AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Progress Update #7 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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..... 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 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! 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 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=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are the wreaths on our front doors. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:18:17 EST My First Pre Op Explains A Lot! 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...... 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.... 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 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! 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....... 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 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! 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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.... 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 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 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 Sodium - Too Much Today When I logged my food today, I noticed that I had wayyyy too much sodium! I noticed that I was puffy this morning so I am going to double down and watch it much more carefully this week. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:55:24 EST Saturday Activities It was so quiet this morning that our dogs could hear other dogs barking. It woke both hubby and I up. The heavy rain and wind, of the past three days, was so loud that the silence is deafening! He took the dogs out and I tried to go back to sleep. LOL. That didn't happen! The pups snuggled next to me (all three of them). We lay like that until I decided to get up and take my shower, dress and get ready for the day. <BR> <BR> My knee is stiff and swollen still. This irritated my hip and im... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 18:08:27 EST My Soap Opera Life Yesterday, I had my four week check up with the orthopedist. The great news is that my blood work all came back negative! WooHoo! That was a huge relief! My hip is progressing nicely but the nerve has inflamed the burser sac. I am to continue a few more weeks of therapy for the hip. When the doctors examined my hip and knee, they poked and prodded. They jerked my knee one way and then another. They moved my hip up, down and then out to the side. Their goal was to locate the source of my p... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 17:40:25 EST Because I Was Not Using Moderation I read an article here on Spark People today by Coach Dean. The subject was using moderation. This got me thinking about the American idea that more is somehow better. The idea of quantity vs quality popped into my mind. <BR> <BR> Like many other people in America, I got caught up in the idea that more of certain foods would be better for me. Specifically, I am thinking of low fat and/or fat free foods. Yes after years of being an average weight (and being told by my petite mother that I ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:48:37 EST Short Blog I'm on page 161 in the book "You On A Diet". I looked at the next chapter (chapter 8) of the book and I see that it is going to touch upon the mental aspect of weight loss. I am excited to continue reading. I can't wait to see what Dr. Oz and Dr. Roisen say about how emotions come into play. I have my own theory about it but welcome input from professionals. More later...... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:23:25 EST New Additional Steps For Success As many of you know, I have had many health issues repeatedly over the past five years. I won't lie to you, it has been difficult but I have had the support of family. friends and Spark friends. I don't know how anyone can be successful on this journey without support! Currently, I am facing one of the most difficult recuperative journeys yet. My mobility is fairly limited and I am awaiting results of lab tests that may indicate an underlying issue. Scary stuff! Why am I sharing this with y... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 17:42:13 EST The Orthopedist Is Very Concerned Too This morning hubby took me to the orthopedist. This time I saw only the doctor not the nurse practitioner. Don't get me wrong, the nurse practitioner is wonderful but there is something wrong with me that is a little out of the ordinary. The doctor handles those cases himself. The doctor didn't like what has been going on and is very concerned. He looked me in the eye and expressed his concern. He ordered blood work and gave me a prescription. <BR> <BR> The best case scenario is that a... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 16:20:18 EST To The Orthopedist - Please Give Me Some Answers Enough is enough! I'm now 9+ weeks post op. I am tired of pain, limited mobility and taking pain pills. I am tired of staying in the bedroom in a prone position. I want to make progress with physical therapy and don't understand why that is not the case. I can't drive or walk further than the mailbox by myself. (Sometimes I can't do that.). I feel like something is very wrong and my gut is usually correct. <BR> <BR> It takes a lot for me to say ENOUGH! I am saying it now. I have two t... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 12:40:56 EST Wednesday We've got lots of things going on today. We purchased a new mattress for my side of the split king. The mattress cost three times more than my first car! The mattress was delivered yesterday morning. So far, it is making a huge difference in the way I lay down. I was able to sleep on my side all night. Laying on the right side was tricky and I woke up in pain but I just switched over to the other side and went back to sleep! We hope that proper alignment of my body will facilitate the ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:25:41 EST Facing Personal Challenges For the last eleven days, my oldest daughter has been visiting to take care of me as I recuperate. Hubby was gone half of that time, while he visited our youngest daughter, grandsons and attended his younger sister's wedding. During her visit, my daughter was able to take me to various medical appointments and physical therapy. She massaged my ailing leg to get the swelling to go down, fixed meals, did laundry and kept me company. I know that there were times when she was exhausted just f... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:17:04 EST Day One Outpatient Therapy I approached outpatient therapy with trepidation to say the least. My daughter took me to therapy and waited with me as I was treated. Both my therapist and a doctoral student, who is almost finished with his training, completed my initial examination. The appointment started out on a positive note but became very serious as the exam progressed. The therapists quickly determined that my treatment was going to be complicated. I brought all of the items involved with my pain control plan an... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:35:33 EST The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Yesterday, hubby walked me into the doctor's office, then he went to the airport to pick up DD1. While he is at a family wedding, she will be on "Mom duty". I was early and shock of shocks (orthopedist's offices generally run about an hour late) they took me right away. <BR> <BR> First the nurse practitioner examined me and asked me a ton of questions. I luckily had written my questions down on paper, lest I forget. She answered most of my questions and then said she wanted to go get the... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:24:33 EST Venting - Frustration And More Frustration I woke up this morning with a song in my heart because my daughter is coming to visit tomorrow. I can't wait. I haven't seen her since Christmas and have missed seeing her sweet smiling face. Then, I turned over in bed and got up. There is was again, that crippling pain. I have to admit, I indulged in a complete pity party for myself for a minute or two and it didn't help my situation at all. So, I hauled my carcass out of bed and gimped into the bathroom to take a shower. <BR> <BR> With ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:14:06 EST Been Out Of Commission .... This hip replacement seems to have been cursed with loads of issues. Since I have felt so awful and didn't want to keep writing blog after blog about pain and Illness I quit writing after I wrote my blog on July 4th. I have managed to write a few notes (usually at 3-4 am) but I haven't even returned many phone calls. I checked my voice mail last night and there were 7 messages. Sigh, most of the time I haven't even heard the phone ring. I apologize to those of you wonderful Sparkers who h... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 19:13:30 EST