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Monday 1/2 On my way

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Hi all,

I have been active and healthy in all ways today. I finally got to do some real swimming again. My shoulder is not right, but the feel of water and me moving with it then against it and back and forth was so good. I really enjoyed every second. I wish there was a way to explain what the water does for me, but I don't quite know how to put it into words. It is the one place that I can lie down flat on my back--and it feels good. I can move in ways that I cannot do on land and on top of that, the water takes the pain right out of my body. It was so awesome.

My husband, daughter and sons go back to work tomorrow. I have to take our youngest son for a routine doctor's appointment. After that, I am going to maybe spend the afternoon at the pool. I hope he will come too, but he hasn't really come but a couple of times since all of the problems last summer and he only has come with his big brothers to be there for him. That makes me so sad because we shared a lot of good time togehter in the pool. Maybe tomorrow will bring things back for him. I can hope anyway.

I have the rest of the week off work which makes up a bit for the late break before Christmas. I am not planning to go to work in my classroom this week at this time. There is always something that I can do there, but I think a break needs to be a break.

Have a wonderful Tuesday as our lives go back to a more "normal" routine. I am wishing everyone the best as we all embark on our refreshed goals with New Year resolve.

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/7/2012 12:40PM

    I've always been a water baby and love hydrotherapy of any kind.

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EMRANA 1/3/2012 10:41AM

  A break should definitely be a break! Enjoy every moment of it!

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Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The clock will strike midnight in about 25 min.utes.

We had a nice dinner together at QDoba and then went for a couple of hours of bowling. I did actually bowl a bit, but I had to resort to being a spectator with my husband when my body rebelled a bit.

We are playing a game called "What's Yours Like?" with a lot of guessing. I am even having a small glass of wine. e It has been an awesome day.

I got a new green cory for my fish tank and finally put the neat castle Mitchell gave me for Christmas in it. It looks amazing and I got to take time to enjoy it.

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The ball just dropped. WooHoo!! 2012 and 365 days of new opportunities!

I lost a pound today and I am really celebrating that because I have been gaining and losing the same 3 pounds each week for many weeks and I have finally lost for 2 weeks in a row. I am guessing that the real cause has been a lot of steroid injections and medical procedures and surgeries, but it is still good to see things move the right way. I have decided to work towards a different goal to match my "new" height of 5'7" rather than my former height of 5'9.5" It has been really hard to take that loss of my height for some reason. I know it is reasonable because I lost disks and had part of my spine attached to a metal rod. I have replaced knees as well and I cannot quite stand up straight YET. However, I think that if I am trying to be healthy that I should work towards a different goal because of this. I will succeed at this too and I will succeed in 2012.

As a matter of fact there are a few other things I will accomplish in 2012. I will finish work on my ELL endorsement at grad school. I will have my cataract surgery complete with the corrective lens implants. I will continue to work out at the pool daily and increase the number of laps I can both do and do in succession. I will complete some major work in our house, hopefully with help. emoticon

I also hope that we get some sort of vacation this year--maybe a camping trip out of town for a while. I think there is something good about getting away for real.

I am also celebrating a long line of successes this year from getting to wonderland and hitting my goal and losing over 120 pounds to passing my National Boards renewal to getting all of my kids working that are old enough to work to finding ways to care for myself. I am still having to work on that one, but I know I am getting better at it, especially as I clarify the things that help me and that I enjoy beyond doing for my family and students.

Happy New Year, SparkFriends--the best is coming and will keep coming to each and everyone of us.

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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WALKZWDOGZ 1/1/2012 8:58PM

    You've done an inspirational, amazing job; I know you'll do just as well 2012!
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EMRANA 1/1/2012 7:33PM

  Yes you will meet those goals! You are one of the most determined people I know, my friend. Happy 2012!

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_LINDA 1/1/2012 1:48PM

    Way to ring in the New Year!! You are awesome Sylvia!! I don't doubt you will reach your goals!
Wishing you a more healthy, happier and peaceful year!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda
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Tuesday, 12/27/12 My left is left!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hi all,

I went to see my ortho today and he removed my stitiches He also told me no swimming for another week--but I can exercise in the water. When I went down to ask the lifeguard a question in the deep end, I realized why. Using my hands to stroke pulls on the incision site. Anyway, he reviewed my s-rays from the fall and told me that there is arthritis in my shoulder, particularly in my collarbone area. Well, surprise, surprise!! I have arthritis in another large joint. That seems to be true of every joint I have--but he thinks that maybe an injection will help me out. I shared all of paperwork from Dr. Miller so he could see the results of my cervical MRI and my previous shoulder injections. He told me that this injection made even more sense after he saw that. The thing I know is that I cannot raise my left arm without using my right hand to pull it along. My ortho told me that we need a follow up appointment in a month in order to see if it is improving and to make sure my carpal tunnel surgery has progressed appropriately. He didn't seem surprised that it is still numb...

I called the eye surgeon and postponed my cataract surgery. They tried to convince me to keep it as scheduled and do the type with plain lenses but that makes no sense at all to me. I have a chance to have perfect or close to perfect eyesight for the first time in my life. I cannot imagine giving that up because I haven't figured out how to pay for it. It is worth waiting to do this right. I have called the people in charge of my 401K to either withdraw some money or to borrow against it, but he hasn't returned my calls yet. I am so irritated with this guy that I'd like to cancel my account with them (Met Life to name names) and move it to a different company. It is my money and I should be able to put my hands on it--this is an important and worthy cause. I also sent an email to the folks in charge of my flex plan--I can cash it out for the year and put the remainder on m vision.

I am about to teach my son how to play cribbage--I haven't played it in a long time and finally found someone to give it a shot. I love thinking games! I will check in later and let you know how my left is doing.

