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Post by Greensprout on Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:24 pm

Right there with you on sorting through health issues. Worrysome about the clot, but despite wonky health plan stuff, you seem to be on the mend. As for wonky family, I recommend just ditching/ignoring them if they don’t add positivity. Personal choice, of course.

Happy holidays to you and your Mom.
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Post by Lovebird on Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:05 am



Gorgeous flowers with impeccable timing, what more can one ask for... Wink

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Post by perennialpam on Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:47 am

LB -- your music variety is astounding. I should grab this one too for my friend.

Hope you are feeling even better these days HFF.
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Post by Lovebird on Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:11 am

PPam, thanks, however both songs (this and GS') were shared by resp. HFF and GS at MDA at some point, saying they loved it, which is why I posted them here too. Except I picked the acoustic version of Breath, as I feel it sounds even more beautiful.

Hope you're on the mend HFF. Do keep us posted.

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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:14 pm

Thanks PPam,  I think my health is improving.
Lovebird, I do love that song.  Saw it on a commercial with film of divers removing trawling net from a whale.  Touched my heart.

2 months since my bent ankle and DVT episode.  Anthem dropped a lot of us and with the new year, previously authorized referrals no longer apply, soooo, phys. therapy still pending.   Whatever.  I used some savings to just go on my own.  Expensive, but, I'm working with an amazing phys. therapist that helped me with back and neck issues after third collision a couple years ago.  What's hard to find is a hands on main therapist to work with you, not an assistant.  With all the spinal disc and joint issues, I can't afford to spend time with an inexperienced person.  The professionals, here, are exactly what I need.  The clinic is, also, within 1/4 mile from where I live.  I could walk there.  My ankle is progressing every single day.  Keeping up all my vitamin supplements, curcumin (this stuff is amazing) and magnesium and not feeling worse for wear.   As with the re-adjusted insurance group specialist approval thing, just got the new referral to a vascular surgeon to check out my DVT progress.  His office may, hopefully, be closer, as well.  I'm hoping at 3 month mark this damn clot will be gone, baby, gone!

I've kept up 2000-3000mg of Vit C a day, since the sprain to aide in rebuilding collagen. The ankle is stiff from a month of inactivity confined in a boot. But tissue rebuild has been so strong that I can't point my foot. Initially my foot to lower leg angle stayed L shaped. Could not move past 90 degrees. So, therapist gave me a series of great exercises; The suggested alphabet exercise which is becoming less clunkier, toe towel scrunching which is cool for activating arch muscles I hadn't noticed before.  I'm doing a side to side version, too. Calf raises which I'm tentative to do because have a history of easy cramping from other issues.  Calf, ankle, foot stretches.  My favorite is actually balancing on one foot for as long as possible.  Every session on the affected ankle gets a few more seconds until I'm holding for a full minute.  Balancing lights up all the sore muscles and tendons, but, in a good way.  Residual swelling remains in the foot.  The donut around the ankle is limited to the outside, now.  There's some surface burning that comes and goes, probably due to the edema.

The compression hose, however, has been fantastic in preventing swelling of calf throughout the day.  The dry skin has cleared up due to renewed circulation.  Past weekend I took a trip to the mall and walked about 4 hours on and off.  It felt wonderful to move even at a turtles pace. Going up steps no problem, going down steps…..ehhh,  front of ankle doesn't give enough to step down.  Binding and painful, so pushed it, minimally.   Both feet were very achy at end of a very happily spent day with my friend.  I wondered if I overdid.  Next day, my ankle, actually, felt good and seemed more flexible.  Today, 5 days later, the ankle is much more pliable.  In fact, yesterday was my 1st time walking the neighborhood for an hour in 2 months.   Was really nice to breath in the rain soaked scents around me.  The crisp air was reviving.  I'm independently ambling!  YaaaY!!! Soon to be walking with purpose and strength once again.  :]

Another reason for keeping up the Vitamin C ingestion   "…at 2000 mg. a day of vitamin C, there was a 27% decrease in the platelet aggregation index, a 12% reduction in total cholesterol, and a 45% increase in fibrinolytic (fibrinogen breakdown) activity!"

