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Welcome to my Spark page. I am 63 years old and a retired speciaI education teacher (non categorical preschool).
My husband and I have a 3 year old rescue beagle named Buster. He is a bundle of energy and makes us laugh. He has eerily similar traits that we saw in our last 2 rescue beagles. He's very sweet and lots of fun for us.
Our daughter, husband and her 3 children (my adorable grandchildren) live about 25 minutes from us. They also have an old rescue beagle. I am so ...
Welcome to my Spark page. I am 63 years old and a retired speciaI education teacher (non categorical preschool).
My husband and I have a 3 year old rescue beagle named Buster. He is a bundle of energy and makes us laugh. He has eerily similar traits that we saw in our last 2 rescue beagles. He's very sweet and lots of fun for us.
Our daughter, husband and her 3 children (my adorable grandchildren) live about 25 minutes from us. They also have an old rescue beagle. I am so fortunate to see them a lot. They are my sunshine!!
Our son is married to a great woman. They have his rescue beagle (see a pattern in our family?) and her two cats. They live about 10 minutes from us but are looking for a larger place! Hopefully, they won't move too far!
I joined Spark in December 2009 and, like everyone, life has thrown me some curves as well as blessed me in many ways! Although I struggle with consistency, my main struggle seems to always be with exercise. It seems I do fine for awhile and then I get off track. I always go back to the basics but it does get discouraging.
I'm trying to focus on being a healthy me with the energy to have fun with my family!
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BETHGILLIGAN Fighting a nasty cough, cold. It is a gift from my darling grandson! LOL
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Member Since: 12/20/2009

SparkPoints: 48,200

Fitness Minutes: 14,303

My Goals:
-be aware of my diet and portion control
-maintain a consistent exercise routine (walking, yoga, ST)
-drink at least 3 glasses of water a day
-blog weekly

My Program:
-be aware of nutrition and portion control
-track my fitness every day
-track my fruits/veggies
-track my water intake

Personal Information:
I've been married to my wonderful husband for 42 years. We have 2 grown children. Our daughter is married with 3 children. I feel so blessed to have them close and spend lots of time with them. Our son and his wife are recently married and right now live about 10 minutes from us.I taught preschool special education for 23 years and retired about 5 years ago. Loving retirement and am always busy!

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I love to read!!! I belong to PaperbackSwap and love having access to so many books.
We are moving our pontoon to Smith Mountain Lake and hope to spend some weekends and at least one week each summer down there. We are able to spend lots of time with our kids and grandkids. I love spending time with my family!

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3/29/2014 8:55:09 PM

Jees Louise, Beth, I leave you alone for a moment... emoticon

I'm glad whatever you were suffering from doesn't seem to be autoimmune in nature, and that your chest pain (?!) is muscular. (I've been going through quite a round of back pain myself, here.)

Now sit down, eat something healthy, drink some pure water and rest up til you rebuild your blood supply - nice of them to leave you a corpuscle or two. emoticon

Spring is definitely on the way. We've got robins and red-wing blackbirds (the latter are the real harbingers), and it's currently *raining* emoticon , even if it is falling on three feet of snow . If it's spring in Central New York, good weather must be on the way in Virginia!

We'll feel better with some sunshine, get this blasted weight thing going in the right direction, make some great new habits, shed some old bad ones - it's all good. Hang in there, sweetie, it's all good. We just have to get there.

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3/28/2014 2:42:52 PM

Hi Beth! Thank you for the blog comment. We are all in this together and I am starting to believe it's a reality for a lot of us that it's just not going to be a 50 pound loss per year! Sadly, I've let that discourage me to the point of gaining through the years but now we all have each other for support and understanding and ..........PATIENCE. Love my ounces now!

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3/27/2014 9:33:34 AM

Beth, I am so glad you got some definitive answers from the recent round of tests. Again, so many of our basic screening tests tend to throw off a lot of false positives that then need to be followed up with more exams. A lot of the follow-up exams have dangers of and can cause problems of their own. And yet, if my mother's doctor had run a couple simple blood tests and ordered a cat scan a few years back when she was complaining of severe abdomen pain and cramping she might have gotten to an oncologist sooner and had an easier time going through treatments instead of being treated for irritable bowl for 6 months by the local Quack.
I wish I had your insurance plan, ha ha. Ours is a subsidiary of Harvard Pilgrim. I pay my monthly premiums. We each have a $1500 annual deductible IF we stay within our local healthcare system...which by the way is the same 60 mile drive I make to work every day). After that, we are responsible for 20% of "allowable" costs (the amount the insurance company has agreed to reimburse the hospital/doctor for a particular exam. per contracts negotiated annually.) The only things covered in full are annual physicals, routine blood work, mammograms and colonoscopies. If we step outside the system but stick with Harvard Pilgrim providers our deductibles go up to $5000 and 30% of all charges once deductibles are met. If we ever have to go out of the Harvard pilgrm network we're looking at $10,000 deductibles and 40% coinsurance. Fortunately there are some excellent 2nd tier hospitals in the Harvard Pilgrim Network, including Dartmouth and some of the big Boston Hospitals, but I have several co-workers struggling with medical bills because they had to go outside of the local network for Cardiac surgeries and Oncology treatments because our local network doesn't offer those services.
And of course, routine is "relative" I go for the yearly screening bloodwork (cholesterol, metabolic panels) and it is covered. Bob goes for the same bloodwork with a problem list of Hypertension and High cholesterol and high liver enzymes and we have to pay for those same tests out of pocket.
My job does give me $1500 a year in a HSA to help with some of the deductible. I haven't met a deductible in the past three years so I currently have over $2500 in there that should be drawn from when we make none-routine medical visits.
I'm fighting with my insurance and hospital billing right now over 2 doctors visits bob had to make before christmas to have his BP medication regulated. $360 for 2 15 minute office visits is what was billed. My insurance decided that we had other coverage (we dont), claims they sent me a form to fill out that they never got back (they didn't) and then closed the account. I got a bill from the hospital for that full amount. After multiple phone calls I got HP to reopen the account. Of that $360 dollars, they are only contracted to pay $180 to the hospital as allowed by their contract. Since I haven't met my deductibles, that should be drawn against my HSA, but now I'm back to fighting with billing because what should seamlessly happen, isn't, and I'm still getting bills for the $180.
So the biggest problem with not having health insurance? Is that you're being billed sometimes double what an insured persons plan is actually paying. That's the kind of crap that Healthcare reform should have dealt with, along with torte reform and other changes, not this monstrosity that we've ended up with.
Okay, done ranting....
I'm down. I'm struggling. Some days I don't know why I even bother getting out of bed and go through the motions, guess it's just 50 years of programming and stubbornness, because it doesn't get better and at this point I don't really believe it ever will. But maybe if spring ever gets here I might feel a little better. Sun's shining today and I'm off from work. If it really does get up to the 30's I might just have to go out and soak up some sunshine. Vit D is good, yes?

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3/26/2014 5:21:14 PM

My mistake. The doctor visit is next Tuesday. I doubt there is anything out of whack - but that thyroid question will be settled by the full set of tests I hope. Maybe the best cure for all ills right about now is a long walk in some warm spring sunshine. Let me know if this ever happens.

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3/25/2014 9:10:57 PM

I'm trying to think if I have 2 organs that work right. LOL. I can think of plenty that don't!

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