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Eye update

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It has been six days since my PRK eye surgery. On Monday, I visited my new eye doctor at home for the first time. I really like her, but not so much the news. The eye wasn't healing as quickly as expected and per instructions from South Dakota surgeon made some changes in eye drops including using hydrating drops every hour in addition to post surgical meds. Returned to new doctor yesterday and still no complete healing. Per surgeons recommendation, she called him and got further suggestions. A new stronger lubricating drop to be used at bedtime, eyelid wash to be used and warm goggles. The problem is that my eyes are incredibly dry even though a new punctal plug was put in the lower lid and a temporary plug in the upper lid right after surgery.
I have another appointment today (to be seen daily until healed) and, if healing is not complete, I am to return to South Dakota (330 miles) to be re-evaluated by surgeon. I really, really don't want to have to do that, so am super hydrating eye, no I am not crying, just tearing! We have plans to go camping for the Labor day weekend and I have been feeling camping deprived because of the move and everything going on, so really, really want to get to go. I have my sunglasses and a sweat band, so I won't get sun or sweat in my eyes!

Now on a more positive note, I am feeling at home in the new house. I can navigate it at night with the lights off. Daisy dog and Ittel cat have settled down and seem to feel at home. I am back to a schedule with my cardio and strength training, which is nice after all the moving and heavy cleaning, etc. Those were good cardio, but hard to track and unpridictable from day to day.

Hoping all my friends on the East coast are safe and comfortable after the storm. Special hugs to them!

Now I have to go put in eye drops! emoticon

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MAMADWARF 9/4/2011 12:12PM

    hope you feel better soon and IM glad you are getting settled in the new place!

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CANNIE50 9/1/2011 2:17PM

    Oh, how frustrating and uncomfortable. I hope your eyes heal soon, and completely. I am so glad you all are feeling settled in your cute new home.

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OPAL50 8/31/2011 8:54PM

    C'mon eyes! Heal thyself.... emoticon
I'm happy to hear you, Daisy and Ittel are feeling at home in your new house.

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VALERIEMAHA 8/31/2011 7:04PM

    Oh...I just know your eyes will cooperate now that they know that if they don't, they'll have to focus for 330 miles otherwise!!!

May it be so!!!

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MACANBEFIT 8/31/2011 5:32PM

    Sorry to hear your eye isn't healing like it should. Dry eye can be a pain and on top of surgery, it's the pits. I lost my eye drops to my husband after he had cataract surgery and I now have to hunt through the house to find them.
Have you tried Blink drops? The regular ones seem thicker than regular tears drops and the gel is good for night time. I'm sure your doctors recommended brands they like best, but it's just a suggestion.
Hope you don't have to travel back to SD to see the surgeon and that you make it to your camping trip this weekend.

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BLAZINGSWORD 8/31/2011 11:53AM

    I agree with Nancy Pat. Lord please heal Carol's eyes in Jesus name I pray. I can sympathize with you on wanting to go camping and doing more. But I guess at this time of your life it's really important to take very good care of yourself so that in the long run you will be able to do all the camping you want in the future. I really want to do more as well but am satisfied to be up and moving without the pain I was previously in. I will most definitely be keeping you in my prayers on a daily basis. Take care girl friend! emoticon emoticon

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REMODELINGPAT 8/31/2011 11:03AM

    emoticonOuchies! Father God, please heal my friend so that she may continue about Your business. Strengthen her and continue to give her joy in the little things as well as the big ones. Thank YOU!

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STARL_73 8/31/2011 10:42AM

    Sorry to hear about the eye. Hopefully the super hydrating takes. Do you run the a/c? I've been having dry nose problems, finally narrowed it down to the a/c, so have been sleeping with the window open and trying not to run the a/c.

Happy to hear the new house is becoming a home.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

I had the appointment for my lasek surgery this morning. After much consultation, my doctors decided to PRK instead of lasek. I have had previous PTK on both eyes and recent cataract surgery. I appreciate the thought that went into their decision when they could have just done the easy thing. For those of you who haven't heard my whines, the reason for this surgery is that the cataract surgery was supposed to result in monovision == that is, one eye could see well at a distance and the other could see well up close, so that I would not have to wear glasses. Instead, the left eye ended up with 20/20 vision. Sounds strange to complain about that, but it was not the anticipated outcome. So, my eye surgeon agreed to fix the problem at no charge.
The PRK results in more pain, a longer recovery period and more follow up visits to a optometrist which I can do at home. There is a contact "bandage" on the eye which will come off Monday at my follow up. So far, the pain is minimal and I return to the surgeon tomorrow morning for a checkup. Then, if all is well, I will be able to drive the 330 miles back home.
Have pain pills if I need them and ordered in a steak dinner which was delicious. Instructions are to nap the rest of the day except for putting eye drops in every 2 hours. Do you think I can have the desk clerk call me every 2 hours with a wakeup call?
Thanks for all the good wishes! Hugs, Sparkies!

