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N.P.O. from midnight.....

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Am I thirsty? Arghhhhhh.... Nothing per mouth from midnight even though it is just local anesthesia for my hand surgery. Today the surgery is scheduled for 10:15 (are they ever on time?)...I am having carpal tunnel release and trigger thumb release on the right hand. As normal, or as usual, I am a bit anxious. I am leaving the house in an hour and haven't packed my bag yet.

I am picking up my girlfriend to go with me and then calling a cab since I won't be allowed to drive for 24 hours. Leaving hubby home (he is a bit upset about this, but we will stay in touch and have people to check in on him while I am gone). I will be gone 2 nights and hope to get lots of rest.

Hope the weather is good when I drive back home as I will be able to use only one hand for that. Will leave my car in the ramp if I am unable to drive safely and take a cab home.
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MUSIC66 12/30/2009 4:25AM

    hope your surgery goes well or went well hope you have a speady recovery.

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POLYANASUNSHINE 12/29/2009 4:32PM

    Hope your surgery goes well. i am very interested in the surgery. When you get back to feeling okay I would love to hear all about it. rest while you can. emoticon

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LITTLEBILLY1 12/29/2009 12:17PM

  Praying for you and your husband.

Hope the surgery goes well and the recovery is quick and painless.

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LOOZINITNOW 12/29/2009 9:42AM

    Saying a little prayer for a quick recovery and easy surgery! Make sure you take it easy!

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BZYBOYSMOM 12/29/2009 9:36AM

    Good luck and I hope you have a fast recovery~!

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MARLOU4 12/29/2009 7:42AM

    Use your two days to recup. You have had a rough go and we can all hope for a better 2010.

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11-RENEWAL-20 12/29/2009 7:27AM

    Teddy, I hope you treat this as a mini-vacation and rest and "enjoy" your recovery. I'll be saying a prayer that everything goes well. emoticon Sharon

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PATRICIA441 12/29/2009 6:52AM

  A friend just had this surgery and is doing great! Make sure you don't overdo the hand. That is really important. Best of luck to you! Pat

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DJS-DEBBIE 12/29/2009 6:47AM

    Good luck, Teddy! Hopefully they will be close to on schedule.
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BIGT_56 12/29/2009 6:36AM

    Hope everything goes good. Use those two days to rest up a little bit. You have been going through a lot lately.
My sister just had this same surgery two days before Christmas and seems to be recovering quite nicely. This is the second time she has had it done.

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Cat Fires or Cats and Candles Don't Mix

Monday, December 28, 2009

We have had 2 "cat fires." The first happened when I worked at home and my supervisor called to discuss something and suddenly I said, "Oh, no, the cat's on fire!" and then hung up the phone. It is one of the favorite stories in the department of the adventures of Teddy working at home. The cat's tail caught on fire and there were flames shooting up behind her and I put the fire out with my bare hands. No one was injured but the cat's tail was pretty wierd looking until it grew out and there was the smell of burned hair in the house for a couple of days. The cat was never aware she was on fire so I guess she didn't get hurt.

The other one was our other cat who jumped from his perch onto a table where a candle was burning. It singed his fur on his side.

I have heard some of these cat fires are the cause of houses burning down.

Since we had our two incidents of cats not mixing with candles we don't use candles any more.


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MSLZZY 12/28/2009 10:48PM

    There are battery operated candles that are scented and run on batteries. Poor kitty would have a hard time starting a fire with one of those LOL!

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TORYSUE 12/28/2009 1:43PM

    Little lessons often carry the biggest message. Glad this one turned out with a happy ending even if it was a little scorched.

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ANDERPA 12/28/2009 12:33PM

    I thought my old cat was the only one dumb enough to sit on a lit candle. I guess they don't fear or feel the flame or something. Anyway, I DO know that smell of singed cat fur very well.

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KNITTERGAL73 12/28/2009 11:51AM

    I bought one of those Scent Buggs from Bath & Body Works. It uses scented oil and runs on batteries. No worries about the kitties catching on fire now.

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JUDY1676 12/28/2009 10:42AM

    I'm glad the cats are OK! What a lesson to learn!

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CATLADY52 12/28/2009 10:37AM

    I have a gazillion candles and two cats who get into everything. Guess who doesn't use candles anymore. I just let them sit and smell good.

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MOTOMOMOF2 12/28/2009 10:28AM

    Makes sense to me. I lit some in the bathroom then decided to take a shower, with out thinking a laid my towlel and clothes down and jumped in the shower, a few minutes later I though I smelled something and sure enough the towel and my t shirt was i a blaze, thew them in the sink to put them out, needless to say no more candles in the bathroom for me

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/28/2009 9:22AM

    Wow, lucky for you - and them - that you were there to put out the fires. I never leave a candle burning when I'm not in the room. Mine are much to rascally to leave anything alone. Thanks for this reminder.

