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Sunday, June 07, 2009

I've been off sick since last Tuesday because of soreness in my back specifically my lower back, my upper back, my mid-back, and my ribcage. Not necessarily all at the same time but enough of them to make sleeping uncomfortable and just wanting to hook up to my heating pad!

I don't know why my back is acting up this week; the weather has been sunny and warm. Usually dampness is a trigger for me.

On Wednesday, I went and had a massage hoping that would help and while it felt good when I was having it, it didn't seem to help any longer than that half hour.

On Thursday, I tried acupuncture for the first time ever. It was a very interesting procedure.

The doctor I chose is a Chinese woman who is an acupuncturist and a physician and the first thing she did was the patient evaluation where I noted which areas of my body were currently bothering me and the fact that I have rheumatoid arthritis.

Then she had me take off everything except my underwear and lie face down on a massage table.

She stuck needles into my ankles, back of my knees, around my lower back and buttocks, up my spine to my neck, some at the base of my neck and some on either side on my ribcage.

Mostly, they didn't hurt. Although, they pinched a bit on my ankles and my lower back (my lower back was what was hurting the most that day).

And, then she used a heat lamp on the different areas of my body where she had put the needles starting with my lower back. After about 5 minutes, the heat lamp became extremely uncomfortable and I told her that it felt like she was baking me so she moved it to my ankles and then to my knees and then to the top of my back. The only place it bothered me had been my lower back.

After the heat lamp procedure, she left the room for awhile and told me to just relax, which was quite easy to do because she had soft piano music playing.

When she came back, she removed the needles and massaged my entire body using the sheet that was covering me and then it was over and I was told to take my time, don't stand up too quickly and get dressed and come out, which I did.

When I got up to the front to pay, the receptionist asked how I felt and I said hungry (it was around 12ish) and very, very tired and she said that the tiredness was quite normal and that I should drink lots of water and maybe have a nap (and I'm thinking it's not going to be much of a nap if I drink lots of water).

After I left, the only part of my body that didn't hurt was my lower back. First my left arm and elbow was really sore for about an hour and then my right arm and elbow was really sore for about an hour and then my ribcage started to really ache and then my lower back started to ache again (this was the evening by the time this happened).

But, on Friday morning, I felt great! Nothing hurt until that afternoon when my ribcage and upper back started giving me problems again and since then it's been off and on achiness depending on whether I have taken any OTC meds to help ease the pain or not. I'm finding if I take them every 3 hours or so, it really helps in preventing the achiness.

I'm supposed to go back to the acupuncturist once a week for at least a month and then we'll reevaluate to see if it's helping so I have booked the following two Tuesdays and we'll see if it helps or not.

And, I'm going back to work tomorrow regardless of how I feel. I'll take my heating pad with me if necessary.

  
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STANSLOVIE 6/9/2009 8:44AM

    I'll be following your blog to see how things go. I have several issues with my back and after years of complaining my RD sent me to an orthopedic spine specialist. He said RA was the majority of my back problems, DDD as well as two bulging disks (That's the low back issue. PAINFUL!). I told him I didn't think RA effected the spine; and he showed me the xrays I had brought from my other doctors office and said I was living proof it did. I do know when my RA is well controlled I do far better with my back; but I have suffered for years.

I hope you get some relief soon. It's so difficult to manage with back problems. Wishing you luck!


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1888MICHELLE 6/8/2009 10:01AM

    I know people swear by it, but it just sounds waaaaaay too painful for me!!

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AQUATONIC 6/7/2009 6:50PM

  I was cringing when I heard about the pins. EEEK
I am soo glad it worked though! I have often wondered.


:)

mmmm a nap....

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June Bloomers

Friday, June 05, 2009

I just created a June Bloomers photo album on Photobucket and thought I would share. Here's the link:

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MOLLIEMAC 6/6/2009 8:16AM

    Thanks Joanna- lovely flowers, lovely garden!...MJ

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GRANDMAHOWLEY 6/5/2009 10:56AM

    Thanks. Your weather must be warmer than mine on Long Island, but I love to look at your June blooms. emoticon

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Does anyone know what kind of plant this is?