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ELLENIRENE 8/28/2011 10:01AM

    You are not whining. Nothing is worse (well, yes there are a lot of things) than eyes that don't work. Glad you're on the mend.

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SMYLEERED 8/28/2011 9:14AM

    Praying for you every day. Nice surgeon you have. Hope all turns out as expected. See you soon. Huggsssssss ~~Red

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LUNADRAGON 8/27/2011 3:29PM

    If you have a cell phone, you could set an alarm to wake you in two hours, then keep resetting it that way. My hubby uses his cell phone alarm to make sure he wakes from his cat naps.

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PATTIE441 8/27/2011 8:16AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend!! Take Care!!! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/27/2011 7:08AM

    Good luck! Praying for a complete recovery!

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OPAL50 8/26/2011 7:40AM

    Praying all works out as expected. emoticon

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CANNIE50 8/25/2011 10:20PM

    I am thinking of you!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 8/25/2011 10:07PM

    Take Care!!!!
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BLAZINGSWORD 8/25/2011 5:27PM

    Here's keeping you in prayer as you recover from surgery. I know that my cell phone has an alarm on it and I use it when I need to wake up for my meds or just to wake up in the morning at a decent hour so I don't over sleep and miss an important appointment. Maybe you might be able to do the same. Take care! emoticon

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PICKIE98 8/25/2011 5:04PM

    You are blessed to have a wonderful surgeon.. and insurance,, wish I was so blessed,, who is driving??

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CELLISTA1 8/25/2011 4:59PM

    Are you doing this all on your own? Drove there, will drive back? Sounds like something I might do, but I still wish there was someone there with you. You are both brave and vulnerable, so be very careful and don't do more than you should!!!

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RUBYEMMA775 8/25/2011 4:56PM

    It is rare that you see surgeon and no charge in the same sentence. That is awesome!

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ENDORPHINES2 8/25/2011 4:56PM

  Good luck with everything and I hope you have a speedy recovery with expected outcomes. - Take care.

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I've been thinking.....

Monday, August 22, 2011

When I was a girl, children were taught to respect their elders. That included saying "Yes, Ma'am" and "No, Sir". We called our parents friends Mr. or Mrs. and not by their first names. We did not interrupt adults when they were carrying on a conversation. We (pretty much) ate what was put in front of us at the table. (A side note to this, my Dad always mentioned the starving children in China. This confused me a great deal, because I thought, if I didn't eat all my dinner, it would get shipped to China to a starving child--what did I know, I was a kid!) If it was a big meal, like Christmas, the youngsters sat at a separate table or ate after the adults were finished. If we were told to do a chore, we did it (sometimes with a great deal of grumbling, but it got done!)
When shopping and we asked for something, if the answer was no, we shut up or else!
No, we weren't perfect, there were occasional fibs which resulted in a switching. We got dirty and no one worried about germs. We waded in mud puddles and played in the rain. We made do with what we had. I played house with leaves for dishes and acorn shells for cups! We used our imaginations, not our I-pads. We helped with the dishes, we dusted the things that weren't breakable.
We learned from books, encyclopedias, nature and our elders.
Was it a better time? I'm not sure, but I am sure that respect, responsibility and reliability somehow don't seem as important as they once did.
This makes me sad!
Just my thoughts today!
So, I will respect my body and mind, be responsible for my health and well-being and rely on Spark People to help me on my way!
Hugs, Sparkies!

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ELLENIRENE 8/24/2011 6:02AM

    great thoughts--It's a good thing you don't work in retail and see all the bratty kids today!!!

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WINDANCER99 8/23/2011 5:12PM

    Times are different from when I grew up and are even different from when I raised my own two sons. Some things make life easier and better. If I can find something using the computer versus the encyclopedia or dictionary, I will. It's much faster.

I agree there is an over all lack of respect and a lack of responsibility. I'm not saying all kids/teens lack these qualities but I believe it is more true today than in earlier times.

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MSLZZY 8/23/2011 7:13AM

    Our childhoods just reflect a different time. But learning respect, and responsibility created a discipline to "get it done". SP just builds on those values. Have a great Tuesday!

