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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 8/10/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay everyone this might be a long post but I needed to tell you all about my first milestone!
 
The last ten days have been HORRIBLE!  So much pain down my legs....in my back....shooting down to my toes.  It's been terrible and I have been feeling so sorry for myself that I have stayed inside for most of it.  Well the biggest reason is because I got out of the tub and tripped over my yellow lab three days ago and it hurt like heck and really messed up my back.
 
Anyway, I woke up yesterday morning and the pain had resided a bit so I rested and rested all day just to make sure the worst was over with.  Well this morning I woke up and was down to a 6!!!!!  Holy cows talk about wonderful!!! 
 
Well, I got ready to head for the store....headed outside and locked the door.  I got this urge to suddenly walk to the store.  Yes I said WALK!  It was a nice morning here in KS and the heat had not begun quite yet so I decided to take a little walk.  The grocery store is only 3 blocks from us and I figured I'd take it slow and easy and if the pain really started to pick up I could just turn around and walk back to the house and grab the truck.
 
I made it all the way to the grocery store on foot!!!!!!!!  WOW!  Then I walked back to the house!!  Man talk about feeling like I have acomplished something!!!!!  I feel great that I got; One: some fresh air and Two: Excersize!!
 
I am now sitting in my chair and am so tickled with myself that I'm in a great mood LOL.  There is something about doing something good that its great to feel that you've made some accomplishment.  Even the little steps are so great to know that you have done them.
 
But, now I am sitting here and the pain has flared a bit.  Might have done to much.  I'll take it easy for the rest of the day and see how I feel tomorrow.  This just might be a routine thing LOL.
 
Anyway just wanted to share my accomplishment with all my friends.  I hope each of your pain is low today.
 
Hugggggsssssssss,
 
Scarred
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uniquelyme
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   Posted 8/10/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Scarred....Good For You!!! yeah   Walking to the store?  You are on your way... Sometimes the things that seem like the smallest accomplishments actually make us feel the best.... Take it easy until you know how it makes you feel and maybe you could do this once a week?
 
Hip Hip Hooray....I wish I could walk to the store...
 
Me.

I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
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White Beard
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   Posted 8/10/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred
 
Good for YOU! You might think it is a small accomplishment, but everything is done in small increments,  I am Proud and also very Happy for you! I do hope you can continue with  with your morning scrolls to the store! If nothing else go and get yourself a little treat! Thanks for sharing with us your joy in your accomplishment. It is nice to have someone share their  Good News! I think it makes us all feel better! I know it does me!
 
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   

yeah   yeah    Fantastic Scarred!!!  yeah   yeah

*huggs*

dani


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And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


PAlady
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   Posted 8/10/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
That's great! You know, I notice such a difference in my pain when it's a nice temperature outside and lower humidities and no storms coming in. I actually walked around my block (it's a short block!) for a few evenings last week. And yes, it's small but it does feel really good!

Maybe that's all we'll be able to do, but it's better than nothing. Now the trick is to learn how far is "too far", but it sounds like you're doing that by not trying to push yourself too much too fast!

And you can always treat yourself to a vamp DVD rental! LOL

PaLady

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/10/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
YOU GO GIRLFRIEND!!!!!!!!
That's SWEET as my two boys would say! Baby steps lead to bigger and better things, right? Just don't get too cocky and overdo, something I'm famous for doing. But really, you should feel great about yourself for getting out there and going! We're all very proud of you!
Your walkin<>talkin Buddy!
Pete
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skeye
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   Posted 8/10/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred, that is wonderful! Hopefully this becomes routine! :-) You deserve it!

hugs,
Skeye

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 8/11/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Update: OMG I had the most horrible night!!!!!! I walked toooooo far!!!!! My legs and back were screaming at me all night! Guess a half block is about all I can do for now. Got up this morning and decided to take the day off from the walking since I have a psych appt today.

How stupid to think I could walk that far!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I'm crying now!
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P


PAlady
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   Posted 8/11/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
Maybe not stupid. How else could you learn your limits? So ok, you don't walk as far next time. And remember you're also walking in the grocery store. You didn't carry any bags back home did you???

So take it easy when you know you've overdone it, but don't get discouraged. I think we all know this life with CP means we're going to have good days and not so good ones and then just plain horrible stay-in-bed days. You'll have another good day soon!

Hugs,

PaLady

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 8/11/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I had a bag to walk home with, so I'm thinking I need to remember to listen to my back. Doc's over the years of seeing a PCP have not set a real limit for me but only that I should listen to my back. Which yesterday I didn't.

But anyway I have to go to the psych today so its going to hurt pretty bad since I hate car rides anymore. Going to just rest for the next couple of days and bring my pain down.

Huuuuuugggsssss PA Love ya

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P


PAlady
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   Posted 8/11/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
I can tell you no bag carrying - and that includes a handbag! Especially not on your shoulder. If you carry something on one side, you're going to throw your balance off, the last thing your body needs. If you're going to do this, get a little cart you can push with both hands so your body weight is balanced.

Maybe it's best to keep the walking and the shopping separate for now!

Let us know how your psych visit goes!

hugs,

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 8/11/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((((((Scarred))))))))))))). Learning our limitations is tough, especially on the rare days when we feel "good."

Skeye

golitho
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   Posted 8/11/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Lovely to hear you got out and about, sorry to hear it was a bit too much... I think we all probably do that on good days too, the roller coaster ride of feeling good and positive and then the lows when we reach or overstep our limits!!! Try and relax and enjoy your resting day. Hope the psch visit goes ok too, best wises, golitho

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 8/12/2009 2:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all.  Just an update.  I went to my psych appt. and we discussed starting what they call a Pain Management Plan.  For those of you that don't know what this is it's a written plan by me, saying what I am doing to keep my back healthy and what I plan to do once the stim is in.  I think that maybe, because we are making such great progress and that I have had such good pain control that we are at this stage of our sessons or maybe its just something that they start early.  I don't know but I am pleased with the progress that we have made.
 
I have been at a 6-7 for the past month and its a breakthrough that I have been really looking for!  Of course, I still have months to go with the psych, but this is a grand accomplishment that seems to be helping me understand what I need to do to make things better for me.  The last thing I want is to have a re-injury or a new one once the stim is in and the doc wants to ensure that I am really serious about making sure that this is not going to happen so, this is what the Pain Management Plan is about.
 
What are my hobbies.....what do I do now to do my hobbies.....what do I plan to do once the stim is in place to ensure I don't reinjure my back or make a new injury.  The whole nine yards has to be placed in my handwriting and given to my psych so that he is aware of my plans to keep this going.  My walking......I have cut down to 1/2 block for now with an increase when I can.
 
Anyway just wanted to let you know what we are doing as of this date.  Hugssss to all my dear friends.  I know if it were not for you I would not be as far as I am.  There are much worse people then I out there in so much pain and I wish there was something I could do to make each of your pains go away.  But maybe my accomplishments will help you each to find a way to make your pains better.
 
 
By the way....if anyone has done a pain management plan that they have done is there any certain protecal that I need to follow?  Like is there a certain way I need to write it down?
 
Hugssssssssssssssssssssssssss
 
Scarred


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Post Edited (Scarred_for_life) : 8/12/2009 4:07:22 AM (GMT-6)

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