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20th April 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

My news, I went to the Nephrologist today and we actually discussed dialysis, hospital or home. Natually I said home. So now I will have to have another operation to lift up the blood vessels (about 6 to 8 weeks) that takes another 6 weeks to heal then down to Adelaide (up to 6 months) to learn about home dialysis. This does mean I start this year. But I will still have kidney function when I start but he said this is a lot safer and keeps your kidney function going longer. I am fine with the news. It will be 5 days x 3 hours per day weekends off. But it not so stressful on the kidneys.

But I need to get a laptop so I can log on here, I will go insane without your support, encouragement and love. LOL

Steps are still going well but I have slowed down a bit in the last few days.
Teusday as 15,500
Wednesday was 5022
Thursday 7854
Friday 6988

This is nearly 52,000 steps in 6 days. Still happy. Oh well I need to plan for over 8000 steps tomorrow so I can get to 60,000 for the week. LOL

I am happy how everything is going. I have still got a future.


  
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2BE-MY-BEST 4/24/2012 12:57AM

    emoticon and congrats on all your steps.

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 4/22/2012 8:08PM

    Wendy, thank you so much for sharing your positive spirit in the face of such news. I get cranky about stupid stuff and you really put my life in perspective - I have it good. I;m glad that you have time to do all the medical steps on a time table that allows your body to heal between each and gives you the time to rearrange everything.

I wish we could do more for you than just cheer from the sidelines.

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OPALMOON 4/22/2012 11:23AM

    Wow, that's a lot to take in, Wendy. I hope each stage goes smoothly and I am thankful for you that you have the option of having the dialysis at home. You have done so well with your steps - you are truly amazing! Take care - love and hugs, Nattacia

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ORCHIDLADY56 4/21/2012 9:43PM

    You have such a positive attitude, Wendy. You truly are an inspiration. The laptop is a good idea to keep up with spark!
Great work on the steps!
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CBEVNOW 4/21/2012 3:35PM

    Wendy, i am so proud of you, you make me ashamed of my self , for feeling so bad and weak and irratable sometimes. I am glad you will be doing this at home. Will you have to take classes.
I am not up to par on dialysis yet but i am learning things about it, i have a dear friend who just started dialysis in Feb. He goes to UT Hospital in Knoxville Tn. 3 times a week for 3 or 4 hours at a time. Its probley a good hour and a half from his home. so he has a very tireing day.
Do you know why you will be on dialysis 5 days a week, Are you on a transplant list?
Take care.
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EFFIEANNIE 4/21/2012 9:06AM

    Sorry to hear you are needing dialysis. Sounds like a good plan to do it at home. You definitely need a laptop. You can catch up on Sparking and reading too. Hope all goes well. Ssue emoticon emoticon

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CTEMPLE 4/21/2012 5:17AM

    An ipad might be the answer wendy much lighter and manageable, a cheap model would do. It's made a huge difference to my back and neck and life in general. So sorry to hear that you will have to do this, but it's in the best possible conditions. You have a great spirit!
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POPSY190 4/21/2012 3:56AM

    I'm glad you can undertake this at home where you feel more confident. An ipad might do the trick for keeping in touch with SP. emoticon

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MOTLEM 4/21/2012 2:34AM

    Like I said before, girlfriend, I take my hat off to you.
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ASHENPOND 4/21/2012 12:59AM

    What an inspiration you are to us all. You have so much courage.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/20/2012 9:54PM

    (((hugs, dear friend)))



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ROSGETSSERIOUS 4/20/2012 4:09PM

    Wendy, I love your inspirational attitude to your dialysis - you help so many people! It really is a miracle of modern science that you are now able to do dialysis at home - especially when it is less stressful for your kidneys. I hope you are able to get your laptop cause we need you as well! Sending you heaps of positive energy and hugs. BTW - your steps are awesome!
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JILL313 4/20/2012 10:29AM

    I do admire you strength and courage and you help me feel positive about what I have to deal with. I know you will do well. . .I am so impressed by all the steps you get in a day which to me is a huge amount of them. I will, once again, be checking out my Pedometer as it wasn't working right the last time I tried to use it. Enjoy your weekend! Any chance of seeing your Grandies soon? Prayers and Hugs for you Dear Friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/20/2012 10:13AM

    Awwww, you have such a good attitude about your challenges. You are such an inspiration to me, because it's one of those "if she can do it, so can I!" types of situations.

