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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Okay - I have had Deacon, my wonderful service dog to be for just a little over a week now. Since I got him, I am walking more than I ever did. He and I are doing 3-5 miles a day. My fibromyalgia has not really been acting up much, until today.

For the good news, here in South Florida, we are still able to wear shorts and tank tops with no problem, so I pulled on a pair of short today, just to see how they fit. They've been too tight for the last 3-4 years. Now? They are loose. My pants are all too loose as are most of my tops. We won't get into the discussion of underclothes. Suffice to say, I will have to go shopping when I have some money. Luckily, I know how to sew.

When I last stepped on the scale after getting Deacon, it showed I gained a little, but I'm tempted to check again tomorrow.

Now, for the bad bit of news, as I said, my fibromyalgia has been pretty manageable until today. I managed to fall while walking Deacon earlier today. I could not get back up on my own for the second time. Deacon let off with some MAJOR barking, but stayed right by my side. Two different neighbors came out to see what was up and they helped me up. One of them helped me home. Deacon gave him love and kisses for helping me. That neighbor has since come by again to check up on me. I am okay, but I am so proud of Deacon for staying with me. I had dropped his leash and he could have run off, but he didn't.

We called the doctor and he told me to rest for the evening and to have someone with me tomorrow while walking. Son has agreed.

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JAVAMONSTER 2/4/2013 2:19PM

    Excellent that he stayed and barked until help came. Deacon & the neighbor deserve thanks and cookies!

Hmm. My stepmother told me she has fibro, but even after reading up on it a bit, it's still a mystifying condition to me. I'm just glad that the diagnoses is taken much more seriously than it used to be back about -what, 15 to 20 years ago? Not asking you to educate me, but I truly didn't realize it could be that suddenly debilitating with flare- ups. I hope you're feeling better now.

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DJ4HEALTH 1/31/2013 12:29AM

    Glad that you had him with you or you might not of gotten up and could of gotten a real bad burn too, the sun was out and hot today in Central Florida. I know that it is also hotter where you live since we have relatives in Ft Lauderdale.

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ONEMONSTERSMOM 1/30/2013 10:35PM

    Kristina you and Deacon are doing great. That is wonderful about the clothes. Deacon seems to be a natural service dog. I'm glad he was able to get you some help. Hope you get over your fall quickly.
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May have over done it. OUCH!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Not sure if what I have is pain from the fibromyalgia or if it really is "shin splints" but man do I hurt right now.

Deacon is doing much better and both dogs are getting along better. One problem I have is with my hearing loss, I cannot hear if the dog is whining or not. He comes up and puts his chin on my arm, but that could mean he wants to play or wants to go out. He is one dog that almost never tires out. He has a lot of stamina. Wish he'd give some to me.

I can already tell this is working some weight off. In just 2 1/2 days of all this walking and now my pants almost fell off today and my shorts are a little loose. I am averaging 3-5 miles a day as 2 rounds around my neighborhood is 1 mile. So far for today, we are at 4 miles and I think my daughter will have to do the last 1-2 walks later.

I am also following along with my vegan diet better than I was. It has been a hard adjustment, but I am making it.

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JAVAMONSTER 2/4/2013 2:12PM

    I know this response is several days late, but this is awesome progress! That is exciting when your clothes start sliding off! (But hopefully not in public, you know?)

I hope the shin pain has gone down since you posted this, and hopefully the trainer can help you figure out a signal your dog can use to let you know what he needs. All my dogs managed to figure out a system along with me where we both understood what was needed. I'm not deaf, but I can be thick-headed!

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LINDAKAY228 1/24/2013 10:08AM

    Great job!! Hope the pain goes away quickly. I have fibro too, and know what it can be like.

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NEEDTOBESLIM3 1/24/2013 9:59AM

    Good for you, well done!

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ZAHNASGRANDMA 1/20/2013 8:49PM

    Way to go!

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MANILUS 1/20/2013 7:11PM

    Great job on the fitness and working on the Nutrition! Always nice to drop in clothes size!

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Walking is getting easier!!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Now, I do have fibromyalgia as well as neuropathy of the right side. My right knee-cap slips out of place off and on, even when I am sleeping. I had stopped walking as it was getting harder and harder.

Today is the second day with Deacon, my new dog, and I am up to 4-5 miles for today. I had no extra pain from my normal from yesterday. The walking is getting easier.

Yippeeeeee Yahooooooo!!!!!!!

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SANDRAJOAN1958 1/19/2013 10:37PM

    I also have fibromyalgia, and I'm just starting my walking program. Tonight I am icing my knee although I only took a short walk. But if you can do it, I think I can too. So tomorrow I'll try again.

