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The good news is I'm going to live - the bad news is I'm overweight

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Well, the past weeks are ones I wish I could just erase from my memory but alas that is not the case. I've been sick off and on and have been to the doctor too many times and have been prescribed too many medications. This ended up with a five hour stint in the emergency department on Thursday night where they believed I had a blood clot! Turns out I didn't but I wasn't getting enough air so I was hooked up to four masks to help me breath and have been sent home with asthma inhalers and more prednisone. Turns out the antibiotics were actually doing me more harm than good and I was heading to very dangerous ground.

Anyway, I was treated so well at the hospital and I had a young female doctor who went over my medical history. Since I am not a smoker and never have smoked (well, except for the time when I was twenty two and stole a smoke and nearly choked to death on the fumes!!! emoticon - which taught me two important life lessons - don't steal and don't smoke!) she asked if I had any other health issues. I mentioned depression and then I piped up "well, I know I am overweight" and she said that most patients won't acknowledge that at all. So I went further and said, actually I am morbidly obese according to my BMI and she smiled and and said, let's leave it at overweight instead of labelling yourself.

Wow, that really struck me. Yes, if you go by my BMI alone (I am 5 ft 6 inches) and weigh 234 pounds I am morbidly obese. But that is putting a label on me which in itself makes it harder to break free from. So I told this doctor about Spark and how I was trying to change my life around. She was so pleased to hear this and was very encouraging. I told her how good I felt last year when I was exercising a fair bit through walking and I was eating much better and she asked what it would take for me to get back to that point and I said, not much, really.

"NOT MUCH REALLY"? But it is true. I could begin to walk again and I know from experience it won't take me long to get into the groove. I drink my water now (yay!) and I do know the basics of eating healthy.

I left the hospital feeling like a $100! And, I've continued to feel that way. I went out on Friday and stocked up our freezer and fridge with healthy items. I am going with my husband and dogs for a walk today, I am cooking a huge turkey and roasted veggies today (I will freeze leftovers), I am excited to be going back to work and I am excited to be back on Spark. YAY!

Look forward to catching up with all of you!!!!

xo Susan

P.S. I am not spell checking because my computer locks up everytime I do and I lose what I have written...time to bring it in to be serviced I think!

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GOANNA2 10/22/2012 8:00AM

    Welcome back Susan. Great positive blog. emoticon emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/22/2012 7:34AM

    Sounds like you ended up with a wonderful experience at the hospital. So great that you're making good changes!


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POPSY190 10/22/2012 7:23AM

    It's an I'll wind ....l sorry about the emergency visit but at least some of the medicine issues are sorted out and you have encountered a doctor who is a skilled in human relations. You sound so much better than before. emoticon

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MILLIE-MILOU 10/22/2012 4:16AM

    emoticon What a great blog. You have such a great attitude (and a huge freezer by the sounds of it). I will follow your blogs so I can keep up with such a positive poster if that's ok with you.

Oh, don't tell anyone but I too pinched a ciggy and nearly choked to death on the fumes, passed out and everything but I was 14 at the time. Never did it again emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/22/2012 3:46AM

    I like the Doctor. She is on the ball. Glad you are back. emoticon

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_LINDA 10/21/2012 9:42PM

    This is so wonderful to hear! You met a great Dr. there. But really, she was just helping you voice what you already knew deep down inside. You CAN live a healthy lifestyle, get fit and lose the weight. Its your spirit and your never say die attitude that defines you, not a number on the scale, your depression or an illness! Enjoy the walk!
So very, very happy to have you back!
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CASE4GRACE 10/21/2012 9:14PM

    So glad you are feeling better and are up and around again. Hope you just keep getting better. What a nice doctor to just "leave it at overweight" and it sounds like that conversation may be a turning point for you. So proud of the good choices you have already made. Keep up the good work and keep sparking!!
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GOOZLEBEAR 10/21/2012 8:56PM

    Great to have you back and I know you can reach your goals! We are here to support you!!! Sounds like you finally have a very understanding and caring doctor.
Thanks for sharing this great blog with us!!!

