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Being a Veteran

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I don't think about it often, but my DH and I are both veterans. We met in Japan where we were serving in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was drafted and I joined the Army to have them put me thru Nursing School. I was a Private First Class for 4 years while attending the University of Maryland School of Nursing. When I graduated I was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and served at Fort Ord California for 6 months before being sent to Japan. I worked in the Intensive Care Unit with soldiers who had been wounded in Vietnam. And let me tell you at age 21 I really grew up. These fellows (most of them under 20 years old) had their lives changed forever by what they had seen and been thru. Most of us don't realize what joining the military means when we do it...but we learn quickly and quickly grow up to the task. We need to remember and thank every veteran we know for the job they did.

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SUNSET24 11/13/2009 10:25AM

    Thank you for all that you and your DH do for us,

sincerely thank you, hugsssssssssssssssss

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RURAL3 11/11/2009 2:06PM

    Nancy, one more piece of your puzzle is put together. Thank you so much for serving. I want to thank and hug all the veterans today. emoticon emoticon Where would we be without you.

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OURELEE1 11/11/2009 9:22AM

  Thank you for keeping us free. God Bless American and our veterans. Thank you

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GABY1948 11/11/2009 7:38AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon My hat is off to you both and if I was there I would hug you both so consider it done! AND:
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Gaye

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RAYLYONADIET 11/11/2009 7:37AM

    Thanks for reminding everone. Retired AF 20 yrs, 1 tour VN.
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Slump Slump Slump

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I've been struggling a little since I hurt my back cleaning the garage on Friday. When I'm having back pain everything slows down and I get hungry. I have been walking with Leslie Sansone but can't do my shred right now. I did my strength exercises with my DH yesterday but I couldn't put everything into it.

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I've been hungry for about 3 days also. I think its psychological. When my back acts up I get depressed. So I just have to work thru it. I'm trying to drink water but its not as good as in the summertme. I don't like drinking water when it is cold. Any suggestions anyone!

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RURAL3 11/10/2009 9:31PM

    Hi Nancy I hope your back gets better soon. You will get through this though. When it is cold outside I drink room temp water. It tastes different to me. Cold when its warm and warm when its cold. LOL.
Do you know what you did to your back? Is it just muscle pull or spasm? Don't forget about the moist heat. My chiro tells me that works wonders and it does. Rest it for a few days so you don't injure it more and do some mind things to keep you occupied. You are so active now that it just doesn't cut it. Maybe some stretching. You will come out of this ok. Can you still swim? I am reaching for straws here you can tell. I tell you what. I will pray for your back. emoticon emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 11/10/2009 7:15PM

    Hey Daisy,
I've been there and done that to....It's always something isn't it?
Try stretching out that back, but do it gently, don't hurry and hold in position for a few seconds....... If you have a stability ball sit on that to...that really helps me when I do something that starts my back acting up.

As far as drinking cold water when it's cold outside, again I know what you mean. I feel the same way, so will try some of Seeking Amy suggestions. I would drink warn water with a touch of lemon in it and that would do, but her ideas sound more flavorful.

Get that back straightened out so you can do things comfortable again. Maybe you need some PT or a Chiro visit.
Best of luck and keep us posted.
LouLouBelle


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JUST-AMY 11/10/2009 9:55AM

    Hi Daisy...I hear ya', that's one thing I can definitely say!

I brew a 12 cup pot of decaffeinated green tea and drop a decaf flavored tea in the pot, too....sometimes peach, sometimes blueberry, sometimes apple, etc, for flavor. I drink out of it all day, even adding more water in the afternoon. The more I drink, the more I want, it seems. It just warms my bones!

I'm sorry you are struggling with your back right now. Nothing worse than ice packs when its chilly, either. But it helps. Please be sure and do some isometric abs--do you know some exercises like that?

Let's both get better soon so we can get out there and get moving again!

HUGS,

Amy


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Another Great Weekend

Monday, November 09, 2009

Saturday we went to the Pot Luck at the mountain school "Stove Prairie School" and met some of the neighbors as well as the volunteer firefighters. We really enjoyed it and DH's salad went over really well with the chili.

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Sunday it was beautiful, so I walked about 2 miles up the hill with my Dear Dog.

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I ate a little too much on Saturday because of snacks. I need to drink water instead.

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Well here comes another week!

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GABY1948 11/10/2009 6:50AM

    Isn't it funny how fast the weeks/time go by? Have a GREAT week, Daisy!
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RURAL3 11/9/2009 3:27PM

    sounds like another great weekend in the mountains.

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Day at Home

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I had quite a day yesterday. I went to the Rec Center and tried out a swimming training session provided by Swimplan.com. I found out about this website from a blog on Spark People and I thought I'd give it a try. I really enjoyed it. It made my time swimming go really quickly and fun. I'm probably imagining it, but it seemed like my strokes were smoother after doing the drills.

