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Is menopause the reason I cant sleep?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

About a month ago,I started going to bed as tired as could be.I would fall asleep and wake an hour later and stay wide awake for hours.My doctor says im exercising too much(bullhockey)and my husband suggested sleep pills.Much to my disappointment the pills made me jittery and i didnt sleep.I can sweat in an ice castle and I have been tested for diabetes,thyroid and caffeine dont even register with me.I tried melatonin too but,I could have ate a peanut and got the same results.It's starting to take an effect on my routines because im too tired to finish!anyone have any herbal or safe remedies? emoticonSUSAN

  
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KATHYD82 1/18/2012 8:40PM

    I understand what you are saying Susan! Also, a friend of mine said basically the same thing to me last summer, and her OB/GYN recommended that she try taking 1 or 2 Benadryl at bedtime for at least a couple of weeks to help her get some sleep and to "train" her body to get back in a routine sleep mode again. I had been going through a lot of waking up during the night then too, and it was getting progressively worse, so I tried it. It is AMAZING!!!!! I have been taking 2 benadryl every night now since August. Well past 3 weeks, lol...but I tried not taking it and I didn't sleep well again. Benadryl is harmless for just about anyone, check with your doctor first. But I feel so much better now that I am sleeping well. I still wake up to pee about once a night, but that disruption was one I already had! Believe me, it works great! I know I am premenopausal, and this is a common problem. I have not had to take any meds but the benadryl and I am very happy!
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MARTHASPARKS 1/17/2012 10:19PM

    Menopause was awful for my sister but was easy for me. Talk to your doctor and tell him you don't want to do HRT yet. Also, I think that a really good health food store may be able to help with natural options.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/17/2012 2:30PM

    Hope you get some rest soon. emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 1/17/2012 1:45PM

    Susan, I went through this too, when I was going through menopause and hot flashes. I found some herbal Medication at Sams that really helped me, seems like they called it "Estrovent" or something like that. I used to be drenched in sweat from hot flashes, just like you.
If I awoke and couldn't go back to sleep, I would get up and read until I could. Made for some short nights sometimes but I never felt sleepy during the day.
Good Luck!
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Watching a child play

Monday, January 16, 2012

There I was sitting in a chair at the car repair.Focused on the fact that my car would be waylaid for a few days.The shuttle was late and I was being impatient.Two very well behaved little girls were playing,giggling good naturedly.One got up and wandered over by me,bumped into my leg and apologized.Mama!she whispered where are you?Mama answered right here Cassie.I looked up and thats when I realized Cassie was blind!This beautiful little 4 year old was having fun and making the most of waiting.Well,so could I!Instead of boredom,I played with those girls and laughed at their antics.I was enjoying them so much I lost track of time.I reached in my granddaughters goody bag and pulled out a coloring book and crayons and a bunny with different textures of fur and he smelled like bubblegum,for Cassie.Two bags of skittles from the vending machine(they helped me)And I was on my way home.Cassie and Maggie in the door hollering thanks Miss Susan!...Oh they are SO welcome..... emoticonSUSAN

  
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BLEGNER1 1/20/2012 7:52AM

    You were so blessed to be able to give and receive joy. This encounter was one of the small miracles in our lives that would have been so easy to miss out on if you would have only kept being absorbed by the negative that was happening.
Blessings
Barb

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/17/2012 8:21AM

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I am blessed

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I often find myself wanting something I dont have.Being envious of a friend driving a new car.Watching someone I know get a brand new house.Seeing someone on tv win millions.BUT...I have the love and appreciation for and from my family,a nice house,a hoopty that runs,food in my pantry,and my sweet dog!I am truly blessed with something money cant buy...love for myself.I know my mom and dad raised me right and I have a heart of gold.I love my family and do right by my friends.Keep food on the table and clean my house.Im not an angel by any means and have a temper(not for long)Anger dont have a place in my heart,I have to let it go a.s.a.p.The trash is out,laundry is washed.My oldsters are taken care of and loved.I come on sparkpeople to support and be supported in my weight loss journey(s).Weight is one thing I havent managed for long...I wont give up!!!Hopefully this year I will conquer!
Something will click in my brain and set me on the right path...beating myself up wont happen.I feel all my sparkers kindness and respect and just know I am praying for yall as you are praying for me.... emoticon emoticonSUSAN

