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Sore Foot Slowing Me Down

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's been a long haul with my right foot. I thought I was doing the right thing going to the foot doctor, but I think he's done more damage than good. I've been barely able to walk for well over a week now. The orthotics he keeps adjusting for me are making different parts of my foot hurt instead of my heel. Each time I see him in town here, I get a bill from the hospital and from him. When I drive to the city, it's a $35 copay and gas, not to mention an hour round trip of drive time. Today, I'm trying my old Good Feet Store orthotics to see if that feels better. I've also gone to the Chiropractor twice this week. That is making a difference. I can feel my bones finally moving back into place. I go back again to the chiro on Friday. Nothing like wasting over $300 on orthotics that don't work (that's office visits included). Any advice on dealing with the quack? Or do I just let it go?

On the up side, Hubby has been on a healthy kick again. He's eating tons of veggies and really trying to do well. He says he also takes the stairs at work whenever he can. I'm so proud of him! That is helping me eat well too. My points for the 12 Weeks to Fabulous challenge are okay, despite not working out as much. I think I'm in line to be second or third in the group. My friend's mom is a maniac and really doing well on the challenge. Way to go Sally!

Today is early out so my kids are all having friends over. I'd better get going so I can finish cleaning the kitchen, exercise (swim), and get some cookies baked (from PTO fundraiser dough). Wish me luck with all those kids!

  
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ASMPP1 11/16/2011 9:16PM

    Good luck with the kids! Hope you find a solution to your foot pain soon.

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/16/2011 1:03PM

    Sorry that your foot is still bothering you. It is frustrating when the doctor is supposed to help and ends up doing worse and doesn't listen. Take care of yourself and keep up the healthy eating!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 11/16/2011 11:31AM

    How frustrating that the doctor is making things worse instead of better. Hope your foot gets feeling better quickly! You have to be very proud of your husband - that's great that he is trying to be healthier.

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CAROLYN0107 11/16/2011 10:40AM

    So sorry you're having foot problems yet. Is it from plantar fasciitis? I can sure relate to that. I wear pads in my tennis shoes but that doesn't always help. I've started doing chair exercises sometimes when my heels are too bad. You can swim, which is good. Keep swimming!!


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CONFUZZELD 11/16/2011 10:35AM

    SOOO thankful to have found your blog today while just reading the boards. I am in the exact same situation with my foot. I have plantar fascitis, a quite large heel spur, and a short achilles tendon all on my right foot. So not only am I in pain from the stretching of the PF/HS, but the AT stretches it the opposite direction. I am now on my second doctor for treatment. And the orthodontics that I had custom made are doing more harm than good. My whole entire body is sore from being aligned "properly." And I know they say to give it a week or so, and you will get used to them, but I've had mine for almost 2.5months. I keep telling the Dr. about it and it seems that he just kinda shrugs it off. So, I start physical therapy this afternoon for about a month to see it it helps. I am also gonna try to see it they will return the orthotics. Almost $300 for something that was told would only cost me about $40, and they don't work!! I don't have that kinda money to just be throwing around.

I hope things work out for you!! Best of luck!

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Feeling Good

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

I must be approaching a good dose on my thyroid meds. I'm feeling pretty good this week. I've been a little down this week. I think it's due to the time change, weather change. This time of year is hard with shorter days. I've also been battling some foot pain, but got to the foot doc yesterday. I hope the adjustments he made to my orthotics helps. It really is hard to walk.

Last weekend my oldest had his High School play. He was part of the preplay musical entertainment. He sang, "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." He nailed it!! The play was good too. I knew some of the kids in it. It's an old fashioned melodrama, "Lilly, the Felon's Daughter." The kids hammed it up really well. It was really funny.

I've been getting some cleaning done around the house. Nothing as dramatic as finding my wedding ring last week, but it feels good to get rid of junk. Still lots of cleaning to do around here and junk to get rid of. I seem to be chipping away at it slowly but steadily.

