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Where have I been?

Sunday, July 06, 2014

To be honest, I can't really say what I have been doing. I have sort of been coasting. I am on the 5% challenge and have been keeping up with the posting of information but not sharing in the chats there, or anywhere else. I have been contemplating my journey.

I have been weighing on Saturdays for my 5% team and weighing on Mondays which is my usual weigh in day. I have been losing consistently but on Saturday, stayed the same. I can live with that but was a little surprised. Tomorrow I weigh in again for my usual weigh in. I really don't know what to expect. When I have just 1 thing off my written menu, I feel like I have blown the whole week. I have been proving myself wrong for a couple of weeks. Today I wanted ice cream and chocolate but the corner store is closed on SUnday. Then I remembered that I had some chocolate frozen yogurt. DH brought me a BIG bowl, and I ate it all. Now again, I am expecting a gain tomorrow. AM I becoming paranoid? I have not been keeping track of how much I have been losing so cannot report on my June progress, although I do know there was progress.

Tomorrow begins a new week for me and a better attitude toward what I want to happen and following the steps for those changes to occur. I need to keep a running total of my weekly MOnday weight. I had started this on my SParkpage but have gotten away from it. Tomorrow I begin again. Step 1- track weight on SParkpage. step 2- participate in my SPark team discussions and my challenge chats. step 3 - find SOMETHING that I CAN do every day toward movement.

Those are the 3 areas I am going to work on during July. I usually am 90% about following my foodplan and so , although I stress about it, it is likely just fine without trying to be perfect. A downfall of mine.

On to a more productive month in all areas instead of just looking to see how many pounds I lost each week and then forgetting about it till the next week.

I am ready to move forward again.

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SHAKESALOT 7/7/2014 6:53PM

    emoticon I am rooting for you to reach your goals!! YOU can do it. Be happy!!! : )

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    emoticon on your weight loss. I know you are working hard and soon will be adding that movement! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 7/7/2014 1:56PM

    You can do this!!! Just keep your eye on the goal!

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/7/2014 10:11AM

    If you can maintain that 90% you will do well. You don't have to be perfect. Besides, what fun is that? Hope you have a great July!

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LISA579 7/7/2014 7:50AM

    I am glad you are doing well. I eat a a small treat every night. nothing big but it doesnt make me feel deprived. I am glad you are learning that one thing that is off plan meeans the end of the world.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/7/2014 7:04AM

    Glad to hear from you! You have made quite a bit of progress.
Nobody's perfect... "progress, not perfection!"

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ZELLAZM 7/7/2014 4:15AM

    Well, here you are! :)

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MARYANNSQUEST 7/7/2014 1:10AM

    Gini, emoticon

I am so proud of you! You will reach your goals. Stay Positive! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 7/6/2014 10:11PM

    YOU are human, there is not one human out there that is perfect. we are not expected to be, only in our own minds.
PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION!!! and you are doing that!!!
AWESOME!

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EMMACORY 7/6/2014 9:22PM

    It is all about progress not perfection. Have a great week! emoticon

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NEVER GIVE UP !!!!

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LILYDOG11 7/6/2014 8:20PM

    It sounds like you're moving forward and have had good weeks, keep plugging away thats what I tell myself and one day I will see progress and more progress. emoticon

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MEL27P 7/6/2014 7:59PM

    Go for it!

I hope that you reach all of your goals. You will if you just keep moving forward.

Regards,
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And the News Is...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

More OA ( Osteoarthritis ) Just what I need. The right knee is severe and needs surgery so I am being booked to see a surgeon. My Dr. tells me that he will likely want to postpone the surgery until I have lost about 75 pounds more. So not till next year. In the mean time , he says I can likely have Cortisone shots every 5-6 months to help with the pain. He says that losing the weight alone before the surgery, makes the surgery less dangerous, and is going to make for an easier recovery and therapy. I totally agree. I DO NOT want the surgery until I can't walk any more. The down side is that as it is it causes inflammation and I can no longer take the Anti's. They are too hard on my already delicate stomach lining. SO it is Tylenol 3 and lots of put your feet up whenever you are sitting and get on with the extreme weightloss.

We could not stick to the specialists diet as it also upset my stomach too much and I have not had enough energy to even make my bed. We are going back to what we know works for us and what has worked for us in the past, The G.I. Diet. It is healthy and not terribly restrictive with a 50% fruits and veggies, 25% whole wheat carbs and 25% lean protein. I really liked this diet. I wonder why we gave it up> ( scratches head and tilts, looking quizzically

Must get going as I have lots of reporting to do tonight, But that's the news for tonight and the next 10 months.


