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Mid October Update (Good news!)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! emoticon

I知 leaving on my Mediterranean cruise in less than a week. I値l be traveling with a friend who loves cruising (her DH can no longer go); this is my first cruise. We値l spend a couple of days in Barcelona, then get on the boat to Nice, Venice, Amalfi Coast, Rome, Pompeii, Vienna, Ravenna, and Dubrovnik. I知 very excited! I have never visited any of those locations; and it痴 been 40 years since I visited Europe as a college student (with a backpack and staying in hostels).

I知 madly packing, and trying to do my mid-month update blog a little early. I may be off Spark for 3 weeks I don稚 think I値l pay the exorbitant fees to have computer access on the cruise. I want a total break from work, and with the phone or computer I will keep getting calls and e-mails. I did take a break and go to the Return of the Dinosaurs at the convention center yesterday. It was fun to see the animatronic huge dinosaurs, and the kids were even more fun to watch! I did not have my camera so I did not take photos, but another visitor posted a YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
=nqw9MerLOo0

On the good news health front: I have SIGNIFICANTLY cut my caffeine consumption; from 48 ounces of sugarfree energy beverage daily down to 12 ounces. From 12 ounces I can get to zero on the cruise. emoticon I am sleeping better. emoticon I have kept up my exercise and strength training, and stretching.

Even better news: My mom is out of hospice (third time she痴 been in hospice and then gotten better!); she is feeling happier and her pain is under control. She thinks the infection is better, and it probably is because she gets very sick when the septicemia flares up. I知 still a little nervous about going on the cruise; my sister Pam has my emergency contact information. But Pam says mom won稚 want me to be called if she is dying. I bought travel insurance and I will use it to go to California if Mom has another heart attack, or the infection starts to rage through her system again.

I am very grateful that the hospice chaplain is continuing to visit mom even though she is no longer in the Hospice program. The constant health crisis and debility had really shaken her faith, and the chaplain's visits have renewed her her belief in a comforting and loving Saviour. That brings her peace and comfort and acceptance.

Good news at work: I finished up a major work project successfully and early. So that is a huge relief! And my co-worker is less likely to have to cover any crisis.

I AM disappointed that I have not lost weight (but at least I haven't gained). At the start of summer, I set a goal of being down one dress size before I left on my cruise. And that痴 not happening. I haven稚 gained weight or increased in girth but I haven稚 lost pounds or inches. I think the cruise will jump start my fitness and weight loss; and I truly believe the changes I have made will pay off next month. But I値l re-evaluate and do serious review of action steps -- after my return in November. emoticon
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1BEACHWALKER 10/28/2013 1:27AM

    I am glad to see such an upbeat blog & about your accomplishments! Very excited for you to go on your cruise! Can't wait to see your photos! Bet they will be gorgeous of all those places you are visiting.
That is great about your Mom! Hopefully this respite from all the problems and being in hospice will be good for her and maybe she will be a lot happier as time goes on. That is nice that the chaplain cares enough about her to keep visiting her.
I know the feeling about no weight loss! But, stay focused and do the changes you mentioned and you will!
Bon Voyage! emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 10/15/2013 10:35PM

    Enjoy your voyage. I am so excited for you and wish it was me. I hope your mother will feel better now and for a whole lot longer.

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WHIMSICALSPRITE 10/15/2013 6:01PM

    Oh, I LOVE cruises! I've never been to Europe, so I envy you a great deal that this will be your second time visiting such beautiful spots! emoticon

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 10/15/2013 3:30PM

  There is a lot going on. I'm so glad that your mom's infection is under control! And your cruise sounds like a lot of fun. emoticon

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DR1939 10/15/2013 3:10PM

    Have fun. You are visiting some wonderful spots.

Great news about your mom.

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SHESMITH1 10/15/2013 12:44PM

    How exciting!!!! On all fronts!

Your cruise sounds absolutely fabulous! I cannot wait to read about and (hopefully) see pictures upon your return. Journal daily so you don't forget one single detail when recapping your escapades for us :)

So glad to hear of your mother's improved physical AND spiritual health. My prayer will be that she maintains both while you are on your vacation.

Your coworkers are very fortunate to have a person with such a good work ethic as a working mate. It is so thoughtful of you to push through your project so that they avoid a mishap in your absence.

Enjoy your trip! Enjoy!! Enjoy!!! Enjoy!!!!!

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MARITIMER3 10/15/2013 11:19AM

    WondeRful news on all fronts, Alison! Getting off the caffeine drinks and sleeping better is great. You will be doing lots of walking on your shore excursions. One tip for on the ship is to use the stairs instead of the elevator. Peter and I were on a smaller ship, but never once used the elevators, avoiding the line-ups and getting exercise at the same time.

Your mother is a real fighter. It's amazing that she h as been in and out of hospice three times. I'm sure she will want to hear all about your cruise when you get back.

Your cruise schedule sounds great. I have only been to Rome, Amalfi Coast and Pompei of the places you will be stopping. Our cruise was further east, starting from Athens, to Istanbul and a number of the Greek Islands.

Congratulations for getting the big project finished up at work.

Stay away from all electronic devices while you are away. You deserve this holiday!!!

Have a wonderful time, and we'll look forward to hearing all about your trip later.

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AWESOMECHELZ 10/15/2013 8:35AM

    Oh, what a dream come true! I am SO happy for you!! I hope you take plenty of photos and share them in several blogs so we can travel with you. emoticon emoticon

emoticon on the caffeine goal!! I know that you will not use any on your cruise no matter what because you will be having too much fun to thing about it! emoticon

I will continue to pray for your mom and I am so happy hospice is still there for her so that you can enjoy your vacation.

If it was me, wouldn't go online either. I would take a break from emails, etc., etc. It is very healthy for the soul! emoticon


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MADAMES 10/15/2013 4:10AM

    You are right-this IS good news! Congratulations on decreasing your caffeine consumption so much. Your cruise sounds just divine...three weeks without internet access sounds like the ideal way to detach yourself from work and those stresses. I pray that your mother continues to be healthy and happy while you are cruising the Mediterranean.
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BJPENNY70 10/15/2013 2:23AM

    Oh Ali, I am so excited for you!!!!! Have a great time on your cruise. Take lots of pictures to share with us when you come back. You are truly blessed with travel. I am praying for you dear mom. GOD will take care of her while you are gone. Relax and have fun. Yea!! emoticon

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