Thursday, March 06, 2014
I have decided that I need more hydration, and by "I", I mean, my doctor and my blood tests say that I am dehydrated (among other things).
I had been doing really well with my hydration for a long time, then when I started with drinking coffee first thing in the morning, I struggled a bit. When I started my job in January, one of the 'policies' is that we drink out of a company branded sport while at work.
Don't get me wrong, I understand branding, also the fact that a sport bottle doesn't spill if knocked over, but I have also come to realize that this thing only holds two cups of water and I cannot seem to drink enough water to keep myself hydrated. Not only is it small, but I do better when I can gulp my water down. My (not company branded) water bottle holds a bit over 3 cups and has a wider mouth on it that I can actually drink from.
Since I have been sick and drinking a LOT of hot tea, I started bringing in my own water bottle, thinking that if pressed about the matter, I could always say that I wasn't sure about the other one holding up to the heat for my tea. But today I noticed that I am not the only one who doesn't use their sport bottle...there is even one guy there who is a gym-rat and he drinks water straight out of a gallon jug, lol!
So I have decided that if it becomes an issue, I am just going to cite health reasons and hand them a copy of my bloodwork report!
Today went pretty good at work. I am definitely feeling better since I got some solid sleep last night with no coughing...I only had a bit of a cough today, until this evening that is. I was sitting at dinner and as I was swallowing, I got a tickle in my throat. I tried to cough into my napkin and could tell right away that wasn't going to work. I bolted from the table into the restroom and started coughing like I was trying to eject a lung. It was to the point that I couldn't draw a breath back in and my chest started to tingle and finally I forced myself to pull in a breath of air.
This kept up for a few minutes but seemed like a lot longer and I was a bit worried about passing out and maybe braining myself on the commode...how tacky. I can almost picture my headstone epitaph "She brained herself on the toilet and ruined dinner for everyone".
Needless to say, I managed to save myself, but am not feeling as froggy as I did this morning. In all honesty, all the effort kinda sapped my little energy reserve that I had today but I really had to get on here and blog about my water issues, lol!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
OMG! I am still sick and I sound like ^ that when I talk now! I have been sick for...ten (?) days now? I don't know. However many days it is is that many days too long!
Sorry if my blog zigzags from subject to subject, but I have a lot of cold medicine running through my system right now, lol!
My 10 hour shift last Saturday actually went ok and I would have kicked some serious booty if I had not been sick.
I was a bit perturbed because they kept moving me around and then I was put on the register because everything was broken and the girl who was scheduled didn't want to deal with it.
The bottom line is that we need a new computer up there. It kept locking up, overheating, and shutting down...even with a big fan in the cabinet with it.
I heard today that we actually got the new computer, but it hasn't been set up yet, I am hoping they will have it set up when I get in tomorrow.
While I am on the subject of work....I decided today that all of my co-workers (the ones who share my workstation) are oinkers. I know I am picky about how neat my work area is, but would it kill someone to take out the trash or pick up the bits of paper off the floor once in awhile, sheesh!
I actually had to call in to work on Monday because I was feeling THAT badly. I LOATHE calling in to work, but I was up all night coughing and trying to force my lungs to work that there was no way I could make it in. I ended up sleeping most of the day. Even though I have been progressively getting better sleep at night, I am still exhausted most of the time and have been trying to take it easy on myself until I can get rid of this cold.
Our weather has turned bad again, snow and cold, so that means cab rides to/from the bus. Expensive, but the weather should get better within a couple more weeks and then I can walk or bike.
I still haven't made a decision about the lap-band program. In all honesty, I have been too busy being sick and babying myself to really sit and research everything on it. One thing the doctor wanted me to do is to get rid of some of the carbs in my diet....white rice, white bread, pasta, etc.
Boo I say, BOO!
But I did it....well, I have done it for a week so far.
I don't much like it, and have voiced this opinion pretty much at every meal, lol! My beau just tells me "You didn't like it last time either, but you liked the results."
Seriously though, it really isn't THAT big a deal, or it wasn't until I thought about sushi. I LOVE sushi but have consoled myself with the fact that I can have seared tuna instead!
I will just be having veggies on the side instead of a roll.
On the up side of all of this is that I have lost 3 pounds in 4 days. I am pretty sure that I am still a bit dehydrated and will actually wait until I am feeling better and I am better hydrated before counting it as a real loss.
Friday, February 28, 2014
I have tried a few times to start this blog because I am still sorting through my emotions. What I want to do is throw myself on the floor and kick my feet and have a tantrum for 30 seconds until I start berating myself.
I think I will just start at the beginning and sort through the emotional stuff later.
Sunday was date day for my beau and I. We got up early, had a light breakfast, drove to the train station and headed downtown. We decided that our first day out would be to the Field Museum of Natural History.
