Thursday, January 06, 2011

bracing myself . . .

So, here's a picture of one style of an Arizona brace. The tech who fitted me for mine said that there would be at least one, possibly two, velcro straps at the top of the brace, along with some eyelet lacing. It will be made with the custom orthodontic built into the brace. Isn't it pretty? LOL! Don't answer that!

I ordered mine in chocolate brown. The tech said most folks ordered them in black, but I really didn't want one in black -- especially since I'll be wearing it in the summer. It wouldn't be so bad, but I wear skirts/dresses--no pants--so it will be relatively visible! I should be getting a call to pick it up any day now. I'd be put off by the looks if I wasn't so excited about being able to take a step without pain!

Yesterday I talked about the possibility of joining a gym, so I could have access to a stationary cycle and get some much needed aerobic exercise. After a little online searching, however, I found this little baby . . .

This particular model was the most expensive of the ones I found, but it also had the best reviews. There was better control of the tension, the petals had straps, and it was more solid and didn't slide as easily as some of the others. And for less than three months at the gym, I could have one.

The thing is, I have so many unanswered questions! Like, is it really aerobic? Do I have to sit a certain height above it? Will is hold up? Ugh. Anyone?

Tomorrow is the first day of pickup for the BOM I'm doing with the local quilt store, Patches & Stitches. We'll do two blocks every month.

The small blocks around the center are the ones we'll be creating -- two a month for eight months. How the quilt is put together will be up to each individual quilter. I'm looking forward to getting started!

Tomorrow: finally FRIDAY!! Todd & I are going on a dinner date tomorrow night. I can't wait! I love my darling husband!


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Zlaty said...

Good luck with your brace! I really hope it helps with your pain!

The quilt is so pretty! i can't wait to see what colors are you picking!

Cathy said...

That is a beautiful quilt! I'm excited to watch as it comes together. For the cycle part, anything that gets your heart rate goes up to whatever is optimal for you, and keeps it there for a sustained period, is aerobic exercise. So, if that little cycle thing will do that, go for it. How does it work, though? do you sit in a regular chair to use it. As for the looks of the brace, whether you are wearing a brace on your leg, that people can see, or not, you are still you. Nothing in that has changed, except that you have grown through the sufferings, and you can still "count it all joy".

Pat said...

I once had a little bike that could be used by sitting in a chair...similar to what you are showing. My grandkids accidentally broke it. I did use it a lot....seemed very easy to pedal away FAST while watching a half hour of I really should get another one. Would you be able to forward me the link to this one online?? Thanks!