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Sunday, April 10, 2011

What a beautiful day this turned out to be. Met two of my friends at a local spa at 9:00 A.M. this morning. We had breakfast there and relaxed by the mineral pool, the hot tub and the steam room. We all brought books, but none of us read much. We were too busy chatting up a storm. We spent the morning just enjoying each other's company and dipping into the beautifully warm Mineral Spa and the nice Hot Tub. One of my friends had to leave at noon after her massage. She was sorry she had to leave so early, as she had been having a wonderful time. My other friend and I had ordered lunch for 1:00 P.M. After lunch we were whisked away to have our massages. I had booked an hour-long aromatherapy massage. What heaven. I told the masseuse that I had tendonitis in my shoulder, and she took special pains to massage the area (very gently mind you). I hardly had any pain all afternoon. After my massage I went for my very first pedicure. What a treat. I never had so many foot massages in one day. I chose a nice bright color for my nail polish and even had a little flower painted on my big toes. I will be sure to have a pedicure again. It was so restful and relaxing. I am only sorry that the weather is not nicer so that I can wear my sandals and show off my toes. Oh well, maybe next time. My DH and I decided to stop off for supper, and then I came home to a restful, relaxing evening. I was so drained from the mineral pools that I had a hard time staying awake while watching tv. I can hardly wait until the next time.



Friday, April 08, 2011

Boy the weather sure changed from the lovely day we had yesterday. Today it has been cold and rainy all day. Needless to say, I didn't get my walk in. I have enough discomfort from my shoulder and achy joints due to damp weather. Good old arthritis is no fun. Oh well, I have a wonderful day to look forward to tomorrow.
Two of my friends from church and I are headed to the Urban Oasis Spa again.
Looking forward to a relaxing day of swimming in the mineral pool, using the hot tub and steam room, swimming in the regular pool, and oh yeah, did I mention an aromatherapy massage and a pedicure? I am so looking forward to a day of rest and relaxation and fun times with my two friends. Hopefully the hot tub, steam room and massage will help my shoulder and ease the pain somewhat.

I managed to pick up my medication today, but I know it is going to take a day or two to kick in and start working the way it is supposed to. I actually did feel some relief this evening after I took the pill at supper time.

Hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing weekend.



Friday, April 08, 2011

I blogged yesterday about the great walk I had and that I pulled my back out of place again. The good news is when I got home I put a hot water bottle on my back and just relaxed for a while during the evening, and my back seems to be much better. I guess I was lucky it didn't get any worse.

The bad news is, that today I went to the Pan Am Clinic, which is a walk-in clinic for people with bone and joint injuries. I wanted to get my shoulder checked out.
I have been in pain for a few weeks with my shoulder and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. The pain was so bad this morning that I told my DH to drop me off and I would wait at the clinic for as long as I had to and then I would take a bus home. I sat there and waited for 4 hours to see a doctor. That wasn't too bad, I know of one lady there who had waited for almost 6 hours before she got in.
The doctor told me that I have tendonitis in my rotator cuff. He gave me some medication to take away the pain and swelling and told me I should have physio therapy to help get my shoulder back in shape. I will pick up the medication tomorrow, and I will try to set up an appointment for physiotherapy next week. Maybe my shoulder will have enough rest and medication to help ease the pain so the physio won't be too bad. At least now I know what the problem is and what I can do about it. My DH picked me up and we went out for supper, so that was a plus.
I had lost about 25 pounds or so since I joined Sparks, but over several months I gained most of it back. Guess what? I weighed myself yesterday, and all that weight is gone again. What a thrill. It gives me a little boost of motivation to keep my physical activity up and to keep watching what I am eating. So now I am back to what my tracker shows, and hopefully it will start going down, down, down.
Thanks to all of you for your wonderful support and prayers. I couldn't do this without all the wonderful friends I have made here. THANK YOU.

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SING4MYFOOD 4/8/2011 11:28PM

    Having a rotator cuff tear myself, I know tendenitis of the shoulder can be pretty painful. Keep up the therapy - it works whe it's just tendenitis, & you shouldn't progress to a full blown tear. Glad the back is better too.

