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Feeling great.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Just thinking how lucky I am to have such good health. Not that I don't take care to ensure that I maintain my good health.

I was recently having problems with skin blemishes and skin itch. I am a believer in you are what you eat. After experimenting with various foods, I decided to try low carb for a while. NOT no carb. As you all know, we need complex carbs in our diet. It is what gives us energy to do the things we love to do. I have eliminated all bread, sweets and unnecessary sugars from my diet. My skin has cleared and the added bonus is that I have lost 8 pounds since the beginning of February.

I Feel Great!!!!!!!

  
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SHEILAS6 7/24/2011 10:00AM

    I think the important part of this for me was hearing "not 'no' carb". I think we can still eat the foods we like, but have to eat less of what we like. Not an easy thing to do, and it is easy to get derailed with good company or even a bad situation.

Congrats on the 8 pounds gone Merilyn, and showing that perseverance pays off!

Miss you, LOve Sherry

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WALKINGWOMAN07 7/23/2011 10:33PM

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You are having a great day Merilyn!

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My daughter.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Without a doubt, the best person I know.

She takes the time to visit and listen. She needs to be elsewhere but cares enough to visit her parents.
She is shortly starting a new position but stil has time for us.

She feels for her MIL and wants to care for her. But her MIL lives in another province. She wilshes she were closer.

She is honest, trustworthy, caring and loyal. Who could ask for better. My daughter, Keri. How lucky am I.

  
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SWEETIE2208 7/26/2011 7:12PM

    Merilyn, I hope you show this blog to her.
She is a testament to how you raised her.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 7/23/2011 10:31PM

    What a lovely post, and how wonderful that you have such a great relationship with your daughter.


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LINDIEMAE 7/23/2011 12:07AM

    Vry lucky that you have a strong relationship with her -mine treat me like I am mindless and they are the mother .. enjoy that relationship and charish each other ! emoticon emoticon

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A new beginning.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Once again, here we are at the beginning of a new year, and the beginning of a new challenge in our lives.
A little slip up and on comes a few pounds. But not to worry, easily shed. Just need to get it together with the calories in and calories out. It is a simple enough equation. Why is it not so simple to follow. It must be all the darn hollidays. And not just the Christmas ones. It seems we fall off the program so easily when it comes to hollidays of any kind.
So, onward and upward, as they say. Back to basics. Exercise daily and reduce calories, meaning all the empty foods, of course.

  
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IRENEHARPS 1/3/2011 7:55PM

    May you reach the goals that you have personally set for 2011!
Best Wishes.

Irene in ON

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LINDIEMAE 1/3/2011 3:54PM

    YOU WOULD THINK THAT IF WE WORKED ON A ROUTINE HARD ENOUGH THAT NO HOLIDAY WOULD MATTER, THAT IS PART OF THE EQUATION, MAKING SURE THAT HOLIDAYS DON'T MATTER AND WE DONT' FALL OFF THE WAGON SO TO SPEAK. THAT MAY TAKE TIME TO GET IT RIGHT, I KNOW IT WILL FOR ME. WE CAN DO THIS THOUGH, THAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT IT, WE CAN DO SOMETHING !!!! emoticon

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GRANDKATZ 1/3/2011 10:45AM

    There's something very uplifting about a new beginning, isn't there Merilyn. I'm just crawling out of a funk, as you read on my blog a couple days ago. It's taken a lot of self-examination to find out in my mind what the obstacles were. Just knowing that the days are getting longer, even by seconds at this point, and the nights shorter makes me feel good.

Back to basics.... good wishes to you! emoticon emoticon

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ALLIEINSHAPE 1/3/2011 10:09AM

    Clean slate, a new beginning, wising you much success in your weight loss this year!

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JUSLEFAIRE 1/3/2011 10:09AM

    A hearty cheer for the ideas in this blog, Merilyn. You can write things so positively and put a complex idea across so succintly.
I'm in the process of a new beginning and I'm so nervous that I will work quietly for a couple of weeks before posting on Sparks. I have had too many false starts. But I'm hanging in have managed to lose 8 pounds this fall.
Keep up yur great work. emoticon
Nancy
P.S. I found your blog on MS so inspiring that some relief can be found..

