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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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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

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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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Nice couple of days

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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JAXMOMMY 11/6/2013 5:03PM

    Good for you! Our Halloween was nice too, but no Trick or treaters, so I was wise and did not buy candy! Hope Jeff can get Samra and her honey some Tees! Love the name Samra... Have a belly dance buddy named Samra from Brazil!

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TXGRANDMA 11/5/2013 11:30PM

    Glad you had a nice walk! Sorry Jeff is working so much overtime, and sorry you aren't feeling up to snuff! Hope you are better tomorrow..... emoticon

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JAMER123 11/5/2013 10:49PM

    What a job for Jeff. Sounds like an interesting venue and a lot of work!! Glad you are having a family gathering and can actually do it early. We tried to do Christmas before we left home and our DD who is now single and can't travel from now to mid Jan. due to her job, was upset that we would do that so going home is the weather allows. Holidays can be a little hard for some. Enjoy the time together!! Don't work too hard!
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_LINDA 11/5/2013 10:18PM

    Poor Jeff all work and no play! That is quite the convention, and all for a single game! Like Wow!! So glad you will get to see your daughter and sister, that will be a treat!
Halloween was cool and rainy here, probably why the lower number of kids -they got all their treats in the indoor comfort of that mall instead :-P
Snow and ice has come with a vengeance here and its not safe to walk anywhere. Just lucky to make it to the club and back in one piece. I actually watched a car spinning its wheels the entire time it tried to cross the intersection :(
I am still feeling lousy too with the upset tummy, toe, and arm issues.
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for us!
Give the candy to Jeff to take to work, bet it will go fast. I somehow think it would be pretty stale in a year's time..
The people at the bridge club sure bring their left over treats from all occasions -even had people bring in their birthday cakes!!! It disappears fast!
Still waiting for the couch photos ;)

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LESSOFMOORE 11/5/2013 9:56PM

    I'm happy for you that you had a nice day for trick-or-treating. It was cold and rainy here. Like you, I don't care about the leftover candy. emoticon emoticon

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No I haven't upload the pictures yet.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I still haven't uploaded pictures of the new furniture. So sorry because I know some of you are hoping to see new couches from Lazy Boy soon. Don't worry will try for tomorrow.
Took a nice walk this morning around 10:30 am. Waited for the sun to come out as it was very cool and damp here. I did not wear a jacket but had long loose yoga type pants on and stayed very comfortable even with a cool breeze. The sun played peak a boo with the clouds, so at times it would get a bit chili.
Took Phred this evening after dinner just around the block. I had a jacket on and it was downright cold. I rushed him along and did the .43 miles just under 9 mins. Poor Phred had to rush to do his business tonight (twice). lol emoticon Ok over and out for this night.

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DJ4HEALTH 10/31/2013 1:31AM

    That was one fast walk and I bet he wondered what was going on with you too! emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 10/30/2013 8:22PM

    Teri, it's good to know that you and Phred the Wonder Dog were able to get out and enjoy the day! emoticon

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_LINDA 10/30/2013 2:02AM

    Way to get out there in spite of the weather! I wimped out and stayed at home and did a workout inside as I didn't want to go out in the freezing temps (not used to it yet :P and it really bothers my injured toe)
That is the one very annoying thing about a male dog -that they like to mark their territory on every little tree, branch and bush :P Mom thought she was getting a break when she got Daisy, but that silly girl tends to sniff around a lot too and even lifts her leg like a boy dog!! Can't win lol!

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SUSANBEAMON 10/30/2013 1:04AM

  Changeable weather this time of year.

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JAMER123 10/30/2013 12:21AM

    Alawys hard to walk with a dog. They love to stop and smell the "roses" :) Glad you could get out and walk though. Too hot here for me and the humidity is high with it. I've done plenty of "walking with moving" as you well know the work involved.
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TXGRANDMA 10/30/2013 12:03AM

    Great walk with Phred! Still waiting to see that furniture, but I am being patient, emoticon

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