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Things are looking up

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

In the 15 days since my last blog, things are looking brighter and I am once again feeling like my usual optimistic self.

I am still grieving the loss of my friend Ellen, worrying about my mom and have yet to communicate with my nephew, my roof is still unfinished and winter is nearing, but I am trying to focus on the positives.

I was so lucky to have Ellen as a friend and have many treasured memories of her.

I am lucky to have my mom still living, and on the road to recovery. She has had a couple bad days but overall is doing much better.

I love my nephew, and hopefully some of what I said to him will sink in and he will become the responsible man he should be. My niece helped too when she posted the following on my facebook wall.

I have a home, and although not perfect, it is comfortable, has character, keeps us warm and dry and is filled with love.

I have two amazing sons, who make me proud each and every day; and always let me know how much they love me.

I live with the love of my life and our two crazy dogs; and Mike has been offered a 6-month position with the department of Transportation that could lead to a full time position due to several upcoming retirements.

I have awesome friends – both in person and online – that help pick me up when I need it.

I have a job I love, wonderful co-workers, an amazing boss, and receive a decent paycheck.

With my down-in-the-dumps mood, I had left much undone and slipped into old routines. Organization went down the tubes and clutter is everywhere. My weight has gone up and daily exercise has been pretty much non-existent.

Sunday morning Mike and I went out for breakfast and visited with his mom. Once we were back home, I decided to get my butt in gear and accomplish something. I started laundry and then went outside to tackle raking of leaves. I mowed those on level ground but had to rake those on the hill in front of the house. By the time I was done, there were six 45-gallon bags full of leaves. I was sore and tired but felt so good at what I had accomplished and the calories I burned. I let Mike nap because he has been putting in very long days between his two current jobs – some days getting up at 4:30 a.m. and not returning home until after midnight.

This was a first step back toward my goal of a healthy weight and lifestyle. Now I need to keep reminding myself of all I have to be grateful for, and do my best to get healthy enough to really enjoy all that I have.

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LEXIE63 11/27/2014 9:41AM

    Good to see things are on an upward swing for you, Honey.
Take care,
Lex xxx

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KENDRACARROLL 11/8/2014 12:54AM

    Gratitude. Always nice to count our blessings. Something we often forget when life gets really hectic.
Glad things are looking up.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/5/2014 1:42PM

    Loved reading this blog, you are very blessed and have much to be thankful for!

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DEE107 11/5/2014 12:14AM

    hugs my friend

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TERRY631 11/4/2014 10:18PM

    Reading your blog reminds me again of how special you are. You always choose to find the positives during life's challenges and that is very inspiring. to me. It is so very hard when we lose our friends - as I found out twice this year, but the best thing to do is to do exactly what you mentioned - treasure the times that you had together. So glad that your mom is doing better, and I hope that things will heal between you and your nephew. Glad to hear about Mike's job and keep hugging those wonderful sons of yours! Thanks for your words of encouragement today, too. Let's cheer each other forward to good health emoticon

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CODEMAULER 11/4/2014 7:09PM

    I'm so glad that the life situation is improving. I'll continue sending happy thoughts to fuel your projects and goals!!

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FRAN0426 11/4/2014 5:58PM

    Yes you can do it . We should all be thankful for all the blessing we have in our life.
So glad to hear your mother is doing so much better, there will be days that are tougher for her I am sure; with good support from family and friends, along with therapy she should do well, I pray.
Sounds like a great opportunity for Mike, and all the better if it becomes permanent for him.
Way to go with getting back into exercise doing all the raking of those ever loving leaves that blanket the ground this time of year, I know you can get back into motivating now that you have started.
The loss of a dear friend is never easy, but you will always have all those fond memories of the times the two of you enjoyed together. Grieving a loss takes time, but you will always have those memories.

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My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

No, it’s not a comedy like the Alexander movie that is currently showing. Sunday was one of my worst days in a very long time.

It started out okay – coffee and conversation with Mike, a little house cleaning and laundry.

In the early afternoon I went to see the couple who operated the daycare my oldest son attended. Over the years they have become a second set of parents to me, grandparents to my sons (who still call them Grandma and Grandpa) and their six children another family to me. They are leaving for Florida this coming weekend so I wanted to spend time with them. They will be gone until mid-April and at ages 79 and 82, I just never know when the last visit may be.

