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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Yesterday I rested my knee except for the time on the bike. Since I may face eventual knee surgery, I decided to take a look at the exercises that were recommended to strengthen the involved muscles before surgery. Since the majority have you lying down I decided to do them when I went to bed. So, that's what I did. They weren't too sternuous, but I could feel it. "THIS is good!" And afterwards my knee actually did seem to be less rebellious. So I'll keep up these lying-down exercises. Of course, I can't discount that many have also been praying for me. A little bit of this, a little bit of that...Shel

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PARKERB2 11/11/2012 8:45AM

    Hope the surgery goes well. It's good your doing some exercises now.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, notably in the knees, and am" a good candidate for surgery". I thank God I have been able to continue working out on my bike - and was told this is also very good for the condition. I find it helps me "loosen up" and I don't seem to need to take as many NSAIDs (usually aspirin). But yesterday my left knee did its thing again, sending a sharp pain which hobbled me just as I was getting ready to go to a Women of Influence conference at my church. Roo! emoticon I took aspirin and elevated my legs and waited for the pain to subside. I take a diuretic for blood pressure which gets me up to pee a couple times during the night, and it was tricky going. Of course babying the left knee put more strain on the right hip which has also given me problems in turn. I decided not to attend the conference today either. Again, roo! emoticon But after breakfasting and watching a Christmasy movie and reading the Bible I decided to give the bike a try - and was relieved that I could still pedal with no problem (though I was ready to ahlt if necessary) - something to do with how the weight is distributed, I thought I'd hold off surgery till summer vacation. I hope I may yet do so. We'll see. Meanwhile...I have to be careful, getting movement and exercise without exacerbating the problem.

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MIKESCHICKY 11/10/2012 10:03PM

    pain is tough :(
I had to have my hip redone a few years back and I remember. Makes you glad you're alive now and not 100 years ago :)
Maybe you can look into seated type exercise option for rounding out your program.
Hang in there !!

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BLONDEE53 11/10/2012 6:41PM

    Shel, you are sure in my prayers my friend! You are doing good in your self-care. I need to follow your example! emoticon

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OOOO, Progress!

Friday, November 09, 2012

I have been seriously tracking my intake this week, and also trying to pay attention to the nutritional aspect of the calories. While I have gone over frequently, I am gradually approaching staying within my limits. I ahve also been doing my cardio regularly, and this moring I finally had a breakthrough on the scale. I had a preview of this weight some weeks ago before creeping up again. But now that I am indeed "on the right track" I anticipate hitting more goals. Yippeeee!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/17/2012 2:40PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on your breakthrough on the scales and on being on the right track!!!
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Blessings and hugs,

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CMEEHERNANDEZ 11/9/2012 7:10PM

    You're doing great, Shel! emoticon

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Mil Minutos

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Translated, 1000 minutes. That's how many long distance minutes I get for 20 bucks a month with Time Warner's InternationalOnePrice. And I haven't been getting my money's worth lately because with having to be at work an hour earlier than I did last school term, and while we were on Daylight Savings Time, it would have been cruel to wake Levi at 5 am (6 here - Peru doesn't switch its hours back and forth). Especially because it has been getting hotter there in Pucallpa (check it out on google maps - it's in the rainforest region) and you know it's harder to sleep in the heat. At least you can bundle up in the cold! So it's difficult for him to get decent sleep until close to morning when the temps get into the more comfortable 70s. Before, when I had to be at school at 8, I could call him at 7 (it would be 6 there) and we'd spend time in scripture and prayer. Well...with the change, I do get home a bit earlier, and could call while he's home for lunch - but being an early riser (5 am to be able to put in time on my stationary bike) I'm ready for a siesta when I get home (seriously, every step closer to the house, I feel my body wanting to shut down for a while). Or I may have missed him. If I opt to call him at night, again, I'm fighting to keep my eyes open.
But Levi isn't the only person in Peru whom I love. His parents are sweethearts, and my summer there was spent especially in company of my father-in-law. While Levi was working, we'd spend time reading and discussing Scriptures on and off throughout the day. In the mornings we'd walk back and forth together in front of the house - he was my cardio partner! So yesterday afternoon, after picking my kitty up from the vet, when I called, Levi was on his way back to work - I greeted him, prayed blessing over him, and bade him fare well - but then I turned my attention to Papito and we had a nice little chat. I also have the phone numbers of other family members - niece Erika who was so helpful with our outreach project (and her husband Carlin, likewise) - who, living right next to her mom, Levi's sister, can pass the phone around ; and also an aunt, papito's sister, who lives in Lima. I'm gonna get my thousand minutes! Shel

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/9/2012 1:57AM

    So glad that you are going to be getting your thousand minutes!!! Enjoy chatting with the family. I know you love them all!!! Glad you got to chat with Levi for a few minutes also and Papito. Never let your minutes go to waste with such a lovely and loving family.
May God continue to bless all of you.
Blessings and hugs,

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Sparking Around

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Having some extra time at work, I thought I'd see how I could earn extra Spark points. Had some fun with it...I DID go a little hogwild with the Spark Quizzes till I realized that "max 5" meant 5 POINTS, not 5 QUIZZES. Okay, so I got a sneak preview for the next one tomorrow... Then I saw I get points for doing a blog. Well, I haven't done that in a while...So here it is.

For any who've been following my blog, and may want news about me and my "honey," Levi:
I was at a church picnic and a Peruvian brother told me he knew someone who has helped many people bring theri foreign loved ones to the US. He gave me the number, and when I spoke to the man, he said once we have all our documents, it could take as little as six months to bring Levi up here, as a fiance. So that's what we're trying for - but bearing in mind Proverbs 19:21 "Many are the plans in a personís heart, but it is the Lordís purpose that prevails." We're trusting God will achieve His purposes in our lives. Meanwhile, we still await all of Levi's paperwork.
with my honey; plus my dear new parents-in-law and "bonus" (step) kids

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/9/2012 1:52AM

    Sure hope that things are going well with getting Levi here with you and that he is doing well. Love your picture!!! Sorry I haven't been by for a while. I had brain surgery in August and just not back into the my normal routine yet.
May God continue to bless you and Levi and your families.
Blessings and hugs,

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