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Surviving the Pool Tournament

Sunday, January 08, 2012

I played in a team pool (billiards) tournament this weekend with my husband and oldest son and a couple of other young men that made up our team. It was a joy.
It is something that I used to do quite often; but that was over a decade ago. I just starting playing again a little over a year ago.
It sure brings back the old competiveness in me.
It was quite a challenge since I am still experiencing shakiness in my body & other symptoms like getting soooo cold while everyone else is hot & still some headaches & sore throat just lately again; but they both only last hours now instead of the weeks & months that they used to. I cannot express how much I look forward to when this stage of my healing if done. I feel like I am getting really close. From what I understand, the brain & nervous system are the last to heal. Almost everyday now, I am free of the joint and muscle pain that has plagued me so steadily & brutally. Just now lately my fatigue has started to come in much shorter spells that I can work through easier. Awesome!

Regardless, of my challenges; we still finished 7th-8th out of the 35 teams in our division. Of course, we wanted better & felt we were capable of it, just narrowly missing our chance to move on; but I consider what we did, a success anyway.

Friday night we played until well after midnight and had to be back before 8:30 am Saturday morning. Figure in driving, showering, packing food... I got 4 hours of sleep. Saturday night we did not get done playing until well after midnight again. If we had won our last match, we would have needed to be back to play in the finals this morning before 8 am. It was best for me that we lost, so I could finally sleep at least 8 hours; but I would have gladly toughed it out to be in the finals.

I do feel like quite the 'health nerd' doing what I have to do to keep going. It takes extra planning, but I would not last very long at all if I did not do this.
I have enough food packed in a cooler out in our vehicle; to get me through the long days of competition & I head outside in between our matches to eat & rest in a heated seat. I also had a hot thermos of organic green tea to help warm me up.
I carry nuts & protein bars in my purse in case I get caught having to stay inside for a long stretch; so I never get too low on energy as that will just exaggerate all my symptoms. I drink water, water, water. It's hard to understand how the 'normal' people can function drinking all of that pop and alcohol. I have a hard enough time walking and talking with just water. Someday, when I am healthier I might indulge in a beer or two again; but I really don't miss that anymore either.

I am a little jealous of the carefree-ness of these people that don't need to be so careful & conscious about every little thing they put in their bodies; but I am definitely not jealous of what they are putting in their bodies. Mostly the smell of it, is enough to turn me off.

I always have wondered, even back in my "other life"... even then I used to sneak granola bars & baby carrots into the tournaments, so I wouldn't have to resort to eating something that would 'weigh me down' mentally & physically...
Why don't these places offer other more healthy food as well?. Would it be so hard to have some bananas & oranges & some mixed raw veggies available for purchase? Would it be so hard to have some unbreaded meat without msg & other things added to it? Am I really the only one that would eat it?
I think others would appreciate it as well; but it is just not as important for them.

Anyway, I need to move on and get back to my normal life now and catch up on laundry and dishes.
If you made it this far, thanks for listening to me
& have a great Spark Week everyone!
emoticon Lori

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PENNYAN45 1/15/2012 6:52PM

    This is such a good report - on your lessening symptoms and your improving health. I am SO happy to hear it!
I, too, am someone who chooses not to drink sugar drinks and alcohol, and not even coffee - just because of how they make me feel afterwards, so I know what you mean about watching others be carefree with what they eat and drink. If I did as they did, I would be laid low for a couple of days.
It is just good to know that there is something that you can do about how you feel - by eating certain foods and avoiding others. It gives you some control over the situation.
I wish you continued recovery during the days and weeks ahead.



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DRAFTLOVER 1/11/2012 6:16PM

    I am sooo glad you are starting to feel better! It seems manageable at least......I can totally relate to the people that simply dont have to watch what they eat....alas I am married to one Grrrrrrrr.... I am jealous when I see the cute skinny girls at work walk by the donuts and stuff their face with one and grab another for later. I have to be careful to not walk to close to the table or they jump out at me and affix theirselves to my hips as I pass lol

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KATHRYNLP 1/9/2012 9:19AM

    At last.. you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Don't worry about those other care-free people. Their turn will come someday... it's all about you and how you're pushing through and winning! Congrats on the Pool Tournament... that sounds like you had a lot of fun.. and came in the Top Ten... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWFILLY 1/9/2012 8:31AM

    Good job on the pool tournament!!! I am so happy that you are getting control of the lymes and CFS, and that your bouts with things are not lasting as long!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Take care, my friend.

