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YOU ASKED ABOUT MY BROTHER

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

You asked if I was going to visit my brother in California and how he is doing.
First of all emoticonfor your emoticon They mean so much to me.

NOW THE REST OF THE STORY.
As you know my brother in California is ill. They found a mass on his pancreas. He said they said it was benign.
I asked how do they know it is benign.
He said only by doing a biopsy can they tell and it is a major surgery and I would have to be in the hospital 5 days so he didn't want to do it since he would have to leave his wife alone.
Then is wife was talking in the background and she is the one who wanted me to go out and told my brother to pay for me to go. He told her "well, we can afford to do that" so she thought he had sent the money for me to go.
One emoticon(night) I called at 8:30 their time and since she goes to emoticonat 8:00 he could talk.
He told me she has Alzheimer's and sometimes can be very nice and sometimes not so. I know what that is as my husband had the same thing for years before he died.
He told me he could not talk to me with her in the room as she would get angry if he told me as she thinks she is alright. He said he didn't want to put me through that and I realize it would be stressful for all three of us.
The funny thing is that I called one morning as I saw something on the internet about pancreatic cancer. She answered the phone as he was out. At first she did not know who I was and I said "I'm Henry's sister" Oh Irene are you here already she asked. I said no not yet. She said when are you coming? I said I don't know but just wanted to talk to Henry a minute to see how he is. Isn't it amazing she doesn't forget that. No doubt she thinks he sent the money and I'm just not going.
It breaks my emoticonto know I may never see him again in this life.
She is older than he by 9 years and is already 90. He has difficulty restraining her though as she wants to climb and do things she shouldn't do.
He has to cook and the only thing she can do is the laundry.
So for you who emoticonfor those who are emoticonthis is for you
and for those who are just interested this is for you.
Irene

  
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PICKIE98 7/27/2011 5:05PM

    my dad died, blissfully, after three long years of Alzheimer's,, I was so happy for him,, I keep all three of you in my prayers dear..

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PRAIRELAKELADY 7/20/2011 11:37AM

    I will pray for you every day, that you will search within yourself and do what you need to do.

I can only say this: one of my step sisters got cancer of the tongue when she was in her early 50's. I did not go to visit her because I thought it would cost too much, or it would be too much of a bother for her to have me there-there are six of us sisters and three of them lived in one city. I was very far away and it would have been expensive and difficult to miss work.

She did pass away when she was 54, and I hadn't gone to see her. This was a bad mistake on my part. I needed to go, talk over old times, and our childhood and say some things that now I can never say to her in person.

Also, I could have given her a lot of love in those difficult times.

I will pray for you and your family. emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 7/18/2011 11:01PM

    I am so sorry you are all going through this sad time. I have lost 2 brothers already and I think of them often.
God will give you the strength when you need it most.
huds, Pat

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LAVENDERLILY 7/17/2011 12:01PM

    Dear Irene, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs, Nadine

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JUNEBUG150 7/16/2011 11:13PM

    Irene, I was just thinking about you and saw this on your spark page. Praying for you, your brother and his wife. Praying that God gives you wisdom and peace. Hugs and Prayers, Melody

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DDCLEADER 7/16/2011 7:15AM

    Mine and Dori's prayers are with you
God Bless you

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LIZABETT 7/15/2011 12:58PM

    emoticon emoticon Coincidentally, I have a brother who lives in Las Vegas. He has not been well for some time. We do plan to go see him when our cruise ship docks in San Diego in October. Otherwise, I'm not sure how I could/would deal with him passing before then. He is only a year older than me.
We live and we die, all of us at one time or another. God will take care of the circumstances. God Bless. emoticon Liz

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JIBBIE49 7/14/2011 11:06PM

    emoticonI'm sure if he is 83, that they aren't going to do surgery for him, since he probably couldn't deal with it. The Pancreas is such a bad place to have cancer. But, since he's lived to 83, that has been a long life. I was reading the obit of a woman here in town today, who had battled cancer for 3 yrs & passed away. She was 42 & had 3 teenage children & a husband. Another one was of a 51 yo man who'd died suddenly yesterday while fishing with his teenage son. Apparently, he'd had a heart attack.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 7/14/2011 6:36PM

    Dear Irene,
I am praying for you and your Dear Brother and his Dear Wife. If God wants you to make the trip He will work it out. If not I pray comfort and piece for you ... well I pray that regardless of making the trip or not. :)

Hope you are doing well in the TX heat!

