TEALADY0531's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEALADY0531 TEALADY0531'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/ Back Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250407 On Monday! <em>40</em> I knew there was a possibility of surgery; but not that it would get scheduled so soon (which is partially my fault - but less time to think about it...). Let me s'plain - no - is too much - let me sum up (for all you Princess Bride fans out there - I love Indigo....). <BR> <BR> I've been having worse problems than usual with my back, and new problems with numbness in my leg, since November. I tried physical therapy in December, which was cut short because it ma... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:45:31 EST Personal & Family Update.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170626 You have all been so faithful and kind to think of and pray for me and my family through the rough times that we've been through the last few years. I realize that I've not been as good with updates, especially since September, when I asked for prayers for Kristina's disability hearing. (It's been an interesting autumn, to say the least.) <BR> <BR> A Huge thank you for the thoughts and prayers - she DID get awarded disability! She hasn't received her big back payment check yet (they were ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 23:47:04 EST Urgent Prayer Request!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054100 I would really appreciate prayers today for Kristina, my daughter in law (to-be, but that's just a technicality - she's already my daughter in heart, as anyone who has read here knows!) She's in Grand Rapids right now preparing for her 10am disability hearing. this is her appeal hearing; and her advocate and doctors feel she has a VERY strong case - but there are never any guarantees, as anyone knows. She has Lupus, epilepsy, bipolar disorder, chronic migraines and fibromyalgia. With all of t... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:45:02 EST Need to Take a Short (Hopefully!) Spark Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940709 I hate to do it; but I have to drop out of sight for at least the next week or so. We're moving into our new home this next weekend, and still have a TON to do! (Almost. Nothing. Is. Packed. Acckkk!) <em>198</em> Then we need to get settled in and adjust a bit to the whole "sharing the household" thing. <BR> <BR> Plus, our Jeep decided things weren't exciting enough, so it broke down. <em>40</em> Yeah. Try finishing all those last minute details with no vehicle - sigh.... Ian's ... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 21:28:46 EST Our New Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918317 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l664493178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Once again, here I am explaining why I've been mostly absent from Sparks. (Can we say obsessively-compulsively scanning Craigslist and other rental listings 'til my head nearly exploded and I thought I'd go blind? ( I tend to exaggerate - but only a little....) <BR> <BR> To do a quick summary (like I've EVER been able to do that!), Ron and I were looking for a place to rent anyway; since it's become clear... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 22:24:53 EST Update... And a Deep Breath of Gratitude. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831227 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l632179000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a picture of our three grandchildren in our backyard. They take for granted - as we've taken for granted - that Grandma and Grandpa will always be in this house, that this backyard will always be theirs to play in. We've been here 16 years. <BR> <BR> This blog will in part (I hope) explain while I've been mostly absent (again!) lately from Sparks. For one thing, I've obsessively-compulsively looking at ... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:14:20 EST Thank You!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759758 <em>304</em> all so much for your prayers!!!! <em>459</em> Paige and Audrey are much better now!!! This doting Grandma is very grateful!!! <em>247</em> You're the <em>285</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:38:26 EST Prayers, Please, for my Granddaughters. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4750220 My Paige, who will be 7 in April, has had a strep infection of the throat that has stubbornly refused to go away for a couple of weeks. She was back at the doctor yesterday - and again today - now she has scarlet fever. <em>39</em> Her younger sister, Audrey (5), now has the strep throat (and ringworm). <BR> <BR> Please pray for my girls, if you will, that they would recover soon, and without further complications. I would really appreciate it!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:44:02 EST On My Knees... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571436 ... Both because I'm praying, and because I just can't stand right now. Need to take a Spark Break - Family Crisis! Sun, 6 Nov 2011 17:06:27 EST Autumn Reflections & Life Adjustments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4515173 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l715977340.jpg"> <BR> I want to thank everyone of my Sparkfriends! <em>304</em> <em>220</em> for hanging with me and praying for me through all my requests and absences lately! I am especially thankful for the prayers for my family! <BR> <BR> We've had a lot going on here lately. My future DIL, Kristina, who I've mentioned before in my blogs, has been flaring terribly with her Systemic Lupus and severe fibromyalgia. She recently saw a... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 13:52:26 EST LOL!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469295 This was sent to me by a friend, and I couldn't resist passing it along - hope it gives someone else as big a smile as it gives me! (It's making the rounds by email, so I can't see that it has a copyright....) <BR> <BR> NO, I'm not going to the Vet.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886853409.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This Beats the Heck out of Bunk Beds!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705250413.