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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Yes, this is drivel. It's the loooooooooooong drivel-blog that some of you have repeatedly requested me to cough up. Here is your mucous plug, Sweetie. This blog is not much about diet or exercise but a lot about my goofy life here in the boonies.

Time Marches on. Seasons come and go. After this winter I have a real appreciation of the significance of those phrases. My own take on it: I hate winter! I'm sure I have plenty of buddies who agree.

I started coming out of hibernation on the first day of spring when my crocus finally bloomed. Unofficial spring usually arrives much earlier here. I felt ripped off. I spent 4 months holed up like a gopher, suffering through the continental winter/polar vortex/arctic air mass/arctic freeze/blizzard/ice pelleted/freezing rain/snow/sleet/total freaking mess. I know others can out-trump me on snow, ice, you name it but I I suffered and have mental scars. I now have the same repulsion for winter as I do for things like venereal disease, venomous snakes, used car salesmen.

What did I do during this prolonged hibernation?...............Well...........
......... I mostly laid in bed, watched T.V., slept, got up to eat, laid in bed, watched T.V., slept, got up to eat. During my hibernation phase I also paced in the house - practically wore grooves in the floor getting my steps in. I couldn't get out to go anywhere. I tried it once and got stuck in the driveway and had to dig myself out with a shovel. It was like an episode of Ice Road Truckers, sliding down the Dalton Highway. I'm not even allowed to hike outside alone, let alone dig out a car. I gave up after that. It was my only winter adventure. It sucked. If I had actually reached the road I would have found that they had deteriorated to the point of being the Oregon Trail anyway. People couldn't tell where the roads were so they were driving in the ditches. Everyone was off-road, even old ladies in their Buicks. There were articles in the paper trying to soothe irate citizens who were tired of paying for roads they don't have. Every person in the county wanted to gut the county road commissioner because they didn't even clear the non-roads this winter. You can't scrape dust, I guess. During hunting season, I would not have been surprised to see the road commissioner laid out at a pig roast with an apple stuck in his mouth, while someone declared "They have soft hands and soft brains from lack or work and they taste just like deer you know, only greasier and less smart."

My slim grip on sanity deteriorated. Yes, I stilled bathed because I have the personality of a lab but as far as primping, well, nah, not too much. My hubby, who is about as cheap as Ebeneezer Scrooge, reached the point where he was like "How bout I buy you a new pair of sweat pants!!!!!!" I muttered an unenthusiastic, "Nah." He didn't give up, "Those sweat pants are getting in pretty bad shape. Your pants are torn and your left cheek is kind of hanging out. Are you sure you can still get them off?" I mumbled, "Eh, whatever." Mr. Funny pushes on, "We could spring for you a new Bic razor so you could shave your legs too!!" My response "Nah." Besides, that extra leg fur actually comes in handy when it's below zero outside. I let my mustache and beard grow too! And you thought Sasquatches were a myth.

Hubby and I have still tried to get some walks in outside. On one walk we encountered a really friendly barred owl. He/she was very good looking and not shy - allowed us to get within 10 feet of where it was sitting in a tree. Stared as us and didn't leave. I don't know if it was in heat or what but I've never seen an owl this friendly and neither had hubby. It accentuated the way that males and females perceive the same situation. I thought that the owl hanging around and staring at us meant we looked " smokin' hot". Hubby thought it meant the owl had rabies. LOL. In actuality it was probably thinking, "What are those stupid buttholes doing outside in this weather? They have indoor heat" Hubby got some pictures.

I still braved the cold to feed the wildlife, especially after an article in the paper that said a lot of them were not going to make it through the winter. We saw a squirrel, covered in ice, sitting on a limb. It looked like it was freezing to death. We did lose a lot of wildlife, especially squirrels, and we hardly have any turtles this year yet. I have a small handful of the same turtles that come to my turtle feeding station. I did spy 2 turtles mating already. My hubby says I should be ashamed and shouldn't watch but I have to in the interest of science. LOL. Daisy, the neighborhood dog, still gets around. I've fed her so much that whenever she sees me now she licks her lips. LOL. My hubby has even noticed and commented on it. Ahem. We had some new buddies - a huge puffy calico cat that was living in our old garage and a grey cat that is bothering the birds at our feeders. We have already had a SNAKE which was always laying on a limb in the pond. It must have been the one from the Bible because it weighed 30 pounds and was 30 yards long - yes, an exaggeration, but the minute I saw it I knew that it and I could not co-exist. The more I thought about it, the greater it grew in size in my mind. I told hubby to get rid of it and he did. Yes, I know they kill lots of vermin (blah,blah,blah) but when they are big enough to eat vermin like me they have to go. I'm not burning the trash standing next to a boa constrictor. Recently, we rescued a baby squirrel who had gotten on the roof and was afraid to get off. Hubby and I could not stand watching it stare at us while shaking. Poor little thing. We fed it peanuts and sunflower seeds and the baby seems to like us. It was so little it was friendly and not afraid of people. Now Baiter has his/her own bag of peanuts and a corn feeder. I know. I can't help it. We got some pictures. Baiter's mommy looked a mess but is recovering. She has been having some problems - had a black nose, a patch of hair torn out on her back, she laid on the ground sometimes. Hubby thought she was in a fight or fell. I think she had frost bite. Thank God my hubby has a good-nature because he knows if I see something like this then I want to fix it which ends up morphing into an episode of Wild Kingdom where hubby is Tom, wresting the anaconda, and I'm Marlin Perkins, calmly narrating, "I am now putting the neosporin ointment on the abraded area.............." Yes, it's not easy being married to me. We see a lot more deer now. Some of the fawns this year appear to be orphaned and I'm sure we could make pets out of them if we wanted to. Of course I would want to and hubby would not. LOL. They hide on our property and eat out of our compost pile. There are tons of turkeys around. We had a big Tom in the yard the other day and my husband is now worried that he is no longer the alpha male on the property.

About the time that spring arrived our spring and summer birds started coming back - the red headed woodpecker, the indigo buntings, the rose breasted grosbeaks, the hummers, and unfortunately, the cowbirds. Cowbirds are the super-sluts of the bird universe. They come in and mate and then lay their eggs in some other bird's nest. Some birds are smart enough to figure this out but other birds, often really pretty ones, are dumb and end up raising these ugly mothers. I wonder what a cardinal thinks when it's feeding this hideous looking bird - "he look like your side of the family". Our phoebe, Fleabag, found a cowbird egg in her nest and pecked it. Game over.

My crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, periwinkle, forsythia, spirea, dogwoods, red buds, columbine, iris, peonies have all bloomed since March 22. My day lilies would be blooming now but the deer helped themselves to almost all of the blooms. I put out all of the yard decorations and we got all of the fountains going. When things start greening up here they go fast - from bare trees to lush in less than a week or two. It's nice now but already hot and humid.

We have had a few storms and ended up with a small tree through the roof. It almost caused me to pee my pants and Runtster was very upset. The other 6 chinchillas didn't bat an eye - yawn. Hubby got the roof fixed quickly.

We had a quiet Thanksgiving, a quiet Christmas, a quiet New Years, a quiet Valentine's Day, a quiet St. Patrick's Day, a quiet Easter, a quiet Memorial Day Yep, all's quiet on the Midwestern front. I cooked some traditional food, sent a few cards, but basically ignored the entire holidays otherwise. I didn't have the energy for all the hoopla. I have kept up with decorating for the holidays outside. The spring wreaths are up now and I need to take them down and decorate for summer.

A few days before Christmas 3 of our chinchillas, Rico Suave, Bun, and Blocker, had surgery. Blocker had to have an antibiotic and did terrible with it so we had to force feed her. She was cute and sweet looking when she was so sick, very vulnerable, but quickly reverted to her bizzarro self after she got better which is okay because Blocker is unique, quirky, tough, strange. She is a lot friendlier now and she seems to have a crush on my hubby. The girls, except Bun who likes me, seem to get crushes on hubby. They flirt with him. Baxter and Porkie have a crush on me which means I get my arm humped, their male idea of flirting. So we spent most of our holidays syringe feeding the little beggars. All 7 of them get some of the special ground food as they feel slighted if they don't. Spoiled?? YES! Rico Suave, Bun, and Squeaker had surgery on February 22 and And Porkie had dental surgery on May 18. He is very lovey-dovey now and I am properly groomed daily by him. This is total grooming, complete with ears. Their health care plan keeps our bank account drained and soon we may have to set up a website for them where they beg for money.

Our son was able to come home for a couple of hours on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and for 2 business meeting but was exhausted from the retail frenzy. His battery went out on his car and his pipes froze up in his house and mommy and daddy could help him with advice from 70 miles away. He has been sick constantly since he moved there - new place, new "bugs". He gave me a card, an ArticTie, and a Duck Dynasty hat for Mother's Day and my birthday. I made a mistake by saying that I thought Duck Dynasty was kind of funny. Mind you these are not the kind of people I would be friends with as they kill everything that moves, but the result was that I now have a Duck Dynasty hat and my hubby grew a beard to prove to everyone that he could look better than these scruffy dudes. Hubby just shaved it off last weekend. From now on, I won't admit to liking anything and nothing is funny to me.

Hubby and I went and decorated the family graves on Mother's Day and visited with our adopted mom, my MIL's best friend. We ate at Backyard Burgers because every place else was packed. I don't like crowds. I seem to have lost interest in Backyard Burgers though. They are just okay to me now. Before anyone freaks out, I leave off the mayo and ditch the bun. I can have the rest on my diet.

Dad sent me a snarly card asking if I was dead so I called him to tell him I was. He is thinking of getting another live in "maid". The last "maid"was 25, bi-polar, and didn't clean. She was beautiful and blonde. We have pictures of her dressed like a Catholic school girl in a mini plaid skirt while she was sitting on his kitchen counter. She lasted until she beat him up and the last I know she still has an outstanding warrant for her arrest for this. My uncle found another of Dad's "maids" laying in his driveway drunk with a empty bottle of Dad's booze. I'm not sure if my uncle fired her or if dad did. Dad is very forgetful but we are hoping that someone can get through to him that, in general, maids usually clean. So I'm not looking forward to another new "maid".

My hubby got a bonus and 2 raises since the end of the year which is nice as we are paying for healthcare now. Some cheap insurance group can't deny me from having it any longer. We actually have more money as when our son moved out our utilities went down - he had so much electronics in his room it had the glow of a nuclear reactor. My hubby would open the door and ask. "What's going on in here? What is with the constant flashing and glowing in here day and night? Do you have a portal to another world in here?" Our grocery bill is cut in half but my cheap hubby still worries if we have any waste at all and, believe me, I waste very little. He never shops and will gripe if I have to throw part of a shriveled carrot away. A black radish. I have to explain to him that I can't buy a half head of cabbage, a single carrot, a lone green onion. And with my severe cabin fever and my tenuous grip on sanity I had to explain to him that I could just shove his head in the toilet and flush it a few times if he complains too much and gets on my nerves too bad.

I veered off plan a little during the holidays but I am making an real effort to do what I'm supposed to do - eat better, increase my exercise, get plenty of sleep, avoid stress, etc. I have cut back on calories, carbs, and processed foods. My arthritis, especially left knee, won't allow me to sock in 20,000 steps a day so I have to break my exercise into chunks. I do fantastic on the sleep for a while and then will stumble a little but it's mostly good. The stress is hit and miss but mostly good too. I'm still making time for ways to relax. I got tired of reading books and am reading magazines and doing crossword puzzles. Swinging. My challenge right now is to get some relief from my R.A. and to repair my wimpy gut. I still have the bloating, GERDing, and will spare you the rest. My doctor is working on it and so am I.

Speaking of my doctor, I went to him recently. He didn't want to talk at all about my diet and exercise other than to insist I have celiac disease. Oh, poo!! He zeroed in on my heart palpitations, lung problems, and poor gut health. Added new meds, some of which I was forced to try as I had tried supplements and the natural approach and they didn't work. So I now have a super-duper, platinum-priced inhaler that cuts out the side effects I had with the other one, which I couldn't tolerate. My old one with Ventolin makes me shake like I'm convulsing and I get a headache that will blow the top of your head off plus I get tachycardia which is no-no now with my heart arrhythmia. I have not had to use the new one yet. I am also supposed to take Singulair pills but haven't. The side effects worry me. I'm not a prude but driving down the interstate naked while asleep is an activity I have tried to avoid. I take Claritan daily for the allergies/asthma. And the simethicone, digestive enzymes, plus probiotics for my gut as I can no longer tolerate certain raw veggies. I'm hit and miss with those. I also no longer care much for chicken which is a pain in the butt. I find I prefer fish and seafood. Pescetarian, anyone?

So that's what's up. I'm tweaking my diet, or strangling it, depending how you look at it. I'm upping my exercise SLOWLY. I'm trying to sneak some extra work in and trying to make the most out of every day. So far, so good.






  
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 7/18/2014 7:38PM

    Loved your blog, lightened my day. You sound like my kind of person. Hope you will add me as a friend. I need you on my journey to health and happiness. I added you as a friend. I need friends like you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon .

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MERRYROBYN 7/14/2014 10:37PM

    You mind if I copy this and use it for next Christmas' letter? LoL. I can never think of what to write about and you are fun and entertaining. I'm in Arizona and its hard to remember what winter was like before the triple digits started in May. My A/C was highest this month than it has been all year long due to the fact I'm home 24/7 and I never turned it off. I had to set the thermostat to 80* for this month. It still kicks on a lot and I hope I dont have to keep lower it to match the temp outside.

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KWILLI43 7/11/2014 10:12AM

    Ohemgee!!! Thank you for my early morning ab workout. Still laughing at some of thoughts. Thanks for sharing-this was very entertaining! emoticon emoticon

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IMEMINE1 7/2/2014 3:23PM

    This was very interesting! emoticon

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REBECKY441 6/29/2014 4:39PM

    Wow! How did I miss this?
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REGILIEH 6/28/2014 4:53PM

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KAPERK1 6/25/2014 7:37PM

    Hope you're doing better!
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CONFUSEDBIRD 6/23/2014 9:15AM

    Glad to hear the warm weather is bringing you out of hiding! That is terrible u guys lost a lot of wildlife. I hope the turtles return soon.

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ALEXTHEHUN 6/21/2014 11:54AM

    I enjoyed this thoroughly.

Thanks,

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SUSANNAH31 6/20/2014 2:44PM

    Your blog is so entertaining. You have a great way of spinning life's aggravations.
It's good to hear from you too. I hope the new health care really improves things for you.
Hugs,
Sue

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CHRIS3874 6/19/2014 9:45PM

    This cracked me up something fierce.Now I want to get a "maid".

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/19/2014 1:42AM

    Glad you survived the winter. I love it when the blooms come out. I don't like venereal disease or venomous snakes but, I have been married for a long time to a used car salesman, glad I haven't had to go through the process in years. Hope you enjoy the summer. emoticon emoticon

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1STEELERLADY 6/17/2014 1:13PM

    Well, I missed this earlier this month but LOL enjoyed reading it on my lunch today! You have the gift of gab my friend. You may find your life a little boring at times, but we sure don't! Thanks for catching us up.

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THINANDFITEMILY 6/12/2014 11:13AM

    Wild~Witty~Wacky
Wuv YOU!
- we need you to write a book
let me know when it is published!

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DESERT_BIRD 6/9/2014 6:50PM

    I especially liked this line: Everyone was off-road, even old ladies in their Buicks. LOL.

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CATIATM 6/8/2014 10:48AM

    I had to save your blog until I had time to really read and wnjoy it -- and I was not disappointed!

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WISLNDR 6/8/2014 8:13AM

    I knew that I would be happy if I saved your blog until I had time to read every word! Thanks for getting us all caught up on your adventurous life and for the laughs this morning!

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BLAZINGSWORD 6/7/2014 7:27PM

    Glad to see your blog. I know you have been super busy. I will continue to pray for you and your health. Trusting that the weather is to your liking.

I love hearing about the wild life and your "fur babies". They do grow on us!

Take care and emoticon emoticon to you and those nearest & dearest to you!

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DESERT_BIRD 6/7/2014 11:40AM

    Only you could turn "mostly laid in bed, watched T.V., slept, got up to eat, laid in bed, watched T.V., slept, got up to eat" into hilarity. Love ya.

