November 18, 2006

Missing: Inches!

Posted in exercise, friendships, health, Updates at 12:35 am by way2much

I have not given up on my health.

It just seems like I have – what with no blogging about it and all!

I have been walking every day – approximately 3.8 miles a day to be exact! I usually walk 5 days a week – but there are some days I do miss.

I was getting discouraged. The scale still reads 175 – some days it is down to 172 but I would say my true weight is 175. That is frustrating! Why can’t I lose more than 5 pounds.

Then just the other day I decided to measure myself again. I measured myself back in July when I started this online journal. I couldn’t believe what I saw. I lost inches – actual inches! One each on my calf, thigh and upper arm! Two each on my hips, waist and chest! My clothes have been fitting better, but I really didn’t give it much thought.

So I will continue to walk for a number of reasons:

  1. I am no longer out of breath when I do my laundry – which is one flight down.
  2. My back feels much better than it has been in a while
  3. I enjoy the conversations I have with my friend as we stroll the neighborhood.
  4. It actually seems to be doing some good – weight-wise that is. I guess I gained muscle – which weighs more than fat therefore the scale only registers the 5 pound loss.

Hopefully I will continue to lose – inches and pounds! The winter months are coming and I still intend to walk! I bought new sneakers and all! I need to find an indoor activity as well though – just in case!

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September 28, 2006

Let Me Tell You About My Mammography!

Posted in doctors, health, mammography at 7:05 pm by way2much

I went for my first mammography last Friday.

I wasn’t sure if I should go.

My nurse practitioner advised that I should have a base-line mammography done since I was 36. She recommends that patients should have an initial test done at age 35. She was surprised that my gynecologist did not order one for me.  I explained to her that I will be seeing that doctor the following month but my NP prescribed it anyway saying that she didn’t want to leave it to my other doctor.

Fast forward to my gynecologist appointment.  My doctor is horrified that my NP ordered a mammography for me. She continues to tell me that younger doctors are too easily sending patients for these tests and that I do not need it. She doesn’t like the idea of radiation if there is no need for it.  I explained to her that I do have history of breast cancer in my family. She replies by saying that at age 60 (my grandmother) was bound to get some form of cancer! Women should get a mammo done 10 years younger than the youngest member of the family when the cancer was discovered. So technically, I should have my first one at 50. BUT in all actuality woman should have their FIRST mammography at age 40 – so shame on me if I waited to age 50 anyway. In summary, she thought 36 was too young and I would be so full of radiation by the time I am 60, I would be bound to get some other illness due to it. She didn’t think it was worth it.

I became confused.

Then I decided.

Go for the baseline mammo now. See the results – if they are good, wait until I am 40 for my next test or unless I feel something unusual before then.  If the results are not good, well, naturally we would go from there. (And it would be a good thing that I did go for the test!)

So Friday, I go to the lab with all my forms in tow. I do not wait long; they call my name. I need to strip down from my waist up. I got to put these cute little nipple markers on me! They are like little band-aids for my nipple. They have a metal bead (tiny) in the center. This marks where my nipple is so the technician reading the results can map out my breasts. Nipples do not show up on the X-Ray. Nifty – hah!

So I put the robe on, tie in the front. I step into the small room. [Follow this link to see a picture of the machine and for all  information regarding this test.] The technician asks me to open the robe and place my breast on the machine. She takes one look at me and decides to go with the bigger film.  I wait.  She replaces the film and gently places my breast back on the slab. She presses a button and automatically the top part comes down and presses down on my breast. I was expecting pain, but there was none. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it was cold!

She repeats this procedure with my right breast. Then she says she needs a side shot. And she does other things to get the film for that. Again, no pain, no discomfort. This concerned me. Would the film come out? Did she compress me enough to see everything? Why doesn’t it hurt? I heard so many nightmare stories. Were they from all small chested woman? Is that why? In this case, does size make a difference??!!

She asks me to stay in the room until the film is developed just to make sure it came out. She barely sticks her head in the room and says, “you could go now”. Hmm.  She was very friendly in the room and yet, she abruptly tells me I can go. Did she see something on the film and didn’t want to upset me? I become nervous, because that is what I do.

