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Strength Training - not the kind I usually think of.

Monday, September 26, 2011

I haven't been the best about strength training, but I've been getting my share the past two and a half weeks since my husband ended up in a wheel chair. Lifting that thing in and out of the back of the Highlander certainly has to be doing something for my upper body strength!!

Two weeks ago, last Friday, he tried to stand up in the morning and couldn't. He's kneew shook and his legs wouldn't support him. He tried to stand up at least five times and collapsed back onto the bed each time. Finally, he was able to lock his knees and move stiff-legged to the bathroom. Luckily, we have a bench built into our shower and he was able to shower. Probably should have called 911 immediately (luckily, it was okay that we didn't) but ended up taking him to the ER myself. Once there, they went into stroke protocol, did a CT scan, numerous blood tests, EKG, spinal MRI, all with normal results. Spent the night and went home on Saturday with no answers. But, using a walker (had been using a cane for several months due to severe dizziness). Found out on church on Sunday that a walker wasn't going to be sufficient for him to get around at work. Got our doctor to write a prescription for a wheelchair so that is what he's been using for almost two weeks (not the two and a half I originally wrote).

So, between getting him to work at his day job and teaching at the local WSU campus five nights a week, church on Sundays and any other outings, I'm getting lots of strength training, just not the kind I wanted. Still no answers, but the physical therapist said his legs are getting stronger. We're really hoping the chair is a very short term part of our lives. We will get through this latest challenge. Next step is a referal to the dizziness clinic at the University of Washington. Still waiting for them to call with an appointment. Hoe it is soon.

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DNJEN471 9/26/2011 4:42AM

    Wow! Great that you're getting your strength training in- I'm just sorry it's for this reason. No answers- is very frustrating! I'll keep you in my prayers- hope you get that call soon!

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Took the dogs out for a fast paced walk tonight, that ended up being faster than I planned! About halfway down the trail along the Columbia River, Dori charged off the trail, almost pulled me off my feet. I pulled her back as quick as I could, but not quick enough. What to my dismay should I see but a skunk! Dori took a hit full in the face and Jack got hit, too, when he had to go after her to see what was so fascinating. I called home on my cell phone and asked for a deskunking solution be prepared. We walked rapidly home, but I came back along the street so as to avoid the possibility of meeting up with the skunk on the return.

Giving two dogs baths when I got home was not how I planned to end my evening, but things don't always go as we plan. My dogs aren't very happy, but then, neither am I.


Just when I thought I was on the mend...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Last night was scary for my family and I. Out of the blue, I had a grand mal seizure while sitting in my recliner. DH ended up calling 911 and the paramedics came. I have absolutely no memory of the seizure activity. I do remember the paramedics being here. The seizure lasted about 30 minutes. DH took me to the emergency room. While waiting to get into a room, I had another seizure. Again, I have no memory of it. I did get sick and had a pretty severe headache. The doctor started me on a new anti-seizure med that DH will get the prescription filled this morning. I also need to get an appointment with the neurologist within the next two weeks.

So, another six months without driving, not until March 28, 2010, assuming I have no more additional seizures. If you are a praying person, I covet your prayers.

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HICALGAL 10/22/2009 4:37AM

    my prayers are with you. i hope those new meds are helping. emoticon

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2BFREE2LIVE 9/30/2009 1:24AM

    I am so sorry that happened. Like you said just when things were looking so good. I will keep you in my prayers and if you ever need anything just let me know and I will help out any way I can. Please take care. Sandy emoticon

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Back on track and life is good

Friday, September 25, 2009

I have been on Spark People most every day, lurking in the shadows and reading other people's posts. Last week I found the tread about getting back on track. To find so many people struggling to get on track, constantly working to stay there, picking themselves up and dusting themselves off - I decided I could do it too. If I seriously want to lose weight, I have to be more serious in my efforts.

We did a 7,600 mile road trip in 15 days in August to attend a family reunion in Santa Cruz, CA, and then east to visit Ivy League colleges Michael is interested in applying to. So, we literally drove from coast-to-coast and back again to eastern Washington. Whew!! A lot of time in the car and a lot of restaurant foods. DH and I often split an entree, but I wasn't tracking or exercising, so I gained weight. Big surprise!

It took me over a month to get back on track, but I did it. Even better, I lost 6 pounds this past week! I knew my jeans were fitting loser today than they did last Friday and the scale confirmed why. emoticonI have consistently been walking twice a day with our dogs, just not logging it or paying attention to stretching out after getting home until this week. I have also started to jog part of the morning walks 3X/week. Many years ago, I was running over 3 miles every day and the weight melted away. I'd like to be able to get back to that. Both of our dogs could stand to lose some weight, too.

To make my week even better (did you think it could get any better?!?), I had a one year follow-up MRI done on Saturday morning and got the test results on Wednesday. NO NEW TUMOR GROWTH!! Everything looks as it should, considering surgical scarring. emoticon

Life is good and I am blessed. To top it off, today is my 21st wedding anniversary. It doesn't get much better.

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/27/2009 11:25PM

    Donna- so happy to see you back!
First- WooHoo!!! I'm jumping up and down celebrating your test results!!! Yippee!!!
And fantastic job getting back on track! Congrats on your loss!!

You couldn't be more right- Life is good!

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2BFREE2LIVE 9/26/2009 2:06AM

    Donna it is so good to see you posting and doing blogs again. Sure have missed you. Great news on your health and congrats on the six pound loss. emoticonHave a great weekend. Sandy

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BECCACOATS 9/25/2009 9:47PM

    Donna ~ this is GREAT... not only did you loose weight your body is Happy. I love news like this..
Oh and Happy Aniversary to you.

Hugs to you

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SNEAKYGREG 9/25/2009 8:24PM

    OK where to start... Welcome back and good job on getting back on track emoticon on the 6 pounds lost that is awesome.

Congrats on the MRI results I figure that must have been kinda weighing heavy on your mind emoticon

Walking and running the dogs is good and soon if you keep it up you will be running that 3 miles and farther if you want emoticon

Last but not so least a big big big CONGRATS on the 21st that is way cool emoticon emoticon

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It's been two months - can't believe it

Saturday, March 14, 2009

It has been an adventurous two months, if you consider being laid up with a broken leg as being adventurous!

I had surgery on February 9th to implant the prosthesis in my head, spent just one night in the hospital and then returned home from Seattle on the 11th. On the 13th, I got the cast removed from my right leg and started physical therapy the following week. It was good to be able to get back to exercising, walking the dogs.

Despite being laid up, not really watching what I was eating, I still lost three pounds! I guess I was watching what I was eating more than I thought I was.

Things are getting better, my leg is hurting less and less, the dogs and I are walking twice a day, most days. I've finally gotten into a regular strength training exercise routine.

Life is good and I thank Spark People and all of the support I have gotten from the Tri City Washington Spark team. emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 3/15/2009 4:47PM

    You're doing so awesome! Anytime I catch myself not wanting to go on a planned walk I think "if Donna's out walking so soon after a broken leg- what's keeping me from doing it?" Thanks for motivating me to get out the door and walk :)


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    I'll keep you in my prayers! I remember having knee surgery and feeling just cruddy because I couldn't get back to normal! But hopefully the mild weather around here keeps going, and you'll be doing more than just walking the dogs!

Take care!
- Stacey

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