RENATA144's SparkPeople Blog RENATA144's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Help an elderly friend. Recently I've been driving a very sweet & beautiful lady to & from the nursing home so that we can visit our husbands. <BR> Yesterday she asked me about blood tests & I realized that she meant taking what is meant to be a daily or even several times a day test with a diabetes glucose testing device. I offered & later went to her home & showed her how to use the device. But when we tested her blood it was 63 !!!!!! I was alarmed. She doesn't eat lunch. I strongly yet gently impressed upon h... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 08:48:27 EST My pants are falling down !!! <em>9</em> <BR> I'm going to have to stick to skirts. <BR> Thank God it's going to be warm this Christmas ! <BR> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>444</em> <em>447</em> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:16:36 EST Make a new friend It's good for your soul <em>220</em> <em>361</em> <em>342</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:34:17 EST Chrocheting Is an amazing diet aid. I'm so busy that I don't have enough time to snack !!! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 23:51:41 EST Good news for me !!! I'm pleased to announce that my A1c is now 7.2 !!!! My dr. Took me off of Humalog = no more injections 3 times a day. I've been losing weight. <BR> My Endocrinologist actually said -" I'm very Proud of you !!!" To Meeeee <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 23:24:32 EST Happy Thanksgiving !!! <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:58:24 EST Call a friend It will be good for both of you. <em>361</em> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:52:31 EST My hobby is a great diet aide ! I have started crocheting to calm my nerves & have a productive pastime now that the weather has turned cold. I got a lot of compliments on my work. I've been making a lot of hats. People have started asking me to make hats & scarves for them. My pastime has become a small business. <BR> <BR> It's also stopped me from snacking too much. <BR> I'm getting good reports from my doctors & I feel Proud of my self & my work. <BR> <em>184</em> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:48:36 EST A Perfect day !!! My beloved hubby ( who is suffering from Alzheimer's) painted the wooden train set that I bought him. He really enjoyed himself. He was like he was before all of the hospital & rehab experiences ruined him. I stayed with him all day, as always, at the " rehab"/home. <BR> <BR> I was told that he didn't eat his dinner last night so I stayed & had dinner with him. We looked at amazing photos of American Indian culture. He Loved them as much as I did. I am so Happy to have experienced such a gr... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:10:38 EST Home cooking feels good ! Making a homemade meal is good for your family & your Soul. <BR> You know what you are eating & you can save plenty of money vs. paying for expensive take- out meals. <BR> It was such a pleasure to cook a fresh meal for my BFF. She really appreciated it & actually enjoyed my cooking !!! It's been so long since I cooked for someone else. It was therapeutic. <BR> <em>551</em> <em>550</em> <em>496</em> <em>361</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:37:49 EST Focus on the Positive & 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. 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 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 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 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 Add variety to your life. <BR> Break your routines. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:13:13 EST My BRACA test results 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 !!! 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 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 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 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. Motivation must come from deep within you. <em>521</em> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:51:57 EST Supper with my BFF. 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 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 ! 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 Feels so good ! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:55:23 EST God has Blessed me with amazing energy !!! 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. Do not sabotage yourself. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:30:23 EST Give yourself a Big Hug !!! You deserve it !!!! <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:38:15 EST I Love giving massages !!! 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. 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 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 !!! Never surrender to negative influences. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:26:45 EST An eventful day. 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 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 !!! 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 !!! 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 !!! 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. 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 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 !!! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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