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100 Days | Phase 2 - Day 89-93 - Family Matters

Monday, August 03, 2020


Hello friends. I’ve missed a few days of posting but I have still been sticking to my program, eating well, maintaining my exercise and even getting myself out for walks as I can. It has sure been a challenge with the heat and humidity that we’ve had.

I mentioned a few weeks back that my sister injured her knee, and she had to wait for her appointment with the orthopedic doctor. Since last week and through the weekend, her knee seemed to go back and forth with moments of feeling better but then a horrible pain would flare up again. I’ve been helping her with groceries (being careful to social distance and disinfect everything) and keeping her company by telephone as I can. Between her being in pain and terrified of what’s wrong, it has been a stressful time, to say the least.

She had her appointment with the orthopedic doctor today. I am relieved that she went because she waffled back and forth about whether she should go. No one in my family likes to go to doctors and most of my relatives would have to be dragged kicking and screaming to one. I, on the other hand, am ok with going to a doctor when I need one but I also do my own research on an ailment and try to discuss things with the doctor intelligently. I usually take a crack at taking care of myself first but if I feel I’ve reached my own limitations, I will go to a trained professional who can help me.

In any case, the doctor examined my sister’s knee and took X-rays…. nothing was broken, thank God. For now, he gave her a cortisone shot in her knee to hopefully relieve some pain and inflammation. However, based on his exam, he suspects she may have a tear in her meniscus.

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So she has to go for an MRI next week. If she has a tear, she will… sigh… require surgery to fix it. Though the doctor assured her it would be a simple surgery that he could do in his own center, my sister is already bucking and kicking at the thought of surgery. I have not figured out how to calm her down as yet. I am exhausted tonight.

Well, the next 2 days it has been predicted that Tropical Storm Isaias is coming our way.

Though I don’t live near the coast, today I had to make sure all preparations were done to secure my house and make sure there’s nothing loose outside. I’ve stored extra water, ice, and prepared some food ahead to eat quickly. We received several phone calls from our county emergency center that due to Covid 19, there are no emergency shelters open and therefore instructing everyone to hunker down and shelter in place, and otherwise to travel out of state somewhere safe. There was a weird vibe in my area today... like all my neighbors came home early and everyone is already hunkered down, waiting. It is eerily quiet and we've already had several bouts of torrential rain.

I will be praying against this storm, and if anyone else is in the path, I pray for you too. Right now I’m not sure if I will be able to post a blog tomorrow but if I can, I will try.

I hope you are all doing well, friends. Please know that I enjoy reading your comments, and though quiet at times, I am still here. I really am still here.

Today’s Success:

1. Ate healthy.
2. Walked for 90 minutes.
3. Cleaning and work around the house.

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  • no profile photo SJACKSONMENDEZ
    Awwww. You are so thoughtful. You have spoiled us all with your consistency, the sincerity of your posts and your beautiful pictures. Hope you survived Isaias in good stead. Here in NYC I was without power for thirteen hours; from 2:00pm to 3:00am. It was strange because we had very little rain but the wind was a problem. Three transformers were blown out. After less than a half hour of rain the sun came out but we still experienced very high winds for some time. I hope your sister is feeling better. I have torn menisci in both knees as well as arthritis in both knees. I too benefited from cortisol shots but I haven't had one in about six years and I'm doing okay. I am careful and on most days no pain to mild pain. Exercise, especially exercise to build the muscles around the knees and weight loss really do help. I admire your perseverance so much! Be well.
    48 days ago
    Lordy - I hope your sister makes the wise choices. It's good she has you to help out.
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    Stay safe and healthy!
    49 days ago
    The knee sounds very painful. sending hugs and prayers for you and your sister.

    49 days ago
    It's wise to prepare for the just in case. One of my good Spark friends just had the surgery to repair her meniscus and it went really well. I can ask her if she could give you an idea of how it went. By the third day she was already taking her dog for a walk, although it was a very short and slow walk.

    Being a person who left her knee pain go for too long and neglected to understand the importance of keeping it strong - I found myself needing a complete knee replacement. Now my other knee is acting up but the cortisone seems to be helping and I'm focused on strength training to keep it healthy.
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  • PHOENIX1949
    50 days ago
    So sorry for your sister's pain and hope she can be persuaded to follow her caring doctor's advice . . . a torn meniscus isn't going to spontaneously self-heal.

    You are such a supportive and kind sister . . . and at the same time, taking good care of yourself too.

    Hoping that you weather these "storms" . . . both of them!!
    50 days ago
    The knee is the largest joint on the body. I live with knee pain mostly caused by degenerative arthritis. It's just a matter of time before I'll require a right knee replacement. I hope your sister recovers soon.

    The impact from the storm made it's way through here yesterday; mostly a rain event. This morning it's clear skies and sunshine. I hope you guys faired well
    50 days ago
    Hi Karen, thanks for the update. So sorry for your Sister, you are wonderful and taking such good care of her. Sure hope she does not need surgery. I will keep her and you in my prayers.
    Pray you stay safe from that storm, good to be prepared. Good job sticking to your program with everything going on. Is a gorgeous picture. Take care Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon
    50 days ago
    OH my. Sorry for the pain your sister is having, but do hope that, if surgery is recommended she at least gets a 2nd opinion. No surgery is something anyone wants, but it will help. Prayers.

    And definitely saying prayers for you and all in the path of this storm. Stay safe.

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    Praying for you to get through this hurricane as easily as you can. And for your sister, too, if she needs surgery.
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  • LORI-K
    I’m glad your sister got some answers and I hope she doesn’t require surgery. And if she does, I hope she is willing and at peace with doctors orders. You are a great sister.
    Please be safe during the approaching storm. I will be praying for you.
    The picture of the dark clouds is beautiful but ominous.
    50 days ago
    It is good to hear from you today, Karen. I hope that the cortisone shot helps alleviate your sister's pain in her knee, and I hope and pray that both of you make it through the storm with no problems.
    Take care!
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    Comment edited on: 8/3/2020 11:52:52 PM
    Sending prayers for your sister that she won't need surgery and the two of you stay safe and he storm passes by with no damage.. Racey sends snuggles and wet nose kisses will remember you two tonight when we read ps91
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    50 days ago
    Your blogs are like talking with a dear friend to hear how things are going. I missed your blogs. Was hoping all was well. Prayers and hugs for your sister and for your safety during the storm. Have a good evening.
    50 days ago
    Oh my goodness! I am so sorry for what all you are going through and will be praying hard for you and your sister.


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