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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Well I am back in the hospital. While I was in rehabilitation I was complaining about my calf muscles being so tight and was given stretches to do. I would do them but it didn't relieve the tightness much. As the week at home went on my calf kept getting more and more tight. Thursday night I noticed that my knee was starting to swell. I have had this happen before so didn't think too much about it as thought I might need a muscle relaxer and pain pills to get past the tight calf muscles. Friday after my standing therapy I started heading to bed and my leg was so sore and swollen that I was in tears. I then called the hospital to talk to a nurse. I told her about my stay with pneumonia and my leg. She said I should come in to the hospital to have the leg checked for a possible blood clot. When I got to the hospital they did a "Doppler" study on my leg. The doctor then gave me the bad news that I had a blood clot in the vein of my right leg and I was being admitted to the hospital. I have been told that this is a common thing to happen after being bedridden like I was with the pneumonia.

They took me to my room about 4 am Friday morning. I think I only got about 30-60 minutes of sleep after getting to my room as then had to go through all the admission questions even though I had answered most of them in the ER earlier. At the time I was admitted I was told that I couldn't have anything to drink until the doctor gave the ok. It was around 10 am when my doctor finally came in and was given a jug of water and then got my breakfast tray. He reinforced that I had the blood clot. He also said we had 2 options for treatment. One treatment would be the conservative approach of bed rest and blood thinners to dissolve the clot and the other option would be surgery. I said I didn't want surgery and he said no to that also as he said I wasn't strong enough to make it through surgery at this point.

Needless to say I have been laying here in the bed since early Friday morning watching TV, visiting with DH, DD and my sister and napping. They did a cat scan of my chest yesterday and today the doctor told me that they did find a couple small blood clots in my lungs. He is calling in a blood doctor to see me tomorrow so will see what happens from there. He did hint at the fact that I might be able to go home Tuesday. I did ask about my therapy packets as I haven't been able to do any of them since Friday night. He said maybe later this week to start doing them again.

When I go home I will be on Coumadin (blood thinner) for at least 6 months to prevent future blood clots. I will have to have a blood test monthly to check my clotting time while on the Coumadin so I hope that I don't have to be on it any longer than the 6 months.

Hopefully I will be home on Tuesday but will have to see what happens after seeing the other doctor tomorrow. Will keep you all informed as the week progresses.


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1CRAZYDOG 3/10/2014 12:18PM

    So sorry you're going thru this . . . again! Sending ((((HUGS)))) and healing vibes.

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MRS_TOAD 3/10/2014 9:52AM

    emoticon I'm lifting you up in prayer as I type this note.

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LKWQUILTER 3/10/2014 6:42AM

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CHRISTINEBWD 3/10/2014 1:30AM

    emoticon emoticon Hang in there! So sorry for you illness! emoticon

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ALIHIKES 3/10/2014 12:18AM

    So sorry that you are in the hospital with the blood clot, but I am glad they discovered the problem. Best wishes to you for a full recovery,

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GRAMMYEAC 3/9/2014 10:27PM


That's so sad. It's too bad that you weren't told of the potential residual effects of your bout with pneumonia. You might have been more aggressive in seeking treatment if you had know blood clots were a common problem following pneumonia.

I hope your hospital stay is minimal and you can slowly work your way back to a healthy routine!

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LINOVER 3/9/2014 10:24PM

    Hope you get "sprung" on Tuesday! emoticon

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I have been sprung from the hospital today

Saturday, March 01, 2014

To start, for anyone that read and commented on my blog “My near death experience”, I thank you all. I did post a comment in response to all your comments on the blog as it was taking a lot of energy even to type so in an effort to conserve energy I just did the one post.

