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  • Its going to be a long day today

    1/17/2017 12:02:06 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today is going to be a long day. Dad is getting his 2nd iron IV today and has 3 more to go. He will get those the next 3 Tuesdays in the morning. We will go back to town and then come back up before 4pm for my appointment with my lung doctor. I will let that doctor know that I got my CPAP machine an... Read more

  • Car stuff... brain stuff... dog stuff... food stuff

    1/16/2017 8:43:14 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Well, the mechanic made it so the car is driveable for now, but it needs a part replaced. The part will be in on Friday, so I will once again drop it off at the garage in the morning on Friday. My brother, Jonathan, is picking up the cost of the repair, as the car is in his name and he uses it the... Read more

  • Sleeping better and more energy

    1/16/2017 4:37:49 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, my sleep is better and my energy is up since getting my CPAP machine. I haven't woken up with my usual headaches (unless its a sinus headache) and I am not waking up tired. I took my first long walk yesterday morning to church. It usually takes me 19 minutes to get to church and it took me 17.... Read more

  • Walking the dog

    1/15/2017 9:13:12 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I managed to take the dog for an hour long walk, go grocery shopping, and do my laundry all by 11 am today. And I forgot to set my alarm last night, so I woke up a half hour later than usual. Cooper was willing to walk today so I took him out for another 2 hours at lunch, and a half hour at dinne... Read more

  • Experimenting with greens

    1/14/2017 8:06:39 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Today was my day to cook lunch for mom and dad at their house. Mom sent me a link on Facebook a couple of days ago on a different way to prepare fresh greens. And dad's Winter garden has swiss chard, so today we thought we would give it a try. Sadly due to the high winds we have had the past coup... Read more

  • At the gym

    1/13/2017 8:23:20 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had to talk myself into going to the gym today. From the moment I woke up it was a series of conversations with myself and decisions made that subsequently led to me getting my tuchis to the gym. I ended up doing 10.76 miles in 107 minutes on the treadmill. That is a slightly slower pace than l... Read more

  • Foggy day... power trips

    1/12/2017 5:48:01 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The fog was incredible today. It cleared by about 3pm, but in the middle of the day it was pea soup! I am glad I didn't need to drive anywhere today. It rained for a while as well. I tried to walk Cooper around 1:15pm, while it was raining, and he wouldn't set foot outside, so I took him to the ... Read more

  • Resisting technology or embracing it?

    1/11/2017 7:04:26 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My migraine lingered this morning, so I decided it would be wise to not go to the gym and deal with the loud music and the almost certain overexertion I would put myself through... instead I walked the dog, and pedaled and read. I got a box of new books in the mail yesterday that I was eager to get... Read more

  • Medical Update... SPAT news... Migraine weather

    1/10/2017 4:53:55 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Had my appointment with the neuropathy specialist this afternoon. She said I am kind of a puzzling case, since there was no precipitating event or cause. She said I may just be genetically predisposed to this... and now we wait to see if it happens again, and if it does I go for genetic testing. ... Read more

  • Long day today

    1/10/2017 1:06:41 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today is going to be a long day. Right now dad is getting iron through an IV because he is low on iron. He has to have 5 of them and today is the first one. Neither one of us knows when he has to have the next 4. It shouldn't be too much longer until he's done getting it. I have my crocheting with m... Read more

  • Plans change

    1/9/2017 6:50:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, my friend texted me and said, could she come a little later in the morning today. I said sure. Then she called and asked if she could come Wednesday instead. Sigh. Sure. She helps me a lot, so I will practice patience and be flexible. Then there is a blind lady who lives on the second floo... Read more

  • Still feeling great with the CPAP

    1/8/2017 9:24:59 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I never thought that I would be saying this but I'm glad that I finally got the CPAP. I didn't realize that all the daytime sleepiness and all of my headaches were caused by sleep apnea. Plus all of my snoring that I did believe that I was doing. I didn't even know that I had sleep apnea until I was... Read more

  • Eating lunch out

    1/8/2017 7:49:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had lunch out at my favorite restaurant with my brother, Jonathan, and his family. Everyone was on time... for a change. Very refreshing not to have to sit and wait around for people. In fact we all arrived within seconds of each other. I had a simple meal of eggs and sausage, while other went... Read more

  • Driving very slowly

    1/7/2017 8:42:31 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Yep, I am one of those people... when the roads are icy and haven't really been plowed yet I drive below the speed limit and ease up to and through intersections. I drove to my parents' house at about 20mph this morning. Any faster and I could feel the tires slipping. I like staying on the road. ... Read more

  • So far so good with CPAP machine

    1/7/2017 8:28:22 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I have been sleeping pretty well with the CPAP machine. I slept a little longer last night than I did the first night. First night I slept for 8.8 hours and last night I slept for 9.2 hours. Let's hope that this keeps up. I haven't started getting tired until around 7pm where its usually 3 or 4pm wh... Read more

  • Gym day... and yet more snow

    1/6/2017 7:50:54 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I went out to mom and dad's this morning for coffee. I left a little later than usual, and had to take the time to clear the snow off the car, and scrape the ice off the windshield, so I was later getting to their house than normal... but that was a good thing because dad was just finishing plowing... Read more

