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  • Calm day...

    4/24/2015 6:40:56 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Most of the day it was just me and my dog. I took him for a long walk this morning... about 9 miles. Then we cuddled for a while after I ate lunch. It has been a while since I have spent a day enjoying being alone with my dog. I didn't go see mom today, but my dad and both of my brothers went to... Read more

  • People make me giggle...

    4/23/2015 8:49:43 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    After a very sober month so far, I have caught a case of the giggles the past couple of days, even though the weather sucks, and people around me are grumpy. It snowed last night... and it is supposed to snow again tonight. I have taken this opportunity to observe how people dress for the weather,... Read more

  • Neurologist and saying goodbye...

    4/22/2015 11:05:41 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I knew I would be gone all afternoon at the neurologist's office, so I made sure I took Cooper for a 7 mile walk this morning. He was happy about it too. At the neurologist's office he did the occipital nerve block injections, and gave me a prescription for PT. There is a PT office right down the... Read more

  • Quick update...

    4/21/2015 6:17:35 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Got mom successfully transferred to a different rehab facility. We are hopeful this will make a difference in the progress she makes towards coming home. I walked about 9 miles so far today, mostly with the dog. He is being such a snuggle bug!... Read more

  • Terrific weekend and the start of a decent week...

    4/20/2015 11:42:34 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My niece, Tigan, and I took a luxury weekend off in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. We could not have asked for better weather. It was gorgeous out. We left Friday after a quick visit to see mom at the yucky rehab. She is doing well enough we thought we could afford the weekend away. The border c... Read more

  • Sorry for the long delay

    4/17/2015 11:53:13 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm sorry for the delay but there hasn't been much news coming from here. I have been feeling better since my trip to the emergency room but the weight has been flexing. I've gained the 8 pounds back but I've been slowly losing it. Really slowly. Too slow for my taste. I'm hoping to lose more weight... Read more

  • The scale isn't a measure of success

    4/17/2015 9:20:20 AM, by KEELYJACK

    Oh that darned scale. I feel like I'm doing all of the right things and it won't budge. Okay now I did go on vacation twice this past month and did not follow my health plan. I had carbs galore in CA and Easter celebration in Utah. I gained 5 pounds total. So I got back home a week ago and settled b... Read more

  • Have a good weekend...

    4/17/2015 7:15:14 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am checking out for the weekend. Time to relax and recharge! On the menu for the weekend are a tour of a lavender farm, a winery, massages, dinner out, High Tea, and walking around the butterfly conservatory. I am going to just relax and chill this weekend. Let the world slip on by without... Read more

  • Trivia Night Winners

    4/16/2015 10:50:49 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Our team reclaimed our first place spot at Trivia Night tonight. We were in second place heading into the third round, but did really well in the third round for the win. The last question of the night was "what was Buzz Aldrin's mother's maiden name?" Only one team got it right... and it wasn't ... Read more

  • Update on mom and travel plans

    4/15/2015 10:59:37 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Had my salon date with my niece, Tigan today. Mani-pedis and other stuff that is too personal to share. Then we went to see mom at the rehab facility. I really didn't like the staff and the rooms are tiny. She was unable to use her C-Pap machine last night and lost her oxygen for a significant p... Read more

  • Awesome news from my boss!

    4/15/2015 6:13:04 PM, by JOJOBEE318

    Just had to share!... Read more

  • Never Give Up

    4/14/2015 10:14:09 PM, by PHATDIVABBW

    3 years Post OP on May 17, 2015. I keep reminding myself to never give up. The fight is not over. Although I feel myself backsliding I still am working on my ultimate goal.... Read more

  • Perfectionist standards or quiet time?

    4/14/2015 9:39:58 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Mom was transferred to a rehab facility, but we are trying to get her moved to a better one. She is still on oxygen, and very dependent on it. For tonight I will just trust that what can be done is being done. I got up at 5 this morning. No particular reason. My alarm was set for 8, so 5 wa... Read more

  • Quick update

    4/13/2015 9:14:09 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Mom is being transferred to a rehab facility near home tomorrow. And mt SIL is going for a second opinion on the extent of the surgery necessary to take out the cancerous mass on her lung. And my neighbor sees her orthopedic surgeon on Thursday. Tigan and I are going to the salon on Wednesday... Read more

  • A lot to do today...

    4/12/2015 10:51:39 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Started the day by walking the dog, then dropped him off with my dad for the day. Headed off to the gym with my niece, Tigan, followed by brunch at my favorite restaurant. They had a new dessert on the menu that we decided we had to try. It was the lightest, fluffiest cheesecake, with fresh straw... Read more

  • Hey ya'll!

    4/12/2015 6:16:36 PM, by JOJOBEE318

    Just a (not-so) quick update.... Read more

  • Lazy day...

    4/11/2015 9:01:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I let Cooper sleep as long as he wanted today... and he wanted to sleep. I didn't get him out for his first walk today until after noon. Tigan and I had talked about possibly going to the gym this morning, but I was exhausted, and I decided I would snooze with the dog instead. When he did get up ... Read more

  • Quick update

    4/10/2015 11:58:43 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Mom was being moved out of ICU this evening. Not sure who is visiting her tomorrow. Tigan and I might take a day for pampering ourselves and go get a mani-pedi. Won't know until tomorrow. We spent the whole day down in Erie today, and hit every visiting hour. Not sure mom appreciates it but...... Read more

  • Medical news

    4/9/2015 7:51:51 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I went to see my therapist today. It helps to have an objective listener to talk to about all the emotionally heavy stuff happening around me. I am spending the day in Erie tomorrow with Tigan and mom. Mom is starting to be more cognizant, but the doctors say she needs a feeding tube, as she has ... Read more

  • Relaxed day...

