Unsanctioned alternative diets

That should get a lot of hits!

I haven’t written in too long, then something happened that caused me to get back into my blog. 

A few years ago, I got some sort of vicious cough.  My throat hurt and I coughed non-stop for 3 days getting little or no sleep.  I had to go to a conference in Kansas City to learn some sales technics and at the end of the session, I was supposed to take a test.  This is not one of those lvl 3 tests:  Cognitive applications. It was not one of those lvl 2 tests:  Practical applications.  It was a lvl 1 test.  What did he write and say and write it down EXACTLY as he said it.  Missing an “a” or an “of” or just getting the gist of the patter didn’t even get you partial points.  You had it memorized verbatim or not at all.  Well, my son was coming back from the Gravel Pit (as they euphemistically put it) and I had to leave a day early.  I took the final and got 85% with no study.  Then, at 4 am…another sleepless night sitting up in the hotel chair…we headed off to the East Coast to welcome our boy back.  I finally got some sleep on the long drive over as my hubby was driving the car.  24 hour drive and about 8 hrs. of that was sleeping fitfully, but sleeping. What does that have to do with unsanctioned diets?  I had nothing but soup to eat for 4 days.  Chicken soup, Minestrone, veggie beef, tomato basil.  It felt good on my throat and stopped the cough briefly.  I lost 8 pounds.   All that coughing was a terrific ab workout.  It hurt to breathe.  It hurt to sit up and lie down.  It especially hurt to cough.  When we got home, I think I slept for about 10 hours.  My normal is about 5-6.  I was weak and sore and really really hungry.

Last Saturday, July 26, hubby and I went to a meeting.  The Area governors decided to have a celebration lunch at Old Chicago afterwards, so I drove hubby to the restaurant and dropped him off, then drove our carpool person back to her house and then returned to the restaurant.  We had a good lunch!  BUT!  on the way home, my back started hurting like I’d pulled a muscle on one side.  Then it upgraded to a discrete location and severe pain accompanied by nausea.  This was about L Street.  I wasn’t sure I was going to make it home and stopping to change drivers would have ensured that scenario.  Got home and emptied stomach most unpleasantly.  But the pain did not subsist.  There was no comfortable position.  Sitting and lying down did not alleviate the pain. I had 2 students at 4:00!  They were new and I decided that since there was nothing left in my stomach now, I’d go teach the lesson.  I had to excuse myself to go throw up in their toilet.  Ew!  Then I didn’t get home fast enough and pulled over and fertilized the grass, but not without making a mess on my shirt as I got out of the car.  I got home and changed clothes to my “work out” clothes…loose fitting pants and a t shirt.  Then I proceeded to throw up another 4 hours.  I gave up and hubby drove me to the emergency room.  TADA!!!!  Congratulations!  you have a 1.3 cm kidney stone!  On a scale of 1-10, how would you describe your pain?  9.  I had 5 kids and 2 hip replacements.  The most difficult delivery was only an 8.  The hip surgery only measured a 6.  (I remembered the nurse asking me if I knew how to work the morphine machine because in the time most patients had used 1 1/2 bags I had only used 1/4 bag.)  Good news is that the stone only hurts when it moves.  Here’s an antibiotic, a drug that you take after breakfast because it’s a drug you take after breakfast (still don’t know what it did), some pain pills and some anti nausea tabs you dissolve in your mouth.  Drink PLENTY of fluids! 

6 hrs. of throwing up netted me a 3 pound weight loss in 1 day.  Now I went on to the Soup diet again.  Plus tea, plus cranberry juice, plus apple juice.  Lost another 2 pounds.  Had the procedure yesterday to break up the kidney stone, and I still don’t think it’s moving.  Having to pee every 2 hrs. and drinking more tea, water, cranberry juice, apple juice and soup.  I can have some solid food, but I’m not hungry for it.  How NOT to lose weight?  Cough for a week with no sleep and drink soup, get a kidney stone and drink soup.  There’s GOT to be a better way!!!!!

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