PATRICIAAK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PATRICIAAK PATRICIAAK'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/ Busy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760375 I have several things planned for the week-end. <BR> Class on how to use my cell phone for more than the basics. <BR> Computer repair and update. <BR> Church picnic welcoming our 2 new associates. <BR> Healing service with Dr. Nemeh. <BR> Going to the cemetery. <BR> Shopping for food. <BR> Church. <BR> Calling my children. <BR> Cleaning house. <BR> Sleep - if there's time! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:34:58 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759981 My son-in-law convinced his doctor that he is able to return to light-duty! <BR> He is still in therapy (OT & PT). <BR> It is less than 6 weeks since he was life-flighted. <BR> He is determined to work, though. On the day of the injury, he expressed a desire to be back at work the following week. <BR> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:53:59 EST Another Teenager http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753119 Today, my granddaughter turned 13. This is the 3rd grandchild to become a teenager this year. 2 of my daughters and a daughter-in-law had babies in less than 6 months from each other. Now over half of my 'grandbabies' are teenagers. One is driving and two have temporary permits, Where does the time go? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:58:19 EST Fabulous Day at the Fest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752504 The Fest was fabulous. <BR> If you are anywhere near Wickcliffe, OH, mark Aug 9, 2015 on your calender NOW! <BR> Family friendly fun, faith, food, music and more. <BR> It was an honor to be one of over 1400 volunteers. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 21:29:49 EST Check Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749267 I had a check up today with my doctor. <BR> She is pleased that both my blood pressure and weight are lower than they had been. <BR> I don't need to go back until early 2015. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:18:50 EST Dave Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747931 Dave is continuing to improve. <BR> Stitches came out this week. <BR> The multitude of cuts are healed. <BR> Swelling is gone. <BR> Still needs narcotics for pain. <BR> Has braces on both arms and back. <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:25:03 EST The Fest music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745224 For King & Country <BR> Colton Dixon <BR> Mandisa <BR> Third Day Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:22 EST The Fest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744128 If you live near northeast Ohio, you should check out www.TheFest.us <BR> This year it will be Sun. Aug. 3. <BR> It is a fabulous day with 4 national Christian singers/bands. <BR> It is open to everyone who wants to have a positive family day. <BR> It is totally free. <BR> There is off-site parking with free shuttle service. <BR> Many of the sponsors give 'freebies'. <BR> Pass this info on, please. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:27:09 EST Dave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743486 Dave is continuing to progress. However, he has to <BR> wait for stitches to be removed due to the extensive <BR> trauma. <BR> Challenges are being handled as they come up. <BR> We are so thankful that he is still with us and <BR> not more seriously injured. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:54:23 EST PTL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739507 PTL! My son-in-law's pain is under control! <BR> The narcotics are now controlling the pain for 6 hours with occasional ibuprofen in between. <BR> He and my daughter actually got some sleep last night. <BR> The road of healing is being traveled. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:43:28 EST Miraculous Improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738847 My daughter attributes his miraculous improvement to God's grace, people's prayers and Dave's determination. <BR> We need to 'storm heaven' for a reduction in the pain. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:35:00 EST Dave's Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737939 Thank-you for continued prayers. <BR> Dave went to Church today! <BR> He does have a back brace and continues to have significant pain. <BR> We are praising the Lord he is doing much better than expected. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:49:33 EST My Daughter's Post on Facebook in Response to Dave's Auto Accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737044 This week has given me the opportunity to focus on how blessed we are. Not <BR> everyone wakes up planning to go to work and take care of the family, ends up <BR> with a surprise vacation and people volunteering to take care of their every <BR> need including but not limited to childcare (complete with the kids doing all <BR> their chores and any other task those children are capable of achieving), <BR> grocery shopping, meals, and the boss saying don't worry about things here - you <BR... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:19:16 EST Update on Dave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736942 Thanks for all the prayers for Dave and the family. <BR> The challenges with pain continue and he is having <BR> more x-rays to evaluate this. His spirits are good. <BR> He is getting OT and PT. The cervical collar was <BR> removed today and neurologically he is intact. <BR> <BR> His wife, Peggy, is thanking God that she is not <BR> a widow. They have 3 children. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:36:05 EST Son-in-law life flighted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736278 My son-in-law, David Fitch, was in a serious auto accident <BR> yesterday. You can see the car pictures that were in the news. <BR> http://www.salemnews.net/page/content.de<BR>tail/id/574862.html <BR> He was life-flighted to the trauma center. He got out of <BR> surgery at 10:30 PM last night. He is stable, but in a lot <BR> of pain. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:52:54 EST Hiatus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676825 I hope everyone had a blessed and happy Easter. <BR> I am going to be taking a hiatus from SP for an undermined length of time. <BR> I will check my spark mail from time-to-time, if you want to stay in contact with me. <BR> I appreciate all the friendships I have formed. <BR> I am fine - life just doesn't have enough hours. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:27:39 EST Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673156 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672355 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671579 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670796 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670109 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669390 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668523 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667572 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667039 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666157 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664764 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663978 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663059 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662172 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661218 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660354 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659538 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658919 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658171 I saw the sun today - maybe, spring IS around the corner! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:07:17 EST Owie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657419 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656501 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655607 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654777 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654128 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653484 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652763 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651947 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650973 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649592 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649591 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648792 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648090 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646405 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645769 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