PHOENIXREBIRTH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PHOENIXREBIRTH PHOENIXREBIRTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ update on mom and my shoulders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964388 update on my mom and my shoulders also want to let you know that Mom did not get her aductor splint off today she must wear it the whole time Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:50:18 EST mom's surgery and my shoulders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958030 about mom's surgery and my shoulders plus other things Thu, 9 Jul 2015 10:18:50 EST another update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948365 yet another update for you Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:11:59 EST parting with Dr. Araujo and other news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939608 just what it says Thu, 4 Jun 2015 11:21:00 EST another long awaited update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935898 update on how i am doing with my pain issues and on the bariatric surgery Thu, 28 May 2015 20:23:50 EST update on health and school http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926040 update on school and health for those interested Sun, 10 May 2015 23:00:03 EST update on pain issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921097 update on pain issues and bariatric surgery Sat, 2 May 2015 00:29:07 EST update on neurotomy, and other issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916325 neurotomy, x-ray, transportation switched w/o my permission or knowledge Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:00:55 EST More tests and more questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908839 Yesterday I went to see Rita, his partner. As I have said before I stick primarily with Rita and Araujo because I trust them and know them well. She and I discussed my carpal tunnel. She has ordered an emg for my hands for carpal tunnel to see the severity of it in both wrists. She also has ordered x-rays for my neck since I have something called cervicalgia. This is caused Fibromyalgia and Arthritis! See what I mean I go there and the more I tell them the more I find relief for my pain issue... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:49:55 EST update on my 1st radiofrequency neurotomy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908279 update on my 1st neurotomy, how different scales weight my mom and me, and other news Thu, 9 Apr 2015 11:52:16 EST update on health and weight April 1st Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904234 update on my health and weight and other things Thu, 2 Apr 2015 12:48:29 EST another update for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897819 computer working and health update Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:52:14 EST update on my second treatment and 2nd part of treatment scheduled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896637 My second treatment was Wednesday. It went well. He again came dressed up. He puts me at ease when he came in like that. We hugged this time. I think we grown close as patient and doctor because of the hugs and thank you card. I believe he now realizes how much I truly appreciate him and the care I receive from him. I scheduled my neurotomies for the 6th and 20th of April. Why so far away? He is going on vacation next week. I only want Dr. Araujo doing my treatments not some doctor I don't kn... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:30:31 EST update on the week and my first treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891992 Just what it says Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:46:45 EST the results of my mri and the decision I made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889442 I found out I have osteoarthritis and am going in for treatments here is the link to the site www.apmhealth.com follow it to learn about my treatments Sun, 8 Mar 2015 20:03:27 EST another recent update for you to think on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879015 just for you to think on Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:16:02 EST another recent update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875799 mri decision and other things Sat, 14 Feb 2015 19:18:39 EST update on my health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873190 just what it says Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:04:43 EST another update for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869233 This is about my recent bariatric weight loss surgery appointment and weight loss as well as other things. <em>244</em> Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:06:09 EST epidural update and health update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864801 update on both Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:25:58 EST 60 lbs went off my hips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864018 I am now 60 lbs lighter. As of now I am under 400 lbs. I have reached 397 lbs. I have a long way to go but I never again will see the 400's on the scale for me. I only will see lower numbers now. I have chosen to look on bright side of this journey now. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:45:15 EST Update once again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858294 I seen Dr. Araujo once again for another injection for my foot. I discussed my foot pain with him and he said that I am to have an epidural in my back to relieve the leg pain I am having before an MRI is done on me. I agree with him why go to all the work of getting without first seeing if they can relieve the source of pain at all instead. That would be cheaper in the long run. He is the medical director to begin with and what he says goes as well. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:54:22 EST another update for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853037 I seen a wound specialist Friday. He took a look at my wound and he told me that it is healing pretty well. He basically told me that the old skin will fall off occasionally and it will be itchy until it is fully healed. He told me to put anti-itch cream on it to soothe the itchiness. Well classes have officially started for me at Liberty once again. I am now taking Math 100 for the final time before I have to go elsewhere. I am hoping I can do better. I am also taking Spanish 2 and another c... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:32:02 EST update on how i am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847990 Seen my pain specialist yesterday. She upped the dosage on my topamax for both my foot and my fibromyalgia. To 50 mg 1 tab 2 x a day and 2 tabs nightly which means 200 mg total now from 100 mg. I go back to see Araujo for another injection on the 19th of this month. I finally am getting my tooth pulled but it won't be til March they are all booked until March 23 and I can only go in the morning since they are only open in the morning. I go back on the 3rd of March for another med check with R... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:09:18 EST New Year's Goals for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842635 1. Attain a loss of 100 lbs in 2015 <BR> 2. ST 6x a week different area each day <BR> 3. Cardio 6x a week <BR> 4. Journal daily <BR> 5. Spend time with family <BR> 6. Spend time with God daily <BR> 7. Word on novel <BR> 8. Start learning to play violin <BR> These are my goals for the new year. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:00:32 EST Good end to the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842110 I am at 406.2 right now. I regained about 5 lbs and lost 1 lb of water weight before the end of the year. I am writing poetry again. I got my novel out and rewrote the page I lost. I have to retake my math course again. I am in a position that I need to take it in order to move ahead to go any further in the studies for my current degree. My burn is mostly healed. But I see a wound specialist next Friday morning to see what happens with the wound next. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:24:32 EST update on my health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837630 Hi everyone I will make this brief. I went to a dentist who checked my teeth last month. He found one cavity in a wisdom tooth in the back of my upper teeth meaning it was the last tooth in the back. I had my teeth cleaned the following week. The hygienist wants me to have all my wisdom teeth pulled. I went to an oral surgeon last week. I was unable to get any teeth pulled. His chair only held a person who weighs less than 250 lbs. We all know I am more than that. He found 3 more cavities as ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:39:24 EST Bad way to remember Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824831 Day before Thanksgiving I ended up burning my stomach with hot oil from a frying pan on Wed. night. It is extremely sore and painful right now. I am also not able to grieve right now I can't cry at all. Two things I made my grandma before her passing were stolen by her own flesh and blood and how do I know this because I had the decency to demand answers. I was told by staff at the assisted living facility that Shirley took the afghan and poem I made her and put it in her suitcase and highta... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:58:38 EST Grandma passed away Friday night at 11 pm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818845 My grandma passed away Friday night at 11 pm. We got a call from Uncle Bob that she had died at 11 pm. The funeral will be tomorrow morning at 11 am. We set up funeral arrangements Saturday morning at the funeral home. She died without dignity. She was in a lot of pain towards the end of her life. I gave her permission to die. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I loved her a lot. I will miss her a great deal. My two aunts are flying up from Tennessee. Uncle Frankie is coming f... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:03:35 EST update on treatment for pain and sad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815225 Yesterday I went to Advanced Pain Management to see Dr. Araujo for my 2nd trigger point injection in my right foot. He asked me if I had talked to a podiatrist about orthotics yet. Since he doesn't want to be doing trigger point injections every month for me because of the cortisone. This time the shot was done in his office. I go back in January on the 19th for another one if it is needed. The 5th of January I go back and see her. While he was doing the injection he said something about doi... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:41:58 EST Update on Foot Pain and Pain in General http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813671 Hello everyone, I thought I would give you an update on what is going on now. I know i haven't updated in a while. I went to see Rita last Thursday afternoon. I told her about my foot hurting at night. She wants me try another trigger point injection with Doctor Araujo. I will be going in tomorrow for a 2:15 appointment. If this does not work I will be asking him what he is going to do next. I will also inform him about the fibromyalgia in my back too; and seeing if they can help me with it.... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:21:04 EST Update on crutches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808222 This is officially the last week on the crutches and boot right now. I know I haven't kept you updated all the time. I have been swamped with course work of late. I however have found so far no relief from foot pain. It has actually gotten worse or stayed the same most of the time with the boot and crutches. To top things off I was also supposed to be completely off of my foot for the whole time and have all my weight on the left side and swing with the right leg which I wasn't taught to do ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:58:17 EST update on me and how things are going with the crutches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796050 Since last week when I found out I would be using crutches and the boot I have been posting a lot on Facebook. I thought I would share with you my status updates from there so you could all see how I am handling the idea of crutches for a month. The first one was done on Sunday that states how I feel about it and also my gratitude for Advanced Pain Management. As I think about the month I will be on crutches. I think not of the month as another doctor pushing me away because he refuses to hel... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:36:08 EST update on visit with Rita http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791109 Well I am to use crutches for four weeks while wearing the boot. I am also to take Meloxicam for inflammation of my feet and take topamax for foot and leg pain. She wants x-rays of my back to see if my back is okay. I go in Tue for those. Wednesday I get the crutches. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:05:23 EST update on pain situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789833 Hi everyone I thought I would update you on what's going on with my pain. As of Sunday the trigger point injection no longer worked for me. I am back at square one. I also have a new area to worry about pain wise which is my legs I am getting sharp stabbing pains in both of my lower legs. I called Advanced Pain Management yesterday morning about the situation and lo and behold the nurse told me to come in sooner than the 27th of next month so I go in this Thursday to see an advanced nurse pre... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:25:33 EST update on the procedure done today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786254 Today I had the procedure done. I told him my concerns. He listened and understood. He told me if the shot doesn't work I will have to be on crutches for 2 weeks and in a cast wearing a surgical boot. I should have told him that I already wore a surgical boot but I never got the chance. He gave me an injection in the heel today and I am actually not supposed to be on an anti-inflammatory while I have an injection. On the way home I was in pain and was clenching my fist. I am hoping that in fo... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:12:23 EST update on the nineteenth of this month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785005 The doctor I seen wants to try a cortisone shot under x-ray before he does a partial release. I am to go in at 9:15 am on Wednesday to the pain management for the procedure. I am concerned that this won't work and that I will be in more pain instead of less. He also is putting me on 800 mg of Ibuprofen 3x a day taken with meals. Please pray that the shot and pain killer help because I have been in pain for over 6 months now. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:36:32 EST go to advanced pain management on the 19th of Sept. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768852 On the 19th of Sept. I see a pain specialist for my foot at 3:00 I have to be there. This will end my 6 month battle with plantar fasciitis. I will finally have relieft after waiting for something to be done. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:19:00 EST Finally relief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767586 I seen the podiatrist and he listened and referred me to a pain management place in Green Bay for a partial release of the plantar fascia ligament. He explained why a full release won't work and made me feel like someone he genuinely cared for. What a difference between Scharer and DeNamur. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:43:58 EST Going for a 2nd opinion on Tue. Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764570 After bugging DeNamur twice. His nurse called me back and told me He will not do surgery on me since he feels uncomfortable doing it to begin with. So I am going to another podiatrist in the same network for surgery on Next Tue. morning. My foot is not getting any better and I need to do something about it. I can't let it go on anymore with out treatment. I have tried all the traditional routes without success. Keep praying for something to go right for me. I need surgery I can't walk Leah t... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:36:14 EST still waiting for DeNamur to call back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762341 I am still praying and waiting to hear from Dr. DeNamur. I know some of you are concerned about surgery for me. I have tried everything from physical therapy to wearing a surgical boot and my foot has not improved. I can not stay like this forever. I have dealt with my latest bout of pain from plantar fasciitis for over 6 months. If I get a yes you will know I can't take my own dog for a walk with my foot as is. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:08:59 EST Update on me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760589 After a month and a half of water therapy and a month with the boot and insert in shoe. There was no improvement in my foot. I am waiting on a call from the podiatrist to see whether he will do surgery or not on me. I am praying for God to work on him while I wait for the answer. I can't keep living in pain anymore. I wake up and the foot is stiff like plywood and very sore. I rest it and it stiffens right back up. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:26:49 EST Post BLC 25 plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741694 I plan on trying to do st at least 3 to 4 days a week. Since I have slacked off on it and I also plan to track my nutrition again. I slacked off in that area. I have to start sometime. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:54:28 EST Dr. apt update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736194 Today I seen Denamur for the third time. This time we are going to try a surgical fracture boot for my foot for four weeks. I will be wearing it 24/7 I am guessing. I also supposed to put cork in my left shoe to help with plantar fasciitis as well. Well we will see how the next four weeks go. I will get the boot probably Tues. of next week at the earliest. I also am doing aqua therapy as well. We will see if this works or not. I am not getting my hopes just yet. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:16:47 EST update on my foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735711 I am now using a cane for support to walk. I will be seeing the doctor tomorrow. I wrote out everything I plan to tell him. I had aqua therapy twice this week but am waiting on insurance to cover it. My foot is on an ice pack right now. I am going to close since I plan to make an early morning of it. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 23:42:52 EST Go back a week from tomorrow to see the doctor again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730554 I talked to a different nurse and she said I should have had relief by now from the pain and that I needed to make an appointment with him. So I did as she said. Next Thursday I go to Green Bay to see him again and see what the next option is for my plantar fasciitis. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 12:03:11 EST still dealing with a painful foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730141 I am still dealing with a painful foot yet. I decided to talk to my friend and Beachbody coach Amy Leever. She told me to talk to the doctor about it since it sounds as I told her pretty bad. Bugging the nurse tomorrow about it. I just can't handle the pain. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 22:00:16 EST Day 4 of being in pain after the shot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727819 My foot had a cortisone injection and I believe my body has grown resistant to it. Since I wake up the same way I did before the shot. Need to wait till next week to see if it works. If it don't I go back into see him. I am not really liking that idea but I have chosen to give it to God either way it is in His hands. Pray for the shot to work. If it don't I have to go back to Green Bay again to see him. I am beginning to like him though. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:20:34 EST what a change from April 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725793 The idiot officially no longer an idiot. He listened to me! I got my point across and he is worried about me. However I have to contact him and let him know the place he sent me to isn't covered by my insurance. I got another cortisone shot from him making that 4 for my right foot. My foot hurts but it is not so bad that I can't walk on it. He won't do surgery until I lose weight. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:26:19 EST Something I always wanted to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724363 Something I always wanted to do is make thank you gifts for people. I am doing that by crocheting or knitting by hand from scratch. I also want to make Christmas gifts for people I like a lot. That will start pretty soon too. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:01:08 EST