A Little Anemia but Lots of 4th of July!!!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

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So I already told you guys, I have officially "lost my groove". Still haven't made it to the gym yet.. despite all of your encouraging and "pushing" comments, lol. But have no fear, I'm feeling back to my old self. And will make the goal for this week's workout.

I've had bouts of extreme, extreme exhaustion over the past two weeks. So much so that one time my blood pressure and heart rate skyrocketed. The other time, every move I made felt like I was about to pass out. It was like blinking alone took too much of my energy. It's an awful, awful feeling... like you're sinking and just can't catch yourself before you fall.
Anyway, once again, I'm anemic! I've had bouts of this before and have all the regular meds and supplements to take when necessary. Plus one day I was so desperate I got a hamburger for extra protein and iron. But all the extra iron and folic acid and everything wasn't doing anything. So long story short, I went to the doctor Saturday and got tested again. Turns out it was anemia again, but this time I'm not iron deficient, I am B12 deficient, which is another anemic factor. Had no idea. So I got my sublingual B12 for the next month and it's made all the difference. TG it wasn't anything worse and I didn't need a transfusion or anything...

So little by little I'm getting back to my old self. Over the weekend I hung out with the moms. I took her to a play where we got all dressed up and had some great laughs. Then the rest of the time we took care of my ailing grandmother. She has dementia and needs a lot of care 24/7. (sigh) That's another story for another day...(another sigh) But between all that, we did get in a nice little barbecue. Hamburgers, corn on the cob and our homemade potato salad. Yum.
On another note...

My 4th of July was great. I went back home and just stayed in bed watching Murder She Wrote aaaaaall day...lol. It was a marathon! Leave me alone, lol.... I don't care how old and non-HD the series is, Angela Lansebury is THE BOMB! Didn't you ever see Bedknobs and Broomsticks as a kid?!? (laughing)... Ok, ok, I digress...

So anyway, I was feeling so much better that I got my little 4th of July on finally by the end of the day and headed out to a friend's party. Outfit, nails and accessories. Here's a sneak peak.

I had a blast. I ate too much including too many sugar cookies, but whatever... one day won't kill me. And I shot my first firework!!! I lighted it and it sparked immediately. Translation, I ran like hell for cover, lol. Then it made this great big sonic boom and shot way up high to burst into two pretty star works. It was awesome. It was like, ah, now I finally get the whole craze with the fireworks scene. It is exhilarating. There were fireworks everywhere in that neighborhood which was overall a great show to see.
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4th of July is my favorite holiday for many reasons. 1) Because it's in the middle of summer and the whole must-be-at-the-beach scene, 2) it's usually filled with family and friends (and minus those you're just pretending to like, lol, you know?), 3) then there are of course the fireworks!!! 4) plus plenty of food namely barbecue which is one of my favorites, and 5) the best part of all... there are absolutely NO GIFTS! (laughing) It's just the best.
Plus it's a wonderful time for reflection on exactly what we have in this country even though half of us are all mutts to a certain extent, lol (meaning, how everyone is heritaged to other countries). I am Jamaican American, but the American part has allowed me to be especially free and dream big.

So here are the pics... I'm in the high 170's. It was a lot of fun getting all dressed up for the occassion, something I have never felt like doing at a higher weight. So despite my self consciousness about my imposssibly short nails and stubby fingers and relentess thunder thighs, I went ahead with the outfit, nails and accessories and did it up in my own Aprile way. Red, white (silver) and blue... (smiling). So that was a success in and of itself...

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Embrace your independence in every way...

Lots of love SP friends. Bless!

P.S. I will be aiming to be back in the gym this very week. Stay tuned... :D
P.P.S. I'm still working on getting the guts to break out my heels again since I've lost all the recent weight. One day soon... keep reminding me! :D

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  • no profile photo CD6096849
    Sounds like you had a lovely holiday. LOVE the dress and the nails are super cute! I'm glad you enjoyed your day
    3597 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1937231
    Love your blog; so glad that you're much better.Eat your greens often, and remember to take your monthly sublingual.Stay Blessed!
    3599 days ago
  • MISSLISA1973
    I'm so glad you went to the doctor to find out what was wrong. Definitely the right thing to do. It's good to hear you are starting to feel better.

    And, BTW, you look darling! I love the nails and the dress. Both super cute!
    3601 days ago
    the b-12 is no fun. "back in the day" when i had problems with that, you HAD to take shots in the butt. no fun at all!

    You look Wonderful as usual! you are shaped like a WOMAN! and that is a GREAT thing! woohoo!!!
    3601 days ago
  • KARENA228
    You're too cute, love your blogs. I'm subscribing and friending you. Glad you got the anemia figured out. Remember for an iron boost, your calaloo, spinach, kale, collard greens are great for you too. So eat your veggies young lady, lol.

    I've been slacking but I'll get back into my groove as well.

    Take care of YOU!
    3601 days ago
    You looked super cute for yesterday!! I'm glad you figured out what was wrong with you and are better now!!
    3601 days ago
  • MLTH125
    Glad you got the Anemia under control. I have the same issue! I've been this way off and on my entire life. I didn't know there were variations of Anemia. I will find out which one I am on Friday. emoticon
    3601 days ago
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