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Ups and downs

Friday, February 26, 2010

I am very glad to report that my son has purchased his first car. I am so relieved that I will not have to be carting him around anymore. I love him, he is a great guy, and I like spending time with him, but to not be on one less persons schedule will be divine!!

My daughter's relapse scares are gone. The doctors have ran all sorts of tests, and everything has come back negative for cancer. Now we just need to figure out what it is that is giving her the headaches. The doctors want to wait to see if it is some sort of virus that may pass before we dig deeper. At this point, that sounds like an excellent idea to me.

My cancer scare is also over. The doctor thinks it is just scar tissue and I need to "get used to it" and try being on a low fiber diet as much as possible. Which totally sucks for someone trying to lose weight. But the doctor is confident if I go low fiber as much as possible, I will be more comfortable. Needless to say, I am not a real happy camper and am trying to figure all of this out, to be both comfortable and at a healthy weight. I am in so much discomfort most of the time it hurts to move around as much as it does to sit still so I haven't exercised in awhile, other than parking in the last parking spot in the parking lots, and always taking the stairs. But that does seem to be working, I am down to a size 12 jeans, and that does make me happy.

The little stuffed puppy I ordered to keep me company isn't quite doing the trick. I want a live little companion, and my husband has agreed, but has asked me to wait a bit before I bring home my new baby. I am trying, but I must admit, I am weaker by the day. Did you know they have a next day puppy web site you can find your furry baby on? emoticon That means, I could still do my school work and get my puppy delivered! Now just to convince my husband that is as cool as I think it is, and I will be all set!

  
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HEALTHY4JEANNE 2/28/2010 9:24PM

    I love fur babies!

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BIZEEMOMTO3 2/28/2010 9:15PM

    I did get Henry today, I will post pictures as soon as my camera battery charges. I love him!!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 2/28/2010 9:01PM

    I thought that you were getting a dog named Henry today?

So glad for Gabe. So glad for you ;0)

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY, THAT THE FANNING GIRLS ARE CANCER FREE!!!!

Blessings!
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ANSING 2/26/2010 6:23PM

    Cindy, it sounds like a lot of good things have come your way. Your son getting his own car, all the cancer scares gone. Hopefully things are now headed the right way for you!
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JULIETEXAS 2/26/2010 4:11PM

    Wow, lady, you have had a lot going on. Keep on keeping on and it will continue to get better. I wonder if there is a Spark Team that might help with the low fiber issue? There seems to be one for just about everything.

I am so happy that you will be getting a puppy, animals make everything better, although this morning I was tempted to throw my cats out the door but I will right more about that on my blog. I always like going to the animal shelter to find new babies. My best dogs have been strays and rescues.

Have a great weekend.

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BIZEEMOMTO3 2/26/2010 12:40PM

    Ramona,
I always love Jason Mraz, his music soothes my soul. emoticon

And you should get a puppy! We could be puppy moms together!!

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RAMONAFAY 2/26/2010 11:57AM

  Cindy I am in a mess of emotions right now after reading you post! LOL!

I am happy your son has wheels and your off the hook for carring him around.

I am relieved for your daughter and your cancer scares being resolved and nothing to worry about.

I am sorry that your not happy with the diet you have to adjust to.

And darn it girl you have me wanting a puppy too! LOL!

Your a Good Mess but a Mess just the same! LOL!

Google Jason Marz 's song Beautiful Mess! It is a good song! LOL! Has a great beat to it! And you my friend need a song to go with your life! LOL! Let me know if you like it or not! :) emoticon

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Birthdays, musuems and what-nots

Friday, February 19, 2010

No, I am not one of those people who celebrate birthdays for a week. I have one daughter's birthday at the beginning of the week, and the other daughter's birthday at the end of the week. My youngest turned 15 on the 15th. The golden birthday. She announced on Saturday night that she wanted to go to Camp Sunshine, in Maine, on her birthday. So, I called up and got it arranged and off we went, for an over night. We had a great time, saw so many people that we know and love and as always, made new friends.

