Such big plans I had with my “45 for 45”. I do still plan to work on health improvement but taking a slightly different approach. The past month I have been reassessing my health and allergies. I am allergic to most everything environmental (barring some strains of mold, horse dander, and roaches). If I am allergic to trees, grass, etc., I must have food sensitivity. I have met twice with a nutritionist. The first time was to set simple goals for stress relief, adding vegetables/fiber to current diet, replacing afternoon coffee with tea, and taking Epsom salt baths. The second meeting was to discuss my horrific allergies. I take two types of allergy medicine and have been on 3 maintenance allergy shots for about 2 years now. They are not making a dent. I figure I must be adding to my misery by eating certain foods. Although reading pro and con articles on the subject, I decided to have LEAP bloodwork. My allergist’s office also gives the test, which is not covered by insurance, for double the cost and ONE follow-up appointment. The nutritionist says it takes much more than one follow-up since, in addition to the bloodwork, we will be testing other foods by adding them slowly back into my diet. I hope to have my results back by the beginning of May. I can just picture EVERYTHING in the red category (meaning highly reactive).
Yesterday, I made an appointment with my primary care physician/internist to discuss my medication list and the side effects I am having. In other words, I made the appointment because I feel gross. I am on hormones due to my oophorectomy/hysterectomy. The testosterone has given me terrible body acne and body hair growth. Neither of which I have ever had to deal with in my 43 years. I am also very inpatient and quick to anger. Well, those I have had to deal with in my 43 years. My other medications all tend to have the side effect of fatigue and insomnia. I get roughly 4-5 hours of sleep per night and am dragging all day. That does not give me much motivation, focus, or acuity. We have decided to reduce my supplements to only a handful (Multi-vitamin, Calcium, D3, B12 shots, and probiotic), replace Zyrtec with Xyzal, and taper off Gabapentin. I may also decide to taper off Singulair, Fluoxetine and Simvastatin.
Lastly, I bought a FitDesk for downstairs. With the new puppies, I can no longer ride the bike upstairs without doggies under my feet. In the living room, they will stay on the couch while I ride and work. I received the bike on Tuesday, built it with the help of my husband Tuesday night, and have ridden it Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for 45-50 minutes each day. I have hopes to, eventually, add other exercise to my routine, but baby steps!