Corazon de Swiss

September 10, 2008

Freaking out

Filed under: In Sickness and In Health,It's All About Me — by corazondeswiss @ 6:58 pm

I went to the nurse practitioner today for a follow-up on some lab work I’ve had done over the last couple weeks- some blood tests and a 24 hour urine collection.  (Let me tell you about doing that- its no fun, you pee more frequently because you’re obsessing about collecting it. And also you have to refrigerate it.  Ewww.)
So my one blood test shows I am positive for an autoimmune disorder.  Possibly lupus.  She’s referring me to the endocrinologist.  I am pretty freaked out by the whole deal.  One of my aunts has lupus, so I know its totally something that can be lived with- she works full time as an LPN at a doctor’s office and keeps up a busy life.  But still. Me, have lupus?!  Totally scary. 
Send good vibes my way would you?


December 21, 2007

Still Sick

Filed under: In Sickness and In Health — by corazondeswiss @ 8:38 pm

People I am still sick.  The nasal congestion has worked its way down and I have acquired a tight cough and shortness of breath.
So, yesterday, I finished up at work early and decided that the cough and chest congestion was not getting better on its own.  So I took my little self to the walk-in clinic.  I went to the one listed on my insurance, which happens to be closest to the hospital where I work and there were only 3 people in the waiting room when I got there, so I thought I was going to be in and out of there in no time flat.  (Why I delude myself like this I don’t know).  An hour and a half later I had seen the Physician’s Assistant who made the not so definitive diagnosis of the flu.  (What the hell?! I got a freakin’ flu shot.  Before I move on, I know the flu shot does not cover all types of flu.) He said they could do a blood test to check my white count, and figure out if it was viral or bacterial.  If the count should up neutral, we’d be where we were at that time- trying to decide if I wanted antibiotics or not.  He said, generally with the flu you start to feel better in the second week and I was almost there since it was Thursday and this all began on Saturday.  Since I am sick and tired of being sick and tired…I voted yes for antibiotics and the cough medicine. 
The cough medicine has broken up the chest congestion, but I coughed so hard in the shower this morning I gagged.  So I called in sick to work.  Which I hate to do, but you can’t see patients in the hospital when you are coughing so hard you gag yourself.  So I’ve been resting off and on, wrapped a couple presents and generally been lazy.  I still sound pretty awful, but I’m actually feeling better today than I’ve felt in awhile.

December 17, 2007


Filed under: Cheesepuff,In Sickness and In Health,The Fam — by corazondeswiss @ 8:54 pm

First of all congrats go out to the recent graduates- my sister received her BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from my alma mater.  And also to GFF for becoming Dr. GFF!!
Second, somehow I caught Janet’s killer cold of death over my sister’s graduation weekend and spent 15 hours in bed from Saturday to Sunday.  CP was my nurse as I spiked a fever.  Brought me soup and a sandwich, ice cream and turned the heat on and off as my fever broke.  And gave up on a romantic evening with his girlfriend alone. In a hotel room. With a king size bed.  And a whirlpool tub. 
I’m feeling better and I have GOT to get my Christmas cards done.  I am so behind on this!  In fact, I’m off to do this now…

October 7, 2007


Filed under: In Sickness and In Health,It's All About Me — by corazondeswiss @ 1:18 pm

First, let me say thanks to all the delurkers.  Nice to meet those of you who are new to me.  And nice to have some old friends stop back by.  I know it has been a quiet week here in Swissland as I’ve had a bout with hay fever.  I haven’t had it for some time, and oh how I had forgotten the horror.  The congestion.  Inability to sleep.  breathe. eat. function.  And because you’re not running a fever, not vomiting, not contagious, you get to go to work.  In my case that means you also get to spend your day trying to make people who are really sick feel somewhat better.  Not so easy when you’d like to lie down in the bed next to theirs and catch up on your sleep.  On Thursday night, when I hadn’t slept through the night in 2 days, I took 2 Benadryl at 8:30, went to bed at 9.  Somehow managed to answer the phone when CP called at 10 (No I don’t know how I did it.  I don’t know if I even carried on a coherent conversation). Slept till 1.  Took another round of Benadryl and slept in till 6:30 (since I’ve been going to the gym in the AM 6:30 is sleeping in.  Weird).  I slogged through my day on Friday and came home a little early, and took a little nap.  Went to bed early again.  I woke up yesterday feeling more human than I’ve felt all week.  So of course I went out and about all day.  First to the quilt shop for the block of the month club.  And then again for shopping at the new Kohl’s with my mom.  (Oh Kohl’s….how do I love thee…let me count the ways…)  Sorry.  In all honesty, for a place that has only been open about a week, it was clean (meaning even though piles of people had been in there the place didn’t look demolished) there weren’t long lines at the registers, the staff was pleasant, helpful.  Makes one enjoy shopping.  More than you do already.  So picked up some new jeans for my weekend away to see my friend in NY this week.  And 3 new shirts.  I haven’t been shopping in ages and it was fun.  Now I just have to wash it all!   

September 20, 2007

Working it out

Filed under: In Sickness and In Health — by corazondeswiss @ 8:12 pm

I have been remiss in my blogging, but I have been Oh So Tired when I get home in the evenings.  Because I have been getting up at 5:30 in the morning to be at the gym by 6:00. Where I take an hour class or do 50+ minutes on the elliptical cross trainer. 
I did it one day last week when I had to go in late to stay late.  So I did the hour class and then did the cross trainer.  Showered there and went on to work.  And I liked it.  I’ve been going during the work week since then.  It frees up my evenings to do other things, and to have some down time at the end of the day.  I don’t have to talk myself into it at the end of the day. 
I am not a morning person.  I would love it if the workday didn’t start until 10:00.  And yet here I am, getting up at 5:30, getting my workout clothes on and hitting the gym by 6:00.  AND I LIKE IT!   People, what is wrong with me?!  Who is this person and what has she done with my real self?!

