BJUMPINGFORJOY's SparkPeople Blog BJUMPINGFORJOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Down in my back dealing with sciatica. I don't know what I did but now I am down in my back and the sciatica on my right side. It feels like I am sitting on a bunch of needles on the right side of my bottom. I have been icing down using bio-freeze and not doing much. I just hope I will be back into the pool next Tuesday. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:20:17 EST New exercise tool When I went to see my dr. I told him how bad I wanted of my walker. He recommended the body blade to help me build my strength in my back. I have used it 3 times since it has come in. The first time my upper arms got a little sore. The more I use it is helping my back get stronger. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 21:28:09 EST Pool work out I mad it to the pool 2 times this week. On the first day did water aerobics and swam 3/4's of a lap was in the pool 25 minutes. On day 2 did 25 minutes of water aerobics and one full lap in the pool. It came to 30 minutes in the pool. Sat, 2 Jul 2016 22:16:10 EST Dr's visit I went to see my DR yesterday. He said all my test were good except the vitamin D was a little low. He wants me to take more vitamin D. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:40:00 EST Got back into the pool. I went to the pool on Thursday and with the help of my son I was able to get in and out. It was hard. I walked for almost 15 minutes and then just relaxed for 5 minutes more. My son had to help me out by pushing my bottom with his hand. I still need a lot of work on my leg muscles. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:43:27 EST Today Today I walked from my car almost to the door to Walmart on my can and then walked around Walmart shopping with a shopping cart. I was really tired. For just a little bit I got very tired walking to the door to go in but with my sons encouragement I mad it inside to the grocery carts. By the time we got through shopping and home I was tired but it will take time before I get to where I can walk in with out a cane and shop and not be so tired but I will make it. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 21:25:14 EST Really tough week. My son came home Wednesday from the hospital. Now the next steps are to get him into see a dr that can help him. I know it will take time but as the same time I cannot enable him. I want him to get better so he can take care of him self and not depend on me to help pay his bills like I have been doing. It is time for him to get a hold of his life. I need to be able to breath and do some things I want to do. I have not been able to concentrate very much at work. It just seemed like I was there... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 19:59:57 EST More about son and job My son is now in the hospital due having a melt down. The job turned out to be a lousy job. That they treat their employees like dirt and that he couldn't give them any support once they got out on the floor. With everything that went on he had a melt down and is not in the hospital getting treatment. Sat, 28 May 2016 21:48:18 EST One day at a time. My son is having some trouble learning his job but I keep telling him he will get there just to take it one day at a time. We all know it is hard but we all need to take it one day at a time to reach our goals and if we miss one day or a few days just get back up and keep trying. Sat, 21 May 2016 21:57:39 EST Day off and doing more. I had Friday off and I did some things in my home I haven't been able to do in a while. It felt so good to know that I am getting better slowly even though sometimes I felt like giving up but knew I couldn't. It would not be fair to my family. Sat, 14 May 2016 22:02:46 EST Work and taking care of loved ones. My son has gotten sick on the last 2 days of work this week so I have been taking care of him. He still went to work but by the time he got home that was all he could do and with me working also it has been a little hard but we are making it. As always it has been a busy week at work this week. It always it because it is the first week and that is when all the invoices come in and get them ready for accounts payable to pay them. I know that there are others here on SP that have family they t... Sat, 7 May 2016 21:43:54 EST My sons new job He seems to like the place where he works. On the first day he was beating him self up because he froze when he was asked a question. I told him it takes time and everyone does that just keep on working on getting to be a very good employee and set goals for him self. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 21:36:54 EST Son has new job butterflies My son is getting more nervous as the day for him to start his job. I can just see the butterflies in his stomach. I told him that he can do this and I know that he will do a good job. After 2 years of not having a job it makes him feel like he is not a looser and even though he is heavy that he can get a job. I hope this gives him the encouragement to work harder on loosing weight. I know that for a couple of weeks he will be very tired. So now I am going to have to learn to do more by myse... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:32:15 EST Got to move more. I have decided that I am not moving enough. I know that if I am going to get stronger and be able to do more and strengthen my back it has to be done. I just have to do a little bit at a time with short rest in between. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:18:25 EST Interesting week. This week has had ups and downs. I went to have a bone density test run and a mammogram that the Dr wanted. I still am not ready to drive in the city where I had to go for the test. The up side is my son had a job interview Friday and they want him to come back Monday. I really hope he gets the job. It would be a big help to me financially. On the down side the pool is being closed where I work. Once it is closed it will not be reopened. It will be filled in and used for something else. I kno... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 15:01:23 EST Dr visit and test. Went to the Dr last Friday and everything seems to be pretty good and now he wants me to take a mammogram and bone density test. I have never had a bone density test done and it has been many years since I had a mammogram. This week has been another hard week. Some more of my co workers are leaving where I work. Some of the willing and some not. This is the 1st week I have been able to get my work out in 3 days a week and if feels good. Sat, 2 Apr 2016 20:51:47 EST Son thinks he is the parent and I am the child. I had a dr visit today and he said everything was fine except for my blood pressure. He gave me a medicine that one of his patients bought back to use. He wrote on the bottle how much to take and when to take it . My son said he was going to call the police if I used the medicine that it was illegal for him to do that. This medicine was given to me by the dr back in November and I had gotten dizzy. I quite taking it because I thought it was the medicine. My dr said no it shouldn't be that it ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:20:24 EST The week off I have been off this week due to spring break where I work. I have been able to do a few things around the house than in the past. I am walking a little better but it is still going to take time. It will be back to work on Monday and then Friday is a day off because of Good Friday. I hope everyone has a good week. Sat, 19 Mar 2016 22:31:16 EST Spring break After another stressful week. I need the spring break where I am working off. There was another lay off. There is a budget shortfall again here in the state where I live and with budget cuts there has been a lot of people laid off. I know this is happening in every state in the US and it breaks my heart. Even though I am a senior citizen I still have bills to pay and I know at my age that no one would hire me if I loose my job. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:45:10 EST Very hard week. This week I learned that we lost or will loose 9 people due to the budget cuts that have hit us. On Wednesday I had a panic attack. As far as I know is that as of today I am not one of them. I feel so bad for the ones that have lost their jobs. I hope the budget cuts stop but from what I understand we have at least another year of budget cuts. Sat, 5 Mar 2016 21:39:44 EST Down in the dumps This week I learned that where I work we could possible to loose pay by having to take off 1 to 4 days a month. That is going to cut into my budget quite a bit. With all the budget cuts that we have had this year due to out budget short fall in the state where I work I am still glad i have a job so far who knows what will happen come July. The moral where I work is not good but I guess I will take it one day at a time. Sat, 27 Feb 2016 21:03:05 EST Slow week. This week at work was very slow. There were times I got bored with not being able to walk like I wanted to get things I needed to work on. I have walked a little more without the walker or cane this week. I rode my bike 2 times this week aiming for 3 times next week. I know that I have gained weight by not being able to work out very much and being so sick this summer but I am slowly getting there. I hope one day to do another 5k walk. Sat, 20 Feb 2016 20:51:50 EST New recumbent bike My son bought us a new recumbent bike.It is so much better than the old one I had. I can get up with very little help. It feels so good to be able to do that with having knee replacement on both of my knees. Riding the bike even for 5 minutes has helped my sciatica on both side of my back. My upper legs did not hurt so bad. I was able to get more sleep last night. I know I will be able to be ride longer as time goes on. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 20:32:36 EST Feeling better I am finally started feeling better after being sick earlier this week. I am still coughing some but not as bad. It seems like a lot of the people I have talked to are having the same problem. With this weather the way it is right now I am wondering what summer will be like. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:43:36 EST Goals I got a hair cut yesterday. I feel so much better. Today I went and got a new pair of shoes. I think the ones I am wearing are making my feet hurt. I walked into the shoe store with my cane then came home and walked without my cane. It is small steps but I am getting there slowly. My goal is to get to where I can take care of myself and do more in my home. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:03:44 EST Move slowly I have been walking more and more with out my walker and cane in my home. It is getting a little easier but I still have a ways to go. It has been very cold here on Oklahoma. When it is this cold I don't even think about getting into the swimming pool. But at the same time I am glad I don't live in the north east, they are getting pounded by snow. I hope everyone has a safe week next week. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:28:27 EST In service week. This week has been a busy week. In service week is always busy. On Wednesday had to go to active shooter training and then a co worker passed away on her way back to her work area. It was hard for me to keep my head in doing my job. So far my son is feeling a little better. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 21:54:39 EST Weather, family and work. This week as far as weather wise has been better. We had snow today but not to much. This week at work has been stressful. Some of my co workers were let go from their jobs and in this economy I feel for them, I know it will be hard for them to find jobs. I hate it when anyone looses their job. My son lost his job a little over a year ago and has not found a full time job yet. My daughter has been looking for a job in a different field and she is also having a hard time. My son does not have ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 20:51:04 EST Ice storm and no electricity again. We had another ice storm and no electricity again. This time it was the day after Christmas. Last time it was the day after Thanksgiving. This time there was 4 poles snapped and across the only way in and out of the area I live in. But this time we had a generator to help keeping some of the food from ruining. We finally got electricity on Thursday and cable on Friday. It has been a challenge. I am so so ready for spring and summer to get here. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 20:00:04 EST Christmas week. My daughter went to see the surgeon on Thursday and he said hopefully the antibiotic will help her abscess in her lower stomach. It seems that she had developed diverticulitis. My son is doing better except for his back. We were all able to be together Christmas day and it was so nice. Now today through Monday or Tuesday we will be having ice, snow and rain. I will be so glad when the weather clears out. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 20:59:36 EST Son to ER On Monday night I had to take my son to the ER. We did not get home until after 6:00 a.m. I was so tired that I could not go to work on Tuesday. Apparently he pulled a muscle but we thought it was worse since he has been on antibiotics for a UTI. For this I am very glad. It seems like just as I start getting to where I am walking more off the walker something happens and slows me down. I will keep on trying to get off the walker one day at a time. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 19:40:04 EST Work week. This week has been slower at work. One more week then we will be closed for 2 weeks and then when I get back it will be very busy. I went to see my DR on Tuesday and everything is pretty good other than being low on vitamin D and having a UIT. Today I walked into the grocery store with out my cane and walker, but by the time I got through shopping I was very tired. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:05:23 EST Ice storm and no electricity Last Friday we had a ice storm and no electricity until Tuesday afternoon. There were so many tree limbs down as well as electric lines. We finally were able to get out of where I live and go and stay with my daughter. I am so glad to be back at home and then went back to work on Wednesday. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 20:10:37 EST Moving more. I am doing a little more each day without my walker. It is taking time but I am getting there one day at a time. I am hoping to be walking more while I am off work next week. I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:44:05 EST Getting stronger. This week has been a little easier for me. I am starting to feel so much better. It is taking time but I am getting stronger one day at a time. Just one more week than I will be off for week for Thanksgiving break. Hopefully I will be able to work on walking without my walker more. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:33:49 EST Finished antibiotics I finished taking antibiotics on Friday and so far I am feeling ok. Now I am working on getting my strength back and it is a journey of one day at a time. It will take me a while but I know I will get the with God's help. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 19:40:30 EST Felling better this week. This is the first week that I have felt so much better since I have had the second knee replacement in March. The antibiotic the dr gave me is helping with the c.diff. I am working on getting my strength back and it is hard. It will take time but I am believing that I will be able to walk without a walker. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:31:51 EST Another antibiotic Just when I thought I was through taking antibiotics I got sick again and it is from antibiotics and have to take another one to get rid of what the dr says c.dff. This time it is not as bad as a week ago. I guess the first antibiotic has helped some I am hoping this is the last time. I am so tired of being sick and not getting stronger. It takes all my energy just to go to work each day. Sat, 24 Oct 2015 20:37:41 EST Enjoying my family. Today my kids and grandson when out to eat to celebrate my daughters birthday. It was nice. Sat, 17 Oct 2015 20:09:40 EST Very tired of being sick. For the last two weeks I have be battling nausea and diarrhea. I even missed 2 days from work. A little over a week ago the DR put me on another antibiotic. It seem that the antibiotic that I had taken just a week before had caused me another problem. I have to take an antibiotic to get over what is wrong with me know and it taste so bad. I am feeling better today than I did last week end. It seems that since I have had my 2nd knee surgery that I have spent more time sick and not being able t... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:38:46 EST Sick last week doing better this week. This time last week I was sick and in bed. On Thursday morning I woke up and had a fever of 101.2 temp so I called my boss and went to bed. Later I called the dr and he put me on antibiotics and back to bed I went. All I wanted to do was sleep, I didn't want to eat and had to force myself to drink sprite. My fever did not break until Friday evening. I spent most of the week end in bed but made it back to work on Monday but only for 5 hours. The rest of the week was hard but I made it. I am ju... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:27:28 EST Building strength This week I have been working on building my stamina and the strength in my back so I can walk more with out getting out of breath. It is not easy but I know it will take time but I will get there eventually. When I went to the pool I found out that the steps are further apart than I remember but that will get easier also. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 19:59:50 EST Walking with out cane. I was very tired Friday after working all day then going to the store. My son wanted me to walk into the store without my cane. I did it but is was very hard. By the time I got through shopping and got home I had gone as far as I could. I have 2 more days off before I go back to work. I know that I am getting there one day at a time. <BR> Sat, 5 Sep 2015 21:00:14 EST Knee brace. I had to take off the knee brace because it was causing my sciatica on my right side to act up and then I have it also on my left side so I am continuing on hoping that I can keep both sides settled down. I am also having trouble with Plantar fasciitis on both feet. I have been doing exercises for everything I am having trouble with along with trying to strengthen my back as well. I went shopping yesterday and bought a new pair of shoes hoping that helps. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:05:13 EST Monday Drs visit. I found out that I have gallstones. the thing is I have never had any signs with my gallbladder. The dr said not to worry about it until I start having problems. My blood work came in ok. Now I am having trouble with plantar fasciitis on both feet and it hurts. I am going to get some new shoes and see if that helps. The problem is I didn't have this problem until I had to wear the knee brace. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 21:27:46 EST Busy hard week. This week at work was very busy so busy I couldn't get all of my normal things done. The medicine that one of my drs have me on is causing me to swell a lot. My legs swell so much that the brace I am supposed to wear cuts in my leg and leaves about a half inch dip in my skin. I go and see my gp on Monday and I am going to talk to him about this medicine is Protonix and see if there is any thing else I can take. Today I went with my grandson and daughter for lunch and it was good time. I enjoy... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:11:29 EST New brace don't like it. I have used the brace the dr wanted me to use. I can't keep it up especially toward the end of my work day as my leg swells. If I put it on real tight then it hurts and my leg swells that much more. I have to loosen it just to pull it up and by the time I go home my leg is very sore. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 14:13:24 EST Drs visit I went to see my orthro on Wednesday about my left knee. It had a sunken place on the top of my knee. They sent me to have a CT scan and then on Thursday called and wanted me to come in on Friday. I went and they put a brace on my left knee. I have to wear it at work and do more exercises with my left leg. I have to go back in 3 months to see how well I am doing. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 20:53:28 EST Learning to walk without walker. I am trying to walk more without a walker and it is very hard. I have depended on the walker so much that I am having to get my back stronger. I know it is going to take time and I have to be patient. So here I go one day at a time. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 20:53:54 EST Frustrated I am not getting to where I want to be with my walking without a walker. I know it takes time but with everything that I have had go wrong with my body I know it will take time but right now I am very frustrated. This weekend all I have done is lay around and rested. I guess my body is needing it but in my mind I feel I should be able to do more or be further along. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:33:19 EST