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Saturday. 7/30 What I have done in July!!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hi everyone,

It sure seems like time is doing more than flying these days... I have accomplished a lot this month...

I have had 14 medical appointments not counting physical therapy. I have tutored some 56 students in reading and closed out a summer park program that was fairly innovative. We could imbed teachers into lots of places where groups of children are found to add a bit of literacy to their time off. They really loved it after we got going and they realized it wasn't "school." I took my first grad class in 16 years and learned my way around an online classroom. I also learned a lot of solid information about languages, their origins, and learning other languages. I set up my classroom for the most part and helped my son set up his very first classroom to the best of my ability. I helped work in my flower garden, my veggie garden, and my hosta and coleus garden this year for the first time in over 0 years. I actually have a healthy tan...

As for Sparking--my streaks are alive. I exercise daily and mostly in the pool. I have been getting in over 10,000 steps on a regular basis. I eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day and I drink from 10-12 glasses of water each day. I log-in here and do as much as I can in my limited time.

By the way, my doctor thought my nausea and vomiting was due to the Savella and she gave me a handful of 25 mg samples. We are cutting my dose from 100 to 75mg a day. If that doesn't work, she has a plan B as always. She thought that we should do more steroid injections in my right hip next week and she ordered lab work to take care of observing my liver and kidney and thyroid functioning. Things are going well with my newest exercise routine I got from the pool therapy staff.

I am moving in the right direction. As always, I thank you for your support. I have a lot of new spark friends and I am trying to get to as many of my "vintage friends" as well as my new friends. You are, like the old Brownie song--silver and/or gold!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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FUNGRANNY72 8/1/2011 4:33PM

  Just reading all that you accomplished in the past months makes me tired. I wish I had just half of your energy. You are a good role model not just for your students, but for people like me.

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MALKS_ARIA 7/31/2011 9:07PM

    woohoooo!!! So much conquered!!! My month doesn't sound nearly as packed as yours, but wow!! Great Job!!!

aria

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/31/2011 8:01PM

    As usual, Sylvia, you are amazing!!

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ANOVELGAL 7/31/2011 1:47PM

    Wow! You are one busy woman! :) I tried Savella at the beginning & had the same problem with nausea. I had to stop it. You are an inspiration to us all! emoticon

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EMRANA 7/31/2011 11:36AM

  You always amaze me in how much you accomplish!

I'm glad your doctor has a Plan B and I hope you get rid of that nausea very soon.

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_LINDA 7/31/2011 1:34AM

    I have no idea how you get this all done!! You are one fast moving dynamo!! Great work keeping up all aspects of your healthy lifestyle while loaded down with all this activity!
You are amazing!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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Wednesday, 7/27 Some fun with linguistics...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hi everybody,

I finished up the last two days of assignments for my class tonight. That gives me most of the last two days of my summer to do most of what I wish. I have an appointment with my spine doctor Thursday afternoon--but that is all I am committed to except for the reading lessons I am giving to one of my little students. I am hoping to have a bit of family fun over the weekend--I need to decide what I am going to do. My husband has worked for the past 23 days in a row and there appears to be no end in sight to that, so whatever fun I want to have, has to be around his work schedule.

Today's reading was about "Mock Spanish" which was something I had never heard of before. It is when a non-Spanish speaker plays around with Spanish words and adds them to an English statement, effectively poking fun at somebody or their culture. The articles I read quoted politicians and celebrities, and it was easy enough to see why most of them were rude. The following assignment was to respond to a you tube video on gestures. I really thought this was interesting and a bit enjoyable and I want to share the link with you all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxoB6MhmbIg
It was interesting to see how gestures of a variety of types are not consistent around the world.

I had a strange day and for now, all I can tell you is that this school year may be one to try my values, good judgement, and work relationships. I think I am stronger as a person than some people who are in charge realizes and I just about have a plan ironed out to keep my integrity while dealing with a big issue. some people really stretch the boundaries of right and wrong.

Anyway, I am going to enjoy the last of our brief summer break. I am looking forward to a fresh school year in many ways, but I also wouldn't be telling the truth if I didn't admit that I am not ready for my summer break to end.

