AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy 4th Of July! The 4th of July always makes me think of our founding fathers, who fought for our independence. It also makes me think of those who fought in World War 1 and World War II as well as in Korea and Vietnam. Currently, I am thankful for those who are in the Middle East. If you look at all of the wars, cumulatively, there are a staggering number of men and women who have given up their lives, been injured and have served this country to preserve our freedom. To every person who has served, I s... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 07:44:50 EST Back In The Water Today! This morning, I loaded my gym bag into the car, packed lots of water and off I went to the Y's pool. Much to my initial distress, the water classes were all cancelled until next Monday. This actually turned out to be a real blessing. I secured my belongings in a locker and went out to the pool area. <BR> <BR> I exchanged pleasantries with the staff (they had wondered what had happened to me because I was gone for three months), said hello to some acquaintances, who were exercising in the s... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:52:00 EST Carefully Returning To A Normal Routine! My orthopedist was very pleased with my healing today! He immediately put me into my regular shoe and said I could get rid of my post surgical shoe. I am ecstatic to have two shoes that are the same height. My back felt better right away. The doctor did caution me to ease into exercise and being more active. If I have a setback, just rest and elevate the foot until it feels better. I put my regular shoe on as soon as we got to the car. I just so happened to have it with me this time! ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:38:19 EST Trying A Shoe On Today This is very exciting! I am trying a shoe on my foot today. I set the timer for 15 minutes and I walked around the kitchen first and now I am laying on the bed. But, I have a shoe on my foot! <em>334</em> <em>331</em> Yippee! <BR> <BR> Ps yes, I am allowed to put a shoe on. The doctor told me to try it. I can do this! <em>41</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:41:12 EST A New Week, A Fresh Start When my alarm went off this morning, I could feel myself groaning inwardly. Time to get up and get going! Ugh! How can I turn it around? I can change my thinking! Instead of starting the week with a negative and a groan, I can look at it another way. It is a new week and that means a fresh start. I get a new chance to get it right. That is very exciting! That is a whole lot different than dreading Monday morning! <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:50:37 EST Healing Slowly It has now been 76 days since my foot surgery. (Tomorrow will mark 11 long weeks of recovery!) I am happy to report that I am now wearing a dry dressing on my foot during the day, covered by a diabetic sock. (This type of sock lets the air circulate better according to my doctor). Last night, I just covered the part that is still healing with a bandaid. I have also been able to put my Crocs on and walk around a little during the day. This is really a big deal for me because a little over ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:41:55 EST Still Celebrating, Today Is My Daughter's Birthday Today is our oldest daughter's birthday. She would have been born a day earlier but my OB/GYN appointment was originally on my birthday and knowing I would most likely go into labor, I changed my appointment to the following day. I wanted to be able to relax and enjoy my birthday and okay, cake had a lot to do with it! As predicted, I went into labor the day of my rescheduled appointment. After 25 hours of intense labor, this screaming little bundle was deposited on my chest and the rest... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:11:33 EST A Great Birthday! Yesterday was my birthday. I started my day by getting my blood work done. That was easy. I was going to go out to breakfast to one of those places that give you a free meal on your birthday. It just didn't happen because hubby and I went out for a luncheon salad instead. It was delicious! I didn't eat the chicken that came with my salad, so I brought it home with me. <BR> <BR> After lunch, I put my legs up and did some Sparking. The plan was for us to go to Red Lobster, so I could ge... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:13:18 EST Busy Day Celebrating! Hubby and I ate a healthy breakfast and then went out to get a few supplies for our friend's birthday. I wrapped her gift and signed the card. We purchased some balloons and cupcakes and off we went. She was very surprised and gave hugs all around. Neither hubby nor I ate any of the cupcakes but others did. We got half chocolate, half yellow cake. <BR> <BR> Next, I left a birthday song message on another friend's phone. We sent her a card and called her yesterday and sang to her but to... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:34:34 EST Hubby's Father's Day This morning, hubby and I got off to a slow start. Hubby opened his cards and we had some good laughs. I gave him a wall hanging with Kermit and some words from the song "Rainbow Connection" on it. Hubby loved it because he and his younger brother used to sing "The Rainbow Connection" together because it is such an uplifting song. I told him that when I found the gift, I was in a Hallmark store and I started singing the song to myself. For the rest of that day, the song was stuck in my h... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:16:13 EST Lunch Out With A Friend I was so excited today. I was able to drive to my friend's house for a visit, then we went out to lunch. It is the first time I have been able to spend an afternoon out, since I had my surgery (on April 13th). Of course we didn't get too crazy. I sat with my leg up the entire time, except when I drove. We talked and talked. It was so wonderful! Hubby did drive me to a restaurant several weeks ago so we could have breakfast/coffee with Slenderella61 (and her hubby), which was lovely t... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 17:45:26 EST The Good News Is That I Am Healing! I went to the doctor this morning, bright and early. The doctor was excited because apparently, the color of my incision has changed from a cranberry color to a dull rose color. This means that the necrosis is being controlled by the antibiotic and I am healing. The wound still isn't all the way closed. No water exercise, walking for exercise etc. <BR> <BR> I am now allowed to slightly increase my activity, emphasis on slightly, and do not have to spend day after day in bed with my foot ... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:42:57 EST Today's Doctor's Appointment After all of the excitement from yesterday, today's appointment seemed anticlimactic. I welcomed the joy and excited distraction yesterday because my foot was super painful and draining a pink/orange substance. I chose to focus on the positive and it really helped me through the day. <BR> <BR> The nurse put me in an examining room and told me to remove my post op shoe and bandages. I know in my heart that she was jealous of the fact that my "special" shoe makes such a fashion statement! ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:31:04 EST It's A Boy! Last night our youngest daughter gave birth to a nine and a half pound baby boy! Both mother and son are doing fine. Our daughter called right before the nurses took her up to her room, a little before 11pm, and talked for about ten minutes. She was tired but revved up and couldn't sleep due to all of the excitement. He is a chunky little thing with lots and lots of hair and he is huge! We are so proud! They haven't decided on a name yet but said they would name him today. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:42:43 EST Exciting Day Today is an exciting day! Our youngest daughter is in labor today. She went into the hospital at six this morning and the doctor gave her the shot to induce labor at seven. Now six and a half hours later, they want to do a C-section and she doesn't want to have one. I'm not sure why the doctor wanted to do the C-section but neither the baby or our daughter are in any distress. We are getting progress reports several times per hour. We know that she is having another boy. I hope and pra... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:42:40 EST Doctor Moved Up the Appointment I just talked to my doctor's office and they aren't happy with the addition of a new lump. They also weren't happy that the abscess hasn't closed yet. My appointment was for next Monday. Now it is for Thursday with the possibility of surgery. I am at the point that I would prefer to have the infected tissue removed so I can get on with regaining my health. That was my vote when the doctor looked at my foot a week ago. I just want it over, so that I can get better. We have played arou... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 14:16:05 EST Monday We made a quick trip to the doctor to pick up some medicine for hubby. Then we went to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for him and one for me as well. We discovered that with me on limited activity, we had very little meat in the house, for dinner. I can't go grocery shopping like I want to and hubby has been too busy to go. So, I got a cart and drove to the meat section of Publix's. We got two packages of loin pork chops and three packages of chicken breasts. We also got some f... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 14:24:55 EST A Nice Sunday I got up and did my usual morning routine this morning. Even though I slept fairly well, I tired quickly. I hate that! I called friend Slenderella61 and asked if she and hubby would like to meet us for breakfast. She did and we had a delightful visit! It was a wonderful mood lifter. After breakfast, we returned home. I felt really tired so it was great to just lie down. It sure helped my fatigue level. <BR> <BR> I will continue to take it easy today. It was a real treat to go out fo... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 13:29:27 EST Never A Dull Moment Last night, when I was getting ready to clean and re bandage my foot, I noticed that a lump had popped up next to the lower part of the incision. Oh great! Now what? Just in case I was over reacting, I had hubby look at it. It is a little bit bigger than a nickel and feels hard when you press on it. It is very tender when you press on it. Hubby asked me if I had any pain with it. Since I don't feel pain like the average person, I couldn't say. I decided to watch it carefully for incre... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 10:52:21 EST Day 53 Of Resting Today is day 53 of bed rest, but who is counting. I have a bad case of cabin fever and hubby dragged me out to lunch. I didn't think that I felt hungry and was surprised when I ate my whole egg white omelette! The food helped to improve my mood too. Thank goodness that my daughter calls me regularly to cheer me up. Other than hubby, she has been the only person to call and see how I am doing. I have gotten several texts and emails from my friends but nothing beats a call or visit! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 18:01:13 EST Determined To Get Better Yesterday, I was running a fever and had a killer headache. I kept chugging water and taking Tylenol and eventually it did ease up some. Once the pain eased, I felt really cold and went into a deep sleep. Hubby said that I snored so loud that he couldn't even sleep in the other room. I never woke up the whole night until this morning. That is very unusual for me. This morning, I still have the remnants of the same headache but on a much slighter scale. My lips are peeling something fie... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 12:04:45 EST My third attempt at posting this same blog! Yesterday, I went in for a check up on the healing of the wound on my foot. The doctor was not pleased. He had to decide whether to do another surgery, or, since I am on a new antibiotic, watch it carefully for two weeks. During that two week period, I am to stay off my foot except for doctor's appointments and prescription pick ups. <BR> <BR> Since the biggest amount of healing took place when I was put on a new antibiotic, we are hoping that the hole will really start to close within th... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 22:48:25 EST A Little Of This, A Bit Of That Hubby was supposed to go to a neighboring town to help move two dressers out of his sister's garage. He asked me if I felt well enough to get out of the house for a while. That was a no brainer! I gave him a resounding YES! Off we went to eat a light breakfast and to do some chores. While hubby and his sister were moving the furniture into his van, I was in an easy chair with my foot up. See there are some advantages to not being on my feet every once in a while! I am reading an entert... Sat, 30 May 2015 15:40:13 EST Thursday Morning At The Doctor Both hubby and I are now on antibiotics. I am also on a steroid pack due to severe inflammation. Hubby was coughing so badly over this past weekend that he irritated his interior chest wall. I was coughing so badly last night that I got a splitting headache. I used my nebulizer and went into such a deep sleep that if hubby hadn't awakened me this morning, I would have slept right through my doctor's appointment. That would not have been good form as these things go. <BR> <BR> My ENT doct... Thu, 28 May 2015 18:57:29 EST Cleaning Today I decided to do some much needed housecleaning today. I clean a little, rest a little and clean a little. Hubby volunteered to mop the kitchen floor so all I need to do is vacuum. We make a great team! Wed, 27 May 2015 12:46:26 EST Still Resting I am still sticking to my restricted activity schedule. I am trying to put my foot down for limited periods every day. My hubby has started referring to the bedroom as the infirmary LOL! He has been sick for about ten days now and I woke up all congested over the weekend. Thanks for sharing your germs, hubby! &#128512; <BR> <BR> DH and I ran errands for his work yesterday. It got me out of the house. Yes! We stopped at Cracker Barrel on the way back and had a very late breakfast. We... Tue, 26 May 2015 11:31:11 EST Only Two More Weeks Of Restricted Activity! I went to the orthopedist this morning to have him check the progress of my healing. He was a little disappointed in my rate of healing but stressed that it is indeed healing. Yeah! He