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8/28/15 6:24 A

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Had a bad night again.....I was up at midnight with back pain and discomfort,, back to be at 2:30, wanted to sleep until 5:30, got up at 4:00 rather than toss around longer...so am getting laundry done emoticon I asked Jesus to help me and He always does.

My cats were already waiting for me! All five of them at 4 AM, even my baby. I always scare them, dragging the tub out and I apologized to them, but said it must be done...(laundry)

MY BP is worse this morning. 165/124 and I thought about taking 2 of my Lisinopril. I'll see how the one does, and like yesterday, I'll watch it and check every couple of hours. I have a chart I'll take to the Dr., showing the past four weeks of FBS, pre-dinner and after dinner sugar checks, as well as BP and weight.

I just checked and it's down a bit...159/107 after 10 minutes of activity and the lisinopril. I take 40 mg daily.

Someone had come in and turned the lights back out in the laundry room! I say..."hey, I'm using it!" I need to put a grabber spoon in my tub next time. It's so hard to reach everything in those deep washers. I have a couple of big stainless steel spoons my Mom gave me and I'll put one of those in my tub. I take my little fan around there to use while folding too. It's hot back in that corner.

I need to reload my meds packs, so I'll do that while I wait to go get my clothes...I'm so thankful to have this chore done. It was a biggie.


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Awww...your sweet note at the end brought tears to my eyes! Thanks my friend! I'm going to do just that...rest, eat well and be gentle with myself. I am actually looking forward to seeing the Doctor. It's been over a year since I've seen anyone. I made sure to make a nice list of things to cover with her.

OH! I remember some of those and I loved them too. I would listen to one out of Slidell, MS or is it LA? They had a mystery show and I could sure get caught up in them. I really didn't have reading materials back then and no Library card or access so entertainment was limited. I did have fantasies of escape...does that count?

Dave and I would listen to the Grand Ole Opry and whip-poor-wills at his place. We had a battery operated radio, a coalman stove and lantern.....and an old fashioned coffee pot. We used a 2.5 gallon water bottle for our shower, hung it on a tree limb. It's amazing how well we can get by with the minimum...if we have to!

Oh yay! I will be praying this new guy is awesome, and you really like him, and that any procedures done will be FREE...free is good!

Yep, the high BP has me fretting a bit but I'm covered. I went from a 1.5 to a 3 on my "wellness scale" after prayer this morning. I've been checking it every couple of hours through the day and at 2:15 it was down to 140/82.

I had some of my simple soup for lunch with some V-8 added (low sodium), one of those yummy Zero yogurts for a snack and will have more soup for dinner.
I managed to get the kitchen cleaned up except for my soup pot this morning, and will vacuum this evening. If I can get me to do 1-2 small tasks PM it will help with my intentional activity emoticon

I went to Wal-Mart at lunch...I now have ice, bath soap and deodorant....oh and cat food! I picked up a comfy, cooler T-shirt too. The shirt I had on was a lycra? mix and too warm..I am all cozy now...

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Write down all the things that have been bothering you so you won't forget what to tell him when you go to the doctor. It may not seem important, but when you put it all together, it might be.

Yep, I've lived primitively. Although we did have a gas stove, propane. We used the smaller tanks and just kept filling them up. We used an ice chest instead of a fridge (I hated that thing, I was constantly pulling stuff out of the water!). We finally did get electricity to our cabin (at quite a high cost) just before we sold it! We used two car batteries and a converter before that, so we were able to listen to the radio and watch a very small TV in the evenings. During the day I listened to one of those satellite radios, the old radio shows like The Shadow Knows! That was one of my favorites.

I got my appointment with the new cardio guy. I called my regular doc and told the lady I talked to that I hadn't heard from them yet. She asked me if that was with the cardio group I'm currently going to. I said, "NO!!!" I told her that it was with another group because I wasn't happy with the old group right now. I told her I wasn't sure who the doctor was that Dr. Lee mentioned but I thought that it might be Dr. Wiley from this other cardiology group. That's who we ended up making the appointment with. I hope he is good! He only has office hours on Tues. and Thurs. I guess he is doing procedures the other days. Praise the Lord, he is with Frye, which means this appointment should be free. Woohoo! I was getting dizzy earlier and checked my BP, but it was 106/65, so that wasn't the cause - I'm stumped. I can't imagine a BP as high as yours, Bren! I am so glad you are going to the doctor so soon - don't you let anything aside from a flood keep you from going!

If I lived near you, I'd do your laundry for you, girl! Don't worry about that stuff right now, just rest, eat well, and drink plenty of fluids. Love you

God bless, Kim

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8/27/15 6:34 A

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Me too. Brings to mind, going to the woods with David when he first bought his 40 acres of wilderness he named "The Ranch". My first time up, it was pouring rain, dark, and we hiked in about a mile from where the road ended, with flashlights, to the campsite, where we set our tent up.
He built the first cabin there. Had a "lake" dug...he's a great carpenter. He later bought another 30 acres that included a small house, and he'd built a new cabin, where the original had been, larger and more like a house, that he sold, along with some acreage, to his daughter and son-in-law, to pay off ex-wife number 3.

I've lived a bit "primitively" and I think you said you had as well. In Alabama with hubby #1, in houses with no indoor plumbing, running water or electricity. Several had the well outside and we'd bring water in for cleaning and cooking. I've cooked on a woodstove more than once and used coal in the fireplace and stoves. I had an ice box, that used blocks of ice...
He too, was a great carpenter and gardener, as was David...

I'd not want to wander off alone, anywhere...unless it's at Wal-Mart...That is very sad that she was lost. At that age too, falls are more likely and it just adds an element of extra danger.

I'm not feeling well...haven't for a good while now and it worries me some. BP has been high more often than not....today 166/106, yesterday 160/100. I'll see what I can do about that.
I've been having the breathing difficulties too, but not with the rapid heartbeat like yours...tho I did have an episode last night. I didn't get up to check it. That doesn't happen often and I am glad!

I did little but lounge about yesterday. Today it's back to work and get busy. I didn't get laundry done and it's staring me down right now. emoticon I need to push myself a bit to get things done....it's been months since I had a full schedule, more like over a year. Especially since I fell in February and hurt myself so bad....even the bare minimum doesn't always get done. emoticon

I see my new Doctor next Wednesday...it was "in eight weeks"... just days ago! I need to make sure I know where I'm going....in more ways than one!

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8/26/15 3:01 P

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I've been watching some of those shows too. I like Northwood's Law, and the Wildman show (with the Turtleman) - he's a nut! I was watching some of the Kentucky back woods law this afternoon. It's just interesting this backwoods stuff. I really enjoy the ones with the animals. They had one the other day where they rescued a baby moose - too cute! Mom and I were watching one where a 66 year old woman was hiking the Appalachian Trail by herself and go lost - they never found her. Too sad! So, if you get a hankering to go hike the Trail - bring someone along! or wear your GPS tracker - she left hers in the motel room - lot of good it does there!

Doing alright today. Am still having some breathing problems since I went off my meds and let the heart start beating too fast. I have been doing my squats and some of my ham string curls.

Hope you have a great day. Love ya




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8/25/15 5:07 P

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I've been watching on Discovery, the Alaskan Bush people series and I'm thinking they'd do some like that...nope the labor of that would send me to the neighbor's...or the Dollar store!

I've been known to use dish soap for shampoo, shampoo for bath soap, hair conditioner for fabric softener.....I do still have enough bath soap for a couple more showers and I'd squeak by emoticon It's a chore to go to the store in this heat! Now if I needed cat food, I would make a run for it.

I have a coupon for a free pizza at HEB. When I shop there I get 2-3 coupons at checkout. Some are for savings in the pet department, $3.00 off your basket of $30 and the like. I used one of those yesterday. I forgot the pizza tho.

I made a pot of chicken soup today and cooked some rice. It's the first time in a very long time...I don't put noodles or rice in my soup...but had some on the side with some cheese.

I think I'll be having soup for a few days...since I don't cook much either anymore...tho I do have a bag of kale and a head of cabbage in there to play with. emoticon

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I guess you could go out and kill yourself a bear, get the tallow from it and make your own soap! LOL! I'm sure the apartment manager wouldn't mind you out there with a giant pot over a bit fire stirring all day until you have a lovely consistency! Why, you would share a couple of bars! You could throw in a few roses for some lovely scent! Nah - now doesn't a short ride to the store sound soooo much easier?!? Heehee!

Woke up and found pizza for breakfast - yum! I ate my leftovers from lunch yesterday for lunch this afternoon too. I was surprised how much Jake likes broccoli, he helped me eat some of what I had left. It was pretty good.

Oh dear, I have had a lot of messed up meals - me and cooking just don't get along. I don't have a very diverse palate either. I want simple flavors too.

Well, I'll talk to you later, love ya

God bless, Kim

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I did make some once at my Mom and Dad's, in Amarillo, and it was a waste of good fish! Nobody wanted it. I confess to tossing a whole pot of nasty looking shrimp gumbo that David made once. I did lie and say I ate it and it was good. He left town for the weekend........I'm sure he knew I didn't eat all that. (I didn't eat any) But then he didn't want my dirty rice made with gizzards either. There are a few meals in my past that were a total flop.

While I got my cabinet restocked yesterday.......I forgot bath soap and cleaning supplies. I'll get them the next time I have to go out....like Thursday before work? It's been a very long time since I did a full out shopping trip. I just grab essentials when I get cat food.

