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Happymama, hope your household has recouperated now. Have a great weekend.

Had my physical yesterday, hope to get some results on my labs back today, crossing my fingers.

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today i am not doing much. Just take it easy . Everybody at home is sick with a nasty cold

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I'm sorry about the issue with the friends mother, sounds like a simple miscommunication to let you know what her intent was. Hopefully she will soon be over this & it won't have an effect on the girls' relationships.

I had PT yesterday, new excercises were added which really seem to work the knee muscles as I'm feeling it this morning. We are expecting a nice warm up to 60 today but the rain is coming in right about evening rush hour. Oh joy, commuting home should be interesting. LOL.
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today was a good day. I have a house full of kids. Went to my bible study. Think of doing some work outs but dont know if i hadly doing them with a hole buch of kids around run around the house probley do it when i get home.

also kind of having a bad day, I went to get my friends kids so my daughter can play with them. Her 5 year old daugher said that they are coming over. Trying all morning to get a hold of there mom and see if i should. Never answered. So i go get my daughter, the her yongest said i comeing over today. Then there teacher asked if i am picking them up and saw a piick up on the sign out sheets. So there mother call and just yelled at me which i total understood. But i told her why i thought i was picking them up. I still think she is mad at me

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That's great that your body is getting adjusted to the meds, hope your labs will come back with good reports. Way to go on staying active. Dinner sounds delish. emoticon

I slept a little better last night, but still some a few times and struggled to return to sleepyland. But I dontfeel exhausted like I did last week. Of course having my BS under 200 this morning is a positive. I've really been trying to eat better this year, so far I'm hanging in there.
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Today did pretty good. Finally adjusting to my medication. Ihave to get tested next month to see how my thyroid is doing. I guess I got the bad kind of thyroid problem. I have hyperthyroidism wich is tye one causes thyroid cancer, diabetes, and greys deases. One top of m y thyroid problem I also am hypoglycemic. So I am deffently on the borderly of getting diabetes.

Other then that I went for a walkin the mall with my 19th month old son. Came home and cleaned. My neighbour came over and viest fir a will. Then did 10 minutesof Pilates and got my husband from work and then ate dinner. Had 15 bean soup with ham hauks, rice and some homemade bread that I did yesterday. My man got me a kitchenaide mixer for Christmas so been baking and cooking up a storm.

After dunner relaxed and played my games. Now gonna do done of my bible study.

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Cathy, wow, 99 years, that's a milestone for sure. Enjoy all the special times with him


Yesterday was a day I would like to put in The Forgotten days novel. The day did not start out very well I am still dealing with this cold that seems to be getting worse by the day. And as I was arriving for my PT I get a call that my baby girl and her boyfriend had been in a head on collision apparently a lady turned in front of them and my daughters car is totaled. They have some tissue injuries nothing broken thank goodness and there was actually a third car that also got hit, it could have been a lot worse but getting that call at 7:15 in the morning was not the way I wanted to start my day. I'm thankful that my granddaughter Amari was not in the car she actually was at the sitters as my daughter was on her way to take her boyfriend to work. I did get through my PT , got a lot of stress at work going on just doesn't seem to lighten up . Then finding out that my 4 year old grandson Levi had an accident at school where to the ER ended up breaking his nose and he had to have sutures to close up of a head wound in his head,and to top it off I had a severe asthma attack at work. So I'm going to be taking the weekend to kind of rest up. I just won't be turning in any of mypoints I just have not had time this week with everything. This morning I feel like I'm the train wreck, feel like I've been run over by a train multiple times I'm just hurting all over and I'm sure it's stress related and also the cold just will not let go.
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I hope all of you had a good day today.

My grandpa turned 99 yesterday!! I'm so thankful he is still alive but I can tell the years are really starting to take a toll on him. He's still doing pretty good for being 99 though!

I slept okay last night but could have slept better. I woke up with my back hurting this morning. I think I'll try to do some stretching before going to bed in hopes that will help me to rest better. I did some stretching before and after breakfast which helped with the pain.

Had to run into town to go the bank today and picked up a few groceries at the store. Wouldn't you know that I forgot my list at home. I forgot a couple of things so I'll have to go back into town tomorrow to get them.

Lisa - I will try to read your blog tomorrow. I'm glad to hear that you did pretty well last year though.

Amy - It hasn't been that good the last 2 nights. I woke up with a headache yesterday morning. Yes, it is scary when you get a call that early in the morning. I too am glad it wasn't bad news. No, I only got 1 piece of software on my new computer. Just haven't had the time the last couple of days to do much. Glad I inspired you to do a Leslie Sansone video. I don't like walking outside when it's cold and windy either. Sorry to hear about your UTI. I hate UTI's! Your night golf with 40 other people from your neighborhood sounds like fun. I hope you finally were able to get warm.

Donna - Yes, it is crazy how it and other health conditions fee off of each other. I imagine it's a tricky balance with your BS levels and sleep. I can see how lack of sleep would increase it. You really should get some Melatonin. We have some by Vitafusion that are gummy's and they work REALLY well. Sorry to hear you are coming down with a cold. Don't you hate it when you need a medicine and the doctor is out and you can't get a refill? I know it's really frustrating to me. Wow, 27 at night is pretty cold. I'm with you on anything below 45 being too cold. LOL



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Amy, sounds like you & Dave have the new year started out great with exercise in mind. Keep up the great work.

