Thursday, April 18, 2013
Yesterday I had a good doctor's appointment. Both he and the attending doctor are very concerned about me having 3 falls within 6 weeks. The only meds we changed are he doesn't want me to take the ones for sleep as he says there is a side effect of dizziness and he doesn't want it to cause any other falls. Also I MUST use Pinkie, even in the house. Bob jokingly asked him if he should get a pair of handcuffs to attach me to the walker. Dr G said it might sound mean, but it would be better than another fall and breaking bones or hitting my head again. Also I go to see my primary doctor tomorrow. I can't wait to hear what he has to say! He'll probably scold me. That's ok, I'm a big girl, I can take it!! I'll be using Roxie a lot more, too. I'm hopping not too much, but you never know. One of the things he'll have to check is that every so often I'll get a mouth full of blood. We have tried to tell where it is coming from, but we can't. It lasts several hours, then goes away. It's always bright red.
I haven't said much about Monday's terribly bombings at the Boston Marathon. It took me a while to process it all and then I was running around with doctor appointments and wasn't near a computer long enough to get my thoughts in order to blog. But i believe the entire thing was cowardly. Someone asked me if I thought it was an act of terrorism. As far as I'm concerned anyone who kills a group of innocents in order to put fear into the rest, is a terrorist. It doesn't matter who it is. That they made sure they were safe before setting it off was so cowardly on their part. It was like they were ashamed of themselves and wanted to hide. I'll be interested in finding out who was behind it and what their motive was.
I hope it wasn't religion as I can't think of anyone's God (and most of us worship the same one) approving of such a senseless act and loss of life and injuries. I don't always agree with POTUS, but I liked what he said today about we will run again, that this won't stop us. His message took the negative and made a positive out of it.
I have been doing more and more chair exercises. I've always done a lot on the floor, but one several chair ones since I got out of the chair. I don't mind them, though. As a matter of fact, I often do them while watching TV or reading and often in the truck while we are going back and forth. I'm so gad I was directed to our Chair Exercise Team. I didn't think i'd ever be able to exercise normally. It was a gift to me that let me start to move and become physical once more.
How do each of you handle your exercise program? Do you exercise even when you have a cold or don't feel too good? Do you have a favorite exercise or something you do that is a favorite way to get exercise in for the day? How often do you change things up? These are questions I always wonder about, but have never seemed to ask.
I hope all of you have a terrific weekend and don't let up on your program because it is the weekend! I hope that makes sense to you! I know, I know, you are most likely sick of hearing me say these words, but I feel they are very important to achieving success in our program here at Spark and really, in all of life. When you get up and you don't feel like doing much, it's ok to put off your exercise for a little bit. Make positive choices for your breakfast and gather it all together so it will be easier to fix when you are ready. Compliment someone every chance you get. It is so nice seeing their reactions and it will make you feel better about yourself, too. And always try to smile, even if you don't really want to do so. If you do these things, you'll feel so much better during the day. It's all about turning the negative into the positive.
Peace Love Cure
In case some of you don't know, Bob's grandson is autistic.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Hello all my Spark Buddies. All of you who said you'd like to help by commenting on my story should have received a Spark mail message from me that gives you the link. If you wanted to help, but didn't get the link, let me know and i'll get it to you.
As for the other Non-fiction book, i have had some comments about it, but only a few. I have been able to glean some things i would like to do with it though. I have been thinking of several ways to go. I could write a book about my weight loss journey along with the two cancers along the way. I could add some motivational inspirations and the things to do along the way from fun to serious. i would also love to do a journal (this is what i teach!) with the daily motivations and a list of the challenges along with some prompts at the end. I'm not sure about the calendar.
My grandmother used to keep a book she called her "birthday Book". She kept all the birthdays, anniversaries, special achievements, and deaths for all of her relatives and some very good friends. I have one i use for the same thing, only mine doesn't have nearly the info hers did. Also, mine is arranged by days and hers was alphabetically. I know in today's world people don't often keep things like that. But as a genealogist, i think of the record that leaves our descendants. i wish i knew whoever got her book, as I'd love to hunt it down and get it back!! It held a wealth of information. She also kept some newspaper clippings and addresses in it.
As for the short story, i'm thinking of tearing it all apart and add lots to it (it is less than 3K words) and use it for my November novel that has to be 50K plus. I think it has the potential for that. At least that is what i am getting from the feedback of those who are reading it.
Tonight i am really tired, so i'm going to close this early. All good things for my Spark Buds. I am so very fortunate and blessed to have each of you in my life. I hope tomorrow brings the things you are hoping it does.
