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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Looking back at the last few years,I have noticed some changes in me. Before I joined SparkPeople I was looking at how I would have reacted to the problems I have had since 2007. I am now dealing with lung CA for the third time along with asthma and COPD. I almost decided to give up but thought I would give myself one more shot
Thankfully I have yet to have radiation or chemo for the CA and am dealing with the asthma and COPD with just the two inhalers. I believe and so do my doctors that the main reason I have been, and continue to bounce back is the way I got very serious about diet and exercise, not to the point of going on a crusade but listening to the staff and people here and realizing that what happens to my health from here on depends on how I take care of myself. Do I cheat? Oh yeah but not all the time and the guilt and knowledge of what I am doing stops it quickly.

As far as exercise goes, I was always pretty much of a couch potato so after my surgeries, I joined a gym. I didn't know if it would help but the people I meet there are very helpful and notice and comment on my progress. This is not a private gym,
it is part of the community center in my town. They have modern equipment and very flexible hours (you are not assigned slots and it is open 6 AM to 8 PM) six days a week.

The first person there to "take me under his wing" is an older man. He opens the place every day and is there on the eliptical ,treadmill bicycle and overhead pull down machines constantly. When I found out he is 90 years old I decided that I should be able to stick with the exercise program.

After I had my accident with the chain saw and am back ok I decided that I would not
go into fear mode. I made it through that so there it is not something for me to fear.

I enjoy working outdoors and as long as I am able, I will continue. This blog is for me to look at periodically. I know where I have been but sometimes need a reminder of where I am and am going.


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SNUZSUZ 11/12/2014 5:32AM

    I'm so sorry, Bob. I didn't know you were fighting lung cancer again! Your blog really hit home for me. I was very active when I got lung cancer but have been a couch potato every since and I have been in remission for 2 years. You have inspired to want to get back into doing some exercise everyday and start taking better care of myself.
Wishing you the very best and please let us know how you are doing.

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MILLISMA 10/12/2014 10:25PM


Sorry it has taken me so long to read this. What a great blog. I love the way you look at things and how you have changed your attitude. Very impressed. Yes, your are an inspiration!!!

emoticon Mary Anne

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BELTONWALKER67 10/8/2014 9:11AM

    You are doing fantastic. I'm a firm believer in the diet and exercise. Your gym and new friends there will help keep you on track. emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 10/8/2014 7:12AM

    emoticon I am so impressed with you, Bob. Your attitude is great and it inspires me to "stick with it!!" emoticon

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BONNIE627 10/5/2014 4:15PM

    glad to hear that you are doing so much better...did not realize this was your their bout with the lung cancer..can't imagine that as just the copd is kicking my butt... have managed to get back into rehab though and it is helping somewhat.. you take care and hang in there... you are doing great

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PJB149 10/5/2014 1:04PM

    Good for you. Knowledge is power and knowing what you need to do and doing it will keep you moving forward.

Good luck with your program and I wish you much success. Keep moving forward. emoticon

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Back outside working

Friday, September 12, 2014

I saw the doctor at the wound care clinic this AM and had some great news. No more bandages, I can get it wet so back to showers and it is almost all healed. He had me get some "Smart Wool" socks to prevent abrasion on the toe stub and they are comfortable
so I got four pair as I will be wearing them for a few months before I go back in for more foot surgery to reshape my foot so I don't have pain when I bend the toes (reaching up for something or stooping down). Since I haven't bought anything for myself for quite a while I didn't go into shock when I went to pay for them. ($23 a pair). They are already getting a workout as I mowed the lawn and hauled a couple of trees I had taken down when I had my accident into my back yard with the tractor. After doing nothing but sitting and taking short walks for a month, I am tired but it feels great to get back to getting wood for this and next winter. I thought I might delay retiring from driving in October but my webmaster can't locate the password for my business email so I can't access it. I am getting nothing in the way of business so I may close the company down the end of this month. After taking 2-3 months down time to finish my wood processing and winterize my trailer,wood splitter and tractor and get them up on jacks and covered, I will be looking for a part time job as the cost of living here keeps going up but I love it here and don't want to move inland.

My exercise will be dramatically increasing now and I am looking forward to it.
After the beginning of Oct. here it gets as quiet as is going to and that is one of the things I like here. The tourists are great and they sure do help the economy during the summer months but when they leave everything seems to slow down to a reasonable pace.

I will have to watch the dog more closely this Dec. as the hunting season is longer this year (bow and arrow) and I'm not about to lose my buddy that way. I have my Indian orange flight suit and hat I wear and I am getting a vest for Molly (dog) so we should be OK during the day.

I am one happy camper right now that I can get outside and work off some energy.
Don't think I'll be using the chainsaw for a short bit, not fear but too many things to do around the house I couldn't do while I was laid up. When I get caught up if the weather is OK I will be back cutting up firewood but being much more aware of what can happen if I don't pay close attention to what I'm doing. Even though I have a lot to do around the house before winter sets in, I am looking forward to being able to do those things.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Bob from Cape Cod emoticon

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SNUZSUZ 9/15/2014 9:38AM

    I'm so happy to hear you are able to get outside and do some of the things you love again! I didn't realize you had to have another foot surgery. Wishing you the best!

