Nana Trish

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  1. Nana Trish

    The flu....

    Lol thank you, @BurgundyBoy...hehehe! It’s Snapchat, I didn’t actually color my hair It’s finally growing in nicely after falling out for close to 6 years, so I don’t dare color or perm it. But I love your suggestions...hubs and I are huge Halloween people, so I might do a faux pink hair style this year! I’m glad to be getting my knee done too. Im getting them both done this year, actually. But the right one is the worst, so it’s the first to go. I had started PT back in November, and the last session I went to apparently broke the now loose piece free. When I finally had X-rays done after the fact, we got to see just how far gone my poor knees are. At least now I know, lol. I can’t WAIT to be mobile!! I’m so excited, you can’t even imagine, lol. I’m definitely not a fan of surgery or hospitals, but it is necessary at this point to regain my mobility. Mice in the knee...I have to admit, I’ve never heard that one before But I like the saying...it sure feels that way! I am looking so forward to WALKING up to you guys at the get together this year...hopefully not even needing the walker!! My timeline for that might be a bit ambitious, but we shall see! I just took my last Tamiflu capsule today, and as of right now I’m still flu free Now if I can only stay away from everyone that has this horrible stomach flu, ugh!
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    The flu....

    Damn, my Harper has the flu!! Confirmed by his pediatrician just an hour ago. I have surgery scheduled in 3 weeks from today. I got my flu shot 2 weeks ago. How do I protect myself from catching it from him? His pediatrician suggested I get a script for Tamiflu. Any suggestions? I won’t be babysitting for him again until Monday. Help!!!
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    Life updates

    Sending prayers, hugs, and love to you, @ktallon ❤️ I hope better days are coming to you soon!
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    The flu....

    We have about 20” out there so far, and it’s supposed to keep snowing for a few more hours, lol. Me and my bad knees are spending the day watching Ridiculousness, lol, in my jammies and fuzzy socks...and gearing up for a long week with Harper His other nana is going to Florida for a couple of months, so I will have him for 4 days next week instead of 3, but I only have him two days the week after...then off for 8 weeks because of surgery.
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    The flu....

    Lol @CheeringCJ...this storm is named after my Harper, for sure!! The “terrific” twos are here, and the storm has perfect timing, haha! Yes, this is extremely painful, and I can’t wait until surgery. This is torture, ugh. Stay safe through the upcoming storm, my friend! Hugs ❤️
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    Misdiagnosed...no MS!!!

    Hello all!! I know it's been a while since I've been here. My lovely friend @CheeringCJ has been keeping close IM tabs on me, and I wanted to let you all know what's been happening. I have been feeling like utter and complete garbage, and just trying to keep up with my Harper has taken up all of my energy lately...but there is no better way on earth to tire myself out! So here is where things stand so far... Repeat MRI with contrast of my C-Spine showed no enhancement of the spots seen on previous MRI, and brain MRI was clear, thank God!! My visit with the neurologist was good. I passed the clinical testing and between that and my test results he says no MS! We still don't know what the spots on my C-Spine are, but we are working on that. My spine doctor jumped the gun with the diagnosis, but to be honest, I'd rather have them tell me I DO have it, and then be wrong, than the other way around. I can't remember what I told you in my last posts, so quickly...the nerve conduction testing I've had done along with everything else shows carpal tunnel in both hands/arms, but that does not explain the tingling in my last two fingers (which carpal tunnel does not cause) or the facial/mouth tingling and trouble swallowing. So back to my PCP I went...begging for help. These symptoms have become almost unbearable, and I'm in tears in his office. So there we sat together, trying to figure out what the hell is going on. He started by going through my medications. He checked the side effects for every script I'm taking. One sends up a HUGE red flag...three guesses which one. @NerdyToothpick, you're going to love this. LAMICTAL!!!!!!!!!! I never even gave it a second thought that when I had him raise my dose after surgery, when my mania hit me full force, was when these symptoms started becoming much more regular and much worse. So he tells me he wants to taper me off the Lamictal and switch me...I said, "Please don't say Lithium!!" He asks why I don't want to try lithium...I tell him I was on lithium years ago. I gained 60 pounds in 6 or 7 months!! So I take a deep breath, swallow really hard, and tell him that I'm willing to taper off the Lamictal and see what happens with the tingling symptoms, if he agrees to not make me start the lithium right away. I can't make you guys understand what a Godsend this medication has been for my bipolar symptoms...but at this point it is poisoning me, apparently, and I do not want to stop one and start another before I know for sure that stopping this one is actually going to fix the problem. So as of today, I have been on 100mg for a week (I started at 200mg), and tonight I drop from 100mg to 50mg. Last night, at dinner, David made note that I was speaking very rapidly and excitedly...symptom #1 that mania is here. I'm not sleeping and have no appetite. Symptoms #2 and #3. The tingling isn't gone. But it's mildly improving. But it's only been a week. So I'm truly not sure if I want it to be a med side effect or not. If it is, my symptoms will probably disappear, or improve so much that I won't notice them. But OMG...I don't know if I can go back into bipolar hell either. So yeah, there's all of that... And, another lovely thing. Since I am not one of the lucky people that have been able to exercise during this weight loss journey, my muscle wasting is pretty severe. PCP says he does not want me losing any more weight (which I agree), and I'm to start PT asap to start building my muscle again. So the PT will be for building muscle mass, for helping my back (new herniated disc, worsening lumbar stenosis, arthritis), and my knees. Thats my life in a nutshell right now. Thank you all that have been concerned and sending prayers!! And thank you so much, @CheeringCJ, for keeping tabs on me and sending all the hugs!!!
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    The flu....

