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Thursday, January 30, 2014

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I have written this blog in my head over and over for a few weeks. Just siting down to do it has been the the problem. Somehow, I go to the SP page, read other blogs, follow my Team Winter Challenge..yet getting here emoticon

I read Women's World Magazine weekly and have done so for years. I enjoy most parts of the read. I do the puzzles and try recipes etc...I also read weekly how "This &*^% diet: or "that %^$# diet" will make 50-60-70- pounds lighter in x number of weeks. I used the ^&%4 not to curse but as titles of diet. So every week I read the story of how someone lost weight and how their life has changed. Yes, I even believe I have read about Spark People in there.

One thing I have noticed in most of the diet plans is that the focus is on
1. Portion control
2. Choices
3. Snacking
4. Exercise

Sometimes, I try the ideas for meals..yet I still find not big surprise. So I guess alll I am saying is that watching your portion sizes, what you eat and moving all have an impact on weight loss. So I just keep on trying.

This year has gotten off to a rough start for us, but is improving. It will only keep on getting better. Life has ups and downs so now I want the ups for a bit!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/3/2014 7:17PM

    you can do this, I will continue to support and encourage you emoticon

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TIME4DEE 1/31/2014 7:58PM

    Those 4 focus points you mentioned are a big part of a healthy lifestyle. To lose we have to burn more calories than we take in. Portion control and making healthy choices is #1. A person can exercise all they want but if they're not eating right (healthy nutritious food AND portion control) its a losing battle.

emoticon you already know what to do. There are changes going on INSIDE you with everything good thing you're doing for yourself even if you don't see it yourself on the outside. It's my experience it''ll show up on the scale when I least expect it. Don't give up. EVER. You can lose inches even if the number on the scale doesn't move. Go by how you feel, how your clothes fit....

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I just have to laugh!!!!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Well I had a good laugh to start off today!!
I have not blogged lately, because it seems all that I write about is my Mom. So I have not been blogging. After this morning, I had to write. The phone rang and I answered it, it was the X-Ray Dept at the hospital in town. They wanted Mom for a CT of her head for 0700 tomorrow. Yep, and Mom is almost 91. That would mean I would need to leave around 0430. Pick up my friend ( I couldn't go alone) drive to Mom's and get her into the car at that ungodly hour. Drive back to the hospital and be there for 0700.

I live about 70-75 minutes from Mom. About 25 minutes from the hospital where the CT machine is and Mom is slow. So I said it was just too early. However, I did call my friend and ask her with a serious voice if she could be ready to leave at 0430. SILENCE!! Then I just laughed!!!

Now it is booked for 1300 on Friday. So much for a quiet day Friday. I am seeing Mom tonight and tomorrow we are taking her to lunch with a cousin and now Friday. Mom will love all the visits. So that was a start to my morning.

Mom has not settled into the nursing home as we had hoped, but to be fair to her, her first 2 room-mates did not help. Then I get a call last week saying the discharge coordinator wants to meet with me as they want to get Mom out of there to somewhere more "Suitable" and they name the home. So begins another upset. Thanks to a good friend, I got my head sorted out. So we leave early the next morning and go do a drive by the other home. We had both looked it up on the net. By then we are convinced it may be a good move. The staff are trained to deal with Dementia's and re considered the best in the province/. On we go to have lunch with Mom and meet with the lady. We packed a lunch.

The Discharge coordinator had met Mom in hospital so she knew her a little. She is not Mom's usual person, but she had offered to do this for the other one. Thankfully for us. Her first concern was "The staff are concerned about your Mom and her delusions, does she have a psychiatric history/" So I say..NO..she has never so much as had a problem, and what delusions is she having? "Your Mother thinks she has black blood in her body and that she is part black" OMG!! My Mom is part black, she does have as she puts it black blood. I have told staff that repeatedly for the past 2 months!! My Grandmother was black and may of my relatives are. I even told the DON on admission. I was stunned, upset, stupefied and laughed!! So I went on to explain that Mom will focus on this when her paranoia is going on. That paranoia is all a part of her Vascular Dementia and that her medications have not been right since her admission.

