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Saturday 5/30 The Day I Slept In--HaHa

Saturday, May 30, 2009

I should be getting ready for errands, but...well, I talked my daughter into going to the bank and my son into taking the girls to work and voice lessons and to pick my husband up from work. That gives me exactly an hour and 20 minutes to get ready to really run errands, so I have time to do this. emoticon

I have been really restless lately, not sleeping soundly enough and it is because my daughters pug has decided that the best place in the world to sleep and relax is on the arm of my recliner. That can make sleeping tough, especially if the little guy needs to scratch or lick or turn around in a complete 360 circle. He needs a nailectomy that I plan to see that he gets today. My kids want me to just push him to the floor or whatever, but I love doggies so much that I just cannot bear to push them away from me when one wants my attention this much. He's a cutie--you can see the funniest picture of him grinning in my photo gallery.

TOMORROW is Miles' big day!! He graduates and I am so excited--this has certainly been the most difficult trip for any of my children and I think it is because he is so complex a [erson. Everything in his life has been extreme. He was described as the nicest naughty ever as a pre-schooler. He qualified in both the school's gifted program and in their special ed programs in the same week, which certainly isn't impossible, but definitely is not often heard of. He has had his fair share of detentions in high school, but not for tardies or messing around--they have all been for READING!! He has AD/HD. Aspergers, and depression--but those diagnoses have changed several times throughout his school years, except for the AD/HD. He has always baffled the adults around him. Some of my fondest memories of him are when he was 4 and 5, he used to go on walks with me and we would talk about nature and life--he was such a goof thinker and so much fun to be with. He would find little things--a penny or a pretty rock or an interesting leaf and tell stories about them before they ended up in the spot where he found them. This is a big thing, this graduation that almost didn't happen. It was down to the second half of his second semester chemistry final...whew!! He wants to be an auto/diesel mechanic and if it involves his hands, he will do a wonderful job. Right now he is looking for work--and if he gets an application at church tomorrow, he will have a job there unless he totally messes up the interview. I'll be glad to have him with people who love him and know him for this first job experience. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I worked like a horse yesterday at school, most of the kids were on a field trip so I only had 2 reading groups to work with. I spent time sorting through things I hadn't gotten to use in my teeny tiny room and organized and cleaned and liften and did all of the things I have wanted to get around to for a while. It took a toll on me and probably contributed to my sleeping last night. I could have been working on my final report cards, but it was a great opportunity to do the big stuff. This is a school year I am looking forward to having under my belt. It has been off kilter since I was forcibly moved on day 2...My back surgery made it a doozy. I am hoping to have a year without the excessive pain in 09-10.

My youngest son is skeptical that I am rver going to get dressed and start my day--it is time to soothe his worried young self and do the right thing. It is sure a gorgeous day here today--some of the guys are out doing mowing and yard work. I'd like to go check on the tomatoes with this being the year to relocate our garden. We have to get the wildflower seeds and marigolds going too--and it is my job to get this underway. I think I love the weekends more and more as I get older, I appreciate them in a different way than I did when I was young.

Have a delightful, beautiful day. Listen to the birds sing and the pre-schoolers talk, it will put a smile o your face and give you something to think about as you do what you need to do. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Tuesday 5/26 The day after Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hello friends,

I have worked part of this weekend doing some chores that my body doesn't do well. I needed to do some of the chores to motivate others around here, and quite honestly, I do them better than some of the others. I'm sore and tired, but there is a good feeling too--It will be better when I get it done the way it should be. Maybe then, I can go on to another.

I don't think I talked much about medical things the last time I posted. My surgeon ran his test ad then I had my "post-op" visit last week. He thinks that I'm a good candidate for weight loss surgery and has sent a letter to my insurance company. We are waiting for them to answer back. He saifd that if they don't approve he will need to write to them again--it's a waiting game of some kind. Personally, it would be best if I could do it right after school lets out--that would give me a maximum amount of time to recover before the new school year. That's in my best interest--but may have a problem with the classroom packing if they don't let me in on the plans for next year. It all makes me think of "Roseanne rosanna danna" from SNL--"It's always something" as Gilda Radner always said.

