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Sep 23 2015


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I am the most klutzy person. I finally decided to start walking, running or riding my bike tonight. I could feel the quads burn! I was doing so great until my foot slipped off the pedal. I ended up with a sprained ankle. So much for exercising.

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Thankfully, it isn’t too bad. I am laying on the couch with an ice bag propped on my ankle. I’m eating left over pizza and waiting to find something decent on television. Enough of the pity party!

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Sep 13 2015

A New Outlook

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My mother in-law got along so well with her back surgery. The Kyphoplasty surgery went well and she felt great. Unfortunately, she was not feeling well the morning of the surgery. She continued going downhill as nausea took hold and caused her to lose her appetite. We tried everything to get her to eat and asked the doctor to prescribe anti-nausea medicine. She became very frail and fell. She got her first ambulance and helicopter ride.

The past week has been a blur. We have her in a rehabilitation hospital where she is receiving physical therapy. Her Occupational Therapist is optimistic that she will be able to live at home. We will see what her doctor thinks. We are praying for good results.

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Sep 01 2015

Back Pain

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My mother in-law has dealt with osteoporosis for a long time. She has pain and rolls with it. Last Sunday was different. She had excruciating pain and asked us to take her to the emergency room. After an x-ray, it was discovered that she has a large fracture of the spine. She stayed in the hospital, first time except for the births of her two children, and on Monday the hospital did an MRI. The MRI confirmed the fracture. She stayed in the hospital another night. I think the doctor wanted to keep an eye on her since she was in a lot of pain and taking strong medicine.

On Wednesday, tomorrow, I will be taking her to Indianapolis for back surgery. The procedure she will have is called Kyphoplasty.
This is what I found searching the web:
Performing Kyphoplasty Surgery

During kyphoplasty surgery, a small incision is made in the back through which the doctor places a narrow tube. Using fluoroscopy to guide it to the correct position, the tube creates a path through the back into the fractured area through the pedicle of the involved vertebrae.
Using X-ray images, the doctor inserts a special balloon through the tube and into the vertebrae, then gently and carefully inflates it. As the balloon inflates, it elevates the fracture, returning the pieces to a more normal position. It also compacts the soft inner bone to create a cavity inside the vertebrae.
The balloon is removed and the doctor uses specially designed instruments under low pressure to fill the cavity with a cement-like material called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). After being injected, the pasty material hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.

Kyphoplasty surgery to treat a fracture from osteoporosis is performed at a hospital under local or general anesthesia.

I will be bringing her home after the surgery. Prayers appreciated.

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May 17 2015


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 photo IMG_0896_zpsl6uevhhr.jpgYesterday, my friend, Linda, and I accompanied our daughters to Metamorah, Indiana so they could participate in a Spartan Race. It had rained the day before the race which made the course very muddy. My daughter and my friend’s daughter are both very physically fit but the mud made this run quite the adventure. My daughter is so sore from pulling herself up out of mud holes and climbing up hills. There were 22 obstacles in the 6 mile course. They were challenging but doable. The mud was the beast. They finished the course and tried to wash the mud out of their clothing. I’m glad we brought lots of towels for them to sit on in the car. It was a mess!

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Aug 19 2013

A Little Bit of Back Ache

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I don’t look nearly as tired as I really was from using the longarm all day. Maybe I didn’t work as hard as a Raleigh commercial real estate attorney but my back aches and I am ready for a break.

Using the longarm causes my lower back to tense up. I need to learn to relax those muscles and I really don’t know how to do that. In the meantime, I will sleep with a heating pad on my back.

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Jul 16 2013

Tornado Visits Our Town

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Last Wednesday, I decided to take lunch to my daughter at her work place. Before going there though, I decided to go ahead and do my banking in town. Banking finished, I headed out to the south western portion of the county and shared lunch with my daughter. As we began to eat, the sky grew dark. Winds picked up and it began to rain. We watched from indoors as trees bent in half, struggling to stand up against the strong wind. After listening to the weather reports, we headed home. Thank goodness we did.

We had a strong storm containing straight line winds. Our neighbor lost a tree and we were lucky to only have limbs thrown about the yard. Town was not so lucky. The bank, where I had been a few hours before, was closed due to damage. Several businesses lost their signage and our favorite hot dog stand was demolished. It was determined that a tornado had set down in our county. Hundred year old trees were laying on their sides with their roots exposed. A mail truck did a complete roll over when the winds picked up the truck. What was amazing is that no one was seriously injured. For that I am thankful.

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Chainsaws buzz everywhere as the cleanup has begun.

