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Stamina, Corn Bags, and Count Down

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Today was Senior Dance with hubby. I am so tickled that his stamina has increased. He never exercises for exercise sake, but he has been walking the dog consistently for about 2 years now. We've been dancing 1-2 times a week for about 8 months. Today we danced more than an hour of the 2 hour event; 6 months ago he'd only dance a couple dances. He is doing more of the fast dances, too.

And we have made some great friends at the dance. Tomorrow we are playing Corn Bag Toss in preparation for the Senior Games' competition with a group from dancing. The hostess invited us over late morning as she wants to get her workout in first, so I'll see her at the Y first.

Should you be wondering, yes, I'm on a bunch of medication including steroids for the psoriasis. The bottle says can cause dizziness and drowsiness. I don't really feel dizzy nor drowsy, but kind of weird in a way I can't describe. Just 23 more days of steroids -- counting down!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/26/2014 9:27PM

    You never know how you can affect other people just by example. Congratulations to Gary (and you) for a job well done. Steroids initially make me sleepy, then they make me hyper. When I was teaching, my co-workers could always tell when I was on steroids for my asthma. I would plan and run off enough stuff for weeks. I would stay even later than normal and arrive earlier in the morning. I was like the Everready Bunny! LOL

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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2014 10:48AM

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CELIAMINER 1/24/2014 10:25AM

    You clearly are a good influence on your DH! Good for him for becoming more active in his own way and time.

Thinking of you as you continue the meds. I hope you are already seeing improvement so you can wean off of them.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/24/2014 10:08AM

    I hope you continue to feel ok for the next 23 days.

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/24/2014 5:50AM

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NEW-CAZ 1/24/2014 2:55AM

    Counting down with you. The warnings are there for legal reasons Marsha.

Glad you and hubby enjoyed the dancing, wonderful exercise that's so enjoyable.

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TAICHIDANCER 1/23/2014 11:33PM

    Yeah, dancing can be tough without stamina. Glad your husband is getting better.

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MSLZZY 1/23/2014 11:21PM

    I am sure you can't wait until you are done with the steroids!
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BOOKAPHILE 1/23/2014 9:10PM

    You've got to love exercise that is so much fun it doesn't even feel like you exercised!

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WATERMELLEN 1/23/2014 7:59PM

    What a great way to exercise, together. Hope that the psoriasis (my dad had it) is totally vanquished soon!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/23/2014 6:38PM

    "weird in a way I can't describe"... O-kay! I'll count down with you, too... 23!

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GABY1948 1/23/2014 6:35PM

    Marsha, I'll count down WITH you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 1/23/2014 6:34PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun!
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MEXGAL1 1/23/2014 6:31PM

    I say ignore the bottle. they have to put stuff like that on there for legal reasons. I know I have no adverse symptoms from being on my steroids since June.
And remember don't use being on them to give you a license to eat whatever you want!!!!
You got this.
So glad that your DH is dancing more. Sounds like fun.
Have a nice evening.
Sallie

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Always Something to Celebrate Here

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I just passed 100,000 fitness minutes tracked since I started SparkPeople in Sept of 2009. Thanks to all of you who gave positive strokes on my feed. That averages 1971 minutes per month for over 4 years. Thanks to SP or I wouldn't have any idea that I'd accomplished that feat. I am thankful that there is always something positive to celebrate in SP Land!!

  
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WATERMELLEN 1/23/2014 8:00PM

    Fantastic! And: look at the results!!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/23/2014 4:13PM

    SparkPoints are great, BUT Fitness minutes are golden. Congratulations!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/23/2014 1:31PM

    Wow, that's a lot of minutes! Congratulations!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/23/2014 12:56PM

    Wowie Zowie!!

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NATPLUMMER 1/23/2014 11:50AM

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LEWILL1982 1/23/2014 11:47AM

    That's awesome, way to go and way to move!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/23/2014 10:16AM

    Congratulations!

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TERI-RIFIC 1/23/2014 8:35AM

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GABY1948 1/23/2014 8:05AM

    emoticon and that is a GREAT accomplishment, Marsha! emoticon

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_LINDA 1/23/2014 6:38AM

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You are a dynamo!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/23/2014 6:21AM

    emoticon (but not surprising... you bundle of energy, you!) emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 1/23/2014 2:58AM

    emoticon you ROCK!

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TINAJANE76 1/23/2014 12:44AM

    Congratulations! That's quite the fitness consistency.
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WILD4STARS 1/22/2014 11:07PM

    Awesome! You rock.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/22/2014 10:59PM

    Congratulations! And I second the thanks to SP!

