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Thursday, April 21, 2011

I have been going through some stress lately. My son has started drinking again, and it is just so stressful to see him like that. I don't know yet if he lost this job or not. I will see in the next couple of days. I spoke to my DH this evening about this and I have decided that once my son sobers up I am going to tell him that he has to go to the Salvation Army and ask them for a room. I no longer want him in my home. We don't need to deal with all this stress.

Some good came out of the day, though, I felt so stressed and angry that I went out for a walk to burn that off. It felt good. I also weighed myself this evening and I found that I have lost 3 pounds. I am so happy to see that I can finally move that ticker down. It is only 3 pounds, but it makes me so happy to know that my weight is going down. I am planning on going out for a longer walk tomorrow. I love walking. It helps relieve any stress I am feeling and it just makes me feel good. I will see if I can at least make my 5 miles. The weather is warming up. It is gradually going into the 60's over the next few days. I like walking when it is a little cooler, though. I feel like I can walk longer and faster.
Wish me luck.



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Time flies when you're having fun. I can't believe the weekend is over already. I had been looking forward to our Women's Retreat for some time. The day finally arrived on Friday, April 15. My friend picked me up at about 1:30 P.M. for our trip to Camp Cedarwood. We stopped to pick up two more friends for the ride. It is about a two-hour drive. The weather was calling for snow, but my friend said she had prayed and asked God to keep any snow or rain away until we had all arrived at the Retreat. God answers prayer. The road was good; the weather was cool, but was okay for driving. We all arrived at Camp Cedarwood by 7:00 P.M., and sure enough around 8:00 P.M., it started snowing. By the time we woke up on Saturday, the ground was covered with snow. The weather was mild all weekend. Our nature walk was cancelled, as there was too much water on the paths.

We had a beautiful weekend of sharing, laughing, talking, and wonderful teachings. I always come home so refreshed and rejuvinated from these retreats.
They are such a blessing. We even had a baptism while we were there. The staff at the camp are wonderful. They looked out for our every need. The food was wonderful and very nutritious. They make allowances for those with food allergies, diabetes, etc.

Before we knew it, it was Sunday afternoon and time to return home. Our last worship service was beautiful. You could feel the presence of God with us. It was so amazing. God was watching out for us once again, and the weather had cleared and all the snow had pretty much melted. The roads were great.

While driving home we came upon an accident. Two cars had collided at the intersection of two highways. The police were present along with two ambulances and fire trucks. We found out that two of the women from the retreat had been in one of the cars, and that one of them had been transported to the hospital. Once again God showed His presence. The ladies involved received only miner bumps and bruises, as did the couple in the second car. The cars did not fare as well. We received an e-mail from the lady from the retreat. She told us all was well, and thanked all those who had prayed for them.

We have already made plans to to to next year's retreat together. I pray God will allow that to happen.

All in all it was a beautiful and very blessed weekend.



Sunday, April 10, 2011

What a beautiful day this turned out to be. Met two of my friends at a local spa at 9:00 A.M. this morning. We had breakfast there and relaxed by the mineral pool, the hot tub and the steam room. We all brought books, but none of us read much. We were too busy chatting up a storm. We spent the morning just enjoying each other's company and dipping into the beautifully warm Mineral Spa and the nice Hot Tub. One of my friends had to leave at noon after her massage. She was sorry she had to leave so early, as she had been having a wonderful time. My other friend and I had ordered lunch for 1:00 P.M. After lunch we were whisked away to have our massages. I had booked an hour-long aromatherapy massage. What heaven. I told the masseuse that I had tendonitis in my shoulder, and she took special pains to massage the area (very gently mind you). I hardly had any pain all afternoon. After my massage I went for my very first pedicure. What a treat. I never had so many foot massages in one day. I chose a nice bright color for my nail polish and even had a little flower painted on my big toes. I will be sure to have a pedicure again. It was so restful and relaxing. I am only sorry that the weather is not nicer so that I can wear my sandals and show off my toes. Oh well, maybe next time. My DH and I decided to stop off for supper, and then I came home to a restful, relaxing evening. I was so drained from the mineral pools that I had a hard time staying awake while watching tv. I can hardly wait until the next time.