I am glad that you'll be able to do the dialysis @ home, but that's a disappointment, I'm sure, that you have to deal with yet another surgery and wait for healing.

Hang in there, my dear. Sending hugs your way.

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MENNOLY 4/20/2012 9:57AM

    I hope this step keeps you going for a long long time. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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16th April 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

thank you to everyone who left a messge on my last blog, it is very much appreciated.
Well I had a quiet day planned as a rest day and my son came home and suggested we drive over to a neighbouring town about 80 kgs (45 miles) away. So off we went, we went to the major shopping centre there, then we went for lunch where there was the usual foods like fish battered, snitzels and other thing cooked in oil.

I thought about this and ordered barramundi (fish) with a macadamia topping. This was served with chips which I only ate half of them and salad. Also gave my son some of the barramundi before I started to eat. This was not cooked in oi, was dearer but absolutely beautiful. So I am rather pleased with myself.

Got home in time for exercises but I could only manage 50 minutes today. i had to stop early.

So the grand total of steps today was 16,588. No wonder I am very tired.

I know I have to have a rest day before very long but this is really surprising me with how much I can now do. So the plans tomorrrow is to go and see my friend and catch up with her so then I do not have to walk as much.
I do need a rest day.

  
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LIFE-FAITH 4/19/2012 10:15AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are taking care of YOU. I am so proud of you Wendy. Keep on keeping on - you are doing so great! Jean

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BILBYGIRL 4/19/2012 7:43AM

    Well done Wendy - sometimes it happens just right eh?
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I.M.MAGIC 4/19/2012 12:34AM

    ... sometimes the nicest way to exercise is when we don't even realize we're doing it--BUT, it's also easier to overdo. I'm glad you recognize now when you need a rest day, and take better care of yourself...
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Have a wonderful visit with your friend, and...

...be well...
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ASHENPOND 4/18/2012 9:06PM

    Fantastic Wendy - 16000 steps- how I wish thaat I could do that. I watch your progress with interest. emoticon

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OPALMOON 4/17/2012 11:55AM

    You are doing brilliantly, Wendy!

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TRUCKERWIFE2 4/17/2012 11:22AM

    16,000 steps is alot! No wonder you are tired. Keep up the good work.

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IMMORTALP 4/17/2012 6:08AM

    Wow, over 16000 steps. That is awesome!!! Way to go.
And the food choice sounds good to me.

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ARTJAC 4/17/2012 2:28AM

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MOTLEM 4/16/2012 7:50PM

    You are doing good. Sure are stepping it out well these days.
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1CRAZYDOG 4/16/2012 11:58AM

    Good for you!!!

HUGS!!

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15th April 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

wow so much support for me, it is incredible. Yes I know I have put in the work but if it wasn't for all of the support that I receive on here, I would not be here, I would have given up in probably the first few months. Like every other time I started on a diet. This is a way of life.

I have had a fabulous 4 days with the grandchildren but I must admit today I did not do anything exciting with them. Just so tired but this is a good tiredness.
I know have earnt this one. LOL. But Brodie (8 year old one) did tell me that he loves doing things with me.

I did have more of a rest day today, needed it.

Exercise class tomorrow afternoon. I will start to answer my replies tomorrow.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/18/2012 8:08PM

    Grandchildren always make everything so much better.
HUGS!!!!

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CBEVNOW 4/16/2012 4:48AM

    A little word from a grand child makes it all worth while.
C

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    emoticon You and me both, girl! emoticon

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ASHENPOND 4/15/2012 9:50PM

    Enjoy and then relax!

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SUSIEPH1 4/15/2012 8:12PM

    Have a lovely relaxing day my friend !! .
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TRYINGHARD1948 4/15/2012 6:49PM

    Enjoy, relax and rejuvenate.

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POPSY190 4/15/2012 5:20PM

    Great that you are so positive. Have a good day today resting! Don't overdo the exercise class. emoticon

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MENNOLY 4/15/2012 11:54AM

    I love your cheerful spirit! God bless you and may you continue to enjoy your grandkids! Have a great week!

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JILL313 4/15/2012 10:54AM

    You are such a good role model for your GKs and all of us. I love how much you enjoy being active in having fun with your Grandies--and they love it too. I'm sure you do need to rest up today as you want the strength to continue to do well this week.