After 3 ½ weeks in the hospital I finally got to come home today. It will be a long road to recovery even though I am home but sleeping in my own bed will be so great. I didn’t sleep well last night (awake about every hour) but I think it was because I was so excited about coming home. I do have 4 different therapy packets to do but that shouldn’t be hard as I was getting 1.5 hours of occupational therapy and 1.5 hours of physical therapy each day for the last week so the 4 packets should be fairly easy to do every day. I did end up coming home with oxygen but only 2 liters with activity. As of Wednesday at the hospital I was still on continuous oxygen so feel that the little oxygen with activity is a lot better than what it could have been. I am also using a walker for energy conservation (as the therapist called it). For the next 4 weeks I will be doing therapy packets and resting until I go to the doctor for my checkup and see where we go from there.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/2/2014 8:54PM

    Keep up your spirits.... you will succeed. Take one breath at a time! Conserve your energy, stuff can wait, health first! Hugs, susana emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 3/2/2014 12:35PM

    Wonderful news! Keep on moving forward!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/2/2014 12:09PM

    HUGS and glad you're home. Take care of yourself, my dear!

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MRS_TOAD 3/2/2014 11:01AM

    Welcome home!

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LKWQUILTER 3/2/2014 7:33AM

    Take care of yourself. emoticon

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Friday, February 21, 2014

My daughter and I made a couple college visits on 1/29/14. I got really short of breath walking across campus that morning. I wasn’t bad at the afternoon visit. The next day I really didn’t feel well and only worked a couple hours before heading home to bed. On Friday I worked about 5-6 hours before heading home. On Saturday I went to the clinic and saw the doctor. I was given an antibiotic which I started taking right away. On Monday I didn’t go to work as I still wasn’t feeling well. Tuesday Morning 2/4/14my husband called the pastor to come help get me to the car as I was so weak I could hardly walk. He took me straight to the ER department. I was evaluated and admitted to the ICUyet that day. After a day of trying to work through the whole situation I wasn’t getting any better. At this point they decided to put in a catheter so I wouldn’t have to spend the energy getting up for the bathroom. This is the last that I remember until last Saturday 2/15/14. From what I understand I was put on a ventilator and my kids were all called home. My daughter came in from Charleston, SC as well as my son at Ft Bliss, TX was brought home due to my being in such bad shape. I have been told by my family that they were told that I was only given a 40% chance of making it through the whole ordeal and that my lungs were e 80% full. All I remember is from last Saturday to today. I guess I came down with viral pneumonia. I have been told by several of the nurses over the last week that I have made great strides since waking up a getting off the ventilator a week ago. On Monday I was moved from the ICU to the”Stepdown” unit, yesterday I was moved from the “Stepdown” to general surgery. This afternoon I was moved to the acute rehabilitation unit for for occupational, physical therapy and speech therapy. I am currently on 3 liters of oxygen to help with my breathing and am lucky to be able to walk 25 ft without getting winded While in rehab I will get 2-3 hours of therapy a day 1=2 weeks

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/1/2014 1:14PM

    Glad to hear your okay, well at least breathing better..... and G*d was not ready to take you home; your mission here is not completed! Do tell us of your recovery... and dont over do it just because yo feel better and can breath better. it takes the body a long time to recover FULLy from Pneumonia! (been there), and your susceptibility.... hopefully you dont end up on oxygen or have to use a Cpac machine at night to be able to sleep! Do get the rest you need to get back to your life. Its good your doing better! Prayers with you, Hugs susana

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MAMMABEAR-THIRY 2/24/2014 4:13PM

    Thank you to all of you for the thoughts, prayers and healing wishes. Due to the amount of energy it still takes to even type I am not going to take the time to respond to each of you individually. I hope that you all don't mind. I had my second day of therapy (3 hours /day). The occupational and physical therapy girls that I am working with all all impressed with the improvement from Saturday. I am still restricted to having help every time I go to the bathroom but that is fine as I don't want to take any chances on any setbacks. I have been taken from 3 liters of oxygen (at rest to 2 liters) they are still leaving it at 3 during activities as my oxygen levels are still dropping some during exercise but not as bad as it was. Hopefully if things keep improving I can at lease be home in the next week. I think it will be a little longer before being able to go back to work and possibly drive myself yet but that will all come with time.

