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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.

Member Since: 2/20/2008

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Continue to eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Eat protein 2 - 3 times a day, and work on drinking more water. Work out, almost daily, but no less than 5 days a week.

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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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    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)! 😄
    121 days ago
    Thanks for the Goodie! It is great to finally be back in Onederland!!! 😃
    121 days ago
    You can celebrate with your youngest son when you visit. I know you'll spoil him. emoticon
    137 days ago
    Hi Marlis. I enjoyed seeing you this winter. I hope you are enjoying golf season at home.
    139 days ago
  • v LYNCHD05
    I always enjoy the challenges and I would hate to think what would happen if I did not have to pay such close attention. I am going into my third year of maintenance and feel I really need to pay attention. I love being part of the Sparkpeople and these teams keep me grounded.
    How is the challenge going for you.
    I am on the Teddy Bear team.
    PS...I hope you are able to golf soon.oour ladies have been golfing for a month now and the course is in wondrful shape.
    144 days ago
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