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ccsvi procedure. (Liberation procedure for MS)

Friday, September 03, 2010

A bit of a fiasco from the beginning, we couldn't get a reconfirmation from the co-odinator of the trip and procedure. We decided to take the flights and arrive as scheduled. Only to find we were not on a list for the transportation from the airport to the resort. But, as is norm with Mexico, they put us on the list at the airport and assured us there was no problem.
While waiting for the other patients to get off the plane, we waited outside in the hot Mexican sun. NOt fun. So hot this time of year.

A real eye opener for Dave and I, this whole trip. We found out that Dave is really not so bad off. I have to say, I have never really been around many MS Patients. Was not aware of how bad it can actually get. In our group was a lady who hadn't walked in 10 years, on a scooter; a gentleman in the same condition, but also lacking partial use of his arms. Another poor soul, a quadraplegic, and also unable to hold her head up. All in all we were the most ambulatory group that had gone through the program at the Amerimed hospital. The bad thing for these folks, other than the heat, of course, was they had to be carried down steep steps to get off the plane. Two of these ladies have severe osteoporosis from the meds and one lady had a broken arm and thigh bone. Just from being lifted all the time. Like I said, a real eye opener for me.

The resort was not bad, except for the cock roaches that appeared the last night there. Apparently they are common in tropical areas. Enough said. SMile. A nice pool, although too deep for anyone with a handicap. One thing I found strange, compared to Canada, nothing is geared to older handicapped folks. No bars in the shower. Absolutely nothing for these people. NOt good. All in all we felt the organization of the whole thing really lacking. Everything is Mexican time and that gets a bit tiresome after a while.

As for the Amerimed hospital and the doctors and staff. They were fantastic. The very best care for all. Can't say enough good things about any of them. The doctor was in the waiting room talking to everyone between procedures, lots of assurances and questions answered.
The problem was, it is a working hospital and emergency patients had to come first, hence long waits between tests and procedures.

We went on Tuesday morning for paperwork, blood work, neuro testing, the Doppler (ultra sound) and later the MRI. The procedure was on Wednesday and followup neurological testing on Thursday. Friday and Saturday were rest days before coming home.

We met many wonderful Canadians down there. We only met two american ladies who were there for the procedure. I wonder if this means the disease is more prevalent in Canada. The majority of folks were from the prairie provinces. Hmmmmm.

A support group developed while we were there that was a real bonus for all the patients. The doctors were pleasantly surprised at this. Not one person regretted having the procedure. It may not be 100% improvement for people but even a little bit is good. The lady who couldn't hold up her head before the procedure, held her head up all the next day.That was huge for the family. She also found a voice she hadn't had in years. I get teary eyed just thinking about it.

We met twin brothers from Saskatoon area. They were both in wheelchairs when they arrived. One was still struggling with a cane and walking very slowly, the other was amazing. He only had a slight limp and went golfing one morning. Huge success there.

We met a man who is a real estate agent, also arrived in a wheel chair, now walking with a cane. I could go on and on.

I realize this is not a cure and is in experimantal stages, but I witnessed it with my own eyes. Dave and I will never regret the money spent. What good is money if you can't do anything to enjoy it. Put it into perspective. We spend money on needless stuff, why not our health.

As for Mexico, I said it before and I will say it again. Never again. Now they have opened the procedure up in many places in the USA. If it needs to be done again, and it probably will, we will travel stateside to do it. It seems a cinch, in will not be allowed in Canada.

Just one more thing to note. This procedure is done on the veins in the neck, not the arteries as in Cardiac patients. The veins are thinner in the walls, hence the hesitation to do the procedure. We all understood this going in. It was explained to us thoroughly. It can't be done as often in an MS patient, as in a Cardiac patient. Also the use of stents could be dangerous. Dr Moguel hesitates using stents for this reason. They could move. Dave has been reading on the CCSVI LOcator site that they have developed a new type of stent to be used in veins. Progress is coming in this area.

  
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JUSLEFAIRE 1/3/2011 10:30AM

    Merilyn, thank you this blog. I know of three people in this area and all suffering tremendous pain- emotionally and physically. There is so much negative press about the procedure in Quebec and I am sorry. People are robbed of living a better life because of the reactionary ideas of the established medical community. Think of how many people suffering from other life threatening diseases as cancer etc., take risks to be given a better life. Chemo and radiation therapy for example are not always effective.
I hope Canada will be practising this procedure the next Dave needs it.
You two are so courageous you take my breath away. Travelling to Mexico is probably riskier in a way than the procedure. I pray for all the people you met.
lastly, Lost a very dear friend to MS.

