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Hi Wanda & Bev,

I enjoyed reading your posts, and Wanda I'm so glad you and your hubby are enjoying Florida and also that your daughter was able to join you for that length of time!! I think the older we get the more we realize how much family means to us!! Bev, you guys have a good safe trip as well! Sounds like you are getting pretty close to leaving as well, so enjoy your time away from work and away for the extremely cold weather too! Just don't get into any of those tornados. I couldn't believe they were having those this early in the year. My son and his family are in Georgia, but thankfully near Atlanta and the tornados were further south.

Can you believe I just finished the dental nightmare yesterday? Last Friday I went to the endodontist for the root canal and he tried everything in his power to get into the canals, but turned out that they were calcified and blocked, so that was a failed attempt. Monday I had the appointment with the dentist to extract the tooth and build up the other two teeth in order to have a bridge made. Well, he got out MOST of the tooth, but was not able to get out the root after 2 hours of drilling and using every tool he had available. He just did not feel comfortable going down any further because he said it was near a main artery. Well, long story short, I had to go back yesterday and saw the oral surgeon who again had to shoot me all up to get it numb and then he was able to get the rest of the root out. I really had some pain with all this going on and such a sore jaw. I got a large bruise on my jaw from him trying so hard to do that root canal. They did prescribe some pain medication that I took last night and was able to get a good nights sleep. It feels 100% better this morning so looks like I'm good to go. I don't have to go back until March 6th to get the permanent bridge installed. Anyway, I am more than happy that it is done now and I will sure be thinking twice before I let them do any further procedures to teeth that are not even hurting me!! emoticon

Well, thinking of you both and hope all is going well! I'll check back to see how you are doing!

Lots of Hugs,
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1/22/17 7:31 P

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I hope you have a wonderful time, Bev. We are certainly enjoying our time down here. Take care and have a safe trip!


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Wanda, we should be in Florida in three weeks. I am working through Feb 10th, then we will be headed out early on the 11th. If all goes well, we should arrive the evening of the 12th after spending one night in a motel along the way. We plan to leave there to head back home around the 23rd or 24th. I go back to work on the 27th and he will he going for labs and a CT scan that same day so we need to be back by the 26th but we would ideally like one day to catch up on things at home before I go back to work. If we left on the 24th we should get back the night of the 25th as long as we don't encounter any bad weather or other delays, but we might leave on the 23rd just to give us an extra day of leeway. I would like to stay as long as possible but I also don't want to go back to work the morning after I get back! I think one of Rodney's sisters and his niece are going to be there for a few days of the time we are there. I think she said they are leaving on the 17th so we will still be there when she arrives. I'm not sure if they are flying or driving. I am looking forward to getting away- both from work and from the winter.

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We have been in Florida for a week now and have had a great time. Our daughter flew in on Tuesday so we have had 5 days with her; she leaves tomorrow morning. It seems so seldom that we get to be with just one of our children for any length of time any more. This has really been nice; we have enjoyed long conversations, walks on the beach, some nice meals out (although we have been cooking most meals), and we even had a day at Universal Studios. All good fun.

I hope you are having a good winter, Sunny, and that the dental ordeals are over! Amazing how a simple thing can snowball into something much larger.

! I'm trying to remember when Bev is headed to Florida. I hope she catches some beautiful weather. Today is rainy and stormy but it is our first bad day so we are just staying in and enjoying the time together.

This post is short but I wanted to check in; I haven't been on Spark as much as usual.
Back soon though!!
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Hi Wanda & Bev,

You guys are soon going to be FLORIDA bound! I'm tickled for you both and know how nice it will be for you to get a break from the cold blasts of winter!! Just find a nice palm tree and string up a hammock and let the rest of the world go by!! emoticon You know, you can always come out to Arizona if you want to drive a bit further! We do get lots and lots of snow birds out here and they have so many senior parks out around Apache Jct. People just coming to soak up the sun during the winter!!

Wanda, your description of your Christmas was so lovely, it brought tears to my eyes! You sound like the glue that binds your family together, rallying them all around even with the sad things that happened to Corey! You are right, you still have so much to be thankful for and the fact that he is recovering so well is high on that list!! I am so glad that you had such a wonderful time with all your family being there with you. That had to lift your spirits as well.

Bev, I'm glad your new Dr. is giving you the complete check-up you need so you can nip a few of these things in the bud before they get anymore serious!! You are so good for being pro-active and working with your Dr. to take charge of your health!! I need to make an appointment soon as well for my "wellness check". I even get that one for free!! Yea!!

I went to see my new dentist last week and thought I was just going to get a routine cleaning and check-up! Didn't happen quite that way. This dentist has all the modern equipment that my old dentist did not have. I ended up getting 2 crowns put on that same day. He said my old fillings were cracked and that would allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream. I was amazed that he had them done and put in my mouth in only 2 hours. Just crazy how much things have changed. This Wed. they want to do a deep cleaning, going under the gum line and they have something they put in now that will cause the gums to grow over the teeth and fill in any pockets that you have, thus preventing peridontal disease from getting bad. I'm not done yet though, because he also found I have an abscessed tooth. He can't understand why I'm not having pain with it. At any rate I have to meet with the specialist on the 20th and they will determine if I can still have a root canal or if the roots are so far gone that they will have to just pull the tooth. Yikes!! You can imagine that I'm not too happy when I see the dollar signs popping up for all this treatment. I guess I'll just look on the bright side however, and if it prevents further troubles down the road I will be thankful about it. I could have paid for an entire year at the RV park up in Show Low for what I'm paying for dental and enjoyed it more! Oh well...............

Wanda, thank you for the lovely Snowman goodie! That was so cute and brightens my day! I also hope you will still be able to post while you are in Florida! That goes for both of you. It will be fun to read about what you are doing while you are away.

Well, I better sign off. I go weigh with my girls this morning. We were all very motivated last week to get busy with our weight loss in the new year. My scale shows that I'm down this morning, so hopefully the weigh-scale will confirm!

Lots of love & hugs,

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1/8/17 11:04 P

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You are quite a bit further north than where we will be. One of my Vermont TOPS friends has a place somewhere near Orlando or Tampa (I don't remember the exact town but I know it is in that area) and one of the ladies in my chapter has a place on the Atlantic coast. I think is is Palm Coast where she is. My father-in-law told us that when he was looking for a place they looked at one somewhere north of the one he bought and the owner was telling him she would sometimes leave the water dripping if she was away overnight in the winter just to make sure it wouldn't freeze- and he decided he was not far enough south, so they kept driving. He owned the house we bought from him for 28 years or something like that.

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That area is nice, Bev. We flew in and out of Ft. Meyers several years ago, stayed only a few days but liked the area. That was when my husband was still working.

We will be in Fort Walton Beach; your area will be a little warmer and it is so nice that you have family members with homes in the area. Won't it be nice when you are all retired and can spend more of the winter there.

Right now I just want to leave. I always get this way when we near the time; this year seems worse because of all the recent stress. We are so appreciative of the fact that we CAN go because Corey is doing so well.

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Our house in Florida is in Port Charlotte, which is on the Gulf coast a little north of Ft Myers. We are close to everything, but on a side street that isn't a high traffic area. It is not far from our house to the main highway, which is a very busy road. The neighborhood we are in has a lot of inexpensive homes and a lot of them are rented- so it isn't the best neighborhood but whenever I have been down there I have always felt perfectly safe walking alone. I haven't been there for almost four years, but my BIL says he thinks the neighborhood has improved somewhat. We are on a corner lot and he is on the opposite side of the road and a couple of streets down from us, but so close we can see his house from ours. He just retired from teaching after the last school year, but his wife is a year or two younger than me and is also still working so they only get to go down for short vacations also. We were originally hoping they would be down there at the same time as us, but they went early (in November) because she was able to take two weeks off at once then and she wouldn't be able to next month. Rodney's other brother also owns a house that is only a few miles from us and I think he will be there at the same time we are. He also has an aunt and uncle who own a house maybe 10 - 15 miles from us and they are there all winter, so we will have family to visit while down there.

I have forgotten what part of Florida you go to.

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I had forgotten that Rodney has diabetes, Bev. Of course you know what to do. You are so lucky not to be insulin dependent and to have an early warning.
Go for it!

Where will you be going in Florida? Sounds like it will be a working vacation but it will still be a good break and some time for just the two of you. I know that you don't get much of that now.


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I was quite surprised at how quickly he got back to me. The last doctor I saw pretty much ignored my concern about possible high blood glucose after my labs done in October, but this one took it seriously and it appears it was good that he did before it got too far out of control. At this point I am just barely at a level that indicates diabetes so it should be easily reversible. Yes, I plan to work harder at losing the weight so that I won't have to take medication long-term. I have always known I was at high risk of type 2 diabetes because of so many family members who have it, but I don't think I took the threat seriously enough. I'm not sure how I would feel about going to a diabetes educator. I really don't want to take time off from work to go and I really feel that I have the knowledge already, I just need to do what I know I should be doing. My husband went to a diabetes educator a few different times- a couple of them were pretty helpful and a couple of others not so much. The last one he saw was not one of the ones he thought was really helpful, and she would likely be the one I would be referred to- of course my situation is different than his since I won't need insulin, and I might find her more helpful than he did. I won't refuse to go to a couple of appointments if the doctor suggests it but I am not going to ask for a referral.

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Fight back, Bev!! Type II Diabetes can be reversed. I hope he will refer you to a diabetes education class, knowledge helps so much. Also the hospitals in our areas have diabetes weight loss groups and I hear that they are quite successful.

Walking will help tremendously with both the weight loss and the cholesterol. I am not able to take statins because of pain from them but last year my cholesterol numbers came down 20 points and my increased walking is the only thing I can credit. I still eat eggs several times a week and I eat more red meat than I should so I know it isn't a low cholesterol diet.

I think it is great that they got back to you with the results so quickly.

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I am really looking forward to our trip to Florida. We will be spending a lot of time going through the stuff that the in-laws left behind and getting rid of what we don't want. We will also need to replace a window that is broken. The rest of the time it will be mostly just relaxing. I have a cousin who lives probably 25 or 30 miles from where our house is, so we might try to find her while we are down there. My husband knows her too because he graduated in the same class as her. I used to see her a lot when we were kids but as adults I have only seen her occasionally at a family reunion (not in recent years though) or at somebody's funeral.

Well, I got a message from my new doctor already with the results of my bloodwork today and it sounds like this might just be my wake-up call. He said my cholesterol is elevated, but he doesn't want to start me on medication for it yet so it must not have been too high. I will see the actual numbers online in a couple of days. My A1C was higher than I was expecting it to be as he said it is consistent with diabetes. I was kind of expecting it to come in showing I was prediabetic but wasn't expecting it to be in the diabetic range. I will be starting medication for that as soon as he gets my reply telling him which pharmacy to send the prescription to, but he says if I lose weight I may be able to discontinue the medication eventually. He wants me to have both rechecked in another 3 months and to work on weight loss in the meantime. That might need to start on Monday since we are planning on going out to eat tomorrow! Monday is our anniversary but since I will be working and not likely to feel like going anywhere after I get home we are going to go out tomorrow instead.

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Yes, Bev, we are so lucky that we were able to all pull together! It means a lot.

I'll be praying that Rodney's tests are good. I know exactly what you mean about going to the appointments with him. Mal got the first news of his probable cancer without me there. He only told me when they wanted to scope him and told him he would need a driver. He really thought it would turn out to be nothing and wanted to be able to have the biopsies without me knowing.
You can about imagine how I felt about that! I haven't gone to all of his appointments in the past 25 years but I have gone to all those that were cancer followups.

A gain of 3-4 lbs is quite remarkable considering the year you and Rodney have had. I hope your two weeks in Florida is just great! We started out by going for 1 week at a time and then when we retired 8 years ago, the time just started lengthening. I don't get bored but sometimes he does miss his garage and workshop. He can't find much to putter with in the condo.

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I am so glad to hear how well your grandson is doing- and happy that they have arrested those responsible for his injuries. I am sure being young does help with the recovery but having such a great support system does as well. It sounds like you all made the best of a bad situation and were able to enjoy your holiday in spite of missing him. Now that the crisis has passed you can get back to taking care of you. I hope you are able to enjoy your trip to Florida.

