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Sunday, January 30

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I don't have any updates on how Rhonda's mother is doing today, but Rhonda slipped and fell on the ice on her way out to her car when she was leaving to go back to the hospital, which is about an hour drive. She was in a lot of pain by the time she got there, so she went to the ER before going to see her mom, and found out she had broken her knee. I know she has a couple of friends that live near the hospital, who both told her she could stay at their places, so I am hoping she takes them up on it; I was worried about her driving so far in the winter weather even before she broke her knee.

It was cold again today, but sunny; and no additional snow, so no shoveling today, yay!
I was glad to be able to get my exercise indoors today; did my Leslie Sansone Power Mile DVD.

Tomorrow is grocery shopping day again; got my list and coupons all ready. Going to be a little bit of a stock up trip, since I didn't go shopping last week. With my chemo schedule, the only week day I can shop is on Monday, and I do not shop on weekends because the stores here get too crazy busy. Winter is not over yet, so I want to make sure I have enough of everything because I'm sure there will be a Monday or two coming up where I won't be able to get out because of the weather. I'm going to get the ingredients to make some home made soup too; we have a snowstorm coming on Wednesday, and that is just the kind of weather made for home made soup.

  
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OPALMOON 1/31/2011 6:55AM

    Hi Shari, sorry to hear Rhonda broke her knee! That's the third unfortunate news you have reported about your friends - fingers crossed that is the end of it.

Hope you have a good day shopping - at least you don't need to do any shovelling!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 1/30/2011 8:47PM

    My prayers are there for her.

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NURSNANA 1/30/2011 7:36PM

    Hey Shari, Oh No! I am so sorry to hear about your friend Rhonda falling and breaking her knee. That is a painful injury. It will probably be difficult for her to get around for a while. Anyone can fall on ice, we saw all ages when I worked in the ER. I will be praying for Rhonda & her mother.

I make a lot of homemade soups and always make a big pot, so I can freeze some of it. It is so nice to have hot homemade soup on a cold winters day.

When we lived in NE Indiana years ago, I used to stock up at the grocery store a lot. The winters we lived there were so long, bitter cold, windy and with lots of snow.

Take good care and have a good Monday!
Nancy



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ELLFIN3 1/30/2011 7:27PM

    I am so sorry about your friend falling!! I like you hope she take those folks up on their offer to stay at their homes!!! You stay safe! I hope the weather is good for your shopping trip tomorrow! Enjoy your evening!!!!!
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BECKY3128 1/30/2011 6:57PM

    Homemade soup sounds great! We're getting a winter storm too in the next few days (probably the same system), can't wait *sarcasm* All the best to your friend and her mom!

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JANEDOE12345 1/30/2011 6:10PM

    Love the homemade soups. A crock pot is a big help with making them, then you will need some containers to freeze portions. I am still enjoying the Christmas turkey soup from the freezer. I have tried adding some of the instant brown rice to it when it goes into the microwave and it makes a good hearty meal on these cold days.

Glad to hear your snow slowed down, although not before your friend had to slip and slide in it. What a terrible time for her right now.

Stay warm,
Pam
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CMRAND54 1/30/2011 5:56PM

    You are so smart to plan ahead on the grocery shopping. We are expecting more winter weather here late Tuesday into Wednesday. I hope it doesn't cancel my Tuesday night yoga class again.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I hope it was her left knee so she can still drive, but staying over with friends seems like the smart thing to do.

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2 friends of mine need prayers

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My heart is feeling heavy for two friends today.

Rhonda is one of my best friends, and her mother is in the hospital. She had a heart attack a couple of days ago, and right now the doctors are saying that they can't really do anything for her. They have her on morphine right now and are trying to keep her comfortable. Rhonda's dad just passed away not even a year ago. (Edited to clarify that it is Rhonda's mother that had the heart attack, not Rhonda.)

