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Saturday, September 01, 2012

I just downloaded my 1st book on Kindle Cloud to my PC. Amazon has a free app for PCs so you don't need to buy a reader. Only I cannot take my PC on the go, I guess my laptop will have to do. emoticon

My oldest turns 28 this month. Hmmm, I was just 28 myself when he was born.
where has all the time gone? My Oldest step-daughter's son will be 28 in just a few months. It seems I've been a (step) grandma, almost as long as I've been a mom. Something isn't right here. emoticon

We lost my sweet, little tuxedo, Penny, yesterday. I had noticed that she was losing weight fast, not eating, just always at the water bowl. When we got her into the vets, they did an exam, and blood work. Turns out that she was in end stage Renal Failure. It nearly killed me, but I knew it was the right thing to do. RIP Penny, I will always love you. (Pictures on my SparkPage) emoticon

On a happier note ( I hope), let's keep our fingers crossed that September brings better resolutions for our health and wellness. Where August was a no-go, may those things be turned around into "Here we go." emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 9/4/2012 7:21AM

    Hi Old Lady !!! (KIDDING)
So sorry about Penny. I have lost many furry friends and they are all still in my heart.
They all had such unique little quirks, so when something similar happend, I used to cry as I missed them so much.
I had to learn how to Smile and remember all the sweetness they gave me.

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DEBALDERMAN 9/2/2012 11:47AM

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments, I really appreciate them.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/1/2012 5:05PM

    Oh Deb, I'm so sorry at losing Penny. Bless her heart. She's in Gods hands and well taken care of.

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JOYSGARDEN 9/1/2012 3:23PM

    I lost a little tuxedo too, years ago, and I still miss the little stinker. Hugs to you Deb. I know how much it hurts. Go ahead and cry, and I'll cry with you.... She'll be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Hugs.....

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PICKIE98 9/1/2012 2:49PM

    I am so sorry for your loss Deb. Nothing else to say.... just a big hug..

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MARYJOANNA 9/1/2012 9:52AM

  Work on changing one food habit at a time. If is to drink more water work on that until you succeed. One step at a time and not the big picture will help.

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JILLITA55 9/1/2012 9:49AM

    Do baby steps to start and grow from there. Don't give up!

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A quote

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I read this when a friend posted it on line, and I loved it. So I wanted you to enjoy it too!

"I have been to a lot of places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito, either. I hear no one recognizes you there. I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump and I'm not much on physical activity. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips."

"I guess I should have mentioned I was recently in the state of Confusion, it took me hours to find my way out & I will probably be in that state again...but as long as I don't travel with Miss Behaving & Miss Demeanor I should not end up in any trouble."

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VXWALL1942 9/27/2011 11:08PM

    A great use of words! emoticon

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LINOVER 9/14/2011 6:25PM

    I like this! It definitely made me smile today! emoticon

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BRATS4 9/14/2011 1:48PM

    too cute

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/14/2011 11:35AM

    emoticon emoticon Loved it!

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GEMINI-SKY 9/14/2011 10:49AM

    You emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/14/2011 10:49:26 AM

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Answers to a question...

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

DEBBIEANNE1124 asked me this question: "Deb, how are you keeping your numbers so good. whats your secret? several people ahve asked you that in the blood sugar and other threads. I don't think you see it unless you answer them privately. Are you on insulin?
It's bad enough trying toa void bread and white rice and apsta. ughhh..
Debbie "

I don't really know how to answer this but here goes, First of all, when I was diagnosed June 2008, my blood sugars weren't really too bad, fasting was 136 and I had several other readings around 200. I took the diabetes education classes, learned how & what to eat, and immediately put that into practice, as faithfully as possible. Then I started exercising and lost about 45 lbs. The Dr had told me to lose 10-15% of my body weight, so I lost 20! Those two things have really helped, although I've gained back 10 lbs while I was recovering from surgery (4 since last summer - Yikes!) I do aerobics 3 mornings a week, and yoga 2-3 evenings as week as well. My nighttime snack is almost always the same thing. A 4 ounce serving of sugar-free jello, with 1 1/2 tbsp sugar free cool whip, a 4 ounce serving of light yogurt, and a piece of cheese, usually lowfat, as well. During the day, I have breakfast (Special K-1c w/1/4c nonfat milk, or instant oatmeal on the mornings before I go to aerobics). Lunch is sometimes a fast food salad, something from Subway, or something frozen like lean cuisine or healthy choice. An afternoon snack of some sort. Then dinner - usually broiled meat of some sort & veggies. The only pasta I'll eat is Dreamfields, which is actually very good, much better than that nasty cardboard like stuff they call "whole wheat pasta." I haven't eaten white rice, in 2 years, brown rice sends my blood sugars soaring, and so does wild rice. Now we use couscous instead. White (russet) potatoes are out, but I have no problems with Yukon Gold, or Red potatoes, and I usually eat them with the skin for added fiber, even in mashed (from scratch) potatoes. No gravy. Fat free I Can't Believe Its Not Butter only, on my veggies. No added salt. Stevia. Honey wheat bread, at home, whole wheat where-ever else I can.

