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Thursday, May 06, 2010

It's been a nice bounce back with the steroid (Medrol) I've been taking. I'm not making the assumption that I'm CURED by no means, but the pain relief has been striking. The first day of having this sciatica I could not even walk upstairs to our 2nd floor. By the end of the next day I had gone up & down the stairs without a problem several times. Today I mowed our lawn with our reel (non-powered) mower. Feeling some twinges tonight as I've probably pushed myself a bit too far. I'll be quizzing the physical therapist BIGTIME tomorrow as I'd like to know what activities I can pursue, what to avoid. I'm fearing the bike may be problematic given the sciatic nerve that seems most affected runs from my *buttock* (hello sit-bone!) down my leg.

At least I was able to attain some speedy relief!

Now if only Mother Nature wouldn't tease me with some mighty fine biking weather...! :-)


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COLOURFULME 5/9/2010 5:38AM

    Hope you ae feeling much better after a few day! I know it is terrible. It can take up to months before it heals. Hope it will be much sooner for you!!! Take care as I have written before!!! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 5/8/2010 11:44AM

    Don! Sorry to hear about the sciatica but glad to hear you're healing well. (Just now checking blogs that have back-logged since Tuesday!) Have a happy, healthy weekend in spite of this setback - I know it won't slow you down for long!


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JCORYCMA 5/8/2010 12:51AM

    Having had sciatic pain and finally herniated disk surgery I can sympathize! A pack of frozen peas on the back sure helped as the cold worked wonders on the inflammation. Take it easy! I'm sorry I missed your earlier posts. For some reason, I don't always get e-mailed notifications of the blogs I subscribe to!
Keep us posted on your recovery.

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LUREAH21 5/7/2010 2:59PM

    Hope you can get back on the bike again sometime soon!

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LADYGWEN25 5/7/2010 12:49PM

    glad you're feeling better too Don... I have sciatica as well...lying down verses sitting helps ALOT... so when i'm watching TV.. i no longer sit in the recliner but stretch out on the couch....i know there are stretches that help relieve it... alot are yoga related.. and since i've started doing yoga daily...nary a twinge.. But make sure you heal first...Glad you're on the mend. :)

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L*I*T*A* 5/7/2010 12:08PM

    glad things are looking up and you have an asnwer to get better soon..........
blessings and hugs...........lita

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FRECKS96 5/7/2010 9:51AM

    Glad you're feeling better and I hope it continues!

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    So glad that the meds are helping. It is good that they are helping and not doing nadda. YEAH. Yup I probably would hold off on the biking bit until you get the green light. I know as "painful" as it is to be sitting idle while nature is saying come bike out here with me, it is far better to wait a short time than to exacerbate the problem to bigger proportions.

Take care and hope you can go biking sooner than later.

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SATYAGRAHA 5/7/2010 8:35AM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better, but I definitely thing quizzing the PT is a must. You don't want to push yourself too hard!

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HOPE2BE 5/7/2010 8:02AM

    I've never found relief from sciatic pain unless I go to the chiropractor. I'm glad you found relief. The medicine is nice to get rid of the pain but I would still ask the Dr. what you can or can't do.

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FERRETLOVER1 5/7/2010 7:45AM

    Thank goodness for medicine! Now just take it easy, okay? Be sure you are okay before you try to ride that bike again!

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AMABILE75 5/7/2010 7:36AM

    I'm so glad you were able to get some relief from the pain. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you can get back to that bike soon. :)


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CARRIE1948 5/7/2010 7:25AM

    Don't you just love medral? It's mu drug of choice.

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MIZZSB 5/7/2010 4:21AM

    Im glad to hear that your pain is getting less...

take your rest!!

ps. i saw you on the video thats on sparkguy's blog last september ...;)

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DRASADAF 5/7/2010 2:51AM

    wow,thats great...have a great day

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TRAINOF4 5/7/2010 1:16AM

    Blech - sciatica. Can relate. Hope you can get the problem under control quickly & off the meds - they aren't any fun for the long term (can you say "FEED ME"?)

Mine makes my foot itch. Totally annoying. Hope the physical therapist can provide you with good stretches & exercises to help control the problem.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/6/2010 11:50PM

    Hmmmm...I never let the sciatica stop me *much*...slow down a bit for a few days (never took any meds regardless of the pain levels) and I have always found it to be fast-healing, assuming I allowed it to heal.

I always found yoga asana VERY helpful, e.g.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VMb

Speedy recovery, dear Don!

