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Lord…give me the gift of faith...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Lord…give me the gift of faith to be renewed and shared with others each day. Teach me to live this moment only, looking neither to the past with regret, nor the future with apprehension. Let love be my aim and my life a prayer. ~Roseann Alexander-Isham

I read this today and knew that God meant this for me. I have been a little upset with my doctors this week and have been a bit down about their seemingly ineptitude. I have prayed on this but the mistakes seem to keep coming. I know in my heart that God is using me to teach them to be more careful. I have been very tired for some time and just assumed it was because I was eating so few calories. On Friday, 10/10, I went to the lab for my urinalysis testing that my kidney specialist wanted for my appointment with her on Monday 10/22. I received a phone call on Tuesday from her that I needed to have a urine C&S done as there was something there. Now that really threw me…I thought maybe aliens had landed in my kidneys…never thought she was talking about bacteria (an infection) and the urine C&S was a urine culture and sensitivity test. The sensitivity part was to know which antibiotic would kill the bacteria. (I checked it out on the internet.) She was dropping a script in the mail to get it done. I received and completed it on Wednesday, hoping that my primary doctor might have the results on Thursday. That didn’t happen as the test takes 48 hours. I went to my primary doctor last Thursday and she was most informative and helpful. She was happy with my lab work, etc. She wrote my prescriptions so that they would be covered under our $4.00 plan, (Giant Eagle, WalMart, Rite Aid, etc.) as I exhausted my prescription coverage back in June and it doesn’t pick up again until January 2009. One of them wasn’t covered under the $4.00 plan, but the price was still pretty reasonable. I just can not continue paying $800.00-$900.00 a month any longer for meds.
When I went to the kidney specialist on Monday, she didn’t have the results of the urine C&S test. My kidney function went from 49 to 55 which although it is CKD, Stage 3, to me it sounds better…by 6 points. I have to remain on the limited protein and limited carb diets. I am used to that now even if my body sometimes yells at me wanting those bad, bad foods. lol It is just too few calories for my body to function well…that is my opinion; 600-800 calories is just way to low. (sigh) My kidney doctor called me about half an hour after I returned home from her office and told me that somehow, she had missed reading the last line of the ultrasound report that I had done four months ago…which said that the tube going from the kidney to the bladder on one side was totally blocked or kinked shut. (I had already been told that the ultrasound showed everything was good…no blockage, stones or anything.) Amazing!!! Now I had to schedule an appointment to have a cat scan done of the kidneys which, because she was working out of a temporary office in Waynesburg, she would send the script on Tuesday when she was in her regular office. Tuesday I received a phone call with the results of the Urine C&S and she wanted call in a prescription for me. I picked up and started the Cipro and by Thursday I was feeling the result of heavy antibiotics in my system, so I called my primary care doctor and asked if she would call in a prescription for a Diflucan. They said I could pick it up after 4 pm. McKenzie and I stopped to pick it up on our way to soccer practice. It wasn’t there but the pharmacist called the doctor’s office and she gave him a prescription for Bactrim. DUH!!! When he asked me if that worked for me, I said yes, but I was surprised that I would have to take Cipro and Bactrim at the same time. He looked in the computer and started to “snicker”. I said if that is what she wanted me to take, I would do it, but I definitely would need that Diflucan for sure. He called the doctor’s office back and got it straightened out….took half an hour and McKenzie and I were late for soccer practice…not a big deal.
I just could not believe that Murphy’s Law had really kicked in and kicked my butt. I couldn’t even count it as cardio. lol I received the kidney doctor’s prescription in the mail this morning for the CAT scan and called the hospital to schedule it. She asked me to read the script which I did “CT Scan w/wo contrast”. She asked me what they were to scan and I explained. They couldn’t use a script that was not more detailed…it could have meant my head or any other part of my body. (laughing) After giving her the doctor name and phone number, she called and got that straightened out. She wanted to know if I wanted her to tell the doctor when the appointment would be or was she to call me back. I, of course, asked her to call me because I wasn’t sure if I would get the message. Within ten minutes she had talked with the doctor, the CT scan scheduled, and called me with the appointment…10/30 at 1:30. However I have to get a prescription now for a BUN and Creatinine test before they can do the scan with contrast. Laughing as I type this…here we go again. I am stopping to pick that up on my way to McKenzie’s house.
What happens next in this saga? Stay tuned!
Love and hugs to all who are reading this,
Helen