Gini

  
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MSEMBERSTORM 7/4/2014 12:17AM

    You can do this. Take care of yourself.

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COMPCHIC52 6/23/2014 1:10PM

    also the food eating plan sounds great. emoticon

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COMPCHIC52 6/23/2014 1:08PM

    see why do doctors say you have to lose weight before. if you have a hard time getting around makes it hard to lose. sorry to hear about your knee my husband takes liquid shots in his knee . its a new kind instead of cortisone cause you are only allowed so many shots of that. and the liquid last longer.

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ZELLAZM 6/22/2014 11:17AM

    Well, where have I been while this has been going on? Surgery! I'm glad you have a plan and know what works for you. You've got the support of all your Spark buddies!
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LANCER1984 6/19/2014 11:53AM

    Gini - I have had three knee replacements. The first one was when I weighed 305lbs. My dr felt my knee was bad enough to warrant the surgery and take the risk. I was very active at that time and he felt I would be able to do the physical necessary to make it successul. To say the least it went beautifully. I have had no problems with that knee and it has been 7 years. I had my second knee surgery done by a different dr (long story there) and it was horrible. The physical therapy I received was horrible. I could not do most of the PT because I was in extreme pain. I have been living with that pain ever since. I went back to my original dr and he tried to fix the mistakes that dr had made but to no avail. So right now they are trying to figure out how to handle my pain. I have been refusing narcotics for the past 4 years but I'm close to giving in.

Gini - surgery is ALWAYS a risk. I don't know how much you weigh right now. If you have the right dr and are able to physically handle the PT the surgery is possible. If you cannot do the PT then the dr is right you should wait till you can. All I know from my experience is if you have the right dr the surgery is highly successful. I can do almost anything with my right knee. I have no pain and it feels great. The problems with the left were created by medical negligence and should in no way be a reflection of how successful the surgery can be.

If you want to talk more just email me

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DEBIGENE 6/18/2014 10:10PM

    Gini I am happy to see you are being so positive about the news and have a plan to get where you need to be in order to get this matter taken care of. Keep that positive attitude hon and hope your faith in God's will for you strong !!!

You are always in my thoughts and prayers hon.

HUGS !!!

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KAYTIE22 6/18/2014 9:18PM

    Wishing you the best. emoticon I know you'll receive a lot of support from this team. As they say, take a day at a time. I will keep you in my thoughts.

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EMMACORY 6/18/2014 6:57PM

    Hope the diet will help settle your stomach and release the weight. emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 6/18/2014 4:26PM

    Sorry you're having so much trouble with your knee. I feel for you, as I have had boith my knees replaced.
And concerning your diet, you should always do what works for YOU, because not all diets are gonna work for all people!! emoticon

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MICHELE142 6/18/2014 2:34PM

   
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NEWTEXDEBBIE 6/18/2014 12:07PM

    Isn't the GI diet a lot like the diabetic plan?

Looking it up my friend. YES, we have talked about this in the past but then I took a nap and..... there ya go! GONE

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PATTISTAMPS 6/18/2014 11:25AM

    I would want to put it off, too, but don't wait too long, or it will be harder to fix. Keep that weight coming down, and that will help some, but as we all know OA is not going to go away! so sorry to hear this.

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LISA579 6/18/2014 7:51AM

    My daughters doctor recommends the GI diet as well. I am sorry but atleast you know and what a great incentive to lose the weight

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JLWOF1 6/18/2014 7:50AM

    Just keep faith and focus on losing the weight. The OA will hopefully improve with the cortisone shot and enable you to move more. Good luck on your journey. The Champions in the Kitchen will be along with you for the ride!!!

Laura

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MNABOY 6/18/2014 1:03AM

    I was told I was too young to replace my worn-out knees. The pain was 7-10 for about a year and I told the Surgeon I didn't wish to live longer as I was living. I was over 380 and he explained that the real risk in the procedure was my weight. I said if it is replaced and works, has to be amputated or I die I am fine. My surgeon is an excellent surgeon and even better human. Both surgeries went well, and I did have to work hard on the physical therapy but it was worth the results. The Lord has plans for me that I haven't finished I guess.

