toodlesba's Journal, 12 June 2013

Upped meds dosage. Didn't feel like eating much. Will level out in a few days.
263.8 lb Lost so far: 46.2 lb.    Still to go: 48.8 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entries for 12 June 2013:
1688 kcal Fat: 76.69g | Prot: 98.66g | Carb: 170.46g.   Breakfast: Flatout Multi Grain Wrap, Tyson Foods Fajita Chicken Strips, Guy Fieri Chipotle Salsa, Black Beans (Canned), Avocado, Lipton Green Tea To Go Mandarin & Mango. Lunch: Nonfat Peach Greek Yogurt, Fiber One Protein Bars - Coconut Almond, Lipton Green Tea To Go Mandarin & Mango. Dinner: Avocado, Chipotle Black Bean Burger, Sweet Potato (Without Salt, Baked In Skin, Cooked), Sour Cream, Sunny Buns, Chunky Medium Salsa. Snacks/Other: Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds, Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla. more...
4021 kcal Activities & Exercise: Housework - 1 hour, Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 1 hour, Desk Work - 7 hours, Resting - 5 hours, Sleeping - 7 hours, Driving - 1 hour, Sitting - 2 hours. more...
on diet toodlesba's own diet   losing 6.1 lb a week


Hey guy, haven't been on FS for a while and they sent me a message thatyou just posted...glad too see you are doing well. I haven't lost any weight but had tendon replacement on my right Achilles tendon...the hazards of getting old! LOL glad to see you are doing well. Keep it up! 
12 Jun 13 by member: oxdrover
Hey guy, haven't been on FS for a while and they sent me a message thatyou just posted...glad too see you are doing well. I haven't lost any weight but had tendon replacement on my right Achilles tendon...the hazards of getting old! LOL glad to see you are doing well. Keep it up! 
12 Jun 13 by member: oxdrover
I have been on a roller coaster ride. Moved back to WV with my wife and son. Big change for them from Samoa, but they are actually doing better than me. I lost all the weight I wanted then just lost all energy and drive, and was continuously sick. Gained all weight back. Had a pulmonary embolism in each lung (Dr said 75-80% of people die from this) with accompanying DVT. Then had irregular heartbeat caused by PEs. Then had a stroke. Hospitalized all three times. Finally diagnosed with Behcet's Disease. Have lost 20 lbs again. Hope to be able to manage it and still get to healthy weight. 
13 Jun 13 by member: toodlesba
Wow, you have had a mess of it, and yes, a high percentage of patients die with the PEs and a stroke...well keep in mind that if you burn more calories than you take in you WILL lose weight, but do it slowly and remember you are like an alcoholic, if you give yourself half a chance you will regain the weight. (I'm preaching to myself here too) LOL Getting old sucks, but I'm getting more active again. My son is at summer camp job for next two months and EVERYTHING is breaking down around here, lawn mower, well pump, attic fan, flat tire....LOL Seems to never fail. I bet WV is a big change from Samoa LOL weather, trees, everything is different and the culture shock must be awesome. How old is your son now? He was just a big two year old the last photo you sent. Gonna be big like you I imagine. Sure no runt! LOL Well stay on top of the medical conditions, and don't let that slide. I'm trying to stay on top of mine, but over all I guess I'm in fair shape for 66, lots of folks my age are looking at the brown side of the dirt, so want to keep on the green side of the sod for a while longer. My mom is 84 and still doing pretty good. I have a long lived family fortunately. I didn't log my food today, too mcuh going on but did keep it down from what I was eating. so a day at a time, a mouthfull at a time. Keep the faith! Will keep you in my prayer.s 
13 Jun 13 by member: oxdrover
I wasn't familiar with your disease and looked it up, gosh, guy that is serious for sure. It's so rare though that I never heard of it. Do you have any relatives that have had it or symptoms of it? looks like it might be something that is a genetic predisposition with some form of environmental trigger that sets it off. Sort of like some other auto immune disorders or even diabetes. I read a research study from a uni medical center that said that type II diabetics which I am commonly have a tendon problem like my problem with my "rotten" tendon which ruptured EASILY and an Achilles tendon is like a rope at the heel and should NOT easily rupture, but mine had calcium deposits in the tendon that caused the rot, and I have other tends on which there are calcium deposits that show up on X ray. So it is interesting about the family history of many diseases plus the environmental triggers. I love studying about that sort of thing, I guess it is just my medical mind won't shut off. LOL 
13 Jun 13 by member: oxdrover