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ORCHIDLADY56 4/15/2012 10:08AM

    Your grandchildren sure do love you! Glad you had a good time!

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OPALMOON 4/15/2012 10:02AM

    You sure earned a day of rest Wendy! You will be able to recharge again and have a lovely weekend to reflect back on.

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CTEMPLE 4/15/2012 9:09AM

    Best reward (what Brodie said)
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1CRAZYDOG 4/15/2012 9:06AM

    Glad you had such a wonderful time w/the grandies. I imagine you need a rest!!

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570 days of Sparks

Saturday, April 14, 2012

wow 570 days of Sparking. I have changed so much, it has been incredible. I have grown and so many people on Sparks have seen me grow. I have had many ups and downs but my downs are getting fewer and fewer and longer between.I am only human and will make mistakes but I do learn from them. It has become a way of life now.

I know I haven't lost as much weight as I would have liked and as you know this does get me down occassionally. Being realistic I have probably got too many health problems to lose weight consistantly. I have had one Specialist make the comment that I will not lose weight and any that I do lose I will have to fight for it. But I am fitter, healthier and stronger than i have been for many a long year.

My life has inproved to the extent that I can now play with the grandchildren. I took them to the playground again today for 2 hours.

I have still got the health problems but many things have improved as well.

1. blood pressure is now down to the lowest it has been for a long time
2. sugar is also low now.
3. back is so much better now.
4. Breathing is better
5. No fog on the brain. Thinking clearer
5. have energy
6. I now do have plans
7. I am now at peace with me.
8. less aches and pains.
9. I am worth it.
10. exercise more often
11. enjoy life.

These are only a few, there would be a lot more. There has been no time in my life that I have ever looked after me for so long.

In a really good place.
Here's to the next 570 days. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/18/2012 8:07PM

    AWESOME!!! You are dong a great job. Keep it up!!!

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SUSANHGREENE 4/17/2012 7:53AM

    Great blog!!! You've really captured what sparking is all about!!! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 4/15/2012 8:09PM

    You have come a really long way my friend .. in the last 57o days ..
Your achievments have been monumental ...and I am sure so fulfilling..

Each day is a new day, and a new chance to live your life the way you want to ..
You are a natural care giver and that is such a blessing ..
Your grandies and family are so very lucky to have you in their lives ..
and I bless the day we became friends ..
Everyone has already said what I could, and would have said .. so be aware of how much you are respected and loved ..

Have a great week ... much love Susie


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OPALMOON 4/15/2012 10:00AM

    This is absolutely fantastic Wendy! You deserve every one of those positives you listed as you have put in continued effort - Woo Hoo! So glad you had a wonderful weekend with your grandchildren too!

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You have come a long way Wendy, remeber what you said ...............
You are SO WORTH IT


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1BEACHWALKER 4/15/2012 3:43AM

    So happy for you! Keep going! Never give up! emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/14/2012 11:44PM

    It is a delight to see how well you are Wendy and of the improvements in your lifestyle.

Go, girl, go!

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BILBYGIRL 4/14/2012 10:17PM

    I'd have to say Wendy that this is one of the most encouraging Blogs I've read for awhile - course it probably helps that I know you (vbg) but seriously, I couldn't be more pleased for you. I know what you mean about the fog of the brain as I can start to feel mine lifting and I've only been on Spark for about 41 or 2 days so no comparison at all. That certainly had me worried though.

Your achievement is glorious. Nobody can ever take that away from you. I know that its very hard to push those numbers from the scales back to a lesser place but the fact is that to feel good more often and alive and full of energy - to be able to play with the Grandies for 2 hours!!! Well if somebody said - Okay Wendy, swap ya - if you'll hand over the list you can have whatever number you want, we all know what the answer would be. That's the way that I described it to myself the first time yesterday and I don't actually have anything to complain about at all other than an immature ego at times!

So enjoy your reward and know that on top of all of that you have made a great deal of difference to my life. That's no small thing as far as I'm concerned. I check your feed occasionally and I know that the list of people who would say that grows ever longer. You are a natural giver and its grand to see that you've been giving some of that bounty to yourself.

You deserve it.

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MOTLEM 4/14/2012 9:57PM

    The 'Spark Ride' is a good one Wendy.
Have a great day!
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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2012 9:05PM

    It IS hard to lose weight with your health challenges, but you are ROCKING IT! I applaud you and am so proud of your accomplishments. Keep it up. Way to go!!!

