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Shari, I'm so glad to hear your hopeful news. I hope your medicine is working and that it will keep your hemoglobin up. I also hope that your fatigue improves as well.

I saw Kay's blog earlier today and also sent prayers her way. She has had an awful time since they got home from Florida. This month has been trying for all of us in some way or another.

It's been nice here today too, but they say sleet and freezing rain early followed by heavy rain tomorrow. Now they are concerned about possible flooding.

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Moon, I hope you feel better soon. It's frustrating having to cancel appointments because of weather, I've had to that twice this winter, and then the ones I did make it too, always seemed to be the coldest, snowiest, or windiest days.

Kay, I read your blog and you are in my prayers.

It's actually a pretty nice day here today, sunny, and closer to our normal temps, but they say we have 4 inches of snow on the way for tomorrow.

Some hopeful news for me today; when I had my CBC done today, my hemoglobin was at 10.6; that is still below normal, but the good news part is that is only down slightly from last weeks, which was 10.9, so I am hoping the Halotestin is finally working and keeping it from dropping so much from week to week. Maybe my fatigue will improve too, without it flucuating so much from week to week.


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Hi All,
Shari, I agree that Feb. was a long month. I just wrote a blog basically saying that. I really hope March is a better month for all of us...most particularly you.

I am sorry to hear about those of you that are having to deal with another storm and snow dump. Ugh.

I can't remember the last time I posted here. We got our power back after seven days and moved back into our house Saturday. That night, my mom had a heart attack! When it rains it pours. She is okay, but I'm not sure she can go back into assisted living in her current condition. That is going to open up a big can of worms if she can't. I talked to the social worker at the hospital about it today. I hope she can help us figure this all out. Issues with my mom are very draining for me.

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3/2/15 7:21 A

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Its a quiet day today before the storm. Not really sure how much snow we'll see. I'm just looking forward to the weekend when we turn the clocks ahead and the temps warm into the 30's. Yesterday was a pretty good day. I accomplished quite a bit despite having to go to a concert that I didnt know about until the last minute.

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3/1/15 5:39 P

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The March lion dumped snow on us and we're home waiting for the snow plow to come plow out our drive. It's about 100 ft from our garage to the road. With our bad knees we can't deal with the snow blower anymore when the snow is deep.

I'm still congested with a cough and tired from aggravating my cough with the cold air. I hope it gets a little warmer on Wednesday when I have my next eye appt. If my cough hasn't improved by Tuesday I'll have to cancel my oncology appt. emoticon

At least I got my chest X-ray done ahead of time. I don't like the way Mother Nature toys with my appt calendar! It's full of scribbles as I cross things out and rearrange dates. emoticon

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3/1/15 8:20 A

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It's a quiet start to March! It looks like we may have a winter storm headed our way for Monday night into Tuesday. Until then it will be dry and not quite as cold.

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2/28/15 9:17 P

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I think the March lion is standing at the gate getting ready to make an entrance! We'll see what we have in the morning! The TV is saying weather advisory!!! emoticon ??? emoticon

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2/27/15 12:26 P

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It's also been a long month, for one containing only 28 days. Glad that March is just around the corner, that gives me some hope that maybe spring is coming, lol.


My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, I am now in palliative care for stage IV breast cancer, but I'm not letting cancer stop me from Sparking!

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It's been a long week. So glad it's Friday!

Have a great day!

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2/26/15 12:39 A

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More cold temps ahead before we start a warm up. We had light snow that made it quite slick today. I've been dealing with sinus headaches this week so I sure would love to just stay home and do nothing for 1 day. I had to work all day today and tomorrow I have to go into work early for a meeting plus I have a class I need to go to tomorrow night. This part time job is really getting to be more than what I bargained for. i'm still looking for that job I can do until I can retire as I don't feel this job is it.

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Becky, that is great to hear about your mom's cancer shrinking. Good news!

Shari, I'm glad you are done with your doctor's appointments this week. It's been so cold there. It must have been exhausting to go to all those appointments. I hope the Halo kicks in and gets your hemoglobin up some.

