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Day 98: Past My BEDTIME--!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Running late 'cause I am so far behind. I've been working on catching up with the things I've let slide the past several days, so I did some housework today (but gently!), packed one tote (didn't move it, just packed it), and now have a dozen soups lined up in the freezer. I done good!

So it's past 11 and that's late for me. Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

  
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GRACEZN 4/8/2011 5:50PM

  What a beautiful picture! Wish I had a copy framed. emoticon

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DTOWNSEND1966 4/8/2011 5:03PM

    Good job! Thanks for not moving the tote!

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SUNNYWBL 4/8/2011 3:06PM

    Well done!

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JULIEANNCAN 4/8/2011 11:31AM

    I hope you had a good night's rest. emoticon

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REJ7777 4/7/2011 8:22PM

    I agree. You done good! emoticon

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Day 96, Part II: Better, MUCH Better!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

My stomach is iffy, tho I think the medication that's supposed to coat it (making it ibuprofen proof, lol) is helping. Even with it, my digestion just does not like IB.

BUT - it surely is making my back feel much, much better! I'm not hunched over, i can walk at a steady, albeit slow, gait, and I can sit down and stand up without it feeling like a major endeavor. I'll take it, lol!

I got chicken soup made this afternoon which will see us thru a couple days plus have some to freeze. Tomorrow is grocery day and... something else, but I forget. Good thing I generally write these things down.

Tomorrow starts the new 'strengthen your back' exercises. Meanwhile, I plan to catch up on some much-needed rest, so I'm calling it early.

Which means, goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

  
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ME_FIRST 4/9/2011 5:55PM

    Hi Casey. It's been a while, but I hope that you're well and that your back strengthening exercises make you strong and upright. I just bought a DVD of toning chair exercises. Can't wait for it to come in.

Love your Easter/Spring background wall. Yvonne

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CAROLIAN 4/7/2011 3:06PM

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DTOWNSEND1966 4/7/2011 2:26AM

    Fantastic news!

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ASPENHUGGER 4/7/2011 1:46AM

    I am so glad to hear that it's "just" muscular! Muscular you can work on, & fix. I would recommend finding a good massage therapist -- mine helps untangle the knots & ease the tight muscles. Great pain relief, & then I can walk again without groaning like an old lady.

Just remember: 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off with the heat. My arm & shoulder hurt so much Sunday night I forgot, & almost had 1st degree burns! emoticon

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DEBIGENE 4/6/2011 10:56PM

    I know back pain all to well as I suffer from severe siatica from time to time. So glad to hear you are on the mend. Get plenty of rest and use your heating pad.

oh and by the way - BOGOF - here across the pond means - Buy One Get One Free.

Take care of you hon sending hugs from Baltimore.

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AN804U 4/6/2011 10:26PM

    Glad the medicine is making your day a bit more manageable. Rest well.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/6/2011 9:00PM

    I'm so glad that you're seeing some improvement.
I'll keep you in my prayers.
Sheila

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/6/2011 6:51PM

    Always glad to see a friend's pain lessen (or better, disappear!) Rest well, friend Kasey! emoticon

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REJ7777 4/6/2011 6:43PM

    That sure is good news! It might be better not to take your meds on an empty stomach if they're hard to digest. That's what my pharmacist told me, anyway. Hope that things continue to get better and that you soon won't have to take the meds at all.

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BEGONIAC 4/6/2011 6:14PM

    I didn't realize you were suffering....so glad you're feeling better tho! emoticon
Hope you can take it easy and not push yourself! emoticon emoticon

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JULIEANNCAN 4/6/2011 6:10PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better and that the doctor said it was a muscular problem. Take good care of yourself. I love your picture tonight. :)

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LEANJEAN6 4/6/2011 5:55PM

    Happy to hear bout the back exercise--They will help---- Poor yu tho---so much going on in yer life----I must send you a big hug-Lynda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TURTLETALK 4/6/2011 5:47PM

    I hope you wake up tomorrow feeling even better. emoticon

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LECATES 4/6/2011 5:44PM

    So glad it is feeling better.

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DRB13_1 4/6/2011 5:32PM

    Here's to feeling better! Back pain is no joke, I can empathize.
By the way, loving your background pictures - very spring-y.

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Day 96, Part I: Another 2-fer Day

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

...as in 'two for the price of one.' I can't remember if two-fer is Yank-speak and BOGOF (bog-off) is Brit, or t'other way around. I don't lose the American accent, but after while the line blurs - in my own head, that is - between which idioms and slang belong where. Or something like that.

