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7/24/14 11:01 P

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Hi Tricia !
It worked, I got the virus's off and the malware off and now I can get my spark pages to work like they are supposed to YAY!!! Yay for Bob and patience! Yay!
pj Oh I forgot , I saw on facebook tonight that Ruth Breedlove became a grandmother last night saw the pictures she has a new granddaughter and she is big , I am forgetting her name she was born on the 23 at around 9:45 pm I believe. Ruth is over the moon.
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7/24/14 10:31 P

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HI Tricia,
I did get in the pool just before 6pm and swam 45 minutes again the breast , back and side stroke, and have been working on getting the virus malware out of my computer all evening. I still can't do anything with spark ( can't do the emails from them except respond when you log in and then go from there on spark. I was on the phone with Bob up in Buffalo and working with him on my computer for a couple of hours and a scan with Malbytes has been going for quite some time. I only had the yogurt at lunch and just had some plain pasta with pasta sauce for dinner at least I had the little fruit early in the day.
Wtg on the exercise and food.
I haven't heard from Jan but she will probably text me in the morning hopefully I will be awake if I sleep like I did today I could be asleep.
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7/24/14 6:54 P

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PJ some days just need to be a pajama day. My girls love it when we have pajama day. I like to get up and get cleaned up and dressed but they will hang out in their pjs all summer long if I let them. Of course they sleep in soft shorts and t-shirts.

Had another good food day. Will have a snack of fruit later on this evening. Really trying to work on the fruits and veggies and pushing the water. I found some of the mini-ice cream sandwiches that are only 100 calories. Those are just right for a little sweet treat after dinner. So that has been my treat for the day.

I did yoga again this morning. My abs, arms, and legs are all hurting. But it is all good. I know it will lessen as my body adjusts and gets stronger again.

Did you get to the pool?

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7/24/14 3:16 P

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HI Tricia,
I am still in my nightgown at 3:17
Having a lazy day.
I hope to get in the pool we will see.
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7/24/14 2:59 P

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Hi PJ!

Glad you were able to get a good night's sleep. You must feel good today after sleeping for 10 hours. You still have a lot of recovering to do from your surgery, but it does sound like you are on the road to recovery now and making progress.

That is scary stuff with your friend Barb. Hope her doctor figures out what is going on. It is hard when you don't have straight answers.

Took the girls to the water park today. We had a nice time. Stayed for about three hours. I saw my boss there. Was good to see her and catch up a bit. Also got some time to read for a bit too.

Hope you had a good rest of your day.

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7/24/14 1:06 P

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Hi Tricia ,
I slept til 10:30 today so well over 10 hours sleep. Had non fat greek yogurt, organic black and raspberries on top with black walnuts and organic coconut shreds and some honey for breakfast , 1/2 hour after my meds and I am still in my nightgown. I am still tired. I called my student to tell her I am ready to start meeting but got her voice mail will probably not meet today , so will have to find something to keep myself busy. My friend Barb is upset. She told me yesterday before she went to see her internist she gets this odd feeling in her breasts where she wants to pull at them and she is a high stress person and she has RA and I asked if she had ever had a stress test and she said no ( on the treadmill ) and i said you probably need to check that out, she has a history of high cholesterol ( over 600 ) she has brought that down to just over 200 with diet no pills , and she lost 10 pounds like the doc said this year. She needs to learn meditation and yoga and dial down her response to stress, she is a type O blood type and has a hair trigger temper. The doctor asked her if anyone in the family had a heart attack and she had said no , but when she got home she forgot, her sister and she called me and said well that has to be because of her diet and we have different fathers ( she thinks ) , I said Barb you have to tell her. then her landlady said well it is most likely gravity causing the breasts to feel like that. I said well I never had that sensation but in mine and I am just 18 months younger. I have had stress tests, calm down it doesn't mean they are going to find anything. But you do have RA and it can attack your chest wall it doesn't mean it is your heart it just could be something else. But you do need to check and make sure. Poor thing. The doc yesterday told her she wanted her on 81 mg of aspirin a day and Barb was asking me where to find it, i said that is Baby aspirin I do believe. Now I don't know if the woman checked Barbs clotting factors or anything. So I am concerned about Barb being stressed hopefully it isn't angina like I thought perhaps it was and hopefully it isn't her RA breaking down her connective tissue. I hope her doctor is bright enough to figure it out. She doesn't have straight medicare , but an HMO so she doesn't have the choices I do to where and who to go to, and that was her choice and I can't get her to change that. she is stubborn .
My student just called she says we will meet in a couple of weeks has doctor's appointments. Maybe I will walk to the library and get some DVDs and books to entertain me , and then go for a swim.
Hope you have a good day.
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7/24/14 9:44 A

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Morning PJ!

I am doing good. Feeling like I have more energy since I have started exercising on a regular basis again. I am working on fueling my body in the right way too. I decided to try and make sure I eat something when I first get up. I usually wait until after I workout to get breakfast, but decided I need to get my metabolism moving. Scale was down another pound this morning! So I was excited.

Sounds like you are finally making some progress with your shoulder. Need to run and get cleaned up. DH worked last night so he is about ready to head off to bed.

I am taking the girls to the waterpark today. It is supposed to be near 100 this afternoon.

Hope you have a great day! I will check in with you this evening.

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7/23/14 8:03 P

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HI Tricia,
I had Pt today was able to lift the 2 pound weight in a shoulder press repeatedly Yay. I swam 45 minutes today and no pain in the pool 15 minutes breast stroke , 15 minutes back stroke and 15 minutes side stroke. did 15 minutes water aerobics I didnt' need a nap today . Yay I seem to have less pain today Yay we will see about tonight when I try to sleep if that continues. I didn't exercise my arm yesterday just walked a bit we were very stormy yesterday a man was killed on the other side of the state on the beach and 2 women struck by lightning at the same time , a river warrior friend of mine saw it happen he was working the beach.
Hope you are well.
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7/21/14 9:55 P

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Hi PJ!

I know you are so excited to be making progress with your arm! That has got to be a relief to feel it getting stronger - to see the evidence!

It was a really nice day. Spent a couple of hours at the mall with my dd. Came home, made the menu and grocery list and then dd and dh went with me to the store to do the grocery shopping. DH did chicken on the grill for dinner tonight. It was delicious! He also did grilled mini potatoes and squash and zucchini. It is one of my favorite meals!

I am tired now. It has been a very full day. I have noticed that since I have started exercising regularly I seem to be more productive during the day. I am getting more done and have a hard time just sitting still and watching TV.

My youngest dd has her check up in the morning. So the plan is for tomorrow to be my rest day this week.

Hope you get a good night's rest. You have had a pretty full day.

