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An attempt to describe my migraine.

Posted in Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2016 by urbannight
Mini Hammers

Mini Hammers

I feel like someone is trying to play my skull like a musical instrument using those cute little hammers.  Most of the ‘notes’ being in one area with a smattering of ‘notes’ scattered over the rest of the skull.    All this after someone with me on one side of the face with a rubber mallet.  So my eyeball feels like it has swollen up to twice its size and can’t fit in the eye socket anymore so it might pop out any second.  This is on the same side as the large cluster of ‘notes’.  And then someone has grabbed my entire head and is trying to lift the skull off the spine or is trying to lift my entire body by pulling up on my head.  To top it all off, the same side that has the most pain also seems to have an earache.

100 or less: Making Calls

Posted in Apartments, Health, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2013 by urbannight

TelephoneThe phone sits in mute accusation.  Staring at me, chiding me for calls unmade.  There are so many things to do.  It is still too early yet there is not enough time. 

I have to talk to the office about one bedroom units and low credit ratings.  Its too early.  How will they know for certain a unit will open up?  I have to save up anyway.

There is the doctor’s office as well.  When is the appointment with the specialist?  April something.  We have to plan a special diet for diabetes.  It took so long.  She was booked.

Shut up, phone.

Hunger and Diabetes

Posted in Health with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2013 by urbannight

I had my followup Monday.

My A1C jumped up to 7.8 and the doctor thought checking my sugar levels once a day would help. That day was good but every day since has been bad. This morning was good though. The nurse said it is still pre-diabetes but their mission focus is shifting to more preventative medicine so they are treating it more aggressively as they would if it was full-on diabetes.

I didn’t really start until today (I was reading the folder of stuff and looking up other things even thought I’ve done a fair amount of research online already) , but I’m trying to stay to a 1500 cal and burn 250. I’ve had my 270 calorie b-fast w/ a 100 calorie sugar-free vanilla coco. All I can think about is how hungry I am and how long it is until 12:00 when I can have my lunch. If I don’t get that 250 cal activity in, I can only have 1250 calories. I’m so hungry I have to get it in. That way I can have a snack because I really need to have a little more. Or learn to get used to feeling this dang hungry all the time. I hate it.

And let me tell you, sticking my finger and seeing those really high glucose levels it really helping me focus on trying NOT to snack and over eat. What I eat isn’t the problem. It is eating too much that seems to be the issue.

It is the constant hunger that gets to me.  There doesn’t seem to be much that can be done about that.  Will power is all well and good, but there isn’t a whole lot when you feel so hungry that every waking thought it about food.

Purisalv

Posted in Food, Health with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by urbannight

A few days back, I decided I was desperate enough to look up that sensa stuff you sprinkle on your food.  It is supposed to help you lose weight.  I ended up at a chart some researcher did that displays the various types of similar weight-loss products.  Topping the chart was a very affordable seed.

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This was Purisalv, a chia seed.  At 30$, it was more affordable than other weight-loss products.  It is a high fiber additive full of antioxidants, omega-3, protein, iron, fiber, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

You can put it in water or juice and let it soak 10 minutes and drink or sprinkle it on salads, yogurt, oatmeal much like you would with flax seeds and other fiber additives.

If taken after soaking, the seeds absorb liquid and release it as your stomach attempts to digest them.  They are 7 carbs, 6 fiber, 4.5 fat, and 3 protein per 2 tbsp.  This means it is half digestible and half should pass through the system.

But in addition to being a good fiber additive, the fact that they swell up also means that they make  you feel full and eat smaller meals.

I thought I would give it a try.   They look just like sesame seeds and are black and white like sesame seeds.  Only sesame seeds do not absorb fluid.  I know.  I tried once because I wanted to see if it was possible to make  a stuffing for meat out of sesame seeds.  It did not work.

I was a little concerned  about the texture or mouth feel of drinking these seeds.  But it was totally cool.  Have you ever tried bubble tea?  It is sort of like a fruit icy with giant tapioca beads in it.  These chia seeds do not puff up that big, but they feel much the same.  So it is like bubble tea made with smaller tapioca.

I only tried half a serving with my breakfast.  It was hard to finish.  It is really filling.  So I think it really does what it says.  10 lbs a month would let me lose all the weight I want in one year. That would be cool.  The chart showed that it helped people lose a little more weight.  It wasn’t like it was a miracle cure or anything.  You actually have to be trying to lose weight and eat better.  But even if a person is not trying to lose weight and just needs more fiber, I think this is an excellent fiber supplement.

Cat Dentalectomy – Things you never knew about your cat….

Posted in Cats, Education, Food, Health with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by urbannight
It is a clipart cat skull.  Who knew you could find one in clipart.  See the big gaps at the front and rear of the jaw?  That is actually where cats chew food.

It is a clipart cat skull. Who knew you could find one in clipart. See the big gaps at the front and rear of the jaw? That is actually where cats chew food.

I learned something new last night.  Or maybe two somethings.  There is an autoimmune disease for cats only now being understood.  There is no method of treatment as yet other than a total Dentalectomy.  With this disease, a cat’s body starts to reject his teeth and sometimes gums.  This leads to extreme pain when eating.  But it can start slowly and my friends, whose cat has this, thought he had a bad tooth.  So they took him to an animal dentist.  Yes, such a thing exists. (Okay, three things.) 

