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Saturday, September 19, 2009

It's hard some days when I know the challenges of the arthritis keep popping up. I just had left knee replacement 3 months ago and that went so very well. Some day I will need the right done also as that knee is bone-on-bone but not extremely painful yet.... anyhow I have a right trigger thumb that has become symptomatic along with carpal tunnel syndrome that the doctor wants to do surgery ASAP since I am having chronic pain and weakness. Problem is...my job, I worry I will be off too long and our department is missing 2 other people right now who do the same work I do but I don't know how long I can work like this. And then my feet started hurting again and the foot doctor wants to fix that with surgery, also, and that is both feet. I plan to go swimming today to get some exercise without the strain on my feet.... I feel like I need a time-out to fix all my joint problems, both hands, both feet and the right knee and then things would be okay...for now I will work on getting the right hand fixed and recuperated and see what hurts the most before deciding the next step. I thought the hands would be fine after the thumb joint replacements (both were done 2 years ago and 2-1/2 years ago).... but there is still pain from years of overuse as a medical transcriptionist. And here I am blogging away on my time off....perhaps I should become a woman of "few words," and stop complaining so much. LOL emoticon

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FLASUN 9/20/2009 2:44PM

    Teddy, so sorry to hear about this chronic pain you are having. I'm hoping things get better for you! Take care & get your health better for yourself, your job hopefully will be there for you when you get better. Love, Janice

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BIGT_56 9/19/2009 8:17PM

    You are one tough lady! I don't know if I could keep going on with life the way you do. I know that chronic pain makes life unbearable sometimes. Take care of yourself and try not to worry too much. Things have a way of working out, sometimes in ways we never expected them to.


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HOLLYSNOWWOMAN 9/19/2009 10:46AM

    I am sorry about your chronic pain I guess you would call it and all the surgeries you know are in your future. . You have a lot of courage just by moving. You will be in my prayers. emoticon

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PATRICIA441 9/19/2009 8:53AM

  It is often very hard to cope with life when you are in chronic pain. Do you wear a brace on your hand for the carpel tunnel. That helped me before I had my surgery which was not bad at all. What a relief it was to have my hand "normal" again. Pray things work out for you. Hugs. Pat

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FITKAT2010 9/19/2009 8:10AM

    Perhaps a workman's comp leave, or early retirement would be good right now?

Comment edited on: 9/19/2009 8:10:27 AM

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CHRYS13 9/19/2009 8:05AM

    It's difficult to feel "up" when you're in chronic pain. You're in my thoughts and prayers!
Hoping that you will have a great weekend, though, and be able to enjoy this fantastic Minnesota weather!

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Good knee, not so good hands...

Friday, September 18, 2009

My three month postop check up of my knee replacement was good. Have to keep active. Saw hand surgeon yesterday and I have trigger thumb which is causing quite a bit of pain and thickening of tendon in thumb. He wants to fix it and at the same time do carpal tunnel surgery. One problem is that I just had 9 weeks off for my knee surgery and I might not have enough FMLA time left to get this done without jeopardizing my job. I haven't figured out what to do yet but hopefully I would be able to use some vacation time towards the time I need off from work....we will see, my annual review is next week and guess I will just have to discuss it with my supervisor. I am trying to stay positive but just got this news yesterday and haven't fully digested it.... emoticon

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HOPE2BE 9/22/2009 6:56AM

    I don't have much experience on thumbs but I hope you find the time to do it soon. I know how surgery helps you get better. I had carpel tunnel surgery and I still worked some but no heavy lifting or stress on it. You might check with the Dr. to see what you are limited to. I was a janitor so I still was able to do eveerything but the floor sweeper and the vacuum. I did salads and had others put away the liquor at the restaurant. Ask first and see. Maybe you can still do it.

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FITKAT2010 9/18/2009 5:57AM

    Teddy, discuss this with your supervisor AFTER the review is done. You might find something in your review that guides you into how to go about letting them know.

It's better to get surgery on your thumb earlier than latter. Legally they can't let you go.

Check on the surgery, the possible problems of it if any, and line things up carefully so it runs smoothly. There are thousands of things we do daily that require our thumbs.



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Doctor visit to follow up knee replacement...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I definitely have to bring my list of questions regarding my knee...it seems I always forget to ask something....have some issues with my incision and numbness and stiffness and need to know if that is normal or not. Keeping the knee active is much easier said than done. So far, I think everything is good. emoticon

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EDWARDS1411 9/17/2009 5:58PM

    I'm glad your knee is doing so well!! Both my sister (both knees) and sister-in-law (one) have had knee replacements and they feel so much better for it. They say the secret is to be persistent and do the leg exercises. I'm so impressed that you are able to walk that far. Keep up the great work!!!