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Aww shucks, I thought I'd end up in ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 11:36:45 EST One Week Out.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4394735 <em>41</em> It's been a week since my gallbladder surgery; <em>282</em> and I thought I'd post a quickie update. <em>304</em> all for your kind thoughts and prayers! <BR> <BR> The surgery went well - it was able to be completed laparoscopically. My surgeon told me they had to cut a larger than normal hole, though to pop my gallbladder through, because my stones were so big. <em>40</em> They admitted me to a room after surgery; but ended up letting me go home later that same afte... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 19:42:31 EST Less than 24 hrs now.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4377001 If the surgery schedule doesn't run late (they almost always do, lol!), I should be in recovery by this time tomorrow. Bye bye, gallbladder - I SO will not miss you! (Can you tell it's been a painful week?) <BR> <BR> Am I nervous? I'm starting to ramp up there a bit, despite my best efforts. I know I'm in my Saviour's hands, but surgery is surgery, and I'm a bit jittery. Be glad when it's done. I crave your prayers. I've been told by people who have been there that in spite of the pos... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:17:53 EST Family Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4337807 Let me start out by saying that my future DIL is as dear to me as if she were my own daughter. She has called me Mom for ages, and it has touched me so deeply. As a woman who lost my own mother at the age of six, and then had two beloved sons myself; this relationship has been very dear to me. We are united by the shared bond of fibromyalgia - she has Systemic Lupus erythematosus as well. (All at the tender age of 23 - she was diagnosed at 17.) She also has terrible migraines, as I do. ... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 20:26:11 EST A Little Body Respect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4271440 As a part of a challenge on one of my teams (Go, Live-Its!!), I'm picking something I like about my physical characteristics. This was a different thing for me - I'm far to accustomed to criticizing the parts of my body, of course. <BR> <BR> Actually, this assignment comes at a time that I'm trying to change this constant (and wearying) self-condemnation. A God-incidence, as my friend Roxanne would say.... <em>43</em> And not as difficult as I thought it would be, in the end. <BR> <B... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 23:31:46 EST My Week is confused.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4126717 My Monday was great, other than a migraine last night - so far today is my Monday! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l29660501.jpg"> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:34:32 EST PRAISE GOD!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3910429 I literally just put the phone down from talking to my sister. Ben has Viral Meningitis, not bacterial - which is a huge sigh of relief - and is improving rapidly! He also has shingles; and a very rare complication of it, where the shingles actually entered his spinal cord and traveled up into his brain. However, they have everything under control now, apart from his blood pressure fluctuating up and down rather significantly. They are discussing possibly sending him home in a few days! ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:58:25 EST Prayers for my Nephew Ben, Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3908402 He's in the hospital with what they're treating as bacterial meningitis (the tests haven't come back yet to confirm it). He's around 25 years old. This is especially hard on his dad - Darrell is worried sick he's going to lose Ben. Darrell Jr. was killed 2 years ago in a car crash; and Darrell is terrified of losing Ben, too. Reassuring him of statistics doesn't work in a case like this. <BR> <BR> I know in my heart Ben will be ok - he has so many people praying for him, and is young and ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 22:53:16 EST New Year, Fresh Start :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3905099 Yup, I'm back again. <em>213</em> Thank you so much to everyone who has been so encouraging to me when everything was going to pieces!!!!! <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> You're all the <em>285</em> ! I din't send out individual thank you's, and I'm really <em>245</em> Being overwhelmed seems to be a situation I get myself into all too frequently - but I did have some help this time! My husband has been and is still is putting in 60 or more hours of OT in a month, with a ... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 23:01:54 EST Leave of Absence... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3784144 You know how it happens when things are going along, you're starting fresh, making goals, feeling positive.... <em>244</em> And then.... The bottom falls out. <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> This isn't overcommitment and stress - you all have helped me with that so much! This is stuff at home - this is my marriage & my family. And I can't deal with things well when that isn't right. <em>51</em> <BR> <BR> So I probably won't be around much, if at all, for a while. <BR> <BR> Thank God for R... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 22:52:53 EST November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3768890 So, Goals for this month.... Since I'm trying to reshape a lot of my life (including me!), I'm starting out with some pretty basic goals for this month. (I have a tendency to go too crazy with things, in case you haven't noticed.) <em>211</em> So, while I'd like to say I'm going to de-clutter and rearrange my house, lose 15 pounds, get all of my Christmas decorating and shopping done, my cards out (handmade, of course!), walk every day, and go to the gym - it ain't happenin'! <em>246</e... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 22:42:20 EST Been Putting This Blog Off..