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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:17 am

Well, my journey continues in my efforts to reach a personal best in every area in my life.
I'm always reading and trying to increase my knowledge of health issues and the nutrition that helps mitigate such.  Not professionally, but, I have heard that those who have health issues often become pretty good authorities on the particular issue, esp. when it comes to nutrition.  Was just on the edge of overcoming the last challenge - Adrenal dysfunction due to massive emotional stress.  Then I tripped on a jutting piece of asphalt about 3 weeks ago while on one of my evening urban walks.  Well, that took a serious turn.

My last few MDA journal posts center around this next health challenge - A severely sprained ankle with a resulting deep vein thrombosis and the horrible support I'm getting from the health "care" system I'm caught in.  So far, my foot and ankle is healing a little bit more each day.  It's responding very well to elevation and the drastic change in diet. A little knowledge goes a loooong way.  Have gone back to somewhat Primal eating on a drastically simplified diet.  Applying what I've known for awhile: Dropped the processed sugar, drink about 70ish ounces of water a day and try not to sit for more than an hour without getting up and hobbling to the bathroom, kitchen or even out to the garden when I feel up to it.  Drinking a ton of water, certainly, helps with that. Being caregiver to my 88 year old mom has been the most frustrating part. The worry if something happens to her while I'm indisposed is in the back of my mind.  I am thankful she is okay, now.  Tomorrow she gets a checkup.

First time in my life I had to hire help to clean the house. An irritation and a good bit of relief at the same time.  Having to learn to ask for help has been a trial, I'm used to taking care of all my own and my mom's business.  I hate to bother people. But, some dear friends and even dearer cousins have been wonderful and made it easier for me to transition to a much reduced life with a little assistance for the moment.  I won't forget their kindness.

The swelling was quite bad last week and hurt when I put my foot down in the mornings as I felt the fluid trickle in and painfully expand the skin on my foot and calf.  Now, 4 days with the pain gone, swelling only when I stand or have to crutch around for a few hours.  Am very grateful for my body's insistence on protect and repair (swelling and pain) the messed up ankle while I wait for specialists to make time for me.  Fortunately, it knows exactly what to do and I must be patient.  The donut of inflammation around my ankle is ever so slowly reducing, but, I cannot put weight on that foot.  A month will have passed before I see an actual orthopedic doctor for evaluation.  So much for urgent referrals.

My journal will be all sorts of experiences and all the knowledge I acquire that helps me promote a healthier, stronger body.  Thanks for visiting.  :]
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Post by jeangenie on Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:55 am

You are doing well with all this to cope with. Enjoy watching someone else do your housework. It is good to let go a bit when you need to.
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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:12 am

I hear you on asking for help being hard. It's something I struggle with daily. However over the years with DH's illness I've learned, somewhat to do that. My DMIL comes weekly to do DH's laundry and do some cleaning for me. It's her way to help.

As to your ankle, I did that to mine years ago. I too was on crutches etc. A good friend to had it happen to him, passed on information from his PT that I will pass along here.

For now, with your leg up, start writting the alphabet with your toes. Doing this helps with range of motion. I won't lie, in the beginning it hurts like heck, but it helps so much with healing. Try once a day and move up to a few times a day as tolerated. Once you can have your leg lower, you can do it with your leg down as well. Doesn't really matter. It was huge in my recovery.

I hope that can help.

Grok on
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:18 pm

Thanks Jeangenie, Narrowminded,

That's a good way to look at it. I think because I have particular way of doing stuff, have to ignore the slight OCD that creeps in. :]

I will start to try these. I suppose after a month it's a good time to start. The donut of swelling restricts movement. Once I know how extensive or not the damage is, I'll feel a bit more confident as to how much more movement therapy I can do.
Thanks for the info, NM.

This morning woke up with a start as the swollen ankle calf spasmed and threatened to cramp. I can't stretch that leg because of the restricted movement of the damaged area around the joint. I have been dealing with adrenal issues for over 2 years and when ever stressed I begin to lose ability to hold onto water. This coupled with magnesium therapy to alleviate the chronic severe constipation I've been dealing with over 10 years. Last night took a high load of mag to keep from backing up. MY theory is that since mag draws water to your intestines it pulls it from the rest of your body and hence the cramps.

As soon as I was able, I took an electrolyte tab and downed it with lightly salted water. It seems to have calmed down, but , somewhat sore. While I still have jumping muscles twitches, I think I'm safe from the more severe ones. It doesn't help that my foot is locked in one position while in the boot for travel. I think my calf has had enough.

