Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Roundup

As Benjamin Franklin said, "Those things that hurt, instruct."
It is for this reason that wise people learn not to dread but actually
to welcome problems and actually to welcome the pain of problems.

M. Scott Peck

Happy Friday everyone.  The weekend is here.  Been a strange week.  Cold, rainy, gray.  Not much energy here.  Lost 2.8 pounds. That is 36.2 altogether. Didn't make any real changes, so I guess my leader was right. My muscles were retaining water to protect themselves. I take my weight loss journey very seriously, and it does hurt when I gain...even though I realize that not all weeks will be good ones.

Had a bit of a scare on Tuesday.  My BP shot up sky high and my pulse rate was very rapid.  Got scared and took myself to the ER.  Hubby is trying his hand at working again, driving clients to and from a clinic.  He does it part time so it doesn't interfere with his benefits.  Unlike me, he doesn't search out things to keep him busy, and he gets so depressed hanging about the house.  I'm glad he is doing this, but hope it's not to much on him.  He leaves here at 8:30 in the morning and gets home after 7 at night.  The other day he told me he was so busy he didn't have a chance to eat lunch.  Not good.

Now, back to my scare.  I had a terrible night.  Lots of pain, enough to keep me up almost all night so after class I lay down for a nap.  I didn't want to sleep too much because it would mess me up at night so after two hours I forced myself up.  Decided to make a cup of coffee.  Now, when I had the palpitations last year I gave up caffeine and only started again the day after Miss Minga passed.  I only have one watered down cup in the morning.  Hubby has been making the coffee so I wasn't sure how to make one cup.  Added two scoops to one cup of water.  Way too much, and after I drank it I felt that pressure in my ears.  Pressure was  190/90 with pulse rate of 107 and rising.  Time to get to the ER.

T'was the coffee that was the culprit.  Too strong for someone who, first of all, hadn't been drinking it in awhile, and secondly, for someone with high blood pressure to begin with.  Lesson learned.  Won't do that again.

Saw the doctor last night about my leg pain at night. Been going on long enough, and I really need a good night's sleep.  The appointment went well in respect to no referrals for tests or specialists. My issues are something different however. Nothing to be done at the present time. My knee and hip pain from the cartilage wearing down and the pain the runs down both legs is sciatica of which there is no cure. Doctor's orders to continue my weight loss journey, keep legs up when possible, heat therapy, calcium supplements with D3, omega 3's (I noticed pain got worse when I stopped taking my Krill oil, but it is so expensive), and I have been referred to a nutritionist as certain foods have antii-inflammatory properties. I am aware of most of the foods but it won't hurt to have consultation. 

All I know is that I am going to fight this tooth and nail.Yoga and Tai Chi are also on my agenda. Going to start looking for classes today. Don't want to be looking at replacement therapy down the line. 

And that's it for this week.  Have a good one and talk to you on Monday.


  1. Oh, that was a scare!! I'm glad that you are alright. And oh yes, I think exercise is a great thing to do, especially for the sciatica. I have had sciatica my whole life off and on, and I know how painful and limiting it is. I found a couple of things that really helped - riding a stationary bike daily. I started slow (10 minutes) and worked my way up to longer times. When I had a bad flair up I had deep tissue massage. Once I went to physical therapy, which didn't help at all, so I tried the massage worked like magic. While regular exercise works for me, I find that some strenuous things, like digging in the garden, can actually aggravate my problem, so I have to be careful not to overdue. This is only based on my experience, of course.

  2. I have heard that Tai Chi is amazing as far as what it can do. I hope your pain disappears quickly.

  3. I hope your pain ends soon, Mary. I have mild sciatica once in awhile, but it's nothing like yours I'm sure. And I think you're right to stay away from coffee. I have to do the same thing with the iced tea I love for the same reason. The blood pressure.

    Have a good weekend. I hope the weather improves for you too!

  4. Yoga is great to help stretch out those muscles. Look for a gentle yoga class or even a chair yoga to begin with. And you never push your poses to the point of pain. You might try magnesium oil (I get it through Amazon) for the aches and pains. It isn't really an oil, more like a brine, but it sure helps me.

  5. Yoga and tai chi sound like great ideas!

  6. Sorry to hear that you're going through some difficulties, Mary, I'll try to send out some healing thoughts from me to you, but only if that's okay with you my friend.