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Winter, knee, LPN state boards

Friday, March 02, 2012

Hi All,

I live in PA, where several groundhogs determine whether or not we'll get six more weeks of winter. Ok, they don't really, but they do play an important part of 2 February. The temp has been up and down all winter; overall it's been plenty warm, for winter. Today it got up around 50 degrees, and will start a downward trend, until Monday's high is expected to be 39 degrees. Yep, the groundhogs were right - six more weeks of winter. LOL

Today I walked around the grocery store instead of riding - wasn't toooo bad; but after I put groceries away, I iced my knee. Still, I'm glad I did it. Little by little (baby step by baby step) my knee is getting better. I'm planning to spend up to 10 minutes on the treadmill, at the lowest speed and zero incline. That will be the first time on a treadmill since November. My neighborhood is too hilly to walk outdoors, even if it weren't too chilly/cold.

Tuesday morning my youngest called me, crying so hard I couldn't understand a word she said. As I got her somewhat calmed down, it came out that she's just finished her state boards (for LPN) and was convinced that she'd failed it......after all, the computer shut off after just 85 questions. I talked with her, reminding her that she's very smart, and I think she'd done better than she thought. I prayed with her before we hung up. I don't think she was convinced.

Her older sister (an RN in another state) called us and told us that the machine will shut down as soon as it figures out that you passed or failed. She believed her sister passed, and explained how HER state boards had worked.

Thursday afternoon we got another call from the youngest....she HAD passed. : ) Obviously 85 questions (out of almost 300) were all that DD needed to pass.

Finally, if you read my blog "God is GOOD", you'll realize I'd gained quite a bit of weight over that past year. I now weigh almost exactly the same as the most I ever have. BUT! My DH is helping me not snack ("don't buy that - it's a snack and snacks are no-no's") and I plan to start exercising. I'm also trying to get completely, permanently past the "all or nothing" mindset, and accept the fact that it's going to take time, maybe lots of time, before I get down to where I want to be. Re: snacking - I'm trying to work out healthy snacks, since evening snacking is going to be hard to stop altogether.

Thank you for your encouragement and good thoughts towards me. It makes a HUGE difference in my every day outlook.

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TRESSWANN 3/4/2012 5:15PM

    Things are getting better. The new computer tests take years off your life. I have taken certification exams in NY and nursing and a few other exams are like that. With mine, the results are available within 30 seconds. It's a long 30. I usually walk out of the testing room in tears and the proctors always say why? You passed! I see that on the screen and I just lose it. Too much pressure.
You will do this. Things will change.

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    You WILL get well, and things are going to improve quickly or you when you do! emoticonI'm really glad your attitude is upbeat about it! emoticon

And that is WONDERFUL for your dear daughter! Poor thing! Thought she had failed with 85 questions, and she didn't! They should have told her right then! emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/3/2012 12:39PM

    Sorry dh won't let you get on the treadmill yet, I know you must have ants in your pants to get some exercise, but I'm also glad he's looking out for you. He sounds like a wonderful support system. What a guy! I'm so happy he's helping you with the snacking! It's taken me what feels like forever to figure out what moderation means and how to make it easier, so you're not alone in the all or nothing boat:)
Congrats to your dd for passing the boards! Poor girl, that must have been scary. I hope she's proud of herself for doing so well.

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SNUGLBUNIE 3/3/2012 9:59AM

    Congratulations to your daughter Nancy.

One step at a time is the way to go. I know you can do this and I'm so happy your DH is behind you and supporting you. You will find the balance that you need and move on. I'm happy you are taking baby steps and that your knee is getting better. Don't overdo it on the treadmill :)

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CANDOK1260 3/3/2012 6:03AM

    BOY I FEEL FOR YOU DOCTOR HSVINTG THE MACHINCE JUST CUT OFF MUST AS DROVE HER NUTS. nyway i hope your knee get stronger everyday.

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PURPLELVR7 3/2/2012 9:59PM

    congrats to your DD for passing the tests, regarding your weight emoticon

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POETLKNG2LOSE 3/2/2012 8:44PM

    Congratulations to your daughter for passing. And you have a great husband for supporting you. I too like snacks at night; but have to watch what i eat. Don't give up on your journey. You can do it! My daughter is having a hard time of it too at times. Some days she can't exercise the way she wants too. Pray for her as she had a biopsy yesterday on her problem. The stitches really hurt at times. Won't know the results till next Thursday.

