PICKIE98's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PICKIE98 PICKIE98'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/ Friday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189044 I walked 10,000 steps today. 2,500 steps beyond my goal. It is very warm here, enough to probably turn the A/C on tonight. Tomorrow is to be even warmer, 86-90 degrees. In MIchigan we learn to travel with coats, sandals, sunscreen and ice scrapers, all on the same day. <BR> <BR> I have a doctor appointment nest week since the insurance company requires that I see him and he write notes regarding my use of my c-pap machine, before they will pay for shipment of new tubing and masks. I a... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:39:09 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187626 Home from work, made some phone calls, setting up order for new c-pap equipment to be shipped. Nobody told me I have to get a doctor's order every time I need new equipment... I then had to call the pharmacy because I was supposed to have my Ventolin on auto-refill, but they did not have it ready when I was there a few days ago. I did not know at the time I was supposed to get it. I am going to tell them that I want ALL of my Rx's delivered each time, which costs their store money. I am... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:42:02 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187037 I went to see Dr. Hunky,, got his P.A. instead. Another cutesy-tootsy!! He wants me to get the silicone injections, once a week for three weeks for relief of the actual bone deterioration. IF surgery is needed further down the road, the can even do it the day after an injection. <BR> I will call them to set up appointments. I have to get them done on a Friday, since I cannot do anything 24 hours after I get one. <BR> Weight loss was another discussion, but the neat thing was, he knew wh... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:05:31 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186330 I am having more pain in the leg today, after work. Tomorrow is my Dr. Hunky appointment. PT too. I can see the writing on the wall: retire if possible. Scary. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:54:09 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185700 It is still VERY humid here, 89% and hot. I feel much better this morning and even after walking outside to get the newspaper in the heat, I did not have a lot of knee pain. <BR> <BR> I really expected some negative feedback from yesterday's blog, but would not care or change my mind if I did. It felt great to blog my true feelings and I will just take a gift next door before I leave for the north country before the shower. I am truly happy for Katrina and her hubby, but am sad that t... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:07:55 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185117 Did not sleep well the last two nights, it was a rough PT session Thursday morning. The pain has subsided, but when I lie down, it hurts again. <BR> I cannot wait to go north to stay with my cousin next month. I need to call him today to confirm the two time slots I took off from work and make plans to meet with my Spark friend Gaye, and her hubby John. We meet for lunch on my way up to Oscoda. <BR> <BR> Since I have very few relatives left, I very seldom get invited to any celebration... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:36:26 EST Warm, sunny Friday!! Finally... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184714 Taking it easy here today, enjoying the sunny weather. Waiting for a fax for my medical records and finished with shopping for the weekend. <BR> My workplace gave me the day off, but then called me at 6 am to see if I wanted to come in for "just a few hours" this morning to help them out. Too bad my arm could not possibly reach the phone in time to answer.... I told them I did not need the day off before I left yesterday, but nobody asked me then if I would work today. <BR> Waking m... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:19:46 EST Ark weather here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184078 IT began raining last night and hos been pouring buckets since then. It has not stopped for almost 24 hours, not sprinkling, but lightning, thunder, rain coming down so hard that I cannot see the homes across the field!! Like a whiteout with snow, but this is solid walls of rain. <BR> <BR> Since my PT yesterday, my leg has been very sore, even with the athletic tape. After work today, DD and i just went to Dad's house to pick up mail, then to walgreen for some sale items to stock up, th... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:20:21 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183564 I went to my last PT this morning. Kristen is recommending more sessions, so they will call me by the end of the week. NO ice today, just pure massage with no numbing of the skin. