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From the Bottom of My Heart

Friday, September 07, 2012

I've been MIA for a couple of days and wanted to share with you the story of my unplanned two-day vacation I just took. Tuesday morning, it was work as normal, I'd been there about an hour and all of a sudden I had shooting sharp pains in my chest, my arm started to tingle and I got really dizzy, then the chest pain started to feel like it was crushing my chest, so I made my way to Emergency Room. OMG, was I really having a heart attack? Sure as heck felt like it, I thought for sure I was a goner.

I checked myself into the hospital and before I knew it I was laying on a gurney with lots of wires hooked to my chest, oxygen up my nose, a nurse starting an IV, chest xrays - holy cow, I guess I am really having a heart attack. I was scared to death. Doctor came back with the news that he didn't think it was a heart attack, thank goodness, but he wanted to be 100% certain - what a relief. He wanted to keep me overnight for observation and repeat the same tests 6 hours after my initial ones and that he wanted me to do a treadmill stress test before he discharged me the next morning. Well sheesh, I wasn't out of the clear yet, obviously if they keeping me overnight.

It was a really long day....had to stay in bed the whole time, except an occasional potty break, had to stay hooked up to monitors. I lay there thinking about all the things I wanted to do, things I haven't gotten to do yet, all the wonderful things in my life that still need to happen, my upcoming 5K race this weekend, lol, etc. Being put under cardiac surveillance really does something to your mind. Doc gave me a sleep aid and it was lights out for me, thank goodness I fell asleep quickly because I had done nothing but worry all day.

Next morning was the treadmill stress test. I had the DH bring my new running shoes. The cardiac lab tech told me my target heart rate would be 155, I just kinda chuckled, shoot.... 155 is the normal, slog for me, so this would be a piece of cake. The tech asked me if I was a runner, and I said, Why yes I am, how can you tell? she said real runners have funky colorful shoes (lol and I was wearing the bright orange ones). After talking to her while I was doing the test, found out she is a marathoner and she was giving me tips for the Shamrock Marathon I'm running in March - how cool was that. I was almost finished with the test, they had cranked it up full speed and I was still "going" - she said that no woman that she had seen had ever completed the full 15 minutes on the treadmill and only one guy she has tested have ever done it (I'm a rock star, woo hoo - my head was thus swelling at this point, hee hee). She said I appeared to be in excellent shape, another Woo Hoo, but not so comforting a comment, especially since I was in the cardiac unit, hello. I had to keep my humor about me because at this point I was still worried about this whole heart attack thing. I was looking around the room nervously trying to locate the defibulator, just in case - and surprisingly there wasn't one, guess they would have to leave me on the floor and go hunting in adjacent rooms for the crash cart (like they do on TV) - when I hit the target heart rate, they have you plop down on a bed right next to the treadmill and just lay there, OMG - I said..."this is NOT the proper cool down method".

So everything checked out fine, heart attack was just a scare, turns out its an ulcer, ugh, so it's meds, dietary adjustments, liquid Mylanta (GROSS), and about 2-3 weeks of healing time for that. I was teasing with my DH that after my discharge I was going out for a run, he about hit the ceiling on that, and he said oh no you're not, so I told him to ask the doctor when he comes in about my restrictions. The DH said to the doctor "please tell my wife she can't leave here and run 14 miles", the doctor smiled and said to me "you shouldn't run 14 miles when you leave here but 13 won't hurt ya", I thought I would die laughing. So one for me, zero for the DH, lol. The ER doc came in after that and told me I had to change the diet to a bland one for now, so the DH smiled and said... "tell her that means no Mexican food" and the doc says "no Mexican food" - Me zero, DH one. I knew he'd win that round, and he was quite pleased since he absolutely hates Mexican food.

The doctor did commend me on coming straight to the ER, he said if it had been a real heart attack I could have possibly saved my own life. The following link is some good info about heart attacks. Please take a few minutes to read and familiarize yourself with the info. You are NEVER TOO YOUNG for a heart attack or TOO HEALTHY - it happens, for real.

www.womensheart.org/content/heartatt
ack/heart_attack_symptoms_risks.asp


I am so thankful that this was just a scare, a rude wake-up call even, but so glad to be able to share my story with you all.

  
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HAPPYCUPCAKE 9/12/2012 7:52AM

    I'm so glad you're okay. What a scare that was! And that's awesome that you were one of the only ones to run on the treadmill for 15 min like that...WOOT!

