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Happy Thanksgiving….

Hello everyone, just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to you and your families this Holiday Season.

This year I made the mistake of waiting until today (two days before Thanksgiving) to go get everything for Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn’t too bad this afternoon, but patience isn’t my virtue when I am in a hurry. Good thing my husband was with me to make light of everything, which kept me calm.

My husband and I are going to have a quiet dinner together and then he will probably watch his football. I on the other hand have three different orders I got over the weekend that I need to get started on.

Speaking of last weekend, oh my goodness we had so much fun. This last weekend was the November show at the The Big Tin Cotton Gin, and it was beautiful outside. We had a few repeat customers from last month, last season and even met a few newcomers that plan to come back.

I did really well in sales and only have a few Christmas items left so the next few weeks are going to be crazy busy trying to restock everything and make more new stuff. Plus I have three really big orders that have to be done before the first of Dec.. No pressure! Actually I love having this kind of pressure it makes the blood flow and the brain works faster (when you get my age that is really important, it means your still alive), LOL……

Any who, things on the home front have been busy, fun, hectic, and you know just normal for us. Everyone has their own level of normal, so that is why I say “for us”.

Oh, have to tell you this cute story about Jackson. Well you all know about his little “pride” of female stray cats out front, right? There are 11 females that he has in “pride” and they all love him. He actually fronted off a neighbors lab that was running down the street towards them one day, although my husband was right there to grab him and put him in the house before anything happened. It was funny because Jackson just stood in the middle of the street while all the girls scattered, and the dog just stopped in front of him all surprised that he didn’t run too. It actually looked like the dog wanted to play with Jackson but my husband didn’t want to take the chance.

Jackson actually takes his duties of protecting his “pride” very seriously as well as keeping them in line. One night my husband went out to feed the girls and one of the older ones began to hiss at my husband before he even put the food down, Jackson ran over and got between my husband and her and proceeded to chase her away. So she didn’t get to eat with the rest that night, and that female has never hissed at my husband or I again.

Takara is doing really well with her high protein diet and is almost herself again. She just needs to gain a little more weight, but otherwise she is just as ornery as ever. She knows her eating schedule and she makes sure we don’t forget either, every two hours on the dot.

Well that just about covers everything for now. If you want to chit chat with me while I am crafting the next few weeks come on over to my Twitch Channel and say hi. I would love the company and then you can see what I am working on as well. I stream Monday – Friday 3 pm – 11 pm except holidays. I haven’t made any new You Tube videos recently but I still have the old ones listed and I plan to make a couple new ones soon.

Many, many thanks for reading this post, for following me and for your feedback. I really do appreciate all of you who have stuck with me these last few years and all my new followers. I love you all and wouldn’t be as inspired to continue this site if it weren’t for all of you. Thank You!

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. Please say an extra prayer this Thanksgiving for all those in California that have lost a loved one, all those that lost their homes, the people that are helping the displaced, all the firefighters, police, and emergency personnel. These fires were devastating and now they are going to have the rains to contend with.

 

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Obstacles

Today it actually looks like fall, so it has gotten me in the mood to finish up a couple more fall projects for the arts and antiques sale in a couple of weeks. I have been able to get pretty much everything done for the show in the last couple months. I won’t panic until next week when I am down to the last minute, and then it is really going to be freak out time…maybe not!

Things seem to have come together quite well for the show this year, despite all the obstacles that have been thrown in our way . I totally recommend prayer because it really does work!

Speaking of obstacles our most recent one has been saving the life of our 11 year old girl fur baby. The last couple of weeks we have been taking turns feeding her by hand and giving her fresh water all day. We almost lost her and the only way we were able to bring her back to life was to feed her a high protein, high calorie diet.

Two and a half weeks ago we took her to the vets for her follow up on her hyperthyroidism and the medication she was taking for that. They weighed her and she had lost weight again. They wanted to test her urine again and do another blood test, so we agreed.  They took her to the back and when she came out she was all hunkered down and putting her butt on the table, she was traumatized. She didn’t do that the last time we were there 30 days earlier when they did all those same tests. I knew something was wrong from the minute I saw her, but they kept saying she was fine that she might be like that for a few hours, but she would be fine. She wasn’t because for the rest of the day she hid behind the couch and wouldn’t eat or drink anything.

