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My Left Arm Is Finally Getting Stronger

Friday, December 16, 2011

Today I completed week 8 of physical therapy. This week has been especially challenging because my therapist is trying to help me correct a problem in order to avoid more surgery. On Wednesday, he worked on the swollen nerves in both my arms and shoulders. The right side wasn't too bad. The left side was excruciatingly painful. It caused both of my eyes to run uncontrollably, my hands got cold and I got the shakes and shivers. The therapist said it was an involuntary nerve reaction but from my point of view it was like fingernails down a chalkboard repeatedly. Yuck! As soon as he put hot packs on me everything stopped and calmed down. What a relief that was!

Yesterday I was so sore from the therapy and exercise that I could barely move when I got up. Since my therapist told me that movement makes things better, I went to my two water classes. Once again the water was nice and warm and it did it's magic on my sore body. The healing properties of water never cease to amaze me. Although the nerves were protesting a little, my muscles responded well to the exercise and warm water and I felt much better.

This morning I was stiff again but couldn't go to my water class because I had physical therapy at 8a.m. I was really dreading it because I knew my therapist would most likely work on my nerves again and I would be in loads of pain. I told him how stiff I was with my at home strength program, water aerobics classes and nerve stretching. Surprise! He tested my shoulders and arms and said that I was too stiff and irritated to work the nerves today. He suggested that we let everything calm down over the weekend and begin again on Monday. The good news or should I say the great news is that for the first time ever..... drum roll please.... my left side showed a big increase in strength. I've made all kinds of other progress but up until now major increases in arm and shoulder strength have been missing. Finally, after all of my blood, sweat and tears (there have been lots of tears) it is finally starting to show! Hooray!!!! This is a major milestone for me. I can actually control the muscles and some movements in my left side. It is a good day!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 12/18/2011 3:06PM

    Now that is what I call a Christmas present!

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RUTHIEBEAR 12/16/2011 5:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon This is wonderful news! Keep up the great work and improvement!

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MZZCHIEF 12/16/2011 11:39AM

    I saw your blog on my feed, and have just spent the last 15 minutes or so reading a few of your blogs.

WOW, you have been thru so much with your back issues, the infection and everything that caused you to have to get the surgery in the first place.

You're a brave woman...
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Mzzchief

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After One Whole Year, I Did Water Aerobics Class

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

After not being able to do water aerobics class for a little over a year, I was able to participate this morning. I did the 45 minute aerobics class followed by the 45 minute "Healthy Back" class. The "Healthy Back" class incorporates many of the stretches and movements that I practice in my physical therapy program. The pool was a nice warm 85 degree temperature and felt great. I was excited to see all of my friends again and to try to re-connect with some of them. It felt like coming home. The exercise felt wonderful and I was careful to tone it down and not use any weights.

After exercising I dropped a bag off at Good Will and drove straight home to rest. I admit that I was tired, but not as tired as I had expected. Later, I did my physical therapy at home strength program. I look forward to doing it all again tomorrow! I love working out in water!!!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 12/15/2011 2:29PM

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SLENDERELLA61 12/14/2011 9:12AM

    So glad, Cindy! Celebrate! Celebrate! You are making progress. And so good of you to do all you can. You deserve a greater level of health and fitness. To a healthy, happy 2012!!! -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 12/13/2011 4:44PM

    You go, girl!

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Cleaning Out and Donating

Monday, December 12, 2011

Today I am cleaning out drawers and closets and looking for items to donate to Good Will. I've already done this twice so far in the last month so this makes time number three. I'm surprised at how liberating this can actually be! I love seeing all of those clothes that are now too big go into the "donate" bag! I've freed up space in drawers and closets and given to those in need. It's a win/win as far as I'm concerned!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 12/16/2011 3:00PM

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DONNABRIGHT 12/13/2011 9:28AM

    Absolutely! I keep a box in the laundry room and it is constantly having things put in to it. Our church has a thrift shop and that is where our stuff goes. It makes me feel good that not only will someone get something for a very low price but it also helps the church raise money for many community projects and I no longer have stuff that is not being used. Mine is a win/win/win! Always good to hear from you. I keep thinking I need to get blogging again but I seem to run out of time these days.


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SLENDERELLA61 12/12/2011 7:37PM

    Absolutely a win-win! Congrats on your continued success. You are wise to realize the liberation of the donation!! -Marsha

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Update From Neurosurgeon/Physical Therapy

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thursday, this week, I had my 13 week post-op check up with my neurosurgeon. I took a progress report to him from my physical therapist for my first 7 weeks of physical therapy. I've made some fairly great progress so far but have at least 3 more weeks to go.

My doctor was very excited about the rate of bone growth in my fusion at C5-C6. He said I'm ahead of schedule! Yea! The bones at C3-C4 are not naturally fusing at this time (bummer) but we have to be patient and give them time. Letting the bones fuse naturally will take a long time (if ever). This wasn't what I wanted to hear but time will tell. My infection appears to be gone although I still have one stitch that is making my incision sore at the spot where I had the abscess. I was excited to hear that I can go back into the water for water aerobics. My physical therapist has cleared me to try all of the motions as long as I skip the weights. I can also take the class called "The Healthy Back" which does many of my home physical therapy stretches and movements. Hooray!!! This was great news!

