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I haven't had to put any water in the pool this summer.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day 87 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) ⊗ 14 minutes 66 calories burned

We had thunderstorms this afternoon. It was 85 degrees here and the pool water was 78 degrees. I would have gotten in, but I no longer have a life vest and there was nobody here.

I have been taking it easy.

I haven't had to fill the pool at all this summer, once it was filled to start it up, it has rained when the water started to evaporate to where it needed to be topped off. If it gets too low, it doesn't go into the skimmer and could burn up the motor to the pump. That is a blessing.

I saw on Facebook that we are to have a cold winter. There is a locust tree in the neighbor's yard that is dropping its leaves. I saw one tree at the nursing home where Mom was that had all yellow leaves already.

Tomorrow is supposed to be like today with afternoon thunderstorms.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 8/22/2014 1:31PM

    My locust trees are turning yellow as well. My apples are about ready to be picked which is early for them. Because of the rain we have had, my vegetables got drowned and died. My pears are coming in and may be ready soon as well.

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ROXYZMOM 8/22/2014 6:49AM

    Can you go in when your hubby gets home? Your pool sounds so refreshing.
I am hoping all the rain gets out of the way today. I am throwing a big send off party for my younger son tomorrow - he is leaving for boot camp in a couple weeks. Over 50 people are coming and it needs to be outside.

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SUSIEPH1 8/21/2014 11:02PM

    Great you are taking it easy .. Love that you have your own pool .. Enjoy xxx
Love and Hugs Susie xxxx emoticon emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 8/21/2014 10:24PM

    Hey sweetie~ *hugs* Glad to hear you taking it easy for a change! (Washing those walls would be enough to exhaust anyone! ;) I pray we have a long summer~ that's a first in a mighty long time, but my pool time has become my sacred time where I am free~ weightless and enjoying every moment in the water. Thunderstorms would sure be nice here as we could sure use the rain. emoticon BB~

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/21/2014 9:42PM

    How nice to have a pool!

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FROSTY99 8/21/2014 9:08PM

    I would love some of your weather. 96 here today.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/21/2014 9:00PM

    I cannot even think of Winter yet! GACK! Cold I can take . . . snow . . . fuhgetaboutit.

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Looking forward to sweet dreams.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Day 86 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) ⊗ 14 minutes 66 calories burned

I only slept two hours the night before my treadmill stress test yesterday and we went to a ball game later that evening. I am recording my exercise and heading off to bed to make up for my sleep deficit. Maybe my body clock will reset to sleeping at night instead of napping during the day.

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TEXASFILLY 8/21/2014 10:19PM

    emoticon emoticon Hope you rested up with some good solid sleep~ emoticon BB~

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1CRAZYDOG 8/21/2014 3:14PM

    Get some sleep! HUGS

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FROSTY99 8/21/2014 10:51AM

    It is so hard to get yourself back in sync once things are all messed up. I do hope you were able to get a good night's sleep. I do understand your concern with your family heart issues. Mine is similar, my grandmother had a heart attach around 52 and passed away at 66 and my father had one at 52 and didn't make it.
Praying that all will be ok and life will get back on track for you.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/21/2014 9:06AM

    Hope your tests come out okay. Stay well.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 8/21/2014 8:58AM

    Relax and get a good nights sleep ZZZZZZZ

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ROXYZMOM 8/21/2014 7:58AM

    I hope this finds you well rested.

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SUSIEPH1 8/21/2014 4:39AM

    Good Night ..Sweet Dreams xxx emoticon

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One test completed, one to do.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Day 85 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) ⊗ 13 minutes 61 calories burned

I had my treadmill stress test this morning. The cardiologist said he didn't see any problems.

I still have an echocardiogram to go through next week, but I think it will be fine too.

I went to a baseball game tonight with my husband, son and our son's girlfriend. It has been a long day for me.

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TEXASFILLY 8/21/2014 10:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Praise the Lord! BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ABBY_G 8/20/2014 9:56PM

    Glad to hear that your stress test results were good.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/20/2014 9:29PM

    Glad the stress treadmill went well!

