Update on the Itch

Well, it’s the most interesting rash I’ve ever had…according to the PA.  He said it is symptomatic of both a fungal infection (skin yeast infection) and a follicular infection – an infection of the hair follicles as a result of the yeast infection.  It is not related to anything else I have.  Which is good.  It is not a result of laundry detergent, soap, fabric softener, dryer sheets, or my medications. 

So, I’m loaded up with both an antibiotic and a tube of perscription strength lotrimin.  14 days and we’ll see what happens.

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Itchy

OMG

I have no idea if this is connected with my diabetes, my meds, or what, but for the past week, I’ve had this horrible rash on my back, stomach and upper thigh.  Now it’s spreading – to the front of my thigh, my wrist, etc.  It’s horrible.  My skin is red and scaley and it’s these little round patches, almost like chicken pox or something.

Of course, Dr. Google has scared the hell out of me – immediately bringing up Cellulitis or Shingles.  Gah.

I thought this would eventually go away, but it hasn’t.  I had to call and make a doctor appointment – oh joy – another half a day away from work.  I hate to spring it on my boss.

But I can’t stop itching.

Ugh.

This is Not Weightloss Related…But Humor Me

A few weeks ago, over at La Casa de Pollo,  I wrote about my friends Drew and Donna.  For those who don’t want to go back, Drew was an old college friend of mine who I reconnected with on Facebook.  His wife, Donna, has a stage 4 glioma – a brain tumor.

In July, Donna went in for a routine biopsy of the tumor.  During the procedure, a blood vessel was knicked, and Donna had a seizure.  After quite a while in intensive care, Donna was moved to a rehab facility.  Her progress has been slow, but she has begun radiation and chemo.  Her prognosis, while initially was 6 months to 2 years, has now, unfortunately, been downgraded to merely months.

Drew and Donna are wonderful people.  Drew is one of the funniest guys I know, and Donna is just such a nice, wonderful caring person.  They have been in love as long as I’ve known them.  They have a little boy, Joe, who is learning to deal with his mother’s illness and impending death. 

I know you don’t know them, but please, keep this family in your thoughts and prayers, that they may all find peace and healing no matter what the outcome of Donna’s illness.

PETA Can Bite My Big Fat Meat Eating Ass

This royally pissed me off.

Hey assholes, humans are animals too – and its hard enough to preserve our self-dignity when crap like this is now on billboards.

Get a friggin’ clue.  Eating meat didn’t make me fat.  Eating too much of anything, combined with a genetic pre-disposition to obesity had much more to do with it.

I’m glad they are taking down the billboard…but I’d like them to spend a few days on the OH site…and learn a little big about the struggles we go through.

Tired of Waiting

I’ve never been a really patient person.  I want things when I want them.  Waiting makes me crazy. 

I think I’ve handled the past four months with dignity, but now, after fighting for a week and a half with health issues directly related to the diabetes, and then fighting with the mail order pharmacy on top of that, I feel like I’m just done.  The next two months can’t go by fast enough.  I want this process to just be over already, so that I can go ahead and have the surgery and finally be rid of this albatross that hangs around my neck.

But, since I’m no magician, time will still be my enemy.  Two more months.  I’m counting down until October 20th at this point, as it will be my last doctor’s appointment for the six month weightloss.  It also happens to be Mr. G’s birthday.  And it seems like a forever from now. 

When I was counting down the months and weeks before my wedding, and I was so busy both at work and at home, time just seemed to zip by.  This time two years ago, I was saying, “Wow, I can’t believe there are only two months left until my wedding.”  Days flew by in a happy busy blur.  Now, when I’m counting down to something I want just as much as the wedding, the time is crawling.

I’m tired of being poked and prodded with needles and xrays and the like.  I’m ready for this surgery.  Mentally and physically, I’m ready to be on the other side.

Here’s what I still have left to do.

1.  I have to be a six month physician monitored weight loss plan – and I have to go in every month to get weighed.  I’ll make that call tomorrow.  I have the diet from the bariatric clinic and I only need to lose 10 to 15 pounds before surgery.  Four months down – two months to go. 

2.  Letter of medical necessity. – No problem.  I’ll get that from my primary care doctor.

3.  Cardiology consult with stress test.  I’ll call and get that scheduled.  Scheduled for June 29.  Scheduled for 9/9 and 9/14.

4.  Sleep Study.  Scheduled June 10th

5.  Lab Testing (I have my labwork – I’ll get that done next week)

6.  Psychiatric Evalution.  I have a list of doctors to chose from.  I’ll call and make an appointment.  appointment June 4.

7.  Gastroenterology Exam.  Scheduled July 31

8.  Pulmonary consult.  Scheduled July 22nd.  ABGs room on – Scheduled 8/24.

9.  Bilateral venous dopler study lower extremities – Scheduled July 8th

10.  Attend one support group for RNY patients – scheduled for May 12.

11.  Make out a will and a living will (this is my project for August September – the will is done, I just have to pay for it – the living will is next)

12.  Raise $1,000 program fee – $607.26 out of $1,000 saved

13.  Sleep study #2 with CPAP – scheduled for 7/10/09.

I am also required to begin two journals – one is to specifically be about the weight loss surgery process, the other about my regular thoughts and feelings as a way to replace my usual stress go-to, food.  I also have to log my eating for a week along with my thoughts and feelings, and fax that to the behavioral specialist, all the while journaling my food and exercise

Refocus – Feed Bag

OK, with two months left, I’m determined to get to my 10% goal by October.  All efforts are refocused, including feedbag entries.  Here’s today.

Breakfast – 1 egg, scrambled, 1 slice whole wheat toast, 1 c. apple turnover yoplait light

Lunch – 1/2 c tuna fish with diced celery and dill pickle, 2 slices whole wheat toast, 2 tsp mayo, 1 c. yoplait light

Dinner – 4 oz ground turkey burger with lettuce and tomato on 1 hamburger bun, 1 c. sliced zucchini

Quick Post – Updated To Do List

1.  I have to be a six month physician monitored weight loss plan – and I have to go in every month to get weighed.  I’ll make that call tomorrow.  I have the diet from the bariatric clinic and I only need to lose 10 to 15 pounds before surgery.  Four months down – two months to go. 

2.  Letter of medical necessity. – No problem.  I’ll get that from my primary care doctor.

3.  Cardiology consult with stress test.  I’ll call and get that scheduled.  Scheduled for June 29.  Scheduled for 9/9 and 9/14.

4.  Sleep Study.  Scheduled June 10th

5.  Lab Testing (I have my labwork – I’ll get that done next week)

6.  Psychiatric Evalution.  I have a list of doctors to chose from.  I’ll call and make an appointment.  appointment June 4.

7.  Gastroenterology Exam.  Scheduled July 31

8.  Pulmonary consult.  Scheduled July 22nd.  ABGs room on – Scheduled 8/24.

9.  Bilateral venous dopler study lower extremities – Scheduled July 8th

10.  Attend one support group for RNY patients – scheduled for May 12.

11.  Make out a will and a living will (this is my project for August – the will is done, I just have to pay for it – the living will is next)

12.  Raise $1,000 program fee – $607.26 out of $1,000 saved

13.  Sleep study #2 with CPAP – scheduled for 7/10/09.

I am also required to begin two journals – one is to specifically be about the weight loss surgery process, the other about my regular thoughts and feelings as a way to replace my usual stress go-to, food.  I also have to log my eating for a week along with my thoughts and feelings, and fax that to the behavioral specialist, all the while journaling my food and exercise

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