Staying home today—getting caught up on some emails for book club, did buy a few things at market, then came home to bake apple pie for DGS15’s birthday—was yesterday but having dinner over there today to celebrate before we go to see Hello Dolly at the theatre. I guess DGS18 won’t be coming until after we leave—he says he will be working too late but who knows—have not seen him since beach week.
Holly, I know you are having some mixed memories of your brother today—wish he were here to celebrate his birthday with you!
JoAnne, where in CA are you going?
Got my blood tests back—only allergic to egg whites and dust mites—both quite high. Cholesterol was 169 and HDL came up ten points to 70 so that’s good. Just only problem area that showed “red” on the chart—low white blood cell count. Never had that before. I see the dr on Thursday so will be interesting to hear what she says about that. No risk of diabetes so that was good news as well.
I am getting some weird little pokey pains in my head right behind my left ear—happened once before—has been going on for about three days off and on now. Other than that feeling great.
I gave DH choices about what days over the weekend he wanted me to reserve and which ones he was okay with my going to work on my clay—seems to work better giving him some control of that—or at least a say in it. He can get passive agressive about my going so I think this may help—not offering to quit as I love doing this and am learning and growing so much but am willing to try to offer him options for my time here. I only wish he would do something with his time at home other than sit==occasionally washing the car and mowing the lawn once a month or so is not enough!
Still fighting the cold (virus) . Took walk around the square in Marietta today. Was so surprised to see them decorating it for Christmas. Asked someone about it and was told that they are doing it for a Halmark movie they are going to be filming there.
Hi! I can't believe we have about a week and a half left on our vacation! We had about 4 sea days in a row and today we arrived at Cochin, India. We did a tour this morning, very interesting and not as crowded and hectic as Mumbai wil be.
Jojo, it sounds like a great family trip for you!
Joan, glad the bloodwork was mostly good results. Haha, I have the opposite issue with my SO. He wants me pr of the house more often. I do get out off the house, problem is he rarely does.
We're meeting a lot of people. I realized it always takes about 2 weeks to really get settled in. Still exercising almost every day, but I've stopped breakfast and tea time since we are eating a bigger lunch this cruise than previous ones.
Nice to get a cruise update, Sue. Did you go to Vietnam? Thought that was on this cruise as well. I am headed to gym in a few minutes—not feeling like it today but guess that means Ineed it worse than ever. I did yoga and weights yesterday and then headed to clay studio—first time since Saturday—worked like crazy down there to get a bisque firing tray built to lay my small stamps and things in for firing, formed an oval low bowl but did not complete it (brought home for that), and made a little olive or cracker tray which I carved a design in last night and finished the test pieces I need for a May 5 weekend workshop on glazing. I wish I could go tomorrow afternoon but I think DH does not want me to. Will do class on Saturday and maybe go in after my haircut on Sunday.
Tomorrow I am taking Jordan to a pipe organ concert celebrating Bach—he is in a music appreciation course and needs to write a review of a classical concert.
Today I see my new dr again to go over blood test results.
My cousin in Florida called—her husband fell about four times in six weeks and the last time after three days in intensive care died—they think his brain hemorrhaged and probably caused the last fall. He had had a difficult last year—they thought he was showing signs of Parkinson’s and put him on meds for it but he was in denial and was sure they were wrong. He had lost control of one arm and could no longer drive. If the small memorial service is next week I may fly down just in support of my cousin.
Holly, we are doing Educated for May! Reading Where the Crawdads Sing now.
Dr visit was an eye opener. Wow—I smugly thought I was fine—well, this dr does not believe the lab people set their standards high enough to be safe—she said my numbers for food allergies should be at zero and none are close—says I am reacting to wheat, gluten, cow’s milk, and eggs. Have to quit all plus sugar for the next 2 to six months to see if the white blood cell count will come up. Have to go on super dose of vitamin D and get a specific probiotic to take regularly. Said the low wt bl cell count shows that I am full of inflammation and the body is trying to counteract it—said I am wasting my immune system on food inflammation and that leaves me at risk for other serious diseases. Also wants me to stay away from bananas and will test me in a month for an allergy to that and caffeine—in the meantime I can continue my 2 small cups of coffee daily until we see. After 4 weeks I get the blood checked again and we move forward from there—if it is back in healthy range then she will have me add one thing at a time to diet until we see which or how many are problematic.
I feel I must trust her—she was right on with my BP—she left me at the lower dose with no diuretic and had me start magnesium at night—said it would lower the BP to safe level—OMG, it was only 100 over 58 so now I have to go buy a cuff and test several times in different settings—stressful, calm, after exercise, etc. and if it goes any lower she is taking me off the losartan completely! I’ve been on it since 1991 and no one ever told me I could get off!
