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Another rainy day,,Sunday

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I was pretty tired from yesterday, fell asleep in the chair reading mail.. I DID mix up the dishwasher soap recipe that CATUT gave me,, I just checked the dishes I had in the dishwasher: a couple plates had what looked like soot on them,, residue form the water I am guessing,,have not checked the cutlery yet, but everything else came out clean.
One thing I did though, was kind of fudge on the ingredients. I already had a canister of Ball canning/pickling salt. I am not sure if it has iodine in it or now.. also, the recipe calls for citric acid, the most important ingredient. The only thing I found at Kroger was good old Fruit Fresh. I use that all of the time for preserving fruit,but it is dextrose and citric acid. It is also very expensive!! Holy Cow!! $4.59 for five ounces,, the recipe calls for four ounces. I already had the borax and washing soda from making laundry detergent, plus I have been using 20 mule team for forty years.

The impact of NOT buying laundry detergent or dishwashing soap is tremendous!! The $$ I save in the difference of price in ingredients, I put in my savings account for vacation. Less trash, less hauling from grocery store. When I empty an oxiclean tub I have, I will store my laundry detergent in that.. I am using an empty zip-top cascade pillow-pac bag for the other. I have not yet used up all of my fabric softener, but I have the recipe for that too.. using vinegar and rinse out hair conditioner, water.

I love saving $$$ and keeping busy. NO nerve pain so far ,but it is only 6 am..



Saturday, September 20, 2014

My femoral nerve pain finally went away through the night, but I only got about four hours sleep, awake ever single hour. It is still very tender to the touch, but I am going to take the suggestion from a dear Sparker yesterday:Ice! A cool pack to it may help...

DD and I went to the academy this morning for haircuts. It felt so good to sit down and let somebody else shampoo and massage my scalp, style my hair!! One of life's little pleasures!! It is a splurge to pay them to color my hair too.. they just upped the price of coloring to $25. It was $22. For a cut, color, shampoo and style, I pay $32. The only reason I let them do it is because the manager of the school has been my friend for 27 years and she blends three different colors to get the exact one I like.

DD and I then went to do a huge stock up on staples for the winter. I have a dedicated pantry area in my basement like a grocery store that we rotate at certain times. DD is in charge of that department.. She goes down there to use the treadmill and bands and then works on our pantry.

We had two full grocery carts and I had $73 in coupons. We are now stocked up for everything for the winter except fresh produce, milk, eggs.
I detest hauling carts out in the snowbanks and icy parking lots in winter, so we just set up our own store in Autumn and utilize our winter shopping time in other ways.

We got our flu shots today at Kroger, so that is another thing checked off the to-do list. When I asked about the shingles shot, the pharmacist told me that the insurance company will only cover it if I go to a specialist or ask my family doc! The meds come from the pharmacy to the doc,,what the heck???

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ACRAIG921 9/20/2014 6:52PM

    You have great organizational skills!! I wish I could be that organized. Think of me in the winter when I'm going to the store and you will be in your nice warm house!!

I'm glad that your pain has went away.

Have a great weekend!!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/20/2014 6:04PM

    some of the rule are so absolutely ridiculous, about the shingle shot. I had shingles on my face several years ago and if the wind is blowing hard I can still feel where they were. They are not fun.

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GABY1948 9/20/2014 5:17PM

    Glad you are feeling better and got all your food for the winter! Have a restful Sunday!...and Pain Free!

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SURVIVOR61 9/20/2014 3:26PM

    Awesome organization skills!! And congrats on getting the beauty treatment. What a great way to reward yourself for staying on track as well. Don't forget save up next time for a pedicure and get those nails done and treat DD as well for doing the basement and working out.
Stay positive and keep up the great job. You are a Life Changer and moving mountains!! emoticon emoticon
Love Always your sister in Christ
Jill emoticon

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CATTUTT 9/20/2014 3:26PM

    The level of organized you are just blows my mind. It seems you always get all of life's little chores done on time and everything taken care of. I envy that.

I hope the pain stays away and that the ice helps!

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ANNEMARIA6 9/20/2014 2:21PM

    You sound very organized with the grocery buying! I went to the beauty school near here on Friday and got a cut,8.00, color, 20.00 and brows shaped and waxed 6.00 for a total of 34.00 plus GST which came to 35.75 I think.
I went there rather than my normal hairdresser because she had heart surgery (In her thirties with three small kids, it is a congenital problem) It is double or more with her but I trust her. Sounds lkie your friend takes care of you at your school.
My haircut is okay and the color is too so I am pleased. But the last time I went (when my hairdresser had a baby) it was not so good!
Hope your discomfort improves, ice sounds smart! take care. emoticon emoticon

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Pain is back...

