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Saturday, 10/9 A Quick "Hello!"

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Hi there,

i stopped by to let everyone know that our camping trip started out with lots of unusual twists and turns. The lovely weather along with the 3 day weekend seemed to have given a lot of people the same idea as us and most of the parks were full--so we ended up at the same park that we were at last week. It is beautiful, so we are fine with this. Other little disruptions have happened, but after running some important Saturday errands, we are off to get back withour family. I'll check in later--just wanted to say "Hi!"

Have a wonderful weekend and find a way to enjoy some outdoors time too!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/10/2010 10:01AM

    Have a great time on your camping trip. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 10/10/2010 1:40AM

    Enjoy your weekend.
I will be outdoors a lot at Mom's, its so beautiful here and a nice warm back yard to enjoy. Taking full advantage of our Indian summer..
[[[gentle hugs]]]
Linda

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/9/2010 6:24PM

    Have a great time!!!

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LOULOUBELLE2 10/9/2010 5:35PM

    Don't know how you manage to get some sleep without your recliner...But I'm glad that you do so you can enjoy the family camping trips. Have fun.
Watch out for Bears...Oh I'm sorry, that's what we have to do here in CO........

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Wednesday, 10/6 Good news from my doctors

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Hello everyone, emoticon

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. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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.
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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FUNNYGRANNY72 10/8/2010 3:42AM

  I especially loved this blog. If you look forward enough enough, you can find the good in everything. I feel great in bed and then once in if I can just go to sleep. If I can't go to sleep sometimes I feel l can never go to sleep. Best wishes in achieving nothing but the best in achieving your goals.






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THINTWIN2 10/7/2010 11:04AM

    I am so glad you have found a great team of doctors and thanks for sharing so candidly what you have learned from your counselor. It applies to all of us I think. Your improvement in health gives me great hope that I will be better someday too and keeps me motivated to keep working on my goals. Thanks so much for posting!
I love the pictures of your school kids. They are precious!!!
So glad you are a leader of our team.
Love ya,
Sandra

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JHADZHIA 10/7/2010 12:52AM

    I am glad that your health numbers are doing well, just hope those kind Docs can solve your shoulder problem soonest..
Love the photos! I hope you have no troubles loading them and continue to share them with us! It takes me literally hours to download photos to a blog, constantly timing out or saying the file is too large, all kinds of nonsense -found it an exercise in frustration..I actually read a book while waiting for photos to upload..
Enjoy your pool time! I loved all the pool time I got when I stayed at my Mom's for five days -she lives with in walking distance of a public pool so I can go when I stay there. There is nothing close to my apartment.
Hope you can sleep well,,
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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2RICKIE 10/6/2010 10:29PM

    Love the picture idea, and glad that you're getting such wonderful help!

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Maria

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/6/2010 9:38PM

    It was interesting to get caught up with what you are doing. I hope they get the shoulder straightened up soon. I enjoyed the pictures!!

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 10/6/2010 9:18PM

    Beautiful pictures and what a great day you had! Your note was an encouragement too, that we can all get healthier if we just commit.

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MTNGRL 10/6/2010 8:56PM

    Keep adding the pictures, I love them!
I am glad your results were so good!
BTW, our team is #1!!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/6/2010 8:46PM

    Sylvia, I love your pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us. More than that, I love your attitude. You are such a positive minded person. I am so sorry that you have to deal with so much pain. It's wonderful that you have doctors that seem to treat you so well and with so much care. I'm glad that you have spiritual connections as well. Bright blessings to you my precious friend. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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MUEHLBBO 10/6/2010 8:07PM

    Not only the cattitude, but your attitude. Glad things are looking better for you. Keep up the good work.

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ROLLINGSTONEMOM 10/6/2010 8:03PM

    Thank you for sharing, Sylvia. Great to hear your numbers are looking good. And it is wonderful to hear you have someone to help you deal with the stress of OA and Fibromaylgia. Blessings!

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ACIMPEGGY 10/6/2010 7:31PM

    Good for you, Sylvia...getting things under control, your work at school, your spirituality, realizing how wonderful you are...and eleven pounds in 6 weeks is great!

About the team...remember, a team is only as good as its leaders!

Love the cattitude, too!