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GENRE009 6/6/2014 11:30PM

    Boy you have quiet the fan club. I guess i'll have to settle for being farther down the list! Anyway, I realize you don't know me, but you have answered one of my blogs. Right now they are either my goals-boring, or I am doing jokes. Someone challenged me to only talk about my diet. Just read your blog, you have an amazing sense of humor. I wish I could upload the weird pictures of snow I have. But instaed I will just send you a piece I wrote about winter when I was hyper. P.s.- did you leave anything out in this blog, because you covered everything, I think. eva

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LISAN0415 6/6/2014 10:40PM

    Thank you for sharing.... and oh my yes yes yes This winter was hard on everybody!!! I was pregnant and it seemed everytime I had a doctors appt or a lab appt or ultrasound, there was a blizzard. I missed 2 doctors appts and an ultrasound because of it.

Sometimes it's hard to feel joy when there is so much going on, I know in times like this I have to actively choose and seek and embrace all the good moments. Sometimes when I get in a funk, I start making myself write downAT LEAST 5 good things that happened that day, and sometimes its hard to find 5, and sometimes- to my surprise, I end up writing down more. Sometimes it can be as small as a stranger smiled at me, or a good re-run of Golden Girls was on, or the weather improved....

I am so happy for better weather. For Lent this year, I gave up complaining for 40 days, it was tough, ESPECIALLY since I was 7-8 months pregnant, and I caught myself a couple times mid complaint, but it truly did make a difference in my attitude and well being.

I hope you have a better weekend, and feel better after airing out your feelings.
Thinking of you and hoping for some better days ahead ;) -Lisa

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/5/2014 10:42PM

    Another great blog!!! Thank you for sharing. I am waiting for your book to come out as I know it will be a best seller.
Sorry you experienced pretty much the same winter weather we did...not pretty and so extremely cold! Hope next year is much warmer with less snow!

I also have Celiac Disease and if I have gluten, the side effects are not pleasant. It is hidden in the strangest places. Check your medications (any pills at all) and make sure they are gluten free. It has taken me quite a while to get all mine gluten free and sometimes it is still a real issue. Thank God I use a small family pharmacy where the druggists watch out for me!!!
Just do the best you can each day. That's all you can do.
Hope things are going better for your dear son.
Enjoy better seasons...one day at a time.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SLIMMINJENN 6/5/2014 10:37PM

    I love reading your blogs! you are a hoot!!

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MRS.CARLY 6/5/2014 9:29PM

    I dislike winter too...unless it is like a temporary thing...like a vacation in a cabin surrounded by snow. Thank God I live in Texas...even with out snowless winter I still had the "winter blues".

So....how old is your dad? Does he hire these women to just look at them? Are they really maids or is this a pet name he uses for wives?


Missed your blogs!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/5/2014 9:10PM

    OMG, my retinas are fried. My face hurts from smiling.
We are so much alike, sister!

Spend every evening watching Highway Thru Hell. My DH wants to desert to Canada to join.
If you let the leg hair grow enough you can weave your own pants.
I watched squirrels making new squirrels. Again and again.
I just pee my pants when I sneeze, because that's what can happen when you're 60 and multi-parous.
You've got me on the Duck Dynasty thing. We're city folk so don't get it. (understand it). I see beards like that and think everyone has guitars and is singing "She's got legs".

Nice to see you survived to brighten the summer.
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HIPPICHICK1 6/5/2014 5:00PM

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SUZYMOBILE 6/5/2014 12:06PM

    There was so much here that had me laughing and delighted in general with your sense of humor! I won't go on about your health issues, because you don't. I only wish you broke up your blogs over time so that we could have more of them.

I met some wildlife people down here whose "real" job is running a local restaurant that's an institution. I'll share the long version of the story about them because they remind me of you and Benny taking care of squirrels.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/5/2014 10:21AM

    But you didn't share the pictures!!!!!

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MISSM66 6/5/2014 9:33AM

    OMG I never laugh so much on a early morning like this,my hubby sit next me on his computer asking me what the matter with me and I have to read some of it to him and he was laughing too emoticon this is a wonderful blog and you should get this framed, you should also moved to Florida emoticon you will have much fun here,take care of your self and keep emoticon emoticon for sharing this emoticon emoticon

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LOFLLAMA 6/5/2014 6:58AM

    You are a beaut! Keep smiling.

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NASFKAB 6/5/2014 1:44AM

  lovely blog all the best

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NORASPAT 6/4/2014 10:48PM

    "M" it took forever to get to your forever blog. I am so happy you are blogging I can actually read it from my tablet I can make it all larger so I actually got you to the very end. I did not time it but it sure was a long one. They are the best from you .

I hope you start to blog on a more regular basis, you know we all are charmed by your witticism. Got to go I am trying to get to our bed before the witching hour. HUGS and much love. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon BLOG!!!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 6/4/2014 10:25PM

    I really love your blog & your sense of humor. And you Dad, I totally been there. Nuff said. Glad the big thaw is here & you get out of your cabin. My offer still there to get together. I live in Macomb, IL. No close, but not far either.
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LIVINGFREE19 6/4/2014 9:32PM

    I love your humor! With all that is going on with your life, at least you keep your sense of humor!

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KALISWALKER 6/4/2014 7:21PM

    I am thrilled to read your blog. You have been quiet far too long. Wow it does sound like Animal Kingdom around your home. I love squirrels too and think of them as pets that can take care of themselves. With our squirrels, the parents have babies then move away and leave the place to the little ones. It's fun watching them grow up and they also watch us a lot too. When we have been away for awhile they stop along the fence and look at us for awhile to get reacquainted.

I had to google arctic tie. I have never heard of them, but now I NEED one right away. Thanks for the info about the side effects of the asthma meds I take daily. I am proof you can gain weight and lose the weight on the meds. Don't know about driving naked on the freeway while asleep, but I'll let you know when it happens.

Your fur babies and vet bills, yikes. My healthy dog is expensive for dental cleaning, grooming, etc. Pets are wonderful companions and so much fun, glad you have them.

Take care my friend and don't wait so long before you blog again.

Hugs
Lynn

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CONTENTCHRIS 6/4/2014 6:55PM

    emoticon for the update. I hope things continue to get better and maybe one day u can have a winter house in Florida to escape the evil winter!

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NPA4LOSS 6/4/2014 6:31PM

    What an exciting winter you have had. I feel about the same as you do. I managed to break my arm at the shoulder level in January and had 4 weeks of sitting at home out of the lousy weather. I have managed to add Fibro and Pre-diabetes to my health conditions. I am going to try another dietician next week as my primary keeps harping on my weight. I have Gastroparesis and eat about 800 calories on a good day. The man is nuts.
I managed to make it through the Winter and after the 6 days of Spring I am tackling Summer temps.
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CODEMAULER 6/4/2014 4:14PM

    It's always a treat to read your blogs; keep 'em coming!

As much as I failed to enjoy winter, I'm not sure that I'm in love with 'suddenly summer,' either. Apparently spring made other plans this year.

Wishing you lovely days, no matter the season!

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SCOOTER4263 6/4/2014 3:57PM

    Next time, let's just get one life and share it. My last couple months were identical, if you swap out chinchillas as for cats and dogs. I don't have as many illnesses, but I'm more busted up, so we can call that one a draw.

Here, it was one of those years that went straight from winter to summer with only about 20 minutes of springtime (or, as I think of it, frostbite to sunburn.) I've gone back to landscaping and gardening with a vengeance - five days a week - and had to stop caring for the elderly for now - that'll be my wintertime job.

Other than dying my hair blonde (the only color I'd never been, including some really odd ones like that cool industrial blue I did back in the '80s - and now I know why - it looks dreadful) the only big thing I've accomplished was to rent a 20 yard roll-off dumpster and gather all the garbage from the two barns, the house, and the various construction/demolition projects and borrow my neighbor's skidder to load it. Oh, and I bought a new water heater. High times, I tell ya.

Thank you for the update - I really enjoyed reading it. Loved the issue with Dad and the "maids."



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WOWEETOO 6/4/2014 3:06PM

    wowee your life is always worth reading more so than mine for sure!! lol emoticon

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GUNNSGIRL91303 6/4/2014 1:37PM

    Wow Tish, what a winter you had. I really think you need to send this blog into a magazine because it has me in stitches and I know its publishable. Next winter you should just write a novel, what talent you have!

I hope you get the health problems under control but as with most things, its a work in progress. I can relate to the GI stuff and its funny, I'm not enjoying chicken anymore either. I always prefer fish but hubby is a meat and taters man. I do get him to eat fish at least once a week though because we both love salmon. I eat lots of tuna also.

Hey, I hope you enjoy your summer and treasure the heat, no matter how humid it gets because you can remember next winter when it all freezes up again though I'm praying that none of you in the midwest will go through a repeat of this last winter! We were lucky here in Seattle, a long winter but super mild, almost too mild...going to be a buggy year with lots of spiders.

Take care and thanks for the laughs!

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F70176555 6/4/2014 1:16PM

    Loved your blog and the situation with your Dad and the Maids sounds like something out of a Movie. Had to laugh.
So neat that you feed the animals!

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/4/2014 12:43PM

    In London, not much time but thank you for this blog. I must admit I shed a tear or two. Reminded me how much I miss you and your crazy blogs!! Love you, M!

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OPALMOON 6/4/2014 12:18PM

    Hi Tish,
Thanks for a most entertaining blog! What a lot you've had going on in your corner of the world, especially with the wildlife and the weather. We were breaking heat records at the same time over here, and we've just had the warmest late Autumn around the country too.... We are getting some much needed rain, though I know it's winter when my bones are telling me all about it! I understand how you felt you were losing your sanity....I fond being house-bound with acute on top of chronic pain very difficult to cope with last year. Hope your fur babies will all be okay now. Sorry you are still having a challenging time with GI issues - I sure hope that can settle down and htat life gets easier for you.
Big hugs, Nattacia

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NAYPOOIE 6/4/2014 12:12PM

    You need to blog more often.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 6/4/2014 11:59AM

    So glad you blogged! I can see why you haven't wanted to.

Your blog could be a case study for "why I hate living in the country and refuse to do so".

Except for the wildlife and terrapins, which I love. That was so sad about the iced-over squirrel. Good grief.

But if you're happy with your choice, and no roads and very little reception, then, to each his own.

I remember the absolute corruption at all levels of every kind of govt in Illinois - I'm guessing that's why the roads aren't taken care of. $. Our nation needs a moral reboot; an ethical revival.

I think you need a hobby. Other than walking a groove in the floor, and being a foster parent to wild things without and parent to chinchillas within.

A hobby, or a volunteer position. So wish you could get well and be strong again.

Something life affirming, or at the very least, mentally stimulating. Your mind is bigger than your life circumstances at the moment. Not a good fit. Any good correspondence schools offering anything of significance lately? They are probably all internet based now.

So sorry to hear about Ian's sickness. Sounds like his constant stress is wiping out his immune system. And sorry for your continued health woes, as well.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 6/4/2014 10:46AM

    will have to read in sections ...LOL......... I hate winter too - but both extremes are hard now 90s already - gonna be a long summer

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EDDYMEESE 6/4/2014 10:03AM

    Alright, you're not as terrible as Haley's Comet with your blog frequency...lol. I'm always glad when you do blog!

I can't even imagine that weather. I would have gone absolutely INSANE (are you certified, yet?). I couldn't do it. I would come out the other end having shaved my head, started to dabble in coprophagia and probably speaking "squirrel".

Ugh, your poor dad. He is a romantic at heart but what chance does he have with a 25-year-old?

I won't say much about the wildlife and furry ones - you know how I feel about all of that and you know how much I love you for it!

I don't remember - do you grow your own veggies? You know, in the future, instead of tossing shriveled carrots and black radishes, you could make them for dinner and see how he likes that? Or cut the black radishes on the salad :) Yum :)

I really, really, really wish the doctors could figure out your GI issues. Wish list: 1) cure T's GI issues 2) end world hunger 3) world peace.

I would still like a blog full of pictures of the animals and plants.


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--KREN 6/4/2014 7:55AM

    LOVE your blogs, lol. Reminds me of when I lived in the boonies. I'm happy to hear someone else talk about cowbirds because when I tell people what AWOL moms they are, no one believes me. I have seen lovely small birds feeding those giant ugly babies, lol.

Glad to hear you are taking care of your health, girlfriend.

Karen

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CAROLMAID 6/4/2014 7:42AM

    This has to be the best thing I have read in a long time....and I read a LOT! lol
You deserve an award for your sense of humor and approach to life. It's not like you don't have issues....you do....hahahaha!...you just choose to find humor in them. Seems like a great plan. Clearly it's working for you.

Nearly died when I read your husband's reaction to your son's electronic nuclear reactor. My husband's been on a tear lately about all the utility bills that keep escalating these days. I have three kids. 21, 19, 17....need I say more???? they seem to think they need to shower like its a hazmat stall, maybe from their electronic nuclear electronics exposure. I dunno! But clearly there is an unwritten rule that no shower will be less than 20 minutes long and preferable if two of these were taken in one day! LOL He's secretly praying they will leave soon..on a permanent basis, rather than temporary ones so those electric, hot water, food bills decrease. He's sure by amounts so astronomical he could afford to pay the mortgage alone on the money he will save when this happens. Except we all know that wish isn't going to a reality for time in perpetuity.

My sister and I have also come to the conclusion that there is a force field that generates in these young people's rooms which repels all manner of trash that gets thrown at the trashcan sending it in a circular pattern all AROUND the can but not IN it. Same goes for laundry baskets!

Anyway, loved this blog! Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you love your life despite the INSANITY! Hope you didn't mind my sharing here a little bit of my insanity with you. Always nice to know someone else is headed to the same asylum we are destined for....

Have an awesome day! Good luck with your Spark Journey. To much success. Especially in the meds cocktail tweaking. My husband has similar med combo issues. Not a fun game to play!

Best wishes!

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The Times They Are A Changin'

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Some of my sparkbuddies have nudged me to write another update. It's another long one, I'm afraid, but I have a lot of questions to answer. I apologize in advance.

First, I am having problems with the computer I just purchased at the end of February. It started when sparkpeople started their pop-up videos. I have ad blocker but it apparently doesn't work on these. I appreciate that sparkpeople is a free site but I'm limited on my download capacity. Now I have a corrupted file and IE is unable to run and I can't use links. It took me all day to get my old computer set back up to use. I don't really have time to waste on this.

The NWS predicted winter mix Monday but we didn't get it. It's cold though - the high was 39 yesterday. The low 18. I'm still hoping for a long Fall, a Wimpy winter, and an early, long Spring. The old timers are predicting a bad winter but I've heard squirrels build huge nests when we are getting a bad one and they haven't as yet.

It was a disappointing year for wildlife. Obviously the drought the past 2 years caused problems and humans have taken their toll on the wildlife too. We didn't have nearly as many turtles this year and some of our favorites were missing - ones that have been coming for almost as long as we have lived here. There are not as many birds either, not as many squirrels. I have not seen a fox here in a while, nor a rabbit. I don't see deer like I use to either. Hunting season is in full swing so the deer are hiding. I saw a doe with 3 fawns earlier this year. Hopefully the hunters won't kill her as she has babies to raise. We had a wood duck family of 2 adults and 3 babies on the pond for over a week but the neighbor's cat finally frighted them away. Too many pests around, humans or otherwise. I love cats but they are the number one threat to wildlife.

I was reminded by a couple of friends that I failed to mention if my MIL's estate was settled. MIL died on Good Friday, April 22, 2011. We had hoped the estate/trust would be settled late last year but it dragged on due to problems associated with the house sale. There were nothing but problems with the entire estate/trust so we should have expected it to be no different. It was finally done in mid July. The final checks were delivered to everyone concerned - lawyers/legal guardians/brothers. The account was closed. It's OVER.