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FITKAT2010 9/16/2009 7:58AM

    Get your money's worth! If this was a life or death situation, you'd remember what to ask. Make the list and make certain you get everyone answered to your satisfaction. Don't let the doctor rush through your check-up.

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Mentally better, but have huge head/neck ache....

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Didn't sleep well last night because I couldn't get comfortable in bed. My neck hurt and then my head. Tried ice which helped some and must have rearranged my pillows about 300 times. Woke up once during night and watched the movie, "My Life," which was uplifting and depressing at the same time as I have tumors on my pancreas which have been growing for the past 2 years. I worry about them turning into pancreatic cancer which is what the main character died of in this movie. It is hard to be positive when I have "a ticking time bomb" in my pancreas. The doctor said there was nothing I did to cause this and nothing I can do to prevent it from turning into cancer, but he did say the kind of tumors I have rarely turn into cancer. Still...I worry about it. emoticon

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FITKAT2010 9/13/2009 8:17AM

    Sweetpea, that is a good sign that the doctor says it isn't cancer. Why fret? Why put yourself through torment and emotional pain over something that isnt?

I will tell you that when we start on this journey towards health/fitness/reaching our goals that fear does rear it's ugly head as if to ask us to choose: Fear or Love.

So, please choose once again for Love, which is your natural inheritance. No matter what the body does or doesn't do, it is our mind that chooses our experience.


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    Sorry to hear about your restless night. When I find myself like this I never turn on the TV because for some reason I get wide awake, same with reading a book. I have some craft projects going all the time (cross stitch or plastic canvas). This seems to calm me more so I can sleep. Hope you rest better tonight.

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MUSIC66 9/13/2009 7:45AM

    sorry about the tumors and sorry you had a sore neck and a sore head . also so that you found it hard to get comfortable in bed aswell. emoticon

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Walked 45 minutes today...about 2.5 miles...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Even though I got a slow start this morning I went for a walk and was gone anhour but rested about 15 minutes before coming home. I estimate I walked about 2.5 miles and now I plan to go swimming. I feel much better already. Just have to be sure I don't overdo on the swimming like I did a few weeks ago. I will probably stay in the pool only 1/2 hour this time. I was upset this morning cause I weighed in 2 lb heavier than yesterday but reweighed and it was only 1 lb. I have bought so many scales cause I can't seem to get an accurate one. If anyone reading this blog knows what brand is good, please let me know. My present scale has been adjusted to match my doctor's scale every time I get weighed there and now it is about 5 lb off (of course the wrong way!). emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 9/12/2009 6:44PM

    You continue to inspire 'T'. -- Lou

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SUSIEPH1 9/12/2009 4:57PM

    Do you have a gym or a chemist nearby? the best scales to use are the calibrated kind .. I am not worrying about my actual weight so much as cms lost !! have a wonderful day!! you are doing well .. I love the pool I exercise in the pool doing running in the water, walking up and down. sideways , using the resistance of the water .. it makes me feel great !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITKAT2010 9/12/2009 3:49PM

    The best scale is the type your doctor has. They are pricey though. My Omron Body Annalysis scale is very accurate and measures weight and several other health factors. $85 through Amazon.com.

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ODIE244184 9/12/2009 1:44PM

    I just try to weigh myself on the same scale each time at around the same time of day. I watch for the trend hopefully going down as opposed to focusing on one number. I don't weigh to often because I tend to get obsessed with it.

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BIGT_56 9/12/2009 1:13PM

    I know that my weight will fluctuate during the day by a couple of lbs. I try and weight first thing in the morning before I drink or eat anything. I have noticed that if I feel like I have water weight gain (maybe from to much salt the day before) that after I am up and going for a while and weigh again, the excess lbs. will have gone back down some. That could have been what happened to you this morning. The walk took some of the excess water weight off.

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HOLLYSNOWWOMAN 9/12/2009 11:56AM

    I have bought 4 different scales and I like the weight watchers best. The others broke after about 1-3 months of use. My weight is never with the doctor's scales. His is always about 4 pounds heavier. I just count what is on my scales and weigh in once a week. No matter if I have some edema and gained I still take the weight on Saturday.

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