Thursday, January 29, 2015

More ups and downs

Kylee and little William arrived here on Saturday and stayed here every night and was driving up to Perth every day to see Garry. 
Garry treatment included 

  • Plasma exchange (plasmapheresis). The liquid portion of part of your blood (plasma) is removed and separated from your blood cells. The blood cells are then put back into your body, which manufactures more plasma to make up for what was removed. Plasmapheresis may work by ridding plasma of certain antibodies that contribute to the immune system's attack on the peripheral nerves.
These treatments are equally effective. Mixing them or administering one after the other is no more effective than using either method alone.
You also are likely to be given medication to:
  • Relieve pain, which can be severe  Garry did have a fair amount of pain and had to have relief. 
  • Prevent blood clots, which can develop while you're immobile
People with Guillain-Barre syndrome need physical help and therapy before and during recovery. Your care may include:
  • Movement of your arms and legs by caregivers before recovery, to help keep your muscles flexible and strong
  • Physical therapy during recovery to help you regain strength and proper movement
  • Training with adaptive devices, such as a wheelchair or braces, to give you mobility and self-care skills
  • Exercise therapy, to cope with fatigue…and Garry did have physio twice a day and came home with exercises he has to do twice daily to help his recovery.   He came home on Tuesday afternoon and spent yesterday relaxing before heading part the way home today. Kylee will be doing the driving has Garry hasn't the strength to handle the drive.
On Monday afternoon hubby and I drove up to Mandurah to my friend Robyn's house as she had won 4  tickets to the Perth sky show and asked us to join her and her hubby. We accepted with pleasure. We caught the train up and spent a lovely afternoon. It was soooo hot but the evening cooled down enough to enjoy our picnic hamper, bottle of wine and ice creams before the sky show began.   
That didn't help the weigh in the next morning…a 400g gain showed on the scales. 
Its been soooooo hot….little William has spent as much time as he was able to in this little paddle pool……boy am I going to miss him….going to be 3 months before next visit, Kylee and Garry have a wedding in Perth to go to in late April so will look forward to that. 

My Mantra this week….I can do it…
2 weeks and 2 gains, only small ones
but I want them gone !!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ups and downs...

I have the above lil family on their way down soon. Garry has Guillain Barre Syndrome and needs urgent treatment. Waiting to hear if they are flying him down to Royal Perth Hospital or if he is allowed to travel down with Kylee driving. Since going back home after Christmas his symptoms have been getting worse.

Guillain-Barre (gee-YAH-buh-RAY) syndrome is a rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms.
These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. In its most severe form Guillain-Barre syndrome is a medical emergency. Most people with the condition must be hospitalized to receive treatment.
The exact cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome is unknown. But it is often preceded by an infectious illness such as a respiratory infection or the stomach flu.
There's no known cure for Guillain-Barre syndrome, but several treatments can ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness. Most people recover from Guillain-Barre syndrome, though some may experience lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue.

This they don't need, they both need to take sick leave so finances are going to be tight. They have just got back on their feet after a rough trot financially last year. 
I feel for them…but I am thrilled to be able to see little William again. 

Weigh in day today…a 100g gain. A bit miffed about that as although I had a bad couple of days at the beginning of the week  I upped the exercise and kept myself on track for the rest of the week. Ah well will have to do better this week. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Flicking through the pics on my phone yesterday I found a 2 pics of me when I started weight watchers at the end of April (28th April) so took a couple of pics to compare how far I have come. Seeing how far I had come put a grin on my face from ear to ear and if I hadn't of lost weight today I think I would still have been happy.  Yes…weigh in showed a loss of 900g.
Just on 8 weeks to go before we go cruising but I am not setting any goals, I am just going week by week and see how I go. 

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New Year begins….

Today being weigh in day I was hoping that I had done enough to lose at least some of the 2.8 gain I had over Christmas. It being a revised program with a new weigh in book, new cookbooks I was hoping to renew my challenge to myself and see me at goal or it for our cruise. 
Anyways the scales showed a 2.1 loss. I was delighted to say the least. I have been tracking a 100% though exercise was not the best (its been too darn hot and I was busy with our little William too) so this week I am motivated to keep the losses coming. 

My goal this week is to get more exercise in other than my work. I want to see more active minutes recorded on my daily fitbit, somedays I don't get very active.
 I always track but this week I also plan on checking point values properly before recording….being a long time ww'er I do tend to guesstimate a little especially if its something I eat regularly. 

Also thrilled to see my DD has got herself a fitbit too…hoping that will help her to lose some weight. Her and Garry would love more children so she has to get herself motivated. William was a little miracle, lets hope with a few kilo's lost DD can carry another little miracle to the family. 

Thursday, January 01, 2015


 To all my blogger friends and anyone that reads….HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.  May all your dreams come true.
 This is Mr Troublesome Shawn, who I must admit isn't as troublesome as he can be of late. We didn't see him over the Christmas break but he caught up with me at work the other day as well as his little sister…. and he got to cuddle William. 
 Kylee and Garry have taken the twins back to their mother and have left William overnight with me and Pop. he is such a delight…and loves the camera…this is and the selfie below were taken just before I put him down for his afternoon nap. Heck I am going to miss him when they come and pick him up to go back tomorrow. No idea when I will get to see him next. Cruise is in March and then in July we head off on a road trip to Qld. Hopefully between April and July we'll get in a visit. 

And this last one is my favourite from the photographer taken during his cake smash…

See you all next week...