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The sacrifices I make to be healthy

Monday, July 19, 2010

Oh boy! It's not easy being me. (or a diabetic) I've always struggled. Actually the last 2 years my iabetes have been pretty much borderline type 2/type 1. A1c has been 6.9. that is 1 point under considered being high.

I read aa fellow spark members blog where he spoke of "If i have sweets or fruit it's early in the day" So I tried this. My fruits ahve been in the morning with breakfast or with my lunch. I ahve 3 meals and 2 snacks a day and no other nibbling. Since i found Chobani yogurt i ahve that as my night time snack alone or another good snack. An idea or suggestion I read about from another spark member. A lettuce leaf washed of course with a piece of Turkey lunch meat and slice of low calorie/fat cheese rolled or folded up in it. I've actually cut back on my bread. Last night i had the breadless sandwich.

My fasting blood sugar ahs been in the 170's and 180's with bread.

This mornings FBS was 128. This is absolutely terrific numbers for me considering my struggling. Each day it is going lower.

It's not a really tasty snack if you ask me but for better health i'll take it.

My extra exercise is also helping me. On some days like today I am going to the gym and then water aerobics back to back. It's keeping my body moving.

Thanks for lsitening.

have a wonderful day.

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GEMINI-SKY 7/20/2010 5:21PM

    Hi Deb, I'm so glad my Dr's suggestion of as You call it "the beardless samdwich" is working for you. I know it's not really tasty so I add some mustard or hot sauce or apple cider vinegar. (depends on my mood)
You just keep up the GREAT work.

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CATHYCOUNTS 7/20/2010 2:39PM

    Wonderful Debie keep up the good choices it working for you. Your getting positive results.

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BELLACUDDLES 7/20/2010 8:19AM

    Sounds like a great plan, Debbie!!!! I will have to look for that yogurt here in MI! Never heard of it!

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CHRISADONNER 7/19/2010 10:48PM

    You're getting there. I've watched my partner struggle with her Type 1 diabetes. It isn't easy. Just keep on working it.
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SAMODER 7/19/2010 9:57PM

    Sounds like you are getting your blood sugar under control/

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TWEETYKC00 7/19/2010 9:06PM

    wow, what a change in those numbers! wonderful, keep up the hard work with that. try not to think of changes as sacrifices as much as a different road to take for better health. that is why we're here after all!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/19/2010 5:52PM

    Way to go. We do what we have to do to be healthy.

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KAPERK1 7/19/2010 5:08PM

    Great! Hope you don't mind that I added you as a friend.
I'm coming back after several months.

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WILLOW49 7/19/2010 4:07PM

    Great to hear those numbers are going emoticon

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 7/19/2010 3:19PM

  Fantastic! I love to see the numbers going lower. You are an inspiration - Keep up the wonderful work!

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    Your discipline is inspiring -- thank you!


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KMATIS 7/19/2010 1:58PM

    I have been slowly losing weight and eating fairly healthy for a while now. Although I knew that diabetes could be in my future, I was hoping to at least delay. So I was quite shocked when I got the phone call from my doctor. Although it's only been three weeks on meds and testing my levels, I am seeing improvement. I still need to work harder to bring down my fasting levels in the morning. I look forward to reading your posts and connecting with your group. I need all the help I can get!

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JOY1918 7/19/2010 1:57PM

    So happy for you and your willingness to try new things. So happy to see the success in your FBS!! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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SHERRYJVP 7/19/2010 1:10PM

    good for you. My eating, and especiall exercise, has improved my diabetic numbers too. You read it and only sort of believe it, but then when you experience it you just wonder why you would ever stop a good thing. Thanks for the reminder for me when I felt at a 'give up' point.

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HLTHYETER 7/19/2010 12:55PM

    Good advice--I am going to try reducing my nighttime snack to only low-carb choices--but it is hard to do. Also, if I am not careful, I take too much insulin and wake up with a low blood sugar and grab the first food I find that can bring it up--so I will have to learn how much insulin to take. Thanks for sharing.


