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A Sad Farewell, Dear Spark Friends

Thursday, May 01, 2008

I have to tell you that I am dropping Spark People and will no longer be posting on my boards. It is breaking my heart, but I have no choice.

As some of you know, I have macular degeneration and it is progressing. My docor told me today to cut back on computer time. I've gone back to work part time and that is about all the time I can spend on a computer.

I'll miss you all but as I'm sure you are aware - I'd miss my eyes more if I mess them up worse than they already are!

HUGS TO ALL!

  
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FOUNDER3 12/13/2010 6:04PM

    Sorry to hear you have to leave SP. God Bless and prayers for your eye health.

We all have decisions to make, and I am sad that it was necessary for you to make this one.

Wishing and praying for you to find a way to keep going on your journey. I am sure there are other support systems for you that do not require you to damage your fragile eyes.

Best to you my dear.

Bonnie

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KIKFATSBUTT! 7/1/2008 2:37PM

    Dearest Donna,
I have come back to Sparkpeople today with so much to tell you only to discover you're no longer here. I'm so sorry to hear about your illness and I completely understand your absence. You are missed and SP won't be the same without you.

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ALLHEART1999 6/15/2008 10:00PM

    Donna,
Not sure if you check this anymore but just wanted to let you know that you are missed. Hope you are well.
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TAKE2ASAP 6/3/2008 10:55AM

    I'm still missing you! Donna, I'll send you a letter soon. I just had to post here and let you know your thought of every single day!!!
Hugs and love,
Cindy

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CAROL446 5/5/2008 8:42AM

    Donna, sorry to hear you are leaving us, but we all understand your decision. Best of luck to you and don't work too hard. emoticon

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10ACBIRDWALKER 5/5/2008 6:48AM

    I will miss you to. Take care of yourself. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you
diane

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GAILMAGG 5/4/2008 1:10AM

    So sorry to hear that you have macular degeneration.
But your eye are so much more important. Wish you the best.
I will miss you and your sense of humor so very much.
Gail

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NOMOREDJ 5/2/2008 1:45PM

    Dear Donna:
I will miss your humor and way of looking at things! Please take care of yourself!
DJ

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DOODERQUEEN 5/2/2008 12:43PM

    Dear Friend -

This decision has brought great sadness, but I know this is something you must do for yourself.

Please take care of yourself, that lovely DH of yours and try not to work too hard.......at the job, or on your renovation at home.

Enjoy the spring and think of us often, as we will have you in our hearts.

Mick

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TURTLE24 5/2/2008 9:37AM

    All the best to you, Donna. I will miss you lots. Lolly

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FIDDLER4JESUS 5/2/2008 8:49AM

    My treasured friend since joining Sparks, I will surely miss you,and wish we could at least talk on the telephone! You have always been an encouragement to me and please take care of yourself and wish Al all the best,Sally emoticon

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DOWNPORT 5/2/2008 5:14AM

    Donna - I feel so sad about this, but of course, you must take your doctor's advice. I will miss you such a lot on the boards - you always manage to make me laugh! Sparks won't be the same without you - you are my 'oldest' (in Spark terms!) friend on SP! Look after yourself - take care my friend! Carole emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LFLYTHE 5/1/2008 11:41PM

    We'll miss you Donna!

Good luck with your new plans!

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Life is good!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

After three weeks, the leg is doing much better. I'm not doing any running, but no longer have to snivel to DH to drive me! He is a kind man and never complained.

Sun is shining today and the temperature should reach 70 this weekend. That goes along way towards healing both the body and the soul. I was able to scrub the kitchen floor, vacuum and ignore DH telling me to take it easy on the leg! I start a job in an unpstairs office in a historical building on Wednesday. Steep stairs - there was no handicap access to the offices in 1906. That should get me on the mend once I start using the leg more and the cardio once I'm healed will be wonderful!

Many of you heard this last year when I broke my arm - keep up those strength exercises! When you do traumatic injury to one part of your body, the other part is able to take over and help. I also believe it helps in the healing process. Since it seems that I'm doing traumatic injury once a year, I plan on keeping the old body supple and the strength exercises going!