Praises:
Praise God for He truly takes care of me…leading me when necessary and carrying me when needed. He is always there for me no matter what.
My health…which is actually good
My family and friends
My Spark friends who are always here to support me
Others too numerous to mention

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. God bless you.

  
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CHURCHMOUSE4 10/25/2008 2:53PM

    Dear Helen, I know that you do have a deep faith and you will get through all this "stuff". It is faith that keeps us going, knowing that God sees the whole picture while we only see our little part. You are in my prayers, my dear friend. Love, Jackie.

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MARLA7 10/25/2008 4:14AM

    Helen - I feel for what you're going through. Ugh. But, as you know, the kidneys are nothing to mess with. Wish I had a heads up whenever mine started going downhill.. or should I say, before mine went downhill. Best wishes on all your tests...etc.... My Creatinine level fluctuates between 5.2 - 7.9. I forget my last BUN reading.... but I guess it doesn't matter... I'm at less than 2% function now anyway. I hope you never have to do dialysis. Praying for that. Love you my friend, Marla

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LINDIEMAE 10/24/2008 10:27PM

    Patience and Endurance on your part for sure, my goodness, you certainly got the run around this week, and all those medications !!! Perserverance is another quality that comes to mind that one needs to be able to endure all of this. My hat is off to ya. I hope all is well with the test too.

Our specialists are just way to busy these days, what a shame. Keep up the good work though, its good you know your medications and such, sometimes you do have to remind people as although they are experts in their field they are still only human and fall short of the mark, just as much as you and me. Huggssss, Lindie

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NJMATTICE 10/24/2008 6:26PM

    Helen,
I will keep you in prayer. Doctors and tests and prescriptions, oh my! Keep your chin up. It is bound to get better.
Love, Nancy

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GRAMMY2FIVE 10/24/2008 6:24PM

    Good grief Helen, I'm exhausted just reading this. Well good luck on the test next week. Keep us informed as to the cat scan.
emoticonCynthia

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WANDAH3 10/24/2008 5:16PM

  It is frustrating when you are the person on the receiving end of all of this, but perhaps it a way for you to continue to learn patience, understanding and just letting go and letting God. Sometimes, I think the doctors are just so overwhelmed with their case loads that they just become exhausted too with all that needs to be done. Not that that is an excuse for incompetence, just possibly an explanation.
Hope all goes well for you and you find the answers you need and can become the healthy person you desire to be. Thinking of you in prayer.

Have a great Friday,
Hugs,
Wanda

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TAZZIE5 10/24/2008 5:12PM

    Wow - round & round & round you go. I too am amazed at the low calories - especially with all the activities you do. I am so sorry you are going thru all of this & pray thigs get better real soon. Keep your determined spirit Helen. The Lord will see you thru it all.

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POLLY20 10/24/2008 2:56PM

    My Dear Helen, sound like they have you going in circles.. I know that they really should be better equipped to be more alert & on top of things going on with your health.. I can't get over how few cals you are eating.. You must be so weak & out of sorts at times.. So much Fatigue.. I sure hope that they can come to a conclusion where your health is concerned.. Your health matters.. Love & Hugs Always Polly xxo

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Not shorts and t-shirt weather today

