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Sunday, April 11, 2010

While I was out recuperating from my shoulder surgery I was feeling down and depressed my only form of social life was going to doctor, dentist, and physical therapy appointments and the occasional grocery shopping trip. I wanted to do something more with my life.

Once feeling a little stronger I called my distant learning school Excelsior in Albany and asked if they knew of any way other than taking out any further loans to be able to continue with my education. The person in financial aid suggested that I put in for a FASA knowing that I would get rejected because at this school nursing students are not eligible for FASA. She sent me via e-mail a form entitled a "certain circumstance" and I had to send that back with proof of my income.

A few weeks later I got the SEN back telling me that I was not eligible for FASA and then a few days later I was online at my college's web page and looked into my web page entitled "MY EC" and was surprised to see that this girl submitted my paperwork to the college's Scholarship Board and that I received the Excelsior College's Presidential Scholarship. The scholarship is not very large but it will be enough for me to resume my studying and take two of my seven remaining theory examinations. She told me if my circumstances do not change for the 2010-1011 fiscal year that I can try again but there were no guarantee that I would get another scholarship but that it was worth trying.


Happy Holidays To All SparkPeople

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I want to extend my best wishes to all SparkPeople Teams and people that make the available to us. I will be undergoing surgery tomorrow 12/21/09 and am glad to be having this done as I have a torn rotator cuff (Shoulder) ligaments having partial tears and have been experiencing much pain loss of use and strength to my right arm. Most people would not put themselves through this at this special time of the year, yet I am glad that it will be taken care of.

I know that the road to recovery ahead of me will be long and hard but if I can get back at least 80% use of my right shoulder it will be well worth the pain and aftercare so I can enter into 2010 with a positive outlook toward better health. I will not be on-line for some time afterwards and just wanted to take this time to wish everyone "A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR" Blessing to all and when I am finished recuperating I will be back.

Mary Roback

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WANDAC2013 12/20/2009 11:14PM

    Good luck on your surgery and recovery....Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year to you!

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SOPHIEBBW 12/20/2009 11:04PM

    Good luck with your recovery and Happy Holdiays to you!
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A Special Thank-You

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I want to say "Thank-you" to everyone who responded to me through this Blog site or through sparkmail. Your ideas, words of encouragement and support were greatly appreciated. The Orthopedic doctor changed my medications and my Primary Care Physician gave me medications to help stabilize my emotions. I was told that exercise is a Big NO-NO and the doctors want me to limit my use of the computer to no more than 2-3 hours a day.

They told me that the effects of these new medications will make me drowsy and to be careful when driving and do make any financial decisions until my body gets used to the new medications and the effects are not as intense. I wanted something other than television to keep me preoccupied so I purchased a 1000 piece puzzle hopefully that along with television, sleeping, eating, and daily walks to the mail box coupled with 2-3 hours of computer (shared between job search banks and sparkpeople) the addition of the puzzle will keep my mind occupied and give me something to look forward to (the puzzle being finished, it by Thomas Kinkade the Artist of Light) and is of a Lighthouse which I recently have developed a fond interest in.

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SOPHIEBBW 10/1/2009 9:43PM

    That's what we're here for! Keep up the good work!
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HORSESHOEGAL12 10/1/2009 8:30PM

    Doing a puzzle is a great idea. Are you going to glue it together when your done and hang it up. I absolutely love Thomas Kinkade I have a puzzle also a 3-D one that I'm going to put together sometime when I'm not busy. Which may be never by the looks of things. To much to do in to little time. Enjoy some down time I know I would if I could. Take care and remember that everything always works out in the end!!!!! emoticon

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Depressed, Upset, and In Pain

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Went to my Orthopedic doctors office today at 2:30 pm EST. My appointment wasn't until October 14th but I had to see him ASAP. I told him that the pain
in my right shoulder that he said was bursitis is not responding to the treatment of Antiinflammatory medication and exercises he prescribed about a month ago. I told him I went to bed this morning around 2:10 am and by 3:15 am I was jolted out of my sleep with pain in my right shoulder. emoticon emoticon

I went into the kitchen and took 1000mg. of Extra Strength Tylenol emoticon
emoticon and returned to bed and eventually fell asleep. emoticon He changed my medication and gave me Prednisone (decreasing strength from high to low) and Flexeril (a muscle relaxer) and wants me to start them tomorrow.

