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My aching aches and pains!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I have managed to get out and ride some every day for the past several days.
I have been feeling my muscles, not in a bad way really...until the night before last! I haven't been sleeping well because of my asthma so any sleep I get lately is valuable.

I woke up out of a dead sleep with the weirdest cramp, it was like a charlie horse but running down the outside part of my ankle! I actually had to have my beau rub it for me because it wasn't going away with stretching and it was sending my toes in all different directions.

After that episode, I got back to sleep and he said it wasn't an hour later I was up again with a cramp on the outer edge of my calf. He fixed that one as well then coated my entire leg from the knee down with aspercreme or something.

I haven't wrecked lately (knock wood), and have actually slowed down a bit and have been staying in the neighborhood where it is a flatter ride.

I also notice that I am having a lot of pain in my hips when I lay down (am usually a side sleeper), it feels like there isn't enough padding there since I am losing weight....which makes sense, but makes me leery of losing more weight too!

Not sure what is going on. Ideas?

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KAREN608 8/14/2014 9:27PM

    Be sure you are hydrated enough, maybe some G2 gatorade and like others said potassium/magnesium. Also google your symptoms. Lightly stretching all your leg/hip muscles before bed may help as well. Don't let your legs get too cold either. Do google it though for ideas that may make sense to you.

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    Potassium and lots of water helps my charlie horse issue. I get 'em in the calf fiece!!!

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    Try adding magnesium tablets. I take at least one tablet a day and it helps keep the cramps at bay!


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ADARKARA 8/14/2014 12:07PM

    Is your potassium low? I've heard eating bananas more often can help with muscle cramping.

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Bizzy Bee and other news

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life is really full right now! Not that its a bad thing, it keeps me out of trouble, eh? Or not, lol!

In the cycling news....
I have been pushing myself on riding my bike more often....I have been trying to get out every day, well....on most days anyways.
I keep telling myself that taking the time out for ME is a good thing...I am trying to do less rushing through my life...which I have a tendency to do.
I do like riding my bike, I generally go out for about an hour at a time, I decided to hit the trail at the park a couple of days ago and go all the way around...ten miles! I made it, but had honestly forgotten just how many hills there are here in northern Illinois. It took me about an hour and a half if I remember, but it felt good that I got it done.
I have been struggling to stay hydrated enough though (lots of leg cramps at night), am focusing on that currently.

In the asthma news....my breathing is still troublesome, especially at night. Between the leg cramps and coughing, my sleep has been pretty ugly lately. I woke up twice last night for my beau to rub my leg, and several times coughing and reaching for the inhaler.

Weight news....
I am down 66 pounds now. I never though it would be possible and still try to focus on each day at a time, but still look forward to the time I am able to say 'I did it!'

After another near miss on the stairs at work, I decided to go buy some new work pants because mine were getting too baggy...obviously.

I went down another size, I started out at a size 26 in stretch jeans, and am down to a 22 in regular jeans/dress pants. I also exchanged my shirts at work...I started out at a 2x polo, and am now in a large, and actually have one medium that fits pretty good, just a bit tight across the bosom, lol! (Those are shrinking as well, thank goodness!)

And finally in the news news....
Because I cannot NOT mention it. Robin Williams.
I was...still am so sad. I remember watching him on Mork and Mindy when I was growing up. I watched it with my dad and not only was the show funny, just laughing with my dad is a precious memory. I feel like I have lost a bit of my childhood. Losing people that I look up to whether I knew them personally or not, it makes me realize my own mortality.
As an adult, I loved all of his movies and I knew of his troubles with drugs/alcohol/depression.
As much as he laughed and smiled, he always had a sadness in his eyes....it was easy to recognize if you have been there yourself.

I am thankful that his death seems to be opening eyes to the seriousness and dangers of depression, but so very sorry that he couldn't find another way out of his hurt and sadness.
Some people are saying that he took the cowards way out, but like I said...unless you have lived it yourself....
At the end of the day, when all is said and done....someone lost a son, a father, a brother, a husband, a friend, a childhood hero. And I grieve in that.

