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Juneau A-Z (Idea From Michcleary)

Sunday, September 04, 2011

My A-Z list
A. Age: Qualified for AARP membership- 'nuff said!

B. Bed size: Queen, not big enough for partner, tiny cat who thinks the bed is her throne and me!

C. Chore you dislike: Pick one - the word chore does imply something you have to do that maybe isn't on your list of things you want to do: for me, ALL of them!

D. Dogs: None, except my my heart. My dad had a Norwegian Elkhound that I loved. My stepmother has a Great Pyrenees that is just a big love!

E. Essential start to your day: a good cup of coffee. I really like African coffees -
Ethiopian Harrar, Tanzania Peaberry...

F. Favorite color: What? I have to choose? I love the whole rainbow!

G. Gold or silver: most of my jewelery has both.

H. Height: 4'10

I. Instruments you play(ed): Piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, autoharp, recorder

J. Job title: Paralegal, Contract Analyst, Legal Services Support

K. Kids: None unless you count my two cats!

L. Live: San Francisco Bay Area, mid Peninsula

M. Mom's name: Holly, Stepmother #1 Suzanne, Stepmother #2 Sharon, Adopted Mom Dorothy

N. Nicknames: Partner calls me Little Bunny or Bunny

O. Overnight hospital stays: I was a preemie, so I stayed in the hospital over 3 months at birth, about a month when I was 14 with my first orthopedic surgery, probably a total of 10 days over the 5 surgeries on my shattered elbow. Possible bone spur surgery this year...

P. Pet peeves: Too many to enumerate!

Q. Quote from a movie: "What would you have me do? Give Out? Give Up? Give In?" - Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn), Lion in Winter. Speaking to King Henry the 8th (Peter O'Toole)

R. Righty or Lefty: Righty

S. Siblings: no full now- my oldest brother died when I was 14. I was the middle second child of that marriage and became the only. Both parents remarried, so I have four half sisters from Mother's 2nd marriage and my brother and another sister from dad's second marriage. Unfortunately, I am in touch only with the two from Dad's side (the door is open to the other four, but they've not chosen to have me in their lives).

T. Time you wake up: Usually 5

U. Underwear: functional

V. Vegetables you don't like: Southern: black-eyed peas, okra, greens. My first experience with southern food was the college cafeteria in Arkansas - probably not the best intro!

W. What makes you run late: Nothing if I can help it - being tardy is a huge pet peeve of mine. My dad was in the Army and he didn't tolerate being late when I was growing up.

X. X-rays you've had: far too may to count. I am surprised I don't glow in the dark!

Y. Yummy food you make: BF makes most of our meals. When I cook, it's pretty basic but healthy and cheap food.

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Love the zoo! My favorites are big cats, koalas, meerkats

What's your A-Z List?

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GRACEANAQAH 9/29/2011 11:54PM

    Love your A-Z list! Nice learning more about you! Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/29/2011 10:52PM

    "Qualified for AARP membership- 'nuff said!"

You go girl. And yes, I do count 2 cats!


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WONDEROONA 9/4/2011 6:21PM

    Great blog...now I know alot more about you.

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VICD25 9/4/2011 2:06PM

    how fun! I learned a lot about you today!

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    I loved learning more about you! Thanks for sharing with us.
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Being Honest

Sunday, July 24, 2011

I have not stepped on the scale for a while. I feel huge. I have been eating within range, more or less. But I have not been exercising. I went to the doctor Monday for the chronic heel pain and got some heel cups and gel insoles. The cups helped for a few days and the heel pain disappeared, but the high arch pain began. For the last two days, I have hardly been able to walk when I got up in the morning.

This week, I am covering for Yvonne at work. Her dad's funeral is Thursday and I said I would try to go, not realizing it will be quite a drive and would represent a big chunk out of the day. I am a nervous nellie when it comes to driving in unfamiliar areas. Why did I say I would try to go? It feels like something I should do. I also feel guilty for not visiting him at the VA hospital in Livermore, for not sending a get well card to him or a "thinking of you" card to her or her mom...the list is long.

