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6/15/17 8:17 P

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Oh my, Welllllll I gained .2 but the strawberry rhubarb pie was worth it.
Tomorrow is another day.
Have a good weekend everyone and happy fathers day to the dad's.

Froggy Jean

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6/13/17 12:23 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's hot!!! I went out on a couple of errands this morning, hoping to beat the heat, but I got home and was dripping! Now, I'm doing laundry in air conditioned comfort!

Sunday was Alex's first birthday. Chris and Kate had both families for a cookout and birthday cake. We all had a lot of fun watching him with his new toys. He is almost walking on his own but not quite. He is definitely getting quite vocal though! Today he is being re-evaluated and then will start the new round of treatments on the 22nd providing that all the results are as expected. It surely has been an eventful first year for him!

Bev, I hope your foot heals quickly and that there are no more problems. I know you have had pain for quite a while so I hope this gives you the relief you need.

We are heading to Brattleboro this weekend for my 50th high school reunion. Some of the people who are registered to be there are people I haven't seen since we graduated! It should be interesting. Yesterday, I canned pints of syrup for me to give to all the classmates who attend the reunion. Just a little sweet remembrance of our 50th. lol

This week, I will work only tomorrow and then I'm hoping that I'll be pretty much done. There will still be the end of the year settlement and the budget prep for the new fiscal year but that should be all done by early in July. The pastor seems concerned that she may not work out but I think she'll be okay once she is more used to the routine. I'll be on call just in case though.

I hope all is well with everyone. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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6/13/17 9:52 A

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Carol, if you try the angel food cake with some Splenda let me know how it works. I have always been afraid to try it. I used to make a berry frosting (that you put on a plain piece of cake when you eat it rather than before) with egg whites, berries, and sugar and that doesn't work with Splenda. Of course I tried it with all Splenda, not just replacing part of the sugar with Splenda. Hopefully your hubby's procedure goes well and he won't have any more problems.

Well my one day off Friday to see the orthopedic surgeon about my ankle turned into three days off. The x-ray showed that one of the screws in my ankle (the one at the bottom of the plate) was backed out partway and was just barely below the skin- which is why I was having so much pain from it. Because it had started to drain a little in the last couple of weeks he felt an infection had developed so he put me on antibiotics and wanted to remove it soon. He said it didn't require emergency surgery but he wanted it done within a week. Normally he says he is pretty booked (I had to wait 6 weeks for an appointment so I believe that) but he had a cancellation for Monday so he scheduled me for surgery yesterday. Otherwise he would have had someone else do the surgery later this week. I didn't have to have everything removed, just the one screw. There is a slight possibility I could have to have more taken out later but he doesn't really think I will. I had planned to work today but they didn't want me to go back quite that soon after the anesthesia and surgery so I am home one more day. When I do go back I am supposed to be keeping the foot elevated as much as I can- and no lunchtime walking before I go for my follow-up on the 29th. Hopefully this will solve a lot of my foot and ankle pain. I will still have others issues with my feet but this should help a lot I think.

Cheryl and Jean , I hope all is well with both of you.

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6/13/17 7:25 A

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Good morning, ladies,

Hard to believe we went from cold and damp weather to record-breaking heat in less than a week. I don't know what's worse, but the next few days sound pretty nice to me.

I've been to p.t. here a couple of times now, and they think they might be able to help my leg length discrepancy issue, with 2 months or more of therapy. No guarantees, of course, but I'm desperate to try anything at this point so I can eventually walk right again. We shall see.

Hubby's urology appointment last week was a good one. They found he has a bladder stone about 1/2 inch or so, so they will do yet another cystoscopy on Thursday this week to remove it. Hopefully that will be the end of his problems that have plagued him for the last 8 months.

Cheryl, hope your trainee is coming along and you can relax and retire fully soon. At least you are not going to be too far away if they do need your advice from time to time.

Well, time to get moving.


Have a great day all.

Carol

P.S. We had a dozen eggs given to us last week by the nephew who has chickens. Hmmmm...I decided to try something I'd never made before....angel food cake from scratch. Wow, delicious! Next time I'll try substituting some of the sugar with Splenda...

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6/3/17 9:17 P

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Good evening, all. Seems like i never get on here much anymore. As you said, Bev, lots of things keeping us busy. We are redoing our bedroom so there are some issues there that make everyday life a bit more challenging. Seems like it takes me ywice as long to get ready in the morning since i have underwear in a dresser in one room, clothes in the closet, shoes on the porch...

I am still training the new gal for the office job. It has been challenging but i think we are making headway. i am hoping to be done in another week or so. Of course, i will have to go back for a few days around the end of the month though to help her close out the year and begin the budget process for the new fiscal year. On Wednesday, i stayed a couple of hours later to get the main checking account reconciled...finally!

Thursday, Alex ha his 11th week of treatments. Only one more to go before he goes on a new schedule of one every three weeks. He will be one-year old on the 11th and that will also mark the time for a change in the dosage. i hope he tolerates the new treatments as well as he has so far.

Bev, I hope you can come to an agreement on the double-wide. By the way, my sister lives in Hinsdale.

We had a no-gain meeting this week, our second one since SRD. Our attendance has been very low though. Seems like it's not really a priority for some people. We are working on the Million Pounds Mission and it seems that most are on track.

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6/3/17 8:34 A

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Carol, the double-wide will actually be for us and we will be selling this house to Ed and Kim if things all work out the way we are hoping. That was always the long-term goal and this new plan just gets us there quicker. Rodney's health may not allow us to stay in this house for many more years anyway. The double-wide should be easier for us to maintain and for me to handle on my own when the time comes. I hate to even think about that, but it has become part of our reality. Unfortunately the price from the new company came in much higher than we expected so we have to decide how much we are willing to spend I guess. Part of the difference is that the other one was a 2015 model and this one would be considered a 2018 and another part is that apparently the state requires insulated skirting as as 1/1/17 and the other place had not included that in their price. I don't think those things account for all of the difference but maybe they do.

Today we are off to the Relay for Life. I am hoping my foot/ankle hold up okay. I know I will not be walking as much as I would have in the past, but I will do as much as I can. I had a few days when the ankle felt a little better but yesterday was kind of rough and last night I had a hard time getting to sleep because it was hurting so bad. Next Friday I will finally see the orthopedic guy at DHMC to see what they think needs to be done for it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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6/3/17 7:10 A

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Morning, all.
Another cool, rainy morning here...doesn't look like we will get much sun until at least the middle of the week. Rather depressing, if you ask me.

Bev, sounds like things are beginning to come together for you with the new home. I hope you can get it delivered and all set up without these continued setbacks. Is the double-wide for Ed and Kim? They must be anxious to get in and get settled. Unfortunately it can be a hurry up and wait kind of thing sometimes.

I had a loss this week but the chapter had a net gain. Hopefully we'll do better next week. Our chapter got its picture in the new issue of TOPS News. A visitor ( a traveling KOPS) stopped by last summer and then wrote an article, which surprisingly they published. Nice to see some follow up there.

Hubby continues his projects here. The sanding down and refinishing of window sills is about done. The only other indoor project is redoing the office, which means everything gets moved to the center of the room so he can fix any wall problems, like protruding sheetrock screws, etc. Then he will repaint and that should be it.