We are still without power. Last night, we threw in the towel and checked into a timeshare a couple blocks from our house. It's a summer resort type place that is empty in the winter and rents out by the night. It's actually very nice with a full kitchen. We really needed to put our food in a working refridgerator. All the things in our freezer started defrosting so we can't refreeze them. We are eating meat like crazy right now. I'm just grateful to be warm. It could be another week before we have power because they skipped our house and our neighbors house when they restored power to the neighborhood. (We are on the end of the line.) About a third of our county (6,000 homes) still doesn't have power five days after the storm.

To make matters worse, a chipmunk got into our house last night! Jim was able to trap it and get it out this afternoon, but not before it had done some damage. We think we know how it got in, so we aren't worried about more getting in.

The good news is that Jim and I are not coughing as much the past few days. Our flu is definately on the way out!



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2/25/15 3:24 P

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Had an oncologist appointment this morning; he thinks we need to give the Halotestin more time to work to improve my hemoglobin counts, so he is keeping me on it for now. He believes that it will start working, and I hope so, as he said there really isn't anything else he can do to help me with the anemia and the fatigue.


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Becky, I'm glad that your mom got some good news and that the pills are working!

We made it up to 23 today, but with the wind, it really doesn't feel much warmer than yesterday was. Had to go out again this morning, this time, an internist appointment.


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Kay-That flu that's going around seems to linger on for a long time. Then to be without heat. I hope things get better really soon.

I woke up to a surprising 23 degrees! We get 1 day of warmer weather before the cold comes back. It looks like a bit of a warm up later this week though. Sure hope March comes in milder.

My mom got good news yesterday. The cancer has shrunk some so the pills are doing their job. We were so relieved. She sees her Dr. on Friday so she will find out more then.

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I don't know how warm (LOL) it got here today. Very little snow melted so I shoved a little of it out of the way since I had planned to go out this afternoon. The sun gave the illusion of warmth so out to the store I went as well, Shari. I got a few groceries in in case the Wednesday/ Thursday weather turns out to be those below zero wind chills again or more snow. Wed afternoon is my dental appt and if my cough stays in check I think I'll be able to go weather permitting.

Kay I think you got a double whammy with the flu and a major ice storm! I hope your power is back on... Enough already!!!



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Moon, I know what you mean, I am so tired of winter too, especially with so many days of extreme cold. When it's this cold, I'm always cold in my house too.

Kay, I hope you get your power back on soon.

It was - 25 when I got up this morning, and so far, we've only made it to 8F. I guess the good thing is that the sun is shining and it's not snowing today. I was out this morning because I had to get my standing order lab work done, and I figured as long as I was out, I might as well get my groceries too.


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Becky, I'm sorry to hear about the mixup with your mom.....how frustrating. I hope he cancer hasn't progressed.

I haven't been around due to both the flu and the ice storm. I'm slowly getting over the flu...it took longer to clear than I originally thought it would. We lost our power two days ago with the ice storm (along with about 90% of the people living in my county). We still don't have our power back. I think it may be a few more days before they get to us. Today, hubby and I decided to go to the local library to stay warm, recharge our phones (and my Kindle) and use the internet. There are a lot of other people here doing the exact same thing. We would go stay in a hotel, but they all are packed. Fortunately, we have a gas hot water heater so we are able to take hot showers at home. Our down sleeping bags that we use for camping are coming in quite handy at night. The storm itself was pretty scary. Our next door neighbors on both sides have tons of very tall trees that could crash on our house. A huge tree fell down next door and took out the power line and power pole. Fortunately, it fell away from their house.....otherwise, it would have caused massive damage to their house.

Hubby and I are both just getting over the flu so being in a cold house is pretty unpleasant. This morning I started thinking that we should have stayed in Florida for another month! At least this way, we know our house is okay.

Wishing everyone the best....
Kay

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2/22/15 3:54 P

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I'm glad to see your post today Shari. I wonder if Kay hasn't been online because Tennessee has had more snow and ice that has caused problems with her internet? I hope it isn't illness...

