PATRICIAAK's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAAK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Snow Due to the snow, I was back using a cane today. <BR> Better safe than sorry. <BR> As it had been raining before the snow came, there were some icy areas, so I'm glad for the choice I made. <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:38:18 EST Massage After work tonight, I went for a massage. It was good to relax and unwind after the challenges from Friday which spilled over to today. The good news is the patient is doing better. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:19:56 EST Palm Sunday Today at Church we had a Palm Sunday procession. It was the longest distance I've walked without a cane since my knee, that was replaced, swelled during the airplane ride to AZ. I knew it was a temporary set back, but am glad to be on the road of walking more normally. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:43:14 EST Birthday Party 3 of my grandchildren celebrated their April birthdays today. They share a joint party as their birthdays are so close together. The cake had a picture of the 3 of them in a frame with a caption 'A picture perfect birthday'. Among others, 3 of my children and 9 of my grandchildren were there celebrating. <BR> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:53:42 EST Tired It's been a long week and today was horrendous due to an incompetent government employee. Added over 4 hours to my day - for the sake of a patient. I can go to bed tonight with a clear conscience knowing I went the extra miles. Next week, hopefully, that employee will be looking for a job. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:02:51 EST Jet Lag + More Today was challenging. <BR> I had jet lag and did not want to get up. <BR> I have a week's worth of paper work, so did get up. <BR> When there at 6 AM, could not get the server to work. Tried several things I knew to no avail. My tech worker sleeps until 7. Finally, problem was resolved by 7:35. <BR> 3/4ths of the paperwork didn't get done. <BR> The day did not get better and by noon I was over an hour behind. <BR> Got home and took a nap. <BR> Looking forward to a better tomorrow. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:31:09 EST Safely Home The return trip from AZ was relatively uneventful, but long - to Denver then Charlette then OH. <BR> First thing on my agenda, meet my new grandson. He is so precious and alert. When I was holding him, he was studying my face. <BR> His lab is improving. Hopefully, tomorrow will be his last blood draw. <BR> Then I took a nap at my daughter's before driving home. <BR> My cat mewed for a while when I got home to express her displeasure at my being gone. She has settled down. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:51:06 EST Traveling I'll be traveling overnight tonight. <BR> I've had a wonderful visit with my parents. <BR> I'll be bringing home some oranges from their tree. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:35:21 EST Excitement On Wednesday, I will be meeting my new grandson. <BR> He was rehospitalized due to jaundice. <BR> He is back home but has to go get his blood checked tomorrow for the bilirubin level. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 01:54:27 EST Lent It's hard to believe how quickly Lent is speeding by. <BR> Seems as if Ash Wednesday was last week. <BR> Easter is in 2 wks. <BR> When I talked to Mom, she said the same thing. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 02:16:50 EST Brother I visited with my brother, Joe, this evening. <BR> He had cancer, which was treated, and has been about 6 mo 'cancer-free'. <BR> He has 2 children - one in college, the other one a senior in high school. <BR> I was a teenager when he was born. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 03:45:08 EST Mom Good news! <BR> My Mom is rallying. <BR> She was up for several hours yesterday and even prepared a supper. It was hamburger, beans and biscuits. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 03:57:39 EST Grandson Here My grandson was born yesterday. He weighed in at 7 # 4 oz. He, his Mom and his big sister are all doing well. I can't wait to meet him. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:12:35 EST Light Today Fr Vinny talked about Light. <BR> The only time Jesus used the words 'you must' was when He said 'You must be the light of the world. <BR> When we lessen another's light, we 'snuff' it out. Another way of looking at this is to think of blowing out birthday candles. We are 'snuffing' out the candles and polluting the environment by spreading germs in the process. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:47:24 EST Mission Today was the second day of the 3 day mission. One of the take home points was we are to spread the Good NEWS to the N(orth), E(ast), W(est) and S(outh). <BR> Another was when we forgive someone we are freeing ourselves from the burden of carrying the hurt. One more point with forgiveness, Jesus, on the cross, did not forgive those who persecuted Him but instead asked His Father to forgive them and that may be where we can begin when we are having difficulty forgiving. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:42:36 EST Today I started today at Church. Then I went to the office to catch up on all the paperwork that accumulated while I was at the conference. It was overwhelming and I didn't get done. <BR> This evening, our Church had the first evening of a 3 day mission. Fr. Vinny is profound, humble and able to take a truth and have you see it in a new and personal light. <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:28:52 EST Good Visit and Seminar I've just returned from Pittsburgh, PA. <BR> I had a wonderful visit with my sister and her husband. 2 of her daughters and their families came over while I was there. <BR> The main reason I was in PA was a geriatric conference. It was chock full of practical information. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:43:30 EST Warmer Weather It's true! The weather is definitely warmer. <BR> My knee is also doing better. <BR> Pain level is back down to a usual '3'. <BR> I am able to walk without the cane. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:27:45 EST Sun I saw the sun today - maybe, spring IS around the corner! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:07:17 EST Owie My 'new knee' was unusually painful today. <BR> I'm blaming it on the weather. <BR> Doing steps took at least 3 times as long as usual. <BR> As I needed to drive to see patients, I wasn't able to take anything for the pain until I was done with work. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:21:08 EST White Ground The ground is again white and more flakes are falling. <BR> Per the weatherman, this pattern is to continue into tomorrow. <BR> Yes, the seemingly endless winter continues. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:13:02 EST Mom I was talking to Dad yesterday as Mom was sleeping. <BR> He said she sleeps most of the time. <BR> The 'good' news is that she did feel up to going to Church with him yesterday. This is the first time since the middle of Feb - so there is a small improvement in the way she is feeling. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:25:11 EST Snow Again Yes, old man winter is tenaciously holding on. <BR> We had more snow today! <BR> I am ready for spring. Where are the crocuses, tulips and daffodils? Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:26:27 EST Taxes After the numbers are 'crunched', I'll be getting a refund from 'Uncle Sam'. <BR> That relieves the pressure of 'robbing Peter to pay Paul'. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:08:10 EST Busy Week-End Car being serviced, taking my daughter and her family out for a belated birthday meal, meeting with my accountant, Church ministry, paper work at the office and spending time with my sister are all on the books besides the usual activities. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:52:39 EST Spring Spring may be 'officially' here but you couldn't prove it by our weather. <BR> The first day of spring is not necessarily the first spring day! <BR> Hopefully, the first spring day will be here soon. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:14:14 EST Tired It's only mid-week and I am feeling tired. <BR> I fell asleep in my chair, so I'm on my way to bed. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:13:43 EST Long Term Care Insurance I'm going to a seminar on Long Term Care Insurance tonight. <BR> I guess it is time to explore the pros and cons of it. <BR> Is it something that is right for me? <BR> I don't know. <BR> We'll see. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:18:16 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day Wishing you the top of the mornin' and all the luck of the Irish. <BR> Today is my daughter's birthday. She is also starting a new job today. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 02:50:12 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day Wishing you the top of the mornin' and all the luck of the Irish. <BR> Today is my daughter's birthday. She is also starting a new job today. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 02:50:12 EST Dentist I had my 6 month dental check-up today. <BR> All was A-OK. <BR> My dentist commented about the minimal amount of plaque. The only thing I was aware of doing differently is adding Activate to my water. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:47:44 EST Knee Replacement Today, I paid off the bill for my knee replacement. <BR> It involved 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' or as some would say, 'creative financing'. <BR> My insurance co considered it 'elective' so I was left with a huge amount to pay. <BR> Fortunately, the hospital did give me a little discount. <BR> I'm glad to have it taken care of though. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:52:22 EST Severe Weather I cancelled my last 2 patients due to bad weather. <BR> I am safely home. <BR> Listening to the news, there are numerous roads are closed due to ice and accidents - including interstates and the turnpike. <BR> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:05:44 EST Never-Ending Winter After a taste of spring today - temp peaked at 63 degrees - we are returning to winter. Advisories go into effect early on Wednesday and extend through Thursday (when the temperature is forecast to be 7 degrees! Some meteorologists are saying this may be the worst storm of the year! <BR> I'm ready for spring! Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:03:58 EST DST I dislike DST. <BR> The time change messes with my sleep and energy. <BR> This morning when I woke up, I was still tired, so I went back to bed. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:14:59 EST More Good News My daughter who has been on bed rest for over 13 weeks due to challenges with her pregnancy is now allowed up. She is now 35 weeks along. Normal pregnancy is 40 weeks. She also had her final visit with the high risk doctor and has been told she can deliver at her local hospital. <BR> Her daughter, who had the concussion, is doing better and not having any more headaches. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:18:05 EST Full Day I went to the office to do some paper work. <BR> Then I started to work on taxes. <BR> Next, I had a meeting. <BR> I ended the day visiting a friend. <BR> <BR> For those who follow my blog, my sister who is with my parents, told me my Mom is eating a little more. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 23:04:53 EST Massage After work tonight, I had a massage. <BR> Besides massage, my therapist does energy work, such as polarity. While she was doing polarity, I felt the pain and swelling decreasing in my knee. <BR> It has been flared for a little over a week. I did call my orthopedic surgeon, who reassured me that being flared with increased activity, is normal for up to a year. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 22:23:37 EST Drained I feel drained by the time I get home. <BR> <BR> I accept and understand this. <BR> <BR> There is a lot on my plate - <BR> my Mom <BR> my pregnant daughter <BR> my recent surgery <BR> my granddaughter who had a concussion <BR> my other grandchildren <BR> hiring another nurse practitioner - she starts middle of the month <BR> etc. <BR> <BR> So-o-o <BR> when I get home, I take a nap! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 22:22:17 EST Travel Plans Made My siblings and I have made arrangements to take turns at my parent's house so they won't be alone during this time. My airline tickets are bought. I did pay for the extra insurance to change the dates, if necessary. As there are 8 living children, it would be a bit much on my parents for us all to be there for an extended period at the same time. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 23:41:37 EST Mom - Sad News My Mom's (Eileen) health is failing fast. <BR> Her kidneys are failing, no appetite, etc. <BR> She has lost over 30 # in the past few months. <BR> She is consuming less than 600 calories a day. <BR> My one sister who just visited there said she doesn't expect Mom to live longer than 2 - 3 months. <BR> My sister who is there now, puts it a little less - 6 - 7 weeks. <BR> She is too sick to go to Church. She has been anointed. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 18:04:37 EST Safely Home I was able to participate in all the week-end activities. <BR> There was NO mixed precipitation and under 2 inches of snow. <BR> My 2 grandchildren did a wonderful performance in the musical. <BR> My pregnant daughter is doing well and gets to be off of bed rest in one more week. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:07:03 EST Snow Weather forecasts are for snow and or mixed precipitation. <BR> Pray it doesn't interfere with plans. <BR> Thanks. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:50:13 EST Weekend My week-end is busy. <BR> I start with work (from being off on Monday). <BR> That evening I have a meeting out-of-town which I will be going to with friends. <BR> On Sunday, I am doing one of the readings at Church. <BR> In the early afternoon, I am visiting my pregnant daughter. <BR> After that, I will be watching my granddaughter perform in a community play. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:41:42 EST Board Meeting I had a Board Meeting tonight after work tonight. <BR> It was at Mitchell's Fish Market. The food was <BR> delicious. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:09:52 EST Follow Ups My visit with the doctor went fine. My temperature is 100 degrees. Everything else was OK. <BR> I go back at the end of June. <BR> <BR> My Mother has another doctor's appointment today. As she is in AZ, I may not find out how it went until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My pregnant daughter has to have a non-stress test 2 x / week. She is still on bed rest. She is now 33 weeks. Her gestational diabetes is being controlled with diet. Her unborn son is over 4 pounds and seems to be progressing fine.... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:47:04 EST Doctor I called the doctor and have been started on antibiotics. <BR> The sinus headache is lessening and I'm no longer having chills. <BR> I'll still be keeping my appointment tomorrow. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:09:39 EST Chills I spent 4 hours in bed under the covers with chills. <BR> If I am still under the weather tomorrow, I will cancel seeing patients. <BR> I have a routine doctor's appointment on Tues. which may be changed to an 'ill' appointment. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 18:58:48 EST Oops In my excitement about seeing my granddaughter perform, I got my week-ends mixed up. <BR> That will be NEXT Sunday. Tomorrow, I will be working on taxes. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 22:55:59 EST Week-End I'll be working tomorrow to make up for Tuesday. <BR> Sunday, after Church, I'll be watching one of my granddaughters in a community play and visiting my pregnant daughter as she endures total bed rest. <BR> It's a busy weekend. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:57:36 EST