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NAMSMOMMY 7/19/2010 12:54PM

    That is wonderful! :-) Happy for you

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Chobani Greek Yogurt

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Chobani products are not new but they are fairly new to me. I've been preaching the word of Greek yogurt in general. I really wish I had found Chobani yogurts long before now. We were looking but they were on the very top shelf in the markets. Someplace I never looked.

When i was shopping one day at Safeway I come across a woman with a Spark People Tee shirt on shopping for yogurt as well. I asked her "Have you ever seen any greek yogurt?" (Because spark friends have mentioned it) She talked with robert and I for a while and searched the shelves and finally handed me the chobani greek yogurt. I bought 4 of them. We ahd talked about Spark People and said pleasant goodbyes after thanking her.

Since then I buy Chobani yogurt on a regular basis. theya re terrific! This is my opinion. They are thicker in consistancy than Dannon or yoplait. Not as much sugar grams either. It fills me up and keeps me full until the next meal. My FBS is down from 170, 180's to 120-130. A good difference. If I ahve my dinner around 5 or 6 pm and am in need of something else in evening i have Chobani greek yogurt. It can be considered a protein/carb.

I purchased a large box of this delicous stuff in various flavors at Cosco which is kinda like Sams club. It had maybe 16 yogurts in it. I try to have 1 of them a day.The only yogurts you won't find me eating are plain.

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MEADSBAY 8/26/2010 2:38PM

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE my Chobani (plain!).

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ASPENHUGGER 7/27/2010 11:43AM

    Costco doesn't carry that brand down here -- the one near me has Fage, but the others don't have any Greek yogurt. In fact, I've never seen that brand before, it must be local to Oregon.

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JOY1918 7/19/2010 2:04PM

    I too love Chobani and buy it at Costco. Has 14gms of protein, whereas other yogurts have less than half that. It is great for dessert. Sometimes I just eat the yogurt and discard the "fruit" at the bottom. emoticon

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KMATIS 7/19/2010 11:40AM

    I also love the Greek yogurts--the consistency and the flavor are great. I was just diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes within the last few weeks and wondered if the sugars in the yogurt would be bad for me. I haven't had any since diagnosis. I think I'll try it and see what my results are.

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WILLOW49 7/19/2010 11:24AM

    My hubby loves this! Unfortunately my dietary restrictions don't allow me to eat yogurt any more. I sure miss it.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 7/19/2010 10:59AM

    All I can get around here is Yoplait Greek Yogurt, but I am happy to get that rather than the quarts of plain yogurt that are watery.

The plain yogurt can be used in a lot of ways; from making your own dressings, to using for desserts. You can 'dress it up' any way you like to have it taste however you want.


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SPEECHEE89 7/19/2010 9:15AM

    The plain Greek yogurt is great on a baked potato,sweet or regular. Yesterday, I had it in a tortilla wrap I made with mashed beans, a little avocado, tomato,lettuce, and seasonings. It is very versatile. You can add fresh fruit to sweeten it also. I buy Fage and Choban brands in my area. You can have it with salsa with vegetables too. Enjoy. emoticon

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RENA1965 7/19/2010 4:29AM

    emoticonlove my greek yogurt... look forward to my dessert every evening emoticon emoticon

I use it as a cream subsitute to a healthy cake- I add vanilla and sweetner then omg yummy!

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SAMODER 7/19/2010 1:22AM

    I don't care for yogurt, but I have been wanting to try Greek yogurt to replace sour cream or cream cheese in recipes.


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LINDA! 7/19/2010 12:11AM

    I haven't eaten it but I really like yogurt. I am now going to try this!!