I'm sorry to hear about you mom Becky. I hope she asks you to go with her to the appointment next week for moral support. You would be a good person to have beside her with your experience behind you. I'll send up some prayers too.

We have about three inches of snow on the ground and 31 degrees this afternoon at 3PM, but we're supposed to go down to 8 tonight with a wind chill advisory as well. It's might reach 20 tomorrow. (sigh..)

I took a nap yesterday which I think helped me with my cold. My husband felt enough better to repair our mailbox so tomorrow afternoon I might go the post office to pick up whatever mail they are holding for us since last week when the high winds blew down the box. I'm tired of this winter too. What is it now? Like 25 days or so until spring? I'm supposed to go to the dentist for cleaning on Wednesday. Who can plan around this cold weather and coughing? It's an afternoon appt so maybe I will be able to keep it...

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Becky, I'll send up some prayers for your mom.

We are already turning colder again today; the temps are supposed to start falling to around 6 F by early evening, and we will be under another wind chill advisory starting at 9pm through noon tomorrow.


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We've got that cold weather coming back tonight. I'm just tired of it already.

We went shopping today. I was hoping looking at Spring clothes would help my mood. Well, it didn't. I expected the stores to have much more out than they did. They still have quite a bit of clearance stuff.

My mom had gone for her mammogram a couple of weeks ago and got a letter that said everything was fine which surprised me because she had BC just like me, but they didn't do surgery because of a health issue they were concerned with and instead put her on the Arimidex. Well, I went to visit her today and she told me they called her on Friday and said the letter was a mistake and that she needs to come back on Monday. I was not too happy with the Radiologist. they have been advertising about this new 3D Mammogram machine and how much better it is and then they make this kind of mistake? I told her that I will go with her if she wants me to. At least to talk to her Dr. or if she needs that needle biopsy again. This is the last thing she needs right now. She is still having a hard time with my brother's death. I'm just hoping that nothing has changed. If it's still small, then she should be ok. Just keeping my fingers crossed.

Shari-I hope your energy level is up now and your feeling better. Frozen pipes haven't been a problem around here this year. Last year it was terrible. So many people had frozen pipes and worse.



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2/21/15 3:58 P

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It's been a couple of days since I checked in.

I ended up having to go to the ER Thursday morning, my symptoms got worse again. They gave me a transfusion and I got back home around 6:45pm that night.

It was - 25 when I got up yesterday morning, and I had frozen pipes. A lot of people in the area did, so the guy I had called didn't get here til around 3pm yesterday, but he found the problem and fixed it. Part of the problem was I had a section of heat tape that was no longer working, so he replaced that too. It's warmer today though! We made it up to 27.


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Friday night brought us a couple more inches of the white stuff, and it's slightly warmer. The best part is NO BELOW ZERO WIND CHILL emoticon because there is no cold wind blowing this morning. I have caught my husband's cold, but maybe if I keep exercising and eating well it won't be too bad. My cough is sporadic. I'm moving a little slower, but I'm moving!

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Have a great weekend!

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2/20/15 8:16 P

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The weekend is here! I hope we all have a good one. Uh, hold the snow. We've had sufficient!

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Good morning! I hope everyone has a good day. I'm going to relax today! It'll e a lazy day for me. I go back to work on Monday.

Shari and Kay ~ I hope you are feeling better soon.

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Good morning!

Kay-I hope you're feeling better.

It's suppose to warm up a little today although it won't feel very warm. It's also snowing. I'm going to be glad to see February go. It hasn't been a very pleasant month.

I hope everyone has a nice Friday.

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I was in and out of Spark People quickly yesterday trying to stay off the computer to rest my eyes, which I think are slowing improving. My husband was sick last weekend so I hauled wood and aggravated my knees which are also feeling better after lots of lineament and some rest, mostly yesterday. He's sleeping early and back to work, but still coughing. I went to the grocery today to prepare for the next few days of bitter cold and possibly whatever Mother Nature decides to dump on us. Freezing rain, snow?

I hope Kay is resting and taking care of her cough. I'm sorry you had such a rough day yesterday. I hope you are able to get more rest and have less pain.

