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Monday, August 01, 2011


MONDAY 1. Took the emoticonto the car doctor. Did not get the work done. If I am going to spend agency prices I will go to the agency.
2. Bought gas and was going to go through the car wash. It was not working.
Final results, poor car. It looks like a dust ball rolling down the highway with bird poop on it.

TUESDAY Went to a new dentist to get my teeth cleaned. I like his hygienist and also the dentist. Also it is less than a mile down my street and he charges less than the other one charged. My teeth are emoticon

FRIDAY went to the emoticonspecialist. He seems to think I am A-1 okay.
Then had lunch with two of my Spark Friends as one of them lives in the town and another close by. It is about 40 or more miles round trip from my home.

SATURDAY Went to a birthday emoticonfor one of the ladies in my Sunday School class at a Japanese restaurant.

I noticed I got a couple of the days turned around but don't want to risk losing this so will leave it.

Also the week before I had a visitation On Sunday and a funeral on Monday to attend.

Some things emoticonsomethings not so emoticon

Again I want to thank all who voted for me as a MOD. You are appreciated my emoticon's.

I have had no pain from the gout since getting the shot in my foot.

Today is a new day, a new week and a new month. Let's make the most of it.

P.S. Forgot to say I had the window doctor out also. They arrived on time and did a quick and good job.

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NORASH3 8/25/2011 8:07AM

    Wow, what a busy week!
emoticon on being motivator.
Love your good heart emoticon
and emoticon attitude!
The Dr. was right.
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YJNANA 8/15/2011 1:20PM

    Your Blog made me laugh out loud :)
thanks Irene, I needed that.


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DIDMIS 8/13/2011 8:42PM

    I had another week worse than the one above. If you have kept up with my posts you know what is going on. Thanks again.

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JUNEBUG150 8/13/2011 8:43AM

    Congratulations on making MOD! You made my head spin with all the things you had going on this week! Hugs, Melody

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JUNEBUG150 8/13/2011 8:39AM

    Congratulations on being MOD! You made my head sping with all that you did this week :) Hugs, Melody

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MARLIZG 8/11/2011 4:48PM

    you are an inspiration to us all!

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MARLIZG 8/10/2011 11:47AM

    what a week!

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HAPPYMOM8 8/6/2011 3:53PM

    Yippee! You are always a winner in our book !

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NELLJONES 8/5/2011 9:43AM

    Just checking in with you. How wonderful that your doctor says your heart is in great shape. At our age that's always good to hear!

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PENNI68 8/5/2011 9:17AM

    Wow you do sound busy!! Glad to see you got MOD...good for you!!! That is awesome!!

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TOASTIE 8/3/2011 9:50AM

    Busy week. How lucky that you actually get to be face-to-face with spark friends. I love your use of emoticons.


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MOM4407 8/3/2011 7:27AM

    A busy week.

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SUNNYWBL 8/2/2011 10:33PM

    I'm so happy for you that on the whole, it was a great week for you!

Granted, funerals and their services emoticon emoticonare definitely not happy times.

I'm Happy that your foot got better fast, this time, what a blessing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm happy you got a new dentist emoticonand a pretty smile.

emoticonDefinitely, being picked as a great motivator emoticonis cause for emoticon

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HAGIN2010 8/2/2011 6:00PM

    What a busy week, Irene. Glad your foot is feeling better. Congratulations on being MOD.

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CAROLYN0107 8/2/2011 8:23AM

    Irene...congratulations on being MOD! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/2/2011 3:07AM

    emoticon Irene on MOD it's thoroughly deserved! emoticon

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ALICERIEGER 8/1/2011 11:23PM

    Congratulations. You deserve it.

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LMMIMI 8/1/2011 11:07PM

    Congratulation on MOD and I think you are emoticon

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KEEPITUP05 8/1/2011 8:42PM

    Phew! You had a busy week. Glad your foot is feeling better! emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 8/1/2011 8:34PM

    emoticon blog!

I didn't know you had gotten MOD - where is that posted?

That is emoticon

You sure deserved it after the above week!