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Hi Tricia,
Wtg on the walking and yoga and all the cleaning in the kitchen sounds like a plan with the assignments for the kids hope it works!
I had pt this morning and I had gotten up and had done my exercises before she got here and I can't find one of my 2lb weights so was using a 4 pound weight in my right hand and 2 pound wight in my left hand. I tried lifting the 2 lb weight in a shoulder press and couldn't do it at the end of my exercises and thought dang I should have done that at the beginning I hadn't been able to lift any weight yet and thought I had tired myself out , should have tried it before I had tired myself out . Told Jan and thought she wouldn't try it. Well she worked me all over again and at the end of every thing she took that 2 pound weight and said ok see if you can push it up and you know what I did and it didn't hurt. I was able to do 4 shoulder press! for the very first time since surgery! Yay! My arm still hurts and I still can't get it behind my back it will be 2 months on the 23. Jan said don't compare it to the other one that is like comparing children, we had a lot more therapy time on the right arm before you went into therapy to get your right arm strong and you didn't have all that spasm in your back and neck to deal with and you hadn't had another surgery to weaken your entire body or infections in your mouth to deal with you are doing great your shoulder is doing great. So about an hour or so after she left the radar was saying it was going to storm in the afternoon and I could see them coming , and I wanted to get a swim in so I go in my suit and into the pool. I swam 30 minutes breast and back stroke, on the left it isn't so pretty and it hurts but it is moving when I do the backstroke ( the arm ) , then 15 minutes of water aerobics , squats, lunges, jumps , lots of arm movements then came in and ate some plain greek yogurt with some honey, and organic blackberries and raspberries , black walnuts and organic coconut shreds tried to watch some tv but was so tired I went to bed and ended up sleeping over 3 hours. I think the anemia is kicking my butt again so I have to get back to taking the iron I stopped when the infection in my mouth was so bad. I knew I couldn't take it with the antibiotics and the infection because germs thrive on iron ( probably why the infection got so bad so fast ) because I was taking 3 iron pills a day there for a few weeks . A few days of taking the 3 grams of vitamin C and the area in my mouth has completely healed. Wow. Vitamin C heals tissue fast I should remember that . ;) . Have a good night.
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Hi PJ!

Hope you had a good weekend. Sorry to hear about your friends moving. I know that makes you sad. It would be hard to pack up and move to a new place, but I understand wanting to be closer to family. There are times I wish we were closer to my parents.

Got up this morning, walked 2 miles and then did yoga. Felt good, but it was challenging.

Took the girls to the dentist. Then came home and wiped down all the cabinets in my kitchen, cleaned off the ceiling fan and then swept and mopped the floor. We are trying something new with housework. We made a schedule and everyone signed up for one job a day. If everyone does one thing a day, we can keep the house on track without being overwhelmed by it all on Saturday. Hope it will make a difference.

Taking one of the girls to the mall to shop this afternoon. Hope you have a good day. Will check in with you later.

Also - scale was down again this morning...back to where it was before we went to Tulsa! I was excited about that!

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7/20/14 10:12 P

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Hi Tricia,
Quiet day here, just stayed home and ate too much. No exercise. Found out my friends Elmer and Linda are moving to be close to their kids I am going to miss them so much! They are putting their house up for sale and everything they have lived here for over 40 years , raised their kids here and everything. Sad!
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7/19/14 10:42 P

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HI Tricia, I started taking vitamin C 1000 mg tablets took 3 last night and took a couple today and I slept about 9 hours last night ( after waking up about 90 minutes after I went to sleep with dystonia symptoms and having to take another ativan and another senimet ( the parkinson's drug I take for the dystonia symptoms but the 25 / 100 mg strength I take 3 10/100 strength tablets at bed time but apparently that wasn't enough dopamine because my muscles started pulling away from the bones and joints and woke me up and I thought " OH NO , I did too much today and my legs didn't like walking on the bridge' but I did go back to sleep and the fronts of my legs were a bit sore when I woke up but after I got up and moved around I had no pain), the sore throat was gone today, I was quiet most of the day didn't log on the computer until just now. I did get in the pool and swam about 1/2 an hour , breast stroke, back stroke and side stroke and then make myself get out, I walked a mile to the store and back also did my shoulder and arm exercises as well not crazy ones on the bed and a bit on the pully and in the doorway standing up will see how I am tomorrow.
Wtg on the walking!
And it is weird that the browser lets me check in on here but it is replying on your check in but when I try to do Spark points or anything or get the spark emails , nope. It says it isn't getting anything .
Hope you get some rest.
Good night.
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That is really weird that it will let you log in here and not do anything else. I did have trouble getting on the other day, but I tried later and it worked. Just assumed they were doing some maintenance or something.

Enjoying the slower pace of summer. I guess we have a couple more weeks before the schedule starts to get busy again. It starts before school starts...usually the beginning of August.

Got up and walked 4 miles this morning. Other than that have not done much. Just piddling around.

Hope you got a good night's sleep. Hope your infection clears soon. Lousy to not feel good. Sounds like you had a good day yesterday. We had fun at Six Flags. The weather was nice and cool. It was great!

Cooler still today, but is gradually supposed to warm up over the next several days and be back near 100 by Wednesday. Definitely not typical weather for Texas in July!

Have a nice weekend!

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well it let me log in here but it won't let me do anything else on Spark, Dang.
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7/18/14 8:01 P

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Hi Tricia! It worked! I am glad you had a good trip! Wtg on the walking. I had a good day. I think I might have infection still going on in my mouth I have a bit of a sore throat and an ear ache going on but I am happy tonight. Good night .
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Morning PJ!

It is absolutely gorgeous here in TX this morning. It was 64 this morning when I went out for my walk. I almost went back inside to get a jacket. It is noon now and only 70 degrees. We are planning on taking the kids to Six Flags today. We thought both boys were off work today but one of the boys might have to go in at 3....He has to call in at 2. So we are going to wait until he calls in before we go. It will be a real bummer if he can't go since he is the one that couldn't go with us to Tulsa for our mini vacation.

Walked another 3.5 miles this morning. So I am at 60 miles so far in my 100 mile challenge. I should have no problem hitting my goal...actually surpassing it! I think I am going to add some strength training next week.

Hope you are feeling better every day. Have a great day!

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7/17/14 10:11 P

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Hi PJ!

Hope you are doing well and feeling a little better each day.

Glad to be home! Slept so much better in my own bed last night. The bed at the bungalow was so firm it made my whole body hurt. I would wake up during the night. When I am away from home I am more alert as to what is going on too so I sleep lighter than normal. So glad to be home.

I got up this morning and walked before it started raining. I managed to get in 3.5 miles. I changed my route so I could be closer to home in case it really started raining and I needed to get home fairly quickly.

Pretty good day overall. The girls, dh and I played Pictionary after dinner this evening. It was lots of fun.

Hope you have a good night's sleep.

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Hi PJ!

We are still in Tulsa for one more day. We are having a good time. Packing a lot in. We are going to need to sleep for two days when we get home. The aquarium was really cool yesterday. We also went to see How to Train a Dragon 2 in the afternoon. Today we went to the Zoo. A friend of ours who lives in this area gave us tickets to the Zoo. That was an unexpected blessing! We had a good time at the Zoo today and it was a gorgeous day for it. Cool front moved through and it was close to 80 all day. It was wonderful. We had a late lunch. Tonight we are going to do some chicken on the grill here at our bungalow. It is like an apartment in the basement of these people's house. We haven't seen them at all. And it is so much nicer than staying at a hotel.

I am so glad to hear that you got your tooth taken care of. Sorry if you were offended by the people that were helping you. Some people get very pushy with religion. I know you have some hurt feelings from things growing up. I try not to preach to you, but I hope you know that I pray for you. Christianity in the eyes of many is a religion. As I have grown older, I have learned that it is about having a relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope you don't judge all Christians based on the impression of some. I have changed my mind on a few things as my own kids have gotten older. I think there is a push for many to teach children but they use terms that children do not understand. I think it needs to be a more personal thing that is shared between parent and child because I know what my children understand better than someone that just met them.

