September 19, 2007

Any Advice?

Mama Vi had a check-up yesterday.

She's doin'......alright.

Her heart is holdin' it's own. Everything else? Like I said, it's alright.

The doctor did tell her to lose some weight. She's have serious breathing problems. Not enough that they have her on oxygen, yet. But serious none the less. Her doc is convinced if she drops some pounds that will make it easier to breathe.

She is so discouraged. She is trying. But she is VERY limited on the amount and type of exercise she can participate in. She walks more than any person I know, at any age. And Mama is all about the veggies. Not much red meat, and very few sweets anymore.

Personally, I think she's not getting ENOUGH calories and her body is "storing" them up.

I really need to help her think of something. Money is an issues. We all know it is WAY more expensive to cook and eat healthy. So, I'm tryin' to help her come up with some sort of "plan", as it were, that will get the job done.

Anybody have any ideas? I know this is a long shot, but DAMN I hate to hear my Mama cry...........

And before you think I've betrayed her confidence by posting this here, it was actually her suggestion. While she hates my blog, she really likes y'all!

Posted by Tammi at September 19, 2007 06:44 AM | TrackBack

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Anyone at any income level can use it!

Posted by: oddybobo at September 19, 2007 06:49 AM

How bout adding some weight reps.

Don't even need to buy weights, using cans is great for weights and when you need to up the can weight put them in a bag.

She may walk alot, but does she actually get her heart rate up? That is key. Maybe she needs to walk faster or up hills (stairs?)

Have her write out a diary of what she is eating and the calories. It could be she is not getting enough, hence she will not lose weight.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at September 19, 2007 07:08 AM

Protein/nutrition shakes like Ensure?

Posted by: Ogre at September 19, 2007 07:49 AM

I wish I had a suggestion; just can't think of anything. Wanted to let Mama Vi know that I'm still praying for her, though... Hang in there!

Posted by: pam at September 19, 2007 07:54 AM

I'm pretty sure she's on various medications, right? This is very likely the cause of her gaining weight. Medications with older people are very tricky indeed and even if she's eating as excellent a diet as possible and walking miles - it can change the body chemistry enough to cause weight gain. As we age the liver doesn't process the medication as well as it should - this leads to other problems which necessitate adding new meds... it's a vicious cycle.

It may be time to talk to the doctor (doctors never seem to consider these things which is infuriating) about switching to different meds if there are any available that can do the same thing. Maybe even lowering the dosage on the meds she currently takes - that might help her.

Otherwise I'm pretty sure that adding on extra stuff for her to do, while it won't be "bad" for her, will be ultimately disappointing because it won't work - then she'll believe it's all her fault when it isn't.

Posted by: Teresa at September 19, 2007 09:02 AM

Oh shoot. Maybe you should just tell her to move to Florida, all the heat and humidity will help her sweat it out....LOL Besides, then she can see the newest addition to the family.

Posted by: Carmen at September 19, 2007 09:11 AM

I'll keep all y'all in my prayers...

Posted by: Richmond at September 19, 2007 12:57 PM

I agree with Teresa.

If mV is a non-fat eater and is active, she shouldn't be gaining weight.

Posted by: _Jon at September 19, 2007 02:05 PM

Just thought about this, has she been tested for diabetes or thyroid lately? Those 2 can cause unexplained weight gain.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at September 20, 2007 07:51 AM
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