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Rehab update...going home tomorrow...yipee...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

emoticon I am excited to go home tomorrow morning after 10 days in
TCU at very nice nursing home. Had 3 therapy sessions per day and though I am sore, the active range of motion is very good. Still fatiguing easily and need to pace myself. It will be nice to have showers starting MONDAY after staple (stitches) removal. emoticon

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    I am glad you get to go home. Hope you are feeling better. Take it easy and keep us posted on how you are doing.


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LUCYVLH1 6/22/2009 11:04PM

    Teddy I am so happy for you. Now you can concentrate on total healing, getting stronger and feeling the best you have in ages....so when are you going to start training for the marathon??? emoticon

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MISS_VIV 6/21/2009 12:15AM

    No Place like home, take it easy and follow the doctors orders (for a while at least)
So happy that you are going to be going HOME.....


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50SGRANNY 6/20/2009 8:02PM

    Teddy - how wonderful! It will be great to be home again, I'm sure. Keep up the rehab after you're home, and keep us posted all the way!

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BIGT_56 6/20/2009 3:50PM

Glad to hear you are going home. No matter how good you are treated in the hospital, there is no place like home to make you feel better.
Take that shower, take it easy, and keep working on that knee, and come visit us here . We have missed you!!!

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FLASUN 6/20/2009 7:06AM

    Teddy, So happy to hear you finally get to go home! Please take it easy, pace yourself and we sure are missing you a lot!!! So feel better, take that wonderful shower, and come back to visit with us soon! Love Ya! Janice emoticon

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Memorial Day...remembering those who are gone...

Monday, May 25, 2009

My mother always grieved over my dad on Memorial Day. My birthday was the next day, on May 31st. He died when she was pregnant with me and I was born about 5 months after he died of heart attack with no warning at age 38. She lived to be 72 and died when I was 32. I remember dealing with funeral arrangements and my 2 sisters were not available to help in any way. I really felt alone. My 2 children were only 3 and 5 years old at the time and luckily I had a wonderful mother-in-law who took care of them.

Gone are my father, my mother, my younger sister, my oldest sister, my mother-in-law, my second mother-in-law, my ex-husband, all my aunts and uncles (some lived to 96 years old), and I hope they are all in heaven. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARCHMAID 5/26/2009 5:29AM

    It does seem that each year more are gone than are here so I keep making new--younger!--friends! Thank goodness for memories, but we must keep moving on. Don't know why, but it seems to be a biological imperative.

Take care.

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BIGT_56 5/25/2009 10:47AM

    I never really "celebrate" Memorial Day like most people these days. When I was a child the holiday wasn't so much about honoring the troops, but about honoring all of our family members who had passed on. We placed flowers on the graves of all of our kin people and recalled moments of their lives that touched us the most.
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I still see the holiday in this way. I think about my husband, parents, grandparents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends that have gone before me. I honor their memories and cherish the fact that by knowing them, my life was enriched. It is sad to know that all of our loved ones have gone from this earth, but as long as we remember them, they will forever be a part of our lives.


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MISS_VIV 5/25/2009 10:09AM

    EARLY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TEDDY, Looks like you are getting ready for a vacation before your surgery..... have a super time and take lots of pictures. You will need them to enhance your memories of the good times while you are recouperating from your surgery.

Best of luck
You will do well.

Thoughts and prayers for you.


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FLASUN 5/25/2009 7:21AM

Wishing you first a Very Early Happy Birthday! Such a sad time for your mom, and I'm sure you had so much joy to give her after such sorrow of your dads passing. I'm sure you must be missing all of your family that has passed on. My brother & father are also gone, and my period of sadness is always going to be around Christmas time.

You must of had a wonderful mother-in-law, and hoping you will see them all again...... they will all be waiting in a much better place. emoticon

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Knocked kneed and pigeon-toed....

