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Eyesight is so important...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I have 2 sisters who have macular degeneration and one also had cataract surgery. The older one died a few years ago at the age of 74 and the other is still alive at 71. My sister who is still kickin' has been legally blind since the age of 62 and woke up one morning with nearly zero vision because of a bleed in the eye (wet macular degeneration). Of course, at that time I had my eyes checked but have not had them checked since then. Recently I have had trouble with my eyes and got less strong glasses for the computer but driving has been a problem especially at night and I have had a few near misses for accidents and not seeing people in dark clothes at night walking out in front of my car. I am seeing the eye doctor this afternoon and am concerned that I probably have cataracts. I took some on-line questionnaires and that appears to be the problem (at least from the surveys). I have been wearing non-prescription reading glasses since I was age 38 and lately it seems that my eyes have become fussier and fussier, needing different glasses for every different task I do. It has become a big nuisance. I drive without glasses as I passed the driving eye test and until recently was able to read the road signs fine but that has become a problem. I also cannot see the speedometer and other things on the dashboard properly while I am driving so I most definitely need better correction. I am hoping for the best but am a bit scared of the results today....

  
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MSLZZY 11/25/2009 10:21AM

    I went to the eye doctor last week since I was past due for my yearly checkup (like 11 months, LOL!). I knew going in that I would need glasses and he was very apologetic when he suggested that I could get glasses now or do whatever my comfort level dictated. I told him that I didn't consider glasses nearly as much of a burden as having two broken legs and being in a wheelchair. I wasn't upset and I know he was surprised at my upbeat attitude. I am not taking a
chance on having an accident because I was too "proud" or "vain" to get glasses. Good luck!

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FUNNINFIT 11/25/2009 8:37AM

    there have been many advances made in the field ocular field-new procedures that help with macular degeneration-see someone who's up on all the latest and best of luck to you!


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11-RENEWAL-20 11/25/2009 7:50AM

    I am just healing from two cataract surgeries and new lenses put in...first the left eye, then, about a week later, the right. I've worn glasses for many years but will find out today if I even need them anymore...I'm able to read and use the computer without them right now...just need to have the official check with the Dr. I am so glad it is done.
I hope you don't have to do much driving until you can get something done to help.
Good luck...don't be scared...Sharon

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STOPTHECRAVING 11/25/2009 7:46AM

    Prayers that you get answers and that your results are better than expected. Sounds like this is a scary time for you with your family history and the idea of losing some of your independence. I know that you are strong enough to handle anything that come your way. Let us know what happens. Hugs, Jenn

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Be careful what you blog....

Monday, November 23, 2009

Did you know when you blog on SparkPeople that just about anybody on the internet can read it? I have decided to be more selective about what I blog as this is NOT a private outlet for our secret wishes, thoughts, etc.

  
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MYGEORGE 11/24/2009 8:14AM

    Thanks for the info. I did not know this.

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ELAINESHAFF 11/23/2009 10:59PM

    Thanks for the info.

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LUCYVLH1 11/23/2009 5:17PM

    I found this out a very long time ago and it made me so sad. I use to just pour my heart out, thinking that only the people on sparks could read it. I didn't say anything disrespectful but still...it was for those that were walking the walk with me.

Any blog you have...check it out and make sure it is not accessible to just anyone.

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MSLZZY 11/23/2009 3:31PM

    Thanks for the info!

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BIGT_56 11/23/2009 11:20AM

    There is not much privacy anywhere these days!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/23/2009 8:20AM

    Good point. Thanks for the reminder.

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NIKKIWOOD 11/23/2009 8:06AM

    emoticon

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MRE1956 11/23/2009 7:55AM

    No surprise to me......

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BUDDY_LOVE 11/23/2009 7:14AM

    It's like that on any blog on any website. The same goes with inputting your personal info for banking, amazon, ebay, etsy, ect. Once you input that information, it's there permanantly. Anybody can find it, all they need is the knowledge on how to retrieve that info electronically.

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CHRYS13 11/23/2009 6:17AM

    I prefer using the journal provided here.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/23/2009 5:06AM

    Yes - I realized this when I did a google search on my name 'just for the fun of it' and it brought me to one of my blogs so I am careful to not put personal info there now. I am quite open with my blogs but now being more conscious of not naming last names. I meant to write to spark people about privacy settings (like Facebook has) that limits who can read your info or not... I'm sure it's something that they have (or have considered).

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MY-2-GIRLZ 11/23/2009 4:50AM

    I'm always very careful.

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NIXFROMTHEBLOC 11/23/2009 4:36AM

    yup too true we have to be so careful!

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GOING2LSEITNOW 11/23/2009 4:27AM

    If I want to blog secrets, I just use the journal and that way it is private. I try not to blog things I wouldn't tell anyone in person. Thanks for letting me know that non-members could read our blogs.

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MISSM66 11/23/2009 4:21AM

    This is not new my friend, I know that a long time my DH told me that long time even on face book noting is private so we have to becareful,there is noting private on the internet, have a good day, emoticon

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What does an Edina housewife make for Thanksgiving?

