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Good Doctor Visit

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I spent Tuesday driving the 3 hours from Devils Lake to Fargo to see a cardiologist about the results of the stress test I had 2 weeks ago. My friend (and primary doctor) told me the results were not completely "normal", so he wanted me to see a specialist.
After reviewing the report, asking all kinds of questions about my activity level and any symptoms (which I DO NOT have), listening to my heart, and checking pulses everywhere, he told me the good news.
He said that although there is a slight reduction in the blood flow to a small area low in my heart, the stints in my coronary arteries are doing just fine, and my heart is functioning at a good level. He said as far as he was concerned, I should have the knee surgery and keep up the activity level I am at.
Then I stopped at my friend's clinic just for a visit and during that one he checked my records and took me off one more of my medications!!! MORE GOOD NEWS!!!!!!
I will have the rest of my pre-op physical in about 2 weeks and then it is onward to the new knee in June!!!!

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RIVERWRITER 5/7/2011 4:41PM

    Great news! As someone who has two knee replacements, I say go get it done. The recovery isn't fun, but I'm back to walking my beloved trails again with no knee pain whatsoever! Do all the PT you can after surgery to speed the recovery. I wish you best of luck and Godspeed on your surgery.

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YJNANA 5/6/2011 7:08PM

    Thats exciting Gregg. Fargo, that is where Vicki and Mike visit.
Sounds like your body is liking the workouts :)
Way to go

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NWFL59 5/5/2011 10:10PM

    Greg that is terrific news. Congrats emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 5/5/2011 3:33PM

    Such good news! I am happy for you. Off another medication? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRDPOLING 5/5/2011 2:32PM

    Bionic Man coming in June!

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DIDMIS 5/5/2011 10:42AM

    Greg I am so happy for you. When I lost weight my medications were reduced and some stopped. I did write a small blog today though about a problem titled "Maybe you can help me"
I see the eye doc today and my internist next week so looks like we are keeping busy with the doctors or else keeping the doctor's busy.

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TMW54812 5/5/2011 9:49AM

    Hi Greg,
great news on all fronts. I will keep you in my prayers through the surgery and your recovery back to normal activity level.


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ANDYINBC 5/5/2011 8:43AM

    Fantastic news! The rewards of your fitness regime keep growing!

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MEGA_MILES 5/5/2011 8:27AM

    Great news Gregg!!! Your an amazing example for all of us.

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LOSTLIME 5/5/2011 8:09AM

    I am so happy that you had good news! Keep up the good work!
Just shows that if you take care of your body the better you will feel. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JULIA_211 5/5/2011 6:46AM

    I am very happy to hear your good news! You work hard at taking care of yourself and it's paying off. emoticon emoticon Keep doing what you're doing! emoticon

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An act of love

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Yesterday I was on the receiving end of a random act of kindness!!
I got a phone call at work from a lady whose name I did not know (that happens often, since I have a bad memory for names). When I answered the phone she said, "you don't know me and I don't know you. I was talking with the pastor's wife and asked her if she knew of anyone who might be alone at Easter, and she gave me your name. My husband and I were wondering if you would like to join us for dinner on Easter Sunday".
What a wonderful act of Christian love!!!!!!
Needless to say, I accepted the invitation. I have to meet and thank this thoughtful couple in person.

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DAVEINSEOUL 5/3/2011 10:59PM

    Great act of kindness. I hope you enjoyed your time together.

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MRDPOLING 4/29/2011 2:05AM

    How very sweet!

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JULIA_211 4/24/2011 7:14AM

    What a beautiful gesture. Have a blessed Easter, emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 4/23/2011 3:48PM

    What a wonderful idea!

Even with a family, many of us are alone at Easter and other holidays.

Wednesday I and three wonderful friends took the bull by the horns and are now all going to an Easter Brunch together! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 4/23/2011 2:30PM

    emoticon Enjoy dinner with this kind couple.

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ANDYINBC 4/23/2011 12:34PM

    Enjoy your Easter Gregg, hope it is filled with all the blessings you deserve and then some.

Just wondering, are you bringing fudge?

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MEGA_MILES 4/23/2011 9:26AM

    Congratulations Gregg. Enjoy your visit.

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Good day at therapy

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I saw the physical therapist today for more work on getting movement in my knee before my replacement surgery. She checked my range of motion and said, "your doctor is going to love you".
I have gone from 80 degrees to 115 in just over 3 weeks. The doctor wanted me to get to at least 100 before the surgery.
I told the therapist that my knee really hurts and she gave me a little laugh and told me she doesn't have to say it to many of her patients, but I'm an exception. "Back off a little", was all she said.
Then she told me to ease up on the intensity of the exercises I am doing, continue them until the surgery, and to come back (about) once a week for some pain management treatments.
Now I know I am really ready to get the joint replaced. All I have to do is take it easy until June 17.