Take care and love yourself as well as others around you.

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KAREN608 8/13/2014 11:03PM

    Congrats on weight loss, pushing yourself to bike and clothing sizes going down!!! Go YOU!!!

That must be tough, not getting to sleep all night through. I know you are working on it.

I know, I saw that at 63, Robin Williams had committed suicide after problems with alcohol and depression. So, so sad. Maybe comedians are funny because it is the flip side to pain? I agree you can see a lot in someone's eyes. I grieve with that family, too.

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T'was a bit more than allergies

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

So here I am ....
I ended up in the emergency room last week Monday night, I just couldn't cough and finally ended up in a half hour coughing fit during supper. It felt like my lungs were just so heavy and had no strength to cough...silly me, still thought it was my allergies/sinus'
I finally quieted down and went to my room, ate one potato chip and launched into another uncontrollable coughing fit.
I finally acquiesced to my beau and took my butt to the ER.
I was feeling so bad and couldn't talk by this point, I had a very mean thought about someone else in the ER...
After an hour and a half in the waiting room, there was an announcement of a stroke alert in the ER and all I could wonder was how much longer it would be before I got to go back....which made me feel like an incredibly horrible person who probably deserved to be sick.

I think I fell asleep in the waiting room because my beau was telling me it was time to go back. They had me walk back and I curled up on the stretcher until they came to check me.
The x-rays showed no pneumonia, but I had bronchitis and probably been in a perpetual asthma attack for a month now.
One breathing treatment and some prescriptions and a couple hours later, I was sent on my way.
I am still occasionally coughing, but now I am ABLE to cough. Now that I can tell the difference, it felt like I was coughing but my lungs weren't contracting....weird.
So I am back on my inhalers on a regular schedule.

In other news, I have been whizzing around on my bike this whole time with no problem though, weird, like I said, haha, actually, the night before I went to the ER, I did ten miles on my bike. After the ER, my beau and my sister wouldn't let me do anything for a whole week!

I finally put my foot down this past Sunday and went out for another ride. My cousin's husband was competing in the ironman tri in Colorado and I was so ecstatic all day watching his progress. He finished in a bit over 14 hours. During his marathon, I went out for my ride and did ten miles and while it was nowhere near his 140 miles...I managed to push out an extra 1.4 miles for him.

I am feeling better and can feel the differences in my body now. I can actually sit with my legs crossed at the knee without my feet going numb and after squeezing myself in to my new (expensive) cushy butt biking shorts, I actually FEEL thinner.
My sister even commented that my boobs stick out further than my tummy now, lol....not really weird, boobs are a very important topic around here after her scare with a lump!

Just wanted to give everyone an update and explanation as to why I disappeared. I hope everyone is doing well!

Take care and love yourself!

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TINA8605 8/7/2014 2:11PM

  I hope you continue to get better. I hate having to depend on my inhaler too. But since I started running or doing any thing cardio that makes me breath deeper, my breathing has improved greatly. So my inhaler stays in my purse with out much use.
I bet you were scared!!! I would have been too. Good thing you have a hubby to look out for you.

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KAREN608 8/6/2014 6:06PM

oh my, so glad you are on the mend.
Bronchitis is the pits!

I have a feeling nothing is going to stop you.
Bike on!

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WIZKEY 8/6/2014 2:12PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!! Stay on the asthma meds and don't push yourself too hard.

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TRACY9301 8/6/2014 12:02PM

    Wow. so glad you are ok. Being in the ER is a scary thing.

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ADARKARA 8/6/2014 11:40AM

    OH MY GOSH! I am so glad you're okay! What a scary thing! Very glad it wasn't pneumonia, my hubby had that several years ago in both lungs and he walked like a 90 year old man because he could hardly breathe.

The boobs sticking out farther than your tummy is an awesome milestone!


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The unplanned 4, a crash, and a compliment!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I am getting excited because I am more than halfway to my first weight goal of 199. I weighed in yesterday at 249...putting me up to 61 pounds total lost....50 to go!

