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Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

After sharing a wonderful morning at church, we all headed to a local Italian restaurant for a fellowship Valentine's Day meal. It was one of those meals that took three hours, but you don't really mind because you have good company of friends.

I hope all of my SparkFriends had a safe and happy Valentine's Day!!! May you all feel surrounded by the love of family and friends...

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/15/2010 7:12AM

    I am glad you had a great day and a wonderful dinner with your church family and friends!!! Great blog with lots of feeling!!! Love the smiles...
Blessings, love and hugs,
Mom

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STEELERFAN71 2/14/2010 8:38PM

    Happy Valentines Day! We took the girls to Olive Garden for a Valentines Day lunch (worked out my calories and stayed in range for the day). I'm glad you had a good day!

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Snowstorm on 2/6/10

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I finally have the pictures so I thought I'd share a few... First, my house



My Street



My pour BURIED Ford Edge



Even though it hasn't really stopped snowing, we haven't had additional BIG accumulations. HOWEVER, the ladies at Walmart were cackling tonight about a storm that we're supposed to get him with on Monday. Everyone must have heard the same thing. The store was CROWDED! Stay warm and stay safe all!!!

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/15/2010 9:40PM

    Everywhere you look, everything is white. Now on top of what we already have is another three inches or so. Hope you are enjoying what you have on your side of the hill!!! At least the electric is all back on. ENJOY!!!
Blessings, love and hugs,
Mom

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FUPAFIGHTER 2/13/2010 10:48PM

    Wow, not much different than Baltimore. My poor Jack Russell can't find a place to do her business without falling in the piles of snow.

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MEYLOSE 2/13/2010 10:43PM

    We got 5 inches on lovely, fluffy snow overnight. It was really nice and our roads were cleared by lunch. Great Pics, Thankx for sharing.

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Lab Test Day...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

There is simply no other way to put it... Today was TORTURE!!! I got up later than normal... Around 7, I gathered my stuff and with the dog taken care of I went down to clean off the fresh 1.5" of snow on the car. I headed to the diagnostic testing center for my blood test series and my glucose tolerance test. I got poked for the first three vials of blood. I have to assume they were for the peptide, pro insulin, and other assorted tests on the one prescription. Then I was prepped for the second test... The (now) hated glucose tolerance test. The lab tech pulled out what appeared to be a small bottle (8 oz.) of Hawaiian Punch. He said, you get the good stuff... The 100 mg. Okay... That didn't mean much to me. For the next two minutes, I poured the thick syrup down my throat. It tasted like REALLY thick Hawaiian Punch going down, but it gave me a SEVERE case of the burps, and the burps brought stuff up that did not taste like Hawaiian Punch. Anyway, with the liquid fully consumed, I was sent to the waiting room to wait my first hour. This time will forevermore be referred to as the hour in which I wished to die. IT WAS AWFUL!!! I alternately contemplated the blessed relief I would feel if I went Linda Blair on the place and "Exorcised" red liquid all over the room. My guts were churning and making sounds like Damon from "The Omen" was fighting to get out. As if that wasn't bad enough, my head was throbbing like it was being beat with a mallet, I was light-headed and dry-mouthed, and I could feel my heartbeat racing like a thoroughbred at the Preakness. Did I say... IT WAS AWFUL!!! This lasted for approximately 35-40 minutes. The receptionists looked worried... I tried bargaining with God to help me to make it five more minutes every five minutes... Eventually it worked, and the worst of it was over. It was time for my 1 hour blood draw. They don't do finger sticks, so I wouldn't know from them what my numbers were, so I took my own after the blood was drawn... 203... 203?!?! I thought I must have died... That is an OUTRAGEOUS number for me... No wonder I felt awful. I still felt miserable for the next hour. I didn't pay attention to the magazines, book, or PocketDish I brought along. I did manage to muddle through half a Sudoku puzzle. It was time for my 2 hour blood draw. Once done, I went back to leaning with my head against the wall with the receptionist asking me if I was okay. I survived to the 3 hour mark. I asked the lab tech if my reactions were normal... He said... "For someone who has problems!" Gee, Mr. Lab Tech... Thanks!!! Final blood was drawn, and I headed out to my car. I settled in to warm it up and do another finger stick... 68... Hmmm... I guess I will be hearing from the doctor in a few days. He advised that if my problems are definitely hypoglycemia, he would force me to an endocrinologist. I can't say for certain, but my guess would be that I failed this test...

