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turning point

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

After six weeks I finally slept through the night, 10:30pm to 7:00am, and I feel GREAT!
Almost pain free, just a slight limp as my knee still won't straighten properly yet, the odd muscle spasm now and again but I'm raring to go!
Oh! I AM going to take it slowly, not rush into anything and I'll build up my walking again, I don't want anything to go wrong now.

The weather has been bad since Saturday with high wind and torrential rain just when I wanted to get out and about again but I've managed a short walk each morning and enjoyed it for all that!

I've sort of been off the wagon dietwise too and yesterday climbed back on and I'm staying here now come hell or high water.
I've kept up with my physio exercises and drank my water so it hasn't all been bad..... emoticon

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KAT573 11/21/2009 8:07PM

    Good for YOU pacing yourself and building up your strength. Hopefully the weather is better now than when you wrote this, which for some reason I am missing your blogs!!
NOT goodz!

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CAROLYN0107 11/19/2009 3:06PM

    I'm so glad that you are relatively pain free now and had a good night sleep!

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MARTHA-ANN 11/5/2009 3:39AM

    Thanks everyone, I intend to take it steps Elafant.
The weather gods are certainly helping Spirit as it's too cold to hang about outside and it also makes my muscles hurt when it's cold.
Thanks Marilyn and Lil for your much needed support emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/5/2009 3:40:19 AM

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SPIRITSEEKER2 11/3/2009 6:25PM


Ha- the weather gods are keeping you reined in...

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MARILYN1260 11/3/2009 8:19AM

    Hello Martha-Ann, this is the report I was waiting to hear. So happy for you!!

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LILSUNFLOWER 11/3/2009 5:21AM

    Congratulations! I noticed your status and am thrilled for you. What I wouldn't do for more than 4 hours of sleep a night.
I didn't have a good summer, diet wise. Lots of stress, etc.
The good news is I just finished the third of my cortisone shots in by lower back and I think they might finally be helping.
Good luck with your PT. A good night's rest is just such a gift,
Keep up the good work.
(new profile picture) But I'm still:
Lil emoticon emoticon

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JILLIEWILLE1 11/3/2009 4:41AM

    Recovery is a long hard road. I am glad to see that you are at your turning point. Take it slow and steps so you don't go back to square 1. Sending positive thoughts your way! emoticon

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throw away beauty...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

This was an old and rotten piece of plywood my DH was about to throw away.
I turned it over and there hidden from view was this beautiful pattern of coloured lichens.....little green and yellow flower shapes each one with a beauty of its own.
I took the photo and DH took the rotten wood and.....threw it away!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 11/2/2009 7:53PM

Hi, I saved your great find to my art picutre file- it would be nice to paint.. I hope you are doing ok.

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MARTHA-ANN 10/29/2009 6:11PM

    thankyou both, it was too pretty to pass up, so delicate!

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CAROLYN0107 10/29/2009 3:46PM

    What a lovely old plywood piece!

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MOM2ACAT 10/27/2009 4:38PM

    Cool picture! Before I read what it was, I thought it was a painting.

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autumn glory

Saturday, October 17, 2009

It's three weeks since my knee started hurting and though it's feeling loads better the doctor still says around three more weeks of taking it easy and I've to be patient!

Today was the highlight of the last three weeks as I went to the supermarket with DH and did a grocery shop.....the sad thing is I was really looking forward to it LOL
Can't say I really enjoyed it and my knee is giving me gyp but hey! at least it got me out of the house!

Don't things look different when you haven't seen them for a while?
The ride through the village was an eye opener.
I can't believe the difference in the trees and gardens.....autumn is upon us!
My own garden which is very sheltered has been the limit of my hobbled forays and though it has changed I'm afraid complacency set in and it didn't prepare me for the myriad of colours I saw.....just beautiful.
Can't wait to get back to my daily walks!

glowing red virginia creeper

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MARTHA-ANN 10/27/2009 6:26AM

    I'm not knocking it Kat...I was really looking forward to it, it just didn't quite live up to expectations! LOL emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 10/19/2009 7:13AM

    I'm glad your knee is doing better!

