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Random thoughts on the eve of a new week...

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.

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TIREINE 7/28/2009 3:20PM

  I will definitely add your family to my prayer list.

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CHICADEE26 7/28/2009 1:34PM

    Sorry I have not commented earlier - I have not had much time in the Sparkpages lately. I will certainly be praying for your family!

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ADELMEYERRM 7/27/2009 11:13AM

    I will send some prayers your way!

Have a good week! emoticon

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FIT4HISGLORY 7/26/2009 8:47PM

    When life gets overwhelming it's always helpful to remember this...God knows!

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FORMYDARLINGS 7/26/2009 7:35PM

    Oh Michelle, Somehow I have not been receiving emails re your blogs. I feel so bad for your mommand dad. They have had so much trama of late. How are you holding up? I saw that you are retuurning to the States in Aug. Ihope you will relax some if you can. Maybe run a little? My thoughts are with you and your family.
On another note, I haven't been tracking at all lately. I have been away from the gym for 6 weeks. Tomorrow is GO day when I return to doing everything that is right for me. Hope you can do the same. Keep your spirits up, my friend,

Blessings, Gini emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 7/26/2009 6:21PM

    Hugs and prayers coming your way.

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LADY_DONKEY 7/26/2009 5:47PM

    I will keep your prayer intentions in my heart.

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CTEMPLE 7/26/2009 5:36PM

    Goals achieved , if not all, sounds pretty good.
It's a difficult situation.

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/26/2009 4:10PM

    It's hard keeping a balance between wheat we need to do and the love of Spark. Glad your Mom is improving, even if it is slowly. Healing takes time.

I'm sure your weigh-in won't be bad at all. I go tomorrow morning too, and I'm not sure how my weigh-in will go. I've been eating a few too many deserts here lately.

Have a great week.

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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.

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SKISINCO 7/25/2009 9:22AM

    Sorry to hear about your mom, but I'm glad that they've given it a name (seems that it makes it easier to deal with when you know WHAT you are dealing with!) Being busy at work is probably a good thing, sounds like you are doing pretty well overall and I'm happy to hear that!

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ECLECTIC_ME 7/23/2009 11:28AM

    Praying for your mom and the whole family. I've not been as active on SP as I'd like to be... I'm just now reading your blog.

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HOMEBUNNY 7/23/2009 8:22AM

    Thanks for the update on your mom. I am continuing to pray for all of you & a speedy recovery for her.

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FRANNIEDID 7/22/2009 6:09AM

    Sorry to hear about your mom, I sure hope all goes well. Please know that I will be thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers!

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TRYINGHARD1948 7/21/2009 6:39PM

    Michelle, it is a very hard time for you. You just have to prioritise the important things. Sending up prayers for you and your family, take care, Sandy

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CTEMPLE 7/21/2009 6:12PM

    I'm glad, what a difficult time dear Michelle!
emoticon Claudia

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/21/2009 4:13PM

    You're correct, that is not unusual for the elderly to experience that. I pray it will clear up soon so she can go home to continue her recovery.

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/21/2009 3:15PM

    Michelle, yes I've heard of that happening to older people...so sorry. Praying she starts to get back to herself real soon, praying for your dad & you too. emoticon

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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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STAMPINWOMN 7/18/2009 12:04PM

  hope all is going good for you and your mom.
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JANETELIZABETH1 7/18/2009 3:06AM

    Wonderful news Michelle....thank you Lord!!

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REYNJANET 7/18/2009 12:36AM

    Good news! Thanks for the update! Still praying

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FIT4HISGLORY 7/17/2009 10:02PM

    Glad to hear the surgery went well. God's timing is always perfect and His grace, always sufficient! Continuing to pray!

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TRYINGHARD1948 7/17/2009 7:13PM

    So pleased to hear all went well with Mum's surgery. Take care and don't worry about messaging, it is a time for prioritizing. God bless, Sandy

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CTEMPLE 7/17/2009 6:27PM

    Dear Michelle glad everything went well. Keep calm.