We will be going next month for two weeks- well actually we will have about 10 days there and four days of travel time but I am taking two weeks off from work. I have never taken two weeks at once before and I dread trying to get caught up when I come back, but I have not had a vacation in over 2 years (time off for medical stuff doesn't count as a vacation in my book) and it will be four years next month since I have been to Florida, so I make up my mind that I was going to take the time off and enjoy it. By the time summer gets here I may not have time enough left to take a vacation then, but at least I will get this one. If hubby gets sick again this year and I don't have enough paid time off left I will just have to take some unpaid time- which I tried to do with part of the time I was out last year so that I would have time left for a real vacation and they wouldn't allow it. This time I am taking my vacation before I end up taking time off for his illness. Hopefully he will stay healthy but that remains to be seen. The day I go back to work after our vacation he will be going for his next scan and bloodwork and he will meet with his oncologist later that week. I haven't decided yet if I will take the day off and go to his appointment with him or not. If the news is good there would be no need for me to be there, but if the news is bad I wouldn't want him to hear it alone so I am sort of thinking I should go. If there was more time between the tests and the appointment I would be able to see the results online and have a better idea what to expect but I won't be able to see the scan result before then and probably will only see the labs one day before his appointment. I will probably ask him if he wants me to go and will do whatever he wants me to. He is more important than my job!

I ended 2016 with a gain of 3 or 4 pounds I think, but hopefully 2017 will be much better. I need to get some of my excess weight off so I will be in better shape to do things one I stop working. I had a checkup with a new doctor last month and he was concerned that my blood pressure was too high, but after checking it at home twice a day for over two weeks almost all of my readings were fine, so he has decided I don't have an issue. I went this morning to have my cholesterol checked (something the doctor I saw twice previously was supposed to do but never put in the order) and also my A1C to see if the elevated blood sugar reading I had before was a fluke or if I am prediabetic. I should have the results in a few days. I have always known I was at high risk for diabetes but since my blood sugar was always normal I don't think I took it serious enough. This may be the wake-up call I needed.

Sunny, I hope all is well with you. Post when you can.

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Thank you Sunny and Bev. Yes, December was quite a traumatic month for our family. The great blessing in all of it is that Corey is doing just wonderful. He is out of the hospital now. My goodness! Young people heal fast. It is becoming hard to keep him down so he can get the rest he is supposed to get. I'm so happy to be able to laugh about that. We could so easily have lost him.

And Christmas was still Christmas. Corey came out of ICU on Christmas Day. We moved our family dinner from Christmas Eve to Christmas night and I was so happy that all my children came home. My granddaughter, Corey's sister, was feeling like she just couldn't do Christmas but I texted her that this was a wonderful Christmas because Corey was twice given the gift of life and we have twice been given the gift of Corey. I finished by saying that, "I'm going to celebrate!". She wrote back, "Yes Ma'am!!"

And so it was that we all gathered around my dining room table; all except Corey. My husband broke down when he said grace and that was a hard moment but he got through it and once the dishes began to be passed the Corey stories started. The rest of the evening was full of laughter and fun. Of course we trooped up to the hospital afterwards to see him. He was sad about his Christmas so, of course, he got the same speech. Then he said, "Grandma I know how lucky I am to be here......but I wasn't there." I just teared up and told him that he would be at the table next year.

Whew...hard times just remembering it all.

News flash...they have arrested the guys who broke into his home. So sad...one is only 18, the other 17 and there was a 17 year old girl involved. The most startling thing is that it may have been for sneakers. Imagine that! Years ago kids were being shot for their jackets...I remember how that horrified me. Now it is sneakers?? I must admit he had quite a collection and even displayed his best ones on his wall. I never got that but it must be a young guy thing. His best shoes were never worn and he even kept the boxes in mint condition. The shoes are the bulk of the missing items from his house.

Well, life is getting back to normal, for us at least. We have decided to leave for Florida on schedule. Corey insists. He is staying with his other grandparents until he is ready for his own place again.

You can imagine that my Spark journey has hit a bump but I'm back on track. I did not make goal as planned in 2016 but came closer and I WILL make it in 2017.

Hope you girls are off to a happy, healthy New Year. I'm so glad you both had a good, fun Christmas.
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OH MY GOODNESS!! I just wanted to check-in this morning and read the news about your Grandson, Wanda!! I could not believe my eyes that such a horrible thing had happened to your family. What oh what has gone wrong in our world today. I am truly sorry for the heartbreak this must have caused and to have it happen so close to Christmas as well.

It is such a blessing that he is making good progress and on the way towards healing, but I agree that the after effects will be with him forever. I'm so sorry I did not see this sooner, Wanda, but prayers must have really been going up for him.

Bev, I'm glad you were able to avoid the traffic jam in your area and that you had a nice, quiet Christmas. I had lots of fun and we had a very lovely time although I had to celebrate it in 2 different segments. I'll try to write more when I can. I'm picking up 2 of my neighbor ladies this morning and we are heading to Denny's for breakfast.

God bless, I will post again soon!!

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Wanda, I am so glad to read that he is recovering. That is great news! I sure hope they do find those responsible, but unfortunately they sometimes don't- or they can't get enough evidence for a conviction even if they are sure who it is.

Christmas was fairly quiet here since we had actually had our family celebration the week before. Winter is starting off a bit rough around here. We are getting ready for a major snowstorm that is coming tomorrow and we just had a bad ice storm on Monday. Thankfully I didn't have to drive on Monday but tomorrow I have to work so I will be out in it. I am hoping they close our office early so I can drive home in daylight, but we shall see. Monday we had gone to visit my in-laws and were on our way home when the freezing rain started. We took a detour from our normal route in order to grab a couple of things at the grocery store. I think we were lucky we did because there was a bad accident just 2-3 miles from here along the road we normally take to get home. We might have been in that area at the time it happened if we hadn't stopped at the grocery store and taken another route. We had no problems getting home but we could see the road was starting to ice over (hubby was driving).

Sunny I hope you are doing well.

Let's hope 2017 is a wonderful year for all of us!

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We are so blessed. Christmas 2016 was the worst - because Corey was in ICU - and the best because he has been given life twice and we have been gifted with Corey twice! He is doing really well; it is quite amazing how well a 22-year-old heals. He will be fine although he will be recovering for awhile.

They haven't found the guys who did this to him; we are hoping that they well. I am afraid he will always be fearful if they do not. Of course you are both aware of the facade that young men carry; he doesn't admit being worried about ever seeing them again.

Well, we are going into 2017, feeling stronger as a family, blessed, and ready for whatever the new year brings.

Bev and Sunny; I hope your Christmas was very Merry!

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Wanda, I am sorry you are going through that. I hope you get a Christmas miracle and he turns around quickly and makes a full recovery. You are so right, we just never know what can happen so we need to make the most of each day. Post an update when you can, but know I am thinking of you.

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I'm sorry that I haven't been posting. Just too busy with Christmas.....not so sure that I'll post again real soon but I will try to get back to you to catch up soon.

Today I just have this message that I am posting on some of my teams.

Friends, I need to ask for your prayers.........
My 22 year-old grandson was shot in his home yesterday. It was a break-in and he was shot in the back. He is in critical condition after surgery to repair his stomach and spine and remove one kidney. He will have further surgery tomorrow.

I cannot even tell you how hard this is.....hard even to write the words.

I will try to keep up with the team but will likely be a poor participant this week. We were at the hospital all night, came home to sleep for a few hours and are headed back to the hospital now.

Take care,
Love and forgive; and hug everyone in your family. Make sure they know.
Find the blessings; they are there even when we can't feel them.
Celebrate life!

I can't tell you how much a squeeze to my hand meant yesterday.


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Good Morning Pals,

Thought I better check in here before you both think I'm MIA! I really enjoyed reading your posts and really thought you both had some good ideas regarding gifts for Christmas for kids, grandkids and great grands! I believe I'm going to follow through with some of your ideas for next year. You just have to put the brakes on at some point or things get carried away! After all, it is the love and the thoughts that count. Those warm jammies every Christmas must have been very special memories for you, Wanda! My one granddaughter said she wanted me to give her lessons on the keyboard for her Christmas present. She is always thinking of things that will bring people together and I know that spending time means more to her than any material gifts.

Bev, I am glad Rodney is still doing as well as he is. You do want him to keep his spirits up, so if the antidepressants help to do that, it is a good thing. I know it must be sad for him there alone and in bad weather he probably does not even want to leave the house. He probably can't wait for you to retire so you can be there with him and do things together.

Well, better sign off for now. Best wishes to you both for a joyous Christmas season!!

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I put some of that coal candy in a couple of the stockings last year. My grandson who got one was not impressed! The kids know that the stockings they get here are not from Santa but from us, so he knew it was me who tricked him.

I have no idea when things might get resolved with Logan. When the ex contacted our daughter about letting her take him for Christmas she hinted that she might be willing to let her take him occasionally in the future, but that just isn't practical because she lives an hour away and has her own family. There is no reason why the visits need to be supervised at all, but she will do whatever she can to make things difficult for Ed.

I don't recall getting much for gifts from my grandparents but we might have gotten something small. Rodney's dad used to give all of his kids and their spouses a chamois shirt every year and the grandkids got McDonald's gift certificates, but when the number of grandkids grew and the great grandkids started coming along he stopped doing gifts at all- which was good. We told our kids a few years ago that we would only buy for the grandkids because there was nothing we could buy them that they couldn't afford to buy themselves (they earn as much as we do, if not more) and we didn't want them to buy us anything. Even though we told them that we have always given each couple a $50 Home Depot gift card because it just didn't feel right to do nothing. We always tell them we will spend a certain amount on the grandkids and ask them for suggestions of things they want. We do stockings for everyone in addition to the gifts- and those add up to quite a bit too. This year we cut back slightly and next year we will likely cut back more because I hope to be done working at the end of next year, although I won't be eligible for social security until June of 2018. Once we are in Florida for the winter we will likely send a $25 gift card to each grandchild and possibly still do the Home Depot card for the adults, but that will be it. Our income will be drastically reduced compared to what it is now so our expenses need to be reduced as well.

Rodney is doing reasonably well. He still has pains at times, but not as often as he did for a while. He had an appointment yesterday with a GI doc and she suggested a probiotic for him to try for a month to see if it helps with all the gas he has. She also says there is a possibility that he might have a section of his intestines that is a bit twisted. She wants him to have the barium follow-through done again to be sure there is not something like that going on. He is having that done next week, but he couldn't get another appointment with her until late January so it might be a while before we hear the results of the test. If they find nothing it might just be that these off and on pains are something he will just need to live with. He is struggling a bit mentally, but I think that is a combination of worry about the nodules in his lungs, boredom because he is home alone all day long while I am working, and the wintry weather. I suggested he go back on the anti-depressants that he had taken before and he agreed it would be a good idea. When he meets with another new doctor next week he will have to ask him for a new prescription because the old one is expired and he only has enough pills left from before to last 2 or 3 weeks. He won't have another CT scan until late February- after we come back from Florida.

Well I better stop rambling and get off the computer. We are having our annual Christmas potluck at TOPS tomorrow and I have to get some meatballs mixed up so that I can bake them in the morning before I go to work and then have hubby turn the crockpot on to start heating them before I get home.

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Thanks Sunny! It was fun, actually! When I was shopping I actually found "coal candy" in a little bag. I'm going to put it in with his gift which is a sweatshirt for his favorite football team.
emoticon You have a big family and I think it is perfectly fine for a grandparent to say, "I plan to spend $xx on each person this Christmas so please think of that if you request something in particular. I try to spend about the same on each person. Sometimes it varies a bit but I don't let anyone request anything way more than what I am spending on the others. That being said, my family is much smaller than yours. I would absolutely let them know that there is a limit. I'm sure it wouldn't occur to them to multiply out the cost to see how much you are spending at Christmas.
emoticon My own grandmother never worried about our list - she thought that was my parents problem - we all got pajamas and underpants from her every year! Ha! You know what, I think we enjoyed that warm flannel wonderfulness on cold North Dakota nights.

Bev, I'm so sorry that the chaos around Logan's visitation still goes on. I think it is horrible that he will have to open gifts and then leave them behind, perhaps never to see them again. How long do you think it will be before the Family Court will make a final ruling? This is just an awful situation and you would think that something called "Family" court would know that! I feel for your son but actually Logan is really at risk. How sad.

How is Rodney feeling? I know those nodules are there. Is he still having pain? When is his next exam? Praying for your family.

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Well, I had a good belly laugh over your strategy, Wanda!! What a cute idea to get them thinking seriously!! I had a text from the younger grandson yesterday asking for a Polaroid if it was not too much! I must say, he asked very politely. He said he would send me a link to the one he wanted. Since I have no idea how costly this might be, I just told him all suggestions were appreciated! Maybe we should put a price limit for gift suggestions, what do you think? If they were the only ones it would be fine, but I have 8 grandkids and 3 great grandkids, so things can get carried away if not careful. :)

Bev, sorry to hear about your situation with your son's ex still causing so much trouble. That has got to be one of the most disfunctional families I've heard about. Someone needs to do an intervention with that woman!

Well, I'm off to my little group this morning. My scales say that I'm down a little, so hope it will carry over to our weigh-in scale.

