The holiday season passed and I slowly re-gained the weight. I think I was just to shocked
with the double grief of 2002. Though I tried to over see that I did not eat alot. Nothing helped. by Feb
2003 I was at the health spa and they were having a special day. You could get on a special scale. It weight
fats, calories, body weight, weight of total body water and several other things. I can't recall. But as
I had to step on the scale barefoot. I knew I had gained the weight back at 187lbs. and I wasen't concerned.
Though the nurse who did the test was. She pulled me aside gave me my print out and told me that I needed to show this
to my doctor explaining to me that a 30lbs water weight was over normal limits which ran from 8 to 11 lbs for people and so
I agreed shocked that I would tell my Doctors. I assured her I was seen for asthma frequently.
I put it away for awhile fully intending to tell. Yet forgetting to tell was a side effect of the water retention.
At work I grew extremely tired and I would forget easily things. I though this was because of my brothers death since
the symptoms showed up after he died. Yet I wasn't concerned. I did not know then this was related to my
water problem. I started to reseach water edema that could cause this. I was feeling pain in my lower ribs area
and though my spleen was very painful when I worked out. I suffered worsen vision and had contributed this to a recent
auto accident where a woman on a cell phone not paying attention to road conditions hit three other cars. I was a middle
car in the four car pileup. I was partial paralized and hit my head. I was concerned at my increasing problem
of dropping and miscalculating movement that caused me to drop or break glass when I did dishes. I was having trouble
with my feet when the covers were on them at night. and I noticed I rarely urinated, and rarely felt the urge to go.
That I did not sweat. and I worked out 3 days a week at my health fitness center. I began to worry at something
when I next saw my doctor. which was in June. I had been offered a full time position. but decided
to get me healthy. So I did not accept the position and did not want my co-workers to know of my chest pain, or weight
problems. water was not serious. or so I thought.
One week after my corp lunch good bye party I went to my doctors. I learned that it could
be serious. and my Doctor Gupta would test for my heart. Since I had edema I told her and said of forgetting.
it had been months. but I though better than never. Since the Congestive Heart Failure was serious. My Doctor
order me to bedrest. Which I though would be a week or two. I had several test and the results were not all back
at once. it also took about six week to get everyting she order tested. I was not rushed to get it done.
just scheduled and go. I began to get upset at the bedrest. I thought edema caused by bedrest was partial the
problem. Even though I had 30 lbs at the time of my being weight in early feb 2003. yet prolong bedrest was hard
for me. I even called my doctor angry at my summer vacation time being sent like a sick person.
Since the car accident I did not like to be in bed. and was thinking she forgot me. I
called in mid sept and she told me the test were not all in. That to go ahead and continue the bedrest til the last
test was done. and she reassured me she did not forget about me.
Well end of Oct about the 28 th I got my doctor office call to say I could get up and do exercises
now. I was happy and started to work out in the water. The heart scare still effected my decisions.
and I finished 2003 gaining weight. Though I still was on a diet.
2004 Came and I began to research many website related to edema. causes and such. I saw
to many that had knowledge which I could not understand. and many that did not give enough information. I was
eating up website daily. I was determined to do something because of the medication for edema did not work. by
the beginning of 2004 I had went through several brand of water pills. none of which worked. lasix, demex.
my Doctor agreed the water was a problem but there seemed nothing that could be done for it.
I went and had my eyes checked and was shocked at the change in my script. I talked to the eye doctor who assured me
that a special cleansing diet had been in her experience where the patient reversed some or all of the vision problem.
and I was adament. I now had proof that it could be helped.
On my researching edema I was checking books out in the bookstore. many were above my level
of reading. written I was sure for doctors. and other to impress doctors. I did keep on a website which
I was looking at often during this time. But my local book stores were sold out or did not carry the waterfall diet.
with my weight at 194lb I knew I could not wait. yet the cost was somthing I was cheap about. I tried to push
it into the stores. and it just didn't happen. about the time I hit 198lbs I decided to order it on line.
I also told my doctor of this decision. She smiled and said that was good. I still researched the websites with
material to gather of edema. I was alarmed at my low calorie intake and the continue upwards scale reading. When
the book came I had gained in that short time weight. I weight 204lbs. My body was bloated. and I
could sqeeze water out of my face when I pinched like I was popping a zit. Water would run in a steady stream and I
knew I was water logged. I did not like the palor of my skin or all the sun spots all over my face and arms. yet
I was sure it was vitamin related.