Well, I've rambled long enough.

Have a great Saturday all.

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5/28/17 8:41 A

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Jean, I don't think you have been missing any posts- there just haven't been any! I guess we are all keeping busy or don't have much to say! I have been keeping busy, between work, Ed & Kim's wedding last weekend, and trying to find a new double-wide. Last Sunday we went to Tilton, NH and looked at some. Only one was in the price range we were planning to spend and that one appeared to be pretty cheaply made so we aren't sure we really want to buy it. On Monday Rodney went to Hinsdale, NH and looked at some, which he said were really nice, but again more money. Yesterday we went to a place in Rutland that sells them and talked with a guy there. They don't have many on their lot and they are all much larger and more expensive than we want, but they can order smaller ones. We are having them give us a price on the exact same model that we had previously signed a contract on. Everyone we have talked to seems to agree that it is very odd how the other company simply told us they couldn't deliver it rather than telling us what might need to be done to the road to make it do-able. We think they had another buyer for the home that could close the deal sooner than us and they wanted to get it off the lot since they have had it for a long time. Oh well, we should have a price from the new company sometime this week. I don't expect them to come in quite as low since prices have increased in the last couple of years, but if it is within a few thousand I think we can still make a deal. It will take a little longer to finalize things because they have to order it, which takes two months, and we can't even order it until we can close on the loan and have money to give them since I'm sure they would need a significant amount up front before they would order one.

Cheryl, I knew you had said your daughter and her husband had split up and she had bought another house. It's too bad, but at least it sounds like it was a smoother split than Ed's last one. It was nice that you were able to give her a hand with the new place.

Carol, I hope all is going well with you. I guess I need to get off the computer and get us some breakfast so we can get on with our day. We are headed to West Hartford to make the rounds of visiting the in-laws today.

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5/27/17 1:39 P

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Good afternoon, all. We are in NY visiting our daughter and trying to help her get caught up on a few things around the house. Yesterday, while she was at work, we washed windows and did laundry. Hopefully that will help her a bit. Not sure if I told you or not, but she and Andy divorced and so she is starting over in a sense. They sold their house and she bought a townhouse but it needed some cosmetic touches. She has been painting inside and gradually updating faucets, shower heads and such. She is pretty handy about lots of things but, with her demanding work schedule, it's hard to find time to do it all. Karl tilled a little garden bed for her yesterday and we went to the garden center to get some plants with the intention that we would plant it all this morning. Unfortunately, no one told Mother Narure I guess because she rained on our plans. We may be able to get to it later today.

I have been training a woman to take my place at the church office but it is going fairly slow. She isn't very adept at typing so it takes much longer to get things done. I hope, for her sake, that she is able to feel more comfortable with the typing soon as it is a large part of the job. I am looking forward to being out of there, hopefully in another couple of weeks.

Last weekend, I took the train to Brattleboro and managed to take my 97-year old mother to see her 88-year old sister for lunch on Saturday. It was a nice visit and we had fun catching up on family news. My brother continues to do well with his new hip but has decided to continue therapy once a week for another month. He is walking a lot better than I can though. I will see a different orthopedic doctor on August 3 and maybe get some answers.

Bev, sounds like you are moving ahead bit by bit with your plans. How is Rodney doing?

Carol, I hope you are continuing to improve with your new hip. Glad to hear that the new glasses are helping.

Jean, good to hear from you.

Have a great day.

Cheryl

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5/27/17 12:17 P

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Changed my email address for SP hopefully I'll able to see what you all are posting.
Very frustrating, any other ideas Bev??
Sparkle friends have a safe weekend.
Hugs Froggy Jean

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5/25/17 8:54 A

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Weigh in evening tonight. I better keep busy till the time I have to leave the house.
Clean out fridge, dishes oh you know the daily stuff plus I might go do some weeding.
Bend and stretch, ouch...

Grilling season is upon us does anyone do vegetables or fruit? Pineapple is good.
Baked potato also.
Have a safe weekend everyone. TOPS hugs from
Froggy Jean emoticon
Ps why aren't I seeing other post??
Great Chapter net loss tonight.

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5/20/17 12:18 P

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I am glad to hear the new glasses seem to have corrected the vision problem Carol. Hopefully the hip continues to improve as well. It sure is nice to see the sun this weekend. We have a lot going on. This afternoon Ed & Kim are getting married. The three grandkids will be coming home with us afterwards and spending the night so the house will be a bit wild tonight and tomorrow until they get picked up. We have a guy coming tomorrow morning to hopefully buy the rototiller we put on craigslist. Then after the kids are gone and he has been and gone we will be heading out to look at double wides again. We were in the process of applying for a loan for the sitework and to buy one that we had put a deposit on, but we had a major setback this week. Someone from either the company we were buying it from or the company they use to haul them came to look at the site on Monday. He talked with Rodney and mentioned that we would need to cut a few tree limbs, which we already knew, and possibly move part of the neighbor's stone wall that he put up along the edge of the road (we would just have to put it back afterwards) but that was all he said. Two days later Ed got an e-mail from the mobile home company saying they would not be able to haul it up our road so they would be returning our deposit. Ed had another guy look at it two years ago that said he could do one up to 14 x 66 so I'm not sure why this guy didn't think he could do a 12 x 40. In any case we are back to square one sort of (other than that the prices for the power, septic, and well won't change). The next time we plan to have the company come look at the site before we sign a sales contract and put down a deposit, and if they say there is an issue with the road Rodney will ask them exactly what would need to be done to the road before they could do it and if the cost isn't horrible we might have to upgrade the road a bit. Otherwise that lot is useless to us because we will never build a house on it and neither will Ed.

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5/20/17 8:25 A

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Morning, ladies.
What a weather week we have had! Cold to hot, to rainy, and now, a chance of frost overnight here tonight. Gotta' love Vermont!

Looks like the weekend will be nice overall, though. It's the sunshine I like. The gray skies are something I keep forgetting are a problem here...

I managed to lose 2.2 this week but the chapter had a net gain. We had a good program on protein, and I've been reading a lot about it myself lately. There are many benefits that I didn't know about, like muscle health.

I got my new glasses Monday and they seem to be working out fine, no more blurry long-distance vision, so I can drive again. Woohoo! Hip/leg muscles still healing, though, so walking is still not right. May have to see an ortho guy here to see what is going on.

Well, off to start the laundry.

Have a superb Saturday all.

Carol

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5/13/17 2:23 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's starting to cloud up around here and I know we're in for a rainy night and tomorrow too. Hubby is working madly to get some yardwork done before the rain hits.

We're also working on an inside project. Last weekend, while I was at SRD, he emptied the bedroom so that we can start the redo there. We want to put in a ceiling light/fan and replace the ceiling. It's that old acoustical tile and he wants to put in a sheetrock one. Then, we'll repaint the walls and replace the mattress. It will be a nice, new bedroom once it's done. Meanwhile, we are sleeping upstairs and it gets quite hot once the warmer weather comes so that's an incentive to get the work done quickly.

We had a good weigh-in this week...a no-gain meeting! Several people were away, typical of our meetings lately. Our membership is getting smaller and smaller. We've had a few new members come but they don't stay. One woman returned to us a couple of weeks ago and hasn't been back since. She paid a membership and now isn't coming. What a waste!