Sunday, October 19, 2008


It was a bit cooler here today. (36* at the moment) Even sitting in the sun at McKenzie’s soccer game, the sun was not very warm. Heaven forbid don’t stand in the shade, frostbite would nip you. I love this type of weather when I am dressed for it. It certainly was not shorts and t-shirt weather. For some reason I have not been able to get warm enough all day even in the house. We had a great time at the game. It is really fun to watch all the kids trying to stop the ball and turn it toward their goal while five other kids are trying to get it at the same time…makes for some interesting moments.
When I got home after the game, I decided to mow our lawn one last time for this year. At least I hope it is the last time. It took me 4 hours to push mow, move the lawn toys out of the way, mow, and put them all back. Although it counts as cardio, I am very tired after all that and my back and hip are really hurting. Now I am looking for someone interested in these toys as next summer McKenzie will definitely be to tall for them and I don’t think I can continue moving them around to mow the grass. I probably will put an ad in the Ad Weekly and see if anyone is interested.

Blessings:
The opportunity to attend church and worship with family and friends
A wonderful day for the game and mowing the grass
My new brush and go hairdo

  
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JIBBIE49 10/20/2008 11:18PM

    Thank you for the GOODIE.

Yes, my son is having a good trip, and I wanted to share his pictures. He tells me that no one in America has any idea what poverty is until they have been to India. He says "Mother, we have no POOR people in America."

I feel sorry for poor women who just keep having one child after another and no idea how they will feed them. emoticon

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POLLY20 10/20/2008 7:06PM

    Helen, As much as we enjoy watching the kids play soccer, we sometimes feel the chill setting in to our bones.. I used to love this weather, the coldeer the better, but now the cold has gotten to me a little more.. I did wear shorts
yesterday afternoon, but I was cooking all morning & after getting all over heated I did sit out on the deck in the sunshine & felt fine.. I did have to put my Fuzzy purple socks on last night & I was a little chilled today.. The kids are so active & that makes such a big difference.. I hope that you can fine a family in need for those great toys.. I have a friend, that just trashes all of her outgrown toys & does not recycle.. I mentioned to her, that they were like new& she should have donated them. She just doesn't think sometimes
& can't be bothered.. I am so happy that you are so very thoughtful & are making that right decission.. Good for you.. Any brothers or sister's planned
for McKenzie?? Love & Hugs Always Your Polly xxo Such a cute picture, looks like she is feeling much better.. (((HUGS)))

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JOANN135 10/20/2008 5:31PM

    Helen, I thought it was cool here this morning when we left for work - it was 67. I was out around lunch time and it had gotten up to 82. Fall in Tampa is sure different than where you are!

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NJMATTICE 10/20/2008 11:43AM

    Hope those little ones were running about a lot. It's getting chilly! Are we going to get to see the new brush and go hairdo?
Have a great day.
-Nancy

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MAURIZIA 10/20/2008 9:30AM

    Helen, just think of all that exercise! Sorry you are hurting, tho! I wish I lived closer to Gabriel & Cristian...to attend their soccer games (when they start)...just to tied to New England to move to Tennessee...but we never know where life will lead us, do we? Hugs, Mauri

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MARLA7 10/20/2008 4:55AM

    Helen - I used to love going to the football games when my son Kevin played. We even sat out at the school I used to go to in the country... Kevin was playing during Hurricane Hugo!!!! The wind was bending the trees so bad... the rain was coming down in sheets! What a night! LOL

It's so nice that you have McKenzie to share your life with you. She'll remember you attending her games! Sorry your boo boos hurt. Rest now. Love ya, Marla

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WANDAH3 10/19/2008 10:48PM

  I loved attending all my sons soccer games. Because of where we lived, we would be on the road to different communities every weekend. A great deal of traveling was involved, but the games where so much fun. Now that he's grown, I must admit, I miss them.

It was very nippy here this morning - 3 degrees...frost was heavy on the ground.

Hope your hip and back are feeling better tomorrow.

