Veronica's April Journal

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Mon, 04-05-2010 - 12:19pm

The end of last week ended up crazy, but all in all, it was a good week. Got my ultrasound done on Thursday, and found my IUD, still in place, just no easy way to take it out, will try to get it out again next Thursday, wish me luck!

Dh's checkup is today, and he's so nervous, poor baby! He hates doctors. I think he got even more nervous this weekend talking to his parents- his dad is having some diabetes related complications and his mom has just had to start cholesterol meds this year. Anyways, once his appointment is done, we'll be going in to get our blood work drawn, probably tomorrow morning before work.

Had a great dinner out with a friend from work and her husband on Saturday. We ordered steaks with salad and veggies. The steak ended up going pretty far, we ate part at the restaurant and had enough leftovers to have steak and eggs for Easter morning breakfast, and still had enough to make a fajita for dh and I for lunch.

Yesterday's menu

B- one egg, one egg white, about an ounce of sliced steak, sauteed with onions, peppers and green chili
S- none- went to church and they were having brunch, but we resisted temptation and just chatted instead of eating, lol
L- steak fajita on whole wheat tortilla with 1/4 c. guacamole, large salad with ranch dressing
S- powdered milk, cocoa, peanut butter "brownie"
D- 1 1/2 c. homemade beef stew, made with carrots, onions and turnips, 1 slice homemade whole wheat bread, 2 deviled eggs
S- 1 oz. 2% cheddar cheese, 4 baby carrots

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Mon, 04-05-2010 - 5:31pm
Glad you had a good week and found your IUD!
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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 12:20pm

Well, yesterday was a bad day. Took Stevie to OT and he was so good on the way over and did ok during therapy and then, as I was talking to his therapist after his appointment, he just lost it. He jumped and grabbed the therapist, breaking her necklace. So, Kelsey went to take him out of the waiting room and to the car, and there was a lady coming in the door and he grabbed her and knocked her glasses off, and as Kelsey was apologizing, he got the jump on her and took off running across the parking lot and almost made it into the street before she caught him. By then, he had lost one of his shoes and hurt his foot on rocks, so he was crying and carrying on. I had to pick him up to carry him back to the car, and even though he's small for his age, an 80 pound 13 year old is still pretty heavy, lol. After that experience, I don't think we'll be able to keep going back to OT, I just don't feel like it's safe, for him, or everyone else there. I know it's good for him, but I can't completely control him in public, and that's a problem. Even with the two of us, he moves too fast and too unpredictably to stop every thing, sigh.

In other news, eating is going well. Exercise is still coming along. We have completed 4 days so far of our couch to 5k program, tonight is the 5th installment. Definitely harder this week than last, but will try my best to finish it.

Yesterday's menu

B- one egg, one egg white, one piece turkey sausage, 1/2 c. spicy V8
S- 6 oz. ff lite yogurt
L- large salad with ranch dressing, 1 c. ff cottage cheese
S- none
D- chicken fajitas with peppers and onions, served on top of salad instead of tortilla with ranch dressing and a little guacamole
S- powdered milk, cocoa, peanut butter "brownie"

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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 4:30pm
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Fri, 04-16-2010 - 10:22am

The whole post-OT situation sounds just awful....so sorry. I know it isn't the same but the couple times my oldest darted away from me in a parking lot (and once in a store) when she was a toddler scared me sooo bad - I can still remember that sick feeling I had :(


Does Stevie receive any OT at school? We don't have an OT on staff but the school contracts with a company and they come to the school and service our students.

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Mon, 04-19-2010 - 12:23pm

Thanks for the hugs Judy! This past couple of weeks has just been so bad. I feel like I'm starting to lose the war to keep him at home and it just makes me so sad. I don't want him to leave our house until he's at least 18, but everyday, it looks more and more like we may be talking a matter of months and not years until we have to look at placement for him. He's just getting so big, and the teenage years are volatile for even a normal kiddo and you throw in autism, MR and bipolar and you are faced with what often feels like a hopeless situation. One day, hopefully, I'll be able to think of residential treatment as a good thing, but I'm not there yet, not even close. On the good side, his behavior Sunday was very good. We got to take him outside with us as we bbq'd and he sat on the porch and was very calm. We got him a bath and he actually took his meds without a big fight. One day at a time.. that's all we can do.