Take care and have a great week!
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I have barely started shopping and I need to have mine done early so I really need to get busy. My son hasn't seen his youngest boy since September because of the situation with his soon-to-be ex. Even though the criminal court dropped all charges against him the family court was not willing to change the stupid supervised visitation plan- and the only person his ex allows to supervise suddenly has no time available. I wasn't planning to buy him anything for Christmas since we wouldn't see him anyway. We bought him stuff last year because at that point I had been supervising visits one day every two weeks, but right before Christmas the bitch made some additional accusations which resulted in those visits being taken away and I am no longer allowed to supervise any visits (she claimed that I let him take his son up in the woods without me on multiple occasions- something that is a lie). He did get to open his presents from us finally in February when the husband of the woman who was supervising visits offered to bring him here for a visit, but by the time we had dinner he had very little time to play with any of it. Last week my daughter called and said she had gotten a message from our ex- DIL and she told her that she would let her bring Logan here for a few hours for a Christmas get-together. I am sure she has an ulterior motive for offering, but we did make arrangements for the family to come here the Sunday before Christmas to celebrate with Logan. I will still not buy him a lot since we may never see him again for months and what I buy is not going home with him. She still might decide to change her mind before the 18th gets here so we are not telling his brother he might be coming. If it does happen he will have a nice surprise. In the meantime I am running out of time for shopping!

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Do you email or text your grandchildren, Sunny! I sent out a message that my deadline was December 1, after that a lump of coal was their only option. My Corey is always my hold out so it took two more messages for him....The first one was to ask how big a lump he wanted and a few days later I told him that the price of coal was really falling and I thought I could get a good sized piece. Well I had his wish by November 30!! Ha! Just had to have a little fun with him. Last year I was shopping 2 days before Christmas because of him.

Actually I had procrastinated on several people and used the excuse that I didn't have his list so I'd just wait.....does anyone else procrastinate?

I know just how you feel about that cargo!! We can do it!

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Wanda, you are an inspiration! I would LOVE to be in your shoes and have all my shopping out of the way. My grandkids are being really stubborn this year and it is so hard to get any suggestions out of them!! I did get one of them taken care of. My Grandson who is going into the Navy in May told me he would like a pair of those folding Ray Ban sunglasses. I went on-line and found them about $50.00 cheaper on E-Bay, so put my order in! Well, that is one out of the way and only 7 more to go. emoticon

Thanks for the well wishes to my daughter and son-in-law. She did go back home last Thursday and I'm hoping for the best. It does take hard work and commitment on both sides. I think all marriages have their difficult patches. If you can work through the difficult times it does make the marriage better than ever and more precious as the years go by. I'm still praying for them!

I'm still trying to stay on track this week. I was just really not liking the extra rolls of fat that I saw developing when my weight goes over 175! Yikes, bad enough as it is, but being a shortie I just can't take much more!! I think I've decided that being a little hungry is going to be worth the effort. I'm just really getting tired of hauling around my extra cargo!! I don't want to wait until after Christmas because that is just going to be more collateral damage that I'll have to deal with.

Well, I'm going to try getting cards done today and put finishing touches on my decorating. I'm thinking of you gals and wishing you every happiness at this beautiful Christmas season!

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I've been among the missing, girls! Trying hard to get some Christmas things done early and I'm happy to say that I am done shopping! First year ever that I have been done this early although I have tried it many times. Now I can relax and enjoy December with at least some less running around.

Sounds like we all had a lovely Thanksgiving! Congratulations on the weight loss. WOW, even with three of you at TOPS, Bev, 12 lbs was a great loss. How nice that you are working on this together! Sunny, you did great too! It isn't easy to post a loss after a holiday. At our TOPS meeting there are no weekly dues if you have a loss. It isn't great incentive; after all we just charge $1 for a gain and 50cents for a loss on normal days. I had a loss too and it does feel good.

Bev, I'm praying for you and Rodney! Hoping that this nodule will turn out to be noncancerous. I know that the waiting is hard on both of you. When will his next scan be scheduled?

Sunny, I hope your daughter and son-in-law succeed in their reconciliation. It is so difficult to put hurts aside and try. If they BOTH aren't willing to be fully invested in their marriage, then it just won't/can't work. We had one terrible year in our marriage and it was truly a difficult thing to get past...I didn't think I could do it but we had been married 22 years at the time and I just knew that he still loved me as I loved him...he was the one who didn't know in our case. Well that was in 1990 and we love each other more each year. We floundered for awhile even though we never separated. I could never have done it alone though; he had to bring himself back to commitment and I know that sometimes that just doesn't happen.

I'm not judging. I would have been able to go on and build a good life without him; but I'm glad it wasn't necessary.

On a happier note, Christmas is coming. We'll pray for a few Christmas miracles including one for Rodney, and one for your children, Sunny.


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Bev, I'm so sorry that they found the nodule or nodule's in Rodney's lung, but all you can do at this point is stay positive and hope they won't grow from now until his next scan. I'm glad the pain is subsiding and that he is feeling better. It is very hard to deal with, but it could be nothing and that is what I'll be praying for.

Good job on your weight loss over Thanksgiving. That is very encouraging. I had a 1.2 pound loss also, and can only say it must have been my nervous energy from preparing the meal that caused it. I know I won't be so lucky next time if I keep eating left overs! emoticon It is always more fun dieting when you have some others to do it with you!!

Well, not much to report here. It seemed kind of lonely last night as my daughter left to go back home. I'm glad I've got Izzy to keep me company!

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I almost posted this earlier this week, but I wanted to wait until we had more info. Last Tuesday my husband had a CT scan in an effort to find the source of pain in his right upper quadrant. The NP who works with his oncologist told him the next day that she hadn't seen the full report yet but that they didn't find anything to explain the pain. Then on Saturday when I was able to view the radiologist's report online I was shocked to read that they saw some nodules in his lungs that might indicate a recurrence of his cancer. Needless to say we were both pretty worried, but we decided not to even tell our kids until we knew more. He called the oncologist's office on Monday to ask about it. He spoke to the nurse practitioner again and she said she didn't think his oncologist had even had a chance to review it yet, but she did say they would have him come in today to meet with them. I took the afternoon off to go with him as we were expecting the worst. Fortunately the oncologist didn't make it sound as bad as we thought. The report says there are multiple nodules but she says she only saw one when she looked at the scan. It is too small to biopsy at this point and she also said it is so small that even a PET scan might not pick it up, so the only thing they can do is wait until his next scan to see if it has changed. She told us she is somewhat concerned but that since all other signs indicate he is doing well, she doesn't want us to worry too much. She said there are lots of other things that can cause changes in the lungs, so it might not be anything to do with cancer. It would have been nice to hear that it was definitely not cancer, but at least we didn't hear that they are reasonably sure it is. She told us to try not to worry but she understands it is hard not to, so she instructed us to be sure we spend at least as much time thinking about how well he is doing as we do worrying about potential problems down the road. He will be rechecked in three months unless he has problems before then. I felt a little better when we left than I did when we got there, but he says he isn't sure he feels much better about things. Since the next scan will be about the time we were thinking we might be in Florida we may move up the trip and go a little earlier. On a more positive note the pain that led to him having the scan seems to be diminishing.

Also on a positive note, my son, his girlfriend and I all went to TOPS tonight and all three of us had a loss. She lost the most and I lost the least, but between the three of us we lost about 12 pounds. Since last week was Thanksgiving that was really over 2 weeks but I thought it was really good that we lost after the holiday. Now if we can just keep it up!

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So glad you guys had a lovely Thanksgiving at your daughter's, Bev! I bet your dinner rolls were delicious. It is kind of nice when you can kick back a bit with regards to the cooking and let someone else have the honors! :)

Today my daughter will be going back home again. I know I'm going to miss having her here for sure, but I'm glad that they are going to try to work things out. They really don't have anything going on that is not beyond repair at this point. I think she is making the right decision. They have been married for 19 years and their two boys are nearly grown. At any rate, I'm hoping for the best. She is the greatest daughter and I hope this wakes her family up to appreciate her a little bit more!!

Everything else is going good here. I've gotten just about all the Christmas decorations put up now including lights, etc. Now if only I had my shopping done! Ugh, that is another story and I'm at a loss as to what to get everyone this year. Nothing is a bargain if it is not what the person wants or needs!!

Hope you gals are doing great. I'll catch up more with you later!!

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Sunny, I hope your daughter and son-in-law can work things out. When our son and his wife split up he initially was saying he thought they would eventually work things out and there was a part of me that hoped they would, but in their case I didn't really believe it would last if they did get back together, so another part of me felt it might be best to just move on at that point. That relationship had been rocky almost from the start. I knew it would not be a simple divorce like his first one because of what his wife was like, but I never dreamed just how vicious she could be. Her only interest is in getting revenge on him and she doesn't care how it affects their son.

We had a nice Thanksgiving at our daughter's. It was nice to see the grandkids we don't see that often. I made dinner rolls the night before and took those up because that was what she asked us to bring.

Back to work today- yuck! I had four days off but didn't accomplish a lot.

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Good Morning My Tops Pals,

I enjoyed reading your posts and hearing about your Thanksgiving events and the planning part from you, Bev! Wanda, you are a doll to do all the cooking and preparation for your family's Thanksgiving dinner. It is definitely lots and lots of work, and as I've gotten older, I don't mind accepting help from my kids when they volunteer!! I have my youngest daughter staying with me now, and she is always such a big help. She is having a trial separation from her hubby and I am just hoping things will work out and that they will get back together. Sometimes I think they just need a break from each other. She did invite her hubby to dinner and he came, so that is a very good sign!

Our dinner was delicious and there were 14 of us counting the 2 toddlers. Lots of commotion, but lots of fun as well and it is good to get the chance to visit. I don't see enough of them it seems. My other son-in-law brought their indoor turkey fryer and did the turkey in that. The turkey got injected with marinade the night before, and it was really tasty. That in itself is a lot of work however and then the clean-up of getting the fryer all clean is a pain. The kids handled all of that however and I just did a number of the side dishes, so not nearly as much cooking as in years past.

Wanda, sure sounds like you are looking forward to your trip to Florida after New Years! That will be so much fun for you both, and Bev, that is great you will get the 2 weeks down there as well! Florida is the place to go when you live in that part of the country. I don't know what my parents were thinking when I was small that we went all the way to Arizona! Ha Ha Well, actually that is not true. When I was a kid I was pretty puny and in and out of the hospital, so my Dr. recommended that I move to a dryer state. My parents took him at his word and that is when my dad got a job at Motorola out here in Phoenix. Funny how our lives take different twists and turns!

Well, I know we will all be doing our best to guard our health in the New Year and try to take steps to prevent complications from obesity. It is hard to remember that when all these wonderful deserts are passed around the table and everyone is diving in. For me it is the left over's that are the killers. My daughter said this morning that it was time to just throw the rest into the trash and I'm having to agree with her.

Well, better sign off for now. Looking forward to hearing from you both again soon!

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Bev, that is so awesome! A .8 gain in 5 months! Good for you, especially with all that has been going on. Glad you are going back to TOPS too. Did you know that Spark used to have a special division for diabetes? I don't know if they still do. They used to have one for new mothers and one for budgeting and financial management too. I can't remember seeing them on the lists for awhile but I remember using the budget one for awhile after we first retired.

Such a shame that so many in your family have been affected with diabetes. As I have aged it seems like I have met more and more people with it. I took the Spark People diabetic challenge just to learn more about my friends struggle and, of course, learn how to avoid it myself.

Sounds like you will have a nice Thanksgiving....and you won't have to do all the cooking. Enjoy the day!

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It is cold here too. Last week we had warmer than normal temps and now we are below normal. The change between Saturday and Sunday was over 20 degrees! Some places got snow (up to two feet in a couple of places) but all we got was rain and a dusting of snow that wasn't even enough to turn the ground white. We also find that we hate the cold more the older we get. I am looking forward to a short trip to Florida this winter- ours will only be about 2 weeks including travel time.

We will not have everyone here at the same time for Thanksgiving. Our son, his girlfriend, and our grandson are going to her family's Thanksgiving and we are going to our daughter's. Our son's girlfriend's father in not in good health and there is a very real possibility he might not see another Thanksgiving so I am glad they will be spending time with her family.

Diabetes is prevalent in my family. One brother has type 1- he was diagnosed at the age of 9 or 10 and has lived with it for 40 years. He has had a number of complications, but I often wonder if he would have had as many if he had taken better care of himself when he was younger I think he is more careful what he eats now than he used to be, but still not as careful as he should be. Both of my older brothers were or are diabetics as is one of my sisters. Another sister tells me she is prediabetic. My husband has been diabetic for ten years or so but until he had surgery for his cancer and had part of his pancreas removed he did not have to take insulin. I am sure he would have eventually ended up on insulin because he was having a hard time controlling it with oral medication and had put on a non-insulin injection before the cancer surgery. I have always known I was at high risk for developing it, but I guess I didn't take it seriously enough or I would have worked harder at losing weight. Until now I have always been pretty healthy in spite of my excess weight but I think it is starting to catch up with me. I will see another doctor in about a month and will ask him to do some additional bloodwork and see where they want me to go from there. I know I need to work harder at losing weight and I actually went back to TOPS last week. My son and his girlfriend did decide they wanted to go so I went with them. I was pleasantly surprised that I had only gained .8 since I last weighed in back in June.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, whether it is a quiet day on your own or a day filled with family.

