HEALTHY4ME's SparkPeople Blog HEALTHY4ME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thursday so much and so tired Dad is home, came home yesterday. He is tired and weak, but doing okay. The tenckhoff catheter is not hard to take care of. I will be happy when his skin has grafted to it so less chance of it coming out. So far it isn't draining much so that is okay as far as I know just means that they got most of it out. I presume.... VON will come tomorrow to check and change his dressings. Only one around the tube area and one stitch that I presume is dissolving. <BR> Allie got her vet numbers and her ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:50:59 EST Real quick update 11pm just finished watching the Voice. and have to get to bed. Dad had CT scan and xray and his lung isn't expanding enough and if they put the talc in it will sink to the bottom and just coagulate like cement. Not a good thing obviously. So they are going to insert a more permanent tube and have a drain at the end.... was their 2nd choice but that's what they can do. Hoping it works and it stays working once he is home... <BR> <BR> I got my date for pre op stuff, Nov 27th good as I go to GP... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:22:08 EST Sunday..... and a picture of the spark ad I saw at the hospital! Well am tired today, sore, and hurting. My neck shoulder bicep area is worse and I haven't a clue why. Oh well I go to the dr end month, not that it really matters as I wont be running to any other apointments for while after anyway. <BR> Went over to see dad, looks okay, tad SOB but not as bad, opps sorry short of breath! LOl forgot my medical isn't what everyone knows. He didn't get the powder in but they will probably do it tomorrow depending on his xray. Hope so for his sake, he wants ou... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:16:25 EST Whew glad dad went in this week and not next. Boy I am so glad dad is getting this done. Complications again but they will be fixed once dr is out of surgery. Dad moved and the tube they put in moved some and isn't in the right place and the machine isn't working either. So they have to re do it. I am so glad it is this week as I am bushed. Even though Halifax isn't that far, because of traffic it is 45 mins. then find parking and visit and back. We leave around 11:45 and don't get back till 3, both so tired. So nothing has been done. I ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:14:10 EST Wet Wednesday Well, got dad to his appointment, and then dr said well if you are here I can get you a bed cos you are registered in hospital for appointment, otherwise I am not sure when. So dad is in hospital in Halifax, which he and hubby so hate going to, and will be there for 3-4 days. They are doing the procedure this eve around 5-6 and then have to let it drain 2 days then will insert some talc to see if it seals and dries it. Doesn't always work but hopefully this does it. She said there is no way ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:43:33 EST Sunny Sat. Sunny but cold. Seems that is the norm. the sun shines and the wind blows. Dull day and is warmer. Oh well love to see the sun and thankful have a warm coat so all is well. <BR> <BR> Was so thankful yesterday, got a call from the respirologist in Halifax that wants to see dad next week!!! I was so hoping be before my surgery. I am not sure what they will or can do but at least we will see them. <BR> <BR> Today hubby is sleeping in. He woke early and then said just leave me sleep. 11 am he h... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:01:48 EST WOW Thursday allready.. HI buddies!!! <BR> Warmer today, almost mild for this time of year. Have an appointment at the knee and arthritis place to learn how to use the ice machine. Thankfully my insurance will be paying for most of it! $369.00!! eeek. would not be getting it otherwise and I want to do all they suggest for recuperation. <BR> <BR> Had 3 wicked wicked pain days when the weather was messing around. I had pain everywhere that I have ever had it all at once. But yesterday was regular and today too. So ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:51:54 EST Happy Halloween Well I woke at 6:30 an hr and a bit earlier than I have been. Wide awake so started thinking. I wasn't sure I would blog this but will do it and then erase if I want. lol <BR> So started thinking about surgery, tad scary but mostly I am going to do this and heal and recuperate well. I then went to stuff that has to be done. lol love lists so that is always somewhere in my mind. ( too bad hubby hates lists lol). Back to surgery, needles and fear. The other day when out walking with allie in t... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:29:44 EST Thursday lol 30$ year right Someone posted in my blog a few days ago about the broken window. said oh $30. I said to hubby yea if it was a wooden sash that you could take out perhaps. So guy came to measure the window and such. It is new and is vinyl and hard to get out. So much so the guy had to get special tools so not to wreck it. Glad hubby didn't try. Anyway I said any idea he said well 150 -200. it is low e argon, and is the entire both panes. SO there you go. <BR> We also have to get the truck undercoated 139 pl... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:55:18 EST A great day! <img src=""> <BR> Happy Birthday to the little princess!!! this is how she showed up at our house this afternoon, holding her tiara in her hair while she walked up the steps lol didn't take long to take it all off and just have her tutu and leggings on. lol <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She really wasn't wanting... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:00:35 EST So proud of my 4 year old grandson and happy birthday to my 3 year old grandaughter Well Eva is 3. SO she says to me, today I am 3 then I will be 4 like my brudder. LOL yea sure sweetie as Thomas will be 5 in Jan. Where has the time gone. <BR> <BR> So last night son and dil decorated the living room with pink. She wanted pink birthday. lol So they bought cheap tablecloths at the dollar store and put on the table, couch, chair, decorated with pink everything. They gave her one of her gifts now and then Thomas said I want to get her something very special from me. Chris exp... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:37:07 EST So thankful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So yes more drama and stress in my life. but am so thankful that I wasn't standing at the sink cos I would have had a face full of glass had the inner window broken too. Even if not I would have been even more scared with the noise that close. Anyway today we have to call about the window. <BR> <BR> Even with dad being worse yesterday( today he is going out for his coffee and blood work and no I don't need you t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:57:22 EST And now............. It always seems to be something..... Dad seemed to improve over the day so is home and in bed. <BR> Around 7 pm we heard a huge bang, like something in microwave exploded or the shelves of the fridge broke. We both ran into kitchen and looked nothing, hubby opened deck door nothing. So we ran down thinking what could have happened. Dad is laying on the bed reading said what was that noise. I opened dads back door and there is glass everywhere. Our kitchen window outer pane broke and exploded... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:19:36 EST Still positive eating wise but worried about dad So got up this am, and went to put dad's socks on and he said NO going to the hospital. I said oh okay and yes he was breathing heavy. He said no now, I said well you let me know when. Very grouchy which I can commiserate with and understand. However when he gets like that I don't do well, I get angry. So went to check later and he was back asleep in bed. Okay. Then hubby had said last night,he wanted to go out for breakfast in the morning. So I told dad when I went down that we were planni... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:20:48 EST Feeling so good and positive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well slept very well, woke rested, and decision made. I called them back, they offered me surgery Nov 14h or Dec 1. I chose December as I was not mentally or physically ready for 2 wks time. Also that only gives the prednisone 13 days to be out they want 10. but I want to be ready. I am going to get some meals ahead, a very little xmas baking done - hubbys favs. and some xmas gifts for the grandkids done. then I wont... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:43:13 EST Now what to do.... <BR> Okay some input please!!! I know some of you know some background but not sure if you all do. I worked in nursing for years, mostly long term care ( seniors). I have degenerative and herniation of my lower back, osteo arthritis in my knees, back, mid back, ankles. I get sciatica badly at least once a year and usually lasts for month or so. I get neuropathy in my toes and down my calf mostly L side. I have arthritis in my thumbs and fingers and sometimes my hands. Sooooooooo.... I had to... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:26:03 EST Dads Dr apointment First off I too got an ad, but when I made it small enough was able to click it off and get to the videos. oh well. <BR> So dads dr appointment was a surprise for me and probably him too. Not cancer which I am sure lisa( dd )and I to some extent) thought cos he has smoked since he was 15 and is almost 89. but will write what I told a friend I was messanging with so I don't copy it all again. <BR> <BR> -so dads appointment, was mostly blood work results. which show his kidneys are very very... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:43:22 EST AWESOME <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I so hope this works, as it is awesome. goes on about binging, emotional eating her breaking up with chocolate forever. and also how she learned bout her body. 36 mins but fantastic. only available for today . <BR> <BR> She says some can have treats in beginning, some can't and you have to learn what is right for you. She also said say out loud to yourself or hubby etc. I am CHOOSING To binge now, I am going to compromise my body'... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:56:03 EST Just had to share.