SMIDGON's SparkPeople Blog SMIDGON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community HAPPENINGS TO DATE Well, I will see if I can post this x around! <BR> <BR> Things are hanging on here. Johns platelets have dropped for the past four sessions of treatments. Next tuesday, if they have fallen further (75)they will send him home. Then, he'll return the next Tuesday to see if they have come up any. They cannot risk giving it if it gets any lower. <BR> <BR> when the HOME HEALTH CARE NURSE was there this past Wednesday she said he had two more visits coming. Then she will decide if any more ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:25:02 EST TROUBLE POSTING. I just wanted to post about Johns condition; plus the weather. <BR> <BR> It was rejected! <BR> <BR> Anyone else having problems? Sat, 23 Jan 2016 06:35:09 EST A OTHER DAY Just an update on LIFE! <BR> <BR> John did get his Chemo and pump today. <BR> <BR> Lexie got me up about 3a.m.. she had to go out and poo! Between then and 6a.m. I had her out 5xs. Only one more poo. Wouldn't eat or drink as usual. I had to force water down her! She has bacteria in her gut. So, she is on some meds.. <BR> <BR> I told the dr. She had been acting so weird. I was suspec ting what the vet said! Lexie is starting with dementia! Like in humans, at xs they are completel... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 19:57:34 EST OFF TO A GOOD START! LOL! I stay so tired all the time. So, Lexie and I got ready for bed early. Hubby watched TV in his bed room. I turned TV OFF at 10pm. <BR> <BR> I suddenly got awake. I heard sirens, and, Care Flight go overhead. I listened for the clock to strike. It was midnight. I laid awake until around 3am. I got awake when hubby got up at 5am. So much for the first night of the new year! <BR> <BR> I have 'p uttered ' around until lunch. <BR> <BR> Now dishes are done. I discovered my ba... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:55:19 EST TO ALL MY SPARK FRIENDS! HAPPY NEW YEARS, <BR> <BR> JANET Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:48:16 EST TO ALL MY SPARK FRIENDS! MERRY CHRISTMAS to one and all. <BR> <BR> And, a blessed NEW YEAR Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:54:47 EST A LITTLE EARLY I know we have a little bit left until Christmas. How Ever, under the circumstances, with getting ready and Chemo and all, I want to: <BR> <BR> WISH EVERYONE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS <BR> and <BR> A HAPPY NEW YEAR ! <BR> <BR> Love and hugs to everyone. <BR> Janet and Lexie Mon, 7 Dec 2015 17:27:38 EST PRAYERS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "PRAY WITHOUT CEASING" Fri, 4 Dec 2015 05:40:44 EST A NEW TRADITION Today, Lexie and I are starting a new tradition. <BR> <BR> "Think what a better world it would be if we all the whole world had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap. " <BR> <BR> -Barbara Jordan- <BR> <BR> That's what we shall do, even tho Lexie is my canine companion,. <BR> Thu, 3 Dec 2015 08:32:57 EST Ever feel like your lost in a desert? To begin with, we had sleet, then light snow! <BR> <BR> Being where hubby and I are now, is a lonely place! I, for one feel like I have moved in the middle of a desert. Where no one knows either of us! The only telly calls are the Son, a d telamarkers. No one checking on us or even emailing! <BR> <BR> I know there is a lesson to be learned here. <BR> <BR> Whenever something happens to you, see what you can learn from it. You may just be surprised. Wed, 2 Dec 2015 19:32:54 EST MUSINGS I don't know what happened with the last paragraph of the previous blog. <BR> <BR> I get a different outlook on life over the holidays. <BR> <BR> I have mentioned how ones thought were long x friends. Have walked away from me. <BR> I has been said that they don't know what to say. How about a touch on the arm, a hug, or if they really know you, a smooth on the cheek? Or, a simple "I'm sorry ", "GOD BLESS YOU EVEN "I'm praying for you ". <BR> <BR> In going over my teams, I have no... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:07:06 EST WHAT TO DO . HELLO ALL <BR> We all are still hanging in there. It seems like the week between chemo s are his best time! <BR> <BR> But, wouldn't you know both weeks of Thanksgiving Giving and the week of Christmas are both Chemo weeks,! Thanksgiving Day is when he gets the pump take out. And, that is Thanksgiving at our DAUGHTER 2. AND, Christmas eve day he gets the pump out. Christmas day we can have our usual get together as we have that and he can lay down. <BR> <BR> We have the schedule ... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:30:12 EST JOHN PRAYERS for John <BR> <BR> please prayers for John. <BR> <BR> This morning he is running a temp.. <BR> First it was 100.5 <BR> Then, 99.5 <BR> Now, 100,9 <BR> <BR> THANKS <BR> janet <BR> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:37:26 EST GOTTA VENT ! Things are getting more hectic every day! <BR> I am getting to where I can eat nothing w/O it tearing up my stomach. Some would say, go to the dr.. the dr. Has health problems himself so, he is only in the ofc one day a seek. I have checked and there is only one other dr. Close. He is in the same complex as our dr.. so, he won't accept us switching to him! <BR> <BR> The stress level is unbelieveanle. <BR> <BR> The reh. Health care nurse took thurs. And Fri off. A sub came yesterday. ... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 16:32:50 EST UPDATE ON JOHN #2 Oh, where do I start? <BR> Its been very hectic for all of us. <BR> This past tuesday John got his first chemo. Also the pump in the port <BR> Brought him back to the nursing faculty. Within a few hours we were notified that the nursing faculty was unable to keep him. Reason? State law to have a pump there has to be an registered nurse on duty all night! Their third shift only has linseed practical nurses. So, what do they do? They discharge them and send them home with out even Hom... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:02:56 EST SONS HAPPENINGS Today was another visit to the nursing faculty. Thank goodness it is only 6blks. from home. <BR> Most of the x hubby goes in the morning, me in the afternoon. Every day. Some days you can tell he doesn't feel well. Other days we see the personality that has always been hidden. His sisters have always said that when they call him, he will said very few words and say goodbye, then hang up! Now, he'll even carry on a conversation! Where that ability has been all these years,, I don't k... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 18:00:24 EST MAYBE THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER! HOORAY! <BR> <BR> We got it set up today an appt.for tomorrow so <BR> John can get paperwork done to start his chemo.. <BR> <BR> Also, his insurance has taken his situation back into review. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:24:20 EST ANOTHER UPDATE ON JOHN UP DATE <BR> <BR> John was transported to a local nursing faculty last night to begin his Chemotherapy at a nearby hospital. <BR> <BR> It is now all in God's hands! <BR> <BR> Will keep you posted! Fri, 18 Sep 2015 06:19:13 EST UPDATE on JOHN It appears to be something different every day! They get one thing working again, then, something else stops or slows down! First they take the drainage tube that goes from his nose to his stomach out, then when they okay a liquid diet, he vomits it up and back in goes the tube. <BR> Then, he has good bowel sounds, then, maybe the next day, the bowels go to sleep! One day, his kidneys are working fine, they take cather out, the next they are not working, and the cather goes back in!!! I c... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 06:32:26 EST PRAYERS for John I am here asking for PRAYERS big x . <BR> <BR> Our 51 yr old Autistic son had been getting I'll for several weeks. He would be ill, get better go awhile, get sick again. <BR> <BR> He lives in a supported living home. <BR> <BR> He called us at 4 05 a.m. a week ago this past saturday. He took him to the ER. They were there for a good 5 hrs. They found what they thought 3 masses. They transported him to the hospital. Over the next few days they confirmed it. They transported him to a t... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 06:43:13 EST Home from dr. appt. Hello All <BR> I got back from the dr appt. a bit ago! Ate lunch and here I am! <BR> <BR> The dr. wants me to have a chest ex ray a Mr I then till then it will be x for the neurologist appt.. he upped my meds, so we shall see. <BR> <BR> This x around the Dr's and nurses have gone all out to get me help! The other dr. Said he'd do this and that, but, did nothing. <BR> <BR> I will keep in touch! Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:24:00 EST HERE IT IS !!! Well, this is Monday ! Ready or not. <BR> <BR> Each week brings it own set of events and goals to meet. I thought it would be the usual start of the week. <BR> <BR> Yesterday started off with Church. After, I came home and fed my fut-baby, Lexie. <BR> <BR> Then hubby finished his chores as head usher. <BR> <BR> We went to brunch. We went to "Big Boy". I got the Cobb Salad. I like that, as you can mix together what ingredients you want. I always bring a good 1/2 salad home. Tha... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 06:10:26 EST The BIG week-end !!! It's been a whirlwind of events around here ! Some pleasurable and others not so; but, things that had to be done. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow one of my classes will be over. Then two weeks from Tuesday, another one over. The third one has another month to go. <BR> <BR> I start a different one on Sept. 01. hubby and I 53 rd. Ann., <BR> So, it will go for the rest of the year. <BR> <BR> But, with that, some changes also! For one, hubby will be 79 yrs. old Tuesday. Boy, time flies, doesn't it? <B... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:16:36 EST HAPPY FOURTH of JULY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wish YOU and everyone a 'safe' and 'fun-filled' day ! <BR> <BR> Have fun, BUT, in view with all that's going on, BE ON YOUR GUARD ! <BR> <BR> GOD BLESS US ALL ! <BR> <BR> Hugs, Janet <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:30:30 EST SURPRISE! I decided to 'pop' in and surprise you all! <BR> <BR> I am sitting here, watching the battery slowly losing power. So, if suddenly I am gone; it's because I ran out of juice. <BR> <BR> Nothing really new here; just your 'boring' existence! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, it was hubby, Lexie and I here. We had a quiet neighborhood. I guess either everyone was gone; or, holed up in their houses. Of course we are under possible T-storms watches through Saturday! Maybe we are just on our guard! <B... Tue, 26 May 2015 06:41:25 EST Lexie's Easter pics. To see Lexie's Easter finery; check out my Gallery! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 11:09:29 EST Easter pics. today I decided to depart from the usual today. I wanted to see if I could get some Easter pics on here. Haven't tried it for awhile. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:59:55 EST RAMBLINGS by SMIDGON 1852 Uncle Sam first appeared in a political cartoon. <BR> <BR> To his dog, every man is Napolean; hence the constant popularity of dogs. <BR> -Aldous Huxley- <BR> <BR> To tell how old your dog might be; After the 2nd. year, add 4 human years for each dog year. After the 13th. year, add 2-1/2 human years for each dog year. <BR> <BR> Keep several old towels in a box near the back door to dry off a wet dog. <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Smidgon <BR> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:57:53 EST Ramblings by Smidgon 1888---The Blizzard of 1888 struck the Northeast. Four hundred lives were lost, <BR> <BR> <BR> "There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them". <BR> ---Lawrence Welk--- <BR> <BR> <BR> Once again, your mother was right. "Eat your prunes!" For constipation, diverticulitis, and other digestive ills, prunes offer a naturally sweet, high-fiber cure. Prune juice works, too, and both are good sources of iron. <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:08:28 EST DID YOU KNOW? If you have to make a cake and you know you will be pressed for time, measure out the ingredients ahead of time, [up to three days]. Place the wet ingredients in a screw-top glass jar in the refrig.. Place the dry ingredients in an airtight container. <BR> <BR> <BR> To keep leftover layer cake from drying out, attach pieces of bread with toothpicks on the exposed edges of the cake. <BR> <BR> <BR> "A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:39:05 EST DID YOU KNOW? Before relying on last year's leftover seeds, test their germination rate. Place a few between damp paper towels, put them in a dark place, and keep them moist. Viable seeds will sprout in 5 to 10 days. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thunder in March means a fruitful year. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:13:55 EST UPDATE Just thought I'd bring everyone up to date! <BR> <BR> January 01, 2014 I started on a 'Soul-searching Journey'. I tell you all one thing, it's not for whimps! My life has been a 'roller coaster' ever since. Everything from personal health to relationships, to taking my cares to the 'foot of the cross'! <BR> <BR> And, most important, following some very important steps to reach the most understanding of my purpose in life! And, you must listen for the Master's voice! <BR> <BR> I am also... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:50:05 EST Trying again! A lot has gone on in my life since I was last on here! So, I am trying again! <BR> <BR> Over that time, I gained 5#. Up and down! I have left emotions get the best of me! I finally realized, I am only human. That will derail me right there. I am trying again! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Janet Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:33:49 EST 1 Year Anniversary! CHECK OUT EDDIE'S PICTURES ON MY GALLERY <BR> <BR> It's been one year today Sept. 28th, 2012 <BR> At 4:22 p.m. you left us on the Earth to join my other doggies and kitty cat at the Rainbow Bridge. <BR> You left your companion, Lexie; your Daddy and Mommy. We still miss you everyday! Your bed and favorite toy; Mr. Mallard Duck; your collar and a shirt are in the same place as when you last used them! I've left them there for Lexie! <BR> <BR> You left this world after kissing me good-bye,... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 06:51:53 EST REMEMBERING REMEMBER 9-11 <BR> <BR> Let no one forget 9-11-01 and, also 9-11-12 ! <BR> <BR> GOD BLESS EACH and EVERYONE ! Wed, 11 Sep 2013 05:44:56 EST GOD REST HIS SOUL! This past Tuesday early morning, one of our town <BR> s finest young men was killed in Kabul, Afghanstein. He was a defense contractor with the A.F.. <BR> <BR> He was in his mid-forties. In the early 80's; he, DD2 and I worked together at the grocery. He left there and went to work at the factore, hubby worked at. Hubby was his boss. They also ran on the EMS squad together where he was a captain for hubby. <BR> <BR> After that, he was dispatcher for the local police dept., later becomi... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 15:25:23 EST URGENT MESSAGE <BR> <BR> TO ALL SPARKIES!!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to pass this along to you all! <BR> <BR> Have you gotten an response to anything that just didn't seem right??? <BR> <BR> Today I got a response to a pic. on my Spark Page that got me to wondering. <BR> <BR> It was a response giving me their e-mail address to write if I wanted their friendship. <BR> <BR> If any of you have, let me know so we can see if it is the same message and intent. <BR> <BR> It may be intirely innocent, but, let's s... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:29:59 EST GRANDDAUGHTERS and 'GUYS' <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And, finally but not least! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Janet Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:12:01 EST HAPPY EASTER 2013 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lexie and "Mommy" Sat, 30 Mar 2013 13:17:01 EST HAPPY ST. PAT'S DAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> FROM LEXIE to all SPARK FRIENDS! Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:37:23 EST Smidgon TO ALL MY SPARK FRIENDS} <BR> <BR> HAPPY VALENTINES' DAY! <BR> <BR> HUGS, <BR> Janet Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:10:18 EST IN MEMORY 'LITTLE' EDDIE <BR> March 2003-Sept. 2012 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Where's my pipe,newspaper and glasses?" <BR> <BR> We know you have left us---that we understand! <BR> <BR> But, your not coming back, and, that's what we are having a problem with! <BR> <BR> We will always love you, and, we will always miss you! <BR> <BR> Mom, Dad <BR> and Lexie <BR> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:03:39 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish each and every one of you and your families a good new year! <BR> I wanted to share with each of you some pictures from last week! <BR> The first one is of it snowing [looking out our patio door] and it <BR> has ice on it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then, here is one from the next day! What a difference a day makes: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hey, you Southerners! See what your missin... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:44:58 EST TO ALL MY SPARKFRIENDS I know it's been a long time. There has been many life-changing things to happen in my life since September! <BR> <BR> I wanted to blog in to wish you all <BR> <BR> A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Janet <BR> ~+~ Sat, 22 Dec 2012 08:37:44 EST GRANDMA'S CUCUMBER PATCH With all going on in the family, I was late getting any planting done. Hubby planted tomato plants. At the last minute I planted cucumber seeds! <BR> With the great results; I think from now on; I will plant seeds. <BR> Here is my cucumber patch, planted in my above ground garden. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are some other pics of cucumbers and tomatoes! <img src=""> <BR> ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:48:13 EST HEALTH ISSUES! I am sorry to tell you this. <BR> Something has happened that has me shaken and not sure <BR> what I will do! <BR> That is all I can say at this time! <BR> Waiting for tests results. Will tell <BR> all at a later date. <BR> Blessings, <BR> Janet <BR> ~+~ Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:43:27 EST COMING SOON! <BR> <BR> ANOTHER NEW BLOG COMING SOON! <em>379</em> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 07:12:41 EST REMEMBERING the FOURTH! HAPPY BELATED 4th of JULY! <BR> As some of you know, my computer <BR> was down and out for <BR> awhile! I got it back several <BR> days ago. I was so overwhelmed <BR> by all the mail, it took me <BR> awhile to get it sorted out! <BR> So, I've been tardy writing <BR> a new blog. I said several <BR> days ago, I was going <BR> to do it than. But didn't! <BR> Here's several pics. Hope you <BR> enjoy them! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tha... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:06:53 EST MY MINI VACATION As a lot of you know, I went to <BR> DD2's for the week-end. <BR> I always enjoy my time in Indy. <BR> This time was no exception. <BR> There's always something to do. <BR> Here's one thing I enjoyed <BR> sitting around! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Have a safe and terrific week! Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:26:57 EST Another Retreat PICTURE! I just had to add this <BR> 'Retreat' picture! <BR> It's from a different <BR> angle! You can tell <BR> I love my backyard. <BR> It's hard to realize <BR> it is back up against <BR> another housing deve- <BR> lopmant, isn't it? <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 07:28:39 EST