Fibrinogen is a major component of the blood's clotting process and if too high will increase risk of abnormal blood clot formation.   Should be below 300.  Mine at time of injury was 503,  There were other very scarily high numbers.  Being chronically dehydrated for years, was no help.  High processed carb diet for nice thicker, stickier blood and no full body exercise for 2 years……  TV and zen poses were the norm. Am very aware of sitting and length of time on computer, now.  Must get up every hour to do whatever.

Here's a cool benefit:  My motivation to keep active has transformed into a full house reorganizing project.  Keep moving for health and one thought that's become strong is the gratefulness to be able to do on my own, to stand on both feet.  The opportunity to use my body, limbs is a gift!!!    So, house projects have taken on a newer meaning.   Most of mom's clothes that were laying everywhere is washed.  Sorting unused clothes and putting away the rest is the next project.  Her sewing room still has too many things in there, but, it is set up as groups of like things and I, now, know what all is in there.  I moved a sewing machine to clean and now don't know how to put into it's base in the cabinet……..  I think relearning to use it is part of my to do projects……      Her bedroom  has now entered the vortex of organizational energy.  Not a bad winter project, while I recover and before classes start.  

As I tackle this stuff the momentum grows.    I think the snowball of clearing will grow throughout the coming months….. I realize until this is done, my mind won't be cleared to do my creative work.  Clutter is a real downer and incredibly distracting to a sensitive spirit.  I find I do most all things better when others are there.  Even if my mom is, just, folding clothes my efforts in organizing other parts of the house feels more meaningful.   I'm, also,  glad and grateful I have a helper once a week.
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Post by Greensprout on Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:53 pm

Happy to read of your progress!
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:56 pm

Hi GS!

Just started reading the J. Seib ebook - Will be thought-provoking for sure, since I have loads of body image issues.

This morning cooked up Nom Nom Paleo Umami Burgers.  SOOOOOO gooood.  Satisfied my hamburger craving quite well.  Now, simmering chicken soup.   I do enjoy cooking up healthy nutritive meals.  My repertoire is small, though.  Was looking up MDA's recent post on Winter soup/stews.  Time to look for La Crueset outlets..

Even better, reading on a couple of very inspiring Success Stories pages.  Hard work is expected, results are astounding. That's what I'm working towards.......
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Post by Narrowminded on Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:51 pm

Sound like everything is starting to come together for you. That’s awesome.
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Post by Lovebird on Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:18 pm

Awesome update HFF! Sounds like 2018 will be a great year for you!

So nice to hear all those things falling into place.

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Post by Meant2Move on Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:23 pm

Agreed - awesome update. So wonderful to know you are healing and feeling better.
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:09 pm

Thanks everyone!!!

Today was 3rd session (once a week) with physical therapy.   My progress is going strong.  I can officially urban hike again!!!!!!

My ankle is 90% back to normal!!   Phys. Therapist Eric is the bomb.  He gave me great homework exercises with explanations as to why they work and every day my progress has been excellent.  Last week he manually stretched and moved my ankle to the limit. Upwards (toes towards knee) hits a bit of stiffness and binding and a lot of resistance.  Down or pointing my foot deals with same binding and pushing past can light up the stiff tendons with a dull ache, kind of like hitting your funny bone and then having that sensation sustained.

Today I did some balance work using some foot balloons progressing from stiff to softer supports on the one leg.  The affected ankle could almost hold it as much as the good ankle on the 1st firmer platform. The softer foot cushions were more challenging even for the good ankle.  BUT, both of us were pleasantly surprised that my ankle could withstand the experience with little discomfort. Mostly the ankle and surrounding muscles are weak.  Also, did some hopping, jogging work on a mini trampoline which I don't think I could have done last week.   After each exercise he'd have me walk, test it out and each time ankle's more pliable and my walk was closer to normal and my confidence using my ankle has grown!  He mentioned that the stilted walk might be just habit and hesitation on my part.   Well yea, the cascade of damage from the sprain was extensive and so disruptive and I don't ever want to go through that again.

I'm so happy I've been able to recover relatively quickly.  I thank God for taking care of me when med support was inadequate.  I'm still waiting for an RX ankle brace that I no longer need as well as a callback from the referral MediCal phys therp.  office.  Left a message 2 weeks ago.