Have a great day, my friend--be good to yourselves!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/29/2011 8:30PM

    I wish you had more time off too. You work way too hard. I hope you have a good school year and that they will appreciate what they have in you.

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FUNGRANNY72 7/28/2011 1:23PM

  I think you have worked hard enough for now. try to get some rest and enjoy your family and the time you have left before you go back to work again. When I read your blogs I sometimes feel guilty because I do not work nearly has hard as you do. Mobility is one of my problems and stamina is another. For me this is a bad combination. When I was young I used to just do whatever I wanted to do without even thinking about it. On the other hand, the alternative could be much worse.

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MALKS_ARIA 7/28/2011 3:33AM

    wooohooo :) Almost ready to go back.... but I don't blame ya for wanting to enjoy your last few days of freedom. Dan has been bored for about 3 weeks... so he is very glad to have received the call saying "Start up date orientation is...." :) (School bus driving)... I am counting the weeks... as we still have 2 1/2 weeks left ... and Seth is at summer camp this week.

As an American Sign Language (ASL) Instructor... I knew most of the basic info about gestures... I have even been to Seminars/CE's About Gang Signs, and other Cultural Signs vrs ASL and how to identify, and call the students on the carpet regarding proper communication.

Hope you have a great week!!!! You can do it!!!!

aria

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Tuesday, 7/26 It's only Tuesday!! Wow!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hi there, my friends!!

It has been an amazing week and I have been busy, busy, busy. Starting on the home front... It cooled down a bit, so we have gotten a lot of work done in the yard again. We have been eating light meals--a lot of salads or light sandwiches. It has been a lot of the usual running people here and there and I need to get some chores around the inside of the house done. Funny thing, the kids who are at home "forget" to do the things I ask of them. Teenagers are like that.
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I almost have my classroom ready to go for next week. I have about 4 baskets of books that I want to level, one of them is for my son. I have a meeting there tomorrow as we plan reading strategies for the building. I have also spent three days helping my son to set up his very first classroom. (When he got hired last year, the room was already set up.) It is a big room with tables for the kids to use. I sure appreciate the fact that our district has air conditioning for us because it has been a bit miserable working in that room. There were about three book cases full of books that we sorted out and leveled. I gave him about 5 boxes of books, some bulletin board materials, some good teacher resource books, a nice little calendar that I bought for me and realized that I really didn't need it. I want to send him a nice plant when he actually starts teaching, maybe on his birthday.
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I have made it to the pool each day to do my new exercises. They take me a bit less time to do than the others did, but they leave me a bit more tired when I am through. There's a lot more fast movements to these and they taught me how to do exercises that have me creating some water movement and then I work against the movement that I created. It is kind of neat to use the water to help support me and to use it as a strengthening tool as well. It has been a fun week.
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I got my new glasses today. They have special lenses that are supposed to resist any glare and I am hoping it will be easier for me to be out at night and not have headlights, traffic lights, and all of the rest of the multitude of lights that are out at night make my head hurt. If these don't help some of the problems I have been having with my vision, I will have to see my opthamologist about treating my cataracts. I suspect all of the recent steroid injections have spurted their growth. Next week, I have my oral surgery to repair the (now) three broken teeth I have been dealing with. My dental issues have been plaguing me for some time--my former dentist blamed them on pregnancies. Research doesn't prove pregnancies have a role in major dentist problems, my guess is that a lifetime of poor eating habits along with yoyo weight loss is more responsible than anything. This is another of my health issues that I can take responsibility for based on my poor eating habits over a lifetime. However, that isn't why I mention this. I have been busy with some half dozen dental appointments in as many weeks. I will be glad to have these really ugly teeth taken care of. Hmm, new glasses and new teeth might require a new hair cut before school starts, lol.
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I have two more classes left and my first class with a grade in some 16 years will come to an end. It is time for me to register for the two classes I will be taking in the fall semester. I have really had to hustle with all of this, but I can reflect on what I have learned about myself and the world in this class and it has been a really positive thing for me to do. I am looking forward to the next part of my work in the area of teaching English language learners.
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The final interesting part of my week has been here at Spark People. Our (TAMLKING and myself)new Spark Class Team started Sunday. As of Tuesday night, we already had some 6900 members in the team. I have answered as many spark mails and team messages as my time would allow. Another interesting thing has happened on my beloved Basset Hound Dogs team. We have a total of some 80+ members and we usually get someone new about every 4-6 weeks. We have gotten 5 new members in as many days. Those activities have kept me busy online in a big way. If you are one of my spark friends or a member on one of my growing teams, I am doing my best to support you, but I have had a lot to share my time between!!
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Yes, I have been really on the go, but when it is positive energy, it feels good. I am looking forward to the rest of the week being full of play and work as I get ready for the beginning of the new school year.
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Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/29/2011 8:32PM

    i need to get a lot of yard work done as well but it is way too hot!!

