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MIA BECAUSE I AM “GETTING OLD”

Saturday, March 29, 2014

I haven’t Sparked for a while. I have been having some major issues with my knees, especially my left knee. It’s been pretty bad, I actually had to stay home from work and I am a secretary.

It started just before my last blog post (February 16). I tried to see my doctor, but he was on vacation and wouldn't be back until March 10. I figured I would just wait, as it wasn't that bad. I stopped my walk/jog and stuck with just walking and the bike. I finished out the week of over-time, and the knee started getting worse. Monday I went to the beach and collected sea-glass. While I was there I found a dead cowrie shell in a small pocket and squatted down to get it. I thought I was going to start crying, it hurt so bad, and for a moment I wasn't sure I would be able to stand back up. Then on Wednesday I had to do something in town, pay bills, I think, so I decided to walk to each place, maybe a total of 3 miles. I was at a pace of about 19-20 minutes per mile, so that is more of a stroll for me. Thursday, I was very stiff, and walking was uncomfortable. Getting up and down from a seated position was torture. Friday, the left knee was 2 inches bigger than the right one, and even walking was very painful. I was taking prescription doses of Advil and not getting a whole lot of relief. My mom borrowed a car on Saturday and took me to an Urgent Care clinic. They took X-rays, and recommended R.I.C.E. and told me to stay off it as much as possible for the next week. I was also told not to do any lower body exercises, especially squats and lunges, for at least two weeks or until I can follow up with my PCP and he okays it. I managed to get an appointment with My PCP on the 13th. I told him what had happened and he said “Well, you’re getting old.” For the most part, I really like my PCP, but I really wanted to smack him for that comment. He told me to keep doing what I was doing and not to over work it. I have been frustrated and upset because I haven’t been able to exercise; I have been eating more because I am upset; I have been gaining weight because I am eating more; I am upset because I am gaining weight. It’s a nasty down-ward cycle. Because I have been on this cycle, I haven’t been Sparking. I have gained back all the weight I lost plus a pound.

My employer has a “Wellness at Work” program and at the beginning of the year, they announced a Fitbit steps challenge. You order the Fitbit model of your choice at a 30% discount, the cost is deducted in two payments directly from your paycheck, and if you are one of the first 400 people to sign up, you could get an addition 50% off if you complete the challenge (50,000 steps a week x4 weeks). I ordered a Flex and picked it up on Tuesday. I have been using it since then, and I am rather surprised in the number of steps I actually take in an average day. I should have no problem completing the Challenge, if my knee doesn't give out on me. I went for a “power” walk after work yesterday, and I don’t think my knee is going to tolerate that yet. TANJAT88 has shared some really great chair exercise videos on YouTube, I need to go and bookmark them. I need to modify as necessary, and not let what I CAN’T do be the focus of my attention.

So I am going to make a big effort to stop feeling sorry for myself. I know there are people who are dealing with worse pain issues who manage. If ~INDYGIRL can lose over 200 lbs, I can lose 51 lbs; I just have to be patient and consistent.
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TANJAT88 3/30/2014 4:37PM

    I completely understand how pain plays in the game!!! While I want to say "I am so sorry you are struggling", I think letting you know how much you have encouraged me PERSONALLY would be better!!!

I know you can do this!!! When my rheumatoid arthritis kicks up, I try to look at it as a doorway to finding new ways to do old things -- including fitness :)

I really hope you join us in our April Challenge (once we find our leaders)... I know you would be such a great addition -- it is amazing how much not only being supported, but being able to BE support to others has impacted the folks that have been engaged in our March Fitness Challenge. :)

I am SO glad that you didn't just fold up shop and walk away -- you are STILL HERE and STILL fighting!!! That is what makes change happen!! :)

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KOFFEENUT 3/30/2014 1:03PM

    Good for you for stepping back from feeling sorry for yourself and instead focusing on what you CAN do. Doing SOMETHING that is healthy for you and keeps you moving in the right direction is powerful. I figure on this healthy lifestyle journey it doesn't matter how fast we're traveling - what matters is that we're headed in the right direction. It sounds like you're pointed in the right direction and determined to make progress!
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LIVEDAILY 3/29/2014 10:50PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your knee issue. I just read an article here on SP about using ice consistently, especially with chronic conditions. A large bag of frozen peas seems to do the trick rather nicely. Have you thought about using Celebrex? I know not everyone can use it, but I don't think I'd be able to function without it as I have osteoarthritis practically everywhere. I can also recommend a product called "Move Free". That helps somewhat. Also topical pain relievers. I use one called "Bio-Freeze" that I get from my chiropractor. You have to find out which things help YOU, and then use them consistently. Hope you're feeling better soon! I didn't know you find sea glass in Hawai'i too. I thought that was just a East coast thing. Interesting!!

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NJGP1960 3/29/2014 10:45PM

    I also am having a left knee problem. However I have 150 to lose. I have tried the sitting aerobic/strength/yoga video I found on Spark, but can't extend as much as they want you to nor have I built enough stamina to make as many repetitions needed emoticon , so I figure it's a work in progress. I do not have friends, because all I can afford is to work and go home, but my staff knows how much pain I have been in and have been behind me the past 3 weeks supporting my diet/exercise plan through Spark. I have one reminding to drink my water and another reminding me to walk at break. My point is if you can find someone to boost you, maybe it will help. Or, I can be your encouragement if you like. I know you can do it cause you have before. Let's do it together!

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