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A dark and stormy night, and some sad news

Thursday, June 09, 2011

We had an evening of severe weather last night. We had a thunderstorm go through around 6:30pm, the worst of that one was some heavy rain. We had a few hours of quiet after it had moved through. I ended up with another migraine triggered by the weather, and had to take my Imitrex.

Around 11pm, another round of storms started. While I was watching the weather on the local news at 11:15pm, I heard the wind suddenly get stronger, and the lights began to flicker. They had just issued a severe thunderstorm warning for my area, but before I heard for how long it would last, the power went out, and stayed out. I tried to check the local radio stations here in town to find out more about the warning, but they had lost power too. I knew I would not be able to relax and sleep until the storm was over, so I got out my battery operated lamp, and did some reading, (or tried too, it was hard to concentrate at times being anxious about the storm.) Timmy and Kallie were curled up on the bed with me too. When I finally went to sleep around 1am, the power was still out. Not sure what time it came back on but I had to get up and use the bathroom around 5am and it was back on then.

It really cooled things off. I got up around 8am and it was only 55F, and the house felt a little chilly inside. I was hoping that once the storms were all out of the area, that I would feel better, but I woke up feeling achy in all the usual spots, and my stomach still feeling a little upset. I also had bad cramps in both feet before getting out of bed. I know I haven't been drinking enough water the last couple of days, so that is probably why. I'm doing better with that today, been drinking lots of water; haven't had to make many trips to the bathroom, so that tells me I really was dehydrated.

My upper back bothered me the most today, but I sat in my recliner so I could use my ice pack on it and it feels much better now. Right now I am mainly feeling very tired, from not quite enough sleep and having to take more pain pills today than I normally do. I've had a headache that has been coming and going all day too, I can feel my sinuses hurting from it. Stomach still feels a little "off" too. Even though the weather has been quiet today, I'm thinking maybe the cold front isn't quite done going through yet, so maybe my not feeling good today is partly related to that.

This afternoon, I received some very bad news. One of my former coworkers and her husband were killed during the storms last night. There was an explosion in their house believed to have been caused by lightning. I saw the report on the local news and there is nothing left of it but the foundation and rubble. I still feel stunned, and very sad; I first met Angie when I started at Walmart about 20 years ago. She was one of the most caring and supportive people that I have ever met. When I left Walmart in November 2008, we kept in touch through Facebook; in fact, we had talked a little bit on Facebook last night a few hours before that 2nd round of storms had started. Her husband also had a 6 year old daughter, but she was staying with her grandmother last night so she was not in the house when it happened. I just felt kind of lost and not able to settle down and do anything after I heard. I finally started some laundry but that's about all I got done today. I didn't try to do a workout today, my GP symptoms started to flare up again, probably from stress. I feel like I'm still trying to process all this; it's so hard to believe that someone so upbeat and positive, and so full of life, can just be gone in an instant.

For my friends that pray, I ask that you please say a prayer for their families, especially for the little girl who now will have to grow up without her daddy.

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KAT7457 6/12/2011 4:44PM

    so sorry to hear about your friend and husband the little girl is in my prayers.sorry you had to go thru an aweful night last night. I hate storms are in my prayers also.Does the little girl have a mom involved?? I sure do hope is just nasty this year all over the world and states.
animals can always tell when something is wrong. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon sending my little angel to watch over you and that little girl.xx

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PATRICIA441 6/12/2011 11:56AM

  I can only imagine how upset you must be dear friend. You just never know what is going to happen to you from day to day. I am glad that the little girl still has some family to turn to. Keeping everyone in prayer. Tender,loving hugs to you. Pat

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HOPE2BE 6/11/2011 9:33PM

    So sorry to hear about your friend and her DH and hearing how the DH left a DD behind that was so young. My sympathies and prayers go out to the family. Hope

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RSSSLHB 6/11/2011 7:27AM

    So emoticonwill be praying emoticon

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CARRAND 6/10/2011 9:30PM

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. What a scary thing to have happen. I will say a prayer for the little girl.

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JENN03275 6/10/2011 5:53PM

    Sorry this has happened to you. Those storms have been scary and mean!

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PUDLECRAZY 6/10/2011 3:57PM

    Oh, how sad and tragic! And scary! I am so sorry to hear this.