I did learn - once again! - that the calories must be lower when you cannot get in the daily cardio. I know that the first few days after the injury the weight gain was water as the leg was badly swollen. Once the swelling went down, there was still one pound hanging around simply because I was eating between 1300 - 1400 calories a day while sitting with my leg up! Not a wise idea! It is off now and hopefully I've learned a lesson! AGAIN!

I have a wonderful inspiration across the street from me. My neighbor is 70 years old, an RN still working full time. She developed Shingles which almost completely incapacitated her. Pain medication has not been helping. No matter how she felt, each morning she would walk her big dog at least a mile and then back. We are talking two miles each morning, leading a big dog, in extreme pain. DH offered to walk the dog, but she said, "I have to keep moving! At my age, if I slack off I may never get started again and people are depending on me!" She will allow someone to clean for her, go to the store, etc. but insists on that daily walk!

I learned a frightening lesson about keeping the weight under control the weekend I hurt my leg. My nephew and family were here and they wanted to go out to my DD's house. She has steep steps going into the house. I laughingly asked him if he could carry 200 pounds up the steps to get me in. He told me, "I do it every day I work!" Then he winked and made me feel good when he said, 'In your case, I'd just throw your skinny butt over my shoulder and the only problem would be if your SIL locked the door and didn't let me in!"

My nephew is a "first responder" for a fire department. He said most of those calls are from someone who is so heavy they cannot get out of the tub or up off the toilet. What a frightening thought! To be so heavy that if you went down, you could not get yourself up. He said it was rarely anyone who had a serious injury or anyone who had fallen. It was simply the matter of too much weight! Scary! Hold the cheese on that hamburger! LOL!

  
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DOODERQUEEN 4/28/2008 12:23PM

    So glad your on the mend my dear friend.

I hope you enjoy this new job as well. Be careful up those stairs. Some of us from the "Klutz Klub" need to be extra leary, don't we!

Loved the post, as usual.

I will also keep your neighbor in mind when I feel to tired to get moving. You both are such an inspiration!

Have a great day!
Mick

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BRIDGEMIK 4/27/2008 11:14PM

    I just love every blog and post you write! You are so inspirational! Take care of that leg and don't overdo it. How great to hear about your neighbor - that's the attitude we all need!

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SANDYSUE40 4/26/2008 4:58PM

    Donna - What a great motivator, both you and your neighbor. Thanks for sharing. As usual your thoughts reflect your kindness and good humor.


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PAMELA984 4/26/2008 1:46PM

    Donna - everyone needs someone else to use as inspiration - you have a neighbor lady - I have you! Don't overdo it though - we need you to be healthy!

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NOMOREDJ 4/26/2008 1:33PM

    Donna:
Great blog! As usual, you've written something uplifting and thought provoking. And, it's good to hear that that leg is definitely on it's way to recovery!!
Enjoy the weather!
DJ

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I am blessed!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

As many of you know, I hurt my leg badly two weeks ago and have been spending the majority of my time in a recliner with my leg up, wrapped in ice! Not exactly what I planned for my golden years! LOL! Recliner is good. Leg up is good. Ice - as in Iced Tea - is good. Leg wrapped in ice - not good!

I just finished looking at all my Spark Goodies and the loving messages. I must admit there are tears in my eyes. Your love and caring has really touched me.

The leg is slowly healing. Not fast enough for DH and I as he has to play taxi for every place I need to go.

I just want to say a heart felt thank you to all my dear friends for your comments and the goodies! Hopefully, I'll be back soon to posting on a more regualr basis!

THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!

Donna

  
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WAN2BHIKING 4/23/2008 3:00PM

    I hope you heal fast! It is so nice to see you still posting once in a while! We miss you!
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Dianne

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FITJEN48 4/22/2008 9:33PM

    Well, I've been out of the loop. So sorry to hear about your leg. But is sounds like your attitude isn't hurt one bit. That's what's so great about you. So I'm sure your taxi driver is just fine driving around such a sweet lady! Get better soon.
Jen

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ESHTEMOA 4/21/2008 9:20PM

    Yes Donna you are blessed and you pass it on to all of us -----that's what life is all about.
May your leg continue to heal real well.
Roz.