Sunday, May 24, 2009



It's in my garden but I don't know if it's a weed or something good. Any suggestions?

Here's a close-up:

  
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TRAINOF4 5/25/2009 12:46PM

    Yes I'd need to know if it flowers & what they look like..the close up of the leaves reminds me of something from the sweet pea family.

There's a saying, one man's weed is another man's flower. Many plants were weeds before getting an "official" Latin name, genus, species ..whatever. If it's pretty & you like it, keep it.

But to be sure it isn't something that might be invasive or toxic (like a poison ivy or something...I'm not that familiar w/Candian flora & fauna) contact your local agriculture department. Not sure what that would be called in your area - sometimes they call them extension offices, etc. Check in your phonebook under local government. Often if you bring a bit to them (use gloves & a clear baggie to cut, store, & transport) & the pics someone at that sort of office can give you the lowdown on what you've got growing.

Or check for a local garden club/master gardeners - they're really good at ID'ing plants.

BTW - ditto for pests, weeds, etc. Keep us updated! I'm curious, too! emoticon

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MOLLIEMAC 5/25/2009 8:26AM

    Joanna, does it have blooms? Did you plant it? If not, it may just be a weed, in my books anything that appears where I haven't planted it is a weed. It looks like something very opportunistic and vigorous, ready to push everybody else out...MJ emoticon

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NURSEMOMTOTHREE 5/24/2009 4:50PM

    I have absolutely no idea! I had a beautiful blooming plant in my yard once, I was so proud of it! then my neighbor informed me that it was a weed!

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BKWERM 5/24/2009 4:27PM

    The photos aren't very good because there's a little breeze today so they're kind of fuzzy.

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Home from Montreal

Monday, May 18, 2009

Well, I'm home but the trip got off to a rocky start. I booked my train trip to Dorval (a suburb of Montreal near Kirkland, which is where my sister lives) in March. I was leaving at 6:25 a.m. from Aldershot (a suburb of Burlington near where I live) and I was supposed to arrive in Dorval at 12:30 p.m.

DH got me to the train station at 6:05 a.m., which gave me 20 extra minutes until the train arrived.... or so I thought..... but when we arrived at the train station, there was no one else waiting for the train and that's very odd on a long weekend in May!

And, when I went to check with the attendant, he told me that VIA had changed their schedules and my train departure time had been changed to 6 a.m. and it had already left! And, no one had bothered to let me know! I was extremely ticked off. So, DH asked him when the train was leaving Toronto and he said 7:05 a.m. so we decided to drive to Toronto to try to make the train from there so that my trip wasn't entirely wrecked! Downtown Toronto is usually an hour drive from our house and it was now 6:10 almost 6:15 and the exit off the 403 highway to the train station didn't have an entrance back onto the highway going towards Toronto so we had to double back before we could head to Toronto. It was very, very stressful!

But, miraculously enough, we got to Union Station in downtown Toronto at 10 to 7 so I had 15 minutes to find and board my train, which I did but my heart was pounding the whole time!

The rest of the trip was uneventful. When Fiona (my sister) picked me up in Dorval, it was just starting to rain and by the time we got to her house, it was pouring so after a quick bite to eat, we decided to go shopping since it wasn't very nice out.

The first place we went to was the Addition-Elle outlet where I bought a calf length black skirt for the summer. It was kind of pricey at $70 but it fit well and looked good so I decided it was worth it. I wasn't planning on buying anything else but she wanted to look at a jacket she'd been thinking about buying at the Jones of New York outlet so we went in there, too. And, the jacket that she was thinking about buying wasn't there anymore in the colour she wanted but I ended up buying a spring coat in pale yellow that was regularly $200 but was marked down to $50! I've wanted a spring coat for ages but I'm too cheap to get a good one since I'm planning on losing more weight and I didn't want to spend a lot on one but this one has a tie belt so even if it gets too big, it should last at least a year, I hope. Currently, I just wear a blue fleece and frankly, it just doesn't go with my dresses and skirts that well so I'm really pleased with this purchase.