I'm still getting a few shifts of work here in my small town hospital. It seems to be enough to help the monthly bills out, but not enough to quit one of my weekends at my other job where I commute. The commute is better now. They got I-680 built in 34 days!!! All the lanes are open. My heart goes out to the flood victims. Seeing the destruction left behind everytime I drive to Omaha saddens me. I hope all those people get the help they need.

I hope to swim today. My foot won't allow me to do too much else at this point. At least I have swimming available to me year 'round. I guess I have to thank my "crazy" husband for that. I'm still amazed we have the Endless pool, and that we built a room around it to use it all year.

  
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KPETSCHE 11/10/2011 3:44PM

    Glad to hear the foot is maybe doing better. It's hard to work on housework when it hurts to walk around (good excuse NOT to do it, but that's a different story). You're lucky to have the endless pool to use. See you at work this weekend.

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ASMPP1 11/9/2011 6:27PM

    Glad you are feeling better. I hope your foot get better, too! It would be wonderful to have an endless pool. Not in our budget or plans. emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/9/2011 2:50PM

    Sorry to hear about your foot pain again. Hope that all heals quickly! Have a great Wednesday!

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Sunny Fall Day

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I figure I'll post a quick blog before heading outside. It's a little chilly, but beautifully sunny today in Western Iowa. I had two great workouts so far this week, on Monday and Tuesday. Yesterday, my best friend came over for coffee. It's funny; we live a block away from each other, but sometimes we only connect on Facebook. She has four kids, I have six, and we both work part-time. It was a great visit, but I ended up running out of time and didn't get a workout in.

Today is busy with Halloween activities. We have the word parade at the elementary school. That's their alternative to wearing costumes. The principal doesn't realize he's just creating more work for the moms. All the kids need posters, and some of the teachers want them to wear hats as well. It would be easier to just let them wear their costumes to school since after school is the Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade through town. It ends at the fire station where everyone gets a treat bag, hotdog, and drink. There's also a free movie tonight, but I don't know if we'll make it. I need Hubby home to divide and conquer. My two middle schoolers have a dance tonight, and my oldest has play practice. Some nights it's hard to fit everything in. We'll manage, somehow. We just may need to rent our own movie and have movie night at home with the three younger kids, popcorn and all.

Well, I'd better go. I need to take care of myself too, and that means working out!!
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ASMPP1 10/29/2011 12:00AM

    Enjoy your time!

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KPETSCHE 10/27/2011 10:40PM

    It's important to have the time for yourself, too. Good job with the 2 good workouts! Hope you were able to really enjoy the gorgeous day. See you this weekend.
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MUSICMOMOF2 10/27/2011 1:11PM

    It is a beautiful day today! Hope you have a great workout!

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CAROLYN0107 10/27/2011 12:30PM

    Sounds like you are busy. I didn't have internet for 20 hours. Not fun. It's back on now but I don't know for how long so I'm doing a bit of Sparking, just in case.

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LNSYLVSDOGS 10/27/2011 11:00AM

    My good friend, who happens to be my next door neighbor.....sometimes we connect only through email. In fact, we pretty much write each other an email everyday. Life is busy. However, we ALSO like to do things together, and make time for that when we can.

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Vacation week last week, now to get going again!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hubby had all of last week off from work. It was nice spending so much time with him. We got lots of errands done, ate out for lunch a few times, and just enjoyed each other's company. He even made big progress on a project along our flower bed in front of the house.

I was successful at finding jeans that fit me now. My skinny ones are too skinny, fat ones too fat. I'm still around 176 thanks to my thyroid. I'm still making dosage adjustments. I decided to try to change to dessicated thyroid again. I've been on cytomel (T3 only) med for a long time. Dessicated thyroid has everything in it that a thyroid makes (T1-7, calcitonin, and other stuff) so it should be better for me. It just takes time to titrate the dose.

We had a wonderful day yesterday and I have to share. Mary just turned twelve a couple of weeks ago but we couldn't celebrate her birthday because of volleyball and my work schedule. I really didn't feel like another slumber party, too much drama. I also didn't want to spend hubby's week off cleaning the house. We took the girls (nine girls total) to FunPlex in Omaha. Half the rides were closed for the season, so we got a discount on the party. We also let Patrick take a friend since we didn't really do anything for his birthday six months ago. The others stayed home, our 15 year old babysitting.