Well, gonna run for now. Hope you are feeling even better.

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Hi Tricia, I got the tooth pulled finally on Friday morning , at the Christian Community Center in Port Salerno, was #6 and was there at 5am , Linda took me , thank goodness or I wouldn't have had a way there it is about 10 miles from here and no paratransit runs at that time of day they were taking the first 10 people that day and by 5:15 we had 10 people and 3 stubborn people stayed and it was a good thing , 3 people before me were sent home because their paperwork had expired. On Thursday Linda took me at 4am and I was the first person in line they took the first 15 people to register to just be treated there in the future. What I don't like about the place is on the day we had our teeth pulled on Friday ( it was free that day ) the dentist came in and preached to us. Fire and brimstone sort of preaching and then prayed over us the guilt kind of prayer and then before he worked on each of us he did it again and then after he pulled my tooth he did it again. A Baptist church ( this one is a spanish one that houses the clinic ) but the dentist sounds like he is 1st southern Baptist, in the survey I answered I said I didn't want to be talked to about religion etc and that I was raised in a religious household and I do not go to church. The woman the day before brought out a bible with her when she was going over the paperwork after I had had my mouth exrayed and she was finished and she asked me did I want to have her share with me from the bible and I said no. I said look I was raised in a home where we were made to recite the Bible forward and backwards. ( my mouth was screaming and by this time I had been there since 4am and it was 11am ) . She proceeds to start telling me about her grandson and that this little new testament belonged to him and how at 8 he knows all of it , and she proceeds to recite John 3:16 and how he was worried about a friend's soul . I asked her ' at 8 does he know what a soul really is?' or is he repeating what he hears from the adults around him . I said at 8 children tend to still be in concrete , literal thinking. Told her about Nicky and how at his church when he was 9 or so and he was asked how they could bring people to know ' Jesus ' and his answer was ' Kill them' and Lynn was so upset she thought he was missing something. I told her, Lynn , he is still in concrete thinking. He is thought that Jesus died for our sins, and he rose on the 3rd day and went to heaven and if we believe in him we too will go to heaven. So he thinks if someone dies they will go to heaven. So you ask, how can we bring people to know Jesus, and in his concrete mind, he doesn't ' know him yet' he knows he will when he goes to heaven, he knows of him of the stories people tell him but ' know him , not yet' these are stories to him . But he had the faith that the stories were true and if and when he or someone else died they would go to heaven and they would meet him. But he didn't know or understand the word soul yet. So even though I didn't want to talk about the Bible with this woman she got me into an intellectual conversation with her. I got to share about Lynn and Nicky and that I am not a ' heathen ' because I do not attend church. I am grateful for the service of this clinic and the people there, I wish they would not be so heavy handed. Then do offer other dental services and I will have an exam and see what they can do to help me on Aug 20. there is a cost and I will see if I can afford what they have to offer it is minimal. They do make dentures if that is what I need. I am praying for guidance.
My throat is very sore on the left side where they pulled the tooth and on Friday I was miserable after the novacaine wore off , the dentist said you have a big hole in the tooth and it may break so don't jump if you hear crunching , that made me nervous and I started deep breathing , he said Pamela your anxiety is giving me anxiety. I would have done better had he not told me. The tooth came out whole. Thank GOD! They give nothing for pain and I was taking tyleonl and advil around the clock and it did nothing for the pain, I od on the ativan and finally I went to sleep and I did it again and slept all night. Yesterday I felt better and got in the pool and did some backstroke for the first time in almost 2 years! I also did breast stroke and side stroke , then last night my shoulder really hurt so maybe I did too much there was no pain while I was doing it. I am still on the antibiotics.
Have a good time at the Zoo and Aquarium ! Wtg on the weight down and the walking.
I am going to try to start some walking once my throat and tooth area are healed and there is no pain there.
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7/12/14 12:32 P

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Hi PJ!

How are you doing? Hang in there. I know you have been having a rough recovery from this last surgery.

Things are going okay here. Getting ready to go away for a couple of days. It will be nice to get away.

Walked 4 miles this morning. I am over halfway to my goal of walking 100 miles before school starts. I actually walked 20 miles this week! Will not get in as much this coming week. I will walk tomorrow morning before we leave. I may take my yoga dvd to do Monday or Tuesday morning. We shall see how that works out.

Hope you have a good weekend.

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Morning PJ!

Haven't heard from you in a couple days. I wasn't on my computer much yesterday so I didn't really get to check in...Took the girls and two of their friends to the waterpark. I got in the water a couple times to cool off but read most of the time. The girls were busy with their friends and not too interested in Mom...That's okay. That is really why I made sure they both had someone to hang with. I should have taken a friend with me too!

The scale is finally moving! I am down 4 pounds! I was soooo shocked when I got on the scale this morning. I had been down 2 on Wednesday but didn't think much of it since I have been going up and down with those two pounds for weeks now. So when I got on the scale and was down another 2 this morning I was soooo excited! Had contemplated not walking this morning. That definitely was the motivation to get up and get out and walk!

Hope you are doing well and starting to see some improvement in your shoulder. And hope the antibiotics are helping your tooth.

Will check in with you later.

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I know I need to do the strength training and will add it in, but really just want to get to the place where exercise is a daily part of life. I enjoy walking - so that is where I am focusing at this point. My legs are achy! Keep telling myself that the more I walk the less they will hurt as my body adjusts. I walked over 4 miles this morning. I am at 42 miles so far in the last four weeks. So as long as I keep going I should definitely meet my goal of walking a 100 miles before school starts.

Next week we will be in Tulsa for a couple of days. Not sure if I will be able to walk while I am there or not. Think I will pack a couple dvds just in case. We shall see. We will be going to the zoo and an aquarium while we are there, so I will get walking in, just not as exercise.

Hope you get some sunshine today! I know it is hard for you to get out when the weather is bad.

Will check in with you later.

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Hi Tricia,
building muscle and keeping it going is one of the most important things for those of us over 40 for the metabolism. I have found that out . I have no muscle now at all. Lifting a 2 lb weight with my left arm is so difficult now I feel like 195 pound weakling . I am so swollen again, I haven't been doing my green smoothies for awhile and I am retaining fluid big time, I have to get to the store tomorrow and get greens and fruit for them. Barb said she will take me. I had both OT and PT today, my measurements are up in my arms and legs matches my weight which is actually up over 200 lbs today and yesterday. I have pitting edema in my legs again I have yet to eat anything today . Not good at all for the metabolism. I have done my exercises twice now , it is storming again today , it is dark and gloomy. I have yet to find anyone to pull my tooth.
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Morning PJ!

No, I have not been doing strength training. I was thinking I needed to add some in. I know it will help move things along. I just want to get to the point that exercise is consistent. I did some crunches yesterday and some leg strengthening exercises yesterday.

Sounds like you had a bit of a crazy day yesterday. I am glad that they called in an antibiotic for you. Hope it helps you start feeling better.

