Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Updates and miscellany

The reunion

I have sent in my money to save my spot for my twentieth high school reunion. Now I feel better having sent in my reservation but I know I still have the option to back out. I am at about a fifty-fifty on whether I'll attend or not. Perhaps I will go because I have taken the first step. I have until July to decide.

The nutritionist

I have not been following my food plan in the slightest since I saw him two weeks ago. I am slowly putting myself back on the wagon. One of the things I really need to do is to write down nightly meal plans so I don't catch myself unaware and hungry in the evening. I am working on more veggies being added into my meals. I have been eating my green beans at night followed by sips of water to choke them down. I may not like them but I am eating them/swallowing them.


I called my step-mother last night and thanked her for letting us come over (us meaning BJM and myself). We had a nice chat while my dad was out doing his chores on the farm. I'll probably call him tonight and see how he is recovering from our Sunday visit.

Adoptive dad

He's still recovering from the 18 days in the hospital in late January/early February. He wears a special vest 24/7, except when he showers, that gongs and dings and will shock him in the event of his heart not working correctly. He has been having problems with his breathing lately as in being short of breath. He is having a chest x-ray done today and they have doubled his Lasix (spelling?) to a really high dose. It's a diuretic.

He also has an infection in a tooth so they have to watch that while he's on his antibiotic. My mom called me at 6:30 this morning to tell me about my dad. Needless to type, she is worried about him.


I am going to get freshly cut and coiffed in about an hour. There is also snow here. Flipping SNOW in April. It's not a lot of precipitation but it's cold and I'll have to warm up the car. I'm sleepy and want a nap but what else is new.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

HI Weebs,

I read your posts about the nutritionist, and your efforts at staying on a healthier diet. I wish I could sit and talk with you.

For many years, I accepted that my weight would go up with my age, pound by pound, year by year. I ate the traditional family menu, meat and potatoes at every meal, with glasses of milk and always dessert.

In my fifties, daily headaches, numb feet, high blood pressure, etc. finally brought me to a diagnosis of MS ... late in life, and unexpected. I decided that I would not be a heavy, cumbersome patient.

I'd tried diets for decades, and yo-yo'd up and down on the scales, to no avail. This time, I decided to do something radically different, something my family still doesn't understand and will probably never really approve of.

I don't count calories, I don't measure portions, I don't cook much any more. I've eliminated all meat, most dairy, eggs, fried anything ...

I have an easy, simplistic menu now- cereals, fruits, simple vegetables, whole wheat pasta with simple tomato sauce,canned beans, light vegetable soups ...

I know I'm not an easy dinner guest, but it doesn't matter. There's always a salad and the dressing isn't necessary. I'm not excited by food, and I eat because we humans have to ... like brushing our teeth.

But I've lost a lot of weight, I feel better, have more energy, and wear smaller clothes.

I did this for me - and for whoever ultimately has to care for me if the worst happens. I feel good about this, whether the world thinks it's okay or not.

I wish for you as simple an answer ... keep it as simple as you can, Weebs. Do it for you, not for some professional. You are worth it. - Chalknpens