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Please Donate Blood - even if you don't live in Wichita!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A note from my husband :

American Red Cross Blood Drive – Thursday, July 11th
Jon, NetApp Blood Drive Coordinator

At this time, 35 people have made an appointment to give blood tomorrow and several more have volunteered to serve. Thank you for your support!

Summer activities and vacations are impacting blood and platelet donations. Donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. You can help the American Red Cross prevent a shortage of blood and platelet donations this summer by doing more than scheduling an appointment to give. Help spread the word about the need for healthy donors this summer and invite friends and family to donate blood or platelets.

All blood types are needed, but especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Remember that for the first time, we will have a couple of machines here that will allow some donors to give a double red cell donation. Unlike the usual whole blood donation, the machines extract only the red blood cells and return the platelets and plasma to you. This process takes a little longer than the usual donation (about half an hour more), and you can only donate in this way once every 112 days (twice the usual 56 days), but it is a great way to double the impact of your donation now. If you are asked to make a double red cell donation and you have a little extra time, please consider it.

We still have plenty of appointments available at convenient times for anyone who would like to donate blood. There are appointments available at 10:00 and every 15 minute interval beginning at 10:30. If you haven’t made an appointment yet, there is still time! Just click here to schedule your life saving appointment. If you prefer, you can either call me at 636-8748 or email me at Of course, we will be able to accept walk-ins throughout the day. So, even if you don’t make an appointment or you miss your appointment time, if you have some free time, just come on over to the Auditorium. We will happy to accept your donation anytime between 9:30 and 2:30.

There is no substitute for blood. Your donation could give someone a second chance at life. The need is constant, the gratification instant. Please make an appointment today.

--- Red Cross Ad ---

Many fewer donors than expected gave blood during June and the first week of July,
leading the Red Cross to issue an EMERGENCY request for donors of all blood types.
Donations were down about 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer
donations than expected.
North Rock Neighborhood Blood Drive hosted by NetApp
Thursday, July 11th

In the Auditorium - NETAPP
3718 N Rock Road
Wichita, KS

Please visit to schedule your
lifesaving appointment today.
We need you!

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LOFLLAMA 7/12/2013 7:12PM

    Thanks, Julia!

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SPARKFRAN514 7/11/2013 11:42PM

    Thanks summer is hard all over the country for blood donations. emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 7/11/2013 2:58PM

    Thanks for the post Julia! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 7/11/2013 1:02PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Everyone who can donate make your appointment and go in and give your life saving donation. This is for everyone in the United States. The need for blood donations is everywhere. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 7/11/2013 11:39AM

    Thank you for this super important reminder!

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CAMEOSUN 7/11/2013 10:40AM

  emoticon post. We have had several family members over the years who needed blood transfusions unexpectedly and are SO thankful for those who donate. I donated years ago. Currently can't due to anemia.


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AWESOMECHELZ 7/11/2013 10:23AM

    Very good blog! Wow!! I think it is great that you care so much and are sharing. I donate blood every so often and I am O positive. I will make an appointment today! emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon

P.S. (7/18) I made an appointment and it's this Saturday. emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/18/2013 12:02:42 PM

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EVIE4NOW 7/11/2013 9:06AM

  Great way to pay back. I used to give blood and have the 10 gallon mug still. Health problems and too many pills have stopped me, the biggest being blood thinners that I will be on the rest of my life, and beta blockers and ace inhibitors.. oh my .. you don't want the whole list lol. My husband has given about 4 gallons of blood and about 200 times for apherisis . Son now gives for us, as we instilled the pay back as he was growing up. Apparently the really like his platelets as they are always calling him.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/11/2013 8:43AM

    Thanks for the reminder.

HUGS and smiles.

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Lyme Disease? Kidney Stones? Shingles?

Friday, June 21, 2013

This past week, more like 8-9 days, I've had some aches on my left side. First I thought kidney stones as I was in town most of two days back to back last weekend thur/fri and I knew I was dehydrated and not eating as well. Then yesterday, it was bugging in front lower abdomen, and we wondered if it was spleen issues, possibly from Lyme Diseaee (we pull off 5-10 Lone Star ticks off our dog every day!). I had noticed a red bite looking thing on my lower left abdomen, not far from where it hurts...

Called my doctor and she is out today, her usual backup is booked solid and so the third doctor saw me and after listening to me and a short exam, she pronounce that I have Shingles!

Not entirely surprised, in retrospect, but it hasn't occurred to me. I guess I thought I had to be muuuuuuch older. I had chicken pox as a kid, and have the scars to prove that I did maul myself.

Got stuff from health food store to deal with it on the nutritional end of things and will rest a bit before heading off to the local dispensorary (sp?) for pharmaceuticals...

Let the summer begin!!

