PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Exercising With Spinal Limitations......... On March 27, I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spondylolisthesis, Radiculopathy of the lumbosacral region, Neurogenic claudication, and Chronic Pain. <BR> <BR> After giving me the diagnosis, the doctor explained my options. I could begin with Physical Therapy; if this was too painful, I could have Steroid Shots in my spine and then continue the PT with less pain; or I could have Spinal Surgery. <BR> <BR> I chose to begin with the Physical Therapy... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:18:52 EST Bumper Stickers For The Retired Fishmore and Dolittle <BR> Retirement Planning and Consultants <BR> <BR> I'm Retired <BR> I was tired yesterday. <BR> I'm tired again today. <BR> <BR> At my age....... <BR> Happy Hour is a nap. <BR> <BR> Goodbye Tension <BR> Hello Pension <BR> <BR> Live each day like it's your last. <BR> One day, you'll get it right. <BR> <BR> I always cook with wine. <BR> Sometimes I even add it to the food. <BR> <BR> Geezer <BR> (ge-zer)---noun. slang <BR> Not young. Not dead. <BR> Somewhere in betwee... Thu, 28 May 2015 21:56:13 EST Young At Heart YOUNG AT HEART <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Slightly older in other places............ <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 May 2015 11:35:02 EST Yaaaaaaay!!!!! We're not sure that Miki is completely out of the woods yet, but............he ate his first meal in seven days this morning and even wagged his tail!!!!! <BR> <BR> Thank You so much to those of you who were so supportive. I appreciate it more than you could know. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>338</em> Tue, 26 May 2015 18:36:33 EST It Is The Veteran....... It is the Veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. <BR> <BR> It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. <BR> <BR> It is the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. <BR> <BR> It is the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. <BR> <BR> It is the Veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. <BR> <BR> It is the Veteran, not the politician, who has given us the ... Mon, 25 May 2015 16:53:23 EST We Give Thanks Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have. <BR> <BR> Memorial Day is a day when we pause to give thanks to the people who fought for the things we have. <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Sun, 24 May 2015 21:40:26 EST Not Much Better Today....... My husband tried to give Miki his antibiotic tablet this morning and it was really a struggle. He does NOT take pills well. Ken put some peanut butter around the pill and finally got him to eat it, and he threw it up an hour later. He still isn't eating and just drinks water(not obsessively). He is also still very lethargic. The Vet called late this morning with the results of his blood tests and his liver, his kidneys, and his pancreas test out okay. Thank God!!!!! He also took x-rays... Sat, 23 May 2015 21:58:41 EST We Are So Worried!!!!! A year ago this summer, we lost our Australian Terrier, Tyke, to Pancreatitis. Two days ago, our Cairn Terrier, Miki, stopped eating and became very lethargic. We took him to the Veterinarian today and had several blood tests taken. They do NOT think that it is Lyme Disease which we thought of right away, as we live in a woods. Miki does wear a tick collar and also has a liquid treatment, but we wanted to make sure that Lyme Disease was ruled out as it can be so dangerous. The Vet also t... Fri, 22 May 2015 22:06:58 EST Chocolate Actually, I'm pretty sure that chocolate tastes as good as skinny feels!!!!! <BR> Moderation; moderation; moderation;............. <BR> <BR> <em>493</em> Thu, 21 May 2015 21:30:37 EST A Friendship Benefit...... One of the benefits of being my friend is that you can come to my house in your pajamas, no make-up and look like crap and I won't judge you......... <BR> Because I will also be in my pajamas, with no make-up looking like crap. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Wed, 20 May 2015 15:43:29 EST My Dog Is So Smart....... Learn a lesson from your dog........ <BR> <BR> No matter what life brings you, kick some grass over that s_ _ _ and move on. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Tue, 19 May 2015 15:25:29 EST Please Answer This For Me......... How can a man, who can hit a deer at 200 yards, keep missing the toilet??????? <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 18 May 2015 15:54:45 EST I Love My Pillow...... I Love my Pillow because it gives me different hairstyles every day!!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>32</em> <em>204</em> Sun, 17 May 2015 15:05:14 EST I Have To Be Realistic......... I've decided I'll NEVER get down to my original weight and I'm okay with that......... <BR> <BR> After all....... <BR> <BR> 7# 6oz. is just NOT REALISTIC!!! <BR> <BR> Sorry.........I just couldn't resist!