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I know I mentioned a few weeks ago that my machine has not seen much use
because I was having back spasms. Well the spasms are gone but I still
hurt. I decided a week or so ago to get myself back to doing some simple
projects. I made 2 boot/shoe bags for my DDIL. Nothing great, just a
couple of drawstring bags for her to carry her boots and shoes to work.
Today I sat myself down and made 4 much needed pillow cases. I feel
better for having done the projects that were enough to let my machine
and serger know that I hadn't completely deserted them.They didn't make
me hurt anymore or less so it was worth the time and effort to me. Now I
feel like I can spend a little time planing somethings for spring and
summer wear. I have wedding and first communion coming up and I want to
look good.
I also have been doing back exercises to help the pain. I found the more
I do them, the easier it gets to get my body down and especially up from
the floor.
Juno

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Juno B wrote:
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Juno, I am happy for you (and your machines) that you were
able to get a couple of projects knocked off.  I feel your
pain, I scissor-trimmed and then bathed my Shih Tzu
yesterday, by the time I was done my back was complaining a
lot.  But Ming looks spiffy...

Ice, then heat... ice, then heat....

--
Beverly
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On 2/11/2010 4:39 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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When Ming is spiffy so is the world, even at the cost of ice cubes and
heating pads.
Juno

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Juno B wrote:
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Frozen peas.  ;-)  I keep one bag just for that purpose.

He was looking pretty bedraggled.  Now he is clean, his hair
is all combed out and shorter, and he's going to visit his
King Charles Cavalier Spaniel 'cousin' tonight.  Younger DD
is serving Crab Louis, so in spite of my still having
lingering affects of a cold, we're going out! ;-)  The cold
is 12 days old, so I trust I'm not still contagious.

--
Beverly
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On 2/11/2010 5:56 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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You know what's funny, I also keep peas in the freezer for the same
reason,just wasn't thinking that way.

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My SIL always kept frozen squash for her aches & pains;  she said her doctor
said that was the best icepack she could use.  I keep one of those blue
packs given to me by the hospital several years ago.

-- Emily



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It's good that you're doing things. I know what back pain is and it's
no fun but I tell myself to keep moving (however there are day's when
I'd rather not). Also, machinery, like human bodies, need to keep
moving so you have to give your machines a workout (not joking here,
machines gum up from lack of use).

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On 2/11/2010 6:09 PM, Terry wrote:
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There's not much that stops me, but spasms do. There's just "ain't no
place to go when I get them". Can't sit, stand, lie down,sneeze or
cough, be nice to anyone or get much sleep.I can live with back pain but
not the spasms.So once the let up I start up again. First slow and then
increase the activity. So now I'm increasing moerre everyday.

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In re-reading that was pretty short sighted of me, I'm sorry. Only one
person knows how bad the pain is, the person who is dealing with it.

Sorry....

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On 2/11/2010 7:18 PM, Terry wrote:
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No Need to  apologize, I didn't take it as anything more than a
re-statement of the fact that that now that I can move it's the best
thing for me. I was a working nurse for 50 years of my life, I'm now a
retired nurse, and I understand that pain is very subjective. Pain
management has come a long way, people who have pain can  get better
treatment for it than was possible when I was a young nurse. Many years
ago I had a doctor explain that when you are in severe pain don't wait,
take medication, because the sooner you treat it the faster it goes
away. That is something I've tried to get across when I know someone
hurts bad.
You apology is accepted but I took no offence.

