DAISYGIRLM2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAISYGIRLM2 DAISYGIRLM2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Biding My Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419250 Well, I had my IV port inserted, as well as my consult with the Interventional Radiologist. Now I wait for the authorization for the vertebroplasty. <BR> <BR> I am unable to be very active, actually I am not supposed to do much of anything at all <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I am trying to be positive, so I am spending most of my time crocheting baby things. Quite a few family members and friends are being blessed with new little ones, so I am stocking up on Baby Shower Gifts. <BR> <BR> Our... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:06:02 EST FINALLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404740 Well, late yesterday afternoon, I heard from our Interventional Radiology Scheduler. I am scheduled for Tuesday, July2nd for the insertion of a PORT for access to my venous system for meds and blood draws. I've been on steroids all my life for asthma and they have destroyed the integrity of my veins. I am so tired of getting poked for blood and IVs anywhere from 5 to >20 times. If they get an IV started, it one day it usually "blows" (infiltrates) and then they have to try to start another... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:19:20 EST Still Waiting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402610 Another day I wait to hear from the Dr. or the Insurance Company <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I continue to wear my brace and pray for the courage to be positive and calm. <BR> <BR> All things in HIS time...not mine! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l678604740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1014485812.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1649979286.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:32:41 EST Improving Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401389 Once again, I'm not going to be big on what I have to say, I am going to share the inspirational thoughts that are keeping me on a track toward a more positive outlook! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l161999068.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1315942310.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1986111495.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l14177615... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:57:21 EST STRUGGLING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398357 I thought after the IVC Filter was removed and I felt so great, things would continue to improve and I could get back on the fitness bandwagon! <BR> Guess that really wasn't the plan for me. It turns out the pain came back with a vengeance and after 7 hours in the ER and multiple x-rays and CTs, we found that I actually "Broke my Back"! I have several compression fractures to the lumbar vertebrae and a few to the transverse processes. I am trying very hard to "LOVE" my new brace that must ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:39:39 EST I Am Blessed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390314 On 6/11 I saw my PCP who informed me that the IVC Filter is actually causing a life-threatening situation. She got on the phone to a Dr. Porter, who is an Interventional Radiologist. This all started at 5:00 p.m. At 8:20 a.m. on the 12th, I received a phone call to be at our hospital and report to the Surgery Window. In no time at all, my husband, John, had me there and before I knew what was going on, I was being prepared for surgery and the removal of this thing I know referred to as "the... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:41:10 EST Another Hurdle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385824 I have been having problems with my back and thought I really twisted it and hadn't let it heal. Every time I felt better I would resume cleaning and exercising only to have the spasms increase and get worse <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I have been going to the Chiropractor and my PCP, but with little relief, even after getting some muscle relaxers...they worked for about 2 days, and now offer no relief. So, the Dr. ordered a battery of X-rays and UGH! <BR> <BR> Well, I am trying hard to be... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:35:12 EST IT'S WORKING!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383439 Although it's not quite a month since I start SP, I'm seeing a difference. Even though I've thrown out my back and been limited in how much exercise I could do, I have been very true to my nutrition and logging it, as well as communicating with my partners, reading blogs, checking in with my SparkCoach and stretching!! <BR> <BR> All this has resulted in my clothes actually loosening a bit and laying nicer on my body. My attitude is more positive, my skin, hair and nails are much healthier!... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 14:00:37 EST Each Day Trying Harder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379213 I started this process with a bang, but due to my stubbornness, I've reinjured my back which is a real bummer <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Every time I felt it getting better, I'd jump right back in with going full force, only to really ZAP it this time...UGH! So, for the last 2 days, I have really taken it easy as far as the physical activities. I am doing stretches to help the back spasms along with some chair exercises. I hope this heals up quickly as I am not exactly a "sit-around" pers... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:37:24 EST Backyard Camp Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376101 Over the Memorial Day weekend, John (Papa) and our son BJ (Daddy)introduced our grandsons to the joys of camping! Kaden is 9, Nikoli 7 and Brennon almost 5. It was so much fun to watch and see how excited they were to help set up the tent and cook over a fire. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l540258251.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They cooked hotdogs over the fire and I could not help but laugh when they kept saying "these are the bestest campout hotdogs I've ever had!" I ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 22:57:55 EST Getting Ready to Camp Out in the Back Yard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368838 Today, (5/26/2013), Papa (John), Daddy (BJ), and the boys, Kaden, Nikoli and Brennon worked hard all day to get the tent up in our back yard as well as build a fire to cook the hotdogs and smores. <BR> <BR> I've been running interference in the house to make sure they have enough blankets and munchies for the night. Papa keeps telling me they are supposed to be "CAMPING" not waiting for Grammy to deliver goodies and comfy stuff....I just can't help myself....they are soooo cute!! I hope ... Sun, 26 May 2013 22:58:50 EST Each Day A Blessing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366705 Just wanted to share some of the reasons I want to improve my health and energy levels. <BR> <BR> Me: Because I am a precious child of God and I am worth it!!! <BR> <BR> My Hubby, Best Friend and Wonderful Blessing: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1102140208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our Sons: <BR> <BR> BJ, Bridgett, Kaden, Nikoli and Brennon ) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1654665110.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Brian and Shelby <BR> <BR> <im... Fri, 24 May 2013 12:20:37 EST PreSchool Graduation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364486 Last night John and I got to see our youngest Grandson graduate from Grace Lutheran PreSchool! It was so amazing, heartwarming, uplifting and just plain fun!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1922510730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am so very blessed and just wanted to share my joy!! <BR> <BR> Life is an amazing gift......open it with care each and every day and share it with as many people as possible......CELEBRATE and BELIEVE <em>247</em> Wed, 22 May 2013 11:07:15 EST WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363786 I realized today, that in spite of all my challenges lately, I actually feel quite upbeat and positive. What a novel concept <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Although I seem to be bombarded from all directions with weird/strange/unfortunate challenges, I do not feel overwhelmed anymore. I decided to get a SparkCoach today and in doing so I felt so enlightened and lightened. (I actually lost 0.4 lbs. since the 14th)!! I believe this to be a blessing from God. Since the 14th, I experienced: <BR>... Tue, 21 May 2013 18:31:04 EST The Journey Begins with ONE Step! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361171 This is a very difficult time for me. I've never weighed this much in my life!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I am so very blessed with the most amazing husband, John! We will be married 38 years in August. We have 2 wonderful sons, 2 amazing daughters-by-other-mothers (I don't care for the term Daughter-In Law)! To top it off, we have 3 amazing and energetic grandsons, ages 9, 7 & 5....WOW! <BR> <BR> I truly want to get a grip on my health issues and get healthy and active again. I have r... Sun, 19 May 2013 14:21:55 EST