Friday, April 08, 2011

Boy the weather sure changed from the lovely day we had yesterday. Today it has been cold and rainy all day. Needless to say, I didn't get my walk in. I have enough discomfort from my shoulder and achy joints due to damp weather. Good old arthritis is no fun. Oh well, I have a wonderful day to look forward to tomorrow.
Two of my friends from church and I are headed to the Urban Oasis Spa again.
Looking forward to a relaxing day of swimming in the mineral pool, using the hot tub and steam room, swimming in the regular pool, and oh yeah, did I mention an aromatherapy massage and a pedicure? I am so looking forward to a day of rest and relaxation and fun times with my two friends. Hopefully the hot tub, steam room and massage will help my shoulder and ease the pain somewhat.

I managed to pick up my medication today, but I know it is going to take a day or two to kick in and start working the way it is supposed to. I actually did feel some relief this evening after I took the pill at supper time.

Hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing weekend.



Friday, April 08, 2011

I blogged yesterday about the great walk I had and that I pulled my back out of place again. The good news is when I got home I put a hot water bottle on my back and just relaxed for a while during the evening, and my back seems to be much better. I guess I was lucky it didn't get any worse.

The bad news is, that today I went to the Pan Am Clinic, which is a walk-in clinic for people with bone and joint injuries. I wanted to get my shoulder checked out.
I have been in pain for a few weeks with my shoulder and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. The pain was so bad this morning that I told my DH to drop me off and I would wait at the clinic for as long as I had to and then I would take a bus home. I sat there and waited for 4 hours to see a doctor. That wasn't too bad, I know of one lady there who had waited for almost 6 hours before she got in.
The doctor told me that I have tendonitis in my rotator cuff. He gave me some medication to take away the pain and swelling and told me I should have physio therapy to help get my shoulder back in shape. I will pick up the medication tomorrow, and I will try to set up an appointment for physiotherapy next week. Maybe my shoulder will have enough rest and medication to help ease the pain so the physio won't be too bad. At least now I know what the problem is and what I can do about it. My DH picked me up and we went out for supper, so that was a plus.
I had lost about 25 pounds or so since I joined Sparks, but over several months I gained most of it back. Guess what? I weighed myself yesterday, and all that weight is gone again. What a thrill. It gives me a little boost of motivation to keep my physical activity up and to keep watching what I am eating. So now I am back to what my tracker shows, and hopefully it will start going down, down, down.
Thanks to all of you for your wonderful support and prayers. I couldn't do this without all the wonderful friends I have made here. THANK YOU.

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SING4MYFOOD 4/8/2011 11:28PM

    Having a rotator cuff tear myself, I know tendenitis of the shoulder can be pretty painful. Keep up the therapy - it works whe it's just tendenitis, & you shouldn't progress to a full blown tear. Glad the back is better too.

Keep up the walks!



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GRITS46 4/8/2011 10:49AM

    Darlene, congrats on the healing back and the weight loss! All that walking has worked its magic. Sorry to hear about the shoulder diagnosis, but at least you know why it hurts now and that there's resolution in sight. I'll be praying as you begin therapy. You are such a blessing to so many here, including me!


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MARPET44 4/8/2011 7:23AM

    Must be the diagones of the month. My DH and myself both have the same thing. He is going to therapy and I follow along with the exercises at home. Not easy--but worth it. Hope it gets better soon!! emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 4/8/2011 6:02AM

    All that walking pays off. Hope your shoulder feels better soon. Rest up. Wishing you a great weekend!

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I.M.MAGIC 4/8/2011 1:31AM

    I have a torn rotator cuff, so I know how THAT feels... but the PT does help. Mine may never really heal--I was told it was possibly a jagged piece of cartilage in there that scrapes the tissue around it if I move just so now, and short of surgery there's no way to fix it-- but I can use it ALMOST normally, and I do the PT exercises twice a week to keep the joint from freezing up.

tendonitis takes time, but they'll give you the tools you need, and help you strengthen the joint so it will be less susceptible to injury.

You're going to feel better very soon!

Kathy emoticon

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7PASTORMIKE7 4/8/2011 12:28AM

    You have always been a blessing to me and I will continue to pray for you throughout this adventure ! You take good care of yourself and watch what the Lord has in store for you with His many blessings !

Pastor Mike

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