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Jul 12 2013

Why Over The Counter Drug Addiction Is So Common

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The problems of drug addiction and misuse are well known. No matter where you live in the world, chances are there are communities near you that will be plagued with drug addiction and crime. But there is a new addiction problem brewing, and one that is potentially on a much more significant scale to drug addiction as we traditionally think of it. Prescription and over the counter medications can also be addictive, and as society trends increasingly toward self-medication, health experts are worried about the implications this may hold. Over the counter drugs are sold as innocuous treatments, safe for everyday consumption. But as with all medications, this is seldom the case. The ease with which these medications are available means that people across the world are quick to self-treat. While this can be safe when individuals proceed with care, too many people are using these drugs too frequently for their health. This can reduce the effectiveness of these medications as patients build a natural tolerance. But worse, it can spark addiction problems that can lead to serious long-term health consequences.

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Seemingly mild drugs like paracetamol can actually kill in certain doses. As a result of the commercial success of the pharmaceutical companies that make these treatments, they are now readily available from virtually any grocery or convenience store. Excessive consumption of these types of drugs, including prescription medicines, can easily lead to devastating addiction problems. In many cases, the addiction may be just as severe as that arising from illicit drugs. Rehab centers and treatment programs are reporting a rise in the number of referrals for addictions to legal substances like over the counter medication. While the substances concerned may be different, the treatment and rehabilitation process can bear many of the same features as those associated with more traditional addiction problems. As a consequence, these treatment methods seem to be equally as effective in the treatment of drug addictions, regardless of the legality or availability of the substance concerned.

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People who become addicted to over the counter drugs often feel like they are somehow at fault. In reality, they are battling the physiological effects of these drugs and chemicals which have a pronounced impact on the biology of certain patients. While withdrawals and side effects can be difficult, holistic approaches to treating the addiction problem can help identify and tackle the root causes of the illness. Over the counter medications are often regarded as less serious in their impact, because of the severity of the illnesses they treat. Coughs, colds and a runny nose don’t seem like they would require treatment with powerful drugs. Yet taken incorrectly, even the least harmful medications pose the potential for addiction. Given the rates at which these medications are bought and consumed nationwide, some experts are now predicting a time bomb of prescription and over the counter drug addiction. Drug addiction is a serious health risk, regardless of the form it takes. A dependency on any substance is bad for your health, and can pose life-threatening health complications. For those looking to break free from addiction, rehabilitation and treatments programs are available nationwide to tackle the illness for good.

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May 15 2013

Great Wednesday, Considering

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I didn’t sleep well last night. We had our bedroom windows open to let fresh air circulate. It was wonderful until I fell asleep. Our curtains were blowing over me and I felt like a ghost was touching me! Needless to say, I did not get up and go for a run this morning.

I did put another quilt on the longarm and did some studying on m-audio fast track pro at guitar center. I have two more quilts to finish before Memorial Day but I also needed to get that information. Why are there so many things that require my time!

I did get my run in this afternoon. My daughter and I went to the reservoir and ran the trails. I have a new ap on my phone put out by the From the Couch to a 5K people . It was fun and at the end I felt like I really got a work out.

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Apr 29 2013

Walking to Help Animals

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We had a great time this weekend and helped raise funds for a good cause.
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My daughter and I enjoy walking and look for 5k’s that support Relay for Life and other causes. We happened upon information about the Mutt Strutt being held in Indianapolis. It is always nice to get away from the computer, although I do enjoy writing about great websites like This walk was especially exciting because we got to take our dogs. On top of that, we got to walk around the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That is where the Indy 500 is held! We walked across the bricks that the winners of the race revere. Our dogs did great. They didn’t act like the 5000 other dogs bothered them a bit. We all got exercise and had fun seeing everyone. It was a fun day. I hope we do it again next year.

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Here is Brody after the walk.
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Jul 06 2012

A 5K First!

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Yes, for the first time ever, I walked in a 5K. For those of you who, like me, need that converted into miles, I walked over 3 miles.

I have been walking a fast 4 mile walk three or four times a week since the first of April. I want to get into shape. When the gym, where my daughter works, asked her to participate in the 5K walk/run she said yes. The money raised from the walk benefited the Wounded Warriors program. My daughter asked me to walk the 5K with her and I said sure! Yikes! What was I thinking? This walk was on the fourth of July in 85 degree temperatures. They weren’t even giving away any trophies to walkers; only runners received them. That’s okay. I was just happy to not be the last person to cross the finish line.

Anyway, I did it! Here is a picture of my daughter and me crossing the finish line.


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