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Finally Finished With Physical Therapy

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

After 3 months, I finally finished physical therapy! Today was my last session. My therapist said he was very impressed with my progress and it showed how hard I've been working! I've exceeded all expectations on every level. Today, my grip strength was 75, which is in the excellent range. Before my surgery I had no grip at all. In fact, my neurosurgeon told me that I was in danger of being paralyzed from the neck down. When I first started physical therapy seven weeks after my surgery, my nerves had already repaired to point where I had a grip of 65. A grip of 65 is in the good range. My therapist initially told me that my healing rate was amazing in order for me to have a grip of 65 before actually starting physical therapy. Now he is astounded that I have so much muscle development after only one month of exercise at the gym and pool! We are both pleased that I'm now off both of my nerve medications and so far I've only had one slight headache! That is a far cry from the migraine that I had for 3 years without let up! ( It was a 24 - 7 - 365 migraine that had my doctors worried enough to do an MRI of my brain since it lasted so long) I'm finding that along with my recovery, my moods are better, my pain level is manageable and I'm smiling more. I also found that cutting back some of my responsibilities and giving my attention to my own healing, reduced my stress and actually helped my healing process. In retrospect, I wish I had done it sooner. Putting yourself at the top of your list is vital to your own overall health. Hubby says I'm his walking miracle and I sure do feel like it!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 1/19/2012 11:49AM

    BIG CONGRATS on all your progress. You are to be commended for your hard work. So glad it is paying off with better health. That grip sounds great. Take care. Hope to see you at the Y after Gwen and I both shake our colds. -Marsha

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TBRANCH2 1/18/2012 10:21PM

    Great news! Good for YOU!! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 1/18/2012 10:05PM

    It was a pleasure to read this. Prayers are answered.

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Celebrate Good Times!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today is hubby and my 19th wedding anniversary. Although we have a lot of stress because hubby's father is dying, we will be taking the time today to celebrate our good times together. So to hubby, I raise my glass, I am so lucky to have you in my life! Here's to another 19 years together!

  
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WILD4STARS 1/18/2012 4:51AM

    Hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

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DONNABRIGHT 1/16/2012 4:09PM

    emoticon Enjoy your day together.

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When You're Happy and Busy, Time Flies

Sunday, January 15, 2012

For the past week, I've been exercising and having a blast making new friends at the gym. I tried Pilates for the first time and found some muscles that need more work. Our family has gotten together several times for meals and many laughs. The week has gone by quickly because of all of the happy activity. Although my father in law is quite ill with a terminal disease, we have managed. Our lives are full and busy.

I also had a doctor's appointment late Thursday afternoon. My doctor was thrilled with the results of my blood work. My diet plan and exercise are paying off, big time! This was great news. If the numbers have improved that much in just one month of working out, I project that they will be even better if I continue with my overall plan. It does seem like only yesterday, December 8, that my neurosurgeon said that I could go back to doing exercise - especially in the water. When you're happy and busy, time flies!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 1/16/2012 9:07AM

    You are really rocking with health and fitness!

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Hot Water Aerobics

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Today the water in the pool was bathtub warm. Most likely around 90 degrees. I'd heard of hot yoga but never hot water aerobics! Although technically we did "hot" water aerobics in the therapy pool yesterday. I think the management was worried about people getting sick yesterday and set the temperature up at night just in case the heater cut off again. Well it didn't. I got into the water wearing my long sleeved winter water top. I fared okay for the first session of water aerobics but as I headed to the deep water class, I had to take it off. I was really afraid of over heating. One thing I will say in favor of "hot" water aerobics and that is that my muscles were much more limber. I think I can adapt to just about anything but cold. I got in a great workout and that's all that matters!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 1/11/2012 5:36PM

    Good for you for adapting to what was available! Glad you got your good workout. -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 1/11/2012 9:43AM

    It does sound nice to do but I would imagine it would get too warm after awhile. Great job on all the exercise.

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LINTPICKER 1/10/2012 9:13PM

    a hot pool sounds great to me! I wish I had a place to go hot water exercising, my bathtub is just too small emoticon

sounds like a lot of fun!

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Adapting To The Cold Water Situation

Monday, January 09, 2012

This morning we ran into a snag at my water aerobics classes. The water heater turned itself off sometime during the night and the water was too cold for many of us. Our instructor taught the healthy back class in the heated therapy pool even though the pool only ranges between 3-4 feet deep. The heat actually made some of the stretches easier! The water felt great for this class. Unfortunately, our regular aerobics class is way too big to be held in such a small pool. There were 26 members today and the therapy pool was being used for therapy classes. So, the majority of the class decided to brave the cold water and the class was conducted in the regular pool. The last time I tried that, I got sick. With two knee replacements, I simply get way too cold when the water dips to 80 degrees. Consequently, a group of us with knee replacements and other issues, decided to conduct our own class in the shallow end of the therapy pool. The therapy teacher also teaches four of our water aerobics classes and she understood the problem clearly. (She is such a sweetheart!) She invited us to participate in the therapy class using more advanced moves tailored to our own abilities. We did lots of squats and lunges in an effort to stay under the warm water. In the end, we all got a vigorous lower body workout! Who would have thought it? Adapting to the cold water situation ended up giving me a great workout. I know this because when I did the week 2 day 2 video for my January Jumpstart Challenge Team, my quads, hamstrings and butt were really talking to me. I was surprised at how tight my muscles were! Yikes! I had to do some serious stretching after the video ended.

  
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SLENDERELLA61 1/15/2012 8:03PM

    Good job adapting to the situation! Sure hope they get that heater situation resolved. -Marsha

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SHIROIHANA 1/10/2012 10:43AM

    That is very nice of the therapy instructor to have done that. This shows that when there is a will, there is a way.
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LINTPICKER 1/9/2012 10:28PM

    sounds warm and fat burning!

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