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hippimom2
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   Posted 8/12/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.  We got home from vacation yesterday and I'm taking it easy trying to recover from the trip.  First of all, it was wonderful to be in the cool mountain air.  The temp never got over 75 and a lot of times it was in the high 60's so I was in heaven.  It was a shock to return to the sweltering temps well into the 90's.
 
I was thankful that I was able to do a lot with my family.  We went river rafting and took the kids to some of the fun parks they have located on the mountains during the summer season.  There were times I was too tired to participate, but I was able to go along and sit and watch and take some pictures.  I also relaxed a lot and took several hours every afternoon to rest and I spent plenty of time sitting on the deck of the place we stayed and just enjoyed the mountain view and the mountain air.
 
I did end up taking some extra prednisone so I could function better on vacation.  We have gone out to Colorado for the past 3 or 4 summers and this year I was more limited in what I could do than any other year.  I had a much harder time catching my breath at the high altitude and also got worn out much easier.  I think some of it has to do with how much weight I have gained.  It became painfully clear to me how much my weight is affecting me in a negative way.  This was the first year I couldn't take even a mild hike.  It was also kind of humiliating at times.  We took the kids on an alpine slide down the ski mountain.  You rode the chair lift up and rode the slide down in these little sleds that went down the track.  My 5yr old daughter was required to ride with an adult.  We knew she couldn't fit with my husband because he is so tall and could barely fit in the sled himself, so she was going to ride with me.  It turned out I was too big for her to fit with me and work the controls, so one of the workers had to take her down the slide with him because there was no other way down the mountain.
 
I read Marji's post about weight and could really relate to what she said.  I know I am well beyond the point of really needing to do something.  I have some materials from Weight Watchers and am going to give that a try.  I did it before to lose some baby weight and it worked well for me.
 
I'm still very worn out from our trip and am just trying to take it easy and recover.  I really did love our vacation - there were just a few bittersweet moments for me.
 
It is good to be home and I thought about all of you a lot while I was on vacation.  I read a lot of the posts this morning and tried to get caught up on how everyone is doing.
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Amitriptyline 25mg; Neurontin 200mg; Prevacid; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Restasis eye drops

 

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PattyLatty
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   Posted 8/12/2007 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hippi,

Welcome home!!!! tongue You have really been missed. I'm so glad that your vacation was a success and I have to admit that more than once I thought of you drinking coffee on the deck. It sounds like you really packed a lot into your week in the mountains and that this is a vacation your kids will never forget.

I hope you're able to get some rest today and that you don't try to unpack and catch up on your laundry all at once. Getting home from a vacation can be really exhausting, so take time to rest.

You have no idea what a big part of this forum you are. It just wasn't the same without you here.

Love,

Pat
Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's, osteoarthritis, fibro, ibs, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines.
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sharentrials
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   Posted 8/12/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Hippi. I am have been trying to make a habit of reading these posts daily, and your sweet thoughts have been missed. Welcome back! I could put myself there as you described your bittersweet moments with your children especially. It sounds like you really enjoyed the vacation with your family despite this crazy disease trying to take it's toll. That's all we can really ask for. Just try to do the best we can. Be sure to take it easy with all those "after vacation" tasks. Take care of yourself,
Always looking for the silver lining, Sharen

SLE '06, Sjogren's '06, Traumatic Head Injury '94


mom46
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   Posted 8/12/2007 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hippi,
  Welcome back! I'm glad you had a great vacation with the family in the mountians. Sounds awsome!
   Hopefully, after a few days of rest at home you will be feeling better. Just take care and kick back for awhile. Update us when you can.
   You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
                                                      ((Hugs)) Babs
 
 Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Sensory Polyneuropathy
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mirapex,advair,foxamax,donnatal,folic acid.
 
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cured4real?
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   Posted 8/12/2007 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hippi,
Glad your back. Sounds like you had a great time. That mountain air sounds good, we've been under a heat advisory. River rafting must have been a blast! I started back on Atkins and I'm making some progress. If I could just give birth to this big fat thing in my belly that's been there for the last ten years, it would be great! It's long overdue!
Love, Marji
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Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
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hippimom2
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   Posted 8/13/2007 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the warm welcome backs - you are all so sweet. I'm not doing too bad today. I rested a lot yesterday which I think helped. On vacation I was taking 12.5mg of prednisone and I went back down to 10mg on Saturday and haven't had any trouble so far, so that's good. I see my rheumy on Thursday, so we'll see what he says about my prednisone dose. I know he wants me to get down to 5mg, which I haven't been able to do yet.

A little later today I'm going grocery shopping and am going to stock up on some good healthy foods that sound good to me (that might be harder than I think). I think when the kids go back to school next week, it will be a little easier for me to try to fit in some exercise.

As much as I enjoyed vacation, it's good to be home again.
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Amitriptyline 25mg; Neurontin 200mg; Prevacid; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Restasis eye drops

 

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Lynnwood
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   Posted 8/13/2007 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad you had a good time, but it's always nice to be back home, isn't it?

