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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Guess I should have blogged what happened last week, instead of just blurting it out as my status. I am ok, but have an appointment with the cardiologist a week from Monday.

I went to the ER this past Wednesday because of some pain/tightness in my chest and just an overall feeling of "not right". After being there for about 24 hours and taking numerous tests and blood tests (last was the stress test which I'm very glad they did), they could not really say whether there was a blockage or not. The ER doc put me on a beta blocker and baby aspirin and sent me home with some nitroglycerin tablets "just in case". He said to stay on this regiment until the cardiologist says differently.

Man, this feels so surreal! At 57 years old, this isn't what I should be dealing with. Before the ER doc discharged me, he sat down and started talking about my "situation". He mentioned my high LDL count (I already knew this......and my HDL is very high also, thank you very much) 😉, but then started talking about my diabetes and hypertension. WHAT??? 😱 My regular doc 4 months ago said my blood pressure was just fine and that my blood sugar was slightly elevated, but that we would watch it. Now, the ER doc is mentioning all these issues like I've had them forever. I do have family history of heart disease on both sides of my family, so I am sure he was just being on the safe side. I understand that, but don't try scare tactics with me. When I mentioned that my blood pressure has never been a problem before, he just looked at the chart and said that it was pretty consistently high while I was in the hospital. Uh, hello..admitted to the hospital with possible heart problem = stress = probable high blood pressure maybe??? I know at least twice when I asked the nurse what my blood pressure results were after they took it, they were fine. (Once was right before the tread mill test.) 😲

I'm sorry. Now I'm just venting about the ER doc and I am sure he was just trying to get me to realize that I need to make some changes. It just is that now I am constantly thinking of my heart and any time I feel a little funny I stop and try to figure out if it is something more serious than just gas. 😝

I did start tracking my food yesterday and hubby and I are trying to take a walk every day. Need to put this "taking care of myself" on the front burner now, I guess. Probably would help to find my blood pressure cuff, too, huh. 😄

Thanks for "listening". Just needed to talk. If anyone has any suggestions, advice, helpful hints, please feel free to pass them along. This is pretty much uncharted water I'm sailing through right now.
Take care and have a good week!

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THINRONNA 9/23/2013 2:05AM

    emoticon I am so glad you are OK! I completely understand about being shocked by the ER Doctor. I had a Doctor talk to me like that once about cancer on my cervix. I had not hear that word before in relation ship to the condition at the time and I was so shocked and horrified with no cushioning words from him to help! I am sorry that you experienced that poor bedside manner as well. emoticon The good thing is that now you have all the facts and you can move forward. I guess what I would do is research for myself what the best things to do are, the best exercise, the best foods, yoga ...all of that ...and then make a plan. I say go simple at first, making changes that seem easy and doable then make more changes as you feel able. I like the idea of tracking too.

You can do this! You can take control of your situation! I believe in you and know that you are smart and strong and will turn tis experience into something positive. Just take care of yourself, focus on yourself and most of all be KIND to yourself. You are well loved here and elsewhere..be sure to give yourself the love you very much deserve as well.
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BLESSED2BEME 9/22/2013 4:26PM

    I hate to say it but this sounds like a wake up call. Just start making little positive changes that add up to big ones that you can stick with. Keep sparking and make your healthy your # 1 priority. You have the knowledge, you just need to apply it to every day living. Praying for you!

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THOMS1 9/22/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon Keep tracking and get more exercise in is the best advice I can give. I wish you success. emoticon

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LEEWORD 9/22/2013 9:45AM

    Quite the scare. I'm glad you were able to vent your feeling so well.
My first instinct is to suggest deep breathing/meditation. You don't need to be stressed right now. But it is certainly normal to be so.
My husband had a stent put in in 1999, then five years later they found a valve problem and took care of that plus a bypass. He is doing just great. Was able to run through the airport with me last week (or walk fast, anyway) without any ill effects.
They watch his blood sugar very closely even though he is not diabetic, either. The combination is not good so you want to watch your sweets.
Good luck. You are going to be just fine.