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TOOTHFUL99 9/10/2012 10:42PM

    Wow! That's scary! Glad you're okay..other than the ulcer.

Now...what caused the ulcer? Food or stress?

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SHARON10002 9/10/2012 10:04PM

    Whew, glad they determined it wasn't a heart attack. The symptoms in women aren't the same as a man. It's a good thing you went right to the ER. My DH had the same kind of incident about 10 years ago.
Pretty scary. . .Papaya extract pills have helped him out quite a bit. We got that tip while in CA visiting my son from a vendor at the Farmer's Market who'd suffered with ulcers and hiatial hernia for over 20 years before that. She said she hadn't had more than a few occurrences in almost 20 years. We went and bought some at Whole Foods, and it has worked well for him.

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PEGGYSTILLHERE 9/10/2012 9:22PM

    Wow! Glad you are OK. Proud you rocked that stress test!

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BILL60 9/10/2012 8:01AM

    Glad that is over. Welcome back!!! Now, let's hear about the race you ran.

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MRS.CARLY 9/8/2012 8:49PM

    How can anyone hate mexican food?!?!?! Must not be a good restaurant he tried.

Glad to hear you are doing well!

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LORI-K 9/8/2012 11:03AM

    Wow, what a SCARE that must have been! You definitely did the right thing going to the hospital. I am so relieved it was not your heart. I am sorry for your ulcer but hopefully you will mend from it soon on the meds.
Thank you for sharing. Everyone needs to be mindful of health risks, no matter how young/old/fit/healthy....
Hugs!

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JANEMARIE77 9/8/2012 9:41AM

    smart woman when doubt check it out glad all is well

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2HAMSDIET 9/7/2012 11:58PM

    So glad you are ok and they figured out what was wrong. emoticon

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SKFEREBEE 9/7/2012 7:51PM

    Thank goodness you are OK! And great the doctor said you can continue to run. Wouldn't mind if you passed on the marathon advice you received from the nurse. I'm in the midst of training for the OBX in November one right now.

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DESIDERATA~GIRL 9/7/2012 4:50PM

    Wow, you must have been so nervous! You are so brave to go through all that with humour whilst also learning a good lesson. Hope you recover soon!

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 9/7/2012 2:51PM

    Glad to hear that you are okay!! YOU ARE MY HERO!! Take care of yourself and maybe take it a little easy for a few days!! I don't think you are going to do that as you just passed 50,000 fitness minutes today!!
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KANSASROSE67 9/7/2012 1:38PM

    So glad it wasn't your heart...and you got to show off on the treadmill...bonus!

Hope the ulcer heals soon.

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HALFFAST 9/7/2012 1:06PM

    Oh wow! I'm so glad you're okay! Kudos on going straight to the hospital. I was going to say that I don't think I would have been that smart, but then I remembered when my gall bladder problems started- I thought I was having a heart attack and I immediately called 911 :)

So did you end up going for a run???

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NATPLUMMER 9/7/2012 12:21PM

    Wow....that must have been super scary!! Glad to know it was just an ulcer.
Boo to a bland diet!! I don't think I could hang with that...well, I could if I had an ulcer.
Did you end up going running?
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SUSANSERENE 9/7/2012 12:04PM

    So glad to hear you're okay, Lisa, but sorry about the ulcer. It's actually a life-altering experience to be in the ER thinking you're having a heart attack, isn't it! My goodness. Helps you reprioritize some things in your life, huh.

I had a TIA a few years ago and it was darned scary. Again. I'm so glad you're okay and good luck with your race this weekend! You're my inspiration and I'm so proud of you for your spirit and attitude!

Blessings! emoticon

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THATGIRL0515 9/7/2012 11:45AM

    Rock Stars do anything for attention....that's why we love them! emoticon

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LISAINMS 9/7/2012 11:21AM

    Wow I can imagine how scary that would be! Glad to hear it wasn't your heart. Hope your ulcer heals quickly!

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SUEAZZI 9/7/2012 10:49AM

    See what happens when I'm away from Spark! Gee wiz, so glad it was not a heart attack and (just) an ulcer. I chuckled at the doc giving you the red flag to run 13 miles, I'd take that over Mexican food any day haha. Glad you are okay (with treatable ulcer) and back on course with your training... if that's not the best medicine in the world then I don't know what is! emoticon

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BET212 9/7/2012 10:16AM

    I can't tell you how many times people have come to our hospital after waiting hours...or sometimes days with those symptoms. Glad you didn't wait and that it was not a heart attack.