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I had my six-month routine dental appointment. Somehow before I started wearing my mouth guard at night I managed to break off part of the same filling the dentist replaced in December. Apparently, that molar has a spear-shaped point on one corner that keeps stamping down onto that pa... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:06:44 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182770 Usual day at work, glad to be home and having tomorrow off. PT and dental appointments tomorrow, busy day. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:00:57 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182108 I am headed to PT soon. I have one more session with them, then off to see Dr. Hunky next week. I DO take one of my BP meds before I go... ;) <BR> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:27:59 EST Ahh, a day of rest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181457 NO chores, no errands, no work, no appointments; a day of rest is welcome. <BR> I did not take any acetametophen yesterday until bedtime. I have not worked since Thursday.. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:45:34 EST Sticky, humid hot day ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180695 I guess we ran around like crazy people yesterday to accomplish as much as possible before this 94 degree humidity hit today. At 6 a.m., I checked the outdoor air,, already sticky and warm.. <BR> I will get a lot of my steps in going to the market and Aldi. IT is supposed to be in the 70's tomorrow, so if we have mowing to do, it will be then... our asthma cannot take this weather today. I did some leg workouts in bed before even getting up for the day, will work on more later. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:05:22 EST Busy day OFF. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180416 Up and gone to library on the way to haircuts, then to visit mom at assisted living until her lunch time. On to Grocery shopping and pick up Rx's. Ate lunch and finally am home in teh nice cool house..It is in the mid 80's and humid,, 80% chance of rain tonight. 94 degrees, 100% humidity with thunderstorms tomorrow. <BR> Tomorrow is fruit market and grass cutting if weather allows, then laundry, exercises in my spare time. <BR> We did not eat breakfast this morning, but I did eat a prote... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:34:33 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179790 I surpassed my step goal by almost 3,000 steps. <BR> I did some extra exercises before even going to therapy, even though I have been in pain all day. I return to therapy with Kristen Monday, so am going to take one of the next three days off for a rest day. <BR> Tomorrow is haircut/grocery shopping/visiting with mom day. No rest then.. <BR> Of course, I have three days off so we are getting rain all three days, then beautiful all next week when I work. My knee pain level has risen, but ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 17:15:59 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179038 When I went onto therapy yesterday, Ryan told me that 6 of his 8 patients that morning, all complained about pain in their bones like me. Since it was cold, rainy and wet, it must be the weather,,I still have pain, but not as bad as yesterday. <BR> I will be dong some of the exercises given to me by the doc and staff. They help with the stretching so I keep mobile. <BR> It is cool and in the 50's still; windy too. IT was warmer in May than it is now..What gives? Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:58:26 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178328 I woke up with a lot of knee and leg pain this morning, so am headed to PT now. I am not sure what is going on, but I hope something gives. <BR> It is only in the 50's and rainy here,, we need it. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:34:33 EST A difficult but productive day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177670 I really surpassed my step goal today, lots of extra cardio too. <BR> It was a beautiful day until five minutes ago.. big black clouds blowing off Lake Huron making it ripe for more thunderstorms,,I just heard loud thunder..uh-oh, here we go. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 14:28:36 EST Sunrise SUnday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176766 A bird-singing, sun-rising, humid, semi-pain-free morning!! <BR> Another day to grill, do some exercises, cleaning and praying. I love weekends!! <BR> I pray that everybody could have some of the things I have that they do not..Home, car, job, clothing, faith, friends, food, health insurance and access to medical care, clean water to drink. <BR> Sun, 5 Jun 2016 08:01:27 EST Saturday morning, sunrise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176186 It is pretty this morning, but rain expected later. I am going to try to mow the lawn before it does rain.I also want to try to trim the bushes, but holding a cane in my right hand and an electric hedge trimmer in the other is going to be difficult and dangerous. DD never wants to help me with this, but now that i need cane to stand, there is no other way. <BR> <BR> I did all of my running around yesterday after work, so have no plans other than around the house. I did not get much... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 07:11:27 EST Absolutely beautiful Friday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175903 Yesterday and today have to be the most gorgeous days here in Michigan in a year!! NO rain! I thought Ireland and Scotland had rain, but this state has become a wet, rainy state in the past five years or so. <BR> <BR> After being with Ryan yesterday, doing the correct workout, and getting the athletic tape applied the right way, my pain level has dropped from a nine to a three! <BR> Stephen, I can do those back knee thingies, but only up to a certain point,, Kristen actually measured how... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 15:47:45 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175216 I went to PT this morning, the first time ever that I went without working first. Ryan was there, ready with the replacement athletic tape. I told him about my pain and how the therapist set me back about six months in pain .. I told him I refused to have her work with me again, that I would be telling the orthopod about her and that I would give the rest of them glowing reports in the survey. She is a PRN therapist, so that is why I never saw her before. <BR> He told Kristen some of it... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 14:44:56 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174541 I had a different therapist yesterday. She insisted on wrapping my leg totally differently than Kristen instructed her. I have had severe pain ever since I left there. <BR> I finally just took off all but one section of the athletic tape. I took Naproxin, then applied some voltaren gel just now to help relieve the pain. I was having the least pain ever until she did that. I never saw her before, but Ryan was scheduled to be with me, but had to work in the northern location yesterday. I... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 15:29:33 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173783 Good day at work, humidity still lower today, easier to breathe. <BR> I have been feeling better since therapy started, I am now off to go there now. Tue, 31 May 2016 13:37:18 EST MOnday, remembering FALLEN veterans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173143 An easy day at work, glad I am home now. <BR> We actually opened the windows. The humidity went down considerably today. <BR> I am still working on my step goal for the day. Mon, 30 May 2016 14:34:53 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172311 It rained all night, humid, raggy, wet air again. DD grilled yesterday, but I never left the house. A/C only kicked in a few times, but it was well-received. I am so glad I do not camp in my tent anymore... Sun, 29 May 2016 07:53:06 EST Sunrise Saturday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171751 After a slightly rainy yesterday, the sun is rising right now and it is beautiful, as usual. I so appreciate the gift of sight to witness it. Glittering over Lake Huron, reflecting the orange, pink and gold of heat, is a nice way to start my day. The only thing more dramatic than that that I have ever seen, is the sunset in the Caribbean sea while cruising to approach Martinique. It looked like we were going to glide right into the sun! <BR> <BR> I understand why ancient peoples tho... Sat, 28 May 2016 06:44:06 EST TGITWE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171499 Thank God It Is the Week End! <BR> The athletic tape seems to work so far, less pain in my knee,, <BR> I have surpassed my step goal SO FAR, by 2,500 steps. <BR> DD and I went to the library, but I knew i could not make it that far across the parking lot, then up the sloping sidewalk to the interior, so she returned my one book and got the last two in the series that I am currently reading. <BR> She reciprocated at the grocery store and stayed in the car while I picked up some Rx's and s... Fri, 27 May 2016 16:53:44 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170850 Hard, busy day at work, but I am drinking more water. <BR> Kristen showed me a new exercise, then to relieve the pressure of the accumulated fluid on my knee, muscles and nerves, she taped my shin, calf and lower leg. I felt pain relief almost immediately. She did massage that painful set of muscles first, but the athletic tape seemed to help. Part of it is to pull the skin up off the big pocket of fluid pressing on the muscles. It is not fluid in the patella, but surrounding it. ... Thu, 26 May 2016 15:21:54 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170178 Whew! That P.T session was just as, or more, painful than I dreaded. <BR> Kristen also rubbed the skin with ice until it was numb, then