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Presque Isle Triathlon 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

JaneTris and I knocked out another PITri. i believe this was the hardest of all of them so far. The swim was a killer! the waves were so rough that they changed the swim direction at the start of the race. the water seemed a lot deeper this year too.
we will be back next year, but maybe as a team event instead of solo.

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JANETRIS 10/4/2014 8:29PM

    LOL emoticon How did I miss this?!?! Too funny. It's always fun racing with you dear cousin! emoticon emoticon

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BOILHAM 9/10/2014 7:27AM


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    Great Job!! I used to do triathlons too! I loved the rush of doing it, I didn't even care what place I got! I tried to improve my times and eat the awesome fruit at the end! Great Job ladies...Wish i could have run with ya! WhoooHooooo!!


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NATPLUMMER 9/1/2014 9:15AM


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Final PSA!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Tuesday was my colonoscopy day and I had an egd, which is where they go in your esophagus and dilate it. I have to get that done about every 6-12 months because I have difficulties swallowing.

for 2 days, I did nothing but eat popsicles and jello, drink soda and chicken broth and water. plus 1 bottle of magnesium citrate and 4 liters of Gavilyte. all with the intent of having my bowels cleaned out for my procedure.

Monday afternoon, I could just tell that I was not cleaned out. so I called the doc and they said to get another bottle of mag citrate. so, I sent my hubby to the store and told him to get 2 more bottles of it. I ended up drinking 1.5 bottles more. I couldn't get it all down before midnight though, but I tried. I wasn't allowed to eat or drink after midnight.

Tuesday morning I had to wake up at 4:30 to finish my prep, shower and get to the hospital by 6:30. I had to take 2 of those fleet enemas. "did ya ever have one of those fleet enemas? no ma'am, I don't believe I have. you'd remember if you had". (a couple of lines from fried green tomatoes)

I got to the hospital, checked in, put on my lovely gown, got the iv and all the monitors hooked up. had to use the bathroom. at that point my husband left for the waiting room. it was decided that I had "too much sediment" and needed another enema. oh Lord! what have I gotten myself in to!!

then I got a roommate. when the nurse came back in with my enema, I informed her that there was no way I could do that with my roommates husband in the room. the nurse asked him to leave.

I got the enema, did my business, then the lady wanted her husband to come back in. she said "there's curtains! no one can see what's going on". at which point I told her that I would prefer that her husband not come back in yet because I was not done going to the bathroom. I don't even pee in front of my own husband of 17 years why in the world would I want her husband to have the privilege of me and my enema farce! she just didn't get it.

she called the nurse in and demanded a different room because I wanted to be "private". no, I just didn't want to go to the bathroom with her husband in there!

ya know, I said I was going to do this colonoscopy with a smile on my face and I did, all the way up to that point. I almost busted out crying. it was horrible. the fact that we cannot be nice enough to give a person privacy when they go to the bathroom. don't people have any sense of decency?

the nurse refused to change her room. I got wheeled out to my procedure instead. when I left the room, I apologized to her and vocally asked God to bless her. she ignored me. the nurse called her attention and said "this woman just apologized to you and prayed for you"! to which she says I don't need her apologies... that nurse was furious!

is this the wackiest blog ever?

bottom line, I had 2 successful procedures and I was able to have a smile on my face after all!

No Polyps Either! WaaHoo!

when I woke up from the anesthesia, the roommate was just getting wheeled out for her procedure. I vocally prayed Gods blessings on her again and this time she waved and said thank you.

Please keep my friend Shelby and his wife Erma in your thoughts and prayers as he continues his journey with Colon cancer.

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JANETRIS 5/23/2014 3:32PM

    You were the bigger person and how wonderful you found God's good grace to pray over her! emoticon I'm so glad it all worked out for you!

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    Hugs to you....Glad you got great results.

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NATPLUMMER 5/16/2014 10:31AM

    emoticon After all that, I'm glad it turned out okay.

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MCFITZ2 5/16/2014 4:36AM

    Glad you had good results from the procedures.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Today's meal so far has been 4 liters of Gavilyte. When I weighed in this morning, I was down almost 3 pounds from yesterday morning. I only had clear liquids and maybe 800 calories total for the day. I tried to stay away from sugar free products as much as possible, but did get a few.

I have determined that the Gavilyte solution should come in chicken broth flavor because the salt level is just about perfect!

I'm still drinking this with a smile on my face and a prayer in my heart for my friend Shelby.

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JANETRIS 5/15/2014 3:14PM

    Great idea with the chicken broth should look into that one! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 5/12/2014 5:02PM

    Chicken broth flavor would probably make it much more palatable.

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Jello! The breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions. A PSA

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Today and tomorrow I will be eating jello. Lots and lots of jello. And popsicles. And broth. I am prepping for a colonoscopy. I have a two day cleanse. This morning instead of my usual French roast coffee with cream and sugar, I had magnesium citrate and 2 glasses of water. I'll be eating and drinking only clear fluids.

This is a three year follow up. My last colonoscopy there was a large precancerous polyp removed. And last month I had a twisted colon. My procedure this week will check to make sure that there was no damage done by the twisted colon and check to make sure there are no more polyps.

Yes, it's humiliating to go to the pharmacy and buy magnesium citrate, fleet enemas and trilyte. Not nearly as humiliating as having a colostomy bag. not nearly as humiliating as dying because I was too embarrassed to have this procedure done.

My friend Shelby had a precancerous polyp removed about ten years ago. He was supposed to go back for a recheck in 2008, but didn't. He is now living with the consequences. He has colon cancer and every day is a battle for him. He has no real joy in his life because he is so busy going back and forth to the doctors for chemo, radiation, surgery after surgery. The past 4 plus years have been so hard on not just him, but also his wife and kids.

Shelby's goals in life are to wake up each morning. To live through another day.

What are the goals for your life? Mine are to live each day to the fullest. And yes, if that means having a medical professional stick a camera up my behiney, then so be it! There are worse things that could happen! Trust me!

If you have a family history of colon cancer, or are 50 years old or more, or are having any issues with your bowels, please go get it checked out. Don't let embarrassment kill you! It is a slow painful death. Not just for you, but for your loved ones as well.

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JANETRIS 5/15/2014 3:13PM

    I'm so glad you are pro-active and taking care of yourself! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 5/11/2014 5:47PM

    Magnesium citrate and water…..yum!! emoticon emoticon
Healthy bowels are very important…I think you are doing great!

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IOWAAJS 5/11/2014 2:31PM

  Very true!

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Camping Anybody?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

It's getting more official as the days go. It was announced tonight at church that I am going to be one of the counselors at youth camp. Paperwork still has to be finalized by the camp, but it looks like I'm really going! It's a Monday thru Friday camp. In a bunkhouse with girls from the ages of 13 to 19. There will be boys at the camp too, but not I'm my bunkhouse.

I have about 3 weeks to get ready. Ive got to Psych myself up and prepare as if its going to be a marathon.

If you are a praying person, I would appreciate all the prayers I can get!

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    Congrats - you will be awesome!!

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NATPLUMMER 5/9/2014 10:10AM

    It's going to be fabulous!!

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JANETRIS 5/8/2014 8:05PM

    OH BOY!! You will have a great time! You will fit right in because you like to stay up late! You will have to google fun and safe summer camp! Can't wait to hear about the fun! emoticon

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    I am hoping and praying that all will go well for you and yours !

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