  • First night with CPAP

    1/6/2017 9:08:02 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Got my CPAP yesterday. I used it last night and I am feeling a lot better than I have been. This machine is high tech. It has a modem in it and it sends information to where I got it and to whomever else. I have to put water in it every night before I go to bed. I usually start get tired about 8am a... Read more

  • Lake Effect Snow

    1/4/2017 6:45:24 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I live near the eastern shore of Lake Erie, and we get what is called Lake Effect Snow. In effect the storm system moves across the lake, picking up moisture... and then dumps it all on us. We had whiteout conditions on and off throughout the day today, and expect it to continue through the night.... Read more

  • Getting stuff done

    1/3/2017 7:54:09 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Got going early enough to go have coffee with mom and dad this morning. Cooper and I were driving down their road and were about to pass dad on his morning walk (toward the end of it), when he signaled for me to stop. So I pulled up to him. He asked if I wanted to pass Cooper out the window to hi... Read more

  • To the gym... eventually... and those pesky neighbors

    1/2/2017 7:07:50 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Got going early enough to have coffee with mom and dad this morning. Jeremy said he wanted to go to the gym at 10 am... at 10:20 he was still playing around on his phone, so I asked if we were going? "oh yeah. right." Grrrr. He is perpetually late. Whereas I am consistently early. It does mak... Read more

  • A quiet start to the year... until...

    1/1/2017 8:22:50 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I got a slow start to the day. Cooper let me sleep in a bit for a change. When we did get out for the first walk of the day though he wanted to walk and walk and walk. The sidewalks were mostly clear of ice, so I indulged him. Jeremy and I plan on going to the gym tomorrow morning, which means t... Read more

  • Happy New Year

    12/31/2016 7:08:51 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It has been a year of challenges. Things happen. I deal with them the best that I can, and then do the next thing that needs to be done. Usually. I hope you and yours have a good 2017.... Read more

  • Happy New Year!!!

    12/31/2016 9:50:34 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I hope that everyone has a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!! And hope that its a safe one. We will be spending it at home since my dad cannot drive until at least this coming Tuesday after he sees the doctor who did his procedure 11 days ago. I don't mind spending it at home with all the crazy people r... Read more

  • Pushed the workout

    12/30/2016 7:48:27 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Jeremy and I went to the gym this morning. It has been a while since I really pushed myself in a workout. With the medical issues I have been dealing with I thought it prudent to lay back a little. But things are starting to resolve now, and I am feeling restless, so today I decided to amp things... Read more

  • Woke up with a headache

    12/28/2016 10:56:08 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Woke up this morning with a headache. I took Cooper out for his morning walk, but when we came back in I just sat in the recliner with my eyes closed... no music, no nothing. It just hurt too much. I didn't check email or anything until about 1pm, so I missed a gym invite from my brother. The no... Read more

  • Insomnia

    12/27/2016 9:54:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am having trouble getting going in the mornings lately. For a while there I was waking up between 4 and 5am, but now I am struggling to pry myself out of bed by 8am... and I am only managing that because Cooper insists. I think it is because I am not sleeping very well. I doze most of the night... Read more

  • Walk the dog...

    12/26/2016 7:08:47 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It wasn't raining this afternoon so I took Cooper for a nice long walk. The sidewalks were wet though from last night's rain and the snow and ice melting, so his undercarriage was coated in grit and grime by the time we got home. I took the leash off of him, and what is the first thing he does?...... Read more

  • Christmas Day celebrations

    12/25/2016 7:46:09 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had two Christmas celebrations today. One with my family, and one with my BFF, Jen's,, family. My family did lunch. Even my Scrooge-like eldest brother participated and was pleasant! (That might have had something to do with the pumpkin pie he ate for breakfast.) We had our traditional foods,... Read more

  • Merry Christmas to Everyone.

    12/25/2016 11:31:28 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Merry Christmas to Everyone. Last night we went to our church's Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. It was wonderful as usual. I got some gifts. Our minister and his family gave me Seasons 1 through 4 of NCIS (LOVE that show and I already had Season 11 here at home) and a $25.00 gift card to Wal-Mart... Read more

  • Back to the gym...

    12/23/2016 7:39:29 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Jeremy signed us up for the gym again. He went Tuesday, but today was the first day I went with him. I kept it kind of low key. I did NOT wear the brace. I did 90 minutes on the treadmill, and 11 minutes on the bike... however I did not go crazy on speed, incline or resistance. I didn't go turt... Read more

  • Knees are better and update on my dad

    12/22/2016 9:34:24 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    My knees are better. There is an occasional pain but not as bad as it was for almost 2 months. But that is expected. I am down to 200 pounds. I was at 202 pounds yesterday and that is understandable. Mostly water. I took 3 walks with the dog up and down our street and another one this morning. Haven... Read more

  • Medical update

    12/21/2016 8:13:08 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had an appointment for more tests and an exam today in regards to the neuropathy. They did another nerve conduction study, and the doctor said that in comparison to the first one I am showing great improvement. I started taking the folic acid supplement three weeks ago, and two weeks ago I start... Read more