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Elvis has left the building

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I have used this phrase in reference to my hands and feet often, but this time I am referring to my nails. 
They seem to be leaving the building. As in, 'Elvis has left the building'.

I've noticed that I dwell on this recent occurrence more than I should.
By then again, how can I avoid it? My hands are right there in front of me. I generally cover my legs with a pair of black tights and a skirt, so that doesn't nag me too often. But my nail-less fingers...it gets under my skin.

I needed some distraction from my nails, or lack there of. 
Rather than focus on all of the things I have not been able to do for quite a while with the frail and now some missing nails (like opening soda cans, picking up a penny from the floor, actually pushing those 'push' buttons, etc. why not think up some fun benefits that warped and/or nail-less fingers CAN do?

Yes, many of my nails have 'left the building', but it was time to put a twist on this reality. It was time to get my giggle on. Check out what I came up with, Elvis style.

I visualized myself in metallic gold shades, flaunting a frothy pair of unaffiliated side burns. 
Then I surfed my own personal wave of a Blue Hawaii daydream, as if channeling The King:

I could stir the peanut butter in the jar with my index finger, not having to worry about getting it stuck under my finger nail before making that fried PB and 'nanner sandwich. 
Don't worry! I haven't actually done this. I'm just dreaming about it. 
Mmmmmmm....drool drool drool.

I could play a guitar with a guitar pick, and not worry about using nails here either. I just might belt out, "All Shook Up" though. So be warned, I can't carry a tune!

I would have no problems hopping into and out of those polyester sequined jumpsuits since there are no buttons. Yay for giant zippers!

I took the shiny gold shades off and came back to reality. I seems that Elvis Presley is a good fit when I need a good distraction.

Bonus of Elvis daydreams: the rhinestone clad wardrobe distracts anyone (even myself) from seeing those mangled fingertips. Nice!

'Nuff Said

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    good 4 u.

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 12/4/2012 2:08PM

    Your smile comes right through this post. I love it!

Hang in there!

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KAILYNSTAR 10/2/2012 8:32PM

    No dirt to pick out from under your nails either... emoticon

I'd miss them too.

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AAAACK 9/29/2012 2:41AM

    You can spin a quarter! No nails to slow it down. You can turn laundry right side out with no fear of snags. Ooh ooh, your tights will all last longer! You could take up piano. But I still hope they make a reappearance because I know they're important to you. Does the nail bed hurt as much as I imagine?! Yikes, I started out trying to be funny and here I am getting all mothery on you. Be better!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/28/2012 6:01AM

    Not having fingernails would suck, but peanut butter stir sticks - an awesome advantage! Ooooh, you could use them as kebab skewers without having to worry about poking or scraping the roof of your mouth.
Do something extra good for yourself, maybe give yourself a bouffant combover, ok?

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NICIACOLETTE 9/28/2012 3:05AM

    Maybe you can rock long, silk gloves? Those look so retro and pretty with the right outfit. Sorry your hands are giving you a tough time. emoticon

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 9/27/2012 7:22PM

    You are fabulous girl! Know that!

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JCARDINAL 9/27/2012 12:32PM

    I can just picture you swiveling in your gold lame". Bren, you are an inspiration to us all!! emoticon emoticon

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WINACHST 9/27/2012 10:04AM

    emoticon I love the way you share such a positive attitude

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SARASMILING 9/27/2012 7:50AM

    Gardening without getting dirt under your nails that stays there for days! ;)
Making anything dough related and really being able to dig in there without worrying about it digging in your nails!
Finger painting!! Fun!!
emoticon you Bren! You always bring a smile to my face. God knew what he was doing when he made you.
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CELLISTA1 9/27/2012 3:12AM

    Bren, or should I say "Elvis," you are the most awesome girl on the planet. Now, without nails, if your hands were working well, would be the ideal time to play a stringed instrument. Nails just plain get in the way when you're playing the violin or cello, let alone the guitar or the banjo. If you had nails, you'd have to be filing them all the time. So I say, take up the cello, like me! Air guitar or air cello work too!

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NUOVAELLE 9/27/2012 1:44AM

    You're giving us lessons of positive thinking every day!
I really hope they grow back.
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MOMKAT4310 9/26/2012 10:24PM

    Your sense of humor will continue to carry you far. Sorry about the nails, but there is so much more to you than finger nails. Love and Hugs!

