Friday, November 27, 2015

Fun with the Folks

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!  Ours was good.  We moved our mid-week church service to Tuesday this week.  On Wednesday morning, my parents got here just before 10.  I wish I had taken a video or picture of my four kids out in the driveway waiting for them to pull in and then jumping with joy as the car was parked.  :)  I can't believe we used to pray that my parents would get to see our oldest be born.  Instead, God has allowed my parents to see all four of my children be born and reach the ages of 6, 8, 11, and 12!  It feels amazing, especially considering we had to fill out end-of-life papers for Dad in October 2013.  I tell everyone that man is a cat because he has 9 lives!  LOL  Regardless, I love seeing my kids be so excited about my parents pulling up and my parents equally excited and laughing because of the fuss being made over them.

Mom and I went shopping on Wednesday while hubby worked and Dad stayed with the kids.  Just this year, a Ross, Hobby Lobby, Shoe Dept Encore, and Marshall's opened up in our town.  That, my friends, is a big deal!  More retail shops are being built, and I'm excited to see what fills them.  Anyway, Mom wanted me to help her pick gifts for my kids for Christmas in her price range.  We were able to accomplish that for 3 of the 4.  Then, we went to Burke's so I could help her spend her gift card that I gave her for her birthday back in August.  We shared a sub and some soup at Quizno's while we were out.  Mom went on and on all day about how she "never gets out anymore" since I'm away and how Dad will never go in stores with her and she doesn't want to go alone.  Not sure why she doesn't want to go alone, but she really doesn't go anywhere except church, Walmart, Kroger, the pharmacy, McDonald's in the mornings for coffee, etc.  And she goes to each of those places WITH my dad.  I guess I never realized how she hated to be alone since I was always home and we were together.  We went everywhere back then!

We ended the day by braving through Walmart and Big Lots.  Mom said she hadn't had that big of a day since I was home and was worn out!  LOL  My right ankle was hurting me so badly from being on concrete floors all day.  <sigh>  By the time we walked into Big Lots, I was limping horribly.  It was quite embarrassing!

The kids had entertained my dad really well, and hubby had gotten home from work, too.  I had made vegetable beef soup in the crock pot for supper, so everyone had eaten already.  Mom and I crashed on the couch and love seat and watched the kids play.  My son was dressed up like Roy Rogers and talking with a drawl, riding the back of the love seat (his horse), using a purse strap for the reigns.  Mom laughed and laughed while watching them carry on.

When we went to bed that night, I told my husband that Mom had been a joy that day but would wake up like the devil tomorrow because of stress.  I. Was. Right.  Dad had cooked the turkey already.  I was only making mashed potatoes and green beans.  Mom only had to make dumplings and dressing.  I had to heat some rolls and open a can of cranberry sauce.  Yet Mom was in a sheer state of panic by 9 am!  I don't know WHY she is like that, but I sure hope I don't inherit it!!!  She has always been like that, though, at least since she had me at 40.  I am told she was quite a bit different before she had her thyroid killed when I was 2 or 3.  Anyway, after explaining to her that we were having a SIMPLE Thanksgiving meal (and reminding her that THIS IS WHY lol), she finally stopped freaking out.  Whew!

The weather was in the 70s and amazingly beautiful.  The kids played outside every free second they could spare, in between sitting on Papaw's lap!  When it was time to eat, I had some of everything except a roll.  I only had one plate of food, no refills, and normal portions.  I was so proud of myself!  I did drink 3/4 a glass of sweet tea and eat one slice of pecan pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I never touched the pumpkin pie, and instead of leftovers that evening I opted for a bag of Smart Pop.  I did feel hungry a big later and had a banana with peanut butter and a leftover muffin from breakfast.  I wish I had skipped the muffin.  Other than that, I'm happy with my day.

I texted a friend of mine about the metformin the other night.  I felt so, so sick to my stomach for about 5 hours Tuesday evening.  I could NOT stop burping!!!  My stomach had major pains.  Thankfully, I didn't get the other side effect most people complain about.  My friend told me to take my metformin after my meals if I didn't want to get sick.  She was right.  That has worked like a charm, and I haven't had a single moment of stomach upset from it since.

My parents stayed the night again Thursday and left at about 9 this morning.  They are always anxious to get on the road and not get stuck in a bunch of traffic.  They were glad to see the interstate was way more empty than they had feared it would be.  They called about 3 hours later to let me know they had gotten home safely.

I have somehow got to get in 3.1 miles for the Thankful Journey 5k by the 30th!  I don't know why in the world I let myself get out of the habit of walking on the treadmill or at the track when I had planned to do this!!!  And now after hurting my ankle Wednesday, I am honestly NOT looking forward to it!!!  But I shall do it!   Lol

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Doctor's Visit

I was just about to go to bed when I remembered that I meant to do a post today!  It is/was Tuesday, but I didn't weigh this morning.  I haven't been counting points.  :(   I have lost all my WW text buddies, and that's just no fun at all!  Lol

I did go to the Community Clinic today and had to get on their scale.  I weighed 3 pounds less than when seen there 6 weeks ago.  This is consistent with the 6 pounds less I weighed at the other office last week.  I'm happy to continue to see maintenance.