Again thank you for all the prayers as I know they are helping with the healing process. I will try to keep you all updated as my energy permits emoticon

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    Wow! I just graduated from nursing school and can truly appreciate what is going on with your body. So sorry you are having to endure this. Yet also thankful you are alive! Keep doing what the doctors/nurses tell you to do (deep breathing, Incentive spiromitor, turning/walking, antibiotics, etc). I will pray for your complete healing.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/22/2014 12:11PM

    OMG! You are a walking, breathing miracle, my dear! So sorry you're going thru this (your family too!), but sending prayers, hugs and healing vibes.

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MRS_TOAD 2/22/2014 9:19AM

    emoticon My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

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FITMARY 2/22/2014 4:38AM

    This is a second chance and what a blessing in disguise. You have the mental strength you need. Keep going and

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AUNTHELEN 2/22/2014 2:34AM

    Wow!! Glad you are on the road to recovery! Someone was watching over you! Get well soon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 2/22/2014 12:40AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please take care and find yourself on the road to recovery!

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SALAM4545 2/21/2014 11:26PM

    OMG How frightening! I'm sending healing thoughts to you and and your family (they must have been so anxious). I hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

The following article is long but very interesting. Since reading it and doing what it says with the onions none of us have been sick. I don't know if it is because of the onions or that we just haven't gotten infected by any "bugs". In addition to the article one of my co-workers also heard the same information on a talk show.

ONIONS! I had never heard this!!!

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu...
Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmer's story...but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill... I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs...sure enough it happened just like that...the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

This is the other note. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don't know what to blame. Maybe it's the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open.


I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.

"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the ONIONS, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.

He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Please pass this on to all you love and care about.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/1/2014 1:38PM

    This is a note to as why it gets black, ... many times onions gather fungus because they do come from under the ground and its where fungus comes from, in the soil; and once you cut into the onion, the fungus grows faster. The only way I know how to kill fungus is COOK it!

I make onion and garlic soup with carrots and celery and potatoes and I never get sick on it! The phosphorus in the onion and garlic is what kills germs. I have never tried leaving an open onion out and use it after its sitting out, because black fungus will show up on an onion the next day and I generally toss it.... blackness is the fungus! It will grow over night! I have seen fungus grow over night recently after the resent floods here. Yes, over night! Dampness in yoru basement in a dark place is the perfect environment for fungus to grow... did you know Mushrooms are a fungi? susana

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MRS_TOAD 1/22/2013 8:24AM

    Very interesting article. Thank you so much for sharing.

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JULIACOLLINS62 1/20/2013 1:22PM

    Thanks for all this info!

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LKWQUILTER 1/19/2013 7:57PM

    I have heard this before nut have never tried it. I know that we eat a lot of onions and we have not been sick this year.

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SHARON10002 1/19/2013 4:35PM

    Ii agree with LillyBelle12 - the mind body connection. It's very powerful. I use leftover onions in my cooking and I eat them. Onions do have some powerful health benefits which is why I eat so many of them.

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ARNETTELEE 1/19/2013 3:43AM

  wow...learned something new today!

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JUDYAMK 1/19/2013 1:48AM

    my favorite onion is a candy onion. I eat it all the t,that was 41 years ago, but the next time someone is sick I will put the onion in a jar to see what happens. Thanks for the interesting blog

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LILYBELLE12 1/19/2013 1:44AM

    This sounds like an "Old Wive's Tale" to me. The scientific based side of me (I am a RN with a BSN degree and spent many hours studying Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry as well as how to do scientific research experiments), and I do NOT buy any part of this Onion Story that I have read now about 10 times in a week!!!! But, I can tell you doing anything in this story is NOT going to harm yu, so if you want to believe it, they say the mind over body has some powerful effects (and that has been proven using sound scientific research methods)!


