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Good News!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I went to the foot doctor today and got a great report! Yay! I can slowly start back to exercising. My Achilles tendon still has some swelling (about a quarter of the way up my leg) but if I'm careful, that should go away with a little time. I'm going to experiment with rubber/plastic arch supports and see if I can come up with something that will be able to go into my water shoes. The doctor doesn't want me to jump around too much for at least another month but I can live with that. I just need to put something in my shoes that will keep my heel from turning in, so I don't re-break it and re-injure my Achilles tendon.

My massage was better this week than last week. I still have all of these big knots in my back and legs - some of that is due to problems with my spine. I have sciatica going down my right leg and my therapist could feel the response of my muscles from the top of the hip/butt all the way to the outside of the ankle! She worked out all of the hard spots (which hurt) and I got relief for about 10 hours ( but it's creeping back a little bit). I know that's because of nerve damage (which I'll be getting treatment for soon) but for 10 hours I've had relief and it's been great!

I was so anxious about today's appointment that I went over my calories today and yesterday (my BP was 137 over 77 today at the doctor's office). Tomorrow I'll be back in the groove and will not allow myself to medicate with sweets! Tomorrow will be difficult because I have to let my body withdraw from sugar but by Friday I'll be okay. I'm just so relieved, I can't describe it to you. It's been 4 months since the original injury and it's been a struggle to not gain weight. I've gained about 7 pounds which I know will come off once I increase my activity and buckle down. Yes, I've been walking but it's been very slowly. I'll continue to walk slowly and I'll increase my walking time over the next few weeks. It will be a while before I can do any brisk walking. I'm going to investigate places that offer deep water aerobics classes as an alternative to what I've been doing. I've been given the green light to ride the bike which I'm going to start tomorrow.

Life is good. I have prevailed!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINNIEMAY 4/23/2009 9:32PM

    That is great news! Remember to go slowly!!!

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/23/2009 11:55AM

    I am happy dancing for you at this end and want to say high five on the small weight gain! You have faced some difficult challenges to your health goals head on and won!

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ESS@HOME 4/23/2009 7:50AM

    Yippee!! What good news. I'm so glad you are starting to mend!


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L*I*T*A* 4/22/2009 10:15PM

    great news...................blessings and hugs...............lita

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SPARKLESSENCE 4/22/2009 8:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on your great report from the foot doctor!! It sounds like some of the swelling has gone down and that you're continuing to recover - through exercise, massage, and good medical care - from the damage. Gee, 7 lbs. in a mere 4 months is remarkably little weight to gain from immobility. You must've been really being as careful as you could during that time. I love your attitude of always pressing ahead, according to good information and good results. If you Google "waterproof orthotics" you'll come up with lots of possibilities, and maybe some of them would work well with your water shoes so that you don't reinjure the heel. WTG!!! - Sara emoticon

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T Minus One Day and Counting

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tomorrow I go to the foot doctor. I can't wait. I have also scheduled a therapeutic massage about an hour later so I should be good to go! I had a good water aerobics session yesterday but today I'm covered with a rash - oh well that's what prescription cream is for. Nobody ever said life was going to be easy and it isn't! But I will rise to the occasion!

Thank you to all of my Spark Friends who have been so supportive through all of my trials and tribulations! I would never have made it this far without you! Together we achieve more!

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CINNIEMAY 4/22/2009 7:10AM

    Sorry about the rash. emoticonI hope that you get good news on your foot! emoticon

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/21/2009 11:05PM

    Your a daily dose of inspiration for looking on the bright side and finding silver linings!

I hope you get the green light from the doctor on your foot. Perhaps while there tell him about your rash from the pool. Is it still bothering your sister too?

Hugs and have a fantastic day tomorrow. Enjoy that massage.

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NVR2HEALTHY 4/21/2009 10:42PM

    Hopefully you'll get good news from the podiatrist. I know you'll be feeling great after your massage... HMMMM sounds wonderful!!!!!

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L*I*T*A* 4/21/2009 8:29PM

    the massage sounds wonderful...............hope all goes well for you with the dr tomorrow................blessings and hugs...............lita

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SPARKLESSENCE 4/21/2009 7:29PM

    With the tootsies feeling better and - ahhh! - the massage, you're going to feel like a million dollars! Good going on the water aerobics, too - that's great exercise. I'm sorry about the rash but so glad you've got a cream you can use on it. You're doing fantastic!! - Sara emoticon

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NHSTITCHER 4/21/2009 12:08PM

  Enjoy your massage!