    4/8/2015 10:17:33 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had a relaxing day with the dog. My brothers took turns visiting with mom today. She is slightly improved today. She actually said the word "good" instead of just "uh huh". I will go back on Friday to see her. I went grocery shopping today, and bought mostly healthy food. The parking l... Read more

  • Home for a couple of days

    4/7/2015 6:08:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Got home from the hospital about 12:30 today. We got a chance to talk to mom's doctor a little. He said she has lung disease to go with her congestive heart failure. She is still mostly out of it. The neurologist was supposed to see her today, so we might know a little more about her status tomo... Read more

  • On the run... quick update

    4/6/2015 1:43:04 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Stayed in Erie last night. Home for a couple of hours, then back to Erie. She isn't really improving, and there is the possibility of brain damage. Staying in Erie tonight, so we can go to the last visiting hour. I had trouble sleeping last night, so I got up at 6am and did over 90 minutes on th... Read more

  • Easter

    4/5/2015 2:35:04 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am going to stay in Erie tonight at a hotel, so I can go to the late visiting hour tonight and the early one tomorrow to see my mom in ICU. Today I went to the gym early this morning. I haven't been sleeping well due to stress, so I figured I might as well go to the gym and workout. I did a... Read more

  • Gym day

    4/4/2015 7:52:20 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    At long last I made it back to the gym. I couldn't sleep last night, so I got an early start. Met my niece there. We worked out then went and got breakfast at my favorite restaurant. I got my usual steel cut oats and coffee. Even with the workout and breakfast and walking the dog, we were still... Read more

  • Update on mom and travel plans

    4/3/2015 11:42:44 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My niece, Tigan, and I planned to go visit mom in ICU this morning. My brother and his family also wanted to go so it got pushed back to 1pm. Mom is restrained, non-lucid, and restless. It really freaked out my other nieces to see her that way. Much crying ensued, followed by defensive humor. ... Read more

  • Slow and steady wins the race

    4/3/2015 9:34:18 AM, by KEELYJACK

    I have been at a stall for a few weeks now. I guess it's what is considered a plateau. This past weekend I fell off the healthy eating wagon while visiting my brother in California. I ate more empty carbs in those 4 days than I had this year. We went to my favorite donut shop as a kid and I ate 3 of... Read more

  • Hard day

    4/2/2015 10:50:11 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I got up this morning to a phone call from my dad that he and my niece had convinced mom to go to the hospital. They went to the Westfield ER, from there she was transferred to Erie, PA. Originally she was in a regular room, but she was moved to ICU this evening because she was becoming more and m... Read more

  • Neurologist, niece, night night

    4/1/2015 10:39:05 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Got an hour's walk in with the dog before heading off to my parents' house to drop off the dog and meet my brother. He drives me to my neurology appointments in Orchard Park when I get injections, because they make me a little light headed. Mom is really sick. It looks like a flu bug, but with he... Read more

  • The First Step!

    4/1/2015 7:59:27 PM, by JOJOBEE318

    I'm so excited! And ready!... Read more

  • Choices

    3/31/2015 11:17:46 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have to make choices daily that affect my health and wellbeing in the future. Sometimes I wonder if I am making the best choices. It is difficult to find the right balance to ensure mental, emotional and physical health. I have laid back from the exercise this week in an effort to find the bala... Read more

  • Looking for balance

    3/30/2015 8:55:15 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The lock on my apartment door is malfunctioning. I can lock it from the inside, but the key doesn't work, so I can't lock it when I leave the apartment to go walk the dog. It makes me nervous to leave my door unlocked. I called the emergency contact and he called the on-call maintenance guy, but ... Read more

  • Lazy day...

    3/29/2015 5:52:40 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I took the day easy today. I decided to let Cooper decide when we were getting up this morning. I was awake, but he didn't want to get up until nearly noon! Little stinker! When we finally got up I took him for a 7 mile walk. That was almost 2 hours. I figure I can convince him to only go out... Read more

  • I am an introvert

    3/28/2015 7:58:38 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am an introvert. I embrace that aspect of myself and accept that sometimes I don't fit in well with social situations. Today was one long socializing session, and I am so ready to just curl up with the dog, lock my door, and be by myself. This morning I went to my parents' house to make l... Read more

  • Snowy day...

    3/27/2015 8:38:42 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It snowed most of the day today. But it wasn't as wet as yesterday, so Cooper was willing to walk. I ended up walking him over 7 miles this morning, 1.5 miles this afternoon, and two short walks this evening. Four walks, and hopefully we are done for the night. I also walked to get my bloo... Read more

  • Yucky weather

    3/26/2015 10:08:11 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    That wasn't snow, and it wasn't rain. It was slush falling from the sky. Cooper's least favorite weather, so I had trouble getting him to walk today. I ended up taking him out about 8 times, which is backwards progress on my campaign to get him back to three walks a day. Yesterday he got 4 walks... Read more