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doctor's appointment

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Hi everyone, thank you for the concerns over my ankle, I have an appointment with the doctor tomorrow afternoon. So I will let you all know what I can find out. I also have an appointment with the podiatrist tomorrow so I will tell her about the ankle and see if she can help or come up with an suggestion.

Otherwise I am going really well, eating very healthy and keeping myself busy doig things.

Had a few compliments lately so that has busted my ego LOL.

The unusual temperature hit a high yesterday of 31.degrees Celsius about 88 degrees F. Tee shirt weather. Still nearly a month to go of winter, started of warm today but it is gradually getting cooler as the day progresses.

Gremlins were at work again as the blog had disappeared so wrote another one and then the first one turned up.

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CTEMPLE 8/8/2011 9:32PM


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CBEVNOW 8/5/2011 2:57AM

    Hope ankle is not serious.
Our weather here is the worst hot summer i can recall. Humidity is terrible. It rained some yesterday evening but has not helped the heat any. Take care and the best for you.


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ORCHIDLADY56 8/4/2011 7:38PM

    That is wonderful that you are getting compliments! Congratulations! Hope you get some kind of help and relief from the doctor.

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    Hi Wendy! Glad you are going to the doctor. You take care of yourself okay? Bythe way, thank you for your comments and conerns about my own health issues. So happy you are my friend. Hugs to you.

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LIFE-FAITH 8/4/2011 11:43AM

    that happens in regards to posting a blog and then it disappears then it is there again..ugh!

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You are doing great - so people should be taking notice!
Keep on keeping on!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/4/2011 9:03AM

    Those internet gremlins are annoying aren't they! Well, good luck with your Drs. appt. and hope that ankle gets to feeling better.

Keep on sparkling, fellow sparker!! HUGS! Enjoy the weather.

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JBETTERID 8/4/2011 5:22AM

    You are doing great work and you deserve any compliments that come your way.. take care of yourself.. emoticon

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I.M.MAGIC 8/4/2011 3:03AM

    Same thing is happening to my computer too... drives me nuts, and I've talked to the technicians and they've run diagnostics etc and can't find any reason for it. Weird, huh?

Glad you're getting that ankle checked. No sense taking chances, and it'll ease your mind to know what's going on--not to mention ours, so we don't worry! LOL

Here's to great health news and no gremlins! LOL

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MOTLEM 8/4/2011 2:45AM

    Luck with both appointments tomorrow. emoticon

Yes, a little bit of flattery goes a long way with me too. I take what I can get.

Gee 31. Marvellous. We had 18 yesterday; pretty well unheard of in the middle of winter. I wonder if that bodes for a very hot summer coming up. emoticon

We're going back to the 11's and 12's starting tomorrow though, with rain. emoticon

Oh, you have gremlins too. They certainly make you work twice as hard to get things done. emoticon

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    HOW good does it feel for people to comment on your weight loss? Yay!

Sorry I haven't been in contact - afraid work is not letting me do what I want to at the mo :(

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SUSIEPH1 8/4/2011 2:11AM

    Just love you are doing so well my friend... so very proud of you !!
Good you are going to get that ankle checked out...
I bet your doctor will get such a surprise when he see's you !!
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Hugs Susie

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the demise of the exercise machine.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I was on the exercise machine that I only found the other day and I kill it. It fell to pieces as I was striding on it. Now I know why it was in the shed. I was doing ok on it and it was not hurting my ankle.
More on my ankle, I have been having trouble with it for over 20 years, it is only the left hand one. It constantly aches and burns and now I am getting cramps in the shin just above my ankle and causes me a lot of pain.

Now to think what I am going to do next. Seems to be one drama after another LOL

bye for now

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DUCKYONTHERUN 8/4/2011 12:00AM

    Wendy, just the way you wrote this gave me a chuckle. Glad you have a sense of humor.

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I.M.MAGIC 8/3/2011 3:33PM

    I agree about the ankle... get it checked out. No one should ignore consistent pain, especially if changes occur.

Too bad about the machine. Maybe it IS time to save up for a new one, if it was working for you!... or maybe you can try looking on line for a used one. You never know what you can do until you try! LOL

Good luck dear friend!
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CBEVNOW 8/3/2011 1:01PM

    Well you tried Wendy and that machine didnt want to co-operate.I would have that ankle looked at. Best to you.

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LIFE-FAITH 8/3/2011 9:52AM

    Oh my goodness!
Well at least you were not hurt - and your ankle is doing well.
Keep on keeping on - you will figure it out.
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MOTLEM 8/3/2011 1:29AM

    emoticonWell that was downright bad luck. emoticon Machines make for a bit of variation with your exercising. If you liked it, you may think about saving up for another one.

