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It's my birthday~~!!! 66 today....

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I often throughout my life wondered if I would live long. Well, here I am and relatively healthy overall. My father died at 38 of heart attack with "hardening of the arteries" They said he had the arteries of an 80-year-old man. That was over 66 years ago. (The math says I was born a semi-orphan...and I was.)

My mother probably could have lived longer than her 72 years but refused to go to the doctor and I believe she died of pneumonia.

One sister died at 72 but had multiple health problems and lived over 10 years in a nursing home. The other sister died at 75 and died from complications of withdrawal from pain kilers for arthritis pain in her back (her kidneys shut down).

Considering the fact that none of my medications are narcotic drugs and I don't have all the illnesses my two sisters had, I may live 20 more years.

To make sure my bones get stronger I am starting a morning walking program this morning.

Gotta go get on that treadmill for a minimum of 20 minutes today. My last speed on the treadmill was 2.5 miles perhour.

Had a healthy breakfast of boiled tomato with lox on brown rice nongluten and no yeast bread washed down with Cafix "coffee" with rice milk and stevia to jazz it up. Reports on walking program tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 6/2/2012 12:41AM

    emoticonHAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MANY MORE emoticon

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MILLISMA 6/1/2012 4:57PM

    Teddy, a belated Happy Birthday!!! emoticon

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JAMER123 5/31/2012 11:22PM

    emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday!! Hope you had a wonderful day! May you have many more!

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FRAN0426 5/31/2012 10:25PM

    Happy Birthday, I hope you had a wonderful day. How nice to start a morning walking program on your birthday, nice gift to yourself.

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BECKYSRN 5/31/2012 11:32AM

    Happy birthday!

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MSLZZY 5/31/2012 9:33AM

    Happy Birthday and many more! HUGS!

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MOMMA48 5/31/2012 8:39AM

    emoticonHave a super great birthday, hun, and here's my super wish for many, many more years of fun and great health ahead!

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TAMPATINK67 5/31/2012 6:59AM

    emoticon happy birthday - and many, many more to come!

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DEXA scan was "almost normal"

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Slight osteopenia on left hip. Dr said it was not worrisome.

I will double check these results with my rheumatologist in June as I am a bit worried as the dr who read the scan said I had twice the average chance of a fracture. That sounds like a lot to me.... emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/29/2012 8:17PM

    Hope the doctors will explain these results to you in great detail.

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MSLZZY 5/27/2012 8:06AM

    It would be nice to have a little more of an explanation.

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PUDLECRAZY 5/27/2012 7:30AM

    Yay! Have you talked to your doctor about weight lifting?

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MERRYMARY42 5/26/2012 8:59PM

    Good news on your dexa scan, since I have been going to the gym, walking, and have lost some weight, my bones have improved so very much, I still take calcium, (but now I wonder whether I should) and try to keep my weight down, but it seems like I am on a eating mission right now. darn, but from osteopenia in my hims and back to just a small amount, I am very pleased not only that but my blood pressure medication has been cut in half. This walking and exercise is a good thing,

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AZURE-SKY 5/26/2012 3:38PM

  I've also had DEXA scans over the years that showed "slight" osteopenia. The first one to show that was when I was taking the drug Femara for breast cancer. The second scan showed about the same. When I went off Femara, I had a 3rd DEXA scan, and my bone densite INCREASED!!

I didn't know at the time that some drugs can reduce bone density. You might want to check with your doctor about any medications you're currently taking.

If you have trouble walking outside, try the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds videos. She has everything from an easy 1-mile walk to a couple of advanced 5-mile walks. If you can walk, lift your knees, do a slight kick, and step side-to-side, you can do these videos. There's no fancy footwork involved at all. She has a website, and there's a 1-mile walk demonstration video there, so you can see if it's something you can do.

Those videos are a life-saver for me in the summer, when temperatures hit over 100 degrees, and when I don't feel like going to the gym.

Have you tried resistance bands for upper body work? They come in a box of 3 strengths, I got mine at Walmart for around $15. You can use them for lower body work as well.

Good luck and I hope you get good news from your own doctor.

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GAELA-I-CAN 5/26/2012 2:10PM

    Yes it does sound like a lot.

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DEXA scan results...need to make some lifestyle changes...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Don't know yet if I will need to take medication for osteoporosis or if I am only in the osteopenia stage. I am twice as likely to have a fracture according to the dr who read my scan.

I do know that I need to walk more and try some strength training. It is difficult with the upper extremities as I have a 10-lb lifting restriction due to thumb surgeries but at least I can do leg presses on the machine at the gym and walking at home in the neighborhood and on my own treadmill. I hope to gradually work up to 1 hour of walking per day but need to start out gradually so I don't overdo.

I also have not been taking calcium supplements but have been taking vit D supplements (6000 IU per day) and need to ask doctor how much magnesium I need to take and how much calcium. I am limiting dairy products due to inflammation on blood test but need to replace with other forms of calcium including greens like kale and collards, sardines (ew) and others on a list a friend printed up for me.

I was quite upset when I first read the final report on the DEXA scan but I need to calm down until I speak to my internist about the results. I will also discuss it with my rheumatologist when I see him in about a month.

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PUDLECRAZY 5/27/2012 7:27AM

    This is so frustrating! I have been dealing with this issue, too. If you haven't already, see if you should see an endocrinologist. Things like parathyroid tumors (usually benign) can interfere with absorbing calcium. Blood work may help determine the cause of your bone loss and help to determine what treatments will actually be helpful. Do your research about 'bone building' drugs before starting them.


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SUE_2U 5/27/2012 12:23AM

    Ask your doctor about Vitamin K2. Apparently that helps those of us who have problems with bone density. emoticon
Wishing you all the best.

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MSLZZY 5/26/2012 1:38PM

    Ask lots of questions and get to know what is going to be
the best for you. Good luck! HUGS!

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Monday ophthalmologist appt and Tuesday Dexa scan

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I have to work 6 to 2:30 both days to accommodate those appointments. I had better go to bed about 8:00 tonight.

Plan to go to gym at 5:00 and eat steak dinner about 6:30 ot 7:00.

Had 22 grams of protein (fish, etc) for breakfast.

I am still eatng the watermelon I bought last week and it is still the sweetest one I ever et (MN slang for ate).

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MSLZZY 5/21/2012 8:13AM

    We had watermelon yesterday and DD's and I echo that
comment. It was dellicious. Have a great Monday! HUGS!

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Up and down on the scale..

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I relost another lb today. Want it gone for good.

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