They opened at 9 and we got there just after they opened. I decided that since we hardly ever get out...we are going all out. We got all access passes so we could see everything.
There is no way to describe everything, but my absolute favorites were:
Sue, the T-Rex. She is the most complete T-rex skeleton in the entire world, they found over 90% of her bones.
They are unable to tell is Sue was male or female and 'she' is named after the paleontologist who found her.
Her skull is not actually mounted on the display because it is too heavy to mount (600 lbs), there is a replica on the skeleton and her skull is in its own display. She is 42 ft long and 14 ft tall at the hips.
I decided that after being so awesome, Sue deserved a bit of an appetizer so I decided that my cave-beau UggaBugga was a fitting sacrifice.
She has very short arms, lol!
But certainly had the teeth for the job....
As awesome as Sue is/was we moved along to see many, MANY other things. I loved the Egyptian mummy display as well, very interesting, but I decided not to post pictures because they can be disturbing to some people. We saw jewels from around the world, I think my favorite was the black opals.
We saw many other skeletons, of course, the dinosaurs were the most impressive...they had a brontosaurus femur out on display that we were allowed to touch and I cannot describe the feeling of running my hand over something out of history...it was once ALIVE and even over so many ages...it is here for me to touch, to have a connection....Added to the fact that when I was in junior high school, I wanted to be a paleontologist. *Le Sigh*
And along the same lines of having a connection with history....Lucy was there at there, well, not her specifically, but a replica. Lucy toured the U.S. for 7 years and is now back home in Ethiopia where she lived 3.2 million years ago and was discovered in 1974.
They recovered 40% of Lucy's remains and she was named after the Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky"
As we came towards the human part of the world timeline, I saw a couple of guys walking away from a display case and snickering...I just knew it was something about boobs and knew who I was coming up on.
Meet Lucy. She is hominid and walked upright on two legs, just like us.
There is so much more that we saw, we stayed until 5 that night when they closed....and we still didn't see everything. We will be going back there probably this summer and will see everything we missed. We made sure to get all the 'extras' in first, so when we go back we will be able to just get basic admission tickets.
One weird feeling that I got towards the end of our visit was that the more we saw, the more I felt that my part in the world's history is insignificant. I talked it out a bit with my beau and eventually shook off the feeling. Maybe in a few million years, they will excavate my bones and I will be of great scientific importance.
I usually wear my spark tracker on my sock, but I put it on my shoe and I think it tracks better on my sock. For Sunday, after 8-ish hours of walking, it only tracked 9,552 steps. I know I wasn't walking for 8 hours straight, but we covered a BIG area and I have a short stride. I think from now on, I will keep wearing it on my sock.
Moving along in my week....
By Tuesday, I could tell I was coming down with something and by Thursday, I was convinced it was the plague. I have been drinking OJ like it was going out of style and trying to eat even though I am not much hungry.
I went to the doctor today for my followup for all my blood work...and this is the hard part. The good part is that my blood pressure was lower this time, still high (for me), but it is down to 136/86. My normal was always around 110/80.
The bad part is that I am pre-diabetic.
I wanted to scream at the doctor. I'm scared and pissed off...all I said though was 'My dad had it.'
I figure that my new meds must be working because there was no uncontrollable bout of crying and no screaming.
Don't get me wrong, I cried after I got home, but normally I would have had another meltdown.
We talked a little about diet and exercise and she also suggested the possibility of lap-band surgery if I am interested (portion control is one of my big downfalls). It is also covered by insurance which is a big pro, along with many others that I need to sit down and write out....my list of pros and cons, along with getting some research done about it.
After my doctor appointment, I headed over to the hospital and got my mammogram done.
All in all, it's been a very full week, physically and emotionally which will all accumulate tomorrow with a 10 hour shift at work. With being sick, I want to call in, but that is almost half of my scheduled hours this week and I was short last week because they were closed for remodeling so I really can't afford to take it off.
Oh well, it is what it is. I am still thankful that I have a job...and an awesome one at that!
Friday, February 21, 2014
I just had a huge blog typed out and my computer ate it!
Now I am irked and don't know about typing it all out again....so, in the infamous words of Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride:
The good news is that I found a doctor who seems as if she will be a good fit for us. She did a very thorough history, put me back on antidepressants like I requested (I had another meltdown a couple of days ago).
She also referred my beau to a pain management center for help with his neck. She also gave him some scripts for pain relievers and one specifically for nerve pain as well. He is sleepy and fuzzy but is already feeling better, well, maybe not better...but not as bad.
The bad news is that my blood pressure was 150/110. It has NEVER been that high, not even when I was in pain all the time with my gallbladder! I'm scared.