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Saw my doc this a.m. and things are pointing toward sciatica of some sort...looks to me from my 'net research and the symptoms I'm having to be of the Piriform's variety, however I'm no medical professional. Will be seeing a physical therapist Fri. a.m., hoping for some help there...have had great assistance from Physical Therapists in the past.

Found some helpful info / tips @ CoolRunning.com:


The pain is somewhat less today, I think rest and caution are helping.

I have to chuckle some over all the potentially risky things I do...whizzing down hills on my bike at high speeds, dealing with traffic; possibly tripping and tangling my limbs in cross country skis and everything else...surviving this all to be hung up by something else altogether!

Thx everyone for the well wishes...!


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AMETHYST0809 5/11/2010 8:46AM

    Sorry to hear you are still hurting Don! I look forward to your "exploits" with the bike and poles.... :) My son is having major problems with his back right now, related to a herniated disc at the L3,4,5; he is large and they are talking about him haviong lap band surgery to help with weight loss before doing anything else. He is in a lot of pain, and doesn't like to push himself, so exercise will probably be minimal for a while. They are sending him a pain clinic, so I'm hoping that once he gets more comfortable, he'll want to get out and move around some more. Is anybody familiar with Dr. Tvetenstrand's bariatric surgery clinic? Other recommendations for doctors who do that kind of surgery? I will encourage him to get on the Spark in the meantime! Good luck with your problem Don! We're rooting for you to get better!

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BARBARA_BOO 5/11/2010 1:38AM

    I had something similar in 2002.

The pains would radiate from my sit bone down my right leg, not the left. Doctors called mine "spondelolysis", wanted to fuse my 4th &5th lumbar vertebrae, sent me home with an exercise sheet, a diet and a back brace. I avoided surgery.

I have since had an inflamed piriformis on the right side, during a time when I was taking several dance classes a week (4 yrs ago). My doctor called the piriformis problem "ballet butt", since many dancers suffer from it. (I'm sure you will find it amusing to tell people you have "ballet butt".) Weekly pilates classes with a very good professional for the past 4 yrs has kept the piriformis quiet. No more spondelolysis, either. PT will do wonders for you. Take care of your A$$.

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FRECKS96 5/6/2010 10:46PM

    Oh, that stinks. I really hope that PT helps and that you're feeling better soon. Take care of yourself. Your bike and walking poles will be lonely without you!

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AMABILE75 5/6/2010 7:24AM

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you that all works out well and quickly!! Keep us posted!!!


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DRASADAF 5/6/2010 4:27AM

    oh i am really sorry to hear about this...take great care of yourself emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/6/2010 12:56AM

    so sorry to hear................
at least you know what it is...........
and can do something to make it better.........
take care..........wishing you well soon.....
blessings and hugs............lita

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 5/6/2010 12:48AM

    I hope all goes well with the physical therapist, Don! Sad to hear that you're having pain, and I hope that you can keep safe while still being active.

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SMILINGBREYES 5/5/2010 11:49PM

    I have this ever since I try to pull a skid of ice that melted to the cooler floor. Should have used the power jack but instead used the manual one and pull did I in the wrong place, my lower back. Physical therapy (PT) goes a long way in helping! First one I had was young but EXCELLENT. Caught that I have two problems not one. One leg is shorter than the other. Every so often my back goes out along with the leg.

Try the heating pad and laying flat on the back with NO pillow. Helps me loads. Its painful I know. Brought tears to my eyes and this from a gal who has a high tolerance of pain.

Feel better and hoping the PT gives you some GREAT stretching exercise to make the pain go away quicker!

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HAPPYMOM8 5/5/2010 10:43PM

    So sorry! Sounds awful. but glad you are getting help. docs seem to do wonders in no time these days.
thanks for the goodie

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JOY1918 5/5/2010 9:33PM

    Yup nerve pain is no fun. I have a disc issue and can relate. I have really pushed myself this past month with cardio and weight training and now am paying for it. Ice, naprosyn, and rest sure do help.

Good luck, hope all goes well with PT.

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SATYAGRAHA 5/5/2010 8:55PM

    Bummer! Hope you get well soon! Take good care of yourself!

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COLOURFULME 5/5/2010 6:34PM

    Yikes! Don't like to be right!
Take care!! emoticon

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SIRCATNIP1 5/5/2010 6:33PM

    Hope you feel better

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SVELTINGTON 5/5/2010 6:09PM

    emoticon emoticon
Take it easy and get well soon!

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WILLOW49 5/5/2010 5:37PM

    You should listen to your son, after all he's a neurosurgical PA!

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_VALEO_ 5/5/2010 5:06PM

    I feel for you, I had one and was a physical wreck during months.
Yet your tub remedy is a good solution, I remember how better I felt in water (the only sport I could do was aquafitness.)

