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November 13th, 2006

Saturday visit to the doc. @ 10:39 am

Mood: calm calm

so. the results of my recent visit to the doc.

I was given a script for antibiotics, she said that my tonsils were swollen which was the cause of the difficulty swallowing, that I had pharingitus (sp?) which was the cause of the sore throat.

I was weighed by the nurse: 318# (298 on the scale in the bathroom) and I asked what my weight was previously: 328#, so a drop of 10 # over 2 to 3 months.  My pants are fitting a little loose then they were a couple of months ago, so I've got to say that the loss is not just water.  Yay!

Thanks go out to <lj-user=njbearcub1> Ed for noticing!

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I started asking about all kinds of blood tests and she asked when I had my last physical, I figure over a year.  I got the scripts so that I can have the blood drawn during my (mostly) monthly PT/INR blood draw so that I don't have to get stuck too many times...  I'll schedule the physical after I get the blood test results back.

B.P.:  128/86

otherwise I'm in good condition.
 
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From:jeffbriggs
Date:November 13th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
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dropped around 45 pounds over about 2 years and then totally levelled out. What a differnce it made in how I felt, both mentally and physically so keep up the good work. The reality of my health really kicked in a few years back and I realized I couldn't sustain all that weight and keep on going. I really hope I can kick it back in and drop at least another 40 or so which would put me around 240.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
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Congrats on the great accomplishment!

The docs and the nurse are all telling me that all of the conditions that I have will be reduced or improved with exercise, so I think that walking on a set schedule consistently is the next step.

  • The blood clots in my legs will form less readily with exercise.
  • The diabetes will benefit from exercise.
  • My immune system will react more strongly when it needs to with exercise.
  • heart, lungs, mood, all of them get better with exercise.
From:jeffbriggs
Date:November 14th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
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my doctor was on me for all the same stuff. And by not losing it all in one big push it seems to be staying off and I have altered my habits for the better that are sticking. And as to walking, we walk home most days now. I can't tell you how much better I feel and I know if I get some more of this off it will make such a further difference. Good luck with it all man. And don't beat yourself up.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 15th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
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cool!

Take care of yourself!
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
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[HUG]
good luck on your quest!
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From:baddabing70
Date:November 13th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Lately whenever I get a real bad cold my tonsils get swollen and become very painful. I wonder if thats what I have? Anyway, I hate tonsils.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
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I think that pharyngitis is doctor speak for sore throat.

If they keep getting infected you might be able to push your G.P. to refer you to an ENT - ear/nose/throat doc and see if they can be removed.

I was referred to an ENT by my allergist, he took one look at my tonsils and said, your tonsils are Huge, do you snore? Yes, here is the name of an ENT, go see him and see if they need to come out. I told the ENT that I snore and he sent me for a sleep study, I have a CPAP machine now and I still have my tonsils, cause, I get sinus infections easily and I'm afraid of getting some other hospital-born infection, so I'm delaying having my tonsils out until we get my infection-prone-ness thing worked out...

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take care of yourself!
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From:hylandr
Date:November 13th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
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I had pharyngitis or some mix of that and something else back in June of last year. (At least my tonsils were removed as a kid.) I think it was more cuz I kept getting fevers of like 103° or so. It was insane. On top of it, the stupid PA gave me an antibiotic that should NEVER be given to diabetics so I got thrush too. And after the doctor informed us of what was wrong and why, they PA wanted me to keep taking the medicine! OMG! I was out of work 2 weeks due to it. Hopefully you'll be feeling better a lot faster. *hug*
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 14th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
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Ug, not good.

I'm feeling quite alot better. I'm on day #3 of the meds and they seem to be doing something. the swelling in my throat is down, my sinuses are feeling better. 7 more days of the antibiotic to go.

My morning 2 yogurts seem to have taken the G.I. component of most antibiotics out of the equation for me, and I'm happy about that.

There are some antibiotics and are no good for diabetics and some that are no good for folks taking coumadin and I'm in both categories. I get cautioned by my pharmacist when the doc(s) prescribe an antibiotic that I sould probably stay away from and then they'll call the doc's office for me and get a replacement script...

Difference with my GP is that only the docs can prescribe, the PAs never prescribe, unless it was told directly to them while I was listening, then I check the script to make sure...

