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Thursday, April 05, 2012


Yesterday I started my walking again...I got sidetracked by pain.

I made a commitment to God this time to walk each day except Sunday is my day of rest.

After my indoor walk at Wellspring I had a cup a coffee/decaf & regular. There was a nice person who moved here bag to make room for me. She (Tara) was a young woman of 30 to my 60 plus. Tara was doing some research on her computer search to become a teacher.
Tara shared, that the goal came about after taking a word test....and talking to a career counselor. She was thinking of teaching after he said that is IT!! A Charter School and she was not quite sure about that. My grand sons started a Charter School this year and they just love it!! I could see her interest and desire mounting as we talked. Was this a God thing. I said that even at my age in retirement I still wanted to do some type of creative work. Tara suggested having a life coach...to help me figure it out as that is what she did. Tara also suggested I use YELP to look up information. I had not ever heard of YELP...so I am on a search.

I believe that because I was obedient to God's call to exercise again, faithfully, He rewarded me by opening a new door. A door that I have been thinking about before today.

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE!!! People are reaching new goals each and every day.
You don’t have to be young to accomplish all of your dreams. Think that you are “past your prime”? Think again. Always wanted to run a marathon? Start training today. Always dreamed of owning your own company? Start small with the resources you have, and work hard for it. Goal setting is a series of progressive sets. It might take days, it might take weeks, and it might even take years. But with the right attitude and a little bit of ambition, you can achieve all you dream.

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JANETELIZABETH1 4/10/2012 11:30AM

    Elaine we never stop learning from the day we're born to the day we leave this earth...you're doing great and praise God He opened that door for you through Tara.
I know you will achieve your daily walking goal because your eye is upon Him!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/7/2012 3:53AM

    What a great, inspiring blog. Just what I needed to read tonight. Thank you !!

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PATTYCAKE17 4/6/2012 6:56PM

    What a wonderful and encouraging blog. So glad I decided to come back online tonight and answer the questions you asked on my page. Yes, we can start anew at any age, or at least try something new and rewarding.That was a nice testimony in your blog. I'm sure it was God's urging that got you walking at just the right moment to make your new aquaintance, and good for her as well.
As for the Blood Type Diet, I've been on it about three months, seriously following it. I feel so much better, and am losing weight slowly, but consistently again, after a 3-year plateau eating many foods that weren't good for me. I'm a type A pos. and am now eating a "flexatarian" food plan, lots of vegies and fruits, nuts, whole grains, but not wheat, fish, eggs, and poultry for the most part. Gone is the GERD and indigestion. I like having food boundaries as I have to watch eating too many carbs and eating too much. The BTD helps fill me up so I don't have so many cravings. I had tried it before but just in passing, but this time I worked at it and it worked for me!

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GOURMETLOSER 4/6/2012 4:40PM

    Without a vision the people perish!

Let's not perish, people.

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KO1215 4/6/2012 11:23AM

    That was truly inspiring. Thank you. I have never heard of Yelp either!



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AVANELL 4/6/2012 8:38AM

    Thank you for sharing that! Sometimes I feel like I'm too old to do some of the things that I have wanted to do but never accomplished. And then I remember how old Moses was when God used him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. And Caleb was about the same age when he finally was given his portion of the Promised Land. I am younger than both of them so why limit God through unbelief?


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ZELLAZM 4/6/2012 7:29AM

    I like to remember the Bereans - and there is no age given for them in the Bible, so why should we put an age limit on learning!

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QUEENCAT25 4/5/2012 8:26PM

    Just what I needed to hear today. Thank you! emoticon

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Sugar Freedom ~ My Journey ~ My Plan

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

(update 11/30/2012)
Your Brain on Sugar

Sugar fuels every cell in the brain and influences brain chemicals, too. And overloading on sugary foods may alter the brain receptors that regulate how much we eat. In laboratory studies, rats that binged on sugar had brain changes that mimicked those of drug withdrawal. In humans, just seeing pictures of milkshakes triggered brain activity similar to what's seen in drug addicts -- and that activity was stronger in women with a high food-addiction score than in women who didn't report addictive eating.

Breaking free from sugar addiction can be life altering. I have chosen to do this on my own and in four pieces:

Week 1: Identify the sources/replace with healthier and wholesome alternatives. Below is a list that I found from the recently posted Spark article ~ Break Your Sugar Addiction ~By Lauri Watson, Registered Dietitician.

