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Hi, Pat! I was nearly 14 when my little brother was born, my sister was 11 but the older two brothers who were nearly 16 and 18 were rather embarrassed by the entire thing. lol Hope and pray all is well with the baby and the job possibilities. That goes for the other son changing jobs, too. Hope the gallbladder surgery goes well. I had a friend who had that happen to her after her son was born.

Mary, hope you've been able to enjoy your day. I also hope your mom is doing well.
Donna, Hope your sister's arm heals quickly though splintering sounds really bad.
Pam, hope you're able to repair that quilt. I probably wouldn't try to fix the old ones we have here but take it to someone who could do it right.
Sandra, those were some big twins! Prayers that they stay healthy and strong along with their parents..
Sue, HI! Sorrry, right now I can't remember what's going on in your life. Hope all is well.

It's about time for me to head back to the bedroom so I can lie down and do another set of my exercise. I have to do them 3 times a day. Then I need to get my ice pack iced back up so I can put it on. I've only added one medicine to my daily routine and that is the blood thinner and I haven't noticed anything different with it. I haven't done much this afternoon-computer, reading on the kindle or playing games and watching football. I'll probably take the Kindle back into the bedroom with me and do some more reading after the exercising. Larry is at church counting pumpkin money so Trish made some chili for dinner-even went shopping for the ingredients first. I think I have eaten two much both last night and tonight but my tracker says no. Wish there was some way to tell it I'm limited on food and exercise due to this surgery. On the day of surgery it didn't want to run the tracker at all since I only had a light evening meal. Oh well. I just have to make myself keep eating lighter/smaller meals and drink some more water.



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Hi everyone, it is me Pat, hope you still remember me, lol. It has literally taken two days to read all the post since I last posted. A lot of you, maybe all, have gone through so much. I am sorry I have not been more attentive. I too have been through a lot. Not one not two, but all three of my children are going through life altering events right now at the same time. It is a bit overwhelming for this worry wart mother. My daughter gave birth on Oct 9 as you all know, but since returning home has ended up,in the ER twice and finally diagnosed with gallstones. So on the day I was suppose to return to work, Nov. 5 she will be having surgery to remove the gallbladder. Then that Thursday, actually Wednesday night, I will have to,go back to Ottawa to stay with her and the baby when her husband has to return to work.
My middle son who just moved to Florida in the spring, is changing jobs and moving to Enid OK. This May or May not be a good thing. I pray it is good. Then my oldest son with the wife and two daughters who has been out of work since late May has been interviewing for a plant manager job for the Dairy Farmers of America in Michigan. He had a final interview at the corp offices in KC Mo last Wednesday. He will be hearing the first of next week if he has gotten that job. Then he just found out about another life changing event in his family life that literally blew us all away. His wife who is 42 ( Jeff is 43) found out she was 6 months pregnant. She called him while he's was in route to KC in the layover airport. She had been on birth control pills the entire time and had periods. They are telling their other two children, Alissa who is 19 and in college and Danielle who is almost 15 and in high school, this week end. On Monday they will be going to have a sonogram and I just hope and pray the baby is OK. All these events came to light at the end of last week. I have done some research and it is very bad for a woman to be on birth control pills while pregnant so I am very worried about this grand baby. So friend that is where I have been the past weeks.
Kerry so glad the surgery went well. You are home and the recovery has started. You are doing great.
Marylou I have continued to keep your family in my prayers. And what Whitney did for her father also brought tears to my eyes. That is so great about the scholarships, such a sweet girl deserves that and so much more. Hope you all find jobs you enjoy soon.
Pam the duct tape suggestion also cracked me up. When ever things are looking down for me I just have to hunt up some of your posts to bring a smile to my face. You are a keeper!
Donna glad to hear your boss once again has something to look forward too making her easier to get along with. What ever happened to the boyfriend? Sounds like your hikes were enjoyable. Sorry to,hear about your sister, hope the surgery goes well.
Diana you are so not a bad grandma, in fact just the opposite. I somehow missed why you will be spending 10 days with your granddaughter, hopefully it is for a good reason. I loved your fairy quilt but still haven't seen the table set up. I have such a hard time looking at others Sparkpage, does anyone else have that problem?
Sandra you are not alone in taking a tray of food to you DH, I also take my dh's lunch to him. I have babied him for far too long and so wish I could take it all back now, but it is too late to change. Although since I have been spending so much time with Stephanie, he gets along just fine. You be careful with that back, do not want you to reinsure it!
Sue your travels are over for awhile? Hope you make progress with the Christmas quilts. I have a quilt(sort of ) that Stephanie wants me to repair for her husband. It is one his grandma made for him and he wanted to give it to his new son. I will try but some areas are in really bD shape.
Mary sorry to hear about your mom's fall, but happy to know no bones were broken. And the things happening at school just blow my mind. So sad you just can't teach.
Well I better post this since it is so long and I don't want to lose it. I will try to be better about posting but also have to be there for my daughter through her surgery. Take care. Pat

