new job and your new life. Keep us posted. emoticon

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DSTDIVA9 1/6/2011 6:45AM

    HAPPINESS! Is very important especially in the work environment. I am so happy for you. Praise God! emoticon

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/6/2011 5:28AM

    virginia you always manage to make me happy girl! you milestone and sucesses are so wonderful. youre never stagnant. always something new and interesting i read your blogs faithfully. i am so proud and happy for you making a sacrifice in pay to reap the benefit of being happy. being at Johnny's for 7 years ( not happy, just routine) my new friend asked me where do i see myself in 5 years working(remember that one?) and all i could think of was coney dogs:(. so coming here and seeing virginia doing the damn thing AGAIN is chicken soup for my heart and my morale. maybe i'll give moving on from johnny's some thought, but the job outlook in mich is kinda bleak right now...

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