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FROSTY99 8/20/2014 4:46PM

    emoticon Glad that it went well and no obvious problem. I am sure the next test will go well-at least it is a lot easier too!!!
Sounds like a full day for you.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 8/20/2014 10:09AM

    Fantastic! Glad you had a good check up. It sounds like a good day with your family as well. emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 8/20/2014 7:42AM

    Yayyy! I am glad you are ok!

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SUSIEPH1 8/20/2014 3:33AM

    Sounds really promising .. Now you will have peace of mind .. Hugs ..Susie. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/20/2014 1:36AM


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No stress test today.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I had a consultation with a cardiologist. I had another EKG before I saw him and he took a family history. I am to have a treadmill exercise stress test on 8-19-14 and a echocardiogram on the 25th of this month.

Believe it or not I was 2 pounds heavier at this doctor's office. I must be full of it, lol!
My blood pressure was up a little due to nerves.

I am going to go relax. It is rainy here today and we might have some severe storms.
My wallet is crying because of all of the upcoming doctors visits. They charge $100 for a missed appointment.

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TEXASFILLY 8/21/2014 10:08PM

    emoticon Hope the results are coming out in your favor, dear heart. The high cost of healthcare is utterly ridiculous! emoticon BB~

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ROXYZMOM 8/12/2014 10:02PM

    I am so happy that you are taking care of yourself.

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CHEBBA 8/12/2014 5:35PM

    I know, from my many visits to the USA, that our NHS gets a lot of bad press across the pond. However, for all the faults it has, long waiting lists etc., it is free at the point of use for everyone in our society, and that really does mean the most vulnerable, those struggling financially, those with expensive chronic illnesses and conditions and, indeed, those who are 60 or over. No-one needs ever to worry about financing their medical care. Yes, our NHS is the 4th biggest employer in the world and there are many many problems with it, not least of which is the way that too many people come to our country to use it when they've never paid into it and it has too many high earners at the top and insufficient nursing staff on the wards, but it still provides a fantastic service. But, I am horrified that a dear friend of mine struggling with cancer in the USA has to return to work every few weeks in order to qualify for her health insurance - her financial contribution to her treatment is a struggle and she can't believe that, over here, she wouldn't have to pay one cent for her treatment unless she chose to 'go private', and she would never have to keep going back to work when, frankly, she is usually too ill to do so. That is totally alien to us over here. I never ever have to pay to see my GP, and when I reached 60, I went from $11 per prescription (not per item, it didn't matter how many items were on the prescription) onto free prescriptions. Yes, some surgery may be regarded as cosmetic, such as a minor lip thing which, if I choose to have it removed, isn't covered by the NHS - but a tiny lump on the side of my nose, barely 2" away, is and has been removed! I have never had to pay for a single hospital visit, either as an in-patient, outpatient or day surgery in my lifetime. I do sometimes wonder about going privately, mainly as the waiting lists for certain treatments can be long - but I've never had anything which was that critical. Any emergency surgery, such as a ruptured appendix, was dealt with as a screaming emergency and I cannot fault the NHS for that. Staff shortages can mean that you sometimes hang around in hospitals for hours and hours, but some hospitals are worse than others because they are run by different regional trusts which have different ways of allocating their funds.

Some truly fantastic treatments are available in the USA and there is no doubt that some people with serious health issues over here are better served by raising sufficient funds to fly over and have their illnesses/specialist surgery sorted out over there. However, that often is a matter of just what condition, illness or disease they have. We also have many people coming here for treatment, so it's probably just about where a particular specialist surgeon happens to be based.

If you lived over here, you would not have to pay a single penny for all that you and your husband have to fund, from going to your doctor to your tests and any treatment. I am a true Yankophile, I love my many US friends both in and out of SP, and if I could live anywhere else in the world it would be in western MA or southern VT, I absolutely adore it and feel so incredibly at home there; if DB said 'Pack up, we're going to western MA to live', I'd be packed by morning - but this is one aspect which I think is terribly unfair. So many people in the USA can't even afford health insurance, and that must be an additional stress on top of illnesses and will no doubt take its toll. Over here, we are very blasť about our NHS and we do take it for granted - but don't believe all the adverse press you get about it over there, (I've read quite a few articles from your newspapers) some of that is selective and for political purposes.