Friend is coming over to take me and mum to Doctors in a bit. Hope she checks out okay.
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Post by Meant2Move on Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:06 pm

I hope the Dr visit went well.

I second NM's suggesting about doing the alphabet. Forward and backward or upper and lower case. Don't overdue it!!!!!

Sorry about those leg cramps too, I know how nasty it is to wake up with one of those!

Glad you are here and that you are seeing little bits of healing progress.

Hugs!
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:24 am

Hi M2M,
Yes!  
Today was my trip to  the Ortho Doc. After one long month. At my Doc visits all I get is Doc assistants, but, he was good.  He tested my foot by moving foot inward, outward, up, down. I pressed against his hand on either side.  No pain.  Was checked by pressing all around joint and no pain from exam (thank the Maker!).  Only tightness from lack of use.  He said stuck toeies are from lack of use and foot being suspended for the 4 weeks.   I even got an arch while good foot is flatter.  And all symptoms are normal for injury - spasm and some swelling.  Hard to tell which is ankle injury and which is DVT.

I stood, for the 1st time since I bent my ankle, in the ortho office and put all my weight on the foot (even lifted other foot) and it held with no pain.  Walked around barefoot a few steps. Hallelujah!!
Very Happy  I'm so so so so so thankful and happy!  In a few days I'll be able to drive myself on my errands and appointments.  

So, I gets phys therp. in a couple weeks and a smaller brace for stabilization.   I already have 2 I bought  off Amazon, so I can transition into them right away.

I've also, had a sad discovery this morning. I lost one of my beloved orchids in the time I was unable to attend them.  I found it's pot tossed over on the floor and no plant. It was probably beyond desiccated and all that was left was debris in the dirt. I was heartbroken. I had grown it for over 7 years. SO bummed as it always gave freely, so many flowers every year.
I will miss this little cutie.

I'm back to tending my many other green treasures.
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Post by perennialpam on Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:15 am

Other than the orchid, good news all around.
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Post by Lovebird on Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:07 am

Hey babe, I'm here! Smile

Sorry about the orchid gone... so nice to hear everything else is finally looking good again. Such great news.
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Post by Narrowminded on Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:44 pm

Good news from the Dr., that's awesome.

So sorry about the orchid. What a bummer.

Grok on my friend!
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Post by Meant2Move on Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:54 pm

So very pleased for the good news from the doc and that you sound more hopeful and upbeat. (Not that you didn't have every right to be frustrated and upset, and expressing that is a supportive place is important!)

Take pleasure in tending your plants, they give so much back in beauty.
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:19 pm

HI LB!!!  SO glad you made it over!   cheers I"m looking forward to your journal entries!! Very Happy

Thanks NM, M2M,
Hate losing plants because I feel so responsible for them. Replacing sometimes impossible.  They could have the same name, but, even clones can vary depending how well they were sampled.  I enjoy gaining knowledge and learning to grow tropicals in a my particular  environment such as Southern California is a rewarding endevour.  My rain barrels are slowly emptying as I use it for the orchid princesses.  Time to wash them out and have them ready for the next (hopefully lots of rain this winter) downpour.  

Well, yet, another frustrating policy of baloney. Still don't know what my INR warfarin levels are.   The NP left a message days before advising me to increase my dosage without inquiring as to diet, activity level or explaining how highly sensitive the drug is to dark green leafy vegetables because of the Vit K content.   Was also told to make an appointment in January for follow-up!!!!  INR levels change in 3-4 days. If the level is not right, chance of growing clot or internal hemorrhaging is very possible.  I called to get my lab info. The lab assistant at the Docs office refused to give me the numbers over the phone.  I have to wait for Nurse Practitioner to call. Incredible.  3 weeks without any monitoring of the anti-coagulant levels in my blood and me the owner of the blood on those labs is not "authorized" to know what that is.

This is considered healthcare.


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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:33 pm

Transitioned to the ankle brace this morning.  Had a bit of scrounging to find shoes that fit the brace and my foot.  Some large tough Salomon hikers and a pair of dusty Dearfoam fuzzy slippers with dingle balls I found under the bed.  Smile  

Stepping on the ground and spreading my toes is a strange experience. It feels good, but, stiff.  I can't walk naturally, yet because, as tried to land the toes my calf began to painfully spasm!  So, am breaking down the walk process into smaller bites.
Will work on letting my calf stretch gently as I transfer weight to the other foot. But, will not point toe on the landing just yet.  I'm thinking gentle reintroduction to movement in sections.  :]


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Post by Meant2Move on Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:04 pm

There ya go - slow and steady. Be gentle and kind to yourself and that poor leg.

