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I Went Out Shopping For A Bed

Friday, May 08, 2009

I just got back from bed shopping this afternoon (don't read that one too fast or you'll get the wrong impression!). My pain management doctor told me yesterday that the best thing for my back would be a Temper-pedic bed. Do you know how expensive they are? They cost more than my first car (of course that was back in the dark ages). She did have a great reason for this recommendation however. It appears that the disk degeneration and arthritis are now all over the entire spine - at least according to my latest MRI. She said that it will never get better - only worsen. Well, I kind of knew that - I'm 15 years into this whole thing so it was no surprise. However, to hear her say it out loud was depressing for a few minutes but then I realized that I'm still the same person that I was ten minutes before so it's really nothing new. That thinking made me feel better right away. We discussed treatment options and I'm going to start with the dye and fluoroscope test followed by six injections in the lower spine. She'll have to spread them out a bit in the hope that they will improve a larger area of the spine. She'll do 3 on the left and 3 on the right. They do a short (10 min.) anestethic; you wake up fast and the best part is that it doesn't make me sick!!! Yea! We will follow that up with a second series of shots in the lower spine in a few weeks. The plan is to then work on the thoracic spine to take the edge off the pain there. At this point, surgery is not an option. So, I have a plan which greatly appeals to me (can't help myself -I'm a retired teacher. I've got to have plans) lol She drew it to my attention that she can't fix most of it, she can only make me more comfortable as the deterioration continues. I said, "Let's do it!" and I will start treatment on May 15th. Then I had to go home and tell my husband what she said. He became very worried and has a whole list of questions that he'd like to ask her. I was pleased about that - pleased at his concern, not his anxiety. He will definitely take me for my treatments and be involved - also will try to get her to make a list of things I can and can't do. So, since I need a more comfortable bed, I went out to shop for a new one. She even wrote me a prescription so the store won't charge me sales tax. That could save me as much at $300+ ! I have several combinations picked out and tomorrow hubby and I will set out on our shopping expedition. At first he only wanted me to do it, but because of the cost, he is now aware that he needs to be comfortable in the bed too. Rolling around on sample beds could be hilarious if I get him in a silly mood which I'm hoping to do! Maybe we'll actually purchase one of the ones that I've pre-selected and we can get finished with it! I've been looking, just to get an idea of the cost, for about 2 weeks now. GASP!! Hubby has all kinds of questions that only the store can answer and although I already asked them, he wants to hear it from them (which is fine with me). I just want to sleep on something that won't add to my pain like our current bed.

To avoid getting depressed over the ongoing disease, I have to get creative in how I want to look at it and treat it, in order to get maximum pain relief. Getting the new bed is the first step. The shots are the second step. If I'm careful, after the next few series of shots, I might be somewhat okay for the next year. If I'm not, well, I guess we'll take it from there. I'm hoping that continuing to lose weight will help. Other than walking, I will cool it with the weight routine until my doctor gives me the "all clear". Hubby is afraid that I'll do something that will make matters worse so I need to be careful. I'm so blessed to have a life partner like him! We'll think of this as our creative campaign against pain! emoticon

  
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CINNIEMAY 5/9/2009 10:46PM

    I understand pain! My knees are awful this week! I am sorry there isn't no real help for you but maybe the bed will help you!!!

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/9/2009 5:14PM

    Cyndi, I love the fact that you're exploring all this - experiencing it, too - as someone with plenty of knowledge and a great sense of humor. Here's to happy bed-shopping...and to nights of good, restorative sleep in your new bed-to-be. Your attitude is exemplary, a real inspiration to your fellow travelers with physical ailments. I have some degenerative disk disease and spinal arthritis, but fortunately, it's limited to my lower spine, which is also twisted (call me "Twisted Sister" :). It won't be long until those treatments begin, and I hope they bring you an abundance of relief! All the best, Sara emoticon

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TRAINOF4 5/8/2009 10:04PM

    I'm sorry about your back troubles. My mom & I are both in the early stages. It must be caused by standing on your feet a lot for hours at a time year after year ---like a teacher would do! My mom is a special ed teacher up here ... I worked in a hospital until recently. This may sound mean, but you're lucky - I had my shots under fluoroscopy just as you will, but without any anesthesia except local lidocaine. It wasn't that bad, I got all worked up & it was uncomfortable, but not unbearable. Especially if your back is in a lot of pain! I had shots, but not in a series - just as needed. I guess I have one small area that needs the shot so they don't do multiples.

