JEANINNEWCASTLE's SparkPeople Blog JEANINNEWCASTLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What Went - Thursday Part 2 One of the toilets is now clogged. <BR> <BR> A friend is not being very supportive. <BR> <BR> I have a splitting headache. <BR> <BR> I just discovered that my daughter got fingernail polish all over the kitchen sink and some of my dishes. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:42:57 EST What Went - Thursday Today was a bit of an stressful and emotional day. Nothing catastrophic but a lot of small to medium things going on. <BR> <BR> First, I took my daughter to the dentist for her scheduled fillings. They didn't have her scheduled. Fortunately they just had someone cancel so they could take her anyway, so it worked out. But there was a bit of a heart sink when they first told me that she didn't have an appointment. Something is going on though with their system because afterward I was conf... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:11:11 EST What Went - Wednesday I'm going to tempt fate by posting before the day is over. ;) <BR> <BR> Today's big news - I got my desk cleaned off! I have been working on this off and on for a month. Now I'm not totally done. There is one big cubbyhole that is chock full of papers that are spilling out of it. And I do have a pile of papers from my desk that need to be filed and dealt with. But I can see my desk! <BR> <BR> I also got done with all the auto accident insurance stuff. It is done and sent off. And ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:14:12 EST What Went - Tuesday I am exhausted from going to the fair with the kids! We get free tickets each year from the school district. This year we actually didn't stay too long. We've gone so much over the years that we just check in to see a few favorite things. I always like to talk to the people giving demonstrations of crafts. They are so happy to talk about their interests. <BR> <BR> We were going to meet up with a neighbor at the fair but she didn't get there until we were already home. I knew when I c... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:36:24 EST What Went - Monday 1. Dh (an RN) thinks that when the chiropractor put me on the decompression table that it tore my muscles. It sure feels like it. It is still very painful. But. . . I am able to get a lot done and really, that's where my priorities are. After 20 plus years of pain, pain-free is such a luxury! <BR> <BR> 2. Dd felt a lot better today. She's still a bit snorty but I think it is just leftover stuff. <BR> <BR> 3. I got my second of five allergy shots before I'm able to bring it home and ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:49:15 EST Tracking all day activity What is this? I just got this notice that I tracked two minutes for all day activity! What? I logged in 5000 plus steps. I went for a walk even! I feel a bit insulted by this. . . . Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:06:58 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Dd's cold is in the goopy congestion and cough stage. We left her home while we went to church. I checked in on her periodically but she was happy cuddling on the couch with the dog and watching t.v. <BR> <BR> 2. We had missionaries today from Brazil. I was a bit proud of myself that I was the only one that could pronounce the wife's Portuguese name correctly! :) <BR> <BR> 3. We went out for lunch with the missionaries. We had a lovely time visiting. I ordered fish and chips. ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:14:50 EST What Went - Saturday 1. I've received such good support on SP. I know that I've been really bad about thanking each of you as you've encouraged me. I just wanted to say thank you. I do read each comment and appreciate each one. <BR> <BR> 2. Today was a bad pain day - still a lot of pain in my back, hips and pelvic region since the treatment yesterday. But. . . I have been functional and that is my litmus test of whether a day is really bad or not. <BR> <BR> 3. I got a lot of laundry done today. A very... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:54:49 EST I'm So Upset I wrote a blog earlier this week about being in a minor car accident and being treated at the chiropractor. The Dr. talked me into doing a decompression treatment. A couple of people with chronic pain on the message board I frequent told me that they had bad reactions to it. I started to talk about backing out of my appointment. Dh talked me into keeping it. I left the doctor after an hour's "treatment" in excruciating pain and in tears. I'm still extremely upset. I'm actually more ups... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:12:06 EST What Went - Thursday I took car into the dealership this morning. There were two recall notices on the car for fixes and upgrades. Plus, a couple of days ago I got the bright idea to replace the air filter in the car. I got mad when two mechanics laughed at the idea of me doing this myself. So I watched a YouTube video and it was very very easy. So I lifted the hood and put in the new filter. Easy peasy. Only when I put the hood back down, the check engine light went on plus the 4wd light and some kind of ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:26:01 EST What Went - Wednesday Another spectacularly busy day. <BR> ins <BR> Dd and I were at Children's for an EKG at 8 am. The technician was very nice and competent. She was a former homeschooler too. We are meeting more and more former homeschoolers in the marketplace. Proof that they do get hired and can get advanced training! We probably won't get results until next week. <BR> <BR> We had breakfast out at our favorite local diner. <BR> <BR> We then went back to the chiropractor to get x-ray results. Dd and my... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:07:46 EST What Went - Tuesday Another super busy day. <BR> <BR> The day started with dd telling me that she had a lot of pain if she turned her neck. Since we were rear ended two days ago and she was in the car, I was concerned and took her to the chiropractor. I had not expected him to do full exams of both of us including x-rays but I do see the wisdom of it. He said that she was showing classic whip-lash signs and since her head did go forwards and then back when our car was hit, that makes sense. I don't have any... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:45:51 EST What Went - Monday So busy. <BR> <BR> We were rear ended for the second time in two days yesterday. Fortunately my husband is handling all the work in getting that cleared up. <BR> <BR> Ds had his specialist appt. this morning. It was a bit stressful getting there since he had an anxiety meltdown but the actual appointment was fine and uneventful. <BR> <BR> Children's finally took pity on me when they discovered that dd's EKG order was still lost and are coordinating everything with the ped's office for me... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:25:02 EST Homemade Lunchables I planned out healthy lunch options for today. I talked to each kid (3 of them since dd has a friend with us this weekend and she's a super picky eater). I went to the grocery store to get each of their favorites. I shopped for about 40 minutes and got fruits (mango slices, strawberries, grapes), cheeses (sliced med. cheddar, sharp cheddar, havarti), meats (summer sausage and sliced ham), veggies (sugar snap peas) plus a dip and crackers (sesame rice crackers and regular saltines). I have... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 01:58:53 EST Appointments Dd had another migraine/dizzy spell today. I've gotten appointments for her at the retinal specialist and the neurologist. I'm still waiting on being able to schedule the ordered EKG because the big children's hospital hasn't logged the order yet. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:13:07 EST A Month of Doctors September at least is going to be a month of doctors. We've seen 3 doctors in two days. Two more doctors are already scheduled for next week. The dentist for the week after. But I'm not done. I still have two more doctors to call tomorrow for my son. And three doctors to call tomorrow for my daughter. And one doctor to call for myself. Phew! <BR> <BR> Half of these are for "maintenance" - ongoing treatment like allergy shots etc. The other half are to check to make sure there aren... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 21:00:55 EST That Darn CPap I am very fond of my CPap. It really has made a difference in the quality of my sleep. It helps to stay breathing all night long. . . . <BR> <BR> That said, I had a very bad reaction last night to something in my CPap. I'm thinking a touch of mold or something because I got lazy and didn't clean it properly? No idea. Anyway, I put it on, had a bad allergic reaction with my nose, throat closing up. Like a dummy, I didn't realize it was the CPap at first and left it on to just "fight t... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 02:22:11 EST The kids and diabetes Looks like both my kids are at least border-line diabetic. One needs to lose weight. The other one is as skinny as a rail and is a jock. Neither has type 1. Ds17 is being watched/treated by his doctor. I just became aware of dd12's problem this weekend and need to take her in. She had a hypoglycemic episode on Friday and since then we've been monitoring and have discovered that her sugar is too high on occasion. Dh's family are all diabetic due to some genetic something that has nothi... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:39:00 EST The In-Laws Today after dinner, we went to visit my in-laws. We walked in to a very strong smell of gas. MIL had put on the gas burner on the stove, hadn't noticed that the igniter was broken and just left it. FIL, who is the one who "takes care of" MIL who has dementia, was totally oblivious to the smell as well. I got a bad sore throat and a headache from the gas even though we had fans going and doors and windows open to air out the house. Dh taped off the defective burner so that (hopefully) the... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:20:01 EST My Friend Linda Today I had lunch with my friend Linda. I have known Linda now for 39 years. We went to a Japanese restaurant that neither of us had ever been to before but was truly lovely. It was quite reasonably priced and was neither the fast foody ubiquitous teriyaki nor the posh and expensive sushi. I had chicken chasu don - steamed chicken with spinach and green onions on a bed of rice. I was able to order a small, which was really nice because it was just the right amount and was cheaper to boot... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:13:25 EST The Bill Paying/Filing/Shredding Extravaganza Day 4 Yesterday I took a break and drove over 2 hours south. My son took a hunting safety course. I'm sure they must offer them sometimes closer but we couldn't find any and he's a bit impatient to get his license so I was a patient mama and took him. My daughter came too and we made a day of it. We took sandwiches and stopped and ate them in a parking lot on the way. I wanted to get out of the car at the place we stopped but they required a $3 fee and some "squirrels" had been in my purse and... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:34:25 EST The Bill Paying/Filing/Shredding Extravaganza Day 3 Today is the first day I could really see progress. I have now gone through all three 3 file boxes and have filed every single piece of paper that goes into them. I've shredded three bags worth of papers and have recycled even more. But despite the shredding, the files are full to bursting again because of all the things filed. Sigh. I might need to get a fourth box but I'm not sure where to put it. Maybe where the loose papers were all stacked in a teetering pile! <BR> <BR> Once I g... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:01:20 EST The Bill Paying/Filing/Shredding Extravaganza Day 2 I'm frustrated that there is a day two. Why don't these things all get done in the couple of hours I've alloted for them! (I know - unrealistic expectations to begin with). I'm tempted to do what I've done for years - stuff all the stuff back in it's holding box and ignore it until I can't stand it anymore or it becomes an absolute emergency if I don't find something. But I'm not going to do do that this time. I think my life will go so much smoother if I get a handle on this once and f... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:43:50 EST The Bill Paying/Filing/Shredding Extravaganza Now that I'm back from Bible Camp, I'm overwhelmed with all that needs to be done on the home front. I had to pay bills anyway, so today we are having the bill paying/filing/shredding extravaganza. I've paid all the regular bills. (Medical bills are a whole 'nother ball of wax.) I've made some calls on some of the business things I've been putting off. Ds and I have filed 3/4 of the huge pile of papers that needed to be filed. Dd has shredded 2 1/2 bags of papers. We're taking a break ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:37:50 EST Back From Bible Camp It was exhausting but amazing. The kids had a great time. They were safe except for literally a minute before the end of camp when a little girl got hit on the nose with a ball and possibly broke her nose. My dh (camp nurse) put ice on it and put a call into her mom who was already on her way in the car to pick her up to let her know that she needed to plan to have a doctor look at it. It was one of those freak things - the ball must have just hit her nose "just right". We're already pla... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:39:02 EST Bible Camp - Midweek Report The following blog was written on Wednesday but only posted on Saturday because getting to a place with Wi-fi was too difficult while at camp. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is halfway through our week at Bible camp. It is traditionally the day I get sick but God has been gracious and I'm just having a touch of intestinal stuff going on. Camp food can be rough on the system! It is also the day when traditionally we've had to deal with the brunt of stuff going on in the lives of young people. Its th... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:10:18 EST It's our Plan B, But God's Plan A Today is our first full day of Bible camp. I've nicknamed this year's camp "Camp Plan B". Every year we have to be flexible during camp week but this year seems especially so. Our lead guitarist dislocated his shoulder on the way to camp. He had it "fixed" and came anyway. We didn't have enough counselors for the girls after we had some "day of camp cancellations of staff". I was planning to stay with my co-teacher but my co-teacher became the teen girl's counselor, I got a new co-teach... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:12:00 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Another very busy day. Everything is printed out. I have supplies for activities and games. Sleeping bags and towels are already packed in the car. Other expensive items are waiting by the door to be packed tomorrow morning. I've been to the bank and the pharmacy. All laundry was done prior to packing. Phew! <BR> <BR> 2. but despite all that busyness my Fitbit only says 2024 steps. How did that happen? Oh well, I''m too tired to try and get 3000 more steps. <BR> <BR> 3. My da... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:01:57 EST What Went - Friday 1. I survived the day. Well, technically the day isn't done yet but I'm saying that on faith. It was a super busy day today. In the morning I went to the chiropractor and gassed up the car while ds17 volunteered at the library and dd12 baked an order of chocolate chip cookies for a customer. Then after lunch at McDonald's (yeah, I know), I dropped dd off at a friend's house then took ds to get his allergy shots. Then we went shopping for camp stuff. I didn't know that chocolate coins ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:46:35 EST What Went - Thursday 1. My kids were thrilled to find 'play with Legos' on our to-do list today. We made a 6 foot racing track for Lego cars that we will use at Bible camp. Tomorrow we will need to dismantle it very carefully and figure out how to transport it in pieces. 