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When I got back, DH said he would like to work on cleaning out the garage instead of working on the basement....so we cleaned out the garage. I worked for about 2 1/2 hours with him which was 1 1/2 hours too much for my back. I really felt badly the rest of the day. But heat and Aleve did its trick and a couple of hours later I felt good enough to do my shopping.

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I bought 3 pound dumbbells ... I can't believe how much heavier they are than the 2 pound dumbbells I have been using. I also bought a Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVD to use at the cabin when its too snowy to walk outside.

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Another day in my journey to health!

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JUST-AMY 11/7/2009 9:34AM

    You are a woman on a mission and active in your planning to succeed! I take a great lesson from this blog today, Daisy.
Blessings to you!

Amy

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DAISYBELL6 11/7/2009 9:33AM

    My sore back is not from an injury, but from standing on a concrete garage floor for 2 1/2 hours on a back that has been fused because of degenerative disk disease. I use moist and dry heat all the time. Ice just tightens my muscles and makes my back feel worse. But thanks for all the advice and suggestions. We can all learn new things from each other.



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RURAL3 11/7/2009 9:02AM

    Ice is good for initial injury to ease the inflammation but moist heat after that. Not dry heat. My chiro always says moist heat is the best. I wish I had somewhere to swim. Actually I wish I knew how to swim properly. I do not know how to breathe. I never took lessons as a kid and taught myself so I am all about plugging my nose. emoticon Do you think at 57 I could take lessons? Would it do any good? I guess there isn't really anywhere within 20 miles to do it anyway. Oh well I guess I am not jealous...but happy for you about that swimming. It sounds so relaxing as opposed to working out at the gym. Have a great time in the mountains

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GABY1948 11/7/2009 7:56AM

    emoticonI am sorry you are sore but sounds like a really good workout you got there! Now, take it easy and then start all over again! emoticon isn't that the way it usually goes? Have a great weekend!
Gaye

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PATTIANNT 11/7/2009 7:27AM

    Ok, it that's a quiet day, I want to know what a busy day is for you! Great job keeping active, my parents and inlaws have all just kind of stopped living. It really is sad....keep having fun and enjoy life, and your grandkids. I understand about the pain, I have Fibromyalgia, they say the pain is similar to arthritis, if so, oh....go for you for resting when you need.
Keep doing it.....you are doing GREAT.
Patti

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NO_SNOW_BODY 11/7/2009 7:22AM

    It sounds like a productive day. I love my WATP dvd's for when I am stuck at home or just want an extra push. Glad the aleve helped your back.

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SWEETCYCLINHAMS 11/7/2009 7:21AM

    That's awesome. And I don't believe you were imagining anything. Stretching before you workout does help loosen you up, preparing you for smoother strokes and motions as you go through your routine - even if it's aquatic.

The only thing you'll want to be careful about is the heat applied to your injury. When you're injured, as good as heat feels, the best thing for over-exerted and sore muscles is an ice pack. Believe me, I hate the feeling of ice on a sore area, especially when it could be warm (or hot, in my case) as much as the next person, but that heat can actually cause you problems after the fact.

Say it with me, "Ice and Aleve. Ice and Aleve. Ice and Aleve. Ice and Aleve."

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Shopping my Closet

Friday, November 06, 2009

I have really been having fun the last 3 evenings. I have had clothing stored in 3 different closests in 3 different phases of my recent life. My bedroom had sizes 22 and 24, my office had sizes 20 and 22 and my guest bedroom had sizes 16 and 18. So I went shopping!

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I started by putting the 22's and 24's down in the basement! Definately drowning in those. emoticon

All of the 20's fit and most of the 18's fit so I have a new wardrobe! fun, fun, fun!
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SCIGEEK 11/6/2009 11:50PM

    Way to go Girl! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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SHOAPIE 11/6/2009 9:58PM

    Congrats. Keep going. I'd donate larger sizes. You don't ever want to wear them again, do you? Maybe keep one thing to remind you how far you've come.

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RURAL3 11/6/2009 7:20PM

    Isn't it amazing. I am glad I kept all my small stuff too. Now go shopping to get a few accessories and you are done. You are doing so great.

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OURELEE1 11/6/2009 7:16PM

  Great !!!!!!!!!!!!

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VANDALEE13 11/6/2009 10:58AM

    emoticon emoticon I will have to do that. Glad you can now get rid of the larger sizes. But why are you keeping them???Give then away. I am sure you will not be needing them again. Right!!!!!! emoticon emoticon You are doing great. Keep up the good work.

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TFROGHUNTER 11/6/2009 10:56AM

    wow!! great idea!!! CONGRATS!!!keep on sparking! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLOOPY7036 11/6/2009 9:19AM

    I know how you feel....I am looking forward to "shopping" in my closets for those size 16-18 and XL tops. I will be so happy not to wear 1X or 2X tops. Just getting into a size 18 from a size 20 will make me feel SOOOO much better!

Congratulations! Keep up the good work....
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