Miraculum's Journal, 21 May 2019

The television in my playroom/bedroom has died, I think. The cable program I was watching just disappeared. I just see "HDMI - No Signal." It looks like everything is plugged in but, when I turn it on, that's all I get.

I'm not going to replace it, at least not now. I ended up sleeping in this room because it accommodates the La-Z-Boy recliner that I've been sleeping in for three years because of my back issues. (I told my orthopedic surgeon -- the one that specializes in back issues -- that I was sleeping in my recliner for chronic low back pain and asked for his advice. He said, "I tell people to sleep in a recliner!")

This room already has too many distractions -- all my electronic devices recharge and where all my books are -- that makes it my "playroom."

Recently, to help me sleep, I turn off all my devices and mix into a glass of water a teaspoon of Natural Vitality's "CALM specifics - Calmful Sleep" [magnesium carbonate, magnesium glycinate, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), L-theanine, melatonin, citric acid, mixed berry flavoring, and stevia]. These strategies have helped my "restless limb movement." The specialist had prescribed 300 mg of gabapentin (Neurontin) at bedtime, but I found out that it encourages weight gain. "Not gonna do it. Not productive."

I know it works for sleep: Seventeen years ago, a kindly family practitioner prescribed 900 mg of Neurontin per day for diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and wanted to increase it to 1500 mg when it didn't relieve my foot symptoms. However, I was falling asleep -- and snoring! -- at my desk at work and stopped it. Thankfully, my feet aren't as "buzzy" and painful at night as they were then.

It was a pharmaceutical sales rep friend who told me about the "daytime somnolence" side effect of gabapentin! My (long-former) FP was clueless about treatment for diabetes (she grossly *under*-prescribed the dosage of Levemir and just kept adding pill after pill), and was the one who wanted to continue my prescriptions for an anti-depressant and an anxioltic. Yes, "kindly," and probably a good doctor for young families, but not for a morbidly obese, diabetic, depressed-and-anxious, peri-menopausal, migraine-suffering late-middle-aged woman! (Thank GOD, I'm not her anymore! Age has its privileges!)

Meanwhile, my husband is having a consult today for cervical spine surgery to deal with a persistent disc herniation and arthritis (degenerative joint disease and disc disease) that's interfering with his golf, target shooting, and newspaper-reading.

Off to my day!
222.5 lb Lost so far: 62.5 lb.    Still to go: 54.5 lb.    Diet followed 100%.

Diet Calendar Entries for 21 May 2019:
1461 kcal Fat: 94.58g | Prot: 104.42g | Carb: 50.19g.   Breakfast: Water, Harris Teeter Heavy Cream, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Safeway Stevia. Lunch: Water, Boar's Head London Broil Cap-off Top Round Oven Roasted Beef, Boar's Head Maple Glazed Honey Coat Turkey Breast, Showmars Showmar's Greek Salad (Plain), Yogurt Dressing, Kraft Greek Vinaigrette Salad Dressing, 100% Whole Wheat Pita Bread. Dinner: Water, Tyson Foods Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Hellmann's Mayonnaise with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Snacks/Other: Water, Boar's Head Havarti Cheese. more...
3741 kcal Activities & Exercise: Resting - 5 hours, Watching TV/Computer - 6 hours, Sleeping - 7 hours, Reading - 6 hours. more...
on diet LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet   losing 3.5 lb a week

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One thing that's helped my rls and neuropathy has been Thai Foot Massage. See if you can find a practitioner in your area. It actually includes working on your calves. I'm treating myself once a month, because I can't afford more, but it does help for days afterwards; reduced burning and tingling, no tremors or jumping. Not saying it will work for everyone, but this has helped me.  
21 May 19 by member: jeannieselby
You're having a time there, Mira. Keep your chin up! 
21 May 19 by member: FullaBella
Bella - eh! Par for the course! I didn't take care of my health when I was younger and all this gives me something to do in retirement! 
21 May 19 by member: Miraculum
I know it sounds much more cavalier in the movies but I always think of Jack's line in 'Witches of Eastwick': I see men, sixty, seventy years old breaking their balls to stay fit! What for? When I die, I want to be sick, not healthy. Again, just a funny line. Not a philosophy for life. 
21 May 19 by member: FullaBella
Bella, LOL! 
21 May 19 by member: Miraculum
I would try another HDMI cable for the television.  
21 May 19 by member: Charlotte_15
Mira— unplug everything. Wait 30 seconds and plug back in. That may reset the system. If that doesn’t work call the cable company and have them do a reset. Probably not your TV . Sometimes the system just loses connection. Satalite clitch. 
21 May 19 by member: Kenna Morton
@Kenna and Charlotte_15, thanks for the TV recommendations. I'm not ready to give up on it, but I'm getting used to not watching so much. Our bigger, younger TV in the living room is working fine, so I don't think it's the satellite connection. The unplug and reset and another HDMI cable might work... 
22 May 19 by member: Miraculum
Well good luck with it when you do decide to try to fix it. The odds are that there is a simple enough solution.  
22 May 19 by member: Charlotte_15
Mira- I signed up for a 10 episode webinar on Depression and anxiety. Each episode is 90 minutes.. it is a free webinar but I did have to register for it. Tonight was episode 2. Each episode can only be viewed for 24 hours. You can purchase the whole thing though at a very reasonable cost. So far I really like it and it follows and adds to my existing knowledge base. I posted the advert for it on my journal page. I think you would find it interesting. All of the participants are part of the functional medicine community and several (so far) have an affiliation with Lima Linda University. The emphasis is going to be a plant based diet. So far, (2 episodes) they are not trying to sell anything like vitamins or products other than letting you know that this whole seminar can be purchased at the If if you wanted to. One point tonight was that 80% of our brain produces only 12% of the feel good hormones dopamine and serotonin. The remainder is produced in the gut. Thegut and the brain are the only two parts of our body that actually directly communicate with each other (I did know that). Anyway, you might like this. 
22 May 19 by member: Kenna Morton
That is suppose to be Lima Linda University. 
22 May 19 by member: Kenna Morton
It did it again! Darn auto correct! Lima Linda university  
22 May 19 by member: Kenna Morton
Kenna, I know you mean LOMA Linda University. I think it's funny that you finally gave up! (LIMA Linda U is part of ancient Machu Picchu in the Andes.) LOLOMA! Seriously, can you send me a link? I did a search and was unable to come up with anything. 
27 May 19 by member: Miraculum
We had a complete power outage last evening, and I tried the unplug/plug idea. Nada. Next, I might have to dismantle the whole thing I have tied up in my bookshelves to scope out the problem. Or, maybe the problem is just that it's a 15-year-old Westinghouse TV... 
27 May 19 by member: Miraculum
Miraculum— try depressionanxietyseries.com. I pulled it up and it gave an option to start the series. I hope it works for you. I may have to do it also— I’m on vacation till Wednesday and have missed several of the episodes. L 
27 May 19 by member: Kenna Morton
@Kenna, thanks. I know so many friends and relatives who might benefit from this, as well as myself. 
28 May 19 by member: Miraculum

     
 

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