Friday, April 22, 2011

A Little Update

I didn't get the radiology report yesterday but will try and get in to get it today. I had a sore throat yesterday morning, and one by one during the day each of my older kids said "I have a sore throat and feel sick." Mine got worse over the course of a few hours and now I feel awful. Headache, sniffles, very sore throat. My little girl is still in bed this morning, and it's very unusual for her to sleep in at all, so I hope she isn't sick now too. Just in time for Easter weekend.

Has anyone else noticed I am getting sick, like, ALL the time lately?? I did not get sick at all for more than 8 months straight and then this winter it has been on thing after another. I hope good nutrition will build up my immune system. Whenever I am sick, I feel like life is being wasted sitting around feeling miserable!

I think I might start posting my food and calorie intake on my blog again, or at least on Twitter, to help me be accountable. I am really enjoying adding more carby veggies and fruit into my diet. Yesterday I bought fresh strawberries, 2 kinds of mangoes, salad stuff, cherry tomatoes, bananas, frozen dark cherries, frozen wild organic blueberries, petite peas, baby carrots, a red Garnet yam, and some frozen Brussels sprouts!

I had a very long, vivid, intense dream last night. I was at my aunt's house, and my family was getting ready to pack up and go home. I was gathering stuffed animals from the dirty hamper because they had gotten stuff on them and never had gotten washed but I wanted to bring them home. We all got on a plane, and we were flying somewhere and suddenly we were on an Amtrack train and I couldn't get my stuff together quick enough and all my family was gone. I looked out the windows and we were in China or something because all the signs were in some Chinese-looking writing, and everyone else on the train was suddenly Asian. We were speeding along towards a huge station and I had no idea where I was or how to get home. I was all alone. A young Asian couple who was bilingual smiled and explained to me how to get there... I think they were supposed to be helping me get home... but they were in a hurry and got off the train and into a car and sped away, waving and smiling as I sputtered, "wait... what did you say? Where do I go after I get off this train? Which direction?" And I felt this forlorn feeling wave over me, wondered if my family would ever see me again, and realized I had no money.

At first when I woke up I thought it might be about weight loss. Then I remembered that the overwhelming feeling in the dream was one of abandonment and being alone. I thought about a conversation I had yesterday with a friend about my mother's death. I do have feelings of being 'left behind' because, it seems, "everyone's dead." All the grandparents were gone decades ago, father gone more than 20 years ago and mother gone 10. No siblings. And as I was typing this I thought the whole "friendly Asian couple" represented that young Asian doctor who was supposed to take care of me but rushed off smiling instead.

Well, enough dream interpretation for now. I have a ton to do today but if my princess is sick, I will have to figure out something else. Maybe get one of my sick boys to babysit my sick girl so I can do the Easter shopping at least.


I am off to make some breakfast. Enjoy your day!

15 comments:

lisa~sunshine said...

great job on the new plan.. I think keeping track on your blog or twitter is a good idea.. I know your going to do a awesome job...

gracies tough journey said...

You also might have had that dream because you were sick. My kids and I always seem to have weird or bad dreams when we were either coming down with something or sick. Get well soon hun.

Lily Fluffbottom said...

Being sick all the time is lame. It interrupts everything! I hope you and your kids make a quick recovery.

Keeping track of food always makes a huge difference for me. Good luck!

Britt ♥ said...

It is so bizarre how little tidbits of your life manifest in your dreams, like the doctor. Just mentioning a certain person that I don't see or talk to on a regular basis triggers a dream of them.

Feel better!

debby said...

I think people who have a lot of kids are more exposed to a bigger variety of 'bugs.' But I wonder if there's any relationship between the limited foods on medifast and your immune system? It'll be interesting to see how you do adding in the fresh fruits and veggies. I know that since I have been eating good foods for a few years I have stopped getting sick at all it seems. Now watch. I"ll get the next virus that comes along--it'll serve me right LOL.

spunkysuzi said...

I really hope your family is all healthy soon! blogging and twitter keep me accountable :)

Anonymous said...

Lynn-

My heart goes out to you in your stuggle to deal with the feelings around your mom. I tried EMDR with a therapist and cannnot say how much better I feel. I can remeber both the good and the bad without the emotional need to binge to keep the feelings down. I hope you find peace with that part of your past. You are a wonderful mother, and such a good perso nto encourage us all i nthis quest for health. God bless, and Happy Easter!

Karin said...

Lyn, you've been so open and wonderful and honest with your struggles, truly appreciated. I have a thought regarding your frequent bouts of illnesses...While the Medifast plan is helping you lose weight, my fear is that because it is basically processed and not real food I think your system may be reacting to it in a not so great way. Just something to consider. It truly may be time to get back to real eating, I know you're adding in more food, that's great...but perhaps it's time to ditch the rest of the medifast and go full on real food. Just a though.

Lyn said...

debby & Karin~

here's my honest thoughts on the Medifast/immune system thing. My experience was, I used to be prone to getting sinus infections and colds a LOT. Very often. You can see it throughout the first few years of my blog. When I started Medifast, I did not get sick at all for something like 8 months straight. I was really surprized at that. Now, I am not sure if it was something about the nutrition that I'd been missing before, or if it was lowering the carbs and getting off sugar that made the difference. I suspect sugar lowers my immune system. Because when I started eating off plan (around October) I started getting sick again. But then again, my sicknesses all coincided with fall/winter, too.

Lyn said...

oh, also, Karin~

I am using Medifast right now as a transition to "real food" because the Medifast meals are very filling and high in protein for only about 100 calories. Easy, convenient, decent nutrition IMO, and helps me keep my calories lower.

I am also still using Splenda/diet sodas but only until I deplete what I have on hand. I won't be buying any more.

Forty Pound Sack said...

I did notice you seem to be getting sick a lot, and so do your kids. I have to wonder, have you had any issues in your home? Any airflow problems or water leaks? Had any work done that might have disturbed lead paint dust? It could be just plain bad luck, but if you've had any issues with your home or done any non-routine maintenance it's worth looking into. I personally don't think Medifast is the culprit since it sounds like several of your kids have been sick a lot, too, but hey - what do I know? Hope you all are feeling better now!

A.Pro said...

I briefly read you blog and I admire your determination and courage. And I will follow it now! Your results are amazing and I just wanted to say congratulations! I am trying to start a blog and track my own progress. Thank you for inspiration!

hopefulandfree said...

It's tempting to find something to blame or explain the increase in illness. All it takes, though, it to come in direct contact with a particularly virulent strain...and soon you are sick unless you have previously developed immunity to that particular strain. It could mean that you are getting out and about in the world more, or eating more produce (just TRY to eliminate all germs/viruses from every morsel of fruit, for instance--gonna scrub strawberries?)

Mostly, worry doesn't help. Washing hands regularly and reminding all family members (yes, again, LOL) to do the same will actually reduce your risk of communicable illnesses more than any other single factor.

Take care! Hope you all feel better soon! A bit of time spent out in the sunshine may not heal your physical ills but can be quite rejuvenating to the spirit! :)

timothy said...

y'all feel better hon, and i almost NEVER get sick my trick is garlic every single day. it's anti- fungal/bacterial/microbal basically anti everything! i take it in mega doises 20/30,000 mg as soon as i start to feel icky

Diandra said...

Being sick is terrible - sorry! How's your zinc intake? Get well soon!