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Post by Greensprout on Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:47 pm

Hooray for progress! Keep moving forward.
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Post by Narrowminded on Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:31 pm

Awesome news once again. So happy you found the proper professionals to help.
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:02 am

Thanks GS, NM,

SO glad at least this part is positive progress. :]
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Post by Annieh on Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:24 pm

hey that's great progress, enjoy your urban walking Smile and keep getting stronger.
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Post by Pebbles67 on Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:56 pm

Hi HFF!

I know I am late with this, but I wanted to say that I sympathize with your DVT experience.
In 2010, just after I started Primal, I had DVT blood clots in my leg that traveled to my lungs (pulmonary emboli). My event was due to long term inflammation damage from obesity, smoking and pre diabetes, but the catalyst was probably all the vitamin K rich foods I suddenly started eating due to Primal.

I have been on Coumadin since and will be for life due to a suspected clotting disorder. I too wear support hose. It is a bummer in the summer. (A poem. Laughing )

My right leg is permanently damaged and is obviously larger than the left. The inflammation is always worsened by sugar and grains. I'm glad that you have been able to heal your ankle.

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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:13 am

Yes, the urban walking continues!
Thanks Annie!

Today was 1.5 hours through hilly neighborhoods. I've discovered some lovely areas that have the old time streetlights from the 40's. Low sodium vapor lamps that provide a calming warm yellow light. Makes me feel I'm in a small intimate town far from the madding crowd that is Los Angeles. Yesterday was about an hours walk as was the day before. I've really missed walking and following intriguing corners to discover another quiet block of houses with picket fences and pretty gardens. I look forward to the mentally calming walk among shadows under trees and listen to encouraging messages via podcasts or audiobooks. This is my designated time to disengage from responsibilities. My mind expanding time. Increasing braincells is part of the agenda. The subjects of most interest lately is how to rewire my thinking for a kinder view of myself and others. Learning to acknowledge my abilities and qualities. Nutrition and any science of health in the practical sense is the other. Prompted from M2M's review I have begun reading the Obesity Code. Love how the author has clearly provided scenarios on why people gain weight. Am just at the point where the solutions will be discussed.

Oh no, Pebbles. That is a frightening event. I'm sorry to read you had a PE, but, am glad you recovered. I was, incredibly, stressed the 1st month as the risk is highest then. Your mentioning of high K food is of interest to me. Prior to my DVT diagnosis, I was taking a high Vit K supplement (close to 550 mcg) almost every day because I read D3 needed it to help body absorb the calcium properly. I'm thinking ingesting supplement, chronic dehydration and a high carb diet set me up when I damaged my ankle.
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:36 am

Well, still in the process of getting a specialist to look at it at the 3 months mark.  The 1st referral was no longer authorized because insurance changed in 2018.  2nd referral is not accepting new patients.  So, now to see who referral no.3 will be.  I'm really curious to see if that damn clot is almost gone and I hope the damage to the vein is minimal.  I suppose it's still there because swelling appears when not using hose.  :[

So, while I figure out which vascular surgeon gets to follow up, I made an appointment at an oncology center because they also have a hematology dept. Perhaps they'll be the ones to check my blood for factors that brought this situation about.  All this is mildly stressful. Things I think about at night before dropping off to sleep: Being presented a future of limitations and being shackled to a drug protocol forever.  Now I've a lifelong bloody risk for vascular and cardiac diseases.  The awful possible future could be one of nerve damage and cell destruction from chronic excess sugar floating in my blood and another damn clot stuck in my vein or worse.  I think of these things to continue to motivate me to keep taking steps to reverse as many negative affects from bad choices and to give my body what it needs to run smoothly, such as - 80 ounce oz of water a day, carb intake to less than 100 gms a day (shooting for less than 70, eventually), and movement. Lots of it. Break for movement every hour or so, max time in one sit, 90 minutes.