I go back out to the waiting room. My daughter is surprised I was out so soon. She was trying to read her book, but the realtor waiting in the room with her disturbed her reading by talking too loud on his cell phone! We leave the building and I put all thoughts of the tests and its result out of my head.

Today I got the results in the mail.

There are no signs of cancer. My results are negative. I won’t be going for another test until I am 40!

But just recently Quest Diagnostics was in the news. They messed up someone’s results. She underwent a lumpectomy and chemo only to find out she never had breast cancer.  They messed up the results – swapped with another patient. So while this woman thought she was ill, another woman received good news that she wasn’t! The lab insists that this particular woman had another test done because her doctor was not satisfied and she did in fact find out she was ill. But naturally, no one can follow up on that due to patient confidentiality. They cannot disclose her records. One can only hope this is true. And I can only hope they didn’t mess up my results.

So remember ladies, do your self exams every month. If everything is OK, still get your mammo at least every 2 years starting at 40 (minimum). And if you spot a difference – whether you are only 18 or you are 77, get it checked out further. Early detection is key to your life. The sooner you find it, the earlier you can treat it, the better your chances of survival.

Don’t be stupid! Your life depends on it. Bless you always!

September 19, 2006

Did I Just Complete Week 9?

Posted in eating habits, exercise, Food, health, Updates, weight at 8:57 pm by way2much

What is wrong with me?

Why didn’t I post what I have been eating and doing for the past two weeks?

I know – the kids started a new school year and threw me all off.

Right now I have terrible cramps causing me to live off of Pamprin or Advil!

My sinuses are killing me – I note the correlation of lack of vitamins and congestion. Don’t ask – I just see a connection!

I am now dosing up on Sudafed PE and back to taking my vitamins.

I walked another 2.5 miles today, but did not eat anything as bad as a bag of chips – no matter how small they were! For breakfast I had a big bowl of Raisin Bran. I then had a bag of Cheese Nips crackers for a snack. Approximately at dinner-time, I enjoyed a peanut butter and fluff sandwich on 2 slices of white bread – OK so that wasn’t good. And finally, for dinner I had the remainder of stew that was left over from who knows when!

So now the big question, what do I weigh? It is after all Tuesday!

I gained somehow, some way – I am 178! (but it is that time of the month – where bloating and cramping prevail).

Stay tuned for my post on my mammo – that exciting first comes this Friday!

A Misunderstanding

Posted in doctors, health, humor, medical humor, Updates at 3:25 pm by way2much

A bit of an update on my health conditions. But first a joke that may make you smile. I certainly hope it does not offend anyone!

 Nursing Skills

A male patient is lying in bed in the hospital wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose, still heavily sedated from a difficult, four-hour, surgical procedure.

A young student nurse appears to give him a partial sponge bath.

“Nurse” he mumbles from behind the mask, “Are my testicles black?”

Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, “I don’t know sir, I’m only here to wash your upper body and feet.”

He struggles to ask again, “Nurse, are my testicles black?”

Concerned that he may elevate his vitals from worry about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and sheepishly pulls back the covers. She raises his gown, holds his penis in one hand and his testicles in the other, lifting and moving them around.

Then she takes a close look and says, “There’s nothing wrong with them, sir.”

The man pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her and says very slowly, “Thank you very much. That was wonderful, but, listen very, very closely…..Are – my – test – results – back?!!?”

That was cute, so I had to share it. It also brings to mind my test results. I called my doctor for my blood test results. She had to call me back. When she phoned, I thought for sure something was wrong somewhere. But lo and behold I am fine. My blood work was good!

I am relieved yet now I am confused. I had most of the symptoms for a thyroid problem…so what gives. I did ask for a copy to be sent to me personally. I will have the doctor my mom works for look it over. Plus, it never hurts to have that information at my fingertips. After all I am trying to stay on top of my medical conditions (or lack of!)

September 13, 2006

And He Drew Blood – I think

Posted in Blood, compliments, doctors, ego, health at 12:46 pm by way2much

I went to Quest Diagnostics the other day to finally have my blood drawn for testing.

