Wednesday, October 06, 2010
I've been busy this afternoon, after I took some time to use the computer earlier and get caught up on my team, OA of the Lower Back. (Anyone visiting me who is not a member of this team and who deals with back issues should stop by. I feel like this group of people are part of my family--we share so much and they keep me going far more than I do for any of them. Take a moment and just check it out to see how a truly supportive and caring group of people work together to help each member become as healthy as possible.)
Anyway, I started with an appointment with my therapist who is a Christian counselor and an ordained minister. He has helped me to realize who God wants me to be and how to care for myself so that I can do what I am here for. He has helped me to understand that I give a lot and how to manage that carefully and in a way that keeps me healthy and happy and able to live my life. He helped me to understand that it is wrong for me to try to do everything because it takes the opportunities away from others who need to learn how to do things or to learn how to assume leadership roles. I am blessed to have him as part of my medical team and to have had his role in defeating depression that had been more than a small part of my life.
I just got back home from my PCP. He is such a gentle and kind and thorough doctor. I am in good shape--11 pounds lost since I saw him last (6 weeks ago). My cholesterol levels were good 39 for my good LDL that he wants at 40 or above and my bad HDL was down to 110, well below the 130 level he talks about. My blood pressure was a bit up today (128/80) but not high enough to talk about medications again. My blood sugar was 89 and he said that I was still in the "pre-diabetes" stage but the daily exercise and the weight loss was keeping things in order. The only naughty area was my vitamin D--and I can't remember the level, but he increased my daily dose to 6000 units. I have made a point of getting sunlight every day we have it and have taken 4000 units everyday. I do not understand why that level doesn't do what it is supposed to do. Oh well, I'll keep taking the supplements and I will also go back in April for another check on that stuff. In the meantime, I had my Vitamin B12 injection for the month and I know that I am feeling good. That is what I must manage.
Both of the doctors I saw today are anxious to get to the bottom of what is going on wit my shoulder. I had that crazy MRI on Monday, and I should have the follow up no later than Monday. I also see my rheumatologist then, so hopefully we can get the doses of my meds manageable and my discomfort and pain back into control. Arthritis and Fibromyalgia along with the results of several surgeries to repair my bones and joints have left my body a bit battered. I have done my part and will continue to do what I can to reach out to less discomfort. I still rely on these important people in my world.
The good part of all of this is that I am so much better than I was even less than a year ago. I talk about this often because it is such a gift and blessing. I can walk and I can do things and the pain isn't all that I am about these days. There are ways to move beyond these things and for that I give thanks and I celebrate my progress.
it has been a good day and I am looking forward to extra time at the pool tonight--tomorrow is another day at school, working on my National Boards renewal. I uncovered a lot of great things today that may or may not be a part of my writing and work on this important project.
I'm going to leave you with some photos of miscellaneous things that amuse me. (I am using a different computer that doesn't have the big variety of photos. I am determined to put photos in my blogs until I am comfortable in doing this as I so desire, lol, so all I can do is to ask you do is to put up with it!)
I have saved this from an old email.
Here I am with a group of children from this year's summer reading program.
My son hunted this silliness up somewhere.
The children in my summer class enjoying fun with the sprinkler.
That's enough for now...Have a blessed day.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
We had a wonderfully peaceful weekend this past weekend, camping along the Mississippi River. We weren't as close as some of the campers who got a surprise when the river started to flow out of its banks early Sunday morning. The weather was rainy during the night Friday and into Saturday morning, and it was chilly--but it was beautiful just the same.
Here is our son Mitchell walking along the shore--the sandy beach here is man-made. He found an interesting "hole."
There was a pumpkin patch promoting their produce down the road and we went over and enjoyed some of that. We happened to be there the only day that they had a little car show which thrilled our son Miles (the auto-diesel mechanic student.)
(I loved this one--although the car guy wasn't as impressed with Sylvester and Tweety, lol)
(My first ever boyfriend in high school had a car like this without the convertible part. He was a nice guy and a great friend, turned out to be gay and not interested in me though.)
This is the car Miles liked best...who can figure out this stuff. There were old and new cars, souped up and more regular cars, lots of colors, makes and models...I have no idea what was best, but I know what was interesting. We were supposed to vote on one, but I didn't have any clue what to vote on and the kids said that I couldn't vote for the horses in the adjoining field.
