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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just yesterday I wrote about how well my DIL did after her double mastectomy. But she called me last night to say she had to go to the emergency room yesterday with severe pain in her leg. In spite of wearing heavy stretch hosing put on her legs in the hospital after her surgery, she had a blood clot in one leg.

The doc put her on Coumadin but also says she must have two shots a day into her stomach to get the blood thinner into her faster while the drug gets into her system. My son will be giving her those shots. She's confined to bed with her leg always propped up higher than her heart for the next week. The drains from her surgery had to be taken out early in the ER because of this situation.

She was very scared. Her mom drove her to the ER and my son met her there from work. I'm very worried about her, such a wonderful mom and wife and DIL. She's 41 and very healthy otherwise, so the doctors say this is a fluke that usually only happens to older people and those in bad health.

So, for the first time, I'm asking you to keep my DIL in your prayers for a safe and speedy recovery.

Thank you,


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KAYYVAUGHN 3/29/2011 6:19PM

    Your DIL and the family are in my prayers daily.

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JENNY888 3/26/2011 6:26AM

    You, your DIL, and the rest of your family have my prayers right now. I look forward to reading about her complete recovery. Thanks for letting us know.

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JUSTJO66 3/25/2011 3:51PM

    Add my prayers, too. I hope she is doing better real soon. Your poor son and his family......sounds like they have been real troopers. Take care of yourself, too.

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BELTONWALKER67 3/24/2011 5:10PM

    Thinking of you and praying that all will be well.

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ZEEDRA 3/23/2011 9:05PM

So sorry...everything seemed okay and you were ready to relax for a while.
Blessings and prayers to your DIL, son, you and all of your family.
Hugs, Sandra/Zeedra

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VINGRAM 3/23/2011 5:38PM

    Karen - so sorry your DIL is having problems. Will keep her in my prayers along with the others for a speedy and complete recovery. vista emoticon

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    Prayers were sent, GF. I hope she has a speedy recovery. She has been through enough. emoticon

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JEANNE229 3/23/2011 3:40PM

    Karen, I am so sorry she has had even more trauma. My daughter had two bouts with blood clots and is on coumadin for life. Her lungs are highly damaged from the resulting clots that landed there (thank goodness it wasn't to the heart or brain), so it is wonderful that they caught your DIL's in time! Hasn't she had enough with the major (and life-changing) surgery?

Good thoughts coming your way my dear friend!

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FISHINGLADY66 3/23/2011 2:08PM

    I'm so sorry to hear the bad news Karen. You must be really worried as well as her family. I will keep praying for her healing. And I'm praying for you to be able to handle this too.
God Bless you all
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NEWTEXDEBBIE 3/23/2011 12:23PM

    I feel so bad for you and the family. I will add you to my prayers today. Stay Strong!

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PJSTIME 3/23/2011 10:10AM

    You and your son, DIL and family are in my prayers. Thanks for letting us know.

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SILLYHP1953 3/23/2011 9:09AM

    I'm sending love, light, and healing to your DIL.

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CATHY629 3/23/2011 6:39AM

    So sorry to hear that Karen,i will pray for her recovery,God bless.

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Home, Sweet Home.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I've just returned from visiting my son and his family in Denver. My DIL had a double mastectomy. My son took off from work for a couple of weeks to do all she needed for aftercare. Who knew he'd be such a good nurse!

I helped with my two granddaughters (8 & 12), three dogs and a cat. It's been a while since I did laundry for a family of four, meals, etc. After I got the routine going I enjoyed it. I was able to find my way around Castle Rock where they live and take the kids places, shop, etc.

The first week of recovery was pretty tough and painful for my DIL. Week two started off much better. This week she'll get the last of the tubes out of her body and I'm sure recovery will speed up even more after that.

I got home last night; happy to be here and very tired. Joe took good care of my house and my cat and delivered me to and from the airport. It feels good to be there for my son and his girls when they need me. He's never asked me for anything, but there's no doubt he needed help this time.

So here's another reason to stay slim and healthy. It keeps you able to help family when they really need it.