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Hello to all,
Today is very overcast and dreary here but cool. I have a load of laundry in the dryer and I am finally going to get to try my pizza recipe today. I opened the microwave to heat up a cup of tea and found the bowl of squash that I had put in there to heat up for supper last night. I guess we didn't miss it to much, LOL. I hate doing things like that! But at least we have plenty of fresh squash. I had a headache most of the afternoon yesterday and figured it was because I have been doing so much reading and need my new prescription for my glasses. (they have not come in yet) but last night after watching my program on the computer my headache had gotten so bad that I had to go to bed. I still have a little of it lingering this morning and I am thinking now it might be coming from my neck problems because I am also feeling nerve pain in my arm. It is not severe but not comfortable either. I will take some Tylenol and hope it will go away.
Donna, I am very sorry to hear of your sisters terrible break. I hope it heals well for her. I am glad that you had a good dinner at church. We have been going to this church ever since we moved and have not met anyone new. DH already knew 2 couples that he used to work with that live here but they are older than us by about 10 years and of course DH does not "go to visit" anyone. So much for a social life for us.
Mary, glad to hear you are having a more restful day today. You don't have to prepare the dinner tonight do you? It seems like I remember you already did your turn last month. Maybe I am way off. Hope you have a good "teaching" week coming up. No rain here yet, you must have gotten it instead.
Well time to get the clothes folded.
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Donna, your sister's injury sounds serious. How awful. I was actually counting my blessings when I broke my ankle that it wasn't my hand, arm, shoulder, etc. I'm glad she'll have her husband to help. Good for you getting out and doing something new again. You are such a go-getter! My church had its bazaar 2 weeks ago when I was visiting my mother and I rarely go either.

Sandra, a do nothing day is good for me!! Congrats on the new little niece and nephew. Those are huge twins! I hope they will be very healthy and enjoy a happy life.

I got all my laundry done last night and cleared out some on-the-tables clutter. I had high hopes of sleeping late today but a big thunderstorm came through at 6 this morning and woke me up. I stayed in bed until 6:30 and am drinking my coffee and trying to decide what to clean up next. I have my major insurance bills to pay and get into the mail for tomorrow. I paid regular bills yesterday.

Tonight is my Dinners for 8. I need to grocery shop after Mass but that's all my must-do's!

Happy Sunday to all.

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Hello to all,
I have gone to church and we have had supper and that is all I have done today. I do crochet but my hands go numb because of nerve damage from my neck after a short time. I have thought about buying a WAP video. I don't know why I haven't yet.

Kerry, please do not take any chances that could cause you to fall. Your medicines could make you dizzy, so if you have help, please let them help you.

Mary, sorry to hear of your mother falling again. I am very glad to hear that she was not hurt any worse. I hope she gets over it soon. Glad to hear you are going to have a more or less restful day tomorrow.
My DHs nephew and wife had twins yesterday. Thry were big babies. The boy weight 7lbs and the girl was 6lb 12oz. This is his second nephew to have twins.
Well I am going to watch a TV show on the computer now.
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Kerry: You are so brave to try so much. Listen to the experts so you don't end up hurting yourself. I am very proud of you for trying so hard.

Mary: I am glad your mother is doing better. I think the older we get the longer our recovery is.

Speaking of recovery, I just got word that my sister fell today and broke her upper arm near the shoulder and the bone splintered. They will operate next week sometime. UGH! She is in a lot of pain and is struggling one handed. Thank goodness her husband just retired a couple of months ago. He can help her.

I went to the church Octoberfest, a first for the church. The regulars in church always sit in the same place and my quarter of the church on Sunday did not come to this so I didn't know too many people there. It was hard and I took several walks outside waiting for the dinner to start but once we started eating it seemed to break the ice at our table and the conversation flowed. I am trying to get out of my comfort zone but it is NOT comfortable or easy.

Now I am home in my jammies for the night and happy to be here. Today is the first anniversary of my friend whom I was with when she died. I gave her husband a big hug tonight letting him know I remember this night last year. He teared up. Me too.



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Kerry, I'm amazed! You are so active anyway, but right after major surgery and you're already up and about. Great news. And I'm so glad home health is working with you. Another Spark Friend's husband was hit by a drunk driver while walking and is having so much trouble. Probably 3 months in very bad circumstances. She's going nuts trying to get home health to do what they should be doing. He wasn't allowed to go to rehab because he did get out of bed with much assistance one day. So sad. You be careful!!

I had a nice talk with my mother. She likes the two women who are with her and says she's not having too much ill effects from the fall. She's tired and will go to bed early. She said today that she weaned herself off the Ambien so I don't know why she fell....I guess we'll never know. At least she pulled the Life Alert button!

Laundry and bills are done. Kerry, I did send you a card today! So much still left to do....and I need to put clean sheets on the bed.