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GOLFGMA 9/22/2013 9:34AM

    Just keep tracking your food and make sure you are eating healthy. The exercise
should be helpful too. emoticon

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Universal Life Struggles

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wow, I just noticed I haven't written a blog since the one about "Getting to know me" back in January. I don't want this to end up boring, just want to share basically why I haven't been on SparkPeople. I have missed my friends and the support here on SP terribly, but just couldn't face opening up my emotions and scars quite yet.

Now that I have been back on SparkPeople the last few days, I've been checking out my friends blogs and comments. I know that I am not the only one who has been going through tremendous issues! I feel badly that I haven't been around to help support any of them. We all go through extremely stressful situations at various times in our lives. It seems like our burdens are greater than we can handle! Then, somehow by the grace of God, we get through them and continue our lives, realizing that the ordeal has made us stronger.

It's strange how we learn and grow throughout the decades of our lives. We may think, at one point, we understand certain situations extremely well and come to a base conclusion. Often times we then are faced with a different situation that only shakes us to the core of that understanding. At that crossroad, we have a choice. We can either let it shake us up to an extreme that we almost fall apart, or we can stop and re-evaluate our conclusion, entering the new information into our thought process. If we allow the new experience to positively help us grow, we can only become better people, with a better understanding and more tolerance for life in general.

I guess some of this is what has been happening to me over the past months. There have been many emotional roller coasters that I have been on since this past spring...some grieving and depression involving our house fire of 50 yrs ago which I have referred to in a previous blog, my dh retiring, the move from our home of 27 yrs, and now having to deal with more grief with a dear friend being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Had I not gone through the unexpected grieving and depression earlier in the spring, I would probably not be as likely to handle my friend's probable death in a healthy way. Does it hurt! YES!!! Does life seem fair? No!!! Will I live through this experience unscathed? No!!! But, will I continue on living and growing and dealing with people in maybe a more understanding and compassionate way, I hope so. I think that is all we can ask of ourselves under extremely challenging situations.

May we all continue to grow into more loving and compassionate people. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
~ Tobi

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THINRONNA 8/24/2013 2:13PM

    emoticon This is an extremely well written blog and as you can probably guess I can very much relate to it right now. Thank you. Tobi, I owe you a really long note and I intend to write it soon...in the mean time please know I am thinking about you and am so glad you are back! emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 8/23/2013 5:56PM

    If nothing else, Tobi, my struggles in the past few years have taught me exactly that - to be more loving and more compassionate to others. No one really knows what is in the heart or soul of another person or the struggles they walk through. We easily judge them yet have no real understanding of their pain.

I'm so glad you are back here and have updated us. You have often been in my thoughts and prayers!

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Getting to Know Me

Friday, January 04, 2013

"Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you
and help your SparkFriends get to know you"

A SP friend just shared this on her page and it was really nice getting to know her a little better. So, I thought I'd share it with any of my friends who would like to know me better, too.
Here goes!

Where is my cell phone?
In a Harley phone case in my purse.

My dh, Mark, and I have been married for 34 years (35 next June). He is a very organized and efficient person...pretty much the opposite of me, so our lives are never dull. ;) We do travel well together. Maybe that's why we like to do it so frequently.

Your hair?
Long, naturally wavey and my beautician friend helps me keep it a sandy blond color. Otherwise it would be at least half grey. :)

Your mother?
Passed away a little more than 2 years ago. She was a loving mother and I still miss her at times.

Your father?
Passed away back in 2000. He was my rock, my Christian mentor, my hero...I miss him greatly.

Your favorite thing?
Spending time with my children & grandchildren! (Watching cooking shows comes as a close second.)

Your dream last night?
I don't remember having any dreams last night. I only remember them maybe a couple times a week.

Favorite drink?
I don't just have one. It depends on my mood. Usually in winter it's hot mint tea or flavored coffee. In the summer it really is milk. (As far as an alcoholic favorite, it has to be sipping on Rum Chata or Baileys)

What room are you in?
Kitchen at the table. Just finished lunch.

Your hobbies?
Reading, scuba diving, motorcycle riding, water skiing, counted cross stitch, watching cooking shows and trying new recipes

Your fear?
Suffocation in any form. Maybe that's weird, I don't know. I'm not too fond of big hairy spiders either.

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Living up at our cottage and doing some kind of outreach ministry.

Where were you last night?
Sharing dinner and great conversation at home with my dh, son and his girlfriend. We had a wonderful time!

