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Spine Update

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I got some great news yesterday! The USF pain program at Tampa General Hospital accepted me into their pain management system program. They also have developed a plan for me to deal with my continuous headaches! Yea! Just hearing that they could help me brought me a tremendous sense of relief. The first thing they did was give me medicine that was headache specific. Then they adjusted one of my other medications. I will be starting the new medications tonight so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Relief may be on the way!

I asked them if I can transfer my other spinal areas into their care and they said yes! I was ecstatic! I know that it takes me a little over an hour to get to an appointment there but they can do things for chronic pain there that most other places can't. Since they are a teaching center, their techniques are cutting edge so the treatments are better. The goal for their program is to get me as active as possible without the crushing pain. I will probably do my initial interviews with each of the 15 specialists in August because I have to have a two week period that I can devote to the program without any interruptions. In September, they will inject my head in 6-8 places in an effort to control the re-occurrence of the crushing headaches. I'm feeling very positive about my treatment. They have given me hope where I had none.

  
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WILD4STARS 5/27/2010 7:49AM

    How awesome! Light at the end of the tunnel! Yay you!!
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JENSHAWN 5/26/2010 1:26PM

    Isn't amazing how God works his amazing healing powers.

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DONNABRIGHT 5/26/2010 8:28AM

    Wow, how you kept up with your exercise schedule and all you do while managing that kind of pain is a miracle already. Sure hope this new place is another miracle for you.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/25/2010 5:47PM

    Wonderful, Cyndi! I am so glad you are feeling positive and upbeat about a very professional, cutting edge pain management program. I'm sure you'll benefit a great deal. You deserve it!! -Marsha

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2CATS2LOVE1 5/25/2010 5:15PM

    So glad to hear that things are moving in a positive direction regarding those headaches of yours. I don't get them often but when I do, I feel horrible. All the best to you in your new pain management program!
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House Work Workout

Friday, May 21, 2010

In preparation for the Polk Co. Team Spa Day at our house tomorrow, I spent the day cleaning. I didn't just run the vacuum a little bit and dust a few tables, I used the team event as an exercise opportunity. I vacuumed, shampooed the carpets, mopped the floors, scrubbed down the kitchen, cleaned both bathrooms, cleaned the air purifiers, wiped down the ceiling fans and washed all the throw rugs. The house smells and looks clean and boy, did I ever get a workout. (I won't even say how many hours it took me!) When I was finished I had to peel my close off my body because they were so wet from sweat. The only thing I still have to do is some light strength training. I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride in what I was able to get done today. Now if only I'm not too stiff tomorrow to have a good time!! lol

  
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HELLO-BEAUTIFUL 5/29/2010 6:50PM

    What an emoticonjob I totally admire you!

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AMANDAJCD 5/22/2010 3:47PM

    Wow, I'm impressed! I hope you all had a good time today :) My boys needed herding so I couldn't make it (just as well because I've got a bit of a sore throat), but I hope to make it to one in the future :)

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Thursday

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today I ran an errand on the way to water aerobics and found a shorter route by accident. That is good news because it means less driving time!

I did 30 minutes of aqua jogging followed by 60 minutes of water aerobics. On the way home, I stopped at Wal Mart to do some grocery shopping. I got a cart and decided to make it an exercise opportunity. I walked very quickly and went up and down all the isles even if I didn't need an item from that area. After I checked out, I loaded the groceries into the car and stopped by Publix to get 3 items that Wal Mart didn't have. This time I skipped the basket and power walked to the 3 areas to get my items. I think the folks at Publix are used to me speeding along because they look at me but don't say anything to me any more.

I got home and hubby (bless his helping, kind heart!) unloaded the car for me and put things away. I immediately went to the computer to log my exercise and food. (Not that there was much to add to the food tracker because I'm force feeding today due to lack of appetite) I Googled (yes on SP) the best place to buy a kind of packing tape that hubby uses for his business. I discovered that a place near our house carries it so out we went again to get the tape. I don't know what I'd do without the ability to look things up on the computer!!! I can hardly remember the days when computers weren't available.

I'm very satisfied with my activity level for today. The exercise tracker says that I've burned over 1200 calories. That means that I'll sleep well tonight! I love to be active!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 5/21/2010 9:08AM

    Awesome!

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AMANDAJCD 5/20/2010 11:26PM

    1200 calories -- wow! Way to go!!

