Monday, March 7, 2011

Hoping for Recovery

A health summary of 2011:

mid-January: had some kind of flu-like bug, fever, chills, tired, headaches, sinus infection. I seemed to get over it in a matter of days.

Feb 17: came down with the 'real' bad flu (says my dr), caught from a 'friend' who had a party at her house a few days earlier when she had chills, fever, headache and vomiting that morning. I had the same symptoms except lots of nausea but no vomiting.
Feb 20: ended up in the ER/Urgent Care in the middle of the night because my head felt like it was going to explode. Worst headache EVER. Dx'ed with flu, ear infection, and severe sinus infection, went home on antibiotics, steroids, and painkillers.
March 1: still sick, went to my doctor who gave me a second round of the same antibiotic AND added a second antibiotic, a sulfa drug, because he thinks the sinus infection is staph.
March 3: broke out in thousands of itchy bright red hives all over my body. Called the dr, he said I am probably allergic to the sulfa drug so I stopped taking it and went on Benadryl 24/7. He then added another, new antibiotic (and still has be on the first antibiotic too).
Last night, March 6: still broken out in hives that are starting to blister, still taking 2 antibiotics (NOT the sulfa drug). Decided to stop all medications but Benedryl because I am going INSANE with itching!
Today: taking Benedryl, hives faded a bit, and waiting for word from my doctor. SO exhausted and have a mild headache.

So. All of this has come about after I got lenient with my eating, allowing junk back in. I screwed around a lot on December, January and February with eating sugary stuff and refined carbs and other things that seem to affect me more than they affect some people. I've mentioned before that I have always had issues with sinus infections and migraines, but when I started Medifast I stopped getting sick. I didn't get sick or have headaches for months! I started getting sick again when I began eating sugary, processed stuff. I don't think there is anything magical in Medifast food but I do think it is a good nourishing balance for my body, and low carb eating does me good. Staying on plan also meant I always got in three servings of vegetables, and that's good for the body too. When I am eating off plan the only veggie I usually see is a cheese-covered fried potato wedge.

Anyway, I am tired of being sick. I've been back on Medifast for 3 days now. I am sort of looking at this as my 'last shot' with Medifast, because I did so great with it for several months and lost 59 pounds, but lately I have struggled. If it isn't working for me anymore, I am going to try something else. Probably calorie counting again, but with some rules about carbs and junk.

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products.*


Hanlie said...

I had the itchy, blistery rash on my hands for more than a decade. I was always so ashamed of my hands. Turns out it was an overloaded liver. Once I managed to get my liver sorted out, they disappeared and haven't been back in more than a year. I think all the medication may have strained your liver - as they do. Stopping them might just do the trick!

BrendaKaye said...

I am so sorry you are still so sick. If you do decide later this spring or summer you want to try something different I cannot say enough about Dr. Alejandro Junger's program Clean. I am doing his book version and it is changing my life and my husbands. He is on facebook with lots of interesting videos if you are resting and want to surf the net. He also has a couple websites. I just feel so much better, and my numbers are better. Nothing against Medifast, I just wanted to tell you what is working for me. Hoping you start feeling better very soon! Brenda

nikki7 said...

If you said MF has worked for you, why are looking at it as a "last resort"? Just wondering? Hope you feel better soon!

Lori said...

I have always contended that your body gets used to whatever you are doing eating-wise and starts fighting back. I usually switch up 'programs' about every 6 weeks to 2 months. I agree if Medifast isn't working, move on! You'll know what is right when the time is right.

Feel better!!!

Lyn said...


not a "last resort" (which means the last thing you try if nothing else works). When I said "last shot" I mean I am not going to keep trying to do Medifast if it no longer works for me. It *did* work, I dropped 59 pounds in 8 months. But I have not lost any new pounds since October. I keep going on and off Medifast, losing and regaining, for 5 months now.

So... while Medifast does work for me, it only works if I can actually stick to it. If it is that difficult for me to stay on, then it is no longer working for me.

I hope that makes sense. Maybe I am suffering from 'diet fatigue' or something. Sometimes, a change of plan brings fresh/renewed dedication.


Yeah, like that! Thanks for being concise about what I meant to say :)

spunkysuzi said...

Totally sucks that your so sick!! Hopefully the Benedryl will help.

Moonkidsmomma said...

Lyn, Maintaining your medi fast 59 pound weight loss through holidays,sickness and the stresses life in general that is a success in my eyes. If you decide to change programs you are still a medi fast success story 59 freakin' pounds is awesome! You have obviously learned a lot and made great progress toward your goal. You are in the home stretch of your weight loss marathon , keep up the fight! said...

So sorry to have been reading about how ill you've been. It's never nice, but boy have you been hammered this season!

Re Medifast, it's worked before and you know yourself best. I don't doubt that avoiding sugar/junk and eating healthy food helps you avoid illness. (When I'm exercising regularly, I don't tend to get colds, etc.). But if I'm not mistaken, you started Medifast late February, when the bulk of flu/cold season had passed. I'm not saying Medifast isn't helpful, just that you've been off it during the 'sick season.' Something to consider. Hope you are fully better very soon.

SuNNy SiDE uP said...

Try switching your excercise may work!!! And don't forget your water!! Take care and i hope you heal fast!!

Anonymous said...

I began having a varriety of health problems...after 7 years, I discovred it was from the gluten. Cut out gluten--all fine. Eat gluten--problems return.

I eventually broke down and was testted--MD confirms. Gluten intolerant.


Diana said...

I'm sorry you've been so sick. I hope you start feeling better soon.

