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Leg Lifts
Thursday, November 12, 2015      8 comments

Today was a big day, Sparkers. I did 5 leg lifts. With the correct muscles. Without pain. I couldn't do more. That's all I had. Full effort. There wasn't full range of motion, but dang it. I lifted my leg the correct way. Unassisted. The muscles... Read more
Planned Going Off Plan
Wednesday, November 11, 2015      6 comments

Today was our annual meeting at work. Unlike many nonprofits, ours is not some big, fancy affair. We have a family celebration. Staff and board members bring their families and we have dinner, recognize achievements and give milestone awards to ... Read more
Dan's Advice
Monday, November 09, 2015      12 comments

Dan and I don't take ourselves too seriously. I think you may know that. Today, Dan checked in with me via text. This is the conversation we had: ... Read more
Changing It Up
Saturday, November 07, 2015      12 comments

What day, yesterday. I had been off my standard NSAID since Monday. Prednisone ended on Wednesday. Stayed off NSAID until Thursday night because my tummy still hurt. Woke up Friday in a world of hurt. You know how you wonder if medicat... Read more
PT Evaluation
Thursday, November 05, 2015      10 comments

Overall the prognosis is good. The details were a bit discouraging, though. My medical records from the hip specialist and the physiatrist were faxed to Mike literally while I was in the waiting room. This was good. Mike was able to review ... Read more
Behavior Change through Beck
Thursday, November 05, 2015      9 comments

This Beck stuff is helpful. I'm awake very early these last few days. Earlier than even the 4:30 requirement. There are some pretty stressful things I'm dealing with at work that I'd rather not get into right now. I just want to point out ... Read more
Tuesday, November 03, 2015      10 comments

I missed the PT evaluation. I had the wrong time for the appointment. Boo. Totally my fault. I confused the times. I'm rescheduled for Thursday at 8:30. I saw Mike this evening at our final seminar. He was very gracious. The prednisone is ... Read more
I'm Still Kicking
Monday, November 02, 2015      10 comments

Well Sparksters, my worry was for naught and I'm not complaining. I got notice in my email Sunday night that my lab results were in. Phew! Everything is spot on normal and healthy. Cholesterol - 142 with the ldl, hdl, and triglycerides all in th... Read more
Healing the Dog
Sunday, November 01, 2015      8 comments

Today is the day that I take it easy and rest. Today is the day that I tune in to a healing attitude. I'm done fighting the back injury. I'm done worrying about "what ifs." I will remain as active as I can. If I can do it, I will do it. If I can... Read more
Soup Recipe for Gaby
Sunday, November 01, 2015      4 comments

=578087 There is the link again. I don't have a crock pot, so I dice the chicken breast and brown it first. I also use the pre-made chicken broth rather than bouillon. After th... Read more
Market Basket is Stronger Than Prednisone
Saturday, October 31, 2015      9 comments

One of the things that Dan and I liked about the new primary care doctor is she continues learn and advance, and take advantage of technology. In fact, the entire practice does. There are signs in the waiting room and the exam rooms with informa... Read more
Invictus; by William Ernest Henley
Saturday, October 31, 2015      7 comments

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeo... Read more
Appointments, Meltdowns, and Good Humor Restored
Friday, October 30, 2015      12 comments

I gotta tell you, Spark-o-weenies, I've experienced a wide range of emotions today: fear, anger, frustration, sadness, relief, and finally, some happiness. I'm exhausted and ready for a nap. I went for my morning physical training. I was ab... Read more
The Dog is Going Off Her Rocker
Thursday, October 29, 2015      12 comments

Hey Spark Friends. I gotta process. My rational brain knows that the rest of my brain is being totally irrational. But the irrational side is winning. I'm a nervous wreck. Churning stomach. I feel like crying. Ugh. I just want to get throug... Read more
I Got Tag-Teamed!
Tuesday, October 27, 2015      9 comments

They tag-teamed me, Sparkniks. I went to the fitness center for the bi-weekly seminar and I got tag-teamed by the receptionist and the two owners of the business. I was the first there. The receptionist wandered over to greet me. "How are y... Read more

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