I have been thinking of my SP journey, knowing I need to step it up literally and figuratively, but have not found the Spark to do so.

Then, tonight, I learn my dad's widow had a significant heart attack last week. Sharon's a sweetheart and we have a good relationship, if a bit distant. The distance is my fault. I get caught up in my day-to-day life and am not in touch with distant family and friends as I wish I were.

I'm still adjusting to the perimenopause situation on top of everything else!

Thanks for your prayers for Yvonne and her mom. Add to that request prayers for Sharon and the rest of my Indiana/Kentucky family...

Thank you!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/6/2011 10:07PM

    Oh my. I hope your foot is feeling better.


Sending big hugs to you, sweetie.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/27/2011 4:07PM

    emoticon emoticonSo sorry to see that your feet are still hurting. hope you can get it sorted soon. You can only do so much catching up with people! There are only so many hours in the day!

Are any of them on Face book as I am able to keep up with a lot of my family through face book.

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CARRAND 7/25/2011 10:34PM

    You've got to get away from the guilt. None of this is your fault. You're coping with a lot, and doing the best you can. Is your heel pain plantar fasciitis? I had that for months, and it was very painful, particularly first thing in the morning. I was really limping around! I hope things start going your way soon.

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MELA1953 7/25/2011 12:36PM

    You cannot worry about what you did or didn't do in the past... it is over and done with... If you don't feel comfortable driving to the funeral, then don't ... If you feel the need to explain to Yvonne, tell her the truth. You need to forgive yourself and get on with life.. you deserve that.
I never went through perimenopause - I had a hysterectomy and was thrown right into menopause, and it was not a pleasant one, so I understand the FUMS... Frickin' Ugly Mood Swings....

Just remember that SP is here for you- it was something I forgot for a while, but now I realize (and I hope you do too) that the people here care and will help get us all through our trials..


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_LINDA 7/25/2011 12:12AM

    So very sorry to hear about Sharon :(( But please don't feel guilty not keeping in touch with her. You have an incredibly demanding job and busy life. You can't be expected to keep in touch with every distant relative you have. I live in the same city as my big brother, but rarely hear from him as he works two jobs to support his family and they keep him hopping on any off days, so I don't expect to hear from him. We get together once a year, at Christmas time for sure.
Please see your Dr. immediately for the effect these cups are having on the rest of your foot. Maybe he can make adjustments or a different suggestion. When I got my first set of orthotics, they were extremely uncomfortable and difficult to get used to, but getting rid of the pain they solved was worth the wait.
Maybe you need to look at chair exercises until your foot problem gets solved. There is a chair exercise Spark team it was suggested I go to during my long recovery from my upcoming surgery when I will not be able to do any cardio. You have nothing wrong with your upper body, and can start to work it. Think bone loss. You are at the age its critical to try and hang on to it. Strength training will help as its the upper body that loses the most quickly. Remember the one step at a time motto. Start small, gradually work your way up. Use items around the house for weights if you can't afford dumbbells (but garage sales are a cheap way to find some).
Time to put that awesome mind of yours in gear to find your inner Spark once again. You can do this,
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Yvonne & Her Mom Need Prayers

Friday, July 22, 2011

Yesterday, Yvonne got me to cover her desk by saying she was working on a Quality Assurance project (QA take precedenceover everything). She said it would be for a couple of hours and she would call when she was ready to take over. The day was nearly done before she called to say a) she had not even started the QA project, b) she was "putting out fires" and c) she had attended the two hour training class I had skipped because I was covering her desk! Whatever the fires were, I have no idea because her desk, which involves customer money transactions is supposed to take precedence over everything except this QA emergency.

I was pretty steamed about this and felt very much taken for granted, especially since she did not follow protocol and go through my boss. He is on business travel this week, but in touch electronically.

It was this yesterday plus some car trouble on my mind when I got to work this morning. I was moving slowly because of the foot issues (the heel cups worked, but my foot now hurts in a different spot and I could hardly walk this morning.)

