Jan. 27, Sleet covering the ground in S. IL, but easy to walk on and no iceing on trees. Being in the mid to upper 20's, it is getting warmer, so I will try to get some more walking in. Have been using my moist heating pad as my mid back/neck was very stiff. Moist heat does a wonderful treatment for relief. Birds and squirrels are enjoying being feed on the sleet covering.
Jan.11,Sunday-Salty and I took a brisk walk in the 40F sunshine. 2ND walk of the day, getting up to 2 miles with a few more laps later. Staying off the weight's until stiffness in mid back subsides. My lamenectomy area (lumbar) is fine, it is the upper/mid spinal that is needing relief. Reading about the building of our nation's capitol in 'Smithsonian' magazine.
Today (Jan.5) I would like to add for those who remember this image from my AOL journals, I have done more work recently, on the image that is being viewed. Having worked in PaintShopPro doing some painting, I thought I would post the composite of a rock study from Giant City S.P. It is just something I did for fun, and not a serious attempt at making an artwork. I have successfully put off going out into the 43 F cold today, with strong wind predicted for Sunday, though today has not been as windy as predicted. Limiting my activity to indoors, I have been lifting 10 and 15 pound dumbbells to exercise my upper back and left shoulder. The left shoulder had a lypoma removed, leaving a large scar from the inside - away from the incision where the lump must have been cut away from. It had been moving in my shoulder for years, causing my left arm/hand to become numb. The exercise has had an effect in the one week since I really started feeling the weight in relationship to strengthening the muscles. Finally my left hand became 'jammed', and yesterday I stopped the dumbbells and have been moving my fingers to regain use of my hand. I can feel something has had an effect in my arm/shoulder. My other exercise is walking 2 miles a day with Salty for my back/health.