AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Now, Physical Therapy 5 Days Per Week I finally heard from the orthopedist who is treating my hip/leg. I have so much atrophy that he recommended twice a week for six weeks. That was the original Rx for the home therapy program. The difference is that I can actually raise my leg and move it now. That is some hard won progress! Round of applause here, please! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Additional progress....... I drove by myself to get my hair done yesterday. That is only a total distance of five miles but it was the first t... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 20:41:18 EST My Therapy Vent - Looking For The Silver Lining I am so bummed! Because I have to go to therapy at a facility, due to the nature of my arm injury (and the equipment required to treat it), Medicare cancelled my at home therapy for my hip and leg. They say if I can get to out patient therapy for my arm, I should be able to do the same for my leg. I understand their reasoning on paper. I tried to drive last Friday and I did a passable job on the way to therapy. However, after my therapy I was so done that if hubby hadn't gone with me to d... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:22:53 EST Some Explanations At Last I went to our primary doctor with hubby this morning. The doctor patiently answered hubby's questions. He was very thorough. Then the doctor looked at me and he frowned. Hubby asked if he noticed my leg, cane and arm. Hubby and I told him how I had fallen and the doctor asked me a bunch of questions. I told him that my left leg had atrophied and become weak even though it had been the leg that supported me through 9 months of issues with the other leg. His comment was something to the effe... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:37:49 EST My Orthopedist Appointment Today Hubby took me to the orthopedist because of numbness and pain in my arm. We left very early and I was glad that we did, due to all of the accidents. The doctor had all kinds of x-Rays taken of my arm and wrist. My great news is that my bones are aligned exactly as they should and we could see lots of new bone growth at the site of the break. The bad news is that when I broke my arm, I traumatized the ulnar nerve. By pressing at several different points along my arm, my doctor could trigger ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:02:07 EST Two Steps Forward, One Step Back I am pleased that my hip and leg weren't terribly sore this morning. That is progress. However, I was up most of the night with terrible pain and numbness in my broken arm. I called my orthopedist to see if this increase in pain, the added numbness and the feeling that something is rubbing together inside the wrist is normal at this stage of healing. It is not and I have an appointment with the doctor early Thursday morning. I also moved my haircut appointment to next Tuesday, just in ca... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:59:20 EST More Intense Therapy While we were away this past weekend, I didn't use weights for my therapy, because I decided not to take them with us. Instead, I slowed down my exercises and did the routine several times per day. When we got back, I resumed using my weights but still did one extra set (the one that I find the hardest) of exercises. The result of my hard work was that today, I was able to progress one step further in my weight program. <BR> <BR> My therapist slowed down the exercise, incorporating some ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:12:37 EST Busy Weekend Hubby and I took off early Thursday morning and drove to Jacksonville. His brother and family just moved there from further up north. Hubby wanted to help his brother unpack a little bit. I basically sat in an easy chair and read. I was proud of the fact that I diligently did my physical therapy exercises daily during our visit. BIL and SIL are both still working. SIL retires at the end of September and BIL retires at the end of the year. This has made their move a rather difficult pro... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:11:14 EST Physical Therapy And Pain Management Techniques I met my main therapist this afternoon. We reviewed my current issues, my strength program so far, did an ultrasound treatment and added three isometric exercises to my at home program. We discussed how I can improve my pain management so that it is easier to maintain a more consistent level. (I let it get way out of control this morning. I won't do that again, I hope.). We talked about me trying to achieve a balance between resting adequately and moving around enough to keep my joints mobi... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:42:51 EST Self Physical Therapy Program Day One Today, I did my at home program by myself for the first time. It was difficult but I moved slowly and was able to finish my exercises. I followed my routine by 20 minutes of ice. I am supposed to use ice packs four times per day. I have done two so far and am ready to do round three. The ice feels wonderful. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 18:13:04 EST Day Two Of Physical Therapy The physical therapist who came today, did further testing. He tested my nerve sensations in my feet and the strength in my legs. My lower legs are not held tightly together at the knees because the muscles are weak. This can cause the knees to buckle and let my knee replacements wear out faster. We discussed the fact that I need to do strengthening for my legs, outside of the water workouts. He gave me several exercises to do once per day until my regular therapist begins to work with me... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:31:31 EST Started Physical Therapy Today Hubby and I went out for an egg white omelet for breakfast this morning. I was way off my usual eating routine. I had half of the omelet, a few potatoes and some whole wheat toast. I drank most of my unsweet tea and boxed everything up and brought it home. I broke a protein bar up into sections and ate a small piece every time I took medication. That got an extra 20 grams of protein into my diet. I had some fruit in the afternoon, a leftover pork loin chop and half a bag of romaine lettu... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 22:51:17 EST Progress Report I have only weighed myself twice this past week. The most recent time was this morning and I was down a pound. This surprised and pleased me. My checklist method appears to be starting to work. Even though I have had days when I was in so much pain, from my injuries, that I ate only protein and veggies and very few carbohydrates. On those days the nausea was awful and I only ate what was necessary for healing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was rough. My pain was horrendous and all day I ate easy ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:08:56 EST Making My Journey Just About Me Not The Scale I am continuing to use my check off sheet daily. The biggest plus with using the check off sheet is that it is so easy. The creation of the sheet itself at the beginning was just a loose guideline for nutrition and self care. If I want more specific information, I can use the sheet in conjunction with the Spark nutrition tracker or I can keep a running list of foods consumed. What was an unexpected bonus was the sense of freedom and reduction of pressure that I feel from taking the focus ... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:32:34 EST Starting Some Medical Self Care My check off sheet is working out pretty well so far. I can see what nutrients I have consumed, what I still need to consume, how I am managing stress and any other issues that come up. Since I started using the sheet, I have become aware that my orthopedic issues are not adequately being addressed. My broken arm will be put in a cast next Thursday and that seems to be okay. However, my bruised leg, ribs and hip are another story. <BR> <BR> My ribs are showing signs of healing. Some of t... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 16:18:19 EST I Have Been A Sparker For Seven Years Now!!! I just looked at the date and realized that I have been on Spark People for seven years now! Wow, how fast time goes by! <em>252</em> <em>529</em> Thu, 6 Aug 2015 03:35:26 EST I Thought I Was In A Bad Spot, But Maybe Not....... Two days ago, I would have said that I was in a bad place. Then I changed my focus. I never realized how liberating a few changes could be! I sat down and designed a check off sheet for nutrition and self care. I used it every time I put something in my mouth today. I used it every time I was tempted to berate myself or my actions. I used it to record how I manage stress. I used it to monitor my water intake and sleep. There it all is in black and white. At the end of my day, I will ge... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 19:45:06 EST Taking My Focus Off The Scale Since I am unable to workout, I have spent the last few months obsessing over weight gain and the number on the scale. I have always used exercise as both an outlet for stress and as a way to trigger my metabolism. Right now, exercise is barely a blip on my radar. My weight is slowly creeping up and I feel like a big, fat failure. The scale has taken on epic proportions as the one true measure of my success. How I let this happen, I don't know. I do know that continuing to give power to ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 20:56:22 EST Frequent Flier Miles Earned The Hard Way I had my appointment with the orthopedist this afternoon. He said that I am his favorite patient. He was shocked at the appearance of my left leg, which kissed the cement when I fell yesterday. It is very colorful in appearance. If I remember, I will post a picture tomorrow. I also bruised several ribs on the right side and broke my right arm. Unfortunately, our friendly neighborhood hospital didn't put all of the x-Rays on the CD (perhaps because they were such poor quality) and the x-... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:55:04 EST I Was Concentrating So Hard On The Way I Walking That... I didn't see the slant and slight dip in the sidewalk and I fell. It isn't really anybody else's fault, just a clumsy accident. How I avoided a head or face injury, I don't know. My hat flew off my head, my glasses slid down my nose, my left lower leg is all skinned and I broke my left arm. My ribs are sore on my right side too. Honestly, I was very lucky. The man upstairs must have really been looking out for me. <BR> <BR> I knew immediately that my lower arm was broken. The radial... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:38:10 EST Changing My Taste Along With My Diet If you had asked me ten years ago if I wanted grilled fish, I would have given you an emphatic, NO! I loved seafood but not fish. (Still to this day I can't stand the scent of fish cooking.) Tonight, when I took hubby out for his birthday dinner, he had a large salad, green beans and a steak topped with portobello mushrooms. I had a large salad, a baked potato and a succulent piece of grilled salmon. So what happened? What precipitated this huge change? <BR> <BR> When I first started ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:05:48 EST Struggling With Getting Stronger Other than doing some housework and some short walks, my rehabilitation is going very slowly. If I do a little too much, I am sidelined for a full day. (Actually, that is an improvement in the grand scheme of things! LOL ) I can now hobble walk around a full block, twice a day. My goal is to walk around two full blocks, once per day, by next week. My poor left hip is still very stiff and painful. The nurse practitioner, who gave me the shot in the hip, said that it is the result of 9 m... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:39:41 EST All Kinds Of Constructive Activity Today! I started off my morning by enjoying one of Chef Meg's blueberry flax muffins along with some cooked egg whites. As I did my chores and sipped my chai latte, I realized that I wasn't hungry again until 2:30pm! I got a lot of satisfaction and felt full throughout all of my various activities. I tidied up areas of the house that were messy, threw in a load of laundry, vacuumed and mopped all of the floors in the house, showered, dressed and then went grocery shopping. When I got home, hubby... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:59:53 EST Pampering Is Good For The Soul Today, I treated myself. Hubby and I went out for a healthy breakfast. Later, I had a hair appointment. I love to have my hair done! I feel relaxed and pampered. It has been a great day! Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:49:47 EST Out And About Today Hubby likes to have company when he runs errands, so I decoded to go with him today. We drove my car instead of his work van, so I would be more comfortable. We were able to use my new windshield wipers as it rained intermittently all the way to the customer site. The new wipers were a vast improvement over the old ones! <BR> <BR> It was nice to take a drive and look around as we traveled. We were gone about 2.5 hours. I saw some people who I hadn't seen for four plus months. It was a n... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:42:27 EST Numbness Gone, Still Stiff Yesterday, when I awoke, the numbness in my leg was all gone. I realized that it probably dissipated sometime the evening before. My pain is much more manageable. Hubby and I went to a small, indoor craft fair and walked around for about 45 minutes. We left and returned home where I iced down my hip. I continued to stay off my feet with the exception of doing a few chores around the house. I was able to even sleep a little bit on that side last night. This was a nice break for my other ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:09:01 EST It Is Raining So My Duck Walk Is Fitting Yesterday, my primary said that I should go to the orthopedic urgent care and get a steroid shot in my hip. Hubby was afraid that if the pain was severe, I would have trouble driving the 120 round trip miles by myself. His Friday afternoon client meeting was cancelled, so he drove me to the urgent care facility. It turned out that it was a good call on his part. <BR> <BR> When we got to the orthopedic urgent care, the nurse took me back to get an X-Ray of my left hip. Then I saw a specia... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:29:39 EST Letting My Doctor Help Is A Relief I went for my check up this afternoon, with my primary care doctor. We discussed the issues that I have been having with my supporting leg and the swelling in my healing foot. She was very supportive and listened carefully. She gave me a treatment plan and some exercises to do and cautioned me to not let it go. It would be so much easier to treat if I wasn't allergic to aspirin and NSAIDs. I asked about taking oral steroids and she nixed that idea because it isn't area specific enough. ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:24:30 EST I Am Frustrated But Working On It Today, I have a doctor's appointment. It is my annual female wellness. While I am there, I will ask about the pain in my left leg, due to my uneven gait over the past nine months. This appointment is with my primary doctor and not my orthopedist. I don't go back to see my orthopedist until August. I have tried to slowly increase my activity but I keep running into roadblocks which I am finding extremely frustrating. It has been a week since I last went to the pool. Unfortunately, exerc... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:02:05 EST Deciding To Re-Learn Walking Before Pushing Exercise Yesterday, my good leg was so sore that I was in agony all day. I did some light walking but opted to stay off my feet and see if that helped at all. This morning, when I got up, I practiced trying to walk with my weight evenly distributed on both legs. I skipped water class today and made "limp less" walking my goal for the day. Now keep in mind that I have been limping for nine months now and it almost feels normal to me. <em>24</em> My left leg felt much better after I rested it yes... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:30:03 EST Avoiding Body Burnout today I got back into the water last Friday. My supporting leg is the leg that has been way too tight from over use. It took a full hour of stretches last Friday before it loosened. By the time Monday rolled around, I decided to try a deep water class. The class is pretty intense, so I just did my own pace. I was sore after my workout and remembered to take the time to rest. On Wednesday, the instructor had a virus, so we all did our own workouts. Yesterday, I decided to clean the floors in ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 07:41:14 EST Lifestyle Changes Are Paying Off Despite being off my feet for 80 days, my primary doctor's visit yesterday was good. He went over my lab work and said he was very pleased. The labs would have been healthy for someone who had done normal activity but for me, they were outstanding! He said he'd like to see what they will be in three months when I have returned to normal activity. I do need to take some vitamin B-12 for a while but that is minor. I will be excited to see what my numbers are in three months too! <BR> <BR>... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 18:09:17 EST Surprised By Participation In Deep Water Class I returned to deep water exercise class today. I was a little wary about trying to do the class so soon after being allowed back into the water. I decided to do the class at my own pace and reduce the intensity when necessary. Surprise! I found that I could do the entire class abet at a slightly slower pace. That was a big deal for me. <BR> <BR> When I spoke to our instructor about it after class, she discussed the idea of muscle memory after years of workouts. She asked me how long... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 20:37:00 EST 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