LINDATWIN2's SparkPeople Blog LINDATWIN2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I am working on myself again. I have been so busy handling all that my deceased brother left me to do as his Personal <BR> Representative, that I keep letting myself and my health fail. I never dreamed it would <BR> be so much work and I retired a few years ago to be there for my husband as he was <BR> going through heart attack, after heart attack and a knee replacement. He's doing well <BR> now. But, all has taken a toll on me. <BR> However, I am in the good hands of my kidney doctor and pulmonary doctor and primary ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 07:15:34 EST Family is everything to me. My daughter and her family came to visit for a few days from out of town. Gosh, <BR> I needed that ! Since my brother passed in April and I've had so much to do in <BR> regards to all of his things, I don't think I've hardly even cracked a smile lately. <BR> <BR> Well, I had both of my daughters and kids all together at my house and we laughed <BR> so much !!! I really needed that. I only wish my brother had married and had kids. <BR> He missed alot. <BR> <BR> <em>491</em> <em>35</em>... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 22:33:17 EST Getting myself back together I have had so much to do, as a personal Repesentative for my deceased brother and, litterally made myself physically ill from dealing with all of his things and the job he appointed me to do after his death. <BR> <BR> But, I'm getting better and now go to P.T. 2 times a week to help loosen up all the tightness <BR> I've acquired in the upper body to get rid of the pain and enable myself to move better. <BR> <BR> However, I'm here on this earth knowing he's smiling down on me with the re-as... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 07:25:59 EST My Brother Passed on April 12, 2012 He was ill for several years and was under Hospice Care since the day before <BR> Thanksgiving. 2011. He died at 63 years old. <BR> I was his Healthcare surrogate, Power of Attorney and now the Executor of <BR> his Estate. <BR> He was buried with Honors in the National Cemetery near my home. It was a <BR> beautiful service - quite fitting for one who served during Vietnam. <BR> All 3 of his sisters attended and his 3 nieces and one nephew, along with 6 <BR> of his great nieces and nephews... Sun, 6 May 2012 07:21:09 EST Continuing to take care of me .... This year has been a steady up hill battle for me and I'm winning - SOME. <BR> My blood pressure is lower - no more meds for that ! Lost some weight <BR> and inches ! And, I got some help with a condition I have called primary <BR> lymphodemia. I have compression BOOTS ! Just wear them 2 X a day for <BR> an hour each time and down goes my swelling in legs and knees ! Love <BR> them and I'm making progress. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading, if you are. <em>334</em> <BR> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 19:58:30 EST Time to slow down and reflect... After all of the care-giving I've done for several years, I've decided to read more and write more, too. My father was a "writer". I'm so greatful that I saved some beautiful letters <BR> he wrote to me over the years. He majored in Journalism at Duke University. <BR> <BR> I truly am amazed at all that a person can pick-up from their parents - but I CAN'T sing <BR> and my Dad could really sing - solos and all. <BR> <BR> Miss you, Dad. And, thanks for all you gave all of us. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 19:54:43 EST Got outside with a plan <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> To do some re-designing of the back yard. We just sit on the porch and look at <BR> the same old thing. Yesterday, we started digging up old plants and we PLANNED <BR> a newer view from our back porch. It was actually EXCITING ! Plus, gave us something <BR> to take our minds off all our problems. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Early Spring ! Sun, 29 Jan 2012 07:58:21 EST My attitude has made me happier December was such a downer for me this past year. I felt like I was being pushed down <BR> into a hole because of all that was going on medically in my family. <BR> <BR> Things are geting better now and I've developed a better attitude about the future <BR> and the past. <BR> <BR> Onward, I go and put a new spring in my step and started doing yard work again ! <BR> It relaxes me and the results improve my attitude ! <BR> <BR> Best wishes to those who have the spring coming and can make a ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:27:57 EST Starting over <img src=""> <BR> This year I'm going to devote as much time as I can to my grand-children. 2011 was almost <BR> TOTALLY devoted to my brother, sister and husband (and me). <BR> I want to look towards the younger people in my life in 2012. I want them to know how <BR> much I care about them and in all that they mean to me. <BR> "Let there be LIGHT." ... in my life this year. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Linda Tue, 3 Jan 2012 08:43:30 EST Moving along taking care of me . Carpel Tunnel Surgery on my left hand on august 23rd is schedualed now. I hope that this is it for me this year and for a long time ! Just had to squeeze in m colonoscopy in July between to surgeries. FUN ! <BR> HUGS <BR> Linda Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:01:40 EST Moving along - taking care of some more things for me - 6-26-2011 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> Carpel Tunnel surgery went well. Next is an over-due colonoscopy on July 12, 2011. I had polyps over 5 years ago and some were pre-cancerous. Gosh, I need to go to the dentist next ! I really have put off alot for myself, but my dh is getting better. He actually By-passed his own heart by growing collateral arteries (over the years) and his 100% blocked Right <BR> Coronary Artery has ... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:32:55 EST carpel tunnel surgery First it was my knees, now, both of my wrists (one at a time this time) ! <BR> I finally went to a specialist in only hands and wrists and now am scheduled <BR> for my right hand surgery on this coming Tuesday (7th of June). <BR> He said I have NO cartiledge in any joints in either of my hands, but has <BR> assured me that I will get rid of some or most of the pain I have in my hands <BR> after this surgery. <BR> Wish me luck ! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Linda Sat, 4 Jun 2011 12:22:09 EST I forgot about me. Went to the PCP yesterday. Blood work wasn't bad (except kidneys). But, I have had a bad cough since right after Christmas. MY dh is a severe Heart Patient and was in the hospital in mid-December for the 10th time for CAD. We've been married 32 years. <BR> Anyhow, I couldn't figure out why I kept c oughing and coughing ! I have Asthma <BR> and took a breathing test yesterday - was breathing at 50% ! Sinus X-rays showed no infection. <BR> It was just stress - a HUGE trigger for asthma at... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 09:24:29 EST December 11- Rescue Squad again for dh I wrote in last blog about dh due for another heart attack in December - # 10. <BR> Well, it happened and now he's on time-released nitro and is up for by-pass <BR> in the future still. <BR> I've tried to be as calm as I can and not be "nasty", but I do get angry because <BR> of the lurking possibilities ahead. <BR> Linda Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:43:24 EST Living with a Cardiac Patient My husband of 32 years has had 8 heart attacks over the past several years. He has C.A.D. <BR> and still hasn't had by-pass surgery - just angioplasty and stents. <BR> I have health problems of my own. However, his condition is like living with a time bomb ! <BR> I always get up before him just so I can be prepared, just in case (feed the cat, take a <BR> shower, etc.). <BR> Anyhow, his last attack was in April, 2010, the one Sept., 2009 and on back. It's about <BR> near to the 8-9 month ... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 07:10:57 EST