For a feral cat, this is probably fatal.  But for you indoor cat, this is actually not a problem.  It turns out that cats only use their teeth to kill and pull meat off the body.  When eating from a bowl, they don’t use their teeth at all.  They chew with the back of their jaws.  A cat can have all teeth removed and, if they ate crunchies before, they can return to eating crunchies once the mouth heals. What the dentist does, after removing the teeth, is shape the jaw (using a diamond bit) into a chewing palate. 

The cat in question is turning into a handsome devil.  He was a very cute cat, but very overweight.  Over the past three weeks, he lost 2 lbs.  Which is a lot of weight to lose that fast for a cat and can be kind of risky.  But he is looking very good lately.  He may lose a tad bit more as he HATES soft food and is only eating when he gets really really hungry.  His daddy even moistened up his favorite dry food and mashed it into a paste and he wouldn’t touch it.  He really wants his crunchies.

 

It Smelled Like Wet Dog

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2012 by urbannight

Wet Dog

Not long ago, I wrote about the pain I’ve been suffering the past few years.  Last Friday my doctor upped the pain medication for the nerve pain in my left thigh.  It has been feeling MUCH better. 

As for my feet, she recommended going up to night splints and physical therapy.  While on my support group, I was recommended a website that lets you select what foot or leg condition you have and it will show you night splints, shoe inserts, and types of shoes designed just for those conditions. 

I was looking at the picture of an ankle from the back.  It was showing the bone structure in normal shoes and their shoes.  The ‘normal’ shoe had the ankle curved inwards.  It looked a bit like a curved spine.  Their shoe showed a normal, straight, ankle.  This made me think a bit.

I stood up and concentrated on how my ankle and feet are positioned when I stand normally.  I then shifted a bit of my weight to the outside edges of my feet.  I could feel my ankles pull slightly upward and straighten out.  I realized that I’ve been standing and walking with a bad foot and ankle position.  I walked through the apartment and could feel a noticeable improvement in my normal levels of good and heel pain. 

I’ve had weak ankles as long as I can remember.  I was always twisting and spraining them when I was growing up.  I’m wondering if I’ve always been trying to grip with the bottom of my feet for more stability.  Could that lead to an inflamed Plantar Facsiia? 

I’ve spent all week concentrating on my weight distribution on my feet when I walk, trying to make sure I keep the ankle in a straight position.  I do have a little bit of ankle fatigue.  I’m sure it’s because I have to strengthen those muscles to work properly when the ankle is the proper position. 

I’m still have a lot of foot and heal pain in the mornings.  But it’s the pain through the day that is improving.  It doesn’t hurt every single time I get up and down.  I’m feeling a lot better. It is improving my mood.

In fact, today was the first day I felt good enough to go for a REAL walk. 

Blowing in the Wind

A walk outside. 

On real, uneven ground. 

Where the sidewalks slant slightly. 

On a hill where there are no flat sections. 

There is only up and down. 

It was windy and blustery. 

Cool and cloudy.

Slightly Sprinkling.

It was the perfect walk weather.

There was only one problem

It smelled like wet dog.

I do feel a bit more pain in my feet and shins and butt and back.  But I’m really out of shape now.  I want to try to walk every day now.  I hope I don’t pay for it tomorrow.  I have a friend’s wedding and weekend trip for it coming up soon  I’m down 2 lbs from last week and would love to lose another 5 lbs in the next two weeks.  I think I can manage it if I can walk every day and watch what I eat.  It would also be a pleasant surprise for my doctor if I was down 5 lbs by my next appointment.

Women, Girls and Hormones.

Posted in Education, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2012 by urbannight

Ladies, have you ever wished you could just hurry up and go through menopause just to get rid of some of the side effects of that time of the month?  I’m thinking about it as I hit here recovering from a migraine I’ve started to get almost every single month for the past couple of years.  Blood pressure meds took care of most of the headaches, but not this type of headache.

I’m thinking about it and wondering if it also has anything to do with the jump in weight I’ve had the past couple of years. When you are over weight, you produce more estrogen.  Could that be the source of my increasing monthly migraines?

Which leads me to an article I read yesterday. Or today.  I don’t remember as it is a blur.  What I do remember is that it was about the fact that girls are more and more often hitting puberty earlier.  As young as 6 years old.  That is still a bit odd but 9 years old is not unusual anymore.

People are trying to slow it down by avoiding meats that have had growth hormones used on the animals to make them bigger faster.  Many think this may play a part in early development.  And that may be true to a certain extent.

undernourishment does slow it down.  And the school lunch program was started because they realized that a lot of American youths were actually undernourished.  So much so that they didn’t qualify for the military during the draft for WWII.  So better nourishment and general health may also play a part.

But I also read another article this week on the fact that the medical field is considering changing the definitions of normal birth weight.  More and more babies are being born heavier.  More and more mothers are waiting until later to have children.  They are looking at redefining a whole slew of ‘norms’ relating to pregnancy and childbirth.  If weight is tied to onset of puberty in girls, then it could be possible that girls that are starting out heavier as infants may be in line for early puberty.

Personally, I think ‘normal’ infant weights ought to be the weight in relation to height that give an infant the highest level of health and success.  I don’t see how saying the new ‘sumo’ babies are the new norm and accepting that as a normal weight is healthy as there seems to be indications that this is already putting them at higher risk of childhood obesity from the moment of birth.

Somehow, the entire notion just offends me.