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year anniversary

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A year ago today, I fell and broke my pelvis. It was my first outdoor bike ride of the season, and my running was going better than ever. I was schedule for my first 8k race/run in two weeks. It was a set back that I am still recovering from. My pelvis healed but I continue to be plagued with a right side tendon injury in my hip and glute. This year has been so hard: dealing with injury, dealing with husband's chronic arthritis, dealing with sister's aneurysm and surgery in January, dealing with only child leaving for college over a thousand miles away. I am still hoping to start running when and if the tendon injury ever heals. For now, I am thankful I can hike, bike, and do elliptical training. I am happy my daughter is thriving in college and that my sister survived brain surgery with no long-term deficits. I am happy my husband's arthritis is in remission at least most of the time. I am not the athlete I was last year and I can't honestly say I gained ANYTHING from the troubles and trials of this year. Except that I learned I can survive and there are wonderful people on SP who are so supportive. Maybe there are more lessons that I will discover in time.

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FUNFROG79 4/13/2011 1:25PM

    Wow! You are an inspiration!

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    Here for a better than ever new year.

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INDIANOAKS 4/10/2011 8:08PM

    Oh my goodness, Laurie! I NEVER realized you broke your pelvis the SAME day I almost died!! WOW...weird coincidence!!

It HAS been a LONG year, hasn't it??!! I'm SO sorry you've had to endure SO many things in such a short span of time -- all the while going through your OWN pain and suffering!!

Hopefully the next year holds a TON of GOOD things for you and your loved ones!! And you DO have alot to be thankful for -- in amongst all the "bad"...

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A long silence

Monday, March 14, 2011

I haven't blogged in over a month. I returned from my sister's exactly one month ago. I have been trying to exercise more and it is going pretty well between spinning and doing elliptical. I want to be walking and running, especially since the weather is nice, but every time I try, I end up with knee and hip pain. I am finally getting my steroid shot next Tuesday and I hope that will calm down the lower back/glute/hip pain. Food has been a big struggle for me. I feel so down that I just can't get it under better control. I guess I just haven't been very motivated. I need a new challenge - somehow losing five or ten pounds just doesn't do it for me and any physical challenges are stymied by injury. This is why I haven't blogged; there just is nothing to say except frustration that I can't exercise better control and can't run. I am thinking of dropped off all my running groups because, although I am so happy for all that you are achieving, I just feel so dejected and left behind.

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LOAFYLAW 3/14/2011 7:24PM

  Unfortunately, I have lots and lots of smaller clothes that are just about 7 pounds too tight. They aren't motivating me right now because I just can't bring myself to care. I am hoping my husband and I can plan some sort of trip to work towards. That might help cause I sure need something!

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LECATES 3/14/2011 7:17PM

    But at least you are doing the eliptical and spinning while you are healing---that is great! Maybe buy a smaller size pair of pants and aim for wearing them by a certain time-----would that motivate you?

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LAURIE5658 3/14/2011 7:13PM

    I am with Mary in the weight training arena. I need to do it so badly but always come up with an excuse not to. We should start a Spark team for Weight Training Good Intentions LOL. I wish like heck there is something I could do for you and feel so helpless. Just know that I send you major league {{{hugs}}}. Ask mary (lightningrunner) what my {{{hugs}}} are like LOL.


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LOAFYLAW 3/14/2011 6:46PM

  Lightningrunner, you are such an inspiration, and I wish so much that I could follow you on your excellent recovery. You are burning up the miles and believe me, I stand in awe!

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    Hang in there - I am with you with the food issue. I would suggest some weight training

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aneurysm clipping: gratitude

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I am in Massachusetts helping my sister recover from brain surgery. The surgery was scheduled because we knew she had an aneurysm that needed to be clipped. It was a scary time that went better than expected. She is a week post-surgery with no neurological defects. She is tired, still in some pain, and not an "easy" patient but we are so grateful for the surgeons at Mass General.
No surprisingly, the fitness has to be put aside for now. My sister can't be left alone and the narrow roads in Amherst where we are staying are snow packed with no sidewalks. I am trying to stretch and do some strengthening but that is about all that is possible. I am a long way from New Mexico, but glad I can be here to help her. My own life: spin class, husband, job, seems so far away. If anyone reads this who has experience with aneurysm clipping, please let me know. We can use all the support possible.