Hugs to you my Friend!!
Daddy'sGirl

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/14/2011 4:36PM

    You, your brother and his wife are in my thoughts and prayers. You do what you feel is right for you. Look to God for the answers...He will never let you down.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen


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SUSIEPH1 7/14/2011 4:22PM

    Irene Dear I am so very sorry.
I hope you can manage to go see him .. Would be nice to say goodbye and spend a little time with them both.. but of course that is entirely your choice know that I am thinking of you all with love .. hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/14/2011 4:14PM

    Thank all of you for your prayers and concern. God bless you.
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JERIBERI1 7/14/2011 1:59PM

    Irene, that is very sad. It would break my heart, too. Many prayers for you, your brother, and his wife.

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HAPPYMOM8 7/14/2011 12:14PM

    I am sorry to hear this.
I have lost two dear brothers so I know a little of what you are feeling.
I guess under the circumstances I would try to keep in touch by phone if possible and cards too. This may be all you can do .At least
he will know how much you care.
Hugs, Pat



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BORN2BE 7/14/2011 10:55AM

    This is such a difficult situation and more and more people are facing these decisions. Its hard to separate good wishes and what is safe for the people you love most. However, you are right when it becomes dangerous to your own health and welfare you need to do what is safe for everyone concerned. Keep you and your brother and his wife in prayer.

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MOM4407 7/13/2011 9:42PM

    Love you Irene. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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SPARKEE 7/13/2011 12:44PM

    Hi Irene, My heart goes out to you with love and prayers.

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DIDMIS 7/12/2011 11:40PM

    Thank you again for your prayers and your thoughts.
My sis in law could be so nice one minute then be on our case the next. I know how the disease works.
Another problem is that the airport where they live is small, the plane is small and you have to go down stairs from the plane to the ground which I wouldn't feel safe doing. He would have to go for me at another airport.

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KITKATSGRACE 7/12/2011 11:31PM

    My uncle passed away a few years ago and I know it was very hard for my Aunt. I am sorry that you have gone through that before and that your brother is going through that and being sick too. I am praying for you and your brother and his wife.



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MNNSAIDE 7/12/2011 10:34PM

    What do you feel in your heart?
Do you want to see your brother even for a day or two?
Just wondering.

I know God will lead you to the right answer.
Prayers for your brother, his wife and for you my friend.
This has got to make for a heavy heart.

Hugs

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YJNANA 7/12/2011 10:11PM

    Thank you for the update Irene. I was going to ask and here you are.
I would go visit, even if it was just a few days.
It would give you a chance to see your brother and maybe allow him some free time.
She must be looking forward to seeing you to keep asking if your coming.
Such a nasty disease. I feel for you all.
Hugs Y

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HAGIN2010 7/12/2011 8:48PM

    Irene I knew most of this as you have told me but it is sad for everyone. I will pray for them as well as for you. Sorry to hear you might not be able to visit your brother again. emoticon

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LMMIMI 7/12/2011 7:39PM

    Irene, how sad for you and for your brother. Knowing the loving and caring person that you are, this has got to be so difficult for you. Prayers for you all. emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/12/2011 3:47PM

    Yes, we do have facilities for care. My husband was in a nursing home for the last 3 years of his life.
My brother's wife is very demanding. I did not take my husband until he got violent one night (so unlike him) and the police told me I could not bring him back home. He tried to escape all of the time. I did go to see him most days and fed him his supper the last few months.
It is not easy to put someone in a n/h when they don't want to go and I feel for my brother. They have no children.
Oh by the way he wanted to get someone in to care for her once when he had to be gone and she said she didn't need anyone.
Dangerous.

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NEW-CAZ 7/12/2011 3:32PM

    I'm so sorry Irene, it's a dreadful illness.
You and your family are in my prayers. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 7/12/2011 3:29PM

    How very sad Irene, Could you not go ??
Perhaps he can get a carer in to help .
They must have some one who will be actually looking after your sister-in-law whilst your brother is in hospital .. or do they not have that facility there ??.
What ever happen's ...
My love and Thoughts are with you all ..
Hugs Susie
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BOBBIENORTHERN 7/12/2011 2:38PM

    Irene, I wish you could see him since you understand about his wife.