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KAYDE53 10/21/2012 8:42PM

    Welcome back!!! Sounds like a smart doctor!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/21/2012 7:55PM

    For me, saying those ugly words (morbidly obese) was a part of my motivation to lose a hundred pounds to work through my obesity and overweight towards a healthy BMI. I'm at the top of the line for a healthy BMI without going over 25 and I feel miserable as I sit here and write this: I'm now a size 14 when I have so many beautiful size 12 clothes awaiting my enjoyment again. That said, do I need a little perspective? Absolutely! It's a constant battle I cannot afford to let beat me.

You can do this!

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ILOVEMALI 10/21/2012 4:52PM

    Feel better and keep on sparking!!

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SARAWALKS 10/21/2012 3:09PM

    Hurrah for you, go for it, you can do it! What a marvelous attitude that doctor has, she really knows people, she will do a lot of good in this world!
BTW I really love your swirly swishy orange-y page background!
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ANGRITTER 10/21/2012 1:58PM

    So glad you are feeling better. Maybe you'll feel like $1000 after you get back to walking with your hubby and children! Then I know you are back for good!

I havea friend who actually died for a few minutes while she was being given antibiotics for afoot surgery. She sis diabetic and actually died in the ambulance after an IV does of antibiotics. There were too many things going wrong in her body at one time and the last dose pushed her over the edge.

I thank God that you caught it in time before the same scary thing happens to you! She is now scared to be alone in her home for fear of what might happen. I am right there with her if it ever happened to me.

But I am so happy to read your smile in this blog! You really are back! YAY. I have missed you so much!! I knew you were busy so I didn't e-mail you much, but now that you are back at it, I won't let you out of my sight for long before I check in. But I promise not to be a stalker!!

Love and hugs,

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CELLISTA1 10/21/2012 12:45PM

    What do they call that? Oh, yeah: A WAKEUP CALL! How great that it created a positive response in you. Excellent!

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CHUBRUB3 10/21/2012 11:20AM

    Well the good news far outweighs the bad!
Yay for you! So glad your on the road to recovery, especially after the scare at the hospital.
Hugs and take care of your self!

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GAYLE-G-63 10/21/2012 11:12AM



You are one of my favorite people! I wish you for nothing but the best! You can do it!!!


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BOVEY63 10/21/2012 11:00AM

    So glad you are on the road to recovery and back on Spark!

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JOANNANOW 10/21/2012 10:48AM

    So happy to hear you are feeling better! The dogs are so cute. Ginger looks like the dog in the Pedigree ad.
Welcome back. emoticon Enjoy that bird... I love the smell of it cooking. emoticon

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MAMADWARF 10/21/2012 10:15AM

    Awesome! Good stuff!

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LIBBYG7 10/21/2012 9:16AM

What a lovely, positive blog!! So good to hear you sounding so happy and motivated. This doctor is a keeper ...... can you keep her??

What I don't understand.....were you taking more than one anti-biotic at a time?? That's very dangerous.... I'm glad you are better and coming back to SP.....you were missed.
Welcome Back, Luv.

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JLITT62 10/21/2012 8:55AM

    Too bad she can't be your primary care dr! She sounds awesome!

Go Susan!

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DARJR50 10/21/2012 8:47AM

  Welcome back. It sounds like you have the right attitude. You have a doctor who understands people, not just medicne. Stick with her, she will help keep you focused and motivated.

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RAPUNZEL53 10/21/2012 8:41AM

  Good Luck!

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ONE-HOT-MAMA1 10/21/2012 8:38AM

    way to go welcome back to spark you can reach your goals

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Chicken soup - the answer to all of your woes

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


I have to thank many, many of my great SparkFriends who have yet again pulled me out of a dark spot and who continue to support me when I really haven't been the most reliable Spark buddy to them.

