Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Here we go again

Welp, I got a callback on the mammogram.

Mother effer.

I've got no mental capacity to come up with something for you today so please forgive me for that.

I will refer you to this post from two years ago to refresh what is going through my mind but replace the dense spot in the right breast to an "asymmetry" problem on the left.   I still have what I call "vacation boobs" which I usually have for 2-3 week upon return before they begin their slow deflation.  I'm praying because I'm about 13 lbs higher than my last mammogram (ouch) between the holidays and a recent Chicago oinkfest, that I'm packing no more in my left boob than some leftover Gino's East deep dish and a Bent Fork Bakery ginger molasses cookie.

Have a great Tuesday!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Learning A Lesson the Hard Way So You Don't Have To

I read articles all the time talking about the importance of stretching and resting your body.  It all sounds fine and good but at the end of the workout, the amount of time either of us dedicates to stretching is negligible compared to what we just put our body through.

When we were in on our trip, I walked a total of almost 15 miles between Woodstock and Chicago which was good for me considering my ankle/foot recovery.  I had my roller with me but did I use it?  No.  I was more focused on using the TENS unit and the microcirculation pad.  Then when we came back, I had to ease back into exercise but still did decent strength sessions and we walked a bit to try to keep any endurance I may have gained from the trip up.  After weighing in, I knew we had to get on it and really buckle down to see results.  I had jumped back into PT hard since I basically didn't do it on the trip.  Part of the clamshell exercises I do with my heavy band requires my inner thighs to do a good amount of the work.  You throw on top of that two other PT exercises that require the inner thighs more than other exercises and things are going to get bunged up in there.  If that wasn't bad enough, my new incentive to get vacation weight off, came with a dive in mentality that has screwed me before.  My exercise schedule looked like this:

Sunday:  Free Weights with emphasis on upper body with a few lower body things thrown in
Monday:  Powerstrike (lots of kicking and made sure to really try to kick high)
Tuesday:  Turbo Fire Tone (uses bands and did some wicked hard lower body stuff)
Wednesday: Turbo Fire 45 EZ which also has a lot of kicking & I kicked high

I didn't stretch properly at all after any of these sessions and throw on still recovering from Chicago and my body let me know in no uncertain terms, it'd had enough.

Late on Valentine's Day, I had a horrible outer thigh cramp.  It thankfully passed rather quickly and I should've taken that as a sign to just hop on the floor and stretch...I didn't.  At midnight, after a few inner thigh twitches, I grabbed my Graston tool to dig stuff out.  Just the act of bending my knee up onto the couch sent off an inner thigh cramp that was the worst pain I'd ever felt.  I've been attacked by a dog, had gallbladder attacks and surgeries and none of them delivered the kind of pain I felt in that moment.  I was SCREAMING at the top of my lungs as nothing would make it stop.  The Mr. was trying to rub the area, even trying to punch it into submission since that gets rid of his.  Nothing was making it stop.  My mouth went dry, I started sweating profusely, my hands went numb, my breathing was shallow and I had to stand up to get to the back door to get cold air or I was going to go down for sure.  The Mr coached me to take long deep breaths after a while because he was scared at the sound of my breathing.  After 20 minutes of consistent pain, we decided to head upstairs and just get me into bed.  At the top of the stairs, the other inner thigh set off with just as much ferocity.  Cue the sweating, dry mouth, feeling of passing out, etc.  I spent 2 hours at the top of the stairs attempting to roll out my inner thigh without setting off another attack while the Mr looked up info on Dr. Google

