SparkPeople Sparks with Lupus Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=4305 I would like to open up a new team for lupus sufferers like myself SparkPeople Sparks with Lupus Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=4305 Weekly Check in 7/20-7/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x58588890 Morning all and happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> July seems to be marching along! <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Another beautiful sunny day here. Not much going on today except some cleaning and will do some sweeping outside as the walkway and deck are covered with pine needles, branches, leaves. I may pick up/rake all the sticks and branches in the yard too. My lawn guy just mows over everything or uses the blower to push things around. It won't be hot today and those biting flies shouldn't be out. <B... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:47:53 EST Weekly Check in 7/13-7/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x58518159 Morning all <BR> Thanks for the understanding the other day of letting me vent. I know I have to be patient and have faith that God is working for me and something will come along. <BR> <BR> Another beautiful day here, in the 70's and breezy. I opened a few windows this morning to let the fresh cool air in before it gets too warm out. <BR> <BR> I made an appointment with Aspen Dental...they are doing free appointments for people without insurance for a check up and x-rays and then a discoun... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:55:30 EST Weekly Check in 7/6-7/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x58444244 Morning all! <BR> Spent the day yesterday down in MA with the family. My sister hosted the 4th of July this year a day later since it rained so much the last couple days. They have a pool and a nice area for the kids to play. Everyone brought salads, deserts etc..we all had a great time. The weather was beautiful in the 70's and breezy. Some walked down to the fireworks later and some of us didn't. I drove down with my sister and her kids, we left as the fireworks started. <BR> <BR> Feeling... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 09:28:51 EST Weekly check in 6/29-7/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x58373490 Hi all, <BR> Sorry so late getting started. I was at the grandkids last night babysitting and just got home. I slept better there this time and the cat wasn't going crazy all night. But I'm achy and sore anyway and from going up and down the stairs so much. But I enjoyed the time with them. <BR> <BR> I can't believe that it's 4th of July this week. My sister who lives in MA is having a party...this is my younger sister that mom lives with...the party is on the 3rd and the fireworks are that ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:05 EST Weekly check in 6/22-6/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x58299384 Morning all <BR> Another beautiful sunny day although it was quite cold last night and had the extra blanket on. <BR> <BR> The recital yesterday was fun and cute. My granddaughter did a hip hop dance and her group was quite good. They were all moving together and also did separate moves, no one got lost or forgot what to do. My granddaughter even did a move herself called the 'coffee grinder'...she had to balance herself on both hands and 1 foot while she swung the other leg around and then... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:07:39 EST Meds are working and I'm feeling so much better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x58224734 My crazy med is finally not causing as much nausea, just right after I take it on Wednesday, and all day Thursday, but it's not nearly as intense. I still have the loss of appetite but it's not as severe and myf fatigue is going away. Plus I'm on the correct antidepressant which has made a WORLD of difference. And the lupus med is giving me relief from my inflammation and joint pain! <BR> <BR> I'm going to exercise today and I'm starting Slim in 6 (I was able to get it for $24! ) on Monday.... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:07:04 EST Weekly check in 6/15-6/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x58224210 Morning all! <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads! <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Yeah, the sun is out and it should be a nice, warm day! I don't have any plans, just trying to get through the math and locating information lessons. I am on the last level, final quiz for locating info and just can't seem to pass it, it's quite a challenge! They give you 8 tries and I've tried 5x already...ugghh. And the math is challenging...I will try them both 1 more time and then I'm th... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:59:48 EST Weekly check in 6/8-6/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x58147676 Morning all <BR> Sorry I haven't been checking in this week, been so busy with my workshop, appointments and family graduations. I have another graduation party today and promised my sister I would come early and help her set up as she will be at church till late morning. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get us started this week. <BR> I will be back later today <BR> Cathy Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:07:54 EST Weekly Ck In 1 June - 7 June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x58072055 Hello just a quick hi to get things going. Have a very busy week ahead with Docs and xrays. Already feel tired so this week will wear me out. <BR> <BR> Cathy hope you had a good time this weekend and all went well' <BR> <BR> Dorothy good buy on charcoal. <BR> <BR> Rick and Melissa prayers for quick recovery. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:41:15 EST Weekly check in 5/25-5/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57994084 Hi all <BR> Just a quick start to get us going. My back hurts too much to sit so I'm standing and typing. Woke up like this and don't know why. <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a good weekend <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 25 May 2014 15:16:36 EST Weekly Check In 18 May -24 May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57912270 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Computer acting up again dont have much time. Hope everyone has a great Sunday Wanted to get you started. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 18 May 2014 08:55:12 EST Weekly Check in 5/18-5/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57912239 Morning all <BR> The sun is out here again today, hope it stays out. Would like to get out for a walk around the park. Will also be taking some time to organize a few files and find a place for all the books from my classes. I really could use another bookcase but it will have to wait. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope the infection in your foot gets better soon. It doesn't take much to get an infection, just an accident like you had dropping ... Sun, 18 May 2014 08:51:17 EST Weekly Check in 5/11-5/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57832710 <em>184</em> Happy Mothers Day to all the moms! <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get us started this morning. I need to get ready and head over to my sons. He is making breakfast for Mothers Day. <BR> <BR> I don't know what's up but I woke with a migraine this morning and yesterday morning, so it's tylenol and coffee and waiting for it to go away. Can't look at the computer too much as the light is too bright. <BR> <BR> Will be back later <BR> Cathy Sun, 11 May 2014 07:16:59 EST Weekly Check In 4 May - 10 May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57749786 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> HopeI did this right. When I started the hello to Rick did not mean star a new thread. This new set up is a bit confusing for me. Also my cmputer keys are acting up. <BR> <BR> Melissa have a wonderful show today. <BR> <BR> Cathy prayers for your pain and the best on your exams. <BR> <BR> Dorothy take care of yourself. <BR> <BR> Rick rest today so you will be ready for the trip on Monday. <BR> <BR> Not much happing here except for rain. Hard to use the new grill.... Sun, 4 May 2014 08:12:14 EST Rick Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57743930 Hi Rick I forgot to say hi and welcome home. Hope your recovery is going well Prayers sent your way Have a safe trip to the Docs and hope for good news <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sat, 3 May 2014 16:50:20 EST Weekly Check in 4/27-5/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57662052 Morning all <BR> April is almost over and definetely the winter..flowers are blooming and the buds are coming out on the trees and bushes..yeah! <BR> My back is feeling a lot better today and I slept well last night. It helped to be home and resting yesterday. More homework and studying for exams is on the agenda for today. It's been a whole year since I started classes and will feel good to be done. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope your trip went well and you are feeling well <BR> <BR> Deni, hope y... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 09:26:24 EST Weekly Check In 20 April - 26 April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57583886 Happy Easter All. <BR> <BR> Its getting late just wanted to start us off and say hi. Will check in again on Monday. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:51:08 EST Weekly Check In 13 April - 19 April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57493094 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Melissa so glad to hear from you and that you are doing well. Bet being home makes you feel much better. I had a hysterectomy (spelling) and I felt so much better when I got home. Mine was for fibroids. The best thing I ever did. I knew I did not want anymore children so I said take it out. Hope your recovery is swift. Thinking and praying for you. <BR> <BR> Looks like a cloudy day but it is starting to warm up. The sugaring is going well. We have cold nights and war... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:53:22 EST Weekly Check in 4/6-4/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57405449 Morning all <BR> Late start this morning as I slept in. The sun is out and it's warming up out there. I can really see more grass and less snow. <BR> <BR> Not much going on today except the usual homework and reading. I may have to go to school tomorrow to get my homework done on the insurance forms we need to fill out. I can't save blank ones to Word to fill out and save. With the forms on our Blackboard, you have to print them out once they are filled in or else you lose the work. Since I ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:25:48 EST Weekly Check in 3/30-4/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57314404 Morning all! <BR> <BR> It has been raining here since yesterday and hoping it stays rain. The ground is still quite frozen so there's lots of flooding, but better than more snow. <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great weekend. I have homework to do and tests to study for so will have a busy day. <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:51:15 EST Weekly Check In 23 March - 29 March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57227888 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Up early again. It seems hard for my body to handle all this. Guess I need to rest more and pray that I get well. This thing with my son does nt help. You hope for the best for your children. What do you do whn there is no talking to him? Its very hard. <BR> <BR> Dorothy glad your son is feeling better. A good idea to wash down the room. <BR> <BR> Going to close for now. Hope everyone has a great Sunday Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:28:03 EST Weekly Check in 3/16-3/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57145587 Morning all <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get us started for the day. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! The sun is out, it's in the 20's. It got up to the 50's yesterday. <BR> <BR> Even though it is Spring break, I have some homework to get done today. We have to post an essay on the discussion board and then comment on 2 others posts. It's just like what we do here except the topic is related to the chapter we are reading. <BR> <BR> My mom is coming for a visit tomorrow and will stay 2 nights. My sist... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:06:42 EST Weekly Check In 9 March - 15 March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x57059139 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Welcome to daylight savings time everyone. When we change the time it makes it hard as to when I am supposed to take my meds. Supose to take them every 8 hours. Take them at 4am 12 noon and 8pm. Things get all mixed up. <BR> <BR> Cathy sorry things are not going so well for you. Please be very careful driving your car. I will be praying that they get your insurance cleared up. Glad you got some rest and had a down day. They do help. <BR> <BR> Dorothy sorry your pain ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 08:22:46 EST Weekly Check In 2 March - 8 March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56971452 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Thank you Dorothy for the info. Will try to upload the picture later with Dales help. <BR> <BR> Have another trip down to my stomach Monday so have a very strick diet today. Hope this ends soon. Go in at 1:30 PM Monday afternoon. <BR> <BR> Will let everyone know how the test comes out. Also will let you know if I get the picture done. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:33:09 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x56924618 Hi I'm carrie, I found out almost a month ago from my Dr. that I have had Lupus for about a year now. I wish the Dr.s who did the test couldhave told me sooner, but they didn't. I'm learning about the symptons and everything that come with it. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:54:26 EST Weekly Check In 23 Feb - 1 March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56879786 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Having a quiet weekend here. Talked to my son Chris and he said they were going to get new cothes for te new Mom to be. I could see the smile on his face through the tone of voice. What a wonderful time.for all of us. <BR> <BR> Got a Doc appt Monday to see about a wound that will not heal. This Doc is a whiz with wounds that will not get better. We will see. <BR> <BR> Dorothy hope you are getting some rest due that its raining. <BR> <BR> Melissa what a wonderful pos... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 04:55:23 EST Weekly Check In 16 Feb - 23 Feb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56793878 Hi again <BR> <BR> I forgot to start us off when I posted. Guess my mind is on babys. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great Sunday <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> <em>269</em> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:53:51 EST Weekly Check In 9 Feb - 15 Feb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56703909 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Up early watching the Olympics. Love to watch them. What wonderful people competing. They all should get medals. <BR> <BR> Dorothy so sorry you can not sleep. Have you tried some of the things they have in the Coops. They seem to work for me as long as you dont take them to much. Guess that is true for most everything in life. <BR> <BR> Must close for now. Everyone have a great Sunday. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 05:26:44 EST Weekly Check In 2 Feb - 8 Feb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56612412 Good Morning <BR> <BR> This will be a quick check in. My hands will not allow me to type very much. <BR> <BR> Hope all is doing well. Not sure about the ground hog today but it is cloudy here so that means an early spring. <BR> <BR> Must stop the best to all Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 08:16:38 EST Weekly Check in 1/26-2/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56518815 Happy Sunday all! <BR> <BR> Just a quick start to get us going! We had a few inches of snow during the night but at least it's not below 0 this morning. <BR> <BR> Homework is calling me! <BR> Will be back later <BR> Cathy Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:33:09 EST been a tough week so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x56483526 Been feeling so drained this week...and hurting...what are some good things you do to help the joint pain?? Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:46:32 EST Chronic infections/when do you take your plaquenil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x56465431 Getting sick of being sick. I had mastitis for over a month and now I just got over bronchitis and breathing issues. It seems like once I get over one thing another thing pops up. The only good thing is that my rheumatologist added tramadol to my meds to help with the joint pain which has relieved some of the more severe symptoms. I my sleep pattern is all over the place since I've been sick. Side note I know I spelled this wrong but when do you take your plaquenil. I'm trying to figure out a... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:28:58 EST Weekly Check In 19 Jan - 25 Jan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56425010 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Guess I was not clear about my thyroid. Have been on meds for years now but have not had a test for some time. Maybe need to up my meds. Its been awhile since my meds have have not been adjusted for some time. We'll see. <BR> <BR> My son has got all the painting done in his new house and they move in next weekend. Everyone can't wait. <BR> <BR> It snowed here yesterday and stopped last night and is snowing today. It also is getting cold again. I am staying in today a... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:21:45 EST things will be ok! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x56378452 I was recently diagnosed with Lupus and have been a little depressed and not wanting to do much. I now realize things could be alot worse so I motivated to get healthy and enjoy the things I love! Yes some days I may be in pain but its ok! Time to get it into gear and lose some weight! Would love a few buddies to chat with and encourage eachother along the way! <em>244</em> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:50:12 EST Weekly Check In 12 Jan - 18 Jan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56326970 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Up early this morning. We had warnings of floods last night due to a lot of rain. Had a hard time sleeping. Made pancake batter and waiting for Dale to get up. <BR> <BR> Go Pats !! They won last night with a score of 43 to 22. We go on to the Championship game. <BR> It was great to win last night. Do I dare think about the super bowl? <BR> <BR> Dorothy sorry your arm hurts but take it easy and allow your body to heal. <BR> <BR> Gotta run Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:01:14 EST Weekly Check In 5 Jan - 11 Jan 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56224762 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Stayed up late last night watching the NFL Playoffs. They were very good games. Next week the Pats play Go Pats !!! Don't think they will be in the Super Bowl but they have had a good season. They got better as the season went on. We'll see next week. <BR> <BR> Cathy I would love to meet. Dale is going to look things up on the map and come up with some ideas. Maybe you can also. I have Dale do it because I'm not very good at that. If you would rather not thats OK to... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:06:06 EST Weekly Check in 1/5-1/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56224023 Morning all <BR> Slept in late this morning. It's actually 10 degrees above zero today and the sun is out again. <BR> <BR> I have errands to do today and will call my plow guy as we are expecting rain tomorrow and with all the snow on the roof, it needs to be removed as it will soak up all that rain and will be too heavy. <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a good weekend and staying warm! <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:18:04 EST FEELIng so much better!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x56152090 I posted earlier about having staph infections but I am happy to say they are gone! Thanks to some really strong antibiotics and painkillers. I'm on the antibiotics 4 times a day (ugh) but they work so I can't really complain. The pain is all but gone and the swelling is totally gone! I had a massive breast infection started by an abscess that went haywire but now it's finally under control! unfortunately it has caused my lupus to flare up a bit. But I can deal with that, I have to! Happy New... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:47:31 EST Weekly Check In 29 Dec - 4 Jan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56121086 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Well Jan is knocking on our door. The dead of winter will be here very soon. All the holidays will be over and the storms will be here. Oh happy day!! <BR> <BR> Had a hard day yesterday. Feeling like I got a cold. My head is all stuffed up and its hard to breath. I used a netti pot last night and that helped me to sleep. This morning I am up early due to not being able to sleep with this stuff up head. <BR> <BR> Dale came home from work yesterday and bought our son C... