Well, I've made it thru my first week of being in my cast and am still waiting for the insurance to approve the "bone stimulator" to hopefully get this fracture on track to being healed within the "normal" time of 8 weeks even tho the Ortho doc made it quite clear that he does NOT think that is going to be the case. Munching down my 2400 mg of Calcium citrate (need to take that kind if you are on meds for stomach acid in case you didn't know that) and Vitamin D3 5000 I/U since I'm on anticonvulsants for a sz disorder which depletes that particular vitamin. Not weight bearing or driving AT ALL and foot feels remarkably BETTER which brings great joy! Hated that I had to start at Ground Zero last week and was pretty bummed/grumpy about it 'til I decided that wasn't going to help anyone or anything so did the "scratch and get glad"! Then just got thru a couple of days, put a new spin on it and voila! Looked at it as only having 6 weeks 6 DAYS left which felt much more "doable" than "7 weeks" LOL! Just had to claw out that silver lining, again, abstract as the day is long, but made it into a manageable chunk for my mind to handle. Now I know how the dogs feel when I walk out the door without them tho! Have folks bringing me stuff in but not taking me out for rides in the car... my kingdom for an outing! Actually get to go to a meeting for Medicare with mom today and am so excited I can't sleep! Have an attitude of gratitude for all my FB friends, friends who are calling just to check on me and my mom who has been the greatest help ever!
I know I sound like a train wreck to a lot of you but I still feel blessed by what I do have in this life. Thanks be to God!
It's me, Wendy from Dayton, OH checking back in again having made no progress so far because I developed incapaciting hip and foot/ankle pain. After visit to the ER twice and multiple docs in between, it turns out that I have a "navicular fracture of my ankle" which may require surgery! A lot of this I feel is my fault as I have osteoporosis (severe w/ bone age of greater than 70 years when I was in my 40's). The reason I'm accepting part of the blame is that I have NOT been as compliant with exercising as I should have been because of the chronic physical ppain from the rheumatoid arthritis, haven't been as vigilant about taking the Vitamin D and Calcium supplements or Estrogen because I had "too many other" meds to take and they fell by the wayside and on and off I would relapse and smoke when the stress of dealing with multipls chronic medical disease overwhelmed me. I've been walking around on an unset fracture for over 3 weeks which threw my hip out as well thus AGAIN rendering me bedbound and ALL the docs said it was my RA acting up so they gave me buckets of steroids which further suck calcium out of your bones! Over the last week I've been placed on treatment for Type II DM caused by the Dread Pred as well as Hypertension. I finally changed rheumatologists as I didn't feel that mine was acting fast enough to get me onto a workable treatment for the RA to get me OFF of the Pred. I see them in about 4 days followed by the appointment w/ the ankle specialist... a lot will happen that day. Have an MRI of my ankle at 6:00 a.m. today so will close for now. If you've been sedentary or have osteoporosis already, EASE into activity. My fracture was spontaneous but they type is associated with jumping, sprinting, etc. and I'd hate for any of you to go thru what I'm going thru right now.... darned near an unbearable pain when I hit the wrong spot while walking and almost drops me to the ground.
God Bless and keep you all, you are in my prayers with best wishes for all of you. Take good care of yourselves.... you are beautiful, loving, worthy people who deserve the best that life and love have to give!
Thanks for letting me know that in some small way that I've helped! I am so upset by the Cushingoid appearance from the Prednisone that I always feel compelled to "qualify" to peoTple, even STRANGERS WHY I LOOK LIKE I DO! I finally figured out that NEW people just figure this is the way that I look which was a HUGE victory. It's when I see people that know me from BEFORE that do the "JAW DROP" and OMG, what HAPPENED TO YOU??? That I end up with hurt feelings and letting the small stuff get to me. Like the GREATEST DOCTOR of ALL said (Seuss): "Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind and those that MIND don't MATTER!"
I thank Jesus for every little victory that comes along, a good parking spot, a good day with my blood sugars, a less painful day than the one before, being able to start AND finish a load of laundry... HE blesses me in little ways regularly especially of late with having to change Rheumatologists (previous one just was NOT helping and kept saying "I just don't KNOW what to do with you!") and my initial appt w/ the "new" group was in mid November... I called re: if they had a cancellation list that I could get on and maybe be seen earlier and Thanks Be to God I got an appointment for 2 days later! Same thing happened with the Orthopedic surgeon for this outrageous foot/?fracture? pain. And I got a decent night of sleep last night too! I've found that even on the darkest of times that even if you have to scratch your fingers down to bloody stubs, you can ALWAYS find a silver lining... it may be rather abstract but it is ALWAYS there.
Again, remember to take those annoying little "extra" pills because THEY ARE RECOMMENDED FOR A REASON. Be good to yourself FIRST!!!! At the very least with these pesky CHRONIC ISSUES, TRY TO MAINTAIN AS MUCH OF WHAT YOU HAVE AS YOU CAN! Or, as I try to say, do the best you can with what you've got to work with.... obviously I hadn't been following my own mantra or I wouldn't have ended up in this pickle! LOL! Back on task now, using as many chewable vitamins/supplements as possible to avoid the "horse pills" and it makes them a bit more "fun" to take.
God bless and keep you and yours. Best wishes to all of you!
Well, I guess this is where the rubber meets the road for me too. I'm a 51 year old single white female who has gone from 138 lbs all my life to 178 lbs since a rash of health issues hit in 2009 following a knee replacement... turned out the issues on top of osteoporosis (I ate like crap to stay at that low weight) was that I had rheumatoid arthritis which apparently was an elusive diagnosis for an awful lot of doctors. Oh, they found a whole lot of other things WRONG but it wasn't until I finally was referred to a Rheumatologist that I found the source of the chronic pain and bone crushing fatigue that would lay me out for weeks at a time. Life stopped. My metabolism stopped. Everything morsel that passed my lips turned immediately into fat which went directly to my face and abdomen thanks to becoming Cushingoid from being on the Prednisone. I look like I took a good smack in the mug from a frying pan, LOL! My face is a classic MOON SHAPE now and, well, I'm dependent on the steroids. The past two days I've been suddenly having blood sugars in the 200's which was a sudden onset thing (I'm hoping it is a result of a colonoscopy prep) and I feel horrible at that level... and I'm scared.... granted, my doc is chalking it up to the Dread Pred but again, THIS is where the rubber DOES meet the road. I HAVE to DO SOMETHING AND FAST. I already have kidney disease, my vision is poor at best and I just can't take another hit. So, it's time to buckle down and start moving. I guess my biggest dietary intake at this time is Pharmaceuticals, at least it seems that way to me, always taking a pill or injection for one thing or other but allegedly I'm supposed to feel better for doing so, right? So I need to MOVE more I'm sure. I'm praying to GOD that this is a deal of mind over matter and that I can DO this. I don't have a husband or kids to give me THE PUSH or support but realize that they could actually be a hindrance just as easily..
I guess I'm looking for friends in this online support community to commiserate with and support each other in this quest for the best... in life, diet, health and heart. Any takers?