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Made Zero Christmas Treats This Year

Monday, December 26, 2011

Over the past 15 years I have scaled way down on baking in general and also holiday baking.
This year I made zero.

I think this had more to do with not being able to "make" the time for it; but I think going gluten-free in September probably had a little to do with it as well.

I think the kids and grand nieces & nephews probably missed it more that my husband and I; although not really complaints, just an empty spot of sorts. Maybe that is more on my part than theirs.

Many of my husbands side of the family are eating healthier now, so our gathering there was an incredibly delicious smorgasbord of mostly healthy food. How nice to have a day to indulge a little extra; but not have the bad effects we would have suffered, if we had not had all the healthy choices.

I have been having very tired with very cold spells and also shakiness quite often. In the past few months I have had only 3 headaches that only lasted a few hours; whereas before it was pretty much an every day all day long occurrence. Also, my muscle & joint pain is considerably better and quite a few days I have had with no pain.
I am hoping this tired, cold, & shakiness is nearing the end of my list of symptoms as I march on to becoming free of Lyme disease & its coinfections & chronic fatigue.

I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas with many Blessings as I feel I have had.

Soon it will be 2012.
May 2012 be a Very Good Year!

emoticon Lori

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KATHRYNLP 12/27/2011 9:29AM

    May 2012 bring great relief from all your symptoms... emoticon

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SNOWFILLY 12/27/2011 7:26AM

    That is great that some of your pains are subsiding, and hopefully go away entirely!!! Wishing that by this time next year your Lymes and CF will just be a bad memory. Hugs.

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Feeling the Fat

Monday, October 03, 2011

Well, the past months have been quite the struggle with my chronic fatigue symptoms.
While, I keep living my life and doing the things I enjoy; I don't get to do it nearly as well or as often as I would like.

I have been forced by my body to take naps in my car during my lunch breaks instead of going to the gym and getting exercise like I normally like to do. I have also had to rest and go to bed extra early many of my evenings after work; instead of gardening or riding horse or doing some sort of farm or household chore.

My weight has not changed; but I am starting to feel flabbier in my tummy and my thighs & butt do not feel like as much muscle.

Hopefully it is just my imagination, but I do not think so.

I cannot wait to go back into some sort of 'remission' again. My diet is whole foods, not processed... mostly organic, so that helps me alot; otherwise I bet I would have gained by now.

The headaches and sore throats have been the worst; but the fatigue that comes along with is a bugger too. Joint and muscle aches seem to be lowering somewhat finally.

I sure hope that October is a much better month.
There is so much more to do in this life than to have to spend so much time resting.

Lets all have a fantastic October!

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KATHRYNLP 12/25/2011 11:48AM

    Merry Christmas!! and a Happy October!!! emoticon emoticon

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PALOMINOGIRL3 10/12/2011 6:20PM

    I'm late reading this blog (I've been MIA!), but my gosh, Lori... You are always such a trooper! I can't even imagine what you go through each day with your CFS, but you inspire me because it does NOT sound like a walk in the park.

Here's to October being a much better month for you!

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WEKIMER 10/9/2011 11:40AM

    So sorry that you are going thru this. It sounds so awful. I hope your continued healthy eating will have a positive affect on your health soon. I'm sure it is already.
Love your new page background. So pretty.
Thanks for stopping by my blogs. I don't always have that much energy. It comes and goes. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! kim

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BAILEYS7OF9 10/3/2011 10:59AM

    augh that does not sound enjoyable at all! Hope you can shake it soon! emoticon

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IAM_HIS2 10/3/2011 9:24AM

    Sorry to hear that you are going through this. From personal experience, I kept a journal and it helped me find out things that triggered my Fibro, RA & MS. Perhaps writing things in a journal could help you.

