Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ramblings from Barb!

Hi! Son's right knee is improving by the day! Steven's been getting up and around, going to physical therapy----he has 2 rounds of P.T. under his belt so far, and he's been working on his exercises at home. Sad but true, good thing that hubby and I've been through it ourselves before, so that we can help son out with what he needs to do exercise-wise at home, and we have some of the equipment at home, like exercise bands, an exercise bicycle, balance ball, and a boscu ball. I wish that I could take a picture of his knee, but he's at that point where, "Mom, if you take one more picture of me!",  I'll probably be brained!

As for me, I'm slowly working on wearing my Ascics sneakers, increasing an hour a day, and my right foot seems to be tolerating it okay. MY podiatrist said that it may take 6 months to a year for the swelling to go down on my right foot. The sneaker fits snug around the foot, and I can tell that my big toe's shorter in the shoe!!!  Maybe a pic again one of these days!

 Fibromyalgia...I'm wondering how many of my readers have it or if someone your  family or circle of friends has it. Since I was diagnosed with it last year, I've been reading up on it, trying to learn more about it and what I can do to relieve some of my symptoms. It's not something that my patients at work tend to have, and I didn't learn about it in nursing school years ago. I listen to podcasts or music to get my mind off of the discomfort, and am trying to get more mobile again (Aiming to get son to show me how to use Wii Fit (?) once he's doing better!). We've got the Wii and I've got exercise dvds---especially some Tai Chi, that I plan to use, maybe in the next few days. My TENS unit helps with my neck and upper back area. And I forgot my one-speed bicycle (Panama Jack) from WalMart, that is absolutely inexpensive and gorgeous! can't wait till I can ride it! Sleep is still an issue for me, and my rheumatologist switched my meds a little Monday to see if that would help. I'm not super crazy about taking a sleeping pill every night, but I do need sleep!

Summer... wow! (It makes me think of "Summertime" by Brother Love---he's cool!) It is almost over in our household! Steven has registration for 7th grade this Friday and next Monday, and then he goes back to school a week from today! I have mixed feelings about it! I got to spend a lot of time with him this summer, due to both foot surgeries.  And then there were times when he totally drove me crazy, but I still love him regardless! Clothes shopping... oh boy, I think  it will be at Aeropostale, he seems to like their clothes. We have just about everything else he needs supply-wise, due to a recent shopping excursion to WalMart  before his surgery!

My guys are at karate, and I'm home doing laundry and watching something from Netflix called "Food Beware:The French Organic Revolution". It's quite interesting!  In an hour, I'll be watching "Royal Pains", my favorite tv show!!! I've never been to The Hamptons, but would love to someday!

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