I received this prescription exactly one month ago.  Nice that I finally went.

I needed to fast from the night before (midnight to be exact). I did not place a morsel of food in my mouth since 9:30 PM. I woke up at 8:30 (later than I wanted), took my shower and was about to go to the lab. I checked my calendar and realized I missed my OB-GYN appointment (explanation in another post)! I call to reschedule that – they tell me to come in at 11:30.

After my appointment – still starving – I head to the lab for my blood to be drawn.

I arrive there at 12:50 PM. I read the Reader’s Digest from cover to cover! I wait patiently for them to call my name.

Some time later they call my number and I follow the man into the room.  He stares directly at my chest and I think to myself, “here we go”. I get nervous because I tend to get queasy when blood is drawn and sometimes I even faint. Now I have absolutely no nutrition in me whatsoever. “Will he take advantage?” I laugh to myself and tell myself to get a grip!

He checks for the right arm vein. He tells me to make a fist, he laughs at the fist I make. He mentions for me not to stab myself (with my nails clenching into my fist). He says he knows I can make a fist because he knows I have to punch all the men. He has a thick accent so I struggle to understand what he is saying.

Then he moves on to the left arm – due to my recommendation. He finds a good vein. He laughs that I am looking away. Questions why I don’t want to watch. I tell him, “No. No good – I can’t stand to watch,” and I make a face. He then looks like he is trying to make conversation – at least he is looking at me and not my nearly “DDD”s. So I decide to be pleasant (because I could be b!tchy).

He asks what color hair do I have, do I call it black. We struggle with this question as I am not sure if he is asking about my hair color or skin tone. I am not sure still if I admitted to being black skinned! I am tan, but I think he can tell I am Caucasian. He goes on to tell me that I am a beautiful woman (blush). And he proceeds with this story (in broken English):

There once was this director that spotted a beautiful Mexican woman washing clothes at the river. She had flowing long black hair. Curls. Like mine. He approached the woman and said that she is exactly what he is looking for to play a part in his new movie. She gets so excited, goes home and tells everyone. She then proceeds to do something so ridiculous. Due to others encouragement and their perception of “Hollywood” types, she dyes her hair blonde and cuts it short. She shows up in Hollywood only to realize she disappointed this director. He tells he no, he made a mistake. He thought she was perfect for the role. He needed a dark haired natural woman to play this part and now she ruined her look. She was no longer needed.

Moral of the story: Be pleased with who you are! Well that is what I took it for. Anyway, he says once again how beautiful I am as he hands me the urine cup for a sample! I go to the bathroom and return. I hand him the vial and go on my merry way.

But I must tell you about the blood. He took 3 vials of blood and while he was telling his story and filling the last vial I look over to the table holding the other two and got sick to my stomach. In the vile was this thick red blood and what settled onto the bottom of it was what made me cringe. It was yellowish and really thick – it looked like the fat that gels from the bottom of a pan that held pork or chicken fat for too long.

Was that the fat or cholesterol in my blood? Was it something worse? All I know was that it was disgusting looking and I was slightly embarrassed. Time will tell what it is as I should be getting my results in a few days. Until then, I don’t even have the time to worry about it.

I didn’t discuss that with my husband but I did tell him that a man thought I was beautiful. As I expected, he got upset and jealous! I told him, “well it was nice to hear that SOMEONE thinks I am beautiful.” NOTE: you know sometimes you need to hear it. I don’t know why it is important, but it is.

He answers back by telling me he tells everyone he meets that he has a beautiful wife and shows them my HS graduation picture from 20 years ago!! Can you get an updated photo! I changed drastically since then! And by the way – you need to tell me once in a while too! or instead!

September 11, 2006

Week 8: Summary

Posted in doctors, eating habits, exercise, Food, health, heart, Pampered Chef, Updates at 11:29 am by way2much

This is the first time I didn’t log everything I ate. Not only did I skip a day, I skipped the whole weekend.

I am disgusted once again.

I didn’t do too badly this weekend.

I don’t remember what I ate on Friday. It wasn’t obsessive. But I did go food shopping and for the most part I was good. I didn’t buy anything I didn’t need and it was mostly healthy food.

