Showing posts from January, 2012

There Was a Sale.........

I guess I'm more ready for spring than I thought..............

This is the Way We Pop A Hip....

is my new toy for popping my pelvic bones back into place.

are my new toys to help keep the pelvic bones where they are supposed to be.  After 2 months of therapy, my muscles have grown strong enough to require a bit of help in order to be worked.   I do my physical therapy exercises every day.........and that silly 25 minute walk on Friday really did knock my hip back out of line again.  Dang it!

So today I went to the pool to walk laps again, and feeling rebellious and angry, I did things I'm probably not supposed to do.  At the deepest part of the pool (only actually 4 feet as Idaho Athletic Club skimped on everything in this gym) I ran instead of walked.  I did grapevine as fast as I could.  Then I ran some more.  For two and a half months I've been doing everything I'm supposed to be doing and my hip is still "fragile."  I keep breaking the bands they give me for resistance walking exercises and finally had to be upgraded to the toughest band they…

Well, Dang!

She who brags about how good she was on her walk is about to learn how to pop her own damn hip back into place.


It's sunny and I was able to go for a walk!!!!!!

I have not been able to go outside for a walk since mid-November, and because my physical therapist now knows that I consider moderation mostly just an "m" word in the dictionary, I have been given very strict limits on what I'm allowed to do each week.  This week I can try walking OUT of the pool IF I walk at a slower clip AND more gently than my previous treadmill attempt.  No incline, no speed, no impact.  And I did it!  (I think)  I did 25 minutes, and I went so slowly and so gently that I don't think I even raised my heartbeat (note to self: dress much warmer than normal for these "pokey walks").  The big test is probably in the morning.  If I have back spasms, I haven't managed that "moderation" concept after all.......

Lessons Learned This Week

*  51 weeks of the year, having all yearly checkups in one week sounds like a great idea

*  Have storage figured out BEFORE quadrupling a soup recipe

*  The age where discussing joint pain becomes a pick-up line is younger than I thought it might be

*  Remembering that the reason I own water shoes in the first place is because the bottom of the pool is very, very rough BEFORE scratching up my feet walking barefoot in the pool for an hour would have been the smarter choice...

1 Down, 11 To Go

Recently a friend of mine posted on Facebook that her doctor had advised her to lose 10 pounds.  After being shocked by the number of people who commented that she needed to find a different doctor and trying to be supportive, I suggested she do something fun with it--like made a goal of trying 12 new fruits/veggies this year.  Well, that DOES sound like fun to me, so I decided Andy and I should do it as well.  Next time I went grocery shopping, I looked for something we had never tried before, and proudly came home with red bananas.  Andy was all for it, so I pealed the first one, we each took a bite....

and we hate them.  Chalky, bitter, and with an aftertaste that is almost impossible to get rid of.  We assumed then that they were a eat-cooked-only sort of fruit, but when I searched on the internet, they receive rave reviews for an "eat fresh" banana.  So we're hoping that perhaps the ones I bought were rather green and that they improve as they ripen.......and are ve…

I Have New Workout Buddies!

After shoveling the 6-inches of snow we received on Wednesday, my back was understandably sore on Thursday, so I went to the pool for an hour of swimming and walking to loosen up some of the muscles.  It felt so good that I decided to go again on Friday, and seem to have picked THE most popular time to be there.  When I arrived, there was a woman whom I believe to be in her 60s swimming laps, an older gentleman (late 70s or early 80s I would guess) walking laps in the pool WHILE using hand weights, and an extremely fit man of perhaps 60-65 also walking laps.  We were quite the busy group, and were soon joined by two large men with larger beer bellies who--in the presence of such activity--chose to sit in the pool and chat rather than bestir themselves to any similar exercise.  Personally, I was inspired by my other compatriots to pick up my pace just a bit as I think I was the slowest of the walkers.  I eventually met the oldest gent as he walked quite as long as I did, and found that…

Well, How Dumb Am I?

Yesterday Boise got its first real snowfall of the year--dumping around 6 inches in one day.  I hurt my back two months ago.  A smart person might have though this would be a good way to get out of shoveling snow.  And what did I do?  Check with my spine doctor ahead of time to make sure it would be okay for me to shovel snow when and if we ever got any.

WHAT WAS I THINKING???????????????????????????????

Reading Challenge

I haven't written anything about this year's goals yet--things have been busy and a bit disoriented with the back issues--but to start with, I made my 100 books goal again, though there were some VERY short books thrown in at the end.  This year I am doing it again, though I have vowed to not get behind so early.