Their middle daughter was diagnosed with a debilitating about 20 years ago and her case is severe. Due to her medications, and a recent divorce she has become verbally abusive to her parents and siblings. It doesn’t help that a cousin and his wife continue to prey on her vulnerability and fill her mind with untruths. She lives next door to her parents, and also has a home near theirs in Florida so they are anxious to get her away from these vultures and down to Florida.

A month ago, their oldest daughter had surgery to remove a grapefruit-size tumor on her ovary and several cluster tumors from her stomach area. They were able to get all the cancer but she was told that it is the type of cancer that keeps returning. Now her parents have to make a decision between taking one daughter away from the bad influences (and her dad can’t handle the cold winters anymore) or staying here with the other daughter. It is so heartbreaking.

After I left their house, I went to my mom’s to pick up a few things for her – she is on her third week staying at my sister’s due to her anxiety. We remain hopeful that her new therapist has her on the right track to getting well, or at least able to be on her own. She had borrowed her van to my great-nephew and he was supposed to bring her some items from her house but she hadn’t seen him yet. I called him and he said they were in the van and told me where he was – a local bar. When I got there I asked if he had been drinking (he has had a DWI and an arrest for disorderly conduct when drunk), and he blew up at me, calling me names, saying that my sister (his mother), my mom and I are “holier-than-thou @#&%*”, and was just being awful. He got me at the wrong time, and I completely lost my temper. Some very awful things were said and I am not sure our relationship can recover from it. He has used my mom for years – ignoring her until he needs a place for he and his two sons to stay, money or a vehicle. I reached my breaking point yesterday and pretty much let all my years of frustration out. If he were to get in an accident, and Heaven forbid someone was seriously injured or killed, my mom could lose everything. He has always blamed his misfortunes on everyone but himself; and he needs to wake up and realize he makes his own choices and has to face the consequences. He can’t be a 38-year old, single father and act like he’s still 21. My sister and I decided that we need to back away (and convince Mom to do the same) until he realizes that we have always been the ones who have been there for him and apologizes for the way he has treated in the past. At the same time, we have to make sure his sons know how important they are to us. I am planning to call the 16-year old tonight and go visit the 9-year old when he is with his mother this weekend. Fortunately she and I have been able to maintain communication despite their awful divorce. Those boys have been put through so much (mother’s infidelity, the divorce, living with two of his dad’s girlfriends, their mom’s boyfriend and his dad, two times living with my mom, and three other rentals with their dad in less than eight years) and it breaks my heart.

I was pretty strung out when I got home and told Mike what happened. I was just about to call my great-nephew to tell him that no matter what he hears from his dad, that I love him and his younger brother and will always be there for them. I love my nephew too but really don’t like him much right now.

Before I could call, I was notified that my friend Ellen had lost her battle with cancer. In 14 months I have lost my best friend Pam and Ellen to cancer, as well a classmate (last month) to a sudden heart attack. And, we are only 51-years old!

Ellen was so beautiful on the outside; and yet much more beautiful on the inside. You couldn’t be around her and not love her. She will be missed so much by so many.

I turned on my computer to look at pictures on her facebook page, and just sobbed. I knew it was coming – she had been sent home from the American Cancer Center a couple months ago so we knew her time with us was short. Still it is so hard to comprehend.


Poor Mike had no idea what to do to comfort me, and I couldn’t give him any clues because I was having such a hard time wrapping my own head around the events of the day.

Yesterday and today have been much better days thanks to the support of Mike, my sister, her other son, some great friends and co-workers.

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DSHRUBS3 10/22/2014 8:42PM

    I'm so sorry for everything that you have been going through. You are so strong and i'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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CODEMAULER 10/22/2014 12:50PM

    Just know that you aren't alone in any of this. Take each moment as it comes and treat yourself well.

I'm sending you extra special huggy thoughts.


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OTEN36 10/22/2014 12:21PM

    I'm sorry too hear of your loss.hugs

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DEE107 10/22/2014 12:15AM

    so sorry for your lost and your other family hugs

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FRAN0426 10/21/2014 8:09PM

    So sorry for the loss of your dear friend Ellen. You have had much loss this year. I certainly feel for your second parents with what they are going through with their children at present. It is difficult for elderly parents to deal with the abuse of one of their children. They very likely need to get away, even tho it means not seeing the daughter who had the surgery. Hope the other abusive one stays away from Florida. They may need to file for her to stay away from them if it gets any worse. So glad you have Mike in your life to help you through some of these situations that throw us for a bit. My thoughts and prayers for all of you. Your nephew needs to grow up, go for sobriety, and make his children his priority at present, they need him.