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DINGALLSTOO 7/18/2010 6:57PM

    pomegranate is really good. Chobani has a plant near me, so I feel it's helping local farmers. I weaned myself off of flavored by mixing plain into vanilla. I buy the large comtainers for the $$ savings and so I could mix and I always eat mine with fruit, fresh in season: mango, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, or frozen if I have to. I get bulk frozen mixed berries from Schwanns. Plain is 50 less calories per serving even in 0% so it's worth working toward.The fruit adds some sweetness emoticon

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REEN325 7/18/2010 5:43PM

    I too love Chobani yogurt. My Favorites are the Strawberry-Banana and the Pineapple. They have good amount of protein for a yogurt too. That is good for us Lap-Banders.
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    Love Greek yogurt! I've been buying Oikos, but I'll look for Chobani at the store this week. Thanks!


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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/18/2010 4:48PM

    It's nice meeting Sparkers out in public or meeting those that have checked into it and use some of the features even though not being a member.

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HEYRED221 7/18/2010 4:24PM

    I bought some but have eaten it yet - I got the strawberry. I can't wait to eat it :-)

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MIDNITE_LADY 7/18/2010 12:18PM

    Hi I have been eating Chobani for sometime now .My nutritionist turned me on to it I get it in BJ's 12 in a box. I love it wouldn't eat any other yogurt again. I even get the plain and use it in place of aour cream also you can add your own flavring such as preserves and fruit. It is just awesome.

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 7/18/2010 11:56AM

  Thanks for the info! How fun that you met someone in an SP t-shirt!

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TEXASGIRL48 7/18/2010 11:05AM

    Thanks DebbieAnne. I have had greek yogurt but not that brand. I shop at Costco often and use their protein shakes so I will try to look for this yogurt there next time I go.

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DOUGZ69 7/18/2010 11:03AM

    I agree! I was skeptical at first but it is great tasting and lasting effect of it is much longer than others I have tried!

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GEMINI-SKY 7/18/2010 11:02AM

    OK YOu talked me into it...I'll try them as they sound so Yummy...And good for you.
Thx a bunch.

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ARDELIAC 7/18/2010 10:57AM

    I've found the Chobani's awesome also.

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Getting to know you

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fun Questionnaire to Get To Know Each Other

This was posted by Willow49, and I thought it would be fun to post here also! Let me know if you complete it, and I will go check out your blog!

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Lakewood/Long Beach, CA


WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION? retired Floor Manager





WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? Children of a lesser God


HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER? on vacation visiting friends.



WHERE IS THE LAST PERSON YOU KISSED? He's on the floor at my feet


WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO? September 11 & 12 Dragon boat race in Portland


DO YOU HAVE A SONG STUCK IN YOUR HEAD? "I've got the music in me"

LYRICS FROM THAT SONG? "Ain't got no trouble in my life No foolish things that make me cry...



DO YOU HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE SMOKE AROUND YOU? Absolutely, I'm allergic to smoke

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HEYRED221 7/19/2010 5:06PM

    I love this - I just posted on my blog too! Thanks for sharing :-)

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LINDA! 7/19/2010 12:17AM

    Just love these questionairres....I hope you are getting a good cuddle with ROBERT tonight. emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 7/18/2010 8:05AM

    Loved it......and now I have your song stuck in my head! But that's's a great one! Ya, baby, I've got the music in me!!!!!!!!

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ASPENHUGGER 7/18/2010 1:50AM

    OK, I'm doin' it. Just cuz you asked me to. LOL

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/17/2010 3:53PM

    Nice info.

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SAMODER 7/17/2010 3:22PM

    I'm assuming the last person you kissed wasn't human. If they were, how do you get them to sit at your feet? emoticon

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WILLOW49 7/17/2010 8:27AM

    These are so much fun!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 7/17/2010 1:55AM

  So nice to learn these things about you! I'm the same way - I cannot tolerate smoke. It makes me very ill.

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    Debbie, good luck on your Sept. 11/12 race! ( I borrowed Willow's blog entry, too.)


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I am so grateful...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I knew this was going to take time. Even more time ahead. I knew it wasn't going to happen overnight.