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Good Job!!! You can do it!!! You done awesome!!!!

Keep pressing on!!!

aria

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SWEETCINNAMONIE 7/27/2011 5:28PM

    Very interesting post...fun to get to know my leader more... :) I too have to go to dentist twice a year for cleaning my teeth...I had to pay lots of money for dental problems in past...that why I have to avoid sugary stuff as much as possible such as soda and candies as they can harm teeth more like cavities...I also have new glasses since last year...

I am happy to be part of 6900 sparkers in this week class and may we try to make you proud to be our leader... :)

Cinnamonie :)
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_LINDA 7/27/2011 8:35AM

    So glad you are getting your dental problems looked after. They should be a priority. My Mom said she lost a tooth for each child she had, good thing it was only 3!!! But a lot of times, poor dental hygiene and not getting regular cleanings and check ups is the culprit. I have learned that lesson well, I use to have peridontal disease, but now floss regularly and get a cleaning every six months. Most people let flossing go by the way side, but its the most important cleaning you can do.
I still can't see why you took on another team when you are already so busy with every thing else you are doing!! I really don't see how you can manage it all! Where is your rest and relaxation time fitting in?
That is great you are being more challenged by the pool. I have had a couple of instructors get everyone moving in a circle, making big waves, then suddenly reverse the direction, was a good challenge not to spin out of the circle lol. Having us move back and forth against our own wake is one of the staples of aquafit classes.
Good luck with your frantic schedule, I hope its not leaving you in too much pain :(
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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Saturday, 7/23 Savella and other medical stuff

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hi all,

I'd like to share what it's like to be me with osteoarthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and a permanently damaged spine. My day starts with me waking up in my reclining chair in so much pain that I generally convince myself that I don't need to get up and go to the bathroom for at least an hour. I take my meds (100 mg of Savella, 900 mg of Gabapentin, 7.5/750 Hydrocodone, 6000 units of Vitamin D) and I do my best to maintain a decent mood. By the way, I sleep in a recliner because I cannot stand the pain of trying to lie flat on my back. Between the nerve pain, the scar pain, the arthritis, and the left over stuff from having a metal rod and screws holding my spine in place; lying down just doesn't work for me.

I get up and work my way into the restroom after about an hour when my meds start working. I have to be careful if I am in any sort of a fibro flare, because event he kitty rubbing up against my legs will make them hurt and burn in a way that makes no sense. I do my best to dress and get ready for my day. I have to be selective of the clothing that I wear because I cannot fasten some things nor can I pull them down over my back. I also wear interesting shoes because I cannot always put on my socks and I cannot tie my shoes on my own. Breakfast needs to be protein food, nothing sweet like cereal or bars because if I don't eat the right stuff soon enough after taking my meds, I get nauseated to the point of vomiting. That's a real day ruining agent.

With it being summer break (that will soon come to an end for me--we return to school on August 1 with out modified year round calendar, I have had a lot less stress to deal with because my work days haven't been all day and it has been easier to fit in my medical appointments and my daily exercise at the pool. However, I come back to the last thing I do each day which is to take my meds (the Savella, Gabapentin, and the Hydrocodone) before I try to go to sleep for the evening. I don't sleep well and I take the last dose when I wake up around 2:30 AM each day.

Anyway, part of the reason that I started this blog was to see if I could find some help with my stomach issues that I suspect are caused by Savella. I did some research and it describes some mild stomach upset, but the kind of thing I have been going through often has been a few days every couple of weeks that includes vomiting and pain in my tummy. Since it doesn't happen every day and all of the time, it doesn't make sense that it is my meds that cause it, but I don't recall anything like this until I started taking this medication in late April either.

