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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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  • v PACEKA1
    Thank you for sharing your knee issues. I, too, have just been pushing. 2 years ago the physical therapist told me I had to use them or loose them - I've been trying but this summer I really made an effort. Daisy and I walk every day at least 1 1/2 miles - sometimes 2. I have a stationary bike that I use 4-5 times a week and also get on the treadmill about the same. Today we went out to the Mall of America (which is very big) with my step son & grandson and we walked and walked. But it does hurt. Has the cortisone shot helped? I haven't talked with my doctor for a couple years about this but it might be time. My legs are stronger than ever but the pain never goes away completely.

    My mom had knees like this. She finally had surgery on one and recovery was not good for her so she never had the 2nd one done. I hadn't realized how strong she was. She went up and down the stairs several times a day, sometimes one step at a time, but she never gave up! I get it now!

    Good luck to you and thanks.
    55 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your page.
    Wishing you and the Starfish a great 5% challenge! (From a Teddy Bear)
    71 days ago
    Welcome Back to the Starfish Team!!
    Here's to making this the best challenge yet!
    76 days ago
    Have fun in SF. I know your son will be so happy to c u.
    101 days ago
    Marlis I understand what you said about eating dinner even if you are not hungry. I hope you are feeling better and doing well.
    107 days ago
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