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Saturday, 10/20 Tired but Satisfied

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Hi all,

It feels as if it sould be later than it is--that's amazing to me. I have been busy as possible today. I started out with some sparking but then, I went to the fitness center and had a hard workout. After that, I ran several errands and then, we went to school to put away supplies for the coming week and to set up Digger's cage. Finally, I found a cute project online to use for children's church tomorrow--we are making owls in honor of Halloween and I came home to clean out all of my dressers while my husband baked chicken for dinner.

I am really dragging, so I am going to scoot off and take it easy, maybe going to sleep early for a change.

Take care and have a good night.
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/24/2012 10:46PM

    You really got a lot accomplished but then you always do. I wish I had your organization ability.

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_LINDA 10/21/2012 1:59AM

    I like that thought of making owls -cute! I hope you can get a good night's sleep and have a peaceful, resting and very relaxing Sunday.
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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Friday. 10/19 The world looks different today!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hi all,

What a difference a day makes!! It is true. I had my post-op appointment with my eye surgeon today and everything is exactly the say it is supposed to be. My right eye vision checked out at 20/20. I was legally blind in my right eye on Wednesday and on Friday, I am now able to see things. The world is a lot more bright and although I am seeing flashes off to the right side (that is to be expected, according to my post-op instruction sheet), I can no longer see the big fireworks like displays when I see a light at night out of my right eye. I still see a mild version, but that is the cataract in my left eye at work.

I do have a problem, I cannot see to read right now. My left eye is my lazy eye and it cannot focus at all. My right eye was set up to be my distance vision eye--my glasses do not help it. However, this will be short lived because in two weeks, on November 1 at 11:45, I am having the left eye done too.

Eye drops have been my world, but I am now down to one of each of three drops, three times a day along with an organic tear to use for the rough, dry, scratchy feeling. Yesterday, it was one of three drops every three hours. When you do three different eye drops, you have to do them five minutes apart so the new one doesn't wash the prior one out of your eye. There was a two hour prep before my surgery and they had to give me three drops of something every five minutes while I waited until the anesthesiologist "blocked my eye." He gave me some medicine in my IV and then used 2 drops twice of something that numbed my eye and that upper side of my face. He taped my eye shut then until the surgery 10 minutes later. Then, they taped my eye open and my head down to hold it still. The procedure was weird, I'd compare it a bit to dental work--lots of sounds and although it didn't hurt, it was edgy and weird.
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I decided to go to Weight Watchers last night and was totally prepared for a gain after having had IVs and then finally getting to eat!! I lost 2.4 more pounds which got me to my 10% target there. They gave me their gift, a bronze colored key chain. I am 18.6 pounds away from that goal. I won't get it done by my hip surgery, but I will get it done. I have a lot going on, but I am doing a good job of sticking with it again and my body and the scale are working with me. I think I was on one of the world's longest plateaus for a while--I only lost just under 5 pounds total from prior to my neck surgery in February until August.

I am ramping up to go back to work on Monday. I have spent a lot of time here lately, so don't be surprised when I become less visible again. My time will be limited with my new students to add into the ones I already had. Two of them start on Monday and 6 more will start on Thursday. I will definitely be busy.

Take care one and all--It is time for my evening eye drops. emoticon
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/24/2012 10:45PM

    I appreciate you telling us about the surgery as I anticipate I will need it done soon enough. Congrats on the weight loss. You are doing fantastic.

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WALKZWDOGZ 10/21/2012 3:35AM

    emoticon When my aunt had cataract surgery, I remember that the 24/7 eye drops nearly drove us nuts. Hang in there!

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KICK-SS 10/20/2012 2:04AM

    I had cataract removal last summer (2011) and I tell you, I never got so sick of using eye drops in my life! My surgeries were two weeks apart, so some of the drops were overlapping, I almost had to keep a journal to keep track of them. I was so glad when I was finished.

I have excellent distance vision, but I do have to wear reading glasses to read or see up close. I chose to do it that way rather than doing one close up and one far away because I was told sometimes the adjustment isn't so easy and at 74, I just wanted it as simple as possible. It's been sooo good!



