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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Did you know. . .?

Frankenstein was created by a 20 year old young woman. . .

Mary Shelly was only 20 yrs. old when she wrote Frankenstein. Lord Byron was her neighbor in Switzerland one wet and dreary summer, and she and her husband Percy Shelly, the poet, discussed Darwin and read horror stories all summer long. Lord Byron proposed they each write a “ghost story”. Over the next days she tried to think of something, then one night, after getting into bed, she began to have visions in her imagination of a “pale student of the unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together”... And thus, “Frankenstein” was born.

Most quoted passage from her book:
“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”

Try reading that on a dark, rainy night when you're all alone. Spooky!

What's your favorite spooky story?


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ROSILEIGH 10/1/2009 3:14PM

    I don't like spooky stories much either,but i quite liked "The hound of the Baskervilles" by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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FISHINGLADY66 10/1/2009 2:55PM

    I don't like to read spooky stories. But thanks for the lesson of Franenstein.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/1/2009 9:19AM

    " It was a dark and dreary night"

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Not done yet.

Friday, September 25, 2009

My recent renal ultrasound showed NOTHING on my kidneys!

However, the radiologist now wants me to have a CT scan specifically for that area. Had to have more bloodwork done in preparation for that and did that yesterday. Now I'm waiting for the call about the CT appointment. I guess we're being very thorough.

Next Friday is the coritzone injection into my hip where "Fang" the bone spur lives!

Had to get out of bed last night and give my hip a rubdown with Ben Gay because it was hurting so much. Must have worked, I fell asleep right after.

I once had a cat who thought Ben Gay was catnip, lol, and wanted to lick it all off me. Rosie, however, blinks her little eyes like it burns and wants nothing to do with me when I reek of that cream.

You know, I think that over the past decades, I've only been to a medical doctor once a year. I'm catching up now, though. Getting my money's worth out of all that insurance I've been paying. Lucky to have it, I know.

So, I've decided not to think ahead too far, not to worry, just to enjoy every day. I'm fortunate that I am gainfully unemployed (retired) and don't have to go to work through all of this - don't have to go anywhere I don't want to. Many people are much worse off than this.

If I thought I was inactive before, I now know what inactive really means. I'm catching up on lots of books, though. Reading and listening on my ipod. Joe and I are still having fun and I see him every morning and evening, as always. I said I felt like I might be slowing him down now, but he assured me he hadn't planned any mountain climbing or marathons, so I wasn't keeping him from anything, lol. What a great guy, but I already knew that!


You really can't control your life. You can only control your reaction to it.
So. . .
You have two choices each day. You can smile and be happy or cry and be miserable.

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FISHINGLADY66 9/27/2009 12:30PM

    It is better to smile & be happy than worry about everything. Your attitude is commendable. You are in my prayers always.

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CAROLYNVIL 9/25/2009 11:54PM

    You have a great attitude. you are an inspiration.

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JUDY1676 9/25/2009 11:20PM

You have such a great attitude! That's sure to help you get through this ordeal. My prayers continue to be with you.

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AMBUDMAN 9/25/2009 9:51PM

    Hi Karen,

You have a very positive attitude. I enjoyed reading your blog.

I choose to smile and be happy, life is to short not to try and enjoy every day.



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BIRDLEGS29 9/25/2009 9:38PM

    I hope you are happily getting the CT scan. I know it seems like maybe it is overkill but as we get older, I think prevention becomes even more important. If the CT scan is clear, shout Hooray! If not, be glad whatever it was is caught early. Keeep that great attitude of yours and you can conquer anything!


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SERENITYSEL 9/25/2009 11:15AM

    Karen, you are so positive and upbeat! I know that will help you on your journey through all this. I've been praying for some relief for you.