But, you are right, we will be together in heaven.

Do you want to see him? If so just go do it.

If not, then, just do what you are doing.

Or maybe you have not even made up your mind yet.

Love needs to be shared. Love and caring for one another should be shared and I know you have such a beautiful and caring and loving heart. I wish you would go see him.

I love you Irene even though I have never met you in person.

I know you will do what your heart is leading you to do.

Life hands us such hard decisions that we have to make.

Peace and love is the end result of our decisions that we have to make.

Be and stay in and at peace and in love.

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NELLIEC 7/12/2011 2:25PM

    Wow!

Has your brother made arrangements in case he pre-deceases his wife? I have worked with Alzheimers patients, and their lives are difficult even with very good care.

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SUNNYWBL 7/12/2011 1:52PM

    Thanks for the update. I'm so sorry that you won't be able to visit..........

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ALICERIEGER 7/12/2011 1:14PM

    What a shame. I have no words that would ease your situation. Just know know my heart goes out to you and your family. My prayers are with you.

God Bless

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TXDREAMSPINNER 7/12/2011 12:16PM

    I am so sorry your brother is going through this. It is difficult to have a loved one with Alzheimers. I have had a couple of family members who had this and it is heartbreaking. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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OSTEOPOROSIS MEDICATION

Sunday, July 03, 2011

THIS IS ALARMING.
In the July edition of the Good Housekeeping there is an article about osteoporosis medication.
It is not a pretty story.
This medication is supposed to help us not have fractures but instead it was stated that a fracture can occur without a person even falling.
The pictures are horrendous. If you take this medication I would look into it.
I took it once and it caused spasms in my back.
The doctor gave me somthing else and I had the same thing.
I said I would rather not take it and suffer like that than to take it hoping it would help me in the future.
If you have access to the magazine please read it.
Irene

  
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JERIBERI1 7/14/2011 2:05PM

    I was taking fosomax for a while, and my bone density went from osteopenia to osteoporosis. I quit taking the medicine and started exercising, and my bone density has gone back to osteopenia with the last checkup. Hopefully, the next checkup will be even better!

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YJNANA 7/12/2011 10:14PM

    Thanks Irene, very helpful as always :)

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DIDMIS 7/10/2011 5:04PM

    I am so glad that some of you found this helpful. That is what we are here for to help each other keep healthy in any way we can.


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MARLIZG 7/10/2011 2:51PM

    we gotta be careful about what we take & study our options

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LMMIMI 7/8/2011 7:21PM

    I do have some thinning of the bones, but not severe. I do have a lot of arthritis, but so far so good. I take Tylenol Extra Strength if I am really having any issues. I am lucky to have a fairly high tolerance for pain and so far Tylenol when and if necessary.

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BILLPHIL123 7/8/2011 10:49AM

    I have to have blood work to see about taking boniva. I am confused and not sure. Thanks for sharing this. Phyllis

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THEWINNER33 7/6/2011 1:40PM

    Fortunately my bone scan was normal. I don't want to add any more medications to my mix.

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DIDMIS 7/6/2011 1:33PM

    I am so glad I could share this. Actually I saw it on SPARK today or yesterday also. Carolyn so sorry you have problems with osteoporosis. All the more reason to get the weight off and to exercise. You have done such a good job on your walking.
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CAROLYNVIL 7/6/2011 7:44AM

    thank you for sharing.

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CAROLYN0107 7/5/2011 11:48AM

    I have osteoporosis and osteopenia. It is already the neck of my hip that has the osteoporosis. I have been on Boniva for the last year and a half. My advice to all who do not already have osteoporosis is to make sure that you get enough calcium and Vitamin D. Drinking milk isn't necessarily enough as I was raised as a milkman's daughter and have always had lots of milk. One of the main reasons that I already have bone thinning is because of my Asthma medicine. Without the asthma medicine though I would have a hard time breathing. I make my choice to take the asthma medicine, which is thinning my bones. The body is so complicated!



