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New Hopes With The Sunrise!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

We started our day Easter Sunday with an outdoor sunrise service. This is my favorite way to celebrate Easter. When you first get to the service, people are scurrying around getting ready for the service. It is dark and chilly outside and the quiet seeps into your soul. Other people arrive with chairs and blankets to sit upon. There is the general noise associated with the increase of activity. The service is sponsored by the local group of outreach ministries so many different types of churches participate. There is a sense of community here.

The service begins. Music reaches out into the stillness and surrounds my heart. I feel a tremendous sense of peace. I look around and see about 75 other people who have come to worship and welcome the message of Easter. The sky is beginning to lighten, birds awaken and begin to chirp. Those gathered begin to sing beautiful, cherished songs. These songs and the message given by one of the ministers/priests remind me of the hope and promise of Easter.

The service begins to draw to a close. The sun peeks through the clouds. The birds burst into song. People smile and let their joy bubble over. It is contagious. My heart lifts and my lips curve as I absorb the peaceful beauty of the morning. There is new hope with the sunrise and the message of Easter!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/8/2012 11:30AM

    Thank you for this beautiful sharing of an inspirational experience. May all your days be touched with peace and joy! -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 4/8/2012 10:47AM

    Happy Easter to you and yours....
blessings and hugs.........lita

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I Did Everything On My "To Do" List

Saturday, April 07, 2012

The eggs are boiled and ready for us to dye. The groceries for Easter dinner are put away and the menu is planned. (Lots of fresh veggies by the way!) The table is decorated and looks festive. The Easter baskets are filled and ready. We purchased our annual hyacinths (can't have spring and Easter without them) and they smell heavenly. The laundry is finished and our alarms are set for the sunrise service tomorrow. The only things left to do are egg dying and cooking tomorrow after church. I am ready for a beautiful family day. I did everything on my "to do" list and I'm ready for some "me" time.

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DONNABRIGHT 4/8/2012 11:11AM

    Have a wonderful day!

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L*I*T*A* 4/7/2012 10:31PM

    enjoy your family tomorrow....
great to be prepared....
blessings and hugs........lita

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Easter, A Time Of Renewal

Friday, April 06, 2012

This week I've been in an Easter frame of mind. Easter makes me think of renewal and second chances spiritually. "Why not take it a step further," I say to myself, "I'm a whole person, mind, body and spirit. Easter is also a good time for me to offer myself a renewal and a second chance at all of my goals physically and mentally too."

This is a different way of thinking for me. I'm integrating my spiritual renewal with my body and mind because I am a whole package. I will allow my spiritual self to mingle with my body and mind instead of keeping it separate. I've never approached Easter this way before but it makes perfect sense to me. I think I may be growing as a person!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/7/2012 8:36AM

    Makes Perfect sense to me too!!

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Good Report From The Neurologist!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Today I worked out and then traveled 55 miles to my neurologist at Tampa General. I knew that she would be running late since she closed two of her offices and switched everything over to her office at Tampa General. I took some snacks and lots of water to drink as well as a book to read. There were lots of accidents reported on the morning traffic report and this snarled traffic for hours. Consequently, I left two hours in advance. Of course it only took me about 45 minutes to get there so I had time for lunch. Tampa General has a wonderful "Make Your Own Salad Bowl" that I always get when I have time. Today I had plenty of time, so I treated myself to one. Yummy! I also had Lactaid skim milk and four ounces of Greek yogurt. It was a satisfying and delicious way to use my spare time.

My doctor was running late as I suspected so I just read my book while I waited. Since Tampa General is a teaching hospital, visits usually include several doctors. I was pleased to see the doctor who saw me about a month before my surgery. She has now almost completed her one year fellowship with my regular neurologist. She was shocked at how much better I've gotten since last August. I'm down to one headache a week, which is a vast improvement over last year. When she did my neurological exam she got very excited over my progress.

My regular neurologist came in with another doctor who was observing. They couldn't believe how much different I am compared to last summer. They were a little bit concerned about how tight my shoulders, neck and the back of my head are still. It was suggested that I get two injections in the occipital areas in the back of my head to force the muscles and nerves to relax. I would get these injections in late May or early June. All three doctors agreed that this could possibly ease the stiffness and avert future migraines. I was a little wary about doing the injection thing because of my horrible experience last year. However, these two shots are not spinal injections they are muscle injections so it will hopefully be okay.

The thing that the doctors kept marveling over was the muscle development in my arms. The last time they saw me my arms had atrophied and I had almost lost the use of both of them. Now, I have definition and strength in both arms. I felt like a miracle woman. My neurologist wants to track me a little more closely so I will see her again for another office visit in 2-3 months. I'm sure I will be used as a teaching tool for new doctors. LOL If using my experience can be helpful to other neurologists, I'm happy to have them take a look at my progress. I was just thrilled to get a good report from my doctor!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/6/2012 4:22PM

    Yes it did take me forever! (About 3 years in fact.) It has taken a lot of concentrated effort and hard work to regain the use of both of my arms. Working my arms, legs and core muscles has become my full time job. It really made me step back from other activities and choose to put myself first. Obviously the work and effort has paid off because my therapist told me that I had exceeded all expectations in all areas. My doctors agreed. I can't wait until next week when I have my 7 month post op check up with my neurosurgeon!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/6/2012 1:44PM

    Congrats on that muscle development and definition. I know you worked hard for it. So glad to hear of your improvement. Keep it up!! Missing you, Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 4/6/2012 9:47AM

    It seemed like it took forever for you to get to this point but I think you finally found the right doctors for you. I was so happy to read this blog - it is like an Easter present!

Thanks for the goodie and happy Easter to you!

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TBRANCH2 4/5/2012 10:57PM

    Good for you!

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JUDYAMK 4/5/2012 10:08PM

    That is wonderful news.

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Enjoying The 8a.m. Water Aerobics Class

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Although it is sometimes tough to get up (from that nice warm bed) in the morning to exercise, I'm enjoying the new 8a.m. water aerobics class. The class is fairly small, around 8 - 10 people. We have lots of room to move around in the water and can hear the teacher very well. She gives us a more vigorous workout too! I enjoy the quiet of an early morning workout without the noise that a class of 40 people generates. So even though I sometimes don't feel like getting up that early, I've been pushing myself. Once at the class I'm always glad that I made it!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/6/2012 1:40PM

    Good for you!! Hope to join you sometime. I'm going to try running @ 6am tomorrow. Yawn. Yawn. We'll see how that goes. -Marsha

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