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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Just wanted to say another "Thank you" to all my friends who have prayed and wished only the best for my friend Cora and her family. I looked back on my posts and noticed that after the brain cancer was diagnosed she was only with us just about 30 days. I am glad that she did not have to suffer very long, although with original diagnoses of lung cancan at the beginning of 2012, I know she had good and bad days. Now onto my exercise routine.

I have been keeping up with my walks and now doing at least 60 mins. a day. My doctor will be happy since he only asked for 45 mins., plus my speed has increased. Still haven't made it over to the gym, but now that our weather has really cooled off here I will be going there more often. We had a good rain last night and this morning and it has been just under 60 all days. Sun tries to pick out every once a while, then more dark clouds cross over and the temperature drops a few degrees. I was able to go out around 11 am and had to wear a sweatshirt. Been a long time since I pulled any winter clothes out of the closet.

Have the Pro-time clinic tomorrow morning, hope everything is good with my blood thinners.

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/27/2013 9:33AM

    My mom is on Coumadin too, and it ended up being better for her doctor to order a pro-time home machine for her. She lives in a rural town outside the county where her doc practices. She had work done on her mitral valve some 12-15 years ago, and they put her on the Coumadin to thin it down. Well, someone dropped the ball and didn't have her monitored to make sure it wasn't TOO thin, and she sprung a leak in her head, basically - subarachnoid hematoma - because blood was too thin. So after step dad died and income went down and too far to drive in all the time, doc wrote a prescription for the home use pro-time tester for Medicare to pay for. She tests once a week, machine sends her results to doc, and doc office calls her and tells her how to adjust the med up or down (like take a half pill, or if she has been hitting the Middle eastern food lately, they may tell her to not take any Coumadin for a few days so blood can thicken up a bit, etc.). Works well for her situation.

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DJ4HEALTH 11/24/2013 12:07AM

    That is good that you are walking 60 minutes!

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JAXMOMMY 11/22/2013 9:54AM

    Just know you are never alone! Glad you are getting your walks in on a regular basis and even more than what the MD suggested! Good for you! Yes, seems winter is moving in across the country!

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TENNISJIM 11/22/2013 5:57AM

    Awesome on the walking. Keep it up and keep it going.

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LESSOFMOORE 11/21/2013 8:38PM

    Blessings to you, Teri! emoticon emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 11/21/2013 8:06PM

    You are so welcome for the prayers for Cora. She sounds as if she was an amazing person with a wonderful family.
How great that you are getting all that walking in. It has been cooler here lately, too, but was rainy today. Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy too and turning colder, woodstove weather! emoticon

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JAMER123 11/21/2013 7:48PM

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emoticon that you are walking more than the Dr. had "prescribed"!! Good for you! Talking about the sweatshirt, I think I am going to have to get mine out for Sat. here. We were 90 today, 88 tomorrow and 48 on Sat.!! That's a big jump and when rain comes with it, it does feel bone shilling. Guess we will see. Glad to be in TX. and not home as the high there on Sat. will be 2 above!! Guess we will finally get our hard freeze. Take care and stay warm.

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_LINDA 11/21/2013 7:34PM

    Way to go with your fitness!
I did a 105 minute fast walk (had to be as fast as I could go so I wouldn't freeze) -the temperature is -8 here with strong winds, and expected to drop to -13 tonight! Just darn cold, hard to want to get out there, not to mention the icy sidewalks and streets. Seems like forever since I could go without a jacket!!
Hope your test goes well tomorrow!

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RIP Cora 11/19/13

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Got a call last night our time around 8:30am from Cora's son Marcus that she had past away peacefully. I had wanted to fly out but the earliest flights that I could get on were going through Chicago late Monday or early Tuesday and because of the storm, I would be delayed. As it was my doctor didn't want me to fly because I have been having troubles with my bp and blood thinners. I posted a newer picture of her that I shared from her husbands fb page.

Today was not an easy day for me. I did manage to go shopping but I didn't sleep too well last night and today was a low energy day. I talked to Jim earlier, he was making dinner, saying he couldn't believe she would never be sitting at the table with him again. Then he broke down crying. Jim could only talk for a few mins. before he had to hand the phone over to Marcus. I just made a donation in her name and they will send the family a card. That is what Jim asked and I know that is what Cora would have wanted.

Cora was a funny little gal. If you asked her "A penny for your thoughts", she would say "Hell a penny, isn't is up to a dime yet, I am not that cheap". And then she would laugh. Yesterday while out walking, at almost the same place I found $5 a while back(which I told her about). I saw but did not pick up a bright shinny new dime. I knew it was from her, just knew it, got chills up my spine. Walked past and almost went back, but something stopped me, I knew she wanted me to leave it there for someone else to find. I least that's my story and I am sticking to it.

