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Tuesday, 10/18 Beating the Blues

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hi all,

The title tells my biggest job today. the pain in my lower back is in a "flare" which translates to "growing madly and spiraling out of control" in my book. Today has been about beating this.

I started out very tired today--I slept for maybe an hour at a time all night last night, trying my chair piece to take pressure off of my back and every position I know of to get relief. Anyway, I was tired beyond tired. I thought I had a Weight Watchers breakfast muffin left and I didn't, so breakfast wasn't quite what I wanted or needed today either. Boo hoo--whine, whine--I am in a low down mood that I am trying to fight.

I got to church about a minute before they started serving breakfast. That didn't give me much time to collaborate with the two kind-hearted new teachers that our church hired for the program. They had a guest speaker that came to work with half of the group at a time from the art museum--about masks, what a timely idea!! We did some journal writing and oral reading. I played "Vowel Bingo" with several of the kids which was a good time. Anyway, after lunch, I spent some time with a young lady who had been disruptive off and on throughout the entire program. I finally got a time to talk with her and although she covered her face and tried to tune me out, when I got up to leave, it turned out that she really wanted to talk with me. It turns out that she has been fibbing about her age and she is older than we were led to believe. She is really a 6th grader and her first time stepping into a school was in August of this year when our district started for the year. She barely reads--and does a good job of covering for herself at a higher level than is appropriate. She had shouted something that sounded really rude at another child--in her home language of "Kudu" and when one of the other teachers asked her what she said, that she didn't respond. Then the teacher said to her, "You must speak nicely here to everyone. If you cannot say nice things, maybe you shouldn't be here." The girl told me that the teacher yelled at her for cursing and that she hadn't cursed." I corrected her and asked her what she had said and she told me that she had yelled "Stop pushing on my paper, you made me mess up," I confirmed that she had a right to her bothered by that and modeled how she should have handled it. Then she ranted a bit about teachers everywhere fussing at her and telling her to "do this and do that," always bossing her around. I sure cannot imagine being in her position at her age and trying to figure out the world she has come to with a lot of people in her difficult age range. That's a lot for anyone, but a 11-13 age child with crazy hormones being awakened, well, wow!! I'm sorry for her.

I tried to explain to her that she should watch what others are doing more and to act more like them. Then I asked her if tomorrow we could talk to the entire group about "rules" that might help everyone to learn and have more fun. (The two teachers are very new and didn't start the group with this type of thing. For me, an "old experienced teacher," I find this to be a must at having the kind of behavior and cooperation that is needed for a good learning experience.) I checked with the "real teachers" and they thought this would be good. I need to pick up a ton of post-its for that activity. Anyway, I am enjoying this important work for two more days. I also connected up with the gal in charge of the adult ELL program. I need some information for a brochure I am making about our church program. This satisfies an assignment in one of my classes and we need it to share with educators to promote the program and share its limitations as well.

I went on to the doctor. My back has been awful. The biggest deal with chronic pain for me is that it is relentless. If I could have a bit of a break, I wouldn't be so crabby or blue or tired. She did the regular injections we had scheduled in my lower back and right hip--saving the biggest dose for the nerve that is parallel to my spine and the big surgical scar. She also gave me an injection of "toradol" to get me some more immediate relief. The nurse put about a half a dozen little band-aids on me because I was doing a bit of bleeding and we went home. I fell asleep soon after being at home and I slept more than I have in several days. I woke up twice between 3-6:30, but it was solid sleep. I think that was my doctor's gift with the last injection. She also mentioned that we might need to do an epidural for the long-term pain to help me get past it. That probably won't work because even my regular anesthesiologist had quit trying to do them, the hardware has gotten in the way and they cannot get through the bar and the screws and nuts holding my spine in place.

Right now, I am icing my back again. They told me not to go to the pool tonight--boohoo. I've done some homework and sparking and I have to get back to that soon. I am not in a great mood and I am sorry to the world. My lower back is at its worst and my upper spine is starting to act foolish. My shoulders are both aching and it is too much for me to figure out. Please bear with me. I am looking for ways to cope. My youngest son brought me his prized amethyst. Our pastor blessed it for him and he told me that Native Americans use these stones to help people with healing and getting good energy back. Hmm, I am trying it, I am a believer in the Spirit and this may be helpful.

