Mom’s Turn

Being good.......
Mom, we’re just going to take a nap while you work.

Why did Mom go to the vet yesterday?

She didn’t go to the vet, she went to her doctor.  Humans don’t call their doctors vets.

Fine, but you haven’t answered my question.

Get out of the way ‘cuz Mom wants to talk to our readers.   You’re always sitting in front of the computer monitor.

Well, I suppose I can let her have the computer for a little while.  Just don’t be too long ‘cuz I’m sure it’s treat time somewhere in the world.

From The Mom:

The boys told me that they’ve been writing about some of my health scares lately. I appreciate the kind words and encouragement from all the fur people friends and their humans.  I was beginning to think that Hemingway was right when he said getting healthy can be hazardous to one’s health.

Let me explain.  Back in September, after getting some pretty bad blood work results, I decided it was time to change my route and make a turn onto a healthier road.  I started out by walking every morning.  I still do that and I now do a little over a mile and a half every morning.  I have not missed one day.  Living in Minnesota, winter walking outside can be risky…..and sometimes impossible.  There was only one day so far when I had to turn around and go back home because it was too slippery.  However, when I came home from work that day, I went out and did my walk so my record stands.

In addition to the walking, I’ve changed my eating habits.  I’m not following anyone’s plan.  I’m doing what feels good to me.  I’ve noticed that instead of craving chocolate and other sweets, now I crave salads.  Who would have thought that could happen???  It would be like Shakespeare deciding he didn’t like treats.

So, all of this should be good for me, right?  Well, I sing in choir at my church and we do live streaming broadcasts of our services.  The past two Sundays I have gone from a normal color to gray and sweaty in front of my director’s eyes.  The first time it happened, it was so intense that I actually had to sit down in front of God and everyone!  I was told later that nobody saw me do it.  I figured it was better than falling over other members of the choir as I crashed to the ground.  We are fortunate to have several doctors and nurses in choir so I had excellent care after these episodes.  It’s no fun at all to get so disconnected with earth!

Since it happened two weeks in a row, my doctor wanted me to come in so we could figure out the problem.  No heart attacks showed on my EKG, but my pulse was only 46 and she didn’t like that.  She is weaning me off of the blood pressure medication I’ve been on and has started me on a new one.  She had already tried cutting my original dose in half, but since I had the same problem a week later, the medication was still not right.  So, for a couple of weeks my body will be adjusting to this new medication while going off the old one.

The reason this happened is that I’ve lost about 50 pounds since I started this new journey.  My body is going through all sorts of changes.  My doctor also told me that I need to add protein to my breakfast to keep me going during the day.  I was happily eating my oatmeal and blueberries, but now I’m also eating some protein.

Would I change anything?  Nope!  This is turning out to be an interesting journey.  Anyone else going on a new healthy road, needs to remember to stay in touch with their doctor.  I’ve been able to drop one medication entirely and that makes me very happy.  My latest blood work was stellar so both my doctor and I are pleased.

The boys don’t understand all that I’m doing, but they watch out for me.  They are great little caregivers.  However, I’ve noticed that when doing something nice, they think they deserve a treat.  They’re not that different from us humans!

Sorry to be so long-winded, but the boys don’t let me use the computer that much.  Thanks for listening.

Can we have our treats now Mom?

Losing Weight

I think losing weight is bad for your health.

Hemingway, you know that’s wrong.  Why would you say something like that?  Is it because you’re chunkier than I am?

Shakespeare, that’s not even nice.  Remember yesterday?

I remember most of it, why?

When Mom came home from church she didn’t drive her own car home and she was a really funny color.  Even Uncle Bob was concerned and he got out this machine that measures how fast her blood moves around in her body. Boys and BP

I was wondering what that thing did.  I kept talking while Uncle Bob was using it but he was ignoring me.

Hemingway and BP

I asked Mom what was happening.  She said that when she was in church that morning she got real dizzy and felt awful.  She said she had to sit down during the choir anthem because she felt like she was going to faint.  She told me her doctor and nurse friends who are in choir with her checked on her after the choir left the platform.  They wanted to make sure it wasn’t real serious but they also wouldn’t let her drive home by herself.

Is Mom ok now?

Yes.  She talked to her doctor and was told that because she’s losing weight and eating healthier, she has to have her medications changed.  She said that’s a good thing, but I still think that losing weight is bad for you.  Just look at what happened to Mom.  I don’t want that to happen to me.

That’s just an excuse.  Come over here and check how much you weigh.  Mom uses this every morning and I’ve watched her so I know how it works.  We should both be as healthy as we can be so Mom will be proud of us.  Besides, Mom has lots more energy now and she feels better, so losing weight isn’t hurting her.

Shakespeare and Scale

I guess you’re right but I sure hope Mom doesn’t make us go out on those long walks with her every morning.

She won’t do that ‘cuz she doesn’t want us out when it’s dark.  I think we’re safe…..unless we start eating too many treats.  What an awful thought!!!  If you get too chunky because you eat too many treats, then she’ll cut down on the treats for both of us.  Hemingway, don’t you get so chunky that Mom cuts down on our treats!  Get on that exercise bike right now.

Shakespeare, did anyone ever tell you that as a little brother you’re a real pain?