Beds are SOOO expensive, even the "regular" beds - and no matter how careful I am in buying a bed, in 6 months it seems like it's cruddy all over again. If you get a Tempur-predic you MUST let me know how it works for you. I know someone who bought a Sleep Number & swears by it. . .I'm open to suggestion as my usual choices have never worked. But saving almost $300 on sales tax tells me ...well, it tells me that I probably won't ever be getting a Tempur-pedic anyway.

Do they come in double size or only queen or king? I bet your hubby will go crzy for it since it sounds like it is "gadgety." LOL! Good luck & keep us updated. Gentle Hugs to you ... And yeah...You're the same person you've always been! What a super attitude!


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L*I*T*A* 5/8/2009 10:02PM

    so sorry this is happenning to you.................what a wonderful, caring dr and of course can't leave out your supportive husband too...............you are such a strong person with a great attitude.......that i know things will somehow be better once all the treatments are completed.....wishing you well with your injections.................praying for some improvement with your pain and back problems...................blessing
s and hugs...................lita

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FLAGIRL32 5/8/2009 4:23PM

    Oh Cyndi, that's awful news, but you have such a great attitude. I hope the treatment (and the fab new bed) make you feel more comfy. Aging makes all conditions worsen, and hopefully you won't see (or feel) any deterioration for a long, long time.

I am so glad that your husband is so supportive, he is lucky to have you, and it's a good thing he knows it! emoticon

Keep us up to date after the first treatment!

Dawn

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Team Dinner/Meetings on Wednesdays

Thursday, May 07, 2009

We had our first team dinner/meeting last night. All I can say is WOW! What a wonderful group of people we have in our Polk County Team! I think most of us felt very comfortable with each other, we had a nice conversation going the whole time and we all ate healthy! We're going to try to meet on the first Wednesday of every month. We've already planned our next dinner/meeting for June 3rd. I can't wait. What a great way of supporting each other on a person-to-person basis locally.
I feel truly blessed by what the Spark People experience has brought to me.

  
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1AVERY 5/7/2009 2:24PM

    That sounds great. I have an area team maybe I should suggest something like that. We have talked about getting together to walk and it never happens that we have a common schedule.
I have met one of my sparkfriends she lives about 3-4 hours away but goes by my neck of the woods to see her grandchildren regularly.
I am planning on meeting on May 29th to meet anothe sparkfriend who is coming to Ontario for a wedding.


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CINNIEMAY 5/7/2009 10:35AM

    That is great!!!!

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L*I*T*A* 5/7/2009 10:15AM

    that is so wonderful,how you all were able to connect in such a special way with sparkpeople as the common link....................way to go................have a great day................blessings and hugs..............lita

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Polk County Team Meeting Tonight

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I'm very excited! Our Polk County Team is meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. to have dinner together. I can't wait. After all of these months of emails and support, we will finally meet in person and be able to put faces to names. I'm hoping that we'll get back into walking again once everyone is healthy. I hope that we all eat healthy and enjoy each other's company!

  
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L*I*T*A* 5/6/2009 7:48PM

    have a wonderful time..would love to be able to meet some of you someday too....................enjoy.......
..blessings and hugs..................lita

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CINNIEMAY 5/6/2009 1:07PM

    sounds fun!!