Back to 161.2 this morning.. total weight loss of 55.6 pounds to date. Dh took me out bra and panty shopping on Saturday. It was long overdue. I was so happy to go down 3 panty sizes, but my bras, ugh.... I've lost an entire cup size! I did pick up a good sport bra, which I really needed. Jogging without proper support is painful. Tonight is W3D1 of my couch to 5K program. I think everyone in the family is feeling a little nervous about this week (well, except the 15 year old who is probably fully capable of jogging for 30 minutes non-stop, heh).

I got my blood-work back from the doctors and it's all good news. Total cholesterol is normal at 185, but the LDL (bad stuff) is an optimal 87 and HDL (good stuff) is also optimal at 69, and my trigs are a really low 44, so I'm happy. Dh is a little grumpy because his numbers weren't as good as mine, but his were still pretty good. Although his overall cholestrol is a little high, his LDL was in the normal range and his HDL was on the higher side of normal. No meds for him yet, just keep an eye on it.

Still praying for you Sue, hoping today is a good day for you!

Yesterday's menu

B- one egg, one egg white, one piece baked oatmeal, 1/2 c. spicy V8
S- 10 grapes, shared a cappuccino with dh on the way to church (sugar free butter rum syrup and fat free milk)
L- large salad with leftover chipotle beef, ranch dressing
S- powdered milk, cocoa, peanut butter "brownie"
D- grilled chicken, 1/2 baked sweet potato, 1 c. roasted cauliflower
S- 1/2 oz. 2% cheddar cheese, 5 grapes and 3 strawberries

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Tue, 04-20-2010 - 9:21am
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Fri, 04-23-2010 - 12:10pm

Well, I did talk to Stevie's case worker and received some stunning news. Apparently there are NO options for residential care for Stevie until he turns 18, unless we want to do an inpatient treatment center and there are none of those available in Alaska, so he'd have to go to Washington State. That is not an option. As tough as the last 3 years have been, I have no idea how we're gonna make it 4 1/2 years until he turns 18.. one day at a time I guess. We are now wondering if there is some hormone management we can do medically to help tone down some of this aggression we are seeing. I'm making him an appointment to go talk to his doctor and find out if she has any suggestions.

On a good note, I am really digging the stress relief of jogging... none of the other forms of exercise we've tried can touch the jogging for stress relief. My daughter went out and bought herself a fancy new pair of running shoes and I need to take dh over this weekend to get him some. I need new shoes as well, but of all of us, my running shoes are in the best shape, so I'll get the last pair. Tonight is our last run of the week, then next week we have a BIG jump in the amount of time we are jogging instead of walking.

Monday morning I have a job interview, and I'm pretty nervous. I REALLY want this job and it would be such a boost to the family's finances (it's for the attendance secretary position at the elementary school here). It would pretty much double my pay checks, but of course, I'd be working longer hours. We'll see how it goes.

Yesterday's menu

B- one egg, one egg white, one piece 2% American cheese, one slice whole wheat toast, 1/2 c. spicy V8
S- 3/4 c. blueberries, 6 oz. ff lite yogurt
L- large salad with ranch dressing, 3/4 c. ff cottage cheese
S- powdered milk, cocoa, peanut butter "brownie"
D- 1 c. beef stew made with carrots, onions and turnips, 1 slice homemade whole wheat bread
S- 1 oz. 2% cheddar cheese, 5 baby carrots, 6 cherry tomatoes

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Fri, 04-23-2010 - 5:18pm
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Tue, 04-27-2010 - 10:39am

Wow, I'm shocked about the residential care! Good luck with the doctor, there must be something that can be done to help.


You are doing such a fabulous job with everything!!! I know it has been hard work but it has really paid off for you :) Considering the stress you are under to manage to lose ANY weight would be huge and you have lost 55lbs??? Amazing. You are an awesome lady!! I hope you are really, really proud of yourself.


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Tue, 04-27-2010 - 11:03am
Yes.....what she said!

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