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Feb. 2009

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Today, May 20, we finished the 5% Spring 2016 Challenge. I was so hoping to get to the 5% Loss, but, unexpected medical problems prevented me from doing so. It was determined that there is a large, dense calcification near my rotator cuff and I can barely move my left arm and shoulder. It has been very painful, and I have to keep my arm in a sling for about 6 weeks. I was given a cortisone shot, hoping it will dissolve the calcium. If not, I will need to have my shoulder operated, which is not successful in most cases.
So, now, I am hoping every night to get a few hours of sleep. I did not during the first 8 days and still feel like a Zombie, although I had about 5 hours of sleep three nights ago, about 3 hrs. the night before last, but....about 6 hrs. last night. There is HOPE!

Update, June 3, 2016: I am sleeping so much better, now. Even have some range of motion in my shoulder. Returned to the Orthopedic Surgeon: No golf for the next 4 weeks. Can start with Physical Therapy next week. However, I had a bad time with AFIB this week, saw the Cardiologist and will be going through a slew of tests. No swimming, either. Even walking is difficult. For somebody who was always healthy and very active, this is so hard to deal with.

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I was born and grew up in Germany. Curiosity prompted a visit to the US and I never left. I am married to the love of my life. We have two sons and four grand daughters. In Aug. 2011, I celebrated 50 years in the US. Hard to believe. I had total hip replacement surgery in July 2010. I love walking, skiing, golfing, and swimming, When home, I work out with a trainer, twice a week, mainly strength training, to stay as active as I can.

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    Thank you for your comment on my blog "It's Just Like Riding a Bike." I wrote one since, called "Forget the Thousand Excuses and Find the One Reason Why." That has gotten more responses than any other blog I've ever written. I am still surprised.

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    64 days ago
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    Welcome Back to the Starfish Team!!
    Here's to making this the best challenge yet!
    Let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
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    71 days ago
    Here is a Spark People blog I just wrote that I think you will find interesting. Feel free to check it out and share with others.

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    90 days ago
    I hope that things will get better with your shoulder! I know this sort of thing can really affect you. I just got my cast off my foot/leg a couple of weeks ago. At least now I can work on getting in more activity (including the PT)! 😄
    93 days ago
    Thanks for the Goodie! It is great to finally be back in Onederland!!! 😃
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