Any help or ideas from anyone would sure be appreciated. Thanks either way!!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/29/2011 8:37PM

    This was a really great blog, Sylvia. Though I have known you long enough to know much of this there are people who need to know what it's like for some people who have to deal everyday with chronic pain and still are productive and accomplish amazing things like you do.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/24/2011 9:38PM

    I am always so sorry to read about your pain & all that you go through daily. I don't have any answers for you honey. Sorry that your stomach is so upset. You're in my thoughts & prayers. I hope that you're having a sensational weekend. Sorry that I've not been posting to your blogs much lately. I'm back to spending 5 nights a week sleeping in my van & babysitting the grandchildren during the day along with working so my time on the computer has been severely limited. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 7/24/2011 2:40PM

    It doesn't make much sense that this is intermittent if its a reaction to a drug you are getting. The only way to be sure is make you Dr. aware of it and try something else temporary and see if the symptoms go away.
It hurts just reading all you go through to live in a day.
So very sorry to hear it :(( You do inspire a lot of people on here how you have pushed past the pain and disease to lose your weight and live as healthy a lifestyle as you can!
You are an amazing, courageous woman!!! I am in awe of you!!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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EMRANA 7/24/2011 12:51PM

  I don't have much advice for the stomach pain. I swear by unsalted saltines when I get a tummyache, but mine is not medication induced. I just have to watch my pH balance when I eat. There's things like pineapple that I can't keep down anymore because I eat so clean now. Too acidic. I don't know if that's what your meds are doing, upsetting your stomach's pH balance. Maybe try to choose more alkaline food and see if that helps?

I have to add that you are AMAZING in all you accomplish with those physical challenges. I honestly don't think I would be able to do half of what you do. I have the ruptured disc, as you know, that didn't get the hardware you have, but my fibromyalgia disappeared once I went vegan. My osteoarthritis isn't as advanced as yours yet, but I'm definitely keeping my walker in the closet.

The fact that you do all that do is truly inspirational to me. I know I've told you before, but I really think you deserve another acknowledgment! Just keeping up with all your medical appointments would be a lot for me, and you have all your other activities! Sorry I don't have better advice for your tummy, my friend.

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MALKS_ARIA 7/24/2011 5:13AM

    http://www.drugs.com/savella.htmlR>
Last on the Major Side Effect list is:
*stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
and Minor side effect:
dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling;
swelling in your hands or feet;
constipation, upset stomach, bloating;
dry mouth;
sleep problems (insomnia);
hot flashes, sweating;

As You know, I have meds that do the same thing to me... You may want to speak with your Dr about Rx'ing you some Zofran (anti-nausea) or Phenigrin (antihystimine (Careful this one puts me to sleep or causes a headache) that works well for anti-nausea for those days...

As we are very much in the same boat medically... My prayers are with you... and thanx for being so understanding!!!

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Thursday, 7/21 I made today right in spite of everything!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hi everyone,

This day has been a stinker--and I don't know how to explain why it went south in the first place. I finished my homework at a decent hour last night and got a pretty decent night of sleep (for me.) I was awake a couple of times, but it was no more than usual. I made plans to go observe my son's ELL class at the church today for part of my class project due tonight and mostly because I wanted to watch what he idd with such a big group of kids who speak so many different languages. Then, I promised my son that I would go to his new school and help him organize and set up his classroom. (Duh, I haven't done my own and we start back to work on August 1!! Go figure.)

Anyway, this morning, I felt a bit yucky, so I got a drink of water and fell back to sleep without taking my morning meds. I woke up an hour later and then I had to hurry to get to the church on time to observe my son's class. I grabbed my meds and took them on an empty stomach (no wait, I ate my daily half of a banana.) Anyway, I got to the church and observed some wonderful activities and teaching. I ran into my pastor and we chatted a bit before my son and I left to go to his school--after I found out about a summer tutoring meeting that we Anyway, I added that to my schedule at 2:30, which now also included driving one of my sons to work at 3:30 and taking our youngest son to a doctor's appointment at 4:00.

