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September!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

My dad was born on Sept. 1, 1917. He lived to be 86 but I think of him every September and miss him so much! Happy Birthday Dad!

My goal for September is to continue to do something for at least 10 minutes a day. I have been able to do that for at least a week or so now:)
I have to start eating better! I have been eating a whole lot of sandwiches lately, out of pure laziness! At least I do eat a lot of fruits!

Friday, my coworkers called in sick so I was the only one in the office and I tried to do dispatch. I don't do dispatch and probably made a mess of things! I did do my best, and hope things aren't too messed up this morning! I wasn't able to work on my own things at all, so I have some catching up to do today also. Should be an interesting day at work to say the least:)

Hope everyone has a great September! I can't wait for winter to arrive! We were 101 degrees yesterday but they say it will cool off a little this week. I sure hope so!

  


Good News!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I got the results of the scan yesterday and they said there are "no new abnormalities"! Woohoo! I thought, hmmm......what are they trying to say, that I'm naturally "abnormal" therefore, there are no new abnormalities? lol

I got to get off my butt and start moving again! I have no excuse to lay in bed 24/7 when I'm not at work. I need to really think about this and get myself motivated again to start exercising and living life again!

I also thought it had been 2 years since I had chemo last, but my nurse told me the other day that it has been a little over a year, and I may be able to get my port taken out! I don't know how I thought it had been 2 years, I added a year on to my recovery somehow:)

I looked up my old blogs here on SP and it is like having a diary! My last chemo treatment was in 2012, so the nurse was mistaken. I should for sure be able to get my port taken out now when I tell them it's been 2 years, not one. I thought December 2014 would be 2 years since they told me officially that I was cancer free:)

So, I am a 2 year cancer survivor!

I love reading the old blogs and all the nice comments and support and encouragement I received from everyone, and it was great to see a lot of the friends I talk to on here everyday, are the same ones who were there for me way back then!
Thank you SP! You are a great bunch of people to be taking this journey we call "life" with me!

  
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ANGELBELIEVER 9/2/2014 1:47PM

    emoticon What a great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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ANGELBELIEVER 8/30/2014 12:13AM

    Congrats. I am so happy for you. emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 8/30/2014 12:13AM

    Congrats. I am so happy for you. emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 8/25/2014 7:39AM

    emoticon That's emoticon Sue!!! So happy to hear that the results are normal, even though we all know that you are not normal at all!! emoticon

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BYEFATNANNY 8/24/2014 10:23AM

    Such great news. I'm so happy. emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 8/24/2014 2:34AM

    Great news Suz, I'm so pleased for you...now you can really start living life to the full emoticon
Go get 'em girl! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/23/2014 7:12PM

    How wonderful!

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MA_DIDDLES 8/23/2014 5:58PM

    Yes, emoticon news. Now you can put your MOJO on.

Make an exercise emoticon and nutrition emoticon plan.

Sign emoticon up for the Fall emoticon Challenge and U are good to go until

the end of October.


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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/23/2014 5:07PM

    Great news!

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SUEARNOLD1 8/23/2014 4:57PM

    Great News emoticon

I'm very happy for you!

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ROBBIEY 8/23/2014 4:52PM

  emoticon That is great news. Keep on moving and get back to living. I wish you all the best!!!

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YELLOW09RED 8/23/2014 4:27PM

    emoticon Happy dance for your wonderful news. emoticon
Have a nice evening.
Hugs and smiles,
Debbie
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CAPECODDOGFISH 8/23/2014 4:13PM

    Great news!! Now you are Normal Abnormal lol!!

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MISSM66 8/23/2014 4:02PM

    That is emoticon I am sure that is a relief off your shoulder emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I love your colorful page emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 8/23/2014 3:47PM

    emoticon I'm so happy for your good news! It's hard to feel motivated when you have a big worry hanging over your head, so I'm sure that getting good news will help you feel better all around!

And congrats on being a 2 year survivor!

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WIZKEY 8/23/2014 3:04PM

    emoticon What a relief to hear you are only "normally" abnormal, LOL.

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CT Scan

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Well, Monday is the 18th and my appointment with my oncologist for the test results is on the 20th. I still have not had the scan! I called them once again last week and reminded them my appointment for the results were this week and I really needed to get an appointment for the scan. Once again, they told me to call my doctor because they needed an authorization, so I called the doctor and they said I didn't need prior authorization and to call radiology, and round and round I went once more! This time I told them no! You call radiology! I have been trying to get this test scheduled for almost 2 months now, or maybe even longer, I'm not sure how long ago the doctor ordered the test.

