Tuesday, April 06, 2010
The beauty of Easter is that it doesn't end there. We have so much to feel thankful for and yet there is so much to come. Our day went as planned, our church service was so beautiful and moving. Our meal was simple and enjoyable. My family loved their Easter goodies and we spent a wonderful family day with each other. Everyone got along so well, no teenage hormones caused any drama.
My weigh-in was good, I lost 2.9 pounds last week and got in 745 exercise minutes. I think I may be getting addicted to my workouts in the pool. My body does things there that it either can't or won't do on land. That brings me to one of today's puzzles. I had 3 doctors to return calls to today--they all 3 called while I was at the pool on Friday and I didn't get the messages in time to call them back then. I now have an appointment for the bone scan of my spine on Thursday and a follow up with my neuro-doc and I have an appointment with my surgeon too. My other call was the results to my lab work. It turned out that my iron was still fine--those 2 units of blood in November helped me out a lot! However, my vitamin B12 was dangerously low and they had me come in immediately for a shot. I have to have another next Monday and then one a month for the rest of my life. That sure seems ominous. I did a bit of research on this and I believe it has a lot to do with the fact that my doctor had to remove part of my stomach when I had my surgery in October--he called it "dead." The thing that really puzzles me is that I also came in as "pre-diabetic." The doctor said that he doesn't want to treat that at this time, but that I need to work on losing weight and exercising. Grr-rr. I am doing both and I am sure that the nurse I spoke with wasn't looking at my records when she told me that, but I am startled at the issue at all. It showed up on my January lab work as well, but has never been there before. I did have gestational diabetes in 2 of my last 3 pregnancies which makes this a strong possibility for me, but I am eating more healthy than I have ever eaten in my entire life and I am consistent with this. I exercise EVERY DAY, which is something that I have not done for a long time, if ever. I haven't missed doing some activity one day of this year. So, this piece of my lab work is a definite puzzle.
I understnad that the vitamin B12 issue can be the cause of some of my other issues--fatigue and lack of energy are way up there on the list. It can also contribute to difficulty walking...and the nurse mentioned memory problems. (That is something that I haven't really noticed, yay.) The medicine is supposed to help quickly within 48-72 hours. I am hoping that the B12 and the D vitamin supplements will help my overall well-being and get me back on my feet a bit faster.
I am going to do a bit more online and try for some extra sleep tonight. I always try, maybe it will happen! Take care of yourselves and stay sparked.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
I have worked hard today to attend to a lot of details that needed attention for Easter, for the coming week, for my well-being and except getting to the pharmacy on time to pick up my pain meds, I have accomplished everything I intended to do. I wouldn't have with out the help of my husband and my 25 year old son, both of whom come through for me time and time again. We boiled 8 dozen eggs today and Mitchell helped his younger brothers and sister to color and decorate them. We planned and shopped for the Easter dinner I wanted--we will have turkey with our traditional baked mac and cheese (It is not quite like anything I have eaten anywhere else in my life except at family gatherings on my mother's side of the family. My kids love it, it isn't hard to make--but is generally part of a holiday or big meal.). We bought a lot of really nice fruits and veggies to make a fruit tray and a veggie tray and we will have rolls for those who want them. It will be nice, yet simple--and will not require a lot of work in the kitchen. I made a couple of remaining purchases for the kids' baskets--some gum and some microwave popcorn for all of them and I needed some Cadbury cream eggs (yuck) for my oldest son and a Reese's for my youngest daughter. I think indulging in their favorites is a good plan and makes it more special as opposed to giving them a big collection of candy. Each of them has a couple of special gifts in their baskets and a few "basket stuffer" items. My youngest is getting many Bakugan toys that he adores and that is the extravagance in the bunch.
I bit the bullet nad made sure that I got to work out at the pool--and I spent a bit of extra time there since tomorrow is a day off from that. I am going to try and do some exercises here and use some of the arm exercises from our OA of the Lower Back team challenge as well as getting in a few more steps than I would typically. I hope it will be as nice outside as I have heard it will be.
In all, I am looking forward to this most Holy of days in the Christian faith. We have so much to give thanks for and waking up tomorrow after the burden of the Passion to the Risen Christ is so breathtaking. We are blessed with love from above.
Hugs to all, Sylvia
Friday, April 02, 2010
I am home from church and am full of thoughts and feelings of thanksgiving and blessings for all we have ben given. Holy Week has a great deal of meaning for me, and it is hard to believe that I am worthy of the gifts I have been given. It is also unbelieveable to know that someone gave His life to free me from my sins. I want to give back and know that I must try hard to be even slightly worthy. After all of that, I find it equally amazing that when I am in need, I can pray and will get what is best for me and my loved ones. All I have to do is ask...there is nothing else in life that is this easy and this good.
4 of my children went along on the cross walk today. I am going to try to include the photo(s) from our local newspaper in this blog--but if I can't, I'll put in the link. My 17 year old Mason is in a great photo as he took his turn carrying the cross. My pastor mentioned to me that my two older sons who walked with them took on a great deal of the burden of carrying the cross which helped out many of the older people who were there as well. My 14 year old daughter Marissa also took a turn and she and I discussed how it impacted her. They also bring along a smaller one that Micah and other younger children carry to participate in the event as well. They have measured out the distance for this, starting at City Hall and traveling by as many of the participating churches as they can to get to the Presbyterian church that puts this moving activity together. The distance is exactly the distance Christ carried the cross and the large cross matches the dimensions and the weight of the one He ws forced to carry. I couldn't figure out how to share the photos, but here is the article. It includes two of the photos and the one at the bottom is my son. If you click on more photos, you can get an even better picture of how this looked--as well as how beautiful the morning was. http://qconline.com/archives/qco/display.p
hp?id=486690 (My daughter was pretty surprised by the weather because Good Friday has been pretty wet and chilly around here for the past several years. It did rain this afternoon.
