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Migraine

I woke up about 2:30 this morning thinking, I am getting a migraine. I knew it was just a matter of time before it became a full blown migraine. As I lay in bed thinking “oh please, no” I could fell it sliding around my head looking for its way in.

Ooooo should I settle in your eye? Oooo this spot on the back of your head is looking particularly vulnerable this morning. While I keep you guessing on where the pain will settle lets get started with the tingly hands  and the numbness in your face. Bwahahahaha

Poor Hubby has to get up so very early anyway and I couldn’t wait I needed help. So I woke him up to get me some Excedrin Migraine medicine. If you take it early enough, before the pain has settled in one place you can stave off the worst of it, most of the time. I usually take two with a Mountain Dew to really kill the pain but I don’t drink very much soda anymore so I don’t have any on hand, I had to just hope the two with some water would take care if it.

I have managed to avoid the worst of the migraine this time. After taking the Excedrin Migraine medicine I slept for 3-4 hours, it has helped. I have the after migraine hangover now. Bending over isn’t an option at the moment, I have that tenderness in the sites where the migraine tried to take hold, and sudden movements are absolute agony but still feel way better than if I had gotten the full blown migraine.

This hangover will pass in the next bunch of hours. If I had gotten the full migraine I would be having pain, puking and light sensitivity today, tomorrow and the next day I would have the hangover and hopefully by the 4th day I am well again.

For me when I get a migraine it is like having a stroke. My face droops on one side, I get tingling and numbness in my hands, the pain is excruciating like someone has taken a spike and driven it into my eye through my head and out the back, then a band feels like it is tightening around my head and if I move my brains will fall on the floor, I become light sensitive and my words don’t work. I know I am on the home stretch and things will start to be less painful when I start to throw up. But while throwing up my brains feel like they are shooting out the top of my head.

A migraine is the worst. I am glad I was able to stave off most of it. It will be a slow careful day for me today. My hope is none of you can relate.

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Hello! This article is about exercise. If you don’t want to hear about what I do, feel free to go to a different one.

I keep my exercise equipment in my living room. Yes I know that is odd. But I have found that when they are in front of me I will use them much more often.

My exercise bike is set up so I can see the TV, my weights, mats, and blocks are in frontIMG_20170426_114940777 of the TV, I have no excuse to not use them.

When I ride the exercise bike I generally try to ride the bike for 20 – 30 minutes. I do this when I want to read a book or watch a show. I average 8-13 miles when I ride. I am working on increasing my pace.

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As you can see I don’t have anything fancy. I have some old school weights with the bars and chucks and I have some newer weights. They range from 3 lbs to 22ish lbs. I have a 10 lb medicine ball.

The colored puzzle pieces make a decent mat for doing cardio. I recommend something like this if you have cement floors like I do. I have a couple yoga mats, some yoga blocks and a towel for extra padding.  I do have a workout ball but don’t use it much, it takes up way too much space.

I am a huge fan of workout videos on YouTube. My favorites come from Fitnessblender.com and Yoga with Adriene both of theses sites share free videos weekly. They do have subscription services if you want them. I personally have not done that. I might some day. Right now there are plenty of videos for me to use for free. Each of them have workouts for beginners to experts and they both encourage you to do the exercises at your comfort level.

Finding a workout that feels good, that makes you feel good and that you can progress while doing is huge. I have really bad knees so these workouts, low impact, strength, flexibility and stretching are so helpful for me. Oh also, WALKING, walking is by far the easiest workout. All you need are feet. 🙂

I hope this helps inspire you to get up and move a little. Remember even if you are moving slowly you are still doing more than those just sitting around.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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It is cold and flu season again. It comes around every year and it seems like every year I get sick. I already have my first cold of the season. We can’t completely avoid getting sick, we don’t live in isolated bubbles. No matter how diligent we are we still live with the human race and we love some of the germiest people on earth AKA kids and grandkids.