Meanwhile, the medical issues are getting cleared up. My older daughter has not relapsed. They are not sure exactly what is causing the headaches, but it is not cancer, nor is it life threatening. Praise God. My cancer has not come back, but is a kink in my intestines at the surgery site. Again, God is Good. It is good to know that they have found the problem. I will meet next week with the doctor to get a plan of action, which as I have studied up on is surgery. I am not keen on needing surgery, but I am very keen on not being in pain anymore. It is pretty constant, but I am able to get through the days.

Today we are off to Boston to see the Harry Potter exhibit before it leaves town. Both girls are huge Potter fans and the exhibit is supposed to be amazing. Thanks to my mom and dad, we are able to go. emoticon We now have a museum membership at the MOS for the whole year. YAY!

On Saturday, my oldest daughter will be turning 17. We will be going into Boston again, just she and I, to see Lion King. She has loved Lion King since she was 2 years old. I am really looking forward to this time with her.

And, on the school front, I am plugging away. I have a hard time studying without my dog by my side. I know it sounds silly, but he truly was my study buddy. So I have ordered one of those lifelike stuffed puppies that breathes and makes doggy sounds. I am hoping that my school work becomes a little easier when it arrives. I seem to be able to concentrate for brief moments of time and wind up pacing around about every 5-10 minutes, just missing my Jack and his constant companionship. I know that this too shall pass, but in the meantime, I need to find a way to get through it, and I am hoping my new little study buddy will help the transition be a little smoother.

Wow, it really helps to get some of this out. It has been so long since I have blogged, but now I need to get ready for Boston, trip 1.

  
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1BEARWIFE 2/19/2010 12:21PM

    So, other than all this, how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln? I am so glad to have this past week behind us and know that today, you will be going in to Boston for a fun time.

Writing sure does ease the soul, doesn't it?

Drive carefully; you are carrying precious cargo, including yourself!


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Venting, Dumping, Rambling not necessarily in that order

Friday, February 05, 2010

The last two weeks have been incredibly taxing. I worked 30 hours, had classes - 3 of them, my books were late so I was behind on my reading, my son turned 21, I had to have a CAT scan to see why I am still having pain in my upper right abdomen area (if the cancer is back or not check), my daughter who has had cancer is not feeling well which always makes me highly concerned and I had to put my dog down yesterday. Overall, this has been a very trying time.

Everything is all blurring together and seeming like a lot. So last Friday, I go into the office to just fill out my time sheets and the phone rings. I am the only one in the office, so I go ahead and answer it. One of our clients has threatened suicide. I scramble trying to find his regular case worker, or her boss to no avail. I wind up heading out to find this guy - I do not know him from Adam by the way, find him and take him to the hospital for evaluation, he is fine, but mentally unstable. My ridiculous cell phone company does not have great coverage, and I keep having to run out into the night air of 12 degrees to check my voicemails to see if anyone is coming to relieve me, and leave this guy in the waiting room by himself. Finally someone does arrive, 4 hours later, and I am able to go home. The guy is fine, he was just looking for some attention.

My school books came in on Thursday, all of my assignments are due Saturday at midnight. Of course, I had to work Saturday also, but no where near as long. I managed to get my course work in, just a hair after midnight, so thankful for lenient professors. On Sunday, I slept in until 11, I was exhausted!

Then on Monday, I had a CAT scan, the contrast did not make me sick until Monday night on well on into Tuesday, where I had to miss two classes and work as well. Monday was also my son's 21st birthday, what a milestone. He is a good young man.

Then on Wednesday, I took my daughter for her bi-monthly clinic visit to get her blood checked after her battle with leukemia. She has been off treatment for two years. She has been sick for about a week. They drew labs and are concerned as to what is making her sick, because she has had both the H1N1 shot and the regular flu shot. We are nervous. Her labs came back looking good, but that isn't a real consolation at this point because when she was first diagnosed, her labs were fine then too. So we wait a week, and if she is not better, then we will have do a spinal tap on her and draw some fluids to see if there are cancer cells in her spinal fluid.