Thanks one more time for sticking with me as I whine and complain. I really am trying, but I recognize that I am not easy to live with right now. I don't want to cry, so I am venting and trying to come up with alternatives. If I was more capable physically, I would exercise like crazy. (I was told to rest quietly tonight.)

Tomorrow, I am going to stop at school to pick up some sticky-notes, stickers, some art paper, and a few graphic organizers. Then, I am going to the church and I am going to spend my morning teaching a real literacy program with kids. After lunch, I am going to spend some time interviewing the director of the adult program before I get back to the room to do some independent reading support with children and possibly to play some phonics board games where we practice letter sounds. I get to go to the pool after that before I go home. I don't know what dinner will be, I have to look in the deep parts of the freezer, lol, because Thursday is payday.

I need a break from this pain. It is a little quieter right now, but still there in the exact same places. I want it to quit and I am almost ready to scream!!

I'll try to behave--thanks for your patience. I need that now almost as much as I need relief.

Healing hugs,
Sylvia

  
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EMRANA 10/19/2011 10:52AM

  Oh, honey, I have been where you are, sans the hardware. You can vent to me whenever you want!

That's exactly what I've been telling my sister about her recently diagnosed herniated disc pain. It's the relentless aspect of it that makes us crazy. You don't get a single breath of relief and that is such a challenge.

What I find so endearing about you is that even in the midst of multiple chronic pain challenges, you give so much! I know at my worst, I got dizzy just trying to make my own lunch, and here you are making such a difference in the world as a teacher. That's truly awesome.

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_LINDA 10/19/2011 2:23AM

    So very sorry you aren't getting any relief from the relentless pain :( It is so very grinding, mentally and physically, so feel free to vent anytime..That was bad you couldn't go to the pool :( At least you managed some sleep.. I hope these shots do something for you at least. Its good she wants to try something anyway. Hopefully, immersing yourself in your work will help put your mind in a better place and pool tomorrow is something to look forward to.
Healing hugs and soothing thoughts,
Linda


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Sunday, 10/16 Yesterday's fun

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hi all,

I changed up my routines a lot yesterday. We went to the zoo in the early day and then to a "Haunted Hayrack Ride" after a church wiener roast/potluck in the evening. I sure scored with over 23.000 steps on my pedometer--no pool time though. I think I'll let some of the photos talk for themselves!!

Marissa really was a monkey here!!


The ducks, geese, swans, and the fish all clamor for the food patrons give them.



I'm not sure of the connection between the elephants and the dinosaur references and the big animal statues...I guess "big"is the real theme here. Miles is messing around with his sister. I begged the boys to let me get their photos. After a certain age, some kids don't like having their photo taken!! Others are regular "hams!"



The petting zoo was full of farm animals that included the very hungry goats who followed people in hopes of a bite of the zoo food and the llama who didn't want to be bothered.

It was too late in our season for many Australian animals besides the wallabies who seemed comfortable in our pleasant fall weather--it was 70ish. The others were in their winter housing, we saw the sweet lorakeets in the bird house later on. They are usually great fun, you can buy a container of their nectar and they will cover you to get a chance to enjoy this treat.









The aviary includes outdoor displays and indoor displays. Some of the big parrot type birds are sitting on limbs and perches--quite honestly their big beaks make me a bit nervous. My sons took the camera and had a lot of fun trying to get the "best" shots of these birds. I love the owl close-up that Miles took. (Marissa told him that nobody liked that kind of picture," hmmm?




The guys took a lot of photos of amphibians and reptiles--the more "yucky" animals to my daughter (and myself if I am telling the truth.) The funny thing is that after a few visits to the zoo, this is the first time we caught the tortoises in a non-mating activity.) emoticon



The sunlight got in the way of getting good photo of the zebras and the ostriches, which made me sad because I use this kind of photo for ABC books with my children at school. We did get a couple of the big cats--the bears were holed up in their homes and most of the other animals weren't out. We were guessing that they were in their winter quarters. the other animal I really wanted photos of was our new baby giraffe. However, zoo personnel seemed to be doing vetrinarian checks with the giraffes and their baby while we were there. It is such a sweet looking "little" guy!!
My final photo is of a creature from the Haunted Hayrack Ride. Most of the other photos I have are of church members and I will respect them enough not to put them on my blog--but check this guy out:

This guy climbed over the end of the hayrack where I was sitting and grabbed me and my friend sitting across from me. We giggled and giggled and giggled. It was good fun and I am so glad that we went. I must admit, having never been to a haunted house or the like, that I found out that this is a more family fun activity than one designed to "scare" you.