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NOMOREDJ 4/21/2008 9:59AM

    Donna:
As Mick said, "You bless us!"
And, you're such a busy person, you may have needed this down time! Ok, so maybe without all of the pretty colors on your leg, but I'm sure you're going to be up and moving at lightening speed in no time!!
Take care,
DJ

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GAILMAGG 4/20/2008 6:51PM

    So glad you are feeling better.
You are an inspiration to all of us.
GAil

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PAMELA984 4/20/2008 4:17PM

    Mick has already said it all - hope you are feeling better soon - your DH still needs a gopher I hear!

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DOODERQUEEN 4/20/2008 3:47PM

    As you bless us Donna!

You are an inspiration. You are a huge supporter of all of us. You bring us much laughter. You bring us such insight!

We are the ones who are blessed.........

Have a lovely day!
Mick
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HEALTHY4ME 4/20/2008 3:38PM

    LOl just be glad you are still able to navigate be it slower than you want. Enjoy the time resting, even though easier for me to say than do. I have a chest cold that has me pretty down and out and I so want to go rake the front yard. I got the back done before this really hit.... oh well the twigs will still be there.
get well!
Cindy

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Part Time Sparker for awhile longer!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hello Spark Friends! I'm still not back full time, reading the articles, posting on all my teams, taking polls etc. I fell the first Friday of my Spark Break and really hurt my left knee and thigh. Since I am a youngster, it may take awhile before I'm back getting much cardio in. Meanwhile, my DH is looking for a full Hockey Goalies uniform, complete with helmet and face mask, for me to wear if I insist on walking on the sidewalks and continue doing stress tests on the cement! I did mention that the ice skate's the goalie wears wouldn't do well on sidewalks. No problem - steel toed, high topped boots like we wore when working at the mines!

I learned a great lesson the weekend I injured myself. I took the afternoon off work to get some much needed housework and baking done. I had worked that morning and was walking down to the barbershop to meet my husband when suddenly my body decided to test the cement and turn me into a rug! When we got home, DH put away the butter I had softening for cookies away and I sat in the chair with my leg up. When the family arrived on Saturday morning, the house was dusty, there was nothing for them to snack on, no lunch prepared. Was there a frown? NO! My nephew started laughing the minute he saw me and called for his wife to get a picture of his Aunt Donna with a fat leg! DH ran to the bakery for a mid morning snack and back to McDonald's for lunch. The family went to the wedding and brought me back a food tray. The next morning, the men helped me into the truck and we went to a local restaurant for breakfast. They enjoyed themselves, I was not stressed from trying to have everything perfect and it was a wonderful weekend - ice packs and all!

It has been a strange time for me. Suddenly, my theme song is "if it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all!' In the midst of printing out spread sheets and reports, my printer and my computer decided the didn't want to play together any more! Talk about major stress! I would email the company - they would send directions. It wouldn't work. My phone would ring, "When can I expect the preliminary report?" This Monday while I was at work, DH went to Radio Shack and asked for an inexpensive printer. Another guy came in and said he needed one for the same reason we do. Once I was back in action, I got the giggles over the strangeness of the entire thing.

I email a company and tell them my printer will not communicate with my computer. They send me a detailed email back on steps to take to correct the problem. The very first thing the instructions say is, "NOTE! Print these instructions out as your computer will turn off and on while doing the following steps!" The other guy in Radio Shack said he got the exact same message! Once we started laughing at the canned responses the so-called computer techs send out, it eased the stress! PLUS - helped the guy out who owns the local Radio Shack!

I think the moral of my rambling here is "don't sweat the small stuff - and it's all small stuff!" The family still loves me without home baked goodies, a fancy lunch, a fancy breakfast. Laughing about the foibles of the computer industry doesn't make as many wrinkles as throwing a little temper tantrum they can't hear. It works almost as well as a Dark Chocolate Snicker - which is the first thing DH bought when I fell and hurt myself! Dark Chocolate and a Diet Pepsi don't show on our nutrition plan, but they sure do cure what ails you! LOL!