What else? I don't know. Sometimes I feel like I'm not really doing all that I'm supposed to, but if it works (for me), don't knock it. Anyway DebbieAnne, hope this answers your question.

BTW - I am not on any diabetes meds, oral, or otherwise, including insulin.

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RSTAGG 9/26/2010 8:38AM

    Good post Deb. Thanks for sharing.

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JOYSGARDEN 9/9/2010 2:43PM

    And the secret is out now Deb! Sounds like you did some trial and error, and have made exercise part of your daily routine. How awesome! I'm getting frustrated, and think I'd better go see Doc, because it seems no matter what I do, my FBS is high in the morning, and then is around 100 later in the day. I need to get myself disciplined. Keep up the wonderful work. You are an inspiration to the entire team! Hugs!!

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BRATS4 9/9/2010 1:09PM are doing just great

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NORASPAT 9/9/2010 12:08PM

    Thanks for sharing it is so surprising how different foods react in different individuals.
I guess we all must try to find our go to food. I need to find mine to start losing pounds again.
I think I have been able to do my blood sugar better but it took a bit of persitence on my part. Again Thanks for sharing Pat in Maine.

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GAARAMA 9/9/2010 9:27AM

    I often wondered how you are able to be so consistent with your BS. You practice self-retrain something I need to work at.
Thanks for sharing.


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GEMINI-SKY 9/9/2010 6:35AM

    Hi Deb and Deb...Thank You for a Super Post. I often wondered the same thing. Your numbers are always good and Now I know how your do it...
Thank You for Sharing your day...It really helps me.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/8/2010 11:40PM

    Wow! You're not really trying and ahve all those fantastic numbers... I learned a secret from Geminisky night time snack being a proteina nd carb I ahve tried hard cooked egg whites and cucumber slices or a breadless sandwich of lettuce leave with turkey ro chicken lunch meat and cheese rolled up as evening snack. that helps and gets me through the night. also a tip from alan no fruit or sweets after lunch.

You're doing terrific!

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My Story

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Hi Everyone -Just wanted to give you all some background on me and my bladder; sounds like a song, doesn't it? I am one of those who doesn't have classic IC symptoms, although that is my most recent diagnoses. It started when I was about 10. I would get extreme urges to use the bathroom, and if I was someplace where I couldn't get to the bathroom quickly, I would be frozen in place trying to hang on, and sometimes couldn't, thus creating an embarrassing puddle. This went on for many years, with mild to moderate symptoms. I just lived with it throughout most of my life until I was around 45. My Mom said I had inherited my Dad's bladder, and apparently, I had passed it on to my son. We tried him on medications like ditropan for many years with little help. As he got older, he learned to hold on better, and was able to control it, for the most part, like me.

When I turned 45 and became pre-menopausal things seemed to get worse again. My OB-GYN tried the medications on me, again, some minor help to begin with, (wishful thinking, maybe?) but not in the long run. I asked my primary MD about getting some help. I was referred to a Urologist, who really worked with men and prostate problems and couldn't help me. He sent me to a Gyno Surgeon, who did some examining, and some tests for IC.

There is a simple test they do in the Drs office where they do an instillation of normal saline solution, empty that, and then an instillation of a potassium solution.( If you cannot tell the difference, then you probably do not have IC. Please do not go there and say you do feel it, when you really don't, just to be put on meds.) I definitely felt the difference and I'm on a full regimen of IC meds, and still don't really have relief from the symptoms I do have, which are going frequently, with what feels like & measures as a full bladder, but it's always extremely urgent. By urgent, I mean; when I come back home with a slight discomfort, as soon as I hit the door, I'm stopped, I have to cross my legs and pray I don't lose control. I, then have to walk with my legs crossed, like a crab, until I get to a bathroom. And usually I wet myself when I'm in the process of pulling my pants down.

I have had urinalyses(multiple) run, but have always come back negative for infections. I've tried Vesicare, didn't stop the frequency, but made my mouth, sinuses, vagina, & skin extremely dry - so drank a lot more. Tried Enablex, Ditropan, Datrol, Oxybutinine patch, all with no results.