I sure enjoyed the day--we missed the lunch that went along with the zoo outing, so I had my own healthy fruit and sandwich. We took a salad and my "loaded with veggie" chili to the potluck which was quite a hit, even after it got spilled in my son's car. That is a mess that I hope I cleared up with a lot of elbow grease and air freshener!! I got a lot of walking in and just had fun. emoticon

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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ANOVELGAL 10/17/2011 7:33PM

    Great pictures! I always love going to the zoo except I never get to go! Sounds like a wonderful fall day! Even with the haunted stuff! emoticon

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_LINDA 10/17/2011 3:06AM

    Fabulous photos!! Enjoyed them very much! So nice to hear you had a relaxing day that didn't involve work! I used to go to haunted houses here but they haven't had any the last few years. Usually they set them up for charity fund raising. They have been quite inventive and fun.
I hope you were able to get some sleep after all that activity and that you have a good week coming up.
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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Saturday 10/15 The Way that Pain Really Looks

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hi all

Warning--This is not going to be the most pleasant, upbeat blog, so don't read any further if you don't feel like hearing some whining.

I am miserable today. Part of it is my fault because I have been working harder than I should have been. I am irritated with my body because I have some gift to share and it is trying to interfere. However, if I want a group of immigrant children to have a basket of books and some help reading them, I will get up to the third floor and take them with me.

Pain interferes with my life. It tries to change my plans. The aching in my back and my left hand wants me to leave things and get someone else to do things like vacuuming but who else is going to do it NOW? I don't want to wait because if I am doing something now, I can keep my body working--once I stop, it might not let me go again. Pain tries to convince me that I shouldn't do important things that need to be done. If a child needs new books in their baskets, I am going to ignore the paint hat doesn't want me bending, reaching, and/or lifting to get the job done. Children need me to help them read.

Pain changes my mood--who I am. I can start out as my typical, positive self and the screaming pain I get in my lower back can change my mood to grumpy, irritated, impatient. If I work hard to get past that, I can end up sad, blue, depressed. It escalates when I don't get enough sleep because the throbbing in my right hip is alternating with the aching in my lower back. That little duet can steal a night of sleep quite easily.

Pain is costly. It takes my time as well as our resources. I have a lot of appointments to fit into my already busy schedule. Physical therapy, doctors, tests, picking up prescriptions, time at the pharmacy... I have to get all of that done in the midst of my life. I have about six doctors who I see regularly over these issues. I hate to admit the amount I spend on medicine and patches. It is a small fortune.

BUT--pain makes me determined to fight it and go on with my life. I can do the things I was put here on the earth to do. I believe that I am a gifted teacher and I have skills that work well with children who need something special. I can do many things and do them well.

My body is a battleground due to pain. It drives me crazy a good deal of the time, but I win each and every battle in my own time. Pain is an undesirable nuisance. It shouldn't happen to anybody, but the most important part is to not let it win.

Quite honestly, I am sick of it. I'd like to wake up one morning with a full night of sleep and a body that doesn't need an extra hour to get moving. I would like to be able to get into the shower here without having help and I'e like to start my day with energy rather than having it all spent from fighting pain. I do okay for a few hours after I swallow my meds--but by 11 at the latest, I am looking for the thing to keep me going. I might choose to cream up my back with my specially compounded cream and if I don't have time for that, I grab my back brace. I take more meds around 1 and get to the end of my work day. I go to the pool as early as I can get in because the water soothes me for the time I am there... Then I get home and when it is bedtime, I recline in a chair because I cannot lie down. The war between what hurts the most gets started and I try to ice things or heat them and soothe my body so that I can get some rest--before the next day comes and the next war.

Anyway, I fight this the best that I can, but today, it is lousy. I am going to keep a promise to take my kids to the zoo and to the haunted hayrack ride with our church tonight. I don't know how I am going to do these things, but I will because:
PAIN makes me determined and accomplished above all.

That said, I am leaving to do just that.
Thanks for listening to me whine, if you have gotten this far.