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Mary, glad they're keeping an eye on your mom. I understand about the rooms not having a lot of space. My mom has her bed, the desk chair and a recliner for seating area and that's it. They wanted me to use ambien and I told them absolutely not-that stuff makes a person do dumb and/or dangerous things. My son-in-law used it and one night her got up, went out and drove his pickup-hit something, drove home-got into the car and hit something with that, went home and back to bed. He was shocked when the cops showed up and he saw the damage. He has sworn off it now.

The home health folks showed up-the gal who works with physical therapy came first and worked with me, did paperwork and said she or someone else would be here again on Monday. The nursing section had someone here a couple hours later and she said a nurse would be to see me on Tuesday since I won't have to be seen daily for the blood thinner. I keep moving from the bed to the chair-an hour or so each place with a bathroom trip in between. Oh, I also had to show that I can get in and out of the shower okay. I didn't tell her I did that by myself this morning-that would have been a no-no. Guess I have a phone call so I'll chat later.



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Wow, it's not even 3:00 and I'm wiped out! I went to WW this morning and had a gain of 1.4 after what I thought was a good eating week. Yuck! Then I went to the soccer game. They played hard but lost. Comazell wasn't impressed that I was there, lol. But I'm glad I went. Then I went to water aerobics and am now doing laundry. I want to get that and my cleaning and school work done today. I will sleep in tomorrow. I have that Dinner For 8 tomorrow night.

Sue and Donna, thanks for your comments! I will call my mother around 4:00 when she gets up from her nap and will go see her next weekend even though it's not 'the time.' She has round the clock nurses for the next 48 hours and the 2 sisters I've spoken with say they are sweet women and Mama likes them. Her apartment is tiny and there is limited seating space. By next weekend we'll know if she needs more care. My biggest fear is her having to go to the nursing home side. She hated that when she had pneumonia. We thought she was going to die from the lack of stimulation. Apparently she lost her balance when getting out of bed. She takes Ambien as a sleep aid (and probably to keep everyone sleeping and out of the nurse's hair at night...) and she gets up at least twice to go to the bathroom. She wears a Depends but refuses to 'use' it! It's for security, she says! So she's up and down a bunch. I hope she will be okay....

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Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Sandra, Mary is right. Walk aerobic tapes and chair exercise DVDs would be great for you.

Mary, sorry to haer about your mom. Hope she's feeling better soon. Is it a balance thing or does she just collasp to the floor?

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Mary: I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Will you be able to see her this weekend? I hope she recovers soon.

Kerry: Home sweet home. I hope you are able to get in and out of the furniture ok and the bed. Yes, let the family wait on you for a while. You certainly don't want to undo this major surgery.

Sandy: DO you like to do crafts or crochet or knit? Maybe there is some sit down hobby to occupy your time.

I have eaten my way through this day and I deserve the stomach ache that is now developing. I was a pig and can not ever remember eating this poorly in a day. Just terrible. What in the world got into me??????

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Ohhhh, TGIF~ I worked at school til almost 5:00 and got most of my lesson plans done but not my grading. I am getting caught up since I had the conferences last Monday and a field trip yesterday. All I want to do is just teach…is that too much to ask?!! I had a great chat with Cherilyn when I got home. Then my 4th sister called and said she’d tried to reach me all day…my mother fell this morning going to the bathroom at 5:30am and was in the hospital all day. She has a goose egg on her head again but no broken bones, thank goodness. I am hoping she will be okay. My sister has made arrangements for someone to be with her for the next 2 days, day and night.

I’m glad you’re home now, Kerry. DO let everyone wait on you. If your daughter doesn’t step up to the plate, hire someone to step in. Your recovery is topmost. It’s not right to fend for yourself when everyone in your family should be bending over backwards to help YOU. All your kids should be there to help. Stand firm…or rather, sit firm, lol!

Sandra, what about some dvds to watch on bad weather days? Go to the library or collagevideo.com. You can get some for around $10. I love Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds. On bad days you can do chair aerobics to ease your back, yoga, etc. If you have 3 or so, that’s about all you need. One for conditioning, one for cardio, and one for relaxation.

I have been invited to my grandson’s soccer game tomorrow….a first! I hope to get a good night’s sleep and get up for my 7am WW. Hugs to all,
Mary


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Good to hear you are home, Kerry. You sound like you are doing well. I hope you heal quickly.



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Wow, they get in and out in a hurry Kerry. So hard to imagine. You are amazing.


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Good grief the meals at that hospital were huge. I finally got breakfast down to scrambled eggs, bacon, banana bread, pears and juice with a cup of bad coffee. Most of my meals I only ate half of everything. I am home now and wondering if I made a good choice in selecting home care rather than a rehab center. Larry does a good job of taking care of me and he'll be home all weekend plus I have my granddaughter but I'm thinking my daughter may not be the best-we'll see. I had a nice report from my night nurse-she told everyone I was the best patient because I slept all night unlike most of the others. lol I have to say the nurses, techs and aides were all great. I've had a nap since getting home and have been sitting in my chair for a couple of hours so I think it's time to head back into the bedroom plus my granddaughter is wanting to borrow my laptop. Home care should be arriving tomorrow if not tonight.



