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Come Saturday morning I'm going away with my friend...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Remember that song? Today I am meeting with my friend to get food from a church program. It is a monthly sojorn (this is our 3rd time). I am looking forward to it but with my leg pain I decided I have to use my walker with the seat. There are volunteers to help carry items and there is an elevator as it is in a church basement. I plan to use my recumbent bike this morning to get the circulation going. Yesterday at work my feet hurt even when I was resting and had them up. I finally called a vascular specialist's office to see if they can do some tests to find out what is wrong and/or what can be done to help me. Driving home I got in some heavy traffic and it took f-o-r-e-v-er to get home. The legs hanging down made my feet ache so bad.... It probably only took half an hour to get home but it was difficult and I think I swore every time I missed a traffic light or traffic wasn't moving. I certainly hope the new doctor will be able to help somehow. This is needless to say, no fun. If I get up every 10 minutes or so I feel better but that is not going to work for driving or for working.

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ANGELFMABV 4/24/2010 12:58PM

    Oh I do remember that song. We sang that one in choir. I love it!

You are doing the right thing and getting another doctors opinion to see what is going on and maybe give you some relief.

Good luck on your new doctor visit and I do hope you get some relief soon.
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LOOZINITNOW 4/24/2010 8:24AM

    Prayer for answers and healing. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/24/2010 7:25AM

    Praying for you that your pain lessens and your new doctor will be able to help you!! Although you are in a lot of pain, I hope it isn't anything serious and can be fixed quickly. Praying...
Blessings and hugs,

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MSLZZY 4/24/2010 7:24AM

    I hope the specialist has answers for you. Take care!

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MUSIC66 4/24/2010 6:46AM

    sound like your inalot of pain hopeit settles down soon.

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HOPE2BE 4/24/2010 6:38AM

    It sounds like you're going through a lot of pain and frustration. I will pray for you that you find the answer and will get pain relief.

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Chronic lower extremity edema...

Friday, April 23, 2010

What a nuisance. I am trying to keep my legs up at work (at least hip height) and that has been awkward and bothers my back. I got a prescription from my doctor regarding this and have to arrange for an ergonomic evaluation to see what they can do to accommodate for this. I am having trouble picturing a chair with leg rests on it that will work while I am on the computer but I think this is what I need. I am holding on to this prescription until I talk with someone who knows about accommodations for this condition. I am hoping for a solution that allows me to continue to work since I can't afford to retire yet. (Can anybody?) emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/23/2010 10:51PM

    I am picturing a recliner at work-that would be a first LOL! Hope you can find something that works

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NANCYRUBIO 4/23/2010 8:55AM

    Did you consider a small lift to put uder your legs?

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FITMARY 4/23/2010 8:50AM

    You may be pleasantly surprised at the ergonomic evaluation. I had almost debilitating pain in my right arm that was starting to reach down my right side. The consultant made one or two tiny little adjustments in the position of my keyboard and mouse. Voila! Problem solved! Fingers crossed that they can find an accommodation for you too!

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WNNAB30AGAIN 4/23/2010 8:49AM

    Hi. I don't know anything about your condition, but when I read your issue, I totally empathized. The things they make us do as human beings to continue working! I have chronic health issues that being at my computer at work all day exacerbate as well. I work for a large company and our ergo specialist knows me well by now.


Like you, I can't afford to retire and don't even want to attempt to get federal disability at this point. I like my job and the people I work with. We have become a close group.

Anyway, the point of my responded to your blog is that I might have a few ideas for you. The first; if your condition is one that could be helped by some time away from the desk, does your job provide reduced hour disability pay? That's what I'm doing right now and it really helps me make it through the week and keep my job at the same time. If so, any you haven't given it a shot, maybe that would help?

My other idea is this; I found that some hospitals offer ergonomic specialists (working full time in this role) who can come in to your work and review your work station and having been informed of your condition are able to offer further or better suggestions than the ergo person at your work. Then your insurance will pay for the products recommended by that specialist.

I don't know if either of those ideas would be helpful with your particular condition or with your particular situation, but when I saw your blog I had to offer them.

I certainly wish you well. Good luck!

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ANGELFMABV 4/23/2010 7:22AM

    Good luck! emoticon No I can not afford to retire :( emoticon

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Cheap breakfast cereal...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I took 4 Tb of stone ground whole wheat flour and 4 Tb of ground flaxseed, added water (I didn't measure) and stirred well and microwaved 2 minutes and I have a very tasty warm cereal at a very low cost. I actually like the consistency better than oatmeal and it is probably higher in protein and flaxseed is so very good with Omega oils. Topped cereal with 1 cup of soymilk. Followed this with another 2 cup serving of rhubarb "sauce" with stevia for sweetener.