Best wishes to you, my friends!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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EMRANA 10/15/2011 10:44PM

  You're not whining at all. As someone who used to struggle with pain to that extent, I understand! In fact, my sister was recently diagnosed with a herniated disc at the same level as mine. I just wrote these words to her today ~

"I was thinking about calling you but I don't want to wake you up. I don't know about you, but I could never stay asleep for very long. Sometimes the pain would get so bad it would knock me out for 20 or 30 minutes though, and that was like a godsend when it happened. I would NEVER want to jostle you out that. It hurts more when your body gets shocked awake. It's more like fainting from pain than sleeping sometimes but whatever knocks you out is good at this stage. As long as you get to be unaware for a few minutes! I know that sounds terrible but I think you know what I mean..."

Those of us who have experienced it, know what life is like. How exhausting every little thing is. I have, and I do, and I send you many gentle hugs. I didn't have anywhere near the schedule you do either.

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SBEEGHLY 10/15/2011 7:55PM

    Dear Sylvia,
nothing I can say will help the pain. I can tell ya you are not alone.
You have been a great example to many on how to live moving forward despite weight, pain and sleepless night issues. You are doing a much needed task and educating the young, this world is blessed from your presence.
I am proud to count you among my Spark buddies.. Gentle hug..

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MTNGRL 10/15/2011 5:31PM

    Sylvia, I admire your determination and perseverance. You do so much more that most people would even dream of doing and all with the pain that would make a grown man weep. I wish I could wave a magic wand and all that pain would go away. The best I can do is send you hugs and say prayers asking God to give you strength and healing.
Hugs!!

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Saturday 10/15 The Way that Pain Really Looks

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hi all

Warning--This is not going to be the most pleasant, upbeat blog, so don't read any further if you don't feel like hearing some whining.

I am miserable today. Part of it is my fault because I have been working harder than I should have been. I am irritated with my body because I have some gift to share and it is trying to interfere. However, if I want a group of immigrant children to have a basket of books and some help reading them, I will get up to the third floor and take them with me.

Pain interferes with my life. It tries to change my plans. The aching in my back and my left hand wants me to leave things and get someone else to do things like vacuuming but who else is going to do it NOW? I don't want to wait because if I am doing something now, I can keep my body working--once I stop, it might not let me go again. Pain tries to convince me that I shouldn't do important things that need to be done. If a child needs new books in their baskets, I am going to ignore the paint hat doesn't want me bending, reaching, and/or lifting to get the job done. Children need me to help them read.

Pain changes my mood--who I am. I can start out as my typical, positive self and the screaming pain I get in my lower back can change my mood to grumpy, irritated, impatient. If I work hard to get past that, I can end up sad, blue, depressed. It escalates when I don't get enough sleep because the throbbing in my right hip is alternating with the aching in my lower back. That little duet can steal a night of sleep quite easily.

Pain is costly. It takes my time as well as our resources. I have a lot of appointments to fit into my already busy schedule. Physical therapy, doctors, tests, picking up prescriptions, time at the pharmacy... I have to get all of that done in the midst of my life. I have about six doctors who I see regularly over these issues. I hate to admit the amount I spend on medicine and patches. It is a small fortune.

BUT--pain makes me determined to fight it and go on with my life. I can do the things I was put here on the earth to do. I believe that I am a gifted teacher and I have skills that work well with children who need something special. I can do many things and do them well.

My body is a battleground due to pain. It drives me crazy a good deal of the time, but I win each and every battle in my own time. Pain is an undesirable nuisance. It shouldn't happen to anybody, but the most important part is to not let it win.

Quite honestly, I am sick of it. I'd like to wake up one morning with a full night of sleep and a body that doesn't need an extra hour to get moving. I would like to be able to get into the shower here without having help and I'e like to start my day with energy rather than having it all spent from fighting pain. I do okay for a few hours after I swallow my meds--but by 11 at the latest, I am looking for the thing to keep me going. I might choose to cream up my back with my specially compounded cream and if I don't have time for that, I grab my back brace. I take more meds around 1 and get to the end of my work day. I go to the pool as early as I can get in because the water soothes me for the time I am there... Then I get home and when it is bedtime, I recline in a chair because I cannot lie down. The war between what hurts the most gets started and I try to ice things or heat them and soothe my body so that I can get some rest--before the next day comes and the next war.

Anyway, I fight this the best that I can, but today, it is lousy. I am going to keep a promise to take my kids to the zoo and to the haunted hayrack ride with our church tonight. I don't know how I am going to do these things, but I will because:
PAIN makes me determined and accomplished above all.