I pray that I can heal completely and hope I'm not too late for a normal healthy life as I get older....
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Post by Narrowminded on Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:28 am

HFF that sounds like some great goals. Ones that everyone should follow. I too need to increase my water. Much easier in summer. I’ll be thinking of you as you move toward much lower carbs and drink up on fluids. Stress has a way of making these things all that more difficult.
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Post by Annieh on Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:11 am

Walking is such a wholesome activity, I am glad you are able to make the most of it for your mental and physical wellbeing. My your referral come at just the right time.
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:49 am

Thanks Annie! Walking is my mental lifeboat.  Need those endorphin and endocannabinoid hits often.  
Yes!  NM, stress seems to be the master destroyer in all health issues.  Fascinating to read the physiological explanations of chronic cortisol on the body.  Bad.  Cortisol > nudges liver to kick out glucose>blood sugar rises> insulin rises and bad news if the cycle is chronic.  Chronic high blood sugar>sludgy, sticky blood>inflammation>damage to the arteries and veins, cells>blood cell aggregation trying to clean-up, protect lining damage>clot formation>diabetes /neuropathy>stroke
Scary, scary outcome.  Excellent explanations in The Obesity Code of how insidious insulin resistance leads to serious health issues.

After this health scare, I've been reconsidering my life views and whether they are reasonable and fair to me.  I've been sort of mad at the world, life for my situation.  Time has allowed me to heal from my emotional and physical trauma far enough to handle more and more responsibilities.  There are others with truly difficult situations and I try to remember this when I feel down.

Unfortunately, I've allowed myself to become rather isolated and realize that what I've been feeling is loneliness on top of unsupported.  Both are probably tied into my feelings of depression and sense of abandonment.  I learned from my dad's example that one takes care of their own business, you don't ask for outside help.  You handle it.  Well, now I see how this created an impossible paradigm for me to follow. I'm not my dad. This has been a powerful obstruction to my growth for years.  I felt, inadequate, helpless, afraid to show this to the world by asking for assistance in every aspect of my life.  I never had general anxiety and stress of existence before my dad passed away.  I miss him.  Siblings have been less than fair towards me in regards to my mom, but, I have the unwavering support of my cousins and friends.  That should be enough…and it is.  

Since the last 2 weeks of  December I've been hanging with my cousins, watching movies, coffee meets, shopping.  I really needed this bonding time and it's boosted my mood and I feel a bit more hopeful.   I realize I have to be proactive in this aspect of my life, too, accept that I need to socialize for my own mental health and reach out when I need company.  Been doing just that.  This forum and a few others I belong to have been an important connecting point as well as an archive of my journey for me.

Latest interest:
You know, it's been almost a decade since I wore make-up.   When much younger I LOVED designing my face with eye shadows, lipsticks, base, contour hi-lights for different occasions and outfits.  It was another creative outlet and fun for me.  My cousins would, even, ask me to apply theirs or seek my advise.

Then I got older.  It became frustrating to apply because eyesight grew fuzzy, couldn't be precise and the worst part is losing the elasticity of my eyelids. Pencils and even liquid liners took SO much effort to draw on. I quit wearing for about 10 years, but for some reason, couldn't bare to part with my cosmetics.  Recently, I looked at YouTube vids on eye make-up for women over 50.  Aaah, there IS a technique for older eyelids!

Gel pencils!!!!!  Oh my goodness, no pulling and they truly just glide on!  I've been on a sort of binge at Sephora and Ulta, lately, trying on different brands.  I learned how to apply the gels and I am creating my face in soft colors again. Discovered some gorgeous palettes of matte shadows (which came home with me) that work beautifully for older faces. Been KonMarieing my older stuff.  Rarely used shimmers, sparkly party colors, pencils not glidey enough for my skin have been going to my nieces who love make-up, too.  I kept some barely used mattes that are back in circulation once more. Decided I am worth retraining how to apply and bought 2 new lipsticks to mark the occasion.


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Post by Lovebird on Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:10 am

Gotta love the way you're dealing with all of this! Yay for rediscovering former very enjoyable activities! You go girl! Smile

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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:16 am

Thanks LB.  At least for this night I am going to bed (at 4:15 AM!!!!) contented and hopeful.  :]
When are you gonna start a thread? Would love to know what's blooming in your yard and what you're up to, these days.
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Post by Lovebird on Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:24 am

You go to bed right away and get some healthy zzzzz's!

Nothing's blooming over here at the moment. Sad

But I've bought some gorgeous dark red roses mixed with some pink flowers! Very Happy

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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:20 am

HFF I can so relate to the handle everything yourself. That is where I come from as well and with DH to care for it really makes life over the top difficult. And you are right about loneliness as well. I just hit upon that idea with me as well.

I’m happy that you are finding ways to deal with all of this in positive ways. Best to you as you continue down this path
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