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Seeing the specialist tomorrow

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tomorrow I see the neurosurgeon. I'm a little nervous, of course. And my back is feeling much better. There is a part of me that wants to cancel the appointment, but I know that is silly--and my hubby will drag me to the doctor's office himself if he had to!

  
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MSANITAL 5/22/2014 9:45AM

    Hope all went well with the Docs office.. question did he suggest a stimulator ??? My daughter has one put on when she is at PT.. she was having back issues from playing so much Hockey.. Hope you feel better soon and yes even when you are having good days that is not the green light it means your improving..and before you know it you will have a ton of good days..

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DOGLADY13 5/21/2014 9:59PM

    Don't cancel. Give the specialist the opportunity to share good news with a patient. (Hoping the good news is for you

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Inching up on my gold crown!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I am only a handful of points away from the 100,000 mark and the gold crown. I am kind of amazed that I'm reaching it--back when I joined Spark it seemed like an impossible goal.

But that's really what all of this is about. Every day when I walk out the door for my walk, it seems like it's such a long way to the end. When I lie down on the floor to do the exercises my PT gave me, it seems like an impossible number of repetitions. But I do reach the end of the walk, the end of the reps, every time. And my goals are the same--they seem to be impossibly far away, but I just need to remember that I can get there if I keep on the path every day.

  
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    Now that you have reached the 100,000 mark, aren't you glad that you started when you did? emoticon on reaching the 100,000

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NELLJONES 5/19/2014 8:27AM

    Those points are as addictive as any food, aren't they?

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/18/2014 8:38PM

    Little by little, inch by inch! That's how we get Sparky! emoticon

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Back setback

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I got the MRI results for my back. I have a moderate tear in a disk at midback (I can't remember the numbers) and arthritic calcification at the top of the tailbone area that is moderate to severe and beginning to impinge on the spinal cord. So the doctor is sending me to a specialist for further evaluation. Because I didn't have nearly enough going on already in my life.

What I am really hoping for is that they will say, yes this is something we need to monitor, but it's okay for you to go back to swimming and biking. I am still having trouble sitting up in any kind of straight-backed chair for much more than 15 minutes before I start getting uncomfortable.

But I did get to spend time with my godkids yesterday, reading bedtime stories to the younger two and playing games with the oldest. We adapted by lying across the bed in the guest room. You make of life what you can.

  
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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/15/2014 6:04PM

    MissG, it sounds like you are going to need some TLC. take it easy. ill bet swimming will still be a good one for you to do.
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HILLSLUG98239 5/15/2014 5:06PM

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for good news.

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WILSHAR7 5/15/2014 2:58PM

    I'm so sorry about your back pain. I don't know what you are going through. My sister has had back pain since she got hit by a truck while she was walking more than 30 years ago. She had surgery back then and is still having pain. Again I'm so sorry. Blessing to you and I hope you are feeling better soon.

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MIAMIRN 5/15/2014 12:10PM

  I have practiced neurology nursing for approximately 30 years. I don't usually say this, but I think you nay need surgery. Any time the spinal cord is being impinged, it is very serious. You can become paralyzed or loose all your sensation in a particular part of your body. Please seek a neuro-surgeons advise as soon as you can, within the next month, if possible. If you get any worse, unusual or new symptoms go to the ER immediately. Don't panic, but treat your condition carefully. Avoid impact exercizes like running and jumpiing. Swimming is good. I'm sorry you're having these problems. You might be a candidate for non-invasive surgery. Ask your neurologist and or neurosurgeon about it.

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THEEXERCISER 5/15/2014 10:00AM

    I hope that you and your doctors find what helps makes you the most comfortable.

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Covered in bees!!!!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Since it's my birthday party day, OF COURSE our box of bees arrived and must be picked up from an hour away and hived today. And the hive needs to be opened and inspected--which I can't fault for its "todayness" since we honestly should have done that a week or so ago. Ferrett has gone with our visiting friends to get the bees, while I am staying home to enjoy a hot bath. Because it's my birthday weekend, darnit!

  
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WILSHAR7 4/30/2014 11:19AM

    Happy belated birthday. I hope you had a great weekend. Do you raise bees?

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/29/2014 8:16AM

    Hey MissG! Happy Birthday! I'm sure it's still a valid wish today because you have most likely stretched the celebration out a few days! Hope your bees are doing well. Dwight just got 5new colonies last weekend. Now he's up to 9. Yummy Honey,

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EBRAINK 4/29/2014 7:54AM

    I'm late to the party, but hope you had a lovely birthday, Miss G!