[hug]
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From:hylandr
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
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I was given samples tho - stuff they had right in the office so I wouldn't have to pay for the prescription.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 14th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
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even so, a PA is not supposed to be prescribing meds without the doc okaying them.
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From:beartech420
Date:November 14th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)

I'll say it once and will not ever say it again, I've pissed off 3 chub bears so far this year.

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Please, Please, Please make an effort set goals to exercise more and drop more pounds.

It is a real sore spot with me because I've got 3 chub bear friends who I loved very much and were taken far to early in their lives.

So far I got thrown off of one Livejournal for being "arrogent" and talking down to a friend I met years ago, about his weight. And one retired Chub blocked me from bear411, and told me to not ingratiate myself to his friends, because of my concern. And a sweet young cub blocked me from bear411 after I promised to workout with him lifting in my gym. Just really think about it, you are loved by others, shortening your life will bring pain and sadness to people who love you.

Set some goals after the holidays, a new years resolution to become healthier.

ok i'm done.
please consider what i said.
best regards,
pete
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 14th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)

Re: I&#39;ll say it once and will not ever say it again, I&#39;ve pissed off 3 chub bears so far thi

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Pete,

You among a host of folks some professional and some close friends and loved ones have been on me for quite some time about loosing weight and getting exercise.

I will not block you for your comments.

Arrogant is a matter of phraising and knowing or not knowing your audience and the relationship that you have with them.

I'm doing pretty well. I don't feel starved, I don't feel like what I'm doing is a pain and it's something that I'm sure that I can keep up indefinitely. I eat 2 Dannon Light-n-Fit yogurts for breakfast and I try to skip the sugary/cakey stuff, which is no good for a diabetic.

I have a diabetes counselor nurse from the Mayo Clinic Health Advisor program sponsored by work. Knowing that I have a call with Ginny every couple of weeks has been enough to keep me in line nutritionally and she is a mad proponent of blood sugar testing and has been suggesting and checking up on my attempts to get exercise (or not).

Knowing how I am and how stubborn, headstong and pigheaded I can be. I need to just keep doing what I've been doing. The progress is slow, but by progressing slowly I am setting myself up to be able to continue the diet and I will be able to keep the weight, that I have lost, off.

Thanks for your concerns and kind words.
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From:beartech420
Date:November 14th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)

Re: I&#39;ll say it once and will not ever say it again, I&#39;ve pissed off 3 chub bears so far thi

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Thank you Bro! You are very kind hearted to tell me what your doing. I really don't know what to do about my situation. I live with the memory of 3 men I have loved. Of long slow bear hugs. Of holding great mountians of men. Happy cub memories of loving mentor daddy bears. And I know they would still be with me if they had lived a little healthier. Thanks again!
best regards,
pete
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 14th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
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Much obliged...

I feel somewhat better and I'm on day#3 of the meds, 7 days to go.

Big Cuddly [Hugs] Back!
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From:choochoo68
Date:November 14th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
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hell i knew you were better the way you were taking the hill at camp....i really should do something myself.............but those double whoppers are just so TASTY
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 14th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
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I was actually doing better when camp was open because of the trek up the hill twice a day...

I gained a couple of pounds back after camp closed and a couple more over the Buffalo/Canada trip but they seem to be coming off again, which is good.

My regular workday used to be:


I need to start getting some exercise and not just the horizontal kind, which is fantastic, but it's not so easy to do on a daily basis, when the folks that I get horizontal with are scattered about... [wink]
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From:choochoo68
Date:November 14th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
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well you DO have one built in ;).
would suggest a tredmill but know you don't have the room.
if you don't mind the neighborhood you could walk around there...would be a REAL workout once the snow flies
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
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yes...

true, space is a major factor with the apartment and we're on the second floor. the folks downstairs probably wouldn't like it either.

The complex clears the snow so that would be probably not be a problem. I could find a local gym, but I'm getting too far ahead of myself.

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From:choochoo68
Date:November 15th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
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could do what my ex roomie does..rearrange the whole house every month or less...would be a mental as well as a physical challenge
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 15th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
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um, that would require another two apartments.
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From:choochoo68
Date:November 16th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
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ah just rent the place next door and knock out the walls LOL
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
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a second thought on horizontal exercise...

horizontal exercise seems to involve more muscles when I'm on the receiving end of the activity. I think it's that whole, pushing back on someone and trying to push them off the bed, kinda thing.
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From:choochoo68
Date:November 15th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
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having been involved in that i'd have to agree...especially on all fours
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:November 15th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
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heh.

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