We tried everything from drinking pickle juice for electrolytes, drinking even more water than I was already drinking, eating a banana for potassium, taking an ibuprofen, digging into my legs with my Back Buddy (affiliate link) and foam rolling and a bath was out of the question because just the act of raising my leg would send me into another episode.  I sat with a heating pad on the areas and the muscles kept trying to fire again so I was up until 5:45am because everytime my body would relax to almost fall asleep, my muscles anywhere in my body began to twitch and kick a limb into the air.  I got about 90 minutes sleep and the next day I couldn't move so I did a session with Doctor on Demand as my last resort to see if they could get me muscle relaxers.  She said my body didn't appreciate the overload and I, unfortunately, paid a painful lesson and that even doing something good for yourself can have side effects if you don't properly do aftercare.  She prescribed low dose muscle relaxers, Prednisone (7-day course) to calm down the inflammation and 800mg Ibuprofen as needed.  I was told no weights for a week and nothing but stretching/yoga and walking for exercise.  She said that other symptoms I was experiencing with the sweating, dry mouth, numbness, etc were because my blood pressure was probably at stroke levels and often times, it's not the event that kills someone but the stroke they can have as their body reacts to the pain.  That scared the sh*t out of me.  The fruit of my digging efforts really showed themselves the next afternoon and my thighs looked like a cheetah.  The Mr would cringe when he saw them and said I looked like I'd been beaten.  Accurate.

The Mr really took care of me and made all of my meals that day while I stayed upstairs all day Thursday.  It felt like things could fire if I moved wrong so even stretching was not in the cards that day.  I wish I could say the muscle relaxers made things feel better but they didn't, they just made me sleepy.  The Prednisone seemed to reduce the inflammation which was nice and I'd take one ibuprofen before bed just to hopefully keep anything at bay while I attempted to sleep that first night.  I got decent sleep but the muscles were still sore from all they'd been through.  I was served breakfast in bed so I could get my meds in for the morning and I got ready for my mammogram.  Thankfully, that went smooth and I didn't have to be in any positions that put a strain on my legs.  Then I wanted to hold a puppy after all I'd been through and we got a long haired Daschund out.  She was cute but way too barky and rambunctious for us so no chance of being tempted by her.  It was nice to get a shot of puppy breath to help heal me.  When I went home, I did as much standing stretches as I could and spent the day resting.  It was really hard but I had to do it.

This weekend was obviously the lowest of low key.  It took me about five hours to get the strength to be able to go to a thing my mom wanted me to go to.  I really only just went so the Mr could get his belated Christmas gifts.  Don't ask.  We ended up being there for two hours which about took me out so back home we went.  Sunday, my legs were less twitchy but still not great.  We sat around and had a good talk, I did a little work and then I decided I wanted to walk for a workout which the doctor said I could do.  We did about a mile and a half before we both had to pee like racehorses and it was probably better for my legs anyway.  We immediately went downstairs and I did a one-hour stretch session.  I determined what stretches would be most beneficial to me in the immediate future and ones that I can sneak in during the day to help as well.  (I'll be using my 30-minute water alarm as a reminder to also stand up and stretch because that ain't helpin')  I used my microcirculation pad (affiliate link) on any area that began to spasm and within 10 minutes, it would calm down.  I made dinner and then watched Blade Runner 2049 (affiliate link) to thank the Mr for all he did to help me in this past week.

So the take away in all of this is if you do any kind of exercise, you need to respect your bodies need to recover properly which includes more than just a few 30-second stretches.  Yes, it sucks to have to add maybe another 15 minutes onto things but even sitting on the floor stretching in front of your favorite show will make it seem less daunting and your body will thank you for it.  I have known the benefits of stretching but quite honestly, felt like stretching either took too long, didn't apply to me or was for wimpy people.  I know better now.  My body told me to stretch or die...almost literally.  That is a warning I can't ignore and neither should you.  I don't want anyone to go through what I went through.  I know it sounds like "oh shut up, you just had a leg cramp in a tender spot, big deal"...it was a big deal.  It wasn't just a little cramp.  It was debilitating and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy especially once, much less twice.

What was the most excruciating pain you've ever had?  What lesson did you learn?

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Friday, February 16, 2018

What I'm Reading This Week #7

Happy Friday all. 

