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Happy Summer days

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I'm doing pretty well physically. Still some trouble with my toes/feet hurting but not too much swelling. My husband has been joining my hikes, which delights me. It's wonderful to have another activity in common.

His 16yo daughter moved back in with us (50/50) but so far she's been reasonably cheerful and compliant. Quite different than the last couple of years. Still quite stressful as I know if anything goes wrong he'll blame me and side with his kids. But I'm handling it and am prepared financially to leave if it becomes too much. That gives me some peace.

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SACTOKAREN 7/14/2009 4:48PM

    Hang in there... hopefully things will go smoothly with the kids. They won't be around (dependent) forever. My BF's daughter wants nothing to do with me, so I only see him when he doesn't have the kids. It works... for now.

Take care!


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PATSDIARY 6/28/2009 3:12PM

    Hope your feet get better - it's hard to hike with sore feet, for sure! Do your best not to let his kids get between you - they'll only be around a few more years - once they are grown, they will not be under your care or your roof!

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More healing and new adventures

Thursday, January 08, 2009

I went to my very first ever yoga class last night and the stretching felt sooooo good! I cannot do a couple of the poses due to tenderness in my toes so the instructor showed me alternatives using a wall for support, sort of doing pushups on the wall instead of the floor.

My exercises have settled into a routine of cardio every other day and strength and stretching on the alternative days.

I start the twice a week aerobics class in two weeks, the structure will be welcome!

Still at 122 pounds, managed not to gain anything over the holidays. Now that I'm gaining muscle I'm enjoying feeling stronger after being so weak from the arthritis attack. And, I hope more fat from my thighs goes away.

I'm still focused on climbing the backside of Half Dome in June. Slow and steady wins the race.


More slow progress, but I'm encouraged

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I've been doing the core exercises my doctor gave me, plus some strenghtening with 2 pound dumbbells and pushups. I can bend my toes but not put pressure on them, tried it and the next day new swelling and ouch! So plank and pushups have to be on my knees. But that's okay, it's still moving in the right direction.

I can do cardio in January, signed up for an aerobics class at the local CC which will meet twice a week. I will be careful and take it easy.

My husband is still concerned about my weight loss, he thinks I lost too much. But I'm at the high end of a healthy BMI, and at some point might have to ask my doctor to tell him so.

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NURSESHARK 12/15/2008 1:43PM

    Good to hear you are on track Sue! Leah

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ERIN1128 12/15/2008 12:28PM

    Glad you're still hanging in there, I've been meaning to check in with you. Keep on plugging!


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Progress in several aspects

Monday, November 10, 2008

I have a plan to recover ME and have been putting parts of the plan into action.

Physically, I am still tapering off the prednisone and have two weeks to go, but now that the dosage is so small the side effects have lessened, yay! I only need tylenol twice a day. I'm taking supplements to make sure I get enough calcium and Omega 3's and misc. others.

My feet are now well enough to walk short distances and every day or at least every other day I make it a goal to walk for 15-20 minutes. Sammy the Terrier drags me along, he loves walking! I also am doing crunches and stretches, and yesterday bought two- two pound barbells to start building some upper body muscle, of which I've lost so much.

I do all my exercises in private so DH doesn't sit and criticise. I'm so done with him holding me back.

Mentally, I've disengaged from all parenting. Neither kid is my problem, they have two parents that can take care of them. It's beginning to feel like a relief from a burden that really wasn't mine to begin with.

Socially, I've started knitting again. I used to do lots of crafts and after I married any time I started a project DH would shove his daughter into whatever I was doing and that took all the fun out of it. In addition, I found a local yarn shop where women get together just to hang out and knit and talk.

I need girlfriends IRL, not just online groups. Working on that, too.

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NETPASSONS 11/11/2008 1:45AM

    emoticon Sue !!!

You have to make yourself the top priority. Do this for you.
I totally understand your situation. Hubby and step-son used to do me the same way. It held me back for a few years. No More.

Do what is right for YOU. They will soon get the idea. Your health and happiness come first.

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ERIN1128 11/10/2008 11:05AM

    Good for you, for taking care of you! I'm a big believer in stress affecting your health (negatively) - when dealing with major health issues like yours, I think it's really important to focus on how to reduce your stress level. emoticon

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

I've been reading "The Wisdom of Menopause" by Christiane Northrup, covers all aspects of the change of life. I was reading Chapter 4 that covers the function of adrenal glands and I now have a theory as to why I suddenly developed massive arthritis...I have been chronically stressed for the entire 8 years of my relationship with DH and his kids and his ex-wife. My body just could not take anymore and succumbed to a bug and then went haywire.

I have to make serious changes in my lifestyle.

So I have to take care of Me. That means eating right, exercising, figuring out my own medical care and supplements to treat the arthritis, seeing my friends and what little of my family I care to see, saving money in my own name, basically making my own decisions about what's best for me. DH will always take the position that he's right and for the most part I will let him think he is since I'm not interested in arguing. But ultimately I will do what I think is best for ME.

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JUSLEFAIRE 11/11/2008 8:33AM

    Oh, Sue, I like this blog. You are taking the power to control your own life.
Good for you! emoticon

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