Round four of antibiotics seems to be doing the trick....I'm so thrilled to be feeling even a wee bit better. I did make the chicken soup afterall....I was so exhausted I literally chopped up an onion which I put in the slow cooker. I added three frozen skinless, boneless chicken breast and poured in some vegetable broth. After cooking a few hours I tossed in a small bag of mini carrots that I had to sit down to chop up and also added some chopped celery and turnip. More broth (I also removed the chicken and cubed it) and some egg noodles and seasoning to taste.....I was so hungry I ate two huge bowls with a glass of milk.

This made me feel better physically and mentally. I prepared something healthy and I ate it which did more more good than the medication I am on. It wasn't a fancy meal by any means nor was it the best soup I have ever made but it did me wonders. Even my husband commented on it. Funny thing, isn't it.

Yesterday I managed to go to the dog park where I stayed for an entire fifteen minutes before getting too skakey to stay. Today, I spent about one hour out on our back patio just resting in the sun and then this afternoon I took the hounds for a short walk in the woods. I had to sit down twice along the way but I accomplished something.Yay!!! I'm starting to feel like me again.

I took some pictures today of the dogs which I hope to upload someday soon. They are quite the characters and keep me very happy and entertained.

xo Susan

P.S. guess what I am having for supper? You got it...chicken soup........


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JLITT62 10/21/2012 5:32AM

    Glad the soup is helping!

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BOVEY63 10/19/2012 9:34PM

    So glad you are beginning to feel better. Gotta love chicken soup!

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GOANNA2 10/19/2012 5:23AM

    Like you, I went back to the doctor on Tuesday and I also
have another round of antibiotics. I asked the doc for a
referral for a chest X-Ray. It is the 4th time this year that
I have been on antibiotics for 3 -4 weeks at a time.
Like you, chicken soup has helped. I'm glad you had a walk
and that your dogs helped. emoticon

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LESLIES537 10/18/2012 5:43PM

    Oh man, I hope this round of antibiotics kicks it for good this time! That chicken soup sounds easy and soooo yummy! I will have to try that. (I've never even made it before! Amateur cook here. ;)

Take care! emoticon

p.s. I have been a horrible spark buddy--sorry! I'll be around more, promise!

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_LINDA 10/18/2012 1:37AM

    Wow. I didn't realize how very sick you have been Susan. So sorry to hear that :( I am glad you can get out and enjoy a few things at least. Dogs are good caregivers aren't they? Always there for you and to lift your spirits. They know when you aren't feeling well.
Well done with the soup! You are far ahead of me on that as I don't cook. I miss my Mom's hearty soups. She is always giving me muffins but never offers me soup.
Enjoy your soup and feel better soon..
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JOANNANOW 10/17/2012 10:20PM

    Good to hear that you are feeling better. MMMM that soup must be wonderful! I should make some too. See what a good influence you are? emoticon

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T1DMOM 10/17/2012 9:18PM

    Chicken soup is a huge favorite in the Walsh household lol.
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PAMNANGEL 10/17/2012 7:59PM

    Chicken soup, the original wonder drug.

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LJCANNON 10/17/2012 7:52PM

    emoticon Best Recipe for Feeling Better I have seen this week!! You are on the Road to Recovery. Chicken Soup really is a Magical Food!!

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CHUBRUB3 10/17/2012 7:45PM

Soup is the best! So glad you cooked and partook of it.
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ANGRITTER 10/17/2012 7:06PM

    Man, I knew as soon as I didn't check in here every day that I would miss something... and I did. I am so sorry that you have been feeling so sick! It seems like everyone is sick right now but me and that's because I refuse to let anyone even remotely sick into my house!!

I do have the crappy duty of driving to my doc's office to pick up my info for my attorney. I am sure I can catch a germ or two in there if you'd like a buddy to suffer through this with you? It's the only offer I can give you today. Except maybe make you smile.

So let me ask the BIG question everyone always asks me afterI have been sick: Did you lose any weight? (Hope you found that funny!)