Agave nectar
Agave syrup
Barley malt
Beet sugar
Brown rice syrup
Brown sugar
Buttered syrup
Cane sugar
Cane juice
Cane juice crystals
Carob syrup
Confectioner’s sugar
Corn syrup
High fructose corn syrup
Corn sugar
Corn sweetener

Corn syrup solids
Crystallized fructose
Date sugar
Diastatic malt
Evaporated cane juice
Fruit juice
Fruit juice concentrate
Glucose solids
Golden sugar
Golden syrup
Grape sugar

Grape juice concentrate
Invert sugar
Maple syrup
Raw sugar
Refiners syrup
Sorghum syrup
Turbinado sugar
Yellow sugar

I have long ago removed juices and sodas from my diet; also sugar from the sugar bowl for cereal, so that part was easy enough. My biggest offenders have been ice cream, jams, chocolate kisses & dove, hard candies. So, I have removed them for now and replaced with fruits such as apples, oranges, grapefruit, I put raisins, dried apricots, dried prune or bananas in my cereal. I have green teas with lemon, and a variety of teas when I am wanting a sweet thing in the evening. I do allow myself a 'dab' (1/2 tsp) of honey in my tea.

Week 2: Stock my Kitchen with sugar free items such as the teas, fruits, cereal (Look for hidden sugar by reading the nutrition list of ingredients looking for sugar to be the 4th or 5th in the list), oatmeal must be made from scratch as are any hot cereals because of the sugar content in prepackaged individual packets. I am not using sugar substitutes at all due to an adverse effect in my body.

Week 3: Stop the Cravings ~
emoticon emoticonWalks
emoticon emoticonTreadmill or Water Exercise
emoticonRelaxing Bath or Shower
emoticon emoticonDrinking Water
emoticonDrinking Tea
emoticon emoticon emoticonEat Raw Veggies with Peanut Butter
emoticonYogurt or Almonds

Week 4: Game Plan for Life ~ Allow some of my favorite 'sweet things' back into my diet this time in MODERATION. If it becomes an addiction my plan is to start over with Week 1 again, I will not beat myself up if I slip!!

I am on week three at this present time and feeling much relieved and thankful for this journey.

I will emoticonpray always in this journey of life!!! With God's help I will live free of this addiction. emoticon emoticon

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PATTYCAKE17 4/15/2012 9:26AM

    Your plan is working because you are taking steps to create an alternative plan that will work for you. WW mantra: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." When I became desperate enough to work the BTD plan I had to eliminate the offensive foods, but needed to have the alternate healthy foods available immediately so to lessen the sense of loss and deprivation. With God's help, all things are possible(do-able!). emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great blog! I do alot of the things you do; I have found fresh whole fruit eliminated sugar cravings.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 3/21/2012 11:12PM

    Ambitious goal. I hope it works well for you.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/21/2012 7:44PM

    Prayer makes everything possible!!! Keep up your great work. emoticon

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ADJQUILTER 3/21/2012 3:29PM

    I especially liked the last item on your list for week 3: emoticon
That's what makes all things possible!
May God give you victory!
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ZELLAZM 3/20/2012 5:26AM

One step at a time!

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LAYNIE428 3/19/2012 8:11PM

    Sounds like a great plan!!

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VISUALLYRICS 3/18/2012 11:42PM

    emoticon....my kitchen is also full of good clean foods.
I don't keep sugary foods in my house. Such Energy from clean eating is Awesome!

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NELLIEC 3/18/2012 10:56PM

    It does sound like you are progressing!

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

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How could I have neglected such an important event??? Twice???

I just have been so busy logging nutrition, water drank, steps, activities, than keeping my posting current with teams that have been so much a part of my life change and such an important key to my growth in healthy living...encouraging others and being encouraged by YOU!!!

Postings to:

Christian Women Over fifty, out of that ... The best team of champs...Swat Team II CW050...the Official Healthy Heart Challenge...Living Healthy For Jesus...Can't Do It On My Own...A New Song of Praises Poets...

Praises to God!!

What a picture my new life style has become... SHUTTERBUGS...

Even my financial picture has changed.....THE DAVE RAMSEY TEAM

New challenges are in my future...with the ORGANIZED LIFE TEAM!!!

So, I just wanted to take out time here to express my gratitude to all of my SPARK FRIENDS...and many kuddos to you. emoticon

Lest I forget the main character here.....SPARK GUY....who has started this whole idea of challenging you and me.

A big THANK YOU to you SPARK GUY!!!

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BITTYGIRL51 3/12/2012 4:28PM

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    Congratulations, we're glad you're sparking with us!

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ZELLAZM 2/10/2012 2:03PM

    Chiming in with my Congratulations a little late!

Happy Sparkiversaries, Elaine!

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DWERTZY1 2/10/2012 10:29AM

    emoticon and Happy Sparkversaries!

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GOURMETLOSER 2/10/2012 5:55AM

    You've done amazingly. Congratulations on the victories of the last to years.

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Here's to your 5th year!!!

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GRANDMANANCY 2/9/2012 7:27AM

    HOORAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

What an amazing girl you are! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTPEACHY1 2/8/2012 10:09PM

    Elaine, Celebrating with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Sparkversaries! emoticon (((hugs))) Ena

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EBLOOMING 2/8/2012 9:16PM

    Thanks All!! I am so happy to have others join me in celebration.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/8/2012 7:07PM

    Happy Sparkversaries!!!