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JILL313 6/17/2014 11:49PM

    Well, unfortunately OA has hit many of us in our Senior years. I also have severe OA in both of my knees & back. I want to lose around 50 pounds and in fact I doubt a good surgeon would even do one at my weight. I've also found if I sit down and do chair marching it really helps lessen my knee pain. Are you on the Chair Exercise Team as they have many doable exercise for people like us with bad knees & back. You might want to check this Team out if you're not already on it. Yes, it's a good idea to go back to the GI diet if it agrees with your body and also to lose weight. I've had cortisone shots in my knees but overall it wasn't worth it for me as each one only gave me pain relief for several weeks. Just recently my Dr. prescribed a RX called Mobic. It helps a little but truthfully I think Ibuprofen works better for me. Wishing you good luck. At least know you know what you have and what you have to do for yourself. It's difficult but doable Gini. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 6/17/2014 9:58PM

    WOW interesting but not surprising. Mine is the same so thought it sounded about the same. I know that pain and as you know it has been more than a year and half wait for me. Different provinces different wait times. I will not have cortisone shots, I have said NO many times. I will suffer the pain as I don't agree with it. Cortisone ruins your bones and I figure I have enough messing with my bones. It took a lot of discussion with my dr to agree that the cortisone is for pain relief and yes not so great for you. So I use 2 creams and when I really can't handle it I take my extra strength Tylenol. I have morphine here but find it doesn't help as much as the Tylenol, again diff people.
My surgeon and dr both stressed how important it is to keep moving even through the pain and also to do pre surgery exercises. They hurt sometimes but tell myself that if it helps the pain and lessens the recovery time later then do them. Same as some days and the walking, I will walk and ice, rest, walk slow and ice rest lol but since mid april I have gotten over 10, 000 steps daily. Some only cos hubby kept me walking.
HUGS and I hope that you get things all sorted out. I have the GI Diet book from some dr in Ontario. I know you can do this and you will get the wt off. I have a friend in the states who was 300 lbs but got her knees done, I think both at same time.. Not for me for sure.

HUGS and hope you get control of the pain.

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MARYANNSQUEST 6/17/2014 9:47PM

    Gina,
the good thing is now you know what's happening, and I love how positive you are! Glad you are going back to the diet that works for you. It sounds great! The Champions in the Kitchen will journey with you as you go for your goal!

Hugs, emoticon
Maryann

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NPA4LOSS 6/17/2014 8:13PM

    I am so emoticon . I have knee cap arthritis but the knee itself is good. I have injections several times a year for my back and it usually takes care of my knee cap OA too. I cannot take oral medications for pain either. Best wishes on finding the best diet that works for you. emoticon

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 6/17/2014 7:35PM

    Well, I guess you know now anyway and can plan how to deal with everything.
Sorry for what you are going through.

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Tomorrow I finally find out what is up with my knee

Monday, June 16, 2014


Tuesday is the day I go to see my doctor to get the results of my xrays and ultrasound on my right knee. I have been in almost constant pain for 2 months now and still have so much trouble with it. I have been on complete rest for 2 weeks and am about to go insane. Today I took my shower and just the act of stepping into the tub and having to stand on that 1 leg for a couple of seconds is painful. I have been taking anti inflammatories for 2 weeks and also took them for 10 days in May. I have been experiencing stomach tenderness and burning so I know I need to take less Tylenol 3 and Tylenol Extra Strength. But what to do> I am going to ask tomorrow if there is a painkiller that is easier on the stmoch lining. I already had surgery for an ulcerated esophagus and had 1/4 of my stomach removed at that time. I wish that then they had told me this what was essentially weightloss surgery and that if I continued to eat the way I was finally able to eat that I would not be having
weight issues now.

I don't have any idea what to expect tomorrow but my Dr told me 2 weeks ago that something is very wrong. SO we shall see. Will keep you posted.


Gini

  
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MSEMBERSTORM 7/3/2014 11:47PM

    Praying for you!

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DEBIGENE 6/17/2014 7:18PM

    Hang in there Gini, stay positive no matter what and have faith in God's plan for you.

I'll look for your post with results hon.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/17/2014 5:36PM

    keep us posted and let us know ... see you around the butcher block :o)

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    emoticon My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know how the doctor's appointment went.

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DIDI_60LBS_BY60 6/17/2014 1:20PM

    I feel so bad for you ..... knee pain is horrible!!

Sending you well wishes emoticon , keep us posted o.k.

Take care


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EMMACORY 6/17/2014 1:05PM

    Hope you find out some answers. Not knowing is always hard. emoticon

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    Thinking about you today and hoping you get answers and solutions emoticon

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JLOVESDOGS 6/17/2014 11:27AM

    Gini - sending you emoticon and positive thoughts that the doctor figures out what is wrong and can fix it! Will be thinking about you!

