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What is that in the forecast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277293 It started raining midday, so Cooper's walks have been mostly to the first bush, and then back inside... safely out of the wet. But I looked ahead at the forecast for the rest of the week, and yikes! We have a Lake Effect Snow Warning starting Wednesday night and lasting until Saturday morning, with expected snowfall totals in the 2-3 foot range total. This is accompanied by high winds, so there will be periods of severely limited visibility... if the storm actually materializes of course.... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 19:28:48 EST Frustrations and solutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276831 Well, I went to PT this morning, but I had to cancel that appointment, because I am almost out of PT time for the year... according to their billing department. When I called and talked to my insurance company I was assured I had coverage til the end of December, but... the billing department is using different numbers and they are ones who would send me bills and expect payment, so I have to go by their numbers... not the insurance company's numbers. Sigh. So, I have my PT appointment Wed... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:42:10 EST Finished my Christmas shopping today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276323 Yep, even the food gifts have been purchased. Good thing they are all non-perishables. LOL Now I just have to assemble and wrap everything. I figure if I do 3 or 4 every morning I should be done in about a week. Then it is just keeping everything organized according to which household it goes to. I do presents with my family on Christmas Eve, and then with my BFF's family the next day at dinner. I also helped my neighbor, Patty, with her shopping. Cooper spent the two hours we were go... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:49:42 EST Went to the movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275876 I rarely ever go to the theater to watch a movie, but my BFF asked me a few weeks ago to go Fantastic Beasts with her, so that is what we did this afternoon. It was a fun movie. I would definitely go see the next one. Also saw the preview for the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which we both said was a must-see. <BR> <BR> I had time to do up the lunch dishes at mom and dad's before heading out to the theater to meet Jen. Lunch turned out well today. We had a family favorite... cri... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 19:43:50 EST Purging "stuff" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274975 I have been inspired by a friend here in Sparkland (Maringal) who is writing in her blog about decluttering and decorating... creating an organized and pleasant space in which to move through our lives as we travel on our journey of self discovery and weight loss (or weight maintenance in our cases). So, today's project was my clothes closet. I purge it periodically, generally whenever I go through a weight change. But it has been a while. I realized when I was looking at what was in my c... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:16:57 EST A quiet afternoon at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274420 I had PT this morning, then had an errand to run for mom, but once I got home around 11:30am, I closed my apartment door and shut out the world. I DID get a call from my PCP's office to say they had set up an appointment with UB Neurosurgery for a consult on my MRI results on December 19th at their Amherst location. That is a little over an hour drive for me, with some heavy traffic (to me), but my appointment is at 10am, so I would miss any rush hour issues, so it should be no problem. Th... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:52:23 EST Medical update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273953 Went to the chiropractor first thing this morning. We reviewed the results of my MRI and he made a suggestion. <BR> <BR> Saw the foot doctor. Not much he can do. I will see him as needed to take care of the tootsies. Also saw my Primary Care doc today. I saw him right after lunch, so I guess he was in a good mood, and not stressed yet, because he was much more interested in my case this time, and not nearly as dismissive. Weird. He ordered some more lab work, which I will get taken ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:19:29 EST Almost done... and being a squeaky wheel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273503 The construction project outside my apartment door is almost done! By noon tomorrow I should have unlimited access to my apartment once again. Yay! Of course, tomorrow I have doctor appointments so I won't be able to really take advantage of this novelty. Sigh. I am very happy that the end is in sight though. I can get back to my routine, and settle in with my dog once again. <BR> <BR> So I called my Primary doc Tuesday and Wednesday, and again this morning right after PT... no respons... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:03:04 EST Quiet day at home with the dog... plus grocery shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272933 I go to my parents' house most mornings to walk with my dad and Cooper, and have coffee and conversation to start my day. Today I also left Cooper with them after our morning routine so I could go to the grocery store. When I came back to my parents' house to get Cooper I was just in time to help dad fill the wood rack. With the two of us it goes pretty quick. <BR> <BR> I pedaled and read in between Cooper walks for the rest of the day. He was happy to curl up with me when I took break... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:54:13 EST A reminder to myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272487 A friends' blog today (Maringal) reminded me how far I have come, and the advantages of staying the course on this journey of self discovery that started as a desire to lose a few pounds. She has a family member who is going through some troubles due to her weight, and it was a terrible reminder of exactly where I was 6 years ago, before I started to change my life. To give you a little background: I was morbidly obese, as in over 320 pounds obese. Walking was difficult, and I had a pleth... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:14:09 EST Second Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272106 My family gathered tonight to celebrate the holiday. We had a LOT of food. I did pretty good on portion sizes, but there were so many options to choose from that I had to take tiny portions of each item in order to get a taste of each. The brownies didn't happen, but my SIL, Laura, made chocolate chia pudding for her and I. My brother (her husband) made 4 pumpkin pies for the rest of the family. There was a jug of egg nog on the table that got declared to be "pie gravy"... and got drizzl... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:22:52 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271696 I spent the day puttering around my apartment. Got the laundry done, and the carpet vacuumed. Finished a book I was reading. My friend, Jen, picked me up at 3pm to go to her house for dinner with her family, since my family is doing dinner tomorrow. She likes when I come to her family dinners because everyone is on their best behavior. It worked tonight. She said we used up all the nice with her family though, so I should probably worry about how it will go with my family tomorrow, sinc... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 19:55:20 EST Another specialist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271284 I saw another specialist today... who referred me to another specialist, because my case is actually too complicated for her to treat. But it wasn't a waste of time. The doctor I saw today actually took the time to explain all the test results to me, all the way back to the nerve conduction study I had done a couple months ago. Basically the nerves in BOTH legs are sick. She also noted weakness in my knees, hips and shoulders. But still no idea why. Hence the referral to a different doc... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:15:04 EST Start of Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270851 Today was the first day of week 2 of the construction project in my apartment building. The building manager is having a cow, because it is taking so long, and she is taking it out on her tenants. Ugh. Good thing I am gone before she gets here, and she leaves before I get home! <BR> <BR> I really, really like my neurologist. He is really on the ball. He was upset that I couldn't get into the specialist he wanted me to see until Jan 5th, so he canceled my appointment with her, and hook... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:14:24 EST A quiet day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269937 Cooper and I really appreciated a quiet day at home... alone together. I needed today to recharge. Cooper was not interested in long walks today, and I didn't feel like braving the cold, so I didn't make my walking step goal today. I did make my step goal if you add in pedaling miles, because I pedaled and read off and on through the afternoon. <BR> <BR> It is really windy tonight, and power is going out sporadically around the village, so I got out my big flashlight... just in case. <B... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:01:40 EST Snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269583 It was snowing like crazy on the drive home from getting my MRI this evening. Jeremy and I stopped at this little hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant for Pad Thai and Thai iced tea, before heading home, or we might have beat it. It started raining around noon today, and turned to slushy stuff around 2pm, but it wasn't really snow until around 5:30pm. The forecast was calling for crazy amounts of lake effect snow overnight tonight, but I don't think it is going to happen. It is just a l... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:47:31 EST One week down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269103 The construction guys are nowhere near finished. They are definitely coming back Monday and Tuesday. Just not sure if they are taking Wednesday off as part of the holiday. We won't find out until Monday. They are definitely off on Thursday, and almost definitely off on Friday. Then electrician has to come in and do his thing, so we have to be out of here for that as well, so we are looking at ANOTHER week after next week, of having to absent ourselves from our apartments all day. I am l... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:47:33 EST Running around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268113 PT first thing this morning, then to the lab for blood work. Afterwards I stopped and got more dog treats for Cooper to keep at mom and dad's. Since we are spending so much time there, we are going through the supply of treats I had left there faster than usual. Also took back my returnable cans. It was enough to go buy a coffee. Then figured out what was happening with a package I was expecting to come UPS tomorrow, but since I am not allowed to be in my apartment they would not have be... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:56:39 EST Day 2 done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267489 It does not look like they will be finished with the ceiling repair this week after all. At least they don't work on weekends or holidays!I am up and out every morning by 7am, so that I can walk with my dad. He is 72 years old, and still walks 2 miles every morning. Though he has started taking rainy and icy days off... he says he is starting to feel his age! This from the man who unloaded a half ton of pellets for the pellet stove by himself this afternoon! <BR> <BR> Mom, and I took my ... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:10:45 EST It is going to be a long week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266918 It was a long day today, and if today was any indication of how the week is going to go... ugh. Having to be out of my apartment until after 5:30pm every day makes everything harder. It knocks me and Cooper out of our routine, big time. <BR> <BR> So, the neurologist said today that he really doesn't think it is MS or ALS, but whatever it is that it is serious. He ordered tests. The doppler I get done on Wednesday afternoon, and I am waiting for a call back on the MRI. The bloodwork I ha... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:12:32 EST Relaxing on Sunday... sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266263 I actually slept last night! Hallelujah! It felt good. And I feel better for it today. I meant to make today a relaxing, routine sort of Sunday for me and Cooper, but I decided to do some house cleaning, and some grocery shopping. Add in Cooper's walks, and my time pedaling and reading, and it wasn't actually that relaxed, LOL. <BR> <BR> Tech is not my friend. My SAT is being temperamental (manufacturer's issue again), and it is not uploading data, and I bought a Garmin fitness tracke... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:15:13 EST Good Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265861 I am still getting up really early every morning. I have tried going to bed later, but I still wake up super early. Oh well. I guess I will go back to my earlier bedtime, so at least I get a minimum number of hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> Mom and I made a quick trip for herbs and spices at the market this morning, then stopped to pick up our prescriptions. We use different pharmacies (I go to a chain, and she uses an independent), so that required two stops, but I still had lunch on the tabl... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 20:35:42 EST enjoying my routine, with an added bonus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265381 Today was like an ordinary day for me, except mom noted in the newspaper this morning that the Literacy Volunteers' Used bookstore was having a half-off sale today. I asked if she wanted to go after I got done with PT, and she was enthusiastic, so we went after I got done at physical therapy. (and I stopped at home and got a few books to donate from my plethora of books.) I helped mom gather up a grocery bag of books to take to donate as well, and off we went. In all, we donated about 20 ... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:06:02 EST So there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264886 The second dietician called today. She is covered by my insurance, but her office is an hour and a half away, so I am not sure why my insurance company stated she was "local" for me? Anyways, she said she could set up an appointment for a phone consultation, and asked for some background info on me, like why my doctor requested the referral, what I normally eat, and even how much weight I have lost and how fast. She said "Good job" and that my rate of loss was healthy, what I eat is appr... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:38:33 EST Getting along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264485 I am stressed about a lot of things right now. I tend to be a stress eater, but I am trying not to indulge that bad habit. I am right at my goal weight for now. I would like to stay there. That means not going to the corner store to buy a package of creme horns... since I would then eat the whole package in one go. And that would set up a sugar craving that would last for days. I do know myself pretty well, and I know that that one decision would have lasting consequences, so I will mak... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 19:52:43 EST I voted.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263955 I went this morning and cast my vote. It was very busy at the polling place. I had to wait for a parking place.... which has never happened to me before in all the years I have been voting in this village. It says something about voter turn out for this contentious election. <BR> <BR> Afterward I went to the chiropractor. My hips were way out of whack, due to the fact that I am readjusting to walking with a more normal gait again when I am wearing the brace. All those muscles and joints... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 17:04:28 EST Trying to just chill out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263507 The political situation here in the USA is stressing me out a little, but it will be resolved within the next couple of days... I hope. The medical stuff just is, nothing I can do beyond what I am already doing for that. The car situation is stable. Today we got notices on our doors on this end of the 3rd floor (where we had the ceiling collapse so many months ago), and they are finally going to replace the ceiling (they just had plastic up before), which means starting on the 14th of Nov,... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 20:16:38 EST Family dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262987 It was my SIL's mother's birthday this week, so we celebrated her birthday tonight with a family dinner at her house. I baked a couple of butternut squash and took them along as my contribution (I also took a stick of good, Amish butter, because good squash deserves good butter...), but we also had a plethora of other veggies, pork loin, and my youngest niece made baked mac and cheese with cheese sauce from scratch (her favorite food these days). My SIL made an ice cream Mud pie for dessert... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 21:00:30 EST Tests and lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262444 Another early morning for me and the Cooper dog. I was up at 5am, much to his disgust. Since I fell asleep at 10pm, that was pretty good. Much better than the 3am start I got the day before. Cooper still refused to get out of bed, and burrowed back into the blankets, until 6:30am, when I got out his leash so we could leave for mom and dad's house. I dropped him off at their house before 7am... probably about 6:45... and walked out the door with the directions to Cooper to "Stay inside" a... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 19:38:41 EST Doctors and running around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262008 The day started SUPER early for me. I woke up at 3am and couldn't get back to sleep, so I just got up and fussed around for 4 hours before heading to mom and dad's for coffee (and to show mom my hair). Cooper was completely unimpressed by my early rising. He gave me such a disgusted look and burrowed down into my discarded blankets to catch a few more zees. I called the neurologist's office first thing this morning, but of course was unable to talk to an actual person, so had to be satisf... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 19:18:51 EST Being proactive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261547 I got my brace today for my left foot. It was pretty simple as far as fitting goes. Now I have to retrain myself to walk more normally, instead of lifting from the hip so my toes clear the ground. It is a simple brace, that just keeps my left foot at 90 degrees, so it doesn't drag when I walk. I did discover a possible ingrown toenail, when it started rubbing on my sneaker. Since my foot, leg and toes are mostly numb I hadn't really noticed before. I look for obvious problems like sore... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 19:45:10 EST Hair retouch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261046 I got the color on my hair refreshed today. Though this time I went with violet as the base color, with sapphire and teal highlights. I also got it cut, and after explaining how I wanted it cut, the stylist layered the color in the back, so it has a lot more depth. I also got my brows done. I go with my BFF, Jen, and the stylist works on both of us together. While one of us is waiting for our color to set, the stylist is doing the highlights on the other. It works out really well. <BR> ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 18:47:22 EST Pretty day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260521 The morning started out chilly when I was first walking Cooper, but it warmed up this afternoon. The sun was out and a warm breeze was blowing. It was just a very pretty day for November first. <BR> <BR> I went to the chiropractor this morning. He has been focusing on my hips the last few visits, as my gait is lopsided, pushing everything a little off-kilter. Plus, I trip fairly often, which jars everything. He manipulated everything, and I could feel the difference right away. <BR>... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:04:35 EST Car repairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259968 So, I dropped the car at the garage and then walked to PT this morning. Turns out the back brakes were almost completely non-functional due to rust, and the brake lines had to be replaced as well. The mechanic also had to replace a ball joint, and said the next thing to be replaced will be the fuel line. But for now, it has functional brakes and doesn't go "clunk" when you hit a bump. He also said it should NOT have passed inspections, and whoever passed it should lose their license, as i... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:47:01 EST Rainy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259392 I got up early like I usually do if I am going out to my parents' house for coffee, then remembered that I didn't have the car. Oh well, I walked the dog instead... not that he wanted to walk. I think his tummy is bothering him today. All he wants to do is eat grass or lay next to me in the recliner. He doesn't want to be petted, or snuggled, but he does want to be right next to me. I feel bad for him. He didn't want to eat food today, just the grass. And he didn't want to walk much. ... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:31:23 EST Hmmm... what a deal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258957 So, the new/used car my brother picked up last night passed inspection, but it probably shouldn't have. When I drove it this morning the brake light was on and the brakes were really soft. Bad enough I was concerned about whether they would work... or not. Dad and I checked the brake fluid when we got back from our morning walk and it was low, so we added fluid, but they were still soft, but dad only had a little less than half in the bottle left to add, so Jonathan added more when I dropp... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 18:18:07 EST Sending the car to the junkyard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258556 I called one more junkyard this morning, and they offered $20 more for the car than anywhere else, so dad and I took it there, and sent it off to car heaven. It had about 120,000 miles on it, and it was a 2004 Ford, so it did pretty good for what it was. The rust just got it. My brother, Jonathan, and his wife, Laura, went to get the new/used car this evening. I will be driving it tomorrow morning to mom and dad's for our weekly lunch date. We are probably having salmon... and whatever v... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:09:10 EST More phone time... ack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258053 I had to call my insurance company today to see how many more PT sessions are covered in this fiscal year (no problem, I am nowhere near my limit), and I ended up calling my neurologist's office, because I got a bill in the mail that I shouldn't have received. So, I had to call their billing office, and it turns out they "forgot" to submit the bill to my secondary insurance... which will cover it... so I can ignore the bill, and they wasted the postage. I had this same problem with a differ... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:58:10 EST I hate phones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257550 Really, I hate talking on the phone, but I hate texting even more. I prefer talking in person... and even then I prefer to keep it short and to the point. Today I had to call around to various junkyards to see what we could get for the old car. Answer: not much. No one wants a 12 year old rusted out Ford. Can't imagine why not... (sarcasm here), but they aren't paying much. Friday, after PT, dad and I are dropping it off so it can be stripped down and be used for what useable parts are ... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:03:26 EST Getting things sorted out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257141 There are so many details with insurance, registration, title, maintenance, etc with cars. I am splitting the cost of getting the new/used car on the road with my brother, but he is taking care of seeing to all the details. I just have to remind him to make the appointments, etc. We are getting the car Friday evening after my brother gets out of work. We are probably junking the Ford on Monday... the last day the current inspection sticker is valid. But all that is just the clutter tha... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:29:10 EST PT, car stuff, etc... just a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256538 This getting up before the sun rises stuff is kind of depressing, and kind of motivating at the same time... at least for me it is. I do best with natural light, but getting started early helps me stay on track all day long, especially on days when I don't have much scheduled. If I get moving early I stay in motion longer... it is that whole inertia thing. Anyway, I try and schedule as many of my PT appointments for 9am as I can. That gives me time to get my yoga in, stop and get coffee, ... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:08:54 EST Day 50- Compliant... end of challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255981 So, the challenge was to eat ENOUGH calories, as I was skimping on calories through the heat of the Summer. With the advent of cooler weather I have started swinging the other direction though. I think I have a handle on it now. For a few days I was really noshing on empty calories, buying junk and eating, despite knowing it doesn't make me feel good... derp! The psychology of why we do things is so interesting sometimes... <BR> <BR> Cooper was feeling a bit "off" this morning, but by mi... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:49:24 EST Day 49- Compliant... staying occupied http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255624 Started the day early... for no good reason. I just woke up before the alarm, and decided to get up and do my yoga and get going. Eh. It was fine. Had coffee with mom and dad. Dad and I went to the chiropractor together. Our chiropractor has walk-in hours three days a week, and Saturday mornings happen to be one. After falling yesterday, my left hip was sore, and I felt a difference right away after the adjustment. I wanted poultry this week for my lunch with mom and dad. Mom pulled ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:11:31 EST Day 48- Compliant... Another gray day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255071 It rained all day again today. And again the dog did not want to walk. But today I forced the issue a little, and dragged him out to at least relieve himself a few times. It can't be healthy for him to hold it like that! <BR> <BR> I had PT this morning. They had me try toe lifts at the end of my session... nothing. Maybe if I tried them at the beginning of the session I would at least have a little wiggle, but by the end the muscles are fatigued and I have no voluntary upward flexion of... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:22:41 EST Day 47- Compliant... fussy dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254650 It was a rainy day, pretty much all day today. I attempted to take Cooper out for a walk at 8:30am, and again at 10am... but both times we got to the outside door of our apartment building and he stuck his nose and touched one paw to the wet sidewalk and made a fast retreat back into the building. He completely refused to set foot outdoors until 2:30pm, when there was a short break in the rain. And even then it was just once around the block, and then he wanted back inside the building, be... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:59:52 EST Day 46- Compliant... too much info can be stressful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254075 I signed up for the patient portal at my Dr's office a long time ago, and usually it is used for appt confirmations/cancellations, and test results, or other various updates. Today I got an email that I had a new message in my patient portal inbox, and it was a long list of all the neurological disorders that could be causing my recent difficulties... and their prognoses. I am glad my Dr believes in transparency, but this is overwhelming. It is as bad as if I had Googled my symptoms and go... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:50:44 EST Day 45- Compliant (?)... updates on various things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253583 I have actually gotten a lot accomplished already today, by 3pm. I had coffee with mom and dad, as usual this morning. I grab the papers as I drive by, and leave them and my coffee on the table on the deck while I walk with dad and Cooper. Normally I have already fed Cooper his Timbit by the time we get to the farm, but this morning he didn't want it yet, so I left it on the table next to my coffee... outside. Of course it was gone when we got back from our walk! Jeremy's cat, Kiz, had... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:17:00 EST Day 44- Compliant... car stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253156 So, the car didn't pass inspection. Too much structural corrosion. The mechanic said HE wouldn't drive it over 30 miles an hour, and would avoid potholes. He got it running well enough to drive for now. The current inspection is good until November 1st, so we have two weeks to come up with an alternative. My brother, Jonathan, my dad, and I, talked about our options this evening. We might buy a beater car to get us through the next year, while we research our options. With that in mind... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:54:08 EST Day 43- Compliant... car trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252595 I share a car with my eldest brother. I drive it in the mornings, and he takes it in the evenings. It generally works for us. This morning I drove out to mom and dad's as usual, and I got within a mile and it started making a funny noise. I got to the bottom of their driveway and it started making a fairly loud dragging sound. Not good. So dad and I checked it out. Our best guess is probably a rear passenger side brake spring, which if taken right to the garage and not driven around sh... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:15:56 EST