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GOATS03 3/2/2012 8:41PM

    You are doing great Nancy, I'm so happy for you. Yes, baby steps it is and you will get there! I love your positiveness, you CAN be in control of your snacks and you will. Bless your hubby for supporting you and being there for you.

Congratulations to your daughter for passing the board. You have a wonderful family.

You go girl! You can do it!

Have a great healthy weekend!


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DAYHIKER 3/2/2012 8:07PM

    Congratulations to your daughter for passing her boards and to you and your hubby for raising two smart daughters!

How nice of your husband to be so supportive--that will help quite a bit! And your knee healing and being able to be more active will help too. Your head is in a good place now too!

emoticon Cindy

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FROSTY99 3/2/2012 7:25PM

    emoticon to your daughter for passing her boards. Great job.
emoticon one step at a time. My dr was thrilled that I was making life changes instead of dieting-I think that is how we have to look at it and over time we will get to where we want-I don't want to be skinny-just healthy!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

We did it! We traded in the convertible and brought home a Mazda3 for our running-around car. Little Blue has until the end of the month when her state inspection runs out.

My knee is healing, I think. I say "I think" because while I can take the stairs in a normal fashion (but slower), I still have a good bit of discomfort and sometimes pain. I'll be talking with the dr about that when I go back in a couple of weeks.

I went from two crutches to one to a cane, and now I don't even use that. Not too shabby for 3-1/2 weeks from surgery.

Our weather has been warm (up to 60 a few days) but that changes today as the cold front comes through. The high tomorrow is expected to be a more normal 42 degrees. Brrr! After enjoying those abnormally warmer days, the next few days will be hard to take. emoticon But it won't be long until Spring, so I guess I can manage.

I hope each of you has a wonderful weekend.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/1/2012 9:09AM

    Sounds great....... hope you dotn overdo it. The bones need from 6 to 8 weeks to get STRONG bone. Dont over do it, becasue I had a friend that tried to do much and she rebroke a bone in her hip. Not fun! But it dos the bones good to keep moving! Congrats on the new car! I have never had a Mazda but I hear they are just as good as any other car made in Japan. (I have a Toyota, Yaris and love it; saves a lot on gas too. I buy half the amount I used to. ) I just wish the GM and Chevy made a car thats as good as those made by the Japanese! I woudl go back to buying a Chevy! susana

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/27/2012 9:35PM

    Congrats on the car andyour grandson's fantastic record!
I'm sending your knee a big hug!
We're having a very cold spell, they're so hard to take but yay for the end.
Have a nice week, Nancy!

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CONTENTCHRIS 2/25/2012 2:08PM

    knees grr such a bother! I too look forward to spring!

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PURPLELVR7 2/24/2012 9:43PM

    Sounds like a great day

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FROSTY99 2/24/2012 9:08PM

    emoticon Hope you enjoy the new car.
Great to hear you are making progress.


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NEWNAC304 2/24/2012 4:36PM

    I hope you enjoy your new car as much as you did Little Blue.

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    HURRAY for all this news! That is great about the car, but even BETTER is the speed at which you are HEALING!!! What a blessing! I'll have to catch up with everyone on Monday! We're leaving for Kali's for the weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Little Blue Died - Sort of

Friday, February 17, 2012

Way back when, we bought a 1990 Grand Am - she had to be named Little Blue - no other name would do. Blue had 7 miles on her when we got her, and we put 4 of those miles on test driving, so yeah, she was brand new.

Blue had seen us to and from work and stores, and elsewhere, including a move from the South to Pennsylvania - she's been our run-around car; and has almost 198K miles under her engine.

A few years ago we stopped putting money into her looks, but kept up her mechanics. Consequently, Little Blue's clear coat started peeling off; then she began to develop those ugly rust spots.

A few months ago we decided that Blue deserved to retire, but we wanted one last winter from her. Alas, it's not to be. Our mechanic told us a few days ago that Little Blue won't pass state inspection without hundreds of dollars of work. emoticon That's money we're not willing to put into the old gal. So DH and I have started looking at economical compact cars to replace her. emoticon

I'd say 22 years is respectable amount of time to expect a city-driving car to last, wouldn't you? So I'll wipe away my tears and put a brave face on for when Little Blue actually departs our property. emoticon

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JCDROLSHAGEN 2/20/2012 8:42PM

    Sounds like you got your moneys worth from her. You'll get used to your new vehicle fast, I'm sure. emoticon

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PURPLELVR7 2/17/2012 10:00PM

    22 years -- that is emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/17/2012 8:34PM

    LOL! I like your perspective on "economical compact cars to replace her" emoticon

Sorry you're losing your beloved old reliable. I hope you find something just as special!

