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Saturday Musings!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

SparkCoach has me thinking more and reflecting on the prior day. I am allowing stress from work get to me...what's new?

Woke up early with a headache so decided to make some good use of my time.

Have an early parade to go to....then 45th club anniversary to go to this evening.

Tomorrow have Praise Team and afterwards have baby shower at church for minister's wife. Co-worker is buying gift and Mom and I are sharing the costs.

Dr appt with Mom went OK yesterday according to hubby. Was reading info from Cleveland Clinic on Alzheimers and exercise is a key ingredient to slow down the process. Need to focus on getting her back to Curves. She has injuries at times but it's usually my schedule that prevents us from going at times. It is good for both of us.

Helping out with good friend's daughter's wedding Labor Day Saturday and then heading to Missouri to spend a few days with our BFF's. The time away will do us good. Hubby already ready to go...asking if I really have to help out with wedding. But told them I would help out a long time ago and want to honor my words.

Off to make it a great day!

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FINALLYBEINGME 8/11/2012 12:33PM

    Have a great Saturday. emoticon

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VTORIA3 8/11/2012 7:00AM

    Lot of great plans this weekend, busy, and nice! It can be challenging at times to help with our folks, because our lives get so busy, and they are slow moving. But you are doing a beautiful thing by making this one of your ministries. emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 8/11/2012 5:19AM

  How good to hear someone who honors their words. That is so refreshing to hear! emoticon

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EDITOR 8/11/2012 5:05AM

    Your day will come when you will have nothing better to decide if you should have breakfast in bed or outdoors on the patio. emoticon

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Fabulous Friday

Friday, August 10, 2012

Staying withing calorie range the last few days. Late night with Praise Team Practise. Came home and wasn't hungry and hubby glued to the tube so I went to bed instead of staying around the kitchen and eating something. Went to bed and read for awhile.

Notice co-worker is always trying to get me to eat with her. She is thin...and wants me to try her gluten free chocolate chip cookie, have a Mt Dew with her etc. Need to learn to say "NO" Have been cutting out pop all together and blew it yesterday...even though I stayed within calorie range.

Mom seemed better yesterday. Getting her days straightened out for now. Ended up riding with the neighbor to breakfast and walking down to get her hair washed and set. Those are good signs and make me feel a little more at ease...a little less burdened for the moment. Hubby takes her to Dr for check up today for hospital stay last week. Said she had to stop on walk back because she was so out of breath. They checked her lungs...seems like she takes such short breaths instead of deep breathing. Hubby will address some of those issues with Dr.

Busy weekend - parade Saturday morning and 45th anniversary celebration for the club Saturday night. Will try to make good food choices.

Hope to get in noon time walk today...

Off to make it a great day with good food choices and staying within calorie range.

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FINALLYBEINGME 8/11/2012 12:27PM

    WTG with staying within calorie range! Have a great Saturday. emoticon

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CLWALDRO 8/10/2012 7:56AM

    I am glad you are making choices that will move you forward on your journey to better health.
For the issue with your co-worker if you are doing something with her for social interaction maybe you can suggest taking a walking break and have your water bottle on hand so you are not temped to drink soda.
I am sure you will have fun this week-end and make wise decisions emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 8/10/2012 6:36AM

    Good for you to not eat when you got home--Hope your Mom continues to improve also--Lynda emoticon

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EDITOR 8/10/2012 5:59AM

    You will make it a finally Friday good day. Fit and fabulous!

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Good Morning Thursday

Thursday, August 09, 2012

We've made it to Thursday. Am enjoying SparkCoach. Is making me refocus and get back on track.

Called Mom yesterday AM early to see if she wanted to go to exercise and she was still all messed up about the day and hubby was taking her to eye dr appt...said she had to go get dressed. We try not to make a big deal about it all. Hubby went through her calendar with her and thought she had it straight and last night she still thought today was Friday and her Dr appt and fasting. I tried to explain it all again to her. Don't know why she is all of a sudden having so much trouble with days. Another stage we have to work through. Last night she told me she was teasing me...she really had known what day it was. She is trying to cover up...I know that. She says everyone thinks I'm stupid and can't keep things straight...and that is only her thinking that...we NEVER say those words to her and make a conscience effort not to make a big deal about these issues or argue with her.

Praise Team Practise tonight...makes for a long day.

Off to make it a great day!

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EDITOR 8/9/2012 6:05AM

    She is still covering up, Kathleen. My Dad did it for so long until he admitted he couldn't care for himself anymore. My MIL never admitted it and was adamant nothing was wrong with her. Either way, I walked on eggshells.
Should be great exercise, yes? Glad you like your coaching session. Don't know anyone else who is trying it. God bless today and always!

