MARLA7's SparkPeople Blog MARLA7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm sure going to miss you Dad. (My Eulogy to my Dad) <BR> <BR> <BR> Marla Firm Costello <BR> My name is Marla & I am one of Bruce's daughters. You will all remember him in your own way but this is a glimpse of who he was to me. He simply was a good man! The relationship that he shared with each of us was far more important than anything that money could buy. Dad knew the value of hard work & he wore many hats - a coal miner, clay miner, sawmill operator, boiler fireman, delivered coal, a farmer, a gardner. He loved plant... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 20:32:46 EST RIP Dave Davis A good friend of mine passed away this morning. Dave Davis. He used to work on my sister Flo's crew at the Power Plant. I've known him & his wife for years. Very good people. Don't know his cause of death. He was my sister Flo's age... 68. <BR> <BR> He was the Troop Leader for my two nephew's Cub Scout pack. Kevin & I just saw him & his wife Patty at Bob Evans a couple of weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Life is so short.... way too short. Count your Blessings & be glad you're alive to enjoy ... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:12:18 EST RIP Mr. Booth My friend and fellow renal patient Perry Booth passed away Sunday night. <BR> <BR> He was a very kind man. Very gentle. Never complaining. Soft spoken. His Daughter Pam would wheel him up every day around 6:05 and we'd sit & talk. I'd kid him because he would be holding her purse so she could push his chair. I'd say "I see you have your purse today." He'd say 'yep"! LOL <BR> <BR> He would go every Tuesday to Kmart and sit with the guys & drink coffee & gab. That is until he was t... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 13:31:20 EST RIP Manny Today I found out a very good friend - fellow renal patient passed away. His name was Manuel Salazar.... "Manny" for short. He was only 77. <BR> <BR> He'd come into the unit everyday and say good evening to me! I'd say good afternoon! (Even though it was morning) Or he'd say Merry Christmas. I'd say Happy Easter to you! We loved to joke around. He sat right beside me. We shared doggy stories. He had a pomeranian named Charlie. <BR> <BR> When the nurses would come towards him to p... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:51:35 EST Christmas Memories Growing Up in my Family. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My favorite memories of growing up around Christmas time was going out to the... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 07:17:54 EST Community Star Here is the write up in our local newspaper about me winning the Community Star Honor. I have no way to print the pictures though. <BR> <BR> Marla Costello <BR> Health issues haven't slowed her down <BR> <BR> Marla Costello said she doesn't consider herself to have done anything unique in being named a 2010 Herald-Star Community Star. <BR> <BR> But others beg to differ, and Costello will be feted along with other Herald-Star Community Stars during a banquet in their honor on Monday at St.... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 13:16:13 EST Yet another Patient passed away Hi folks. I just read the newspaper online. I saw where another renal patient passed away. I was afraid this was going to happen to her though. <BR> <BR> Her name was Ada Kinney. She was only 67 years old. She was one of the first three they'd call in to hook up to the machine.... her time was 6:30... mine is 7:00. If she was late they'd take me in & hook me up earlier. <BR> <BR> She was a little lady... probably as short as me. Chewed gum constantly... and when I say she chewed gum.... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:17:57 EST Helping Marla This was the newspaper article that appeared in our local paper the day before my benefit dinner. There was no link to share so I thought I'd type it out so you all could read it. There were two different articles so I'll put them both here. No way to copy the picture that went with it though. Thanks for reading! (Sorry it's so long.) <BR> <BR> <BR> HELPING MARLA <BR> <BR> The Riverview United Methodist Church, 105 N River Ave. will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 3 pm to 6 pm... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 04:06:07 EST TRANSPLANT BENEFIT DINNER This is an invitation to join me & my family for a Benefit Dinner held on my behalf to help me with expenses for my future kidney transplant. Thank you! <BR> <BR> The following picture is me BEFORE I went into Renal Failure. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The next one is me sitting at Dialysis (when I first started) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I am last Fall enjoying... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:55:52 EST Aunt Wanda passed away today <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got the call in the early hours of the morning that my Aunt Wanda passed away. She has been struggling for 6 months in the hospital. Went in originally for vein problems in her legs which she had surgery on.... developed horrible bed sores on her back & legs that would not heal (sh... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 18:26:32 EST We Lost Another Renal Patient Today Today was another sad day in the Renal Unit. Bill Stock, a fellow patient, passed away in Pittsburgh's Shadyside Hospital. <BR> <BR> As you'll recall, I traded my Mon. Wed. & Fri. days with another patient so I could go Tues. Thurs. & Sat. Bill was the patient that I traded with. He kindly did this for me & I appreciated it very much. I did get to see him a few weeks ago in the renal unit to thank him for doing that for me. He said he was glad to & that it worked better for him anyway... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 22:17:33 EST Our New Pastor & His Family I've written this on a couple of my team pages to get your opinion... thought I'd blog it to reach others out there. I wouldn't talk about this if it wasn't bothering me... as with anything that bothers me a lot I feel better getting it out in the open, sharing it and hearing others feelings to try to get my own feelings into proper perspective. Thanks for reading... here goes: <BR> <BR> Ugh. I am having mixed feelings. It's about the new pastor, his wife & kids. Here goes: This is his 3rd... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 16:50:44 EST Jesus is Calling! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next Sunday my hubby Kevin will stand behind the Pulpit and preach to the Congregation. He is a Lay Leader and our Pastor, who is retiring, has the week off. <BR> <BR> Kevin is going to sing a solo also.... "Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling".... <BR> <BR> I'm blogging his Sermon here for any who care to read it. Thank you. <BR> <BR> "Jesus Is Calling" <BR> <BR> Good morning all! I'm here this morning b... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 18:29:54 EST Prayers Remember me telling you about Chuck Stock, my fellow renal patient who passed away last week? Well, yesterday they found his 25 yr. old niece Ashley Richards dead in her car at Walmart. No clue what happened. <BR> <BR> Today, his Uncle, Orville Hupp, 97 passed away. <BR> <BR> Orville was my Dad's friend... they went to school together. He also was my DIL Heather's great-grandfather. <BR> <BR> Ashley had her whole future ahead of her. A beautiful girl. She was going to college... was i... Tue, 4 May 2010 16:45:47 EST My Friend Chuck Stock RIP As I sit here & try to type this blog the tears are falling down my face. Lost another good friend & fellow renal patient Chuck Stock. <BR> <BR> He was only 58. His Mom is 94 and still living in the same house that he grew up in. She went to school with my Dad. Chuck was 2 grades ahead of me in school. <BR> <BR> <BR> He leaves his wife, 9 sisters... YES 9!!! Plus his little grandchildren and his loving faithful companion Dudley Do Right... his doggie! LOL <BR> <BR> Needless to say... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 13:16:49 EST I HAVE WONDERFUL NEWS TO SHARE!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> GRATITUDE: <BR> That's my WORD for the YEAR. I knew it would come to me one day if I were just patient. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ELATION: Is another wonderful WORD for how I feel. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I received a call at 3:20 ... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 17:30:28 EST The Death of a Renal Patient I just read the newspaper online. I saw where a fellow renal patient passed away. <BR> <BR> Pearl Carter Smith. <BR> <BR> If you'll recall months ago I blogged about a fellow renal patient being wheeled into the unit and a little old lady patient was sitting in a chair and she said "Son, is that you?" Well... it happened to be her son Eugene Carter... being wheeled in for his treatment and put into his regular seat. His Mother happened to be an inpatient in the hospital and was brought d... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 19:26:44 EST A Spark Book Surprise!!!!!! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a Surprise I woke up to this morning! I got a Spark Mail from my friend Mauri. She saw where I had asked if anyone had read the new Spark Book and what they thought of it. She ORDERED me one as an early birthday gift and is having it sent to me! Isn't that AWESOME? <BR> <BR> <img s... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 11:13:20 EST With a Little Help from my Friends! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As most of you know by now, I got a letter from the UPMC transplant center saying I needed a few additional tests... but also saying I needed to lose an additional 50 lbs. Originally the doctors up there said I needed to lose 22 more lbs. Needless to say, this is a disappointment to me & it... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 17:11:27 EST Christmas Dreams of a New Kidney! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 'Twas the night before surgery and all through the body <BR> Two kidneys were resting, no need to go potty. <BR> <BR> The liver spoke up and to the kidneys did nag <BR> "One of you is going for a trip, better pack a bag." <BR> <BR> The kidneys ignored him for they knew he was drunk <BR> The... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 11:19:24 EST Any Extra Christmas Cards? This message was in my regular email today sent to me from a very good friend of mine. If you have the time & an extra card & stamp it'd be nice if you could send this little boy a card to help cheer him up. I just filled mine out. Thanks. <BR> <BR> Dear Marla, <BR> <BR> My long time childhood friend has a very special 7 year old son (Nathan) that is losing his battle with brain cancer and the family has made the decision to not pursue further treatment. This will be his last Christmas ... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 13:14:26 EST True Meaning of Christmas <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> True Meaning of Christmas <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor. This is how it happened. I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room ... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 17:27:41 EST How Sweet it is... but NO MORE! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am angry! Upset! Mad! I have an enemy. My enemy is SWEETNESS! <BR> <BR> Sweetness and I have hung around together for years now. He went with me everywhere and I've spent lots of money on him. For him I even changed the ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 14:12:35 EST Thanksgiving Memories Over the River and Through the Woods.... <BR> <BR> I have so many memories of Thanksgiving's past that I hardly know where to begin. One of the best memories though are having our big family gather together. That and the huge snows!!! <BR> <BR> I remember falling asleep & waking up to the smells of Thanksgiving. Mom's pumpkin pies or a mincemeat pie (Dad's favorite.) Of course, the turkey & homemade dressing. Remember when people called it dressing & not stuffing? I loved Mom's Jello ... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 06:56:14 EST Finally! Below 200 lbs! Today was an extremely happy day for me. I went to Dialysis... had my treatment... I lost another pound. I am now officially 199 lbs. Finally got below the 200 mark!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That is a grand total of 33 lbs. GONE since I started Sparking! 2 years ago in August!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sitting on top of the world!!! Loving it. <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 16:26:51 EST A fellow renal patient passed away Well, I found out that Rudy Marcozzi passed away on Wednesday. He gave up. He quit dialysis on Friday.... just wanted to end it all. Had his toes amputated not too long ago & couldn't get around at all. Was getting grouchy not only with his daughter BoBo but with the nurses. In pain. So he just flat out refused to keep coming for his treatments. Gosh. It just goes to show you how VITAL these treatments are for those of us in renal failure. <BR> <BR> The nurses and I were talking to... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 13:12:08 EST Urgent Prayers Needed Please Please friends.... Urgent Prayers are needed for my niece Emily.... She's in Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburgh.... her blood count is extremely low & she's pregnant. She's 3 centimeters but they cannot do a C-Section because of the danger of losing even more blood. Please pray for Emily & her unborn son Mason. Thank you all & May God Bless each & every one of you. <BR> <BR> Love, Marla Sat, 14 Nov 2009 20:16:24 EST My Last Test Before Transplant Evaluation <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, my dental appointment was my last test before I get an appointment at UPMC for my transplant evaluation. <BR> <BR> Here's what my dentist wrote: <BR> <BR> "This is to inform you that Marla Costello was seen in our office today. Mrs. Costello's oral health is very good and no follow-up treatment is required." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 15:29:12 EST Unreal! Yet ANOTHER Patient Passed Away Friends, <BR> <BR> I'm writing to you as my heart aches... another friend - fellow patient passed away yesterday. Joseph Oliveti gave up the fight yesterday. He was a very jolly man, full of life even though he was in kidney failure. To my knowledge nothing else was wrong with him... which scares me. <BR> <BR> I'm so sad. I know there's some out there who truly care about I do you all. If you could just share a hug for me I'd so appreciate it. I need comfort right now as I p... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 08:11:43 EST My Friend Eileen Passed Away (also SOS for me) I hate kidney failure! I hate making friends of the patients at dialysis. They're all dieing around me, one by one.... this is not good. I hate not being able to sleep & when I do my dreams are horrible & so vivid & real that they scare me. <BR> <BR> It's 2 in the morning... I just got woke up with a horrible nightmare that my house caught on fire. It was so real & scary. I woke Kevin up to make sure it wasn't true. I've been dreaming & dreaming lately & they're not good. I'm think... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 02:53:29 EST Smile & Be Happy! Share Your Joys! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm in a happy mood this morning so thought I'd blog. <BR> <BR> Guess what? I am pain free from the hurting neuropathy that has been bothering me for over 2 years! My nephrologist put me on Cymbalta (used for depression but als... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 05:05:34 EST Ouch! My Aching Back! Just when it seems I get something fixed (my hand - carpal tunnel) now my back is giving out once again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think walking Paco around the alley has triggered it... always something! But I'm not quitting... little by little I need to work my way back up to walking as I used to.. fo... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 20:31:55 EST On to Healthier Living <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 14 Jul 2009 05:50:47 EST My Testimony at Church On Father's Day, Sunday June 21st I was asked to be Lay Witness and give my Testimony of my Faith.... so I thought I'd share it on here with you all. If I've already done this & you've read it, please disregard. My mind is a terrible thing to waste! But, it is rather long so I understand if you choose not to read it.... <BR> <BR> Here goes: <BR> <BR> I'd like to tell you a little about my life, my lack of faith and how I regained it. <BR> <BR> I was raised in a loving home by two wonder... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 10:24:23 EST Once Again Death hit the Renal Unit..... Once again I'm having to deal with death in the Renal Unit. This time it was one of my fellow renal patients on MY shift. It's getting so scary.... we're losing too many patients lately. <BR> <BR> Elizabeth "Beth" Ensell - age 47 died.... here's the story as I heard it. <BR> <BR> She has been in a nursing home only because she had nobody to take care of her. Apparently she's divorced... she leaves two young teen aged sons.... her ex husband kept them while she was recovering in the nursi... Sun, 10 May 2009 07:23:50 EST Once Again Death hit the Renal Unit..... My computer is messing up and this posted 3 times. So sorry! Sun, 10 May 2009 07:22:20 EST Once Again Death hit the Renal Unit..... Sorry... posted three times! Sun, 10 May 2009 07:21:02 EST Prayers needed for our Polly <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everyone.... UPDATE ON POLLY! <BR> <BR> I just got off the phone with her. She called me. She's doing well... <BR> <BR> She said the doctor used a "jackhammer" on her eye! She said she felt the movement & pressure and it took like forever! It was hard for her to breathe behind the mask... <BR> <BR> She can't take the medicine to relieve the pressure as she is allergic to it. So he did relieve some pressure with the... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:05:32 EST Death hit the Renal Unit today..... Well, my friends. Today I lost yet another friend and fellow renal patient... Eugene Carter. <BR> <BR> Mr. Carter.... or "Big Daddy" as he liked to be called was an older gentleman. He was brought in by wheel chair everytime... but he went down hill very very fast. He was very kind.... <BR> <BR> The nurses wheeled him in a few weeks ago... as he was going to his chair he looked at the chair beside his and said "Mama? Is that you Mama?" Here, nobody knew it... not even the nurses.. b... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 13:03:54 EST The Best of Friends! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 29 Mar 2009 15:58:08 EST Forever Grateful The Pastor at our Church asked if any of us wanted to write down our thoughts & read them to the Congregation... thoughts of our Faith or lack thereof. This is what I wrote. (It's pretty long & it's ok if you don't want to read it. I just thought I'd put it down here in a Spark Blog so I would always have it.) <BR> <BR> I was raised in a loving home with 6 siblings by two wonderful parents. My <BR> Dad, Bruce Firm, worked hard all of his life to provide for us. He was a <BR> minor, wor... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:54:01 EST Prayers for my Brother & SIL's safe travel please <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Terry Workman, Sr. age 59. Assistant Fire Chief in Bergholz, Ohio. <BR> <BR> My Brother Sam & SIL Joyce are traveling from Bryan, Ohio to Toronto for a funeral this weekend. Joyce's brother Terry was driving a Lowe's delivery truck when he swerved off the road and wrecked. He was pronounced dead at the scene. They think he may have suffered a massive heart attack. <BR> <BR> Please, I'd appreciate it if you'd ... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 14:40:57 EST Happy Birthday Mermaid Kathy! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 18 Mar 2009 16:27:22 EST Prayers Needed for some Fellow Sparkers & Their Families Today. Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone. <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Top 'O the Morning to You! <em>441</em> <em>439</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> May Your Irish Eyes Be Smiling! <BR> <BR> I haven't blogged for quite awhile. I've been overly tired lately. That's my excuse & I'm sticking to it! <BR> <BR> I'm asking for some special prayers for some Spark Friends today. <BR> <BR> Our Donna P (guardrail Donna) is having surgery today to have a dorsal spinal cord st... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 05:50:17 EST Happy Day to you All! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning my friends! This blog is being written at 6:30 am..... someone set my alarm! GRR! LOL <BR> <BR> With a happy heart & an open mind... let's strive to be the healthiest ever. March is a new month... think good & happy thoughts. Spring is almost sprung! Smile your smiles, ... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 06:31:12 EST Kindness goes a long way in my book! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just blogging to let my true friends know that I appreciate all the kindness you've shown me in these (almost) 2 years that I've been Sparking. Love, Gentleness, Kindness - they go a long, long way. <BR> <BR> Positives & Gratitudes: <BR> <BR> Friends like I have on Spark. <BR> Even Prayers ... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 16:08:43 EST My Mom's Birthday Yesterday <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 27 Feb 2009 16:20:45 EST Kevin & His Dad <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wanted to post a picture of Kevin & His Dad so you could see the resemblence. Deuce said her Dad looked a lot like Kevin. <BR> <BR> Today I met with my nephrologist, the nutritionist, social worker & supervisor of the Renal Unit at the Unit. The Doctor said I'm doing fine as far as dialysis, my lab work, etc... my iron is a little low, nothing unusual... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:08:47 EST I've been neglecting my blogging lately. <img src=""> <BR> Four Generations of the Bruce Firm Family: Back Left - Bill, Dana & Kevin <BR> Second Row: Jessie & Me <BR> Front: Will, Dad, Autumn & Lily <BR> <BR> Just a short blog to show off my family & to apologize for neglecting my blogging lately. I have no excuse except pure laziness. Sorry. I will vow to try to do better. <BR> <BR> Positives & Gratitudes: <BR> I appreciate my Loving Family very much & love them with all m... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 18:55:04 EST My Baptism <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was Baptized yesterday. What a Glorious Day it was for me. The Ceremony was very nice. (I did f... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 07:44:27 EST