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Wednesday It Rained In My House.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Yep, an early storm hit here in the southland aka S.CA. Jeff assured me that it would not get wet in the house. Our roof is still not done along the new front porch area, hence they put up black paper (tar type) and no plastic. I hate to say I told him so, but I knew they had not protected the roof enough from the heavy Alaskan storm that was headed out way. I took pictures on my phone to text to my daughter and forgot to use my reg. camera to post here. I don't use the internet with my phone and have no idea how to send the pictures to my email anyway. lol Anyway Samra and her boyfriend Carl got a big kick out of it raining inside the house.
Anyway, the water was pouring down the lights above the kitchen sink. Along the side of that area I have a hanging rack with all my Calphalon cookware, of course the water was coming down from the holes where the rack is attached to the ceiling, all over the counter. I moved the coffee pot and can opener to the oven which didn't get any water to dry, that goodness. I had 4 pots on the counter to catch water and turned the lights over the sink so the water rained straight down. There was about an inch of water on half the floor, which I mopped on and off all day. Then the entry hall hanging lamp light started to drip water, another pot went there. Next in the hall outside of the bedroom (of course my room) water started to run out of that lamp/light fixture another 2 buckets and towels.
Jeff came home early from work because of rain, took a nap and then a bunch of the popcorn ceiling fell down in the hallway (I want all the popcorn gone anyway, but this isn't the ideal way to get rid of it). lol
Anyway it got pretty cold (for us here in S.CA) but the gas is turned off from the heater/AC unit so were just had to buck up. By Thursday morning the storm had pasted and was warm enough to open the windows. Except the kitchen window wouldn't open, later in the morning it took Frank and I to get it to move. Also the front door will hardly open, hey, no need to lock it cause it takes everything you can do to pull it open. Jeff has been going out the backdoor the last 2 mornings because it won't work. I couldn't get that door to budge this morning from the inside. So I unlocked it, went around from the outside to get the morning paper and decided to come in the house through the front door, pushed with all my might, went flying into the house, almost lost my balance but managed not to land on Phred. It must have looked pretty funny, if there had been anyone to see me. lol Haven't yet tried to get out of the house again today, need to go to the market and will wait to see what happens.
Thats about it for now. Frank is up now and I am going to get him to help me open the kitchen window again this morning.
Weather for yesterday and today, sunny with some light fluffy clouds and warming up to the 80's by Sunday.

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IZZYBEBOP 10/15/2011 12:04PM

    I hope everything has dried out. What a mess!

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DNJEN471 10/8/2011 1:07PM

    Sounds like a wet mess. Sorry to hear!

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JAMER123 10/8/2011 12:43AM

    HI Teri! I think that storm is headed this way. I don't think we are going to get the rain as it seems to be staying to the north of where we are camping. But they say during the night and then tomorrow. Hope we don't find any leaks in the camper. But you never know.

So sorry to read about all the trouble you are having right now with the water. I know the feeling of have to mop up all day to try to keep things a little dry. Hope you are doing better now and can get the roof covered soon. Take care and don't overdo. Hope to see you back again in the near future. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 10/7/2011 9:41PM

    Oh,my goodness, Teri! So sorry all of this leaking happened, reminds me of that scene in the movie, "A Wonderful Life!" Glad that it is all stopped now. Sounds like Jeff now has more work, as well as owing you an apology! Hope the door will open, soon! Please take care of yourself! emoticon

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TABBYARTS 10/7/2011 9:29PM

    Dang! Brie and I have yet to mend the roof in he spare room, and when the storm blows from the south, HER side of the bed gets wet. If we are clever enough to anticipate the weather, we spread out plastic sheets and pots. We only have flat roofs. We have not yet built the pitched roof. I'm glad your storm blew past. I hope your house dries out without mildew and mold.

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TWEETYKC00 10/7/2011 9:04PM

    Oh My Gosh, rain in the house, the ceiling caving in and a motionless front door! It does sound like you could really give Jeff an I Told You So on that roof. I hope everything gets fixed and soon.

