Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cortisone Shots = YUCK!

So last week, (as per recommendation from my attractive orthopedic surgeon) I got a cortisone shot in my left knee.  I was thinking there would be freezing first, but nope...he whips out a HUGE needle & tells me to take a deep breath. PAIN...I can feel the liquid make its way into my knee, PRESSURE...Ugh, it was so gross. I asked..."What was that, a 16 gauge?"... "Nope, an 18 gauge" he says.  Well...after a day or so of stiffness & pain, I have to say my knee feels much better than it has in a long time. So, that's a plus :)

Then, on Thursday (2 days ago), I got a cortisone shot in my lower back. That was even less fun. Luckily there was freezing first, so all I could feel was weird digging around & pressure. The thing that made it a little bit better was Alex. He was waiting in the waiting area (just a few feet away from me...I was behind a curtain getting a sterile procedure done, so he couldn't be there).  He'd gotten a cut on his thumb & when we first got there we had asked for a band aid.  So he's just sitting there while I'm getting poked & prodded in my lower back & then a nurse (that didn't know anything about the band aid giving situation) asked him what he was doing sitting there.

Well without missing a beat, Alex replied that he'd gotten a cut & one of the nurses had asked him to stay for observation; that they wanted to "monitor him"... "But it's just a cut", he says, "I don't understand why I can't just go..."  Well the nurse started to freak out a bit & it was hilarious. "What do you mean they want to monitor you?" It went on for a little bit until Alex admitted he was just there waiting for me to be done.  It was so funny...I love my husband...he makes me laugh every day.

So once I was all done I got the bad news about having to miss CrossFit not only for that day, but for Friday too :(  I wouldn't have been comfortable anyway as I was pretty sore & am even sore today (Saturday).  But I went to CrossFit today & it was a killer WOD:

300 skips (100 Double unders - ya right)
50 Handstand push ups (scaled to DB push press)
50 Toe to bars (scaled to knee ups)
50 Shoulder to overhead
100 Walking lunges

but I did it & I'm glad I went.

And I'll keep going...I was so worried when I met with my attractive orthopedic surgeon that he was going to tell me I had to stop CrossFit & needed to do Aquacize or something...but lucky for me he was very supportive of CrossFit, providing I keep doing what I'm doing now, which is monitoring how my body feels & scaling things back (no jumping or running or box jumps, for example).  And then once I've lost the weight that I need to I should be fine to do all of those things.  The cortisone shots are a means to help me manage my pain while I work towards the weight loss & then I should be fine once I've reached my goal weight. (So excited!!)

Another piece of exciting news (which will most likely help me in my weight loss) ... I've been asked to be a mentor in the upcoming Grande Prairie's Biggest Loser competition (the one that I won in 2011).  This year there will be 2 teams & no eliminations each week, just a winning team and a losing team...& then the overall winner will be the one with the highest % of weight lost.  And it's extended to 12 weeks (instead of 8 weeks) so they'll have a longer time to see results.  The winner from 2013, Barb,  is the other mentor. We will get to work out with them at least 3 times a week & go to the weekly challenges & weigh ins. I'm so excited!!!

Alright... I think that's enough for now... until next time!

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