I lost my dad to a heart attack and have always kept a watch on my blood pressure...actually, I did that even before losing my dad.
I go tomorrow to get blood drawn for pretty much everything under the sun, it used to not bother me, but since I have gotten a little older and as my health declined, they have to take it from in between my knuckles. It BURNS!
Enough about that though.
After much talking and deciding that we both need time together, but apart from the family, we are going to get out of the house once or twice a month. The good thing about being so close to the city is that there are a lot of free things we can do with just a couple of bucks in bus or train fare.
Even though the museums can be a bit pricey, I think that we really needed something nice for just the two of us. We have been at my sister's for a year now and have only been out alone for a date a couple of times to a movie. We are either just running out to the store, going to a family thing, or going out with the family.
So...Sunday, my beau and I are having a date day!
Just the two of us.
We are going to get up early, borrow my sister's car, and head downtown and visit the Field Museum here in Chicago for the day. (Dinosaurs!)
It was a toss up between that, the Shedd Aquarium, and my favorite...the Museum of Science and Industry. I have been to the MoS&I before, but not the others, and my beau hasn't been to any of them. I told him not to worry, that when it comes time to go to MoS&I, I will ALWAYS jump at the chance to go! I love that place!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Not the metaphorical falling...the physical falling.
I fell again this morning. My brother in law dropped me off at the store where I catch the bus to go to work. I got there before the store opened and was walking down to the far door (they only have one door open until like 8am) and slid on the ice. We got another 6 inches of snow yesterday but the temps are on the rise this week....I think it got to 40 today.
Anyways, with the temps up a little bit, everything is starting to melt and is wet so I couldn't tell that there was a slick of ice on the sidewalk.
I wasn't walking too fast so it wasn't too bad...I banged my left knee (it is always the arthritic left one!) I got up, walked closer to the building so I could steady myself if I slid again and walked even slower to the door and waited on them to open. As soon as they opened I let one of the employees know that there was ice on their sidewalk.
I told her that the sidewalk was coated with ice and they might want to put out some salt...I got a very rude "WE JUST OPENED!" from the lady that I told....sad part is that since Jewel is a smaller store, there are a lot of older people that shop there. I was pretty taken aback with her attitude and the more I thought about it, I went from "taken aback" to "P.O.'d" and sent an email to the corporate office about it after I got home.
I went on my merry way to work, walked from the bus to work, from work back to the bus, and then 1.5 miles home from the stop. The warmer temp is very nice although my feet and legs were pretty wet by the time I got home.
I made my 10k step goal today, although now that I am home and have my feet up, I am really feeling it in my knee and my lower back. I imagine that I will be sore for a day or two (glad I am off work for a few days while they are remodeling), but am planning on getting my bike out of the shed before Friday. With warmer weather on the way, I will be biking the 2 miles to the library and locking up my bike there, catching the bus to work, and then biking home after work...so I need to see how long it will take me to make the ride so I can time it for the bus schedule.
I am hoping to be able to just ride my bike all the way to work before fall of this year. It is 10 miles which I think I could do, but am not to sure about riding 10 miles, then being on my feet for several hours and then a 10 mile ride home. It is just something I will have to work towards.
Work is going really good. I got off to a bumpy start, mostly due to my nerves, but am getting much more comfortable there now. We are closed for 4 days this week for a remodel and we are all excited for our new look!
I have figured out that I get closer to my 10k step goal on days that we aren't so busy. When we are busier, I have to stand behind my counter more. On slower days, I can walk around and I also get to play with the kids a bit.
Out of the 18 days that I have had my tracker, I made my goal 5 days and I was only short a couple hundred steps for 2 other days. Other than that, on my days off, I have been averaging around 5k steps just around the house. I have been trying to get a little quiet time after work most days...when I am in a building with several hundred people for hours on end....I NEED some peace and quiet for just a little bit to unwind. Saturday was so busy, we had to start turning people away at the door because our building was full to legal capacity. The constant assault of noise is something that I am still trying to get used to.
I am not too happy with my clothes right now, I cannot decide if they are getting any looser or not! My work pants are baggy in the crotch and butt, which prompted me to finally find a belt to wear, but today (because I am doing laundry and have nothing else clean), I put on my old yoga pants that seemed just as tight if not tighter than they were before I started to exercise a year and a half ago!
When I decided to give myself a break from the scale, I got all my new 'beginning' measurements at the end of January. I will weigh and measure myself again at the end of the month and will see what is what. I also (finally) found a doctor here that will take medicaid insurance and both my beau and myself have an appointment on Thursday.
I have been making a bunch of different recipes for dinner and working on controlling my portions and have been doing pretty well I think. I will find out the next time I weigh in.
In the meantime, take care of you and love yourself!
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