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Still Here

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Don't worry about me. I'm still committed to living healthy, eating smart, getting in my 3 runs per week and increasing strength training. I'm dealing with some things right now -- health issues, possible jury duty, difficult family member, possible job/schedule change for SIL that will increase my already long hours of child care duties, and so on and so on.

If I count my worries, there are a lot. If I count my blessings, there are a myriad!!

  
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MARGARITTM 1/22/2014 2:23PM

    exercise especially running is my therapy....hope it works for you too!

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MSLZZY 1/22/2014 7:29AM

    Life goes on and we adjust to the changes as best we can. Jury duty may be a pain but this too shall pass. HUGS!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/21/2014 10:10PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/21/2014 8:34PM

    emoticon and warm thoughts, whether I see you here or not... I'm thinking of you!

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WILLIS9301 1/21/2014 8:27PM

    Hang in there!

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WATERMELLEN 1/21/2014 8:17PM

    Wishing you well, sorry that you have so much on your plate . . . we're all here sending supportive thoughts your way.

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BLUENOSE63 1/21/2014 7:23PM

  Marsha

Sending some good vibes and prayers your way hoping things get a easier.

Take care

Cheryl

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TRAVELGRRL 1/21/2014 6:32PM

    Hang in there. Everything passes in time!

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BABYSTEPS123 1/21/2014 5:32PM

    Hang in there! Do the best you can and know things will settle out soon! Counting your blessings is a NSV at its best!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/21/2014 2:15PM

    emoticon emoticon I am here for you if you need me.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/21/2014 2:15PM

    I'm glad you're keeping it all in perspective and maintaining your good habits. I hope it settles down to be manageable fairly quickly.

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MEXGAL1 1/21/2014 2:06PM

    Sending you tons of positive thoughts.
You have a wonderful attitude.
Best of everything to you.
Sallie

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SEAJESS 1/21/2014 1:00PM

    Glad to hear you are hanging in there. I'm in a similar situation. Here's to us both staying in touch and on track.
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ME_B4_INSANITY 1/21/2014 12:32PM

    Life gives us trials so we can remember where our center is.

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DONNABRIGHT 1/21/2014 11:59AM

    Hang in there. This, too, shall pass.

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GABY1948 1/21/2014 11:59AM

    Good going, Marsha! Remember, things can change in a minute!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/21/2014 11:39AM

    I like your perspective very much. I hope things settle some. emoticon

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/21/2014 11:36AM

    emoticon So glad you are still here...you are such an inspiration to me.

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_LINDA 1/21/2014 10:55AM

    You have such a great attitude Marsha! You do have to consider your own needs too, especially if you are having health issues. You can't afford to burn out or put your own interests, needs and wants on the back burner to look after someone else's.
I hope things can be worked out with everything.
Look after yourself, you are important too!
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LEWILL1982 1/21/2014 9:53AM

    Very optimistic of you and a great outlook on life. If only there were a few more hours of day light each day to get all the stuff done on our schedules!

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SLIMLILA 1/21/2014 9:50AM

    What an awesome conclusion you drew.... thank you for your inspiration, it's all in the perspective, isn't it? And I needed an attitude adjustment.

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RITAROSE 1/21/2014 9:40AM

  Changes in our routine can be very challenging. Good for you to keep up your exercise and eating smart! emoticon Keep up the good work! You are worth it!
Hugs, Ritarose

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So Proud of the Nephew!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My nephew took over another minute off his 5K PR for a 36 minute and 50-somthing (53 maybe?) finish this morning in the Komen Race for the Cure. He's come a long way from his first 5K in January of 2012 at 49 minutes. He is controlling his blood sugar with diet and exercise alone. He's not lost a lot more weight since the first 30 that fell off of him in the hospital when his blood sugar was 650, but between the running and the CrossFit he is definitely fitter. My niece finished the 10K, too, although she wasn't happy with her time.

Me? I didn't race this morning, but I did run 8 miles with my Galloway group starting at 6am. Overall it felt good; a little chilly at the start -- around 48 degrees and windy. My foot complained a bit, but tolerable. The physician assistant yesterday would have taken a biopsy, but decided on less drastic measures for now so that I could keep running. She said it would require at least one stitch. She diagnosed the problem as psoriasis, although I've had other diagnoses in the past. I'm to go to the compounding pharmacy on Monday for medication to take the thick scale off my feet so that external medicine like creams or ointments can penetrate. Hope it works. There is a possibility of some sort of laser treatment, but recovery might take some time. I've got the Princess Half Marathon on February 23rd and Senior Games 5K on March 8th. Would hate to miss anything. Running is just too much fun!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/19/2014 5:15PM

    Oh my! You have so much on your plate already! Who needs this new problem? Take care Marsha!

