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Six Week Post-Op Check

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tomorrow is my six week post-op check up. I have had some issues including an infection in my incision. It has hurt badly on some days and kept me out of the water until my check up. I am so ready to have my surgeon look at my neck that I can hardly stand it! There is a good chance that I will have to continue to wear my hard collar. My incision is still very sore so I really want that looked at by him, to see if he can further treat it. I hope that I can get out of my hard collar, but I think I'm going to have to continue to wear it. We'll see what he says!

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PEGGYANNSCH 10/20/2011 8:56PM


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TBRANCH2 10/19/2011 10:40PM

    emoticonGood luck!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/19/2011 4:02PM

    Good luck - let us know how you do when you get back home.

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L*I*T*A* 10/19/2011 3:02PM

    good luck with your dr and hoping and praying all goes well for you..........
blessings and hugs................lita

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Breaking Three Long Standing Streaks

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I know I have a good reason. I know I couldn't help it. Still, I have been a faithful abet obsessive exerciser all my life. I'll also admit I'm addicted to those little rewards that I get for exercise every month. It all came to a crashing halt when I had spine surgery on September 8, 2011. I had 3 exercise streaks going that were broken by doctor's orders.

The first streak was my class streak. My goal was to exercise at least 90 minutes per week. I exceeded that goal for 159 weeks. For many weeks before my pain slowed me down (when I was so obsessive about exercise) I was exercising 2-3 hours per day. Then I learned moderation and I promised hubby that I would keep it under 2 hours preferably 90 minutes.

The second streak was my general Spark goals of 150 hours of exercise per week. This goal was established on 12/14/2008. This goal was at 100% until my surgery and is now down to 95%. I am currently doing functional exercise which is a whole different type of exercise. I will continue to do this type until I am turned over to a physical therapist. Believe it or not, when you wear a brace, functional exercise can be a workout. I didn't think it would be but on some days it is.

The last streak was my local Polk County team. The goal again was to exercise for 90 minutes per week. I met and exceeded that goal for 127 weeks. Again sometimes doing my obsessive exercise thing but now being reduced to doing functional exercise.

The one area where regular exercise and functional exercise overlap is in water. It is unfortunate that I can't go to the pool every day. (I can't drive with a hard collar on my neck) Hubby is willing to take me several times per week. Once the Y gets the heater fixed, I'm eager to get back in the water! Strength training will not be an option for me for many months to come but I can water jog.

I shouldn't be disappointed but I am because I worked so hard. Sometimes things out of our control pop up and roll into our paths. We can either work around them and continue or we can quit. For me, quitting is never an option!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/9/2011 1:30PM

    Congrats on all those streaks you achieved. You should feel very proud. And soon, with doctor's permission, you will start your streaks again. I know you may miss your trophies, but you are smart to listen to your body and listen to your doctor. Here's hoping that soon your improved body will enjoy the exercise.

I've had to take time off from exercise due to cough/cold and soon will be starting over, too. I can't wait for both of us to be well and active again! -Marsha

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ARSALLOT 10/6/2011 5:01PM

    Thank you for the comment on my blog, I'm feeling OK, I think I'm just slightly depressed. My hubby is still gone and I quit smoking last week. I'm tired of fighting the cravings, but I'm doing it. One of the side affects they say is temporary depression/anxiety as your body and mind adjust to not having the nicotine/habit anymore. I miss it. And every ex smoker I've talked to says you will miss it and get cravings for years to come. UGH. My back is 100%.

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L*I*T*A* 10/5/2011 10:31PM

    it is great that you have reached that level of streaks....
remember just start new ones and soon you will have surpassed your original ones....
use your past ones to move you forward and then some....
blessings and hugs..............lita

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DONNABRIGHT 10/5/2011 8:59PM

    Spark people is a great tool but it is just a tool. Exercise gives us a stronger body but hopefully your surgery is now giving you a stronger body and the exercise has to take a back seat. The streaks are not as important as you are!

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It's Hard, But I Can Take Care Of Myself

Monday, October 03, 2011

This past week really presented a big challenge. My husband had to go to for a week to take care of his dying father while his sister and his father's other caretaker were out of town on an emergency. This left me at home alone with two small dogs and many very attentive, helpful neighbors. Remember, I have a hard collar on my neck all the time except when I'm lying on the bed or when I'm in the shower. Now technically my doctor would frown on the fact that I was left alone for such a long period of time. I am 3 weeks post op (out of 6) . I did have people calling and checking in with me, including hubby, multiple times daily. In fact, some of them took me to the store, out to breakfast and out to a craft fair just to get me out of the house. Aren't I lucky to have such wonderful neighbors? Of the two of us, I would say that he had the more difficult job. I know because I took care of my mother for years before she died and it is hard and very stressful.

