Two in one week.....  

berrigal2 60F
283 posts
10/13/2005 7:47 pm

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Two in one week.....

I know I said I would only blog occasionally, but I MISS BLOGGING, so here goes.

Many of you have followed my ups and downs of trying to stay on the Health Journey path since May.

I have lost well over 30 pounds and I have been feeling better than before except for the occasional dizziness which I contributed to all the meds I'm on. Also I have been soooooo thirsty that I carry a insulated cup around with water in it all the time. But I was patting myself on the back for that too since WW says we must get our water in daily to lose weight properly.

A couple of weeks ago I had routine lab tests done at my quarterly doctor visit. He was very proud of my weight loss progress. We discussed the pain in my elbow and the usual aches and pains that accompany a woman approaching 50.

My mom and I have the same physician and she needed a ride to the dr. today for her appointment. I was sitting in the waiting room when the nurse asked if I could come back to the lab with her. I thought she needed to discuss my mother or something.

She asked if I had gotten the message that they needed to see me immediately about my lab results. (They had left the message with my daughter and of course, I had not received it).

My cholestrol is UP, my glucose is ELEVATED. The sedementation rate that measures inflammation present in the body is over twice the amount it should be. My white blood count is extremely elevated. My potassium has hit rock bottom...and on and on and on.

I just stood there thinking "MY GAWD, if I hadn't started the Health Journey when I did, I WOULD BE SIX FEET UNDER by now!"

I need a new body, I'm putting my order in today. LOL

Anyway, I go back next week for a fasting glucose test. If that is high also, I will be seeing an endocrinologist. Oh joy.

I don't know about anyone else, but I need the Health Journey discussion board even more now.

I'm scared, worried and relieved all at the same time. Relieved that I did start losing weight this past summer. And relieved that I am still attending WW.

I promised you all a Total of Pounds Lost at Christmas and I intend to be celebrating big get ready!!!

ilsgicemru 72M
2822 posts
10/14/2005 9:13 am

Berrigal............I was going to email you this little story, but decided to post it as a comment on your blog.........This happened at a time in my life, when I had arrested my downward spiraling health, but was extremely frustrated at the lack of real progress in making the physical improvements I wanted to see.

It was about this time of the year, probably 9 or 10 years ago. I was doing meditation and yoga in my newly purchased hot tub. In the chilly morning, the flies would seek out the warmth of my tub, and occasionally jump in to join me. When I saw them floating on the surface, I would pick them up on my palm, and set them on the dry edge of the tub, and they would fly away.(hopefully warm and happy).

One cool morning I discovered a fly that had just sunk below the surface. I got it up on the edge of the tub, and realised that it was probably too late for it. But just in case, I gently moved it out of the puddle, to a dry spot. Its six leggs and snoot were all stuck together by the moisture, and I could not detect any life.

I went back to my yoga......About 5 minutes later, I glanced over, and one little leg was moving. WOW! A miracle!........But surely it had suffered brain dammage, I thought..... But I moved it to a dryer spot anyway..........Maybe five minutes went by before I thought to check on it again. This time it was wobbling on all six legs, and its snoot was raised off of the dry edge of the tub. Maybe, it was going to make it!!!........The next time I checked, it was gone...I want to believe that it flew away.

The message I received that morning was positive. I realised that when we remove ourselves from what is killing us or drowning us........negative thoughts and feelings, toxic relationships, artificial food,.ect. ect.........we can heal. That fly recovered in fifteen minutes, but it only lives twenty one days!!!..That fifteen minutes, might have been the equal of several years for us humans.....And the big lesson was, that if God would heal that little fly, surely God would heal me, now that I was removing myself (gradually) from the things that were killing me.

Keep on blogging.


rm_Purloynd 58M/59F

10/14/2005 2:09 pm


I have to tell you that as soon as I read the part in your post about being so thirsty I immediately thought...rut ro...diabetes. If it is, it isn't the end of the world and with some dietary adjustments, I bet you will do fine with diet and exercise. Just so you know...I was diagnosed in Aug, but suspicioned it for the last year. Keep me posted.


berrigal2 60F

10/14/2005 2:29 pm

Thank you for the story ilsgicemru.

I am looking forward to healing. I have been falling apart long enough!! lol

I'm glad I made the decision to get healthier this year. I read some in your blog..congratulations on your decision to turn your health around too. I'm glad to see that you succeded!

berrigal2 60F

10/14/2005 2:35 pm

Thanks for sharing Purloynd. I must admit I have done my share of worrying today. Knowing that diabetes ran in my family had not deterred my bad eating habits in the past and for that I could kick myself!!!

I also received a letter today from our local hospital inviting me to a diabetes workshop I had signed my husband and I up for a few weeks back. I thought it ironic I should get the invitation it was fate.

It's not the end of the world, you are right. But it is the end of my nasty habit world. I cleaned out my kitchen cabinets once again and tossed some of the bad stuff that had been creeping back into my home and my mouth the past few weeks.

I am praying that the test next week shows I'm not diabetic...but this has done it's job in waking me up. I have enough to deal with...don't need more bad health on top of it.

By birthday time in Feb. I hope to have shed 75 pounds total...and be looking at a brighter, healthier future.

We both can do this Purloynd!! HUGS

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