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Good Morning!

Well it has been a busy week for us but Thanksgiving Dinner was yesterday and today I plan to relax, catch up on Spark, spend a little time with friends, and just generally enjoy the day.

Cold weather has come to Ohio! We were in the twenties yesterday. I will definitely be ready to run away to warmer weather in January. This will be the first year that we spend 6 weeks in Florida. It just seems that Mal hates the cold more every year; of course we didn't even find it challenging when we were younger. We looked forward to winter! Now we dread it.

Are we getting older? Most definitely. Yesterday was a great day but I think it may be the last year that I insist on doing all the cooking. Next year I AM going to delegate. Ha! I've said that for the past 5 years but THIS year I mean it. At least 10 hours went into cooking and the dinner table is being cleared less than an hour after we sit down. I did spread some of the work over 3 days but......you girls know.....I'm tired!

So fun though to have the family together and just sit and chat and catch up with everyone. The New York and New Hampshire branches of our family weren't here but we will have all my chicks under one roof at Christmas.

Bev, I'm horrified that your doctor may have dropped the ball on something so important! I echo Sunny's hope that pre-diabetes or diabetes is not in your future. Gosh it is a hateful disease. I have friends though who have it managed well and keep their sugars under very close control and I also have friends who haven't even tried. One of them used to tell me that she could "feel" when her sugar was up. She was absolutely convinced that no damage was being done if she didn't "feel" sick. Her doctor would be concerned about her numbers and she would say, "that is normal for me; he just doesn't get it". Well, of course, you know who didn't get it. She is only a year older than me and she has a long list of diabetic complications, is in a wheelchair, and still wants her doctor to just add another medication to her long list rather than change to a diabetic diet. I think it may too late now that she has kidney disease but she has had her diagnosis for over 30 years. I love her and this situation is so sad to me.

Anyway, I'm kind of going on here but my message is that if you get a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or actual diabetes............DECLARE WAR!!! It is a war you can win!

Sunny, it sounds like you are still the Thanksgiving cook! I know your dinner will be wonderful and I hope your entire family can be with you!

Happy Thanksgiving to both of you and your families! I will be relaxing on Thursday, counting my blessings, having a nice small meal with Mal, and happy to have a quiet day with some music, reading, and football.

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Bev,
Thanks for the update on your Dr. status and reports. I hope you are wrong about getting a pre-diabetic diagnosis. Sounds like your previous doc sort of dropped the ball with your test. Well, better days ahead and hope you settle into a good health care support team for both you and Rodney!! Also, hoping the new pad supports will do great things for you foot discomfort!

That trash disposal is a big hassle. I think it is getting that way across the country as our disposal facilities get filled up with garbage. I have recycling now with the new company I changed to awhile back and it is nice. I'm finding I have nearly as much or more trash going into the recycle can as I have going into the regular one. The regular one gets filled up with debris from my yard, so no space goes to waste!!

Well, at any rate, take care my friends and you are in my thoughts! Have fun this week as we think more about Thanksgiving and making good choices!

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Oh yes, I know exactly where Marion, Ohio is. I think I told you that I'm from Mansfield, and that is not far from Marion at all! I'm so glad you had wonderful weather for the event, Wanda I'm jealous of you eating at Bob Evens! I love that place and we don't have them out here!

Today I'll try to sit down and plan out a menu for Thanksgiving and get some actual recipe's in place!

I'm with you on starting fresh in the New Year! Maybe the three of us can really see some progress and as you say, slow is the way to go for lasting results!!

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I am glad you enjoyed your Fall Rally Wanda. I have not been to TOPS since June, but I may go back eventually. My son and his girlfriend have been talking about joining and if they do I will probably go back. They keep putting it off but she was just told she is prediabetic so I suspect that might be a little more incentive to make some changes. I suspect I will have the same diagnosis once I see another doctor. I never heard from the last one after my bloodwork was done and I suspect it might be because they didn't have my labs marked as being a fasting sample and my result wouldn't have been high if I had eaten before I went there. Then again, she may have never even looked at the results. My husband had x-rays of his shoulder and he has still not heard from anyone about those. I read the report online that says he has large osteophytes in the joint (bone spurs/arthritis) but no one has bothered to contact him to discuss what they can do about them. I go for a mammogram on Thursday and will also see the foot doctor briefly to get the pads put in my sneakers.

Sunny, the biggest issue with getting rid of stuff here is that there isn't really a dump to take it to. We have a recycling center/transfer station where we take stuff to. Some things you can get rid of for free but other stuff you have to pay for. Cardboard, bottles and cans, and scrap metal as well as scrap lumber I think is free. Trash you pay for by the bag and other items like furniture you pay so much per piece depending on what it is. The place is only open two half days a week though, and one of those days I work. Hubby doesn't, but he doesn't want to deal with making a trip there either. I made one trip a while back and got rid of some tires (I had to pay for those) and an old computer and some printers (those were free), plus some cardboard and bottles and cans and a few bags of regular trash. That was before we had a regular trash pickup scheduled. We had previously shared a dumpster with my husband's cousin, who we share our private road with, but he decided to get rid of it and didn't give us any advance notice to line up an alternative. I am happy with the company we have now and it costs me a little less than what we were paying to share the dumpster. The disadvantage is that there are some things we could throw in the dumpster that I probably can't get the garbage truck to take. If we had hauled away all the stuff we just put in the big dumpster I'm sure it would have cost less than $700 but we didn't have time to make lots of trips.

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Hello Friends,
Looks like we all have our Thanksgiving plans in place. I'm looking forward to the holidays and like Sunny, I do not expect to get any great weight loss in the next 6 or 7 weeks. I will try to hold my gain to 3 lbs or less and I was able to do that last year so hope I can again. After the New Year I will try to break through the plateau I'm on now.

I think there is something to the "set point" theories. Our bodies seem to have to adjust and that is why it is good to go for slow weight loss that allows pauses for our body to accept a new set point. Actually as much as I hate suffering through a plateau, they serve an important purpose. Very few people who lose a lot of weight very rapidly are able to keep it off.

Our TOPS rally was in Marion, OH. That is a small town northwest of Columbus. So nice that we had a lovely day and it was a beautiful country drive. There was no food at the rally so we stopped at a Bob Evans on the way home and we all ordered a TOPS friendly lunch. I was pleased to see that everyone ate a healthy meal. Do you suppose the rally message came through?

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Oh, forgot to say that I think that is a very fair price to expect from your son for the garbage pick-up, Bev. That is a pretty large bill. It is sure getting expensive these days to have extra things hauled away. I have thought a few times i would like to have an old pick-up truck to take things to the dump myself. I think I could do it! We is women! Ha Ha!!

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Hi Gals,

Time is sure marching on! I agree with you Wanda, this year has gone by really quickly!

It was good reading your posts and Wanda that should be a fun and inspiring time for you going to the fall rally. What part of Ohio is that being held at? I tell you I really do miss the fall back in Ohio. Ray and I sure enjoyed going to several of the small town street fairs and listening to the local bands playing, etc., etc. It is just a different feeling you get living in small communities that I really miss. Phoenix has turned into a metropolis and has gotten way too big. I keep saying that and it just grows bigger all the time!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I will be having my family come to my place also. My son-in-law will cook the turkey in their fryer and he already got the oil for it. I can't get a turkey any bigger than 20 pounds because that is all the fryer will hold. I always enjoy getting the family all together. I'll try to focus more on them and less on the food! Congratulations from me too on weighing in with that loss after being on vacation, Wanda. That shows you have it under control and are able to judge what you are eating even when you are not thinking about it as much. I am still hanging right around the same weight which seems to fluctuate about 3 pounds one way or the other, so guess I'm at my set point. It will really take some focus from me to break the barrier. Realistically I probably won't be able to do it right now with the holidays upon us, but maybe I can maintain and then start up seriously after they are over. I know what you mean about enjoying a treat on the No S diet when you get to your free days. It always seems to taste so much better because you have had to wait for it!

Bev, I'm glad you found a good podiatrist and that you are getting your feet taken care of. My feet problems seem to be solved for now and I'm so THANKFUL for that. I hobbled around with that Plantar Faschiites for so long and finally got it resolved.

Well, have to go get the garbage out. They come on Tuesday so don't want to miss them!

Best wishes to you!!

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Congratulations on the loss Wanda!

My son, his girlfriend, and our grandson are pretty much settled in now. They were completely moved out of the apartment at the end of October so everything is either in their storage unit or here now. I think they still have some things they need to put away and hopefully that will get done without us having to nag at them to do it. There are still some boxes on my front porch and I don't want them to stay there! We filled the dumpster as full as it could possibly be, between what we got rid of and what they did. In fact, the trash company sent us an additional bill for excess weight over what the up-front fee covered. Our son is supposed to be giving me the money for that because I think they put as much in the dumpster as we did and we paid the entire $600 so he can pay the extra $105. We still have things to get rid of but I think we got rid of the bulk of it and most of the big stuff. I can put a few smaller things in a trash bag and get rid of a little at a time with my regular weekly trash pickup. Now we have a lot of work to do to organize the stuff we kept.

I had my appointment with the new podiatrist this week. I like him much better than the PCP that I recently saw. He had several x-rays taken of my feet and said there were no major problems with the structure of them. I do have some hammertoes, but they are not too bad. He said I also have some arthritis in my feet, but he thinks the reason I am having so much pain is that the pad on the bottom of my foot is pretty thin so I am almost walking on bone. He shaved off some of the calluses I had on the bottom of my feet and had me order some metatarsal pads to go in my sneakers. I will go back to see him next week and have him put them in for me to make sure they are in the right place. He wants me to try them for six weeks and then go back to see him.

We also got appointments to see a new PCP next month. If we don't like that one we will likely go to another facility.

Well, my son wants to borrow my computer to buy his hunting license so he can go deer hunting in the morning, so I guess that is it for me right now.

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Hi everyone, I'm still catching up after our trip. I weighed in at TOPS on Monday and I was down about a pound from before I left. WOOHOO! I admit to being a bit proud of that.

Sunny, glad you like No S too. I share your sweet tooth so I'm always happy to let myself have a little treat on the weekends. It doesn't seem to cause me a problem.

Wish I lived near you........Boy do I ever have white elephants I could have donated to your sale. I hope it was successful. I've missed my favorite Christmas bazaars here. There is one tomorrow that is always a lot of fun but I am attending a TOPS OHIO Fall Rally tomorrow and it will take up the whole day because it is quite a drive. We will have a good time though and maybe it will inspire me to get through the holidays wisely.

It is hard to believe that I'm already putting out a few Thanksgiving decorations. This year has gone by very quickly! I will have only 7 people here for Thanksgiving dinner and we will be having it on the 20th because that is when I can have them all. Christmas Eve there will be 12 of us.

Bev, sounds like you will have a full house soon. Your holidays should be lots of fun.

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Good Morning Wanda & Bev,

It was nice reading your posts this morning. So sorry I always seem to be 3 steps behind everyone!

Wanda, I'm glad you and your hubby are back home again after the long trip. I bet you did get to see a lot of beautiful sights this time of the year. It is usually so beautiful to take road trips at this time. I'm glad to hear the good report about your sister. She sounds like quite a lady and that she is taking all this like a trooper!!

I had a chuckle when you mentioned the No S diet, Wanda. That is my FAVORITE diet and I feel the most practical of any of them. It is so easy. I have read the little book at least 3 times and was on their on-line group for awhile. I always have those principals in the back of my head also, but I do tend to wander astray when I should know better. I've got way to much of a fondness for sweets and that is what gets me into trouble!

Bev, I'm glad you got over that last hump concerning Rodney's health issues and that all his numbers seem to be back into the normal range again. I hope you won't get any more scares like that for a long, long time and even NEVER again would be nice!! Sorry about the new Dr. not being the right one for you after you went through all that hassle of changing. Well, maybe it is a good thing she is leaving as she does not sound like the right fit for you. Hopefully your next Dr. will be a little more personable. Anyone who has a weight problem has a very firm grasp on what their particular problems may be and it can be a little insulting for them to approach the matter like they have all the answers. Oh well, such is life I guess.

I'm doing good. Our church is having a little Bazaar and I have to go drop off the things that I baked for the occasion. They are having a bake sale as well as new and white elephant stuff to sell. Trying to earn money to provide food baskets for the needy for Thanksgiving.

Well, I better get myself in gear. You gals have a great week!!

