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My Blood Kicks Ass

Friday, September 5th, 2008

A few weeks ago I had my blood drawn for my semi-regular physical. There was a mix up with the scheduling, so I wasn’t able to get the actual physical until today. It seems like so long ago now because I’ve had so many other health issues crop up since then. At least today I was able to discuss the issues with my neck and shoulders along with getting the physical.

The doctor gave me a copy of my blood test results – she was blown away by the numbers. When I told her that I don’t eat sugar, flour, wheat, or caffeine she said those things definitely explained my results. Here are some of the numbers:

Triglycerides: 43
Total Cholesterol: 124
HDL Cholesterol: 58
LDL Cholesterol: 57
Glucose: 76
Sodium: 142
Potassium: 3.8
Chloride: 109
Carbon Dioxide: 25
Calcium: 8.5
Protein: 6.2

I didn’t know that things like potassium, chloride, and carbon dioxide were even tested. I’m not sure what it means if these levels don’t fall with normal ranges, either. The one concern she mentioned was that my calcium is a bit low. This makes sense since I don’t eat dairy, save for the recently incorporated clarified butter. I am working on getting the dairy back into my food plan slowly, and will get this re-checked in a month. There were two other items that showed up “out of range” (on the low side) and they were my total cholesterol – which she assured me was a very good thing – and my platelets – which she didn’t mention. I need to research what that means, if anything.

It felt good to be able to answer her questions in a healthy way. “Do you smoke?” – No. “How much alcohol do you consume?” – None. The only thing that I need to work on is being able to say, “Yes, regularly!” to the “Do you exercise?” question. So now that I’ve been given a clean bill of health aside from my neck and shoulder pain from the accident, I should be due to get hit by a bus any day now.

As far as my neck and shoulders go – she said it’s normal to still be in pain two weeks after the fact. If I’m still in pain in 2 more weeks, then she will send me to physical therapy. Here’s hoping that doesn’t have to happen.


Thursday, October 11th, 2007

I’m so grateful my hairdresser lives across the street. When I talked to her yesterday because she wanted to reschedule my hair appointment for tonight, I told her that my bangs were driving me nuts, so she said she would come over after work to cut my bangs. How nice is that? She angled them so one side is shorter than the other, since I always sweep them over to one side. The short side is a bit shorter than I’m used to, especially since my bangs were down below my nose before she cut them – but I think I’m loving it!

These pics were taken on my new cell phone earlier today.

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Virtual Makeover at Makeover Solutions

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

I just had the most fun over at Makeover Solutions trying to find a new hairstyle. Since I’m getting my hair cut next week, I’ve been on the look out for hairstyles. I was actually supposed to get my hair cut tomorrow night, but my hairdresser, who also happens to be my neighbor, had to reschedule. In exchange for rescheduling, she said she would come over tonight to cut my bangs. As I was typing this post, she came over – and it just so happens that she and her daughter were also using virtual makeover software to test out new looks tonight! All the cool kids are doing this, apparently.

We talked about my hair and she agreed that going slightly darker with some caramel highlights is the way to go. I’m so excited for next Saturday now, when I can get transformed into something like this: – Amy: Before & After!

Amy's Makeover

I’ve used these makeover sites before, you’ve seen the results of such in the past right here on this very blog, I’m sure. However, Makeover Solutions has the best technology of all of the sites I’ve used thus far; the hair actually fit on my head! And not only does the hair fit, but I can also add highlights and lowlights to it.

What I really liked was the site did a makeover not only on my hair, but also on my makeup. There are a lot of options for eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, lipstick, lipliner, and lip gloss even on the free version. I saw all kinds of makeup brands for the paid version that were awfully tempting, too. I could spend hours on this site, as could most women I know. Fun!

Shoe Shopping!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

I went shoe shopping this weekend while I was in Rehoboth Beach. I always love going down there and stocking up on new shoes for the upcoming season. Since I go in April and October, I’m able to get my fill of shoes for all four seasons pretty easily. Until just a few short years ago, I was never really into shoes, either. I always just went to Payless and got a pair or two for each season and considered it all good. I didn’t understand the obsession with shoes some of my girlfriends seemed to have – shoes weren’t something I ever thought about except when I had to put them on to go outside.

But now, it’s all different. I know designer names and have preferences for shoes made by certain makers. My head turns and my feet stop in their tracks when I see things like Josef Seibel shoes on a sign outside a store today. Seemingly out of the blue, one day I started getting hooked on shoes and I’ve never looked back. I’m sure Rob wishes I would look back, though. I’ve got closets full of shoes now! It’s hard to believe there was ever a day I didn’t know about and appreciate brands such as Geox shoes. Or that there was a time when I didn’t really care if my shoes were perfect for my outfit or not; they just had to generally match what I was wearing and I considered myself fully dressed. Today I wouldn’t dream of not having at least a few different choices for black and brown shoes to choose from when picking out my clothes for the day. Sometimes I even decide what clothes I’ll wear after I pick which shoes I feel like wearing.

I guess there’s no mistaking it: I’ve turn into a certified shoeaholic!

Switching Wardrobes

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

It’s that time of year again. Time to start switching out the summer clothes and shoes with the fall stuff. It’s always kind of awkward going from one season to the next. God forbid I have a fashion faux pas and wear white shoes or pants now that Labor Day has passed. Who comes up with these rules, anyway? I also feel weird wearing sandals now that it’s almost mid-September, but it’s still hot has heck out there, so sandals it is.

I got an email that is having a Saturday sale today, so I started browsing through… and a lot of sandals are on sale, but I honestly don’t need another pair of summer shoes. My closets are already overrun with them. I will need some new fall and winter shoes though, I’m sure of it. The only problem is, I forget what I already have, so I need to go through the boxes first before I buy anything. Since I’m still feeling dizzy and tired, I don’t know that I’ll be going through any shoe boxes today. Guess that means I’ll have to pass on the Saturday sale. Oh well. There will be more, I’m sure.

So I’m curious. Do you follow the general fashion rules? Things like no white shoes before Memorial Day or after Labor Day?