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Saturday, June 14, 2008

What a difference a week makes!
It's been quite a difficult week with my arthritis flare-up. I haven't been able to walk much but I have stayed within my calorie range so I am hoping the lack of exercise hasn't been too bad.
Both my knee and ankle were so swollen and painful that I was back on the painkillers. I wouldn't mind but I didn't do anything to cause it, I was fine when I went to bed and I woke up with it.
Still I suppose I shouldn't grumble, it's been fine while all the other stuff was going on.
It feels so much easier today that I haven't taken any tablets but I'm still taking it slowly, I don't want to rush it so it comes back again and I am enjoying watching the tennis from the Queens Club.


The weather has been so hot of late, one report said we were hotter than Spain and Greece but this week-end we are back to our usual June of sunshine and showers and it's so much cooler.

Tomorrow we are going to visit my mother-in-law as she will be ninety one. I hope I am as agile and clear minded when (if) I get to that age. She is remarkable.
It will be nice to meet up with everyone we haven't seen for a while and I will watch what I eat, though it will be hard as DH's sister is catering and she is a good cook.




  
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ANNIESADVENTURE 9/6/2008 11:44PM

    Ah, this week has been incredibly horrible for arthritis. Weather has been cooler, but it's a long way from winter.
My precious 91 year old father lives with me. Family are so dear.
Hope you are having a healthy week.
Annie

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MAINLADY 6/17/2008 2:13PM

    Hey Martha-Ann...hope you're feeling much better by now and that the arthritis flare is gone. I hope you had a great weekend, too. It's always nice to visit family and don't we all hope we'll make it to 91 and still be aware of what's going on around us. It's extremely hot here in Florida, too, and I cannot breathe when I try to exercise outside. I belong to Curves and that might be something you could do as it's indoor and only 30 minutes. I also have a treadmill (dreadmill I call it) but don't use it as much as I should. I find it terribly boring so that's my excuse for staying off it. I have Fibromyalgia and when I have a flare up I just cannot exercise; however, as soon as the flare is gone I start right up again so I won't lose all that I've gained - cardio and strength wise. This is Tuesday so am hoping for a much better week for you.

Hugs,
Sharon

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HAPEWIFE 6/17/2008 2:05PM

    I must say I never realized just how much arthritis can hurt...that is until it hit me. I remember my mother had a terrible time with arthritis in most of her back. Mom would carry on (or so I thought then). Now I get it and I feel so sad that I didn't understand at the time...I lost my Mom in 2002...and I know she was in pain.

I have arthritis in both knees and ankles. I need a knee replacement but I have been getting shots in my knees and they keep me going. Sometimes it is very difficult to get going.

So I have found out it is not JUST ARTHRITIS, It IS PAINFUL! When the flare happens it is really uncomfortable!
I hope this finds you feeling much better!

Blessing my friend
Hapewife

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CAROLYN0107 6/15/2008 10:57PM

    I hope that by today, Monday, you're feeling much better. I hope that you had a great visit with your mother-in-law yesterday. I missed your frequent posts this weekend.
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MOM2ACAT 6/14/2008 11:46PM

    Don't feel bad about complaining, arthritis can be miserable!
I have it in my knees and hips, and though I'm sure mine is mild compared to a lot of peoples, (I don't have the swelling so much with mine), I wake up with the stiffness in the morning quite often. The weather seems to affect mine a lot, any time there is a major change, or if it's very cold, or very hot and humid.

Mine has been a lot better since I've been exercising more, but I stick to low impact stuff.

I hope you are feeling better soon, and enjoy your visit tomorrow!

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Feeling fit!!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Today is the first time in a long while that I can honestly say I feel 100% well, and to cap it all I lost 3lbs this week too. emoticon

I've had a really good week with everything really, even my psoriasis is the best it's been for ages.
I danced around the scales when I saw what I'd done. emoticon
Sorry, can you tell how pleased I am?

  
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CALYPSO28 6/12/2008 7:53PM

    Awesome!! Keep up the good work.



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Way to go, and congrats!!

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MAINLADY 6/2/2008 7:10AM

    Way to go , Martha! Being able to do the happy dance is a wonderful thing. If we can beat cancer there is nothing that we can't accomplish. Cheering you on for next week's weigh in.