I'd be seeing someone who knows about that ankle of yours. They'll advise you on what best to do for it.

emoticonYou sound like me, one dang thing after another.

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RUFFESS47 8/3/2011 12:50AM

Take care Wendy we all don't want you to go backwards at all


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MILLYMOUSE1 8/2/2011 9:14AM

    Have you tried straping it up to exercise Wendy


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JOHNWBROCKSR777 8/2/2011 7:39AM

    Take care of that ankle Wendy.

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SUSIEPH1 8/2/2011 3:06AM

    That was short and sweet Wendy!! might pay to get that ankle checked out ... Hugs emoticon emoticon

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explanation of test results

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hi sorry for the confusion. I was in a rush as I had to get ready to go away and did not explain it properly. I think I was a bit disappointed with the test results as I was hoping for a slight improvement. However more things in my blood test are going wrong. Some levels are higher and some are lower. Some of my Sparksfriends will understand this.

All in all my kidneys are getter worse and it is now having a bigger effect on me.

I am going to have a good holiday and worry about this when I get home. I have not given up and I will still fight it. I can improve this by learning more and improving my diet. Mentally I am strong at the moment and will be getting on with my life as I have still got a lot of living to do. I am not going to let this get me down.

A song by Helen Reddy in the 70's. The bit I like. Actually I like all the song but this fits.

Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman
Oh, I am woman
I am invincible

I am strong
I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman

Before I forget I have been a member of Sparks for 210 days, today.

Take care and I will talk to you all next week when I return home.


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JANEZAP 4/26/2011 2:32AM

    emoticon we are here with you all the way!! great song choice by the way and i hope your enjoying your holiday :) xxx

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WENWIN 4/23/2011 8:53AM

    I checked on this later than most but the message is the same...my best thoughts and best prayers are with you.
Hang in there and keep on keeping on! Your positive attitude has so much to do with your health so appreciate what the numbers are saying but don't let them control you.


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CTEMPLE 4/22/2011 8:59PM

    Congratulations on you 21- days Dear Wendy, catching up with blogs.

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LEAPINGLIZARDS 4/22/2011 12:07AM

    Numbers - whether on a scale or a blood test - have a way of validating us or making us feel bad. Sometimes there are fluctuations from one day to the next that don't necessary mean anything.

Regardless of what the numbers say, the important thing is that you are moving in a positive direction toward health and well being, both mentally and physically. i know these results are disappointing, but you've got the right attitude. YOU ARE STRONG and you've made good changes in your lifestyle that WILL PAY OFF. Just keep on and don't give up.

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CBEVNOW 4/20/2011 11:39PM

    Enjoy your self, come back and dig into NEW LIFE, we are with you. Have fun Wendy with your family. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOTLEM 4/20/2011 9:23PM

    Yes, you are one strong woman Wendy. Think strong and think positive. Enjoy your break girlfriend.

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JANNIE48 4/20/2011 8:47PM

    Yes, I love that song also.
You will be in my prayers. emoticon

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LIFE-FAITH 4/20/2011 4:53PM

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Keep on keeping on!

Fighting for life is hard work!

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JILL313 4/20/2011 12:39PM

    You are the kind of women that HR is singing about--I just love that song. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. . .Enjoy your trip as it sounds fantastic!!

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ONEWAYSTREET 4/20/2011 10:20AM

  Take care over the hols.. sorry your results weren't what you hoped for...
Positive thinking is great for coping with the "yucky" things...
Keep smiling... it helps.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHINAGAL 4/20/2011 9:19AM

    You ARE the woman in that song! Enjoy your holiday and know that we are praying for you.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/20/2011 8:27AM

    You know we're walking right along side you for support. My lil sis has dealt with kidney disease for YEARS and it is tricky to get things in order. Prayers.

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Saturday 9th April

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Hi everyone,
Thank you again for the support that I received from my meltdown. I wrote my blog so that I could start to own what I was feeling. I realise now why they recommend to write and keep in contact with members on this site. For the support and encouragement. Members are so positive.

What I have noticed before when I was more positive I was blogging and being more active with lots of teams. However in the last month the blogging has started to fall off. Also the interaction has fallen away slightly. To my detriment. By keeping involved does keep you motivated.

When I wrote the blog I actually did not know what was wrong. I realised what the problem yesterday. Yesterday was my niece's graduation from university. So proud of her.

But the history behind is I actually talked her into joining me to start uni together. (Best thing I ever did because we now have a fantastic relationship, not as Aunt and niece but as best friends). I had to pull out because of sickness and the operations that I have written about in the past.

I did actually withdraw at the start of this year. I have accepted the fact that now it would be too hard to start studying again. But I really think it was that last little bit of letting go.

Went over to see her graduate. So happy and proud and I am glad that I went.