Peace, Love, Hope for the Cure.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Hi Buddies. I must tell you of a spark email I received the other day. It got my attention right away and I thought of who better to tell about it and get opinions from than my buds! One of my Spark friends thinks I should either do a calendar or book on 365 different things to do from cute to serious. Here are some questions I have for you about this idea.
Could you use either of these?
What would you like to have - a daily calendar with a tear off sheet with a different suggestion on each page or a book with each thing having some more detail than can be found on a calendar. Or would you use both? What would you think about a journal with 365 ideas, but not on a tear away sheet?
How much would you willing to pay for each and how much for a nice set of the book with one or the other or a package of all three with each having a ifferent set of ideas?
Would you like to see the same theme for each? Would you consider both if each contained different ideas?
Would any of these subjects interest you enough that you would consider buying one or the other or both?
a) Motivations in general
b) Motivations for healthy living journey specifically
c) Things to help you carve time for yourself each day
d) Things to do to help you improve your self esteem?
e) A mixture of different things for life's journey
f) Things to do to be a better friend
g) Things to do with your girlfriends for all of you to become closer
h) Prompts for writing whether it be writing in general, blogging, or journaling
i) Something else you would like to see that you have searched for but haven't been able to find.
Do you think this is a project I could handle?
I know that is a lot to think about and I want to let you know i greatly appreciate your thoughts.
***** IMPORTANT PLEASE READ BEFORE COMMENTING ******
To answer the types of subjects, please message me privately with a Spark message (Spark email). This is an extra thing to do and takes more of your time, but I would appreciate keeping that part of the survey private. i hope you'll understand why. It is basically for the protection of each of us. Thank you for honoring this request.
I look forward to hearing your ideas and thoughts on all of this. I have been mulling it in my mind and praying about it, too. I trust the judgement from each of you. You haven't steered me wrong on anything in the past and I believe I'll get an honest response from those who wish to do so.
Everyone enjoy your Sunday. I think of all of you a lot and I love each one of you!
Peace, Love, Hope for the cure
Friday, April 05, 2013
Great report at the radiation oncologist's today. He did a look with the camera and said everything looks perfect! That makes me feel so very good!! But getting that camera into my throat from my nose is not really comfortable. He tries to numb it, but puts the tube in right away. My ENT at least waits a few minutes and then I never feel it. Now I see the ENT in August and Dr K again the end of October. If i'm still clear at that time, I'll be doing a happy dance X 2 !!!!
Bob did take a picture of my new manicure and I'll add it. The polish is a sheer iridescent with green sparkles. It is really beautiful and I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. I have a little darker Spring Green on the tip and my nail tech thought a white line where the two meet would be nice. I think it looks classy. You'll have to tell me what you think about it.
Don't forget to tell me what you think about the manicure.
I was weighed at the doctor's this morning. I have gained two more pounds this week. I may not lose any more, but I can tell you, I'll not gain anymore. I refuse to do so. Gaining is not an option. As I mentioned, I'm still at a great BMI and I can still wear my clothes though some are a tad tight. But i feel so sluggish where I would feel energetic. I do not like feeling like this, thus my determination is going into overtime. I am looking at things like - this is another plateau and I need to change things up a little. This is why i am back to checking my earlier food and exercise programs.
Finally i am starting to get caught up with things. I'm hoping to get to Spark this week end. I know I owe spark mails and I need to get to my teams. I have missed keeping up with all the activity in my Buddies' lives. Bob read some to me and I would tell him what to answer, but not the teams. I'm looking forward to doing as much as I can this weekend.
The weather here was back into the high 60's today. We had a lot of rain which was fine as we needed it. It was the nice kind, too. No storming and just steady and easy. It is sure to benefit us.
One more thing I'm hoping to get finished this weekend is getting my short story up so all of you who volunteered to help with it will be able to do so. It is always good for me to get other eyes to read, as I'm usually too close to it and miss mistakes. Does anyone else have that problem?
What do you do if you reach a plateau or gain? I know I want to nip this before it gets way out of hand. There is no way i'm going back to where extra weight makes me feel as awful as I did before. How do you feel about checking and keeping healthy? Do any of you go back to eating as you did before? I tried a bite of the meat of something that had been fried and that's the last time I'll ever do that! It made me actually sick to my stomach. Rarely do i eat meat anymore and I don't think I'll be adding much ever. As for fried stuff - yuck! I always thought it tasted so good, i'd always love that once - in - a - while treat. That is not going to happen! So, I'll be interested in hearing what everyone has to say. I never went backwards like this while on my journey. Changing up the exercises i did always seemed to be enough. Now I'm going to be doing different foods, too.
Everyone enjoy your weekend. May the weather where you live be exactly what you need.
peace, Love, Hope
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