I started training my replacement at work. She isn't very comfortable on the computer so I don't know how that is going to work. So much of the work in the office is on the computer so I hope she will get more used to it soon. We worked on the bulletin on Thursday and it took her forever!!!! I can show her what to do but I can't make it easy for her. I hate to think what it will be like when I have to teach her the bookkeeping and payroll parts of the job. My goal is to be out of the office by the first of June but that may not happen unless she catches on quickly.

I have a new recipe baking in the oven. It's a rhubarb-raspberry bar. I have fresh rhubarb and found some raspberries in the freezer so I thought this would be something different for our Mothers' Day dinner tomorrow. I know the men won't touch it but I'm hoping the women will try it. I'll also take some to my boss on Monday and that ought to take care of the leftovers.

I thought SRD was very good this year, in spite of the power outage on Friday night. That just added to the fun! And how nice that Rick has accepted the state coordinator position. Judy has enough on her plate!

Cheryl



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5/13/17 9:14 A

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Morning, ladies.
Guess we are in for a less than pleasant weekend, although it is nice to see the sun today.

Got the unpacking done from FL and put away finally. He has started on the house projects for the summer. He removed the wallpaper from the hallway going upstairs, repaired some dings and dents and has sanded and primed. Now to put a couple of coats of paint on. It's a mess, but it needed to be done.

I have ordered new glasses which I hope will cure the fuzzy vision I've had since my surgery. Got our taxes done Thursday and we are actually getting a small refund this year. It's about time. He saw his urologist yesterday and they did a culture to determine what is going on with him still. A new antibiotic too, plus they are scheduling him for a CT scan. We need to figure this out and move on. Even his doc is a bit surprised it has dragged on for this long.

Well, time to clean up the kitchen. I found some shredded zucchini in the bottom of my freezer from last August so yesterday I made some muffins with it. Pretty tasty. I used light butter and substituted Spenda for half the sugar. The texture and flavor were fine.

Have a terrific weekend everyone, and a happy Mothers Day to all.

Carol

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Nice to see some familiar faces at SRD.
New coordinator also.


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5/3/17 9:17 P

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Welcome back Carol! Today was a little cooler than it has been but I didn't think it was too bad. Of course I am not used to being where it was in the 80s every day. Cheryl, I don't know anything about the disease your grandson has but I think I would rather be safe than sorry, even if it means additional treatment. I see people all the time who don't want to do chemo because they are concerned about side effects, but we figured that we wanted to know that Rodney did everything he could to prevent a recurrence. Unfortunately it still didn't prevent it, but at least he tried- and he did get almost a year before it came back. He had this week off and then he will have chemo the next three Wednesdays and then they will do a scan to see if it appears to be working or not. Other than making him extra tired for a day or two and having a rash on his scalp and face, so far he is tolerating it well. Since we have been told he will need chemo for the rest of his life (possibly with an occasional break) it would be nice if this regimen would work for a while since it is well tolerated.

Have fun at SRD. I have not even been to TOPS since before we went to Florida and at this point I have no plan to go back anytime soon. I won't say I never will, but for now I don't plan to.

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Good evening, all. Carol, glad to hear that you made it back safely. We have all been freezing and it doesn't look very good for another week!

We have interviewed a couple of women for my job but can't get a clear sense rom either. He's thinking of asking them to come in for a trial run for two or three hours so that we can judge how they might work out. I'm okay with that but i don't know if they will like having to go through that. We will see how that goes.

Tomorrow, i will go for Alex's treatment. From the preliminary reports of the re-evaluation, there is improvement but his mother feels that they will do another round of six treatments. I wish he could have started the once every three weeks regimen but we have to trust that the doctors know what is best. All the research we've done seems to indicate that the extra round is warranted when the disease is is found in more than one system. He had lesions in bones and in his spleen so he is definitely in that category.

SRD this weekend. Joyce and Jennifer will head down tomorrow and then Rhoda, Diane and i will go on Friday. Shirley and Tricia will be there on Saturday. We definitely do not have the numbers we used to have. It is what it is.

Stay warm! I've covered a couple of flowering bushes as they are predicting frost for us tonight. Crazy!

Cheryl

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Good morning, all.
We arrived home yesterday afternoon. Probably could have made it in 2 nights but didn't want to push it.
We ended up staying in Danbury, CT Monday night so we could get home around lunchtime and have the daylight to unload, etc.

Of course, we have been frozen ever since! Definitely won't need the shorts for a while, Bev, is right!

Having computer issues with the desktop....hope to get that figured out today.

Well, off to unpack some more...have a great day all.

Carol

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Glad the trip has gone well so far. Hopefully the rest of it will be uneventful as well. Today was kind of cool but we have been having some pretty warm days lately so you might wear those shorts sooner than you think! I'm not sure what the coming week is supposed to be like though.

We went to West Lebanon today to find a suit for Rodney to wear to Ed and Kim's wedding. That turned out to be quite the challenge. If he found a jacket that was the right size they didn't have pants to match it in his size. He found some pants that fit him well but they didn't have a jacket his size to match. We ended up ordering a suit from J C Penney- and got it cheaper than the store's sale prince because the girl who waited on us entered a coupon for an additional discount. As long as it arrives when they say it will we should be all set. I have a couple of dresses and I know one or both will fit so I have something to wear. I am not so sure about shoes, but I will manage if I don't find a cheap pair that will fit between now and then. The ones I used to wear with my dresses are white sandals and I don't think I will be able to wear them with my ankle the way it is. I do have a pair of white loafers that I can wear if I have to but they are a little too big. Rodney also has a pair of shoes he could wear but they are more casual than dressy so we may look for something different. We don't want to spend a lot because we may never wear them again!

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Good evening all.
Left yesterday morning for the trip home, and made it to Fredericksburg Va tonight. Slow traffic around Richmond but we had called ahead for a room and got a nice one this time. Last night's was terrible (in SC).

Will take one more night so we can stop fairly often and I can walk around.
It is hot here still, around 85 so we are in for a rude awakening by the time we get home, I guess.
No more t-shirts and shorts for a while!

Well, he's looking to walk over to the Italian restaurant for dinner. Sounds good to me.

I'll post again when we get home.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's sunny right now but trying to cloud up and the forecast is for the possibility of rain before the afternoon is done. We're going to get out this morning and take care of some yardwork...mowing, flower bed cleaning, etc. I hope we can beat the rain.

It has been a very busy weekend. With the Maple Festival going on this weekend, there are lots of things to do. I went to a seminar on maple candy and such on Friday and learned how to make maple coated nuts. They used almonds and they were delicious. My granddaughter was there with me and found it interesting enough. She and I thought the maple almonds would make a great gift for teachers at Christmas time so I think we'll get together to do that next December. It's not hard at all but so worth the effort.

Friday night, a group of sugar makers and dealers visited our sugar house. It was a tour sponsored by the company where Karl works and we met some very nice people that night. They were very impressed with the work Matt has done to set up his sugar house and commented very favorably. Of course, Matt got the compliments second-hand since he was working.

