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Somewhat better

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It is very odd, about the burnt feeling in the mouth. It seems to be going away, and I think it is from being sick and breathing through my mouth, you know how your tongue dries out.

I still cannot speak at all, but at least I slept last night after taking cough medicine with codeine. Oh, I woke up coughing several times, and wet my pajamas each time, had to change. Getting old is not fun. Not fun at all.

Well, I am getting my Spark quota of water, thats for sure!!! Herbal tea with honey, hot lemon water with honey, and lemon water are good for illness.

I did talk to the advice nurse at Kaiser and if it is a virus, there is really nothing they can do. So, I am waiting a few more days. If I don't get better, I will go in for an appointment.

It is all very depressing. My mother is having withdrawal symptoms. She keeps calling me even though she knows I cannot answer the phone. She is making me feel sicker, actually, but she does not realize it. Of course, she is terrified that something will happen to me and she will really be out in the cold.

Both the fall I had two weeks ago, and now this illness makes me realize I have to set things up so she is not so dependent on me. I don't see why the caregivers cannot buy the food and the medicine and bring it with them. One is there 5 days, and one 2 days, so they would need to plan for a week ahead, instead of calling me the last minute to run around getting this stuff.I think both the fall and this illness are a result of the terrible strain caregiving my mother is putting me under.

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ANNIESADVENTURE 10/15/2011 10:32PM

    You have so much going on. I understand the stress of caregiving. It's not an easy task. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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MEME102 10/12/2011 8:51PM

    Glad you are feeling somewhat better ---keep it up!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/12/2011 4:36PM

    I do hope that you feel better soon.

Many of us do understand the situation with aging parents. It's not easy to do deal with the different problems that come up.

Good luck and take care of yourself.

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KINEPS 10/12/2011 4:19PM

    Carol - You have had your share during the last two weeks. Caring for someone is very stressful and does take its toll. Take care of yourself -- make sure you're 100% so you don't end up off your feet again.

Take care -


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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 10/12/2011 2:15PM

    You do definitely have to take care of your self FIRST!

I understand what a strain it is trying to manage a loved one's life. I'm going through that with my special brother, Melvin, constantly. I have to "advocate" for him about a bunch of stuff that nobody else cares about.

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Hard Time

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Am having a hard time, coughing all night, can't talk at all, my mother calling me frantically every day. Spark is on the back burner. Just doing comfort eating, but not much of that.

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PURPLELVR7 10/12/2011 9:04AM

    I agree with the others - time to see the doctor
I will pray for you

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GEMINISUE 10/11/2011 4:30PM

    Hope your feeling better soon, drink lots of water maybe decongestant is in order, take deep breaths and let it out through pierced lips at least once an hour.


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SKIRNIR 10/11/2011 4:18PM

    If you are having trouble breathing, go to the doctor. He may diagnose you with bronchitis and give you something that will help. And believe me, if they decide you need a breathing treatment, it really does help! I hated when I had bronchitis, but what the doctor gave me, really did help.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 10/11/2011 2:41PM

    It's time to go to the doctors! Please make an appointment, pretty please?

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JKURJACK1944 10/11/2011 2:39PM

    What does the doctor say? Is there anything you can take to soothe the burning? This sounds awful.


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Burning Mouth

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Not only do I have laryngitis, but my mouth feels as if i had burnt it. It is painful to eat. So, I looked it up on the internet and it is a bona fide syndrome. Take a guess which group of people is most affected: middle aged women. How about that? Anyone else ever have it? I had it once before, and it makes eating a very bad experience. I would rather be fat than not be able to eat. Horrible.

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/11/2011 6:33AM

    I'm also sorry about this situation. I've never heard of it.

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TWNOMWE 10/10/2011 5:49PM

    emoticon : Rinse with salty water will make for fast healing.

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HEALTHY156 10/10/2011 3:19PM

    Ouch, i hope it heals quickly!

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DEMETERSCO 10/10/2011 11:42AM

    Sorry about your sore mouth. Hope it gets better soon.

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To be ill, or not to be....

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Could not do much Spark, was on a trip to Apple Hill, a lovely region near Placerville, California. Full of farms with pumpkins and apples, beautiful roads through Normal Rockwell painting type countryside.

