I'm noticing more and more as I get older and older :-) that change takes time, not just effort. When I was younger (I'll be 63 next birthday) I tended to think in straightforward terms like goals were literal math problems (eat 500 fewer calories a day and lose 1 pound a week) and if you just did the "math" you'd get the correct "answer".
But I have learned, have gained the wisdom :-) to realize that people are not simple like things; that the body has it's own, way-too-complicated math that we humans haven't quite figured out yet. Even just thinking about arthritis:
"While arthritis can be quite severe and disabling for some patients, some individuals have what looks like significant arthritis on an X-ray but they have no pain, or they just notice a little stiffness."
So, I have learned to work with my body, on my own, and see what helps me and what doesn't. Along the way, I have learned that testing various combinations of trial-and-error healthier diets, weight loss, exercise, vitamins/mineral/supplements, medicines, etc. takes a longish time! Sometimes though, I get discouraged or think something doesn't work only to realize many weeks or even months later that it actually might?
Two or three months ago I bought an expensive special pillow to help with my shoulder arthritis. It may/may not but I cannot use it sleeping because it is not comfortable and, I don't "want" to change how I have been sleeping for 63 years? :-) The pillow is now at the top of my closet. It was pretty much last in my list of things I have tried for the past 8-10 months to try to help my shoulder pain.
I wanted a sleep number bed but my husband did not want to pay that kind of money without knowing if it was truly "worth it" (and there's no way to know that without trying it?) and with the pillow not working, I gave up caring about pushing for a new bed, even though my husband was complaining about the old one too. But we were out on another errand in our neighborhood and my husband went one place but I had him drop me off at a cheap furniture store and I checked out the mattresses. I was tired of my husband refusing to even go into a furniture/mattress store and think about what we might want to do about the one we had that we both did not like.
When my husband came back from his chore to pick me up, I dragged him into the other-customer-empty, cheap furniture store and had him try the two possible mattresses I'd picked out. He picked one and we bought it on the spot and they delivered it 3 hours later and took away our old one. Done deal and my husband loved the mattress. I didn't care, it seemed similar to our last one and I had no expectations or excitement about it. Sure enough, a couple weeks later I was not feeling any different; it had not "helped" me at all other than getting one more chore resolved so I didn't have to think about it anymore. We had an inexpensive new mattress my husband liked and I did not dislike.
However, now a couple months later, I'm noticing that my shoulder arthritis is better, I do not wake in the night (or next morning) ever feeling like someone has ripped off both my arms and I get up at night and go downstairs maybe once every two weeks instead of two or three nights every week. Is it the new mattress or the more consistent taking of vitamins I'm doing? I'm not sure, it could be both; but now I at least know it is possible to feel better.
But, thinking of the new mattress; I have arthritic knees too, from falling on them too often :-) and in the next couple days I have to get them xrayed for my doctor who I see Tuesday after next. A week or two ago I would have told you how it is often very painful to climb the steps to the second floor of my townhouse but it hasn't been recently? What's with that? Doesn't sound like the mattress at work to me (though it could be).
About 4 or 5 days ago I came down with bronchitis; I have asthma so that is a real concern; I ended up ambulanced to the ER in January 2012 with that combination! This time I have been working dilligently to monitor and help my breathing, knowing what could happen. Funny thing though, the knee and even the shoulder have gotten especially better in this period I've been coughing up my lungs? Have you ever noticed that; when you have a problem and get another, "worse"/more immediate problem, sometimes the first problem takes a break?
Just paying attention to myself and my health helps (and entertains :-) me.
Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 6/28/2013 (13:21)
There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer
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