One of my lecturers asked how I was and when I said "really good now", she asked me to come back and continue. My answer was "no, I am going to have a life". This is when I realised that I had completely let go of this part of my life, with no regrets. I felt the weight lifting from my shoulders.

Had a beautiful day, went to the graduation, then went out for dinner to celebrate. I had nice clothes on, makeup (I don't wear makeup often) had my hair straighten by a friend. After she finished my hair I went into her bedroom to look at myself in full length mirror and DRUMROLL (shock horror) I thought I looked nice and actually did admit it. This is a big moment because I have never thought that before.

I am glad I attempted to do a degree, it has helped me in lots of different ways. I am a lot stronger person than before.

Now I am back to being positive and concentrating on myself. I ended up putting on weight (2 1/2kgs) in the last 2 weeks because of the emotional eating and not weighing. But at least I have stopped eating.

Another thing what was worrying me was my hot air balloon ride. I feel that I was being too rigid in saying I have to lose another 15kgs. I have lost 14kgs now. But now think I deserve it if I lose between a total of 25 to 30kgs. I am still going to aim for the 15kgs but was thinking what if I only lose another 14kgs, I will miss out. I still need to earn it, but need to have a little bit of a leeway and flexibility because I am not perfect.

Now I start on my next chapter in my life.

Short term goals.
1. Post regular blogs.
2 take a more active role in the teams that I am on.
3 lose weight 500grams per week or 1lb per week.
4 eat healthy, not to emotionally eat
5. do exercise every day.

Still aiming to lose 15kgs (30 od lbs) by November

Get back to living an enjoyable time. Back to being positive.

I want my balloon ride in November, this is with my niece.

Then I need to make more goals for next year, I will need to aim for a total of 50 to 60 kg loss of weight.

I am not perfect
I can't expect my weight loss to be perfect
I am only human.
I need to be more flexible.
I need to enjoy my decisions to lose weight.
I need to be honest with myself.
Don't let my emotions consume me or control me.

Grandchildren will be here tonight so I am going to have an enjoyable weekend.

take care

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    Wow, Wendy! So much wisdom in your words. i haven't blogged in quite awhile, mostly because there is so much going on right now, but i'm taking a lesson from you. Sometime within the next few days i'll get to it.
Getting back to you - i'm so glad that you're happy with the direction you have taken. Instead of regretting not finishing school, you took what many would have taken as a negative thing, and made it into something positive.
Also, it's sometimes almost impossible for some of us to recognize and appreciate our own beauty because of all the filters we put on ourselves. It's wonderful that you were able to appreciate your own beautiful image in the mirror - congratulations! emoticon emoticon

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JANEZAP 4/9/2011 5:43PM

    wow wendy what a great attitude you have! Good on you for starting a degree and realising its not for you, i have started a degree and im in my second year and am starting to think its not really my cup of tea, but having said that i dont really know what it is i want to do so im just going to stick with it :)

I love that you have set goals, i am a goal setter too and i love your reward to yourself, hot ballooning would be so fun! i think that when you get to november you will know in your heart whether you have earned it or not so dont be too hard on yourself if the scales dont say what you had aimed for.

Definately keep up the blogging and ticking off that to-do list :) YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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LIFE-FAITH 4/9/2011 8:29AM

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Wendy, Great outlook and attitude! Keep it up!
You are doing great! Even in the setbacks - you are learning what works for you.

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CBEVNOW 4/9/2011 3:18AM

    Yea, Wendy is back. Remember we all have our days, i do also, sometimes i dont even want to get on the computer, for any one. Yes healthy is the main way to go. Do you like to walk, i really do find this is for me. My daughter was a runner and when i was younger i use to run with her and i hated it. I finaly told you be the runner in the family, i dont like i will be the walker, and they have found you get the same results with walking.Do you keep a journal? this helps a lot.
The grand children will keep you moving, have fun with them. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Caroline

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CTEMPLE 4/9/2011 2:57AM

    Dear Wendy what a great blog! And you know what no one can tell you anything because you worked it all out by yourself.
I also had to make a choice in life about finishing my second degree ( I had done engineering that is not my tendency to be able to migrate and I was doing literature that is my thing) or having a life and I thought you can't have a life and personal growth when you're doing academic studies and working at the same time. So I chose life. I very much value this decsion becasue I see so many people that do a degree in their late forties and fifties because they always felt inferior for not having one, and they're tremendously behind in their emotianl issues and their time would be better spent in personal growth. What's the point in having a degree, if you're a mess and you can't actually work. So glad to hear that you turned that page.

As for your goals, 30 kg feels so huge, why not break it up into smaller amounts, sorry just an idea.

I'm so happy that you're feeling better. It is much harder to stray if you keep your close contact with SP.

Have a wonder time with the kiddiwinks!


