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June 9th, 2017

Friday, June 09, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend I took my first out of town vacation in 15 years! Until 4 months ago, I had such bad muscle spasms in my back that just riding in the car for our weekly shopping trip was enough to put me in agony so a long car trip to visit family was definitely not in the cards. Four months ago, my doctor switched my muscle relaxer and I was able to make the six hour journey back to the town where DH and I grew up so I could visit with family!! I had an awesome time!

I was very active on the trip and doubled and tripled my pre-surgery steps. I rested for a couple of days when we got home and then continued to be very active. What I didn't know was that I was causing a problem with my post-surgery foot. It feels fine where it used to hurt so I thought I was in the clear. It began hurting very badly in a different place. Still in the surgery "zone" but not where it was hurting to begin with. A visit to the foot doctor revealed that I have been seriously overdoing the activity. Oops! Praise the Lord I didn't do any permanent damage but I did set myself back a bit.

I was supposed to keep taking it very easy until twelve weeks post-op and then I could go back to normal, before surgery, activity. After six months, I could then increase my activity as much as I want. Well, I increased my activity at week eight and caused some swelling and irritated the nerves a pretty good lick. Now I have to take it very easy until fourteen to sixteen weeks post-op and then I can go back to normal activity. Then at six and a half months I can increase my activity to whatever I want.

My doctor told me he was impressed by my ambition but that I need to learn to be a little more patient and let my body heal. He reminded me that they broke a bone and put a couple of screws in there to hold said bone together. Two weeks after surgery there was some slippage in the joint and if I want it to heal properly and so forth, I need to take it easy on that foot and give it time to finish healing.

I left very relieved that the joint had not slipped any more and aggravated with myself for not using a bit more caution. However, after thinking about the whole thing I realized that I will be ready and waiting to majorly increase my activity when my six and a half months is up and that's not a bad thing! I think about what I've been doing with a different part of my foot in some pretty severe pain and then I think about that pain being gone and just imagine what I can do then!!

I was having a bit of a pity party for myself and had a pretty bad binge day. My stomach let me know about how unhappy it was with me for an entire night! Now I'm done and ready to re-set myself for a new day! I won't let one day derail my entire 22 lbs of progress!!

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    Sweet Jeanne, I am late coming to this blog, but I remember reading on my friend feed one day not so very long ago that you had to hold back on exercise for a while because it interrupted the healing of your foot. It was interesting to read the whole story. It's too bad you had to pay for that good time with your family by having that setback and new pain, but so glad that it won't mean starting over again. Whew! Wouldn't that have been upsetting--to have to go back to square one. I hope by now that the foot has healed even more than when you wrote this and that you are getting closer and closer to freedom of movement.

    Hang in there! It'll be worth it!
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  • SHARON10002
    So glad that a change in meds allowed you to visit family! How wonderfful! As a former, and now retired exercise instructor, take the full 16 week time frame. Your body will thank you for it, and be all the more ready, and stronger. You could definitely do upper body and core strengthening in the meantime. If you have a pool nearby, you could also go to walk in the water, with the Drs. approval to get in the water. That would help you tremendously!
    1418 days ago
    Many many hugs. Congratulations!! Way to go!!


    1419 days ago
    I can completely understand why you overdid it. Here you were feeling fantastic, so your body wasn't giving you the clues until it was too late. Now you learned one way not to handle yourself post surgery. On a positive, think how great it will feel when you can gradually increase your movement. There will be no stopping you.

    Glad that car trips are part of your life now. I know how it is to travel with those muscle spasms. What a relief not to have to.
    1428 days ago
    Patience, always a tough nut to crack, but the six and a half months will be over before you know it, just think how quickly this year has swept by...
    1428 days ago
    Hi Jeanne,

    What a great blog Jeanne - I'm glad you checked in with your doctor before damage was too bad to fix!

    Sounds like a great road trip - glad you had fun and were able to do it!

    1429 days ago
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    Hugs to you, sweetie. I so appreciate your enthusiasm !!!!! Please take good care of yourself as you heal.
    Are you worried that by the time you are done healing that your enthusiasm will have waned? I am betting it will NOT!!

    Hang in there.

    xoxo Sue
    1429 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    There is nothing better than making lasting memories with family. So glad you were able to go back home and visit. Take good care of yourself and let that foot heal!
    Have a great weekend!
    1430 days ago
    Glad you didn't do any lasting damage and that you just need some extra time to let it heal! Also glad you were able to enjoy going on a car trip, that must have felt amazing after not being able to for so long!
    1430 days ago
    That is so awesome that you got to make that trip back home to where you grew up. I can fully understand about being impatient. I have never had any patience. Take it easy on that foot and do not be running any more marathons between now and when you can resume your normal activity.

    God bless you and keep you on your journey! Have a fabulous day!
    1431 days ago
  • TANYA168
    So happy for you that you are recovering and so motivated You picked yourself up quickly enough! Woo Hoo!!!!!
    1431 days ago
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    Be patient, lesson learned. Use this down time to be creative and set new goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon blog. Thanks for sharing!
    1431 days ago
    Awesome. NOW it's your mission to take care of that foot for another little while so it heals.