Doc has been and gone. Get a load of that: here, they still make housecalls. Please Lord don't let the planned NHS changes dismantle the system, as it's a true blessing (sometimes) not to have to struggle to get in the car and go there when they can accommodate and come here. Slight digression there, do forgive.

Point being, he is confident my back problems are muscular, not anything to do with the nervous system (as in sciatica) or spine (as in prolapsed disc or osteoporosis). Current recommendations are 1) Rx for super-strength ibuprofen which contains a super-strength stomach-protecting ingredient; and 2) gentle exercise. 'Old' think says bedrest on a hard surface. 'New' thinking says forget bedrest and (in most cases) forget hard surfaces, just keep moving, stay mobile, and work thru it.

Oh, and heat, not ice - ice might've helped back in January when I first had a problem, but after about 48-72 hours, heat is better.

I am much relieved, in mind if not (yet) in body, so I will not sit here in front of the computer for the next few days but will try to stay on my feet and keep slowly and gently in motion.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and healing prayers - it all works, ain't?

L8R

  
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BOBF15 4/7/2011 2:42PM

    emoticon and my segway into the heart of the matter.

Water, water, water... the enemy of our backs is gravity. Can't remove gravity. It takes its toll over time.

What we can do is lessen its impact, how? Water! Buoyancy relieves a lot of the weight, so water aerobics, jogging, walking, treading, floating, swimming, it is all good.

My health professional, I respect the most is my acupuncturist, and if he had his way, (teasingly) he would have everyong using a pool.

My wife has a degenerative disc, and they suggested surgery, instead she has opted for water therapy and is managing ok with that.

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DEBIGENE 4/6/2011 10:59PM

    House calls here are a thing of the past. Maybe it will come back someday, but I won't hold my breath waiting !!! Hope to hear you are doing better soon.

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SEAWAVE 4/6/2011 4:10PM

    Good news about your back! I wish our doctors made house calls here! It would have been convenient when I was really nauseous during chemo, and need my GP to repeat some prescriptions.

I sometimes get mixed up between Canadian and US idioms, or French and English sentence structure. As long as we all understand one another, I'm happy. I do find languages fascinating, though...

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ANTIQUETEENAGER 4/6/2011 3:55PM

    Sorry to hear that your back is giving you problems. Glad to hear that it's not as bad as you feared. As for the house calls, come down to London, I can't remember the last time I had a house call from a doctor.

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DTOWNSEND1966 4/6/2011 3:51PM

    LOL I know I've been here a while. I was thinking... of course doctors make housecalls. I'm glad you've got some advice and hope it all works.

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REJ7777 4/6/2011 1:23PM

    A doctor who makes house calls? WOW! emoticon
You must be glad to at least know what the problem is, and to have a plan of action. Move gently, but don't work TOO hard. Otherwise, your body will send you a "friendly reminder"!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/6/2011 10:30AM

    Wonderful news! Continue to take it easy - rest and relax.
I'm still sending healthy vibes your way!
Sheila

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YOGATIME 4/6/2011 9:27AM

    Great News Kasey! Isn't it a get out of jail free card when we find out the problem is not the worst? I am so glad you can move about and mend. Take it slow so you mend competely! God Bless and Create A Great DAY!

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BUGGYS 4/6/2011 7:55AM

    House calls...WOW! My vet makes house calls...wish my internist would!!! I suffered a muscle spasm in my back about 15 years ago and could move at all for at least a week...DH had to help me up and down from chairs and I couldn't even roll out of bed...horrible...but with rest and slowly moving to get around, it went away. I also started stretching every morning and evening and I swear that made all the difference. As we age, I think we forget to stretch...it helps!!! Glad to hear you are recovering...I know you won't be down for too long!

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DRB13_1 4/6/2011 6:30AM

    hope you are on the mend, and if there is a warm pool available, consider using that for therapy as well! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 4/6/2011 6:13AM

    emoticonHouse calls...now, that is a blast from the past! As a child, I remember being sick and lying on the couch waiting for the doctor to come. At the time, he was one of the last few doctors who would make house calls. I liked it because he would still give you a lollipop...mom liked it because she wouldn't have to drag all four of us to the doctor's office. Oh, the good old days...