Oddly enough when it looked like my MIL's estate/trust would be settled my hubby and I were already thinking ahead and on the same page. We decided we would get back to remodeling. We spent so much time over the years settling my mom's, grandma's and MIL's estates and taking care of the their 3 houses that we got exhausted and burned out. Our own place got pushed to the back burner. Everything deteriorated. We made a plan and have been working on it. We started, oddly enough getting the yard back in shape while it was still cool in the spring. Painting and revamping the yard art and cleaning up the raised beds, perennials, cutting down dead trees. We are not done but it looks a lot better. He and I started decluterring here for the first time in years. We are making decisions to junk stuff, pack it up to sell, or donate. Hubby has been cleaning out the pole barn and I'm chucking tons of stuff in the house. We are dealing with leaves now and getting everything ready for winter. I got the garden beds taken care of. He just finished getting our 3 vehicles and got my son's truck repaired/tuned up. Hubby is putting a furnace and air conditioning in the pole barn. We are planning a whole house generator and a vent-less gas fireplace. We have to roof the back porch soon. We are starting the indoor remodeling in my son's ex-room. It will be our new family room. The old family room will be an office/computer/sewing/craft room. We will no longer have a second bedroom.

We also thought that after we sold my MIL's house that we were done driving 60 miles every week, or even more often, but our son was promoted to manager of a new sporting good store in a recently remodeled mall located in a rural town of 9000 northeast of here. It is 63 to 70 miles from here depending on what roads we can take due to the weather. The closest roads are really rural and hilly, with lots of curves and filled with Old Amish buggies. LOL. This is my son's first real home. It is long overdue as he is 29. Since he is a novice he asked for our help to find suitable lodging. We looked at a lot of frightening dumps and I was starting to feel ill from sniffing carpets saturated with pet urine and walls yellowed by stale cigarette smoke when we finally found a couple of decent places. He ended up in a yellow 3 bedroom/1 bath ranch home with a nice size living room, a small dining area, an adequate kitchen, a laundry room, plus a carport and a small yard with a shed. His house is in the best area of town, close to the 3 lakes a block from the park where some of the their claim to fame live - a large population of white albino squirrels. Best of all, his house is right across the street from his job. So hubby and I were busy gathering up stuff we had saved of my mothers to furnish his first home with - a like new matching couch/love seat/chair, 2 other chairs, 2 solid wood end tables, another end table, 4 small tables, a coffee table, a T.V., a bed frame/mattress/box springs, 2 chests, a bedside table, book cases, a sofa table, lamps. etc. Plus we gave him pots and pans, dishes, silverware, tools, medical supplies, bedding, linens, etc. So he had to buy very little furniture - a headboard, a computer desk, a dinette set, and a washer and dryer. It took us a few weeks to get him settled in as he was so busy with the new store. He started living there on July 14. He went from working 30 plus hours a week to working 48 plus. It was interesting watching the crew set up the new store. Quick! The first week he interviewed for his employees, spent the next week setting up the store, and the following week the products arrived and the store opened. He was really cranky and overwhelmed at first but has settled in. The store is doing very well. The other stores in the strip mall are a Rural King, a Gliks, a Goodies, a bank, an Asian restaurant, and soon a Kroger Rulers and Buffalo Wild Wings. They still have some openings for stores. He is close to the Super Wal-mart, a local college, a few fast food places. They have a Sav-A-Lot and an IGA too. Plus the usual small town amenities - a skating rink, bowling alley, library, some small local athletic clubs, a used book store, etc. The people there are very friendly.

This year we went through some very rough patches with 4 of our 7 chinchillas and almost lost Squeaker twice. Bun, Blocker, Porkie, Rico Suave, and Squeaker all had surgery. Some more than once. Squeaker got another bowel obstruction - the second this year - and, as she has a bad heart, the vet thought she wouldn't make it but we all worked hard and saved her. I'm sure we bought the vet a condo on an exclusive island but we really love our vet. LOL. The fur babies are all again eating on their own but we are also syringe feeding them supplemental food in order to put some weight back on them and keep them healthier. So they have required a lot of our time and attention and they still do.

And, here is some info for a very special friend of mine and her sidekick Punky. For those of you who don't know who Daisy is, she was a neighborhood dog that was abandoned. We aren't sure if she ever really lived anywhere as she was always going from house to house. We would see her a mile away. It always made me sad and I tried to feed her something every day especially after I watched her eat a tadpole once out of our pond and it gagged me. I have good news. Daisy got a forever home. The people behind us adopted her. I don't think she gave them a choice. LOL. They have a small dog and some kids, both of which Daisy loves, and she started hanging out there constantly. She has a wonderful personality and I guess eventually she won them over. She has a new red collar. She still comes and visits us and the other neighbors occasionally and gets some food but she is a lot more settled now. Her old age will be a lot easier. She won't have to scavenge for food.

After my last doctors appointment I slowly started making the changes the doctor recommended. My MRSA was recently active and my R.A. is now, mainly in my knees, and I've had some back pain, plus my usual G.I problems which have not improved since the pneumonia last winter but I am working on it.

My M.D. gave me the okay to increase my exercise but with restrictions. No weight lifting. Typically my work outside involves weight lifting. Bags of feed, seed, dirt, mulch often weigh 40 or 50 pounds and I still have to do it so I'm not sure how that will go. I'm restricted to gentle, low impact exercise like walking, dancing, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, qigong. I have been restricted for years already due to R.A. so not much change there. His ultimate goal for me is a 15 minute mile, which my son insists I am already probably doing but I doubt it. I'm not measuring that right now. I'm mostly concentrating on getting used to the heart arrhythmia and increasing my strength and endurance without exhausting myself or having a heart attack. I'm not allowed to exercise without a buddy so my hubby is with me when I walk outside. On many days I have been able to get my minimum of 5 miles in so I am pretty happy. It has been gruesome for both of us. We are out of shape and overweight and some days we have had to drag ourselves up and down the hills. Sometimes he has to stop so I can rest but he is very supportive. It will get better with time.

I'm trying to get plenty of water in. I'm making an effort to track my food intake. Cheat less. Eat less. I had no idea I was eating that many calories. I have gone from eating terrible to eating mostly healthy meals and snacks. For some reason I convinced myself that things like this were a lot of trouble and they really aren't too bad. I'm doing better at avoiding the wheat. I should have gotten a percentage and range on how many carbs I can eat. He said 1/3 carbs is too many and I'm not near that but I'm not sure how low I need to go. I'm not going to do Atkins though. That is out.

Regarding the stress - I'm working on it. I am actually reading magazines and books. I haven't done that in so long that I forgot how much I enjoy it. I do the reading an hour before bedtime. Sometimes I watch T.V. To be honest I have not sat down and watched a T.V. program in years as I was always multi-tasking. It sounds insane when I say it. LOL. I play with my pets more now. I gave myself a facial and have been pampering myself with products that have piled up in my cabinets. I have been doing a lot of decluttering and that helps my stress level too.

The sleeping is going well most of the time. I have an off day here and there but I actually sleep more than I have in years.

I'm being careful to avoid all stimulants.

I've lost 13 pounds.

So I am making progress. I hope I have answered everyone's questions.






  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JANRTEACH 2/26/2014 8:03AM

    Hiya!! Loved this update -- so much energy!! Yippee!!

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CHRIS3874 1/26/2014 7:25PM

    WOW you have been busy don't forget to take time for yourself.


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BIZENMO 1/15/2014 5:19AM

    Hey Lady! Sounds like you have been a very busy person...not that that is anything new! LOL! I woke up this morning at 0330 with SP on my mind so I figure it's the Good Lord prompting me to get back into the swing of things. LOL!! I need to mull over some goals and figure out some strategies to make this happen. I've done it before so I can do it again. I've never seemed to be able to lose weight just because it's been the healthy thing to do, and I have some incentives right now to get off my butt and make things happen....it won't get done doing things the way I have been! LOL!!

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SUSIEPH1 1/13/2014 7:19PM

    So,glad Daisy finally has a home .. Good things are going ok for you .. Always in my heart love Susie xx

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F70176555 1/11/2014 2:58PM

    Ok you have a lot of friends on sparkpeople!!! Which is great for support. I kept scrolling and scrolling to get to write a message to you myself. lol.

I am so happy for your weight loss!!! 13 pounds is a lot And very glad you and your husband are working together! 2014 is going to be a great year!

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KATHY024 1/8/2014 12:45AM

    You are making terrific progress!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 1/2/2014 5:02PM

    I'm sure glad I read this post, you have been through so much since we last spoke!
Keep fighting the good fight! Great job on the weight loss and for pampering yourself more. Keep doing that!

I hope life just gets easier in general for you. I too am having lots of restrictions when it comes to exercise and its very frustrating. Glad to know I'm not alone!

I hope things continue to get better and that 2014 brings you many blessings and improved health!

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LADYIRIS313 1/2/2014 1:42PM

    I'm glad you wrote this so I could catch up! Whew. I'm tired just reading that. haha

I hope your health is strong and you came out of the holidays in good stead. I'm glad you have the estate stuff finished with - I know from experience how draining that all is.

Here's to a wonderful 2014.
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I.M.MAGIC 12/30/2013 9:51PM

    Good grief woman, you sound so much like someone I see in the mirror every day--

Except she can't walk, she has to dance! LOL
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MONAMOM 12/23/2013 8:34AM

    You have always inspired me! Wishing you all good things in 2014!! emoticon

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RRUDEPARANORMAL 12/23/2013 12:05AM

    I feel lucky that I came to check out your blog when I did. This recent entry, combined with your overall profile, has really allowed me to get a feel for who you are and how you live. I love that.

Thank you for being so supportive of me as I've been trying to settle in here. I feel very much at home, now that I've taken a good tour of everything.

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SPARKNMOM 12/15/2013 8:22PM

    So good to hear from you. What a lot you've had going on! Glad all is completed with the estate. And kudos on the weight loss. Glad you are having more time to focus on your own home :)

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SLIMSHANN 12/12/2013 12:46AM

    I am happy that things have smoothed out just a bit for you. It was pretty bumpy for quite a while. It takes some time for the waves to space themselves out and stop crashing on your beach of life! so be kind to yourself and your loved ones. I am glad to hear you are getting some time to reflect and appreciate some of the things that you en-JOY for yourself.

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EDDYMEESE 12/11/2013 9:32PM

    Wow, you're doing so great!

First of all, 5 miles a day is amazing. You put me to shame. Go, girl!

Daisy, bless her heart. So happy for her.

I'm glad the fur babies are feeling ok these days and that you have more time to play with them.

I'm very impressed to hear about your son's job, wow! That's great he got a place right across from it, it'll make life a lot less complicated for him. It sounds like life has really taken off for him recently.

Best news of all, however, is MIL's estate account being CLOSED. Wow! I remember when that all started. It's been a long time coming, yahoo!

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KAPERK1 12/11/2013 8:06PM

    So glad you're getting sleep!
I only use Chrome as a browser. I wish you the best with any computer problems. Can't a young whippersnapper get you sorted out?
Merry, Merry Christmas. I have no red nandina berries for my arrangements. What's up with that?
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KIMQUILTS55 12/2/2013 4:57PM

    That is quite an update....I thought my life was crazy....nothing compared to yours....here is a pinky promise to end 2013 as losers and make our goals (or mini goals) in 2014 emoticon

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JAZZID 11/24/2013 2:49PM

    Thanks for the update. You do have a lot going on, but you are handling it. I know it isn't easy.

I am glad that you are taking more time for yourself, it's a challenge with all the everyday things that seem to take control and consume our every moment, but it is necessary to take time out so that you can "recharge". Reading is so relaxing, I am glad that you are enjoying it again.

Congrats on your son's new job/home, wonderful news, sounds exciting!

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GINIEMIE 11/19/2013 9:13PM

    Tish,
I'm so glad you and DH are now freer to focus on yourselves, your space, Ian and the animals. I'm delighted to hear you lost 13 pounds and are pampering yourself. You and DH keep cheering each other on, and watching out for each other. Sounds like someone is going to have a warm, cozy barn and even though Daisy has a forever home, she might come round to nap there once in a while.
GF you have been under a lot of stress in the past few years and are due for some happy, relaxed times-in a book, on a swing, or in front of the TV-if you like.
I'm knitting my free time, I don't find a lot I like on TV, so I knit or sew.
Can't wait to see how the "new" family room will turn out.
Love,
Ginie
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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/19/2013 5:16PM

    It does my heart good to read how you are doing! Things are slowly looking up for you and I could be happy about it! You deserve your world to beglorious without hurt, pain and sorrow! I am sooo happy for you Morticia!

You ask who will be missing at turkey day?My still not divorced daughter, my g daughter, my g son, both son in laws! would be easier to tell you who will be here. My youngest daughter, g daughter and g son! They are young 7 and 3 and such a delight! Her husband will be in England showing a company how to use a machine they pourchased from the company he works for! We purchased a new motor home and the kids use it for a doll house! LOL oh to be young again! PLEASE please PLEASE never stop writing as you got talent GF! ever hear of Marjorie Rawlins? She writes like you! She is the author of Cross Creek! my fav book in all the world!
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CLOVER2 11/19/2013 2:57PM

    Thank you so much for the update! I'm so happy to hear about the weight loss, it is only going to help with a lot of the other things going on.
Daisy has a forever home! When you first started, I was so afraid it would be something not as great, she's starting to get up there and the weather change is always such a scary thing for those furbabies that don't have forever homes. I have a cat here in the neighborhood that "belongs" to all of us. I call him Sam(I'm not even completely sure he's a "he" but Sam works either way!) He gets fed by just about everyone but he had never come to the back(I'm in a cottage house behind the main house)to visit me and he started that just recently. I didn't have any cat food so I found a can of mackerel and he loved that! Then one night he was there just as I was headed out to walk to the store and I promised him I would have some food for him when I got home and once I got to the store I headed straight for the cat food and came home with 10 small cans of food for when he visits. I didn't see him for a while and I was hoping I hadn't jinxed it, but last night he was waiting for me when I got home! He loves the new food, he wants to come in the house, and I am so tempted, but being an outside cat he is most assuredly a mouser and THAT wouldn't work!(Be a bit like going to Red Lobster, "I'll take the nice fat brown one in THAT cage!") emoticon
I hope the other babies do well, I know how hard it is to keep these kind of furbabies healthy. I am pretty sure I bought the motorcyle my vet likes to tool around in!
The boy's house sounds fantastic, and isn't he blessed to have pretty much all the stuff he needs!
Try to take things at as easy a pace as you can, the last thing you need is to push to hard and end up 4 steps back.
Lots of prayers and good thoughts!

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CONTENTCHRIS 11/17/2013 1:15PM

    You did so well answer the Q's I had ! emoticon

I am also happy you two are working so well together

and doing so much for your own lives now instead

of settling others past lives. I am so happy for your

weight loss and I know when we both are thin and

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ENUFF81020 11/17/2013 9:06AM

    Hi there,
I came by to answer the questions you left on my blog and was delighted to read this.

I am also about crazed with the moving ads here at SP because they jam up my computer and make it freeze and so on. I have been meaning to complain, but once I get past them, I seem to forget them... The ones from the TV networks cause me a lot of grief and the pop-ups are tough...so are the ones that show up if you roll over them, but you seem to have to roll over them whether you want to or not.

You have had your own busy, busy world. Glad to hear that you closed on the house and have that part of your lives behind you. I can't imagine what it was like having all of that hang over your heads for so long. I go to many doc appointments too--and I count them as being a part time job, there are so many sometimes.

As for your questions--Mitchell is tall: 6'5". He is the first of our children to become engaged. He is now 29. I've been waiting for this announcement for a while and although I stay out of my kids' personal lives, I did ask him if this would be coming around the 4th of July because I have fielded so many questions. His answer to me for sharing with others was that he was "working on it." I think he was!

Take care of yourself--I just clicked on the box to let me know if you write blogs so I can keep up more consistently. (I have never done that before!) It was good to hear from you, as always and to read your update.

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

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MARLINDA5 11/15/2013 5:27PM

    I think it is great that you lost 13 pounds emoticon

Glad the estate issue is over and that you are able to concentrate on your home & your son's - you are such a GREAT MOM

I also relax by reading my mystery books most by woman authors - I read in the morning and also in the evening.

It is good that we pamper ourselves - and that you are also enjoying your pets.

Thank you for the update - and have a great weekend :) emoticon



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ALLISON145 11/15/2013 3:34PM

    So glad to hear things are settling down for you and you are adapting. Serenity is elusive but worth striving for... I know I am! :)

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RASPBERRY56 11/15/2013 4:42AM

    You've certainly had a lot on your plate these days, for sure! Great to hear about all progress that you have made - especially that weight loss!