  
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BLEGNER1 1/20/2012 7:48AM

    If we would all stop daily and be thankful for what we have. We would all realize how blessed we are. We get so caught up in what is around us that we forget what is with us. I try daily to give thanks not just for the big things, but also for the little things.
Blessings
Barb

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TXGRANDMA 1/17/2012 1:52PM

    You are so right! I am trying to eat more natural foods, and stay away from processed foods. Fresh is the way to go! Shop at your Farmer's market or Whole foods. Stay away from commercially canned foods or from snack foods all together! Have you ever read the labels on those and seen what you are putting into your body?
It just dawned on me this year that stuff like that could be killing us early, certainly doing us no good!
I am including more natural foods and increasing my intake of fruits and vegetables (especially tossed salads) and chicken and fish. For a dressing on my salads, I use 2 TBSP of light sour cream mixed with a salsa! It is only 40 calories and much more (in quantity) than any of the fat free dressings out there!
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DUSTYGIRL25 1/16/2012 3:47AM

    You are right! We (my hubby & I) need to learn to be happy with what we have. Seems like we are always getting something we really don't need. Honestly, we probably have more that we need already.
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SHASSYSUE2 1/15/2012 11:50PM

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MARVEEME 1/15/2012 7:34PM

    Yeah, it's easy to let your guard down and allow the green monster of envy in, but it looks like you already know how to quickly evict him, eh?

Sometimes we let our mind wander into the "what if....." and the pity party begins. What if I won the lottery?....got a new car?.....etc.... it all turns too quickly into "Why can't something that good happen to me" chatter. UGH!

The fact is, if we all came to the table with a bag of our troubles to trade for someone else's, we would all probably end up the way the scientific experiment always does..........we'd leave the table with our original bag of troubles intact, and be thankful for them.
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LIBBYG7 1/15/2012 5:05PM

    Hi Susan!
I'm feeling pretty much the same these days. Counting blessings........
....and some good things are coming into my life.

And.....I lost the pesky 4 lbs I gained recently!!!

I'm grateful...

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MARTHASPARKS 1/15/2012 4:05PM

    Susan, things are just stuff. A car gets us where we want to go. Let people envy you for your incredible heart instead of your stuff.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/15/2012 3:48PM

    This is gonna be your year to ROCK this weight loss once and for all. You are emoticon emoticon

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MYBABYABRIDE 1/15/2012 3:39PM

   

Counting ones blessings is so important as we journey though life, isn't it!!!
I wish you the best.

God bless, Sue

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LIVINGFREE19 1/15/2012 2:35PM

    It sounds like you truly are blessed...as we all are when we really stop to think about it.
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CIRANDELLA 1/15/2012 1:10PM

    You've got the right outlook, Susan! And you know your life's priorities; that's so important. All the best, always!

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my daughters 18 year old friend died

Friday, January 13, 2012

He always had a smile for ya,a laugh to share,a joke to tell...Saturday Jan.7th Devon got cramps,fever and vomiting.Went into a coma,came out Weds happy and laughing.He got on facebook with my daughter Kayla yesterday insisting he felt fine...went to sleep and went into cardiac arrest...and passed away!They have been going to school since kindergarten together.Alot of his friends were planning a flower/balloon rally around his bed tomorrow...now it will be a memorial service.My heart aches for his family and friends.The Mama in me wants to take the pain away from my child but,death is a part of life and she will endure....Please pray for us!R.I.P. Devon Anthony Crane!!!
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FIFIFRIZZLE 1/16/2012 5:09PM

    Poor young man. What a wrench for his family. Life is so precious. and we can't know how long we have.

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SLPCOWGAL72 1/16/2012 10:17AM

    So very sorry; what a tragedy. Difficult to see a life end at such a young age. Much sympathy to you and your daughter as you deal with this loss.

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MARVEEME 1/15/2012 7:38PM

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Our prayers are with you all. So sad and frightening for a parent to have to endure the loss of a child. May their faith be sustaining, Amen.

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/15/2012 3:45PM

    Everyone must be devastated. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was far too young to pass away.