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IRENEHARPS 10/22/2010 7:55PM

    Merilyn....I know I"m behind the times in commenting on your blog but I don't think of checking them much anymore. It's rare. It seems to take all my time to just keep up with the 'chit chat lounge' message board. Anyway, I want to let you know that this was extremely interesting and I certainly hope that Dave continues to experience the great results that he has obtained from this procedure.
HUGS,
Irene in On

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SLIMLILA 9/5/2010 7:47PM

    This was an incredible blog and such good news. I can't believe the medical system in Canada isn't going to allow it... When I lived in Winnipeg, we had a friend with MS and I think at the time MB. had the highest percentage of cases o MS... Keep us posted, and continued progress for Dave.. All the best.

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DOTZCANDOIT 9/4/2010 8:18PM

  Merilyn,
SHEILAS6 commented here that Terry's MS progressed when they moved to Alberta. I've read many articles that said Western Canada has more cases of MS than anywhere else in the country. I wonder why that is.

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FLICKRFAN 9/4/2010 7:29AM

    Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. Some conditions do seem more prominent in certain geographical areas. No one has an explanation for why MS occurs more in the northern hemisphere but there are certainly theories. With the mobility of our society, I am sure that it is harder to interpret the statistics.



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WALKINGWOMAN07 9/3/2010 10:41PM

    Thanks for posting this Merilyn - quite the eye opener. It sounds like this might have helped your husband? I hope so. All the best to both of you.

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LINDIEMAE 9/3/2010 8:15PM

    MERILYN, FANTASTIC NEWS, AND DISPITE SOME OF THE INCONVENIENCES, GREAT RESULTS. - AM HAPPY FOR YOU AND FOR DAVE AND YOUR FAMILY AS WELL.

I HOPE HE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE FROM THIS POINT ON ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DTBTSSANDFLUFFY 9/3/2010 7:15PM

    Merilyn and Dave. thank you for going even though you hadn't had the confirmation.. you are brave.. and look at him now..

I read this also with tears.. It is so nice to see results.. such good ones as these.. With all the good results it is too bad that canada won't get the proceedure into canada..

or if they don't want it here at least reimburse the patients for at least half of the money spent.. although like you said.. why spend it on frugel things when we can spend on our health..

reading on how the people had to be carried off the plane.. oh i hope they walked onto it after.. what a miricle this is..

maybe you can continue onto the blog or do a sequil.. so everyone can keep up to date on how Dave is..

keep moving Dave.. this is such wonderful news.. and i know your family can hardly speak about you with out tears of joy..

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GRANDKATZ 9/3/2010 6:55PM

    Thanks Merilyn for bringing us up to date on your trip to Mexico and Dave's procedure. I, as well, am wondering how he is now, what effect it has had for him. Hopefully he is feeling an improvement.

It may be coincidental, but just this past week in the Toronto area there has been a LOT of controversial discussion regarding the study by Dr. Zamboni. There were many callers to a phone-in show supporting this procedure and his study. Some of the testimonials were just unbelieveable miracles after having had this procedure.

I don't know if you've posted this before, but I am curious as to how long ago Dave was diagnosed with MS.

So nice to have you back again. I agree, Canada is the best country in the world. And I say that after having lived and experiencing life in Asia

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POLYANNA2 9/3/2010 12:53PM

    Merilyn, thank you for sharing this experience with us. It is very sad to hear about what people with MS have to endure, and there seems to be so many with it. I keep hearing about having to travel far and wide to get these treatments and I just don't understand why patients have to go through such an ordeal. We're supposed to be progressive here but it seems with health issues we don't step up to the plate.
I am so happy you and Dave were able to participate in this treatment program and I pray that it has had the effect you were hoping for. You didn't actually say how well it worked for Dave. If he has to have it done in the future, though, maybe you won't have to travel so far and the amenities will be more geared to the less abled. At least the medical staff were good with all of you, and that's the main thing.

Thanks again for sharing. I wish you both the best!