didn't see any further signs of infection, which was great news. He took measurements of the size of the wound so that he can judge how well it is healing, when I see him in eleven more days. I am allowed to sit with my foot down for short periods and to slightly increase my activity level. The emphasis on... Thu, 21 May 2015 16:29:17 EST Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow Yesterday was a very tough day for me pain wise. I really tried to use change of focus, which was surprisingly helpful. I have had success in the past with doing thought blocking, which is similar. I admit that I got scared yesterday morning. My foot opened up, drained and I couldn't even stand to put the bandages on it. So, I sat with the unbandaged foot propped up on pillows. I wrote yesterday's blog on changing focus and took my own advice. <em>43</em> We had company last night ... Tue, 19 May 2015 20:19:14 EST Changing Focus Have you ever had those days when you are so focused on one thing, that everything else goes by the wayside? Maybe one day you are so focused on food that you eat everything in sight or the opposite. You deny yourself until diet rage takes over. Perhaps the focus is on another person due to illness and you forget to take care of your own needs. Or, you have a trauma and find that obsessive thoughts crowd out all other thoughts. <BR> <BR> How do you cope? Do you eat your way through it... Sun, 17 May 2015 14:06:46 EST Bored Out Of My Mind! This is day 3 of my bed rest. I Only have five days until my doctor's appointment. Hopefully, I will be able to be more active after that. <BR> <BR> Hubby, his sister and I went out for breakfast this morning. We sat in a booth so I could prop my leg up. It was wonderful to get out of the house this morning. My foot was very sore. When we got home, I took off the bandages. They were a mess again but sitting and letting the air get at it, has helped to dry it up a bit. <BR> <BR> Last ... Sat, 16 May 2015 12:04:27 EST Modified Bed Rest I spoke to the nurse practitioner again this morning. She has made herself available to me via the telephone all weekend. I have two options for activity. Resting in bed with my foot elevated or, for short periods, going out for a meal and sitting in a booth with my foot up. The only reason she agreed to let me go out for dinner is because we have family activities scheduled over the next three days. She knows human nature and by letting me participate in a controlled way, she knows that ... Fri, 15 May 2015 16:28:05 EST Frustration I am starting to feel very frustrated with the condition of my foot. For the past two days, it has drained like crazy and the incision has widened. The wound sticks to the gauze pad, which really hurts. I decided to call the doctor's office this afternoon. I didn't want to get caught with a problem over the weekend. The nurse practitioner said an abcess heals differently than a regular incision. Okay, I understand that. However, I don't think that the incision is supposed to keep openi... Thu, 14 May 2015 18:38:03 EST Making Slow Progress, Learning Hard Lessons I woke up without a headache or sore throat this morning! That was such a relief! My foot looks better too so the antibiotic is starting to work. Instead of having funny looking bright red skin around the incision, it is now more of a medium pink. Before the red spread out about one inch all the way around my three inch incision. Now it is only about a half inch. This is progress. <BR> <BR> I realized this morning, that I have been messing around with this foot for seven whole months. ... Wed, 13 May 2015 11:43:54 EST Very Thirsty Today I woke up with a bad headache and sore throat this morning. My nose was stuffy despite using the humidifier, ointment in my nose and saline. I drank about 35 ounces of water, did a nose rinse, took a cool shower and took my antibiotic with a snack. Within an hour, my headache and sore throat were gone but my voice is still gravely. Hubby and I went out for breakfast. I had an egg white omelette with fresh veggies and fruit. I drank a weak iced tea with lemon even though I had already co... Tue, 12 May 2015 16:02:01 EST So That's Why My Foot Started Hurting On Thursday night, my foot started hurting badly. I considered calling the doctor on Friday but decided that the blood oozing was just the scab dissolving because I am allowed to get my foot wet. I was pretty active on Saturday. I tried to get as many things done from my to do list as possible. I am sure that I walked more than I was supposed to but I got it all done. I felt especially exhausted but couldn't sleep and had a headache on Sunday. The headache didn't really respond to Tylen... Mon, 11 May 2015 21:05:20 EST Odds And Ends I enjoyed a lively local team Spark dinner. The support and great conversation was wonderful. These folks are the best and I am blessed to have them in my life. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I attempted to tutor a high school student in geometry. I told her that my skills are very rusty and I was right. I'm not sure that I helped her at all. Oh well, my heart was in the right place. It made me feel good to at least try to help someone and give back to the community. When I left there, I had ... Fri, 8 May 2015 10:34:31 EST Stronger Today, Even stronger Tomorrow When I got up this morning, there was very little bleeding going on. Part of my scab was a great deal smaller, so I am thinking that the bleeding came from two places. First, the area where the stitches didn't want to come out, bled a little. Second, the scab in the area with the most bleeding seems to be dissolving. I am thinking that the shower washed away some of the dried blood around my incision. It is hard to see what is going on because of the steri strips. The steri strips have ... Thu, 7 May 2015 11:56:57 EST Third Try To Post A Blog For some reason, I typed up a nice blog twice yesterday, and got bounced off. I lost the blog twice. I am giving it another try -the third try is a charm! <BR> <BR> On Monday, I got my cast off and my stitches out. The doctor said I could go in the water the next day but he wasn't the one who took out my stitches. His nurse took out the stitches and several of them didn't want to come out. I had some bleeding and the nurse told me to wait several days before going into the pool. That mad... Wed, 6 May 2015 18:45:52 EST Hungry Today For The First Time In 3 Weeks! When I woke up this morning, my stomach was growling and I felt really hungry. It is was the first time in three weeks that I have been so hungry. I drank some water and ignored it at first. I got ready for the day. While the pups were eating their breakfast, I sat down with my iPad. After a while, even the dogs and hubby could hear my stomach growling! Maybe I was truly hungry after all! <BR> <BR> Hubby and I decided to go to a small local diner for breakfast. I ordered an egg white om... Sun, 3 May 2015 12:29:43 EST Nice Weather, Good Mood, Great Day Last night, I had severe muscle spasms. I took my medicine and went into a deep sleep, once the spasms stopped. The result was a solid 8 hours of sleep! I don't advocate taking medication to sleep, but this was a measure to stop the spasms and to prevent a migraine, not sleep inducing medication. Even the dogs were quiet in the kitchen. (They usually bark around 7:30am because they need to go out.) The house was so quiet as I gimped around trying to figure out where hubby was. (Apparent... Sat, 2 May 2015 15:58:33 EST Friday This morning, I woke up refreshed after a great night's sleep. What a nice way to start the day. It was a relief because the night before, my foot was so irritated that I had difficulty falling and staying asleep. My new cast took care of the problem, although it is a lot tighter and my mobility is more limited again. I can live with that for three more days. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby and I went out for breakfast. I had an egg white omelette with fresh veggies, fresh fruit, whole w... Fri, 1 May 2015 12:52:36 EST A Pink Cast With Four Days To Go My doctor's office took off the loose cast. The reason it started hurting so badly is that several of my stitches were caught in the gauze. Once the medical tech untangled everything, all I could feel is relief! Ahhhhh! <BR> <BR> I have only four days left until the new cast comes off and the stitches come out. I have no idea what the doctor will put on my foot next. The incision is about three inches long and it looks like I have between 10-15 stitches. It was hard to tell the exact... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:57:01 EST Yikes! My Gauze Is Falling Out Of My Cast When I woke up this morning, I noticed that the gauze dressing on my toes is falling off. I tried, unsuccessfully I might add, to tighten it and push it back on. Then I called my orthopedist's office. The casting department wanted me to come right in, now. Hubby has a dentist appointment at 1pm and he isn't sure how long it will take. So, I will go in tomorrow afternoon and they will take the cast off and put a new one on in it's place. They said that the dressing came off because the sw... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:57:45 EST Six More Days Until My Cast Comes Off Only six more days until my appointment with my orthopedist. He will take off my cast and remove my stitches. I know that my foot will be sore for days after that but I am hoping that I can go into the water after a week or so. I must wait until the scab falls off before going into the pool. At least I should be able to be up and around. I hope that I have healed well. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:41:56 EST 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