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Good to hear from you Wanda and I am glad your sister's surgery went well. Hopefully the rest of her treatment and recovery also go very well. Yes, I think it is always nice to get home after being away- except for when you come back to cold weather at home after being on vacation where it was warm. We are doing well. Rodney had a little bump in the road last Friday when he had some spells of chills and fever again. We spent 10 1/2 hours in the ER but a CT scan didn't turn up anything alarming. His white blood count was elevated but they didn't see an abcess or anything so they said maybe he had some sort of a viral infection. His liver enzymes were pretty high too, which was kind of concerning so they told him he needed to follow up with one of his doctors this week and have the labs rechecked. He did that today and said they called this afternoon to say his numbers were back down, so all is well. Our son and grandson have been staying here since school started at the end of August, but his girlfriend still had the apartment and they stayed there some nights when Camden was with his mom. As of last night everything has been moved out of the apartment and either put in storage or brought here so they are now all living here full-time. It will probably be stressful at times, but we will survive.

It took us forever to get our records transferred so we could see a new doctor, only to have her tell us the first time we saw her that she is leaving in two months so we are back to square one. I didn't really care for her anyway so I don't think I would have stayed with her. I had probably a half hour with her and about the only thing she wanted to discuss was my weight. Every issue I brought up she would say was related to my weight. When I said that I walk 3 miles five days a week on most weeks she said that was really good but that since I had the activity part down that I needed to work on eating better. I am well aware that I am overweight and that losing weight would probably help with my varicose veins but they are hereditary and I started having problems when I was not overweight. I also don't think losing weight is magically going to make my feet stop hurting, but she made it sound like if I would just lose weight everything would be fine. I had bloodwork done and I was able to view the results online so I am sure I will get a call at some point telling me my blood sugar is too high but if I would just lose weight it would be okay. That one did surprise me a bit since my levels have always been normal, but I also always knew the odds were against me since at least half of my family members are diabetic. Eventually I will find another doctor who is willing to look at something other than a number on the scale. My old doctor was happy with the weight I had kept off and never harassed me about losing more, although we did discuss my weight sometimes.

Well I guess I have rambled on enough and I need to get off her and start dinner. Have a great rest of the week everyone!

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Good Morning!

First I want to say "thank you" for the good thoughts about my sister. We were with her for 5 days before her surgery, as she wanted. She has had her surgery now and it was "only" a lumpectomy...she is feeling well and hoping to start back to work in a few days. She does have 3-6 weeks of radiation coming up though. She is a strong lady...I'm proud of the way she has handled everything.

I'm typing this in the car as we drive. It has been a long trip and we have seen so much beauty, just taking the smaller highways and staying off the interstates was great. There was so much less traffic and we were able to eat at local cafes almost every meal. We have crossed 13 states and I am, as usual, in awe of this beautiful country.

We are ready to be home now. We haven't slept well for the past few nights and I think we just want our own bed! Right now we are only about 4 hours away.

I think you may like the change to calories from the exchange plan, Sunny. It used to be simpler using the exchange plan but you are right, everything has calories on the labels now and Spark has a great food tracker too. I try to stay within Sparks suggested calorie range for me and usually I do well. I also use something called the No S diet. You can find it online, no charge, everything you need is there.

The No S is basically eating 3 meals a day and having sweets, snacks, or seconds only on "S" days (weekends or special days like birthdays or family days). It is amazing how easy it has been to pass on dessert if I know I can have one without guilt in just a few days. Ha! I find that I can maintain very well on 3 plates of food a day but if I want to lose weight I have to also watch the calories on those plates. I still relax it a bit on weekends though.

Bev, how are you and Rodney doing? Has your son moved home yet?

I'm sorry that I have been so out of touch. I have made this vacation into a break from the computer also. I have been checking emails but I haven't even been on Facebook except to check in with the kids.

Take care, friends!

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Well, today I've decided to just keep track of calories again instead of following the exchange plan. I feel like a change and think this would be a bit easier to track now that most things have calories labeled so plainly on the packaging. At any rate, I think I just need a new perspective and try to challenge myself a bit!

Hope everyone is doing great and enjoying this beautiful time of the year!!

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Hi Bev & Wanda,

Well, it sounds like pretty good news from both of you, so that is really GREAT! Wanda, have a wonderful, safe and fun trip and keep out of those storms! I know you will. It is always so much fun when you start a trip. I always love to study the map and my imagination goes wild thinking of what each new place will look like. That is also great you will be able to visit your sister, either before or after her surgery! I know that will sure give her a boost to see you both.

Bev, it sure sounds like you have been keeping busy with all the cleaning and renovating and preparing for your guests! This is starting a wonderful season and I have a feeling you will be having some wonderful family times to come and making some great memories.

I've been doing fine. I went on a little trip up to Prescott with my youngest daughter last Friday. We had so much fun and we went into some cute little shops. I bought some tea leaves and a little tea steeper to make the tea. I'm a pretty big coffee fan, but thought I'd try substituting some fresh tea in place of the afternoon coffee. They gave out samples in the shop and my daughter said it was very tasty. I had just put a cough drop in my mouth so I didn't try any yet!

Take care and hope you both have a wonderful week. I've got about 20 minutes before I go for my weigh-in! Keep your fingers crossed!! emoticon My scale looks like I've gained a little this week.

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Good morning! Fall is here; temps in the 40's last night and high of 66 today. Just warm enough to still be pleasant. I love watching the trees change.

Glad Rodney is doing well! They never found the causes of Mal's pain either, Bev. It was just his digestive system becoming used to the new normal though. As I said, we just figured out that he couldn't manage fresh fruit or raw veggies with long fibers like cabbage or celery. I learned to chop cabbage smaller and I string the celery if I give him celery sticks. Now he can eat berries and 1/2 an orange or so, but not more than a quarter of a raw apple. It was a learning curve and if food is causing pain, Rodney will just intuitively catch on and start passing on the stuff that bothers him. The pain was horrible though.

I've been chuckling about your basement project! We have had so many projects that started out in chaos partly because we just got off on the wrong foot or didn't plan well, and partly because, like you, we were dealing with a tight time schedule and too little space to work. If it is any encouragement.....We have always been pleased with the finished project....and just THRILLED that it was over!

We are getting ready to travel. Mal has a cardiology appointment tomorrow. I think the doctor will clear us to leave. We will "early vote" Wednesday and be on the road Thursday morning.

Lots to do between now and then.

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I hope all goes well and you get to enjoy your upcoming trip Wanda. I know someone who has a home in the area of Florida that was expected to get the storm but she posted tonight that a neighbor down there told them there is no serious damage- just a bit of tree damage. Our place, as well as all of my relatives homes, are on the gulf coast so they are away from the storm.

We are not finished with the clean-out project yet. They were anxious to get started on the construction of the room and that process has interfered with being able to do a lot more of the clean-out. Right now the basement is as big of a mess as it was before we started because the things that my son had here are now scattered throughout the rest of the space because they had to be moved out of the way when he was putting up walls and a ceiling and doing some painting and putting down new flooring. He now just needs to put up all the trim and then move his stuff into the room. Our grandson is with his mom this weekend so I am hoping to clean out more of our belongings that are in the room that he has now so that they can bring some of his things here. I'm sure they will need to store some of his belongings but it would be nice for him to have at least some of his toys here. There are some things here that we had bought for the kids and a few things that he got when they stayed here for a while before, but he doesn't have a lot of toys here.

Rodney is doing quite well. His endoscopy didn't find a reason for his abdominal pains but he has not been having them as often in the past couple of weeks. The biopsies they did showed no cancer so that is good. They did confirm that he has Barrett's disease so he will need to be monitored to make sure no precancerous cells show up in his esophagus. He also had been to a dermatologist and had a couple of things removed from his skin. They also came back negative for cancer, but one of them is something that requires treatment with steroids. I don't know what is is- he said the doctor told him but it was about seventeen syllables long and he didn't get the name of it. He got a steroid injection in it yesterday and he will go back for a follow-up, but not for three months. For now, all is well.
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Beautiful sunny, not-too-hot day in Ohio! I hope all of you are getting good weather too!

I am so concerned about friends in Florida and Georgia. The storm sounds just horrid.
We are praying that people will take precautions and put safety first. I just heard the governor of Georgia begging people to evacuate; I guess the response has not been good. It almost made me cry when she said she couldn't make them leave their homes, and she couldn't take their hands and tell them everybody would be okay but she needed them to act to make sure they and their loved ones would survive. OMGoodness, people, please listen to her!

We have to get through one more cardiologist appointment for Mal next week, then we plan to hit the road for unknown new places. We'll just travel as we usually do, deciding each day what we want to see and do the next day. We stay off the interstates and eat from local restaurants as much as possible. Love trying local food and we very rarely have had a poor meal. Of course we will be going to my sister's; her surgery will be on the 17th but she doesn't want us there when she doesn't, in her words, "feel fun"; I guess that means we will be seeing her on the return trip but I will talk to her tonight and get her opinion. She has been at Mayo Clinic yesterday and today; I can't even imagine the stress.

Bev, I hope the basement clean-out went well and that Rodney is doing well. Does your house seem larger now, or just emptier?

Sunny, I know you are glad the extreme summer heat is nearly over in your area.

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Oh, that is great news, Wanda! I'm so glad you got the Dr.'s ok to continue with your travel plans and having something to look forward to like that is the best medicine as far as I'm concerned!!

Well, I managed to squeek out a one pound loss this time, so I was tickled about that. I think I must have sweated it out the day before as I had my gasoline weed trimmer out again going over all the weeds in the yard and that was a pretty good work out! I just feel motivated to trying to keep it going now that summer is about gone and the weather is getting great!!

That was also good news about your sister and her keeping the positive attitude. They can definitely whip breast cancer now and especially when it is detected so early. Still, no fun to go through with the treatments. I know you will be such a positive support to help her get through and even if it is phone calls or texts, just knowing you have someone in your corner means the world!!

Well, better sign off for now!

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I've my fingers crossed for weight loss for both you and myself, Sunny - I weigh this evening and I really have been trying to eat healthy.

WOOHOO!!! All of Mal's tests came back good! They think it may have just been a mild allergic reaction to the new pacemaker. We are cleared to travel next month and the doctor just said to call if there are any more symptoms. Of course he said to head to the nearest emergency room if we are traveling....makes us kind of feel like something is hanging over our heads but that is just how life is at this age. We are just not going to stay home and do nothing as long as we are cleared to travel.

Kind of a rainy, cool day here...typical for early fall; I'm sure we will have some more warm days though.

Just talked to my sister too. She is feeling pretty upbeat; goes back to Mayo Clinic on October 6 and will get a surgery date then. It makes feel a little more confident that the doctor's are not saying "you need this surgery right now". She is glad to have this time to come to terms with it all too.

I just feel blessed that both of these potentially situations look like they will turn out good. They are a reminder that life has its twists and turns though.

Bev, how is the clean-out going? Sounds like you guys were really working!

Take care, friends, and have a great week!

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Hi Wanda & Bev,

Just checked the thread and saw both your posts. Wow, you both have so much on your plates right now. My prayers are with you both as you travel through these rocky waters and pray for your strength to persevere through everything. It takes much strength, hope and support from all your family and friends to get through these things as I well know! You are both doing great and you are pillars of strength, although what you said about your husband being your strength as well really brought tears to my eyes, Wanda. That is what I felt about my husband as well, and even now I miss him so much. He was always the decision maker and the take charge kind of a man and I admired him so much. I really miss his strength in all aspects of my life, but somehow God is giving me strength to keep on going as well. I am so thankful for that and also for that support I was talking about from the family and friends. I don't think you can ever have too many friends!!!

Well, I'm off to my weigh-in this morning. I'll be lucky if I'm down a few ounces, so keep your fingers crossed!

Best wishes always,

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I'm not familiar with the Bagster dump bags, but we needed a big dumpster to get rid of all the stuff we had. My husband is an electrician but he also often did plumbing, heating, and some carpentry work for family and friends so he had all kinds of materials that he had accumulated over the years- of course it was not organized so he never could find what he needed and often ended up buying more. He is not doing much of that kind of thing any more and has decided to clean out most of the stuff he has accumulated. As one of his cousins put it "I've come shopping in your basement more than once" and so have a few others but they won't be able to any more. Of course shopping isn't quite accurate because usually they got the stuff for free! Rodney says lots of other people have benefited more from his stash over the years than he has. He is keeping all his tools and we will work on getting them organized later but for now we are just cleaning out all the unwanted stuff.

Wanda, I hope all goes well for your sister. It does sound promising- or at least as promising as it can when you hear that dreaded C word. I also hope your husband gets rid of that nasty infection quickly. Rodney was on Zyvox with one of his infections and if I remember correctly that was the prescription that was very expensive. For one of the infections that Rodney had there were only two drugs they could use for it and both were only available in IV form so I had to give him the IVs at home every day.

