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Giving Up On Physiotherapy :(

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I track everything, and I mean everything. Sparkpeople not only has trackers for food and fitness, but also for budgeting at Spark Savings. Looking back on October, I saw I was way over on my budget :( $360 of physiotherapy treatments!
I really like this woman who was doing my treatments, but I realize that I am only getting temporary relief and I go back quickly to feeling the way I was. The RA damaged shoulder, humerus and elbow simply do not have a fix. She gave me the tools for self treatment and I just have to use them. I cannot do everything she did, but what I can should help in a small way. Its better than nothing.
This morning I was able to open my window in my apartment and enjoyed the fresh, cool, crisp air. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical for a warm up and then I did a 50 minute Kickboxing DVD. I was pleased that I could perform every exercise and nothing bothered me too much, not even on the toe when I did jumping jacks!! I could feel my right arm swing out on occasion, but I really focused on tensing my muscles to try keep it in position.
I have the day off so am trying to put it to good use. I did some decluttering, finding the poppies I was looking for. I can't deal with the straight, thick pins they have in them so like a lot of people, I got a little push pin with a backing on it. That way it doesn't fall off and stays put better. There was a little controversy over 'defacing' the poppy with a theme pin -usually a small Canada flag, but I have seen veterans wearing them like this too.
November 11 is when we remember our fallen soldiers, called Remembrance Day.
Wishing you a totally terrific Tuesday!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JAZZID 11/7/2013 6:44PM

    Great Blog... I wiil have to check out Sparks many tools... I knew about the fitness and nutritional tracker, but not the other. emoticon

I am happy to hear that you were able to do all the workouts that you enjoy! I plan to do a kickboxing workout before the week is out. Thanks for inspiring! and motivating me emoticon

~Dee emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/7/2013 6:44:31 PM

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DEDICATED2HIM 11/7/2013 3:41AM

    I had an unusual way of celebrating Veterans Day (Nov 11th) by getting married on that day in 1989 (wow that sounds like a LONG time ago.. LIttle did I know how prophetic that day was. I truly am a veteran in my marriage. I've seen lots of heavy warfare!!

I think you are right about terminating the PT. I've had to do that myself at times...there's only so much they can do. Didn't you already have shoulder and elbow replacements? What's the problem with them? Are they due for a revision?

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MEXGAL1 11/6/2013 6:19PM

    We should never forget our veterans. My Daddy, RIP was a veteran.
God Bless them all.
Have a great evening.

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JUNEAU2010 11/6/2013 5:29PM

    I usually take Veterans Day off for that reason!

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KALIGIRL 11/6/2013 8:59AM

    Sounds like a good plan especially if you can follow her advice on your own. Your day off sounds productive and you continue to be an inspiration!

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GRACE612 11/6/2013 8:28AM

    I agree, that if the therapy is only offering you temporary relief and cost you $$$, you should drop it....take what you learned there and just do the best you can.

We celebrate our Veteran's in the states on the 11th also!

Have a great day!

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ANGRITTER 11/5/2013 8:10PM

    Physio only gives lot of people limited release for pain. And not having a massager or anything that can keep up the therapy is a great thing, but you are right about the cost. And if it isn't doing the proper job, you are right to let it go.

Is there free fitness center close to you where you can get your workouts in and maybe also get the same physiotherapy moves that you CAN do alone.

But you are undeniably the most-motivated person I know when it comes to exercise.

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WATERMELLEN 11/5/2013 8:01PM

    I'm sorry that you've decided not to continue with the physio, but I'm sure you'll eep on doing everything you can for yourself.

My poppy trick: a little piece of broccoli elastic, folded over, as a backing.

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