Wish you a speedy recovery.

Comment edited on: 5/5/2010 7:35:36 PM

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MIZZSB 5/5/2010 4:22PM

thats gotta hurt Don!
Hope you can get some help friday.

take care! emoticon

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    Ouch. Glad you went to your doctor and you are starting to feel better. Hope you are back to it soon!!!!!

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Turns out it was a good thing I didn't bike today as the rain was so on again off again but INTENSE when it came...! Wouldn't want to get caught in one of THOSE cloudbursts! Betcha one of these days I'll zig when I should've zagged and STILL get nailed...ah well, all the more to BLOG about...lol!

So today was looking mighty fine despite the lack of a bike in the picture as I worked through my lunch hour during a cloudburst and THEN when I was ready for my lunch break, the clouds parted and I got out for my 3 mile RiverWalk with my Nordic Poles. Back to my appointments with clients...the storm clouds gathered again. Wrapped up my day and the sun popped out stronger than ever? Sure what the heck, off to my private practice office with my poles to see a client and then back to my car...another 3 miles of Nordic Walking.

Except: on my return trip a very weird, sharp pain began radiating down my left leg, sort of beginning around my butt / sit bone. I had to slow down considerably to make it to the car. Then stopped to pick up a few groceries. MORE intense...depending on my grocery cart WAY too much! Get home? Barely weight bearing on my left leg.

No falls, no new & different movements, nothing out of the ordinary but this blasted PAIN! I am blessed with a pretty hardy physique and RARELY have anything significant along the aches and pains line...so I'm SPOILED and spending much time grumbling! Forget the ibu / aceto route...don't know WHEN I last took any of those, not about to start now.

I pulled out the big guns: whenever ANYTHING is bothering me physically, even flu-like gastro stuff...I'm in the tub for the longest, hottest soak I can tolerate. I always shower...tub? reserved for these rare occasions. Felt wonderful! Of course I wasn't MOVING either! Since getting out I'm back to grumbling.

If no improvement by tomorrow I guess it's off to my primary care doc to see what the heck this is all about.

I've been so proud of my body, feeling so much younger than my years. But tonight this old coot is feeling every one of those years...grrr!

I'll keep you all posted!


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L*I*T*A* 5/5/2010 4:57PM

    wishing you well.............
blessings and hugs............lita

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KOOLBREEZE75 5/5/2010 4:22PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

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    Ugh. I sure hope it feels better Don. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/5/2010 9:52AM

    I almost immediately thought, upon reading your description, ike SVELTINGTON said -- thesciatica nerve, which is a relatively easily remedied problem. Actually certain yoga poses can relieve it. Google it!

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LADYGWEN25 5/5/2010 9:02AM

    I hope you feel better soon Don :(

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SVELTINGTON 5/5/2010 9:00AM

    Take care. Sounds like Sciatica. Ouch!

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FRECKS96 5/5/2010 8:50AM

    Aw Don, I really hope you're feeling better soon. Take care of yourself.

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CARRIE1948 5/5/2010 7:34AM

    Good luck.

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BARBARA_BOO 5/5/2010 4:15AM

    I hope you're not grounded for long. I feel pretty invincible for my years, too. So, I hear your disappointment. The hot bath is also my preferred remedy. Sorry it was only a temporary fix this time. I'll check back to see how you're doing. You are not a "coot".

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_VALEO_ 5/5/2010 3:39AM

    I hope you just did an awkward move, and it is nothing serious.
I like your tub "remedy"... I used it too; unfortunately I don't have a bath tub anymore.

Take care.

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COLOURFULME 5/5/2010 2:23AM

    Sounds like sciatica to me!
The only remedy is rest.
Question is only how did you get it. What funny movement did you make even unconsciously.
Anyway hang in there and do go to your gp!!

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JAE_HENNINGTON 5/5/2010 12:00AM

  I hope in the morning you will be feeling much better... sending love and light to you my dear friend

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SUZIAND 5/4/2010 11:32PM

    Awww Don! Please take care of yourself! I'm glad you have the sense to go get it checked out right away! Some people...most people....wait and wait.

I'll keep you in my thoughts and hope you have a speedy recovery! Keep us posted on it!!

Suz : )

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SANDRA0011 5/4/2010 10:49PM

    Take care of yourself. emoticon

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Even The Mighty Have Fallen to the Loathsome Cannolis!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Don't know about you, but this piece of reality TV trivia got a good chuckle from me:


Busy weekend heading out of town yesterday, returning today...visiting in Philadelphia. And HOT! LOVED IT! 95 degrees both days! My Nordic Walking Pole part arrived just in time so I could use them during rest stops. Had a great workout on a Life Fitness elliptical...noticing that my heart rate doesn't climb as much as it used to during the peak of my workouts. Used to reach around 140 or even more...now it seems to peak around 130. One more number to measure progress beyond the scale!