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MOTLEM 4/9/2011 2:31AM

    Yes, SP members are great with support and keeping involved surely helps maintain the motivation. However, I find that belonging to too many teams and having too many sparkfriends, makes it impossible to give due attention to all. Maybe, that's just a 'me' thing, but I find I haven't got the time to be a good sparkfriend as well as join in the team activities if there are too many. I can handle around 30 sparkfriends; any more, and I'm just not a good enough friend. I hope that makes sense to you.

It sounds like blogging is doing you the world of good, so keep it up. I enjoy commenting on blogs, but usually just blog my jokes. But hey, it would be a dull old world if everyone was the same.

That is a top thing you are sharing with your niece. Wonderful that you have such a friendship. Sorry you had to pull out of uni. You must have written about sickness and operations before we became SF's.

The graduation, the whole day, and your evening out sound terrific. I am so pleased for you. Certainly good to hear you are back being positive again. A hot air balloon ride, wow! I'd love to do that one day too Wendy.

Your short term goals are very do-able, so no excuses there, lol. You have fine insight!

Enjoy your grandies and your weekend.


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TAMI1691 4/9/2011 2:22AM

    don't let perfectionism rule your life.
enjoy your balloon ride.
you have worked hard and achieved good results so reward yourself

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Adelaide news from Neurosurgeon

Friday, February 18, 2011

As many of you know that I had major head surgery in November 2009 due to problems with fluid build-up and the hind brain was being squashed. This caused me many problems such losing balance and falling over, choking when eating, problems drinking, speech was affected, headaches, breathing difficulties to name a few.

The neurosurgeon had to put a hole in the back of my head just above the spine. It was about a 6 hour operation. I was told that I may not survive and that it may not work.

I do remember that when I saw him in recovery he was happy and explained that he actually saw my brain expand. He said then that he thinks the operation worked.

Which brings us up to today.
Today when I saw him, he asked how I was doing, told him that everything is ok. Which has improved by about 95/98%.

He then said he needed to tell you this. He started by saying "that he played God when I operated on you". He said that they rarely do these operations as in most cases they do not work. He also said "that in most cases they actually let "nature takes it coarse" his words. In other words you die.

WOW what a thing to have said to you. I thanked him very much for taking a risk to operate on me.

He commented on my weight loss. I do not need to see him anymore unless there is any problems, I have to phone and he will see me. He feels as though there will be none because it be over 12 months.

I thanked him again and shook his hand.

What a privileged to be told this.

It makes it more important and more determined to lose the weight I have had for so long. I feel as though I need to repay him for saving my life. I also need to live my life that he gave back to me by losing more weight, become healthier, fitter and stronger.


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CHINAGAL 2/21/2011 8:25PM

    I'm doing the happy dance for you over here in Alabama! I can only imagine what an awesome experience it was to be told what a miraculous thing is responsible for your life. Kinda gives me chill bumps. God is so good!


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DAVIDPRESCOTT 2/21/2011 12:10AM

    WOW - thats so powerful. You have been given another chance at life - and it seems like this time around you are grabbing it with both hands:)

Thanks goodness he took the chance!


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CBEVNOW 2/19/2011 4:45PM

    God, is soooooooo good. What a great Dr. you have, and God guided his hands. You sound better today. We all have our days and i have had 3. A old neck injury, from a car accident years ago, Herniated disk in my neck, causing me pain in my neck and head.
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CTEMPLE 2/18/2011 6:13PM

    Yes Wendy it makes it all worth it the fact that he took a chance, and put the effort into saving you!
Life is good!

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RUFFESS47 2/18/2011 6:11PM

That is a beautiful story and it continues to prove to us that God will always work through people and in mysterious ways.

You are also continuing the lease of life your surgeon and God gave you by looking after you health.

We salute his and your great work


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TAMI1691 2/18/2011 5:51PM

    What a wonderful gift you have been given.
Use this as your motivation, and keep up the great work that you have already done,

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JILL313 2/18/2011 12:08PM

    What a beautiful story that tells of your courage and faith in this wonderful Dr. I am so happy that you've recovered from that surgery and are doing so much better. God was definitely watching over you and the Dr. and gave you a new chance of life. emoticon emoticon

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WENWIN 2/18/2011 8:14AM

    Wow. What a feeling you must have had when he told you that. I certainly think you have so much to be thankful for and you have so much to get healthier for.

Congrats on such wonderful news.

Have a splendid weekend.

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OPALMOON 2/18/2011 7:48AM

    Hi Wendy,

I am so happy for you that you had such good news that you should be trouble-free now. Thank goodness your neurosurgeon decided to do that operation and literally saved your life! I am sure with your determination that you will continue to see the scales heading in the right direction!

Have a wonderful weekend.



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