That night she began to bleed out her back end and soaked the bath mat in our bathroom. She wouldn’t even move after that. I called the vets but they were closed and they don’t have an emergency hospital here. We did call the nearest veterinary hospital an hour away and they said to bring her in immediately, but when I told the girl how far away we lived she kinda hesitated. She finally said the best thing is to bring her in but under the circumstances if we could keep her alive until morning and take her to her vet first thing in the morning. I immediately went into survival/emergency mode. No time to fall apart now I had to keep her alive.

Needless to say I was up all night with her giving her water with an eye dropper and praying. She did stop bleeding shortly after we got off the phone with the Veterinary hospital. By morning she hadn’t improved, so I called the vet first thing. The Dr. said her tests showed her liver was shutting down and she had protein in her kidneys. The Vet wanted to put her on an IV, medication, do surgery, more follow ups, more medication, hospitalize her, etc., etc.. I fell apart!

All I could think about as the Dr. was talking is the trauma our fur baby would go through not understanding what was going on. Being away from me she would have gotten worse not better. She is Tonkinese and I belong to her. She doesn’t do well when I am not around her for long periods of time, ever since she was kidnapped a couple years ago. She is very leery around strangers now.

I did not like the idea of surgery or all the medication. We try to give our cats the most natural, healthy food, chemical free environment and healthy lifestyle. We try to live our lives that way, so shouldn’t our cats be living that way as well?

Another big factor is that my husband and are not financially wealthy by all means, and all that would have cost a lot more than we could afford. So, I asked the vet for a more natural alternative and cost effective way to helping our fur baby get back to herself. She said that we would have to feed her foods high in calories and vitamins like kitten food, and feed her like every hour. But she still wanted us to bring our fur baby back in for more tests and to give her a new thyroid medication.

My husband went to PetSmart and asked one of the workers for help. He said that he had three different people assisting him when he told them why he was there. They were so attentive and each person was knowledgeable about the items that they handed him. He came home with a feeding syringe, four cans of kitten food, and this awesome miracle gel food that I believe saved her life. That Booster Gel was the miracle that turned our fur baby around. After only a couple feedings we could already see the life back in her eyes.

The process has been long, but our fur baby is almost back to her old self again. She has been eating on her own for the last week, about every two hours now, and drinking water regularly.

She only gets fresh meat that I cook (or the rotisserie chicken my husband picked up at Sam’s Club) and prepare for her. She still likes her High Calorie Booster Gel as a snack/treat. She gets half a can of kitten food that she munches on all night and she has started to eat a little bit of her crunchy food in the last couple of days.

I will forever be thankful for the employees at PetSmart for helping my husband that morning and treating him with dignity, respect and compassion. Yes, our fur baby is an animal. Anyone who has a pet knows that they are just as much a member of the family as all the humans. So when they get sick, injured or die it still hurts the same as if they were a human family member. Those employees at PetSmart saw that and understood that when they were helping my husband.

Thank you for reading through this long post. I am sorry for not posting anything the last couple weeks, but as you can see we have been kinda preoccupied. Here are some pictures I took of our fur baby yesterday.

Takara recoveringTK recov

 

Namaste

Sheila

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Old Fashion Letter From Grandma

Hello and welcome,

I hope you all are ready for an old fashioned letter from grandma! This idea came to me as I started to write this blog, it reminded me of the monthly letter we would get from my paternal grandmother.

My paternal grandparents had six kids and 15 grandchildren, so to save time I think my grandmother spent one afternoon a month typing out the same letter over and over (they didn’t have in home printers or copy machines back then) and then sent them out to all her kids. I guess now days it would be called our monthly family news letter.

For me when I was little I loved when grandma’s letter came. She would always fill it with information about what all her kids and grand-kids were up to, and her own opinion on everything. That part of the letter was fun because all my aunts, uncles and cousins lived in different states, all across the United States, so we rarely ever saw one another. The funny part of the letter was always when she would talk about grandpa, which was only about one sentence. Then she would go into all her ailments, what the doctor said about this or that and normally this part of the letter took up about a quarter of the letter. Then she would always end her letter by saying her and grandpa were doing fine otherwise.