Friday, September 19, 2014

I was feeling great today, and suddenly about two hours before quitting time, my femoral nerve pain came back... lasted for an hour.. I tried to move my leg and foot to stop it.. finally they let me go home early, it subsided after about a half hour home,, now, three hours later, it is back,,just started again..

the pain was so great all at once, my knees buckled and I fell against teh end of the couch..

I just sat down here to move my leg to help it, but nada.. going to be a wimp and go take a half pain pill.. that will put me to sleep land,, got a hair appointment tomorrow morning, lots to do.. will be asleep until then..........

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    I get so tired of the pain and I hate it when other people are in pain. I hope you are pain free by now. Hugs Pat

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SINGINGLADY47 9/20/2014 12:44AM

    I am sorry you are hurting. I will be praying for you before I go to bed tonight. Have a better pain free weekend. God bless. Hugs, Judy.

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/20/2014 12:21AM

    I hope Saturday is a better day for you. Take care!! emoticon

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SURVIVOR61 9/19/2014 10:24PM

    So sorry that you are in pain again. I hope that you will try Tylenol Arthritis Strength Tylenol first they have 650 milligrams of acetaminophen for pain.
Pain pills can mask other symptoms that might be trying to come to light. Take it from me this is something that I know a lot about. I had migraines, leg pain so severe people would try to help me but to no avail. This went on for 8 - 9 years. I was told to take this pill or my favorite a anti-depressant. I was stressed and depressed. No I was sick and it turned out to be two undiagnosed tumors. My body was shutting down and had stopped reproducing any blood. So I had to go to an oncologist who saw my leg act up and he asked me how long that had been going on. He could not believe his ears when I told him and what I was told that the diagnoses was. He promised to help me and he saved my life by finding the two tumors. One was a brain tumor and the other was ovarian.
I thank God every day that I was sent to this doctor for low blood iron. Ironic huh?
Please seek out another doctor if you are not getting the answers to your pain.
Love always your sister in Christ

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CATTUTT 9/19/2014 9:31PM

    So sorry to hear the pain is back, man does it ever sound brutal! I really hope with the pain pill and sleep that you wake up feeling much better in the morning!

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BUC135 9/19/2014 7:31PM

    Ice, Ice, Ice, I suffer with the same condition and putting ice on it really helps. Hope you feel better soon. You are NOT a wimp, just human.

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GABY1948 9/19/2014 7:15PM

    I am SO sorry! I pray you feel better SOON! There has to be something that can be done??????


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MOM2ACAT 9/19/2014 5:56PM

    emoticon You are not a wimp! I've had that kind of pain before, and believe me, I have learned the hard way that it's best not to try to "tough it out".

I hope you have some restorative sleep tonight, and a pain-free tomorrow so that you can accomplish all you want and need to do.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/19/2014 4:46PM

    Have you ever gone to a chiropractor, when my siacitic nerve (I never remember how to spell it) flares up he helps me a lot.

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Getting much colder!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Okay, this is not fun anymore!! People (not me!) wearing winter jackets, hurrying in from the weather!! It is cold, rainy, wet, windy,ugh! Still summer but late autumn weather!!
Today is phone call day. You know how you find things that need to be done, but when yo think about them, it is past business hours, or you are lying in bed, trying to relax and go to sleep? My list kept growing beyond my mental caacity apparently, because today I just sat down and started in on such things.
Make hair appointment, call Consumers Energy regarding light bulb replacement on street light across from the house; call HVAC company and set up appointment for annual checkup for furnace/central A/C; call regarding prices of certain things at fruit market, pharmacy, and local department store to compare.

Now that the calls are made, I sit waiting for HVAC guy to call back to actually set up the appointment with him. Each year I do this, but somehow last eyar with all the hullaballoo with my mom, I forgot until it was February..They send an annual reminder card, but I forgot that too!!! Fibro fog comes to the brain!!

One thing I also researched is,: the price of the special air filter for the furnace/A/C unit that I change annually. When Dan comes to clean and service the furnace, he always brings one to replace the old one..Each year the price goes up a few dollars, so last year, I saw some on sale at Menard's that were labeled as being able to replace MY furnace(Lennox) filter, so I bought one since they were on sale and about half the price of the brand ones from him...

It fit perfectly, looks identical,,so I then went back and bought two more.. Half the price of the brand name one from the HVAC store. I do realize that it may not be exactly the same amount of filtering microns or whatever, but so far, we are not sneezing any more or noticing any more dust or anything in the air. I am sure Dan will say the paper is not as thick, etc, but we will still use them...

