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A Month Later.....

Monday, July 09, 2012

Well almost. Surgery was on June 11.

I thought I would provide an update. I have also come across a few blogs lately from those considering these kinds of procedures, or who have to have them, so this may help.

In no particular order....

Complications. I am apparently allergic to ibuprofen, and developed a lovely (but not itchy) rash. So I had to stop it, and in order to manage on Tylenol arthritis alone and not kill my liver, I am dealing with more pain and discomfort. And, the area of my foot and lower leg that I cannot get wet developed a lovely condition. Alcohol application and cortisone cream are keeping it under control.

Healing. I still have the pins in and am still wearing the walking boot--see picture on my page. But, the foot feels better, more normal. The bones are knitting for sure.

Activity. Ah, this is interesting. I arm cycle 20 minutes a day. I do upper body weights 3times a week, my own workout, no more workout videos. I do both of these in the basement and watch recorded shows, mostly extreme makeover.

And, I have started walking outside every day, about a half mile. Don't tell my surgeon! I use the cane for support and as a visual symbol to others to be careful near me. I go at a blazing two miles an hour! I am passed by bicycle riders, joggers, walkers, strollers, and little old ladies. Wait! I am a little old lady and am being passed by my peeps!

You have no idea how good this feels. My legs have that lovely ache of a workout that helped but did not create injury. And, this morning, I saw a fox trot out of the wood lot near my home, take a drink from a puddle left by a sprinkler, and then trot away. Priceless.

And, I am getting to my workplace at least once a week, with lifts from helpful colleagues. Today we stopped at a grocery store! How wonderful! I used a shopping cart as a walking aid and walked around! I bought some greek yogurt! I felt like a human being.

Guitar, working from home, and "serious reading" continue.

Now, just as I am feeling better, I go for more surgery next Monday. Not big, local anesthetic. I am having a trigger finger released and an arthritic node removed. Essential for keyboarding and guitar.

And in a couple of weeks I am having a tooth capped.

Whoo-hoo, bring it on! It is the summer of repair and restoration. All for the good!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HAPPYSOUL91 7/11/2012 10:47AM

    Love how you handled this surgery and kept yourself involved with your health

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WILDFLOWERMA 7/11/2012 12:04AM

    You are amazing - such positive energy, no matter the challenges. Wishing you speedy healing.

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MUSICNERD1993 7/10/2012 2:33PM

    I love that you still work out, go for walks, and practice despite any difficulties! I'm glad you're doing well. I look forward to your next update!


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MEDDYPEDDY 7/10/2012 12:28PM

    A very encouraging blog - thanks! I can feel your ambition all over the ocean and I really love that you report your progress and good moments!

Be well!

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ROCKMAN6797 7/10/2012 1:30AM

    It sounds like you are definitely on the road to recovery Bonita!
I love the fact that you are being a rebel and taking extended walks.
Continue healing and soon you will be the walking maven you were prior to the surgery!

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MEXGAL1 7/9/2012 10:12PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I have signed up to be notified of your blogs to read about your progress. So glad you are doing well.
Have a nice evening.

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JUNEAU2010 7/9/2012 9:33PM

    I love your wonderful attitude despite the current and looming difficulties!

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Book Review--Shrink Yourself by Roger Gould, M.D.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

This is the second of my four "serious reads" whilst recovering from my foot surgery. I found out about this one right here on Sparkpeople. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

Dr. Gould is a psychoanalyst. This form of therapy and the theory behind it are not my favorites--the cognitive-behavioral stuff just makes a lot more sense. And I was not entirely pleased by the double meaning title. Shrink as in both lose weight and get analyzed. Cute.

But, to be fair, emotional eating is likely, at least for some of us, pretty deeply rooted in early life experiences. So, I kept my prejudices in check and read it.

It turns out that for me some of the concepts make sense. Dr. Gould says we binge to put ourselves in a food trance so we do not have to face difficult emotions and situations. Fair enough.