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IMAVISION 10/21/2014 6:03PM

    That was a lot of sorrow & trial packed into one day. I am sorry that it seemed to all pile up on you & happy that it has been better since.

Your nephew needs the tough love you spoke of --- I hope that for the sake of everyone involved y'all will be strong in giving him that tough love.

God bless you & keep you safely under His wing of provision & protection!


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KENDRACARROLL 10/21/2014 5:52PM

    When it rains it pours. I am so sorry for your loss.
That must have been a very difficult day for you. Remember though, that you cannot control anybody else's actions. Take good care of yourself.

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Trying to enjoy fall while dealing with Mom’s anxiety

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall is my favorite time of the year – leaves changing colors, cooler temps and no mosquitoes. I can sit on the deck in the morning, enjoying a cup of coffee or in the evening with a glass of wine or water and my favorite guys. The air smells amazing, the Northern Lights put on a show some evenings and a huge harvest moon is always a welcome sight.

I had planned to accomplish so much outside this past weekend – emptying flower pots, cutting back perennials, and putting up my fall décor. An 8:15 a.m. phone call put an end to my plans before they even began. It was a paramedic calling to tell me they would be transporting my mom to the local emergency room. She was having another anxiety attack (the previous one had been Thursday evening). These calls have become commonplace, and have brought my sister and I to our wits-end. Mom is 77-years old and in great physical health for her age; and should be embracing all that life is offering her but the anxiety/panic attacks make her afraid to leave the house.

This ER visit turned out different than the others when the doctor (who has seen her in the ER three times this month) called in “Crisis Management.” A man, who looked to be in his early 30s, visited with us and gave us some options – including adult foster care, an two-to-three week stay at a facility for observation and therapy or staying with one of us until a program between a therapist and her general practitioner could be worked out. After a visit to a private home adult foster care, we ended up bringing her back to my sister’s house. A friend, who has dealt with anxiety issues in her family, came over and gave the three of us some good advice and hints for mom to use in order to decompress herself.

My sister had to work Sunday, and after a little while by herself, mom called me to go sit with her. By evening, her meds seemed to be helping (doctor upped her high blood pressure dosage). She was a bit nervous at the thought of being by herself while my sister and I were at work, but made it through by talking to friends and family on the phone. We talked with the crisis management man again and he will be setting up appointments with a therapist and behavior modifying specialist. They will work closely with her doctor in an effort to get her going in the right direction. We also discussed having my ex-husband’s girlfriend (yes, we all get along) spend a couple hours in the morning with Mom and driving her to appointments once she is back home. She isn’t working right now, Mom can afford to pay her for her time, and she is someone Mom gets along well with and trusts. She would also be able to help with heavy cleaning, painting and odd jobs Mom can’t do anymore. It may be a long road, but I am hopeful. The call to crisis management just may have been the answer we were praying for.

Below are a few fall-color pictures I took last Friday.

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TERRY631 10/8/2014 10:18PM

    Sorry that I'm late seeing/commenting on this...So sorry to hear about your mom, Leanne. I wonder if part of the evaluation should include an MRI to rule out other somatic causes such as early onset dementia or a brain tumor. Sometimes dementia presents itself in this manner. Sometimes seniors who are struggling with the beginnings of memory loss find the rest of the world too difficult to manage and become overwhelmed, hence the panic attacks. Best of luck, and I hope the docs can figure out what to do to help. Hang in there. Sending hugs.

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KENDRACARROLL 10/2/2014 7:45PM

    So sorry to hear about your mom. It's so tough when parents need us to care for them. Glad you and your sister are teaming up on this. Hope mom gets to feeling better soon.

Love the fall pictures. I have a little tree outside my house which changes colors (not common here is SoCal). It usually keeps it's colored leaves until then end of December and then goes bald until around March. We named him "Baldy" :)

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OTEN36 10/1/2014 5:47PM

    Hi Leanne
I hope your Mom is doing better. It's a hard thing when a parent gets older.
I hope you keep your strenght up to deal with all these family issues. You need to stay healthy. I'm also glad your sister is there to help you.
Best of luck there. I hope you can pick up your plans of gardening this weekend. I plan to get some fall garden clean up next Wednesday.
I'm hoping it doesn't rain and I can collect the leaves and get them into the garden to decompose.