Vit D she said was dangerously low—she prescribed a high dose that absorbs gradually. Have to go get scripts today at Walgreens and hit the health food store for the probiotic.
Now will be a maze to find food that has none of those things—today I had a br rice tortilla stuffed with refried black beans, jicama, raw sun seeds, pick de gallo and guacamole. It was good. Had a smoothie for breakfast with a high protein plant based powder—no sugar—with spinach, blueberries and unsweetened almond milk. Supper I am sautéing some shrimp and making a salad and a grilled portobello to arrange the shrimp on.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed but she said to design four meal days and then just repeat—each day has to have a different type of protein so that I don’t overdo any one type. Cholesterol numbers were fantastic—way low and the HDL came up ten points.
This dr is really up on latest research on the gut—read the book that I read on the Mind Gut Connection and knows and believes the Wheat Belly book—believes that the gut environment determines our health. I think she may change my way of life.
Joan - so sorry to hear about your cousins’s husband! If you make the trip to Fla., enjoy the weather- I’m ready for warm weather that lasts all day. You really have challenges with your diet. Hope that it makes you feel better. I can’t imagine all of those restrictions.
Holly/ great picture with your work colleagues!
Sue- home in a week and one half- seems so soon. I would imagine parts of India could be quite depressing but I’m sure the cruise will take you to nice places. What has your impression been?
I’m making myDGD some socks- the first I have made for a child
My cold is lingering- mostly a cough now- hopefully it will not develop into bronchitis and problems with my asthma as it sometimes does. DS and wife are in Arizona now. Other DGM has been with them since Saturday. I will pick them up Tuesday morning and have them til Thursday. Hope I’m not coughing the whole time they are here!
JoAnne the thing I dread most about going to FLorida is the weather—this time of year is so perfect here that I hate to miss any days—and then on the 22nd we go to DC with DS park ranger and family—taking last DGS13 . So I will miss nearly two weeks of lovely spring with cool evenings and just perfect days.
I just cleaned out the fridge—ugh—started putting leftovers away and realized I could not go another day without doing it—what a job for night time!
Loving my new Subaru Forester—it’s as tho they made it just for me! Fits me so perfect !
Made parsnip pear soup for dinner with a really nice beet salad—DD came over to pick up a container of soup and ended up eating with us—DGS15 had texted and said he already ate so she stayed here and ate—was nice. And I had made such a big salad it was helpful as well!
Started a notebook on my clay projects—recording what was made clay type, glaze type and firing—important to remember those things but I realize if I don’t get on with it I’ll forget—have made a lot of stuff—put a lot on the shelf for bisque firing this week—
DS Park Ranger and family here since yesterday until Sunday—Watching or even being around DS PR is like watching a caged lion—constantly pacing—I made him sit down at the kitchen table long enough to take his blood pressure and he could hardly cope. Last night I asked him not to pace on our new carpet because he had paced back and forth on it for nearly a half hour non-stop! His BP was 153/112–so high! Gina says it is always way up—this was after getting him to sit still for about five minutes. His HR was 84–he’s going to have a heart attack if he doesn’t get a grip! They are at our audiologist for hearing check and I talked him into going and asking to be tested—his hearing is terrible—he says he’ll deal with it when he retires—by then he’ll be deaf! He’s a physical nightmare! And he yells when he talks because he cannot hear. Yikes! He is only 43.. this is the DS who broke five vertebrae and 9 ribs last year!
I made a really cool clay project all of my own two days ago—started it at the studio during open time and brought it home to complete—it’s a cylindrical forest that is a candle holder or tea light—cannot wait to have it dry and finish it! I may make some more and give as gifts. My first totally independent project—I planned out the engineering of it and it seems to have worked!
Day 8 off of sugar, wheat, eggs and cow’s milk products—surviving—and feeling good. I found sheep’s milk yogurt and I like it with berries—helps to have some yogurt to turn to!
Joan it is so difficult watching someone close to you do things that are detrimental to them! I remember when DS in Calif. was skipping breakfast and lunch so he could get more time in at work- then he would come home and stuff himself- he was gaining wt, his BP and cholesterol was out of control, and he hardly got any sleep. Didn’t matter what any of us said- had to get chastisement from the Dr. to straighten him out. Now a healthy wt. , cholesterol and BP under control and eats 3 healthy meals a day- looks and feels so much better.
I have had the GKs for 4 days- they are back home now. Wore us out! The 2 older ones drive me crazy arguing with each other- always picking at what the other says!
Beautiful weather here. Got some yard work done ba couple of days ago. Always makes me feel good to see it afterward.