Keep up the walks!



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GRITS46 4/8/2011 10:49AM

    Darlene, congrats on the healing back and the weight loss! All that walking has worked its magic. Sorry to hear about the shoulder diagnosis, but at least you know why it hurts now and that there's resolution in sight. I'll be praying as you begin therapy. You are such a blessing to so many here, including me!


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MARPET44 4/8/2011 7:23AM

    Must be the diagones of the month. My DH and myself both have the same thing. He is going to therapy and I follow along with the exercises at home. Not easy--but worth it. Hope it gets better soon!! emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 4/8/2011 6:02AM

    All that walking pays off. Hope your shoulder feels better soon. Rest up. Wishing you a great weekend!

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I.M.MAGIC 4/8/2011 1:31AM

    I have a torn rotator cuff, so I know how THAT feels... but the PT does help. Mine may never really heal--I was told it was possibly a jagged piece of cartilage in there that scrapes the tissue around it if I move just so now, and short of surgery there's no way to fix it-- but I can use it ALMOST normally, and I do the PT exercises twice a week to keep the joint from freezing up.

tendonitis takes time, but they'll give you the tools you need, and help you strengthen the joint so it will be less susceptible to injury.

You're going to feel better very soon!

Kathy emoticon

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7PASTORMIKE7 4/8/2011 12:28AM

    You have always been a blessing to me and I will continue to pray for you throughout this adventure ! You take good care of yourself and watch what the Lord has in store for you with His many blessings !

Pastor Mike

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

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Today was a beautiful day. There was plenty of sunshine with a cool breeze. It was a great day for a walk. I managed to get out and walk 6 miles. However, when I left home, I left without my pedometer, my watch, my MP3 player and my keys. However, I had my trusty water bottle, so I trudged on. I felt so invigorated. I felt like I could walk forever. The fresh air was awesome. While I was walking along the path I saw some chickadees nesting. I just stopped and watched. I haven't seen chickadees since I was a young girl living in the country. What a beautiful sight.
I also managed to forget my sunglasses, but there was enough cloud coverage that it didn't really matter. It felt so good to just be outside enjoying the fresh air.
I did have a little mishap on my way home. I had to stop at the store to pick up a few things, and I decided to stop at a bench and have a little rest before I walked the rest of the way home. As I sat down, my hip went out of place again. Thank goodness my son was home and that I was carrying my cell phone. I texted him and asked him to come and help me carry the groceries home. He was able to come and help me so I managed to get home without too much of a struggle. I am hoping and praying that the heat and the pain pills I took this evening will help me out and that I won't have to go back to the chiropractor tomorrow to have another adjustment. If I am in too much pain I won't wait until Monday for my regular appointment, I will go tomorrow. I was hoping to be able to get out again tomorrow. Oh well, we'll see what the day will bring. God is good. I know He will be there to help me.



Thursday, March 31, 2011

I managed to get to the chiropractor today. When he saw how much pain I was in, he was able to help me by adjusting my back. He also told me some things I can do to help myself if I get in this much pain again, besides making an appointment and getting in to see him instead of waiting for my scheduled appointment. Tomorrow I have an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon to check to see how my knee replacements are doing. He works out of a Sports Clinic, so while I am there, I am going to see if I can get my shoulder and wrist checked out to see why I am having so much pain. The chiropractor said at first that he thought I had a problem with my rotator cuff, but now he thinks it may be the AC bone next to the clavicle that is causing the problem. I also have severe pain in my right wrist and thumb that I thought might be a problem with corporal tunnel, but I was told to get it checked at the sports clinic and see if they can find out whether it is just arthritis or something else. Maybe they can help me get some relief by providing exercises, etc. Boy, I thought getting older was supposed to be the "Golden Years". They didn't tell me that it involved falling apart piece by piece (lol). Will let you know how I make out. Thanks to all my wonderful friends who have been praying for me.


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