  
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TAKE2ASAP 4/17/2008 4:59PM

    Hi Donna,

I loved your post! And I've been sweating the small stuff! I had a nightmare worrying about remembering things. When like you I know it's not a life or death situation. We are funny how we stress ourselves over small stuff. Your leg is not small stuff though. I hope your walking again soon with no pain!
Hugs and love,
Cindy

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ESHTEMOA 4/16/2008 8:48PM

    Donna,
You are so upbeat in spite of, and what the world needs is more people with your attitude.
May you contine to heal,and much love to you and your dear family.
Roz.

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LEIRIA 4/16/2008 1:39PM

    I hope you feel better soon - you have the spark to get you up and running in no time.

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TRMYOR3 4/16/2008 9:46AM

    I'm new to SparkPeople. I've been on a diet for about a week now. You sound like a fun person to be around. I hope your leg gets better fast. Trudy
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DOWNPORT 4/16/2008 8:08AM

    Well done Donna! You gave me a laugh as usual! Am so sorry, though, about the fall - look after and rest that leg! Take care my friend! Carole

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Mini Spark Break!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Hi friends! Sorry if I seem to have suddenly disappeared. I know this is really worrisome for one of my teams where we had a co-leader just vanish without a word!

As many of you know, I do contract researh work. I recently contracted to do an in-depth title search on five ranches. This is a full time job in itself. Suddenly, the little ones are coming int too and I'm overloaded - working late into the night.

To top it off, we are still in the remodeling mess here! I'll check in on the boards when I get a minute, but with this dial up computer, I will be flying!

Keep the home fires burning, drink your water, Move it to Lose it! I'll do the same!

  
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BRIDIE5 4/17/2008 8:03PM

  I wondered where you were! Thanks for letting us know!

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BETRIM10 4/6/2008 3:36PM

  Hey Granny, you just go ahead and do what you need to do even though we miss your posts. See Ya. Betty

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TURTLE24 4/5/2008 5:43PM

    Good for you. You need a break. I will miss your posts I know you will be back. Take care. Lolly

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SPARKLEBELLE 4/4/2008 6:02PM

    Hi there, Thanks for the note you put on my blog. Still no baby but surely won't have to wait too much longer. The actual due date is April 9th. I appreciated your comments on diapers, slings etc. It is a whole new world of baby things out there. I saw a snuggle bed in a magazine. It is a small portable bed type thing that will allow them to have the baby in bed without worrying about rolling over etc. I loved having the boys in bed with me when they were infants so I think I will pick one up for them when the baby is born. I will keep you posted. Sounds like you are having a very busy time, as well. Take care of your health! Talk with you soon.

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BRIDGEMIK 4/4/2008 4:37PM

    You are so thoughtful to ensure we wouldn't worry about you! Take the time you need. You know we will be here waiting when you get back.

Take care of yourself!

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NOMOREDJ 4/4/2008 11:16AM

    Hi, Donna:
Remember to take care of you first, that wonderful DH and family second, and your friends (SP or not) third!
Hope the research goes smoothly!
DJ

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DOODERQUEEN 4/4/2008 11:12AM

    Enjoy your break my dear friend!!!

Good for you for lightening your load just a wee bit. And we appreaciate you letting us know what is going on instead of just "disappearing' on us. Big kudo's to you for that consideration.

Talk to you soon dear,
Mick

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GAILMAGG 4/4/2008 11:11AM

    Don't work too hard. We will miss you.
Gail


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ESHTEMOA 4/4/2008 12:30AM

    Ok Donna, I'm sure we all understand----A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do!
Just remember not to work too hard but to work smart! LOL
Have a blessed night .
Roz.

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JENNA2007CANADA 4/3/2008 9:09PM

    Do you have the icon that says "I'm On A Spark Break"? If not, go to my SparkPage and download a copy. I use it whenever I take some time off so teammates know that I will return, and that there is a reason why I am not responding to their messages, posts, blogs etc. immediately. I have found it to be extremely helpful.

Now during this hectic time look after yourself or you will find yourself the recipient of one of my boots to the butt!

Hugs - Jenna

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PAMELA984 4/3/2008 9:00PM

    Donna - I think there are two important things here.
1. Take care of yourself and don't overdo it.
2. Letting us know why you aren't posting much does set minds at ease. Thanks for giving us that consideration.

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