I have included 4 links to websites by WebMD, Prevention.com, CDC, and a home health care site. They all have great tips on how to prevent yourself and others from getting the nasty stuff that goes around.

The biggest most important tip is to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. There have countless studies that show when you cover up you do not spread germs. Kleenex, Puffs, Kirkland, Chandaria, and a whole bunch of other companies make inexpensive facial tissues that are perfect for keeping the spread of germs in check.

The second biggest tip is to wash your hands with soap and water. Every time you go to the bathroom and every time you cough or sneeze. None of us want your gross germs; please wash them down the drain. If you can’t wash your hands at least use handsanitizer it is better than nothing.

Just so you know if you do not do these two simple things people are going to want to hose you down with a disinfectant like Lysol. There have been many a time I have wanted to; the only thing that stopped me is I didn’t have any. I worked with a woman who would do that, not very nice but very effective. Just an FYI this is not a recommended use of that product.

A third tip is once you are feeling better besides cleaning everything with a disinfectant like Clorox or Purell or Lysol wipes get a new toothbrush. Your toothbrush is a major source of germs and if you can’t get a new one at least soak it in Listerine. Kill as many of the sick germs as you can so you don’t make yourself sick again.

So please be considerate, cover your face and wash your hands. You do not want us spraying you down with Lysol.

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/11-tips-prevent-cold-flu

http://www.prevention.com/health/9-cold-and-flu-facts

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

http://homehealthcareconnection.org/2015/10/cold-and-flu-prevention-tips/

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Diabetes

This has been a year of big changes. We welcomed baby M into the family we have welcomed a probable Mr. Navy Girl and son into the family and we have lost an important member of the family. Miss you Aunt B. But the biggest change of all for me is my health.

I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Now this form of diabetes runs in my family so it isn’t a huge surprise but it is a huge adjustment. One I am struggling with. I do not feel any different than I did before I found out. Physically I look and feel the same but I am not.

Evidently my former doctor could see in my blood work that I was prediabetic but didn’t tell me. He never said anything or gave me any information. I met my new doctor for the first time because I wasn’t feeling well for about a week and wanted to see what was going on. The first words out of her mouth after introducing herself was did you know you are prediabetic? That your A1C is 6 and that diabetes is 6.5? WTF!?! That was from a blood test I had in January that my former doctor didn’t tell me anything about. WTF!!! If I had known I would have started doing something about it so I could avoid getting full blown diabetes.

So we did blood tests and low and behold diabetes. So now what? My doctor gave me some information on what I need to do for the next three months. Foods to eat, foods to avoid, medicines I need to take, side effects, the whole 9 yards. Needless to say it has been overwhelming.

One of the biggest challenges in trying to control the diabetes is limiting carbohydrates. I admit I am a carboholic. I love fruit and bread and pasta and rice and cake and cookies and chocolate and sugar. If it has carbs I was in. I am struggling with this as I write this.

I am a numbers person. I don’t do well with exchanges you get 9-12 carb exchanges a day. To me that means nothing. Each carb exchange is 15 grams so I did the math and keep track of what I eat on an app on my phone. I weigh out my food in the morning and pack my lunch and snacks for work. I know what I am having for dinner so I can count backwards during the day. Right now I am on a 1400 calorie 135-180 grams of carbs eating program.

There are days when I literally save up all of my carbs so I can have ice cream (at the state fair, it was delicious). But for the most part I do ok. But I do struggle. My company has a popcorn maker – the good movie style popcorn maker, I can’t eat it anymore. There are 5 carbs per cup of popcorn. A cup of popped popcorn isn’t very much.

Right now there is a pack of blueberry poptarts in the vending machine. I love blueberry poptarts. The only poptarts I like are blueberry and the only blueberries I like are in poptarts. There is 38 grams of carbs in one poptart and there are two in a pack. You do the math they are bad news for me. They have so been calling my name since yesterday. I hope someone else eats them soon.

It’s a struggle but I need to learn to work with what I have. I plan on being here a very long time.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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