Keep on keepin' on!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/14/2013 11:27PM

    emoticon blog!!! So glad to read the update. Thank you for posting. emoticon and am so happy that Daisy has a forever home!!!
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So glad that the estate and all the extras are done and you can now take care of yourself. Focus on what works for you and enjoy some relaxing times with your family. Glad the furbabies are doing well now too. AWESOME on Ian also!!!
Please continue to update us when you get a chance.
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Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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CONFUSEDBIRD 11/14/2013 11:23PM

    That is great on the 13 lb loss and the competition of your MIL's estate!!! Things are looking up in some areas. I hope the weather stays nice and you and your hubby can enjoy your walks for awhile longer. Great on the adoption of Daisy! Always wonderful to hear a pup finding a nice loving home!

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NPA4LOSS 11/14/2013 8:58PM

    emoticon I really hate the popups. So many times I can't even see my threads. Take care of yourself and stay warm this winter. emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/14/2013 8:43PM

    Geeze, that was a lot of stuff!

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BLAZINGSWORD 11/14/2013 5:40PM

    You are doing very well, and it shows! You've lost weight, and you are now taking time out for yourself which is great. I am so proud of you!

It is hard to find a balance when there is so much going on in one's world, both physically and health wise.

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CODEMAULER 11/14/2013 2:26PM

    I just hope you know that the questions come from friendly sources. We know you're more than capable of taking care of yourself, but no one really want to feel alone in such things.

More to the point, I am super glad that you are finding time for things that make you happy. Less clutter, good books, fuzzy pets are among my favorite ways to occupy my time and attention.

Continue on your happy path; you are definitely doing the right things!!

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WOWEETOO 11/14/2013 1:16PM

    blessings abound upon you my friend and your family..i loves heaing from you and reading your 'books' glad for that doggie for sure.. and congrats on that weight loss for sure..i am still maintaining still sitting and stitching..had to get my furnace fixed still crying over the cost for sure but then it is warm again!!
knows i continually think of you and know you are not that far away for sure
((((morticia))))
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KALISWALKER 11/14/2013 12:43PM

    That's too bad about your new computer. I hate the pop up video too and pause them right away because the sound is annoying.

Glad to hear you and hubby have some time to yourself after getting the estates, etc. settled. I hope you got to enjoy your yard this summer. I know you will enjoy more space for office/computer/sewing/crafts.

Great that your son can use the furniture, etc. I know he will appreciate it. The house is a great find and being so close to work will save money on gas and vehicle maintenance. So exciting a big promotion and his first home!

Your fur babies and vet bills, totally understand. Our vet can live lifestyles of the rich and famous too.

It's wonderful that you and hubby are out walking together, it keeps both of you healthier. Congratulations on your weight loss and tracking your food. I will join you tracking.

My favorite decluttering tip - if you didn't already have it, would you go out and buy it?

Take care my friend.

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SLIMMINJENN 11/14/2013 11:27AM

    awesome!

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SUZYMOBILE 11/14/2013 10:57AM

    So many changes, and they're all good! After the last two horrendous years, you were owed some good times! I feel as if my life is heading in that direction, too---now that Bill is in good shape, Delia has come around, I'm counting down to retirement, and Bill's mom's house has finally sold. We'll be doing some work around here as well.

You sure we aren't twins separated at birth, lol?

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SHIRLEYX 11/14/2013 10:04AM

    Isn't it nice to be able to work on your own place for a while? Plus, I find it takes away a lot of the stress because there is not the same time pressure as there is with the estate work.

I'm glad that all the other stuff is done and you are free to put your energy into the home you love.

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I.M.MAGIC 11/14/2013 9:56AM

    It's about time you took some time for you! LOL

I'm SO glad you're finally doing some things to help you get back on track with living... I know how rough it's been getting those estates-- and your son! lol-- settled.

Now it's just you and hubby and furbabies, and some peace, right?

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I LOVE that you're doing so well...
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JANRTEACH 11/14/2013 9:19AM

    Wow--

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KANOE10 11/14/2013 8:36AM

    You are doing a great job of taking care of yourself and your family and your pets. Losing 13 pounds is wonderful. I admire your strength and determination to do what is healthy for you. You have also found excellent ways to lower your stress. I envy your remodeling and decluttering efforts. I need to do that as well. Your husband is such a great support. You are doing great, Morticia.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/14/2013 8:33AM

    Nice to read your update. Congrats on the lost lbs. Good job!

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/14/2013 8:10AM

    M--Lots of good news! Thanks for the update. I didn't know you'd lost 13 pounds! That is a big YAY for you!!! As you know, I'm not tracking as I haven't seen a difference tracking/not tracking in my 4 years here.
Love that you seem to be slowing down and enjoying life a bit more!! More time for the things you like to do is a good thing for you and I think will help your health a lot.
I am jealous of your purging!! We keep talking about it but hubby doesn't want to take on that job until he retires--2 years. If I could get some energy I could get it started but right now it seems too overwhelming. Son and wife are moving to larger place in a month and he says he will come take a bunch of his stuff which will be a huge help!
I couldn't be happier for Ian. I think you should be proud of him and what he's accomplished---hiring staff, setting up new store, etc. Takes a special amount of professionalism, insight and forethought!! Lots of great qualities. I hope he loves his job!
Fur babies good; Ian good; hubby good; you improving; house/yard getting a makeover. Sounds like life is finally looking up for you. Maybe you are through with all of those rough times!!!
Love you!!!!

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-LINDA_S 11/14/2013 6:36AM

    Thanks for the update! Seems that things are going better overall, and I'm so happy for you. Right now, kinda jealous of the weightloss, since I'm pretty much just looking at food and pounds are jumping on. Not good right before the cruise! Wishing you the best, as always!

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ERIN1957 11/14/2013 5:44AM

    Life gets in the way, but look at where you are going all in the right direction.
13 pounds is amazing and all else sounds like it is working out.
The nesting here in Minnesota is heavy and high, old timers here are saying a lot of snow and harsh. Wouldn't you know the year we decide to stay north for the winter.
LOL
Good report and good progress!
Take Care and stay warm, lets hope we do have a mild winter, fingers crossed.
~Erin

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MARINEMAMA 11/14/2013 5:15AM

    Thank you for sharing! Such great news! You are doing great! emoticon

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CATIATM 11/14/2013 5:06AM

    Wow! That IS a lot of news! Congrats to your son for his new home and hope the job is going well. I'm so glad all the little furries made it ok. Are chinchillas prone to lots of health problems? And I'm glad you got the estate settled. Those sorts of things are so stressful.

It sounds like you are on a good path in all areas of your life. Good for you!!!

And I'm happy about Daisy. That's really sweet that they took her in.


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GOANNA2 11/14/2013 4:14AM

    Congratulations on the attitude to be good to
yourself. Enjoy your fur babies. It is really good
that you were able to help Ian get settled in his
new house. Losing 13 pounds is a great accomplish-
ment and you are gaining good health as well.

Good to see you are walking again. I was so happy
to hear that Daisy is with a good family now. I
often wondered what had happened to her. I used
to love hearing about all the animals you used to
see on your walks. Here's to good health my dear.
Lots of hugs
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 11/14/2013 12:40AM

    Thanks for the update. WOW! You have made many AMAZING accomplishments. Keep up the GREAT WORK! Congratulations to you son for getting the job and finding a nice place so close to his work. I am glad to hear that the chinchillas are doing well. So much good news in your blog. I am so happy for you.

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Pam

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ADAPTABLE_ELLEN 11/14/2013 12:24AM

    Excellent news, especially the last part about you taking care of you!

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/14/2013 12:13AM

    Another thing, my computer got a virus several years ago and now won't run IE. I use Firefox and have had good results with it and the ad blocker add-on I got from the Mozilla (Firefox) site.

I'm glad to hear that your fur kiddos are all doing fairly well now.

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The Grim Reaper Was At The Door...........

Thursday, September 26, 2013

But I refused to open it. I would not let him/her in. LOL.

I have a lot of people asking questions about what is up with my health so I guess I will tell you what I know so far.

The last 2.5 years were really stressful for my family and me. None of us could really devote the time to taking care of ourselves like we wanted. We had to take care of my deceased MIL's home which was 58 miles away, get everything ready to sell, and settle my MIL's estate/trust. We had time constraints and lots of roadblocks, one of which is that we had to deal with a special needs person who was out of control. When things were finally winding down my son moved 70 miles away. Our sleep schedule, exercise routine, and diet all suffered. I knew it was affecting my health but there was little I could do at the time. I'm not making excuses. I knew I would probably pay for it.

Stress causes me to get sick. I got pneumonia in late January and really never totally recovered. I still have residual asthma trouble, sinus problems, intermittent nasal congestion, extreme fatigue, plus lingering G.I problems from the antibiotics and prednisone.

Recently I went to the doctor because I had been experiencing all kinds of problems related to chronic conditions I have which were formerly in good control. I have been having intermittent joint and muscle problems and capillary fragility. I have R.A., osteoarthritis, a circulatory condition called Raynauds, and a history of vitamin K deficiency in addition to a host of other problems like hypertension, high cholesterol, chronic otitis media, borderline glaucoma, seborrhea, GERD, IBS, sleep problems, etc. I'm also getting close to having Graves Disease. All my problems are helped when I am eating and exercising on plan and many of them stay in remission. Of course I have not been eating right nor getting enough exercise in. Taking care of myself requires a lot of time - time I haven't had for the past 2.5 years.

This latest episode started when my left hand and wrist started hurting and swelling. Half of my hand and wrist turned black from a large bleed under the skin. I could not recall an injury. Then the middle/long finger on my right hand became swollen, stiff, and painful. Finally, I developed some heart arrhythmias. As a former coronary nurse I knew something was up. I couldn't ignore the arrhythmias.

I went to my doctor on 8/26 and he was not happy with my general condition. My chronic medical problems are not under as good a control as they usually are and my labs, which were done in May, were not all that good. He was visibly upset and told me that he felt that I was in full blown diabetes and, with the heart irregularities, he felt my prognosis was poor. He did an EKG. Good news, at least I had not had an M.I. I thought maybe I had atrial fib from thyroid trouble, which is better than atrial fib due to mitral valve problems, but instead I am having premature ventricular contractions which is actually better than AF of the latter unless you have certain contributing factors. One is if you have too many PVCs. He estimated on 8/26 that I have 5000 to 6000 a day - obviously too many. Another factor is lab work - as I stated my lipid panel was not very good, chiefly because my triglycerides were elevated. Another factor is the conductivity of the PVCs. If there is a condition called R on T it can lead to Ventricular Tach or Ventricular Fibrillation and death. As he showed me my EKG, he pointed out my conductivity comes close to that. There are other conditions which factor in too and most are not in my favor. I was in the doctor's office 3 times that week for tests. More labs, plus I had a holter monitor put on.

His nurse called the following morning and said he was doing the happy dance. My labs were good. I definitely didn't have diabetes or even pre-diabetes according to some experts but I'm getting close. Everything else was pretty good. My calcium is slightly elevated.

So, until we got the holter results, we discussed treatment - what to do about the PVCs. When I was a young cardiac R.N. we treated all PVCs over 8 a minute. Obviously that would be me but current medical advice is that the medicines used to treat the condition are worse than the actual condition so they are not normally treated with meds. Other options are something called an ablation. An ablation is a procedure where they put small wires into your heart and use radio frequencies to destroy small areas of the heart that are causing cardiac arrhythmias. A final option is what my dad has for the same problem - a pacemaker/defibrillator. Frankly I would not want either. Most PVCS today are left untreated.

We waited, waited, waited for the results of the holter monitor. The place that reads them called my doctor on 9/4 and my doctor's office office called me and and said I had to send payment before the holter place would read it. They didn't offer normal options so I sent a check immediately and then waited and waited and waited again. I finally called and they only read their mail on Mondays. ???? So they didn't open my check until 9/23. To say the least, my doctor was shocked.

So my doctor got the results on Tuesday and had me come in yesterday. He underestimated the amount of PVCs I have. I have about 14,400 a day. LOL. There was good news though. No meds, cardiologist, ablation, pacemaker/defibrillator is necessary. But......................and there is always a but, I have to make major lifestyle changes. To be honest, I was right about almost everything I had come up with originally for my medical plan but I let other "experts" sway me away from some of my choices. Often you have to follow your gut instincts and not allow outside sources to sway you. Even Sparkpeople.

First, my M.D. thinks one of my chief problems may be stress. I need to avoid people who create it in my life. As all of us know that's very hard to do. Like he said, none of us pick our relatives but we can minimize our exposure to them and our reaction to them. I told him that I had already been doing that. I no longer will be the solution to everyone's problems, even my husband's and son's, though they generally don't create a lot of stress for me. Now they won't be creating any unless it is completely unavoidable. So I will be need to devote some of my time in my already unrealistic bulging schedule to rest and relaxation. EEK!! This won't be easy for me. I have forgotten how to have fun. I have tons to do and feel like I should always be doing something to catch up but I'm not allowed to think about that. I will be thinking of ways to relax. So our pontoon boat will be used again. I will be sitting in my swing, watching the birds and wildlife, reading magazines and books, listening to music, watching T.V., playing with my pets, taking long baths, enjoying time with friends, doing yoga/qigong and meditation. The spa will be repaired. This is going to be hard. I will actually have to make a schedule to force myself to do this. LOL. To be honest, I was fairly happy when I had a schedule and my life was more in order. I thrive on order and suffer from chaos. I need to go back to my doctor in a zen like state. Holy crap - this may be my biggest challenge. I'm a semi-reformed Type A personality but obviously not nearly enough.

The second thing my M.D. concentrated on was related to diet. He seems to like the way I eat when I'm eating on plan. He thinks that avoiding processed foods as much as possible is the best way to go. This is the first time I've had a doctor here say that. Every point he mentioned as to how he wanted me to eat I was already eating that way the majority of the time. I just eat too much and cheat too much. I am now to eat 1200 - 1400 calories a day and that is what I had figured. My downfall is eating away from home and it needs minimized. He said one thing that shocked me - you have to remember where I'm from and how behind the times most doctors are here. He stated that I am consuming too many carbs. Most doctors I have been to in the past pitched a fit when I told them I always try to stay below 150 net carbs a day. He said he thought that I was probably getting a third of my calories from carbs and that 150 net carbs is too much for me. In his opinion that could be the ceiling that I reach on special occasions but that daily I need to aim for less and make the carbs count - he likes fresh veggies, fruit, low fat dairy, nuts (especially almonds) seeds, and some beans. Unprocessed meat/fish/seafood. Good fats like olive oil. That will be my diet which is also what I thought I should eat. I usually stay well below my 150 net carbs. The foods he mentioned are mainly what I eat for carbs as I mentioned to him I avoid the processed foods due to the fact that my sensitivity to wheat causes me to have IBS and GERD if I consume them. He then stated that he thinks I may actually have celiac disease. Shouldn't I be sicker then? Of course, I am really sick come to think of it. LOL. So I will be taking this more serious now.

Third thing to work on is exercise. Contrary to what all the experts say he said no more weight lifting. I don't need it. So my friend, the dietitian was right and all the experts were wrong. I thought the same but some how was convinced I would lose muscle mass and strength if I didn't strength train. I don't need to worry. I was born a mesomorph and now I'm just a mesomorph with a lot of fat layered over some big muscles. According to the doctor I need cardio, cardio, cardio. The goal is to do take it SLOW with this heart problem. I'm to work up to a 15 minute mile. So I'm not sure how best to measure that - with a pedometer, stop watch, Fitbit. And, he wants me to take water aerobics which will be a problem as the closest place is 11 miles away.

The rest is the usual - gotta sleep, gotta get plenty of fluids in. No stimulants of any kind, including OTC meds like decongestants. No caffeine which I already don't use.

I have a lot of work to do. I have to research my diet further. Find more time for meal planning, cooking, exercising. I will have to cut back on computer time some.