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Hello to all,
Today is another beautiful day here in south Texas. It is sunny and cool. DH went out to the shop to try to fix his chain saw and I am doing nothing right now. When I finish here I am going to go try to fix the chair. I didn't get to it yesterday because DH came in and wanted to go to Halletsville to look for fire wood. We went and when he found out how much they charge he decided he could cut it himself. Ha, ha. Then he came home and found that his chain saw was not working. LOL.
Today, my husbands nephew and his wife are having twins. A boy and A girl. I am praying for a happy delivery for them. This is the son of his brother that died 3 years ago in a tractor accident. This SIL, has always been my favorite and this was their only child. I am excited for them all.

Donna, there is not a snowballs chance that DH would alternate anything! He is so controlling if I suggest something different he doesn't care if I fix it for myself but he wants what he wants anyway. So it is what he wants or I make 2 meals. Tonight I am going to make a pizza. I found a new recipe for the dough and I want to try it. I will make it out of left over hamburger and link sausage and tomatoes. He will be ok with it but he will want something else also. Probably fresh squash and cucumbers from the garden. That is OK also. I agree with you. The cookies should be something special and not the same old, same old. That is like when I used to be class Mom and would ask the other Mothers to send cookies for day Valentines day or Christmas party and they would send a package of Oreo's or the cheap bought chocolate chip cookies. It was always just a let down for the kids.

Pam, the visual is priceless, I love it. But I don't think Mary could get by with it. Ha, ha. Don't work to hard. I am thinking that the bicycle pulled different muscles which in turn pulled on the nerve and hopefully I can work up to it like you said and it will not hurt me to ride the bike. I am not having any problems with the walking but I wanted something for when the weather is bad.

Kerry, sorry you got sick when you ate. The medicines often make people sick, I know they do me. Usually the pain medicines. Hope you feel better soon.

Mary Lou, how wonderful that your daughter got the scholarship!! Does it pay everything or just for a few things? My GS had all of his college paid for with a music scholarship and then ruined it by getting upset with the teacher and walking out of class. Therefore he lost it. I was very upset to hear it at the time but he is doing fine with his banking job now. My daughter Patricia got her first 2 years paid on a music scholarship in Choir and the last 2 years with pell grants, (by then she was married and had 2 children). Since your income has lessened maybe she could apply for that also. It couldn't hurt to try.

Mary, TGIF, I hope you have a great restful weekend.

Sue, carry on with the quilting!! Hope you are enjoying it.
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Sandy: What if you alternate who gets what they want for dinner. Maybe even nights is your choice and odd nights are his choice. Just a thought.

Work is going better because the boss was invited to go to Jamaica with a group of women from the high school where she butts in a lot. So she is all jazzed which makes my life better.

Mary: We are going to do a little recipe cookbook for all the cookies. I guess I'll just be quiet and see what we end up with. Everyone knows what I expect. Even rum balls are ok, it is in the holiday spirit.

I got about 40 minutes of walking in today.

ML: Your DD is winner and if she applies herself, she will be successful at whatever college she chooses. Big decisions.



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Pam, I have a great visual. You WOULD make a great teacher but unfortunately you wouldn’t have a job for very long, lol! The kids were actually okay for the field trip. Wild Boy’s mom was one of the chaperones and she did get on him when I said something to him and another boy and he continued to do what I said not to once my back was turned. He argued with her and she nipped it….then he whined. Several teachers noted that she didn’t really help monitor her group but most of my parents didn’t. I did….oh, well. And the field trips are planned months in advance. We have 2 a year. But you add that to all the other days/nights where we have mandatory things to do and there is so little actual teaching time.
Kerry, it sounds like since you’re feeling better and moving around they are giving you a fast pace for food introduction after major surgery. Of course, you’d have a sensitive stomach and you’re still getting rid of the anesthetic. Take is slower maybe! I hope the chills and discomfort are from the icepack and not from an infection. Make those nurses check your incision site!!

I hope you can sleep better tonight, Sandra. If you are supposed to be able to use the bike, then go for it but maybe a few minutes at a time. And don’t let your husband bully you into fixing 2 meals. You are at the time of your life when you should have something to look forward to---not cringe from!!

Donna, maybe you can bring up that the cookie swap needs to be a ‘real deal’ and ask if anyone wants to share recipes in a group cookbook. Then the regular chocolate chip cookie people might want to do something better!

Marylou, what delightful news! I’m sure Whitney will be an excellent student. How wonderful to have that out of the way and with a scholarship at this crucial financial time!

Okay, sweet friends. I’m going upstairs to relax and regroup. Hugs to all!

Mary


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Thank you Kerry. How are you doing today? I hope you you are doing well.


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Good for her!! She is a smart young lady.