We never lived close to my father’s side of the family, so I never really got to know any of my cousins or aunts and uncles, just what grandma wrote about them. So those letters were a way for my grandmother to keep the family connected. Even through the miles , she brought us all together once a month through her letters.

So, for me to connect with all of you my Ginger Street family, and carry on grandma’s tradition in a more technical way. I have started a You Tube channel and am posting weekly videos. I will be doing a new post on my website every week. And last but not least, I am going to be starting my monthly news letter for subscribers only, more details on that later.

For now lets get started with this months update.

Three weeks ago I took Takara (our Tonkinese cat) to the vet because she has lost so much weight, she started throwing up after eating, she wasn’t sleeping, and then for three nights in a row she just howled all night up and down the stairs. The vet said she has Hyperthyroidism and began her on medication she has to take once a day until we go see the vet again Sept. 13.

The first day was the worst because she threw up like four or five times, and she would go hide because she just wanted to be left alone. She is a very social cat and is always in the same room as me, if she isn’t in my lap, so her isolating herself was very hard to take because it meant she really wasn’t doing well. The next morning she was like a whole new cat. She was right back to her old self (except for still being skinny), she was all up in my face and being lovey, playing with Jackson, and eating without throwing up.

We have had a few days where she was very clingy and all I could do was sit with her and hold her to keep her calm. She has thrown up a few times and had a bit of a fever one day, but all in all the medicine has been working because she has been eating,  and sleeping,  her urine and bowl movements are normal and her coat is nice and silky soft again.

Jackson has gotten so heavy, but not fat just solid. He doesn’t realize how big he is, so when he plops himself down on top of something he actually smashes it now. I really have to be careful when he comes in my work room because he will walk or lay on whatever is in his way. I have tried keeping the door closed but if I do then he sits outside the door and just cries until I open it again. We call him big baby boo when he has his crying fits, but then he gets even louder. You can’t tell me these cat’s don’t understand what we are saying.

My husband loves his job, now that he is past the hardest part – the training. When my husband started his job with this new company he was only supposed to work four consecutive 12 hour days and have three days off. He was one of only four people in the entire facility that knows how to do what he does. This last week my husband found out that there are going to be only three of them doing what he does, because one guy is leaving. So as he says “job security and more overtime”. I love his positive attitude!

On the 28th of August I went to see my Dr. for my three month check up. I had gained a couple pounds, so I need to exercise more. I have the eating routine, portion size and the good for me foods down pat. They did all my blood work and I got the results back on the 5th of September…. I am doing excellent, my A1C is below the diabetic mark which means I am normal, all my liver, kidney, etc., test are normal. He wants me to continue on the oral medication I take twice a day, and still lose the 20 pounds plus the couple pounds I recently gained. I have six months before I see him again, if all goes well I will be medication free and it will be the last visit for my diabetes.

I have loved all the doctors, PA’s, and nurses I have had this last eight months, working with me to reach my goal. It will be a sad but very happy day when this journey of my life is over. But I am looking forward to the next journey and new goal.

Well, hubby should be home from work soon so, I need to sign off and go get dinner started.

Take care and talk to you all soon.

Namaste

Sheila

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Tuesday Blues

Have you ever had a day where all you wanted to do is stay in bed all day with the covers up over your head so as to block the world out, just for one day?

This morning I woke up with my husband, I fixed breakfast, then I packed his lunch and sent him off to work. As we were eating breakfast he asked me what my plans were for the day and I told him this long list of things I needed to get done today.

  • Do blood check
  • Make breakfast
  • Pack lunch
  • Do dishes
  • Clean kitchen
  • Clean downstairs bathroom
  • Sweep floors
  • Call vets and make appt. for Takara
  • Write post
  • Check emails/respond
  • Check on orders/deliveries
  • Walk and Yoga
  • Do blood check
  • Eat lunch according to blood sugar
  • Work on Junk Journal embellishments
  • Walk
  • Do blood check
  • Eat dinner according to blood sugar
  • Get stuff ready for live YouTube video tomorrow
  • Bedtime/night Yoga

I was actually really enthusiastic and very focused in on tackling these tasks as soon as I sent hubby off to work. Right away I got a few things done, but then Jackson wanted to play fetch so I got off task, and now I just can’t seem to get back in line and focus on what to do next. All I want to do is crawl back in bed and sleep the rest of the day.