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RASCALOO 12/28/2009 8:18AM

    This is the reason I use a candle warmer instead. A candle warmer is like an electric mug warmer that you might use at your desk to keep your coffee mug drinkig temp. It is just warm enough to melt the wax (no flames) and let the scent of the candles waft through the air.

In the 5 years I've had it, there was one incident where R2 knocked it over and got hot wax on the counter, but no one was injured and the wax peeled right back off once it hardened.

Glad to hear both your kitties were ok!

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KINETICCAT 12/28/2009 7:42AM

  I love candles too, but my cat loves to jump on all surfaces she can find, so now I use those little electric candles that pretend to flicker... not bac, actually.

We also have power outages every year, and I use oil lamps to keep myself from freaking out... I found some on the internet that mount on the wall, so I have a couple mounted on each wall like sconces, and the cat doesn't even know they exist. Working out well, so far!!

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TAKEMETOTHEBALL 12/28/2009 6:22AM

    What a shame - I love candles! Still, can't risk possible injury to the cats or your home.
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My two best friends are coming over for Christmas dinner today.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I have to go pick up one of my friends as she does not drive. I am bringing her excess food from my cupboards (they are overflowing) because her social security checks are $230 less a month while the government takes taxes out on a "forgiven" student loan she couldn't pay back. They are taxing the amount of the loan forgiven as income. I didn't want to tell her but the State will also want taxes on that. I don't think she could handle that info just yet. Anyhow she is having trouble paying for groceries and since I have too many groceries I decided to share.

The other friend is living on social security disability and is barely surviving, also, but does have a car. Her computer broke (got a virus) and doesn't know how long it will be until another friend of her's son will be able to look at it. Guess, what? I have too many computers...so I am lending her one of our laptops. We have 2 laptops and 2 desk computers so we won't miss it by any means. She said she uses the computer to look for a part time job to supplement her income which is subsistence level.

These are the two best Christmas presents I gave this year.

  
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WHEELS54 12/28/2009 5:49PM

    good karma

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LITTLEWIND53 12/27/2009 6:06PM

    What goes around, comes around. All these little act of kindness adds up. You are truly inspirational.

God bless you.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/27/2009 10:26AM

    What a great friend you are...may God continue to bless you fully.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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WANNABESEXYMOM 12/27/2009 9:56AM

    Good for you. I hope good things come back to you. You are such a good friend to those you care about.

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MOTOMOMOF2 12/27/2009 9:47AM

    Wow you are a wonderful friend. Hope good things come back to you

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LOOZINITNOW 12/27/2009 9:04AM

    What a wonderful friend and example you are. Such a caring, giving spirit! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 12/27/2009 8:21AM

    Feels good, doesn't it?
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Where were you in 1965 on this day?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I was getting married to my first husband. We were married 23 years and had 2 children, the first born 8 years after we got married and the second 2 years later. My son is now 36 and daughter is 34. I love them both.

Ex-husband moved to Florida and died there a few years ago due to ongoing alcoholism.

I remember reading the book I think was called the Little Brown Jug which was a story about a worm who crawled into a whiskey jug and died there. I tear up whenever I even think about this book. I read that book when I was trying so hard to get him into treatment and so wanted to "save him," but he didn't want to be saved, or at least I wasn't able to help him. I felt so helpless and finally had to get divorced and move on with my life.

I guess the moral of this story is you can't change other people and the only one you can change is yourself. God bless everyone and please don't drink and drive. emoticon

  
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SOPHIEMAE2007 12/30/2009 8:38PM

    I was 8 months old, so who knows what I was doing!

I can relate to your story. I dated a guy that became an alcholic and then left me. He showed up 2 years ago after about a 7 yr absence wanting to get back together. It didn't happen because he was even worse than when he left. I felt sad for him, but I could not deal him not wanting to help himself.

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MUSIC66 12/30/2009 4:21AM

    well i was n,t born until 1967 , but my brother was he was born in april of that year.

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TAZZYM150 12/29/2009 9:06AM

    I was enjoying my first christmas I was 9 months old.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/27/2009 10:45AM

    I was living in Plant City, FL, with my parents. I was a sophomore in high school with my first boyfriend. I lost 60 pounds in 9 months .... but gained it almost all back in 3 months. Christmas time was the beginning of the gaining it back.