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MEXGAL1 1/19/2014 10:37AM

    That is just so awesome with your Nephew. Good for him. I bet you have been such a great inspiration to him with all you have accomplished.
I do hope this foot thing doesn't give you too much trouble.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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GABY1948 1/19/2014 9:32AM

    Take good care of yourself, Marsha, and I hope you don't miss anything either. I love reading your adventures! emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/18/2014 11:33PM

    Hope all goes well with the pharmacy and congrats to those 2 successful runners!

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_LINDA 1/18/2014 11:18PM

    emoticon to your nephew! Kudos to you for inspiring him!
I hope they can find the solution to your foot problem and that its not psoriasis..
Take care of yourself!
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BOOKAPHILE 1/18/2014 7:01PM

    You are such a good role model for him, but good for him for doing the work!
I hope your foot gets better without jeopardizing your races.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/18/2014 4:39PM

    Hoping the best on your foot issues. When the feet aren't happy, running/walking is NOT any fun!



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SOKKERNUT 1/18/2014 1:02PM

    emoticon to your nephew. That is emoticon

Hope your foot feels better soon. Good Luck with all your upcoming events.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/18/2014 12:59PM

    Got my fingers crossed for that "cure" working! And kudos to your nephew! Lifestyle is key, and sounds like he is turning his around.

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WATERMELLEN 1/18/2014 12:53PM

    Proud of nephew AND proud of you -- for setting such a great example!!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/18/2014 11:32AM

    Wow, from 650 emoticon to controlled with diet and exercise alone. You have a right to be proud of him and I hope he is proud of himself. Here's wishing you both continued success. You are an inspiration to the rest of us. And best of luck in the 1/2 marathon.



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KIMBERLY_Y 1/18/2014 11:08AM

    Wow! Great job by your nephew. That is some serious time he shaved off. Best wishes to you as you continue with your races.

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DIANNEMT 1/18/2014 10:51AM

    Congrats to the nephew and hope all goes well for you.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/18/2014 10:47AM

    emoticon to your nephew! He may not be losing weight on the scale but I'll bet he's losing fat while gaining muscle.
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This Is A Test

Friday, January 17, 2014

I'm interrupting my series looking back at old blogs in order to share a current challenge that I face.

I've been fighting scaly rash (I've had several diagnoses including eczema) on my hands for several years. It is much better. In November, shortly after I ran the Lakeland Half Marathon, my daughter gave me a massage and told me she thought I was getting the same crud on my feet. It's gotten worse, thick and hard, splitting open. Recently I've have blood on my socks after a good run and some discomfort. So today I went back to the dermatologist. The treatment I'm afraid will be an ordeal.

You know how this week I declared for the first time that I truly believe I will not gain back the 80 pounds? Well, I now face a major test. I'm being put on steroids. I spent many years, actually decades, weighing between 160 and 190, but in 1998 when I was on steroids I gained up to 212. The doctor admitted I will be hungrier, but said I should not "gain 10 or 15 pounds."

How do I deal with feeling hungrier? Here are my strategies:
1. First, I'm going back to tracking. I had been trying WW's Simple Start and having some success with maintaining without tracking. Now is not the time to carry out that experiment.
2. Drink even more water. Carry around a water bottle all day.
3. Eat small meals/snacks each with some protein throughout the day. Three meals and three snacks every day are acceptable.
4. Keep up with the running and exercising. 600 exercise minutes per week, including 3 runs, is good.

Another wrinkle in all this is that I was called for federal jury duty in Tampa. I am not a good driver and I hate big city driving. (I called a shuttle and found out they would charge $180 one way to transport me. Not happening.) It will inconvenience my husband since we only have one car and it will cause major problems for my daughter. Right now the only child care acceptable to her is me or her taking time off. Hope she doesn't lose her job over this. It will undoubtedly be stressful just getting there and I can't imagine it being a pleasant experience in any way. I can definitely say I have a history of eating when stressed. But I can also say in the last 5 years I have gotten better and better about handling stress in ways other than overeating.

This is certainly a test. It is not a crisis. It is a test for me face and prove I can do it.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 1/19/2014 6:00PM

    Yikes, two definite challenges here. I wish I could do something to help. A friend of mine got transferred to a different area for jury duty by explaining her aversion to city driving. She told them she was willing to serve in her local area but not in the city which in her case was Boston. They did re-assign her so that might work for you.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/19/2014 5:11PM

    Find out how long you are going to be over in Tampa and I will be happy to help you with the driving. However, if you talk to the supervisor of the jury and explain your issue, you should be excused.