So, I'm trying not to be too upset about this. No stress, you know. LOL. I have good and bad days and a lot has to do with how I eat, sleep, exercise and how stressed I am. It's a supreme effort to do anything with this goofy heart rhythm. My walks with hubby so far are like dragging an 80 year old through the woods. Hubby used to have problems keeping up with me and now he has to stop and let me rest. Poor hubby is afraid to leave me as he's afraid he will come home and find me dead. The doctor said I should exercise with a buddy now anyway. No exercise alone. Frankly, I always thought I would die in my sleep so it is looking like it may be more than a premonition but I'm not going gentle into the night and want to last as long as I can. I will do what I can do be healthy. None of us knows how long we have so I'm just going to take it a day at a time. I'm going to do what I want to and no more. I'm not going to be pushed. I'm going to eat right. I'm going to exercise. I'm going to rest, sleep, laugh, and have some fun for a change. I'm going to take care of myself. It's long overdue.


  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/25/2014 8:34PM

    Sorry I'm so late, WOW
You seem to have a great doctor and a handle on your health plan!
Kudos to you for your efforts!
Stay the course!

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 2/25/2014 10:23PM

    Sorry you are going through these kinds of heart problems also.

I have a-fib from MVP (Mitral Valve Prolapse). But, so far, and probably never, will I have a pacemaker. I will probably go in my sleep before that happens. Doctors told me 14 years ago, that I "could die of sudden death at any time". Here I am still here long after they predicted I wouldn't be. Yes, I am a lot tired'r and slower, but I am still fighting going peacefully into that last good night too.

I too had to give up weight lifting. I have also been told not to carry or lift more than 10 pounds. But, that is near to impossible.

I hope you can keep your health improving, and keep from seeing that mean 'ol Grim Reaper. He's a bad one!
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CHRIS3874 1/26/2014 7:28PM

    I just read your blog I hope that you are feeling better now. I know I have been going through a similar albeit not as severe ordeal (I missed nearly 2 weeks of work).

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KATHY024 1/8/2014 12:20AM

    I needed to come back here and read this blog again. It's a good thing you have your nursing knowledge in order to understand how all these illnesses hang together and what your course of action is. I admire your determination - I think that is what I needed to read today as mine was running low.

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GUNNSGIRL91303 1/2/2014 5:05PM

    Wow, so much to have on your shoulders! I am going to be praying for you and your health!

I have PVC's too and my doc says not to worry, but sometimes it is scary and feels like I'm going to have cardiac arrest. So far nothing like that has happened but they are uncomfortable and scary.

As for all else you've been and are going through all I can say is you are such a strong woman that I doubt anything can keep you down for long. I so admire you and your strength!

Keep fighting the good fight! You are emoticon and I want to be more like you!

A book you might want to look into is "The World's Healthiest Foods" because it is amazing and teaches you not only how and what to eat and why but also how to use the healthiest cooking methods for minimal nutrient/vitamin/mineral loss and the recipes are easy and QUICK! I love the book and think it will change my life, once I finish the reading and get to the doing part!
If you get the book, let me know how you like it!

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KATJAMN 11/15/2013 10:53AM

    Good Lord woman!!!!
That's a whole lot to think about..
I'm sorry you have had such a tough time of things, but I also know, that if anyone can pull it together, you can!!!!
Don't stress about how to keep the stress out, and don't stress about finding time to relax.. just do it...


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KICK-SS 11/15/2013 1:28AM

    Morticia, You have given so much encouragement to all of us these past few years, NOW it's time for you to look into your mirror and take some of that advice and encouragement you have shared with the rest of us and use it on yourself.

You need to take the doctors advice to heart and learn to relax more, let yourself unwind and learn to live - Take care of yourself, things will get done and the ones that don't aren't that important.

Life can be short and we only get one go-round on this planet.. I hope you take to heart the things that all of your friends have said here - you can tell we all know that you are one fantastic lady. emoticon
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KITTYF54 11/14/2013 11:53PM

    Morticia. I'm so sorry to hear you've been so ill. I'm also sorry I was not here to be an encouragement to you. I'm praying you'll get better as you take better care of yourself.
stress is inevitable in life, if we didn't have any, we'd be dead, but it sounds like you need to give yourself a rest from letting it overwhelm you. I'll pray you get a long vacation. LOL or rather a staycation. that way you don't have the stress of packing and traveling.
Love, Kitty

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GOANNA2 11/14/2013 4:09AM

    You've been through so much. Now it's time to
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ALLISON145 11/8/2013 9:27PM

    Hey lady,
I'm just catching up with things after taking some quality time to ignore my own health and hide behind denial... so it looks like you and I are getting back on the wagon together. I hope that by now you're feeling a ton better by implementing these changes... Drop me a line and let me know! You've always been such a great support to everyone else, it's our turn to support you!

Hugs,
-Allison

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/8/2013 5:33PM

    Not sure how I missed this. Take care of yourself. emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 11/8/2013 5:19PM

    YIKES! I'm so sorry I missed all this!

You are such an unbelievable inspiration to me, my dear friend. With all that you are dealing with, you are still so positive and active. From one total type A to a semi-former one, I COMPLETELY understand how hard it can be to relax. But you must put it on your calendar (in ink!) and honor it as you would any other commitment. (I learned that from our dear friend JOHNTJ1.) emoticon

And I must say: you've given me some motivation to be more proactive about doing so for myself as well. Thank you!

Since I'm so far behind, have you been feeling any better yet?I hope so!

I've just started reading a book called Rushing Woman's Syndrome by Australian Dr. Libby Weaver. She talks a lo about how and why it leads to being overweight, but if she has any good tips for HOW to slow down, I will be sure to let you know! emoticon

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NICKLESPICKLES 11/5/2013 7:45PM

    You have left so much encouragement for me...it is my turn to leave some for you. You can do this...nothing like an event that affects our health to wake us up to what is truly most important...we have to take care of ourselves before we can take care of anyone else. Whatever works to keep your symptoms at bay...then that is what you need to do. You are an inspiration to so many people; myself included. Take good care of you. Blessings emoticon

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CONFUSEDBIRD 11/1/2013 8:44AM

    Man how did I miss you blog!! I am so happy to hear you bit the bullet and went to see the doctor. Sounds like things are little better then originally shown to you. Just stay with your stress free family and keep it low key. I hope you are feeling a little better since this was a month ago.

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ADAPTABLE_ELLEN 10/30/2013 9:28PM

    Oh no!!! How are you doing now? I know lots of people with the same conditions, but not all at once!!!! Good grief! I'm so glad that you found a helpful doctor. I'm looking forward to many years of your posts.
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ENUFF81020 10/22/2013 12:57AM

    Hi there,
I'm so far behind, but I'm glad I read this. Are you sticking to your plans, my friend? I know that we can have the best laid plans but family and illnesses can destroy those plans unintentionally, as well as forcefully,

I hope you get to do the exercise you know you need and that you are sleeping and eating well. I love my quiet time--I use it to crochet or to do this.

Best wishes to you, my friend!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

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CATS_MEOW_0911 10/15/2013 9:48AM

    Wow, so much going on...thank you for sharing. I am even more amazed now by your positive outlook. And yes, you certainly do deserve to take care of yourself.
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JANRTEACH 10/10/2013 10:19PM

    We are comrades. Many of the things you mentioned, I also have. The two years I had my grandkids took a toll on me as well. I can't get WISEWIFE outta my thoughts. She showed us what would happen if we weren't careful. Take care my friend. I'm glad we are back on the straight and narrow together. :) Your drs. sound wonderful.

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WOWEETOO 10/9/2013 10:53PM

    what about your vitamin d level my friend??? did they do that??
i don't know if there is a cure for falling apart actually i tried to fall down the steps today..fortunately i was hanging on to the banister and i am in an awful state but still walking for now took me an hour to move again outta that position..i hate living by myself and being deaf lol we'll see what the morning brings for sure
meanwhile you need to stay stress free..have you thought about learning to stitch samplers and stuff?? say the word and i will set you up lol anyone would be ill after all that laundry i the pole barn..you should have told the doc about that people have no clue what you went through
so BREATHE and then BREATHE AGAIN you can do it friend
the lady mary emoticon

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KALISWALKER 10/8/2013 12:23PM

    You have a great doctor if he is advising you on diet and exercise, not just pass out pills. I hope you are feeling better already and enjoying your walks with hubby. Time for you to blog again and update us on how you are doing. Take care.

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CATIATM 10/7/2013 10:54PM

    How interesting! I'm so sorry you've been dealing with so much and wish it hadn't taken such a toll on you. I'm glad you finally went o the doctor, and I'm glad you're doing better than he thought, but - wow! That's a lot of info. It drives me bonkers how one expert says one thing and another says another. I guess we still live in the Dark Ages in some ways. Good luck finding balance. I think we all need to do that! emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 10/7/2013 4:33PM

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CLOVER2 10/7/2013 3:53PM

    I have GOT to start glancing at your blog area more often!

I truly believe that God has a plan for you, and until it has been accomplished you will continue to be with us to enjoy and appreciate. Maybe it's to find me a Prince Charming! LOL...in that case you'll be around for a looooonnngg time!
But I am glad that you are taking positive action to see just what is going on on the inside, ignoring these things and hoping they just go away usually results in them doing just that, just before they lower you into the ground. And I am NOT ready to give you up just yet! Or forever, for that matter.
Good for you for taking care of yourself, being in a zen place would be a very good place for you to learn to live. I am not too sure how easy it will be, but I know you are one determined warrior woman and you will figure it out! Your are woman, you roar!! No...don't roar....meow quietly with meaning!

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SAMI199 10/7/2013 1:29PM

    emoticon I know you can do it....it's time to take care of you.

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FISHER011 10/6/2013 10:58PM

    emoticon emoticon It took me a while to read your blog...but I'm glad that I did emoticon Do like you've encouraged me-just do it for you! emoticon Relax & breathe deeply! emoticon
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Debbie

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EJB2801 10/5/2013 5:25PM

    Isn't crazy how we have to WORK at RELAXING? How time consuming it is to have to manage conditions while making up for lost time in the "taking care of the caregiver" department! But... emoticon !!!

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NANA-B-FITZ 10/5/2013 3:39PM

    Wow what a tough time you been having. You have a good handel on it.

You need to take cair of YOU.

Keep proactive and keep moving forward
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KAPERK1 10/5/2013 3:20PM

    Oh my.
Have you tried The Melt Method for pain?
Gentle movements. You don't stress the body and cause it to tense up more
http://www.amazon.com/MELT-
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I had this thing where I got dizzy if I turned my head to the right when I was lying down. Don't know if it was nerve related or secondary to those little calcium deposits in your inner ear that drop off with age(!). I did the exercise above once. Now I don't have to log roll.
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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/4/2013 11:09PM

    Morticia, You have chosen your Doctors wisely! Stay in close touch with them and please please please do as they say! You can do it. I know you can! One day at a time! I love you and do not want to loose you!Like me, you have too much stress you are dealing with! One day at a time God will take care of us and our loved ones! God bless you always! You are one of his favorite ones!

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WOUBBIE 10/4/2013 6:12PM

    Bless your doctor and bless you!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 10/3/2013 7:34AM

    When you write a blog, you write a BLOG!
Follow the plan.
There's a bunch of us out there with various/similar issues and we all know what we should do.
I couldn't walk the wiener dog to the end of my block without gasping for air. After the stress test, cardiac cath, and all the other crap it turns out my PVC's were monumental but not life-threatening and my heart NEEDS exercise.
Just 20-30 minutes of good walking a day changed that dramatically.
Geez, I wish I'd listen to myself more and get out more, eat right.
Avoiding stress...all I need to do is think of work and the PVCs kick in and I can hardly catch my breath.
I should have those big girl panties tied around my waist!
Good Luck, sister!
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EDDYMEESE 10/2/2013 9:12PM

    Dude. I am seriously so uber motivated now to get on track WITH YOU. It is so damn hard picking up and getting it done after 2.5 years of, well, all of the above. But it can be done. Not can, must. It must be done. I don't like to hear that hubby doesn't want to leave you alone. That scares me and makes me sad. So here's what's going to happen:

1) You're going to schedule time into your day for relaxation - like literally schedule it in.
2) Schedule cooking time - I love cooking and find it relaxing. I always feel so happy and relaxed when I spend time to make a good meal. Gross and heavy, when I don't.
3) I agree with the computer time. I haven't been on Facebook in about a week. I haven't been on SP in a while, either (that's not so good). But if you use your computer time to log your food, plan meals and stay motivated, then that isn't a bad thing.
4) Low-carb. Low-carb. Low-carb. You KNOW it does a body good. I'll hit the low-carb road with you.
5) Learn to say "NO, NO, NO" to the family, friends, etc. who ask for help. You CANNOT help them anymore. They need to help themselves. Seriously. It doesn't matter how many people you'll piss off.
6) Yes to meditation. Yes to yoga. Yes to playing with your pets. YOU. It is all about YOU now. If it doesn't benefit YOU, don't do it.

Girlfriend, you are as tough as nails and I have no doubt you can make the changes that you need to make. I want to make them too, and I think we can do it together, with all of our other sparkfriends.

Let's kick some ass!!!

P.S. I could have jumped through the screen and hugged you when you said, "holter monitor". If one more colleague or other person I know calls it a "halter" monitor, I'll crack. I'll just crack.

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1STEELERLADY 10/2/2013 7:29PM

    Girlfriend!! Oh my what a wild ride you've been on. But guess what? I'm right there with you and totally understand. I have several minor illnesses too including GERD, colitis, Factor V Leiden, etc... but more importantly, I have mitral valve prolapse and PVC's. I've had these all my life (first time I felt my heart beat wrong I was around 7). I've been on all the medicines, worn the holster, had EKG's, heart catherization, etc...

I had anxiety from the irregular heartbeat for years but when I was 22 I had my first full blown panic attack. The PVC's were so bad I thought my heart was going to explode....that sent my mind into a frenzy. So on top of all the other stuff, and the PVC's, and the stress of life and relatives, I deal with the panic attacks.

So I sympathize with your situation and agree with the Dr. We need to take care of ourselves or we won't be around to worry about anything anyway! So knowing this, why do I not listen? I still stress, try to control everything, work too much, eat wrong, don't exercise enough, etc....etc....I weigh more right now than I have in probably 15 years! Not cool....and I'm so out of shape....

I'm going to try...really, I will.

I wish you the best in your struggle and wish you good health!!

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BOPPY_ 10/2/2013 5:14PM

    Morticia,

Thanks for sharing.

May your future find that your troubles have left you and exited in a defunct black VW Beetle ... once "cool" but off to another place.

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BLUEANGELLK 10/2/2013 12:40PM

    Wow. I am so sorry that all of these things have come at. It sounds like you and your Dr. have a great plan and that you can make things better. I know you will win this fight. Best wishes!

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GINIEMIE 10/2/2013 9:44AM

    Wow! I asked how your were doing then decided to check if you had blogged about your health! You sure did. I'm glad you have a reasonable doctor with a head on his shoulder and understanding about one diet doesn't fit all, prefab foods are not the cats meow, and weights are not for all either.
You my dear GF are in my prayers. I'm looking into a low carb/low gluten diet too, I have too many new aches lately and some repeated ones.
Take care, enjoy a swing on the swing for me. Find a pretty flower, and tell DH not to stress so much over you. You both need to care for yourselves and each other, but worrying never fixed anything.
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WOMANWITHGRIT 10/1/2013 8:31PM

    Wow....thanks for your courage to put all this out --the situation, the effects, and the solution we commit to one day at at time. Sounds like you are on a path of extreme self-care -- For me, this is a total commitment and you on on this road, too. !

You are so wonderful...
A fellow rural Illinois person..

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DOTSLADY 9/30/2013 4:27PM

    Welcome to my emoticon ! I need some support, how about you? LOL. I can't help but think about your SP intro: " Kick off your shoes. Sit in the swing beside me for a while. (Or you can sit on the bench by the fountain next to my "buddy" - LOL.) Enjoy the beautiful fragrant flowers. Listen to the birds sing while they splash in the birdbath, play in the fountains, and help themselves to a meal at our feeders. Sip on a cup of steamy orange herbal tea (decaffeinated, of course) ..." Hmmm. Life got in the way. I'm learning balance and know now more than ever to take MY time for meditation. Re: food. Well. I've whittled it down to a handful of things I can tolerate, and juicing is easier on the GI for me, too. I mention because I KNOW how hard it is to change the diet. You'll figure out what's good for you cause I can tell you this and that, but ultimately I've found everyone has their own way to deal with change. Personally, I focus on what I CAN have and MAKE myself love eating things like Brussels sprouts and kale all day long. LOL. Really. It's what I'm down to. LOL. God is cruel - but on the other hand, I could be feeling like doo-doo and dying, so it's 6 of those and half a dozen of the other type of thing, right? xoxoxoxo ttyl emoticon

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MARLINDA5 9/30/2013 12:26PM

    What is great about you - you haven't given up - even though walking hurts you - you will do it and you will still go forward not allowing yourself to give up. emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 9/30/2013 8:25AM

    Take care of yourself!!!! :)

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/28/2013 10:17PM

    !!!!! I'm going to do what I want to and no more. I'm not going to be pushed. I'm going to eat right. I'm going to exercise. I'm going to rest, sleep, laugh, and have some fun for a change. I'm going to take care of myself. It's long overdue. !!!!!