During the initial Gyno exam, by the Gyno Surgeon, he found that I had 2 hernias(Cystoceles), anterior (bladder herniated into vagina) and posterior (bowels doing the same), so had surgery to insert a mesh around the vagina to close the hernias. They, also did a prophylactic hysterectomy at the same time, after all, I'd gone through menopause, nothing worked anymore, so what the hey? It would protect me from having to worry about Cancer in those parts. They did a cystoscopy (filing the bladder with fluids, and looking through a fiber-scope, & he checked out the inside of the bladder.) There were "scant" IC lesions, some but not many.

A few weeks later they inserted a bladder sling to hold the bladder up. Some success for about 7 weeks, then back to where I was originally, only much worse.

Then when I went back to my regular OB-GYN for my annual exam, she found that: What the heck? I had a stage 3 anterior hernia! So I was referred to Drs Micklos & Moore in Atlanta, who are reputed to be the best Urogynocologists in the country. Fortunately, they're only about 125 miles from where I live.

Anyway, the findings were a prolapsed bladder, (its pushing down on the vagina, with no uterus or ligaments left to hold things up). I had surgery again last week, where they repaired an additional hernia (bladder again, only at the top). They inserted additional mesh, and created new ligaments.) So far, I no longer have the urgency, but now cannot hold on when I do have to go! Dribble, dribble, dribble all the was to the bathroom. Twice now I've woken up in the middle of the night, and have soaked my pad, which I wear 24-7 nowadays. I've been told that my pelvic muscles are weakened from surgery & lack of proper use, and to do Kegels often during the day.

So to make this long entry come to an end, things don't always work out for the better, especially when it comes to bladder problems!

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HLTHYETER 9/19/2010 10:53AM

    I have a good friend who has had similar problems (but he's a guy). I know how difficult it has been for him. I certainly empathize as I have had some frequency problems myself--but not so severe. Congrats on being named a motivating member of the Neuropathy team--certainly well-deserved. Keep on keeping on!


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PICKIE98 9/9/2010 3:56PM

    I know how you feel: I have always ahd problems with my bladder, many bladder and kidney infection swhile on birth control in my 20'2, but I ahve never been a camel,, able to hold it for long..
When I had my hysterectomy at age 41, the OB-GYN surgeon, said that my uterus was so enormous that it took two fo them to get it out of me, folloed by them seeing my bladder all folded up like a shriveled grape(actual size)!! No wonder I had to go all the time and could not hold it!!

Now, due to many other health problems, I am now on,(drum roll please) Lasix!! Twice a day!! To avoidn CHF!!! So now, I not only barely make it to the ladies room, I do not even need to drink anything to feel that way!!
the joys of being a woman!! BTW I do Kegals all the time,, I do not think Dr. Kegal ever had children, a uterus, or Lasix!!!!LOL!

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RSTAGG 4/7/2010 6:34AM

    I feel for you Deb. I hope this time works. It is very frustrating when the doctors can not find a solution and you have to keep trying this and trying that and going to this doctor and that doctor. Very frustrating. Don't give up hope though. We are here to support you. emoticon

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DEBALDERMAN 4/6/2010 5:49PM

    Life's just a bundle of joy, isn't it? Thank you Dee for reading my "diary confessions." You know, I never wrote in a diary as a kid, but I find this truly cathartic.

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  Wow! I hope they have it all fixed right this time. Getting older and going through menopause is hard enough without adding these kinds of problems, too.

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That's done!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Well, I had my surgery done on March 30. They did a sacrocolpopexy with a cystoscopy and vaginal vault repair. In other words, they repaired the additional hernia (which they found during the surgery) with more mesh, and added "ligaments" to hold the vagina up in place, and to add additional support for the bladder. I think the most surprising after effect was the pain. None of the previous bladder surgeries have had this much pain after the fact. I also had some sort of allergic reaction to something, because I itched all over, and had to take several doses of benedryl. No idea what caused that. In addition to all that, I was nauseous and since I had my hiatal hernia repair, I have been unable to throw up, so lied there with the dry heaves.

Now I'm back home; the pain is much less & I can actually walk around instead of lying in bed. The itching is down to a tolerable level, and I haven't had any nausea. Lets see if this helps in the long run with my bladder control issues. Funny, but that seems to be the main problem I've had all along, and although they've diagnosed me with IC, I don't seem to really have any symptoms for that. Anyway, life goes on and you deal with the lemons as well as the sweets.

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RSTAGG 4/5/2010 7:06AM

I am glad you survived this surgery. It took a toll on you this time. Not fair. Make lemonade with those lemons. Good refreshing drink while you recover. Wishing you the best. emoticon

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RULEBERG 4/1/2010 3:40PM

    Wow, you have been through a lot. Hope you continue to mend and feel better soon. emoticon

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