PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Two Things To Remember In Life Take care of your thoughts when you are alone, and <BR> <BR> <BR> Take care of your words when you are with people. <BR> <BR> <BR> A lesson for a lifetime..................... <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:28:20 EST IF........... If you are depressed, <BR> <BR> you are living in the past. <BR> <BR> If you are anxious, <BR> <BR> you are living in the future. <BR> <BR> If you are at peace, <BR> <BR> you are living in the present. <BR> <BR> <BR> I try very hard to stay in the present as much as possible, but with all that is going on in our country right now, it is very difficult to NOT worry about the future. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:16:59 EST Respect......... Putting your phone away and Paying attention to those talking to you? <BR> <BR> There's an App for's called "RESPECT." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I couldn't agree more. I can't believe my eyes when I go out to eat and there is a table full of people nearby, and they are all on their phones. No one is interacting with each other. What happened to face-to-face conversation with someone you like, love, or just want to be with? Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:59:29 EST My Mantra................Especially This Year I've seen better days, but I've also seen worse. <BR> <BR> I don't have everything that I want, but I do have all I need. <BR> <BR> I woke up with some aches and pains, but I woke up. <BR> <BR> My life may not be perfect but I am blessed. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:56:43 EST A Message From My Father.............. My Father died in 2000 at the age of 77. He had the best sense of humor of anyone I have ever known and enjoyed life to the fullest. His motto was as follows: <BR> <BR> "Live your life and forget your age." <BR> <BR> <BR> I fully intend to follow in his footsteps. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:56:38 EST We Should Read This Every Morning.................... I know that most of you have seen this statement before, but have you really thought about it in relation to your own life? We have lost several friends the past few years and it has really hit home just how fleeting life is and how much we should appreciate waking up every morning and living our lives. I have this on my bulletin board and make a point of reading it daily. <BR> <BR> <BR> Do Not Regret Growing Older. <BR> <BR> It Is A Privilege Denied To Many. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tell the pe... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:22:11 EST Senior Flu Shot I called Walgreen's the other day to see about my DH and I getting a flu shot and the pharmacist mentioned a new Senior Shot. They were out of the serum at the time, but 2 days later, we were able to get out shots. <BR> <BR> Have any of you received the Senior Serum? The only thing about it that is different from what I have heard, is that it activates much quicker and is stronger. Does anyone know anything about it? <BR> <BR> Also, do you believe that getting a flu shot helps? I taught... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 23:09:46 EST Nola's Echo Nola and Elizabeth (our 5 and 10 year-old Grand-daughters) spent the afternoon and evening with us. We set up some paint projects and Elizabeth painted a Lion-Fish (made of metal, my husband, who was an Art Teacher made the fish). She painted it with Florescent paint and when finished, my DH turned on a black light and it glowed. I wish you could have seen her face. <BR> <BR> When Nola was finished painting her frog, we got to talking about the last time she was swimming in the lake where... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 22:44:32 EST Guilt-Free Snacks 1 whole Kiwi Fruit 46 calories <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 dark chocolate-covered fresh strawberry 45 calories <BR> <BR> <BR> 9 smoked almonds 69 calories <BR> <BR> <BR> 1/2 ounce Brie cheese 47 calories <BR> <BR> <BR> 2-1/4 cups air-popped popcorn with 1 teaspoon garlic salt 69 calories <BR> <BR> <BR> 1/2 tablespoon Nutella on a baguette slice 51 calories <BR> <BR> <BR> 9 little Swedish fish 68 calories Sat, 7 Oct 2017 22:18:48 EST Brain Inflammation/Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Does Brain Inflammation Cause Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? <BR> <BR> People with an anxiety disorder called Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are likely to have unusually high levels of brain inflammation, new research suggests. OCD is characterized by unwanted recurring thoughts and/or an irresistible need to repeat certain behaviors, such as hand washing or checking door locks. OCD is commonly treated with antidepressant medications, talk therapy, or a combination of the two. Howeve... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 21:59:37 EST Opioid Painkillers I will be having surgery in 3 weeks and in my Pre-Op consultations, the Nurse Practitioner has discussed the dangers of staying on Opioid Painkillers for more than 3 days. They are almost always used immediately after surgery because of the job they do on lessening pain.............but beyond the 3 days they can become addictive. When I had my right knee replaced, morphine was given to me the first day and it was suggested that I use it right before Physical Therapy. I did use it the first... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 21:58:48 EST How Much Is Too Much Coffee????? There is evidence that coffee may benefit health-----studies have suggested it may protect against Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, and colon cancer, and smokers who drink large amounts of coffee have less heart disease and liver damage. Two recent large studies found an association between coffee and longevity. The first suggested that people who drank one to three cups of coffee per day were 12-18 percent less likely than non-coffee drinkers to die over the next 10 to 16 years. The ... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 22:22:09 EST The Third Day Of Humor........... Bob, a 70-year-old, extremely wealthy widower, shows up at the Country Club with a breathtakingly beautiful and very sexy 25-year-old blonde-haired woman who knocks everyone's socks off with her youthful sex appeal and charm and who hangs over Bob's arm and listens intently to his every word. <BR> <BR> His buddies at the club are all aghast. At their very first chance, they corner him and ask, "Bob, how'd you get the trophy girlfriend?" Bob replied, "Girlfriend? She's my wife!" They're k... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 21:58:07 EST The Second Day Of Humor................... A Doctor was addressing a large audience in Tampa.......... <BR> <BR> "The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. <BR> <BR> Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. <BR> <BR> High fat diets can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. However, there is one thing that's the most dangerous of all and we all have eaten, or w... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 22:25:06 EST The First Day Of Humor............ Sunday: <BR> <BR> Groups of Americans were traveling by tour bus through Switzerland. As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that Goat's milk was used. She showed the group a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing. <BR> <BR> "These," she explained, "are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce." She then asked, "What do you do in America with your old goats?" <BR> <BR> A spry old gentleman an... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 22:09:12 EST Sepsis What You Should Know.............. <BR> <BR> ***The best way to prevent sepsis is to prevent the initial infection, which can occur in and out of the hospital setting (according to the CDC, sepsis begins outside of the hospital for 80% of patients). <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ***Staying up-to-date with immunizations can also help lower sepsis risk---those at increased risk should receive vaccinations for influenza and pneumonia (for information, visit the CDC website at <... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:57:39 EST Good Judgement.............. "Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement." <BR> <BR> Will Rogers <BR> <BR> <BR> I think that we can all recall learning from something that we should have done differently. But, if we learned a VALUABLE LESSON, we learned to NEVER repeat it. Fri, 29 Sep 2017 23:00:16 EST Trees........... Our Autumn weather has returned and today's heavier breeze has caused a lot of leaves to Fall. We live on the edge of a woods, at the top of a hill, and also have several trees around our house. I spent about an hour today walking in our woods and hearing the leaves crunch and it reminded me of the following Poem. <BR> <BR> I THINK that I shall never see <BR> A poem as lovely as a tree. <BR> <BR> A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed <BR> Against the sweet earth's flowing breast; <BR> <BR... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 21:47:40 EST Uh Oh......................... Yes Officer, I did see the 'speed limit" sign, I just didn't see you. <BR> <BR> <em>10</em> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:58:38 EST Words To Live By................ "Never miss a good chance to shut up." <BR> <BR> ---Will Rogers Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:58:29 EST A Bit Of Lightness.............. I hate it when <BR> <BR> I'm singing a song <BR> <BR> And the artist <BR> <BR> Gets the words wrong. <BR> <BR> <em>276</em> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:02:25 EST Thank You I want to take this time to Thank You for your kind words, and encouragement, and support on my blog yesterday. I appreciate it so much and I really appreciate all of YOU. This has NOT been an easy time and I have to admit that I have gotten quite DOWN these last few days. I am normally an upbeat person, but there just doesn't seem like there is an end to the respiratory blocks my body is throwing out there. I totally appreciate the care that the Anesthetist is taking in NOT allowing me t... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:20:58 EST UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! My surgery has been put off again!!!!! I began this journey on June 15th with my appointment with the Nurse Practitioner. I had met with her 2 years ago re: my lumbar spine and she had all of my information and my x-rays and MRIs. I had an MRI of my Cervical spine on June 27th and a consultation with the NP on June 29th. I met with the doctor who would do the surgery on July 18th for a consultation. He approved the surgery and I met with the NP on August 22nd for a pre-op exam. My surg... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 21:42:12 EST Arguing With A Woman.................... Arguing with a woman is like reading the Software License Agreement. <BR> <BR> In the end, you ignore everything and click "I Agree." <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:42:01 EST Studies Affirm Diet's Role In Brain Health......................... Eating a healthy diet may help boost your thinking skills and protect against dementia later in life, according to several studies presented at the 2017 Alzheimer's Association International Conference. Researchers examined the effects of various diets on the risk of developing memory and cognition problems. The message was clear: The healthier you eat, the lower your risk of cognitive decline later in life. <BR> <BR> In one study, researchers focused on the connection between dementia r... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:28:28 EST Lower Cancer Risk A study presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer in June 2017 suggests that consuming a Mediterranean-style diet that includes more fish, more fruit, and fewer soft drinks is a dietary pattern that offers the most protection against colorectal cancer. <BR> <BR> Researchers analyzed the diets of 808 people and found that each one of these three dietary choices was associated with a more than 30% reduction in the incidence of having an ad... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:12:11 EST I Guess I Have To Agree With This.................. Some people should use a GLUE STICK instead of CHAPSTICK. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:40:12 EST Do You Remember? Remember when we were young and couldn't wait to grow up, so we could do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted? <BR> <BR> <BR> How's that working out for you????? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:24:46 EST Nola's Wedding Nola and Elizabeth spent Saturday afternoon, evening and over-night with us and went home with their Daddy this morning around 11. We are exhausted but now the house is too quiet. We were watching a movie last night and one part of it showed a wedding with all the trimmings. When the movie was over, I asked the girls what kind of wedding they thought they would like someday. Elizabeth is 10 and knew exactly what she wanted and had a very vivid description of every part of it. Then Nola t... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:03:08 EST I Hope It Comes Back............. The way my life has been going lately, I sometimes wonder................ <BR> <BR> <BR> I haven't lost my mind......... <BR> <BR> Half of it just wandered off, <BR> <BR> And the other half went looking for it. <BR> <BR> <BR> We are spending the day with our Grand-daughters and a sleep-over also. I might have some Nola-isms for you tomorrow.............. <BR> <BR> Have a beautiful Saturday................... <em>67</em> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:58:34 EST Don't Mess With Old Ladies.................. A Police Officer called the station on his radio. <BR> <BR> "I have an interesting case here. An old lady shot her husband for stepping on the floor she just mopped." <BR> <BR> "Have you arrested the woman?" <BR> <BR> "Not yet. The floor's still wet." <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:22:03 EST Breakfast Tied To Weight Control According to a recent study, eating a good breakfast is associated with weight loss. During the seven-year study, the 50,000 participants provided information about their medical history, eating practices, physical activity, and other relevant information. Analysis of the data showed that people who regularly ate breakfast tended to lose more weight than people who chose to skip breakfast. More importantly, those whose largest meal of the day was breakfast experienced a larger decrease in ... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 21:53:21 EST Smart Swaps To Improve Your Diet Quality ***** Replace a serving of red meat with a serving of fish or legumes. <BR> <BR> <BR> ***** Replace refined grains, such as breads, pasta, and crackers made with white flour, with whole grains. <BR> <BR> <BR> ***** Eat fresh, whole fruit instead of fruit juice to increase your intake of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. <BR> <BR> <BR> ***** Replace processed snack foods such as chips and pretzels with air-popped popcorn or nuts. <BR> <BR> <BR> ***** Skip the cookies, cakes, and... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:10:41 EST Why Do These Things Happen When I Am There????? I am sure that many of you have had strange happenings over your lifetime, but mine seem to happen on a fairly regular basis lately. <BR> <BR> Today, I had to go back to the Hospital for another Pre-Op appointment to satisfy the 30 day from Pre-Op to actual surgery. I had to cancel the surgery that was supposed to take place on September 11 due to a horrible sore throat, cough, and congestion. The surgeon could not reschedule until September 28, so my 30 day grace period beginning on Augus... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:23:14 EST That Moment.............. That moment when your steak is on the grill and you can already feel your mouth watering.................... <BR> <BR> Do Vegans feel the same when mowing the lawn? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:06:43 EST Headphones and Vacuuming............... Don't wear headphones while vacuuming. <BR> <BR> I've just finished the whole house before realizing the vacuum wasn't plugged in!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 21:44:56 EST If A Woman Says................... If a woman says <BR> <BR> "Do what you want!" <BR> <BR> DO NOT DO WHAT YOU WANT.............. <BR> <BR> Stand still. <BR> <BR> Do not blink. <BR> <BR> Don't even breathe. <BR> <BR> JUST PLAY DEAD. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sat, 9 Sep 2017 22:23:11 EST A New Date and a New Nola Story The clinic called this morning and the new surgery date is September 28th. I sincerely hope that NOTHING gets in the way this time. I want this to be over with so I can begin healing. They are recommending that I NOT have the lumbar surgery until a year has passed and my neck has had that much time to heal. I had NO idea that bones took that long to completely heal. <BR> <BR> And.............on a much lighter note is my latest Nola story. We stopped over to their house Wednesday night a... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 21:12:57 EST Persistence Works.............. My first call this morning was to my Health Insurance Company. I told them what I had found out from the Hospital (that all should be covered according to what their Insurance department found out from the Head Office of my Health Insurance Company). I explained everything to them as clearly as I could and then asked to have an assurance of coverage in writing. Then they asked me to talk to my doctor and to have him re-submit his treatment plan (which has been approved, in writing) but thi... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 21:45:11 EST The Latest On My Health Insurance Coverage The Doctor's Office called me this morning to see if I had any more news regarding Coverage for my surgery. I turned the question around and asked why their Insurance department hadn't checked to make sure that the proper form was filled out in the first place so that my coverage was NOT in question. I painstakingly stated what my Insurance Company had explained to me on Tuesday and she said that she would take care of it. Then I received another call from the Clinic asking me to make an a... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:21:23 EST I Cannot Tell You Discouraged I Am!!!!! All I can say tonight is "What Next?!?!" <BR> <BR> On Friday (9-1), I received a letter from our Health Insurance Company telling me that the surgeon's coded list of exactly what he will be doing during the surgery on Monday (9-11) was accepted by the Company and that there was nothing to be done by me. All was GOOD!!! <BR> <BR> Well, after all I went through with my Mom this summer, I have learned not to let any stone go un-turned. I called my Health Insurance Com... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 22:07:34 EST Oh Dear............ Signs You're Getting Old........... <BR> <BR> "Mom, where are you?" <BR> <BR> "Leaving Walmart. Halfway home. Why, Sweetie?" <BR> <BR> You brought me to Walmart with you!" <BR> <BR> "Oh Darn! Be there in a bit.........." <BR> <BR> <BR> Is this a sign of getting older or a sign that we just have too much on our minds at one time??? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 4 Sep 2017 22:08:07 EST Don't Let It End............... Life ends when you stop Dreaming..... <BR> <BR> Hope ends when you stop Believing..... <BR> <BR> Love ends when you stop Caring..... <BR> <BR> And....... <BR> <BR> Friendship ends when you stop Sharing!!! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Sun, 3 Sep 2017 21:22:17 EST Good Advice For All............. "If you find yourself IN A HOLE, the first thing to do is, STOP DIGGING." <BR> <BR> Will Rogers <BR> <BR> This is a good thing to remember no matter what the situation.............. Sat, 2 Sep 2017 23:49:43 EST My Little "Girl-Friend" Our 10 and 5 year old Grand-daughters spent the day with us last Sunday. I tend to share more of what Nola says with you because she is so vocal and often so funny. But..............Elizabeth also has her ways. It was about 45 minutes before her parents were supposed to pick them up and Elizabeth and I were talking about "when I was young." She loves to ask me questions about what I was like when I was her age and also in Junior High School and High School. That night she was wondering i... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 21:52:29 EST Good News............. The Cardiologist called today and my tests taken on Monday and Tuesday were passed with "Flying Colors." I am cleared for surgery a week from Monday, September 11, 2017. I am very anxious to have this surgery behind me. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your encouragement and heartfelt thoughts. I appreciate each and every one of them and most especially................YOU. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 21:05:49 EST Top 8 Goof Balls of the Year!!! (SO FAR) (All are true stories) #2. 2. *WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: <BR> Police in Oakland, CA spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, 'Please come out and give yourself up.' <BR> <BR> Wow.............. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:38:35 EST Top 8 Goof Balls of the Year!!! (SO FAR) (All are true stories) 1. *AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:42:53 EST Echo-Cardiogram and Chemical Stress-Test Part I If you have had an echo-cardiogram, you know how awesome it is to see your heart inside and out. What an amazing has been pumping since we were conceived and will continue until we are gone. I had a great technician who set up a mirror so that I could see my heart on the computer screen. She explained every part of the test and said that all looked good. It will be read tomorrow and I will be given the results, but she felt that all was well. <BR> <BR> An hour late... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:50:32 EST Nola Makes My Day............ I want to tell you this while it is still fresh in my mind. <BR> <BR> We were on our way into town when Nola did a HUGE yawn. I made the comment that "Someone sounded tired and could maybe use a nap when we got home." <BR> <BR> Her little voice came from the backseat................."That wasn't a TIRED YAWN; that was just me getting as much air as I could by yawning." "I just needed MORE AIR, Grandma............I don't need a nap!!!" <BR> <BR> Okay.................. <BR> <BR> She alw... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:51:37 EST