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Snow Drifts Photos, Decision Time..

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The way the strong winds swirl around my apartment, I always end up seeing mini tornadoes in front of my window when I am exercising on the elliptical.

This mountain of snow comes up to the height of my window ledge, maybe three feet. Its fortunate I seem to have no problem with flooding in spite of the flat ground.
My little garden by the tree will get a nice bunch of moisture to get it growing when ever it decides to melt. At -9 F (-23C) that won't be any time soon.

If you have good resolution, perhaps you can see how the snow has been pushed into waves like an ocean:

Unfortunately, the sunshine did not last and by the time I was done 60 min of elliptical intervals and 45 min power walk with weights, it was gone. I had gotten no sleep last night and struggled to make it through my exercising. I quickly had my fruit shake (vanilla protein powder, blueberries, peach slices and banana with soy beverage) hit the shower and hit the sack. As I had forgotten to take my fosavance yesterday, I did so this morning and it made me late for breakfast.
I hit the sack at 11 am and was pleasantly surprised by a phone call from my oldest nephew!! He was thanking me for the Air miles gift, even offering to reimburse me because it took 6000 miles, but I said no. We then chatted a little, and I found out he may becoming to the city to get one of his eyes redone (He had the laser surgery, but one wasn't quite 20 20) He said the Docs said this happens frequently and they can usually get it the second time around. They are guaranteed for three years, so you can get it redone in that period. Might as well not waste it. I was pleased to learn he still has an interest in curling. Its great that he will get out and do something social and active. He does have a lot of work on his house though -his roof leaked, staining the new walls he had put up :( He has got most of the cabinets in. But he will have to get another sump pump for his basement as the old one burned out -he has a low water table so needs to keep this up constantly. Being the zombie I am I wasn't awake enough to remember its his 24th birthday, and when I finally did and called him back (I never even had his cell phone number until now), he was away from it :(
I took my methotrexate last night and it seems to have given me a boost and I was able to do my morning exercise without a painkiller. But I have developed a angry red rash, so it looks like I may be reacting to one of my painkillers :( I know when my Dr. restarted me on the slow release narcotic, I got a red rash on my legs that did go away after a few days, This is weird as I have been on it before, and at a much higher dose and never had problems with it before. But then again it could be the Gabapentin so I don't know which really. I will see my specialist, but she usually just tells me to see my family Dr. about pain control and ointment to treat the rash. The bad news being it usually takes a month to get into see my family Dr., and I will be out of all meds by then.
I have to face up to the reality that something is really wrong with my right elbow and that I can't ignore it any longer. It has been extra painful for some time, but what really got my attention is that in some range of motion movements, the arm will flop off to the right, having no control over its motion. This is especially worrisome when I was doing overhead military presses. I had to tense all my arm muscles to control it, but it still swings out (thankfully AWAY from my head) I can function with it, but it is difficult with some things, like washing my upper body and hair. I am concerned it may mean more surgery, a long layoff and more restrictions :(( But there are some exercise movements I was able to do with ease and now can no longer do with my right elbow :( It kind of off balances me when I am doing my cardio DVD's and Zumba.
What to do, what to do??
I am off to do my final workout, my fun one, the Zumba :)
Have a great evening! Sleep well,
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    Hi Linda,

    Pain meds are a necessity. I get a bit worked up when it comes down to the calendar and getting refills that we need. Whenever there is a glitch in the system--the meds aren't working or causing a rash or whatever, we have to hold our breath a bit and pray that we can manage this with a minimum of extra suffering. I sure hope that you can talk with someone who can understand this--I am so lucky to have my pain management doc who has given me 24 hour a day access to him if the system goes bad, so that I don't have to suffer. (This is hard too though because I sure don't want to be a pain to him. He gets it because of all he has been through and may be going through right now as results of his work in the military reserves. I am praying that he doesn't soon need a shoulder replacement. I know he cannot afford more downtime from work and he is so needed to myself and others like me.) Anyway, you are in a sticky situation and I hope that you have a way of working on it before you are out of meds and in a bad place.

