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Quality time with daughter

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Today my daughter and grandsons came down for a visit. Oh, how I love having them around!

I have been working on pillowcases to donate to Card Care Connection. The social work, where my grandson was treated for cancer, has an organization of her own and asked if we could supply some pillowcases to put in her care packages for cancer patients. We had volunteers make pillowcases for the children at the hospital, but she wanted to touch older adults who receive little to nothing. Well, like the person I am, I said yes, I could help her out. Did not expect to be sick most of the winter so I got quite behind. I am also working on my first quilt. We are going to take items to the hospital for the kids next week so I want to get the pillowcases finished to give to the social worker.

My daughter offered to help. She knows nothing about sewing, but I could probably show her how to cut them out since it was such a simple project. What turned out to be, "Do I really want her to do this?", to quality time spent with her. Not only did she cut out the fabric, but she was so enthusiastic that she actually wanted to learn how to complete the pillowcase on her own. So I ventured out and said okay. As everyone knows, I'm quite the perfectionist. Ergo, if it looks homemade, I won't give it to anyone. But I was so proud of myself. As she knew nothing about sewing, really quite the beginner, I kept telling myself, "It's okay, Charlene, it's just a pillowcase, it does not have to be perfect." So, when she made a mistake, I kept saying "it's just a pillowcase". How much fun we shared together. I'm attaching a picture of her completed project. As you can see on her face she was so excited to complete her first project. She even took more fabric home with her to complete more pillowcases. P.S. I also had to teach her how to use the sewing machine, also how to wind the bobbin and thread the machine. LOL, real beginner.

My daughter is a very busy person herself. She has her own non-profit organization in which she does fundraisers to raise money for the families of children going through cancer treatment. She has her annual 5K/10K Sunshine Run in September, she just had a wine/beer tasting fundraiser and will be hosting a truck show with a fire truck pull in July. I could see that this simple project of making pillowcases will serve as a stress reliever for her.

Oh, yes, her mother is very proud of her accomplishments, especially this one! Love you, my sweet Lisa!

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/6/2014 2:48PM

    Charlene, how wonderful your story is. Your DD looks wonderful, too, and so proud. Congrats to you both. I'm curious about what looks like a binding and contrast piece. do you have a lot of quilting fabric that you are using pieces for trim on the pillowcases? By the way...perfection is so boring...I once read that Amish ladies often hide a "mistake" somewhere in their projects to remind them that only God is perfect. Not sure how true, but makes a nice story. Great work!! Hugs, Jeannie

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GODS_TEMPLE 6/5/2014 5:20PM

    This is awesome Charlene. A great lesson learned by both of you, I would say! emoticon

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MCFITZ2 6/5/2014 1:38AM

    Thank you for the positive post. She did a wonderful pillow case. So did you. Sometimes it is hard to let go and let them fly. emoticon

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New Dawn of a New Day!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I woke up this morning to the sounds of the birds chirping! The sun is shining brightly as it had been the past couple of days. Spring is in the air. Trees are blossoming, flowers are beginning to bloom. Spring and fall, these are my best two seasons of the year.

After being sick for the past week I can't wait for Monday to get back to exercise. Another one of my favorite things. What? I can't hardly believe I said that. I've come a long way with exercise. Although it didn't help much with losing the weight or lowering my blood sugars, I've grown to like it as a friend.

I started my insulin shots yesterday. Cried like a baby. Really didn't want to give myself a shot. But it's going to be okay. Tom has become very concerned. He knew how upsetting it was for me. The first shot was difficult, what had I done to myself, how could I let myself go. Then again, life happens and I let life get in my way. The Nurse Practitioner I had gone to the day before was great! She assured me it was nothing I had done. She was amazed how well I was doing, drinking all my water, exercising and how much I knew about my diabetes. I have a great team helping me, my youngest daughter was there with me. She's my memory. Between her and her sister, and Tom, I know I can get through this. I told Kim, the nurse practitioner, who is working with me the next couple of months until I can get into the endocrinologist, that my biggest concern was gaining more weight. She told me the most gain she had seen was 1 to 2 pounds. Anyone that had gain more than that gave themselves permission to eat because they were on insulin and that would take care of their sugars. She said if I stick to eating healthy I would more than likely not gain the weight.

Today after my first shot I feel great! My sugars have already dropped, from 356 yesterday morning to 252 this morning. I feel better than I have in months. I know it's going to be okay.
I'm only on 10 units of insulin. Kim told me that our goal is going to be to get everything under control by July so that I don't have to see the endocrinologist.

