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My doggy, Cody

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What a day with a whirlwind of emotions. Thank those of you who sent me comments and goodies about having to have my beautiful 5 year old lab put to sleep today. That is on hold for the moment.

After Emily (my oldest daughter) and I spent a long time talking with the vet, we decided to wait and not have him put to sleep today. He said it's a disc problem (I thought it was his hips-but he said his hip XR is completely normal) and that the inflammation was pinching a nerve causing complete paralysis of his hind legs. He gave him Valium this morning while I was there and he was resting nicely when I just left again. I've been back and forth 4 times asking questions and trying to decide what to do...the last time with Emily when we really thought we were going to say goodbye. He said with IV steroids and pain meds and total rest there, there is a slight chance (15-20%) he will recover fully. There should be marked improvement by Saturday if it is going to work. As long as he's comfortable now and not in pain, I can't not do it. Cody deserves that chance. This gives me time to think and time to prepare in case it doesn't work. I couldn't just say yes and not try everything available to help. He was very blunt and pretty much said he didn't think it would work, but the choice was up to me. I still feel horrible, but I'm happy he's there, safe, comfortable and getting every opportunity available to him at this point.

Cody is a 5 year young black lab. He and his sister Prancer have been with us since birth (mostly). We adopted their mom, Angel from an ad in the paper, only to get her and see her getting bigger and bigger and then obviously pregnant! Just about 2 months after Angel's arrival in our home, she had 10 beautiful yellow and black lab puppies! Two were stillborn, leaving us with 8. They were born Dec 1, 2004, so we named them after the 8 reindeer :-) We chose to keep Prancer and found homes for all others once they were weaned and had their shots. Cody's original name was Blitzen, but he was renamed Malikai by his new owner. A month down the road, he was returned to us because his new family found out they had to move and didn't want him anymore. He found another new home and was renamed yet again to Cody and when he was a year old, I got a call that he wouldn't stay in their yard and that he kept getting into doggie jail. As much as they loved him, they couldn't keep him. So, at one year of age, he came back to us. I didn't have the heart to rename him again, so he's been Cody ever since.

Thanks again for all of your good wishes and please keep Cody in your thoughts.

  
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XHASTEDMOMOF2 1/22/2010 3:59PM

    I've been meaning to stop by and thank you for your kind words of comfort you left on my cat's photo following the trauma of having to put him down 2 weeks before Christmas. But now I see you have sad problems on your side as well. I hope Cody is recovering and if that horribly painful decision has to be made, I pray you all can find comfort in knowing Cody had the joy of sharing the best years of his life with your wonderfully loving and caring family.

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DIGISCRAPPY 1/21/2010 8:30PM

    Sending you good thoughts for Cody - hang in there!

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SPARKPIXIE 1/21/2010 7:06AM

    I believe in miracles so I am praying for a miracle for Cody.
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3CHIHUAHUA 1/20/2010 5:17PM

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STARRY-EYEDGIRL 1/20/2010 3:33PM

    Cody really wanted to be with you and your family and I can see why!

We are sending Cody lots of positive, healthy, loving energy and hoping for a full recovery. You are all in our thoughts.

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LLTS01 1/20/2010 3:17PM

    What a great story. I am hoping for the best for Cody but at least you'll have time to digest all of this a little.
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DASSCHUS 1/20/2010 2:48PM

    Oh wow. What a day of emotions! I bet you are drained! At least you don't have to worry about putting him to sleep right now. I'm hoping for improvement with you.

I retract my sympathy goodie and change it to a smiley face. LOL Or a hug!

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CHRISTMASRAIN 1/20/2010 2:45PM

    I love the reindeer names:) emoticon

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Got to meet 2 of the Biggest Loser's-and tomorrow, Jillian!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My two daughters and I along with one of my co-worker's spent the day today at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo. We got to meet 2 of last BL seasons contestants: Shay and Abby.

They were both phenomenal, very personable and talkative and full of tips on what works for them. They talked about the calories they were allowed to eat each day (1200 each) and how many calories they were required to burn each day (Abby 5000 and Shay 6500!!). They told of favorite foods and their tricks to slimming them down. I even got to get a picture with them, although we missed the part where we could have been right next to them.
and this is my coworker in her shot:

I wore my Spark WooHoo shirt
and passed out SP cards, trying to spread the spark the whole day.

