XENA1956's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=XENA1956 XENA1956'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/ Doing a bit better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787497 Went out to Sun City with my friend Irene on Tuesday and had a great day. She and her husband are fixing up the retirement home of his parents to sell after their passing. It is a large 3 bedroom, 2 bath in a retirement community over 55+. The bedrooms were at least double the size of ours, but both bathroom were just normal. Sun City is located in Riverside County here in CA near Lake Elsinor. <BR> <BR> Then on Wednesday evening got 2 migraines in 4 hours. I am so tired of having these aura... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:29:04 EST Forgot to wear my Sparks Tracker again. Darn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785049 So I was getting ready for my morning walk and on the way I was going to drop off Phred for his hair cut. In my rush to get him there I forgot to wear the darn trackers. So I had to figure the amount using the Sparks Maps. I just hate when I forget because even when you enter the information yourself it won't count for weekly goals like steps & miles. I can live with that but still makes me mad when I do that. <BR> <BR> So the new dog groomer for Phred is just around the corner. I asked for... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:51:56 EST How you all doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783508 Ok it has been since the 3rd that I last did a blog. I am feeling 100% better and getting up and walking most mornings by 7am. It has finally cooled off for the last two days. In fact right now it is almost 10am and only 74 degrees and very overcast. Rain would be very nice indeed, but what CA really needs is the snow pack on the mountains. I am hoping for lots of snow this year. <BR> <BR> My old phone finally just died. My son Frank and I went out last week in 100 degree heat to check out a... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:07:03 EST Wow has been a while, 35 days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772897 One reason I haven't been online is my husband was off most of August. We cleared out his bedroom and moved him into the living room. We took down all the popcorn ceiling, closed up the old smaller closet and opened up the wall along one side of the bedroom for a larger closet area. He put in new insulation, and painted the room and added a secret wall safe for our soon to be new hand gun. <BR> <BR> At one time we had another hand gun which we gave to our son Frank one year for his birthday ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:25:30 EST Another hot humid day. UCLA water loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749315 Another hot and humid day here in Anaheim. Got my early morning walk in starting once again at 7:15am. <BR> This has been a strange few days around here. On Sunday up in Venice Beach in LA County they had a lightening strike at the beach. Since this is so rare here no one including the lifeguards told people to stay out of the water when the weather suddenly change and one bolt hit directly in the water. One young man was killed and 9 were taken to local hospitals. Many people were knocked o... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:43:40 EST Heat up and still doing my early morning walks. Metropolis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747703 So was out of the house by 7:15 am this morning, and it was pretty nice with a slight breeze. Stopped by CVS to pick up a script near the end of the walk. Then it got very hot again. <BR> DVR'd a classic silent movie "Metropolis" on TCM the other day. Started to watch it, got about half way through and just couldn't keep my eyes open. I think the music may have put me to sleep, but the movie is very good. I am pretty sure I saw this years ago where our local Parks & Recs use to show old mo... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:33:59 EST Warm to hot! Me and Loretta Sanchez http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744447 So it has been pretty warm here and today it went over 95 degrees. For the last couple of days I haven't felt up to par. Yesterday I didn't do much but lay a round because my stomach was giving me problems (a lot of bathroom runs). I did get up and walk today but much shorter than normal, maybe a couple of miles. Just taking it easy. <BR> <BR> So I got the email with the picture of me and our Congress woman Loretta Sanchez. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1099756208.jpg... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:56:34 EST How things are going here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741094 Saw my Rheumy last Thursday and was down another 10 pounds from 195.4 to 185.2. Very happy with that since I was stuck for so long a just above 200 pounds. My pro-times have been perfect for the last couple of months, which means I only have to have the blood work done once a month. Haven't checked online to see how my other blood work was but will either hear from the doctor or check this weekend. <BR> Other news is Franks car we helped him purchased about 6 months ago for $3500 took a dive... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:35:37 EST Hope everyone had a safe & sane holiday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733836 We had our 29th wedding anniversary on the 29th. lol Jeff had to work and I got another migraine. My daughter Samra and her guy Carl came out from Arizona for the weekend. They have been together 3+ years and Carl said they were thinking about getting married possible next year sometime. They are thinking of buying a house and it protects them both along with the tax breaks for those that are married. We took the whole family out for a nice dinner to celebrate Franks 28th birthday on 7/3. Fr... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:14:58 EST Thanks to everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720973 I wanted to thank all those who read my previous blog about my migraine. I am really feeling so much better. Been walking everyday, slower than normal but still getting in the miles. It is starting to warm up again and I will have to get up earlier and out walking b/4 the heat hits. I am still able to get out bwt 9-9:30am and the weather has been very nice, with a cooling breeze, which I really like. Weather man says it is going to start getting hot again. Oh joy! Not! But at least my AC in ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:25:46 EST Worse week in a long time due to migraines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720138 I got a horrible migraine on Sunday evening the 8th of June. Took my prescription meds and it sort of worked after a while. Then Monday afternoon the aura came back like gang busters (I call it the strobe light syndrome, but lots worse). But Tuesday morning I was feeling alright and decided I would try a short walk early in the morning. It was over-cast and cool, around 68 degrees when I started. I was almost home when the aura started up again. I got and took my meds once again but the aura... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:25:59 EST Arthritis walk was fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710864 The walk was fun and the weather was great. I forgot to bring my camera and I don't take pictures with my phone because I don't know how to up/download from my phone to my computer. There is a memory card on the phone but I have no idea where to put it into my computer and since I don't have internet access with my phone. I just don't take pics. I am hoping to call someone to see how I can get a copy of the team photo. I really want a copy of it. <BR> I had a dental cleaning today and all w... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:24:58 EST Early morning walk to make up for feeling yucky yesterday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707636 Yesterday was not a good day for me. My arthritis was acting up badly. It sort of started on Thursday as I noticed on my evening walk that my right knee and hip were giving me pain with every step. I took 2 Ibuprofen yesterday even though I am not suppose to due to kidney dysfunction from Lupus. Tylenol does nothing for this type of pain, as I could take 12 pills without relief. I just took it easy all day and did not reach my step goals. Sometimes a lady got a do, what a lady has to do to ge... Sat, 31 May 2014 19:08:06 EST Forgot to wear my SPAT this morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704451 So I am on my walk when I notice I did not transfer my SPAT from my house shoes to my walking shoes. I was almost a mile from home and too far to go back. I was able to map my walk without any problems because I knew what time I left the house at. I walked 53 min. and 3.05 miles. No problem tracking that, but there use to be a way to add in steps b4 I got the SPAT. Does that option disappear when you get the tracker. Seems that option should still be available just incase one forgets to wear ... Tue, 27 May 2014 14:14:14 EST Much cooler in the high 60's low 70's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701068 Weather has taken a turn for the better here. Will be nice for the holiday expecting low to mid 80's. Been walking twice everyday so hitting over 10,000 most days. <BR> <BR> Took a walk over to Irene's house the other morning to see her and husband John who got out of the hospital after spending over a month. He is very skinny but seems so much better. He lost close to 40 pounds, which he didn't need to lose. Hope for a full recovery! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Phred is doing better and go... Thu, 22 May 2014 21:49:16 EST Finally cooler today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697219 On Wednesday, after I got back home with Phred, he jumped off either one of the beds or the dog door and landed wrong. He came into visit me and was acting all weird and when I petted him & tried to pick him up, he cried out in pain. Jeff got home later that evening about 8:15pm and I notified him something was wrong with his dog. Jeff tried to pick Phred up and he cried, so the poor dog slept in his doggy bed Wednesday night. <BR> <BR> Took Phred to the vet in the morning. Frank dropped me... Sat, 17 May 2014 19:43:04 EST 105 Degress today! Yucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695209 Today I woke up with no energy. I decided I would try and sleep without a medication I have been taking every night that helps with getting a good nights sleep. (People with