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DSHRUBS3 10/1/2014 3:52PM

    I do hope that things do work out. I'm sure it would be nice to have your ex'es girlfriend help your mom out as she is able.

I want to see the northern lights so badly. I live too far south in Michigan to see them.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 10/1/2014 1:46PM

    Your poor mom, and poor you and your sister. It sounds like you have a good plan in place. Hopefully the therapist and behavior modifying specialist will be able to help and that's great your ex-husband's girlfriend can help, too. Sending hugs!!

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DEE107 10/1/2014 12:34AM

    the pictures oh my so cool

praying for your mom

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CODEMAULER 9/30/2014 9:06PM

    OK, onto the photos!

I love autumn, too. It's my favorite season and I hope that we have a long one this year!!

Your pictures are so warm and comforting. I almost taste the apple cider!


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CODEMAULER 9/30/2014 9:04PM

    Oh, Leanne. You sure get your challenges.

Hang in there and reach out for help / ideas. This isn't something that most of us are good at (fortunately, if you don't have a lot of experience with this!). You and your sister can build a network of support and you don't have to do this alone.


You know that I'm thinking about you and your guys!


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FRAN0426 9/30/2014 8:11PM

    Thank goodness the doctor realized the need to call someone in on you moms problem. I so hope this is the answer you have been needing for your mom. I think it is great you get along with your ex and his girl friend, makes it much easier for the boys too. If your mom likes and can trust her, by all means having her go over to help your mom is a great thing. Hope you will be able to get more done now.
Love those fall colored trees, ours have started turning color, but not at peek yet. I see the 70 degree day promised for tomorrow has been down graded to mid 60's--so much for weathermen getting predictions for more than a day out.
Keep enjoying the cup of coffee or glass of wine outdoors, soon we will be wishing we had the summer weather yet.
Have a great week.

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Allergies, work reclassification and life in general

Friday, September 19, 2014

This week has found me plagued with allergies. I am allergic to dust mites and they were out in full force after we had to turn on the furnace when temperatures dipped into the 30s and reached high in the upper 40s and low 50s. Dust that had settled in the vents all summer long was blown all over the house and I am certain that every mite found its way to my eyes, nose and throat.

I was miserable throughout the weekend and stayed home from work Monday. I am feeling much better today but still sound terrible – coughing, stuffed head and nose. Fortunately this is typically a one-time-a-year event and I should be breathing normal soon.

All has been going well at work. Our new accountant has most of her training done, is catching on quickly and seems to be a good fit in our team. I am now able to get back to some my job duties that have been placed on hold during the transition – website and newsletter design, development of a facebook page, news articles, etc.

A few months ago my boss sent me paperwork in regards to a new job classification. He felt I deserved it due to the extra duties I had taken on during all the changes in our department. My supervisor and I filled out the papers, she signed and submitted them to our boss, and he forwarded them to his boss the Main University. Last week I received documentation that I am now the “Principal Office and Administrative Specialist” for our research facility. I did receive a small raise, but more importantly, it means a higher cap on yearly pay step-ups. In my old classification, I would have reached my wage cap in three years. Now my cap continues to increase for seven years and goes up at a higher yearly percentage. Having the support of my boss, supervisor, my union and our Division Head really meant a lot to me.

Home life is overall good with a few bumps along the way. The roof remains unfinished so Mike and Troy will be working on it this weekend. Once it is done we can concentrate on indoor jobs that had to be put on hold. The new closet and painting of the kitchen will have to wait until spring, but other small jobs will get done.

I am looking forward to this weekend. My oldest son is in town for a friend’s wedding and we will be visiting his former daycare provider (my kids still call them grandma and grandpa) Sunday. They are like family and it has been several years since both boys and I have been with them at the same time. Tomorrow I plan on taking it easy and hopefully getting over the allergy cough and stuffiness.

I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.

Below are pictures of some of the beauty I see every day at work.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/25/2014 9:04AM

    Wow! So happy for you with the job re-classification. emoticon

It is lovely to catch up with family.

