My New Health Journey #1

I don’t mind being transparent with you all. The last few health posts I made were related to me having covid and my knee replacement journeys. This one is a bit different. I don’t have a timeline on how often I’ll update you just yet. However, I will do when it is most appropriate.

So here we go. I recently went to the doctor to because I needed to get my medications refilled. It was not in my plans to get anything added or new. So before we go any further, let me tell you what I was doing prior to going to this doctor visit. I’ve been working to loose weight, strengthen my knees and come off the inhaler completely and use my cane at minimal. I’ve been working out more, eating less and drastically cut my snacks down. The results? I lost about five pounds. I’m not upset about that. It’s progress. So I’m okay with that.

What has me upset? Even with all that, I’m now at a diabetic level now. My A1C was 7.3. Not too high, but high enough for them to put me on Metformin. In addition to that my Vitamin D is extremely low. This caused them to add a high dose pill for that too. During the visit we talked about my weight loss journey and what I’ve tried. So she gives me sample of this injection (non insulin) with a month supply. Great right? No, the refill, WITH my insurance, is still $1,200!!!!! When I got the call about my blood sugar, she wanted to change it. It’s still non insulin. Guess what? It’s still $1,000! Let’s be honest here though. As of today, I’m five days in with this one. It greatly suppresses my appetite. I normally eat breakfast and snack all day until dinner. Sometimes I’ll eat a full lunch. Not often when I’m working. I also snack when I’m watching movies. Sunday I watched two long movies and didn’t snack one time. So progress in that department!

Now I know you are asking what my plan is, what is my next steps. This plan is still being worked on. Before I tell you this first step, let me tell you this and why this will be hard for me. I’m a very picky eater. There’s more things I won’t eat than I will eat. While I can cook, I don’t like to cook. I don’t like being in the kitchen long. This has gotten worse with the back pain I have. You see my dilemma already? I did some research and plan to look up some stuff as well. I decided to try this one meal plan to see how it works. My first box will have four separate dishes and enough for 2 meals. I did this in hopes for finding other things I may like. Now to finish the food I have filling up my refrigerator without making things worse. I need room for all the new food. Changing my diet is the first hurdle and the hardest.

My second hurtle is to get my exercise in on a more regular basis. The hurtle? Sticking to it. I often get to the point where I just stop. Sometimes like most recently, I’ll stop because of an injury. This time it was my back. Typically the infinity hoop helps my back and I’m only at 13 minutes a day. I want to increase it to 30 minutes a day, even if I need to break it up. Again the challenge is sticking to it and not giving up.

Those are the biggest challenges I will have going forward. I do have my family support, which is very awesome. I have a few close friends that keep me encouraged and motivated as well. Hopefully that and my own personal determination will be enough to keep this up. This is the beginning of my journey. If you are following a similar journey or did it previously, I’d love to hear from you and your suggestions.


Surgery & Health

I like to be as transparent as possible with my readers. While I do keep things private a share a lot of other things in my life. With that being said, today I want to talk about some health issues. We all have a health issue or two. 

Some of you that have been around a while know I’ve had ankle issues for a while. My doctor said I walk on the side of my feet and that was causing majority of the problem. Sure, I can assume a number of people have that issue. However, combined with 15+ work days on my feet didn’t help matters. 

I had a very great doctor that helped with that and was able to avoid surgery. To be perfectly honest, I think my ankle injury stemmed from when I was in 5th grade. I was down in Hayneville, AL and it was homecoming. I pushed by a girl that was trying to get a now later. Yes, one piece of candy. The result was the float, both tires, ran over my ankle. From then on for some reason, that’s the ankle I always injured. Even now, I’m extra careful. 
Needless to say, I was coping with the ankle very well. Guess what happens next. I started having knee pains. I believe it was a slow progression. It got to the point where I was was taking 800mg motrin to stave off the pain before work. Then came the day it wouldn’t loosen up and I couldn’t walk far without holding on to something. That brings me to where I am today. Where is that? Laying in bed, walking with a crutch, soon a cane. What the doctor found in my knee is a torn cartilage and some arthritis. 
I’ve never been one to shy away from surgery or even brag about it.  I know that not every surgery is easy. I also know surgery isn’t for everyone. This month has taught me so much about not just myself, but others as all.  As I prepared for my surgery I begin a weight loss push. I don’t knock what everyone is doing, but what worked for me was appetite suppressant. I lost 7 lbs in 3 weeks! More that all the other diets and exercise forms. Yea I’m a big girl, but I’m okay with that. I’m working on those things that need to be changed. All in all progress is progress. 
Surgery is huge for anyone. One thing someone told me was that anytime you’re having surgery it’s a big deal. As nonchalant as I portrayed to be, I was, am, glad for the unrelentness support. I say all this to say, support those around you. Yes, I have family and close friends, but everyone is not so fortunate.  Some get nervous and down right scared.  So while some breeze through with no problems, others are not so fortunate. Keep your ears open, don’t just hear, but listen. Encourage and be a support for them.