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Monday, May 14, 2012

First off I want to say I hope all you mothers had a great Mother’s Day yesterday.
I had a very busy and emotional weekend. We left Norfolk Thursday (5-10-12) morning to head to Colorado for my son’s graduation from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO on Friday. We checked into out room Thursday evening. Bethannie and I promptly changed and headed to the pool/whirlpool area for a while.

Friday morning we got dressed and headed to the school for the graduation. While sitting outside in the commons area waiting for the ceremony to start we noticed snowflakes falling. There wasn’t a lot of snow but just a few flakes here and there. The ceremony took 2.5 hours by the time they got all the diplomas handed out in 3 different degree areas. After the ceremony, the group of us headed to Casa Bonita’s for lunch to celebrate the graduation. It was an interesting place but I wasn’t impressed with the service that we got while we were there. After lunch we all headed to Trevor’s place to hang out until having supper. Trevor’s former Big Brother from the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program took the group of us (13 people total) out for supper to celebrate Trevor’s graduation. The restaurant was really nice. My daughter started looking at the menu to see what she was going to order. She leaned over to me and said she didn’t know what to do as she has never seen prices like there was on that menu. I told her to pick something out and order it, don’t look at the price. We all had a great time, good food and great conversation while at the restaurant. We then headed back to the motel and headed to bed.

The next morning we did it all over again. We got dressed and headed to the chapel a couple blocks from where the graduation was held the day before. The chapel was small, intimate and beautiful. There were 3 cadets that were being commissioned that morning. Trevor was the first of the 3 to be commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the army. He took his oath then his dad and I were asked to come to the front of the chapel to “pin” his bars on his shoulder. After we finished that we took our seats and his older brother Sean a member of the Army National Guard came forward dressed in his Class A uniform to give Trevor his first salute and to receive a coin from Trevor. After the other 2 cadets were commissioned we all went to the side room for a reception. Trevor was given a large place with the commissioning certificate. Each newly commissioned Lieutenant had a separate table with their certificate and some candid pictures from their 4 years in the ROTC. When the reception got over, my sons and their dad and sister left. My son had a few graduation parties for some of his friends to attend and then had a party of his own scheduled that evening. My husband, daughter and I went to the Coors brewery for a tour. After the tour we met my husband’s cousin for lunch. When we got through with lunch we all headed up the mountain to Buffalo Bill Cody’s grave and museum. We got there late so really didn’t have a lot of time to look at the stuff in the museum but spend quite a bit of time at the gift shop. While we were there the clouds came in so we couldn’t even see Golden at the base of the mountain. We decided to head down before it got dark in addition to the fog. We stopped for supper and headed back to the motel. It was almost 9:30 so we quickly headed to our room to change and go to the pool. They ended up leaving the pool open later as it was supposed to close at 10 but we didn’t leave until almost 10:30 to head to the room and download the pictures from the camera and start packing for the trip home.

The next morning we packed the car but before heading home we went back to Golden to get pictures of the outside of the chapel and some pictures of the creek running by the Golden Hotel in Golden. This is a beautiful area with a walking trail along each side of the creek and several areas for sitting to watch the flowing creek. We took pictures there and then got in the car to head home. At this time I wanted so much to stay there with my son but couldn’t as I had to get back to work today and he has to pack so he can leave Thursday to take his dad back to Little Rock on his way to Augusta, GA for his communications training before heading to his first duty station at Ft Polk, LA. Overall it was really nice weekend even though there were a few very stressful times over the weekend.

Take care every one and have a great week.

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MRS_TOAD 5/18/2012 9:29AM

    What a memorable day for you and yours!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/16/2012 6:26PM

    Sounds like you had a very good day and I will bet also that your very proud of your sons! Congratulations to your sons too! Well done! susana

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LKWQUILTER 5/16/2012 5:54AM

    I know you are a proud mama Thiry. (((HUGS)))

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