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Rheumatologist agreed with my plans to prevent further osteopenia...

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I need to exercise more (especially walking) and take 1200 mg of calcium per day.

That seems pretty simple but he said it was not severe enough for any prescription medication as it is only osteopenia and not osteoporosis.


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SHEILA-45 7/5/2012 11:13AM

    Sunshine, walk, and added calcium - that's what's called for! You can get extra calcium from dark leafy greens too. Fresh spinach salads, broccoli and kale are a few. My sister recommended eating the broccoli stems - they are very sweet; just cut them up in long strips like carrots. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/5/2012 12:44AM

    Great news!!! Hope you had a safe and blessed Fourth of July.
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MSLZZY 7/4/2012 10:30AM

    That's good news! Have a safe and healthy 4th of July! HUGS!

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worked 2 hours in yard before it got hot today...

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

It was around 80 degrees but so humid...I did get quite a bit done on my patio and planted my container garden except for the seeds. I want to have some radishes, lettuce and peapods. It turned out to be a bigger job than expected but am glad I got an early start. I have tomatoes, parsley, coriander, and basil so far from plants I purchased. Tomorrow will plant the seeds and am excited to have some homegrown produce. emoticon

We gave the grandson the day off as the actual temperature is supposed to be about 102 degrees, so there is no point in him working today. He will come again on

It was so hot yesterday the road crew (redoing our road) closed early afternoon as it became unbearable. I am sure they are glad today is the 4th, also.

I hope they do the blacktopping soon as it is so inconvenient not being able to use our road from 7:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. every day (Monday thru Friday). Sometimes they even work on the weekend and we have to park at the end of the block and walk through our neighbors front yards (not easy if you are carrying anything). I think the weather is supposed to cool down by the weekend. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/5/2012 12:43AM

    Glad you decided to wait until the weekend for your grandson to finish up. We are under a heat advisory here through tomorrow night as the heat index is to be 100+. Hope they will get your road finished soon. Be careful in this heat and be sure to drink plenty of water.
Blessings and hugs,

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MERRYMARY42 7/4/2012 6:12PM

    it seems like everywhere they are tearing up streets, adding curbs, driveways and sidewalks, they are even planting trees in the frontage areas, well good if it is putting someone to work,
I sure do hope it cools down soon, I picked some cherry tomatoes this morning and I have several winter type squash that looks ready to harvest, not sure, I too love to plant and harvest them, but it is a lot of work in between fighting the weeds, and watering everything, but I do enjoy it.
Happy Fourth

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MSLZZY 7/4/2012 10:32AM

    Stay safe in this heat! We will have that loveliness next
year when they tear up our street to replace the 80+
year old sewer system. Way overdue!

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Urgent care for broken toenail....

Monday, July 02, 2012

I ran my bare foot into the wheel on my bedframe about 10 days ago and thought I had only broken off the end of the nail until I went swimming on Saturday and the whole thing just popped off the top of my 4th toe except for about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in the corner which I tried to dislodge but the pain was too much. So on Sunday morning when the Urgent Care opened at 9:00 a.m. I walked in and had the doctor finish removing it for me. The last part require some anesthetic but most was done without it until I just couldn't hold still. Luckily I will be able to go to work and bought some men's sandals so I can wear some shoes that won't hurt my toe today at work.

I am glad I took care of that yesterday cause it could have gotten infected and I didn't want to take time off work for a podiatrist appointment. On Tuesday this week I have to work a split shift to have a follow-up with my rheumatologist and I will discuss my bone scan results with him as I wasn't very happy with the reaction from my internist (none). I am hoping to find out what to do to prevent further bone loss, especially in my hips which showed a low level of osteopenia. Thank goodness I won't have to work on the 4th and my grandson will come again to finally put the finishing touches on the yard which looks very spiffy. I hope he can clean out the gutters that day and help me with planting my patio garden. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/5/2012 12:36AM

    So glad that you were able to get that toenail taken care of. Glad it didn't have a chance to get infected. I can't imagine how that must hurt...shuddering.

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WINACHST 7/2/2012 7:58AM

    Ouch! I dropped a log on my foot last fall and lost a toenail because of it. Good that you got your taken care of so it did not get infected.

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NELLJONES 7/2/2012 7:52AM

    I have also had the badly stubbed toenail that had to be removed. It takes forever to grow back, but it will.

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MSLZZY 7/2/2012 6:54AM

    Glad you took care of that yesterday. We have to drive
35 minutes to find a clinic open on a Sunday. Otherwise
you visit the ER and that gets very spendy. Take good
care of your foot and enjoy your "spiffy" yard! HUGS!