Cheers,

Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
SLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, SAD, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1
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dbab
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   Posted 8/13/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Nice to have you back Hippi. I'm glad you had fun... I'm sure these precious memories will live on for your children. It's so nice to get away. Make sure you put your feet up and enjoy being home and take care of yourself.
"Des"
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Butterflake
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   Posted 8/13/2007 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hippi.  It's good to have you back and I'm really glad you were able to soak in some of that mountain air!

Dx: SLE diagnosed 2005, major depressive disorder, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gerd, sleep apnea, hypertension, IBS
Tx: plaquenil, methotrexate, Imuran, prednisone 10mg, flexeril, prozac,  celebrex, lisinopril, actos, lipitor, nexeum, seroquel, arthritis tylenol  PRN: ambien, neurontin, promethazine, xanax
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okie
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   Posted 8/13/2007 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hippi, Yes I know this is late. I've been a little achey lately but doing better now. Just a quit little bothersome thing more than anything else.
Boy I read about your vacation and I have to say I am thruoughly jealous! It sounds awesome and beautiful and just plain wonderrful! I'm sure the kids will never forget it either.
As for the breathing it takes alot to get used to higher altitudes. Even when I wasn't sick I moved about 3000 feet higher in arizona and it took days before I could catch my breath when I went hiking. On the other hand like you I need to take off some much needed lbs. I actually went and bought some really cool stuff at a thrift store. They were brand new clothes. It made me feel so good about myself that I really have a more possitive attitude about dropping the weight. I bet your vacation has given you a little more spark to get rolling on your weight gain.
I am so sorry I wasn't hear to welcome you home sooner but hey Hippi
WELCOME HOME YOU WERE MISSED!!!!!!!!!
Love and prayers
carol
God Bless
Carol
Lupus, possible Crest, COPD, Cervical Cancer survivor. Osteoporosis
Prednisone 5mg, Plaquanil 800mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg, HCTZ25/Triamterene37.5mg,Xanax x3
 
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hippimom2
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   Posted 8/14/2007 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Carol, it's funny how clothes can help so much. I've done the same thing even though it sounds a little crazy to buy some clothes you feel good in so you can lose weight so you don't fit into those clothes anymore, lol. I know you were having some pain and I hope things are getting better for you.

Thanks again to everyone for such a warm welcoming return. I'm actually not doing too bad - just very tired, which I'm sure is to be expected.
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Amitriptyline 25mg; Neurontin 200mg; Prevacid; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Restasis eye drops

 

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emmi
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   Posted 8/14/2007 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome home, Hippi! I know how much you and your family have enjoyed the mountains in CO. Hubby and I are heading there in Sept. this year to see some fall color. Since I'm on medical leave it gives us a chance to do that--it's something we've always wanted to do, but couldn't since I was always teaching. (I guess that's the bright side of not being able to work, but between us lupies I'd rather be working!)

Glad you had such a good time. I'm very impressed you went river rafting and were able to do some fun activities with the family and your kids. It's so renewing and refreshing to sit and reflect out there as well, isn't?

I'm sure you're gearing up for the start of school. Just take it easy so you don't bring a flare on. You're doing well; keep it up!

xoxo emmie
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redrose77
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   Posted 8/15/2007 2:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome back. I will be visiting the mountains at the very end of this month/beginning of next. Though I will be in Virginia the southwestern corner to be exact. It will be hard as we have to drive down in one day, stay 2 days 3 nights and turn around and come back.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumetoid arthritis 2006, early sjogrens 2006, low positive anti-phospholipid antibodies/lupus anti-coglutant 2001-2004 and 2007, osteoarthritis 2005, Migraine 1994, Compression fracture 2001, Disk problems 2006, Multiple allergies 2006, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 2007, Bipolar type II 2007, possible siezures 2005, probable lupus CNS involvement 2007

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okie
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   Posted 8/15/2007 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hippi, Let us know how your rheumy appt goes. I hope you got some rest and getting back in the swing of things. Good luck on getting down on the pred.
love
carol
God Bless
Carol
Lupus, possible Crest, COPD, Cervical Cancer survivor. Osteoporosis
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 8/16/2007 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Hippi!!! It's me, Rosie!! I'm checking in to see how all my old friends are doing. I'm SO GLAD you were able to vacation with your family, albeit leaving you pooped out. I hope you rest up and are none the worse for the wear. I bet your kids really enjoyed that little slice of normalcy.

Get your rest!!

Blessings!
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hippimom2
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   Posted 8/17/2007 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Rosie, it's so good to see you here. I miss you and I love hearing from you. I saw from one of your other posts that you have lost quite a bit of weight. Congratulations - I am so happy for you. You'll be my inspiration for weight loss!!!

I think I'm starting to recover from my trip. I had a few bad days after getting home, but am starting to feel a little better now.
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Amitriptyline 25mg; Neurontin 200mg; Prevacid; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Restasis eye drops

 

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PattyLatty
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   Posted 8/17/2007 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hippi, I'm so happy to hear that you're starting to feel a little bit better. I hope you have a restful weekend so that you continue to improve. Let us know about your rheumy appointment.

Love,

Pat
Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's, osteoarthritis, fibro, ibs, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines.
cellcept, neurontin, prednisone, plaquenil, synthroid, triamterene, tramadol, actonel, tri-est, imitrex, cymbalta, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin

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