Friday, November 20, 2009

A reservation at Kozy's!!!!! emoticon

  
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MAXFOCUS 11/28/2009 8:54PM

    Mmmm...hope it was yummy! Sounds like a great way to avoid all the clean-up. I love Thanksgiving dinner but not all the dishes that need to be taken care of afterwards.

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BUDDY_LOVE 11/23/2009 7:16AM

    Our family has gone to restaurants for holidays since mom passed away 4 yrs ago. It's not too bad really. except at Christmas when we get funny looks from people cuz we're opening presents in the parking lot. LOL.

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TEDDYTEDDY 11/21/2009 8:17AM

    I might order the walleye fish dinner and skip the potatoes.....

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BIGT_56 11/20/2009 11:44PM

    I have considered that myself...no cooking...no cleaning up...no leftovers to tempt me...now if I can just convince the kids of this!

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ELAINESHAFF 11/20/2009 9:52PM

    Great idea and no leftovers to mess with your sensible eating.

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MSLZZY 11/20/2009 9:18PM

    Save me a seat! I'm with you! LOL!

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EX-WIMPIE 11/20/2009 8:54PM

    BRILLIANT!! emoticon

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CHEDDERFISH 11/20/2009 7:12PM

    Haha Perfect! Sounds like a good idea.

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KEENTINA 11/20/2009 7:06PM

    Good for you!

You look great -no more chair!

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KAT7457 11/20/2009 6:58PM

    you got your answer.LOL have fun.

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KATIEWELL 11/20/2009 6:58PM

    But what about leftovers? emoticon

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Woke up at 3:30 instead of usual 4:30...what to do...

Friday, November 20, 2009

I really don't have an excuse for exercising before work today since I woke up at 3:30. I am starting work at 6:30 so I can get off half hour early to go get my custom foot orthotics (arch supports). I hope they help the ankle pains I have been having. My first symptom of foot trouble this time was ankle pain which was actually caused by an accessory navicular (extra bone in the arch of the foot). In the past I have had plantar fasciitis but this is totally different. The arch supports will probably help the low grade plantar pain I have, too. The accessory navicular is the result of two bones in the foot not fusing at about age 9 or 10. Apparently about 10% of the people have this and it is not symptomatic. Mine was not symptomatic (as far as I know) until I was age 62.... you just never know.... I have to admit that the plantar fasciitis was much more painful as it felt like walking on broken glass.... The doctor said that would last about a year, but he was wrong by about 19 years. I think it still flares up at times if I wear the wrong shoes. I have been able to walk on the treadmill (when I don't find excuses, like I DON'T WANT TO)....so I am grateful not to be impaired by the plantar pain like 20 years ago.
If I ever opt for surgery for the navicular problem I will see if I can get a two-fer and have the surgeon evaluate the bone spurs in my heels (but, of course, that is not in the same incisional area)....

For now, I am doing everything I can to avoid surgery and I know losing weight is a biggie... emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MSLZZY 11/20/2009 10:46AM

    Foot and ankle problems can really limit exercise but you seem to be handling it pretty well.
Stay as active as you can without pain. Good luck with the arch supports. They are bound to make your life better. emoticon

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CRUZINCARIL 11/20/2009 9:23AM

    gosh, hope you get your feet problem resolved soon. i had plantar fascitis at one time and its not pretty..good luck to u and take it easy..

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CRUZINCARIL 11/20/2009 9:23AM

    gosh, hope you get your feet problem resolved soon. i had plantar fascitis at one time and its not pretty..good luck to u and take it easy..

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Sore knees...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I swam 3 times this week but didn't exercise much besides that. That might explain why my knees are so stiff and sore. I also noticed my feet and ankles hurt more than usual. Tomorrow morning I will walk on the treadmill before going to work for at least 20-30 minutes and see if that helps. emoticon

  
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POLYANASUNSHINE 11/20/2009 12:02PM

    I remember my knees got sore when I was swimming and not used to going so many days in a row. Just prop them up, use heat or ice whichever works better. Or go to the pool and do just a littleswimming. Take care. emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 11/20/2009 5:12AM

    Swimming is not considered weight bearing activity usually (whatever weight bearing is involved in water walking (in, not on top) is reduced by the buoyancy of the water. I know walking definitely is a weight bearing exercise. I also need to use the leg press at the gym cause my quads are weak as evidenced by problems standing up from the floor.

Comment edited on: 11/20/2009 6:52:07 PM

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ELAINESHAFF 11/19/2009 11:27PM

    I find that walking greases up my arthritic knees. Keep up your good job of being active.

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EX-WIMPIE 11/19/2009 11:15PM

    WAAAH! I hope your knees feel better soon! Gee, I would have thought that swimming 3 times this week would have been enough exercise. Do knees need some weight-bearing exercise too, to "keep in the habit?"

You've been doing great with everything you've been through!

~ Pam P.

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