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CTUPTON 9/26/2012 9:58PM

    emoticon Chris

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    Love your heart

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GUITARWOMAN 9/26/2012 7:04PM

    You poor thing!

Nail loss would drive me right around the bend, I got freaked out enough when I had to have a toenail removed for my most recent surgery!

I hope they grow back!

But....imagine how silently you could keyboard, no clacking nails.

Plus the major $$$$ you will save on nail polish, and files, and strenghteners.....

You could start a new trend!

Seriously, your positive attitude elevates me every day, hope the things grow back!


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JIBBIE49 9/26/2012 7:03PM

    hugs emoticon

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Pig Pen Response

Friday, August 24, 2012

I am now referring to my frenzied stuff-face behavior as the 'Pig Pen response' (remember that kid from Peanuts?). 
I know I am not alone here.
Have you ever felt like you just have a whirlwind of items on that to-do list, truly enveloping you?All are important, and all with an urgent deadline. 
At that moment, the freezer and pantry light up like neon signs, advertising their sweet and salty contents like a mini Las Vegas! I won't tempt you with the food porn...

Speaking for myself, my raging stress response to pain could trigger my inner Pig Pen, or giving myself an unrealistic to-do list, etc. 
But really, its all about my reaction to a trigger. 

I've skimmed over recent events that lead to my last Pig Pen response.
My chronic pain had ruled most of my day. Big surprise here on what I did next. Yep, I saw the neon lights of the sweet & salty treats, and out of the depths of my memory, I remembered exactly where each of those items were hiding (candy under quinoa pasta, potato chips behind the pouch of flax seed meal, etc.). I sabotaged myself!

Stuff face. Rinse. Repeat. Yuck. 
This is not an acceptable way to cope. Ugh. 

I logged on to Spark and poked around for some motivation to fend off my inner Pig Pen. I read some great blogs by CANNIE50 and AAACK and decided to integrate them into my daily life. I've been working hard to "tidy up my side of the street" by keeping my inner complainer in check. Allowing that negativity into my life just piles up emotional 'trash', and trash stinks!
I'm also making sure that I do at least one thing per day that makes me feel accomplished (no matter how small), and then acknowledge that moment. It's amazing how such a small thing can keep you smiling.

I challenge you to make a mental list of your Pig Pen triggers. 
Then list your personal battle tactics to prevent you from wolfing down your refrigerator contents. Be sure to put your action plan at the forefront of your mind.
After all, no one wants to clean up after Pig Pen!

'Nuff Said.


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SARAWALKS 9/12/2012 6:34PM

    Ooooh yes, and I must say I agree with KAILYNSTAR - my triggers are boredom and stress. Fighting those head-on is the key - acknowledging and DOING something other than PIGGING. Little oinks are one thing but it's the BIG MESS one wants to avoid.
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MAMADWARF 9/4/2012 11:19PM

    Um yea. Totally relate. But tonight I won because I had a 1000 calorie pack of popcorn and a 100 calorie pack of chocolate pretzels. Luckily I have nothing else in my house to eat so that worked out pretty good. A reasonable 200 calorie snack instead of 1000 calorie binge. I will take it

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KAILYNSTAR 8/29/2012 1:12PM

    Since I have been on this stricter diet, I have found that my kids and husband are my best supporters. They are amazing!

What triggers me? I have to say, boredom and stress.

I'm glad that you came on Spark and found some support and other perspectives. I find that helps a bit for me too.

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CANNIE50 8/28/2012 4:14PM

    triggers, triggers, triggers - I am armed with many triggers, unfortunately. I still say, based on my experience, that eating at least 50 grams of protein is one of my best trigger-defenses. Of course, I must have the willingness, and act on the willingness, to arm myself with all that protein so that I am less assaulted by all the triggers and cravings that come after me on my more difficult days. Yesterday was one of those difficult days and I didn't even attempt a fight - just shoved sweet then salty, sweet then salty, etc etc etc in my belly all day. Today has been a much better day. I think of you every day, dear Bren. I so wish I could relieve you of some of that awful pain that refuses to let you go. emoticon

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SARASMILING 8/26/2012 6:51AM

