Thursday, December 29, 2011
Everything seems to be going along okay. I did gain some over the holidays and will be working to get that back off and moving down the scale again. Was finally okayed by the oral surgeon to begin exercising again, so since it was nearly 2 mos of almost nothing, I am going slowly to get back into it again.
Went for two long walks this week and have done a little strength exercise. I am catching up with desk work, finally cleaned my desk and have the laptop hooked into keyboard, speakers, and screen. Nice to be getting familiar with Apple but struggling a bit to find no cost programs to get back to my photo work. That is set aside for the first part of the year, however, because of some other stuff that has taken priority. Still need to mess with photos occasionally though and need at least similar to what I was using with Microsoft.
Big dog is not doing well again and we are seriously considering putting her down. Not happy about that but it is not good to see her suffer so much. She doesn't improve no matter what we have tried. 3 rounds of antibiotics seems to have messed with her immune system too and we suspect she has caught another infection and is losing hair in patches.
I have lost touch with my Mom for a bit because they are not accepting overseas phone calls. Will need to phone my sister if there's no response to emails. As long as I do not hear anything at least I know that they are okay. But they are probably wondering why they haven't heard from me over the holidays! I'll get this figured out eventually.
The weather has been extremely hot (upper 90s F) so doing things outdoors doesn't work well. When we walk, it is early morning - later it's miserable and just zaps me of energy. I did get a consult with a homeopath and will be taking a couple of things to help the low energy. I also found organic, fresh alfalfa which supposedly helps with that too. Will begin eating it tomorrow. I've been experimenting with cassava recipes but it gives me heartburn so I'm going to stop bringing it home for the time being.
My flowers are suffering with the heat and dryness too - haven't had rain in a few weeks and then it was just a brief shower. I haven't been out to water every day but try hard not to skip more than two days. Will water them tomorrow morning for sure.
Otherwise doing fine. Emotions are up and down. I miss my children and hubby is very busy with work and people. Will need to get the church decorations down by the end of the month and will put away our Christmas tree in the next two weeks. I'm going to make a complete list of the ornaments so I know what I have for purchasing a new one or two for next year. I am also hoping to get a new tree but I saw the prices online and for what I am wishing, I'll need to convince DH that it's a good idea! I am so tired of looking at our thin branched tree and the plastic "leaves" get thinner every year -it's a wonder there are any left because I sweep up and throw away so many!
I am grateful that I do not have much pressing business going on right now so I can take time off to relax a bit most days. It is an important facet of living that I have been trying to hang onto - nurturing nonstress activities. I like to remind myself that I am in no hurry and if I must wait in a line or sort papers or write emails, it's good and okay and even somewhat stimulating. I have opportunities to chat with others who need a listening ear and tender counsel which I can offer.
This is MY Life, after all!
I hope you have the same kind of New Year of fulfillment and growth that I am wishing for myself! With forethought, planning, and persistence, we can work toward our goals and reach them one at a time.
Good points from Expert Kathy Smith - Her 14 Non-Negotiable Laws
Sunday, December 11, 2011
What have I been doing?
Still waiting to hear if I’m cleared for exercise – doing occasion stretches and some legs exercises; avoiding weights
It’s been really hot here and dry, so giving my flowers a little extra attention
Thanksgiving and a birthday celebration with good friends
Listening to a few Christmas songs
Enjoying our tree decorated with reps of our children’s favorites
This year's new ornament -
Missing old man cat that always claimed our Christmas tree as his own; as soon as it was up he came over to claim his spot
Gratefully enjoyed a 3 day visit from No. 1 son; missing our children, one in Heaven, the others on a different continent
Mailed 120 newsletters with a little help from hubby
Readying decorations for our little church, using last year’s plus – will post photos when completed later in the week
Plans to make a couple of new recipes, one for gift giving
Transferring and cleaning out computer from desktop to my laptop, a special gift from a good friend, and making new brain cells in the effort
Reading a couple of books
Missing my family, esp. my Dad who left for Heaven last summer
I researched and wrote about cassava (yuca, macaxeira) and barbeiros for our site - fascinating studies! Added a new blog entry, too -
inafarplace.com/ Check Cookbook and Creature Feature
Remembering a SparkFriend in Heaven, Annette, with versions of “Mary Did You Know?” video, one of her favorite songs, written by the mother of singer and comedian, Mark Lowry, music by his friend. Links below.
