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  • Yep. Yesterday's report sounds good. Productively balanced

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    • Yes due to my landlord's ennui regarding the wasps the cats and I are learning to dispatch them, so far without damage.

      Here I am getting my tires changed, enduring blaring music, inane conversations, and a growing hunger. I woke up very late and had to rush off. Thankfully that is because I experienced only one hot flash last night! Slept great for the first time in ages. It was wonderful! I might still be asleep if not for the tire appointment. I have not had a daytime hot flash for three days now. This is marvelous.
      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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      • Just listened to the interfaith service in Boston with President Obama, Mayor Menino, Governor Patrick, Cardinal O'Malley, and many others. I was finishing up the carnitas (shredding the meat and removing any bones and nasty bits) and the tears were streaming down my face...I hooked a dishtowel on my arm so I could wipe my eyes and not cry into the carnitas.

        I was thinking about how different it is to deal with something like this. About a month ago three young people were brought into our little ED after a truck accident, two of them critical. How is it different? Well, everyone knows vehicles can be dangerous. It was an accident. Tragic, absolutely. But an accident. I understand that accidents happen. But for completely innocent people to be injured or killed deliberately by someone setting a bomb to go off? There is no compartment in the brain for this to fit into.

        On a more cheerful note, I have not had a hot flash today. I can't let myself believe that torment is over, but hey, what if it is? Too early to call, but I am grateful for having at least a respite.
        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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        • I was crying, too. It was a beautiful service for a tragic event.

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          • TV news this morning of fans at Bruins game last nite singing the national anthem had us crying at 6am.

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            • I'm asking my medically smart cyber friends as question................ can muscle cramps be caused by lack of salt in the diet? I have been suffering from constant hand/foot cramps - like every time I try to hold something in my hand my thumb or baby finger cramps. Or my toes will cramp for no apparent reason. Just had blood work done and potassium levels were perfect. Any ideas?
              1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
              2. Eat to heal
              3. Move to live
              4. Embrace today
              5. Live with intention
              6. Respect my body
              7. Cultivate joy
              8. Find my passion
              9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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              • Magnesium is a big factor in cramps - and it is very difficult to get an accurate level with blood tests. I had constant cramps for months and since starting magnesium they are pretty much gone. I had a lot of trouble finding magnesium that would not precipitate nasty diarrhea - but found some awesome stuff on Amazon that works really well and no side effects at all. Angstrom minerals - magnesium. It is a liquid that you put under your tongue for a minute and then swallow the rest - it is absorbed so quickly that it doesn't cause trouble in the digestive system. If you read some of the stuff by Carolyn Dean about magnesium it is fascinating and we are almost all deficient in it because of the depletion in our soil and also our lifestyle. I highly recommend trying this ... I was having really bad cramps in my hamstring and other thigh muscles, even my belly would cramp up if I bent over at too sharp of an angle. I was using magnesium gel which certainly helped with the cramps as they happened but it was hard to measure how much I was getting ... I hope this is helpful.
                Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                Primal low: 186 lbs
                Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                Goal weight: 140 lbs

                "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                • Electrolytes - sodium, magnesium, potassium, and chloride - are all necessary and involved in muscle function. You need them all and in the right balance. If you are deficient, the muscle will contract, but not relax - a cramp. This sort of imbalance can be difficult to pin down with a blood test. Of those four electrolytes, magnesium is the hardest to get from your diet, so supplementation could indeed be helpful. Also make sure you are properly hydrated - dehydration will cause you to cramp quicker than anything. Hope this helps!
                  My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                  "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                  • Woke up this morning, turned on the radio and found the world has gone mad. At least part of it. I was going to report on my hot flashes, breakfast, etc., but that all seems a bit silly right now.
                    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                    • Yes. Parts of this world are definitely mad, and that's why we need to hear about your hot flashes, breakfast, cats, etc. to keep us all from going insane. Lots of prayer and good thoughts and day to day simple things as well. We only have control of little things -- smiling at someone, feeding and loving animals, supporting others.