August 6, 2007


Filed under: In Sickness and In Health — by corazondeswiss @ 8:05 pm

(number of pounds I lost this week at weigh in this morning!)
I don’t know if since I started Weight W@tchers 4 weeks ago I’m just more tuned in or hyperaware, but it seems like everyone is talking about health/fitness/weight loss.  I don’t want this to be a weight loss blog, but I’m feeling compelled today. 
I read while I’m doing cardio on the treadmill (it helps me not think about the fact that I am exercising) and today it was People.  There was an article with Star Jones Reynolds talking about her gastric bypass.  I’m not so much worried about that, but the pictures were interesting.  Since she began losing weight, I think she’s looking more and more like a bobble head- like her head is too big for her thin self.  I ask you, is it just me?
I read Zandria’s post today about the Blog Her session with fitness guru Jillian Michaels.  I really liked what everyone wrote about what she said- its all things I’ve been telling myself and trying to take to heart. Finding my balance.  And by the way its so nice to hear that a fitness guru doesn’t love working out.  If I could get away with not working out, I’d totally do it.  🙂
I just watched Fat March tonight and I think I might get hooked.  I’m sad that Pastor Shane went home.  I hope that they have a reunion at the end and he keeps his word and keeps on marching to get healthy! 
I hope that you are all finding your balance as I am seeking mine!

July 8, 2007

Weight W@tchers

Filed under: In Sickness and In Health — by corazondeswiss @ 5:18 pm

I joined Weight W@tchers online today.  I officially weigh more than I have ever weighed in my life(I’m not divulging the number).  II’ve been on Weight W@tchers before with some success, so I know it works.  I didn’t want to go back to weekly meetings so I am doing it online.  It’s hard for me to sit through the meetings- I know what I need to do- make better food choices and exercise I just don’t want to sit there for 30 minutes and listen to people talk about food.  I have to do something.  I don’t like the way I look.  I want to like the way I look.  I want to feel good about myself.  And I want to be more fit.  Anyone have any tips for weight loss and exercise?

June 26, 2007

A report from the Eye doctor

Filed under: In Sickness and In Health — by corazondeswiss @ 8:35 pm

In the next couple of weeks I’m doing my rounds with some of my doctors.  Yesterday it was the eye doctor who pronounced me nearsighted.  For the 13th year running. However he said I was a very good contact lens wearer because he could see no signs of damage to my eyes from contacts.  Spiffy, no?  I am in trial lenses now because he tweaked the prescription to one eye with astigmatism and one without.  Saturday I go back for a check on the lenses and to order them if they work out, so far I do.  I was trying to decide about getting new glasses because I got some last summer(I didn’t have vision insurance then).  My insurance will pay for one or the other.  And I don’t want to get stuck with only contacts.  I have been thinking about new glasses because, NEW! GLASSES!  FUN! And my current glasses have lines in the lenses around the edges and I am wondering if I should just go ahead and get new ones.  Whatcha think interweb?
Stay tuned for more health reports next week when I make a trip to the dentist.  Exciting, no?
P.S. Am thinking I may have to consider a visit to the dermatologist because seriously, I’m having an acne break out like I have not had in some time.  But it might also be linked to my hormones as period is due this weekend.  And why interweb, why must I have terrible PMS symptoms?

April 23, 2007

Spring Fever

Filed under: In Sickness and In Health — by corazondeswiss @ 7:42 pm

Every year around this time I get Spring Fever.  But not the way you are thinking.  I’ve got Hay Fever.  I’d rather have the Rotovirus.  I know what you are thinking, but hear me out.  The Rotovirus was awful, but it only lasts 24 hours.  Hay fever?  I’ll be fighting it ALL week.  It’s miserable.  You feel bad, but the doctor can’t give you anything.  I went to the pharmacy and got some Claritin-D so hopefully it will get better.  But so far I’m suffering watery/itchy eyes, stuffy/runny nose, dry/sore throat, not sleeping and I want to die.  But I can’t, because we are SO busy at work.  I saw 6 new people today and there are at least that many to see tomorrow.  I want to sleep, but I can’t because I spend the night turning from one side to the other to drain the snot.  Ugh!  And I have to get up and go to work in the morning.  Double ugh! 

April 16, 2007

Typhoid Mary…

Filed under: In Sickness and In Health,The Fam — by corazondeswiss @ 7:35 pm

that’s what my mother is calling me now that she’s gotten sick with the same thing I have.  Poor thing.  I didn’t tell her that at one point it was simultaneous with the bowels AND the emesis.  Sorry, ma(and internet, bet you didn’t want to know that! See! I do try to keep some things to myself!)  I heard her at 2:00 this morning and got up to check on her. 
So, it was off to work this morning…and face a day after me being away since Thursday. Fortunately the per diem person was in yesterday, so that was really helpful, I didn’t have too much extra to do…
And home to a sick mommy (who at least had my dad at home all day the day I was sick, they left me all alone with my sickness).  Off to see what I can do to help with my sick mommy.
Say prayers for the families of those involved in the tragedy at Virginia Tech today..

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