3 cars didn't work with the track so we went out and bought new sets that will work. <BR> <BR> 2. One other activity we were going to do at camp didn't work out when we tried to execute it. That's why we do all these things now ahead of ti... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:16:15 EST Hyperfocusing There is too much to do. So much so that I feel a bit out of control whenever I think about it. So I'm choosing to mono-task, aka hyperfocus on one thing only. Of course you still need to eat, sleep, run the dishwasher, but for the most part, I'm focusing on the main thing. <BR> <BR> This week that is getting ready for Bible camp. I've now written all nine lessons and have sent them off to my co-teacher. Today I need to read all 9 of those lessons as a whole, check them for continuity... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:16:47 EST Difference between There and Here I lost 5 pounds while I was out of town for my dad's death and funeral. I did not stop eating out of grief. So I'm comparing food choices/ exercise between there and back home to figure out what I did right. <BR> <BR> Medications: <BR> Took all my meds with me. I mostly kept up with my Metformin but forgot some days. I had my glucometer with me but did not test my sugar once while I was there. I ran out of gabapentin while there and did not renew it until I came home so I didn't take ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:59:49 EST Tired I'm too tired. Some of it is jet lag. Some of it is working through some stuff that got stirred up by my dad's death. <BR> <BR> I really really need to finish my Bible camp lessons. I've written 5 out of 9 lessons. I was supposed to write lessons 6 and 7 today. I wrote half of 6. And I'm tired. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 01:33:35 EST A Look Back My dad was a complicated man. He was raised in an abusive family that he never talked about. He left home at age 16 and never looked back. He was a difficult person in many ways. And yet my dad found and was changed by Jesus profoundly. <BR> <BR> He came to know the Lord when he was 15 years old. He had a call to overseas ministry not too long afterward and took the time to get the education and training he needed. He was very intelligent and yet had no support for education from his... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 12:09:39 EST Home I am very happy to be home again. I am so tired. I did get 7606 steps today from all the walking in airports. <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 23:45:25 EST Heaven My dad passed away at 8 pm tonight. Dad stopped breathing for a few minutes, my sister called all of us to tell us that he had passed away, called a nurse to call time of death and then suddenly Dad started to breathe again. As strange as it sounds, God worked that out for the best because it allowed the rest of us to bring mom back to say a final good-bye before he stopped breathing for a final time. My son, my two sisters, my mom and I were all with Dad when he died. My husband and daug... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:42:09 EST Monday Just a few short notes here. <BR> <BR> I'm leaving in a few short hours to go see my family. My dad is still alive at this moment. We don't know how long he will hang on - he could surprise us or not. But we know his fate is in God's hands who knows the best time to bring him home. <BR> <BR> I may or may not be checking in here. It may be a nice distraction or it may be a distraction that I don't need. We'll see how it goes. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:31:22 EST My Dad Just got a call from my mom. My 92 year old dad was found unconscious this morning. He's got a bad UTI. His heart has stopped twice now today. He has a do not resuscitate order. We're scheduled to go see them next week. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:34:05 EST What Went - Thursday Another busy day, but isn't it always with kids? <BR> <BR> First, I drove into the big city before 7 am for adrenal and liver testing that had to be completed before 8 am. At least the adrenal had to be done that early and it's not like I was going to go in later for the liver test. I got to talk another phlebotomist through how to get blood from a turnip. After a couple of tries he was successful. Honestly, don't they teach these guys how to do a hot pack any more? <BR> <BR> Ds17 impul... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:20:18 EST What Went - Wednesday I rediscovered why I had such a good pain day yesterday. Or at least I have a theory. I woke up with a bit of a sore throat today and that reminded me that right before I get even a minor illness I have a good day when I suspect that my immune system has kicked in full force. Then it fails and I get sick and go right back to my normal pain and fatigue. I hadn't remembered because it's been months and months since that's happened. <BR> <BR> My daughter survived her babysitting. She was s... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:07:50 EST What Went - Tuesday Today was day 2 of my 12 year old's babysitting adventure. She was so much calmer today and so were the children. I took her to the house and got her settled but left shortly after the mom did. She was there for about six hours before she called me. The kids wanted to go to the park and I did not want my daughter attempting that on her own. We're only a minute away by car so I buzzed on over there and walked with them to the park. My daughter was whispering to me that she couldn't wait ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:27:50 EST What Went - Monday I only got 3 hours of sleep last night because my 12 year old daughter was up crying in the night scared of her big babysitting gig that started this morning. Once I got her settled the second time around 1:30 am, I was too wound up to sleep. I got up at 6:30 and took dd to babysitting at 7:15. I was a mousie in the corner and worked on my next Bible camp lesson while dd took care of the kids. The little boy was literally bouncing off the walls (not figuratively!). I'm glad I was there... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:35:45 EST What Went - Sunday 1. I made it to church. I wrestled with getting dressed this morning. I tried to get my pantyhose on this morning (yes, I'm an old fogie who still wears it - partly because my legs look pretty bad due to edema and other issues) but I could not put them on. My daughter tried to help me but by the time we got them on, I realized that there was a humongous hole in them! So I ended up going bare legged but I absolutely cannot wear my leather church shoes without anything on my feet. I tried... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:29:59 EST What Went- Saturday 1. Today was a fatigue and pain day. I sort of expected that to happen after getting so tired yesterday. But it's never fun to have that sort of prediction come through. <BR> <BR> 2. Today was also Reptile Rally at Petco. I took my 12 year old to it. The website said that there would be someone there showing their reptiles as well as some games etc. for the kids. There was. . . . nothing. So I asked an employee if they were having the event. He called the manager and she came o... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:52:09 EST What Went - Friday 1. I got all the medical bills paid. This was a torturous activity that went on for hours. I have a lot of bills that are monster bills that include up to 15 different procedures and visits, all with their own insurance EOBs to match up. I suppose it would be faster if I didn't do all that but I've found more than one mistake so I meticulously go through all of them and keep records. The good news is that I happened to have the money to pay them. The bad news is that the money was actua... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:32 EST What Went Well - Thursday 1. I had my fasting labs - an A1C and cholesterol. We'll see if they've changed any from the last time I had them done pre-medication. <BR> <BR> 2. My daughter and I went out afterward for breakfast at IHOP. I had pancakes along with my eggs and bacon which are NOT on my diabetic breakfast plan. So maybe this is not a "what went well" item but from my tummy's perspective they went down very well indeed. I did not eat all the pancakes - just about one. <BR> <BR> 3. The cat's bathroom ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:51:56 EST Revamping I'm going to try just cooked vegetables instead of raw. There are some good frozen vegetable mixes out there that I can easily prepare for lunch. Today I had one with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots in a cheese sauce. I don't normally ever put cheese on my vegetables but if the vegetables are my only lunch then I figure the cheese as protein isn't bad. <BR> <BR> I put a call into the doctor asking about labs before my doctor's appointment on Monday and they want me to do some fasting la... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:58:14 EST Tuesday I think I'm going to have to do something about my diet. Daily diarrhea is taking its toll. I think that it is exacerbated by salads and other raw foods. This has been going on for over a month. (And yes, I'm going to the doctor on Monday.) <BR> <BR> I went to see a friend at IKEA today. It was a cool way to get our exercise while pretending that we were in nice clean rooms! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:17:59 EST Not Sure Sunday, I slept pretty much all day. I only threw up the one time on Saturday so I don't know if that was a hypoglycemic reaction that wore me out or if it was a virus. <BR> Today (Monday) I was functional. I was able to exercise and did a lot around the house. I had a doctor's appointment with the ENT and he confirmed what I suspected - I have a small sinus infection going. We're going to try and tackle it without antibiotics at first. But we are going to tackle it. I added in a small ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:30:12 EST Earth to Me Went to see Earth to Echo. Really liked it but got violently ill during the movie. Tried to hide it by sneaking out and getting food (thought it was due to low bloodsugar) and was partly successful because I managed to stay for the movie and didn't ruin my family's day out. Got even more violently ill in the car on the way home. Thankfully dh was there to drive. I am very wiped and my sugar appears to be out of control. The family has gone out to eat but I can't manage to get out of bed... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:25:05 EST