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Just 3 Days Until My Foot Appointment

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Just three days until I go to the doctor to have my foot checked to see if I can go back to doing regular exercise! (But who's counting?!) To say I've been counting the days is a gross understatement! I've kept as active as I've dared without hurting myself. I hope she tells me that I've healed. I know that I can't go right back into working out like I was, but I would just love to ride the bike and continue water aerobics regularly! Wish me luck!

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    My fingers are crossed for you that the Doc says you are all good to go.

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1AVERY 4/20/2009 10:11AM

    Now it is only 2 days. I hope you get the OK to get back to exercising. Good luck and take care do what the doctor says so you don't over do it. Teri. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUTHIEBEAR 4/20/2009 9:07AM

    I hope and pray that all is well with your foot. BUt as you said - take it slowly so you do not injure it again.

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ESTELL32 4/20/2009 7:24AM

    I know how hard it is to wait for the okay to get back to exercising.. I pray you are healed and get the green light!!!!!

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JSP32605 4/19/2009 9:48PM

    Wishing you oodles of great luck!!!!

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L*I*T*A* 4/19/2009 9:38PM

    wishing and praying for a positive outcome for you soon.........blessings and hugs...................lita

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L*I*T*A* 4/19/2009 9:38PM

    wishing and praying for a positive outcome for you soon.........blessings and hugs...................lita

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/19/2009 6:57PM

    wishing you luck....both fingers crossed...and saying a prayer for you . It is going to turn out GREAT! Soon you'll be pedaling down the road. Hugs

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Another Bump In The Road

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I got my MRI results yesterday. I have a couple of herniated disks in the upper center of my back. They are very small which is good news but still they are very painful. This would finally explain the pain and numbness in my arms and hands. What a relief that is! Up until now the doctors couldn't pinpoint what was causing the numbness and pain. They did all kinds of painful nerve tests and the results were always inconclusive. The nurse said that the herniations are too small to operate on and that the doctor will discuss treatment options with me in my next visit. At least I know now where part of the pain is coming from. Since my doctor is out of town (which always seems to happen in cases like mine :) ), her nurse read the report to me. I have a follow up visit when my doctor gets back from vacation on May 7th. Due to the location of the damaged disks, I may need another MRI of the cervical spine because the damage may affect another area (at C5,C6 and C7) which already has a problem. The not so great news is that the MRI I just had done does very little to explain the pain and swelling on the right side of my lumbar spine. This is new - I had 2 blocks on the left side in the fall of 2007 but I never had an issue, until now, on the right side. I have accepted the fact that it's all part of the degenerative disease. I'm not bummed or depressed, just anxious to begin treatment ASAP so the pain will stop and I can move more normally. Since the doctor hasn't read the MRI and made any recommendations, I have had no limits placed on my activity as yet. My past experience tells me that I will need to watch my body position when exercising and refrain from arching or hyper extending my back. I will also need to be careful not to lift over 15-20 pounds, which I'm careful with anyway. The good news is that I may be able to be treated with a series of spinal shots. My history with shots has been very good so if they can do this and it works, I will be very blessed. I will also ask the doctor if she will write me a prescription for a latex or TemperPedic bed. With a prescription, several of the bed stores will either sell you the beds without tax and/or help you file with insurance if your insurance covers speciality beds. I'm looking into getting a bed with an adjustable head and foot to help me get more comfortable when I'm in pain (which is most of the time).

As I think about the latest developments in my life, the future looks more promising than I originally thought. I have some viable options for treatment. I can make some changes to my environment to accommodate the changes in my body. Many people can live a semi normal life with the proper treatment if they are not working (I retired on disability in 2003) and they have a daily exercise program to keep their muscles toned to give the spine proper support. Thank goodness I got into the habit of working out a year ago! The tracking feature on SP Exercise Tracking is a very valuable tool for me. I can track exactly what I do so that, if I have a problem, I can monitor which moves are giving me problems and I can then eliminate them. It will also help me to put myself on a weight training cycle with light weights and make it easier for me to remember what I need to do and on which day. This is very important because my risk of injury increases substantially if I over train. I love my current gym and water aerobics classes but I have decided to look for a place that has deep water aerobics classes. It may cost a little more but the vibration/impact from exercising on the pool floor can aggravate your spine, knees, hips and feet. Goodness knows I don't need any more problems - the parts are wearing out as it is!!! emoticon

You may be wondering how I cope, stay positive and carry on with living when it seems like life keeps pitching me curve balls. It's simple. When I get up in the morning, I can decide to have a good day or a bad day. I choose to have a good day. Yes, some days are better than others. The point is, that I am making a conscious decision to be positive. For me, this is a learned behavior, even though I am a natural born optimist. Since joining Spark People in August 2008, I have worked very hard on being kind to myself and on developing positive self dialogue. My focus on the positive has rolled over into my overall outlook on life. Staying positive is an ongoing process for me and there are times when I really have to work at it.