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Grandson slowed down pace in the heat today...

Saturday, June 30, 2012

And I don't blame him. The actual temperature was about 92 with high humidity.

He is coming back tomorrow to put the finishing touches on the yard.

I am hoping he will have time to clean out our gutters on the roof, also, as they are clogged with dirt and leaves.

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MSLZZY 7/1/2012 7:57AM

    Don't blame him either when it is so hot and humid.
Hope he can finish today. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/30/2012 9:19PM

    So glad your grandson was able to slow do as he mowed your lawn, etc. Sure hope he drank plenty of water to stay hydrated. Give him a big hug tomorrow when he finishes up. He is one very special grandson!!! You should be very proud of him.
Blessings and hugs,

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My eyesore yard and reasons for it...

Friday, June 29, 2012

My husband has Alzheimer's and has lost what little ambition he had for yard work. He said the back yard didn't matter cause you can't see if from the street. (Wrong!) We have nosey neighbors on both sides and they are also worried about our terrible weeds spreading to their yards.

I have been trying to talk my husband into doing a "better job" on the yard patrol but I don't think he "gets it."

Soo anyhow my daughter said I should mow (I could do that), but I am afraid of the gas powdered brush whacker I bought and also decided it is too dangerous for my husband to use. Luckily his grandson will be coming back to finish off the weeds and re-mow the lawn as it was quite long when he dide it last week and it has popped up unevenly and needs to be spruced up. When he is here I hope to get him to clean out our gutters which won't work at all because there is so much debris in them.

I am really surprised the neighbors didn't report us sooner as the weeds were about 3 feet high and the notice from the city said no weeds or grass can be 10 inches high.

I think the neighbors don't want to say anything to our faces cause they might be asked to help us out somehow (fat chance of that).

So tomorrow the yard will be "legal" again and I can quit worrying until about 10 days from then when it will need mowing and whacking again.

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MILLISMA 7/3/2012 10:05PM

    Sorry your neighbors aren't supportive. I have been very lucky in that respect. Do they realize that your husband has Alzheimer's? I wasn't aware of that and am sorry to hear. My mom was diagnosed in 1999. Hope that someone steps up and gives you a hand.

hugs...Mary Anne

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MERRYMARY42 7/1/2012 10:07AM

    Do you have no organizations that could help you? I know my grandson has done lots of community service work with the boy scouts, and that has entailed helping with yard work etc. I have a wonderful neighbor, My husband nor I can do what we once did, and actually we do not have any yard equipment anymore, it wore out, we gave it away or our son took it to his house, We do have a gardener, but all he does is mow and edge (and not great) but I for the most part can do the rest,
The water situation in Southern California is not the best, and our rates more than doubled last year, That was enough to quit having the beautiful green lawn, now it is shabby, and gets watered a bit one time a week. Of course when people put in these yards, no one told us about how water was going to go up. So my yard is not very different than most on my block, Money does force a person to conserve (although I do know it is important)
I wish your neighbors were a little more understanding, and thought about what should be done.
I have one very helpful neighbor. they are all ok, but this one goes beyond the term neighborly, and I realize I am very lucky to have them.
You have a good grandson too, so hopefully it will all work out.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/30/2012 9:17PM

    Sorry your neighbors aren't more helpful but very glad you have such a helpful and loving grandson.
Blessings and hugs,

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PURPLELVR7 6/30/2012 10:05AM

    praying your neighbors will offer help.

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FITMARY 6/30/2012 9:30AM

    Sometimes....sometimes if you talk to people directly, they end up helping. Maybe ask one of the neighbors for a suggestion of a kid who could help? Once they hear the situation presented, they just might find a way to help themselves. Here's hoping!
But do try not to worry about it too much. Weeds are so insignificant in the long run.

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MSLZZY 6/30/2012 12:07AM

    Sorry your neighbors are not more understanding of
yoursituation but that is so common these days.
Once you have it done, it would help if you could
keep ahead of it. We last mowed our yard 3 weeks
ago and everything is brown.Weeds? They are
too scared to grow LOL!
Try to have a good weekend. HUGS!

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JUDYAMK 6/29/2012 10:22PM

    Your neighbors know that your husband has Alzheimer's, they should be helping you with the yard work.My neighbor, her husband has MS. Every winter my husband plows their driveway & sidewalks. They try to pay, not once did he take anything. They have a grandson & son in-law that mows the grass.I also think churches need to get together & volunteer there time to reach out to those that have an illness. I wish we lived next door to you we would help you. Take care

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