Life’s Happenings

I am so tired today.  I tried to start my 50 grams of Protein yesterday but that didn’t even come close.  I developed a horrible Migraine Headache with nausea plus I was up all night in the restroom.  To much milk and cheese, I think.  So, excited about eating cheese again I went a bit overboard and I am Lactose Intolerant.  Even with Lactaid, I have issues.  I hope it is just the type of protein that is causing me problems and this won’t become constant because of the amount.  I don’t need constant/excessive headaches again.  They were really starting to even out.

I got a call from a Surgeon’s office yesterday saying that my referral was approved.  However, I don’t drive freeways and the office was to far away in location. so I called the insurance company and had it changed to another Surgeon who is closer to home.  I need to call today to confirm the change has been made.  I can hardly believe they actually put a rush on something!

My poor husband is going crazy at work as they heap more and more work on him but the good news is: he just got another bonus which means he already received two bonuses this year alone.  I said “Good. because another large bill is on the way.”  Yep, just the way the cycle goes round.

Doctor Updates& Tush Talk

So, I called the Specialist today and she is going to put the referral in now for the Colorectal Surgeon.  Hopefully it will be approved in time for my appointment on the 19th.  Of course, then I make an appointment with the Colorectal Surgeon before the actual Botox procedure, I’m sure.. but at least I’m headed the right direction.

In the meantime, I ordered one of those pillows with the holes in it. ..Donut Pillows?.. to sit on.  Supposedly, it shipped from GA on the 10th.  How long can it take to get from GA to CA?

Enough Tush Talk for tonight…  I saw. my metabolic specialist today and they upped my protein to 50 grams per day but want to keep the calories at 1700.  They say  I can pick foods that are higher in protein and lower in calories.  Yeah, wish me luck on this.  Weird how font suddenly changed to italics there..but I digress.  They started bagging on my Ruffles, Coca-Cola and GF Donuts but I rarely eat those things and I have to eat semi-normal treats sometime.  I have to admit I was excited when they encouraged me to start eating cheese for a snack as I love Smokey cheese.  The idea is to get my protein up without getting my weight up to quickly.  Of course, if my other issues heal up ; I can start exercising again which would help with the weight issues as well.

My Weight Options

Well, I’m gaining weight again so I took myself shopping.  I totally needs shorts and a new swimsuit.  I want a Tankini.  Originally, I wanted one with a skirt attached but now I think I’m better with shorts.  I tried a skirt one on and I actually looked like a Tug-Boat.  Really Sad.  Even more sad.  After 5 or more hours of shopping (or I should say “walking around”) I came home with nothing.  Most things made me look pregnant and some things wouldn’t fit over my butt if I wanted them too (which I obviously did)).  I found one pair of shorts that were possible until I looked at the price tag.  I really don’t want to pay $21.00 for a pair of shorts.

Plus, the styles these day…have you seen them?  I am a 47-year-old woman!  I don’t wear ripped jeans.  I throw my jeans away when they get all ripped.  I prefer my shorts to be long.  Hey, my butt may hang out of those anyway but at least not as much; and if you think I am getting in a regular Bikini again, you’ve gotta be kidding me.  On some, they make the tops (and bottoms) with strings that can be untied.  You would think I could  trust people not to pull the string when in the pool but  some of my old friends get wild.  “Whoops, where did the top go?”  “Uh..No, I’m not playing that.”  We won’t even discuss the possible bottom string adventures.  Then, we have the jeans.  You think I am going to fit my flabby body into “Skinny Jeans.”  I don’t think so.

Heck, I had a Kidney Transplant and I am eating Gluten-Free.  Despite what you may think..Gluten-Free does not alway’s help you lose weight. I also have to keep my calories up and my protein at a certain level and since most Gluten-Free is very low-protein I wind up eating quite a bit of food to reach my goal.

Anyway, I have two main options.

I can either:

Start exercising again and try to stick with it.  This is the tougher one but probably the best one health-wise as, it would be good for my bones too.

or,

Gain more weight until I fit into a decent size  where they have more clothing options.  I am sort of in the middle of sizes now and it is very annoying.