Hugs,
Wanda

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Silly Hair but Thankful for What I Have

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Today was rather crazy. DD and I had our hair done this afternoon…she just got a trim as she needs her hair longer for a wedding in which she is a bridesmaid in March although she really wants it cut very short again. She is lucky that she inherited her dad’s thick curly hair (which of course she straightens with a brush and hair dryer). I am tired of wearing a pony tail and mine is to fine and thin to do anything else. Who wants a silly pony tail that is thinner than your pinkie? I am not able to wear it in a braid because it’s so thin the bands just slid off or curl up the ends trying to get it tightened enough to stay. lol A couple of years ago, I had my hair cut really short and got a perm that lasted less than a day. The girl who does my hair couldn’t believe it and gave me another perm…it lasted two days. (I think it was due to my meds or something.) She told me to just get used to the straight hair God gave me…people with curly hair want straight hair, etc. I truly am thankful for my hair although there are days I don’t like the way it looks. So I, being more mature, had mine cut in a bob today as I have in the past and donated it to Locks of Love. I don’t have time any more to mess with my crazy hair...shampoo and a brush and I am out the door. Funny isn’t it how we always want what we don’t have. I always thought I would give anything to have thick wavy hair until a friend of mine whose curly, braided hair was thicker than a horse’s tail and very long started getting severe headaches. After spending tons of money on tests, they found that her headaches were due to the weight of her hair pulling on her scalp all the time. Now she wears her hair short and curly…all natural and loves it. I haven’t thought about that in years until now. Amazing what stirs our memories, isn’t it.
I still haven’t gotten to talk to our new neighbors although Ken says they are very nice. He was home last evening when they brought the containers back along with a lovely thank you card. McKenzie’s mom worked some late hours all week so I got home late every evening. Hopefully I will get to see them before the weekend is over.

Thank God for the hair I do have…there are people without any or who have lost theirs.
Praise Him for my Spark friends who mean so much to me
Thank God for being there for me
My home with heat
Food on our table and being able to share with others
My family which includes many who are not related by blood
Each new day that I can start a new beginning…
Blessings to numerous to list
Hugs,
Helen

  
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SMITH4037 8/1/2011 9:56PM

    I also had my hair cut. Only, I donated it to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths. It was one year ago today that she passed. Her one goal in life was to make sure every person knows that God loves you and Jesus loves you.

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WANDAH3 10/19/2008 7:08PM

  Seems like we are never happy with our hair. I always wanted curly hair and only got the waves while my brother got the Afro curls. Kaeli's hair is so thick that we had a difficult time finding pony tail clips big enough to go around her braid or pony tail and it is poker straight, Shy's hair is thick and spiral curly. Such is life...I've learned to be happy that I have hair! lol.

Hope you have had an opportunity to meet your neighbors...how lovely that you made them feel so welcome.

Have a great evening,
Hugs,
Wanda

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/19/2008 4:05PM

    Poor Helen!!
I'm one with fine, straight, naturally blonde hair and I've not had my hair cut or even trimmed for almost 16 years. Joseph prayed for my hair and I can say that God has blessed it.
Before I was a Christian I always had my hair short and permed...I too wanted curly hair like my mum, brother and sister but no...mines straighter than straight!! But one time I got to thinking...."What am I going to do in Heaven?...I don't believe they'll be any hairdressers there!" So I never touched it again.
Maybe it will help you to take 1000mg of salmon oil a day and use a shampoo+conditioner for volume.

Anyway, I'm sure you look beautiful Helen. emoticon


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JOANN135 10/19/2008 3:23PM

    Helen, post a picture of your new haircut. I just got mine cut -but not very short. I got it "stacked" in the back so it looks fuller. A friend & I were laughing about her "stacked" hair. When the hairdresser asked if she wanted it stacked, she said "yes", but didn't know what it meant. I told her it didn't mean what it meant when we were in high school!