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PAULSNANASUE 10/6/2010 7:04PM

    Love the cattitude!
Sue

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Tuesday,10/5 Camping on the Mississippi River

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Hi all,

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. emoticon
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!!
Sylvia

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/6/2010 5:28PM

    LOVE the TWEETIE car! LOVE LOVE LOVE your new picture! You're looking GREAT! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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60SIXTY 10/6/2010 8:02AM

    You really look fit with your sleeveless dress. emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 10/6/2010 12:23AM

    Hi There Lovely Lady.......You look absolutely beautiful....I'm so glad that you posted all those pictures of a fun time camping, but I enjoyed that last picture you posted. Praise God for Exercise, the pool and your healthy eating. Even you know the difference it's made.
You'll surely be that "dancing" gal by Christmas. Yes, you will!!!!!!

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JHADZHIA 10/5/2010 9:57PM

    That is a wonderful photo of you! You have that healthy glow about you, so much so its hard to believe you are in so much pain and struggling!!
Its a testament to your success with your healthy lifestyle!
Nice photos!
Keep up the great work!
{{{gentle hugs]]]
Linda

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 10/5/2010 9:48PM

    emoticonyou look like a star Sylvia,nice photo of a pretty lady! You have the look of health,I wonder if SP had anything to do with it,hmm,lol!
I have never seen photo's of the Mississippi river it is so wide and sandy beaches,interesting and lovely.Poor Frankie! OMG the cars are so cool!The petting zoo looked like a big hit,I love animals too!Thank you for sharing your trip with us! Looked like fun! emoticonDiana emoticon

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 10/5/2010 9:14PM

    Love the photo, you look great. I never would have imagined the Mississippi had a sandy beach anywhere. I can't imagine that they could ever do it with our narrower rivers up here.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/5/2010 8:31PM

    Sylvia, you look absolutely marvelous!! Like an entirely different person.

Your camping trip looked great. I love the Mississippi River.

I actually had cars similar to many of these. A Model A. A Mustang. A Comaro. A couple of GTOs. A Chevelle Supersport.

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Friday 10/1 Post conference school break escape

Friday, October 01, 2010

Hi,

I only have a couple of minutes to say emoticon I talked to parents non-stop from 8:15 until 1:00 today--and all together I visited with 25 families in the past two days. I could complain about the 19 families that I didn't see--but I am happy, happy, happy celebrating for the ones I did see. I jumped out of the box and out of the way things were always done and pushed hard and gave a lot of work hours into scheduling and changing things--and I had a big change and a happy success!! Yay for my kids--they are the winners here and all of the pain and aching and fatigue that I paid for this was well worth it.

i am off work for the next two weeks and don't return until October 18. I will be here a lot after tomorrow to get vcaught up with all of you who support me so faithfull;y in my struggles. But--we are going camping and we are leaving in about 5 minutes for a few days of peace and quiet which I need and will cherish.

If I don't want to get drug to the car in my current state of undress, I have to let you go now. I am looking forward to this and there will be photos.

Gentle hugs from a very happy
Sylvia

  
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2BHLTHY4LIFE 10/3/2010 8:06PM

    emoticonSylvia and I hope you have a wonderful,peaceful and relaxing time and you not have pain issues. emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/3/2010 12:17PM

    That is a wonderful turnout. When my son was working as a long term sub teacher he had 4 parents out of all of his classes.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/2/2010 9:42PM

    Glad that you accomplished all that you had hoped to with the families of your beloved students. Now... enjoy your family time. Have fun camping. I pray that you will not be in too much pain. Lots of love to you & yours. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 10/2/2010 9:45AM

    Enjoy!! You have earned it!!
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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NPA4LOSS 10/1/2010 8:35PM

    Have fun! emoticon

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Wednesday 9/29--Our August trip to Amana with JIMSQUEENIE

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hi there,

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!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/3/2010 12:49PM

    Loved the pictures and thought you looked great in red.

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JHADZHIA 10/2/2010 9:51AM

    How wonderful everything went so well! Looks like you did well getting down those stairs!
Looking forward to more photos!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/1/2010 3:54PM

    You're right honey. Life IS good! Glad that you're doing well. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Dawn PS: Happy WORLD SMILE DAY! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 9/30/2010 11:28PM

    You look great. I'm glad you had such a good time. emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY72 9/30/2010 6:27PM

  It sounds as if you had a great trip. I know what you mean about walkers. I still have to use mine every once in a while.
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