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Fabulous Wednesday

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Co-worker went with me last evening. Drove down to get my hair cut. She has Celiac's and she went to the Sinfully Gluten Free pizza store and after I was done we went to Dorothy Lane Market and she got some gluten free breads and even hot dog buns. Then we went to Trader Joe's where I stocked up on some things and we went to the used book store. Had a nice evening. I usually like going's a nice adventure by myself. But it was fun with co-worker. We had a nice evening.

Logged on to the two week free Spark Coach. Kinda did it accidently but am enjoying looking around and seeing what all it has to offer. Maybe it will get me refocused and back on track.

Hubby taking Mom to eye appointment today. Hopefully it goes smoothly for them. Maybe we can get her back on track. She had yesterday all mixed up with eye appointment and didn't walk down for breakfast. He is also taking her to regular Dr on Friday for check up from hospital stay. Then they are supposed to go shopping. Hubby guessing she will hit him up to go shopping today after eye Dr. She can be relentless until she gets her way when she wants something.

Hubby talking with recruiter about job yesterday. Trying to keep busy and trust that God is in control.

Planning a busy weekend Labor Day Weekend. Had already agreed to help friend decorate for another friend's daughter's outdoor wedding and had kinda forgotten about it....then hubby and I talked about heading out to our BFF's about 10 hours away for a long weekend....then remembered I agreed to help out at the wedding. So guess we'll set up and attend the wedding and then zoom off for our adventure and tack on Tues/Weds to days off instead of Friday Tuesday. That way we can cram it all in. Always enjoy going to our BFF's and they've been out twice this year to our "0" We can relax and have a good time. Plus planning to see my aunt and uncle. They are in their 90's and I gotta get out and see them. BFF will take me to my hometown and visit them and her mom. Something I need to get done before they are gone. Hubby is already to go...he keeps you have to do the he really enjoys himself while we are there too! The get away from Mom will be good. Hopefully she doesn't pull something right before we leave...I keep waiting for those days ahead.

Heading out to buy supplies for the offices this AM. First time lugging cases of water since my knees have been acting up...but we'll take it slow and see how it goes.

Off to make it a great day!

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EDITOR 8/8/2012 2:04PM

    Quite some activity! Having a wonderful Wednesday is my dream for you the day through!

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Terrific Tuesday

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Rested much better last night.

Mom is having issues...she is getting days days mixed up for going down to breakfast and Eye Dr appt. Last two weeks she just can't seem to get things straight. We have had issues before hospital stays but this started before her overnight to the hospital. Maybe she's taken another step down. She's been pretty good for the most part. This journey will get more challenging. It would be easier if she was pleasant and easier going but instead when she mixes things up she gets angry and lashes out at others. My goal/desire is to help her through these stages with dignity and respect and have a Christ like attitude. It will be challenging. The hardest part is to step back and not take things personally and understand it's just part of the disease as she slowly slips away from us. I know she hates it...she always had to be in control and have things just so and know she can't and she knows she's not what she once was. Also she is so demading. She has to have it right now and if we can't...she trys to make us feel guilty. Then I get angry because she makes me feel so guilty and like a bad daughter in law and that we don't care or have time for her because we're too busy for her. It occupies a lot of my mind and always sitting on my shoulders ...concern about her and what we can do to get her out and going again. A viscous cycle. Not uncommon for what a lot of people go through.

Rested instead of working out this AM...will walk at justified I needed the rest this morning. And it felt good..still wanted to sleep more :)

Off to make it a great day!

This blog may become working through issues with Mom and our journey. Been down this road so it should be easier right????

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MIZCATHI 8/7/2012 10:50AM

    Your MIL is blessed to have such a loving and conscientious DIL. You are doing the loving and generous thing, and deep inside she knows it and loves you for it. Fear, even in illness, results in a loss of control and anger. Anger finds a place and lets go. While it may seem directed at you it's only because you are there. It is only personal in your MIL's emotions and not directed at your inability to fulfill every one of her needs. As one of her caretakers and with many responsibilities, you must take care of yourself and your family before you can be of service. Your MIL before her illness would have understood that.

I don't know what her illness is, but becoming more dependent as we age is natural. It's the course of nature. Many of us try to deny that in our march to live full, but we will find ourselves in the exact same spot at some point. Take heart, and march on.

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EDITOR 8/7/2012 10:35AM

    Work through issues. I had no one to talk to and it means so much for someone to say a kind and understanding word.

Dad and MIL became a very angry people and "aides" would ask me if they were always like that. The comments like that would sting me because I grew up with anger but not professionals. I say as long as she doesn't revert to cursing and your patience in the Lord hold out, you will do well and get through this. Vent and know we will not think any less of you, Kathleen.

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