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YJNANA 6/5/2011 7:53PM

    What kind of movements are you doing?
I was told I have degenerative knees, I was afraid to say Whats up with That? Are you doing exercise from a Physical Therapist??

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RAINBOWMF 4/22/2011 9:23AM

    You are really something!
Good going.
Where did you find all the motivation you have?

Hugs Mary

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JULIA_211 4/22/2011 4:45AM

    Congratulations on your improvement! emoticon Sounds like you're ready and raring to go! emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 4/21/2011 11:42PM

    You are a role model for people facing knee replacements. Great work!

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MEGA_MILES 4/21/2011 10:51PM

    You are the MAN!! Congrats on showing them what a SparkPerson Is. Yeah!!

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NWFL59 4/21/2011 10:48PM

    Your preparation sound like it going well and you'll come through the surgery and recovery swimingly. WooHoo emoticon

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ELYMWX 4/21/2011 10:47PM

    Good job, Gregg!

Take it easy, but not *too* easy :-)

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Two months to the new knee!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Last week I got the date for my knee replacements scheduled. I will be having it done on June 17. That is a longer wait than I wanted, but that was the first opening my surgeon had.
While I wait, I will continue with the pre-op therapy he has me on and work out as much as possible. I want to be as ready for rehab as possible so I will be able to be more active for at least part of the summer.
The pain is too bad to walk much at all, but I can ride my recumbent bike indoors and will be on my new Trek outside as soon as the weather permits. I will do 2 things by riding my bike more - Keep my physical activity level as high as possible and save some money on gas in the car. I live a short distance (about 2.5 miles) from work, so I can ride the bike most days. I also plan to use the bike for short trips around town instead of driving.
So........I wait, deal with the pain as best I can, stay as active as possible, and follow all the instructions of the Dr. and therapist.

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YJNANA 5/1/2011 9:19PM

    Wow, Good advice from Scott. So many people I hear from having this done. Your a firecracker, your going to blow all the medical team away. I know they wish more patience had your attitude :)

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KALISWALKER 4/19/2011 7:10PM

    emoticonon losing 1/2 your body weight! You have worked so hard and the payoff is huge.

Good to hear the new hip will be soon.

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WATERMELLEN 4/18/2011 8:46PM

    I have no doubt you'll be ready and keep as fit as possible while you wait!!

And: thanks for your kind comments on my "up two" blog: much appreciated!!

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MSWEEZER 4/17/2011 7:55PM

    Sounds like a great plan indeed.

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RAINBOWMF 4/17/2011 7:01PM

    You will be ready!
I love Scott's blog to you.

Sorry you have such a long wait. I am confused why
walking hurts but riding the bike does not, you would think
peddling the bike would aggravate the knee.

I will go look at knee stuff after I post this, so I will have a better understanding.

Hugs Mary

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NWFL59 4/17/2011 12:23PM

    Great plan, keep up the spirits and look forward to exercising with the knee replacement soon.

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ELYMWX 4/17/2011 11:42AM

    Hope all goes well for you Gregg!

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MRDPOLING 4/17/2011 9:49AM

    Mom had her knew replaced last year! It really gave her a leg up on things. (Sorry, couldn't resist the pun)

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REDSHOES2011 4/17/2011 8:27AM

    emoticonHang in there and keep positive..

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SCOTTK3000 4/17/2011 8:23AM

    All Right!!!That is awesome!! You are setting yourself up for a very successful surgery and recovery by being prepared and exercising/ biking and doing all the pre-op stuff!

I had my knee replacement on March 11. When I first saw my surgeon to meet him back in the summer of last year I was 30 pounds heavier, high cholesterol, glucose level, very tired all the time. I changed that all in Sept when I made the healthy transition with food and bought my bike- also a Trek! Gained energy, started loosing weight, strengthened my knees/legs considerably, and all the stretching makes me much more flexible.When I saw the surgeon a few weeks before surgery he was very excited for me saying that I will make a huge difference in everything, and that's all Ive heard from everyone, PT's nurses, docs, since the day after my surgery is what a difference that lifestyle change made! in the waiting room for my surgery I was stretching and saying that I wanted to be in the best shape I could when I woke up from anesthesia.

This Blog is just like the ones i was posting in the month or so prior to surgery. You can check them out at my page. My whole theme was "I will be ready!"

I'm so excited to read this! I'm glad to have a common perspective with you! I look forward to your updates, and let me know if you have any questions.