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KAT573 10/18/2009 3:29AM

    Hey girl I have been wondering about you! I am glad you are bearing with it as well as you have. And gee, don't knock grocery shopping! We are blessed to be able to do that too! LOL!

LOVE that image and your eye for composition is always refreshing. Miss you, sweetie, but take care of yourself. We all love you!
Kat emoticon emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 10/17/2009 12:55PM

    Thankyou both,

Marilyn I AM taking it easy and won't be walking yet for a while.
I only did the supermarket, nothing else and sat on a seat and gave directions towards the end of it too!
I fell asleep when I got and a half hours!..... more than I get most nights LOL emoticon

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MARILYN1260 10/17/2009 11:18AM

    Hi Martha-Ann, just continue to take it easy and let yourself heal. I know how you miss your walks and how you must be thinking about all the work that faces you in your gardens........but all in good time. Sending best wishes your way.
Hugs, Marilyn

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HVMBRU 10/17/2009 9:33AM

    Not a good feeling! But expressed beautifully. . .


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getting there slowly...again!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

I've never been one for hanging about, I like to get on with things once I know what I'm doing. I enjoy walking and birdwatching so the last two weeks have been a bit of a bummer....

It was a lovely sunny morning seven am, I'd been in the garden filling the feeders for the birds, feeding the fish and generally looking around and as I walked back to the house there was suddenly a horrible pain in the back of my knee. It was excruciating, my leg almost gave way and I grabbed hold of the rose arch and the bird table to stop myself from falling.
I can only describe it as a 'twang' you know like elastic snapping and I not only felt it....I heard it too!
I shouted for my DH who luckily hadn't left for work and he helped me inside.

The doctor said it was a pulled hamstring and the usual RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) applied. I got painkillers and had to sit with my leg up and ice it every hour for ten minutes. He said it would take up to six weeks.
So far so good...BUT by that night my leg was so swollen, hot and painful that I was in agony and couldn't bear to touch it and the muscles kept spasming so bad I was shaking like a leaf and absolutely worn out...each time it happened it felt like I'd run a marathon!
DH rang the NHS helpline which advised us to go to the GP Acesss Clinic at the local hospital which we duly did.
They thought maybe a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or a fracture...they couldn't believe I hadn't fallen or twisted when it happened and that I was just strolling normally and on a perfectly flat lawn!
Next stop hospital accident & emergency at a hospital twenty miles away!....

When we arrived the first thing DH saw was a sign informing us that there were waiting times of up to two and a half hours....oh dear!
Anyway after registering at the desk we were shown straight through to the examination cubicles as we had a letter from the doctor at the clinic....priority!

To cut a long story short, I had a scan, x-ray and a very painful and manipulative knee examination...the outcome was no fracture, no DVT but I'd sprained the cruciate ligament in the back of my knee. (it should be re-named the excrutiate ligament!!!)
I was strapped up, given strong painkillers, told to keep my leg elevated and to ice it ten minutes every hour.

Now two weeks further on the muscle spasming is much better, just the odd one or two and nowhere near as bad as before. It feels like bad cramp in the calf.
My leg is almost straight, I just can't seem to manage to put it right back yet.
I'm doing my physio exercises and limping around...without my stick.
I sleep well some nights and others...well, I don't!
Still taking painkillers...not as strong or as many, I've tried to cut them all out but it hurts so I give in again, especially at bedtime.

A Sparkfriend recommended the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovitch, I've read three so far and really enjoyed them. They made me laugh out loud.... it's really hard to laugh when you're in agony!
I also seem to have read loads of other books and magazines, watched daytime tv, done crosswords, sudoku, zentangles, word puzzles etc. and I've generally sat around and done as I was told.
What I really miss is my walking, birdwatching, photography and gardening....can hardly wait to get back to it.
Thanks to everyone for the Spark goodies and comments they're much appreciated.

So I'm getting there slowly...shades of the tortoise & the hare...and hopefully one day soon I'm going to be up and at 'em! emoticon

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MERECK17 10/15/2009 6:54AM

    I'm praying for a speedy recovery -- unless, of course, you're REALLY enjoying your reading! LOL! Take care!

