WELCOME ROGERB71.I AM A 57 YEAR OLD GRANDMA OF 6. I HAVE CUSTODY OF MY 10 YEAR OLD ADHD AND ODD GRANDDAUGHTER SINCE BIRTH. SHE IS CHALLENGING. I WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT. I HAVE HAD BOTH TKR SURGERIES DONE 6 MONTHS APART. WHEN YOU HAVE THE SURGERIES GO STAIRS WHEN YOU CAN AS IT WILL HELP YOU RECOVER FASTER. JUST DON'T OVERDO IT. I DID STAIRS WITH THE FIRST THEN MOVED TO A UNIT ALL ON ONE FLOOR WITH NO STAIRS. IT WAS HARDER TO RECOOPERATE. I TOO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH BOTH MY HIPS YOU SHOULD TRY WATER EXERCISES AS THERE IS NO STRAIN ON THE KNEES OR HIPS. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR SURGERIES.
ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSE SO FAR.
I WILL SUCCEED BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN DO IT AND I AM MOTIVATED.
Roger, you seem to have made great strides so far, just keep up the good work. The mental part is the hardest, and I can attest to that. My ex-husband waited till he got COPD before he went to the patch. It did work for him, but too late I am afraid. He should be on the tank, but is refusing to do that and can hardly breathe. My son cannot climb a ladder and has blood clots in his leg (not in a serious place to do damage to his heart) this is per his WC doctor. Have you thought about volunteering at a local hospital? I know when I worked in the hospital, they could always use men around to help pushing patients in wheel chairs. Remember when Telly Savalas quite smoking? He used to suck on tootsie pops and that helped him. It was the hand to mouth action that helped him. You have to find what will work for you. Bev
Right now my biggest challenge is mental. I have to prepare to attack the smoking. I will have to use prayer, exercise (mostly aquatic) , and using every opportunity to have my grandkids around as much as possible. I don't smoke around them and the more active I am the less I smoke. The doctors tell me that even post rehab I should probably forget going back to work, at least as I had become used to. If that is true I have already put out some feelers for some volunteer work, and of course as a sort of grandpa day care center. What benefits I have already gotten from the VA and Spark People have been huge. Now I have to find my self esteem again, as a person. Not defined by my work. I hope your son can regain his health. Might I recommend you speak to him about looking at construction project management? Something that I made a good living at until the 08 economic crash. Someone with techincal expertise has a leg up in that field.
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Roger, My son had also done weight lifting in school and played basketball and football, but fortunately had no serious injuries. He suffered the most injuries while playing basketball. But worked as a gutter installer and fell off a roof twice, so is now having back problems and still on the dreaded work comp. I am glad you are feeling better and most facilities and doctors are strict about those surgeries and weight loss is a great help because of the pressure on the joints which are weight bearing. One day at a time and we all need to be patient because we didn't put the weight on overnight. I know being inactive plays a major role in weight gain. So remember every little bit helps. Bev
Thanks Bev But no, my damage began while weighlifting at 14 (now we know that is not a good thing) and at 16 playing football. 6 other surgeries later ( and some other injuries) and there is not much left. My weight issues happened gradually as I became less and less active due to the degeneration of the knees and then one hip. I am hopeful that the TKRs will preclude hip replacement, as I am committed to keeping the extra weight off. I find that improving my nutrition is one way I have occupied my time since having to stop working. The VA is very strict about their standards for qualifying for surgery and while I was initially dissapointed in the delay, it has really been a blessing. I already feel so much better.
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Roger welcome to the team. You are an inspiration for your accomplishments to date. Being that you were such an active person before in the construction field, this has to be such a change for you. But this is a lifestyle change and you can do this. Would you still have to have the surgery if you lose the weight? Working in a hospital I have seen many situations. There was a lady who had to lose weight before they would operate on her knees, she joined WW at the doctors request and lost weight, so she continued on the weight loss program and lost 123 lbs and didn't have to have the surgery. Bev
Just another quick comment. In the general discuss threads someone posted a link to an inspirational blog about knee/hip surgery avoidance thru her experience with exercise. I hope you read it. Roger, it so sounds perfect timing for you. I hope all of us can be inspired by this blog. Sincerely, Julia
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Roger and It sounds to me you have accomplished results since Christmas and have very realist goals. This site had a good article on the effects of stopping smoking. It was very informative relating to the levels of serotonin, etc. I personally know the challenge and the succeeding, and eating super healthy as you quit I think can really help with the lack of "feel good" chemicals smoking causes body to withdrawal from. I'm happy that you are going to do aqua, that will give you opportunity to get the "feel good" chemicals naturally going from intense exercise, that with your current knee/hip health you may not be able to achieve on land right now. But I'm thinking you probably know all this, I'm just wanting to cheer you on. You are an inspiration. and I'm confident
I am Roger, age 59. I am to have both knees replaced and possibly one hip. I began tearing up my knees in athletics when I was 14 and finally fell badly enough about a year ago that I have had to quit working ( Construction Contractor). Picked up a lot of weight over the years which has not helped and have had 4 additional injuries that required surgeries. Walking to compensate for the knees has one of my hips jacked up. I have lost 42 lbs since Christmas 2012. I need about 10 more to satisfy the VA and get the first TKR scheduled. I intend to lose 30 more however which would put me at my post basic training weight. I start water workouts next week. And have to quit smoking as well. That is going to be very tough for me. Especially to do so and not GAIN weight. Anyway. I would gladly take advantage of some strength in numbers with the group
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