AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 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