The medications have been a big problem since day one!! No one listened to what worked before. After all why listen to the daughter, who knows her Mom, is a nurse and has background and experience. Not to mention friends who can offer advice and support. One is a Geriatric Nurse Specialist and has known Mom for over 20 years. The other is a pharmacist I know who is the lead for the Seniors Team for pharmacy n our county. Ok. I am ready. I have met with the MD, called her office, talked with staff..no luck. The one med starts to kick in and..it get changed!! Help!!! OK what is going on? Right about then I am hoping she gets to the other home now!!

I leave frustrated. However, we did have a nice lunch and visit with Mom. When we left we went to our little cafe for a visit and to relax before going home. I then get a call the next day.
Your Mom is to be in hospital Sunday morning at 1115 to a Psychiatrist who specializes in Geriatrics nd he will review her meds and offer suggestions. Mom has seen a specialist before but he can not see her for a month. That is too long. This man will work. I contact my cousins wife who is a nurse in psychiatry to see what she knows about this MD. He is great!! She says Mom is lucky to get into him. SIGH!!

I had also sent an email to the DON after the meeting and passed along my concerns and thoughts. I also made a note and asked ot have it put on her chart to help staff understand Mom a bit. Just a few little things to make it easier. Hopefully!!

So I arm myself with all of the information and hope that he will listen a bit to me. We see this young MD and he is great. He talks to Mom and listens. He asks for my input, but only after Mom agrees. I explain her history with this dementia and what has helped also my frustrations with her medication and no continuity. He makes notes write orders and
explains to me what he wants to see done. YEAH!!! So he orders the CT head and also stopped the ativan. That was one big, major problem. At this home the first line if anyone acts up at all is Give Ativan!! This is one drug you should never give to seniors especially those who have any kind of dementia. The staff would not listen when I asked for it not to be given.
I felt good So this evening when I go visit, I will see how she is. The staff say evenigs are worse. Brandon has cadets so I will go and see.

Sorry to have gone on, but this has consumed my life so much lately, even when I think I am getting a restful day. Oh well it is important to see her settled as well as can be.

I am now starting the process of job hunting. Plese keep me in your thoughts as I do this. Have a great day every one.

Oh I have good news.. I am finally able to wear shoes. With my ulcers and bulky dressings all I could wear were Crocs. I now have runners and a pair of casual sketchers. I was so pumped that I could get shoes on and they were nice ones!! A little thing for many but for me important. Now I can walk more!!!!

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4KWALK 11/18/2013 8:07PM

    You do have trials but your mother is so fortunate that you are willing to fight for her needs.
I hope all works out and that she will soon be settled in one place. It seems reasonable that medical staff would want as much information as possible from you.

Also I am sure you are so glad to get shoes on your feet.

Take care.

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GRACEOMALLEY 11/13/2013 2:23PM

    As Bette Davis said - Getting old is not for sissies.

It sounds like things have turned around for the better for your mom and for you. Delighted on that score, and so pleased you can wear shoes again. Take care of yourself, too. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 11/13/2013 1:45PM

    Hmmm I am interested to know which home she is going to, where the staff are trained for dementia, I as a CCA have my reg training but I also took a dementia course and as part of my grade I had to do a project, my project was a dementia book for living at home with dementia. I found ti the other day thought oh yea neat save that. lol
Most of the homes, in NS have CCAs working and some have that training but not many. So just curious whic it was not that iI really know many down your way. I do have a RN friend that is awesome who works in one near you but not sure which it is. She is fantastic, and super great to work with.
Glad you can get shoes on cos you got a puppy to walk!!!!
Take care and hugs to you and your mum and your "co hort in visits".

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NHES220 11/13/2013 1:17PM

    See, it wasn't all about your Mom - glad you are back in shoes! I can see how your Mom and her difficulties consumes your thoughts and your time. My father is aging and I have my Mom and two sisters to help out and he is still at home. He has normal pressure hydrocephalus and is slipping pretty quickly in his health these days, but there are a few of use to share the responsibilities. Hang in there and I hope things are going well.