I am going to sleep soon. I need to track my lunch and dinner and then it's lights our for me. My husband is already asleep. His music is playing and I'll turn it down lower and lower and then off.

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Sorry I missed checking in yesterday; yesterday was kind of a rough day. Only slept 3 hours Monday night, so I didn't feel very well yesterday, and spent about half the day in bed.

My hemoglobin was down to 8.7 when it was checked Monday; low enough to cause fatigue, but almost, but not quite, low enough to meet the criteria for a blood transfusion. It most likely will be next week, so I am trying to hang in there til it's checked again next Monday


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emoticon to all who are feeling ill. My healing wishes are with you.

Shari, I hope your apt. went well.

Kay, are you feeling better?


Hope all of you are forging ahead on healthy eating and exercise when possible, sometimes it may be difficult to eat or workout, during those times may you recuperate and get the rest you need.

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I hope you are feeling much better today Kay!

I'm doing my Spark stuff early today; my appointment at the cancer center is not until 2:30pm, and I am guessing by the time I get home, I will be ready for a nap.

I had an appointment scheduled for tomorrow at the dentist for a check up and cleaning, but I called and rescheduled it for March 4th; hopefully my fatigue will improved by then. I'm not having any problems with my teeth, so it won't hurt to wait a couple more weeks.


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Shari, I'm sorry the fatigue is so bad. That is frustrating.

I seem to have come down with the flu today. My mom has had it and I'm sure I got it from her. I needed to spend quite a bit of time with her this week taking her to the doctor etc. Hopefully, I'll get over it quickly. My main symptom is a very irritating cough which is the same thing that has been bothering my mom. Hubby just left to go to Walgreens to pick up some cough medicine. I'm hoping that if I can get a good sleep tonight that it will clear up quickly. I'm just grateful that I didn't get it last year while I was going through treatment. We are supposed to get snow here tomorrow. They are predicting up to 10 inches which would be quite unusual here. I'll believe it when I see it! My guess is that it will be more like a couple inches.


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Fighting fatigue again today; getting my blood counts checked again tomorrow and I'm kind of dreading finding out about my hemoglobin count, I have a feeling it's headed downward again.

Our weather is sunny and pretty much calm today, but we are under a wind chill advisory through 10am tomorrow.


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It was a very cold day yesterday. We ended up going out for dinner last which was good, but way too many people. Today I'll go see my mom and then clean my house and do laundry. I also need to get a workout in to burn some of those calories I've consumed over the last couple of days.

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Imagery can be a big help to keep your mind occupied to induce a sense of calm relaxation.

The wind is so strong here that at times it creates a whiteout, and we're having some drifting so it will be hard to tell how much actual snow we get. It's really cold too. I spent 45 minutes bringing in wood from our woodpile because I wanted to get it inside while it was dry so it would burn in the Buck Stove. It's good I did that earlier this morning before the wind picked up. My husband came home yesterday coughing and he sounded congested. He's seldom sick so when he slept in this morning I knew I'd better get wood. I put lineament on my knees as soon as I sat down, and now I'm moving about every 20 minutes to keep from getting stiff. We have a good furnace, but our family room has a high ceiling and the Buck Stove gives us the kind of warmth a gas furnace can't especially when it is so cold outside.

Cyndi - Thank you for the birthday greeting. : ) I think all the good wishes I've received in the past few days helped me scurry around gathering wood like an energizer bunny this morning!

So staying warm is the business of the day around here. I think I'll go fix some hot soup! Have a good day everyone!

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Moon, I actually do that pretending at the beach thing when I am laying on the table while getting my bone scans. emoticon

Our winter storm warning was downgraded to a winter weather advisory, but it's still not a good day to be out if you don't have to be; it's really snowing and blowing out there.


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Hi Everyone!
Thanks for all the well wishes. I hope you are staying warm today. We are going out in the cold this morning to attend my daughter's volleyball game. Then, nothing exciting. It's going to be a relaxing Saturday.

Moon ~ Happy Belated Birthday!

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

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The wind is really blowing around this morning. It's very cold! Too bad I have to get out in it this morning.