Walked another 3 miles this morning. Scale was down almost a pound and a half this morning. So apparently I had too much salt or something the day before. I am trying to push the water. Eating was much cleaner yesterday. Plus I worked in the garden yesterday after I got home from my walk.

My arms are going to be sore for a couple days.

Hope you have a good day!

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Hi Tricia,
Big hugs,
Are you doing strength training along with your walking? Just a thought.
I went to my surgeon today got 6 more weeks of Pt and don't have to go back, my ot dropped me off and it was thundering and lightning when I got out, I was going to walk to Walmart about 3 miles away and catch the connector bus back to Stuart , couldn't do that so I called a few people and posted on Facebook that I was stuck and Maggie finally called back and came and picked me up ! Thank goodness, poor thing she had one sick boy at home today, got called to pick up baby Nathan at the preschool , he had diarehea, she was at the chiropractor when I called her , she picked of Nathan came and picked up me , dropped off Nathan at her house with her Dad, then took me home and then took Miles to the doctor, then was picking Zachary up at school ! What a day she has had. I had to cancel my appointment with my internist today because it was made 3 months ago and had inadvertantly made my surgeons appointment at the same time , I said this when I left the message to cancel it, I then have been calling to reschedule it and trying to get more antibiotics for my tooth his office called to tell me no that I need to get into a dentist, told them I can't get into the free clinic until the end of the month and I am trying to reschedule with Dr Towbin they said well you shouldn't have canceled with him, told them the appointment was made 3 months ago and didn't know it was made at the same time as my surgeons appointment and when I found out they were closed for the holiday and so was my surgeon . They said well he isn't in the office and will only be in for 2 days next week. I said well I still have the bad tooth and leaky heart valves and can not get in to the free clinic for my tooth until the end of the month. Wow as I was typing this the phone rang and it was the pharmacy! They are delivering the antibiotic, he ordered it after all. I called and left a message to thank him and to remind them I need to make an appointment to reschedule.
I am praying big time about my teeth, I need some $$$$$ to get them pulled and dentures is all I can figure , I was flossing the other day and the back of one of the bottom front ones came off ! Just broke off with the floss. Even if the free clinic pulled the back one and the front one I am going to look pretty awful but it is not good for the mouth to go toothless, the gums shrink I need to have the false teeth made to go in there if I am going to have them. It would be best to have all of the teeth pulled and have them made and I just don't have the $$$$ for that and it seems like my teeth are going bad all at once . What a mess. This is Dr week. I see Dr Maraist on Friday have to figure out transportation, it is rainy season just one more challenge.
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Morning PJ!

Glad to hear that they are letting you work your shoulder some. I know you wish you were making quicker progress than you have been. Hoping you will continue to see progress.

I am totally frustrated! I have walked 32 miles in the last 3 weeks and you know how much I have lost on the scale???? 0! I lose two or three pounds and then it is right back on. I can't seem to make any progress. Which is why I keep getting discouraged and giving up. Why should I be working at it if I am not seeing any difference at all! I have got to get this figured out because these extra pounds need to come off!

I didn't let it discourage me so much today. I got out there and walked another 3 miles this morning. I will keep plugging along and try to pay more attention to my food.

Hope you had a nice weekend. Ours was quiet. Not much happening.

Will check in with you later.

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Hi Tricia,
I am better, though my mouth is hurting now a bit. Jan came this morning and I showed her my knot is gone and I really need to exercise and she was surprised and she checked and she said ' hmm' your body is different than most , and so she had me do some exercises though she isn't into exercises like Julie is which is weird she is a physical therapist, I had cut her a slice of cheesecake and that thrilled her. I went to the potluck there were about 30 of us. I met a woman who lives in Andy's building , painfully shy , that always surprises me and even though she introduced herself and asked me to sit with her she disappeared on me , Guess it got too painful for her , she has lived there for 5 years. Someone had asked me a question and I turned around and when I turned back around she was gone. I am introverted but not painfully shy like she is not anymore , I was like that as a teenager but not now , not at 57 . That would be horrible. I had a brownie I think that was the culprit for the sore tooth too sweet that got in my tooth I have brushed my teeth but it still hurts. We had a really intense rainstorm when we had the potluck and we got stuck in the clubhouse for about 2 hours. I don't know if I will walk up the bridge to watch the fireworks tonight we will see.
Hope you had a good day.
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You do sound like you are in much better spirits than you were earlier in the week. So glad!

We are going to have a quiet day here. I got up this morning later than I was expecting. I was going to walk on my own, but my doggy was so pitiful that I took her for the normal loop and then walked more. I did over 3,5 miles this morning. I have walked 28 miles in the last 3 weeks. Not seeing much change in the scale. I am going to keep pushing through. If I don't see much change by the end of July I will go see the doctor and ask what else I can do and have her check thyroid, etc.

Hope you have a good day! Enjoy your get together at the condo. Sounds like lots of fun!

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Hi Tricia,
I have had a quiet week, Had Ot yesterday and Julie did some exercises for my shoulder and arm with me , I was begging her , Jan hasn't been doing that , just ultrasound and massage on this knot in my shoulder and back and my arm is getting more and more painful so after Julie did my lymphedema massage she worked with me on arm exercises in different positions and my left arm is weak and I think that the knot in my shoulder and back is from weakness and being out of balance, Julie noted the knot before everything and after exercising it was decreased. So I am to do these exercises ( they are all done on my bed 2 x a day ) to strengthen my arm and back and shoulder . They made me feel better too in spirit. Julie dropped me at the grocery store afterwards too and I walked home with my groceries 1/2 mile after waiting out the rain that started while I was in there. I made a RED WHITE AND BLUE cheesecake last night for a potluck today here at the condo village with organic strawberries and blueberries and NO FLORIDA SUGAR. it is made with organic sugar but from somewhere else Fair Trade sugar . Other organic things as well in it, as many things as I can find . :) . It is a beautiful cake. I topped it with more organic fresh fruit, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. It is a big cake and only has 1 cup of sugar , not bad and I made the cake with 1/3 less fat cream cheese as well and 1/4 c of 1/2 and 1/2. The potluck people are making hotdogs I am taking my veggie burgers :) maybe not less in calories but better for me. Jan will be here at 11 today . Oh yeah Julie did measurements yesterday and was shocked, my left arm a few weeks ago was 42 cm yesterday was 37 cm my rt arm was 39 cm and was 36 cm yesterday, my chest was 121 and yesterday was 119 ( last October when she stopped it was 115 so I have aways to go but I am moving in that direction ) , She was shocked how fast my arm has gone down and that both arms have gone down. Yay!
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Hi PJ!

Hope you have been having a good week. We have had kind of a quiet week. Hard to know what to do with myself. We have gotten a few things done around the house. We met friends at a splash park for a little bit one afternoon. Then Tuesday we took the girls to the waterpark in the afternoon. Yesterday we hung out at home most of the day. Today was at home most of the day, but it was my oldest b-day. So we had breakfast together. Both boys had to work. We were all home for dinner and then I took the kids to Six Flags after dinner for the evening. I think everyone had fun. The boys were able to go ride some of the bigger rides and then the girls and I rode the things they wanted to ride. Wasn't too hot and the lines weren't bad at all.

I have been doing better with my walking this week. I am up to 25 miles in 3 weeks. So that isn't too bad. Will have to pick up the pace some though if I am going to get in 100 before school starts again.

