Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Almost Easter!

OMG, I was thinking about this for 2 days!  A honeycrisp apple and reduced-fat cheddar.  Mmmmm.  I had cheese yesterday & ate it, THEN thought about having it with the apple.  And it totally lived up to my expectations. 
 I just had to throw that on here.  It was SO GOOOOOD!

So, female issues (STILL!) aside, I had a good week on the scale - down 1.4 lbs.  I didn't go to Zumba last Wednesday (was at the gyn office again), but I did go Monday.  It was funny that I didn't feel terribly sore in the days after that, but at the WW meeting on Tuesday, when we did the 5 minutes of a Leslie Sansone DVD, I could feel my butt muscles big time!
 I sucked for journalling.  I need to force myself to do it  every day!
Last Saturday was the laziest day ever!  My total steps came in at 2411.  The whole family was a bunch of slugs.  Angel had spent the night at a friend's and got home at 9:30am - and went back to bed and I didn't see her again until after 2.  Randy had a sinus headache and it was almost 2 before he got vertical.  I took the dog out & fed him at 6:30 and for sure went back to bed.  I woke up when Angel came in and was in bed, drifting in & out of sleep while messing around on my phone.  I finally got up at like 11:30 when the dog wanted out again.  We did a whole lot of nothing - it was glorious!
The rest of the week's stats aren't too horrible. 

So the challenge this weekend will be Easter.  We'll be heading out to my sister's on Friday night and going out to dinner.  Then Saturday will be the big family dinner & egg-coloring festivities.  Sunday is the egg-hunt, but it looks like it'll just be my fam & Laurie since everyone else will be leaving Saturday night.  Pfft.  Their loss!  On the plus side, I usually get plenty of activity in during weekend's at Laurie's.  I'll be out to the barn a bunch of times, we'll take the dogs for a walk.  Stuff like that.

I'm gonna sign off here - it's almost time for the Thursday night #azchat #atozChallenge Twitter chat.  Have you signed up for the A to Z Challenge?  Last I saw, there were over 1400 blogs signed up!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Still hating being a girl!

My sympathy snuggle buddy.  She's next to me because I was on my side and she likes to lay across my thighs. 
I put a call in to the gyn today.  My female issues were acting up again and being on the pill was doing absolutely nothing for me. The gyn told me to skip the placebo week so that's what I was going to do. But, the insurance company said I was refilling them too soon and wouldn't let me refill then again until yesterday, which made me skip a few days and gave my "regular" cycle a chance to start.  So after lying down all night, when I got up you can just imagine how gravity reacted to that fun!  But anyhoo.  I'm so done with this nonsense!  I've been bleeding for a full 2 months now, with only 1 1.2 day break.   I moved up to option #2.  She did a biopsy on my uterus (just so we know!) and she installed an IUD, so I have a continual dosage of hormones which will hopefully (fingers & toes crossed) slow or stop the bleeding.  Hooray!  But it still does nothing for the fibroids. 

This is a weird thing.  First of all, if I'd known how bad everything would make me cramp on top of the ones I already had, I would have taken some drugs before going in.  And I totally skipped Zumba tonight.  One of the last things the gyn said was "I hope it stays in!"  I was all WTF!  Don't tell me things like that! She said that my cervix was dilated a little bit, due to my current bleeding, and apparently that opening is what holds it in place.  So yeah - I sure as hell wasn't going to Zumba! I'm sure Monday will be OK to start going again.  Even before I had this done, I wasn't going to go.  I didn't want to be doing my thing and start leaking or any of that grossness in the studio! 

I came home and took some ibuprofen and heated up the heating pad and crashed on the bed with the cats.  I'm all paranoid since I keep expecting to be able to feel it like a tampon, but I know I'm not supposed to.  But I'm also freaked out, what if it falls out when I use the bathroom and I don't know it?  I don't analyze what's in the bowl before I flush.  I go back in a month for an ultrasound to check on it, so I guess I'll know then! 

Here's my fitbit stats for last week.  I'm pretty pleased with those.  
Oh yeah - I was down .8 lb.  I was hoping more, but I'll take it!
You sure can tell the days I did Zumba - I have an 11K step day and a 12K day!  Saturday I was at my sister's and we went to my parent's place up north  so we did a lot of walking around up there, for old time's sake.
I actually journalled!  And planned!  That took a lot longer than I expected.  I couldn't keep my attention on it, but it's done AND I have a grocery list made.  I've been thinking it's Thursday all day today!
I slept really good last night, I guess it started to storm around 2, but it didn't wake my up until almost 4.  I don't think I opened my eyes, but heard the thunder & saw lightning thru my eyelids and I thought, yay! Then went back to sleep.  I love storms!

No exciting plans for St. Patrick's Day.  We did our girl's night Saturday with the sister's but I haven't blogged about it yet.  We had Bloody Mary's then went out to dinner.  Then went back to Laurie's and played a rousing game of Pie Face and some Scattergories, then watched Dr. Pol on TV.  We are such crazy party animals!! 

