ENUFF81020's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ENUFF81020 ENUFF81020'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/ 2016 is on its way out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285568 Hi all... <BR> <BR> Although this year has had some stinky manifestations to it, I have put it to good use. I had to have my right hip replaced in April, which makes me more bionic than not, lol. I have my own shoulders, wrists, and ankles--although some of those have required surgical interventions. My knees, hips, thumbs, and my cervical and my spine from S3-T4 have all been reinforced with man-made metals. I attend weekly WW meetings and have stayed in the correct range around my goal we... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:20:55 EST Saturday, 8/29/15 Having fun in new ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987156 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am speaking in church tomorrow--Pastor Mariah asked if anyone had a spiritual experience in their gardens and I knew she was talking to me (even though she didn't know it.) I have found it to be energizing and awesome to spend hours pulling weeds and watering plants. Planting was fun too and getting dirt under my nails to the point that I have to clean out my nail polish and do it all over doesn't bother me either. I realized, after getting a notice from Facebook that li... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:03:33 EST Wednesday, August 11-Time Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976529 It is amazing to be able to do so many things these days! I am like a "kid in a candy shop" as I willfully go from yard work to pulling weeds in the garden to window washing to hiking and walking the dog to swimming to playing volleyball with the kids to cleaning and organizing. I am hoping to get things ready for a yard sale at the end of the month (which is no small task, as I am learning!) Anyway--I give thanks for all that I can do and I am active and on the go most of the day. It is such... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:02:50 EST Saturday, 8/8/15: Amazing changes in my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974103 Hi All, <BR> It's been a long time since you've heard from me and yet, my life has calmed down a great deal. <BR> <BR> I retired from the teaching job that I loved and that has defined me for the past 35 1/2 years. It was the right thing to do. The principal I worked for kept telling me that she couldn't afford a reading teacher any more. The plan for the district was to eliminate the position in every building. Our district was adding student test scores to teacher evaluations which meant n... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 10:36:58 EST Saturday, November 22 Lots to be thankful for!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821394 Hi all, <BR> <BR> This school year is sneaking by me--It's almost December, Holy Cow!! My schedule is busy--my husband and I go to physical therapy together every day. He is pretty strong after his August total knee replacement--and is getting ready for the other one on December 1. As for me, I am proud to say that I am walking independently a good part of every day. I have muscle fatigue and pain in my legs daily. My back is much better--still very numb in the surgical area. I had an ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:34:32 EST Wednesday, September 17 Changes in my world!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781693 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Things are certainly happening all around me and I am having trouble keeping track of me. I am still going to physical therapy 3-4 times a week and am walking for short distances independently and longer distances with the kind of sticks long-distance trekkers use or myu walker if I need to carry items. The reality is that the problem that caused me to have the second surgery seems to be back and I am not sure if I want to tell any doctors about it or not. It isn't as ex... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:09:12 EST Tuesday, July 15 A Long Overdue Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739066 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm sorry that I haven't been around, but I have been through everything and I have a lot more to go through... <BR> <BR> I did go to rehab and after I had been there for about eight days, I convinced the doctor to let me work with my pain doc. My pain doc agreed that I couldn't do anything without my pain being controlled so he added a fentanyl patch back to my regime. Then at about ten days, my favorite and most pushy physical therapist said to me, "I think you're read... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:46:02 EST Friday, 6/6 Can't move my legs much, rehab inevitable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712327 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I rattled some cages today and am going to get things my way to the best of my ability. The reality in my world right now is that I have a full incision down my back. There are no signs that anything else is damaged or non-functional from all of the tests I had. My legs don't work right now. I can wiggle my toes and ankles on both feet and have some movement in my right knee. I am getting a bit of sensation in my legs. My knees on up to my waist have no feeling. This... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 20:00:45 EST Thursday 6/5 Post-op Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710987 Hi There, <BR> <BR> My story gets more and more confusing. I had surgery at 1 PM on Tuesday. I was sitting up, as promised by the anesthesiologist when I went to sleep and didn't have to face the nasty spasms and pain in my right leg. I woke up in confusion at 5:30 in Recovery. That was a big room with about 25 stations and full of color and activity. There were several people around me and the conversation about my legs not moving. They were numb, but I thought that was from surgery--... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 02:39:47 EST Tuesday 6/3 Surgery Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709673 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm a bit stressed today. Within 1-2 hours, I will be taken to the OR. I've been promised that they won't make me lie down and aggravate the awful leg pain I am having. They will put pillows behine me, set up the anesthesia, give me oxygen and put me asleep sitting up. Then, they will lie me down before positioning me on my tummy for my second major and intensive surgery since April 17. I was totally good about my previous surgery--actually all of them. However, now t... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:16:12 EST Saturday, 5/31 Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707762 Hi again, <BR> <BR> There just isn't a lot to do here--I get up and walk with every person who will walk with me. My leg pain is decreased with the morpine PCA, but it rears its ugly head when I stand up from the chair or sit down or go near that bed. After a few laps around this floor, I am limping pretty significantly which tells me that the pain meds are masking the issue which is helpful in a way, but not a problem solver. I haven't screamed at my leg all day today and that is a first... Sat, 31 May 2014 23:15:37 EST Friday 5/30 Back in the Hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707188 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I had an 8:30 appointment with my surgeon today. My time started out with one of his nurses and then with his resident. She was pretty alarmed about the lack of strength in my right foot and leg and she also had me go out into the hallway to walk. I saw Dr. M there talking to a group of med students and I didn't realize he was watching me. He came into the room and started by telling me that the CT Scan I had at our local hospital was poor quality and the report was ent... Sat, 31 May 2014 00:33:20 EST Tuesday 5/27 Progress and Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704859 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am quite frustrated. This nasty pain in my right leg is horrid in every way. My appointment on the 15 wasn't very helpful. I got there at 3 and had x-rays taken. Then I went to the spine clinic and I had an exam by one of the residents. About 2 hours later, I saw my doctor and several students--and had another exam. He told me flat out that he had no idea what was wrong with my leg. He changed my pain meds and ordered a CT scan. <BR> <BR> Here is when the insuranc... Wed, 28 May 2014 01:35:24 EST Wednesday, 5/14 Recovery Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694917 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I know that I have been incredibly unavailable since surgery. The fact of the matter is that I have been busy doing a lot of nothing and I haven't cared about eating, eating healthy nor my weight. I haven't done a good job of connecting with anyone. <BR> <BR> My surgery went reasonably well. There was a complication that made it last an extra hour and worried my husband to tears. I'm sure glad that my friends kept calling him and that our daughter came to join him afte... Wed, 14 May 2014 12:35:07 EST Tuesday 4/15 Productive, Hectic Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672523 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I cannot believe how much I was able to do in one day, but Monday was a testament to my resolve and hard work. On top of teaching all day, I finished all but two items on my 18 item "to do" list. I was able to finally get in with the principal. That was big on its own! I was able to get approval for my sub choice and to find out there was absolutely no changing minds on the other half of my day. I then submitted the letter I had written to explain program changes to fa... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:39:30 EST Palm Sunday, 4/13 A Few Things Solved-One BIG One Too!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671510 Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> I HAVE A SUB!! I spent a good deal of time talking to my friend and former instructor, Lynne, and she is willing to sub the half days for me. Her expertise is in reading acquisition and she will be amazing for my first graders which are the students who I decided will get service, since they are only letting half of them get a program while I am gone. She is also sensitive to the fact that I need to heal and have to let it all go when I leave on Wednesday. I went to... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:25:51 EST Friday, 4/11 Successes and My Work in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670166 Howdy, <BR> <BR> This has been an eventful, fast-paced, high-energy successful and yet frustrating week. So much has went on, that I will try to share the big points. <BR> <BR> My week started off with me trying to do things the right way, being responsible. I filled out the FMLA paperwork, shared my surgery date (Thursday, April 17) with the principal, completing taxes for the children and insurance paperwork, talking to lawyers about a couple of things, and recruiting reading speciali... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:30:30 EST Saturday, 4/5 Need to rest up this weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665228 Hi there, <BR> <BR> As most of you know, my week back to work after spring break wasn't really a good time. I needed this weekend so I could get my focus back onto self-care and the things that are important. I got a bit in on Friday--I realized that the other two people I had outdoor duty with were placing themselves in such a way that they didn't have to deal with the big kids. Since that was so awfula nd since I was "allowed" to do the job all week, I played the same game on Friday. I... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:31:27 EST Wednesday, 4/2 April fools, yesterday?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662324 Hi All, <BR> <BR> It's been a difficult day from the very beginning to the end--sometimes things happen, I know. It was frigid cold outside today because of the wind and a lower temperature than expected. I went out for my duty and I had two pair of gloves on. The longer that I was out, the colder it got--my fingers were burning. They were hurting and my back was really objecting. I was out to help watch our kids all in lines waiting to go inside. Some were wearing shorts and many wer... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 06:08:21 EST Friday, 3/28 The Surgeon and My Surgeries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658924 Hi All, <BR> <BR> It's been a long day--I only have part of the information I expected to have, but I will have it all by mid-week. I had my CT scans of my thoracic and lumbar spine. Apparently the pictures are somewhat deceiving according to the doctor, but after another stern talk about finding myself in the "most miserable situation of my entire life," we all agreed that I am in pretty awful shape and the only chance I have to be in a better situation is to do the surgeries. I do not h... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:35:59 EST Thursday, 3/27 Matthew's birthday/ Preparations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658241 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have had such a busy--a pleasantly busy--spring break. Everyday has had something that needed doing, but it didn't seem to matter because it was with the right people and it was all things I wanted to do. Today, after we went grocery shopping and I got my swimming in, Megan and I went to pick Matthew up from his work meeting and we spent about 4 hours helping him to straighten up his apartment. He still hasn't emptied boxes or moved entirely in to this apartment, so we... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:03:43 EST Sunday, 3/23 Payoff Day for a lot of work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654963 Hello, <BR> <BR> Today was a special day in the life of our church. I have been part of our visioning leadership team and over the past several months, we held about 8 or so "focus groups" where we invited all members of our congregation to join us for conversation and discussion to identify who we are as a church. They were fun meetings with lots of stories being shared and told, wishes and dreams being shared. (We did not want to focus on any negativity.) Next, we spent a good deal of ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:23:56 EST Wednesday, 3/19 On a better track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651324 Howdy all, <BR> It's been a good news kind of day... <BR> <BR> My pain doc was as wonderful as he can be today. My appointment was a bit slow, but I knew he made them to "fit me in." He did injections in both of my SI joints, and they were a lot easier to deal with than the caudal injections he gave me earlier this year. I was crawling out of my skin by the time I got in there because I forgot to change my patch when I got dressed, and I hadn't had my most recent dose of oral meds because... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:31:05 EST Monday, 3/17 Tricky Yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649585 Hi All, <BR> <BR> It has been a busy and hectic day in my world. I woke up at 3 AM--not unusual--but coughing and choking on what seems to be a significant chest cold that I didn't have on Saturday. It was brutal and I never went back to sleep, just coughed up stuff and wiped my nose until it was sore. I can't believe others in my home slept through some of that. <BR> <BR> Then, we started out our day at 7-ish with a new snowfall covering the ground and even my basset Lady balked and di... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 02:09:05 EST Thursday 3/13 Progress and then again, not... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646624 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I feel like time is moving so slowly because of pain. I am weary with pain in many ways--fatigue is getting to me along with the constant discomfort I am having. I picked an argument with my husband this morning on the way to school because of...toast (??) but actually, he hadn't warmed up the car and it was very chilly. It aggravated me and my body so much to be cold that I said anything that crossed my mind rather than being my usually diplomatic self. to top it off, ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:59:47 EST Saturday, 3/8 So much to do--so much wants my time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643260 Hello Friends!! <BR> <BR> I am so tired. I think I am beginning to realize what my back feels like when I don't have pain meds or injections to help me out. It's not a fun time to live with it, that's for sure. I went three nights with almost no sleep at all and it wasn't fun. The one gift it gave me was a six hour sleep last night, but I am still tired and a bit groggy after sleeping that long last night. <BR> <BR> I've been a busy girl and have taken care of a lot of "stuff" that was ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 23:24:20 EST Friday, 2/28 Endocrinologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636481 Hi there, <BR> <BR> Today's visit to University Hospital was a winner. The endocrinologist was a kind, delightful professional who was very respectful and caring of my situation. She believes that my report of osteoporosis is more normal than not. Even though I have lost bone mass, she said that my bigger bones were still doing okay, acknowledging that the metal I have with so many of them interferes in good readings. I had been warned by my PCP that the meds for osteoporosis like Focama... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:55:00 EST Tuesday 2/25 Dear Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633173 Dear Body, <BR> <BR> I'm sitting here as uncomfortable as I can be--an hour and a half after I took my pain meds and have been thinking about you a lot. I'm not thinking of you very lovingly and I would like to apologize for that. I rarely think of you very lovingly--but I hope that you are aware that everything I do really is out of my love for you. <BR> <BR> I have had quite a journey trying to figure you out recently. I think the majority of my issues come back to my father and the se... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:04:38 EST Sunday, 2/23 Last week--The good, the bad, and whatever... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631473 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Those of you who know me and who have followed my blogs know that I have dealt with a great deal of abuse in my lifetime--and much of it has been related to the fact that I have been obese for the majority of my life. Obesity seems to open the door for bullies to target someone and go for them in body, mind, and spirit. In my case, that included my parents and family, the people I went to school with (particularly in elementary and junior high school), strangers, an... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:09:31 EST Monday, 2/17 What a day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626974 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> It happened again...We had outrageous weather and even though we were going to school today to make up one of our snow days--they canceled school because of the weather. It was strange because there was nothing happening and then around 10 AM, it was snowing hard--3 inches in less than a half an hour. It just kept coming after that--and we had 6 inches by noon. Then it tapered down with some warming that created slush and ice on top of the snow making life very dang... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:57:41 EST Sunday, 2/9 People in Authority http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619273 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am officially very frustrated--my story is not a fun one. I went to Mayo this week with the intentions of gathering evidence to help me to make one of the most difficult, yet important decisions of my life. I went expecting to gather information that might not agree with what I already understood. I actually wanted a bit of that because it would help me to decide if these dual back-saving surgeries that will put me out of commission for months was what I needed. I cam... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:25:41 EST Saturday, 2/1 Reading, It Does a Mind Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612643 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have taken all of my spare minutes for working on reading day and our family reading night. They are both coming together, but until I have a schedule finalized and the details all worked out, I won't be happy. I am pleased, but it is now 19 days away. <BR> <BR> Here are our plans to date: <BR> <BR> Reading Night-- We will begin with a parade of storybook characters--everyone who wants to be dressed in like a storybook character is welcome to join in the fun--it is op... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 00:09:26 EST Saturday, 1/25 I've learned something about me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605566 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have so much on my mind and the thing that seems to be bothering me more than anything is that I have finally learned that I am really disabled. If I need a "label," I am an adult with a deformity of my spine. That doesn't seem like a big thing, but the specialist I saw yesterday told me that I know it's true that I "really cannot walk" and that the meds and treatments I am using "really don't work." I also learned that the fentanyl I am using in my pain patch is 250 t... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 19:14:19 EST Friday 2/24 University Hospital--Trivia Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604613 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I managed some monumental walking with my walker and broken rib today as I got my surgical update at University Hospital in IA City. It is our closest tertiary care center and they have an awesome reputation. I met with a nurse, a nurse practitioner and then the doctor, his intern, and the nurse practitioner. I had a similar exam to the one my local doc and the doc at Mayo Clinic did. This doctor did not mince a lot of words. He told me that I have lordosis of the spin... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:43:51 EST Thursday 1/23 Happy Birthday Miles (yesterday!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603236 Hi Everybody, <BR> <BR> I have been on quite a whirlwind of activity lately. Right now, it is -9 with a wind chill of -30 and there is no school anywhere in our bi-state region. Our district, which is famous for NEVER taking weather days--maybe one in every five years, is now out for the second day this month. Our son's school is now out for the 6th time in the same time frame. This has been an incredibly cold winter and this sun and pool baby is NOT a fan. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Miles... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:20:27 EST Saturday, 1/11 One Size NEVER Fits All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590675 Hi there, <BR> <BR> Life is a funny place to live. One size fits all has always haunted me, my entire life. The little fat girl, the "big fat girl" teen, and the fatty fatty grown up could never fit into something that was marked "one size fit all." I constantly disappointed my parents when they would buy me something and it just was too small for my body. I remember finally getting tights and was not able to squeeze into them when I was in about fourth grade and how sad I felt. When I ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:37:16 EST Friday, 1/10 Not so cold--so why...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589782 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Our weather, as did many others, took a turn for the better today. So, it is some 65-70 degrees warmer today and it snowed and then rained much of the day. The roads should be wet but fine, yet when I was walking to the car, it was so slippery that it scared me to be out there. I will fess up that one of my two big fears is slipping on the ice. <BR> <BR> Our weather was greatly improved today but there was a lot of traffic commotion at our school again today. This morn... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:22:43 EST Monday, 1/6 Ooh Baby, It's Cold Outside!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585137 Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> The weather is the big news item locally. Our temperature this morning was -18 with a wind chill making it at -35 and lower. Every local school district in the bi-state region was closed today unless it was a teacher inservice day like it was in my district, Moline IL and Davenport IA. We learned just before noon that we would have a day off tomorrow--which is rare for us. My son teaches in Davenport and they found out the same around 1:30ish. They are more lik... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 00:54:59 EST Wednesday 12/25 Merry, Merry Christmas!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571938 Hi all, <BR> <BR> What a beautiful day this has been. It is amazing when so much work and love come together in a day like today. There were so many things to make this day special and loving. It started on Saturday when Floyd and I worked in the food pantry. It was an unbelievable day at our church's efforts to take care of our community. There was a line of people at the door so we opened them at 8:45 rather than waiting until 9. It's a good thing because it never calmed down. We us... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 00:39:42 EST Saturday, 12/21 Tis the season!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569181 Hi all, <BR> <BR> After weeks of turmoil and stress, today is here and it is a new, special time, almost a beginning. Yesterday was the last day of school until we return on January 6. That day will be an inservice day. I am honored to be doing two presentations again this year--they are both about children's picture books, one of my favorite topics in the whole world. I found a couple of new ones this past week and cannot wait to fit them into a teachable moment for some of my kids. Th... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 09:06:10 EST Saturday, December 14-The best for ME!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564002 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Life is as usual around me and things have been hectic in so many ways. That is the life you have when you have 8 kids. <em>211</em> Some things around me have been looking up though, and that is really nice... <BR> <BR> We bought a new car this week and that has been a long time coming. Four years ago, we filed a chapter 13 to cover the debt that went with t3 43he big car accident our son had (and that our insurance wouldn't cover because they capped how much they w... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 06:04:02 EST Wednesday, 11/27 Still in shock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551769 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I cannot help myself---I keep thinking about what my doctor said about the possibility of my back simply breaking at some random time. I was so scared of the proposed surgery, but I cannot even garner much in the way of thoughts and feelings about that when I keep thinking that I could be doing anything and my back might simply break. I'm thinking it would be best to be proactive and have them do it medically rather than letting nature do it at some time to be announced w... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:12:01 EST Monday, 11/25 My back--a surgical decision that is bigger than life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550390 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've had this lousy cold in my chest for a complete week as of today and it is not letting up. I know it is a major contributor to my mood and tired feelings right now. However it is not the only part of things nor is it the biggest problem I am facing. <BR> <BR> I called my pain doc last Thursday. He gave me his home number and his cell number some five or more years ago and I am very careful to not take advantage of it. However, this dilemma with the treatment of my ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 01:23:58 EST Tuesday, 11/19 Feeling lousy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545727 Hello friends, <BR> <BR> I started losing my voice yesterday and on my way home from work, I had a headache that was so nasty that I put the seat down in a reclining type position and couldn't open my eyes. Since then, I have been fighting to maintain my mood and attitude. I think it is a sinus/ cold thing but with my back issues, I don't have the energy to cope with it. I hope that it doesn't take the traditional week to get rid of it because that may wear me out altogether. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:42:27 EST Thursday, 11/14 An Awesome Interlude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540801 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I want to share something so beautiful that happened in our lives recently that helped make up for a period of great difficulty going on in my life. <BR> <BR> Our son Mitchell began running to help himself lose some weight and get more healthy. He ran his first half marathon in April. About a week and a half ago, he traveled to Norwalk, WI and ran his first marathon, the "Rails to Trails." (Hmm, or was it Trails to Rails? Not an entirely important detail at this moment..... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 07:39:22 EST Saturday, 11/9 Running on Empty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536535 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I've been busy, overwhelmingly busy. I can't get time to do much of anything--I worked until after 6:30 twice this week. I can't seem to get caught up. I'm tired too, it is all I can do to work these days. Any thoughts on this? <BR> <BR> As for pain, my bubble has burst. It seems as if these injections hav already worn off and aren't helping me. I don't know where exactly this will take me. I call the spine doc at Mayo Clinic at the end of the week. I intend to talk to ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 11:34:18 EST Thursday, 10/31 Halloween at Mayo Clinic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528366 Hi All, <BR> <BR> It's been quite a week here in Rochester. I have been to many appointments this week and am coming down to the last few. It seems as if a lot of what I have done is repeat gaining information that I brought with me from home, but they are very careful to gather their own data. The first doctor I saw was an internal medicine specialist. He went through all of the data I brought and then he diagrammed out my issues. After that, he and I diagrammed out my issues and a way... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:50:38 EST Monday 10/21 Back to school and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519926 Hi all, <BR> <BR> My big accomplishment besides teaching was getting answers today. I called Mayo and found out that my initial appointment could take from 4-7 business days. Oh boy, that will create a lot of responsibility for my family because Micah cannot miss that much school. I also found out that my report from my second opinion back doctor was ready along with a CD of the x-rays were ready for me. I also talked with an attorney about the car accident we were in a year ago July and... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:45:27 EST Thursday, 10/17 Second Opinion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516493 Hi all, <BR> <BR> My last two days have been full of appointments and medical things. It's been tough, thrown me off of my regular med schedule and exercise schedule. However, I have pulled things around plus I cleaned out a closet--yay, me. <BR> <BR> Most of what I have been done is routine--mammogram and bone density test as uncomfortable as usual. I took my pain meds early to manage those things which left me unprotected for physical therapy. That made me miserable early in the day b... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:16:46 EST Tuesday, 10/15 Gathering all of my records for Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514751 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I spent my day doing something for one of my kids and another and another...and I got to finally get to the pool before my appointment with my general medicine doctor. He was very thoughtful and enthusiastic about my appointment with the folks at Mayo clinic and helped me to think of a couple of other resources for information about my health care. I have a lot to do tomorrow, but that's okay if it helps me to help them to get to the bottom of my problems. <BR> <BR> As f... 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