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DOGLADY13 4/27/2014 4:35PM

    Happy Birthday!

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MUGGLEMUM 4/26/2014 10:49PM

    Happy Birthday, friend! You deserve that bath! No matter how we try to prepare, these things will always happen. Don't sweat the small stuff! emoticon

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HILLSLUG98239 4/26/2014 2:49PM

    Bees, like other livestock, have a way of rearranging our schedules. They don't care what you had planned.

Although we still hope to have enough land to have a little truck farm some day, I've given up my hope of keeping bees. The Hubs was swarmed by wasps when he was a boy (they did not take kindly to him shooting their nest with his BB gun), and he still freaks out around any buzzy thing that can sting. He's delighted to see them pollinating our trees and garden, though. He just keeps a respectful distance.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 4/26/2014 1:13PM

    Seems that things always happen that way. Plan something and another plan happens that same day. I hope you enjoy your weekend !

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The garden

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

With my back being injured, there is no way that I could safely clean up the yard for the summer. And boy did it need it: I did nothing in the line of fall cleanup, what with all the health crises going on. So we got a lawn service in to do a thorough cleanup, trimming, and general un-disastering of the yard, front, back, and side. It looks better than it has in a couple years.

And my first reaction to it all was to be really sad.

Poor hubby was distressed. "I don't know how to help you be happy!" he said. I didn't know, either. It made no sense, because I'd gotten what I wanted, and what I didn't have the physical capability of accomplishing myself.

But I realized that the process of cleaning up, as much as I thought I disliked it, had meaning for me. And not being able to do it, even when I can objectively see that I would not have done nearly as thorough a job, left me feeling a little hollow.

Fortunately, they did leave me one section of work that needs to be done: the ivy along the driveway and the narrow bed in which I plant my herbs that runs along the driveway as well. It's not a very big job, but since I can only work at it for half an hour a day, it will take me plenty of time.

And it will get me outside. I love my house, but after this winter it feels a little like I'm stuck inside a Coleman cooler. We have small windows and not much natural light--it's good for the heating bills, but psychologically wearing. I really need that sunshine. I've been outside walking at least an hour a day.

What I really need is a place to sit outside. We used to have a swing in the backyard, but it's gone now. We have no porch and no deck. And hubby isn't much for the outdoors, so just setting up a couple lawn chairs in the hopes that he will sit with me is pretty futile. He makes the valid point that he's either too hot or too cold, and at either extreme there are bugs; the chairs are less comfortable than the ones in the house and what exactly are we doing this for? But I dream of a summer kitchen kind of space. Oh well, maybe when I win the lottery!

  
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DOGLADY13 4/26/2014 9:55AM

    Being outside is healing. Get outside to dig in the dirt. If you have the energy, invite a neighbor over to join you for a cup of coffee and a visit outside. It all helps. The suns helps everything and everyone thrive.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 4/24/2014 12:32PM

    I to like to sit out side and in my apartment's yard outside the care taker has sat two chairs that he and my hubby sit in now and than.

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TTLEELEE 4/23/2014 10:29PM

    Being out in my yarden is very much my therapy, exercise and JOY!!

My DH isn't big on just being out in the yard either. I can't figure out what kind of space would make him want to come and be outside.

I would love an outdoor "living room" because there is nothing like a good glass of wine under the sky with some music in the background. Maybe a good book, or a nap....Ahhhh Bliss!!

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MUGGLEMUM 4/22/2014 11:08PM

    I, too, like to sit outside. Even though there's more noise, it seems more peaceful. :-)

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KANSASROSE67 4/22/2014 10:59AM

    I know exactly how you feel about being outside and working in the garden. It makes me happy every time, no matter how hard the work is.

I'm glad you have some tasks you can do yourself. Maybe some pots of flowers that could you put together would be fun too. They could surround a nice comfy lounge chair for you to relax and read in...let DH stay inside!

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HILLSLUG98239 4/22/2014 10:25AM

    I understand. While I want something to be done, I also want the sense of accomplishment of having done it myself. Our garden really suffered last year because of Jim's 150-mile round trip commute and my commuting by bike. We've pledged to put more effort into it this year, but I'm also lowering my expectations.

There's something calming about sitting outside. Our front porch is mostly shaded during the summer. The patio in back is on the north side of the house, but it still gets really hot. We're building a pergola this spring. We have grapes on the west side of the patio, and it's our plan to trail them up the west side of the pergola to provide shade. I'm planning to paint a "carpet" on the concrete. My hope is to make an outdoor room that will be cooler than the bare concrete patio is now.

I hope you win the lottery.

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