Except for the bag of Cheetos.

And pretzels – but they aren’t that bad.

I bought vegetables and fruit.

Saturday I went to my son’s scrimmage game and my in-laws bought me a bagel with cream-cheese. I really need to stay away from bagels, they are too fattening. I had a cup of coffee (regular) in the morning, but in the evening I had a slight problem sleeping.

After my son’s scrimmage, my daughter and I went supply shopping again for school.  We got home and I made pork chops on the grill. We had some mixed veggies on the side. We then went to a friend’s house for a birthday celebration. I stayed until 1 in the morning and I had 3 dixie cups of frozen lemonade (Mike’s hard lemonade). I had a slice of cake and delicious blondies (about 3). So I snacked a bit this weekend.

Sunday, I enjoyed my day at our local town fair. I did not set up a booth this year. Usually I display my Pampered Chef items, but I met a nice group of woman there last year that did the same. I contacted them and heard they reserved a booth again.  I declined – no sense having two booths of the same. Besides, I don’t have any of the new season products to display – yet.

My daughter had to cheer at a 1:30 game. She had to be there at 12:30 but I thought that was ridiculous and got her there at 1. It was a good thing I used common sense as the coaches hadn’t arrived until 5 minutes prior.  So we spent the morning browsing the stands – nice leisurely walk.  I went to the game and pulled her out early (3:30) because she was upset that she only spent 1/2 hour at the fair.

NOTE: She slept over her friend’s house and met us at the fair  She got there at 12 and only saw a few vendors. We left at 12:30 so she can change and get ready for the game. The game should have started at 1:30 but was delayed until 2:00. The girls were not doing much cheering, so it was basically a waste of our time. Therefore, I took her out and went back to the fair.

We did more walking around and we even walked home (approx. 1 mile).  I had a hot dog for dinner. I also had some chips (not much). I had 3 mint cookies before going to bed. I even had a midnight snack finishing 1/2 pork chop that was left over.  I had problems in the middle of the night, feelings of stopped heart-rate, etc. I did have a coffee Sunday morning as well. So I am realizing my problems truly lie with the caffeine intake.

So here I am Monday morning – my jeans are tight, my fingers are swollen and I am congested. I have no drive to do anything – really. I think I am PMS-ing but who really knows.

I have a gyno appt. tomorrow. I will get my daughter to school at 7:30 and go straight to the lab to get my blood drawn (finally). Then I have a 12:00 doctor appointment.  I am dreading that, because she always comments about my weight. Just give me my pap and shut up!

September 7, 2006

Week 8: Thursday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in Food, health, Meals/Activities at 11:40 am by way2much

ACTIVITIES:  cleaning and organizing – the fun stuff 😦

EXERCISE: 

BREAKFAST: had around lunch-time

  • 3 Eggo waffles (because they are the best and I needed to finish a bag – can’t leave ONE waffle in freezer!)
  • syrup

LUNCH: having too many carbs today

  • egg bagel w/butter
  • water

SNACKS/BLTs: crackers and pepperoni – over 10 but under 20 – more like appetizer!

DINNER: leftover Chinese food

Dessert:

DRINKS: water

HEADACHE: no

SINUS: congestion

OTHER: back and neck ache – shouldn’t sleep with a pony-tail

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: I was extremely exhausted having only 4 hours sleep the previous night and being up for 17 hours. I had more weird dreams (I was surrounded by ghosts) and I even think I woke up screaming – but no one heard me. I was completely exhausted that I did not wake up when my kids went to school – lucky their dad was! My dad started at 10:30 😦

MEDICATIONS: will start to take nasacort in the evening – see if that helps. I tend to stop a medication when I am better, but then a few days later it is back – but I am only to use this when needed, so it is a pain.

September 6, 2006

Week 8: Wednesday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities at 12:43 pm by way2much

  • ACTIVITIES: Why – it is  the first day of school – so I will be doing everything regarding that!

EXERCISE: should start walking with friends

BREAKFAST: eaten at the actual time breakfast should be!