Hope your shoulder is feeling a little bit better. I know you would like to see some improvement.

Will check in with you later.

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Sending Big Hugs PJ!

I think Spark was having some issues because I had trouble logging in earlier.

I went and had a mammogram this morning. So much fun! NOT! Hopefully I won't get called to come back and have more done. They have done that to me each time that I have gone in for one.

Working on getting some things cleaned and rearranged. We had a hole in the couch thanks to our four legged friend. We had been covering it, but apparently there was a hole underneath too and the stuffing was coming out. We took the recliner off and put another piece of the sectional in its place. That will buy us some time before we have to replace the whole couch. We will not get another sectional. We have not really liked it as much as we thought we would.

Gotta run. Taking dd back to the eye doctor to get her contacts rechecked.

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Hi Tricia,
My silly google chrome is acting up and will not load spark, I had to use a different browser to log in so I couldn't check in yesterday. I had an extremely quiet weekend, lots of pain etc. Yesterday was the same. I slept 11 hours last night my mouth wasn't hurting as badly but my arm I was aware of , it isn't rehabbing as well as the right did and Jan isn't doing exercises to strengthen it like we did with the right , just ultrasound and massage on my back and neck and shoulder because I am in spasm all of the time and knots and I can not move my arm like I should without screaming and moaning. The infection in my mouth isn't helping now that it is draining it seems to be making it worse. This morning we have a tropical storm to the east of us and we are to have rain bands all day on and off as it moves past us , so far nothing . Andy left for NM yesterday and will be gone a month, I think Brian is gone as well, Kari hasn't returned my calls since I had surgery, Elmer and Linda are going out of town on Thursday so I am feeling very alone. wow tears just started.
Glad you had a good weekend.
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Morning PJ!

I hope you had a nice weekend. Ours was kind of quiet. I did grocery shopping and not much else.

Yesterday was our anniversary. My sweet dh and I have been married for 23 years. We spent the afternoon in a small downtown area with shops, etc. Then we went out to dinner last night. It was a really nice day.

Not sure what we are doing this week. Nothing on schedule except a few doctor appointments here and there.

Hope you are feeling better and got some rest this weekend.

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Hi Tricia, I have been up since 6:30 took a shower and meds then and have done two loads of laundry, Jan was here and did my ultrasound and massage, she said only to do my exercises on the bed or to gravity with the pully or with the chair ( put my arm on the chair and squat so I am not lifting my arm so I am not straining to lift it ) my tendon on the far left on my arm is hurting a lot , Jan seems to think it is related to the infection on the left side of my jaw and neck. My neck is sore , my ears itch etc.
Hope you have a good day. I got hungry last night finally. :) didn't gorge. Made a healthy cake with gogi berries , walnuts, organic coconut , it is very dense and chewy and not very sweet , also greek yogurt . a coffee cake recipe sort of I made it up. had a piece this morning. I roasted beets yesterday and garlic had 6 of them lol so many that my urine was red :) they are blood cleaners. I love them I eat them about 2 x a month.
again hope you have a good day.
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Oh PJ! That is really scary stuff. I am glad that you were able to get ahold of a home care nurse to come and help you! I am hoping that you are beginning to feel better and that the antibiotics are working.

Doing okay here. Had a weird dream early this morning. Not the way that I like to wake up.

Going to meet a friend this morning. I need to go finish getting ready...Will check in with you later.

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HI Tricia , Big hugs! Sounds like you all were not physically hurt! I am sorry you had the accident what a mess. Big hugs again.
Well I got very sick yesterday, my back left molar has been hurting and by yesterday afternoon I was crying in pain, I can't get into the free dental clinic to have it extracted until mid July they are all volunteers and they are all on vacation. I was shivering when I was talking with my sister on the phone and crying and thought it was my strange nervous system it didn't dawn on me to check my temperature until 5:30 when the doctor's office called to tell me they were calling in an antibiotic, but they called it into a pharmacy that delivers only at 2pm so it wouldn't be delivered until today so I asked andy if he would take me to get a thermometer and water and he grudgingly said ok and I got the thermometer, my temp was 101.5! My normal temp is 97.2 or so so this was very high and I seize ( grand mal at temps of 102 ) and the last time was in 1998 with an infection before I even knew I had epilepsy so now I was in pain and upset too I called the homecare nurse and she said she would be right over but to call the doctors office and have the prescription to be called om tp another pharmacy so she could go pick it up, so did that there was one other pharmacy on my medicare d plan . So she came over saw me did my vitals and then went and picked up the antibiotic and brought it back. I had been taking tylenol and Ibprofen around the clock for the last few weeks so it hadn't touched the temperature , the infection was pretty bad. She had me call a few people to have them call me and check on me through the night to make sure I was ok until my fever broke . My 2am my temp was down to 97.2 . My OT canceled today it will make it worse to have the lymphatic massage with the infection . I am exhausted feel like I have been ran over by a train the tooth still hurt and my throat is sore on the left , i guess where the stuff is draining from my tooth. I have 10 days of antibiotics. Hopefully I can get this tooth pulled in the next few weeks.
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Hi PJ!

Haven't heard from you in a couple of days. Hope all is well with you. Yesterday was not a good day...Went to take dd's to church for VBS and got in a fender bender. I thought the truck in front of me had moved and that the light had changed, but he was just inching forward in anticipation of a green light...I hit the back of his truck, which of course had a hitch on it that went right into the front of my van and damaged the radiator. We had to have the van towed to the repair place. Three hours later we finally got home with the rental car. DH does not handle situations like this well. He gets angry and I know it is coming from a place of fear that something had happened to us, but I was so hurt...needed his support and I got distance and quiet...Things were a little better this morning.

Trying to go through the mounds of papers that have collected in our home. I really don't know where all of it comes from. Been shredding papers for two days.

Hope you are feeling good and getting the rest that you need to recover.

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We lived outside of Tulsa 19 years ago...my oldest was born there! We loved Tulsa and they do have a fabulous zoo. I love to go to the Zoo. We have been to lots of different zoos over the years. Love going to different ones and seeing different animals that they don't have at the zoo by us.

We are looking forward to getting away for a few days. It should be lots of fun.

I got my new glasses today. They are no-line bifocals. I think I am going to like them but for now they are making me feel a little weird. They tell me that it will take a while for my eyes to get adjusted. I am pretty good if I am still and not moving my head too much.

Well, dinner is ready....so I will check in with you later.