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HANOVERLADY 6/10/2011 2:08PM


I'm so sorry at your sad news. I'm glad you were able to chat with your friend before this tragedy happened. Makes me more aware than ever that we should always treat others as if it is the last time we will be with them because we never know what's just around the bend. I'm glad your kitties are keeping you company. They always seem to know when we need extra attention from them.

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ORACLE2010 6/10/2011 12:02PM

    That's horribly shocking news Shari! So sorry about your friend and her husband. I'm even stunned in reading this so I can imagine how you must feel, especially in chatting her just prior to this event. I'm curious about what happened. Please keep us filled in to what happened. If it could happen to them, it could probably again to someone else.

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SUNSPARKER 6/10/2011 10:54AM

  I will keep both you and your friend's family in my thoughts during this difficult time. Take care. emoticon

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BAMBIBUNNY 6/10/2011 1:07AM

    i'm so sorry this happened. i hope you are feeling better soon. emoticon emoticon

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AMYBINTN 6/10/2011 12:08AM

    I'm sorry to hear about what happened--I'll pray for the families and the little girl. I hope you're able to get some sleep tonight.
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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/9/2011 9:05PM

    Not that it is much consolation, but at least you were able to talk to her last night. 11 years ago I was in town where a cousin lived and I really wanted to see him. The guy I was seeing at the time refused to let me. A few weeks later my cousin died and to this day I wish I would have been able to see him one last time.

It is never easy to lose someone you care about. In fact, it downright sucks. My condolences.

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ELLFIN3 6/9/2011 8:38PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friend's family! It has been a terrible weather year! I hope tomorrow is better for you! You keep drinking that water! I hope you rest better tonight! Love you! emoticon
Dear Friend!!!!!

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NURSNANA 6/9/2011 8:07PM

    Oh Shari, that is shocking news for you. I am so sorry for the loss of your long time friend. I will be praying for the families and the little girl. I will also be praying for you to find comfort during your time of grieving, and also for you to feel better tomorrow. Hope you can get some good sleep tonight my friend.


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KHFOUR 6/9/2011 6:43PM

    Oh, so tragic. We also had those storms come through last night. I cannot imagine what that family went through. I am so sorry for your loss and for the family of your co-worker and her husband. And also for that precious little girl. Someone has plans for that little girl. She will grow up to be something special.

Take comfort in your memories and know they have many prayers lifting them up. emoticon

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MOMTO2TOMBOYS 6/9/2011 6:25PM

    WOW!! It just goes to show you that nothing in life is guaranteed. Don't take a single minute for granted and tell those you love how you feel...OFTEN!!
Will be praying for your friend's family and for the little girl. Will also say a prayer for you that you will get relief from your aches and pains and that you will find comfort and peace of heart. Hang in there...there are folks who love you greatly!

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LADYDARYA 6/9/2011 6:24PM

    I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. I hope that the sorrow you feel will replace itself with the warm memories of your friendship.

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KISSFAN1 6/9/2011 6:21PM

    Wow, that's terrible about your co-worker and her husband. How awfully tragic! We've had so many storms in our area lately that I am weary of any thunder or lightning.

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Lunch out today, and some poppy pics

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Another hot and humid day, but there is a cold front going through, so we should be much cooler tomorrow. I'm hoping my pain issues will be better too. Right now I'm trying to fight off a headache that is starting, probably triggered by the change of weather. I had to take my migraine meds last night for a headache, and I am trying to avoid having to take them again today.

Today it was my monthly lunch out with the ladies I use to work with. I didn't eat much, since my stomach has been feeling kind of icky since yesterday. I think part of it is from the sedatives they gave me before the injections yesterday; even though they were through an IV, I think they still have an effect on the digestive system. I enjoyed my time spent with them, but I was also glad to get back home, my back was hurting too, and I needed to take a pain pill and sit with my ice pak.

I have not done much today, feeling pretty fatigued yet from yesterday. I got into pajamas early again.

This morning, I noticed my poppy was open, so I grabbed my camera and got a couple of pictures. A few years ago, I planted a couple packages of poppy seeds I got as freebies in the mail; out of all those seeds, only one poppy actually grew, but that poppy comes back every year. It made me smile to see that, what a great way to start the day!

