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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just a quick update....My daughter (aged 18 and my best friend) left last week for 5 months away...with a friend. I had a great deal of difficulty with the parting and the days prior and immediately following her exodus. (and an exodus it really was, in the truest sense of the word)...Missed her horribly...I still do, but am coming a little bit to terms with her departure. I still, when out, look at things (such as cookies at Quickcheck) and think "I'll bring some home to A...."But then remember with a jolt that she's gone. Empty nesters have my sympathy. And I'm truly not sure that she WILL be returning to stay...time will tell. maybe I AM an empty nester.

I had my first visit from my new aide today. Lovely lady who helped me quite a bit today...I could really really easily get used to having her around! We will have to, naturally, live by the insurance company's command...

I saw my surgeon yesterday and have scheduled my next surgery (to replace my other hip) in one month. I'm praying that there are no complications and that it'll get done and I'll be well into recovery by early summer. it would really be nice to get a whole season of walking in. It seems like years since I've been able to do my cardio outdoors. (Frigid temps and wood smoke don't agree with asthma).

I've gradually been dipping my toes into the Spark pool once again. I have not begun to track food or do regular exercise (apart from PT ) which I know I should be doing. (the exercise especially). I can't decide if I'm reluctant because I"m lazy or if it's because I really do feel pretty crappy;--maybe a combination of the two.

I've missed you all. I've missed the discipline and focus on health. I've tried to live GENERALLY healthfully. I've not been eating large amounts and have usually been eating healthy food...although could use some more fresh veggies. And while I want to be back full force, I know that my body won't tolerate that yet...and it would probably be only a tease as in a month, I will be back to square one again.

Baby steps.
How many times have I heard that here on Spark?
I guess it's how we all learn to walk.
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    I remember the "empty nest" sydrome. When my youngest went away to college I was heartbroken. Now she's married with two daughters of her own. Eventually I got used to the quiet and the change in the rat-race schedule - and even enjoyed it.

    Be kind to yourself and when your body says its ready, you'll be back doing exercises and counting calories. Just don't push too hard!
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    Glad you're feeling better and back on track. Slow but steady is the way to go. Keep it up! emoticon
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    Baby steps work, my friend! One little step at a time!

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    emoticon So glad to read that you have slowed down...or stopped with the exercise. YOU are responsible for my being paranoid about having MY new hip go out of joint and I say that with a very thankful heart. I have recovered from my right THR (Dec 21st)and am amazed at how quickly our bone grows into the replacement part. I AM however, still using my cane and causing some pain to the new one because of the other hip. That THR will be Apr 5th. I will again be VERY careful to not hurt myself. I AM looking forward to being able to walk without pain, to be able to garden, and to just feel so much better and maybe get off pain meds altogether.

    Sorry you are sad because of your daughter leaving, but it's part of life. I'm sure she will keep in touch and you can still maintain a friendship. emoticon Back! Be careful! emoticon emoticon
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    Loved your blog Cynthia, Do I detect a glimmer of happiness coming through and positivity??
    thats really good my friend yes baby steps are definately in vogue at the moment ...
    I just came home from doing my pre-op appointments .. saw the nurse who took all my details down and oohed and ahhed about my significant weight loss...
    The heart specialist then did a ECG .. and checked me out from top to toe.. then I had blood tests.
    This of course took most of the morning !.

    My op is scheduled for the 4th March ... I am getting three toes on each foot filleted.
    They are going to scrap the bones then straighten my toes .. Hopefully,I will be able to walk much better and will relieve some of the pressure from my back . so it is all go here at the moment ... Take Care my friend ... hugs Susie emoticon emoticon
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    Glad to see your blog again the last few days. Strange as you may think it but you have always motivated me with your blog ! Thanks a ton!
    Your DD leaving may be a blessing in the long run but for sure the timing she choose to leave I can not understand.
    Praying for you to find a way to eat some healthy veges every day to strengthen your blood.

    God bless , Chris
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    I missed two days of outdoor exercise because I am just so sick of the extreme cold. It got up to 0 today, so I did a 2 hour hike, and then got to do some working out in my physiotherapy pool. There is not much to do with my elbow in there, so I worked my lower body with some bicycles, squats, lunges and plie (Sp?) I can't do that yoga move on land, I tend to fall backwards and my bad hip won't allow it, but with the cushioning and safety of the water, I can do it perfectly (hurts though lol)
    I am surprised they don't recommend water therapy for you, and it would be safer for you to exercise in too..
    Wishing you all the best with your aide and keeping up the healthy eating...
    Sorry your daughter is gone :((
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    Could be 'crawling' instead of baby steps. You're on the right path. Take it as it comes. There are few options.

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    emoticon back!

    I miss getting outdoors for exercise too; for me, it's my sinuses that are affected by the cold.
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