Yesterday, I spent the day with Chris, Kate and Alex. They were emptying the storage unit and wanted someone to help with Alex while they did that so Grandma got the pleasure. The other grandparents were there too so he had plenty of caretakers. He will have another round of tests on Tuesday to determine whether or not the treatments have done their thing. The results will determine whether or not he has to have another six rounds of chemo. Either way, he will have chemo on Thursday and then maybe not for another three weeks if the results of the tests are good.

Time to get our day going if we hope to accomplish our to-do list. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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4/27/17 7:24 A

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Morning all.

Sunny and warm here this morning, headed to the 80s again and maybe 90.

Cheryl, I'm glad your brother is doing well. I saw my surgeon yesterday for the last time here. He did say that leg is a cm longer than the other but I know it feels more than that. I still need the wedge in my shoes, although it is better than it was. He says it is going to stay that way, probably. Not what I wanted to hear.

I am getting stronger but am far from able to walk a mile! I spent a lot of time on my feet yesterday packing and my leg was in pain most of the evening. I feel like the next 2 weeks will be important for getting the rest of my strength back.

More packing on the agenda tonight. We'll go to pot luck one last time tonight...I haven't been in over a month and I have some eggs to boil for deviled eggs. Those always seem to be popular at that event.

Good luck to those weighing in tonight.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's a nice, sunny day here right now but rain is in the forecast for later. I guess the southern part of the state had much nicer temps than we did yesterday. I wore sandals to work thinking that it was going to warm up enough to be comfortable. Wrong! I was so cold all morning!!! I guess I'll need to wait a couple more days for warmer temps.

We had a busy weekend. Went to Lowe's on Saturday to find a ceiling fan/light for when we redo the bedroom. We picked up a few other things while we were there and then it was time for lunch when we got back. Matt thought it would be nice if we went to the sugar house to help clean but we decided that there wasn't a lot of time for that. We did go on Sunday and spent most of the day there, skipping lunch entirely. My back and my hands were sore from all the scrubbing and such! Syrup is awfully hard to get off once it has cooled and set so scrubbing is definitely a chore!

Carol, it sounds like your recovery is coming right along. My brother keeps me posted on his progress and it makes me realize how compromised I am. He is up to walking a mile at a time and I can barely do the driveway!!! Definitely need to see someone about my lack of progress. I'm thinking it may be because the other hip is failing.

Today is chore day. Laundry and groceries are first on the list but I also want to get outside to clean a couple of flower beds before the rain comes later today. Maybe the laundry will wait...

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning, all.

Another warm start here, 63, headed to 88 again. It will probably hit 90 tomorrow and later next week. Guess it's time to head home!

Bev, the blurry vision issue started the day I woke up form surgery. It hasn't improved, and in fact, seems to have worsened somewhat. I talked with the doc about it and he didn't seem too concerned, saying it is rare and wasn't related to anything like stroke, or something that can happen with anesthesia. So, after 3 weeks I called my eye doc back home, who told me that since I once had been diagnosed with dry eye, that is what it was and to use drops. Well, that hasn't changed anything so I called them back yesterday but no one returned my call. Surprise, surprise. Maybe someone will call Monday.

It would prevent me from seeing road signs clearly if I were allowed to drive, which I'm not yet anyway. I have an appointment with them on the 12th anyway, so I may not be able to do anything else about it until then.

I got some additional exercises at P.T. yesterday and hubby picked me up some ankle weights at WalMart last night so I guess I'm good to go. One last p.t. appt. Monday, then a check in with my surgeon on Wednesday. Should be ok to travel after that.

The brush fire in our county is about 50 miles from us. Many homes evacuated but no homes destroyed, if the report I heard is correct. Only a slight chance of rain today and tomorrow, but likely not enough to do any good.

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I saw something on TV about fires near Naples. A week or two my cousin, who lives in North Ft Myers, posted an article about a fire that she said was quite close to where she lives. Hopefully it will rain soon and the fire danger will be reduced.

What is up with your eyes Carol? I must have missed something.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Good afternoon, all.
It's officially hot here today, as the car thermometer read 90 on the way home from P.T. Low humidity, though, so that's okay with me. Fire danger is extreme in this county now, as it is in nearby counties.

Cheryl, I do think the worst is behind little Alex at this point. Sounds like he responded well to the treatments.

I am waiting for a call back from my eye doc this afternoon. The drops don't seem to be helping at all and the vision is still blurry. I'm sure he'll say use more drops until I get home, but that's about all I can do, I guess. At least p.t. is going well. Am using a cane more than the walker, though that throws off my balance somewhat so I'm practicing without it.

Well, time to wash up a few dishes from the turkey I cooked yesterday...looking forward to leftovers tonight.

Have a great day all.

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Good morning, all. It's trying to clear up here but I think it won't really get there until Sunday. I'd like to hang out a few things on the clothesline but I won't risk that today.

Bev, I hope they can figure out the solution to your issues with your ankle/foot. I know you enjoy walking and that has to be putting a real crimp in that pleasure. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

Carol, you must be well on your way to a return to more normal routines. It's not a fast process but every day gets you a little closer.

Yesterday was Alex's fifth chemo treatment. It also marks the beginning of the end for prednisone. He hasn't been sleeping well which keeps his mother up a lot of the night so they are hoping that getting rid of the prednisone will help. She quit her job because she just couldn't function on so little sleep, but she also wasn't happy working at the company. She had been looking for something else when she got pregnant and, when they wouldn't work with her about the time she needs to deal with Alex's treatments , she decided that it was time to call it quits. She will do some work for her father's architecture firm so that will help with finances a bit. Alex will have one more treatment and then they will re-evaluate his progress to see if they can move to the next phase or if they will need to do another round of six chemo treatments. Keeping our fingers crossed that all looks good. The doctor seemed very encouraging yesterday, saying that she isn't able to feel the mass that is supposed to be in his spleen so she thinks it may be gone. The mass in his forehead definitely seems to be gone too. They will need to do x-rays to determine the status of the one in his jaw and the one in his spine. Hopefully there won't be any new ones.

We had a teacup auction last night at our TOPS meeting. It's always a good fundraiser. I didn't win anything which is actually my goal since I was able to get rid of something from here without adding anything to our stuff. Diane was back from Florida so now I can go back to one job instead of having to do two or three! We also got our raffle basket ready for SRD.

Today I'm going to run a few errands. I want to redo the bedroom so I'll look at paint samples. Tomorrow we'll go to Lowe's and Home Depot to see if we can find a ceiling light/fan that will work for us.

Have a good day.

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It was raining lightly here this morning but it cleared off and was very nice when I went out for my morning walk. It was cloudy again at lunch but still fairly nice. I guess we are supposed to get rain tonight and tomorrow though.

Hopefully you are well on the way to recovery Carol, although I expect it will take a while to get back into your old routine. I'm sure you will need to take things slow and not try to do too much at once.

I had an appointment with the podiatrist on Tuesday. It was scheduled as a diabetic foot check, but I also asked him about my ankle that is still giving me trouble. My PCP said he thought I needed different sneakers that wouldn't rub on the ankle, but both sneakers hit the same spot on my ankles and the other side doesn't bother at all. The podiatrist says he thinks the hardware put in when I broke my ankle needs to come out and until it does I will keep having trouble. He says the sneaker may be aggravating it but he doesn't believe it is the cause of the problem. He is referring me to an ortho doc at DHMC. If they agree that the hardware needs to come out I will have to find out how long and to what extent I will be laid up. It is my right foot so I expect I won't be able to drive for a while if I have surgery on the ankle.

