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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 emoticon! 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.

emoticon To You All!!

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ANNESYLVIA 4/27/2014 8:31AM

    Awesome! Next walk 20-30 minutes, I'm sure!
Best of luck with back issues!

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68ANNE 4/23/2014 9:55PM

so happy for you!

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GOULDSGRANITE 4/23/2014 12:50PM

    AWesome report! So Happy to hear about your good news. Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/23/2014 12:00PM

    I'm so glad you got some relief!! My mother used to have those injections and she got great relief from them too. You are prudent to be careful though because they are not a cure and as the pain is less people have a tendency to push too hard and incur further damage. The relief from the injections is usually not permanent but many doctors will repeat them every few months. Good job on the exercise!!!!

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GRAMMAMARY 4/23/2014 8:48AM

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glad to hear the shot helped

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/22/2014 11:55PM

    Oh I am so pleased to hear the good news .I feel happy for you!!!!

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MARYANNSQUEST 4/22/2014 10:27PM

    emoticon Penelope! Glad your taking it easy at first! Now you can SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE! Better yet fly like a SUPER SPIRITED UNDERDAWG!


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    VERY WELL Missy Penelope !! SO HAPPY things are working out for ya !!

Now imagine "YOU CAN FLY" and you can TOUCH THE SKY !! NOTHING WILL be out of ur limit,,, IN CAUTION of course,,,, but you can RUN THRU THAT EMPTY DOOR,,,, only YOU can now hold urself back,,, with the memories of NOT being able to do things you couldn't do.

I'll see YOU IN YOGA !! There's a few to help with SLEEP !! They are VERY EASY !!! WISHING U MY FRIEND,, THE BERRY BEST you OLD DAWG YOU !!!!

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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.

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/24/2014 9:43AM

    This is really good new MaryAnn.
What a relief. I am sure you feel better just knowing there could be a second answer. Who knows, cortisone might be the ticket!
It is also good to check into the correct exercising method concerning your health issue. Arthritis doesn't have to be debilitating, but good to know when running is NOT for YOU.
Take care, and keep bringing us along on this journey.
Have a great day!

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CHERIJ16 4/14/2014 1:05PM

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    Girl,, ALL YOU NEED to "FEAR" IS ME !!

HAHAHAHA !!! I can COME AND GET YA !! (In the dark, around 2AM when I stay with ya,,,, I'll SNEAK Into the bedroom,, and scare the ever loving LIFE OUTTA YOU !! Than you will lose 2 lbs that week,, cos I'll scare the EVER LOVING WHOOPERS OUTTA YA and you'll be in the bathroom for about 3 days without STOPPING !! WOOHOOOO !!)

I am SO HAPPY for you hon !! SO RELIEVED that you DO NOT need surg,,, and just the shots. yeah it's usually is 3 of them at one time.


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    Such good news. I think you were experiencing the fear because the other doctor wasn't hearing you and your concerns. You were wise to seek another opinion. Best wishes for continued good health and best of luck with making an exercise and diet plan that helps with this condition. Listen to your body and love yourself.

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ANNESYLVIA 4/13/2014 7:08AM

    What fabulous news!

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JSTETSER 4/13/2014 6:46AM

    The more we know, the better our decisions become

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/12/2014 11:45PM

    I managed to escape with the cortisone shots for three years (Don't base yours on mine I was in a catastrophic accident ) I am now waiting for the hip replacement surgery in both hips and while it is not fun I still swim and do my best to keep moving.

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68ANNE 4/12/2014 10:17PM

    You must be so happy also! Good good news

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RUNNING-TURTLE 4/12/2014 10:16PM

    emoticon Glad you were able to find someone to listen and give you an alternative. Surgery I don't ever like to hear unless it is a last resort. Wishing you well this weekend.

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FEAR is something I never expected!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Not in a million years. Now let me explain.

In November I started having severe pain in my hip. It was effecting my workouts and getting progressively worse. So I went to my primary care physician and he sent me to a specialist.

But sometimes ignorance is bliss!! I had e-rays taken and met with the orthopedic specialist. He looked at the x-ray and asked me if it (the hip) was worth saving. Saving???? Was he really saying what I thought he was. The shock must have shown in my face. Then I saw the x-ray. My hip looked like Swiss cheese to say the least. But his attitude didn't help. It went back and forth. First he says that it should be replaced within 18 months, then he says that some of his patients go on for years with bone-on-bone.

