10 VM: Véronique, Virginia(GinieMie)Vicky, Valerie, Vanessa, Viviane, Vance, Vaughn, Vincent, Vernon
BK: Vaughn, Vanessa, Véronique, Valerie, Viviane, Vernon. Frnt. Vance, Ginie(Virginia), Vicky. 9/10
Véronique saying good bye to the bride, Liz, and groom, Dan. niece Sara supporting Nique.
So much has happened to me since I started SP April 9th 2010. I've lost weight of course and regained some, I've learned to stop eating when full and I've made some great spark friends. I'm sparking much of the time. Many know about my son's accident (6/17/2010)and the changes that has wrought on my life, my sister Vï¿½ronique's death (11/7/2012) due to a brain tumor and Vicky's congestive heart failure, diabetes and a host of other problems. I also have been blessed with a new grand-daughter in May 2013 for a total of 5 grand-daughters and 1 grandson-the first and eldest of the grands..
I try to keep smiling and stay positive-not always easy, but the good Lord helps. I love life from infancy to old age.
I retired May 25th, 2012.
My 5 children and 6 grandchildren are an important part of my life.
With the exception of my cholesterol levels and a mobile blood pressure I am relatively healthy. Both my son's care and my weight contribute the occasionally elevated blood pressure. My cholesterol has been high since I was in my 40's and I am allergic to statin drugs which limits what I can take for the cholesterol problem. (I am in gray in the first picture, and turquoise in the second)
1. track all of my foods, striving to get 5-8 fruits & veggies per day.
2. I will walk no LESS THAN 5,000 steps and work my way past 10,000.
3. to be more positive, and supportive to those around me, especially new widows.
To watch what I eat, most importantly cutting back on cholesterol and sodium. Work to change a sedentary life into a more active life, which is difficult for me. Even though retired, I'm knitting and sewing more that makes for a still sedentary life.
I was born in Bedford, Ohio of a Belgian mom and an American GI. I have lived in Belgium, Ohio, Florida and am currently in Georgia. I am widowed and have five grown children, one of whom had a traumatic brain injury June 2010 and for whom I am the court appointed Custodial Guardian.
I like to knit, sew-when I have time and play with my grandchildren.
I'd love to be able to travel again, to go back to Belgium and Austria, to see Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and Italy.
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My stepmother had a small stroke yesterday and is currently in the hospital. She did not rouse when I was there this afternoon and, from recent texts, hasn't improved in the past 6 hours. I do not know what will happen in the next few days. Dad has such a hard time seeing her. He won't go alone. Talks a lot about skipping a day but can't seem to let himself do that in the end. He is so sad but at least he cheers up when we are there. I think he enjoyed having us staying these past two months, even if it wasn't for a happy reason.
As for John...the low blood sugars happen occasionally. In my opinion, the 24 hour (long lasting) insulin has been a god-send. Used to be, he wouldn't rouse and I have had some difficult nights trying to get him to a point where he'd be aware enough to eat or drink. The long lasting insulin changed all that. He does have lows but is always good enough to handle them with minimal assistance.
I'm with you about sharing a bed with a dog. John will but I think it negatively affects my sleep. They have their own beds.
As for Charlie throwing up. I noticed some grass in it. There's a type of grass at the business park that really affects their systems. If they eat too much, it's days of diarrhea. I try very hard to deny them any but, obviously I'm not 100% effective.
52 days ago
oh thank you for stopping by my blog. Yes I made it thru the 2 picnics,now on Wed.evening I will know if I gained at my TOPS meeting. I am eating Japanese today I was every day at least one meal, now every other day,full of crispy vegetables with good seasoning. Take care
52 days ago
It is nice to know that I am thought of. I did receive good news. Three pathologist agreed my cancer was a rare aggressive kind but one said no it was a rare slow growing kind that was usually contained. I talked to the oncologist and said I wanted everything sent to a different lab. He said he felt it was the slow growing cancer but agreed that we needed new eyes looking at the tissue. The independent lab agreed that it was the rare slow growing cancer so I do not have to have chemo!!! This cancer is usually found in the digestive tract. Only 20% of the time in the lung. I do have to follow up regularly with the specialist. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I am doing much better but this is a slow recovery. Not sure when I will be back 100%.
59 days ago
Just stopping by to let you know I am thinking of you. I took Mom to Lancaster PA.for a week , we had a good time she is 86 & slowing down. I did not realize it as she gets more tired now. She was afraid of the inter state ,but we got thru it. Took over 200 pictures will get them printed out & she can show her friends.Take care
61 days ago
I am just home from a good overnight with my stepmother. It takes two of us now and my partner was the stepsister who is just a year older than me. Things went very well except for a battle at bedtime. I do think there is some difficulty on her right side because whichever of us was to her right got slapped, punched, elbowed, bit, etc. There were other difficulties too but my stepmother was more easily distracted out of it. She and I enjoyed a nice conversation while looking at pictures just before lunch.
Dad and I also got to the lawyer. There is much to do to improve the financial situation so I am helping Dad work with the lawyer on that. Hence, yesterday's visit to the lawyer. We also toured the home my stepmother will go to. The lawyer had lots of praise for the place and it appeared to be a clean and caring home. Sure will be a tough time.
62 days ago