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Hi Tricia , I slept almost 10 hours again last night and almost slept flat on my stomach for the first time in about 18 months I think, I had to put my left arm on a pillow this was at 6am when I woke up and went back to bed for a couple of hours but I slept so good and was groggy when I woke up at 8:30 and had to shower before Jan got here. I was full of knots when she got here and got out the ultrasound and massaged me she doesn't work on any exercises and that bothers me, she was funny she told me to sit on the couch and she went to my right arm and I laughed I said that was last years arm , and winked at her , and said aren't you glad I am not an
octopus ? That made her laugh. I got in the pool again today after taking muscle relaxer, tylenol and ibprofen was in there 2 hours, moving my arms around in all directions and my legs and hopefully didn't hurt myself. I came back in had yogurt, blueberries , raspberries, black walnuts, organic coconut shreds, organic cacao nibs ( a little sundae ) and fell asleep on the couch for almost 2 hours with the TV on. Woke up and had a big piece of the watermelon that Andy brought me yesterday. I will have some real dinner in about an hour it was so hot out when I was in the pool I just couldn't make myself eat anything that seemed like dinner was hydrating myself. I did have a chicken ' sandwich sort of for breakfast , a homemade patty on sprouted grain bread smeared with avocado . So healthy food today . I need to eat some greens tonight and protein.
Tulsa Zoo? My great Nieces both went there last week with their summer school , they live in Eastern Oklahoma , they went on different days, one is 8 and one is almost 10 maybe today is her birthday. :) My sister is raising them . Sounds like a nice vacation for your family, the girls had a good time at the zoo they love going there. Glad your evening turned out nice. Big hugs.
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Turned out to be a pretty nice evening last night. All of my kiddos are home. Oldest got home from work as we were sitting down to have dinner so we got to have a meal all together. That was really nice! Fun to watch the kids interact with one another.

We also were able to talk about vacation. Our plans changed because we were supposed to meet my mom and dad in Alabama at the beach for a week...but Daddy is starting chemo this week and they will not really be going anywhere for six months.
We talked about going to San Antonio or Tulsa and the kids decided Tulsa. We are going to go to the Tulsa Zoo and there is an aquarium not far from Tulsa. Been quite a while since we have been to Tulsa. We are staying in a small house. We are only going to be gone for a few days, but it will be nice to get away as a family.

I hope you got some good rest last night. I hope you did not hurt your arm again. That would be horrible. Praying for quick healing and recovery.

Have a great day!

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Oh Tricia I know, I wasn't complaining, my life is just very quiet. I haven't had any energy I fall asleep when I get still I was just falling asleep as I was trying to watch the world cup! We are ahead 2-1 for the moment . Kind of exciting.
I was in the pool for 2 hours today, was quieter today than yesterday , no back stroke , breast stroke or side stroke, a lot of moving my arms around and walking in the pool and being in the sun in the pool will see how I feel tomorrow I could't raise my arm when I got out of the pool it was exhausted. I had pain in my tendon last night in the middle of the night and had to take a morphine . I took a tylenol and an ibprofen before going in the pool and a muscle relaxer. Andy brought me a huge 1/2 of an organic watermelon today and I ate that only today before going into the pool and when I got out my friend Cathy who had a hip replacement the same week I had my shoulder surgery and was in the pool with me , gave me some spinach pie and pumpkin bread that someone gave her and I ate it right there at the pool I didn't know I was so hungry until I took a bite. It was delicious. I have Pt at 9am tomorrow. And the pool if I haven't hurt myself and perhaps I will take a walk in my condo village if I have the energy we will see.
Hope you feel better soon .
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Hi PJ!

You have just been through your second major surgery in about a year's time. Your body needs time to heal. I know you went through a period when life was miserable after your last surgery. Give yourself time to heal. Give yourself time to rest. You will get back to yourself and your life when you are feeling better. Take your time.

Feeling okay today. At moments feeling lousy, but trying to rest.

Hope you have had a good day!

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Hi Tricia,
I was a mess when Jan my pt got here yesterday, I had a hard knot in my back and shoulder and she worked on me quite awhile at the table when she was done I couldn't move my neck it was stuck , what a mess. she said ' you are not to do your exercises standing up this weekend just do them on the bed, calm down do not go to any meetings, etc get in the pool ( yesterday was 4 weeks post op and my date that I could get in the pool and start exercising in there ) but not to over do and to rest and quiet my mind and emotions. Easier said than done it stormed all day and all that fresh water and run off going into our rivers , my heart aches. I couldn't go into the pool I slept a lot . I slept 10 hours last night and today I got in the pool and was in it about an hour. I can do the breast stroke , I can almost do the back stroke ( the tendon really hurts so I didn't push it. ) I did a couple of lengths of the pool of side stroke and again the tendon hurts, I did a lot of treading water with my arms moving in all kinds of directions and I did some leg exercises and squats and lunges and stuff in the shallow part of the pool when I got out I could barely walk to my apartment I was exhausted and took a shower and Andy took me to the store I bought 1/2 pound of salmon and made that for dinner, with a bit of honey drizzled over the top a bit of sea salt and parsley on top and cooked at 425 degrees for 12 minutes. DELICIOUS! I had never cooked it like that before read a recipe that had it like that with other things this week and I had that instead of everything else and wow it was good. I think I needed some good protein I had been eating so much chicken when I had it but not any good salmon in a long time. The store had fresh atlantic salmon from the north for 6.99 a lb I couldn't pass it up , my piece was 3.50 not bad for dinner. OH yeah between going to the store and cooking dinner I fell asleep on the couch for 1 1/2 hours. :) I have a quiet life. it is even more quiet now. centers on sleep, eat , a few exercises and sleep. and my fits about the rain and the discharges from the canals and soon the lake.
Hope you feel better today. Big hugs.
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Morning PJ!

TOM arrived yesterday afternoon. I am cramping and feeling miserable in general. I had been planning on doing my own 5K this morning to see how a starting point. But decided not to do that. I did walk the dog on our usual loop - so just over a mile that puts me at 10 miles for the week. Good start toward my 100 mile goal. Trying not to give in to cravings and make healthy choices.

My two kiddos that have been gone all week come home today! I am really ready to have them both home. I have missed them both.

Hope you got some rest last night.

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Hi PJ!

Hope you were able to calm down enough to get some sleep tonight.

It is scary to think that they are not being responsible and looking at the affects of what they are doing. I know you are frustrated after working so hard.

Today turned out to be a very different day. I was planning on going shopping with my dd and taking her to lunch, but this morning she did not seem too interested in anything I suggested...so we stayed home and hung out and watched movies. We rented The Lego Movie. Then we watched Brave and Little Women. Quite a variety. But it was nice to chill out and do nothing! She is playing video games right now. She is a homebody - introvert like her momma. Need these do nothing days to recoup and recover from a crazy busy week.

Still is kind of weird not going to work. Feels like something is missing from my day. Since I was gone for two weeks it hasn't really settled in that it is summer and June is already almost gone!

Hope you had a good day today.

Oh - got on the scale this morning and I was down another pound! Very excited and pleased. I have set a goal for myself to walk 100 miles before the start of school. 9 miles down...91 more to go!

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Hi Tricia,
I slept over 3 hours this afternoon, had OT, lymphedema therapy this morning and flushed for a few hours after that ( went to the bathroom and peed over and over ) doing green smoothies in the morning and chicken and eating light. Tonight was the first time in two weeks that I had ice cream or any junk food if I drank alcohol I probably would have gotten drunk. I was upset and I know that isn't a good reason, they started doing releases at the LOCKs 4 days ago and our river ( the St Lucie is DEAD again ) salinity is 1 it should be 20 already at the Roosevelt bridge, if they continue this it will be 1 all the way to the inlet ( 3 miles or so ) in less than 2 week says the boat captain Mike Connors who gave the report today that I saw. One of the River Warriors. This is killing two rivers and our Indian River Lagoon 151 mile long estuary , this is criminal. It makes me sick, who is doing it? ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERES I can't spell tonight. this is discharge from Canal 44 not even lake O proper yet, all of this fresh water into our river which is supposed to be a mix of fresh and salt water it just killed our newly planted oyster beds we worked so hard to reestablish , the sea grasses that were just coming back , we will have no fish , WILL WE HAVE TO SUE OUR GOVERNMENT ? This is crazy.
The next thing that will happen will be algae blooms and bacteria counts and then fish kills and manatee and dolphin dying again.
It is only June the rainy season goes until NOVEMBER.
This is our life I live surrounded by these rivers. They feed into the ocean and they kill the coral reef that protects us from the hurricane. IT IS CRAZY.
OK.
Glad you are back Big hugs.
Wtg on the walking wtg on the pounds down.
I will be calmer tomorrow. Jan comes tomorrow am at 9am.
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Hi PJ!

