RENIESSPARKIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RENIESSPARKIN RENIESSPARKIN'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/ Oops! Wake Up Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740021 I've caught myself making a major gaffe! <BR> <BR> I've been so hot with our weather here in northern Utah, that I started drinking McD's Caramel Frappes! Can you believe a diabetic would be so foolish? <BR> <em>91</em> <em>2</em> <em>46</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I just posted my intake on my SP Food Counter and ... gasped with horror. <BR> <em>198</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Wake up call time!!! <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> Losing my health and eyesight are not ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:13:57 EST Wow! Who knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736800 I can hardly believe it, but ... <BR> <BR> Since I've been getting the shots to build my immune system and get rid of the miserable hives, I'VE BEEN FEELING BETTER and doing better with my diabetes as well. <BR> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> I've been able to increase the number of steps I take each day! <BR> <em>311</em> <em>319</em> <em>313</em> <em>361</em> <BR> ... and help my friend walk her new dog, Charlie, several times each day. <BR> <BR> Who knew getting healthy and h... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:28:02 EST Hi there, SparkFriends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720585 I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for your help and encouragement during tough times ... <em>46</em> <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <BR> ... and smiles and congratulations when times are great! <em>104</em> <em>20</em> <em>224</em> <em>243</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>223</em> <em>250</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>220</em> <em>524</em> <em>48</em> <em>334</em> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> I couldn't make ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:12:27 EST Double-Check Insurance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707753 I finally figured out that my former oxygen supply agency (Apria) was still charging Medicare for their equipment This was clear back from 2012!! This is why insurance wouldn't cover the expense for my Bi-Pap and made me give it back!!! My doc is on the warpath! <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Finally, I got someone in Medicare Fraud to check on them. Boy, was she boiling. When she called the agency about it, the gal there yelled at her and then hung up on her. WOW! <em>40</em> I fi... Sat, 31 May 2014 23:03:42 EST Misery is my Name! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681042 I don't know why I get to experience all these wonderful conditions <BR> <em>527</em> <em>46</em> , <BR> HOWEVER, I have Chronic Hives, AGAIN! These are an auto immune condition and take forever to get over. I feel like I have them inside and outside! <em>24</em> <BR> Did you know there are over 7,000 auto immune conditions? Me neither. We never hear about all the others. My doc first says I'm on too many meds, then prescribes three more. Sigh ... <BR> <BR> Have you ever he... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 15:28:21 EST Health Insurance Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666149 For some unknown reason, Medicare took my BiPap and Concentrator away with no explanation. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I can't find out why from my equipment provider. Just said insurance said to get it. <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <em>24</em> <em>28</em> <em>198</em> <em>234</em> <em>527</em> <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> This is driving me nuts! Anyone else having any problems like this? <em>28</em> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> HELP! <em>282</em> <BR> ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 01:44:20 EST Support Teams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654055 Hello Everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> For some reason I feel compelled to let you know the Support Teams I belong to (and help administer on some). Some of them seem to go together, <BR> <em>351</em> <BR> while others are way out in left field. <em>60</em> <BR> <BR> However, maybe I just need a new look at them and get some input from friends! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>36</em> <em>58</em> <em>334</em> <em>527</em> <em>18</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <BR>... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:32:14 EST Fitbit Force! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632526 I'm soooo upset! <em>198</em> <em>46</em> <em>28</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I've been anxiously awaiting my Fitbit Force!!! <em>311</em> <em>206</em> <em>362</em> <em>405</em> <BR> <BR> Now, I'm told, "No can do cuz it causes skin irritation on some." <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I kept losing my earlier Fitbits--either the whole thing or the part that gathered the info. Soooo ... I got one that fits on the wrist only to discover: <BR> <BR> It only tells me whe... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:41:14 EST Snow or No Snow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616205 Hello, my SparkPeople Friends: <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> We desperately need much more snow than we've received this year here in Utah. <em>310</em> <em>329</em> <em>548</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1294298535.jpg"> <BR> Cassius is looking for Snow Dog's tail, only to discover it looks like hers. <BR> <BR> We have snow storms, but they are just little wimpy ones with tiny little flakes and they melt way too soon. We are supposed to have an... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 18:53:14 EST Spark Radio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614123 Hello SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Probably like you, I've been anxiously awaiting the new changes promised to Spark Radio for about a month. <BR> <em>252</em> <em>104</em> <em>224</em> <em>276</em> <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <em>103</em> <em>273</em> <em>321</em> <em>344</em> <em>320</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> Every day I'm so sure I'll tune in and find a glorious array of encouragement, humor, ideas, and even a little music. YAY! <BR> <BR> Then, alas ...... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:41:05 EST FAITH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593026 Just some food for thought: <BR> <BR> WHAT WOULD YOU <BR> A-T-T-E-M-P-T <BR> IF YOU KNEW <BR> YOU COULD NOT <BR> FAIL? <BR> <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> Think about it, dear friends. <BR> <BR> Renie <em>306</em> <em>365</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <em>350</em> <em>351</em> <em>352</em> <em>213</em> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:05:02 EST Help! Smog Warning in Effect! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581942 Hello, dear Spark Friends: <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> How do I get my exercises done when there is a Smog Warning in effect and I'm coughing my guts out while in my apartment? <BR> <em>234</em> <em>198</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I know some of you deal with this type of situation on a daily basis, so .... how do you handle it? <BR> <BR> I have trouble breathing anyway and am on oxygen and a Bipap for Sleep Apnea. I thought someone must be smoking in the building, <em>270</e... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:36:51 EST A Christmas Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571207 Hello, my dear friends on SP: <BR> <BR> I have a smile on my face today because the sun is shining out over the Great Salt Lake and it lifts my spirits as I think of Christmas and the gift our Lord Jesus Christ gave to us. I thank Him for loving His Father enough to give His very life's blood so that we wouldn't have to do so to repent of our sins. <BR> <BR> Christ is there for us whenever we need Him. He loves, comforts, listens, and encourages us when we reach out to Him in prayer. I'm... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:58:54 EST Wow! Oh, what a night ... AND, Yahoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540270 <em>40</em> I got a scary awakening this a.m. about 3:30! I was really trying to watch what I ate and when, after a visit to my diabetes nurse. <em>551</em> <em>4</em> <em>194</em> <em>277</em> <em>492</em> <em>470</em> <BR> <BR> Yaw, that worked really, really well--NOT! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'll have to call Carra, the diabetes caregiver and let her know what happened. <em>245</em> She is very sweet and caring about trying to get me on a regular track so ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:22:49 EST Hey! I B Feeling a Little Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536795 <em>213</em> <em>30</em> <em>363</em> I don't dare say that too loud, but believe I'm on the mend. I've been feeling a little better each day and reading your Blog answers sure helps. <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> They always lift me up and encourage me to try a little harder each day. And when you think about it, what more can you ask for? <BR> <BR> You are all wonderful friends and I love you dearly. <em>43</em> <em>104</em> <em>356</em> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 19:49:41 EST I Find Myself Whining AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530206 <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> It seems as though I'm always whining, but I've just got to get this off my ... uh ... well.. . chest and everywhere else. For some reason my Fibro-myalgia / or Fibro-blast is really blasting all over. I don't seem able to get it under control. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I can hardly type with my fingers in such pain. I can't sleep, read, enjoy anyone's visits, you name it. Blubber, blubber. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> I try to get walking i... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 16:31:28 EST Sorry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496458 Hey, y'all. <BR> <BR> I've had to have more dental surgery today, and the surgical site is still sore. <em>381</em> I'm still woozy and hurting and an't stay focused. I'll try to write tomorrow. Bye <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Renie <em>40</em> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:59:22 EST Transition to Senior Housing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348708 Hi friends: <BR> <BR> I went from the nursing home, back to my house, but kept having out-of-whack blood sugars. I'd shake so bad I couldn't even call 911! Soooo -- that made it scary to live alone. I'm still quite ambulatory, so the health workers and myself decided that Senior Housing would be right for me. <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> I really like my apartment and there are lots of folks to meet and get acquainted with. We do fix our own meals here, but sometimes someone on our floor (I'm... Tue, 7 May 2013 13:59:43 EST In A Nursing Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108891 Hi, Everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm currently in a nursing home near my home. I will be here until my AARP Medicare runs out. Then they will send me home with some home care benefits covered by Community Medicaid. They will pay all my copays for medicine and doctors' visits. This will help greatly, as my current medicine copays run over $1,000 per month. Plus, I see several doctors each month and they will pay the copays there too. <BR> <BR> Sorry, I won't be able to answer you personal commen... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 19:15:03 EST Unfortunately ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092976 Well, friends, just when I thought it was safe to go back in the water ... <em>492</em> <em>333</em> <em>423</em> <BR> <BR> My new med causes Tardive Dyskinesia, and of course, I've developed it already. So, I have to stop taking it. That's much worse than having the tummy problems. I'll let you know the new plans after I see the tummy doc on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I thought I was shaking from having low blood sugar episodes (I did have a couple), but that wasn't the cause. Drat! <B... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 17:07:11 EST Doin' Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090661 Dear SP Friends: <BR> <BR> My belly seems to be doing a little better. The new medication keeps it from burning like a wildfire. So, I'm eating more properly and my FBS is more in tune with what it should be. That thrills me beyond words. <BR> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> This prescription isn't something I can stay on long term, but I can for the time being. Kudos to my tummy doc. I can't seem to be able to convince my Cpap doc that the pressure needs ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 23:42:35 EST 'Abnormally Slow' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082731 Yup, that's me ... or at least my tummy's digestion. Wouldn't ya know? So, in other words, I do have Gastroparesis in a big way. <BR> <BR> I know: Small meals, spread over the day. <BR> <BR> New medicine. <BR> <BR> Okay, I'll play this new game and try to get it working for me. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Renie Mon, 1 Oct 2012 19:35:52 EST Pondering my Dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077347 Just a note or two: <BR> <BR> I had the gastroparesis test in radiology yesterday (9/26/12). Not a fun experience when your tummy is raw and you can't sleep. <BR> <BR> However, this did allow my brain to wander around and ponder something: <BR> <BR> Strangely enough, I'm beginning to believe the pressure is too high on my Cpap and it's agitating my tummy with air bubbles rumbling around all night. Of course, this is my doctors' surgery day, so I can't find out if this is plausible, but t... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:12:43 EST Still having tummy problems! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067130 Sorry, I haven't been able to keep up with my teams and SP friends. I'm just still in a lot of tummy pain. I'll be having another test Wed 9/26. <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> Meds don't seem to be helping. <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> Can't seem to do my exercises & physical therapy <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> Nothing seems to taste good, or if it does at first, it sure changes later. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Had some fun things planned and couldn't do 'em. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Stop y... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:22:51 EST Funny Tummy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058398 This is going to be a short Blog, my SP Friends. Since I had my esophagus scope done a couple of weeks ago, I haven't been hungry or thirsty. For those of you who don't know, I had my esophagus was stretched in two places and my tummy was red, so she took some biopsies. No results yet. <BR> <BR> Have any of you experienced this result after a scope? <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Any of you nurses or medical folks have any ideas? <em>2</em> Or am I the only very strange person around?? ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:25:39 EST Appreciate Family & SP Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047839 I just wanted to drop by and let you know I had a throat scope to check on restrictions due to GERD/or acid reflux. I had two places that had to be stretched and the doc said my stomach was red so she took a couple of biopsies. <BR> <BR> Between that and my poor sore knees, shoulder and bum from falling out of bed on Sunday, I'm kinda messed up. <BR> <BR> Now for my question: <BR> <BR> Do I tell the doc that I ate red Jello the evening before my test? <BR> <em>24</em> <em>198</em... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 22:55:09 EST GRATEFUL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039349 ILoveDuane reminded me today that I have many things to be grateful to God for. Yes, I do. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful that God has given me a plethora of SP friends who care about me and I care about them. <BR> <BR> I'm blessed with a wonderful large family and we keep in touch often and love each other. It wasn't always that way with seven siblings growing up together, but now we show our love and appreciate one another for our uniqueness. I've said this before but I'm the eldest of seven. ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:48:13 EST Yuck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000180 You know, there are some pretty dumb things one can do, but scheduling a colonoscopy for the day after your birthday is just plain STUPID! <em>24</em> That means I had to drink that super nasty, humongous jug of bitter, salty, I don't know what jug on my birthday instead of going out and having a steak and some birthday cake and ice cream. Blech! <em>198</em> <em>230</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Why would any sane person do that? <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I mean, have you ever tasted... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 23:08:18 EST PATHETIC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992432 I did a stupid thing that was dumb and painful but sounds funny. I got stuck on my sore knees under my computer desk trying to fix the plug. It turned out to be a problem with the power strip going out on me. That meant I had to go back under the desk when I got a new one and just about didn't make it back out. <em>46</em> I was afraid I was going to have to call 911, but that sounded so embarrassing I forced my way out no matter how much it hurt. <em>413</em> <BR> <BR> Now my knees ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:09:14 EST Ambulating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937752 I just had to start over with my weight. I'm really struggling with my blood sugar and keeping it under control. <BR> <BR> However, I am feeling better physically after starting with the physical therapy. Thank you, Chris and Tammy at Sports Medicine Clinic. I can hardly believe how well I'm ambulating. <em>211</em> AND it actually feels good! Before, I was flinching and scrunching up my face with every attempted step. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> So, I guess the ups and downs are that... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:30:18 EST Dang it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923892 I've been doing pretty well with my exercise, eating right for my diabetes, and a positive attitude. Then yesterday afternoon as I'm leaving the doctor's office, I pull out of my parking stall, notice a van about the same color as mine pull into a stall. As I slowly cruise passed the other van, much to my horror I see it rapidly backing towards me. Shriek and CRASH! <BR> <BR> She hit me in the passenger front fender. Crunch. And I just sat there, dazed. Thank heavens neither one of u... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:16:10 EST Hypothyroid & Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918439 I just found this out and so I wanted to share, all you folks in the same boat. <BR> <BR> I'm on Synthroid and I suppose most of you are too. My doc told me yesterday that Synthroid was a very touchy medication. It has to be taken ALL BY ITSELF in the morning (or whenever you take it) at least 1/2 hour to 1 hour <em>128</em> BEFORE anything else is taken--MEDS OR FOOD. I knew about the food, <em>4</em> but NOT the medications. <BR> <BR> If you are also taking Prilosec/Omiprizole, y... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 00:25:12 EST My Son, My Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900151 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550117240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Many of you were too young when a political cartoon was created way back when at the death of Dag Hammarskjöld, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. It showed the Statue of Liberty weeping over his death, and crying, "My Son, My Son." He was over the UN and did a marvelous job for all concerned. <BR> <BR> This is how I feel today. Even though my son, Curt, died many years ago, with it being his birthday today 5/27, a... Sun, 27 May 2012 16:26:54 EST Kinda Goofy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870927 I had to change my Information Page of my SparkPage around because every time I'd open it, I'd see my little grandsons. That in turn would make me think about them and I might not see them again soon. Then I'd start <em>46</em> and have to take a SparkBreak and forget what I was doing. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I hope this arrangement will help some. <em>20</em> Sometimes you just have to keep trying and doing the best you can. They still don't have Skype and my cell phone is too told ... Mon, 7 May 2012 16:45:20 EST Sad, but Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855312 What would you expect from an oddball? <BR> <BR> I'm sad because my daughter, Nike, has taken her two sons, Cage and Cade (see pix on front page), back to Wyoming. She has decided to give her husband one more chance at their marriage. <BR> <BR> The good news is that her husband finally has a good paying job instead of sitting around playing his war games that are so addicting. He couldn't even pay attention to those adorable little boys when they needed it. The way things look, he wil... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 18:39:38 EST What's Wrong Now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809352 Hello SP friends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l256630436.jpg"> <BR> Grandson Cage and I enjoying my new paint job in the livingroom. <BR> <BR> I don't know what is going on, but I just plain can't seem to lose weight. Well, let me clarify. I do lose weight, but then I gain it right back. I'm working out more since I got my Fitbit Ultra, still cataloging my food intake, keeping track of my blood sugar. <BR> <BR> One thing I've noticed with my Fitbit is t... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:42:42 EST Fitbit, Apnea and weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795613 I knew I wasn't getting enough sleep and was waking up a lot, but I thought it was all in my head (ya know how ya get after awhile?). The Fitbit is a little thing like a pedometer, but it hooks up to your computer and keeps track of everything on the computer. It's like the Nutrition tracker on SP, a pedometer, tracks how many stairs you go up and down, your BP, glucose, Systolic/Diastolic, FBS. I put the little tracker in a pouch on my wrist and when I go to bed, I turn it on for tracking my... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:41:57 EST Don't Assume! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734033 Hello, friends: <BR> <BR> While I'm no longer broken out with chronic hives, I am still on meds for it. The sad part is that I automatically took myself off one of the meds, Vistaril aka Hydroxyz PAM. Dumb, huh? I just figured if the hives were no longer breaking out, I didn't need the med. Wrong, wrong, wrong <BR> <BR> All of a sudden my blood sugar started heading for the moon. I couldn't control it at all. Time to re-evaluate, folks. It seems the Imuran (to suppress my immune syst... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 16:44:15 EST Zippy WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4702055 My doctor and I were both cheering and dancing around like lunatics in the office today. I don't know which one of us was the happiest--him or me. Other than an occasional hive, my level of auto-immune Rx (Amuran) seems to be doing the job of keeping my chronic hives under control. I will try this level for a month, go in and get my blood drawn and see if I'm maintaining. (I'll see both my Dermatologist and my Internist next month to follow up.) <BR> <BR> Of course I still have to be caref... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:32:19 EST Who Knew? Your Thyroid and You. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4676743 About four-five months ago I broke out with constant hives and the docs were having problems discovering why. They still are. We first went through the majority of my prescriptions: removing one from the regime and if I still had the chronic hives, go on to the next one. Long story short, none of the suggested Rxs were the cause. So now we are lowering my autoimmune system, week by week, to see if the hives let up and I can sleep (that almost rhymes). This is my third week and still no ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:16:58 EST I Feel Lucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4630439 Actually, I'm being rather facetious. After getting over my Dred Gombu, I figured I wouldn't have to worry about toxic medications or the like. Sadly, I was wrong. Plus, you know what happened to me when I got the Shingles injection. Grrr... <BR> <BR> I now have what is called Chronic Hives or urticaria. Two of my doctors got together to see what to do with me in light of my toxic reaction to another medication I'd been taking. They set up a list of my meds and determined I would start... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 18:11:50 EST Dred Gombu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4387833 It's kind of interesting how getting off meds that are poisoning my system have made a difference in my life. I've been physically sick with flu-like symptoms and numerous outbreaks of cold sores as my body was purged of toxic meds masquerading as helpful ones. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, WE have to be careful watchdogs of what we are given to take by well-meaning doctors. When feeling as horribly as I have been, the brain doesn't work too well. It helps to keep track of new meds, why we are tak... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 15:49:56 EST Shingles Injection Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4219357 I was so hoping that getting a Shingles Injection would help my overall health. Unfortunately, right after I got my injection, I started breaking out with cold sores on my lips. Then the injection site started to burn and itch, and eventually I had a severe outbreak on my legs. <BR> <BR> I didn't make the connection at first, and it has taken me three days and miserable nights to finally figure out what was going on. I had read an article about not needing to get the injection if I had ne... Mon, 9 May 2011 00:00:52 EST For Better Sleep Hygiene http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4166856 Hi, all. These were NOT written by me, but are part of SparkPeople learning the importance of sleep on the various teams. Thank you SP contributors and WEBMD. <BR> <BR> If you have a horrible time getting to sleep, staying asleep, and awaking rested, wrap your mouse around these SP blogs and links/WebMD: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=420 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=ene<BR>rgy_drainersand_fixes </link> <BR> ... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 01:29:41 EST A Bunny with RLS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4091730 by Irene B. Gardner <BR> Just a bit of fun and satire poetry <BR> <em>172</em> <BR> <BR> Alas, our brown bunny <BR> who's as kind as can be <BR> is fraught with pain and misery <BR> dealing with Restless Leg, you see. <BR> <BR> He hops around quite merrily <BR> All day long, then lies down to sleep <BR> And just as he snuggles in quite comfy <BR> His legs and toes start to jerk and flee <BR> <BR> In all directions, they fly and fling <BR> with twitches, kicks and Charli... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:17:23 EST Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4033279 One of the greatest problems I have with obtaining a better weight is my insomnia. I've had problems with insomnia probably since puberty. Prior to that I was a skinny little thing. However the older I got the more weight I gained. I would trim down and then circumstances in my life would turn negative, followed by gaining. I've had jobs where I was on call, and those with shift work. I got so I didn't know whether to try and sleep or stay awake. <BR> <BR> I'm one of those people who i... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 19:46:50 EST The Importance of Self-Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3996805 by James E. Faust, a CES fireside for young adults, May 6, 2007 <BR> <BR> "Self-esteem goes to the very heart of personal growth and accomplishment. It is the glue that holds together our self-reliance, our self-control, our self-approval or disapproval and keeps all self-defense mechanisms secure. It is a protection against excessive self-deception, self-distrust, self-reproach, and plain old-fashioned selfishness." <BR> <BR> This is from one of the church leaders in the Church of Jesus ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 03:30:01 EST Three Victimization Biographies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3950655 Three Victimization Biographies <BR> <BR> By Irene B. Gardner <BR> <BR> I would like to paint three pictures showing the results of three different types of victimization. These are not victims of crimes such as robbery, rape, or drive-by shootings, but are crimes of negligence, ignorance and addiction. <BR> <BR> BIOGRAPHY ONE <BR> <BR> I am a 78-year-old woman. At the age of 52, through someone’s negligence I fell at work and received a head injury. Almost at once, I began to have sho... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 16:47:20 EST Poor Dragonfly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3935613 Poor Dragonfly <BR> For my little rescuer <BR> by Irene B. Gardner <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l146549430.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The sky is dreary <BR> Clouds overcast and gray. <BR> Bright sun hides her face <BR> Puddles form and gutters run. <BR> <BR> <BR> Birds sit in trees, fluffing wings <BR> Tossing moist drops from downy bellies. <BR> Huddling among the leaves <BR> Till stormy weather passes. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the sidewalk in a tiny pond <BR... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 23:25:23 EST Masks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3894775 (Self-deception can be devastating if it is allowed to take over your life) <BR> <BR> A clever mask of my design <BR> I wear to hide a flaw of mine <BR> So others cannot see inside <BR> The secret little "Me" I hide. <BR> I did not really like myself <BR> So stuck me upon the shelf. <BR> <BR> When first I drew on this disguise, <BR> Its purpose was useful, wily and wise. <BR> Now my mask has covered me so well <BR> Who is really beneath, I cannot tell. <BR> The fear of rejection a... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 22:14:43 EST