MAMISHELI53's SparkPeople Blog MAMISHELI53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Out Patient Physical Therapy I DROVE today - first time in a month! It is exactly 4 weeks since my surgery. Well, I packed my walker just in case - but the parking lot was clear. First half hour or so was just questions and checking how I am right now. Then I was taken to a machine to do 30 squats (I was laying at about a 45 degree angle); <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> then to a disc to balance side to side and front to back; <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:51:36 EST Bonus Son I have three kids of my own, the "fruit of my womb." My Honey Levi also has three, and today is the birthday of his eldest, Josue. <BR> When I first met him in 2011, he was very quiet - not negative by any means, certainly glad for his father's happiness. Just quiet. And in 2012 we didn't converse much either. But last summer was different. Maybe because I ended up getting sucked into the excitement of Copa Mundial (World Cup soccer) with him and Levi...maybe the little treats I bought (the s... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:32:36 EST Going Down! Because it's still a little difficult getting into the shower, and because it's winter and I don't sweat that much anyway, I don't shower as often as I do when I'm in the sweltering heat of Pucallpa with my "Honey" and his parents. But I noticed I was starting to smell a bit over-ripe, so I decided to shower today after doing a bit of underglazing (painting some ceramics). And when I got on the scale I noticed my weight was down again. Hurray! Thank you, Richard Simmons! <em>192</em> <em... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:47:20 EST Nothing Like Home Made, Hand Made One of my means of avoiding boredom is crocheting. I have a favorite pattern for afghans, from a beginner book - it's a circular, zig-zag pattern. The trickiest part is the beginning, but after that it's all double crochet and chain stitch. I've made one for each of my grandkids, and made them large enough so even as adults they can enjoy its warmth. With the 3 bonus grandkids coming into my home (the children of my DD's SO) I decided to make one for each of them as well. Finished the one fo... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:54:37 EST And NOW... So I went today for my 3 week post-op visit (DSIL drove me). I was told, as long as I could LIFT my leg to move my foot on to accelerator and brake relatively painlessly - and wasn't taking the narcotic pain med - I could DRIVE! I'm going to wait a bit, but it's good to know. And while the home PT has ended, I got a prescription for outpatient PT so's I can use treadmill, bike, weights, whatever. While I do have a bike in my room, it's one of those reclining ones, too low. So, it'll be good i... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:31:56 EST Stair Accomplishment With a little trepidation and a cane, I took the stairs up, slowly, each foot ascending the next step in succession - thus going "up with the BAD" - and then descending likewise, "down with the GOOD" - and I did all right! My DD said, "You realize, I DID bring down the commode?" But that's all right! <BR> Next challenge? I wonder if I can do a bit of Sweatin' to the Oldies? Might be a good idea to take a pain pill first.... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:43:24 EST Last Time Today was the PT's last home visit. As she checked the strength of my operated leg, she commented that it was VERY good, and that it was probably due to the exercises I had done before surgery - the ones from Spark. I asked how my recovery compared with her other hip patients and she said I was FAST. I gave myself a pat on the back, but I also have to give thanks to Spark for the motivation and resources, and to the folks who've been praying for my speedy recovery, and for the Lord for hearin... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:26:27 EST Outing Yesterday I had an appointment at the "orthopod" for my KNEE, to see how bad it is. Originally, my DD was going to drive me - she has a permit, and I'm licensed. But the weather's been nasty, and I know she's nervous about OTHER drivers, so, since we're still on Feb. recess, I called my coworker to see if she could run me around. She was glad to, wanting a change anyway (she was bored being at home all day and is eager to get back to work!) So she picked me up around 2, took me to my appointm... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:39:52 EST Progress The PT came again today and was very pleased with my progress. She gave me some more exercises to do for range of motion and strength, and reminded me of the hip precautions again. She said she'll be back next week before I go for my post-op follow-up, but then, she said, she probably won't need to return again. She asked if I had been very regular in my exercises before the surgery - well, somewhat - and commented that it definitely made a difference in how rapidly I was recovering. Yay me! ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:22:54 EST STAIR Day! First..,going DOWN the stairs in the morning. Then, since my commode hadn't been brought down yet and my coffee got things moving, I went back UP the stairs to the bathroom. Then, down again...Now, yesterday I had shown my granddaughter how to load the kiln, so of course today we had to UNload it. So, down the BASEMENT stairs. Then back up to my room on the second floor, where I glazed all the little works of art...then back down to the BASEMENT to reload them into the kiln. Then back up to t... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:24:53 EST Creeping Up I managed to get rid of the weight I had put on from Thanksgiving. <BR> Then we had Christmas. Up it went, a bit. <BR> Then the pain was increasing and I couldn't do my bike cardio. Up a bit more. <BR> Then I had the surgery and have only been doing the approved exercises for strength and range of motion. It has continued to creep up. <BR> Well...due to hip precautions I still can't use my bike - too low. But I THINK I can do the seated workout, if I follow the precautions. I NEED to exerci... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:01:50 EST Left Twix, Right Twix You've probably seen their silly commercials. Here is a sample <link><BR>WZgx4Ko </link> <BR> <BR> Well, lately I've been experiencing something of the sort. My right hip was replaced, and is doing well. I've had OT, PT, and RN's coming to my house to check my progress. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, my left thigh has been complaining, whether tingly or numb or, as last night, giving a sudden sharp pain. It's similar to what I'd experienced when sleeping on my l... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:35:11 EST Impressed! The PT was just here and had me go through my paces and asked about the different exercises I was doing. (This is a different PT from the one who came yesterday to "open" my case). I did a walk about, and a bit halfway up and down the stairs, and showed some of what I was given clearance for doing. Then I told her a bit about Sparkpeople and how I'd also used my resistance band prior to surgery to strengthen the muscles, and she commented how it really worked. She was impressed with how well ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:25:20 EST Pole Dancing So my bedtime routine has come down to doing what I call a little "pole dance" - just for fun. My poles are a cane and something for "lassoing" the foot of my operated leg. I got this "hip kit" from the hospital apothecary. The "lasso" is second from the right. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I sit on the bed, lasso my right foot, swing the good leg up , and pull on the lasso to help my right leg follow. I position pillows under my k... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:50:59 EST Back In Bed That is to say, as opposed to sleeping in the armchair. I had such fanny fatigue that I decided to give the bed a try again - just had to lie down! My DD helped me by shoving the pillow between my legs as I lay on my side and so I began. But it was uncomfortable on the hip and eventually I wriggled onto my back and wrestled pillows under my knees to try to alleviate back pain. And I had success. Oh, I still had to get up every 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours to pee. But I definitely got more rest. The OT... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 13:59:09 EST Adjustments Well, I can't sleep on my back - just can't. And when I tried to roll on to my side, it was just too painful - couldn't manage. So, around 1 in the morning, I grabbed my cell phone and called my daughter (she lives with me) and apologetically asked if she could walk with me down the stairs so I could sleep in the chair. (I'd slept in the hospital recliner - more comfortable.) I kept apologizing and she said, "No problem, I'm just glad you're all right - cause when you called, I thought, 'Oh,... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 06:12:57 EST New Hip - Hooray! Went into the hospital Tues a little before noon and went into surgery at 1:30. As I woke, I felt pain, but they quickly managed that. They took me to my room after a while and put me on the bed. Not much later they had me sitting up in the recliner - those first steps HURT! But different - not the grinding of bone on bone, just sore muscles from the wrestling and cutting. The recliner was more comfortable, so I slept thereon. They brought me a nice dinner of roast pork, which surprised me - ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:04:38 EST "LIKE!" This came to my email this morning, from my former pastor. <BR> <BR> Written by an Australian Dentist <BR> To Kill an American <BR> You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. <BR> So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is . So they would know when they found one. (Good one... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:57:57 EST Day Five of Art This is the last - at least for now - posting of 3 works of art, this time in the category "Aquatic." Actually, that's not entirely accurate. In the big box which I've labeled "Aquatic", there ARE things like fish and aquatic mammals and sea turtles...but it also includes other reptiles like snakes and LAND tortoises. Anyway...First up is the Basilisk, AKA Jesus Christ lizard because of its ability to run on top of the water. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:44:42 EST More Art It's day 4 of my 5 days of art. Today I'm featuring DOGGIES! Who doesn't love dogs? <BR> First is a doggy doodle, called Wind on Woofers, just playing around with the idea of the effect of a strong wind on various dogs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then there's an Old English Sheepdog <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and a "double" Australian Cattle Dog <BR> <BR> <img src="... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:39:49 EST A Funny and More Art Miracle Diet <BR> <BR> An overweight clerk consulted his doctor for advice. The doctor advised that the clerk run ten miles a day for thirty days. This, he promised, would burn off as much as twenty pounds. <BR> The clerk followed the doctor's advice and, after thirty days, was pleased to note a loss of twenty pounds. <BR> The clerk phoned the doctor and thanked him for the wonderful advice that produced such effective results. At the end of the conversation, however, there was one last q... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:16:04 EST A Good Report and More Artwork Yesterday I had an appointment with my surgeon - last one with HIM before surgery. He checked my hip, having me push outward against his hand with my knee - and commented, "Your muscles are pretty strong, despite the arthritis." I attribute it not only to the pre-surgery exercises, but also to Spark's 20 minute Resistance Band workout <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=99 </link> (and the other 2 seated workouts I do, but THIS is for STRENGTH.) Do I have a... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:38:16 EST Another Kind of Challenge I get on Facebook a lot, and my cousin got me involved in a little challenge - she "nominated" me - to post 3 works of art for 5 days. I thought, hm, I could do likewise on Spark. Why not? <BR> So for today, here are 3 works of art - some colred pencil drawings I did during times of worship at church. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:17:17 EST From the Daily Spark Having taken off for disability, I have much more time to Spark. I like racking up the points. So today I went to the Daily Spark, and this is the video I chose. <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=30 </link> <BR> <BR> And I thought, him, I found some dark chocolates that had dropped out of sight on my desk. I've been having difficulty motivating myself to exercise, due to the obvious arthritis pain. So I'm going to try this, rewarding myself with a ch... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:32:48 EST Friday Funnies From my file of "assorted cute and funny" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:18:15 EST Gumption It's hard enough to exercise when you feel good. Harder when you're already hurting. I DID the exercises recommended for preparation for my hip surgery, but they aren't really, I dunno, not really as challenging. It would be SO tempting just to leave it at that. But the inactivity - not being able to get on my bike - has me barely maintaining, especially after the holiday weight gain. I HAVE to do some kind of workout. <BR> So I was Sparking, getting points here and there...checked out the D... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:27:50 EST Weather For those of you in Rochester/Monroe County, my apologies. The Power of the newly arrived electric shovel has worn off - and so we have been experiencing this spate of snow. But today it is being ASSEMBLED so it will be ready for use <BR> <img src=""> <BR> - so we should experience some thawing temperatures and decrease in the white precipitation! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:05:15 EST Not Bored "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." So I plan to give my father-in-law a daily late morning call so we can have some scripture and prayer time such as we had while I was in Pucallpa, a "virtual visit", especially to encourage him. Today I read him a psalm and then prayed for him, and then he prayed for me - and his voice broke as he began to cry, grateful for the call. I love my little father-in-law! Her... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:41:10 EST Spark Aids I like so much about Spark. <BR> Now that I am homebound until I've recovered from surgery - which isn't till Feb. 3 - I am able to focus more on doing things more my health. This is my second day in a row of taking advantage of some of Spark's videos. First, the 11 minute seated cardio workout <link><BR>detail.asp?video=38 </link> <BR> <BR> followed by the 12 minute seated core workout <link><BR>detail.asp?video=42... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:14:42 EST Plans Proverbs 19:21 says "Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails." <BR> <BR> I was planning to tough it out until my hip surgery on Feb. 3. Had a cortisone shot last month after having to take 3 days off from work due to the pain. I was hoping it would carry me through, but it did not. This week I took off from work on Wednesday, since it was supposed to be very cold, and of course that just exacerbates things. I returned Thursday, and my coworker aske... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:06:29 EST Memories My parents divorced when I was a teenager, then reconciled, then divorced again after I got married. My Dad remarried, a Puerto Rican lawyer named Aura. Now, no one likes her parents to divorce, but I could not dislike my new step-mother. Aura was a noble woman, amiable to my siblings and me, and very instrumental in my learning Spanish. <BR> <BR> So I feel very comfortable in the bilingual church to which I now belong, consisting of a few gringos like myself, a Guatemalteca, a Peruano, and ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:29:53 EST Too Good Not to Share I work in an elementary school, and this is what arrived in today's email from <BR> <BR> Christmas in an Elementary School <BR> (sung to the tune of Winter Wonderland) <BR> <BR> Children scream, they're not listen' <BR> When they go, we're not missin' em', <BR> In all of this pain, we try to stay sane, <BR> Workin' in an elementary school. <BR> <BR> Christmas comes, they're excited, <BR> Though our nerves they've ignited, <BR> They're off of the walls, they run in the hal... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:24:06 EST More Giggles <BR> <BR> Chinese Restaurant <BR> <BR> Luke and Obi-Wan are in a Chinese restaurant having a meal. Skillfully using his chopsticks, Obi-Wan deftly dishes himself a large portion of noodles into his bowl, then tops it off with some chicken and cashew nuts. All this is done with consummate ease you'd expect from a Jedi Master. <BR> <BR> Poor old Luke is having a nightmare, using his chopsticks in both hands, dropping his food all over the table and eventually himself. <BR> <BR> Obi-Wan ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:16:33 EST More Giggles from Computer Term Dictionary <BR> <BR> State-of-the-art: Any computer you can't afford. <BR> <BR> Obsolete: Any computer you own. <BR> <BR> Microsecond: The time it takes for your state-of-the-art computer to become obsolete. <BR> <BR> MacBook Air: Apple's Mac that makes you say, "Gee, it's three times faster than the computer I bought for the same price a microsecond ago." <BR> <BR> Syntax Error: Walking into a computer store and saying, "Hi, I want to buy a computer and money is no ob... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:41:53 EST ARTHRITIS I'm having a "bad hip" day. I got on my bike this morning, hoping that would "loosen me up." But the pain from the arthritis makes walking too difficult - I can't see myself managing my duties in the classroom today without a walker for support, and that would just be ridiculous. So I'm taking one of my few remaining sick days in hopes a little rest will help. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And if I with this localized osteoarthritis suffe... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:22:37 EST Still Thankful I love Thanksgiving - the time off from work, the special foods - but I especially love to BE thankful. <BR> I let the kids help with rolling out pie dough on Wednesday, and stuffing celery with pineapple-cream cheese and making the relish tray on Thanksgiving morning. Of course, they wanted to sample the pickles... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Isn't that a lovely relish plate? I hauled out my Princess Crystal... <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 06:36:29 EST today's smile <img src=""> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:28:33 EST Livening Up Thanksgiving Dinner <BR> 1. Load your plate up high; take it to the kitchen, toss it all in the blender and take your "shake" back to the table. Announce that it's the new Thanksgiving Weight Loss Shake. <BR> <BR> 2. When everyone says, in turn, what they are thankful for, say, "I'm thankful I didn't get caught," and refuse to say anything more. <BR> <BR> 3. Bring along old-recorded football games and pop them in the VCR when Dad's not looking. Make sure it is set to the last two minutes of the game. When h... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:08:09 EST My Cute Grandkids As an Evangelical Christian, I'm really not into Halloween, and I'm also trying to steer away from the pagan symbols in Christmas. However, I have to admit dressing up in costumes is fun, and so I didn't squawk about the grands getting all doodied up to go Trick-or-Treating under their father's supervision. My DD got some pix of them - of course, it's hard enough to get a decent photo of ONE child. Just TRY to get FIVE AT ONCE. So, here are the pix! <img src=" Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:18:55 EST Numbers My new assignment at a different school is very tiring. However, it is also very rewarding as we see progress made in our special needs kids. <BR> Today the teacher put up a numbers game on the SMART board. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The kids love the little hoopla it gives when they touch the correct answer. Well, our little autistic boy had a turn, and because his family's first language is Spanish, the teacher asked me to cal... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:43:59 EST EPIPHANY! I was working with my autistic student today. He had finished his coloring assignment, so to keep him calm and happy, we let him hold his Diego (as in "Go, Diego, Go!") number cards, which he loves. I interjected now and then by pointing at the different pictures and counting. At the monkey card he paused and said, "one, two". I affirmed, and when he brought up another card I counted THOSE pictures. He pulled up another card and handed it to me - and another, and another, inviting me to count... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:49:10 EST February Is So Far Away Yesterday I had my appointment with the orthopaedic doctor. They'll do a test for nickel sensitivity, which may mean I'll get the ceramic joint. Fine, just - bring this grinding pain to an end. But they're my surgery isn't scheduled until February 3rd. SIGH. Well...that gives me more time to work at getting the weight down. I was given a handbook for hip surgery, so I'll look through that. There are no doubt some exercises that can be done to strengthen the muscles ahead of time. <... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 06:34:23 EST Get SMART! I loved that silly show produced by Mel Brooks... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The movie was also good. But I'm not talking about those...I'm talking about the SMART technology that is replacing many a chalkboard in classrooms in my district. Specifically, it's called a SMART board. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:29:45 EST Cooking Carp Our family had a recipe for carp, handed down for generations. <BR> <BR> Dig a deep hole in the ground, pour in red-hot coals, and cover with a bucket of river mud. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lay carp on top of that, followed by another layer of mud and another layer of coals. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cover and let simmer in the ground for 8 hours. <BR> <img src="htt... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:19:34 EST Becoming Like a Child Matt. 18:2-4 : <BR> He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. <BR> <BR> I was displaced from the high school where I'd worked as a paraprofessional/Teacher Assistant for 14 years. I transferred to an elementary school, choosing the one where ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:53:23 EST Apple Pie Yesterday afternoon after a 6 hour PD seminar, while watching Bones with my coworker, I peeled apples for pie. This morning I endured 4 kids eager to help me make the pies. So, I let them help bring out the flour, shortening, pans, rolling pins, plastic wrap...dump the measured ingredients, take turns cutting in the shortening, each one rolling a crust, peeling some more apples - Only one casualty, Kegan skinned a bit of his knuckle. First pie is the oven, an offering for my coworkers at #4 s... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:39:13 EST Bonus Son I don't recall if it was a Spark Buddy or a Facebook Friend who called her stepkids "BONUS" rather than "STEP" - but I like the term, since "stepmother" has that negative connotation from all those traditional tales. <BR> <BR> Anyway, when I first met MY bonus son, Josue, he was rather quiet and reserved. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The second time I was in Pucallpa, he was still quiet, but when I got ready to leave, he commented, "Q... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:19:24 EST ONEderland I got home from Peru yesterday, after over 24 hours of time in airports and airplanes. I have to get ready for school, but first I want to say when I got on the scale yesterday (for the first time in two months) I was IN ONEDERLAND (below 200 pounds!) 198.5! And I'm still puffy, so it's probably a few pounds less than that! <BR> This morning I got back on my bike - just 10 minutes for starters. I slacked off on the walking and the resistance band while in Peru, especially due to the heat in P... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:09:18 EST Melting in Pucallpa Melting in Pucallpa, here at Levi's cousin's inernet cafe with my stepdaughter, Levi's youngest. Only one computer available, so I get dibbs. Just checking accounts. Didn't get to church today - Levi wanted to organize things so's I'd have a place to stow my stuff, just as I need to clear space for HIM, for when he eventually makes it stateside. Please be in prayer for my Pucallpino pastor's family who suffered the loss of a family member. No other major news. Be back probably on Wednesday. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:03:03 EST Keeping Warm in Pucallpa Last night I woke up to the loud noise of a sudden downpour pounding on the corrugated steel roof. Ahh, SELVA! Keeping warm and happy in Pucallpa. Most of my ministry is just spending time with my in-laws, especially Papito, with whom I pass a lot of time studying the scriptures at various times during the day. I also contribute to the cooking, cleaning, and stocking the little bodega. Like today we went to Tottus (the Peruvian equivalent of Wegman's...or maybe not, maybe more like Wal Mart),... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:59:45 EST