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    Happy Sparkversaries

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    Happy emoticon emoticon Sparkversary!!!

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    emoticon emoticon Happy Sparkversaries!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Monday, January 02, 2012

God began speaking to me in my pain, tears, anger, and the

betrayal; all that I felt was the opposite of love. He also told

me to study out scriptures on LOVE. For my feeling was to

retaliate. He directed me to a blog from January 2, 2012 by

liveandlaughwithjesus "When you have Truth without Love". Also,

he told me that he would never leave me in Matthew 28:20

"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have

commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the

end of the age. Amen."

He showed me this through the blog, about the life of David Livingston.

First it was Romans 7 & 8 ...
Romans 7 is full of Paul talking himself.

(1) "the law and how it has dominion over man as

long as he lives" " ..but I had not known sin but by the law" (7)

What shall we do than? Is the law sin? God forbid..for I had

not known sin but by the law. (12) wherefore, the law is holy

and the commandment holy and just and good(13) was that which

is good made death; unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might

appear sin, working death in me by that which is good (14)for we

know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin."

This describes as Paul said the strife of two natures:

(15) For that which I do I understand not; for what I would, that do I

not; but what I hate that I do. (16) If than, I do that which I

would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now, then it is

no more I that do it but sin that dwelleth in me. (18) For I know

that in me (that is in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will

is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I find

not. (19) For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I

would not, that I do." The confusion of Paul is what I felt too.

The number of times "I" is present in this chapter amazes me still.

...32 times in Romans 7!! Not until Paul shifted from I to God

( the Spirit, is mentioned 18 times in Romans 8) did there seem to

be an answer.

(24) Oh, wretched man that I am! Who shall

deliver me from the body of this death? (25) I thank God

through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So, then, with the mind I

myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh, the law of sin."

NOW, the Victory in Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no

condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not

after the flesh but after the Spirit.(2) For the law of the

Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of

sin and death. (3) For what the law could not do, in that it was

weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son, in the likeness

of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. (4) That

the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk

not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." This is the fruit of

salvation. So, from than on in chapter of Romans 8 Paul's switch

from "I" to the "Spirit" gave VICTORY.

I was in the flesh after and during my feelings but as I focused

on the Spirit in Romans 8 I began to win the fight that was

going on in my flesh. Romans 8 is the diamond and the

doorway, the gateway to walking in the Spirit. There is no

condemnation, no separation because Jesus died and was buried (outside

the camp in a dung heap) but Victory came when Jesus arose again to

give new life.

The glorious deliverance:

(18) "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are

not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be

revealed in us." WOW!! I felt the power of the Spirit who

helped my weakness for I knew not what to pray for as I ought;

but the Spirit himself makes the intercession for me with

groanings which cannot be uttered. (from Romans 8:26) and

Romans 8:28

"We know that all things work together for good to them that

love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

As I understand the Holy Spirit talking to me I realize that

Satan attacks are at the root where things like condemnation, fear,

and stress live. Fine, I have given things like broken marriage,

sickness, poverty, adultery over to God . Those root issues are

buried and sometimes never revealed but I thank my God that

he does work on behalf of those hidden issues of the soul so

that the walk of the believer can be lived with joy in Jesus; no

condemnation, sin covered with the blood of Jesus ...forgiven!!

Revelation 12:10-11 "..they overcame with the blood of the


All verses from KJV of the Bible.

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FIDDLER4JESUS 1/16/2012 6:02PM

    Thank you Elaine for your openness. God knows and cares about each and every one of us..and has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Romans 8 is a precious Chapter in the Bible with man promises God gives for us to claim.Thank God for His unconditional love. All these responses you have are great! We learn from God's Word as He speaks to us. Thank Him, Praise Him, Worship God for Who He is and the Mind Of the Spirit is with us, in verse 27. When we honor Him, He honors us.
Keep looking up!
And, we won't be perfect till we meet in heaven where there is no pain or tears,etc. It will be worth it all...When we see Jesus, remember this song?

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EBLOOMING 1/7/2012 2:32PM

    I come to the conclusion that if the Apostle Paul struggled, well am I any different? I like what you said ZELLZAM, I am living in Romans 7-8 ... thank you so much all of you commenting on this. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 1/7/2012 8:02AM

    Romans 8 especially has blessed me during difficult times over the years, too. I like to say that I'm LIVING in that passage! There have been times when I've read and re-read that chapter on a daily basis.