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EDNASHUKIS 6/29/2013 9:18PM

    Owie, hurry and get well so glad you went to the doctors!!! emoticon

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CAMEOSUN 6/28/2013 1:27AM

  Oh my. Dh had shingles a couple years ago and then our 4 youngest all got chicken pox from it. Hope yours is over soon.

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ISTRALOUISE 6/25/2013 2:12AM

    Oh wow, I'm so sorry! I need to get a vaccine for that before mine happen. I also had chicken pox as a child.

I hope you feel better soon.

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DOLLYHOLLY 6/24/2013 10:10PM

    Ouch! Take good care. emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/23/2013 10:07AM

    Oh my!! I am SO sorry, my friend. emoticon Shingles are so painful and miserable. I hope your doctor has been able to give you some relief. I also hope you will find the time to rest and heal. emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon

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LOFLLAMA 6/22/2013 10:07AM

    They do hurt!!! emoticonI'm so sorry! I got it a few years ago. What's crazy is I always thought I never had chicken pox.

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JESSIKA_56 6/22/2013 7:55AM

    Oh no! Sorry to hear. I hope you get well soon!

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PHEBESS 6/22/2013 4:08AM

    Ugh, shingles - miserable! Feel better soon!

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JMAHNKEN 6/22/2013 1:46AM

    So sorry to hear it, all my best always.

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123ELAINE456 6/22/2013 12:42AM

  Hope that You are on the road to recovery. Get plenty of rest and sleep. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DIANAOR1 6/22/2013 12:24AM

    My partner also had the shingles from front to back. She described it as itchy and a burning sensation. I hope you get relief soon. emoticon

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LNSYLVSDOGS 6/21/2013 9:29PM

    When we were in our 20s, my DH got shingles on his left side of abdomen (all around from front to back.) He was in so much pain, that he had to sleep on the couch with a sheet propped so it would not touch him AT ALL. Oh my, I remember I felt so bad for him.

That shoots the theory that a person must be "old" to get shingles. Interesting to note, the few scars that he had from the shingles episode?? During the times each of our kids had chicken pox, DH felt a certain itchiness on the scars.

Another time, my sister was treating what she thought was a bug bite on her eyelid/eyebrow area. It was just one spot, but hurt. THAT turned out to be shingles.

Hope you're feeling better soon! Hang in there! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2013 7:47PM

    Aveeno products, made with oatmeal, help with the irritation of shingles. So sorry you are pestered with that! HUGS and hope it's a quick recuperation for you, my dear.

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/21/2013 7:23PM

    Oh, I hope you're feeling better soon,

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The rest of my friend feed update...

Saturday, June 15, 2013

PROVERBS31JULIA I realized in therapy a week or so ago that a reason why I turned to food for self-medication was because most 8-17 year old kids don't have access to bars and money to buy booze...liquor might be quicker, but candy was dandy, ice cream was on my team, and I could bake a cake without anyone knowing it was just gonna help me get stoned on the sugar and chocolate and caramelized butter!! I could huff it all day and no one knew why.

In the immortal and likely immoral words of Bob Dylan

"We would not be so all alone -
Everybody Must. Get. STONED!"

I could relate to that - even though I never did take drugs, legal or illegal.

It's really weird, reading these articles about how science has figured that food addiction is just as real as drugs, alcohol, etc. I have an acquaintance (not on SP) who is sort of trying to recover from various of her addictions, but I think she is only sober for a few weeks at a time. And here recently I was telling her about my struggles with food, and she suddenly starts telling me she would go do cocaine with me whenever I wanted. I'm thinking whaaaaat? Did she not hear me? (Probably not!) I don't have any desire to try the illegal stuff when I am still messed up with food addictions.

Being addicted to anything is not really good for a person (except for the possible argument of people who switch from drug/alcohol abuse to running or triathalon or similar events - and I am not even qualified to discuss that phenomena. I'd say it was good for them!!).

So anyway I'm still on this journey...

This article talks about being grounded and mentions various typed of events - in my case I'd say most of the time it is "intrusive memories" etc.

I'm tired! Need to go to sleep and focus on this later when rested.

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LOFLLAMA 6/17/2013 4:47AM

    You are so smart & I have no doubt that you, too, shall overcome! I love you & have faith in you! Stay blessed!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/16/2013 12:44PM

    Food addiction is something we need to gain mastery over because we still need to fuel our bodies.

I know it is hard work you are doing to explore this issue and I am proud of you for doing the hard work necessary so you can become the healthiest you can be!

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BOPPY_ 6/16/2013 12:43PM

    Find a program of nutrition and exercise that works for you.

Define it carefully.
Plan for it.
Do it.
Modify it as required.
Blog about your successes and failures.
Use us, the great unwashed masses of other Sparkers and Spark resources for support, guidance, method, etc.
Keep after it!


