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Friday, December 02, 2011

I am seeing something this winter that I did not see last winter: I do not feel so depressed. Maybe it is the fact that we just got snow one day before December, maybe because I am not exhausted from working,, or the fact that mom is now in assisted living, parents home is finally being properly maintained. NOt sure, but am seeing that it is only four or five months of bitter,freezing cold left.

Went to workplace yesterday, discussed my work schedule for returning next week. I only work four hours a day, one day four and a half. A lot of things have changed since I left for surgery, so I was anxious about it, but it turns out that I do not have to be in as early as I thought. I get to sleep in until 4 a.m.!!

I had a wonderful massage by a senior student, have scheduled another for next Thursday after work! The massage school has a policy of giving you a free massage after you buy 6, so since I got $5 off mine yesterday, the next one will be $20 off! A 90 minute hot stone massage for $10!

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KILLERANGEL47 12/5/2011 4:27AM

    OMG! emoticonWhat a great deal!! emoticon It's hard to believe that most people are paying $200! I bet they would be so jealous!! emoticon


Iím glad you are feeling so much more optimistic and happy! emoticon I told you things would start looking up for you!
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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/2/2011 6:23PM

    Lucky you! about that massage. I could sure use one and ahve been emailing and calling massage schools. No responses as of yet.

I think you are feeling better because you ahd some much needed tme off work even if it was without pay you needed a break. You work too darn hard.

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NORASPAT 12/2/2011 9:49AM

    I am so glad to hear there is an improvement in your health.
Just thinking about all that went down last year with Mom and the kitchen. I am so happy you feel you are in a better, more optimistic place. I am so Happy for you.
I hope getting back to work even with the hours changed you will be able to get more sleep. I sure do hope it works out for you. HUGS Pat in Maine. HUGS emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 12/2/2011 6:28AM

    Good that you're feeling better about this winter - and I bet a discounted massage doesn't hurt, either--!

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hot stone massage

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Today I am having another hot stone massage return to work after three months unpaid time off for surgery. It is so easy to schedule one when you are not working. They are students and do a fantastic job, PLUS I have a coupon for $5 off their extremely reasonable rate of $30.00 for a 90 minute hot stone massage with reflexology if I choose, which I always do! $25 for a wonderful, healing treatment that costs over $200 down the street at a salon, done by someone who graduated from this school a few months ago, and did my value massage a few times while here!

I was very hesitant to spend $$ on this frivolity, but it is a great treatment for my fibromyalgia, arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, so I have had a couple in the past three months.. Most of their clients get one every week or every other week! Oh, to be wealthy enough to be retired or just, well, wealthy! I do not drink (with the exception of the occasional glass of wine), gamble, or smoke anything, so I feel this is my healthy vice.

Since the temps are in the mid 20's now, I dread stepping my toe out the door, but I need to run more errands, get with moms snowplow guy to set up a schedule, and buy make-up stamps for some old stamps of mom's before the new year. The 45 cent stamp begins next month. I just bought twenty sheets of forever stamps to beat the new price.. emoticon

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KILLERANGEL47 12/5/2011 4:22AM

    Mmm...Sounds very luxurious!! emoticonMoney well spent, I say especailly since it's working so well for you!! emoticon

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NORASPAT 12/1/2011 5:59PM

    LINDA, I am so glad you have found a therapy that helps. It's great that you feel so much better after it nad being able to get it at an affordable price is even better. We are snow free for a few days. I got to take a walk today outdoors with DH nad Spark friend.
HUGS Pat in Maine.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/1/2011 2:11PM

    Oh wow! I want one of those so bad. I can sure use a hot stone massage. && don't forget to drink more water.

I called the local Cosmotology or massage school in Wilsonvill. Asked if they have a student clinic where they do massages for grading and was given a nmber. I called left a message and no one returned the call. Go figure...

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ERIN4771 12/1/2011 7:00AM

    as a massage therapist, i am so happy to hear you enjoying the benefits of this!!! with the fibro, it's a great thing especially!!! one way to look at it though, it's not frivolous to take something for yourself, for your health!! it's essential for muscle recovery, and mental state of mind....i'm glad you found a place that is reasonable (my center doesn't charge extra for stone massage, it's makes no sense in my mind).....take care of yourself, enjoy your time!!!

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First snowfall..