I am so surprised about the testing, my mom goes in every week I think...
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:41 am

Thank you M2M,

Yes, Very!   I find it immensely unacceptable and am going to go in person to get my medical information.  Once a week is the safe way.

This first day with the brace, I spent walking about, doing house things, heating and serving mom and me food etc.  As the day went by the ankle and toes loosened by tiny degrees and the calf stopped protesting it's call to use after 4 weeks of idleness.  Well, this evening around 10:30 pm I decided to remove the brace and elevate and do some movement exercises while the leg rested.  To my massive delight the calf had NOT swelled!!!  Everyday until yesterday ankle and lower calf would swell about an inch or so from gravity and walking upright in the boot for the couple of hours I needed to do things.

Indeed, as soon as you use the limb as it's meant to, things begin to go as they should.  What I'm so relieved about is this is an excellent sign that the clot may be shrinking!  With movement comes circulation and this is the push my vein needed to start the clearing up.  Once again, I am so grateful that my body is doing what it's designed to do despite not been supported by the PCP assigned me.  I am passing the danger point with this condition and coming out the other side.  Thankful to God.
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Post by Annieh on Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:47 am

That is very good news. Keep getting well. God bless.
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Post by perennialpam on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:49 am

Good news other than the orchid.  

I received a gift of amayrillas last Christmas and I remembered to begin watering the bulbs just before I left on my last camp.  When I got home, 4 were beginning to regrow. Initially there were 8 bulbs.  I threw out 2 of the other 4 since they looked sad. Good gravy they have now begun blooming.  Thankfully I still had my trash bag and pulled out the other 2 that I expect will start too.  Flowers at Christmas are always nice.  My Christmas Cactus began blooming at Thanksgiving and will be done soon.  haha

Have a great weekend.
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Post by Lovebird on Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:57 am

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Post by Narrowminded on Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:11 pm

HFF totally acceptable on the blood work. The lab we use here does have an online function you can sign up for and see all your info. Maybe check into that if you can.

Happy to hear the walking went well for the first day and that your leg seemed happy tonight even though it didn’t enjoy the wake up call this morning.

Grok on my friend
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:07 am

Today was a total waste of time, a frustrating attempt to change my insurance plan. I drove myself, this time, to the DPSS building. I forgot how much you have to push the brake to stop the car! Had tt park a block and a half away. I took slow small steps and took one crutch for stability, but, was basically walking without it's assistance.

I can't get off Medi-Cal, unless I sign a paper saying I give it up entirely and would not get subsidy for monthly premiums. I made a bit more than last year and was hoping to go on Covered California. A prediction is made. Won't ever be exactly the same because I don't work regular hours. It's freelance, subcontract work and the case-worker just didn't know how to work with that. The last MedCal assistant added all together than divided by 12. This one wants a letter from the school explaining the 2 week pay for the 10 week class. Didn't even want accept the copy of the check I receive. Wasn't considered proof. Stupid, It's income. I don't make regular week to week salary, but, I have the documents of income. F* me it's maddening, she didn't want it.

I don't understand how one month of income equal to almost my entire Medi-Cal limit for one year doesn't count as a projected income estimate for the following year! That 13 day stint doesn't count for me to move to Covered Cal because it was October's months earnings, I could have moved then?! But not November where I'm not working. I had proof, documents, bank statement. I'm trapped in this shit web of health care because they won't take time to figure it out.. SO frustrating. I hate this system, I hate this convoluted bloated shit of a system.

NM, yah, I think that's where this is going. Self monitoring at 35 dollars a pop. I'm going to change these providers and try to land on a somewhat better group. All of the public assistance groups are like cattle calls.

Thank you Annieh. Thanks be to God that the improvements to both issues are noticeable each day on their own despite the lousy handling of my health case.

PPam, I'm glad you saved the bulbs. They come back for me every year in the springtime. It is lovely to be surrounded by big blooms during the winter. They, also, have their own unique scent of "green" that's nice.

LB, will check it out. Thank you.
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Post by Narrowminded on Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:16 am

HFF hugs to you are you try to work through this upside down system of healthcare. Not wanting to upset others here, but IMO I have retitled it as the "uncaring, unaffordable act" that is what it has been for us and others and you are right there adding to those thoughts.