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OTEN36 9/23/2014 3:44PM

    I hope your feeling better this week G.F.
Great blog and I'm happy your getting that roof done. Good thing we are having an Indian summer. I got more work done in my garden than I had thought I could but those first two frost's had me motivated.
I am so excited you got that promotion. woo hoo you do deserve it.
Your flowers look wonderful. Great job.
I have some squash, pumpkins and cabbage left in the garden but with the mild temps I'm just going to leave them out there for now.
I'm concentrating on getting thru this long stretch and then Oct 7th I go in for a Crown/Dentist in Bemidji. I'm not sure what to expect out of that. They said it will be a temp until Nov when they put the real one on. I really do need to research that whole thing. I had a back tooth chip. Grrr.
Have a great week. We will have to attempt another "hook up" next time I'm off.
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DSHRUBS3 9/23/2014 2:28PM

    I hope you get through the allergies soon. It sounds pretty miserable, but at least it is just one time a year.

That is awesome that you have a new classification for your job! It just goes to show how valuable you are that you have your bosses support!

I hope you had a good weekend and a good visit with your son!

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TERRY631 9/20/2014 1:25PM

    Hope you feel better from your allergies! So awesome to be recognized at work for doing your job so well, and I'm glad that you received a raise (along with a longer payscale). Beautiful pictures!

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CODEMAULER 9/20/2014 9:34AM

    Along with dust and feathers, I'm allergic to ground mold, so I will be 'snotty' until the ground freezes. For a while everyone was sneezy, even Moose the Cat. She's feeling better now - or at least stopped sneezing - so there's hope!

Good luck on those chores and tasks. We're chipping away at a few items, mostly de-cluttering. The in-between stage is almost as bad as the clutter!

Happy Weekend and congratulations on the job news!

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DEE107 9/20/2014 12:08AM

    way to go on the job or new job classification and hugs on the allergies

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FRAN0426 9/19/2014 9:59PM

    Congrats on the new job classification and small raise. Sure hope by relaxing on Saturday you will start to feel better real soon. Love the pictures of the scenery you get to see each day

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/19/2014 6:34PM

    Hope you start to feel better soon! What great news about your new job classification! It's awesome to feel appreciated and acknowledged! Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

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Crazy days

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It has been quite a while since I blogged or been able to correspond much with my Spark Family. Summer is the busiest time at work, and there has been a lot going on in my personal life too.

This afternoon we are holding an open house in our horticulture department. There will be wagon tours, bus tours to the apple orchard and grape high tunnel, and guest speakers in entomology and tree planting in high tunnels. It is a perfect day to be outside (for us Minnesotans anyway) with temps in the upper 60s to lower 70s, sunshine and a light breeze. Last year it was 94 degrees – prefer today’s weather a lot more! At the beginning, I will be at the registration trailer and then will be able to go around taking pictures the last couple hours. Love when I can get out of the office and spend time in the garden areas!

Tomorrow I am going to learn how to update our website. It’s supposed to be more user friendly than the previous one. Then I will be gathering information and pictures to put on the site. There is also talk about setting up a facebook page. I will be the administrator, responsible for the content and updating.

Away from work, I have been helping both boys get ready for school to begin. Last minutes glitches in Tyler’s financial aid needed to be cleared up so his classes wouldn’t be dropped. All has been taken care of, but was sure stressful for a few days. He is in his fifth year of college and one class is only offered fall semester. If all wasn’t straightened out, he would have had to go back next fall for one class in order to receive his degree. Last night Troy and I went to his school to sign up and pay insurance on a school-issued laptop. There are a few items we need to buy before he starts his junior year in high school next Tuesday.

Mike worked extra hours last week, due to his boss purchasing a lot of junked cars. He drives the wrecker and semi for a salvage yard. The purchased meant 50 cars to haul to the yard, and five semi loads to a larger company where they will be recycled. The week was muggy and rainy so he came home filthy and tired every night.

We spent the day at home Saturday, and on Sunday drove to Duluth and then to the assisted living facility his mom is living at on our way back home. She has an appointment at a facility here today so we are hopeful she will be back by next week, and it won’t be a 1.5 hour drive to see her. Most of the family lives here, and with work and kids in school, it is difficult for some family members to go see her.