Yes, I am back home now. It has been busy since I have been back though. Got home Saturday evening, one of the boys left Sunday morning for a Missions Trip for the week in Mississippi, then my one dd left Monday morning for a Youth Beach Trip. My dh and other dd and I went to Six Flags with some friends on Monday. DD went to spend the night with them afterwards and dh and I had a nice quiet evening at home alone. Tuesday was eye doctor appointment, grocery shopping, and trying to get some things done around the house. Yesterday, took dd to meet friends at the movies and then her friend came home to spend the night. We just got back from the water park.

I have been walking every morning since we got home. Need to get this body moving and the scale going down instead of up. I was quite surprised that I only gained four pounds while I was with my parents. My food was horrible! My parents' eating habits are atrocious! Ice cream, milkshakes, doughnuts and they eat out all of the time! I think we only ate about 4 home cooked meals at dinner time. I have already dropped 2 pounds since coming home.

Your shoulder sounds painful! I hope you start seeing improvement soon. As far as the sleeping, that is probably a good thing. Your body has been through a lot! Take care and I will check in with you later.

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HI Tricia,
are you back yet?
I am down 12 pounds since surgery, still sleeping a lot slept over 3 hours today after PT was here and had a massage on my upper back and neck, my tendon on the outside of my shoulder where I had surgery is really hurting today and yesterday , was working on stretching for external rotation a tiny movement the other day Monday after Jan left for 5 minutes and that probably irritated the tendon . I scream now when I move my arm in certain ways but I continue to move it that way so it doesn't freeze . Pushing water after the massage and fell asleep on the couch for over 1 1/2 hours and then went to bed and slept 2 more hours there. No medication involved just exhausted and pain. Hope you are well.
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Thank you Tricia,
has been a tearful day I am very anxious. Barbara will take me, I don't know who will bring me home when the time comes or what plan I am taking. Kari hung up on me this morning she really upset me she would not listen to me , she just kept playing the girl who lives in never never land and was talking about thinking about positive and wouldn't listen to me. I had to text her my question, how long surgery and recover was last time. She says our thoughts make our lives , well that pisses me off, Lynn did not give herself cancer or cause her to die and I certainly did not cause this and I did not make the complications last time. She can live in her little world of make belief since she has never had an illness. Her father was killed in a car accident when she was 12 , and she has been married 3 times and her last husband is an alcoholic , I don't think she would appreciate it if I brought those things up. I really hate it when people tell me to think positive when I am nervous for good reasons.
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Good night I will try to remember to text you sometime this weekend and let you know how things went .
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Hi PJ!

Will be praying that all goes well with your surgery tomorrow. I know you will be glad to be on the road to recovery.

I am exhausted and my day is not nearly over. I have one choir concert at 6 and a band concert at 7 to attend. I am delighted to go see my children preform, but I am tired. It has already been a full day of wiggly bodies!

Hope you have had a good day.

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Hi PJ!

I will be 45 this year. I have a friend who is a couple years older than me and she said she is already done. I was talking to my co-teacher today and she said there are some that she knows that are 10 years older than me that are still having theirs....So, who knows how long...I need to talk to my doctor because it really is getting tiresome and uncomfortable. My legs start hurting when I am standing. And the cramping...and then like you said, the migraines. This one was bad. The Excedrin migraine worked yesterday but it was back this morning. Not bad, but by lunch I went out to the car and got two to take at work. Feeling better now. Hopefully this knocks it out completely.

I am going to go meet a friend for coffee this evening. Will be nice to catch up with her.

Hope you have had a good day.

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HI Tricia
How old are you? I had my last period when I was 49, but I had horrible leaking like that when I was in my 20s when I was in nursing school , can you imagine all over my white nursing uniform! Boy was I embarrassed. It calmed down eventually and went to 3 days a cycle most of the time until it stopped but I didnt' have migraines most of the time during that time .
I slept well last night and just finished my pt. I have some things to do today, just talked with Brian he said he will rescreen my two screen that new ones will cost 40$ each, and fix my screen door and fix the thermastat said will probably come over tomorrow he is busy today.
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Sounds like you had a pretty full day. Glad you got everything set up and ready for your surgery. Will be praying that all goes well.

My sweet husband has been busy today and yesterday. He has quite a list of honey-dos and is marking things off the list. Then he has picked up some of my things as well...what a sweet man I am blessed with.

One of the girls made dinner for us tonight. She made pancakes.

My head did get to feeling better, but these cycles are getting bad at times. On the second day I seem to flood. Of course it decided to do it while I was out with my sweet dd. I was with her in the changing room while we were shopping, when I stood up I realized that I had leaked! I was embarrassed, but there wasn't much I could do. DD said you couldn't see anything from behind. I did find a bathroom, but that was ridiculous. Guess I need to talk to my doctor. Told my husband this morning, I am so over this. Ready for this part to be done. Not that I am looking for menopause, but I am so done.

Hope you got some rest this afternoon.

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HI Tricia,
hope your head feels better soon.
I was at the hospital 3 hours. Linda is so patient. I am to be at the hospital on Friday at 10 am and my surgery is at 11:30 , late , I think I am my doctor's last surgery on Friday. Will see if Barb can take me . Brian ( Lynn's husband came over today and will be putting in a new thermostat for my a/c, and repairing my front screed door and two front screens on the windows they are the original screens they are threadbare. I am tired.
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Morning PJ!

I hope you got some rest yesterday. Will be praying that all goes well with your pre-op today.

TOM arrived for me on Monday...at least it didn't start while we were away. Started with a migraine yesterday afternoon. Took the new medicine the dr gave me. It took the edge off for a while, but got worse as the night went on. Took Excedrin Migraine this morning. Not as bad as it was, but still lingering...Hopefully it goes away.

We are practicing for our end of the year program today...I hope it all goes well. We have one little bugger who likes to be the center of attention and will do anything to make his friends laugh and it ruins it for everyone else. We have already talked to Mom and she knows the director will pull him if she needs to. Not fair to all of the other kids. We will see how he does today.

Well, need to go find something for my lunch and finish getting ready for school. Check in with you later.

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You are probably right about it being harder on him than on me. I will have to leave him a long list of honey dos to keep him busy on his days off! LOL.

Sorry you had a hard time sleeping.

Got to go finish getting ready for work. Get some rest.