And, This is MY Life, after all!
From the Gaither Vocal Band's latest DVD project "Reunited"
Same one with Portuguese captions (legendado em português)
From "The Nativity Story"
Rescue A Cappella with captions in Portuguese (legendado em português)
Beautiful version in Spanish
Don’t know who this is – it is wonderful!
This one by a talented blind musician, Neville Peter
And, an amazing rendition in Russian
Знала ль Ты, Мария? Роза Назарч
I miss you, Annette!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I am too busy to stop for long and blog. So I will tell you just a bit about what´s hap´ning in my life at the moment.
I have been learning how to and restoring many old photos for the 2 year (so far) project on which I´m spending many hours per day. So here is just a sample of my work:
These are in order of restoration.
And, here is the finished photo!
I have been on a true gluten free diet for over two weeks and beginning to feel better. The first thing I noticed, believe me or not, was improved concentration! From what I have read, this is a good sign. Also my inner workings have improved. This past week, on two occasions, I had trouble sleeping. The 1st time, I was awake with eyes closed for 5 hours before I finally reached for the Benadryl! The next time I had about the same amount of frustrating exhausted and non-sleep. I thought and thought about what may be the problem and realized that both those days before nightfall I had ingested a couple tablespoons of pure cocoa in the afternoon and evening. Figuring that must be the culprit, I investigated caffeine content. Although very low on that, it has to be the reason. So the past two nights, I only had cocoa in the a.m. and slept just fine at night! I figure with the cleaner digestive tract, I must be even more sensitive to caffeine than before!
Last dental visit and dentist said still no exertion (exercise). So I am doing minimal and nothing involving bouncing or lifting. Not sure when he will check me again, but probably sometime this week.
Temps here in Brazil keep rising. We had a couple of 102º F/ 39º C days last week. No rain in two weeks but it has been cloudy off and on – sure would love some rain, but then I know that it does not rain much in this Brazilian desert region known as the “sertão”. I have been enjoying fruit sorbets once a day of banana, avocado, pineapple, and/or cantaloupe to stay cool. Refreshing! Also, since I am off milk and derivatives for the time being, I learned to make coconut milk yogurt. I love adapting recipes!
Consequently, my flowers need attention, esp. watering nearly every day. AND it will be hot into January. A bit challenging for we “Americanos no nordeste” to get in the holiday spirit!
This is MY Life, after all!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Recently, I mentioned a little bit about my dental challenges and that I had surgery just over a week ago. I want to go into a little more detail because I believe it is something everyone should know about in order to make informed decisions about their own dental care.
Over 25 years ago, I lost two teeth – both because I did not get proper dental care during pregnancy. I have lost a couple of others without similar complications. When I finally was able to get care, one tooth was pulled, another got a root canal killing it, and then a bridge was put in place so my smile would still look nice.
Last year my bridge fell out and was replaced. A few months later, it fell out again! First, the dentist discovered that one of the anchoring teeth (the one that was dead from a root canal) had loosened and as she worked to clean it up, it shattered and fell out. The x-ray showed an empty space where my jawbone had resorbed above the missing tooth. I was sent for a panoramic x-ray of my teeth and jaw. This was clearly not just a problem caused by my age (and osteopenia).
I assume (now) that because the work on my teeth was being donated, I was not told that I had any options. Why do I assume that? Well, I know that dental work is expensive. And, I just researched to find the history of dental implants and find that it was discovered in 1952 and in use by 1965. In 1986, my jawbone was intact. Without the stimulation from anchored teeth (or implants), the jawbone is resorbed into the body and not replaced. This is also why older folks who have dentures eventually cannot secure their dentures.
