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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sorry for the long gap. It isn't because I have n't been thinking about you, I just have been busy.
Let's see, we moved into a third floor apartment (no elevator) at the end of last month. I'm still finding it a bit of a challenge to walk up-- it's been a while. Last night, walked three miles with a friend. Didn't go very fast, but we had a nice conversation.
Today, I'm going to have the port taken out. Mixed feelings-- it is the end of my treatment, but I'm worried that they will need an IV for something, and it won't be good. Last time, they had to use ultrasound to find a vein, and I spent considerable time in the bathroom crying. this is much better. However, the doctor said the tamoxifen makes clotting more likely, so out it goes.
Spent the weekend training for a new business my husband and I are starting in college planning. Now we need to go look at some office space.

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LARSIL 6/30/2013 7:50PM

    Some people see roadblocks and hurdles - other people see stepping stones. You're still on the road and moving forward! Glad to see the update - and good to see you're still posting here! I'll look forward to reading more from you!

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/18/2013 7:35PM

    good changes are on the way

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SONYALATRECE 6/18/2013 6:04PM

    Glad things are looking up for you!

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SWINKIE57 6/18/2013 12:36PM

    Glad to hear that all is well with you. Best of luck with your new business!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 6/18/2013 9:21AM

    Way to get in three miles. I bet you get exercise everyday just getting up and down the stairs, especially when you get groceries.

Praying the removal of your port goes smoothly and if they do need to get to a vein you don't have any troubles. emoticon

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    Move ahead and

Make Today the Greatest Day of your life. emoticon

So Far! emoticon

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Good morning

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Didn't realize how long it has been since I posted. We have been super busy. Sold our house, and are now moving, so that we can build one out where I work. I know that by December, it will have made this all worthwhile, but right now our house is a shambles and we can't find anything.
Now, must go off to work. Look for good morning, part 2, coming soon to a blog near you.

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PATSYB7 5/15/2013 5:40AM

    Thanks for the update. Breathe and keep telling yourself that it will all be worth it. Hope you have a great day!

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/14/2013 6:44PM

    wow what stress you have. try to find some fun and good in each day and keep repeating December is almost here.

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CASEYSAUER 5/14/2013 7:45AM

    Good Morning to you! I hope that your move goes smoothly and that your life settles down like a calm sea!

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Over the adrenolin

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Just realized that I haven't posted here in a while. I finished the radiation treatments last week, and the exhaustion finally hit me. Also, we decided to sell our house and move to a new one. I keep telling myself that the short term pain is worth it, but hard to believe when you are in the middle of it. Anyway, all of the tiredness I didn't have during treatments seems to have hit me now. :( And I have a full day of babysitting seniors while the other grades test, again. This is the second week since I've been back at work that I haven't seen some of my classes for a full week. Once they have past their tests, it seems we no longer want to educate them. And then, there are ridiculous justifications about how little I could really teach them in the last 6 weeks, or last semester, or last year. Maybe we should just graduate them the moment they get their passing scores. Sorry, just a little grumpy. I really hate testing.

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IUHRYTR 4/26/2013 8:40PM

    I do not understand all the standardized testing. We didn't have that when going to school and we turned out fine, can read, do math, understand geography and economics and civics and science. We pour hundreds of millions of dollars into "education" and turn out students who can't read or even make simple change unless a cash register tells them how much to give back. Something's wrong here. emoticon -- Lou

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/24/2013 8:32PM

    congrats on finishing radiation thanks for taking care of the next generation. moving is very stressfull be kind to you

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DRUIDPRINCESS 4/24/2013 7:25PM

    Be gentle on yourself! You are so special and you are so needed! You might not be able to have big rests or other reinvigorating moments, but you can sneak the odd precious deep breath, short walk in the sunshine, etc. And through all your challenges, remember to give your body healthy treats that will remind it that you care! Remember, too, that there are people all around you (close by and online) who want to help you with your challenges!

Love and hugs to you!
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SWINKIE57 4/24/2013 12:40PM

    Congrats on finishing radiation treatments! Sorry you are feeling fatigued. Hopefully you will be back to full strength soon.