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MARTHA-ANN 10/9/2009 4:17AM

    Thanks everyone,
I've been back to the doctors and had the strapping removed.
I now have a tight stretchy crepe tubular bandage which I have to put on every morning and take off every night...a feat in itself which deserves an Oscar for a prize winning if laughable performance every morning. LOL
The pain is minimal now and I'm trying not to take the painkillers.
I'm walking better but not far as it cramps up and at the moment I seem to be sleeping for England!
They seem to think it's all linked in with the sciatic nerve damage from my last operation plus an arthritic knee and a foot defect I didn't even know I had. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 10/8/2009 9:16AM

    Martha-Ann... somehow I missed that you were having such pain and stuck in the house. So sorry. I'm glad you're getting better bit by bit.

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MARILYN1260 10/7/2009 12:29AM

    Hello Martha-Ann, I'm glad you're feeling better, and with your determination, you'll be back to normal soon. It's good to see that you're taking pictures again. Take real good care of yourself, and hope you can read book #1 of the Plum series. That one may be the funniest yet.
Hugs, Marilyn

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SILVERWITCH59 10/6/2009 10:38PM

    I have had bad knees since I was a teenager. I blew it out the first time bending to pick up a cat in my Mom's kitchen...HUH... I was on crutch's for 6 months and did PT for ever Knees are tricky things. I finally gave in and had surgery maybe 34 years ago. It really gave me relief. Heal well my friend . My hear goes out to you HUGS

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KAT573 10/6/2009 1:15PM

    Well my heart certainly goes out to you, my friend! I am glad that it was not somehtng far worse altho it sounds pretty horrible as is, eh? My prayers are with you and know you will do what the dr. ordered and move on soon.
kat emoticon

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Monday, September 14, 2009

'Good' is a useful word.
It's only a small word but it can sum up a lot of different things.

I've had a 'good' week in the garden....working hard tidying the borders as the plants go over, they're at least a month earlier than usual no doubt due to the 'good' weather we've had this year. It's been very enjoyable.

I've also cleaned out the conservatory, we've used it as a bit of a dumping ground and I've also tended to use it as an extension of the was always full of seedlings, pots, tools etc. but we decided to clear it, paint it and use it for what it was originally intended...sitting in!
I can just imagine myself on an autumn day sitting in there gazing out on the garden and watching the birds...probably a pipe dream as I like to be outside! LOL.
Another 'good' job done.

I've done lots of walking too, my usual five miles a day plus an extra six or so this week-end.
Very 'good' exercise.

People talk about 'good' food & bad food and while no food is really bad it's what we do with it that matters.
I've lost 1lb this week and whilst I hoped it would have been more yesterday didn't do me any favours when I made a real 'good' choice of fish & chips with mushy peas!!!!
Boy did they taste 'good'...they always do when eaten out of the paper outside in the fresh air.
I've no regrets and I'm back on track this morning, no use beating myself up, it was MY choice and at the time it seemed like a 'good' one!
1lb off is 'good' too. emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 9/15/2009 11:01AM

    Kitty Kat what you doing?..... you're supposed to blog on your own page!!
What am I going to do with you?
Yes! I'm shaking my head as I'm saying it!! emoticon
Nice little blog though and very true...

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KAT573 9/15/2009 8:59AM

    Boy, you gave me my laff for the day and it has launched me off very well, thankyou!

Funny because I was thinking about the concept of "meanness" (as in the feeling behind being delibertely unwilling to encourage another, acknowledge another's success, or blessings, or whatever)when I was walking to the hospital for a blood draw. And in thinking about it I was led to the idea of resentment, and behind that, anger, and behind that, hurt........all this started out with the idea of how important encouragement and reasonably challenging guidance is : never so easy as just "thinking" it; but acting "as if " , and acknowledging and encouraging others even when we may not feel like it, is a "good" indication that we accept ownership for our challenges, don't try to put it on others, situations, the weather....etc and in that regard, how we choose to think about the PRESENT DOES open up doors not only for us, but for all we engage, and we are more likely to come full circle, to the greater possibility of feeling "good" enough to take an honest look at oneself and one's challenges, eh?

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HVMBRU 9/14/2009 7:13AM

    I feel long as we take the responsibility for our actions, we are headed in the right direction. Good job on the walking, etc. !


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