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MONTY68 7/3/2011 10:59PM

    Hi Irene
Thank you for sharing this. There are so many drugs out there that the side effects can be worse then the disease. I have heard of people that a bone broke first , then the fall.
I am glad that you read the article and sharing it.

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JIBBIE49 7/3/2011 8:39PM

    You often FALL because the bone breaks, and not the other way around. But, you have to realize that these medications are given to women who have a real possibility of having fractures. A woman with such a fracture often dies within one year, since it causes her to "go down hill" in other bodily systems.
I don't have a problem with thinning bones, as I've had the tests. I"m 61 & grew up on a farm always drinking lots of fresh milk. But, I KNOW that weight training at any age is very helpful with building bone. An 86 yo woman on Oprah had been weight lifting for 12 years & she said her bones had improved a great deal. So, the body WILL improve at any age, if we push it.

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JILL313 7/3/2011 7:29PM

    Thanks Irene, I had heard this before but I'm also going to talk to my Dr. about getting off Fossamax as I've read you can't be on it for too many years. I've been taking it for a couple and I have enough problems without more broken bones. Thank you for this good information. I will read the article.

Hugs,

Jill

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NELLIEC 7/3/2011 4:12PM

    I take Vitamin D and Ca. I also make sure to get some fat with the Ca since it absorbs better with fat. (In fact there is an article that actually says that diabetics do better with WHOLE fat milk.)

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SUNNYWBL 7/3/2011 3:44PM

    I took Fosamax years ago. After I had dental implants at the U of MN, I was having unexpected pain and was miserable. An appt with an endocrine specialist, etc, I was told to stop the Fosamax as it was interfering with bone formation in my mouth.

Since then I have taken Vit D and Ca and relied on walking and ST to slow the osteoporosis.

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LMMIMI 7/3/2011 11:37AM

    I had heard this before and so thankful that I don't need it. I have osteoarthritis and so far I can handle the pain with Extra Strength Tylenol. I have a rather high threshold for pain which is good because I can not take any of the anti-inflammatory meds.

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DIDMIS 7/3/2011 9:08AM

    I pasted the link onto my facebook account. I am della irene davis

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CUPBUTTER 7/3/2011 8:59AM

    I didn't know this. I will look it up. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Barbara

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DIDMIS 7/3/2011 8:44AM

    I think you could find it in the search engine through Good Housekeeping July 2011 and the title is Fractured. Hope you can see the pics.
Irene

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MOM4407 7/3/2011 8:13AM

    Good article. I read it and I was amazed and upset. All the drugs are to make us better but then the side effects are so dangerous.

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SUSIEPH1 7/3/2011 8:08AM

    I am on fosamax plus and have been for several years ..
I have been thinking of not taking it any more after what you have said...
I will talk to my Doctor about it ...
Thanks Irene ... emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/3/2011 5:42AM

    The drugs include Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, and the once yearly infusion Reclast (zoledronic acid)
The doctor tried two on me and they both gave me trouble
If you can read the July Reader's Digest you will see how the bone just breaks by itself. It is very porous.

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WALIDGAZALA 7/3/2011 5:25AM

    There are two drugs for the ostoporosis, one a hormone which might cause the pain but there is another one which is supposed to be less problematic.

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MY FLOOD EXPERIENCE PART TWO

Sunday, June 26, 2011

emoticonall for responding to MY FLOOD EXPERIENCE (BY REQUEST)
Now you say part two. Yes part two.
My flood experience part one was Wednesday.
Now flood experience part two Thursday.

No I wasn't in the flood. Thursday was TOPS day but the sky was cloudy and it looked like rain again. Since I had about a 40 mile round trip I sure didn't want to have a repeat of Wednesday.

When they got out of TOPS I was told it started to pour. I would have had to drive about 20 miles through flooding again and during rush hour.

I am so glad I did not go. I was home safe and dry.

I have had some amazing experiences driving in snow, rain, hail, ice, etc. Not down here but up north. God took care of me. I could tell you a lot of stories and could write a book.
I have been told many times I should write one.

Thank all of you for being my

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Irene

  
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CAROLYNVIL 6/28/2011 8:56PM

    very good choice to stay at home.

