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Thank you Dad and everyone who served in the military

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My dad practicing the Morse code

Another shot of my dad.

I spoke to my dad this morning and of course I thanked him for serving our country in the US Army during WW II. He is almost 86 and still going strong. And thank you to all my spark friends who served

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DDOORN 5/31/2012 10:18PM

    Wonderful to have old pics to help us cherish our loved ones!


ps...thx for stopping by my blog!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/29/2012 9:21AM

    Great way to honor your dad.

I appreciate his service emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 5/27/2012 3:42PM

    Beautiful tribute! Glad you had the opportunity to tell him in person.

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LOVESLIFE48 5/27/2012 11:10AM

    I thanked my dad too and he looked at me funny. He says I'm the only one who ever thanks him, kinda sad.


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Achilles tendonitis

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I am presently healing up from Achilles tendonitis and am doing light exercises with no jumping around of any kind. In the beginning it hurt worse than "the opposite of heaven". I would like to share a link with you regarding this problem, here it is:

I was doing jumping jacks in case you're wondering how it happened. Thankfully I can do most other exercises in the meantime (abs, squats, push-ups, etc). If anyone wants to offer any other alternatives, I would be grateful. Thanks!

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KEN470 1/14/2014 8:11AM

  I found - and still find - - very helpful too.

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Dancing the Calories Away

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Last night (and into early this morning), I met up with some friends and danced for at least a good 2 hours! I drank only one light beer, then the rest of the night stuck to club soda with a lemon wedge. I can see why dance classes such as Zumba are popular. It's a fun way to burn calories emoticon
If you are ever planning to visit the Hampton Roads area (such as Virginia Beach, Norfolk) I recommend seeing a group called The Blue Lords. They are good friends with my son and they go to the same church as we do. They are southern rock/blues and couldn't ask for a nicer bunch of guys.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/24/2012 8:52AM

    emoticonWhat a fun way to burn some calories.

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VAMISS1 4/23/2012 6:42PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for recommending this band, going to have to check them out!

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DDOORN 4/22/2012 9:47PM

    It's WAY COOL to be out dancing with others...even if you're like me and barely know what to! I enjoy joining with our local Swing Dancers on Tues. evenings.

x for stopping by my blog! :-)

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LESSOFMOORE 4/22/2012 8:50PM

    It sounds like a great time!

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BARCLE 4/22/2012 2:43PM

    sounds like you had great fun emoticon emoticon

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My husband's getting our garden ready!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Being that we didn't really have a winter, my husband decided to get the ground prepared to plant tomatoes---yay! And this is giving us quality time together being in our back yard. We haven't yet figured out what to grow besides tomatoes, but I will keep you posted.
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DDOORN 4/2/2012 10:10AM

    Debating whether to have another go at a veggie garden this year...haven't had the best results thus far. But love the idea of nabbing fresh veggies from the back yard!


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LESSOFMOORE 4/1/2012 8:32PM

    Sounds yummy!

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A shocking diagnosis to be aware of

Thursday, March 08, 2012

First and foremost, I want to tell my spark friends that I do NOT have anything life-threatening, I am ok.
I'll make a long story short (I'll try to) before I get to the diagnosis so you can have a better understanding. For the past month, I have been sick on and off with a cold (or so I thought). The symptoms would be fatigue, a slight coughing (which occurred at its worst at night), and a little bit of a sore throat, but I would be well enough in the mornings to go on with the day. The symptoms were on and off, but not enough to be in bed, just annoying more than disabling. I went to work as usual, no problem. I took over-the-counter (OTC) medications and they did the trick for several days, then the annoying symptoms would return and I would try another OTC remedy, they would work, I felt better, on and on this went. Tuesday evening was different--during the evening I had the worst sore throat. I took honey, gargled with salt water, and it relieved most of the soreness along with taking Extra-Strength Tylenol to ease the pain. I also started coughing like mad but as suddenly as it started, it stopped. I managed to get a good nights sleep. Yesterday morning, though my throat was a bit scratchy and the cough was still there, I still went to work, thinking that "I'll feel better as the day goes by". Famous last words. As I arrived at the dialysis unit to do my pick-up of their labs around 3:00, all of a sudden, while I was still in the company van, I felt the extreme soreness in my throat return and I coughed for about a minute or 2. Okay, good, it passed, I said to myself. I went in, said my hello's to everyone, and all of a sudden, my airway constricted. That coughing came back with a vengeance and I could barely inhale! The unit nurse quickly put me onto a reclining chair, she hooked me up to oxygen and called 911. The medics came, saw that I was in distress, and immediately took me to the ER. I was given a nebulizer enroute to open my airway. Thankfully, it really did the trick, it kept the coughing at bay and I was able to draw in a breath a little better. Now here's why even the ER DR was baffled in the beginning. I had no fever, my vital signs were normal, the xrays that they took of my lungs showed NO congestion, I don't smoke, I didn't have an allergic reaction to food or meds, and during the whole month, never once did I have nasal congestion (come to think of it, there was no sneezing or runny nose). They then decided to xray my neck and they saw that the swelling was in the trachea and larynx (in lay terms, that's your windpipe and voice-box, in that order), for which I was given a steroid to reduce swelling.
The diagnosis? Pertussis, which you most likely would know it by the term Whooping or crouping cough. Yes, I know that it's mostly babies and little kids that get this, but in CAN happen with adults even if you did have your shots when you were a kid (I did). I will be out of work until Tuesday. I got Rx meds for the cough and an antibiotic. Right now, it's Thursday, late afternoon, close to 5:00 and there's still a slight cough, but for the first time since this started, I feel like it IS truly going away along with the sore throat. Never did I experience anything more frightening than not being able to breathe. Next time, if I'm not "feeling like myself" I will not play around, I will go directly to the Dr and I'm advising any of you to do the same, no matter how minor.

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BARCLE 3/11/2012 1:37PM

    yikes, that's scary and I, too, am soooo glad it's all working out okay, but what a close call!

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SAVINGHANNAH 3/9/2012 10:46PM

    Wow, hope you feel better soon.

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JAXMOMMY 3/9/2012 4:02PM

    After reading your blog, I'm thinking I may have had Whooping Cough all along. I got antibiotics early, but they didn't work and then I had the worse sore throat of my life! No one checked me for Whooping Cough and another round of antibiotics seemed to do it for me. If you don't mind, what antibiotics did they give you finally? I too got something for the cough in addition to the antibiotics. Thanks for sharing b/c I was sick for way too long with the exact same symptoms and no one could give me answers!

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MEGA_MILES 3/9/2012 8:55AM

    Just to pass along. There is a vaccine you can take to prevent pertussis. Because it rarely affects adults you would usually get it to protect the children around you.

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DDOORN 3/9/2012 8:24AM

    Whew! Now THAT was TOO CLOSE a call!

Glad to hear that you've gotten to the bottom of this and are on the mend.

Thx for the head's up!


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LESSOFMOORE 3/8/2012 9:12PM

    Wow, Chris, thanks for sharing! I am glad that you got your diagnosis and meds! emoticon emoticon

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