One of the best parts of the day for me was all the running organizations and groups there. I learned a lot and got info for lots races in my area throughout 2010. I also signed up to be a volunteer at a half marathon in May (since I would never be ready to run one by then!)

We're going back tomorrow. Jillian will be there doing a casting call for her new show from 9-5. You have to have 50-80 pounds to lose. Since I don't have that much to lose any longer, I can't try out for the show, but hopefully I will get to meet her as I met Shay and Abby today.

It was a fun day, full of lots of walking and exercise. They had DDR set up to use and tons of dance and exercise exhibits where we got to actually participate. It got my motivation really moving up...thinking about how this is the year I will reach my goal and how healthy and active I plan on staying!

  
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FIT2BME2010 2/6/2010 8:51PM

    How exciting!! I just love Abby, she looks so happy now!!

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SUKIE40 1/19/2010 2:07PM

    What a wonderful experience for you and your daughters! It must have been exciting to meet Abby and Shay - they look great (and so did you - flaunting your SP shirt)!!! Way to spread the spark!!!

-Sue

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    emoticon emoticonYour looking good- GREAT!!! emoticon

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LORIAPO 1/17/2010 8:22PM

    That is SO COOL!!! Loved the pictures and the info...
Thanks for sharing!
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GINA7249 1/17/2010 5:58PM

    i went last year or the year before to boston and met ali as well as others,].i net the brothers too. mark and jay once as well. they came differant days. ebery year we go to see differant ones. love it.
gina

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CATHY_G 1/17/2010 5:01PM

    What an exciting day! Maybe next year I will go to the Health and Fitness Expo. It sounds like a great and exciting day.

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TERMITEMOM 1/17/2010 4:30PM

    Wonderful! And YOU look great!!!

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DASSCHUS 1/17/2010 12:24PM

    That is totally awesome!!! Oh I'm so jealous. :)

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BEARSSTEF 1/17/2010 11:01AM

    Wow, awesome, I'm jealous! Abby and Shay look so great too :)

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BITSY0516 1/17/2010 10:45AM

    That is GREAT!! I am so jealous you got to meet them and that you get to meet Jillian. :-) That is just too cool...

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CHATERJOY 1/17/2010 10:05AM

    How exciting! Love Biggest Loser. I am so glad to hear Shay is doing well. Thanks so much for posting the pics and the info. Good on you for sparking all day! emoticon

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SWEETCFO 1/17/2010 9:18AM

    That is so awesome!! Those two still look fantastic!! And so do you. Way to ROCK the Sparkpeople Whoo Hoo shirt!! Please post your photos of Jillian. I just LOVE her!!

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DONNAEDA 1/17/2010 9:17AM

    Wow, were you lucky to have this event in your backyard. They should come to Wisconsin. We,unfortunately, have the heaviest people in the US. I guess all that cheese and ice cream custard.

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SOPHIEBBW 1/17/2010 2:26AM

    How cool!
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PINKNFITCARLA 1/17/2010 12:40AM

    The calorie info was from when they were on the ranch. They said most days they worked out for 8-10 hours and they were a lot bigger and burned more calories while there. Abby said she eats 1800-2200 cals daily now that she's maintaining her weight. Shay didn't say what she does at home.

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TIFF38 1/17/2010 12:37AM

    Well I am confused! The each are allowed to eat 1200 calories, but they have to burn 5000 and 6500 calories each day? HOW would anyone be able to burn that many calories in a day? I can spend an hour on the elliptical and I burn about 600 calories, and that is high because of my bmi, so if I stayed on the elliptical for 8 hours with no break, that is still only 4800 calories burned, so how could anyone burn that many calories in a day?
Im glad you got to mrrt them though! lol

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/17/2010 12:37AM

    Shay said she's lost a total of 172 pounds now. I believe she had lost just over 100 when she went home because she talked about losing 100 pounds in 9 weeks and then 'only' 72 in the 4 months she's been home. ONLY 72...that's incredible for 4 months at home! I'm pretty sure she'll make the Subway challenge and get the whole $100,000.



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LIS193 1/17/2010 12:26AM

    How exciting!