On Sunday, we went to the Eco-Museum, which is a great, little zoo with animals that are native to Quebec in it. The most "exotic" animal was an arctic fox. There were various kinds of owls and eagles and caribou, foxes, coyotes, wolves, otters, rabbits, porcupine, fisher (never heard of this one before - he was continually running in circles in his area), ducks and I got to hold a black rat snake. She was a lot warmer and heavier than I thought she would be. She was really cool! Here's a photo:



Someone asked me if you needed to know a lot of French to go to Montreal and I just want to say that I don't go to Montreal proper; my sister lives in Kirkland, which is on the west island of Montreal and it's a large English-speaking area. People do speak French there but it's predominately English.

Anyway, I had a nice time regardless of the stresses from the beginning of the trip.

  
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SEABLUE2 5/19/2009 10:17PM

  I HATED that ugly picture of that reptile (cannot even type the word) in our house we call them "sunflowers" otherwise I have nightmares. The coat is beautiful and you got a great buy, just think of it as a birthday present to yourself. I know I'm not going to spell this correctly but lived in Tri Rivera (Three Rivers?) for a year and took several trips to Montreal to sight see and we certainly "ran" into folks who would NOT speak English but we could tell they knew what we were saying so guess we stayed in Montreal proper too much but what a beautiful city. I cannot believe you made it to Toronto and caught your train as I remember how awful the traffic an be in Toronto without it being a holiday. Hope you had a grand Victoria Day weekend with your sister, sounds like you did!!

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It's been over a month since my last blog...

Monday, May 11, 2009

But, I've been soooooo busy....

I'm organising a retirement party for one of the guys I work with who has worked in our division for 35 years!

And, I'm finally trying to get caught up on all the certificate upgrades for our operators so I've been spending a lot of time doing that.

And, my boss wanted me to organise our attendance management system, which is a stupid system that the City uses to manage absences and when people are off more than twice a year or more than 7 days, they get a letter and/or a meeting and we haven't done them in so long, we didn't even know what level people were at or anything so I did that. But the nice thing about this is that my boss nominated me for a recognition award for doing this job in addition to my regular duties and so I received a nice card and a $20 gift certificate to Kelsey's.

And, then the MOE decided to do another inspection of our facilities so I had to do my regular reports for them!

And, then today and tomorrow, I'm on holidays from work because it's my birthday tomorrow and I never work on my birthday if I can help it! Today I had lunch with a friend, who I haven't seen since last summer and tomorrow, I have a pedicure booked for 11 a.m. and then I'm having dinner at my favourite fajita place with DH and his mum (since we didn't get together for Mothers Day).

And, on Thursday, my boss and the superintendents are taking me out for lunch for my birthday.

And, then for the long weekend, I'm going to Montreal to visit with my sister and her family but I'm cutting my visit short because although I had originally booked all of next week off, now I'm going back to work on the Thursday because that's the date of the retirement party and I figure that I'll be working on that most of the day so I might as well be getting paid for it but I'll have to miss Theatre Extravaganza at my niece and nephews' school because of course, it's on Thursday night too but I'm going to go to the dress rehearsal instead, which should be interesting.

And, then the last week of May, a friend and I are taking a hands-on water operators' class just for the fun of it (which both of our bosses approved) so I won't be in the office that week either and then I'll get even further behind...

Whew....

  
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TRAINOF4 5/12/2009 11:52PM

    Being busy can't hurt!! Be sure to get your emoticon and not skip meals, and get plenty of emoticon!

I don't know about you, but I always seem to lose weight when I get super busy like you are now & going to be for the next - wow, month!?

Good for you - and I hope you had a SUPER HAPPY BIRTHDAY emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOLLIEMAC 5/12/2009 7:09AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday Joanna- sounds like you're one busy lady- ENJOY it all!...MJ

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