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 1/17/2014 9:54PM

    Marsha, I was called for jury duty in Clearwater, FL and I am here with my mother in NC. I called and found out I could be dismissed since I was out of state and also a caregiver for my elder mother. Maybe you can see if they will dismiss you since you are caring for your granddaughter? I agree with driving in Tampa especially if you are unsure where you are going. I did not like going over there and I was just across the Bay.
Sounds like you also have a great plan for when you need to start steroid treatment. I hope you have a quick recovery.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/17/2014 9:15PM

    You are aware of the side effects of the medication, you have a good plan to make sure you stay in your calorie range and get appropriate exercise. (I can see you jogging in place in the back of the jury room, and running during lunch.) You will handle this with your current usual grace and determination. You've come a long way from who you were and how you responded to stress all those years ago.

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JOYINKY 1/17/2014 8:56PM

    Marsha, you are up to this challenge! You already have a solid plan. I hope you can get excused from this round of jury duty. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 1/17/2014 8:20PM

    You've gotten a lot of great comments and I can't really add anything new. But know I am supporting you and hoping and praying for the best! I hope your daughter knows what a treasure you are!

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WATERMELLEN 1/17/2014 8:08PM

    Good planning, Marsha -- I'm sorry you're facing these difficult situations. Tracking is a great way to address the steroids: I just gotta track all the time. And as for the jury duty -- you've been called for the jury pool, right, but not yet actually selected? Is it possible that you can be excused for now because of your child care responsibilities? I think you could be here in Ontario provided that when you no longer have preschooler grandgirls, you'd be called again . . .

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WILLIS9301 1/17/2014 7:11PM

    Wow, when it rains it pours! I think you are on the right track by having a plan on how to handle these challenges. Even if plans have to be revised they always give me a better sense of control in challenging situations. For me a sense of control keeps me from losing control!

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MEXGAL1 1/17/2014 6:16PM

    Oh boy Marsha, what a test. But you know they told me that I might be hungrier and put on weight when they put me on prednisone in June which I am still on. I can say that I haven't gained weight from it at all. I do track everything though and keep up with the exercise. So you got this. You know what to do. Track here on sparks and keep adding things to your favorites list so that it makes it easy to just pull down your list and click off what you eat.
Best of everything.
Sallie

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GABY1948 1/17/2014 5:33PM

    Marsha, I agree with the others and was about to ask you...I think you could ask to be excused too. Now, in MI after one turns 70 you can automatically exclude yourself...that is the ONLY thing about 70 that I do look forward to... emoticon ...anyway, I believe you can probably be excused.

You have really been thrown some curves here...but I KNOW you will come out on top. Take this one day at a time...and as active as you are....I think it will be easier than you anticipate... I'm praying for you for either a different solution to this or else for it to be MUCH easier than you anticipate!

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BLUENOSE63 1/17/2014 4:11PM

  If there is a Chinese herbalist around you, please check them out prior to steroids.

Cheryl

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SLIMLILA 1/17/2014 3:44PM

    Oh no.... wonder if having to babysit and the medical condition and the distance would all add up to enough to get out of jury duty... I don't know how they decide...I've never been called...

As for the feet, as a diabetic, I was told to put vaseline on my feet, wrap them in a plastic grocery bag and put a pair of socks on over that for overnite... worth a try, to avoid those steroids.... and also Mary Kay has a night time product that is awesome.
all the best... 600 min. a week.... wow, no wonder your are keeping off all those pounds. I haven't even been getting 500 a month the last little while, time to ramp it up.


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STRIVERONE 1/17/2014 2:49PM

    I'm sorry to hear about the foot problem. Of course you'll overcome it. You've probably discussed this with your M.D., but can't that be treated with prescription topical steroid creams? The side effects would be less severe.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/17/2014 1:42PM

    Marsha, I'm so sorry to hear about your feet! I hope that the treatment works quickly.

As Wild4stars mentions, here too in Texas, responsiblity for child care can be grounds for excusal from serving. Is this just the summoning of a potential jury pool or have you been chosen for a trial?

You have a clear understanding of your priorities and of what you need to prevail. I know that you will.
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/17/2014 1:42PM

    Sorry for the double post. Here's another hug.
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WILD4STARS 1/17/2014 1:24PM

    You can tell them at the court what you have just said here and they may well decide it would cause too much of a hardship for you to serve. I've seen people get out of it for much less hardship than you've posted here. It's worth asking.

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NATPLUMMER 1/17/2014 1:19PM

    Solid plan for battling the hungries.
$180.....yikes!!

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