GEMSTONE1952's SparkPeople Blog GEMSTONE1952's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hello? Yep, still here and blogging from time to time. My last one (November) was more than a year after the one before that so this time, I am blogging a bit sooner. I used to do a daily blog but I have not done so in a while and I doubt I will go back to it for a longer while. Since last November, I have been diagnosed and misdiagnosed before getting the correct treatment. All the years I was told I had bronchitis, it was likely out of control allergies, leading to a sinus infection, asthma an... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:03:46 EST it's been a long time <em>2</em> I used to be much better at updating my blog. I last updated over a year ago. So much has gone on this past year that I simply forgot I had one. Thank you to Leslielenore who recently commented on my last blog entry to remind me I had one. There have been a few changes in my life to adjust to of late. One was the move of my oldest child and his family from Philly to St. Louis. We've visited them twice since that move and he has been back to my house twice alone and once with... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 14:50:23 EST starting over...again <em>30</em> I am taking a planned break from PT. I am on vacation and working on rebuilding my stamina again. I have been walking and doing my stretches each day, as advised by the PT while I am vacationing. She told me I was not to do any work with weights until after I return from vacation so I am not doing weight work. I miss it though. Each night I have been taking a walk with my husband and tonight was the first night I felt like my feet (legs) were sprouting those wings again. I... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 23:34:46 EST ouchies..... SO, I saw the PT for an initial evaluation on Wednesday and started my first session today (Thursday). This PT hurts. I will admit that perhaps I may have contributed to it by trying to push my self on the treadmill. I seem to be able to do Leslie Sansone (sans jumping and boosted walking) but have trouble with just plain, old walking. I assumed that because I had done a 3 mile Leslie program, I was ready to walk a mile on the treadmill and with the PT's blessing i proceeded to do so. I... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:12:13 EST Sciatica.............................................................suggestions welcome. <em>39</em> 2+weeks already. PT starts on Wednesday. I don't have time for this. I have things to do and places to go and I intend to do them all. I just need to fix whatever it is that is causing the sciatica. I have had non-stop pain from my back "cheek" , radiating around the hip and down the leg as far as the knee. I refused the narcotic "fix" and am dealing with the pain as best I can...Motrin, tylenol and ice. I am sleeping poorly and feel the pain even while I am sleeping. My... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 00:35:31 EST November Seems that I am updating this blog infrequently, hence the month as the title. I am now able to dead lift 115 lbs, which is pretty awesome. My trainer says my form is pretty good and he nitpicks, which I asked him to do. He has suggested I try a massage so I may consider it. I have been reluctant to do it because I do have fibromyalgia and a lot of tender points, as in every single one of them needed for diagnosis. The pain waxes and wanes and I have stretches of time when it must go in... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 22:38:09 EST pumping iron and a 5K I ran/walked my first ever 5K. I used to enjoy running when I was in my early to mid teens, but then sort of moved away from it and onto other things. I have always been interested in working with weights....really working with them. I've done weight machines but never dead weightlifting. I just never got around to it....until now. I guess being past 60 opens up many new possibilities. My 5K time isn't going to break any records but it was faster than any of the times I was doing when I... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:46:14 EST I'm still here I'm baaaaaaack! I have not been posting much because I've just been in active. My shoulder is almost at 100% and my work with the physical trainer has helped me continue to strengthen safely this time I'm putting in the miles again and have pretty much regained my endurance. I am still concerned about my blood sugar numbers although they have been improving, they are certainly not where I want and need them to be. I haven't been able to get a handle on them since I started o... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:01:30 EST Just an update The shoulder is continuing to heal and I have more range of motion than expected at this point. I have had one session with a personal trainer and had planned one this week but the snow storms made it impossible. The gym was closed even if I had wanted to venture out to drive over the icy roads. I went on a wonderful and relaxing cruise and visited family in Philly and Florida right after Christmas and the first 2 weeks of January. I didn't gain any weight while on vacation, but I didn't... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 21:45:49 EST PT done... I finished PT this past week and have decided to have a try with a personal trainer. I've never attempted this before but it seems a logical thing to do. I need to get back in shape and start to lose some of the weight I gained over the past year while I tried to heal my shoulder. The personal trainer works in the same place as where I went to PT and I've actually worked with him during the time I was doing PT. He would come over and correct my "form" while I was doing my shoulder exercis... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:21:36 EST It's not frozen! I am done (I hope) with the orthopedist. My scan was "normal". I am continuing to work on increasing strength and range of motion with my shoulder. I can get my hand behind my back. The orthopedist said that I do not have a frozen shoulder. I have some adhesions/scar tissue from the injury and scar tissue from the surgery in August, but the shoulder is not frozen. The stiffness and pain is related to the healing process and it is not uncommon for 6 months or more to pass before full ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:14:35 EST scan is done! I had the MRI Arthogram on my shoulder this past Friday. They let my husband come into the room as they were injecting the dye into my joint. At first, they denied him entry because radiation was going to be in use. I must have been pathetic enough because the nurse invited him in after all. They had him suited up in the radiation apron and he was allowed to be with me. Maybe the fact that I was visibly, physically nervous even after having downed all the medication to calm me might hav... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 21:11:33 EST Back to the testing area, please I was sent to see the surgeon again. While I have been making good progress, the PT and the orthopedic surgeon's PA both felt that there should have been more progress. The PT has always believed that the surgery didn't address all that needed to be addressed. She said I presented like someone with a tear that needed to be addressed and I still do. I saw the surgeon and he wants me to have more testing as he feels that a tear somewhere is a real possibility because I should have had more... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 17:34:08 EST Update--all good! I am continuing to make good progress in my PT/rehab of the shoulder. The PT decided to do a quick check on my Range of Motion after just a little more than 2 weeks of therapy and she said she was surprised at how much improvement is there already! I've been working really hard at the exercises. It is a bit humbling to be sweating when "curling" a broomstick from a standing position. I'm now allowed to do biceps curls with 4 lb. weights! It's tough but I can do it. I am still unable to... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 22:22:03 EST update...PT and Jury Duty I have done my "civic" obligation to the court system and I am free from another call for 3 years. At my age I now have 3 more cycles of Jury duty calls before I "age out". Aging out means I still get called but I can choose to go or not go. Jury duty in itself is painless enough. I just don't like feeling incarcerated while under "protective custody" of the court officers. I've been seated on a jury before and was assigned the position of "foreman" by the judge. I was safely and respe... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 13:37:45 EST next step: Physical therapy Post op visit was today and went very well actually. I was told that physically I had more movement than most at 2 weeks post-surgery. I have been faithfully doing range of motion exercises each day since the surgery so I think that is why I have done as well as I have thus far. I still am in a fair amount of pain but I was avoiding the prescription pain pills because I hated the side effects and they tended to wear off in the middle of the night anyway and I was able to get a bit of relie... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:13:32 EST done I had the surgery on Tuesday and I obviously survived it. <em>334</em> The interscalene block was unpleasant but I'm glad I did it because it blocked the pain post surgery for nearly a day. I have some oral pain killers to take but they turn my stomach so I am trying to tough it out by liberally icing the shoulder. The pain is bearable though I suspect that will not be the case when I am trying to sleep. More later. I am tired and need rest. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 21:06:32 EST frustrated I was expecting to have surgery to repair my shoulder on Tuesday morning (tomorrow). I got a call tonight near 9pm telling me my surgeon is sick and all his appointments have been cancelled until he is feeling well again and then they will call his patients to reschedule. I have not been looking forward to the surgery and have been worrying myself about it, and particularly the interscalene block procedure that would occur before I had the general anesthesia for the surgery. I at least wa... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:06:10 EST 6 days SO, I am back from vacation and getting ready for my surgery in 6 days. I spent my vacation on the beach, at a campground and at Walt Disney World so I got a lot of physical activity while vacationing. I also continue to do my PT exercises to strengthen my upper body before the surgery. I would like to get my eating under control but I am not too successful in that endeavor. Much of it is stress related so hopefully post-surgery I will have more success with it. I just had my "interview"... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:44:05 EST Ups and Downs Last time I entered a blog was around the birth of my grandson 8 months ago. Sometimes life gets busy and unexpected events occur. I've been keeping busy helping my daughter by caring for her little one while she attends grad school. We've finally gotten the carpets in for several of the rooms in our house..part of our long term renovation project. We spend as much time as we can visiting our children, now grown and mostly out of the home with families of their own. I wish I could say th... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 23:56:51 EST It's a boy! My DD and her husband welcomed a new addition to their family. Xavier was born on September 29th, weighing in at 7pounds, 1 oz and he is 20.5 inches tall. My DD had a very prolonged period of early labor (prodromal) that went on for about a week. On the morning of the 28th I took her for a "giving birth" haircut. Little did I know that it really would end up being one. Two hours after we got back to my house, her water broke and off to the hospital we went. She was told that she would... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:39:41 EST A borrowed blog A. Are you at all artistic? a little bit <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? onions, lettuce and tomatoes, mushrooms <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? magenta <BR> <BR> D. Diamond or pearls? Diamonds <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? penguin <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Avengers <BR> <BR> G. What is the worst gift you have ever received? A floor mop my husband brought me after the birth of our ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:37:53 EST titanic? I had an interesting and unique way to get some exercise this week. Cardio and strength at the same time and I want to share. First off, a caution like they have for some of those "thrill" reality shows....."Do not attempt to do this at home". You'll understand in a moment. Today was laundry day...well, everyday is laundry day but today was different. I put it in the washing machine and then when about taking care of my other chores (including chatting with my DD). I like to multi-task. Peri... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:46:47 EST May update I seem to be doing these just once a month right now. I wish I could do more, but I have been busy, which is a poor excuse but I have been prioritizing my time. I got the results back from my most recent tests. Apparently my esophagus does not function as most peoples do. I have an abnormal swallow. It's nice to finally have some validation of what I have been telling doctors was occurring for many, many years. I also have validation that I have a reflux that does cause my cough. More... Fri, 18 May 2012 12:38:41 EST testing.....still here First the good or even great stuff in the update! My voice therapy has commenced and I am thrilled to report that the surgery was success and with therapy my voice is getting stronger. I can project my voice better. The pitch and tone and quality of it's sound is so much improved. I am glad I did the procedure and would do it again in a heartbeat. I am still uncomfortable from the harvest of the fat cells needed for the transplant into the vocal cords and the Doctor said that will take a... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:28:47 EST Mending Nearly 3 weeks post surgery now and the bruises is far less visible now. I still have a huge lump that hurts under the skin which is still discolored. When i saw the Doctor for the post-surgical check, he said all looks great as far as the vocal cord goes and he said that we will know how successful it was in 6-8 weeks. My youngest son tells me my voice right now sounds like an "old person"...weak and scratchy. He is right, of course but it is a temporary thing and my voice gains more pow... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:41:37 EST Sunshine, oatmeal, soft cheese, pureed foods, soup and jello That about sums up my day. I'm on day 5 post surgery. Yesterday I tried eating a piece of lettuce and choked on it so I guess I'm not ready for real solid foods yet, but I can do anythings liquid, hot even <em>30</em> , and soft cheeses like cottage and ricotta, sugar free jello, popsicles, eggs, and oatmeal . I had some pureed vegetable soup last night and some chicken broth. I got tired of the protein shakes. I dropped nearly 7 pounds these past 5 days. I'd liked to say I am happy about... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:24:36 EST A New Year January has been busy. My husband and I along with our youngest (and only unmarried) child took a cruise. It was fantastic and a nice way to get some sun and fun in the middle of winter. of course, thus far, winter has been quite mild in SE Massachusetts. We left a few days after the new year and went to visit my son and his family down in Pennsylvania. His youngest son is now nearly 3 months old and growing so well! From there, we headed to port for our cruise. One of my favorite act... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:25:56 EST goodbye wall. It's been a very busy week for me with family and friends. A friend of ours for the past 30 or so years flew in from the opposite coast of the USA to visit and spend time with us. My holiday shopping is done! I've been down to meet my youngest grandson and play with his "older" (4 and 6yo) brothers. I've been spending time watching my youngest son play his tuba in the best marching band in the USA (Proud mom here). I'm spending time visiting with my other 2 married children and their spo... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 16:09:19 EST November 4, 2011 My grandson was born this morning! He was due next week and we did tell his mother to have a chat with the boy to let him know that he was expected to be born next weekend because we were planning to visit. His older siblings were both born past the due date and my DIL figured this would be the same. I guess when she told the little cherub to get ready to make his world debut, she wasn't clear that it was to be next Friday, not today. He's perfectly perfect, just as his father, his uncles... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 23:25:52 EST A normal week at last No doctors appointments at all this week which is a nice change of pace. I've spent a bit of time researching behcet syndrome and the medications used to treat it. I am not inclined to take anything new unless I have a compelling to reason to do so and right now, I don't. <BR> I was able to use my not doctor time to do some fun stuff. Walking, some Leslie sansone and some seasonal decorating in my home. I also went with 2 of my sons, my DH and DIL to visit a "haunted" cruiser (circa WW2... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 01:33:25 EST Moving right along So, I had the procedure done and my voice is better. It's not doing anything for the problem I went to see the gastro about, but it does take care of a problem I am happy to fix. I had a paralyzed vocal cord as a result of thyroid surgery years ago. I didn't know it was paralyzed. I only knew my voice changed after the surgery and I was not happy about it. It was functional and I had adjusted. I carry a whistle. The doctor discovered the problem when he was looking for evidence of behc... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 09:20:47 EST hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... I think that is now the prevailing thought of those Doctors. What they are looking for has a name....Behcet. It's quite rare. I don't want it and I don't think I have it. I have all the symptoms, but IMHO, anyone could have them and I think it is just a coincidence and in any event, it has nothing to do with my reflux as far as I can tell. <BR> I'm seeing another "senior" physican in another department. So far I've seen an otolaryngologist, gastroenterologist, rheumatologist, dermo... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 09:07:18 EST I'm interesting Apparently the Doc's a NEMC find me "interesting". I am being shipped around to the chief of the research divisions of several departments to be examined. The Doctor who is managing all this wanted me to see an rheumatologist and she personally called to ask me if I could come in within an hour to see this Doctor. I can't make the trek to Boston within an takes a minimum of 2. So when I went in to see the Dermatologist (part of all this "shipping"), I stopped by Rheumatology t... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 09:50:25 EST updates Well, Irene has come and gone and it's raining and chilly here. I'm sitting here icing my knees after doing some Leslie miles. I'm not sure if it was a good idea or not. I'm supposed to be resting and icing but I'm going crazy with inactivity. We'll see how it works out. The doctor has suggested knee injections. Thanks, but no thanks. <BR> The 2nd opinion I sought to try to get some relief from these teenage woes is bearing some fruit. Yes, teenage woes because what I sought the 2nd ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 13:34:44 EST yes, still here... I didn't realize it had been such a long time since my last blog. It's been a busy few months and that's a good thing. I've been spending a lot of time with my kids and their family. It was easier when 4 of them were younger and lived with me but they all grew up and with the exception of my youngest, are married with households of their own. It's a bit trickier to spend time with them but my husband and I make that time and it is wonderful. My oldest lives with his wife and 2 1/2 childr... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:48:45 EST whoa! I keep forgetting to update here. Sometimes life gets in the way and that is a good thing. Spring is here and though it is a bit dreary here today, I appreciate the sounds and smells that accompany the change of seasons. My hyacinth and daffodils are in full bloom and the buds are getting larger on the trees. Lots of yardwork ahead. It was a tough, record breaking winter this year and a lot of my trees and bushes are damaged. Getting ready to prepare the earth for the veggie garden. I ... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:13:21 EST Three to go years from now, I hope Three of my children are now married. My daughter married on February 6th, 2011. I wasn't sure she would survive the excitement. She was trembling with anticipation and excitement. She decided that not seeing "the boy" for a week before the wedding would make the moment more exciting. He was not thrilled with her idea and I think she had second thoughts too. Her bridesmaids were wonderful and during that week, one of them was always available to be with her and even stayed overnight wi... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 10:54:14 EST Starred thoughts**** These Starred thoughts, are not my words. These are the words of advice from George N. Parks, teacher, mentor, musician, Director of the UMASS Minuteman Marching Band, founder of the Drum Major Academy and friend. Mr. Parks died suddenly on Thursday evening following a performance of the UMASS Minuteman Marching Band. He was 57 years old. He taught thousands of young people how to be the best that they could be always stressing that they do everything to the best of their ability and ... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 09:48:36 EST Thar' she blows Hurricaine is on the way for tomorrow. I'm in the tropical storm warning part but 2 of my children are in the hurricaine warning zone. The storm has been weakening as it heads up towards Cape Cod and "the islands" and is not expected to make a direct hit, but rather 25 miles or so south of the cape. While house hunting, my daughter and her fiance had been looking at a house located on the water. They ultimately purchased a home about 1 mile away from that one and about 1/2 mile from the o... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 22:01:33 EST One down..... This has been a busy year. One wedding has been completed and now onto my daughters, tentatively in early February, 2011. There are a few pictures in my photo album of the August wedding. My kitchen is completed. The building projects continue though. My daughter and her fiance have purchased a real fixer-upper so my husband and I have been helping them with fixering it upper. It's a lot of work and it's been a very hot and sticky summer. My favorite activity was power washing the hou... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 22:19:31 EST Weddings...and stuff The break in the toe has healed, but the podiatrist tells me to be careful for the next few months because the ligaments are still weak and if I am not careful, I will have a toe that is improperly positioned. I already have that anyway which is why I get blisters between 2 of my toes so much. I want to buy some vibramm shoes which will keep the toes separated from each other and will allow me to be "barefoot" safely. The podiatrist tells me with the diabetes, I should always have foot wea... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 09:28:53 EST broken Finally went to get my toe x-rayed and as I is broken. Seeing a podiatrist on Monday. I doubt much can be done but I will ask anyway. Kitchen project is still underway and I have no kitchen at all in my house. Just a "room" in progress, but it is coming along well. I'm really not happy about the disarray in the house and the lack of cooking facilities for my healthier choices. Peanut butter sandwiches, sliced cheese and whatever I can grill are not the best choices but i... Sat, 8 May 2010 20:44:16 EST A great idea? Not quite In addition to my other "projects" I've added cake decorating. Probably not the best plan for a diabetic since I can't eat any of it and the buttercream frosting sure looks tempting especially when I am feeling overwhelmed by life right now. I wish I could say I've resisted the "just one taste" but I can't. I've stopped myself from more than just a taste. I'm not licking the bowl clean or sucking all that sugar cream off the spatula and cooking utensils but I want to.. <em>24</em> The c... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 09:33:44 EST A project This blog has nothing to do with weight loss or healthy living at all. I just figured it's been a while since I've blogged at all and while I contemplate my naval (which I can still see), I thought I'd post. <BR> Lots of changes in my life--My eldest son finished his PhD in February. He and his family moved to his new position in Penn. so now instead of 6 minutes away, they are 6 hours (traffic permitting). They've been gone since the first of last month and we've been there to visit th... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 22:01:19 EST Still here--resting I'm still active on SparkPeople, just taking a bit of time to rest by this big old wall. I can hear the calls on the other side and I'll be scaling the wall eventually. Just tired and lacking my usual motivation for the time being. Too much going on and I have to re-prioritize and that is what I am doing at this wall. There is no shame in taking a rest when one is needed. It is needed. So, I shall sit here for a bit. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 10:37:27 EST Yay for Friday Yesterday was an amazing day. 70 degrees and sunny which was a record shattering high temp. for this area. I took advantage of the weather and went for a walk/jog. 2 miles turned into 4, into 6 and finally 10(and a little more). I put a blister pad on my foot before I left and no new blisters! I went walking with Carlos santana, Freddie Mercury and Ringo, John, Paul and George. Maybe a bit of Abba too and perhaps Jake and Elwood. It's so easy to move when the music takes me and I must ... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 15:54:42 EST woo hoo for WII My DH got me a wii game system for my birthday and I was enjoying playing it with my son. Quite a workout and then I discovered that these are now on the fitness tracker so I got all my cardio in today playing WII games. And, I have completed Day 3 of my challenge to track all my food and water. WOOHOO for WII and WOOHOO for me! (Just felt like I needed to do a bit of poetry) <BR> Off to bed before I can actually hear the call of the cheese and peanut butter in the next room. It's just a... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 23:23:43 EST Day 2--so far, so good Yesterday was not as hard as I thought it would be at all. Just knowing that I had committed myself to logging in every single morsel was all I needed to stop myself from eating due to "mouth hunger". I did catch myself walking to and looking in the refrigerator a few times and then realized that it was all I was doing....just looking and there was no purpose in it at all. I walked away. It's moving towards 8:30pm now and I still have more calories to eat to hit minimum. I'm not even hun... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 20:18:08 EST moving along-step 1--Why wait for a New Years Resolution? Step 1: Start to get back into the habit of tracking every little morsel that I choose to put in my mouth. I had been tracking water and veggies on the quick tracker but that was about it. I need to do watch the nutritional balance plus I know myself well enough. I am incredibly lazy..not in a physical sense though that is sometimes quite true. I just know that if I have to actually think about and sit down and ("gasp" ) log everything I eat, I will be far less likely to put t... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 16:12:57 EST