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Our new bed arrives Thursday!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

We finally bought our new bed and it is coming between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow! I can't wait. It is a Temperpedic and it has a built in massage function as well as being movable electronically. This will really help my spine when I sleep. This is the first step in my campaign against pain! Friday I am having 6 spinal shots which will most likely keep me flat for the weekend. The idea of being able to alter my position in bed with the touch of a button is very appealing.

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L*I*T*A* 5/14/2009 12:29AM

    sure hope the bed lives up to well hope it will help you feel better too..blesisngs and hugs..................lita

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JANIELEE54 5/13/2009 11:54PM

    Good for you! There is nothing I hate worse than not sleeping well. I hope it works for you!

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ZZYYGGY 5/13/2009 11:46PM

    Congradulations on the new bed. Hope you feel better.

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Saturday and Sunday

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hubby and I went shopping for a new bed yesterday morning. As predicted, we got a chance to roll around on all of the beds and to try out all of the movable gadgets. Hubby liked all of the beds that I picked out which was nice but didn't really help me to decide on one particular bed. Tomorrow I'm going to go back, pick one out, make arrangements for delivery, pay for it and be finished with it! I've been at the bed thing for almost 3 weeks now and am tired of it. I just want to sleep well and wake up without added pain from the mattress. We hung out for the remainder of the day and watched movies. I'm finally finished with my medication for the respiratory infection but decided to still lay low for a few more days because the pollen is so high. (It's oak too which I'm really allergic to). It was a restful, fun day!

Today, Mother's Day, we went to church with our neighbors and their youngest son had his first communion. The church service was lovely. We really like this particular church! Afterwards, we went to the Golden Coral for brunch. I had one whole plate of just various raw veggies (no salad dressing) followed by a plate of cooked veggies and a very, very small serving of chicken and one bite of beef. We topped it off with half of a roll and about 4 teaspoons of various desserts. I did break down and have a little soft serve chocolate ice cream. (Surprise - it didn't taste that great to me!)
I drank 2 big glasses of water with the meal and sipped water all the way home. I think I did very well! I'm pleased with myself! We are having another great day!

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CINNIEMAY 5/13/2009 10:11AM

    Sounds like a great time was had by you all! Keep up the hard work and good luck with the bed!!!

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L*I*T*A* 5/10/2009 10:13PM

    so glad you are feeling better...............sounds like you had a nice mother's day ..............have a great week..........blessings and hugs................lita

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/10/2009 9:48PM

    I hope you continue to feel better following your respiratory infection and that nasty oak pollen, Cyndi! So glad you're very close to picking the right bed for you. I'll be so anxious to hear how you like it. Oh, for a comfortable, therapeutic bed!

And emoticon on your brunch at the Golden Corral! You filled up on the raw veggies, and the rest of your choices were very healthy, yet didn't leave you feeling deprived. I'm taking furious notes; I do just terrible at restaurants! Good for you! - Sara emoticon

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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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    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 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!


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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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