Cathy, yes sleep is vital to overall well being. It's crazy how it & other health conditions feed off of each other, for instance with my diabetes, lack of sleep increased BS but also high BS prevents a restful night, boy I need to figure out how to make sleep & BS become friends who play well together. LOL.

LIsa It's good to hear from you.

I didn't get by her yesterday, was a busy day & coming down with a cold doesn't make it any better. I had PT first thing in the morning, then work all day & finally got to bed after supper, I think about 9, of course the cold medicine I'm taking knocked me out within just a few minutes. Unfortunately it's a 4 hour medicine so I was wide awake @ 2. Got up to check my BS which was high --probably from cold + cold Medicine + the fact I'd been out of one of my diabetes meds for a week, finally got it filled by pharmacy yesterday, they were waiting on a refill approval from my Dr who had been out for the holidays.
It's been too cold for me this week, temps at night about 27 & only warming to mid 30s, I want my summertime temps back, Anything below 45 is just too cold for me. LOL.


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Lisa/Kitten, great to hear from you! I will definitely check out your blog. I keep saying I have to write mine, but I haven't been in a writing mood yet this week.

Cathy, glad your sleep continues to be good. Wow, that is an early morning call your FIL made to tell you he was going to Colorado. It's scary when the phone rings at that time. Glad it wasn't bad news! Did you get all the software on your computer today? You dong exercise videos inspired me to do one today - I did a Leslie Sansone Walk/Jog while Dave walked outside. I was going to go out with him, but it was windy and chilly today, plus I was waiting for a call from the doctor for an appointment. I ended up going in this afternoon for a urine test. I have a UTI, so had to get a prescription for antibiotics. I want to do some yoga, too, so I will do one of those next, on the days I don't go to the gym.

Well, I have a few things more to do on the computer and then I'm heading to bed. Tonight we went to play night golf with 40 people in our neighborhood. It was weird but really fun. We had glow in the dark golf balls and a glow necklace. There were glowsticks at the tees and in the holes and on the flags, but you also had to use flashlights. It was pretty chilly and at the last two holes it started to drizzle. I still haven't warmed up after being home for about a half hour. I still have my jacket on!

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Just stopping in to say hello and wishing for a wonderful 2016. I did get my year in review blog done and have too say I am impressed with all that went on and accomplished

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I had another good night's sleep last night even though my FIL called around 4 or so this morning to let us know he was leaving to for Colorado. We knew he was going out to Colorado because he has an appointment to see the doctor who did his cataract surgery last year. I'm glad he let us know he was leaving but I wish he would have let us know last night before he went to bed rather than in the middle of the night. lol

I finally got my new computer formatted and partitioned into several hard drives last night. Now I need to get all of the software I need/want on it. So that's on my agenda for today.

I did Jessica Smith's Cardio Ball Ballet and a Flat Belly Barre Abs Routine by Jessica Smith. Had to run into town to pick up a few things too.

Donna - Getting a good night's sleep after not having a day or so of not sure does make a big difference. You are right, it does make for a brighter day afterwards. It's good that you are ready to get track and start taking care of you. Glad to hear you are ready to make this your year of success! I'll be cheering you on!

Amy - I am hoping that some new members or those who aren't doing the BSG challenges this month will stop in here to chat. I too look forward to a new year and what seems to be a fresh start to focus on getting healthier. I am not making any resolutions this year either. I'm just focusing on what I want to achieve this year and then breaking it down month by month. I'm hoping to get to my blogs in the next couple of days. Great job on your walking! Hope you had a good time with your friends from PA. I'm in the same boat with you with going to the bathroom several times in the night and thankfully have been able to get back to sleep fairly easily. Will you always have to take those tablets for low calcium? The Flow Yoga video I did was by Jessica Smith. It's a 30-minute yoga-inspired flowing set of moves designed to help build strength, balance and flexibility while burning calories and relieving stress. I plan on doing yoga or stretching at least 2 days, maybe 3 days a week this month.

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Hi, Ladies!

It's good to see some activity in the general chat. Maybe some new members or those who aren't doing BSG this month will join us. I just have to remember to keep checking here!

I always look forward to a new year as it feels like a fresh start to get even healthier. This year I am not making any resolutions like I usually do. Instead I will just stick with my monthly goals that I blog about for the BSG challenge. I do like to look back over the past year and project where I want to be a year from now though. I hope to do those blogs today or tomorrow.

Today was back to a normal routine, thank goodness! I went to the gym, took a 2 mile walk with Dave and now I'm doing some sparking. Having soup for lunch and then cleaning. We will be going out to dinner with our friends from PA who just arrived in their RV today and staying till April in a local campground. We are excited they are here!

