Always Wanted to go Hiking...

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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 5/23/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
***OT for just a minute****Well, its Saturday and I have 2 more days left of high school. Im very excited because I have been planning things. I think I have decided (for now) that I am going to do the nursing program when I start school in the fall. I think I might be interested in being a traveling nurse. They make a ton of money and everything from food to board and stuff is paid for when you travel so... AND I really want to go different places so I think it would be a really cool thing for me to do! Im going to work this summer though. I should be getting a lot of grant money and I wont need but about half, so Im going to pay my car off and take over insurance and stuff to help out my parents. I have been putting my graduation money in the bank. I pocketed a 10 dollar bill. And cashed a 15 dollar check to buy some shorts. But, the other 145(so far) has been added to my savings.
 
I just feel like for ONCE in my life I am able to start planning things out. So, thats my college plans for now. Umm... therapy is going okay. I have a doc appt soon and will most likely begin new meds. Hopefully that will help me. And I am going to FL in 3 weeks. And I cant wait.
 
Well, back to the title. I have always wanted to go hiking. But, my body would never handle it and I didnt know where to go. Well, today was a drizzle of rain day (again) and was okay out so I wanted to do something. Well, we have a preserve with hiking trails that lead to the creek right down the road from my house. NO one ever goes there. NO ONE. So, I figured why not!
 
My brother and I went and walked approx 4.5 miles of trail. And we went really far down a shallow creek and then turned around and went back to the trail. We found 2 box turtles and I took them home. Well, then I wanted to take them back so we went back. And we put them by the creek and walked down it and realized where it went to. So, we walked down it. It was SO slippery and had HUGE holes from erosion. So, my feet were slipping into holes and it was twisting my ankles all around. Causing lots of pain. But, we made it back to the river. We decided to go swimming! that was the best part! Although, I was scared of what was in the water so it took me a while to go out!
 
We stayed a long time and it started getting late, so we hiked back through the trails and then short cut down the creek back to the other trail.
 
My feet and ankles were killing me from that creek. My calves were killing me from the ups and downs of the trails. And my knees from walking. And my back. It was really fun. But, I wasnt made for it!
 
I want to try to get in shape now and lose all the weight I gained from my Lyrica. I m very unhealthy and now maybe I can begin to control things more myself. When I get a job I want to buy my own "healthy" food. My mom fries everything! lol so... and start going walking and stuff. When I start college they have a gym that I will be able to go to anytime I want so... I just have plans for me to better myself physically and mentally.
 
Hopefully things happen the way I imagine! Not to mention I turn 18 July 28th so... That will be exciting also. I am SO sore, but it was kind of nice doing something for a change. I am going to start going more often. Summer here in AL is incredibly humid so a nice hike to the river will get me in shape and then I can swim and have a good time outside. I think it will be a good change for my life.
 
Well, my back is KILLING me. And my arms for some reason. I didnt even use them! lol So, I have ot get off here and go lie down. I just want to give an update and let everyone know whats going on. I know Im not on as much as I used too. ALSO, I almost forgot. I am a featured blogger now on a youth website for different causes. I am assigned to the "tolerance" channel. So, I blog for youth and hopefully let my voice be known. But, its a lot of work. I have so many times I have to blog. And phone conferences and such. But, its for a great cause. I was chosen from a ton of people to tell my stories and everything so... I guess they felt I had something to say! I hope it will be the start of things I can do in the future. Activism wise....
 
Sorry so long, thanks
Lyrica(15 months on, but now officially off of it!) and Paxil(about 6+- months)
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks-currently in therapy
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"Cracks in the concrete are just reminders that you fall apart no matter how strong you are"
"Sometimes it is best to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve"
    "Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, talk like everything is perfect, act like its all a dream, and pretend its not hurting me."


Sherrine
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   Posted 5/24/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Tennis, it sure sounds like you are making great plans for yourself.  The traveling nurse idea sounds right up your alley.  You can do two things you've wanted to do and get paid for it!  yeah    How did you come up with that idea?  No matter.  It is a good one.
 
I'm glad you went hiking, too.  I know you are sore but if you do this more I bet  you will become accustomed to it and it won't bother you as much.  It definitely is a healthy thing to do and you can cool off in the river.  That sounds neat! 
 