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HAPPYMOM8 6/28/2011 8:09PM

    Now I really LIKED this blog. You listened to that wee voice within( provided us by our creator) and stayed home this time.
Hugs, Pat

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GAILRUU 6/28/2011 10:18AM

    Good choice to stay home after your previous experience!

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MNNSAIDE 6/27/2011 9:25PM

    Right!

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MONTY68 6/27/2011 9:21PM

    Hi Irene
I had not responded to your first blog and then this popped up. While reading your first blog, I want you to know if I lived close and knew you were out in that flood, I would have been a nervous wreck waiting for you to get home.
Then, as I said , when I saw this blog, I said to myself Oh No!!!! But , I have learned from you that you are a wise person and it is certainly was displayed in the writing of this blog. Of course the right decision was made by you.
When you write your book, I want to place my order now as it would certainly be a great book of your experiences.
Thank for sharing this one, now I can relax.

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JUNEBUG150 6/27/2011 12:06AM

    Yes, I would read your book, too, if you wrote it :) Glad you stayed home, safe and dry. God bless you, Irene. Hugs, Melody

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HAGIN2010 6/26/2011 11:51PM

    So glad you listened to God and didn't go. You were able to stay safe and dry.

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DIDMIS 6/26/2011 9:00PM

    Thanks all. I don't think you want to bring TOPS tp me when it is raining.

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MOM4407 6/26/2011 8:13PM

    I am glad I called you to make sure you were not going to come. I know you are a good driver emoticon it is all those other people that do not know how to drive. You listened to that inter voice that guides us. TOPS is important and you like me need to go but our safety is more important. I hope this Thurs it will not be raining so you can make it to TOPS or we will have to bring TOPS to you. Right Marcy

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/26/2011 8:06PM

    Glad you stayed home where you were safe and dry...no more repeats of Wednesday.
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LMMIMI 6/26/2011 7:56PM

    Thank goodness you went with your instinct and stayed dry. TOPS will be there another day.

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MNNSAIDE 6/26/2011 7:46PM

    I missed you at TOPS but glad our mutual friend picked me
up as most streets were flooded and I was under meds from
the dentist!!.

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SUSIEPH1 6/26/2011 7:40PM

    Glad you stayed home, nice and safe and warm ... Would love to read the book if you ever got around to writing one!!
Hugs Susie emoticon

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THEWINNER33 6/26/2011 7:26PM

    Write that book. I, for one, want to read it. So glad you stayed home from TOPS. It isn't fun driving in adverse conditions. Hugs, Marcia

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MY FLOOD EXPERIENCE BY SPECIAL REQUEST

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wednesday the 22nd I decided to go to a town 6 miles from me for lunch. All was well.
I had heard thunder earlier but hadn't seen rain in so long I didn't expect any.
Arriving at the restaurant and getting inside things changed.
It started pouring. Not many people came in but those who did were soaked.
The lights went out but they got them on soon. Probably a generator.
The lights went off and came back on several times.
I had been there a long time so decided to leave. I got to the door and saw it was still raining hard but not as bad and since my car was parked in front of the door I decided to leave. I had no umbrella so was soaked. My clothes were soaked, my hair was soaked but I made it to the car.
Now to figure out how to get home.
This town floods. The streets become rivers. I decided to go down another street thinking it would be better but no.
Every intersection was filled with water. People did drive carefully.
I drove a few blocks and turned West thinking this street would be better. No Way!
Now the whole street was flooded not just the intersection.
The street lights were out, homes and businesses were powerless.
Traffic cops were directing traffic at some intersecions, at others they just had a stop sign up so people would give the right of way.
Two men were wading in the water up to their waists.
So I kept going. All was going well.
Then I got to my town and the rain had stopped. It had gone through already.
When I arrived home the street where I live was already nearly clear. It always fills up clear across the street but just a little water remained.
Hurry Irene, get into the house.
Get those wet clothes off. Dry that hair.
No harm done.
Didn't get sick
All is well.
Irene

  
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DIDMIS 7/1/2011 7:54PM

    Well Sunny, just let me say I sure looked a fright for my beautician Saturday. This Saturday I don't go as she is on vacation probably wet herself.