Tomorrow is a bit more lighthearted for my family--we have to boil and color eggs and my youngest really wants to have an Easter egg hunt here. I have a lot of plastic eggs because I bought two big bags to put trinkets in them for the kids at school. I'll have to go buy some trinkets for him as well--I have scaled back the amount of candy that is going to be here this year. There will be some, but it will be special treats like their big favorites and I am hoping they will enjoy it a bit more as well. I have to get to the pool and i have to go grocery shopping as well. Most of the kids' Easter basket goodies are at school, locked safely in my classroom. I'll go by there tomorrow and finish setting those up and bring them home for early, early Sunday morning. My husband actually gets Sunday off of work, so it will be a special day for a lot of reasons. If the weather is nice, I may get him to go with me somewhere for a walk--the pool won't be open on Sunday either and I am getting used to exercising everyday.
It will be hard to get back in the swing of regular work next week--the kids have one more day of their spring break and return to school on Tuesday. I have a lot to accomplish with my young students for them to be well-prepared for their coming year and new grade level, along with the daunting task of moving. Oh well, I will treat that like I am my exercise and weight loss--one day at a time, doing the very best I can do!!
Have a wonderful weekend. This is such a wonderful time and I hope it is meaningful for you too.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Hi there Spark Friends,
I think it is interesting how a day can bounce up and down between good things and not-so-good things, extremes and ho-hum. I seem to remember a time in my life when I was younger when if something went wrong, things escalated all day until all I could do was go to bed and pray for better. It started with a 7AM appointment for labwork that I fasted for. The staff at my doctor's office were so efficient today that I got to work over a half an hour earlier than I usually get there. I started my day at work with my morning milk and some cheese, and then got on track.
Our internet service was not working when I came home from work. It didn't matter at that moment because I got ready to go to the pool and worked out a detailed schedule with my kids--one of them joined me at the fitness center, one drove and ran some errands for me including taking his sister to her voice lessons. Then they were to meet us at the fitness center so I could take my daughter to a dentist appointment. The pool was really chilly today which made no sense to me. It was gorgeous here today with temps over 70 and beautiful sunshine!! The group at the pool were wonderful as well--there were a lot of older adults and the kids were teenagers who had fun playing volleyball without interfering with anyone else's activities. A gentlemen who walks in the pool everyday talked to me and I was surprised to recognize him as a doctor from the GP's office I go to who retired last fall. He and I reminisced about my spine infection and he told me that he was so worried that I would never have walked out of the hospital then. I have had 2 opportunities to revisit how awful that was lately...and it is no wonder that my back still complains. I knew that I almost died twce with that situation, but it still makes me uncomfortable to think about it after 6 years.
Anyway, our plan seemed pretty foolproof until, on the way to get us at the fitness center, the car had a flat tire. It wasn't a straightforward flat either--and it required extra tools and the like to repair it. My husband had to come and retrieve us after I rushed a bit, skipped the sauna which I have grown to love after being in the cold pool, and then went to the car and kids with the flat. Grr-rr. That messed up a number of things, starting with my daughter's dentist appointment. My husband took all of us but my son who drove home, retrieved tools and my "mechanic in training" son--and they went back to deal with this problem.
I came home and got some chores done in spite of the pain I am dealing with right now. This is really driving me crazy and I think the trouble in my back has induced a fibro flare that I surely didn't need. I can hardly stand to be touched right now, my skin hurts. I decided to try to lie down on the sofa whcih was a bad idea for me. There is a reason why I sleep in a a recliner--I can't lie flat. I developed a serious pain in my back and my right side--it was extreme and I couldn't get up. My kids were outside because my inactivity on planning dinner spurred them all to plan a weiner roast. My husband finally came in and rescued me. He helped me to fix some food that better suited me than the weiners as well. The internet was still out, so I reread some of "The Spark."
My husband did a lot of errand running after that--he went and got some small tubs at the dollar store for us to use as Easter baskets for the kids. He picked our daughter up from her long day at college. He ran to the grocery store and he also took our 20 year old son to work. He came home and was so sweet, wanting to help me. I feel bad that he is so worried about me--he is 9 yars older than I am and works 9 hours a day, 7 days a week repairing manufacturing machines. I feel badly that he has to help me as much as he does and I worry that he doesn't get enough rest.
Our internet provider is Mediacom, our cable company and our phone service provider. The entire time the internet was out, the phone was out as well. By mid-evening, our cable was out which bothered some of my kids, but that's one thing I can take or leave. Anyway, apparently there was quite a large area that didn't have service because there were several who came to fix it. Things finally came back on sometime before 9:30.
Now everyone--2 legged and 4 legged is asleep around here, but me. I want to get to bed soon, but there is so much to do here. Annteresting note, it is now 2:36 AM and I just woke up. This didn't get posted and yet, I started writing it at about 10:15 PM, I am thankful for any sleep I get, so this is not a bad thing. It is just another addition to the ups and downs of a strange day. Welcome to April!!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I am physically trashed today. I used my walker and went to our high school for the big district meeting recognizing staff for years of service, retirees, and last quarter motivation. Then, we went back to our own buildings for "team building." I took my wheel chair and my walker--I am so slow when I walk that it isn't efficient enough for work. I did walk most of the day though and left exhausted. On the way home, I needed to get some groceries--ooh, really yummy, juicy grape tomatoes (finally) and I gave in and used a motorized cart there. I did go to the pool this afternoona nd I also took a nap to make up for a long, restless night.
i'm keeping it short tonight--need to get some extra sleep. Take care my friends!
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