Thursday, February 14, 2008

of chocolates, diets, and E-lectricity

So, so, so....let me tell you about the nerve conduction study. I had little pads stuck to my hands and there were wires attached leading to a machine that measured....something, though I don't know what that would be. Then she made little marks on my skin, measured with a tape measure between the marks and touched this handheld thingie with two metal prongs to my skin on the marked spot. I felt an f-ing lightning bolt a tiny zap of electricity, my hand flopped around like a landed fish and the technician made notes. After both hands were done, she pronounced that I did indeed have carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, which didn't surprise either one of us, but she also said that she was getting equal readings from both hands. This did surprise me because I haven't had feeling in the fingers (except my pinkie) of my left hand since December and I only have numbness in my right hand when I drive and sleep which I can usually just either shake out or hang my hand off the edge of the bed and it goes away. The left hand has remained at a consistent and unvarying level of numbness for going on three months. The strangeness of the human body will never cease to amaze me... It's off to surgery now so they can cut that little "tunnel" open and release the pressure on my nerves. I'm hoping it won't be long because I am tired of this mess, let me tell ya!

On other health related news, I've lost 5 lbs this month! 5 down, 195 to go! KT and I have decided that this is the year we are going to be different. I've been having a change of heart where my lifestyle is concerned and so has she so we are banding together to be better people. I lost 180lbs about 4 years ago and I mentioned to KT that I had thought and pondered and managed to trace back my loss of motivation to the 4 or 5 months leading up to graduate school when I honest-to-God admitted to myself that I was going back to school. A whole host of crappy events followed that compounded the problem but, as pansy-@$$ed as that makes me, the very thought of having to do something I absolutely abhored was such a downer.

Now I'm out, not going back for any reason and I believe I'm beginning to get some of that fire back. I'm eating 5-7 fruits and veggies a day, cooking good meals at home, not eating out, and slowly, glacially getting back some semblance of a habit of exercising. KT mentioned that she'd joined this free, online weightloss community and I decided to have a look too. Now, we are both members of SparkPeople and I've been having the best time with it! There is all sorts of stuff to do, pages to personalize, groups and message boards to join, recipes, shopping lists, meal plans, customizable fitness routines, and MUCH, much more. It is like We1gth W@tchers, only free!

After all this talk of the good things I've been doing, I must admit that one of my patrons brought me a small box of Godiva chocolate and I ate the whole box, minus one, since I did have to offer KT WAS Godiva after all :) Back on the wagon on the morrow for sure since this oversight has made me have a yucky suger-overload headache all afternoon.

evenin' ya'll!


Kenny P. said...

This post has been an emotional rollercoaster for me.

Congratulations on eating better and losing weight! That's great! I'm pulling for you.

Bummer about the carpal tunnel business. I hope the surgery is a complete success. When will that occur?

Beth Skove, Publisher said...

Great news that you are changing your lifestyle for a more healthier version. Eating out is what packs on the pounds for me (well, and probably the glass or two of wine I enjoy). Glad to hear you're cutting the bad stuff out and adding in all those fresh veggies and fruits.. Good luck and keep us posted!

Erica said...

good for you! your determination is inspiring :)

when do you have to have surgery now? that sucks!

Holley T said...

I don't know how long it takes for the hospital to send the results to my GP and for him to get in touch with me...I'm going to give it two weeks or so then call.

He wanted me to try and lose some weight (everyone's cureall for everything from acid reflux all the way to Rawandan genocide it seems) to see if that would help the problem any and reassess in the summer but I really don't want to wait that long and the technician who did my test said that didn't make any sense to her either. We'll see.

I'll definitely keep you posted about such things here as well as many other less important things, as usual :)