Other than that things are pretty much as usual here. Rodney is tolerating the chemo fairly well so far. He is finding it takes more out of him now that it did the first couple of sessions, but that is to be expected.

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Morning, ladies.

Jean, I'm sending you sunshine and warmth! emoticon 65 here this morning, headed to the upper 80s again today. It is never dreary (well, almost never) dreary here. We need rain badly, though.

Went to P.T. rehab yesterday and learned a few more exercises to do to improve the hip/thigh/leg muscles. No pain, no gain, right?

Hope all is well with you Cheryl and Bev.

Good luck to those weighing in tonight.

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Another dreary day. Meeting tonight, always a pleasure to see friends!
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Good morning, ladies.

Another warm day in store here...mid-80s again. The humidity hasn't really set in yet, which is fine with me.

Of course, I'm not getting outside much these days, at least not yet. I am practicing with my cane more each day, so I can ditch the walker completely. That is an awkward thing to maneuver in our small bathroom, I know that!

The outpatient p.t. clinic called yesterday to set up my schedule. The first opening was Tuesday morning at 7...well, that doesn't work for me....way too early. So I will start Wednesday afternoon. I explained I would only have about 3 or 4 sessions before we head back but she was fine with that.

Not much else to report here....brush fires are becoming a problem in the central part of the state as it is so dry. And of course, the wind blows 95% of the time, which doesn't help.

Well, today I will attempt a 'real' shower...now that the staples are out and I can stand for a short period of time on my own. Progress!

Have a great day all.

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It was pretty nice today, but I didn't really get to enjoy it. I only worked a half day so I didn't get to take my usual lunchtime walk. I could have taken a morning break, but I had a certain number of things I thought I needed to get done before leaving for the day so I worked through it (not that my boss will appreciate it). I had just time to come home and grab a quick bite before heading off for my appointment to check my blood pressure. I guess they have decided that my blood pressure is not high enough to be a problem. I have had some normal readings and some that were a bit higher than ideal, but not high enough to require treatment. It appears that my monitor is fairly reliable and that my BP is simply higher in the office than it is at home. She took it with my monitor (which takes three readings and then averages them) and then she checked it the old-fashioned way three times. Two of her readings were slightly lower than mine (the average) and one was higher, but all were higher than what I usually get here at home. I am supposed to keep checking it at least once a week and to let them know if I see high readings (unless it is an isolated one). My labs from last weekend shows the metformin is working so he is keeping me on the same dosage. When I saw my primary care doctor last week he told me I needed to make sure I get an annual eye exam now and he wanted me to schedule one ASAP, so I made an appointment for the end of this month. That turned out to be a good thing because yesterday the frame on my glasses broke. Fortunately I had an old pair in my car that I am wearing for the next three weeks or so until I have the exam and can get new glasses. These are not as good as the ones I had been wearing, especially for close-up, but I can function fine with them.

Glad to hear the little guy's treatment is still going well Cheryl. It must have been reassuring for his parents to see another child with the same disease who is doing well. One of the times that Rodney was in the hospital with complications from his surgery we met a guy and his wife from northern NH and he had been through the same surgery as Rodney, and had even more complications. He had ended up with a colostomy bag because of issues with his colon. He was there having it reversed when we met them and he assured Rodney that things would get better even though it might not seem so then. I wish we had gotten their names and e-mail address so we could have kept in touch with them.

Ed said he figured he did his last syrup making for this year last weekend. Of course he is not on the scale you guys are! I think he ended up making about 16 gallons, which made him pretty happy. I think he spent a lot of money getting things set up, but it kept him occupied so that he didn't have time to dwell on Rodney's illness or his lack of contact with Logan. The situation with Logan has gotten better now as he sees him for a couple of hours every Wednesday evening and all day every other Saturday (including tomorrow). Starting next month he will be able to stay here overnight every other Friday and go back home Saturday evening. At some point he will get to spend the entire weekend here every other week but I'm not sure just when that starts.

Carol, I hope the recovery is still going well.

Well, I guess I have rambled on enough for now. Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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Good afternoon, all. It's a very pleasant day here with temps in the 50's and 60's. I am trying to get my housecleaning done today so that I won't have to deal with it tomorrow. Lots of dusting and mopping going on here. Not my favorite chores but necessary anyhow. The family will be here for Easter on Sunday so I think it's time I cleaned the winter out of the house! Tomorrow, I'll get the eggs colored and set out the Easter decorations.

I had a small gain last night, only .2, but the chapter has another KOPS now! Shirley reached her goal last night after 21 years! I guess there's still hope for me.

I went to Alex's treatment again yesterday because my boss gave me the day off. It was a morning appointment and I think that works out much better for him. Not so for his father though. It means that Chris has to take the morning off and then go to work, and stay there probably much later than he would want. They met with another family. They have a 6-year old who also has this same ailment and was diagnosed at two years old. I think he is only being monitored now and surely looks like a very normal child at that age. It was good for the little guy to see Alex and I know that it was good for my son's family to talk with Liam's parents. It's a rare disease so having another person in the system is helpful. This child has to travel from Malone, NY for his appointments.

Sugaring is just about over for this year. The sap has started to turn milky although it still had a decent taste on Wednesday. He dumped sap yesterday but the temps went below freezing last night so maybe the trees re-set. If so, tomorrow will be his last boil. So far, he has made about 88 barrels this year.

Short break for lunch and then I'll be back at my cleaning. Bathroom and living room are done. Only kitchen and dining room left for mopping and bedroom needs to be vacuumed. Whew!! I'll be tired tonight!

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The quilt Dolly Johnson made for SRD is absolutely beautiful. The picture doesn't do it justice.

Have a Good Friday everyone.

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Good morning, ladies.

Nice to hear from you, Jean. Did I see flood warnings along the CT river today? Yikes! That's what happens when it gets warm too soon, I guess.

Too dry here...brush fires around the state have people worried, I know. Not close by here, but lots of them here and there. No rain in sight for days and days.

Today I get my staples/stitches out, yay! They are starting to itch and still interfere with sitting comfortably. I have other concerns more serious than that, which I will be talking about with the doc today.

My last p.t. visit from home health was Monday, so I'll find out today what the plan is for me now. I was told pool therapy and a stationery bike are fairly common recommendations. We shall see.

Well, time to get some dishes washed. I told hubby I'd give him a break and help out this morning while he is at weekly coffee/social. I think he'll be just as glad when I'm back to normal as I will be!

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Looking kind of dreary out this morning.
Melting snow gradually, mud season.

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Good morning, all. Raining here...again! Yesterday was incredibly wet. I drove to Burlington for Alex's treatment and the roads were unbelievably wet. It was much better for the return trip.