Good news is that after such a tumultuous school year, my son (#5) will graduate from high school on schedule. He took it to the wire after he messed up the first part of the chemistry final. His score was high enough on the second part to cover the first part and the grade for this quarter AND the failing grade from last quarter too. YAY, we will be having a party for all of us who poured our heart and soul into this. emoticon

I should weigh in today, last week there was no change and it has been like this for a couple of weeks. I need to stir some things up because I'm eating well, tracking, getting in up to 8 fruits and veggies a day, walking nad doing whatever movement I can--and then pushing a bit more out of this body as well, and I'm drinking my water and getting sleep in too. I think I've covered my bases, but the food tracker always tells me to eat more, especially protein. My big problem with all of that is my low activity level. I'm going to change some of my foods and mix things up a bit to see if I can jolt things back into the losing mode. If that doesn't work, I'll be begging you all for help. emoticon

I need to move these two kitties off of my lap and get ready for work--I have lots to do today. Take care everybody and I'll check in soon.
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JIM*S_QUEENIE 5/28/2009 7:11AM

    Ok, Sweet Sylvia,
Try some whole wheat crackers and about 2-3 oz. of different cheeses. Use the white cheese for the crackers---add some triscuts too as they have lots of fiber.
Cut a crunchy apple (I use Fuji) and cut the cheddar cheese up in thin slices and put those on the slices of apple. Drink a glass of water before and then some during and the rest after the lunch is done.
If you would like to, add 1 or 2 celery stalks during the lunch period so you have your protein, carbs, fruit and veggies plus 2 glasses of water (3 if you drink 12 oz. glasses of water) woo-hoo!!
Do this every day for about 3 days and eat light at the other meals and you will have a "movement" and not by Bach or Mozart either---LOL If you are careful with your calories for your other meals (keep them around 400 each) then you should lose some weight (around 3 lbs.) by the next time you weigh in on Monday.
Good luck my friend.
My sister had the banding done in Feb. or March and she loves it. It can be adjusted by the dr. if needed. It isn't as dangerous as the other surgery (I'm going blank as it is 6a.m. and I have been on since 8p.m. Ugh!! And I am tired and hurting on my hip--the laptop is on my lap while I lay down--ouch!!!
So, my friend, I will close for now as you said you wanted to get ahold of me to talk to me about something.
I am concerned about you and love you and will pray for you, my sweet friend.
Peace and blessings,

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Wednesday--5/20: Lots of Uncertainty

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hi there...I know, "Long time, no blog" or weigh, or visit many of my team boards. The end of a school year is the second busiest time of the school year for a teacher and mine is confounded by the fact that I probably have to pack and move, but I cannot get any precise information from TPTB. I wish they would just shoot straight and be fair without all of the rest of this. There are a few facts in my world. 1.The school I am in is supposed to close. 2.We are building a new school in our district and that is where most of the students will go. 3. The building is not going to be ready for use next year--I don't know if the March school board question on the foundation being down has been answered or not. 4. PreK through 2nd grade will be in our "closed building" in the fall. 5. Our 3rd through 6th grade students will be in another school building in the district that is closing at the end of this school year. 6. I don't know if I will be teaching in the "new" school and have not been a part of the secret meetings and dialogs that the staff for that building have been having. 7. No other reading teacher has been selected for that position. 8. None of the other Title 1 teachers are sure of their assignment for next year because the district wants the budget from the state FIRST, and this is ILLINOIS!! 9. As soon as the insurance companies approve, my surgery will be fill steam ahead and my plans are for as soon as school lets out so I'll have time to be well before school is back in session. 10. For someone who has been with this school district for 24 years in elementary and 6.5 years in preschool, I don't feel like I'm being treated like an employee with that kind of experience. OUCH!