I've missed my Spark Friends and thank you for the goodies and emails. I'll be catching up in the next few days. Today it's the grocery store and then to the indoor pool where I swim to float my body in water for a couple of hours!


PS: Focusing on everyone else netted me a 5 lb loss for the week! Going up and down stairs a zillion times helped too, lol.

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    You are a great mom, MIL, and grandma to do this for them. Bless you!

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ZEEDRA 3/22/2011 1:04PM

You must feel like a new person. It's so great to give of yourself like that and to be appreciated is the bonus. Then, you got the double bonus of weight loss. Now, that's really giving of yourself...leaving five pounds behind! Behind? No! I mean left in Colorado. :)
Welcome back,

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FISHINGLADY66 3/22/2011 12:27PM

    emoticon back Karen. I sure missed you and I know everyone else did too. Your son is a very caring person to be so helpful. He must have your heart. Hopefully the recovery will go better now that the first few weeks are over. I'm sure you enjoyed your grand kids too. Congratulations on your emoticon loss. Relax in the pool and know that everything is getting better for all of you.

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JUSTJO66 3/22/2011 11:30AM

    Welcome home...it always feels so good to be back. :o) I know your son and DIL really appreciated your help both physically and emotionally.
Congrats on the weight loss. :o) Sometimes, it's just not easy to lose or maintain when out of pocket. You did good. :o)

Glad to see you back on sp. :o)

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PJSTIME 3/22/2011 11:17AM

    I'm glad your back home again so you can focus on yourself and your needs, but am glad you were able to help your family and that DIL is doing so well after that major surgery.

WooHoo for your weight loss (stress and taking care of your family) is a lot of exercise.

Welcome Home

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CATHY629 3/22/2011 8:36AM

    Nice to see you back Karen,i hope your daughter in law makes a good recovery.

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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 8:29AM

    I'm glad your DIL is doing well, too, and your son sounds like a wonderful man. That's got to be quite a scary experience to go through...for everyone.

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BELTONWALKER67 3/22/2011 8:25AM

    So glad that DIL is doing well and know she & your son appreciated you and all you did during their time of need. Welcome home and enjoy your time at the pool. emoticon

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MOLLIEMAC 3/22/2011 8:12AM


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For this year.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dear God,

My prayer for 2011 is for a fat bank account & a thin body.

Please don't mix these up like you did last year. AMEN

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    Why have I not been getting your blogs??!!! LOL.

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JUSTJO66 3/4/2011 1:12AM

    emoticon I think that's my prayer for this year, too.

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VINGRAM 2/25/2011 8:49PM

    FUNNY!!!!!!!!! emoticon vista

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ZEEDRA 2/25/2011 7:18PM

    Wow! There must have been a virus. The same thing happened to me and many others in Nova Scotia as well.
Hope you're doing "so far so good" this year, Karen.

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DGAIL51 2/20/2011 8:25AM

    Hey, Karen. Ditto! Hope you are well. emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 2/16/2011 9:55AM

    I'm praying for that too. emoticon Believe and you shall receive!. Glad to have you back. emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 2/15/2011 9:33PM

    Too funny...I'm thinking there were a lot of mix ups last year.

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DGILBRIDE1949 2/15/2011 9:14PM

    Amen! emoticon

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PJSTIME 2/15/2011 1:13PM

    I'll go for that too. Glad to see you post again.

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BELTONWALKER67 2/15/2011 12:01PM

    That sounds funny but is probably not to you! Believe me I know the feeling! So good to hear from you. You have been missed.

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Friday, November 12, 2010


Hereís a little sample of the caloric content of a typical American Thanksgiving Day Dinner put together a couple of years ago by a small group of weight watching women to which I belonged.

When you consider that most of the portions here are MUCH smaller than we have all eaten in years past, the calorie total is even more astounding.

So consider this an Early Warning Device, to prepare you to stop and think about your body and your health, BEFORE you eat that scrumptious Thanksgiving Day feast. (Some of us have to weigh-in the NEXT DAY!!)