I can tell you one thing, I did screw up a bit last week, though i had permission to ride my bike on slow short rides, I did fall when I unexpectedly stopped short and tried to get off, banging my knee. All's fine but I did have a lot of swelling and stiffness/pain as a result. its back to normal now. so my advise is when you are feeling great after, don't push it and take it slow! Though you will most likely heal quick and want to get back to everything it will take a bit of time, but I bet the weather will help. The warmer days for me right now are better that the rainy days. I've had a few times where I began pushing it a little too much, and had to slow it back down. The support of spark friends encouraging that has been great. It will be more important to be doing the knee exercises and all the stretching/gradually increasing activity level, naturally easing into doing more and more.

The docs are going to love your attitude, it's not what they are used to and you going to do great! I'll be rooting for you for sure!!

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JULIA_211 4/17/2011 7:59AM

    I admire your dedication and positivity. All your hard work will pay off. I will be one of your many spark friends who will be right there in the waiting room (in spirit) on June 17th. emoticon emoticon

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MEGA_MILES 4/17/2011 7:58AM

    Sounds like a great plan Greg.

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Chocolate Everywhere!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Our local Lion's club hosts a fundraising event each year in a private meeting room in the former city library, which is a designated historic building. The event is called "Lions at the Library" and features a different catagory of food and drink each year. This year, in honor of Valentines day, we had a Chocolate and Champagne night.
The event included a wide range of homemade ( by the club members) chocolate and sweet "treats" served buffet style, and a number of different champagnes. There was even a chocolate fountain with fruit and salty snacks to dip. Each person who attended received a boxed recipe book of all the food served.
We also had a silent auction, door prizes, and a trivia game with theme questions about chocolate, champagne, famous lovers, and (of course) the Lions clubs.
The other entertainment was live entertainment by a local high school student who is an incredible musician. In fact, he is one af a number of students from around the country who will be performing at Carnige Hall next week!!! He treated us to wonderful violin music.
The room was filled to capacity and I would call it a success for our club's efforts to raise money for our charities!!!
As for me, I did pretty well at taking only a very few "samples" of all that sweet stuff. I did have MUCH more than is normal for me, but did my best to keep control. Since I don't drink alcohol, that was no problem.
Now it is back to the weights, treadmill, and recumbent bike, and healthy eating!!!!!! I guess once a year is something I can live with.

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KALISWALKER 2/23/2011 3:25PM

    That is a great fun raiser idea. We are looking for a Rotary idea.

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JRNYFAN 2/19/2011 4:43AM

No kidding.. chocolate everywhere..
Thanks for the advice on my blog...
You're doing great - even if you had a few samples!
Take care!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/16/2011 8:40AM

    Champagne and chocolate, you didn't send me an invite. Wouldnt have missed that. Sounds like a great event. My dad lives right outside of Rochester, are you close to that?

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RONNIEHUEY 2/14/2011 11:43AM

    Happy Hearts Day! emoticon

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MUEHLBBO 2/13/2011 5:17PM

    I had thw run-in with chocolate as a fundraiser this week also. The junior class is selling chocolates. When I was asked, I bought a couple of boxes and immediately opened them and shared with my students. They didn't empty the boxes, but made a good dent in them.

Glad your event went well and you did well at it also.

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MRDPOLING 2/13/2011 7:52AM

    Makes me think of Willy Wonka's candy room! hehe!

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BABYNURSE2000 2/12/2011 1:15PM

    THAT must have been very difficult! Wowzie!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 2/12/2011 9:42AM

    Good job on all accounts. - Many years ago I worked overseas with an eye care program and the work we did (fighting blindness) benefitted a lot from funds raised by the Lions club

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RAINBOWMF 2/12/2011 9:38AM

    Glad all was a success.
You went out and had a good time
around all that chocolate and kept your
I am proud of you. Then again I knew you would.

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MEGA_MILES 2/12/2011 9:14AM

    Congrats Gregg on the fund raiser and keeping control. Way to go!

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MOMONTHERUN1 2/12/2011 8:58AM

    Way to keep things under control!

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WATERMELLEN 2/12/2011 8:54AM

    Mmmmmm. Chocolate!! (especially: dark chocolate). I can resist anything but temptation -- but Beck is helping me with that one, too!!

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LADYANDREA2012 2/12/2011 8:53AM

    emoticon Good Morning friend!!!

emoticon emoticon Good for you for going to the activity, sponsor it and be in charge of your mindful decisions of taking only a few bites!!!! Way to go!!!! Your mindful actions, proves us that life can be done and not over do it, and then go back to healthy goals and not give up on everything!!! I admire you and have you as a model to follow. You are an inspiration!!!!! Keep it up!!!!

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