Now the fear part comes in. Not about surgery-that part doesn't really bother me. I have talked with others who have had replacements done. Nope, not surgery. Would you believe it's exercise? Yeah exercise. Walking for more than 15 minutes is about all I can do. And no more recumbent bike-the angle for the joints is even worse. Elliptical and stationary bike are ok.

But there is always that little voice in my head keeps reminding me that it IS going to hurt when I stop moving. FEAR of pain is always in my thoughts. No matter how many times I tell myself that that I can handle it (I did have 2 kids after all) there fear is still there. A friend said that I was am only temporarily disabled. DISABLED - not! My epilepsy is a disability. At this point in time, the pain is almost constant and some days are worse than others.

Now to figure out an exercise workout that won't aggravate my hip until surgery (if and when I decide to do this). Now I need to figure out how to stop the fear.

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/24/2014 9:46AM

    I hope the pain subsides. I know it is ongoing. But I sure hope it lessens.

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/12/2014 11:47PM

    I am going to Sparkmail you !

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MANDELOVICH 3/21/2014 8:50AM

    I'm sorry you are in pain and hope the solution is less intense than you fear.

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GRANDMACOO 3/12/2014 7:54AM

    Fear can be good, since it makes us "do our homework". Researching to be sure you have the best ortho person you can get, finding exercises that you can do during the wait......
Do you have a place to swim? Walking in water is less stressful on our joints and you don't have that constant "pounding" as when walking on solid ground.

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    HI Buddy !! Fear is ONLY "Fear" and once you get to trying things hon,, you CAN Get beyond it. I say "Temporary "disabled" though you do NOT like that term of "Disabiity" its to only say for THE MOMENT being,, you can not do the usual physical limits you could before, however its also a great time to try NEW THINGS to see what else you CAN DO and that my friend,, will help to rebuild up ur body and self confidence !!!

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DBEAU57 3/10/2014 11:48PM

    Look at the videos for exercises on SparkPeople. There are some good exercises to do that won't hurt your hip.

I'm sorry to hear that your hip is so riddled. Is it osteoporosis? I have a vertebrae that has it, and four others with osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis. I am taking calcium supplements and trying to get at least 2 servings of dairy a day in my diet. I also walk and strength train. The strength training is supposed to make bones stronger as well as build muscles.

After the surgery, you will be a new woman! The fear and pain will be a long-lost memory!


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68ANNE 3/10/2014 10:32PM

    What can you do about it, the fear that is? Fear of pain is a very real and hard to deal with problem. You do not need to stop anything that you can handle and you will only be down for surgery for little time plus the PT people will be in with you almost immediately. They will start you on exercises for your new hip that day or the next and you can do those exercises at any time. You will have a few limitations to worry about. Mostly so you don't go too far and pop the hip out of socket. Get to talking about how surgical pain will be different that the pain you have now plus that is only temporary. You can do this

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MLEHTO 3/10/2014 8:46PM

    Some of the people I have talked to felt better after surgery. No pain except for the surgery pain. The joint pain was gone.

Try doing what you can when you can and if it hurts, don't do it! (As my late husband the doctor used to say.)

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KNEEMAKER 3/10/2014 8:45PM

  Ortho surgery in today's world is by far your best choice. My wife fell and broke her hip in 2011. She was up and going in 15 days, new hip and all. She is now 61 and has no pain. She is my work out partner and loves the incumbent bike. I forgot to tell you that I have worked in the ortho manufacturing field for 34 years. I have received many hugs from people that were in pain prior to their implants. Go for it. You'll be glad you did. Nothing to fear but fear itself. Please let me know how great you feel after a couple of months with new hips. I recommend the Oxinium hip joints for longevity. Good luck emoticon

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    I have had similar challenges to face over the years and with my doctors help have been able to find things that work for me. Swimming is usually a good option.

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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!

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RUFFIT 11/5/2013 12:28PM

    I am NOT a quitter!!!

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NEWCHINELO 10/27/2013 7:00AM

    not me either!

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68ANNE 10/26/2013 9:50PM

    love it!

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JERSEYGIRL24 10/26/2013 6:12PM

    I won't quit either, even though it is often tempting to do so.

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MNABOY 10/25/2013 10:11PM

    Only way to meet the day, I'm in, too.

