AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Only Two More Weeks Of Restricted Activity! I went to the orthopedist this morning to have him check the progress of my healing. He was a little disappointed in my rate of healing but stressed that it is indeed healing. Yeah! He didn't see any further signs of infection, which was great news. He took measurements of the size of the wound so that he can judge how well it is healing, when I see him in eleven more days. I am allowed to sit with my foot down for short periods and to slightly increase my activity level. The emphasis on... Thu, 21 May 2015 16:29:17 EST Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow Yesterday was a very tough day for me pain wise. I really tried to use change of focus, which was surprisingly helpful. I have had success in the past with doing thought blocking, which is similar. I admit that I got scared yesterday morning. My foot opened up, drained and I couldn't even stand to put the bandages on it. So, I sat with the unbandaged foot propped up on pillows. I wrote yesterday's blog on changing focus and took my own advice. <em>43</em> We had company last night ... Tue, 19 May 2015 20:19:14 EST Changing Focus Have you ever had those days when you are so focused on one thing, that everything else goes by the wayside? Maybe one day you are so focused on food that you eat everything in sight or the opposite. You deny yourself until diet rage takes over. Perhaps the focus is on another person due to illness and you forget to take care of your own needs. Or, you have a trauma and find that obsessive thoughts crowd out all other thoughts. <BR> <BR> How do you cope? Do you eat your way through it... Sun, 17 May 2015 14:06:46 EST Bored Out Of My Mind! This is day 3 of my bed rest. I Only have five days until my doctor's appointment. Hopefully, I will be able to be more active after that. <BR> <BR> Hubby, his sister and I went out for breakfast this morning. We sat in a booth so I could prop my leg up. It was wonderful to get out of the house this morning. My foot was very sore. When we got home, I took off the bandages. They were a mess again but sitting and letting the air get at it, has helped to dry it up a bit. <BR> <BR> Last ... Sat, 16 May 2015 12:04:27 EST Modified Bed Rest I spoke to the nurse practitioner again this morning. She has made herself available to me via the telephone all weekend. I have two options for activity. Resting in bed with my foot elevated or, for short periods, going out for a meal and sitting in a booth with my foot up. The only reason she agreed to let me go out for dinner is because we have family activities scheduled over the next three days. She knows human nature and by letting me participate in a controlled way, she knows that ... Fri, 15 May 2015 16:28:05 EST Frustration I am starting to feel very frustrated with the condition of my foot. For the past two days, it has drained like crazy and the incision has widened. The wound sticks to the gauze pad, which really hurts. I decided to call the doctor's office this afternoon. I didn't want to get caught with a problem over the weekend. The nurse practitioner said an abcess heals differently than a regular incision. Okay, I understand that. However, I don't think that the incision is supposed to keep openi... Thu, 14 May 2015 18:38:03 EST Making Slow Progress, Learning Hard Lessons I woke up without a headache or sore throat this morning! That was such a relief! My foot looks better too so the antibiotic is starting to work. Instead of having funny looking bright red skin around the incision, it is now more of a medium pink. Before the red spread out about one inch all the way around my three inch incision. Now it is only about a half inch. This is progress. <BR> <BR> I realized this morning, that I have been messing around with this foot for seven whole months. ... Wed, 13 May 2015 11:43:54 EST Very Thirsty Today I woke up with a bad headache and sore throat this morning. My nose was stuffy despite using the humidifier, ointment in my nose and saline. I drank about 35 ounces of water, did a nose rinse, took a cool shower and took my antibiotic with a snack. Within an hour, my headache and sore throat were gone but my voice is still gravely. Hubby and I went out for breakfast. I had an egg white omelette with fresh veggies and fruit. I drank a weak iced tea with lemon even though I had already co... Tue, 12 May 2015 16:02:01 EST So That's Why My Foot Started Hurting On Thursday night, my foot started hurting badly. I considered calling the doctor on Friday but decided that the blood oozing was just the scab dissolving because I am allowed to get my foot wet. I was pretty active on Saturday. I tried to get as many things done from my to do list as possible. I am sure that I walked more than I was supposed to but I got it all done. I felt especially exhausted but couldn't sleep and had a headache on Sunday. The headache didn't really respond to Tylen... Mon, 11 May 2015 21:05:20 EST Odds And Ends I enjoyed a lively local team Spark dinner. The support and great conversation was wonderful. These folks are the best and I am blessed to have them in my life. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I attempted to tutor a high school student in geometry. I told her that my skills are very rusty and I was right. I'm not sure that I helped her at all. Oh well, my heart was in the right place. It made me feel good to at least try to help someone and give back to the community. When I left there, I had ... Fri, 8 May 2015 10:34:31 EST Stronger Today, Even stronger Tomorrow When I got up this morning, there was very little bleeding going on. Part of my scab was a great deal smaller, so I am thinking that the bleeding came from two places. First, the area where the stitches didn't want to come out, bled a little. Second, the scab in the area with the most bleeding seems to be dissolving. I am thinking that the shower washed away some of the dried blood around my incision. It is hard to see what is going on because of the steri strips. The steri strips have ... Thu, 7 May 2015 11:56:57 EST Third Try To Post A Blog For some reason, I typed up a nice blog twice yesterday, and got bounced off. I lost the blog twice. I am giving it another try -the third try is a charm! <BR> <BR> On Monday, I got my cast off and my stitches out. The doctor said I could go in the water the next day but he wasn't the one who took out my stitches. His nurse took out the stitches and several of them didn't want to come out. I had some bleeding and the nurse told me to wait several days before going into the pool. That mad... Wed, 6 May 2015 18:45:52 EST Hungry Today For The First Time In 3 Weeks! When I woke up this morning, my stomach was growling and I felt really hungry. It is was the first time in three weeks that I have been so hungry. I drank some water and ignored it at first. I got ready for the day. While the pups were eating their breakfast, I sat down with my iPad. After a while, even the dogs and hubby could hear my stomach growling! Maybe I was truly hungry after all! <BR> <BR> Hubby and I decided to go to a small local diner for breakfast. I ordered an egg white om... Sun, 3 May 2015 12:29:43 EST Nice Weather, Good Mood, Great Day Last night, I had severe muscle spasms. I took my medicine and went into a deep sleep, once the spasms stopped. The result was a solid 8 hours of sleep! I don't advocate taking medication to sleep, but this was a measure to stop the spasms and to prevent a migraine, not sleep inducing medication. Even the dogs were quiet in the kitchen. (They usually bark around 7:30am because they need to go out.) The house was so quiet as I gimped around trying to figure out where hubby was. (Apparent... Sat, 2 May 2015 15:58:33 EST Friday This morning, I woke up refreshed after a great night's sleep. What a nice way to start the day. It was a relief because the night before, my foot was so irritated that I had difficulty falling and staying asleep. My new cast took care of the problem, although it is a lot tighter and my mobility is more limited again. I can live with that for three more days. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby and I went out for breakfast. I had an egg white omelette with fresh veggies, fresh fruit, whole w... Fri, 1 May 2015 12:52:36 EST A Pink Cast With Four Days To Go My doctor's office took off the loose cast. The reason it started hurting so badly is that several of my stitches were caught in the gauze. Once the medical tech untangled everything, all I could feel is relief! Ahhhhh! <BR> <BR> I have only four days left until the new cast comes off and the stitches come out. I have no idea what the doctor will put on my foot next. The incision is about three inches long and it looks like I have between 10-15 stitches. It was hard to tell the exact... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:57:01 EST Yikes! My Gauze Is Falling Out Of My Cast When I woke up this morning, I noticed that the gauze dressing on my toes is falling off. I tried, unsuccessfully I might add, to tighten it and push it back on. Then I called my orthopedist's office. The casting department wanted me to come right in, now. Hubby has a dentist appointment at 1pm and he isn't sure how long it will take. So, I will go in tomorrow afternoon and they will take the cast off and put a new one on in it's place. They said that the dressing came off because the sw... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:57:45 EST Six More Days Until My Cast Comes Off Only six more days until my appointment with my orthopedist. He will take off my cast and remove my stitches. I know that my foot will be sore for days after that but I am hoping that I can go into the water after a week or so. I must wait until the scab falls off before going into the pool. At least I should be able to be up and around. I hope that I have healed well. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:41:56 EST Friends - The Best Medicine! I am so excited! My good friend is coming over this afternoon for a visit. This is the first time anyone has been over since I had my surgery. I am really looking forward to seeing my friend! Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:31:10 EST Pampering Makes Me Feel Like A New Woman This morning, I figured out a way to semi give myself a bath without getting my cast wet. Then I got dressed, cleaned the kitchen sink (got to love hot water and Clorox wipes!) and washed my hair. Ahhhh! Being clean and smelling sweet is one of the most under rated joys in life. It makes me happy and I feel great! Today, I can take on the world! It is a far cry from yesterday's pity party! Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:50:06 EST Never Quit This morning I was feeling lonely and sorry for myself. Here I am, laid up with my foot in a cast, alone etc., boo hoo, I was thinking to myself. Why bother with my weight loss goals? What???? Wait a minute!!!! That is self pity talking. Self pity, YOU ARE FIRED!!! <BR> <BR> Can you relate to my brief but less than constructive pity party? I think a lot of us can. Be it a physical, emotional or life change issue, these are the bumps in the road on our journey to health. Is it really ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:30:31 EST Out For Lunch -A Fun Treat! For the past two nights, I have slept like I have been knocked out. What a relief! After a week of discomfort, sleep felt delicious. The plus side is that I have had little or no appetite. I have been eating strictly based upon the nutrition content and fiber found in the food. This is something that I should be doing anyway. I have to eat something in the morning, if for no other reason than I take daily medication that has to be taken with food. Last week, I was eating a banana and a... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:43:55 EST A Blue Cast And Increased Mobility Hubby and I went to my orthopedist this morning. My foot is healing well. The doctor took X-Rays to check on the bone positions. It was a relief to get the heavy dressings off my foot and leg. The incision is about three inches long and looked healthy. My foot felt odd without the tons of padding and protection and was shaking when the technician tried to take the X-Ray. I kept apologizing and she reassured me and said the movement was involuntary, which it was. My foot needed the supp... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:42:01 EST Respecting Your Body Over the past few days, one thing has become glaringly apparent. I realize that I take my health and my body for granted. My body is this glorious machine that does so many wonderful and amazing things. Why is it that I only truly appreciate it, when it breaks down? The inconvenience of not being able to just naturally move around and carry on every day activities, makes me stop and think. It shouldn't take an interruption in function for me to appreciate what I already have. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:32:23 EST Who Knew Using A Wheelchair Could Be A Workout Since my surgery on Monday, I have been non weight bearing. That means that I have a choice of using crutches, a walker or a wheelchair to get from point A to point B. I have chosen to use the combination of a wheelchair and a walker. Unless one lives in an active adult community, a nursing home or an assisted living facility, the doorways are often barely wide enough to accommodate an 18 inch wheelchair. I was shocked to discover this little fact! Hubby and I have played around with the ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:07:10 EST Relaxing Isn't So Easy Here I am, resting in bed with my leg elevated. I am supposed to be relaxing and taking it easy. I didn't realize that it would be so difficult. I am being good, mainly because my foot hurts so badly and I know that it won't heal properly if I don't stay off it. I was wise to do all those chores, that I might be tempted to do, as I lay here resting. I have plenty of things to do to keep myself entertained but the problem is that I don't feel well enough to do anything other than watch tel... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:27:00 EST Pain And Fatigued But Healing I have been spending the day in bed today. The pain block that the doctor gave me yesterday has worn off. The down side to that is that, today I can feel the pain, full force. I started the day feeling nauseous and in pain. Thank goodness the doctor gave me medication for both. I have to keep my foot elevated, except when I bathe, use the restroom or fix something to eat. All of my movement is via wheelchair or walker, since my foot is non weight bearing. I am surprised at how exhausting... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:29:36 EST Ready To Go I am ready to go to Tampa for my surgery. I have cooked the spaghetti squash and defrosted the sauce and meatballs. (I even washed the pan and put it away!) Everything is finished. The house sparkles, the dogs look great and I have done all of the prep that is humanly possible to ease things for hubby in his role as caregiver. I took the dogs for a short walk because I know that they will be confined to the kitchen for a while, at least until hubby brings me home later today. <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:14:09 EST I Am As Ready AS I Am Going To BE!!! Yesterday, I posted a list of things that I still needed to do before my surgery. Here is how I did with my list: <BR> <BR> Groom and bathe the dogs - Finished <BR> Complete laundry - Finished <BR> Move things away from my side of the bed - Finished <BR> Clean the house - Finished and I shampooed the carpet in the bedroom! <BR> Have lunch with a friend - Finished and it was great! <BR> Finish organizing the linen closet - Finished and it looks awesome! <BR> Relax - Still working on thi... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:44:14 EST Almost Ready For Surgery The meals are cooked and frozen, closets cleaned out, hair will be done today, groceries are purchased, new phones and carrier set up, supplies are ready for sponge baths and prescriptions are refilled. The chores that are left to be done are: <BR> <BR> Groom and bathe the dogs <BR> Complete laundry <BR> Move things away from my side of the bed <BR> Clean the house <BR> Have lunch with a friend <BR> Finish organizing the linen closet <BR> Relax <BR> <BR> The last item will be the hardest f... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:00:24 EST Running Errands And Tying Up Loose Ends Hubby and I ran a logistics check on the set up of the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. We were especially checking for maneuverability for the four weeks post surgery when I will be non weight bearing. What we discovered was that I may end up running a risk of falling due to the tight spaces in the bedroom and bathroom. I got out my walker and practiced hopping around. When it came to the space for getting in and out of the bathroom area, I had little to no room to maneuver. We checked it... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 16:35:25 EST Slower Than I Would Like, But Healing My healing is slower than I would like. I don't remember, from last year's radio frequency ablation on my head, that I felt this bad for this long. Perhaps my memory is a bit off due to the fact that I also had a similar procedure on my lower back and it was a lot easier. In fact, I had two procedures on my lower back last year. I am also recuperating from a sinus issue so that may come into play too. <BR> <BR> Today, I ventured out with hubby. We ran a few errands. I stayed in the car ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:12:27 EST Slowly Feeling A Bit Better I woke up this morning and was really feeling rough. My hair was crisp from the disinfectant the doctor cleaned the back of my head with before my ablation. As I expected, the back of my head was bruised and swollen. I guess I could say I was a lump head today! LOL. The nausea was pretty fierce initially but sipping on some plain iced tea helped. I have to eat with my medicine so I had a banana. When that stayed down, I nibbled on a protein bar that is easily digested. I took the dogs ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:24:07 EST Successful Procedure, But Painful My procedure looks like it was successful. I am in a lot of pain this time and with the pain comes the nausea. Ice and medication are really helping. When we first got home, I slept for about four hours. I think the dogs were worried because they head butted the bedroom door and got into the room. They woke me up before hubby could grab them. All the dogs wanted to do is sniff me and check me out from head to toe. If I hadn't felt so bad, I would have thought it was endearing. Since t... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:17:37 EST Today's To Do List Yesterday, I got everything done except for wiping down the kitchen counters, finishing the Easter cards, changing the sheets and washing the spread, making dinner and going to the grocery store. I worked up such a sweat cleaning the bathrooms, vacuuming the floors and cleaning the floors that I was just too tired. I did over 3 hours of continuous movement! I took my shower and lay with my feet elevated. Then I fell asleep! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I am up early this morning and am de... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:52:08 EST Working On My To Do List I will be having two surgical procedures within the next three weeks. The first one is this Wednesday morning. Since I am a planner by nature, I thought about all of the things that I will need to do before each procedure. Before Wednesday's radio frequency ablation, I will need to clean our bedroom, make enough for dinner Tuesday night that we will also have enough for Wednesday night, change the sheets on the bed, clean the bathrooms and clean the kitchen. I will also need to refill a p... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:23:31 EST Busy Day Today I ate a healthy breakfast and then was off to deep water class. I was still a bit tired from helping out at our friends' restaurant last night for 2.5 hours. They owe us some serious dinner one night next week! After my class, I showered, dressed and ate some string cheese and weight watchers rice pops. Yummy! It satisfied me after my workout, until I ate my protein bar and drank water around 1pm. <BR> <BR> I then went to a craft show. I got two shirts for myself and a small gift for ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:30:15 EST I Enjoyed My Swim Today, I was finally able to go to the pool and workout. It was great and I enjoyed every moment of it! Tomorrow, I have an appointment with my Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. I hope he doesn't find anything else wrong. I miss my workouts and want to be able to do at least some as I prepare for my two surgical procedures. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:06:49 EST My Foot Will Require Surgery I injured my right foot on October 29, 2014. I spent 4 months in a boot and or surgical shoe and I still had issues, long after the bone that I broke, healed. My first mistake was going to an orthopedist who was fairly close to where I live, instead of driving 50 miles, go to an amazing orthopedist who I trusted. The end result was that the doctor who was closer to me botched the job. I ended up going to the orthopedist who is not near me but is the better of the two doctors by a long shot... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:41:37 EST Tomorrow I Go To See The Orthopedist It will be a relief to see the orthopedist tomorrow. Perhaps he has a treatment of some kind for my poor foot. I have faithfully stayed off of it and it makes no difference. Now, both the toe and both metatarsals hurt when I step down on my foot. Five months is just too much time to have spent messing with this! I hope my doctor can fix my issue!!! Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:40:55 EST Feeling A Bit Better I can tell that my medicine is beginning to work. I am still exhausted to the point of needing to lay down but it passes and then I feel better for a while. I asked the nurse practioner yesterday if some of my fatigue could be caused by the generic change of one of my medications. She told me to wait until my infection is gone before tackling that possible issue. If I still have the fatigue then, I should request that my pharmacy order the old generic again for me to take. If they won't d... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:39:30 EST Seeking An Alternate Solution I have had sinus issues for two weeks. My primary put me on a strong antibiotic for a week along with a steroid. The initial problem was solved but the sinus infection didn't totally go away. After 4-5 days of debilitating fatigue and a headache, I called my primary doctor's office yesterday. I sat with the phone in my lap and waited for his office to call me back. Gone are the days when you call the doctor's office and can speak to a real live person. Now, you have to leave a message a... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:26:59 EST New Orthopedist Appointment I waited a few days as was suggested by some of my friends and still no difference. So, this morning I called my orthopedist's office to see what they would advise. They told me to come in on March 16th instead of March 23rd after I explained that the pain decreased and then suddenly increased and that I had had to stop physical therapy. I hope my doctor can figure out what I can do to stop the pain and swelling and enable me to get back into my normal routine. I have stayed off my foot w... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:42:51 EST Stopping Physical Therapy And Waiting To See Friday, my physical therapist did an evaluation on my foot. Although my swelling was down, the pain level went up. By now, all 7 pounds of fluid are finally gone and my legs and feet no longer look distorted. So much for the fiasco of last week and standing all day waiting for a flight. <BR> <BR> I know that my doctor was trying to take a very conservative approach and be as non invasive as possible. For that I am very grateful! That being said, when this approach is tried, I have to be ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 06:44:02 EST Fun At The Bloom'n Arts Festival Hubby and I went out to breakfast this morning and decided to walk around at the spring festival here in our town, call The Bloom'n Arts Festival. We are both feeling exhausted from the weather changes and all of the emotional highs and lows of the past couple months. We figured that a walk would do us both good and we might see some interesting things or meet some interesting people. <BR> <BR> The temperature took another small dive today, so we had to bundle up due to a cool wind. There... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:16:52 EST Restless Pups Equal No Sleep I got up to use the bathroom at 3:30am and I must have awakened the dogs. Maybe they had to go too! LOL. Anyway, after enduring a full hour of whining and howling, I got up and let them out. Then of course i couldn't get back to sleep. After reading for an hour, I turned out the light and started to go back to sleep. The whining started again. Blast it! Up I got and am now Sparking. One pup is asleep on my leg, the other is chomping on her bone like she is starving. I tried to explai... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:33:50 EST Glad I Made It Back Home This past weekend, I went to Maine to attend a dear friend's memorial service. For somebody who is used to warmer temperatures, this was a big challenge. Did I mention that I dislike very cold weather? I had a great visit with my friend's family the first night I was there and we went out to a wonderful place for dinner. I completely stuck to my plan and didn't break my Lent promise by eating any sweets. There were plenty of cookies, cake and candy but I managed to turn a blind eye to it... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:49:18 EST Preparing For A Successful Trip I am going to Maine this weekend for my close friend's funeral. It has been many years since I have flown off to a place that I have never before visited. Plus, it is a very cold area that gets a lot of snow. Hopefully, that won't be an issue. Fingers and toes crossed here! <BR> <BR> I have planned well in advance for this trip. My suitcase is already packed - complete with healthy snacks as well as things to keep me entertained during the layover at the airport. I have run off directio... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:04:17 EST Week One Of Lent And Other Trivial Stuff I decided that I would give up all treats, candy etc. except sugar free Popsicles for Lent. It has been a nightly struggle, but so far I have been successful. I now realize that when I eat too much sugar, it makes me crave more sugar. I have seen no difference in the scale but I would imagine that a drop in the scale will happen in about two weeks if I continue to watch everything I put in my mouth. Tracking is key and although I do keep a mental tally of what goes into my mouth, I need ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:03:44 EST Really? 18 Activity Points? Yesterday, I was on the go from 6:00am to 6:10pm. I started with making dinner in the crockpot and plugged it in. I moved on to my allergy shot at 8am, then on to 9:00am deep water class. I did 120 minutes in the water, all of that time spent exercising. In retrospect, I can see that it was way too much activity when coupled with other activities. <BR> <BR> After my workout, I went shopping. I had a list and all of my coupons. I did very well with sales, especially when paired with all o... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:54:09 EST