Day of Mentalness

Yesterday I visited my doctor at CHOC.  Yes, I’m an adult and still visit a Children’s Hospital due to my metabolic disorder.  It’s always fun when the nurse comes in and having not read the notes looks at you with surprise and confirms, “You’re the patient?”  I am gaining weight which is good (can we say more new clothes in the near future?) and they upped my Protein to 44 grams a day.  This is interesting because what they are doing is slowly upping my Protein to see how much I can handle.  With my disease, I am supposed to be on a low-protein diet so technically they are raising it to see what will make me sick.  Fun.

I use a cup to mix my formula which makes a total mess.  The lid either goes on to loose or to tight and and if you don’t hold it correctly, formula goes everywhere.  They told me about a cup called Sensa which supposedly has a ball in it that helps to mix the formula as well as has a better lid so I ordered one yesterday.  I also get to try a formula which is already mixed up.  I like the idea of it being already mixed up provided it doesn’t taste like crap.

After the doctor appointment yesterday, I had a Therapist appointment in the afternoon.

So, my day yesterday was really mental.

I am so happy my marriage is going well right now.  I love my husband so much.

The issues I deal with now have to do with my family.  Choices they have made which affect me indirectly but also directly in a way because I used to be semi-close to one of these relatives and I will really miss one of them.  Have you ever seen the movie, ‘South Pacific?’  There’s a song I’m thinking of now… this is the part I remember that relates.

“You’ve got to be taught before it’s to late.  Before you are 6 or 7 or 8.

To hate all the people your relatives hate, You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be carefully taught.”

The other mental aspect now is the person in my mind that will be… until I know for sure that he is dead.

Needless to say, today I need to get dressed and partake in some physical activities.  I do have one more doc appointment as well.  this one I am looking forward to a bit as I am sincerely hoping for some help.

Different Things

My doctors have upped my protein to 40 grams a day which should be interesting considering it was a bit tough to get 36 but they want me to start drinking Soy Milk to help out.

Yesterday was a really good day health wise and today seems to be starting off well too.  I threw some Chicken in the Crock-Pot for my husband and made his favorite potato’s for dinner for him last night.

We booked our hotel for our trip.  Primm Valley is also called State-Line as it is bordering the states of California/Nevada.  The hotel we chose is the same hotel my dad used to stop at all the time on the way back from Vegas.  Maybe it will bring me/us some luck.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

We are having 3 people come tomorrow to  give us estimates on refinishing the wood floors.  We are having wood floors done in our Hallway & Living Room areas.  I have to totally clear out and sweep the Library though (my Hoarder Room, as my husband likes to call it ) because that room already has wood floor so that will have to be the sample room.  So  cleaning that room, even if it means putting everything in closets, is my main goal of the day.

Back To My New Normal

I am so thankful to be over my food poisoning scare and back to normal.  Okay, not normal exactly because my new normal is now a Gluten Free/Wheat Free diet.  But wait, Wheat is Gluten, correct?  so if I say Gluten-Free, I really don’t need to say Wheat-Free or I am being redundant?  The problem I find with this diet is getting my protein/calorie requirement.  It is super tough.

Today, I think I came in super close on the Protein but I am not sure on the Calories.  The last few days I have done good on the calories and sucked on the Protein.

We went to a restaurant/pub that has a Regular andGluten-Free menu which worked really well for both my husband and I;  but I probably should have ordered the Chicken Wings.  The Grilled Artichoke and Fries were delicious and the Aioli Sauce was yummy but there was hardly any Protein in any of it.

Better For Each Other

One of the low-protein food companies I order from sent me a  ree cake mix for my Birthday so I whipped up a cake.  This is the first cake I’ve ever made that has no Eggs and is Soy based.  The batter was good anyway so..

I talked to a friend last night who has Propionic like I do and she also gets diarrhea when her Protein is off.  To bad we never really discussed this before because it’s good to know that it affects us all.  I’ve been doing a lot better monitoring that thanks to Spark Fitness.

I’ve been kidding around with my husband since he joined a gym.  I don’t know if I mentioned that he accidentally broke the main line of our Jacuzzi and instead of spending lots of money to get it fixed, he decided to join the local gym which has one.  I was teasing that now he is going to get all buff and in shape and not be attracted to me anymore.  Truth is, I just cannot exercise right now.  I am way to uncomfortable but as soon as I get these stupid Hemorrhoids taken care of I plan to get back on track, myself.  I have an Exercise Bicycle here and DVD’s and a Jump Rope,  plus, there is a nearby park.  Of course, there is also Curves which I’ve considered but I would really have to check that out and make a commitment for that.  But, in the future, I think we will both be on the right track.