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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!
Hugs,
Theresa

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L*I*T*A* 10/3/2011 8:44PM

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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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WILD4STARS 9/26/2011 4:26PM

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DONNABRIGHT 9/26/2011 10:50AM

    Enjoy - enjoy - enjoy!

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The Pursuit Of Happiness

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I've always said that happiness can be a decision. When you get up in the morning you can say to yourself, today I'm going to have a good day and be happy. I will not give in to boredom, pain, fear, anxiety or anger. I will count the blessings that I have been given and be thankful. If I feel overwhelmed and overburdened by life's situations I can do the best I can, ask for the help of those around me and turn the rest over to God.

This is not to say that I never feel pain, fear, anxiety or anger because I do feel all of them. I try not to let them consume me. I don't want to allow pain, fear, anxiety or anger to turn me into a bitter person or to drown in those feelings. I would rather focus on my blessings and choose to be happy.

As a happy person I tend to like myself better and want to interact with others. That feeling of inner joy gives me more energy and I want to move around more. This makes exercising easier. In turn, the endorphins I get from exercise reinforces my happy feeling and makes me feel even better about myself. When I'm happy I do less anxiety eating and more eating with purpose. I am more apt to set up a plan and stick to it. I'm not focused on punishing myself or someone else by binging or starving myself. When I'm happy, I treat myself gently, as I would a beloved friend. This is the way I should always treat myself regardless of whether or not I'm happy.

This all sounds so simple. Right? So why doesn't everyone just wake up and decide to be happy? It's just mind over matter and it just takes practice? Except that we all come with our own set of personal baggage. You have to start with baby steps. It takes lots and lots of practice. You can't give up on yourself because the results are so worth it. It isn't an easy task and you can't lose your focus. I've been working on this for years and still get tripped up on a regular basis. Now more often than not, I've finally reached a place where I'm happy the majority of the time. The pursuit of happiness; the decision to be a happy person is worth the work it took to get there!

  
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ARSALLOT 9/17/2011 9:34PM

    Genius. Pure genius.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/16/2011 8:43AM

    Looking at the bright side is soooooooooooooooooo much easier than dwelling on the "what if"! I come from a family of pessimists and decided years ago I could not live that way so I adopted your philosophy way back. Again not to say I don't have bad days and feel down now and again but I can usually pull myself out pretty quickly and move on to something more fun.

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L*I*T*A* 9/15/2011 10:51PM

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WILD4STARS 9/15/2011 8:36PM

    "When you have the choice between being right and being happy, choose happy!" - Wayne Dyer.

It really is easier to be happy. More people should do it, their lives would be so much better.



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SLENDERELLA61 9/15/2011 2:05PM

    Wonderful philosophy! You are totally right. You put it very well. Reminds me of my father's mother who told me that most people are as happy as they decide to be. True.

Glad you have made so much progress in living this philosopht. So glad you are happy most of the time. For the most part, I am, too. Take care. Hope your healing is going well! -Marsha

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Post Surgery Update

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thank you to everyone who gave me so much support! I only had one procedure done due to some unforeseen complications during surgery. The doctor had to stop after the first procedure so I'll have to have a second surgery. I had drainage tubes put in while I was in the hospital. Thank goodness they were removed before I was released from the hospital. Those stitches hurt a little!

Currently, I have to do nothing and stay in the house for 10-14 days which I can easily live with. The doctor put a hard collar on my neck for six weeks . I am allowed to take it off for showering and to sleep at night as long as I don't get up during the night. Since I do get up several times during the night, I've been sleeping with it on my neck. I've been pretty sleepy, which I understand is normal for the first 10 days.

I noticed the pain difference in my left arm right away. I have to be very careful to prop my arms up for the 10-14 day period so they won't pull on the cervical spine area. After that, I don't know what I'll be able to do. I won't see the doctor again until my six week check up.

  
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RUTHIEBEAR 9/12/2011 2:29PM

    I am away on vacation but wanted to pop by SP to check on you. Continue to heal and recover. Praying for full recovery with no pain. emoticon

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AMANDAJCD 9/12/2011 12:44PM

    So glad you updated us -- hang in there, and I hope this recovery time passes quickly :)

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SLENDERELLA61 9/12/2011 12:19PM

    Thanks for the update. I hope you aren't too disappointed that they couldn't do it all at once. I guess what really matters is the long term result -- and I have a good feeling that you are on the road to health and pain-free living!! Sure hope so. -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 9/12/2011 8:29AM

    Sounds like you made an awesome first step to recovery. We're so glad to hear from you!

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IMMORTALTESSA 9/11/2011 11:06PM

    I am so happy that you are feeling some difference already. I hope you have a speedy and complete recovery. Take care. Tess

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TBRANCH2 9/11/2011 10:12PM

    This is great news! Hope you heal quickly and look forward to seeing you soon!!
Hugs,
Theresa

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L*I*T*A* 9/11/2011 10:09PM

    great news!!!
so glad to hear you are home!!!
take it easy and don't over do!!!
blessings and hugs......lita

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WILD4STARS 9/11/2011 7:47PM

    It all sounds positive! Keep us posted.

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