I'm sorry to hear you may be closing your business. I bet you will miss traveling and having something to do and to think about. You do seem to be able to keep busy at home though and that is a good thing!

I'm glad your Molly has her own vest too! Bow and arrow hunting sounds fascinating! I use to hunt rabbits, skin them and eat them when I was a teenager. And I really enjoyed it. My brother and I stayed on my Dad's alfalfa farm in the summer and would have to keep the rabbits out of the hay. Of course, we ate the cottontails! The jack rabbits were everywhere and we would mostly just scare them away.

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MILLISMA 9/12/2014 6:34PM

    I think I can see that smile on your face all the way here! Such great news for you and I'm sure it was heaven to be back outside doing what you enjoy doing. Don't do too much at once - you still need to take care of that foot.

My favorite time to visit the Cape has always been October. My husband's cousin keeps asking me to come up and I might just have to do that.

Have a fantastic weekend!!!

hugs...Mary Anne

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Didn't mess up after all

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I saw the nurse yesterday and she found 4 stitches that hadn't been removed, thereby
forcing the wound to reopen each time I put weight on my foot (heel only). She removed three of them and when I saw the wound care doctor this AM he removed the fourth one.
It felt like it was pulling from my scalp down when he cut and pulled the last one out and started cutting all the tissue around the wound. He told me I will have to have further surgery down the line as when the swelling went down in the foot, a bone was sticking out into the next toe . Sounds gross but when he got through today, his assistant had to remind me to take my cane as I was walking with no discomfort. The walks in the woods are becoming much easier now but I am still doing mainly upper body exercises with free weights, 5, 10, and 15 pounders.

It feels good to get back to work as I had a bad case of cabin fever.

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BEWELL48 9/5/2014 8:34AM

    Hope it is continuing to heal! Glad the sutures were removed! What an ordeal!

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    Hope all is good!

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BONNIE627 8/27/2014 8:52PM

    that is great news... glad to hear that you are doing so well... got good news myself yesterday as I have been released to finally go back to pulmonary rehab and resume normal living as much as I can... keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 8/27/2014 8:38PM

    emoticon emoticon Such great news! You are now getting back to the "old" Bob. So glad to hear!

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Messed Up my Progress

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On my last blog, I said that if I didn't get too far ahead of myself healing was going nicely. Yesterday, looking forward to getting back to driving, I went out to get a pair of sandals as I can't wear a shoe on my bandaged foot. After going to a couple of shoe stores, I found what I was looking for and came home.
The nurse came in the afternoon to change the dressing and noticed that the wound had split open. She asked me if I had been doing more walking so I told her yes.
Now I am back to keeping the foot elevated so it will reheal and I can get back to work. Oh well at least I got out of the house for a while but wonder if it was worth it.
While I'm back in the house I'm concentrating on keeping my weight in check and doing what exercises I can.

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    Hope you heal soon, I know how frustrating it is when you want to do things and know you could reinjure if you do. take care!

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SNUZSUZ 8/24/2014 7:19AM

    Oh, Bob, just can't sit still now can you? lol
I hope you're doing better by now, I just saw your blog and I'm a few days behind here on SP:)

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MILLISMA 8/22/2014 10:38PM

    Sorry to hear but I sure can understand what you did. Just think, you'll have sandals to wear when you can really start walking around. Hope the healing goes fast and remember not to push it this time.

Healing vibes coming your way!!!! emoticon

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BONNIE627 8/21/2014 9:01PM

    well now you know what you are not suppose to do...sometimes that is easier said then done... keep on improving.. you can do it.. emoticon

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    So, a small step backwards but you are still progressing.

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

emoticon Until Tomorrow!

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Getting Better Each Day

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I went to the local swap shop where I have been volunteering (until my surgery by chain saw). I decided to upgrade from crutches to a cane. They have quite a collection there. It seems that I have been progressing at a faster rate than the doctors and VNA thought. Each time they have me do more exercises or walking or whatever, I was there the week before so I ask what will be the next step and that way keep ahead.
The only time I use the crutches now is taking the dog for a short walk on the trails in the woods. When I get to a steep hill, I tell the dog to go find a squirrel and she is off for her exercise. I stay put for about 10 emoticon minutes and back comes the dog, tongue hanging half way to the ground but happy.
I am happy to be going back to work on the 27th with the doctors OK. My weight is 153 so I'm not too far from regaining my original 150 goal.

Since I had to take some time off, the weather has been great mostly.
NOAA is saying that this is the coolest summer here since 1992. I definitely am not complaining.
As long as I don't try to get too far ahead of myself in recovering I hope to be back at the gym within a month. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, life is feeling pretty good .

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BEWELL48 8/18/2014 7:50AM

    Great to hear you are progressing each day.
I am loving this weather, no complaints from me!

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MILLISMA 8/16/2014 9:28PM

    You have been amazing! So glad to hear that things are going so well. Sounds like this will all be behind you soon. Love your sense of humor....don't ever lose that!

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BONNIE627 8/16/2014 6:58PM

    good for you... that is wonderful news... keep up the good work... I am also doing much better so things are looking up all around.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JERICHO1991 8/16/2014 9:36AM

    Great job! Thanks for the update. It's has been a pleasantly cool summer here also.

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