Archive for April, 2005

Happy Birthday Baby!

April 6th…
Nicole is celebrating a birthday today and although I know what she really wants for her birthday I am going to get her a 1GB MP3 player for her to use on the treadmill… I feel it is my duty to help her as much as I can to reach her fitness goals as well as help myself.
I made her breakfast in bed to start her day off right since everyone deserves to have breakfast in bed on their birthday, if not every day… Also there is other “stuff” that she is unaware of as of yet (and no, I am not telling you) but for now she can happily listen to her favourite 1500 songs wherever she goes 🙂

So Happy Birthday Babycakes… and I hope I am around to help you celebrate many many more.

My Most Recent Back Issue

On my birthday, Feb 20, I spent most of the day on my feet and stepping up onto a chair to videotape the girls competing at the Americana Invitational in Niagara Falls. The next day I was a little sore, nothing special so I thought. As the week wore on, I got more and more sore in my left lower back, the exact opposite side as was the case prior to my back surgery.
This started to worry me a little and sure enough in the next 2 days I suddenly went from discomfort to excruciating pain in my back (SI joint area to be exact) radiating down my left buttock (the very centre of the left cheek) and down into the upper left leg (insertion of the fibia).
I immediately booked an appointment with my surgeon and my physio and tried to rest as much as I could.
The surgeon, in a nutshell, told me he did not know what it was but he was conserned that it may be disc related and so told me to take the anti-inflammatories and stay off work for 3 or 4 weeks. At that time I thought that was a ridiculous notion and that I would be fine in a week or so. The Physio told me she thought it may be SI joint (Sacroiliac joint) related or related to hip disfunction rather than disc. Most of her manipulations turned out negative however when I bend from the waist, I only have pain after about 10 degrees to 15 degrees from vertical.
The pain was very bad the first few days until it started to subside a little in my back. Nicole and I were scheduled to fly to Vegas for a family reunion and went as planned.
While in Vegas, I used the hot tub and walked as much as I could since the Physio had told me that remaining mobile was key.
The Vegas vacation went fantastic, I will cover the details later, but once home, the cold weather started to take its toll and the pain in my leg turned to numbness and loss of strength. I booked an MRI which I am still awaiting and was told that there was still nothing to be done.
I researched as much as I could and found that the symptoms most closely related to something called SI Joint Disfunction which is cureable with stretching and strenghtening. This was good news, however I was still concerned that the loss of feeling in my leg was pointing to a disc impaction on the spinal column. However, it is noted that an SI joint inflammation can affect the sciatic nerve as it passes through the SI Joint area and this may be what caused the nerve impaction.

So I have been walking a little, although I cannot walk far I try to remain on my feet as much as is comfortable and have been using my EMS machine that I used after my surgery. Also I have stolen Nicole’s heating pad to help keep my back warm and supple.

As it stands today I am on gradual return to work (4 hours a day) and am joining a wellness group that weighs us every week to encourage my weight loss.

Because lets face it… We all know why my hip or back or whatever it was caused my pain.

I am too heavy. I am too inactive and I need to get back into shape.
It is a simple fact that a person walking around at 260 or 270 lbs without exercising is going to face some issues fairly rapidly.

So I am on a program, I have a plan and I hope that in 10 weeks (or before I am almost sure) I will be able to look back at this and realize just how much my weight is a factor in my back pain.

Wish me luck, but mostly wish me well…

On the diet bandwagon

I got my health assesment for the Calorie Stampede this morning. Shamefully listed below are my not so vital statistics:

Weight: 263
% Fat: 28
Height: 6’0″
Age: 37
Waist: 43
Hips: 40
Blood Pressure: 138 / 65 – this was a little skewed I think due to the small cuff they used.

My goals for the next 10 weeks are:
Lose 23lbs
walk 30 min twice a day at least 4 days a week
light weight program 4 times a week
more vegetables in my diet

Sounds easy? Not when I agreed not to eat after 7pm.
Humph. That wasn’t bright.

I'm a winner!

For the first time ever I actually won a radio contest this morning.
On Z103.5 they play a clip from a DVD every morning and this morning was a clip from Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Knowing that the average age of a Z103 listener is probably closer to 14 than 25 I knew there was practically no chance that anyone listening was going to recognize it. And I was right. I got through on the 3rd attempt and scored myself $150 worth of board games from Hasbro and the “Sideways” DVD.

So I bought lottery tickets too. We will see on Friday if I won the $12.5 Million Jackpot.

..and therefore if there is such a thing as a lucky day.

HP Ipaq restore

So my IPAQ died again, since I have been off work for a while and left the device in my jacket. The last time this happened I lost everything and so I was diligent this time to backup the thing at every sync.
When I booted it this morning and attached it to my laptop and tried the restore it told me that it could not complete the restore because the file was created with a different mobile device.
Interesting.
So I recalled what I had read online (after hours of searching) and remembered that I had to update the ROM first. So I went to the HP site and downloaded the update and installed it.
Still no luck.
So I checked the help button that accompanied the error message and believe it or not, it actually helped! It mentioned that if the environmental settings are not the same as when you made the backup it will not work. So I changed the settings to my local time and lo and behold it worked like a charm.
It did however take quite a long time to complete which threw me off a bit but with a little patience I had my device back and running (albeit without the main password) in about 15 minutes.