Lupus have difficulty sleeping and this medication really helps). I kept waking up, but would go back to sleep pretty easily, but that is not the same as sleeping straight through the night. Won't do that again, I need my good sleep to feel 100%. <BR> <BR> I was lazy and read the paper. I kept looking at the temperature... Wed, 14 May 2014 21:01:42 EST Very hot & windy the last couple of days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694382 So yesterday I wanted to walk and it was already over 80 degrees by 8am. So I ended up going to the gym around 10am. Stupid gym (Planet Fitness), they had one of the front doors open (they have large double glass doors) when I left I asked why the door was open when it was 94 degrees outside. The gym guy said and I quote "But there is a nice breeze". Really, we are having Santa Ana winds again and it is a strong wind not a breeze. What a waste of energy for all that AC going out the door. <... Tue, 13 May 2014 19:29:17 EST Finally got a "Gold Medal" for steps. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692908 This week I had over 63,000 steps, even with having to take yesterday off due to a migraine. I would have done closer to 70,000 if I hadn't been in bed most of yesterday. <BR> <BR> Jeff took me out to dinner last night but nothing tasted right and I couldn't eat much. Ended up taking a lot home and leaving a bit. Frank had to work last evening but I had told the kids if they donated to my charity walk for Arthritis no presents or anything for Mothers Day. My son Frank still went and got me a... Sun, 11 May 2014 22:19:00 EST Good day & Good News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691528 Had a couple of appointments this morning. First my pulmonary (breathing) test and then to see the specialist Dr. Lawton. Everything was great with my test and he is keeping me on the Dulara Inhaler (which I get samples from him free, told me to come back anytime I need some more if I run out b/4 my next appointment). Saves me $140, which is what the Symbiacort had cost me. They did the normal BP and weight. I was in shock when my weigh showed 195 lb. and I excited to say the least. <em>244<... Fri, 9 May 2014 19:53:13 EST Winter weather here high of 68 with gusts today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690060 I did my walk today and it was a bit cooler than yesterday. Such strange weather, first record heat now 10 degrees below normal for this time of year. Felt much better than having to get up so early to beat the heat. <BR> Jeff is working today and most likely for next 5-6 weeks or so. He is up in LA at their convention center instead of the either the Long Beach or Anaheim Convention Ctr. <BR> <BR> Speaking of the Anaheim Convention Ctr. this last 3 weeks they were showing Antiques Roadsh... Wed, 7 May 2014 20:59:06 EST Hurrah weather broke and feeling so nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688421 Today the weather man said it might rain, not here at least as much as I could tell. But our weather has cooled off a lot. Did my morning walk with a nice cooling breeze. Right now it is about 65 degrees compared to last week when it was still over 80 degrees at this time 6:49 pm. <BR> Helped out my friend Rosa today because she was without a car. She had been to the doctor this morning b/4 her husband had to go to work. She has bad ear infection in both ears, ouch! She work nights and I th... Mon, 5 May 2014 21:56:25 EST Very hot and windy week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686557 So starting on Tuesday morning the weather here went nuts. It shot up to record degree's of heat for this time of year all over S.CA. We had gusts that were over 55+mph for over two days straight. <BR> <BR> I tried to go to the gym on Wednesday and showed up at Planet Fitness to find the front doors wide open, all the ceiling fans on and it was boiling inside. Their AC was having trouble keeping up with the heat, and some other problems. They tend to keep it a bit warmer than any other gym... Sat, 3 May 2014 15:12:34 EST Been a nice week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680578 I was a bit depressed last week after the viewing/funeral services for Autumn. They were burying her on the 22nd Earth Day. One of the reasons I didn't attend the day services was that is the same day my mother past away 7 years ago. I would have been thinking of my Mom and not Autumn. <BR> Weather has been nice all week until today. I got a nice long walk in yesterday and today, but the weather changed by this evening and it is suppose to rain tonight or tomorrow. There is something in my ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:35:52 EST Just another day in paradise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675968 Nice weather today. Had a good walk, feel pretty good. Have a funeral/viewing service to attend on Monday evening . Will attend this rather than the church services, which are being held on Tuesday morning with burial to follow a couple of towns over. Samra's good friends mom Autumn died suddenly last week. So was only 49. I have known her since 2000. I did not realized she was almost 10 yrs younger than I. It should be a good showing for all services since she worked for the school distric... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:38:10 EST Doing pretty good with the walks. Happy Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674504 So I am really trying to get my 4+ miles in everyday. Some days I do achieve that goal, some days I am a bit short. I just keep trucking along as best I can. Had my 6 month appointment with my Endocrinologist this week and the small growths on my thyroid have not enlarged so he will do the next ultrasound in the office and keep an eye on my blood work. He is keeping an eye on this because my sister had thyroid cancer. <BR> The Rheumatologist I saw last week and he did some blood work again... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:09:28 EST Sorry I was not onsite for a few weeks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664636 I had some great things happen and some thing that kept me from exercising for over 1 1/2 weeks. I had a great birthday on 3/21, hubby was off work for the first time in ages. He gave me $100 to spend anyway I wanted. He took me to breakfast but I only ate half of everything and took the rest home to our son. Jeff didn't finish all of his breakfast either so Frank had a nice breakfast surprise. Jeff dropped me off after breakfast up the street at our local Skechers warehouse store. I purcha... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 22:11:17 EST Hubby is not good for my health. I need to be strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648054 Jeff has been off work since Wednesday and we have been out running errands it is obvious to me he eats like a baby, every 3-4 hours. Today he wanted to go to breakfast, I had eaten my breakfast only 45 min. b/4 at 8:30AM, and he had also eaten just 20 min. b/4 around 8am, so I wasn't going to eat anything. I just wanted to get back to the house so I could get a walk in b4 it got too warm. He stopped at Jack in the Box near out house, still asking me if I wanted anything. He did the same t... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:56:27 EST Today is my hubbys birthday but he has to work until midnight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641655 So today is Jeff's 59th birthday and he won't be home until close to midnight. He has been working so hard for the last couple of months. Hasn't had any days off except for the Sunday when Samra was here for Presidents Day weekend in Feb. and this was after he drove home the evening b/4 (after working all day in central CA town of Tulare). He is suppose to have 9 or 10 days off starting next Wednesday. I am sure he will sleep most of the first day he is off. <BR> <BR> Frank and I headed over... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 20:33:34 EST Wind, rain storms all last and today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636305 It has been pretty rough here today with gusts going pretty strong and really strong rains. The news says we should expect about 4 inches. We need this rain, but not all at one time and downpours don't help those who live in areas that suffered fire damage last spring. A lot of sand bagging has been going on in those areas. <BR> Did manage a 1 block walk with Phred but we were both pretty wet when we got home. It had stopped raining for a bit, so I decided great time to walk the dog. Didn't... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:55:22 EST Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thrusday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635518 Sunday: <BR> Woke up early to do a bunch of laundry and was hoping to do a nice walk with my son along the Anaheim Cove River Trail. By the time it was near noon I had a very bad headache not a migraine but bad enough I didn't leave the house. In fact I only had a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner and went to bed very early. <BR> Monday: <BR> Had two appointments 9am with my family doctor and 10:45am at the pro-time clinic. Doctor was running late and didn't get called back to a room until ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:23:51 EST Up early, weather a bit strange http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631127 Got up early and it was pretty cool. Went to the market and wore my yoga pants and just a tee. Came out of the store and it had warmed up 15 degrees to 80 by the time I got home. Read the paper, then vacuumed and then my son offered to make lunch. He made 1/2 a quesadilla for me and a whole for himself. He added some left over chicken rice, so it was a full meal for me. I check the tv to see if there was any Olympics on but NBC hadn't started their coverage yet. <BR> Then I noticed the wind ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:23:33 EST Another warm day here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630399 I went out for my morning walk today around 9:15am and it was nice with a breeze but by the time I was done over an hour later I was sweating and it was already close to 80 degrees. Did some laundry, cleaned the bathrooms, talked to my friend Irene a bit. She has been busy with John her DH. John has been going through radiation and chemo for some time for a type of throat cancer but seems to tolerate the medication very well. I haven't seen much of her lately. <BR> Jory our foster son is get... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:21:12 EST Hit the gym again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629569 So far I have managed to hit the gym once a week. Sounds bad but I walk at least 1 hour + everyday and have been done some light 5# upper body workouts and also doing some Leslie Sansone dvd's. I am still interval training on the treadmill, which means I walk fast @ 3.5 for 4 min. then jog @ 4.2 for 1 min. then go down to walking at 3.7 slow jog for a min and back to 3.5 for 4 min. It is a start and I still have to be careful on my ankle but at least I am not whizzing like I did the first tim... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:33:26 EST Blog won't load and keeps vanishing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627745 If this loads I am going to be so mad. I had a great blog I wrote about this past weekend with my family. Hit the Post Blog Entry and it just vanished. Nada gone. I will try again tomorrow. lol when I entered this short one the original showed up too. lol Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:42:14 EST Wonderful weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627742 My daughter Samra and her boyfriend Carl got here on Sat. and they had decided to stay at a nearby hotel within walking distance of the house. They wanted some alone time for Valentines Day. <BR> Saturday evening I took them over to our favorite Italian place in Fullerton for dinner and afterwards we did a little walking to hit one of her old favorite stomping grounds store, Impso Facto (sp) sort of a punk clothing store that she use to like to shop in. One of her good friends did modeling f... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:39:04 EST Busy day but got it done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624401 Walk in the morning. Check <BR> Drink over 10 cups of water. Check <BR> Clean the whole house top to bottom. Check <BR> Take a shower. Check <BR> Walk the dog (Phred) in the afternoon. Check <BR> Take medications. Check <BR> Talk to my husband to wish him a Happy Valentines Day. Check <BR> (Can't wait to see him on Sunday!) <BR> <BR> All ready for Samra (daughter) and Carl (her special man) to be here this weekend. Check <BR> Son Frank brought home dinner from Subway where he has been workin... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:51:09 EST What's up! Happy Valentines Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623417 So I went back on prenidsone last Sat. 10 mg. after talking with my husband. I was at getting some blood work done for my family doctor, who is located on the same floor as my Rheumy and decided to ask to speak to his office lady, Jennifer. She out to speak to me and I told her what had happened and what I was currently doing. She went and got my doctor, who just happened to be there b/4 he was leaving for a 2 week vacation. He came out and sent 1 mg. script over to the pharmacy and told me ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:19:38 EST What I have learned since 2009! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618123 I joined in May of 2009 but didn't really start doing the program until Nov. 9th, 2009. My friend Sandy encouraged me to join and at first I did just to be nice. But by Nov. I was really not happy with how my body looked, after viewing vacation pictures from that summer. <BR> <BR> So what have I learned here on Sparks. <BR> There are wonderful people all over the world who use and still use this program daily. <BR> I have made many friends who helped me with all sorts of problems, not just... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:44:14 EST Feeling better and out walking again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616248 Ok after being on the steroids for over 2 weeks I am feeling so much better. Out walking again and doing the housework, not dropping everything right and left. Feel much better about driving the car too, since I can now squeeze my hands without pain. Still need to get back to the family doctors to get paperwork for the blood test she wants done. Will most likely do it on Monday after I have my protime done. <BR> <BR> Jeff is out of town for another 2 weeks or so. The weather is actually wa... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 19:36:01 EST OK here's the scoop on health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604787 So I see the last time I was on here was over 2 weeks ago. I got my results from all the heart tests. I am a Ok 100% in that area. <BR> Regarding cutting my finger on my last blog was due to some pain and achiness I had been having with my hands and arms. It got to a point where I was dropping everything. I broke a number of plates, glasses and cups. My son would hear something and just walk out of his room, grab the broom and dust pan. My hubby and sister finally convinced me to call my Rhe... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:55:10 EST Be sure your ST is on tight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589313 Close to the last mile of my walk yesterday wasn't recorded on my ST. If came off my shoes and I thought I had just kicked a pebble or something else. After I got home I knew exactly where it happened, near the cemetery that I walk near and through it to add some miles. I drove back to the approximate spot and could see it on the sidewalk when I parked. I was so happy to not have to buy another one. I was also afraid some child walking along with their parents would pick it up. Kids like thin... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:12:58 EST Thanks very one for your comments. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587304 Just wanted to let everyone who has been reading my blogs, how much I appreciate your helpful comments and good wishes on my health issues. I would normally put a note or message on each persons Spark page, but since I am having difficulty doing anything with my hands at the moment I am sending out this general blog. <BR> <BR> Today got the Holter monitor put on. Only wish they had told me I would not be able to bathe for the next 48 hours, as I would have showered after my 70+ min. walk ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:55:23 EST Warm weather starting to cool off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586074 The weather has still been in the upper 70's & low 80's. It is just starting to cool off. I haven't been online this last year due to pain everywhere in my hands, shoulders, etc. I am pretty sure it is the fibromyalgia rather than a Lupus flare up. I get my Holter monitor tomorrow and will wear for 48 hrs. I see my family physician on Monday morning when she should have the results. I am beginning to think the pain I was having may have been due to this flare up that may have just been starti... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 20:03:46 EST Christmas was very warm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574795 So I am almost done writing my blog today and the whole things just disappears.??? <BR> <BR> Go a new laptop for Christmas because my other one was pretty old having be purchased sometime in late 2005 or early 2006 with Vista on it. I had been having so many problems with it locking up on me and just not working very well over the last couple of years. Jeff got himself a new desktop about 6 weeks ago and has been purchasing all sorts of parts and stuff for his stereo system. He has spent... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:26:59 EST Sick for last 2 days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567518 OK, Monday I got up and spent the morning cleaning the house after all the baking Sunday, the floors needed a good cleaning. Also dusting top to bottom, vacuumed and cleaned/polished the wood flooring, also clean both bathrooms. Pretty much burned out after that. Took a shower and then headed over to the store to do some light marketing. Took Phred for a short walk and made him an appointment for yesterday to get his hair/nail cuts. Paid for the Christmas package which includes a Xmas scarf ... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:08:54 EST Busy with the what? Need to get out and walk. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565197 Yesterday I drove over to Lake Elsinor to meet up with my sister & her husband to exchange Xmas gifts and have a late breakfast. The late breakfast turned into a mid day lunch thanks to some traffic. Over in the city of Perris which is a cut through from Hemet to Lake E, my sister got caught up in a traffic jam because of a parade. She finally ended up getting back on the freeway and taking the long way around through Temecula. I ended up waiting for over an hour in my car in front of the loc... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 22:05:42 EST Test done today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563188 Saw the Rhuematologist and things seem to be pretty good for my Lupus right now, no rashes, not too much pain, except for my throat and swollen gland on my right side. The gland is always swollen up, a bit more after the dentist the other day. This has been attributed to my TMJ, but my throat get's really raw and feels sore. It goes away after a few days, but Rhuemy asked me to go off my Lupus medication for about a week to see if will clear up faster. I also told him about some weird pains I... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:07:52 EST Hope all goes well with doc appointments tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562430 So I have my Rhuematologist appointment at 8:45 am and then the GP at 9:30 am. Glad they are in the same building and same floor. I hope all goes well and they don't find anything else wrong with me. lol <BR> Jeff and I had our teeth cleaned yesterday at the dentist. Always fun when that cold water hits you gums. Hoo baby! Our dentist does not have a water warmer, since most times here it isn't that cold. Well with our weather having been in the low 30's at night, that water was making me ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:38:02 EST Somewhat busy with Christmas shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558624 So Yesterday morning I took my neighbor Rosa with me over to Costco. We got a small amount of Xmas shopping done there and needed regular household supplies. Was close to $300 for the both of us, but she paid me back for her stuff. Was fun to go there with somebody else. I am normally all alone in that big old warehouse store. Know I did a lot of steps. lol <BR> <BR> It was cool but with the sun out it was pretty warm. Did not need any kind of jacket. I tell you once it hits around 4 pm and... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:54:25 EST