Answer Me This Thursday!~ Activity? Mental & Physical & Emotional

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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 6/21/2012 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
       Good morning CP members!
           Our Admin happened to post a good Blog yesterday, and it ties right in to where I was headed for todays question.
        "Do you make a conscious effort too stay Physically, Mentally and Emotionally active on a daily or weekly bases."
      Emotional: I have often felt like I have crawled into my own little dark box, sulking in my own pain, with little desire to to anything but stay there. But, I have come to realize that it is important to make an effort to be active, not only physically, but mentally, and emotionally as well.
  I have lost friends due to CP like many of you, but it is up to me to reach out,...maybe not the same friends....but it really seem important to me to make new friends. I kind of figure if you can make new freinds who can well see that you are suffering on a daily basis, and they stick around....then you may have found truly a good relationship worth the effort.
  Mental: I just so happen to be able to work,...and the type of job that take a lot of mental thinking...with math and problem solving. But is it enough? I dont think so! I often pick out an item or subject that is interesting to me and research it to pieces. Now, ...I'm not one to play online games, but I can see where it would be mentally stimulating.
    Phycical: WOW! that can be a tuffy! I think the greatest fear is...the more the physical activity the greator the pain. In many cases that may be true, but again,...I think we need to make an attempt to keep our bodys in some sort of shape...and I'm talking about muscle stretching. Again, I happen to work a full time job, that requires a lot of bending, pulling, lifting, twisting, climbing stairs and so forth. Is that enough?...again, I dont think so!... so I do some sort of PT at home.
  Please feel free to how you stay Physically...Mentally...and Emotionally active. I know many of you have commented on Peters post...and that's ok. It's all good! wink  
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 6/21/2012 8:12:26 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/21/2012 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
well here goes...

Emotionally, I haz 3 kittehs. nuff said.

Mental, I play online games, MMOs, puzzle games and such. I can spend hours on whitejigsaw!

Physical well since I'm finally getting some meds I can move around a bit. I walk a bit around my house and even got out today for the morning/early afternoon because my auntie wanted company on a trip.

*edited because my typing sucks*

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   Posted 6/21/2012 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I do well emotionally. Someone bugs me I tell them to go to .......
Mental..I do a lot of puzzles. Try to learn something new . I crochet and love learning to make new things.
Physical? its hard because I have very sore feet. Can't be on them very long, but I do some floor exercise to make up and range of motion exercise.
today is yesterdays tomorrow.

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   Posted 6/21/2012 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I try to stay active physically, I have an out activity sometime twice a week and it keeps me in touch with friends, I also use my recumbent bike 3-5 times a week. Why pay for physical therapy when I'm active at home, emotioally I have 3 kitties and I' m in counseling, as for staying sharp I cross time for anything else.
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   Posted 6/21/2012 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Very tired tonight... so this will be my version of "short", lol.

Physical: I have limitations on certain things... but just keeping my house together... laundry.... taking care of the kids... etc. keeps me moving. Too much on most days. about 6 weeks ago - I started walking 2x per day. At first, I couldn't make it a block w/out my heart going out of control, etc. (I had been on bedrest for 5 months w/ the twins). Now, I can make it further than I ever thought (it's still not all that far - but good for me).

Emotionally: Friends, family, going to church regularly is huge for me to keep me sane, etc.

Mentally: I'm in my 13th year of homeschooling... and teaching the curriculum, state standards, etc. is enough to keep my mind spinning :)

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   Posted 6/22/2012 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Kudos to many of you for keeping everything in Harmony. I admit I need to do better all the way around. And 'SE' made some very good points.
PHYSICAL- I'm limited on what I can do. Something I did one day that didn't cause me problems with my back can put me down the next time I do it. So it is hard to decide what I can do without flairing everything up worse than it is. Good Days and Bad Days as all of you with CP know very well.
EMOTIONALLY- I'm a mess even though many of you I talk to regularly may not realize it. Is seems to help a lot chatting with the friends I have made since coming to this forum. I sit in front of the computer many a time with tears rolling down my face reading all the issues everyone has. So a lot of the time I hold back from talking about my own issues. I know I need to open up but find it very difficult at times.
Mental: I guess most of my mental work out comes from getting on the computer solitary type card games. Spider Solitaire is my Fav.
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   Posted 6/22/2012 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Mental activity -- well, since I spend most of my waking hours writing, I'm quite mentally active.
Physical -- aside from random chores around the house, I ride a recumbent stationary bicycle. I've also thought about getting a rowing machine since most of my pain is in the upper back. I've wondered whether building those muscles will help or hurt.
Emotional -- it seems like nearly every conversation with my wife is "emotional activity". I went through a significant bout of depression last month, as my pain meds weren't working and I was staying in bed all the time. But thankfully, I'm doing better and my mood is quite upbeat once again.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds:20mg Oxycontin daily, Oxycodone 5-10mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia).

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   Posted 6/23/2012 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
     Bumpy! tongue
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"Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward."

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   Posted 6/24/2012 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
These are all aspects of my life that I have been working on since Jan. of this year. Previous to Jan. I had spent the last three plus years bedridden, in agony, majorly depressed, crying every day. I had done everything possible to find relief for this monster of a headache and nothing brought me relief. So I started thinking that if this is what my life was going to be like I had better start moving forward, getting out of bed, dressing, etc. It's not been easy, that's for sure, but one day at a time, I began going to the gym, getting back into my scrapbooking and going to the store to work on my projects there, being social there and meeting new ladies, making new friends, working on being independant again instead of watching the clock all day and waiting for my husband to come home from work. It's still a work in progress but it's a step in the right direction.


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   Posted 6/24/2012 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I am dealing with serious CP and advanced prostate cancer, that is no longer curable:

Physically - I go once a week to a very high quality Oncology Rehab Program, have been in it for nearly 1 1/2 years, its not much, but it something I look forward to, and my therapist (same one all this time), knows me well, and what my limits are

Emotionally - It's my 4th time dealing with a serious cancer in 12 years, I long ago accepted it, for what it is. I think that is part of the battle. I don't feel singled out, or punished, etc. I am dealing with the cards that fate (or whatever you care to call it) has given me. The cancer and pain may control my body, but I refuse to allow either of them to control who I am as a person

Mentally - I stay busy all the time, within the limits of my physical abilities of course. I do consulting work when I can, as I am on 100% disability. I spend a lot of time here at HW helping others, mostly on the Prostate Cancer Community, I spend a lot of time helping my wife and family, and to keep my brain sharp, I do 5-10 crossword puzzles a night. Staying busy, keeps my mind busy, and keeps me from self-pity or dwelling about the reality of my medical condition.

David in SC
Age: 59, 56 dx, PSA: 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, original catheters 63 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/10 .04, 8/10 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8, 12/11 14.0, 4/12 37.0
Other: Spent total of 1 ½ years on 21 catheters, had Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10
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