Looks like I'm going to get rained out of cycling much of the week ahead, we'll see how it goes...!

Hope everyone had a GREAT weekend and you all are rested, recharged and ready for the week! :-)


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LOPEYP 5/4/2010 12:33PM

    I love cannolis and I'm glad that Tyson doesn't. More for me!

Way to go on your fitness!

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/4/2010 11:22AM

    emoticon emoticon

Improving your heart rate is such a wonderful improvement to have made. That is awesome. You are a warrior for sure.

Sorry to hear you rained out of your bike ride. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 5/3/2010 2:41PM

    Raining here this whole week, too it looks like. But my schedule will make it possible to hit the gym on several days so I don't have to settle for DVDs in the living room.

Keep Sparkin!

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L*I*T*A* 5/3/2010 11:40AM

    have a great week...........
continue to enjoy the ride....
blessings and hugs.....lita

emoticon emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 5/3/2010 10:18AM

    I liked the clip.
I have had a few "engagements" with other pastry but I am not a fan of cannolis.
I need to get a hrm I have no idea what my rate is, but the dr. said it is 60 resting.
Have a great week!

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 5/3/2010 9:24AM

    Good for Mike abstaining from the Cannoli, I was looking at them and if it had zoomed in one more time I probably would not have been a pretty sight. Unfortunately I have always loved them. Lots of Italian restaurants in my old town. A large Italian American population who know how to cook. But, alas, not today! I will enjoy my healthy breakfast that aren't clog logs as Mike put it. As you are enjoying your healthy bike ride_woohoo! Enjoy your day! emoticon

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_VALEO_ 5/3/2010 3:50AM

    Funny I would have never imagined Tyson being so shy (he seems shy at the beginning of the interview, doesn't he?)... maybe it is the cannolis which made such an impression on him?

Sounds like you had a sporty weekend! a heart rate of 130: that's a great figure!

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DRASADAF 5/3/2010 2:12AM

    hi don long time you didnt encourage me... emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 5/3/2010 1:12AM

    [cue scene of cannoli with protest signs]
Ddoorn: Mike! Mike! The cannoli are revolting!
Mike: I know! They're too sweet!

ba-dum tss

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COLOURFULME 5/3/2010 12:48AM

    Wow you are realy in shape.
A top heartrate of 130!!!
Keep up the good work!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 5/2/2010 11:09PM

    Glad to hear you had a great time AND got your rest stop workouts in! I hope the rest of the first week in May is a terrific one!

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Heading out of town this weekend...got a nice surprise in the mail: Leki mailed me a replacement part for my Nordic Pole (For FREE!) just in time to re-assemble and take along so I have them for SPARKIN' during my rest stops! I'll have access to a fitness center, but threw the jump rope in my bag anyhow, just in case. Should have 'net connection to keep up with SP, however might be too busy to bother...(hoping so!).

Had such a picture-perfect day for cycling back & forth to work...couldn't ask for better weather! Ran into what appeared to be a fellow commuter on his bike on the way home too. Nice to chat a teensy bit too. His "exit" came up before mine...before that hill nearby my house. Having to gear down less and less going up these hills as my legs are getting stronger...woo hoo!

We're heading southward where the temps are going to reach the upper 80's over the weekend...can't WAIT!

Everyone make the most of this weekend as it looks to be a beaut for most of us!


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_VALEO_ 5/3/2010 3:39AM

    Hope you had a great weekend.

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SMILINGBREYES 5/2/2010 10:01PM

    I hope yours was a gorgeous and moving weekend. Looking forward to hearing about it tomorrow.

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ZELLAZM 5/1/2010 4:52PM

    Happy Trails --- raining cats and dogs here so it's indoor exercise for me.


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COLOURFULME 5/1/2010 12:09PM

    It's nice to notice the progress!!
Go for it!

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FERRETLOVER1 5/1/2010 9:29AM

    Well, if I had just looked at your blog before I made my comment about where are you traveling...I would have known. Anyway, have a great time!!

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SVELTINGTON 5/1/2010 8:08AM

    Have a great time!
You deserve it!

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L*I*T*A* 4/30/2010 10:53PM

    enjoy enjoy!!!
blessings and hugs.............lita

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FRECKS96 4/30/2010 10:40PM

    Enjoy your getaway! It was gorgeous today!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 4/30/2010 10:28PM

    Have fun

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