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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Well, I see it's been a long time since I"ve blogged. During that time I got a new hip joint put in to try and replace that troublesome one that kept coming out of the socket. This new one feels secure and strong. I got home from my week in rehab on Saturday and yesterday visited the surgeon who took out my 21 staples. and took off the dressing. So now the only thing between my booty and my undies is steri-strips. At least I don't feel like I'm wearing a diaper anymore.

This time around things were easy peasy. I didn't even have to use a wheelchair in rehab...instead i used my rollator walker and when I did steps, a cane. No sweat. well, that's not exactly true. When I got done doing forty reps of about 15 exercises, there was plenty of sweat. but it was good sweat. And by the end of the week, the straight leg raise which had eluded me early on....was able to get it's forty reps in as well.

So now my at home physical therapy lady is coming tomorrow morning at 9:00 am. I just have to pray she doesn't break her neck on our icy steps....Somehow one of us has to get out there and throw down some kitty litter for traction. However if I should fall it would be a disaster....and the same is true for my husband having recently had stents put into his cardiac arteries....so one of us is going to have to "man up" and go out and do it.

I went back onto Enbrel on Sunday and have an appointment with a new rheumatologist. We shall see what he decides to do...Enbrel is really doing very little for me so I'm kind of hoping to try something like Remicade. We shall see what he says. I think it's amazing that I had surgery in the midst of a flu epidemic and did not get an infection or a sniffle. Maybe my immune system has recovered somewhat from its formerly unreliable performance.

I did gain about two pounds in rehab.....which is little wonder. They schtupped us full of food three...no four, times a day. I could really get used to having someone cook for me.
but now It's time to get serious. I"m reading "YOU on a diet" by Dr Oz and it is eye opening to say the least. The body is marvelously designed (yay God!!) but it's criminal what we do to it by our food abuse. If I could just get my body past that sweet spot where exercise becomes enjoyable and mandatory then I would have it made. So for now, that is my goal. I'm going to get the PT to help me develop a workout program that will continue to do me good long after she is gone.

where there is a will there is a way. DO I have the will?? I think I do....so wish me well.
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    I'm rooting for you!
    2802 days ago
    You are doing fantastic, Cynthia - and for whatever reason, it sounds as tho it's been a better job all the way around. Re your icy steps: I read this the other day, but don't know if it works. Ice and snow don't tend to be much of an issue here (we haven't even really had a hard freeze) but if you want to experiment with it on a not-very-used section to see if it works:

    "To quell ice on sidewalks mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and half-gallon hot water and pour over walkways - they won’t refreeze."

    If you try it, let me know if it works...
    2803 days ago
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    Yes, you do have the will and... emoticon . I have to tell you that I had my 6th injection of Enbrel last night, so that makes me be on my sixth week now with no effect yet. My next appt. with my Rheumy is on the 21st of this month and we'll see if I have any change yet. I know that I must be patient because they say it can be anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months. So I have a ways to go to 3 months! I thought I'd tell you since you said that you haven't had much luck with Enbrel. I know that some don't, but the majority do. So, I'll see if it kicks in or not! I'm so lucky that we've gotten patient assistance and with our $2000 deduct. for prescr., it's not near the amount of money that we originally thought we'd have to pay!! Good luck to you dearie, with your new program. I sure need one too! emoticon emoticon
    2803 days ago
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