One of my old timers came by this morning. Another grey and white Tom. Alpha male is mean and smacks all the others around. This one is a calm, gentle, sweet kitty and AM didn't like him getting some loving. I haven't seen him in months. It was sure hard, dragging myself out of bed this morning, but they are worth the effort. Now to apply some love and care to myself the rest of the day emoticon

Be blessed ladies! Have a wonderful day emoticon

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8/24/15 9:29 A

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Never forgotten, Missy, just missed! It's amazing how time goes by faster the older we get!

No salmon stew - hmmm, pity! Louis Lebeaux on Hogan's Heroes used to make a fish stew, so I thought it might sound good. (I watch too much TV!) LOL!

I was 211.8 this morning. My lowest weight yet! Woohoo! Praise the Lord.

God bless, Kim

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Oh no....not forgotten, but sorely missed!

That's amazing Missy! Wow! 150 miles in one month. I'll bet the total since you started back is high. emoticon I don't do much of anything for four hours a day except work, and that term is used loosely at the office this time of month.

These years have gone so fast. Two college aged young'uns now. How did that happen?

Garden...David joked about his...for lack of rain, he picks sun dried tomatoes right off the vine and the jalapenos are catching fire. Speaking of David, he is into the fourth month of his six month prognosis.

I did some shopping before work yesterday since I needed office items. For the second time in a row, I got whole bean coffee. emoticon I'll keep it for here, and buy ground for the office. I could grind this for the office, but don't want to! I need to finish my list and I'll get it then.

I've been avoiding stocking my cabinet because of the weight of canned goods. Oh, and Kim, the idea of a salmon stew...nah...didn't ring a bell for me!
I did snag a few cans of fruit yesterday, and some cottage cheese. I found a new item...and it proved to be too yummy. It's low carb, high fiber tortillas. I haven't had any tortillas in about six months. I did a couple of roll ups for lunch, with mustard, turkey breast and a slice of cheese. emoticon Delicious and 20 G of fiber. Hooya

We had a stormy looking sky all afternoon but I see no evidence of rain. It did get really windy and cooled down about 10 degrees and I liked the cloudiness after the heat and sun the first half of the day. It was already really hot by the time I went to the store.

I am off the next three days and I will enjoy my time at home. I'll do the shopping early and get it out of the way. Tomorrow is laundry day so I'll get that sorted and ready to go. Yesterday, I did sort and toss in the kitchen, went through the freezer and fridge and printed my Kitchen inventory list to update. I usually do that once a quarter.

I got some kale and fresh salad veggies, have the other package of chicken thighs in the fridge to thaw, treated myself to a pack of fresh blueberries and Kashi Go Lean cereal was on sale, for $2.00...I go in for 6 items and come out with 25....tho it does help to have some of mine done. Cuts down on the load today.

My cats were wondering where I was this morning! I slept in until 6:30! I would think that's quite a sight...five cats in front of my door since 5 AM...waiting for breakfast.

Be blessed best where most needed today ladies...




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HEY Don't forget me...lol....

I have started back homeschooling my last baby...My oldest son graduated this year...so just one left:) My daughter has started her second year of college..

I am staying so busy...between homeschooling..keeping house...working my garden...and walking around 4 hours a day...I don't have much time...but I will try to visit more often...

REMEMBER TOMORROW IS WEIGH IN MONDAY:)

OH..AND I WALKED 150 MILES THIS MONTH!!! GOD IS SO GOOD TO ME!!!!



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As long as you keep coming, Miss Bren, I'll keep coming!

I do have coffee every morning. During the week I do decaff. On the weekends I do my cappuccino. I put 1 pkt of Stevia in my decaff and a splash of skim as well. I do put a splash of skim in my cappuccino because it is too hot to drink otherwise. On rare occasions I put a dollop of whipped cream on the top. Usually when we have lots of whipped cream and we run out of fruit to put it on or we are low on milk!

My allergies get me too. I feel like I have a perpetual cold. Have you ever gotten one of those pneumonia shots? I wonder if that would help you to fight off the bronchitis. You can get those at your local pharmacy I believe. I know that one of my doctor's told me that I should get one because of my allergies, but I've never gotten one. I've had pneumonia twice in my life, once as a baby and once when I was 18. I don't think I've ever had the flu, but I wouldn't know since I haven't gotten a fever of any account since the one I had when I was 18. I don't get colds either - but then I wouldn't know if I did because I don't get fevers and I am always stuffed up and runny nosed from my allergies! LOL! I'd probably get pneumonia if I got the shot! LOL! God has been good to me!

Well, I'll let you get back to whatever you were doing. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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I know it's a good thing to have options, even in the meds they feed us, but it is odd that some have no effect, others too much...it's difficult to get and stay stable.

Do you still have one cup of coffee a day? I'm having my first...but I have about four most days. I did one in my Keurig the other day but they are so strong that I don't drink most of them.

My allergies have been whooping me, and with fall on the way, I hope they don't aggravate the bronchitis, as it's turned into the past three years. I did get to the Dr. much quicker last year tho and still it was about 6 weeks that I was really sick.

Don't it feel lonely in here, with the squealing door and wind whistling in the broken window? If you weren't here, I'd have to hang out somewhere else emoticon Our girls ran away. I remember when we had a bus load. Oh well...change comes whether we like it or not and no one is obliged to hang out with us....time and life require our attention.

This month has zipped by like the others and we will be at September's door shortly. Be blessed...and take good care of yourself...I'll do the same here. emoticon

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Well, my pulse and BP are back to what they were before all of this started. I went to take my BP this morning and it errored on both arms before I got a BP on the left. My first BP was 95/50 - too low in the systolic range. On the right side it was somewhere around 107/55. A little better for the systolic, great for the diastolic. After lunch both numbers were up into a slightly more acceptable range, but the systloic was still in the 50's. My resting heart rate is back in the 50's and not once today did my heart rate go over 100, no matter what I did. All the other medications I took should have caused this same effect - it is so strange that they just don't work on me at all. Hopefully this new doctor will be able to figure out what is happening and have a solution.

It's funny. I'm breaking my 20mg potassium in two so that I will only be taking 10 mg again, and the broken pill is harder to take than the whole horse pill! I think it is the jagged edges, they get caught on the roof of my throat! Hopefully my tummy troubles will be less taking less of this supplement.

Well, I hope you ladies have a great weekend. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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That's what I take...25 mg, AM/PM. I hope things simmer down some...and when you do see a cardiologist, they will be top of the line and take great care of you. The former one doesn't sound like much help to anyone! If you can get the procedure done for free...that's an added bonus.

What they are considering sounds like the ablation process Sharon had done. She had two electrical systems and they went in and knocked one off. She still has the rapid heartbeat, but not quite as fast as yours, or as bad as it was. She was very unhappy because she wasn't fully "fixed"........sometimes it doesn't take care of it. I want to be fixed too! I don't ever want to have to go back to the hospital....at least until I have Medicare and preferably not at all.

I am unhappy...with the quality of some of Woman Within's shirts. I have on one of my recent buys, a tank top, had a dot of something I thought, tried to rub it off and it's a hole! It's like maybe some of their cheap materials overseas are moth eaten. Oh well...whining won't fix anything...still. I try it on almost everything.

I had a very long, slow, quiet, boring day at the office yesterday. Boss dropped by, then left for the weekend...that part was good. Today I need to call my verified people, with the sale process heads up. I hate making those calls. I'm taking Monday for a vacation day tho, so need to do it. Three paid yesterday and that's always a help.

I'll take my Kindle today...I ended up reading online yesterday, a historical novel. The Milkman's Inheritance, I think...I read up to chapter 18 and saved the spot for another day.

When I woke for the last time at 5:00, I was dreaming the boss wanted us to work from home and I was trying to figure out the logistics of that, since we lock our vacant units, and how would we process payments etc. I woke before I got to the point that I (or Sharon) rarely answers the phone. emoticon The thought of lounging in my gown all day did hold some appeal....Ok a LOT of appeal!

Oh Kitchen work! It does feel good to get that done. I'm with you on that. I got nothing done on my off days so tackled it Thursday morning before work. I need to do it again.

Here's to a blessed and productive, yet restful day.... emoticon



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Hey gals. Well, I am back on a lower dose of metoprolol. The other stuff just didn't work. We are going to try 25mg in the morning and 25 in the evening. I took 50mg (1 tablet) of my old medicine this morning and my pulse and slowed down already by about 30%. I can tell my heart isn't trying as hard either. Praise the Lord for that. Dr. Lee is setting me up with an appointment with another cardiologist who does work on the electrical workings of the heart. I looked on line and I think I found the doctor that he mentioned - praise the Lord, if I found the right one he also is associated with Frye, which means whatever he does for me will be free. What he said that they will do is put in a catheter and look for the nerve that is causing the extra electrical impulses and kill that nerve - I should never have this problem again if they can find the never that is causing the problem. My other cardiological place has one of these doctors too and in all the years that I have been going there they haven't offered to do this process on me. This last visit just really baffled me. The doctor acted like he didn't care and whatever I had to tell him didn't matter. What I was telling him about my blood pressure - well, he didn't really believe me. That makes me not want to go there anymore, or at least find one of the doctors there who care and just ask for him. Anyway, hopefully, this will solve the problem and I won't need a cardiologist. Praise the Lord!

Anyway, that has been a chunk of my day! I was even able to clean up some of my kitchen - woohoo! I need to get a few more things in the dishwasher and then I can run it. I think by tomorrow morning I will be able to give my kitchen a good going over (finally)!

I hope y'all have an awesome weekend. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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We only got up to 80...woohoo...but the wind was awful...about 40 mph. Made it less fun to be outside for sure.

