BJUMPINGFORJOY's SparkPeople Blog BJUMPINGFORJOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sorry I haven't posted in a few weeks. I sorry I haven't posted lately. I have been coming home from work and going to bed because I was so tired. I am now getting to where I am not as tired. I went to see my pain specialist on Monday before Thanksgiving, I had lost 2 lbs and he was happy with how I was doing. He did not change any of my meds. I have finished my therapy in the pool. Now I am going to the pool and doing my pt myself. Thursday was my first day on my own and I even swam half of a lap. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 23:09:53 EST Next week Next week I will be off work for a week then it will be back to work after that. It is Thanksgiving week and where I work we close for the week. On Monday I have to see my pain specialist and then therapy the next day. The next day I start working on Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:47:13 EST It has a little bit since I have posted. It has been a few weeks since I have posted. The meds that the Dr has me on makes me feel very tired. The shot in my back did not work so I am on very strong medicine. They have helped the pain I was having plus the water therapy in the pool. When I get off work I am so tired that I go and lay down and sleep. I know it will take time for me to get used to it and I will. But being back in the pool feels so good. I hope everyone has a good week next week. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 18:15:49 EST I hope everyone has a good week. It is the time of the year when everyone get busy so I hope everyone has a good week next week. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:46:45 EST Drs visit this week. On Thursday I went and had a shot put in my spine to help with pain. Today is the second day since I had it down. When I squat it still hurts but the Dr said it would take up to 3 days for the shot to take effect. I am hoping it works. The therapist has me doing therapy in the pool. The first day was hard. I was in the pool for about an hour. On Friday I went to see my GP and he said my sugar was fine. He also said I have sclerosis now in the lower part of my back. Some how I will deal with ... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:42:31 EST Shot and therapy I went to see the pain DR and next Thursday I will be getting a shot in my back. I hope that helps. He also is sending me to therapy. Between the 2 I am hoping that I get to moving better. I had therapy on Tuesday and on Thursday they put me in the pool. I was in the pool for 50 minutes and by the time I got out I was tired. The next day I was sore. I haven't felt like doing much the last two days. I know that for me to get better I am going to have to push through everything I have to do. I ... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 14:39:51 EST Not feeling good. I am not up to posting tonight. I have been sick all week. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:03:03 EST Tomorrow I will be finding out the results from my MRI that I had a little over a week ago. I guess I will be finding out what the Dr recommends. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:06:16 EST Finally got the MRI done On Thursday I got the MRI done at a different location. Now just waiting on the DR to call me. I have been in a lot of pain this week and especially since I had to go for the MRI. It was a lot of walking. They finally put me in a wheel chair to help me get to where I needed to go. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:07:23 EST MY MRI Well I did not get to get the MRI done this week. The place I went to their machine is too small so they are sending me to a different place. I hope this one is big enough. I was in so much pain that the Tramadol was not helping. I called my DR and he gave me a script for a stronger med. It seems to be helping. Sat, 3 Sep 2016 22:09:35 EST Things we take for granted. I sit and watch people walking and hope that one day I will be able to walk with out any aid of any kind. I have been having so much pain with my back that all I could do was come home and lay down after work. I went to see a back specialists on Thursday and he took ex rays and found out that all the vertebrate in my lower back have no cushion between them and that it is bone to bone. On next Wednesday I am going to have an mri and then we will go from there. We take things for granted like w... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:50:48 EST Work has to slow down sometime For the last 2 weeks it has been so busy at work but hopefully it will slow down. Most of the enrollment is over and now just to get everyone with parking decals. I have an appointment with a back specialist on Thursday to see what is causing my sciatica to act up. I went for a acupuncture treatment. It was the first one had. I had to think about the cost because my insurance won't pay for and neither will Medicare so I am having to go the other route. I know that surgery is out of the questi... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:33:17 EST Very busy week I thought the week before was busy but this last week was so busy that all I felt like doing when I came home was to lay down on an ice pack trying to ease the sciatica in my back. I am so tired of not being able to exercise and hurting. I am going to try something different Monday and see how that works. I have got to where I move more. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:32:36 EST This week has been very busy and had lots of pain. Very busy week with classes getting ready to start where I work add to that my sciatica has been very bad this week. I called my DR and they said he was on vacation for 2 weeks and the only thing they could give me was Tylenol 3 and for me to call my orthro which I did and he is out of the office this week also. His nurse sent me to a back dr and I can't get into see him until the 25th of this month. I really hate having sciatica it hurts so bad. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 22:07:56 EST Busy 2 weeks. I know I did not blog last week but it has been a busy 2 weeks. I have been trying to walk more and last week the pool was closed due to a circulating pump being down. It was finally fixed and put back on line so Monday the pool hopefully will open Monday. I want to get back into the pool next Tuesday. Also yesterday my son jammed 2 of his toes on a grocery cart and I had to take care of him and today I am very tired. I was used to doing so much more before all my surgeries and now it seem li... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:00:29 EST 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