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.
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.
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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