That shower episode scares the daylights out of me Kim! My heart and prayers are with you...and am praying the Dr.'s visit Friday has some encouragement for you in this situation. It does sound like a cardiologist visit will be coming up...boo hiss. Especially when they are of little help.

I got the kitchen cleaned up this morning...big chore...and am so glad. I pulled out the vacuum cleaner with the intent to use it. I'll feel better when my space is neat and clean. I normally don't have two slug days in a row, but sure needed them this week.

I picked up more SF jello and diced peaches yesterday...I'll make my own soon...way cheaper!

be blessed...and rest.....be gentle with yourself.


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87 would be a hot day for us! I'm so glad you are happy that it is a low for you!

I've had those zero yogurts and they are good. Add a few almonds or nuts to it for some added protein and healthy fats, and maybe some dark purple grapes or dark cherries for anti-oxidents too, makes a great salad for lunch. You cupboard sounds yummy! I'd have to cook the green beans in some bouillon though, which would add sodium for you. I don't really like green beans unless they are out of the garden and made by my MIL's sweet little hands! Then they are like dessert! Seriously, I only like her greenbeans. I can make them the exact same way and they don't even begin to taste as good as hers. Sounds like you could mix all that other stuff together and have ya a yummy pot of fish stew! Lots of protein, some veggies too. Yum, Yum!

Took a shower today and didn't do good at all. Between my back and my heart I ended up a shaking painful mess. Hubby had to help me in the end. I was afraid that was going to happen so I waited until he came home from visiting friends out of town. I go to see the doctor on Friday - I have a feeling I am going back to the cardiologist which means going back on the metoprolol... We'll see.

Praise the Lord. He knows everything - He is good - He will never leave me nor forsake me - so I will trust in Him for whatever happens!

Love y'all.

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Kim, I found some of the Zero yogurt this morning...it's Oikos brand...0 fat, added sugar, artificial sweeteners. 120 Calories, 7 G sugar, 6 G fiber, 15 G protein...I got one of each flavor and brought it to work with me.

I'll work up a menu of sorts, after doing a kitchen inventory. My freezer is loaded, but my cupboard is bare. I think I have a can of mushrooms and one of tomatoes, a few cans of salmon, tuna, green beans, black beans and black eyed peas. That's it. I'll restock this next week on my off days. I should feel better by then.

We are supposed to have 87 for a high today...yippee! Cold front!

Be blessed today ladies....take good care of yourselves. I'll do the same. Prayers for all...

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I'd planned on that! I am much more aware of what I'm having and the heavy loads are not so frequent as in the past.

I'm down again weight wise, from Monday, but the BP is still running high. I'd like to do a cleanse of some sort to restore balance...I'll look into that. I'm just really wiped out, feel really bad, pain is a constant factor and sleep is my favorite pastime. I feel I'm in the danger zone and need to make some corrections pronto.

I'll ask my Dr. for a copy of my lab work once I get it done. It's good that some of yours have improved, stayed stable and I do hope the meds get things sorted for you soon. Yes...God is aware of all the details and has us in His hands always.

Continued prayers for us all...daily. Love you ladies!

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Bren, if you are going to get the carbs in, breakfast is the best meal to put them in - then you can burn them off!

I got the labs back and everything looked good. Only one thing was out of normal range, my creatinine, but it's been out for the past three or four blood works. My BUN was in normal ranges this time and it's been out for the past three or four as well, so praise the Lord for that!

Sent a note to the doc about how my meds aren't working and he said that I am at a theraputic range (I'm right in the middle of normal), so he can't give me any more of that. He sent a prescription in for a calcium blocker (which didn't work the last time I took them). I thanked him and will try them, perhaps they will work with the digoxin. He said if this doesn't work I am going to have to go back to the cardiologist - a lot of good that did me! Ah well, the Lord knows. Nothing is ever easy with me! I am going to ask for a specific doctor though if I do go back to the cardiologist rather than whoever they put me with. There's one who I feel like really listens and spends time with me. I keep my appt. with Dr. Lee though this Friday, so please be praying that this med. works. I take it with the digoxin.

Missy, put my weight over on the challenge thread.

Love y'all.

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WEIGH IN MONDAY

HOPE EVERYONE IS EATING HEALTHY AND EXERCISING:)

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I got to touch my yellow baby cat this morning. He was so intent on getting to a food bowl that he didn't realize how close I was! Sweet!


I love me some cats!

I'm off today and tomorrow for my "weekend" and I am so glad! I had a busy weekend at the office and got a lot done and now need some good rest and play time.

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Great response Kim! I did go thru all that with her, and told her the asterisk is at the end of the code line on her contract too, and se looked all over that contract...and it's HOT out here, which I was so very aware of. I understood her frustration......but I did not have too many charitable thoughts towards her I fear.... Especially when she wants to make me out a liar.

Today...has been a turning point for me and your AM post gave me the "spark" needed to do a U-Turn and get back on track. Thanks again!

Oh I feel the same Kim...I have one friend and two co-workers I "call" friends but I don't socialize with anyone. Spark and my team mates are my lifeline to sanity and beyond emoticon

I've been making some strides to being kinder to my poor body. I am fully responsible for it and I need to be able to do my work and still have play time energy beyond Fishdom emoticon I'm thinking with cooler weather, I'll be more inclined to get out and about?

I stopped at HEB on the way to work to put my check in the bank and picked up some SF jello stuff for me so I'll stay out of Sharon's. I'll do "real" shopping on Monday when I am off again. I broke my "No tater" streak, with my breakfast. I had a Mexican breakfast with chorizo, eggs, potatoes and a couple of flour tortillas...Got all my carbs in one fell swoop emoticon I do so much better when I eat breakfast...I'll work on making it a habit again...

Ya know...the breakfast like a Queen, lunch like a princess, dinner like a pauper thing? I picked up a nice Chef's salad for lunch, but haven't been hungry yet so will wait until I am.

Tomorrow I'll stop at Wal-Mart on the way to the office to get my meds and do a short list. I really wanted some roast at HEB while it's on sale. I haven't had a roast in about 6 years! There's a limit of two. I'll dart in there tomorrow morning maybe. I can't bear to stop anywhere after 5:00 in this heat emoticon I just want to get home and under the AC!

I agree...satan isn't worthy of a capital letter emoticon even tho spell check underlines it as an error... emoticon

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Oh, Bren. I so look forward to seeing you hear each day too. I appreciate your prayers and your joy, as well as your friendship. I call y'all my cyber-friends - I really don't have any other friends to speak of, other than Wade and Mom, so I do cherish what we have.

It's hard to have those loving thoughts when we perceive a wrong done to us. Apologize that there is a problem, not necessarily that you are the cause. Send her up the line to the managers if she wants the company to pay for something like that but assure the managers that you did give her the information that she says you didn't and let them handle it from there. Basically, "I am so sorry that you are having this problem, let me see how I can help you." or "I am so sorry that you are having this problem, I don't have the authority to handle this situation I will have to talk to the manager and have him get back with you." If they signed a form that has the information in it, then refer them back to the contract that they signed. "I'm sorry, but when you checked in you signed a contract that says right here..." But, the thing we as Christians always have to remember is that this is a spiritual battle. satan wants to trip us up, and he will use whatever means necessary - even a disgruntled and angry customer. (I don't capitalize satan's name. When I was in grammar school I was told that a proper noun was capitalized to show that that name was special, important - well, his name is neither!)

Y'all have a great weekend, Love you

God bless, Kim

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That was my thought too...Poor Nemo! Mean Grumpy cat. Love that cat tho emoticon

Timely topic and notes I needed. I've had a few rough days, (weeks really) feeling unwell, hurting myself, (bump/bruised leg, paper cut, stumbling a bit, heat exhaustion, breathing difficulties, lot of pain..)..dealing with attitudes of others...snarky, mean etc.......

Tenants who were irate and dumping on me and it was their error or they were delinquent...One said "Stonegate will be paying for my time and truck rental"...she wasn't using the asterisk after her code and said "nobody told me"..
I tell everyone, more than once, when they rent....and am I responsible because she didn't listen?..........anyway MY attitude has not been godly, loving, kind, responsive....and needs a serious adjustment. I need an adjustment emotionally, physically AND spiritually. I have been praying about this, but it needs back up action.

I'll be working on that. As I've mentioned before, some mornings I'd not get up if it wasn't for the cats needing food.

I need to load my meds packs....if I can do it half asleep, it won't be such a chore, right?

Thanks for being a friend to me Kim. You are a blessing and I'm so thankful for you. emoticon




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Poor Nemo! And his dad was worried about the barracudas!

Always remember this, what does God expect?! I hear often, "Well that is just how so-and-so is." My question to them is, "But what does God expect? How does God want them to be?" Does He want that person to be loud mouthed and sassy and putting people down? or does He want us to be quiet, loving and building each other up? I did have a situation come up with a family member. The wife and husband are right now living in two different states. They aren't separated, he just works in another state. They get together occasionally and they seem content with this. When they get together they have some head-to-heads because they both want to be in charge. I sent her some verses on what the Bible says a wife is to be (she asked me to after I shared a bit with her on how God wants her marriage to be). Don't just settle for being this or that - ask yourself if that is how God wants you to be? If not, then put into practice ways to change that habit into what God wants you to be. Don't just accept ugliness or ungodly attitudes in others as it being just the way they are - but share with them (if they would be open to it) that God wants them to be another way. But if you aren't willing to change, don't expect it in others. That is something that I have been thinking about and experiencing in my own life lately - so I thought I would share it with you.