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 04:44:08 EST Weekly Check in 12/22-12/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x56059228 Morning all <BR> Getting a late start this morning. The neighbors had a Christmas party last night and I was up late with heartburn and not feeling well this morning. <BR> <BR> It is cloudy and raining here. We're expecting that storm Gemini? and it will be an icy mess around here tonight and most of the day tomorrow. Hopefully we won't lose power and praying that the huge pine trees around my park stay strong. There have been a lot of branches that occasionally snap off from the heavy snow... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:45:12 EST Weekly Check In 15Dec - 21Dec http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55985010 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning to a ton of snow and it is still coming down at a good clip. We will have a white Christmas. Glad I don't have to go anywhere this morning. <BR> <BR> The furnance guy came yesterday afternoon. It needed a new part that let the air out but not the water. He said it would be a good idea to have someone come and bleed the system and put in new antifreeze. We were very cold all day yesterday. I had the heat up to 80 and it only got up to 60 in he... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 06:01:44 EST staph infections and lupus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x55970076 I have lupus and fibromyalgia. The Wednesday before thanksgiving I discovered and abscess on my areola and 3 on my bikini line, 2 days later an abscess formed behind my ear. after going through excruciating pain and some idiot doctors one week and 1 day later I saw my regular doctor and was given antibiotics and stronger Norco (Vicodin with less Tylenol in it) . I am still in a lot of pain but all the abscesses above the waist have either disappeared or are diminishing. I have NEVER had the a... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:33:20 EST Weekly Check In 8Dec - 14Dec http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55905498 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Melissa thanks for nice words. The time you had with your daughter sounds wonderful. Those pictures must be great. Sounds like your daughter has inherited your talents and you are teaching her the rest. She must be a joy to have as a daughter. You are a very lucky Mom. <BR> <BR> Dorothy sounds like your son is trying to say sorry in the only way he knows. Give him some space and he will come around. <BR> <BR> Don't want to stay on here to long. Must relax. Oh Do... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 07:28:55 EST Weekly Check In 1 Dec - 7 Dec http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55821823 Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Welcome to December The year is almost over. Where did the year go? <BR> <BR> Don,t have much time. Have to go out and get the prep stuff I need to start on Monday for my procedure on Friday. Need to take stuff all week and can't eat much. Will be pretty weak by Friday. <BR> <BR> Did anyone go out shopping this weekend? I did not. Just did some reading and watched a movie. It was very cold all day. Had a very hard time warming up the house. Turned the thermostat... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 07:25:53 EST Weekly Check In 24 Nov - 30 Nov http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55747527 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone for all the wonderful words. They are such a big help. <BR> <BR> Rick please don.t get on the roof let the younger ones do that. I have learned that now and its OK with me. After all I had my turn doing those things when I was the younger one. <BR> <BR> Dorothy you always have nice things to say. You brighten my day when I read your posts. <BR> <BR> Cathy sorry about your tubes in your eyes. The Doc said something about that to me and I said no. I... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 07:00:52 EST Weekly Check In 17 Nov - 23 Nov http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55663996 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Don't have much time. Have a lot of chores to catch up on sinse I've been sick. Still don't have the curtains put back up yet. They are all clean and ironed. Just need to clean some stickers off the windows and put the curtains up. <BR> <BR> My morning to make breakfast. Will get started soon. <BR> <BR> Dale said he will try and move the phone and see if the router works better. Thanks Rick for the info. <BR> <BR> Cathy it is not to early for Xmas stuff to be u... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:06:36 EST Weekly Check In 10 Nov - 16 Nov http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55581491 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Cathy good to hear from you and the news about the test is great. The more relaxed you are the better things will go. You go girl !! <BR> <BR> Dorothy I used to have bad pain in my face. It was caused from my ear which inflamed #9 nerve. Have you seen a ear nose and throat doctor? Hope you get to the bottom of this. <BR> <BR> Not much on the list for today. Dale has been working a lot. The manger quit and Dale is the working manger. He has put his name in for th... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 07:35:50 EST Weekly Check In 3 Nov - 9 Nov http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55495495 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope you all remembered to turn your clocks back this morning. If not you can turn them back 1 hour and go back to bed for the hour LOL.We had a wonderful day yesterday. We vegged out all day and had soup and bagels for supper so there was not much clean up after. We watched a movie and went to bed. Today I am going to make homemade baked beans and cornbread with some all beef hot dogs. Soaked the Jacob Cattle Beans over night and will start them late morning. Lov... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 05:49:32 EST Weekly Check In 27 Oct - 2 Nov http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55408577 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Got up early this morning to get my chores done before Chris and family get here. What a crazy ending to the Red Sox game last night. A Worlds Series came has never ended on this call before. They will be talking about this for a long time. Oh well tomorrow is a new day and a new game. <BR> <BR> Do not have much time so will say bye for now Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 06:36:56 EST Weekly Check In 20 Oct - 26 Oct http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55327872 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Had a quiet day yesterday and today with the corporation of the weather we are going to start washing the blinds. Got a late start because of putting in the windows and the furnace. Any one know how to clean blinds in an easy way? <BR> <BR> The other night we were watching TV and we heard big bangs and looked outside and they were setting off fireworks at the high school. They had won the big soccor game. We live down the h... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 09:32:39 EST Weekly Check in 10/20-10/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55327806 Morning all <BR> Another sunny but cool day. I tried that night time tea and it seemed to work well, fell asleep easily and only woke 2x to use the bathroom and was able to fall right back to sleep. Of course I was also tired from not sleeping well the few nights before but will try the tea again tonight. <BR> <BR> I never got to Home Depot as I went on their website to check what products they have for the door and what they do have has to be ordered and it will take about 2 weeks to come ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 09:25:54 EST Weekly Check In 13 Oct - 19 Oct http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55245932 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Had to get up early my joints are aching. It is more comfortable being in my recliner. <BR> <BR> Melissa sorry to hear you are a survivor also. Not sorry you survived but that you had to go through that. I did not know if I should have said anything. Glad I did. We are a wonderful group and have so much in common. More in common than lupus. <BR> <BR> Dorothy glad you got the fence posts painted. Tar must have been a messy job. You go girl. <BR> <BR> Cathy hope all ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:31:27 EST Weekly Check in 10/6-10/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55161513 Hi all <BR> Late start today...studying for my tests. <BR> It's raining and cold here, about 50! Supposed to rain all week. The leaves are changing colors and it's so pretty. Lots of leaf peepers out driving around! <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a great weekend and feeling well! <BR> <BR> Cathy <BR> <BR> Sorry so short! <em>247</em> <BR> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:17:45 EST Hello Guys :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x55117461 Hello guys <em>41</em> Hope everyone is good. <BR> I am just starting to get back on my feet again after a year and a half flare, after being in remission for 25 years, was just taken off steroids slowly but still have another six months of methotrexate, I know if I can get off the extra weight I put on because of the steroids and lack of movement I will start to feel a little better. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 18:59:17 EST Weekly Check In 29 Sept - 5 Oct http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55073192 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good weekend. The weather has been good here. Cool at night and in the low 70s during the day. Not much happening here. A very quiet weekend. Dale got home from work at noon and went into the garage and cleaned that. I am waiting til the workers are done putting in the new windows before I clean. Will take down the curtains today and wash them and do any mending that they need. Got to take down some pictures off the wall. Just don't want ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:15:20 EST Weekly check in 9/29-10/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x55072152 Morning all <BR> Almost October...pumpkin time, Halloween and changing the clocks. I hate that it has been getting darker earlier and earlier. <BR> <BR> Finally got my reading in 1 class caught up and did some studying for the test. The 2 chapters for this week are incredibly long. She usually sets up power point slides for us to print out for each chapter...the next chapter has 150? slides. I usually print 6 slides a page. So will try to get as much reading done today as I can. The good thi... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 09:34:33 EST New here and just diagnosed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x55061516 Hi I'm 32 years old and after years of extreme fatigue, headaches, infections and everything else I was just diagnosed with lupus. I'm on Prevequil (I don't remember how to spell it, it"s an antimalarial drug). It seems to be finally helping a bit because today I actually woke up feeling pretty good other than sore. I am totally new to all of this and my doctor told me nothing other than to use sunscreen. Any information, tips, how to deal with this, motivation or support would be greatly app... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 08:49:03 EST Weekly Check in 9/22-9/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54991981 Morning! <BR> Slept in this morning and it felt good! Was doing homework till late and getting a lot done. So far these 2 classes have not had a lot of homework, just mostly reading, after chapter work and a few worksheets...big difference from the summer classes!! <BR> <BR> I don't have pics of myself from the wedding yet. I know pics were taken by the wedding photographer and a few family members but I haven't seen them yet. As soon as I do, I will post. <BR> <BR> Melissa, hope you feel ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 10:37:15 EST Weekly Check In 15 Sept - 21 Sept http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54910376 Good Afternoon All, <BR> <BR> It has been a very slow and easy day so far. The weather is great and taking our time to get up and get things done. I do belief we have another week of fixing things in the basement. At least we have had a restful weekend. <BR> <BR> Cathy hope you had a wonderful wedding to attend. Not sure how the weather was your way but here was Ok but no rain. Did you say it was an outside wedding? <BR> <BR> Rick how is the smoke? Any better yet? Sure hope so. Is your hor... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:08:55 EST Weekly Check in 9/8-9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54823505 Good morning! <BR> It has really cooled off here this week. At night it has been down into the low 50's, sometimes getting into the 40's. This is 'hoodie' weather as my daughter puts it!! She loves the Fall and Winter. <BR> Anyway, next Saturday is the wedding! I will be leaving here Friday heading down to MA. That night is the rehearsal dinner and I'm staying at my sisters where my mom lives, taking mom with me to the dinner/rehearsal as she doesn't drive at night. Then Saturday we'll be hea... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 08:32:02 EST Weekly Check in 9/1-9/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54737643 Morning all! <BR> It's September! <em>411</em> This time of year with school starting always feels like new beginnings, even more than the start of a new year...at least to me it does! <BR> <BR> I still don't have any syllabus or a message from teachers about my new classes. It's strange as the summer courses, the teachers were in touch weeks before class started and we had a detailed syllabus and homework before the classes started. My sister in law will be in 1 of my classes and she is r... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:58:46 EST Weekly Check in 8/25-8/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54651909 Morning all! <BR> WOW! The last week of August...the summer flew by! Many have already started back to school and some start this week. My grandkids are starting tomorrow. I start back to classes the following week. <BR> <BR> Finally got the cushions done...so much better. It's actually comfortable to sit and watch TV now. What a mess I made cutting up the old cushions to add to the new. I had a million pieces of foam everywhere, even stuck to my clothes, in my hair... <BR> <BR> It really c... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:33:19 EST weekely check in 8/19/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x54573128 hey guys is anybody out there. been awhile since i posted too. we got to keep this group going. we all need each other.. hugsss <BR> <BR> Mary Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:48:06 EST Weekly Check In 18 Aug - 24 Aug http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54566112 Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Got up early this morning and made blueberry pancakes for breakfast. The ones with a blueberry sauce for the top instead of maple syrup. Yumm!! <BR> <BR> We will be staying home today and going to the docs Monday. Both Dale and I have burning and watering eyes. They hurt a lot. Not sure what it is. Well will find out Monday. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great Sunday Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:43:10 EST Weekly Check in 8/11-8/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54479596 Morning all and Happy Sunday! <BR> The shower was very nice, the weather was beautiful but a little on the hot side. We moved everything indoors as we had things set up to open gifts on the porch but the sun made it too hot. I was fine with that! She got a lot of nice things and was surprised with the quilt and that I had saved it but she was very pleased. <BR> <BR> Her bridesmaids did a lot of work and had a few games for everyone and a few prizes. Everyone brought something for the brunch... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:23:41 EST Weekly Check in 8/4-8/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54390053 Morning all <BR> Yes, I am in the homestretch. My project is just about done. I have a few slides and notes to tweak, then I need to practice the presentation and print out the pages. There is a place below each slide where you can type your notes and print them out. No one can see the notes during the actual presentation. Homework for both classes have been done and submitted, so it's just the presentation day tomorrow and then my Medical Terminology final on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I think th... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 09:27:09 EST Weekly Check in 7/28-8/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54298166 Morning all <BR> I can't believe we are almost into August, time is flying! <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a great weekend. Not much on the schedule today...grocery shopping and then working on my project. I will try to do the hardest requirements like downloading a video into the presentation and if I can't get that, then will get help tomorrow during class. <BR> <BR> Had dinner last night with family...had a good time. I saw cousins I haven't seen in quite some time. My cousins wife, Elvi... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:58:10 EST Weekly Check In 7/21-7/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54210035 Morning all!! <BR> Feeling tired this morning...was so busy yesterday with homework and then had to do some cooking for a party at my sons house. They had a surprise birthday party for my DIL's mom. They had their front yard set up with tents and tables and everyone brought a food item. They also had a DJ on the front porch, my son had made a fire pit in the backyard so the kids made s'mores...it was a fun night. The weather had called for thunderstorms but it stayed nice all night. <BR> <B... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:09:45 EST Weekly Check In 7/14-7/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54119918 Morning all <BR> I babysat last night for the grandkids...my DIL had to work and my son is in Washington for work. I let the 2 older ones stay up later than usual and the baby was asleep by 7. He learned how to climb up on top of the couch and the coffee table and has no fear of falling off. He was standing on top of the table and jumping on the couch! <BR> <BR> No more signs of the chipmunks in the house so far but I'm still hearing noises in the walls. Last night I could hear something in... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 07:35:35 EST Weekly Check in 7/7-7/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54031468 Happy Sunday! <BR> So far so good with the critters. I think the mint is working for now. Rick, when we first moved here and the chipmunks chewed a hole in the skirting and got in under the house, everyone recommended the mint/spearmint. I guess mice, chipmunks, squirrels, any little rodents don't like the smell and it keeps them away. I usually use the extract cause it smells so strong but maybe try planting the mint around the garden. It's easy to grow and it might work. <BR> <BR> The oth... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 08:46:06 EST Weekly check in July 7 - July 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x54031277 Morning all, <BR> <BR> Hot night last night. Had a hard tome sleeping. Going to be in the 90''s again today. <BR> <BR> That was a tragedy at S.F Airport. I guess the 60 people that were unaccounted for took off as soon as they disembarked and didn't look back. That particular plane, people are suppose to be able to get off within minutes. A special feature of the plane. <BR> <BR> My ribs turned out very good. Not something I wold want to do on a regular basis. Too much time. <BR> <BR> Chu... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 08:31:54 EST Weekly Check In 30 June - 6 July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x53943273 Good Morning All <BR> <BR> This will be a quick note. Wanted to get us started and say hi to everyone. Will be taking it very slow today. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great Sunday. I will be resting and getting caught up with some reading. <BR> <BR> Will check in again on Monday Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 08:13:27 EST Weekly Check in 6/23-6/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x53853269 Morning all <BR> We had a little thunderstorm this morning, so late in getting here. Did anyone see the supermoon last night? It was too cloudy here but things seemed much lighter outside than usual. <BR> <BR> I am down 2 pounds this morning! Yeah! Cutting down on portions and not snacking at night is helping. I'm not getting in as much walking but I'm trying. <BR> <BR> More homework to do today and some cleaning and laundry. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday! <BR> Cathy Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:52:10 EST Weekly Check In 16 June - 22 June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x53761792 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Had such a good day with my son Chris and his partner. No Brianna she was with her father this weekend. They will be back next weekend. They are taking Brianna to the science museum and that is only 2 miles from our house. What a treat to see them 2 weekends in a row. <BR> <BR> When they were here yesterday I got a bit worried about my son. His neck and shoulder has been hurting for awhile now. Dale worked on him for an hour so we will see if that helped.. We asked h... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:36:04 EST Weekly Check In 9 June - 15 June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x53667061 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> The sun is out this morning!!! Its been awhile. Hope it dosn't get tohot now. Hate the heat. <BR> <BR> Have not done to much this weekend. Will start my excerise program with my new resistance bands.I will do the bands everyday and will staet walking 3 times a week. Going to start off slow. Will try to walk a mile. We'll see how I do. <BR> <BR> My husband has a 3 day weekend this week. He is taking Monday as a vacation day and will take 2 more Mondays. It will be ni... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:27:15 EST Muscle cramps/charlie horsess http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x53640452 I may have brought this subject up before, but feel the need to readdress it. Lately I have been getting muscle cramps, I don't mean mild ones but ones that bring you to your knees, bring tears to your eyes or make you want to amputate the appendage. Most of the severe ones happen at night while I'm in bed, These are usually in my calves, (they sometimes will happen when I stretch.) my thighs, and ankles, that one was one of the worst, I didn't think I was going to be able to straighten o... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 02:07:13 EST Weekly Check in 6/2-6/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x53570197 Morning all <BR> Another night of not sleeping well because of the heat. So glad it cools off during the night so I can open the windows and cool the house down. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get us started for the week. While it's cool I need to get some homework done. <BR> <BR> Expecting some bad thunderstorms later this afternoon and tonight....that will bring cooler weather for the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a good weekend! <BR> Cathy Sun, 2 Jun 2013 08:55:16 EST Weekly Check In 5/26-6/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x53483735 Good morning all! <BR> Happy Memorial Day weekend <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> The sun is finally out here this morning but it's still on the cold side, only 48 degrees. I think it will get up to the mid 50's. <BR> <BR> I feel like I am finally caught up with most of my homework. I still have to finish the 4th chapter in Med Terminology and do the test and I'm caught up in Computers. What a relief! <BR> <BR> Not doing anything special this weekend. Haven't heard from family about get together... Sun, 26 May 2013 10:07:03 EST Weekly Check In 5/19-5/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x53396642 Morning all! <BR> It is cloudy and in the 50's here. I don't think it's supposed to rain today but we can always use it as it's been so dry. <BR> <BR> I did homework most of the day yesterday till my head was spinning. I took a break and went out for awhile and also bought more ink for the printer. I had to print out the handouts for 1 class...it looked like a slide show, each picture took up 1 page and it was 30 pages long, so I shrunk it down to fit 6 pictures on a page and printed out the... Sun, 19 May 2013 08:51:16 EST Weekly Check In 5/12-5/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x53312714 Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great Sunday. <BR> <BR> It is raining here this morning. I will be heading down to MA to my sisters this afternoon for a cookout with the family...rain or shine. <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 12 May 2013 07:53:16 EST Weekly Check in 5/5 - 5/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x53226113 Good morning! <BR> Nice sunny day, expected to be in the 60's. It still gets down into the 40's and sometimes the 30's at night. Things are blooming outside! <BR> <BR> Not much going on today...grocery shopping, maybe some clothes shopping. Too many of my summer shirts are old and worn. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a wonderful Sunday. Happy Cinco de Mayo! Did I spell that right? LOL <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 5 May 2013 08:55:29 EST Weekly Check In 28 April - 4 May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x53136049 Good Day All. <BR> <BR> This will be short today. Wanted to get us started. Not feeling so well still. This is my first flare so all I have to go by is the Doc and all of you. The Doc did tell me it will take a lot longer because I won't take prendasone. (sorry about the spelling) Just don't like the way they make me feel. Shes OK with that. <BR> <BR> Melissa hope your father goes home soon. I know how hard it is to be so far away when they are ill. Prayers for him to heal soon. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 08:17:06 EST Weekly Check In 21 April - 27 April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x53051067 Hello All. <BR> <BR> Just a quick note to get us started and say hi. <BR> <BR> After a day of rain the sun is out today. Its still cold but the sun is out. <BR> <BR> Melissa sounds like you are getting your yard ready for spring. Oh I forgot its already spring where you are. Lucky you. <BR> <BR> Hope every one is having a wonderful weekend. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 09:05:15 EST Weekly Check In 14April - 20 April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x52958458 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> A qiuck note to say hi and ask for some help from someone. How do you make a sticky thing on your message when you start off the week ? <BR> <BR> Had a great time yesterday. They brought us out to dinner and we had cake at home after. <BR> <BR> Must close for now have to get my shot. Changed it to Sunday this week because of our company. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 05:58:30 EST Weekly Check In 7 April - 13 April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x52864229 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning to a cloudy and cold day. They say it will be like this all day. <BR> <BR> Not feeling so well today. Rick I believe you are right about our health and how we feel. I know myself I try not to complain to much to my husband. Don't think he wants to hear about my aches and pains. I'm not saying I don't talk to him about it once and awhile just think he dosn't need to hear about everything. Then I think who do I talk to and I come up with you gu... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:22:30 EST Weekly Check In 4/7 - 4/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x52864047 Good morning! <BR> It's sunny outside but still cold...they are promising temps in the 50's today. It never got out of the 40's yesterday. <BR> I am on the mend...stomach pains are gone! The back is still sore but at least I can function. I am afraid to take ibuprofen for fear of it hurting my stomach, so sticking to Tylenol. It doesn't work as well though. <BR> <BR> Will try to get out today and get a few things done...a few groceries and Walmart to return something. Then I need to do some... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:05:48 EST Weekly Check In 31 March - 6 April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x52762197 Good Day All, <BR> <BR> <em>453</em> <em>451</em> <em>452</em> HAPPY EASTER <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> Will have a relaxing day just Dale and I home together. Those days are very nice. <BR> <BR> Please excuse my typing for a few days. I got new lenes in my glasses and they take a few days to get used to. Seem to be doing a bit better today then yesterday. It will get better slowly. Sometime it feels like the ground is going to kiss my face. It is a weird feeling. <... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 05:46:36 EST Weekly Check In 24 March - 6 April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x52667752 Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> Couldn't sleep this AM so thought I would get some of my Sparking in. My whole system seems to be out of wack. Will see my rhemy Doc on Monday and will take your ideas, Cathy to her and we can talk. Just don't seem to get better very quickly. This seems to draggs on and on. We'll see what Doc says. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of any good strengh excersise discs? Where is a good place to buy these kind of discs? Want to start this kind of excersise. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:24:39 EST Weekly check in 3-17 - 3 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x52569520 Morning all, <BR> Just thought I'd let you know I'm still alive, just been very sick. Still can't sit here very long. <BR> Will try to check n later. <BR> Hope all are doing well. <BR> <BR> Rick Sun, 17 Mar 2013 08:13:52 EST Weekly Check In 3/10 - 3/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x52467285 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Did you remember to set your clocks ahead an hour?? <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> I love that it will be lighter longer but I hate changing the clocks and losing an hour sleep. <BR> <BR> I got my tax packet in the mail from my CPA and have been working on the questions and making sure I have everything gathered before I send it out tomorrow. It should be fairly easy and quick to do as I didn't work last year so I should get it back soon and then I can apply for services ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 09:23:46 EST Weekly Check In 3 March - 9 March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x52363698 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Very sorry Melissa about your Godmother. Dales mother went the same way. Lung cancer is a very hard way to go. I will put your family in my prayers. <BR> Hope you enjoy the book. I am. I know how you feel about not being pain free. The only time I am pain free is when I take my pain meds. Hopefully I can learn ways to deal so I can feel better. Got high hopes for this class. <BR> <BR> Well, its snowing this morning. Snowing pretty good. I love it when it snows as... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:21:43 EST Weekly Check In 24 Feb - 2 March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x52258845 Good Day All, <BR> <BR> It was snowing when I went to bed and its still snowing this morning. Seems to be heavy wet snow. What fun that will be shoveling. Hope the power stays on. Started the laundry already this morning just in case. <BR> <BR> Today will be moving snow around. Also must get ready for my workshop for chronic pain. Sounds very good. Its once a week for 6 weeks. It teachs you self management of your pain. I'm really looking forward to it. When the weather gets a little better... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:19:23 EST Weekly Check In 2/17-2/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x52165254 Hi all <BR> Sorry for the late start. Mom is up for a visit this weekend. We were suppossed to go to my grandsons 1 year birthday party today but we had more snow this morning so they had to cancel. <BR> <BR> Gotta go make some dinner, will be back later! <BR> Cathy Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:08:47 EST Weekly Check In 10 Feb - 16 Feb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x52059656 Good Day All, <BR> <BR> This will be a quick hello as we have plans today with the snow outside. Must get breakfast going then outdoors we go. <BR> <BR> Cathy glad your friend is OK. That sounds like a very interesting job. Bet he meets all kinds of people. <BR> <BR> Will close for now. Enjoy your Sunday Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 05:12:25 EST Weekly Check In 3 Feb - 9 Feb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x51953687 Hi again, <BR> <BR> Just finished my message on last weeks check in and saw I was on the wrong week. So my main message is on last weeks and started this one with a short message, Hope this all makes sense. <BR> <BR> Sorry Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 06:10:45 EST Weekly Check In 27 Jan - 2 Feb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x51842029 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Not feeling well so could not sleep. So here I sit taking care of my spark people. guess I need to call the Doc. Maybe will wait till it warms up some and see if I feel better. It has been below 0 every night this week and not very warm during the day. Some people have told me the cold makes you feel bad. Anyone know about this and how do you handle it? <BR> <BR> Must go for now. Happy Sunday to All Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 05:50:04 EST Weekly Check In 20 Jan - 26 Jan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x51731091 <BR> Good Morning. <BR> <BR> Going through a not sleeping time. End up getting about 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night. This to shall pass. <BR> <BR> Rick sorry your doctors appt. did not go so well. Sending thoughts and prayers your way. Will be waiting to hear what your doc says. <BR> <BR> Very sleepy will close for now. Later Deni <em>239</em> <BR> <BR> PS Almost forgot Go Pats !!! <em>281</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 05:35:08 EST Weekly Check in 13 Jan - 19 Jan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x51623443 Hi All <BR> <BR> This will be very short. The Pats are about to start the game. Cant miss it. Hope all understands. <BR> <BR> Cathy hope your Moms party went well. Be sure to rest when you get home <BR> <BR> <BR> gotta run Deni <em>281</em> <em>239</em> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:35:13 EST Weekly Check In 1/6 - 1/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x51497913 Morning all! <BR> How did you all do the first week of 2013? Has anyone set a goal or resolution for themself? I don't usually do that as I feel everyday is another day to start over but since I will be moving soon to my own place I do have a few goals. Once I am moved I will be able to break out the exercise/walking tapes and the few exercise tools I have and will be able to prepare myself proper meals. I will also have room to do my taichi...get back to more regular meditation and reading a... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:45:10 EST Weekly Check In 30 Dec - 5 Jan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x51383201 Good Day All <BR> <BR> Don't have much time but wanted to start us off this week. <BR> <BR> Not doing much. We got about 6 inchs of snow yesterday and another 6 on Friday. Dale is still on vacation so we spent the last few days watching movies and cooking. Its been very relaxing. Dale is out shoveling and roof racking. We have on spot of the roof where three parts of the roof comes together and although we have a metal roof the snow catches there. <BR> <BR> Must say so long for now Deni ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:20:08 EST Weekly Check In 12/23 - 12/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x51304837 Morning all, <BR> <BR> A quick check in this morning. A lot to do today before leaving in the morning.Hopefully it won't be raining or worse yet snowing through the Tehachapi Pass when e drive through tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Church this morning then to town for a couple of errands. Then home to make a Christmas Dinner since my wife can't go on the trip with me and my daughter. <BR> and of course to pack. We want to leave about 5 in the morning and hopefully we will arrive at our destination by ... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:28:37 EST Weekly Check in 12/16 - 12/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x51228510 Morning all <BR> Getting a late start this morning. Planning on getting some shopping done today but wanted to get the week going! <BR> We are down to the last week...how are you all doing? I have barely gotten any shopping done and this week I will be occupied with my biopsy. But will get as much done as I can. <BR> <BR> I'm leaving it all in His hands, just praying and doing Reiki for myself. <BR> <BR> The next few days we will have rain and a little snow mixed in, its cloudy and raw ou... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:23:25 EST Weekly Check In 12/9 - 12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x51143801 Morning all! <BR> Getting a late start. I woke with a migraine and nauseous stomach this morning...coffee and tylenol took care of it. Then ate breakfast, wasn't sure if I could keep it down. <BR> Mom is here too as we went to a Christmas concert last night. My sister Tina sings in a semi-professional gospel group and they are so good. They also just made a Christmas CD so I helped at the merchandise table...very uplifting night. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a wonderful, blessed Sunday! <BR> Cath... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 10:06:44 EST Weekly Check In 12/2 - 12/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x51051902 Happy Sunday! <BR> <em>444</em> We had snow yesterday! Not enough to make a snowman, just an inch but it came down all day...very pretty! <BR> I spent the day at my sons. Every year they go with family and friends to a Christmas tree farm and cut down their own trees, then they meet back at my sons for a party. This was the 1st year I was able to go and I enjoyed it. The kids were very excited and the baby was so much fun. He is such a happy little guy...all bundled up so he can't move, j... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 08:48:26 EST Weekly Check In 11/25 - 12/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x50956146 Good Morning all, <BR> This is the last week of November. Where has the time gone?? December can either be a stressful month or an enjoyable one...which is it for you? Did anyone join all the black Friday shoppers this weekend or did you stay away from the stores? <BR> <BR> This weekend I went to my place with my brother and he has some great suggestions so we're heading to Home Depot today to look around. Some of the walls in my mobile unit have cracks all the way down the wall but it is be... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 08:10:24 EST Weekly Check In 11/18 - 11/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x50873507 Happy Sunday! <BR> The sun is out but it is in the 20's. My brother and sis in law turned the heat up the last couple days because I was sick and freezing cold. It helped a lot and I am feeling better. My head is starting to drain so I don't have so much pressure behind my eyes. <BR> <BR> Working on paperwork for vocational rehab today, my appt. is tomorrow. And I will also get paperwork at health and human services. Once I move, I will apply for any help I can get because until I find a job... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 08:14:32 EST Weekly Check In 11/11-11/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x50779271 Morning all, <BR> <BR> Happy Veterans Day to all who served. <BR> <BR> It is a brisk 28 here this morning but will get up to the mid 50's today. <BR> <BR> Church this morning then after service we are having a Celebration of Life service for one of our sisters (Jennifer) at Church. She lost her son last week. He was hit trying to cross the highway that goes through our town. Sadly she found out on a Sunday morning when our bus was picking up people for church. Someone had asked the driver ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 08:10:38 EST Weekly Check In 11/4 - 11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x50682704 Morning all! <BR> Hope you all remembered to set your clocks back an hour last night...an extra hour of sleep! Very cold here, but the sun is out! <BR> <BR> Rick, thanks for your info on bankruptcy. I know quite a few others who have filed as well and have similar stories...its encouraging. And I know it will help me to make a fresh start. All 3 of the credit card bills I am paying are for things I no longer own...furniture I left behind and the wood floors and other things we had installe... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 08:56:19 EST Weekly check in 10/28-11/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x50583129 Morning all, <BR> <BR> 55 here this morning and will be in the 80's today. Just like yesterday. I got most of my wood yesterday and stacked it out by the barn. Took a while as I was doing it by myself. But now I am ready to get started. <BR> <BR> After church today I have to fix another leak in my water line. Then I will get started on the hay barn. <BR> <BR> I managed to track all my exercises AND a full day of food yesterday. Usually when I track food I get the first two meals then by di... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:17:07 EST Weekly Check In 10/21 - 10/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x50482501 Good Morning all! <BR> The sun is out this morning! It has been cloudy and raining a lot. I will be able to get out and walk today, which is nice. Most of the leaves are down and have lost their color but the air is crisp and I like that. I missed the seasons when in Florida. <BR> <BR> My brother and sis in law have been away so I've been taking care of their 'fur babies'. They have been very good and letting me sleep till 7am. They sleep most of the day anyway! <BR> <BR> I need to work on ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:28:32 EST Weekly Check In Oct 14 - Oct 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x50380580 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Up very early this morning, not feeling to well and cant sleep. Thought I would do some of my spark people. <BR> <BR> Its going to rain today. It was very cold Friday night early Sat morning. It was below freezing. Here comes winter everybody. Are you ready? Halloween <em>419</em> <em>423</em> will be here very soon. I love this time of year. <em>422</em> We were outside getting the leafs off the yard. Dale has a leaf blower and I use a rake. Sounds like... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 07:33:23 EST Weekly Check In 10/7 - 10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x50294122 Morning all <BR> Sorry I couldn't get us started yesterday...was gone all day and went to a wedding. Had a lot of fun but the wedding was outside and it was really cold and we had just sat down for the ceremony when it started to rain. Most people had shawls or jackets and put them over their heads...some smart people brought umbrellas. I had heard it wasn't going to rain till much later and thought we would be fine...wrong! Anyway, the rest of the festivities were in a tent which was heated... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:15:40 EST Weekly Check In Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x50169400 Morning all <BR> Raining off and on here this weekend and cool. The leaves are so pretty. <BR> <BR> I went to a Healthy Living Expo with my sister in law yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it, lots of new healing ideas, food demonstrations, workshops, exhibits etc... I have been to this expo many times and always look forward to it. <BR> <BR> Getting ready to take my morning walk as it looks like the rain has stopped for now. Can you believe tomorrow starts October? I will be back later, jus... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:41:32 EST Weekly check In Sept 23 - Sept 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x50063991 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Up early couldnt sleep. Havent been feeling real well lately. Cant put my finger on it just feel bad. <BR> <BR> Its raining out this morning, Weve had real nice weather till today. Guess the rain must fall at times. We do have some catch up as far as rain goes. So we will go with the rain. <BR> <BR> Cathy it makes me happy to hear you are feeling so much better. Sounds like you are working hard to better your life. <BR> <BR> Rick good luck getting your new kne... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 06:59:41 EST Weekly Check In 9/16 - 9/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x49957120 Good morning all <BR> It's a beautiful morning here, the sun is out and its cool and crisp. I see a few leaves changing color, so it begins! <BR> It's been a busy weekend...Friday night my daughter and her fiance had an engagement /housewarming party. They just bought a house and got engaged. They did all the cooking and preparations themselves, it was wonderful and fun. I'm so happy for them. The wedding is 1 year away. <BR> Saturday morning we all went into the Boston area as they were havi... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 09:08:52 EST Weekly Check In 9/9 - 9/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x49840133 Good morning! <BR> We had a lot of rain, thunder and lightning last night. It came down in buckets...there were tornado warnings/watches all around New England and there was 1 that I know touched down in Brooklyn. <BR> <BR> I got my haircut yesterday, nothing drastic, just a trim but it made me feel so much better. Will try to get a new pic up today. <BR> Been reading a wonderful Christian based book about healing my soul. It's called 'Captivating' by John and Stasi Eldredge...been crying a ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 08:40:37 EST Weekly Check In 9/2 - 9/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x49734516 Good morning! <BR> First week of September already. It is getting much cooler out here in NH especially at nights, down into the 50's and 60's. <BR> How is your weekend going? Are you planning your food well with cookouts and get togethers? I'm drinking lots of water and going for the veggies/salads first to fill up on. Then just allowing a small piece or portion of other dishes so I don't feel deprived. <BR> <BR> Gotta get moving today, having a cookout here later. I was at a cookout yester... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:07:58 EST Plaquinel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x49719047 I know I have to speak with my rheumatologist but wondered if anyone ever got of mess completely. I weaned of prednisone. Been off for two years now. I am down to one Plaquinel a day. I feel good, no flares or pain. I also have RA. Anyway, I ran out on Monday and didn't pick ,y refill up yet. I've been working with holistic nutritionist and taking some digestive enzymes. I also take turmeric with curcumin as a natural antiinflammatory. <BR> So I guess I'm feeling like weaning off Plaquinel.... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:51:06 EST Muscle Pull http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x49682815 Two weeks back I pulled muscle in my right calf jogging. I did RICE and alternate exercise for cardio for close to two weeks. I rode bike outside and relied on elliptical. Few days back I added walking back n to the mix. Well yesterday it was bike outside day and it was raining. I decided to try treadmill figuring it would be safer than running outside. Well calf was sore again when done. Is there any connection between lupus and RA and pulled muscles? Or is this just an exercise injury back ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:38:15 EST Weekly Check In 8/26 - 9/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x49629818 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> This is the last week of August already! How was your summer?? Mine flew by. I was so busy with the move, the divorce etc. and now here it is almost September! <BR> <BR> Nice and cool this morning again. Got some cleaning, laundry, shopping to do, then picking my brother and sis in law up at the airport tonight. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 08:58:47 EST Weekly Check In 8/19 - 8/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x49525821 Happy Sunday all <BR> Welcome new member Laura! Hope you find us here. You should be getting a notification! <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a great weekend. The sun is out here, it is nice, not hot! It's my granddaughters birthday party today...she turned 7 this week. We spent all day Thursday together and had a fun day. My mom should be here any minute and we're going to the party together. <BR> <BR> I got some disappointing news this week. The offer on my mobile unit fell through so now... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 10:34:37 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x49516236 Hi all. Just joined. Living with lupus for 4 years now. I'm in a good place now because this is ,y good time of year. Dread the upcoming winter months. <BR> <BR> laura Sat, 18 Aug 2012 15:39:09 EST Weely Check In 8/12 - 8/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x49420977 Good morning <BR> Wow! August is flying by...it seems the whole summer is going fast. It has been very humid here, expecting more rain today and tomorrow. <BR> I found a new rheumatologist, primary care, and eye doc. I have appts with them for next week. I already met with the primary care but it was mostly to go over history etc..I have a regular physical next month with him. Then I can file more info with SS for the disability and I can send in my applications for the 2 programs that will ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 08:50:01 EST Weekly Check In 8/5 - 8/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x49315072 Good Morning all <BR> I'm back up and running with my computer. The Geek Squad from Best Buy were here. The router had to be reconfigured and it's also at the opposite end of the house so the signal was too weak. It's still weak but at least it's enough so I can use it. My brothers computer is 5 years old and they have had it fixed many times. They are thinking of getting another one instead of fixing their current one with no guarantees it will work. <BR> <BR> The daycare where I used to wo... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 08:53:29 EST Weekly Check in July 29 - Aug 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x49205196 Good morning all, <BR> <BR> Its raining hard out this morning. I belief it rained all night. We need the rain but on the weekend? <BR> <BR> Not much going on here.Dale and I got tickets to see Nanci Griffith in Nov We got 2nd row in the middle. She is a singer songwriter. Folk music some people would call country. I wouldnt call it country no steal guitar or whine. Cant wait. Dont get to go to alot of these shows. They are getting pricey. <BR> <BR> Well must think of breakfast Have a good... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 07:55:07 EST Weekly Check In 7/22 - 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x49096773 Good morning all <BR> <BR> Finally got everything unloaded from the container yesterday and loaded up in my brothers basement. I still have to finish setting up the room but at least got the bed made so I could sleep last night. There's nothing like your own bed for a good nights sleep! I didn't wake up achy and sore...the bed they had was comfy but it's not the temperpedic one I have. It helps with all the pressure points...shoulder, hips etc. The only thing that still hurts is my heal. All... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 08:51:18 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 7/15 - 7/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x48990178 Morning all! <BR> Nice and sunny here in NH, slight breeze...will be in the 90's later. We need the rain, it has not rained since I got here 2 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Will be having my storage container delivered this week. It got delayed because of the bank. It's been almost 3 weeks since I loaded it up. It'll be nice to finally get my stuff here. <BR> The only problem is now most members of my family will be on vacation and won't be able to help unload. It will be up to my nephews and son, ho... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 08:54:06 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 7/8 - 7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x48883935 Happy Sunday all <BR> Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. The sun is out here, nice and breezy, enjoying being on my brothers porch. It's so peaceful here. I have been sleeping a lot and just relaxing. <BR> <BR> I went to an art opening yesterday for my friend Dawn. She paints beautiful flowers, so colorful, only wish I could afford one. But in time I will. It was nice to get out and be among positive friends...good energy. I needed that for my soul. <BR> <BR> Gonna go back to reading ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 13:12:33 EST Weekly Check In July 1 - July 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x48772100 Good day all, <BR> <BR> We sure are having hot and humid weather here. Maybe Cathy is bringing that weather with her. lol I look forward to meeting sometime. After you get home let me know and I will send you my number in your spark mail. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great weekend and also a Happy 4th!! <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Must get ready for breakfast. Will check in later <em>232</em> Deni <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:24:30 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 6/24 - 6/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x48667612 Hello all <BR> The last week of June. Summer is finally here! This is my last week in Florida. Tomorrow we go to court. Paperwork is ready, packing is almost done. I leave next Saturday the 30th. Everything will be shut off on Wednesday, so after that you may not see me till next week. I can use my brothers computer to check in and say a quick hello but my stuff won't be delivered till July 14th. <BR> <BR> I updated my resume in 'office' and saved it, so now I can apply online for jobs. <BR>... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:05:56 EST Weekly check in 6/17 - 6/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x48561345 Good morning all <BR> Hope you are all having a great weekend. It has been sunny here and hot, no bad thunderstorms for a few days. It seemed to be an every night pattern and we would lose power. <BR> <BR> 2 weeks from today, I will be arriving in Virginia on the Amtrak autotrain and making my way back up north. We have been getting things ready here....paperwork for the divorce, transfering names on bills, deeds etc...getting things done at the bank, dividing up the assets...and been packin... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:45:44 EST Weekly Check in June 10 - June 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x48455674 Hi <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Ive noticed no one has been checking in lately. <BR> Is anything wrong? Please let me know if this is so. Have I or someone done something wrong? <BR> <BR> I saw the kidney Doctor on Thursday. He was wonderful. Spent an hour with me explaining everything. He says we caught it early so we can watch it very closley. He says people with lupus can get klidney disease. He has ordered some tests and we will know more after that. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 05:57:57 EST Weekly check in June 3 - June 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x48349859 Hi, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. It has been raining here since Saturday morning. Its still raining this morning. It is also cold. Had to bring out my flannel PJs again. <BR> <BR> I got an appt with the pain clinic in July. I am glad I got the appt. but also scared. I dont do well with change. Dale says its foolish to worry about something that hasnt got here yet. Easy for him to say. <BR> <BR> Speaking of Dale he tipped his canoe over Monday. Pulled his hamstring... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 07:07:26 EST Weekly Check in May 27 - June 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x48245485 Good Day All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is enjoying there holiday weekend. We are staying home and trying to get some work done. Taking it nice and easy. <BR> <BR> Still trying to wrap my head around my new disease. Im pretty scared. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a happy holiday Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 27 May 2012 05:54:47 EST Weekly Check In 5-20 - 5-26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x48152123 Hi All, <BR> <BR> Dont have much time but noticed the week had not been started yet so thought I would do it. <BR> It is so nice today very sunny and in the 70s. Want to get outside and join Dale with some outdoor work. <BR> <BR> Cathy so sorry you are so sad. Melissa is right you are very strong and smart. Time will heal all wounds. As always all my thoughts and prayers. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 20 May 2012 12:01:43 EST Weekly Check In 5-13 - 5-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x48043948 Hello All, <BR> <BR> <BR> HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!! <em>410</em> Hope all mothers have a peaceful day today. All the best to all the gifts the kids made for Mom today. They were always the best in my book. My son Chris came up yesterday with Sarah and her daughter Brianna (3 years old). My son took her to Shaws Market and made me a cake for Mothers day. What a great treat!!! <BR> <BR> Must run and get ready. Dale is taking me out for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Will talk later Deni <em>23... Sun, 13 May 2012 05:31:14 EST Weekly check in 5/6 - 5/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x47935242 Happy Sunday all <BR> The sun is out, promising to be another hot and humid one. As soon as I'm done in here I will be heading out for a walk while it is still bearable. And will spread some more soil out in the front yard where the flowers are. And also bought a shake on fertilizer. They are still little green spuds, getting bigger, waiting for flowers. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I are still talking and trying to figure out what to do. We really can't decide until we see a lawyer next week. If we ... Sun, 6 May 2012 08:31:53 EST Weekly Check In 4-29 - 5-5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x47817438 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope this sunny Sunday is finding all well. I am hanging in there. The doctor can not see me until June 7. They put my name on a list so if they get an opening they will call. another waiting game. Meanwhile I worry and pray. Rick that was a very nice prayer you said for me. Thank you very much. <BR> <BR> Must run now. Everyone have a great Sunday!! Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 07:36:56 EST Weekly check in 4/22 - 4/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x47701212 Morning all <BR> We had thunderstorms and it poured buckets most of the night. The sun is out right now but there are more storms heading our way. We really needed the rain though so its all good! My flowers are starting to poke up little green buds. Hope to have flowers soon.... <BR> <BR> I was awake off and on thru the night between the thunder/rain and my hip hurting so I'm tired this morning. Now my back is sore too so no walk for me. <BR> <BR> Hopefully later if the rain stops and its... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 09:17:50 EST Weekly check in 4/15 - 4/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x47586971 Hello and happy Sunday <BR> I am up early this morning. I woke at 3 and couldn't get back to sleep. My husband was still up on the computer, I showed concern and he snapped at me. He has been irritable the last few weeks and I don't know how much more of this I can take. He says he is changing the way he does things...taking better care of himself, moving more, losing weight etc..but to me he is spending even more time on the computer, sleeping during the day and up most of the night. When I ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 04:31:58 EST Weekly Check in 4/8-4/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x47480591 <em>449</em> HAPPY EASTER!! <BR> <BR> Hope today finds you happy and healthy, spending the day with family and friends. Please be mindful to stay in balance with food and drink. I already took a walk this morning so I got some exercise in. And will probably take another walk later today. <BR> <BR> We are having Easter dinner at our clubhouse among all the friends we have made here. Many will be heading back to their summer homes soon...they are just here during the summer months (snowbirds... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 10:09:32 EST Weekly check in 4/1 - 4/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x47368442 Morning all and Happy Sunday <BR> No church for us again as Don does not want to go. We spent some time outside raking and picking up leaves and sweeping the driveway. You wouldn't think the trees in Florida ever lose their leaves, but they do! And it makes quite a mess in our yard because we have trees all around. <BR> I bought some soil for the front section of our yard...its shaped like a triangle and bordered with bricks so I'm putting the soil down. I had bought these rolled up flower se... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 10:49:28 EST Weekly Check In March 25 - March 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x47250486 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Not sure where all our friends are. Hope people are very busy and not ill. I need to make a doctors appt. Been sick for a week now. Its time to let the doctor look and see, I hate feeling this way. I try to go out and do some shopping and I get down 1 or 2 rows and Im done. Have no more energy left. <BR> <BR> The weather is back to normal temps now. Its in the 30s at night and about 45 during the day. Last week we had 3 or 4 days in the high 70s. Way to hot for March.... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 07:14:10 EST Weekly Check In March 18 - March 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x47136312 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Hope all is having a good weekend. The weather here in Vermont is crazy. Its been in the 50s <BR> and they say near 70 today. That will stop the sap from running so no maple syrup. Its way to early for this to happen. As soon as the buds come on the trees the sap is no good for syrup. <BR> <BR> Still running a fever and feel like *%@$**.I dont sleep at night because I cant breath. <BR> <BR> Must close for now. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 07:20:05 EST Weekly Check in March 11 - March 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x47015168 Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone set the clocks ahead last night. Spring forward. <BR> <BR> All seems to be OK here. Just waiting to feel better. This "bug" will not go away. Just lingers on. Thank you Lupus. I am begining to feel old. I will be 60 on April 2 and feel everyday of those years. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday Deni <em>239</em> <em>56</em> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 06:37:29 EST Weekly Check In March 4 - March 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x46892811 Morning All, <BR> <BR> Have just a few minutes to start a new week. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good weekend and all is well. My belly is still doing tumbles. When does this stop? <BR> <BR> Bye for now Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 05:32:22 EST Weekly Check In Feb 26 - March 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x46772275 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Everything quiet around here. We had some snow yesterday!! About 2 inchs not that much but it will do. They say we may get some more during the week. Hope we have a late winter and get snow in March and April. <BR> <BR> Must make it a short on this morning. Hope to check in again later <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 07:00:36 EST Weekly Check In Feb 19 - Feb 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x46655834 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a peaceful weekend. We are having a quiet one. My son worked a 1/2 say on friday and had saturday off and will work 1/2 day today. Will start back on Monday with his normal times. He seems to be doing well. Has some big black and blues. Says hes more sore than in pain. Would like to Thank everyone for all the love and support they sent our family. <BR> <BR> Must close for now will check in later Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 07:09:45 EST Weekly Check In Feb 12 - Feb 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x46543381 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Having an early morning. Woke at 4am and could not get back to sleep. My sleeping schedule is all messed up. It will get back to normal soon. <BR> <BR> My son seems to be ding fine. He and his girl went to the video store yesterday and he walked a lap around the store. Then they went to Target and walked around there. The Doctor said to walk on a level surface3 or 4 times a day. We will see what he feels like when he gets up today. He has a friend pick him up for... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 05:57:06 EST Weekly Check In 2/5 - 2/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x46433087 Happy Sunday! And Happy Super Bowl Sunday!! <BR> <BR> Go Pat's or Go Giants!! <BR> <BR> Someone is going to win. Don is a fan of both teams so either way, he'll be happy! <BR> <BR> It's 83 degrees here in Florida, very nice! We were at church this morning, then out to lunch. We did a video chat with the grandkids, now waiting for the Super Bowl to start. <BR> <BR> Mom is having a good time and enjoying the warm weather. Back in NH, it's like 23 degrees. They haven't had much snow this sea... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 15:34:27 EST Weekly Checkly in Jan 29 - Feb 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x46299156 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Here we go again with more sleet, rain, and snow. Not much snow though. We have not had a good snow storm at all yet this winter. The most we have had at one time has been about 2 inchs. It has been very cold. Wonder what kind of summer we will have. Or spring? What will happen to the maple syrup season? Our water supply? Hope we get alot of snow early this spring. <BR> <BR> Trying to get as much done before my sons surgery. <BR> <BR> Must run its time for my ca... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 07:57:59 EST Weekly Check In Jan 22 - Jan 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x46169342 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Still fighting with the cable but that will not get me down today. The NE Pats play for the right to go to the Super Bowl today.The cable is still not working right but at least I can watch it. If its not fixed by Super Sunday there will be hell to pay somewhere. <BR> <BR> Its been so cold here. Yesterday I got in the car at noon to go pick up Dale at work and it was 14 degrees at noon! I feel like I can't get warm, <BR> <BR> Must close for now will check in aga... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 06:32:41 EST Weekly Check In Jan 15 - Jan 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x46039587 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Boy is it cold up here in Vermont. Its below 0. Not sure how much below but not sure if I want to know. A good day to watch football and bake beans. Having the oven on for 6 to 8 hours helps to keep it warm. <BR> <BR> My Pats won big last night. That was fun to watch last night. <BR> <BR> Cathy and Rick hope you guys are on the road to recovery. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great weekend. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 09:35:58 EST Weekly Check In 1/15 - 1/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x46038074 Morning all <BR> No church today as hubby does not feel well, think he picked up a cold and neither of us got much sleep last night. We were talking about issues again and were up late. I think I will go back to bed in awhile as I don't want to trigger a migraine. <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a great weekend! Will check in again later. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 07:54:56 EST Weekly Check In Jan 8 - Jan 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x45903210 Hi All, <BR> <BR> Dont have much time but checked in and saw the week wasnt started yet so thought starting off the week would be a good thing. <BR> <BR> Been busy today doing the shopping and taking down our tree. I hate to see it go. Trying to watch the football games in between all the work. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great week. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:02:27 EST Weekly Check in 1/8 - 1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x45897144 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Chilly this morning but will get up into the 60's today. <BR> <BR> The usual Sunday morning for me today. Feed get my music together, go to Church then off to work. Still feeling poorly going on two weeks now so hopefully it will be ending soon. I'm thinking of calling the Doc to see what I can take considering I'm a heart Patient with a compromised immune system. Hopefully they can tell me something I can get over the counter. <BR> <BR> Gotta run. Have a Blessed Sun... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 09:58:35 EST Weekly Check In 1/1 - 1/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x45742852 HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing all my friends a wonderful and healthy 2012! <BR> <BR> Feeling very tired today, slept well last night but feel like I didn't sleep at all. Will be taking a nap in the recliner. <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 1 Jan 2012 09:39:11 EST Weekly Check In 12/25 - 12/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x45646601 MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!! <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> Such a busy day and forgot it was also Sunday and the beginning of a new week!! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all enjoying family and friends on this special Holiday! We had a fun day with my BIL, SIL and their daughter. We all ate too much food but it's one day a year and I ate things I don't normally eat. DH is napping and I'm very sleepy. So much preparation and then it's over so quickly! <BR> <BR> Hope you all enjoyed your Christma... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 19:26:15 EST Weekly Check In 12-18 -- 12-24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x45557147 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Have a very busy day today. Must finish Xmas shopping and do some food shopping. Then will wrap some gifts while I watch the patriots this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I baked some beans yesterday and boy did they come out good. I prefer Jacob Cattle Beans. They are a large bean and stand up to a long cooking time without getting mushey. I will make some corn bread to go with the beans today. Helps keep the house warm with the oven on for so long. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sun... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 06:33:07 EST Weekly Check In 12/11 - 12/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x45468766 Happy Sunday all <BR> We just got back from church and had lunch. We usually go out for lunch after church with my BIL and his wife but we have a birthday party at 4pm today. I still have to wrap the gift and get changed but wanted to get us started. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all doing well...how are the Holiday plans going...shopping....decorating and most important, getting together with family? Let's try not to stress out too much as stress can cause us a flare. <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 11 Dec 2011 14:16:16 EST Weekly Check in 12/4 - 12/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x45362381 Happy Sunday <BR> Up early for church this morning. Hope you're having a great weekend so far. <BR> I got the tree up and decorated yesterday and got a few more decorations up. If we don't get back too late today, I may decorate the outside. <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 4 Dec 2011 05:56:47 EST Weekly Check In 11-27 - 12-3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x45253211 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> I'm up at the wee hours of the morning, not feeling well and can't sleep. Decided might as well get some things done, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great holiday. Ours was good. <BR> <BR> Cathy. I'm glad you and DH are talking. When Dale and I get talking for days and days sometime we keep talking about the same thing over and over. Hope thats not happening with you. I know it can get pretty frustrating. Also with your GPS and the new streets not being on it ca... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 02:04:54 EST Weekly Check in 11/20 - 11/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x45164055 Just a quick message to get the week started. We are headed to church this morning, then out with my BIL and wife for lunch. <BR> <BR> It should be around 80 today and sunny. <BR> <BR> My scale still shows a loss...how much I don't know because it is still so erratic. <BR> This week will continue with walking and watching portions. <BR> <BR> Have a super Sunday <BR> Cathy Sun, 20 Nov 2011 05:59:09 EST Weekly Check In Nov 13 - Nov 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x45059634 Good Day, <BR> <BR> Not much doing around here. Got up early and went out for breakfast and did some shopping after. Its a dreary day and very chilly. Winter is on its way. <BR> <BR> Cathy, I agree that the relationship with this women and your husband seems wrong. The way she sneeks around and not tell her husband. What does she have to hide? I believe a man and a women can have a friendship as long as everything is above board. When people start sneeking around and not telling the truth t... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 13:51:58 EST Weekly Check in 11/6 - 11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x44945699 Morning all <BR> <BR> in the 30's again and it rained last night and is still raining. It should get up into the 50's though. <BR> <BR> Church and work this morning so not much to report here. Though we did go to the movie yesterday and saw Tower Heist. Very good movie and pretty funny. <BR> <BR> Well I have to get my music together and get going. <BR> <BR> Have a Blesses Sunday all! <BR> <BR> Rick Sun, 6 Nov 2011 10:32:13 EST Weekly Check In Oct 30 - Nov 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x44836162 Good Afternoon All, <BR> <BR> Dont have much time my football game is going to start in about 10 minutes. Boy was I really pissed off at the Doc today when I picked up my script at the drugg store. We talked about a new antibiotic for me to start on. I needed to rush out of her office due to an appt with the rhummy Doc. She said she would fax a new script to the store. I went to pick it up this morning and got home and it was Keflex AGAIN! What a waste of money. I am not going to take a med... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 16:10:23 EST Weekly Check In 10/23 - 10/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x44724932 Hello all and Happy Sunday <BR> <BR> Late start today. Had to pick Hubby up at the airport and then we had another disagreement on the way home. All about Facebook..the Farmtown game he plays and some of the friends he has made on there. I have a farm too but haven't played in months and months. He goes into the Inns to socialize. I keep telling him the place can be toxic, some people on there spread all kinds of rumors, cause trouble etc. and he has lost friends because of it. <BR> <BR> Lo... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 14:26:42 EST Weekly Check In Oct 16 - Oct 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x44608919 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> This will be another quick one. My hubby is taking me out to breakfast this morning. That really sounds great! We have a wonderful place here for breakfast and we can stop for a few groceries on the way home. <BR> <BR> Cathy sounds like you will enjoy yourself shopping for clothes next week. Its always fun to go alone that way you can take your time and look around and try on as much as you like without having to think about someone else. Also glad your hubby is ... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 05:37:39 EST Weekly Check In 10-9 - 10-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x44500125 Hi All, <BR> <BR> So glad to hear from you, Cathy. I was begining to feel like I was talking to myself. It sounds like you are starting to get settled in down there. I remember the winters in FL. They are nice. We had a cookout for Christmas. Beware it will get cold in Jan and Feb. Mostly at night. I thought the best month was April. After that it got hot. As far as your brain fog having to do with Lupus Im not sure. I know I get that way when Im under alot of stress. Has this ever happened ... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 07:44:36 EST Week of 10-2 - 10-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x44380151 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Have just a little bit of time to start this week and say hi. It got cold last night my heat came on. <BR> I guess winter is just around the corner. They are opening a new market this morning and they are giving away gift cert. to the first 100 people there. I am going to be one of them. <BR> <BR> Everyone have a great Sunday and will check in later. Bye Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 2 Oct 2011 06:12:31 EST Weekly Check in 9/25 - 10/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x44257956 Hello all <BR> I know I'm starting this early but I've been sleeping on the couch and now can't sleep. I've been having rouble sleeping lately because I've been worried. DH has not been doing well mentally and I know he tends to think in the negative. Now that we are finally moved down he says he's not sure if this was a good idea. I know we both have our issues from past abuses and he's never wanting to talk about it or work through it. He keeps himself buried in his computer pretty much 24... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 00:10:53 EST Week of Sept. 18 - Sept. 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x44141671 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Don't have much time this morning but wanted to open a new week and wish everyone a very peaceful Sunday. We are doing a few things today that we have been talking about but haven't had the time to do. Vacation isn.t it Grand ! <BR> <BR> Have a good one!!! Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 07:01:28 EST benlysta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x44126796 My DR has recomended I start treatment with Benlysta. Wondering if any of you have any experience with this new drug? <BR> Sat, 17 Sep 2011 01:10:29 EST Week of Sept 11 - Sept 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x44019914 Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> We had a very nice day yesterday. It was in the 70s sun was out and no humidity. Felt like a nice Fall day. Fall is my time of year. The NFL starts up this week. <BR> <BR> I forgot to read the last messages before I wrote this. I will read them and check in later <BR> <BR> Bye for now Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 06:10:27 EST Week of Sept 4 - Sept 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x43893717 Goodmorning everyone. <BR> <BR> Well sleep still eludes me. It is supposed to rain and I was so scared it would rain during the night I couldn't sleep. So if you can.t sleep get the computer out and start sparking. It is going to rain tonight and Monday. They say we could get 4 inchs of rain rather fast and because the ground is so saturated from Irene we have flash flood warnings for the entire state of Vermont. When it rains it pours!! Everyone in the northeast please be mindful of the rai... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 06:38:21 EST Week of Aug 28 - Sept 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x43772377 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Its been pouring rain since 12 am last night. Been watching the reports on Irene and looks like it may hut here about early evening. They just reported that Irene is weakening as it hits the colder weather. I can live with that. <BR> <BR> Glad to hear you got to Fla safe and sound Cathy. Very ironic isn't it? You leave NH for Fla and we get the hurricane. <BR> <BR> Must run have pre storm things to do. Bye for now Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 08:51:39 EST Week of Aug 21 - Aug 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x43655058 Hi All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good weekend and a peaceful Sunday. I couldn't sleep last night not feeling well ( begining to sound like a broken record ) so taking it very easy today. Did 2 loads of wash and now watching my great Red Sox. They seem to run hot and cold which is not good this time of year. Not if they want to get in the post season. <BR> <BR> We just had a bad thunder storm. It came in real fast and only lasted about 15 min. as they tend to do this time of year ... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 15:11:55 EST Week of Aug 14 - Aug 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x43529385 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Well, the good weather went away. It is raining and don't think it is going to stop any time soon. Its OK though, wasn't going to do much today anyway. Still not feeling well and didn't sleep well last night. <BR> <BR> Today is a quiet day, thank heavens, will be catching up on some reading. The reading will probably end in catching up on some sleeping lol. <BR> <BR> Have a great and quiet Sunday everyone Bye Deni <em>102</em> <em>239</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 08:07:54 EST Understanding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2242x4305x43523523 it's hard to explain to someone who has no clue. It's a daily struggle feeling sick on the inside while you look fine on the outside. Please put this as your status for at least 1 hour if you or someone you know has an invisible illness (Anxiety, Bi-Polar, Depression, Diabetes, LUPUS, Fibromyalgia, Crohn's, MS, Arthritis, Cancer, Heart Disease, etc.) " Never judge what you don't understand" Love is the answer. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 19:42:15 EST Week of Aug 7 - Aug 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x43416297 Hello All, <BR> <BR> Have just enough time to start this week off. My hubby and I are having a day of trying to get some things done and one of those things is to get some rest. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great weekend and will see you in the funny papers. <BR> <BR> Bye Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 7 Aug 2011 15:27:45 EST Week of July31 - Aug 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x43286641 Good Morning All. <BR> <BR> Don't have much time this morning. Would like to welcome Cathy and DH home. Sounds like it won't be home for much longer. My SIL has a house in Englewood thats about 50 miles south of Tampa on the Gulf. Its a nice area to be in during the winter. She goes swimming in January! She has a built in pool thats heated. Take care Cathy and pace yourself. <BR> <BR> Will check in later. Bye for now. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:54:43 EST Week of July 24- July 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x43169644 Hello All, <BR> <BR> Don't have much time but was checking things out and saw no one had started the week off. Been very busy helping the neighbors today. Last night the appt. building next door had a pretty bad fire. It started about 9 pm and the fire dept was there all night till 6 am. The Red Cross came and found motel rooms for everyone. As they came back today we tryed to help all we could. We were out with them the night before also. <BR> <BR> Must close for now. Hope everyone has a g... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 19:08:02 EST Week of July17 - July 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x43031217 Good Morning All <BR> <BR> What a wonderful weekend as far as the weather goes.It was 90 degrees yesterday but not humid at all. Today should be the same. It cools down to 45 at night so its great sleeping. <BR> <BR> No plans for today but will take it easy. My hands are really hurting. Can't wait to get back on my meds. They help my hans but have to wait till the celluitis to clear up first. Its taking awhile for that. <BR> <BR> Everyone have a great Sunday. Bye for now Deni <em>239</... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 08:07:56 EST Week of July 10 - July - 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x42901024 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> My weekend has been a very quiet one so far. Hope today is still the same. Right now its cloudy and cool. The cool I like. Don't have much planned but will do some cooking and some laundry.My belly is starting to feel better but I still itch like crazy. <BR> <BR> Our vacation is over so its back to the norm. It gets over all to soon. Really liked having hubby around all week. <BR> <BR> Must go Bye for now, Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 06:27:28 EST Weekly Check in 7/10 - 7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x42892034 Morning all. <BR> <BR> a quick check in for me today. I am helping a gal from church pick up some furniture. Turns out it is a little more involved than she originally proposed. <BR> <BR> Mid 90's today, so at least we have that going for us. <BR> <BR> Have a good Saturday all! <BR> <BR> Rick Sat, 9 Jul 2011 15:12:19 EST Weekly Check in July 3 - July 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x42774458 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Its starting out to be a wonderful weekend. Yesterday was great and today should also be good. I guess there is a chance of rain but not all day. Both me and my husband were not feeling well yesterday so we stayed in and relaxed. Watched a couple of movies and read some. Today will most likely be some of the same then we have a weeks vacation .Yeah!!! <BR> <BR> Don't have much time now but will check in later. Bye Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 06:02:15 EST Weekly Check In June 26 - July 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x42643353 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Today should be a nice day. We need a good one.Its been raining all day Friday and Saturday. We had a nice day Saturday staying in and watching a movie then doing some things that needed doing. Our vacation comes up the first week in July. We are not going way. Staying home and doing some large chores that need doing. We have a small room that we use for a library. We have Bookcases that line the walls with our books on them. We are going to take that room apart ... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 06:58:27 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x42547890 Hi, <BR> I'm Jan and I would like to join your group. I have lupus and have had it for 12 years and am bumbling along with it..between bouts of being unwell and okay'ish! Am at least 50lbs overweight and joined SP 4 days ago. I am suprised and happy to see a SP team for lupus sufferers, as I'm sure my lupus is a major contributing factor to my weight gain. <BR> Anyhow, sore fingers this morning, so bye for now... I've an appointment with a dose of steroids! <BR> Hear from you soon... I hope! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:56:58 EST Weekly Check In for June 19 - June 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x42510637 Good Morning All. <BR> <BR> Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads out there. Heres hoping you hear from all your children today. <BR> <BR> It turned out to be a pretty good day weather wise yesterday. Started out cloudy and rainey and ended up sunny and nice. Today is starting out sunny and nice. Very cool though. Sure hope the nice weather stays. <BR> <BR> We are having a hard time keeping Dana's, my cat, glucose number down. It started to go down nicly but now its back up again. She wanted m... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 07:32:32 EST Weekly Check in June12 -June 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x42376703 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> I opened this week up I hope this is OK. If it is not will someone please let me know and I won't do this again. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what the weather is for today but right now it is cloudy and it looks like we will have another day of rain.I need to do some shopping today and pay some bills. I hate that but must be done. <BR> <BR> Dana, my kitty, is doing much better! He still sleeps alot but he is 15 years old.He is eating much better and even playing every... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 07:14:18 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 6/5 - 6/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x42243207 Happy Sunday all <BR> Another sunny day here in New Hampshire but the temps dipped down to 40 last night! Yikes! It should be in the 60's today and maybe a few showers. <BR> <BR> Gotta get ready for the 1st big concert, should be a fun time and my mom is coming up too and staying here tonight. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Sunday! <BR> Cathy Sun, 5 Jun 2011 07:15:55 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 5/29 - 6/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x42103046 Wow! Last week of May and June begins! Another cloudy day but we should have some sun this afternoon. We've only had a couple days with the temps in the 70's. It sure is nice to finally have some nice weather. <BR> <BR> Not much going on today. We are heading to a local place called Fiddlehead Farms to ask for a donation or something for the silent auction next Sunday. Then DH wants to watch the car races. I need to get the 2 baskets ready for the auction since we need to have those in by Tu... Sun, 29 May 2011 08:29:38 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 5/22 - 5/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x41967341 Happy Sunday all <BR> Heading out early to babysit for the day. My son and DIL are away at a wedding. They had a babysitter for all day yesterday and last night. I will be there all day but will bring the GK's back here for dinner and will play at the playground down my street. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday. I think the sun will be out again today! <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 22 May 2011 06:06:08 EST Weekly Check in 5//15 - 5/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x41834237 Morning all! <BR> <BR> A quick check in fir me. It was 35 this morning and raining like there was no tomorrow. At least it wasn't snow, though there still is the possibility. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to go to church this morning. At this stage I am able too go out on short trips. My book says a half hour but I figure I will be sitting most of the time so I should be able to attend the whole service. <BR> <BR> Gail you should post some of the pictures of your garden and trees. I sure mis... Sun, 15 May 2011 11:21:03 EST Hi I am new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x41781108 I have suffered from lupus ie SLE for fourteen years. Was on steroids for thirteen of those years and my weight just kept going up and up. Have been off them for the last six months and my weight has already come down by over two stone. I have good days and bad days would love to buddie up with anyone else with lupus who would like a friend. <em>334</em> Thu, 12 May 2011 11:32:53 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 5/8 - 5/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x41694492 HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! <em>125</em> <BR> <BR> Heading out to my sisters in MA to celebrate Mothers Day and my neices birthday. I will be going alone as DH is still fighting a virus and even if he did feel better, he wouldn't go anyway because of the hurt feelings between him and 1/2 my family. <BR> <BR> I feel guilty leaving him alone again. It seems like I've been out almost everyday with babysitting, appoinments and errands. I did make him come with me yesterday. He's been in the house all w... Sun, 8 May 2011 08:33:43 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 5/1 - 5/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x41553176 Happy May everyone! <BR> <BR> A new month and finally Spring is here! It took awhile here in New Hampshire. Things are blooming. Time for outside walks since it's not too hot yet. How are your fitness plans? food plans? Are you ready for summer? <BR> <BR> DH and I have been sick all week. He finally threw in the towel and wanted to go to the walk in clinic. We were there Friday for blood tests and he did not want to be checked even though he was coughing, had a slight fever and couldn't eve... Sun, 1 May 2011 14:07:45 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 4/24 - 4/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x41417784 Happy Easter all!! <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry for the late start today. I just didn't have time this morning to get in here to post. We were at my brothers all day with most of the family for Easter. Nice time! It got up to 70 degrees today! Yesterday we had snow, today it's Spring! <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a great Sunday, enjoyed some good food, enjoyed family and friends. Thankyou God for this beautiful day! Both my kids were away for the weekend. My son and family are... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:38:55 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 4/17 - 4/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x41278333 Hello all <BR> Another late start this week. Mom was up again for a visit and we went to my grandsons birthday party yesterday. He's 2 years old already! It was a fun party and he had a blast. The first gift he opened was from us...a fire truck with all the bells and whistles. Then he was happy, all he wanted to do was play with that and didn't want to open anymore gifts. <BR> <BR> It's been a roller coaster ride here this week. I've been emailing my daughter back and forth about our move to... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 15:29:52 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 4/10 - 4/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x41134749 Hello all <BR> Sorry for such a late start. It's been a busy weekend and upsetting too! <BR> <BR> DH's doctors have tried everything to help his psoriasis. We've tried everything...creams, lotions, diet, light therapy, tar baths...This has been the worst it has ever been and they have told him he has the worst case they have ever seen. His skin is so compromised, he could pick up an infection like cellulitis at any time. He has had this before and it is life threatening. They want him on sh... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:08:37 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 4/3 - 4/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x40979326 Happy Sunday! <BR> Yeah, the sun is out here! It's in the 40's and a little windy. The snow from Friday is melting, we can see the grass again. <BR> <BR> Got errands done this morning, went out for breakfast. Now, getting laundry done, some cleaning, putting things away, organizing my desk. It always seems everything gets piled on my desk. I do all the bill paying, filling out forms, balancing the checkbook etc....I'm always looking for better ways to stay organized. <BR> <BR> Will try to g... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 13:38:33 EST Weekly Check in 3/27 - 4/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x40822837 Morning all! Quick check in for me too. Cloudy this morning and expecting rain, but at least it is the last day of it. we really need to dry out. There has been a lot of flooding and damage. Trees falling and I mean HUGE trees! Crushed cars and houses and ponds where there use to be yards. <BR> <BR> Here it is the end of the month again. How did you fair this month? I stayed about the same. I was hoping to do better food wise, but I did get in a lot more exercise! <BR> <BR> Church this m... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 11:17:15 EST Small change on our start page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x40741427 Hi all! <BR> I made a change on our start page. So many times we meet new members that do not know about Lupus.org now you can just click on our team logo and go there. <BR> <BR> Rick Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:08:25 EST Weekly Check in 3/20 - 3/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x40670273 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Happy first day of Spring!! <BR> We have had a very windy wet storm blowing through. Winds above 30 mph and buckets of rain. I hate driving in the rain because of the glare at night from oncoming cars. <BR> <BR> We went to Sac yesterday to see the play 9 to 5. The girl that played the Dolly Parton character, I had to double check the playbill to make sure it wasn't her! It was a fun play. The next one we see in April is "Young Frankenstein". One of my favorites. <BR>... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 08:26:33 EST Weekly Check in 3/13 - 3/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x40527077 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Sunday morning and rushing to get ready for church. Just wanted to comment on your last post Cathy. You sound like you are where I have been for a few years. Bone too bone, knee cap off to the side Doc says there is nothing to do. What I understand this is I believe Aseptic necrosis if I spelled it right. It is deterioration of the cartilage. it gets to a point where the only option is replace the knee. I've been putting a knee operation for about 7 years now. ... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:55:43 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 3/6 - 3/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x40373415 Hello all <BR> I don't know what happened to me last week. I just read last weeks check in and realised how much I missed. Thought I had been in here and posted more. :) <BR> <BR> I only had to babysit on Thursday but was busy the rest of the week. DH and I were out doing errands last week and realised our car registration had expired Jan 31st. So down to the DMV we went. I couldn't understand how it would run out since we just moved to NH in May, figured it would be good for a year...but no... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 12:44:51 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 2/27 - 3/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x40200805 Good morning all!! <BR> <BR> It is snowing once again here in NH, about another 4/5 inches and expecting more tomorrow. DH and I usually do our grocery shopping on Sundays but it will have to wait. <BR> <BR> I got a phone call from my daughter late Friday night. She has been sick all week with a high fever, abdominal pains and diahrea and thought she was starting to feel better but went to the hospital and they admitted her. They were certain it was her appendix and were ready to do surger... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:41:57 EST Wii http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x40186548 I am not a Nintendo worker or aything but I wondered if anyone else was using the Wii for exercise???? <BR> <BR> I am limied on my mobility and sometime if I walk on a concrete surface my lower joints start huring and I end up walking like a penquin LOL. The Wii allows me to get some of my exercise while playing games and having fun with my family. If you all have kids or grandkids they will think its cool to challenge u. I am such the girl!!! So the whole idea of bowling turned me off, ... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 13:48:50 EST Weekly Check in 2/20 - 2/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x40040253 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Snow disappeared by mid day yesterday in our area and got up into low 50's. Going to be cloudy the next couple of days then rain again. <BR> <BR> I'm having trouble booking a hotel for our SRD (State Recognition Days) for TOPS. So many people are coming, two hotels are already booked. And the third one that opened up is 3.5 miles away from the convention center where it is going to be. Which makes it a pain for changing clothes for the different events.I'm going to tr... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 08:29:16 EST Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x39960902 Proof you can get exercise anywhere! <BR> <BR> <link> www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed<BR>ded&v=CE-EyKodD60 </link> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:13:44 EST Weekly Check in 2/13 -2/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x39885649 Morning all! <BR> Melissa, hope your daughter is feeling better. <BR> <BR> It was such a nise day yesterday we decided to drive up to Yosemite and walk around and take a few pictures. A lot of the park is sstill closed because of the snow but you can make it to the valley floor. I've been there many times shooting pictures and II always find new things to shoot or different ways to shoot something I've shot before. <BR> <BR> Paying some bills this morning then off to church and work afterwa... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:04:20 EST Weekly Check in 2/6 - 2/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x39723632 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Deni, I seen an occupational therapist and was able to et things to make daily activities easier such as, a tool to help me button my shirts, some thing to help put my socks on, larger utensils that are easier to hold(which you can buy at most kitchen stores or dept stores) You can go to a pharmaceutical store and see if they have a catalog or go on line and find a multitude of things. I'm looking for a particular pair of arthritis gloves now that are fingerless at t... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 09:15:32 EST Weekly Check in 1/30 - 2/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x39547770 Good morning team! <BR> <BR> Well here it is the end of the month. How has the first part of the year been for you? Still sticking with your goals. What kind f obstacles have you run into? <BR> <BR> For me, I feel my goals are still on track. I have been exercising more, which has been both painful to some degree and rewarding at the same time. I have had to take a little longer breaks between working different areas but I always feel better overall when exercise. <BR> My biggest obst... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 08:10:49 EST Flares http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2242x4305x39441235 I'm really new to having Lupus, I've had it for at least the last 2.5 years, but only very recently been diagnosed with discoid lupus. <BR> <BR> Can someone help me to understand what a "flare" is? <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a great day, today I can barely keep my eyes open, feel feverish, cold chills, upset stomach (really don't want to go into details! LOL)and I just developed a massive headache. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking flu, because it doesn't seem to me that DLE is as serious as SLE. If I'... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:53:23 EST Weekly Check in 1/23 - 1/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x39374956 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Well, here it is already the last full week of the month. How has the start of the New Year been for you? <BR> If you made resolutions, have you stuck to them? How about your weight goals? Still moving forward? <BR> <BR> Myself, I didn't really make resolutions verbally but in my mind I committed myself to certain things and though I got off to a slow start I feel I am pretty much on track. And as far as weight loss goals... well, let's just say I need to work on t... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 08:01:02 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 1/16 - 1/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x39197515 Happy Sunday all!! <BR> <BR> We got a light dusting of snow last night, maybe 1/2 inch. But the sun is out this morning. <BR> <BR> We were on Long Island Friday and Saturday visiting DH's daughter and exchanging Christmas gifts. They have as much snow as we do but they're not really prepared to handle it, things were sort of plowed. Most of the streets still had snow and ice and the parking lots were a mess. It was a good visit but good to be home. Neither one of us slept well at the hotel.... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 08:24:49 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 1/9 - 1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x39014031 Happy Sunday to all! <BR> Hope you're having a great weekend and staying warm! The sun is out here but it's cold and windy. DH and I are staying home today. He's watching football and I'm catching up on a few shows I taped this week. We managed to get a few boxes out in the shed which was not fun with the icey, slippery ground. Going to get some exercise in this afternoon too. <BR> <BR> We got some sad news about our friend Brett. His pathology report shows he has stage 3 brain cancer. It's ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 14:10:17 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 1/2 - 1/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x38809682 WELCOME 2011 <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> We have a chance to start a fresh new year! Let's take one day at a time, one meal at a time and just do your best. <BR> <BR> Water <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Healthy food <em>277</em> <BR> <BR> Keep moving <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> Stay positive <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Let's start by having a great week! <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 2 Jan 2011 12:39:52 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 12/26 - 1/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x38663130 Hello all <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and are resting and recovering from the festivities. <BR> <BR> I drove down to my sisters yesterday and brought leftovers from the Christmas Eve party, and gifts for my kids, GK's and mom. DH stayed home as the Holidays are not happy for him...too many unhappy memories. He's hoping as counseling continues, that it gets better for him. Just having gifts around the house brings back bad memories. <BR> But, I had a nice ti... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 17:23:11 EST Weekly Check In 12/19-12/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x38553876 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Here it is, the final week before Xmas. Are you all ready? I can't believe it but for a few packages to wrap and a couple of gift cards to mail out I think I am! I'm excited to be heading south for Xmas to Santa Anita. Though it is going to be raining here and I dread the drive down, especially through Tehachapi Pass. It will be sunny on the 26th at the races! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> As I mentioned it is still raining here. Our road to our house(most frequently... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 10:01:36 EST Weekly Check in 12/12 -12/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x38431485 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Sorry been out of town the past few days and haven't been able to log on. <BR> <BR> We went out and got a tree yesterday. We usually buy a live one but didn't want to spend 100$ on a 3 ft. tree but it still cost us 85$ for a fresh cut. It's a tall,8 ft,tree but still! <BR> <BR> Today is my wife's birthday and we're headed to San Fransisco for a dinner show. It's called Teatro Zinzanni. If you have a chance look it up on the web. It's pretty cool. Anyway, we'll be gon... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 09:22:05 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 12/5 - 12/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x38299819 Hello all <BR> I didn't realise I never checked in here all week and had to catch up on posts. Very busy this week and I haven't been getting enough sleep. All the Holiday preparations, shopping, on top of the usual is a bit overwhelming. Last night my back started hurting, I think in response to all the stress. <BR> <BR> I seem to be overly sensitive this week as well. My mom said something to me last week that got me really thinking. It was during the packing at her house, she said that s... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 09:58:24 EST New Lupus drug http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x38201305 Have you heard about the new Lupus drug Benlysta? <BR> Check out the link below. Good news and bad. <BR> <BR> Rick <BR> <BR> <link>www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conten<BR>t/article/2010/11/18/AR2010111802313.html </link> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:09:42 EST Weekly Check in 11/28 - 12/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x38160661 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Here we are, the last leg of the week. Before you know it it will be 2012. Let's hope it's nothing like the movie!(LOL) <BR> <BR> Sun is peeking out this morning after a day of rain yesterday. I don't think it got above 40 yesterday. <BR> Burlesque was an excellent movie. Christin Aguilera is an incredible singer! <BR> <BR> Church this morning then off to work, Hope everyone has a great Sunday! <BR> <BR> Rick Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:37:41 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 11/21 - 11/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x38047898 <em>429</em> <BR> Happy Sunday all! <BR> It's Turkey week, hope you have a plan in place. As my DH says, if you fail to plan...then plan to fail. <BR> <BR> DH and I were in NY this weekend, had a long talk on the trip about his depression, psoriasis, our future. He has agreed he really needs counseling to help with all his issues. There may be many changes coming up for both of us, but one step at a time. And he made a 1st step by admitting he needs help. <BR> <BR> Very cold here, got do... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 09:50:58 EST Weekly Check in 11/14 - 11/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x37917006 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Yesterday we seen the musical "In the Heights" Possibly the best we have seen all year. Very energetic and some wonderful voices. <BR> <BR> Church and work for me today. not much else. <BR> Going to be in the 60's again. <BR> <BR> Have a great day all! <BR> <BR> Rick Sun, 14 Nov 2010 08:13:54 EST Update :/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2242x4305x37807876 Hey everyone! <BR> Wanted to give you an update- I have been in the hospital for the last few days. I had a massive migraine which also caused a "mini stroke" in my left eye. I am mobile although I cannot run, jump, bend swiftly etc. I can see, but my eye tends to get tired and cross. :( But with all your support I will make it through all this and perservere Love you all! Mon, 8 Nov 2010 13:17:02 EST Weekly Check in 11/7 - 11/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x37782351 Morning all, <BR> <BR> Friday I spent the day in San Francisco, Had to leave early for a Lupus Study where I went through 4 1/2 h0ours of physical and mental tests, blood work and body scans. <BR> <BR> Afterward, we walked around the city for a few hours and we went to Golden Gate Park. It's a beautiful park. It is the most visited park in the U.S.( according to the information placard)and was designed by the same people that designed Central Park, which was something I was surprised to lea... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 08:37:27 EST Turkey Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x37704215 Well here it is November. Time to talk Turkey! <BR> Do you have anything special planned for Thanksgiving? How about any special recipes you use to facilitate your TOPS lifestyle. A special low fat desert perhaps one you would like to share! <BR> So join in! I'm sure others would like to hear and maybe try something new! <BR> Wed, 3 Nov 2010 08:44:52 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 10/31 - 11/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x37639234 <em>275</em> HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL! <BR> <BR> Keep those candies hidden till its time for the kids to trick-or-treat! Please allow yourself a few treats, within your calorie range, so you won't feel deprived. <BR> <BR> I'm doing better with the neck pain and slept well last night. Although, I did have a hard time getting to sleep, must have been all the naps I took yesterday. <BR> <BR> I may meet up with the GK's later before they go trick or treating, depending on how I feel. But just hang... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 09:28:23 EST Weekly Check in 10/24 - 10/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x37499635 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Here it is the last week of the month! Halloween, time change and Thanksgiving around the corner! <BR> <BR> Are you ready for the upcoming challenges? Do you have a strategy in place? I'm not too bad when it comes to candy, but when it gets dark early it usually means more time to sit around with nothing to do but watch t.v. which sometimes leads to snacking. <BR> <BR> Raining here today. Been coming down pretty steady all night. It's going to a bigger mess of the... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 08:19:35 EST Weekly Checkk in 10/17 - 10/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x37379680 Morning all, <BR> <BR> Sorry I missed getting started yesterday. Busy' busy, busy! <BR> <BR> Rained all day yesterday going to clear up today with a chance of rain. <BR> <BR> Work today and picking a few things up around the house. having our house appraised tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Gotta run. Have a great day!! <BR> <BR> Rick <BR> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 09:10:09 EST Weekly Check in 10/10 - 10/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x37221062 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Weather here has been wonderful, nice and sunny and not to hot. We saw a couple getting married in a park in Downtown Sacramento yesterday, it was a beautiful day for it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we went to Sacramento to see the play Burn the floor. Kind of like watching So you think you can dance. Some of the performers were from So you think you can dance, Dancing with the stars and American Idol! It was fun to watch, very energetic. Oh to be that young and flexible ag... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 08:09:21 EST Muscle cramps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x37123489 Lately I have been bothered by Muscle cramps. I have gotten them before, in my hands, legs etc. but not often. However, lately I've been getting them a lot! Like charlie horses. Some are so painful They bring tears to my eyes or drop me to the ground, <BR> Usually the ones in my legs(calfs) are the worst. But last night I got one in my ankle and it took almost 15 minutes to get it relaxes. I use this stuff called muscle mist that works pretty well most of the time. i still get them in ... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 11:53:40 EST Weekly Check in 10/3 - 10/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x37074481 Morning all! <BR> <BR> New week, new month, do you have a new plan and attitude for the upcoming Ghouls and Goblins? Whatt are you going to do to reduce the temptation of eating some of those treats? <BR> It's easy for me. We don't get any trick or treaters so I just don't buy any! <BR> <BR> Last night we had quite the wind storm! I had all the boxes out in my driveway plus things we were sorting through. I put most of it back into the storage shed because it had started to rain. Now I hav... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 08:30:26 EST Weekly Check in 9/26 - 10/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x36945176 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Well here it is the last week of the month and on our way to the upcoming holidays. Are you ready? <BR> <BR> I was sick most of the weekend. Can't seem to shake this cold. Sat. night I was up all night coughing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday it was 104. and going to be more of the same today. I guess that's why we're called "sunny California"! <BR> <BR> Work today, and TOPS. May have a couple of new members starting today. going to try and get a little exercise in as well. <... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 08:01:45 EST Weekly Check In 9/19 - 9/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x36779979 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Been a busy weekend. Barely had time to sit and have a cup of coffee. Was trying to beat the rain that didn't show up. Good thing too because I would have lost. <BR> <BR> Not much going on today, church hen work. Hopefully get a little exercise in this morning. <BR> <BR> Going to be mid 80's today so I'll put the horses out before I leave. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great Sunday! <BR> <BR> Rick Sun, 19 Sep 2010 07:42:28 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 9/12 - 9/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x36636167 Hello all <BR> Hope you are all having a good weekend. I was gone most of the day yesterday at a Monavie seminar which was fun, motivating and informative. <BR> <BR> We did take a few moments to remember the victims from 9/11 and I especially remembered my friend Karen whom I grew up with. She was a stewardess on the 1st plane. <BR> <BR> Very cold here this morning. Even DH is cold! He's usually always hot and has no shirt on, even with the ac. <BR> <BR> We have a 50th birthday party at ... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 08:53:22 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 9/5 - 9/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x36501633 Happy Sunday! <BR> I can't believe it's September and the weather is getting cooler. I can already see some leaves starting to change. My GD and I collected some red and yellow leaves last week while out on a walk. <BR> <BR> We went to breakfast yesterday and today with friends and now just hanging out at home. Been getting a litle work done for the business..making phone calls and doing some cleaning. <BR> I've been trying to hang pictures up on the walls. I have those sticky velcro things ... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 16:21:11 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 8/29 - 9/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x36359718 Hello all <BR> Sorry so late getting the week started. We were gone most of the day and then I napped when we got home. We were at church and then a party. It was 90 degrees today and the party was at a house near the beach. There was a nice breeze and lots of shade but as the day went on, the breeze stopped and it was hot...but we had a fun time, good music, good friends, good food. <BR> <BR> The last Sunday of August...a time of transitions...summer vacation is ending...back to school... <... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 22:23:39 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 8/22 - 8/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x36207932 Happy Sunday! <BR> This month is really going fast. My DIL starts back to school week of the 30th which means I start babysitting again. This year the 5 year old starts kindergarten and I will still drop her off but then she will get the bus back home. One less time in and out of the car. So if the 16 mos old is still napping, I won't have to wake him. <BR> <BR> It's been raining here in New Hampshire. I've been cooking tomato sauce/meatballs most of the day.... having friends over for dinne... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 15:54:26 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 8/15 - 8/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x36061893 Good morning all <BR> Another beautiful day here in New Hampshire. The weather has been mild, in the 70's, low 80's but tomorrow we get the muggy's back! <BR> <BR> My mom is visiting today and staying the night. We're heading to our granddaughters 5th birthday party. Where has the time gone? <BR> <BR> This will be moms first visit to our new home. I overdid it yesterday, trying to get the bedroom ready for her. I finally cleared away most boxes, enough to be able to make the bed and walk ab... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 09:21:24 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 8/8 - 8/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x35915690 Good morning! <BR> It got down to the 50's last night, the house is chilly. What a difference from hot, humid and 90's! <BR> <BR> My 1st counseling session went well, was mostly talking about the history of things, family etc. but it felt good to have someone else to talk to that understood. And this week DH also admitted he would like to start counseling as weel. This is a good step for him, and I'm hoping he follows through with it. <BR> <BR> I babysat the grandkids this past Thursday for... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 10:12:33 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 8/1 - 8/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x35768088 Hello all! <BR> It's been quite nice outside here, no humidity, breezy, cool...I like it like this! DH is watching NASCAR and I'm just getting to the rest of the boxes, putting stuff away, going thru bills etc. <BR> <BR> I found a counselor and made an appointment for this Tuesday. I still haven't convinced DH that he needs to go too but I won't give up. It seems there are some days where he is in such a dark place and so depressed, it really scares me and it's dragging me down! I don't know... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 13:45:46 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 7/25 - 7/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x35620362 Good morning all! <BR> Wow! The last week of July! The summer is flying by. It's been so hot and humid, so not much chance to enjoy the outside. I like the Fall much better and I can walk. It'll be nice at our new place because they have a nature trail and by then those biting flies will be gone. <BR> <BR> I'm finally getting to the last few boxes from the move. It's mostly all pictures and nick naks and trying to find room for it all will be a challenge. I may have to put a box aside of thi... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 09:45:30 EST Hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x35602359 So glad I found this Spark Team. Just found out Monday My Lab results are positive of Lupus. I did not take it very easy. For several yrs. I have had pain, falling, dropping things. Unknown fever almost all the time. But until My husband and I decided on Bariatric surgery, no one had tested my ANA or C-Reactive Protein. Now I have had the tests, they are positive. Not diagnosised as Lupus as of yet. Will find out next month. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say Hello to you all. <BR> Sola <em>213</e... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 07:45:09 EST Weekly Check In 7-18 - 7/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x35475901 Good morning team! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good weekend. It has been hovering around 102 here the past few days. Hopefully it will start cooling down next week. <BR> <BR> i have recently broke out in a full blown rash. My chest and back look like the ATT wireless map(if you have seen the commercial you know what I mean) <BR> <BR> My back is still bothering me. It's been over a week now. The Doc gave me some Cyclobenzaper but it doesn't seem to help much. <BR> <BR> Tomorro... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 11:12:34 EST Weekly Check In 7-11 - 7/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x35332115 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Been hot here, yesterday over 100. it was still 90 at 10:00 last night and it's already mid 70's at 5a.m.. <BR> My wife and I went out of town for a few dayas for a little getaway. <BR> <BR> We went to a zoo and seen a little concert and a car show. The band was doing Beatle music and dresses the different parts ie: Sgt Peppers get ups etc. <BR> <BR> Well, church this morning then off to work. and of course feeding all the animals. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a grea... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 08:24:47 EST Weekly Check In 7-4 - 7/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x35197179 Morning everyone! <BR> Just popping in to wish everyone a happy 4th! <BR> Please welcome all the new members when you have the chance! <BR> Have fun! Enjoy yourselves, and try to watch what you eat, i know it's hard with all the BBQ's. <BR> <BR> Ric <em>195</em> <em>283</em> Sun, 4 Jul 2010 11:03:12 EST When your mother has Lupus--article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2242x4305x35168664 When Your Mother Has Lupus: A Daughter’s Perspective | But You Dont Look Sick? <BR> http://shar.es/mOTbq <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> This is an article by a daughter whose mother has Lupus. I always hate that my children have had to live with my disease but, at the same time, I am very grateful that they are healthy themselves. I thought you might be interested in reading this. Mind you, it made me cry but then it is one of those days so I probably needed to. <BR> <BR> Linda <em... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 15:06:01 EST Weekly Check In 6/27 - 7/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x35054664 Morning all and Happy Sunday to you! <BR> Going to be hot today, suppose to hit 106 and thunder showers on top of that. <BR> <BR> Hard to believe July is just around the corner! <BR> <BR> Not much going on today, church and work and trying to find something to throw in the crockpot. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a Blessed Sunday. <BR> <BR> Rick Sun, 27 Jun 2010 08:19:44 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x35017142 Hello from Ohio. Thu, 24 Jun 2010 23:54:27 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 6/20 - 6/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x34913606 HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL YOU DADS!! <BR> <BR> And happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> Having a nice weekend so far...my granddaughter's dance recital yesterday...too cute...surprise 30th birthday party for my DIL and today I'm visiting my brother and SIL, both recouperating from their surgeries. Jeff had a kidney transplant and his wife was the donor! <BR> <BR> DH has been sick with a migraine and cold but doing better today. I don't like having to go to functions and leave him home sick but he said ... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 09:14:05 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 6/13 - 6/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x34775823 Happy Sunday! <BR> It's been raining here and cloudy most of the day but DH and I are having a stay at home day. I've been putting things away, re-potting plants, cooking, spending time on the computer and resting. <BR> <BR> I ended up at the chiropractor this week with back pain. So I'm under orders...no more unpacking, lifting, just rest, use ice etc. I knew all the extra activity/stress the past few weeks would catch up to me. <BR> It's hard to do that when there are piles of things that... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 17:15:02 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 6/6 - 6/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x34618041 Good morning and happy Sunday! <BR> Hope you're having a great weekend so far, getting a little exercise in, watching those portions and getting some water in. It's been very humid and hot here so I've been drinking extra water. It's always easier in the summer! <BR> <BR> We've had quite a few days of bad thunderstorms and tornado watches here in Maine. In fact a funnel cloud was spotted north of us yesterday! Yikes! We have the possibility of more storms this afternoon! <BR> <BR> DH and I... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 07:58:14 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 5/30 - 6/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x34480888 Hello all <BR> Sorry such a late start! I forgot it was Sunday, was so busy unpacking etc.. <BR> Wow! Can't believe it is almost June. This month flew by. Hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend with 3 days off. At least most people have it off. All the stores are open so many have to work. <BR> <BR> My son and family are stopping by tomorrow to see the new place and help with a few chores. We are finally making a good dent in the boxes and getting things put away. I had to go to Tar... Sun, 30 May 2010 21:26:06 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 5/23 - 5/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x34324696 Good morning all! <BR> Hope you are enjoying your weekend and feeling well! <BR> The weather is foggy/cloudy and cool here this morning. We're still packing up the house. I have the kitchen to do today and 2 small closets, mostly cleaning supplies, winter stuff and tools. Then I have to pack up the desk/bills/papers etc. <BR> <BR> DH has been going thru the mound of paperwork from his mom and dads estate/business. Something I have been wanting him to do since we moved here. So the shredding... Sun, 23 May 2010 08:16:43 EST weekly check in 5/16 -5/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x34173072 Morning all, <BR> Yesterday myy wife and I left early yesterday and spent a leisurely day in Palo Alto and San Jose. WE went shopping at a Mall in Palo Alto that is actually listed as a sight seeing place. It was built in the 60's and is one of few that remain and has grown with the times. It has beautiful gardens and flowers throughout the mall. it is an outdoor mall that people can go and take their kids and pets. places to sit, relax and read,(which is what I did while my wife shopped) i w... Sun, 16 May 2010 10:09:47 EST weekly check in 5/9 -5/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x34014036 Morning everyone! <BR> <BR> Not much going today. Church, a little house cleaning and later taking my wife out to dinner for Mothers Day. <BR> <BR> It sure has been nice to to have to go to work or school. I have been so much more relaxed. <BR> <BR> i went to the college the other day to see about making up the final I missed while in the hospital. My prof told me not to worry about it, He said after all I had been through I didn't need to worry about that as well he took care of it. how c... Sun, 9 May 2010 08:17:59 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 5/2 - 5/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x33849922 Hello all and welcome to the first week of May! Summer is right around the corner and most people love the hot summer days and sitting on the beach. <BR> <BR> For us, the summer can be a challenge since we need to seek the shade, wear protective clothing and sit under umbrellas. <BR> <BR> How do you handle the invites to the beach and outside barbecues in the sun??? etc.... <BR> <BR> I sometimes feel very sad that I am limited in what I can do or where I can go. But I know it is neccessar... Sun, 2 May 2010 10:02:00 EST Lupus Awareness Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x33832227 Hi everyone! May is International Lupus Awareness Month. How better to celebrate than to work extra hard to get ourselves in better health this month! LFA (Lupus Foundation of America) has asked Facebook members to post a message about Lupus awareness in the form of "I wear purple because..." this weekend and to use a butterfly in their profile. While I am not sure how much it really helps because of privacy constraints I have done it here to. If it helps anyone it is major:) My message ... Sat, 1 May 2010 11:40:52 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x33763297 Hi! I am new to the group and to Spark. I have been diagnosed with Lupus for a little more than ten years but have had it much longer. You name it, they said I had it:( until I finally got to a rheumy. I don't need to lose a tremendous amount of weight but I now have diabetes and want to get that under control and have my clothes fit again! My problem is that I have a huge problem with fatigue and can't seem to exercise and I am not sure how to get started. Any suggestions are welcome!!... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:01:25 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 4/25 - 5/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x33691377 Happy Sunday! <BR> Hope you are all having a good weekend! <BR> <BR> I didn't have time to get in here this morning as we had to leave early. We had an enjoyable day at the gospel brunch. This is the probably the last Sunday brunch for quite some time as the group will be very busy with other projects/concerts etc. <BR> <BR> We are waiting to hear from the realtor this week. It seems the house we put an offer in for is in foreclosure so a bank is involved in this process. We asked that we c... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 17:02:29 EST Weekly Check in 4/18 - 4/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x33517413 Morning all, <BR> <BR> Well, The warm weather is officially here and I had my first "oh crap!" moment. I worked outside for about 4 hours on Friday pulling weeds, came inside to get cleaned up, pulled off my shirt, and there it was. My Lupus rash in it's full glory from the top of my neck all across my chest down my stomach and arms. Crap! I forgot sun screen! Every year I do this. Well, we'll see how long this flare lasts. <BR> <BR> 77 degrees yesterday going to be warm today. rain p... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 09:14:57 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 4/11 - 4/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x33353497 Good morning! <BR> The sun is out again today which is nice. The air is cool but I it's nice to open windows and air out the place. I hear the birds singing. <BR> We had a showing yesterday and we heard they really liked the place, the area etc. but we won't know about any offers till Monday. <BR> The grandkids slept over Friday night and I got most of the cleaning done before they arrived so all I had to do Saturday morning was make beds, sweep the kitchen floor, put things away and do a qui... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 09:12:47 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4305x33231378 I'm happy that I found the team. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 05:37:48 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 4/4 - 4/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x33187666 HAPPY EASTER! <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a wonderful day. Keep things in moderation and be mindful of your choices. <BR> <BR> But most of all, enjoy the day with family and friends. <BR> <BR> It will be difficult for me as DH has decided to stay home and be away from the family. <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 4 Apr 2010 07:46:32 EST say what doc? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x33022432 I went to the doc yesterday and he informed me that the lupus is causing the ulcers in my mouth and throat. He said that I will Carry a virus for now on. I'm not sure of everything. I think lupus is a weird disease. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 11:11:54 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 3/28 - 4/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x33019736 Happy Sunday all! <BR> April is amost here along with Easter next Sunday. Warmer weather should be along soon, I hope! It has been in the 30's this week and I'm freezing. It would be nice to get out and walk and enjoy the outdoors. <BR> <BR> DH is going to the gospel brunch today and I'm staying here because my son is coming over to take care of some of the trees on our property that were either blown over from the storms or are already gone and need to be removed. He'll keep the wood for hi... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 08:50:36 EST weird symptoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x32951672 My tongue burns,looks really weird and feels like it has cuts on it. My throat also feels like it has sores on it. Has anyone else expierenced this and if so what did you do to relieve it? Thu, 25 Mar 2010 08:51:52 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 3/21 - 3/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x32850693 Good morning all <BR> I don't know what I was thinking last week when I started a new thread, just realised I had a 2 week date typed in! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> It's beautiful here in Maine! It was in the 60's yesterday, sunny, felt so good. DH and I went to a friends 'Welcome to Spring' party yesterday. It was nice getting together. <BR> DH and I would have been heading to Long Island this weekend but cancelled it. He wanted to make an appt with his dermatologist for Friday which would have... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:34:32 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 3/14 - 3/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x32690916 Hello all <BR> I tried to post this morning but we've had such a bad rain storm and wind, we lost power. It's still nasty out there, lots of flooding, heavy rain, trees down etc. <BR> We still managed to get to the gospel brunch. The roads weren't too bad this morning but you could see how high the water was along the rivers and lakes. <BR> <BR> DH and I were babysitting Tuesday when the realtor called wanting to know if we had gotten his message Monday night for a showing at 4:45 Tuesday. H... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 19:38:18 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 3/7 - 3/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x32498114 Good morning! <BR> <BR> How is your weekend going so far? The weather here has been getting warmer and sunnier and people are out more. <BR> <BR> We saw 2 more mobile home parks yesterday. One was all families and an absolute nightmare. Then we saw one for 55+ a retirement community called Tara. We loved this place but the office was closed for the weekend. So far this is the best we've seen and we're hoping we can find something there. Of course we have to wait till we sell our home but a... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 08:08:47 EST A question for my fellow Lupies. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x32394718 I am asking for a friend who is new to Lupus. II have had some of the symptoms but not all at the same time. How about you? <BR> <BR> She woke up this morning with her nose bleeding and her eyes were bruised and swollen like she had been beaten. <BR> <BR> Anyone? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any replies. <BR> <BR> Rick Wed, 3 Mar 2010 01:31:24 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 2/28 - 3/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x32307022 Good morning! <BR> Wow! Didn't this month just fly by!?? Tomorrow is a new month! <BR> <BR> I hope Spring is coming soon. This cold and snow is getting tiring. It snowed most of the day yesterday but didn't amount to much. I can still see a patch of grass under a big tree! And we didn't lose power, a big plus! <BR> <BR> How are we all feeling this weekend? What activity or exercise did you do this weekend? I got a little walking in and some strengthening exercises for my shoulder and legs. ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 08:49:01 EST Not sure what to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x32292483 Hi everyone, Ive been having a hard time with the fitness part of spark. My lupus is farly new and the pain is pretty bad as is my energy. I havent been able to do much. After all the rest of the program then my life well you know theres not much left. What do you do? I really could use some feedback and ideas. This disease is so hard. Ive never had anything that I couldnt take a pill or change my habits a bit and get better. Not this. The waiting for the meds to kick in is very long. Well ho... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 14:34:40 EST Tell me has anyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x32155853 ever had a feeling of electric shocks in thier hands and feet for days on end before? Mon, 22 Feb 2010 14:15:19 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 2/21 - 2/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x32118134 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! We were home late afternoon yesterday from Long Island. It's good to be home. <BR> <BR> No babysitting this week as it's February vacation. I have some things planned this week to start getting us ready to sell the house. And I would like DH to start going through all the paperwork from his moms estate that has been sitting here since we moved in. There are boxes piled up in the basement and closets that he needs to either fi... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 07:51:42 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 2/14 - 2/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x31952432 Happy Valentines Day! <em>26</em> <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a super weekend! We spent the day at the gospel brunch with 1/2 my family to celebrate my Valentine birthday. The gospel group also sang a special 'Happy Birthday' gospel style for me. <BR> <BR> My sister Jan and her family came...this is the sis who treated my DH so badly. After an email I sent her last week, I think we are starting to work things out but we need to talk more. It's a beginning!! <em>41</em... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 17:20:05 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 2/7 - 2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x31776468 Hello all <BR> It was very quiet in here last week. I was the only one who posted. Hope I get some company this week!! <BR> <BR> DH and I will be meeting with someone at the bank this week with suggestions on how to stay in the house and we're also meeting with the realtor to see how the market looks for selling. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to stay positive but I'm feeling very stressed out. I feel out of control with my eating...I was at the store yesterday and bought a turkey club sandwich and a... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 20:44:09 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 1/31 - 2/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x31600427 Hello all <BR> A late start for the week. DH and I just got home from our trip to Ohio, it was a 14 hour drive. We made numerous stops to stretch and switch drivers, get gas...etc <BR> It was a wonderful trip and the weather cooperated most of the time except on the way there. We took the route through the NY thruway past the Great Lakes and were hit with a lake effect snowstorm and saw a horrible accident. Rescue trucks were already on the scene but I was saying prayers for the folks involve... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 13:53:09 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 1/24 - 1/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x31372195 Hello everyone! <BR> Hope you're all having a great weekend, enjoying football, or just relaxing. We're doing both here! <BR> <BR> I hosted a Mary Kay party here last night which was very fun and got some new products cheaper because of a discount. I love their products and have been using them for years. It's one brand I am not allergic to! <BR> <BR> DH and I are taking a road trip to Ohio. It's a 14 hour trip and we're leaving on Tuesday after babysitting, breaking the trip into 2 days. W... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 16:21:58 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 1/17 - 1/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x31156739 Good morning team! <BR> The sun is out here and the temps have been around 40 the last couple days. But we are expecting another storm tonight and will get another 6-9 inches. Just when we were starting to see the grass again! <BR> <BR> DH and I will be away all day with the gospel group. They are performing at the brunch and then heading to Portland, about an hour away for a concert/tribute to Martin Luther King. There will be 5-6 groups performing. It should be fun but we will probably be ... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 07:48:05 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 1/10 - 1/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x30954960 Happy Sunday all! <BR> <BR> Welcome to our new members! <BR> <BR> We got home late last night from Long Island. I didn't sleep well the night before at the hotel. The bed was like sleeping on a rock, my back, shoulder and hip all hurt. I was still hurting and tired this morning but needed to get to church early. I volunteered to be the greeter for both services. It was -11 this morning, I did not want to get up! <BR> <BR> After church I came back home to pick DH up and then went to the go... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 17:08:03 EST Zone Diet Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x30771936 <BR> Spinner1010...hope you don't mind that I started this as a thread...this could be an important discussion...so here's your original post. <BR> <BR> "Not sure where to ask this so I will post here. If there is a better place please let me know. I have a 19 year old daughter with Lupus. I have recently bought and read the Zone by Dr. Barry Spears and he advocates his Zone favorable diet as good for MS, Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis. I have been eating "in the Zone" for about 10 days and... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:25:45 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 1/3 - 1/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x30708800 Good morning and Happy Sunday! <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> It's the start of a new week and a new year! We are beginning a fresh new journey! Are you all ready to come along? We will meet many challenges, some easy, some hard, but all will help us get to our goals! We will make some exciting new discoveries, and successes, a life long journey, and it's all for you! The most important person in your life. So grab ahold, we are about to begin! <BR> <BR> We are snowed in, Churc... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 08:59:41 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 12/27 - 1/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x30532913 Good morning all! <BR> How are we all doing? Did you survive the Christmas rush and were you able to enjoy the Holiday? <BR> <BR> My Christmas Eve was very nice with my son/family, sister/family and my neighbor from across the street. We had great food, some gifts, the kids behaved.... It was enjoyable and fun. DH gave me a big hug after everyone left and was beaming and happy and commented that he really enjoyed himself. I looked into his eyes and said 'that's what Christmas should be about... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 10:56:12 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 12/20 - 12/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x30440738 Hello all <BR> It must be a busy week because I thought I had already started us off today! I'm officially losing it!! <BR> <BR> Sorry about that! <BR> <BR> Anyway, here we are at Christmas week! How are you all holding up? Are you taking some 'ME' time? Are you pacing yourself and not overdoing it? This is a stressful month for everyone and when you're dealing with Lupus etc. on top of it, it can be especially difficult. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I only need to get to the grocery store for some... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 23:42:47 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 12/13 - 12/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x30305154 Happy Sunday all! <BR> How is everyone surviving this month with the extra shopping and preparations for the Holidays? I'm pacing myself and so far not too bad. I'm going to try to get out the decorations and at least get the inside done. It's much too cold out to do the outside. I have my husbands cold now. It started last night while we were at one of the Holiday/Gospel concerts. This morning, my head is all stuffed up and my nose is running. <BR> <BR> We have another concert to volunteer... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 09:25:49 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 12/6 - 12/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x30172944 Here we are at the beginning of another week! Less than 3 weeks till Christmas. I finally started my shopping, not much but it's a start. <BR> <BR> Melissa, I have been thinking about making the homemade baked goods for presents too, so I bought containers to put them in. Will probably do a variety of muffins, cookies and banana breads. <BR> <BR> My family doesn't go crazy anymore with gifts. There are way too many neices and nephews etc. and we all agreed a few years back, that things were... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 14:03:30 EST Not sure I belong here anymore... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x30169979 I haven't been around lately. Things have been rough for about the last 6 months or so. Now the rheum is thinking maybe I don't have Lupus, but have something called ankylosing spondylitis. <link>www.mayoclinic.com/health/ankylosing<BR>-spondylitis/DS00483 </link> Do any of you know anything about this? Anyway, I'm not sure I belong in the "Lupus" group anymore. I do belong to the Autoimmune Disease group, too. Sun, 6 Dec 2009 11:07:33 EST Dec !st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x30060245 Morning everyone, here it is Dec 1st a new month and an other opportunity for a new start. Let's make this last month a loser month! <BR> I challenge everyone her to a 3 to 5 lb loss for the month of Dec. I'm starting at 200 lbs. Any takers?? <BR> <BR> Have a great day all! <BR> <BR> Rick Tue, 1 Dec 2009 08:42:02 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 11/29 - 12/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2241x4305x30016453 Good morning all <BR> Hope you're all having a great weekend! And hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving. I did well and gained a couple pounds but I think it was fluids as I've lost them this morning. My feet were slightly swollen over the weekend. <BR> I was planning on going to church this morning but I could not sleep last night. Think I finally fell asleep around 4 am! I could not stop thinking about our situation here...still looking for jobs, selling the house, our health troubles. I k... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 09:28:08 EST Most and Least http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4305x29917863 What are you most and least looking forward to this week? Mon, 23 Nov 2009 09:52:56 EST