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LECATES 2/4/2011 6:34AM

    Glad they were able to get to it before it ruptured. I know this will seem silly at first but start walking inside---just pacing from one room to another----do 10 minutes several times a day----it will help you and make you better able to handle the stress. Great that you can be there for her. Glad the surgery went so well.

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INDIANOAKS 2/3/2011 4:43PM

    I'm SO glad things appear to be going well for your sister!! She's SO fortunate to have YOU!!! Bless your heart for putting everything on hold in your life to be there for her!

Just view this as a recovery time for your OWN body -- especially after ALL you've been through this past year! Stretching and strength training is a GREAT idea right now! Maybe increase your activity level a little by being "inefficient"... Like if you go to get laundry out of the dryer, do it but piece by piece or something... Or if you need something from one room, go the LONG way around to get it... Kind of like when they say if you have a desk job, when you get up to use the rest room, use the one farthest from your office etc... Does that make sense??

Hope things continue to go well and hang in there!! Know it's a stressful time for you and your entire family... Thoughts and prayers are with you!! emoticon

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    Best wishes to your sister. You are amazing to go out there and help her out. Both be safe and stay healthy.

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My sister had an aneursym last year. She didn't have to have her clipped because they couldn't find it, but there were a couple of options we had. I remember one was coils, which is what we were going to go with.

She had countless tests done. She was dumping a ton of fluid though, so she had to have a tub put in to put the excess fluid to her stomach. It was a pretty scary experience. She was in the ICU for over 3-4 weeks.

If you need to talk to someone, feel free to send me a message.

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FERGSGIRL2 2/2/2011 4:54PM

    My youngest brother went thru this 20 yrs ago. It is a long process. Please remember to be patient with your sister. We participated in all of his therapy and some days it was encouraging and other days it was heart breaking--but he made it and lived 20 yrs after the surgery! I would suggest talking to the doctor(s) and therapist who might suggest some books to help. If she has meds to take for a life-time, please help her to adjust to that--it is not easy and after a while my brother thought he did not need the meds and stopped them. Hopefully and prayerfully your sister's recovery will be easier!
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scared but a little hopeful

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I spun Friday and did 45 minutes on the elliptical today. Maybe, just maybe, I am mending. I hope a little hopeful, but my hopes have been dashed over and over again so I am trying not to get ahead of myself. For today, I feel pretty good (some hip and lower back pain, but not nearly as bad as sometimes), my eating has been in control for 7 days in a row, and I plan to exercise again tomorrow. It feels good, but scary.

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    You know that I am always thinking about you and crossing my fingers, legs, toes, and arms - that you are truly on the mend for good this time.

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INDIANOAKS 12/5/2010 7:41PM

    Can certainly understand your fear after ALL you've been through!! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that your activity continues to go well! Maybe pay particular attention to how you feel tomorrow since you did the elliptical today -- see how your body seems to be responding to that vs. the spin class etc... SO glad it appears to be going well thus far!! YAY!! Hang in there!!

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first spin and first PT

Friday, December 03, 2010

I went to PT yesterday and was assessed for my hip pain. The PT thinks it is due to underlying problems with my lower back (slippage at the L-5, S-1 portion). She thinks I am continually reaggravating a nerve that runs from my lower back down through my hip and thigh. Her suggestion is no streches where I bend forward and no spine/back twisting at all until we get the inflammation/pain down. We will start core work next week. As a pain relief/healing measure, she "needled" me. Sort of like accupunture except the needle goes right into the muscle. The muscle "grabs" the needle causing a great deal of momentary pain. She thought I might feel worse today even though it helps with healing, but I don't. She also gave me the go-ahead to start spinning so I took my first spin class this a.m. after 4 months off the bike! It felt pretty good. I have some back pain today, but not too bad. Maybe, just maybe I can really start becoming active again. Keep your fingers crossed and thanks for all of the support.

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INDIANOAKS 12/4/2010 12:20PM

    WOO HOO!! Your blog sounds SO positive and is filled with EXCELLENT news!! Doesn't it feel WONDERFUL to at least feel like SOMEONE has a clue and suggestions as to how to proceed etc??!!! Just take things slow and easy and listen to your body -- like if you do spin and are sore the next day, then rest a day or two before going again... I am SOOOOOO very HAPPY for you and will HOPE HOPE HOPE that you can get back into "things" with the PT's help now finally!!!! YAY!!

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    I so hope this will solve your pain issue. You have dealt with so much.

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