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CANNIE50 8/22/2011 9:37PM

    I know it doesn't seem like it, but lots of kids still play in the dirt and use their imaginations - they just also know how to navigate computers and other technology. I also witness, daily, children being kind and thoughtful. I think every generation has its' high and low points and I guess that will always be true. While there are things that were simpler when I grew up, I know there are things that have vastly improved, as well. There are still a lot of wonderful children being raised by loving parents, the methods have just changed a bit. Take care!

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CELLISTA1 8/22/2011 5:41PM

    I understand your feelings, but I also know that good behavior and creativity are not totally obsolete! It is with great joy that I watch how my daughter is raising her children with empathy and understanding - and with very limited TV or movies but with lots of books and creative play.

All I have to do is see an episode of "Mad Men" to get really angry about the role of women when I was growing up. I am not nostalgic for the clothes or attitudes that existed when I was in high school and college!

There's a happy medium between spanking and strict parenting and the kind of home where the kids rule the roost.

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MACANBEFIT 8/22/2011 5:07PM

    Such lovely sentiments. I was raised to respect my elders and to be courteous to others. I hope I raised my children with those same character traits.

I miss that I can't sent someone to look a word up in the dictionary or to use a thesaurus, but that part of the world has changed. How we treat people hasn't and shouldn't change just because we have entered a technological era. People are still people.
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BLAZINGSWORD 8/22/2011 5:06PM

    Yes, there are some days when I look back and long for a simpler way of life. You are so right. If I or my siblings were disobedient we got it with the belt so it was very rare to be disobedient. All in all, my parents loved us very much and did their best. Like you, we played hide & seek until it got dark, rode bikes, played hopscotch & monopoly, helped out with washing dishes and making sack lunches the night before, hanging up laundry on the clothes line, and loads and loads of ironing! Not to mention roller skating and swinging on swings dad had put up in the basement which was nice and cool in the summertime heat. But those were some of the best memories I had as a child! emoticon

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This one's for Cannie50 (and anyone else who wants to read it!)

Friday, August 19, 2011

You have asked how the rock smuggling went:

These are some of the rocks I was able to smuggle into the Uhaul with the help of daughter-in-law and granddaughter! (no, we weren't stoned!) In return, I helped my granddaughter smuggle this

rustic bench into the truck. Since then, she has power washed it, added some reinforcement for her apartment balcony. It looks great.

I have one of the benches left! Hope mine turns out as well as hers!

The rocks will go to add to the already existing borders to flower beds and trees. Someone who lived here must have had the same affinity for collecting rocks that I have. Can't figure out how to log the cardio for lugging these rocks around, though!

Happy weekend, Sparkies!

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BLAZINGSWORD 8/21/2011 2:20PM

    I have some that I could have sent you but it would have cost a fortune. Anyway, these have names on them. Long story. Tell you about it another time though! LOL! It's good to see that you are enjoying your life. That's as it should be! emoticon emoticon

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ELLENIRENE 8/20/2011 3:17AM

    Usually, you can't get rid of rocks and you collect them! You should have come over, you can have a whole field of them!!!

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OPAL50 8/19/2011 8:23PM

    You ROCK! as a smuggler. emoticon

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 8/19/2011 8:23PM

    I think you should put in under Farm Work! I remember a few times of picking up rocks out in a field! There are other farm chores that include lifting like this, moving hay bales, feeding animals, cleaning up after animals, you get the idea....

It's a good thing they didn't charge you by the pound when you were moving, LOL!!!! Oh, and you ROCK!!!!

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CANNIE50 8/19/2011 1:50PM

    emoticon I laughed when I saw the title of your blog. THank you for clearing up that mystery. You may not have been stoned but it does sound as if you girls can have a little smuggling ring on the side...... Take those points for hauling those rocks - gardening doesn't quite cut it, though, as a description. Maybe show half the time as gardening and the other half as strength training/boot camp?

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Iowa Update (finally)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The big move is complete!