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I have some good news, Whitney rec'd another college acceptance letter in the mail today.The letter included a scholarship, plus she rec'd a scholarship from the other college she was accepted at two weeks ago. I'm just blown away. God is good. We really needed this news today. :)

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Parents raise kids. Baby mama's and baby daddy's have no idea how to raise kids. I think it's become a contest to see who can have the most. I had a good dinner tonight-chicken salad with potato soup and sherbet. Right now I am freezing and shivering. I'm sure it's from the big jetpack on the hip. Thanks for all the well wishes.



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Pam: You crack me up! I can just see Mary duct taping the wild child and killer girl to the wall spread eagle and letting down for lunch and one potty break. ha ha ha ha What a visual, huh Mary????? If only we could act on our thoughts, evil as they are.

Kerry: I am sorry you got sick. Hope it goes better the rest of the day. It sounds like you are doing as well as can be expected.

Ok ladies, weigh in on this. We are setting up a cookie exchange for Christmas. Now I have been to many of these and I am disappointed when someone brings in choc chip cookies or some mundane thing. I thought the idea was to have a special cookie, something diferent

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I am eating as well as I can. I had a slice of bacon and then had my cereal which came right back up. Not good but I waited a while and ate the toast and juice. Lunch was chicken with rice and squash. I ate about half of everything. Had PT again and then aide told me to slow down. Today I did the her in and out of the car with the regular exercises. Right now I feel ready for a nap and the kindle is low on power so I guess I better get off.



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Hey gang,

I’m just dropping in midafternoon (and a busy one too) to say “hi”!

Sandra, once your back is feeling better, perhaps you should only do a minute or so at a time? And slowly? It could be you just did too much for too long too fast. With back surgery, you need to work up to a good workout. Go slowly for short periods to start, then when your muscles are feeling good, up the time a bit. Hopefully that will work.

Kerry, you seem to be doing very well with this surgery. You’ll be out and galloping around the neighbourhood in no time flat! LOL!

Mary, it seems that parents don’t “raise” their children any more. They’re in day care until school starts and then they’re passed off to the teachers to deal with. I’m so glad I’m not a teacher. I’d be taping the little buggers to the wall with duct tape until their parents came to pick them up....LOLOLOL!!!! You don’t have too much more time to work and the school year will zip by before you know it. And where are all these field trips coming from? The principal’s office or the parents? I remember getting so excited in school if we had ONE field trip per YEAR!!!! And there was only ONE Professional Development Day per year. Now there’s one every month. I guess the kids get put to the bottom of the priority list as far as actual teaching goes, huh? Sigh

Well, I’d like to stay and chat more, but things are piling up behind me and I’d better get to them. (and the delivery truck hasn’t even arrived yet!)

God bless!
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Sandy: I do very well eating right in the summer because all my favorite foods are ripe. Now it is more of a challenge and attitude is everything and I am fighting a slump. It will get better, esp, if I say NO to the goodies that occasionally come through work.

Sue: I am not brave enough to get on the scale yet. Maybe another week ha ha But good for you facing reality. You are a better person than me.

Ok, at work and have to go.



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Hello to all,
It is a beautiful day again today, I didn't sleep well again last night. I went to bed around midnight and was still awake at 1:30am so I got up and read until about 3am. The last time I looked at the clock it was 3:45am. I slept until 9am and I don't know if I just slept through the alarm or if I turned it off in my sleep. I wasn't hurting or anything just couldn't shut off my mind. I feel ok this morning and will try to walk again later today. I have the exercise bike down as far as it will go and I did ride the bike in rehab so it is supposed to be ok to do but if that is it I just wasted my time bringing the bike in the house. I will wait for a few days and try to ride it again and see if that is what is bothering my back. I have done nothing today so far. Sometime today I am going to try to fix the big neck pillow on the (other) new chair and see if I can take some of the padding out of it to make it more comfortable for me.
I am having a hard time cooking such big meals and not eating it. One night I only intended to eat the healthy stuff and DH said, Well, I want this for supper too and that to go with it. So there goes my good intentions. I can't just have squash, it has to be fried squash, I can't just have cucumber salad it has to be cucumber salad with mayonnaise dressing on it. I can't just have a fresh pear it has to be cooked pears with sugar. I am not going to be fixing 2 meals. One for him and one for me that is ridicules.

Kerry, your body needs proper nourishment for it to heal properly so eat what they give you and don't worry about dieting right now. Once you get better you can worry about that.

Mary, I hope the field trip does not wear you out to much. It does seem like you have very little actual teaching days. I hope the wild bunch do not give you a hard time.

Sue, I still keep getting on the scales like if they are going to magically just start going down. Ha, ha, it hasn't happened yet although it has not gone up for a while. It went up for a little while but then went back down and stayed there. You can do this weight loss stuff. Especially when you are home and not traveling. I have faith in you.

Donna, I would think with all of the walking and working you do you would lose more, I am surprised about that. I am probably wrong about this but I keep thinking if I was cooking only for myself I would be able to stick with it better but that might just be a cop out excuse.