The house is quiet, the cats are peacefully sleeping, it’s hot outside, nice and cool inside, I got eight of the most important tasks done already and the bed is calling me.

No, this is the time that I have designated to get work done, so that is what I am going to do. Right now I am going to finish this very short post and then I am going to go walk for half an hour and do Yoga for half an hour that will get me motivated again.

Right now as I am typing this post I am watching out my window the poor AC repairmen putting in a new AC unit at the neighbor house. Right now it is 106 degrees outside and it is supposed to get up to 110 by the end of the day. Yeah, yeah I know “but it’s a dry heat” never the less those guys out there working in it are still very hot.

One thing that I am very thankful for, is that when my husband and I bought our first house together. The guy that did our house inspection gave us one very important piece of information that we have always done and it has saved us. He told us to always have our AC unit serviced twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. In the Fall to have it cleaned and serviced, because after all the monsoons/haboobs the unit will get all kinds of dirt and debris that can clog it up. Then in the Spring so that it can be serviced and prepared for the summer months.

The unit we had on our old house was about 22 years old by the time we had it replaced. Now at this house the AC unit was replaced by the previous owners only six months before we bought this house and the house was only eight years old at that time. So I don’t know if, when they built these houses (this development was started about 12 years ago), they used cheap AC units to begin with or if AC units aren’t built to last long, like everything else now days, or if people just don’t know how to maintain their units with the twice a year check ups. But this is the third house in our neighborhood this summer that has had an AC unit replaced.

Ok, so a tip for those of you that own your own home and have an AC unit and really rely on it during the summer months like we do here in Arizona. Make sure you have your AC unit serviced twice a year – once in the Spring (March or April) and again in the Fall (October or November). By doing this you will help your unit last a lot longer and then you won’t have to worry about being without AC during the hottest days of the year.

If you have reached this point of my post then I give you mucho kudos for getting through all my rambling.

Oh, before I forget…..Please come check out my YouTube live video tomorrow at 11:00 am. I will show you my three new Junk Journals I put together over the weekend and I will be embellishing them with you.

Have a great day and go be the best you that you can be!

Namaste

Sheila

 

 

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Happy Tuesday

As I sit here to write this post I am in a quandary. I have a gazillion things I need to get done yet I’m just not feeling it today.

Here are a few of the reason I have come up with so far.

  1. It is overcast and looks like we might have a nice monsoon/haboob storm.
  2. I was working on my computer all day yesterday and I used a lot of my brain power so today the brain is in shutdown mode.
  3. Since I had to work on my computer all day yesterday, I had to stay up late to finish a couple craft projects.
  4. Takara (my furry, four legged, beautiful baby girl cat) keeps jumping up here on my desk and just plopping herself down in front of me wanting to be loved. Now I can’t deny her my attention and love!
  5. My blood sugar was a little high this morning so I walked on the treadmill for 15 min. before breakfast. For breakfast I had a poached egg, 1 cup of beans I made yesterday, and 10 raspberries. I know it sounds awful but it is filling and there are no carbs just protein.
  6. Plus hubby is at work so I have all day to get stuff done, no need to rush (at least not until the last hour before he comes home) right?

Well, all the above are great excuses not to get my butt in gear, and maybe if I didn’t have a deadline to get some of these projects done then I could take a day off and be lazy. October is just around the corner and I don’t have half the projects done that I had planned on having completed by now. It is crunch time for me right now, so no being lazy!

Nice pep talk but still not feeling it yet!

Takara is still purring away laying across my arms as I type. I love when she is like this because it’s like she can’t get or give enough love fast enough. She is Tonkinese so tends to be quite demanding, very affectionate when she wants to be, playful when she want to be and quite vocal at times. She has definitely been my cat from the day she showed up on our doorstep 11 years ago as a tiny kitten.

I have read that the Tonkinese life expectancy is between 11 and 14 years, I sure hope that the figure is wrong. Awww…So see another reason I need to just sit here and hold her as long as possible. Every minute is so precious with her and I don’t want to take that for granted.