I have been really busy with medical appointments, but they are finally settling down. i am now up to date on all of my stiff. Papwas okay as I expected. There was, pnce again, a little abnormality on my mammo results but they are letting me know that I do not need to worry about it, they will need to do it again in 6 months to be sure that their "guess" that the little cystules that they have found are really benign, no problems or complications. I had my "post-op/ pre-op" appointment with the surgeon and we are waiting to hear from the insurance company. It would really help me if they would respond sooner than later. I want as long as I can have to recuperate before we return to school on July 30. I also have a reading program for inner city kids going into first grade to get together for our church. I can easily do this, but it would be nice to know if I can help teach. That is my favorite thing to do, but given this surgery--I can do the planning and resume teaching after I'm out of the hospital.

The moods and attitudes at school have been horrid. I have taught long enough to know that there are often a lot of edgy students and adults towards the end of the year. People who are pretty dramatic become unbelieveable. Even though I know this and have experienced it in a number of ways--it has been more than I can ever remember this year. Children and our "pre-adolescents" alike are fighting amongst themselves and negative in their talk. The disrespectful things that have been said to other human beings have also surprised me. My room is close to the lunch room/ gym and I hear more than I like. It is wearing on me and I need this coming three day weekend, even if there are only two weeks left after that. I need for this raggedy year to come to an end. I saw my doctor/ therapist today and he pointed out to me how much I have been through this school year and my need to have it over is a real thing--and that end is well-earned. I'm glad that I have someone who has went through all of this with me and knows that it has been way too much for any one person to have to deal with in such a compressed amount of time. That acknowledgement turned all of today's negativity away and let me get home to my family and all of the events taking place.

There is too much to discuss in one blog, so I'll get back tomorrow and talk about my real world--my family--husband, kids, dogs and other fur babies later. All of these important people are doing well, nothing to worry about except for one prickly thing...

Take care everyone!!
Hugs, Sylvia

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JIM*S_QUEENIE 5/28/2009 7:54AM

    Dear Sylvia,
I don't know if you have calmed down any and I don't know if you have heard from the ins. co. as yet concerning the surgery you would like to have.
One thing I do know and I think I am telling you this too late is: you need to calm down and be settled before going in for surgery.
This is not always an easy surgery and I still don't know if what you are thinking of is a gastric bypass or the lap banding. I have heard that the lap banding is not as serious as the gastric although any surgery can be serious as there are many technicalities.
I hope whatever is decided that all will go well and will definitely pray for you and I hope you have gone to God in prayer about this, too.
It saddens me the way children talk nowadays and the way they speak to their elders. It is disgusting and no matter what age adults are, there should be a respect for their elders which isn't there.
I don't think a lot of parents really want the parenting responsibility and just don't correct their children.
Most children don't learn to "pay it forward" and this is sad. They have very few responsibilities---mine still throw up to my face how hard they had to work as we lived in a cabin with a wood stove and we had to chop 7 cords a year for the winter and no air conditioning. We had property that needed to be mowed down so the snakes would slither around where the weeds were longer. We lived in the country in the mountains in California and we all loved it. My oldest son is very upset with us for selling and especially for moving out to Iowa. Oh well, he doesn't pay the bills, either.
I will now read your next blog as now I am doing my own blog when answering yours. LOL
Peace and blessings,

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LOULOUBELLE2 5/21/2009 9:42PM

    I'll be so glad when this school year is over for you. You don't, (nor does any teacher for that matter), need to put up with that kind of treatment. Your in my prayers especially for the next 2 weeks.
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Continued but it's now Sunday 5/3

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Hi again,

I promised that I'd get back. I have been so busy the past few weeks with medical appointments, trainings, and my family that trying to keep up with all of my friends on SP has been neglected. I'll start out with an apology to you all and a disclaimer about teachers in the final days of a school year. I know what is coming--well partly. We have a meeting on Tuesday to let us know if we have new paperwork for the year that we are going to have to do (for the entire year, which will take some time with backtracking.) I know there is a 100% chance that I get to move again, I just do not know where I'll move to. On top of that is the regular end of the year paperwork for the year and ending progress reports. I expect some time at school during regular work hours for some of this, but a good deal of it will be on my personal time. Hopefully we will get a reprieve at the Tuesday meeting.