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NANCYPAT1 4/24/2013 12:19PM

    I too hate testing and there is a lot to be said about their attitudes. We see it in our 8th graders during the last marking period - they think we are wasting their time and they are just marking time until they get out of our school. I love to see them about 6 months from now though, when the realities of HIGH SCHOOL hit them - they realize how much easier it was here - they seniors who go off to college experience much the same reactions when they hit their first semester of college. "Mommy *teachers* we wanna come home - it was better and you were nicer"

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ASTRA58 4/24/2013 11:29AM

    That's perfectly normal about the radiation. That's the way it hit me, too, with the exhaustion. Just try to take it easy and let your body start to heal itself. You likely won't have the energy to do too much for a week or so.

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Just kidding

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Turns out that the resident who wrote me off for the rest of the year was making up her own protocol. Saw infectious diseases, and they sent me back to work. (Actually, they could barely contain their laughter, I swear the nurse was giggling, and then sent me back to work.) Which is a good thing, except that today I am feeling so burnt and sore I wish I were still in bed. Oh, well. Three more days of radiation, and then things should start healing. Just wish I had something that actually made it feel better. Peeling skin under my arm-- just not a good place for that. Anyway, off to tell my classes that missed me Monday that I'm back.... (Yes, I do feel like a bad penny...)

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/17/2013 5:42PM

    you my dear are not or never will be a bad penny you are more a treasure that has has been brought out to admire. think of all the good in you. you are still that same lovely lady just a little burnt uunder the arms. you still rock show those kids . I bet they are all happy you have returned. hugs

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VONBLACKBIRD 4/17/2013 11:09AM

    Blessings coming your way!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/17/2013 8:08AM

    Glad you were able to get back to work! Hoping you feel better soon! Blessings!

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MARYJOANNA 4/17/2013 7:38AM

  I pray that you will not suffer too much.

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EVIE4NOW 4/17/2013 7:31AM

  Hope the 3 days pass quickly.

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MJRVIC2000 4/17/2013 7:30AM

    The body is not worth much but the soul YOU have is worth more than all the treasures of this earth. You are special and unique! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Another setback

Friday, April 12, 2013

Another quick turn around. My doctor's nurse came in to the radiation room to tell me to come to their clinic when I was done. I thought it was because they changed their mind about the pain meds. It was actually because a culture they did to clear me after the MRSA eye infection came back positive for a respiratory infection, and I am not allowed to go to work for at least a month. Which, for a teacher, and the way my disability works, means not this school year. So I need to go in tomorrow (hope the building is open), clean off my desk, create sub plans, and leave some kind of message for my students so they know I'm not dying. Since I don't feel bad, well, other than radiation burns, I am completely stunned. My department head is irritated, and I left a message for my principal. I am completely stunned, especially since they just cleared me to work a month ago. I did, however, get the pain meds.

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IUHRYTR 4/19/2013 11:56PM

    Praying things begin improving for you soon. -- Lou

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TAUNNYALITE 4/13/2013 7:43PM

    I'm so sorry you're having this setback!! Hopefully, you can take the extra time to do things you enjoy and, of course, enjoy the extra time with your family. Try to look at it as a emoticon ... more time to take care of you!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/13/2013 10:57AM

    there is nothing more important then your health . Don't worry I know it is very hard about whether you will work again. etc. while you are home be the best you you can be. Eat the best and healthiest you can for the money . Get a little exercise in gentle easy exercise. Try to rest often and get a full 8 hours of sleep. Use your time off wisely, learn a new craft, or research something you always wanted too but never had the time. Look up some free classes on the web. Watch some funny movies or tv shows laughter is the best edicine. come here often to tell us how you are doing we will help you to stay positive. i will think of you often and send you some good vibes some energy , my guardian angel and hugs.

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PATSYB7 4/13/2013 5:59AM

    You're in my thoughts and prayers as you endure this difficult time.

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CAROLIAN 4/13/2013 4:14AM

    Better safe than sorry Praying you are soon able to work again xxx emoticon

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EVWINGS 4/12/2013 10:57PM

    I can understand why they are keeping you home. While you are going through treatment infections are a problem. Even when you finish, you'll have to keep clear of anyone who can pass you one. When i finished I got three pages of what to do and not do. It's crazy!! i can only use certain body lotions, soaps, shampoos, etc. No flu shots, no BP or IV's into my left arm. And on and on. I hope all turns out well for you.
I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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