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Biggest Loser Challenge

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I did pretty good on the last round of BLC-14. Even got 3 pounds below my goal weight this morning.

I know someone ad asked me to let them know when the new round started p so they could register. Think I would remember who? No. Ugh. I need to learn to write things down.

Here is the link for newbies:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=47100

  
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-COURT- 12/9/2010 10:39PM

    I redid the link to the site so you can click on it. Sorry.

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 12/9/2010 7:33PM

  Woo hoo! Congrats, Courti.

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KRISTA-GIRL 12/9/2010 11:33AM

    You are a FABULOUS teammate, Courti :-) You were AWESOME this round! I can't wait to see what the next round brings!! (And what a great idea to blog about the newbie sign-ups when you couldn't remember who to tell :-)

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PPHILLIPS9 12/9/2010 12:01AM

    I'll have to find the challenge

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AIDELADE27 12/8/2010 11:53PM

    Courti, I just signed up!!! I'm so excited! It seems like it's going to be an awesome challenge. I wish January 5th would come already.

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Update on Mom

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Mom came home on Sunday, Nov. 21 and went back in Thanksgiving morning. To make a long story short, she is now in the rehab part of a nursing home. She isn't doing very well and may only have a short time. I've called the doctor to comfirm, but haven't heard back.

Someone at the nursing home told me only 6-months. She thought the hospital had told me. Guess the shocked look n my face and the tears told her differently.

I put a call into the doctor to find out and if so, why he didn't tell me.

I've spending most of my day and spent the first night with her.

We will put her into the long term part of the nursing home part. They just want to see if she can use her hands to maybe feed herself or at least wipe her month when she coughs. She has phlegm. I worry when I'm not there to help. Will the aids help? I've heard stories.

  
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TRESSA48 12/10/2010 8:06PM

    Courti, I will keep you and your mom in my prayers. I know how difficult this is for you. Hang in there. We are here for you if you need us.

Love,
Tee

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ARKPLE 12/10/2010 6:47PM

    Hi Courti,
I just read your blogs about your mom and learned of her updated status. I know you've been by her side for many years and will now continue to care for her in a new way. Please know that both you and she will be in my thoughts and prayers each day. I wish you the best always. xo

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DOOBRIE 12/5/2010 6:56PM

    Courti - just to let you know I'm keeping you and your Mum in my thoughts. I know how hard this must be for you.

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Doobs

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-COURT- 12/4/2010 11:22PM

    I said a prayer for all of you to bless all of you for all your kindness and support.

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BUFFALOGAL1952 12/4/2010 3:00PM

    aww Courti...I am so sorry to hear such sad news. I can imagine the weight resting on your heart. Gather what time you can my friend. Know that my sincere prayers and thoughts are with you and your mom. You are surrounded buy many who love and support you.
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NIMAWEYGH 12/2/2010 7:09PM

    Sweet Courti,

What a time of chaos and unrest. My heart is there with you. I wish I was to hold your hand, sit and listen, bring you coffee and just offer you some support. These times are hard and I know sometimes you think the crushing weight of it all will cover you.

But God's love and strength are yours. You are a strong woman and you will remain so for your Mom. So I will continue to life you and her up in my prayers.

Bucketful's of blessings. Love Nimsy

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LOVESLIFE48 12/2/2010 3:45PM

    I'm so sorry. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 12/2/2010 2:01PM

  Courti, emoticon. Thanks for the update. Prayers still coming your way. I'm here whenever you need a hand or a shoulder to help you through this time.

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MDMNINA 12/2/2010 11:03AM

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-COURT- 12/2/2010 6:50AM

    I have the best friends on SP. Thanks so much for your prayers and thoughts and support. emoticon

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DEVORA4 12/2/2010 4:58AM

  emoticon emoticon2 tears One for you and one for me as I so well remember how hard it is to see a parent in that sad state! You have been and will remain in my prayers and I pray you will be given the extra strength you need to carry you through this unhappy time. debby aka devora4

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TRILLIUM22 12/2/2010 12:52AM

    Courti, It most be so hard. You and your mother will be in my thoughts and prayers

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THE_TIME_IS_NOW 12/1/2010 11:43PM

    Courti

So sorry your going through such a rough time. Please know that we are praying for you and your family. Please let us know if we can do anything to help you.

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SEANDA 12/1/2010 11:39PM

    ((((courti))))) Oh courti. I wish there were words adequate or helpful... but know that you and your mom are in my thoughts and prayers.

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JENS_DOIN_IT 12/1/2010 10:59PM

    Oh sweetie! I'll continue to pray for all of you! Take care of yourself and know you have so much sparklove being sent your way!!

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ITSYBITSY2B 12/1/2010 10:56PM

  Oh, Courti, this is so hard on you! My prayers are with you!

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Mom

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Saturday: Most know that I had to call 911 because my mom was having a soreness in her chest. They said she had an irregular heart beat and left the decision up to us to take her to the hospital. I said 'yes', as the doctor isn't in on the weekend if mom got worse.
They even let me ride to the hospital in the ambulance.