Rodney had an endoscopy yesterday to see if they could find a reason for his episodes of abdominal pain. The good news is that they found nothing serious but the bad news is we still don't know what is causing his pains. They did tell us it was a good thing he had the scope done because they found what they think is Barrett's disease in his esophagus. They took some biopsies to confirm it and he will probably need to be monitored to watch for precancerous changes- but that had nothing to do with his pain. We just found out in the past few days that my father-in-law has cancer again- melanoma this time. He previously had esophageal cancer and then lung cancer. He will be having surgery in a couple of weeks but we don't know yet what stage it is. He has more tests coming up to be sure it hasn't already spread. I worry about how well he will do with the surgery since his health is already not good, but I don't think they would attempt it unless they were confident he could survive it.

I think we are all due for some good news! I hope you do get to go to the quilt show Wanda. We are planning to go to Florida this coming winter. I am hoping to take two weeks off so we will get to spend about 10 days there, plus two days of travel each way. If all goes well I am hoping this is my last winter in Vermont, although I will be here next year for the first part of it since I plan to work through the end of the year.

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Good Morning! It is a sunny, cool, lovely one here! Will get into the high 80s though.

Sunny, thanks so much for your thoughts about my sister. I think the signs are still optimistic but she is at Mayo Clinic for a second opinion and her appointments were yesterday. Well, they don't just look at records, they do all their own testing and theirs, of course, included the latest equipment which means a 3D mammogram. Wouldn't you know they found a lesion that looks the same in her other breast. Again, they feel it is very early stage but she is back there today for a biopsy in that breast.

I am so glad that my brother lives only 1.5 hours away from Mayo because she is staying at his place and he is driving her back and forth for appointments. He has been through bladder cancer so he is tremendously supportive and they are close so this is good.

Mayo also is recommending a one-week radiation course where they actually implant teeny "seeds" of radioactive material at the site of the lesions. She says she is probably going to go that way rather than have the 3-6 weeks of daily radiation that her doctor was recommending. She may have to stay near Rochester to get that treatment too.

So now the plan is to get the second breast biopsied, have a lumpectomy on the first and probably both, then radiation. The doctors at Mayo are just as optimistic as the ones at home so that is great.

The other shoe drops: Mal had his pacemaker replaced on September 6, his follow-up appointment a week later was great, now it appears that he has an infection which is very dangerous - they have put him on a mega-antibiotic called Zyvox while they wait for the cultures to come back. He will be on that for 10 days. It even comes complete with a special diet. Usually the skinny fellow doesn't have to worry about dieting but now he will know what I go through only he has to watch out for preservatives and other things, not fats and calories.
So we saw the doctor again on Wednesday because of drainage, then again today, then again Monday - If the cultures turn up a definite infection, there will be surgery to remove the pacemaker and the leads and then he has to heal completely before they can put a new pacemaker in. That is scary because I don't know what keeps his heart going in the meantime. My question is whether he'll have to stay in the hospital all that time? But Mal says that we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. He stays so calm!

One of my very favorite gospel songs is "The Anchor Holds" - I know that it is referring to God as the anchor but sometimes Mal is also my anchor.

Your bag dumpster sounds very effective for you, Sunny! I have seen them used in my neighborhood and I do think they are costly but much less than ordering a huge dumpster for days or weeks. I know the cost of the big dumpsters because my son and husband used to have their own roofing company as a sideline and often had to rent the dumpsters. Ben's job sounded big enough to need one though. I can only imagine what I would be facing if my house had a basement and I had all that storage. Yikes! Cleaning out would be a huge job.
Hope it is going well, Bev!

We have been planning to head west later this fall and I hope we will still be able to go. Mal has offered to take me to the International Quilt Show in Houston. I've read about it so many times and I guess he just thought I should actually see it. Well...if not this year, then next. Actually we tried to go last year and had to cancel.





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Well golly, I sure have missed a lot of posts. I think my notification got turned off or something. I enjoyed reading your posts and seems like a lot has been happening for both of you!

Wanda, I was so sorry to read about your sister being diagnosed with the breast cancer. That is something we all do hope to be able to avoid if at all possible, but if it was found early, that should mean that she will have a very good outcome. I will sure keep positive thoughts going for her situation and for you!

Bev, it sure seems you have your hands full now with your family situation and making room for more family to be joining you and Rodney for an extended stay. With everyone pitching in to help each other out, it could be a very positive experience for all of you, but it will definitely be a change to get used to. You and Rodney are very wonderful parents to help out your kids in this way and hopefully they appreciate all your help and do things to show you their appreciation every day.

Well, talking about dumpsters, I bought one of those "Bagster" dumper bags at Home Depot the other week. They had been advertising so much that I decided to try it out once. I did manage to get a lot of stuff put into it. It really held more than I thought it would at first look. I got the entire porch swing into it. That was the swing the kids disassembled for me. I also got a big roll of carpet in there and a lot of "junk" that had just been sitting around. When I got it full, I just called Waste Management and the very next day they came by and picked it up. I thought it was a bit over-priced, but everything went well and now the stuff is gone, so I was satisfied with the service. When you don't have a pick-up to take stuff to the dump yourself, then you have to rely on these type of things.

Well, hope this finds you both doing great! I'm sure enjoying our cooler temps. Yesterday was the first day of fall and we had a very nice rain that lasted most of the day!! Really exciting for us Arizonian's! emoticon

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Yes, I was thinking I might switch to showering in the evening while they are here. The grandson already does take his in the evening. We have two showers but the problem is that we might run out of hot water if too many of us shower close in a short period of time. It is not an ideal situation but I think we can make it work. I am sure there will be rough days but we all know that up front. When Rodney is having a bad day the rest of them may want to spend a lot of time in their own space! Little boys can be busy, but this one can be especially difficult sometimes because he has an autism spectrum disorder and has to take medication both to calm him down and to help him focus. We can always tell when he hasn't had his meds yet because he is a little wild. Other times you couldn't ask for a more well behaved kid. He is 10, so he can be a lot of help on a good day, but on a bad day he might act like 10 going on 3!

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You are right, Bev! Little boys can be very busy!! The laundry schedule shouldn't be very hard to work out. Just choose different days. The Shower, now that can be tough. Sounds like it would help if at least one person could shower in the evening.

You have it well-thought out. There may be difficult days when Rodney doesn't feel well; either they make it work or they get an apartment. Rodney is the one who is sick.

Glad you and the future daughter-in-law get along; that sure helps. If everyone can come into the situation with compassion and consideration, you will all just do fine.

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I'm not too worried about our future daughter-in-law. She has been here a lot in the past almost 18 months that they have been together and we really like her. She will help with the cooking as well as the cleaning, so I'm not too worried about that. Managing a schedule for showers in the morning with three of us who have to go to work will require some planning but we will manage. They will do their own laundry but we will have to come up with a plan so that we aren't both wanting to do laundry at the same time. I think the hardest thing will simply be adapting to having others in the house when we are used to it being just the two of us. On days when Rodney isn't feeling all that great he is very irritable and the grandson gets on his nerves easily. He tends to be a bit hyper and can be a challenge at times even when you feel good. We love him dearly, but sometimes he can be a bit much for us old folks!

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Ahhh...I thought that may be it. It will be nice to have them living nearby but for the time being the basement will probably work out. I think I would have some ground rules as far as kitchen use and care and meals. You'll probably eat meals together but the work should be shared.

Boy, Howdy! You will certainly get an opportunity to really know your future daughter-in-law if she moves in for months.

Fatherhood has been a tough go for your son! Kudos to you and Rodney for trying to help him over the rough spots. You are good parents and grandparents. Don't get to the point where the situation really wears you out and drives you nuts, Bev. Talk about a reason for emotional eating!

I have to say one thing for my son. In all the time they lived here he never once asked me to babysit so he could play. Sometimes I did have them on Saturdays if he had to work and I did pick them up from after-school day care every day because he worked too late but when he got off work he was all about the kids; he entertained them, baths, and putting them to bed. In the morning he got them to before-school daycare. I could count on that. He still says he wouldn't have made it through the single Dad years without us.

I guess that not being over-used as a babysitter was important to me because, as an air force family, we never had someone we could just call and leave our kids with. We have laughed about the fact that by the time we had a night away from the kids, our oldest was 17 years old.

Everyone finds their own way through these situations; you will too. It is never totally smooth but you'll all make it AND you'll have a cleaned out basement!! I think the dumpster was a great idea!

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Yes, our son will likely be living with us for a while, along with one of our grandsons and possibly our son's girlfriend/fiancee. It's a long story but the short version is that we had planned on putting a trailer on a lot next to us and he and his girlfriend were going to rent it from us until they were in a position to get their own loan. The bank dragged their feet so long that by the time we could close on the loan we were not going to have enough time to get the sitework done before the deadline on our permits so we had to put the project on hold until spring. In the meantime he had already enrolled his son in school here, but in order for him to go there they need to live in this town, so the new plan is that they will stay with us until we can start over with a new bank in the spring and get a trailer put in. It will not be easy but hopefully we will all survive it! We only have two bedrooms so when he stayed here before he just had a bed set up in one corner of the basement and his boys had the spare room. Since they will be here longer this time and it will be he and his girlfriend I said we needed to actually put up petitions and make an actual room down there so I don't feel like I am walking through their bedroom to get to my washer and dryer or to the freezer.

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Whoa! You've got me curious about those "extra people", Bev. Is one of your children moving back home? That is hard once you've become cozy in your "empty nest". One of our children had to be "launched' once, then again, then became a single Dad and the two kids were with him the next time, then one more launch and he has done just fine since. The kids are now 21 and 22....I don't expect to get him back again.

The saying is, "Home is where they have to take you in." I know it is true and we were happy to help but each time he moved out just before it became too much.

I know it wasn't what he wanted and it was hard on him too; but I am convinced it was hardest on me. He took care of the kids but somehow I was the one with the extra cooking and often the extra cleaning and laundry too. I was working then so although I actually enjoyed time with him and with the kids, I just was not happy about all the extra work.

Are they coming to help clean out the basement? Hope you have some ground rules with whoever moves in so that you can all live comfortably together. You and Rodney do not need added stress!

Prayers for a good transition!

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I hope all goes well for your sister. I am sure she is very scared right now too. Hearing that C word really puts the fear in you! Hopefully the fact that it was found early is a good sign. I got a notice that I am due for my annual mammogram but I am waiting until after I see my new doctor before I worry about having it. Like you, my family has no history of breast cancer. My dad had rectal cancer, but in the immediate family that is the only cancer I am aware of, and even in my extended family I haven't heard of anyone having breast cancer. I realize that means nothing, but like you my family has more history of heart disease (and diabetes) so I feel like I need to be more concerned about that.

Rodney is doing okay. He has still been having some episodes of abdominal pain, but no more as bad as the one last Sunday. He got a call from his surgeon yesterday and talked with him about it and they are going to schedule him for an endoscopy just to make sure nothing is going on with his digestive system that is causing the pain. It could be from scar tissue or nerve damage from the radiation, but we want to make sure it is not something else.

I got up too early this morning too, but not as early as you. I woke up a little before 5 and had to go to the bathroom and never did get back to sleep. I finally gave up and got out of bed at 5:45, only 15 minutes later than I do on a work day. Hopefully tomorrow I will sleep later.

I think we are going apple picking today, but other than that we will be working on cleaning out some junk in our basement. We got a big dumpster delivered so we can get rid of a lot of stuff we no longer need or want. We had been talking about doing that anyway, but it recently become more urgent. It looks like we might have extra people living here for several months so we need to make an extra room in the basement so we want to get rid of a bunch of the junk that is down there.

Have a great weekend ladies!

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Well, it is my morning to be up early. It is 4:56 and I've been up for over an hour. It is raining out and I love the sound; I'm on my second cup of coffee so I'm sure I am up for the day. Sometimes I don't mind; it is nice and cozy on the sunporch and I am happy to watch morning come.

I hope you are sound asleep as I write this Sunny! Of course it is only 2 o'clock in Arizona.

Bev, how is Rodney doing? I think about you both every day but there just hasn't been much to write about.

My sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It comes as a shock because there has been no breast cancer in our family.......we are a heart attack/stroke family....but very little of any type of cancer. Skin cancers mostly.

I'm kind of in shock, sad, mad, scared for her. She found out at yesterday's appointment though that it definitely is an early cancer and the recommended treatment is a lumpectomy and then 3 weeks of radiation. It won't be officially staged until after the surgery; they are going to check some lymph nodes too. Her doctors seem quite confident and she is also going to get a second opinion at Mayo clinic before the surgery just to confirm the treatment plan. She doesn't live too far from there so it seems worthwhile to get that second nod.


