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re: Rain and Pain
As always, I'm checking in to see how everyone is doing even though I haven't had much to say lately.
Phil and Gem: I'm finding that I don't have to have the rain to have arthritis pain. My bones are also aching and I'm in dry, and I mean DRY climate. The days are cooling to the 70's but the nights here in the desert have been in the upper thirties to low forties. I'm thinking it has to do with the barometic pressure and just our old age. I've started my ibuprophen daily dose!
Pat: So glad to here you made yourself one of those rice bags. I know I couldn't live without one, nor can Paco! He has already pulled his off the shelf in the morning wanting me to warm it up. That's one reason why I'm up at 2 am with an aching back. I have those thoratic degenerative disks w/arthritis. I have made several of those bags in various shapes and sizes, some with velcro straps, so I can be up and moving around with the heat. OK...so....I'm back again, as Paco heard me up and had to check things out, pulled his rice bag off the sofa from yesterday mornings warm up and wanted it warmed again! If I'm up he's up, you would think that little dog would stay in bed with Bob, who puts out heat like a furnace.
Gem: Bob's friend who has worked with him for nearly twenty years, just retired and has been in the hospital in Boise for three months, nearly died at one point and nearly lost his leg. He is type II diabetic, on insulin and had a leg ulcer, out of control. He went from Lewiston, to Spokane, Wa for surgery to remove the dead and necrotic tissue, then had to go to Boise for his wound care and close to family. At three oclock this morning he is being moved by ambulance back to Lewiston for recovery and plastic surgery on his leg. He is finally off antibiotics and pain meds. He is so lucky!!!!! I preach to Bob all the time about taking care of his legs and feet, being diabetic also. He hates that I'm always taking care of his feet and putting on lotion (he thinks its sissy, girly stuff) but he'll be thankful one of these days. If you let your feet dry out and become cracked it just welcomes all that bacteria to come in and set up housekeeping.
As for me, I'm still up exercising almost every morning, lost 25 lbs and 3 1/2 inches off my waist!!!! Yeah, I didn't think I had it in me, I surprised myself. It has given me more energy and I feel much better too, but for a Narcoleptic to get up at 6:30 am has been a real challenge, one I wasn't used too. I worked at the hospital at 11 am and that was the earliest I could get up and get the cob webs out of my brain. This early rise has given me some other problems that I have to deal with and big adjustments to my schedule. I still have those bad days, some very bad days, but I just take it one day at a time.