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Turnaround - FINALLY!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Since November the 6th it has been a long hard climb. I got Shingles then and from the first it wasn't the rash it was the pain. My Granddaughter caught H1N1 this spring and was in an induced coma to try and save her unborn child but she lost it. Even now she is having a hard time and is fighting her own demons. Although I have kept logging and Tracking in late Spring I got Plantar Fasitis and have had to stop walking. I have felt at times like I was hanging on by my fingernails. In fact I feel like I have been in a fight.

About 10 days ago I started feeling like "pushing" on my workouts. I believe I have turned a corner and there is only one reason I have hung on so long. SPARKPEOPLE!!! I think there are under a half dozen times that I failed to log in and Track my exercise and food. I am still on the pain meds, which I hate because of the side effects, but am successfully cutting those down. I am beginning to think positively again and hope to add back walking to my weekly schedule Monday.

Thank You SP and all the Friends who have cheered me on the way.

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LOLLIE62 10/17/2011 12:21AM

    It sounds like you've had a really hard time, and I'm so sorry about your physical problems and your granddaughter's losing her baby. Sometimes it seems like life chews us up and spits us out, that's for sure. I've heard that shingles are very painful.

I know it's so hard to see our kids and grandkids hurting. All we can do sometimes is to love them and offer a shoulder to cry on. Our daughter's step-son had a terrible car wreck with three other kids in the car, and one of the girls was killed. Now he's facing negligent homicide charges. He just got his driver's license and his first job. He's only a couple of months since he turned 16, and he's not a bad kid. He's getting a lesson in what happens when he doesn't follow the law.

Take care, and I'm glad you're feeling better.

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HANNAHSOLBACH 9/29/2011 3:23PM

    Yay! I'm SO glad you're feeling better. I'll be praying for you and your granddaughter. Have a wonderful weekend! (I won't be on tomorrow to wish you then. :)

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ROSEWAND 9/29/2011 1:54PM

    I commend your strength and determination. Your
weigh loss success was truly tested by what you have
been through. And you have successfully shown that
you are committed to the goal of maintaining your
loss even in rough times.

What you have gained through this experience is the
confidence that comes from sticking to your
commitment. That is an emoticon gift
to give yourself, and and inspiration to all of
us as well.

I hope you continue to improve and are off the meds
and on to full recovery soon

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My granddaughter Katie

Friday, March 18, 2011

Although she is still on the breathing machine she is awake!! My daughter sent me this photo last night

She has her glasses on and is smiling. My daughter called and said for the first time she thinks her little girl is going to make it. I felt like crying!!!!

We will go down again Sunday to see her!!

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PENNYAN45 7/25/2011 1:58PM

    So happy you received good news. Your granddaughter has my best wishes for her continued recovery.


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SHELLPRO 5/22/2011 9:38AM

    Aw, I'm sorry I haven't been able to keep up- Prayers added 4 them and Safe Travels 4 U. emoticon

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CORKYTHEMOM 3/19/2011 7:07PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

~ Monika ~ emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 3/18/2011 9:28PM

  I am so happy for you and your family and will continue to pray for a full recovery. Have a safe trip. emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/18/2011 4:35PM

    PTL - what a joyful day this is for you all. Do enjoy your trip and know we are still praying for Katie for a full recovery.

Hugs, Sunny

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My Granddaughter Katie

Friday, March 11, 2011

Katie is on a breathing machine and has been for over a week now. She has double pneumonia and is 14 weeks pregnant. She has been in an induced coma since the respirator went in. The Drs. seem to think she is holding her own. I have been in the valley and staying with my other granddaughter and her husband. In the last week plus I have been down there for 6 days.

Haven't been exercising or eating right. Will try harder but have to go back down.

My DH and I will be going down (4 hours each way) for the day Sunday. Going to be a long haul the Drs. tell us.

Am home now and have tons of laundry to do. Will be easy to stay busy!!


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CORKYTHEMOM 3/16/2011 12:13PM

    Carol, my heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with Katie, you and your unborn great-grandchild. Please keep us posted.