That said, I am leaving to do just that.
Thanks for listening to me whine, if you have gotten this far.

Best wishes to you, my friends!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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_LINDA 10/15/2011 6:53PM

    So very sorry to hear you are suffering so much :(( In regards to these books, could you not ask for help from the students themselves to stock their own baskets? When I was in school, students were eager to help out the teacher doing various chores before or after class (I cleaned the chalk boards and beat out the brushes) I took pride in getting the black board black again with nothing showing on it :)
You have a houseful of able bodied young adults whom you cook for. Surely they could do the simple household chores to help?? Its ridiculous for you to be doing any chores when you are working to put bread on the table. Children today seem to be expected to do nothing around the house these days :( We had our chores when we were growing up that is for sure..
You can't take on everything yourself. Its time to delegate where ever possible..You are not respecting your body and your condition by pushing to do so much. It just creates even more intense pain for you. You have to look after your own needs for a change. Your family is certainly old enough to be looking after their own!!
Please take care of yourself!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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MKPRINCESS007 10/15/2011 3:21PM

    Oh Sylvia.......I am sorry for your pain. I have known a good friend for a long time that has similar challenges, and he has tried so many possible solutions to ease it and has been left feeling less then resolved. You are an amazing woman. How you do all that you do, and fight through the pain, is really astonishing to me.

Please feel free to vent anytime. If it helps, than I am happy to read it.
Hoping you can find some joy in your day today!

Karen

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Wednesday, 10/12 Tuesday's medical updates

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hi everyone,

Yesterday wore me out! It was a lot to ask of anyone. I started with an overloaded medical desk at the hospital. It was really crowded and I considered offering to go away, but I knew that somebody would figure that out. I had my mammogram and it was one of the least uncomfortable that I have ever had. I am a bit worried about that though, because the last time I had one that didn't torture me, I had to do the entire thing over. Part of my problem with mammograms is that the machine hits me right on a surgical scar and that hurts awfully. Part of it,I think, is because of my fibromyalgia. They tell me that they don't hurt most women, so it must be something quirky about my anatomy.

That took me to the bone density test. Funny thing, I had gained 2 pounds from my last weigh in and my morning weigh in and I had lost 2.25 more inches since the doc measured me last. I mentioned it, but the nurse didn't read it as significant. Hmmm... Anyway, it wasn't pleasant for me. First, they had to have me lie flat on my back--of course. Next, the thing at the top had to run over my back, moving an inch or so every several seconds. Then, the tech told me that they would do my legs, but that she would have to do my forearm as well. I had told her about my back prior to the test, but I am guessing that she had to see shat was there to determine it would be a problem. Anyway, I was getting pretty sore from lying on my back when she told me that I needed to point my toes inward. That is something that the problem in my hips won't allow me to do, so she used a band and tied my feet in that position. The same test occurred and she untied my feet. Next, I she placed my left forearm on a small metal sheet and did the same test on it, By the time I was able to get back in an upright position, I was having one back spasm after another. It took me about ten minutes before they passed and I was able to stand up.

I had stopped at the church before going to the hospital and introduced myself to the children--there were about 27 children there who spoke varying levels of English from grades kindergarten to 7. I stopped and made myself a nice lunch of a wrap, a nectarine, and a half of a banana before going back. I worked hard when I got back determining reading levels of the children who stayed after they were served lunch. (There were about 18-20 left then.) It took me another hour to reorganize the books by level and to create a book basket that was appropriate for each child.

My next appointment started at 3:15. I got a lot of information while I was with Dr. Miller. She is such a wonderful doctor. They had made a copy of each of the reports from my tests for me and we talked about them. The EMG determined that I have severe carpal tunnel syndrome with about 4 issues in the left and mild carpal tunnel in the right with two issues that she noted. The MRI revealed multilevel spinal stenosis if the canal that is causing nerves to be pinched in my neck and shoulders. C4-5, C5-6. C6-7 all have damage along with some large bone spurs which are inhibiting the movement of my neck. The x-ray was of little help but supported that information and noted arthritic changes down my entire upper spine.

The results mean that I need several different treatments. I will need surgery on my left wrist because the carpal tunnel is too severe for other treatments to help. I will need to wear a night splint on my right hand to treat the carpal tunnel there. I will also need neck traction and my doctor thinks rather than doing that with physical therapy and/or through the hospital that I can do this myself and is setting me up to meet the consultant who supplies traction machines. She said that my insurance company will rent the machine and if it helps me, that she will write the next prescription for them to purchase it. I also will need injections for both of my shoulders because the nerve impingements are causing shoulder pain particularly around the rotator cuff tendon that I had surgery on last year. To top it off, my lower back is having issues again, with all of the physical work I have been doing and I will need to repeat those injections as well.