    HUGS and have a great weekend.
    1431 days ago
    Glad you could visit your family. Would e stir crazy if I could not travel and see family. Sorry for your setback but on a positive note it is good no permanent damage. Understand the binge but wise got back into control so quickly.
    1431 days ago
  • KAREN608
    there is a reason for the time limits, for healing but we always want to hurry things up for sure. You are doing well and at least didn't hurt it too much being eager. I am out digging up my front bank bit by bit, getting sod off it or weeds and putting some ground cover plants in. A lot of work so doing ten minutes then resting. I will sleep well tonight for sure. And will see if I can do more tomorrow. It is a big project. And hope no hard rainstorms hit and wash all the dirt into the street. None predicted for a long time yet.
    1431 days ago
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    WooHoo!!!! 22 lbs gone! Don't ya just love that feeling you get? A sense of worth and self-confidence. Thank you for sharing your updated progress. We're in this together. So happy to have met you on here and call you my friend. emoticon Donna
    1431 days ago
    I'm glad you were able to visit family, and I'm even happier that there was no permanent damage! I did a number on my legs last weekend by doing too much walking, and they are still yelling at me for it. Go easy on yourself, be cautious, have patience, and it will pay off big at that six and a half month mark.
    1431 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Yes, follow your doctor's orders. However you are doing so well. I am happy that you are having so many wonderful things happening...the weight loss is fantastic.
    1431 days ago
    1431 days ago
    So glad there was no permanent damage ! I can't say much about overdoing as I do that myself .When will we ever learn?
    1431 days ago
  • KURTZIE1998
    It is hard to do nothing when you really feel you can get up and go. Glad you had a great trip and now you just have to take it a little easier, you can do this. Don't give up, and having 1 pity party is ok. Hugs and love

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    1431 days ago
    It's so hard to take it easy when you're ready to GO! I like the comment above about building the upper body. Maybe pump iron while you sit? We keep our dumbbells in the TV room. I always try to remember that time will eventually pass. We just need to do what we need to do.
    1431 days ago
    Keep the positives and throw away the negatives! You don't need them anymore! Keep building up your upper body and soon the lower body will be ready to roll! emoticon
    1431 days ago
    So relieved to hear that you didn't damage the work from the surgery, and also very glad to know you have so much more energy. Love the quote at the end of your blog, something I need to hear those many times. And congratulations on maintaining the weight loss! As 2BDYNAMIC mentioned, take a look at chair exercises, as I recall reading other blogs where people found them helpful.
    1431 days ago
    YOU got this!!
    1431 days ago
    I wish you well
    1431 days ago
    perfect quote/meme selection for your blog and our lives in general. happy things improved enough for you to be able to make the trip back and were able to enjoy yourselves. looking forward to seeing your progress in our steps and minutes challenges next year -- after you are fully recovered. in the mean time, take it easy and follow the doctors orders. if you need more sit down activities to get you through the down time, let me know and I'll see what I can come up with =)
    1431 days ago

    Always glad to hear from you . . . especially Glad that you were able to get away for a bit . . . .

    Great attitude! You got this! You are such an inspiration!
    1431 days ago
    Glad no permanent damage done to your healing foot. Sometimes we think we can do more than we can. Just pull up a bit and let your foot totally heal and then you can run for the hills in the hills. Thrilled that your new back medicine made it possible to go home and visit with family. What a blessing.
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  • 52BINCE
    Glad you were able to get away and enjoy yourselves and not have back problems while driving.
    Best wishes for a full recovery ... and good job on your weight loss too! emoticon
    1431 days ago
    Keep following your doctor's advice. You're doing great over all. emoticon
    1431 days ago
    Good for you. Get back on track again. 22lbs is a lot of weight loss. Watch your food and rest the foot You can do it. 😊
    1431 days ago
    good for you for heeding your Drs. advice. And for sure you don't want to un-do all the progress you've made, so I applaud you for adjusting your sails to do what you are supposed to be doing right now. HUGS and good luck as your journey continues.

    Glad you got the back pain under control.
    1431 days ago
    The picture in closing does say it all ....Reset, re-adjust, re-start ...... Yes, even the yellow brick road has potholes! ........ You will get there and still awesome you have managed to lose 22# .....and obviously you have made enough changes that your body does not even like not eating well ........ emoticon ...
    (I am wondering if you are allowed to do chair exercises ...... I found some great ones in Sparks when I had very painful plantar fasciitis going on) ...Anyway, best wishes for full recovery!
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  • -POOKIE-
    It's hard to take rest sometimes when we feel we are used to activity, I'm under a self-imposed rest after seriously hurting my neck... and I'm BORED!

    Keep taking care of yourself.
    1431 days ago
    So happy you were able to take that road trip. Stay strong and positive!
    1431 days ago
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