SBECKER526's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SBECKER526 SBECKER526'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/ Caregiving - A willing labor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771283 Through my husband's and my health problems I am learning so much more. Yesterday's emergency room visit for my husband gave me more insight into knee injuries and protocols for care. He has the awkward immobilizer. He was a sight to behold wavering on crutches and attempting to get to the bedroom. <BR> <BR> He had a rough night and was uncomfortable. I delivered food to the bedroom and helped him get to the bathroom. I replaced the crutches with his sturdy walker. I am working on di... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:54:15 EST Great Weather and Golf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769593 I got to play Willow Hollow Golf Course today and to see the staff. Bob and Bill were friendly and helpful. I signed up for my Thursday morning league for a 8:30 am tee time. <BR> <BR> I finally did get a par on hole 9. I used my 7 hybrid and landed perfectly near the pin. WooHoo. I also had pars on other holes. I went to the Hitching Post for lunch and had Mediterranean chicken on a bed of spinach. I had the green veggies of the day as well. <BR> <BR> I'm tired, but happy. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:02:01 EST Appreciating some down time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768410 I really enjoyed today. I only had a personal training booked today. I spent time at home in the morning with my husband. I got to call a friend yesterday. I hemmed two pairs of slacks for me. I played with the cat. I got to catch up. <BR> <BR> Bob was stir crazy from being at home for over a week. I took him out to a restaurant. He really ate a steak, salad, and sweet potato. He seemed so happy at just a little meal. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the sunshine. I did pool training with ches... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:24:30 EST Neat Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766146 I have three super friends in one family. Hen is my golf partner and neighbor. Linda is a new pastor of Calvary United Church of Christ in Barto, PA. Cyndi is the other daughter who is super at so much. The third daughter, Debbie, is a former student. <BR> <BR> This family is so outgoing and welcoming. Cyndi states we are a tribe that expands its members. We are a church family. <BR> <BR> Today we celebrated Linda getting her call to serve as pastor to a church. We had brunch after... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:06:07 EST My Life at the Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765563 My husband is needing almost constant care. He is almost housebound. When that time comes we will need to bring in outside help. Currently I do his meds, his shots, his dialysis, and manage the charting of everything. I record all foods that he eats and tally the potassium, calcium, sodium and phospherous that is required for dialysis patients. <BR> <BR> I do all the meal preparations and shopping. Thank goodness for Amazon for heavier items. I now have a cleaning service once a wee... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:15:05 EST fitness goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762978 I am working on swimming strokes to regain full use of right arm after breast cancer radiation and surgery. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:47:41 EST grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762166 I am so grateful for each for each day. I am surprised with all the good things that happen to me. I am concerned about world events. <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:43:19 EST Changes with respect to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760947 I normally spent 1 hour on Sparkpeople per day. I had to learn about tracking foods and entering my groups. I then entered my favorite exercises. I did Sparkpeople radio and much more. I still find that I have much I can do. <BR> <BR> As I look at my day and demands of caregiving, I cannot spend as much time as I did for 2.5 years. I will do my nutrition tracker, fitness tracker, and much of my Start page. I will monitor the Challenged by Arthritis team and send out Team SparkGoodies. ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:41:26 EST Scaling Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759214 I am now golfing just on Tuesdays in a league. I am having hand, foot and knee problems with my meds. I now take 3000 international units of vitamin D to counteract effects of my anastrazole. I don't want joint damage with my RA. <BR> <BR> I decided to cut back the golf. I will take a lesson with my pro. I have several things I want to go over with him. I also want to practice my shots and see how I can improve. I want to see what I can do at Chapel Hill Golf Course or Willow Hollow o... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:29:33 EST Keeping Calm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758359 I decided that getting upset is not working in my favor. So now I must figure out how to keep calm in the midst of disorder. Why is there disorder? My biggest reason is overscheduling that causes volunteer work to spill over into ME time. So I must reflect on how much volunteering I can really do. <BR> <BR> When projects are scheduled I put start and stop dates. I figure out how much time the work will take and add 20% more time for problems and others who miss deadlines. I also try... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:17:14 EST Looking back over the past weeks with gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756296 I took time today to pause and reflect over what has happened to my husband and me over the last 3 weeks. I feel deep gratitude for all the support people have offered. <BR> <BR> I am doing well from the perspective of my surgeon and medical oncologist. I had my first mammogram since surgery and radiation therapy. All reports show progress and no signs of cancer recurring. <BR> <BR> Bob is making slow progress with his positional vertigo. He had therapy 3 times this week. He is now se... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:37:19 EST Getting my extra hour per day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754368 I'm working on getting that extra hour per day. I refined my number of trips to the gym to what really matters: personal training, body combat, zumba, and swimming. Training and use of the pool really motivated me to go to the gym. <BR> <BR> I took cycling off my gym plan. I have a spin bike at home to use. I use Pandora with an upbeat station. I keep pedaling away. Sometimes I use my DVD spinning classes or rides for variety. Hence I save 40 minutes driving back and forth to the gym.... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:21:33 EST one more hour per day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753954 If I had one more hour per day, I would spend it with my husband and cat. I would listen to his thoughts and concerns. I would <BR> play with the cat,...i try to do this every day. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:28:48 EST Turning Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752079 I am trying to be strong as a caregiver. I try to turn low moods into positive ones. Prayer, proper diet,and exercise help. Support from friends helps. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 07:13:52 EST Finished End of Year Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751851 Woo Hoo! It is finally done. I have been working on the collection of evidence of the goals and events we accomplished in the Berks County Association of School Retirees. Today I got to assemble the report with the evidence. I have all items covered. This has been a stressor in my life. <BR> <BR> I have 5 months left as the President as well as Editor of the Newsletter. I will begin the transition with the next president on September 17th. Candy is my president-elect. She will be a... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 20:18:03 EST One hour at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750681 I am doing fine with my health. I got a great report from my radiologist. I see my medical oncologist on Monday. My yoga class is going super. I feel more relaxed. <BR> <BR> I am worried about my husband, Bob. He is not responding to his antivert drug. His blood pressure while sitting was 174/81. When he took it standing it was 143/78. His blood sugar prior to dialysis was abnormally high. <BR> <BR> He sees his specialist on vertigo tomorrow morning at 8 am. I am taking one hour ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:13:51 EST Being prayerful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749992 I am thanking God for strength to work with my husband. I am asking God for guidance and for inner peace. Many of my activities are put aside for now. Bob has vertigo on top of all his other problems. He is not mobile (If he moves, he could fall). So I am at home with him. I'm even putting golf aside tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Bob is grateful for my help and concern. He is so weak. I want to make him comfortable. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:36:25 EST peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749268 I am concerned about world conditions. I pray for understanding and a miracle. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:21:16 EST Nervous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747790 I have my first mammogram since my cancer on Tuesday morning at 9 am. I am quite nervous about it. I worry that it is too soon since I'm only out of radiation therapy for 3 months. <BR> <BR> I am also worried about lymphedema. I am exercising properly and eating well. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:59:59 EST New things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747131 I love to use technology, but recently have more distractions and problems to resolve. Today I had no activities scheduled. I decided to play with technology this weekend. <BR> <BR> On Friday evening, I used my Sparkpeople apps on my LG Optimus G Pro phone. I was able to do most things. I enjoyed the app. I even did SparkCoach via an app. Really smooth was to enter the information. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to use my LG smart tv and my Amazon prime accout to watch a DVD. We are not g... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:11:53 EST getting to another new normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746548 I was overwhelmed this week. My 12 page newsletter is at the printer now. My husband is trying to build up strength. I moved furniture and houseclean my den. Dialysis supplies arrived on Wednesday as the new window treatments were installed!📱I got a new phone. Now for a quiet weekend!!😃 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:55:57 EST Why can't we get dialysis supplies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743845 We have had several months of shortages of my husband's low calcium dialysis solutions. Once again our order is delayed. We know the company will eventually come through, but the stress is overwhelming. <BR> <BR> I don't understand why the supplies were not released on time. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:50:00 EST Busy with projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743017 I am working on the 12 page newsletter for my retiree group. I designed and edited 6 pages today. <BR> <BR> I also have lists of potential new members to invite. <BR> <BR> I played with the cat and rested too. <BR> <BR> Today was a rest day from gym exercise. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:28:59 EST 5 words or less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741288 I feel: <BR> Hopeful <BR> Content <BR> Energetic <BR> Peaceful <BR> Grateful Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:45:14 EST Some decisions made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739916 Bob decided to accept his surgeon's decision to have follow up. Can you believe no doctor ordered thyroid blood tests? Yet Bob had a CT scan, an ultrasound, and a biopsy! He will have the thyroid blood test soon. <BR> <BR> He will repeat the ultrasound in 6 months and see his surgeon. If his growth is more complex he will have surgery. <BR> <BR> We also talked about going to emergency in the future. We will call our doctors' offices or the dialysis center. We don't need more tests. ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:58:34 EST At his limits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738955 My husband is really at his limits with respect to tests, procedures, and his many health problems. We will go to the surgeon tomorrow afternoon and listen to his suggestion. We then will go home and ponder what he wants to do. Ultimately he makes the decision about surgery or treatments in general. I respect his desire for quality of life. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:27:57 EST Being Supportive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737578 My husband faces so many medical challenges. He is showing some weariness with tests and procedures. I am willing to listen and to offer suggestions. I do research on Medline and Web Md for him. I do Health A to Z as well to find out more information. <BR> <BR> I have questions for the Dialysis Center staff and for Dr. Kimmel, Bob's surgeon. I made several favorite foods for him. Today was his 76th Birthday. We will go out to dinner tomorrow so we can celebrate our birthdays. <BR> ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:21:37 EST Reflecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736347 My husband and I face many challenges, yet grow closer with each one. We can express our deepest fears snd joys. We are present to each other. It is as blessing. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:42:59 EST More medical problems for my husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735673 My husband, Bob, has courage and wants to do the best he can. Recently he had a CAT scan of the chest and a MRI of the thyroid. He then needed to have a biopsy of the one lobe of the thyroid for a large nodule. <BR> <BR> He got the news that he must see an ENT surgeon and plan to have the thyroid removed. When Bob questioned his primary care doctor about a malignancy, the doctor stated that the cells were suspicious. That was the language that was used with my tumors in breast cancer. <B... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:51:43 EST New phone on the way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733433 I soon will pass my Blackberry phone onto my husband. ATT required us to replace his "dumbphone." I will swap the new phone; he'll get mine. <BR> <BR> I will be in app heaven. I want to download the Sparkpeople app, My Health Chart from my doctors/hospital, my home security system app, and others. I will use all the apps to keep my wellness things under control. <BR> <BR> I'm excited. I am a former director of technology for a school district so I am in technology heaven with a new to... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:23:35 EST Mindful eating and social gatherings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732510 I am finding that I am in social gatherings more than usual during last week and next week. I am dedicated to entering the foods in my nutrition tracker and to be mindful of the selections that I make. <BR> <BR> I am keeping my breakfast sensibly focusing on cereal, fat free organic milk, berries or a banana. Two cups of coffee are part of my morning. I am selecting chicken or a meat at lunch or dinner. When possible I will have a salad for lunch or dinner. I tend to skip desserts an... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:17:38 EST Rescue Cat and Fireworks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732179 Snaggles, my rescue cat, has separation anxiety with respect to me. If I am away, he chews his fur off. I am working with him and comforting him. He is also scared of fireworks. <BR> <BR> So this 4th of July finds me at home. I have Snaggles snuggled at my feet. He is currently purring. We just finished his stress time of loud noises with neighborhood fireworks. He did well. He took his stress level from me. <BR> <BR> I also gave him his prozac meds later this morning. What we ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 22:07:09 EST Staycation Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730927 I decided to claim the month of July as my vacation at home. So I went shopping at the farmer's market and got great items to cook. I planned wellness treats such as manicure, pedicure, and shiatsu treatment. I got my hair style changed up. I purchased a few new outfits to match my decrease in size. <BR> <BR> I will go to a restaurant to celebrate my birthday and also visit friends. I used what I would spend on hotels, restaurants and things away from home to purchase new window treat... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 22:31:29 EST Limiting Fast Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729447 I watched a movie titled Super Size Me. I am committed to avoiding quick solutions to my cravings. I also read a book, Fast Food Nation. I will be limiting my intake of fast foods. I need to be healthy. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:21:35 EST Limiting Fast Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729446 I watched a movie titled Super Size Me. I am committed to avoiding quick solutions to my cravings. I also read a book, Fast Food Nation. I will be limiting my intake of fast foods. I need to be healthy. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:21:34 EST Beginner's Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727697 I just completed my first 6 weeks of Beginner's Yoga. The instructor was awesome in her ability to immerse the class of 6 women in a yoga practice. We learned breathing and poses. The instructor helped us 1 on 1 to get the poses correct and gave us modifications so we could do the pose. She also gave us tips on setting up a home practice. <BR> <BR> I have my yoga space and props in my exercise-office space. I am now doing some yoga each day. It certainly helps my stress. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:22:35 EST Managing Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726537 As a caregiver and person with 2 chronic diseases, I am faced with daily stresses of living. I am also active in groups that causes some more stress. I need to keep a balance and find ways to manage my stress. <BR> <BR> With care giving and living with chronic pain, I decided to get help with housework one day a week and have a firm to the outside yardwork. I also want to contract with a maintenance firm to handle painting, home repairs, ongoing repairs, etc. I did a life cycle book with... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:43:34 EST Enjoying each day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725957 I am really enjoying each day. I make time for both Bob and Snaggles, our cat. I have one exercise or golf event per day. I am doing cycling at home as well as some exercises. <BR> <BR> I take yoga on Thursday evenings. I train on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I attempt to fit in a golf lesson every other week. I also play in two golf leagues. I like to walk. I put body combat on hold with my arm problem. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I do volunteer but in a more limited capacity. I tr... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:25:15 EST Recognizing limitations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723651 I am a doer. I am glad to assume tasks and make things happen with the help of others. I am facing limitations as to what I can do in a day without a flare of rheumatoid arthritis kicking up or fatigue from cancer treatments. <BR> <BR> I am learning to be honest with myself and say no. <BR> <BR> I am limiting the amount of golf that I play so that I do not hurt my hands. <BR> <BR> Challenging to say no! Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:13:35 EST Trying more video exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722689 This week I have a goal to do more SparkPeople exercise videos. I want to push myself to do 10 minutes more per day. <BR> <BR> You are correct to remind me about the swelling. I am monitoring that and doing what does not involve the right side. I am walking my fingers up the wall and doing massage on arm and breast each day! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:29:21 EST Yoga and me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722330 I tried yoga several times over the years. I bought a mat, several DVDs and even took gym classes. I was not flexible enough to do most of the poses. There seemed to be a knack that I was missing. I basically gave up and went onward to other gym classes. <BR> <BR> Six months ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was under much stress and had so much going on in my life. I went to the cancer center determined to listen and read all the materials I was given. I also tried TaiChi and... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:49:58 EST Turning 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721659 I will be turning 65 years old soon. I have been on social security since age 63 so the entrance to medicare was so smooth. The Berks County Association of School Retirees ran workshops on applications to Social Security Benefits and Medicare over the years. <BR> <BR> I got my medicare card 3 months before I turn 65. I must have given the mailman a hernia with all the health care plans that arrived at my home. What a grandiose waste of money to send all those applications and information... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:47:36 EST Slight setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720924 I am having a slight setback this week. My breast and arm are causing me pain and some problems. I talked to the executive director of the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks. She suggested that I talk with my surgeon and see if there is anything I need to do. My surgeon recommended that I back off of some activity and take NSAIDS after a dinner. My stomach meds and dinner should counteract the NSAID. I need to get the swelling down. May help my rheumatoid arthritis. I can dream!! Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:59:29 EST Busy, but good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718761 I get some weeks that balancing my life and being a quality caregiver are challenging. This week has many happenings that I am looking forward to participating. <BR> <BR> On Monday I have my husband's clinic followed by my Lunch Bunch group. I recently got my Silver Sneaker's card. The program involves bongos for boomers. Should be fun to use a bongo. I have a personal training followed by my golf lesson at 5 pm. <BR> <BR> I will be going on a day trip on Wednesday to the Sight and S... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:18:20 EST Exhaustion caught up with me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717836 I still try to do too much! I thought I had my fatigue under control and could do more. I golfed on Thursday morning, then took a yoga class that lasted 1 hour 40 minutes. Then (Friday) I did an intensive deep water workout. I did my survivor laps at relay for life and then came home. Wow, I am so tired. <BR> <BR> Other things to do at Relay for Life: <BR> 1. Play in the mud. My sneakers are so muddy. I need to hose them first. We had a terrific storm in the afternoon. The grounds w... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:14:34 EST My feelings today at Relay for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717482 I am a survivor. I have a loving husband who tried to be the best caregiver that he could be. He has health concerns that do limit what he can do. My cancer experience is a life changer. I celebrate each day. I am slowing down and doing what I enjoy. I feel better and now can cook with ease. <BR> <BR> I was touched to hear the stories of others. I am delighted to participate in a relay. I felt alive and healthier. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:56:38 EST New Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716116 I am enjoying my experiences with the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County. I find the women to be outgoing, caring, and intent on helping each other deal with their illness. Today I was asked to represent the group at a fundraiser. I am honored to do so. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:44:31 EST Working on odds and ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714498 I have a few projects to complete - minutes from a regional meeting, hemming slacks, cleaning up the back bedroom, purging clothes from the attic closet. Hence I have a resolve to get these odds and ends done. <BR> <BR> I have some meetings in July to finish last minute details. I have a newsletter for the County chapter and the Berks Subchapter. <BR> <BR> I also have a husband who was notified that he needs a biopsy of his thyroid. He has a 4.2 cm solid nodule. I am keeping busy and tr... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 21:03:23 EST Appreciating Small Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713653 I feel so blessed to have caring friends and a wonderful church family. I also feel a new lease on life. I have golf buddies, church friends, SparkPeople friends, colleagues from my retirement group and my new friends from Breast Cancer Support Group. <BR> <BR> This week has several golf outings (weather permitting) and the Relay for Life. I am a survivor. Thanks be to God. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 19:49:22 EST Feeling more energetic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712383 This is a big week for me. I am getting my energy back. I had pain in my shoulder and arm. I remembered that swimming felt so good on my shoulders and body in general. I decided to do general swimming today. I spent 30 minutes on my crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and side strokes. I reached with my right arm. The pains from breast surgery diminished. I had slight pain now. <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> I golfed, cycled, and did more. I was able to pack away all small items - the Baxte... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:15:20 EST