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DGIBSON02 9/7/2012 10:02AM

    I can definitely see you DH getting spun up very quickly lol. Glad you are ok. Those stress do suck. I did one and when I hit the target heart rate the dr told them that since I was young to leave me on there for the entire time, AND I HAD ON WALKING SHOES!!!!

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GINGERLY4 9/7/2012 9:51AM

    Wow, what a stressful situation to go there but so glad everything is okay!

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ONMYMEDS 9/7/2012 9:38AM

    I did not realize that an ulcer could generate the same symptoms as a heart attack.

I am also SO thankful you could share this story with us.

Good luck on your 5K. You ARE still running it, right?

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MYLADY4 9/7/2012 9:34AM

    So glad to hear that you are ok and emoticon for going in and taking is seriously.

I had the treadmill stress test too and boy that was fun, NOT!!!!!!! Walking on a treadmill in a hospital gown with no girls support, sweat dripping everywhere, hooked up to wires with a male tech, AWESOME. Mine turned out great too, perfectly healthy and strong heart.

Good luck on eating bland food.

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SAMI199 9/7/2012 9:30AM

    I'm so glad it's not your heart-but I agree-a Big Yuck for Mylanta! Thanks for the very good advice about Heart Attacks-minutes save lives.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 9/7/2012 9:27AM

    I was wondering if I missed something and you were going to be gone for a bit again. Gracious Sakes! Good for you for going to the ER on your own and for kicking booty on the treadmill test. I love it! So very sorry you have an ulcer though. You can't think heart attacks don't happen to young women. A friend of mine had a heart attack on the tennis court just a few months ago. She coded twice on the way to the hospital. She is 52. I'm 46.11 and freak out now whenever something just isn't right. You'd think as much as we exercise our hearts would be in tip top shape, but you can't take the risk. Good for you! I'm proud of you AND spreading the news will save someone else's life down the road. I'm sure of it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 9/7/2012 9:24AM

    How scary! I'm so glad you're ok!

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JLITT62 9/7/2012 9:19AM

    Good lord! I checked just this morning to see whether I'd forgotten to read a blog & been unsubscribed (happens a lot!). So scary! Heal up quickly, ya hear?

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DMEYER4 9/7/2012 9:07AM

  so happy to hear it was not your heart. good luck with your running and your ulcer. sure does make you stop and think.

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JILLITA55 9/7/2012 9:04AM

    You can do it

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Listen Up

Wednesday, August 29, 2012




HM Training, Week 2: Cross training with a bike ride last night, too bad it was interrupted and then abruptly cancelled due to lightning - yikes. Today 3 mile easy run - Workin it!!!

  
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ACTIVE_AT_60 9/3/2012 1:35PM

    Better safe than sorry. What HM are you training for? Just posted another blog on my bike ride on Saturday - I am training for the Akron Marathon - my long run in preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon

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SUEAZZI 8/31/2012 10:56AM

    You definitely are workin' it girl! emoticon

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SAMI199 8/30/2012 3:33PM

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1HOTMAMA2BE 8/30/2012 9:05AM

    Exactly! Sometimes I just don't "feel" like it, but I do it anyway and am thankful I did afterwards. RIGHT??? emoticon

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GINGERLY4 8/30/2012 9:04AM

    At least it wasn't boring!

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JANEMARIE77 8/29/2012 9:41PM

    Great job you are emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/29/2012 12:22PM

    YIKES!!
Enjoy your run!

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JLITT62 8/29/2012 12:10PM

    Darn lightning!

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TISTEN23 8/29/2012 11:21AM

    Good job!!!

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BOILHAM 8/29/2012 11:12AM

    Good job, run like the wind.

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SUSANSERENE 8/29/2012 11:02AM

    You go, girl! Stay safe! emoticon

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No Explanation Needed

Tuesday, August 28, 2012



HM Training, Week 2: Yoga workout last night to stretch those weary runner legs, and 3 mile easy run today - Keeping STRONG !!!

  
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KAREN_NY 9/5/2012 4:47PM

    Yoga's such a great release... glad it's working for you!

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SUEAZZI 8/31/2012 10:55AM

    Love the motto ~ stole it! emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 8/28/2012 11:23PM

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GINGERLY4 8/28/2012 6:47PM

    WooHoo!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 8/28/2012 3:44PM

    I always say, "It's me time!" emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/28/2012 1:09PM

    Fabulous!!