Oh, I almost forgot. This past weekend was my husbands birthday and a while back I had asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he said “nothing, except maybe some good bar-b-que.” meaning his favorite BBQ place. So on his birthday we went up to the city and I took him over to his favorite BBQ place and they were closed because of cooler issues so they wouldn’t be open until maybe the next day if they could fix the problem. Needless to say we were both disappointed. I took him to his next almost favorite place but I could tell he wasn’t as excited.

I was very upset because everything I had planned to surprise him with this week fell apart. So I felt that his birthday was a complete disaster.

This man loves his “techy toys” and has just about everything he wants as far as that stuff goes. He is also an artist (like the drawing kind) so he has all the art supplies that he needs and wants for now.  He doesn’t do any kind of woodworking or carpentry so he doesn’t need any tools. He is good at taking care of the yard and maintaining the plants but doesn’t really have the time now that he is working all these crazy hours.

So as a surprise on Tuesday July 17, I had called a landscaper/gardener to come trim the tree and clean up the bushes out front and fix the irrigation system for him. The lady said that she would call me right back with the day and time later in the week that they could come out, but she never did. I called a couple other places the next day but they were going to charge extra for coming out of town (they were out of my budget anyway). That was a failed gift for my husband.

Now do you see why I was so upset? I really felt like crying because I had nothing else planned to give him.

Low and behold as we pulled into our driveway, after coming back from the city on Friday, there were two people in our yard just finishing picking up the debris from the tree and bushes. Our yard was totally transformed, it looked so good and we were both surprised. It was the lady I had talked to on Tuesday and her husband. The husband had fixed the irrigation system and then showed my husband what he did and how to repair it on his own. They were awesome and very reasonable in price.

Thank you Lord for once again answering my prayer!

It turned out to be a good day after all and no tears were shed.

Ok, after a few interruptions (phone calls, cats fighting, dryer stopping/ folding clothes and potty breaks) while writing this post it is now lunch time. So I must go and do another blood check and then eat accordingly.

Thank you for sticking around with me as I rambled on this morning. I do feel better and like I will get most of the stuff on my list of thing to do today done. Thank YOU!

Have a great day and do something positive today.

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. No storm yet but still semi-overcast and ugly looking outside.

 

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Junk Journal #2 Flip Through

A few posts back I had showed you pictures of the second junk journal that I made and told you that I would do a flip through for you. Well I finally got around to taping and editing the video, so here it is very raw, I don’t think I will ever get used to being on camera, sorry.  Anyhoo, I hope that you enjoy the little journal flip through.

So what do you think? Well I have good news then, it is for sale in my shop.

Well, this month is almost over and nothing got done around here. Oh, wait I wasn’t really all myself the beginning of the month, but still I should have more done (as far as project wise). I only have a couple more months to go before The Big Tin Cotton Gin opens and I have to have at least six months worth of stuff made and ready to go.

Speaking of making things, I now have a YouTube channel if you would like to go check that out Sheila gingerstreetboutique . I will be posting me crafting, making cards and sharing the goodies I purchase for my crafting. I am going to try to do at least once a week, maybe twice, live videos. So if you want see how disorganized I really am then turn on the YouTube and check out my channel.

So for other news…..

Well, a while back I told you I would keep you updated on my diabetes and it has been a bit since the last update, so here goes. I was doing good with the yoga and eating my three small meals and two snacks every day then I got sick again. I didn’t want to eat because everything upset my stomach, and yoga was out of the question because I had no energy or strength to even get out of bed for a few days. My blood sugar numbers dropped really low (which is called Hypoglycemia) a couple days and that scared me, because I didn’t want to go into a coma.

My husband kept forcing me to eat and kept me hydrated, but he also had to work so while he was away he told the cats to keep an eye on me. LOL… It worked! Every two hours Takara would come wake me up by standing on my chest or right in front of my face and cry then touch my nose with her paw and repeating this over and over until I got up. They say cats are selfish, maybe sometimes but they are also very generous when they know they are loved.

Everything is back to normal again, thank you Lord for getting us through that!

