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Never Quit Pledge

Monday, October 14, 2013

Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, to forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!


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BWCAGRL 10/15/2013 11:28AM

    Good post Rick! Thank you...wise words!

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KOPSBABY 10/15/2013 6:53AM

    I WILL NEVER quit, although sometimes I feel like it, I know I won't.

Thank you for reminding us of it.

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DRKYASHI 10/14/2013 7:04PM

    Very emoticon emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 10/14/2013 6:04PM

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TCANNO 10/14/2013 5:52PM

    You can do it as you seem to be in the right frame of mind to get there.

Good Luck

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Love, Trust and Strength

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This is a letter from a TOPS friend who recently went to be with our Lord and Savior
We will miss you April.

April's letter to us all (Posted by Bill East)

As a child, I loved to run and play. I remember one day I was running full out, turned my head to make sure that mom and dad were watching, and ran smack dab into a tree. When everyone could quit laughing, they made sure that I was ok (I've got a really hard head).

I did get into a lot of mischief when I was younger. There was one time that I still feel guilty about. Bill and I were outside playing (I was maybe in kindergarten), and I started pulling up my mom's flowers. Well, mom came out to see why we were being so quiet, and I looked up at her and said "Mommy, look what Bill did!" It's a wonder he still speaks to me!!

There was another time, after the flower incident, when we lived in Dorris. I got mad about something (not very important, I'm sure), and decided to run away from home. Do you know that my poor beleaguered brother decided to come with me to protect me? Now that's love.

Our Heavenly Father and our Beloved Savior are the same. Our Savior goes before us and protects us. He helps us as much as we will allow him to. Our father blesses us as we do His will. When we live as we are told to, we receive more blessings than we can hold. I have made many mistakes in my life, some of them serious, and because of the love and Atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ, I was able to find forgiveness.

People ask me how I can deal with my afflictions so well, It is because I love and trust in my Heavenly Father and Savior. They strengthen me. It is also because of my family. They have been so supportive and loving, and I will be eternally thankful that God decided to send me to this family. I am also strengthened by the love and support of my dear friends, my ward family. I don't think that you realize how much you have helped me.

I am now free to run again, I have missed that (let's just hope that I don't run into anymore trees!!)

I will miss you all, but if allowed I will keep an eye on you and help out where I can until we see each other again in our Father's house. I'll love you always.

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DJ4HEALTH 9/16/2013 12:57AM

    Thank you! And she is running now and with the Savoir

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JUST_BREATHE08 9/12/2013 11:34PM

    Thank you for sharing. Absoluting beautiful! So sorry for your loss. emoticon

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BWCAGRL 9/11/2013 9:49PM

    So sorry for your loss. And yes a beautiful soul!
May her words comfort you and bring you peace even as you grieve the loss of her on this earth.
Thank you for sharing her spirit!

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DIDMIS 9/11/2013 4:12PM

    Besutiful. You were blessed to have a friend like her.
April emoticonbring May emoticon

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COOP9002 9/11/2013 11:47AM

    Blessings to you.

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JANET552 9/11/2013 11:34AM

    What a lovely soul April has!

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Muscle cramps and charlie horses

Friday, June 07, 2013

I may have posted this on several sites as well because I want and need to get as much input as I can on this subject,because sometimes I feel our doctors don't do enough or act fast enough( especially if you a Vet in the V.A system) and feel the need to readdress it here in a blog.

Lately I have been getting muscle cramps, I don't mean mild ones but ones that bring you to your knees, bring tears to your eyes or make you want to amputate the appendage. Most of the severe ones happen at night while I'm in bed, These are usually in my calves, (they sometimes will happen when I stretch.) my thighs, and ankles, that one was one of the worst, I didn't think I was going to be able to straighten out my foot. the ones in my hands can happen any time, The ones in my tongue (yes I said tongue) happen mostly when I play my harp but there are other times, In my abdomen, when I am twisting like when I'm seated and bending to pick something up. and in my back. I pretty much get them everywhere and they knot up the muscle and when I do work it free it hurts for a while afterward, sometimes for days.

Anyway they are getting more frequent, tonight I couldn't play my guitar at practice because my hand cramped so bad. Very depressing and I'm scared. One of my biggest fears is to end up like this guy I was in the hospital with back in the 70's. His whole body was knotted up from cramps it was permanent and he had to be hooked up to this machine that sent electric current through his muscles for relief. I've always worried about this. And I've told my wife if I end up this way she needs to figure out a way to kill me because I do not want to live like that.

My wife heard something about cold laser therapy and thinks I should look into it. Has anyone here tried it?

Please let me know if any of you are experiencing this.


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KOPSBABY 6/18/2013 6:52AM

    Wow, Rick. With all your other problems and now this. I can't imagine what you're going through. My DH gets horrible cramps in his thighs, usually after being on ladders or working HARD all day. (I just realized that he didn't have any while on vacation). He probably wouldn't try the mustard as he doesn't eat any sauces or condiments. Hope you get some relief soon.