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The tow truck is here loading up the SUV. I won't be going anywhere this weekend either. I want to stay home, tend the Buck Stove and be warm while it does whatever outside!

I hope the relaxation CDs help. I have used recorded relaxation in the past and it helped me. I used to teach aqua aerobics and used relaxation at the end while we were all still in the water. I helped them visualize being at the beach by talking about everything I love about the beach, the feel of the warm sand, the smell of the salt air, the beautiful blue sky dotted with a few fluffy white clouds, the breeze off the ocean, the gently swaying sea oats in the dunes, and the beauty of finding seashells or making sand castles. You could try remembering a trip you might have enjoyed at the beach. It might be worth a try to help you slow down and relax so you can get to sleep. It will be a couple of days until your CDs arrive. Take a trip to the beach in your mind... You mind find yourself enjoying the flight of a seagull or watching a sandpiper darting along the edge of the waves searching for a yummy morsel... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I'm glad you had a great birthday Moon in spite of the car trouble.

Hip is better today, but still having a problem with the fatigue. I ordered 3 different relaxation CDs from Amazon today, hoping they will help with the naps and falling asleep at night.

We are under a winter storm warning which just went into effect at 3pm, through 10pm tomorrow; it's mostly for the blowing snow and the extreme cold. I'm glad I will not have to go anywhere this weekend.


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I was so busy yesterday that I hardly had time to post anything anywhere until late last night. It was cold. I had car trouble again. It was my birthday and I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch.... Instead of canceling she decided to change our plans, came and picked me up and we braved the cold wind in town where we had lunch. I got home in the afternoon to a flurry of activity with a flower delivery, a phone call, another knock at the door for something else and when I managed to get on the computer it was email birthday wishes and FB birthday wishes and it took forever to get through them all!! I had planned to cook a SparkPeople recipe and I did! It was yummy and pretty- Apple Pork Stir Fry - so good!

It was a wonderful day, although I probably overused my healing eye. The eye lid is a little twitchy today and I'm tired, but happily overwhelmed with all the hoopla of my birthday from family and friends.

It's still cold and windy which adds to the cold and maybe more snow tomorrow, but the sun melted most of what we got yesterday.

I hope you slept well last night Shari and I hope your meds helped with your pain. I plan to have some down time to rest my eye(s) this afternoon or after tonight's supper. It's more Apple Pork since it made 4 servings and we can enjoy the leftovers.

Now to call AAA and see about getting a tow truck.

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We had snow flurries this morning in Tennessee and more cold weather is on the way. I don't really mind because I know this won't last long.

Shari, I'm sorry your pain woke you up this morning....hope a nap helps this afternoon.

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Very cold here too; we are under a wind chill advisory til 1pm.

Woke up way too early this morning because of a flareup of my hip pain, so I am planning a nap for a little bit later on today.


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Very cold here. I have to get out early for a dental appt.

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Windy and cold here today too, but fortunately, the wind didn't really start until I was home from my grocery shopping trip today. Tomorrow is supposed to be very blustery and cold.


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Not much snow fell yesterday but now we've got the wind and cold!

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Shari-that all sounds like good news. I hope the good reports continue.

Kay-nice to see you back!

We're seeing a mixed bag of weather this week. Yesterday was beautiful, today snow and freezing drizzle followed by cold and windy!

I'm glad I got outside yesterday.

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Welcome back Kay!
I'm glad that the nodules are nothing to be alarmed about, and that you don't have to go through the stress of having surgery now, and praying that you won't in a year either.

Had my weekly CBC done today. Hemoglobin went down again, this time from 11.2 to 10.2, but in a way, it's still an improvement because it's not as drastic a drop as it's been in the previous weeks, so I think the Halotestin is finally starting to work! I've only had 2 injections so far, so I think maybe by the time I get the 3rd one next week, maybe the hemoglobin will start to stabilize. The good news is that my platelets went up, from 52 to 75.


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Cyndi, I'm glad your surgery and follow up visit with your MO went well.