Keep calm, stay positive and you'll get there. I am sending you a big hug and a wish that everything turns out well. Please keep us posted. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/12/2014 5:15PM

    Great your Cardiologist is getting all these tests done ..
Once you actually know what is happening you will be able to deal with it ..
I have had heart problems for many years and I still do .. But I am cleared to exercise ..
I see my heart clinic specialist every three months ..
I have a I N R done every month ..
I have been on Warferin for years to keep my blood thin ..
But despite this, I am encouraged to exercise ..
As soon as you know exactly what is going on, you can get on with your life ..
Take care .. Love Susie xxx
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APPLEPIEAPPLE 8/12/2014 5:06PM

    Do take time to relax. Stress is not something you need right now.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2014 3:33PM

    Good luck, my friend, w/the echo and the treadmill. Hope they give some answers.

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FROSTY99 8/12/2014 3:28PM

    Sorry you will have more waiting but before you know it, it will be over! Isn't it terrible what we pay for medical care and medicine anymore. I went to pick up my medicine and it was $29.67 for a month. Not terrible but sure not a $4 script!

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ARNETTELEE 8/12/2014 2:45PM

  Have a nice day!

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I need a stress test.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weight 244 Blood Pressure 117/70

I went to see my doctor this morning. She listened to my heart and lungs and did an EKG on me. She wants me to have a stress test and I am not to exercise again until after I see her again after the stress test.

I doubt that I will blog again until then. She said with all of the risk factors I have, she wants to rule out heart problems.

I don't think I have heart problems, but my Mom had heart disease and my Dad only had three heart valves. He passed all of his physicals as a game warden and it wasn't until he contracted a staff infection that went to his heart, that they found this out.

My doctor was pleased with my weight loss and blood pressure. I have been using Mrs. Dash instead of salt to flavor some foods.

I would request prayer if I come to mind. My sister is 71 and she had a stress test and came through fine, but she hasn't used salt in a long time. She also has trouble walking any distance, so my attitude is, if she could do it, I can do it.

My doctor thinks I had some sort of digestive problem, but as I said, she wants to make sure that my heart is okay. The cardiologist's office will call me with an appointment time. In the meantime, I am to start on a coated baby aspirin.

*****Update: The cardiologist's office has an opening this afternoon and I don't know if I will be having a consultation visit or the stress test. Well, getting it over with quickly is one less thing looming in the future and I may be able to resume my exercise if it is the stress test. I just hope I can be the trooper my mother was, nothing seemed to phase her and she resumed her life like normal after each thing she had to go through. It helps to still my nerves to think about her.

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LINDA! 8/15/2014 10:12AM

    Praying for you. I developed heart disease at age 49. That was 10 years ago. I have been doing well with exercise and cutting down sodium, etc. Take care. I hope that you get good news.

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    It is scary when they start talking about heart problems. I hope things go well with you. I have had stress tests in the past and I do have heart issues. My doctors encourage fitness and trying to lose weight, they also encourage low salt diet. I want you to know many times they decide to do a heart cath after the stress test as a way to have picture of your heart and its function. This does not mean you are in bad shape. It helps them to understand what is going on and what treatment to follow. Hugs and let us know what the doctor says. emoticon Pat. emoticon

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 8/12/2014 5:07PM

    Prayers. I hope all goes well.

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SUSIEPH1 8/12/2014 5:07PM

    Well done for going to your Doctor ..I am so proud of you .. I will keep you in my prayers and am sending healing loving vibes your way .. Much Love Susie xx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Prayers are with you that you get good answers quickly.

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FROSTY99 8/12/2014 1:57PM

    Praying all goes well with your test. I wonder if they will make you walk the treadmill or do a chemical stress test. I went in thinking I would do the treadmill but ended up with the chemical one.
Glad they are seeing you right away.

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TEXASFILLY 8/12/2014 11:42AM

    emoticon Keep in the moment, deep breathe, and keep praying. Father is with you. Holding you close in thought & prayer~ You can do this, sweetie~ emoticon BB~

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