Dinner's almost ready so "Peace out" everyone.

  
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KATHLEEN320 11/29/2013 9:14AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. But finding the dime was a sign from her and her way of telling you that she's fine, which is quite amazing.

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XENA47 11/21/2013 1:52PM

    Losing friends is hard. Major hugs.

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DANLIN60 11/21/2013 11:18AM

    Sorry for your loss, may the peace of knowing that she is no longer suffering bring you some comfort. She is with our Lord now and watching over you.

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Danlin

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TEDDYBEAR662 11/21/2013 8:05AM

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DJ4HEALTH 11/21/2013 12:47AM

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. emoticon emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/20/2013 11:53PM

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend :-(

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JAXMOMMY 11/20/2013 11:50PM

    Oh Teri! I am so, so, so very sorry for your loss! I'm sure your precious friend, Cora, sent you that dime! She wanted to let you know that she is at peace, in no pain and feeling fine once again! I would've loved to have gotten a sign like that from my Mom! I'm glad she had a peaceful crossing. Prayers of peace and courage going out to you and her family! Sending you big warm hugs!

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TLB1630 11/20/2013 11:40PM

    emoticon to hear of your loss. The name Cora caught my eye as that was my Grandmother's name, Oh and my name is Teri too...

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TXGRANDMA 11/20/2013 11:15PM

    emoticon Teri...........so sorry that you lost your friend. Loved the story about the dime you found! No one else would understand the significance of that dime but you! Rest assured that she is with you and will always be. I will pray that God will help her family and friends through this very difficult time. emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 11/20/2013 11:11PM

    I believe the dime was a sign from her. She wants you to know she's okay and very comfortable. I am so sorry for your loss, Teri. Sending prayers to you and to Cora's family for peace and healing of the soul.
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_LINDA 11/20/2013 8:55PM

    So very sorry for your loss :( Finding that dime was too much, brought tears to my eyes.
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More sad news regarding my friend Cora

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I do want to thank all of you who prayed for Cora a few weeks back after she was told she had brain cancer. I was pretty sure that things would only go downhill. At this time she is in hospital with no chance of recovery. Her doctors were hopeful, but since I had some personal experience with this (family members and friends) I knew that once the cancer had spread to her brain, she would have a short time left. She was in hospital a couple of weeks ago with breathing problems and they put her on steriods. She went from 90# to 98# in a week. Talking to her son Marcus today, he said she was now 115#. All swollen up and her feet were larger than his size 13's. I am just heart broken for the whole family.

I really want to go to N.Charleston, S. Carolina and see her b/4 she passes. The plane fair is very high because there are no direct flights, most have 1 if not 2 stop overs and being so close to Thanksgiving the price would be over $1000 with tax. Fly to NYC then south to Charleston, fly to Chicago, connect to Atlanta, then Charleston, fly through Huston then Atlanta to Charleston, you get the idea. Of course the price would come down if I booked a couple of weeks in advance but the family doesn't really know how long she will be able to hang on. She has signed a DNA. What a mess! My husband would pay for me to go, but then I would need a rental car and motel to stay at. Ouch! As much as I want to go and I really do want to go. I can't justify the money when we just got out of debt. I am so sad and just bummed out so completely. Today was not a good day.

I hope whoever reads this understands my need to vent about this and although this doesn't have anything to do with diet or nutrition, it has made me feel a bit better to talk about my feelings. Please pray for her and her family. emoticon emoticon

Here's a picture of Cora

  
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SEATTLE58 11/19/2013 12:07PM

    Oh Terri, I am so sorry that you find yourself in this situation, but with you being such a dear friend to her, she would know that you would be thinking of her with love and care. She knows that you love her. I hope that this can comfort you sweetie. emoticon emoticon emoticon Karen

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DANLIN60 11/19/2013 7:18AM

    I am so sorry for you Terri that you cannot be with your friend in her time of need. Is there a way that her family can set up Skype so that you may sit with her in her hospital room via Skype and say some comfort words to her since you can't be there in person? Just a idea I had. I will pray that the Lord doesn't let your dear friend suffer and that He watches over you. My prayers are with you, Terri and with Cora.