My mom continues to battle severe anxiety. My sister and I are at our wits-end trying to help her. She will call in the morning saying she needs to see a doctor because she is having an attack. We try to explain that we can’t keep taking time off work to bring her – especially when she is typically better by the time we get to the clinic. Tomorrow and Friday, I am going to try and find someone to help us deal with her condition. We have no idea what to do or how to get her help when she doesn’t do what the doctors recommend. She blames a lot on the medication she is on, and yet hasn’t cut back after the doctor said she should start weaning herself from it. If anyone has advice, please give it to me.

On the way back from Duluth the other day, I received a text from a friend telling me that her cousin (and a dear friend of mine) is in the final stage of her battle with cancer. The American Cancer Center has sent her home due to the cancer spreading to her small intestine and her inability to eat or drink. They are doing their best to keep her hydrated and medicated for pain, but that is about all they can do. I had such high hopes that she would beat the cancer – she is one heck of a fighter. Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of my best friend’s death from cancer, so hearing about another one really hit hard. I feel extra sad for her brother, who lost his first wife to cancer seven years ago in October and their mother to brain cancer at the beginning of the year. I pray every day that a cure will be found, and that no one has to watch someone die from this horrendous disease.

Have to put on my happy face and walk down to the Horticulture Department. Hoping for a good turnout and a successful event!

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LEXIE63 8/28/2014 12:43PM

    Sorry to hear about your friend, and also about the difficulties with your Mum. I wish I had advice to offer re Mum's anxiety, but I'm more likely to be the one with the problem, as far as anxiety is concerned. Is she having panic attacks? I know how horrible those are as I suffer myself, and she needs reassurance, if so - preferably medical. I still worry when the pains/breathlessness/heart palpitations come but I've been on heart monitors a few times now, and as a result I am less panicked than I used to be. Maybe wearing a heart monitor for a few days will help reassure her?

One of the big problems with these attacks is that as soon as you feel some help is coming you start to calm down, so the doctors and family rarely see you at your worst. So tricky for everyone to deal with, and very frustrating for all concerned. (((hugs)))

Glad the finances for your son's college got sorted out. Geeze, it is such a panic when they mess up, isn't it? I had the tax credits suddenly stop a few weeks ago, after ringing to confirm they would continue for Tara while she does another year at the local college. Took almost the whole day to get through on the phone, to find out the person I spoke to the previous week failed to complete my claim information. *sigh* All that panic because someone didn't do their job properly.

Hope things become more serene for you .
Lex xxx

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CODEMAULER 8/28/2014 11:37AM

    You don't get much for lulls, do you? I sure hope that this crazy/hectic time is winding down. You and Mike really need some time to kick back and catch your breath!

I hope that you find some quiet, happy moments during the long weekend.


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DSHRUBS3 8/28/2014 9:19AM

    Things are super busy for you! I hope the website is easy for you to update. Facebook isn't too bad. I help manage the page at my work too. :-)

Dealing with financial aid for college is always a challenge I feel. It always seemed that there were problems with mine too. Just a huge headache and stressful to deal with. I'm glad you got it straightened out though.

I hope that you guys are able to move Mike's mom closer so it is easier to visit!

Sorry to hear about your friend. Cancer is so terrible and I am always amazed at how many people it strikes. :-( Sending prayers to you and your friend as well!

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DEE107 8/28/2014 12:26AM

    praying its so hard when the cancer spreads have a friend who it just happen too

hugs and prayers

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FRAN0426 8/27/2014 9:07PM

    My gracious you do have a lot going on Luann.
I agree it is time to see who can give you some advice as to handling your moms situation. Is there a day facility where your mom could go to to be with others to keep busy, maybe she wouldn't have time to think she needs to go the doctor if shes busy. Look to see if anything like that is around your area. Check to see if the county or state has anything similar. Going beyond that, does she need to be placed in a assisted living arrangement ? Hope that isn't getting more personal that you wanted, but sometimes as our parents get older, and alone, they need to be with others to keep busy. Nest of luck with that.Hope Mikes mom will be back closer to her family soon.
Your sons are growing up, time flys by so fast. Our granddaughter will be in 8th grade next week---she is so thrilled she is now taller that me. Take care .

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 8/27/2014 6:30PM

    You are right, you have a lot going on! I'm so sorry to hear about your mom and your friend. You are an amazing daughter and friend.

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