What I learned about myself while he was gone was interesting. I found out that I can rise to almost any task if I have to. I'll say that again. I can rise to almost any task if I have to. I can also rise to almost any task if I put my mind to it. The doctor has put certain limitations on my movements such as no bending over, leaning, stretching to reach things, bending to pick things up etc. So you can imagine how creative I had to get in order to pick things up off of the floor, fill the dog's empty water dish, empty the dish washer or dryer or put on the dog's leash. Getting a pan out of the lower cabinet was an interesting venture too. I have a grabbing tool that I would be lost without! It took me forever to do everything, but hey, there was no time limit on anything and I got everything completed.

What amazed me the most was that I didn't take the easy way out and eat pre-packaged snacks, frozen or fast food high sodium/high fat meals instead of healthy food. I actually struggled to cook enough for several meals at one time (of healthy food). The first meal I made was ground chicken with tomato sauce, green beans, and unsweetened apple sauce for dessert. The second time I made Fiber One muffins (for breakfast) , BBQ chicken breast, spinach and unsweetened apple sauce. My neighbor sent over several meals which I've managed to get him to cook in a more healthy fashion. See, Spark People is invading our neighborhood! In turn, I sent over some Fiber One muffins where I substituted unsweetened applesauce for the oil and egg whites for the full egg with the yolk. He thought they were delicious. Those healthy Spark substitutions are very handy! I cooked enough food for at least 5-6 dinners.

Now that hubby is home, I really appreciate all that he does for me. I do know that if anything were to happen again, that I can take care of myself.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/5/2011 9:11AM

    Sorry you were by yourself, but BIG congrats on your determination and creativity. Even with great restrictions, you can take care of yourself. You did a great job to cook healthy and involve your neighbors, too. Wishing you speedy recovery to a greater level of health than you have known for years. -Marsha

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AMANDAJCD 10/4/2011 3:27PM

    Well done! But I'm glad your husband is now home. Whew :)

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RUTHIEBEAR 10/4/2011 12:19PM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds like you did what you needed to to care for yourself without putting yourself in harm's way after your operation! You are inspiring. emoticon

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 10/4/2011 7:56AM

    Way to go!!!!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/4/2011 7:50AM

    Awesome blog. We do what we have to do and it's nice to know we can do it but don't have to all the time.

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TBRANCH2 10/3/2011 10:25PM

    I knew you could do it! You are strong & stubborn!!! lol
Looking forward to seeing you & hubby at our team dinner!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/3/2011 8:29PM

    Good for you! Way to go!

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Water Jogging Was Wonderful!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Water jogging was wonderful although the 30 minute time limit went by too quickly! The water was chilly today but I didn't care. I paid strict attention to all of my restrictions including abiding by the 30 minute time limit. I didn't feel the least bit tired when I was finished. I didn't take a shower but rather used body wipes that I had purchased for just such an event. The only problem that I encountered was that I left my dry collar pads in the car and had to wait until hubby took my gym bag out to the car before changing the pads. My shirt got a little wet from the pads I used in the water but that just made the dry ones feel so much better. LOL

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SLENDERELLA61 10/3/2011 3:30PM

    So glad you are exercising again, even with all the restrictions. You are smart to follow those restrictions, too, and gradually work back into it. I hope to shake my cold/cough soon and hope to see you soon at our Y!! -Marsha

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ALCMELOOSE 9/29/2011 10:22AM

    emoticon Thank you for stopping by my page and leave a message. I will have to check out my local YMCA.
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DONNABRIGHT 9/27/2011 3:24PM

    It must have felt great to start your exercise again. So glad you enjoyed it.

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Water Jogging Trial

Monday, September 26, 2011

My doctor's PA said that I can try water jogging, with my hard collar on of course, for 30 minutes. Hubby said that he would drive me to the Y tomorrow to try it. I have to take a spare set of dry pads for my collar and I can't use the showers at the Y but I can bring my body wipes, clean myself , change out of my bathing suit and get dressed in the handicapped bathroom. I'm so excited! I have the same restrictions that I had before my surgery plus a few more. That is fine with me! Water is a very good workout for me. It is easy on my joints and I can isolate my legs and part of my core muscles when I use the floatation belt. It will be good to see my friends at the pool again. It has been about four weeks since I've seen them. I'm really looking forward to it!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/2/2011 11:11AM

    How did it go? So hope it was invigorating and fun. I'm back. Hope you are recovering quickly. Love, Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 9/26/2011 10:50AM

    Enjoy - enjoy - enjoy!

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