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happy anniversary, hon!

Friday, May 04, 2012

I called DH to ask him to pick up a bag of salad mix to go with dinner, and he said HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

we BOTH forgot. He was talking to some folks at work and was asked how long we'd been married. He thought about it, and realized today is our anniversary.

He really should have known it was close...DH picked the wedding date to be close to Derby Day!

so, happy 12 years to Obie and Jack's mom & dad! emoticon

and happy Derby Day!

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FEDGIRL4 5/7/2012 2:14PM

    Happy Anniversary. It will be 20 for DH and I on August 14.

Funny, that (and the toilet paper) was his claim to fame. He consistently remembered our anniversary and I consistently forgot.

We are Mom and Dad to several animals. emoticon

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PJ51798 5/4/2012 9:36PM

    Happy anniversary, you two, and many more! It'll be 14 for DW and me on May 17 -- emoticon

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Why sleep is important for weight loss

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I've been up since 4 this morning. I did 50 minutes of Pilates (with 2 dog resistance)

Jack (the lab mix) likes to give LOTS of kisses while I'm laying on the floor. Obie (the Golden) likes to provide something extra to push against by standing against whichever body part I'm trying to move. And he weighs about 90 lbs!

so...I was starving after my workout. Breakfast was turkey and cheese on one slice of whole grain bread. That was at 6. Of course I was hungry again fairly early. I had some Canadian bacon for my first snack.

If you eat a little something every 2 hours starting at 6 AM, you get close to the top of your calorie range way too early.

I did turn down the offer of a Krystal and some fries at lunch (the boss didn't want his last Krystal).

and I stayed in my range. I still have enough points for a piece of fruit if I get hungry before I fall asleep.

and I went to the park for a quick run on the way home emoticon

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IVYBUTTERFLY3 5/4/2012 6:27PM

    I have dog resistance here too. I thought I was the only one...he doesn't understand that I am not on the floor to scruff all over him. Then after all that work...he always needs a good nap. I wish I was MY dog!!!

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another Boot Camp class wearing a wrist brace

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I've been doing exercises for carpal tunnel and my wrist is MUCH better. I wore the brace to class tonight anyway to remind me NOT to do anything that would hurt my right arm.

once again - planks, lots of planks. I did do much better with the triceps dips this time than I did on Monday.

and I picked up my Cheerios Challenge shirt for the race on Saturday. The volunteer shirts look great this year! Can't wait to see what the runner's shirts look like.

I have to be at the Y between 6-6:30 on Saturday morning emoticon

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BJPENNY70 4/21/2012 4:35PM

    Great going Debbie! I hope you Carpal Tunnel eases down for you. I have that in both wrists. It isn't to bad, yet. It flares up when I over use my hands. The brace does help. Do you sleep with it on at night? That helps tremendously. Good luck on you race today. You will do just great. I know it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Boot Camp class with a wrist brace

Monday, April 16, 2012

this is what happens when you're hard headed and don't listen when the Boot Camp instructor tells you to do planks instead of push-ups and give your shoulder a rest: the wrist on the other arm starts hurting.

I've been putting more weight on my right side because my left shoulder was bothering me. Still trying to do push-ups. Now my right wrist is killing me.

I've been wearing a carpal tunnel brace off and on for about 5 days (mostly to remind me NOT to use my right hand). I moved the mouse to my left hand a long time ago. The carpal tunnel exercises aren't helping this time.
I need to try doing them more often and see if that helps. They usually give IMMEDIATE relief.

Tonight during Boot Camp, I did as I was told: plank holds. LOTS of plank holds. I tried one time to do push-ups and realized quickly that it was a mistake.

only 3 more Boot Camp classes left in this session emoticon He'll start over in September.

guess I'll be slipping into the football stadium and running bleachers on my own for a few months.

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IVYBUTTERFLY3 4/17/2012 9:25AM

    Please be careful!! An injury could set you back a lot further! I wish you healing!!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/16/2012 10:09PM

    You know better than that.

When an injury is in play, you rest and let it HEAL. Pushing through just makes matters worse! You're lucky that you didn't make things even worse.

Take it back a notch, and focus on other parts. ;)

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One year ago today...

Sunday, April 01, 2012

One year ago today I was at Rockdale Hospital. I had several dr's appts during March that lead me there. It all started with a mole on my shin. It had been there as long as I could remember, but just seemed to look different lately. I decided I'd go to the dermatologist to get it checked, “when I had time.”

The first time I walked in to spin class wearing shorts, a girl in my class who works in a dermatology office immediately pointed at the spot and said, “You need to get that checked.” I called my doctor the next day.