An average American Thanksgiving Dinner

3 ounces of Turkey (white meat): 144 calories
Green Bean Casserole (1/2 cup): 116 calories
Mashed Potatoes (1/2 cup): 120 calories
1/4 cup Ocean Spray Cranberry sauce (jellied): 110 calories
Brown & Serve Roll: 87 calories
1 pat Butter : 36 calories
1 cup cornbread stuffing: 250 calories
1/2 cup Gravy: 56 calories
1/6 Chocolate Pie: 300 calories
1/8 of a Pumpkin Pie: 316 calories (not incl. Cool Whip)
1/2 cup Sweet Potato Casserole: 160 calories

Sub Total: 1701 calories

Note all those Ĺ cup servings and ask yourself if that is the amount you really eat on Thanksgiving.



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MOLLIEMAC 11/13/2010 8:49AM

    So glad our Canadian Thanksgiving is over and done with- that's quite a calorie haul! Happy editing:). emoticon

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PJSTIME 11/12/2010 3:40PM

    I'm glad I don't want all that on my plate. I'll skip pie altogether with no problem and the potatoes and gravy, but bring on the turkey, green bean casserole, roll and my homeade noodles:(

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SILLYHP1953 11/12/2010 3:02PM

    Portion control is something I need to work on. And I guess I better not make ANY pumpkin pies. I eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until they're gone. Seriously. Mmmm, just thinking about it. Oh well, I'll live without them. They are not something I have control over, so I cannot even consider just trying to eat a small piece. But I do need to start thinking about Thanksgiving and how to handle it this year. Thanks for sharing that info.

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JUDITH316 11/12/2010 12:33PM

    great blog post, thanks for sharing, it sure brings you back to a reality check, amazing the # of calories one might consume if one wasn't tracking or didn't eat smaller portions or even eliminate something from the Thanksgiving table, for me I reduce the portion sizes, some by eating a tablespoon of this and that, I enjoy the food but keep to my calorie intake even with indulging in a dessert...

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GLEORIA 11/12/2010 11:22AM

    Thanks for the early food for thought.

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No More Mud!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ok, this was more fun than I ever imagined!

You'll have to read my previous blog about the contest to know what I'm talking about here. . .

I think RaylinStephpens Your Own Retirement View Bestows Great Youth was the most inspiring!

And SammiesMom13ís Yes, Often Real Vampires Bite Girls was the trendiest!

But I have to give the Grand Prize goodie to JustJo66 who bestowed me with such visions as vain goats, vanilla-beige? Glasses, belching vans, gnomes and gnats, lol.
She evidently had some help from her co-workers at school. Makes you wonder, hmmm? And I never realized I should limit the number of entries per person. I just wasnít prepared for over-caffeinated school nurses, lol.

So JO gets the grand prize, even though I canít pick just one of those zany zingers, lol. I DO KNOW that from now until the day I die, when I begin to list those colors in my head, Iíll break out in uncontrollable laughter! Should make for some interesting paintings, lol.



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BELTONWALKER67 11/12/2010 9:01AM

    Loved it! Such creative sparkers we have & we learn something new each day. I now know what "mud" is! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTJO66 11/12/2010 8:53AM

    I am humbled. I didn't prepare a speech for this grand event. But I want to thank all the "little" people who have made it possible. My co-workers...teachers, aides, custodian, maintenance, school counselor.....nothing would have been possible without your support. lol. Thank you, Thank you Kren for your wonderful contest.....and party goodie. We will display it in a prominent place in the nurse clinic right above my poster that has Bart Simpson writing on the black board "I will not Barf Unless I'm Sick" one hundred times. :o)

Seriously, well kind of.... hey glad to oblige. We all had so much fun with this....and to think now I also know the colors that I can use if I ever start using watercolors :o)

*Disclaimer: Nurse Jo is not responsible for her behavior while under the influence of 3 cups of coffee. :O)

It's been fun.

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PJSTIME 11/12/2010 7:30AM

    And if I ever decide to try watercolors I will have to refer back to your blog. Have a great day.

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