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Danlin

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DJ4HEALTH 11/17/2013 12:38AM

    So sorry to hear that she is not expected to live long but you are right that once it goes to the brain it is only a matter of time. As for her swelling up that is also from the chemo. I know because that is what happened to my husband when he went through chemo and it got worse before he passed. Will be praying for the family and you too. I see that she is wearing a cross and I take it that she knew the Lord. One day she will be alive in a better body and That day is a day of rejoicing in the Lord.

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BLUENOSE63 11/17/2013 12:10AM

  I am so sorry to hear about your friend, Teri. I pray that her passing will be swift and painless.

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_LINDA 11/16/2013 11:04PM

    Oh No Teri, that is so very sad :( But you are right, once the cancer is in the brain there is no hope :(( I have known four people who died from it within six months of diagnosis. That is horrible the cost and convolutions of trying to get a flight. So sorry its not possible for you to find a way to see her before it passes.
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CASTIRONLADY 11/16/2013 10:43PM

    Do what you need to do. NO REGRETS.I am praying.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/16/2013 10:22PM

    I'm so sorry your friend has to go through this. I will be praying for Cora and her family.
Don't feel bad about venting, I understand how you feel. Distance makes it hard.
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JAXMOMMY 11/16/2013 10:18PM

    Oh Teri, I am so sorry! I know Cora knows you would be there with her if you could. I lost a close friend recently and he understood why I could not come to see him before he died. That is the beauty of friends.... They know. It may not be directly diet or fitness related, but any stressors affect your health and this is a huge stressor! I will keep Cora and her friends and family and you in my prayers. Cora knows you would be there in person if you could and she knows you will be there tied to her heart as it stops! She knows you love her and she loves you.... Again, that is what friends are all about! Peace to you!! Hugs, Melissa

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JTREMBATH 11/16/2013 8:40PM

    We have to vent some time so that is ok. emoticon

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JAMER123 11/16/2013 8:23PM

    Teri, we all need to vent and totally understand as I am sitting with a situation that I would like to vent but can't. It weighs heavy on the heart when one knows a dear individual will not be with you soon. We can pray for you and for Cora and her family and may God help all who know her pray for an easy passing.
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LESSOFMOORE 11/16/2013 7:47PM

    Teri, I am praying for you and Cora! emoticon emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 11/16/2013 7:18PM

    So sorry for your friend, Teri, but I am sure she doesn't expect you to come and wouldn't want you to feel guilty about it or put your family in financial hardship. She does not sound in good shape, that's for sure. I am glad that you blogged about this, as it helps you to release these feelings of sorrow and loss. Prayers headed your way for you, going through this, as well as for Cora and her family and this difficult time for them. emoticon emoticon

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JUDYAMK 11/16/2013 7:12PM

    I am so sorry for your friend, her family & your desire to go see her. My brother in California has cancer & it is so awful being 3,0000 miles away.I just cannot pick up & go when I want to. The only thing that is left is prayer, I will be praying for everyone. Take care
Judy

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Nice visit with my daughter

Friday, November 15, 2013

So my daughter Samra came to town for her 10th high school reunion with her guy Carl. They stayed here at the house on a nice queen sized air matress that they brought along. They even brought along their own towels, who could ask for better house guests. lol It was so nice to see them. We had a great time and an early Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving dinner went well. Turkey turned out fantastic, along with all the other goodies. Had some wine (which is rare for me). Carl was a big help as my sue-chef, he works in food prep for the school district that they both work for. Even fed my daughters best friend Sara and her cousin Jessie, who happened to show up at the right time. Sara is like a daughter to me (her mother passed away earlier this year and her father is dying too.) Neither Sara or Jessie has had the easiest life's and don't get a good home cook meal very often. So many of Samra's friends came by to see her and it was great to see them too. Most of the kids have called me Mom for many years.

Regarding bowling that I did last Friday. Well I did not do too good. I know it was too dark to see any marks on the lanes because they had all these blinking lights with rock video's on the walls. Also none of the kids or most of the adults did not know protocol rules for bowling. I just tried my best. Sat. my back killed me and Sunday reaching for the wine glasses I pulled something in my lower back. I was in pain most of the weekend. Really need to get back to the gym and lift light weights to build up strength again too. Still had fun. Rosa purchased a mixed platter of food for everyone. Most of it was junk (fried) but they did have a few sliders, so I had one of those along with a celery stick and one drank water.

Hope everyone is doing great!

  
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_LINDA 11/16/2013 12:18AM

    How sweet is that, glad you had a good time with your daughter and all her friends.
Hope your back feels better soon, take care of yourself!