I told my older son that I wasn't feeling quite well and that I needed something to drink. I couldn't quite decide what I wanted, but he went in and bought me a bottle of water and a bottle of caffeine free diet soda. I decided to go with the water and I took one sip. I looked at Mitchell and said, I think I'm going to throw up. He asked, "Really?" as I grabbed a bag and vomited up that swallow of water and continued to try and heave more. It was awful. We went to his classroom and it was simply too hot for me to work much, and I ended up with diarrhea as well. On the way back to the church for the meeting, I tried a sip of the soda, thinking carbonation might make me feel better. Oops, more of what happened earlier. I gave up trying.

We went to the meeting and it was lovely. They brought a cake that said "Job well done" on it. They took photos and we shared stories. It was very positive and fun as well. I tired a sip of lemonade and I was better. I am not sure when my ribs will feel better though. Next, I got my husband to bring my kids to me and I did my motherly duty in giving rides and the like. On the way home from the doctor appointment , we stopped and did some shopping. I got a good deal on blueberries, yay, my favorite.

We got home in time for me to type up my project and get it submitted before I needed to go to the pool. Hmm, except I had an email from the professor and it seems that when I did my midterm on Monday, the first question didn't get submitted. I tired to respond to her email and let her know that she was right, I hadn't intended for it to be like that. (Hmm, 5 essay questions on the exam, I wouldn't have omitted one of them intentionally.) My work email that I use for professional activities like my classes wouldn't let me send anything. I did some "stuff" and found a way to bypass entourrage and get an email out to the teacher. Then, I started to look through all of my computer records and I finally found the exam, but I didn't have any of the resources saved on the test work I found. So, of course, I sat and figured out where I got the info I used to answer the question from and did that. That made me postpone typing my project, but I started and decided how late I could work until I needed to leave to get to the pool. I got as far as I expected to, and then I went to the pool with a plan to finish that typing when I got home.

The thunderstorm started as we left for the pool. That means we are supposed to have a shift in the weather. It was raining pretty well when we got to the fitness center. I checked in and got ready to swim. I collected some equipment to use when I worked out--and there was aloud crack of lightning. the lights flickered in the pool area and the jets stopped working. We weren't allowed to get in the pool. Shoot. We waited for over a half an hour so I finally just went and showered--until I remembered that I could ride the stationary bike for some exercise. We came home and I finished my project. I am not sure that it got through to the university and my professor. I tried anyway and this time I have a good copy. I sent her an email and let her know that the technology was not quite right.

It's been a tough day--I just finished my last fruit serving of the day, so I saved that streak. I am so glad that I was able to get everything under control after it became a problem. Some days are like this.

Tomorrow, I will get up and eat a proper breakfast when I take my morning meds. That should get things going okay. I start at the dentist, then I'm going back to my son's classroom (if he has picked up two fans for the place!) and I have physical therapy at the pool again in the afternoon. Hopefully that will be a start to a wonderful weekend! I understand that the temperatures have dropped about 25 degrees outside, so that should help some of my family with the mood they have been in.

I'm looking forward to the weekend, my friends!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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_LINDA 7/22/2011 11:27PM

    A really rough day, so sorry. Hope your weekend goes much, much better!!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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FUNGRANNY72 7/22/2011 7:44PM

  I do not see how you go at such a pace every day. Even when I was younger I could not have kept up with you. You are to be admired.
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MALKS_ARIA 7/22/2011 10:15AM

    wooohooo at least you salvaged part of the day!!!

I soooo have days like this!!! I woke up in pain due to sleeping in the same position for 5 hrs straight yesterday.... UGH!!! I am allergic to many muscle relaxants so I am very limited on what I can take... but today was a tizanidine (zanaflex) Day... but if I take 3 doses I become nauseous and can't eat ... and if I take it I can't take the flexeril for 12-24 hrs. Tizanidine works better for me as it is a long lasting muscle relaxant but i have this affinity to eating (even small meals I can't keep down with it)....

Ok.... Enough about my day yesterday... and of course my fingers are swollen, and aching still today... But I have eaten enough that I could take my morning meds... and back to bed for an hour or 2 before I chase the housework chores into submission....

Take care of yourself!!! Remember You are worth it!!!

aria

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EMRANA 7/22/2011 9:36AM

  Me too, but prolly not quite as much as you! What a day. Glad it's over.

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