Today my mobility instructor came here to pick me up. He is teaching me the pPortland area. How to travel by Tri-met bus.

His name is James. He was also my Coach on the boat when we won the gold medal in Saloem. He is a great guy. We left here in his car and drove to downtown Portland where I will be taking buses on my own once i am good at the routes. We talked in the car and the bus stops he made me find destinations and ;then he put me on a bus and i got home all by myself. Well to the Transit mall near my hope there robert picked me up. James was so pleased in how much I am hearing and understanding and not once did he ahve to use ASL sign Language. I really can't believe I AM ABLE TO HEAR. It is such a cool feeling.

After spending my full life since 6 as a deaf perso and having the Implant surgery and now being able to hear everything he said to me was such an accomplishment. What a wonderful feeling.

Have a wonderful night and day.

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TWEETYKC00 7/17/2010 8:48PM

    oh boy, now you're mobil. not sure if the world is ready for you yet!! lol.

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PICKIE98 7/17/2010 9:24AM

    Hmmm, I will send you a ticket to come here and stay with us for a week!!

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BETRME100 7/16/2010 6:00AM

    You are an inspiration to so many of us!!!! I'm thrilled that you're actually able to hear now!! And being able to get around on your own willbe so much fun!!!

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    Debbie, I'm too intimidated to try to navigate a city bus system myself. You blow me away!

Have a great weekend!


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SAMODER 7/15/2010 10:43PM

    Your determination, progress, and attitude are so inspiring.

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DREMARGRL 7/15/2010 6:24PM

    Debbie....You must be doing so well. I didn't even know that you were deaf before. Your adventurous spirit will help you reach your new goals. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! I am very proud of you!! There's a new world out there just waiting for you.....XO MaryAnn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 7/15/2010 5:43PM

    Wonderful, wonderful news! CONGRATULATIONS! It will be great to have the freedom to move around more. It must seem a miracle. I'm really happy for you!

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LJRW170 7/15/2010 12:05PM

    That really is so awesome! There is so much of the world you have yet to discover, now that you can hear. So much more!

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GRANNYD43 7/15/2010 12:02PM

    I am so proud of you; looks like you are going to be running around town on your own in no time. Watch out Portland.

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NVSHEILA 7/15/2010 11:11AM

    That's so awesome!

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BELLACUDDLES 7/15/2010 9:23AM

    Oh, Debbie....God has blessed you so!! I am soooo very happy for you!!!!


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LOVYAC 7/15/2010 8:28AM

    Oh my Gosh-I am soooo happy for you!! this is really touching thank you for sharing this with us... emoticon

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PENNYAN45 7/15/2010 5:33AM

    I am so very happy for you!

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CATHYCOUNTS 7/15/2010 3:27AM

    Debbie thats great news. What a wonderful blessing.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/15/2010 1:46AM

    I'm so pleased for you and PROUD of you!
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ASPENHUGGER 7/15/2010 1:42AM

    I am SOOO happy for you! This is such a wonderful gift, and it couldn't have been given to a nicer, more deserving person! What a blessed thing, to be able to hear!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/15/2010 1:16AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you are doing so well and it is wonderful that you can hear all the instructions.

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LINDA! 7/15/2010 12:14AM

    So great, Debbie!

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THE_BUNNYO 7/15/2010 12:06AM

    WAHOO!!!! :)

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BUGSYROSCOE 7/14/2010 11:51PM

    That is wonderful Debbie!!! Congratulations!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 7/14/2010 11:44PM

  Yay!!! Best news I have heard all week. I'm absolutely thrilled for you.

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WILLOW49 7/14/2010 11:32PM

    emoticon emoticon I'm so very happy for you, Debbie! You're doing so very well :)

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GEMINI-SKY 7/14/2010 11:30PM

    Hi Deb...Can you hear the music I'm sending you. It's a Love song for a Friend... emoticon emoticon emoticon
You are doing so Great ! ! !

