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Carol Sue Congratulations on your winnings. I am one of those people who has to know I am going to win so that keeps me from gambling. I often think of all the money I spent playing the lottery. In the beginning I won once in a while even enough to pay a bill one time. One day I saw that ad where a man had died and his widow talked about how things might have been if he has saved that money instead of spending it on the lottery. I have asked myself that question so many times. I guess if I won money like y'all do I would still be playing. I'm happy for you. Sorry about the broken garage door. I guess your winnings will help pay for it. You are blessed.

I slept good last night too and slept longer than usual. I feel free to sleep late on Saturday because I don't have to call anyone. Tomorrow I will get up to call my son. During the week I get up early to get exercises etc done before DH gets up. Tuesday I will have to get up early to go for my NP appointment before I go in for my infusion.

Today I felt good enough to do some cleaning. I swept and cleaned my kitchen floor and wiped down my appliances with the Clorox wipes. I also cleaned my coffee pot. I got something to clean it with when I bought it, but I have no idea what I did with them so I just used vinegar like I did with the bigger coffee pot.

DH is cooking tilapia for dinner. I'm going to save my planned veggie and add it to cottage cheese and have it for supper.

I don't know what was going on with the scale yesterday because weight was back down to 156.4 lbs today. I'm going to keep my calories down and the meals balanced to see how that goes. I have infusion this next Tuesday and then the first Wednesday in March, I have lab for PCP. I want it to be good. He checks things that Oncology does not.

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Trish, you have such a good routine going for yourself with exercise. It probably helps that DH sleeps a little later. Recently DH has been getting up before me. He said we had to go to Wal-Mart because he needed milk and bread. Since it was early,I knew he would go for breakfast too at Bob Evans. He never asked,but just pulled in there first. So I ate food I didn't want, eggs and toast. I thought I picked up the pepper to put on my eggs and I wondered why it wasn't coming out. It was salt, and I put too much on. Terribly! I got sausage but wanted DH to eat it. He only ate one so I tried to eat the other one but it was also too salty. Rusty won't eat sausage or I would have brought it home for him. Also,they put too much butter on my toast. Not a great breakfast, not nearly as good as DH makes. Then we went to Walmart. Then Goodwill. I bought 3 colored peppers for snacking. For lunch I had half a cucumber with hummus. Dinner,DH made home fries and I also had a salami sandwich. Calories today were 1000 but I forgot the cucumber and hummus. Carbs were 81, sodium was 1750.

I just took a diuretic pill. For the first time my feet/ankles look a little puffy. I m supposed to call the doctor about that and the weight increase but first I want to see if I can get an appointment at the Heart Failure clinic. I think I might have slight edema but the weight gain is from taking extra G. It causes weight gain by increasing insulin. I want to stop taking extra. I think I will just let my sugar CV run high for now. As a last resort I will go to my PCP and see what he wants to do about the glucose. Today I had 2 cups of coffee and I'm on my second bottle of water. I don't think that's too much fluid as they say 2L.

Today I cleaned off my table and found some papers I misplaced. One is from DHs pension and is needed to do taxes. I thought we never got it and would have to call thdm. The other were forms we need to mail to get mail-in ballets for voting. The polls are right on our street, but I don't want to go around all those people, plus DH gets confused with the voting machines. He needs a helper. Its just easier for us to vote by mail. I know people say not to vote by mail but the alternative is not voting at all. Last time was very important to me because it was for local school board. I can just hope my votes are getting counted. Now I have to find my tax info from the bank and I'm ready to do my taxes. I called to make an appointment with AARP but they never called me back. So I will do them myself. I know we will owe so I'm confident that I can do them. If I can't figure out how to do them online I will mail it.

I bought some body wash for showering. Once I start using it I will look like Jennifer Aniston! Yay!!
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Scale went down to 177 so I'm smiling.

I cooked a chicken in the oven. I love rotisserie chicken, but they inject them with flavoring and they have high sodium. I put celery and onion inside the chicken and butter on top for browning. Its almost done.

