Monday, July 29, 2013
I haven't blogged in over a year but after this past weekend I felt the need to do so. Two days ago, Saturday, my arthritic knees were hurting so bad I could barely make it to the bathroom. I'd never had such intense pain and all I could think of was not being able to go to church on Sunday!
The pain actually started on Thursday night so I decided to take Friday "off." I'm retired so I decided to do no errands or anything strenuous on Friday. I just relaxed and stayed off my knees all day. Saturday morning and afternoon I did my usual errands and was back in the house by 4 pm but my knees had started hurting and I could hardly make it back inside. I don't drive so everything I do is by foot. By Saturday night I was in excruciating pain and the only meds I had was Advil. I took three, crawled into bed, prayed and fell asleep.
My husband came in and fixed us something to eat and sometime between 11 pm and midnight I realized my knees weren't hurting anymore! By Sunday morning they weren't hurting at all and didn't hurt all day! I couldn't believe it. I haven't been without pain for years and not only was I able to walk to church with no pain but I walked home too! Usually I would have begged a ride from someone.
Today, Monday, I just happen to have an orthopedic doctor's appointment and he told me my x-rays were extremely bad. Out of a 10, he said mine were a 7 and he couldn't explain why I wasn't having any pain right now. He said he'd seen it in patients before and said it could be a case of mine over matter, faith and belief (I liked that one) or even the weather! At any rate he's starting my treatments with physical therapy and when and if the pain returns, the treatments will become more aggressive. Now isn't that a miracle?
I think it's the power of prayer! God is Good!!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A poem by Sue Bryan
I know what I know.
If it doesn't feed me,
I can choose differently.
If it pains me,
I can walk away.
If it fills my heart with joy,
I can spend more time with it.
It is my life.
The choices are mine.
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Well, it's 2 months since I "renewed my vows" and to date, I've lost 12.5 lbs. It's a slow go but I'm doing it and right about now I'm feeling empowered!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Well, here I sit on this New Year's Eve afternoon looking forward to a successful 2012! I've armed myself as if I'm going to war to battle this weight once and for all. My health is at risk and I can only pray that I have not waited too late to finally get serious...again.
Yes, I say again because I've been here so many times, determined, motivated and looking forward to a new lifestyle change. Sitting here now, I can't believe how anxious I feel about "renewing my vows." LOL, because that's what it is. Renewing my vows to put myself first for a change, to track and measure my food, to get a daily dose of exercise if only at 10 minute intervals, to drink my water, to keep bad fats out of the house and to continue to stay away from the really bad junk food (I've already eliminated sugary drinks and sweets from my diet) and my biggest culprit, to get my portions under control!
In addition to feeling anxious, I'm also excited and ready to get started. I already have a picture in my head of my success. I've set small attainable goals for myself this time and will celebrate each one. I've excepted that it's not going to happen overnight but I'm ready to settle down for the long haul to reach my personal goal!
Friday, August 05, 2011
August already and nothing's changed! It's been a miserably hot and humid summer and I have been feeling it...big time! My ankles, feet and toes have been swollen for the past month and I can barely wear any shoes. I haven't been able to wear my summer sandals at all this year. The only shoes I've been able to wear are Grasshopper sneakers. I have a white leather pair and a black leather pair that I wear to church with slacks. Because of the swelling, I can't remember the last time I've worn a skirt or dress!
I've had all sorts of tests done to determine the cause of the swelling. I've been tested by a cardiologist and a podiatrist for heart disease, diabetes and gout. At the end of the month I have an appointment with a vascular surgeon because my primary doctor said the problem could stem from poor circulation. While most of us get swelling in our ankles and feet in hot humid weather, my doctor and I both think that mine is the extreme especially since I also have pain in my feet and toes! As hot as it's been, my feet have the sensation of being cold but feel normal to the touch! I sleep with a pillow under my feet as one doctor suggested and the swelling is down slightly in the morning but by the time I start moving around my feet look as if someone has blown them up like a balloon!
I haven't really been following any particular weight loss plan for weeks but I have been checking in practically everyday to interface with my Spark friends. I enjoy doing so. I know that weight loss is mental as well as physical and I just haven't been mentally into losing weight. I can't seem to concentrate on what it takes to lose the weight. I'm a mess but I will continue to check in and cheer you on!
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