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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Another week down, and it was a bit busy.

The Big Guy ended up staying in the hospital until Thursday after lunch. It was a frustrating time for him, because every morning, the doc would come in and look at his labs, and tell him “Let’s give it another 24 hours and then see how your labs are.” It was a relief when they finally decided he could go home on oral antibiotics.

The hospital he was at is not the easiest to get to if you don’t have a car, especially on the weekend. I went to see him on Sunday, take him some clean shorts and his iPhone charger. I used the way-finder program on TheBus’s website, and the quickest way was for me to take a local shuttle and bike the rest of the way. (About 2/3 of a mile) I got turned around and lost and ended up in the middle of the Salt Lake area of Honolulu. What should have taken me about 10 minutes totaled up to 26. On the plus side, it was quite a work out, up and down hills.

I went back on Monday and Tuesday, a little easier to get there because there are two additional buses running.

Wednesday was Pop’s monthly check up with his Nephrologist. We take the Handi-Van to get there. It is a little Humbug, because we have to schedule the pick up 2 hours before the appointment, and this month the van was full when it picked us up. We got to the clinic early and we were lucky, we didn’t have to wait. Unfortunately, we did have to wait for our return ride. We left the house at 11:30am and did not get home until just after 5pm. If I had a car, we could have left at noon and been back by 3pm. This is definitely one of the times I miss having a vehicle. We did stop off and check on The Big Guy before we left (Clinic is attached to the Hospital).

Thursday I decided to ride to Makaha and back and to make it really challenging, I went up the hill to the resort. I wasn’t able to pedal all the way up the hill, so I have decided to make it a weekly project. I want to be able to make it the whole way with out walking.

Friday was my boss’s birthday. She loves Korean food, so we ordered out. I got a BBQ chicken and Teriyaki beef combination plate, no rice. For my sides I got choi sum, corn, cabbage, broccoli, and long rice (Bean thread or cellophane noodles). That plate has fed me all weekend! I did have to bring a veggie from home today, but I have some meat left to take home.

I did find myself doing a lot of picking. Grabbing random items and popping them in my mouth. A chip here, a cracker there. I still need to work on recording everything I eat, but I did great on getting my exercise in. I have a shelf full of exercise videos, some still unopened. I will use one that is a cardio routine and one that is a strength training routine, and switch them out each week. My elbow is still giving me problems, so I have to be careful about how much weight I am lifting. I am up .6 of a pound, and I know it is because I didn’t pay close attention to what I was eating, so I am going to focus on my food this week.

Another project/goal: Research the nutritional information on some of the common foods here in Hawaii. Another Spark user entered data about long rice, so I happily added it to my food tracker Friday. I just about had a cow when I saw over 600 calories for 1¼ cup of noodles! Tried looking on the internet, but couldn’t find any concrete data. Most pasta is only 250 calories for a cup, and plain mung bean sprouts are low calorie, so what the heck! If it really is that high, no more chicken long rice for me! What about other types of oriental noodles? My Pop makes a great stir-fry with fresh chow mein noodles. I would be very sad if I can’t have them.
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    OMG - long rice has 600 calories in a cup? Holey Moley!!

    Wish for you that you had a car when I read how much time gets eaten up without one. You are so good about it! It is awesome in that it makes you walk and bike more. So I guess all in all it might be kind of a blessing in disguise.
    Glad to hear the Big Guy is better! Whew! Thank goodness you made sure he got to the hospital!!
    Have a great week.
    3217 days ago
    Scary times! So glad that the Big Guy was able to get out of the hospital and is on the mend.

    I did a little looking on the Internet and found this site telling about the calories in long rice noodles:


    I hope the info is helpful to you!
    3220 days ago
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    I'm glad to hear that the Big Guy is doing better. He is so lucky that you were able to realize how serious his condition was and get him to the hospital, and that the hospital knew what to do. I was reading a story just today about a little boy in NYC who developed the same kind of infection - only his doctor and the ER didn't realize what it was, and by the time they did, it was too late and he died.
    3220 days ago
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