SUSIEPH1's SparkPeople Blog SUSIEPH1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community This is so important to us .. Please Read I found this article on the net .. Please acknowledge it for what it is .. <BR> I have been following Moss Greene for several years and have found it to make such a huge difference in my life .. <BR> <BR> Love to all xxSusie xx <BR> <BR> <BR> “Refined” Bad Carb Sweet Sugar Death <BR> 2 <BR> 0 <BR> 2 <BR> 1 <BR> Sweet sugar death, including “death by chocolate”, is no laughing matter. <BR> And sugar is just one of the “refined” bad carb culprits in our society. “Death by sugar” is also cau... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:13:46 EST Finally back on Spark!. This last 2 months has been horrendous!. <BR> We made the move to the empty granny flat attached to Marian's house as it was easier for her to be able to help me nurse Colin. <BR> We had carers helping us in the mornings and the afternoons, but during the night it was just Marian and I. <BR> We didn't realise how much of a problem it would be to transfer the Internet over ... <BR> The biggest problem was that there was three phone lines into the house and none of them was active. <BR> Marian ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 00:31:05 EST Update Saturday 19th October ... We have just returned from the hospital .. <BR> Colin has expressed his wishes to come home.. We spoke to his doctor and the nursing staff and we are going to bring him home tomorrow .. <BR> <BR> The doctor has reduced most of his medication to what is absolutely nessesary and increased pain meds .. <BR> This will enable Colin to go in peace .. <BR> <BR> He has had a stroke and has lost most of his memory.. <BR> We don't know exactly how long he has,but as the doctor says, it is in ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 07:33:01 EST Update on Colin ... Hi Everyone!. <BR> Thank you all so much for your unwavering support of Colin and I and our Family .. <BR> . <BR> Colin was admitted back into hospital yesterday .. <BR> He had another fall and hit his head .. He has bleeding in the area between the brain and the skull .. It's not much ..but enough to lower his blood pressure alarmingly. <BR> <BR> He is also in isolation, we have to mask ,glove and gown up when we go to see him, just in case we infect him with something nasty .., <BR> <B... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:05:19 EST Today! Well today started out well .. <em>250</em> <BR> Carers came and sponge bathed Colin .. His arm is starting to heal .. Changed his bandages and settled him down in his new lift chair in the lounge room .. Then they left. <BR> <BR> I went back to make his bed and decided to fill the bird bath just out side Colin's bedroom window .. Wasn't away more that 5 minutes .. <BR> I went back into our house and noticed Colin wasn't in his lift chair .. I looked out the back and he had fallen .. ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:35:54 EST Never Ever Quit! <BR> <BR> THE NEVER QUIT PLEDGE!! <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, to forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:35:06 EST Please read this! Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... <BR> <BR> We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who take care of others all the tim... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 19:46:30 EST Update! well my darlings .. First of all I need to thank you for all for your lovely goodies,messages of love and support for Colin and I .. <BR> <BR> Yesterday after I had blogged, i had to get the ambos out again as Colin started bleeding freely .. <BR> They decided to redo his bandages and then left .. It was only an hour later that Colin was bleeding through all those bandages again. <BR> I rang the Ambulance and we went back to the hospital again .. They refused to admit him as he wasn't ill ..... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:05:15 EST Thought it was getting to easy.. Poor Colin had a fall this morning .. I have been expecting this to happen .. He won't use his walker .. Just his stick .. <BR> He tripped on the carpet in the living room .. and hit his head on the coffee table.. Luckily he didn't knock himself out .. I didn't even try to lift him.. I just covered him with a blanket and put a cushion under his head and called the ambulance . <BR> He didn't break any bones.. but he did take skin of his arm .. <BR> He was bleeding profusely, so i padded it ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:54:47 EST Answer from SparkPeople This is the answer I received from sparkpeople this morning. <BR> <BR> Fitbit uses a different equation and includes your BMR (a measure of the energy your body uses in normal, everyday functions, like digesting food, moving your lungs and pumping your heart), whereas the calories burned listed on our site from the Fitbit entry is only counting your physical activity, not your BMR. <BR> So now we know .. <BR> I will need to increase my exercise substantially. <em>521</em> <em>386</em> ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 17:13:05 EST Trackers Can anyone tell me why there is such a disparity between calories burned on our trackers and what is displayed on our open trackers ? Yesterday I burned over 1000 calories but on