Tuesday, March 01, 2011
I was not feeling well, legs felt heavy, light headed, mild headache and nausea. I had not been around anyone with the flu and my blood pressure was way low on Sunday. There is some kind of a life rule about getting sick on weekends, right?
First thing Monday morning, I made an appointment with my doctor and went to see him. As usual, for doctors, and I will never really understand this, was "How are you?" I could have been a real smart azz and said any of the following: Just great, just wanted to see how you are! Or, Well, I haven't met my insurance deductible yet this year. Or, Feeling great, but since I was in the area... Or, None of your business. Or, The dentist was busy, so I came here instead. Or, I'm old, how do you think I feel?
But, since I really do like the guy and respect his profession, I simply said, "not as well as I would like."
After answering all the usual questions, What meds are you taking? Answer, the ones you prescribed that are right there in the computer. What are your symptoms? The same ones I just told the nurse in detail that she entered into your computer . How long have you had the symptoms?Since the day you weren't available. Do you have trouble breathing? Let me check, nope, still doing it. Do you have chest pain? Nope.
Checked my blood pressure and it was 170/100 after being well below 80/40 the day before. Then he ordered a cbc, a metabolic panel and an ekg. I was instructed to get into a gown (which had a rip in the shoulder-this medical system has been donated a billion dollars by a munificent gentleman), so I offered to sew it for them at no cost. I was told they will just throw it away. Now I know why medical costs are so high.
After an unusually short time, the doctor came back in and told me the tests were all normal. Whew, that's the good news. The bad news is that I still feel like crap. H also told me to rest for a few days and call if I don't get to feeling better.
All kidding aside, I do appreciate having a doctor that I like and respect.
So, no cardio, no strength training. I never thought I would miss doing these daily, but I do. This is day 3 and my routine is out of kilter and I feel vaguely guilty (no lectures, please, I know that is irrational!) I'm aiming for Thursday to be my feel good day and to be able to get back to normal. It is all too easy to lose the routine, if I stay away too long.
After more than a year of Sparking, I do no want to backslide on my backside!
Hugs, Sparkies! Happy Day 1 of March!
Friday, February 25, 2011
This was me half a lifetime ago. It was taken at my oldest son's high school graduation. I think I weighed 110 pounds, worked full time, grew gardens and canned, made most of my and the kids clothes, was active in several organizations, taught Sunday school, all those things you young mothers deal with today. I had had one serious back surgery.
Anyway, my son is preparing for his 35th high school reunion now! Half a lifetime ago and, yet, not so long after all!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Let me count the ways that I know spring is finally coming:
The cats are shedding (more than usual).
I have heard the geese flying North (I think they are confused!).
My pair of mourning doves are back.
The Japanese beetles are showing up in the windows.
Daisy dog is staying outside longer without coming in limping.
The sun is brighter.
The days are longer.
My house plants are perking up.
I feel more cheerful.
And, finally, and most telling, I am having an uncharacteristic urge to clean things! Look out old house, here I come, armed with duster, broom, mop and vinegar and baking soda. Look our spiders, your webs are history. Look out Daisy dog, all your toys are going back in the toy box.
OK, spring, bring it on!
Monday, February 21, 2011
My daughter sent this to me this morning and I wanted to share. To all my Spark brothers-nothing personal, we need you too!
A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day,
drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As
they talked about life, about marriage, about the
responsibilities of life and the obligations of
adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her
glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance
upon her daughter..
'Don't forget your sisters,' she advised, swirling
the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. 'They'll
be more important as you get older. No matter how
much you love your husband, no matter how much you
love the children you may have, you are still going
to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now
and then; do things with them..'
'Remember that 'sisters' means ALL the women...
your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other
women relatives too.. 'You'll need other women. Women
What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman
thought. Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'
But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mother really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, sisters are the mainstays of her life.
After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:
THIS SAYS IT ALL:
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Colleagues forget favours.
Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how
many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.
When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you
have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end..
Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk
beside you...Or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters,-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family: all bless our life!
The world wouldn't be the same without women, and
neither would I. When we began this adventure called
womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or
sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we
would need each other.
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