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_LINDA 10/20/2012 12:52AM

    So glad a new world is opening up for you! Those eye surgeries are something else, so freeing! Glad you could see well enough to blog!
That is awesome losing the weight! Hoping the trend continues for you!!
It will be difficult coming around here for me too, final push for some busy times at the club, starting tomorrow.
Hope you can have a good and restful weekend of recovery!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda
PS the weather has turne dvery nasty here. Today was high winds and intermittant rain and I just about froze my hands riding home from my bootcamp in spite of wearing double lined fleece gloves (I can't wear mitts as I can't grip the huge wheel of my scooter in anything too bulky) the rain is forecast to turn into snow by Sunday. This is no big surprise. I can't ever remember a Halloween where we didn't have snow and bitterly cold temperatures -makes the furry costumes a Godsend for the kiddies!!

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Thursday 10/18 Leaving for cataract surgery in 2 hours

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hi all,

I haven't slept tonight--and I am still wide awake. I know this is a bad way to go to surgery because it is hard to wake up in recovery and you feel awful. I think this is truly nerves about having surgery on my eye. Even though I have had some 45-50 surgeries in the past 12 years, this is different to me. It doesn't make a lot of sense--I didn't do this with the big fusion procedure on my back that lasted 9 hours with 4 surgeons who had to displace my major body organs to do the work on my spine. I am not making much sense and I know it--but with my eye open, the doctor has to make 2 cuts in my eyeball to remove the lens whioch is now covered by one type of cataract on the inside and two others on the outside. Everyone who has had experience with this is telling me that I will be "so happy with the results." I believe them too, I am just a bit anxious about this involving my eye. As my right eye is now, I am legally blind--that is a good reason to fix this. I have a surgeon with an incredible amount of procedures in his experience and a high percentage of successes. I should be good to go, but...

I had a good class tonight and learned of an article and a study that basically proves that America's teachers are hard workers and who are doing better than teachers with similar populations from around the world with their students. I hope this study gets out to the people who have been trashmouthing teachers in the past few years.

Anyway, I finished typing my paper for class today--it turned out to be 13 pages long. The assignment was to interview 3 English Language Learners and to analyze their errors in speaking English, defining them by categories we have learned. We also had to summarize what we learned, describing trends and explaining what good teaching needs to be done with the ELLs we worked with. It was a powerful assignment and I learned a lot about being an ELL and what can help them to become more proficient in English. I also noticed some similarities in the three children I interviewed in their needs which gave me some ideas of what "all kids" in their age group probably needs instruction in.

Our youngest son is being bullied by a couple of kids--in school and on the bus, so I am going to have to pay the school and the bus barn a visit this week. This cannot continue because it is making him anxious. The rumoprs being said are all completely ludicrous and involve foul language and concepts too which is upsetting his world. I wish people would teach their kids the "Golden Rule" and the difference from "right and wrong." That simple background would save a lot of kids from pain and grief.

I'll check in sometime after my surgery--I'll be sleepy and I might even think about sparking ...
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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_LINDA 10/19/2012 2:49AM

    It is scary to have an eye operated on -the risk of infection is high, but the Dr.'s will monitor closely. No one wants the risk of going blind, so that is perhaps a scarier surgery then most others as the gift of sight is most precious.
That assignment sounds like something you needed to really get a focus on what the students need. 13 pages sounds like you put a lot of work and thought into it, good for you!!
I am very sorry to hear of your youngest son's bullying :(( I hope it can get resolved soon. They really need to come down hard on kids who do this. I suppose it has to be witnessed and heard by an adult before anything will get done about it, or will they take the bullied child's word for it?
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/18/2012 10:02PM

    Hugs on the bullying. So hard for everyone involved.

Hope the surgery went well.

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CHERRY666 10/18/2012 11:48AM

    I hope the surgery goes great and you recover quickly! Good luck!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/18/2012 11:07AM

    The problem with our education system is not teachers, it's parents who do not prepare their children for school or life. When I was a child every parent was expected to help with their child's school progression. On parents day the room was full. When my son had parent-teacher conferences 3 parents showed up out of around 150 and 2 of them were the top students in all of his classes. Kind of explains why they were on top. Their parents value education and put it as a priority. There are too many latch key kids who never have a sit-down, hot meal at home, whose parents allow them to stay up half the night, talk like sailors, do as they please. It obviously doesn't work. This applies to bullying as well. A zero tolerance on this needs to be the rule.

