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tnmist posted:
Hello, just touching base for a moment. Storms are gone and am looking forward to a gorgeous weekend.

I'm bad with names and remembering who posted what, but I appreciate the tips and replies regarding an extra freezer. I've thought about second-hand, and that is probaby the way I will go, although I hesitate about possibly getting saddled with one that is on the fritz or something. I guess I would have to know WHY someone is getting rid of one and hope they speak honestly. But it sounds reasonable to start there. They are usually pretty sturdy things.

I'm headed to my PCP's appointment this morning. I have my laundry list of items to discuss. Hoping he ups his game and partners with me more with what I need in a doctor. Scared to find out what lab results will be, but that will be in a followup appt anyway. Anyhow, it's good to stay honest with yourself about health, and the labs will probably just reinforce my need for this healthier path I'm seeking.

Was emailing my sister last night and jokingly told her I needed some anti-beeeeotch pills 'cuz everyone is annoying me, and she agreed! Well, THAT just annoyed me. LOL! I'm already planning on going back on some OTC progesterone cream, which helped with symptoms of menopause in the past, inlcuding irritability, so will try to pick some up soon. My therapist is really up on all sorts of supplement types of things natural/herbal, and I do trust his opinion about that stuff.

Have a great day, everyone.
Misty
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein
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jean4u responded:
Hey Misty, Good luck at your appt. & don't forget that list! I really like the natural holistic approach to health maintenance, too.

Good too that those storms have passed by. Enjoy a nice weekend!

Barb
 
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j9Celeste responded:
Hello Misty

When I saw "PCP" listed in the title, I was intrigues and had to read this. I guess it's for primary care physician and not a drug!

I made an appointment for a physical with my PCP as well. I am excited for her to see the weight loss and am interested in my labs as well.

After I went through menopause, I was living in California and went to an Acupuncturist the specialized in traditional Chinese medicine. Between the acupuncture and the herbs, my hot flashes, night sweats and my non bi-polar mood swings vanished.

Have a great weekend

Celeste
The most exciting, challenging, significant relationship you have is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone who loves the you that YOU love, that's fabulous SW 286 CW 256 GW 165
 
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tnmist replied to j9Celeste's response:
Big, 'ole long post, and it didn't "take." That is just the perfect end to my frustrating, busy, meltdown day. Will wait and see if it magically appears. If not, will fill you in later. In the meantime, I'm going to go to bed and cry. I'm officially calling today done.
Misty
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein
 
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mog1026 replied to tnmist's response:
Okay, you can have a cry for about 5 minutes because its a great stress reliever Misty. But then you have to stop and think about what you have accomplished on this weight loss journey, and it's not the number on the scale alone. You have joined this group and you have "shown up" and made the effort to help yourself and support the rest of us. You are one worthy girl and you can beat whatever is giving you trouble. Hang in there kiddo. Things always look brighter in the morning.
Kathy SW 235.1 CW 211.8 GW 165
 
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tnmist replied to mog1026's response:
Thank you. Yesterday was just frustrating at the doctor's office and again in the evening when I was helping out with a project with some folks. I just don't handle last-minute surprises that well when it involves expectations from me with no gracious way to bow out without looking like a not-so-nice person, but that's just me and involves practicing more boundary setting, I suppose.

I don't know if my doctor was just tired himself or if he is burned out or what, but he just doesn't fit what I need from a doctor, and I really don't know how to explain. Since most of my problems revolve around the weight issue, we did agree to focus on that, and he is already talking about bariatric surgery. I quickly squelched that notion because I know from past experience that when I do the right things I will lose weight. Even though I'm getting older, I believe that principle still applies. His reply was along the lines of, "Okay, but you have a LOT of weight to lose at this point." Thank you, Captain Obvious.

I also talked about re-starting Wellbutrin and the depression and how I am officially diagnosed with PTSD, blah, blah, blah; however, it is springtime now, and I'm hoping that more sunshine and yardwork will perk me up. We decided to wait 1 month to see how that goes.

My official reason for the visit was a checkup, and he did check my thyroid and briefly listen to my heart. Guess I'm used to doctors doing a little more than that, although I understand that they can't tell a whole lot with all this blubber surrounding me. He ordered lab work, but it just doesn't make me feel confident in him when I have to suggest a couple of things to be added, like vitamin D level and hormone levels (estrogen, progesterone, etc.). You know?

Will also be waiting to hear about chest x-ray and EKG results and I'm going for an echocardiogram (sonogram of heart) next Thursday.

As for the Wellbutrin, he is right in that if it helps me to feel better I'm more apt to do the things I need to do for my health, but I still hesitate going back on a prescription med. Guess I will decide in the next month.

I didn't get through my list. I get flustered when I have several things to address, and since I wasn't getting the right vibes I just let it go and decided that I will keep trying to find a different doctor. He was okay in some respects, but overall I was disappointed. I've HAD good doctors in the past, so I know what I'm looking for, and surely SOMEONE around here that takes my insurance will click with me. Sigh.