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VELVETB1 6/17/2014 10:31AM

    Thinking of you and hoping you get relief soon!
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KALISWALKER 6/17/2014 10:30AM

    emoticon My team mate. I hope all goes well at the doctor today and you get the information your need.

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MNABOY 6/17/2014 8:48AM

    We pray for a positive report. The up side is that even if the knee is worn out, bone on bone, replacement is great. I struggled years waiting to "be old enough" to replace my knees and the pain was unbearable. Both knees were replaced and I can walk without knee pain and stand still and my knees don't hurt. My back is another issue.

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SUPER_CIARA 6/17/2014 8:21AM

    Thinking of you and sending best wishes! Hope all goes well for you. emoticon emoticon

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    My thoughts and prayers are with you today. emoticon

Laura

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VTORIA3 6/17/2014 7:29AM

    Sending well wishes your way for a prognosis and care plan for that knee. I pray you will see relief in your pain soon and have a full complete and speedy recovery. emoticon

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LISA579 6/17/2014 6:50AM

    i amm praying all turns out well

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MARYBETH4884 6/17/2014 6:42AM

    emoticon My prayers will be with you! Hope the Doctor has some answers about how to better deal or eliminate your pain!!

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    My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon

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HICKCHIC96 6/16/2014 11:33PM

    We will be thinking of you and praying for complete healing.

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KAYTIE22 6/16/2014 11:10PM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Best wishes to you.
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MARYANNSQUEST 6/16/2014 10:35PM

    emoticon Gini !

Prayers and concerns are with you and your Doctor tomorrow! Keep us informed1
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MISSUSRIVERRAT 6/16/2014 9:31PM

    Thinking of you and wishing the best outcome possible for you.

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 6/16/2014 9:24PM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, Gini! Keep us posted!

HUGS!

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TERI-RIFIC 6/16/2014 8:56PM

    I hope everything turns out OK. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 6/16/2014 8:48PM

    It may very well be the anti inflammatories more than the Tylenol.... I have real issues and had to take nexium in ordrer to take my other anti inflammatoies. and NSAID will cause stomach issues. I am on Celebrex for my knees and that helps more than the others but we are all diff.

I take it rarely, would rather suffer most days, but will take it for a 2 wk period when really severe and then go off as it seems to stop working for me.

Hope you find out and it is fixable. and you get off the meds! HUGS

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Still here

Saturday, June 07, 2014

I'm hanging in here. Had a huge 2 week vacation here in the city with a lot of family. Lots of eating out, bbqs, trips around and food I shouldn't have eaten. AM back on my restricted diet and feel so much better for it. Had Simon here for 5 days and DD, SIL and Paulie for 3. It was nutso in my home.
I am still having a great deal of pain in my knee and am on complete rest until they get the results of the xrays and ultrasound scheduled for MOnday. Not much I can do but sit still and take my medicines.
Will try to keep in touch better,


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MSEMBERSTORM 7/3/2014 11:46PM

    Sounds like a great time with family around! Take care of yourself. Rest that knee!

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 6/16/2014 1:04PM

    And yet you check on me first...... Are you doing better? Any results back yet?

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ZANYGIRL1 6/10/2014 10:29AM

    So sorry to hear you're having so much pain. Sending love and prayers your way!!!! Feel better soon. emoticon

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    Hang in there! emoticon emoticon

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DEBIGENE 6/8/2014 9:28AM

    Good to see you Gini, do take care hon.

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LISA579 6/8/2014 7:39AM

    I am glad you had family time. I am sad to hear you are still in so much pain

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CHRISTINEBWD 6/7/2014 9:51PM

  All the best to you Gini!
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Good things/ Bad Things Blog

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Good things:

Baby Pearl is awake now and crying all the time. Poor little mite can't even talk yet but you know she is in pain. She is out of critical care and downgraded to serious condition. SHe will remain in hospital for a while yet as there will be more scans and tests to come but the good news is the swelling has gone down. She doesn't help because she flails her arms around and hits herself in the air with here cast. She is soooo happy to be with gramma and daddy. Rhonda remains in traction following surgery and is unable to see the baby but we keep taking videos for her. She has a long recovery too as she has had 1 surgery and still needs another. This is all good news. Thank you for your kind words and thoughts regarding their status. Your prayers were so welcome and such a blessing.

