BRAIN SURGERY

My 16 year old Weslee is getting brain surgery for his uncontrolled epilepsy in May 2013. Please help us raise money ... between the inhospital stay, 2 surgeries, recuperation and rehab, we need about $250,000. Thank you.

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Back in the Saddle. Again. Hopefully.

Has it really been almost a year since I've written? Oh my. So sorry. I will do better.

It has been an eventful 12 months. My son had two brain surgeries May 2013 to try to get rid of his epilepsy. The surgeon took out his rt occipital lobe, rt hippocampus, part of the rt frontal lobe, and a tumor. While this did result in less seizures, he was left with 1/4 blindness in each eye, memory problems, and difficulties walking and talking. He also lost most of his memories, especially having to do with schoolwork.

It's been a struggle but he is walking and talking better. We are back to homeschooling because we had to start all over again.

As far as me... I can barely walk so am waiting for knee surgeries to happen in the Fall. Meanwhile, I try to move my upper body as much as possible. Not very succcessful.

And working to clean up my diet. Kind of a paleo but really can't imagine no legumes or dairy, so writing up my own diet. Assuming it works, I will publish a book about it.

Basics about it:
All kinds of veggies
All kinds of fruits
All kinds of legumes
All kinds of meats, seafood, poultry and eggs
Some dairy
Honey and stevia for sweeteners

NO GRAINS.

Instead, I am working up recipes for "bread" using nut flours, bean flours, coconut and sorghum flours, and crackers using soaked flax and chia seeds.

Trying trying trying.

So far, it is still SUCH a struggle to NOT eat cake, bread and pasta. Difficult to eat a BLT without the bread. Gotta figure this out. GOTTA.

My son needs me.

**I** need me.

Intake for Sat Apr 20

Grabbed a big frozen pkg of pork chops from the freezer yesterday so before I went to bed, divided them into 3 crockpots and cooked on low all night (mostly with just garlic). And then, because all of the water and tea I drank, I was up all night in the bathroom!

Yesterday's intake:

8 a.m.: 1/4 cup cooked pork, water

10:30 a.m.:  chicken nuggets, pear, strawberry/banana smoothie, rice crackers

1:30 p.m.: leftover pizza (chicken, onion, mushrooms, green peppers), water.

Here's my downfall: I needed to make some sample cupcakes for a customer's graduation party. Yes, I ate a cupcake and some frosting (all homemade). I then drank tons of water to start flushing out the sugar again.

4:30 p.m.:  boiled egg with spicy brown mustard, water

6:30 p.m.: Hubby brought home dinner from Panda Express: orange chicken, honey walnut shrimp, brown rice and 2 egg rolls. Oh well. He tried.

9:00: pecans and almonds, water, my evening pills

Not great but today's another day!

Intake for Apr 19 Fri

Let's see if I can keep a tally of what I eat.  My goal is 6 small meals a day, very little processed foods, etc. Basically a mediterranean diet but even more so geared to my pre-diabetes/diabetic problem (see yesterday's post).

Friday, Apr 19

7 a.m. - last of a premade protein drink, handful of whole unsalted almonds, water. 10 min light exercise.

10 a.m. - tuna salad with egg & pickle relish, brown rice crackers, apple, water. Did chores.

1 p.m. - sandwich: whole grain bread with natural peanut butter and cream cheese, water

4 p.m. - had doc appt at 3:30 for eyes so took 100 cal guac snack pack with some cheapo triscuits, water

at doc. blood tested at 4:30 was 94 so I'm NOT diabetic!  Woohoo!  Took Kid (who'd napped in the exam room) and met Hubby at local pizzeria.

6 p.m. - pizza with chicken, mushrooms, red onion and green peppers, with a side salad and 4 glasses of tea

Now, just because the theory of my blurred vision is different (on-going migraine causing vision and hearing problems), it doesn't mean that I'm gonna eat cupcakes and stuff all the time again.  Sure did scare me. 

Back on the wagon. Again. Gotta. Poss Diabettes.

My knees have gotten so bad that I couldn't walk. But I need to.  When my son has a seizure, I need to be able to catch him.  I need to be able to feed the chickens and goats, walk the dog, clean the house, play with my ever-regressing son.

Last week I bit the bullet, called the ortho doc and made the appointment. A cortizone shot in each knee. Within 24 hours I could walk with about 50% less pain, BUT my legs had swollen so my shoes didn't fit, I've had a constant migraine, and my vision is blurry. Very blurry.

Good ole Google showed cortizone sometimes brings on a spike in blood sugar. As in could now be diabetic.  Oh great.

I'd gone back to one of my comforts ... cakes and cupcakes ... and since I've been baking cupcakes and breads for 5 months now to raise money for my son's surgery, I've gotten really really good at it. the most delicious white cake and homemade buttercream frosting ... STOP IT!!!

I see the PCP doc today. Doubtful she'll take my blood but if she does, I'm sure it'll be high. Meanwhile, I weighed this morning: 233.2 lbs. Not as bad as I thought.

Starting today:
-lots of water - half my weight in ounces ... 116 ounces so slightly less than a gallon (128 oz)
-6 small meals a day
-following basically mediterranean diet
-no fruit juice / only low glycemic whole fruit with skin (fiber) like berries, cherries, apples, pears
-poultry and seafood, eggs and cheese
-whole grains, incl oats, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, quinoa
-avocado daily, with lots of veggies
-no processed foods / cook
-egg every day since our hens are laying lots now!
-moderate exercise, even if it's just waving my arms on the bed (still can't walk much)

Not doing it to lose weight, althought that would be great. Doing it to regain my eyesight.  Because I'll need another cortizone shot or two or 5 since i can't the knee surgery until after my son's surgery.

Please keep us in your thoughts.