Sleep was good,but still dealing with blood sugar.
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HI there, was doing well, but finally succumbed to DH's cold. I spent Wednesday to Saturday in my nightie and only moved from the couch to the lazy boy.
Much better today, as the worst of the headache is gone. I got out briefly, had a long shower, wore real clothes for a while.
Still have a cold, but feel that I am on the mend. Trying not to overdo it.
Got back to my low carb eating again, as it was not possible the last while, though I did not eat a lot.
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Carol Sue I've been thinking about doing a rotisserie chicken myself. I like to cook mine in the air fryer. I may have DH get one for me to cook next week. I like to put some onion, garlic and half a lemon in mine. Never thought of the butter but that would make it very good. Now that I have those paper filters for the air fryer clean up would be so easy.

Fatmad Sorry you have been sick and sure hope you are on the mend and will back to normal soon.

I felt so good yesterday and was so busy and I felt a little nauseous while eat dinner. Around 7 or 8 pm, I got sick and not only had potty issues but threw up too. I finally settled around 2 am so I could go to bed. The only thing I've had to eat today is chicken noodle soup and crackers and a little bit of water. I have infusion Tuesday and don't want anything to interfere with me getting it. So it is important for me to feel better and get hydrated by then. DH thinks the beets we ate were ruined and that was what made me sick. I am so thankful to feel better today.

The good thing that came out of this episode is that my weight is a new low of 153.8 lbs, FBG was 106 and BP 120/60. I think this is a good time to back to low carb eating again. I've heard that keto/low carb can help with the wrinkling when losing. I'm not looking for fast weight loss at this point because I'm so close to my goal of 150, but I would love to get rid of some of my flabby wrinkling and learn how to eat so I can stay at goal and not gain back any of the weight I have lost.

I'm feeling better right now so I think I will go clean out the freezer. I want to throw out all the freezer burned foods as well as any outdated foods.

Have a good evening and week.
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Trish,I have an air fryer/toaster oven but never use it. If don't know how to cook anything in it. I would like to use it and learn how to make some things but they would be mostly things DH won't eat. I just rub the butter on the chicken to get the skin to brown. Cooking it in the oven helps keep the house warm.

Im sorry you were sick but I know about the weight loss and better blood sugar readings.

Im sorry you were sick too, Mad. I hope you're better soon.

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Happy today! Scale is down to 175. I think the chicken I'm eating is helping. Its protein with no fat or sodium since I just roasted it with no seasoning.

Its Monday which means Goodwill senior day. And I have to pay bills when I get home.
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Carol Sue I am happy your scale was finally nice to you. It feels good when things are going down.

DH and I watched a Dr. on tv talking about eating to feed your brain. Turns out it was the Mediterranean type diet. I've pretty much decided to try it. I found a pretty good guideline I found on line on how to do it. The reason I decided to do it is it is an anti-inflammatory woe. Plus I finally got a call from onychology nurse today telling me I have to do a 24 hr urine test again which means I will go back to a Friday infusion. I like the Friday infusion so I have no problem with that. The problem I do have with it is that I have the materials to do the test and I knew the results to my test last week which means they could have done it Wednesday and had the results in time for me to do the infusion tomorrow. So it is ridiculous that things went this way. Oh well. A lot of things have changed. Even my Lab for PCP has to be done Monday, March 25 and PCP appointment will be April 1st.

Weight this morning was 153.6. FBG was 118 and BP was 129/61. So now to get myself onto Mediterranean woe. Oh another thing that doctor stressed was eating within at least an 8 to 10 hour IF eating window and fast the rest of the time. I'm working on a 4 hour eating window today.

We ate the rest of the roast and veggies today. Not sure what we will do tomorrow. We have to take my test in around 11 am tomorrow and go shopping with DH.

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Trizh, DH was watching a doctor on tv and commented that he said to lose weight don't eat after 7 pm. I told him I have to stop eating long before 7 to lose weight. DH doesn't understand IF. He believes firmly in 3 meals a day plus snacks. He never really cares about his weight, except once in a while I notice that he's eating less. He used to eat cinnamon raisin English muffins but now he switched to Twinkies.

I don't understand the 24 hour urine test.and what information they get from it. It would tell them how much urine you are passing.