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On Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:25:00 -0500, Juno B wrote:


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That's good news for you. I had to have a prescription review a few days
ago, the doctor told me all my tests had been excellent, everything inside
is working just how it should be, BP is spot on, cholestrol levels are
enviably low (3.9) the only problem is my back is wearing out! I'm lucky if
I can manage more than 20 paces without having to sit down. :-(

--
Richard

I have become more optimistic.
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On 2/12/2010 2:21 AM, The Wanderer wrote:
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Richard,I'm sure you are very frustrated with your inability to remain
on your feet for only a short time. The Human anatomy has never
completely adapted to an upright posture. We all abuse our backs without
realizing it. Remember how your mom always told you to stand up straight
and we as kids did it until she walked out of the room. Add age,some
spinal degeneration, that comes to us all, and various and assorted
medical conditions and you end up with back problems. As long as you can
keep your spirits up and walk the 20 steps that's good. So you have to
sit for a bit and rest it,you keep going and that's what counts.
Juno

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Juno B wrote:

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Yay!!!  Doesn't it feel so good to feel productive like that?  Even if it's
a small project, it feels good to get it done.   With one thing and another
I've not had time to get in the sewing room either lately.  Hemmed some
jeans yesterday and it felt so nice to get in there and DO something
useful. ;)

I'm glad your back is easing up for you too!!!  I thought of you last week.
I went sledding with one of my pals.  On her inflatable sled.  We were fine
till we hit a bump at the bottom of the hill, went airborne, and landed on
the larger than a dinner plate rock. First she landed on it with her hip.
Then my half of the sled came down and I landed on it on my tailbone.  Ugh!
Nothing too severe, but wow was I sore for days.   Still a little tender if
I move the wrong way......and I think I may be 2" shorter......  lol  But
it was fun while we were squealing our way down the hill.  ;)

Sharon

--
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.

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On 2/12/2010 8:07 AM, Sharon Hays wrote:
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Sharon, Ouch, ouch, ouch! It was fun going down that hill though wasn't
it. Nothing like a  good sledding down a hill! When the kids were home
we used to go to one of the local parks and toboggan down the hills as a
family. Dad in front, the four kids and  the middle and mom on the back.
We laughed and screamed all the way down that hill. I loved it.

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@ Juno:

Good to hear you're better, moving is the best one can do. I see the
benefits in my dear auntie (90 December last), the one with the rollator.
Your good example reminds me of my long time ago promise to go swimming more
often. Well, DD will be off to Kindergarten from August on, so I'm resolved
to go twice a week in the mornings. My next door neighbour (the lady with
the little boy) said she'd like to go with me, so it'll be easier to stick
to it. If I'd be on my own nothing would come of it again, I'm sure. You're
great, to stick to it all on your own.

@ Sharon:

Ouch! I hit my tailbone once really badly (my fault, had a tantrum, kicked
something with both legs at the same time and ended on my behind), so bad
that I think it must have been broken. I told them that I slipped in the
shower, truth being far too embarrassing, and didn't see a doc about it.
Anyway, to cut the story short, the bloody thing still hurts after 20 years
if I sit down in the wrong angle. At least you have had some fun to show for
your bruise! I haven't been on a sled for a good 30 years, but if winters
keep on being snowy like the last two, I'm afraid I won't get around it. DH
isn't likely to take DD to such entertainments.

U. - Still got to fight with my bitten finger, need no further injuries for
the next 20 or so years. ;->




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On 2/15/2010 11:53 AM, Ursula Schrader wrote:
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I've also taken to going back to the gym 3 days a week. DH and I go
together. That way we h ave company and incentive. Sometimes one of us
doesn't want to go, but still do it just because the other person wants
to. Going swimming with a friend is a great idea. You have company and a
bit more desire to get out there. I know you'll enjoy it once you start.
MY Son-In law who is very athletic asked me a while back if I felt
better for going to the gym. After  giving it some thought I had  to say
yes, because I do. It's also nice to know  that others recognize the
fact that I refuse to just  sit on my bottom and do nothing. Now I'm off
to clean a couple of bedrooms. 2 of my daughters and the combination of
their five children will be here for a few days o f the school vacation
that starts today.I promised them I would let them know when I needed
help instead of trying to do everything alone. That was their condition
for coming.
I'm so looking forward to having them here.
Juno

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