Well I am going to go check my e-mail now.
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Good morning everyone. I did sleep well last night. I slept several hours before waking up about 2:30. The tv was still on but the nurse moved my magazine to the table along with my glasses unless I did it in my sleep. I walked to physical therapy and got that done for the morning. I practiced the small step board they have. Nothing new here but they keep giving me enough food to feed 3 people. I had some for breakfast and some after OR for my snack. I think I am ready for a nap.




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Donna, I worry about my anxiety showing to the kids and parents, too. I certainly express myself and my irritation around the school....that in itself isn't good but it's such a frustrating thing. Sorry your little gs has to go through it, too.

Sandra, check to see if there's a way to lower the whole bike. You don't want to reinjure your back after the surgery! I'm glad you got your glasses.

Kerry, you were probably heavily medicated....but I'm glad that your surgery was on the right area, not the wrong one you may have reported! I have a card for you and will get it out tomorrow morning. I am so tired when I get home that I'm putting off so many things...not good to do.

Sue, sometimes I just avoid the scales, too. You're right...you HAVE done a great job and don't want to overdo. Maybe drink lots of water today and have soup and a salad. Or lots of vegetables. Then weigh on Saturday morning and make a game plan! We know you can do it!!

I have a field trip today and need to get to school early once again. All I want to do is just have a few weeks to teach and do nothing else. What a novel idea, lol!

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Donna, I stepped on those scales and it was too stressful for me. I'm staying off them for a while. I hate seeing those pounds go back on after I worked so hard to get them off. I know what needs to be done, it's just sticking to it.

Diana, I've finally found the pictures of your table and your prize winners. All are great. I love the table, I miss the elegence in today's world. The toffee pumpkin pie would be a winner in my house also. Great job! I've never entered a cooking contest (or any contest). The pumpkin breakfast rolls get my attention also. Did you make up these recipes?

Kerry, I hope you were able to rest last night. Hope you have a strong recovery.

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Sue, weren't you the one that said you haven't been on the scale? Maybe not. Am I confused? I haven't been on the scale for 2 weeks. I know my weight is up so I don't want to see it. Suddenly, eating right seems so hard. I think it is because I don't have good choices in the fridge.

Sandy: I wonder if the bike DID hurt your back. Sometimes it comes later. Stay off it for a while. I walked at work today but walking on the pavement makes my hip hurt.

Kerry: You are funny. Just rest and do your therapy. It takes days for that anesthesia to wear off.

Mary: My GS first grade class sounds like yours. the teacher is fit to be tied and wishes SHE had retired already. There are so many challenging kids in her class this year, she is just plain frustrated and it shows.



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Hello to all,
I finally got to go to Victoria and picked out my new glasses and got them ordered. Man they are so expensive!! Then DH went to Ashely furniture and bought himself a new recliner. Then we went to the grocery store and came home.

Mary Lou, It sounds to me like you are doing everything you can to get your life back on tract. You should be very proud of yourself for all you are doing. The new job possibility
Sounds promising but those would be terrible hours for me. If you need the job then I hope the pay will be worth it.

Kerry, take your pain medds when you need them and do what your doctor says and get well soon. I am sending prayers and best wishes for a complete recovery.

Mary, hope you enjoyed your dinner and visits. It sounds like you had a great time and get some rest.

Donna, hope you enjoyed your hike. I rode my exersize bike yesterday for 30min. but today my back was hurting very badly. It is not muscle but I can feel the nerve pain again. I was really upset over this. I did not feel like I hurt myself when I was riding it so today I just walked when I got home.
Well, I am going to go play Words with friends now.
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I will try to get things right tonight though I am still falling asleep all the time. I did notice that I messed up on some posts. First that SO should be SP and I said the knee was done rather than the hip. Plus on one post I said the knee e.was done rather than the hip. We walked down the hall to get my workout clothes. I had a sponge bath, lunch and after several phone calls and a visitor walked back to do my exercises and walked back. Dinner tonight was a big chef salad and orange sherbet. She brought me two sherbets so I let Larry have one. He will be heading home in a minute. Why are the postings backwards on the kindle? I had to go to the last page to find the current notes. Those names were rather confusing.



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We are a wealth of advice and info, Marylou. Whatever happens, it's nice to be noticed after such a short time looking! The good thing about it is you do know how the job works and you won't have anything to do once you come home....no papers to grade, no plans to do! Hooray for small favors, lol.

Kerry, I hope you do rest up....take many naps in between your therapy sessions!

The 'killer' child's mom emailed and wants all the details. I gave her a play-by-play of what I do know and tried to reassure her that I am trying to help the child AND her. I am so tired already of this very stressful year. I'm so thankful that these kids are 6, not 16. I might not make it.

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Donna,
I'm with you on winning the lottery!