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 16 May 2015 20:37:29 EST A Senior Lady Driver A Senior Lady gets pulled over for speeding.......... <BR> <BR> Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer? <BR> <BR> Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding. <BR> <BR> Older Woman: Oh, I see. <BR> <BR> Officer: Can I see your license please? <BR> <BR> Older Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one. <BR> <BR> Officer: Don't have one????? <BR> <BR> Older Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago, for drunk driving. <BR> <BR> Officer: I see........Can I see your vehicle registration papers plea... Fri, 15 May 2015 18:34:01 EST I Never Knew That!!! Part 2 "Sleep Tight" <BR> Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time, the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep. <BR> <BR> "Showboat" <BR> These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small towns along the Mississippi River. Unlike the boat shown in the movie ... Thu, 14 May 2015 12:47:44 EST I Never Knew That!!! "A Shot Of Whiskey" <BR> In the old West a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey. <BR> <BR> "The Whole Nine Yards" <BR> American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges. The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long. If the pilot used up all his ammo he was said to ... Wed, 13 May 2015 10:56:59 EST Why Teachers Drink The following questions were set in a GED examination. These are genuine answers (from 16 year-olds-----"selected") <BR> <BR> Q: Name the four seasons. <BR> A: Salt, Pepper, Mustard and Vinegar <BR> <BR> Q: How is dew formed? <BR> A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire. <BR> <BR> Q: What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on? <BR> A: If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed. <BR> <BR> Q: In a democratic society, how important... Tue, 12 May 2015 14:54:09 EST A.A.A.D.D.---Know The Symptoms!!! Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder. <BR> <BR> Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder <BR> <BR> This is how it manifests: <BR> <BR> I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. <BR> <BR> As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. <BR> <BR> I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. <BR> <BR> I lay my car keys on the table, ... Mon, 11 May 2015 14:34:25 EST Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older Death is the number 1 killer in the world. <BR> <BR> Life is sexually transmitted. <BR> <BR> Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can't tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich. <BR> <BR> Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years!!! <BR> <BR> All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. <BR> <BR> In t... Sun, 10 May 2015 16:17:31 EST And God Looked Down Most Seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom, God decreed that Seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things, thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good. <BR> <BR> Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made Seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach and stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good. <BR> <BR> Then God considered the function... Sat, 9 May 2015 18:42:21 EST Have You Noticed This????????? My DH and I drove to a city about an hour and a half away from our home today to meet his second oldest brother for a brunch. It was a location pretty much equidistant for both of us and a great place to have breakfast. We spent about two hours there between eating and visiting and as we were leaving, my husband made the comment that he wondered if there was a PT facility located in the back of the restaurant as so many people were around our age or older and were using a cane, a walker, a ... Fri, 8 May 2015 18:52:41 EST To Dodge Diabetes In 2002, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) reported that a low-calorie, low-fat diet plus exercise lowered the risk of type 2 diabetes more than Metformin (a blood-sugar-lowering drug) or a placebo in people at high risk for the disease. Seven years after the three-year trial ended, the weight loss and exercise were still paying off. <BR> <BR> Among 1416 women in the DPP who had no history of diabetes during pregnancy, those who had been in the weight loss plus exercise group had a 30% ... Thu, 7 May 2015 09:59:00 EST To Stay Strong....... Strength training improves muscle strength and function, no matter your age. But does it help overweight people even if they lose no weight? <BR> <BR> Researchers randomly assigned 111 sedentary, overweight, or obese adults aged 65 to 79 to a strength-training program with or without a diet that cut 600 calories from their usual intake. Three days a week, both groups did leg presses, leg curls, biceps curls, and other strength-training exercises under the researchers' supervision. <BR> <B... Wed, 6 May 2015 17:19:29 EST Location, Location........ Trying to eat healthier lower-calorie foods? Keep them nearby.......and keep the higher-calorie junk food away. <BR> <BR> Researchers randomly assigned 56 college students to sit in a kitchen where apple slices and buttered popcorn had been placed in one of three locations: the apples were within arm's reach and the popcorn was about two yards away (Apples Near), the popcorn was within reach and the apples were two yards away (Popcorn Near), or both the apples and popcorn were within reach... Tue, 5 May 2015 15:56:09 EST Gotta Pee Two women friends had gone for a girls' night out. Both were very faithful and loving wives, however, they had gotten over-enthusiastic on the Bacardi Breezers. <BR> <BR> Incredibly drunk and walking home they needed to pee, so they stopped in the cemetery. <BR> <BR> One of them had nothing to wipe with so she thought she would take off her panties and use them. <BR> <BR> Her friend, however, was wearing a rather expensive pair of panties and did not want to ruin them. <BR> <BR> She was ... Mon, 4 May 2015 13:14:46 EST Salt Substitutes Q: I am trying to cut back on salt. Is it worth trying a salt substitute? <BR> <BR> A: Possibly, but not all of them are safe for everyone. Products like No Salt Original and Nu-Salt contain potassium chloride rather than sodium chloride. Potassium can help lower blood pressure and may reduce the risk of strokes and heartbeat abnormalities. But most Americans get plenty of the mineral from foods including bananas, kiwis, milk, nuts, and yogurt. And extra potassium can be dangerous for... Sun, 3 May 2015 11:10:20 EST Ear Wax Q: I use cotton swabs to clean wax out of my ears. But the box label warns me not to. What's the harm? <BR> <BR> A: Swabbing out the wax can irritate or injure the delicate lining of the ear canal, causing itchiness or bleeding and increasing the risk of ear infection. If you have lots of wax, swabs can push it deeper into the ear canal, where it compacts and hardens. That can cause hearing loss, dizziness, or pain. Moreover, poking anything into your ear canal can damage the eardrum.... Sat, 2 May 2015 15:29:18 EST Update........ On March 27th, 2015, I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis (Primary), Low Back Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spondylolisthesis, Radiculopathy (Lumbosacral region), Neurogenic Claudication, and Chronic Pain. <BR> <BR> I was given three choices of treatment. Physical Therapy, Epidural Steroid Injections in my back around my spinal cord, or Surgery. <BR> <BR> I opted to begin with Physical Therapy and started my sessions on Friday, April 4th. The first session was an evaluatio... Fri, 1 May 2015 18:37:06 EST An Oldie But A Goodie You may have read this before, but it ALWAYS makes me laugh, so I am showing it to you again. Have a great Thursday. <BR> <BR> Q: Where can single men over the age of 60 find younger women who are interested in them? <BR> A: Try a bookstore, under Fiction. <BR> <BR> Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause? <BR> A: Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you're done, you will have a place to live. <BR> <BR> Q: How can you incre... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:06:41 EST Blueberry Bonus Blueberries may help lower blood pressure and make arteries more flexible. <BR> <BR> Researchers randomly assigned 48 post-menopausal women with prehypertension or hypertension (high blood pressure) to eat a daily dose of freeze-dried blueberry powder or a fake blueberry powder made of sugar, maltodextrin, and artificial colors and flavors. The dose of freeze-dried blueberry powder (22 grams) was equivalent to one cup of fresh blueberries. <BR> <BR> After two months, systolic blood pressur... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:48:08 EST The Haircut Blessed are those that can give without remembering, and take without forgetting. <BR> <BR> One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, "I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week." <BR> <BR> The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a "Thank You" card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door. <BR> <BR> Later, a cop comes... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:49:17 EST A Fact You Won't Soon Forget........ Researchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike authority found over 200 dead crows near greater Boston in a relatively short period last Fall, and there was concern they may have died from Avian Flu. <BR> <BR> A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and, to everyone's relief, confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu. The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts. <BR> <BR> However, during the detailed analysis it was noted that varying colors of paints appeare... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:13:07 EST The Children's Sermon....... While the Priest was presenting a children's sermon, he asked the children if they knew what the Resurrection was. <BR> <BR> Now, asking questions during children's sermons is crucial, but at the same time, asking children questions in front of a congregation can also be very dangerous. <BR> <BR> In response to the question, "What is the Resurrection," a little boy (Charlie Baumann) raised his hand. <BR> <BR> The Priest called on him and the boy said, " I know that if you have a Resurrecti... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:04:00 EST Who Wants To Be A Millionaire????? A contestant, Sally, on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" had reached the final plateau. <BR> <BR> If she answered the next question correctly, she would win $1,000,000. If she answered incorrectly, she would pocket only the $25,000 milestone money. <BR> <BR> And as she suspected it would be, the million-dollar question was no pushover. It was, "Which of the following species of birds does not build its own nest but instead lays its eggs in the nests of other birds? <BR> <BR> Is it: <BR> ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:16:14 EST A Nun And Some Warm Milk In a convent in Ireland, the 98-year-old Mother Superior lay dying. The Nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable. They tried giving her warm milk to drink but she refused it. <BR> <BR> One of the Nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Then, remembering a bottle of Irish Whiskey that had been received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk. <BR> <BR> Back at Mother Superior's bed, they held the gla... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:34:46 EST Hmmmmmmm......... And yet another day has passed and I did not use Algebra once........... <BR> <BR> Very Interesting.......... <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:20:13 EST I Can Relate......... There are definitely days when this is so true. <BR> <BR> You're getting old when you don't care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don't have to go along. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:40:37 EST Some People.......... Some people just need a sympathetic pat......... <BR> <BR> On the head......... <BR> <BR> With a hammer!!! <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:15:39 EST Ohhhhhh Noooooo!!!!! Don't worry about avoiding temptation. <BR> <BR> As you grow older, it will avoid you........ <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:09:27 EST Slow Down......... My husband shared this with me today....... <BR> <BR> A man has reached old age when he is cautioned to slow down by his Doctor instead of by the police. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:22:34 EST Should I Do This Or Should I Do That?????? Old age is having a choice of two temptations and choosing the one that will get you home earlier. Isn't that the truth?!?!? <BR> <em>102</em> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:53:21 EST Maturity........ How Mature are YOU??????? <BR> <BR> We're ALL mature.............. <BR> <BR> UNTIL.........someone pulls out BUBBLE WRAP!!!!! <BR> <BR> I will admit that I cannot leave it alone and must POP EVERY BUBBLE!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:15:02 EST Just Be Patient........ Madonna is 55, her boyfriend is 22. <BR> <BR> Tina turner is 75, her boyfriend is 40. <BR> <BR> JLo is 42, her boyfriend is 26. <BR> <BR> Mariah Carey is 44, her husband is 32. <BR> <BR> Still single??????? <BR> <BR> Relax. Your boyfriend is not born yet. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:17:34 EST Aging......... AGING seems to be the only available way to live a longer life........... <em>24</em> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:44:23 EST When I Get Old........ When I get old, I'm going to move in with my kids, hog the computer, pay no bills, eat all the food, trash the house, and when asked to clean, pitch a fit like it's killing me!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:30:58 EST My Train Of Thought.......... I've reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me!!!!! <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:59:00 EST My Last Words......... When I die, I want my last words to be, "I left a million dollars under the..............." <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:16:02 EST Where Did It Go? My brain is like the Bermuda Triangle. <BR> <BR> Information goes in and then it's never found again. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:44:03 EST Yippee! Yippee!!!!! I woke up!!!!! <BR> <BR> Why retirees are always so happy.......... <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:44:13 EST