- Friday Mar 30, 2001
RASH UPDATE!! The doc put me on Prednisone on Wednesday. It seems to be helping very slowly. I saw her again today, she did a biopsy on it & also took some more blood to check for Lupus & Valley Fever & whatever else. I did sleep a little better last night, just up at 3 to put some ice packs on my legs, that seems to help the itching some. If I get out in the sun or get too warm, it really wakes up the itch something fierce. So I have to stay out of the sun & don't cover up with a blanket at night. More updates on this next week when I get the results of all the testing. Thanks for your patience & all your kind comments. Diet-wise, I'm not doing too well. The doc's scale said 150 & I haven't done any exercise at all. I'm chomping at the bit to get on the treadmill but I think I'll give it a couple of days more & maybe get started on Monday, that's always a good day to start, right? Haha. My Mom's doing great on WW now, she seems so happy now & more energetic too. I hope it lasts, haha. Well, I'm going to go read some entries here, haven't been able to for a couple of days. Hope you're all doing great. Thanks for listening.
- Tuesday Mar 27, 2001
Weigh Day! Considering what I ate this week, I'm very happy I didn't gain more. I'm one of those people that, when things aren't going just right with my routine, I tend to get all off track. First the move, then the earache & no treadmill to walk on & now the rash, I'm just starting to get some of my routine back. No exercise today, but I did have plenty of water & my food intake wasn't too bad. I really didn't feel guilty after eating the junk yesterday, I guess I've learned to forgive my little indiscretions, just so they don't get too many & too close together, haha. BTW, the itching is no better today, I use ice packs once in awhile to ease it for awhile. I tell you, it feels just like little bugs under my skin, maybe you have something there, Maria. Thanks, everyone, for all your concern. I was up at 2 this morning & started thinking all kinds of things, like the flesh eating disease or something right out of X-Files. You know how your mind can imagine things in the middle of the night. It looks so bad, I don't think it will completely go away until the end of summer or something. I did give my Mom the WW information & she went right to the store to stock up on good foods. She even said this might be fun. I just hope she doesn't end up disappointed but I'll try not to worry too much about it. I'll just give her my support & help in any way I can. The rest is up to her. Well, I'm going to attempt to read your journals for today, I didn't get to read very many yesterday. I'll have to go put the ice back on my legs soon, it's driving me crazy already. Hope you're all doing great. Thanks for listening. PS--I looked back at some of the people's names who used to come here, I wonder what happened to them--Jenny, Danygirl, Panda, where are you?
- Monday Mar 26, 2001
Tried the Benadryl, tried the calamine lotion, nothing worked! Although the Benadryl did make me sleep some during the night, LOL. So this morning I called the doctor's office bright & early &, miracle of miracles, they fit me in at 1:15. I wasn't going to go to the doctor, I feel like such a wuss, but during the night I thought "Hey, that's right, I forgot, I'm DIABETIC, I SHOULD go to the doctor". I forget sometimes that I'm diabetic since I don't take medication anymore & really don't have any problems with it. Just like Fred (the Fatman) I feel like I'm really not diabetic anymore but really, they say once you are, you always will be. Anyway, this new doc I went to (a real nice lady doc) couldn't figure out what is causing this rash (I mean, it REALLY itches & I try not to scratch it cause it feels really gross). It almost looks like my shins were burned, it is so red. So she drew some blood for a CBC to see if anything showed up. I'll have to wait for the verdict. Meanwhile, I got a prescription for some cream which hasn't stopped the itch yet, but is offering a little relief, not much. Sorry to sound like such a baby, WAAAAHHH! No exercise this morning, I took an early shower in case they wanted me to come in right away this morning (dreamer). And I don't want to aggravate the itch with all that sweat, haha. And I don't know why it is, but every time something like this gets me all discombobulated, I have to treat myself to something naughty, so when I went in to Walgreen's with my prescription, I bought one of those small bags of Fritos & that wasn't bad enough, I also bought a peanut butter egg & a coconut egg. I tell you, I sure enjoyed them but it's like they say, a moment on the lips, forever on the hips, & now I do regret it. But I'm done with that, now it's on from here & I WILL do better. I weighed 150 at the doctor's with clothes & shoes & that's my limit, it's time to start going down the scale again. Hopefully, the cream will help & I can get a good night's sleep & be ready to do my walking tomorrow morning. It seems if I can't get my exercise in, I just don't do well for the whole rest of the day. But some good news, my Mom is going to try Weight Watchers instead of Atkins. I know some of you do Atkins but she has been trying it over & over & can't stick with it, so even one of her doctor's has reccommended it. She's just going to try it without the meetings so I will give her some of my booklets to get her started. This kind of puts some pressure on me because I will feel responsible if she doesn't like it & gives up. Also I don't want to hear anything bad about "my diet", so to speak. I know it's not for everyone & I think she's expecting a lot out of it, so I don't want to see her be disappointed with it. Am I making any sense? She really can't afford to pay for the meetings so I said I would help her get started to see if she likes it first. Anyway, wish us luck. She has a lot of medical problems & needs to lose the weight, even her doctor says that would help her a lot. Well, that's my day. Hope you're all having a good one. I'm going to go check up on you now. Thanks for listening.
