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.
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.
Here's a picture of Cora
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.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
The weather was very nice here for Halloween. A good bunch of kids and I was trying to get rid of all the candy. Thought I did pretty good with only 1/2 bowl left. Then the next day was cleaning up a closet and found 6 bags of various candies. 4 were chocolate types and they went into the freezer. If no one eats them they should be good to go for next year. lol The other 2 bags were Laffy Taffy and Nerds. Neither of these do I like or care about. They are up in a cupboard and I assume they too will be ok next year as long as the bags isn't opened.
We had a day of light rain over the weekend but it has warmed up a bit again during the day. In fact it was just around 82 with a nice breeze today. Did a walk along the new Anaheim Cove River Walkway. Round trip is 3.27 or something like that. The walk I took today takes a shorter route back then the round trip but it is a sandy path down closer to the SA River, still just over 3 miles.
Jeff has been working late most of the week. He is at the Anaheim Convention Ctr. working on installing BlizzCon. For those of you not familiar with this, it is hosted by Blizzard Entertainment Company located locally in Irvine, CA, the largest online gaming site for World of Warcraft. That is where I was able to see Ozzie Osborn a couple of years ago and my son got to see Foo Fighters two years ago. Jeff told us a couple of days ago the big group this year is Blink-182 on Sat. night. BlizzCon is very expensive to attend and they only have 20,000 tickets available world wide. Last year they had BlizzCon in China or Japan.
Samra will be home this weekend from AZ with her long term guy Carl. They will be attending her 10 yr. high school reunion. They both love Blink-182, so Jeff will try to get them some T-shirts.
We will be having Thanksgiving early on Sunday 11/10/13. My sister Doreen and her husband Fred will be here from Hemet, CA. I also asked her to let her son Rich who lives in San Clemente, CA which is located in S.OC, that he is welcome and he could bring a guest. Rich may have to work but I know Samra would love to see her cousin. Jeff has to work all day, but he has Monday off so he will be able to visit with Sam & Carl on that day and they will return to AZ on Tuesday as it is a 3 day weekend for them both and they decided to take 1 vacation day. They should arrived here sometime late Friday or early Sat.
Yesterday sucked. I felt awful for some reason, no energy, tired and my back was killing me. So took the day off and was able to get my walk in along the SA River and get some cleaning done. I did do laundry yesterday and along with about 30 mins. of ironing but that was it.
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