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MADAMES 10/25/2013 9:28PM

    I promise I will not quit.

Comment edited on: 10/25/2013 9:29:26 PM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/25/2013 8:13PM

    I won't quit either.

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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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ALEXIAAG 10/23/2013 12:25AM

    Hugs to you...I hope you feel better soon!

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 10/23/2013 12:13AM

    I'm sorry you are going through depression right now. It sucks but there is hope and I think you are on the right track. Keep on keeping on. You can get through this.

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SANDLADY48 10/22/2013 11:28PM

    Missing you on the Spy thread. Hope you are back to your strong self soon!
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WOMANWITHGRIT 10/22/2013 10:12PM

    Depression does stink but you have determined to explore it and get into action. Bravo for you! You're on to the need to write it out, get support, and make a plan for self care. One day at a time. emoticon

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68ANNE 10/22/2013 8:54PM

    You are doing it.

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PCOH051610 10/22/2013 8:42AM

    Sending big emoticon across the miles that are between us. I am going to send you a SparkMail message shortly.


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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/21/2013 2:37PM

    I've gone through this and my best advice is that sometimes you have to paste a smile on your face and just get up and move, even though you don't want to. Having a plan in place will help, and please, keep reaching out and talking.

Please continue to talk about your DD...she sounds like she was very special and I'd love to get to know her through you.

Hugs, my friend,

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GOING2WIN4ME 10/21/2013 10:14AM


One day at a time is wonderful!!! That's a couple of steps up from one hour at a time!!!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 10/21/2013 10:11AM

    HI my Sweet "Spark" Friend,, and well shoot,,, we've met and that was TERRIFIC !! I was "hoping" we would again this yr, but with my surg, and ur busy schedule it just didn't work out,, so guess WHAT??? how about we DO A PLAN FOR June of 14??? I'll be soo much bettah off with $$$$$ than also. I would NOT of been this yr, but "would of managed" it. I even bought a SPECIAL towel for Dennis,,,,, U KNOW me and Colahs,,, BRIGHT, but I bought him one to use that's actually BLACK !!! LOL Huh? Of course it has tiny flowers on it, but we'll tell him that's cos he's a galy girl. HAHAHAHAHA !!! he'll prob FLIP which just makes it that much funnier !!! U KNOW me and my STRANGE HUMAH !!

Hon,,, with depression,,, sometimes it sits in us, and does NOT WANT to leave us to go and 'visit" someone else per say. Its sooo hard to live with,, you know I went thru a 14 yr deep one,,,so deep I did not care to live, but thankfully I am OUT of it now. :) Yesterday at meeting I thanked all who used to send me cards,,, and visit me in hosp's. They all said about the same thing yest as I did, "I didn't think I did anything". SURPRISINGLY the smallest things count,,, and YOU CLEARLY COUNT my friend.

I am honored, treasured to be UR FRIEND !!

HUGS Sweetie !!! now imagine I am sitting right besides you ,,,and giving you this HUG in person,,, U know how I hug tightly !

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ABAKER34 10/21/2013 8:17AM

    So sorry about your loss. Having lost emoticon siblings of my own and with my own children now, I completely understand how depression can overtake you. Keep on pushing through and don't be afraid to lean on others to support you.

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RD03875 10/21/2013 2:22AM

    Hugs, we are all here for you!

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GOODGETNBETR 10/21/2013 12:32AM

    Sorry to hear about the loss. I agree with Ellelars. Keep planning, keep fighting. Nothing worth having ever came easy, if it did it wasn't nearly as appreciated. emoticon
And emoticon on your week 1 loss!

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MELBBART 10/21/2013 12:19AM

    Big hugs to you. I think a journal is a fabulous idea. Sounds like you're on the right track. Keep your head up the best that you can, we're here to support you.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/20/2013 10:53PM

    Many of us have to deal with depression at some point in our lives. It sounds like you are well on your way to developing a plan to deal with yours. I wish you great success.

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CATLOVER110 10/20/2013 9:40PM

    Good for you! Depression is so hard to deal with. Sounds like you've got a great plan. emoticon emoticon

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MNABOY 10/20/2013 9:10PM

    You are in my prayer for peace and comfort.

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ELLELARS08 10/20/2013 9:02PM

  Depression really does stink. I applaud you on making a plan.

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