…yes, indeed, it has. You’ve heard the old cliches… life gets busy, you feel better and start forgetting, yada yada yada. And all that’s true. I have been feeling better. Life has been busy. You forget things as mundane as keeping up a blog. All that stuff. And while things have been going in a generally positive direction, for which I am deeply grateful, all has not been perfect.
Back on December 18th I talked about water weight, sodium, and weight in general. My cardiologist and I got things worked out pretty quickly and things were going along well… until mid February of this year. Nothing had really changed, and I started gaining weight in leaps and bounds. Long story short I gained about 22 lbs in just over two months. I usually hover around 242-ish, give or take a pound, or two, on any given day. Now I’m hovering in the 260 to 265 lb range, the highest I have ever been. At least I seem to have plateaued, but it still feels defeating.
For about two months I didn’t think it was water weight, so I didn’t contact my cardiologist, which was a mistake. I wasn’t showing any of the other symptoms. I wasn’t bloated (heavy, uncomfortable, but not bloated), I wasn’t achy, I wasn’t short of breath, or any of that other stuff, just gaining weight rapidly.
Once I woke up and realized what was going on, to the doctor I went. We decided to change one of my medications, the ‘water pill’, and increase it and my potassium to twice a day, lower my sodium intake as much as possible, and go from there. I’m still hovering, which is kind of disappointing. I owe him a new blood test next week, and we will reassess then and move forward.
The moral of the story: Don’t be proud. Don’t be stubborn. Stubborn is dumb! Stubborn is dangerous. Stubborn could lead to congestive heart failure. That’s not a real fine option. Don’t be stubborn!
Upcoming: Rehab & glucose monitoring. (For my own reminders, more than anything.)