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Back into the gym
Tuesday, April 13, 2010      8 comments

I finally have permission to return to the gym and the recumbent bike without the immobilizer. The first several minutes are a little tough but everything settles down and I bike away. It is so good to be back there.... Read more
New Knee is misbehaving
Saturday, February 13, 2010      9 comments

Gosh I have learned to love my daily gym time, the routine of going in the morning, the great cardio workout, even the sweating part and now suddenly my usual routine will have to be changed. It seems that the tendons, muscles and ligament... Read more
Rainy Day Letter
Friday, February 12, 2010      5 comments

This letter was written last year to be used as a reminder that life is not totally terrible. It offered encouragement, courage and some memories that needed to be brought to the front. I hope you can find the ability to write one for yourself... Read more
The gift of a new knee
Monday, February 01, 2010      9 comments

Two weeks after my knee replacement I started on a recumbent bike for twenty minutes. Well at first it was really about five or six minutes. It was so painful I wanted to stop but I did not. In fact I had a fitness club 100% behind my rehab.... Read more
DBT Therapy for BiPolar Disease
Friday, December 18, 2009      11 comments

This week has been a reward for determination and persistance, I have been accepted in a DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) skills training that begins in January. You see I have bipolar disease and a personality disorder that often turns my li... Read more
New Knee Now 60 Days Old
Tuesday, December 15, 2009      6 comments

Well it has not always been easy or pain free but you would not believe how far I have progressed with my new knee. I got off on a troubled start, not having really walked for several years that led to an extended period of physical therapy. ... Read more
Adventure of a new knee
Thursday, November 05, 2009      6 comments

Well today it is a little over three weeks with this new knee that looks great, that is allowing great alignment of the leg but... I saw the surgeon this week and he said I am not able to get in enough exercise by walking in the house. I unfo... Read more
Ah the Beauty of Autuum
Wednesday, September 30, 2009      4 comments

Autuum has arrived in the Pacific Northwest with the zeal of a toddler, swift, cool and uncaring about your feelings. The choice is to accept and enjoy or rebell and fill with anger. So much like my journey here at Sparks acceptance is com... Read more
Labor Day signals the beginning of autuum
Sunday, September 06, 2009      4 comments

Tomorrow is Labor Day and as usual here in the Pacific Northwest it is cool and wet. Yesterday and today in reading various messages from all my friends on Sparks there was talk of picnics, bar-b-que's and sun. Here it paints a much differ... Read more
The Golden Years of Retirement
Wednesday, August 12, 2009      6 comments

Retirement: That period of time in your life that you work toward. That period of time that the media says is mecca well I am not positive that it is all that it is cracked up to be. Yes I have worked hard for many years supporting my fami... Read more
Have you ever made a mountain out of a mole hill?
Tuesday, August 04, 2009      3 comments

Well raising those mountains should be my middle name I am so good at it. Sometimes experience is not necessarily a good thing. There are reminders everywhere telling me to give this up but it is a work in progress. Cardio appointment went... Read more
hot hot hot look fter the frail and elderly in your neighborhood
Thursday, July 30, 2009      6 comments

whew it is still scorching here in washington state there has been some thunder and lightening which is always scarey because we live on the outskirts of forest. today i spent at the medical center having a stress test and wanted to stay... Read more
Downsizing the trial of being old
Saturday, July 25, 2009      4 comments

Today I am packing up my apartment but due to lack of space in my new dig most of it will be donated or trashed. Funny how things need to be part of your life then suddenly they need to out of your life. I am finding this packing and givin... Read more
Surgery Postponed
Tuesday, July 21, 2009      8 comments

Well the best of plans are always open for changes. Today was my pre-op appointment for the knee surgery and I was not cleared. Yikes what a shock that way. They are going to require a cardiac stress test first. So for as much as I compla... Read more
I Love Monday
Tuesday, July 21, 2009      1 comments

Everything feels fresh on Monday if working it is the first day of your work week if you are a student it is the first day of class ... Read more

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