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The Sun is Shining on Me!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

As I left the house this morning to take our old junker car to the repair shop, there was a cool breeze and the sun was shining brightly. Despite the bumps in life's road recently, a feeling of peace washed over me. With all of the trials and tribulations in life, the sun is still shining. Sometimes the constants in life give comfort and a bit of security. I felt like all was right in my world. The little stuff is just that - little stuff. It's a good idea every once in a while to step back and look at the big picture; especially with the economy the way it is at this point in time. I started to think about how my life is going right now. We have a steady income, a roof over our heads, healthy food, a bed to sleep in, nice clothes to wear, shoes on our feet, a car to drive, a t.v., a cell phone etc. I know that a large section of the rest of the world lives in poverty, so I'm thinking that our corner of the world is pretty great. How can I complain when we have so much and others have so little? A light bulb moment! I've got a good life. The sun is shining on me and perhaps I should shine that light on those around me.
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LUCKYDUCK2 4/29/2009 12:37PM

    Isn't that the truth? Every once in a while I need to step back and look at the blessings in my life too and this is a good day to do it. Thank you so much for that reminder. Hugs

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L*I*T*A* 4/29/2009 10:39AM

    it so wonderful to count your blessings and to be grateful for what you have.............hope your week is going well...............blessings and hugs..................lita

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Feeling Strong and Getting Some Answers

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I had a great workout in my water aerobics class and I'm feeling strong! Following the class, I broke out in a strange rash and this time my doctor had an opening for me to go and see him at 3:30 p.m. today. He took a biopsy of one area and asked one of the older more experienced doctors to give me a second opinion. They were very glad that I came in and both seemed intensely curious as to what it could be. The lab work should show what is causing the rashes. This time they were dark red patches scattered from my knees up to my neck. Neither doctor had seen anything like it before hence the biopsy. They should be able to pinpoint the cause (hopefully) within 2 weeks. Isn't science amazing? When I was a little girl and had a rash, all they could do was guess. We've come a long way!! They were a little concerned about the fact that the biopsy might leave a little scar. Since it's at the top of my thigh, I told them to go ahead - nobody will see it there unless they're in my swimming class anyway. I have so many scars on my legs, what's one more - my interest lies in finding out what the cause of all of this is. If the cost is a tiny little scar, who cares! They gave me some very strong prescription ointment to put on "patches" twice a day. I also have some anti-itch cream that can be used all day long. right now I'm up late waiting for some of the medicine to kick in so I can go to sleep. I think whatever it is can be fixed if I'm patient. You all know how patient I've been lately! lol I can still go into the gym and do regular workouts so that is what I'll try to continue to do until the test results come back. If it shows that I've contracted something from the pool, I will file a complaint with the health department and find another place to swim and work out.
It is such a relief to have had a test done that will help the doctor treat me appropriately! This is going to be so helpful! I can't wait to see the results.

  
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SPARKLESSENCE 4/29/2009 7:57AM

    So good that you're one step closer to finding out what's causing this puzzling rash. What a mystery, Cyndi! I'll bet it's a reaction to something in the pool, too. Keep us posted! - Sara emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 4/28/2009 9:02PM

    wow that was great to see the dr when they need to see this rash and take a bioposy????praying for a quick and easy resolve..................have a great week.......blessings and hugs.................lita

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/28/2009 10:47AM

    I am so glad you were able to get into the doctor while the rashes were still visible to the human eye and hope you have answers soon. It does sound like an allergic reaction to the pool. Does it still bother your sister also? Hugs and have a great day!

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Doing a Happy Dance!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Today I did 30 minutes on level 1 of the bike. I forced myself to go slowly because I've been away from it for so long. I was able to do the hamstring and quad machines as well as the lateral pull down, front fly, seated row and chest press - all with very reduced weights of course. I used the free weights to work on my biceps and triceps. I remembered to do my Achilles stretches, calf stretches, hamstring stretches and quad stretches. I stretched my biceps and my chest too. Then I took a nice warm shower, washed my hair and slathered myself with Aveno lotion with sunscreen. I did a little happy dance all the way to my car. Now that I'm home, I'll lie down on my bed and rest - got to avoid over working the back and foot! I'm back!!
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SPARKLESSENCE 4/27/2009 4:40PM

    I'm so late to see this, Cyndi, but a wild round of applause for you! That's an excellent workout, and I'm glad you're up and at 'em again! emoticon - Sara emoticon

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 4/26/2009 12:04AM

    You go girl!!! And welcome back!!! You sound like you're already lovin' it!!

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CINNIEMAY 4/25/2009 10:05PM

    Sounds like you had a great day!!!

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NHSTITCHER 4/24/2009 4:44PM

  WAY TO GO!

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L*I*T*A* 4/24/2009 3:42PM

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FLAGIRL32 4/24/2009 3:40PM

    Great Job!

Dawn

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/24/2009 12:21PM

    You never left! Even with the restrictions placed on you and the health problems...your positive attitude and taking charge of the situation was here. Now, you are still the one calling the shots and making smart decisions. May you get stronger and healthier each day and keep that beautiful and STRONG Soul moving forward.

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ESS@HOME 4/24/2009 11:35AM

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I'm so happy for you! Good job with the stretching. And good thing that you're remembering to rest that back and foot.

~Ess

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ALLGROWNUP83 4/24/2009 11:34AM

    keep up on the great work

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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.

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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!

~Ess

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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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