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WENDYJM4 4/14/2012 8:07PM

    thank you, I also should have added I am happier now than I have been for a long time. Even when I do things for the grandies I am thinking about exercising and burning calories.

I also lost 1.2kgs last week. So nearly half of what I put on the week before.

The grand total of steps I did last week was 61,297 steps. I now do realize that I need to do at least the 60,000 per week to lose more weight.

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JILL313 4/14/2012 7:16PM

    Wendy, I am so proud and happy for you. . .You've come a long way in 570 days with more wonderful and healthy days ahead for you. I really admire you're just getting in and taking good care of yourself. My dear friend, it's high time you became your own best friend and gave yourself top priority. . .along with your sweet Grandies. You certainly have improved your life and health by being a strong and determined Sparker!

Love,

Jill

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SUSIEPH1 4/14/2012 6:12PM

    Way to go darlin!!
So very glad, you have found you !!!!.
There will always be up and downs, but the ups will get better and longer.. believe me ..
I have watched you grow and find yourself again, and I know you will only get better ..
I also know you have major problems .. but with the right mindset you will over come them too ...
Have a wonderful day my dear friend ..
Know that you are loved ... Hugs and Love Susie
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ROSGETSSERIOUS 4/14/2012 4:58PM

    WOOHOO - what a great place to be in!!! You are an inspiration every day Wendy - thanks for all your support!!
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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 4/14/2012 1:40PM

    You are an inspiration!
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MENNOLY 4/14/2012 9:46AM

    emoticonYou are doing great and you rock!

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ILOVEROSES 4/14/2012 9:14AM

    Congratulations Wendy! Bet your grandchildren are enjoying their healthy Granny! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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CTEMPLE 4/14/2012 8:14AM

    Congratulations dear Wendy!

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I.M.MAGIC 4/14/2012 7:51AM

    P.S. Have a WONDERFUL, JOYFUL DAY!

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I.M.MAGIC 4/14/2012 7:50AM

    LOVE IT!

YOU ROCK, GIRL!

I am so happy for you, and I know you're going to keep on keepin' on! LOL

Biggest emoticonever to you, sweet friend!

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Friday the 13th

Friday, April 13, 2012

hi everyone, I have had a couple of really good days, lots of exercising with the kids. I actually took them to the playground for a couple of hours today.
Yesterday I got 15,000 steps and today was 10,833 steps. Boy am I feeling it in my legs and arms. I had to push my little grandson on the swing today. I had fun with them.

Woke up at about 4 am this morning starving, I was down in my calorie count yesterday because I was with them all day and didn't add up my calories until last night. Did have my meals but obviously did not eat enough. LOL. Hence toast at about 4.30 this morning. I am right with the calories today.

I thought my legs were bad last night, but tonight they are really protesting right up to my hips now. LOL.

And I see them again tomorrow. Be interesting.

bye for now, I am off to bed.

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/14/2012 3:03AM

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JILL313 4/13/2012 9:27PM

    Wow, Lucky Friday the 13th!! I can't believe how many steps on your Pedometer you have been getting--that is just awesome!! I'm so glad you're enjoying having your GKs with you. . .when they leave you'll probably need to rest up more. Take good care and enjoy your weekend.

Hugs,

Jill

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WENDYJM4 4/13/2012 8:46PM

    they are loving all the activity I can do with them now. We do play cards some times but because of the age diffeence this is not possible with all of them. Chase is only 3 and the other 2 there is competition between them with what games they like. LOL. Even yesterday at the playground I had to play with them, like seeing if I can catch them and then I had to tickle them. Talk about good and a variety of exercises and so much fun. My son works until 2 pm today so after he comes home I think I will also come home today and have a rest.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 4/13/2012 11:47AM

    I bet they are loving all the time and activity with you.
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OPALMOON 4/13/2012 11:03AM

    Hi Wendy, you are doing great with your steps count! Take care not to overdo it though! Enjoy tomorrow with your grandchildren again.

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LIFE-FAITH 4/13/2012 10:05AM

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Keep it up Wendy!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/13/2012 9:46AM

    Have a great day!!

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CTEMPLE 4/13/2012 9:36AM

    Take it easy tomorrow , maybe some board games?

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MENNOLY 4/13/2012 8:29AM

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