- Saturday Mar 24, 2001
Another good walk this morning--the same amount as yesterday. I've just been dragging around the rest of the day though. Hubby is helping brother-in-law with some yard work today & I'm just home alone. There are plenty of things I could be doing but I just don't feel like it today. I have this awful rash on my legs. It started Thursday. I thought it was from shaving but it seems to be spreading, yuck! The itch is driving me crazy! So now I don't think it's wise to go out & sit in the sun. It's so nice out today, about 85, & the sun is shining & there's a nice breeze. At least I got out this morning for that walk. Tomorrow we are going to a street fair in town. It should be fun. Hope this rash gets better & not worse. It looks really bad too. I guess if it doesn't go away in a few days I'll have to break down & go see the doctor. It seems I can't stay away from doctors for more than a few weeks, darn! But I'm not going to go unless I feel I really have to. Does anyone know of a good thing to do for this itching?! I just try not to scratch too much. Sorry to talk about such a yucky thing. Well, I'm going to go read all your entries now. Hope you're all having a great weekend. Thanks for listening.
- Friday Mar 23, 2001
Sorry, couldn't make an entry yesterday, the site wouldn't let me or something. But, WOOOHOOOO!! I'm back! Finally got a good walk in this morning & it felt GREAT! First hubby & I walked outside for half an hour (about 1 1/2 miles) (it was 55 degrees & the sun was shining) When we got to our driveway, he said "that's enough for me" but I was ready to do more, but I didn't because, you know, the wild varmints around here. But, GOOD NEWS! My treadmill was finally fixed yesterday! So I came in & walked for another 35 minutes, for a total of 3 1/2 miles, including the outside walk. Oh, I can't tell you how good that felt. I'm back in my groove. I've done pretty well on the food today also, so far. I'm ready to start losing again, yippee! Well, gotta go back & finish reading all your entries. Have a great weekend, everybody. Thanks for listening.
- Tuesday Mar 20, 2001
Grrrr! It wouldn't let me change my weight up above. Not that my new weight is such a good thing. I weighed in at 149 at WW this morning, the same as on my home scale. So not good, but not too bad either, I'll take it. The meeting was nice, the leader here is so crazy, she could be a commediane. She told about when she was in a triathlon at Lake Mead, near Las Vegas. She was so funny, she had everyone laughing, which is a good thing, huh? We didn't talk much about weight-loss, like my old meeting, but it was fun & I only have to go once a month now anyway. The weather here was so great today--about 85, I never did hear what the actual temperature was. I even had some time to sit out in the sun for about 20 minutes this afternoon--don't want to get too much, too soon. It sure felt nice though. My eating is going pretty well but still no exercise. I'm just on a little hiatus, I guess. Don't worry, I'll get back in my groove real soon. When my treadmill is fixed on Thursday I won't have any excuses to get started & I'm really looking forward to it. Well, I've got to go call my Mother, I'm taking her to the doctor tomorrow morning. She's getting some kind of treatment on her back so she can't drive home. You all take care & thanks for listening.