This is so frustrating and not the first time they have done this to me when the doctor ordered some kind of test to be done. I think he needs new staff people! They are not very competent! I think I will show up for my appointment and tell him how many times I have called and tried to get someone to act on getting me the test, and how they just blame it on the each other for not getting it done. I don't know if I will or not, but I am "at my wits end" as they say:)

  
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APPEALSTOME 8/21/2014 4:41AM

    Not fair for patient to be frustrated. Phone your insurance plan (Blue Cross, Aetna, Healthnet, etc.) or medical group and ask if you need authorization for scan. If they say no, ask the representative to phone radiology and tell them you don't need authorization. I do ins for doctors and noticed there are a lot of inexperienced, low salary people working in the industry lately. Doctors are suppose to use electronic records, lab tests, xrays, prescriptions, etc. All my doctors send orders electronically to other facilities and give me copy to take with me.

Is there any chance you can go to different facility for scan? Usually a plan or medical group has a few labs, radiology, etc. facilities a patient can go to for tests.

Go to doctors appointment and tell him/her what transpired. I complained when my doc moved and things did not go smoothly and things changed for the better.

Sometimes a patient has to fight for what they need. Sad but true.

Good luck. I am praying all goes well. emoticon

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MIMULUSBUG 8/18/2014 8:37PM

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. This is not good and very frustrating. If it were me I would prepare a letter noting each appointment date/time; each phone call to Cat scan folks for the appointment and the frustration you are experiencing and your concern about the poor communication between the two offices (his & the lab) and ask that they advise you how to resolve this. I would send the letter to both the Drs. office, the Cat scan office and provide a courtesy copy to the medical practice (Kaiser, HealthNet ???) ombudsman to see if they can help.

The next thing is to keep a log of every phone call, appointment etc. w/ continuous-weekly telephoning until this is resolved.

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MOM2ACAT 8/17/2014 3:56PM

    I agree, I think showing up for your appointment and letting your doctor know exactly what is going on is the best thing to do at this point.

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NELLIEC 8/17/2014 2:25PM

    It makes sense for you to make the doctor aware of the run around his patients are getting -- particularly since it is a life and death situation!!!

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MARTHA-ANN 8/17/2014 2:02PM

    Hope everything works out well for you and you aren't waiting too long.

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ZANYGIRL1 8/17/2014 11:55AM

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CAPECODDOGFISH 8/17/2014 9:56AM

    FRUSTRATION +++. Ask if the doctor will set it up as no has yet, and no one is listening to you, radiology or his staff.

Good luck.

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YELLOW09RED 8/17/2014 8:42AM

    emoticon I hope they call you tomorrow with the appt. date for a scan. emoticon
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GHOSTFLAMES 8/17/2014 7:06AM

    It happens all the time we send the orders and t g e hospital says the didn't receive them we keep the copies that the fax went through. Good luck. emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/17/2014 6:25AM

    That is totally frustrating! I would be at my wits end too as well as looking for a new doc! I hope you are able to get this resolved.

Hugs,
Kay

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My brother.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My brother is diabetic and about a month ago, his wife of 37 years left him over money problems.A big mix up at the bank and she was so embarrassed, she just couldn't handle all the money problems anymore.At least that's what she says. There has to be more to it than that I think, But anyways..... He hasn't been able to eat hardly at all and has lost weight. His blood sugar was NORMAL yesterday! First time he said that he can ever remember it being normal! He is really overweight but is really starting to move around so much better too! A month ago, he would have to stop and catch his breath just going up the stairs to my office, now he is bouncing up the stairs!

I told my sister that his wife might have actually done him a favor by leaving him and she said "It's about time she did something for him".lol
Ain't that the truth too!

  
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MIMULUSBUG 8/18/2014 8:26PM

    Wow! I'm always sad when I hear of people splitting up, but as in this case there always seems to be a silver lining to the dark cloud! I hope he continues to steadily improve.