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TBRANCH2 5/20/2010 9:59PM

    Go, You!! It sometimes makes me wish I still had a pool....and then, I come to my sanity and am glad that I do not!!hahahaha


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2CATS2LOVE1 5/20/2010 5:54PM

    You were one busy bee today! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 5/20/2010 5:25PM

    Wow! I've never recorded a 1200 calorie day. Very, very impressive, Cyndi. -Marsha

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Spa Day Is Coming For The Polk County Team

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

This Saturday, May 22, at 12:30p.m., our Polk County Team will be having Spa Day at my home. I can't wait!!! The last time we did this, we all mellowed out and really relaxed. This time we're having healthy snacks, healthy drinks, skin care products, foot massage products, nail polish, a massage therapist and hot packs (to relax our muscles). Several husbands have asked if they can join us and we've said YES! Of course they can come and join in the fun. I'm going to try to make some healthy muffins that I got recipes for on Spark People, someone is bringing fruit, someone is bringing deviled eggs, I will probably make a veggie platter and serve water, juice or diet coke. And... it's all free!

Spa Day is a time of sharing, laughter, learning, relaxing and pampering. It brings our group closer and forges bonds of support. It's no wonder that the guys would like to join in!!! This is such a great group of people. I cherish the friendships I have made and the support we give one another. So, those team mates who are reading this blog, please come. All you need is yourself, a pair of clean socks (foot massage lotion may make feet slippery), a big smile and a willingness to be pampered. See all of you on Saturday, May 22 at 12:30p.m.!

  
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2CATS2LOVE1 5/20/2010 5:57PM

    I would LOVE to be there. Unfortunately I live a distance away (SoCal). My Mom turns 93 on Saturday and my roomie and I are going on another hike then. ENJOY your day!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/19/2010 9:30PM

    Can't wait! Thanks again for all you do for us. -Marsha

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Take Time For Yourself And Be Happy

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ever have those weeks when it seems like all of your time is spoken for? When I was teaching, I can remember many days when I would work through lunch, attend an after school meeting, rush home, take my child to some activity, fix dinner and then rush off to something else (like grad school or exercise class) followed by hours of grading papers. I used to count the hours until the weekend (unless I was taking one of those weekend grad courses) so I could have some time to breathe. I was on the fast track to burn out!

Now that I'm older and hopefully a little wiser, I look back and say to myself, "What were you thinking?" The problem was, I wasn't thinking about anything but cramming as many things as I could into a set time frame. The busier I got the worse I felt. I stopped exercising because I injured myself. I filled that time with other things and then I no longer had the time to exercise. I gained weight as a result. I had been a normal weight all my life until I started putting myself at the bottom of the list. Then I became over weight, out of shape and burned out. For what? Did working like a slave make me a better teacher? Maybe, but I became an unhappy one within five years of stopping my exercise program. My problem was that I was no longer taking time for myself. I needed to have surgery but kept putting it off until I had trouble walking. Then, when I could no longer function, I took care of it. By that time some of the damage to my knees couldn't be repaired by anything other than knee replacements. It just wasn't worth the price I paid!

Now that I've retired on a disability from teaching, I can see what I couldn't see before. Taking time for yourself daily is important. Building exercise into your daily schedule is important. Paying attention to your body's needs is important. You can't give to others without first making sure that your body is in top working condition. Build some breathing room and exercise into your schedule. Last of all, strive be happy. Take some time to dream, relax and love. You'll be a happier, more productive person if you do.

  
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2CATS2LOVE1 5/20/2010 5:58PM

    Thanks for sharing. We all need those reminders.

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SLIMLILA 5/19/2010 10:49PM

    Thanks for sharing your 20/20 hindsight with me... I teach and it seems that although I was never as busy as you were, I spend so much time, like at least one day every weekend etc. at the school. But this year, well since Jan. anyway, I have been devoting a lot more time to SP and exercise so finally taking myself away from the bottom of the pile. Thanks for sharing and hopefully your words of wisdom can save someone else from a burnout or working themself beyond what is best for their health. I have only been teaching for 7 years, despite my age!! I was a secretary, bookkeeper, exec etc in my first careers and I did experience a burnout then, It certainly isn't worth it!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/19/2010 10:21PM

    Profound words, Cyndi!

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AMANDAJCD 5/19/2010 3:39PM

    Very well said, Cyndi :)

Now you've got me thinking about my knees... and I just had those fillings done, LOL

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/18/2010 3:37PM

    I totally agree. Since taking time from the rat race, I can see so much what was contributing only negatives to my health and quality of life. Taking time to think about next steps and plan for a more realistic pace is such a luxury.

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JENSHAWN 5/17/2010 7:49AM

    Retrospect is an awesome tool!!

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ALYFITN 5/16/2010 8:12PM

    Wow, I think you just described my past life. This is common in today's world. Thanks for putting it so clearly for others to be warned. God bless you and good luck with your journey back to good health!

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WILD4STARS 5/16/2010 7:14PM

    Age adds an awesome perspective to life. My life use to revolve around my job. NOW my job revolves around my life, at least most of the time. When I realize that my job is taking over, I start saying "no."

I enjoy our team walks at Circle B, you're a great Team Leader, thanks.
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