LUNADRAGON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LUNADRAGON LUNADRAGON'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/ Choosing to stay positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817915 No matter what we do, no matter who we are, we are faced with daily choices. It could be as simple as choosing between which shoes to wear, or as complicated as what college to attend, or whether or not marrying that special someone is the right path for us. <BR> <BR> Other choices encompass how we think, how we approach what comes into our lives, what our attitude is going to be in the face of whatever calm or calamity in our way. <BR> <BR> When I was very young, in my teens and sometime b... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:00:01 EST Repeat and say again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813678 Since my husband and I have been through all our health issues, and especially how far he has come, we have an ongoing mutual admiration society going. <BR> <BR> Every time we just glance at each other, sit in the car next to each other, or anytime we touch hands or elbows while sitting together, we both gush over each other - Saying - I love you so much. <BR> <BR> You know what? <BR> EACH day is a gift, and there is no time like living in the present. I praise and thank God daily for each ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:32:57 EST MIA Motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812735 Oops. <BR> Imagine my surprise when I looked at my e-mail from a couple of days ago, that I was motivator of the day! <BR> Thank you. <BR> I am grateful for your support. <BR> <BR> It motivates me to do more than I actually am. Life is hard, but we overcome and keep on keeping on. <BR> <BR> Now, let me make things clear. I wear a fit bit and I walk, not as much as I should, but I walk. I did lose weight pre-surgery, but gained some back. Then I went through a ton of stuff with my husband's ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:04:38 EST Mini Milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769644 Today marked 90 days logging in, logging water, steps (from fitbit). <BR> I also made my 5000 plus steps today. <BR> It also marked completion of two full weeks of full time work. <BR> <BR> I also did 5 minutes of back strengthening stretching this morning. <BR> <BR> So, I got a much needed reward - shoes. Comfortable shoes I can wear to work with a dress, or pants (flats), slippers, and a pair of low boots for fall. It was a buy one get one half off, so my hubby got a pair of shoes too. Pl... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:48:04 EST One step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763906 On Sunday August 10, I developed a "floater" in my left eye, so I went to the ophthalmologist. He says no retinal detachment, so that is positive, but the darn floater is driving me nuts. It looks like a fruit fly following me everywhere. <BR> <BR> Augh! <BR> So, I ordered prescription sunglasses to help cut it out of my vision while driving. <BR> <BR> I go back for a recheck in late September. <BR> <BR> This past Monday I began full time at work. First time working 40 hours since 2008. <... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:42:15 EST Counting my blessings: One year post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754346 A year ago, my husband was in a wild cyclone of health issues and drama, having suffered a cardiac arrest after his ankle surgery, followed by punctured lung, cracked ribs, blood clots, infections, fever and more. When he finally got home in September, we thought we were on the mend, only to have him develop encephalitis in late October, then he fell over his own feet in January and broke his arm. <BR> <BR> I am blessed. <BR> He is alive and well. <BR> He is off the blood clot medication, of... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:42:47 EST Fleece and Streaks and Goals (63 Day Streak!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751671 Since God answered the prayer regarding the job fleece, and I have about 2 weeks to get used to getting to bed earlier, and up earlier, I figure God must know I can handle it. <BR> <BR> I have logged on SparkPeople every day for 63 days! That is my first huge streak since before my back surgery. It is a beginning. Now I need to add to to that goals. <BR> <BR> Earlier to bed. <BR> Earlier to rise. <BR> More sleep. <BR> Add better exercise besides walking to the mix. <BR> Increase walking. <B... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:23:16 EST So Excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748468 Wow. <BR> That is all I can say. <BR> I went to a meeting of minds with Christian women about the retreat up north in Maine in September yesterday. It was long, I was tired, and my back still is not very happy. I endured, but it went well. I will be leading two hour long discussion groups, speaking for a five minute devotional, and leading a fireside prayer in commemoration of 9-11. <BR> I am looking forward to it, as I haven't gone up to camp since before my back injury in 2009. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:53:43 EST Superb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744435 The last several days, I have consciously increasing my steps, and had a 6000, 7000, and two 5000 steps days. <BR> <BR> My interview went well, followed up by another with my boss. Good things coming up on the horizon, but not in the place to say for sure yet. The fleece is definitely being responded too. <BR> <BR> I have seen lots of answered prayer this week. I keep praying, and wait for the answers I have not received yet. <BR> <BR> My husband went to the dr. this week, his cholesterol... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:30:18 EST More walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742309 It started out relatively cool this morning at 59 degrees, but warmed up. After being out in the shaded sunshine, and walking around a lot, I had it after about 4 hours at the book sale under the canopy. Hot, tired, headachy. <BR> <BR> We started the day with fasting bloodwork before heading out to the library book sale. We splurged and had Starbucks. I had a hot latte with a toasted bagel and cream cheese. One of the few things that has no eggs. <BR> <BR> Outside at the sale I drank lots ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:06:46 EST Setting out the fleece http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741728 Many of you who have known me over the last few years on here, know that I have gone through back injuries, and surgeries, and am finally on my way back to a new normal. <BR> <BR> I was not able to return to work at a public library, but found an awesome job that I just love. I am an audiobook proofer. <BR> <BR> Now I started with the company as a temp, and got called back for Christmas 2012, then was hired permanent part time that December. I worked in assembly, and was a second proofer (L... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:34:59 EST 45 Day streak and 6 lbs in one year (since 8-2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739524 I have been logging in, spinning the wheel, logging my food (mostly). <BR> The phone app helps me do this, and so nice that it coordinates with Fitbit to grab my walking fitness. <BR> <BR> I am feeling mostly good. The stormy weather has my back a little achy, but I am doing well. <BR> <BR> My job is going great. I love being an audiobook proofreader and am having a blast doing it. Right now I am proofreading a Yale publication on Augustus Caesar, as I just finished the one on Julius Caesar... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:30:47 EST Thirty-One Day Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730072 It may not sound like much, but considering the past year, a thirty-one day streak is awesome. No, I haven't blogged, I have logged in every day, and have logged my food nearly every one of them, and logged my walking every day. <BR> <BR> It is a start. <BR> <BR> I also finally began doing my back strengthening exercise again, a few times per week, and using hand weights. I have been using a squeeze ball for my hands at work, and doing stretches. <BR> <BR> Then I decided I better increase ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:03:09 EST Let's streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700140 Finally starting a decent streak going. I have logged in 10 days in a row. First time in a long time. It helps I can do it from my phone. I have a headache today, though, with all the allergens in the air, and may have eaten something that is a no-no - as in egg allergy, because my mouth is breaking out. I took antihistamine to fight the situation. Time to go relax. because it is my day off. <BR> <BR> ps I have been logging my fitness - walking - with my fitbit automatically daily. cool app.... Wed, 21 May 2014 16:07:46 EST Don't ya love it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691558 When you take Friday off, and it feels like Saturday, and you still have Saturday? <BR> <BR> When you think of an idea, but cannot execute it, and know that your husband can build it for you? He feels good for building it, and you feel good for thinking of it. I wanted to make a lamp, but I don't know how. He put a bottle lamp together for my son after I got the supplies, and he built another one for me out of a mason jar. <BR> <BR> When you take the time to find the coupons then save a bun... Fri, 9 May 2014 20:44:18 EST Got it - Gizmos, Gadgets, and Whatnots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690014 I figured out how to sync my fitbit with Sparkpeople. I do it from the online Sparkpeople fitness page, it gives me the option to sync my fitbit with Sparkpeople. It does synce my fitness, but not my food :( that I can tell anyway. <BR> I think it is supposed to. Maybe it is delayed. I will let you know. <BR> I did have a 7 day streak of logging in, then I missed (I thought I had logged in). I am now on a 3 day streak. At least I can log in from the Sparkpeople app on my iphone. <BR> Gadgets,... Wed, 7 May 2014 18:59:55 EST No news is no news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686031 