Thursday, November 04, 2010
This is my current "after" shot...Echelle, fitness coach extraordinaire, is putting together a brochure and website and asked for before and after shots. Darryl took this picture...not too bad, considering it's taken with a cell phone!
Anyway, this is me in my size 12 jeans. And I do believe Echelle was right...I am changing my goal from a size 12 to a size 10. I'm inclined to believe that a 10 will, in fact, be manageable.
Knee is ok...got a cortisone shot on Tuesday and some PT then, too. Tuesday night was quite rough, but last night I slept soooo much better than I have been. And when I left the house today, it felt pretty good...but the shoes I wore were not arthritis-friendly, I think, and have been replaced with a more comfortable shoe, in hopes of getting this morning's knee back!
I have an hour of PT at 1:30 today, so I took the afternoon off from work. I'm so anxious to get back into the groove with exercising...so darn close to my next mini goal and being sidelined is really driving me nuts!!!
Cold and rainy today...despite a good night's sleep, I feel like I could curl up under a warm blanket and sleep for hours. But I think it's just because I'm so cold. All the time. I never seem to get warm. I know it's a side effect of losing weight. Happened to me the last time I dropped a significant amount. But it's really a different kind of cold, ya know? Almost hurts! And it really is exhausting to be cold all the time! I can't explain it any other way. It's like a cold ache! And winter hasn't even arrived...Yikes!
That's all for now...gotta grab something to eat before my appointment.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
...I've now had half a dozen medical professionals look at my knee. And much to my surprise, chagrin, disgust...they all agree that it IS, in fact, arthritis. I was really thinking it was some sort of temporary injury that would be healed in a relatively short amount of time. This, apparently, is not the case.
I've heard the words, "impressive", "severe", "incredible", "bone on bone" and a few other adjectives that did not make me happy, to describe my knees. They are all, also, in agreement that the knee that does not hurt is far more afflicted than the one giving me all the pain!
So after being told I have the knees of a much older person, and will eventually, no doubt, require replacements, I was given a shot of cortisone and set up with PT appointments to help strengthen the muscles around both knees and help regain some range of motion in both knees.
If the cortisone doesn't work, they're talking about a shot of some viscous stuff that goes between the knee cap and knee, to help the "bone on bone" grinding going on. Ugh. NOT what I wanted to hear.
I'm trying very hard not to get down. I wasn't told to stop the elliptical, thankfully. Just give my knee 2 days before working out again. And told that swimming would be excellent...going to see about getting a membership elsewhere, so I can start to swim. (Will need a new suit, as mine no longer fits...not going to be easy/cheap to get one in November/December, though!)
Anyway...that's what I found out today. PT starts Thursday. Oh boy!
Monday, November 01, 2010
I finally have an ortho appointment tomorrow morning to start the process of finding out what's wrong with my knee. I'm taking the whole day off, just in case they have a time slot for an MRI or anything else that they may want me to go have done tomorrow. I'm so anxious to get this problem resolved, so I can go back to my hard workouts. (Did I just say that?! Who am I?! When did I start liking/loving working out?!)
I'm wearing size 12 now...I own three pairs of size 12 and they all fit. So I guess I can say I'm mostly a size 12 now. (I'm sure there are 12's out there that are still too small. so that's why I say mostly.) And seeing all the "extra" I'm still packing, I've decided to go for a size 10. I really don't see myself going any lower than that, though. 10 seems doable and maintainable.
Off to find something for dinner...more when I know more...
Sunday, October 31, 2010
...I'm really having a tough time with my knee...am waiting for the appointment (card in the mail) to go to ortho. I went back and got stronger pain meds (hydrocodone), but I can't sleep OR poop if I take them. So they are the last ditch attempt at alleviating the pain. Last night I was able to take just arthritis strength Tylenol.
I'm 2.2 pounds away from my next goal...if I could work out the blasted constipation problem, I'd likely meet that goal! (Yes, I'm admitting I'm full of $hit!)
Went to a Halloween party last night...no food or alcohol...had to move away from the food table, as there were some amazing looking treats there that I would have loved to sample! Proud to say, I only had water!
I'm going to a potluck tonight...bringing lentils, so I'll be able to have a dish with protein, in case there's nothing else there that's in my program.
Off to do some domestic goddess stuff around here...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I'm wearing a size 12!!! My goal was to be a 12. I know I'm not a 12 in all sizes...but whatever brand these are (don't remember...got them at Salvation Army today), I'm a 12 in it!
Echelle kept saying she wanted me to try for size 10 and I kept insisting 12 would be good...but I'm just beginning to think she may be right...(I'm not telling her that yet! I'm just beginning to let that thought creep in...)
Knee is so so. I'm waiting to hear when my ortho appt. is. Doesn't help that I had to do a particularly long and difficult restraint at work yesterday, after being attacked. (Resulted in the police coming and arresting the student. Very sad. Student is now in a adolescent psychiatric hospital.)
I only did 3.5 miles on the elliptical, as my knee began to hurt and I'm now listening to my body instead of ignoring it. Hope that keeps me from having to take Darvocet tonight.
Anyway...12! End on a positive!
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