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Thursday, March 18, 2010

So, it's almost been a week since my last entry, and here's how things are at the moment:

My heels still haven't fully healed, but they are scabbed and on their way. They're no longer splitting, which is good, but if I do wear the wrong shoes, it sort of hurts, but it's getting better. They'll probably be fully healed by this time next week, which means I'll finally be able to try on my new trainers, which are unfortunate enough to have the backs be right at the place where I'm hurt.

I went to my doctor yesterday, and he prescribed me new pain meds for the sciatica - he said the pain management is second only to exercise in terms of dealing with it (he said I'd need massages at least once a week, which I can't afford) and it's the best he can do for me. That I should keep up the exercise, and he's glad to hear that I'm both swimming AND attending the gym, and was flummoxed when I told him my first-week weight loss, but also said to stick with it, because 1lb loss a week is better than no less at all.

I booked myself in for the full spin class on Sunday morning, and I'm both terrified and excited by the idea of it. I know that my butt is going to hate me afterward, but it burns SO MANY CALORIES that it's going to be worth it, even if I'm passed out by the end of the class.

I've sown a lot of my seeds now - I have great sproutlings on the courgette seeds, the sweetcorn is sprouting, the sweet pepper is nowhere to be seen; I sowed pumpkins, lettuce salad bowls and cherry tomatoes last night, and today, I sowed chillies and "moneymaker" tomatoes today.

As well as my plants, I have sowed three Stargazer Lily bulbs, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how everything comes along. I still have three sets of seeds to sow in my terracotta pots, but I have to wait until it's a bit warmer, because they're going to have to go outside, and it has to be warm enough outside that they can survive.

I'm most excited about the pumpkin: if I grow pumpkins successfully, I can both have my own pumpkins to either carve or cook, and I can roast the seeds or keep them to re-plant next year. I also have butternut squash seeds to plant (one of the three I need to put in the terracotta pots) and seriously, I love butternut squash so much, so I'm hoping that they're successful.

And that's about it right now. I'm getting ready to go swimming with my Mum, which is awesome, because we keep one another going longer, and it's nice to have somebody to go along with me.

Talk later!

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  • TRACYZABELLE
    cracked heels? Avon had cracked heel relief that works great-- Hope you feel better soon
    3007 days ago
  • CORINNE34
    Hey lady, Im waiting for your next blog..........you are the only reason I log in on a regular basis!!!..............hows it going?

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    3007 days ago
  • BIG_SCOTS_LASS
    I'm surprised your doctor couldn't offer you physio for your back. I was given physio a couple of years ago via a referral from my doctor, which didn't cost a thing. I have regular massages these days, which I pay for myself. I can't afford them weekly, but I have an hour every couple of weeks. It's not cheap, but it's worth every penny. Once you are gainfully employed I would definitely recommend you invest in this.

    Good luck with your vegetable patch. It sounds like you're in for quite a varied crop this year.
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    3011 days ago
  • SLENDERCLAIRE
    Glad to hear that the heels are coming along. Looks like the trainers may be the problem, though - make sure you're STRONGLY padded before you try them again, and wear them just a few minutes at a time and build up slowly.

    Good luck on the sciatica. Once the weight starts to shift, I hope you'll soon be free of it. See if the Dr. can refer you for therapy/massage on the NHS. Otherwise, swim with your Mum as much as you can - but NO treats afterwards!
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    3013 days ago
  • SUSIEMT
    Hey girl! My sister has sciatica. Her Dr told her to do a certain stretch that she does every morning before getting out of bed. I will go look in the exercise area to see if I can find it and post it here. Her son has the same problem and we showed him how to do it. He has not had any problems with it since. Our other sister has had sciatica problems in the past and whenever she has to do a lot of sitting or even walking she makes sure it is one of the stretches she does to avoid problems. I'll get back to you.

    http://www.sparkpeople.
    com/resource/exercises.asp?exer
    cise=61

    that is the page to the Gluteal and Outer Thigh Stretch. It shows the lady sitting up but you can do it lying down.

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/
    resource/exercises.asp?exercise
    =293
    This is the lying hip and Glute STretch on both of these it is very important that you do the stretch with a slight pull. If you do it real hard you could really damage yourself.

    Good luck! Be gentle and it might take a few days or seconds before you notice any relief. Lt me know how it goes.
    3013 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/19/2010 10:41:25 AM
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