Hoping you are getting stronger and stronger. I got my cast off last Monday and I am outside walking in my shorts every day still. We can open the windows, but it as still 83 here today. Coming down for a visit? emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/17/2012 3:24PM

    Ah yes, the wonders of chicken soup. May you succeed in every fine challenge that comes your way.

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ILOVEMALI 10/17/2012 2:34PM

    so glad to know that you are feeling better!

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I need help please and I don't even know what I need help with

Monday, October 15, 2012


How do you go about asking for help when you are not even sure what help you are in need of? I feel like I'm so far away from Spark that I will never get back to where I was. Perhaps that is the problem...I don't need to go back to where I was but rather I need to dust myself off and get back on the path. Some of you might have passed me, some of you might have left me in the ditch, some of you might be lagging behind, but the point is this is a lifelong journey for me and not a race.

I've gone downhill lately but my mental strength is surprising myself. Mind you, I almost was in tears at the doctor today because I am still struggling with whatever flu/cold that has it grip on me. Another week off work and the fourth round of antibiotics. Aaarrgghh.

I wanted to get back to my journey by October 1st but that really didn't work out. But that is okay, right? The doctor says I have to take care of me right now and my husband is wonderfully supportive. He is not a cook but did make me some Kraft Dinner last night which is the first food I really ate in a few days. Tomorrow we are going to make some chicken noodle soup on the slow cooker. We will fill it with good for us veggies so even if I just eat a bit it is something nutritious.

Does this sound as pitiful as it seems? Sorry! I am struggling not to get down mentally and maybe this is a wake up call not to take my phyical health for granted!

Miss you all and will talk soon!

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ANGRITTER 10/17/2012 7:09PM

    I am so happy you had so many people who love you to help you through this. Wonder why my subscription to your page went away. Dang! I will have to make sure it is back on again.

I did read your next blog and I am so sorry that you are ill, but you made it out of the house today and I am proud of you for that! And I am sure you pups are super happy to see their momma up and moving around again!

Lots of hugs, but I'm keeping a mask on when I hug you!

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ADELE66 10/16/2012 1:19PM

    Am sending some positive thoughts your way.

Sometimes, when we don't know what help to ask for, we find out when we start talking to people who understand and care about us. Try just talking about whatever you feel.... and see where the conversation takes you....

Hang in there... you'll start to feel better soon.


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MLH148 10/16/2012 12:07PM

    no words I can really add -- just take care, rest but maybe a short walk might help raise your spirits (if it's a nice fall day outside) emoticon

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JOANNANOW 10/16/2012 10:35AM

    oh Susan I didn't realize you had been so ill! I hope the chicken soup turns things around and that your recovery will be quick. Sending out healing vibes and virtual hugs emoticon

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JLITT62 10/16/2012 7:55AM

    Chicken noodle soup, especially made with love, is just the ticket. Love yourself with rest, not food.

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GOANNA2 10/16/2012 6:51AM

    It's so great to see a blog from you again Susan.
You just do waht the doctor said and take care of yourself.
I have also had a chest/ bronchial infection and am on
another round of antiobiotics and also have been feeling down.
With me, I have spent so much time on Spark and not enough
time on physical activity. I'm the opposite - too much sitting
around so as not to think about things. I realize we each have
different coping mechanisms and I just want you to stop being
so hard on yourself. You will know when you are ready to come
back. Love yourself. Remember, I'm OK - You're OK emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POPSY190 10/16/2012 4:53AM

    Good to read a blog from you again - missed you! You have had a massive amount of stress lately which has probably drained your immunity a lot. You are doing what you can to come through it all. In the meantime just keep touching base with your SFs and we will be here for you! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 10/16/2012 3:28AM

    Take your time and get well. I had pneumonia in January 2011 and was on oxygen for 3 weeks. It took a few months for me to get back to what passes for normal. You DO NOT want to get worse or to relapse. Take care of yourself!

