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Happy Friday!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Yay, it's Friday. It's been a long week in so many ways. I'm just glad that today is Friday and that I have two days off coming up.
I got a phone call from the specialist offices yesterday telling me that I have another appointment on Feb 12 to see Dr. Glasgow and at that time he will answer all my questions as well as schedule the surgery. I'm thinking to myself..."he couldn't have done all that when I saw him on Wednesday!" No wonder the health care system is in so much trouble. All these extra appointments and x-rays and MRI's for one issue. All I can say is Thank you Lord, that I am in the system and having my knee looked after, but wow, what a waste of time and money. I had to have an x-ray before my family doctor would refer me to a specialist, then I had to have an MRI before a specialist's appointment could be booked, and then another x-ray before seeing the specialist, all within a short period of time. Then Dr. Glasgow tells me that he doesn't even look at the MRI, he only goes by the x-ray! I'm in awe at how things work!

My Positives:
1. I am thrilled that I am not having to wait up to 5 years to have my surgery done as my family doctor told me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
2. Garry's friend picked him up from work yesterday and brought him home, meaning I did not have to go out again. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
3. Only a light shoveling to do when I got home from work yesterday. Beats the morning one that took me half an hour to do. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
4. I'm doing pretty good on avoiding everything that has sugar and gluten in it. It's amazing how many everyday things contain sugar! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
5. I'm doing well also at avoiding dairy products (only for the 21 days recommended). I did have a pat of butter on my gluten-free bagel yesterday morning and wow, did it not sit well. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
6. I'm drinking lots more water as well as peppermint tea, feeling more hydrated again. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
7. I'm blessed with children that call to see if their Dad or I need anything. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
8. What a blessing to be able to go to the store and purchase fresh veggies and fruit when I need them. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
9. I've already been able to identify some foods that my body does not tolerant well and that I will most likely need to eliminate entirely from my diet or at least limit their consumption. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
10. I'm looking forward to trying some of the substitutions that can possibly replace those foods my body doesn't tolerate well. (i.e. ghee, instead of butter, coconut milk instead of cow's or soy milk.)

Thank you for the blessings of this and every day.

Have a wonderful Friday.
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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YOYONOMORE1 1/18/2013 1:28PM

    So you eliminate certain foods for 21 days, then do you slowly try eating those foods again and notice how they effect you and if in a bad way you totally avoid or limit them. This all really sounds interesting and glad you are sharing with us how you are doing. I am sure there are probably lots of foods that effect our bodies in a negative way and we are not even aware of it. What's the name of the book again and I wonder if our library would have it. Glad you are going to find out when your surgery will be, it sounds like things are moving faster than what they thought they would and that's a good thing. Enjoy your weekend. We are so enjoying Mario and he seems to be totally at home here, I have a vet appointment for him Mon.

Hugs,
Shirl


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Moving forward

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Yesterday was a good day off work. I headed into the city early in the morning (in rush hour traffic no less) to my specialist appointment. Garry rode along as my navigator as I'm not real familiar with the city and needed someone along to help with the directions. A bit of trial and error final saw us at our destination. Interesting place to have a hip and joint medical center...in a mall on the second floor (no outdoor signage) and although there was an escalator close the only elevator available was at the far end of the mall. With Garry on crutches, that put the escalator out and it was a long trek to the elevator and back to the center. Very strange location!
My appointment was good, the doctor confirmed that I need to have a knee replacement and now I wait to see when that will happen. There is nothing quick about how things are done! I will trust that all will unfold according to God's plan for my life.

As I look out the window this morning, I realize that my first order of business before leaving for work will be to do some shoveling once again. It also looks like this might be a more than once shoveling kind of day judging by the amount that is coming down. Siggghhh.