Hugs, Donna

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MAYBER 6/10/2013 7:01PM

    emoticon Like the mustard idea and will definitely try that it is an easy quick fix if it works
Thanks for the suggestion MOM4407
My cramps are in the front of my thighs and particularly if I sit too long or at nighttime
One day at a time

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BACKMOON 6/7/2013 6:37PM

    Thank you for the advice and comments and prayers. I have seen a Dr about them, My potassium is checked regularly because I once had a problem of too much potassium and it almost killed me so it is monitored every 6 weeks. Someone mentioned magnesium, I will have to check that out. I like the mustard idea, I'm going to try it the next time my hand cramps. If it works I'll start keeping mustard packs in my guitar case.
My next Dr. visit I'm going to talk to my Dr. about Cold laser therapy. emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 6/7/2013 5:39PM

    Rick...My poor husband goes through this same thing constantly and has yet to get help from any doctor he has ever seen and there has been a lot of them.
I will pray for you. If you find anything that does help please, share with me for my husband. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 6/7/2013 6:00AM

    Rick, I sometimes have muscle cramps. They say magnesium helps. Also your potassium needs to be sufficient.
Now I used to get Spasms in my back and it sounds like you might have spasms which is far worse. I finally had to use a back support and take pain pills. Of course yours is all over your body. You might look up magnesium and potassium and if you haven't been tested on the potassium they usually don't do it unless you ask them to.
Are you on diuretics?
I will put you on my prayer list as we both know that prayer does work. In fact God miraculously healed my back when I first received Him into my life.

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MOM4407 6/7/2013 4:43AM

    Rick I do not know if this will help but it helped me. A coach told me that for the football players who had muscle cramps they had them eat yellow mustard. Just a tablespoon. It works for me. I do not know if it will help with the fingers or tongue????

Becky your TOPS Friend

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Need to get off my butt!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

It's been a while since I have been on line here. Too long in fact. And now after having a heart attack and a triple bypas surgery I realize I need to get off my butt and do something about this weight! Why is it for many people, like myself, it takes something like this to make you open your eyes. It is so easy to put something off and say I'll get to it tomorrow. Well guess what! My tomorrow almost didn't get here! And realizing that and looking at all the things I needed to do, wanted to do, and would have missed if I hadn't had the knowledge and knew what to do when I had the heart attack. My Dr's made it very clear how lucky I was to have survived. So, I want to pass a little something on to you, GET OFF YOUR BUTT! Don't wait for what happened to me to happen to you. This is a good program, you just have to follow it! I know I am going to get serious about it now.


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HEALTHIERKEN 7/27/2012 12:36AM

    Good for you for seeing the writing on the wall! Hope your fitness journey is going well. I see your weight ticker is going in the right direction!

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GAILRUU 6/14/2011 8:24AM

    There is nothing like a heart attack to get motivated! Eat healthy, exercise, avoid tobacco and listen to your body.

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EOWYN2424 6/12/2011 4:45AM

    Hi, Rick! Long time no see! I'm so glad you're ok!

God Bless you always!


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JUST_BREATHE08 6/10/2011 10:52PM

    Hey Rick!! It is so good to see you. You have been missed. So, happy that you are okay. I will be Praying for you!!

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LIBRA73 6/10/2011 8:13AM

    Well, well....where have you been? Hmmm? Glad to see you are ok, hanging in there. Yep, time to get off your duff and get back in the swing of things! Let's see you rock this!

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FERRETLOVER1 6/10/2011 7:00AM

    Thank goodness you have survived this medical set-back. Get yourself back on track. You can do this!!

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DIDMIS 6/9/2011 10:41PM

    emoticonRick. I see you have made up your mind. We will be awaiting the news of your weight loss.
We are so glad you are still around. How did it go with the young boy you were going to teach to farm today?????

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Bowling for therapy, who knew!

Monday, February 28, 2011

My wife and I went bowling this weekend. That was a sight to see! When I was younger and before all my health problems I was a pretty good bowler. But I haven't bowled in at least 20 years. As I searched for a ball, I discovered I couldn't find one that I could fit my fingers in with the nodules on my fingers. I was able too put two of my finger tips in one and just had to hold the ball with two hands. I had to use a light 11 lb ball because of my wrist(use to use a 16) Then I discovered I couldn't do the approach because of my knees and hips! So I ended up walking to the throw line and using both hands and tossing the ball down the lane. At first it was embarrassing and a little frustrating but then I thought, what the heck! I was having a good time with my wife. we were laughing and enjoying our time together and nobody really cared about my form. Needless to say, I sucked. But, we bowled for about 2 hours and I felt like I got a bit of exercise some good therapy and had a good time to boot. We are going to go more often, and who knows, I just might develop a style of my own!

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JUST_BREATHE08 2/28/2011 11:52PM

    Absolutely emoticon!! You have a emoticonAttitude!! Thanks for the Encouragement for myself. emoticon

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