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CELLISTA1 10/16/2012 1:23AM

    When you're feeling under the weather, everything seems worse. Concentrate on getting well. Eat foods that support your immune system so you don't get sick again and don't be tempted to do more stuff than you can. Once you're feeling stronger, I bet everything will fall into place and you will know what you need.

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JAMER123 10/16/2012 12:30AM

    Hi Susan! We want you to get back to us but we want you to get healthy before!! Your health is the most important. We are walking beside you and are here to help you up when you need us! Take care and enjoy that wonderful chicken noodle soup. I made that the other night and that add of mixed veggies made it even better!!
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CASE4GRACE 10/15/2012 11:24PM

    Don't put any pressure on yourself, the journey will still be there waiting. Just take good care of you and get to feeling better soon. That's most important. Your body needs rest and nourishment. Sending hugs and hoping you are better quickly!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/15/2012 10:37PM

    We all can use help at times. You are strong and the journey was never intended to be an "easy" one. Lord knows, I wouldn't be here if it were. I find that the Spark Community is an incredible one at helping us be who we want to be. My best support comes through team participation where accountability is the greatest. You're a great writer, so updating us through your status lines or blogs are a great way to share your successes. Let us know through your written goals (ie SMART goals) where you want to be and how you want to be there, and you'll undoubtedly find many people there to offer support, advice (when desired), or some proverbial kick in the butt. How would you like to report in, so to speak, so we can both support you and allow for some added accountability? Welcome back, dear! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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MAMADWARF 10/15/2012 9:45PM

    Well we are all here at a different part of our journey. Just jump back wherever you are whenever you can. I do a Sunday check in that helps me touch base. You are welcome to comment and tune in. Even if it is only on Sunday, feel better,

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MBGUYER 10/15/2012 9:26PM

  I'm with some of the other commenters, and your doctor, take care of yourself right now. Maybe concentrate on your fluid intake and make sure that it is where you want it to be.

Feel better -- you have a long time to get back to this healthy lifestyle!

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RUNNER12COM 10/15/2012 9:03PM

    You don't have to know what you need, just that the answer is here somewhere in the Spark Community.

Reach out. We're here. And you'll find your way back.

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HDHAWK 10/15/2012 8:18PM

    Get all the rest you need for now and eat as well as you can. Hope you feel better soon!

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SPARKLISE 10/15/2012 8:17PM

    There is really no rush.
When your health is back, you will jump right back in.
I've had to take 4 weeks of in the spring because of illness,but now i'm back stronger than ever! emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 10/15/2012 8:03PM

    take one day at a time,get better soon.

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CHUBRUB3 10/15/2012 7:02PM

    Hugs Susan, I hope you feel better soon.
Start with some healthy soup if you can manage making it, Chicken noodle is always good for the soul and body.
Then when you feel better you can carry on.

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ANDI571 10/15/2012 5:51PM

    Don't be hard on yourself, we have all walked in your shoes. When you are sick, it makes the journey that much harder. Just make good choices where you can. You can fit a Kraft dinner in, just don't eat as much as you might a healthier dish. Every meal we eat is one out of many meals to come. If we don't eat exactly what we need to, we just do it next meal. We only lose if we quit the battle.

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KANSASROSE67 10/15/2012 5:32PM

    It's hard to care about anything when you're sick. Take care of yourself...we are here for you!

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BOVEY63 10/15/2012 5:17PM

    Wherever you are in this journey, know that I am with you my friend! Take care of yourself and when you are ready to jump back on the path, you will not be alone.

