RENATA144's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RENATA144 RENATA144'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/ Focus on the Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801482 & build upon your Success. <BR> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:43:53 EST Never underestimate anyone. You never know what you could learn from them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799889 Today I was talking with an elderly gentleman who suddenly became sad that he couldn't remember puts of his past. We kept talking & I pulled out my I- pad & helped him to verify & learn facts. He was very grateful that I helped him cobble together some of his past. <BR> <BR> I really enjoyed our conversations which were full of wonderful history lessons. The feeling is mutual. Thank God for the World Wide Web !!! All of the knowledge in the world at your fingertips. <BR> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:10:39 EST Make a new friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798962 It will be good for both of you. <BR> <BR> It's interesting how some of the most troublesome patients/ residents of the rehab center can be wonderful conversationalists & pals if you just stop & give them some of your time & effort. <BR> Lately when the cd runs out I turn to various folks sitting at out table & ask them about their favorite song. I then either sing it or play it on my I- pad. They get to learn about the new technology while they also get to reminisce. I love to hear th... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:49:17 EST Stay strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797131 No matter what kind of adversity tries to get in your way take a deep breath ,stand up tall & crush it under your feet. <BR> You are a Champion <BR> You must be victorious <BR> Let there be no room in your mind, body & soul for negativity. <BR> <em>104</em> <em>84</em> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:33:33 EST Protect your joints http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796558 So that you don't get injured. <BR> Don't ignore your pains. <BR> Avoid <em>359</em> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:51:17 EST Don't get burned out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795916 Add variety to your life. <BR> Break your routines. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:13:13 EST My BRACA test results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794881 I was very pleasantly surprised, rather shocked to find that I have NO GENETIC MARKERS for Cancer. That us I did Not inherit cancer from my family despite several family members who had it on both sides ! <BR> So when I had breast cancer last year <em>390</em> it was environmental. I knew that moving to Long Island, I would be taking my life in my hands but I fell in Love with an Islander who offered me everything that I wanted in life. <BR> <BR> My Doctor told me that if I do gave kid... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 20:55:40 EST I'm sending out Love to you !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792004 You are Good <BR> You are Great <BR> You are Worthy <BR> Never forget that you are very much LOVED. <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 23:51:57 EST Share your Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791422 Showing compassion for others feels good. You should have the same returned to you. <em>184</em> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 23:54:39 EST Thank you to DEREK JETER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787084 For being such a Great Inspiration & a perfect role model to people of all ages. <BR> You are so much more than a Baseball Hero. <em>300</em> <em>345</em> <em>208</em> <em>209</em> <em>279</em> <em>408</em> <em>242</em> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:15:55 EST Taking the opportunity to pay tribute to my Mama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784186 Today at the rehab/nursing home there was supposed to be a Protestant service but the people didn't show. In the meantime the recreation director took out the hymnal & started singing accapella. I joined in especially when she couldn't remember the tune if I knew it. It was a great way to not just entertain the people but to pay tribute to my Mother. She seemed to know every song in the hymnal. When the Lady was sifting through the book & was about to gloss over LORD I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:07:28 EST It's up to you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783262 Motivation must come from deep within you. <em>521</em> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:51:57 EST Supper with my BFF. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782641 It's so nice to be living with my BFF ! I love that she enjoys my cooking/ food choices. We are trying to eat healthy & support each other . She has been coming home later & later but I always have something good for her. <em>361</em> <em>4</em> <em>184</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:21:02 EST An update on my Hubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781310 He's seems to be back to his old self these last couple of days. He's on the verge of standing up. We'll keep fighting to make him better. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:52:58 EST A Good day ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780636 My hubby seemed like his cantankerous old self again. If only he would stand & walk by himself I / we would be so happy. As it stands now ( pun intended) they use a mechanical device that is in affect a sling or hammock under his tush to help him to stand. I am going in at 9am to help to encourage him during his physical therapy sessions. I look him in the eye & tell him that I am not giving up on him. When gets angry I say - " Good !!! Now use that anger for energy to fuel you. Put that ener... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:17:48 EST Helping others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779973 Feels so good ! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:55:23 EST God has Blessed me with amazing energy !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778877 Last night as I was about to prepare my dinner my BFF ( whom I let move into my home) called to tell me that her car broke down & would I meet her & follow her in her car to her mechanic. I did so. She also asked if I would drive her to work the next day @ 5:30AM. I did. It was so amazing that I felt so good at such an early hour. I told her that for years getting up in the wee hours was easy for me. She explained that it was because my sarcadian rhythms had not yet kicked in ( or something).... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:55:30 EST Never be your own worst enemy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778182 Do not sabotage yourself. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:30:23 EST Give yourself a Big Hug !