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pictures of my grandbabies... Dil puts them on FB but has a very closed page which is great but at times I gotta share LOL <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:57:22 EST So tired from yesterday... Well dad had dr appointment at 9:45 so took him and we got out at 11. so had to go to dil as we promised we would get them a load of stone as they are having flooding issues at their back basement door and the guy was going to fix it for them that afternoon. NO problem had dr not suggested dad go for xray. So we told lay down and rest for bit and we will not be long. so we arrived at the hospital at 12, had his exray and they said yes go to ER..... over 7 hrs later he got into the bed area an... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:16:59 EST Day after Thanksgiving Had a great time yesterday, didn't eat too much, visited lots and came home to clean kitchen as we ended up at dd after all. Hubby is having a real problem with installing the door. No matters he is back at it today. <BR> Dad isn't breathing well, said yesterday eve that it was bad again. I didn't notice except at the supper table. But dd said when he went up her 4 stairs he was really bad. Anyway he goes to the dr tomorrow for check and I will insist as best I can that I go with him. I am ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:04:35 EST Strength comes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I really like this and think of it as what I need to remember when I am exercising, cos often I worry I will hurt myself and don't try hard enough. <BR> <BR> Opps found another... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:38:43 EST Saturday Morning all spark buddies! Not as sunny and a tad cooler but nice. I love fall.... <BR> Hubby has been busy with renos, not the bathroom but the other things that need to be done for fall. He got one storm door on and is now going to do the other door today. Also have the fence to fix as it blew down in a wind storm. Then he wants to caulk the 2 windows over, dd and I got the old stuff out. So that is good. Then lol ha the bathroom. He was concerned that we have only 1 bathroom when compa... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:50:49 EST Oh my body I am getting so nervous about my body and the pain and such. My back has been aching and sore for about 4 days, well more than the regular daily pain. So much so that walking straight is hard, and stairs are getting bad again. My shoulder is wicked it is starting to hurt to bring the lower part of my arm away from my body but only hurts up in shoulder and bicep not the elbow or lower arm. Rest of me is reg. pain right now. I can fathom the pain most days but when it affects my moving and such... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:38:18 EST Have to believe Well after a week of good eating, better food, proper portions I am up one lb. So have to BELIEVE that I will lose. I am not a daily weigher, and often forget to weigh on weigh days but still as most don't like when that happens. OH well charge on and do my best. I haven't been striving for perfect every day and yea my mind is saying see if you don't eat right all the time you aren't going to lose. <BR> My back was very sore for past few days, and my L shoulder the one with the bursitis and ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:29:02 EST Believe LOVE this image, just had to share. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 14:43:35 EST Success My track record and a few blogs ago.... this speaks volumes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> However I have been doing well for 3 days now, not perfect but much better and way less sugar and or processed stuff. ahhhhhhh. thanks to spark friends and also dr. Wayne Dyer. <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 14:18:27 EST Thursday and I am so ready WHEW thank heavens I slept well and long last night. I woke only 2 times which is great and got up at 7. Hubby slept till nearly 9 which was good as we were both exhausted. Tues. eve we arrived at the trailer at 8 pm. tired then cos we had to get stuff ready to take and also make sure we had all the things we needed to winterize and close it. So up early Wed am, and got started we left the campground at 3. Got part way home and dad called my cell. I can come home..... OKayyyyyy we are part w... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:39:16 EST Tuesday morning Well the weather that was making me hurt so bad on Sunday is here, cool, damp and has rained overnight. Hubby hopes the rails for the truck come asap ( they are very late supposed to be last Thurs) and it doesn't rain too bad so he can get them on, Then we will go to trailer this eve, and get it ready to bring home by tomorrow afternoon, and take it to storage. This would work as we are pretty sure dad wont be home today or tomorrow, but not sure. He has all tubes out, still on IV antibioti... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:13:13 EST 168 days of over 10,000 steps Good morning..... I want to start this with I am not trying to be negative or a downer.... so will go with what has made me happy and proud this morning. <BR> <BR> I have walked over 10,000 steps for 168 days in a row, despite sciatica, reg. chronic pain, waiting on knee replacements and more. Yes I am very proud and pleased. I am more so amazed at the commitment I have been able to continue and even achieve. <BR> <BR> Because...... here is my issue and anyone reading my blogs since 2006 kn... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:36:17 EST Friday afternoon Got up to the hospital and dad was more himself, I haven't a clue as does dr or nurses know what went on last eve, but what a bloody grouch. Today was not bad, he took his coffee, ate his donut and was mostly civil. The cardiologist/lung dr ( one from ER) so I got to talk to him, the xray today was good, they took out the tube that was pulling the air out, and will check the other tube as it is still draining. ewww. anyway. I said can you give me any idea on a time frame I also emphatically... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:09:15 EST Friday am.... going on 10 am Well feeling a tad guilty that we aren't at the hospital yet. I will get there as soon as hubby is ready. We have to get the insurance issues sorted out, visit for a few mins and then we have things to do. Lisa will go up later, and Chris said after work he would run up. Fine cos I am not standing or sitting there waiting on him to yell and grouch at me. Thanks for all the replies. <BR> I do know why and all the reasons and excuses, but as far as I am concerned if you have your mind you have... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:51:20 EST OH exhaustion and he makes it so darn hard Well back from hospital .......... <BR> okay what a man he makes it hard to care at all. I am so ticked and tired and pissed off. He was a bit grouchy with me earlier today, but not Hubby or daughter or her friend niki. Then this eve we got in and daughther had brought him a pkg of rice pudding, she passed it to me to put down on his table. He was I don't t want that, take it I said lisa brought it for you, He said I DONT CARE IT WILL JUST GO THROUGH ME. I said what is wrong, you ate when we ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:30:57 EST Spent the day at the hospital. Man I am beat. Dad and I went to the hospital this am, me for my mammogram, him for hip and chest xray. After his they said can you stay for min, so we thought it was to check it to make sure it was good. Out comes a dr. who said I just called your family dr and we have decided you need to go to emerg. Soooooooo. start of a long day. he had a pulmonary effusion which I hadn't heard of. He had a sac that had filled with fluid between his chest wall and his lung on his L side. So when his lung ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:14:33 EST Monday a good day we have power! Well we have power, many in our province don't. Heavy rains and super strong winds overnight made a huge mess in many places. So am thankful we have normality LOL around here. Well 2 sections of our fence fell but other than that seems okay. Oh I didn't check the roof yet! Oh well will think positive! <BR> <BR> Saw this today and thought wow she has nailed it on the head. What great inspiration! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am doing w... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:52:18 EST Friday Had a good but quick trip over to PEI. I have to say it is so beautiful over there. We didn't do any tourist stuff, just drove around and went out to eat and eat...... sigh <BR> <BR> Took dad to see our old house, and then the one we rented when we first move there when I was 12. Drove by some other spots, took him to see how the town has grown. We also went by our land that we own over there, Need to get it re surveyed as think the neighbours are encroaching, easy to do with an empty lot ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:42:11 EST Sunday eve.... Well still getting shocks like electric zaps around my L outer knee and top of my foot. I will have to up the gabapentin to 3 tomorrow.... I hope that is as far as I have to go. Strange the rest is doing not too bad but just those areas. <BR> <BR> Tired today, still waking too early, some days can sleep others not. This weekend seemed hectic as I was dog sitting dd dogs at their house. So I got up walked allie, fed her, put dads socks on and went down and fed the 2 of them, let them out and ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:28:46 EST Thursday sooo much to do and didn't get any done as we were gone most of the day. I have been awake since 4 for some reason and up since 5. it is now nearly 6 and I am fading fast and we have bil and his wife sleeping over tomorrow. Not sure but think I will be tidying tomorrow am as they don't arrive till after supper when he runs one race. comes visits an hr or so, goes to bed, gets up and goes and runs again and goes home. So this year not going to be making any fussss. I am soooooooooooo tired. I hope I sleep all... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:38:23 EST Off to bed Just a short note as I need my bed. Meds aren't ereally working yet and we had to attend a function for dad and other WW2 vets. It was the first day of WW2 75 years ago so they had a commemorative due for 13 of the WW2 vets in Halifax that were able to attend. Ministers from Ottawa came and officiated and gave out pins and scrolls. Was pretty good. Someone offered to take a pic of hubby, dad and myself. Not the best pic as my sciatica was pretty bad by then, but I don't take good pics so ple... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:35:21 EST Tuesday not much better did get in to dr Got an appointment with duty dr, which ended up being my GP. good! Anyway he moved me this way and that way and as per normal when we go to drs. it wasn't as sore as earlier and not near as sore as after I got out of the office. Anyway was certainly bad enough for him to give me gabapentin again, ( does have some sx I don't like but not like lyrica ), prednisone for a week only 1 tab a day and T3 if needed. He shook his head and said my body was an anomaly to him as when he moved me one way i... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:17:10 EST Monday hoping for better Well I haven't been on the computer much the past few days. I will get on, do a bit, then get up and walk or lay down. I have had extreme sciatica that arrived Thursday with no warning. Same as before, L side, butt, groin where your leg attaches from hip, and about 3 inches above knee, and down. My L knee feels as if tight band is pulling it and my calf is hard and total nerve pain along the top of my foot and big toes. It is the same as what put me off work nearly 4 years ago and had me bed... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:11:20 EST Sound advice in this quote. “In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk.” ~ Robert T. Kiyosaki - <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:20:59 EST Wednesday and what to eat Still doing my Health first but have to admit having a very hard time thinking of things to eat. I just don't know what to have. Find I think I will have this or that, then oh but that uses up a starch or milk, what if I want it later. YEA I know make a weekly menu. Ironically I find this so very very hard to do and keep with. Even though I had to do it for clients when I worked, here it doesn't seem to work for us. So grocery flyers come out today, and I will check and see whats for sale...... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:20:02 EST Want info Blendtec or vitamix.... I did see the video that is around of ninja, blendtec, and vitamix. and right now I am onto a blendtec. I have a ninja and still get tiny bits of spinach and also pomegranate seends don't blend in it. My daughter has a blendtec and loves it. but what else do you use it for. <BR> <BR> I would love lots of input on eithr, and what you do besides smoothies. it is very very $$$ but I have the money for something for me, I changed my mind on tablet and thinking a blender so I can put more greens ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:18:01 EST Wednesday evening What an awesome late summer we are having. Such great weather, it may rain tomorrow, but hasn't in while, may rain overnight, 2 diff forecasts. Oh well I will deal with whatever it is, doesn't really matter, Allie has to go out anyway lol Just I ache and walk slower. <BR> <BR> Doing well with my food, and exercise. I am actually enjoying my strength training days and even just my leg stretches and knee strengthening ones. I just wish I would lose wt, I am not feeling my clothes any loser ei... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:05:19 EST LOVE THIS QUOTE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all need to embrace this to our best ability in our own lives!!! I know I finally am! HUGS Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:17:51 EST Monday 25th going to make it a great day So yea I live with pain, okay well you do learn to live with and around it for the most part. <BR> Today and the next few days are supposed to be great weather wise, so I am going to hopefully take advantage of regular pain days. <BR> Had a great evening Sat. did well on the eating, but drank a bit more than planned. Oh well I never get to drink, as I am always the designated driver. And lol we don't drink very often. Before Dd started making wine I may go through 2 bottles a year. Now I pa... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:36:54 EST sort of a laugh Cos I don't really care anymore, and actually she realized after she said it what it sounded like. <BR> <BR> Hubby and his mum on phone, she is commenting about someone from years ago, hubby says 'Oh Cindy and her sister oh yea I remember both of them. When I was about 12 I was going to marry that Cindy. HA and here I ended up marrying a Cindy" <BR> His mum replies quick as can be.... " oh yea... huhn yea you married the wrong one. " He quickly said NO I married the right one. My Cindy is th... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:41:21 EST OMG so excited Well today hubby said do we have enough money to get me a gear fit, they are on sale from 200 some down to 100 some down to $79.00 it is a watch, heart rate moniter, PEDOMETER!!!!, and more. Very much like the fit bit. So now we both have something. And he is competitive, I know he will never walk like I do, but he is willing to get moving. He is walking around the house like I do when it rains. Makes me laugh cos he never walks. He sits in his chair and in on puter or watches tv. I have been... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:24:43 EST Wednesday day 3 do it anyway I didn't blog yesterday, as thought, I don't have a lot to say. Yesterday was about being interested vs committed. I feel committed and have a desire to do this. I have been there before but have a different feeling this time. I am trying hard to be sure this time is the time. I kept saying I am committed and hubby was like you need to be committed, going around saying that all day LOL <BR> Today is do it anyway. I will do it anyway. Even if it isn't something to do with health, there are thi... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:40:34 EST