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LIBBYG7 10/15/2012 4:51PM

    Hi Susan,
I'm so sorry you are so sick. I've been where you are many times in my life -- colds/flus I couldn't shake - that would hang on for weeks and weeks - and then relapse! My problem is a weak immune system.....and weak lungs. Has the doctor checked your lungs? If you are coughing/wheezing - it would be wise to get a chest x-ray. It couldn't hurt...
In the meantime let your hubby and furballs comfort you - and do what you can to feel better. Getting rest is top of the list!
And don't worry about your weight just now. Eat healthy stuff - lots of fluids.....and indulge in a little forbidden stuff (a little!) :)

Take good care and hugs,
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Things I have noticed about my dogs while I'm home sick

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


I know I said I would be back the beginning of October but to tell the truth I haven't been fit to shoot. For awhile now I haven't been feeling top shelf but about three weeks ago I was diagnosed with an ear and sinus infection and was given medication. It never seemed to clear up until last week when I felt okay for a few days. Then over the Thanksgiving weekend I had the most itchy throat and ears which then turned into a slight headcold. Woke up on Tuesday morning all that was gone but I was exhausted and had a terrible cough. I mentioned it in a text message to John's cousin who is a doctor and he said to go to a clinic. I did that yesterday and the doctor reviewed my files from the previous visit and thinks I might have pneumonia (spelling?). They put me on some heavy antibiotics and another medicine which will suppress my immune system so I have to stay away from people for a week. Ugh. I'm frozen one minute and sweating the next and really tired but other than that I am enjoying my time with the doggies.

They sure are funny. They sleep all night, get up (reluctantly) around 7:30 for a bathroom break, go for a short walk with John, come back and fall asleep in the sunshine. They sneak off to a quite spot to sleep in the morning only coming out when I go to the kitchen or the mailman comes to the house! Then all hell breaks loose! When John comes home for lunch I have usually fed them so it is play time and then they beg at the table while we eat because heaven forbid they might still be hungry! John takes them for a romp and then when he goes back to work they repeat the morning sleepiness. I read for awhile this afternoon and Maddy had to keep me company with his toy moose (which he seemed to squeak whenever my eyes would close!) and Ginger snuggled into my side. Louisa lay on the floor beside our bed and would wag her tail in her sleep so much it would wake her up and she would look around to see who was making all the noise! Too funny!

Anyway, thanks for the well wishes. I will get better and I am really looking forward to resuming my Spark journey!

xo Susan

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GAYLE-G-63 10/13/2012 8:47PM

    Feel better, Susan!

My mother had a cat who would chase his own tail, catch it, bite it, and then hiss! Dumb ass, it's your own tail!!! LOL

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LYNNWILK2 10/12/2012 7:20AM

    Sounds like you have three very "attentive" nurses that want only to be with you and around you while you are taking care of yourself. They are setting the example for you of how to really make the most of a day of relaxation and fun (the tail wagging in your sleep).
I hope you get better very soon, and that you don't need to be on nasty medication for much longer.
Remember to eat your yogurt, necessary when taking antibiotics.

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WALKZWDOGZ 10/12/2012 4:04AM

    Sounds like you have the cutest & best possible nurses. emoticon emoticon

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GEORGIAK25 10/11/2012 4:16PM

    Speedy recovery. Thinking of you.

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JLITT62 10/11/2012 1:55PM

    Heal up! And hey, the more nutritious you eat while sick the faster you'll heal (hey, had to stick that in).

Mine are raring to go in the morning!

Neither one wags their tail in their sleep . . . Lola growls & makes these popping noises she never makes while awake, sometimes with her eyes open which is kind of freaky.

Wonder what they're dreaming?

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BOVEY63 10/11/2012 1:45PM

    Lots of prayers and get well vibes coming your way!

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ANGRITTER 10/11/2012 11:50AM

    I am so happy to hear that your dogs are taking care of you. Mine.. well, they need an attitude adjustment!

i have had to walk inside for the last 3 days because I promised to only walk on even ground - so my laps around the back yard are out of the question. So I have been walking laps in the house for 30 minutes or more. Ack! I hate it!

And Max believes his only two jobs are to bark when someone arrives and to protect the dogs' door to the outside. Well, as I am walking, I go into the dining room and turn around at the dogs' door... this makes Max run outside and stand outside so I won't shut the door (so he thinks; sometime Islam it on him!). So when I turn around and walk away, he bounds around playfully around me like he is "herding" the fat chick out of the room. I think it's funny and keep turning around to pick on him while he's playful.