Cathy, that's great to hear that you had three nights of good sleep! Mine has been pretty good lately. I have been able to go back to sleep after getting up to use the BR anywhere from 3 to 5. That is weird about your tongue! Mine is tingly right now, so I think my calcium is low again and I am upping the tablets they want me to take since having the parathyroid surgery. What is flow yoga? I will have to check it out on youtube. One of my goals for this month is to add yoga into my exercise each week.

Donna, a good night's sleep sure does make your day better. I hope yours gets better! I am glad you are enthusiastic about the start of this new year! You had a couple challenging months at the end of 2015, and now that is behind you, so it's all positive progress from now on!

Have a marvelous motivated Monday!

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Cathy, its great to have restful slumber. I know when I go for days without it & then get an amazing night's sleep it sure makes for a brighter day after.

I ready to get on track & start taking care of ME, it's time to make this year my year of success. I'm ready, get set, go!

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I slept really well last night except for a weird pain in my tongue last night in the middle of the night. I wonder if I somehow bit my tongue in the middle of the night? lol It's so nice to get a good night's rest and so far I've had 3 days in a row.

I did a flow yoga video yesterday and today I'll probably do some other yoga video for my exercise.

Hope everyone had a nice holiday season. I did but I'm glad they're over with so I can really focus on me and eliminating the rest of this weight.

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Redshoeblue, hope you are able to finish your shopping today & get those gifts wrapped & under the tree, can't believe Christmas is just a few days away.

I finished my shopping yesterday except I need to pick up a couple gift cards & 2 copies of THE WAR ROOM movie to give to MIL & Mom, so I'll stop my Walmart Tuesday when it comes out to get those copies. All gifts are wrapped thus far, DH has been an awesome helper, he's wrapped right along with me the whole time, wrapping as many as I have. He even did some of the actual picking out of gifts & ordered them online as well as helping with in shopping. I sure couldn't have survived this holiday season with him. What a gem he is!
Heading to church now with 3 grands in tow since their parents are working today. We'll drop the off to their dad when he gets off at noon & then head home for some lunch & work on finishing Christmas cards & getting laundry caught up.

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70 degrees sounds fabulous! My Chihuahua would be happy with these temps! She has her own heating blanket for the cold winter days....and our bed for the nights! When summer rolls around, she can't get enough of laying in the sun! She's a great pool buddy! I read in a lounge chair, she sleeps in the same lounge chair! emoticon oh wait....it's December, Christmas, it's time to focus on holiday things! emoticon I am doing my last Christmas shopping tomorrow. All my wrapping Monday and Tuesday, as I haven't even begun that, and I am cleaning the house today! Whew! Have a fantastic weekend all! I have to quit chatting about my plans here and start doing something! emoticon

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Thanks for joining in on the chat REDSHOEBLUE. Looking forward to getting to know you & helping support your goals.

It's really hard to believe it's just over a week left til Christmas. You'd never think so with our 70+ degree days. Of course we are supposed to have a slight cool down to the 50s by the weekend.
I had therapy yesterday, each time I see a steady improvement, I'll be glad when I'm finally back to normal or at least "pre-accident condition".
I'm taking Thursday off to do some final shopping with my oldest DD. I have therapy first thing in the morning & then late tomorrow evening is my annual dermatology check, so we will have a full day tomorrow.

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Good morning! emoticon

I'm the new addition to the team. I can't wait to dive in and start participating, but, I haven't had a chance to read through all the threads yet! Thank you for all the warm emoticon messages on my spark page! Have an amazing Tuesday! Tuesday's are my least favorite day of the week...followed my Monday, then Thursdays. emoticon

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LIsa, how was the therapy appointment, hope it went well with positive results.

We got about 1/2 of our shopping done Saturday, I need to get the rest done this weekend if possible. I sure don't want to have any shopping to do the last week of Christmas, it's already crazy enough out there now. LOL

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Oh Donna those accedents sound horrible. I am not much on traveling when the weather is not cooperative. Even growing up in WI I still dislike getting out in cold/freezing rain or snow. Especially here in TX they really don't know how to drive in that type of mess, even though I do trust my DH but have trouble with other drivers...lol. So this time of year I usually just stay home. I am glad that you were safe. Hope your breakfast with hubby was wonderful. Did you get some shopping done?


Been relaxing this last weekend except for going out one night to get all our kids Christmas shopping done. I still havent decorated, think we will do that this weekend. I have therapy tomorrow, same day as my mothers Birthday, not a good day in my book already.

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Lisa,I'm glad your meds are working & helping with your anxiety. Good that the kids are getting prepared, I know mine are getting excited.

The commute to work was so easy for me but that all changed in a matter of 30 minutes. Then there was a collision between 2 tractor trailers, then at the heavy traffic area there was a 5 car collision. Then about 2 hours later there was an accident involving another tractor trailer, sadly that driver died, he was unable to get out of his truck before it burst in flames. Such a tragic ending, I'm glad we were traveling after all the wrecks on the roads yesterday.

Heading out to breakfast now with DH , then will try to do some Christmas shopping, depends on how long the leg holds up.

Have a fabulous day.