    I was just thinking the same thing yesterday about the smalls things that make you smile and really learning to laugh at yourself. It really does help. And boy do I know the pull of the neon signs or even when you can hear them whispering your name from across the room.. or house. lol! I've been eating like crazy for the past several weeks. I've got to stop. WE CAN DO THIS!!!
I wish I could take your pain away. And you can take my fat. Yeah, not really comparable, but it's all I got. lol!
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MELIBUG 8/25/2012 11:26PM

    Pig-Pen - hmmm, that sent a visual of you circling the kitchen with a brown cloud following you; hopefully you haven't also taken to the blankie too!? :)

Triggers are huge and finding a way to keep out the trash is a good thing.

Hope you are feeling better today and have pretty flowers back around you instead!
Hugs ~ Melissa

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CTUPTON 8/25/2012 10:10PM

    Great blog! You have my mind going-as you always do! Chris emoticon

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FINALLYBEINGME 8/24/2012 11:11PM

    Love the idea of doing one thing a day that makes you feel accomplished. I've been trying to do that lately as well. Hope you're feeling better! emoticon emoticon

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AAAACK 8/24/2012 5:27PM

    oooh, my favorite line is: its all about my reaction
you're SO totally right! Regardless of the triggers, it's all about MY REACTION.
I'm going to ruminate on that today (along with whatever I overate last night, ewwww), as I go about trying to get things done.

thanks for the shout-out in the blog!

have a fab day

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KETTLEBURN 8/24/2012 1:08PM

    the pig pen response sounds like a response that would be discussed in psychological journals hahaha i'm sure they have an equivalent, but not one with such a catchy name!
thanks for sharing about your response (and triggers)! way to be accountable :)

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MISSB8604 8/24/2012 12:51PM

    Wonderful blog and what a great challenge!

Thank you for this!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/24/2012 12:35PM

    Great blog!

My pigpen is alive and well (particularly these past two days) and I am working on pumping up the positivity again to give him a bit of a time out.

I do know my triggers and sometimes I make what I think is a rational decision to allow them to trigger me.

But, as you say, focus on the positive and what we are doing right!

I loved the pigpen character in Peanuts. Especially that cloud of....well, I don't know exactly what.....but it was cute!


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JCARDINAL 8/24/2012 12:27PM

    Great blog Bren!! We all have that pigpen response hidden in us. I'm starting my list now!!

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Check out time is 12:00PM right?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Does that apply for hospitals?
For this trip I've been a 'guest' in the hospital for over 2 weeks. I've gotten the best care by truly talented people.
Initially I was admitted into the hospital via the E.R. over the 4th of July weekend, and stayed for 8 days due to painful nerve flares. I was so homesick and bolted at the first chance I was given to go home. Unfortunately I checked out too soon.
I was so happy to be home, but my disease refused to follow the doctor's orders. A few days later I had to return to the hospital. : (

I was in my room for less than 5 minutes before some of the nurses from my past visit came over to day hello.
'I'm so sorry to see you come back. Didn't the treatment work?', they asked. '
'Oh, I feel great. I just missed the food so much, I wanted to come back!' : )

And then I was plugged into the hospital matrix (har har).
Crisis Nurses were called in to start IV's on me since I am considered a 'hard stick' (small difficult veins that get easily irritated). God bless those nurses!

I surfed my gurney as it was rolled to the opposite side of the hospital into the O.R. to get my first epidural and catheter placed. I was then literally flipped over onto my back so that my doctors could do another nerve block procedure via my neck. The gurney roller coaster ride started up again, and I was wheeled back to my room.

Colorful wires were taped on my torso. A portable (heavy) cordless heart monitor stuffed into my gown pocket, constantly dragging my gown faaaaar too low in the right boobie region -embarrassing!

Throughout my time in the hospital, I received multiple types of drugs and treatments.
I had another vampire bite in the neck to administer a nerve block for my right hand.
I have had 3 long term epidural catheters inserted in my back to administer pain drugs to my legs.
I had a 4 day ketamine infusion (horse tranquilizer) for pain, and was warned that I might hallucinate.
Yep, I saw my cat Jit-Zu replicate and come to visit me in the hospital as a duo. Pretty strange, but an unsuccessful treatment.
I had a 3 day Litocain infusion to cool my constant burning nerve pain. Also unsuccessful.
I fought and cried through 2 (literally) burning treatments of capsaicin patches, which were sealed on my feet for 2 hours each time. The first round was unsuccessful since I have a very stubborn and evil condition.
I reluctantly agreed to a second attempt and now refer to this treatment as Chicken Fried Feet. Successful? Time will tell.
The next treatment that my pain doctors are recommending involves a drug called Prialt (snail slug toxin) to 'stun' my nerves. Umm, I'm still undecided on this one.