After beng in the ER for ....oh about a zillion years, they said they had to put a cathiter in her.
Me: 'Then I guess we aren't going home soon?'

Nurse: 'No, she's being admitted.' Me. Oh emoticon

The guy who came in to do something on the computer said she had congested heart failure.

They gave me her room number and reminded me to return the door key and get my drivers license at the desk (they took my license and gave me a electronic key to get in and out of the ER).

I returned and made my way to the other side of the hospital, turned on the tv and was reading my book before they finally rolled her in the room.

Must have taken a lunch break on way over. lol

Mom had a miserable day but it wasn't her chest that was hurting, neck hurt. She couldn't get comfortable. By the time I was leaving in the evening the nurse said she was about to give her some meds. I called later and she was sleeping. emoticon

Sunday: I made it in time for her breakfast. Thankgoodness, she couldn't feed herself in the position she was it.

Mom was suppose to get physical therapy, which I was glad, but the doctor came in and said she didn't have congested heat failure, he thinks it is a muscle thing to contact mom's lung doctor when she gets out. Also said he was releasing her that day.

After laying in bed a day and a half, wouldn't you think they would test her out to see how well she was getting around? Nahhhhh!

The ambulande let me ride home with them...in fact I had to direct them home. It was the All County Ambulance and she didn't know her way to my side of town. Eh...what next?

She walked a little bit, but when I put her to bed in the evening, around 1:00, She couldn't get her right leg to work. I had her about a foot from her chair (lift chair which she sleeps in), Now what can I do. She was bent over the walker and her hand was slipping down to the silver part. I yelled for my husband....no sound. I got her to stay still and got the phone to call intercom. Nothing. Eh!

I got the potty chair for mom to sit on and went to the bedroom.

"Jim, Jim". I moved his foot...nothing. What now, I have two patience?

He finally woke up and helped me get mom into her chair.

I'm ticked with the hospital. If they would have checked her out more before checking her out of the hosp, they'd have known to keep her or put her in rehab.

Today I had a problem again, but luckily the nurse was coming over.

Oh yeah, forgot. The nurse from home therapy came buy to do the paper work on Sunday and said she'd be by next day, Monday.

She's getting in touch with the physical therapist to see if she can come today to evaluate her and see what can be done. Can she do enough with mom at home so I can handle her or recommend to the doc for rehab (if that is possible). I don't know if she can go into rehab after coming home first.

At least there they have the people and machinery needed to get her back into somewhat shape so I can handle her.

It would mean I'd be going there everyday. One care so dh would have to drive me and pick me up later.

I hate the thoughts that we may have to start looking into nursing homes. I was hoping that wouldn't come until she lost her mind. She always said she didn't want to go to a nursing home, so depressing. Also, I've heard that they don't get the attention they need like feeding them on time. Just bring her tray and leave it. I've heard stories.

  
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SHERRY257 11/26/2010 10:16PM

    I am praying for you and your mom. emoticon

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JENS_DOIN_IT 11/26/2010 8:46PM

    Courti, you and your mom are in my prayers!

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PLUCKYMUM 11/24/2010 2:26AM

    Courti, I hope that your Mom getssome relief soon and some answers. I also just want to say that you are A FANTASTIC DAUGHTER! I wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

Hugs!

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ITSYBITSY2B 11/23/2010 11:12PM

  Oh, Courti, I am so sorry to hear of all you and your mom and family have had to go thru! Just know my prayers are with you during this hard time! I hope they find out what's causing all this with your mom!
Hugs,
Mitsy!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 11/23/2010 10:43PM

  emoticon, dear Courti. You & your mom are in my thoughts & prayers.

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DEVORA4 11/23/2010 9:44PM

  emoticonto hear what your mother and family are going through. I want you to know that I have you all in my prayers. My experiences with drs isn't much better than yours! emoticon

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PATRICIA703 11/23/2010 3:14PM

    Praying also that things get better for you and mom. You do have to stay on top of things when they are in the hospital. I had a son with cancer and he has passed away and I had to deal enough with the insurance and the hospitals. Take care and hoping that you can have a peaceful Thanksgiving.
Patricia

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BBURGER62 11/23/2010 12:43PM

    Praying that things will get better for you and your Mom. You do have to stay on top of some doctors and hospitals. Unfortunately, it often seems to depend on your insurance, how you are treated. Some hospitals are just better than others too. With my hubby and son's helth issues, I have learned to advocate. I am sure that we could all come up with hospital horror stories.

Try to be thankful and have a good holiday. Blessings!

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Memory

Saturday, November 13, 2010

There should be a test to see if a person's loss of memory is major or normal. I get caught up on the PC or reading, or watching tv and I'll forget to put mom to bed. I set an alarm clock. I set one to remind me to fix my lunch so I'm not eating too close to supper. I have set times to eat, so not using kitchen when husband cooks. He mainly cooks mom's meals. I'm very lucky to have him. I'm better at baking than cooking. Besides, he likes to cook.