I have a busy morning ahead of me. Thanks for listening, and I hope everyone has a good day.
Misty
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein
 
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abnersmom replied to tnmist's response:
Good morning, Misty. I hope you have a wonderful day today. So sorry that your doctor's visit didn't go as well as you hoped. As for the meds, IMHO, I don't like to take them either but sometimes it is in our best interest. In the case of depression especially, meds can really help while you are doing the work to find a natural balance.
Debbie SW 265 CW 150 maintaining - Don't exchange what you want MOST for what you want at the moment.
 
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jean4u replied to tnmist's response:
Misty, funny that you mention "boundaries", that is key to our having OK relationships and "what did I just do" moments/flashbacks. Part of that is having alot of self-talks and having "pat" answers/ responses and Caller ID. LOL Or an answering machine so you can get the jest of what the caller wants. Hey if they don't put it on the machine......well I can't get back. BTW, have you ever hear the expression, "Your lack of planning does not create an emergency on my part".

Part of mental health is "refusing to be sucked in"......choose, baby choose!!!

About the dr., UGH!!! Keep looking!

Take the time this weekend to re-group.

Barb
 
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j9Celeste replied to tnmist's response:
Hello Misty

I am a little annoyed at your doctor. He should be listening to you and not telling you what to do (unless your health is seriously at risk.) IMHO, I need a doctor that I can tell anything to, one that will listen to my entire list and ask what else I need. They're hard to find, but well worth it. If we have a good relationship with our doctors, we will be more honest with them and better health care will result. I hope that your day gets better.

Celeste
The most exciting, challenging, significant relationship you have is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone who loves the you that YOU love, that's fabulous SW 286 CW 256 GW 165
 
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tnmist replied to j9Celeste's response:
Thank you, all. Today didn't go so well in general, and yesterday's stuff kinda threw me into a crying jag, so I guess I'm a little more fragile than I thought. My mind is fried right now, and I'm going to go take a nap. Guess I'm still more depressed than I thought. Hoping to go take a walk with a friend later, though. That will be nice.

Last night's project was a bit of a delicate situation, but I need to be able to think through a problem. I'm just not good at solving technical issues on the spur of the moment. Once I was left alone, I could think through the issues more clearly. I was just out of my comfort zone and put on the spot a bit. It will be okay.

I turn off my phone when I can, like after this post when I go take a nap, and I do let things go to voice mail sometimes, but, yes, I do need to learn to pause and say, "Let me get back to you on that," before committing to something. I recognize it as part of old patterns ingrained in me - never say no, don't have a voice, don't have a choice, I'm just a puppet. *****aaaaant. Buzzer sound, there.*****. Those are NOT true. I DO have a voice, but I'm still finding that voice. And, yes, I love that adage about one's lack of planning not being an emergency on MY part. I've even stated it recently. It really is true: You teach others how to treat you.

I'm just so ready for my little vacation starting Wednesday. I will be getting some practical things done, but I'm going to take one of those days and not be available to anyone..just me and my dog and God..
Misty
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein
 
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j9Celeste replied to tnmist's response:
Hi Misty

If there is a place to send a private message, I can't find it so I'm putting it here.

With my bi-polar disorder, I suffer from a lot of depression very often. I do take many meds, but I have a diagnosed mental illness. If you're thinking of taking an anti-depressant, I would recommend seeing a psychiatrist instead of a general practitioner. That is their specialty.

You mentioned having more problems with depression in the winter, which is very common for those of us living in an area with snow. My shrink recommended a full spectrum lamp, a light therapy lamp. I sit by it for 1/2 hour to 1 hour in the morning while I'm having coffee, breakfast, etc. It gives off the same light as the sun, including providing vitamin D. If you're interested, you can ask your doctor or I can give you the company where I ordered mine. I've had it for a long time, but I know they're still in business because I order my replacement bulbs from there.

I care.

Celeste
The most exciting, challenging, significant relationship you have is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone who loves the you that YOU love, that's fabulous SW 286 CW 256 GW 165
 
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mog1026 replied to tnmist's response:
Misty I can say with confidence that the ability to say NO improves with age. And guess what...people will still like you....even your family.....especially US! I love the response suggestions here and I'm repeating them to myself so I remember them. Your physical work up sounded similar to what I get from my doctor except no chest X-ray. Marcus Welby is long gone around here. It's a business and the doctor has limited time for each patient. It's frustrating but you are clearly very bright and you will find a way to get your message across and questions answered regardless of whether you find a more sympatico doctor. I think Celeste is right on when she advises getting your prescription from a psychiatrist. (Dr Oz just advised that on a show last week) Then you can get your renewals from your PCP if needed. Next.. I'm impressed that your doctor broached the weight issue at all. I've found they run like hell from it. Surgery is a reasonable solution for some people, not me, not you, but he was right to suggest it. If you go into your next appt with some progress on your weight issue he'll see that you can do it. My theory is that surgery is a tool of last resort. If you can get this weight off any other way do it now and use the heck out of this board. We are all here to help each other, especially the angels who stay here after they've met their goals just to help us make ours. I see that you've got a full plate and you're feeling overwhelmed. Just take one step at a time. Now I know I've sounded preachy, like I'm talking to my daughter, but I really am sympathetic and I know things will improve little by little.
Kathy SW 235.1 CW 210.8. GW 165
 