Horse tranquilizer, capsaicin chili patches and sea snail toxin? Wild!

Throughout all of this, I have had 2 shiny IV poles with at least 3 bags of medication hanging over my head at all times. This obviously has made just about everything difficult. Try fitting two IV poles in the bathroom with both yourself AND a nurse!
I quickly felt claustrophobic with all of the tubes and wires. Especially since most of pills and IV medication often made me quite sick. Feeling dizzy and barfy while hooked up to so many things is a terrible feeling. Then again, so is getting vomit in your hair and relying on the nurse to clean me up.
Bless the nursing staff for making the rough days much better!

I celebrated my birthday in the hospital. My husband tried to decorate my room and make the best of things. He even brought Sprinkles cupcakes for the nursing staff, whom we have gotten to know quite well. One of the nurses told me that a common joke around the hospital is that you can leave $100 out in the open and it won't be touched, but bring some desserts and they will get nabbed in a second. She wasn't kidding : )

I'll be checking out of Chez Hospital today (hope hope hope). This second stay added up to 15 days.
My solid-gold hubbie used up all of his vacation time to be with me. He came to my room daily in the morning and left late every night, taking a break only to go home and feed Olive. There were many days that were a fuzzy blur for me, and he still sat next to me as I slept. This entire experience really has been one of those 'for better or worse' vows played out. I know how lucky I am : ).

A HUGE thank you to Spark pals for keeping my spirits lifted throughout my time here. Believe it or not, its actually challenging to stick to a healthy diet in a hospital. I had free reign on the hospital menu, but found limited healthy gluten free options that tasted good. It was so much easier to order the cheese plate and an ice cream sundae daily. Thank you for the reminder that it's the little changes that add up over time - no matter where that time is spent!

Now, back to business. Do I get to keep the robe, err, gown? Perhaps I should leave it here. Talk about a wardrobe malfunction in the rear section every time I get out of bed! : )

'Nuff said.

*i wrote this a few days ago but was not able to post it until today. I'm recovering at home. Yay!

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MELIBUG 8/16/2012 2:41PM

    You are such a champ! I think you have endured enough and hoping all your recent procedures take so you can enjoy some relief! If so, you may have to replace fozzie with a chicken... (just saying')much cuter than a snail, but whatever it takes girlfriend! As always saying prayers for you!
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Hugs ~ Melissa

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FITNESSJEN11 8/16/2012 12:50AM

    I know you're back home now, but I'm still SENDING UP PRAYERS, PRAYERS, PRAYERS FOR U, GIRL!!!

I'm in total awe of u...ur spirit is AMAZING and ur such a BLESSING to know!! Thank you for never giving up, regardless of ur circumstances!! U inspire me every day!!!
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KAILYNSTAR 8/14/2012 5:23PM

    The roads that one must travel...

I'm so happy that you're home now and hoping for a full and speedy recovery.

I have to say, that I actually pictured you surfing on a gurney down the hallway! (I think I'm the one hallucinating!). Believe me, that was a giggle spot for me, just picturing you going down the hallway, in your hospital gown, front right wardrobe malfunction and let's not mention the back... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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CATS_MEOW_0911 8/12/2012 8:09PM

    Love you, Bren!

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TRENTDREAMER 8/9/2012 8:40PM

    "'I'm so sorry to see you come back. Didn't the treatment work?', they asked. '
'Oh, I feel great. I just missed the food so much, I wanted to come back!' : ) "
* Finally I've found someone else who feels this way.

(Referring to the picture)
* Wow. Were they diagnosing/treating your illness or upgrading your processor/RAM?

"Yep, I saw my cat Jit-Zu replicate and come to visit me in the hospital as a duo. Pretty strange, but an unsuccessful treatment. "
* Are you sure that that was a hallucination?