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JAMER123 11/15/2013 11:46PM

    You are one lucky, lovely lady!! I loved it when kids came home and their friends would call me mom. Tried to teach my kids to cook and they weren't interested. Now they are the cooks in their families. (2 sons, 1 daughter) My oldest is beginning to try more "fancy" foods like prime rib roast etc. Wants to try it out on us and his inlaws. Does a great job too.

I don't bowl anymore as my back muscles can't handle it (they can't handle much anyway) but sure had a great time when we did bowl on a team. Take care of that back!!
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JAXMOMMY 11/15/2013 10:54PM

    Sounds like an awesome visit! Glad everyone had a good time and was well fed! My mom never had only her 3 children for any occasion! When she passed, it was touching to hear from so many lives that she touched! You are a blessing!

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TXGRANDMA 11/15/2013 9:45PM

    Sounds like you had a GREAT Thanksgiving Dinner! How nice that your daughter and her guy showed up as well as your friend's girl and her cousin. Nice to have help with the meal, and a family gathering this time of year is what makes it special! emoticon emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 11/15/2013 9:21PM

    Of course your daughter is the perfect house guest! Look who raised her! emoticon emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 11/15/2013 8:54PM

    That is great and glad that you all had a good time too.,

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Good report from Pulmonary Doctor & lost a few pounds

Friday, November 08, 2013

So my lungs are good, asthma under control. Dr. Lawton very happy and I will return in 6 months for my yearly breathing test. He gave me a bunch of samples because I have been on Symbiacort for a long time and it cost $140 but it would be free if he had a generic I could use. Instead he gave me 4 months worth of samples of Dulera to try out. If it works well, I will using that inhaler from now on. Then none of my medications will cost anything through my husbands insurance.

I also had some good news. I am only doing my weight when I go to the doctors office. In this way I won't get obsessed about my weight and since my scale battery is dead, I have decided not to replace it for a while. I did notice my pants weren't as tight, so I was pleased to see I had lost a few pounds. I am now at 203.6.

So I restarted with Sparks at 210 and it has been real slow only lost 2 pounds for the longest time. Now close to 7 pounds and I like that. When I originally started using Sparks in Nov. 2009, I was 204 and I eventually got down to 143. Kept it off for a bit, then I injured myself and had ankle surgery in Dec. 2012. During 2012 the weight slowly came back on, then I got a bit depressed because our home remodeling was taking so long and costing more than we accounted for. Things are pretty much back to normal now and I am feeling a lot better. I am sure the exercising is helping with the depression.

Going bowling this evening with Rosa (my neighbor) and her two daughter's Christy 22 yrs old and Frida 13 yrs old. They call me "Grandma Corvette", which I think is pretty funny. I don't have any grand kids of my own and they are like family. Frida has been helping me bake Christmas goodies since she was around 3 or 4 yrs old. Frank was going to go with us before his work tonight but they asked him to come in early. They are doing safety checks with OHSA I guess this weekend. He is sort of glad because he will work 5pm-10pm get paid for 8 hours and be home in the morning to see his sister without having to sleep all day.

Waiting for the Maytag man to bring a replacement part for my refrigerator that Is about 3 yrs old now. A plastic piece broke off and attaches the pop up drawer, but you can't just replace that little piece. It is attache to a larger part. Sort of mad because we have not had good luck with this refrigerator (ice maker problems 3 times). Tan our MayTag guy is great. What I did was send him a couple of pictures from my cell to his cell, so he would know exactly what had broken. He was pretty sure because he has the same frig but the pictures helped him and he thought that was a great idea on my part. He will be here soon. So off to start ironing sheets that were put off from yesterday.

  
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DJ4HEALTH 11/9/2013 8:49PM

    And they say that maytag is so good and does not break down., emoticon

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_LINDA 11/9/2013 12:57AM

    emoticon emoticon Sparkversary!
Great Dr.'s report! Nice to see that scale number going down!
Hope the medicine works for you, that would be great! My pharmacy automatically substitutes generics for what ever my Dr. prescribes.
Have a great weekend!

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JAMER123 11/8/2013 10:37PM

    Great new, Teri. And congrats to you on the weight loss. So glad you are back to the 203 level. It really feels good, doesn't it. You take care and enjoy some R&R now that the house is done!!
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LESSOFMOORE 11/8/2013 9:55PM

    Thanks for sharing the good news from the doctor! emoticon emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 11/8/2013 6:41PM

    Happy Spark Anniversary!! Congrats on the weight loss! Congrats on the MD report! Hate to sound like an old fogie, but they just don't make things like they used to! We've had numerous problems with the appliances in our kitchen! Keep Sparking! You are doing great!

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