They had some craft activities and our youngest son Micah made some Halloween decorations.
There were other things too--the petting zoo was a big hit and Micah was excited to get to hold a baby chick.
The only one let down was Frankie, our pug, who went camping with us. There were no pets allowed at the pumpkin patch, so he had to wait in the old truck that we took.
He didn't have a long wait and we went by to check on him several times--that is when that photo was snapped. We went back to the campground afterwards and made potatoes and burgers in foil for dinner before playing a bunch of board games. It was colder on Saturday night even though it wasn't raining. Those of you who know me know that I sleep in a recliner because I can't lie down. The cold and the lack of my recliner made for a tough night for me, but the quiet time with our family made it well worth the pain I dealt with. I would do it again--and I think we will this coming holiday weekend. Our oldest son Matthew should get to join us as well...No computers, television, or other distracting devices--just family and fun. It was a good weekend.
Now I have one more photo to share--my recent school photo taken about a month ago...I'm going to try and put it in my photo gallery as well so that you can compare it to my last photo.
I've had some compliments lately--the most recent being from our daughter Marissa's godmother who told me that she wasn't quite sure why, but that I was looking really cute these days and I should keep on doing what I've been doing. (awwww) I suspect it has a lot to do with healthy eating, daily exercise, and weight loss.
Gentle hugs to one and all!!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I did a blog last evening about my busy week and I'll share how things have went after parent teacher conferences have ended. This is going to be a photo blog of my weekend with JIMSQUEENIE and our family in the Amana Colonies in Iowa. (You can do a search and find out some of the history of this wonderful place.) I do want to thank Vicki for setting our trip up--she found the lovely bed and breakfast we stayed in and got us all motivated. It was a wonderful time for all of us.
Amana is a beautiful area that maintains the dignity of the time this colony was created while being VERY shopper friendly.
The roads were easy for me to travel on with my walker and were so lovely to walk on. I enjoyed the feeling of history and of pride that I felt.
I thought this was a different photo when I uploaded it--seeing me navigate stairs with help so that I can get to my walker and remain on my feet probably isn't very fun to look at. It is a part of what I do daily. I chose to wear red that day because, well I am comfortable in colors like red these days. I am thinking that this isn't a flattering photo of myself, but it is a very flattering photo of my oldest son and my second oldest son's girlfriend who are lending me a much needed hand to get down this building's stairs.
This is just a funny photo--why there was a stand-up of John Belushi in one of these old stores of hand made goods, I will never quite know.
This is my husband and my son's girlfriend enjoying some conversation on a very beautiful day. We were treated to a gorgeous weekend for our trip.
We took a lot of photos--I'll sort through them and share some more in a later blog. I want to really mention my time with Vicki--and I think she has photos of the two of us. With all of the photos I have, I don't seem to have any of either of us or the bed and breakfast we enjoyed so much. I know that she snapped a few of them, and will be sharing them with me. (They were off on another trip after we left Amana, so we haven't reconnected yet.) Vicki treated me like a "Queenie" while we were together--she gave me a welcoming gift of some lovely classical music (for helping me to relax) as well as a special birthday ring that I will cherish forever. She is a wonderful person to know and a great spark friend. I feel blessed to know her and to know all of you. Each of my spark friends give me many gifts that are irreplaceable. I enjoy your support and caring as I muddle through my world to be healthier and happier.
Thank you all.
Thanks be to God.
Life is good!!
Monday, September 27, 2010
My daughter helped get a lot of photos on our iPhoto program--now I am going to try to get them in this blog. I will figure this out.
This is the afghan I recently finished--and I am already working on another one for my oldest daughter...I love doing this, but as you all know, time is an issue these days!
Actually my daughter helped me--let me show you some of the photos of my apple collection next...
Here are some of my apples hanging in the air...
There is even one on the door--actually, I used to have all apple decorations on my bulletin boards and the like--but as I got moved into stranger places to teach like bathrooms and food pantries, I had to give up on this type of thing. I'll trade the apples for my basset hound collection after the holidays--my kids will really love them. They just like knowing about us and what we like and do...
Finally, here's some pictures of Tweak, my youngest son's guinea pig--getting a ride.
You all might be sorry now that I know how to take photos, load them on the iPhoto, and get them onto my blog. I will share some photos of the trip we took to Amana with Vicki (Jim's Queenie) and our family last month. It was awesome and so is learning to do things like this.
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