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LIVINGFREE19 1/15/2012 2:32PM

    So sorry to hear this. I will pray for all of you including his family.
How sad.
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LENKA763 1/14/2012 11:28PM

    Oh, that is so sad.

Thinking of you all,

Lenka

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HDHAWK 1/14/2012 6:50PM

    It is hard for all of us to understand why these things happen and it's especially hard for young people. I'm sorry for all of you who knew him. emoticon

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ANEWBETHSTL 1/14/2012 6:45PM

    I am so sorry to hear that. emoticon to all that knew him! It's so hard to lose someone especially this young.

I hope your daughter can remember all the wonderful times she had with her friend...it may not make it easier but tolerable.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/14/2012 6:26PM

    So sorry for ya'lls loss. emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 1/14/2012 11:58AM

    Ahhh, Susan...I am so sorry to learn of this very young man's premature death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.

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LIBBYG7 1/14/2012 10:33AM

    Oh dear.....
I'm so sorry. Life is so fragile....Stories like this, should remind us to live each day to the fullest.
So sorry for your daughter's loss....and yours!

Sometimes, there are no explanations.......just big hugs.

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IILAAD65 1/14/2012 2:29AM

    He wasn't ill before???

My daughter's friend was killed in May, 2011 at 16 years old in a car accident. I know what you're going through as a Mom.

Hugs!!

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MARYHENNIG 1/14/2012 12:58AM

  My goodness, what a terrible loss. Will keep his family and yours in my prayers. Sounds like he was an important SPARK in all of your lives. So sad. Hugs.

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FITANDFIFTY2 1/14/2012 12:50AM

    Oh how very sad! I am so sorry for your loss! I will be praying for each of you that have suffered this heart breaking loss of this young man! Hugs to you all! emoticon emoticon

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FENWAYGIRL18 1/13/2012 11:54PM

    Omg that is sooooooooooooo sad!!! I feel so bad for his family and for the friends of this poor child... I hope your daughter will be ok, my heart aches for her and for his family!
God Bless!

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Why do these things happen to me?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Im a magnet for people talking to me in line,little kids,and animals!First,I had an appointment and got meds prescribed by the doc..a woman that talked loud enough to wake the dead bent my ear for 40 minutes about her lazy son and daughter in law in the pharmacy...Second,a little kid proceeded to read me a book,coughing like a seal...Third,I found a stray dog curled up on my doormat,fed her warmed her up and took her pic and hung it on the communal mailbox with my phone# An hour later,her crying owner called and asked me to keep her until 5pm...Honey was a delight and had a great time with my dog...Martha sailed in my door and handed me a hundred dollars..hugged me hard,shook my hand and left....LOL..yes I kept that $100 and decided to go to WAL MART and buy blankets,dog and cat food!The shelter was elated!!!!
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MARVEEME 1/15/2012 7:36PM

    Because you, my dear, ROCK!
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CIRANDELLA 1/13/2012 12:46PM

    What a beautiful, very heartening account, Susan! You ARE that magnet, and you have no idea how badly this ol' world needs blessings like you. Thanks for being yourself! emoticon

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LIBBYG7 1/12/2012 8:35PM

    This could be a Tina Fey episode!! What a great day.....and what a happy ending. Never change, my dear. When you're around, good things happen.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/12/2012 4:45PM

    I had to smile. I'm the lady that will talk your ear off. Never met a stranger. emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 1/12/2012 2:34PM

    Look in the mirror. I can't see it and you can't see it but both of us have a big tattoo on our foreheads that says, "TELL ME. I'LL HELP!" At least that what my husband swears...

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FRAN0426 1/12/2012 2:19PM

    How very thoughtful for you to turn the $100 dollars into food and needed items for the dog shelter. Many would have spent the money on themselves----you are truly a caring and wonderful human being. Thank you for caring for the animals who depend on the kindness of strangers in shelters.

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/12/2012 12:51PM

    Sue, you should be the poster child for all GOOD SAMARITANS !

First you get the gift card from Walmart and now the $100 from Honey's grateful owner ! How wonderful. It merely goes to show that good things DO happen to good people !! a little kindness really does pay, literally and figuratively.

That's awesome !!


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