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MONTY68 8/1/2011 7:55PM

    Hi Irene
What a great blog and you certainly did have a interesting week, I think except for the car repairs , you had a wonderful week. Just like icing on the top of a cake , you topped your month with being voted MOD. You certainly deserved it with all that you do for all of us. Congratulations and let August be a positive, exciting, successful month.
Thank you for sharing

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Donkey's Tale

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quietened down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happen.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

Miss a past newsletter? Visit the GodVine Newsletter Archive

Note from Irene. You will find a lot of good things at GodVine

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JENNY712 8/3/2011 12:44PM

    emoticon emoticonI love that vine! Go dis so good! Jenny emoticon

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NELLJONES 8/1/2011 4:01PM

    A great story, Irene!

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REBELBLITZ 7/31/2011 2:54PM

    Thanks for sharing. Cheryl

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DIDMIS 7/29/2011 10:26PM

    Thanks everyone again. You are good emoticon's

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LOUMARG 7/29/2011 4:57PM

    great thoughts.. Lou

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MARLIZG 7/29/2011 11:33AM

    this was great--thanks!

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MAMA23GRLZ1BOY 7/27/2011 3:27PM

    Thank you for sharing! Awesome!!

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MOM4407 7/25/2011 9:42PM

    Wonderful blog. Good lesson to learn.

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SUGARPUNK52 7/25/2011 2:07PM

  Thank you! I'd never heard of GODvine.I'll have to look it up.GOD bless.

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CAROLYNVIL 7/25/2011 12:38PM

    Great blog!

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HAGIN2010 7/24/2011 11:30PM

    I needed this advice tonight. Thanks so much, Irene.

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SUNNYWBL 7/24/2011 6:28PM

    A most excellent blog! emoticon

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GRANDMA624 7/24/2011 8:22AM

  I love that story. Thank you emoticon emoticon

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    Irene, this is so true, this is a great blog. thank you.

I so agree with your words.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 7/23/2011 1:44PM

    Shake it off and step up I will do! Seems like the dirt might come faster than I can shake.

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THEWINNER33 7/23/2011 1:44PM

    A wonderful leddon. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Marcia

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TIABITS 7/23/2011 1:19PM

    Thanks for sharing that story with us Irene! Very good lesson...I needed that type of reminder, so I appreciate you posting it.

Hope you are doing well. Take care & god bless. Liz

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MONTY68 7/23/2011 12:00PM

Hi Irene
It never hurts to see a good topic again and again. Sometimes we need gentle reminders. It is great and the 5 rules are awesome.
Thank you for sharing

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 7/23/2011 11:29AM

    Thanks for sharing that! Good lesson!

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DIDMIS 7/23/2011 10:47AM

    Yes it is true. I have read it before and many more I receive over and over. Some worth repeating over and over and over and some not.
emoticonall for commenting on it anyway.
Your emoticonIrene
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_LINDA 7/23/2011 10:04AM

    Nice to see this story again, good reminder! Thanks for sharing!

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MNNSAIDE 7/23/2011 9:16AM

    Thank you - I will remember this and share when others
are in my shoes - in need of a shovel and survival.

God Bless you my friend.

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ALICERIEGER 7/23/2011 9:11AM

    No matter how many times I hear the story it reminds me how important handling all situations positively is.


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NEW-CAZ 7/23/2011 3:04AM

    Great story Irene emoticon

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JANETLP 7/23/2011 2:41AM

    Great story! and Great blog!

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SUSIEPH1 7/23/2011 1:46AM

    Great story !
Thank you Irene ...
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 7/23/2011 1:30AM

    I have always liked that story!

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

emoticonWednesday the 13th I was so stressed out. So many phone calls and e-mails with desperate needs. Later the same day at 4:00 p.m. my friends mother passed away.

A fellow missionary that I worked with in his Bible School was taken from the hospital, put on hospice and not expected to live more than two or three days.
The good thing is that once they took him off of some of his meds and took him to his daughers house he began to get better.

They found the two men who were kidnapped along with the brother of a lady in my Sunday School class dead. They have not heard from her brother.

A friend from Oklahoma has physical problems. She and I started in the ministry about the same time and preached in some of the same churches.

That is just part of the story. Anyway Saturday I stayed in all day and just relaxed as some of you advised.