We were practically the only people there. The kids got to ride the go-karts, roller coaster, tilt-a-whirl, flipping ferris wheel, and play minigolf all they wanted. There were no lines! Most of them also brought their own money to spend in the small arcade, win tickets and get prizes. Everyone had a blast and I really enjoyed watching them all have fun. There was very little drama, only my daughter getting overly upset with herself with some minor go-kart driving mistakes she made. We dealt with it and I got her enjoying her party again. I even convinced her to try some rides she was afraid to. The weather was perfect, 70's and sunny! Best birthday party ever!!

Well, I've got to go and get myself moving again. A week off from working out is not good for me. I only had 21 points on my "12 weeks to fabulous" challenge. I've had as many as 54. That's not helping my waistline either.

Have a great week everyone!

  
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ASMPP1 10/25/2011 9:28PM

    Sounds like all had a fun time!

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MUSICMOMOF2 10/24/2011 11:31AM

    Sounds like a great week ending with a wonderful outing! Here's to a strong and healthy week!

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Up to 175 again, but SparkPeople is helping to identify the problem

Friday, October 07, 2011

As you can imagine, I'm quite frustrated right now. I went to the doctor yesterday, stepped on the scale and it had confirmed what I already knew. I've been gaining the last few months despite being active and eating pretty well. I feel exhausted all the time. This is not the way a person who has been pretty regular at working out for a year and a half should feel. So I can sit around feeling sorry for myself, or I can figure out the problem.

I just printed off my exercise reports so I know I've been pretty consistant with working out. Cardio is usually between 3-5 workouts a week, with usual decreases around Christmas, vacations, and illness or injury. Strength training is around 1-3 times per week pretty consistantly as well. My eating follows the same pattern, consistant with expected variations around holidays, vacations, and illness. I can't deviate too much. I start feeling sick when I take in too many carbs or alcohol.

What's left? The only thing that's changed is my thyroid/adrenal medication regimin. I've kept pretty good records in a notebook charting my cycles, headaches, exhaustion, sleep patterns, and the changes I've made to my thyroid/adrenal meds. I worked my way off florinef in May, and have been decreasing my hydrocortisone since the end of May. My best weight was 166, April 18, 2011. I've noticed changes in my monthly cycles, increases in sleeping problems, and decreases in energy, especially after working out. Conclusion, I've found my "sweet spot" for my meds and I need to get back there again. I've made an appointment with my family doctor. I think she'll be open to all this information. I'm tired of driving to Omaha to see the "specialist" who really hasn't offered much help for me lately. I'm glad the data revealed what I suspected. It all correlates so well.

Lesson: Track everything you can. Charting things based on my cycles has helped me identify when I get migraines, when my cycles started going short again (every 25 days, yikes) and it all matches well with when I decreased some of my meds. I'm hypothyroid, and hypoadrenal. My body doesn't function at full capacity because of that. It needs thyroid supplementation (cytomel works the best for me) and adrenal support (hydorcortisone and florinef). I'm anxious to start feeling better, but I'm glad that I think I have it all figured out now.

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 10/7/2011 6:21PM

    I am impressed with your tracking. I really should do that with my headaches. Good luck!

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KPETSCHE 10/7/2011 5:00PM

    Great job on your tracking. It pays to be efficient in your own health monitoring and this is proof. emoticon

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ASMPP1 10/7/2011 4:33PM

    Great job on keeping records. I, too, track and looked back to know what happened when i regained all my weight plus. Working hard to change the trend this summer.

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BLUE42DOWN 10/7/2011 12:38PM

    Very smart to do that level of tracking. Even those of us not on any medications can learn a lot by keeping track of when we have more energy, when we have less, when we feel subpar, our general emotional state, and so on.

Good luck getting back onto the right level to help your body get to where it needs to be.

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