Don't worry about the surgery, Sylvia. You will do fine.

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FELINA 10/18/2012 10:04AM

    My Mom had cataract surgery done on both her eyes a year or so ago at the age of 81. She was nervous too, it's scary having your eyes operated on. But she did great, came through with flying colors. She had both done about a month apart. She's delighted with the results. She no longer needs glasses to read. Funny thing is, before her surgery when we'd go shopping she'd hand ME things to read. Now it's the other way around ! I hand her things to read so I don't have to pull out my reading glasses !

Wishing you an uneventful and speedy recovery.

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CELIAMINER 10/18/2012 8:26AM

    Blessings and calming, healing vibes coming your way!
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WALKZWDOGZ 10/18/2012 5:35AM

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Sending prayers for your surgery & a quick recovery!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 10/18/2012 5:31AM

    emoticon HOPE YOU ARE UP AND AROUND REAL SOON. YOU WILL BE SO SUPRISED HOW MUCH BETTER YOUR VISION WILL BE IN 2-3 DAYS.

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NYARAMULA 10/18/2012 5:00AM

    All the best with your surgery. I hope you get things sorted out with the school about your son being bullied, bullying is very stressful on kids and parents.

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Tuesday 10/16 Working on things, Making repairs!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hi all,

I think "fixing things" is the theme for my fall break. Miles, our 21 year old auto/diesel mechanic spent his entire day working on both of our vehicles. He has made good progress on both of them, but neither is quite finished. I am proud of his focus on this, he doesn't always have that sort of focus on things. I think his college education is really paying off. If all goes well he graduates at the end of this semester.

He also is going to help do some work on our bathroom and kitchen. We bought some materials and he is ready to replace some of the floor that is worrying me and doing work with plumbing and other things. I think Miles gets his understanding about how things work and how to fix them from his father, the military mechanic. I am thankful that we have people who can do this kind of thing,even if it takes a bit longer and they have to do a bit more trial and error. I am not sure how we could absorb the bills any other way. This has been one thing after another and has run into hundreds and hundreds of dollars--all after we took the car to a dealer who charged us almost 800 dollars and even after repeated returns, the problem wasn't fixed. I am pretty angry about that, that caused us a lot of financial grief that we haven't recovered from yet. I wonder what can be done about them. Grr-rr-rr.

I had my hip injection from my pain management doc today. He is such a good and thorough professional. He told me what to do to make sure he is part of my medical team for my hip replacement. He also met our youngest daughter at the fitness center on Saturday. He took a tumble answering a text from his daughter when he was walking down the stairs. I am sorry because he has been through almost as many medical procedures as me, and falling down 4 stairs hurt him. However, he did my injection and as the anesthesia wears off tonight, I am starting to feel better. He had me make an appointment for in a month because he said it would be worth it for me to have that other injection for relief before my surgery during the busy holiday season. I would like to find a way to honor this guy for his kindness and professional service because he always leaves me feeling physically better as well as emotionally better.

I started the eye drops for my eye surgery today. They have made my eye a bit dry and itchy, as well as distorting my vision in a new way. The surgical clinic called me to get my data, med list, and share information with me this afternoon. The nurse I spoke with me reminded me of the ambulatory surgical center that my ortho uses, efficient and kind. That is the best place to go to for a surgery. They are more efficient with IVs than the hosipitals, especially the ERs. They have it down to an art. I have to be there at 6:30 on thursday morning. The eye surgeon has ordered anesthesia because I have "wiggly eyes that will roll up" keeping him from getting to them when he needs to. He said that the surgery takes a total of 15 minutes. That is pretty amazing.

Anyway, I am getting repaired. Our car and our jeep are getting repaired. Our kitchen and bathroom are getting repaired. Life should improve with all of this repair work going on. I am looking forward to the outcome.

