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TCOYD Conference

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Yesterday, I attended a Taking Control of Your Diabetes conference. It was wonderful!! I learned some new things and old things were reinforced. I really needed this kick in the tush to get me motivated to try to control my diabetes and lose some weight. It doesn't take much for me to fall off the wagon - but it's quite a challenge to get back on.

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ANNESYLVIA 9/24/2012 7:48PM

    I am glad to hear you got the motivation you needed from the conference. Best of luck getting back on track.

take care, Anne

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Fell Off the Wagon, AGAIN!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I've fallen off the weight loss/diabetes control wagon AGAIN!! I get so disgusted and down on myself when I can't control my blood sugar. Today - I am going to check my blood sugar before meals like I am suppose to, take my insulin before meals and write down everything that goes into my mouth.

Lots of things have been going on since my last blog over a month ago.

The craft show went well. Nadine and I found out that a small town near Alta has a craft show on Sunday. Next year, both Nadine and I will be selling at the MOPS Shopping Extravaganza in Alta as well as the craft show in Fonda. My husband admitted that he was dreading the craft show, but enjoyed it. Friday evening, he was gluing earring backs for me. He said he would be willing to learn to put fish hook onto earrings. I think what really helped was that we covered our costs of table fee, hotel and gas.

Roger received a call from an assisted living facility inquiring if he was still interested in their services for his Dad. We met with the Admissions representative and loved the place. It was built specifically for dementia/Alzheimer's patients. The facility is built in a square. Each resident has their own apartment with kitchenette, private bathroom and walk-in shower. The facility serves 3 meals per day. We moved my father-in-law in the day before Thanksgiving. He stopped shortly inside the door and commented "that this is nice". On Thanksgiving, when people asked Dad about his apartment, he told everyone "it is really nice, I like it".

Thanksgiving Day - I didn't overeat. I was so proud of myself.

I spent Monday night with Dad in his apartment. In order for medicare to pay for his oxygen, he had to go through another oximetry overnight test. There was paperwork that needed to be filled out and Dad isn't very good about doing the paperwork (if he'd even remember). It was a good night. I'm encouraged that he is starting to remember that his wife is dead - usually. He asking "when did my wife die" more often than "where's my wife". I'm thinking that moving him from the nursing home (most residents were a lot further gone than he is) to assisted living has helped. I know that Alzheimer's doesn't reverse, but I keep telling my husband that we need to celebrate the small successes when they come. I know my husband is very stressed out being the only one caring for his father. He is very frustrated that his siblings aren't stepping up and helping care for Dad (he has 5 siblings). Knowing he's stressed out - stresses me out.

My father-in-law was so funny Monday night. He was wanting coffee, I told him we could make coffee in his apartment, but he wanted to go to the "restaurant" (dining room) for coffee. The facility has decaf coffee and juice available to all residents 24 hours a day. So we went to the "restaurant" for Dad to have coffee and I had my water.

When he was at the nursing home he didn't want anyone to be around us because we were his visitors, but at assisted living, he was everyone to see that he has visitors.

Our oldest daughter, Carmen, has moved from Maryland to Rockford, IL to work for Heartland Hospice. She started her new job yesterday. We are soooo excited that she is only 5 hours away instead of 24 hours. She will be able to come home for Christmas! She is still working on her 2nd Masters Degree in Social Work online.

Our youngest daughter, Jackie Lynn, has found a full-time job that she likes. Her last 2 temp jobs were for receptionist jobs and she wasn't given anything else to do but answer the phone. Sure makes for a long day. She is working for a construction company as an Operations Assistant. She does everything from spreadsheets, payroll and unloading trucks. She likes being busy. Jackie Lynn also got accepted into the American Institute of Business for online classes. AIB accepted some of his classes from her Massage Therapy training. She's a licensed Massage Therapist but doesn't have the clientele to support her.

My online business has blossomed in the last month. I don't have much time to do anything but work on die cuts. I'm really excited to see the increased. I am trying to create ahead the die cuts that sell that best but right now it a little difficult.