I saved $18 on each of them,, bought three, so that is half price..

Certain things I will not skimp on, but this was an experiment and so far, no extra dust noticed,,no illnesses gotten from dirtier air.. My furnace is 92% efficient, so I am careful to follow things to the letter to get the most our of what I paid for..

So far today, no femoral nerve pain,, I never know when or how long it will strike.. random is the key word here... so grateful it is over for now.

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NELLIEH1 9/19/2014 7:14AM

    very glad to hear you had no femoral pain!!
Yes...cold...55.5 degrees inside....35.2 degrees outside! emoticon first frost! BRRRRRRRR! Summer!

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CATTUTT 9/18/2014 10:22PM

    Sorry to hear the weather is so cold there already! I love fall in my area, but probably not so much in yours! I guess you're about 4 1/2 hours north of me and man is it a big difference!

Good job on finding cheaper filters. That's one of the good things about apartment living... they replace our filters for free. Woo hoo!

Hope you're having a good night!

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GABY1948 9/18/2014 6:16PM

    I am so glad you are doing so well. I agree with you on the furnace filter...and I don't believe in skimping either.

The thing that is the best is the femoral nerve pain being gone. You have sure had the summer! Things are going to be good from now on!


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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/18/2014 6:04PM

    I know what you mean about a furnace filter, gee, our one last year was over $40. just for the filter. That is ridiculous for paper and a little and I mean a little medal mesh. Wish I could find a place that had our size. Believe me I have tried.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/18/2014 4:35PM

    Is there any exercises you can do to prevent that pin from striking? I know my PhysicL THERAPIST AHS BEEN ABLE TO HELP ME RID ALL PINS BY EXERCISES.

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Femoral nerve pain

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Many Sparkers mailed me to ask about this pain.

I have had this for about two years now. It strikes randomly, but for me, it is always after I have been standing on hard floors(Duh, ever walked on SOFT floors??) ,concrete floors, hard tiles floors,etc.

It used to happen maybe twice in almost a year, but in teh past year it is now about every month or so.. Thi is the fourth time in a month,,

Teh pain fro me, can be described as similar to the pain of this: Have you ever bumped or slammed your hand and immediately, a blood vesel pops and the reis asearing, burning, knife-like pain? Wel, multiply that pain about a thousand tiems, put it in your groin, right at teh top of your thigh. Let it last about a half hour to an hour or more.

I thought I was dying of some sort of odd tumor when I first got it,, told doc about it and he said it is very common. I told him there should be a list of things a person COULD get,, not to make them worry, merely to ease their mind when they DO get it, so they do not start making funeral plans from teh absolutely crippling pain and wonder of it!!

When I was at work and went home, a manager told me she gets it, it is also the reason her mom walks with a cane!! She is afraid she will fall AGAIN from the pain when it happens next!! WHAT?? I thought she had bad knees, she is only a few years older than I am...???????
I am so sensitive to any medication that I took a HALF of a tramadol, pain pill for my fibro and arthritis, to relive the pain yesterday,, at 10:00 A.M. I woke up at 7:30 P.M. in the chair, DD sent me to bed.. I woke up at 5:00 A.M.,, groggy an disoriented!! The recommended dose is one to two pills for the pain!! I would be in a coma now if I did that!!

I went back to work, feeling like a big baby,,, it seems like such a dumb thing to have.. you cannot see anything, there is no redness, swelling or neon sign showing that anything is going on down there for cripes sake!!

I was doing great until the same time as yesterday and then I felt this burning feeling down there.. uh-oh!! I told Beth, the same manager.. I decided to just move my leg, go on a break and tough it out..It is very tender , burns like pouring salt on a cut!! WEIRD!

I am the type of person that does not go to the doctor until I can barely walk or talk. I self-treat, try not to go to see him,,even though he chews me out for doing it.. I know this stems from coming from a family that never got sick,,I mean: My two aunts, grandma never,ever,ever, had a stomach ache or headache!! EVER! My mom and Dad had one cold!! ONE! My mom now has only 12% kidney function, but no symptoms!! They all have the constitution of an ox!!!!!!I was always called a hypochondriac.. now I see that I just happened to be the one freak in the family that got everything they did not..

I have all of the inherited stuff that is serious..

So, if you feel like your family calls you a wimp, tell them to zip their lip! !If I could go back,I sure would..
Now that I have ranted, just want to say, if this helps one person, I am glad.. I was clueless.. I am always the last one to find out things..

