CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I need a break Tired, tired, tired. Even tho my Mum is in a very expensive Assisted Living just 10 minutes from our house she still needs a lot of help. My asshole sister and her husband, both executives, can "find the time" to even call the Administrator here in SC to help me get complaints resolved. My mum gets not butter or jam for her dry toast, and no cream for her oatmeal. I have complained for four months and the aides don't care or do anything because management doesn''t come on until 9am. They... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:51:02 EST Ordered beloved a new tandem Surprised him by ordering him a brand new Cannondale tandem! He had to go in to schedule work on our 20 year old tandem but instead they showed him the order form and it should be here next week. We gave our tandem to a young couple who are just starting to cycle. What can I give the man who has done so much for my mother for 40 years and gets no thanks for it...He's my gift from the Lord! Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:37:58 EST Her vision is back! Mum's vision has been fully restored after the YAG laser treatment on her secondary cataracts. Amazing! She's thrilled! Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:42:27 EST Get Mum's right eye lasered today Expect to get her other eye lasered today, then her vision should be crystal clear again. I'm picking her up early to take her to the beauty shop first, then to the eye surgeon, then back to our house where beloved will have lunch ready. Hope to get her back to the facility before 5 so I can have at least an hour to myself. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:27:20 EST Still getting the rash from UV light Only on my legs so far. 45 minutes into cycling, slathered with zinc oxide, then tights, then SPF 50 cycling pants and my legs started to tingle. Full blown eruption by the time we got home! Have SPF 100 pants on order but don't know what to do since we both absolutely love riding our tandem and are riding about 100 miles a week. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:59:38 EST In bed by 8pm Exhausted. When I'm tired I get weepy and knew I needed an early night. Got a lot of good sleep. Fresh day today! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:51:13 EST Furious with jerk sisters in california! A rant! Two sisters in California..I'm in South younger one cut my mother off completely when my Dad died and Mum wqouldn't turn her finances over to her to handle. Mum was quite capable of handling her own finances and no, my younger sister had no background in finance. Control the money and you control the person. My older sister sits in california with her castrated husband and they wont even make a phone call to the Assisted Living facility to help me get problems resolved with Mu... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:57:04 EST Rode early today! Slathered on zinc oxide, then carefully pulled over a pair of tights, then my SPF 50 riding clothes. Left the house at 8:30 and got home just before noon so missed the intense heat. No rash so far. Great ride! I'm getting stronger on the hills! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:27:31 EST Allergic to UV light!! Went cycling yesterday, did 40 great miles with beloved on our tandem. This is something I LOVE to do so these sudden rashes when exposed to sunlight are overwhelming! Yesterday I slathered on SPF 50 sun block lotion, watied 20 minutes and pulled on SPF 50 cycling pants. Despite all of that, within hours I erupted, and I mean ERUPTED in rashes all over both legs! And they were covered! Now I ordered straight zinc oxide cream in hopes it will block out more light. Anyone else allergic to ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 06:37:18 EST Her vision is fully restored! My Mum's left eye was YAG lasered yesterday about 10 am and in the afternoon she turned to me, shocked! I can read the sign across the street! Everything is so bright and clear in my left eye! Thrilled to bits we await the right eye to be done next Thursday! Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:22:28 EST Up with the alarm! Have to get up at 6 to have Mum to the eye doctor at 8:30. She has cells growing over her replacement lens 10 years after cataract surgery. Have to see the doctor who will then schedule laser to zap the cells off. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:38:35 EST 30 miles yesterday Great bike ride yesterday! Lots of hill work to make the thighs burn, then we stopped at Starbucks to share a Chai tea. Love tandem riding. School board meeting last night, trying to find ways to raise money for a security system... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:06:47 EST Still getting medical bills from the hospital admission in April! Got yet another bill from the hospital where I was admitted in April, the 2nd time I passed out while driving because my BP dosages were too high! Admitted last October, and again in April, now I don't let my primary care physician change my dosages. The cardiologist said I was "over medicated" and co-pays here are killing me! Ambulance bills, ER bills, then room co-pays...all because of the DOCTOR'S mistakes! <BR> Oh well, suck it up, pay it off, and get on the tandem today for a long ri... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:55:25 EST Great bike ride! We did a 3 hour ride and I'm getting so much stronger! I could feel myself driving hard up the hills! My rash is all back, sure enough, from the UV rays so the cheap "sun blocking" clothing from China didn't work at all. We will do another long ride this week and I'll wear the SPF 50 cycling pants we bought from REI. Not giving up tandem riding! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:29:13 EST Going a ride Had to be in bed so early last night, a day with Mum is exhausting. We're getting on the tandem today and going a long ride. I will wear my sun blocking pants under my cycling gear and see if they actually block out the UV rays. They are made in China and have no <BR> English writing on the label! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 07:59:53 EST Next week is completely booked! Either Mum, beloved, or I have an appointment every day next week. I have allergy testing three days, beloved gets his knee injected with artificial fluid since he has little miniscus, and Mum has secondary cataracts that will need to be scheduled to be lasered. At least we have dance lessons Monday! Sat, 10 Sep 2016 06:24:28 EST Allergic to UV light!! Seems my repeated rashes are from an "acquired allergy to UV light, between the hours of 10am and 3pm"! Wild, huh! Ordered SPF sunblock clothing and will try on our ride today! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 06:26:39 EST Allergist today This crazy rash that come whenever I use lotion on my legs, or go riding our tandem! Today I see an allergist who will probably continue to tell me I "have not a single allergy" since his skin testing was negative! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 07:39:46 EST Nasty rash is back My legs started tingling about 4 hours into our bike ride and by the time we reached the car to head home the rash had erupted again. Went directly to the dermatologist who took two biopsies. I have an appointment with an allergist tomorrow! Wed, 7 Sep 2016 07:51:21 EST Another long bike ride! Up early, had my tea and logged my SP activity. Now we're oLoading the tandem for an all-day ride! Tue, 6 Sep 2016 07:25:49 EST No rain from the hurricane We got cloudy skies but not a drop of rain. The garden looks parched. Beloved must water this morning! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 07:52:49 EST OOPS! Hit the wrong button! Made a mistake with the trivia answer by hitting the wrong button...blew this month and it's only just starting. We are heading to Georgia today, just to go to the movies and explore a bit. Stay safe on the roads this holiday! Sun, 4 Sep 2016 06:15:24 EST Another week ends I got lots of exercise but still ate too much. I am realizing if I have any fat I get the acid reflux...but I still like chocolate! Wine does the same thing! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 05:56:03 EST Walking done early! No rain last night and I awoke early. Had a cup of tea, got my shoes on, and we went our walk! Got it in so early! Now, another cuppa tea and there's time to relax. Have a blessed day! Fri, 2 Sep 2016 06:51:23 EST I don't want to end up in assisted living! It's lovely and there are lots of activities, but I don't want to end up sitting in a wheel chair being pushed around by someone! Even my Mum seems to be losing a bit of her memory. I dont know how people are expected to be able to afford this kind of care, although I realize the government can't pay it either. Sheesh! Let me die in my sleep! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 07:36:56 EST Riding today Good report from the cardiologist, my vessels look great! Going riding today! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:25:15 EST Seeing doctors today Got in to see the dermatologist at 8am today, then the cardiologist at 2. Should be in pretty good shape! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:22:50 EST 4 HOUR tandem ride and the rash is BACK! What a hard ride! We did four hours on the tandem with LOTS of hill work! I showered, dried completely, pulled on some bike shorts and got dressed. A few hours later both legs started tingling and by the end of the ride both legs were covered in that nasty rash again! Did I have traces of body lotion on the shorts that came in contact with my legs as I pulled them on? No idea! We washed everything in a long cycle and now I'm back with hydrocortisone and benadryl. Will make an appointme... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:35:01 EST Early bed to finally sleep Went to bed with light off by 9pm. Got a decent sleep and awoke ready to start a new week. See the cardiologist on tuesday. Have not checked my BP since getting out of the hospital April 23rd, it's always OK at home but sky high when I'm out and about. I do NOT want another crazy med change problem! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 07:58:23 EST another busy day with Mum No rest, it seems, ever. Another busy day caring for Mum. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:47:17 EST All the church electrilcal up and to code! Beloved and I, along with the licensed electrical contractors we hired, got all the electrical replaced and it's now up to 2016 code. Lots of the lighting was from the 1970s with tar in the flourescent bulb units, many showed evidence of having flamed at some point so now it's ALL been replaced. We don't do any of the actual work, just buy the stuff they need and make sure it gets done. Now our church is safe from fire for a few years! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:07:55 EST Volunteering again Working all day on the electrical system until 10pm. Have to go back this afternoon and oversee the electrician so iy's up to 2016 code. Volunteering is exhausting. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:46:23 EST Fury at the Greenvillle County Sheriff Department So the kid who burglarized us last year and was charged with 2 felonies, and WALKED because the Deputy told the Judge he "hadn't had time to read" the report, has WALKED again!!! This time he was charged with 3 crimes, breaking into cars, stealing credit cards and using them...NOBODY from the sheriff's department even showed up to testify against this kid so he walked again! Our neighborhood is in disbelief. What on earth has happened to law enforcement? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:00:24 EST Cycling Out with beloved on the tandem getting our hill work. He climbed the mountain yesterday on his mountain bike but our tandem isn't geared for it. Lucky me! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:01:59 EST Early walking done Had a busy day yesterday. We got the tree removed at the s=church school playground, then went to Costco to pick up baby aspirin for our daily doses. Went to the park and fed the ducks our leftover hamburger buns from month ago, then came home and did loads of yard work. All ready for the rain which we need but hasn't come. Praying for rain! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:42:30 EST Removing a tree Have to remove a tree today at the church playground. Lots of heavy physical activity! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:31:54 EST Skinny point day Single sign on, two for bonus, and team points were practically nothing. I have to get moving! Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:03:28 EST another long bike ride and the rash is back! Did a powerful 3 hour tandem ride yester and felt great as we powered up the hills. When we got back and were redy to shower I found the nasty rash that I first saw while on the ship, was back! It takes weeks to get in to see the dermatologist...I used hydrocortisone cream 1% and took 50 mg benadryl at bedtime. It's still there this morning, but better. I'd put on skin cream again...some reason I seem to have developed an allergic reaction to skin lotion on my legs! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:16:39 EST School children are on the roads! School started locally so the streets are clogged with teens driving to and from school. Be careful and aware of young drivers and be sure to stop for school buses! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:27:23 EST Visited Mum yesterday Spent the day with Mum at the Assisted Living facility. Played lots of games with a group of very old people, joined them on the bus ride, helped as much as I could. One old man leaned over and said, "you are a fine young lady" which, at 63, made my heart glad. I realized that for now, THIS is my calling. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:04:13 EST A long bike ride! We took our tandem to the Swamp Rabbit Trail and did a 30 mile ride, lots of hills, and it was hot. We were so grateful for the lovely shaded areas along the river. Not a lot of water in the river, we noticed, need more rain. This afternoon I'll be spending time with Mum! Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:46:41 EST At the gym We started at a new, smaller gym after ours raised fees to over $1000/year. This one doesn't have free coffee, but Starbucks is along the way! Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:10:15 EST Up 3 pounds It will come off soon enough! Sun, 14 Aug 2016 05:36:06 EST Home to reality! Baltimore harbor feels like a sauna. We should be off the ship and back in our car by 9 am, home by 7pm. Now the reality of greens, no wine, and caring for Mum! Sat, 13 Aug 2016 05:39:44 EST Watching dolphins Off our deck this morning were a school of frolicking dolphins! Glorious! Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:46:25 EST Nasty rash on both legs! I don't know why but I'm wondering in somehow my older than the hills lotion in a jar was's the only thing I put on both legs and no other place on my body. Both calves are covered with angry welts, they don't itch so here's hoping it's a contact dermatitis of some kind. Bummer. Tonight we have to be dressed in formal wear for a party and my dress is to my knees. My nasty legs will be showing! Maybe the lights will be dim enoug! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:43:55 EST Beautiful hiking We are really feeling it in out calves! Lots of hill hiking, beautiful scenery, lovely old architecture. Glad we brought jackets because it's cold for us... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:04:08 EST Dinner with the Captain Outstanding food, fabulous wine, great conversation...dinner lasted from 8pm until11 pm so we went to bed stuffed. Today we are pushing fluids and walking all day. Have to balance! Tue, 9 Aug 2016 06:50:38 EST Walking Bar Harbor Took the boat shuttle in and we walked this beautiful town in Maine. Tonight we dine with the Captain so will eat carefully and watch our wine intake. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 07:41:05 EST Perfect weather, calm saes Like some segments of life these past few days have been calm seas, nice, easy weather perfect for walking, and filled with good company! Memories are being made! Sun, 7 Aug 2016 06:12:01 EST