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SAMI199 8/28/2012 11:59AM

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 8/28/2012 11:16AM

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JANEMARIE77 8/28/2012 11:04AM

    Live it Love it !go girl, go run, go bike! keep it moving. emoticon

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Determination

Monday, August 27, 2012



This quote is the mantra for this week. I can honestly say that every day last week was one of determination that ended in satisfaction. Ate within range, and stayed on the training schedule, even putting in some extra ooomph.

Started my week off with a bang yesterday....determined to ride my bike to the oceanfront to watch the surfing championships - we did it. Enjoyed a couple of hours at the beach with my BFF and our bikes.


(Couldn't resist taking a "touristy" pic, lol)

So glad to have a fitness partner for awhile, keep up the good work T, you're doing great. BTW, the new padded bike shorts are a dream come true, no tushy pain, lol.

This week's running training has low mileage so I will work in more bike riding. All this biking is building stamina and working the quads, woohoo.

Happy Monday to everyone, hope you are starting your week off with a bang.

  
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KAREN_NY 9/5/2012 4:45PM

    emoticon Baby! Success and satisfaction both on display, lol. Love it!

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2HAMSDIET 8/28/2012 12:34AM

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WONDERWOMAN 8/27/2012 9:12PM

    You are always so active. I envy your determination. Need to rev my own up some.

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SHRINKINRUNNER 8/27/2012 2:32PM

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JANEMARIE77 8/27/2012 2:06PM

    looking wonderful yes biking shorts are a blessing

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NATPLUMMER 8/27/2012 12:57PM

    Cute :-)
Yay for no tushy pain!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 8/27/2012 11:36AM

    Look at you!!! Hot looking mama! So glad to hear your dear rear is feeling better and you have a seat that will treat it right! emoticon

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JLITT62 8/27/2012 11:26AM

    I told my running buddy I have to pay her to come to Montreal with me cause I run faster with her & it doesn't seem too hard!

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SUEAZZI 8/27/2012 11:06AM

    Love your touristy pic, you are beautiful! Cheers to another awesome week!

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GINGERLY4 8/27/2012 10:20AM

    Happy Monday to you too!

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SAMI199 8/27/2012 10:12AM

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I'm glad you have a partner -someone to keep an eye on you-lol. Keep it going-you are amazing!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 8/27/2012 9:35AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day! I hope today is just as wonderful!

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LAURELSPARK 8/27/2012 9:31AM

    Happy Monday to you too! Great idea to bike to the beach....I'm green with envy..................

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Beware of the Lioness

Friday, August 24, 2012

While she may look calm and laid back....



There is another side to this beautiful beast. Mess with her and she will show you her ferocious attitude.



BEWARE: I've unleashed my inner beast.



Captain's Log:Training Day 6 - 4 mile run DONE = 178 miles to go. Visited the local bike shop last night, purchased riding shorts and a helmet. Ready to bike to the beach this weekend.



Happy Weekend everyone, love to all.

  
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SUEAZZI 8/27/2012 11:05AM

    Inner beast released! Rooooaaaarrrrrr!! emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 8/25/2012 1:17AM

    emoticonHave a G...r..e...a...t weekend.

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NATPLUMMER 8/24/2012 3:38PM

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Did you get purple shorts?

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CATHY629 8/24/2012 1:32PM

    Be a roaring success, emoticon emoticon
Cathy

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1HOTMAMA2BE 8/24/2012 1:27PM

    Those are two very important purchases! I hope they help for your ride this weekend! Enjoy the eye candy! emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 8/24/2012 12:06PM

    roAR and ride wonderful I sure those shorts will make a big difference have fun emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 8/24/2012 11:35AM

    You are scary!! emoticon

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BOILHAM 8/24/2012 11:09AM

    way to be consistent, keep it up!!

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BET212 8/24/2012 10:10AM

    I can hear you roaring from here! Have a great weekend!

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MYLADY4 8/24/2012 9:23AM

    Have fun and let us know how the shorts work out. I have not taken the plung and bought some yet.

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GINGERLY4 8/24/2012 9:03AM

    Have a good weekend and enjoy the nice weather we are having!

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SAMI199 8/24/2012 8:57AM

    Roar! I just love it when you show your claws!

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DDOORN 8/24/2012 8:50AM

    Have a great one!

Don

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