I'm getting my mammies grammied today.  Have you made your appointment?  If not, get on it, please.  I am still amazed every time they squish da boobs the kinds of horror stories I heard growing up about mammograms.  I smash my boob harder on accident grazing it with a free weight.  The worst part for me about a mammogram is holding your breath while they take the image so if you're scared, don't be...unless you basically just have nips and very little breastage, then I hear it can be a little more uncomfortable but not painful.

There's my public service announcement.  Now, let's scan...

50 Things You Don’t Know About Chocolate  (Dig in)

16 Things All Smart Homeowners Do Once a Year  (Better get on a few of these!)

My Body Size Does Not Determine My Ability  (A good goal to shoot for!)

7 Smart Ways to Invest in Your Health (Start today!)

Why I Regret My Weight-Loss Surgery  (This is an interesting perspective.)

What to Do When You're Sick of Your Side Gig   (The burnout is real, yo)

I Swapped My Headache Meds For Peppermint Essential Oil  (I can vouch for this.  Last week I was plagued with kink-in-neck headaches combined with hormonal headaches and peppermint oil reduced it by 75%)

These Everyday Habits Can Seriously Increase Your Dementia Risk  (The more you know)

How to Avoid a Dangerous Flu Complication  (We need all the help we can get with this deadly flu season!)

Easy potato side dish and some super fast, tasty chicken (for when cooking something major just isn't in the cards but you still want to look like you worked all day in the kitchen!)

Not sure what we have on tap for this weekend.  I'm going through a physical issue right now so hopefully, I can report good news come Monday.  This weekend will be about rest for me.  All I can say is thank God for the Mr and will report back when I have a better idea what I'm dealing with.

What are you up to this weekend?

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Progress Report

Good Thursday to you all!  Did you do anything fun yesterday?  (This would also include curling up on the couch and binge watching a show with a box of truffles because that sounds like a whole lotta self love to me!)

I already gave the Mr his gift early for our Chicago trip because I told myself if he mentioned them before we left then I'd give them to him.  Of course, he did so he got a razor he wanted for travel and his snore ring (affiliate link) that helps him get a solid 3 hours before the bathroom calls in the middle of the night.  I saved back some of his favorite candy for the actual day which are Curly Wurly's that I split up between stocking stuffers at Christmas and Valentine's Day and mint meltaways.

I also put together a crossword puzzle for him with hints of our love story so that was fun to watch him struggle with two of them.  HA!

He got me my favorite candies to show he was tucking away ideas as I mentioned stuff I liked over the past month.  Of course, I split some of it with him like the box of Hawaiian Host.  

I made dinner of filet mignon, baked potato and asparagus and a little appetizer of arancini balls.

It was a nice chill evening which I needed after a few hectic days to start the week.

I figured since it was mid-month now, I should look at a "progress report" of sorts to keep me on track with my February goals.

Food:  We did have popcorn one night but it was a movie night.  We have a lot of sin to work off from Chicago and we're having a lot of talks about that.  I'll update when we have a firm plan in place.

Exercise:  I have been keeping up with breaking up the scar tissue around the elbow and I think between that and the laser, it's been slowly helping.  I am modifying what I can and am seeing small improvements in the elbow situation.  Earlier this week was NOT good for the foot but I may have found some spots that jamming the golf ball in until they release may help going forward.  Who knows.

Water:  I am kicking @ss on this right now.  Go me!

Sleep:  I'm hoping it'll be better once I get the new pillows.  I've got some deadline stuff to get done this week so I know I will really have to push it to get in bed by 12:30am.

Mental Health:  Hit a bit of a rough patch leaving Chicago and had a tough mental week following.  The month started off great with friends but then a wave came over me that left me feeling very worthless and unmotivated.  Trudging forward as best I can and trying not to get overwhelmed.  I'm hoping I can end the month on the mental high note I started on.

What's your progress report for February looking like?

