Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Weekly Weigh-In: Still Limping

I spent most of the week limping (literally) from one thing to another.  When I could, I would sit with my leg elevated, sometimes I could even ice it.  Of course, I was working most of the week and that may have had something to do with exacerbating an already painful and swollen situation. 

I went to an Aqua Fit class on Saturday because they say that it’s easy on the joints and knees and such.  When I woke up Sunday in more pain, I was so discouraged.  I can do upper body strength stuff but only sitting and I can’t really get down on the floor for core/abs.  I’m limited but not stoppable.  I am doing what I can, when the pain is not too much for me.  Otherwise, since Friday, I’ve tried to stay off my leg as much as possible.

I lost 4.5 lbs (2 kg) this week.  Still over my goal for the year.  A little disappointing.  It doesn’t help that I am physically unable to do all that I want to do to lose the weight I have regained.  At least I am losing the weight but I would like to catch up with my goal and even get ahead of my goal, which is where I was before I left to see my mother.   So my short-term goal is to get back on track. 

The workout goals for the week:
Use free weights for upper body
Take care of my knee
Take care of my knee
Take care of my knee



14 comments:

  1. Satia I hope your knee feels better soon! Maybe a few days rest would do it well.

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    1. OE, I've been resting it for three days and this morning it was worse than ever so I'm going to go to urgent care today and not wait for a doctor to have time and space for me in their schedules. Earliest appointment is July 7 and I can't go that long. Not like this.

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  2. I hope urgent care can help with it. If you overdid it just may take a while to get back to normal. With all the exercise you were doing before you didn't have that problem so it doesn't really make sense.

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    1. Betty, At least now I know what is wrong but I don't know what to do about it. EVERYTHING the doctor suggested is something I'm already doing so it makes it hard to know what I could/should be doing differently. At least when Rob was diagnosed with diabetes, he knew what changes to make. I feel bereft.

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  3. I can totally sympathize with the limping and getting frustrated. I had an ankle injury in March and it has been all this time until I finally had surgery done to try to resolve. Did you have an MRI or xray to see what is going on with it? I found lots of exercise videos on you tube for ankle injuries or chair workouts. You may want to check some of them out. I wish I had done it sooner in this process. I basically sat around for months and have gained a lot of weight from the inactivity.

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    1. angrygreycatreads, I had an xray done yesterday and it's arthritis so now I am on bed rest. But I plan on exercising in bed. I just need to bring my free weights into the bedroom. :)

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  4. Good for you for doing the upper body stuff that works. I find that so helpful, if nothing else it keeps exercise in my routine so that when things heal, I still have that habit to build on.

    I see from Google+ that the diagnosis was arthritis. I was super-frustrated after my diagnosis, 13 years ago, at how little help or guidelines they give. The good news is that, these days, I have very few and limited flare-ups.

    In the short run, ice and Nsaids help me the most. I also, sometimes, get some relief from swinging the foot with no weight on the leg to "oil" the joint -- a bar stool or the tailgate of a pick-up is perfect, but I often do it just by holding up my thigh and letting the foot swing.

    In the long run, walking and losing weight was what helped the most.

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    1. Joy, I was surprised the doctor didn't tell me to lose weight but that's definitely a high priority. Not that it hasn't been but now maybe my loved ones will be more supportive. To be honest, though, I'm feeling discouraged and am disappointed in myself.

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  5. You have had so many health issues, but you seem to figure out a way to keep moving. Hopefully being away from the stress and negativity at the doctor's office will help you to improve quickly.

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    1. Betty, If nothing else, not having the doctor asking me to follow her three or four times a day and not having others ask me to take things from one end of the office to the other will go a long way to allowing my swelling to go down. Not to mention the prescription I'm taking. I'm in bed and doing my best to rest through the pain.

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  6. More thoughts for long-term....I think yoga and/or stretching has made a difference. If my hamstrings are reasonably loose, I'm less likely to have an arthritis flare-up in my knees.

    And, I think, in the long run, that low-key strength-training helped. Strong quads and glutes protect my knees especially when I'm going up stairs, but also when doing work in the yard. I wrote about that on my blog once. Here it is: http://www.joyweesemoll.com/2012/01/10/gardening-as-exercise-and-my-weekly-checkpoint/

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    1. Joy, Thank you. I think I need to see if my insurance will cover the physical therapy and begin there. I love yoga and I'll resume that as soon as the swelling is gone although I think I'm going to shift to restorative yoga for a while, to approach my practice with caution.

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  7. Oh my goodness, I am so sorry about your knee! I certainly hope it will be better soon, Satia.

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    1. Suko, I'm on bed rest and hopefully it will be better soon. And the medication the doctor prescribed should make a difference soon.

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