CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Too hot for me I had wanted to live in Florida to be close to the cruise ships, but yesterday was 94 and 91 percent humidity. I was almost ill! Today we leave Cocoa Beach and head to Tampa. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:17:29 EST On the road Headed to Cocoa Beach for the first night, then drive to Tampa the next day to spend another night. Finally, a ship in sight! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:43:39 EST Cleared to go for a week! The doctor said we may go to Cuba , leaving Friday morning, Ill do his eye mess as Imhave been doing for four months. It will be SO good to get away! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:56:07 EST And they don't take our insurance Got there, filled out reams of paperwork, and the woman at the desk said, "oh, we don't take Humana Gold" so we had to leave. It's the INSURANCE COMPANIES! Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:38:12 EST We see the corneal surgeon today Got the call yesterday, could we be in today at 3pm. Absolutely. We were told she is , "rude, arrogant, condescending, and speaks rapidly but knows her business " so we will go in expecting the worst attitude but only wanting a good outcome! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:51:30 EST Pouring with rain It crashed down yesterday and this morning we checked both rain gauges...2.5 inches! At least we won't have to water next week when we hope to be gone! Today I spend with Mum Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:15:11 EST How did I get to be so old? Where did time go? Today I'm turning 64 yet I feel maybe 40. Sometimes it's shocking to look in the mirror and see an aging face looking back at me. So many blessings to count! Mum, despite being terribly needy...beloved at my side is such a gift from God...pretty good health. Love those you love because time is gone before you know it! Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:09:21 EST Tired Another 20 miles of tandem riding yesterday, stoppie ery 2 hours for eye drops. 100 miles this week. Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:08:09 EST Over 30 miles on the tandem! Lots of hill work which my legs are feeling this morning. Perfect weather for outdoor exercise! Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:27:03 EST Cornea surgery I didn't know there was a surgeon who just did corneas. Beloved is waiting to hear from yet another specialist but we are expected to be able to leave next week. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:07:34 EST Eye doctor this morning early Set the alarm, up at 5, made egg sandwiches to carry. If we get a good report today and next week, we can head to Cuba... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:59:45 EST Great rain last night Spring is definitely here! We worked in the yard yesterday, beloved mowed the lawn, edged ours and the neighbor's while I weeded a bit. Then, the sky opened up and we got half an inch of rain! Perfect timing. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:02:09 EST 25 miles on the tandem Perfect t weather and not too many people on the trail. My legs feel the hill work but it was wonderful. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:47:17 EST 25 miles on the tandem Perfect t weather and not too many people on the trail. My legs feel the hill work but it was wonderful. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:47:16 EST Day to appreciate How blessed we are, how free we are to exercise our faith, and despite having an idiot in chief, hopefully it won't come to war... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 07:29:15 EST I saw the doctor yesterday Now I'm not volunteering my BP has dropped to a more normal range, although I have gained six pounds since I saw her last. I explained about beloved's eye problem and our restriction on exercise for the last four months. I'm still not sleeping much so she gave me some restoril for a month. Today, now our walking is finished, we are taking the tandem out for a day of riding! Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:24:02 EST The Zookeeper's Wife We took Mum to see this movie and she loved it. WW2, Nazi, based on a true story. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:32:52 EST I need a break We are taking Mum to the movies today, yet she's been so negative and critical lately I hate spending time with her. She told me the "Lord wasn't healing my husband's eye because I want to keep cruising!" Four months now, caring for her, and stressing over his many eye surgeries and failures. My weight is up, my BP is up, and now I'm needing a refill and have to see the doctor. Crap. I need a break. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:31:00 EST Hoping for better news Eye doctor today. This morning we are cleaning the deck in preparation for a new coat of paint. My Mum didn't talk to me all day yesterday, but this morning she answered the phone so by tomorrow she should be ok. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:44:02 EST Tired of my mother! Every day she blames my husbands eye on the fact that we "still want to cruise " and says we shouldn't ask for healing from the Lord if we still want to cruise! I ended up shouting at her, and we hung up. Great. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:44:04 EST New week New week, fresh page, clean slate. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 07:46:24 EST Hiked Paris Mountain We really enjoy that hike. The scenery is beautiful and green, birds singing, gorgeous views, and just the two of us getting in good exercise. Sat, 8 Apr 2017 06:32:14 EST Cold this morning! Beloved turned the heater on and we thought we were through with the cold. He got all the filters in the house changed and I got the electric blanket off the bed. Guess we were too early! Fri, 7 Apr 2017 08:03:45 EST Hail storm last night We were awakened about 1am by violent crashes and flashes, hail pounding on our deck. We came downstairs and peered out the window. I need Ambien! Just not sleeping! Thu, 6 Apr 2017 07:45:10 EST Ulcer has left a scar on his cornea Ulcer is healing, not completely yet, but it has left a scar on the cornea that will forever impair his vision. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 07:34:39 EST Poured with rain yesterday I was at The Springs and my phone kept going off with storm alerts.. Got another inch of glorious rain! To the eye doctor today, praying the retina is staying in place and the cornea will heal. Tue, 4 Apr 2017 07:31:14 EST Great bike ride Got in 25 miles, boy our legs feel it this morning! Mon, 3 Apr 2017 07:30:52 EST Going a tandem ride today No real exertion, no hill work allowed yet, but we're taking the new tandem out today! Sun, 2 Apr 2017 07:46:38 EST No lens but able to see light Praying for healing to continue. Sat, 1 Apr 2017 07:40:35 EST Cornea is "a little better"! It's finally starting to heal a little so the steroids have been discontinued to encourage re growth of epithelial cells. Retina is still attached at four weeks! Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:21:51 EST Spent the day with the elderly I helped wheel all the wheelchair bound people to the elevated shuffleboard table they play "bowling " and "horse racing" on, then helped load them on the bus for a long ride. They have to be wrestled up the stairs, into seats and belted in. It's loads of hard work but they appreciate the attention. Good for me to focus on other people. Beloved has another eye appointment today and they really stress me out. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:05:49 EST Beautiful spring morning Perfect for walking, and walking frees my mind. Between Mum and beloved I have took much stress. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:54:42 EST Not any worse! We are considering it good news that the eye doctor said, "well, it's not any worse" so we go in again Thursday. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:38:05 EST Eye doctor this morning Praying for good news. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:03:42 EST New week, fresh start I'm not getting motivated anymore. I just can't get myself going! Feeling fluffy and sluggish, but the wheel isn't kicking over like before. Suggestion? Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:56:05 EST Trying to force a better attitude We went a long walk up Paris Mountain yesterday. Needed the exercise and the scenery is great to improve my mood. We will one day look back on this very rough journey with beloved's eye...he's officially "blind" in it now...maybe we will smile. God doesn't tell us he will keep us FROM the valley, just that He will go through it WITH us. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:16:48 EST Bad news from the eye doctor Beloved has developed an ulcer on his cornea...cells damaged by the repeated lasering. He is now on yet another medicine, a teeny bottle that WITH INSURANCE cost us $185. To another specialist next week. Overwhelmed, discouraged. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:24:05 EST Stress eating And another eye doctor visit today for beloved. I'm getting my walking in but it doesn't counter the stress eating... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:49:30 EST Good hike yesterday Felt so good to get back into exercise. It's a tougher climb up, of, course, but feels so good when we're back at our starting place! Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:05:24 EST Going a hike this afternoon The doctor said beloved can begin some careful hiking so we're hitting Paris Mountain today! Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:54:25 EST Spring! Finally, we staggered through winter and made it to Spring! Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:40:00 EST Got thru week three No detachment at this time. Taking it moment by moment! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:15:00 EST No faith in our government Horrible to watch our country become the laughing stock of the world with the poor and elderly becoming worse off. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:13:37 EST Government slashing spending on the poor Appalling to see that Meals on Wheels is being cut back, all the programs that support the poor are being reduced. Taxes are supposed to help those who need it! Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:49:39 EST Very cold 23 degrees when we got up! Spring comes next week. Stress and anxiety over today's appointment...pray his eye is holding! Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:19:04 EST Week three Beloved sees the eye doctor tomorrow, week three of the third surgery. Praying! Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:55:18 EST Hate the changes, a waste of money to go premium I'm only on SP once a day now, I dislike the new format so much. Looking for another program to use on line... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:03:28 EST Very cold outside Wild changes in the weather. Last week we sat outside and it was 78, this morning is only 30! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:50:50 EST Snow! Woke up and it's snowing outside! Sun, 12 Mar 2017 07:42:23 EST The phone app is awful too Si bad I can't use the phone app. Bummed. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 05:52:27 EST