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Update on Mom

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mom is doing better, but the doctors have no idea what's wrong with her. Her body basically was shutting down yesterday, but none of the tests they did revealed anything. By evening, though, she had stabilized, and today she seems to be getting better.

If she gets past this crisis, I'm going to fly her out here to be seen by better specialists, because I don't think the small-town docs know what they are doing.

Still very stressed out.

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TATTER3 9/11/2012 6:11AM

    Good news. Hang in there. Praying.

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DOGLADY13 9/10/2012 9:25PM

    Oh dear. That's so stressful. I hope this crisis passes very quickly and your mother returns to good health.

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RICHILA 9/10/2012 8:13PM

    Keeping you and your Mom in my prays. emoticon

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/10/2012 3:32PM

    I hope she is stablized and then you can bring to you for a second opinion. Even when you live in the most high tech area for medical care, a second opinion is always wise.

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HONBAD 9/10/2012 3:30PM

    Hang in there! I'm glad she is doing better.

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Pity stress doesn't burn calories

Sunday, September 09, 2012

My mother is very ill. She may die.

She is 2000 miles away.

I need tomorrow to work out my calendar, and then will probably be flying out there on Tuesday. So I will likely be absent for a while.

I can hardly form sentences. I am staring at my phone, waiting for news. Every time the phone rings, my heart is in my throat.

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SANDYW1945 9/11/2012 9:15PM

    I'm sorry to hear this. I hope it turns out well.


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HONBAD 9/10/2012 3:26PM

    I'm sorry to hear that. I hope everything works out for the best. Take care of yourself!

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BLUE42DOWN 9/10/2012 1:36PM

    emoticon emoticon

Hope you're able to get there to be with her (and say your goodbyes if needed). Treasure every positive moment and memory!

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RICHILA 9/10/2012 11:21AM

    Oh sweetie, I am so very sorry. emoticon

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TRAVLNWOMAN 9/10/2012 8:16AM

    My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Losing someone is never easy. Have a safe trip and know that we all are here for you if you need us.


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TATTER3 9/10/2012 5:36AM

    So sorry. Prayers for you all.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/9/2012 11:59PM

    I can totally understand your pain and fears. It is so hard to live far away from those you love, especially when they are ill.

When we lived in British Columbia, my family was still here in Ontario. My Dad passed away just 10 days before we were supposed to be home for a month long vacation to introduce our 11 month old son to the family.

We moved back to Ontario a little over a year later, and the shoe was now on the other foot - we were close to my Mother, but left my husband's family back on Vancouver Island. While we were trying to arrange a trip back to see his dying younger brother, we got the news that his Father had passed away.

These days my DH is not well enough to make any trips, especially by himself, and his Mum is going down hill very quickly - we have not seen her in 15 years.

I will keep you, your Mother, and your whole family in my thoughts and prayers - hoping for a happy outcome for all of you.


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    Miss G. I hope you have a safe journey and will be praying for you and your mother.

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/9/2012 9:25PM

    Prayers are with you. Be well.

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.DUSTY. 9/9/2012 9:22PM

    I'm so sorry Miss G.! I'll say a prayer for your mom and you. emoticon

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A new definition of YOYO dieting, and why I'll stick to real food

Monday, August 27, 2012


The salient quote: "The FDA acknowledges that since 1997, it has largely transferred the responsibilities for pre-market safety determinations on ingredients including flavorings, preservatives, texturizers and binders from its own scientists to food manufacturers."

If you believe for a HEARTBEAT that those manufacturers actually have your health at their highest priority, I got a bridge to sell you.

YOYO: You're On You're Own.

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K1TT3N 8/30/2012 6:49PM

    I agree

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OPTIMIST1948 8/29/2012 6:55AM

    Love the YoYo definition!

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/28/2012 12:36PM

    Scary article.

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APPLESBANANAS 8/28/2012 4:50AM

    Thanks for a great article! I get a little newsletter in the mail called Nutrition Action Healthletter, it is put out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest...you should google CSPI, I think it's right up your alley, lots of great info on food manufacturer practices. Their website has archives of the newsletter, it makes for fun reading!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 8/27/2012 11:50PM

    I agree, you are SO right about this.

Love the definition of YOYO!


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BJUMPINGFORJOY 8/27/2012 10:10PM

    You are so right love your yoyo.

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Bike followup

Friday, August 24, 2012

I made it home under my own power yesterday, despite further realizing that part of my problem might well have been not eating anything all day. It was a slow ride, but I made it.

Felt punky for the rest of the day, but I believe that I may be actually fighting off the horrible flu that has been circulating through town. Which would be awesome.

This afternoon, DD and I are riding down to an open house designed to get feedback for people's ideas of what to do with the lower level of the half-mile-long bridge that spans the Cuyahoga river. When the Detroit-Superior bridge was built early in the last century, the upper level was for car traffic and the lower level for streetcars. Since the streetcar lines were closed in the 50s, that whole level of the bridge has set vacant expect for the occasional tourist visit. Now there is talk of opening it for bike and pedestrian traffic, and adding some shopping. I think it's a really exciting idea and would love to be able to cross that bridge without sharing the narrow lanes with large trucks!

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HOLLY255255 8/26/2012 2:02PM

    It would be wonderful for biking riding! I wish we had bike friendly roads where I live.

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ATHENAPOWER 8/25/2012 12:31PM

    That bridge idea sounds great. There are a few similar projects in the Hudson Valley. Feel better!

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/25/2012 11:44AM

    What a great idea.

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    Sounds like a good way to repurpose a historical landmark!


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BLUE42DOWN 8/24/2012 1:24PM

    Hehe, you have the same attitude toward "fighting off" the flu that I do - that it's awesome to go through some ugh moments while your body fights rather than actually get sick with it.

Enjoy your day!

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/24/2012 1:13PM

    That does sound like a great idea. Glad you are feeling better today.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yesterday I felt very sick. Today, I had two court dockets to attend; 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. I decides that I would drive to the morning one, run an errand, come home, and then decide if I felt up to biking back to the afternoon one. DD came home last night and we talked about her riding along with me.

This morning's docket, which usually is a 45-minute affair, took almost 2 hours. I rushed to run my errand and clattered through the door with the same plan: determine if DD was up to riding.

See what I did there?

DD said no, but I was running late and on autopilot by that time. I pulled on bike shorts and changed shoes, packed up my stuff and took off.

I was over halfway to town before my brain caught up and said, "wait a minute! Am I up to this?!"

The answer is pretty much, not really. But I was committed by then. So there I was, sitting in court feeling kind of nauseated. Again.

I'm really not very bright....

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/24/2012 11:12AM

    Hope you got some water and took it easy on the way home . Have a great weekend .

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DOGLADY13 8/23/2012 8:35PM

    Ugh. Hope you are feeling better. I went through three days of headaches this week. Not fun, they just sap the life out of you.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 8/23/2012 7:23PM

    I hope you took it easy or got a drive home too!

Were you able to put a "bright smile" on for the client and judge, in spite of not feeling very bright?

Hope you feel better soon!


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CHEFSOPHIE 8/23/2012 3:47PM

    I hope you took it easy going home or called your daughter and asked her to pick you up.

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