I also heard some news on my friend and neighbor Toni that I had talked about in my blog about 2 weeks ago; I found out from another neighbor, who had talked to Toni's grand daughter, that Toni's cancer is too advanced to treat, and that she is now in a nursing home, and does not seem to know or recognize any of her family. When her grand daughter went to visit her, Toni became angry and told her to get out. It was heartbreaking news to hear today. It sounds like it won't be much longer for her now, and I just pray that Toni is not in pain and will be in peace. I am sad that I didn't get to see her or talk to her one last time, but I know Toni would rather have her friends remember her the way she was, and not see her in the condition she is in now. I know that deep down in her heart, Toni knows that we all love her.

All I can do now pray for my friends and their families.

I didn't do a workout today, but I got my exercise in by doing some shoveling and some heavy cleaning, and yes, I counted the time towards my fitness minutes.

We had about 3 inches of snow overnight. Thankfully the temperatures are not as frigid as they were last weekend. I think the nerve block in my shoulder is doing its job; I did the shoveling around 10am and so far I've only had very mild pain in that shoulder, so far not bad enough to take a pain pill for.

Did a little bit of cleaning this afternoon, and now I am sitting and relaxing and watching the US Figure Skating Championships.

  
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GOANNA2 1/30/2011 9:57AM

    I will keep you and your friendsin my prayers.
I hope you didn't overdo it with the shovelling...
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HOPE2BE 1/30/2011 8:49AM

    I will pray for Toni and Rhonda and that they find a much happier place that set in store for them. I will also pray they be out of pain for the final days. I know when they don't recognize their relatives they come back and God lets the people know they were wanted after all. He is in control.

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OPALMOON 1/30/2011 12:09AM

    So sorry to hear this sad news of Toni and Rhonda's mother. Despite the condition they are both in, I am sure they are thankful for all your love and support. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Glad to hear your shoulder has been reasonably good to you - enjoy the figure skating! I love it too, but we don't get the telecast over here in South Australia, unfortunately...I would love to send you some of our sunshine to melt your snow for you - 42C today over here!!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 1/29/2011 11:48PM

    So sad to read about the news of your friends and mom's heart attack,scary.I will say prayers for healing and peace for all. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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PMCFARM 1/29/2011 11:27PM

  I will pray that God will provide comfort and peace for both families. And you will be in my thoughts and prayers for peace over the pain you feel for your friends. emoticon MarilynC.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 1/29/2011 10:13PM

    I understand how much you are concerned for your friends. I will pray for them, too.

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CMRAND54 1/29/2011 8:34PM

    I'm sorry about your friends.

Your shoulder must be a little better if you're able to shovel. That's quite a workout.

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ELLFIN3 1/29/2011 8:03PM

    Your friends are my thoughts and prayers!!!! Glad you had a good day!! Enjoy your evening!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FATROCKSTAR 1/29/2011 7:13PM

    Count me in, sister! They are in my prayers! Normandy

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IVYLASS 1/29/2011 4:55PM

    I'm so sorry about your friends. I hope their passing is peaceful and painless, and that you can be there for their families.

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CELLOPLAYER1 1/29/2011 4:42PM

    I will keep your firends in my prayers.

It sounds like you have bad a good day.

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JANEDOE12345 1/29/2011 4:21PM

    It is very sad about your friends. You sound like you are keeping busy and feel well, and that must make it a good day for you.

Take it easy on that shoulder!
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NURSNANA 1/29/2011 3:46PM

    Shari, I will pray for your friends. I am so sorry to hear of their condition. Hopefully, they are getting good care and pain control.

I tried out my steam mop finally, for the first time. It does a good job, but I think I need to sweep or vacuum first. Do you vacuum or sweep before using yours? I am just learning how to use it. It got my bathroom & bedroom floors squeaky clean.

Glad to hear the nerve block is helping your shoulder! : )

I love figure skating too!

~Hugs~ Nancy

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THOMASS4 1/29/2011 3:22PM

  I will be glad to add you and your friends to my prayer list. God be with all of you

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Bone scan time again

Friday, January 28, 2011

I had another bone scan done today; I've had so many over the last 7 years, I have lost count. It's not a hard test; I went in at 11:45am to have the dye injected, then had to drink lots and lots of water when I came home, and I went back at 3:45pm for the scan, which took about 25 minutes. That part of it isn't too bad, just kind of hard to be still since I am kind of a fidgety person, but it's not an enclosed machine like MRI, so no claustrophobia.