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Thanks, Bev! I did sleep better again last night and slept until 4:30 a.m. which works great for me! My trouble is like yours, when I wake up to go to the bathroom sometimes I can't sleep again. I usually don't have any trouble falling asleep either.

Well, I'm keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers. With all Rodney's progress so far, I'm sure you two will figure out what is causing the stomach pain with the help of the doctors. You have come a long, long way!!

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I'm sure Rodney will be fine. I think he would like to be checked out for his own peace of mind, but we shall see what the doctors decide. I heard back from his oncologist and she suggested contacting his surgeon, so I sent a message to him tonight. I won't be surprised if they have him come in for a scan, but they may not. It doesn't seem to be related to eating because it doesn't happen only after he eats. In fact, on Sunday it had been over 2 hours between the time we ate and when he had the bad episode.

Sunny, enjoy the help when it is there and don't feel guilty about it! They probably enjoy helping you out. By the way, I hope you are able to sleep better tonight! I usually sleep good once I get to bed, but my problem is staying up too late for the time I have to get up. I sometimes have problems falling asleep but that is usually when I am worrying about something. If I wake up to go to the bathroom I sometimes have trouble getting back to sleep if I have already slept a few hours.

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Good Morning My Friends,

I've been up since 2:00 a.m. No rhyme or reason to it. I just wake up and boom, no going back to sleep for me. I'm waiting for 7:30 to roll around when I'll leave for my meeting with my gals and weigh in!

I was sure sorry to hear about Rodney having those awful, painful episodes with the stomach pains, Bev. Wow, I sure hope you will be able to find out what is happening with that and also that you will be finding a good Dr. soon. Hopefully it will be something minor that they can help you figure you and alleviate. That Whipple procedure is rough however and boy, when you think of all the adjustments the body has to make to compensate for all the "restructuring" of the organs. I'll sure be sending good thoughts to both of you and hope it will start to get better very soon!!

Wanda, I did not realize your hubby had to undergo those two surgeries. Boy, you have really been through your share of stress as well, to say the least. So difficult to go through when it is the love of your life and your best friend that is hurting. What helped me with Ray was just giving it over to God's hands. Sometimes it is just too much to bear in our own strength. When I would go to the Lord I felt a release and a comfort going through the entire ordeal. Just hard to explain.

Well, I did have a nice visit with the grown up kids and the almost grown up grandson! They had the swing on my patio disassembled so quickly and stacked it neatly by the garage so I'll be able to have it hauled away. I would never have been able to do it myself I don't think. They also pitched in and got rid of a lot of weeds for me that were growing in the back. I didn't want them to do too much, especially during the middle of the day as it is still too hot out there! Lunch was a success and they seemed to enjoy it!

Well, better sign off and check my e-mail and then it should be about time for me to head into town!!

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Bev, Mal had episodes like that for quite awhile after his esophagus and stomach surgery; sometimes he would end up curled up in bed in pain. It was almost always an hour or so after a meal and we really worked hard to figure out what was causing it without much luck. We did figure out that he couldn't eat raw fruit but he could eat canned or cooked fruit. Apparently raw fruit has a simple sugar and cooking it turns the sugar into a complex sugar. A nutritionist explained that to us but the rest was mostly trial and error.

For instance he can eat cabbage if it is really chopped up but if it is in long strips he is in trouble, same with celery, if I give him celery sticks, I take the strings out. I told the nutritionist about that and she said long fibrous foods can form balls that are virtually indigestible. Her comment was that they became like a cat's hair balls. He actually did throw up a couple of times. I learned to peel cucumbers, and other fruits or vegetables that could be peeled.

I will say that most of that is no longer necessary now although I do continue chopping up cabbage, stringing celery, and peeling cucumber. I'll also scrape the seeds out of cucumbers if they are big. He does fine with everything else now. In all honesty I think he always feels somewhat lousy after a meal but at least he isn't in pain. Now that he is retired he can just rest for a bit; it was much harder for him when he was working.

Hope tomorrow will be a better day!

Sunny, your visit with your family sounds nice. I'm sure you will enjoy cooking lunch for them and it is so nice that they want to help. I hope it was a good visit.

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We didn't do any hiking this weekend. The weather was not the most cooperative for one thing, and today Rodney had a rough day. We did manage to get our flu shots yesterday (but that had nothing to do with him not feeling well because he has had a few episodes of not feeling well in the last few days). We did some grocery shopping this morning and in one of the stores he started having some intense pain in his belly so he told me he was going to the car and would wait for me there. He has done that a few times before so I didn't think too much about it, but I did try to hurry with the rest of my shopping. When I came out he told me the pain had been so bad he had a hard time breathing and for a while wasn't sure he was going to make it to the car. He did, and after few minutes the worst of it subsided and he started to feel better. He had a few more episodes today but not as bad as that one. I sent an e-mail to his oncologist telling her about them and asked if she feels he should be seeing someone about them- and if so who should he call because he doesn't really have a PCP yet since he hasn't had an initial visit with the new one. Hopefully it will turn out to be nothing. He has occasionally had similar spells since his surgery but not as bad as this morning and he doesn't usually have several in one day like he did today. In spite of not feeling well he insisted on helping to clean out one of the sheds that we had planned to do today while our son was here to help. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day!

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Hi Gals,

So happy for the good reports from you both! I also like to imagine the way fall feels back east! There is just that certain crispness in the air and the swirling, colored leaves that signal the closing of another season. Enjoy the hiking and the gardening and all of life's special moments to enjoy! God really is good and there are so many good things to enjoy!!

My youngest daughter and her hubby are coming today along with one of the grandsons. I promised to fix them lunch and they are going to look for "projects" they can help me with while they are here. I'm looking forward to it!

Take care and enjoy the rest of this weekend! That hometown fair sounds like so much fun also, Wanda. Ohio is wonderful at having those and one of the things I really miss. We used to always enjoy them so much, not to mention the ice cream socials that are always happening during the summer! emoticon emoticon

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Thanks for the good wishes for Mal, friends! He is doing super and back to gardening. When the garden is done I'll post his list of donations. He keeps a log and the totals are amazing to me.

Sunny, so happy that staying put has been the right decision. Sometimes we just know a good decision because the feeling of well-being get we after making it. I know what you mean about certain numbers on the scale. I have a secret number that I call my ugly number and I never want to see it again. It isn't the most I have weighed but it definitely is the number that smacks me upside the head and says, "Now STOP"!

Bev, it is amazing to me that Rodney is able to do things like hiking; I know it doesn't seem fast to either of you but he is making great progress. I remember when Mal had his surgery; he was only 44 and strong as a horse before his surgery but, the recovery was really long. I think we continued to see progress every month for at least two years. He said it seemed to take no time at all to lose strength and muscle tone and took forever to get it back. Now that he is 70, he is losing muscle again but still looks good to me! I'm so happy to have him.

Today I'm going to our local fall festival with a friend. The main street will be blocked off and there will be lots of crafts, music, dancing, and of course...popcorn. It is always fun and so close by that we can walk over. We are going early because it is supposed to rain later. Fall is coming on quickly; I'm happy for the cooler weather but really don't care for long, rainy days.

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Hi Sunny. it's nice to hear from you and to know that you are feeling good about your decision to stay put. Yes, Rodney is doing fine. He has a bad day now and then but overall he is doing well. We even went on a couple of short hikes last weekend. If the weather is good tomorrow we might try to do another one. Today was quite hot (for us), but we are getting some cooler nights too. Last week we had a couple of nights that it got down to the upper 40s. A few of our leaves are already starting to change color. I don't mind fall, but I am not ready for the colder weather that comes after the fall. Next weekend I think we might go apple picking- hopefully with one or more of the grandkids but if they are busy we will go alone.

Wanda, I hope Mal is still doing well.

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Hi Gals,

I am very happy to read that Mal is doing great after the procedure on his pace maker, Wanda! I am a big fan of pace makers because my Uncle in Ohio has had one for about 35 years now and he has done so well. He is now 94 years old and I don't think he would have been with us for so long had it not been for his pace maker! He has had some trouble just recently with his heart and they think he suffered a silent heart attack, but at age 94 and he has survived is really a miracle. Well, at any rate, I know how relieved you have got to be and now probably no concerns until time for new battery again!

Bev, I'm taking it that your hubby is getting along good also and no setbacks accept getting the new Dr. in place. I know this medical stuff can get our spirits down, so try to not let that happen and just cherish every moment you have together. Life is very precious and even the little things seem special when you have lost someone you love.

Well, I am doing good, and I think my decision to stay put was a good one because I'm feeling happier and more content and not so much pressure to make things happen! The weather has cooled off thankfully and we are starting to get the good stuff now. It is a little too early to say the temps can't soar upwards again, but now the nights are cooling down and you can just tell that fall is in the air!

Hope you are both having a wonderful week! My weight creeped just over 175 again last weigh-in which always seems to be a fire alarm in my head! I'm really trying to watch what I eat this week to get it back under that dreadful mark again and then to try to keep in going down. I would be so tickled if I could just get off 10 pounds!!

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Good news! Thanks for the update.

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We're home...Mal is asleep in his recliner.....a happy man in his chair! The surgery went fine except that he had a sudden spurt of A-fib right as they were finishing up. He has never had that problem and the doctor says he thinks it was a one time thing. It resolved fairly quickly on its own and we're told it shouldn't be a problem in the future.....probably just a reaction to the stuff the doctor had been doing, I guess. I hope he is right.

Glad to have him home. We'll take it easy tonight and he has almost no limitations going forward. We do have a follow-up with the Cardiologist next Wednesday.

Thanks for thinking about us! I'm a happy girl now.



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I hope it all goes well today Wanda. Sunny and I know all about the waiting and it sure isn't fun!
I don't think Rodney's oncologist seems all that concerned about the wair to see a new PCP but they did help him get in to see a diabetes educator to work with him. Of course we found out last week that she is leaving for a new job-but at least she is getting him set up to see another person who works with her now. It has been a headache but hopefully we don't have to do it again.
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Good Morning!
Glad to hear things are moving forward with your physician change, Bev. It sounds like a horrible process. How does Rodney's oncologist feel about a two-month wait for a primary care visit. Don't they usually rely on primary care physicians to keep a close watch on the patients other issues?

Sunny, hope Arizona is close to getting a break from the heat!

Tough day for us today....Mal is having his pacemaker replaced. I just hate that he even has to have the darned thing much less that they have to mess with replacing it. Of course I realize that it has kept him going for the past nine years and initially saved his life. It generates about 90% of his heartbeats so of course it has to keep going and the battery is running down. We are told that the new ones should last even longer so I'm glad of that. I have my fitbit on so I'll get my 10,000 steps while I pace the halls of the hospital. Just can't sit when he is in surgery. It is only a short procedure, about 30 minutes I guess, he will be in preop and recovery longer than that I would rather be on the table myself.

Sorry, I'm self absorbed today! Please hold a good thought for us.

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Giving up your house is a big step Sunny and you are wise to give it a lot of thought before making a move. Well, Rodney did get some of his medical records today, but they said they were still waiting for some of the records from our former doctor's private practice. That didn't make a lot of sense to me because I thought she transferred those records to her new place when we first saw her there- but what do I know. He was not able to pick up my records so they are supposed to be sending those by mail- once they get the ones from the private practice of course. Rodney delivered what he was able to pick up to the hospital where we will be going and they finally scheduled an initial appointment for him. Of course since it is a first visit they had to have an hour of time set aside for him and the first appointment he could get for that much time is two months away- at least it is finally moving in the right direction. He will meet with the diabetes educator again next week and she says she can work with the nurse practicioner in his oncologist's office until his new PCP is on board so she will be making some changes to his insulin dosing when she sees him next week.

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Hi Bev & Wanda,

That is a strange situation with your Dr., Bev. I know how frustrating that can be as Ray had the same thing happen with a Dr. he really liked and had been with for many years. He disappeared two different times and then my husband would discover he was working at a different clinic and had followed him on these two different occasions after just disappearing from his practice. Well, it happened a 3rd time and that was it. Ray decided to call it quits and found a different Dr. but they never did disclose the reason for his departures. Well, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that this new Dr. will be a good one and that you and Rodney will both like her! It sounds like the other one was pretty sharp to realize he had a problem when she did.

Wanda, I enjoyed your message. You are so creative with the little icons!! :) I'm glad you are back home and also good to hear things are cooling off back east. I heard that it was a very hot summer in many places!!

My house plans have come to a screeching halt! I think I realized that I really am not ready yet to leave this place. I would be moving into a track home development and I think I would really miss having the country feel that I've enjoyed the last 20 years. Maybe a few years down the road and I'll feel the urgency a little more!

Many blessings to you gals. I think about you often!