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Post by Lovebird on Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:47 am

Frustrating, to say the least... where are they when you need them? Have faith babe. *hugs*

youtube.com/watch?v=2VGp0Gg0Qv4 no direct linking yet, but thought I'd share: Timi Yuro, so beautiful...
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Post by Rig D on Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:50 am

I'm on Medicare now, but Obamacare (the Un-affordable care act) caused no end of trouble for us as my wife lost her company plan, we lost our our MD and our pharmacy. She's now also on Medicare so one annual PITA we don't have anymore.

HFF, I feel your frustration with getting things worked out and having to deal with the California medical bureaucracy. I hope you can get it all resolved satisfactorily and still retain sanity.

If you don't like the current program, and I don't, be sure to be vocal with whoever your state/fed reps & senators are, because you know that if and when "repeal and replace" comes, it will also most likely have even more government involvement in how you live your daily life.
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:22 pm

ACA has been a mess from the start.  Basically, just don't get sick or break something while living here…and you'll be alright.    Glad the better program has kicked in for both of you, RigD.

Thanks for the link LB.  Those oldies sure bring a distinct sentiment with them

Well,  yesterday I showed up at the doctor's office without an appointment.   I asked for a copy of my records and said the call from the NP, expected 2 days ago, never came.  I wanted to speak to her as soon as available to discuss my case and medication.  The young lady I was speaking to at the med office has been accommodating and patient since the first day.  She really handles stress and patient issues quite well.  I have been upset for weeks.   I appreciate the several times she has figured out the schedule and made room for me in days.  

So, I spoke with the NP and explained that I did not increase my dosage because at the  time the last blood draw was taken I had not known that Vit K intake should be consistent and low.  Days before the test I was eating large salads, french fries, just a bunch of stuff that I didn't need to eat and stuff that would definitely affect the levels in my blood.  
I told her I'm now holding my intake to around 100 mcg.  give or take 20 mcg.
I'm, also, keeping carbs to between 50-80 gm per day and total calorie intake is 1300 or less.  
The discussion with the NP put us both on the same page and there was no issue in coming in for INR test this week as we get it stable. Having established a base line, now, the labs will be much more meaningful and useful.  I felt much relieved after getting answers to my questions.   Another worry point - I have elevated liver enzymes and kidney function has dropped somewhat.   At this point, clean Primal diet and good habits is all I can implement and know it will go a long way to relieving the load on the body.  

I can't help, but, worry somewhat from seeing my lower leg normal in the morning to bloated up to an inch more in the evening.  It's stressful.  The foot is redder than my normal foot,  It's drying out at the swollen areas because of decreased circulation and I have to use moisturizer often, while the other foot needs none.   I have to keep it elevated, yet, I need to move to keep blood from stagnating.  I hope this resolves soon.

Things I discovered:   Large meals, excess sugar, dehydration will cause blood cell aggregation.  Sugar will cause "sticky" blood and trigger inflammation from chronic high levels of sugar AND insulin which leads to narrowing arteries and veins.  Hello cholesterol layers. Nope.  Don't want that.  I've been drinking as much water as I can handle.  I'm one of those folks that is rarely thirsty, so, a bit of a chore to do.  
Stress!!!! Causes fibrinogen to increase.  This is one of the clotting factors that if high will create abnormal over-clotting behavior.   Dr. Davis of Wheat Belly, mentions stress can increase this factor and that fish oil is excellent in reducing that fibrinogen number.

My diet for the past year has been pretty out of control.   In massive denial of blood sugar issues.  I am an emotional eater and gave free rein.   The good news about that is there are quite a few things I can do to create the best environment that allows my body to focus on healing and not so much detoxing.


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Post by Glass Full of Air on Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:29 pm

I'm just catching up, and very glad to see how well your progress with the brace is going. There's nothing more frustrating sometimes than navigating the health system though. Even when you're perfectly fine it's a mess of red tape, frustration, and people looking at you like you're dumb. When you're sick, hurt, or in need? Forget it. Hopefully your frustrations ease soon.

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Post by Lovebird on Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:11 am

Hi HFF. Hope you're enjoying the Better Belly Summit (skipping thru the advertising and picking only those that speak to you). Just got an e-mail yesterday that there will be a Autoimmune Summit in April 2018 by dr. Eva Smile ... the current one by Jonathan Otto - Autoimmune Secrets I don't like very much, for whatever reason, contrary to the Betrayal Series by dr. Tom... which he was doing with JO.

Sending healing thoughts your way. sunny
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