Sunday, August 02, 2009
Here's an update of how I did on my July goals. I put 3 stars if the goal was met, one or two if I made some degree of progress. August goals coming after my nap!
*Daily MORNING prayer (before I get tuckered out during the day!) Some progress, need to be more consistent
Home and Org:
*Tweak and follow AM and PM routines still in progress
***Continue Work on TMMO baby step #1 almost there! Added to both accounts this past month.
List a bunch of stuff on ebay will do this after US trip
***Do German Taxes Turning in the rest of the documents tomorrow! Yippee!
Declutter desk (again!) I think this will stay on the list forever LOL
Reread Book of Isaiah inductive-style havent started this, needed a break
*Plot out the next year's course plan next course will be January, but I need to scope out the rest of the year
*Brainstorm ideas for practice project have some ideas that I need to present to my advisor
*Summer newsletter (was supposed to be a Spring newsletter-oh well!)- have a rough draft, will finish and mail from the US
**Worship team meeting and schedule for rest of 2009 it was a good meeting, need to follow-up on my action steps
*Weekly visitation only did this one week, was hindered somewhat by a cold
Health and Fitness:
10 K on the 18th? didnt do this, next chance for a race is Aug. 22 in FL
***1200 Cardio minutes passed my goal
***ST at least twice a week did this
***Continue daily exercise streak - will cross the 300-day mark on July 25th yep, did that. Will beat my own 310-day streak in a few days!
**Make doctor and dentist appts: Dentist, Pulm., Uro., OB/GYN made all appointments except OB/GYN who was on vacation when I called. Went to dentist and GP for check-ups, pulmonary is this Wednesday, Uro appointment is in Sept. after I get back from the States
*Lose 5 in July - don't usually focus on the scale this much, but need to speed up the losing process to meet my Aug. 5 goal only lost 3, but thats something!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I only have one commitment today - a meeting at church this evening at 7:30. So far today, I've spent several hours online getting caught up on email correspondence and Spark stuff. Now I need to move on to housecleaning and tax paper-taming - oh joy, oh rapture!
Started tracking again on Monday and have already lost the bit of weight I gained during the crisis with Mom (she fell and broke her hip a couple of weeks ago). I think I'm learning how to deal better with the stress - finding alternatives to snacking.
Yesterday I had a good report on my annual check-up results. No figures in the red zone on my bloodwork! My "bad" cholesterol level has continued to drop over the past two-and-a-half years. Some of you might remember that a visit to the doctor was my weight loss wake-up call. He said, "You don't need medication for high cholesterol YET!" I said to myself at that moment, "... and I WON'T need medication for it, either!" Six months later, after losing a bunch of weight and sticking to a regular exercise program, I was tested again. This time I was seen by the other partner in the doctor's practice. He looked at my past report and asked, "Did we prescribe medication for your high cholesterol?" When I told him, no - he asked how I had done it. Eating less, exercising more with the help of the Lord and SP.
I did have an earache yesterday but it's already clearing up. He gave me antibiotics and I'm using a nasal spray. With all the allergens floating around the past few weeks, I seem to have caught a sinus infection - maybe the tail end of that cold I had a few weeks ago.
On the Mom front, she was transferred to rehab yesterday. We were surprised that this took place so quickly. We were told earlier that she wouldn't be moved until the post-op delirium had cleared up. She's better, but still having episodes.
We ARE very glad that she's in a quieter and more cheerful place than the hospital. I visited this new place with Dad when we were looking for a place for her to recover after the car accident. They weren't able to take her then so she had to stay in a facility that --- well, let's just say it wasn't our first, second, third or fourth choice :) It worked out well because it was close for Dad to visit, and she got along well with all the staff. But we're happy that she doesn't have to go back there this time.
The new place has a little lake behind it and a patio for bird-watchers that I think she'll enjoy. A week from Monday, I'll be there to see how she's doing in person. Till then, I'm making daily calls to get updates. I'm sure glad I have a flat rate for international calls!
Working on my July goal list today and planning for August...
for anyone who read this whole epistle!!!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I've been tracking my exercise but not my food, and I'm sure that will show tomorrow at my weigh-in! UGH!
Today, I'm prepping my meals and will start back tracking tomorrow. I've really missed Sparking the past week or so, but there just hasn't been time to do everything. On the other hand, I've made some progress on other goals - like turning in some important tax documents on Friday, getting my annual doctor and dentist check-ups done.
Mom is still dealing with postoperative delirium but is doing better. The neurologist has been giving her some medication that helps. No idea when she'll be released to rehab. I call once a day and talk with her when she's up to it, get updates from my dad whose days are organized around his trips to visit her in the hospital.
Seems there's been a wave of unhappy news coming from friends in Florida lately. Lots of prayer needs here in Germany, too. God listens and he's the one in control.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Mom was doing pretty well for the first couple of days after the op, but she's now suffering from postoperative delirium. She is very confused, and sometimes delusional. Apparently, this is not all that unusual for elderly people after surgery. Needless to say, this has been very upsetting, especially for my father who is there with her. But when the neurologist finally gave her condition a name yesterday, that was a relief. It could take weeks for this to pass, so she won't be leaving the hospital any time soon.
My work schedule is still very full. That together with the extra phone calls to family and friends in the US in the evening has preempted my Spark time. Things should lighten up toward the end of the week, so I'll be able to check in here - and get my trackers updated, too.
Thank you for your continuing prayers!
EVENING UPDATE/PRAISE: Just got off the phone with my dad a little bit ago. Mom is doing much better today and he was very encouraged. She was able to eat for the first time in a couple of days, too.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thanks for all your prayers and good thoughts. Mom's hip surgery went well. Now we're waiting to hear what the doctor has to say about next steps.
I'm amazed at God's timing - yesterday was my "free day" and I had extra time in the morning for prayer and started reading a good new book about grace. He knew that I'd need it that same afternoon!
I'll need to be spending more time on the phone and such for the next few days, so I'll have to
keep my Spark activities to a minimum. Please excuse me if I don't come to "visit"
you personally or respond to posts and Spark mails right away!
Will keep you posted! Thanks again for all the support!
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