AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Friends - The Best Medicine! I am so excited! My good friend is coming over this afternoon for a visit. This is the first time anyone has been over since I had my surgery. I am really looking forward to seeing my friend! Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:31:10 EST Pampering Makes Me Feel Like A New Woman This morning, I figured out a way to semi give myself a bath without getting my cast wet. Then I got dressed, cleaned the kitchen sink (got to love hot water and Clorox wipes!) and washed my hair. Ahhhh! Being clean and smelling sweet is one of the most under rated joys in life. It makes me happy and I feel great! Today, I can take on the world! It is a far cry from yesterday's pity party! Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:50:06 EST Never Quit This morning I was feeling lonely and sorry for myself. Here I am, laid up with my foot in a cast, alone etc., boo hoo, I was thinking to myself. Why bother with my weight loss goals? What???? Wait a minute!!!! That is self pity talking. Self pity, YOU ARE FIRED!!! <BR> <BR> Can you relate to my brief but less than constructive pity party? I think a lot of us can. Be it a physical, emotional or life change issue, these are the bumps in the road on our journey to health. Is it really ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:30:31 EST Out For Lunch -A Fun Treat! For the past two nights, I have slept like I have been knocked out. What a relief! After a week of discomfort, sleep felt delicious. The plus side is that I have had little or no appetite. I have been eating strictly based upon the nutrition content and fiber found in the food. This is something that I should be doing anyway. I have to eat something in the morning, if for no other reason than I take daily medication that has to be taken with food. Last week, I was eating a banana and a... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:43:55 EST A Blue Cast And Increased Mobility Hubby and I went to my orthopedist this morning. My foot is healing well. The doctor took X-Rays to check on the bone positions. It was a relief to get the heavy dressings off my foot and leg. The incision is about three inches long and looked healthy. My foot felt odd without the tons of padding and protection and was shaking when the technician tried to take the X-Ray. I kept apologizing and she reassured me and said the movement was involuntary, which it was. My foot needed the supp... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:42:01 EST Respecting Your Body Over the past few days, one thing has become glaringly apparent. I realize that I take my health and my body for granted. My body is this glorious machine that does so many wonderful and amazing things. Why is it that I only truly appreciate it, when it breaks down? The inconvenience of not being able to just naturally move around and carry on every day activities, makes me stop and think. It shouldn't take an interruption in function for me to appreciate what I already have. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:32:23 EST Who Knew Using A Wheelchair Could Be A Workout Since my surgery on Monday, I have been non weight bearing. That means that I have a choice of using crutches, a walker or a wheelchair to get from point A to point B. I have chosen to use the combination of a wheelchair and a walker. Unless one lives in an active adult community, a nursing home or an assisted living facility, the doorways are often barely wide enough to accommodate an 18 inch wheelchair. I was shocked to discover this little fact! Hubby and I have played around with the ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:07:10 EST Relaxing Isn't So Easy Here I am, resting in bed with my leg elevated. I am supposed to be relaxing and taking it easy. I didn't realize that it would be so difficult. I am being good, mainly because my foot hurts so badly and I know that it won't heal properly if I don't stay off it. I was wise to do all those chores, that I might be tempted to do, as I lay here resting. I have plenty of things to do to keep myself entertained but the problem is that I don't feel well enough to do anything other than watch tel... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:27:00 EST Pain And Fatigued But Healing I have been spending the day in bed today. The pain block that the doctor gave me yesterday has worn off. The down side to that is that, today I can feel the pain, full force. I started the day feeling nauseous and in pain. Thank goodness the doctor gave me medication for both. I have to keep my foot elevated, except when I bathe, use the restroom or fix something to eat. All of my movement is via wheelchair or walker, since my foot is non weight bearing. I am surprised at how exhausting... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:29:36 EST Ready To Go I am ready to go to Tampa for my surgery. I have cooked the spaghetti squash and defrosted the sauce and meatballs. (I even washed the pan and put it away!) Everything is finished. The house sparkles, the dogs look great and I have done all of the prep that is humanly possible to ease things for hubby in his role as caregiver. I took the dogs for a short walk because I know that they will be confined to the kitchen for a while, at least until hubby brings me home later today. <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:14:09 EST I Am As Ready AS I Am Going To BE!!! Yesterday, I posted a list of things that I still needed to do before my surgery. Here is how I did with my list: <BR> <BR> Groom and bathe the dogs - Finished <BR> Complete laundry - Finished <BR> Move things away from my side of the bed - Finished <BR> Clean the house - Finished and I shampooed the carpet in the bedroom! <BR> Have lunch with a friend - Finished and it was great! <BR> Finish organizing the linen closet - Finished and it looks awesome! <BR> Relax - Still working on thi... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:44:14 EST Almost Ready For Surgery The meals are cooked and frozen, closets cleaned out, hair will be done today, groceries are purchased, new phones and carrier set up, supplies are ready for sponge baths and prescriptions are refilled. The chores that are left to be done are: <BR> <BR> Groom and bathe the dogs <BR> Complete laundry <BR> Move things away from my side of the bed <BR> Clean the house <BR> Have lunch with a friend <BR> Finish organizing the linen closet <BR> Relax <BR> <BR> The last item will be the hardest f... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:00:24 EST Running Errands And Tying Up Loose Ends Hubby and I ran a logistics check on the set up of the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. We were especially checking for maneuverability for the four weeks post surgery when I will be non weight bearing. What we discovered was that I may end up running a risk of falling due to the tight spaces in the bedroom and bathroom. I got out my walker and practiced hopping around. When it came to the space for getting in and out of the bathroom area, I had little to no room to maneuver. We checked it... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 16:35:25 EST Slower Than I Would Like, But Healing My healing is slower than I would like. I don't remember, from last year's radio frequency ablation on my head, that I felt this bad for this long. Perhaps my memory is a bit off due to the fact that I also had a similar procedure on my lower back and it was a lot easier. In fact, I had two procedures on my lower back last year. I am also recuperating from a sinus issue so that may come into play too. <BR> <BR> Today, I ventured out with hubby. We ran a few errands. I stayed in the car ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:12:27 EST Slowly Feeling A Bit Better I woke up this morning and was really feeling rough. My hair was crisp from the disinfectant the doctor cleaned the back of my head with before my ablation. As I expected, the back of my head was bruised and swollen. I guess I could say I was a lump head today! LOL. The nausea was pretty fierce initially but sipping on some plain iced tea helped. I have to eat with my medicine so I had a banana. When that stayed down, I nibbled on a protein bar that is easily digested. I took the dogs ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:24:07 EST Successful Procedure, But Painful My procedure looks like it was successful. I am in a lot of pain this time and with the pain comes the nausea. Ice and medication are really helping. When we first got home, I slept for about four hours. I think the dogs were worried because they head butted the bedroom door and got into the room. They woke me up before hubby could grab them. All the dogs wanted to do is sniff me and check me out from head to toe. If I hadn't felt so bad, I would have thought it was endearing. Since t... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:17:37 EST Today's To Do List Yesterday, I got everything done except for wiping down the kitchen counters, finishing the Easter cards, changing the sheets and washing the spread, making dinner and going to the grocery store. I worked up such a sweat cleaning the bathrooms, vacuuming the floors and cleaning the floors that I was just too tired. I did over 3 hours of continuous movement! I took my shower and lay with my feet elevated. Then I fell asleep! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I am up early this morning and am de... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:52:08 EST Working On My To Do List I will be having two surgical procedures within the next three weeks. The first one is this Wednesday morning. Since I am a planner by nature, I thought about all of the things that I will need to do before each procedure. Before Wednesday's radio frequency ablation, I will need to clean our bedroom, make enough for dinner Tuesday night that we will also have enough for Wednesday night, change the sheets on the bed, clean the bathrooms and clean the kitchen. I will also need to refill a p... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:23:31 EST Busy Day Today I ate a healthy breakfast and then was off to deep water class. I was still a bit tired from helping out at our friends' restaurant last night for 2.5 hours. They owe us some serious dinner one night next week! After my class, I showered, dressed and ate some string cheese and weight watchers rice pops. Yummy! It satisfied me after my workout, until I ate my protein bar and drank water around 1pm. <BR> <BR> I then went to a craft show. I got two shirts for myself and a small gift for ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:30:15 EST I Enjoyed My Swim Today, I was finally able to go to the pool and workout. It was great and I enjoyed every moment of it! Tomorrow, I have an appointment with my Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. I hope he doesn't find anything else wrong. I miss my workouts and want to be able to do at least some as I prepare for my two surgical procedures. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:06:49 EST My Foot Will Require Surgery I injured my right foot on October 29, 2014. I spent 4 months in a boot and or surgical shoe and I still had issues, long after the bone that I broke, healed. My first mistake was going to an orthopedist who was fairly close to where I live, instead of driving 50 miles, go to an amazing orthopedist who I trusted. The end result was that the doctor who was closer to me botched the job. I ended up going to the orthopedist who is not near me but is the better of the two doctors by a long shot... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:41:37 EST Tomorrow I Go To See The Orthopedist It will be a relief to see the orthopedist tomorrow. Perhaps he has a treatment of some kind for my poor foot. I have faithfully stayed off of it and it makes no difference. Now, both the toe and both metatarsals hurt when I step down on my foot. Five months is just too much time to have spent messing with this! I hope my doctor can fix my issue!!! Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:40:55 EST Feeling A Bit Better I can tell that my medicine is beginning to work. I am still exhausted to the point of needing to lay down but it passes and then I feel better for a while. I asked the nurse practioner yesterday if some of my fatigue could be caused by the generic change of one of my medications. She told me to wait until my infection is gone before tackling that possible issue. If I still have the fatigue then, I should request that my pharmacy order the old generic again for me to take. If they won't d... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:39:30 EST Seeking An Alternate Solution I have had sinus issues for two weeks. My primary put me on a strong antibiotic for a week along with a steroid. The initial problem was solved but the sinus infection didn't totally go away. After 4-5 days of debilitating fatigue and a headache, I called my primary doctor's office yesterday. I sat with the phone in my lap and waited for his office to call me back. Gone are the days when you call the doctor's office and can speak to a real live person. Now, you have to leave a message a... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:26:59 EST New Orthopedist Appointment I waited a few days as was suggested by some of my friends and still no difference. So, this morning I called my orthopedist's office to see what they would advise. They told me to come in on March 16th instead of March 23rd after I explained that the pain decreased and then suddenly increased and that I had had to stop physical therapy. I hope my doctor can figure out what I can do to stop the pain and swelling and enable me to get back into my normal routine. I have stayed off my foot w... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:42:51 EST Stopping Physical Therapy And Waiting To See Friday, my physical therapist did an evaluation on my foot. Although my swelling was down, the pain level went up. By now, all 7 pounds of fluid are finally gone and my legs and feet no longer look distorted. So much for the fiasco of last week and standing all day waiting for a flight. <BR> <BR> I know that my doctor was trying to take a very conservative approach and be as non invasive as possible. For that I am very grateful! That being said, when this approach is tried, I have to be ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 06:44:02 EST Fun At The Bloom'n Arts Festival Hubby and I went out to breakfast this morning and decided to walk around at the spring festival here in our town, call The Bloom'n Arts Festival. We are both feeling exhausted from the weather changes and all of the emotional highs and lows of the past couple months. We figured that a walk would do us both good and we might see some interesting things or meet some interesting people. <BR> <BR> The temperature took another small dive today, so we had to bundle up due to a cool wind. There... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:16:52 EST Restless Pups Equal No Sleep I got up to use the bathroom at 3:30am and I must have awakened the dogs. Maybe they had to go too! LOL. Anyway, after enduring a full hour of whining and howling, I got up and let them out. Then of course i couldn't get back to sleep. After reading for an hour, I turned out the light and started to go back to sleep. The whining started again. Blast it! Up I got and am now Sparking. One pup is asleep on my leg, the other is chomping on her bone like she is starving. I tried to explai... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:33:50 EST Glad I Made It Back Home This past weekend, I went to Maine to attend a dear friend's memorial service. For somebody who is used to warmer temperatures, this was a big challenge. Did I mention that I dislike very cold weather? I had a great visit with my friend's family the first night I was there and we went out to a wonderful place for dinner. I completely stuck to my plan and didn't break my Lent promise by eating any sweets. There were plenty of cookies, cake and candy but I managed to turn a blind eye to it... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:49:18 EST Preparing For A Successful Trip I am going to Maine this weekend for my close friend's funeral. It has been many years since I have flown off to a place that I have never before visited. Plus, it is a very cold area that gets a lot of snow. Hopefully, that won't be an issue. Fingers and toes crossed here! <BR> <BR> I have planned well in advance for this trip. My suitcase is already packed - complete with healthy snacks as well as things to keep me entertained during the layover at the airport. I have run off directio... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:04:17 EST Week One Of Lent And Other Trivial Stuff I decided that I would give up all treats, candy etc. except sugar free Popsicles for Lent. It has been a nightly struggle, but so far I have been successful. I now realize that when I eat too much sugar, it makes me crave more sugar. I have seen no difference in the scale but I would imagine that a drop in the scale will happen in about two weeks if I continue to watch everything I put in my mouth. Tracking is key and although I do keep a mental tally of what goes into my mouth, I need ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:03:44 EST Really? 18 Activity Points? Yesterday, I was on the go from 6:00am to 6:10pm. I started with making dinner in the crockpot and plugged it in. I moved on to my allergy shot at 8am, then on to 9:00am deep water class. I did 120 minutes in the water, all of that time spent exercising. In retrospect, I can see that it was way too much activity when coupled with other activities. <BR> <BR> After my workout, I went shopping. I had a list and all of my coupons. I did very well with sales, especially when paired with all o... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:54:09 EST Feedback From PT This morning's physical therapy session was an eye opener! My therapist asked me all kinds of questions about my first orthopedist's follow up on my avulsion fracture. There were lots of raised eyebrows when I said that the doctor checked the alignment of my toe bones during my initial visit and that is all he did. When I had a metatarsal issue six weeks later, he never re-checked how my toe bone had healed and just moved on to the new issue. My physical therapist asked me if the tendon o... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:29:15 EST On My Way To PT Rough morning. I woke up with a headache and my foot was burning. Not a good start as these things go. I ate a good breakfast and now I am off to my evaluation at physical therapy. I hope it goes well! Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:39:48 EST My Second Opinion Appointment Yesterday, I had a second opinion appointment for my foot. My foot issues have been dragging on since last October. It turns out that the local orthopedist, who I have seen at least 3 times, was totally wrong. What a relief! So much for going to someone close by to treat a broken bone! Do I want convenience or do I want to be treated by someone who knows what they are doing? Lesson learned! I took the time and drove the 45 miles to the orthopedic surgeon who treated my Achilles tendo... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:08:17 EST Being Honest VS Being Cruel I have read several blogs today by people who were disgusted with themselves. They made great progress for a long time and then lost their way. They all had a common thread. Getting back on track and staying motivated is hard. Forgiving yourself is even harder. I found myself being very sympathetic in all of the situations I read about today. I offered encouragement and cheered a few on as they work toward their goals. Then, I started thinking.......... <BR> <BR> It is easy to encoura... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 18:12:53 EST The Good News Is...... I have had a very rough couple of months. I have some persistent health issues as well as some personal losses. With it all happening at once (when it rains it pours - thank you Morton salt!), it can be pretty overwhelming. A friend in our deep water class comments about how incredibly strong I am. Well, right now I don't feel that way but as I look at everything that has happened, he may have a point. I have heard it said that God only gives you the trials you can handle. All I can say... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:25:02 EST A Full House Pays Tribute To A Bright Star I had been dreading the funeral we attended this afternoon, for the most part because the young man who was killed was the 15 year old son of a friend. To further throw a wrench into our day, hubby's van broke down right before my hair appointment. I had to take a detour to help him get his vehicle to the repair shop, drop him off at our house and get to the hair place on time. I had scheduled my appointment over a month ago and really needed a haircut. <BR> <BR> By some miracle, we manag... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:37:51 EST It Promises To Be A Sad Day Today started off with a bang. I had a reaction to my allergy shot and last night my arm got super red, swollen and very sore. Great! This morning I met hubby for breakfast: 3 egg whites, two pieces of whole wheat toast and a banana plus hot tea. Then I went to the ENT/Allergist and waved to the allergy technician. I didn't have an appointment but she told me if I had a problem to just come in, so I did. She was alarmed at what she saw and told me to sit in her office while she went and... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:02:04 EST Breakfast With Our Friend We took our friend out for breakfast this morning. We cried with him over the loss of his beloved son. We offered him a place to go when his grief was so overwhelming at home that he just had to get away for an hour. We made him laugh at our antics as we interacted with our server at breakfast. We read the tributes written about his son and looked at pictures. We listened to his grief. He shared stories about how the community poured out support for him and his family. I was so impresse... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:00:06 EST Rough Week My week started off with hubby breaking a tooth and exposing a nerve. It went downhill after that. He went to the dentist on Monday and she scheduled a procedure for him on Tuesday. Since he was in such pain, I went with him on his business call on Tuesday, in case he needed me to drive for him. Later in the afternoon, I drove him to the dentist and he had his procedure. I dropped him off at home and went to the store to get his prescription filled. I was able to complete my grocery shop... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:04:58 EST Day 19 Of Foot Rest I wrote a nice blog yesterday and proceeded to lose it to a blip on my computer. I am giving it another shot today. :) I had a migraine yesterday and hubby broke off half a tooth, so we skipped our Sunday morning breakfast group in favor of crawling back into bed and waiting for the pain to stop. <BR> <BR> Today, my foot is tender again (or should I say still) and I worked out in water. My workout was followed by coming home and resting my foot. I have tried putting on a shoe again. It ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:38:42 EST Foot Rest Day 17 This morning I did a mixture of high and low intensity in my workout. When I got home, DH and I went out for a salad, followed by a movie. We chose to see "American Sniper", starring Bradley Cooper. The movie was very intense and Bradlley Cooper did an Oscar worthy performance. It is rare to see an actor lose their own personality in a role and become another person on the big screen. It was a wonderful, yet emotionally exhausting way to spend time resting my foot. I came out of the exp... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:41:32 EST Day 15 Foot Rest And Other Boring Drivel Today, I had several doctor appointments. First, I had my follow up with my pulmonary specialist. My lungs sound clear but I still have this persistent cough, fatigue and a raspy voice. Tomorrow, I will go to water exercise and then go to the doctor's office for some blood tests. One in particular will test for and lung inflammation enzyme. If I test high enough, the doctor can give me a weekly shot that will reduce the enzyme and decrease the inflammation in my lungs. If that washes out... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:36:58 EST Off My Foot, Day 14 I did an hour of water jogging and swimming this morning. I am not nearly as tired as I was yesterday. The new level for my allergy shot and the high level of aerobics in yesterday's deep water class must have been responsible for my fatigue level. My foot is tender again today, so I will spend the rest of the day reading, Sparking and watching television. I will prevail! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:45:17 EST Off My Foot, Day 13 I did a vigorous workout this morning and I feel tired. I stopped at two stores on my way home. Now I am laying on the bed, pups at my side, trying to use my iPad. The iPad has been a lifesaver! <BR> <BR> Jackson has no idea what a big dog he is and he is trying to snuggle beside me. I have to hold him up because he keeps sliding down on the floor. It is really funny to watch! We have decided to accept our niece's offer to take him because caring for a big dog and two little ones is to... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:08:41 EST Off My Foot, Day 12 Today, I am hanging out with our dogs. I will take it easy and stay off my foot as much as possible. It won't be easy but then I didn't expect that it would. I will just bite the bullet so to speak and just do it. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:58:36 EST Off My Foot, Day 11 I had a wonderful workout today that complemented the endurance training I have been doing during the week. I love having lots of different teachers because each individual teacher brings something special to the workouts and they are all different. This works my muscles in a variety of ways, which keeps me from over training and hurting myself. I no longer wear the flotation belt for my deep water classes. This means that I tread or swim continuously for an hour or longer. Today, it was... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:49:09 EST Off My Foot Day 10 I have done 3 intense water workouts so far this week. I plan to do another medium intensity one tomorrow. I have come home ready for a nap, several times. On those days, it was easy to stay off my foot because I was too tired to want to get up and walk around. However, as I build back my stamina, I know that I will be less tired. I will have to force myself to stay off my foot then. I am fast approaching that time. My foot is still very tender and with the cold outside today, it aches... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:45:34 EST Off My Foot, Day 5 Today, is day 5 of enforced foot rest. Other than going to breakfast with our Sunday morning group, I have stayed off my feet. I also took a day off from doing water workouts. <BR> <BR> Today, my daughter and I started our 26 week challenge. (See yesterday's blog) It was fun to talk to her on the phone and to offer encouragement! She in return offered me encouragement. I am excited about the challenge! We can do this!!! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:46:36 EST