Love ya

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Thanks for the giggle Kim! It was a test to see if you were paying attention and you passed emoticon

Now days 90 % of what we do is "self service" and folks don't go out of their way to assist. It wouldn't be a stretch for me to look pitiful!
I had a really rough night last night and did hurt myself a good bit. I took three ibuprofen at 2:30 AM and couple more when I got to work. I felt pretty rugged.

Yay...on finding the parts and batteries to the heart monitor thing-ee. Mine is not a monitor...it's a watch type thing...I can't think and do anything else at the same time and I think...a LOT!

Gee whiz! That's confounding for sure. Up and down like a yoyo. That would scare me. I only check mine as I do my BP each morning these days.

I'm with you on creepy commercials......whether it's toilet paper or gay guys with kids on the Graham cracker type commercials. Ick. I saw an article with a woman with both boobs flopped out and what looked like a couple of 2-3 year old kids on them...what happened to modesty, morals, privacy and common sense? It's trashy stuff infiltrating every aspect of our lives.......in my opinion it's not necessary, like cussing...one can say anything that ever needs to be said without using foul language.

Owwwww.....on the blood draw! I think with all the vampires took from me last year in the hospital, I should never have to do it again. I have asked the nurse to donate to the cause when she couldn't get enough. I'll be doing that when I see the Dr. the 2nd.

Oh...yes! In one accord......this world is so sin sick, depraved and broken, it may never happen....outside of heaven. Even Christians can't agree in many cases. It's so heartbreaking.
With sin being shoved in our faces daily, law suits for standing your ground morally etc. it sickens the soul.

Enjoy that topic...no matter what...God's word stands and He remains the solid rock on which we CAN stand. Color coding intrigues me! emoticon



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I finally figured out what "nut" really was in that last sentence after reading it two or three times! Phew, don't do that to me, Bren, my brain can't take it! LOL! Well, not all Wal-mart people are willing to help the customer, I will grant you that - but here in the real South... not even all of them are willing to help - sad but true! That's when you go to the manager and say, "Can you get me some help with this heavy box over yonder?" Look as weak and pitiful as you can and she (it's usually a she) will be happy to get someone to help you!

Is anyone with me on these creepy Quilted Northern commercials! I do not like them at all. I see a pop up at the top of my screen for it and you can play a video - yuck, no way! People have such potty brains I guess they don't mind it, you have to kow tow to it to make money. I think it's tasteless.

Got blood drawn today. She had a little trouble filling one of the tubes. She said it was the tubes fault, but she still had to move the needle around to get the blood flowing into the next tube - hmmm? I'm so used to it it really doesn't bother me any more. That's done, now we wait a week to see the doc again. Wade found the chest strap for my heart monitor on the top shelf of my medicine cabinet! The only place I didn't look in the bathroom - I didn't think it would fit in there! What a hoot! I'm so glad he looked in there and we didn't have to order a new set (just under $57). He went out and tracked down the two different batteries the watch and strap needed too - what a honey. I did notice something though. I was getting ready for bed and was brushing my teeth. It went up to around 132. I decided to try my squats and see how high that would take it - it went down to 125! What??? I went in to the other room where Wade was and moved my arms all around and it jumped up to 145 and I stopped, but while I just stood there and talked with him about how moving my arms made a difference it continued to climb. He told me to go lay down on the bed. It quickly dropped down to normal - within 20 seconds it was back down to the 70's. Sitting here on the computer using my hands it has stayed in the upper 80's - my resting heart rate has been in the 60's. Sitting here, moving my legs or my arms causes the same jump. Ah well, we will see what the doc says next week and continue to pray that Jesus will bring wisdom and allow the meds to do their job, or if it be His will and will glorify and honor Him that He would bring healing.

I've been working on my color-coded Bible again. The new Open Office that I downloaded when we got our computer back has more and different colors than before, so I am trying to match everything up. I am reading through some of the chapters again too as I go along. I am redoing Acts right now - so powerful! I love the phrase "with one accord" or "with one mind" that shows up concerning the Church or the believers over and over. Sure would be nice to be that way today.

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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I didn't know...honestly!...that Wal-Mart people would help? The guy at checkout didn't offer even when he saw me struggling with the box to get it unjammed and hurting my arm in the process.
I'll try that next time! I always ask Jesus for help, or I'd not have any emoticon My lunch haul was fairly heavy too, with all that produce. I do need to build up strength but I also need to lighten up! I'm not 30 anymore emoticon

I am praying my triglycerides will be way down from last year. That 1800 was awful. I believe that would help me a lot...(low carb PM)...I'm not getting as carb crazed as I had been...nut there is lots of room for improvement.


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Bren, Bren, Bren! Weren't there any sales people there who could help you?! You need to utilize these folks, that's what they get paid for, to help weaklings like us.

I watched the guy, who does the Restaurant Impossible show on the Food Channel, on the Fox News show. He has a book out on working out and eating healthy. He said that a person shouldn't eat carbs after lunchtime. Yikes! After I thought about it it really wasn't such a bad idea. Carbs stay with us if we don't burn them off, turn into sugar and if not used turn into fat. The later we eat the carbs the more likely this is to happen. For me it will effect my triglycerides, as well as the level of fat in my body. I need to set a time limit on my carb intake and make everything I eat after that time be a protein/fat. That's not to say there can't be the occasional exception, but that would have to be it - occasional and an exception. I need to see if it really makes a difference in my triglyceride number, as well as in my weight. I need to keep an eye on the carbs I'm taking in.

I go tomorrow to do blood work again to see how I am handling the digoxin. I'll see the doctor next week. I hope that things will do better by then. I am going to run out of digoxin before I see him, so I'll call the pharmacy and see if they can give me a couple of days refill before I see him, if not I'll call him and see if he can call them and have them do the refill for me. I'll wait until after this weekend though. I'm good until Wednesday.

Not much else happening with me. Love y'all.

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I went to WM at 6:30, before work...and oh my gosh I am SO weak! Just looking at the boxes, I was saying to myself..."you can't lift that!....but God can"....and "we" wrestled it into the cart, out and into the car...out of the car and into the house, where I struggled to get it out of the box, got a paper cut, got it unwrapped and set up, clock set...then I needed another shower! I got the larger size this time so I could use my steamer plate in it...for my fish and veggies.

I got the old one out with all the trash......and then had to throw myself together for work. I am SO thankful to have that big task done. It does show me just how weak I've become and I really need to work on that. I'm too young to be so pitiful. emoticon

I checked my new, smaller toaster oven too, to see if my new granite ware pans fit and they do. Hooya! So I put it out and the old one in the laundry room for someone else.

I took ibuprofen when I got to the office, as I was really achy...but overall, I am ok and ready for this new day...and so thankful to have it.


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I'm so glad you're feeling a bit better Kim. Those bad days knock some starch from our sails.

I have two heart rate monitors somewhere...the battery is dead on one and may be on the other by now. I need to find and use them.

I would have loved to stay in bed another hour...but knowing my five kitties were waiting for breakfast got me up. I saw something so sweet later yesterday morning when I went out to pick up the bowls...the Calico was laying on the ground and the yellow baby, not hers...was snuggled up with her. I just stood and watched them a couple of minutes before stepping out, as I knew they would scatter. Sweet critters.

My microwave quit last night. It was sparking fire and I'm so glad I was still there to see it and shut it down. I'll pick up another at Wal-Mart this morning...or after work. I'll just have to contend with the heat if I wait until then emoticon

It's my "Monday" and back to work day...Things are hitting the slow phase of the month so it shouldn't be as taxing as the first 10 days were...

Be blessed ladies~

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Missy, find out from your doctor what your safe high number is. I was surprised that mine was so high. I've gotten close doing almost nothing a couple of times that I've gone off of my medicine. I moved a branch for Wade one time and it went up to 163. When I was in the 260's I used to walk and it would take me going really hard to even get my pulse up to the 120's. Even when we would go to the Y and I was in the 230's, getting it past the 120's would take me going harder than my body could take (back and knees). All of the sudden walking down the hallway in my house I was getting up that high, and changing my clothes was getting my heart rate up to the 130's. I knew something was very wrong - but they couldn't find anything in all the tests that they did. Even after losing another 20 pounds, it hasn't changed anything - if anything my heart is beating even faster - but that could be because I am more out of shape than I was when this started. Then haven't done any testing since the first ones they did about 6 years ago. They take an EKG, about 30 seconds worth, once a year and that's it. The double meds are working though because doing my squats brought my pulse up to 152 before he doubled them and it was only up to 140 today. On the metoprolol I couldn't even feel my pulse go up. Praise the Lord, I feel better too.



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Yes they do Missy! Smiling and eating...or drinking adds to the misery. I'm hoping mine is healed by tomorrow when I go back to work.

I remember when I had my stress test done and I really was in awful shape...they wanted to get my heart rate to 160....and at 135 or so had to quit. I was on an incline with increasing speed and could barely breathe. I don't ever want to repeat that experience emoticon That test showed no damages, but then I read after that...that those tests don't always show heart trouble with women?

I enjoyed my lounge about day yesterday. I'd been so tired with broken rest for about 10 days. That breast cancer awareness thingie called again last night at 9:00...two days in a row at that time. I am tired of the telemarketer calls too! Maybe I need to answer to tell them to leave me alone?

Some days....I want ME to leave me alone emoticon

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oh ok Kim..my pulse going up the hills gets way over 150 lol...i feel my heart beating in my ears

I have a fever blister now to..Bren..they hurt!! It's on my lip and my chin...ugh!!

well getting ready to go walk..have a nice evening



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This was my third call in the past few months...and all three were delinquent on their rent. I am not going out after hours and never that late for any reason. If it was our error, like not removing the overlock after payment...that's one thing but not because you haven't paid rent and you need some papers at midnight...