~ Monika ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PJCHILIS 3/14/2011 7:39AM

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

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PATRICIAANN46 3/11/2011 8:38PM

  I am so sorry to hear this. I will pray for all of you as the caregivers need as much help as the one who is ill.
Be safe during your journeys to and from too. emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/11/2011 11:48AM

    OMGoodness, sweetie. I will be sending prayers your way for her complete recovery.

Take care of yourself as you take care of others.

Hugs, Sunny

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HDHAWK 3/11/2011 11:24AM

    Sending prayers that your granddaughter recovers quickly. Take care of yourself the best you can.

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Shingles, Neuralgia and Jolene

Monday, December 27, 2010

These last 8 weeks and have been very bad. The Shingles themselves were never bad, it was always the nerve pain or Neuralgia. The pain has been constant and that leads to depression and then not eating right. I have been better about exercising although I have cut back on intensity. I still have pain but it is getting better so I am going to try to start fighting again. Eating correctly, exercising hard, Tracking every day and drag myself out of this depression or self pity.

I think one of the reasons it has been so bad is Jolene. She is my last AKC show dog out of my last litter. I loved and showed her mother, grandmother and great grandmother. At 13 and a half years of age she started aging before my eyes in about September. I took her to the vet for a check-up and found several things going bad with her. Growths all over her body - had biopsy's on two. No cancer. Weakness in her rear legs and one of her front, kidney failure and several other things. Over the weeks she got worse and worse. Last Monday we made the horrible decision and took her in for euthanasia. I stayed with her. That day and the next one were horrible in several ways but the pain was outrageous.

Two good friends have told me they think I got Shingles from the stress of watching Jolene deteriorate before my eyes. I think I must have been in a lot more stress than I realized.

Jolene at about 6;

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LOLLIE62 1/30/2011 5:50PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about Jolene. Our Lucy deteriorated rather quickly too in her last weeks, and it's hard to watch.
My heart goes out to you.

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MARATHONGROUP 1/16/2011 3:42PM

  This is my 3rd day with shingles. Yes, it is painful. Wanted to share what I discovered today. I have a small tens unit and
with the tens unit found the nerve bundle that was causing the pain. Applied a magnet to that spot and it has helped immensely.


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SUNNY332 1/1/2011 8:16PM

    Well, no wonder. Bless your heart. Hang in there and do stay in touch.

Here's to a Happy and Healthy 2011.


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PJCHILIS 12/30/2010 9:32AM

    First shingle, get your doctor to prescribe gabapentin 300mg, 3 times a day for nerve pain. It's cheap, I still take 600mg per ay for nerve pain.

Next, I lost my Abby cat almost 20 years ago and I still grieve her loss. She'll always be with me. I understandyour loss.--Peg

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VAWHITE 12/28/2010 6:51AM

    People who don't own pets don't understand the attachment we get with ours. That pet becomes a member of the family. I tend to talk to mine as if they could understand each and every word I say. To feel the pain of losing Jolene and to have shingles pain on top of that would put me over the edge. My best wishes to you as you heal.

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DOLLBABE56 12/27/2010 8:27PM

    I'm so sorry about Jolene. She was beautiful. We had to put our 16 yr. old cat to sleep and I stayed with her. Hugs to you dear.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/27/2010 8:24PM

  I am so sorry about Jolene. We used to raise Westies and have always had dogs and know what it is to experience their loss.
The stress you went through could have definitely affected your immune system, letting the shingles virus in. My husband had shingles several years ago and suffered horribly with them. They ran their course and went away within a few weeks. I know that the neuralgia can be worse and to have both must be terrible. I am praying for you. I hope that you get relief soon. You have been in pain for too long. You deserve a break. emoticon

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RENA1965 12/27/2010 2:28PM

    Shingles is a herpes virsus and the same virus that causes chickenpox. Stress is one reason, but also if your not eating balanced enough because you have worried about your puppy- the immune system can go down a crash and open the door for odd chance viruses like shingles.. Pain medicines, and skin creams have given people I have seen with this condition relief. One women I have known was applied with cream many times during the day never letting the shingles be exposed..

Turn down your daily life pace a little and avoid stress, spoil yourself with good nutrition and make sure your doctor has you covered pain wise best possible to avoid feeling down..

Google shingles and see if you can do other stuff yourself to better this condition.. I send you hugs and hope it goes over again really soon.. emoticon

I love the photo of your puppy, I feel for you being so sad.. My own mom had a german shepard she took to shows.. It takes alot out of a dog owner making sure they are okay..