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HANOVERLADY 6/9/2011 1:41PM

    Thanks for sharing the photos - very pretty!

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KINSBAILE 6/9/2011 9:30AM

    Pretty poppies!

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CELLOPLAYER1 6/8/2011 8:43PM

    The flower is pretty. I think the front is coming through here now. We are having thunder storms. Looking forward to the cooler weather also.

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CARRAND 6/8/2011 8:18PM

    I love the poppy pictures. Enjoy your evening.

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BUTEAFULL 6/8/2011 7:17PM

    I know what you mean about icky stomach, I too had a lunch to attend, I had soup
love the poppies mine reseed themselves too

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ELLFIN3 6/8/2011 7:06PM

    The poppy is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Glad you got to out to lunch! I have another Kindle question when you buy a book on how long do you have to read it or do you keep it? Rest well tonight! I hope the headache is better tomorrow!!! emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/8/2011 6:23PM

    Sometimes there is only one flower, animal, person strong enough to stand up against all odds and say I am here to stay! The rest of the flowers might not have made it, but this pretty flower has dug in its roots and wants to show the world what it's made of.

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LADYDARYA 6/8/2011 6:01PM

    What a pretty flower!

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Pain clinic appt. today, more injections

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I had two appointments at the pain clinic today, at 10am with the PA, and 3:45pm with my doctor. The PA went over the MRI results with me. It did not show any new cancer in the lumbar spine, and the mets that were already there are old ones that are stable, and it did not show any nerve compression. I do have some arthritis there and degenerative discs. It also showed some damage to the bone marrow; most likely it's just from the chemo drugs, which are hard on the marrow, but he is going to call my oncologist and talk to him about it and make sure he sees the MRI also, just to confirm that that is what the damage is from.

He thinks I could benefit from a TENS unit, so he set me up with an appointment to talk to someone there about getting one on June 23rd. I am looking forward to that, if I could get some pain relief without drugs that would be great!

He also talked to my doctor, to see if he could see me while I was there instead of having to come back later. He discussed my MRI with my doctor and also what I had told him today, and my doctor decided to squeeze me into the morning schedule for nerve block injections to the lumbar spine. I had to wait for a little while, but I didn't mind; it was better than having to come back later, and I had my book with me to read. It also saved me from having to pay for a 2nd office visit in one day.

I was given some sedatives then had 3-4 injections (not sure exactly how many, I just knew it felt like I was being poked a lot, and being kind of fuzzy from the sedatives, not really able to count, lol!) My leg was a little numb after I got out of recovery, but not as bad as the last time. I had to lean on my mom to get to the car, but by the time she got me home I was able to walk unassisted, though I went slow and careful.

I got home around 1:30pm; I was so glad not to have to go back the pain clinic a second time, especially in the heat; very humid today and it got up into at least the upper 80's. I waited a couple of hours after I got home for more of the numbness to wear off before walking over to get the mail, then I got into my pajamas. My lower back was hurting so I sat down in the recliner with an ice pack on it. Did some reading but dozed off a few times too. But the ice did get my back feeling better. I need to get into the habit of using it more often. I usually just use my heating pad, but I can't use the heat on the injection site for 2-3 days.

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AMYBINTN 6/8/2011 12:37PM

    I had a tens unit about 10 years ago for back pain after my pregnancy. (I think my stomach was so huge that it was hard on my back.) But I remember liking the tens machine and that it did help with the pain. I hope you have good results with it. And I hope you get some relief with the injections you had.
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SCREWIE 6/8/2011 4:15AM

    Well, all in all it sounds like you had a productive day. I hope you can find some pain relief soon.

I used TENs after breaking my leg, the physio rigged me up to it during our sessions. It's a very weird feeling but I loved it, I could feel my muscles and tendons and whatever it was being worked up and relaxed. I'd walk on air for ages afterwards!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/8/2011 12:06AM

    Good thing they got you in right away. Nothing worse than going to an appointment, having to waste an hour or two, then going to another appointment. I hope the new injections help.

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CELLOPLAYER1 6/7/2011 10:38PM

    I hope you get some relief from the pain.