I told him of the exercises that I was doing in addition to what he was having me do, my cardio (Sweating to the Oldies) Strength Training (just started on 9/28) to help me in loosing weight now that I am unemployed and not getting any exercise. emoticon emoticon He said that he wants me to completely rest my shoulders as I told him I was experiencing some pain in my left shoulder as well. He said that I am not allowed to do any exercises what-so-ever and he wanted me to take the medications he prescribed, ice the shoulders (20 minutes on, 20 off) and just relax. emoticon, so until I am instructed otherwise all my exercising is
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No job, no physical exercise I feel like I am useless. I've been disappointed by people telling me one thing and doing the complete opposite. I feel that people (not sparkpeople) are not being honest and that they are just yanking my chain. I guess they get some sort of a thrill out of telling me lies. I need to feel like I am accomplishing something that my life has some meaning to it. I read other blogs where people say that they are so overwhelmed with tasks that they don't know where to turn next. How I wish I had that problem. Sitting for hours searching the computer job boards for jobs, eating, sleeping and watching television is not a life I take enjoyment in. Oh then let me not forget my social calendar the occasional doctor/dentist visit, walking to take out the trash and/or get my mail emoticon.

So ends another chapter in the saga of my life emoticon emoticon.

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SOPHIEBBW 9/29/2009 9:18PM

    Being homebound for over a year, I can so relate! I felt worthless too... I got through it and so will you. Be kind to yourself, you have that power!
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HORSESHOEGAL12 9/29/2009 8:17PM

    You know we're all like big kids and really don't like to follow orders. I know I didn't I went back to work practically right after knee surgery. But the old saying still goes we are our own worst enemy!!!!! Take a little time to rest then jump back on the band wagon. Find a good book to read to take your mind off eating. But most importantly have faith that everything will work out in the long run!!! emoticon

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    Hang in there! Maybe you could take up scrabble for a while, and reading a good book! Personally, I would love some down time! You could plan your menus and find recipes. I recently got a recumbent bike emoticonthat I ride often. It doesn't use shoulders, maybe you could get one. I got one because the snow is getting ready to fly and I wanted to be able to exercise safely (not slipping and sliding on the ice) emoticon
I hope you feel better soon!

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TEDDYTEDDY 9/29/2009 7:12PM

    Sometimes rest is the best thing to do. I know when I have had carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms I have asked for exercises to help me but the doctor says ice and/or heat and rest is the best thing to help it heal.

I have had orthopedic problems most of my life and now I am 63 and I was hoping after I lost weight everything would be so much better. But I have fibromyalgia and degenerative arthritis and some of my parts are wearing out and the fibromyalgia symptoms come and go...sometimes I think I am "all better" and then I get a flare-up...I hope you do not have chronic pain like I have had.

When I had thumb joint replacements (one at a time) about 2-1/12 and 2 years ago it really killed me to sit still and rest and so I watched t.v. a lot cause I got tired of being in bed. The problem with t.v. is that they advertise food all the time and I gained weight....and I am still trying to get back to where my weight was 2-1/2 years ago.....

Being on the computer too much can be really hard on your neck and shoulders so take it easy on that so you can heal.

You can take my advice or leave it, but when the doctor tells you to rest you should listen. When it is time for physical therapy or exercising he will let you know...

Listening to relaxing music might be helpful... (I think I will take that advice and go rest with some nice new age music playing to help me relax)....


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Success with Day One Addition of Strength Training

Monday, September 28, 2009

Today I added on Strength Training to my Agenda. My program consists of 5 exercises that take into consideration upper/lower body and core. I started out by doing my 30 minutes of Cardio using my Richard Simmons Sweating to the Oldies CD then did the 30 minutes of Strength Training in addition to the prescribed 7 shoulder exercises my doctor said I had to do twice a day @ 12 reps. each using my cane and strap.

I have committed myself to 30 minutes of Cardio daily M-F and Strength Training on M-W-F on Saturday and Sunday I only do the doctor prescribed exercises. So I set out and made a change and was able to get through day ONE. Additionally I got a good nights sleep last night emoticonas the night before was a NIGHTMARE.


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