Day 8 and 9


Time to take it a little easier and appreciate!

After a fantastic workout with Lisa, I felt spent! I was a little dizzy and felt kind of bloated before she came over, I even called her house and told her maybe we shouldn’t workout but she was already on her way!

I pushed through it and Sue came later. We had a really nice girls’ night visit!

But something wasn’t right.

I felt increasingly dizzy. I drank a ton of water but it just sat in my stomach. I started to get a headache and got nauseous. The dizziness got worse. I was pacing because I was feeling like something was really wrong. My fingers started to tingle. The headache got worse. I went online to look at the symptoms of a heart attack. Yep, I had most of them. I called a friend that’s a nurse. He suggested I look at the instruction leaflet with my new blood pressure meds. I could barely read it. He then suggested I call my pharmacist. She wasn’t very helpful but told me to call Telehealth. I did that. After chatting with an RN for a little bit, the dizziness and headache got worse and I was getting confused. She called 911. An ambulance showed up at my door! I hated leaving my dog behind but I knew I needed medical attention. I thought I was having a stroke or heart attack!

Once inside the ambulance, the team immediately assessed my symptoms then called ahead to hospitals to see where I could go. They said I was in luck that one of the urgent care centres had no waiting! We were off to University.

Once there, they immediately put me on heart sensors. The doc checked me over, they took some blood and although my pressure was high, it wasn’t insane. The doc said people walk around with that blood pressure and are fine. He was puzzled. I explained that I felt like maybe I was dehydrated because my new meds had a diuretic component. When my blood tests came back, he said my sodium was dangerously, almost toxicly, low and that I needed to stay in hospital for treatment. They started an IV drip right away.

I had to stay in emerg all night, then all the next day. I got my blood taken every four hours, 24-7.

As I began to feel better, apparently I wasn’t back to a healthy level of sodium yet.

I had to stay one more night but they found me a bed in a room!

In the meantime, the most wonderful network of friends and neighbours came together to take care of my dog Lola. I was very worried about how she would get out to pee, get fed, etc, and all my friends took a turn at taking care of her. So while I was in hospital getting better, my extended family was taking care of my girl. I am SO grateful to have such wonderful and caring people in my life. Each and every one of them. Some came to visit and brought me stuff to read, brought me a change of clothes, phone charger, stuff from home, and eventually drove me home.

Today, Saturday, I’m finally back!

The doc said I ended up being hypnotremic or sodium deficient because of a combination of taking a diuretic (the blood pressure meds) and overhydrating. In other words, I can drink water but I also need to drink something else that replenishes electrolytes in my body, even though I’ve been taken off the previous blood pressure medicine. They made it clear before I was released, not TOO much water… ever!

So now this weekend I’m going to walk my dog a lot and appreciate her, but I also owe everyone who reached out and lended a hand a huge thank you! We are SO lucky to have such giving, compassionate people in our lives!

THANK YOU! ALL OF YOU!!!

Of course Lisa feels terrible and partly responsible for my episode because she feels like she forced me through what turned out to be my dehydration! How was she to know??? I didn’t even know, I thought the dizziness was just a side effect of the medication!!!

So strict orders from her to not workout AT ALL this weekend, she said next week too but I think we can negotiate that later 🙂

So time for relaxation just in time for some nice weather!

Hey and I have an interview on Tuesday as a part-time caregiver for a woman with CP (Cerebral Palsy)! Sounds kind of fun so we shall see. And I have an appointment with my GP on Thursday to adjust my meds!

So a little training break to smell the roses!

Because I’m feeling all mushy and emotional, this song came to mind. I’m not a huge Celine Dion fan but I AM a big fan of the movie Up Close and Personal with Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer which this song was from…

WARNING: Very mushy!

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Day 3


I’m learning a lot in a short time, a lightbulb in so many areas!

First, I had my first training session with my friend Lisa, it was fantastic! I learned that using a foam roller may be somewhat of a Godsend in helping stretch out my hips, hamstrings and IT band! And I can pick one up at the Fitness Depot! They actually have them in stock!

The workout itself was basically to see what my fitness level is. It’s not terrible but there is lots of room for improvement and setting personal goals! Lisa is SO encouraging and just working with her, I know if she says to give something a try, I’ll push myself much more than just doing weights myself! She is great at having me move through different exercises without much of a break to keep my heart rate up! I was huffing and puffing! I felt really good after but extremely tired! I made a bad choice not to eat before going over but brought a banana and some protein powder. Lisa made me an awesome shake with them to recover!

I really needed to get a one-piece swimsuit for the swim and I’m hoping to get a lesson from a generous friend that used to swim competitively, just to get the front crawl breathing and an overall better technique! I got a Nike suit at Winners for a fairly reasonable price!

On a personal note, I learned for the umpteenth time, texting and email can be misinterpreted and, in some cases, insensitive and hurtful. I hope I have finally learned my lesson, that voice to voice or face to face are always the best discussions to have. No exceptions. I have hurt a friend by joking in an email when the time was inappropriate. I feel terrible. It’s not the first time, and likely won’t be the last, but I have learned a valuable lesson that waiting to speak in person or on the phone, is the best modus operandi. Keeping my mouth shut is also a good option!

Tomorrow I’m to drive to Stratford and meet the manager at the clothing store. It’s supposed to rain and to my surprise SNOWED today so it may be touch and go!

My next session with Lisa is Tuesday afternoon and I’ll have to fit in a run tomorrow!

Man, I’m going to sleep well!

I love this Jann Arden song and it’s just about how I feel today! 🙂