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation.  I remember when it seemed soooo far off but here it is!  Time does go by fast.  I'm quite sure  you will really enjoy college.  You are a very bright young lady and should really do well.
 
I'm glad you stopped in and let us know what you are doing these days.  You have grown so much in the couple of years you have been posting here.  You have come a long way already!  I'm really proud of you.
 
Sherrine
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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 5/24/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Sherrine.

Actually, I was up most of the night. I hurt so bad all over that I could not sleep. I couldnt stop moving, and my dog was in bed with me so..at 2:30 in the morning I thought maybe a warm bath would help my muscles. So, I took a bath! Then, I got on the couch. I was still hurting alot. All over. Every bone, muscle, ligament, nerve, nerve cell...in my body hurt. My knees felt like they were on fire. My back was killing me. I had a huge headache from not sleeping. Even the bones in my face were hurting. It was terrible. I fianlly fell asleep though and got a few hours of sleep.

Today, walking isnt the easiest thing. Its very slow and labored. They are still very sore. I have been taking tylenol since last night. But, I still feel like I shouldnt move at all!

I really enjoyed being outside. Its something I have always wanted to do, hike. And I went, even though my body HATES me for it... but I will probably continue to go. I am hoping that maybe my body will become accustomed to it and maybe it will help me get in shape some. Plus, I want to go swimming in the river! But, for now, I am just going to have to wait cause I can barely move! Guess thats what I get...

I really just decided that the medical field is something I cant get away from. The nursing program seems like it would be good and I think it is something that I will do very well in. Most people say its hard, but I already know so much and it interests me so... I know I will do good. Becoming a traveling nurse is something I want to do because I would be able to move around and see different places, something I have always wanted. Plus, there are so many benefits to it that it seems worth it to me. It just seems like a good idea. So, right now, I am headed in that direction.

Thanks for the support! Only 2 more days for me! And graduation is Friday. That feels good to say. THIS Friday. Finally... phew... it has been a LONG journey for sure. But, Im ready!


Lyrica(15 months on, but now officially off of it!) and Paxil(about 6+- months)
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks-currently in therapy
www.myspace.com/wilson_gal22
"Cracks in the concrete are just reminders that you fall apart no matter how strong you are"
"Sometimes it is best to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve"
    "Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, talk like everything is perfect, act like its all a dream, and pretend its not hurting me."


Dagger
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   Posted 5/24/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations! College is a bit better than high school because you have some control over your schedule. Try not to schedule any classes for your worst time of day.

My niece is a traveling nurse. She and her friend will be working in Hawaii for next 3 to 6 months. She loves it, she likes traveling and she never gets bored at work because the job is always changing. She gets to see the country and doesn't have to worry about money. She gets to choose where she goes.

doodie
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   Posted 5/25/2009 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow!  You have a lot to look forward to.   Remember to enjoy your journey as work towards your destination. 

I love hiking.  It is so nice to be outside.  I can understand how your body reacted  though.  You did a lot.  If  that was first time out  you should be really sore.  If you went swimming then you did use your arms too.  My point is don't let that deter you from going again.  Just start out a little slower.  It really is great exercise  and you will build indurance.

Enjoy smilewinkgrin

Doodie

 


TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 5/25/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Dagger, thank you. that gives me a lot to think about actually. That is VERY cool! Hawaii... I actually considered a college there, but the cost of living there is high for someone like me. But, I think traveling like that would be a good thing for me. I have always wanted to travel and see the country and perhaps other places. And it would be even better if I got to choose where I go. I am looking forward to things though.. so..

Doodie, it is nice being outside. It has been raining here for what seems like months. So, there hasnt been much sun at all and that makes me sad. Its summer and I want some sun! lol I did get in the river. I didnt necessarily swim. So, I didnt use my arms. I was afraid to go out further than a little over waist deep. I was afraid of what was in the water! lol But, I'll get used to it I guess. And your right, it was the first time in a long time that I have done that much at once so I was going to be very sore, I knew that. But, I plan to keep going so hopefully I will get used to it.

Thanks
Lyrica(15 months on, but now officially off of it!) and Paxil(about 6+- months)
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks-currently in therapy
www.myspace.com/wilson_gal22
"Cracks in the concrete are just reminders that you fall apart no matter how strong you are"
"Sometimes it is best to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve"
    "Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, talk like everything is perfect, act like its all a dream, and pretend its not hurting me."

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