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TRESSWANN 2/17/2012 6:55PM

    Wow, that's awesome

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    Awwww! Poor Little Blue! I'll bet a new car will erase your grief real quick, though! emoticon

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Wed night 2/8/12

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I went back to the dr today to have the stitches removed. He showed me pictures he took of the inside of my knee - interesting. I found out that arthritis looks like you took a cotton ball and pulled and pulled it out until it was a fringe. I also got to see the flap that he removed (that had been torn from my meniscus.

My dr is pleased with my progress, but some swelling remains, so he wants me to continue the ice packs awhile longer. Also, there were a couple of other 'instructions' and I'm to go back in a month for another 'review' of it.

I'm using a single crutch, but not even that for much longer. I can straighten my leg completely, and bend it quite a ways, but not nearly far enough due to the swelling.

Bottom line: I'm healing nicely and can do so much more than I could a week ago, and I'm so pleased.

Thank you for praying for my healing, and for sending good thoughts and wishes my way.

My second grader grandson is singularly unimpressed with the fact that I have two little (healing) holes in my knee. His comment: "My Dad has two screws in his leg." Well, he's right. A few months before the little guy was born, my s-i-l flew over the handlebars of his mountain bike and broke his femur. But Tyler put me in my place. LOL

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TRESSWANN 2/9/2012 8:12PM

    Good news. Keep on healing

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/9/2012 10:21AM

    Lol! Kids are good for telling us precisely how things are.
How wonderful that you're healing so well! Thats a testament to all your work taki g care of yourself before the surgery I think.
Thank you for your support, caring, and prayers, Nancy, your friendship means a lot to me.

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PURPLELVR7 2/9/2012 7:44AM

    glad to hear you are doing so well
take care of yourself

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GOATS03 2/8/2012 7:47PM

    WOW..I missed your recent blog about your surgery as well Nancy as I was on holidays too.

I'm so happy to hear that everything went well and that you are recovering quite nicely. What an awesome Dr. to take the time to show pictures of the inside..it makes it so much clearer now eh? I will pray that you keep healing. I love your positiveness...I always believe that helps us to heal faster.

Thanks for your message on my Spark Page.

Hugs my friend

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    I'm so glad you're healing well and listening to the doctor! You're going to be back to normal in no time! emoticon

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Post Surgery

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Just a short note: I came through arthroscopic knee surgery (yesterday) just fine. The dr cut out the flap of my torn meniscus (larger than he first thought it would be), and scrapped out some arthritic stuff. I'm following his orders, and doing well.

My DH and dog are sleeping on the main floor with me so I won't be lonely. DH is waiting on my hand and foot. He's a real sweetheart and I've been telling him so.

I'm back on SP, slower at first, but will regain strength, etc and be able to fulfill my team co-leader duties in the days ahead.

Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts towards me.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 2/8/2012 4:21PM

    Glad you got through surgery all right and happy to hear that your husband loves you enough to take care of you like that. Never take him for granted

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CANDOK1260 2/4/2012 2:46PM

    so happy you got through surgery well

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TRESSWANN 2/2/2012 8:07PM

    get better soon. don't over do it.

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CALIPIDGIOUS 2/2/2012 9:41AM

    Hoping you feel 100% soon! emoticon

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    WONDERFUL NEWS!!! And isn't it such a GIFT to have a husband like that?! emoticonMine is the very same way! emoticon

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PMFISH 2/1/2012 8:52PM

    Great news! Added bonus you have someone to take care of you. Hope this fixes the problem with your knees. When they don't work or are too painful it is no fun at all. Have a speed recovery!

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PURPLELVR7 2/1/2012 8:42PM

    so glad to hear things went well

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/1/2012 8:12PM

    Yay for pain pills, slippers and nice hubbies! You deserve it, so take it:-) let me know if theres anything I can help with as far as the team stuff. emoticon

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FROSTY99 2/1/2012 8:04PM

    Glad to hear you got thru surgery with flying colors. Yeah for DH-he sounds like a real peach. Glad he is there for you.


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HEALTHY4ME 2/1/2012 6:58PM

    Good going I had same surg. only when they got in there found out it wasn't my meniscus but bone on bone arthritis so they cleaned it up and on I went. The swelling will go down, the pain will lessen then get worse then all will be back to normal or hopefully better.
HUGS let hubby wait on you but do do the exercises!

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