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Disappointed in myself

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I have had Shingles now for about 10 days. But in the back of my mind is a very nagging worrying thought - " I'm disappointed in myself".

I have lost 50 pounds in about a year and a half. In that time I have exercised everyday but about 10- why I can even do 32 full body push-ups. My muscles are becoming defined. I eat healthy and take recommended supplements. I eat a healthy breakfast everyday!! I was looking forward to my next Dr. visit. I really expected my labs to be perfect! So two days before my check-up I come down with Shingles emoticon And the info on it says it is brought on by a weakened immune system emoticon

Of course I am 67 but I have always had a strong immune system. I took everything very slowly because of my age.

I was not under stress or sick so why did I get Shingles? So disappointment in me. I have no intention of stopping but all the proud feelings of what I have accomplishment are gone. emoticon

Hopefully as I start feeling better my attitude will improve!

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PJCHILIS 11/12/2010 9:14AM

    Let me tell you how I got shingles. I got over excited. My mother had been a monster all my life. There is not a word strong enough to describe w2hat she put me through. She always had to be in control and destroying the family.

When, I got the call that she was in a lock down facility and couldn't get at any of us, I did a joyous happy dance. The next day, I was hit with a severe case of shingles. She was getting one last shot at me.

So, you see, it's nothing you did. You're great and we'll tell you so.

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PATRICIAANN46 11/11/2010 7:29PM

  You are 67 and can do 32 full-body push-ups!!!!!!!!!
You have lost 50# in a year and a half!!!!!!!!!
You have exercised for all but 10 days in that time!!!!!!!!

I am so jealous!!!!!

You don't have shingles because of anything you did or didn't do. It is a virus. My husband had them several years ago and they have NOT returned. They are painful and you sound depressed........probably due to the pain. They will leave............your depression will too......and you will feel emoticon again!

Hang in there emoticon

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MIRAGE727 11/11/2010 4:44PM

    You know my story. But because of this latest blog, I must share a lil bit more. Yeah, the doctor gave me the same thing. It was either stress or a low immune system. But it was no way my fault. It couldn't have been stress as I am lovin' life in Paradise. So, yes, it might have been the immune system taking a break on my time. That was in July. I just had my blood work and all my signs are screaming fine. I'm not blaming myself for none of this. It happened. I'm over it. Let's get it on!

You are such an inspiration. You lost weight! You're living a better lifestyle. OH, and you have spent so much time loving and showing Babies! ( I don't use the D word!) Don't waste that energy on being disappointed. You have more greatness to achieve! I can't wait to hear of your next triumph.

I'm reminded of Cher in Moonstruck when she slaps Nick Cage and says, "Snap out of it!"

Thanks again for sharing. This is what blogging is all about. Salut!

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PENNYAN45 11/11/2010 3:57PM

    I would second what Sunny says. Don't feel disappointed in yourself that you got shingles. Lots of people get it. It doesn't say anything about your state of health. You were exposed to a virus.

I DO know, though, from anyone who has ever had shingles - that it is VERY painful.
So go easy on yourself!

Take care - and feel well again soon.

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VIRGOGURL4 11/11/2010 2:50PM

    Ouch...that's tough :-(

But you can't control getting shingles! Don't be disappointed in yourself; 50 pounds in a year is awesome!

Just focus on getting better. Two weeks or so of bed rest won't undo all the hard work.

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SUNNY332 11/11/2010 2:17PM

    You can get shingles without having any of the risk factors. Be easy on yourself. I would venture to say that it is just one of those things. Your immune system is probably better than most given the exercise, etc. you have been getting. When they talk about the risk factors, they are talking about extremes such as HIV, People going through Chemotherapy treatments and or long term steroid use.

Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Shingles.

It just happens so don't be disappointed in yourself.

Hugs, Sunny

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SLENDERELLA61 11/11/2010 1:51PM

    Losing 50 pounds in a year and half is a tremendous accomplishment!! Own that victory! You should still be celebrating!

I was diagnosed with shingles in 2004. It lasted less than a week and has never returned. Wishing you the same great recovery. Think positive. It will help your immune system, too!

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