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_LINDA 10/7/2011 8:16PM

    Oh No :(( How awful!! So sorry (that is dangerous the water coming from the light fixtures :(( ) I had that happen when an idiot on a floor above above me overflowed their bath tub while talking on the phone. The housing authority totally replaced my light fixture and part of the ceiling that fell down..
I hope there is not extensive damage to your house, but it sounds like there will be :(( Warped doors are no fun, but neither is mold in the walls or damaged ceilings..
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SUBSMITH 10/7/2011 4:40PM

    Wow. I hope you've been able to open the door and house to dry off a bit. Mike has been asking me why I haven't turned on the heater yet. I'm usually chilled in the morning, but not to the point of using the heater yet. I ask him if he's cold, and he always says,'oh no, you just look cold.' lol. right. Take care and hope to see you again soon.

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Sorry to see I am not getting

Monday, October 03, 2011

Well what did I expect. I only have been onsite a few times a month in the last few months. I enter my exercise min. but no food, and it shows. I started back at the gym yesterday and think I will get back on track this month. We are so far behind on the house construction that I just hope Jeff gets up some walls b/4 the rain comes. I think that is what stresses me out.
I do feel better since going off the medication that was giving me problems. I am somewhat surprised I have not heard from my doctor. I left him a message on the 19th of Sept. He was out of town but Jennifer (his front desk girl) assured me he would see the message since it is all done online now. MMMM I am sure he would want me to be on something for my kidneys. I am not complaining because honestly I do not want him to put me back on Prenidsone. I can't wait till my next appointment which is in Nov. and he asks me how I am doing on the Celcept. Since I am not taking it at all. I have more energy and feel better with less stomach problems.
Thats about it and I hope to catch up with all of my friends soon.
Reading my last blog I mistyped about starting my medication on the following Mon. I had actually started on the Mon b/4 I went to Hemet. I had been back on medication for 6 days and I got up on Sunday the 18th at my sisters with horible stomach pain in my left lower area. I got very sick for a few hours b/4 I was finally able to make the drive home. That is why I stopped taking it and called my doctor. No stomach problems since then.

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LESSOFMOORE 10/4/2011 9:47PM

    Teri, I am happ to hear that you're feeling better! emoticon

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DDOORN 10/4/2011 3:46PM

    So sorry to hear of your medical complications recently!

Yes, gotta track the snackin'...have learned the hard way also. BUT: am back in the saddle and reclaiming lost ground.

Apologies for not catching up with you sooner!


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TXGRANDMA 10/3/2011 7:29PM

    So glad that you are feeling better! I hope that your medication is sorted out soon, and you are on something that your body can tolerate! I know sometimes it is hard to find the right medication and the right dose.

Hope that Jeff can get more of the house done soon, living in an unfinished house gets old very quickly!

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_LINDA 10/3/2011 2:47PM

    Sounds like you were having quite the reaction to that medication. Glad you are off it and feeling better. Sometimes its a real crap shoot for Dr.'s to find a medication that will work and not have bad side effects. I had a real roll call of medications for my RA way back when. I was lucky my Dr. gave me samples so I wouldn't waste my money on a prescription that either didn't work or bothered my stomach..
Sorry your reno is taking so long. It is very stressful to have all that disruption going on and that always affects your health adversly.
I always track my food, if I didn't I could just see the weight that took me two years to lose slowly creeping back on. I am not good at guessing proportions and some items are so high calorie (like peanut butter) being out just a half teaspoon puts big calories in. And they all add up quickly..
Please do go back to tracking food, its so important..
Hope your medicine issues get resolved sooner than that Nov appointment!!!

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DNJEN471 10/3/2011 9:21AM

    Health problems are the worst! Hope you hear from your dr soon!

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BKWERM 10/3/2011 5:54AM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better. Hope that being off your meds doesn't cause any long term problems.

Yes, tracking food can make all the difference. It always amazes me how much I eat when I don't track! LOL!

I hope you get your walls up before the rain, too. Even better would be a roof!

It's nice to hear from you.

Have a great day!

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Fast blog, thanks everyone for your comments on my recents blogs.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Feeling better, but still haven't started back on the medicine @ 1/2 dose. Will start on Monday. We had a fun 9/11 going on a Corvette Run with our flags a flying up to Mt. Wilson area of San Bernardino Mts. Jeff is feeling better too, but his back is still bothering him. Going to the Chiropractor most days. He returns to work on Sat. He and Frank are working hard getting whatever they can do done. We are way behind sched. on the house but can only do so much with Jeff being out of commission.
I will be leaving in the morning to go to Hemet to spend the weekend with my sister at her new place in Hemet. It is her 62nd birthday on Sat. and I have schedule massages for both of us in the town of Murrieta Hot Springs, CA. Should be nice and relaxing for her and me too.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. xo

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_LINDA 9/16/2011 12:09PM

    That will be a nice relaxing weekend for you, sounded like good timing, you needed a break. Enjoy your massages, and may you and hubby feel better soon!
A big Happy Birthday to your sister!
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HIKINGSD 9/15/2011 10:53PM

    Glad you and your hubby are feeling well. Nice hearing from you girl.