The PA, Katherine, said “that needs to come off” as soon as she saw it. Once they got the lab results back, Katherine left a message for me to call her. That kind of scared me...usually they just leave a message with results. It took a few calls back and forth for us to actually talk. I heard skin cancer and kind of lost track of what she was saying for a few seconds.

She said I needed to come back to the office to have some more of the surrounding area removed. Then she called back and said they were going to send me to a general surgeon. Then she called back and said I'd probably have to go to day surgery and I heard lymph nodes mentioned. I was SO SCARED! I was at work, and having a tough time holding it together. I sent my boss a message on the computer intercom system so he'd know why I was upset. I told him I couldn't really talk about it.

I don't usually go to lunch, but I called my good friend Lydia to see if she could meet me. If you are lucky enough to have a friend or family member who always makes you feel good, you are very blessed! Everybody should have a Lydia in their life.

I asked my husband to go to the general surgeon consultation with me because I was tuning out when things sounded scary. The dr. explained everything that I would go thru at the hospital. She answered our questions and gave my husband her phone number in case we thought of anything else we wanted to ask after leaving her office. We set an appt for Friday of that week to have the surgery.

Our day started early. I think we checked in at 6 or 6:30. They got the IV started then it was just a waiting game for time in nuclear medicine. The nuclear med tech came in to tell us what he was going to do and give my husband an idea of the time line. They had to insert a radioactive solution in 4 sites around the original incision. A scanner would track the solution in my veins so they would know which lymph nodes to check. He told me it would be very painful and to let him know when I needed a break. I made it thru 3 before I asked to take a breather. They said the solution would burn, but that wasn't what was so painful. Because there isn't much give in the skin in that area, it felt like my skin was being pulled off my leg with every injection. After a few minutes, I told the tech I was ready for the final injection.

After the tracking, it was decided that they'd take lymph nodes from the top of my leg. They would also cut margins around the spot on my shin and check them while I was in the OR. They would keep cutting until the test came back clear.

I woke up with a large bandage on my shin, a small bandage on the top of my leg, and very THIRSTY! They gave us information on caring for the wound (I had to leave the waterproof dressing on for 3 days) and a scrip for pain meds and sent us home. I was laying on the bed and my sweet boy Obie (a 90 lb golden retriever) wanted to check on me. Unfortunately, he stepped right on the incision! That was when I took my first pain pill.

I kept my leg propped up and didn't really have much pain. When the dressing came off, I had a 2 ½” incision with staples and stitches. It really hurt for anything to touch it, so even though it looked bad I wore dresses instead of pants. Everything came back clear on my lymph nodes. YAY!!!

At the first follow up appt, the surgeon removed the staples. She said the stitches needed to stay for another week or so. Once the staples were out, the stitches were pulling all the time. It was a long week waiting for those stitches to come out.

I had regular body scan appts with Katherine all year. The first one, she took off 2 more spots. When the lab results came back, I had to go have more of both areas taken off. The next appt: 2 more spots. Same with thing with the labs...more cutting. The next appt: 2 more spots, but the labs came back fine. Then I FINALLY had an appt where she didn't cut me! I told Katherine I was working on losing weight...she didn't have to take a cm at a time!

If you've never had a full body scan PLEASE call and make an appt! Melanoma is very curable when caught early. It's also very deadly once it's progressed. The skin is your body's the largest organ. You need to know if it has cancer cells BEFORE they have a chance to move to other parts of your body.

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QUEENMOXIE 4/8/2012 6:32PM

    Wow...I didn't know that you went through this. I am glad that you are doing okay now. I check my skin all the time, because I have fair skin and grew up with lots of sunburns...we didn't have sun screen back then...we had baby oil and iodine, or I survived I do not know! emoticon emoticon

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SARA80 4/8/2012 12:27AM

    Thank u dorthis. My grandmother had it also, but we found it and they had to remove most of the skin and replace it, as it was on her face. Luckily, she survived. You r strong!

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MSPUNKIN1 4/5/2012 5:46PM

    OMG Im so sorry you had to go through that. After going through a full hysterectomy in January I learned that blood clots had went to my lungs. The worst time of my life because I almost died. Thats why I decided to lose weight and become healthier. Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/1/2012 11:03PM

    Wow, thanks for sharing. So powerful! Skin cancer is one of my biggest fears; as a very pale-skinned redhead who's suffered a few nasty burns in her lifetime, I'm very much at risk. I always take care of my skin, but accidents happen, you know? I'm always checking things for changes. So far, nothing but freckles, but I'm young yet.

BReast cancer's my other big fear... my mom's currently battling it (just finished her last chemo treatment) and she's the third generation in a row in our family to have it.

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