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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What do
and and
all have in common?

We've all been rumored to be dead. Ok, Elvis really is, but Paul and I are still very much alive. I know that my spark attendance has been very spotty as of late. It's gotten so bad that my teams are posting forums of Joanne sightings...

But --


Honest. Not making excuses. I will spare you another organ recital, suffice it to say that I'm still in physical therapy for my hip while making the rounds of doctors, chiropractors, and shamans. Ever have a toothache that won't go away?
'Nuf said.

I took on a new position in my office. As you know, I am a nurse in an ob/gyn office and I work up female incontinence. I've blogged about bladders before. Well we purchased a software to do pelvic floor therapy in our office. It's programs that are very similar to biofeedback and used in teaching women to contract their pelvic floor muscles appropriately to strengthen them and aid in staying continent. You can add electrical stimulation to stimulate muscle contractions without patient assistance also. It's used to treat many female pelvic conditions other than just incontinence. I work with the patient in developing behavioral strategies to manage and cope with their symptoms.

I've been studying, developing educational materials, researching reimbursement codes, and scheduling patients - in addition to actually seeing the patient.

I love it! Obesity plays a significant role in conditions like incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse, as well a chronic constipation. Part of my teaching includes encouraging weight loss. I hand out the Spark People web address on a daily basis! I even discovered these cool printable downloads from SP that say things like: "You've been Sparked"!

Some patients are more motivated than others, just like fellow sparkers. It's tough to try to motivate a person who really doesn't want to be motivated week after week (patients see me for an average of six weekly hour long sessions), but even modest weight loss can facilitate an improvement in symptoms so I am obligated to keep encouraging them to follow through. It is a challenge...

I had a WONDERFUL visit from my dear sister about a month a ago. Some of you may know her as CMRAND54 here on Spark People. Like me she battled weight for a number of years. She says that my weight loss and credit to Spark People for maintaining my loss motivated her to check us out. She was going to be conservative at first and maybe just track her nutrition. She didn't anticipate socializing much...

She now has more friends than me I think! She has lost 58 pounds and looks amazing!

True story: My DH and were waiting at the airport for her plane to arrive - she lives in Virginia and I live in Iowa - and I was eagerly scanning the crowd that disembarked when it finally arrived. I looked over every single passenger I thought when all of a sudden a voice said "Hello" coming from a thin blond woman right in front of me! I didn't even recognize my own sister!!

We spent about 5 days visiting my dad, shopping, more shopping, and sitting together in the evening curled up in our respective chairs sparking on our laptops! She got so many new clothes in her new slimmer size that she had to buy another suitcase to get home!

Anyhow, I'm now sitting at my new laptop (my sister patiently went with me while I tried out each and every model on the market), drinking a cup of Dunkin Decaf (also introduced to me by my sister -- the best decaf coffee out there in my opinion!) We went to several chain restaurants that I'd always been afraid to eat at: Outback and On the Border and taught me how to order "spark -ly" from the menu.

I'm sad she had to go home, but so happy that I can find her daily on SP!

And so dear spark friends --

I am very much alive and although I have spent less time on board, I'm still tracking, exercising, maintaining, preaching weight loss, playing poker, and just generally staying sassy emoticon
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    emoticon as always! emoticon
    2768 days ago
    Glad you are back in action!
    2773 days ago
    So glad you are back. Thought about you on several occasions.
    Hope you are healing quickly. Glad to hear you are working your miracles at work as well. You are truly an inspiration to us all!

    2787 days ago
    You are too busy for words my dear! Glad to have you back! (I really was getting lonely on the huddle board.) CRMAND54 is your sister! Did not know that. She is a great friend and full of moral support, as are you. Must run in the family. Have a wonderful week! Ellen
    2788 days ago
    So good to hear from you again! and a big woowser for your sisterand her amazing loss!

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    2788 days ago
    Glad to have you back!
    2788 days ago
    Glad you are back, was getting concerned. Obesity plays a significant role in just about everything, well eveything that can harm us.

    So glad you and your sister had a good time and she got you to stretch out and try a few new things
    2789 days ago
    Yay, you're back! Thanks for the great blog, as always. Love the new look too!
    2789 days ago
    Wow - sounds like you and your sister are both doing awesome. You are making i a lifestyle - reading your blogs inspures me that it can be done. I went to a restuarant this week for date night and had a lean steak -6 oz and some steamed broccoli - so its all in how you look at it - you can spark anywhere !! Like you said!

    Have a great week! Sounds like you are enjoying learning new things at work - that is great - I agree - weight loss helps... no matter what the health issue... but seeing your reminder helps too!
    2789 days ago
    I too noticed your absence but realize it takes a lot out of you to write those great blogs.
    Always enjoy your advice to the Gals, anything to help me understand the GLBH better. LOL. Better add that last in case she reads what I wrote. emoticon .
    Got a big laugh out of nor recognizing your Sis, tha'ts just great, go Sparks.
    Sure sorry about the pain yet, can hamper your active lifestyle. Praying for some relief soon.
    Glad to see you were spotted again. LOL
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    2789 days ago
    Glad to find your blog this morning, Joanne. I love the story about not recognizing your sister at the airport! emoticon I hope you are healing and getting better every day!

    emoticon Cindy
    2789 days ago
    can i let you into a secret.while reading your blog it giot me doing pelvic floor exercise so i am sure your preaching to your patients is working if you got me to do them just reading about it.congratulate your sister for me on her success.
    2789 days ago
    Ah yes, there IS a life beyond SP!

    ...and it sounds like you are just as SPARKTASTIC as ever!

    Thx for continuing to inspire so many both here and out in the world!

    2789 days ago
    What fun! And thanks on behalf of all the women who are benefitting from your knowledge, patience, encouragement, and humor!! We love you and are glad you're back. Praying for relief from your pain, my friend! God Loves You, and so do we!! emoticon
    2789 days ago
    You are the greatest sister ever! I can't thank you enough for getting me started on Spark People. I thought the food tracking was the most important thing, but now I think maybe it's the socializing that keeps me going. That, and my new wardrobe!
    2789 days ago
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