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TCLARK319 12/27/2009 7:33AM

    I was eight years old. My dad was in his 6th year of sobriety. I thank the lord for the decisions he made. I am so sorry your first husband didn't see the possibilities.

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PAULASTRAS 12/27/2009 1:38AM

    A time in my life when I met my first husband.

Gosh that was so long ago......

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MSLZZY 12/26/2009 9:38PM

    I was 11 years old and suffering through a miserable winter with lots of snow and tons of chores
to do on the farm. But that was the way it was and we didn't know better. We had a wood stove in the kitchen, kerosene lamps for when the electricity went out but board games and card games
to play for pasttime. Even embroidery to keep us occupied. Now those were the days! emoticon

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BECKYANNE1 12/26/2009 8:20PM

    I was 5 years old then. I'm not sure what I was doing, but I imagine I was enjoying something I got from Santa.

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TESS96 12/26/2009 4:32PM

    You make me feel so young... I wasn't even hatched yet in 1965! I was still an immature (nothing's changed there) ovum, not pegged for release until about eight months later. The rest is history!


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MSWEEZER 12/26/2009 3:33PM

    Well I was 7 years old in 1965. However, the rest of your story plays out pretty much like my first marriage to an alcoholic who also didn't (and doesn't) want to be helped. Instead, I divorced him and he married 2 weeks later a woman JUST like him. They live in a state of drunken stupor each and every day. I'm sure they are happy. LOL

But you know what, I am happy and that is what matters. I took care of ME and moved on. Wasn't easy in any way but did save me from becoming that as it is what I would of become to have remained and well, I couldn't do it and wouldn't do it.

My boys are now 26 & 29 and I love them both. THey understand. Now I pray they don't follow in his footsteps.

Thanks for sharing.



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DAISYDAY25 12/26/2009 2:21PM

  I was in Anisworth Neb I am sure I was playing with toys and a baby sister who was just a little over a month old.

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MOTOMOMOF2 12/26/2009 11:29AM

    Probably playing with toys, I was 4

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MYLAUREN2 12/26/2009 10:25AM

    In a diaper, just 6 months old.

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PAMNANGEL 12/26/2009 10:07AM

    It's so true, the only person who can change you is you. No matter how much we care about someone, ultimately, they have to take responsibility for themselves.

Where was I in 1965? I was 6, so I was probably still asleep snug in my bed.

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My mission..To help educate others RE: Vit D deficiency

Friday, December 25, 2009

I have been reading and searching the internet and found a plausible expert on Vitamin D deficiencies which is what we know for sure my husband has. Dr. Michael Holick is author of "The UV Advantage" and is on e of the world's most respected authorities on Vitamin D and the health benefits of natural sunlight.

I found a web site and interview by him which is easy to google. The link below is for a free E-book by him if you want detailed information.

http://www.truthpublishing.com/healingsu
nlight_p/pdf-cat21258.htm

The list of diseases and conditions caused or exacerbated by Vitamin D deficiencies is unbelievable and includes fibromyalgia which I have been diagnosed with and I plan to have my Vitamin D and B12 levels checked at the doctor's office. I have decided if my insurance won't pay for the lab tests I will pay for it myself because I have some of the symptoms associated with Vitamin D and B12 deficiency. Both of these vitamin deficiencies can cause mental changes in addition to so many other problems that I'm surprised there hasn't been more news coverage of the studies lately. Dr. (Holick wrote "The UV Advantage" in 2007.)

In an interview by Mike Adams (The Health Ranger) with Dr. Holick that I read on line this morning, I learned so much about Vitamin D and it's relationship to good health.

I feel fortunate that someone recommended I take 2,000 IU (International Units) per day back in May of this year and I have been doing that religiously. I also heard on television regarding things to do to help your immune system fight off the flu (including H1N1) were hand washing and taking 2,000 IU of Vitamin D.

So if you want to know more about Vitamin D there is a great article here on Spark People and also you can google for Dr. Michael Holick and Mike Adams, the Health Ranger.

And I hope this is "Mission Accomplished"...to educate others about Vitamin D.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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POLYANASUNSHINE 12/29/2009 4:43PM

    Quite an interesting article. Thank you for sharing.

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CATHEITE 12/25/2009 9:45AM

    Yes, you've educated me. I've added Vitamin D and the B vitamins to my Nutrition Tracker, so I can check my daily totals. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!
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MSLZZY 12/25/2009 9:00AM

    "Mission Accomplished" for me! I check this out but thanks so much for sharing. Who knew so
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BUTTERRUM163 12/25/2009 8:59AM

    Thank you for the information. I will check out the website. With everyone applying so much sun screen these days, it is not surprising that the US has such a high Vit D deficiency rate. Sue.....

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