I was getting sick before the trip, but I just ignored it, now I am really sick. Lost my voice, food tastes awful, and I am coughing all night. Well, I probably would have gotten sick anyway if I had babied myself.

I just decided I was going to ignore being sick, and see how that worked. I told everyone I was fine and continued to do things that had already been planned. People don't really notice, you know, it is interesting. My mother is such a complainer, I wanted to try a new approach. Just ignore not feeling well. OH well.................

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MEME102 10/9/2011 9:16PM

    Feel better SOON -- Bet your house is really quiet!!!teeeehheee (no voice - quiet) LOL...

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SUEO451 10/9/2011 2:17PM

    Staying positive probably made you fell better too. I find when I focus on the pain or just not feeling well, it gets worse not better. Hope you feel better soon- have some chicken soup. emoticon

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 10/9/2011 12:37PM

    I'm sorry to read that you're sick! I guess it's now time to listen to your body. I hope you get well ASAP! Maybe some chicken soup will help.

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EJHEINRICH1 10/9/2011 10:19AM

    I'm sorry you got sick! Feel better soon!

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Lately, I keep forgetting things, and doing stupid things. Like I was at Costco, and wildly bought a bunch of stuff I should not have. Then, I had to wait in long lines to return a huge frying pan that would never have fit on my stove, and two jackets I did not need at all. I also bought some calcium gummy bears because according to Spark I am not getting enough calcium and vitamin D. So, this morning, I was entering the nutritional info into the place "enter a food not listed" where you put the calories, vitamins, etc. I discovered that they are intended for 2-4 year olds!!! So, the percentage of calcium has to be very different than what would be needed for someone like me. I really feel like I am losing my mind, what there is of it!!!

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DEMETERSCO 10/9/2011 6:59PM

    Even with a list in hand, I have a hard time resisting those great buys that catch my eye. Without a list ..... I forget what I am shopping for the minute I walk through the door of the store.

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TWNOMWE 10/6/2011 4:41PM

    Just have a laugh and give them to your GS.
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KAYYVAUGHN 10/6/2011 7:43AM

    You are not losing your mind. You have become of us. I bet you don't put the wrong things in the wrong places. I do that on a regular basis. I put all kinds of things in the refrigerator, before I realize what I'm doing.
Just take a deep breath, and you'll be alright.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 10/5/2011 10:37PM

    Join the Club! I've had days like that more than I can count! I'm glad I'm not alone!

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ANNIE1114 10/5/2011 7:38PM

  Most of us have days like that now and then.

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CHARLOTTE1947 10/5/2011 3:52PM

    Even with a list, I end up coming home with $25 worth of stuff I didn't intend to buy. I blame it on all those MBA's out there ganging up on us impulse shoppers and figuring out how to out smart us with clever merchandising. You're not stupid, unless we all are!


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KINEPS 10/5/2011 11:34AM

    I think we all have 'those' days. I bought a jacket for winter from the catalog online because it was on sale When I tried it on, it didn't fit. I kept thinking I'd lose weight, but I didn't. Lucky for me, the woman at the catalog department let me return it even though I waited 6 months!!

Keep the faith -- I'm sure today is a better day.

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SUEO451 10/5/2011 10:55AM

    Bet your grandson will enjoy the gummys and he will think you are a great grandma for thinking of him! See - you are not so stupid - just normal like the rest of us. emoticon

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VINGRAM 10/5/2011 9:40AM

    Those things are not "STUPID"........they are "NORMAL" for all of us! I ordered a bathing suit one time in a size 22. Received it and it would not fit my left leg - much less any other parts of me! Turned out I had order by "chest size" - so I kept it for a granddaughter! was a cute suit and it did fit her! Keep's good for the soul!

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ZEEDRA 10/5/2011 9:37AM

    Hi Carol,
I think you're having an "off" day. I'll bet you will laugh about it next week.
Nevertheless, it is upsetting when it happens. When I have a day like that, I too think I'm crazy and that it's permanent. Thank heavens (so far) it's temporary.
If I am aware, before I do anything, that I am having this type of day, I hide out...putter around, whatever...and just try to stay out of trouble. Ha!
Hope your's is a one-of.
Hugs, Sandra

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NELLJONES 10/5/2011 9:32AM

    At least you returned some of it! Lots of people just toss it in the basement.

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