Moving and slowly working through it seems like the opposite of what we tend to do when our bodies are in pain....his advice makes sense though. Take it easy and hopefully you will be able to work it all out.

Have a good day, Kasey! emoticon

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LECATES 4/6/2011 6:00AM

    oh, to have a doctor come to the home----that is a nice change and no germs to share with other patients. Glad he things it is muscular---just no heavy lifting---and if it hurts don't do it---LOL

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LEANJEAN6 4/6/2011 5:58AM

    Woo Woo!!! Yu are on the way to mending!! Good Dr. there to tell yu to keep moving---walk yer way thru it--and it works---- I used some back stretches too--- there are some good ones-- I used --Back Bridges but hanging over a ball would work-(looking at ceiling)--- Hey---- Yu will get over this! Yu are one determined person so yu will!!!---Finally its Spring here--nice!! Oh--ALL our Finches took off for parts unknown-maybe they went over there to yu--Ha Ha--Lynda emoticon

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Day 95: Behind, Behinder, Behindest...

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I don't think it gets more behind than that, lol.

When I worked at the bank, occasionally I would get a customer who had an existing checking account but wanted to open a new, second checking. Why? Because s/he would have the current one so tangled up that it seemed easier to start fresh, let the old one 'settle,' then just start over.

Sometimes (not often) I would almost feel like agreeing with them, but sooner or later I would tackle the account and work at the balance until I got it to the penny, regardless how long it took.

I know exactly how the bank customers felt with their overdrafts and bounced checks and unrecorded ATM withdrawals. My emailbox has a hundred unread messages and I owe scads of letters and notes and comments and whatEVer. I'm tempted to delete everything and start over, lol. I won't (too stubborn!) but it is awfully tempting.

Today started out fine, then the back kicked in, and the rest of the day has been more or less wasted. Convenience meals for supper (Himself never complains and always eats what I put in front of him, but let's face it, even the 'healthy' ones aren't necessarily good for us, just healthier than the standard fare). I gave in today and called the doctor. I'm seeing the GP tomorrow to see what sage advice he can give me. If it's a case of 'work thru the pain,' fair enough: as long as I know I'm not doing farther damage, I'll do that. If it's a case of tests, I'll grit my teeth and do that, much as I hate dealing with it all. Whatever it takes, because I am moving less and less.

No more about the back until either a) there's some news, or b) it's better. And those of you who are praying for me - THANK YOU! Because I believe it helps. In one way or another, it always helps.

Last but not least, re Nutty Joe: I was almost embarrassed about this, but - I had closed the curtain lining one night and the next morning, no Joe. So I did a leetle ex-peer-i-ment. Open the curtains: he's back in a minute. Close 'em, he's gone. My guess is that having the liner closed alters the reflection so he's not interested, because he continued to tap at the other windows on that side of the house. Suits me. As long as the little bugger ain't waking me up before the alarm goes off, he can happily crap all over the windowsills. I truly am a person who needs her rest, lol!

All right, that's it. No Beatleband tonight, I was running late and too far behind.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

  
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SEAWAVE 4/6/2011 3:59PM

    I hope your visit to the doctor's is productive, and that silencing the back pain is as simple as silencing the bird! Just don't give up!
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DTOWNSEND1966 4/6/2011 3:48PM

    You need to go see someone about your back. SOON!

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AN804U 4/6/2011 3:05AM

    I hope the doc can help with your back, and you can be back to your old self in no time. As far as the bird goes I say keep the curtain closed. If your anything like your daughter I can't imagine living with you sleep deprived is pleasant. LOL Above all else more sleep will help your body heal your back faster. emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/5/2011 11:49PM

    I'm sending healing vibes and prayers your way. I hope the doctor can offer a solution.
Sheila

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REJ7777 4/5/2011 10:13PM

    What a saga with Nutty Joe! Glad the closed curtain seems to discourage him.

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THIAGRAM 4/5/2011 9:45PM

  Sorry your back is bad. Ouch! I hope you find a way to get it better soon! I'll remember you in my prayers!

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JULIEANNCAN 4/5/2011 8:35PM

    I'm so sorry that your back is still hurting. I hope that the doctor can help.

I hear you on being behind. I'm sure you don't have to reply to *all* of the messages!

That's so funny about the bird. :) I'm glad he's not waking you up though.