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GRAMMY2FIVE 10/19/2008 2:06PM

    Oh my I hear you...I have such thin fine hair and would dearly love some thickness. And I'm starting to bald in the front on top.
Must be hereditary. My mother and sis were the same way. I keep it really short and simple.
Enjoy your new do...I bet it becomes you.
Cynthia

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MARLA7 10/19/2008 12:49PM

    Helen - My hair is a dark blonde but it's light blonde after being in the sun over summer. I have always loved black hair. Now... the folks with black hair usually want to be blondes! LOL Never happy, are we? Love your blogs. Love you, Marla

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MAURIZIA 10/19/2008 9:08AM

    Helen, how true it is! Especially about us women & our hair! Mine is like your daughter's...thick & curly...which is sometimes why I keep it longer...The weight of it pulls those curls out. One of these days I will post my baby photo, if I find it. When I was born I had black curls all over my head, my body. Mom always said if you imagine a monkey...whose face, palms and feet bottoms are skin & the rest fur, that's how I looked. She wouldn't hold me at first because she thought her younger brother was playing a trick on her with a baby monkey. My cousins always made fun of that...but as it turned out, I barely grow hair on my legs or underarms...and they have lots of it, including facial hair. I tell them it's 'cuz I got all mine grown in the womb! :)

Of course, I always wanted thin, straight hair...but now am thankful for what I have!

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GRANDMANANCY 10/19/2008 7:42AM

    amen ! I have been missing my best friend Ginny lately.( She passed away in February to neuro-endocrine cancer). I walked her home after a 3 year battle. She received "locks of love" and loved them.. I have not had hair below my shoulders in probably 10 years because it is first of all...grey !!! and then it is very thick...very heavy..and wavy. I had so many headaches when my hair was that long. It was awful. Much better now.


I am thankful today that I knew Ginny... and that she taught me so much.

I am thankful that I can begin again.
I am thankful there is no more condemnation in Christ Jesus.
I am thankful I have another chance to get healthy..

oops ! whose blog is this? yours? or mine?? hehe

You are a blessing.

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Moving day across the street

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


The blue house across the street from us has been empty for the past 5 or 6 years with a For Sale sign in the yard…someone stops and mows the grass occasionally. I have heard some noise the last few days about it being sold. Sunday evening, a couple trucks loaded with boxes stopped and within ten minutes had all the boxes unloaded, carried in the house, and gone. I want those guys working for me!!! No one was about all day Monday. Then about 9 pm, a U-Haul pulls up and parks in the back yard, with a van and another car parked in front. Lots of doors slamming, then quiet. Everyone gone already with just the U-Haul still there. (Not that I am nosey (hahaha)...just a quiet neighborhood. The last time doors were slamming late at night, our neighbors car windows were broken.)
I talked with another neighbor and she said that a single mom, her two teenage daughters and 8 year old son bought the house. It appears they are moving in. They definitely work and move faster than Ken and I. It took us what seemed like forever to move.
Anyway this morning, I baked two apple pies and made a large tossed salad and potato salad to take over for them. Ken just finished baking a ham. I haven’t seen anyone around yet today, but if necessary I will leave everything for Ken to deliver later…attached a note welcoming them to the neighborhood. I remember when we moved I didn’t have time to fix meals for anyone…didn’t want to stop long enough to worry about eating for fear I couldn’t get started again. I had trouble walking and breathing at the same time…so out of shape. Anyway, just a little something to help make their move easier. Maybe I will get to meet them later today.

Positives:
I have come so very far in this last year with Spark People:
This morning I was able to get pie crusts made, apples peeled, and everything baked. My house smells great although I’m afraid to inhale for fear of gaining five pounds. lol
I had the energy to peel, cooked potatoes and fix the potato salad and fix everything for a toss salad…this was after I had taken my morning walk and bike ride. I was ENERGIZED!!! My bike ride consisted of going to the store to pick up a couple bottles of salad dressing for the salad. Hope they like it.
I could NEVER had accomplished this even a year ago…I had trouble walking out and getting my newspaper.
Praise God for He is wonderful!!! His blessings are so many!!!
My family, friends (especially my spark friends and their support), and McKenzie
Each new day that God has given me...a new chance...a new beginning
Hugs,
Helen

  
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PDRAKE 10/17/2008 7:39AM

    you sound like the kind of neighbor I would love to have the kids will love the baked goods emoticon

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HSHEAJ 10/16/2008 7:44PM

    You have just made my day! I can feel the love all the way into North Carolina! You are a peach! (...a small, healthy one!) LOL.
Soon your neighbors will realize what a blessing it was to land in a house across from you. I hope that they will be a joy to know.