    Harper is feeling much better...thank you so much!! I stayed away as long as I possibly could, and was preventitively treated with Tamiflu, and did NOT get the flu!! I just have to make it 13 more days without getting sick, and the surgery is in my sights!! I sure hope you and Katya get over the flu soon!! Love and hugs!!❤️❤️❤️
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    The flu....

    Knee replacement surgery, @CheeringCJ...right one is being done on January 30th, and the left one 3-6 month after the right one heals. I have some free floating calcification in my right knee, golf ball sized, that broke free due to starting PT without having MRI’s done first. I can’t walk, or barely bend my right knee since December 16th, and I’m hurting bad. Can’t wait to get this surgery done!!
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    Misdiagnosed...no MS!!!

    I’ve missed you so much, @NerdyToothpick!! Still no diagnosis for my symptoms, but I need double knee replacements. The first of which is happening on January 30th. Still investigating the symptoms that are mimicking the MS symptoms. Hanging in there though...how are YOU doing? I’ve missed you so much!! I weaned off the lamictal for 2 months, and only had minimal improvement with the numbness and tingling. Started back on low dose lamictal, and the symptoms increased with a vengeance, so I’m off lamictal for good. One foot in front of the other. I’m so glad you’re back, my friend!! Love and hugs!!! SO HAPPY YOU ARE HERE!!
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    Happy New Year!

    @NerdyToothpick...you have NO IDEA how glad I am to see this post!! I’ve missed you my friend!! I’ve missed you so much, my friend, and I’m not alone in this!! Happy New Year, and welcome back, dear friend! Love and hugs!!
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    The flu....

    So far, so good, @CheeringCJ!! My daughter found alternate babysitters all week last week, and I am taking my Tamiflu and extra vitamin C. The worst I’ve had is a minor sore throat. Harper is eating again, and has been fever free for a couple of days now. I will get him back in the morning tomorrow. I’ve been having awful Harper withdrawal!! I think I’ve successfully dodged catching the flu from my boy ❤️ I’m taking extra precautions with extra hand washing, not touching my face, etc. when in public. If I get sick now, somebody really doesn’t want me to have this surgery!! Thank you so much for asking my friend :)
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    Knee surgery

    February 20th is the date for knee replacement #1 Please wish me luck, and I’ll take any prayers and well wishes you’ve got!!
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    Food stuck :(

    I still get the food stuck feeling every once in a while. But it’s usually my fault for either eating too fast, or not chewing well enough. It just happened last night. Hubby made Italian sausage for dinner. 3 bites in, and I was doomed. Didn’t chew it well enough! After suffering for about 40 minutes, I chewed 3 Tums, then slowly sipped a cup of chamomile tea. Finally got relief. But for me, this has happened on occasion since day 1. When I first started eating dense proteins it would happen a lot, but like I said, not too often anymore. It would be worth a conversation with your surgeon, for sure. I probably should have talked to mine about it, but I never did because I just assumed it was because I wasn’t eating properly, lol. Good luck!
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    17 months post op

    @tracyringo, I have pretty much stopped tracking since probably mid September. I didn’t consciously stop, I just got too busy one day, then the next I didn’t think about it too much, then before I realized it it had been a month. I still weigh and measure everything, but I think I am going to go back and start tracking again next week. My weight is right where I want it, but like @Jen581791, I need to make sure the quality of the foods I’m eating is what I need. And I know over the past month or so it hasn’t been. I’m not getting enough water in, and some days I will eat some veggies or carbs BEFORE my protein, and we all know what a no-no that is! So for me, before the scale starts to alert me of a problem, I’m going to nip it in the bud. That’s the only way I can do it, personally...is to track it. I will be following your progress with the new boobs!! Lol I’m like @cinwa, I have barely anything left since the weight loss. I’ve toyed with the idea of a lift, but I don’t want implants. I’m not even sure getting a lift with no implants is possible with mine, lol. Wishing you the best of luck with yours!!
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    The flu....