I embarrassed myself at work yesterday. I was at my desk, minding my own business, counting the white spots on my roasted arm...and the boss materializes in front of me and startles me, asking a question...I was caught, so explained what I was doing, showed him my roasted arm, compared to my white shoulder and other arm and then asked...what did you ask me? Duh emoticon

I've rested a lot today and do feel better after my 10 hours of sleep last night...I haven't crashed like that in awhile. Tomorrow will be chore day.



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Maybe you should post a sign with your hours in big bold letters that everyone can see when they come up to the gate! I don't know, anyone trying to get into their storage unit after 11 PM and they don't have their code sounds pretty fishy to me! I hope you get to feeling better soon, Bren! You know you are in my prayers.

Missy, my resting heart rate had been around 54-60. Now it is around 69-72. The problem comes when I do anything, it goes higher than it should. My other problem is my back. I can't do any kind of workout that involves my back or standing for even 15 minutes. I can do squats and leg exercises and some arm exercises, but that's about it. I did do my squats this morning and my pulse went up to 152, which is fine - as long as it doesn't go over 170 my doctor said I am safe. Before going off of my metoprolol my pulse didn't go over 110. It's not too fast from being out of shape, it started going too high when I was in shape and walking several days a week. Out of the blue it happened, quite suddenly and the doctors can't find a reason why. My blood pressure is getting in the normal range though, so it was the metoprolol that was causing it to get too low.

So far we haven't had any of the rain that they said we were going to get, which is in some ways a blessing - the driveway isn't going to wash away! woohoo! I think we are ready for it now though - LOL! Do y'all have the same problem I have with some words - I mean to type though, but I end up adding a -t at the end of it and have to go back and erase it because I don't mean thought, I mean though! I'm having to reread my stuff all the time! LOL! My fingers get ahead of my head!

Oh, we got a new toaster, a lovely purple one. Wade was always bringing down the toaster oven and it clogged up our limited counter space, so he told me to go ahead and order a toaster. He found this Oster one in purple. I had some toasted bread with my chicken sandwich today - yum. Jake helped me eat it. I had the sandwich and some dark cherries, double yum!

I'll talk to y'all later. Love ya


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Oh Kim, that's scary! My co-worker has that problem with the racing heart and it's exhausting. Hers will go from 118-150. She's on the Metaprolol too....as am I. Praying you get regulated very soon.
She had a heart ablation done last year and still has trouble. Was told she'd have to have the procedure done again or just learn to live with it. NOT a good prognosis.

Yep...I told you I like kitchen gadgets! As soon as I got my little Keurig, I googled supplies! haha I just need to use them!

Weight was 202.4 today! Hooya I forgot to do it yesterday...it was 203.6. My sugar was 241 this morning and BP 130/86....so those are coming down.

I slept 10 hours last night. The night before, another delinquent tenant called at midnight and woke me up, and I didn't get back to sleep until after 3 AM emoticon I was sick from the weekend...heat...complete with a cold sore..........so felt really sick when I got up at 5:15. I debated taking a sick day and could have used one but I prayed for strength and muscled thru the day at work. I was in bed at 7:05 last night. I wanted to charge that inconsiderate uh-huh $30 for three hours of missed rest.
When he called the office, whining because he couldn't get in the night before, Sharon told him about the midnight call and we do NOT operate 24 hours a day. He was jerky when he did come in to pay. I'd dealt with several over the weekend and my stress level was higher than normal.

Sharon told me at the other office that a tenant complained because he'd come by to pay at 8:30 at night and no one was there. He "thought" we were living on property...that was a lie I believe and besides even if we DID...we are not a motel with check in at any time. Geeze emoticon

I am SO glad I got laundry done Sunday before work, so I can rest and do lite work while off.

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I will keep you in prayer Kim

I know my pulse used to be near 100 before I started walking and now it is 64..so walking has helped me so much...Is there some form of OT or PT they can put you in for you to strengthen your heart?

I walked 6.4 this morning..getting ready to go with hubby to walk some more..got in 13 over the weekend...I am so ready to get healthy!!!

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Wow, I reckon you could make a bunch of tea with those! I guess I was preaching to the choir!

Well, Wade saw a very wet spot on the driveway after the sun had dried up everything else. That could only mean a leak somewhere in the downspouts on the house that means they weren't draining under the driveway like they were supposed to be doing. He found it just at the joining of the two downspouts. He ended up having to dig that joint up, dig up a trench in the driveway and put down PVC pipe from the front downspout to the back downspout, join the two and then rebury the PVC pipe so Mom can again park in her driveway. Poor baby, it's one thing after another. At least there won't be any more floods in her driveway. It was old clay piping and somehow it had gotten clogged. The old owners had planted a clementis, clematis - a pretty flowering big bush) above it so we had never noticed that there was a big leak there. We took out the two bushes that were there so that the driveway could go in and as soon as we had enough rain the leak revealed itself. Because we are expecting more rain Wade didn't have any choice but to take care of it right away. Being a homeowner is no easy thing! Especially for the hubby! After his heat exhaustion moving Mom, I worry when he works out in the heat like that. God protected him and he is doing fine.

I'm finished with my metoprolol and my pulse is feeling it. I've had a couple of 130's and a 140 today. I sent a message to my doctor to let him know that even doing something as simple as making my yogurt salad takes my pulse into the aerobic range. I'm afraid to walk around the house! I get out of breath and my heart feels like it's going to pound out of my chest. The last time I went off of the Metop though I did get as high as the 160's just going from one end of the house and back, so this is better than that at least. I don't see the doc again until the 21st, so I'm not sure what he can do. Please pray that the digoxin will work and slow down my pulse. My BP is up though and that is very good. Praise the Lord for that! We will probably have to up my dose of digoxin ultimately, he just wants to see how I handle it.

Please pray for my uncle-in-law. He is having a hip replacement tomorrow. His hip was badly damaged years ago in an automobile accident. He has a rod and a bunch of pins in there, but it's degenerated to the point now that he needs a new hip. He also has one leg shorter than the other and they are going to lengthen that for him too. He should walk better after this surgery than he has in a bunch of years. That is our prayer for him. He has been working out at the Y steadily for years as well, so he should be in great shape to rehab. Thanks, ladies.

Love y'all.

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I have 5-6 of those Kim. I'd ordered three from Amazon last year. My tea bags are the quart sixe so I'd need to split them and put the stuff in my cup. I sometimes make tea on my little Mr. Coffee as well.

It's hot and the day is too long here. We have 104.......and I'm trying to avoid going out as much as I can. I'm glad I got as much sleep as I did last night or I'd be feeling really bad about now. I look forward to shutting down at 5:00 and going home.

Hopefully the "work" part on the driveway will be done soon so you can enjoy the things! I've used the railroad ties before for a driveway in Alabama. I couldn't do it now! That was 22 years ago and I had a bit more strength then.

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Look up the link I gave. These aren't the K-cups that are filled, but they are filtered cups that you put your own tea or coffee in. You could buy a box of your favorite tea bags, (cheaper than buying the K-cups pre-filled) put one of them in the cup and then let the Keurig run the hot water through the bag while you go off and do something else. It would probably work great with instant tea too. Anyway, like I said, just a thought to help save a few cents!

Wade has been working hard on Mom's driveway. He's putting in some of those railroad timbers and mulch to keep the dirt from washing away in the next storm. Plus, it looks nicer than a pile of red clay! LOL! On top of the clay is "crush and run" which is like gravel dust with some tiny bits of gravel mixed in. This has to get really compacted over the next year before he can come back and put gravel on top of it, otherwise the gravel will just sink down into the dirt. We really got a lot done for a very reasonable price. He goes to the same church as my BIL, I think I said that before, and he also works with my BIL, so he does this after work. He came over around 4 most of the four or five days he was working on the driveway - phew, what a busy guy! I guess that goes for both guys, mine too!

Not much else going on with me, just trying to stay quiet and not get woozy or nauseous as much as possible! I did go outside for a bit to watch Wade work and hang on to Jake while he ambled around. My dose of vitamin D for the day! I was pettying Jake and I got this icky greasy film on my hand. He's clean, but he has this on his coat. I'm not sure if it's what his skin secretes to help keep him cool in the summer, but it's not pleasant on the hand! I need to Google it and see what it is!

Love y'all.

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You are not alone in thinking too many veggies! I'm just glad I like them otherwise it would be a real chore to get them in.

I have done tea in my Keurig...I have several of those K-Cup thingies. I use them for coffee on occasion too. I'd ordered the cups from Amazon and gave some away to Sharon's hubby.. and there are many flavors in the sample pack that are just not my "cup of tea" literally! I do need to use them tho...I have a cup of green tea sitting out as a visual reminder. It's been out for two months now. I'd bought instant tea too...and I just don't like it...so I'll give it away or just toss it tho I hate to waste it...I may try it again before I let it go. I much prefer the brewed and yep, it would be way cheaper to do it at home. Can we say L-a-z-y?

My after lunch sugar was only 1 point higher than pre lunch! yippee yahooty.

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Can't say yummy, too many veggies there, Bren! heehee!

