Lots going on....
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Last week, my physical therapist and I decided that I could easily transition to to a home exercise program. I needed to purchase two pieces of equipment and she would send me copies of the exercises I should be doing. I dutifully went to the store and purchased a styrofoam log and a stair step. I have a roll of stretchy material with which I can add resistance to my prone exercises. I have ankle weights that I will also need to use for building up my strength. However, here it is Tuesday afternoon and I have not received anything from my therapist in the mail. I think I will call her tomorrow. She is human and may have forgotten.
I am still sticking with my gluten free diet. It has proved to be difficult. It is more difficult than I anticipated but I am up to the challenge. This Friday, it will be four weeks since I gave up gluten. No one told me that I might have cravings for certain foods. Here's an example, once a week, I allow myself to eat two eggs for breakfast. I love to dip my toast in the yoke but most breakfast places don't have gluten free bread. So, I skipped it. This week, I decided to take two slices of gluten free toast with me and indulge my craving for toast and eggs. I ate slowly and enjoyed every bite! It was everything I had craved! Yum!
Another thing I've done is to wean myself off the Lyrica. My orthopedist put me on the Lyrica several months ago because I had residual swelling left from an infection in my incision. (From my second hip replacement.) The swelling and infection irritated a shallow nerve in my thigh. As I proceeded to work my way through therapy, the pain from the incision and irritated nerve was off the charts. The Lyrica was very helpful with my nerve pain but has a side effect of weight gain and overall body swelling. I am now totally off of it and after a drug induced gain of 12 pounds, I am now down 4 pounds. Only 8 more pounds and I will be back to my starting weight. I will say that being on Lyrica and going gluten free caused huge sugar cravings. Those have been reduced to a manageable level. I am looking forward to less cravings as my body adjusts further!
Next week, I will visit with my daughter and help her select her wedding gown. We will also work on wedding plans, the guest list, wedding website and other odds and ends. It is a very exciting time for her and I am blessed to be able to share it with her.
Once I am back from my trip (Hubby is staying behind with our three dogs and keeping order in the household.) I will meet with my neurologist and be evaluated for issues with my numb hands. The left hand is the worst right now with muscle wasting and muscle spasms. It has been this way for over 10 months. The neurologist wouldn't even deal with it until I had my hips replaced and got the bone disease under control. Now I am ready to move forward.
I am hoping that the surgery for my hands will be simple to fix, because I need to have a revision to my right knee replacement. It will depend upon which is the most urgent. The neurologist should be able to run tests and give me an idea about what needs to be done. If she thinks the problem with my hands needs to be done immediately to avoid permanent damage, then that is what I will do. Otherwise, I will arrange to have the revision done on my knee. Never a dull moment!!!!