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I am so sorry that you won't be going to your husbands Christmas party but that does seem a long way to go. I bet it was wonderful to get to work so easily. Hope you have a beautiful day

DH also believes its a scam and I am feeling better about that issue but it seems to have tapped on my anxiety/panic again. I am taking some of my previous anxiety meds which seems to be helping. I think the kids and I are both ready for Christmas break, Thanksgiving break wasn't long enough to rejuvenate...lol. We are pushing on through and pushing to keep grades up at least to passing. DD is still struggling to get caught up with French so I think she will be working during the holiday.

Hope all are having a wonderful, blessed day.

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Lisa, what a rude person. Just be careful, there are many scams out there & they often pose as bill collectors trying to catch you with your guard down. Hope today is better for you.

Today is a much better day than yesterday. I actually slept so hard last night I was dragging getting out of the house on time. But thank goodness traffic was breeze, it was almost like everyone had vanished. LOL. Got to work in 35 minutes instead of an 1 hour. emoticon We were supposed to be attending Dh's company Christmas party tonight. But because of the issues with my leg & it being a 2.5 hour drive there & back, we opted to not attend. Bummer, I had been so looking forward to going & getting to meet his coworkers & spouses. Oh well, maybe we can just have a quiet, relaxing evening at home, that would be nice.

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Since I am planning on not doing the December BSG challenge I think I would like to stop in here every once in a while. It's been a hard two weeks with first the internet going out then ice storm that took out our power and with my DH and DS with a cold that I am not trying to catch but seem to be anyway then stressful situations just being laid on me yesterday sent me into a tail spin. I got a phone call yesterday from a lady that started out my telling me that I had a lawsuit against me for some payday loans that I never paid and threatened to put me in jail. Now first of all the last payday loan I ever took out was in 2007 and paid ALL of them off by the end of 2010. She just kept shouting at me and threatening me it sent me into an anxiety panic attack and of course made me cry. I finally was able to say to her that I was giving the phone to my DH and he had permission to talk about this with him. He spent the next 35 min trying to get a word in edgewise between threats and them calling me a fraud and that I meant not to pay them and closed the bank account which is not closed because that is where all our direct deposits go into and is just easier to keep that account open. It took my DH and internet searching to finally get me to calm down enough to know that I will not be arrested and sent to jail the most they can do is civil court but DH thinks that it will never happen. So now today of course my fibro is acting up so bad I can barely move. I was having such a wonderful day out spending time with my DH us just having a loving husband/wife time and this just ruined it.

Thanks for listening, just feel so I guess I would say helpless and depression is trying to settle in hard. I need to work extra hard to keep my spirits up.

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Cathy, because of the vast # in our family, our budget for each one is not that big, its just buying so many gifts, there are 25 in our family counting Kenny & I. I was hoping to have done most of the online shopping while I was home after surgery, but the internet wouldn't cooperate. LOL.

I had a good report at the post op appointment. Dr says there is no signs of arthritis in the knee, he removed the tear & cleaned up the inflammation in the tissue. It will take about another week for the swelling to go down but in the meantime I have to check into setting up Physical Therapy, I need to see how my insurance will cover this & how much will be my cost. Also I need to get the final documents from my lienholder regarding the total loss check they received from my Auto Insurance Carrier. I'm waiting on the final payoff to send in with my GAP claim so I can get that closed out & then focus on getting my knee well.

I'm back at work, & dealing with swelling in the knee since I'm not able to prop my leg as much. I'll be glad to get past this knee injury so I can restart my life again, so many things I'm missing out on.

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It's been a long day today. I got up early 'cause I couldn't sleep then I took a nap after breakfast. I got up and exercised then went into town to get groceries. Came back talked to my sister, BIL and nephew for a bit. Then made lunch and cleaned up the kitchen afterwards.

Donna - Your breakfast yesterday morning sounds heavenly! How many do you have to buy for for Christmas? How is your knee doing? When will you be able to walk on it? Your dinner sounds nice and simple. Can't get much better than that. Hope you ceremony at church was nice.

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Yesterday, we did go out for breakfast. Oh what a treat, the diner had a pancake special with oatmeal pancakes topped with vanilla & strawberry yogurt & then topped with sliced strawberries, blueberries & blackberry puree. Oh my goodness, that was so good I didn't even use syrup, completed with bacon strips.
Afterwards we went to the Camera store & I purchased a 50mm lens for DH's birthday, a little late since it was last Monday. Then we did a little Christmas shopping at Lowes, one of our sons & one son in law are getting tools for Christmas, found some good deals. Got our oldest son & his wife a Keurig for Christmas. I need to order some things online but the internet service at home hasn't been all that great.
For supper we stayed home so I could rest my knee & ice it, Kenny grilled steaks with baked potato & salads for supper, oh my, perfect meal.
Tonight we are having our Hanging of the Greens service, so I need to pick up some stuff to carry for refreshments. I know I'll be taking my Hot Pepper Jelly-Shrimp dip with crackers, not sure what else, just need it to be something simple that requires minimal standing for preparation.

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Kenny has been taking care of keeping the house tidy & laundry done since my surgery.. He's also been taking care of meals & dishes.