Something that you aren't?

Almost anytime

Wish list item?
To go visit the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

Last thing you did?
Met some Curves friends for coffee and catch up, then came home and had lunch.

What are you wearing?
Black jeans, a turtleneck sweater and fleece jacket

Your pets?
We had to put down our Syberian Husky, Rocky, this past June. Because we travel so much, my dh doesn't want to get another pet. :(

This is hard, b/c of the different meanings of the word friend. I have a handful of friends that fill different roles in my life. Do you understand what I mean? It's like you can share with one friend something really deep about a specific topic, but maybe not share something else, but still need to share it with a different person. Again, I don't know if that makes sense. I also consider both of my sisters very good friends as I know I could count on them anytime I needed them! My SP friends have also been terrific in helping me through rough spots when I really needed some motivation or just believing in my ability to succeed!

Your life?
We have been very blessed! Even though there have been very tough times throughout my life, God has been there carrying me through. Now, being 56, I can look back and say yes, my life has been/is/and will be good!

[I have also decided to add this additional part, since I am sharing for you all to get to know me better. When I was 7 yrs old, we had a house fire and my 2 older sisters (13 & 10) and my baby brother (1) died of smoke inhalation. I am only alive today by the grace of God and the firemen who rescued me and did an emergency trach when they got me out of the house. The "after" was very difficult, but my parents and I became very close throughout this and we survived! This has, of course, shaped my life greatly and given me a desire to reach out to others who are hurting or struggling and feeling alone. Other not so positive things have also happened to continue to strengthen my faith and understanding of life. So, I tell you all of this not for sympathy or sadness, but in hope that this might help you to understand better who I am.]

Your mood?
Very content

Missing someone?
My dad & Rocky b/c I just wrote about them earlier.


Your car?
A GMC Acadia

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?
Barnes & Noble or any book store

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?
Two weeks ago

Favorite place to eat?
My daughter & son-in-law's home. He's a chef! :)

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
Up at our cottage

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THINRONNA 1/5/2013 4:16AM

    What a wonderful blog! I already knew you and liked you but now I know you better and understand you even more. Thank you for this. You are really quite special you know. emoticon

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YOBETHIE 1/4/2013 3:35PM

    I do feel like I know you better! And I think we would get along great in the "real" world . . . fun!
Too bad dogs can't ride on motorcycles.

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BLESSED2BEME 1/4/2013 3:28PM

    Love your blog and learning so much more about you.

Congrats on 34 years of marriage. In today's world that is a long time.

My husband wishes I would ride on his motorcycle with him but I just don't enjoy it and working in insurance claims gives me a whole different perspective on what can go wrong on them. However I am glad so many people enjoy riding and I've finally accepted that he needs it in his life.

Your fear? I would think your fear stems from the fire.

I love your 6 year plan.

I can totally agree that you are not judgmental. I want to be more like you in this area!

I've been to Neauschwanstein Castle several times. Great thing to wish for - it is worth the time and effort to see it. Walking from the bottom of the hill to the castle makes it even more amazing. I have also finished a beautiful counted cross stitch of the castle that I'm very proud of.

Thank you for opening up and telling us about what happened in your life when you were 7...I truly believe events like that do shape us and you are blessing others because of what happened to you and your family.

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REMEMBER2BME 1/4/2013 3:12PM

    - Don't know if I mentioned, my man has a Harley Road King. We love it. We don't spend enough time on it.
- I used to love cross stitch growing up. I should consider getting back to it. Have you done anything lately?
- Love your 6 year plan!
- I completely understand your friend comment.
- Thank you so much for sharing about your past. It does shed some light. I am impressed with how strong you are.

HUGS 2 u!

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Christmas time is a time to share the........flu?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I've been away from SP for a while, but it hasn't been because I wanted to. Let's just say we had an unforgetable Christmas holiday!