Happy end of 2011 from me to you!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/31/2011 11:46AM

    I sure hope that you get a break soon from all of these medical problems. I agree about getting your own money out. My husband is trying to cash in some annuities and they are supposed to have an 8 business day policy. My butt! I told him he would not see anything before the first of the tear because they always put off everything this close to the end of the year to make the most money off of it.

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_LINDA 12/28/2011 6:02PM

    That is great you are allowed to exercise in the water! I hope this ortho is right about an injection helping with your shoulder -I would be equally skeptical when you have already had them before -I have had joint injections and they did nothing for me.
I hope you realize your dream to throw away your glasses, even if you have to go broke for it. I for one, am sick of heavy glasses digging into my sensitive ears and sliding down my nose. I only once ever got a decent fit, and unfotunately, that style of glasses are no longer avaialble. I was thinking of getting that laser eye surgery -but heard it doesn't last very long- that a neighbor of my Mom's is getting his redone after only eight years!!! That can't be good for your eyes to have multiple surgeries, would hate to get an infection and go blind or something..
I used to play cribbage with my neighbor who used to babysit me. Enjoyed it very much. But it doesn't beat bridge for a mental challenge, no card game does..
I hope your 2012 goes a lot better then this year did. All the best Sylvia, for you and your family!!
(((gentle hugs)))
Linda

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EMRANA 12/28/2011 9:19AM

  Oh goodness, another injection! I hope you get some real relief soon, both from pain and all the doctor's visits. That has to be difficult to fit into your already busy days.

Take care of that incision site, and have a wonderful new year!

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Friday, 12/23 The Eve to Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hi all,

I wish I was creative and could do things like write poetry. I can envision what this one would look like... "Twas the night before Christmas Eve and all through the house, everyone was sleeping except me who was fretting and stewing and worrying unnecessarily..." Yep, we are almost there and I am thinking and list writing to make sure I get all of the things that must be done tomorrow done. Nothing big is left except picking up Christmas gifts that are stored in my classroom and in my son's apartment.

I have worked hard this week. School has been tricky with little kids who were having so many visions of sugar plums that reading wasn't very interesting at first. There was a good deal of performing by this (and every other teacher) in our school. I also dealt with schedule changes for lots of special events and my own medical appointments--one of those which has added a good deal of stress in my life. I'll share that later.

Anyway, today was the oddest day of all and the thing that came of it, was that I push me harder than anyone else. I worked harder today when I technically had no lessons (but with one little guy who came for half of our lesson before the all-building celebration movie period.) That was my quietest time too, when I sat and watched a lot of kids watching "Cars 2."

After work, I went to the pool and then to complete shopping. It was all compounded by the fact that I forgot to change my pain patch yesterday as scheduled. Wow, that made me hurt a great deal. I lifted lots of boxes today and cleaned and worked myself silly. Now I am all strung out and cannot quite rest.

I fully expect tomorrow to be fine and we will all be together at church at 4:30 and at 10:30 to celebrate Jesus' birthday. That makes the rest of this fall into place. My daughter will be singing and we often have a world class violinist at Christmas. I will try to video tape to share with you all.

Merry Christmas--Jesus is born!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/25/2011 10:54PM

    Merry Christmas, GF. I hope the holidays are magical for you and your family. Don't push yourself too much. Get some rest.

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 2:02PM

    Wow, you just can never relax and take it easy when given the opportunity!! I hope you can enjoy your family time without too much pain.. Looking forward to hearing that amazing daughter of yours again!
May all the blessings of the season keep you and yours healthy, happy and prosperous..
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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EMRANA 12/24/2011 10:53AM

  Merry Christmas!!

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MTNGRL 12/24/2011 8:30AM

    Sylvia, you are so busy and yet you find time to remember the true meaning of the holiday. May God bless you and your entire family and watch over you all.
I look forward to the video. I know you are so proud of your daughter. Merry Christmas!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 12/24/2011 1:03AM

    YOu are ready for the big day! I wish you a very Merry Christmas You and Your Family! emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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Monday, 12/19 The big week ahead

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hi all,

The past week was busy enough. I had therapy on Monday, my injections on Tuesday, finished my class project on Wednesday and worked all day before having my carpal tunnel surgery, and finished wrapping gifts slowly but surely on Thursday. Friday and Saturday were mostly about shopping for the last few items I needed and the kids. I did go to WW on Saturday before going to my two youngest kids' vocal music recital. Micah was not great with lots of nervousness and Marissa was the most impressive student this voice teacher has. I cry when I hear her sing. Today, she had an oboe solo along with the church choir and it was really spectacular too. I missed her band concert on Wednesday after my surgery--she had 4 solos in it because there is only one oboe player at this time and my husband was so proud of her.. That says a lot because he often stays aloof and avoids these kinds of things.

This week is going to be, uh, interesting... I have a doctor's appointment tonight, two on Tuesday--injections on my friend and a follow-up to my D&C, and I see the cataract surgeon on Wednesday. My vision is really changing and I see double when anything is close up, i is making me crazy and slowing down a lot of what I do. Report cards have to be completed on Thursday for distribution on Friday, the last day of school. I am going to need my kids to step to the plate again and do a lot of things for me in order to be ready for Christmas. It will be in their court to figure out a lot of the details and take care of things this year because I will be at work. I also am walking at the pool since I cannot get my hand wet and am riding the bike (until stitches come out on the 27th). Some parts of my schedule cannot be negotiated. emoticon That leaves me time for organizing and putting things in order for others to do to help me.

I did pretty well typing one-handed here...time to get ready for work now!!
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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings or whatever your pleasure is... Take care of yourselves on this buy, busy week!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/25/2011 11:03PM

    I sure hope things calm down for you soon.

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