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Worried and stressed!

Monday, January 26, 2009

My sister, who is 2 years younger than me, had a mini-stroke on Saturday and I'm worried about her and feeling quite stressed. I always think of her as the healthy one because she isn't overweight (like me), she exercises every day, she eats properly every day (she's a vegetarian and doesn't eat any processed foods), she doesn't smoke and she doesn't drink (a glass of wine every so often but that's it). Yet, she's the one who had a stroke! Granted, her life is probably a lot more stressful than mine but still...

I have 4 sisters. I'm the eldest and this one (above) is second. Our 4th sister is sending a care package to her this afternoon and included in it is a plant. I was going to send her flowers and I still want to but since we're already sending her a plant maybe it's too much? What do you think?

I want to do something to help her but she lives 1 hours away and it's not easy. I've already given her my work number in case she needs someone to talk to or in case she wants me to come to her house but she hasn't done either of these yet. I feel so helpless.

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TRAINOF4 2/2/2009 8:31PM

    First, I am sorry to hear about your sister's stroke. It's so hard when someone we love is sick and having troubles. Now, in terms of what to send ..I would also add ... balloons! There are some great balloons out there - some of them are even shaped like butterflies, or flowers, or turtles & so on.

Or perhaps once a month you can offer to drive to her place (I know it's a long drive) and offer to help her clean or do laundry or whatever. And bring casseroles or that sort of thing that she can just reheat. You didn't mention if she has anyone at home to help her or how badly the stroke affected her abilities to perform daily living tasks (cleaning, cooking, dressing, etc.)

I'm guessing you have many of the same items in stores ... there are great reusable plastics out there for foods that are cheap at the same time - they can be recycled when you're finished with them. They would be great for putting single servings in... HTH! And I'll be thinking positive & healing thoughts for your sister & hugs to you.

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1888MICHELLE 1/27/2009 7:32AM

    Plants are wonderful at helping to destress you, but there is nothing as happy and bright as a bunch of flowers...especially daisys...I've always thought that daisys (and their look-alikes) are happy flowers. They always look like they haven't got a care in the world!!

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    I'm so sorry to read about this. Is she home, can she eat well? Perhaps send her a fruit basket, or in America, we have a thing called "Edibiles". Its cut fruit to make arrangements, then you eat them. That would fit in with her diet. You could offer to clean her house one weekend, or hire a housekeeper. Send her something related to her hobby, if she has one., or a prepaid calling card.

The main thing is to let her know that you're there, and you've already done that. Just keep in contact with her, listen to everything she says and maybe she'll give you an idea of what she needs.

Take care of yourself too.

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R.I.P. - Cairo

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My sister's dog died last night. Although, I'm allergic to dogs, I loved Cairo. Cairo was a good dog and she had had him longer than she's been married. He was 14 years old.

R.I.P. Cairo

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TRAINOF4 2/2/2009 8:33PM

    Sending you & your sister sympathy & hugs. It's always so hard to lose a family member - after all, our pets are part of our families. emoticon

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RESCUER 1/11/2009 5:32PM

    So sorry for the loss of this beautiful golden retriever. I have a 13 year old golden and an 11 week golden and dread the day I have to say goobye. My thoughts are with you, remember Cairo has gone over the rainbow bridge with all the other dogs.

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Home from Cuba...

Sunday, January 04, 2009

I have returned from Cuba, which was very, very wonderful. Great weather (sunny every day and high 20s (Celsius - in the low 80s Fahrenheit). The hotel was very nice. Good service, good food, nice people. There were two pools and that was also very nice since one was for activities and loud music and the other was quiet, which my dad and I preferred. I only swam in the ocean once because it was too choppy most of the week but that's okay.

It was a little dicey at the beginning of my vacation because on Christmas night/Boxing Day morning, I got a gastrointestinal upset and felt really awful and since I was leaving on the 27th, it was also a little worrisome but I didn't overdo on food and I stayed away from dairy and I felt pretty good overall. There was one day (the 30th) that wasn't great but I had had dairy that day so from then on, I drank my tea black for the remainder of the week and stayed away from cheese.

I exercised every day except the 30th. I had brought a portable DVD player and my exercise DVDs and I'm so glad I did. I gained 3.7 pounds but usually I gain about 10 so it's way better than normal. And, if I get back to my calorie range this week, I hope to get rid of the extra poundage by next Monday.

And, it's so cold here today. It's -13 Celsius (9 Fahrenheit)! Brrr!!!

But, I've caught up on my emails and Spark Mails and now, I'm doing laundry and just taking it easy until I go back to work tomorrow.

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TRAINOF4 1/10/2009 3:28PM

    Oh that sounds like it was very relaxing! What sort of food did you guys eat? How did that sun feel -- oooh, I am jealous! I could use a few days away from this cold & damp!! emoticon emoticon

I'm glad you had a nice time though & not too many traveler's troubles. LOL - Welcome home!

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I'm off to CUBA for a week - WooHoo!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

And, I feel fine but it was close. I had gastrointestinal upset very early Boxing Day morning and really felt cruddy but I feel much better now just hungry.

Have a good week, everyone!

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TRAINOF4 12/29/2008 7:33PM

    I hope you're having a great time in Cuba! I'd gain a TON down there! I grew up near Tampa, FL ^& at that time there were a lot of Cubans in the areas around my grandparents' house. I was friendly with a Cuban family a few houses down- the woman spoke no English & I no Spanish, but we had nice visits together & she fed me the most delicious foods & desserts. I learned to cook a number of things, but I've never been able to duplicate a couple of things .... so in cuba -- I'd eat till I popped!!

Stay safe, write soon .. and Happy New Year!

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JIBBIE49 12/27/2008 4:04AM

    Have fun in Cuba.

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Exercise, Exercise, Exercise....

Monday, December 22, 2008

That's the key to losing weight. At least for me, it is. I had one Christmas Lunch, one Christmas Party and one Christmas dinner in the past 5 days and yet I managed to lose half a pound and I'm sure it's because of exercise! emoticon

I did the elliptical and weights on the 17th. I did 35 minutes of aerobics and a 30 minute walk on the 18th. I did 30 minutes of aerobics and weights on the 19th. I did nothing on the 20th and I did 40 minutes of tae-bo on the 21st and it all paid off! emoticon


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