Tuesday, April 22, 2014
I had my first cortisone shot on Monday and I almost danced out of the Orthopedic clinic!
What a huge difference. No pain when I walk, go up the stairs, and even when I tie my ! I couldn't do the sneakers before.
I went for my first real walk in almost 4 months today and it felt wonderful. It was a short walk - 15 minutes - because I don't want to start to quickly and mess things back up, but it was the best walk in a long time. I felt so energized when I got back and my mood since I got home yesterday is 100% better. I don't feel discouraged and am getting back on track.
I want to thank everyone who supported me with comments during this difficult time. All of your comments helped and were truly appreciated.
To You All!!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Fear can be a terrible thing, but when you let it control you it can be very destructive. And I learned this the hard way.
In a previous blog, I learned that I was going to need hip replacement surgery very soon. I let this take over my life. But sometimes the wise words of friends can point you in a different direction and mine was to get a second opinion. I am so very glad that I did.
Yesterday I met with a different surgeon and he advised that I not have surgery and that I start with a cortisone shot to the hip. It changed my total outlook. From fear to hope. It is wonderful to have a doctor listen to what I have to say and offer an alternative to the big "S" word - Surgery.
Instead of hiding in my home in fear, I went for a walk today. I have made a schedule for myself that will include ST and some light cardio. I also started doing some research on Spark and a couple of other sites for cardio workouts for people with arthritis. I won't be able to run anymore, but I can walk, swim, hike, kayak or bike all I want. Running is was a dream of mine, but not something that was an absolute necessity.
So hear is to learning that there is always hope around every dark corner.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Special thanks to SPARKLINGHOPE & JBASKETT63 for this great pledge. I am signing this and hoping that you do the same.
Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, to forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
For the past couple of months I have known that things weren't right, but last weekend things hit the fan. Depression kicked with a kick to the gut and it knocked me for a loop! Didn't want to get out of bed, didn't want to get dressed, had to push myself to exercise, and had no real appetite.
This was my DD's favorite time of year from a couple of weeks before Halloween to mid-January. She even went trick or treating when she was 17. She and a friend dressed up, went out and then donated all the candy they had gotten to a local Kiwanis Halloween Party. From that point on each holiday meant spending time with family which was very important to her. She would even keep the Christmas tree up until mid-January watering it daily so that it wouldn't dry out. I miss her terribly. Last year was the first time in 8 years that we had a Christmas tree and it felt wonderful. But sometimes, things don't work out the way you hope especially with depression.
So I talked with my best Spark Buddy Diane and talked. Each night she called and we talked. It helped, but I needed to figure some things out. So I sat down and started to journal. I created a pledge to myself, worked out some long-term goals, and I created a 3-part plan for weight-loss, exercise, and most importantly wellbeing. The pledge and wellbeing parts were the hardest to figure. They had to be realistic and attainable.
I began Friday and things are getting better. Reading all the goodies that teammates and friends sent as well as the comments on my SparkPage was the best medicine a person could ask for. I am still taking things 1 day at a time and keeping busy. I have even started working on some Christmas projects. Imagine that.
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