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3759470 First off, I am a wicked, wicked woman for not getting back to all of you with my heartfelt thanks for your support! <em>245</em> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> All of your comments have meant so much to me, and your advice helped so much! <BR> <BR> I am also a foolish, foolish woman - nothing new about that! <em>246</em> First of all, right after my surgeon released me from my restrictions back in August, I rearranged the living and dining rooms, popping open a suture. Not exactly easin... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 13:06:09 EST Feeling... Different. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3530454 So. I had my final post-surgical appointment on Tuesday morning, the10th. Everything's healed up fine from the surgery, my restrictions are lifted (hubby's happy, LOL), just a couple of sutures yet to dissolve, etc. She was nice enough to give me a copy of my pathology report for my own records when I asked - said it was a good idea. On to the gynecological oncologist's recommendation, which is Megace, 40mg, twice a day. She wants to make sure if any cells escaped, that they are kept sup... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:48:16 EST Wow - It's August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3496825 Summer is just flyin' by! <em>67</em> Last time I blogged, I was counting down to surgery. <em>12</em> I want to thank everyone who wished me well, and who prayed - I have such fantastic friends here! <em>304</em> The surgery went well (as far as surgeries go, LOL), and turned out to be a real blessing in disguise.... <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> I have to go back a little here to explain the blessing. When my endometriosis flared up so badly again, my doctor offered me an alternative ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 21:52:20 EST And the Ball Keeps Rolling Faster.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3271117 My Doctor's office just called with my surgery date, and assorted associated appts. Surgery date is (drumroll, please.... <em>335</em> hey, why aren't there any drum emoticons?!) JUNE 23rd. Which, as you might notice, is a teeny bit quicker than I was thinking it was going to be. <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> God is God. I'm not. This is a good thing. So. I'm just gonna go with the flow here. My kids are gonna wig out more than me, 'cause they have less time than they thou... Wed, 26 May 2010 17:27:12 EST Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3268438 Well, it's official - and the decision all came together much sooner than I thought it would. My Gyn called me herself this afternoon with the results of my ultrasound. It showed a 1 inch hemorrhagic (blood-filled) cyst on one of my ovaries, which she feels pretty much confirms that it's endometriosis that's returned and is causing the problems. Plus, I told her that when she cauterized my cervix to try to stop the bleeding, it just bled even more for a week. (Sorry if this TMI...) <em>2<... Tue, 25 May 2010 23:06:02 EST Woman Stuff.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3224245 Had an appointment today with the doctor who did my subtotal hysterectomy in 2007. I've still had monthly cycles every month since; but that does happen in a small percentage of women who still have their cervix and ovaries. Lately I've had more problems with it, so went in to get it checked out. I also found a lump in one of my breasts last week. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> All in all, the appt. was encouraging. She thinks the lump is a cyst, we need to make sure - so off I go to have a ma... Wed, 12 May 2010 23:53:29 EST Lupron http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3224201 Anyone have any experience with taking this, or know anyone who has? My doctor is talking about it as an option; and what I'm reading about it is not terribly encouraging to me.... <em>24</em> Wed, 12 May 2010 23:37:39 EST Thanks!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3022863 Thank you ALL for giving me such amazing support and advice in answer to my last Blog!!! <em>304</em> <em>220</em> You are all so <em>345</em> ! <BR> I'm going to leave the ticker as is, and quit letting the scale stress me out quite so much for the moment (there's plenty enough else competing for the "Most Stress" title).... It's a tool, not a weapon.... <BR> <BR> That said, I think I'm also going to need to cut down on the number of teams on on for awhile - and that's a lot harder f... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 15:57:14 EST Need Some Advice from My Friends (That's You!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3012845 So - here I am, 14 months into my journey on SparkPeople. <em>252</em> I started at 273 lbs. I'm currently 256.5 lbs. I'm having trouble keeping myself under 250 at the moment. I get to 248, cheer, then back up I go. <em>225</em> It's all my responsibility - no one or nothing else to blame it on but me. The last couple of weeks, especially, I've fallen off the wagon with emotional eating. <em>24</em> My stress levels have gone up; and I'm dealing with it the wrong way. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 21:07:12 EST Feeling Unsure of Myself Tonight (Part II) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2811495 Ok, I've indulged in an hour of try to take-my-mind-off-everything. This included a big cup of chamomile and lavender tea with raw honey (and a splash of Irish Cream - don't knock it 'til you've tried it....) and an episode of "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes". I'm still staring at my cellphone fearing it will ring, and I have an impending migraine. I know I did the only the thing I could do - I'm just... I don't know.... <BR> <BR> This kind of inserted itself into an already rough-ish ti... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 23:48:25 EST Feeling Unsure of Myself Tonight (Part I) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2811002 Yesterday, my husband was off, and we pretty much had some time to chill out and spend a little time together. That doesn't happen very often any more. He had a men's group meeting at church at noon; so while he was gone, I threw some Salsa Chicken in the slow cooker (a Sparks recipe, even! <em>4</em> ). When he came home, we headed out to the library, stopped off at a little coffee shop downtown, <em>271</em> then went to the museum for a while. That's as hot as dates are going to get ... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 21:44:19 EST Grandma is off Again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2764644 Now my family would say that I am always off.... But that's another story for another day! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> In my heart of hearts, I want to go to all my Super SparkTeams and all my wonderful Spark Friends individually and post goodies and explanations why I am disappearing for the rest of the week. But...... A. I am only one person and am greatly exaggerating the impact my absence has for 3 or 4 days, <em>2</em> and B. I am pooped, and have to get up early in the morning. <em... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 22:22:41 EST Thank You!!! Again!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2745058 For everyone who prayed, and posted wonderful encouragement after my last blog post - thank you so much! <em>304</em> <em>247</em> You're all the <em>285</em> . I was able to pick up my meds on Monday, despite another set of crazy, "if-I-don't-laugh-I'll-cry" circumstances. (I'll try to get another blog out today, and see if I can get a chuckle out of you all....) <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> For anyone out there who may be taking Effexor-XR - when they say not to stop taking it suddenly, es... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 13:36:36 EST Medication problems - Sick - could use prayers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2726225 This is just a SOS I'm tossing out tonight. <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> Due to one of those complicated little - not enough money at the right time, then my idiotic self forgetting to email the Rx in right before payday, then dear hubby and I having a spat all of payday - oh dear, you get some of the picture - clear as mud, right - situations.... Well, I ran out of two of my long-term medications over the weekend. <BR> <BR> The problem is, these are medications that a person is not supposed t... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 22:25:21 EST Kristina, Christmas & Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2666831 So many of my friends here have been so encouraging to me and kind to pray for my son Ian's fiancee, Kristina, through her recent health scares and surgery! She had surgery on her cervical spine on December 7th for a herniated disc, as I mentioned on my last blog. I've not said a proper thank you, or updated you all; so I thought I'd take this chance to do so.... <BR> <BR> First of all, <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> ! I just know that those who prayed for Kris made a big diff... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 22:55:43 EST Will be offline for a few days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2614441 I'm going to stay at Ian & Kristina's, our youngest son and his fiancee's home, tonight. (No internet access) Kristina is having surgery on her cervical spine early tomorrow morning; and will be kept overnight tomorrow night. I'll stay and take care of Brycen, our 2 yr old grandson, while Ian is at the hospital with her. I'll then be over there helping out most weekdays, while Ian is at work. <BR> <BR> Please pray for her, that everything goes well; and be well, everyone!!!! <BR> <BR>... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 15:16:47 EST Happy St. Nicolas Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2614405 Happy St. Nicholas Day to Everyone!!! <em>442</em> Find a Healthy way to treat yourself today! Maybe, if the weather is nice, you could walk around and look at lights this evening. <em>425</em> Here in Kalamazoo, we have a park downtown that is decorated; and a lovely place to walk around. <em>445</em> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Midgie Sun, 6 Dec 2009 15:02:43 EST Here we go Again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2564476 This has been a pretty great week, all in all - lot's of things to be thankful for! So this is not meant to be a whiny blog, overall (I hope) <em>211</em> .... For instance, I've been able to spend time with my beautiful grand-daughters this week, and have them overnight - twice! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Plus, the weather here in SW lower Michigan, after the last couple of rainy weeks, spent this week just glowing with sunshine and warmer Fall weather. And I actually have had a bit more t... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 23:35:15 EST Trying Not to Quit.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2458908 <em>39</em> I'm probably going to regret writing this blog as soon as I post it; but it's vent time.... <BR> <BR> I'm tired. I'm tired of being such a downer here on SparkPeople with my status updates. I'm tired of being so stressed out I don't know if I'm coming or going. I'm tired of being the one who has to say "we'll just have to find a way to make it work', because everyone else here at home is raining doom and gloom and impossibility. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of getting on the scale... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 00:13:42 EST If I Don't Laugh, I'll Cry.... ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2082074 Welllll.... I started out the day at the dentist - just a check-up though. Then, my grandson's been down for a nap for awhile, everyone. - hooray - a little bit of quiet time. That was before I flushed the toilet. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I don't know who all was in there before me & just how plugged up it got. I do know a few other things though. 1. Our plunger is too small. 2. I don't like toilet water in my eyes. 3. Or my mouth. 4. I need to wash another lo... Thu, 21 May 2009 13:48:18 EST With a Thoughtful Heart... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2015520 I should email my pastor and tell him how much he stirred my heart with his message Sunday morning.... No, really - I ended up spending all of Sunday evening, all night, and half of Monday in the hospital getting tested for possible heart problems! (Rob, if someone reads this and tattles - it was a great message - but I couldn't resist throwing that in <em>211</em> ) <BR> <BR> Chest pain & crushing pressure, and other accompanying scary heart attack symptoms, get you straight into the ER ... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 00:39:13 EST