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Here I Am Again

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I'm a bit depressed, I think. But it will go away. I've been sleeping way too much.

Things are looking up, though. My sister is going to pay to have my car fixed. Gas is leaking into the oil. Not a good thing. I found a new mechanic; one whom I think (after talking to him for awhile) I can trust. I'm leaving my car with him on Tuesday. He thinks it's probably fuel injector problems.

My dog, Sandy, is doing well. I have to housebreak him again. Due to circumstances beyond my control I managed to unhousebreak him.

We didn't get too much snow here. Only about 8 inches or less. It's been very warm so it's melting fast.

That's it for now.

Have a good day, all.

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DORIANSMAMA 1/27/2011 9:22AM

  HI Kathy - Like you, I have been sort of here, then sort of not here, and so on. It's interesting to observe how much better my life is, and how much more positive I am, when I am here as opposed to not here. Something to do with "being present" and also "doing the footwork".
Depression is a definite downer LOL. I have been struggling with it for over a year now because my work environment has deteriorated to the point that I now must look for another job in order to feel like I'm getting control over my own life back.
And that in itself is depressing!
So stick around, my friend, we are all together on this journey, even if we travel our own paths.

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SHELLYGON321 1/2/2011 6:45PM

    Glad to see you here :)

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It's Been a Long Time

Sunday, December 26, 2010

It seems like I completely lost touch with Spark People. I'm not sure why.

I've been having serious problems with sleeping way too much and alternating with being awake too long. My old computer got to be so slow that it was a real hardship to do anything. Even my emails. Also, for some reason, I stopped getting notifications from Spark People. Then, a week ago, my computer blew up! I say 'blew up' because my computer guy said that it looked like (inside) that a bomb went off. It didn't affect the hard drive so he was able to save my regular files. I bought a a new (to me) computer from him for $150. It's a lot faster than the old one ever was. It's commercial grade. The problem is that it's loaded with Microsoft Office Suite (Professional) & I can't read my files. My old computer had Microsoft Works on it. Apparently they're not compatible. So Tony (computer guy) is going to try to load Works onto it this week. If the CD he has doesn't work, then we'll have to order one. That will cost about $45.00.

I'm doing okay (except for sleeping).

That's all for now.

Have a great day everyone!

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MUEHLBBO 12/26/2010 12:01PM

    Hope things will go a little better for you. You should be able to convert your files with Microsoft Word. Try this:

By using a file format converter in Microsoft Word, you can open documents that were created in Microsoft Works. After you open the document, you can save it in Word format.

1.On the File menu, click Open.
2.In the Files of type list, click Works 6.0 & 7.0.
If you don't see this option in the list
Install the file format converter as follows:
Exit all programs.Do one of the following:If you are using Microsoft Windows 2000, double-click Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.If you are using Microsoft Windows XP, double-click Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.In the Currently installed programs list, click either Microsoft Office 2003 or Microsoft Office Word 2003 (depending on whether you installed Word as part of Office or as an individual program), and then click Change.The Configuration Wizard opens.
On the Maintenance Mode Options page, click Add or Remove Features, and then click Next.If you installed Word as part of Office, then on the Custom Setup page, select the Choose advanced customization of applications check box, and then click Next.
On the Advanced Customization page, click the plus sign (+) next to Office Shared Features.Click the plus sign (+) next to Converters and Filters, and then click the plus sign (+) next to Text Converters.Click the arrow next to Works for Windows 7.0, and then click Run from My Computer.The file format converter is installed.

3.In the File name box, enter the name of the file that you want to convert, and then click Open.
4.On the File menu, click Save As.
5.In the Save As dialog box, make any changes that you want in the File name box, click the file format that you want in the Save as type list, and then click Save

Hope this helps.

