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    1682 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my recent blog regarding walking to vote. (I walked a mile in my shoes...)

    I read some of your page and see you're having similar weight/health problems. About 10 years ago I lost 100 pounds, going from 285 or so (I quit weighing myself for awhile). I had joined Slimgenics (it was called Slim For Life at that time). It took 18 months to lose that weight and I felt great but felt I couldn't afford $100 a month just to get weighed once a week and have a 10 minute discussion of how I was doing with a nonmedical worker who made very few suggestions. I was sure I could do it on my own but I feel stress has been a big factor in my diet and exercise problems. Shortly after quitting the program I had my gallbladder out and they found a hernia that they couldn't use mesh on due to fear of infection from the other surgery so they just whipped stitched it (LOL) and it held for only 1 year.

    After that I had several hand surgeries, including thumb reconstructions on both hands, 2 carpal tunnel surgeries and 2 trigger thumb releases. Because of these surgeries I had to quit being a medical transcriptionist and took a huge drop in pay but kept working until finally had to retire because of macular degeneration about a year ago at age 69-1/2. I have had 42 shots in my right eye which have helped a lot but the other eye cannot be treated and the vision is very distorted and vision is 20/50 corrected but not good enough to drive any more. In addition, I have had 2 total knee replacements and 1 more hernia repair...The last hernia repair has failed, also, but I am not having much pain with that and hope I don't have to have that redone ....again!

    As if all of that is not enough stress, my husband was diagnosed with dementia about 8 years ago which I didn't realize until he had spent his life savings. Thank goodness I got him to sign power of attorney papers and to turn in his driver's license. Right after I retired, his doctor said I had to have 24/7 care for him. About that time I had to apply for Medical Assistance since we had no savings except for my retirement account. In order to qualify for MA I had to spend down half of my retirement money (on joint debts) and paid an attorney about $5000 to do the paperwork for me and explain the laws in MN. Finally, after I had a fall in May (on my birthday), my husband fell and then I fell on top of him and couldn't get up...and had to crawl to my phone to call 911. The Rescue Squad had to come out twice that evening and suggested I call my husband's doctor for suggestions. She immediately signed papers for him to go to a nursing home and 2 days later I brought him to the nursing home where he is in the Memory Care Unit. That was in June. It is now November and I sold my home (in 1 week) and have an apartment near shopping and the nursing home and have volunteer drivers who take me to see him, grocery shopping and doctor appointments (of which I have many).

    I am still trying to recuperate from moving, my fall in May and adjust to living alone and not driving. And, of course, I worry about my eyesight and how I will cope as that continues to go downhill. I like to swim and live close to a gym (1/2 mile) and have joined the Senior Center. When I go visit my husband I eat lunch there and I get a Free Lunch for volunteering by playing the piano which the residents enjoy and that brings a lot of good feelings for me and everyone who claps and sings along or just listen to the old songs.

    Thanks for reading this long post....

    P.S. I am presently 250 lbs and trying to eat healthily and attempting to exercise more. Because I am deconditioned and have generalized degenerative arthritis just about everywhere it is easy to overdue but swimming is my best choice for exercise and I find it extremely relaxing.

    I hope you can carry on and never give up (I have always had a sense of humor despite the trials I have had). When I graduated from high school, my favorite teacher wrote, "To someone who has sticktoitiveness." And that's what surviving through adversities requires."

    Have a wonderful week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1683 days ago
    Thank you for stopping by my blog!
    1688 days ago
    Is there any way I may assist you?
    1691 days ago
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    Thank you for commenting on my blog post!!
    1692 days ago
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