Bad Things:

My gout continues to plague my knee. The acute pain has subsided but my knee remains in almost constant pain. I have not been able to sleep in my bed for a month now. As rest is what it needs, I spend most of my time sitting with my leg elevated. Bathroom trips are about it for me. I have been able to use a wheelchair at the hospital with a leg extender. to get around. Yesterday was my first weigh in at my specialists. We borrow a car to make the hour long trip. I have lost 12.5 pounds in the first 2 weeks. That makes me very happy. On the way back from the doctors we stopped for groceries. I took a cart and followed DH through the store. I managed to lean on the handle and limp, slowly for 10 minutes( only got halfway around the perimeter of the store) when I had to leave DH to finish while I sat. I have been off my feet for so long that my legs are now even weaker than when I got my walker, which I can't use very much. This is scary for me as I already have very weak leg muscles and as this continues they continue to deteriorate. I am going to take the walk out in the apartment building hall and walk as long as I can a couple of times a day to try to not lose any more muscle. I am in need of physio but can't do it while my leg is still in such pain. DH is going away on Wednesday so my mother has to come to stay to help out. Without the aid of medication or physio the pain is sooo slow to ebb away.

Good Things:
We are going to continue on our diet as we have been and are really excited by this 2 week result.


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MSEMBERSTORM 6/3/2014 11:15PM

    Hugs and prayers for you Gini! Congrats on the loss that is wonderful!

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CRISSYP2U 5/19/2014 10:15AM

    Thoughts and prayers for you and the family. Weight loss was just fabulous!

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ZANYGIRL1 5/19/2014 7:34AM

    Gini, that is a wonderful weight loss!! emoticon

I'm still sending love and prayers your way for you and the family, hope all goes well for everyone!!
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CHRISTINEBWD 5/19/2014 12:28AM

  emoticon Gini and I hope your knee gets better soon.

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JILL313 5/18/2014 11:39PM

    Gini, So sorry the Gout is still so painful and is affecting your ability to walk well. I wonder if in less than a month you'd lose much muscle tone especially if you start walking the Hall of your Apartment. Good for you for losing 12 1/2 pounds that is wonderful good news. Keep up the good work. I've read that drinking pure cherry tart juice helps with Gout. I think you'd probably have to either buy it online or maybe a health food type grocery store might carry it.

So say about your niece being unable to see her Baby. I'm glad they are both healing but still feel so sad and sorry for them and her husband.

Things will get better for you but it does take precious time to heal. Take good care my friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 5/18/2014 9:53PM

    emoticon news about the baby. emoticon on your great success with the new way of eating. emoticon emoticon

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LISA579 5/18/2014 1:42PM

    I am so happy for the aby and her mom that they will be ok. I am so sorry about your pain I will be praying for you

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DEBIGENE 5/18/2014 1:17PM

    Hi Gini, continued prayers for your family and of course healing of your gout. Good for you for making the effort in the store remember those 10 minutes count !!! Just continue to do what you can.

HUGS

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SINGINGLADY47 5/18/2014 8:12AM

    Bless your heart. I am sorry you are in so much pain. I was just told this past week that I have muscle loss in my legs with neuropathy as well. They don't know why but I need more tests. I have Physical Therapists twice a week and twice on those days. It is hard when your legs are so weak. I use a Rollater walker and I have been told not take one step without it. So, my heart goes out to you about that. God bless.

Now, 12.5 pounds!!!! Wow. That is fantastic. But you listed that under Bad Things. That is a good thing. You will be getting to the point that you can increase your strength, maybe. That would be so good.

Good news about the baby. I am praying for you and your family. God bless. Have a blessed Sunday. Judy emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 5/18/2014 7:33AM

    So happy they are recovering and I will continue to pray for their recovery to be complete and rapid.

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MSLZZY 5/17/2014 10:28PM

    With the decrease in weight, your legs may become stronger.
Glad things are improving for mom and baby. Hugs!

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STEVEN2GO2 5/17/2014 9:05PM

    Great news about Baby Peal. I hope the Doctor's do quality care on her surgery coming up. You show great strength dealing with your pain from the gout, you just do not let it keep you down! Congrats on the weight loss! Still saying prayers for you and your dear ones!

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FATBOTTOMGRILL 5/17/2014 8:44PM

    It helps so much to put things into perspective. emoticon

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SURVIVOR61 5/17/2014 8:32PM

    Praying for you and family. Congratulations on the weightloss.. emoticon emoticon

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