My Positives:
1. Garry's willingness to navigate for me in the city yesterday. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
2. The doctor confirmed that I will require knee replacement. I look forward to having it over and done with and being able to walk properly once again. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
3. Although I'm not excited to see that it is snowing again today, I'm blessed that I can still get out there and shovel. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
4. Yesterday was payday and I was able to pay bills. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
5. I'm on day three of cutting out sugar (in all forms), gluten (completely) and dairy (mostly, I did have a pat of butter on my raisin bagel (gluten-free) this morning). Thank you, thank you, thank you.
6. I have two feet that I can walk on, so able to get about more freely than Garry on crtuches. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
7. I am grateful for the gift of healing that is at work in both Garry and my lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
8. I'm drinking my quota of water each day once again. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
9. I'm blessed with eye sight that allows me to do the job I do. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
10. I'm blessed with the freedom of choice and will attempt each day to honor that gift with wise choices. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Have a wonderful Thursday,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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BIGDOG18 1/17/2013 7:03AM

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AZMOMXTWO 1/17/2013 6:59AM

  you are amazing with things going wrong you still find so much to be thankful for thank you for the reminder to be thankfull for the little things

have a very awesome day

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Today is the day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Later start to my morning this morning as I have booked the day off work. I will be finding my way into the city and to my specialist's office and hopefully come away with news that feels right.
I'm a little apprehensive about the roads this morning as we had plus 7 temps yesterday which caused lots of melting and then freezing temps over night. I will drive carefully, but it's also rush hour that I need to be heading into the city, which means others are in a hurry.
I'm taking Garry with me to help navigate. This is going to be interesting as he has his broken leg and we will both need to make our way into the doctors. They aren't going to know who is really supposed to be there. lol.

My positives:
1. I was able to get the day off work so that I don't have to worry about time schedules. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
2. Garry is willing to come with me to be my navigator, I'm not happy driving in the city at rush hour when I don't know where I'm going. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
3. I'm on day two of eliminating foods from the Foods Intolerance list (book I'm reading), we will see how this goes. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
4. I have already been switching to gluten-free so the complete switch is going better than I thought. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
5. It's payday today. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
6. Murphy's law...the swelling in my knee is less today, now whether that's due to changing my diet or just plain "it's time to see the doctor" I am not sure, regardless, I'm grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
7. My new bank card finally arrived yesterday, they mailed it out Dec. 09/2012! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
8. Gas prices have dropped to a much more acceptable level. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
9. Having a wonderful relationship with God, my guides and my angels. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
10. Being blessed with a new day of life filled with opportunities and blessings. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Have a wonderful Wednesday,
Hugs,
Wanda

  
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YOYONOMORE1 1/16/2013 10:03AM

    Hope all goes well for you today, it always helps when you are going someplace new if someone can be along to help find it. I don't like going anywhere in rush hour traffic. Our DD is on her way here with all the cat stuff, I hope we get to adopt him and bring him home today. Will be waiting to here how your appointment went.

Hugs,
Shirl
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BUSYGRANNY5 1/16/2013 9:07AM

    You have a great day, as well!

Keep on keeping on!!!

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SNUGLBUNIE 1/16/2013 8:48AM

    LOL, I can just picture you in the doctor's office. Hope you get good news. Let us know for sure.
Have a great day!

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Life is a great learning curve.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

You think you know all about eating healthy, exercising and what you need to do to be healthy, then along comes a book that makes you take a new look at everything you thought you knew. I'm not saying that the book I'm reading is the gospel truth or anything, but it certainly gives a person some room to re-think what they have always taken for granted.
I'm reading a very good book called" The Virgin Diet: Why food Intolerance is the Real cause of weight gain" by JJ Virgin.

At the moment I'm looking at all the things that I normally eat, and for the most part it would be considered a relatively healthy diet. Then I look at my struggle and how I've been feeling and it makes me wonder if what I'm eating is actually not working for me personally. I do know that by having begun the switch awhile back to gluten free, that I have noticed some changes, perhaps I need to try out this lady's theory and see if what she is saying changes anything. Hmmm.