My allergies have been acting up for a couple of days now so I haven't been moving much...not moving as in I usually work late because my sister comes late to pick me up, well, on Tuesday, I clocked out at my scheduled time and laid on the bean bag for 3 hours in the breakroom until she got there to pick me up, lol! The beanbag was uncomfortable after about 10 minutes, but I didn't have the energy to get up and move. The timing couldn't have been worse...we had bigwigs in from corporate and I had to force a smile all day even though the physical act of speaking made my stomach roll. I think it was a victory all on its own that I managed not to throw up on anyone!

I hadn't eaten much that day, came home and ate about 4 bites of supper an went to bed. I took a benadryl that kicked my butt....I was hungry after I laid down and my beau came up to grab me some crackers and hummus and I was half asleep by the time he got back downstairs (8pm, lol). I ate some while I was fighting sleep and was out for nearly 12 hours.
Some strange dreams occur when I take benedryl, lol!

I weighed in yesterday morning and even though I felt better I was still shaky and needed a chance to rest so I put off bike riding until today....

My plan was to go to the store, we were about out of tp, lol, so it was sort of a necessary trip! I planned on walking today, I decided that I would head to the library first because there were a couple of books I wanted... I stuck a water bottle in the side pocket of my empty backpack and headed out...but I got a quarter mile up the road and my hip said nope.
I came back got my bike, put the water bottle inside my backpack because the side pockets aren't very deep and took off.
I got to the end of the road and my water bottle was leaking down my butt so I stopped and tosses it in someones recycle bin, emptied the water out of my pack and went the 2 miles to the library. I locked my bike up at the library and started walking inside...opened my backpack to grab my wallet (library card inside it) and it wasn't there...checked my pockets....NOPE! OH HOLY (*^&^$R^%!!!!

I figured I either dumped it when I dumped the water from my pack or I left it here when I went downstairs to put my biking shorts on...I tried calling my beau and of course his phone is dead!!!! ARGH! I raced back 2 miles and sure enough my wallet was laying on the street...having been run over a couple of times by the looks of it. Everything was in it and its pretty durable leather so its all good.
I thought about coming home and waiting til my sister got home and just using the car, but figured it was such a nice day out, I may as well do what I planned.

I headed BACK to the library (hence the unplanned 4 miles), found 3 of the 4 books I was looking for, went to Walmart, bought the tp, and a basket for the front of my bike, my stomach decided that it NEEDED a bit of energy so I got a 6 inch sub and raspberry tea. I also picked up the tools that were listed to install the basket onto my bike so I could carry all this stuff back, lol!

It took me a good 30-45 minutes to figure out how to mount the stupid bracket on the bike, and I have since decided that I don't like it up there....I need to figure out a way to put it behind my seat because my aim and steering is bad enough without extra weight hanging on the handlebars! Fast forward a little bit when I am almost home and brake before coming to the last major intersection....enter stage left.....a bright green chain link fence!
*Le Sigh*

Nothing damaged or broken. The basket popped off as I rammed the fence and my seat dug into my thighs and nether-regions, and I whacked an ankle on my pedal as I was trying to get out of the fence and feeling like the village idiot.
By the time I made it home, I had already decided to figure out how to stick the basket behind me.

My total miles riding for today was about 11.5.

And now....for the compliment! From my operations manager of all people! Not that it is a bad thing, he really is a very sweet guy, I think he is married and he is a giant nerd....he actually has star wars things tattooed on his forearms, lol!
I was talking with a co worker Tuesday and saying that I didn't think that I was really sick sick, but I think it was my allergies and being worn out at the same time, I had ridden 10 miles the previous day and 5 the day before that, my ops manager was walking by and asked if I was riding a lot more lately? I said I was and he said he could tell.
I usually brush off compliments...especially anything about my body and said that yes I had, but it was just weight I had been losing, that it took me like 2 years to lose 60 pounds but its been a lot since March, and he said that he could tell especially within the last few weeks.