    I don't know how you manage your harsh, blustery winters---I'm not sure how I manage ours and we are further south than you. I wonder about moving somewhere warm and dry as I get a bit older. My problem would be in moving away from those I love...and I am betting that's why you stay placed as well. When we know out surroundings and how to meet our own needs, getting away is not reasonable. Please stay warm as you avoid smoke and heavy duty wintery weather.
    Gentle hugs and prayers,
    1857 days ago
    Love the snow! Nice blog enjoy ZUMBA!
    1859 days ago
    Loved all the photos. Hard to imagine all that cold weather while we are still experiencing very warm weather!

    That elbow does not sound good. You are amazing with the amount of exercise you do!



    1860 days ago
    I usually use Cortisone 10. (OTC) for misc rashes.
    1861 days ago

    1861 days ago
    It was nice you heard from your nephew, and that was an awesome gift! Sorry about your rash. I get it with certain painkillers too. Right now I deal with my facial rash and trying to figure it out. I hope you get some relief so you can keep up with your motion and mobility and exercise. You are such an inspiration for me. Take care,
    1863 days ago
    Glad you didn't need your painkiller - hope you're getting more sleep too.
    1863 days ago
    You sound very busy.
    1863 days ago
    Linda, LOVED the snowy pictures.
    Can't get over how one can suffer as much as you do, and STILL push through weight lifing etc.
    You certainly put me to shame in that I CAN do, but often times think, NO....I KNOW I do NOT push myself enough to lose the last 20 lbs. I watch the Biggest Loser, and see that I really do NOT push through. You can't lose and be a slough off!!!!

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, it sure has paid off.....one thing exercise does is help your MOOD....and YOU have a GREAT ONE!

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    1863 days ago
    Love your snow drift photos and your tc with your nephew! You are generous.

    Totally agree that you will want to get back to your GP concerning possible medical allergy . . . and that elbow problem too. It's so great that we don't have to worry about the cost of medical care . . . but sometimes do have to be a bit insistent about getting it in a timely manner!!

    Thanks as always for your great comments on my blogs . . . you are such a positive force of nature!!
    1863 days ago
    When I worked as a RN, a rash is a sign of a medication allergy. Treating it with an ointment was a no no. It is important to see the MD. He should advise you to discontinue the medication. A rash is the first sign of the allergy which can become life-threatening. Each time we are exposed to an allergen the next reaction can become worse or life threatening. Please check it out with your MD.

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    1863 days ago
    You're in my thoughts and prayers, Linda. But, whatever you do, be careful with the overhead presses!
    1863 days ago
    Saying a prayer that your elbow doesn't need surgery. Can't some other dr. give you your meds?

    1863 days ago
    Hope you get some decent sleep. It is really tough when you are tired. You seem quite sophisticated in dealing with medical issues and medical personnel. Once you are rested I bet you will think through your options on how to deal with the rash and the elbow -- and you will know the very best options you have. I admire your dedication to exercise no matter the obstacles; I'm sure you are healthier for that commitment. Appreciate the snow pictures. Wish I could send you my oldest granddaughter for a couple hours. She's never seen snow. It's frustrating that all the school curriculum from pre-K up assumes the child lives with snow. Seems like they could come up with a Florida-friendly school curriculum. Anyway, thanks for the pictures!
    1863 days ago
    Maybe if you rest that elbow for awhile, or just do mild exercise only. I pulled a muscle on my right arm months back and didn't stop the exercise, but slowed down-used less weight when I did ST, etc.. My range of movement was limited, but I just did certain things and had to watch it. It is doing really well now. I didn't want to go to the Dr.-$$$$ and I knew they would tell me the same thing-take it easy! If it got worse, I figured I would, but I noticed it got better over time. I hope yours gets better, but you should have it looked at if it is that bad. Don't overdo!
    I hope spring comes soon for you.. seems like snow has been plentiful this year for so many! Hang in there! Take care....Thanks for your nice comments on my blog and new pic! I sure have come a long way and I am loving every minute of my exercise!! Especially my new bike!! emoticon
    1864 days ago
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