Well, after calling the doctor repeatedly this week, trying to get results, and no explanation of the message left on my machine, I have been told that my neurologist is referring me to another one in his group that has more expertise in the EEG department. That will be the doctor I wanted to see in the first place. So, I still don't know what is going on with my brain, dizziness, memory lapse (selective at that), headaches, etc. Oh bother. Now I have to wait until next Thursday morning to fi... Fri, 2 May 2014 20:57:24 EST results and not quite results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684298 I walked two miles, two stores. Over 5,000 steps. <BR> I balanced the checkbooks and paid a couple bills. <BR> We got the headlight changed free that was out on our new car. Our first time trying to drive at night we realized it was out, so brought it back to the dealer. <BR> We made supper together - ground turkey meat in spaghetti sauce with Rice Pasta spaghetti. I bought veggies, v8, bananas, and other good things at the store. <BR> I got a medical provider to resubmit one of my husband's ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:51:11 EST Mojo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682656 Looking for my mojo. <BR> I have a five day log in streak going, and 5 out of 7 days I have logged my food on here. I do have a three week walking goal streak going on. <BR> <BR> Up to this morning, my headache seemed to be subsiding. It is back today. My eyes hurt, sinuses too, and yes, I have been taking my prescriptions. <BR> <BR> So, now I will go do my prescribed de-stressing and relax for the rest of the night. I will get this thing going soon. baby steps count. They always do. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:11:34 EST Question for Fitbit Flex users http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681191 I just went to the SparkPeople page to sync my Fitbit flex with Spark People. I saw some notes that the food doesn't register. Any idea if it works? It would be so helpful, because right now I am double logging it, between my fitbit and Spark. <BR> <BR> I will see if it works for me this week. <BR> <BR> Today - relaxing. <BR> rain. so we went to a movie. <BR> Trying to eat healthy. <BR> Aiming for de-stressing and better sleep, and keeping up with my water, and avoiding caffeine. <BR> My o... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:40:54 EST Tracking and how do you count this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678119 So, I am trying to get back to tracking. Everything. One step at a time. I have not been spending much time on the computer, but have a four day streak going of logging in. I am tracking water, walking, sleep, food, between my i-phone, fitbit and here. <BR> <BR> My big faux pas - yesterday - the bunny, the bunny, yes it was the bunny. <BR> All it took was one nibble and next thing I knew, the bunny was gone! It just plumb disappeared. I called an all points bulletin, but even my cats didn't ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:03:50 EST Making steps towards healthiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672309 This weekend, I caught more sleep than I have in a while. <BR> I am fighting sleep nearly nightly, and am in a big row with myself over it. <BR> I went to the neurologist on Friday. He says - bloodwork for Lyme, EEG to check if there are mini seizures happening, or it could be something with the medication, or stress. In other words, no actual answers yet. Then I noticed a weird rash on my neck last night when I was trying to sleep - more sleep delays after that. <BR> <BR> Hubby went to his ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:10:52 EST First Day Back at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668493 So I went back to work today. I am tired. The best part was coming home in our new (used) car. Typically I am very fatigued driving. The vehicle ride was smooth and nice and I was not as fatigued coming home. <BR> <BR> I have been diligently eating my potassium <BR> <BR> bananas with apple oatmeal for breakfast, with 1 cup of coffee <BR> orange juice <BR> <BR> v-8 strawberry banana at break <BR> tomato soup for lunch with a quaker oat bar <BR> break - yogurt <BR> <BR> I walked 1 1/4 mile ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:53:02 EST Fuzzy wuzzy was a Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666296 If the fuzzy wuzzy bears had to be days of the week, fuzzy wuzzy would definitely be a Monday. <BR> Thinking shouldn't be so hard, but it sure feels it. And it makes me nervous, which probably makes me more fuzzy wuzzy. <BR> <BR> Out here in cyberland. <BR> <BR> The weekend has come and gone, and today I must make doctor phone calls. It makes me nervous. Mainly I am better, but I seem to have a very difficult time retaining some short term stuff. Like what did I just sit down here to do (ch... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:58:28 EST Must revert my bad habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665236 It has been a wild and crazy week, well couple of weeks, and if you get right down to it, over half a year. <BR> In a very small nutshell - Our van was breaking down, and couldn't get it to pass emissions and it is leaking oil. We have been trying to get the problem resolved since about February - with no luck. The deadline to fix it is Monday. That is the extension. <BR> Last week we heard from Christians in the south that want to glorify God by helping us with our vehicle. I anticipated the... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:46:05 EST Ouch! A month? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656457 I know I have been busy. And tired. Too tired to make friends with my computer. At all. Especially since with my promotion I spend 25 hours linked to a computer and headphones. I come home and I crash. Literally. As soon as I put my feet up, I pass out. <BR> <BR> So, sorry folks if I haven't been here. I haven't been much of anywhere to tell you the truth, except running my husband to physical therapy twice per week, plus his doctor appointments, running myself to the allergist twice per wee... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:18:20 EST My Achilles Craving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626746 Ahhh, the sweet bliss of a craving fulfilled. <BR> Ahhh, the sweet curse of a craving denied. <BR> Or is it. <BR> I find the thing I ended up really really craving - chocolate - is typically my demise. <BR> Recently I read, that some people with food allergies, actually crave the very thing they are allergic to and that can wreck havoc. <BR> I am not allergic to chocolate. <BR> But, it is my bugaboo. <BR> <BR> I think I can handle it, and let it sneak by - oh, just a cup of cocoa, just a li... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:40:16 EST Let's get Physical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620838 Today I brought my hubby to physical therapy for his humerus fracture/recovery range of motion exercise. We also went to the mechanic, and walked around one store briefly. He didn't even use his cane, nor use a riding cart. <BR> <BR> After supper, he sat down in our dual recliner and wiped out. Other than neuropothy really making his feet hurt (I gave them a gently rubbing with coconut oil mixture - a homemade salve from a friend that makes it, along with some tiger balm). I also got him a b... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:04:57 EST Why is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618674 When you don't feel so well, <BR> or hurt, <BR> you look for comfort.. <BR> a warm blanket, <BR> a soft kitty, <BR> a cup of something hot to drink, <BR> something to relieve pain. <BR> <BR> That's my day. going to just relax, <BR> and hug my cat, <BR> and stay warm. <BR> Have a good weekend. <BR> <BR> Comfort. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:51:06 EST Another Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618416 Oops, Missed it. <BR> It was two days ago, but I did not get on the computer at all. <BR> Now that I am glued to a computer for work, I have not been getting on at home. <BR> This weekend - I came home with a migraine, and my neck and shoulder have been suffering since about Monday. <BR> Between Sunday and Monday I painted in my "new" studio. <BR> I think I overdid it. <BR> I went way beyond the 10,000 step goal on my fitbit. <BR> Now I have been suffering. <BR> <BR> This morning - the after... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 07:59:46 EST Checking off the list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612580 I love lists. <BR> Perhaps too much. <BR> I love the act of crossing things off my list, just to show that I have accomplished something. <BR> I started out making a list today, and dove right in to try to get things tackled. <BR> I got waylaid at the first turn. <BR> I went in the basement to get my laundry and we had water leaking from somewhere. I figured it was the dishwasher overflow. Then I started laundry, and that started overflowing too. <BR> Add to the list calling the septic system... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:55:10 EST Tremendous Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610534 Good night's sleep <BR> Sweet husband home and recovering and getting stronger <BR> a job I really am enjoying (hey, I get paid to listen to audio books, way cool!) <BR> today I got to crochet at lunch <BR> I ate a good lunch, and healthy snacks <BR> My attitude has been one of gratitude <BR> I get to read library books and think creatively <BR> I leave my work at work <BR> I get to walk, though not as much as the other position <BR> I really am feeling happier than I have been for some time ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:48:20 EST Not Just November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609521 When November rolled around, I told myself I was not going to limit Thanksgiving to November. I told myself I would give thanks every single day. <BR> <BR> Despite the obstacles and trials, I have been giving thanks every single day. It makes me realize just how blessed I am. <BR> <BR> Thankfulness is a gift. It also blesses me with contentment, and inner peace. <BR> <BR> Have a thankful Thursday tomorrow, and perhaps begin giving thanks for all the little blessings, because they add up. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:21:00 EST Going forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608494 With everything that has been going on with my husband and his health since this past summer, and just all the craziness in general, I haven't focused a whole lot on me. There has just been too much going on. <BR> <BR> I am not complaining. <BR> I really am content. <BR> I look at my husband and think about the fact he IS here, and I sigh, and run over and plant a kiss on his face. We are just as much in love, and are loving each other despite the obstacles with words, a touch, a caress, a j... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:50:11 EST Tired but smiling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605392 Hello everyone, <BR> I am still walking daily, although not quite as much as my other position at work. On a very positive side, I am loving working as an audio proofer, and completed my first book listen yesterday right before closing the week out. My first week working 24 hours (4 days of work). That is the most I have worked since my back injury in 2009. I also made an hour drive to Yale, and the drive back was 2.5 hours due to the storm on my "day off". Add that and yes it has been an acc... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:01:46 EST New Year, New Ordeals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601263 Well, This past Saturday night my husband tripped over his own feet, and broke his fall by breaking his humerus, up by the shoulder. I must say it is not very humorous. Far from it. Now, storms are on the way, and I have to drive an hour to take him to Yale for his neurology appointment. Yes, we could have cancelled, but I just started my new position, and I am taking time off Friday to take him to the Orthopedic surgeon, and really did not want to make more changes. Ooh, what a week. My firs... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:52:09 EST Making it count http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598271 Today, I have had a purposeful lazy day, full of reading, rest, recreation. I am reading a novel - Painted girls a fiction about a ballerina the artist Degas used as a model for his bronze statue, and his paintings. I rested watching "You Got Mail" for the kagillionith time with my dear hubby, actually watching instead of falling asleep to it. It was raining, and dismal. I planned to paint the walls in the room I am moving my studio/guest room into, but I rather have a sunnier day to work. To... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:30:48 EST I love my fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587371 I have a fitbit flex. I got it in November before Christmas, and paid under $100 for it at a retail store. I am happy with it. It shows I do walk as much and more than I thought. It shows I do sleep, and actually much better than I thought. I can sync it to my computer or my i-phone, I can log food, mood, journal, water, as well as the ability for the device to track my sleep and waking, and walking. It also has the ability to have a built in silent/buzzing alarm. I set it for me to get up, a... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:59:49 EST New Year Newsy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587355 Hello my friends. <BR> It has been busy. <BR> House being worked on - kitchen, doors, windows, garage, paint, etc. <BR> Holidays (still have to pack it up). <BR> Work, work, work. I begin the new position as an audio proofer January 20th, and I can't wait. Members from the department have been expressing their welcome to me, and that is way cool. I had my work review and that went pretty well. My down side was the interrupted work schedule due to running off for hospital and doctor visits thi... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:46:44 EST Lots of baby steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561613 Today we have snow. I walked in it with baby steps, being careful to not fall. I got my allergy shot for bees. Funny when they ask me if I have been stung. It is kind of frozen outside :) <BR> <BR> I found out today I will start my new position at work on January 20th. <BR> Yesterday I went to my orthopedic back doctor and told him about the progress and promotion at work, and asked about my hours (possible increase), and brought my job description. I can begin to increase my hours as tolera... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:40:25 EST Holidays and a lost pound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555836 Thanksgiving was good and bad. I spent the entire month of November giving thanks daily, and I won't stop there. Thanksgiving needs to be in your heart daily. <BR> <BR> We got a locally raised organic turkey (13 + lbs) - it cost a lot more than the grocery store, but it was very good. So good, there were no more leftovers by the next day, except for the legs and wings that I threw in the freezer and just made curried turkey rice soup yesterday, along with my egg-free oatmeal banana chocolate... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:24:31 EST Exciting news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554416 It has been busy. very busy. I am using my fitbit to track my sleep and walking, and that is working well. With Thanksgiving, and other stuff going on, I have been too busy to log anything else. <BR> <BR> I FINALLY got the audio proofing job I have been trying to get for the past two years and will begin in that department in the new year. <BR> I am so stoked! <BR> <BR> Happy Belated Thanksgiving. Never forget to give thanks. I am grateful. <BR> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>429</em... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:28:02 EST November nick nacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541347 Hello everyone, <BR> My dear husband is healing. Taking time, but is doing better. <BR> It has been hectic here. very hectic. <BR> <BR> Good things - <BR> I just got myself a fitbit, but have to figure it out. <BR> I found my lost pedometer at work today. <BR> We ordered a locally raised fresh turkey for Thanksgiving. <BR> I have an interview tomorrow at 2:30 <BR> and an MRI at 6:30 pm Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:29:28 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529568 ... It is November. <BR> Time to vocally remember to be grateful as often as possible. <BR> <BR> I AM grateful <BR> for my husband <BR> for his life <BR> for God's grace, and gracious kindness <BR> for my life, <BR> for love, <BR> for joy, <BR> for autumn leaves. <BR> <BR> Thankful it is Friday and I have the weekend to rest. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 20:35:24 EST Home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527782 Yesterday afternoon when I went to visit my honey after work, I was told he was being discharged. Oops, I did not have any clothes for him except socks and underwear, and he had his shoe and airboot for his fused ankle. <BR> <BR> A sweet nursing student got him a pair of scrub pants, and I went down to the gift shop and bought him a Yale sweatshirt. Now he can officially say he had a week long medical residency at Yale Medical. <BR> <BR> Praise God. Glad he is home. <BR> Some kind of Herpe... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:30:10 EST End of tests? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525947 For my hubby - Maybe. I think so. <BR> Throat/larynx ok. <BR> Having some kind of other ultrasound tomorrow. Today's lumbar puncture (spinal tap), done. What a day. plus a test with a camera to look at the larynx, say "eeee". <BR> Exhausted. <BR> Today hardly a breakfast, good lunch, not so good dinner <BR> Yesterday light breakfast, good lunch, good dinner, <BR> <BR> Home. <BR> Maybe my honey will come home in a couple days. My first night home before 8 in a week. <BR> Going to go put my ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:55:02 EST mini update Oct 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525315 Ron is improving, responding to the antiviral medication for the Encephalitis. Another lumbar puncture - spinal tap, today to verify which kind. Perhaps he can come home by the end of the week. He had been highly delusional and hallucinating. It has been an extremely rough week. <BR> He is much more lucid, and slowly healing. <BR> Thank you for your prayers. <BR> Still scary,. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:06:24 EST Scary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523609 Things are still very scary. <BR> I do not have time to update. <BR> Narrowing it down to some form of encephalitis. <BR> Ron is hallucinating frequently, combative. <BR> This is not a trick or treat. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 01:41:37 EST Challenging Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521848 Last night my husband was sent to Yale New Haven. He is currently stable. They did another onslaught of tests, which continue. He did eat some soup tonight, and last night did give me a kiss, and wanted another one. Definitely wanted one tonight too. <BR> <BR> Today I slept all day since I didn't get home til 3 a.m. <BR> I got out there about 5 pm. <BR> <BR> Results of MRI - probably not a stroke - they suspect a viral brain infection and will do a spinal tap, reverse the blood thinner, and... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:47:50 EST More Crisis, just when you couldn't stand any more. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520145 Yesterday my husband suffered a stroke and is back in the hospital. While there he also had a seizure. I may be too swamped to post for some time. I don't know. <BR> <BR> I am really lost in a fog on this one folks. <BR> <BR> It has affected his left side sight. He did respond to verbal commands, and squeezed hands, and moved feet. Not sure of the prognosis at this time. Too tired to think. <BR> <BR> Love ya. <BR> me <BR> Deborah <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:19:39 EST