Happy Valentine's Day. I'm running super late today, but I hope everyone is having a great day and a great weekend. It's kind of cloudy and rained earlier this morning, but it's a gorgeous day.
Husband and I get our second COVID shots on Thursday, so we're looking forward to that. They say the vaccines are effective against the variants and with Florida having one of the highest counts of variants, we'll be happy to have that protection, though we know we won't be able to let down our guard yet. We're so grateful we've been lucky, so far.
I saw my ortho doctor and he says my foot is healed so I'm out of the boot (again) and hoping to stay out this time. So far everything seems to be going okay. The doctor says I can walk for exercise now - have had to start off at just 1/4 mile and am allowed to increase distance by 1/4 mile every few days, as my foot will allow. It's so nice being able to walk without the boot - what a difference.
I saw my neuro on Thursday and they did nerve conduction tests and an EMG on my hands/arms. I was slightly confused by what he said, because he acknowledged that I have neuropathy in my hands/arms, but also said my nerves/muscles aren't damaged (per the EMG). The nerve conduction test did show reduced conductivity in both arms/hands. It sounds like, basically, the problem is neuroforaminal stenosis - which is caused from the vertebrae in my neck overlapping causing the openings in my spine to narrow and put pressure on my nerves. No damage (yet?) but certainly pain. :-)
I still have 3 weeks of PT left and hope that will be beneficial.
So - that's all that. I did manage to lose another pound earlier in the week and my weight has sort of bounced around a bit, which indicates I may be getting back to "normal". Last time I weighed, I was down a pound from last week and will weigh again later and see if that's still the case. Being able to get out and walk without the boot has helped immensely and of course, the extra thyroid medication I've been taking has made me feel a lot better. I'm having to cut that back now because I'll have blood work in a few weeks and I need to get back to what would be in my blood if I only take the med prescribed to me. That could cause my downward weight shift to go back up again. Hopefully, being able to exercise will help counteract that.
The best thing is that it's almost spring and the days are getting longer, which always makes me feel better, even though we are supposed to be getting rain for the next few days.
So - that's me... how are things with you? I hope you've been able to reach whatever goals you set for yourself and look forward to hearing about them.
~~Wishing everyone a wonderful, successful week~~
**Stay safe and wash your hands**