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SUNNYWBL 7/1/2011 5:01PM

    It must have made a mess of your hair! emoticon emoticon

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LAVENDERLILY 7/1/2011 11:39AM

    We have flash floods here in Las Vegas. How scary! Glad you were safe.Nadine

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CAROLYNVIL 6/28/2011 8:54PM

    so glad you made it home o k .

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HAGIN2010 6/26/2011 11:49PM

    So glad you made it home safely. God was there as you drove home. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/26/2011 8:04PM

    Praise God for his blessings to you!!! Glad you arrived home safely.

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JILL313 6/26/2011 7:44PM

    God was once again watching out for your safety. . .I'm so glad you got home safe and didn't get sick from being drenched. Take Care and God Bless You,

Hugs,

Jill

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STARTINGINLIMBO 6/26/2011 6:10PM

    Whew!

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LMMIMI 6/26/2011 11:14AM

    Wow, so happy you made it home safe even if a little wet. The power of water is awesome and should be respected. Years ago as a little girl I saw and experienced the results of a flash flood and to this day I will never forget it. emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 6/26/2011 8:55AM

    I'm glad you made it through the flood ok and that your car didn't stall out.

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GAILRUU 6/26/2011 8:55AM

    Thank goodness you made it safely!

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JUNEBUG150 6/26/2011 12:37AM

    Wow, I'm so glad that you made it safe and sound, I probably would have just stayed at the restaurant a while longer. Glad you didn't get sick from being soaked to the bone! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THEWINNER33 6/26/2011 12:05AM

    I was terrified for you as I read this. I am so glad the Lord was with you and saw you safely home. Hugs, Marcia

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CAZ5346 6/25/2011 11:41PM

    IRENE I AM SO GLAD YOU MADE IT HOME WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS. MY SON TRIED TO GET HOME THROUGH SOME DEEP WATER AND HE HAD A VAN AND IT STALLED ON HIM. SO NOW WHEN IT RAINS I TELL HIM TO TAKE A BOAT LOL



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DIDMIS 6/25/2011 11:28PM

    Goodness, I'm so sorry. I don't know how many of you I answered but I appreciate all of your responses. You were all so kind.
One thing I knew that if the cars were going in front of me I probably would be able to follow them and get home. Only the small ones were stalled.
Thank God I made it home safe an sound.
I was so glad I didn't go to TOPS the next day as it rained again and Ihad 20 miles to drive through traffic.
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GRAMMAP1 6/25/2011 9:17PM

    So glad you arrived safely to your home. It is scary to see the water standing and not know how deep it is. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YJNANA 6/25/2011 12:04PM

    Seeing so many News Stories of people getting stranded in flooded streets, I was afraid thats what u were going to say.
Glad you made it home safe and sound.
You really have to pay attention to weather in your area don't you.
Just like my niece in Tucson, flash floods. So dangerous.

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HAPPYMOM8 6/25/2011 10:41AM

    I clicked "I Liked this Blog" but I really didn't It sounds
really scary to me. I am so thankful you made it home safely!
Hugs, Pat

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MOM4407 6/25/2011 9:55AM

    WOW I was here and you make it sound so dangerous. I could have come and got you in my kayaks. I am glad you made it home safe. You are my inspiration. I hope when I grow up I will be as strong and independent as you. I am glad you did not drive over any curbs.

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ALICERIEGER 6/24/2011 11:39PM

    Thank you Irene. That sounds like quite an experience. I'm glad you made home without any real problems. You did well, girl!!!!

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DIDMIS 6/24/2011 11:31PM

    I know one thing. You drive slowly in high water.
I have a car not a van so it was more difficult.

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SUSIEPH1 6/24/2011 11:21PM

    Ohh my goodness!! .
What a adventure Irene .. you were so lucky that your car didn't stop in all that water ...
Glad you are safe and dry!!
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 6/24/2011 11:11PM

    I could just picture you all soaking wet!!!

Well so was I a few miles down from you!!!!

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NELLIEC 6/24/2011 11:10PM

    El Paso would get flash floods. One year there was a new housing addition in town and a man drove across a little bridge and accidentally went off the side of the bridge into an area that was usually dry but then was flooding over the bridge. He drowned! His family was devastated, and the next year the new junior high school was named after him.

