Saturday, March 10, 2012
I have received a list of 15 names from you, my friends. I will list them and you decide one which you like best and let me know by posting here or on my Spark Page or even in Spark mail. The top THREE (3) will be posted by Tuesday and whichever of those three has the most votes will be the winner. I have also kept the list of who suggested the name first, so I'll know who to thank properly.
Here is the list of 15:
2. Red Flyer
4. Racy Red
7. The Red Baron
10. Red Skelton
11. Riot Red
12. Lil' Red Ryder
13. Ruby Racer
There you have them. I'm really excited about this! I trust all of you, because you have such good taste with those recommendations!! Now for myself, I'll have to decide what the special RAK will be to thank the winning name proposer.
Maxine has been all fancied up and is quite the Diva. She has a leopard looking wrap on her seatbelt that says "Princess". Bob had a basket made for her in front and she now sports little stuffed critters and some large fancy key chains. Whenever I have that basket on her, I can carry along things I may need such as kleenex, bottle of water, magazine, I-Pod, cell phone, etc. It is really fun for me to dress her up, but Bob enjoys it too, and will come home every once in awhile with little odds and ends for her. Nothing is ever too expensive in case it gets lost or ruined. His favorite place to shop for her is The Dollar Tree. Mine is around the house!! I used to be active in an on-line group and we had swaps all the time. We never paid a lot for anything, because we wanted everyone to be able to participate. Thus I have tons of little Diva like items I can use. As I said, it is tons of fun for me.
This all might sound silly to some. They may even think I haven't grown up yet or that I'm terribly immature. But life is so very short. We never know when we may lose our ability to do things that we simply do and never think about. I feel we must have fun and be able to laugh at ourselves in order to remain positive and enjoy all that we can. I never wanted to be in a power chair. When that happened I could no longer be on my feet to do hair styling. Can't you visualize your stylist trying to cut your hair from a chair?!?! I couldn't step backwards without falling, even after surgery, so I had no choice. Since this was a given and beyond my control, I decided to make the best of it. Bob had already decorated canes for me, so I decided my chair needed a sassy name. One with attitude. I was talking with one of my friends and she suggested asking my scrapbooking community for suggestions. That's when we came up with a plan like this one. It was so much fun and the anticipation was wild. After Maxine became the final name, then I started to decide how I wanted to "fix her up". That has been on going but now I'll have this new one to do. And I am so happy that my Spark family is involved with this. I mean who better to have help me? I just hope all of you are having as much fun with this as I am!
This post has been way off topic in a way. In a way it is right in the middle of the spark attitude of staying positive. When I started out seriously in 2010, I joined the Chair Exercise team. All the info I got from that team really helped me to advance with my daily exercising. Whenever I was weak from the treatments, I was still able to do some leg lifts and upper body exercises from Maxine. Today I don't have to use her nearly as often as I did back then. I am really sure it is from getting stronger by using her in the beginning the way the team taught. Have any of you had these same issues?
Love and blessings to all.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Yesterday was 6 month mammo check up. After the mammo the doctor want to see an ultrasound, so I'm thinking - here we go again. But I was wrong. When the doctor came in, he had great news. Nothing had changed since my last one in September!!! YEAH!!! I couldn't have been happier.
Afterwards we had a small lunch and I got my nails done and my very first hair trim since I lost it all about a year ago. For those interested in that sort of thing, I had the nail tech polish my nails in lavender. They look so pretty!! The color goes well with my skin tones, too. The stylist curled the top of my hair and it looked so cute. I'm not sure if I can keep that up though, as I still have problems holding my left arm in the air. At least the bangs are out of my eyes and the sides no long get in my ears and tickle. I just hate anything bothering my ears.
Snuggles on the Left and Bruzer on the right. 07 March 2012
Today I am back to being normal, though a little tired. After having to see doctors all week, this has been a very pleasant change for me. I have been surfing the net looking for some specific recipes. Often times I like to change them up to meet our needs, reduce to be Spark friendly, and to see if I can recall others from a while back. I have tons of clipped recipes from the 60's thru to today and the cookbooks! You wouldn't believe all I have! Many of them are dated, too. Looking at everything and seeing how different we all cook today is fun. I used to love to make "city chicken". You could find it packaged in the store ready to prepare. And veal - I loved using veal. It was a reasonably priced meat way back. Now when I can find it, I have "Sticker shock" at the prices!! I guess it is good that I now eat so little meat. One of the recipes I have loved since being in England in 2000 has been prawns with lemon mayo. I haven't been able to find anything like what I had. It was used on top of baked potato to make a meal. I usually had a salad or some sort of green veggie with it. So, I have decided to try to do it on my own only I'll Sparkifey it.
Rather than mayo, I'm going to use Greek yogurt. And I think I'll shred the shrimp so I won't have to use as much and that will lower the cholesterol. I'll try it first and let Bob taste it to see if he likes it.
Have any of you any more names for the new red power chair? So far I have the following suggestions:
2 Red Flyer
4 Racy Red
7 The Red Baron
I think I'll put the final vote up for the weekend. We'll see how it all goes.
