The bad news is that since it can't be surgically addressed, this might be a long-term pain issue and I think I still need to (am blessed to be able to) push past the pain and work on strengthening the arm and shoulder in therapy anyway. I am glad to no longer feel hesitant to push it, as I have been trying to use my arm left arm less and less, due to concern over what might be happening internally. It needs to stay active if I ever hope to recover more or keep from loosing what little I have!
I just started a low-carb, non-dairy diet. I don't have to count anything (carbohydrates, calories, etc.) and am to drink lots of water, eat lean protein, and eat all the fresh fruits and veggies I want. By default, the diet is low in salt, sugar and pretty much any processed food as well. While it will be limiting, I think it is more cut and dry (easier) than many of the other diets I've read, where you are allowed certain vegetables, but not others, for instance.
My goal is to loose 30-40 pounds in a year, since that's about what I've unintentionally gained since coming home from the hospital. We will see how that goes! I can"cheat" two days per week and I have a variance to keep drinking my daily 4 ounces of pudding (through a straw, to strengthen facial muscles) each day. In 36 hour I have already lost 1-3 pounds (depending on how you count starting weight). From my very highest, a week ago, I am down about 9 pounds. However you count it, it is such a blessing to see those numbers not continuing to climb, as they continually have for so many months.
I tried a senior fitness class today (on the advice of my physical therapist who can't see me as often as we would like, due to insurance limitations) that I do on an altered and very limited level, primarily seated even when others are standing. Today the regular teacher was out and a Zumba instructor was substituting. Even though she did a ver scaled-back, low-impact Zumba class, I had to leave after 20 minutes. I couldn't even keep up with half of the foot moves or most of the arm movements from my chair! We (my mom and I) hope to try water stretching, on our own, tomorrow.
Totally non-stroke related, but I'm too excited not to share. I was just notified that Hannah's Hope was recently contracted to be translated and published in the Czech Republic! This should happen by or before the end of next September (2013)! Please join me in prayer for the hurting hearts God wants to touch through this translation. I am so excited! It is wonderful to have something so good to focus my thoughts on today! I'm over half way through with the manuscript for my fruit of the Spirit book and hope to present it to a publisher for consideration by early next year as well. Prayers appreciated.
I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.