I'm still enjoying going through so many books, but because so many of the books weren't that great, I have decided to treat myself with a little Jane Austen marathon to kick off the year's reading/listening.  I'm doing them all as audio books because I've got a lot of work to do to catch up from my downtime with my back, and I've realized that it FEELS like it takes longer to listen to a bad 6-disc book than to listen to a good 20-disc book.  Last night I finished Jigsaw by Anthea Fraser, and I had known I didn't like it after the first disc, but I convinced myself to listen to the other 5 discs because it was "short."  I will NO…

Best Quote of the Day

"Watching these Republicans debate on MLK day is like going to a Mel Gibson movie on Yom Kippur." --Anthony Borowitz

Things I Have Learned This Week

*  Walking in a pool for an hour is pretty tiring if you've spent a fair bit of the last 7 weeks laying on heating pads

*  Sunny winter days are mostly frustrating if the cold irritates your back too much to go walking and driving around involves too much sitting

*  I realize that it's a very, very bad thing for water levels, but I'm hoping our lack of snow and ice continues until my hip/back issue is completely resolved

*  It may save space to try to use the resistance balls at the gym instead of buying your own, but it would also require a much different attitude toward dirt and grime

*  A heating pad gets surprisingly hotter with a large cat stretched out on top of the person laying on the heating pad

*  A surprising number of people go the pool at our gym and just sit on the steps. 

*  The idea that I might have actually injured myself by walking on a treadmill makes me far more cautious about going up and down the stairs--and makes that bubble wrap ensemble fairly tem…

My Treadmill Privileges Have Been Revoked

I may be the first person in history to have her treadmill privileges revoked during physical therapy.  It turns out that "no impact" in the physical therapy world doesn't simply mean "don't run."  It also seems to mean "no incline, no speed, and walk like your grandmother."  The re-alignment that we've worked so hard to achieve is still quite fragile, and after my nice 30-minute workout of relatively-gentle hill walking, I found out at physical therapy yesterday that the other hip had now turned and was causing the morning back spasms I'd experienced the previous two days.  After 20 minutes of being yanked back into alignment and a visit with the spine doctor today, I have been banished to the elliptical machine (gentle), swimming, and walking in the pool and have been assigned one more month of physical therapy.  Oops.

This is the Plan

The biggest problem with canning--well, besides that all that standing being what actually uncovered the hip problem that resulted in the emergency room saga--is that one needs lots of storage space if one has lots of jars.  Since I was incapacitated at the time, Andy rearranged the storage space underneath the stairs, and got all the jars put away:
In other years, I have put flats of jars away as they were filled, but that left me with rummaging around through entire flats of jam or salsa while looking for something totally different--like relish.  This year I thought it might be easier to mix jars up into flats of things that might be needed around the same time.  So, yesterday I pulled out one of the flats
and moved all but a few jars into our pantry.  Admittedly, one does not always need a new jar of green tomato chutney, but carrot salsa is always nice to have on hand, and the roasted red pepper spread is simply a treasure.  So, I think this is good.  The one problem is, of cours…


When one finally gets the artificial tree taken apart, folded, and stuffed snugly in the box,
only to suddenly hear the box ringing is still probably better than if it had been 5 minutes later when the tree AND the cell phone would have been out on a garage shelf.

Things I Have Learned From Physical Therapy

*  Being switched to once-a-week therapy might mean you're making good progress, but it also seems to mean that it can take a full week to recover from each session.

*  Doing one's homework exercises faithfully might, sadly, surprise the therapist.  Other people must enjoy pain much more than I do.

*  After having to be rescued from the bathroom floor while in my crossword puzzle pajamas by 8 strong young men, my battered ego has gotten a little boost from my being more flexible than my young therapist and his assistants.

*  One can learn a lot about human muscle structure by what hurts after what exercise.

*  The doctor who prescribed the Valium for after physical therapy appointments really knew what he was talking about.

Not Quite Average

It's interesting how things change around us when we don't seem to have changed ourselves.  For years, every doctor I've ever seen has commented that I must be pretty active--which I generally have been--because all my life I've had what they referred to as a "runner's heart."  I don't know if the term is still used, but it just meant that my heart rate is slower than normal.  It always has been.

Thanks to the recent fun with my back and either my age or seeing a doctor who didn't have my medical history or a change in medical practices, this is now a "potential problem" that I could be referred to a cardiologist for.  I suppose I can't really blame him--if you faint in the ER you're probably going to be tested for everything--but as the cardiologist could only do something ghastly like give me a pacemaker that would rev my heart up faster than it generally EVER goes and I would probably feel like I was about to expl…

And We Bid Christmas Good-Bye...

The Christmas ornaments are coming down,
and I think this year's music-themed decoration scheme really might be my favorite one yet.  I seem to be the only one amongst my friends to do different "themes," though I think the idea might be taken up by some of them next year.  Friend/'s such a fine line..................

Question for the Day

Am I annoyed because the cat enjoys walking across the laptop and somehow just managed to open a chat window with a total stranger, or am I annoyed because my cat has figured out how to do something on the computer that I don't know how to do?????