I have had an exciting couple of days. On Wednesday, my boss was complaining that he felt discomfort in his chest and was having a hard time catching his breath. After a half hour of procrastinating on his part and nagging on my part, he decided he should go to the hospital to be checked out, especially since he had a heart attack a couple of years ago. Sure enough. He had another one on Wednesday. The neighbor took him to the medical center in St. Albans and within 15 minutes he was in an ambulance and on his way to Burlington. His own cardiologist just happened to be there at the time and so they did a procedure to put in another stent. He is still at the hospital but should come home today. This week is a very busy week in the church with Holy Week services that are very involved. The doctor has told him that he is not to be doing the Masses this week and should be resting until after Easter. So, I spent office time yesterday trying to arrange coverage for the various services this week and canceling other ones. It was quite hectic.

Today, I have a long list of things to get done at home before going to the sugar house tonight for what might be the last boil of the season. We were there on Wednesday for what was supposed to be a short boil but it got quite involved when nothing went right. Matt ended up burning a pan (a costly mistake) but was able to switch it for a spare he had on hand. The consistency was very hard to level out though and the "quick" boil ended up being about four hours! Tonight will be a longer boil and I hope it goes well.

Alex's treatments are going well. He reached the half-way point of the first round yesterday and it does appear that it is working. The mass in his forehead appears to have reduced significantly, nearly disappearing completely. There haven't been any further tests to prove it but the lump is visibly reduced. Keeping our fingers crossed that this is the case.

I had a good loss last night, 1.6 lb. The chapter had a good net loss too. Seems like almost everyone was inspired this week. I hope it continues. We had a program on the benefits of ginger. It was interesting and the member who did the program has been using it for a couple of months with good results but it's much too strong a taste for my palate.

Time to get my day moving. Lots to get accomplished so no time to waste. Carol, hope your healing continues to progress. My brother's recovery seems to be going well too. His surgery was two days after yours.

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Morning all.

Waiting for my p.t. guy this morning, but I have a couple of minutes to post.

Managed to acquire a 4-wheel walker yesterday from a neighbor so I'm hoping I get to start using that today. I think it will make getting around the house a bit easier.

Bev, I have the white coat hypertension too...my b.p, is back to normal when it's taken here by my p.t. guy, so I don't worry about what happens at the doctor's office.
I hope I never have to be on medication for it, but if you have to for a short while, it may be worth it for you.

I have no agenda anymore since I am housebound still, so not much to report here.

Oops, there's the doorbell....time to go.....

Hope everyone has a fabulous Friday!!

Carol

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I guess we had thunder and lightning along with the rain tonight, but I missed it. I certainly heard the rain though. Carol, it sounds like the healing is still progressing, which is a good thing.

I had my check-up with my primary care doctor yesterday and now have several more appointments coming up. My blood pressure was high again, but when he previously had me checking it at home I got numbers that were mostly okay. He doesn't know if my monitor is not giving accurate readings or if my blood pressure is only high when I am in the office (white coat hypertension), so I have to track it at home for the next week and then go back next week, bringing my home monitor with me, so they can figure out which is the case and whether or not I need treatment for high blood pressure. I also need to see the podiatrist because of what appears to be a fungal infection on my toenails and he says it is very important to take care of it now that I am diabetic. He also had me schedule an eye exam right away (I had planned to later in the year anyway). He wants me to have a pap smear but that is not scheduled yet and I won't bother to remind them! I need to go to the lab for bloodwork on Saturday morning. Once all of that stuff is done I should be good for another three months.

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Good morning, all.

Quiet here lately; I hope everyone is doing well.

A thunderstorm moved through here this morning between 5 and 6, bringing some much needed rain. It's supposed to be sunny again by noon, with temps today in the upper 70s for a couple of days. Sure beats 91 or whatever it got to yesterday. 10 degrees warmer than normal, I think I heard them say. The humidity will drop too, so the a.c. shouldn't get the workout it's been getting.

Of course, I haven't left the house in over a week, so I'm fairly oblivious to the weather.
It's another week before the staples/stitches come out, and I can't wait. It's like sitting on barbed wire, at least in some positions. My p.t. guy says I am making good progress but worries about me overdoing it, I think. I'm pretty careful, and realize I can't do anything to jeopardize the healing. Hard to be a patient patient, though.

My sister called yesterday to tell me she is now a great grandmother. Her grandson's girlfriend had her baby at the Northwest Medical Center at 2:45 yesterday afternoon, 7 lbs., 6 oz., 21.5 inches. Cute as a button, she is, and the last great nephew I'd expect to 'settle down' and be a parent. Let's hope it changes things for the better for them.

Well, back to the recliner. I think hubby will be glad when I can resume more of the kitchen duties....I doubt he'd admit this, but I think he realizes there's a bit more to cooking/meal planning than opening the freezer or cupboard to see what's there!

Good luck with the scale tonight, ladies.

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Congrats on the loss Cheryl! I didn't even go to TOPS again, although Ed and Kim did. I think my membership has actually lapsed as of a few days ago, so I need to decide soon if I am going to renew it or not.

Carol, it sounds like the recovery is going as well as it should, although maybe not as quick as you would like. Hang in there, I am sure it will get better.

I'm not sure how much snow we ended up with. It was pretty hard to tell because it was sliding off the car and the roof before I even stepped outside so there was no good place to measure it. I think we must have had close to a foot. Today we went up to White River and it didn't look like there was as much up there. Our driveway & road are a mess. The road was a little better when we came home than it was when we left because most of the slush in the road had melted today. I wasn't sure if I would be able to drive my car tomorrow but I think it should be fine. Rodney has no appointments this week since it is his off week for chemo, so I could use his Jeep if I had to but I prefer to drive my car if the weather cooperates. I have an appointment on Wednesday afternoon with my primary care doctor. I assume he will have bloodwork done since the purpose of the appointment is a follow-up to check diabetes and blood pressure. I also plan to have him take a look at my ankle. I'm not sure if it is the hardware that was put in back when I broke it or the bone but something protrudes more than the other ankle and is very tender. I can't wear my compression hose most of the time because the pressure hurts the ankle too much. If it is related to the surgery it seems strange after all these years, but I'm not sure what else might cause it. Well, I better get off here and do some dishes soon. Have a great week ladies!

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Good morning ladies.

Congrats on the loss, Cheryl!

Varying amounts of snow back home I saw on the news...hopefully that's the last of it and Spring can finally settle in. Another day in the high 80s here today, but I've not been outside yet since I got home from the hospital so it doesn't affect me at all.

Happy to say digestive issues are resolved and exercises are going okay. Still not sleeping well. Last night I think I was away nearly 4 hours. I want so much to be able to turn over but it can't happen yet. Hubby snapped a picture of my wound (why, you might ask?) since its location is hard for me to see. Hmm...I think I was better off not seeing it yet, but that's okay. He assures me he has seen marked improvement each night when he changes the bandage.

Had a friend bring us some large, juicy navel oranges yesterday. A welcome change from the cakes and brownies we had been given....at least to me; he prefers the brownies, of course. We still have several meals left to pick away at in freezer and fridge.

My only issue now is what I have noticed as a slight blurriness of vision since the surgery. That and my surgery leg I swear is an inch longer than the non-surgical leg. Hope that clears itself out when all is said and done. My p.t. guy seemed to think it would.

Well, back to my non-agenda for the day. I'm beginning to go a little stir-crazy with all the sitting around. Hopefully the 2nd week will see more mobility.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's a sunny day here...thank goodness!!!! We've had enough "weather" for a long time!!