"Horse tranquilizer, capsaicin chili patches and sea snail toxin? Wild! "
* hey-YA!!

"A HUGE thank you to Spark pals for keeping my spirits lifted throughout my time here. "
* Sorry I haven't been on as much recently.

"Feeling dizzy and barfy while hooked up to so many things is a terrible feeling. Then again, so is getting vomit in your hair and relying on the nurse to clean me up. "
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"I'll be checking out of Chez Hospital today (hope hope hope). This second stay added up to 15 days.
* Ouch.

"*i wrote this a few days ago but was not able to post it until today. I'm recovering at home. Yay! "
* Here's hoping!

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JCARDINAL 8/9/2012 2:30PM

    As always, you are my hero!! No matter what life throws at you, you never loose your wonderful sense of humor! I am so glad you're home and hope your pain is better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EVERSTEPH 8/9/2012 12:23PM

    I probably shouldn't have been reading this at work because now I have this huge lump in my throat and racoon eyes from dripping liquid eye liner.

You are such a strong woman and an inspiration. It's no wonder you have such a loving hubby - he knows you are the best! I'm so happy you're home. Your nurse friends will have to get their cupcakes elsewhere!!!!!!!

When I'm feeling down (physically, mentally, whatever), all I want to do is snuggle with Yoshi. I bet it feels good to have Olive again.

Happy belated birthday, cupcake!!!!!!!! As always, thanks for sharing your story. :)


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NUMD97 8/8/2012 8:21AM

    I was so heartened beyond what mere words can say, to see that you posted this blog from home. At least some of our prayers for you, Bren, were answered.

It is my hope that you link more and more of the days spent at home together, until there are months and months, and finally no days spent in the "H place", as my friend's wife calls it (rather than invoke the name), when she goes there.

I pray that you find a measure of relief that allows you to function like the rest of us do, and then you can kvetch about the ordinary and the mundane, just like the average person does.

"Ordinary", yes, that is my wish for you. I pray that it happens soon.

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AAAACK 8/8/2012 1:37AM

    You always have such a good attitude about such an awful set of circumstances. I admire you, and root for you, every single day.

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CANNIE50 8/8/2012 12:09AM

    Oh, SweetPea, it is one thing to hear it in bits and pieces via your wonderful emails but to have it all laid out like this is just overwhelming to take in so, of course, it is pretty unimaginable to think about how much you endured, for SO long. Poor Randy must be wiped out, as well. Olive and Jitzu must be thrilled to have you home where you belong. Of course the nurses adored you - how couldn't they?! I hope and pray that some of these treatments take, and that you actually experience some much over-due relief. oxoxoxoxoxo C

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MAMADWARF 8/7/2012 11:23PM

    I was telling frank about now much you suffer yet your humor remains in tact. I love you, been. Get some rest and hug ms. Olive and randy for me, ms. Kitty too!

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RYDERB 8/7/2012 9:47PM


You go through so much every day, and no matter how rough things get, you find ways to share your spark, and make the world around you brighter. You're AMAZING! I'm so happy you're home again, and I'm paying that you find some relief from your pain, and the pain medication.
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    I'm so glad you're back home! Being in the hospital that long must've been tough. I'm keeping everything crossed that all the treatments work well. It's funny how the little things become so much more meaningful after a stint in one of those awful hospital gowns. emoticon emoticon

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MOMKAT4310 8/7/2012 8:40PM

    I commiserate. I had a horrible round of hospital stays in 1992. I was a sweet young thing, had a gall stone get stuck, pancreatitis, then surgery. A full month. So glad you are home. Hope you are on the mend. Glad to see you did not lose your sense of humor. Best Wishes. Momkat

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GUITARWOMAN 8/7/2012 7:26PM

    You are one incredibly brave lady....my admiration for you is HUGE,

Hope at least some of the treatments worked; let us know,mic you can,how you are doing


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OOLALA53 8/7/2012 7:17PM

    Such a trooper! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/7/2012 7:14PM

    I really want to punch that disease right in its face! Just make sure you duck so I don't get you by accident. I hope you get to stay home and pain free for a long long long time, say like FOREVER.