                      So, what did you have for breakfast and how are your cats?

                      Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                      Woke up this morning, turned on the radio and found the world has gone mad. At least part of it. I was going to report on my hot flashes, breakfast, etc., but that all seems a bit silly right now.

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                      • Thanks for the help. I am sufficiently hydrated. I drink at least 4 16 oz glasses a day. I must be deficient in something cuz I cramp very easily. I'll look for the liquid magnesium - cuz any type I've tried so far caused a bowel clean out within an hour of taking it. Next time I have to have a colonscopy I'll just swallow a few magnesium pills cuz it has the same effect as that gallon of junk you have to drink! I wish Gaterade wasn't full of all that other crap, I'd try drinking that - although I hate the taste of it. I'll do some research on an electrolyte supplement --- if there is anything (pedialyte-ish)

                        Thanks again.............

                        Guess I need to turn on the tv - cuz I have no clue what mad things happened as I was sleeping........... not sure I want to know.
                        1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                        2. Eat to heal
                        3. Move to live
                        4. Embrace today
                        5. Live with intention
                        6. Respect my body
                        7. Cultivate joy
                        8. Find my passion
                        9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                        • Try tweaking the WHO home recipe Oral Rehydration Solutions ORS Made at Home - Rehydration Project
                          Female 55
                          Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                          Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                          With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

                          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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                          • Food is one of the great loves of my life. I was reminded of that yesterday when I turned to my Spanish language program and happily chose the Food Vocabulary section first. So in that spirit - This morning I had carnitas with a fried egg. Need I say this was delicious? My favorite breakfast ever. Played with the cats for quite a while. They are so much fun to be with, they take such joy in small things and live entirely in the moment. Oboe must know how beautiful he is, as he frequently poses in extremely flattering ways, his head slightly tilted. I really need to get a decent camera. I went to the grocery store and stocked up for the weekend. Right now I am making some paleo onion gravy which is actually going to be turned into onion soup and eaten with steak and a tapioca cheese bread. I decided to try making my own salmon/cream cheese spread as the one I have been buying is very pricey. It came out great. Cream cheese, smoked salmon pieces (the fishmonger gave these to me), chives, a splash of Scotch. I had some of this with some rice crackers and also treated myself to a hard cider. Unfortunately they didn't have my favorite cider; the one I bought is isn't nearly as good. Hint: if you're going to buy hard cider, buy the highest alcohol content as it will have less sugar and also have a crisper, cleaner flavor. Also get an organic one if possible. Basically you are going to get what you pay for.

                            Last night at choir my pastor gave me a book called The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault. I started reading it last night and am finding it to be well-written, eye-opening, original - in short, a brilliant book. Just seeing it lying on the table is making me feel better. That I live in a world where people can write books like this, and a world where people give other people books.

                            I lived in Boston for six years, don't know if I mentioned that ever. I stood in that same place at the finish line of the marathon for four of those six years. All of this is really rattling me. I was walking around in the grocery store and realized my knees were wobbling. Must really call on my inner strength and coping mechanisms. And those kitties, who always provide warm, soft cuddles and those heartwarming purrs.
                            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                            "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                            • So many connections! I stood in the very spot where the bombs went off last week when I was there. My Nephew was watching the finish and was a block away from the bombs. My Niece's husband was at MIT last night when the mayhem started there, though he didn't see any of it. I suppose you can't live in New England and not know somebody or somebody who knows somebody directly affected by this tragedy, or Newtown, or 9-11.

                              It is unsettling.
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                              Height: 5' 10"
                              Starting Weight: 292
                              Starting Primal Weight: 275
                              Current weight: 224
                              Goal weight: 172
                              Body Fat 30.5

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                              • Yes, and many of my friends here in Maine are either from Mass or spent a great deal of time there. It is, after all, where the jobs are. So weird to think it is on lockdown.

                                Slept quite well for my afternoon siesta, even with all going on. When I enter the magic sleeping cave, I leave the real world behind...
                                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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