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Funny Valentine

I am a sucker for vintage Valentine's.  I really wish I would've kept some of the Valentine's from my youth to see what was popular back then.  Anyone else remember making the homemade boxes and hoping for the one from your crush?  If it was more than just their signed name, you were in a committed relationship...in your own mind.  It wasn't like it is now where everyone must get a card or get in trouble or incite a lecture for 30 minutes about why there will no longer be Valentine's Day boxes from this point on.  You weren't forced give someone you found icky a Valentine.  There was nothing worse than seeing the new girl that every dude was frothing over dump out more Valentine's from her box than there were people in the class and you got like 19 out of 25 kids.  I'm not bitter.  Honestly, I'd rather have it that way than someone forced to give me one because at least I knew who to trip in the hall.  

Here are the ones I could find online that would have likely been in the box.


Actually, I think I gave the Strawberry Shortcake ones, and I'm pretty sure I know who I gave that particular one to.  Whazz up, Brian P.!!

But it's the original old schools, that really win my heart so I thought it'd be fun to share vintage Valentine's I'd like to get in my current Valentines Day box.

(Now I'll have that song in my head all day!)

(So sweet!)


(Now I want Krispy Kreme)

(I actually have this one from an estate sale!)

(Perfect for a tea freak like myself)

Here are ones that will identify serial killers:

(If someone gives you this, run far and fast.)

(Yeah, this will win me over...not)

("Let's come to the point. Be My Valentine."  I'll pass, thanks.)

(Given the bloody arm and the way they spelled steak, I must decline.) 

I'm hoping to get an early workout so the Mr and I can enjoy the evening.  I've got filet mignon, potatoes and roasted asparagus on the menu.  For me, saving $40 for the same dinner is the way to my heart even if I have to be the one to make it! 

Any plans for Valentine's Day?  (Remember you don't have to be in a relationship to celebrate.  As long as you love someone, honor your friendship, family or with your fur babies!)

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Pillow talk and long distance planning

Well, the pillows came yesterday and as per my luck, they are the wrong ones.  *facepalm*  They are basically the same ones I paid $7 for from a big box store.  So I would have to pay to send them back and my shipping wouldn't be refunded so I let the Mr take the one I got him for a test run and he seems to think it'll work out.  He tested it last night so we'll see.  If so, we'll jam them under the dresser and he can have two brand new pillows for the ready when this one wears out.  In the meantime, I'd contacted customer service about the uber fluffy pillows I experienced and he said they were the other feather/down combo they sell for $60 a pop.  I looked online and found a website that sold soft support pillows with the same technology and has a 30-day hassle free return policy after you take it for a test run.  Yes, please.  Plus it was 20% off if you bought two pillows and then if you signed up for their email stuff they send you a 10% off code and the topper, 5% off with Ebates.  So I would be getting two pillows for the price of one through Omni.  Oh, and I also saw at the bottom of the Omni email that mattresses and box springs are non-refundable.  Pass.  However, I did manage to find it on Serta's website.  I had the Mr take pics of the tags and stuff so we could track it down.  Once I find out a little more info, we'll see if we can track it down somewhere to take a test run.

I gabbed with my friend yesterday about her nuptials and she added me to her Pinterest board for her wedding.  She said that they are doing an intimate ceremony and won't be having a wedding party so family and friends can relax.  (She's a recent bridesmaid and was miserable and stressed.)  She said had there been a traditional ceremony, I would've been her main maid.  I told her I was a little relieved because my leg has been in a state of disarray for 4 years and the last thing I'd want to do is disappoint her on her wedding day not knowing if I'd be able to do the things she'd need that day.  I still worry about that but I'll at least be able to sit if necessary.  I seriously pray I'm not still dealing with the crap in a year and a half but if history is any indicator, I can't just assume I'll be better.  It was fun going through what she's pinned in the past week since her betrothment.  I guess this is how you plan weddings long distance with your friends now.  While I sometimes curse the internet, I'm grateful for the ability not to miss out on the fun stuff as she plans her special day.  On the same token, I didn't get 80% of what I needed done because I spent too much time chatting and on Pinterest. 