I read this article a while back on the Diabetic Association website that this Dr. wrote about how beneficial a Vegan diet is to diabetics. So I started cutting out meats and eggs from my diet to start, then I got sick. My husband is not a cook, he is a wonderful husband and has many other talents but his cooking is limited to five things. Two  things he is awesome at are omelette’s and scrambled eggs. Yes, you guessed it, I was “forced” to eat a lot of both because he said that I needed my protein. LOL… there went the vegan diet.

Now that things are back to normal and it is summer time, my favorite time of the “food year”. I love all the vegetables and fruit because they remind me of summer. “Summer food” is not as heavy on the stomach and they are more refreshing. This is the perfect time for me to start really practicing this new way of eating. I have a lot more to learn about food and the vegan way of eating, but I am looking forward to cleansing my body and nourishing it with only the good stuff. If this, along with my yoga, will help me get rid of my diabetes for good, then I am all in.

Ok, speaking of yoga it is time for my after noon session, so I must go now but you can stay and look around the shop and I will catch you later.

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. Here is an exert from a final interview with Comedian Patrice O’Neal. by Carolyn Butler for Diabetes Forecast.

Tell me about that, about how things have changed?

Well, I’m starting to really feel it now—your body feels achy, your feet hurt, you start getting a little retinopathy, the neuropathy. You just start feeling the effects more.

Nowadays, my diabetes is a hell of a thing. It just affects everything—your bowel movements and sex drive and sexual everything, your feet, your eyes. I’ve got to take fiber all the time now, because my body just doesn’t do what it needs to do, so I have to help it. Some days you feel really good, and then others it weighs you down and takes everything you got to just move. But you do.

[Diabetes] just makes you old—it makes you think old—way before you should be. You think about falling and cutting yourself, about getting bit by a bug, you think about those things. When you’re clipping your toenails you got to be careful, even. I cut my foot last year and I was really scared. I could see where it didn’t heal up a little bit. When you’re young, you just heal up.

If I’m eating right and taking my medication and doing what I have to do and walking every day, I feel good. But diabetes is a thing where it can trick you—it makes you feel like you’re OK, if you’re doing the right thing. But you know you got to do the right thing diligently, so the sugar isn’t truly eating away at your body.

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Recovery Update

Yes, I know it has been a while since the last “Recovery” post and that is why I am updating you today.

Eight weeks ago I completed my weekly check in with my after care Dr. for the incisions on my back, from the surgery. It was actually a bitter sweet day because I had gotten to the point where I enjoyed the challenge of the weekly weigh in to see how much I had lost from week to week. Plus all the staff in the office were just great, I really liked all of them and even got to know them all by first name.

So, with that said my back is all healed up and I’m back to “normal” as they say. I am still dealing with the diabetes, but the PA. and I had worked out an eating plan and I designed my strict daily routine (with approval of the PA) in order to achieve my goal of being diabetic free in one year and losing 52 lbs. I will list my daily routine below, if you are interested.

In the following few weeks my husband got a new job and in the process found out he had high blood pressure and had to start taking medication for that. Wow, we really make a pair! I guess all those years of my clients telling me that after 50 everything starts going south and breaking down, they were right.

My husband loves his job and they have been really great to him. They wanted him so badly that they held his position for him for three weeks while he got this blood pressure situation under control. The job is very physical and mentally challenging, but he loves that so he is happy. Another plus for him is that he knows one of the managers here, they used to work together at their previous employment. Only thing is this manager wasn’t a manager over there and my husband had more seniority over him. So you can only imagine what they are like with each other over here, pranks all the time.

Ok, back to me, (you know “I wanna talk about me” like that Toby Keith song) LOL…. Four weeks ago I had my first appointment with my new primary Dr., the one I have to see to monitor my diabetes. All my daily blood sugar tests looked good, we went over my goals,  my daily routine and my eating plan. He said that he agreed I could be off all my meds if I lose 40 lbs and be diabetic free by Jan. 2018, if I truly stayed strict to this daily plan. So talk about incentive…

That same day the Dr. took me off my insulin and gave me this pill called Glimepiride it was supposed to replace the insulin. I was still suppose to take the Metformin, but he also lowered the dosage of that as well. The Dr. also ordered some blood work that day and told me at the next visit in two weeks we would go over them or if there were any discrepancies he would give me a call. So as you can imagine I was so excited I got off the insulin a whole month earlier than I expected/projected and the Metformin dosage was lowered which I didn’t see coming until maybe Oct. or Nov.. Woooohooo! That was a good day.

