Overwhelmed but heading for the surface!
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Since last October so many changes have happened in my health I thought I would drown. I was diagnosed with increasing gastropoesis, CKD stage 3b, and a collapsed vertebrae under my cervical fusion that is impinging on my spinal chord. The last one has caused bad headaches and arm, shoulder and hand weakness. CKD has worsened my anemia and I get me so tired sometimes I can barely get out of my chair. Iron infusions help the anemia but are just more needles, I am poked with. I am sick of being poked, prodded and cut up. I have blood clotting issues and have decided that I do not want any more surgeries, or spinal injections or invasive procedures.
Please forgive me for complaining for a few minutes but needed to get that off my chest. All that said, I am close to breaking the surface for a big gulp of air. I have adapted my food plan with the help of a dietician to be low sodium, diabetic, gluten free and kidney friendly. I make sure I get at least 64 oz of water a day. No diet soda or other artificially sweetened drinks. A slow 20 minute or more meal is now normal for me.
I get 10 minutes or more of cardio everyday which is usually walking. 3 times a week I am at the gym in the treadmill. Although 1.5 mph is my fastest speed O am up to 20 minutes. My goal is 30 mins by May 1st. I am teaching my Chihuahua to walk on a leash and goal is to be able to walk her outside by May 10th. There is to much snow and ice still outside to be safe for me yet. Chair yoga and strength training are keeping me going. I do what I can and if I can't do something I look for a way to modify it or do another exercise for the same area that I can do. I may only do 2-5 minutes at a time but do it 4-5 times a day. Slow and steady gets me there!
Thermacare neck wraps have become my life line in helping neck neuropathy. Physical therapy with use of pressure points and massage is helping to manage the headaches.
I have a sleep study coming up on Monday as my restless leg syndrome is out of control and Dr believes there is also some sleep apnea. If there is sleep apnea a CPAP will help that and a medication change will hopefully help restless leg syndrome.
I would like to thank the Scarlet Dragon Leaders and team and all my spark friends for your prayers and support while I had to be away. I am glad to be back with you!