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Feeling better today

Saturday, June 27, 2009

I had a rough night and only slept 4 hours but I'm actually feeling much better today. My back is very sore but the burning pains have stopped. Yea! I'm getting ready to take a small nap or perhaps read a book. I'm being very careful and taking care of me today. I have a list of coping techniques made up to use to reduce my stress when I visit my daughter on Tuesday. This preparation has calmed me down and I feel more like my regular self. All in all, this has been a promising day so far.

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L*I*T*A* 6/28/2009 11:21AM

    “Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to
overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing
to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that
everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our
understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.”
~Dorothy Thompson

some how this didn't work so instead added some thoughts for you..............
blessings and hugs....................lita

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L*I*T*A* 6/28/2009 11:21AM

"At first our dreams seem impossible,
then they seem improbable, but when we
summon the will, they become inevitable."

--Christopher Reeve

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L*I*T*A* 6/28/2009 11:21AM

    what an inspiration you are!!!
take good care and will continue with prayers.................
wishing you well soon..............
blessings and hugs................lita

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Today's Spinal Procedure

Friday, June 26, 2009

I'm resting at home after having my third spinal procedure this morning. I'm in pain but it's some what controlled for now. I just love my pain management doctor. I asked her a few questions this morning before the procedure and she decided to do a another quick exam on my lower spine. This caused her to change the type of shots she gave me to accommodate the current pain that I'm having since the pain has spread to a much larger area. How many doctors would actually do something like that? Most of them would continue on as planned without any regard to changes since your last office visit. Of course the staff had to redo my paper work and contact my insurance company but the fact is, I got a more appropriate treatment. My doctor also agreed that if I don't get the relief that we hope, I can have an updated MRI before we do anything else, even though it hasn't been quite 2 years since my last MRI. My back is quite painful - lots of electric stinging sensations. They gave me pain medication right away when I woke up from the anesthetic. I feel more hopeful than I've felt for a long time. My doctor is a real gem! I was afraid that the staff would be annoyed with me but instead they told me that it is better to get the right treatment rather than just any old treatment. They said for this reason, they love an respect my doctor. She isn't afraid to make changes to improve your treatment and make you feel more comfortable. I admire people who do what is right, not just what is easy.

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L*I*T*A* 6/27/2009 10:50AM

    so glad you have such a wonderful dr.................wishing you well soon.......take care...................prayers,bles
sings and hugs................lita

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JUST__TURTLE 6/26/2009 2:20PM

    Hi! I just stumbled across your blog and I just wanted to say that I hope that everything continues progressing for you. I don't know how spinal surgery is myself, but it is great that you have a doctor that is working with you. Wishing you a speedy recovery!


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Getting Things Done Safely

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I'm proud to say that I've worked my way down my "to do" list and I only have 3 items left. Only one of the three is really important - bathing the dogs and applying their flea preventative. I've actually been busy but have done a fairly good job of pacing myself and not over doing things.

My birthday was nice but I did have cake and frozen yogurt. It's only once a year so it's not really a big deal. We invited our neighbors over (7 people) and that put a substantial dent in the cake. That meant that there was less for me to eat later! Pretty good planning and I always enjoy our neighbor's company.

My daughter is getting a bit worse as we knew she would. The doctor was right on target with the diagnosis. I am anxious to get up there to see her. Once I have my procedure tomorrow and have rested 3 days, I'll be on my way.

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L*I*T*A* 6/25/2009 10:25AM

    so glad things as going well for you and you are accomplishing what needs to be done before you go..............prayers contunue for your daughter.........blessings and hugs..................lita

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Making a schedule, juggling activities to get it all in!

Monday, June 22, 2009

I've been very busy this morning re-arranging my schedule. I've even doubled up on certain activities and chores to get everything in. You know the saying, if you need something done, ask the busiest person you know and they'll do it. Well, I don't know about that, but between sticky notes and a to-do list, I'm getting the job done. Today and tomorrow I have scheduled our usual weekly household chores and laundry. Hopefully I can squeeze it all in to three days. Even though tomorrow is my birthday, I don't even want to celebrate it this year. In fact, the thoughts of it make me nauseous. Wednesday, I have a medical massage. A great way to start don't you think? I have a doctor's appointment on Thursday followed by our HOA Board meeting. Then I will prepare a few more meals so that I don't have to cook over the weekend. Any other chores that need to be done have to be completed by Thursday because after that point in time, I will be allowed to do nothing for 3 days. Friday at 8a.m. I will go to the Surgical Center and have another series of six+ spinal shots. They give me general anesthesia for this procedure. This will put me in bed all weekend. Monday I'll pack and get ready for my flight to Maryland to stay with my daughter. Tuesday I will fly to Baltimore. I only bought a one way ticket because I have no idea when I will return. I've had to cancel out on many activities that have been planned for months but my baby girl takes top priority. Together, she and I will get through this. Hubby has been wonderfully supportive throughout. He is my rock. I only regret that I won't be here to take my sister to the doctor. Her car ac has stopped working and I'm afraid of her going out in the 98 degree heat. Maybe I can find the time to take her and do a little more juggling. When I get to my daughter's house, I have books, puzzles and some arts and craft projects planned for us to do. Maybe we can do each others nails and hair. That would be fun and relaxing. I will cook and freeze some food for her to eat when I'm not there. It will be much more healthy than most frozen processed meals. Together we will face all of those doctor's appointments to see how her brain is healing. I am also concerned about her neck. They won't continue to treat that until her brain is healed to a safe level. After the neck is treated then they will look at the lower back. Right now she is in so much pain, it's hard to tell exactly where it's coming from - which body part. Well I'm off for today's chores.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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L*I*T*A* 6/22/2009 8:57PM

    cyndi.....................don't over do things ???you have to take care of you first before others..............prayers continue for you and your daughter health.........we are here for you............take care..................blessings and hugs............lita

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ESS@HOME 6/22/2009 6:54PM

    Oh my! I write myself notes and such and use stickies but my dear, you are one very busy bee! Just remember to take a breath now and then. I'm praying nightly that God will grant your daughter a stay and keep the pain to a minimum. God bless you and yours.


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Ever Feel Like You Are Just Barely Hanging On ?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ever have those times when you're just barely hanging on???

There are days (weeks) when you can get so overloaded that you feel like you're just barely hanging on. It reminds me of one of my favorite parables, "Footprints", by Margaret Fishback Powers.
It goes like this:

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging to him and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He notices that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. he also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him, and he questioned the Lord about it. "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that, during the most troublesome times of my life, there is only one set of footprints, I don't understand why, when I needed you most, you would leave me."

The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."
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If you are having as rough a time right now as I am, please know that you are never alone during the most troublesome times of your life. You have friends to support you, me included, and that peaceful divine presence. Know that during our times of trial and suffering, it is then that he carries us.

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Together we will get through all of life's troubles.
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Hugs to you all,

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FLAGIRL32 6/22/2009 9:56AM


We are all thinking of you, and if you need anything, know your friends are here.


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XHASTEDMOMOF2 6/21/2009 6:51PM

    I love the picture of the teeny little frog barely hanging on the tip of the blossom!!! Very fitting!! Please know that the support you talk about in your blog goes both ways. You have friends that support you right back!! Take care!! HUGS!!!


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L*I*T*A* 6/21/2009 5:36PM

    together we have the power to get through all of life's troubles................we are here for you....................don't forget that...............take care......................prayers,b
lessings and hugs...............lita

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