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SKIPSIDE 8/7/2012 6:53PM

    OMG! You make me feel like crying and then you turn it around and make us laugh.
Hopefully this time something will kick in and stick for a long while.
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I'm sure Olive is glad to have you back where you belong :)

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Plumbing and bladder problems at the hospital. One in the same?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The hospital I am currently a guest in is under construction. Yesterday the nurse came into my room and told us that we could not use the sinks, toilets or even drink the drinking water. They were not sure when the problem would be resolved and were not told what exactly happened.

A moment later another nurse brought in some blue bags with kitty litter-like crystals, and told me that I would need to 'go' in the bags which would be placed on commode chairs to avoid the toilet water. Hmm Ok fine. What could I do, freak out? I told my nurse that of course this meant that I instantly had to tinkle, but was not ready to deal with the bag thing just yet. 
The staff were busy trying to alert everyone and went off to the other rooms. I'm sure this was no fun for the them!

I swear I could literally hear my husband start to stress a second later. He stood up. He paced. He said he would need to leave the hospital soon since he might need to pee and didn't want to go in a blue bag over the toilet. "Take me with you!" I joked.

I reminded him nicely that his predicament was much easier for a man. And I was the one who currently could not walk unassisted + had an epidural in my back and an IV in an arm - so it might be a bit more humiliating for me. But it could be worse right? So then I started to think of HOW it could be worse as the 'potty train' of commode chairs were being pushed down the hospital hallways. 

What if all of the patients had just taken a laxative?
What if the hospital had a chili cook off?
Hee hee. 

Perhaps the fact that I had already been telling myself to pretend that I have been camping since last week to deal with my lack of real shower or clean hair helped.

I've gotten to know a few of the nurses a wee bit (ha ha 'wee'), and was joking about the hospital version of Soul Train we had going on in the hallways with the commodes. If the patients all hit their Call buttons then the hallway would light up like a disco! Woohoo its a Potty Train!
The nurse let out a loud guffaw and then told me that he was trying to get one of the nurses to wear a diaper under their uniform to add some humor to the situation. Ha! Sadly no one agreed to it. Boo : (

You know, it was barely more than an hour before we got the all clear to run the faucets and use the facilities, but you could literally hear the sighs of relief from the nursing staff, patients and their visitors throughout the facility. 

Well I guess I can find humor in the strangest of circumstances eh?

'Nuff said

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JENNSWIMS 8/6/2012 12:37AM

    You are a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. I'm pretty sure that if I was in the hospital and the water was turned off, I wouldn't be looking on the bright side. In my defense, I'd probably be the nurse having to clean up all of the bags of pee and poo, but still, you are able to see the humor and smile through just about anything and I admire that.

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MOMKAT4310 7/30/2012 12:09PM

    How funny / not funny. A hospital with unusable water. That is a little freaky. Hope you are doing better. It will be nice to be un-teathered.

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CTUPTON 7/29/2012 5:59PM

    Wow! No working toilet in a home is one thing. Go to a neighbor I guess! But in a hospital! I can't imagine! Chris

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MRSSCHENCK 7/26/2012 8:22PM

    You are one in a million! emoticon

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PEACOCK15 7/26/2012 8:12PM

    Thanks for sharing, sending you lots of well wishes and hoping you can keep your sanity! It is such an awkward place to be. After my brain surgery, nurses had to help shower me, etc. I was happy I was medicated because I remember (kind of) feeling so embarrassed. My husband had to keep reminding me "they see it all the time".

Funny to see you sparking while in a hospital bed, that must definitely improve the mood!
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~ Laughter is the best medicine~

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AAAACK 7/26/2012 1:00AM

    hey, I didn't get a notice there was a blog here! I just went and checked and for some reason I got unsubscribed again. Sparkishly weird. So...I re-subscribed to your blogs so I don't miss any hilarious ones like this one. (prob wasn't so funny for you) But I have a funny to add - they sell those little blue bags in camping stores. They're called Travel John. And the crystals act like diaper crystals - the liquid (peepee) turns to gel. Yes. Sadly, I have experience with these little gems.

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MAMADWARF 7/20/2012 12:48AM

    You are such a nut! I'm sorry you are back in the hospital but I'm glad you didn't have to go in the kitty litter! Let me know how you are doing OK? Thinking of you with love!! Jan

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DEDICATED2HIM 7/17/2012 10:46AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing a laugh

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LISALOSING52 7/17/2012 10:35AM

    I love your sense of humor...(I always think of ways things could be worse as well) . The laxatives and the chili cookoff had me emoticon
I know everyone was glad that the inconveince was for only a short time.