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MOM2GEO_JR 6/24/2011 11:06PM

    Thsnkd got sharing Irene, and so glad that you made it home even soaking wet. Glad that you didn't get sick.
Marsha


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AFTER SUFFERING COMES THE BLESSING

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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As most of you know I had gout and it is like walking on a boil. My doctor was out of town and although the pharmacy tried to help me emoticonthey said it had been over two years since I had had an episode emoticon
They knew this because they did not have a gout medication for me in their records and they are deleted after two years.
EVERYTHING HAPPENS ON THE WEEK END! And besides my doctor was out of town so I had to be a shut in with no shoes. Monday night he finally called his office and called in a prescription for me.
THE DAY AFTER I FINISHED MY MEDICATION
I felt much better.
Now it was time to get out so went to a Christian women's meeting with a luncheon and style show followed by a really upbeat inspirational speaker.
The two ladies I invited attended. One had not been there before and she really liked it and plans to go back. She is the lady pastor that I have lunch with now and then.
We had such nice ladies at our table.
AND GUESS WHAT?
I won a emoticon(door prize)
I don't do that often.
The clothing was from a gently used shop and they had some items for sale. After the meeting was over I bought 3 inexpensive gifts which will go in my Christmas gift stash.
No doubt I ate good for me as I lost weight and my pants are emoticon
My goal weight is 152 and I weighed 147.4 this morning after drinking a bottle of water.
CAN SOMEONE ANSWER A QUESTION?
Why do your pants look baggy when you are standing and you sit down and they fit just right?

NOW I DECIDED TO GO TO THE STORE.
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I guess I shopped until I dropped as I was sooooo tired afterwards.
But now I do have some fruit

My housecleaner just came and it is so good she is going to clean and not me. I did do some cleaning and picking up though.

God bless all

  
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TOASTIE 6/29/2011 9:39AM

    Great question about the pants! Similarly -- why is it that when they fit perfectly standing up, that we can't sit down? Must be the way God made our skin to perfectly stretch and tighten so we can move our arms and legs, but clothing manufacturers can't quite get it right.

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HAPPYMOM8 6/26/2011 1:16PM

    Hi Irene, I am just getting around to responding to blogs- better late than never but better never late!
So glad too that you are over your gout problem and able again to get out and about!
For what it is worth, I just read in my Nutrition Action newsletter an article about gout. Thought of you of course.
It said that scientists tracked 89,000 women for 26 years and the that the risk of gout was 22 percent lower in those who drank one to 3 cups of coffee daily, whether decaf or regular.And 57% lower in those that drank 4 cups daily.
AND coffee drinkers may also reduce their risk of diabetes and Parkinson too.
I know you have had sleep problems so I guess the decaf route would definitely be better for you, that is if you even drink coffee. But tea wasn't linked to gout risk.
just had to share that with you.
Hugs. Pat


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SUSIEPH1 6/24/2011 10:24PM

    Glad your gout is much better Irene. For such a active person as yourself must have been so debilitating.
Glad you enjoyed the church's luncheon..
Very lucky lady picking up a door prize .. You must have felt so excited.
Glad you are Christmas Present hunting early its amazing just how cheaper and easier it is to get what you want, well before Christmas.
I hope that peskie gout has gone forever.. Much love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIABITS 6/23/2011 2:06PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better Irene. I enjoyed your blog & am glad that all is going well for you...you are truly blessed.

Thanks again for your prayers for the ear pain I have been getting after the dental work I had done...going on 4 months now that I have this terrible pain...Something went wrong after the dental procedure & my medical & dental team cannot figure out what it is. I extracted the tooth & still the ear pain persists.
But all our prayers have brought me to a wonderful physiotherapist who is trying all he can to massage & treat my face muscles & ligaments in case its one of these that has been injured or inflamed during the dental treatments. Also my doctor is sending me for a CT scan but the wait list is long & I need to wait till September unless they have a cancellation & no one ahead of me takes it.

So the prayers are working & I am being lead to those that can help me. Thanks again Irene & I am keeping you in my prayers aswell. Take care & take it easy, I know its tough when you feel better but take good care of yourself not to over do it.