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MAURIZIA 10/16/2008 2:01PM

    Helen, you are so thoughtful! My mom used to bake homemade bread to bring to neighbors when they moved into the area. Such a sweet thing to do...and one of those lost arts in the 21st century.

Hugs, Maurizia

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WHISKERS12189 10/15/2008 7:50PM

    What a terrific neighbor you are! What was their reaction? Have you met them yet?

Ann

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GRAMMY2FIVE 10/14/2008 10:58PM

    Boy Helen, wouldn't we all love to move in a neighbor as kind and considerate as you. How very lucky they are.

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MEL27P 10/14/2008 10:51PM

    Helen, what a good neighbor you are! And praise God for your transformation from a year ago. God is so good to us!

Hugs, Mel

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TERSIEFROG 10/14/2008 9:27PM

    How sweet are you to make goodies for your new neighbors!! It's nice that someone finally bought the poor little house. I hate to see houses sit empty for too long.

Take care of yourself and I hope you have a good evening!

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WANDAH3 10/14/2008 7:57PM

  Helen, can I live in your neighborhood???? You are the kind of neighbor that I would love to have. What a nice thing to do. Hope they are nice people and appreciate your efforts.

Hugs,
Wanda

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POLLY20 10/14/2008 7:11PM

    Helen, You are exactally what being neighborly is all about.. I know that they will be very excited about yours & Kens new friendship to them.. I love your thoughts & all of that yummy food.. You & Ken are a 1st prize neighbor.. emoticon emoticonLove You both.. Always Polly Lovely quiet Street.. Cheers

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MARLA7 10/14/2008 5:36PM

    Helen - Come be my neighbor please? Yum. I never had neighbors do that for me when I moved anywhere. Hmmm... Guess I'm living in the wrong neighborhood! Love ya, Marla

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NJMATTICE 10/14/2008 5:02PM

    You take your neighbor duties seriously! What an awesome welcome for your new neighbors. The best evangelizing is done with simple kindnesses like this. Good Work Helen. And I am sure that you won't gain 5 pounds from smelling that yummy smell. That just wouldn't be fair pay for your kindness. I think you just lost a pound! Have a wonderful evening.
-Nancy

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30,000 Spark Points and 80 Pounds...WOOHOO!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008


There are many days I feel like doing nothing...today is one of them. Of course, I have already walked three miles and biked six, ate breakfast, showered and just got home from services with my Lord. Now I would just like to relax a moment. However, I just received my 30,000 spark points and need to celebrate. With 80 pounds lost, a new wardrobe, and 30,000 spark points, I just feel the need to continue spreading the spark!!! Maybe I can help someone else on their journey to success.
Without the help of Spark People, the encouragement and support I have received from my spark friends and family, my DD, and my McKenzie, I would probably still be a couch and computer potato; getting more unhealthy by the minute. However, I now have my blood sugar under control, been taken off several medications, my cholesterol is way down, I am riding a bicycle (something I haven't done in 45 years)and walking several miles a day. I was told several years ago that I would never walk again. Foolish doctors!!! McKenzie has even had me jumping on her trampoline...scared witless because of issues with heights, but I accomplished it and was proud of myself. I have so much to be thankful for these days, praise God!!! and I just had to share.
I have received so many blessings they are too numerous to mention, but I remember each of them...I am counting my spark family and friends among my blessings...each one is such a treasure to me!!!
Thank you Spark People for being here for me as I continue my journey to better health. I am still heading for goal...little setbacks will not stop me. Never give up or quit, I am doing it and so can you!!! Every positive is a success...one very small step at a time, one meal at a time, one minute, one hour, one day at a time. They all add up!!
God bless each of our spark members and may you be a huge success!!!
Hugs,
Helen

I posted this under the message boards today but wanted all my friends and family to know how much I love them and appreciate all they do for me and everyone.