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rachael2011 replied to tnmist's response:
Hi Misty. I hope you got a rest and you got a little mental down time. I agree about seeing a psychiatrist. They are so much better educated in the different types of meds out there. A few years ago, mine put me on an older med that he was aware of after I tried the newer ones from other doctors. And it works! Every time I try to get off it, symptoms come back. You would think I would learn. I know every psych issue is different. But do you 'journal'? I mean every day, even if you are not upset and you are find you are writing a to do list. Besides the med, it helps me tremendously. It's just an idea though. Like with the weight loss, there is no one size fits all in mental health.
As for the regular primary care, my doctor is a physician's assistant that works under a regular MD. He can diagnose and prescribe meds under the doctor. I came upon him years ago when there was a lot of turnover at my then doctor's office. When he moved to a more stable environment to work under another doctor, me and other patients followed him. I really trust this man, and he has caught things that others have missed. Plus he tells me when he is not comfortable treating something and when I should see a specialist. He has been more than thorough with regular lab work, ekgs, What I am trying to say is good ones are out there; don't give up on finding someone solid.
Rachael...under construction.

SW 325 CW 308.0 Short term goal-299 Goal weight- unsure
 
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tnmist replied to rachael2011's response:
Thanks, everyone. Just touching base for a moment. Doing better today and "putting on my big girl pants" and taking the time to breathe and make better choices again.

Appreciate the posts regarding psych and drugs...This is old hat for me. Been dealing with depression nearly all of my life, long before I was officiallly diagnosed in my early adult years. Have been on many different meds over the years, and Wellbutrin worked the best. Have been off of it over a year and was initially doing okay until the bottom fell out from under me last year. I've had the same therapist off and on for many years, too, and trust him.

Don't really care to say a whole lot more about all that right now...I know we don't know what others know and don't know, so I don't take offense about anyone posting advice. I appreciate that you care; that's how I look at it. I do know about the special lights to help in wintertime and had already decided to look into that for next winter. Probably the meds got me through wintertimes in the past because I was taking them all year, so I didn't notice winters being harder, but now I realize that I probably will need an extra boost during the winter, especially if I'm not on prescription medication.
Misty
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein
 
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totallywiggedout replied to tnmist's response:
Misty, I've not been catching up properly on these discussions. 1st I missed that you were upset and going go bed crying. OMG. I'm so sorry for your distress the other night. I wish I'd have seen this then and although it prolly wouldn't have made much difference, I'd have sent you a big ole virtual hug. Sometimes when we catch eachother on at the same time, we can almost "instant mssg" eachother . I wish one of us coulda helped "lighten your load". So sorry.
As for your dr. Some are just brusque. They seem to have either forgotten how to be an effective CAREgiver or they simply never gave enough of a crap to begin with and just wanted to focus on the insides rather than the whole person.
I strongly suggest you find a "women's clinical office". They focus more on what women need IMHO ,AND about their feelings.
It may very well be time to get back onto an antidepressant. A lot of times it IS a forever medication, you know? Any sort of chemical imbalance can cause depression. And if you NEED the meds to be "balanced" and more in control, to GET control over your feelings (and by extension your emotional eating) then, get back on the meds.
I take a light dose of zoloft now, and I don't think I want to ever go off of them. I still don't have ALL good days, but at least now, I have some. As for that "letting it go" about your list at the dr, and not liking surprises popped on you that make you feel overwhelmed, a light antidepressant can help you cope better with those too. I was getting overwhelmed alot, then just curling up and sleeping to escape or "just letting it go" rather than confronting things. With the meds , you will be in a better state of mind to pick your battles and go in to win.
That's all I'll say about it. Do what you feel is right for you, of course. But if you need the help, it's not an embarrassment to accept some.
Now, about the bariatric surgery. Don't even consider it. You aren't in the frame of mind to go that route. If you don't like to take prescription meds, it's probably not for you anyhow, because you will end up taking all sorts of suppliments(prescribed and otc) to make up for the loss of nutrients that your body no longer absorbs fully from foods , nor gets enough of due to the sheer inability to eat everything that it needs.
Exercise. Water. Healthy foods. Good or at least better choices. Smaller portions. A healthy outlook and a vision that you can and will succeed on your journey. Give yourself time and this is all you will need.
huggs
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Kim SW 252 CW 180.3 GW 135

If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution.---author anonymous

If you are going through Hell,keep going.-- Winston Churchill










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