My pain specialist wanted it done because of the pain I am having in my shoulder, and my oncologist also said it was time for one anyway. I have bone mets and I get the scans done about 6 months, sometimes more often, to check and see if they are spreading.

I feel kind of bloated from the water; with my gastroparesis, my stomach gets full quickly and stays full for a long time, so drinking large amounts of water in a short time is kind of uncomfortable, and today, I had to drink what I normally drink in an entire day in the space of about 3 hours. Was also busy making many trips to the bathroom too, LOL!

I did my workout right after breakfast today before I got ready to go get my injection. I did the Leslie Sansone Power Mile again.

  
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JOAN68 1/30/2011 1:47AM

    I pray every day they will find something to help you. You have so much courage. We all love you so much. Please know that in your heart of hearts. Take care dear friend. Joan

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2LABS2LOVE 1/29/2011 4:22PM

    emoticonFeel better! Praying for wonderful results from doctor!

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OPALMOON 1/29/2011 6:20AM

    Hope you feel less bloated tomorrow Shari, and that the bone scan results are all okay! Take care and have a good night!

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GOANNA2 1/29/2011 6:16AM

    So great that you were able to fit in the workout.
I love Leslie Sansone too!
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CMRAND54 1/28/2011 7:14PM

    Congrats on getting your fitness in! I hope the scan brings good news.

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ELLFIN3 1/28/2011 5:15PM

    Well having to get up go to the bathroom should count as fitness!! I have not done the Power Mile in a few days!! I will do it again Sunday when I get back from the lake! Have a wonderful evening!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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PINKCIS 1/28/2011 4:57PM

    I pray that everything is okay. Excellent on the workout. Keep it up!

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LOVES_ANIMALS 1/28/2011 4:47PM

    I love Leslie Sansone. She is really helping me, too.

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Tired today, but still did my workout

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Spent much of last night tossing and turning, and waking up a lot. Not sure why I had so much trouble sleeping, just one of those nights.

I was tempted to skip my fitness activity today, but since I did nothing yesterday or on Tuesday, I pushed myself and did my Leslie Sanson Power Mile DVD. Still modifying the arm movements because of my shoulder. I was glad I did it once I was done, and it gave me a second wind for awhile.

When I went out to get the mail today, it was only 25F with a 15F windchill; I passed a neighbor gal who was out jogging in a thin down vest and short sleeves; I was out in a parka, hat, scarf, and gloves and my face was freezing! I don't run, but I know runners get very warm, but still, in these temperatures, it doesn't seem smart to be out with that much skin exposed.

  
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HEATHER809 1/28/2011 1:14PM

  It is good that you did not use the lack of sleep as an excuse not to do any exercise. It is hard to get motivated to do anything when I am tired but ususally I find that if I do exercise it helps me to sleep more soundly. So hopefully sweet dreams to you!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 1/28/2011 10:48AM

    Good to hear that you managed to get some cardio today. I am glad that I am not in that frigid weather - not not like it!

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OPALMOON 1/28/2011 4:45AM

    Incredible temperatures you are having - and we are sweltering here in South Australia too - up to 42C over the next 3 days!

Hope you get a better sleep tonight Shari!

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GOANNA2 1/27/2011 6:10PM

    Glad you got to do the Leslie and I am just about to start now.
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CMRAND54 1/27/2011 5:59PM

    Good for you for getting your exercise in. I bundled up warmly to shovel snow today!

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JANEDOE12345 1/27/2011 5:57PM

    Hi Shari, Happy Winter to you! emoticon
I did a little bit more of Leslie today and am trying to just get through it all the way. Slow and steady! I had rotator cuff surgery about 3 years ago and have to mind my left arm, but in the long run, I think this will help it.