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776883 You deserve it !!!! <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:38:15 EST I Love giving massages !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776190 I don't like to hear of people in pain. Sometimes I offer them a massage & I am so happy when they say " Yes!!!". My Papa taught me how & I just follow my heart & try to meet the needs of the person that I am massaging. It's also a great way to make friends. <em>220</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 23:07:41 EST An eventful day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775471 It's so charming & sweet that my elderly gentleman friend really wants to be near me. I look after him helping him to open his packets of food & making sure that he is comfortable. But we also share hugs <em>247</em> & kisses <em>212</em> . I was surprised that when his daughter & other family members come to visit him they don't seem to hug/ touch him. His grandson merely shook hands with him. That made me a bit sad so I give him lots of hugs . I Love to make him smile. <BR> <BR> It's ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:52:14 EST Going the extra mile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774897 The physical therapist invited me to help with my husband's physical therapy. So I have been showing up about 9am in stead of my normal pre- lunch time. He's usually still in bed as the nurse's aides are trying to wash & dress the residents. <BR> I took the opportunity to cuddle with my Ed. I caresses him & encouraged him. I even sang to him Italian Love songs. A lovely side - affect was that his poor roommate - a Parkinson's sufferer- was waking up & getting a bit agitated but my singing ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:47:33 EST May you be Abundantly Blessed !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774236 Never surrender to negative influences. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:26:45 EST An eventful day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772971 I was called to a meeting at the nursing home to discuss my hubby's condition & to see if he will go Home or to a permanent nursing home. He seems to have lost the desire to walk. He doesn't know me most of the time. Ironically I have developed wonderful relationships with other residents. They are my saving Grace. <BR> <BR> I had a dr's appointment in which I took The B.R.A.C.A. test. I will get the results in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> My BFF has just finished moving in. I'm so happy to kn... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 23:14:31 EST Share your heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771511 Helping others helps you as well. <em>220</em> <em>361</em> <em>342</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:17:50 EST Spread Joy everywhere that you go !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770783 I'm still receiving compliments for my singing. I feel so happy & invigorated that I did a lot of Dancing at the Social. I danced with my husband Ed even though he was trying to be grumpy <em>234</em> & made him admit that it was fun. <em>224</em> I also danced - held hands - with my elderly gentleman friend. Both men ( all residents) are kept in wheelchairs <em>359</em> to prevent falls. I Love to make people smile. Boy did Harry smile - not just a grin but I saw all of his teeth <... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:18:05 EST I'm so Happy !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770207 I'm still getting so many compliments about my singing yesterday . People are telling those who didn't hear me that I " have the voice of an Angel " !!! <BR> I'm so Happy !!!! <em>335</em> <em>339</em> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:49:04 EST A Perfect 24 hours !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769594 I'm still basking in the glow of my wonderful conversation with my Aunt. <BR> My hubby did pretty well today. <BR> I sang Karaoke in from of the residents for the first time. I was all - in . I sang with others. Everyone was so happy & impressed. <BR> My pal that the nurses were always yelling at to sit down - I took charge of him. I asked him if he wanted a big hug he said " Yes" & I delivered. When he went to stand again I said are you trying to get another hug. I love his sly yet dign... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:03:26 EST Reconnecting with my Family. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769056 I got word that my Aunt wanted to talk with me just to chat. I called & left a message. She called me back & we had a most exciting conversation. We talked about our lives. It was interesting talking to my Aunt who watched me grow up & now talking with her woman to woman. She's gone through so much of what I am going through. I told her that I have always regarded her as my other Mother & that I have always listened to every word that she has ever said to me. I remember every song that she ta... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:35:14 EST Take a chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768399 Do something that you've been hesitating to do. The time is now. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:10:13 EST An unexpected opportunity to dancercize !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767716 This morning I awaited a man who would get rid of a hornet's nest that was attached to the front of my house. I didn't want anyone to get stung. I told him that I would be waiting for him wearing my big pink skirt. He said he would be there in 45 minutes. I went to the corner of my street that I expected him to come down. Every time that I saw a vehicle come from the direction of the highway I waved my skirt like a flag or banner. Drivers must have wondered what I was up to. I kept my feet m... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:05:04 EST Test yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766384 We all need to test our "limits" and then EXCEED them. <BR> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>344</em> <em>84</em> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:18:49 EST Surround yourself with Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766375 You deserve to have a Loving environment <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>220</em> <em>524</em> <em>184</em> <em>214</em> <em>342</em> <em>361</em> <em>200</em> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:55:45 EST Taking a chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765761 Today at the nursing home while I was visiting my sweet hubby as I do every day I found out that one of the workers was injured in a mishap -a male patient hit him & he fell catching himself with his hand. This was especially troubling because he's a pianist and very fine pianist and was now worried about his future injury. <BR> <BR> I heard that the supervisor was looking for a replacement for the dear young injured man. I figured since I am here, as always then I thought that I could t... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:45:44 EST The power of touch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765242 We all need to be touched & Loved. <BR> While visiting my Sweet hubby at the nursing home one of the residents is always trying to standup from his wheelchair which in turn causes the staff members to shriek his name constantly. This also unnerves the other 1 or 2 fellows with the same name. I have been trying to get to know him. At first I misunderstood him & thought that he was an artist. He finally corrected me & told me that he was a dentist. I told him that I still giving him credit for ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:47:54 EST My BFF has begun moving in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764589 My BFF has begun moving in. It will be good to have her this close. We used to talk for hours on the phone. Once we both had the idea to call one another so we did at the same time - the phone didn't even ring !!! <em>40</em> <em>229</em> <BR> <BR> I will be so happy to have her company. <em>361</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:17:04 EST Giving back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762928 My BFF was recently told to vacate the home that she was renting because it was sold. She was afraid that she was about to be homeless sleeping in her car with her pets in cages. Well I was not about to let this magnificent Angel fall through the cracks. I invited her to move in with me, pets & all ! It blew her mind. I gave her a key & said -"24/7". <BR> <BR> I've known her for 24 years. We have been through a lot together. She knew my Mother. Her daughter was the daughter / sister that I ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:27:40 EST Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761719 Spread Love wherever you go <em>184</em> <em>437</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:21:32 EST Surround yourself with Love. You deserve it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761058 I feel happy & Blessed today. I am surrounded by so many good people of different ages who really do care about me. <em>220</em> <em>361</em> <em>342</em> <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> <em>214</em> <em>126</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:20:35 EST Friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759865 It is so important to have at least 1 really good friend. You should be with Good people who support you in your endeavors be they dietary or emotional , etc. . <BR> <BR> A True Friend will stand by you through all of life's adventures. <BR> I Love and care for some very special people who feel the same way. <BR> <BR> I Love making new friends. Keep your Heart open to allow Love to flow <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>361</em> <em>342</em> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:53:20 EST Good news !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758637 I will be released later today <em>356</em> <em>355</em> <BR> Thank you to all of my supporters & Friends !!! You are Great people? <BR> <BR> It took them 3 days to figure out which "bug " that I had. I've been on IV antibiotics. They finally figured out which it was & are giving me Cipro. I couldn't take it fast enough ! <BR> I wa so happy that I was singing to great old songs. I was singing "THE SEARCH IS OVER" by Survivor when my new Nurse came in to introduce herself. Se said "... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:26:49 EST Get your rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757775 I'm writing this blog from my hospital bed. I thought that I was taking good care of myself after my daily visits to my hubby in the nursing home but I made a mistake that has put me in the hospital for about 3 days. <BR> <BR> What a great way to spend my wedding anniversary - NOT. <em>28</em> <em>24</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:36:18 EST Eat protein to get energized !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755390 Eat enough protein to keep you healthy. <BR> It gives you energy <BR> Helps you to restore your body <BR> Protein can be found in meat <em>496</em> <em>53</em> <em>492</em> , beans, nuts, Tofu & several other sources. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 22:26:34 EST Don't give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754738 When it seems hard to go on stop <em>227</em> Take a deep breath & just put one foot on front of the other. Before you know it you will get where you're going. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 23:08:17 EST Live your Life with Passion !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752781 Enjoy what you do Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:26:00 EST Irony ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751357 My poor hubby has been sleeping through our last few visits. He's so sleepy because he spends the night calling my name & rocking in his bed - all night. It may be dreams or nightmares. <BR> All of this according to his roommate. <BR> Sadly this is impeding his progress. <BR> Several of the residents have been sent home. I hope that he gets motivated to get stronger. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:25:07 EST It's so hard to let go ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750744 My favorite residents left for Home today. I am so happy for him as Home is where he (we) belong but I am also so sad because we became wonderful friends & now I may never see him again. We hugged & kissed a lot. <BR> It's like the song - it's the best thing for him & ... <BR> I really feel that I was the one who helped to bring him out of his Alzheimer's fog when we had our many amazing, educational & inspiring conversations. I hope that he can get the right intellectual stimulation that ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:47:32 EST Extending a helping hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747858 Today I made some new friends. They are the family of a new resident at the nursing home. They were still in shock because of the sudden onset of their father's health problems. We talked a lot. I counseled them as we shared our "war" stories. It felt so good to have folks to commiserate with. I reassured them that they , like I, have picked the right facility for our Loved ones. I was happy to answer their questions & give them a heads- up about some things that are "coming down the pike". ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:42:39 EST May Peace & Love be with you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747225 <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>414</em> <em>403</em> <em>532</em> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:12:24 EST Keeping company http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746041 'Most Everything is better when you have good people around you. <BR> Your presence is a Gift to others as well. <BR> <em>220</em> <em>361</em> <em>342</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:35:46 EST