My husband Mark, our son and I drove down to our daughter's home this past Saturday to spend Christmas with her family, our other son and his wife and my sister and her boyfriend. My sister's two children were to join us on Christmas Day. We were all having a terrific time until Christmas Eve day. That morning, I woke up making a B-line to the bathroom and just in time, I might add.
I thought at first it might have just been all the rich food and drink I had the day before. (I've been really good through the earlier part of the season, but knew I had over done it on Sun.) I went back to bed only to repeat the process 2 more times throughout the day. I ended up sleeping away the one day I had to exercise and do the last minute things I had planned to do before Christmas!
Not only that, but I slept all through Christmas Eve night and late into Christmas morning. So much for seeing Christmas lights, helping with Christmas stockings and watching the grandkids discover the surprises in their stockings Christmas morning.
Later that morning, I found out that Mark, our son-in-law and grandson all became sick sometime during that same day/night. On Christmas Day we also had shared the "love" with our daughter, daughter-in-law, son, our son's girlfriend, my sister and her boyfriend. Out of the 14 people who staying there, 11 of us ended up with the flu to some degree. To top it off, in the middle of the last night there, my sister's back went into terrible spasms, so a couple of us were up trying to help her feel as comfortable as possible!

Presently, each of us is safely back to our homes. A little worn, but still agree we are happy we were together. This being the first Christmas for our daughter in her new home, something tells me she may be secretly plotting how to NOT have it in her home again.
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REMEMBER2BME 12/28/2012 5:02PM

    Yikes. No fun at all. Glad you are home resting... I hope.

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THINRONNA 12/28/2012 4:55AM

    Well that just stinks! I am so sorry that you were sick like that over the holiday ...and your family too! I am glad that you have moved passed it and are feeling better now. We were sick over Christmas too but fortunately not throwing up although that was going around too and we were quite queasy. Fortunately we have the whole week to enjoy the kids off and don't have to go back to work so we have time to get over it.

I am glad to know that you got to enjoy being with your family and that you were all there to care for each other. That is what families are for right? emoticon

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LIBBYL1 12/27/2012 11:39PM

  Horrible being sick. Worse at Xmas. Hope all get better and stronger soon.

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SCUBADIVA50 12/27/2012 7:45PM

    I'm right there in the same boat with you seestah! I started feeling better today, but now my husband is coming down with it. Happy Holidays!!!!!

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ELISADENK 12/27/2012 1:30PM

    LOL! emoticon

Quite a few people were/are sick this Christmas season.

I didn't know if I was going to make to our Family Get-together Christmas Eve until the day before.

What memories!!!

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BLESSED2BEME 12/27/2012 12:40PM

    Oh no! So sorry to hear about everyone being sick. Yes, you certainly all shared with each other. emoticon Hope everyone is on the mend and will soon be completely healthy again.

On the bright side...at least you got to spend time together. May the New Year bring healthier blessings though.

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NAYPOOIE 12/27/2012 12:32PM

    My sympathies. I had that about a week and a half ago, and it was horrible.

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YOBETHIE 12/27/2012 12:03PM

    I had a Christmas like that once! Just moved through the family. I was the one that got it late Christmas afternoon. What a way to have family time!

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Worth watching and passing on

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My dh just emailed me this YouTube video. It has to be the best ad I have ever seen to convince people to wear seatbelts. Below is what was written by someone else regarding the ad and the link follows.

If you have Children or Grand Children – or have to pick up the pieces, you will think this worth passing on! 

Cool New seatbelt commercial 
This is the new "wear your seatbelt" ad the UK is doing - started by some dude not hired to do it, but because the cause is important to him, he came up with this idea, and now it's being hailed across the world as a "beautiful" commercial.
And now the video has become so popular with the general public that people are forwarding it to friends/family on their own so quickly that it has spread all over the world in a very short time.
Check out this remarkable ad

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REMEMBER2BME 12/19/2012 12:01PM

    I am so glad I came back to watch this when I had a minute. This is fantastic!

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THINRONNA 12/19/2012 3:00AM

    This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing it. I will pass it along for sure. People are amazing aren't they?

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MAYBER 12/18/2012 9:33PM

    There is more information that wearing a seat belt saves more lives than not wearing one never does my car move until all are belted one day at a time

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/18/2012 5:59PM

  I have been in more then one car accident and if I had been wearing a seat belt I would have been trapped and badly injured. I for one believe that we should have free choice about wearing or not wearing seat belts.

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MERRYMARY42 12/18/2012 5:35PM

    I copied the site and will check it out.

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