Saturday, May 23, 2009

My knees....have become knocked kneed and painful to the point that I opted for knee replacements. The left will be done on June 8th. I am going on vacation from my job May 29th through June 5th and then will be having surgery on June 8th. Three days in the hospital after surgery and then planned transfer to nursing home for rehab for 2-3 weeks. I am looking forward to being able to walk with less pain. It is scary looking forward to this major surgery but I have to keep my eyes upon the prize (less pain, more stability). I have had three falls in the winter which have either been caused by or complicated by the knee problems. Once I fell in the street and couldn't get up and with the light changing I crawled on hands and knees (ow) to the sidwalk and finally a kind woman stopped her car and helped me up. I called her my guardian angel. Luckily I landed on my back and didn't break anything, as x-rays confirmed. The other two falls were minor compared to that. Then about a week ago I leaned over to pick up something and fell forward (luckily in the house on carpeting). My sense of balance is disturbed and I have a floating feeling when walking and get dizzy as there is no cushion in my knees and I feel and hear a clunking noise with each step. Dr. said if I am recuperated after 3 months I could get the other one done then. Right now I am just psyching myself up for the first one and am trying not to be anxious about it (easier said than done). emoticon

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COOKSNBAKES 5/25/2009 10:24PM

    This is sure a difficult process. I wish you well in the next couple of weeks.

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NANCYBFULLER 5/23/2009 8:37AM

    My husband had his knew replaced last summer. It has been a good decision. He walks so much better. You will too.

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MARCHMAID 5/23/2009 3:47AM

    Boy, you've had it rough! Good luck on the surgery. I just had my hip and knee injected yesterday because of arthritis and am redoubling weight loss efforts since extra weight is probably what got me here in the first place!

Congratulations on your efforts thus far--keep it up even though it will be hard after the surgery.

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Looking forward to traveling...

Friday, May 01, 2009

When I was at my top weight traveling was not fun. If I were to travel at 280 lb they would probably make me buy two airline seats. I went to Orlando from Minnesota four years ago and did not know they had seatbelt extensions available and was extremely uncomfortable in the regular airline seat. I almost couldn't get it attached. The next time I traveled which was 2 years later at 180 lbs there was no problem.

My weight has been inching up since then and I ran across this picture of my top weight and it has given me new incentive to lose those 40 lbs again and then another 30 lb. I have to set realistic goals and was happy that after only a few days of watching what I am eating more carefully that I have gotten to 218. My first goal is to get to 200 lb by August 1st and that is three months to lose 18 pounds which I am sure I can do.

Since I am having knee and foot pain (among others) I know that swimming and walking in the pool will be helpful...I just have to make myself go to the pool and quit making excuses. My new gym has generous open and lap swimming hours and so I really should have no excuse. The pool is also a warm one that runs about 82-84 degrees and that was one of my excuses this winter when I was a member at Lifetime Fittness (their pool ran about 78).

I also have a treadmill at home and so the rainy spring weather is not a viable excuse, either.

I have been reading inspiring articles on Spark People about making time for exercise and I know I do have the time and certainly have good reasons to get stronger.

I have decided to share the SparkPeople website with people at work who are interested. After showing my picture of before losing weight there were at least 6 people who wondered how I did it. I joined a weight loss program that cost quite a bit but really feel that SparkPeople is a great alternative and it is free. I have handed out the Spark cards and referred 2 members so far. If I get enough people to join from my workplace, I might start a group on the website where we can share ideas.

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MISS_VIV 5/2/2009 10:07PM

    This is awesome. So glad you have set your new sites and are doing the right things to meet your goals.

congratulations on your success so far and good luck.


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PATRICIA441 5/1/2009 2:00PM

  emoticon on getting back on track. That is super. I know that exercise can be hard to do. For me it has to be fun so I put on music and dance all about, do jumping jacks to the music, lift weights to it. I probably look really silly but only the cats watch. I do think they might roll over and laugh sometimes though!! LOL. High Five to You for the great job! Hugs. Pat

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CELTICMOTOCAT 5/1/2009 10:19AM

    You can do this, because you deserve the best. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My new picture posted is 2005 at my high weight of 280...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

OMG, I forgot how I looked only 4 years ago, at my top weight of 280. One thing I cannot forget is how much pain carrying all that weight caused. I felt greatly improved when I got down to about 240. At one point I was down to 180 but now am up to 220. After finding this picture in a box while house cleaning, I feel inspired to first get under 200 pounds and set goals of 10 pounds at a time until I am at my ideal weight of 150. I know I can do it and know that I felt much better when I was 40 pounds lighter than I am now. emoticon

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MIDNITE_LADY 4/30/2009 3:25PM

    Hi Sounds like a good plan best of Luck to you you can do it !!! Hugs Bobie emoticon

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