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ML I find change, or any kind , is harder and harder the older I get. And career changes are high on the anxiety meter. But, you can do this. If you have worked in that field before, you just have to be brought up to speed. I am intimidated just looking. In the old days, you just scanned the want ads. Not so anymore. You have to know what sites to go to and I find it vey confusing. I just need to throw in the towel. I need to win the lottery, ( don't we all )or get me a sugar daddy. ha ha


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Kerry, hope you heal quickly. Feel better soon. I have been doing better with my Kindle, but they are hard to work with laying down. :)

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Kerry: you are amazing. I would still be in anesthesia la la land but not you. I hope they have good pain meds to help you along. Don't hesitate to ask for them as letting the pain get away from you is not good. Of course with all the surgeries you have had, you know this.

ML It sounds like life is looking up, maybe just a little. You need to start eating girlfriend. That is a lot of weight to lose in a short time. I hope job opportunities open up for you soon. I am so glad the company employees appreciate your DH. It makes all the difference.

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Good morning. I am having issues trying to post on SO with the kindle so I will just say everything seems to be going well. Not real comfortable but what can you expect when your body has been cut into.



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Kerry, so glad and amazed that you were even feeling alert enough to email us. Wow! Take this time to rest, I understand they work you hard in rehab.

MaryLou so glad to hear you husband is starting to face life with a smile again. That is so good for all of you. You will all rest a little easier now. But continued watch over your finances and lifestyle is probably good for a while and something we all need to do. We all get lacks when times are good and forget to prepare for any change in status. Thank you for reminding me to tighten my belt and appreciate what I DO have.



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We love you back...and I know from experience that this group is a lifesaver when you don't know what to do. Getting sleep, getting into a routine, cleaning house, and seeing your husband welcomed back will be huge spirit lifting things. Hugs to you through this ordeal, Marylou. You are industrious and something will come along!!!

Off to the trenches...

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Thank you Mary. I'm so much better today. Finally caught up on sleep. A fresher mind makes for a more positive outlook on things. Yesterday when I went for the mammogram, I inquired about positions in the building. There were several openings for weekend work. I applied on hopes more days will open up if I get in.

My dh is being more positive too. He is in better spirits just being back at work. He loves his line of work I think the heartfelt welcome back he received from the people he works with, helped lift his spirits. (Mine too) Tons of calls contacting him to say how they value and appreciate his dedication and hard work. He left in a better mood.

So today I plan to clean my very dirty house, and get some more resumes out. I have a doctor appointment for my dd today after school. Thanks girls for catching me and listening to me rant. I love you guys..... emoticon

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It's very hard to be objective and/or to see that there might be another point of view when you're scared to death, Marylou. Give yourself a break and know that we are right here for you! I'm glad you're getting all your 'ducks in a row' and the meds, too. I hope just by virtue of your dh working again, being in a routine will make him feel better and you'll be able to breathe.

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Mary, my dh just had his filled for three months. I will have mine filled too.

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Marylou, you vent away any time you want or need to. You are under undue stress right now. I hope the boss really didn’t have anything to do with your husband losing his job, too. Such a sad/bad time for all of you. I’m so sorry and hope it gets better soon. Good for you getting the mammogram out of the way! Maybe get prescriptions that need to be filled soon, too.

Kerry, know that we’re all thinking and praying for you! I hope you will be up and around before long. So glad it’s over.

Sue, I’m planning on going to Cherilyn’s to help out with the babies on Halloween. I still get about 70 kids….I mean parents!!! They come from the apartments with their large pillowcases. I will have some candy in a bowl and a note to take some and leave some for others. We’ll see how that goes!

Diana, I think your gameplan of having the 4 yr. old going to school then being with you parttime is a good one. She has her routine, you have your time off, and you have your time together! A perfect combo! You are NOT a bad grandma…you’re a practical one!!

I’m so glad your hike was a good one, Donna. I don’t know where you get the energy….I am so tired out each day once I get home. You lift and haul patients, then go hiking in the middle of nowhere!!!

It sounds like that time of your life was so hard on you, Pam. Of course, you’d lose weight and lose focus! You have a busy lifestyle still, if not the same stress. I think all things have to come to a mutual midpoint meeting before our weight starts to drop off. We are always drawn into a stressful life and getting older adds a new layer.

You are way too nice, Sandra. It makes me so mad that your husband is such a jerk towards you. You do so many nice things for him. Alcoholism is such a sad thing and it rules the family. Try to do what you need/want to do and stay away from him when he’s drinking. I wish you could just get away for a while and let him see how life is when you’re gone.

I had a good early dinner with my sister in law and she picked up the tab. I am off in a while to meet Cherilyn, Steven and my friend Sally’s daughters at another restaurant…just to visit! I’m ready to sit and do nothing but I’m looking forward to see them ,too.

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Oh good Kerry. Get some rest.


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Hip is done but the brain is not functioning well.



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Well, I'm back from my mammogram. Trying to get everything done this week before our insurance is up. I'm not sure what kind of insurance we will be on next. I dropped another 2 lbs.