I thought for a second and just gave him a smile and thanked him!

I have been working very hard lately and it just made me feel nice that someone (other than my family) noticed.
I wasn't embarrassed...probably for the first time in my life, it just felt ...nice!

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DDOORN 7/21/2014 9:44AM

    I share your "sigh" regarding all things mechanical...all thumbs here! :-)

But kudos to prevailing through your allergies! Mine kick up a fuss now & then also.

Keep 'er Sparkin'!


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EMMACORY 7/17/2014 7:37PM

    Your day was one adventure after another. Celebrate the NSV from your manager. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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KAREN608 7/17/2014 6:38PM

    Oh my goodness! compliment, yay, and crashing into a fence.... oh no!

Hope you got the basket in a better location. Hubby has saddle bag metal ones on his bike. He has not used it since we moved to country on gravel road. I have a rusty worksman trike, too, and can't ride it out here. What a waste.

Hope you didn't get too hurt. Glad the weight is getting lost and you exercise all you can.

Allergies: I agree, they can make us feel ill. I've had them all spring/summer this year. Not like me at all.

Wallet: glad you found it. Even it had a bad day!

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Lots to catch up on!

Monday, July 07, 2014

I haven't blogged in forever!
I have been trying to keep busy and pick up any extra hours that I can at work. I also had more injections in my hips for the bursitis. It did make my blood sugar jump up, but it was to the point that I couldn't stand the pain any more. On the right side, I had one in the outside of my hip and one in the backside...on the left they did the outside and then went into the joint from the front side which HURT!
They even gave me extra whatever in my iv because I lost my breath and couldn't hold still for that one. Sad part is that it only helped me hold myself still and didn't really help the pain of the injection. I stayed hugged up to my ice packs for a few days, I even brought them to work with me, lol!

Since then, I have been doing lots better, little to no pain in my hips when I walk and riding my bike has been awesome (since I adjusted the seat and everything!)
I even made it halfway to my goal of riding my bike to and from work...half out of necessity, lol, my bro in law had to make a trip up to the U.P. this weekend and we only had one car, normally, I take my sisters car to work on the weekend but she needed it. I told her I would take my bike to the bus for work and then ride home because the bus doesn't run as late on Saturdays. She gave me cab fare and was griping that I could ride my bike some other time, I finally took the money and told her that I would lock my bike up somewhere and use it if I HAD to.
2 miles to the bus, popped my bike on the rack, worked my shift and rode my bike ALL THE WAY HOME!!!!!
My gps said 8.5 miles. I was so surprised when I made it, even more surprised that I could walk afterwords! The next day (yesterday) I was sore when I got up, but after some caffeine and excedrin, I loosened up about halfway through my shift at work and have been feeling pretty good since then.
I haven't pushed myself too much with the walking, I am just afraid that I will hurt a hip and they said no more steroid injections for me for at least 6 months!

My brother got married on Friday the 4th and it was lovely! It is a second marriage for both of them so it was very casual. My niece was there with my baby button so I got to cuddle with him all day long! The weather was awesome, very sunny out and not too hot, the only drawback was it was over an hour ride to get there and there are a lot of parades on the 4th, lol!
He and his new wife have been together for a couple of years, they go together like cake and ice cream! They both have kids and they all get along as well.

I will say that as much as I hate the job situation here in Illinois, I am glad to be back home with my family!
I was worried that this summer was going to be brutally hot because the winter was so frigid this year, but so far it is tolerable...although my time spent down south may have helped it not seem so bad, lol!

I have been trying to stay caught up on reading blogs, I am so wiped out by the end of the night, I am usually out cold around 9:30...10 if I push it, lol! I don't comment often, but I do keep up with y'all!

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KAREN608 7/7/2014 2:51PM

    Wow, shots, biking, wedding, babies... your blog has it all.
Our humidity has been brutal this past week. So glad you are in less pain now and enjoying life!

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ARNETTELEE 7/7/2014 2:50PM

  Welcome back!

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