Very busy weekend for us. Chris and Kate closed on their new home on Friday so we started the resettling that evening. We took a load of pellets for their stove to them Friday night and then I spent most of yesterday settling things in the kitchen. We are heading back there in a few minutes with a load of stuff that they had stored in our garage and we'll help with the resettling again for a while. Later, we'll head to the sugar house to help Matt boil. It's looking like this week might be the end of the season if the weather pans out as forecast. Too many warm days without a freeze at night. He's short of his goal so I hope he can boil for a while longer.

I went to Alex's treatment on Thursday. Such a lot of process for such a little guy but the people at the Children's Clinic at UVMMC are just wonderful. The doctor saw him and remarked that there are good signs that the treatment is working as the bump on his forehead seems to be getting smaller. Yay!!!! They also determined that they can use ultrasound instead of MRI's to monitor the situation in his spleen. The concern was that he would be subjected to too much radiation with the MRI so this is a good solution. She also changed one of his meds, the weekend one, since he wasn't taking it easily. Instead, they will do an IV med once every three weeks. So much easier!!! So far, so good!

I had a small loss this week. Basically, it was what I had gained the week before so that's a move in the right direction. We nearly had a no-gainer but one member had a significant gain. She is going through some stressful times so I think that explains her gain.

Time to head out. My back is telling me that I lifted way too much yesterday but I will still be back at it today. Maybe that will help me at the scales this week!

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Yikes, a foot of snow coming?! It is almost April! We are going to be near 90 again today. Glad I am 'stuck' indoors with the a.c. to tell the truth!

Home Health guy (yes, not a woman, which surprised me) came yesterday and introduced some more exercises for me. He will be back tomorrow then 4 more times in the next 2 weeks.
I ended up napping for a while in the afternoon, which felt pretty nice, if I do say so myself. Then a friend brought a whole roasted chicken, potato salad and green beans for dinner. Tonight they are bringing spaghetti and meatballs. We have to tell them to stop! We have more food than we can consume in the next month, I'd say! I won't even talk about my scale!

Cheryl, glad to hear you and hubby are on the mend. I'll be glad when March is behind us, too.

Trying to stay away from the perc today to see if my digestive issues improve. I don't like what it does to me and the pain level is not very high at this point. We shall see.

Well, off to get back to my recliner. Now THAT was worth the money!

Carol



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Glad to hear the surgery went well and the recovery has begun Carol! You will be back to walking before you know it.

Cheryl, I bet you will be happy to be fully retired. I know I am looking forward to it. I sure hope it happens at the end of this year. Right now there are a couple of unknowns that could change the plans a bit, but I can't worry about it too much now. The biggest one would be if the chemo Rodney is on doesn't work and he does end up qualifying for a clinical trial. If he started a trial at DHMC he might need to continue being treated there rather than being able to get treatment in Florida for part of the year. At this point we have no idea what kind of treatment he will be on next winter so I am not going to worry about it but the thought did cross my mind.

Our more immediate concern is getting Ed and Kim into their own house and us in our own. We are finding it a challenge to borrow money for a double-wide that will not be our residence. We have one bank that is still a possibility but we have been turned down by three others so far. The long-term goal was always that they would eventually buy this house and we would move into the trailer so we are working on coming up with a way to make that happen now and we will buy a double-wide for us to live in, which should be easier to finance. I'm not sure if I mentioned it on here or not, but they will be getting married in May. They are only doing a small wedding because they have other things to focus on right now, but with her dad's health not being good they wanted to get married this year to make sure he is able to be there.

I am sure hoping this upcoming storm fizzles and we get mostly rain instead of up to a foot of snow like some forecasters as saying. I am sick of winter weather!

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Good evening, all. Carol, great to hear that all went well. Now it's on to the healing phase. i agree that having to sleep on one's back is miserable but this too shall pass. Hang in there. My brother will have his surgery tomorrow in Lebanon, NH. He is eager to be on the other side of this process. His wife will need to bring him home Friday or Saturday, depending on his progress. There is a snowstorm headed their way though so it may mean a change in plans.

Tomorrow I will go to the medical center to observe Alex's treatment. I won't be there every time but I wanted to see what he's going through. They are doing an ultrasound first.

Hubby seems to be feeling a bit better after a couple of days on medication. Between the bug i had a couple of weeks ago and the colds we have been passing around, this has not been a great month for us. I'll be glad to see March leaving us.

Scales haven't moved much this week. We'll see if tomorrow's weigh in looks better than last week's.

Cheryl

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So glad to hear from you Carol. Be careful!!
Cheryl retirement is bittersweet, great at times. Well most of the time.
Bev, thinking of you often and all your family is going through too.

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Good afternoon, ladies.

The surgery went well on Monday. Seemed like a long wait to get in there, but the anxiety was probably part of the problem.
Of course, I remember nothing, which is just the way I wanted it.

Guess I lost a bit more blood than normal as my hemoglobin was down after and they needed to give me 2 units of blood on Tuesday before they could discharge me. That was fine, as it helped me feel much better, less light headed.

They let me out at 7 last night. Hard to believe the day after the surgery I could go home! Learning to maneuver with the walker today. Home health is coming this afternoon, I guess. and we'll talk about p.t. or something.

I'm on a blood thinner but am trying to not use the percoset too much, if I can help it. That stuff just makes me loopy and I don't want to sleep during the day because then I won't sleep at night. I have found the guest bed to be easier to get in and out of at this point so that's where I'll sleep for a while. Hate, hate, hate sleeping on my back, but I will have to get used to it.

Friends are bringing supper in for us tonight. Others brought food in Sunday night so hubby wouldn't go hungry while I was in the hospital, I guess. That is still in the freezer, actually.

Well, I hear the recliner calling to me.

Cheryl, glad you have given your notice to the church. You will enjoy being fully retired, believe me! Bev, 2017 is nearly a quarter gone, and you'll be free to enjoy yourself more, too.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's another gray day here but not as much rain as yesterday. Still, it makes for messy roads and cars. I took a trip to Burlington today to do a little Easter shopping for Alex and Halle and then made a stop at Costco to pick up a few things that we needed. Now, I'm pooped!

Our son is back at work today but said he is feeling even sorer than yesterday. He got a decent night's sleep though so he felt he had to work. They will need their extra days for Alex's appointments so he is forcing himself to work through the pain. Hubby is on meds for his sinus infection. I think he should probably try a steam tent too but I haven't convinced him.

Bev, the place where I get gas is just a little county store and he is usually 5 - 10 cents cheaper than near my home. On Wednesday's he has a nickel off too so I try to fill my tank while I am in town for work. I probably wouldn't like having to go inside otherwise but the cheaper prices on gas are worth the extra effort for me.

Buzzer is going off on the dryer. Hope all is well, Carol. The healing begins.

Cheryl

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I had ice on my car when I went out this morning but the roads were fine. Camden had the day off today due to a large fire in Bellows Falls. It was near the elementary school but tied up traffic in town so they also closed the middle school. The other schools were still open.

Rodney has been fine since his brief spell on Friday night. His doctor called him today to see how he was doing. He said having a fever shortly after this chemo is not unusual and he told him he can take Tylenol for a couple of days after the infusion next time to help prevent it.