I started tracking yesterday.  I don't know the last time I did that.  Hang on, I can check.   Looks like the end of September...when this foot issue flared uncontrollably.  Interesting.  I hope to keep it up.  You know how it is trying to get back into a habit.

We started watching Miracles (affiliate link) last night and got through four episodes.  Given the Olympics have all of our shows pre-empted, this will be the perfect time to blow through it finally and then we can donate it.

What was the last thing you ordered that wasn't what you expected?

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Weird weather behavior and time flies

(or tea...or bourbon.  Nah, probably shouldn't on the bourbon.)

Good Monday to you all.

It was grocery refuel weekend, and I don't know if people in your neck of the woods don't know how to drive when it's foggy out, but apparently it's like Armageddon here.  Freeways shut down, traffic everywhere we went, just a weird vibe EVERYWHERE and when we tried to go to Trader Joe's and Target it was so friggin' crowded that we were like "not happening."  We had to wait and went back around 7 pm, and it was much more tolerable.  Everyone we talked to noted how weird people were so we were glad we weren't the only weird ones.  I told him I wasn't up for splitting up the trips like we usually do so let's just do it all Saturday night and we did.  I thought it would make for a more relaxed Sunday but somehow it didn't feel much different.  We watched Music and Lyrics since it was on TV after we realized too late I just donated it last month.  My mission this year is to watch and donate the "WTF was I thinking" on some movies we own and determine whether or not they're worth keeping.  We have the full series (one season) of this show we used to watch called Miracles with  Skeet Ulrich that was really good.  We never watched the end!  It was cancelled before they aired the ending and we were so excited when it came out on DVD and why we didn't watch it is beyond me.  It began and ended in 2003.  15 years ago for those not up for math this early.   Now I have no idea what the show was about so we'll have to watch the whole thing one weekend now that binge watching is a thing.

The Mr got a new toy over the weekend.  (Affiliate link)  He recorded "Here Comes Your Man" by The Pixies and it came out really good.  I'm already giving him a list of other songs to record like "Run" by Foo Fighters and things I know he'll like playing on the guitar.  It'll be a nice change from playing video games for a while.  Speaking of Foo Fighters, this is one minute long and hilarious especially if you know who Christopher Walken is.

Let me see, oh...one of my best friends got engaged last weekend!  I'm happy for her but I have to admit, when we were in school together if you'd ever told me that she'd be engaged to someone I've never met, I'd have said you were nuts.  It's just weird and makes me a little sad that we live so far apart now.  We'll get to meet him over the summer so fingers crossed he's cool because you know, if he's not, it's a lifetime of gritting our teeth when we do get to see each other!  Bwaahaha!

I'm excited because my Omni pillows come today.  I wake up with a headache every friggin' day from my pillows and they are a mix of older ones that should be more comfortable, one that's not that old but totally shot (don't bother with Brookstone's "Better Than Down" because it was a lumpy, misshapen mess much like my mid-section within 6 months) and one that is a month into use and isn't working out.  Why is finding the right pillow such a pain in the arse?!  So I'm praying these squishy pillows of heaven will allow me to sleep better.  Oh, I ordered a pillow top mattress pad from them too which will hopefully be here by weeks end.  I thought it might get us by until we get a better mattress.  The fact that I'm talking about a better mattress after it only being a few years...

Um yeah, I guess it's been 7 years since we got that mattress according to some scanning through pics of our bedroom remodel.  Seven.  Years.  Well within the limits of replacing mattresses according to a Google search and several sites.  Sigh.  Seven years...I thought it was like three or four.  We're gonna be worm food sooner than we think.  Well, my goal is to get the topper to get us through this year since we have some expenses potentially coming our way and then that'll be our winter gift to ourselves next year.  My back would like some relief please and thank you.

I am happy to report that my little email reminder seems to be working for me to drink my water so I'm hoping it's going to be a fabulous February on the hydration front!  Sometimes it's the little things.

How was your weekend?

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