It all sounds complicated but just little reminders helps.

I know it sounds weird that my husband and I usually eat separate, but I'm a picky eater. At times there are dishes we eat together. It is also easier to eat separate when I'm tracking my food. TV dinners are a big part of my diet and sweet potato fries and rice.

Back to the memory. Do you forget something that you were just working on? I'll be cooking something on the stove like my rice or fries and turn to empty the dishwasher. If I don't set a timer to tend my food, I could forget and go right on into the den and workout or go on the computer or watch tv.

I have forgotten to take my pills and did forget to give my mom her evening pills one day last week. Her new itching pills that she is to take twice a day...she's lucky to get it once a day.

The caregiver needs a caregiver.

  
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DEVORA4 11/13/2010 12:31PM

  My memory is pretty bad. I commented on a blog and instead of just writing debby, I wrote debby weasley. emoticonMy husband and I eat seperately too because he is very thin and we don't eat the same foods.

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KIMBERLYLUDWIG 11/13/2010 12:12PM

    I have the same problem!

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KATHYK24 11/13/2010 12:09PM

    I have to write myself notes all the time to remember what I am doing and what I have still left to do!

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I'm Tired

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'm trying to think back....I think I used to start my day getting up by around 8:00. That of course after getting up many times during the night for my mom. (She doesn't get up as much now). Once I get her up, it's wash up, dress, breakfast, so I don't have much time to get my morning exercises in.

I then started trying to get up by 7:30, then 7:00 the 6:30. It finally caught up with me. I'm Tired!

I didn't get up until close to 8:00 this morning and mom still hasn't called me. I should be exercising instead of blogging. Duh!

We had friends over last night for cards and the wife asked if I was tired. Looking in the mirror, I can see why she asked.

Dark circles and wrinkles are taking a toll, soon the bags will appear. emoticon

I've been striving to get at least 100 min of exercising in a day, most days I make it. With the new tread mill, I do at least one programmed workout of 30 min and sometimes 2 workouts...that's an hour cardio right there! On the old treadmill, I was lucky to get in 20 min a day. My pedaler is good for 10 min.

Why is it so much more easier to do strength training than cardio, at least for me that is?

Well, she hasn't called me yet, so maybe I'll start doing something...it's 8:44...ooh, that's late. I'll have to get her up by 9:00. At least she is able to do some of her bathwork by herself.

Guess I shouldn't count of 100 min today. The later I get started, the lazier I feel.

By evening I don't feel like doing much and if we play cards it is definitely out of the question.

I've got to remember to unclick the box about Facebook. Why do they automatically have it checked? They should let us check it if we want it on Facebook.

Okay, just found out how to change facebook settings so box stays unclicked.

  
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IRISH_AGUIRRE 11/14/2010 7:51PM

  Hugs for finding time to sleep, workout, and generally take care of yourself. I looked in the mirror this week, too, and decided that I looked tired & old - not fun. Here's to both of us finding our spark again.

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-COURT- 11/13/2010 11:54AM

    My total exercise, strength and cardio was 100 min, not just cardio (although I did do 100 min for a cardio challenge once)
One problem for being tired, my bad, is going to bed too late. After putting mom to bed around 11:30 (her choice), I put the tv on one of those talk shows to put me to sleep. I probably stay awake too much watching some celebrity. Just hard to go right off to sleep.

Might be right about the 100 min a day, too much. I need to set up a complete schedule with time limits. I time the 200 sit ups and 200 push ups (I don't do the pu but my own arm routine of tricep/bicep and raises to the same amount of scheduled reps). The 200 sits ups I do the sit ups and reverse crunch and obliques.

Actually, you know, my husband is a great help. He does most of the cooking and reminds me of important things like when her bills come due, etc.

I should write a blog about that...memory.



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ITSYBITSY2B 11/13/2010 11:31AM

  Boy, do you have your plate FULL! You need to seriously take some ME time!!! Maybe you need to cut down on that 100 min of cardio a day! I used to walk for 100 min a day, but that was just too much for myself so now I only do 75-85 min a day and that works out so much better!

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TRILLIUM22 11/13/2010 10:35AM

    You can get fit doing 30-45 minutes of quality cardio 3 times a week. Remember balance. 100 min a day sounds like too much if you aren't getting enough sleep.

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-COURT- 11/13/2010 10:16AM

    Once breakfast is over, I have more time for me. She just calls me from time to time. My memory is going fast though. I set alarm clocks to remind me of various things I have to do through out the day. lol
Nice to meet someone who has gone through the same thing.

I so wish I could jog/run. Just can't seem to get much time in. I'm better at walking.

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DEVORA4 11/13/2010 10:00AM

  emoticonIs what you need but,of course, you know that. Try to take cat naps whenever you can!

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GREEKGAL1 11/13/2010 9:06AM

  It sounds like you have your hands full but still getting the exercise in. I took care of my mother and I had to get up early if I wanted to get my exercise in for the day. Once she was up, it was a full time job.
Good luck.

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