Winning $10 at the gas station is nice, but I never use places that don't have a card reader. I used to, but when the stations all started requiring prepayment unless you were using a card I started using my debit card to fill up. I'm not sure that having a chance to win something would be enough incentive for me.

Cheryl, I hope your hubby feels better soon. Unless he is not like most men, I'm sure he is not fun to be around when he doesn't feel well.

Carol, I hope the surgery went well.

Bev

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Good afternoon, all. It's a gray day here. Lots of rain earlier and in some places it was freezing but not here. Thank Goodness!!!

My day started out quite well. I had a phone call that I had won a $10 gift certificate at the station where I get my gas. Nice. This is the second time I've won it. He offers this incentive so that people will pull away from the pumps instead of sitting there while they go in to pay. He doesn't have a credit card reader at the pump so this is a good way to do it, I think.

Hubby is still suffering with a cold and thinks he may also have a sinus infection so he is at the doctor's now. He has been miserable all weekend with it. He should have gone to see the doctor last week but he didn't.

We worked on moving our son out of his house this past weekend. He was able to put a lot of things in the garages at the new place so yesterday we took three truckloads there. In his rush to get things done, our son fell and hurt his back so wound up at the ER. He has a minor fracture of one of the lower vertebra but will not need surgery as it is stable. Of course, he is very sore so today he took a sick day. Just one more thing to pile on top of the situation with the baby. Alex had a transfusion on Friday and was full of pep and looking very much as a nine-month old should when I was at the house on Saturday. Let's hope this continues.

Today I gave my notice at the church office. I am not in a rush to get through but I did tell him I would really like to be out by summer. That should give him a decent amount of time to find someone and also allow me to train them for the various jobs. The bookkeeping might be an issue so I did tell him I would be willing to come in once a week for a couple of hours to take care of that until the new person felt more comfortable with the job. We'll see if that is necessary. There is also the option to have the finance people at the diocesan offices take care of that part but there is an additional charge and it does get a little more complicated. In giving my notice, I told him that this has nothing to do with anything in the parish. It's only because of Alex's situation and my desire to be available to help them get him through this.

Carol, I hope all is well with the surgery. My brother is anxious to have his done this Thursday. Bev, I hope Rodney doesn't have any more scares.

Have a great day.

Cheryl



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Carol, good luck with the upcoming surgery. I hope it results in a big improvement and that the recovery goes well. I bet you will be glad when it is over.

Cheryl, I am also thinking of your family as the grandson goes through his chemo. I hope it all goes well and takes care of the problem with little or no side effects.

Rodney had his second round of chemo this week and so far, so good. He did have a somewhat worrisome episode last night but it turned out to be nothing serious. When I got home from work he said she thought he might have a little bit of a fever. He said he had felt fine all day but a half hour or so before I got home he suddenly started to feel very tired and felt cold, although his skin felt warm. I took his temp then and it was 100.9- not terribly high but when on chemo they say you need to call for a temp that is 100.4 or higher. We opted to wait a while and check it again because he has had these spells before where he had a fever but by the time we got to the ER it would be gone. The second time it was 101.1 and a third time I checked it had gone up to 101.4 so I decided to call the hospital and speak to whoever was available in oncology- and of course they said he needed to go to the ER. She was thinking he might have an infection of some sort or else his whit blood count was so low it was causing a fever. She suggested bringing a change of clothes and anything else he would need if they decided he needed to be admitted. We packed an overnight bag and his CPAP machine and off we went. Of course his temp was down by the time he got there. They did a chest x-ray and a number of other tests but didn't find an infection, and his white blood count was actually up quite a bit from what it was on Wednesday right before his chemo, so they let him come home (we got back at 1:30 AM). That does make me wonder if he did have some kind of minor infection but apparently it was nothing much as he was fine today. I think we might wait longer before calling or going to the ER next time, but I still feel it was better to be safe.

It snowed for much of the day here but it didn't accumulate more than an inch or two. It sure didn't look like spring though!

Bev

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Morning, all.

Jean, nice to hear from you! And I haven't been getting some of the notices of posts lately either, so I don't think it's anything you did on your end.

Cheryl, I will tell you it's 61 here and headed to 84 or so today....not to rub it in, or anything, but every time I try to send some of it north it escapes before I even get it boxed! I'll keep trying, though. And I just saw a video on CBS This Morning on the sugaring process in VT! They talked with Dave Silloway of Silloway Maple; I'm not sure where that is, but it was a well-done reporting and a good plug for Vermont maple syrup.

Well, off to get ready for tomorrow's yard sale. It's the one day of the year when everyone is allowed to have one, and it attracts lots of outsiders to the development. Not that everyone participates, but many do. Now to keep hubby from wandering to the neighbors' to see what they might have for sale!

Have a great Friday all.

Carol




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Good morning, all. It's cloudy and threatening to rain/snow today. According to the forecast, there won't be any accumulation and the roads will be okay so I guess this is just a typical spring day.

Our grandson had his first chemo yesterday but before they did that they did an MRI and a bone marrow biopsy. No results on those tests yet. They did find that his blood counts were continuing to decline so today he will have a transfusion. According to them, he is dangerously anemic. So many things to keep in balance! I hope the transfusion does the trick although to look at him you would never know he is sick.

Hubby is sick with a miserable cold. He has had it for a few days now and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. He is always miserable when he gets a cold but I think this one is worse than usual.

Tomorrow we are supposed to go to our son's house to help them pack up and move the rest of their stuff in anticipation of their move into their new house next weekend. They wanted to get everything out so that they would have a couple of days to clean their old house before the closing. With all that is happening with the baby, they are just trying to juggle everything without driving themselves totally crazy. They will stay at her sister's house for a few days and that will take the pressure off having to get everything settled at the new place. I figure that I will probably go to the new place when I can next week to do some cleaning so they'll have one less thing to think about. The new place is only 15 minutes from us as opposed to the 45 minutes away for the old place. I'm going to like this!

Bev, I hope Rodney's treatments go well. I know it's unnerving that he has to go through this again but he is doing what he can to fight it and that's a good thing.

Carol, good luck with the surgery. It will be a tremendous relief when it's over and the healing starts.

Nothing great on my agenda for today. There's always the usual cleaning and such but after that, I'll have some "me" time. Have a great day.

Cheryl







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I'm not seeing any post since the 18th. ?????
Did I hit a button I shouldn't have... oh Crap
Also no messages to see either.
Technology great when I get it other wise frustrating.
Thanks for listening to me.

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Anyone going to SRD this year? I plan on being there.
Whew $58.00 is a lot, this might be my last year......
Especially for small chapters.

Makes me sad to hear of so much sickness amount our TOPS family and friends.
Hugs to all of you.

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They might suggest the baby not go to daycare while he is undergoing chemo because the chemo reduces the ability to fight off infections and we all know kids spread a lot of germs around. Rodney's niece was not able to put her baby in daycare because she had issues with her lungs when she was born. Fortunately his sister had just retired from her job and was able to take care of her.

We had our corned beef dinner last weekend. I was planning on a chicken and rice dish for tonight but Camden asked for tacos since it is his birthday. Neither of us are fans of tacos, but I fixed them for him and his parents. Rodney picked up some chicken sausages for himself and I might just have a can of soup or something. The chicken will be saved for tomorrow night.

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