my open tracker it is an entirely different story ... I checked back over the last two months and it is all totally different .. Thank you Melenie for your blog .. It prompted me to check my own open tracker .. <em>198</em> <em>303</em> <em>220</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:57:20 EST Blessings! I am a great believer in a higher power .. I am not religious as such but I know there is a spiritual being .. <BR> I have had many such experiences during my life to prove this to me .. <BR> Everyone has a perfect right to follow their own beliefs and I am not forcing my beliefs on anyone .. <BR> It is usually a private matter <BR> The only reason I am bring this up right now is a experience I had last night. <BR> As most of you know Colin is terminally ill. <BR> We have him at home now a... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:08:27 EST Pain Management Clinic. Good Evening to all my dear Sparkie Friends .. I hope you all had a great day and you are living your live happily .. <BR> As I said on my friend feed this morning, Colin and I attended a pain management Clinic run by the Peter Mc Callum Cancer Clinic . <BR> The doctor in charge,was actually a professor and because we arrived early we were seen right away .. <BR> We learned a lot from him and his nurse about what we can do to help ease Colin's pain, <BR> especially when to take the meds an... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 07:22:49 EST Update and Thank you! Colin has been home nearly a week now and I am so glad I made the right decision .. <BR> We have had so much help and support from our community and of course my lovely spark friends .. <BR> Colin's carers come in every morning and get him out of bed and shower him .. They check on his medications and make sure we are ok .. <BR> Our daughters have been really great, and are also helping with the shopping and even some washing .. <BR> Colin is much happier at home and so am I .. <BR> I can se... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 04:00:20 EST Homecoming! Colin's first day back home has been busy .. We have had the palliative care team and the aged care team here to arrange Colin's care. He is so happy to be home and is enjoying the luxury of his new air bed and all the equipment to help him .. <BR> <BR> We have also had visitors .. They didn't want to go into the home to see him,but are happy to visit him here. <BR> Bobby of course was so welcoming .. He missed his dad .. <BR> But he doesn't like Colin's new bed is too squissy for him.... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 01:52:45 EST Stacey's 13th Birthday Stacey Heather Paxton with her Step Father. <BR> She turned 13 years old Yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sorry! Couldn't straighten the pic! .. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="">. <BR> This photo was taken last night at a party held for Stacey's 13 th Birthday . <BR> We took Colin out of the Home for the day .. <BR> As you can see he is really enjoying being with us ... <BR>... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 07:35:26 EST Nearly got everything in place. The last few days have been really busy .. I have given our spare bed to Helen and moved our Queensized bed into my room. .. Now we are awaiting the arrival of Colin's special bed. <BR> We have also decided to buy Colin his own TV. <BR> Then when he doesn't feel like coming down to the lounge, he can watch TV from his bed .. <BR> I am starting to feel better .. <BR> The Prednisolone is helping my breathing .. So hopefully by the time Colin comes home I will be a lot fitter. <BR> My girls h... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 06:01:24 EST Decisions and Spark Friends. Just a short note to let you all know how grateful I am for all your suggestions .. and loving thoughts .. <BR> Yes you are all right .. I do need to be better and to involve my daughters in the care of their Father .. <BR> I will take all this on board .. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will be in touch with all the home care I can access. <BR> I have been informed I can also be assigned a hospital bed, and a lifting contraption to get Colin out of bed and in his wheel chair .. There will also be ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 17:26:42 EST Update ! Thank you all for your lovely goodies,emails, and thoughts and encouragement on my blogs and page. <BR> My sore throat was the start of the flu .. I am on antibiotics and unfortunately this turned into bronchial asthma .. <BR> Now I am using my nebuliser and it is helping me to breathe better. <BR> I guess I was so run down my body didn't have the ability to fight the infection .. <BR> I am starting to feel better,but i am so very tired .. <BR> <BR> Colin is wanting to come home .. The p... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 17:15:06 EST Short Blog! Thank you so very much to all my wonderful friends for being so supportive .. Love all your emails, goodies, and well wishes .. <BR> I have the flu and am not sparking much .. Please forgive .. <BR> I haven't been able to go see Colin .. But my girls have and they say he is doing ok ... Did speak to him on the phone yesterday but he didn't say much .. <BR> Hope you are all well . Thinking of you all .. Much Love Susie. <BR> <em>247</em> <em>382</em> <em>220</em> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:50:13 EST Heartfelt thanks to all my Spark Friends Thank you all so very much for being so very support of Colin and I at this difficult time. <BR> Your love, prayers and thoughts have been so supportive and have kept me going .. <BR> <BR> Colin has now been assessed at High Care .. <BR> <BR> This means he will be staying at the Regis facility .. <BR> <BR> He can't control his bodily functions any more and he needs help to shower, dress and eat. <BR> I am not able to do this .. <BR> He has amazing nurses that help him .. They are all so... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:03:37 EST Respite. Yesterday I had to do the hardest thing I have ever had to do. <BR> I took my darling to a respite centre .. <BR> We could not control Colin pain. <BR> Our doctor and the palliative care team decided it would be in Colin's best interests to go,into Respite .. <BR> He will stay there until they can control Colin's pain .. <BR> <BR> Colin has a lovely big room overlooking the gardens .. He has a ensuite and air conditioner also a lovely comfortable bed. <BR> We took his radio with him as he ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:23:25 EST Explanation of what Palliative Care means. Good morning my Darlings .. <BR> Thank you for all your well wishes and support, It has been such a hard few weeks,for my family and I . <BR> Colin is finally out of pain and is resting comfortably, he of course, extends his gratitude to you all for your support of us .. <BR> Some of you are wondering what exactly is Palliative Care and what it entails. <BR> Palliative Care here in Australia,is designed to help and support the patient and the family during the end of life process. <BR> Th... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:13:53 EST Update on Colin and Palliative Care. The Palliative Care team arrived this morning quite early .. <BR> They have set up hospital in our home, <BR> Colin is finally free from the awful pain he has been going through . I know it takes time to set every thing up and I appriciate the fact that the nurses where so good with him .. <BR> <BR> Colin is a very stubborn man, and he wouldn't let us take him to hospital .. <BR> This was very wearing on all of us,especially Colin. <BR> He is now on his regular medication, and also 10 mgs... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 05:27:03 EST Palliative Care. Sorry haven't answered your messages yet, <BR> Colin had such a bad night and I took him to his doctor earlier this morning .. <BR> He has organised a palliative care team to come out and assess him sometime today. <BR> I have doctors permission to medicate Colin when he needs it .. <BR> This is such a hard time of our lives,but I am coping so far. <BR> I think he is going to have to go into a palliative care ward where he can be looked after by professionals . <BR> I am so uplifted by al... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:52:31 EST One Step Forward, Two Steps Back. My darling, is exhausted with fighting this pain. <BR> Although he slept well last night, today was another day of pain. <BR> The meds seamed to have dulled the intensity, but it is still very painful. <BR> We have another appointment with our doctor tomorrow to see what else can be done to help him .. <BR> Thank you all for your thoughts and comforting comments to my blogs .. I am trying to answer you all personally. <BR> If by any chance I miss you, it's not because I don't appreciate ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:21:08 EST Getting there! Well I think we are winning this battle against the pain!. <BR> Colin and I slept through to 4am. He shouldn't have had his meds until 6 am,but I couldn't let him stay in pain for the sake of two hours. This is the first good nights sleep we have had for at least 2 months . <BR> We are both so weary but elated, that the mixture of meds are actually working. <BR> Colin has settled down again and is sleeping .. <BR> His next lot of meds are due at 10 am. <BR> I will make a appointment for Col... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 16:44:37 EST Baby steps forward at last! Have got the doctors permission to keep Colin on the Panadol Oestio as well as the Panadeine forte. <BR> Colin is more comfortable tonight and his pain levels are down to 8 on the scale 1-10. <BR> We can live with that and I am hoping that we can reduce his pain level even further. <BR> This is all experimentation at the moment,but it seems to be helping.. <BR> We will know more after a good nights sleep. <BR> Hopefully Colin can get a night that is relatively free of pain sometime soo... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 06:15:51 EST Update on Doctors visit and Pain meds Well, the doctor took my thoughts on that perhaps Colin might be Morphine resistant .. <BR> He has prescribed 500mgs of panadeine forte 4 times a day . <BR> Hopefully this will help my poor darling. <BR> The results of the scan are. 4 stones in his left kidney . <BR> We were told he had two last month either they have multiplied, or someone read the Scan wrongly .. <BR> <BR> Colin also has crushed vertebrae in his lower spine.. <BR> No wonder he is in so much pain! <BR> He also has... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:09:32 EST Stressful Weekend I am taking Colin back to the doctor this morning .. Colin's pain has increased over the weekend. <BR> He has been in absolute agony. <BR> I increased the pain meds another 5 mgs as suggested by the doctor and that did give him a bit of relief for a hour or two. <BR> We will also have the results from his scan .. <BR> <BR> I am thinking Colin could be Morphine tolerant as the drug doesn't seem to give him much relief .. Also maybe his dementia is a factor,as in he may be imagining the pain... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:17:48 EST Colin's 84th Birthday with Family and Friends <img src=""> <BR> First of all Colin and I need to thank all our lovely Spark Friends for the Birthday Wishes and Lovely Goodies sent for Colin.. <BR> We had a lovely day with our family and friends, was so nice to be together celebrating Colin's special day. <BR> The girls did us proud with healthy, and some not so healthy finger foods. <BR> It was lovely to catch up with what they were doing,and how their lives are changing as they ge... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 04:11:16 EST Making every day count! <img src="">. Thought you may like a photo of Colin and his dog Bobby. <BR> I am trying to make every day count and also making memories. <BR> Colin felt like going out today so I got him in the car and drove two blocks down to the RSL . <BR> He had his walking stick and I as usual, had my walking frame, when we tried to open the door to the lounge, we struck trouble as it was very stiff and neither of us are very strong now. <BR> Two yo... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 03:57:50 EST Challenges of Life. As most of you know Colin has been extremely ill over the last few months. <BR> He is out of hospital and I am taking care of him at home. <BR> We have extra help in the house and new aids for Colin so that he can undress and dress himself and get into and out of bed. <BR> Unfortunately, the stress of all the pain he is in, has excelerated the dementia. <BR> He is really quite dependant on me now . <BR> He will never be out of pain and we will have to manage it with meds. <BR> Colin spleen... Wed, 29 May 2013 23:35:23 EST Life Happens. I didn't realise how long it has been since I blogged. <BR> Because I use the friend feed, it slipped my mind. <BR> Colin is recovering well from his procedures and was doing really well, until he decided to try and fix the cover of our wall gas heater. <BR> He got the ladder and climbed up to try and fix a loose screw . <BR> Needless to say,he fell from the 2nd rung up. <BR> This wasn't very far, but far enough to hurt his hip. I managed to get him in the car and took him straight up to h... Thu, 16 May 2013 06:12:28 EST Update as requested!. Colin was taken to theatre at 1-30pm today .. <BR> The plan was to do a endoscopy to replace the stent and to see whether taking the gall bladder out was a option. <BR> They took the stent out and widened the bile duct . <BR> <BR> The Doctors then proceeded to investigate the gall bladder . <BR> They decided to remove the stones from the gall bladder via the endoscope <BR> This was a much safer option than doing keyhole surgery . <BR> <BR> Colin came though this really well and althou... Wed, 1 May 2013 06:53:54 EST Many Thanks Thank you all very much for all your lovely thoughts, prayers and love. Colin and I are so very grateful that so many of you are thinking of us .. <BR> Much Love Colin and Susie Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:37:23 EST Colin's Surgery Date. We heard from the Surgeon at the Austin Hospital this afternoon .. <BR> Colin is having a scan and operation on 1 st May . <BR> <BR> We will go down the morning of the operation and will stay at the same B&B. we did before .. It is all booked and Marian will be coming with us again .. <BR> <BR> I am in a better frame of mind now as Colin is getting his strength back . <BR> Thank you all for your well wishes .. Much Love Susie . Tue, 16 Apr 2013 01:35:01 EST Our Trip to Melbourne for Colins Pre-Op and Op. We left Mildura 10.30 am Wednesday morning. <BR> We had decided to go down a day early to give Colin time to rest before his pre-med and following op. <BR> We stayed at a lovely B@B not very far from the Hospital.. <BR> Our hosts were lovely and so was the house we were staying in,everything was of the highest quality and we were looked after so well. <BR> <BR> After a good nights sleep and a lovely breakfast, our host drove us to the Hospital and on leaving us there he suggested we... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 23:43:31 EST Update as requested!. We are so glad to have Colin home again, he is so tired,weak and white faced,as he is in constant pain . <BR> He has even more meds to take now especially pain meds . He can't have the necessary op until after Easter,. <BR> His op is scheduled for the 11th April . <BR> It will be a trip back down to the Austin hospital . <BR> Marian-Jane our youngest daughter has arrived from Western Australia after a flight of 22 hours . <BR> She had to come via Sydney as no fights were coming to Melbour... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 23:12:54 EST This is my Pledge Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> <BR> I pledge to stay... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:49:29 EST The benefits of keeping a Journal The last 10 days has proved to me the benefits of keeping a Journal. <BR> As a Team leader for over 3 years I have often blogged about the necessity of keeping a Journal. <BR> I know it is a bit of a nuisance to write everything down ..but once you have ruled up the pages to track all the food,exercise, and what ever else you need to keep up with for your challenges, it becomes much easier . <BR> I would not have liked to have fallen behind, as I am determined to lose what weight I... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:52:09 EST Thank You, Thank You, Thank you..!! This is dedicated to all my dear friends who have been following my friend feed .. <BR> I haven't had time to blog .. and I am ashamed to say I haven't answered all your wonderful Goodies,lovely comments on my feeds and messages on my page. <BR> <BR> Colin is still in the Austin hospital .. he is still on intravenous antibiotics and the Doctors are still wanting to take the gall bladder out, but have to wait until the infection is cleared up .. <BR> <BR> I came home with Maureen on... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 00:59:38 EST Thank you all so Much .. Thank you for your wondeful support and lovely comments. <BR> Colin is now in the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. <BR> He has a 8mm stone in his gall bladder and it must come out . <BR> He is having massive amounts of antibiotics and he is being operated on tomorrow at 12.30 pm . <BR> Maureen and I are flying down tomorrow morning to be there with him .. <BR> <BR> Might not be on spark for awhile, so please forgive .. <BR> Much Love to you all Susie Sat, 9 Mar 2013 02:59:36 EST Feeling so much better and back on Track !! <em>224</em> . <BR> Yesterday I had a visit to my Specialist ... <BR> He was so pleased with me, and the progress I have made. <BR> I am back losing weight again ..and eating well, also moving !!. <BR> The Cardizam Meds I was on since my Heart attack back in August, was just not doing the job it was meant to .. <BR> I was going in and out of atrial fib several times a day and I was really going backwards . <BR> <BR> My Doctor changed my med's to Isoptin.This is a slow release med that... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 23:08:10 EST Heart Specialist Visit and Gratitude. Yesterday I had my 6 monthly check,up with Heart Specialist. <BR> He was such a nice man and made me feel at ease immediately, I was rather nervous as I knew my heart beat was still abnormal . <BR> I was hoping I wouldn't have to go through having a pacemaker inserted in my chest,. <BR> My younger sister Linda is just recovering from this invasive procedure. <BR> She actually died on the table and was brought back to life. <BR> <BR> Very frightening for her,and also I would not like the th... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 01:04:15 EST To My Spark friends and Spark people. My Spark Journey started in July 2009. <BR> I was 118 Kilos ..( I had lost 27Kilos previously on my own . <BR> My Original weight was 145 Plus Kilos. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> With Sparkpeople and My wonderful SparkFriends I was able to get down to 80 kilos . <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="">. <BR> <BR> Then I had another heart attack, this of course slowe... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:56:15 EST Nicer Dicer. Colin and I decided to buy ourselves a Nicer Dicer as I am having trouble cutting up things without cutting myself LOL!. <BR> <BR> I am on 6 mgs a day of warferin and I bleed badly if cut . <BR> <BR> <img src="">. <BR> <BR> There are several different size blade options to use and it is so easy to use, you can find one if you wanted to buy one, in Big W or in Harvey Normans .. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:22:52 EST Thank You !! and nearly back to normal <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you all so very much for all your lovely Comments Goodies and answers to my Blog . <BR> <BR> <BR> Wendy leaves early tomorrow morning and all will be back to normal .persay!!. <BR> If you can call my family life normal .. <BR> I have a huge family and amount of friends and they all did what they could to make my day perfect .. <BR> <BR> I was amazed that Wendy drove all the way from Pert... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:22:04 EST 70th Birthday Party Thank you to all of you that have answered my short blogs .. We have all been so busy and I haven't had much time to Spark .. <BR> My girls are wanting to get out and about and of course Mother can't be left out !! . <BR> <BR> My Beautiful Girls, Colin and Wendy .. <BR> <img src="">. <BR> <BR> My Lovely Birthday Cake <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Sister-in-law Popp... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 04:40:54 EST Another Quick Blog !! Hi Darlings. <BR> We had a wonderful day.... all went well and everyone enjoyed them selves .. <BR> Will post photos and more details tomorrow .. <BR> Night Night .. <BR> Love to all and Thank you so much for all the answers to my last blog !!. <BR> I am still reading through them. LOL!! <BR> Susie <em>304</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 04:24:55 EST