You can do tea in your Keurig, Bren. If you have one of those little cups, you don't even have to buy their K-cups, you just put your tea bag in the cup and then do like you would do for a cup of coffee. If you want iced tea, just add to your glass the ice and whatever you like to have in your iced tea. We run our coffee through the same cup a couple of times, so if you want a larger cup of tea, just run the same bag through twice if you can only get a small cup of coffee in your little Keurig. That would save some money on buying iced tea, and you would be sure that it wasn't sweetened! Just another one of my bright (or not so bright) ideas!
[Here's a link to Amazon for what I am talking about: www.amazon.com/Brew-Save-Refillable-
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We are getting a little bit of much needed rain. The weather guys fooled us with some dire storm warnings, then we ended up only getting a couple of small showers. Wade ran out before work and covered up the corner of Mom's driveway where they had built up the dirt to make it level so it wouldn't wash away - then nothing happens - gotta love those weather guys and gals!!!

Well, y'all have a great day. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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I needed to pick up paper towels and Kleenex for the office, after mailing my verified letters, and prowled around for a few things for myself...I got pretty broccoli, no yellow spots, and SF jello, SF pudding, cottage cheese....and two packs of stir fry mix, marked down. It has pork, peppers and onions. I fixed some on my GF grill for lunch along with some broccoli. Yum! I'll do some more for dinner tonight unless I choose the salad bowl with avocado. I had that for lunch yesterday and it was yummy too.

I was pretty tired after my running about and labor...so am resting now. It feels good to be able to do so!

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I love kitchen islands...I love kitchen-y things period! Mine is tiny, but I have all the essentials and a few not so....like my baby Keurig, gathering dust. I love it...just don't use it like I did when I first got it.

I did go ahead and venture out to the store yesterday and am so glad I don't have to stop this morning. Cats are reloaded and so am I. emoticon I wanted broccoli but all the heads had the yellow age spots on them, so I got a cabbage and salad goodies instead.

Knowing my cats are waiting gets me up some mornings...like today. Otherwise I'd still be in bed until 6:00 or so. I'm ok now that I'm awake...just got off to a slow start. I did get lots of good rest while off, and will aim to get chores done a bit at a time.

I pray the headache doesn't linger long Kim! Be gentle with yourself...as much as possible.
I'll need to pick up the pace at my place, but I do gentle too. emoticon

I got most of my prep work done for my verified letters on Tuesday, so today I print, stuff and take to the post office. I had 38 and getting the hard part done in advance was an inspiration and I thanked God for it. This was the first time to do that.

Be blessed and strengthened today.....love and hugs~

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Amen, God is Good! If we love Jesus and are living for Him, and we are going through something, then He has a reason for it. We just have to be patient and willing to learn and to grow in whatever He is trying to teach us.

Wow, lots of goings on here today. Mom's kitchen island, via FedEx, came this morning (it was supposed to come yesterday - Amazon and I will have a conversation about that), and then the second of our bath tub stability handles came by UPS shortly after that (right when it was supposed to - I love UPS). Then the guy who did the driveways came a little while after that to pick up his check. Phew! I think everyone who was supposed to be here today got here and got gone too! Yippeee! No more orders to come in either! Oooppps, no, I have one more order that is supposed to come, but it's a long wait one. It says it won't be here until Aug. 19-Sept. 4th. It's already been shipped but it must be on a tortoise! At least it isn't anything that I need right away, and I went the super cheap route that time. Live and learn!

Well, we have another headache, so I am getting ready to shut down the computer and go rest my head. Love you guys bunches.

God bless, Kim

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Kim, I resemble that remark! (my uncle used to say that) Both parts actually...being cranky and living in pain! Not by choice in my camp tho. If help is available and one can get it...go for it. I want some relief too and would never say suck it up to anyone but myself. I do get tired of my grumbling. I'm even more tired of the pain....that I grumble about emoticon

Oh yay! New driveways...I'll bet they do look nice. I guess Mom is settled in well now and enjoying her new apartment. I don't think I ever want to move again...and pray I don't have to.

I am SO thankful for each day I get and will praise God for it....I get a clean slate each day and I need to fill my chart with good things. I've not made any judgments, wrong choices or complained yet, and yes, I'm out of bed! I want joy restored and I think that's a "choice" to be made, as my joy is found first in Jesus...my strength, healer, provider and peace.

Missy, you inspire me, girl! You get up and go, regardless. I'm glad the vibrating foot settled down. Maybe like my pain pills, the muscle relaxers will help other parts too?

I haven't had any pain meds since the two I got at the hospital last year...other than my Ibuprofen. I only use those too, as needed. Some days that's three times, some days once.

We're expecting a 4-5 day run of 103, so I will be staying in as much as possible except for work and essentials...like cat food. I have enough for tomorrow and will need to stop on the way to work to get some. I talked myself out of laundry and shopping since it's not as vital as my rest is right now emoticon

Be blessed today ladies...

OK y'all....th comment above about "moving"...got me to singing Moving up to Glory Land! I can't do links like Shel does, but I did go over and listen to the song and it gets me "moving" alright! God is so good emoticon

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I agree, Missy. I wonder if cranky people are the ones who are living with the pain rather than getting help for it! I praise the Lord I only have neck pain when I'm going to get a migraine. I thought the whiplash I got would cause more trouble, but God has been merciful. I hope you find relief soon.

I went to the dentist today. No problems. The teeth they are keeping an eye on are still doing okay (one molar is split, but still holding together- not sure what's wrong with the other ones). I'm glad, it means no new cap!

The man finished putting in Mom's driveway and laid down gravel in our driveway too today. It looks so purty! He's a guy who goes to church with Wade's brother. So nice to work with fellow Christians.

Well, have a restful night. Love ya

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Yes, Bren..my poor neck...lol...I was diagnosed with arthritis and other problems in my neck...due to two cars that hit me when I was 19..one hit me head on and the other rear ended me..after that my neck was never the same..and with age..it kills me most days!..
my elbow isn't hurting as bad though, and my knees give me pain on and off..and guess what!!?? the muscle relaxer stopped my foot from vibrating!!! I hope it stays stopped to!!!

I go to therapy today for my elbow..hoping she's there today...I'm gonna ask her about therapy for my neck my doc ordered...

my Mom told me to get over it...that's life...I totally disagree...God gave us therapists to help us...and the therapy has really helped my elbow...why live in pain..when you can get help to at least manage it better...

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The only drug I ever took where I could see a possible problem liking too much was the pain meds my foot Dr. gave me initially. I had just two rounds and they were taken off the market for causing heart problems. I liked them because they didn't know what pain they were to address...and took care of it all! It felt pretty good. I only used them when the pain was a screaming 10, where I'd be crying, it hurt so bad....and still had to work.

You're now having neck problems Missy? You're having multiple parts irritated...elbow, neck, knee, vibrating foot...not good. With all the hard work you're putting in, I'd have expected a lower A1C too. Bummer emoticon It is coming down tho.

I'm taking today as my rest day. I've had six days...very busy days... on duty and am exhausted and in pain. My BP is up again...to 159/110 and FBS 287.
Sharon is back and will be at work today so I get today and tomorrow off....and am ready for it. I had another bad night last night (third in a row) and look forward to getting back on an even keel. I'll put more effort into self care today.

I do the Metaprolol twice a day Kim. Those fluctuating numbers...any of them ...can make us feel unbalanced can't they? I'd like to be a bit more stable when I see my Dr. next month. It's been over a year now since I had labs done.

My yellow baby cat was back this morning after a 2-3 day absence. I call him Streak, because of his darting about , tho he doesn't run far now and he hops all over the others to get to the food bowl. I put down a bowl for each cat and often he and two others will be at one bowl. A dog comes by and gobbles up their food and it too, is on a schedule. The cats are at my door for breakfast at 5:00 and he/she knows that....and comes shortly after.

We are blessed, no matter what...and we know that well. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers....daily.


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the doc prescribed a muscle relaxer for my neck..has made me feel real relaxed...all i want to do is sleep...a big yuck...cause it makes me not want to exercise....but I did!! I went to the trail and walked anyway...pushing myself...I am so tired from this drug!! I will not take it again unless my neck is hurting really bad!!

my doc called she wants to put me on another drug to go along with one i am already taking for my sugar...she said my a1c was 8.2...I was hoping for better than that..but it was 9.1 last time so it is coming down...and was fasting sugar was 167 she said...and last time it was like 267 so I am making progress!!!

Wow...I feel so bad from this drug..ugh!! I don't know how people can be addicts of drugs...to get that high...to me...it STINKS!!!



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Missy, I hope you see the results you are working so hard to get!

I have tingling in my feet and in my left hand, but it's not constant. My spine doc says that it comes from the middle of my spine somewhere and will take a neurologist to figure it out. I'm not willing, right now, to pay for all the tests it will take to figure out why it is happening. It isn't interrupting my life, so I have just learned to live with it. Now, if my hands and feet were moving, that would be a different story.

I have seen some results from the change in my medication. A few times I've taken my BP it has been higher, but today it was low again. I think it is just going to take time. I'm still not fully off of the metoprolol yet, not until this Friday - we'll see then what the BP does. But my pulse is holding steady at a very nice upper 50's - upper 60's, even when I have been walking around. Praise the Lord for that!

Other than that things have been quiet around my house. Love y'all.

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Not rolling eyes..just sad emoticon

My fbs was 147 this morning...getting closer to my goal!

I have a mind set..that I will not feed my body junk anymore!!! My right foot is now what I call .....vibrating...constantly..and is very annoying...praying it is not neuropathy...went to doc today.and she said if it is still doing it when I go back in November she will run tests...anyway...I lost 14 pounds since my last 3 month check up...was very happy with that!!!!
Now awaiting my a1c results..last time it was 9.1...hoping for 7..but less than 9 will be better for sure!