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GAILRUU 6/23/2011 7:47AM

    How nice to hear you gout has gotten so much better.
I have some pants that fit fine but when I sit down the legs ride up so my ankles show. They are not tight and it always mystifies me why certain pairs do that. It must have to do with how they are cut.

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HAGIN2010 6/23/2011 1:06AM

    So glad that you are feeling better. Glad you are getting around and won a door prize. Thanks for writing your blog.

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GRAMMAP1 6/23/2011 12:19AM

    I have a good Friend (besides you) that has bouts with Gout. I know it is painful. I agree about illness coming on the weekend when Doctors are not graciously available!

I shopped today for groceries and even in air conditioning I came out sweating and weak. I never thought I could dislike shopping, but I do.

Glad you are better. You have been so successful in your weight loss and then keeping it off. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 6/22/2011 11:22PM

    Monty am I supposed to answer that twice? You guys are ganging up on me. emoticon

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MONTY68 6/22/2011 11:03PM

    Hi Irene

Great blog. I felt so bad for you when you found that you had gout, the pain you went through waiting for Monday and getting your prescription. I am glad you are feeling so much better.
It was good to see that you could go to the meeting, congrats on winning a door prize.
You have done well in keeping your weight down. In answer to your question about baggy pants, I never thought about it but perhaps because one is sitting on the pants is the fact that the baggy part would be hid until one stands up emoticon

Thank you for sharing this.

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MONTY68 6/22/2011 11:01PM

   
Hi Irene

Great blog. I felt so bad for you when you found that you had gout, the pain you went through waiting for Monday and getting your prescription. I am glad you are feeling so much better.
It was good to see that you could go to the meeting, congrats on winning a door prize.
You have done well in keeping your weight down. In answer to your question about baggy pants, I never thought about it but perhaps because one is sitting on the pants is the fact that the baggy part would be hid until one stands up emoticon

Thank you for sharing this.

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MOM4407 6/22/2011 10:03PM

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I am glad you are feeling better.

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JUNEBUG150 6/22/2011 9:29PM

    Sounds like you have a lot of blessings to count! emoticon emoticon Great job on the weight control! In TOPS do they tell you that you are not to lose a certain amount under your goal weight? It seemed to me that my sister said something of that nature. Glad you are feeling better! Hugs and Prayers, Melody

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JILL313 6/22/2011 9:20PM

    So glad you had a good time with your friends at the church's luncheon--and a bonus door prize is great!! I'm so glad your gout is much better and hopefully it won't appear again in a very long time. It's great that you found some nice Christmas gifts as that sure bets shopping at the last minute. You must be so proud of yourself as you are almost at your goal weight--way to Go, Irene. Take care and God Bless You.

Jill

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NELLIEC 6/22/2011 8:56PM

    I am thinking that the thing about the pants is in the "draping." For a straight line, all the pants have to do is fall straight down. When we sit, the pants have to fit around bends, so more cloth is needed.

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BETHV10 6/22/2011 8:14PM

    Glad you are feeling better.

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STARTINGINLIMBO 6/22/2011 5:10PM

    So glad you got that med when you did. Congrats on the door prize, Christmas gifts stashed and the loss in weight!

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LMMIMI 6/22/2011 5:00PM

    Great day in the morning, Irene, is back and going strong. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 6/22/2011 3:44PM

    So glad you were able to get relief for the gout--that is so painful. emoticon weight control. For so many dieting ends when the goal is reached and it is really a lifestyle so maintenance continues. Glad your luncheon meeting was such a success.

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SEATURTLE86 6/22/2011 3:32PM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Plus you won a door prize!!
I am so sorry about your gout flair up. I am glad that you got some relief.
My doctor said that I have it but I am not so sure. She didnt prescribe any medication and my bloodwork only showed high uric acid once. She had just started me out on a low dose of statins and they cause pain in joints too although I dont think they cause a high uric acid. That is what I think cause my pain.

So do you have any advice for me if I do have it? Is there certain foods that can cause flair ups? I do understand that it is unpredicatable. How long do the episodes usually last or is that unpredicatable too?
My father-in-law has it but I havent talked to him to ask questions.

I have no answer to the pants question. LOL One of life's great mysteries I guess.
~Pam

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