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I Used Water Weights Today

Monday, January 02, 2012      5 comments

I was able to use water weights today in our water aerobics class. So far, I'm not terribly sore. I was very careful as per my physical therapist's instructions. The water was very cold too so after class I sat in the hot tub for about a half ... Read more

Happy New Year !!!

Saturday, December 31, 2011      2 comments

To all of my Spark friends, I hope you have a safe and happy New Year's Eve. Let's hope that 2012 will bring us many good things and lots of success in all that we strive to achieve!... Read more

Phase I Of Physical Therapy Completed Today

Friday, December 30, 2011      3 comments

Today I completed the last week of intensive physical therapy to restore the use of my hands, arms, shoulders, neck and balance. Therapy has been slow, painful and time consuming. I am now ready to be more independent. I will continue to do ... Read more

Good Viewing - "Sugar:The Bitter Truth" by Dr. Robert Lustig, MD

Thursday, December 29, 2011      2 comments

I just finished reading a Spark People blog entitled "Nutrients vs Putrients" by Michelene Cleary. She makes some very valid points and has a great link to a lecture by endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig, M.D. called "Sugar: The Bitter Truth". ... Read more

Look At The Way I Eat Now!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011      5 comments

As we were saying our grace before eating our Christmas dinner, I glanced around and thanked God for all of the gifts we had before us. There are many people who are without anything this holiday season. I am blessed. Then it struck me. "Loo... Read more

My Left Arm Is Finally Getting Stronger

Friday, December 16, 2011      4 comments

Today I completed week 8 of physical therapy. This week has been especially challenging because my therapist is trying to help me correct a problem in order to avoid more surgery. On Wednesday, he worked on the swollen nerves in both my arms a... Read more

After One Whole Year, I Did Water Aerobics Class

Tuesday, December 13, 2011      4 comments

After not being able to do water aerobics class for a little over a year, I was able to participate this morning. I did the 45 minute aerobics class followed by the 45 minute "Healthy Back" class. The "Healthy Back" class incorporates many of ... Read more

Cleaning Out and Donating

Monday, December 12, 2011      4 comments

Today I am cleaning out drawers and closets and looking for items to donate to Good Will. I've already done this twice so far in the last month so this makes time number three. I'm surprised at how liberating this can actually be! I love seei... Read more

Update From Neurosurgeon/Physical Therapy

Saturday, December 10, 2011      6 comments

Thursday, this week, I had my 13 week post-op check up with my neurosurgeon. I took a progress report to him from my physical therapist for my first 7 weeks of physical therapy. I've made some fairly great progress so far but have at least 3 m... Read more

My Vacation From Spark People

Monday, October 31, 2011      11 comments

I have been getting quite a few questions about where I've been. I'm taking a vacation from Spark People for a while due to poor health. Lots and lots of pain due to infection and physical therapy. I needed to step back, rest, reduce stress ... Read more

Medicating Myself With Food

Thursday, October 27, 2011      7 comments

Physical Therapy is hard and very painful. Couple that with a painful infection and fatigue and it's a recipe for disaster. I found myself reaching for frozen yogurt last night to comfort me. Partly this was due to emotional upset but mainly ... Read more

The Hard Collar Is Off

Thursday, October 20, 2011      5 comments

I had my six week post-op appointment this morning. The good news is that I'm now out of my hard collar and I start physical therapy on Monday afternoon. The bad news is that my surgeon had to test my incision infection just to be safe becaus... Read more

Six Week Post-Op Check

Wednesday, October 19, 2011      4 comments

Tomorrow is my six week post-op check up. I have had some issues including an infection in my incision. It has hurt badly on some days and kept me out of the water until my check up. I am so ready to have my surgeon look at my neck that I can ... Read more

Breaking Three Long Standing Streaks

Wednesday, October 05, 2011      4 comments

I know I have a good reason. I know I couldn't help it. Still, I have been a faithful abet obsessive exerciser all my life. I'll also admit I'm addicted to those little rewards that I get for exercise every month. It all came to a crashing h... Read more

It's Hard, But I Can Take Care Of Myself

Monday, October 03, 2011      8 comments

This past week really presented a big challenge. My husband had to go to for a week to take care of his dying father while his sister and his father's other caretaker were out of town on an emergency. This left me at home alone with two small ... Read more


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