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JSTETSER 11/13/2013 11:08AM

    I am also my mother' care giver. I love reading what you have to say, and have added ou as my Spaek Friend so that I can follow your adventures and trials.

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A few thoughts

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I am happy that lately I have been walking a bit better. I do not use the cane, and I have real shoes, not juts crocs. I can actually motor along a bit. I feel good or rather felt good. Then I noticed last Friday and over the weekend that I was starting to get more winded with the walking. Ok now I do get winded, but it had started to settle down. I was improving. I then got on my scale..up 10lbs. No way!! I hadn't eaten enough to do that. So the next morning I was back and then up later in day and so forth. So I was frustrated.

I guess I should be thankful that I was going up and down and not just going up. I also noticed that my hands and feet were really quite swollen. That is new for me. I couldn't get my rings off. I wear a family ring and my Mom's wedding band on my right hand. They are usually loose. So I was frustrated. My feet hurt from the edema. What was going on?? I do not cook with salt or add salt, except on a very rare occasion. So what was going on?

I racked my brain and couldn't figure it out. Then my hubby said on Sunday and Monday that I was quite short of breath..even panting a bit. OK so I am now ticked off. I have not been sob at home for ages, not just walking from the living room to the studio. Our house is not big. Last night I went upstairs to bed, and when I got there, I was puffing and panting. I got more concerned. My pulse was OK...I still had swelling in hands and feet. I lay in bed thinking and thinking. Then I realized that I had started a new medication about 2.5 weeks ago. It is a statin to keep my cholesterol in check. My cholesterol is fine, but being diabetic I am at an increased risk for problems. My doctor had my on a med last spring and I couldn't tolerate it. Now we were trying a different one. So I looked up the med and side effects> BINGO!!!
I had the edema, SOB, rash, itchiness, weight gain and more. So now I stop this and see i f it all settles down. How very frustrating, but also a relief to know that it is from the meds.

OK now that I have gone on about that.. I have gone in and changed my sp page. I added an inspirational background. Now when I can figure out how to download photo's I will post one of Mom and I taken recently. I try to take photo's on a regular basis because she is changing so fast. I am hoping that she settles for a while. Off to see her tomorrow with a good friend, my Mom has adopted.

Last Friday we went and took lunch and Mom was so good. She even went to her window looked out and waved and blew kisses. She has not done that for a long time. It felt good to see that. So I am hoping tomorrow is good also. I am doing her laundry now and then I am going to embroider her initials on her socks. What else can I do with black socks??

Anyway, enough for now. I am feeling better knowing that the side effects were making me miserable a bit. On to better days.

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MILLERISHEALTHY 10/22/2013 10:52PM

    I'm so glad you figured out the new medicine was causing the issues. I'm sorry you couldn't take it, but it's good to know it was the med and not a health problem. I love the inspirational background on your page.

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HEALTHY4ME 10/22/2013 9:13PM

    YEs it is good to know what is causing sx... That is me, is it fibro or more osteo... Oh well no matter really, just that it hurts and I will feel better if no WHEN I lose wt.
Glad you and anjay are going to visit your mum, hope she has another good day. It is so hard.

OH btw, I like your background!! believe...... is my favorite word!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 10/22/2013 6:55PM

    looking forward tomorrow

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Staring a new challenge

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A beautiful fall day in rural Nova Scotia. The sky was blue, the clouds soft, the leaves are changing and some or many are falling down. The air is crisp and it is my favorite time of year!!!

I have not been on today as I have a irus on my laptop. I never had a problem, until I installed Norton!! emoticon I have had 2 problems since requiring a visit to my It friend. When it comes back this time..no more Norton. Three years and no problem..now 2!! Yuck!!