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SHIRLANGEL 12/26/2010 3:38AM

    Hi. Thank you for the update and letting us know you're okay. I'm sorry that you're having sleep issues and hope they'll get better. Can't blame you for not wanting to deal with a slow computer. Congrats on your new computer and hopefully your computer guy can get his disk to load on your computer so you won't have to buy another one. emoticon

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I'm Still Here

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I'm beginning to feel human again. I'm finally getting over my bronchitis. It took 2 courses of antibiotics to do it. Plus MucinexD.

I'm finally going to get my colonoscopy done on Wednesday. I'll be glad to get it done.

My endoscopy showed that I have Corosive Gastritis. I have between 1 & 5 small irritated spots that would turn into ulcers if not taken care of. I'm on a prescription dose (40 mg.) of Prilosec. It seems to be working.

My main problem right now is lack of energy. This has been a recurring problem for a long time. I'm hoping that the colonoscopy will show up something (not serious) that will account for it.

I am losing weight. My weight is down to 192.

Other than that, I'm doing pretty well. I gave my dog a bath today. He was really dirty.

That's it for now. Have a great day, night & week.

A friend sent me the photo below. I hope you like it.


It's Friday & It's Raining!

Friday, October 01, 2010

It's almost 4 in the morning & I'm still up. I'm still having sleep problems. One of these days I'll get it all figured out.

It's raining cats & dogs right now. The temperature has dropped more than 10 degrees in the last 2 hours or so.

I'm feeling very peaceful right now. I have no idea why, I just do.

I'm going to call my doctor later today. My infection isn't going away as fast as it usually does, so maybe I need more antibiotics. I also want to ask him if I should wait to have the colonoscopy done until I'm past it. I still haven't gotten a call-back from the specialist's nurse. In case I haven't mentioned it before, both doctors are in the same practice together. My primary wears many hats. He's a pulmonary specialist, an internist & a sleep specialist. I think that's all, but it covers most things. My gastric doctor (Dr. Madane) is just for gastric problems (I think, anyway). It's a busy practice. In addition, there's another office in Hackettstown, NJ. I like them & I'm happy with all of them.

I put an old comforter in my dog's crate to make it more comfortable. Tonight, after our walk in the pouring rain, he used it to try to dry himself off & now it's almost completely out of the crate & he's sleeping with his head on it. I'll have to make his bed later when he's somewhere else. He gets upset when I try to do it if he can see me.

Sandy loves the rain (& snow, too). When we were out before, he actually went under some water that was pouring off of a roof. He made no effort to avoid it. He never avoids puddles, either. He loves to swim. And I never got to take him swimming this year. I'm going to try to do it in the next week; before it gets cold. I may not get another chance - he's 14 years old now.

I'm going to stop now & go to bed. I'm going to try to at least rest for awhile.

Have a great day everyone!

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News - Good & Not So Good

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's a warm, rainy day in NW NJ. I don't mind it; it's not pouring, just raining lightly.

I never made it to my Colonoscopy this week. It was scheduled for yesterday, but last Friday I woke up with a mild sore throat that got a lot worse by Saturday. I took Chloraseptic for that &, by Sunday the sore throat was gone. But I could hardly talk. I had infection in my chest. I'm doing okay now. I'm on antibiotics for it & it's clearing up. I'm at the point where I'm getting cranky because I feel better but not as good as I would like. (Do we ever?)

I'm waiting for my Gastroenterologist's nurse to call me back with a new date for my Colonoscopy. I find this to be a little scary. I hope that no polyps are found.

My old best friend, Sandy, is doing fine. He still thinks he's a puppy. He still does a lot of funny things. I'll have to start writing them down. That way, I'll have something in writing about him as well as the memories in my head. At 14 yrs. old, every day is a new blessing.

That's it for now.

I hope you all have a great day!

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KID-AT-HEART 9/30/2010 9:42PM

    I like rainy days every once in a while! I bet Sandy does, too -- good cuddle time! You will be well soon and everything will fall into place. Take good care of you! emoticon

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KELLEY106 9/30/2010 5:21PM

    I hope you are better by tomorrow. A brand new day

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