Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Well here I am again...Since the last blog...I've spent several visits to the Wound Care Clinic with therapist Paula. By the time I got to her...both legs had large open sores on them...and she has put me in special "boots", which she removes...cleans the wounds and re-applies another boot. I've had the boots off for about 2 weeks, but need to keep pads over the wound area on the right leg. Now the right leg is back to acting up again, so I will be seeing her on Friday.
She has instructed me to get compression stockings 30/40 strength...Medicare covers them, because I have open wounds...so last Wednesday I got the 1st pair and have been reluctant to try to put them on...but because I have a recurrence on the right leg...she told me to get them on or at least something which will decrease the swelling. Part of the reason we have been stalling...is that I wanted to make sure the dead skin and toenails were cleaned up...not being able to clean them makes a nasty looking foot and a challenge to not re-injure the VERY sensitive skin. Oh...by the way...the "condition" is called "venous stasis ulcers"...so watch your legs if they swell...because it is not a fun thing and is extremely painful.
So yesterday...we cleaned the feet and toenails (Art and I) and soaked the skin to try to get the skin soft enough to scrub a little and soften the nails. We got 1 stocking on the left leg...which was very painful and only took us an hour or longer...they are very TIGHT stockings. We waited a little while and proceeded to work on the right side...after more than an hour of struggling and dealing with unbearable pain...we let it "rest" while he ran to the store...by the time he got back, I was in terrible pain (I DO have a very high pain tolerance) but this was too much. We then decided to remove it and let the whole leg rest. When things had settled a bit we put on some stockings which had been my dads', but which are not so tight.
I will laying down for my computer time after I get done with this blog, so will not be typing...as I have found that to be very challenging . As for the folks suggesting sitting in a recliner...been there, done that....it doesn't work because I can't get out of it when I need to and that brings on other challenges
Now this turtle needs to get the legs elevated...so that's it for now.
Oh by the way...one good thing is that I lost 13 pounds between February and March...now to keep it off.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
2010 has begun with my decision to get more active on Spark again, but not having much success with accomplishing that task. I have been seeing my cardiologist who is working with me to get the swelling in my legs and other parts of my body to go down to a healthy level. Also we have been working to get the blood sugar back to a healthy level and we are trying several methods to do that. After having blood tests done in January, he was pleased to tell me that my heart was functioning better, my lungs were clear....BUT my kidney function was deteriorating.
Making adjustments to the diuretics which help control the blood pressure and, hopefully the swelling, he suggested I try to find a way to get more movement. Walking has not been one of the strong points for me lately and the nasty weather has not helped either...in fact, I can find many things I'd rather do than walk...because it hurts. Playing on Facebook, doing my Spark things and generally sitting at my computer are much more satisfying to me. However, as we all know, that is probably not a great choice for someone who has legs that are swelling and look like they are Popeye's arms. I have been having much pain in my legs and now have an open sore on my right shin...,which is draining and the left leg is beginning to do the same. It feels like a very bad sunburn and makes it difficult to sleep and function well...can't stand to have it touched.
I saw my doctor yesterday and he says the kidney function is better and moving in the right direction...but the problem with my legs is due to the breakdown of my skin..,.the constant swelling has weakened the ability of the skin to serve it's purpose and the open wound will only get worse, if we don't do something to bring the swelling under control.
We also talked about my pain management and he has told me to try a different method...the Ibuprofen is causing bleeding in the upper part of the intestine and I am to speak with my PCP about another medication for pain.
This turtle is feeling very weary of trying to get things fixed, but since I'm not allowed to quit I will be bugging everyone more often.
Friday, January 01, 2010
2009 has not been a good year for me in health issues...weight loss...exercise, but I am now giving it a new start. I am working with my cardiologist, pulmonologist, and primary care doctor to get blood sugar, heart and lungs working together and correctly. Also, I will be doing some research on whether I can get bariatric surgery. I have the encouragement and support of my cardiologist and PC doctor. Just need to jump through all the hoops to accomplish the process...so I have to quit stalling and get busy on that.
I have been very active on Facebook and have made many new friends and maintained some old friendships and family members...many of my family are there, including my 89 year old mom. I think the addiction to FB is due to the fact that I don't have to chat unless I want to and I am definitely not feeling chatty much of the time...guess I'm not a potential Twitter person. I am much more interested in my Facebook farms, restaurant, fish tanks...as well as playing games like Farkle, Yacht, Word Hunt and lots of other choices...so I will spend lots of time there. I need to portion my schedule wisely...so it will be a while that I am doing things well.
So here I am again and so many thanks to all my wonderful friends who support me here on Spark and Facebook.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
In the last few months....I have have gone through some trying times for me. Let me explain.
I have been on Spark since June 6 2007, so that is 2 years. During that time...
I have made many friends who have touched my heart and mind and I have
been a leader of a few teams. Many of them have been "handed" to me by others who
gave up or weren't interested in continuing to lead. I have been helping to lead the
60+ LQQKing To Lose 50+ team since about August of 2007, as it was growing quickly and our leader at the time was getting a little overwhelmed. It is a wonderful group of ladies and a few gentlemen and has a neighborly feel to it. In December of 2007, her husband died and at the same time Spark experienced a huge growth spurt, so I was left to take on the role of administering that team...trying to deal with the concern for the members about Rosy and with the influx of new members.
At the same time I was also leading the Oregon team, and a couple of other smaller teams,needless to say it was a challenging time...but we made it through. With the help of the team members and other leaders...we continued to grow and many had success with their lifestyle changes. I did not do so well...I lost about 20 pounds, but because of the severe arthritis, a pinched nerve in my back and some other challenges...I was unable to do what was necessary for me to get active.
I have tracked my food faithfully, tried to get some exercise and stayed committed to
getting the weight to go down, but this last 6 months...have been very difficult for me.
The addition of ALL Oregon Spark members to the Oregon team has been overwhelming at best,but I have had the faithful help of JADZEAMAY and some others to keep up with the new folks.
However, 3 of the 4 teams I "lead" are continuing to grow and it is almost impossible for me to do what I feel a leader should be doing. I have some great co-leaders on those teams, but some of them have also been overwhelmed with the influx and with other life challenges and are burned out, and I do understand that...believe me.
Along with the growth of teams, I personally, have grown too...the wrong way...my weight has gone back up to the starting weight and my physical issues have continued to get the best of me.
I have been going through this blog in my mind for several weeks and am attempting to say what's going on in my head...let me give you the "D" list:
Down....and the list could go on....
but I will NOT add DONE!!...because I'm not done...just sitting
back and trying to figure what will work.
On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad
it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way
he/she handles four things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage,
and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as
making a 'life..'
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's
mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you
But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others,
your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart,
I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just
a friendly pat on the back... or a silly smile on the Spark Page
or a virtual hug....or a cute joke.
So the Turtle has spoken and prays that my friends will know that I
am here in Spirit, when I'm not here as much for a while...just need
to keep this turtle moving in the right direction.
Thanks to all my wonderful friends and their encouragement and support.
The Turtle wins the race in the end.
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