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Hello to all,
While I was still eating breakfast DH came and said something about he guessed it was too cold for me to go outside to mow and since I knew it was just a sarcastic remark I didn't answer him. After I got out of the shower he was on the mower mowing so I guess he wanted to mow today instead of letting me. Fine my me. I was mad at him anyway. Yesterday evening as I was fixing his plate (yeah, stupid me I even fix his plate and take it to him on a tray like an idiot) he got a phone call from my son. I know he doesn't like to talk while he eats so I just left his tray on the counter. I went ahead and fixed my plate and sat down to eat and while he was talking to David he kept looking over at me and telling me to "slow down". I finally got up and went in the other room and finished eating in peace. I noticed he got up and got himself another beer while he was still talking. I finally went into the other room to watch TV and about 8pm he went to bed and when I went into the kitchen later his supper was still sitting there. He had not eaten anything. I just put it all in the refrigerator and he will have it tonight unless he drinks his supper again. I was looking on face book and there was a recipe for pumpkin muffins that only takes a cake mix and a can of pumpkin and since I had both I made them. They are good but a little doughy in texture for me, plus I would like some cinnamon in it if I ever bake them again. I left them on the counter with a note saying "here are pumpkin muffins for breakfast, enjoy", and DH never ate one. Grrr.

Kerry I am thinking of you today, I pray everything goes smoothly and that your recovery is quick. I would think when you are at home you can wear whatever you want for shoes, the special shoes are for the hospital when they get you up to walk most likely.

Pam, my first and last child were my no sleeping rascals, I couldn't get them to sleep for anything, but they were very active and always happy. But the other 2 were peaceful quiet happy babies. My only granddaughter was just like her mother and very active and a non sleeper also. Those babies make for many sleepless nights. Ha, ha. A lot of bonding time.
I am with you with the whole diet thing. I am just tired of worrying about it. About what I eat or shouldn't eat or can't eat. If I should eat a salad instead when I am really hungry and really want a bowl of pasta or a sandwich. It seems like I am always thinking of food and I am always hungry.

Diana, I would do well with the 4 year old. It is the older ones I have problems with trying to keep them entertained. I guess that is my mental age level. LOL I would believe you will have a great time and she might enjoy working beside you while you are doing your sewing. I would give Patricia a little job of cutting a special piece of material or putting the pins in the pincushion differently or something and she would sit right there and work with me. She now loves to sew and even made her own wedding dress.

Pat, I hope your work week is going good.

Mary Lou, venting here is good. I am sorry your DH had to go back to work with lower pay but hopefully he will be able to get past it some way. Either find a better job or the job he has will go back to what it was. Either way I don't blame you for feeling down about it. Praying that things turn around for you soon.

Mary, I hope you enjoy your 2 dinners. Ha, ha. I would probably just have desert for the second one. Although knowing me I might even just eat 2 meals. I am a glutton I guess. Glad you are through with your conferences for a while. Get some rest.

Sue, there were no trick or treaters here last year and I don't expect any this year. I have not bought any candy. If it was here I'm sure I would eat it so it is just as well.
Well I hope this will post today. Here goes.
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10/22/13 12:53 P

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G’day gang,

Marylou, your DH’s manager probably had nothing to do with his “termination”. A lowly manager doesn’t have that kind of power. It sounds like he felt badly about it, so don’t think too harshly of him. I know it isn’t easy, but try not to let anger and bitterness creep in for too long. It makes things so much harder to cope with and your DH will notice and react to that. To make things easier for him to cope, try to be upbeat and forward looking. (as I said – easier said than done, but you can at least try…LOL) But of course you can come in here and vent all you like! We’re here to listen and sympathize. ((hugs))

Diana – you are NOT a bad grandma. If you are, then I’m a lot worse! LOL! As much as I love my grandson, he IS a handful and not being the maternal thing I am, the thought of being left alone with him doesn’t appeal to me at all! I’m one of those people who, as long as I know they are happy, I’m content. I don’t need my family members around me much at all. I just need to know that they’re okay, and I can go and read my book in peace…LOL! I’m so bad…. (smack myself in the face and wander off…LOL)

My life must be very peaceful right now. I lose weight when I’m stressed too, so I know I’m happy with my life at the moment (other than the fact my back is hurting like crazy right now). So typical, when my mom was dying of cancer (it took 4 years), and I had to look after her, my hubby and three little ones, I lost so much weight, and I was slender to begin with! My bones actually jutted out after it was all over, and just when I was beginning to recover from that trauma, hubby and I had to file for bankruptcy (his business partner at the time screwed him over), and we lost our beautiful house. And – in the middle of all that, I had to have a hysterectomy! So – stress? – yeah – I know stress….LOL! Even my poor children knew more stress than they should have needed to….sigh. But that is all over, and other than the fact I got fat when I quit smoking, life is good again. Actually, I doubt there’s a lot that will faze me anymore. LOL! I can still get as cranky as the next guy, but it doesn’t last, thank God. I know when I have it good.

I need to go and get some more work done. Catch ya later!

God bless,
Pam


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