Well, the past 2 days he has nipped me on the butt cheek!! I know this is not something I should encourage, but it's so funny to me. (I wave my hands behind my back to pick on him too!) In reality, I am trying to desensitize him so he will calm down when someone walks by his door. Today I will start correcting his actions. I never thought he would nip my bottom 2 days in a row (but I still think it's funny), but need to correct him so he doesn't do it to someone else.

Let the little babies take care of you and get some rest. Put the squeaky mouse away until you are wide awake. I know how that goes. Max jumps into my bed when I am not feeling well and will squeak his squirrel until I want to burn that dang squirrel toy!!

Get well and drink plenty of water!

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BECCABOO127 10/11/2012 2:19AM

    Sounds like my poochies!

Hope you feel better soon.

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_LINDA 10/11/2012 2:18AM

    I hope you recover quickly.. its wonderful you have three such lovely nurses to look after you during your recovery :) Gotta love doggie tales :))
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SANDEEB7 10/10/2012 11:53PM

    Love your dogs.....enjoy them! Get well....rest. :) emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/10/2012 11:36PM

    Unconditional love!
Get well Susan.

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/10/2012 11:17PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon and able to devote some energy into reaching your goals.

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ILOVEMALI 10/10/2012 9:38PM

    Get well soon --

I am always so happy when Mali greets me at the door!

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LIBBYG7 10/10/2012 8:17PM

    There's nothing as healing as a dog's (or cat's) wet nose!!! Or -- a sloppy kiss on the cheek.....

Feel Better soon!!!

Libby emoticon

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JOANNANOW 10/10/2012 6:43PM

    I'm glad you have company with the pups. It will help you get well quicker. There are some nasty bugs going around and I'm hoping my current vitamin consumption will keep them all at bay!
Sending out healthy thoughts and hoping that they catch up with you.

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IMIN2GENES 10/10/2012 6:15PM

    Glad you've got your furry friends for company and entertainment! At least you won't be bored... LOL!

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CODEMAULER 10/10/2012 5:52PM

    Sending you healthy thoughts - please collect my hugs from your pooches!!

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JSMC10 10/10/2012 5:42PM

    this is so funny, I love pets little quirks! emoticon

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KAYDE53 10/10/2012 5:41PM

    Sounds like my bunch, when I'm sick, they both think, oh good, she's going to nap on the couch, let's both jump in her lap. Then they fight over the best spot, female growls, boy moves, and on & so forth. You couldn't get any rest if you had to, but they are funny.

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Reality of life - and a shout out to another Newfoundlander

Tuesday, October 02, 2012


I've recently become friends of a fellow Newfoundlander who is realizing now that prices of healthy food can be a deterrent IF you are living on a budget and in a relatively isolated area. Check out her blog


I went to one of our two grocery stores on Saturday with meal plans in place for the week and it was a sad reality check. I bought apples, but I wanted grapes, broccoli, parsnip, bananas, and sweet potatoes but none were to be had. I am not complaining as this is our reality and I can only imagine what it is like in communities further away who drive 2-3 hours to our town to pick up supplies.

So, yes, meal planning is great and I so envy all of you who live near farmer's markets, etc, but it is so easy to get off track when Coke is 1.25 for 2 litres and milk in the same size is almost $4. I can see where choices have to be made by families and it is not always possible to make healthy choices if your wallet is empty.

It all comes down to being very flexible and not succumbing to those yummy smelling chocolate cookies that are place strategically around the produce section to appease you when what you really needed was some veggies! ha! I, of course, bought the darn cookies and ate three in the parking lot before driving off in a huff! Hey, I'm being honest!

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ANGRITTER 10/3/2012 6:10PM

    Well, here's another hit for you. We in the states might not be able to afford vegetables next year as the midwest was in drought so long that their crops died. So getting those wonderful fresh veggies will probably go the way of the canned, thrifty vegetables. All will be getting more and more expensive, and I can't imagine what you will be paying as you probably get a lot shipped in via truck.