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TXGRANDMA 9/15/2011 10:28PM

    Enjoy your massages! That was so nice of you to schedule them! Drive safely! emoticon

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LINDA! 9/15/2011 10:18PM

    Hope you have a good weekend.

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To answer a few questions from those who read my last blog.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I have had kidney dysfunction from Lupus since 1985. I have been on and off prenidsone (mostly on) for most of that time. From 4/2002 - 11/2003 I went through Cytoxan chemo treatments to get my kidneys in working condition again. In April 2009 I was put on Celcept after I once was having problems with my kidneys (protein coming out). Celcept worked great, in less than 2 months my kidneys were working as well as expected for me.
I started out taking 2000 mgs a day and this was reduced to 1000 mgs after that. I get blood work done for this medication as well as my blood thinner on a regular basis.
When I started not to feel good, I sort of blew it off. But as it continued, I began to think what had changed, other than home construction. I looked up the medication online and everything that I was feeling was there. It also said these symptoms could happen after a few years, not like some medications that I reacted to within days. After my doctor did chest xray, ultra sound on my stomach, UGI and lots of bloodwork, he decided I might just be right about the meds.
The doctor had me go off the medication for a week, to see how I feel. I feel much better and already have more energy. I know he wants me to go on half the dose I had been on, to see if I can tolerate the lower amount without problems. We shall see how it goes. He also wants to make sure I get in a least 20 min. of cardio at the gym everyday or a good walk. I am attempting to do that but some days are better than others. I am walking Phred almost everyday again but shorter walks for now.
Once thanks to all my friends for reading my blogs. I appreciated everyone of you!

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BWCAGRL 9/14/2011 7:53AM

    Catching up here...I've been in a flare. Hope you can continue to work through everything and still get the benefits of the meds without the side effects. I wish docs would be more forthcoming about side-effects ;)
Take care!

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_LINDA 9/11/2011 9:39PM

    I sure hope this Dr. is right about putting you on a lower dose of that medication.
I had an immediate and bad reaction to a medication once, and my Dr. thought I could try a lower dose, and maybe get 'used' to it, but no such luck, the reaction occurred as before. Its unfortunate as its a drug that helped a lot of people. She also tried a bone building medicine which also reacted on me, and she had hoped I would get 'used' to it, but I just kept being sick :( Unfortunately, the result is I now have very severe Osteoporosis. So not fair the way I always tried to workout long and hard.. I am on a different bone builder that I hope works.
I sure hope this works for you..Lupus is such a horrible disease :((
Keeping fingers crossed!!
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BARBARASDIET 9/11/2011 7:17PM

    Hope the lower dose works for you!

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DANLIN60 9/11/2011 4:42PM

    Good for you for taking matters into your own hands and reading up on your medications and bringing them to your doctor''s attention and he fact that he listened to you. I am glad to hear that you a feeling a little bit better. Hope you continue to feel better each day

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IZZYBEBOP 9/11/2011 8:49AM

    I'm glad that the lower dose is helping you. I know you're busy with the house project, and hope that you can fit in your cardio minutes. Remember, working on the house can be cardio too.

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TERRYT55 9/11/2011 12:34AM

    Hi Teri......I just read a couple of your blog posts. I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well.

Very glad that your read about the meds you are on and that your doctor listened to you. I hope you are OK on a lower dose and continue to improve.

It must be wonderful to have a bit more energy. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care, Terry

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Dropping by to say "Hi Spark friends"

Monday, September 05, 2011

Sorry I haven't been online very much in the last month. Busy with the house construction but also having some medical issues too. Jeff has been called into work so much that he finally had to tell his bosses he couldn't work because he needed to get more work done on our house. We started this project with the understanding that he would have 2 1/2 months off from work. This has not happened as he has been called into work a lot, in fact the last 2 weeks straight. We like the money and also the hours bank is up so we will have our medical until at least the end of the year. We have just about 8 days to get the front porch finished and closed up, then all the walls need to be put up. We are hoping this will all be accomplished so that when he is working Frank and I will be doing the painting. Then we can work inside the house putting in the new cabinets & granite for the kitchen and get all the appliances in their place. And work can begin on the new bathroom. Also the current wall between the old kitchen can come down. A lot of work still to go here but it will get done.

