Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Yesterday I had planned on attending an arthritis seminar in the afternoon. My errands just seemed to run into each other and I missed the first session. UGH! I came home and took a much needed nap.
I did, however, make the evening session. I'm not sure what I was expecting to hear but I didn't really get anything out of the session. The lecturer was kind of jumping all over the place. She explained all the different forms of arthritis a person can have. She said there are over 100 different types. Is she going to name them all?
Then she showed everyone different exercises to do for different parts of your body. Told everyone that the Y offers water aerobics. We know this already. Most of the people in the session already take the classes. She explained how to try to keep the arthritis from progressing. Too late. Most people in the class have had some kind of joint replacement already. Eat right, exercise, get rid of stress. Blah, blah, blah. She didn't even have arthritis so I didn't feel like she really understood what we were feeling. Her mom has it though and that's what prompted her to volunteer for the foundation. She could sympathize but not empathize.
At one point, she stated that she eats right, exercises daily, and knock on wood, doesn't have any signs of arthritis. Why would you say that to a class room full of people in pain? One lady even stated her frustration in eating right, exercising and still has arthritis. The lecturer said, "Well, in your case it might be hereditary. Nothing you can do about that."
Don't get me wrong. She was in no way mean. Kind of insensitive, but not purposely. When she said something that was insensitive, she would try to back peddle her way into sensitivity. She tried. I got to give her credit.
Me being the consultant that I am, already have a list of suggestions I'm dying to pass along. I'm going to write them up and send it to her. Merely suggestions. She had lots of pamphlets on osteoarthritis. That's fine for someone with that condition. But what if you have rheumatoid arthritis, like me? A whole different ballgame and different information. She listed the top three forms of arthritis:
How about providing information for all 3? How about having us ask questions at the beginning, not the end of the session. By the end of the 1-1/2 hour session, everyone was trying to bolt out of the door. Give your lecture based on the actual needs of the people attending the session, not a one size fits all lecture.
For someone who was newly diagnosed, they probably went away with enough information to get them started. But for someone like me who has been dealing with this for about 20 years, I really didn't come away with any new information that I could use.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
When I make the titles for my daily blog, I try to write what I'm feeling at the moment. This morning I don't know how I feel. I'm not tired but not fully awake, I'm not happy but not sad, not hungry but I could eat, not pain-free but not in agony.
I'm currently searching for a contractor to complete my garage conversion. When we purchased this house, 1/2 of the garage was converted to a usable living space. I currently use it as a workout room but I need more space! When I told hubby that someone was coming out on Friday to give me an estimate, he wasn't happy. Oh well. It's either that or add an addition on the house. Choose one. Yeah, I thought so.
Last night before bed I forced myself to pop in a workout DVD. I'm glad I did. It felt good to get the exercise completed. 40 minutes of "Walk at Home". Then I ate an orange, a serving of peanuts, drank some water and fell asleep.
Today I'm going to attend a health & wellness seminar for arthritis. It's held at the Y, so after the seminar I will get my workout in. This week is starting off strong.
Make today great!
Monday, February 06, 2012
My aching back! Today I'm taking it easy. No Y, no Wii-Fit, no walking away the pounds. Just pain meds, a heating pad, the couch and maybe a visit to my physical therapist so he can say, "I told you so."
Yesterday's plans went out the window. I didn't go skating. I laid around , watched tv, read and knit. I even stayed home and watched the Super Bowl. Now I know why hubby is so intense. I couldn't take the excitement. My stomach was in knots. But the Giants won.
Nothing worth blogging about is happening today. Just going to run a few errands. I have to cancel my doctor appointment tomorrow because I never got my blood work done. It was scheduled 4 months ago. Talk about procrastination. Maybe I'll finally get that done today. (sarcasm)
Grocery shopping. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, taxi-ing, etc. Does it ever end? People who have an empty nest tell me I'm going to miss constantly having things to do when the kids leave the house. Wanna bet?
Make today great!
Saturday, February 04, 2012
I'm crashing down from a sugar high. Yesterday I went to the Y and walked around the track for 30 LONG minutes. It was so hot in there and my fatigue had me feeling like weights were on my shoulders and eyelids. But I did it.
Then I came home and I don't know what happened. Well, I do. Some emotional eating happened. What triggered it is the question. I don't think I went over my calories but everything I ate yesterday were empty calories. No nutrition in sight. Well, maybe the cup of frozen sweet corn had some nutrition. But that's about it.
Before I went to the Y, I stopped at Dunkin Donuts. I ordered one of the new sandwiches. I had turkey on a french roll, minus the bacon and cheese. It was really good. The man behind the counter looked at me and said, "No donuts?" I told him, "No, I'm REALLY trying to be good." He must have seen some desperation in my eyes because he passed me 2 chocolate munchkins and said, "For you." Jeesh, am I that pathetic?
Today is a new day. It's very quiet here. Hubby's at work. Kina's at grandma's, my 16 is at a sleepover and my 19 year old is still alseep. When he wakes up, I'm sure he'll head to the gym. Now if I can keep the dogs quiet, I'll have it made today.
I'm going to eat a healthy breakfast. Complete 30 minutes of my new workout DVD. Then I'm going to clean my home until it shines. That's the plan.
Make today great!
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