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yes, it is all very strange the way she left. She left another practice fairly suddenly once before but at least she contacted all of her patients that time. I communicated with her a couple of times (by e-mail I think) and she told me that she hoped to open her own practice in a few months and the meantime we could see someone else in her old office if we needed something, so we simply waited until she did rather than finding a new doctor. Fortunately we didn't need much during the time that she was not available. I think we saw someone else (who we didn't like) in her old office a couple of times but that was it. She had told me that she wanted to be independent of the hospital that owned the practice she left. I always suspected that maybe she and her husband had problems because he was also a doctor in that same practice. A friend of mine who claimed to be their neighbor told me they were still together and she didn't think that was the case, but a couple of other people who were also her patients at the time have told me they heard she and her husband had separated for a while and that was indeed the reason she had left. She had her own practice for a few years but she was still affiliated with the same hospital. Then her office manager retired and she told us it was going to be too difficult to replace her so she was closing the practice- which didn't make a lot of sense to me. She then went to work for the hospital that she had previously told us she wanted to get away from- but she told me she just couldn't leave all her patients with no doctor. I don't think she was all that happy there but I don't think she would just walk out unless something else happened. I just don't know what that something else was! Over the years we saw her at four different locations, but she had been our doctor for 25 years or close to it. She is the one responsible for catching Rodney's cancer in time for him to have the surgery. She didn't actually diagnose it, but she listened to him when he told her something was still not right after his gall bladder surgery and she kept looking for a reason for his symptoms, which eventually led to a referral to a larger hospital where they did the procedure that actually found the tumor. The doctor who diagnosed him told us she deserved a lot of the credit for it being found in time. Well, I have rambled on long enough. It is past time for me to hit the shower and get ready for work.

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UGH! Bev, it certainly make one curious doesn't it. Something made your old doctor leave her practice very suddenly. I, too, hope you like the new doctor and I also hope she is not planning a move any time soon. There is a doctor shortage in this country and I hear that it is only going to get worse. Also, I have read that everyone wants to go into the highest-income specialities - not primary care. I'm so pleased to hear that he is feeling well! What a battle you have been through.

There is a saying that, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" but I think that is wrong. What doesn't kill you just doesn't kill you; it is up to you after that! You guys have fought off something that very well could have killed him; now you get to build on that. Awesome!


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It's nice to hear from you Wanda. Yes, hubby is feeling good most days, which is a good thing since we don't seem to have a primary care doctor these days. The one we have had for about 25 years suddenly disappeared and we only found out about it because Rodney was scheduled for an appointment with her and we got a notice that his appointment was cancelled, but with no reason why. When he called to ask they initially told him she was on medical leave, but when he called back 2 or 3 weeks later to see if she was back or when she expected to be they told him she was not coming back- and that time they simply said she had been on leave, not on medical leave. We have no idea if she got sick herself or what happened. They told him we should receive a notice but we never got one. We are in the process of trying to get set up with a new doctor at the hospital where his oncologist is, but things are not going well. They won't give us an appointment until they get our records from the old office and they each blame the other for why that hasn't already been done. Rodney says he is going to pick them up from the old office tomorrow and hand deliver them to the new one, but we shall see if that works. I won't be surprised if they tell him they are not ready when he goes to pick them up. Once they get our records we have been told by someone else in that facility that this doctor has a month-long backlog of appointments so it will still be a while before we can see her. I told them yesterday that I have thyroid medication that will need to be renewed and I always have to get labs done before getting it renewed so I am concerned that I don't have anyone to order the labs or to renew my prescription- and I only have about a 30 day supply left. They have assured me that even if I don't see the doctor before they run out they will make sure I at least get a temporary prescription to last me until I can see a doctor. I just hope we like her after everything we are going through to get set up to see her- and also that she doesn't leave that practice any time soon!

It has been cooler here for a couple of days too but is supposed to be warmer again. I think they are saying we might see some rain on Friday but the weekend is looking nice so far.

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Goodness! I have really been taking less time on the computer. August has been busy and I guess I just need a bit of a "technology" break.

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emoticon This week we have had lovely weather so far, cool mornings and highs in the 70s or low 80s with sunshine and a nice little breeze. It is supposed to heat up tomorrow but the cooler mornings tell us that fall is coming. My husband is still picking some vegetables but most plants have gone by. He has begun pulling up the dead plants and tilling those areas to start putting the garden "to bed" for the winter.
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emoticon (wish I looked like that emoticon!) I have continued to walk 5 miles a day. Hubs says it shows but I can't say that I've lost much weight. My body just loves and hangs on to every single ounce!
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Hope everyone is doing well. How are your plans for a new home going, Sunny? Bev, I hope your husband's good news is continuing. Is he feeling well?

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Thanks ladies! Yes that call was a huge relief!
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Oh that is sooooooo wonderful, Bev! I'm so happy to hear the good news! So wonderful to be able to take a big breath and know that you can relax and enjoy your lives!!

God bless you both!

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YAY!! WOOHOO!! God Bless Rodney! I know just how frightening these situations are and you will no doubt have some other scary times. I pray they all turn out like this one.

God Bless You too, Bev. It is surely as difficult sometimes to be the spouse as it is to be the patient. We just suffer for them and with them.
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Rodney had the pet scan yesterday and was supposed to be seeing his oncologist tomorrow for the results, but she called him this morning to tell him he doesn't need to come in because the spot seen on his liver does not appear to be cancer. She canceled the appointment for tomorrow and said he won't need another checkup for four months. We were very worried that we would find out the cancer was back, but thankfully it was a false alarm. We will sleep much better tonight!

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Hi Bev,
Thanks for the update on Rodney, and I'm staying positive like I know you are doing as well! I will certainly be rooting and praying for a good outcome of this next PET scan. I know that both of you must be at the end of your ropes with dealing with the medical profession and having to be put through all these tests, etc. He has really done so well and not to mention you too! Well, like you were saying that there is no point in worrying and I'll just be hoping that the results will come out negative!!

Sounds like a little bit of family drama going on there with relatives having different ideas on get-togethers! Sometimes they make a fuss over the smallest thing when the point is just getting together to have a good time. Well, I was a little unhappy with my cousin because he intends on coming down NEXT week and I was under the impression he was already on his way. I waited a long time for him to call so we could go to lunch and never heard a thing even though I texted him. Well, guess I'll forgive him this time because................ he's family! Ha Ha

My knee MRI got postponed also. They called and said the machine was down and had to order parts. Now it is rescheduled for tomorrow unless I get another call! Sometimes things just don't go as planned I guess.

Well, better sign off for now. My neighbor and I are going to go out and look at a few more model homes this afternoon. I've decided on where I want to relocate, but she is still looking.

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She lived in Texas and they apparently don't recognize common law.

Sunny, I hope you had a nice visit with your cousin. We will be seeing lots of relatives this weekend as it is my husband's family reunion. We don't enjoy it as much as we used to because most of the activities that used to be just for fun have now been turned into competitive events and the whole thing seems to be more focused on money. We always paid a fee if we camped and usually that brought in almost enough to cover the expenses and then we put out a donation jar for those who came just for the day and we would take in a little more from that. We usually collected enough to break even and that was all we cared about. Now someone has the idea that they need to make a profit and build up some extra money (for what I don't know) so they make a big issue now of making sure everyone pays even if they come just for the day. They also decided they didn't want to spend any money to mail the family newsletters so now it is posted online and if someone doesn't have a computer they have to find someone to print it for them or they can't see it. It will be nice to see some of the relatives we don't often see, but we won't spend the entire weekend there like we used to.

We are dealing with some anxiety concerning my husband's health too. I was debating whether to mention it or to wait until we have an answer but I have decided to tell you ladies what is up since I think you will understand. He recently had his routine every 3-month bloodwork and scan and we got some conflicting information. Most of his bloodwork looks good, but his tumor marker went up from 69 to 116 (normal is 37 or less by some labs and 55 or less according to others). I was slightly concerned about that but not overly since I know it can be elevated for things unrelated to cancer, and also his has gone up and down some in the past, although his most recent two showed a downward trend. The report from his scan appears to have conflicting information in it as well. In one place it says there is no evidence of progression of disease, which is good, but in another it talks about a lesion on his liver that it says was barely visible on the last scan but more defined on this one and they recommend a PET scan. So okay, if there is no evidence of disease progression why are they suggesting a PET scan? He met with his oncologist on Tuesday and she says that sometimes radiologists are ultra careful because they don't want someone to come back in six months and say their treatment was delayed because something was missed. She says the combination of something showing up on the scan and the rise in his tumor marker is "worrisome" but it might turn out to be a false alarm. She says at this point she can't say it is cancer, but she can't say it isn't either. She told him to try not to worry until we know if we need to worry- easier said than done. He is scheduled for a PET scan next Tuesday and will have a follow-up with the oncologist at some point after she gets the results. A part of me says that if the cancer has spread to his liver it seems unlikely that his liver numbers would be normal- and they were. Another part of me thinks the tumor marker went up for a reason and there is nothing else going on that should cause that as far as we know. I am hoping it turns out to be a false alarm, but if it does turn out to be a recurrence of cancer, I am hopeful that since it seems to have been found pretty early (before it even started to affect his liver function) that they will be able to treat it easier. My biggest fear from the beginning has been that it would come back. I knew he was very worried about this scan but I couldn't figure out if he was having issues that he isn't talking about that were worrying him or if it was just the normal anxiety that any cancer survivor feels. I still don't know. I am hoping we get a call next week that everything is fine and he can go back to his every 3 month checkups and he won't even need another appointment with the oncologist until then.

I hope you ladies have a great weekend. We are going to try.

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Good Morning Friends,

I'm so sorry to read about your cousin passing away at such a young age, Bev. That is so shocking when it comes so unexpectedly and seems so unfair in so many ways that the medical people won't even talk to her boyfriend after they had been together for that many years. Wow, you just never know I guess. I think in some states they are considered common law marriages after about 7 or 8 years, but don't quote me on that one. Anyway, I am so sorry for your loss. Seems we have all lost special people in our lives this past year or so. It is never easy.

Wanda, on a happier note, it still sounds like you and your husband are enjoying your wonderful get-away! Maybe you are home by this time and if so, I know how busy you will be for a few days unpacking, cleaning and getting things back in order. We will be looking forward to your posts again once you are settled in. I'm wondering what you guys were cooking up? It is always more fun to cook when others are around to join in the preperation process.

Well, speaking of cousins, my cousin who lives up in Show Low, AZ is supposed to be calling me to get together for lunch today. He has to come down to Phoenix ocassionaly to attend seminars. It will be nice to see him even though a pretty short visit this time.

Tomorrow I have an appointment to get an MRI done on my knee that has been bothering me. Now that I have it scheduled it is feeling better!! Isn't that just Murphy's law?? Well, I'm keeping the appointment because it has felt better before, but always comes back again, so better to find out exactly what is going on than to keep wondering. I'll see my Dr. next Tuesday to go over the results.

Well, take care and hope you will have a wonderful week!

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Wanda, not being on the computer because you are too busy having fun is a good thing! We should all spend less time on the computer and doing more things with family and friends! If work didn't interfere I could do more of that, but for now I have to make do with what I can fit in around that and since most of our family and friends are not close by that means spending time on the computer- sometimes it is catching up with family or friends online and sometimes it is more in the nature of just wasting time! Tonight was an example of keeping up with family online, but it was not really in a good way. A cousin that I hadn't seen in years, but had been in contact with occasionally via Facebook passed away on Tuesday and there was a lot of back and forth with some of my siblings and some other cousins about our memories of her. The memories were nice, but the reason for them was not. It is still hard to comprehend that she is gone at 53. We don't really know why as she had not been sick recently and had just started a new job that she was excited about last week. She was not married but had been with her boyfriend for about 14 years. He found her dead on the floor at her home Tuesday night. I feel so bad for him even though I have never met him. Because they were not married the medical examiner will not even talk to him. He gave them the name of another cousin as a blood relative and they have been in touch with her. She is the one who contacted us to tell us. She said the medical examiner said they will send the death certificate to her once the cause of death has been determined but that it could take up to 90 days for that. She told us that she was faxed some forms that she signed and sent back that will allow Bob (the boyfriend) to have Linda (my cousin) cremated. It is very sad.

Well, enough of that. It is time for me to think about getting ready for another day at work so I need to finish up here and head for the shower. Have a great day Sunny and Wanda- and anyone else who might see this!

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I know, Bev, but sometimes it just seems unfair! Well, the mantra I have on my page is that life isn't fair.....but it is good. I guess we need to remind ourselves of that sometimes.

Hello everyone! I am finally on the computer but it is late; we are still at camp and it seems like we manage to fill every minute of every hour with family and fun....or else I'm cooking, with family and I guess that is also fun. We have really had a wonderful time; just two more days and then Saturday morning we will head for home! What a great week it has been.

I'll get online as soon as I get home to catch up with everyone.
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Wanda

Believe in Miracles.
Forgive Everyone.
Life is not fair, but it is good.




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