I feel like I'm getting back into the swing of things at home. We've been back from Florida for a week now. Last Friday, I went to Nashville for a thyroid ultrasound and followup visit with the endocrinologist for some nodules that were discovered 18 months ago during my breast MRI. The nodules have grown very slightly, but still nothing to be alarmed about. He gave me the choice of getting another biopsy on them or waiting another year and doing another ultrasound. I really don't want to stress my body with any surgery or going without my thyroid right now, so I'm chose to take the "wait and see" approach.

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Hi everyone!
Thanks for your well wishes. I met with my oncologist today. All is still good! emoticon
He said I could have my port removed after my hysterectomy this summer. I am so thrilled! I feel very blessed!

We also talked about how this all pushed me into menopause and how I'm dealing with some of the effects. One of which is weight gain! I'm glad he cleared that up for me because I was really annoyed with the fact that I put on an additional 20 pounds! I was so confused as to why I was gaining weight when I wasn't eating more. I'll just need to walk more and add some weights after my recovery. On the flip side, I'm here to tell about it. emoticon

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It's good to see you back on SP Cyndi with a great positive outlook. It's not fun, but it's doable!

I'm optimistic this morning even though I'm having trouble with IBS. I'm hoping all goes well for getting out of the house awhile this afternoon. We have tickets for a show of some sort and a lot of the snow has melted so it will make it easier to get there. I think we're expecting rain later which might change to flurries though just to remind us that it is still February!

Let's eat to be well and healthier than before, and do what we can to develop a lifestyle that promotes our good health.
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Cyndi-I'm glad all went well. Those fun drains! I've had them many times.

Freezing rain this morning! I'm hoping it doesn't last long. The temps are in the low 30's and I would love to get outside for my run.

It was a bad day for eating yesterday. I had a terrible sweet tooth. Today will be better I'm sure.

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Welcome back Cyndi! I'm glad the pain is tolerable and that you are doing well.

I had a bilateral mastectomy back in 2003, and I had drains in for that; for me, that was the worst part of the surgery, dealing with drains. They got to be very uncomfortable for me and I was so glad when the day came to get them out! I did have the pain to deal with too, but it's those darn drains that stick in my mind the most when I remember back to that time.

Prayers that you get good news from the oncologist Monday!


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Hi everyone!
Thanks for your well wishes! I was released from the hospital Thursday. I am wearing drains until Feb 12th. My surgeon used AlloDerm to help give me a more natural look. There will be fluids and that is the reason for the drains. The pain is very tolerable. It's so minimal compared to the pain from the bilateral mastectomy. I'm so glad to have this completed. I meet with my oncologist on Monday. Praying everything is still all clear. But, I'm confident it is. I feel great!

Thanks again!
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Now its suppose to be in the low 40's today, Can't wait!

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Ready for the weekend and some down time. It has been a very busy week and I am in need of some cuddle time in front of the fire!

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It was really cold here yesterday. The wind was awful. Today should be better and much warmer. Close to 40 tomorrow.

I'm also getting tired of Winter. I'm ready for Spring. I think I need a shopping trip to cheer me up!


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Thank you all, I actually did sleep pretty well last night.

Cold and sunny here too. I'm getting tired of winter though; not so much the snow, but having to deal with the cold.


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Happy for you Shari!

Glad no one else got sick Becky!

Thinking about Cyndi too and hoping she's doing well.

Very cold here but sunny. I am grateful my cataract surgery went well and I'm puttering about this morning. My husband will take me to the optometrist appt this afternoon. I'll be the one in the dark glasses... emoticon

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So far no one else has gotten sick. I'm so glad about that.

Cyndi-I hope everything wen well.

Shari-I hope the energy level keeps improving.

It's another sleepless night. Figures, because I have another early morning meeting. I think I will head to the grocery store afterwards instead of waiting till after work when it's busy. I will do my workout after work instead.

It's suppose to warm up a little the rest of the week, but we also have a chance of freezing drizzle coming on Sat.