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1CRAZYDOG 6/16/2013 8:33AM

    I have struggled with food in my life and I never, ever thought about that fact that during childhood it IS only food that we have access to! Never thought of it.

For sure, and there may be those doubters but I am not . . . food is addicting like any substance. MRI's show that the exact same pleasure centers in the brain that light up when a substance abuser has their chosen substance will light up when a food addicted person sees or tastes sugary, salty, fatty sweets. Sugar and salt ARE addicting! I am a definite believer.

So, good for you for coming to this conclusion and I can only say from personal experience, it is NOT easy to deal with because we HAVE to eat to sustain ourselves, BUT it does flip that switch to look @ food differently.

My mentality had to switch from "living to eat" to "eating to live".

This is an evolving process, so take it a day-at-a-time, a step-at-a-time.

HUGS and thanks for this thought provoking blog.

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123ELAINE456 6/16/2013 8:14AM

  I hope going through therpy will help You break this addition You have about food. We are here for You. Have You tried Spark Coach? Maybe that would help too. You Can Do It. Take One Step At A Time.This is The WTG!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Happy Father's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BOSS61 6/16/2013 7:52AM

    Not a Journey. A Caravan. See my Feb 5, 2012 blog (if you forgot). And Welcome Aboard.

PS - Interesting theory. For me, I don't buy it, but...

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POPSY190 6/16/2013 3:17AM

    Yes, food is a difficult one to deal with. Good luck.

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SONYALATRECE 6/16/2013 12:14AM

    Blessings on getting away form the addictions and their roots.
We all have one issue or another. My family issues sometimes send me into my own mental divide.

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I saw a horse today, oh boy!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'm kinda of loosely humming the intro to "A Day in the Life" - I think it is? the Beatles song that starts off "I read the news today, oh boy" something like that....

I saw a horse today, oh hey!
I saw it walking on the road today.
It turned around and looked at me,
Well, I just had to laugh—
And then I made the video


He watched me park the car;
He didn't pay any attention to
The neighbor lady helping him;
She'd seen the horse before;
Nobody was really sure
The number to his owner's work.

and so on and so on...

I need to bail out right now and go to yoga.

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DIBANANA 6/13/2013 5:50PM

  What a day!

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MINDHORIZON 6/12/2013 1:07PM

    I live close enough to horse properties for something like that to happen. I guess calling animal control is the best solution.

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123ELAINE456 6/12/2013 9:41AM

  LOL!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/12/2013 9:38AM

    I dunno!! I went one road, turned left onto Sullivan, and was shocked to see the horse! The lady turned out to live next door and she saw the horse go by her house and so she grabbed something to try to bring it back. She didn't know how to reach the owner - didn't even know the owner's last name, where he worked or what his phone number was. She used my cell phone to call 911, and then a guy came out to try to help. Turned out we recognized each other from when he used to work with my girlfriend 20 years ago. I poured my water out in a bowl to offer the horse and then the horse sniffed at it and took off south and then while I was posting the video to TwitPic, it went off Sullivan onto one of the side roads. I didn't see it again as I drive the rest of the way down Sullivan down to 53rd and on out to Walmart. And I didn't see it when I came back the same way when I was finished at Walmart and coming home. I don't know anything more.

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PHEBESS 6/11/2013 10:43PM

    LOL - so we want the sequel!

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ANDYLIN90 6/11/2013 8:36PM

    And so, is there more to the story? How did the horse get there and how did it get back home?

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1CRAZYDOG 6/11/2013 8:13PM

    Too cute!

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Complementary Proteins

Friday, June 07, 2013

I fixed a pot of black eyed peas the other day - soaked them earlier and they cooked in the crockpot all night long and were basically perfect today. I just needed to season them - put in about a tablespoon of ghee for the entire crockpot full (I probably have 3-4 quarts of beans in it, all cooked and yummy), shook in some of that Tony C .... someone's creole seasoning, comes in a green canister but I'm too lazy to go bring it here and type in the name... and some sea salt.

Wasn't sure if I wanted to try to make a Hoppin' John kind of thing but didn't feel like messing with making rice before going to my Tupperware Party (I know, right? quaint! was a fun "retro" look too.). Looking at cupboard, I decided to cook up a mess of canned turnip greens, a can of yellow hominy, and a can of tomato paste, and about a teaspoon of Bragg's liquid aminoes for extra seasoning.

I thought that way, my son could have some beans by themselves and skip the veggies if he didn't want to try it (but I wouldn't be "ruining" the entire crockpot - plus, I wasn't really sure how the combination would actually taste.).

My husband got home from work just in time for me to suggest that he could whip up a pan of his cornbread (he cooks it in his mama's old square cast iron skillet, makes the BEST. CORNBREAD. EVER!).