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Walking after not being very active

Friday, January 18, 2013

So I did get Deacon today. We have had a very busy and full day. Now, keep in mind, I have fibromyalgia and neuropathy and I went to take our current dog to meet Deacon at the shelter. We walked a lot and let them run and get to know each other in a small dog park. They had a little tiff and were broken up. We were given the option to keep him or cancel the adoption. We took Buddy home and the family talked.

Then, we went back to the shelter and adopted Deacon. He came home and we took him for a walk. After lunch, we took him to Petco and met with my Deaf friend who will be helping me train Deacon. Between the treats he got from beginning some training, the treats from employees and then lunch, the poor guy upchucked on the floor of my car in the backseat.

Deacon tries to lie down quietly, but Buddy keeps getting into his face. Buddy is really playing the jealous fool. I took pity on Deacon and took him for another walk. (that makes 3 walks) He ate and then asked to go out, so I took him for yet another walk. By the time we got back, I had racked up 3 miles for the day after not getting any walking in. I am bushed and tired.

I know we have yet at least 1 more walk to go. I also have to work on the basic commands with training. He also needs to be reminded of total house breaking after spending 3 months at the kennel.

So for a pretty much non-exerciser, I have put in 3 miles of walking and I know I have more to go.

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JAVAMONSTER 2/4/2013 2:28PM

    Way to go. That is a LOT of walking!

And yeah, kenneling for long periods does a job on dogs' house training. The shelter I volunteer for tries to get the dogs in homes ASAP, or fostered so they don't lose their home skills.

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ONEMONSTERSMOM 1/19/2013 10:37AM

    Congrats on getting Deacon. Hope you're not too sore today.

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SMARTIN77 1/19/2013 12:33AM

    Wow! Congrats on the new addition to your family! Hope everything works out. Hope you have a relaxing weekend, too! Take care of yourself! emoticon

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Might be a Good incentive to walk more often!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Well, I am deaf and don't walk as I should since I cannot hear cars or such when walking. I went to the shelter here in town to see about getting a dog to train as a hearing assistance dog. Well - I found a very sweet guy there. His name is Deacon. He is listed as a pit bull, but we found he is actually an American Bulldog.

For me, the eyes just say it all.

I get to go tomorrow and we will take our current dog Buddy to see if they get along. If they do, then Deacon is mine. Oh, one of the best parts is, during the month of January at this shelter, all dogs over 50 pounds are - - - - - - -FREE!!!

With having Deacon here, I will get out an walk more. I will be the one responsible for him and a friend will work with me in training him to be a hearing assistance dog.

Here's a picture of Buddy.

I can just see them being friends. Sammy the cat will wonder what's going on and probably hide for a few days.

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JAVAMONSTER 2/4/2013 2:24PM

    An American Bulldog! Wow! He's a beauty, too! They aren't super common, either. Your other dog can't be trained? Just wondering. They are both so sweet looking. ( I lovelovelove dogs). So happy you went to the shelter, to. So many wonderful dogs at shelters.

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KMBJBB 1/18/2013 5:05PM

    Thanks everyone. Here's an update. We did get Deacon. He and Buddy have had a very rough start. Buddy can't seem to get over his jealousy. We will continue working, but we also have 2 weeks to see if they get along better. If not, we have the option of returning Deacon, but I don't think we will. I will give it a few days first.

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NEEDTOBESLIM3 1/18/2013 4:45PM

    Gorgeous!! Hope they get on well and you get a new member in your family tomorrow. XX emoticon

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STHAX10 1/18/2013 6:49AM

    I hope things work out and they are able to get along! That would be so great for you, to have an assistance dog. Prayers that things will work out!!! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 1/17/2013 10:28PM

    I too hope that things work out for your with the dogs.

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    Kristina, Deacon is a sweetheart!! And Buddy, too!! I hope they get along well and Deacon can come home with you!

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MSGO72 1/17/2013 9:54PM

  I hope Deacon gets to join your family! emoticon

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IMREITE 1/17/2013 9:43PM

    pets can be a great motivator to keep us healthy

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CANDICE293 1/17/2013 9:37PM

    Deacon is SOOO cute. I'm praying they will get along, I bet they will though. Sammy the cats going to be really mad you brought another one of "those" home. Lol. Both puppies are so cute. I can't wait to hear the news tomorrow!


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    He looks adorable Kristina. He will make it so much safer for you to walk ... Besides giving you incentive.

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LOTUSBURGER 1/17/2013 9:26PM

    That is so AWESOME!!!
I am praying it works for you! emoticon
What a great thing happening.
He is adorable so is buddy!

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