About the casino. A couple years ago we were winning like crazy. After that the casino changed ownership and we stopped winning. But he still wants to go. I only like when I'm winning. But he says its entertainment. He says some people spend a lot of money going to sports games, or golfing. So this is his entertainment. My entertainment is reading and the internet. The internet costs money but we are paying that money as part of our cable bill.even if I never go on the internet. I asked him to find a different entertainment that doesn't cost as much. I ask him what did he do for entertainment before we started going to the casino. I've also told him I really hate going so much but he hates when I complain about it. When we lose several times in a row I ask him if he's tired of losing and he says yes, but 3 days later he wants to go again. I don't know what the answer is. Of course we are both happy when we win.

I forgot to call the Heart Failure Clinic for an appointment. And the pharmacy hasn't heard from the doctor to renew my fluid pills. I will have to call both tomorrow. My ankles have been swelling the past few days but I think that's from the shoes I've been wearing.

I Also forgot to pay the bills. Im falling apart!

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Scale came down to 174. Chipping away,little by little. I can do this if I set my mind to it. After all these years I know how to do it. I just need to keep carbs down and keep a smaller eating window.

I always do my lab work about a week before my PCP appointment. And I can see them even before my appointment. I go to Quest where I have no copay. The cardiologist requests that I use the hospital lab where I do have a copay. I think thats,because he gets the results faster,plus then he knows he's making money for the hospital. There are 3 labs within 5 minutes of home, and 2 have no copay. When I get the results from Quest the doctor scans them into my portal. The hospital lab does it themselves. When I was in the hospital they did labs every morning. I had my tablet with me and I could see the results before they even came in to tell me. I liked that. The cardiologist did not request labs for my next appointment. I don't understand why.

I want to make beans. I've been reading about the benefits and like what I've seen. But I want to start out with canned beans as I'm not ready to start working with dried beans. Beans are considered a southern dish,not very common up north. I was looking online at recipes and did find a recipe that uses,canned beans. I just wasn't sure what other ingredients go into it. Some day I might use dried. This is not something DH is going to eat. He doesn't even like beans in chili, so I mash them so they cannot be seen. But I want to make a small portion that I can eat over A couple days. I want to use cubed ham instead of bacon. Ill let you know how it turns out.

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Im excited. I have an appointment with the Heart Failure clinic tomorrow at 10:00am. The provider is a NP I'm familiar with and I've seen before. When I gave my name,they actually said my DOB so they are going by the hospital records and therefore have my information. I will be very happy to get this problem worked out so my blood sugar gets back to normal. They might have other useful information for me and possibly other meds. I really hope this helps.

Since I'm hungry for beans I'm making chili today. Im using canned pinto beans that I have on hand. Its simmering and it tastes very good. I don't measure the seasoning that I used,just used a couple dashes of each, but it has a great flavor.

The guy from the Heart Failure Clinic just called me back. He wants me to see my PCP instead regarding my blood sugar. I explained to him that my blood sugar was good before and could be again if the diuretic didn't raise it. The diuretic is the problem IMO. So he's going to talk to my cardiologist and get back to me. Otherwise,he in effect cancelled my appointment. He said he will call me back either today or tomorrow. I hate this. Medicine is supposed to help you,not make things worse.

My chili was so good! I haven't made it for ages,because DH isn't a fan but maybe he will be ok if I make it once a month. I put elbow macaroni in it. It increases carbs but its so good! And it gives me the beans I want.

Now I have to wait to hear from the clinic guy to see what he discusses with the cardiologist. I hope they change the diuretic. Maybe Lasix would do better. I really don't want to change diabetic meds when these work so well for me.

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Carol Sue I hope they allow you to see the NP with the Heart Failure clinic tomorrow. It would be nice to get the answers you need and want. I've been pretty with my oncology team but the main thing that has changed that I notice is that no one gives me answers on the phone. I told the nurse that calls me that I didn't understand something and she didn't answer. I guess if I can keep my Friday appointments again, I will have my original team NP is who I will be seeing again. She is good at answering my questions plus she knows me pretty well after being my team nurse for over a year. So I pray I can keep this schedule which I should be able to do if that get my test results by Thursday afternoon.

