Yes Jan, Judy is having a ball here! I heard something on the radio as I was driving back up to Ashford for food bank today. The speaker said that it is a well known fact that solitary is the most terrible punishment that is known to man. I immediately thought of the past several years when I sat alone in my room for days on end and the only people with whom I had any communication were here on SparkPeople. Of course I am having a ball. I get to talk with real people every day. I can hear human voices that are happy not derisive. I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it feels to be back in the world of people again.
SparkPeople saw me through the dark days and I hope that you will share my joy at reentering the world and be patient while I explore all the possibilities available to me. I am trying to keep you informed, but I must admit that sometimes I get so wrapped up in my new freedom I forget to write. I will try harder from now on. I think I have discovered every place that I need to go that is reachable by motorized wheelchair. I didn't drive my car for a whole month.
My daughter taught me some new driving techniques the last time she took me up to pick up things from my old house. I used them on my trip back here today and I got a lot better mileage. It took me almost half a tank of gas to get up there and less than a quarter of a tank to get back and I went the long way around coming back. (I had to pick up prescriptions in Eatonville) From now on I am leaving a few minutes earlier and driving the truck speed limit on the freeway. It really saves on gas, but none of the trucks were abiding by that speed limit.
I came home today because I did something yesterday that really made my stomach muscles hurt today. I could hardly move when I was done with food bank. I don't have a clue what was going on because It doesn't hurt nearly as much now. I think I had psychosomatic symptoms. I just didn't want to go back there alone. It has become a place of animus for me and I am not comfortable without someone to act as a buffer. I wish I could get Michael to meet me there and we could get everything out all at once.
Anyway, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful support you gave me when I needed it and I hope that I can return the favor.
Edited by: GRAMMAJUDY1 at: 8/8/2013 (21:47)
current weight: 248.0
Fitness Minutes: (23,361) Posts: 5,840 8/8/13 8:19 P
Ann, I hope all goes well with your insurance so you can decide between that and the 3 more cycles of chemo.
DH was gone this afternoon and I got hungry so I had a Smart Ones pizza and lots of crunchy cauliflower on the side. I'm not having banana bread or Impossible French Apple Pie until tomorrow because I ran out of points. I'll choose pie first! Really looking forward to it.
Iris, I forgot to mention I've seen Carnation powdered milk here once. Otherwise I go out of town to a WalMart and last I was there found it. The price of powdered milk flabbergasts me. When my kids were growing up that is what we used for drinking and everything and it was so affordable. We always got the huge box.
Iris, look for Natures Own bread. One of the wheat is 70 calories a slice and another is 50 calories a slice. I buy it at the commissary. Yes, Carnation is making the powdered dry milk. I have not seen it in a box though. Just a zip lock bag. We had two window air conditioners installed in two rooms. We've never had air conditioning before. So far we haven't had to turn it on but we're ready for the Santa Ana's. (dry hot winds from the desert)
I have two of Hingrey Girl cookbooks. Early ones I can't say I've ever made anything from them.
The consultation at the doctors office could have been better I have several options. 1. clinical trials at Cedar Sinai (sp) in Los Angles. 2. Clinical trials here but one group gets fake meds and the other group gets the real thing.. You stay in your group the whole time you participate. That doesn't sound to exciting to me. 3. another chemo at Dr. office for 3 cycles. Each cycle is 3 weeks. This one I'll also have to have B12 shots. I'm going to give this one a try. But will check in to the one in L.A to see if our insurance covers it. N P wasn't sure.
What's for supper? We did grocery shopping this morning and I think it's going to be hamburgers with a cauliflower salad.
Ann in San Diego
current weight: 0.0 under
Fitness Minutes: (23,361) Posts: 5,840 8/8/13 3:34 P
Good afternoon Iris & Glenna and everyone who drops by,
We had rain this morning and it looks like we're in for "chance of rain" for at least the next 10 days. It cleared off this afternoon.
I made Becky's Prize-Winning Banana Bread this morning and plan to make the Impossible French Apple Pie this afternoon. We love both. DH is gone this afternoon so I can dig into some cooking.
I am using Weight Watchers points plus again and it's working well so far. I have to limit the carbs in fruit. I get the Hungry Girl newsletter and there was a good one today for green peppers that I plan to make.
I hope all goes well for Ann today.
Judy must be having a great time in her new location. I'm so glad for her.
Pacific NW Time Zone PDT
current weight: 211.2
Fitness Minutes: (20,099) Posts: 3,182 8/8/13 3:05 P
Ann I hope everything goes well when you see your Dr. about your options. I'm sure you will be glad when all of this is behind you.
I bought Hungry Girls new cookbook To The Max. It looks like it has some really good recipes in it. I never see reduced calorie bread in our stores anymore. I love the Orowheat whole grain sandwich thins though. Does carnation make the nonfat dry powdered milk anymore? I haven't been able to find that either.
It feels warm here today so the air conditioner is on. I've tried to keep it set to a higher temperature as of late. Our last gas and electric was over 300 dollars I about passed out. I am trying to be a little more frugal with it.
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