I need to get ready for bed so I can make my 2300 taps.  Keep sending those thoughts & prayers this way!  



Thursday, March 10, 2016

I'm alive & back!

I've been flying under the radar lately.  So let's get caught up with the lovely female issues, shall we?  

Daisy was helping me journal last night. 
February 26, I went to see the gyn and had an ultrasound.  I played phone tag with her for a couple days before finally catching her call on Wednesday 3/2.  I do indeed have fibroids, dammit.  First of all, I don't know if these means anything, but my uterus is tilted and slightly enlarged.  It's approx 8 cm across, or the size of a large fist (which I have so a good visual!) Fibroid #1 is 5 centimeters or about 2.5 inches.  #2 is 2cm and #3 is 1cm.  If there are more, they're much smaller.  They are all embedded in the uterine wall, so a D&C wouldn't do anything.  I had an appointment with the gyn again on Friday the 4th to talk about options so I made Randy go with me.

I did have a whole 2 days of freedom!  The bleeding had actually stopped!  That made for a whopping 6 days since mid-January....then it started again.  WAH wah. 

I was really nervous for this appointment and I'm not really sure why.  And the same girl who took my vitals (and had to clean up after me) at the exam was the one who took us back - I'm sure she probably changed her tune after telling me "a little bit of blood doesn't bother us, or we wouldn't be in this field!"

So my options.  Oh, my thyroid functions were all fine.  And I was only a wee bit anemic, which the gyn was happy about, after all the blood I had lost.   Anyhoo.  I could stay on the pill, which is supposed to be controlling the bleeding, but isn't very effective.  I could get an IUD, also to control the bleeding.  Or she could basically burn the lining of my uterus, to control the bleeding.  Ugh no.  I really don't like that idea at all!  But no matter what I chose, the fibroids would still be there.  The only way to get rid of them is by having a hysterectomy. 

It's funny that before I was all about that.  Yeah - take those parts, I don't want them!  And even tho I know 110% that no more kids are in our future, actually being faced with making that decision kind of made me freak out! 

So.  Since the problem isn't life-threatening, I'm starting at the bottom.  I'm staying on the pill for three months, then I have an appointment with the gyn again so she can see how things are going.  Then at 6 months, I need to have another ultrasound to make sure they're not growing.  Fibroids are supposed to be very slow-growing but she wants to make sure no surprises happen.  So if things aren't going well, we can move up the steps of drama. 

Hmm. now that I think about it.  I had a physical last August, but the doc didn't do a pap smear.  He said I didn't need to do one every year. Hmm.  So these have been baking for around 18 months. 

I really thought I had a powerful imagination.  I was willing to bet that I could feel something in my lower belly.  It still feels almost distended, like I have no muscle tone to hold my innards in.  I know I'm out of shape, but sheesh!  So I told the gyn about it.  She said I probably WAS feeling them!  That's when she told me how big they are.   I really like wearing jeans now.  It feels like they push everything back into place. 

For the heck of it, here's my reports for the last couple weeks.

week ending 2/28 - didn't weigh in. 
Didn't journal at all.  Pppft. 

week ending 3/6 - up 1.9lbs
I'm actually pleasantly surprised with this. 

I am feeling better.  I'd feel a LOT more better if I didn't have to wear a darn mattress in my undies, if ya catch my drift.  But it's not anywhere near as heavy and gross as it was those couple days. It's just enough to be annoying now. 

But I'm back watching what I'm eating and not shoveling in whatever I happen to see.  I am going to town on veggies!  I missed 2 weeks at WW (in my defense, last Tuesday we got dumped on with snow and the roads were icy.  So I played pansy and didn't want to drive in that if I really didn't have to!)  Wednesday I was at a funeral home, my sister's mother-in-law passed away so I was at the visitation.  Then Thursday was dress rehearsal at Miss Angela's dance studio because they had regionals this weekend.  So I really didn't have another chance to go.   By the way - here's incentive to get back on the ball!  And they started offering Zumba classes at the studio again, so I went for the first time last night.  Ugh! It's my shoulders & back that hurt the most today.  I thought I got rid of that knot between my shoulder blades from shoveling snow, but it's back!   I can only imagine how it would be if I already knew the moves and did ALL the arms!  

And if I'd been at my WW meeting last week, I would have known they started this Walk Happy thing where they're introducing the classes to the joys of Leslie Sansone's Walk At Home DVDs!  So we did like 10 minutes of a DVD so people could experience it.  I was in a skirt & flats.  So I kicked my shoes off & did it barefoot!  The leader also forgot and had a skirt, tights & heels on, but she did it, too!

Funny what a week can do!  
Last Tuesday was cold, snowy & icy.  This Tuesday I took this.  
And I have crocuses blooming out in the yard!

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