What a great way to start the day!!! emoticon

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MARPET44 4/22/2010 7:30AM

    Sounds great--how ab out using applesauce.

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ANGELFMABV 4/22/2010 7:13AM

    Mmmmm coming to your house for breakfast! emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/22/2010 7:05AM

    Good and good for you! emoticon

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Fresh picked rhubarb for breakfast...yummy

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

emoticon I feel like Goldilocks...waiting for my rhubarb to cool off enough to eat it.... also am having cereal I cooked in microwave, 2 Tb stone ground whole wheat flour and 4 Tb ground flax seed. Wow, what a combination!!! Spring cleaning!!! emoticon emoticon

It was all delicious. The trick on cooking the cereal (whole wheat and flax seed) is being sure there is enough liquid so it doesn't turn to rubber. Luckily I put a little extra in and it turned out great. Had it with stevia and soy milk....

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CMRAND54 4/21/2010 8:22PM

    Yummy breakfast!

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EMMABE1 4/21/2010 3:55PM

    I love rhubarb but its very hard to get here - enjoy!!

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PLAYBLUES22 4/21/2010 10:08AM

    How about some rhubarb and strawberry pie? emoticon

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GAILRUU 4/21/2010 8:49AM

    Last year I cooked rhubarb in a little water with some Splenda. It really is a treat.

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PORGY_58 4/21/2010 8:01AM

    I never thought of rhubarb for breakfast. I have some in my fridge right now.

It brings be back to my childhood. We would pick it straight out of the garden and dip the ends in sugar. YUMMMY! The other night I peeled a stalk and dipped it in honey ... it brought back wonderful memories of my childhood.

And, it also brought back the realization of why you don't want to eat too much! Heh ... heh ... heh ...

There are many ways to make rhubarb ... My mom used to make the best rhubarb cake. But, as I have grown older, I try to find simple ways to cook it. I just saute it with apples add a little honey, agave, or stevia and eat hot or cold or spooned over vanilla ice cream (oh, yes, I did go there).

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FITMARY 4/21/2010 7:57AM

    Yum, yum!

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HEALTHYLIVING22 4/21/2010 7:45AM

    How do you cook rhubarb? I have never prepared or cooked it and my dad recently mentioned wanted strawberry rhubarb cobbler.

Your breakfast sounds really good.

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ANGELFMABV 4/21/2010 7:14AM

    Oh num, rhubarb sounds delicious! Might have to cook me up some breakfast if there is time after my shower this morning! Have a great day! emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/21/2010 7:05AM

    Yumm! My rhubarb is too small to pick yet-young plants. emoticon

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MINIBIKKE 4/21/2010 6:55AM

    I just love rhubarb!
I hope it all tasted well.

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/21/2010 6:51AM

    Interesting combination!

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3 lb loss overnight...hope it sticks this time...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Up and down...down and up... very discouraging. Yesterday for some reason my legs were swollen and hurt most in the morning and by afternoon they were much better. Perhaps keeping the legs elevated for about 2-3 hours in the morning helped. It is very awkward to elevate the legs while working at a computer. I asked my supervisor for an ergonomic evaluation but the company will not order that until I have a doctor's letter telling what my medical condition is and her recommendations (elevate legs while seated). I also have called my doctor's office to ask for some testing of the veins because I am concerned about the feet and legs feeling cold and numb. This has never happened before, though I have had chronic low grade swelling for years. If she does not send me to someone I can refer myself because of my insurance. Hopefully, something can be done about this problem.

Hope it is a beautiful Tuesday for everybody. emoticon

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BALTIMORE3 4/23/2010 9:09AM

  Well I have the same issue. My doctor told me it was the weight that keeps the circulation going to the legs properly. My legs hurt and swell all the time at work. I sit all day and well try to get up some to get blood down there but it sounds like the same thing happening to you.

God Bless you!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/20/2010 11:38PM

    I hope the loss sticks!

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MSLZZY 4/20/2010 7:12AM

    Just follow the doctor's orders and do what you need to so this can get better!

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ANGELFMABV 4/20/2010 7:09AM

    Good morning Teddy! I certainly understand about getting the feet up while at a computer it is pretty hard. I have a popcorn tin from Christmas under my desk and I have thought of bringing in a pillow for more comfort.

Good luck on keep this loss off! emoticon emoticon

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