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Did you have to set it for your stride length?
My mother had a pedometer that was so complicated we ended up throwing the thing out.
 

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No, I didn't. I know my stride length and just multiply to see how far I've walked. I wear it from the time I get up until I go to bed, so some strides are less than others. I figure if I get to 10k, I've walked a bunch.
 

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I got mine at KMart - it's made by SportLine and it works better than the more expensive one I had that accidentally fell in the toilet... and I wasn't about to retrieve it.
 
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You know your stride length. Sounds like you've been running compass courses.
 

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Naw, my only compass work has been underwater scuba diving... amongst other interesting facts, I'm a dive master.
 
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I can' believe it...So am I...I went through the equipment specialist, Advanced diver, Rescue Diver, Dive Master program and was working on Cavern Diver when my son was born. Then it slowed down drastically.
Lots of beautiful springs to dive in N. Fla. Plus, lots of wrecks in the gulf.
 

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Too funny! I also did the SLAM stuff, that was really fun. Been diving mostly on the west coast, Cozumel, and St. Thomas. Can't do that much with a bum knee. My husband is not a water person, so I stopped going as much when we got married.
 

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Sorry, for those that don't know, SLAM is Scuba Lifesaving and Accident Management. You have to simulate emergencies and deal with all sorts of stuff. It was fun.
 

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I had a neighbour did that - he ended up joining the Ambulance Service as a paramedic, he got into it so much.
 
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Another story.
A friend of mine, a deputy sheriff was a member of the Search and Rescue Dive Team.
A car had driven off of a bridge into a river in a swampy area and the team was sent down to recover the bodies.
You always have a safety team in a boat who tracks the divers by the air bubbles.
My friend was on the bottom, essentially crawling along in zero visibility.
All you can do is feel around and try to find the body.
The surface crew was startled when all of a sudden, a huge amount of bubbles blew up on the surface followed by the diver shooting up half way out of the water yelling some choice words.
He had been grabbing things, grabbed the leg of what he thought was one of the bodies. As he pulled on the leg, it pulled back out of his hand.
It turned out to be the leg of a big old gator turtle who really didn't want to go with the diver.
You couldn't push the diver back into that river.
 

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Wonder who was more surprised - him or the gator?!!!
 

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Hello folks!

Sad today, in tears, son just left to return to Sweden, knee swollen and hot, dont know why!!

I am not so good as I was last week, is this possible to go back a bit

Havnt done exercises as it hurts too much, feel ashamed of myself, such a crybaby

Does anyone take glucosamine? Is it any good? Is it a load of rubbish, on a lighter note my little 4 year old granddaughter said I am like a weeble, Weebles are little round creatures who are on the telly, the song goes "Weebles wobble but they dont fall down," so I am Nanny Weeble now!!

Dont know whether to laugh or cry!!
 

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We have all been there Jocelyn, I know it sounds weak, but it does get better. As for the glucosamine, I took it for a few years before my TKR and I thought it helped with some other joints but my knee was way too far gone for anything other than replacement. I almost beat myself to death because I felt ashamed and 'too weak' to accomplish the goals set by my PT. Through the grace of God and the compassion and love of the people on this board I finally realized that 'this my knee, and God is in control of how fast and how far I go', after that I was able to 'do what I can' and accept the rest. I hope and pray that you can find something like that because I KNOW you are in a dark place at the moment. May the Lord bless you and keep you and give you Peace.
 
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Jocelyn,
Gatiger hit the nail on the head...My problem Is that I can turn the problem over to the Lord and try to stop worrying but then I take the problem back.
I'm having to sit at home and ice it down today. I believe I've managed to over do it and irritate things. Yes it is possible to go back a bit...but just look forward and jump back on it. God Bless
 

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Hello folks!

Sad today, in tears, son just left to return to Sweden, knee swollen and hot, dont know why!!

I am not so good as I was last week, is this possible to go back a bit

Havnt done exercises as it hurts too much, feel ashamed of myself, such a crybaby

Does anyone take glucosamine? Is it any good? Is it a load of rubbish, on a lighter note my little 4 year old granddaughter said I am like a weeble, Weebles are little round creatures who are on the telly, the song goes "Weebles wobble but they dont fall down," so I am Nanny Weeble now!!

Dont know whether to laugh or cry!!
Hi Jocelyn, Sorry to hear how you are today. You are probably feeling worse because of your son's return (I know all about that, the other way round though, as we left all our family back in England, so when they come and then leave it's awful.) Maybe you were running around more this week as your son was here? Maybe over did it?

Think of Nanny Weeble as cute. My mum has always been called Nanny Stick to her great grandkids, even though now she uses a walker all the time. My two and a half year old grandaughter calls me Nanny Back because for years I came down the stairs backwards. I think it's cute. They don't say it to be cruel, it is just their way of understanding.

I never found Glucosomine to be any good, but my mum and a friend like it.

Elevate and ice the knee today. Then try exercise again, make sure you time it with taking some painkillers. It is OK to cry, a great release!!

Good luck. Hugs Sue
 

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Thankyou both so very very much, I cant believe that you have replied to me so soon, you have inspired me to get on with it again, I have got out the frozen peas and my son just rang from the airport, I told him about you guys on the forum and he said to thankyou both and tell you, the best guys he works with in Stockholm and his greatest friends are American.

God Bless America and you both!!
 

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That is called being human Doug. It goes like this---"Please help me Lord.......I got it..........Please help me Lord.........I got it............Please help me Lord............I got it......."
Good thing He has more patience than us.
 

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Thankyou Sue as well, you are all wonderful to have around, I feel I can talk to you easier than to my poor patient husband, I dont want him to worry about things, so maybe I have tried to appear too normal when my son was here.

I am inspired by you all, once again God Bless you all!!
 

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Had a terrible nights sleep again last night. no one else was around MSN'd with J, that was lovely, felt much better after. Slept another hour or so. Spoke with my pharmacist who said I can take Ibuprofen with my Percs, I hope they might help with the swelling, it never seems to get any better long term.

Took all my pills, and then went outside for a walk in the sunshine, ohhhhhhhh it was fantastic to feel the sun, cold still, about 4 degrees, but lovely. The road was clear of snow, though still 7 foot high piles on the grass. Used my walker as there is still ice around here and there. Didn't lean on it too much, saw a nighbour, had a chat. Don't think I swished!!!! Came home and had a lovely cuppa to warm me up. I feel so much better in myself now. I have to work soon, on the computer, then I will do some more physio. Love to you all, hope you all have a great one!!! Hugs, Sue xx
 

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Believe it not Jocelyn, it won't be too long until you are on here trying to help and encourage someone else. That is how it is on this 'road to a better life'. It gets kind of hard sometimes, but just try to hang on you will be fine.
 
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