Today Kenny put up the Christmas tree & got the lights strung on it. So while he was cooking supper I hung the ornaments since that was something I could do without straining my leg. So far no pain or discomfort since then. Tomorrow, we plan to go for our weekly breakfast date & then then will spend the remainder of the day at home, He plans to grill steaks & potatoes for our supper tomorrow. Cant wait as this will be the first time in several months that we've grilled out at home.

Watching some tv now till bedtime. Hope everyone has a great evening.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy family time & good eating in moderation. My oldest DD is here cooking the pies & preparing the sweet potato casserole. I'm excited to be able to share some family time with all of our family today, even my parents & MIL are planning to come. It's a beautiful day, so we are planning to eat outside @ 4, will make it easier than trying to cram 25 people in our dining area.

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Since I am the one that normally does the dinner prep, no one else knows how to cook the dressing, gravy, sweet potato casserole So my oldest DD is coming early in the morning to do the prep, I will be there to tell her how to tell her how to do each, will be good to have someone else know & it will be great bonding time for us.

I'm icing & elevating my leg today, so catching up on spark with my laptop & watching cooking shows, not much else on tv worth watching. LOL.

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Cathy emoticon on your 32 day streak. emoticon

Amy, I'll be praying for your surgery on the 30th, look forward to a positive update.

go for my preop with the surgeon tomorrow at 3, then I have to call the hospital outpatient dept at 4 to see what time my surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. I'm a little nervous but ready to get rid of the source of pain.
Tomorrow evening I will make the sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving & put it in the freezer til DH is ready to cook it Thursday night. I also need to pick up some fresh collards for him to cook. Our oldest son is deep frying a turkey and bringing drinks, our youngest son's wife is making deviled eggs & apple pie, the oldest daughter is bringing a cheesecake pie & grape salad, the middle daughter is bringing Butterbeans & a dessert. So DH will be doing the rest ---- ham, potato salad, corn, pickle tray, sweet potato casserole, dressing & gravy (i will help with dressing and gravy as he's never made those) and of course cranberry sauce. Before Thursday I plan to make a sweet potato pie, mincemeat pie & pecan pie as those are simple & require minimal prep time on my feet.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I'm going to miss cooking for our crowd, 20 not counting our parents who won't be able to attend so we will take a plate to them afterwards.
On my way to church, have a great day.

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Good morning, A&I Friends!

I have to remember to check in here at least once a week to see update news.

Danae, your kids are so cute in their Halloween costumes! I hope you are having a great November!

Donna and Cathy, great to read your posts! I miss you two!

Cathy, way to go on your 32 day streak of exercising! That's fantastic! Sometimes I have to push myself to do it, but I always feel so much better, physically, mentally and emotionally when I do it! I hope you are feeling more upbeat now. I missed a couple days recently and really felt a difference.

Donna, I am glad you have your knee surgery scheduled for next Tuesday. From Dave's troubles with his knees over the years, I can imagine how painful it is for you and not fun to have to use crutches to get around. You must be so frustrated with insurance companies since your accident. Like Cathy said, I'm sorry you have to pay so much deductible for your surgery, and I sure hope the hospital will work with you and not expect a full payment right away. I will be thinking of you and hope all goes well! I know how much you love to cook and will miss out doing that for Thanksgiving dinner this year, but that's wonderful that Kenny and the kids will take over and you can just rest and enjoy being waited on! I look forward to hearing another update after your pre-op and then when you have time after the surgery.
That's such a great story about how well Lindsey has done in school after what the doctor said when she was born relating to the non-functioning thyroid. Thyroid glands really can wreck havoc on the body and brain. I'm glad hers was such a success story. You can't believe everything doctors say, that's for sure!

I am hypothyroid and take medicine for that, but the surgery I am getting is for PARAthyroid glands, which are different. They are small glands behind the regular thyroid glands, and they regulate calcium in your bones and blood. I have a benign tumor on one or two of the four and they have to be removed. They are pulling too much calcium out of my bones. i am getting my surgery an hour away (in Tampa) on November 30th. It should be an easy 20 minute procedure, and I can go home the same day. I am hoping it will help me feel better, since I have a lot of fatigue, depression and body aches/pains that may be caused from this.

I have been doing pretty well otherwise - staying busy here with exercise and retirement fun, and also focusing on my eating through the 100 Days of Weight Loss book. I am not happy about being away from my parents for the holidays though. Holidays are not the same since I moved to Florida. I want to get this surgery out of the way first, then I may consider flying up to PA by myself in December sometime to see them. The problem is where I would stay, what car I would use, etc. and my strained relationship with my sister affects all this, since my parents live with her. I don't like the idea of going myself, but right now, Dave and I don't think we should leave Sean here by himself. He is doing really well, working two jobs with lots of hours, but I still get nervous about him sabotaging his success...we have gone through so much with him!

Have to get ready to go out for my 7 AM walk with my neighbor. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Hello everyone, it's been a while since I've been in here. It's good to see an update from you Donna. I'm glad to hear you finally got approval from your insurance for the surgery and that it has been scheduled. I'm sorry to hear though that you're going to have to pay so much for your surgery. I hope you will not have to pay all of it up front. You might ask the hospital if you can set up a way to make payments over the course of several months. Most hospitals are willing to work with you.