I love your new page background. Take good care of yourself! emoticon

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WINE4GIRL 4/5/2011 7:43PM

    Ahhh, Kasey. Sorry the back is acting up. Let's hope you can close the curtain on that too after the doctor visit. Still praying for you!
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LECATES 4/5/2011 7:35PM

    LOL---glad you figured out a way to silence the bird---but sorry that the back is still giving you fits.

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DEBRITA01 4/5/2011 6:51PM

    Sorry you're not getting any relief from the back pain...hopefully the doctor will shed some light on what's going on. Better to go have it checked out...

Keep the curtains closed... the rain or a squirt with the hose will clear all of Joe's debris but, getting a good night's rest is well worth it!

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Day 94: S-L-O-W Day!

Monday, April 04, 2011

The back is better, but I'm taking it easy. The next time I go to the GP I think I'll ask him about a 'bone density' test or whatever. Tho there were plenty of old ladies in my family who've never gotten osteoporosis (lotta dairy farmers in my ancestry) my mother has had it for nearly forty years, so it occurs to me that a test might not be a bad idea. If nothing else, it will give me a baseline for comparison.

Kitchen clean-up day today, plus groceries. I have a leftover roast chicken from Sunday when we had company and I was planning to make soup with it today, but after doing the routine cleaning and getting groceries I figured I would take it easy. (Freezers are so convenient, lol - so I might freeze the left over chicken and make soup another time.) The book I mentioned the other day, written by an old friend from high school, arrived from Amazon so I've spent more time today reading than I usually do. Dovetailed nicely with resting my back, tho. (Insert grin here!)

Got a lot of short bits 'n' pieces cleared off the To-Do list, mostly having to do with filling in calendars, confirming appointments, sorting paperwork - the ongoing business of the household.

So that's essentially it. Oh, I sold my first item on eBay - for the grand sum of one pound! I figure wotthehell, they're paying postage and it's a pound more than I had yesterday. Somehow I don't see this as becoming a path to millions, but ya never know, right?

And with that (she said) I'm officially outta here. Beatleband then bedtime and a hotwater bottle for the back. I really need to get one of those microwaveable heating pads.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

  
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TRACYZABELLE 4/5/2011 6:15AM

    My daughter just got a tens unit from her chiro-- she has fibromyalgia and has stopped using her cymbalta because of the side effects so she is in a lot of pain-- I was thinking her next step may have to be accupuncture

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CAROLIAN 4/5/2011 5:39AM

    Don't over do it we don't want any relapses .You got a lot done well done lol carol emoticon

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JULIEANNCAN 4/5/2011 3:25AM

    Yay for your first sale! I'm glad you got some rest and reading in. I hope you had a pleasant evening. :) Has your bird friend been around lately?

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ASPENHUGGER 4/5/2011 2:47AM

    Those microwaveable thingies don't stay hot very long. At first they're too hot to go anywhere near, then they're OK for about 15 minutes, then they're too cold. I'm assuming you mean the bean bag types.

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ACROSONIC 4/4/2011 10:09PM

    Had my first bone density at age 50, ordered by my gyno at my yearly checkup. Had another last year (missed a year, should do them every other year).

Mammogram, colonoscopy, and bone density. Fun things to do as we get older!

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LECATES 4/4/2011 9:22PM

    Nice to get bits and pieces taking care of--and nice to sit down and read. Had a lovely day off with gd today myself----had lovely weather and we spent a lot of time out on the front porch and I did not over do my knee

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/4/2011 9:00PM

    I hope you're back improves! Take it easy and don't try to do too much too soon.
Congratulations on your first sale - money in your pocket and less clutter!
Stay positive!
Sheila

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LEANJEAN6 4/4/2011 8:41PM

    Well, maybe do some weights---LOL--As if eh??--- It does sound like yer day went well tho----Good!!! Maybe that back will heal!!--And by the by, congrats on yer recent weight loss!-Lynda emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/4/2011 8:35PM

    Great believer in base line and follow up tests... it's how they spotted my own bone issues... and subsequently "fixed" the problem! So, go, Kasey, get the test! Strong and straight is in your future!



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FITFABJENN 4/4/2011 6:44PM

    Congratulations on your first sale! Hope your back is better today...

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DEBRITA01 4/4/2011 5:49PM

    Congrats on your first Ebay sale...it's a start and you're getting rid of stuff in the process. You've been working so hard lately, maybe your back is reminding you to slow down a bit...and spend more time with your new book! emoticon

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LTMURPHY7 4/4/2011 5:43PM

  Start working on your bone strength. It's so important.

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