First off let me premise this to say I am totally up to my neck in remodeling over here! I have been with out a kitchen sink or stove for 2 days - there is stuff piled EVERYWHERE as we have emptied out the old cupboards to replace the new. It's stressful to say the least. And to think we get to do this all over again in the new house soon (!)
Okay - before I tell you a little more about my experience on the Oprah show - I need to back up a bit. The Associate Producer was here Sunday to film (and my house was in total chaos) drop cloths everywhere - plaster dust a 1/2 in thick! Who invites 22 million people into their home when it looks like that? Me, I guess.... When all is done I am told that I'll be flown out to Chicago Tuesday and the show will be taped Wednesday. I'm was like in total OMG mode! How was I going to lose 50 pounds in 43 hours?? Turns out that was the least of my worries.
As I'm scrambling around to try to get things organized here, trying on outfit after outfit to see what looked best and still reeling from all the excitement - I began to get chest pains. Now I've been having these twinges for sometime now and they have been scaring me enough that I've googled heart attack symptoms on the Internet more than once. But this time the pain localized and I began to have dizzy spells. This was at one a.m. mind you.
I sat there looking at hubby who'd fallen asleep on the couch and was deciding if I should wake him and have him take me to the hospital. Isn't that just how we women are? I'm worried about waking him while I could be having a heart attack!
Anyway - we go to the hospital and I become their prisoner for the next 27 hours. Of course I only sleep for about 2 hours. They tell me I may have to stay a few days to which I reply "NO WAY! I'm leaving for Chicago tomorrow to be on the Oprah show so let's figure this out and get me out of here!" Of course then I'm the talk of the ER and heads keep popping in to visit their little celebrity. But it did help expedite all my tests.
And thankfully it turns out that my heart is fine. (We have a strong history of heart disease in my family so I'm always on guard.) They think that it may have been caused by stress (me stressed???) But I got a clean bill of health and found out that my borderline cholesterol levels are now in the perfect zone. Thanks to all those almonds and whole grains, I'm sure!
In the mean time poor hubby is fielding calls from the Oprah show as my travel arrangements are being made. I told him NOT to tell them where I was for fear they'd cancel me - you know - liability issues - it wouldn't look good if a guest on the show keeled over during taping.
Anyway - I was sprung form the hospital in time to buy a new shirt and pack for the trip. I was tired but on a high that kept me going all day Tuesday!
Have I mentioned that there's never a dull moment in my household?
Okay - tomorrow I'll finish with Part 3.