I got home and my little bowl of beans really took the edge off and kept me from going face down in the homemade salsa and beefy quezo (sp?) cheese dip that the Tupperware Lady made with her various Tupper products (okay alright already, I'm not advertising Tupperware, it was just part of the day's events.). But I wanted to try his cornbread and try the veggies with the beans. I took just a tiny slice of cornbread (1" wide by 2" long, maybe more like 3/4" wide.), drizzled the turnip greens/hominy/tomato sauce combo on top and topped it with a scant serving spoon full of the beans, into my little tiny dessert bowl (way smaller than the soup/cereal bowl). Ahhh it was all so satisfying, as if I'd had a slab of meat, but there's no meat in it (oops, well a couple packets of the chicken broth concentrate that comes in little mylar type squeeze packages inside of a cardboard box, which I had put into the black eyed bean broth earlier in the day.).

That made me wonder if there was a "protein combination calculator" where one could plug in the vegetarian food options they had eaten and it would tally up the proteins and the various amino acids and tell you how much protein you had actually consumed, and how many of which amino acids you actually got, so you'd know what to eat to balance out the amino acids you might be "low" in (Keep in mind, hominy is a type of corn, and of course, cornbread is made with ummm corn meal, so I really did have some complementary protein going on there.).

Anyway, I found these links, will go back and finish reading them. I don't think they actually demonstrate what I have in mind, so far as an online interactive protein calculator counter thingamajigger dealie whopper whatchacall it... Now this one has some interesting charts, and a Calorie & Protein Calculator - not quite what I visualized, but looks handy to have it around. Just plug in the age and weight and height, gender, body fat, activity level and while you are changing it, the box in the right changes, with little green highlight bar to illustrate the energy needs at the level of activity you are at. This makes it handy to play little "what if"... as in, how much protein would I need at this age, weight, etc if I increased my activity level for the week. Yea, I think I'll keep this website...

(EDITED: WOW this website just goes on and on - basically the VEGETABLES themselves are all COMPLETE proteins. He's got this chart saying it, and it's evidently online from the USDA website. He has a list showing many common vegetables - corn, green peppers, pinto beans, cucumbers, oatmeal, rice, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, and they EACH have ALL of the Amino Acids!

Then he launches into a discussion about how the "myth" of incomplete proteins can be traced to the book "Diet for a Small Planet" published in 1971 by Frances Moore-Lappé (which I have heard of forever but have yet to actually read.).

WOW. Well the website is very long, very detailed, very interesting. I'm not even done reading it.

Okay, editing over, back to the original blog material... I'm definitely keeping this website!}
Has interesting charts with "Group A" and "Group B" - and what amino acids each group is low you can see the relationship to each other. Basically -

Group A: [Deficient in lysine. High in methionine and cysteine.]
Grains: barley, buckwheat, cornmeal, oats, rice, rye, wheat.
Nuts and seeds: pumpkin, sesame, sunflower

Group B: [Deficient in methionine and cysteine. High in lysine.]
Legumes: beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas, peanuts, soybeans

Also gets into a discussion of Complementary Protein Powders - one based on pea protein and one on rice protein. Interesting.javascript:void(0); emoticon

A search for Proteins Complementary etc will bring up gobs more so who knows, maybe I'll find the calculator that I'm wishing for eventually. Not gonna have time to get to them all today!

But... I should sleep pretty good tonight!

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JANNEPERRY 6/7/2013 5:48PM

    Well, not being a vegetarian, I guess I don't worry about complete proteins too much, but I do have Bragg's Amino Acid spray which I use to add amino acids-just in case I'm not getting enough!

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ECOAGE 6/7/2013 11:18AM

    As a long time vegetarian who grew up in the '70s, I have a copy of Small Planet and worried about "complete proteins" for years. I still have my original Small Planet but I don't worry about "complete proteins".

A more recent book, shows that the author revised her beliefs. The more recent info confirms what you found. There is quite a bit of protein in LOTS of veggie foods. Complete proteins do NOT have to be combined in EACH meal --- although they most likely will be if you have some variety in that meal. You get complete protein by mixing up some traditional meals --- like rice and beans --- over the course of a day's meals.

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CARMEN327 6/7/2013 9:09AM

    Interesting! I know that "complementary pairs" are often found in traditional foods all over the world, so you will run into them more often than not. Great news about vegetables being full proteins. Thank you!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/7/2013 8:29AM

    Wow! Interesting information and thanks for sharing. HUGS!

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123ELAINE456 6/7/2013 2:14AM

  Enjoy the Beans and Corn Bread. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SUSANBEAMON 6/7/2013 12:53AM

  so maybe my red beans and rice is a good meal instead of a treat meal. nice to know.

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