July 21, 2006

Tossing and Turning and Gasping for Air

Posted in health, heart, herniated disc, migraines, thyroid at 9:14 am by way2much

This blog is mainly about my struggle with losing weight.  Although, I want to also mention my other health issues as well.

My mother thinks I may have a thyroid problem. I noted that before. Therefore, I am trying to document anything and everything regarding my weight and my health.

Last night I was tossing and turning – well that is misleading. I was really pretty comfortable until it felt like my throat was closing up and I couldn’t breathe.  This has happened before and it happens in clusters – meaning over days/nights.  Most recent was the night before last. But my last cluster was probably months ago.

I am not sure what it is. Years ago, after herniating my disc and being so drugged up, I experienced this phenomenon for the first time.  I went to the doctor only because I was on the table in the physical therapists office and the technician came running over telling me I was WHITE. She asked if I was OK and I told her how I felt, like my heart had stopped beating and I couldn’t breathe.  Thank God my doctor was on the upper level of the building.  She called up and they were expecting me. They rushed me into a room and performed an EKG on me.  The nurse came in, looked at the results and a nervous look came across her face. She forced a smile and said, “I think I connected you wrong,” and rewired me. She took the test again.  Same reaction. She calls the doctor in.  He confirms the connections. He tells me he wants me to see a cardiologist. I am thinking this isn’t too good.

Jump to my cardiologist visit. He takes an EKG and proceeds to instruct me on how to set up the halter monitor I have to wear for a few days.  I am to log every feeling I have and report back to him.  After 48 hours, I hand him the monitor and my journal.  Some time later, they call and tell me I am fine.  I have a prolapsed heart rate (? – not entirely sure if i have this correct) in which my heart beats rhythmically for a certain amount of time and then it skips one beat. My heart readjusts itself, it is nothing to be concerned about, as it is “normal” for me.  WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN?

So why was I just noticing it then?  Well the relaxed state that I was in could have caused my body to become aware of everything – such as this mis-beat.  Makes sense BUT I think it may be anxiety.  I decided to stop taking the medications because I don’t want to be relaxed that much! I can’t get to sleep at night because I feel like I am going to die and everytime I am about to doze off, I choke up.

I have only had this feeling a handful of times since then.  I am going through it again. It is only at night. I have no idea what it can be, as the doctors dismissed anxiety or panic attacks.  I need to make an appointment with the doctor. But I am beginning to realize why older people are reluctant to phone for an appointment.  **When I was a child I couldn’t understand why my grandparents didn’t want to see a doctor when they were ill – didn’t they want to get better?** Now I know. If they experienced anything like I have, they would hesitate, just like I am. 

I think there is a stamp on my folder that warns “hypochondriac”. Perhaps it really says, “neurotic” or “paranoid”! I suffer from migraines (since adolescence), Cat-scans say I am fine. I have this heart problem (I thought) but EKG is “normal”. I’ve had pain for quite some time (area of herniated disc) but doctors and gynecologist could not find anything wrong with me (perhaps it was brewing from then). Now mind you my regular MD did not order tests except for blood work, it was my gynecologist that ordered a stomach sonogram (which found nothing). My MD kept referring me back to GYN. She got pissed because if I was a male, they would be doing everything in their power to find out what was wrong, but since I was a female, they passed me off to her, must be womanly problems!

So here I am now.  Deciding, should I call or wait it out? Once I get to sleep, I am fine, I obviously wake up in the morning!  But…

July 20, 2006

Thursday’s Meal/Activities

Posted in Doritos, exercise, Food, herniated disc, Meals/Activities, Uncategorized at 1:10 pm by way2much

Breakfast:

1 cup plain oatmeal

16 ounce iced-coffee with 1 tbsp. hazelnut cream (35 calories)

Lunch: thinking of having 1 cup of plain yogurt with 1/2 cup fiber one cereal (for the crunch factor & added fiber!)

Dinner: I hate meal planning – I have no idea what to have!Still have no idea – while my daughter is munching on Doritos! I prepared a salad with lite – vinaigrette dressing. (maybe I will have a handful of chips – I may cave.)

Snacks:

  • I succumbed to my craving and the smell of the cheese from the bag of Doritos my daughter was enjoying! I had 4 handfuls which may amount to 3 servings – which isn’t so good (well it was delicious, but that isn’t what I am talking about).
  • Made my daughter a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and I was at 4 on the scale – so I made myself a small (1 slice) sandwich with just a smear of pb. and some jelly.  I had pickle on the side (NO – I am not pregnant!)

I drank about 36 ounces of water.

Exercise:

Did my stretching in the morning – My legs are extremely tight. I am in a bit of pain. My right ankle is burning – sign that my disc may be compressing on my nerve. I will have to up my stretching to once in the morning and once in the evening.

Still looking for other exercise that will NOT aggravate my back.

July 18, 2006

Introduction!

Posted in health, herniated disc, weight at 4:22 pm by way2much

Today is July 18, 2006.

Feel free to read my history that explains how this blog came into being.

In a nutshell, I am overweight and I do not feel healthy. I need to do something about this. 

The only thing that helps is Weight Watchers.  I did wonderfully on the program until I herniated my discs and became slightly depressed. I turned to food for comfort. I know the right foods I should eat but the bad ones are just so tempting.

So if you would like, join me on my struggles to lose the weight and find an exercise program that will work.

I will try to post everyday. This will be my online journal of foods I eat and activities I participate in.

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Weight: 180 lbs. exactly with jean shorts and cotton shirt.

Exercise: Stretches learned from physical therapist –

  • knee to chest 20 counts of 5

  • both knees to chest – 20 counts

  • leg extension – 20 counts

  • cross leg and pull to chest – 20 counts

  • pelvic stretch – 20 counts

  • walk dog – not far – less than 1/10 mile

Breakfast – cup of black coffee (not off to a good start!)