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That sounds really good. I remember my times at I-HOP...that are no longer. It's been 2.5 years since I went "out" to breakfast. I do aim for mostly protein when I make it at home, but do have oatmeal or cereal about once a month.

I gave Sharon her container of peppers this morning. They sure were good. I had mine with a cup of pinto beans for dinner...instead of salad.

My pre-dinner sugar was 115, after dinner 155.........but still 258 this morning...bummer emoticon

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Went out to breakfast for Wade's Birthday this morning, Cracker Barrel. They had something new - a cream cheese filled French Toast. I ordered that with some blueberries and blueberry syrup as well as some bacon and eggs. I can see your eyes rolling Missy. I ate half of the French toast and all of the eggs and bacon (they're protein). The blueberries looked and tasted fresh, not frozen too. It's a lot more than I usually have for a breakfast - but I tried to be wise and eat more protein and less carbs. I did have coffee with one cream and 1 Splenda and a few sips of water as well.

Oh, my weight was 216.2 this morning. I'm guessing that is some water weight because I had more liquids the past couple of days than normal. I gain and drop two and three pounds quite frequently. Wade is encouraging, he says at least I'm not at 230 and 240 any more. I just don't know if I've actually lost anything because of this stupid Milroy's Disease! Sigh!

We also went to Bed Bath and Beyond today and found the curtains for our bedroom and our living room. We'd looked on-line and at our local Anna's Linens but just couldn't find anything that looked right. We had looked in the drapery section of B, B and B and hadn't found anything so we went to look at the quilts and bed spreads and found this sea shell bedspread and behind it were just the mint green curtains that we had been looking for! Yeehaw! They also had them in a medium gray for the living room. Woohoo! We'll have to have Mom hem up the bedroom ones for us, but the living room ones are perfect. The walls are called Desert Rose (a medium coral color), so the mint green looks really good against them. The room is looking like a very happy place to be!

Well, the guy is coming with some dirt for Mom's driveway, so I am going to go watch. Talk to you later. Love ya

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Thanks Mz Kim! Y'all stay in mine too.

Something bit me yesterday...and the spot today is still red with a blister in the center like a fire ant bite. I chased a baby spider as far as I could reach, but never felt a bite of any kind.

I'm hoping today that I can stay inside and don't have to get the cart out...mostly because it has a low tire and I'd have to air it up before use emoticon

I stopped at Grandy's for my iced tea and a cup of ice. They gave me a bigger cup of ice today...hooya! Sunday is about the only time I have tea, since I mostly have water ...and a diet soda maybe 3 times a week.

I made some more stuffed peppers this morning so I can share with Sharon. I used lower sodium bacon this time and used up the rest of the cream cheese so next time I do them I will buy low fat or non-fat cream cheese. The bacon is 40% less sodium so that's a big cut from the regular. I also limited my "serving size"....to 6 halves for 87 calories each.....and 360 mg sodium since I used 2/3 slice per pepper half. Yep...it was worth it. I can cut the overall calories by using lower fat cream cheese too emoticon That was lunch....

I got some chores done before work...am feeling much better than yesterday and that's a huge blessing. I'll be working on reducing the BP and FBS this week as well as getting more movement in. There's always something I can do emoticon

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I'm keeping you in my prayers, Bren and Missy and Shel.

Not much going on with me. I have been doing some leg exercises, but nothing beyond that. I'm hoping that once I get my bp up I'll have the energy to do more.

God is good! Have a very blessed Lord's Day. Love you

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Missy, you and Shel are the exercisers right now. I'm doing the bare minimum. Some days it's 10 minutes on purpose, some days it may be 45. I'm thankful to have a job where it's easy to fit some in, as I do get lots of time alone. Using that time wisely doesn't happen every day tho.

Kim that was a good catch by the Dr. on the "tone" of that hello. That was funny! I hope my new Dr. will be a "listener". Those really low numbers are as scary as my highs. My Mom's readings were low really and I don't think it was ever addressed.

MIne was 156/99 today and FBS was 249. I'm hoping that will be the highest I see in this new week.
I had a lot of trouble last night, much pain, discomfort and felt bad overall. I got up at 11:30 and it was almost 3:00 before I got back to sleep. I woke up again at 5:30, fed my cats and went back down for another couple of hours. I'm glad this is my half day or I couldn't do that.

Today my work load will be lighter, with posting, filing, cleaning the office and prepping for Monday. I need to do some prep work at home too. emoticon Sorting laundry, vacuuming, dusting, and meal planning....I'll shop on my off days and DO laundry. I don't want the pile up I had last time.
My left knee was out then, still is somewhat but things still need to be done. I'll work on that this week, along with the arm moves.

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I walked over 8 mile today.felt great this morning..but later on I started getting sick...but I still went back to trail and walked again...

How is everyone's exercising going?

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I was kind of funny. When he came into the office he said, "Hello", and I responded with a "Hello". He stopped and looked at me and said, "What's wrong? That hello had some frustration behind it!" I didn't even realize I had said it that way! I told him my blood pressure was frustrating me, so we talked about that first, since the other stuff was really alright. My BP today was 100/52 and then later when I got dizzy I took it again and it was 97/50. The upper number is good, but that bottom number is still too low. Praise the Lord for that mild change even after just one day. My pulse remains in a very good place too - and, no side effects from the new drug.

Boy, am I out of it. I get an e-mail from my bank with a daily balance. I saw that we got paid yesterday and it dawned on me that it is the first of the month - yikes, I need to pay my first of the month bills. I almost didn't open that e-mail and those bills would have been late! Thank you Jesus for leading me to that e-mail. The money will get to them late, but at least I made the effort to pay them on time! I like to be early, but the pay didn't come until yesterday - and I should have paid the bills then, but it never crossed my mind! Grrrrr! I hate being so tired that I can't think straight. Ah well, praise the Lord it all worked out alright anyway.

Shel, did I remember to wish you a happy birthday. If I forgot - then here is my happy birthday wish!

I bought Mom a pair of the jammies that I got from Zulily - they are so comfortable - for her birthday coming up this month. Hope she likes them as much as I do!

Love y'all.

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I was very thankful when it stopped Kim! It's bad enough at home but it really bothers me at the office. It lasted a bit over two hours. My BP was high again this morning. 169/109...I'll have to be really careful. I did take my Lisinopril, and later at about 10 AM it was 140/80. I've not felt real well today...but am very busy at work so am thankful for each task I mark off the list. I'm taking a nice break right now and resting.
Running around stuffed with Kleenex hanging would scare me...and you know how some folks snap pictures of oddball stuff and I'd not want to show up on YouYube.

I dreamed of a haircut last night and I do need one. I'm a bit shaggy... emoticon I'd hacked off about 2.5 inches a couple of weeks ago, but just length wise...I didn't mess with it much.

My sugar was 155.....before "lunch" which is now...at 2:30. I did have breakfast this morning so I didn't let myself get too hungry.

That 112/73 looks good Kim. That's about where I want mine. I do hope the new meds have a positive effect and you can get regulated. That too is on my "to do" list. There's sure a lot to keep tabs on isn't there. I hope you feel better soon.

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That is a bummer, Missy! I haven't run into that problem, for which I am grateful. Just keep on doing whatever home exercises you are supposed to be doing and hopefully it won't hurt your recovery too much. Praying for you!

Praying for you too, Bren! I don't like these frequent nose bleeds. You know more about them than I do. I did get a giggle out of the klennex hanging out of your nose though - what a great picture that gave me! Perhaps it would give your customers a giggle too - or a scare!

Went to my doctor for the follow-up visit. We talked about my BP quite a bit. I brought my BP cuff and took it using my cuff right after she took it using their device. I used the opposite arm though. It was spot on with what she found - 112/73 (or close to that). I knew then that all of my really low reads over the past few months had been right. I had written down the ones that I had found last evening, the 83/50 on the left and the 93/65 on the right - at the same time. I wasn't feeling well - tired, weak and woozy. Anything under 90 makes me feel this way. I'd been taking the lower dosage of the metoprolol for two weeks and it wasn't helping to bring up my BP so my regular doc said we need to do something. I told him what had happened with the cardiologist too, the extra pumps to get a BP and not really giving me an answer or a solution. So - we are going to wean me off of the metoprolol over the next week and wean me onto digoxin (or something like that). It affects the pulse only and not the blood pressure like the metoprolol does. It's a tricky drug, but if we start out slowly we should be okay. I had to also up my potassium because it will rob me of potassium and I am already low on that. I go back in 2 weeks for some blood tests and then a week after that for another follow up to see how I am tolerating the digoxin. I am praying that this will work and I will finally get my energy back. Other than that I'm doing pretty good.

Not much more to tell, so I will let y'all get back to whatever you were doing. Love ya

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Thanks Missy....it started again at 7:15 so has been going for two hours now. That's three times in 12 hours. emoticon I'm glad to have the office to myself and glad I thought to bring another shirt...I had to change pretty quick.

Happy Birthday Shel! May your day be blessed beginning to end!

Aww bummer Missy! I'd be irritated too...and you don't feel well to boot.

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emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHEL emoticon

Bren, I pray you feel better!!

I have had a rough week..low blood pressure...feeling real achy ...and then yesterday chronic pelvic cramps started...got no sleep...then ..I had an 8:30 appt for therapy for my elbow..and my therapist was at another office and they didn't even let me know...I told them to just cancel it..and told her I was not happy about it!! People are so rude..anymore... emoticon

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You are a bit of a wild woman Shel! I want to stay f-a-r away from those slithering things. I can't imagine having an infestation of them and of all the things to be "protected"....ick!