I retired, but then realized the insurance was too high (I was paying $418/mo) for little bit of coverage, so I had to go back to work full time. I LOVE my job and accounting, but I am so worn down and tired, and just growing old(er), and not gracefully, I have 2 more years before I reach 65 to get medicare. I pray I make it. I loved retirement. Oh well, this is about you not me. Sorry, I get carried away. Hey someone is trying to take me away now....They have white coats that fasten in the back....only kidding.

I've been thinking about you and your upcoming cortisone shot. Having a positive attitude, will make that shot work faster then the norm!!!! God bless you my friend.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/25/2009 10:14AM

    You have a great attitude. Thanks for spreading you Sparkiness.

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BELTONWALKER67 9/25/2009 8:53AM

    It is wonderful that you can count your blessings while enduring so much pain. That positive attitude will help you cope with this until the medical community can find a treatment that works. Thinking of you! emoticon

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Restaurant Guide

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I found this site which contains a lot of nutritional info for many restaurants.

Just thought I'd share. It's always good to know what you're going to order before you get there, and to place your order first, before the orders of everyone else get too tempting!


If you have any other sites for restaurant nutritional information, feel free to share!


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FISHINGLADY66 9/23/2009 12:37PM


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SERENITYSEL 9/23/2009 11:52AM

    Thanks, it is good information. I don't eat out a lot anymore since my granddaughter left for Basic Training, but good to know in case I do. Have a wonderful day. And a pain free day!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/23/2009 9:31AM

    this is one of my "saved" sites. It is really handy.

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BELTONWALKER67 9/23/2009 9:25AM

    Great site! emoticon

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Hand In Hand

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Diversity and Tolerance

Quotations on the difference in us.

Bernice Johnson Reagon
There is nowhere you can go and only be with people who are like you. Give it up.

Felix Adler
People may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is built, but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.

John F. Kennedy
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

Lillian Hellman
Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

Madame de Stael
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

Mark Twain
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.

Mohandas K. Gandhi
I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stiffled. I want all the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

Mohandas K. Gandhi
It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.

Pearl S. Buck
We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours; whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.

Rene Dubos
Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.

Robert F. Kennedy
Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.

Thomas Paine
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

Spark People is surely a gathering place for diversity. That's why I like it here.

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JUDY1676 9/20/2009 11:41PM

    Great things and really thought provoking!

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FISHINGLADY66 9/20/2009 9:56PM

    Thanks for sharing these emoticon quotes. I really enjoyed reading them.
emoticon Irene

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/20/2009 4:46PM

    All True

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LADYNLI 9/20/2009 3:48PM

    Great quotes! Definitely thought provoking.

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SERENITYSEL 9/20/2009 3:10PM

    Funny you should blog about diversity. This is one of my biggest belief's (in addition to teamwork). I lead the Diversity Team for two solid years, in one of my jobs. What I tried to get everyone to understand is diversity means many things, but the most important thing we can take from it is, we don't have to agree with everyone's viewpoints/opinions, but you should respect the fact that they have something they believe in and want to share with you.

Too many people think someone is a "Know It All" because they voice a different opinon. Myself, I respect their opinons, not always agreeing, but I respect that they trusted me enough to share their knowledge with me. I generally ask questions, about the subject, that way I can learn from them.

Thanks Karen, this is a very very important mess you sent. emoticon

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KOOCH4 9/20/2009 10:16AM

thanks, great blog emoticon

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--KREN 9/20/2009 10:02AM

    Thanks, REILLYGIRL64, wherever you are, lol. My best friend's name is Reilly. Wonder if you're related? -Kren

Nancy, I think that's my favorite also! - Kren

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NANCY- 9/20/2009 9:55AM

    Great quotes. Loved the Thomas Paine one.

You are so right about SparkPeople being diverse. We all have different paths that we must take, no one journey is the right one for all. It is wonderful when we can find some light amongst the path.

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. "

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REILLYGIRRRL 9/20/2009 9:47AM

  Great post.