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JUSTPEACHY1 1/4/2012 6:52PM

    Elaine, Thank you for sharing your insights from God's Word with us! I know that I can relate to the confusion and dilemma that Paul faced, and that you faced. I've faced this struggle in the past, and still do at times. It's hard to turn it all over to the Lord when you hurt. At least we know Who to go to when we feel the hurt, right? God will never leave you! And He will guide you in your relationship with your daughter.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/3/2012 12:54PM

    Great blog, Elaine. 2011 was a very difficult year for many people in many different ways. We have a God who hears us, the power of love behind us, the Holy Spirit within us, and all of Heaven ahead of us!
Thank you, Lord, for this new year and for always being there for us...allowing us to continue to move forward with you beside us. Amen.

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RITAROSE 1/3/2012 8:26AM

  Thank you for your blog! I've just closed the book on the hardest year of my life and look forward to what the Lord has in store for 2012. Walking with him is the way to deal with everything--the good, the bad and the difficult!
Praise Him for never leaving or forsaking us, he is with us every step of the way!

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GRANDMANANCY 1/3/2012 5:59AM

    Amen and amen. Thank you Elaine.

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    Dear Elaine, these times come hard, especially when satan is able to use somebody to attack us! But I do believe these things are permitted of the Lord for our spiritual growth.
When I've have found myself in similar situations, I have cried unto the Lord for the injustice and asked Him to place conviction upon the heart of the person in question and reveal the truth.
Praise God, He has never failed to do what is right for me. The saying...The truth will out! Yes He can make it so and so wounds are healed and not just patched over. Our families need us, especially as seasoned Christians with God's wisdom and yes...His LOVE.
I'm praying for you Elaine and look forward to hearing a big Praise offering unto the Lord!!

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    Hugs & Prayers as you walk through this with God. I walked through those deep roots the past year and a half and it's a tough journey, but one that can have joy if you truly give it to God.

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MAMA_CD 1/2/2012 6:34PM

    He is faithful, loves you so much that he cares for you and has great plans for your life. Writing this blog is just the start of the life giving ministry that the Lord is releasing through you. Have a powerful new year for He will always be there for you

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Saturday, November 05, 2011


I just ran across my SPARKPEOPLE daily challenge and it caught my eye.

Say no to sleep medications. Use exercise instead! People who exercise for 50 minutes 4-5 times a week fall asleep 54% faster and stay asleep longer than those who work out less, according to new research.

Now, that is an individual thing. When exercise is not possible, injuries, well you know what I mean. It is not for everyone.


This is my Josie, no trouble sleeping for her...this is at the beach and what a wonderful place to snooze...Odie, black lab, tried to wake her with zero luck.

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ZELLAZM 11/12/2011 3:14PM

    I seldom have trouble going to sleep unless I'm REALLY worried about something or have had too much caffeine. The solutions to both of those are easy - don't worry (hahaha!) and don't drink too much caffeine. I'm glad I've never needed medication. Good advice for those who have!

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FIDDLER4JESUS 11/12/2011 1:13PM

    This is very true about exercising and it is beneficial for us in many ways. Thanks for this Spark advice. ! We can endure...reading short stories helps also before snoozing., or saying our prayers.
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PARAEAST 11/10/2011 12:58PM

    What a great blog, it's a good way to encourage if you can to exercise. Thank you!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/10/2011 11:38AM

    Good subject Elaine. I think it's a problem when we can't shut the mind down enough to relax and fall asleep. I sometimes have a habit of getting up for the bathroom during the early hours and then lay there wide awake trying to get back to sleep again...!! Another big no no is...don't ever look at the clock to see what time it is! That is certainly to compound the problem of not sleeping. If all else fails, start praying...the devil will soon send us off to sleep!! LOL!!

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CYCLINGSANDY 11/6/2011 7:32AM

    I know I can sleep when I am on vacation, but when I am working during the school year that is not the case. I do exercise at least 4-5 times per week, but that tends to rev me up more. I take a Melatonion and one med. shut to shut my brain down. I usually sleep then 6-8 hrs. a night.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/6/2011 7:24AM

    I am one of those people who can fall asleep where ever I am as long as I am not busy or when I get tired. If I am busy and I stop to lay my head down, I am out. My husband says I am asleep before the light goes out. LOL Maybe because I am active during the day or just my habits. I hope you are not having to medicate to sleep...I know my DD does due to cluster migraine headaches.
Blessings and hugs,

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BITTYGIRL51 11/5/2011 3:58PM

    Ah ...the elusive "sleep"...unfortunately, exercise isn't enough for me...Menopause and my bladder create problems for me, even after taking Melatonin and Tryptophan each night an hour before bedtime. 2-3 hours of sleep is my max. I don't usually have problems getting "back" to sleep, but it's not EVER a full nights rest! Wish it weren't so, but it is.

Lastnight I took a bath in lavendar before retiring and I think I slept for 4 hours non-stop. emoticon

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LHLADY517 11/5/2011 2:35PM

    Unfortunately, I need the pain med for a bit longer.

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