Monday, May 31, 2010
Last night while sleeping on Diana's futon-done-into-a-couch, I think I figured out what happened.
Back in the beginning of March, my teacher & I were sans students for a couple of days, so we decided to box up & move books & extra computers back to the warehouse for the ESD. We did use a hand-truck to bring the stuff to & from the car, and we used good body mechanics & worked together. However, we were loading into my van, and at one point, I overextended my reach. The teacher is an avid swimmer and has much stronger arms than mine :/
I didn't really notice much at the time, other than a little discomfort in my shoulder. Over the next few weeks though, I stopped wearing my watch, because my wrist would start to hurt. I thought maybe it was stress. My life has been a little stressful lately what with all this nebulous stuff about where I'm supposed to work next year (as they laid off my teacher & I'm supposed to be at a new site in the fall), plus knowing Lee is being cut in hours soon (although he's working very hard to find something else - it's just really super tough right now).
Anyway - as I kept feeling discomfort and aches in my arm, I decided to try acupuncture, because I'd heard good things about relieving stress that way. I did 4 weeks of treatment, using various Chinese herbs. I did have some relief, but then it would come back.
Last week I decided to visit a chiropractor & get a massage & an adjustment. He noted a lot of tightness around my shoulder & did an adjustment, which also helped a while. I also got a pretty strong massage - actually too strong for me. I was sore the next four days :( I'm supposed to get a lighter masseuse next time...
Toward the end of last week, I began wearing an arm sling. I am taking ibuprofen & acetametaphin pretty regularly when the throbbing won't stop, and when it wakes me up.
After all this, I think I really damaged something in my shoulder from back in March. No matter what I've done till now, it's not getting better. I've been babying my shoulder more & more, and it's still not getting better. I've readjusted my seat in the van, changed my keyboard on my desk to have a 45-degree angle at the elbows, and basically stopped using my left arm whenever possible.
Tomorrow I will go in to work, and make sure the teacher is covered before I ask to leave to go to the doctor. I will also email HR and let them know I'm going to put in for worker's compensation. I'm really really hoping something can be done to help, as I'm supposed to work in my old classroom for Summer School in July, and that will involve lifting students again!
Wish me luck & prayers are always appreciated!!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
This happens in every state in the union, as well as the provinces in Canada, and various other countries where TOPS chapters exist. The Kings and Queens are all invited to the International convention, and from those folks, the International King & Queen are chosen.
Division winners are recognized for their weight lost in the year prior to the convention (so, for this one, the weight lost in 2009, only). A person is placed in a division every year according to their first weigh-in of the year. Divisions are separated by 50 lbs, with separate divisions for children, teens and people who have had surgery to lose weight.
Kings and Queens are the people who have gotten to their goal in the prior year - but it can take however long it takes. Our current Queen for Oregon took 16 years to get there. People who have had surgery are not eligible for Royalty.
Any state division winner or royalty will be recognized at the annual state convention for as long as they 1) keep the weight off and 2) attend the convention.
As you can see, Lee was a state division winner (2nd place is a winner, too), and henceforth, he will be able to inspire those TOPS members at any convention he attends.
He is currently 4 lbs from his goal weight... GO LEE!!!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The calla lilies apparently don't die no matter what.
Double peony doubling over from rain.
New growth on the transplanted little Douglas Fir.
Hydrangeas in their cage.
Snowball bush in full bloom.
The very messy rosebush after a strong wind with rain.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
At the site where Lewis & Clark reached the Pacific Ocean (according to the plaque). Seaside is a couple of hours to the west of Portland. These are my roomies as well as a couple of other ladies from our club.
Seaside is a great convention town.
On the balcony of my room just before the KOPS alumni go to inspire all the TOPS. I knitted the purple wrap during the convention because it gets too cold for me with the air conditioning!
With our area captain, Arlene.
Grilled salmon! Yay!
Lots of people were out crabbing this weekend :)
On our way home - we were so high up above Tillamook Bay, it felt like being in a plane!
This is me with last year's Oregon State King, Ryan. He has Down's Syndrome and just spent the last year visiting chapters all over Oregon, as well as going to the International conference in Florida last summer to represent our state with all the other states & Canadian provences. Pretty cool!!
It was a beautiful day for a Sunday drive down the coast!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Here's what Diana sent me just after midnight last night :)
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
The knots don't bother me so much, but now I have pain radiating to my left shoulder and down my arm. I'm guessing that came from pulling Connor behind me when he first started cross-country skiing. I know I had pain in my pectoral muscles from that, and I think the angle was bad for my shoulder as well.
Anyway - it's gotten to the point where it wakes me at night. I have to take ibuprofen or something to manage the pain, so I decided to give acupuncture a try.
After the first visit I was good until about 4 days later. Today she did a few things different, and we'll see how long it takes to come back again this time. She used a cigar thing this last time to heat the needles until I told her it was too hot. Interesting.
My shoulder is good right now... The knots are still there. It's hard to say if they're any smaller though.
I also have some chinese herbs to use to help things along..
I'll post again next week on how it's going.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Here's the matted composition of family photos I put together for Lee's Mom.
I used different color pens to denote the families of the various siblings. For example, Kraig & Nancy, their kids and the grandkids are all listed in red.
If you click on the photo, it will go to full screen :)