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KATHRYNLP 10/3/2011 8:24AM

    October is a great month, especially today.. it's my birthday!
Enjoy the colours of Fall, the brisk air, and give your horse a carrot from me! emoticon emoticon

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The Storm

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Friday afternoon around 4; while I was still at work, we had a storm go through our area.
At work we only had wind and rain.

By home, it was much worse.

My husband was out baling and did not have a vehicle when this storm was rolling in. A couple friends came out to get him. It got so dark & visibility almost zero, like a bad blizzard -- you couldn't see anything, so they had to stay put... 3 men in a single cab pickup. The wind was rocking the pickup, something hit the windshield & then another something hit the grill. Each time they tried to scoot down a little more. Through the dark they could see some darker shapes going through the dark air. Come to find out later that one of them was the neighbor's machine shed. It just picked it right up off of all the things inside it & it landed about a mile away from it's foundation.

As the storm eased they started their way toward home; which would normally pass through the small town in SD that we live near. There was so much tin, downed trees & power lines that it was quite an accomplishment to find a way around it all.

Once home he could see that our silo was no longer there; but it did not hit the barn on the way down - it just sort of collapsed all along the side. It picked up our 2 grain bins and threw one across the highway to the East and the other in the corn field to the West. It bent up the corner of the machine shed and damaged many trees. My little flowering crab in the front yard was snapped off at the base. It was about 15 years old and about 15 feet tall. The house has shingle damage but that is it, even through the hydrangeas & clematis trellis on the west side were beat up and bent, there was no soffit damage or anything. The vegetable garden and flower garden basically made it through 'untouched'.

At our other farm 2 miles down the road where our son lives, it uprooted and chewed up many trees in his yard and the shelterbelt. We worked all day Saturday with 3 chainsaws and 9 extra helpers and still there is more to do. By the time we get down there won't be much left for trees in his yard. There is fence to replace as well & one of the trees will need to be taken down be a professional; as it is too close to the house for us to work on. Nothing fell on the house; but the next big wind that comes through, this one probably will now because of the damage so we need to get it out of there.

Throughout all of this we had no electricity of course because of all the downed lines and broken poles. For some reason our connection from the generator to our house was not working; so we went without that convenience until about noon Sunday. The freezers ended up just fine. If it had been any longer probably not though.

Sunday we started cleanup at our place & only worked on trees all day & evening. Only 1 chainsaw & 2 helpers today. We still have not started to get the tin from the grain bins out of the fields nor the silo picked up.

We worked more on trees the morning of the 4th & in the afternoon; instead of going to our family picnic, we all stayed home and slept for almost 3 hours. We all really needed it. In the evening the 4 of us piled in the car & drove around looking at all the damage. It it horrible just looking at it all; and we are so thankful and blessed to have escaped this storm with no one hurt and our homes intact.

No time to get pictures off my camera yet to show you.
Yesterday seemed almost normal as I went to work.
We are blessed & I am hanging in there. Of course awful tired. That's all for now.

emoticon Lori

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PENNYAN45 7/11/2011 6:55PM

    OMG - what an experience for your husband - and for your family. I am glad that none of you was hurt. It sure sounds like a lot of work for all of you to clean up afterward. Stay safe!


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SNOWFILLY 7/9/2011 8:40AM

    I just saw this blog. I am so happy that no one got hurt!! Thank goodness that your friends showed up for your husband!! I am assuming that all your fur babies are OK. You take care, hugs. emoticon

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AMYMOHIO 7/7/2011 9:45AM

    So glad you are all safe! I will pray for you!

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KATHRYNLP 7/7/2011 9:36AM

    That was a tornado... we get lots here in August, in S.W.Ontario, Canada. I'm so glad your men were safe in that truck, as well as your family and livestock, at your farms. Terrifying, what nature can do. ((hugs)) emoticon

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CJWORDPLAY 7/7/2011 12:36AM

    Oh my goodness. I am so thankful you and those you love are all safe. What a very trying experience though. You are in my thoughts. Wishing you peace and rest. CJ

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SHAUNDA 7/6/2011 1:20PM

    Oh my goodness, thank God for the safety of those caught in the storm and may you (all) be blessed with strength to overcome the work ahead. I wish I was closer to lend a hand. Hugs. Take care.

