I went back to the doctor this AM. My BP and heart rate are still up, but not as bad. She told me to double the dose of Blood Pressure Medicine. I am still supposed to be resting. (Thank you for the lively debate yesterday to keep me from being board :) )
FYI - I will have internet for the next few hours. After that I will have limited internet for the next week or two.
Where is Melissa (username Potter)? She had mentioned maybe a month ago needing to have surgery soon to remove all the hardware from her hip but then she just disappeared. If anyone has FB access to her, tell her I miss her!
I was really worried about my sister, the one who nearly died from sepsis earlier this year. She was suddenly having a ton of trouble breathing, to the point of being debilitating, and the doctor at the urgent care clinic couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. She had been on a ventilator when she was in ICU and I was afraid that she might have secondary lung damage from the sepsis. That kills a quarter of the people who have it within a year, and nearly half within five years. Her test results came back that she was very anemic, which can not only causing breathing problems on its own, but the anemia was also aggravating her asthma, which she hasn't had any problems with for years. An iron supplement and a steroid inhaler, and she's feeling great again. Her primary care doctor said her lungs actually look pretty good, so I'm finally breathing (hehehe) a sigh of relief.
Weston's preschool took a trip to the pumpkin patch today. As I was walking him out to the car this morning, he said, "Papa's not coming? You're not coming to school?" I said no. He asked who was going to keep an eye on him at the pumpkin patch. Apparently the teachers forgot to mention that *they* would be going, too.
Glad your sister is doing better! It gives me the chills to hear of people dying from Sepsis or having lasting problems from it.
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I am sorry to abruptly leave the debates but I will not have internet for awhile.
Someone asked about composting in the winter. We do compost year-round but our climate is pretty temperate. In the winter it's very important to make sure you have a good mix of browns to greens, or you just end up with a stinky soggy mess. We often add shredded newspapers or used paper towels since we don't have so much brown stuff in the winter. That's about all we have to do. Some of our friends out in the valleys or mountains where it gets colder move their compost bins into their garages when it gets really cold. If that's not an option, you might consider making a batch of "accelerator" once in a while to add to your compost bin, the combination of warm water and vital-to-compost nutrients might be just what you need. Here's a recipe:
How to Make a Homemade Compost Accelerator | Home Guides | SF Gate
Someone also asked about how to heal a deep crack in their heel. At night, slather it with Vasoline and put on an old sock. That will help hold moisture in so the skin can heal. During the day, keep a couple of butterfly bandages on it to help keep it from pulling apart. And after it heals, try to keep callouses from forming & buff them down if they develop because they are the beginning of the end!
AFM.... Weston seems to have croup again. Yesterday he was kind of feverish and he actually opted for a nap over soccer practice! :shock: Today he's been coughing a bit and as the day wore on he started sounding like a barking seal, poor little guy. I gave him some cough suppressant and piled a bunch of pillows in his bed to raise him up, and he went right to sleep, but I have a feeling I'm going to be sitting up holding him in the papasan chair in a while.
A few weeks ago Weston brought in some nasturtium leaves and we found cabbage worm caterpillars on them. We've been feeding them more leaves, bok choy, and broccoli, and they've been getting bigger & bigger. Last week two of them made chryssalises, or whatever the plural is of their cocoons, and today one of them hatched into a White Cabbage Butterfly so we took it outside & watched while it dried its wings and slowly fluttered here & there and then finally flew off into another yard. We have four more to go!
It's absolutely beautiful here. It got up to 86 at our place, which is just too hot here, but we all took a nap so it didn't affect us too much. It's almost 9pm and it's still in the 70s, and there's barely any breeze. A superstitious person would say this is earthquake weather but that wouldn't be me. :biglaugh: There is a free concert in the park this weekend, which meant parking sucked when we got home from soccer, but it's fun to listen to all the people walking down the street singing, and I'm getting a nice buzz from all the um... herbal things they're smoking as they pass by. I'm just glad this concert doesn't go later than 7pm because the late concerts keep my kids up too late if I can't close up the windows. I have them all open still because it's so gorgeous. Paul McCartney blew off fireworks at 9:50pm not too long ago, which was probably awesome for the concertgoers, but it sucked for someone with kids in bed.
Thanks for the link Stacy. I have 2 huge composters now (my FIL gave me his as well as the one I bought). We're going to give the law a vigorous raking to get what we can out of that, and DH will save the cuttings from the last mow this week. My doctor gave me some cream for my heel to help the crack heal up. I am using my pumice stone to buff my feet but I do get calluses because my arches are so freaking high and there's a ton of pressure on the balls and heels of my feet.
I used to have really high arches, too. and then I had two babies, and they both smooshed my feet flatter. My feet are a full size longer now than before I got pregnant with Tiven, and now my arches are lower. The things we do for these kids!
I had regular arches when I was younger. Then I gained weight, and my feet were practically flat. Now, they're semi-back to normal. I still have to wear stability shoes with good arch support when I run *sigh*.
2 1/2 years ago, I really didn't have any friends at all. There were some people I would talk to in passing, but I honestly felt like I didn't have any friends. I think a lot of it was due to me being overweight and feeling like I didn't fit in with anyone, plus being a working mom when almost all the other women I knew didn't work. Then, when I joined WW I started running....very slooooowly. Luckily we have such a great running community here, and I've met so many incredible people. We get together to run, to eat, to drink, pretty much anything. And I've been overwhelmed by how supportive they all are. One of my friends just gave me her Garmin running watch...no strings attached, and didn't want any money for it (that sucker is worth $200!). I literally cried when I got home from our run yesterday.
I am cutting out 99% of added sugar in our diets. Wish me luck. There will be a couple of annual exceptions - birthdays, Halloween, etc. But on a day-to-day basis there will be no refined sugar.