Thursday was the deal breaker for me as I woke up and my dog, Jack could hardly breathe. He was gasping for air. I knew it was time to put him down. I miss my golden shadow following me around, but know that he is not suffering anymore.

To top it off, I went to work today, picked up the client I am working with, took him to the doctor, then to the cemetery to pay respects to his mother, and finally to the pharmacy to pick up his medication. Somewhere between dropping off his prescriptions and getting back into my car, he poops his pants. He sits in my van and soils my seat! ARGHHH!!!!!!

My friends, Ben and Jerry visited last night and offered some solace, and I accepted without guilt. Now it is off to do my school work, it is piling up.

  
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JAZZIELORI 2/21/2010 7:38PM

    I thought my world was crazy!!..You made me laugh about your company..I do hope your daughter and you feel better....good luck with school!!! YOu have got to be a great time cruncher!!
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ROSEACLARK 2/6/2010 10:59PM

    I am very sorry to hear about Jack. He was a good and faithful dog. It's always hard to say goodbye to a pet, but as you said, he is not suffering anymore, and that is the most unselfish act that you can do for a furry friend.
But much congratulations on your schooling, and working and being there for your family!! You inspire me! I pray that all goes well for you and Ali on the upcoming testing that you will be going thru.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 2/6/2010 9:27PM

    OMG, you have had such a week. I wanted to tell you that Lissy saw you last week for a brief moment at school. Wed. I think. she told me that she thought you looked beautiful. she loves your hair. I asked her if she told you, but she did not have a chance to.
So sorry about Jack.... such a love. Remember, www.rainbowbridge.com


I am praying that all labs for you and Ally, come out ok.

jeanne

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KOI239 2/6/2010 2:22PM

    I hope this week will be better. Hang in there! Our prayers that this to shall pass. (Get a waterproof pad and always use it with your older clients) Keep several in your car. A cheap source is puppy pee pads at a pet store. Use and throw a way.

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SCOUTHARPS 2/6/2010 2:06PM

  Sometimes it all gets to be too much, and i think this qualifies. B&J can be good friends, as long as they don't hang around. I have had very good luck with animal odors in carpets with nature's Miricle--wonder if it would work for your van? It's about 10--12 per bottle, but if "it" is lingering, would be cheap.

Hang in there!

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1BEARWIFE 2/6/2010 11:53AM

    The poop on the seat had to have been the very LAST STRAW!! You have much more tolerance for people's poor behavior than I. That would have made me blow my stack!!

A real pisser of a week for you, my darling daughter!

I am praying for good test results, good weather, a truly FUN week and that I can get caught up to you with our Scrabble game!

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KNITTOBETHIN 2/5/2010 11:35PM

    Well Cindy... the world overwhelmed comes to mind ! Some days it just piles on and on and on. I don't know that I would have still been awake for Ben and Jerry to comfort me, were I in your shoes. I will hope for you that what can be changed, does change for the better. I have been through my son's cancer and know how you are feeling. It's a horrible thing to have to face. AS was your decision for Jack. Yikes... the poop realy WAS a topper to the day wasn't it ?

If I could, I would send you energy bars (not fattening of course) to help you with your load. I can't but I will pray you find the strength to carry on. You are one special lady.
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ANSING 2/5/2010 11:34PM

    Hopefully this new week will be a better one for you. Will keep you and your daughter in my thoughts/prayers.

Hugs!

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Fa-la-la-la-la-la!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Our cruise was wonderful, warm and fun. I was able to snorkel for the first time in my life since my bells palsy left me with a lopsided mouth. That in itself was a fabulous gift. The fish are amazing in Cozumel. We ziplined through the rainforest in Belize and rode intertubes through the caves. What great adventures and memories for the whole family. Christmas caroling in the elevators, playing miniture golf on the top deck of the ship, seeing the original Drifter's perform, it was a very good trip.

We got home to snowy conditions and almost didn't make it home when our flight was cancelled, but we did. It has been a whirlwind of activity since we touched home. Unpacking, Laundry, putting up Christmas decorations, the girls with school, Al, Gabe and I all had to work. On top of that, Al decided he wanted to send out Christmas cards, but I never recall seeing him attach so much as a stamp to one envelope. Oh, I love that man. Needless to say the Christmas cards are out, and I did them all, again.