Over the past year, my heartburn has only gotten worse.  I am pretty sure it is because of my weight gain, but at the same time my mom has Barrett's esophagus.  In fact, she just had two places biopsied during her EGD last week and was told one was precancerous.  I decided I should stop ignoring my heartburn and be seen.

I also never heard back about doing a trial of metformin for fatty liver disease.  Instead of trying to find out over the phone again, I decided to just make an appointment.

The NP did decide to try me on metformin at 500 mg twice daily.  The lady said to take it at morning and bedtime.  The pharmacist said to take it 30 minutes before breakfast and supper.  The bottle says to take with food.  The internet says to take at the end of a meal.  Good grief!  I took it 30 minutes before supper for the first time.  About an hour later, I had some upper stomach pain.  Two hours later, I couldn't stop burping and wanted to bend over with pain in my stomach!  That's when I googled and found the recommendation of waiting until directly AFTER a meal to take it.  Apparently it causes much less stomach upset that way.  I am going to give this a week and see if the side effects subside.  It's supposed to take about that long.

I was sent to the lab to have my A1c checked (average of blood sugar levels) and to have blood drawn to check for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori for short).  This is a bacteria that gets in the stomach and really usually doesn't cause issues until you have an ulcer.  The clinic is closed the rest of this week, so I suspect I won't hear anything until middle or end of next week at the earliest.  If I've not heard anything by Thursday, I will call.  Hubby and Mom have both had H. pylori in the past.  I don't feel that I have it, but I guess it's a possibility with the heartburn.

I asked about omeprazole, but she seemed to think I only needed 6 weeks of a different medication.  She's thinking I've let the heartburn go on so long that my stomach lining is just irritated and needs time to heal.  I hope so.  If I test + for H. pylori, I will start the 2-week treatment regimen for that as well.

The good news is, the above problems should go away with weight loss.  The bad news is, I really stink at weight loss!!!  I told the NP today that I tend to lose 6 pounds in 2 weeks and then gain 3 and try again in 3 months and lose 6 and gain back 3 again.  So at the rate of maintaining a 3-pound loss every 3 months, I should be a normal weight in about 10 years!  LOL

I definitely am happy to know that by getting to a normal weight, I should be able to stop both of my new medicines.

I am back to being confused.  Do you all ever get confused?  I love WW and it definitely works for the 2 weeks I stick to it every so often.  The other night, though, I stumbled on the "new research" that shows that full fat milk and dairy is "better for you" than the skim, reduced fat, and fat free that I've been using probably since I was a pre-teen because my parents switched to it back then.  Now I feel at a loss.  Using full-fat dairy on WW would use many more points.  But would doing that actually be healthier for me and keep me more satisfied?  Should I just switch to goat's milk and call it even??  :)   But you see my point - what to do?!

I also recently had a friend tell me that she believes people shouldn't eat fruit past lunch hour because that way your body can get rid of the sugar before the evening meal and bedtime and time of inactivity.  That's not quite how she said it.  How she said it makes sense.  Ha!  So now I find myself only eating fruit for breakfast and lunch, not for afternoon snacks.

You can really drive yourself nuts if you just start researching, yanno?  You can find something on the internet to support whatever your personal opinion is.  Seriously!  A friend today told me to ditch metformin and do coffee enemas instead.  Eww, but I researched it anyway.  I found an equal amount of sites claiming it was healthy as I did claiming it could kill me and cause serious complications.  I am going with the latter.  I reallllly wasn't liking the sound of enema, but definitely not COFFEE enema.  I'll just drink my one cup of joe, thanks.  :)

Oh, we had 5 calls on our house being for sale by owner on Saturday and Sunday!  A man actually came to look at the house Monday evening.  He just moved here from FL for his wife's job.  I think he is a lawyer and said he just recently opened up an office in town.  He said he refused to move here if his 6-year-old granddaughter couldn't come.  So he was told, "Find us a house, and we'll come!"  Wow, I need new parents.  LOL   Jk  He was very interested in the house, but who knows how that will turn out.  So then I couldn't sleep last night because I was hoping the house would sell so we could be out of the bondage of debt and make a new beginning.  At the same time, though, we have lived in this house almost 11 years now.  It's the only home all 4 of our kids remember.  It is an older house, but the rooms are big and spacious, making it easy to have a family of 6 here.  I feel nervous yet excited about the prospect of moving.  So I laid there until 2 am before finally being able to calm down enough to close my eyes and fall asleep.  I hate that!

Well, my parents are coming in tomorrow for Thanksgiving.  Yay!  I'm so glad they are coming.  With my dad feeling like he does, they haven't been up here to spend the night in months on end... maybe a year???   So I know I will be busy, and I'm sure many of you will, too.  So have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy your many blessings, big and small!