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CARRAND 6/7/2011 8:07PM

    It sounds like a productive day. I hope the shots do their job!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 6/7/2011 8:04PM

    I am sorry you are going thru all this- but glad you got two for one.. and pain shots..

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KERRYG155 6/7/2011 7:53PM

    I'm glad you got to see everyone today with no extra visits. The Dr wants to do the epidural pain shots in my back but I haven't gone back for them. I'll have to look up the TENS units or ask my daughter the RN. I'll pray for your healing.

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NURSNANA 6/7/2011 7:42PM

    Hey Shari, Glad you got everything taken care of in one visit. TENS units have been around for quite a while, I remember having patients that had them when I worked in the hospital. I hope it works out well for you. It would be great if you no longer need pain pills. If you still need pain pills, you may be able to use something less strong for your pain. It was hot and humid here today. I enjoyed being outside this morning before it got really hot. Hope you have a good nights sleep my friend. ~hugs~ Nancy

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ELLFIN3 6/7/2011 7:14PM

    I have heard of the TENS Unit, but I can not remember where I heard about it or anything about it! Senior moment!!! emoticon I am anxious to get my Kindle!! I should have it the beginning of next week! Was it hard to figure out how to use it?
I hope you can rest well tonight! Love you emoticon!!!

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The humidity is not helping with the pain

Monday, June 06, 2011

It's Monday, so you know what I did today; my grocery shopping! I left around 9:30am; it felt nice and cool out then. I was in the store maybe an hour, in that time the heat and the humidity went up quite a bit. Once I got home, I didn't go out again til late afternoon when it was time to get the mail.

Even though I am inside where it's air conditioned, the increased humidity still makes my pain issues worse, and it doesn't look like I will get much relief for the next couple of days either, it's supposed to get even hotter, into the 90's. I know I'll be needing my pain pills for sure during the day. I just wish they didn't make me so tired, I can deal better with the pain when I can keep my mind occupied, but with the fatigue it makes it hard to enjoy doing things like playing games on the computer (I really like Gardens of Time on Facebook!) or reading; I love to read, but the past few nights I haven't been able to read more than a few pages without getting very sleepy.

One of my friends brought me 2 big bags of yarn that she didn't have a use for. I was so happy to get it! I can use it for those towels I am making and also for the chemo caps I crochet.

I got a short stability ball workout in today. I probably won't get a workout in tomorrow; I see both my PA and my doctor at the pain clinic, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Hoping to feel well enough to go to Walmart for a few things in between appointments. I wanted to go today, but I knew with the way my pain level has been the last few days I could not handle shopping in two large stores in one day. My mom is driving me tomorrow, because if they give me any injections at the pain clinic I need to have a driver, because of the sedatives. So at least I can take a pain pill before shopping tomorrow.

I have this week off from chemo, good timing with those pain clinic appointments!

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HANOVERLADY 6/9/2011 1:43PM

    When I had my knees operated on, my surgeon told me I'd be a better weather forecaster than the folks on TV. Changes in barometric pressure, humidity, we all feel those in our joints. Sure wish we could give up this "gift" and just leave the forecasting to the experts!

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AMYBINTN 6/7/2011 2:16PM

    We've been having record-setting heat here too! I hope your pain improves. I'm thinking about you.
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LUNADRAGON 6/7/2011 10:50AM

    I find that in the summer the air conditioning makes me hurt - I guess it is the humidity. My poor dh has to put up with my complaining, and we have to compromise on the ac setting in the various rooms.
Hope you feel better today.

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SUNSPARKER 6/7/2011 10:18AM

  With temps in the 90's and the accompanying humidity, today may be a bit uncomfortable (is that an understatement, or what!!!!).
And to think you will need to be out and about in it as you travel to your appointments.

Hope you are able to get some relief from the pain. Try and stay cool today.

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CELLOPLAYER1 6/6/2011 9:18PM

    We have had a few days in the 90's. I think we skipped spring!