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MOM2ACAT 9/18/2014 11:29AM

    My pain issues are from different causes, but I can relate. I am also sensitive to many medications; I can't take the full dose of my pain meds because I'd be sleeping all day if I did. I take just enough to take the edge off the pain to get through the day.

Chronic pain can also be considered an "invisible" illness too; it doesn't usually show on the outside, and people assume that if you "look good", you can't be feeling that bad. I know that I get tired of hearing from people, "but you look so good!".

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/18/2014 2:56AM

    I have heard of this and heard it cn be quite painful. Pleaseget better. Thinking of you.

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CATTUTT 9/17/2014 9:15PM

    Oh man that sounds terrible. I never knew that could happen. You really did lose the lottery when it comes to painful health conditions! You're a tough cookie for just getting through day to day, you truly are.

I envy you and your sensitivity to meds. NOTHING knocks me out, so when something hurts, I'm just stuck with the hurting. No hours of blissful sleep to forget it in. That's one lottery you DID win!

Hope you're having a great night!

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TINA8605 9/17/2014 7:52PM

  I have this same pain. I feel for both of us! My drs. didn't explain what it was. One dr. said it was sciatica in the front of the leg. WRONG! Like you, it hits you suddenly. I get mine standing, sitting, laying down, what ever. Shocking is when it happens when you are sleeping. emoticon

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GABY1948 9/17/2014 7:11PM

    Oh my Word, Lin! I am so sorry you have this! I had no idea what it was when you started talking about it. That is horrid. I don't blame you for not going to the doc...I don't either...I go one time per year and he knows to make it good. I think so many doctors just keep people coming back for the $$$ but you really need some help. I do not like PAIN!

You seem to take it well, I have to give you that!


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KRYSSCOTT 9/17/2014 7:09PM

    I understand this pain, not that I have exactly what you have going on but I definately had femoral nerve pain before I had my hip replacement. I would liken it to shoving a white hot poker into your groin. If your lucky the pain will not radiate to your knee. The muscle spasms that resulted from my injury were uncontrollable and I could easily see how someone could fall during the onset of pain. I have also had that burning sensation, which is also very unpleasant.

One thing we don't have in common is your sensitivity to medication. If it makes you feel any better the oxycodone they prescribed me, didn't take the pain away. Yes, it took the edge off as my pain was constant not coming and going like yours but did not provide much in the way of relief.

In regard to family, my mother is an ICU nurse, if your not bleeding or look like your physically dying your fine. When the first piece of my hip broke at about 21 years of age she thought I'd just pulled a muscle. Don't I wish that was all it was.


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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/17/2014 5:37PM

    Hope you are feeling better, that must be terribly painful. In a way I envy you with the pain pills, I am just the opposite, if I take a pain pill for my shoulder I will be AWAKE for hours, I don't dare take one at night cause I would be so hyper I'd even keep the dogs up. There has been so many time that I hurt so bad at night and would have loved to just go to sleep. The Dr. just shakes his head, tells me I am weird, have tried many and the ones that didn't make me terribly sick made me hyper, and I would still be in pain. They just don't work for me.

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SURVIVOR61 9/17/2014 5:28PM

    I am sorry that you have to experience this pain. It is nothing new for me, I suffer with it in my right leg and then in my lower legs and in my bones as well of my legs. I also had an undiagnosed brain tumor that when it was finally discovered I was told that I would die without the brain surgery. By the grace of God I survived the surgery. But was left completely paralyzed on the right side for almost 4 years. Again by the grace of God I can walk with a cane and I still fall some and trip over my feet. Just a few weeks ago I landed so hard on my back I thought I would have to go to the hospital. People think just because you don't sit down and give up your alright. I don't ever want to be confined to a wheel chair again and I don't care how many times I fall down. I rather keep trying and falling than give up. And I refuse the pain meds. I do have to take medications for my brain and nerve damage to control shaking in my hands and legs. I do have to take a anti-depressant for the rest of my life, since one part of my brain was affected and so my moods will be affected if I don't take the anti-depressant. And it took them awhile to find the right one. So please if you feel something is not right with your body go to the doctor right away, do not put it off. Your health is too important. I know, I was going to the doctor on regular basis and my doctor ignored all of my brain tumor symptoms for at least 8-9 years and nearly cost me my life. If I haven't asked for a second opinion I would have died. An oncologist named Alan Collins in Stuart, Florida saved my life and I thank God every day for sending me to this man. I hope I have helped you.. You are too precious to us and we love you. Keep Walking With Jesus your sister and team Leader Jill

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