That's great that Kenny and the kids will be cooking Thanksgiving this year since you'll still be recuperating from surgery. I know you like cooking for the family but it's great that everyone is willing to pitch in to help and let you have the day off.

Not much going on with me. Same thing just a different day. lol I do have a 32 day streak of exercising for at least 10 minutes going on though.

It rained all day yesterday but the sun is out today. Glad to see the sun out.

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Hi ladies, stopping by with an update, I did hear from the insurance, we have an approval and the surgery is scheduled for Tuesday the 24th, there was just an issue with my deductible since I assumed that all the other expenses I had that at least part of the deductible had applied but actually the only thing that seems have applied was a portion of the MRI that I did so I still have about a $4,000 deductible to meet and the insurance will pick up whatever is rest with their estimate will be about 2000 or $2,500. I talked to the doctors office and they are willing to bill me after the procedure after all the deductibles are applied because they realize that there are still some bills being filed with the insurance company so we don't know for sure how much exactly will be met by the time of surgery arrives. The hospital may be a different story so I guess I'll find out for sure on Monday when I got for pre-op if there's going to be an issue because if I have to come up with $4,000 on the spot then we're just going to have to put the surgery off until sometime next year and the crutches will continue to be my friend.
Kenny and all of our kids are going to be cooking Thanksgiving this year instead of me since I will be still be recuperating from the surgery and will have limited time that I can be up on my feet. I'm going to miss cooking no doubt, because I do enjoy cooking those big family dinners but I have to admit it will be a treat to have everybody pitch in and help out and let me have the day off.

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Well I had the MRI done Tuesday & then had my follow up with the ortho today. There is a pretty significant tear in the meniscus that needs to be removed via arthroscopic surgery. So now I have to wait for insurance approval so the appointment can be scheduled. So for now, I'll continue resting when I can never getting far from my crutches.

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Danae, those are some adorable little ones, I bet they sure keep you busy & on your toes. What a wonderful age they are, so full of laughter & energy.

Amy, How's the new weight loss program working for you? I hope you are getting some rest & feeling better. My stepdaughter & granddaughter both have problems with Thyroid. Actually when our granddaughter, Lindsey was born 9 years ago, her thyroid was almost nonfunctioning & the Drs told her parents that she would be mentally underdeveloped. Well you'd never know it, she's at the top of her class actually skipped a grade because of her academic abilility.

Since the responsible driver didn't have insurance on her car, I'm filing through my Uninsured Motorists bodily injury coverage. But it doesn't may til all the treatment is done, so I'm using my private medical insurance for now & it will be reimbursed later by the Uninsured Motorists Coverage.
Well finally got the approval from my medical insurance to get the MRI of my knee. I'm scheduled for Tuesday morning @ 7am. Hopefully once it's read I can get some answers about what to do, the pain never goes away, not to mention I am limited on what I can do & have to try to stay off of the leg as much as possible, the swelling gets pretty bad otherwise.
We are heading to church now, 3 of our grandchildren are with us, their mom is a nurse so she dropped them off this morning on her way to work, the oldest one is in the Christmas Play which is being practiced at church this morning. We will drop them off to their dad when he gets off from work at noon.
Tomorrow, I have a 3 month followup with my GP for my diabetes & also checking to see how I'm doing since the accident. Hopefully it will be a positive appointment, I think she may be doing labs as well, I always go fasting just to make sure.

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yesterday was my husband last day off. so we did alot. i had my snow tires on, my daughter had her 4 year cheack up and went on a road trip to my fav store which is an hour away from us.

today i am gonna scrub down my kitchen.

AMYBELLES here is what my kids look like in there costumes



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I am looking forward to the rest of the afternoon and evening to rest after being so busy in my retired life recently. LOL It seems I go from one activity to another! Yesterday was non-stop with a walk, class at the gym, cleaning, a digital camera class and dinner out with friends. This morning I did take an hour walk of four miles, vacuumed and steam cleaned the kitchen, and then played nine holes of golf. But now I have planted myself down in the living room intending to spark for awhile, read, watch something on Netflix or Hulu and maybe even take a nap! We are having a healthy dinner at home of salmon and roasted veggies.

Danae, bet your kids looked so cute in their costumes. When you have little ones, you are very busy, so no worries for not having much time to check in.

Donna, hope you are doing well this week!



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amybelles: thank you.and yes they did. my daughter was rainbow dash and my son was a dragon.

sorry havn't been on a while. my daughter keeps me busy with school stuff and been out of town for a while.

thank you for making me the winner.

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Hi! Thought I'd stop by for a chat in between BSG challenges. Hope everyone has an awesome November! Can't believe there are only two more months left in the year!

Donna, sure hope that November is a better month for you. I hope your knee heals without having to get surgery and all the insurance claims work out. On a positive side, sounds like you found a great truck for dh and you had a fun Halloween celebration with your family! Did you take a picture of your dgs when he bit into the candied onion - what a trick!