I'll be going to my weigh-in a day early this week--I am wondering how that will go. I am trying to stick to my plan. I hope to finish my classwork in the morning so I can go to the pool in the afternoon. (Dr. F said I couldn't go this evening because the pool water after an injection like I had could result in an infection.) I did a lot around here to make up for that time--it was tricky with the numbness in my leg and foot.

Take care, my friends!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/17/2012 9:15PM

    My hubby is very handy as well. He can fix almost anything. We could not afford to pay for everything.

I will be thinking of you and praying for you tomorrow, Sylvia.

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_LINDA 10/17/2012 12:15PM

    You do have an awesome Dr.! You would have thought he would know better then to text while moving :( I have had to step out of my way avoiding these people on the streets texting away and not looking where they are going. The insaneness of this -they are doing it everywhere, any time any place (in my fitness classes several girls have it near their water bottle ready to get to and sometimes they do that instead of drinking water!!) just gets to me!! its nice they are cracking down on them doing it while driving but they still do -I don't know if my nephew learned his lesson when he drove into a ditch doing it (and had to be towed out)
Your Miles sounds like a gifted person! Graduating at 21 and able to fix things like that -amazing! Reminds me of my step dad -he can fix things and figure them out pretty good too. Glad things are getting done around there that will help out.
Its nice you are finally getting some relief too! You are lucky getting to choose your surgical team -we have to take whoever is on rotation for the day here, no requests. Although as I have trouble with IV's too, I would like to request someone for that if I only know who could do it successfully -the last one I had took three tries and he was a senior -you would have thought he would have had enough practise!!!
So glad you have to the time to blog regularly and let us know what is going on. Still frantically busy and struggling to keep up with my friends as they are blogging like crazy and I type so slowly to respond :((
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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Monday, 10/16 How do you stick with your plan?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hi all,

Somebody asked me a question today that is an interesting one to answer: "How do you do this? How do you stick with it for this long?" My answer is a bit long and I am curious how others do it.

I am well into my thrid year here at SparkPeople. I started out kind of slow, but I got charged up and sparked hard. I had a lot of success when I got that spark and I really lost weight. The hard part is that I have done that before--a few times, hmm, at least four or five that I can think of. I lost over 100 pounds at least four other times, but eventually, I gained it back. I have become a lifetime member at Weight Watchers at lease twice. I got good at losing weight...

This time, it wasn't quite so easy and when I got just over 100 pounds, it got harder again. I hit a plateau and I didn't lose any weight for one month, then two, then well about all of the way to six months. I also didn't give everything up and I watched things, not eating some of the things that I cannot really control.

However, I learned at the end of June that I was going to need a hip replacement and that became my newly found motivator. I really wanted to get to a healthy BMI for my height beofre that surgery came to be. I gave myself a lot of time to lose 30 pounds--from late July until next June.

In the meantime, a funny thing has happened. I started having success again. It is interesting, but I found a "new" formula for my weight loss. It is fruit and I am eating a lot of it...3-4 servings every day with 2-3 meals and snacks. I start my day off with a nice breakfast and at least two servings of fruit and it makes me feel both content and energized. I eat a more vegetarian type of lunch as well. Then, I have a snack with protein in the afternoon, a regular dinner, and another snack with protein in the evening. Obviously, this will not work for everyone, but it is working like crazy for me. I can stick in a few other things from time to time, but this particular meal formula is helping me to lose 1-2 pounds a week again. Yay.

Now, moving my weight in a downward fashion has become more important. I have had to get rid of my 30 pound weight loss goal for the time being because I am having my hip replacement in December now. I am still at it and am hoping to close in on 20 pounds by my surgery date, but if I don't get there, I will get close. And after my hip surgery is past, I am jumping back on this plan and working toward that goal. I am looking forward to maintaining the weight I want to stay at forever very soon--before my 4th Sparkversary.

I am on my way. I motivate myself and I get a lot of help from my Spark Friends. Even though I have several friends and family who I am talking about losing weight and my goals to, it is awesome to have so many spark friends around who are all in a similar situation with me. It is easy to talk to them and to continue to plan for success here.

Thanks, Spark Friends!!
How do you stick with you plan? What motivates you?

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/16/2012 3:12PM

    Your plan sounds great. It's nice to find exactly what you need and to be able to follow it. I need to work harder on tweaking my plan.

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