added some gel and started the massage. <BR> I felt a LOT better entering the gym than I did when I left. She showed me how to do the new exercises ordered by Dr. Hunky, so I started them today. <BR> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:37:59 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169520 Good day at work. I am heading out to my P.T. appointment. I know Kristen is going to knead all of my already painful tendons, muscles. They are as hard as rocks now and the last time when Ryan and Amy did it, I almost passed out. They use a foam roller, BUT I call it a cannon..It feels like it. It is very painful, but does loosen things up. <BR> I lost another pound!! Tue, 24 May 2016 13:41:51 EST Another beautiful MIchigan day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168630 I caught up on sleep last night, felt very refreshed this morning and have lots of paperwork to do, mowing grass, etc. It is so nice to actually have sunlight and weather that does not require gloves, boots, scarves, heavy coat!! Mon, 23 May 2016 08:51:41 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168185 It is a beautiful day here in Mid Michigan! Sunny, breezy and 66 degrees! I love to absorb that sunshine after hibernating all autumn, winter and most of spring. I slept better last night after swallowing a number of different pain meds. Diclofenac, aleve, extra strength acetaminophen. Over the course of hours, of course, but I nodded off for a few minutes while reading a book and only stayed awake to kill a darned fly that somehow got indoors! Ick. I did finally send him to that big... Sun, 22 May 2016 14:02:15 EST EARLY Saturday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167339 Woke up in too much pain to go back to sleep. Orthopod said to stop drinking milk, eat cereal, any breads or white things, that they have no nutritional value. I know he is wrong about that, since the skin on potatoes is very high in nutritional value. I am finishing up on the cereal I had already, but I have been eating organic yogurt after taking my meds. Our Kroger store has an area with manager specials that are marked down a LOT, like at least half price. These are things that ex... Sat, 21 May 2016 06:24:31 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167023 Did the usual run for groceries and Rx's. Back home with freebies and lots of good, organic foods. I see some grilled mushrooms and UYB chicken in the weekend future. Yum! Fri, 20 May 2016 14:34:07 EST Surpassed step goal again today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166350 I am already past my step goal by over 1,000 steps, so hope to get more in today. It is a nice day outside, I have no place to be. IT is nice to just be able to be in my house,, no running around for a change. Payday today too! <BR> I still have the nausea, so had some chicken soup for lunch,, so far, so good. Pepto Bismol was my friend at work. <BR> I sure do love all of this sunshine!! Thu, 19 May 2016 13:46:56 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165653 Got up very early this morning for a Grand opening at Kroger. Free gift card, BBQ sauce, re-usable shopping bag, . Timed ti just right to get in and out on my way to work. Dd and I went together, but I left her there to do her walk and end up at home eventually. <BR> I had a bad day due to nausea all day. I swallowed it down all day, but wanted to relieve my stomach of its' contents. Came home and had some chicken noodle soup, sipping herbal decaf tea.. still feeling punky.. I think it ... Wed, 18 May 2016 14:44:44 EST Drum roll for smaller size pants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164831 DD and I started off on our circuit of errands, all within a mile and a half of our home. <BR> <BR> First victory was trying on a pair of jeans that have been on the hanger for four years. Too small, UNTIL TODAY!!!!! <BR> YES! One size down. <BR> SO, off we go to Staples for printer ink with $5 off coupon. Great. <BR> Next door is shopping for sweatpants for me. This store does not carry much for women in that area, so I went to the men's department and found a pair that fits, but pretty lo... Tue, 17 May 2016 11:52:51 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164194 I had a good day at work, short too. <BR> Tomorrow is more walking, Staples for a freebie and some ink, shop for some new sweatpants for PT, doing Dad's lawn,etc. Maybe I can squeeze some window cleaning in before my PT at 3:30p. Even a few a day is okay with me. <BR> Dr. Hunky injected my knees with Kenalog and Lidocaine. Mon, 16 May 2016 14:20:30 EST Snowy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163415 I did not get the windows cleaned yesterday, but I did clean one of the bathrooms, sweep the kitchen floor, sorted laundry, ran the dishwasher, vacuum. I too a lot of time to empty and clean the canisters of my vacuum..It has not been done in a long time. It did make my back very sore after all of that, but I just made dinner and finished reading a