Barbie, I'm so glad you finally got your lawn finished! i have missed chatting with you. Think of you a lot, and especially this month since I know it's when Bill passed away! Sending hugs your way!

Hi, Danae, I don't think I have chatted with you before. Congrats on winning the Halloween decorating contest. Did your little ones go out trick or treating?

I am doing pretty well. Have some depression and fatigue, which in part may be due to enlarged parathyroid. I am in the process of getting surgery scheduled to remove the gland or glands that are causing the problem. But on the whole, I am back to my busy retired life in Florida, getting lots of fitness in again and trying to stick to eating with moderation. I gained a couple pounds the past two weeks, but I am determined to get them off again! I started doing a program called 100 Days of Weight Loss that will keep me focused on my goals.

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We signed off on the insurance claim for the truck Thursday & Monday I have to file the GAP claim to pay off remaining $1800 on the loan.
I'm still dealing with the pain from my knee injury, a torn meniscus. The ortho specialist thinks it is part of the accident but we are awaiting my health insurance company to approve an me I to determine extent of damage. Surgery may have to be done depending on damage.

We've spent the last 2 days trying to get DH another truck. Found a good deal on a 09 Chevrolet Silverado yesterday in my favorite color, red, His payments are lower than last truck so a big woohoo.

Last night we had all the kids and the grandkids over for a little family Halloween fun. We had hot dogs and chips with cupcakes and candied apples. One of our daughter in laws made the apples and for a trick as part of the trick or treat she also threw in some candied onions. What a surprise my 5 year old grandson got when he bit into one. They also roasted marshmallows and told scary stories around a campfire we had in the yard. Everybody had a wonderful time it seems it was good to have the crew together again.

Kenny had some things to do in town this morning so we decided to go ahead with her usual breakfast date. I think after he finishes the errands we're going to run up to visit his mom she lives about 40 miles from our house. We doon't get to see her as much as we would like because everybody just stay so busy. Then later once we get home I'm putting my leg up and not moving from the recliner because the knee is really giving me some pain today.


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I had a great weekend. It was good to see Bill's son and DIL. Today we got the lawn seeded and rolled. What a relief to finally be done. Now I just hope it grows.

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never made it to wal-mart last night. gonna go today. then come hope and decorate. talso tonight my daughter has awanas. so we are going to that.

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Danae, your Saturday sounds like my typical one, I have to usually cram all my house chores & shopping in one day. Glad you enjoyed the seminar

Barbie, I'm glad you found someone to watch Marv, hope everything works out good for you.


Yesterday was not a good day, I had wanted to go do some early Christmas shopping but felt horrible with head/neck/back pain, Just didn't feel like doing anything, so we ended up having a Lean Cuisine entre for supper. I went to bed @ 8, slept il 6 this morning, so far feeling a little better this morning. Now heading to church.

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Last night i went to a good simnar. It was by shalla shutte. I was on How has God betrayed you. I liked it. It really touched me alot.

Today i am gonna finish with my laundry, stratin up, secorate for halloween and the when hubby gets off work go to wal-mart and do my weekly grocery shopping

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Good evening friends. I found an elderly lady to come over and attend to Marv while I am gone next weekend. I am taking a leap of faith that she is trustworthy, but when we met her both Marv and I liked her so that gave me a good feeling. Today was another morning of working at getting the moss out. This afternoon I went to Bob's and we had a relaxing afternoon/evening. Tomorrow if it isn't raining we will probably work some more on the yard and then at 4 we have the birthday party for his twin 4-year old great granddaughters which should be fun.

@ Danae - a day at the park with the kids sounds fun. I miss my grandson being young enough to do that.I hope your cleaning and laundry went well and you had a nice walk at the park and the kids ran off some of their endless energy.

@ Donna - I am glad you are slowly getting back to normal after the wreck and you will soon be off the pain meds altogether.

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DBELLE39 never went. was plaining but my husband changed his mind. So we took the kids to the park instead.

Today i am gonna be cleaning, doing laundry, and hope go for a walk to the park and let the kids run off some energy. then come home and cook dinner.

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Dance, how was the walk -- did you end up at the pumpkin patch or the maze. This is such a beautiful time of year. Driver probably will not get much punishment, seems the going way in our county, attorneys usually get DUI charges dismissed, which is why shes a repeat offender.

Barbie, I hope you can find a sitter for Marv next weekend so you can enjoy your trip.

We are still waiting on the word from the insurance company, seems that are still reviewing the estimate to determine if they will pay to repair or total the truck, My Dr's appointment was ok yesterday, my DR was booked, so I had to see her PA, he said it could take a month for me to get over the aches & pains caused by the accident, but to just keep taking the pain meds to take the edge off the pain.

Well got to get my day started, ready to be done with the work week & start the weekend.
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Good afternoon friends. Today I am taking it easy as I have Belly Dance class tonight. I did vacuum and get up some of Marv's hair and have been looking for someone to watch Marv for a couple of days next weekend while I am away to see Bill's son and daughter-in-law.

