HEALTHY4ME's SparkPeople Blog HEALTHY4ME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I figured it out on my tablet Sunny morning to my buddies. Been 10 months since I was on here consistently. Hubby got my tablet when I had my knee replaced. Like it but not as much as my laptop, which I gave to son snd I am set up on hubby's laptop. It is heavy so don't use it much. but finger typing puts my fingers to sleep allready. So quick update, knee coming along well, stiff at times but not arthritic sore. Still bothersome at times up or down butnot the same. Was doing lo carb and less processed stuff,very littl... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:18:45 EST HI all Well on computer not tablet. But not much to say. Still a mess in this house, little done as hubby is still limping and in pain. I am more frustrated with no one calling to buy dads car, and such low sales on yard sale. also that the yard sale is hell for me to do but we have way to much to just donate and need some of the funds. <BR> anyway will work out by next fall. Not lot more new, eating poorly. walking allie though. Very hot here but not complaining as I hate winter and cold so this ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:23:41 EST What to do first I guess what to do first was come here. lol Get my puter time done and then get to work.... where to start sooooo much to do. paint, more renos for hubby, lol take my oven racks out of tub. Yea saw on pintrest to put dryer sheets under and ontop of dirty oven racks and then put some water and soap in tub let them soak. As long as you use enough dryer sheets it works. almost all the stuff came off. Cool as the peroxide one to get cookie sheets clean didnt work for me lol. <BR> Thinking that w... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:58:12 EST Been away too long HI buddies, <BR> Sorry I haven't been blogging or keeping up very well. Hubby got me a tablet when I had my knee done and since haven't been on puter very often, and find hard to do all spark stuff on the tablet. so............ huge changes <BR> For those that follow me or have known me for ages, will be a bit of a surprise. but perhaps not. I wish Susie was here, I must email her. Anyway hubby and I had decided to move to a 55plus mini home park in Ontario, about 3 day drive from here an... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:18:48 EST exhausted totally exhausted Having a good time while away, but the pain in my neck, shoulder and arm is really botherdome. Getting so bad I wasnt able to pull up my underwear without screaching out, just the angle my arm had to go. To pull all my hair up and put a claw clip is almost impossible and that is the easiest thing to do with my hair. Have found 2 really nice areas, one full and one only open awhile. 2nd not really in area we want but is in good area just further south from the area I like . ironically further... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:00:16 EST Surgeons visit Back from surgeon's and he said it can be more than a year for everything to be normal. Also said can be inflammation but isn't infected. If I want to know if there is inflammation I can have needle aspiration to see if fluid is inflammed or infected. No thanks. .. he agreed that the swelling could be thickened tendons, and both of us figure it is as massage helps. He said if it pains, changes or gets red ect come back, or if I want the needle aspiration done, but he doesn't think it needs to... Sat, 30 May 2015 09:43:59 EST Wow long time no blog That tablet keeps me off the puter, and I don't find I like typing much on it. so this am had some imp. docs to type up so figured come over here say hi. <BR> <BR> Just back from 2 x around track!!! yesterday walked to dds and a few other walks too. Knee still swollen but find it is going down a bit at night now. I did remember that my scope was swollen for 3 months or so and most it is 6 weeks so if this can be swollen for 3 to 4 months then I figure longer. Am going to call surgeon and que... Tue, 19 May 2015 09:11:32 EST monday May 4th 5 months ago I came home from my hospital stay to have my r knee replacement. Well I have to say certainly not sorry I got it done, but sure thought I would be further along but perseverance will get me where I need to be. Still walking stilted, limping at times and needing cane. Stairs are usually a combo of pulling myself up and or doing them one step at time. Today at massage, he worked on calf, ankle and foot as feels that all so tight could stop the knot on inner side of knee snd subseq... Mon, 4 May 2015 21:56:53 EST WOw blogged 2 days in row That used to be my normal, but after getting the tablet and having harder time typing and finding all my spark stuff, I don't seem to be on here as often. Oh well. am busy with phsyio, sauna, walking, icing everything I can do to help this knee. Only thing diff in past while is sauna and today I walked and climbed stairs much better. So back into my sauna this eve. After done this going to go exercise, then my sauna, then after will ice. <BR> Snowed again today, not staying but darn cold, win... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:22:13 EST Monday morning I have been very positive past few days and this morning it is pretty hard. even sitting in dads lazyboy my butt, upper thigh and front of it is so sore. I did my in bed stretches, got a tennis ball and rolled, now will ice but still super sore. And been eating healthy since 22nd, I know not long but not cheating and no sugar, not overdoing it at all and up a lb now, was down. Just frustrated this morning. So, going to walk around the house 10x, do rest of physio, then ice my butt and knee.... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:17:48 EST a month yesterday Allready a month has gone by since dad passed. Seems longer. Also a month and I see very little progress in my knee, yes dome as walking outside but mostly that is cos weather not better ability. Finding it very hard to not bend over when I walk. But I know I amdoing better just get discouraged at time line. So day before yesterday hubby and I were both saying we need to be healthier.Forr him that doesn't mean moving more, no idea what could make him move more, but eating healthy. So we both... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:51:34 EST a month yesterday Allready a month has gone by since dad passed. Seems longer. Also a month and I see very little progress in my knee, yes dome as walking outside but mostly that is cos weather not better ability. Finding it very hard to not bend over when I walk. But I know I amdoing better just get discouraged at time line. So day before yesterday hubby and I were both saying we need to be healthier.Forr him that doesn't mean moving more, no idea what could make him move more, but eating healthy. So we both... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:37:09 EST YES almost a normal walk up stairs I was going up the stairs when I realized I wasn't having to hang on to both sides and semi pull myself up. I was omg almost normal on the stairs!!!! YES still swollen but hey this is huge. later had to go up and was good again. Also is nice out so can get outside for a walk. ahhh. spring maybe??? lol think so. still plenty of snow but at least it is melting. so dirty and messy now. <BR> Finally got dads military stuff all done and figured and didn't have to get a lawyer as they had first sa... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:50:13 EST finally!!!! an outside walk Darn started a blog, and lost it when I went back to look at a link hubby wanted me to see. Anyway start over. Must say today has been much better. Walking more upright in house and less limp. Hubby, cane and I walked to mailbox, about 1/4 of mile, certainly not far but first time outside other than a parking lot walk. Even a small incline which going down isn't easy, I feel as if I am going to fall face down. Did good, straight and only tightened on way home. So finally feel as if today has... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:56:39 EST Another Sat. april 11th Sunny and melting snow!!!! YES! almost gone from our upper deck, yard still full but hey there's hope!!! <BR> So been going to massage and physio both for my knee. Seems almost as nothing is helping, I am having very hard time on the stairs, and walking very stiff legged or limping, I do all they say and ice and such but getting discouraged. Better weather coming so will soon be outside walking even if is just up and down the flat part of our street to start. Oh well no sense being down as it... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:53:30 EST sat april 4 What a week.... would have been better had I gotten sleep. Did well till some fools let off firecrackers at 12 then again at 1. Oh well slept off and on then pain came back. So went to massage and he said all your hamstrings. worked on that then put special tape in shape of fingers on my knee, gave me extra to change it. Went to physio next day, she gave me two more stretches, said no bike for 5 days which I was using for exercises too. Oh well have to get this leg straighter. Been t... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 10:35:39 EST Sat. March 28th I promised I would blog yesterday, then with appointments the day got away. I can't do as well unless I am on the puter. So woke to SNOW again!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG stop.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Those two were taken yesterday, off our upper deck, and across road from us. Now snow again. geesh <BR> <BR> So today maybe the veggie store, but not a lot... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:42:57 EST 430 am march 22nd Dad passed with my daughter and her friend at his side, he had been having laboured breathing all day. We all were eith him at 3or so we decided that if he was still here in morning g someone needed to sleep so ds hubby and I went home. Lisa called at 425ish his breathing is really shallow, and mottling, come so had my pants on and she called back he's gone. Took his sweet time with us, we shared beer with him in icu on st paddys day, he was happy and funnier than normal, but when he decided ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:30:12 EST Dad still holding on and snow What first day of spring... Called ICU dad still holding on, slept and they gave him morphine for breathing this am, and is sleeping so think we will chance going up later again as yesterday. He is better in afternoon early evening anyway. I am wondering if all the solar and lunar stuff will make a change as working in long term care I know full moon sure does. <BR> <BR> SNOW SPRING hahaha. ds is out for 3rd time since last eve shovelling his driveway, between plow and him shovelling great neighbour lending snowblower... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:32:14 EST sitting with dad Hubby and daughter went out to find food. Lol still blowing snow and lightly snowing. Saying that about 15 cm or more to come. Geesh. Dd doesn't want dad alone but her hubby will have to go to work and she hss to be with dogs then can come with us. No idea when anything will happen and also not keen on her being here alone when he passes. Told her that if they call we will bring her too. As long as we can get out of our road we can get here.anyway... not much more doing some exercises but up ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:39:30 EST OKay blizzard again overnight 59 cm of snow and more to come and I have to get to the hospital as my daughter stayed over with dad who miraculously is still hanging on. Thankfullly we have a snowblower and 4x4 truck. Dr got in, but said took him nearly half hr to get parking spot in lot as so much snow... <BR> So tired of winter, thank God my one knee is done and I am not getting as much pain. Still hard to walk etc but whew. <BR> Well got hubby up hr early as dd said I have to say I am nervous grampa is gurgling more but nurse said cant tell you a tim... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:46:26 EST monday 11pm Well no call over night, but this morning they said come bp 204, heart oh I forget, any 2ay he was poor 2 drs said by this eve... so was bad, then slept with gravol and morphine woke chatty and at shift change bp 128/70 hasnt been lower than 150 with meds in years. And o2 98, granted he is getting o2. So nurse said she would go home if we lived close. So who knows, no one expected him to be here. Still very confused and such but hoping again no phone call. If I stop coughing long enough to g... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:22:57 EST what a day Yes we did get the snow, some shoveled for 3 hrs. We were going to have a p.j. day as I felt so rotten, but we ended up calling an ambulance for dad to go to ER, he is now in ICU. His breathing was bad but they are pretty sure he is in congestive heart failure, which is quandry as he is also in stage 4 renal failure so treatment for one worsens the other. Thought we lost him but then they put another machine and are going to do bld transfusion also, so no idea what is going to happen. With m... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:53:32 EST Sat. March 14 Sunny and cold, we are under another blizzard warning for Sunday and Monday, anywhere from 20-40 cm snow, they cant tell yet. We down on coast may get rain... ice... OH man. oh well always seems to storm on St Paddys day so close enough. <BR> <BR> Started challenge with the RV team, I have my wt, measurements and have done my morning physio and walk ( yes still inside for now). Felt a bit of sore throat yesterday, gargled and drank lots but woke with worse. Hopefully not a full blown cold ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:04:43 EST Finally can feel that I have turned a corner. The past few days I have noticed that as long as I wear my support hose, I am able to do most everything within limits. I also don't need the cane, as long as not walking too far on cement floors ie Costco. <BR> <BR> So went to physio, and she said walk, OMG Cindy what great progress your walking so so improved, and my bend and straightening are also improved. Told her I can get down and up from floor, very awkward but hey can do it. AHHHHHHH. finally. Be 4 mont... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:55 EST LOL Friday evening The LOL is cos I have thought it was Sat all day, no idea why but did. Then saw on FB a friend thought the same thing lol oh well didn't go anywhere so didn't really matter. <BR> Been doing better lately, other than very sore biceps and shoulders, the rest of me has been normal for me. not going into that cos you know what it is if you have been here lots. lol <BR> <BR> Boy sure do wish the ice would get off our roads and sidewalks, then hubby could "walk" me to the mail. Be awhile before I ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:49:14 EST Okay this has to stop And sure it can be the snow .... has been snowing since I woke up. Now looks more like rain, anyway. That isn't what I am saying has to stop. It is this crazy eating and CARBS crazy... OMG I am eating so many crackers and bread. OMG cookies. Nary a veggie in sight, well that isn't true, froz ones at supper, oh a cup perhaps. Now I know that cauliflower is $4 dollars or more a head, Brocolli a tad lower etc and not even great quality but there has to be a better way. I MUST get off the carb tr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:09:43 EST Sunny Sat. HI all, still icy and cold, but the sun is shining nice and bright. A great day. I haven't had to go out today which is fine, as we were out yesterday. Got to visit the grands. They are so funny. Thomas just loves my heart earrings and pepes big white furry beard. lol <BR> Eva had to show me her sparkles, bag, shiny tipstick, and some jewels. <BR> Today cross stitched, chatted via fb with a friend in London England and swept the kitchen floor, rested, cos my back hurt, the mopped it and res... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:26:22 EST wow thanks! Hi spark buddies. ... first off, I didn't know that you could be nominated more than once. I was amazed, as haven't been here much cos first my knee replacement kept me downstairs and computer is up, so hubby got me a tablet. Now am better to navigate the stairs so will be here once again. <BR> I just got back from 3 month specialist who said need to get more resistance and keep strengthening. But enjoy your knee and see you for your year check. Made no mention of doing other knee yet, and th... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:29:13 EST I have missed you all Since hubby got me a tablet so I would be able to use it while recuperating, I haven't been on spark much as can only get so much on tablet. I am doing better with my knee, not all that should be but better. I have started doing the stairs normally, slow but better. I go to the spec. for my 2nd check Tues. I have 110 bend, should be 120, and my straightening has been worse due to very bad back again. They slowed my exercise down a lot, as I wasn't even able to move one day, Hubby had to lift,... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:53:14 EST Whats been up with me, not on puter much <BR> Omg scared last night.. Bought robaxacet around 10 pm took one. Nothing at 2 I woke and wasn't able to move barely an inch. My back was so tight, my knee too. Was moaning, mur and poor allie came up. Had him pull my nighty to help me move, got me ice wasnt able to lay on either side so put ice under my back and pillowsx3 under my thighs. Pain, fear but after 15 mins or so iwas able to breath. I had worse pain last week one night but only that one time after I took the dilaudid was I not... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 08:52:01 EST Long time no blog lol Sorry friends, but since hubby got me the tablet, I am not on puter much, and can't blog from tablet well. <BR> Been doing okay, still behind in progress but still getting better. Went to physio yesterday before our big storm. lol ha. A lady offered to take my other arm as hubby was helping me, and cane, in the snow. I said oh I am just slow but fine thanks. had my knee replaced. She said so did I. going for my 6wk check. AERGH. she was older and walking along, I am still limping and needing ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:39:23 EST cutest picture of love in a bucket <img src=""> <BR> those are grandmas legs on the side, guess she got them in there. lol <BR> and Thomas lost his 2nd tooth. <BR> <BR> AND drumroll.... I got front and backward rotations on the bike this morning. So far have been too stiff for mornings, but did it. now off to the store with hubby. <BR> HUGS Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:34:12 EST 6 wk checkup copied from team page I have already written this for 2 friends on FB and on the knee team here so just copying and pasting. Been sitting at the puter instead of tablet and bending my knee baackkk as I sit. <BR> <BR> Well my specialist appointment went good. Interesting to see the x-ray of my knee, and he explained stuff. He said you have to have 90 to do stairs and had I come with 75 or so he would have a problem. So he checked my pre op and was 120 so said you have some work to do. Have 6wk check up and said... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:43:40 EST Just had to share for those that read my blog Daughter in law called, go look on fb nana..... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jan 9th loll he will be 5 imagine 5. jan 16th. <BR> <BR> How time flies. My boy... often see his dad in him. lol ds came over to get something I said I have something for Thoms. Bruce the moose and his loose tooth. omg DS laughed I remember that book. so took it home for Thomas. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:32:42 EST Jan 08th allready HI buddies, <BR> I was going to blog yesterday, but had physio so thought I would wait. Have been a tad depressed, and concerned and busy - doing almost 6-7 hrs of exercises a day. My knee has been so tight and sore. My phyiso girl is back from holidays and she has cut 2 exercises, and lowered them. She said it is good he got my thigh working but you are doing way too much. 30 reps of 3 diff ex. 3times a day! So much more manageable, just hope I get the proper results. <BR> She also moved m... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:50:12 EST jan1, 2015 Had a great birthday this year. Hubby surprised me with cake and had kids come over. Thomas and Eva were such fun, he was so so excited to sing happy birthday and help blow candles . Lol and Eva wanted to ballet dance for me. Haven't really thought of any resolutions as just concentrating on my knee healing. Think I have turned a corner, well I hope. Wish I had something to measure my bend but just hope it is doing better. I think it is, I know my other exercises are going better. Taking my ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:25:53 EST Tight, tired and blah Well the blah doesn't surprise me, My birthday is coming up and I never like that time of year. Too much reflection back and such, but this year I haven't been concentrating on it as I have too much to do with this knee. BEND knee bend. Also still not feeling the best belly wise and not happy about that. <BR> This morning my knee is super tight, and warm. I slept okay, got up at 6:45 and went down to the lazyboy as my back couldn't take more of laying in bed. slept another hr so that was good... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:47:09 EST Saturday, boxing day Hi all, had a good day today. We went to the store, walked a bit then we went home. Both sets of exercises went good, last set think I got a bit higher. Hoping this eve's sets go well. So other than that outing we had a slow day today. Fine by me. My go sort a few x stitch patterns and see what I have partially finished. May order some for my birthday, as didn't get any for Christmas. Wish the store next province over had a website. Oh well. Hope all had a great day. hugs Sat, 27 Dec 2014 18:31:33 EST Merry Christmas HI all, Merry Christmas!!!! Had a good evening with the kids and grands. However, I must have done too much to help hubby as I can barely move my knee and was so sore by 9 pm and pain meds weren't helping much. Don't find those do. So went to bed, slept good till 5, now rolling back and forth in chair to move my leg. I have to get my physio done today. I did them yesterday but probably tried to up my reps too fast. anyway.... quad by knee is really hurting. Going to try ibuprofen as the hydr... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 06:47:39 EST Informative, discouraging but yet a total learning physio apointment So yesterday I went to physio, a diff. one as my girl is on holidays. Ironically it was the brother of my best friend in high school and university, who I haven't seen since 1976. He looked so much like Nancy. Anyway.... he said where are your exercises, gave the sheet to him and he said that's all she has given you.... we will get you moving. You are a week behind where you should be. I kind of wondered as I didn't see much difference in this week, still having issues with bend on bed, all I... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 06:41:14 EST any ideas with meds So I finished my meds for my belly and feel no better. Trying to figure my belly ache, nauseous feeling, just general malaise. Not taking ton of meds, 6 Tylenol a day to most for the past few days not even my hydromorphone. But I don't normally take meds so perhaps that is too much for my body. I peeled back label on Tylenol and overdose symptoms are nausea, stomach pain, and loss of appetite. Not vomiting but other especially appetite and just blah. we are hoping to go out as I said but ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:35:42 EST sat and hoping to go out Morning started out good, now noon and am getting that strange, sudden belly ache, then feel nauseous and mouth tastes weird. This only started since post surgery but no idea why it is still bothering me. My belly shots have been done and still not well. so later we are going to the library, I am going to bring walker and go then hopefully also to grocery store for a bit. I am not sure I can do both but can wait in truck after a bit. Hubby getting ice ready going to rest for bit see if I ca... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:05:49 EST Morning Good morning all, <BR> <BR> Well very stiff but guess that is to be expected. Tired of it already though. lol Will work through it and get those bends and stretches done. Last night hubbys sister, her hubby and their nearly dil, came for visit. I was tired before they came but was nice to see them. <BR> Then his other sister texts what time are you up, we have to be at the airport to drop someone off at 5. can leave airport as late as 7. Hubby jus sighed. Anyway his sister says well she can... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:50:32 EST so pleased good physio report I am glad I was working hard, my bend got to80% on own and 85 with help from my other foot. Have to concentrate on not lifting my butt and hip but am pleased. Then sat for 25 mins in truck while hubby went to costco, leg got tired cos not really supporting it. So resting now, then will heat my own leftovers so hubby can stop. We got home and he had few secs then had to leave to drop dad's car off at garage. Rest for us both this eve. Hope all ready well....thinking of Seattle who had same sur... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:21:59 EST my knee 16 days after with no staples <img src=""> Ops think it is sideways. Think looks pretty good looks bruised but it really isnt. Still very swollen. Got my movements in and now hoping to stay awake for voice but is 10 to midnight here. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:18:27 EST tired today Hi all, hope everyone is doing well. I am having a blah day, tired, pain stomach still feels strange. Slept well but feel worn out. Trying so hard to get that bend, hope tomorrow at physio she tells me good going. Then I know to continue what I am doing. Hope I sleep well tonight. Been cold all day, 2 blankets, heat in chair, ice on my knee. Still not having much appetite and feeling just not right inside. But that's okay I know I will get better, only 2 belly needles left if that is what ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:34:57 EST shock Many who read my blogs know about my crazy neighbour. We'll she died today 47 or 48.her dad came banging on our door asking me to come, I wasn't able as she had no rails on stairs. We said call911. He only said something is weird with her, not she isn't breathing ect. So we saw him leave for few mins then back and fire, police, ambulance etc.then medical examiner and they went in with body bag. Still in shock..... her dad has left to go back to N B. Man she had heart problems, and addiction i... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:24:17 EST one week home from hospital Hi all, Well one week home. Some days it is amazing and other days am thinking I should be doing more. As physio said really doing well but have to get more bend. Worked hard on that bend today. Will say that darn shoulder is really affecting me. At times it is more painful than my knee. I am having problems lifting my arm very far. I just hope that the physio exercises that Dr suggested start working. I was doing great them and am going to start again. I just can't do them after the knee o... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:53:03 EST very slow sleepy day.... BUT 2 HUGE MASSIVE achievements of which I am super proud. In round 2 of my exercises I was able to do the ones where you put the can under your bent knee and keep knee up longer and highr but man that one hurts. and also in the straight leg lift I have a hard time getting it to start to lift but got it on rep. 6 or so of 10 up bout 4 inches or so! and still was able to hold it for 5 very long mississippis! one of them hubby said those are fast mississippis I said okay ( and only Canadians w... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:32:10 EST