And I love that you ate 3 cookies in he parking lot. Aunt Di is really bad about doing that. She will come home and go, I got us some carrot cake (her idea of a healthy "snack"), but she will have already taken a bite out of it! I am positive that no more than 5 cookies would make it home if she bought a dozen!

Glad you are back with us and found a Newfoundlander to chat with. Sure have missed you and your wonderful humor!

Love and hugs, Ang

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HOPESINGH 10/3/2012 8:28AM

    Expensive healthy food is getting more and more expensive, and it's really hard to stick to a good diet (in the sense of "eating regime"). But we're at war now! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/2/2012 10:46PM

    You did great!
If you can buy frozen for variety, although they are not quite like our fresh ones, they still are good for you,

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KAYDE53 10/2/2012 2:31PM

    I know it isn't the same, but frozen may be your only choice for now. That would be very frustrating. Around here, in rural areas, a lot of times, it's hard to find more than the standard fruits & vegetables, without driving to a bigger city. Maybe next year, you might try a small box garden!

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POPSY190 10/2/2012 2:02PM

    Very frustrating, but, as you say, reality. I agree with frozen recommendations - and there is no wastage with them so they can be an economical choice. We just have some of our shops back after nearly 2 years without them, and not having to drive miles for groceries is such a relief so I sympathies with your remoteness. Do you have a garden. Even a few cabbages and carrots of your own can be an incentive to eat healthily.

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ILOVEMALI 10/2/2012 12:18PM

    You remind me about how blessed I am to live in California. We have local fresh fruits and vegetables most of the year here.

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JOANNANOW 10/2/2012 12:12PM

    It does sound pretty restrictive at your grocery store. How about the frozen veggies? They are often pretty good as they are frozen when they are at their best and even have flavor and good colour when they are lightly steamed. I sympathize when we first came to northern BC the grocery store looked pathetic especially to a displaced Montrealer like me. Now the stores carry a lot more and I have adapted of course. When I go to Victoria or Toronto I am amazed at the variety in the produce sections but overwhelmed too ... how do the city folk cope with all that plenty!?!
Have a good October sending hugs emoticon

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BOVEY63 10/2/2012 11:54AM

    It can be difficult here too, especially now that it is too cold for the farmer's market and produce costs continue to rise and the temps drop. Its no surprise that so many have become obese when the bad foods are less expensive, and more accessible, than the ones that are good for us. With the isolation you have I can only imagine how much more difficult it is.
I am thinking that one of next investments should be a small deep-freezer that will allow to me to freeze more veggies and healthy meats when they are less expensive and easier to find. Luckily I have been able to snack on some apples a friend gave me from his trees.

Good luck!

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CODEMAULER 10/2/2012 10:13AM

    Can you start planning next year's garden? We have an abbreviated growing season here, but every little bit helps!!

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GOANNA2 10/2/2012 9:55AM

    I agree that we must be vigilant and not give in to the smell of
those tempting goodies. I am on a budget and I now buy homebrand
milk and bread. As for vegetables, I use a lot of frozen as it works out
so much cheaper for me. I do get some fresh ones whenever they are
on special - broccoli and cauliflower I steam and freeze.
I have no car so I cn't get to Farmer's markets either but sometimes
my aunt gives me a few things from her garden.

Have a great October. emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/2/2012 9:34AM

    Your friend's page is private, but I think you made a good point. Common sense must rule as we continue to grow in the wisdom we learn throughout this wonderful journey called life. We're all at different stages of life and I celebrate the incredible diversity we have at our fingertips, whether it be in our immediate surroundings, the friends we hold dear, or the foods we eat. There's probably no one cookie cutter solution. Working within the restrictions of an already tight budget while in recessionary and inflationary times is truly a double whammy to have to work within.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 10/2/2012 9:31AM

    emoticon Best wishes!

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