Thursday and this week is flying by!

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Registered: 09-25-2003
Thursday and this week is flying by!
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Thu, 07-24-2014 - 9:18am

My doc thinks I had a muscle cramp in my back.  What?!  I dunno.  I am waiting for my blood tests, and will make a determination to get a second opinion (from a woman), as women's heart issues present differently than men's.  BUT, I AM 50, overdid it, and perhaps the muscles surrounding my spine made all of my nerves tense on fire?  I have never had a muscle cramp like THAT!  OTOH, my feet were even cramping up when I was swimming and I had to stop and massage them a couple times.

I taught my friend a new linedance last night.  It was so much fun!  We laughed a BUNCH, and we have plans to have high tea at a nearby venue that is closing at the end of next month.  I am having fun in life!  Work today, perhaps I will do yoga tonight...or not.  I have errands to run before I travel to run more errands for my mom this weekend.  Although so much is going on, I am pleased that my emotional state is so steady.  I am attributing my improved emotional state to the low dose HRT.

Jean, I await your appearance on Ninja Warrior!  GR, the high heat in AZ would definitely keep me away from there!  Karla, ouch on the feet, but yea on your running successes.  SJ, I can hardly wait to hear about your latests vacation stories!

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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 07-24-2014 - 10:15am

  FSN, do you have a roller?  Rollers are SO good for the back.  

It's therapy Thursday for me - I've got a massage at noon and my client before that.  I'll also be doing freelance work (resumes and an article I need to write).  My nails are starting to resemble claws so it's time to do that.  Depending on how much work I have, I may tackle them today.  Gave myself a pedi last night.  Planning to do cardio intervals this morning.  

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 07-24-2014 - 10:18am

I  don't think the doctor's thoughts are necessarily that far off base. How long has it been since you've swam and it sounds like you went pretty intensely.  I always tell people who go back to running that their bodies might feel like they can go back to what they were doing but they still need to build back to it and the hard part is holding back.  Plus, you already have tight back muscles so in combination, it could cause severe pain. 

I had to take my daughter to an early morning ortho appointment to get her a new retainer because our puppy chewed hers up. So that's close to $500 worth of mouth pieces she's destroyed. Good thing she's so cute... As I said, it's all our fault but it can't keep happening!  I'm probably going to parkour tonight and a conditioning class after.  I'm kind of frustrated because there are so many new deconditioned people in class and it's become too easy.  I need to be the worst one in class holding everyone back!  I get challenged that way.  I know I'm being a PITA.  I think it's awesome that they're moving and trying something new but it always makes me wonder--how do people who never work out, can't move well decide to take up sports like parkour or skiing?  It's a leap for me to get my head around it and I work out all the time!






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 07-24-2014 - 11:33am

Well it's a new day and it hasn't started well for my family. My granddaughter is in the hospital. Again. Pressure on her brain. We are waiting to see what happens next. Also, the state has declared her permanently handicapped and cut her therapy time because they say it won't help. We are devastated over it. The therapy has helped her; she has learned to feed herself with utensils, get dressed and undressed and several other things we have struggled with in knowing how to help her. There is no way the family can afford therapy like she's been getting so we are on our own to figure out how to help her. 

I challenged myself to get 4 miles in 34:10 or less this morning and I did it. ;-) I have a few more categories on the masters chart to cross off. lol It wasn't easy but the weather cooperated perfectly (63 degrees and breezy). I did some weight lifting last night and my arms have that sore but wonderful feeling. Sometimes I think I am crazy. 

One of the arms broke off my reading glasses so I need to head over and see if they can fix them. I'm thinking that I am going to have to get new frames. Ugg. 

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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 07-24-2014 - 11:43am

Oh Karla, I'm so sorry about your GD.  What a shame that they cut her therapy time.  Ask her therapist if she knows of any charities or foundations that help children.  Don't give up hope yet.  

Congrats on your runnning.  So impressive!  

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Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 07-24-2014 - 5:28pm
Karla, so sorry about your granddaughter. One place to try for funding is Easter Seals. Another thing is, see if anyone in your family works for a company with a wellness program. Sometimes, these have counseling options where they can research services for you. I used this when my mother was dying, and they gave me a lot of good options...even though we didn't use many of them, it was good to know some choices. Also,consider fighting back on the categorization. I thinking many cases, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. And if she is hospitalized now, see what services their social worker can find. (((Hugs))))
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Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 07-24-2014 - 5:50pm
Bon soir! We left Paris this morning and traveled by car to Verdun, where we met up with a French women who is a historian expert In the World Wars. Today, I made some command decisions and things worked out well..at least for me....the other car got a little lost...I think because we asked multiple people for directions and mixed them up. We had my nephew and a map (which I brought with me from the US) in our car, and we did fine! Among other things,we walked through woods where there are French and German trenches from WWI. The land is rolling hills covered with crops and farm animals but in the forest, hand to hand combat took place....for four years, until the US Army arrived. We visited a French Military cemetery,with rows of concrete crosses, all saying 'il Mort pour France'. 'He Died for France'. We stopped at a church in one of. The little villages - a simple looking church outside. Our guide said 'We will say a little prayer here because we will see enough of cemeteries and fighting'. The church had Magnificent stained glass windows...how they were paid for in this little town,I don't know. The cost of war continues to stagger me, and I cannot read things out loud without crying. On the other hand, my French is working well....I can understand what people are saying some of the time without translating it. And I was awake for dinner tonight, sustained by a can of Pringles I snacked on all day...and a few car naps. We see more battle sites tomorrow.....GR, nothing better than a good manicure. Jean, I swear you will be teaching that class by September. FSN, i think you should think about yoga while swimming,not the Olympics. What I like about it is the Meditative ness of my body moving through the water. Only 8000 steps today,and I have accepted that there will be no lifting this trip....i will be sorry next week! Oh, and they have decided they want to wait and interview me next week....or maybe I am interviewing them....
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 07-24-2014 - 6:49pm

Delurking...Karla, I'm so sorry to hear about more troubles for your poor little granddaughter. And that sucks about the cut in therapy. I also wonder if the parents can contest that decision, it would probably require the therapist writing a letter about the improvements made and potential for more. Meanwhile your running is going awesomely (is that a word?)

FSN, one word about your back: Butterfly. Your neck and upper back muscles probably don't know what hit them LOL, after a couple of years away from swimming.

Jean, for how long did you follow that Perricone salmon diet? What did you think about it overall?

GR, I sympathize on the extreme heat. Wednesday we went to the desert to visit FIL for his birthday. It was only 104F when we arrived and we stayed indoors until time to leave at 6:30pm. It was still 112F and felt like walking into an oven. I don't know how you (or my inlaws) do it for months on end. Can you imagine that without AC?

SJ, yay for your French comprehension, and for "letting go" while traveling with a group. Sometimes splitting into smaller groups is more compatible I think. Do the French take dinner at 10 or 11pm like the Spaniards? Are you getting some French regional cooking?

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 07-24-2014 - 10:30pm

Karla, so sorry to hear about your granddaughter.  I think everyone had good suggestions. Overall, don't give up!  Have you ever considered being an occupational therapist? You'd be great at it and it would be so helpful.

GR, hope your massage was good. I need to wait for the bruises to subside before I can get another but I need one.

ELC, glad you decided to delurke!  Even if you're not working out, stay w/ us.  Most of us have taken workout hiatuses (hiati?) and this is motivation to get back at some point.

SJ, awesome on beign able to understand French.  It's spoken so quickly so that means a lot that you're not translating!  Have fun at Verdun.