book after all of that. <BR> This morning I did some laundry, mowed the lawn for the first time in about three years! <BR> DD has been mowing a... Sun, 15 May 2016 12:24:30 EST Saturday morning, sunrise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162609 No sun today, but my mood is sunny! <BR> It is rainy, dark and windy, so I will probably be cleaning bathrooms, carpets and windows today. SO nice to be able to REST! <BR> I appreciate the fact that I CAN do those things! Sat, 14 May 2016 07:36:55 EST Friday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162275 I tracked my 10,000 steps so far today. <BR> I walked very tentatively at work, thinking about every single step I took, trying to NOT limp or overcompensate and make my hips and other leg so sore. <BR> After work, I ran errands at one store, no shopping or errands at all tomorrow. My legs feel much better when I am not working, so it is very obvious what I need to do to improve my bone and nerve'muscle health. Retire. <BR> <BR> I do dread going to work, only because of that reason.... Fri, 13 May 2016 16:11:02 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161503 I ran quite a few errands yesterday, leaving DD to mow Dad's acreage. Today was to be me mowing our lawn, but it rained early, is dark and overcast, damp; no putting those mower blades to that wet grass. <BR> My knee is almost pain-free,except the excessive fluid, but I need to work on weight loss to get rid of that. Next Tuesday will begin my P.T. again.. I hope this new insurance allows better medical care than the "walmart Molina did.. <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 May 2016 12:35:07 EST Wednesday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160650 I slept well last night and my knee feels better this morning. I am concentrating on EVERY step I take, trying to walk without my cane in the house. I have errands to run today, so will take it with me for that. I have balance issues due to my meds, so I need to have it just-in-case. <BR> So far, at 7 a.m., I have no pain, but to touch. My boss gave me a day off today and I took tomorrow off, so without having to stand on the concrete-based floors, I hope to feel better for a day or so. M... Wed, 11 May 2016 08:12:03 EST Dr. Hunky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160275 I finally waded through five sets of booklets of paperwork to see the orthopod. I was expecting an older, foreign doctor by the sound of his name. Much to my delight, in walked Dr. Hunky! If I was thirty years younger.... <BR> Bottom line: I got two injections in my knee. He also ordered P.T. I went home and made the appointment immediately, as I know how fast they fill up. I still have the pain, but took a pain pill. He said my legs are both filled with fluid and gave me a booklet ... Tue, 10 May 2016 17:44:41 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159478 Busy, fast day at work today. I am glad I have two extra days off this week though. One more day until ortho appt. <BR> I surpassed my step goal again today,, over my cardio usual by 30 minutes. Mon, 9 May 2016 14:29:25 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158786 Chilling at home, less pain without working ... Sun, 8 May 2016 13:12:17 EST Beautiful day in Mid Michigan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157679 This is probably the ultimate day so far this year for our state. NO clouds, no winds, nor rain or snow. 70 degrees, sunny with a beautiful sunrise this morning. <BR> I have actually surpassed my step goal by over 3,000 steps today. I am over 10,000 so far and it is almost 3 P.M. <BR> <BR> DD and I went to pick up Rx's and milk, went to the library for new books. I am completely exhausted, but am happy that I can still get exercise. Going up and down those three flights of stairs is... Fri, 6 May 2016 14:58:55 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156992 A clear, sunny and windy day here,,DD did get our lawn mowed. We had to take the wheel off yesterday and go to Discount tire to get it fixed. It turns out that a BLADE of grass got under the seal and it kept deflating,,it also had a bad valve. I take very good care of my tools and they have lasted a lot of years. I love my Craftsman tractor!! <BR> I was in severe pain after work today, but within a half hour, it lessened, telling me that the workplace is really making my health worse. Onl... Thu, 5 May 2016 14:05:30 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156311 Good news: <BR> The specialist called yesterday and said that since I wanted to be on the waiting list for an appointment, they had an opening NEXT week instead of May 17. I jumped on it like ducks on a June bug! <BR> I also had a meeting with my boss this morning regarding that appointment and possibly being unable to work. I told him I have no clue what the doctor will say or do to me next wee, but will keep him posted. <BR> The pain is almost unbearable at work or any time without my c... Wed, 4 May 2016 14:12:00 EST