Step 1: Had to hide the scale. Tom's job, not to let me have it (even though I might beg and he will probably give in and then I would get mad and tell him to fend for himself (lol) or my daughter will throw it away.
Step 2: Portion Control! Mainly through eyeballing only. This will make it easier for me when I go out to eat or being invited to dinner. I'm all for that. This will really be a challenge for me because if there is something I really like I tend to eat a little more of it (okay, a lot more). Eyeballing is good I hate to count and measure.
Step 3: Cleaned out my refrigerator to make room for all the fresh fruit and veggies. I bought some already prepared salads, anywhere from 210 to 280 calories each. I know I will eat them, they are one serving and since Tom does not like salad they will not go to waste. There is spinach and mushrooms and carrots. Still have frozen veggies in freezer. I have strawberries, grapes, mango and cantaloupe for the week. I cleaned out the pantry and got rid of outdated food that I didn't know I had. (Yuk!)

I'm ready to take on the challenge. I will take control of my diabetes, I will not let the diabetes take control of me!

Love you all, have a great week. I know I will. I'm in control. It's a new dawn of a new day!

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MARY51 4/24/2014 8:50AM

    Hi Charlene,
Hang in there girl. I was extremely nervous about giving myself a shot, but it will become second nature soon. You are doing everything right and you should be proud of yourself. You have a wonderful family who will support you, as well as a friend here if you ever need one. Just keep doing what you are doing and you will be fine. Enjoy life!
Mary emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 4/12/2014 8:42PM

    Should we all write to Tom and tell him NOT to give in to your begging for the scale emoticon
If you get desperate...tell us, so we can help you get through your desire to weigh yourself!

I'm so happy things are going well. I know from first hand experience (with self inflicted allergy shots emoticon ) that it will get easier. Just hang in there. You'll do fine!

I know we're all rooting for you emoticon

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LOVELESMILLS 4/12/2014 11:19AM

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New Year

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

It's hard to believe another year has passed in just a short time. I succeeded in staying active on Spark People. I haven't really lost a lot of weight, 8lbs., but it is a start and have been able to keep those 8 lbs. off. I'm still struggling with my blood sugars but the doctor is hoping that if I can get off about 12 more pounds by March he will be able to keep me off insulin. Not a lot to ask.

I became a great believer in exercise, going from 2 to 4 days of workouts. My goal this year is to continue with the exercise programs and add walking on days when I don't have class.

I am hoping to join a weight loss challenge through my community here in St. Louis. Pre-registration is tomorrow at 8 a. m. They will take only 1000 registrants so I'll have to make sure and log in early. It might be helpful to be accountable for my weighing in once a week.

I will definitely have to eat healthier this year. I kind of let that go by the wayside. I know I can do this, especially I need to avoid too much eating out.

Well, that is my thought for me for the new year. I know I can reach those goals. Does not seem to difficult. This is my year to focus on me.

On a sadder note, I have lost my mother-in-law this morning, Jan 1, 2014. At 96 she lived a long and full life. Rest in peace, Marcella (mom)! Know that I will always take care of your son, my dear husband, Tom.

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MARY51 1/4/2014 8:36PM

    Charlene, my friend, I just read your Blog Post and about your loss. God bless you and your family. I am a firm believer that our loved ones are still with us. Their spirits are very much alive in us. There is one more person above to look after all of you. I'm sure she knows that Tom is in good hands, yours! emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/2/2014 5:11PM

    Charlene, I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL. Even when they reach an advanced age like she did, it is still a huge loss in our lives. Good luck to you in this New Year! I'm confident you can get those 12 pounds off. Eating out is murder for me, too. I love it, but it just doesn't work for me. We will need to cut way back on that this year, too, for several reasons (calories, bad food choices, and $$)! Love, Jeannie

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/1/2014 10:17PM

    Dear sweet Charlene, so sorry to hear about your MIL. Sounds like she lived a good long life, and she is surely in a Heavenly place now. Will pray for your family...because I know you'll all miss her.

I have faith that you can lose those pounds in your doctors timeline...especially since you'll be adding walking to your exercise plans. I know you don't want to be put on insulin...boy is THAT a pain...literally! I've known people who were on it, and I think the constant testing is even worse than the actual shots. Praying that you'll reach your goal with pounds to spare!!!