A couple of weeks ago, we were all set to move me, Daisy dog and Ittel cat from South Dakota to Iowa. The day before the move was scheduled on Saturday, we were notified that the 26' Uhaul we had reserved was not available and we would have to drive to a town 100 miles away to pick up the truck. After some negotiation and price reductions, we agreed. Started out for the town of Wagner on Saturday morning and called the Uhaul place and told them we were on our way. Upon arrival at 12 noon, we told them we were there for the UHaul and they said they didn't do rentals between 11 and 2 because they were too busy. We were never told prior to arrival that this was the case! We ate lunch and then told them we had to have the Uhaul NOW or we would have to report them to UHaul and anyone else we could think of. They finally complied, but did not apply the promised discounts. After another half hour, they contacted Uhaul and finally got the discounts settled. Yay! We were finally on our way. That is until my son tried to start the Uhaul and there was no way the motor would even turn over! Back into the office and they told us there was no one there who could fix it. One of there customers volunteered to try to jump start the truck, so back out we went. After an hour of charging the battery, the truck finally started! Do you think I will be using that rent a truck company again????

So, got most of the truck loaded on Saturday, finished loading on Sunday, had another tearful farewell with my neighbor, got Daisy dog settled with son to ride in the Uhaul, got one really unhappy Ittel cat in her carrier in the front seat of the pickup (thank you to the friend who suggested covering the cage!) and headed out for the 6 hour drive to Iowa. Me in the pickup, one son in the Uhaul, one son in other son's car and daughter-in-law and granddaughter in their car. We had us a convoy!

Arrived in Iowa about 4 and started unloading truck, finished on Sunday and began the great unpacking! More unpacking on Monday and much cleaning, discussing where to place things, barking from Daisy dog who just wanted to play Frisbee or ball! Wisconsin son left on Tuesday, Iowa son came back on Wednesday and continued to help. Thursday had a day to myself to settle in, etc. Friday, daughter and 2 granddaughter from Minnesota came to help. Iowa son built benches on the deck and finished glazing all the windows which were all about to fall out.

This week I have had to myself and did things like joining Silver Sneakers at the Y and attending my first ever exercise class, getting a dog license at the police station, shopping for an area rug, light bulbs, groceries. Bought tomatoes and canned 7 pints, 2 dozen ears of wonderful Iowa sweet corn to freeze! Laid out my garden and sprayed it with grass killer to be ready for spring, rearranging rocks around the trees, bought some perennials on sale to add some color the yard.

Now, for those of you who have asked (and some of those who haven't) here are pictures in no particular order. Keep in mind that some drapes and curtains are still in the planning stage!

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VALERIEMAHA 8/24/2011 2:47PM

    WOW!WOW!!WOW!!! Daisy, I LOVE your new place. What a team you and your younguns have been. It is truly lovely...inside and out! Now, my question is...WHEN is the housewarming??????

BTW, your loving and supportive comments have NOT gone unnoticed, though I've been unable to respond to them. BIG HUGS for all you are and all you offer!

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NOVA3A 8/22/2011 3:23AM

    Beautiful home I'm glad the moving is over for you. You are a real trouper -Looking forward to hearing more when you are settled in. Thank you for sharing - it's wonderful!!
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BLAZINGSWORD 8/19/2011 11:50PM

    Nice! I am so glad that you were able to get moved!

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OPAL50 8/19/2011 6:31PM

    Very inviting and love your hardwood floors. You've made this house a HOME! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONBEACHSIDE 8/18/2011 8:51PM


Your house is very inviting or shall I say home. It is funny,I love the warmth of the whole house- the living area particularly, but I want to live in the blue bathroom. I love the color. emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/18/2011 2:49PM

    After all that, your house looks like a gem. Enjoy and pace yourself! HUGS!

I'd write UHaul a letter, if I were you!

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DEE0973 8/18/2011 2:37PM

    Sorry about the horrible experience with uhaul and happy you made it to the final destination safely. I love the cozy feel of your home, it looks beautiful

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SHSCAPTAIN1234 8/18/2011 1:45PM

    I just moved from SD to Iowa too! I miss SD but Iowa is growing on me as well. I joined our Y too and found it great place to meet people. Good luck with settling in.

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 8/18/2011 1:37PM

    It's beautiful!!!! You are right, just needs a little more color in front. I'm so glad that you got moved in spite of the awful truck company. Be sure to write them a letter! It might not do much good, but would help you feel better. I hope you like the exercise class! It's a good way to meet people and I know that I'm more apt to stick to it if it is scheduled with people. I hope that the move is a good one for you! Take Care!

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CANNIE50 8/18/2011 1:32PM

    what a charming house - I loved taking the tour. Isn't it nice that when you moved, all your (spark) friends moved with you? You forgot something though - what about the rocks?!? Did you get them properly smuggled? Did you have to be restrained from throwing them at the very incompetent truck rental people? emoticon

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BRADOS 8/18/2011 1:14PM

    Nice house - congrats on our new place - looks great

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