He goes on to Identify some of the left over and inappropriate feelings from childhood that can cause emotional eating--feelings of powerlessness, self-doubt, frustration, lack of safety, rebellion, and emptiness. One of his interesting pieces is that he personifies our inner voice that keeps us eating emotionally as a character called Harriet. So far so good, I was able to identify some of those feelings in myself and I could relate to Harriet.

Dr. Gould then goes on to give a number of activities that can be used to address these leftover feelings. I assessed them to be too complex to do on one's own. I think this kind of change takes real in person therapy.

Dr. Gould also states he has a website where you can do the program on line.

Conclusion? Give it a read if this kind of thinking matches your worldview. You will likely get something out of it.

Technically, the font size is fine but the paper is of a poor quality.


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MEDDYPEDDY 7/10/2012 12:31PM

    And one of my names are Harriet... hmm

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MOSTMOM1 7/9/2012 8:54AM

    Hmm, I'm guessing I'd be on the same page as you. Thanks for sharing your review.

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/5/2012 10:48AM

    good review

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FEB_SHOWERS16 7/5/2012 9:58AM

    Sounds like something I could definitely benefit from as I have an extreme Binge Eating Disorder. Besides my binges, I'm incredibly healthy and eat right and practice moderation and exercise. But those binges get me... and I have no doubt their from childhood as that's when they began. Thanks for the review!

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PATRISNA 7/5/2012 8:25AM


I enjoyed reading your review. I hope your foot is healing well. Take care of yourself.


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ROCKMAN6797 7/5/2012 7:46AM

    Interesting sounds that one would have to go through some intense therapy in order to first be able to figure out why one emotionally ate and second how to overcome this feeling to stop emotional eating. Not really certain that a book or a website could help. Thanks for sharing your review of the book Bonita.

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The Fracture Clinic....

Friday, June 29, 2012

is a rather nice place. Soft lighting, nice and cool, comfortable seating, and LOTS of room in between the rows of seats. This is so nice for those of us with casts and crutches and canes and walking boots as we feel that we will not be tromped on or bumped into. And boy, everyone in that room, including mobile persons escorting the less mobile, get their feet out of the way when you walk by.

So I was in the fracture clinic yesterday. I was sent down the hall for an x-ray of my foot, and then had the bandage removed, stitches removed (ouchie!) an the foot rebandaged. I also had another fitting for a walking boot and got one that fits much better.

Verdict? I am healing as expected. The pins (I took pictures. I am not posting them. They stick out of my foot at weird angles. Think Frankenstein) stay in until July 26.

So, I was at first thrilled! Pain was reduced with the stitches out, and the boot feels much more secure for walking. The old bandage was pretty messy and I am glad to have it gone! I have halved my pain meds! All good, but then I thought, July 26, that is a long time, I can't drive, I can't walk outside, I can't treadmill....for four more weeks. Oh boy.

After a night's sleep, I regrouped. What to do? Continue to work at home, of course and start getting rides from colleagues so I can come in for important meetings. Starting that on Wednesday next week.

Continue with the arm cycling, and march carefully in place from a sitting position as much as I can, I now have a nice cushioning mat under the chair.

Strength training...hhhmmmm...I decided I like Coach Nicole's seated upper body workout. I think it is better than what I have been doing all along. But, in the basement, no computer, and the TV is an old analogue that wouldn't know YouTube if it ran smack into it.

Wait.......I have an iPad. and I have an iPhone that has lots of gigabytes and a hotspot link to the iPad (no wireless at home, just hard wiring). Experiment. Turn on iPad and connect it to iPhone. Try running video from the SparkPeople website. Worked!

So, starting on Monday (next scheduled strength training) I will take iPad and iPhone to basement and will do the video workout after the arm cycling.

Whoo-hoo! Stay positive Bonita, and keep coping!