I am a cat or rather on the cat team for the 5% Fall Challenge!! I enjoy participating in the challenges because I feel more accountable. I do not want to let my team members or friends down. Also I feel good being a part of a positive thing!!

I am moving around more, I am watching portions and sizes. I am trying.

I am keeping this short, because it is just about starting the challenge. Not about my Mom at this time. yesterday was far to emotionally draining to go into again.

Have a great week all. To my Canadian friends Happy Thnksgiving!!!
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 10/16/2013 12:07PM

    All the best on the challenge I know you will do amazing

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EMMACORY 10/13/2013 8:42PM

    Is it thanksgiving in Canada? Good luck with your healthy lifestyle journey. emoticon

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I can do it.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Today I spent a long time going through this sight. I read many blogs, got many ideas and put some ideas to paper to remind myself.
I am older and forgetful, more so because I have so much on my mind than on age, I hope!!

A Spark friend has continuously sent me emails with links and ideas. I read them all, but today I reread and made some goals for me. The ideas are wonderful. I think what is difficult is
1. What would work for me?
2. Could I realistically do what some of these ideas are?
3. If these ideas would not work for me then what would?
4. What has worked in the past and what has not? Do not set myself up to fail..yet again!!
5. Do not wait start now!!

So the first thing that I am going to do is move. I do not mean move where I live. I mean move this big old stiff and sore body!! I read a blog with excellent ideas. I am starting today to put one into action. My husband and son leave soon to go to the tutors. So once they are gone..on goes some good moving music..out come the cloth's, mop, etc and away I go. I have things to do, so why not have fun and move and dance to the music while I do the work?/ I love this idea.
I will do it when they are home once I get it sorted out. I just usually do housework when they are out Tuesday evening. So first start.

Next I have sent an email to a Spark friend and asked for her to be a walking buddy 2-3 times a week even just for 10 - 15 minutes. Now this may not seem like much. However, believe me when you have not walked for years very much and can now get shoes on because your leg is healing..you are thankful for a few minutes of walking and trying to breath!!

I have also started to eat more what I want and not always what Stan and Brandon want. I am being me.

So now I am going to go and do a few more things and get ready to move. No cameras today!!

On another note, Mom seems to be settling in her new room. I am going to see her tomorrow.
Her phone should be in soon and even my cousin did not find her paranoid yesterday. So I am hoping this works for now.

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JFROGSPYDER 10/10/2013 12:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon It is often hard to get started but if you schedule your "MOVE" time, you are more likely to do it!!!! I KNOW that you CAN do this!!!!
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SKIPPYALTO 10/9/2013 1:43PM

    Just moving around and dancing a bit while you clean can be some of the best (and most fun and productive at the same time) exercise!

I'm glad you're going to focus on yourself some more. Only when we do that is when we can succeed.

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KRICKET57 10/9/2013 8:28AM

    So good to see you moving forward again. Keep up the good work!

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BLUSHIOUS 10/8/2013 8:51PM

    I'm so happy to see that you are planning, and I can't wait to see you work it!!! :)

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GRATEFUL_BEING 10/8/2013 8:18PM

  I know your going to be successful! I like how you have taken other ideas incorporated them for you. Had to laugh at your move more comment. I know the feeling. emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 10/8/2013 7:13PM

    oh way to go so excited for you, looking forward to a walking partner.

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SHERYLDS 10/8/2013 6:33PM

    “This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.” ~Scott Reed

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HEALTHY4ME 10/8/2013 5:12PM

    AWESOME and don't forget the chair exercise team too, for days when you can' walk or it is pouring etc. I am so glad you are going to try to move now. And so so thankful that your leg is healing - long overdue!
HUGS and have fun with that other walking buddy. Me well we can' walk together via here.. I have done3.8 miles today way low as we were babysitting Thomas and Eva this morning! that kept me busy and tired and now I have a sore back.
Have a great evening!

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NHES220 10/8/2013 4:19PM

    Good for you. It is great that you are setting goals and increasing activity will definitely help get that metabolism going!

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    Be good to yourself and the everything else will follow emoticon

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