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ELLFIN3 6/6/2011 7:27PM

    That is great your friend brought you yarn!!!! You mentioned reading, don't you have a kindle or something like that? My DH just ordered me a kindle. I am anxious to see how it does. A neighbor at the lake loves hers! Rest well!!!!! emoticon

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2LABS2LOVE 6/6/2011 6:40PM

    emoticonHats off to those who live with chronic pain....I don't know how you do it. I had a bad backache and was such a baby about it. Reading anything exciting? emoticon

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INITANURSE11 6/6/2011 6:37PM

    I truly understand the humidity increasing the pain I too have issues. Sometimes I have to increase my pain meds or just don't workout at all. emoticon

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SHASSYSUE2 6/6/2011 6:21PM

    Oh honey, hang in there. But, please don't feel that resting is a bad thing. If your body is telling you to rest, REST!! I have not ever had to deal with what you are facing, but I can send my prayers, to the ONE who understands.... Sending Prayers up right NOW!! Dear Lord, please help my sweet Friend, who is dealing with so much pain. Jesus, you know what true pain is, so you know what she is dealing with. I ask that you be with her, and comfort her. Send an extra helping of Peace her way, so she can rest, and also be able to do things that she loves to do. In Jesus's Sweet Name, I pray, Amen... Sending you my HUGS!!! Shannon

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JANEDOE12345 6/6/2011 6:08PM

    It is very oppressive here when the humidity comes creeping in for the summer. The a/c helps, but like you, I still feel the clammy air. Give me a crisp fall day anytime!

BTW, thanks again for the Leslie Sansone tip. I was sharing it waith someone just today.

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Dealing with the pain better today

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I was so sleepy last night that I could not keep my eyes open to read for very long, but that is not a bad thing; I'd rather fall asleep sooner than to toss and turn half the night. I was asleep by midnight and up at 7:30am this morning.

Hip pain was only slightly better when I got up, just more of a dull pain rather than the sharper pain I had yesterday. This afternoon, two pain pills later, it is feeling a little better. Really feeling it more in my back today, which is probably where the pain is actually coming from. I put a Tylenol Precise pain patch on my lower back this morning and it's helping a little bit. I just wish the pain pills didn't make me so tired, especially when I'm tired enough without them because of the chemo.

Hot out again today, in the 80's, but when I was outside after breakfast, it felt nice, it was still in the 70's then. I tried to do some more weeding, was shooting for working on it for 10 minutes but could only do 8. I never did get a chance to sit outside and read last night like I wanted too; I stepped outside at 7pm and it was just too hot, even in the shade. I'm so thankful I have central air, I don't do well in heat at all.

After coming in and sitting for awhile to take a break, I cleaned and vacuumed my floors. My back was a little stiff so I did the standing portion of my Tai Chi DVD. It didn't make me feel better right away, but I believe it helped with the pain this afternoon, I don't think it was just the pain pills that made me feel better. Even when my pain is at it's worst, I try to get up and move around throughout the day, too much sitting actually makes the sciatica worse.

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LUNADRAGON 6/7/2011 10:53AM

    I usually have to do my morning stretching before getting up in the morning, unless I get up without doing it (like this morning). It usually stretches out the pain out of my low back and sciatica. I do feel your pain.

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SUNSPARKER 6/6/2011 5:35PM

  It takes a lot of determination and willpower to get up and work through the pain as you do. I hope your day has been more comfortable with less pain.

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JANNERUN 6/6/2011 12:46PM

    I really admire you for how much you are doing to keep working thru the pain. To weed, clean your house and vacuum--way to go! Keep working thru it!

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ELLFIN3 6/5/2011 8:54PM

    I am glad today was a better pain day! Sounds like you were very busy! Rest well and have a great Monday!!!!!

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LADYDARYA 6/5/2011 7:45PM

    Does the Tai Chi make a difference with your pain or does it just help you to stay flexible and/or limber. I have been toying with the idea of doing yoga but that would just be to strengthen and stretch what I can, is it like Tai Chi or is Tai Chi more like pilates? I really need to work on my flexibility and you talk about Tai Chi a lot so I'm wondering about that... Do the videos explain everything or would someone need to maybe take a class first?

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NURSNANA 6/5/2011 7:20PM

    Hey Shari, Sorry you have had pain today. It's been hot here too. I sit out in the mornings, after I water all my flowers & veggies. It is usually pretty nice in the morning. I hope you have a good sleep tonight. Take good care. ~hugs~ Nancy

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