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    Sweeet! The ladies are looking emoticon too!
Hope Shay wins buckets of money at the Final this year!
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ANEWHEALTHYLIFE 1/17/2010 12:19AM

    Oh! You have no idea how jealous I am! That's an amazing opportunity! :) I hope you do get to meet Jillian. :)

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Meghan's wrist

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today is Meghan's wrist surgery. She has a ganglion cyst so it's a minor, short procedure but because of her age, they are using general anesthesia. While it's a minor problem, it's on her right (dominant) hand and has caused her pain and limited range of motion for almost 2 years, since it involves the tendons in her hand. She hasn't been able to do a lot of things and has missed out on a lot of fun activities. The surgery is successful 94% of the time (the cyst returns 6% of the time after removal) so we are hopeful after the six week recovery period she will be able to have full use of her hand again. She's more worried about not being able to write at all for 1-2 weeks and how she'll do in school, but I think the trade off of knowing she will soon be able to bowl and use her hand normally again makes it worth it.

  
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PINKNFITCARLA 1/12/2010 5:58PM

    Thank you all. She did fine. She isn't feeling the pain much yet as he filled her up with local anesthesia during the surgery that will last about 8 hours. He gave her Percocet for when that wears off. The general anesthesia has made her very nauseated and she's spent the last couple hours vomiting, but we have Phenergan for that (and to use with the Percocet as it makes a lot of people sick). I know kids are extremely resilient! Unlike us adults :-) She's sleeping now. Thanks again :-)

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CATHY_G 1/12/2010 5:43PM

    I hope the surgery went well and they she has a complete recovery. Kids tend to bounce back pretty quickly. My daughter has had a tumor removed from her heel and surgery on both knees. Although it was very painful for the first few days after the surgeries, she did very well.

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DONNAEDA 1/12/2010 2:01PM

    Megan is in my prayers for a full recovery. Mom, don't worry she is good "hands" or wrists. llol llol

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KIRKSADIE 1/12/2010 9:11AM

    Good Luck today! I presume Meghan is your daughter....it is hard to sit back and watch someone go through a surgery, esp. if it is your own child! Our daughter had a MAJOR hip surgery about 3 years ago...it was one of the hardest things I ever had to sit and watch! But she is doing much better today and with God's good grace and her doctor's Meghan will pull through with flying colors!

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A new streak

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Thanks to a post in one of my teams, I have picked a new streak. For the rest of this month, my goal is to track every thing I eat, every single day. I have not been 100% with tracking, but will work hard to make sure all gets tracked each and every day. I use the food tracker on Weight Watcher's and am not as familiar with the one on Sparks, but I will learn it quickly!

  
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DONNAEDA 1/11/2010 8:36AM

    I use both. Good luck. If everyday is too much then try for 5 days out of the week, or if the weekend is your difficult time, track only during the weekend so you are aware of what you are consuming. Don't try for perfection, It is better to track sometimes than not at all

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LOOSEINGIT 1/10/2010 11:56PM

   
I started out using the tracker for weight watcher meals too, it very easy..a lot of weight watcher meals are already there, just wright ww on it first and then pick what you ate.

Good luck with your new streak
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SPARKPIXIE 1/10/2010 11:10PM

    Good luck with your streak...you can do it!

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 1/10/2010 10:38PM

    I totally believe in being 100% spot on with the food tracker -- and be sure to include EVERYTHING!! Then you can better analyze what is going on. I think you'll like it!!

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ANNIE2341 1/10/2010 10:36PM

  Food tracking is a wonderful way to see if you are getting the proper amount of nutrients in your diet. Good luck on tracking and it is very easy.
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Day 2 of Spark your body boot camp

Monday, January 04, 2010

I'm in day 2 of the spark your body boot camp. Today I did the short exercise video.

The challenge for today was to eat at least 3 servings of fruit. I'm generally really good at getting fruits and veggies in...almost always getting 6-8 servings a day, but mostly vegetables. I had to plan to get fruit in...but I did it!

I am looking forward to day 3 and the rest of the program. Between it and my new workouts at the gym, I hope to reach my goal early this year.

  
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PINKNFITCARLA 1/5/2010 11:45PM

    Apples, strawberries and cranberries

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TERMITEMOM 1/5/2010 8:26PM

    Good for you! What fruit did you eat?

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DONNAEDA 1/5/2010 8:38AM

    congratulations on your plan of action. You go girl!!!!!!

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READINGLOTS 1/4/2010 11:59PM

    Way to go getting the fruit in today. That is great that you are near your goal...you can do it!!! Bootcamp is new for me and it is a good motivator.

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