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EMMACORY 8/14/2014 1:14AM

    Sorry life has been challenging for your brother. Glad his health is improving. emoticon

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YELLOW09RED 8/13/2014 12:06PM

    emoticon God bless him. I hope he'll keep improving. emoticon

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BYEFATNANNY 8/13/2014 8:01AM

    Wow sounds like that's what he needed. I'm sorry to hear it however. It's a shame how we stay in relationships that are mentally and apparently dangerous to our physical health too. Stress can increase your blood sugar, so perhaps the stress in now gone. Encourage him to keep moving. emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 8/13/2014 7:09AM

    Good for him!!!! I wish him the best!! emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 8/13/2014 3:24AM

    God works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform...hope your brother can carry on the good work emoticon

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NELLIEC 8/12/2014 7:36PM

    Well, she didn't manage to kill him, but did get him into better health! Wow!

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MOM2ACAT 8/12/2014 4:37PM

    I'm glad he is doing better! Maybe without the stress, he's not doing the emotional eating.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/12/2014 3:04PM

    I'm glad your brother is doing better.
Hugs,
Kay

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/12/2014 12:04PM

    I agree....

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ATGOALWT 8/12/2014 11:31AM

  Statistics show that money problems is the number one reason for divorce. Let's hope your brother continues to lose weight and gets his health back.

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4ANEWME2DAY 8/12/2014 10:41AM

    In my opinion, it seems like wifey had other issues on her mind.
How wonderful for your brother. emoticon
You emoticon , too! emoticon

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Joined the New You Boot Camp team-Again!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Well, tonight I decided I would join the New You Boot Camp team again, for about the 3rd time over the years. When I did it before, it really got me motivated and moving again. I was doing the videos everyday and walking all the time. I really enjoyed it and was really enthused about exercise, so I thought maybe that is what I need again to get me out of this bed and back to living life again!

It has been 2 years since I went into remission from Stage IIIa Adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer. But since then, I have not been living at all. I go through the motions, but mostly I just sleep. After being off work for exactly one year while going through treatment, I started back slowly, just one day a week, then 3 days a week, and now I work full time again. But once I get home, I lie in bed and do nothing, and go nowhere, and see no one!

When I was first diagnosed I had been very active with my friends, with the Glass Slipper organization, with my church, but when people would call me to go do things, I never felt good enough to go, eventually they stopped calling. These past 2 years I have been so tired that when my family asks me to do things with them, I go for an hour or so then just go home and go back to bed.

I know God did not give me a second chance at life to just lie in bed all day and all night! I need to find a way to make myself get up and do things! Like clean my house, do laundry, go shopping, visit with family and friends, walk everyday again, and start helping out with the Glass Slipper again. So many things I should do, and could do, but here I sit. Day after day.

I hope joining this team will get me moving again, and that in turn will give me more energy and I will be able to start living again!

  
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MIMULUSBUG 8/18/2014 8:40PM

    Good for you! I hope the boot camp team does help.

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ZANYGIRL1 8/11/2014 8:07AM

    Sue, I know you can do it!! I'm hoping this new team will give you the motivation you need to get started. emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 8/11/2014 2:46AM

    I can sympathise with you Suz, I felt just as you do and lazed around doing nothing and knowing that I should be doing something!
My motivation was a camera, a present given to me by my boys.
Just a cheap and simple point and shoot which I used to take with me when I began walking outside again. I loved it so much it spurred me on.
Five years on I now walk five miles a day, sometimes more, and have become an absolute camera nut with thousands of photos of file.
The key is to find something you really enjoy doing, it really gets your senses moving.
I hope the boot camp is the trigger you need.
Take care emoticon emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 8/10/2014 1:49PM

    I can relate to the way you are feeling; even though I struggle with loneliness, it's hard with my fatigue to get out there and socialize, and you are right, when you have to keep saying "no" sometimes people stop asking.

I hope this challenge works for you, and I give you kudos for trying it!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/10/2014 11:29AM

    I hope this challenge works for you. I feel the same way about lying around too much after finishing chemo. It's really hard to build up the energy again, but exercise is supposed to actually reduce fatigue. It's the getting started part of exercise that is so darn hard.

I wish you all the best with your team.

Hugs,
Kay

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BYEFATNANNY 8/10/2014 10:03AM

    It's easy to do nothing and I think it feeds on itself. I feel the same way sometimes. I used to look forward to gardening, now it's just a chore. I think once you get up and get going it will give you more energy. (I need to practice what I preach) You know the saying "a body in motion stays in motion. Maybe when all this heat passes it will help. Best wishes as always.
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