Our present dentist explained our options (I made sure hubby was present) including the bone grafting procedure. She also gave us the option of spending less by having her make another bridge with two teeth this time. I asked, “What is the advantage in waiting to do this later?” She said that actually now is better because (1) I am getting older and my jawbone will only deteriorate more and (2) if I wait and CAN do it later, we have spent extra for the new bridge.
Next, we talked about the time element. It will take about a year. First, the bone graft surgery and healing process – roughly 6 months. Then the teeth implants – another 6 months for healing.
She finished filling several cavities. I got blood work done. Then we scheduled the surgery for the bone grafting.
It took an oral surgeon and our other dentist (we go to a husband/wife team) a full hour to do the xenograft. I had local anesthetic. It felt like construction in my mouth – pounding, drilling, sawing, and suturing. There are various ways to graft bone. A friend of mine had it taken from another part of her jaw. I don´t have extra bone, so we opted for bovine bone from Indonesia. Amazingly, in about 6 month’s time, the bovine bone will be completely replaced with my own bone!
My face swelled up so that I looked like a stroke victim – the work was done on one side of my jaw. There are bruises on that side and on my neck that are turning yellowish green. I haven´t had a full smile until today. I talk with a slur. My daughter assures me that I won´t look like a chipmunk for the rest of my life! Haven´t had as much pain as I thought I´d have and I have been exhausted. I was given a prescription for several meds and told not to suck through a straw, blow my nose, sneeze or cough, lift anything heavy, stay prone with my head elevated, eat soft food, no exercise. I can eat harder food on one side this week, but I am being super careful. I can also work at the computer. The stitches will come out in a few more days and I will find out if I am cleared to do anything more.
On the way to get my after surgery check-up, my husband said, “All this pain just to look good?” I told him, “No, this is so that I can eat healthy for many years to come. I know too many people who can´t and their health has been compromised.”
Once again, I am grateful to be able to go to the dentist. Most of the world´s population can´t afford it or do not have access to it. I am also grateful that my husband is willing to figure out a way to cover the costs.
And, This is MY Life, after all.
Here are a few sites with more info and photos:
Sunday, October 30, 2011
This past week, almost every night, I have had a tough time with sleep. I go to bed exhausted, wake up exhausted, get through the day – with at least 10 min. of exercise activity.
And this is some of what I have done:
~gone to all the scheduled meetings, even a couple that went late
~visited the dentist (The dentist pointed out that my front teeth were stained again. I was surprised and tried to recall what it was that would have caused it-I have not had coffee for weeks! It was the mate tea that I had ingested 4 mornings in a row to use it up! Well, now that is off my list, too!)
~scheduled my bone implant surgery with the oral surgeon
~bought and put away the groceries
~received visitors (enjoyed that!)
~was terribly disappointed a couple of times
~delighted with good news several times
~wrote innumerable messages
~prayed uncountable times throughout the days, spending more time at it on Sundays
~meditated on Scripture and some good memories
~read a couple of chapters in several different books
~ate healthy (albeit, went over calorie limits twice – on healthy food!)
~made a couple of long phone calls
~wrote a couple of blogs, read several blogs
~did a bit of research
~watched a couple of DVDs
~made some plans for the next few weeks
~wrote down at least 3 good things for which I am grateful every day
~did some housework
~conversed with a few friends
~caught up with FB and SP
~grieved a bit, cried some, and reminded self repeatedly that I am not depressed, growing older, capable of facing life with grace and will make the necessary choices that will alleviate stress and move me in the direction of my spiritual, physical, and mental health goals
~purposely looked into my own eyes and smiled at myself in the mirror
~spent a little time several times a day with my pets, including caring for Big Dog´s health issues
~have added a few more food items to my eating list as non-offensive. YES!
And why do I work so hard at life? Because
THIS is MY Life, after all!
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