CHRIS3874's SparkPeople Blog CHRIS3874's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community hanging on (just barely sometimes) Still off and I thought i had filled out enough FORMS for my employer to "qualify" for LTD but now they want "MORE" !!! and so its back to my doctor I go and now he wants me to go for a "stress test" because of a few things that are happening now ( he keeps complaining that I put on a "ton of weight" I can't see the extra weight - the smartass in me should have asked if he meant a LONG ton (usually used more in the UK- 2,240 lbs or 20 hundredweight or 160 stone) <BR> or short ton or a METRIC... Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:51:09 EST Happy Easter A Happy Easter to all of you especially believers, On the downside, I got a quiz answer WRONG after submitting what THEY said was RIGHT according to their articles. I think the ONE expert should be talking to the OTHER expert, Sun, 1 Apr 2018 22:38:33 EST Remembering Jade I don't know if its because its getting closer to the time she had to be put to sleep but <BR> i was thinking a fair bit about her. I still wonder if Annie misses her sister as they were close, but what was really odd was amongst other things, she acted like the Mother cat to all the others and kept them in line (according to how SHE felt about it of course). What was hard for me was that for the majority of her life she preferred the company of females - if I tried to pet her i would get sw... Thu, 29 Mar 2018 20:47:45 EST just random thoughts Just thought I might stop in and say hello for a change. Decently they had a Pink Floyd band on PBS - they were in my opinion total crap, Butchered just about every song and then went and changed stuff like the beginning of wish you were here (NOT GOOD). (OF course I guess they supposedly have ONLY been doing this since 1988 - and I guess as they're a bunch of skippys I suppose that's likely a limiting factor) Needless to say I wsa GLAD for NOT shelling out for them. Then I "TRIED" to keep d... Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:19:37 EST update Sorry I hadn't been on a lot lately- have tried to stay on the straight and narrow ( had a scare because I went and lifted a tool tray because I wanted to do something at home- was shocked after - had to go back to my family doctor as he has been taking my staples out and NOT happy with the job the surgeon did so he is taking them out even slowly now - he had planned to take the rest out today as he took half out last week - left a few in still- I trust him a lot more than some of the "specia... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 20:50:27 EST home now Just got home today from my favourite place- they ended up redoing my one hernia (the mesh had done stupid things like getting caught up in my bladder among other things <BR> of COURSE the surgeon never seemed to want to tell me the whole truth and blamed ME) <BR> I still think its a BS story, Went in Sunday evening didn't eat anything Sunday noon until Tuesday ( got clear food at lunchtime Tuesday) got cut up again on Tuesday evening, given a turkey salad sandwich wed morning (?) by a n... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:31:39 EST tomorrow Have to get up early as I booked a physical with my GP .Not looking forward to it as I am now on blood thinners *daily injections to the stomach - NOT FUN) which seem to make it tough to get up early and also I need to fast as well as my one incision is getting progressively more painful (not a good sign ) . I guess its still good to get it over with Sat, 6 Jan 2018 20:37:32 EST Christmas Wishes I hope all my friends have a Merry Christmas and may you have all your wishes come true. <BR> A bit of an update-I ended up going home early and getting IV antibiotics for a week and a half via a PICC tube-(To add insult to injury I had to pay for the meds even though they are FREE in the hospital AND I am saving Alberta Heath HUNDREDS by being AT HOME as opposed to occupying a bed) only to have the tube taken out and developing a clot in my arm (woke up one Friday with a daylong bulging (T... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 19:39:49 EST Away last week Had fever since a week ago last Sunday- went to Dr Monday -figured it was a viral infection. Went for blood tests, meanwhile not getting any better, Ended up in Emergency Wednesday afternoon (NOT MY CHOICE) ended up getting sliced and diced and poked and prodded. Took some sort of painful blood culture tests, Stayed in until this Tuesday now I have to be on IV antibiotics for another week. Was glad to go home the old bugger in the bed next to me kept up with such a racket I ended up with a te... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 20:06:48 EST tired cats<BR>A Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:32:39 EST two weeks out I guess its been a full two weeks since my surgery and part of me wishes I hadn't had it (yeah I know about the complications etc), All I know is the mesh still hurts and it feels like I have a piece of sheet metal or hard plastic under my skin (NOT FUN). Is that just swelling or will things get better? Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:02:36 EST Happy Sunday Wishes Wherever you are, whatever you're doing enjoy your day!! Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:58:40 EST thanks to all of our vets I want to thank all of the vets (esp WWII ones), I also want t thank all the civilians who had to endure rationing etc to support the war effort. Sat, 11 Nov 2017 22:16:35 EST Great I had the start of an intelligent and well though out blog and this stupid computer / website sent it swirling into an abyss. So now you are stuck with this. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:39:12 EST jeans today It was a day of 2 firsts since being sliced and diced. I had some errands I wanted to try to get done and I didn't want to wear my (newish) grey sweats (the ones with the pockets in them) <BR> So I went and put on my jeans and went and drove my truck around coupled with several blocks of walking. I am of the mind that if somewhere is too awkward/ unsafe to drive/park at I rather would walk a few steps. By the end of the afternoon the waistband felt more like a steel hoop and less like a piec... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 21:42:47 EST still a long road Still not feeling great - noticed this doctor online says to go back to work after 4 days & here's me thinking after 6 days I should betaking on the world.I don't know what these people think US in thereal world have to cope with. The thing from the Misericordia (hospital said different). Sun, 5 Nov 2017 21:51:43 EST stupid Sparkgoodie points are dumb when I would much rather have even two points instead. Fri, 3 Nov 2017 20:05:35 EST its been a month Hate to go on about things but I realized its been a month since I lost my Mom. It doesn't feel like it and its still raw, I guess with Dad he was suffering and stuff and wasn't with us very much towards the end.I had hoped I could have seen her after my surgery. <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 2 Nov 2017 22:13:21 EST a world of hurt I'm not eating much trying to stay moving hurts to sit, Wed, 1 Nov 2017 18:15:44 EST An update of sorts (now I am confused) It went OK today BUT I am still experiencing the same trouble that precipitated this all IN THE FIRST PLACE <em>234</em> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:12:56 EST on tommorow Well tomorrow's the day - I just wish my Mom was still here. I really hoped she could hold on until I had my operation.If I don't make it THANKS to all of you . Mon, 30 Oct 2017 21:49:43 EST yikes spent part of my last day at work comparing notes with one of my few friends about his hernia operation "experience"- makes me want to yell "MMMMOMMMMYYYYY" so loud as to wake the dead, NOT looking forward to this. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 23:15:36 EST A Mother's legacy Without meaning to sound crass, my sister came over and told us our mom had left us some money - of course stupid me managed to make a comment and ended up making both women in the living room crying. (I was alluding to preferring to have my mom rather than the money). Tue, 24 Oct 2017 21:51:56 EST not sure what to think Apparently according to the scale at the plasma clinic, ( and I am fairly sure its the right one) I lost 5 kg from last week. Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:47:42 EST one down nine to go Well it wasn't as bad as I feared BUT there was a lot of things NOT done that should have been done in my absence (I think there's a lot of LAZY and entitled "people" there). I have to wonder what will happen when I leave for good. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:25:38 EST Back to work Monday I really don't want to but I think I will go back to work Monday especially as I have that surgery on the 31 st. I shudder to think what sort of a disaster area I am going back into, Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:36:42 EST more Phoned in and told my boss I wouldn't be in this week.. Was kind of perplexing as he seemed to be trying ti be decent.I kind of figure it was OK as I didn't take any vacation yet this year. I get that life has to go on but losing a mother must rank up there with a lot of things. I know I missed my Dad but this seemed harder for whatever reason. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:15:50 EST Thankgiving Day I wish I could say I had a great weekend (that would be lying) and I know I have a long road ahead to deal with all that's happened lately - it was bad enough dealing with all of my mom's health scares and having to move her out of her house etc. I just know EVERY Thanksgiving from now on will be different- I recall an older lady I worked with years ago who lost her husband at Christmas time. It was just a year ago my Mom and sister and brother in law were over for Thanksgiving. <em>39</em... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 22:59:01 EST the day after It was good to get tomorrow over, not the least because there were some people who for whatever reason, don't get along with (especially one of my sister's "friends" and one aunt even though we stayed with them a few years ago - she has this weird thing about the Catholic church even though she's Anglican - no real difference) . The one thing that I kept doing today was thinking of "****" I so wanted to ask my Mom about and then realizing I couldn't. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 23:03:40 EST The funeral Well kiddies,as they say today IS the day.Thank\fully I am writing THIS after the fact. I felt like the world was lifted off of my shoulders. It went OK I guess I barely kept it together for the first reading and the intercessory prayer and then it was a huge relief to have brought up the wine and the hosts for Eucharist. The floral arrangement was beautiful and the lunch afterwards was OK. Seen loads of relatives that I barely see anymore (sadly). I guess Cheryl said both my uncles(one of th... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 18:05:29 EST not looking forward to tomorrow. I dread things like tomorrow (where I feel totally at the mercy of things I have zero control over. Yeah I guess I could have shrunk back and said "No" but then where would that put me and it might be a decision I would regret in the long run). If you can think of my mom tomorrow, Fri, 6 Oct 2017 21:43:02 EST Can't screwup now Got volunteered for THREE things at my Mom's funeral Mass (I still think my old man deserved one TOO at the time). One reading,the prayer of the faithful and bringing up the offertory,. While trying to keep it "together " in front of family. Thu, 5 Oct 2017 23:19:27 EST A tough day I don't often mention my family in here but my mom passed away at 6am because of congestive heart failure. Mon, 2 Oct 2017 22:29:13 EST An update of sorts Came back earlier on after going up to see my Mom - she's been in hospital since last week and not doing well (in and out of consciousness ) I can't say for sure how long she has, Its tough. She was doing OK until a couple of years ago and then its like she will get over one thing and then something else will happen. Sun, 1 Oct 2017 20:47:36 EST the roads are all screwed up The city (OK actually a contractor hired by the city) is "fixing" the sewers on our side of the road now (I live on a main road with a service road on both sides). Anyways the idiots go and block the only avenue off of the main road going to my house AND the service road AND ONE end of the back alley,whilst NOT finishing WORK on the OTHER END (down to ONE lane from being wide enough for both directions.Which lead me to the following thought - "Why do they allow stupid people to play with sh... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:17:49 EST just another short one To tell the truth I just wanted the points, Happy Wednesday! Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:27:05 EST really annoyed (Warning cuss words and colourful language). Ended up getting a trivia question WRONG because it wanted know how many cups of sweat and of course the article lists it in FLUID OUNCES (WHY THEY ASK QUESTIONS LIKE THIS IS BEYOND ME) So stupid me I go and perform a search for 32 oz is how many cups and end up getting a site that listed 32 ounces as being EIGHT CUPS - of course thanks to a certain HATED prime minister and his hard on for shoving METRIC down our throats I am woefully out of practice with the imperial system of measurement... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:55:18 EST not much Just trying to cope with what might end up being my first cold of the season (I hope not). Ended up leaving work early (sure the boss was impressed), Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:39:46 EST Mini Physical Yesterday Had my annual physical yesterday before donating (they make you have one if you donate more than ?? times a year - some dumb Health Canada rule). They used to contract it out to a couple of doctors but now the nurses do it (which feels "weird" in my book - sorry). Ended up being real late as they had to do a restart (my right arm wasn't working in spite of the nurse moving the needle so much I felt tenderized- actually it wasn't that bad not to mention I WILL LIE rather than admit it HURT) on... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:03:57 EST just another short one i am going to keep this one short as I need to do things (its garbage day tomorrow) I am sure as a kid we used to get pick up more than once a week. Typical City- pay more for less service - the idiots we have running this city don't help either. Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:57:33 EST TIRED AND SORE I helped most of the day cleaning out my Mom's house and moving stuff (mostly couches and chairs) out of one house and into another.Nearly fell asleep on the computer before 5:30. Sore but its a good sore. Maybe this was just what the doctor ordered. Time will tell. I have less than 26000pts to get to my next milestone. Sat, 9 Sep 2017 21:49:24 EST hot again today well it was forecast to be 30 c and it got up to 32. That's 89.6 F. And its already September. Thu, 7 Sep 2017 21:46:02 EST september really ? It's hard to believe but it was as hot today as its been all summer, Hotter again tomorrow, Can't wait. (sarcasm) Cold almost in the morning and then baking all day. Wed, 6 Sep 2017 21:56:32 EST Happy Labour Day Whether you"re like the majority and do spell it with the u or if you don't have a great day tomorrow !!! Sun, 3 Sep 2017 23:47:32 EST More joy Yeah I have to submit a "learning plan" for my employer tomorrow. As far as I am concerned its a total joke but some high up decided it was a "good' idea . This place just keeps circling the drain. I wish someone would hurry up and flush. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 22:06:09 EST Some people are just looney tunes.(Just my opinion, please don't take offense) Just had a really weird experience , Two young ladies came to the door wanting to talk about "religion" (some "Church of God"and God the MOTHER in the BIBLE. I tried ti be polite and tell them I wasn't interested ( I tried to tell the one I had my own church which she heard as "I don't go to church" and after a bit of back and forth (nothing RUDE) I thanked them and they left. I am sure in their own way they were sincere but I thought OK not trying to be ignorant here but I read MY bible (NOT... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:55:57 EST lucky this time , I guess Went to donate plasma last night and one of their machines (the one I was hooked up to of course) acted up and "allowed" some of my red cells into the plasma bag. (Last time that happened I ended up being deferred for 56 days -eight donations) somehow this time they didn't spaz out (my term) and I managed to dodge the bullet. Nice when something / someone else screws up and you end up holding the bag. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:11:50 EST tired of the heat I just know I am going to be eating my words in a few months time , but i am so tired of it being so hot lately (highs above 80F) - yeah I suppose some of you don't think its hot but I imagine I cope better with winter than a lot of you (not that we all live in igloos in Canada).Its particularity bad at work .I think I could stand it easier as a teenager but those days are LONG LONG gone away, Have a good week . Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:13:15 EST A bad week I sort of had an odd week. I haven't been sleeping all that great and probably have lost some discipline in the food dept. I guess on the bright side I have started to (try) to lift weights at home again (with the spectre of the rotator cuff still in the back of my mind). I also have had a lot of trouble breathing due to all the smoke from the forest fires in BC, Nearly stayed home today and then I thought "F*** it who will do the work "they" expect me to do TODAY then"? <BR> I have to chuckl... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:43:52 EST dinner with Mom Went to see my Mom at her home (senior's residence) and had supper with her. Not really all that great as it was in the dining room full of seniors. Kind of felt out of place not to mention it was $20 a plate (and it wasn't all that much or any great shakes) I think in the future I am going to be forced to do things differently - either by taking her out or by visiting er after supper. <BR> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:42:25 EST