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Unexpected Culprit

Friday, September 18, 2009

I finally had my orthopedic appointment yesterday afternoon. The moment the Dr. set foot in the door, my mouth fell open. He looks just like my oldest son! I see people all the time who look like my younger son. I guess he has a common body type/face. But I've only met one other person who looks like my older son, until I met this doctor. Really surprising.

I was there a long time and asked a lot of questions and covered a lot of things concerning my chronic pain. But the main issue is this hip pain I've been having that has brought me to a complete standstill for the past 3 months. And right there on my MRI where even I could see it, is a very long bone spur, growing off the top of the ball and socket joint that is my right hip!

If you point your index finger, then crook it downward, the side view of it is what the spur looks like. Like a FANG from some wild animal, and it's biting me in the . . . hip. lol I feel like Phyllis Diller, complaining about Fang. lol

The cartilage in my hip joint is fine, except where this spur grows downward off the top of the socket. It curves and narrows so that it is scraping away any cartilage there, and restricting the movement of my hip. My hip can't move properly, so everything else compensates or tries to, anyway. Muscles in the back, side and front of my leg all the way down to my knee, compensate, trying to keep my body moving the way it should even when my hip isn't working properly. Lots of muscle knots and pain.

First option - a "guided injection" of cortisone into that area. That should relieve the pain right away and last for 3 months. If not, I'm to call my Dr./son-look-alike right away and he'll refer me on to a surgeon to remove the spur. He even wrote his name, his secretary's name and phone number on a card and handed it to me. A very big plus in this huge hospital system that is my HMO.

I stay away from drugs all I can and am usually completely drug free. But I'd rather try the cortisone than have surgery. Also, if the pain persists, then it means something else is causing it, and maybe I'll see the nerve and muscle specialist next.

I have his blessing to exercise even while in pain, as long as I don't do anything outrageous. I'm never sure when to work through the pain and when to stop. So he gave me a better understanding of what to do in that respect.

Now I wait for them to call and schedule me with my consult for this injection. Everything takes time...

Not moving hasn't been my only problem. Why is it true that -

The more we HAVE on our plate, the more we PUT on our plate?

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JUDY1676 9/20/2009 11:45PM

    It's always good to know why--even though we don't always like the why! Good luck to you and I hope the injection will help. I'll be anxious to hear as I'm going to the Dr. next week and hippain is one thing on my plate,also!

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FISHINGLADY66 9/20/2009 9:59PM

    Sorry I missed this blog. It is good to know there is a reason for your pain. I wish you the best in getting rid of it.
emoticon Irene

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LADYNLI 9/18/2009 1:25PM

    A least now you have a diagnosis. I don't know what that injection is like, but I have arthritis in both hands in the thumb area. I have had injections several times for the pain and it really helps. It stings like the devil when I get them, but after a day I am pain free for quite awhile. Hope your injection works for you. They say I will need surgery eventually, but they consider me too young for it now...who ever thought 60 would be considered too young for anything!!!

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SERENITYSEL 9/18/2009 10:05AM

    I know this is not a good diagnosis, but at least you have some options.

Thank you so much for sharing, and I know you will do great. I've had many cortisone injections.

I'm glad they found something that is not life threatening. You are always in my prayers! Good luck and the injection will hurt a little, LOL

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NANCY- 9/18/2009 9:54AM

It good to know the reason for your pain. Having a "Fang" in your hip would explain a lot of the pain.


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--KREN 9/18/2009 9:18AM

    Linda and Martha, you're both right. KNOWING is worth a lot! Karen

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/18/2009 9:16AM

    You must be relieved to have an answer to what has been your problem. It is also a relief to know there are options.

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BELTONWALKER67 9/18/2009 8:55AM

    Sounds like you have found a great doctor with the added bonus of looking like your son. I'm glad they have finally discovered what is causing your pain and hope the injection will let you have months of pain free living. Knowing is one-half the battle as we tend to imagine more than is really there. Here's to Sparking without any pain! emoticon

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