AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AQUAGIRL08 AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Progress Update #20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386461 Monday, I had my visit with my orthopedist as a follow up to last Wednesday's urgent care visit. Last Wednesday, my knee still looked angry and was red, hot and sore. After 5 more days of a strong antibiotic as well as more bed rest and ice, it now looks a lot better. That being said, it is still very warm and pink. I finished my antibiotic on Sunday. The orthopedist said that it looked better but not great. He said the numbness below the knee is coming from the area where I have all of t... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:09:18 EST Progress Update #19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383818 It has not been a good week. Last Wednesday, I went to see my orthopedic surgeon after my leg turned red and hot after a fall the week before. The doctor wasn't sure if I had an infection or not but gave me an antibiotic just to be safe. He went out of town the next day. <BR> <BR> Well, as luck (or lack thereof) would have it, my infection blossomed overnight. I felt hideous that night and worse the next day. I went to my primary since my orthopedist wasn't available. The antibiotic was c... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 21:27:07 EST Progress Update #18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381401 Just when you think you can go back into the water a shark called infection, bites. I fell and was caught by a Good Samaritan before hitting the pavement on June 14th. One week later, I woke up feeling off balance and almost fell when I took the dogs out. I did fall about an hour later and bruised my new knee. I iced it and elevated it for several days - staying off it most of the time. Then the night sweats started. Ugh! I would go into a very deep sleep for hours on end and wake up with ... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:05:21 EST Progress Update #17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373674 It has been a while since my last blog. The big news is, I am now back in the water for water workouts! After over two years away, due to poor health, it feels good to float around in the water. I am also cleared to ride the recumbent cycle for up to ten minutes. <BR> <BR> Friday, I finally graduated from physical therapy! Yes, at just short of 20 weeks post op, I completed physical therapy and move on to my new home therapy plan. I even got a T-shirt as a parting gift! How much fun ... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:53:18 EST Progress Update #16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365827 My leg swelled when I increased my activity level over the weekend. I'm not a happy camper. The pain is awful. My whole leg is stinging and throbbing. This morning, my physical therapist worked on trying to move the fluid around so my body would reabsorb it. It hurt like crazy but she was successful. The areas around my scars are tight and have little electrical shocks running through them. This is ridiculous! I'm 17 weeks post op and this shouldn't be happening. I realize that I had ... Tue, 23 May 2017 23:04:37 EST Progress Update #15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363060 I am now 16 weeks post op. It has been a long and painful recovery. I'm in my 4th week of outpatient physical therapy. Yesterday, for the first time, I felt like I was making progress. I'm pushing myself, sometimes a little too much, to achieve more. All of the scarred areas are still quite painful. Sigh! My last open wound is close to being closed. The orthopedist said I can go into the pool now but he's not the one who will risk infection, I am. No thank you! I'll wait until that ... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:56:23 EST Progress Update #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355782 I have mixed feelings about the amount of time it has taken for my leg muscles and scar tissue to calm down after my Thursday physical therapy session. I know that some amount of pain during and after physical therapy is normal. The amount of pain I experienced Thursday, Friday and part of Saturday seems a bit over the top to me. In fact, it scared me. I've decided that I need to talk to my therapist this coming Tuesday, to hear her thoughts regarding my physical reaction to strength trai... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:21:58 EST The Wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354708 My daughter made a beautiful bride. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71b8541e-a639-402d-b17d-375c1c4de0db.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Her gown sparkled and her face glowed with happiness! We all had fun getting our hair and makeup done. (Bride, me, and bridesmaids.) We had a limousine pick us up after we were finished and we drove to a friend's home to dress in our finery. The photographer took pictures while we got our hair and makeup done and again after we dressed. I was blin... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:18:36 EST Progress Update #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354683 The wedding was beautiful (pictures later) but the schedule we kept was grueling. Hubby and I are exhausted still. The big thing we have noticed is that after five days of constant activity, we don't bounce back like we did when we were younger. Aging isn't for sissies! <BR> <BR> I started outpatient physical therapy on Tuesday. My therapist got a chance to see what my leg looks like in all its swollen, inflamed glory. She was shocked at the amount of scar tissue from the soft tissue da... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:11:50 EST Progress Update #12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348143 My progress is currently a real mixed bag. I have lots of highs and lows. Today, I had my final visit with wound care. I am totally finished with home care. That leaves me temporarily on my own for physical therapy. <BR> <BR> Two days ago, I had a check up with my primary. My thyroid level was too high, which is to be expected because of my three weeks in the hospital without proper medication. My doctor was surprised that it is as good as the current level. It will improve with time. ... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:15:01 EST Progress Update #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346003 I walked around the antiques fair in town and......drumroll.....I drove today! I drove for the first time in 3 months! WooHoo!!! Sun, 9 Apr 2017 12:20:52 EST Progress Update #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344582 This has been a big week for me. On Tuesday, I was released from home health physical therapy. I am now at a fully functional level. The therapist gave me several sheets of exercises that I can do by myself. I'm still having pain and swelling issues. The therapist said that what I am experiencing is normal for the amount of soft tissue damage I've experienced plus the normal swelling from the knee replacement. She suggested that I may want to wait to do out patient physical therapy, unti... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 09:21:54 EST Progress Update #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342596 Progress is still slow but now it is more steadily going in a positive direction. I have developed a huge amount of scar tissue from all of my open wounds. I find that so scary since the scars are red and painful. The incision from the surgery is great and right on track with healing. The problem comes from all of the complications. I honestly don't know what we will do about it. <BR> <BR> I have finally reached the "functional" level in my home therapy after weeks of therapy. I'm stil... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 09:28:06 EST Progress Update #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338098 Yesterday, I met with the orthopedist. I had x-rays after I got there and then had an hour wait to be called back to see the doctor. It was an interesting visit. <BR> <BR> The knee's revision itself looks good. Another stitch worked it's way out of my incision and the doctor removed it. This is because my knee was so swollen after surgery, that some of the swelling hid a few of the stitches. That was the second or third one that has just popped out like that. <BR> <BR> I told the doctor... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:09:46 EST Progress Update #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336407 This week has been a tough one. I'm still fighting a cough and sinus issue that has left me short of breath and hacking. Yesterday, hubby took me to the doctor because I seemed to be getting worse instead of better. The doctor didn't like the sound of my cough but my lungs are clear. All of the drainage from my sinus infection is sitting above my lungs, pressing down on them from the top, which is why I am short of breath. She changed my medication to the stronger one (CVS messed it up th... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:25:23 EST Progress Update #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332367 I walked outside with just a cane (plus my therapist and a safety belt) today! I walked one block and was huffing, puffing and waddling on the way back. This upset me greatly. My therapist reassured me that it quite normal and by next week it will be much better. I am still bending at 107 degrees which is pretty good too. I couldn't believe how tired I got and winded , just by walking one block! Yikes! I have some serious work to do. <BR> <BR> My wounds are the big hold up and they cont... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:50:48 EST Progress Update #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330040 I had my 2 week follow up with my primary doctor late this afternoon. He was pleased that I have done quite a bit of healing but disappointed at the healing rate behind my knee. The location of that wound alone will slow the rate of healing. The doctor wants me to make sure that I keep the area clean and dry. The other wounds are healed on the surface of the skin, with the exception of one small area. Unfortunately, the area under the surface surface of the skin, is very hard and painful... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 23:25:59 EST Progress Update #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327805 Hubby has become concerned about me lately because I have been isolating myself. At first, it was for purely medical reasons. I was pretty sick for a long time. The danger of infection is also a huge concern. The complications from my surgery were pretty gross, painful, ugly and debilitating. I also lost an aunt, to whom I was very close. On the last day in rehab, my roommate coded and died, while I was right next to her. That was a huge trauma. I was angry with my surgeon for being slop... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 15:53:43 EST Progress Update #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324048 My progress in healing has been a mixed bag. Two steps forward and one step back. This week I have walked outdoors with my physical therapist, mastered the art of getting in and out of the shower, worked on upper body strength and frustrated myself by wishing my wounds would heal and my swelling would go down. <BR> <BR> The stronger pain medication has enabled me to push myself harder to reach my goals (within limits). I can now walk to the corner and back with very little difficulty. Whe... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 16:24:28 EST Progress Update #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322435 Finally, I am starting to make some good progress. My wounds still have to be constantly checked by a nurse, cleaned and treated with medicine. They are slightly smaller but are still weeping and bleeding. Some of them really hurt and others are fast approaching that awful itching stage. I don't know which is worse. There are purple scars all over the place from the wounds that have healed. They look like purple bruises. Weird! <BR> <BR> My big news is that, today, I was able to walk up ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:44:48 EST Progress Update #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320448 Yesterday, hubby took me for a four week check up at the orthopedist's office. He was pleased that the wounds look better and that my knee is beginning to improve. He said that the wounds will take a long time to heal. <em>39</em> When I asked if I could go out in public he said yes but make sure wherever I decide to go doesn't have an issue if I gush blood. Oh great! That eliminates just about everywhere. I don't know if he was trying to be funny or what, but I fail to see the humor in... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:29:39 EST My Surgery Nightmare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318917 I had my revision replacement on January 24 as planned. Sometime during my surgery, I had an allergic reaction to something and when I returned to my room, I was covered with weeping, oozing blisters on the back of my leg and all over my bottom. The blisters caused huge amounts of swelling and horrendous amounts of pain. In fact, the pain from the blisters was so bad that I couldn't feel the pain from the replacement! The blisters would drain and refill over and over. My bedding had to b... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:50:37 EST Nervous But Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303583 The dogs are groomed and bathed, their beds are clean, our bed is clean and the laundry is done. I made gluten free cookies yesterday and the house smells wonderful. I froze the majority of them, ate a couple and packed a container to give to our friend next door. The grocery shopping is done. I bought food for the dogs and put it in the pantry, so they won't go hungry while I'm laid up. I will do my first antibiotic scrub of the day in a few minutes. Before bed, I will bathe, wash my hai... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:39:55 EST Up At 3am And Feeling Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302895 I know why this is happening but all of my techniques have failed to work this morning at 3am! So I will ride it out the best way I can and take a nap later. Fear is a funny thing and often times not real rational, especially when you are tired. I think I will use distraction and see if I relax and,fall back to sleep. T minus two days and counting until my surgery! <BR> <BR> 9am <BR> I showered, dressed and read for a while. Then I fell asleep for an hour and a half. I almost feel huma... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:14:24 EST Practicing Anxiety Techniques http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301384 The other day, I wrote about my surgery and the anxiety I was feeling. A good Spark friend wrote to me privately with some suggestions. They were consistent with what my stress counselor and I were working on, so I've added them to my repertoire of coping mechanisms. Knowing that I have a variety of options for dealing with my stress, is empowering. <BR> <BR> Last evening. Hubby and I had a lovely dinner out with friend Slenderella61 and her hubby. Stress has been messing up my eating pla... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:22:50 EST Surgery Plan And My Anxiety..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300430 I will have to hand it to the professionals! They knew that this particular surgery is the type that can cause lots of pre surgery anxiety. My stress person went over lots of techniques and strategies yesterday, which is really helpful. I am up at 3am with anxiety. Let me qualify that with an explanation. With revision surgery on an existing knee replacement, there are many variables that come into play that just aren't part of an original knee replacement. Bones can break during the rem... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:09:48 EST Starting Surgery Prep Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299302 Changing hospitals means a different preparation for surgery. I've never done a week of surgery prep before. The pre op department told me that it is a new MRSA protocol. H-mm Okay. I have to bathe with a surgical scrub until next Monday, when I switch to prescription antibacterial wipes twice a day and Tuesday once before I go to the hospital. No deodorant is allowed next Monday or Tuesday and no lotions or creams. My poor skin will be ready to peel off! The other thing I have to do i... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:24:55 EST Making (And Owning) Your Choices Is Liberating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296875 I decided to try an experiment yesterday and it proved to be a successful way to make better choices. I decided that I need to cut back on the amount of sugar I consume. So all day long I said to myself, "I am choosing to skip the sugar. I don't have to, I can choose to be over weight instead. Nobody is telling me I have to watch my sugar intake. It is my choice to not eat that cookie (or candy etc.). I am in control." <BR> <BR> The result was that I stayed on track. Today, I have been... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:38:52 EST Pictures Of My Recent Craft Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292005 For the past several days, I have blogged about my latest craft projects. I have made all of the items in the pictures. The wreaths we made a few years ago. Everything else I made this week. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4639ee5-e07a-4069-951f-1293cca21d1d.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8963dfc4-57a2-48e2-a924-4fc06a60267b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Here are the wreaths on our front doors. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:18:17 EST My First Pre Op Explains A Lot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291581 This afternoon, I had my first pre op and it was with my primary care doctor. I explained that I feel like I'm sitting on a keg of dynamite because this surgery was cancelled once and rescheduled. By the time my surgery rolls around, I will have been waiting almost nine weeks to have it done. We discussed the fact that it was a blessing to have the surgery rescheduled because having this kind of tricky surgery was not a good idea two days before Christmas. This will be a tedious procedure ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 23:49:23 EST Tuesday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290745 Hubby is feeling better today! Yay! We met good friends for a late breakfast and had a wonderful time. There's nothing like surrounding yourself with positive people to boost your mood. It was great. <BR> <BR> After breakfast, we returned home and I continued working on my craft project. Yesterday, I painted the buckets a medium gray color. They turned out to be very pretty. They were ready for me to start arranging flowers to fill all three buckets. I started out pretty gung ho but ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:04:45 EST A Busy Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289731 Today has been a very busy day. Hubby has been sick with the flu. I'm dreading the possibility that he might give it to me. With my rescheduled surgery looming on the horizon, the very last thing I need is to be sick. I did have a flu shot so, fingers crossed, maybe I won't get it. Hubby has been in bed since Friday and feels stir crazy. We went out for a quick breakfast and we're back in the house. I will probably air the house out tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I worked out in the yard this aft... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:09:09 EST The Day After Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285653 Hubby and I have relaxed and kicked back today. My eating has been on plan! Yay! Lots of fruits and veggies today. Perhaps I'll have some sugar free, gluten free pumpkin pie later. It was delicious yesterday! I'm making a grocery list for fresh fruits and veggies. I'll go shopping either tomorrow or Wednesday. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:42:42 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285143 To all of my Spark friends out there, have a joyous day today. Let the joy in your heart carry you into the new year. I am blessed to have you in my life! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>443</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <em>247</em> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 09:10:51 EST My Holding Pattern....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284979 My original plan was to be finished with my Christmas preparations by the end of November so that my scheduled pre op appointments would not cause any conflicts. I am proud to say that everything was accomplished and I was ready to roll before November 30th! That being said, the doctor's office called and cancelled my December surgery and rescheduled it for January 24th. So, I have this internal dialogue going on in my head that convinces me that it was a good thing because this way I get t... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 19:22:20 EST Fun With Sharon10002's Daily Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279537 Starting on December 1st I have been doing Sharon10002's daily Christmas challenge. I am having a wonderful time doing it! It really helps me to remember what the season is all about! (She does a daily blog post on her page.) Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:51:49 EST Connecting With Old Friends Is Wonderful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276277 A few days ago, I heard from an old friend. She was stressed and asked me if she could call me. We were very close friends 40 years ago and kind of lost track of one another. I was thrilled to hear from her. She has retired and moved to my state, about two hours away. We lost track of time and talked for over two hours. It was great! Now I remember why we were such good friends. I feel refreshed and happy. So if there is someone out there who you need to reconnect with, if they are wil... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:40:36 EST Sick Puppy Means Interrupted Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275662 Our puppy, Zeus, had a rough day yesterday. At first, I thought he (and the other two dogs) were clingy because they sensed that I was stressed and in pain. That may have been partly true but when Zeus threw up the first time, it changed my opinion rather quickly. Poor baby! I had to wash the bedspread and replaced it with a blanket to protect the mattress. He went to sleep clinging to me as I lay back on the blanket. About 1-2 hours later he hopped up and was very sick before I could ca... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 08:23:32 EST Tough, Stressful Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275323 This has been a less than stellar week. My December surgery was cancelled and rescheduled at a different hospital at the end of January. I'm playing the 1-2-3 shuffle game once again. So much for all of my pre Christmas planning. If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans! Well at least I'll be home and not in the hospital for Christmas. <BR> <BR> My migraine neurologist noticed that I have a softball sized knot on the top of my left shoulder near my neck. Now why didn't I not... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:20:31 EST Using Crafts To Battle Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272450 I have felt super stressed since my orthopedist 's appointment this passed Monday. I knew my knee was poor but to hear my doctor tell me that it was really bad and I need to use caution, zinged me out. My daughter in her calm, wise way suggested that I turn it over to God because it was making me so stressed. You know what? She was right! So, while I distracted myself with crafts, God handled my problems. <BR> <BR> Here is what I made: <BR> <BR> Last year, I made twin wreathes. I put... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:32:06 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271616 Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, celebration and being thankful. I am thankful for Spark People and all of the friends I have made here. I am thankful to be living in a country where I am free. I am thankful for those who serve every day to ensure that I have that freedom. I am thankful for my family and friends. I am thankful for our natural resources, the beauty of nature, wildlife and the development of technology. I have a roof over my head, food on the table, blankets on my be... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:02:28 EST Sometimes Anxiety Is Warranted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270892 For the last 8 - 10 days, I've been filled with an overwhelming sense of anxiety. My leg was really bothering me and I was worried about my orthopedist appointment. This knee problem was an unexpected twist in my ongoing saga of surgeries. The orthopedist told me in August, if I began to have an increase in my pain level, I was to call and make an appointment. I had some major pain issues in October and a fall at the end of the month. The earliest appointment available was November 21st. I... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:06:44 EST It Pays To Be Organized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268010 With only a few little exceptions, I'm finished with my Christmas shopping. Today, Hubby treated me to a nice breakfast out. I started a marathon Christmas gift wrapping session when we returned home. I ordered a few gifts that haven't yet arrived but other than that, I am finished wrapping our family's gifts. I have a few gifts for friends that I will put into gift bags over the weekend. Then it is on to the Christmas cards! That is a task that I enjoy doing. I usually do a funny, news... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:11:19 EST Resigned To The Next Round Of Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260916 Never a dull moment! I got home from visiting my daughter and the "fun" started. First, I started with my neurological testing. This was an effort to figure out what is wrong with my left hand and arm which are partially numb (They have been like this for almost a year.). The doctor did an information intake and a very thorough physical neurological exam. She said this is the first stage so that she can determine the types of tests to do on the next visit. <BR> <BR> The next day, I ran... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 12:44:03 EST Wonderful Visit With My Daughter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260524 I spent almost two weeks visiting my daughter in October. We shopped till we dropped. She finally found her dream wedding dress, veil and headpiece. Her bridesmaids all ordered their dresses too. She looked so beautiful. Sigh, sniffle. <BR> <BR> Then, my daughter had to have unexpected abdominal surgery. The majority of my trip was spent just being mom to my "little girl" who was in a whole world of hurt. After two weeks off of work, she finally went back to work yesterday. She had... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:13:22 EST Taking A Spark Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250650 Tomorrow, I will be traveling to visit my daughter. We'll be shopping for her wedding gown over the weekend. I am very excited and honored that she wants to share this moment with me. It will be fun! She and her fiance are taking me to see the venue too. They're getting married at a historic old mill next year. While I'm there, my daughter and I will work on wedding plans and crafts. Her fiance is very artistic, so I'm hoping he will join in on the fun. <BR> <BR> Then on Monday, my daug... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:17:39 EST Using The Information From An Activity Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247501 I have had my activity tracker for almost a year and a half. With the exception of when I was in the hospital, I have worn it every day. Do I wear my tracker because I'm obsessive about exercise? Well, under ordinary circumstances, I would say yes. However, since I am recovering from several major surgeries, the answer is a bit more complicated. <BR> <BR> I do have obsessive tendencies for exercise. The current way I am using my tracker is to get in touch with the way my body feels and... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 19:00:41 EST Lots going on.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246386 Last week, my physical therapist and I decided that I could easily transition to to a home exercise program. I needed to purchase two pieces of equipment and she would send me copies of the exercises I should be doing. I dutifully went to the store and purchased a styrofoam log and a stair step. I have a roll of stretchy material with which I can add resistance to my prone exercises. I have ankle weights that I will also need to use for building up my strength. However, here it is Tuesda... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 18:17:45 EST The Gluten Free Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237778 Deciding to go gluten free is not a process to be taken lightly. It is, in fact, a hard process. There are many foods that I love that I can no longer eat. I made the mistake of eating something that I loved on Friday night. (It had gluten in it and I just wasn't thinking.). About two hours later, my stomach started feeling queasy and I couldn't figure it out. This food had never bothered me before, so why now? Yikes! Could I really be that gluten sensitive? Maybe so! <BR> <BR> The o... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:09:19 EST Going Gluten Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236367 I decided finally to try to go gluten free. Today is day five and lots of fluid is coming off. My doctor and I have discussed my going gluten free for three years. I have been reading blogs by other Sparkers who are trying to reduce inflammation and who are gluten free. Since I have been having lots of issues with swelling and inflammation, it seems like a logical next step. <BR> <BR> I made the mistake of also trying to cut out sugar at the same time. It is just too much too fast. My ... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:51:54 EST