  
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HSHEAJ 10/16/2008 7:39PM

    WOW! How impressive! Your attitude and hard work are always an inspiration.
Woo-hoo! emoticon
'Keep it up, Helen!
((Hugs)) Cindy

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JOANN135 10/14/2008 11:25PM

    Helen, what an accomplishment! You are certainly an encouragement to me.
Jo Ann

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POLLY20 10/14/2008 12:37PM

    Helen, First of all I sure hope that McKenzie, will be feeling better soon.. You are so amazing & very thankful for what you have happening in your life.. You have done it with so much support & love, which you are returning in an abundance.. You are A Great Friend.. Love Ya My Dear Helen Always Polly

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MAURIZIA 10/14/2008 10:29AM

    Helen, first off, thanks for my SparkGoodie & your comment. Being as tired as I am from working these hours, those inspired me to do my stream of conciousness blog yesterday.

Congrats on your 80 lbs eliminated and your 30,000 SparkPoints. You are working so hard to do this...and set such a positive example for all of us.

So glad I've gotten to know you, SparkFriend! emoticon

Hugs, Maurizia

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ALFREDIA 10/13/2008 8:41PM

  Congratulations on that weight loss. That is awesome.

Marie

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WANDAH3 10/13/2008 1:21PM

  Helen....fantastic! You rock!

Congratulations on the spark points and the weight elimination!

Hugs,
Wanda

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CHURCHMOUSE4 10/13/2008 10:31AM

    Helen, your blog was exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you for being an inspiration to so many of us and for giving us the will to forge ahead.
Love, Jackie.

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KATHLEENREVISED 10/13/2008 9:11AM

  What an inspiration you are! You are on your way to the danskin triathlon I can see it coming in your future if you haven't already completed one. I added you to my friends, you are where I want to be. thanks so much for your effort. You are definitely leading by example. Kate

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NJMATTICE 10/12/2008 11:17PM

    Job Well Done, Helen. Congratulations. This deserves a parade
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DEUCE119 10/12/2008 10:25PM

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WOW THAT IS QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT. YOU DESERVE TO PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK. NO ONE KNOWS BETTER THEN YOUR TEAM HOW HARD YOU HAVE WORKED AND HOW HARD THAT WORK IS TO DO. CONGRATS ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT. emoticon emoticon

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MEL27P 10/12/2008 7:06PM

    Helen, I am so very proud of you! 80 pounds lost is such an incredible achievement! And you are getting healthier by the day. Good for you! Keep up the good work, and be careful on that trampoline! LOL

Blessings,
Mel

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GRAMMY2FIVE 10/12/2008 6:24PM

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Helen, what an accomplishment. 80 lbs is an awesome amt. You're just what I needed to read about today to give me inspiration. To know that I know someone who has not only lost the weight, but got so healthy doing it. That is my goal. And get off some meds. OMGoodness. I had no idea. You are so unassuming. I'm pleased you shared this all with us. Now please stay with us and help us all by your shining example to see us thru our new journey. We need you for guidance
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GRANDMANANCY 10/12/2008 1:56PM

    YAHOO !!!! I am so proud of you !!!! Give yourself a hug! look up into that beautiful sky and just laugh at those silly ol doctors!!!

Love and prayers!
nancy

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GRANDBOBB 10/12/2008 1:40PM

    All I can say is, WOW! What a terriffic and inspirational person you are. When I read successes like yours it certainly does help me to carry on with my own lifestyle change! Thanks for sharing and Keep Sparking!

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KAROUSELL46 10/12/2008 1:12PM

    You are a very inspirational lady. One can get the feeling of your happiness for life, family and friends. God bless you. emoticon emoticon

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MARLA7 10/12/2008 12:43PM

    Helen - You sure are a grateful Lady for all you've been given and all you've accomplished. So many take things for granted. Enjoy your day my friend. Love, Marla

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