Remember those words!

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I.M.MAGIC 9/27/2013 9:26PM

    You and I have a few things in common, girl! Just a few individual twists on things...LOL

...just had another surgery, and have been told tol de-stress...*sigh*
ALWAYS easier said than done...
but...
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HEALTHYARTIST1 9/27/2013 5:44PM

    Thank you for taking care of yourself, I believe that is one of the hardest things to do especially for a woman as we naturally care for others before ourselves. Give yourself a hug from me, I will keep you in my prayers and I think I know you in that you are a fighter and you will fight for yourself. Good for you.
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WILLOW49 9/27/2013 5:17PM

    Good to hear that you are starting to take care of yourself again! It's long overdue, and I certainly know what happens when stress gets in the way! Let's both take better care of ourselves. We are worth it!!!
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CONTENTCHRIS 9/27/2013 4:11PM

    I think your for sure back on track a few more weeks your health will be even closer to your goals! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/27/2013 1:16PM

    If I were there, I'd be your exercise buddy. I understand the heart thing very well.

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THINANDFITEMILY 9/27/2013 12:00PM

    emoticon Mort- yes you do need to take care of you. I'm going through some similar stuff right now as my Dad has been depressed for years after my Mom's death and we are dealing with getting his paperwork- wills and all in order again as he made them a few years back and they need changing. He lives with my Sis who takes care of him but she has some mental illness and long story short they need a CNA in at least once a week and the place is a flithy hoarders heaven (hell)- anyway I was going up there - he is about 50 miles a way and back a few times a week and started getting sick- heart palpitations etc and then there is DH-well he never made it home last night...anyhow! Thank you for telling me what is going on and no you can't go!!!!!!!
Love you honey- I do understand about cutting back here on SP though. Everyone will understand. I had to leave some teams and I now time how much computer time- ideally no more than 30 min.
- yoga is good. I get sort of bored with it but I have a Rodney Yee tape and I do feel better after I do it. I had to smile about your husband- sounds like a sweetie
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CMBELISLE 9/27/2013 8:37AM

    WOWZER! That's a lot and I'm sure the not knowing was making the stress worse too. I have PACs and the only medication that has ever worked well without feeling like a blob (lethargic and depressed) gave me hives. Fortunately, most PACs are not life threatening either. I just have to exercise regularly and reduce stress - bwa ha ha ha! Well, I get on the stationary bike almost every day which helps with the stress. I still drink coffee as the PACs are around whether I have caffeine or not. When they get bad (as in I notice them), I have medication to take for a day or two to get them under control and break the cycle. One of the medications they tried on me nearly made me pass out when I was at the vet's office one day - I had to have someone come get me - talk about side effects.

Well, just do your best and don't let doing your best stress you out. You'll be in my prayers.

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KANOE10 9/27/2013 8:04AM

    Morticia, Thanks for letting us know about your health. I am so glad you are going to work on less stress and on taking care of yourself. You have had a difficult two plus years and now it is time to focus on yourself. Your plan sounds great, Yoga is good for stress.
Walking is also excellent and you c an slowly work your way up to 15 minute mile. If you mark out a mile..then time yourself..that would tell you. The treadmill does it for me.
You are a strong wonderful person. I know you will find the best way to heal and help your body. I am keeping you in my prayers.
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WISLNDR 9/27/2013 5:09AM

    Wow, you've got a lot on your plate right now. Turn your attention to yourself; it's your turn now. And yes, one day at a time. Here's a quote that I refer to a lot, it does keep my stress level in check when I start worrying about things that can't be dealt with today:

There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.
Dalai Lama

Thanks for keeping us all up to date; I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress!! Keep those peaceful vibes up front where you can see them!!

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Life Ain't All About Dietin', Ya know

Saturday, August 31, 2013

As many of you know, I live in a very rural area. The closest city, St.Louis, is 80 miles east of us.Most people have an image of life in a rural setting. That vision is often of a farmer who gets up before dawn to milk the cows and head out to the fields. In essence, it's "American Gothic". That would not be us. LOL. Though many of our neighbors do live that life, we are actually transplanted "town slickers". I had never seen a live chicken until I was grown and, as it was fancy and brightly colored, I thought it was an exotic bird. LOL. I had never seen a huge ornery bull chase a car down the road because he didn't like it driving by his fence where his girlfriends were grazing. I had never seen a momma turkey/raccoon/skunk walk down the road followed by several babies all walking in single file. We moved to the country when I was 32, my husband was 27, and my son was 2 months old. It was my hubby's idea - his dream in fact. Most men don't realize almost all of their goals by age 27 but then they aren't "The Benjie" as my son calls my husband. (No, my husband's name is not Benjie). LOL.

At first. I wasn't sure I could hack country life. It was an adjustment for me. I was alone in the evenings, in the dark dense woods, a long way from town. I would hear noises, even growling sometimes, and my mind would race, "OMG, it's a BEAR!!!" I would freak out, ready to do combat with a bear, as I rushed my baby outside to the car for the trip to town to pick up my husband from work at midnight. I would have wide-eyed, breathless tales, "I think I heard a bear!" He would laugh and say, "There are no bears in southern Illinois." "Are you sure?" "Yes!" "Well, there was something growling." "It was probably a dog or a coyote." "OMG! It was a coyote!!!!I " FREAK!! LOL.

Eventually I got used to the scratching, the hooting, the growling, the howling ,and even the neighborhood yodeling beagles who spent the night chasing their elusive bunnies and raccoons, sometimes under my bedroom window. I started to like it in the country and then love it and now I would not live anywhere else. I don't love the long drive to town but I love the usual solitude and the fresh air and nature and wild life. Not that we don't have our fair share of challenges - the weather being one. Like urban areas, we are not immune to crime either but it's usually pretty safe here. That is until today................................this morning we experienced a home invasion! Breaking and entering.

This morning started like any other Saturday morning. My hubby likes to sleep in so I got up at 7:30 and took a leisurely soak in the bath so he could rest. I read the paper while in the tub. I have been having medical problems and it felt good to relax. I got out around 8:30, dried off, and entered the bedroom which was still dark due to room darkening shades.

As many of you know we have 7 chinchillas. Chinchillas are nocturnal and ours have gotten out of their cages before in the night to party hearty but they can get into a lot of trouble left unattended.

This morning when I entered our bedroom I turned around and saw a tiny furry animal with a bushy tail scampering out of the bathroom behind me and down the hall. I screamed to my hubby, "One of the chinchillas is loose!" He sprang out of bed and we ran down the hall into the dining room and kitchen. We did a "cell count"and everyone was present and accounted for. We looked at each other.

Due to my recent medical problems I started to wonder if I had a hallucination, was seeing things. OMG, I'm psychotic!! No , I have a brain tumor! My husband said, no, he was certain I had seen something. My mind raced - What could it be? It wasn't a mouse. Too big. Hopefully it wasn't a huge wild rat!!! How did it get in? I suggested hubby check the flu, which we had closed off, to see if something had some how gotten in through the closed opening. The flu was open. Yes, we had a visitor. It then dawned on me that I had taken a bath with a varmint watching me. LOL.

It didn't take long to locate said varmint. It was sitting on one of my hutches on my Carnival Glass like it owned the place! It was not that thrilled to see us and took off immediately so we really only caught a glimpse of fur and could not tell what it was yet. It ran behind the hutch. Hubby got a flashlight and spied it. It was a squirrel. The chase was on.

So me in my kerchief and pa in his cap (actually I was naked and hubby was in his underwear) settled down for a long.................furry battle. Hubby ran outside in his undies to get a trap. I threw some clothes on as I had no intention of fighting a rodent with any sensitive dangly parts exposed. We moved all obstacles and cleared out around the hutch. We dammed up all possible routes of escape around it so the squirrel had only one way out. We set the trap and hubby started making noises to scare the squirrel into it. Waiting, waiting, waiting.............it wasn't working. We looked at each other. The squirrel didn't want to come out. I was wondering if we should name it yet and set an extra place for dinner. We tried again and again and again and after what seemed like an eternity, the squirrel ran into the trap. It was a small one. Really cute. We took it outside and let it loose after giving it a lecture about where his/her house is and where our house is.

I told hubby to fix the entrance right away as our buddy might decide to drop in again for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, etc. Or someone else might decide to pay us a visit, like a raccoon, a ground hog, a possum, a skunk................ Trust me, we were happy it was just a squirrel!

  
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KICK-SS 11/15/2013 1:35AM

    Loved this blog! I guess I missed it before.

It painted quite a picture of you and hubby chasing the squirrel around... They get into houses around here too, although thankfully I've never had one in mine.. My son had one come into his house not too long ago..

Certainly gave us a chuckle though!! emoticon
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CATIATM 9/22/2013 2:21PM

    I'm glad all your little critters were accounted for. How hilarious that the a squirrel decided to join the party. I'm glad you got him out without hurting him.

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SWEETCLEANER 9/21/2013 12:07PM

    Glad it was just a inquisitive creature and not something worse!
Living in the country can be an adventures; there is something always going on; you never know who or what you are going to meet!

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G.I.JANE 9/19/2013 3:03AM

    OH MY GOSH! emoticon You've had me lmao & disturbing my hubby who is laying beside me & my daughter who is sleeping on the floor next to us after watching Paranormal witness! Oh, where is my inhaler? Lol! I will be laughing (& wheezing) for the next few days about this! You are awesome! emoticon

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CLOVER2 9/17/2013 1:34AM

    Oh my goodness! I had missed this, I am so glad I got a chance to read it! How funny! Of course, I would have been figuring out just how I was going to keep a squirrel alive in the house, and just what would it care to eat....just me you know! emoticon But I'm happy you were able to convince it that outside was better in the long run. I'll bet it figured out that there were furry type others around and why not check it out? And you were very wise to cover up the mommy parts! Life in the country is such an interesting way to live! I miss it.
I had a funny type thing go on....funny if you are me and aren't jumping on a chair when you see brown furry things! I went into the kitchen for something, walked back into the bedroom to find two relatively large meeses having an argument! They were both on their hind legs whapping at each other and it took them a second or two to realize I was standing there gaping at them! They were in front of the boys' cages, the cages being up higher. Once they realized they had a human audience they scattered! I told my boss about it, she told her mom and she said next time I should get a picture! And that the argument was probably them trying to decide who's turn it was to try and get the food out of the cage this time! This definitely had me laughing...right up until I realized that this was most probably right!
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MONAMOM 9/16/2013 10:48AM

    emoticon I just loved this blog!! That was quite an adventure. I am trying to get back on track and with moving and everything just can't seem to get with it. But I am back to Day #1 and this was such a great way to start.

Take care dear friend!! You are awesome!!

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SPARTAN40 9/16/2013 8:47AM

    Glad it was just a squirrel. When I was single there was an attempted B&E at my house. Three guys with crow bars. Much worse than a squirrel. Fortunately my neighbors heard them and called the cops!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 9/13/2013 12:40PM

    Glad to have a blog from you!

At first I was alarmed about the break in, LOL, you got me. I believed it was human and the critter came in thru an open door or window the burglar left . . . I was sure that's where the story was headed.

Glad everyone is safe and you had a happy ending. Even all your dangling bits, LOL.


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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/12/2013 6:03AM

    I just read this as I know you don't blog. It's so funny.
Glad you've battened down the hatches!

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GIRANIMAL 9/10/2013 5:58PM

    Oh man, I am such a naive city girl with a longing-to-be-in-the-country girl trapped inside that I would have tried to keep the squirrel! (Actually, I did once, and in the city to boot! When he grew up he broke out and invited all his new friends back to dinner. Imagine my mom and I coming home to find a hole chewed through the screen of the enclosed back porch and what were clearly multiple sets of little dirty paw prints on everything! It looked squirrel parkour. LOL There is still a chunk missing from the chest of drawers.

I think I could handle the solitude and the animals ("a bear? can I go play with it?" LOL) but the idea of driving EVERYWHERE always makes me cringe. Sigh. Why can't I have it ALL, dang it?! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 9/10/2013 12:28AM

    That is so funny! You described it so well I could see the whole event. I am glad you did a catch and release and let him/her out to live free. Though you other pets may have enjoyed a new playmate.

We have squirrels all over, running along the back fences, in yards and they live in the huge cedar trees in our backyard. It's like a condo for the neighborhood. It's a matter of perspective if you see them a cute playful little mammals or big rats with furry tails. I adore them.

Take care and I hope you get your medical issues figured out.

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ENDUROVET 9/8/2013 10:47AM

    Ha ha! I ought to blog about this summer's invasion of field mice - we have been live-trapping (which I'm sure works like a revolving door ;-) but the upside is that we added a new kitten who has attached himself to Hubby (literally AND figuratively)... He's a doll!

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DOTSLADY 9/6/2013 11:59PM

    I've got a great recipe for squirrel. You missed out. ;)

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KAPERK1 9/6/2013 9:38PM

    I swear I saw a black squirrel yesterday as I was sitting in my kitchen
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JAZZID 9/5/2013 9:05PM

    Great blog!.. What day you had!... emoticon emoticon

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GINIEMIE 9/5/2013 8:01PM

    OK, I missed your post Tish, and you don't make them often. I enjoyed your tale of how you ended up in the country, and I laughed myself silly at your description of the seeing and trapping the the home invader. You have a talent for story telling my dear friend.
How are you? How are things going for Ian?
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-GOT2FINISH- 9/4/2013 3:59PM

    That is why I love where I live! Mother Nature is just reminding you to keep on your toes, cause she is still in charge.

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MCONFESSOR 9/3/2013 12:14PM

    Haha! It's hilarious and terrible all at once! I can relate SO much, but fortunately nothing furry has made its way in. We did have a deer ram into the frame of the front door and crack it, though!

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ERIN1957 9/3/2013 11:25AM

    I love your very entertaining story!
You started my day today with a great big smile!
Thanks!

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SHERYLDS 9/3/2013 8:11AM

    that was great emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/2/2013 8:43AM

    OMG, GF!!! Only you would have a story like this to tell! Hysterical----I was laughing at the visual in my head!! What a way to start a day!!!!

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DEE797 9/2/2013 12:20AM

    I enjoyed reading how you came to be living in the country and was laughing to the point of tears about you and dh trying to catch the squirrel. So glad that you caught it and gave it a good talking too.

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SLIMMINJENN 9/1/2013 10:38PM

    nice to see a post from you!! while I don't live in the city, where I live is not country like where you live...I would freak if a squirrel got in my house...they race in the trees and I hear them run across my room sometimes....your story telling is always awesome...you should write a book!!

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CODEMAULER 9/1/2013 12:28PM

    I've been nothing but a City Girl, just like my mom and her mom. Not sure dad's family every lived outside of the city.

Our big adventure was a crow that came down the chimney. My mother ran screaming into my bedroom, managed to shuttle our Airedale into my brother's bedroom and left dad to deal with it. That crow did not hurry out, I assure you. When it finally left, my brother and the dog didn't join us in the living room. They were trapped in the bedroom, because the knob fell out when mom slammed the door shut.

I'm pretty sure that "mother's little helpers" were created for a evening like that!

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TIGGER2094 9/1/2013 12:24PM

    Too funny! I was laughing picturing the whole scene. emoticon

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KANOE10 9/1/2013 10:26AM

    That was a great story..and had me laughing. I liked hearing your background of getting used to the rural life. It sounds like you have a wonderful home in rural Illinois. I grew up in a big city and have grwon to like the small town life..not as rural as you.

Keep those squirrels out! I hope your health issue s get better. Hugs.

