Thursday, May 01, 2008
I have to tell you that I am dropping Spark People and will no longer be posting on my boards. It is breaking my heart, but I have no choice.
As some of you know, I have macular degeneration and it is progressing. My docor told me today to cut back on computer time. I've gone back to work part time and that is about all the time I can spend on a computer.
I'll miss you all but as I'm sure you are aware - I'd miss my eyes more if I mess them up worse than they already are!
HUGS TO ALL!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
After three weeks, the leg is doing much better. I'm not doing any running, but no longer have to snivel to DH to drive me! He is a kind man and never complained.
Sun is shining today and the temperature should reach 70 this weekend. That goes along way towards healing both the body and the soul. I was able to scrub the kitchen floor, vacuum and ignore DH telling me to take it easy on the leg! I start a job in an unpstairs office in a historical building on Wednesday. Steep stairs - there was no handicap access to the offices in 1906. That should get me on the mend once I start using the leg more and the cardio once I'm healed will be wonderful!
Many of you heard this last year when I broke my arm - keep up those strength exercises! When you do traumatic injury to one part of your body, the other part is able to take over and help. I also believe it helps in the healing process. Since it seems that I'm doing traumatic injury once a year, I plan on keeping the old body supple and the strength exercises going!
I did learn - once again! - that the calories must be lower when you cannot get in the daily cardio. I know that the first few days after the injury the weight gain was water as the leg was badly swollen. Once the swelling went down, there was still one pound hanging around simply because I was eating between 1300 - 1400 calories a day while sitting with my leg up! Not a wise idea! It is off now and hopefully I've learned a lesson! AGAIN!
I have a wonderful inspiration across the street from me. My neighbor is 70 years old, an RN still working full time. She developed Shingles which almost completely incapacitated her. Pain medication has not been helping. No matter how she felt, each morning she would walk her big dog at least a mile and then back. We are talking two miles each morning, leading a big dog, in extreme pain. DH offered to walk the dog, but she said, "I have to keep moving! At my age, if I slack off I may never get started again and people are depending on me!" She will allow someone to clean for her, go to the store, etc. but insists on that daily walk!
I learned a frightening lesson about keeping the weight under control the weekend I hurt my leg. My nephew and family were here and they wanted to go out to my DD's house. She has steep steps going into the house. I laughingly asked him if he could carry 200 pounds up the steps to get me in. He told me, "I do it every day I work!" Then he winked and made me feel good when he said, 'In your case, I'd just throw your skinny butt over my shoulder and the only problem would be if your SIL locked the door and didn't let me in!"
My nephew is a "first responder" for a fire department. He said most of those calls are from someone who is so heavy they cannot get out of the tub or up off the toilet. What a frightening thought! To be so heavy that if you went down, you could not get yourself up. He said it was rarely anyone who had a serious injury or anyone who had fallen. It was simply the matter of too much weight! Scary! Hold the cheese on that hamburger! LOL!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
As many of you know, I hurt my leg badly two weeks ago and have been spending the majority of my time in a recliner with my leg up, wrapped in ice! Not exactly what I planned for my golden years! LOL! Recliner is good. Leg up is good. Ice - as in Iced Tea - is good. Leg wrapped in ice - not good!
I just finished looking at all my Spark Goodies and the loving messages. I must admit there are tears in my eyes. Your love and caring has really touched me.
The leg is slowly healing. Not fast enough for DH and I as he has to play taxi for every place I need to go.
I just want to say a heart felt thank you to all my dear friends for your comments and the goodies! Hopefully, I'll be back soon to posting on a more regualr basis!
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Hello Spark Friends! I'm still not back full time, reading the articles, posting on all my teams, taking polls etc. I fell the first Friday of my Spark Break and really hurt my left knee and thigh. Since I am a youngster, it may take awhile before I'm back getting much cardio in. Meanwhile, my DH is looking for a full Hockey Goalies uniform, complete with helmet and face mask, for me to wear if I insist on walking on the sidewalks and continue doing stress tests on the cement! I did mention that the ice skate's the goalie wears wouldn't do well on sidewalks. No problem - steel toed, high topped boots like we wore when working at the mines!
I learned a great lesson the weekend I injured myself. I took the afternoon off work to get some much needed housework and baking done. I had worked that morning and was walking down to the barbershop to meet my husband when suddenly my body decided to test the cement and turn me into a rug! When we got home, DH put away the butter I had softening for cookies away and I sat in the chair with my leg up. When the family arrived on Saturday morning, the house was dusty, there was nothing for them to snack on, no lunch prepared. Was there a frown? NO! My nephew started laughing the minute he saw me and called for his wife to get a picture of his Aunt Donna with a fat leg! DH ran to the bakery for a mid morning snack and back to McDonald's for lunch. The family went to the wedding and brought me back a food tray. The next morning, the men helped me into the truck and we went to a local restaurant for breakfast. They enjoyed themselves, I was not stressed from trying to have everything perfect and it was a wonderful weekend - ice packs and all!
It has been a strange time for me. Suddenly, my theme song is "if it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all!' In the midst of printing out spread sheets and reports, my printer and my computer decided the didn't want to play together any more! Talk about major stress! I would email the company - they would send directions. It wouldn't work. My phone would ring, "When can I expect the preliminary report?" This Monday while I was at work, DH went to Radio Shack and asked for an inexpensive printer. Another guy came in and said he needed one for the same reason we do. Once I was back in action, I got the giggles over the strangeness of the entire thing.
I email a company and tell them my printer will not communicate with my computer. They send me a detailed email back on steps to take to correct the problem. The very first thing the instructions say is, "NOTE! Print these instructions out as your computer will turn off and on while doing the following steps!" The other guy in Radio Shack said he got the exact same message! Once we started laughing at the canned responses the so-called computer techs send out, it eased the stress! PLUS - helped the guy out who owns the local Radio Shack!
I think the moral of my rambling here is "don't sweat the small stuff - and it's all small stuff!" The family still loves me without home baked goodies, a fancy lunch, a fancy breakfast. Laughing about the foibles of the computer industry doesn't make as many wrinkles as throwing a little temper tantrum they can't hear. It works almost as well as a Dark Chocolate Snicker - which is the first thing DH bought when I fell and hurt myself! Dark Chocolate and a Diet Pepsi don't show on our nutrition plan, but they sure do cure what ails you! LOL!
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Hi friends! Sorry if I seem to have suddenly disappeared. I know this is really worrisome for one of my teams where we had a co-leader just vanish without a word!
As many of you know, I do contract researh work. I recently contracted to do an in-depth title search on five ranches. This is a full time job in itself. Suddenly, the little ones are coming int too and I'm overloaded - working late into the night.
To top it off, we are still in the remodeling mess here! I'll check in on the boards when I get a minute, but with this dial up computer, I will be flying!
Keep the home fires burning, drink your water, Move it to Lose it! I'll do the same!
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