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    I love your positive attitude! July 28 is coming faster than we know it, and you are keeping active even with a little of your wing clipped temporarily.
Also, I want to say thank you for encouraging me here at SparkPeople! It is wonderful to see your smiling face on the email encouraging me in these fitness minutes!
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MOSTMOM1 7/9/2012 8:52AM

    Hooray! Thank you, Steve Jobs, for making this workout possible.
Keep your chin up, Bonita. Hopefully these weeks will sail by. If not, crank faster?

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ROCKMAN6797 7/3/2012 8:29AM

    Now that's being innovating Bonita!
Glad to hear that you are healing nicely and also glad to read that you are following your doctor's instructions. You definitely don't want to do more that you should do. Patience is a virtue and having it will bring you tremendous rewards.
Keep getting better!


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RENIESSPARKIN 6/30/2012 8:54PM

    Wow You are one clever woman, Bonita. Where there's a will, there's a way. Right? I don't even have an iPad nor a iPhone, so I'd be sool. I'm so proud of you for coming up with a way to do what you need to do.

Keep working out and you'll be there before you know it.

Best of luck, and God bless,

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Arm Cycling, or Cranking!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I think I like cranking better....

So, my arm (and leg) cycle arrived yesterday, Amazon Canada is so reliable and it came a few days before expected.

It came in the early evening. I had been feeling very tired, after a full day of working from home, including a three hour teleconference where a survey was analyzed and my expertise was heavily depended on.'

But...doorbell, walk to door....package on porch (UPS delivers for Amazon Canada and only rings the bell and leaves the package), and I was energized.

So, with healing foot, and with the help of an ibuprofen (it was time for the med anyway :-)) I dragged the package into my house and onto my kitchen table.

I opened it.

I put the darn thing together, involving putting three pieces together with six screws and washers, using a key that was supplied. Only banged the knuckles on one hand once!

I got it down to my basement.

I located and accessed an unused bridge table that I was planning to set the cycle up on.

I set up and cleaned the table.

I put the cycle on the table.

Enough for one night!

This morning, I did fifteen minutes of arm cycling whilst watching TV. Whoo-hoo! Had to look it up on other sites to determine calories burned, it is not located in the Spark exercise library.

I also managed to do my usual upper body workout from a seated position, but had to use lighter dumbells. I will work up again.

Not bad for an almost 64 year old lady with a healing foot!

Much happier about my exercise program.

By the way, and this is weird, it still kind of feels to me that it is June 11, the day I had surgery. Hard to believe it is the 27th! Strange effect of the surgery. Has anyone else ever experienced this?


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MOSTMOM1 7/9/2012 8:50AM

    Fantastic! I love your positive attitude!

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GUITARWOMAN 6/28/2012 7:27AM

    Meddypeddy, I too can be a major victim of compulsive spending.....

I was careful, in that this piece of equipment came to $50 Canadian, with free shipping.....

I view it as a temporary device, but one that I may well need again. Like the assistive devices I and my spouse are collecting over various surgeries--crutches, canes, bath seats, raised toilt seats....sigh.....


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MEDDYPEDDY 6/28/2012 2:08AM

    Love the arm cycle and get very tempted to get one... but I have to many impulsively gotten thing that I used for a short time. A very good idea to keep moving in spite of the foot!

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GUITARWOMAN 6/27/2012 4:12PM

    Raul, I had to go on another site to figure that out. For my weight, I figure 15 minutes is 50 calories. I was looking for the suggestion box on sparkpeople to ask that arm cycling be added to the exercise list, but couldn't find it?

Do you know where it is?


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ROCKMAN6797 6/27/2012 1:31PM

    Good for you Bonita!
You are a shining example for all of us!
BTW, how many calories did you burn for your 15 minute session?
Continue recovering my friend!


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HAPPYSOUL91 6/27/2012 12:29PM

    emoticon great job on getting it together!

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GUITARWOMAN 6/27/2012 10:53AM

    Birthday is July 15. Which is less than a month from now, because it is not June 11 any more (although it sure feels like it!).