    I don’t thing aging gracefully means you can’t cover up your greys!! Lol I know a lot of women that age gracefully, but cover their greys. Not hypocritical at all in my book! I found my first grey hair at age 27. Prior to my WLS, I had quite a lot of grey hair. Since shaving my head though, the new, thicker hair coming back in seems predominately brown, with mainly just my small grey patch remaining in the front, near my left temple. It has never bothered me to be honest, but I say go for it if dyeing it is right for you!
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    The flu....

    You crack me up, @Aussie Bear It should not concern you that you would dye your hair, lolol. I might consider it actually, if I didn’t have the bad history with my hair loss...but I want to keep my new hair just where it is, and dying it is not conducive to keeping fragile hair healthy!
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    The flu....

    Yes, @Cheesehead, they did move it up!! January 30th!! That’s why I’m so worried about getting sick right now. If it was still on Feb. 20th, I wouldn’t be nearly as worried. My doc prescribed Tamiflu, and said to take extra Vitamin C (airborne or emergen-c, etc). The day before Harper actually started having symptoms, I was hugging and squishing him all over his face, so I’ve been exposed, I’m sure. Not sick yet... I’m sorry the creeping crud has invaded the daycare!! Harper has been puking too, but only after he started taking the Tamiflu. My daughter stopped giving it to him. I’m not getting him back until Monday, so hopefully by then he will be feeling better, and I won’t be sick. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you too, that no creeping crud invades you!!
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    Protein shake

    If you're using it to curb hunger, definitely wait to drink afterward. That being said, sometimes I will drink a shake (not very often) if I'm under my calorie or protein goal for the day, and in that case...if I'm not hungry...I will continue to drink after the shake. But I'm not the normal person when it comes to protein shakes, lol.
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    The flu....

    Thank you, @tracyringo ❤️ He's a sick little boy...puking all over the place. But he will get better! I just wish I could squish him but I can't even hold him right now I love that pic too, lolol, but I'd never be brave enough to actually do any of that to myself, haha! I just thought it was cool! I like Snapchat hahaha
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    The flu....

    Snapchat for the pink hair, @Jen581791, lmao!! I'm not brave enough to try anything like this, but my youngest daughter dyes her hair all sorts of colors! And looks great doing it! I will be calling my PCP in the morning to ask about the Tamiflu...I wouldn't be as worried about it if I wasn't going in for surgery in 3 weeks...Thanks!! ❤️ Plus...I don't really have a nose ring either, lol...snap chat is a blast!
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    Questions galore

    This is the furthest from the "easy way out" that I've ever seen...people that say different have never done this, or been in our position! I was on 2 different insulins prior to surgery, but with my pre op weight loss, I was off all diabetes meds before my bypass. If you stick to your plan, you will most likely be free of insulin in very short order! It's pretty amazing going from being an insulin dependent diabetic, to being completely insulin (and all diabetic meds) free!! I've been in remission for almost 2 years now, and there is nothing better ❤️
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    Questions galore

    I think I gained 5 or 6 pounds after surgery...it is depressing, but it's because of the procedure and all of the fluids they pump into you during surgery!! It's not real weight gain, so don't worry Welcome to the losers bench!!
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    Knee surgery

    Thank you, Miss @Cindy Lou Who ❤️ Oh, and btw my dear...CONGRATS on your amazing progress!! I just checked out your stats...dayyyum, girl!! Way to go!
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    Knee surgery

    I'm so glad they did too, @cinwa...but to be honest, I felt lucky with the February 20th date. It usually takes a couple of months to get on the surgical schedule with anyone in a specialty field around here. The scheduling coordinator promised to put me on the cancellation list, and she was true to her word! They know I'm suffering, but I also know that other people are suffering too. I'd never want to "bump the line" so to speak, but I will happily take the cancellation date!! 3 weeks from today I will be having it done. So nervous, but excited at the same time!
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    Any ideas

    Oh @Kim M...that is just awful, all of it. I’m so sorry. Wasn’t the GERD the reason you had the revision in the first place? That’s just insane. Just try to keep hydrated the best you can, and keep trying the shakes. I’m praying for you!! I truly wish I had other suggestions for the constipation. I can’t imagine having it that bad. And now if you’re not even able to eat, you most certainly won’t be able to go. Gastro doc must have SOME suggestions?!? (((Hugs))) And...I'm in Washington County, about 3 1/2 hours north of NYC...about 20 minutes from Lake George