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Monday, Monday

Monday, July 12, 2010

I woke early this morning around 6ish. Had my coffee and 2 poached eggs and a handful of grapes and we headed out for my Optholmologist appt. The pressure of my eyes was tested after numbing drops were put on. guess what? pressure si down. Last time I went in pressure was measured at 29 and today it is 16. Dr. is pleased with how the drops are working.

Lunch rolled around and we had time to burn until my next appt which was with Physical therapist at Legacy Good Sam Weight Loss Institute. I ahd one soft taco and water. She asked me a lot of questions and asked me to do things and only thing I cannot do si bend over to touch my toes because of my menieres disease and vertigo i would fall forward from balance issues. But i did everything else. This appt. has to do with mys creening for lap band. she said I am already doing enoughe xercise and because of my poor painful knees from being fat most of my adult life pool aerobics would be best for me and we start that tomorrow. I work out 3 times a week at 24 hour fitness, walk 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night 7 days a week and my Dragon Boat practice and races 60 minutes twice a week is a lotta exercise that keeps me going.

Next appt. coming up is Psychiatric evaluation from the 500 personality testing. So far so ood.

Oh, and on Friday night I bought myself a Magic Bullet blender. It is a food processor, blender and coffee bean grinder all in one and you can crush ice in it, too. so far this weekend I ahve made myself a protein shake in it, a lemonade slurpee and a strawberry/bana smoothie. I love using it and it's fast and easy. It ahs 17 pieces that cme with it.

Yesterday while home alone with my pets i stood up and pet my cat who was on the ram tower and she tooka fter me mauling my chest. It was bleeding a lot and I ahd a white tank top on. Ugh. Her anils went in good and deep. right down the vaalley between them are her claw amrks. boy did that sting.

Here's to hoping yoru monday went well.

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BRATS4 7/13/2010 9:14PM

    very happy to hear about your eyes

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/13/2010 1:10PM

    Keep those cat scratches clean and medicated. If you note a lot of redness around them, call your doctor! I ended up with blood poisoning and hospitalized from a cat scratch!
The news about your eyes is wonderful!
I hope all goes well with your continued evaluations.
Stay positive,

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GEMINI-SKY 7/13/2010 9:07AM

    You sure are one busy person...
I'm Glad for your Good News and Sad for your bad news (kitty scratches).
Hope all goes well with the rest of your test...

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BETRME100 7/13/2010 7:41AM

    What wonderful test results!! Aren't cats crazy? Who knows what gets into them at times...Spooky (as sweet as she has scratched me a few times...but I agree with the others who say to make sure you keep the scratches clean with some form of antiseptic and possibly an antibiotic cream...I once had a cat bite that got infected and my doctor was furious with me for not going to the emergency room about it (I laughed at her when she said that...sure that didn't help her mood much)...she gave me a shot of whatever the strongest antibiotic she could and told me to come back the next day...if it wasn't improving she said I'd have to check into the hospital for IV antibiotics...sheesh...what got into her...I still didn't take it all that seriously and asked her what happened to people back before the days of serious antibiotics, she looked at me and totally deadpanned, "they died"...well...needless to say, I recovered (didn't have to go to the hospital) and learned that she didn't think of medicine as a joking matter!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/13/2010 12:33AM

    Way to go on the Dr. visits. You need to really clean those claw mark good with peroxide several times a day. Infection from dogs and cats claw marks and bite marks are serious.

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 7/13/2010 12:24AM

  So glad the eye pressure is down. Sorry about the cat!

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MEADSBAY 7/12/2010 11:21PM

    Gosh- what got into your kitty?

Good news on your eye pressure!


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SAMODER 7/12/2010 11:12PM

    Cat's nails can be dangerous. I am allergic to cat scratches so that makes it worse for me.
Hope all your tests go well.

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JOY1918 7/12/2010 9:59PM

    Sounds like you had a great day with lots of positive progress noted. Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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