I have four appointments scheduled with her, each of the coming weeks. I am waiting for an OS to call about my surgery--I hope my favorite guy does this procedure, if not, I will ask for the guy who did my last hand surgeries to do it because he specializes in hands. I am also waiting for the medical supply person to cll me about the neck traction machine. Dr. Miller has her do this consultation in her office so that she is available for any questions and fo her to oversee that the equipment matches what she knows I need. She did the same thing when I was fitted for my back brace. I left that appointment at 5:20. There was no sitting and waiting time while I was there, I was with the doctor most of the time--she really does patient care. I appreciate her so much. By the time I left, I understood each piece of information that I received and my treatment options and suggestions.

We came home and had a baked chicken and veggies dinner before I went to the pool. I had a nice workout, there were no children in the pool last evening. I spent my time between appointments while riding in the car reading materials for my class. I have so many things to do that I feel scattered rather than my typically organized self. Today, I have the two reading clubs I am doing at my school, the program at the church, a follow up meeting at the child abuse council for our summer program, and completing my homework as well as going to the pool and caring for my family. this may be the busiest break I have ever had, but it is all good activity that I am enjoying. I cannot admit that I get to use my gifts to my full potential at work on a regular basis. I have a lot of talent and skill to offer and it is fun and challenging to be able to do so. I am enjoying this time mostly because I am in charge of me. I suspect that this might be a sign of what my retirement may look like way off in the future. (I know that I am not ready for that.)

I did have a tough night. I have a lot of lousy minor pain, probably from the time on the table yesterday and climbing stairs at the church. I actually worked up a sweat while I was there. The pool helped, but I have to get out of the water at some point. It is a funny thing about the pool--I can do so many things in the water that I cannot do on land and it is soothing. It is as if the water takes the pain and the negative energy out of my body and replaces it with calm and soothing feelings. On a really positive note, I am doing a lot more swimming along with my exercises these days. I am pleasantly surprised that I can do laps and do all four of the types of swimming strokes I know. Front crawl or free style has always been tough for me, but I am getting better and better at it. I think it won't be long before I can start planning to swim a half mile at my workouts!! After I work out, I generally go and shower off, and I spend about 15 minutes in the sauna. That dry heat tops off my workout with relaxation that cleanses the rest of my body. It is unbelievable how I feel when I am ready to leave the fitness center.

I will be busy today and tomorrow is my class night. However, I have moments of "me time" built in and I will be around, sparking. I hope to see you while I am here... Take care of yourselves in mind and body both!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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NPA4LOSS 10/12/2011 9:09PM

    emoticon you had such a rough day. I hope that in all of that you can have at least something good going on. emoticon

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_LINDA 10/12/2011 2:24PM

    So sorry you had such a terrible time with the medical tests :( I can't believe the bone density -wow! I never had to do any of that, just one quick scan laying on my back and I was done -none of this point your toes in stuff thanks goodness.
I am so glad you had a great pool time with no brats for a change. I miss my pool time :( Wish I knew why I get those terrible leg cramps from my foot to my knee, guess I was just built wrong :( I never get them on land no matter how hard I work out..
Not much rest time in your 'days off' that I see, but if you are enjoying what you do and getting fulfillment out of it, I guess that is just as good.
That Dr. you have is absolute gold, so glad you found her!
Have a good week!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/12/2011 1:55PM

    Your day would wear anyone out, Sylvia. LOL. I find having one doctor and test in a day exhausting let alone 3. You need some rest and relaxation!!

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PUGRAD1995 10/12/2011 11:45AM

    Wonderful doctor-and it does help to know what is causing the issues even if there is limited things to do to fix them. Hope it all works out quickly!

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EMRANA 10/12/2011 11:41AM

  I am tired just reading that!

I suppose it's good news that you have all these treatments scheduled, but at the same time, I feel sad that you require them all. I can't imagine how it feels to have spinal stenosis at the same time as everything else that's going on. That's one thing I don't have yet. The ruptured disc pain is enough.

I'll be here along the way as you get all these things fixed!

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