Hi MiMi, I am sorry about your baby toe. That sounds like one of the things that I am always doing to myself. Lately, it's my head. I even fell out of my high bed onto the baseboard with my head leading the way....but that's in the past and I have recovered. You should be commended for your tenacity in being a huge part of this group. Thank you for maintaining!
It's still summer in Wisconsin but, thank goodness, the heat has given us a temporary reprieve. Lately though, my body overheats at the slightest exercise, even walking the dog at a rather slow pace.
My husband and I were literally tied to this home because my 93 year old mother-in-law was living with us. About 10 months ago, she had a heart attack and a stroke which left her bedridden and in need of constant attention. So we were her caregivers. It was incredibly difficult and I must commend my husband for the loving care he gave his mother. She died on 7/6/2015 We miss her but she was ready. She just kept getting worse each day, was in constant pain. Near the end everything multiplied and she was an even bigger challenge. She lived a long, happy life.
One of the side effects of the above is that I am now free to go to the Y for exercise regularly. I have a knee that was popping in and out of it's socket several times per day so I am doing water exercise. It is wonderful. The 45 minute classes just fly by.
Has anyone had a similar problem with a knee? If so, how was it resolved? My own knee has been much better lately but I don't know why.
Again, thanks for being a mainstay of this group, MiMi. I will try to check in more often now.
Maggie in Milwaukee, WI. It is lovely, breezy and cool in the shade, warm in the sun here today. It's the kind of perfect day for walking the dog or just walking yourself.
I have high cholesterol, too. Losing weight, if you are overweight, is one of the top ways to have your bad cholesterol drop. Also, regular exercise will help to raise your good cholesterol (HDL). A mediteranean (excuse my spelling) diet, using extra virgin olive oil is said to help. Not ever frying foods, grilling, baking or using a slow cooker will help, especially if you take care to remove any fat.
There are many other things that you could research online. If none of them work, please consider discussing statin medications with your doctor. I just read that they also reduce your risk of stroke.
Too often, caregivers take the easy way out and over-medicate patients they consider troublesome. Kat, your dad is lucky to have you in charge!
MiMi, thanks for being so faithful in welcoming newcomers and pointing them in the right direction!
We're in the middle of a few days of high humidity and high temps and, as Slovene54 said, I would prefer the rain. I hate hot weather, especially with high humidity.. Give me winter anytime (except for the icy roads and sidewalks). Actually, my favorite season is fall with the cool days replacing the drippy ones of summer.
I recently injured my rotator cuff on my right arm and, wow, that's no fun. I joined a health club for women that has a lot of upper body machines,. I also shampooed my carpets. I think one or both of those caused the problem. I went into a week long flare after 2 weeks of the club. My doctor put me on 50mg Diclofenec, which is an anti-inflammatory and it has helped already, after just a few days. I looked at her closely when we were together and realized that my doctor is getting old, not just me. It is unimaginable to think that I may have to find a new doctor. Every single doctor in her group is....well, I better keep my harsh opinion to myself here. Needless to say, I wouldn't want any of them.
I shouldn't brag about the weather, but it has been absolutely beautiful in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We have been in the 70's with some rain, mostly at night and just enough to spare me from watering the tomatoes, etc.
I have been in a bad funk lately and am wondering if my depression medication is working. I don't see how you face all of this pain without medication. Maybe it is time for you to consider taking meds.
At the same time, I look up to you for the strength you have shown and the kindness that you display to everyone.
Please know that you are in my heart and my prayers. I am sending soft hugs your way.
Congratulations to you and Cece for those tremendous weight losses. I feel wonderful about the 12 pounds that I lost so I can only guess at how good both of you are feeling.
I too have been posting irregularly here. Part of it has been due to my frequent flares which have kept me in bed for days in a row. The weather here in Wisconsin has been erratic but I cannot blame weather since a bunch of my flare days were sunny and warm.
How wonderful to be able to help out your son and DIL. You and your granddaughter will have memories that last forever.
Thank you to all who have served our country and to the families who have shared in their gifts of service.
I just turned 68 years old and have never worn make-up. When I was young I was quite the feminist (still am in most ways) and decided that, if men didn't have to wear make-up to have women like them, then women should not have to either. Also, I never liked the idea of putting make-up on my skin. No hair dye, either...natural is what I try to be
I, too, wash my face several times a day, but I use soap. Right now, my bar has shea butter in it. Often, I use Dove or Caress. My skin is very oily but I never had trouble with acne.
WebMD has an article about bras that says, if you wear them at a young age, you will sag more when you get older. Thank goodness for bra-burning parties in the 60's and 70's (yes, we really did do that). I did start wearing them as I gained weight. When you're 105 pounds, you really don't need a bra.
I also feel like I have saved my feet from becoming deformed by avoiding the torture of high-heeled shoes with pointy toes. Guess I'll never win any fashion awards.
It has been a rainy, then cloudy Friday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This has followed three absolutely gorgeous, warm, sunny days, so we can't complain.
My front yard is awash with over 200 blooms, mostly tulips, but some leftover daffodils, hyacinths and just coming are the lilies of the valley.
My labradoodle, Tyler, is now 5 months old and he has turned into a devil dog! He thinks it's great fun to jump up on me as we're walking, to bite me when I try to untangle his leash from his legs, to pick up every piece of litter he see's (actually that part helps since my dogs and I have been picking up litter in our neighborhood for over 30 years). Today, he was so exasperating that I tried to turn him on his back like Cesar Milan does to show who's boss. Tried is the operative word here. He's just too strong! I love him to death but sometimes I wish I had tranquilizers to give him.
Sunny weather is supposed to come back for the weekend. Sure hope so! Hope it's sunny in your lives, too.