Medical tests and appointments have kept me busy...let me see if I can remember everyplace I've been of interest and how things turned out...My stress test showed an area of my heart that is not getting enough oxygen, but my cardiologist said that he considering it to be "low risk." He never mentioned the blockages, but another of my doctors explained that my medications and my nitroglycerin patch have probably gotten that stuff to cut loose and clear up to a good extent. YAY for that, one procedure averted. I had that big test on Tuesday where they "relaxed me" and put a camera down my throat for my surgeon to get a look inside of my esophogus and my stomach to my intestines. He was happy with the way things look and even gave me a charming photograph of my insides. (Now really, I understand giving expectant mothers photos of ultrasounds, but why in the name of all reasonable things did I get this? My doctor even labeled things like the "pyelorus" for my benefit. Hmm??) I had gotten a phone call from his office and I will need to call them Monday morning to find out what they need from me. I suspect we will be scheduling my weight loss surgery as soon as he has heard from my insurance company. This will make a big lifestyle change for me, but it is my hope for getting rid of my back pain.

Finally, I saw my gyne on Thursday. I am sure this is a GP rated blog, but with the lack of flexibility in my knees and the crazy screaming pain in my back (especially after a long day at work), routine stuff can be very difficult. However, a new table combined with a creative care giver who realized if she turned the thingy upsside down, she was able to do the job. I also have to finalize my appointment for my mammo on Monday. The new hospital has a new "digital" machine along with agentle technician that may make this a less evil procedure than with the mean woman at the other hospital. I also saw my GP and found out that after all of the megadoses of vitamin D and 1000 units daily after it was gone...and my Vit D level had only increased by one point to 19 now. I am back on the weekly megadose again. My doctor expected with how low my level was originally that I'd need a second round with the megadose, but he had expected my level to raise more than it did. Geesh emoticon

On to other things...The riverboat ride was pleasant enough. My son is doing a "long term" subbing job in my school for our music teacher, so he got to come. That gave me someone friendly and safe to be with. The boat had an elevator so that I could get everywhere but the uppermost deck. I got some walking in as I walked around the third level in the sunny but cool outer edge. Our secretary was a bit ill, so I comforted and encouraged her. An old friend of mine from the school I taught at for over 10 years was there and we caught up on old times. (Our school was unexpectedly closed and it was totally hard on all of us who worked there. It was an inner city wchool and we had turned the scores around, things were improving in so many ways. Then, they neglected to tell any of us, but they decided at a school board meeting and it was headlines in the next day newspaper. Personally, I hadn't read it and was shocked when I got phone calls from friends asking me why I hadn't said anything to them. We went through a real period of mourning as we packed, cleaned and "closed." Anyway, we are having a 5 year reunion for the school's former staff in June and I am ooking foward to that. (I need to get my RSVP in for that too, I'm definitely going, that has been one of my best jobs as a professional.)

The trainings that I signed up for were good for me in so many ways. I had a great time being with other National Board Certified Teachers. The training was excellent, all 4 of them were trainings in mentoring other teachers and it was some new information and some things I already knew. I think that makes the best learning--I do it for my students: scaffold on what they know to give them something new.

My kids are doing pretty well and things at home are no more frustrating than usual. I think we are doing better because they are cooperating more. (It is also spring and there are so many things they want to do...if they want my blessing and generally some cash as well, they know what they have to do to get it--lol) Personally, I am thrilled it is spring. The kids started mowing and my husband did some planting and relocating of some of the plants here. Our garden will go in next weekend if the weather allows. If it doesn't, it will have to go in during the week because the first week of May is the best planting time here.

I love the springtime. We have a lot going on, but it is all good stuff (with maybe one exception, but it is not something I can perseverate on here...) Anyway, I'm focusing on what I love and what we are enjoying. My dogs make me happy. My children make me happy. My students make me happy. Life is great!!