Not sleeping---with me, it means I have something on my mind and can't quite get around it. Sometimes mediation helps, but usually I take an Ambien and go right to sleep. Being sleepy can ruin the next day for anyone.

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ELLFIN3 1/27/2011 5:08PM

    I am glad you were bundled up!!! I am like you seems silly to be out in that type of weather exposed! I am going to try to do my Leslie tonight! I hope you rest better tonight!!!!! Enjoy your evening!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday, January 26

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It's in the low 30's today with no wind; I was going to try going for a short walk, but when I went out to get the mail first, I realized it was still too cold; no sun today and it's quite damp. My legs were cold even through my sweatpants. As much as I didn't want to give in to the cold and not go, I realized it was best not to go today. I had my Zometa yesterday, which causes some bone pain for a day or two after, and being out in the cold would only make it worse, so I'm wouldn't be helping myself my toughing it out. Not up to doing an indoor workout either, as I am having some stomach pain because of my GP symptoms flaring up because of the chemo. But tomorrow is another day, and maybe I will feel better and can do something then.

I cleaned the snow off my car while I was outside, even though I am not going anywhere today. I didn't want to let it build up too much and end up with a layer of ice underneath it as we have snow in the forecast just about everyday the rest of the week, which would make more work later cleaning it off if I need to use it. Today it was kind of melty so it just slid right off. I filled the bird feeders too as long as I was out.

Doing some laundry today, but otherwise taking things slow and easy today.

I was starting to get kind of bored with my crocheting while watching tv at night, so I dug out a counted cross stitch kit which is a small picture of 3 butterflies which I will work on. I hope I can finish it; I love to cross stitch, but I often get frustrated and don't finish my projects because about halfway through I end up making a dumb mistake that is too hard to fix. At least it will keep my hands busy so I am not tempted to snack!

  
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1COUNTRY_GAL 1/29/2011 1:58AM

    HI Shari,I am sorry you weren't able to go for your walk.You were smart to not go out in the cold and damp,it's not worth it to subject yourself to pain.You take care and hope you get some warmer weather. emoticonDiana

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OPALMOON 1/27/2011 5:17AM

    Keep warm over there Shari, and have fun with your cross stitch!

Here is some sunshine all the way from Adelaide - we have plenty over here - temps to reach 40C over the weekend!

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AMYBINTN 1/26/2011 9:33PM

    I hope you and the kitties stay warm--and I hope you're feeling better soon. We have had snow, too, but we only got a couple of inches, and part of it melted today. I hope your cross-stitching goes well--I admire anyone who can do that! emoticon emoticon emoticon amy

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ELLFIN3 1/26/2011 7:28PM

    They are calling for arctic blast, snow, blowing snow and ice in Oklahoma next Monday and Tuesday! But we will be warm in the 60s and 70s before that! I know what you mean about cross stitch! My problem is my eyes! It is hard for me to see the stuff!!! Also most are larger projects! I like stuff I can do and actually finish! I hope you feel much better tomorrow!!! Rest Well!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CMRAND54 1/26/2011 6:08PM

    We getting a good snow storm today, too, and the power just went out. I don't know how long my computer battery will last me. Thankfully, I have a gas stove, so we can still get some dinner.

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NURSNANA 1/26/2011 5:42PM

    Hey Shari,

Would you believe I started a counted cross stitch way back in the 80's, and it is still not finished!! It is just a simple blessing for the food, and meant to be hung in the kitchen. When I started it, my kids were young. They are now married and have kids of their own! I worked hard on it for a while and then got bored and started a new project. I pull it out every now and then and try to do some more on it. I don't have that much left on the border and it will be all done and I could frame it. I intend to finish it, and hang it in my kitchen! It is not so easy to do now, my eyes are getting old and I can't see those little stitches as well as I used to.

It is actually snowing here in central Virginia today, everything is covered with snow. The trees look so pretty! We have not had much snow this winter, so we are enjoying it today. I guess snow is not so exciting up in your area?! :)

Glad you are taking it easy today. Have a nice evening!

~Hugs~
Nancy
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