I have still been having problems with several of the nerves in my left arm. My physical therapist thinks that with continued therapy, it may heal. The neurosurgeon is willing to try this first before doing anything further. However, he actually feels that I had so much damage for such a prolonged time that I may have several swollen nerve covers that may need to be surgically repaired because they are pinching several nerves. We were actually able to narrow it down to the unavoidable movements that caused the injury and come up with a plan to fix it if the physical therapy doesn't work. My doctor's proactive approach, having a plan in place in advance, is very reassuring and comforting to me based upon my past experiences with neurosurgeons. I think he is very aware of this and is a very kind and gentle person for taking these steps to reassure me.

Over all my prognosis is very good. I still have quite a bit of pain due to the nerves in my left arm but that will either be corrected by physical therapy or additional surgery. I am more active than I've been in 3 years and in some ways I feel like I've been sprung out of jail. There are days when I forget about the time and have trouble reeling myself in but I know I must because I'll pay for it with pain later. I've been using the clock as a guide for the length of my activities because some types of pain I just don't feel until it's too late. One of my goals is to pay attention to my pain level so that I don't let it get out of control. If I do it is too easy to want to medicate myself with food instead of pain medication. I've been so good about avoiding that and I don't want to mess that up now!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 12/12/2011 7:41PM

    I'm so glad to read this update. You write very positively. I'm sorry you are still in significant pain. However, it is great to hear that you expect relief one way or another in the not too distant future. Glad you can get back in the water. Take care. -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 12/11/2011 12:39PM

    I am so happy to hear good news for you and that you finally have a doctor who understands and is treating you for what you need. Hooray!

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RUTHIEBEAR 12/10/2011 3:47PM

    This all sounds good! I am glad you have a plan in place. So happy PT is working so well for you. And hooray on getting back in the water! emoticon

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WILD4STARS 12/10/2011 10:52AM

    Sounds WONDERFUL. You have come so far. Sending prayers and energy for everything to keep progressing towards total recovery.

Happy Saturday and Happy Sparking,
Vikki

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L*I*T*A* 12/10/2011 10:45AM

    wow what awesome news!!!
way to go with your progress so wonderful to hear!!
blessings and hugs.......lita

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USMAWIFE 12/10/2011 10:10AM

    Congrats on the progress you have made so far. Find something to do so you will not medicate with food.

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My Vacation From Spark People

Monday, October 31, 2011

I have been getting quite a few questions about where I've been. I'm taking a vacation from Spark People for a while due to poor health. Lots and lots of pain due to infection and physical therapy. I needed to step back, rest, reduce stress and heal. It is something I should have done last January when things really started to get out of control for me. Hind sight is 20/20 and I just have to move forward. I need to try to play when I can and rest the remainder of the time. Right now I'm spending most of my time resting and going to PT. I usually take medication after a PT session that knocks me out because of the pain. Once I'm better, I'll be back again as a member but I don't want to be a leader. Thank you TBRANCH2, AMANDAJCD and WILD4STARS for everything you are doing for the team!!!!! See all of you in 2012!!!

  
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ARSALLOT 11/29/2011 7:10AM

    hope you're doing ok

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 11/7/2011 8:44AM

    I hope you are doing well. You are good strong friend and will be sending prayers your way.

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SARALOUOT 11/1/2011 9:43PM

    Take care! Work on your pain management and get plenty of rest. Hope to see you back soon!
Sara

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SLENDERELLA61 10/31/2011 8:05PM

    Best wishes for pain relief. Hang in there. Know you are missed. Take care of yourself. Glad you are prioritizing your recovery. Take care. REally no one can take care of you but you. Wish I had a magic wand, but I do have confidence that your life will improve. Your great attitude and good sense will prevail!! -Marsha

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EILEENV3 10/31/2011 7:33PM

    Will miss you but understand. Take care of yourself-you deserve the best.
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AMANDAJCD 10/31/2011 4:53PM

    Hang in there, Cyndi -- just rest and feel better!

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TBRANCH2 10/31/2011 3:45PM

    Take care of yourself and hope for a happy and speedy recovery!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/31/2011 11:55AM

    Thanks for the update. Be well and happy. We'll look forward to hearing from you soon.

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L*I*T*A* 10/31/2011 11:51AM

    you are the most important right now.........
take care of you......we will surely miss you....
wishing you all the best with your recovery...
positive thoughts and prayers...
blessings and hugs..............lita

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WILD4STARS 10/31/2011 11:39AM

    You have been through so much. It's understandable that you need some time to focus on YOU.
Take care of yourself, we'll look forward to your fit and healthy return.
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LOSE4LIFE47 10/31/2011 11:28AM

    Hope everything works out for you!!

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