Hugs,
Sharon

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It's a beautiful day

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It's a beautiful day today and the vegetable seedlings are growing well. They were very late being planted this year with all the upheaval but are looking good.
I have been in a nice warm greenhouse with wonderful company from the cat who just laid sunning herself all morning....must be nice to be a cat. It's a good job she was asleep as a pair of starlings brought three fledglings to the lawn and were feeding them. I really enjoyed watching them.

I've potted all on into bigger pots and though they might be a bit late I don't think it will matter as we have had two frosts this week which would have set them back anyway. I'm going to put them out everyday to harden off but I think I'll keep bringing them in of an evening for a while yet.
I'm enjoying gardening again, I really missed it. It'll be nice to have my own tomatoes, marrows, salad leaves and courgettes again.

I've also stepped up the walking this last week and feel much fitter.
I have some more blood tests to contend with but they don't seem to be anything to worry about. My liver enzyme count is high again, last time they just monitored it so will probably do the same again.


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KATER328 5/27/2008 10:38AM

    I love days like that and often think the same thing... "it must be good to be a cat." :) What a hard life, right?

Glad to hear your health is looking good. Good luck with the blood tests, I'm sure everything will be fine!

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Feeling fitter

Monday, May 12, 2008

Well, where do I start?
The doctor says I can begin lifting etc. again but to take it easy. I've finished my physiotherapy and my back feels much much better. Not perfect but getting there. The final results are in and they have got all the cancer so no more hospitals or doctors surgeries for at least six months and now I'm off all the medication my hair has stopped coming out and I can now comb and wash it with confidence again, and no more blood tests...yeah!
I also went to hospital for hearing tests and I can hear 100%. It's fantastic, you don't realise how much you miss hearing until you can't. I'm just hoping the psoriasis doesn't affect it but Mr. S has given me a number if I need them 'hoovered' so I don't have to go through all the rigmarole of seeing my own doctor, being referred etc. which will be really helpful if I do need to see him again. He really is a lovely man.
My knee has been wonderful over the last few weeks, I suppose it's all the resting. I just hope it doesn't get bad again as soon as I begin to do anything. It's been lovely being painfree.
The only bug bear is my psoriasis, it's awful. Worse than it has ever been, just hoping the weather helps it. I suppose it's natural considering the upheaval. I'm not going to cover up...I refuse. If people look... they look, so what!
The weather has been brilliant for the last couple of weeks which also gave me a boost and the weathermen say more of the same for this week. It's nice to get out into the garden, I've missed it.
I feel a lot better about restarting the spark programme this week and will finally begin to shift the pounds I put back on. Now I can get back to the gardening, walking etc. it should help.
With the weather warming up I noticed the difference in my clothes, not exactly tight but tighter than before so that has spurred me on too. You don't really notice the pounds creeping back on when you are inactive but now I want to be out and about more I really need to get going again.
I haven't really been in positive mode but I am now so by next week hope to have quite a biggish loss, as it will feel like a new start and it always goes quicker, then slow it down to the recommended weekly loss.
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MURAKAMIMOMMY 5/27/2008 10:40PM

    Oh girl....you are strong. You are going through quite a bit and yet you are not backing down on any front. Most people would cave with just one battle to fight---you are fighting many and WINNING!! You should be so very proud. Guess what....absolutely uncanny....I have eczema (sometimes it seems very much like psoriasis)...it's all over my ankles, knees, elbows, neck and under the arms. I look forward to sunny days to heal the redness/scaling, etc. I refuse to cover up as well. Good for you! I truly admire you!

Jenny

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I can't believe it

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

I've just tried on some trousers I found at the back of the wardrobe, I used to wear them when I first started Sparkpeople and I can fit both of my legs into one of the trousers legs.
What a boost, just what I needed. I coudn't believe it when they both went in and they aren't tight either.
I feel so much better today, even my hair feels better. It's been so limp and straggly for months now and coming out in combsful, always is weird when I'm ill, but today it seems shiny and softer. I've been and had it cut to make it a better shape. M says it's very thin but should come back thicker as I get fitter.
And to top everything offf the sun is shining.
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MURAKAMIMOMMY 5/27/2008 10:36PM

    WAY TO GO!! Wow....what a feeling that must have been! Hang in there and keep plugging away! You and I are on similar paths as far as how much we have to lose and our goals---so I'm with you all the way. Just give a shout out if you need a friend!!

Jenny

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