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WISLNDR 9/1/2013 6:35AM

    Although that was way too much excitement for one day, I loved your story!! I have critters too (outdoors, not in) and once in a while when I hear the red squirrel skittering on my roof, I wonder if he's inside or out.

Thanks for sharing your adventure!! Have a calm and critter-free Sunday!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/1/2013 12:35AM

    I absolutely love your writing and can't wait for you to write a book!!! It would be a best seller!!!
I was so scared when I read the title of your blog but was really laughing by the end of it!!!
Thank you for a great ending to a rather long day. Have a terrific Labor Day
Weekend!!! You deserve it after all this!!!
Hope you are not seriously ill. Praying for you...
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MRS.CARLY 8/31/2013 10:27PM

    Best blog story EVERRRRRR!

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/31/2013 10:11PM

    emoticon for sharing ! Nice way of having me think you had a bad man in de house haha u got me! emoticon

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MONA_MONA 8/31/2013 10:00PM

    emoticon great story and I am glad it had a happy ending. emoticon

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-LINDA_S 8/31/2013 9:50PM

    I had a bat in my farmhouse in PA. Not fun! Thanks for the laughs!

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SPARKNMOM 8/31/2013 9:49PM

    I have to admit...your naked pursuits had me rolling in laughter :) So nice to see you blog!

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NORASPAT 8/31/2013 9:18PM

    M" you came back to blogging with a bang. Well done. You have really piqued my imagination this time-I loved it. Sorry it was a reality because it read like a real comedy which of course it was. We too have our squirrels but the skunks are the ones we fear.

HUGS and thanks for recent posts- Pat in Maine.(((HUGS)))) and much love.

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/31/2013 9:14PM

    I am so glad to see you posting. I've missed your blogs
terribly!

I love reading about your life and this was truly one of the
best! I would love to have seen you 2.

Had to be really funny. Candid camera moments?

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GARDENGIRL2013 8/31/2013 9:07PM

    I can see this happening to me! We have squirrels around.
I live a 20 minute walk from downtown, but there's a river, a park and the railroad near my house. So there are critters. One night I woke up to a racket and there were 7 racoons on my front porch. I was trapped outside my house one night when a skunk was taking up residence outside my back door. My front door was locked. It got darker and darker till I could barely see and finally it wandered to the side of the house and I snuck in. Another time I heard my laundry room door swing open ( I must not have shut it tight) Its the old back porch, so there's a door with a window from the kitchen to the laundry. I grabbed the baseball bat and looked through the window and there was a possum in the laundry. I opened the door about 2" and stuck the broom stick out there and tried to shoo him off but he just curled up in a ball. Luckily, my old back door has a skeleton key, and I locked it, left the laundry light on and reluctantly went to bed. It was gone in the morning. Now the neighborhood has about 6 dogs so we don't get so much night time activity.

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NIELSENSLADY 8/31/2013 8:51PM

    LOL! My kid loves squirrels!

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LIVINGFREE19 8/31/2013 8:16PM

    Your humor is hilarious!

I'm glad it was only a squirrel! I thought it was a person who got into your house.

I love country living too, but right now we have nosy old lady neighbors with nothing to do but gossip.

I hope you are having a great long, Labor Day weekend!

I always love your blogs!

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TEAGLES1 8/31/2013 7:53PM

    Haha, I love your story!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/31/2013 7:47PM

    OMG! You had me TERRIFIED that someone had broken into your home. Well, I guess someone actually DID...LOL, but fortunately it was only a cute little squirrel. (Only a cute little squirrel until he bites the stew out of ya)..LOL.

Anyway, just be thankful that it wasn't a FROG. Those things scare me to death, for real. I would much rather have a squirrel, mouse, raccoon, snake, mole, vole, spider, wasp, or whatever in my house than a FROG! I know FROGS won't hurt me, but I would take my chances with any of the other critters listed above before I could even THINK about the consequences of having a FROG in the house.

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WILLOW49 8/31/2013 7:41PM

    GF, I love your stories! I was born and raised out in the country (couldn't even see our nearest neighbor's house). We were surrounded by farms, but we only had an acre of land. Still had pigs, chickens, 1-2 cows, and my brother raised beagles (had 50 at one time...Lord love a duck!). My hubby is from Chicago, Mr. City Boy...lol I'll never forget when he first moved out to upstate NY. First year we lived on my parents' property (but not in same house). My brother was out one night yodeling to his beagle who had gone across the road to hunt in the forest. Scared the living daylights out of my husband! I kept my face straight for as long as I could ;) My brother will bring up that story every once in a while...hehe

We now live 5 miles outside of a small city...trying to keep both of us happy...lol At least there's a corn field next door on one side...hehe

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FULLOFFAITH 8/31/2013 7:20PM

    Cute Story!!! Thank goodness not a raccoon is right. We don't live in a rural area but we had a Mother raccoon and it's babies make a home in one of our pillars in front of our home. Boy the flies we had to deal with were a mess. By the time we figured out where she was hiding and called out some one to trap she had taken her babies else where.

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WOWEETOO 8/31/2013 7:14PM

    i lived outside rolla for several months..it didn't work out for me but then you had the right kind of company lol
i love your stories and i could see that ..very fetching i might add
loves and hugs my friend
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I.M.MAGIC 8/31/2013 7:11PM

    AND... So much better than bees! LOL

Nice story, thanks!

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SUZYMOBILE 8/31/2013 6:29PM

    OMG, you had me going there for a minute when you said "home invasion"! Then I had visions of National Lampoon's Family Christmas, with the squirrel on Uncle Whatsis head! Too funny!

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DESERT_BIRD 8/31/2013 6:24PM

    You are such a good storyteller. You had me laughing so hard once I knew it wasn't a home invasion of a different kind.

Okay, you can go back to relaxing now :)



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AUNTB63 8/31/2013 6:19PM

    emoticon you truly have a way with words. Sorry you had such a scare, but were able to catch the little dickens. Yes it could have been worse....! Years ago I had a cat that went out at night and returned home with presents for me (field mice)....the first time it happened I let him in (with eyes only half open - pre coffee). He sat there so proud with a tail hanging out of his mouth, before I knew it he dropped his present to eat his breakfast and I was off running after the mouse.....not fun, but did win the battle in the end.
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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/31/2013 6:11PM

    Yeah, glad it wasn't a skunk! And that it was small and cute. Great story. This gofer wants to visit, too.
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GOANNA2 8/31/2013 5:58PM

    How I missed your writing. I had a good
laugh to start my day. So glad it wasn't a skink.
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For Better Or Worse - I'm Back!

Monday, March 25, 2013

I have had a lot of friends request that I write a blog as they remind me that I haven't written one since November. I apologize for the lengthy wait. Actually I had intentions of writing blogs more frequently but I have no intention of writing one every day again. I know that many people write daily blogs for different reasons - they want the sparkpoints or want to keep themselves motivated or they enjoy it. Those reasons don't apply to me. LOL. For me, writing a blog is not worth the points because I have crossed the 200,000 points threshold. Besides, I give away the spark points almost as soon as I get them. Unfortunately, blogging every day doesn't motivate me to stay on plan. I can obviously talk the talk and not walk the walk. LOL. And, I am past the point of being entertained by my own thoughts. To be honest, my main reason for not blogging every day is that one needs something interesting or different to make writing a daily blog worth your readers effort to read it and I haven't been inspired for a while so I will probably write when I have something I really want to say. I'm writing this one because a close friend of mine who has had a horrible year is looking forward to reading something/anything from me. Plus, another friend is sick and needs some advice. You know who you are.

This first blog will be about being sick as most of my close friends know I have really had my butt kicked again and are curious as to what happened. It's not a fun, glamorous blog but it is where I'm at now.

What happened? Well, stress happened. Stress is my Achilles tendon. It always has preceded any lengthy, intense, acute illness I have ever had. I knew I would end up sick when the end of my MIL's estate started to draw near. Is the estate/trust settled yet? No, but it is in the final stages as we sold my MIL's house finally on January 14. It was quite a relief. We no longer have to drive the 58 miles there every week to take care of the place. No cleaning, grass mowing, repairs, etc. We are waiting for two checks to come in and for hubby to sell the car and cancel the insurance, get that money back, and deposit the final check. I'm pushing the geezer but he's stubborn. My SAD is in full swing so hopefully he will get this done to before I morph into Lizzie Borden.

Any Stephen King fans? "Captain Trips" started here on January 23. As usual the portal to illness in our home came in the form of my son. He had the day off and when he got out of bed, he told me he was nauseated. He couldn't eat his breakfast and returned to bed. Soon he started throwing up violently and did so for 14 hours straight. The doctor said norovirus. I was busy bleaching everything in sight, trying to prevent the spread of germs, but I also knew I was around during his incubation period and was probably already exposed. The doctor agreed. I decided to go on a variation of the BRAT diet as it was obvious my son was going to be on it. Even though Ian went back to work the next day, the poor kid was nauseated for days after the puking episode and lived on plain rice and dry toast for almost a week. The day after Ian's puke fest, the 24th, I was certain I had the norovirus too. I was nauseated but determined to avoid the puking if possible so I ate small amounts of the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet. It is not the best thing for me health-wise but it achieved my goal and I didn't throw up. I was on the downhill slide anyway. I got the abdominal discomfort and the diarrhea. Soon after, I developed an upper respiratory infection, which rapidly proceeded to sinusitis, an ear infection, asthmatic bronchitis, and last, pneumonia. My husband and son got some URI problems but they didn't end up nearly as sick as I did. By the time I broke down and went to the doctor a week after this started, I was a total mess - barely able to eat, getting little sleep, etc. My inhaler was just not cutting it. I had severe wheezing and exertional dyspnea. Fever. The doctor did the usual tests and put me on breathing treatments 6 times a day (or more if needed), prednisone, and an antibiotic. I didn't want the latter but it is protocol. Have you ever had 6 breathing treatments a day??? I didn't tolerate the meds at all and had to cut back on them as needed due to the "blow the top of your head off" headaches and shaking, which for me was like convulsions. The doctor wanted me to eat yogurt but I couldn't tolerate any milk products at all. I ate so much chicken broth that I gag hearing the words now. I ate crackers, chicken soup, tea, ginger-ale, noodles, Popsicles, potatoes, juice, etc. I switched to probiotics in pill form but, admittedly, didn't know much about them and just bought some cheap ones from Kroger. Within a week, when I was supposed to go back to him, I had developed anorexia, severe nausea, stress incontinence, and serious diarrhea. He told me to take one more day of antibiotics and then stop. I had already finished the prednisone. After talking to some sparkfriends I decided to go to GNC and look for some products they recommended. Some were convinced that many of my problems were related to gut and immunity problems. The manager could relate and said I would need really strong probiotics to get my immune system going, not the wimpy stuff many places sell. They supplements were expensive but my family and I were eager for me to get any relief. I started them and they really helped almost immediately. I got rid of the nausea but a week later, by my next checkup, I had a lot of throat problems. It looked like thrush and I still think I had it but I treated it before I went so it was not apparent. He said I had developed herpes of the mouth and throat though. No real difference in treatment - I really didn't want any more meds anyway. They are poison to my system. He said it would be 6- 8 weeks for me to get better. A lot of people with this start to feel better and relapse. The thought of it still freaks me out. I decided my best bet was to continue to work on boosting my immune system, healing my lungs, and getting and keeping my gut flora stabilized and that is what I have been working on. I started tapping some of my really smart sparkfriends for advice and used what I already knew in addition to their advice.

Things that help - for adult only

1. Airborne or the generic equivalent - I'm still taking a dose a day. I have been using this for years. Sometimes this gets rid of a cold if I take it at the first sign I am getting sick. It works for my husband as well. It does not work for my son. Some studies say it doesn't work at all. Don't believe them. Find out for yourself.
2. Vitamin C - I'm still taking it. Some experts say it doesn't work. Others say it does in high doses. It can cause diarrhea so you have to keep your intake below that amount. My dad take 1000 to 2000mg every day. He swears by it. He in his 80s has not had a cold in decades. So another reason to do your own research.
3. Extra Vitamin D - I'm still taking it plus my usual daily women's vitamin for women over 50. I have SAD right now so I need it.
4. Breath Easy Tea - this works really well for me when I am wheezing and have that panicky "I can't breath" feeling.
5. Ginger Tea - I'm still using this off and on too. This stuff really helps. When I was so sick at my stomach I thought I could never eat again I would sip on this all day and it would ease my nausea. Still does. I'm not in love with the taste but it is worth it.
6. Honey - I often combine #5, #6, #7, and #8 in different ways. Honey is antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, has vitamins and minerals, helps a cough, sore throat, congestion, upset stomach, asthma, digestion, immunity. I made my husband a paste of honey and cinnamon for his sort throat and it was gone for good after one dose.
7. Lemon - has vitamin c and is a natural diuretic that helps flush out the toxins
8. Cinnamon - antioxidant, antimalarial anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, helps arthritis, blood sugar, diabetes, colon health, heart health, etc.
9. Zinc - I take it at the first sign of a throat tickle or anything returning. This works!
10. Saline Nasal Spray - helps stuffy nose or post nasal drip
11. Horehound Candy - weird but this helps a sore throat if you don't need cough control.
12. Vick's Salve - for nasal congestion
13. Probiotics - for stomach/intestinal problems. I will be on this for a while.
14. Good Belly Juice - in the evening with supper for stomach/intestinal problems
15. Altoids - yep, they help too. The peppermint ones help my breathing.
16. Drinking lots of fluids - helps everything
17. Chicken soup - ditto
18. Brushing my teeth a lot - gets rid of lingering germs. toss the toothbrush frequently.
19. Assorted cough drops - for sore throat PLUS cough
20. Peroxide ear irrigation - When my son had chronic otitis media he had a chronic cough that drove us crazy. The doctor could not do anything about it but she worked with us to try different things. We discovered that a combination of this and #21 and acetaminophen got rid of the cough every time.
21. Medicated eye drops and ear drops
22. Acetaminophen or motrin.
23. Salt water gargles - help with sore throat or think mucous
24. Vaporizer - still using
25. Expectorant and/or antihistamine. Use sparingly for a day or two only if you have a lot of nasal mucous. I used one fourth dose of the expectorant once. Helped the thick mucous but made me super nauseated. My hubby used one partial dose of the antihistamine and was better.

The doctor was right. You can treat the symptoms but it takes 8 weeks to get over this. Most people I know who have had this are still not back to normal. My MIL's best friend, who never gets sick, had pneumonia in November and got it again about the same time I did and she is in the same stage of recovery as I am. We still have lingering symptoms that come and go like wheezing, post nasal drip, ear congestion, a productive cough, stuffed up nose, etc. I'm doing what I can to strengthen my immune system.

I'm completely out of shape now and feel fat as a tick, partly from the prednisone and antibiotics which completely destroyed my gut flora and partly from poor eating habits while sick. I am also emotionally labile, which could be the prednisone or the SAD but it seems to get better when the sun comes out and I can get outside so I tend to think the latter. Winter is usually over here by now and isn't. The doctor says don't push myself so I am concentrating on getting my exercise back up to where it should be. I haven't been able to get my 15,000 steps in for a long time but recently I have. I am working on the diet slowly. The 3 of us all need to lose weight. I'm not worried a lot about the weight as it will come off when I get back to exercising and eating better but I hate starting over. I just take it a day at a time. One step in front of the other.

  
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OPALMOON 9/11/2013 2:33AM

    Hi Tish,
So sorry to hear you have been through so much! I do hope you see some improvement and are feeling much better. Sorry I'm only just reading your blog now. I've been out of action pretty much all year (since mid February) and it doesn't look like that will change in a hurry. I too had posted a blog because a few people requested some news in the earlier part of the year, but haven't since, as all I can really write is a repeat of being in daily pain.
In any case, please know I am thinking of you and sending warm thoughts your way.