- Monday Mar 19, 2001
Couldn't get here yesterday. We spent all day going to Lake Pleasant, about 30 miles north of Phoenix. We didn't do anything there but drive around & check things out, we'd never been there before (well, I had been, back when I was a kid, but didn't remember much of it). So altogether, we traveled about 350 miles & I spent most of the day on my butt. No exercise again. And none today either. I can't wait til the water is warmer in the pool so I can do some exercise there, that should be nice. I know I have no excuses for not doing any but it seems so hard to get going when you've had so much time off. But I will soon, I promise. My treadmill should be fixed this Thursday, the last part arrived today. We didn't take a walk this morning because we left early for the grocery store & then my hubby had to go take care of some furniture business (you don't want to hear about all our problems in that area, believe me) & I'm kinda afraid to walk by myself around here. My husband actually found 2 baby rattle snakes this afternoon in our front yard (yes, they were alive!). And I'm afraid of coyotes around here too. What a wilderness I've moved to! My earache is back again too so I don't feel real good. It was gone all day Saturday but came back yesterday. I just don't want to go to the doctor for something that will probably be gone in a few days by itself. Let's hope, anyway. Well, gotta go fix a little dinner for myself, hubby already ate. I'm going to WW meeting tomorrow to weigh in. Keep your fingers crossed for me, okay? I did catch up on all your entries today but didn't have time to comment much, sorry. But I love reading about how all of you are doing. Take care & thanks for listening.
- Saturday Mar 17, 2001
I woke up at quarter to 6 this morning. I guess I was just anxious to go do the walk-a-thon. That started at 9. I think it was more like 3 miles than 4, so it was a 5K. It was a lot of fun & the sun was shining brightly & it was about 60 degrees. Then this afternoon, Mom made corned beef & cabbage & potatoes for dinner for us in honor of St. Paddy's day. I don't care for corned beef so I didn't eat any, just some potatoes, a little cabbage & she made those Grand biscuits, which I love, so I ate 2. Not exactly diet friendly food. So I haven't been very good for another day. I'd better get back to basics here or I will pay for it at the WW meeting Tuesday. Tomorrow I will do better, I swear. Oh, there was chocolate cake too (I ate one small piece). But I don't feel guilty so I guess that is a good thing, I don't know. We'll see what happens Tuesday. I need to get back in my routine real fast. (I forgot, Pasta, I already have one of those walking tapes, I should get that out & get busy). Well, gotta go check up on all you guys. Talk to you tomorrow. Thanks for listening. Oops, almost forgot, my earache is all gone today, finally. Yippee!!
- Friday Mar 16, 2001
Still not exercising. 4 of the 5 parts for my treadmill came so I have to wait for the 5th one to get here before I can call to schedule someone to come out & fix it. I know that's no excuse but I love doing the treadmill. We haven't been able to get out to walk in the mornings because everyday we have someone delivering something, such as furniture, so we never know for sure just what time they will be here, so we're stuck all day waiting. Can't wait to get the treadmill fixed so I can get back into a routine. But we do have the walk-a-thon tomorrow morning, 4 miles, not the 5K I thought it was. The weather looks like it will be great, I'll need that sunscreen. I have been eating too much I think, not bad things, just too much of the good things. Haven't weighed for a couple of days, think I'll wait til Tuesdays from now on. I need to get to a WW meeting this next week or they're liable to kick me out, LOL. Take care, everyone, thanks for listening.
- Wednesday Mar 14, 2001
I only have ten minutes til Survivor is on so gotta make this quick. I weighed 148 even this morning but we went to Red Lobster for lunch & I was veeeerrrry bad, so I'll probably weigh more tomorrow. Oh, well, I don't think I will get on the scale tomorrow, LOL. I should just weigh once a week now anyway. Oh, those Red Lobster garlic rolls do me in every time, I ate way too many. And the popcorn shrimp with all the trimmings, mmmmmm. You can't do that & get away with it, I know. So tomorrow, back to the program. We took my Mom & my sister, so that was nice. That's why I wanted to move here (besides the great weather) to spend more time with them but we gotta quit going out to eat, LOL. This town has at least 3 or 4 restaurants on every corner, I'll have to watch out for that temptation. Baaaaad Soonie! Talk to you all tomorrow, I hope. Thanks for listening.