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HI Tricia ,
Tomorrow is the pre op check in at the hospital , will see if they need for me to come in on Thursday for them to put in a pick line since my 'good ' arm is having surgery on it. my right arm doesn't have any veins , also will find out what time they want me there also will talk to the anethesiologist . i am tired have been up since before 5am will have pt at 9 and I canceled with the soil and water board today I won't be going itis to meet at 11. I am not up to walking the 1/2 mile there and back and sitting there for 2 hours. I am exhausted.
I know you will miss your husband while you are gone but your family will keep you very busy, he will be more lonely than you.
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Morning PJ!

I know it will seem like a really long week for you as you wait for your surgery. Is your pre-op today? Hope that you are not in too much pain this week as you wait. Praying that all will go smoothly and your recovery will go smoothly.

This is the last Monday of the school year. Hardly seems possible, but am so ready for it. I have not been so ready for a summer in a long time. This has been a difficult year. Glad to be close to the end.

Cannot believe that in two weeks I will be headed to NC with my girls. Looking forward to seeing my parents. Not really looking forward to being away from my sweet husband for that long though.

Hope you have a great day.

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wow Tricia, I can't help but laugh on Friday morning thinking both you and your husband probably had the painting of the scream in your head when that happened with a slow motion ' OH NOOOOOO" going on . What a mess! It certainly made you want to run away . ;) Glad you got away , the cabin sounds nice, you needed a real picnic basket for that breakfast. I am miserable. I was up at 3am yesterday and up all day, was up and down last night got up at 5am and don't know when I went back to bed today after eating soup this morning but just woke up again after getting some more sleep. my arm and shoulder is just a screaming and I AM HUGE! Jan says not to pay any attention to it until after surgery and I can ease into exercise once I am able to . i am in the pool everyday just to get some movement in my arm and shoulder. Yes 5 more days and I am looking forward to it. My friend and neighbor Kathy goes in tomorrow for her hip replacement. She is younger than I am. She says she is coming home a day after the procedure. I tell her she is going to wish she was in rehab and she and her mom both yell at me but I think she is worried about expense.I am concerned about pain for her. But then she will have her mother in her condo I will be home alone and they tell me shoulders are more painful than hips and knees. She never had insurance until now and is very upset with the ACA , if it wasn't for her church hiring her she wouldn't have the insurance at all and she was yelling at me yesterday about it not being affordable that doctors don't take it. I said look we live in a red county and the doctors who aren't taking your blue cross insurance select it is because it has been flagged with the word select ( it means it is an ACA insurance plan ) and the doctors who are republican and for political reasons don't want it to work refuse to take it or just don't take blue cross at all have made her pay the entire regular fee and not taken her insurance and she insisted on seeing then . She didn't have doctors before hand so she didn't have a relationship with any doctors until this. She is 54 and can not walk , can not put any weight on her foot, she is thin this isn't about she is too heavy and that is why her hip isn't working, Our state didn't take the expanded medicaid , and she didn't even go apply for medicaid , she made less than 7 thousand a year until her church ' hired ' her so she could get the ACA so I think she probably would qualify for it if she applied for it , she doesnt apply for food stamps she doesn't believe in medicaid or food stamps . I had told her about volunteers in medicine and they would have done the surgery as well for nothing but she doesn't do that either , so yesterday she was yelling at me about how she had to pay so much money for everything and I was thinking , I supposedly get twice as much from my ssdi than she gets and there is no way I could pay out of pocket what she says she paid for this surgery out of pocket in the last two months, and I wonder if what she says is true. But then again she isn't sick or disabled on a daily basis this is a one time thing or so she thinks. So no wonder why she thinks going to the doctor is something she doesn't need , and insurance is something you do not need. But I always had insurance when I was young, i learned that as a kid and not having it and we were sick and couldn't go , dad would take one of us and say they are all sick and the three of us were medicated the same, problem was we all were not the same. Also interesting all the furniture in her apartment is brand new and big fancy stuff, not my old hand me down furniture. When the people were asking her how long her surgery was going to be and she said one hour , and then they asked me and I said I don't know , it seemed like mine was an hour last year , but it doesn't seem right that a hip replacement is an hour and my shoulder scope in an hour too, though they do 3 incisions , I told them it does depend on what they find inside and my recovery time is the same if not longer than hers and that just seems odd to. Weird they are taking out a big piece of bone and putting in metal ( I think ) in her and in me they are cleaning out adhesions only . I guess it doesn't matter the shoulder is tricky . and they are dealing with something a bit more potentially fragile than they hip they are both ball and socket but I can't get up and walk on hands . Then I was asked about what mine was costing me, I said I had no hospital cost, and that upset people, I said look I have medicare and it is covered 100% and what isn't covered I have medicaide share of costs for everything else because of my income status and I know that burns peoples butts , but it is true disabled 21 years , since age 35. I had said Kathy, you want to know about cost of things you would have a heart attack if you had to deal with my medication costs I am in the gap already , if it wasn't for medicare D and medicaide share of costs or ( if I didn't have those the drug assistance programs I wouldn't be able to take my medications , I told her my seizure medications alone cost 2 thousand a month if I was to pay for them out of pocket as it is I pay over 70 a month for my prescriptions and prescription coverage and another 30$ a month for my prescription vitamins. and 105 a month for my medicare . So while she doesn't believe in insurance and thinks I don't pay anything for my care which I have for years, I have just now gotten to the point of having relationships with many doctors who say, I don't want your money and they are not billing me for the 20%. I will be paying my surgeon 50$ a month til he is paid off because his boss of his partnership will not take medicaid share of cost , sort of like what Kathy ran into in this county and drs not taking blue cross select , but instead of my surgeon saying pay him up front because I have been seeing him for years he lets me pay him over time instead of up front, he knows I don't have it. He has been my doctor since 2009 when my knee went bone on bone. I had just finished paying him off the day we scheduled this surgery. Funny how that worked out ;). Kathy doesn't understand that doctors who take medicare get less from medicare than any insurance company , because insurance companies pay mostly what the doctors ask for MEDICARE doesn't . So doctors that take medicare and then don't bill me are special in my book. They are about healing . Kathy and I have something else in common besides our ages she is soon to be 55 , I am 57, we are both sober . Though she was surprised to find I am a liberal who votes for republican commissioners and who is a registered republican in our county so I am not locked out of our primaries in August and am able to vote for the local people. Our politics are very important and they are very dirty and corrupt. She said I didn't know Liberals would do that, I know if the tables were turned i wouldnt register democrat , I winked at her, I said maybe you need to examine what is important , a label or what is right. lol so yesterday when she was yelling at me and I walked away and went to dry off. She cooled off and then said Pam I am sorry , we need to not talk about this , this isn't affordable to me etc and she kept calling it obamacare I said , look , we live in a red county and the doctors who aren't taking your insurance are being allowed to not take it isnt right and I am sorry you are going through all of this stress and this is stressfull enough , she apologized to her mom who had gone in the pool to get away from the two of us. we live across from each other in a little cul de sac , her neighbor 2 doors down fell a few days ago she is 87 and is still in the hospital , that isn't good, so their is a prayer circle going on for the 3 of us in our little pool group. It was funny , one of our group , Marlene who lives downstairs and across from me showed up at the pool in her clothes and someone said , I didn't know who you were in your clothes, and I laughed and said ' you make us sound like nudists and another said well we almost are ' . LOL
I like where I live.
Big hugs.
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