In case some of you have forgotten, here's Maxine:
I hope everyone enjoyed International Women's Day and honored some of the women who have inspired and influenced your life.
My Mama in May 1998 - her last Mother's Day
Love and blessings to all.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Yesterday was my assessment day. My power chair is pretty old, so this was to see about replacing it. I rode Maxine in. The therapist looked at me and said she thought the chair was way too big for me. The she said, "You are such a small woman.!! I nearly chocked. No one EVER has said anything like that to me!! Even when I was at my very lowest (124) when I was 19 and got married.
It made me feel so good about all my hard work and know it was paying off so much others were noticing it, too!! Anyway, with all of my falls over the past months, they want me to have the chair. It is going to be red. I'll need a new name for her. Anyone who has an idea, post it. Perhaps I'll have a contest like I did when my scrapbook buddies named Maxine - my blue chair. For that, names were suggested and then I posted them in a thread and they voted. The one with the highest votes is what I named her and sent a RAK to the one who suggested Maxine to begin with.
Today was chemo oncologist day. He said everything was looking good to him, especially with the breast cancer check. He emphasised the importance of taking the Aremidex taking it every day. He restated it will between 5 -10 years that I'll have to have it. I didn't make it to the luncheon today. Bob wasn't feeling good this time!! I must have passed it to him. *sigh*
Tomorrow is mammogram day. I'm not too worried about it after two docs telling me the area is looking good. Next week I'll see the surgeon that did the lumpectomy and took the lymph nodes out. He'll have my results and whatever he says goes. Did I mention he graduated from the med school at Ohio University where my brother taught for 40 years. (He just retired this year.) So everytime I go, I wear my OU Bobcats hat just for him. I'm also going to get my nails and hair done. I think I deserve it!! This will be my first trim since my hair all fell out way back last winter.
Thank you everyone for all your suggestions to help me through the bug. I'm so glad it didn't last long. But I have to admit, I've remained tired and weak. Each day that seems to get better, too.
Everyone - don't forget how proud I am of each of you. Y'all are so supportive and encouraging. I feel really connected to you. When I asked each of you to be my friend or returned you friending me, it is because I feel some sort attachment to you. I feel we have a lot in common whether or not you may be in a chair, too; love animals, the Gators, genealogy, scrapbooking, current events, or just love fashion, blogging, or have had breast cancer or any other cancer. But never did I dream I would find so many friends with so much in common. It really shouldn't have surprised me too much as we are on the same journey towards our goals of healthy living and how to make better choices. Since we travel on this road, the encouragement, support, and motivation of each other seems to be what makes Spark and all of our friends so special. It rubs off within our entire lives so that we can be positive and make better choices. It doesn't matter if it takes a few tries, just being the best we can be is what counts. I love reading all your blogs and finding out how you are doing. I also will visit the blogs of your friends just because. I find so much information and suggestions that way. So many have recommendations for so many different things. I've learned a lot about how different meds have different effects on foods and weight control. There have been book suggestions and recipes. And some of the pictures that are posted are so beautiful they take my breath away!! We certainly are a creative group of people. And the language! Some descriptions make me feel I'm right along and "seeing" everything!!
Love and blessings,
Sunday, March 04, 2012
And that is exactly what today was for me. I slept later than usual because we had wind and rain storms all night long. But when I did get up, I was refreshed and eager to get on with the day. I felt happier and better than in the rest of the week. Even better than when I fit into the 14 jeans!! I started to have some lunch and then it happened. No where out of the blue with no warning, it came. I barely made it to the bathroom and vomited. I was kind of stuck there. Bob was back in the bedroom with the door closed and when I yelled for him, he didn't hear me right away. So there I stood ready to fall over with dirty hands and all over, my face needing cleaned. He finally got to me and got my walker so I would have help getting back into the kitchen. I sat there with him not wanting to eat another bite when back to the bathroom I went. I won't get too descriptive, but I think you know what happened then. I decided to have some ginger ale and sat in my recliner in the living room. But before doing that I wanted clean clothes. While I was in the closet getting something else, it was back to the bathroom and more vomiting.
Take about a 180 change, I went from being up, strong to get through a wonderful exercise program and looking forward to a wonderful sunny day. The all of that! Yuck!! I've been so weak, Bob had to fix dinner, which wasn't a lot, but it was nutritious and filling.
It is so hard for me to get in enough calories whenever I get sick like this. Do any of you have this same problem? Any hints and ideas that work for you that I might try? I want to stay healthy so I can get better faster. And of course not have it last forever. As for exercise, even if I remain weak, I can still do some hand, arm, and leg exercises from my chair. What do all of you do? Again, any hints would be greatly appreciated.
Tomorrow I go for an evaluation for my PT and OT continuing and the use of my chair, Maxine. Tuesday I have an appointment with my chemo oncologist for a check up. Wednesday is mammogram 6th month check. Tuesday I also have a luncheon if I can make it. It's a women's political thing and I have never attended before, so I am not too concerned about missing it if I'm still not feeling the best. Since I am feeling so much better this evening, I hope this is just a 24 hour thingy and tomorrow will be bright and sunny again.
Love and blessings to all.
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