Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Something Very Cool Happened Today

Today was a better day for me. In the midst of it, something very cool happened.

Today, I went to my doctor to talk to him about my knee issues and get a referral for a new physical therapist. Part of my feeling so hopeless has been because I KNOW I need to exercise... I *want* to do more, walk further, bike, and skate... but I keep hurting myself. I have a lot of knee pain when I exercise, but almost none when I don't. I am not a fan of pain, but with a torn meniscus, severe degenerative arthritis, and bone spurring, pain is a part of life. It has been about 7 months since I've been to the doctor about ANYTHING. I figured I'd ask him what to do about the knee problem.

Well, it was 7 degrees outside, the car wouldn't start and was covered in snow, my son and I had to scrape snow and ice off TWO cars to get one near the other to jump start it. We got that done and then I had to run errands. When I got to the doctor, that is where something very cool happened that I was not even expecting.

"Step on the scale," she said. I stepped on. I do not dread the scale anymore, at all. I feel "normal" about scales, even in public like that. Well here's the special part: when she slid the block weight thing over, she STOPPED AT 150! She did NOT push it to 200, and then end up sliding it back lower. This is the FIRST TIME in, what, 15 years or something, that I have gotten on a doctor's scale and they did not just start out at the 200 mark (or the 250 mark) and go up from there. She KNEW by looking at me I was under 200 pounds! I couldn't believe it! I mean, *I* know I am under 200 pounds, but I still feel like *other* people don't know that by looking at me. And the way I have been eating this week, I felt exceptionally big, so when she didn't slide that thing all the way to 200, I was like, WOW! Really??? I don't look 200+ pounds? It felt amazing. (And for the record, the weight she got with shoes on and food in my stomach was still 100 pounds less than the highest weight I've seen on a doctor's scale. But yeah, I am up a few pounds).

The doctor was great, he checked my knees and felt the horrible "crunching" noise they make even when I was sitting and he gently raised them to straighten. We talked, he told me I am doing the one most important, effective thing to help my knees and that is losing weight and trying to be active. We talked about possible meniscus repair. And he gave me a referral to a new physical therapist that he thinks will be able to help me with exercises to strengthen the muscles around my knees, and give me a better idea of my limits and the possibilities. I am soooo excited. I feel like there's new hope now and maybe, just maybe I am not "stuck" in this broken body with icky knees forever. Maybe it *can* get better, at least better enough for me to hike and bike and walk farther without hurting myself.

Shopped for Thanksgiving, did great, bought only what is on my plan. And I also bought some firewood for a nice roaring fire in the fireplace this evening. I think that will lift my spirits. And speaking of lifted spirits, I have begun taking my supplements again AND last night I set my Sunrise clock and had a very pleasant awakening this morning that felt just like a spring sunrise. I think I am going to like this! I also have my light box sitting next to me and am about to turn it on for 20 minutes. I tried earlier today but I had a migraine, and migraine + light box = PAIN!!! The headache is gone now, so I will turn it on shortly.

Thank you SO MUCH for all the helpful comments, compassion, and friendship. I wish we were all neighbors... because I'd invite you all over for turkey and mashed cauliflower tomorrow :)

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

16 comments:

Joy said...

That's so awesome about the scale. You certainly don't look even close to 200 so I'm not surprised ;) I have to experience the flipside of that when even at my highest weight of 240, they would start at 150 and I would actually laught at them and be like, thanks sweetie, but you better keep on moving! LOL. I actually find it quite embarassing when that happens; I don't know if they think they are doing me some favor or if they really just can't tell weight but it is what it is.

Good on you for going to the doctor and discussing your options! Hopefully you will get some much needed help at the physical therapists and can start more of the activities that you would like :) Happy Thanksgiving. BTW, I would LOVE to come over for some mashed cauliflower; thanks for asking, heh heh ;)

spunkysuzi said...

Oh i'd love to be your neighbour and invite you over for coffee!!

Wishing you and your family a great Thanksgiving!

Christine said...

I'm so glad you had a better day today. That is awesome about the nurse putting the scale on 150 to start. You must have been so pleased. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Ziemowit said...

I just got teary eyed reading about your experience with your doctor. Awesome to see you happy like that! It's my dream to be on the scale at the doctor and be less than 200 again. : ) Thank you for being my online neighbor with this journey of losing weight.

Kimberly said...

That is so stinking cool. I'm glad your spirits are lifted.

Cynthia said...

You sound so much better today! Keep it up with the supplements and light box! And good news about the knees.

One thing to remember, our bodies have a great ability to adapt and repair.

I've noticed a difference in my knee since I've been taking the Group Active class with a step portion. I can barely do it, but the result is that my bad knee is stronger now. I can go up the stairs without hauling myself with my arms. Down is still tricky, but better as well.

So I hope the physical therapist can help your knees!

CJ said...

I am so happy your knees are getting a solution :) And so glad you are coming out of the fuzz. We are right next to you , virtually if not in person. Keep going strong :D

John's Weight Loss Blog said...

That's awesome! I'll be at the doc on Monday and I'll have no such luck I'm afraid. Keep it up!

chris m said...

Hi, Lyn! Just wanted to let you know that you are my "fat-loss and health idol" of sorts. Have a super happy Thanksgiving! Lots of protein, little fat and carbs! All the best!

LN said...

Hope is a precious feeling! I am happy to hear the lift in your spirits. I hope you really enjoy your fire, turkey and mashed cauliflower and have a happy day.

Lanie Painie said...

WHOOHOO! Technically I guess that's a scale victory, huh?

Taking Omega 3 (fish oil) supplements helps stop the crunchies in my knees. I hope the new PT will help you too!

Anonymous said...

Hey Lyn, it's been tough to read about your struggles recently, feeling so helpless to actually be able to do anything to help you feel better. I hope that words of support from your global readers does help somewhat....
Sunrise clocks are fabulous - - I live in England where it tends to be grey and cloudy most of the time, and especially in winter. My clock really does make getting out of bed easier on these dark mornings.
Happy Thanksgiving...and I would love to have you as a neighbour!
Have a really good day.

Twiggy said...

As I was reading your post, I tried to imagine stepping on a scale like that and not starting with the balance thingie all the way over to the right...it blows my mind. Congratulations. You deserve a pat on the back! I'm so glad you are feeling better, I hope your clock and light box help you feel even better!

Lynna said...

Hey,
We ARE neighbors... we just don't live nearby!
So very, very, very glad for your renewed hope about your knees and the possibilities ahead. What a great Thanksgiving Day post!

Anonymous said...

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgivig day ! I'd love to be your neighbour but since I live in Northern Europe I am happy to be just your blog reader. I wish you all the best. I love reading your posts.

Twix said...

Wow! This is all great news!! So happy for you! :D

Hope Thanksgiving went well and you stayed warm. :) ((hugs))