Fun activities are also happening, such as lunch dates with DH, and guitar. I am playing more, but can't get past 30 minutes a day because of finger. Which is having surgery on July 16. Which is less than a month from now. Although it sure doesn't feel like it. It's June 11, ya' know :-).

Also lots of recreational reading.


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DDOORN 6/27/2012 9:09AM

    Woo hoo to your Magnetrainer! :-)


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PUDLECRAZY 6/27/2012 8:55AM

    Woohooo, almost 64 year old friend! You are doing great. A lot of almost 64 year olds would still be laid flat from surgery. I think the arm cycler sounds perfect for staying in cardio shape while you are off your foot.

BTW, when is your birthday?

It isn't too unusual to be in a time warp after surgery. The anesthetics stay in your system for weeks, plus some of the effects of the painkillers. Even after you are off of them, there are some remaining in your system.

But I get that time warp just from the end of school, LOL!

It sounds like you are getting plenty of work time in, are you also getting some fun, Bonita time?

Comment edited on: 6/27/2012 8:55:58 AM

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MERETONI 6/27/2012 7:54AM

    A great idea! I was thinking about getting one for my desk at work, get some leg workout while sitting. I hope you foot heals soon!

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Book Review--Learned Optimism (How to Change Your Mind and Your Life) by Martin E.P.Seligman, Ph.D.

Monday, June 25, 2012

This is the first of four books I decided to read during my recovery from foot surgery.

The opinions are entirely my own!

This is one of the earlier works by Dr. Seligman, originally published in 1990. One of his later works (Authentic Happiness) is referenced in The Spark endnotes.

Dr. Seligman is one of the founders of Positive Psychology. As such, if you are a helping professional (like me) and were trained in the medical model of disease (like me) and are looking to get out of that quagmire, this will be quite a refreshing book.

Dr. Seligman first takes you through his journey in the development of his field. This is somewhat technical stuff and involves "rat psychology" at times, but it is of interest and shows some of the planned an serendipitous events that can lead to the development of a new field.. Hint. Don't read if you are against the use of animals in psychological experimentation.

Dr. Seligman then goes on to develop ideas of pessimism, optimism, rumination, explanatory style, and gives some basic quizzes to help you determine if you are an optimist or pessimist or somewhere in between. These quizzes can be unsettling, as he states if you achieve certain scores get help now. This is in relation to possible suicide.

Dr. Seligman presents results that have been validated and are reliable that indicate that optimists do better in life--work, family, health. What is even better, he does not adopt a rose colored glasses perspective and indicates how pessimism is useful in some areas of life. He states a style called flexible optimism is best.

Dr. Seligman devotes pages about assisting your children to develop optimism, including tests modified to help you assess their styles.

If you are any kind of performer, he discusses sports and both individual and team optimism. I am thinking this might be generalize to music performance--hey, this is GUITARWOMAN writing this.

finally, Dr. Seligman gives specific exercises on how to change your explanatory style to one of increased optimism, which makes sense. This is a cognitive model, borrowed from Ellis and Beck, dealing with managing beliefs between feelings and consequences.

I recommend this book if you are looking for a strength and positivism focused way of living a more meaningful and healthy life. He also has a website called Authentic Happiness operated through the University of Pennsylvania that has what appear to be limitless resources on Optimism including many quizzes and surveys you can take.

Proviso: The edition I bought from Vintage Books (paperback) has a very small font. It may be a challenge if you are an "older folk" like me. Buying this as an e-book may be of assistance as you can change the font to suit your needs.


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PATRISNA 7/5/2012 8:29AM

    Sounds interesting. Thanks for the reviews.

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/28/2012 2:20AM

    Thank you - I thought it sounded very interesting!

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PUDLECRAZY 6/27/2012 9:12AM

    Thank you for the book review. What other books are you reading this summer?

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DDOORN 6/26/2012 9:27AM

    Seligman's work is very important and filled with useful applications! Highly recommended!


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ROCKMAN6797 6/25/2012 7:21PM

    I like the term, flexible optimist. I think I fall in that category.

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