Thursday, November 14, 2013
It has been an eventful few weeks for me. Mom had surgery on 10/16 to repair a problem caused by her osteoporosis when she broke her leg last winter. I walked a 5k I was completely unprepared for on the 26th (my knee had been giving me problems since before Mom's surgery and I hadn't been exercising). After 2 long days of very sore muscles, I was feeling better. Mom was recuperating in a good rehab center and all was well...until I dislocated my shoulder.
This shoulder has gone out before so I figured it would be sore for a few days then I'd be back to normal. A week later, it wasn't getting any better so I saw my orthopaedist (it sounds weird to say "my orthopaedist") who scheduled an MRI. During all this my TOM reared its ugly head, stressing me out even more than I already was.
I wasn't much help moving Mom back home last week. Thank God for my DH. I had the MRI on Friday, but had to wait until Monday for the results. Thankfully, there were no fractures or tears and I only need physical therapy (as long as it doesn't go out again). The PT exercises will be for the rest of my life, but I can deal with that. The thought of surgery was freaking me out!
I've reached the age where staying healthy is a lot more work. I hate it, but I'm going to have to put on my big girl panties, act like a grownup, and deal with it.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Late Friday (the 6th) my step-dad passed away. He had been in a nursing home for the past 2 years with Alzheimer's and a bad heart. He passed quietly and Mom, most of his kids, and myself were able to be with him. Saturday was a flurry of phone calls while arrangements were made. Monday evening, Mom and I traveled to Kentucky and the funeral was held on Tuesday.
We traveled back on Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday, we had to go to a visitation for my sister's nephew who died in an accident the same day my step-dad passed away.
On top of this, I was coming down with a cold and had to be back at work on Thursday. Saturday was Mom's birthday. Yesterday, I didn't do anything and felt bad all day. Today, I feel better than I have since this whole thing started.
It was a week of not enough sleep, not enough exercise, too much eating out, and a lot of stress. I'm getting back on track this morning. I know weeks like that will happen. The trick is to be gentle with ourselves when it happens then get back to a healthy lifestyle as soon as possible. It's not the end, just a detour.
Friday, September 06, 2013
One of my biggest frustrations this year has been the jungle that is my back yard. My husband and sons have been saying that they're going to take care of it, but never quite got around to it. Sooo, I went out after work and started trimming back trees that were growing over, through, and outside of our fence into the alley by our house.
My older son came out to help, then my husband and younger son pitched in when they got home from work. After an hour and 45 minutes, we made a big dent. I was sweating and breathing hard. When I went in for some water my hands were shaking. Got a little dehydrated (will have to watch that next time).
Another bonus: the exercise kept the munchies at bay and I finished the day within my calorie range. Much better than a snack attack!
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Yesterday, I found myself munching all day. I used Atkins bars and gum to keep from losing it completely. Dinner was a low carb/low calorie meal of green beans, red potatoes, and ham - all cooked in the same pot with chicken broth & pepper. I ate a 2nd plate that I really didn't want because all the leftovers wouldn't fit in the bowl. It was less about not wanting to throw away food and more about wanting to chew something. The only saving grace was that this meal is a lot better for me than many others would have been.
I'm dealing with some family pressures right now and I know that has a lot to do with it. I think I'll get outside and do some yard work this afternoon. Hopefully that will lift my mood.
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