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Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

That line from the movie Forrest Gump keeps running through my head lately. The rest of the quote goes, "You never know what you're going to get."

The problem for me is how I REACT to what I get! Oh sure, I can be the life of the party when things are going right. No problem. But, when things get a little dicey, the Stress Queen boots the Party Queen out the door!

Looking back on my life, I think I see why I have always had problems with my weight. I am definitely an emotional eater. I love food under normal situations and I love to cook. But, during the bad times in life, I want to eat everything in sight. No matter if it is something I really like or n0t. Just anything.

Those of you who know a little about me, know I have been dealing with my DH's decreasing kidney function for the last few months. I have spent most of this last week stressing about his appointment with the specialist yesterday. To the point where I think I actually made myself sick. And, didn't feel like going to the gym. And, did not eat as well as I should. emoticon The good news is that I did NOT go overboard and start binging on everything in sight! That is progress and I will take it!!! emoticon

As I suspected, DH's kidney function continues to decrease and is now at 21%. We have an appointment with a vascular surgeon next week to schedule his surgery to create a fistula in his arm for his eventual dialysis. The doctor said it takes 3 to 4 months to heal and they want to get it ready now. We have been advised to have him do the in clinic hemodialysis instead of the home peritoneal dialysis we had originally planned for. In many ways, this is a relief to me. He has a lot of other medical issues including diabetes and is on a bunch of medications for blood pressure and heart problems also. I think we are both feeling more comfortable with the idea of having medical professionals with him during his dialysis.

We went to the gym together today and had a great workout! It felt so good to be doing something normal together. We will get through this time together as we have gotten through everything else life has given us over the past 32 years. Life is like a box of chocolates....
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    Linda, just read your blog and my prayers are with you and your dh! My sister has been on dialysis for over a year now due to diabetes type 2. Hang in there!
    3376 days ago
    Hi Linda.........
    I am very sorry to hear of your news and am praying for both of you. You are showing such strength by not using food for comfort and continuing to exercise. I am not sure that I would be that strong. Going to the gym together is great for both of you as the exercise should also ease your stress.
    I wish you the best and will continue to pray for you.
    3383 days ago
    Sending positive chocolate vibes your way. emoticon emoticon
    3383 days ago
    Nothing better than true love and chocolates! You both are in my daily prayers...Roc
    3383 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear of your hubby's health problems, so hard to bear.
    Keep yourself well. You owe it to yourself and your other half to keep healthy, and exercise is a great stress reliever.

    Sending positive vibes and prayers emoticon
    3384 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear of your husband's health issues. As hard as it is, you must remember to take care of you including the things you eat. It is like flight attendant says, put on your oxygen then help the around you. May God bless you and hold you bth in the plm of his hand.
    3384 days ago
    Hi Linda - I'm sorry that your husband's kidney function is still decreasing and that he will soon have to start dialysis. I sense from your previous blogs that the two of you (and your children) are a very close family, and I'm glad that you can lean on each other when there are problems. It's probably good that he is going to have the in-clinic dialysis so that there is medical support available, should he need it.

    Congratulations on getting out to the gym and on not over-eating because of the stress. As an emotional eater myself, I understand how tempting it must have been for you.

    My thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with both of you,
    Gail emoticon
    3384 days ago
    Just said a prayer for you and your hubby. Good job for choosing to exercise instead of stressing and overeating. Keep the faith, you can do it. emoticon
    3384 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the problems. Keep your spirits up and you have already discovered one way to do it is to do something "normal" like working out. I am sending you healing thoughts. emoticon
    3384 days ago
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    3384 days ago
    So sorry for the stress and worry you are experiencing. All best to you and to your DH in getting through the treatments: the waiting is very tough.
    3384 days ago
    Have you and hubby in my prayers. Glad that you were able to go to the gym together. That is also a stress reliever. You did very good to not overeat with all that you are going through.

    emoticon Mary Anne
    3384 days ago
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