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Supposed to get 4-6 inches from last night until this morning, another inch of the stuff today!
DD was still pumping rainwater off the pool cover Monday evening, it was that warm, now BAM!! IT is a blizzard! We were out of town yesterday visiting my aunt in a nursing home,, 55 mph winds, rain, then sleet. Now this lovely stuff! Here we go winter of 2011-2012!

We will be homebound today, and I am so grateful I do not have to go back to work until next week! I am having problems with VERY swollen legs and ankles for some reason. The ankles were very bad last night:I elevated them, and now I just took some lasix,,, it is working!! THe ankles look much better.. Looks like only some treadmill and some exercises I saw on the Ellen show yesterday, I can do some of them even without using my hand.

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KILLERANGEL47 12/5/2011 4:18AM

    WOW! emoticonYou are lucky not to get burried! I'm glad your legs are much better! emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/30/2011 5:48PM

    Pictures of that snowfall please! You know i love pictures from your area of any season.
So sorry to hear that about your legs and ankles. Keep them elevated.

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KASEYCOFF 11/30/2011 12:01PM

    I have that swollen-ankles problem too sometimes. They suggested I lay on the floor with my legs at a 90 degree angle up along the wall. Nuisance, but - it works surprisingly well!

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HADYDADUBR 11/30/2011 9:42AM

    We got our first snow fall too.
Look after yourself.

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ERIN4771 11/30/2011 8:01AM

    glad the swelling is going down!! and yes, the first snowfall is the best, especially when it sticks around longer than a day emoticon...enjoy being cozy and warm in the house today!!!

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CORINNEMOMMY 11/30/2011 6:12AM

    Waiting for our first snowfall here in central ohio! Just a lot of rain now!

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    The first snowfall is always so pretty.........then I want it to melt :-) I hear what you're saying. The older I get the less I enjoy the thought of being out in it and don't like feeling trapped in my house. Great that you have a treadmill to keep those body parts moving. Stay warm, Pat

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ROX525 11/30/2011 5:18AM

    Long car travel really swells my legs. We are getting that horrible rain for 3 days now...They say snow for us Friday in Ohio. Not looking forward to it at all. Have a wonderful and safe week and weekend!

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Holy Mackeral!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Up and at 'em at 3:20 a.m. Trying to get prepared for work return next Monday.. I forced myself to stay up and do something productive. I have many plans for today and will have to stay awake to do them. The state of Michigan frowns on sleep-drivers.

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KILLERANGEL47 12/5/2011 4:15AM

    You got up at 3:20am?! I thought 5:00am was early! I hope you can get more sleep soon! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/29/2011 1:38PM

    Be careful behind the wheel of the car. Sleep driving is not a good thing for any of us!!


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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/29/2011 1:09PM

    You be careful now with yoru driving.
Has there been any snow as of yet?

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NORASPAT 11/29/2011 7:24AM

    We all frown on sleepy drivers. Good plan to re set your bodies clock for working hours.
I hope MOMS rash has cleared up. Pat

Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Monday, November 28, 2011

It is now time to get my system geared back towards arising at 3 a.m. I am overwhelmingly tired in the past four days,, must be the fibromyalgia..
Yesterday was baking, laundry,shopping for mom and taking personal items to mom, checking out a rash on her arm. Staff called me yesterday morning to tell me to take her to redi-med because this rash was not as bad in the past week on her arm!!
DUH! They did not want to disturb the doctor apparently on a Sunday, so they called me!! Haul mom out in the howling 40mph winds and pouring rain in the dark(it was dark all day) and let ME do it all, instead of actually caring for it all week!
Guess what? I did go visit her to take her her items and check out her arm, but told them it is heir job to keep up on it, not mine. I told them to use the triple antibiotic ung she already had in her meds...
still do not have the Christmas tree decorated,, had to stop everything to take care of this... they acted like her whole arm was going to fall off and it was a dire emergency!!

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KILLERANGEL47 12/5/2011 4:12AM

    That's terrible! emoticonI can't believe that they were so lazy that they got you to look after it! emoticonAren't there any nurses about there?

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/29/2011 2:07PM

    Sounds like they don't want to do their jobs!! That should be why they have doctors and nurses on staff somewhere!! Sorry they are putting you and your mom through this.

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NORASPAT 11/28/2011 7:49PM

    I am with DEBBIEANNE on this one. Make sure that they spell out what they can can and should not do. You would think they would at least have nurses on their staff for sure.
Where is the work ethic and caring. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonHUGS emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/28/2011 9:23AM

You would think they can do something to earn their income.
Call the Dr. or supervisor to complain. Let em have it.

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