Well, the news was good and the elation last all through the next day which was Friday. By Saturday mid morning I was so sick it was coming out both ends (sorry if that was too graphic for you), my head felt like a vice was on the inside trying to push out my skull, I was so dizzy I didn’t even want to move and eating was not even happening. I knew this was the side effects of the new pill Glimepiride so I figured I could give it a couple days for my body to adjust. By Monday it hadn’t let up and I didn’t feel like it was getting any better. Tuesday morning I did not take that tiny pill and that day I did not feel nauseous, but still had a little dizziness, headache and diarrhea. It actually took me until that following Saturday to feel “normal” again.

One week ago today I went back for my follow up with the Dr. and told him what happened and what I did to resolve the problem. He looked at my daily blood sugar tests and said that he agreed with my decision and said that he saw no reason for me to take anything other than the Metformin at the same dosage. We went over all my blood tests and guess what? Everything was excellent, my kidneys, my liver, my cholesterol, and my A1C was at 5 (6-7 on the A1C is considered borderline diabetic, anything over 7 on the A1C is considered Diabetic). I still have 40 lbs. to lose to be completely off the Metformin, and my goal of 52 lbs. so I can be happy with myself.

SET BACK #2 – Now for the last week I have been dealing with a tooth ache, which I found out two days ago is being cause by what the dentist thinks is either from a major sinus infection or nerve damage. So currently I am on antibiotics for the next ten days to clear up the infection and then we will go from there. The pain is still there but the energy level is not. If this is what being in my 50’s is going to be like, then just put me to sleep and wake me up when I turn 60.

I am so sorry for ever laughing when my clients used to say they had to schedule their days around their Dr.’s appointments, NOW I get it!

Well, thank you for  sticking with me through all this babble, but now you are caught up.

Oh, yeah my Daily schedule.

  • 4 am – 5 am – make husband breakfast, pack his lunch and see him off to work
  • 5 am – 6 am – meditation
  • 6 am – 7 am – yoga
  • 7 am – 8 am – do a little house work (we have 2,400 sq. ft. so I have something to clean every day)
  • 8 am – 9 am – breakfast, meds, vitamins,
  • 9 am – 10 am – shower and get ready for the day
  • 10 am – 10:30 am – Mid morning snack
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 pm – make phone calls if necessary, check emails, take care of household business.
  • 11:30 am – 12 pm – take a nap
  • 12 pm – 1 pm – lunch
  • 1 pm – 1:30 pm – walk outside or on treadmill
  • 1:30 pm – 2 pm – cool down, stretch, drink water and take a break
  • 2 pm – 2:30 pm – mid afternoon snack
  • 2:30 pm – 4 pm – I work on my blog, crafts, cards, etc..
  • 4 pm – 5 pm – yoga
  • 5 pm – 6 pm – dinner, night meds.
  • 6 pm – 7 pm – shower and get ready for hubby to come home.
  • 7 pm – 8 pm – visit with hubby
  • 8 pm – bed time.

Yes, it seems like a very boring day, but believe me it has been a challenge making sure that I get everything on my schedule done every day. To be honest, this last week since I have had this tooth ache and sinus issue, I haven’t done much but sleep. I am hoping to be back on schedule next week.

Have a great weekend everyone! Be safe…

Namaste

Sheila

 

 

 

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Recovery

Well the last couple weeks have been very painful, shocking and quite a learning experience for me and my husband.

So to fill you all in, two weeks ago on Jan. 9, 2018, I felt a little lump on my lower back by my spine I didn’t think anything of it at the time. A couple days later it was a little sore so I had my husband look at it and he said it looked like someone had punched me in the back because it was all black and blue and swollen. He told me then that I needed to go to the Dr. and I blew it off because it didn’t bother me that bad. By the next day Friday Jan. 12, I gave in to my husband and conceded to going to the Dr. because the pain was worse and my husband said that it looked even worse.