I think it was the extremely bad case of Lyme's disease I had in 1998 that triggered it. Joint pain has not gone away since then, and I have periods of relatively good health when I lose weight and exercise and then the bottom drops out. This has happened at least 4 times in last 15 years. Right after I had Lyme's is when I had first problem with DVT in left leg, high blood pressure started and then the lists of illnesses after that is too long to put down. I saw a doctor the other day that said (jokingly) it would be easier for her to give me a list and just mark off the things I haven't had. For years I thought I had become a hypchondriac and would just try to power through, but with the last very real illnesses, that I know for sure weren't just in my head, I am being much more careful. If it weren't for my wife making me go to the hospital three times I probably wouldn't still be on this side of the dirt. Now that I finally have a diagnosis, when I start to get that exhaustion feeling deep in my bones, I rest. Unfortunately its the best thing to do. I am lucky my wife is an LPN! My little boy is 3 (will turn 4 in 2 months) and is still super tall for his age (3'9" a couple months ago) with huge feet. He is on the last childrens size already 13. He is my beautiful little wild man. His hair is down to his knees now. He is going to have surgery on his eyes for strabismus on the 25th. It is hard to keep your calories down when you are not feeling well. I am definitely a comfort eater. I be it was difficult for you after your surgery. Achilles surgery is tough for professional athletes to rehab. Hopefully you are back to your current 100%. Good luck!  
14 Jun 13 by member: toodlesba
I had rocky mountain spotted fever in summer of 2007 and nearly died, it was about 2 months before I went to a doctor, I was under a lot of stress at the time so was side tracked emotinlally and mentally. The labs ere so out of whack the doc thought I had cancer somewhere and did a huge battery of tests, even sent me to an oncologist/hematologist but it was the RMSF and I've had it 3 times since, I live in Tick Central. Being a registered nurse practitioner helped me but also hurt me because medical professionals are the worst patients. LOL Thse tick borne diseases and other things coming in like West Nile fever, and so on, they can be nasty...and with antibiotic resistence becoming a big thing now there's a lot of stuff going on. I am very compliant though and did all the physical therapy the doctor ordered and all that. The right leg is still soemwhat withered compared to the other but is improving as I exercise more now. When I ruptured it I KNEW I ruptured it but the doctor told me no, and I believed him, then went to another doctor in the same practice and he tried to cover up for his partner...but finally in late May (the accident happened in Jan) I got as correct diagnosis...and Ii could not get surgery til august as I wouldn't be able to walk or drive or take care of myself and my son works at a scout camp in the summer june and July, but got the surgery in August, no weight bearing for 8 weeks, then PT and a walking boot. I got a tendon transplant. My leg's name is greg, he was a young man killed in a car wreck. I got a nice letter from his mother. Ii told her how much her donation of her son's organs had meant too me. I'm glad your wife is an LPN, listen to her! LOL Yea, your son is going to be a giant! Does he catch any crap about his hair in WV? Well, I can understand why you would think you were "crazy" about your health, those symptoms are fleeting and strange so "it could be anything" and those are the most difficult to diagnose. It is sometimes difficult for even a medical professional to distinguish between the anxiety ridden patient and someone who is really sick with something odd. Me too, I am a comfort eater, but amm determined to do better this summer and get more exercise and eat less. Today I went out and brushed my mini donkey team and just sat out in my hole in the woods where my house is and enjoyed a fairly cool day for this time of year, the smell of the donkeys, the quiet, and peace and pondered on how fortunate I am to live in such a wonderful place. My family has been camped on this same piece of dirt for generations and it is watered with their sweat, blood and tears and mine as well. Sometimes I tend to take it for granted, but I try not to do that. Health is another thing we tend to take for granted too, until we lose it. I have a friend who is a specialist doc working on strabismus, she goes all over the world teaching other doctors the latest techniques. They have done so much with that problem now. Well, keep on your lower calorie diet and get as much exercise as you can, and rest when you need to, I tend not to rest when I need to either, but I am learning to take things a bit slower paced.  
14 Jun 13 by member: oxdrover


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