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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This entry has taken a while to figure out how to write what I wanted to say. So here I go and I hope it comes out making sense.

Many of you may not know that I am an epileptic and have 2 types of seizures. It's not something I generally share because is has cost me jobs, friendships and relationships. I actually had 1 gentleman friend tell me if I had another seizure, he would leave me. Needless to say, I left him!

Occasionally stress or lack of sleep might trigger a seizure, but I always have an aura (a type of warning) before a seizure. But boy did I have a duzzy of a seizure on September 5th. My family had never seen anything like this seizure and it was nothing like anyother seizure I had ever had. There had been quite a bit of stress during the 3 previous days, I was fighting a serious infection as well as taking an antibiotic. Any of these things could have triggered that major seizure

By the end of that Friday, I ended up at Dartmoth-Hitchcock Medical Center. I was unconsicous for over 30 hours. That doesn't even count the time I was in the local ER. After I regained consciousness, I was in the hospital for another 3 days. I had a lot of time to think during those days. Needless to say, I won't be driving for at least 6 months which is fine by me. When I stop and think that 10 minutes before the seizure I had been driving, it scares the living daylights out of me! Especially since I had been seizure free for more than 5 years.

During the time that I did that serious thinking, I decided to make some changes - very important ones - in my life. Here they are:

1. No more putting myself last. I make sure everyone else in my family is OK, but tend to take care of me last. My health needs have to come first!

2. Work with neurologist, primary care and the surgeon who will replace my hip (yes I decided to have it done) to become the healthiest me I can be. I know that running is no longer an option, but I can walk, hike, ride a bike and another very large list of the things I CAN DO to become a very healthy me.

3. Create a daily ME time. I haven't done any type of crafts in a very long time and these have always been my stress busters or ways to relax and wind down.

4. Keep my life as stress-free as possible. This may sound strange as part of a slife-style change, but it's what I need to do the most for me. If this means cutting back on certain things, or staying away from certain people for a bit, then it's what I will do.

I hope that this all makes sense. I am not usually a blogger, but I needed a way to put my thoughts in print.

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68ANNE 9/18/2014 6:00PM

    You did a wonderful way of saying it exactly. I hope you are seizure free for years to come!

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MSGRANNYMAE 9/17/2014 11:26PM

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RUFFIT 9/17/2014 9:49PM

    Thanks for posting! You are important and dont ever forget it. Be self caring because without yourself you have nothing. Major hugs. emoticon emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/17/2014 2:04PM

    MaryAnn - I am so grateful for your presence to write such an important blog. Be strong and stay true to yourself. You have all the skills to put this list in action. You are so worth it! Woo HOO to being alive and being the best you can be! Make your home exactly what you need to stay positive and focused on your goals. Tranquility Now!!! Awesome, friend. We are all here for you. Reminds me of the saying I heard Oprah had on the wall in her office, "You are responsible for the energy you bring to this space". I think that is close, you get it. So glad you are getting better. emoticon

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 9/17/2014 11:06AM

    Oh Dear Lady,
I am sorry you had to go through that. But putting yourself first is a great idea. It is about time, too! emoticon
You can do it!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Huge Hugs.
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    I agree with the others, you deserve and should be number one in your life. The changes sound like great ones to me. Doing crafts or games, reading whatever you like is a great way to de-stress. Doing whatever it takes to keep stress out of your life is extremely important. Don't be ashamed or afraid to share your epilepsy with friends. The knowledge can save your life. If it bothers them then they aren't really friends. Hugs, take care. I for one would love to be your friend and have added you as my friend.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/16/2014 10:57PM

    This was a wonderful blog.You are worth being put first.All I have to say about friends who would discard you because you are epileptic is you are better off without them,for no real friend would do that. I too am having my hips replaced so perhaps we can share that part of the journey.You are a strong person and I think we are lucky to know someone as resilient as you. Take care of yourself and if we can help you in any way do not hesitate to let us know. I am so glad you are back and feeling better and that you escaped serious injury when you had your seizure. (Driving at the time would have been horrid !) hugs,Cheri

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    Ahh yes, my dear friend,, you DO need to make YOU #1 ,,,, I had pointed this out b4, not just because of health, but LOL What little bit of "Sanity" you have left (oh yeah, and watch out for the TYPES of friends you make ! LOL)

I love the changes above,,, esp the doing crafts,,, that I had 'planned on during my recovery, but never did it, its been 11 weeks,,, almost 3 months ! So yes my friend,, we both need to encourage each other, and others on the team to do so.

It scares the wahhhhh woooo hoooo outta , that you had been just driving 10 mins b4. Remember that Weds night (ur seizure was on Fri) you said you didn't feel right,,,, I asked you specifically if it felt like "you might have a seizure"? You stated no, next time, my ears will be DAWGGIE UP ! I will be paying morah attention to how U are feeling,,, I do so carah.
Lets start to LAUGH more ,,, we both need this.

HUGS Sweet friend.

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MM11113 9/16/2014 9:08PM

    When I figure out that I need to truly de-stress, I like a cup of fragrant hot tea. And, I like your craft idea.

I waited 30 years to elevate myself toward the top of the list. Don't make that mistake, the family needs to learn to be supportive, caring, and independent. Balance.

Good luck. I would be terrified of driving, too!

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    After a seizure like this you are fortunate to be alive. I hope they can find the reason for this and prevent it from happening again. i think you are on the right track and need to tke very good care of yourself. I am sending a prayer for you!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ok Diane, I know that this will be a shock to your system. I am blogging!! This is so unusual for me.

Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment:

Minimum of 20 minutes of cardio daily. This will probably mean that I will be doing 2 10-minute walks at first, but I will get there and more. I am also rejoining the gym.

Strength training every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. I will find exercise videos that work for me

Check List:
Gym clothes - check
Exercise plan - check

Fall 5% Challenge Nutrition Commitment:

Tracking and measuring will be my main nutrition tools. Due to a health issue, some of my daily requirements are set higher than normal. I typically stay within a specific calorie that works for me.

My Fall 5% Challenge Commitment to Me:

I MaryAnn will follow through with exercise, tracking and team participation. I have come to far to slip back. When I need help, I will ask. When family members attempt to sabotage, I will stand firm.

MaryAnn Gilbert
Spirited Underdawgs EL and 5 year Spark Member

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68ANNE 9/7/2014 1:48AM

    Loving the plan!

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STEVEN2GO2 9/1/2014 8:23PM

    Hey my Mom's name is Mary Ann! Good luck with your goals. You may find coach Nicole's fitness videos useful. Her seated exercise videos are about 10 minutes long and she offers modifications and includes information about prper breathing breathing and stretching after you strength train.


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    MaryAnn - Great Blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great goals! Good luck with them!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/1/2014 12:18AM

    Sounds like a great plan.Don't let anyone sabotage your success !

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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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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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    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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