Get well Soon!!!
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 7/17/2012 1:06AM

    Humor, my Spark Friend is where it is at! I love it! What were the odds of that happening?
Glad you made it through....next time, remember your disco ball!!
Happy Hugs!
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KAILYNSTAR 7/16/2012 4:08PM

    There no other thing to say to this but, LOL!!!!!!!

What funny thoughts a person can think of in strange situations.

I thought of everyone in the ward doing the locomotion with the potties! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I bet there weren't any nurses making sure that everyone should drink their water. Perhaps they were hiding the water jugs on the trays?!

Anyways, I'd better stop. There is no way I can list all of the things that come to mind..... emoticon

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/16/2012 8:55AM

    emoticonfor sharing a bit of a laugh with us! Although I am sure it wasn't funny for you at the time! It is great that you have a positive attitude in times of bad circumstances. Have a great day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNFLOWER4ME 7/16/2012 8:50AM

    You have an amazing disposition. And the reference to a chili cook off made me laugh out loud emoticon

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SARASMILING 7/16/2012 6:41AM

    emoticon You are so great. You always make me smile. :)

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NUOVAELLE 7/16/2012 2:02AM

    Indeed, you can! And that's a gift! Humor can save us from really bad situations and not everyone is able to use their sense of humor when it's most needed. You should start lecturing on this one!
I hope you're back home as soon as possible.
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ALWYS-LKN-UP 7/15/2012 11:58PM

    What a great attitude, I like your approach!! Get well soon!! :)

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RYDERB 7/15/2012 11:42PM

    Reading this made me smile. After all that you've been going through, you're finding ways to share your Spark and find the silly around you. That means you must be feeling a little bit better. Hopefully tomorrow IS the day you get to come home!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/15/2012 8:05PM

    I'm proud of you for your humor. I would totally join you in the Potty Train if only I had the chance. When, on God's Green Earth, do you get out of there!?

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SARAWALKS 7/15/2012 6:12PM

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You definitely need your own comedy show, Bren! Except you can't stand up...
You could broadcast from your bed - the latest news and views from the potty train -
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Thanks so much for thinking of me and sending relaxing music!

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MELIBUG 7/15/2012 5:26PM

    Oh girlfriend, you crack me up every time! Glad didn't last long.
Hugs ~ Melissa

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CANNIE50 7/15/2012 5:03PM

    Oh, sweetpea - as happy as you will be to go to your home, sweet, home - those nurses are really going to miss you. emoticon

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KAYKAYGETSFIT 7/15/2012 3:39PM

    LOL I love your sense of humor. Finding funny in bad times = the right attitude!!

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JCARDINAL 7/15/2012 3:34PM

    I love your sense of humor Bren!! Stay strong and get home soon!! emoticon emoticon

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CELLISTA1 7/15/2012 1:56PM

    Bren, you are so funny!!!! Leave it to you to create fun in a crazy situation. You are so creative and you make nurses laugh! Hope you get home from that weird camping trip as soon as possible!

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MILLIE5522 7/15/2012 1:34PM

    I am laughing and crying with you! I would have been in a panic if I was told that I couldn't use the toilets.....put it down to my age :( And as for men, they will never really understand what an advantage they have! lol emoticon Love Sarah xxx

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KETTLEBURN 7/15/2012 10:56AM

    what a great attitude you have about the situation! i'm sure that helps with the healing and getting better process. hope you're feeling well enough to be heading home soon!

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LGAR519 7/15/2012 10:17AM

    Sorry you had to go through that but glad you found some humor in the situation. Thank goodness I never had that happen when I was working!

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NATIVE_ONE 7/15/2012 10:06AM

    You made a great story from a horrible situation. I am quite sure the nurses around there are enjoying your company. Hope you get released soon. The camping part of it sounds like you are ready to be home. Take care and well wishes.

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GUITARWOMAN 7/15/2012 9:37AM

    Definitely, plan a break out......

Use the potty chairs as decoys!