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GREYGRANNIE 9/3/2010 12:49PM

    Thank you, Merilyn. It is always an encouragement to hear of the advances in medical treatment for chronic conditions. Pioneers like you and Dave may be the ones that bring this procedure to the rest of the population. It is an interesting thought that locality or environment could be a factor. We notice some correlation of old farming practices and Parkinson disease here among our personal friends.

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SHEILAS6 9/3/2010 11:59AM

    I cannot tell you how happy I was to hear that Dave had his proceedure, and I hope you will write and tell us his improvements too.

I found tears in my eyes reading your blog aloud to Terry. I thank you for explaining more on where the procedure is done in the neck. I also am still learning.

This is a terrible and sometimes progressive disease, and as you say varies in people.

Just as interest, Terry's neurosurgeon, who is very prominent at the University of Alberta, told us many patients who suffer from MS are from the Western Provinces. Terry had his first attack while living in Ontario, but his follow up symptoms did not reoccur until we moved to Alberta.

Thank you so much for your blog, Merilyn

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Two Years

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I cannot believe it has been two years since I first found this site. I can't remember for the life of me how it came about. I just know it was an accident and probably the best accident ever. Smile
This site has taught me more than you will ever know when it comes to nutrition and fitness. I really never had a weight problem until I turned the ripe old age of fifty and became menopausal. I have always thought I was heavy but looking back at old snapshots tells me different. Perception is quite a thing to change. Fortunately for me, I have always been an active person, but as time went on I found I needed to up the ante. Meaning counting calories and working harder to keep the weight down. In spite of all I do, I am better at maintaining than losing. SMile. I will keep at it and maybe one day will be rewarded with a few pounds gone forever. In the meantime, I will just keep on trucking and tracking, and hopefully stay healthy.

  
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LITTLEWIND53 1/21/2010 9:40PM

    I never thought of myself as pretty or slim but I recently saw a picture of me taken at around 20. WAS THAT ME! This extra weight sure takes a toll.


Keep on Trucking. I used to use that expression all the time in my younger years. ha ha. If you work to maintain as if you are already at your goal weight, you will loose even though you won't be trying to loose. Just a thought.

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PHNATUK2 1/21/2010 8:54AM

    Keep On Trucking, been a while since I heard that one too LOL
You reminding me that I first found SP about 7 years ago. I wonder if my old account is still there I'm going to check. I don't think I posted any pictures , it was early days for a digital camera then.
I know what you mean about looking back, I thought I was hideous when I was younger, I wasn't . And when I'm 70 I'll probably look at 55 and think I looked ok then too. We're so silly!! I want my insides to be beautiful , especially my joints, the heck with the outside . Okay I lied, I want it all emoticon

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LINDIEMAE 1/20/2010 8:39PM

    emoticon emoticon I FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT THIS SITE AND ITS BEEN 3 YEARS NOW, OR INTO MY 3RD YEAR, HOWEVER YOU LOOK AT IT. I THINK WE ARE ALIKE IN THAT WE WORK REALLY HARD TO DROP WEIGHT BUT ARE GOOD AT MAINTAINING ONCE WE GET THERE. I WOULD LOVE TO LOOSE ANOTHER 30 LBS SOME HOW BUT SENSIBLY AN HEALTHILY. NO FAD CRASH DIETS FOR ME... YOU CAN DO THIS AS WELL, YOU ARE PERSISTANT AND DEDICATED TO YOU AND YOUR HEALTH. KEEP GOING STRONG!

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SWEETIE2208 1/20/2010 8:15PM

    I hope I will be as active and helpful to other members as you are, two years into my Spark journey.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 1/20/2010 7:13PM

    Very perceptive blog. Probably if most of us looked back at old snapshots we would find out that we were way lighter, and more attractive, than we ever realized at the time.

I found this website about 3 years ago, but at first only used it for tracking. Didn't think the social part was important. Boy was I wrong. I new see that it is the most important part of it!

Anyway, keep on trucking and tracking and staying healthy!

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PEGGYLEE5 1/20/2010 4:56PM

  Wow I have not heard keep on Trucking for what 20 some yrs.

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JUSLEFAIRE 1/20/2010 12:59PM

    Good luck Merilyn and may you achieve your goals. Your inspirational.
Nancy

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FLICKRFAN 1/20/2010 12:19PM

    Trucking and tracking.....I like that!

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