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May 27, 2014

Welcome Back and News From the Health Front

I've gotten moved, am back to blogging and have a lot to tell you on the health front. As many of you know, I have lupus, and moving was a horrendous strain on my body. First off, my back went out, so I had a hard time packing. I had to leave a lot of stuff behind, because I did not get it all packed, but nothing important that can't be replaced.

Lost My Toenail!

I lost my big toenail on my right foot from wearing shoes that were not suitable for that work, and that were soaking wet most of the time, since we had to load the truck in the pouring rain. It just kept sliding and hitting the front of my shoe, and it knocked it completely off the nail bed except for a small little strip on the left side. Other toes were damaged too,  and a couple turned black, but they did not come loose, so they will eventually grow out.

For the loose toenail, I am having to keep it taped on to protect the nail bed until it grows out. It can take up to 18 months for a toenail to grow out, which is a loooong time in FL, where we go barefoot most of the time. I have to keep soaking it in borax and epsom salts to keep fungus from breeding, and keep antibiotic ointment under the nail. I'm going to get some dark toenail polish and paint the nails so the black doesn't show. I can only hope it grows back normally, not all distorted.

Walking, Walking, Walking

I was very sore from all the bending, stooping and lifting after my move, but I still had to walk. I live 8/10 of a mile from the nearest grocery store, and I got here with very little food, but I managed to make do with what I had until I could get to the store on the Monday after I moved. I was still taking lots of pain killers (ibuprofen and naproxen), but the soles on my walking shoes broke in two, so I was walking in flip flops. This caused my legs and feet to swell terribly, but the only shoe store did not have anything suitable in my size. I did buy some Nike slides, which gave my feet a lot more support, but rubbed blisters on the top of my feet. $20 down the drain -- at least until I can get them broken in.

I finally went to find shoes, but couldn't find anything decent that I could actually afford, so I ended up buying a $25 pair of Champion walking shoes from Payless. I got gel insoles, and they are comfortable. I know they won't last me long with all the walking I have to do, but it's better than flip flops! I can walk further now without huffing and puffing and feel myself getting stronger every day.

Water Retention Scare

When my legs and feet swelled up so badly, my abdomen also started swelling, and I knew I was retaining water. When I looked online, I was terribly afraid it was congestive heart failure or kidney failure, but once I stopped taking so many pain relievers, it started to go down. I ordered Hawthorne Berries and CoQ10 from Puritan's Pride, but the order was sent to my old address, and I haven't even received them yet. I'll still take them once they get here, though.

Green Tea and Weight Loss

I've lost about 5 lbs, I figure (hard to tell without a scale). My belly is getting flatter and my clothes are a little looser. I'm sure it's all just water weight, but that's o.k. I've started drinking a lot of iced green tea with lemon juice, which is not only refreshing, but very good for you and helps lose weight. My goal is to lose 30 lbs. by Christmas, so you can see I'm taking it slowly. I'm adopting a mostly raw food diet. I've been reading The Raw Food Diet book, but it seems to promote very expensive brand name products that I can't afford, so I'm looking for a good raw food forum where I can get advice.

Well, that's it for now. Hope this wasn't too long, and that you got something out of it. I'll have more specific information from here on out, with facts, figures and more.