Yvonne's father died last night, according to the email from her boss. It was taken for granted by everyone that I would cover her desk. No word yet on whether that is for all of next week or only part. Don't misunderstand me. My heart is broken for Yvonne and her mom. I met her parents and liked them very much. It was hard to concentrate today because I was thinking of her.

Amazingly, I got everyone done on her desk and a couple of tasks on mine. My car started this evening! So maybe I don't have to replace the battery yet!

Victory - I did not eat mindlessly in response to stress and conflicting emotions. I feel badly for resenting Yvonne's actions yesterday in light of her loss. Dad died about 3 this morning, so it was well after whatever she was dealing with at work yesterday morning. I felt guilty for thinking the way I did, for not visiting her dad at the VA hospital last month and a million other things. But I did not bandaid those feelings with food!
I read that Greenpath is one of the federally approved debt management companies. I am considering doing something along those lines to help me handle the financial stress and burden. The possibility of a huge repair bill or car replacement looming may make it impossible...

Yvonne does not believe in God, per se, nor do I know her parents' religious leaning, if any. However, this is the first time she has ever dealt with death. She is an only child and her relationship with her dad was "complicated", so I know she could use prayers. Her mom is in the beginning stages of Parkinsons and Alzheimers, so she needs prayers, too.

And I probably need prayers for a better attitude!

Thank you

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CARRAND 7/23/2011 8:42PM

    I'll pray for all of you.

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_LINDA 7/23/2011 12:54AM

    You have the right to feel as you did, Yvonne did take advantage of you and that is really unfair. The sorrow and sympathy you feel for her loss is a separate issue. So your 'attitude' is justified.
Getting financial help before things turn into a disaster sounds like a very smart move, take advantage of it..
Sending Yvonne and her Mom comforting thoughts..
I hope your weekend goes better for you..
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CHRYS13 7/22/2011 11:10PM

    In prayer for all of you! emoticon

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KAYE454 7/22/2011 11:10PM

  I will keep her in my prayers

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 7/22/2011 11:07PM

    i will pray for her and her family

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The Suspects are Identified (Tendonitis or Bone Spur)

Monday, July 18, 2011

I was wiped out this morning and took a vacation day (out of sick time). I slept all morning and spent most of the afternoon at Kaiser. The doctor on call needs to work on her listening skills. She asked me a question 3 times and I answered it the same way each time. While asking, she was typing almost as if she was catching up on some other work instead of updating my medical record.

Their scale showed me at 174.5 fully clothed with heavy shoes on, keys and cellphone in my pocket. Hmm.

My blood pressure was lower than it usually is and my temp, while higher than my norm is still lower than most people have.

The heel pain I've been dealing with for eons is either tendonitis or a bone spur. The doc leans towards tendonitis - in the heel, not the Achilles tendon. She gave me a scrip that I forgot to pick up and gel heel cups. If those don't work, then we go in for an x-ray to see if it is a bone spure.

From what I know about those, surgery is not a good option, though she mentioned that's what whey would do. Most people who get those removed have them return bigger and nastier than before. I know foot surgeries are no joke!

She also told me not to walk for more than an hour at a time. I did not say that I don't usually rack it up all at once!

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ACIMPEGGY 10/15/2011 9:28PM

    Ah, here it is!!

I have bone spurs behind my knees!

From what I understand, if it's one spur it might be worth having surgery. They recommended against that for me in my knees. Dr said 'spurs,' plural. Said chances are they wouldn't get them all.

I've tried the gel cups, but like thick foam better.

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MYSTERY4EVER 7/22/2011 10:49PM

    Was the doctor an orthopedist? Perhaps you can get a referral to see someone who can tell you definitively. Hope at least what she gave you eases the pain.

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WINTERGRRL 7/20/2011 11:07PM

    I'm sorry that your doctor doesn't listen to you... really frustrating. I have the same problem with mine. :( Hope a solution comes quickly for you.

(( hugs ))

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LIBBYFITZ 7/20/2011 7:40AM

    There is NOTHING worse than a Dr not listening! Very frustrating! Sorry you had to put up with such unprofessional behaviour! emoticon

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CARRAND 7/19/2011 10:46PM

    Good luck with the heel pain!