I managed to not gain any weight this season, nor did I lose and that was my goal. To keep things under control, I did not go on a baking frenzy as I usually do. I made the sugar cookie batter up and so far have only baked one batch of cookies out of it. The rest is in the freezer, err, I mean garage, to be pulled out in small batches at a time so no one goes crazy. And I didn't make a ton of other goodies either. Our Christmas meal was roast beef, and tons of veggies of every sort - even brussel sprouts! Thanks to the lessons I have learned on Spark People I was able to be sensible about the holidays!

  
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HEALTHY4JEANNE 1/5/2010 3:03PM

    Great job maintaining even with a cruise thrown in the mix. you look awesome!
Jeanne

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EMMABE1 12/30/2009 1:09AM

    Sounds wonderful - it would be lovely to be able to snorkel again - by far the best way to see fish.

Wonderful choices over Christmas - congratulations!!

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BIONICBETH 12/29/2009 6:25PM

    Oh that's awesome Cindy...I'm so happy to hear you had such a great vacation...and yes, the fish in Cozumel are amazing! I hope you said "hi" to them for me. I miss them!

Gotta say, I'm a bit envious...but really REALLY happy you guys got to go...and had a great time! Ziplining through Belize sounds like HUGE fun!!

Great job on eating healthy even through the holidays too! With all the goodies being passed around, that's so hard to do.

Hope your New Year's Celebration is terrific too!!



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ANSING 12/29/2009 3:56PM

    It sounds like you had a WONDERFUL holiday! I am so happy for you. And you didn't gain any weight, you lucky (and hardworking) thing! emoticon

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JULIETEXAS 12/29/2009 3:09PM

    What a wonderful holiday, thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

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DARCEYOH 12/29/2009 12:34PM

    Sounds like you had a very nice holiday! And the dinner sounds delicious!

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1BEARWIFE 12/29/2009 12:00PM

    Good on YOU! I, on the other hand, managed to gain a bit here and there, so am back on track with the workouts. Your vacation sounds like it was so very much fun. I especially like the part of singing christmas caroles in the elevators! I really, REALLY think we all should adopt such behavior while shopping ANYWHERE during the Christmas season! Good idea! Let's remember to make it into a challenge in 2010!

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MR_UNDER_300 12/29/2009 10:24AM

    Great job

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Coming up for air

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hello all,

I finished the semester in school and hope I did all right. It was a lot of work and a lot of the material wound up bringing up some very painful memories, insights and revelations. I was able to get through the coursework, and work through the new information, as well as old garbage just in time to get ready for the cruise. We leave tomorrow.

I did not get in all the exercise that I wanted to during the last few weeks, but I also stayed very controlled and did not do any late night binging or stuffing my face while I did all of my research and studying. Nor did I eat at my emotions that were comparable to level 5 hurricanes. So for that, I am saying, "Good job, Cindy. You are making progress and keeping things in check."

Now, I am getting ready to climb up in the attic to get down my summer clothes to pack. It seems completely ridiculous, considering it is only 30 degrees here, not counting the wind chill. But pack, I will!

I have missed my Spark friends so much during these last few weeks. You are all so special to me.

So for now, it is Bon Voyage! I will return late Saturday night with many a tales and photos, to be sure!

  
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JULIETEXAS 12/13/2009 6:06PM

    I remember those school days, congratulations for completing the semester successfully and for taking care of yourself as best as you can. Enjoy your holiday, you've earned it!

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1BEARWIFE 12/12/2009 7:44PM

    As Enya sings "Sail Away, sail away, sail away" from all your burdens, painful memories, chores and responsibilities. Relax and let the cruise people pamper you to no end!

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EMMABE1 12/12/2009 4:26PM

    Have a wonderful trip - you deserve it - those sound like great choices you made during a stressful time!!
Well Done!!

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ANSING 12/12/2009 4:11PM

    Cindy, I hope you have a wonderful trip!

Bon Voyage!
Annette

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