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To Fat Or Not To Fat- That Is The Question!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I just finished reading Jen Mueller's blog, "Is Eating Red Meat Bad For Your Health? " What a great blog! It made me think about the kind of protein/meat I eat and I'm happy to say that for years I've gotten something right! I am what my husband refers to as a chicken addict. I could eat lean chicken every day of the week. I also love egg whites - the low fat answer to my protein needs. I usually eat 4 egg whites for breakfast every morning and have done so for at least the past 12 years. I fill my plate with veggies at meal time too. Yes, I enjoy an occasional meal with steak or pork, fish and seafood. It's nice to have a little variety at times. Then why am I seventy five pounds overweight? Portion control is the first thing that jumps into my mind, followed by snacking on sugar loaded low fat foods. Since joining Spark People last year, using the food tracker has made me very aware of what I'm putting into my body. Believe it or not, I've had trouble meeting the daily minimums for fats and carbohydrates. Why? I think I went through a phase in the 1990's where I bought a lot of fat free food because I thought it would be better for me. Of course I also felt that I could eat more because it was fat free! Bad idea! I became obsessed with eliminating fat from my diet. Then one day I attended a seminar with my daughter, at a local hospital. She would get extra credit for her college health class if she recruited someone to go with her (me of course!). What an eye opener! The topic was "Fat In Your Diet". It addressed the problem of cutting out too much of the good fats from our diets in our rush to lower the overall fat intake. I felt like I should go home and search for hidden video cameras in my house because the speaker must be talking directly to me! Along with eliminating the bad fats, it seems that I had eliminated almost all fat including the fat that my body needs. Oh no! I was in panic mode and my anti fat campaign was already a habit that I had been practicing for years! It was during this time that I gained weight too! I didn't know what to do so I contacted a dietitian to help me. The first thing she said was that I wasn't taking in enough of the right kinds of calories. Me? The chicken addict who eats veggies was doing it all wrong??? EEEK!! Help! Actually that part of my diet was fine except that I needed portion control. What a relief! What the dietitian encouraged me to do is throw out all of the sugar laden non fat snacks and eat fruit, dairy and whole grains instead. She also encouraged me to start eating nuts, olive oil and some butter or margarine. I increased the frequency of eating to 6 meals a day. I lost 20 pounds just by doing this. It wasn't much of a struggle either and I wasn't hungry!. Then I became disabled, we moved from a place I'd lived for 40 years and I lived with my husband's family while our new house was being built. Their eating habits were terrible! I was very unhappy and I ate my way through it - gaining back the 20 I had lost plus an additional 27 pounds. I stopped eating 6 times a day (it was very inconvenient for them and they frowned upon this - even though I was buying the food) and did very little exercise. I hated me and had given control of my eating to someone else. I needed to get back that control and get myself on track. Then we moved and when my husband went to the doctor, he was shocked at his blood test results! He actually asked me if we could go back to eating the way we used to - chicken and all! I was only too glad to oblige! Since that time, I've lost over 40 pounds. There are plenty of bumps in my road but with Spark People I've learned to navigate through them. I still have issues to this day with fats and carbohydrates. Old habits die hard! It was recently suggested to me that I should increase my starchy veggies and eat more nuts to help with that issue. Guess what? It helps! My lifestyle has become much healthier too. It's an eating plan that should last a lifetime if I want to remain healthy and..... I do!

  
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SPARKLESSENCE 5/5/2009 10:10PM

    You've learned so much over time! Isn't it amazing what we've picked up along the way? Sounds like you've developed a good, satisfying, and balanced way of eating! - Sara emoticon

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FLAGIRL32 5/5/2009 10:06PM

    What a great blog, I love the way you were so able to pinpoint your strengths. You are doing such an awesome job.

Dawn

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7REBACCA7 5/5/2009 3:30PM

   

very enlightening commits it is amazingly hard to try to learn all we need to,very hard and confusing to figure what is right and what is wrong but a few things do not seem to change ie fruit vegetables chicken nuts milk products (fat free) potatoes etc just watch fat like you do now seems very good for you emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/5/2009 2:07PM

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Be Kind to Yourself Buddy of the Week!

Monday, May 04, 2009

I logged onto Spark People this morning and noticed that I had my usual mail. I was in the process of replying to the Be Kind to Yourself mail when, at first glance, I thought that I had erroneously been listed as having a birthday. Surprise! I was the Buddy of the Week! Wow! This really made my day since I've been sick in bed for the past few days! It made me feel so great.

Thank you to everyone for your kind wishes and comments. I love you all!

Cyndi

  
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 5/5/2009 11:58PM

    Hope you are feeling better. Again, Congratulations on being Kind Buddy of the Week. Hope you did something special for yourself because you deserve it.
Amy

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L*I*T*A* 5/4/2009 7:27PM

    CONGRATULATIONS............... well deserved....way to go.................blessings and hugs..............lita

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/4/2009 12:48PM

    emoticon And a wonderful, well-chosen Buddy of the Week you are, too! You're on our pedestal for the rest of the week (and probably longer emoticon) - Sara emoticon

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