CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Praises! We'd noticed some smoke coming from one of the indirect bulbs in the corner of the church sanctuary. Immediately called the electrician...out of twelve old florescent units four showed evidence of having melted and flamed at some point. The church was built in the 1960's and the florescent units were that old, with tar in the connections. We had all the units replaced with new LED ones! Praises to Him to didn't let the old building burn down! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:49:34 EST High of 95 yesterday We finished our 30 mile bike ride and the car registered 100 on the freeway coming home. Badly need rain. Stay active, stay cool! Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:34:11 EST Beautiful morning for another bike ride! It's going to be another hot one so we're headed out early on the tandem! Sun, 24 Jul 2016 06:47:09 EST Resting on the Sabbath It will be a long day with Mum. We pick her up, drive to church, then bring her home for the day with us. She can barely get up the two stairs into our house...she sleeps in the afternoon, sitting upright in the chair. We take her home about 5:30. 90 is quite old now... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:49:34 EST Baked a cake for the staff at the facility I'd wanted to bake a peanut butter cake I found a recipe for so I made it for my Mums Assisted Living facility and took it in for the staff. I baked a one cup size for beloved and me to share, frosted it just like the big cake and it was decadent! The staff were delighted. It doesn't take much to put a smile on someone's face, just a kind word, occasional praise, and a show of appreciation. The older I get the more I realize that most people want a friend and to be treated kindly. Doesn'... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:22:09 EST Great ride! We did about 25 miles on the tandem, gentle, rolling r=hills. Next week we're going to do the whole thing, I have to get back to the fitness level I was in before I got sick! Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:57:44 EST Why do we move our head so much when treating vertigo? One of the exercised is I have to walk down the hall way quickly looking at an object on the left wall, then immediately turn my head, focus on an objest on the right wall, while walking. Keep walking, keep the head moving and the eyes focusing. All my tests were much better except one which I failed, showing still vestibular problems in the right ear BUT the brain is being forced to learn to compensate. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:19:27 EST Last Pt today The vertigo is much better but still a real problem. Talking to several people at the same time, moving my head fro side to side, sends the room spinning and flipping. This is the last PT visit insurance will pay for so I am grateful it's helped my brain so much. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:30:05 EST Great tandem ride Took our tandem out yesterday and got two great hours of cycling on the Swamp Rabbit trail. Hot, lots of people, great exercise! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:35:17 EST Feeling better on fresh My husband commented how much better he feels being off processed foods and sticking to fresh fruits and veggies every day and his psoraisis is GONE! Amazing! Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:21:33 EST Early walk Got a nice early walk in this morning. Cool, fresh, relaxing. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:42:50 EST Still going raw diet and feeling great! We have been eating so so clean, mine has been all raw veggies and fruit. Beloved has a yogurt every morning but after realizing the fruit yogurt has as much sugar as ice cream we will be moving hime to plain yogurt when these last cups are gone. We have fresh watermelon in the fridge, loads of fresh greens and veggies, ready for today! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:27:34 EST Pancreatitis, but no malignancy I have to stay on a raw foods, green diet, absolutely nothing processed, no fat, no sugar, no white anythng to give the liver and pancreas time to heal. We are doing this! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:21:05 EST Praying Praying non-stop that all will be well, no malignancies, just something that can be fixed. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:18:42 EST The trouble with insurance companies... CT scheduled for this morning was cancelled at the last minute due to some insurance snafu and rescheduled for tomorrow. Bummer! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:05:08 EST CT scan tomorrow Please pray my pancrease results will be benign. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:26:02 EST Vegan for one week Trying to heal the liver and pancrease. Read on line that raw green foods have healing powers so just finished a week of no wine and a strict vegan diet. Pray for me! CT scan of pancreas on Tuesday! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 06:08:47 EST All hat, no horse Loads of thunder and lightning, not a drop of rain.... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 07:18:21 EST CT scan scheduled for Tuesday Got the CT of Liver and Pancreas scheduled for Tuesday. Praying it's just fatty...nothing else. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:04:47 EST Perspective I'm visiting Mum again today as I do several times a week, she only lives 6 miles away in a lovely, private Assisted Living facility. I look around at all the old ladies there, very few men, and I realize they all, probably, once strived to maintain a lovely home filled with silver, china, nice furniture. They all, maybe, strived to have more money in the bank, a new car, nice jewelry...everything the world offers. Then they wake up one day and are living in a facility, beautiful as it is,... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 06:58:27 EST Fatty liver and pancrease are back...MY FAULT! I let the junk food and wine back into my life...absolutely love great chips, bread, chicken tenders, etc, and now the doctor has called. My labs so my liver AND pancreas are inflamed and I have to get a CT scan with a co-pay of $250! I DID THIS! My poor eating choices have done this AGIAN. I absolutely cannot tolerate processed foods, white anything, fats, alcohol. Bummer. Back on a strict regime starting today. I have to save my life. Death by fork? Wed, 6 Jul 2016 07:43:21 EST Happy July 5th! A little too much eating and drinking last night so today will see us back on the healthy track. No wine for me tonight, back on my apple cider vinegar drink. It's warm, muggy, feels oppressive so we got our exercise in nice and early. Great fireworks last night! Tue, 5 Jul 2016 07:04:23 EST Small party this evening Just doing burgers, potato salad, Franch tart for dessert. A quiet evening with friends. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 08:27:36 EST Heading to North Carolina AFTER the gym we are going to North Carolina to a phonograph show. My husband needs parts for a few of his restorations. Should be a beautiful drive! Sun, 3 Jul 2016 07:30:20 EST Not volunteering next year..It's official! I learned yesterday the teacher I have volunteered for the past three years is going to need a full-time aide because her class is so large. I gently let her know I need to work on re-gaining my health from now on. No more volunteering. Sat, 2 Jul 2016 07:17:03 EST Avoided junk food day 2 Walked 3.5 miles and avoided junk food yesterday, did have a glass of red wine while sitting on the deck with beloved... so peaceful under the trees. Slept long and well! Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:10:18 EST Avoided junk food yesterday And it didn't kill me! We went o Costco and skipped ALL the samples including pizza, chocolate almonds, rolled fruit...all the stuff I ususlly have at least two of. Then when beloved went to Starbucks he did NOT go into our favorite bread store for a free sample...they always send out a slice of blueberry lemon tea cake for me. I have to get off white, wheat, sugar, and ALL non-nutrient foods to see if it IS food allergies and regain stomach health. The constant burning for years now does... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:49:56 EST Have to change our diet even more I have this chronic burning in my gut, over a year now. The prilosec the doctor ordered never did any good and it seems i cant tolerate any fat now my gallbladder is out. Beloved and I are reading about alkaline diets, reducing sugar and cards so the body resumes a natural balance. Today I see the gastroenterologist for my tummy, the neurologist for my vertigo, and then tonight we get to see Riverdance. A reward for a long day! Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:14:07 EST Thunder and lightning all night Sounded like the 4th of July! thunder booms all night, lightning flashes into our bedroom, really fun! Not a lot of sleep and surprisingly, not a lot of rain! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:41:08 EST Trying to integrate Mum's cat with our two females Tough! Our two indoor cats dont share, dont play well with others, and Tiger is a male, indoor and out. He wants to explore the whole house but until we can get the three of them to not tear each other apart we are starting with him in one room of the house and letting in our Siamese spend a few hours each day with him. Lots of hissing, spitting, cat batting at each other before they each go to the same end of the room and rest about 4 feet apart. We have not begun to integrate the Calico... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:59:14 EST Volunteering today The cyclone fencing around our church school is falling down in places...beloved says it looks like people are trying to enter the playground to get to the school. We will be spending the day digging holes, filling cement...just the two of us. A great workout! Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:02:45 EST Ate too much! Nice wedding...a little warm and muggy but no rain. The bride was covered with tatoos which always surprises me. Must be a generational thing. The minister kept the ceremony short and funny yet still lovely and the food was too good! Too much wine and food...back watching it today! Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:18:32 EST going to a Wedding today Always a happy event! The young man is the neighbor from acorss the street, marrying a lovely girl he met in the Navy. We will hold hands, silently recite vows, and count our blessings! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:21:58 EST back to PT for vertigo brain re-training She says I'm doing better than when I started brain PT four weeks ago. Lots of weird exercixes like walking across the room looking at a busy magazine while whipping my head from side to side. Builds new connections in the brain. Only two more visits and then I have to keep them up at home. Now the vertigo is only really bad when I'm exhausted so I know it's working! I'll never be completely better, but better than before is great! Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:01:24 EST walking done! Day is wide open since our walking has been done early. Bring on the heat! Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:21:59 EST Long day filled with blessings! Mum cracked a back molar and the dentist referred her to an oral surgeon. She didn't want to spend the over $1000 she had to pay last time a tooth had to be pulled, so she refused to see the oral surgeon. This Sunday I neticed she wasnt eating much and when I pressed her she admitted eating was near impossible with the bad tooth. Beloved and I prayed, asking the Lord to open up a cancellation so Mum could see someone this week and first thing Monday morning I started calling every oral sur... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:26:03 EST To the gym today Beloved pulled a groin muscle yesterday during a long ride...I've kept him in ice packs and ibuprophin but no riding today. We can go to the gym and lift! Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:45:17 EST Going to swim today My foot has healed from surgery so today is the first day I'm getting into the community pool to swim! Sun, 19 Jun 2016 07:53:47 EST Trying to avoid facebook With so many "friends" posting ridiculous items on facebook during this election year I found myself responding to the posts and getting really worked up. Now I'm avoiding the site except for 60 seconds twice a day. Enought time to read what is important and ignore the rest. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:06:47 EST Having a day out with beloved Need a break. Today we are going to Asheville, NC for lunch and exploring antique shops. Time for a change of pace if even for just a dat! Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:29:51 EST Why am I so overwhelmed? I seem to burst into angry tears every day lately. Yesterday the Spray and Wash was taken from Mum's assisted living facility bedroom and it took everything I had to keep smiling and stay "nice." They told me "no chemicals" but then I pointed out the bottle of toilet cleaner under her sink! I cried all the way home! Then I got home to find a letter from the HOA saying we can only have 2 ADT signs in the front yard...we were burglarized by a neighbor and have 3 signs. I fell apart, crying, ... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:28:29 EST Fireflies We saw fireflies last night while we were out walking. Beautiful memory of childhood! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:42:03 EST Replacing the upstairs A/C unit It's a shame products are so poorly made. Seems the coils in our a/c units were made in China of substandard copper. The upstairs unit has failed and it was 89 degrees in our bedroom last night. The whole unit has to be replaced. Bummer...expensive. Beloved has to stay home and wait while I see the allergist. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:40:47 EST Cooler next weekend! A few hot days are a delight and it's supposed to be cooler by next weekend! Mon, 13 Jun 2016 07:29:03 EST Waiting for the A/C man Upstairs unit isnt cooling...bummer. Waiting for the repairman to come! Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:15:31 EST Fast party last night Invited two sets of neighbors over after they got off work. They work, we don't and we knew they'd been really busy and stressed. Threw in a big Stouffer's lasagna, put together a kale salad from Trader Joe's, baked a black magic cake with chocolate ganache, and made garlic french bread. Hardly any work but they were delighted. Beloved served a local cold blackberry wine and we had two hours of nice conversation and fun. Send the remaining half cake home with their teenagers, put aside lef... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:25:01 EST Enjoying the peace and relaxation Loving the slow starts to mornings, realizing that as much as I love our school I don't want to volunteer next year. Time to focus on regaining my health! Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:20:13 EST Another beautiful day! The sun is out, birds are singing. Beloved filled the feeders and the cardinals are enjoying fresh seeds. Another beautiful day! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:47:31 EST MRI results should be here today Probably still just a frustrating vestibular problem with the dead vestibular ear nerve, right ear. I get sea sick when I try to drive so start back with PT next week. Wish I could get my health back... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 08:05:07 EST Brain MRI today Still trying to find the cause of the dizziness... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:24:07 EST