Thursday, October 18, 2012
well the new pillow is helping--neck and shoulders feel better, but i think i need to rest them through the rest of the week. so its the stationary bike and aspirin for the next few days. last night i waited until rob was home to take the girls to the park. i think walking the two of them is part of why my neck is hurt--2 almost 60 pound dogs on the ends of leashes can be a bit intense at times. esp. when they decide to go in different directions.
anyway--we ate dinner first and then went out--and wow--what crazy weather. the wind was HOWLING and it was raining off and on. we walked on part of the bike trail that is sheltered by trees, and with the strong wind blowing through the trees it was like the proverbial "dark and stormy night". the dogs were even a little nervous from the sound of the wind--but we all got a decent walk in and didn't get too wet.
talked to a friend of mine for whom i am painting a Christmas card. she told me her DH was standing at the kitchen sink and his metal hip replacement suddenly BROKE. so it has been a very long summer and fall as he has been recovering from the really traumatic surgery to replace it. he is up and walking now, but may need a cane for the rest of his life. this is a man who has never been overweight--a very fit and robust older gentleman who played football in college (judging by his build i am guessing he was a running back or even quarter back). so his hip injury was probably from his college days. my baby brother has a new hip--and at 46 he is quite young--again--lots of football and high impact sports growing up. but my brother is a BIG man--not tall but big. he was an offensive lineman (i.e. BIG). he suffered with chronic pain for years until he had the surgery--and afterwards his doctor told him to take 50 pounds off and keep it off. unfortunately the last time i saw him it was obvious that the weight is winning the battle. his job involves a huge amount of travel and "schmoozing" high dollar clients, so i can see why this has happened. he and i have similar difficulties with weight and maintenence--but i don't have the hip issue to deal with.
just another reason to stay focused--if his surgery has to be repeated at some later time i don't envy him the process. my friend told me that since the replacements aren't designed to come out, the removal process for her DH was brutal to the point where the doctor refused to describe to him how they had to go about it. given that this was an extremely catastrophic injury i can understand, but even in the best of circumstances it can't be pretty.
yet another reason to MAINTAIN weight loss!
sorry for a kind of gorey post--try to have a lovely day in spite of it