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LOSE4LIFE47 7/15/2012 9:28AM

    How funny & horrible at the same time!!

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Oopsies. Perhaps my plan for the week has only been in my head so far

Friday, July 06, 2012

And here it's Friday already. Sorry.
I've been fighting the pain monster all week it seems and still trying to keep my brain focused on my goals which are (finally) posted below:

My goal for this week was to to do some type of workout (even if modified) at least 5 days this week.
Also shoot for 2-3 completely meat free days.
Lastly, I want to continue to set small weekly goals each week since I need to feel accomplished right now at something, no matter how small!

This might seem like a short and simple list but I knew it would be challenging for me.
*So far I need to get another workout under my belt to meet my goals*

Wish me luck!

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KAILYNSTAR 7/11/2012 1:16PM

    Hey Bren,

So sorry that you're coping the 'Pain Monster'. I wish there was something to help you with it.

Any goal, no matter what you chose, is better than no goal at all.

Hang in there and I realize that I haven't been as active on the site, but it's summer and the kids are home and computer time is less for me. I've been thinking of you and I hope you're doing good.


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    Hey Bren....hope the pain beast goes into hibernation soon...goals are good, pushing yourself is good...but stay safe and don't add to the pain beasts ire! :) xoox

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NUMD97 7/8/2012 12:19PM

    Do what you can and what you are able. And if it doesn't work exactly as you plan, just know that that is OK, too.

Bren, know, too, that you are such a beacon in the vast darkness of this weight loss community. You inspire by the way you strive and push yourself to the limits of your own endurance, facing formidable obstacles.

Your blogs and your feed notices never fail to reach the masses, as witnessed by the comments.



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MILLIE5522 7/8/2012 9:53AM

    emoticon and emoticon for luck!

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MELIBUG 7/8/2012 12:14AM

    Hope the pain monster goes away for you dear!
Hugs ~ Melissa

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EBPOOKIE 7/8/2012 12:02AM

    I hope you feel better soon!

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MAMADWARF 7/7/2012 12:23AM

    I think you should add: send Jan a spark message on her page every day.

That would help I think!!!! Hugs to you Bren, keep fighting and give Olive a hug for me...

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CANNIE50 7/6/2012 11:28PM

    Oh, honey, I hate that freaking pain monster. I would like to annihilate that pain monster. I just want it to leave you alone! YOu do know, don't you, that you make it mighty difficult for many of your Sparkly friends to make excuses? When I start toting up my aches and pains, I often think "Bren" and, "poof" emoticon there go my excuses and off I go to exercise. emoticon I am inordinately excited to see some new icons on SP so I had to use one!

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CELLISTA1 7/6/2012 7:55PM

    Bren, you make me feel I should do more because there's nothing standing in my way. For a person who has such huge obstacles, you still make goals, you still speak out to us here on Spark, and you absolutely do what you can in any given week. You are awsome!

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RYDERB 7/6/2012 5:45PM

    Way to go Bren! Stay focused on your list. You are amazing, and you will do this!

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SARAWALKS 7/6/2012 3:56PM

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Even if you're not Irish, this could work! emoticon

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JCARDINAL 7/6/2012 2:27PM

    Fantastic Bren!! emoticon

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    Good intentions :-) hugs

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GUITARWOMAN 7/6/2012 1:41PM

    You have set goals and are mindful of them.....that is the best!

All my wishes for your pain to ease!


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AAAACK 7/6/2012 1:16PM

    At least you have goals in your head! I'm not sure I can even say that much. Mine are more like wishes this week. I need to think more like you and think of things as goals, even if they're small. Today is my planning day for the next month. I'm going to schedule in the things I've been "wishing" for to make them more real.

I hope your pain abates SOON. And forever.
Hang in there.

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LALALEELOU1354 7/6/2012 1:08PM

    I know what it's like to fight with pain. It makes everything more difficult. BUT you are making a conscious decision to do what you can which is a heck of a lot better than a defeatist attitude that is so easy to fall into when battling any issue. You've got this! Hope you have a great week and good luck.

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    Good luck! Small goals are good..but I would say give yourself a *huge* pat on the back for getting through the pain..that's pretty darned amazing. emoticon

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    I hope your pain eases for you. Don't beat yourself up for not carrying through on the goals - at least you have them set! Pat

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