Just remember two things. First, God never gives you more than you are strong enough to handle. Second, God never closes a door without opening a window.

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 4/17/2009 3:55PM

    You go girl!!! Your cheerful and positive outlook on life makes all the difference!!


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RUTHIEBEAR 4/17/2009 10:22AM

    Boy can I relate to what you have written. My pain is in my lower back but Everyday, like you, I begin by choosing to focus on the positives that I CAN do, not on the pain. I, too, am glad I have bbegun to work out at the gym to try and ease the pain. Thank you for an inspirational blog. You give me the motivation to keep on keeping on.
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L*I*T*A* 4/16/2009 9:56PM

    way to go.............great's hoping and praying that all will continue to improve for you...............staying positive is the key....................wishing you well.......blessings and hugs...............lita

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CINNIEMAY 4/16/2009 4:09PM

    I fully agree with your outlook! I am glad that you are on your way to getting help that you need!

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/16/2009 11:26AM

    You are a person who looks for and finds silver linings in life! Sending a gentle hug your way and a day full of silver linings.

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SPARKLESSENCE 4/16/2009 7:38AM

    I'm sorry to learn that your MRI revealed the herniated disks and degenerative disease in general, but I guess it's good to know exactly where the problems lie. You've got a wonderful positive attitude, BTW! You're so wise to be so aware of your form while exercising, and with the care and patience which you've displayed, I'm sure you'll reap the best results possible from the spinal shots and exercises, plus that new mattress. You're very, very well informed! Isn't the SP exercise tracker good? I use it, too, and have found that almost all of the physical therapy exercises I've done since 2000 are there.

Here's to that positive attitude and our newfound appreciation of life :) - Sara emoticon

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It's All About The Choices

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I'll have to admit that on Easter with all of that candy floating around, I made several poor choices. Since it was only one day, I'm not upset about it. Yesterday, it was all about what can make me the healthiest person I can be. Today, I'm again making that the focus of my attention. I think we all want to feel and look our best. It's all about the choices we make. So the next time we reach for that candy bar, those cookies or fries, let's ask ourselves, "Do I really want to put that in my body?"
Trust me, there will be occasional days when I feel rebellious and the answer will be yes! That's okay if it's only occasionally. The rest of the time, if I'm really concerned about my health, the answer should be no. I need to feed my body what it needs to operate at optimal performance. I need to put aside my childish struggle for what is strictly comfort food vs what is nourishing food. As I've begun to choose health over comfort, I've noticed that my tastes have changed. Fat laden foods taste very heavy and too rich. Unfortunately some sugary foods still taste too good for my own health but even that is changing. There are some things that are just too sweet and don't appeal to me any more. (Yea!) I'm being much more adventurous with trying new foods, spices and recipes. I'm beginning to look at this new lifestyle as an adventure that I can pursue for a lifetime. I have choices, I am in control - the food isn't - and I feel good about it! I'm putting a positive spin on my new habits and I'm excited about my life being an adventure! Let's explore this new adventure together! Won't you join me???

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L*I*T*A* 4/14/2009 9:58PM

    way to are in control of you.............great lifestyle adventure.......wouldn't you say???
blessings and hugs................lita
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DMPRIDER 4/14/2009 5:11PM

    Funny, I was just saying this to myself today too. Easter was not a good choice day in many respects, but that is past and now we go back to normal, non-holiday mode - making good choices. I really have to be mindful of it when it comes to food. I have had some changes in my tastes, but I think my sweet tooth will never be completely tamed. That is when choosing becomes so important. Have it or not? And if I have some, how much? I feel that keeping an eye on the goal, really makes it easier to make the right choices, being mindful of how each choice affects our progress toward the goal.

I really like your idea that this is an adventure as well as a lifestyle. Cool.

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SPARKLESSENCE 4/14/2009 4:32PM

    How encouraging it is to hear that richer, sweeter, fattier foods are becoming less and less appealing to you! Sounds like permanent change to me - terrific! - Sara emoticon

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CJROMB 4/14/2009 3:13PM

    This is a great blog. You're right. It's all about choice. I always remind myself that every step, every choice makes a difference. If I make a non-optimal choice one time, I have a new opportunity to make a better choice next time.

I don't do food deprivation AT ALL. Instead, like you, I've convinced myself that I actually WANT the better food, and don't really care anymore for the unhealthy food.

Thanx for commenting on my blog.

What are you doing to "buckle down" as you said this week?

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