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JIM*S_QUEENIE 5/28/2009 9:47AM

    Dear Sylvia,
I hope when I read any more of your blogs I find that you are about as happy as can be like you were here on this one. It sounded like all your ducks were in a row!! What a good feeling, right?
Little changes and not all at once is what I was taught. Sometimes you can't help but have more than one at a time and so you just handle it the best that you can. The best is yet to come.
But, sometimes it is always calmest before the storm so always try to be prepared. When we were raising our children we found that not to give them a lot of rope was best and that they were to earn most of what was going to be happening to them in their lives.
They always had an allowance and there was a work sheet on the wall of what was to be done each week for the money. Then there was an index of if something wasn't done then an amount of money would be deducted and it was in black and white so they knew what to expect.
Then there was another work sheet of extras to be done and if they checked off that they were going to do a particular job for a particular amount of money and they did it, it was inspected as done well, then they were paid the extra with the money. This money went to when they were going to do the extra activities in their lives.
I always got great reports from others and employers about how accomplished they were when babysitting, stacking wood, repairing holes in our street as it was private and run by an association, mowing yards, painting, helping with building, etc., etc.
We also started them out very young with appropriate chores. I used a guide from a book from Dr. Dobson, the Christian Minister and Counselor who had a radio show. What great wisdom that was for me and my children and those great work traits are what they carry in their jobs today. I am so proud of them and they did it themselves. Believe me, they fought me at times about it but I wouldn't let down. Since their dad worked 140 miles from home (one way) and worked for 24 hrs. per day as he was a firefighter in the San Francisco Bay Area, I also made it a rule that the kids could not go anywhere on the weekend or during the week unless I had 3 days notice so that I could talk to their dad about it first. Then when we made a decision I told whichever child it pertained to. They would never know who said no or yes and could not use us against each other. Another good rule---especially for any couples even those who are together every day. And, when you discuss a situation about the children, make sure you go for a walk away from the children. Going into another room where they can hear doesn't work!! It defeats the purpose.
Well, I don't know if any of this can help you as it seems your children are older now.
But, I am sorry that you are going thru what you are at the school district. Glad it isn't me at this time, I would have shingles everywhere on every inch of my body!! I wouldn't be able to handle that!!!
Stay in peace, Sylvia and prayer about what you should do medically. Weigh the pros and cons as you do have 4 children. So did my sister and the lap band has worked out well for her and she has a lot of physical problems medically. She thinks this will help most of these but it won't. She just wants a fast way to be skinny but with her it won't stay. Nothing has ever stayed. She loses it and then gains even more. She doesn't take care of the psychological issues and that is what we need to do. That and learn the proper way of eating and a fitness plan, too. She doesn't want to do that part---not even walk. Very sad.
Be sure you do both parts, my friend. I don't want that to happen to you, too.
Peace and blessings,

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BELLACUDDLES 5/4/2009 10:43AM

    What a busy gal you are Sylvia......glad to see you are seeing the beauty in life amongst all that is going on!! God is blessing you!!!!!!!!

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SHELLPRO 5/3/2009 6:12PM

    WO! busy lady, & so happy there just wasn't enough Words! What the heck happened to your page? So glad things are getting better. Keep in touch!

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Saturday, 5/2--Getting late!!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Hi there,

We just got home from my son's high school musical, "Once Upon a Matress." It was fun and we had fun. There were lots of good laughs--and I stopped the college kids from comparing it to their stuff or critiquing the effects, etc...We had a really fun time and that's the only memory I want. I have a new computer and I'll get a photo or 2 up--my other son (#2) took some pictures, but he has his camera.

One of the best things that has happened in the past couple of weeks is that I have a new computer--it has a "t" key and will run on the high speed. I'm getting spoiled--but we bought it on credit (I know, I know--but the other one wouldn't even work for homework.) I also have a Mac again, which makes me so very happy.

I am going to go get ready for bed and I will be right back--If you haven't checked out the new photos, take a look. The one of Frankie "laughing" cracks me up--and the photo that is "enuff81020" is my darling Lady. She got me addicted to basset hounds, but she hates having her picture taken.

I'll be back later!!

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BELLACUDDLES 5/3/2009 2:19PM

    Glad you had a fun night out!!!!!!!


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