Today, Sunday, went to teach my Spanish Sunday School class, stayed for worship, ate out with friends and came home and slept for 3 hours as I did not sleep Saturday night. Then got up and went to the viewing for my friends mother. Tomorrow is the funeral.

Thank you for your prayers and your well wishes.


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HAPPYMOM8 7/20/2011 10:36AM

    Please take comfort in knowing those who have passed on are in God's hands with no more suffering.
And also that you are loved !

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ANNEBURNELL 7/20/2011 6:27AM

    Keep your chin up, Irene, and know that you are loved.


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CHARHUNT1 7/19/2011 4:35PM

    You have been through some very emotional draining days, my friend.
I hope that life soon smooths out for you.
Hugs........ Char

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JOYINKY 7/19/2011 8:13AM

    It is hard when friends are hurting. Remember you have to take care of yourself to be able to be there for them. Bless you for all you do. emoticon

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    Sounds like you have had a very rough few days. My prayers are with you and your friends.

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PENNI68 7/18/2011 2:29PM

    I am so sorry to hear of all these terrible things happening to you. I hope things look up soon! Take care of you!

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DIDMIS 7/18/2011 2:10PM

    Just got back from the funeral and lunch. Now I am going to the doctor as my toe hurts again. Have to be there at 2:00

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CAROLYN0107 7/18/2011 12:04PM

    God bless you Irene! I'm glad you've had some "down" time with all that's going on.

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BORN2BE 7/18/2011 8:57AM

    Irene you are precious to so many that you help them through their burdens and trials. May God comfort each of them and you also as you try to help them. Give these concerns to God and we will lift them up with you and may you find some rest to keep yourself strong in helping others. Praying for you all friend.

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    Irene, May God comfort you during this difficult time as you deal with so many friends who are struggling.

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MNNSAIDE 7/18/2011 8:19AM

    You are loved - time to rest your burdens and thoughts on us.

Love - Marcy

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CAROLYNVIL 7/18/2011 7:05AM

    Take care of your self.

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ALICERIEGER 7/18/2011 6:55AM

    Irene I'm sorry to hear about all that is happening in your life. Be sure to take care of yourself so that you can continue to help those around you. My prayers are with you.

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NEW-CAZ 7/18/2011 3:24AM

    I'm sorry all those dreadful things are happening to your close friends.
Sending luv and hugs

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TIABITS 7/18/2011 1:27AM

    I will keep you in my prayers Irene.

Sometimes it all comes at once like you are mentioning....I know this from experience, so I can understand what you are going thru.
Take good care of yourself...you cannot help others if you are not well yourself.

May god give you the strength you need & take care of you during this difficult time.

Sending you a big hug. Liz emoticon

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JILL313 7/17/2011 11:54PM

    I'm so sad and sorry that all these awful things are happening to your friends. Take good care of yourself and God is always by your side.



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YJNANA 7/17/2011 11:51PM

    IRENE, that is a lot to handle, I am sure your mind is running in overload. Love and Prayers be with you during this terrible week Hugs Yvonne

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NELLIEC 7/17/2011 11:46PM

    Wow that is a lot of things to concern you!

Take care of yourself. I am praying for you and for the situations.

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SUNNYWBL 7/17/2011 11:34PM

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HAGIN2010 7/17/2011 11:25PM

You are in my prayers during this trial. May God continue to provide you strength.

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MOM4407 7/17/2011 11:25PM

    May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7

Love you

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JANETLP 7/17/2011 10:54PM

    My prayers for you as you deal with the loss and illness of those in your life.

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JUNEBUG150 7/17/2011 10:46PM

    Oh Irene, I'm so sorry for all the things you are going through right now. Keeping you in my prayers. Hugs, Melody

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SUSIEPH1 7/17/2011 10:33PM

    What a dreadfully streesful time you have had Irene ..
I am so sorry for the loss of your friends mother and the brother and the others that were murdered ... Just terrible !!.
What a lot of grief to carry. God Bless You ....and keep you safe ..
Love and Hugs.

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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.

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.

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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!!

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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,

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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.


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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.

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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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    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


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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Sunday, July 03, 2011

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.

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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.

Monty emoticon emoticon

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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.



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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.

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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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