  
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ANTIQUETEENAGER 2/13/2010 5:31AM

    Oh yuk, poor you, why is it the very people who are meant to make you feel better, ie doctors, often make you feel so darn bad in the process. Perhaps there is something on the application form they fill in to enter training. Are you a fully paid up member of the sadists club? emoticon

Seriously, I hope you feel better and real soon

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JUDY1676 2/13/2010 12:23AM

    Sure do hope the tests can give the Dr. the info to get you on the road to recovery!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/13/2010 12:17AM

    Richelle, I am so sorry you had to go through this and that the experience was horrid for you. But I am so happy that it is done and over with and that you will get some answers to why you have been feeling so lousy...hopefully on Monday. I am sure your DH and friends will appreciate it too. lol If need be, I know a great endocrinologist in Pittsburgh and I even know how to get there. Just continue to be careful with those low readings.
Blessings, love and hugs,
Mom

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Struggle...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I'm not a big Oprah fan. I would call myself more of an occasional watcher. I think she does a lot of good with the fame and fortune she has attained though. I found it appropriate that the quote that inspired me today came from her... A lot of times, I think we all look at celebrities and think that their lives must be perfect or better than ours somehow. I think a lot of times the opposite is true.

"Where there is no struggle, there is no strength." -- Oprah Winfrey

How true! I think it is how I've dealt with adversity that has "toughened" me for the long haul and showed me my true potential. I feel like I know my own power because I've been tested and survived. I guess if I had to choose, I'd rather struggle and feel like I can make it through and stand on my own two feet. Being self-sufficient is much more important than always having things go my way or having every day be sunshine and roses. I truly believe that if I didn't have a hardship now and again, I wouldn't appreciate the blessings that I have. I'd rather be a humble servant to Him, than find perfection everywhere.

Blessings to all today... May you all find peace for the struggles in your heart.

  
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ANTIQUETEENAGER 2/12/2010 8:52PM

    I often say we are the sum total of the lives we have lived. It's the adversity that builds us. I feel sorry for those that have never faced hardship for they are the ones that never get to discover how truly amazing they are.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/11/2010 11:22PM

    Great blog and very thought provoking. I too am a believer of Oprah's statement. Praise God that we can be thankful for the bad as well as the good things in our lives for they truly shaped us and made us who we are. I praise God that you have grown into the wonderful and self-sufficient person you are today.
Blessings, love and hugs, dear child.
Mom
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Worrisome sugar readings...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Well I've scared my dear Momma and dear husband over the past week. My blood sugar readings have been in the low 60's and 70's. Momma being a diabetic is especially sensitive to it. I can tell that I'm "not right" by my hands starting to tremble, light-headed, sick, sweating, etc. My family doctor fit me in right away. He is concerned that I am hypoglycemic. I have to go for a 3 hour glucose test at the hospital's lab. I am going to try to get that done on Friday as I *highly* doubt I can rearrange my day tomorrow. Take care all and be safe. I know many in our area are still without heat/power/etc. Keep them all in your thoughts in prayers...

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/10/2010 11:58PM

    Please get the testing done as soon as possible. Blood sugar readings...high or low...are not something to fool around with. Being hypoglycemic is dangerous also ...blood sugars being out of control are hard on your body. Just worried about you...my dear child. Praying for all without heat, electric, etc. So many prayers are needed...
Blessings, love and hugs,
Mom
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WHITEANGEL4 2/10/2010 11:44PM

    Good luck on the test. I hope they find the exact problem and are able to get you stabilized quickly.

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