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4/16/14 10:11 P

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The nerve in my left leg has caused that leg to be a little weaker than the other so I was thinking of putting a 1lb weight in that sock when I do any walking or exercise to build that leg up a little better. I want to build up my stair climbing before May 19th when they are going to have some fire drills in school again where I work. I normally take the elevator but during a drill you can't use the elevator and my classes are on the 4th floor and I need to be able to get up them by that time.

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6/16/13 3:07 P

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Margo, do you have some light weights that you can do arm exercises with? Even soup cans would work.
What I want to accomplish in the next few months is to get my gait back to some normal. This waddling stuff is hard to retrain. It is certainly much better than before I had hip surgery though so I am grateful. I am also going to see what condition my knees are in as I may be in for some further treatment there.
The aging process is really not a lot of fun is it.

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6/16/13 9:50 A

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I threw away a teeshirt this morning and was thinking about my "real" blouses/shirts I have in the closet that are too tight around the arms and wishing I could lose enough in the arms and chest, get a bit more muscle (the exercise would help the arthritis in the shoulders I think) so I could wear nice cotton blouses instead of just teeshirts. I'm going to be 63 in October and am getting a bit old for the jeans/teeshirt look! LOL


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6/5/13 7:09 P

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Anything is possible. You are right in trying to build up muscle prior to surgery because after surgery its like starting over again. If you can get to a personal fitness trainer for a few sessions it would be beneficial. I know it is what helped me to be able to do the walking right away after surgery and in using the walker. It is hard when you are in pain but keep pushing. My surgery was on February 25th. I did not take painkillers for very long, just Tylenol. Make sure you do your physio exercises and continue as often as possible. Once you get moving and back into routines it is hard to keep up with the exercises, but I have an exercise club I belong to so am trying to get there more often now that I feel better and am walking much better. My biggest concern was the way I have been 'wobbling'. The balance and gait have been off, but I have to remember that I walked that way for a very long time (probably five years or more). So I have had to do a lot of strengthening exercises for my muscles (there are so many different muscle groups). I found that my knee on the opposite side was having problems and therefore probably slowing down the process of walking properly. I think it is getting somewhat better (I hope). Have you been using a cane to help with your walking? I am just getting to the point now where I can leave the cane behind. It is needed to help with the balance. I have experienced a little bit of 'vertigo' (dizziness) which is due to the balance - something happens with the crystals in the inner ear. Not a good feeling at all. A chiropractor has been a good help as part of my personal healthcare plan. Chiropractors are not usually doctor recommended but I do find they know what they are talking about when it comes to bones and muscles.
Don't be discouraged. You will feel so much better after your surgery. It is a long recovery process but very much worth it! I am thinking of trying out a Zumba exercise class in the near future. I used to do belly dance for fun and can do some of those moves again without having any pain, so hiking..... well after only three months, you just might be able to go on a hike! Take care.

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6/5/13 10:51 A

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Not sure how these team message boards work...
I am looking at a hip replacement(osteoarthritis) on June 28. I am concerned about muscle weakness in that area, that has been created by my immobility. I have done exercise but not nearly enough. So I guess my short term goal is to TRY to build some muscle before the operation, though I've little time to accomplish that. However I suppose a little bit is better than nothing.
Quenneville, you say recovery is going well. How long has it been since your surgery? Are you able to walk without pain ?
My long term goal ? To be able to hike again. I wonder if it is possible....?

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4/2/13 8:09 P

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I have done well with the short term goals. Recovery is going well and I will be getting more exercise as time goes on. Doing drawers little bits at a time and some re-organizing was done in my computer room while family was here on the weekend.

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4/2/13 10:06 A

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Ah, my renewed question for today.

I want to slow the progression of the aches and pains. I think I have to first (or simultaneously) "reverse" some bad habits, like sitting in front of this computer without breaks, and institute some new ones; getting "out and about" more and meeting new people.

Short term I want to take my meds as prescribed and take breaks from this computer, at least every hour (to start). I suggested to myself (and myself agreed!) last week that I probably should pack up everything and go to the library to work 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) for a couple hours. I ignored that advice yesterday. It would have a two-fold effect; I'm spending too much money buying e-books for my Nook and getting some from the library to read (not to mention I have 5-6 in my Nook queue that I haven't started yet) will help there.


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1/6/13 3:24 A

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my short term goals are also my long term goals.
takes my dogs on long walks again
to be able to do more of my house work without taking long resting periods
exercise with confident, without fear of falling.
spend more time working in my garden

learn more about cooking healthy and planing meals/ long term

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1/1/13 11:19 P

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Long term - getting rid of many things that are cluttering my basement or drawers
Short term - just do the above one step at a time
Long term - continuous exercise routine (every day)

Most important - preparation for total hip replacement procedure and a complete recovery, look forward to being able to walk properly again

Long term - obtaining a new work contract so that I will have more work hours
Short term - adapting my home and preparing for recovery time (need hand held shower, and a temporary extra bed)

MaryBeth from Ontario


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1/1/13 7:04 P

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