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Shari, it's good your energy lasted while you were out. Hope you had a restful evening. Praying you sleep well and wake up rested and full of more energy. emoticon emoticon

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Today has gone pretty well; a friend took me shopping for groceries, and I did not feel as worn out when I was done as I have for maybe the last 3-4 months, so maybe the Halotestin is upping my energy a bit. I'm feeling pretty right now, but that tiredness didn't hit until after I had been back home a couple of hours. I'm just glad I was feeling good while I was getting done what I needed to do!


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Shari-hope you are having a great day!

Just trying to stay warm, wine and cheese pairing tonight with my hubby and then out for Mexican! I love Wednesdays emoticon

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Shari - Let's hope the Halotestin can pick up the slack and start working!

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Cyndi, prayers for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!

Becky, hope your son is feeling better soon and that no one else gets sick.

Moon, sending up prayers for your surgery too!

Hemoglobin was 11.2 when it was checked yesterday, which is down from the 12 it was at Friday. Ordinarily, that wouldn't bother me, but with my past history of problems with it decreasing so much from week to week, it is a bit discouraging.


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Shari - I hope you're having another good day, and that the platelets stay up where they belong.

Becky - Lots of hand washing! I hope the bug misses you and that it's a short lasting one for your son!

BC3HAS- Thoughts and prayers for your upcoming surgery.

I'm having cataract surgery tomorrow so I won't be doing much on the computer for the next few days while my eye heals.

We're also expecting some normal temperatures (for February) and some snow is in the forecast. I do hope we are all safe and warm. Our Buck Stove is chugging out heat!

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BeckyAnne - I hope you and your family are well soon. We had that bug last week.

Ladies - I hope you all stay warm, cozy, and safe.

Tomorrow is the second part of my reconstructive surgery.

Enjoy the day!

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More snow is on the way today. Another 2-3 inches possibe, followed by some really cold temps.
We now have a stomach bug in our house. My son brought it home and was sick all night. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that no one else gets it.

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Our snow stopped and we had sun today, but still pretty cold.

I had my monthly lunch out today with some of the group I use to work with, and also my 2nd Halotestin injection.


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Our snow blew in from the east so luckily it didn't pile up in our driveway. It did however, come after rain and sleet, and the nosedive of the temperature made everything super frozen and slick. School was canceled today. The wind is biting cold even with the sun shining brightly. I'm grateful that we have four wheel drive vehicles in case we need to use them to get out. I'm planning on staying in today.




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I'm not sure how much snow we got yesterday, but I had plenty to do so I didnt venture out. We had alot of blowing snow also. Quiet today, but I think we have more snow on the way.

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I got in some groceries last night as well. Our Walmart was crowded with people doing the same thing! I guess some were shopping for Superbowl Parties and some were stocking up because of the expected snowstorm. It's been a mixture of rain, snow, most of the day. So far the weather prediction has been accurate, and we may get 5 to 10 inches by morning. We'll see... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm glad you're having a good weekend Shari! Your exercise today has been keeping ahead of the snowplow! Enjoy your movie tonight!

DH and I will be tending the home fire and watching the Superbowl, and maybe while the

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It's been snowing all day here; I've had to go out and clean off my car and move it for the plow then back again twice today; usually I don't have to do that twice in one day, but the great part is because of my hemoglobin being up, I actually had to the stamina to do that today without feeling worn out or short of breath! I'm sure I will have to do it again in the morning; I'd rather not, but at least I know if I do, I will be ok.

Not watching the Super Bowl, but I have had my tv tuned into the Kitten Bowl and the Puppy Bowl while doing my stuff around the house today. I'll probably watch something on Netflix tonight.


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Chicago could be in for as much as 14 inches today! emoticon

got all my groceries in yesterday. emoticon

everyone in the snow zone, be safe. emoticon

For those football fans, enjoy the Superbowl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Also emoticon February, may it be a good month for us all! emoticon

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Waking up to snow and blowing snow this morning. I'm so glad I'm able to stay home today!

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Thank you all!

We have some nasty weather coming too, with 2-5 inches of snow; I hope the snow we get is at the low end of that spectrum! We have a winter weather advisory starting at 7pm tonight through 6am tomorrow; I'm glad the timing of it is when I'd be staying home anyway.


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