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Just a quick update on life

There's a lot going on in my life right now.

For starters, I got new glasses!: 


Although that's not all that important. I did lose 2 lbs this week, and I've gotten up to 6 miles on my new exercise bike. I think tomorrow I'll try for 8. :) I lost my voice earlier this week, it's still not back. Makes my job difficult since it's a chatty type job. 

Speaking of jobs...well, I'm getting this physical therapy right now, she's doing myofascial release on me. It's a type of soft tissue therapy for tight painful muscles. It's amazing. Anyhow, I'm doing my pt exercises at home every day and seeing her twice a week for treatment. It's just...I have so much hope. She spent the last two weeks on my legs, which are my first biggest problem. Next week she'll work on my butt/hip area because she said the reason my feet turn out when I walk is the muscles are pulled so tight they are turning my feet outwards instead of letting me walk straight. 

Then, I assume we'll work on my second biggest issue, which is my shoulders. The knots in them right now are really bad and they hurt so much I napped twice to escape the pain this week. I try not to do that unless it's really, truly, horrific pain.

Oh, but anyhow, on to the subject of jobs. I plan to try and get a second short shift job. I'm done with PT in four weeks, and I plan to start applying in two weeks. This way I can already have the ball rolling. I truly feel so much better that I think I can do it. I'll be working two jobs that are 4-6 hour shifts, which is good for now. I did 5 hours the other day so easily! When I left I realized I hadn't been hurting at all. This is huge progress for me. At my current job I've gone from crippling pain during two four hour shifts, to doing 6 hour shifts and 3 day work weeks with very little pain, over the course of the last few months.

Excitement!

There are some other things in the works lately for my writing as well. Keep checking back for updates on things that will be going on here. :D

Do any of you suffer from chronic pain? If so, how do you deal with it? Do you work/is it difficult?






Comments

  1. Loving the glasses. I am glad you got your exercise bike and got up to 6 miles already! Wow!

    I hear PT is hard on everyone, but they are not as good about doing their PT homework. Sounds like you take it seriously. Good for you. I wish you a pain free life :)

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  2. Thanks for the comment! It's difficult, but since I'm seeing results I definitely want to keep up at home.

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  3. Cool glasses, but I wouldn't expect anything less. You're a very stylish lady. I have chronic pain - fibro and arthritis. Massage, sleep and unfortunately drugs work for me.

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  4. PT is a godsend when you do your home stuff consistently. You're already rocking that recumbent bike, and I know you'll do great!!

    Good for you for checking out the second job! WOOOT!

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  5. I love your new specs !!!

    You seem to be enjoying that bike, I HATE mine ! My bum hurts everytime I get on it...lol. Guess, I need to upgrade it ! Woo-hoo for the mileage you are cranking out.

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  6. thanks guys, and sweet pee -- it's a recumbent so it doesn't hurt your butt!!!!! Get one! :D

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  7. Dang, I thought you looked great before the new glasses, but now... WoW! I love them and how good they look on you. Excitement is always good and there are few things as exciting as feeling good. Good luck with the job search and I'm eager to hear your writing news!

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  8. I don't suffer from chronic pain, but I have lived with it for most of my life through my mother. She was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1993, and has never been pain free since. She also has not worked since. I think its awesome that you are so focused on your health, and are devoted to going to physical therapy and trying new things to improve your pain. For a lot of people I know that fibromyalgia is almost a death sentence - it literally steals away your ability to live a healthy, happy, and productive life.

    Good luck, and I hope things keep going well for you!

    -a

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  9. Amanda, thanks for the comment and the good luck wishes, I hope things keep going great too!

    :)

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