Now looking back on this adventure it is funny, but at the time we were headed for a divorce. Like most men my husband doesn’t like to stop and ask for directions, and of course he didn’t think to look up the address online before we left the house or even call to get directions to the hospital. I have been to the Chandler Regional Hospital exactly one time more than my husband, but it has been like 10 years since the last time I was up there, and a lot has changed in the area since then. I was in so much pain I couldn’t think straight, I could feel every bump in the road like a shock of electricity going through my body with a burning, raw flesh feeling to follow (to tell the truth it was a worse pain than 21 hours of labor and then having an emergency c-section). Through all that and my husband expected me to remember exactly how to get to the hospital. I thought that I could remember but we got lost and then it was all my fault. So a one hour trip turned into a three hour trip with me crying and talking very loudly (I don’t yell anymore because it doesn’t work, being very quiet and not saying anything tends to really get their attention) requesting that he just pull over and get directions. About an hour and a half into the trip he finally did pull over and he got out to get the directions, oh my goodness! Instead of asking the girl exactly which street to get back out on and to turn right or left, she just pointed and said “to go up that way a couple blocks and turn”, we were at a four way corner and she was inside the building. We were lost again. Another 45 minutes of that and I was losing it badly the pain was so excruciating, I convinced my husband to pull over again so I could get out and get the directions this time. We got the directions and were there in 10 minutes. We had to end up waiting for another four hours in the waiting room before we saw a Dr., but I was out of the vehicle and off the road thank goodness. It was quite interesting the people that come into an emergency room and all the commotion, that is another story for another time.

So they did a C.A.T. scan of me and found something round like a little ball next to my spine which concerned them because of the location. The two Dr.’s attending me decided to call a surgeon and get another opinion as to how to proceed. The surgeon decided that it looked like it was just a sebaceous cyst and that the Dr.’s there could remove it with a local anesthetic. They removed the cyst, packed the incision with gauze, and sent me home with instructions to return on Monday (this was already Saturday morning) to have the packing removed and the incision looked at to make sure it was healing. I was also informed that I had full blown type 2 diabetes.

Sunday it was still hurting and the pain had come all the way around my ribs to the front. So when we went back up there on Monday the Dr. took a look at the incision, examined me and immediately admitted me into the hospital. That afternoon they took me into surgery and made another incision on my back to remove two more cysts that were deeper down in my back and all the little vines that had grown from the first one that had been removed (or so we thought). They were concerned, because of the diabetes the infection had spread so quickly, that they wanted to make sure that they got it all this time. They put me on a couple really strong antibiotics, diabetic medication, and pain medication for the next four days I was in the hospital.

I came home Thursday evening Jan. 18, 2018, loaded down with blood pressure medication, aspirin for blood clotting, diabetic pills and insulin, 2 different antibiotics, pain medication and two 3″ wide open incisions on my back that my husband has to unpack, clean and repack every day. My husband said that the first incision was about 3″ deep and the second incision was about 5″ deep when we first came home, but now they are healing up slowly so they aren’t quite as deep. This morning I finished my last two antibiotics and the Dr. took me off my blood pressure medication when I went to see her on Tuesday Jan. 23, 2018, and she said that if my blood sugars stay this good then we might get to take me off the insulin in a couple weeks and just do the pills.

My husband has been awesome through all this and has even gotten on board with my eating schedule, portion control, and sleeping schedule. This whole experience has been really quite scary for both of us in the fact of how quickly everything happened and how being diabetic is very serious. We are learning a whole new life style and have actually been enjoying planning and preparing our meals together. Next week we start our exercise program of walking around our neighborhood every day together until I can start doing my yoga again as well. My goal is to be diabetic free by this time next year. This goal is realistic from what I have read and by what my Dr. has told me, because diabetes is preventable and curable by diet, exercise and proper vitamins. With determination and fear behind me I will do this.

Thank you all for sticking with me to the end of this long post, my hope is that maybe you came away with a little knowledge about diabetes and how very seriously dangerous it can be to the body when untreated properly, whether unknowingly or knowingly. I will post more information about diabetes in another post and keep you updated on my recovery progress. Also don’t disregard what your body tells you, you know your own body, so if you hurt or don’t feel just right go to the Dr., something simple can turn into something serious if untreated.

Thank God for every little thing in your life today, because tomorrow isn’t certain.

Namaste

Sheila