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Five Year Victory

Friday, December 20, 2013

On 8/17/2007 our 7th grandson was born. Within three weeks of his life came the unwanted diagnosis of CANCER. He's just a baby, how can he be born with cancer? Baby Isaac had a rare form of cancer, infantile fibrosarcoma. Searches on the internet came with almost no information. At three weeks of age doctors performed surgery on him on what they thought was a hemangioma. Upon removal of the mass the doctor had not seen anything like it before and sent it to pathology. It came back positive for fibrosarcoma. After meeting with the doctors, the course of treatment was to wait and see if it would come back. Yes, it did come back and another surgery was performed. Again we would have to wait and see and again it came back and this time it had mestatisized to his lungs, another rare event for this type of cancer. This time treatment had to be more agressive, chemotherapy for 9 months on this now four month old baby.
Today, Isaac is 6 years old and received his five year scan. Our heavenly Father has answered our prayers, the diagnosis, clean scans, Cancer Free! He will now be transitioned to clinic for follow-up to continue observing his growth and development for side effects of the chemo. Scans are finished for now. Doctors are pleased and our family is ecstatic!!!!!
Tears of joy filled my eyes today for this most precious life. Thank you, Lord for this most precious gift.

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MARY51 12/28/2013 10:30AM

    OMG! No dry eyes when reading this. I have always believed in Angels, and as you all have just experienced, miracles. This is the best news I have heard in a long time. I'm sure you will be offering thanks, not only this Christmas, but every time you look into his eyes. May God continue to bless all of you!! emoticon

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SPEEDY143 12/21/2013 7:45PM

    emoticon indeed your prayers have been answered... what a joy-filled Christmas this is for ALL of you. He is so adorable.... mister Lucky #7 grandson, Merry Christmas emoticon

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JAOTAO 12/20/2013 1:08PM

    Tears in my eyes. So happy for this awesome news! He IS a real cutie!

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RASPBERRY56 12/20/2013 5:46AM

    This is such a wonderful blessing - and Isaac is a very handsome young fella ....... you'd never know what he's been through by looking at that picture now!

Best wishes to you and yours this season, and especially for Isaac!

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ROXIGIRL 12/20/2013 3:05AM

    So happy to hear good news. Time to celebrate!!!!!!!!!

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ARNETTELEE 12/20/2013 2:47AM

  Glad to hear the good news!

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GODS_TEMPLE 12/20/2013 1:59AM

    AMEN! God is the Great Physician!

I'm so happy for this wonderful news...I know there will be an Amazing Celebration in your household this CHRISTmas...and I truly believe the Angels are Celebrating, too!

PS He is a cutie!

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Friday, December 06, 2013

This has not been a very good day for me. We were to leave for Memphis and the St. Jude Marathon weekend. Had the rental car reserved. And then came Cleon. What a bummer! This would have been our 3rd year down in Memphis. It's such a sight to see, people lined up along the streets cheering on the runners. I've often wondered how the runners must feel. They are running for a great cause. Two years ago my hubbie and I did the 1 mile family walk with our daugther, son-in-law and four grandsons. Last year I surprised myself and completed the 5K, walking of course, alongside my hubbie. What a great accomplishment. I had often tried to do a 5K but it was always too hot and I never quite made it. I was so thrilled when I completed it while others cheered us on. How exciting and emotional it was for me! I so wanted to beat my time this year. I have worked hard these past few months on exercising. My body keeps wanting to say no and I keep saying yes, I can and will do this. Oh well, I'll push harder for next year.

I also wanted to do so much today and ended up being my old sedentary self. I guess I wasn't a happy camper, I let life get in my way. I vow to do better tomorrow. I paid no attention to the healthy eating habits. I drank all my water only because I have many pills to take daily. Although I did dance around a little today, I did not make my daily stepping goal.

Received my spark people tracker today. Not happy with it and will be returning it on Monday. Too cold to go out tomorrow. I need to see the actual amount of steps taken daily as often as I would like. The fitbit shows the amount of steps whereas with the spark tracker all you see are the little green dots showing how far you've come. The only way I can see the amount of steps is to go to spark people or you can download the app onto your phone. I don't have a cell phone that you can download apps to. My cell phone is used only for emergencies and I do not use it very often. I don't want to be at my computer all day. Being on the computer makes me very lazy. So back it goes. I will stay with my fitbit.

Tomorrow is another day so I will have to improve on my mood. I had a rough day today and only I can do something about it. I will get back on track. My body needs movement and nourishment.

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GODS_TEMPLE 12/8/2013 1:53AM

    So sorry about the storm coming in and spoiling your plans...although I'm thankful you were not on the road in all that ice and snow.

I haven't even considered getting a Spark tracker, and the more complaints I hear about it...the more I'm glad I got my Fitbit before the Spark tracker came out. I am very happy with my Fitbit, and don't see the need to spend money on anything else.

Hope you have a great week of Sparking! emoticon

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