Roger and I have decided to add beaded jewelry to our sale inventory. I have been checking websites to purchase beads and beading supplies. I am encouraged by the inventory available on the internet. I have also been researching cheaper shipping supplies and have found them as well.

Since my father-in-law in now in Ames, I will be having coffee with him every Wednesday morning. Hopefully, spending more time with him will help delay the progression of his Alzheimer's Disease a little longer.

I better close this blog, get breakfast then start working on die cut orders before coffee with Dad.

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DDESERTDDAWN 12/1/2011 12:28PM

    BEst of luck to you as you handle all these changes. Yes, do take some time to yourself and be sure to track that nutrition/blood level. The sugar poisons your system as you know. And YOU do not deserve poison in your bloodstream. You deserve the care it takes.

dDawn emoticon

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NITER83 11/30/2011 6:48PM

  Thank you for your kind words.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/30/2011 9:25AM

    Wow, indeed a lot is going on! Good or bad, all those changes are interpreted by your body as stress, which increases cortisol, which increases or messes with your blood sugar. Sooooo, don't be too hard on yourself. But DO track your nutrition. That really does help with the accountability. That is what ultimately helped me get my blood sugar under control. DO try to take just 5 minutes for yourself/day. Meditate, listen to music . . . whatever you find relaxing.

Good luck to you and so glad to hear that the facility is working out so well!

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Autumn Stroll

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Today is so beautiful. Temperature is 75 degrees - warm for late October in Iowa. I decided that Kira and I would walk out to where Roger works and meet him. It is a 2 mile walk, but only took us 46 minutes. There is a hill a little over a mile into the walk which was a little challenging to go up since we were tired. We made it and it was a refreshing walk. We sat at the picnic table and waited for Roger to get off. There was a wonderful breeze. I thoroughly enjoyed relaxing there.

My morning didn't start out so well. Woke to a fasting blood sugar of 55. After eating something I fell back asleep - woke a couple of hours later feeling great.

Had over 20 orders to get in the mail in the next days. Creating the embellishments has gotten a bit more difficult since my Big Shot Express died and I'm having to use the Quickutz Epic. Not a big fan of the Epic. It doesn't cut the thicker dies like the Big Shot without some jimmy rigging.
From now until November 11, I will be extremely busy getting die cuts made for the Craft Show. Since my Express died, I will be making most of the die cuts from my Cricut. I did put a new Big Shot (crank) on order. I was so excited this morning, when I received the shipping e-mail that it will arrive on Thursday instead of Friday. Well, I better get back to work.

I'm glad I took the time to walk today.

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ONENEL 10/26/2011 7:08AM

    Enjoy the beautiful days when you have them- they are not going to last much longer.

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Monday, Monday

Monday, October 24, 2011

I didn't get out to walk yesterday, but overall, it was a good day. Picked up my father-in-law for worship service and potluck. We went to the cemetery to visit my mother-in-law's grave. Dad broke down, but he did remember what she died of. It is so difficult to see him having to relive being told Mom died almost 2 years ago. He has a mental block to her death. I picked up some pink roses for Dad to put on her grave. Mom loved pink roses.

Roger took his Dad back to the care facility. He looked very upset when he got home. He said he thought about his Dad and Grandpa and knows that since both of them have/had Alzheimer's that he's going to have it also, and he doesn't want to be a burden to his family. I pray that he will not be affected with this disease. It's in God's hands now.

It's now 3 weeks before I show at my first Craft Show in Alta, IA. I have a lot of embellishments to finish and my die cutting machine died. Roger tore it apart and has e-mailed the company to see if he can get a replacement for the gear I stripped. In the meantime, I have another machine, but it's not very user friendly - but we grow through challenges. Attitude, attitude, attitude - keep it positive. I'm really excited about the craft show, but also, a little apprehensive.


22 October Continued

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Kira and I went on a 35 min walk. It felt great! Both of us enjoyed the walk - me for the beautiful, cool fall weather and Kira for all the squirrels. We walked through the city cemetery. It is so serene and peaceful.

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ONENEL 10/23/2011 10:40AM

    emoticon My dog also loves all the squirrels this time of the year.

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