I feel like they aren't as efficient as they were last year, but I think the truth is that there are just so many new cancer patients. I said something to the guy who signs me in about how busy they are and he said, "Yes and it is going to get worse."

My 1st day on Mediterranean woe went well. I wasn't going to eat until DH got home with the tacos, but I started feeling like I was getting sick at my stomach so following what I saw this guy on YouTube eat ub a day and reading online what a dietitian eats on Mediterranean, I decided to take a handful of off brand Cherrios and a few spoonsful of Greek yogurt and eating enough to take the edge off. I spent the evening cleaning fruit and veggies and took one avocado and made guacamole salad and made a big batch of tuna salad. I had a small bowl of tuna salad with some crackers and an apple. My small meals and snacks ended being less than 1200 calories. So I think I did pretty good for my 1st day.


I won't to make a 3 bean salad to go with the steak DH is cooking tomorrow. DH likes to cook our beans in diced ham. To me that is all you need when you cook beans, but he is like DH#2 was. I grew up eating beans as the main dish taking the place of meat and we added veggies and cornbread with it. We set down to eat and DH#2 said, "Where is the meat?" I guess some people think of it as a side dish. LOL

Have good nights sleep and I hope you have your appointment tomorrow.
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Trish, I am not going to the appointment tomorrow because I consider it to be cancelled. The guy told me he would talk to my cardiologist and call me back today or tomorrow. So he didn't call today and I will wait for his call tomorrow. I hate the uncertainty. He said they mostly treat people who are having trouble with breathing and fluid retention, which I don't have. I feel like I'm adrift at sea. No life preserver. II only took 1 fluid pull today but my blood sugar still went very high. I only have enough meds for another week. If someone doesn't do something I will have no choice but to stop taking a fluid pill. The pharmacy won't fill it without authorization from a doctor. My only other option is my PCP. I hate not being able to get answers.
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I forgot to get weighed when I got up. I hate when I do that. I remembered after I ate and had 2 cups of coffee but I'm still in my nightgown. Scale is up to 176 but DH said I could deduct 1 lb. I can't deduct on the app. Something didn't seem right about the 174 yesterday.

Today we are going to the local casino. I hope the Heart Failure guy calls before then. I would rather go to the casino with the food court but I hate the long ride home on the interstate late at night. DH hates it too so that's why he goes to the local one.
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My weight was 153.2 this morning and my FBG was 111, but BP was high, but then when I got my pills out for today, I found that I didn't take my pills last night that I take before bed so I didn't get my bedtime BP pill. So I assume that was the problem. The strange thing is that my pain pill and tylenol I take at bedtime may not be needed any more because I slept so very good. In fact, I didn't want to get up this morning.

Any way I've got my plan for today ready for today. I had 1 egg, a sl toast with some of avocado simple salad on it and 1 c of coffee. We are having a steak for dinner and I've got my plan for the rest of the day which is subject to change since I am back to doing this woe as a combo of IE/IF.

Carol Sue Have a great day at the casino and hope you hear from the Heart failure guy and you get an appointment.

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I didn't hear from the Th East Failure guy but apparently he got in touch with the cardiologist because my portal shows an ex for Lasix. But I didn't hear from Wal-Mart yet. They might not have it until tomorrow. What strength do you take? He wrote mine for 40 mg once a day.

I don't think they want me to come to the Heart Failure Clinic because I'm not having breathing problems or swelling.

We did not do well at the casino. I don't know if he's tired of it yet. I hope so.

I might be having kidney problems. Today I had 2 cups of coffee and 2 bottles of water but I've passed very little urine. I didn't take a fluid pill because we were going to be on the road but I did take one as we were leaving the casino. It is still Wednesday evening, so if you don't hear from me on Thursday I might be in the hospital. I hope not but I will just see what happens. I've really had enough of this.

When we got home there was a weird message on my answering machine. It was about another possible fraud,but it didn't say who was calling. They left a number for me to call but DH thinks I should not call without knowing who it is but I think I have to find out. I know not to give them any information. I don't think I'm going to sleep very well tonight.
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