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MISSY455 7/19/2011 2:58AM

    I hope they figure this out for you soon. When I was having foot pain, the doctor originally thought bone spurs, but mine turned out to be Plantar Fascilitis. Anyway it is the tendons that run under the heel. Stretching exercises and a plastic bottle filled with water and frozen to run my foot back and forth on really helped. It took about 9 months or so too heal, but so much better than bone spurs and surgery. I am sending good vibes your way!

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_LINDA 7/19/2011 12:54AM

    Hope they figure out for sure what it is so proper treatment can begin. Small bits of fitness do add up as long as its not less then 10 minutes at a time. There is nothing really better than a pool workout. Deep water jogging is a great workout and would keep you off the foot entirely..
Hang in there, this should not have been going on this long without a proper diagnosis. Push for it. Either or doesn't cut it..

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MICHCLEARY 7/18/2011 11:11PM

    I would do some research and if you don't like where it's going, ask for a second opinion. I had a bone spur a long time ago and worked it out with some really tough massage therapy.

Sorry for your pain. One of the things they cut out in my shoulder surgery was a bone spur. :(~

Hang in there and maybe consider some pool workouts to get the weight off your foot.


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MELLYBEANS0919 7/18/2011 11:04PM

    That sounds really painful, so sorry. I hope you do not have to get foot surgery.Take care of yourself.

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Goal Met! I Get It!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

This morning, I optimistically set my status with the announcement that I planned to do 10,500 steps. When I left work this evening, I had 7,167 with an errand to do on the way home. I parked a good distance away from the pet food store, as I always do, and walked to the store. Hmmm. That was only about 800 steps from car to doorstop. I need more than that, I thought. As I paid for my purchase, I decided to walk the perimeter of the shopping center. I walked away from the store, down the side of the Costco store, all the way around the edge of the parking lot, past McDonalds and Krispy Kreme (I did not stop!).

I sure thought about it. I told myself, "I don't want to pay the consequences for giving in to having a doughnut right now. Part of the reason I need the exercise is that I am paying the consequences for past indulgences." The temptation passed when I thought about it like that.

Back at the car. Pedometer said I still was short about 1200 steps. I walked back to the pet store and back around Costco and then back to my car. I did it!

Wow! Do you know, one of the things I thought about was writing this blog. When it was something over 8,000 steps, I almost stopped. That's more than I usually do, I started to think. But - did I want to write another one of those "almost" blogs? I almost walked___but I was tired/my leg was sore/it was late/I was tired (fill in any excuse).

Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but, I like the way this feels! I am smiling! I feel positive! I feel capable! My goal weight achievement is possible! All day long, as I walked, I felt thinner, I felt taller, I felt good. Even with the sore tendon! Victory!

How sweet!

I finally "get" one of the cornerstones of SparkPeople! And, yes, please remind me of this the next time I dare to post another "almost" blog!



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WONDEROONA 7/16/2011 10:01AM

    WAY TO GO!!!! You can do this. You are working hard and you deserve the rewards of a healthy lifestyle!!

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CARRAND 7/13/2011 10:10PM

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MALPAIT2 7/13/2011 10:51AM

    Great job!! You did it, what a great inspiration!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/13/2011 3:17AM

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_LINDA 7/13/2011 12:45AM

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Way to stick with it! It is hard to take another step when you feel tired, sore, etc., but in the end it will pay off! 10,000 steps is nothing to sneeze at, its GREAT!!
Spark on!!
Maybe choose a nicer place to walk next time, like a park, with soft earth trails, as its easier on the joints then walking on pavement! I know I can go a lot farther with a lot less pain on earth or grass trails then cement!!

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MYSTERY4EVER 7/12/2011 11:05PM

    Way to go! You got the Spark today! You are back on track. Keep up the good work.

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TRENTDREAMER 7/12/2011 10:10PM

    :D good job sticking with it.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/12/2011 10:03PM

    emoticonI am so proud of you!
What an inspiring blog!

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