I have not been doing too well, stomach problems which I think may be due to the medical I started taking in 2009. I looked the drug up on the company web site and it said everything that I have been having pain, gas ect. can happen after being on the drug for a couple of years. My doctor did a chest x-ray, stomach ultrasound and UGI and everything is pretty much normal (UGI). I see him in the morning and I guess he will decide to lower my dose to see if that helps.

I have been so tired that if I do any exercise (when I feel good) the next day I can't do anything and this can last a couple of days. So in 2 months I gained back about 13 pounds. I have just not been doing anything. I do help Jeff and Frank when I can but it is not enough. I can't believe I did a 5K in June and felt great and now it is like I can barely make it through 30 min.s at the gym on any cardio machine. Poor Phred has not been getting in his miles either. In fact last Sunday the 28th I went bowling with my son and felt pretty good, even bowl a couple of good games and one great game of 171. But the next day I was so tired out and I was going to dinner with friends in the evening that I stayed in bed most of the day resting and reading.

I hope to start feeling better soon and plan on getting back on the band wagon soon. I do not want to gain back any more weight, that is for sure!

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TXGRANDMA 9/10/2011 9:56PM

    Wow, Teri! So sorry to hear of all these health problems you have been having. Hope that everything is related to the dosage of your medication and can be easily solved. It is so miserable when you are not feeling up to par.

Hope that Jeff is soon able to get some time off work so that he can get done what needs to be done immediately on the house. Be sure to send us more pictures (or write another blog) to show us how far you have come!

Prayers sent your way that you are soon back to normal.

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OGOODY 9/6/2011 4:05PM

    Everyone has these rough patches! I know you'll work your way through it! Good luck with the medication dosing also! Feel better!

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LINDA! 9/6/2011 3:55PM

    I am laid up with injuries now and can relate to not feeling well.

Take care!!

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IZZYBEBOP 9/6/2011 11:08AM

    I'm sorry you're having problems with your medication. I hope it clears up, and also that you start to get your energy back.
Best of luck on your house, and I'm now subscribed to your blogs so I can keep up to date.

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BKWERM 9/6/2011 9:23AM

    Sorry that you're having such a rough time of it, Teri. What's the medicine that you're on that's causing all the problems? Is there a similar drug that you can take that doesn't produce the same side effects?

Keep us posted. I really hope this is resolved soon.

Take care.


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MRSAKINS2005 9/6/2011 8:46AM

    Sorry you've been feeling bad. I have been in the same boat myself. Feeling icky is not a good way to feel. You'll get back on that horse...and you'll do great.

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    Sorry that you've been feeling bad. I hope that the doctor is able to figure out what the issue is and fix it for you. Good luck on getting the house project completed. I hope that they won't hold the time off against your hubby. I enjoyed the pictures that were posted, Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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_LINDA 9/6/2011 1:13AM

    Sounds like you not only need your medicine dose altered but perhaps changed if you are taking a reaction this one. I love being on the biologics, it truly helps take the bite out of the worst of the pain, but eventually, my body adapts to them and they no longer work or I get a nasty reaction. There certainly are lots of medicines out there, so there is no need to be stuck with one do9ng this to you!!
Way to kick butt bowling! When I am fully healed from all my surgeries, that is something I want to get back into. I used to bowl as a youth and young adult before the RA came back and steamrolled me.
When you can't exercise your only alternative is to track your calories very carefully, weighing and measuring everything! When I had my latest surgical layoff, I set my fitness tracker to zero -no cardio on an operated foot- and tried hard to keep in the calorie range it gave me, and it worked, no weight creep back on like has happened so many times before when I couldn't exercise..
All the best with it.. Feel better soon!

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JAMER123 9/6/2011 12:42AM

    Hi Teri. I am sorry to see you aren't feel too well. You can begin again and take baby steps to get back on track. Meds. can do a number on your body even though you are given them in hope they help. Some side effects are worse than the problem. Hoping the Dr. can try something else for you. Blessings. I am thinking about you and all you are doing. Take care of yourself!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 9/6/2011 12:01AM

    You can get back on track, that med might have side effects that make you tired as well. I hope you feel better soon.

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