Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Well, when I posted last, I thought I had been through it all and was now well on my way to a healthy me. I am here to tell you that it is still true however I did hit one more little glitch in the way. On April 29th, 2013, we went to the a local thrift store to do some shopping and as I went in the door, I tripped over a turned up carpet, catching my toe, and fell and broke my hip. I cannot believe I have done this. It just seems incredible. I spent two weeks in the hospital the first with my hip in traction to reset it, and the second following surgery for repair of the socket. I was then transferred the a Rehab center and have now ben here for a week and am very pleased with the progress I am making.
I don't know why I have this additional challenge, however, I am finding despite the pain and frustration of being unable to do things for myself, I have learned a lot about me (even in this short time) and met some truly amazing people.
I am so lucky to have an injury from which I can recover and return to my prior life. I have met no one here that does not have a positive attitude about themselves, their injuries or illnesses, and their abilities to accomplish what they wish to accomplish. Many of them have had to change their goals and their priorities, but they have done so with a smile on their faces and an attitude with which they are sure to gain success. They are all my hero's and all I can do is hope to emulate them in some small way
My weight loss is going well I believe. They have been unable to weight me since my arrival at the rehab center because they have to use a sling and my hip will not hold it. I am sticking to my program as best I can but with the pain medications and nausea it is hard to eat much. After the hospital food, the food here is great, nutritious and tasty. The dieticians are great in doing the best they can to accommodate me. I will be excited to find about what my weight is once I am able to walk and stand on a scale.
I hope you are all well, enjoying beautiful spring weather and living life to its fullest each and every day.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Today was a wonderful day. I had an appointment with my surgeon and the dietitian today. My wounds are healing beautifully there is no sign of infection and the pain is minimal. Dr. McMahon is very pleased. Then on to the Dietitian. I get to move ahead to soft foods again. I am so happy to finally get to eat something other than clear liquids. My husband and I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and I picked up some things that sounded good to me, some greek yogurt, fresh crab, fresh baby shrimp, low fat cheese, fruit, cottage cheese, and the ingredients to make Manhattan Clam Chowder. I can't eat the clams but I will still get the flavor and can eat everything else in it. I am so excited and so motivated right now. It is hard for me to believe that they have finally found my problem and that I will soon be able to eat a regular diet. I can't wait for tomorrow to make the chowder.
I did find out that I have eaten so little for so long, that I could not eat even 3 oz. of yogurt. I had to put it back in the fridge and it took me three tries to get through it at 2 hour intervals. This is something that I am not going to push. I will continue to fill in with the protein shakes to get in the 80-100 grams of protein they want me to have. I can face them once again now that I can eat some other foods also. It doesn't matter how little of the other foods I can have, they taste wonderful.
I still have a lot of limitations on my from the surgery as far as activities go, but am hoping soon that I can go back to water aerobics. That is about the only thing my knees will take. I can only walk about every third day, because then my knees are so painful that I cannot walk for about two days. If anyone has some other suggestions for exercise, let me know. I am open to almost anything that is within my limitations.
Today has renewed my motivation and I feel as excited as I was right after surgery.
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