Hugs, Nattacia

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NANA-B-FITZ 8/23/2013 9:25PM

    Wow!! Wow!! Wow What a time you had. Boy you have really had a rough go of it. Glad to hear you are a bit better.
Thank you for posting. I found your information interesting and useful.
I have COPD , so I am no stranger to breathing treatments, inhalers and prednisone. I can relate to the side effects and what you went though.
I love Airborne, I take it at the first sign of a cold. I agree I think it works.My Doc also has me on Vitamin C and D as well as a senior daily vitamin.
I have never heard of Breath Easy Tea, I will have to get some of that. Thanks for the tip.
You have a great attitude, I like your cut. You are sooooooo right "One day at a time

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MOMMY2TWO07 8/23/2013 7:10PM

    So sorry that you were so sick ! Hope you and your family all got better and enjoyed a nice summer !!

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I.M.MAGIC 6/30/2013 12:32AM

    Oh sweetie, been there with the starting over!

That ligament injury back before Christmas? I couldn't do any exercise at all that involved moving that arm or putting any weight on it--even washing dishes was too much! Don't know if you've ever seen a PNW slug, but the biggest one I ever saw was seven or eight inches long, could only move about an inch a minute, and it was FAT! Exactly how I feel! Ugh!...

Add to that the "cold" that blocked the Eustachian tube in my ear and was pulling the eardrum in... I'm still on a cortisone nasal spray for that.

And I won't even mention what the 80 degree weather is doing to me... I'd gladly send some sunshine your way if i could! LOL

I totally get where you're coming from!

We can get through this though...
Look at how far we have come already, right?

Love ya, girl, hang in there!
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GOCYCLE 6/25/2013 11:06AM

    So Glad to hear from you! Hang in there sistah, we are warriors!!! emoticon lol

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CONTENTCHRIS 5/28/2013 12:56AM

    Wowsers so nice to hear from you about you again and yes it had been a while. Sorry to hear about everything going the wrong way. emoticon Happy to see you still fighting! I think you got a million responses but I wanted to say emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYGIRL511 5/24/2013 6:24AM

    OMG my friend, hope you and your son are on the mend now, you folks have surely been through the wringer and I know that is an understatement. Thank you for sharing, lots of good info in your blog with regards to remedies.

Hope your weekend is rest, and relaxation and good companionship this Memorial Day. God Bless, Debbie emoticon

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IMAVISION 5/19/2013 12:27AM

    You certainly were put through that proverbial "wringer"!

I am happy to know that you found what helped & are now enjoying better health with all that went before an ever fading memory.

Our eldest deals with SAD, so I have some knowledge of how it affects one's outlook & mood. On a happy note - they are in Florida for ten days & she is enjoying being in what she calls "Heaven"! emoticon She called this morning to tell us that they were poolside with their four youngest children, her husband, & friends & it delighted me no end to hear the uplifted spirit in her voice.

God bless!

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QUIETUDEAGAIN1 5/12/2013 12:07PM

  You really did a good one this time! For your future information: old Scottish recipe that works for pneumonia/bronchitis. hot ginger tea. One cup boiling water, one quarter teaspoon ginger powder or shaved ginger root, one tsp honey. As you know both the ginger and the honey have natural anti-biotic components. You will sweat in about 20 minutes so don't wear anything polyester and you will keep sweating. Drink often throughout the day. As for the SAD, I am from northern Canada, the government has changed the regulations for Vit D in the past 2 years, it is now a minimum of 1,000 units. I take 2,000 every day and often 3,000. Now that we have pills in 1,000 unit sizes it's not so many LOL.

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CECE0330 5/10/2013 5:50PM

    Holy mackerel. What a laundry list of unpleasantness to have to deal with all at once!!!! Since this blog is a bit older, i'm hoping you are back to feeling like your old self again. At least we FINALLY had a change in the weather (well, today notwithstanding)

Blog when it strikes you. I do it out of boredom mostly. emoticon Well, and it's the only place where I feel I can be truly honest about the things rumbling around in my head; since most of them are health/body issue related, Spark makes the most logical place to let it all hang out.


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-GOT2FINISH- 5/6/2013 11:10PM

    Oh my goodness! I hope you all get to feeling better! I loved all your tips, I use a lot of them daily. But I hope I don't have to use any of them for sickness.
Get better soon & I hope you get you get inspired to blog more because I really enjoy reading them. Sending you some emoticon & well wishes.

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PATTIE441 5/5/2013 11:22PM

    Hi There! I am so sorry with everything that has happened, and I hope things get better. You have such an amazing spirit, and am sending healing and heartfelt vibes your way emoticon emoticon . And your information is so valuable and awesome! Thank you for everything on this blog, and thank you for the gift of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ENUFF81020 4/23/2013 6:49AM

    Hi there,
I am not going to add anything of much value considering how many people have responded to your blog--but I am going to share that I'm so sorry that you have been so ill and that my good news is that my pneumonia is gone now. I saw my doc a week and a half ago and I am better after such a rough winter. I'm praying for the same for you.

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

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COOKINGGRANNY 4/17/2013 10:57PM

  Wow, what a time you've had. Wishing you a speedy return to good health. emoticon emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 4/16/2013 1:17AM

    Best. Blog. Ever.

I am such a nerd but you know I eat this stuff up. I wish everybody's blog read like a medical journal :)

The friend in me (and the Jew) wishes I could be there to help you and make it all better!

Hope the critters are doing well!

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MRS.CARLY 4/11/2013 9:08AM

    Sounds BRUTAL! I take airborne at the first tickle in my throat and it ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS works for me!!! I've used it 3 times and every time I woke up the next day already over whatever was starting to attack my body.

I am reading this book, and I think it applies to you!! You may want to check it out. I am finding it VERY interesting and am going to buy my mom a copy to send to her. You are already on that path, so it may be worth your time just to glance at it if you get the chance and feel like getting out and about (though I know you probably have to travel at least an hour to get near a decent bookstore).

I fully believe that a big reason why you are so sick is diet related. When I eat gluten, I get flu like symptoms and have actually thrown up in the past from getting so sick and nauseated. I'm not saying we are exactly alike or that it is all related, but i SUSPECT it is diet related. Here is the book:
http://www.amazon.com/Real
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1605292028

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JANRTEACH 4/9/2013 9:50AM

    --hugs--


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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/8/2013 10:24PM

    I just finally noticed this! I am so thrilled to hear that things are better.
I hope that you continue to feel better; one step at a time; one day at a time. Take it easy on yourself and rejoice in the spring time with its promise of new beginnings!

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SUNNY332 4/6/2013 5:14PM

    So glad you are back.

Kick BUTT!

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CHESAKAT41 4/6/2013 2:10PM

    You wrote this a while back, but found it very interesting. I knew you were sick this past winter - but you are a fighter and never give up. Good reading your blog - giving me some 'more' insight as to who you are - I think you are very strong. You just keep on do'in and hanging in there - remembering you are #1 after you know who!!!
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LIVINGFREE19 4/3/2013 4:10PM

    So sorry to hear of all the health problems, you poor thing!

I hope this Moro iris business ends soon, it sounds beyond horrible!

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BIZENMO 4/2/2013 11:49PM

    Good heavens, Woman! I hope you are well on your way to getting better. I had the N/V, diarrhea stuff and it started going to my chest. I got in right away because of my history with COP and they got me on an inhaler, tapering dose of prednisone and they put me on a new antibiotic, Factive I think it was called. It nipped things in the bud pretty quickly. I was just shocked at how quickly it went to my chest. I hadn't thrown up from being sick for years!! I had the regurg because of the achalasia, but I didn't really consider that vomiting...more like ejection! LOL!! Norovirus is nothing to sneeze at....it can cause a lot of problems...

I am back here, too. MY A1c was sky high, but it isn't surprising since I hadn't been doing anything about it. But, I have things I need to do so I need to get things back in check. No time like the present, huh?! LOL!! Actually, it's really a matter of vain-ness...is that a word? LOL!! I have a cavity in one of my front teeth and I want to be able to get I fixed, but it's gonna involve some serious work and $$, but if I want to heal properly, I need to have my diabetes under control....blah, blah, blah...I'm more worried about being able to pay for all this crud!

Well, again, I hope you are on the mend...TTYL!!!

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AROHRBACH 4/2/2013 7:15PM

    I wish you much improved health! You are amazing my friend and will kick butt without a doubt! emoticon

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CATIATM 4/2/2013 12:10PM

    So much to go through! I'm sorry you've had such a struggle and hope you're feeling 100% again soon. Also, thanks very much for the tips. I've been sick almost continuously this winter and will try some of these ideas to improve my own health.

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SEESTARS 4/2/2013 10:26AM

    What a time you have had. I hope you cotinue to feel better. Take it slow and know that you are not the only one struggling with regained weight. *hugs*

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COMPUCATHY 3/30/2013 10:27PM

    Thank you for sharing. Sounds like you are doing ALL the right things to move into recovery...atta girl! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/28/2013 6:29PM

    M--Your last two years have been unbelievable!!! This illness; the stress you've been under. There are no words to convey how sorry I am that you've had and are having such a hard time. Things have got to get better for you!!! Hugs and love to you!!

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KAPERK1 3/28/2013 5:46PM

    Hiya, I get probiotics from swansonvitamins.com Dr. Stephen Langer's Ultimate 15 Strain Probiotic with FOS 60 caps/bottle on sale 2 bottles for $14.99. They have a bunch of other probiotics, too. I used to take drdavidwilliams.com but they're too expensive.
I haven't had a cold in years, but don't blame you for getting sick because you work TOO D...N HARD! Drink some fancy tea, do some alternate nasal or other BREATHing & contemplate the beauties of nature. I got some Jamaican sorrel and ginger tea at Kroger, also bought some empty teabags of generous size on Amazon. Bought whole cloves, allspice, cinnamon sticks at an Indian supermarket, but you can also get spices in the Hispanic section of a supermarket.
You know that overexercising raises stress hormones, so be good to yourself.
Love ya, mean it!

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CAMPYM 3/27/2013 6:53PM

  emoticon You wrote!
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DEELB1 3/27/2013 3:18AM

  emoticon a lot emoticon you have been ill! emoticon Be well!

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MARLINDA5 3/26/2013 12:10PM

    Wow - what you and your family has gone through. Glad to see you are getting better every day and good that you are able to go outside.

As your doctor said - take it slow getting back to walking - you have been sick and your body will tell you when you can do more.

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Thank you for sharing the tips.

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KANOE10 3/26/2013 9:32AM

    Thanks for all of your tips. I have been meaning to try probiotics. You have had a very hard winter. I am glad you are healing, step by step...but boy you were hit with some very difficult illnesses. It sounds like you are doing a great job of building up your immune system again.
I am not a daily blogger either!

Good to hear from you. Take care, Spark Friend.
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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/26/2013 9:13AM

    I am so happy to hear you and your family are finally getting over this horrible sickness! It has been such a terrible year for illness. It's great you guys figured out some herbal ways to improve your health through all of this. I hope you get your strength back soon.

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A_NEW_JAN 3/26/2013 9:01AM

    It's so nice to hear from you again, though I am sorry that things haven't been going all that well for you of late.
I do hope that spring & the promise of sun & warm weather will inspire us to get outside, get moving & back on track to good health!

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GOANNA2 3/26/2013 7:39AM

    Hi Tish, so glad to see you blogging again. It must've
been quite an effort for you considering what you have
been through these past two years and especially this
past winter. I love your tips too. Just take it easy and
get stronger. Have a great week. emoticon
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SPIRITSEEKER2 3/26/2013 6:48AM

    thanks for the info on what helps-- most I know and do - others I added to my lists.. take care and keep getting better... emoticon


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NIELSENSLADY 3/26/2013 12:12AM

    OHHHHH my goodness friend!! I hope there is only healing from here and you don't have to deal with it again. emoticon

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JAZZID 3/25/2013 10:24PM

    ... I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I just got over my 3rd cold last week. I have been hearing about the virus you spoke of and hope I don't get it. I hope you all recover soon, I have had a stomach virus and know how miserable it can be. I am also asthmatic and have experienced the wheezing and congestion you speak of. Nebulizer treatments were the only thing that helped me. I don't have to use a maintenance inhaler, I just have a rescue inhaler of albuterol. So far I have not had a bad chest cold and my asthma seems like it is more under control and I really think that exercise is key, it has strengthened my lungs/heart.

Thanks for all the tips, I just bought some Airbourne over the weekend. I have always taken Vit.C and if I take that at the start of a cold, it helps.

Well, take care of yourself and don't rush it, all of your energy needs to go into resting and getting over that virus.

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CHRIS3874 3/25/2013 10:22PM

    Wow GET WELL SOON. I had a chuckle at number one - I kept getting the visual of a fighter pilot!! Depending upon the cold, I like to take Lipton cup of soup (the chicken noodle kind) and make it and put a teaspoon or so of Tabasco or Frank's red hot etc in it (I was told by a co-worker that it was gross- I nearly called her a stupid (rhymes with) witch as I am taking it NOT HER). This seems to unclog the mucous membranes more than just the chicken soup. Gee its nearly a year since I had my all weekend food poisoning (YIPPEE - can't wait for THAT again).

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NORASPAT 3/25/2013 10:15PM

    "M" Thanks for the newsy up to date Blog.
So sorry!!
I knew a lot was going on for you and the family but never thought it was so bad.

I hope it is behind you some and as soon as the weather cooperates to let us see and feel the light there will be much improvement all round.

Hopefully you will get back to yourself once again

It is so overdue and it has been a tough couple of years, it sure seems that long.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/25/2013 9:18PM

    I am so sorry you have been sick for so long.

I hope you are totally healed REALLY SOON! my
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Thanks for all the tips about what to do when sick.
I'm sure you tried them all and then some?

Don't worry about writing a blog every day, lots of
people don't. I just enjoy it, but it gets to be a lot when
your social life, or lack thereof is busy.

I love hearing from you.

Just a short note is fine, every week or so, so we know
you are doing ok.

Your SP Friends really do care about you.

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KICK-SS 3/25/2013 8:55PM

    From the team posts, we knew you had not been well at all during this winter, I think most of us just didn't realize how sick you were.. and yet, you functioned... more stamina than I probably have.

Glad you're feeling better these days tho and for your sake, hope spring and sunshine get here fast. SAD is quite prevalent around here since we have so few sunny days during our winters, altho not severe weather, just dark and dreary and rainy most days.

Hang in there and take care of yourself!! Betty

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NPA4LOSS 3/25/2013 8:48PM

    You have had a very rough winter. I was ready for a new year 3 hours after this one started. I hope that you are feeling better soon. The Spring can't come too soon for us! emoticon and lots of positive thoughts coming your way!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 3/25/2013 7:37PM

    GOOD TO SEE YOUR BLOG AGAIN SORRY YOU HAVE BEEN SO SICK. THIS THING WILL EVENTUALLY PASS I HOPE. I AM MY THIRD WEEK OF THE BRONCHITIS, SINUS THING. INTERESTING ABOUT VARIOUS OVER THE COUNTER REMEDIES. I USE SOME OF THEM I WILL RESEARCH SOME OF THE OTHERS. HUGS PAT

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LINDAMARIEZ1 3/25/2013 7:29PM

    wowza, When you blog you blog! I am jealous as I seldom can type a short paragrah on how I am doing! You have great advice on geting ones self well naturally! I am so greatful to you for this! You have been through a lot and God loves you for sharing your experiences and what you did for it with us! I love you too!

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JTAMSYN 3/25/2013 6:27PM

    So sorry to hear that you have been so sick. The beginning of the year has been bad for me too. Not as bad as you though! Take care of yourself. Slowly but surely!

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WILLOW49 3/25/2013 6:07PM

    Sure hope you feel better soon. I know how slow going it must seem to you. A friend of mine in Vancouver had this same thing; just horrible.

Hang in there, girlfriend; baby steps to improvement!
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-SHAWN- 3/25/2013 5:55PM

    All that, and it didn't get you better any sooner. EIGHT WEEKS!
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CODEMAULER 3/25/2013 5:44PM

    As much as I've missed your blogs, I've truly appreciated that you still checked in and posted updates on our feeds, blogs and SparkPages.

I hope that Spring brings a truckload of health to you and your family. You certainly have made some large deposits in the karma bank!!

It's good news that the house sold. I am so happy to think that you'll have your weekends and evenings open to spend in your garden swing!

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WOWEETOO 3/25/2013 5:39PM

    hey girl vicks vaporub on the bottom of the feet plus socks will relieve congestion and coughing for hours
i love hearing from you again got snow?? it is snowing in nashville today lol
spring?? never trust a groudhog they live in holes
loves and hugs
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