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watching loved ones's a challenge.

Friday, March 23, 2012

My heart is's time to place my loving parents into assisted living/skilled nursing facility. I know, and they know that it's time - for their own safety and well-being, but I never dreamed it would be this hard on me. It's like, they're moving into the last phase of their life....they know it, and I know it. They are actually "okay" with it, just a little sad that that after sharing the same bed for 64 years that now - although they'll be near each other, they'll not able to hold hands as they fall asleep. My mom is blind, and has dementia so she needs more help than my father.....we are working with a wonderful social worker who is helping us to find the best facility for them. I will do my very best for them - I do so want their twilight years to be filled with love and comfort.

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EXERTIGER 3/25/2012 11:20AM

    I feel for you. My dad died of Alzheimers 11 years ago and my mom is planning to move closer to me this spring or summer. My husband's dad died two years ago and his mom lives next door.

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BEENHEREB4 3/23/2012 8:01PM

    My heart goes out to you. We just completed this journey with my mom. I am convinced that she was with us longer because she was in an excellent facility. We tried but the time came when we couldn't give her the care she needed at home. It was so hard but it was the right thing. I hope that you can find peace and enjoy this stage of life. Every part of life has its own beauty, even though it's hard to find sometimes. emoticon

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MISHMOM 3/23/2012 6:31PM

    I work at an adult day care center and the feelings you're describing are so common. It's likely that the facility that your parents will be spending time at will have a caregiver's support group. I think you will find comfort and camaraderie there by participating if you are able.

Your post shows what a good daughter you are and how much you care -- I'm sure you are a blessing in Mom and Dad's life. emoticon

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MOMMA2X6 3/23/2012 5:57PM

    My mom recently went through this. It is so hard! It is good that they are "okay" with it. That makes it a little easier on you, but only a little.

Cry a little. Love them a lot! And cherish all the time you have with them.

Hang in there!

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    emoticon I'm so sorry that you're going thru this. I do empathize. Last summer we bought a house across the street from my parents. My mother was diagnosed with alzheimers, and my dad simply can't do it all on his own.

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Menopause & Hormones...can be a challenge

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Well, those 10 lbs. I mentioned in my last entry crept up to 15 lbs. By November 2011 I was so discouraged, I tried a 2 week gentle cleanse along with and a healthy menu of mostly vegetables with lean healthy proteins in moderate amounts. Plus, I kept up with my daily work-outs......didn't lose an ounce!! One day soon after that while I was trying on clothes that fit 1 year ago, but not now I finally just sat down on the closet floor and started crying. I was totally confused how I could be doing everything "right" but feeling so lousy and gaining weight too.
My husband had been saying all along, that it had to be something beyond my control, but I had been feeling it must be something I am doing wrong. He encouraged me to go back to the Naturopath, Dr. Mary Shackleton, that I had gone to 3 years ago and who had helped me (along with the SP program) figure out my health issue's. I had started feeling better, and losing weight too.
Here I was, back to square 1. I was feeling lousy, sleeping poorly, gaining weight, feeling depressed yet all the while still working out, biking, hiking and hoping...
Last month(Dec. 2011) I did see Dr. Shackleton, she looked at me and asked, "When was your last menstrual period?" I told her I had one in August 2010, and before that February 2010. She ordered blood work to check my hormones that day. Two weeks later she called me and said, "Deb it is no wonder you have been feeling so fatigued, depressed and not losing any weight. Obviously you knew you were in Menopause, but no one had checked your hormones. You have almost NO Estrogen or Progesterone in your body - your levels are at the bottom of the barrel!" She had already started me on moderate doses of plant base hormones, and she bumped up the dosage after seeing my labs. We also made some dietary changes, and I have to say - after 3 weeks I am starting to feel better! It is so encouraging to be sleeping better, and feeling energy in the mornings like I use too. The weight loss hasn't started yet, but I feel optimistic that it will come in time.
It should have been obvious that my hormone's were the issue, but I kept thinking it had to be my thyroid even though my endocrinologist had run multiple tests, and she had even mentioned in the fall that she suspected it was my hormones - her comment went in one ear and out the other.
I keep a journal and have decided to document all of this so someday when my daughters reach this age they will be aware that hormones left unchecked during peri- or menopause can cause havoc in our bodies.
Whew! 2012 looks to be a good year.....a year of feeling good again. emoticon

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AMAZING55 1/7/2012 3:22PM

    Thanks Angora4!! We really do need to listen to our bodies, I could have been feeling alot better sooner if I had....


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ANGORA4 1/6/2012 3:01PM

    Woo hoo! So proud of you for doing what's good for your body, even when there was no visible result yet. And so glad you were able to find out why your body wasn't responding to the good care. Glad you're sleeping better and feeling better now, woo hoo!

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Those 10 lbs. have been hanging on.....

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yep, those 10 pounds have been hanging on, but there are several reasons why. Thanks in part to having learned so much on SP the last 2 years I know full well what those reasons are, and what I need to do to make a change to finally lose those 10 lbs., and keep them off. Even though I continue to work out, I need to vary my work-outs, and not be complacent...I need to work hard each time. Next, I've also slacked, just a bit, on my eating habits. Little things like not drinking enough water, having a girlscout cookie or two, not making conscious decisions what I put in my mouth...these little things all add up. So, it's time to start daily tracking, time to vary my work-outs to make them intense, yet fun again.
This is a start, and I've set some new goals to work towards for the next 4 months......I think I'm finally ready to tackle these 10 lbs., and work at keeping them off.


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ROSE-100 2/23/2011 6:34PM

    Small steps and goals will get you there. emoticon

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Ohhh boy...gained 10 lbs.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Okay, it's time to try a little harder. I am still working out 5-6 times/week, but I have not tracked my food in months. So, I believe that might be what I really need right now. After my surgery this summer I gained a few pounds, then along came the could've been worse, but now is the time to get going again.
Interesting enough, my son came to me 2 weeks ago and asked what he could do to lose about 15 lbs. As soon as I mentioned exercise he moaned, and asked what else he could do instead? Haha, okay I thought to myself "baby steps with him". So I suggested drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day, 1 glass before each meal, 1 when he wakes up in the morning, 1 in between meals, etc. I also suggested thinking ahead of time what he would eat for breakfast, lunch, etc. Well, the first day he tried he complained of feeling hungry, and I suggested some snacks for in between meals......tonight he told me that he has lost 9 lbs.!!! He is determined to keep it up, and even added that "when the weather is nice I'll (he'll) walk the dog for exercise."
Geez! I wish it were that easy for us "older" folks!
It's good to be back on SP emoticon

P.S. I am doing Boot Camp at our community gym twice a week - woohoo!

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 1/21/2011 8:01AM

    I have been letting food control me for a few days because of the winter blahs. Your post reminded me to snap out of it. Like you I exercise faithfully so its time to rein in the food and be in control. Keep me posted.

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JO88BAKO 1/20/2011 9:21PM

    Good for you and welcome back! Sure is easier to put on than take off. Stay with it, you can do it! Good luck!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I think I need "re-Sparking" :-(

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I am 6 1/2weeks post-op, and back to working out, but in addition to not feeling like working out or enjoying it like before....I also have not been eating that healthy. I'm not eating horrible, but I am definetly eating things I shouldn't or I'll eat too much of the okay stuff.
So, I think I am in need of "re-Sparking", especially as I watch the inches and pounds slowly creep back, I just don't feel all that energetic or motivated. ::sigh::

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KATIEWELL 8/15/2010 10:54PM

    You can get yourself motivated again, give yourself time, set a date and do it


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