  • 1 cup Rice Krispies
  • 5 medium strawberries sliced
  • fat free milk

LUNCH: at approx. 1 PM:

  • 2 Whole wheat double fiber bread slices
  • tuna salad

SNACKS/BLTs: starving by 11! So I grabbed a package (single-serve) of Cheese-its crackers

DINNER: will be making stuffed peppers and ravioli for dinner:

  • one medium green bell pepper
  • stuffed with brown rice and chopped meat – seasoned with tomato paste, salt and pepper
  • ravioli
  • 2 slices Italian bread
  • pork slices from sauce

Dessert: Bay Breeze Italian Ice from Ralph’s (water based – not cream)

DRINKS: Crystal Lite Iced Tea, blueberry tea

HEADACHE: no

SINUS: minor congestion

OTHER: hacking cough – and I don’t smoke

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: I only got 4.5 hours of sleep, but I fell asleep fast and dreamt I was arguing with my deceased cousin – we disagreed about someone -I have been having weird dreams.

MEDICATIONS:

  • vitamins

September 5, 2006

Week 8: Tuesday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities, Pampered Chef at 10:49 am by way2much

HAS IT BEEN 2 MONTHS ALREADY AND I ONLY LOST 5 POUNDS? I AM DOING SOMETHING WRONG HERE.

ACTIVITIES: going clothes shopping, watching my son’s scrimmage – (mental note: bring video camera), taking daughter to her practice

EXERCISE: why bother

BREAKFAST: as of 10:48 nothing

LUNCH: meal at 12:00 (noon!)

  • plain Cheerios – this time I measured out 1 cup
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • fat free milk

SNACKS/BLTs: made my son some tuna fish salad (tuna in water – drained; salt, pepper, mayonnaise, onion chopped with my Pampered Chef chopper!) so I had a bite or two – may have a sandwich for myself later on – but I am not hungry now.

DINNER: no time to cook – but I have no idea what we will have – perhaps I will run to the butcher and get some chops or burgers to grill – for after 8 PM 😦 that is when the activities are over – what is bad is the no time to eat – I could cook, but it is either eat before 2:30 or after 8:00 – I dislike days like these especially the day before school!

  • Roast Pork Fried Rice
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Wonton Soup
  • Roast Pork Lo Mein

Dessert: fortune cookie

DRINKS: Crystal Lite Iced Tea, water

HEADACHE: no

SINUS: yes, slight stuffiness but not as bad as usual

OTHER:

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: other than waking up an hour after falling asleep to find your daughter leaning over you nose to nose and screaming so you wake up your son and husband – no problems!

MEDICATIONS:

  • vitamins

September 4, 2006

Week 7: Monday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities, Pampered Chef, Recipe Ideas at 2:51 pm by way2much

ACTIVITIES:  cleaning up the basement – some things just tend to get out of control

EXERCISE: see above – hmm??

BREAKFAST: raisin bran with fat free milk; blueberry tea

LUNCH: no lunch, late breakfast

SNACKS: cheese, crackers and pepperoni (I really need a nutritionist!)

DINNER: grilling a skirt steak (is that what you do with one of those?) making a salad and doing some kind of a potato thing – more than likely nuking it for baked potato – do I need a veggie? I have none in the house!

NOTE: I marinated the skirt steak for approximately one hour with one of Lawry’s seasonings – and grilled it for 20 minutes – 10 on each side – give or take a few minutes. My kids and I enjoyed it! My husband thought it was too rare! (I would consider it medium-rare; it was pink with a little blood and ooh so tender!)

I seasoned my potatoes (which were diced into 1 inch cubes) with Pampered Chef Basil Blend Canola Oil (delish! – if you want to order contact me! I sell PC!) I added Garlic Garlic and Bacon Bacon from the Tastefully Simple line (I do not sell). I added a bit of salt and pepper and placed in one of my Stones (a la PC!) and microwaved it for 18 minutes on high.  Another winner – kids were asking for more!

Dessert:

DRINKS: water

HEADACHE: no

SINUS: yes, some morning stuffiness

OTHER:some type of heartburn or indigestion

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: none

MEDICATIONS:

  • vitamins

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