I've been screwing around too for the last three months. Up and down, down and up. Eating junk here and there, not being 100% clean on my diet. I'm very disappointed in myself.

I hear you about the Medi-Fast having served a purpose, but not working as well now. We're so much alike. I do the same thing, every new "diet" I've ever started has a honeymoon phase, always anywhere from a few months up to a year or more. Then it always seems to stop working. But I have to wonder, is it the diet that stops working, or me stopping working the diet.

Either way, we're in the same place, as usual. I also thought this morning I need to count calories, with no junk. Weight Watchers has run it's course. Even though I'm doing it half-heartedly, I'm just not into it anymore. :)

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

I will keep you in my prayers, Lyn... it's is so draining to be sick. You are strong! You have come so far and you are aware of what your body needs. I know you can do anything you put your mind to!! (((Hugs)))


Anonymous said...

This was my yesterday (Sunday) on real food that I allow myself on weekends. During the week I am also on real food, but less sweets.

50 calories--Skim Latté
70--2 Cutie Oranges
90--Plain Raisin Toast

50--Skim Latté

50--Fresh Spinach and Baby Lettuce Mix
80--Kefir Blue Cheese Dressing
120--Garlic Baked Chicken Breast Slices
220--Yummy Slice of Cheesecake!

50--Skim Latté

150--Sliced London Broil
75--Broccoli with Butter, Salt & Pepper
220--Yummy Slice of Cheesecake!

1225 total for the day. This was a lot of food, with some fun treats. During the week I will do very, very few desserts or "raisin bread" type of food, but add in more fruit or veggies. I do avoid flour and white carbs. All I am saying is, it can be done with real food without feeling deprived. A few sweets can keep me from feeling deprived and like I want to drive to Target and get a number of their decadent Chocolate Mousse Cakes...I know I may not want to indulge today, but maybe I can tomorrow and still be healthy.

This AM I have had an offer to go full time for a client that has been my largest account as a freelance Creative Director. I mentioned the Target Chocolate Mousse cake above, and I could have easily driven out after that phone conversation to get some, to what...celebrate? Squelch some stress thinking about a change, selling a rather new home to many life issues. But I ran to the bank instead and came home to a salad and some fruit...knowing I can have a treat with my family later, when it could be a true celebration. I think this is part of what has been mentioned here quite recently, about not depriving so much as to prompt a binge. It's not easy for me either, to not squelch feelings, good or bad with food. Count it down...10, 9. 8...I always need a few minutes to rationally decide what I want when feeling prompt a knee jerk want to eat something yummy. In that few minutes, if I were to act without thinking, I could have easily consumed several thousand of the wrong calories. Too bad we can't eat all we want, but we can't if we want weight loss results, or to maintain a goal weight.

It doesn't really sound so bad, does it?

Dillypoo said...

What a lousy way to start the year! I hope you're feeling better soon. I've had a full-body rash of hives several times, and I feel your pain (or itch, as the case may be).

You once blogged that weight loss programs are simply tools to use in a personal journey to good health. Medifast was the right tool to get you to this point. Maybe it's time for a change, to switch to a new tool.

Get well soon!

Dinahsoar said...

The itch of an allergic reaction can last several day...and the hives/scaly/dry skin can take a month to clear.

I'm allergic to penicillin antibiotics and had a severe reaction so I know what you're going least your throat didn't swell up and block your airway. Given time you will get over the effects of the allergic reaction.

As for the other 'sick'...I'm inclined to say being off Medifast is coincidental. You were directly exposed to the bug when you were at that dinner party.

And it's quite likely your sinus infection was secondary to the's not uncommon to get secondary infections after/with another illness.

You see it in children...they get a cold, next thing you know they've got an ear infection.

Hang in there...eventually you'll be well.

Forty Pound Sack said...

I'm not a doctor but I've suffered bouts of hives for years. None of my doctors have been able to figure out the trigger. When I take Benedryl, the hives get better but they come back worse when it wears off. Clairitn is the only thing that helps clear them up. Real Claritin, not generic or store brands. If your hives don't go away, you might want to check with your doctor to see if you can switch.
Hang in there, honey. You're a very strong woman and you will get through this.

Lyn said...


That is really awesome. Menu looks very good and satisfying. I wish, wish, wish I could eat like that. I mean, I can do the "say no and wait" part, but I have a problem with the "one or two pieces of cheesecake" thing. It's like I lose my mind and can't stop. I eat more and more, then cookies, then more junk. I spent years calorie counting and trying to fit in a treat here and there but somehow sugary stuff triggers me to lose control. I hate that feeling.

Jenn said...

Medifast was working so well for you when the weather was nice. I wonder how much of your struggle has been with your Seasonal Affective Disorder, and not the Medifast program itself. Hang in there! I hope you feel better soon! We march towards spring every single day!

Lyn said...


you make a valid point. I have really struggled this winter and in fact the whole basis of my losses before was eating cold icy Medifast shakes as meals. I am less hungry in summer. In winter I crave warm starchy stuff and cannot handle icy shakes at all. Maybe I need to give this effort til spring...

Ria said...

Sorry you're still feeling sick, Lyn -- I hope getting off the meds gets rid of the hives.

Anonymous said...

I too have the same problem with the "junk, carbs etc..." causing headaches and sinus problems. As soon as I started to eat healthy it ALL went away. I had my "little binge" last week and felt awfull all wknd. Been back on track and had an AWESOME workout last night ... feel so much better. Take care of yourself, try to eat as "clean" or "medifast" as you can. Feel better, I know what it is like ... I feel for you. Tracy K.