A friend's grandson was digging for worms and came up with a baby snake and her first thought was "where's the Mama"....

I had a bad nosebleed last night and another woke me at 2:30 this morning. I'm praying it away...so I can grab a nap before work. I checked my stats and BP was 151/85...not that bad. I just don't want one while at work. I've had them before and it's very difficult to look professional with a Kleenex shoved in your nose.

Wishing you all a blessed day..........and congrats Shel on your improvements and continued recovery. Your hard work and determination are paying off!

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New York State has a species of rattler, and they're endangered so you can't kill 'em. My late DH said one of his aunts had a bunch of them in her garage and had to call to have someone remove them.

But non-venomous, and not-so-large-they-can-suffocate-me snakes don't frighten me..
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Same day appointments are great...I did that once with Mom, for eye appointments.

MY BP was high this morning...168/109. I took meds and checked again when I got to work and it was down to 148/86. I had my head in the salt box yesterday.

I went to the Eli Lilly site to get an application for free insulin. My Dr. will have to fill out her part and send it in. If I'm approved, they will send it to her and I will pick up there. They do 120 supply each time. Sounds good to me and I hope I can get the pens as opposed to the vials. Ideally, I'd not need it at all, but after 9 years I figure my poor pancreas is weak and weary.

I hope you feel much better very soon Missy. The BP seems still too low....praying for improvement quickly.

Genetic: reminds me Kim...my Mom used to say she got diabetes from Daddy! She really thought that was possible. Poor Mama.

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You are drinking lots of water, so that should be helpful for the kidneys anyway. Your pulse is great and so is the BP. Your sugar level should be coming down as you lose your weight too, unless you have the genetic form of diabetes - not much that can be done to get rid of that, but you can control it better by doing the things you are doing - or so I have heard.

My doctor's appointment was changed to Friday. They planned a doctor's meeting for tomorrow at the time of my appointment, not checking to see if any of the doctor's had appointments at that time apparently. I'm pretty flexible, so it didn't really matter. I just have to make sure that either Mom or Wade is free to take me - I'm free all the time, so any time is good for me! LOL! Mom and I have dentist's appointments one day apart from each other again. We are going to try and get them together next time.

Gotta go, talk to you later.

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my bp finally came up some this morning..111/66 pulse 64...I am so thankful...cause I was feeling very weak and nauseous......

I'm not sure what they will do about my kidneys ...I am working hard ..to one day not needing my meds for diabetes...cause Lord Willing diabetes will be GONE!!!!



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Good point Kim! I was told once told they give it "character". Its been hit several times too...once a full out accident when that lady ran out in front of me Once in the parking lot here and once at HEB.

I got three bags of chicken...two are in the freezer now and one in the fridge. I cut up my cantaloupe while I was in the kitchen and am good to go. I have stuffed jalapeņos going in the toaster oven too emoticon

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Teeheehee! Rub off our rust spots and we'd fall apart! Woohoo for those surprises too - lots more protein!

Here's a deal for those of you who are on a gluten-free diet: www.amazon.com/dp/B012I6FSGE
I saw this yesterday but forgot to put it up. I checked just before coming here and it is still free.

Have a great day everyone. Take it one meal at a time and do it right!

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Good morning ladies....
I longed for more time in bed, but knew my kitties would be waiting for breakfast so drug myself out...Once I took care of them and checked mail from yesterday, I was awake enough to stay up.

I've started my stats chart for my Dr. Last week actually. I do FBS and BP daily, pre-dinner and after on Tues, Thu and Saturday. It will give weekly averages and my 6 week average. I am hoping and praying to see those numbers come down.

I got my car inspected yesterday and new wiper blades put on. Stopped at HEB...and the card I grabbed, thinking it was my grocery list...was a blank card! I had to wing it. I knew chicken and egg beaters were on the list so I started there.

I got a big surprise when I pulled a hunk of chicken out of the package, thinking it was "leg meat"...it had the whole thigh AND leg! One piece filled my GF grill. I was thinking it would be little chunks of just the scrawny legs. I'm glad I got two bags, as the price was great! I'll get many meals out of that chicken since each bag is around 4.5 pounds of boneless, skinless meat. I can see soup happening later on. I'd put one bag in the freezer and will divvy up the second into pint sized freezer bags and cook some to go with my salads.

I like getting my inspections and the like done at Avis...free coffee and drinks! I took my water bottle to fill with ice water and had a coffee. I'd left home before having any. They open at 7:00 and I was there at 7:30...
I did have to clean my car out first and that was a chore. I would be embarrassed for just anyone to see all my empty ice bags, empty fluid containers and trash...I need new antifreeze and windshield stuff...They vacuum, wipe down the windows etc. and it looks good inside. I don't think I've washed it tho in about two years? It has a lot of rust from missing paint spots...but I'm not as vain as I once was, so am just so happy it's still running and serving it's purpose....kinda like me. emoticon

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Missy, that would be low for even me! LOL! I get dizzy when my diastolic number goes under 90. My systolic number is often in the 50's, so that doesn't bother me - well, I don't think it does, but when you get into the 80's - that is way too low. If you are taking the med for your kidneys rather than your BP, what are you going to do about your kidneys now?

Oh my. One of our pastor's labs got bit by a copperhead and she ended up okay, but she was a very big dog. Copperheads tend to be more timid than rattlers. Where we lived in Texas we had more copperheads around than rattlers. I think we found only one rattler on the property, but lots of copperheads. We found some of these metal panels that we put down as a walkway from house to house and at night we would stay on that walkway when we would go visiting. If we saw a snake we would yell out "snake" and freeze and the guys would come running with their shovels, cut off the head and onward we would go! After awhile you would just get used to it. It didn't take long before the snakes moved off.

My tummy has been acting up quite a bit in the last couple of days, not sure what is going on. Bummer.

Hope you ladies have a wonderful evening. Love ya

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I'm a big scaredy cat when it comes to snakes...that poor baby grass snake that got in my apartment gave me such a fright that I'm not sure I could handle another. That poor lady...hope her dog recovers...and that those creepy crawlers will stay far away.

I'll bet you did feel awful! I think the lowest my BP has been since stent placement was 118/68 which was really good...but I'm on 40 mg Lisinopril, plus the Triamterene and Metaprolol...so have three meds to help regulate me.

That's good news on your lab work Kim. No drastic changes...oh I'd love to see triglycerides that low.... yippee!

I like those type books. I've done that too, googled info on things that took place, after reading such books, Civil War type for example and it is very interesting to get a glimpse into the past...even tho the circumstances were horrific...ie..the Titanic sinking, WW 11 etc.

I woke up at 1:30...for the 4th time, and got up to plunder files in search of last year's W-2's. I had looked at info on the Novolog insulin pen and it said one might qualify for help getting them but had to be below 300% of the poverty level and I am at that rate. Even with the last quarter's Social security payments for this year I'll be below that number. I'll look into it and have a talk with my Dr. when I see her.

Yesterday my sugar went to 342 after lunch but had come down to 200 by the time I got home at 5:20. I checked it earlier and it's 264. Now if it would go down instead of rising between now and "real" morning...

I'll go back to bed for a nice nap. I'm so glad for my off days and the fact this is not laundry week...yippee!

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WEIGH IN MONDAY

I was having chest pain yesterday walking...I came home and took my BP and it was 84/54...I was feeling horrible!!! I have discovered that I do not need my lisinopril anymore..it lowered my BP..way to low..I have always had great BP the doc had me on it to protect my kidneys ( low dose too) but no more for me!!! The walking is doing the job!!! lol

we saw a poor doggie ...who had been bitten by a rattlesnake..he was shaking his head and trying to lick his face...It bit him in the face area...and his face was swolen...I pray he made it!! That is a bit creepy to know there are rattlesnakes at the trail...I thought copperheads were bad enough! lol...



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I'm glad you are feeling better, Bren!

I'm going to give you the link to a couple of my freebie sites again. There are some very good freebies today: www.ereaderiq.com/freebies?c=6190467
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On this second link there is a book, not a freebie, that is really really good - it's called The Butterfly and the Violin. It's a fictionalized story of a true story that took place in WWII. There was an orchestra in at least one of the death camps, and this is the story of some of the people who were a part of that orchestra, especially one of the violinists. It's really interesting. It begins with her life before she was put into the camp (she wasn't a Jew). I looked up this orchestra on line and the pictures were really interesting.

Allergies made sleep come off and on last night, but I did get a few hours of hard sleep early this morning, so praise the Lord for that.

MMM, our BBQ chicken was really good - yummers.

Oh, my labs came back. They put them on my patient portal so I get to see them before I go to the doctor's office. Everything looks pretty good. My potassium is just within normal range, up .1 from 6 months ago even though I am taking a prescribed supplement and trying to eat more things with potassium in them. My creatinine and BUN (kidney functions) were both out of normal ranges but about the same as they were last time, so I guess that is good too. My cholesterol was down a bit, still within normal range, 163. My triglycerides went up a bit, but not too terribly bad - 177. They were 399 a year and a half ago. I need to do better taking my fish oil. I haven't taken them for the past week, the fish burp has bothered me with my stomach upset so much this past couple of weeks. Other than that, everything else looks really good. Praise the Lord!

Y'all have an awesome day. Love ya.


God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.


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Good morning all...

It's Monday again (my Friday!)...and I feel somewhat better...and a thankful. My key board is acting stupid, so will just say...you're in my thoughts and prayers and I thank God for each of you...

May you be strengthened ah day and find joy in the journey.


In all things, I will acknowledge Christ, my Savior and strength of my life.
Brenda (Bren)


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