Post partum recovery

Most of my post partum issues are gone. Except for two really annoying ones. Carpal tunnel and that annoying numbing sensation on my left thigh. The doctor said the numbness will go away in a few months. Thank goodness there isn’t pain and it doesn’t bother me.

But the carpal tunnel needs to go away. It’s terrible and is making me weak in both hands. I can barely put my seatbelt on because if I happen to hit the right nerve, the pain would shoot down my arm. I also think the way I hold the baby while she’s nursing doesn’t help it either. Hoping it’s not a permanent issue…

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Another emergency

Early yesterday morning at around 4:30am, I woke up feeling a slight trickle. It was a weird sensation, so I got to go to the bathroom thinking maybe my water broke?? It turned out to be blood, and lots of it. I called Brian, told him we needed to call the doctor to see what the heck was going on. The doctor didn’t seem too concerned, but told me to come in first thing in the morning at 8:30. A few minutes later, I passed a huge blood clot (gross I know), and we made another call to the doctor. She told us to go immediately to labor and delivery. Sooo, at 5am in the morning, we got dressed, tried not to panic and headed to the hospital. They strapped me to a baby monitor and wanted to see if I was experiencing any contractions. The baby’s activity was normal, there were no contractions, and the bleeding stopped. The doctor showed up at around 8:30, and mentioned that there wasn’t really a need to do any further testing. She told me to go home and rest.

It was quite the scare and it’s been the most eventful week.

Physically, I feel fine. No real aches or pains. Chest is feeling better but still a bit sore if I lay on my left side. I’ve been sleeping at least 7 hours a night, albeit uncomfortably.

Let’s hope nothing new or strange pops up. I’m hoping NOT to make any more trips to the hospital between now and Christmas Day.

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More breathing stuff

Maybe it’s a symptom of my chest condition or not. But I’ve noticed that my sense of smell has bee heightened. It’s very sensitive. I couldn’t stand in the painted nursery for more than a minute without feeling sick. People’s breath or lunches, don’t get me started….

I guess the third trimester is when I get to experience all the fun stuff.

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In recovery

I saw my doctor yesterday as a followup to the ER trip. She couldn’t determine what it was either and pretty much told me I had to deal with it. I was better by the the time I saw her, but by that evening after my run to the grocery store the pain came back again. Grrr. If it continues to persist we may have to do some additional tests. The only thing the doc can think of is that the pleural membrane around my lungs is inflamed. Unfortunately I can’t take any inflammatory meds or steroids.

It’s gotten somewhat better today only because I’ve been taking it easy. Brian is finishing the paint job in the nursery while I sit and watch tv. I still feel the pressure when I breathe, but it’s not painful.

I hope whatever this is goes away soon.

The baby has been moving around quite a bit. It’s so fun to just lay there and feel her. We can’t wait to see her.

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Cabin Fever is no fun

I finished my 7 mile run on Saturday though, so I at least accomplished something. Of my training that is the biggest accomplishment. Although each run, be it 1 mile or 7 is a challenge. I struggled during the last mile, only because I was near the end of my route and had to run a second lap around a park to finish out the mileage. I was also VERY thirsty and my lips were starting to dry out. I can see now why people wear the water belts. I may need to get one of those for myself. By the time I got home, I had a hard time stretching because my entire body was so worn out. On top of my run, I had a busy day planned, so by the time I got into bed at 1am, my body was worn out. I watched TWO movies on Saturday, Blue Valentine and True Grit. We went to the late showing of True Grit, and I was sooo uncomfortable during the movie. My legs were still sore, and I just wanted to stretch out. I fell asleep within 5 minutes of the movie starting so I missed the first third of the movie. :-p

My diet was fine Saturday morning, but I blew my calories at Chuys during dinner with chips and queso and even twinkies (because it was Elvis’ birthday, we got free cake and twinkies). I think my dinner came out to be over 1300 calories which is pretty much my days worth. Thank goodness I ran. My net calories for Saturday came out to be 1306 which is below my target of 1400; however, I’m not sure that’s any good because of all the fat I consumed. In hindsight my ordering choice was fine. I ordered a cup of soup and one taco. It was the chips and queso and twinkies that did me in.

I woke up the next day feeling fine and my legs were no longer sore. Thank goodness for the short recovery!

I had no plans to do anything or go anywhere yesterday. But somehow being locked in the house because of the snow made me all grumpy.

I didn’t have much to cook with at home so I made pasta for dinner. Also, since I didn’t have anything to do, I made homemade cheese crackers with wheat and organic cheese. It was only a small batch, but it definitely met my snack cravings. Total net calories for Sunday was 1623…over my target… Before bed, I did a set of 30-40 pushups only because I felt the need to do something physical to end the day.

Let’s hope the rest of the week is better.

I have to run an 8 miler sometime this weekend. Yikes!

By the way, here’s the recipe for the cheese crackers. I substituted the white flour with whole wheat flour and added in 1 tbs of red pepper flakes.

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No physical activity yesterday

I did very little to no physical activities yesterday, even though it was a running day. Just wasn’t feeling it, and the fact that I was cutting calories was starting to catch up with me. I was HUNGRY.

My daily net calories yesterday was 1482…only 82 above my daily goal. Not too bad I suppose.

I wanted to do the plyometrics workout in lieu of running yesterday, but just didn’t want to change and go through the mess of working out. So I sat in front of the tv all night after dinner. I did manage to do 10 minutes of yoga stretching at 10pm last night since my back was hurting. That only gave me the energy to vacuum instead of help me fall asleep. At least I got something done. The vacuum picked up LOTS of dog hair this time around. It’s probably why Reesey’s skin allergies has been acting up. I’m hoping to do a better job this weekend of thoroughly cleaning up the upstairs rooms so we’ll see how that helps.

I packed my gym bag today, so I’m hoping to get my run completed.

Not sure if I’m looking forward to the 7 miler this weekend. It’s supposed to rain and cool down again.

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Successful start…sorta

Despite having pizza and greasy salty chinese food, I think so far my calorie intake has been pretty reasonable. That’s due to the fact that I’m doing well at breakfast and lunchtime.

Yesterday’s net calories was 1182. I kept the physical activity light. I can’t remember if I was supposed to run or not, but my left knee was still recovering from the 4 mile run. I doesn’t hurt, but kept popping. Don’t want to overdo the training.

I did 20 minutes of light yoga and a modified version of the P90X Chest and Back workout…modified being I didn’t do all the reps AND I skipped the pull ups because I don’t have a device do to so. That’s ok, because it felt like I’ve done more push ups in the last 4 months than I ever have. P90X is most certainly challenging.

Looking forward to tonight and actually cooking. I need to get another run in either today or tomorrow.

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Recap for yesterday

Yesterday wasn’t too bad. I had a cereal bar for breakfast before I ran. Oatmeal and almond milk after my run. Then a Subway sandwich for lunch. Unfortunately for me, I still had my in-laws over so we went to dinner at Yao Fuzi. Soup dumplings, yum. Even though I didn’t do so well at dinner, my net calorie intake was 1108. Not too horrible I guess.

I’m looking forward to cooking tonight and may be starting the first series of P90X.

My joints finally recovered from yesterday’s run after a good night’s sleep.

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