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DRAFTLOVER 7/6/2011 11:27AM

    Oh my goodness. Mother Nature at her worst! Im so sorry but it sounds like your husband and his friends are lucky to not be hurt. I am so sorry about your flowering crab thats 15 years you will never get back...sucks :(

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SWEETNEENI 7/6/2011 11:22AM

    Oh man, that was bad. But thankfully you are all OK. The weather has been crazy lately, no?

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    Wow - sounds like quite a storm. Glad to hear you all made it through safely, though. Sounds like a lot of work to be done, though. Hope no more bad storms come through your way for a long, long time!

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Better Than Nothing

Saturday, June 25, 2011

In a lifelong quest to quit trying to do everything the best I can...
(because there is not time to do everything the best I can; especially since I came down with CFS... chronic fatigue syndrome) nearly 10 years ago.

This past weeks and months my motto has been:

"Anything Is Better Than Nothing"

So if I don't get to exercise as much as I want to, I say it...
If I only get to ride a horse for 15 minutes, I say it...
If I only get part of the dishes or laundry done, I say it...
If the floor gets swept but not mopped, I say it....
When I only get to visit with a friend or see family for a short time...
and the list goes on.

I also said it when we finally planned a family vacation, our first. The boys are 21 and 22 and we had never had a family vacation before. It is hard to get a farmer to take a vacation because it takes so many people to fill his shoes. Well, I figured since we sold the milk cows a couple years ago; that the time would never get better, the boys will be busier and busier with their own lives... they need to have a "vacation" with us as a family, so they can have that to remember.

So, we decided on Alaska because of DH's relatives there that had told us many years ago that we needed to come visit and go halibut fishing. By the time you subtracted our traveling days for flying, we only had 4 and a half days in Alaska... which we were told that isn't much time for an Alaska trip...

But... my motto...

Anything is better than nothing... right???

And it was!!!!
We had a wonderful time. Everything was gorgeous and we caught our limit of 2 halibut each... the largest fish was 60 pounds, lots in the freezer now!

Of course, it took me down too far and I am suffering from it; but I wouldn't give the vacation back for anything. I just hope it doesn't take the rest of the summer for me to recover.

Last night I should have went straight to bed when I got home from work and slept until morning; but it was so nice out and what I really wanted to do was to garden and go for a horse ride. But there was nothing left of me...

So I laid on the couch and watched a couple episodes of "The Voice" that I had recorded.
Then, so I wouldn't get sad about the wasted evening; I went outside just before dark and rode Sammy bareback for about 15 minutes and did some groundwork turns and stretches with Lakota (his withers are real sore again, time for another chiro treatment for him).
Skip, I just talked to and gave her some treats... she was happy with that.

And I went to bed happier than I would have otherwise.

Anything is better than nothing... it can be applied to so much in our lives.

When I finally get the time to download the pictures I took, I will post some.

emoticon have a wonderful weekend spark buddies!

Lori emoticon

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    I am fairly new to Sparkpeople and am still trying to get familiar with all the resources here on this site. I wanted you to know that I really enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks so much for sharing! emoticon

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DRAFTLOVER 6/30/2011 11:15AM

    Oh I cant wait to see pictures! I'll proably never go to alaska :( but hey ya never know! Glad you had a good time on your vacation. And you are right....anything is better then nothing almost always!

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PENNYAN45 6/28/2011 10:39AM

    I am so happy for you that your family took that wonderful vacation together. Alaska is an experience your sons will remember forever.

And your philosophy of 'anything is better than nothing' is one we could all benefit from. So many of us feel that if we can't do something all the way - we shouldn't even bother trying. It's that old 'all or nothing' way of thinking that gets us into trouble.

It's a good lesson for all of us.

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SNOWFILLY 6/26/2011 7:41AM

    I am glad that you had a great time with your family. Can't wait to see the pictures. I hope it doesn't take you the rest of the summer to recover. It is great to spend a little time with the horses, it is just good for the soul. Hope you have a very restful Sunday.

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LHLADY517 6/25/2011 9:18PM

    You are so right...Anything is better than nothing.

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