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STAMPINWOMN 7/17/2009 5:48PM

  so glad to hear things went well for your mom. don't worry about responding-you've got much more important things to worry about.

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So I got this call from my cousin...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

...in FL, wondering how my mom and dad were doing because Dad had called her and left a message on the answering machine - but with no details of the reason for his call. She tried all their numbers and didn't reach them so she started calling hospitals. Found out Mom was admitted yesterday, had taken a fall. To make a long story short, Mom is awaiting surgery for a broken hip and femur.

I didn't get the message because Dad had sent me 3 emails (don't know why he didn't phone!) and today was my "day off" from the computer! I had a really relaxing day, alternately working and resting, getting caught up on some housework, doing some calendar planning, making phone calls. I made some good progress on my goals list. I need to fast from the computer more often! Then the call came at around 4:30 PM Germany time. And I'm back online, earlier than expected!

Since then, I've spoken to both parents and they're doing fine, playing the waiting game as the doctors aren't sure what time surgery will be. So we wait and pray. Mom is 82.

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SANNJI 7/17/2009 10:22AM

    Michelle, it's so hard for you being so far away from your parents...it is a worrisome situation...but nothing too difficult our God cannot handle. Take comfort, strength and hope in Him. emoticon

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SJG1953 7/16/2009 11:24PM

    Michelle, I'm sorry about your mom's fall. I know it must be hard on you being so far away. I pray all goes well and that she heals quickly. I am praying for your mom and dad and you. God bless you, Shirley

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/16/2009 8:50PM

    Michelle, I am sorry to hear about your Mom's fall and her upcoming surgery. She and you Dad and you are in my prayers that all goes well and that her recovery will be smooth.

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TRYINGHARD1948 7/16/2009 7:17PM

    Sending positive vibrations and hugs your way Michelle. God bless,

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HOMEBUNNY 7/16/2009 5:27PM

    I am praying for your mom.

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MOMMAASHLEYAL 7/16/2009 5:08PM

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I will be praying that everything turns out alright. Bless your heart, I can only imagine how stressed you must be. Hoping and praying for positive results!

Hugs & Blessings ~

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/16/2009 2:55PM

    Oh Michelle I'm so sorry to hear your news...
I'm praying that all goes well for your mum and her surgery will happen as soon as possible.
Please keep us posted!

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A Plan

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tomorrow will be the first day in a long time that I have had no outside commitments. WooHOO! (Well, there's a home group meeting in the evening that I could go to, but I already said I wasn't coming due to other appointments. Those have since been canceled, but I still plan to take the evening off.)

To avoid what is also known as IGAD (I've Got All Day Syndrome), I've decided I need a plan!

I have to admit that I've been floundering a bit since I finished my Old Testament Prophets coursework, term paper, and final exam. So much of my energy was focused on getting that done and meeting that deadline, that I haven't really known where to start with other projects since I wrapped up the course. In three weeks, I'm flying to the States for a 3-week visit and when I get back, the summer will already be coming to a close!

So, tomorrow I'm going to do something reeeaally hard and stay off the computer. I want to spend some extra time in prayer and kind of take stock of where I'm at. I've printed out my July goals and will devote some time to each of the 5 areas, and tweak as needed.

It's supposed to be a beautiful day, so I'll get in a good workout, too. Maybe drive somewhere to jog in a different setting. And I'm going to rest. Isaiah 30:15 comes to mind. Funny how Isaiah passages come to mind a LOT these days! :)

I'll report in on Friday --- or late tomorrow if I just can't stay away!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/15/2009 7:59PM

    Hope you have a great day.

Never heard of IGAD syndrome, but I've had it frequently!

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TRYINGHARD1948 7/15/2009 6:43PM

    It is pretty normal to feel jaded after a big paper has been submitted. Enjoy your day tomorrow and find what you need. Hugs.

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