My Positives:
1. I was able to get the snow cleared from the driveway and sidewalks yesterday when I got home from work without too much difficulty. Thank you, thank you, thank you.,
2. Our girls came over last night without us even asking and cleared the snow once again, bless their hearts. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
3. Garry managed to put in some hours at work yesterday. Kaeli picked him up and took him to work and I picked him up after work. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
4. My training session with 3 of my selectors yesterday was very good. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
5. It's Plus 3 this morning! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
6. Gluten-free waffles for breakfast this morning. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
7. I have the day off tomorrow, no time constraints. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
8. I have an armful of new books to read that were waiting for me to pick up at the library. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
9. Blessed with a new day of life to once again work at being as healthy as I can be. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
10. Thank you for the gift of healing that is at work in Garry's and my bodies. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Have a wonderful Tuesday. Be grateful for all that you have and Don't have.


Hugs,
Wanda

  
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YOYONOMORE1 1/15/2013 1:27PM

    If you decide to try out the information in the book, please let us know if it helps you feel better. We were at 9 this morning, that probably would feel warm to you, lol. The great thing is we have lots of sun and no wind. Clenton and I went to the store around 10:30 and it wasn't bad at all. Tonight is ladies night out, looking forward to that. We are looking at maybe adopting a kitty cat, I've got to call today and see if he's still available and what the process is for adopting, I printed the adoption application off on line yesterday. Glad Garry is able to get some time in at work, just so he doesn't over do it. That was nice of your girls to come help with the shoveling. Have a good evening.

Hugs,
Shirl

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MAURIZIA 1/15/2013 10:36AM

    Yea, indeed, life is a learning curve. No argument. Glad that Garry got some work time in.

Hugs.

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SNUGLBUNIE 1/15/2013 7:09AM

    Books are always interesting. I just got a "Walk off the Weight" book and the routine on an MP3 player. I will tackle that when I get back from vacation. Have a great day!

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Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday morning and it's time once again to head into a new work week. A small bit of snow to shovel this morning, shouldn't take too long to clear. I have a training session with a couple of my selectors today. Introducing them to the new selecting tool that we have up and running. At least I will be working with two of the selectors that are actually enjoying using the internet to locate their materials.
Some of my older selectors are a little more difficult to convince that using the internet is a good option. They get set in their ways and hate to change.

My blessings:
1. Although it snowed during the night, it didn't snow a lot, shoveling should go quickly this morning. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
2. A nice relaxing day for the most part yesterday. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
3. I had the opportunity to chat with my cousin and offer her some support as she is now going through the process of elder care and all that it involves. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
4. Kaeli is picking Garry up for work this morning. We will try out a new routine to see how it goes. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
5. Only minus 10 outdoors this morning, temperatures are warming up a bit. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
6. I have internet and can google for the directions I will need to get me to my appt. first thing Wednesday morning. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
7. This week's payday will include our cost of living adjustment. YAY. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
8. I am blessed to work for an employer that budgets for cost of living adjustments. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
9. I am blessed with warm blankets and a furnace that works well in winter. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
10. I have been blessed with a new day of life, help me to honor the gift that I have been given. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Have a wonderful Monday,Hugs,
Wanda

  
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MAURIZIA 1/14/2013 5:47PM

    Wanda, hope the selector training went well. Oh, I don't know how you live with the sn*w. I'm already anxious since they are predicting a sn*w/rain mix on Wednesday. Just raises my anxiety level 100%!

Sending blessings...

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YOYONOMORE1 1/14/2013 9:18AM

    A wonderful positive Monday blog. We got some sleet late yesterday and then a little snow on top of the sleet, so this morning there are some 2 hr. school delays and a few closings. Yesterday was a quiet day spent at home after church. Talked with my GD yesterday and she can do my perm on Feb. 18, so have to wait a little longer, but that's ok, it'll just be a little longer when I do get it done and maybe by then I won't be coughing anymore. Tomorrow night is ladies night and we are going downtown to Evelyn Bay for supper. I finished reading that book "same Kind of different As me." by Ron Hall & Denver Moore With Lynn Vincent, it's a true story and very good reading, it's not a very big book and a quick read, but well worth it, and it wouldn't hurt to have a box of tissues near by. I hope you have a good Monday.

Hugs,
Shirl

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SNUGLBUNIE 1/14/2013 7:16AM

    It has been raining all night here and the wind has picked up some. Not cold at all though. Have a great day!

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DMEYER4 1/14/2013 7:01AM

  great things to be thankful for. Have a great day

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