@ Danae - your day sounds like a fun day. Sunday our youth group is going to a corn maze. I am not sure if I will walk through it or not as it is supposed to be a scary one and I'm not much into scary. LOL The teens are excited about it though.

@ Donna - I am sorry to hear that you have to pay deductibles and save up for a new truck. It sure doesn't seem fair since it was the other guy's fault. I will continue my prayers for you.

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DBELLE39 i'm so sorry about the yruk. I hope the guy got in trouble for what he did. I will always keep you in my prayes.

Today is a simple day. My daughter has no school today teacher training. Gonna clean, go for a walk,at the pumkin patch or the corn maze. Then come home and make dinner and go to bed.

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Danae, Revelation is always a insightful book to study, seems like I learn something new every time DH does a Bible Study on it at church.Thanks for the prayers, I'm have some emotional pain right now dealing with the fact that the other driver was illegally driving & high on drugs & now not only are we having to pay deductibles & such to file on our own insurance but are without a truck. Since it most likely will be totaled, we won't be able to replace it til sometime next year as we save up for a downpayment, the insurance will pay off the totaled truck but nothing left over.




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good afternoon ladies. I had a good day today. I went to my wednesday bible study that happens every wednesday starting in September. We are studing Revelations this year. Pretty exited about that. The study is good. Reallly good insight on revelations.A couple of good questions that she ask today was good.

Like 1)If Jesus wrote you a letter to you today, what would it say? That question almost put me into tears. 2)Who do you need to show love by Jeaus Christ? and then she pointed out some good Principles to. 1)Jesus knows his church and knows you, 2)Faith at perservers through stuff operation to Christ to a broken world.

now i am babysitting my friends kids. So glad my daugher gets along with them. Then afterwards i am gonna go to walmart

DBELLE39 so sorry to hear about the accident. Glad you are okay. Keeping you in my prayers.

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Danae, Yum, what a delicious sounding breakfast. Hope the day was positively awesome for you.

Barbie, hope the walk is invigorating & the dogs make to be great friends. Mom came home on Monday afternoon. She still has a bit of the pneumonia but has her meds & she can get some quality rest at home, something not found in the hospital.



I returned to work yesterday. Did ok, just dealing with headache & neck/shoulder pain & discomfort. I'm happy to say I've graduated from the muscle relaxers to just OTC Ibuprofen. Yay, there's improvement in the pain level for sure. Hoping to hear from the body shop on an estimate today & whether or not the truck is repairable or if should be totaled. On a flip note, my SUV was put in the shop Monday, there was a small oil leak found at the last oil change that happens to be covered by warranty, woohoo!!! I should be able to pick up my SUV later today.

Hope everyone has a Wonderful Wednesday.

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Good evening fiends. Yesterday I took Marv for an hour walk and then worked I the yard for 2.5 hours. I was so exhausted I couldn't check in last night.Today I skipped the walk and just worked I the yard. Bob also came and worked for a while. I can't wait to get it done. Tomorrow I am meeting a friend and her dog for a walk. I am not sure how that will work but hopefully the dogs will be sociable and get along.

@ Danae - sounds like you had an enjoyable day with your family.

@ Donna - I am glad to hear you are feeling better and pray you will be able to get back to work tomorrow. I am glad your mom has been improving and will be going home soon too. No one likes being in the hospital any longer than necessary.

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today is an okay day. went for a 30 minute walk with my son. had oatmeal pancakes w/apple and strawberry puree, and 1/3 cup of grapes and a glass of orange juice.

gonna get ready for the day and get my daughter and meet my husband for lunch. then come home and clean. Then get ready for my policy counsel meeting tonight. then off to bed

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Danae, it's good to have you back. Glad you are doing better, sounds like you had a lot going on with your health, it's strange how we take it for granted til we something happens, a lesson I've learned as well.

Barbie, I'm so sorry, didn't realize how close Rebecca was to the family, I'm guessing she was one of the victims of the school shooting. My prayers & thoughts are with you & your family as well as Rebecca's.

No whiplash, but Dr seems to think I tensed up with has my neck & shoulder muscles all tightened up which is why I was in so much discomfort as well as the horrible headaches. The main concern we had was the level of confusion & fogginess of mind which was signs of a concussion. She said even though I don't recall hitting my head, but the jolting & shaking of the accident would have caused my brain to slosh around like jello in a bowl. She wanted me to take some time off from work, initially 2 weeks but then she said 1 week & that when the dizziness & confusion went away I could return sooner if I wanted.
I made it through yesterday without having to take muscle relaxer, the ibuprofen seemed to work fine. I decided to take 1 more day off from work just for good measure as I still have a small amount of dizziness. Hopefully tomorrow I can return to work, I'm going stir crazy sitting in the recliner all day. emoticon

The Drs are reviewing Mom's records today. She may come home sometime today or tomorrow. Yahoo!!!! God is good.

We had a wonderful church service yesterday, it as our Annual Homecoming Service. The music was presented by a man that has been in a wheelchair since the age of 17 due to a horrific car accident. What a blessing he was to our service. Good food & fellowship ended the day & I came home & took a 3 hour power nap. I've not done so much sleeping as I have since the accident. LOL.

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