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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Sorry I haven't been around much. I have been taking a spark break of sorts in order to deal with chronic health issues. A couple weeks ago I started getting a new MRSA lesion. A really bad one this time. By the end of the first day the pain and the swelling was 7 on a scale of 10. People ask me what MRSA is like. It's sort of like like having the flu but still different. I can feel the infection in my body like you can the flu. It drags me down, causes intense fatigue, malaise, a low grade temp, lots of night sweats, etc. In addition. I have the pain of localized lesions that are similar to boils, only worse. They can get quite large. My son had one the size of a small cantaloupe. I have had one the size of a lemon. They can also develop sinuses. My son had one on his knee that I could put my finger all the way through his leg from one opening to the other. Right now I also have some capillary fragility. It's something I have dealt with intermittently since high school when I developed severe vitamin deficiencies from being a vegetarian. One of the deficiencies was a vitamin K deficiency with associated clotting problems. I had to take vitamin K shots for many years and still occasionally have to have clotting times before some medical procedures. The way I feel with MRSA can change from hour to hour. I usually sleep more than usual. My asthma and GERD occur intermittently. It causes some of my other chronic health problems to rear their ugly heads. Can antibiotics help my MRSA? No. That's the chief problem with MRSA - it is resistant to most antibiotics and some strains are resistant to all antibiotics. I have to wait until my immune system kicks in. In addition, my son has a MRSA lesion now. I am doing much better but am not out of the woods yet.

The weather has been very changeable and more seasonal. It's certainly not mild but there are no triple digits either. Sometimes it's comfortable, other days it's hot and muggy. I don't handle the hot and muggy days well when I'm sick. We have had a few really nice days scattered here and there though. I love those. We have also been getting some much needed rain too, thanks to Hurricane Isaac. I spent some time getting ready for the rains by getting caught up on all my outdoor chores. We are on high ground so it isn't a problem for us. I hope the worst of the drought is over. Our creek was dry for weeks. The pond got really low. We lost some plants, shrubs, and trees. It reinforces to me that the best plants are the hardy ones. I'm sure the animals have suffered as well. I am still getting lots of peppers right now. Nothing really hurts pepper plants in my area other than tomato horn worms and we have not had any this year.

The days are getting shorter now. Fall is just around the corner. It doesn't get light here now until after 6 A.M. and gets dark now by 7:30. To be honest, I don't like shorter days. As you know in addition to other titles I hold such as Ruler of The World (yes, I replaced Zeus), and Goddess of the Weather, I am also the Sun Goddess. Give me sun and give me more sun.

My normally quiet neighborhood, which is often only inhabited by me during the day, has been noisy lately. The tree trimmers are cutting back the limbs down by the road and the neighbor had a pole barn put up. It is even odd to hear the sound of lawn mowers being used again.

I am having some excellent turtle days right now. They are coming to my feeding station from dawn until dusk. I seldom have less than 6 in a day. We are attracting turtles of all sizes including really tiny ones. There were 2 sets of mating turtles in the compost pile the other day plus another set at the feeding station. Another set the next morning. I had more than 9 turtles in one day at my feeding station. I probably missed seeing some because I have other things to do besides turtle watch. LOL. I am making more detailed drawings of their head markings. I am giving them a lot of fruits and veggies and they are loving it - a big variety every day: lettuce, carrots, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, kiwis, bananas, peaches, pears, plums. We saw a baby turtle eating a persimmon on our trail. At this time of year I think there may be a scarcity of food because a lot of them show up. One day I saw "Strawberry" get angry at another turtle who was taking off with one of her strawberries and they had a tug of war over it. LOL. It was silly because if they get low I put more food out. We had 2 little turtles come almost at dark so it's important that I keep plenty of food out. The turtles are learning to try and like new foods - "Big Boy" loves banana. "S" came and carried off a cherry bigger than her head. On the way to the post office I stopped to save a turtle on the road but saw 3 that had been run over.

Hubby and I saw a great blue heron at the pond a few days ago. We are seeing a few deer here and there. I am keeping the bird feeders full and have a ton every day including hummingbirds. There must not be a lot of food for them either. The squirrels are scarce right now. Surprisingly, it is a good year for nuts.

Hubby and I saw Daisy one night when we went for a late walk. Normally she doesn't hang around when she sees us and will run off shortly after she acknowledges we are there but she looked really lonely that night. She was sitting in the neighbor's yard and kept looking over at the house where her people used to live. We didn't get too close because she is scared of most people but we were able to get closer than we have for a long time - within 15 feet. We talked to her and she stood there and listened. Even my hubby felt sorry for her. Her eyes are so sad. She still has her collar and on it is a dog bone shaped tag. She followed us for a while. I hope she isn't hungry. There is a lot of food in the compost pile. Maybe she will get used to us and let us get closer if she sees us enough.

All of the chinchillas are doing okay for now. We got Blocker out and found she has a sore on her tail. Reek is demanding a lot of attention. He wants to sleep with my hubby every evening now.

My son Ian is keeping up with his taekwondo classes when he gets a chance to go. His work schedule is so erratic that it is hard for him to plan anything but his master comes in for private sessions with my son if he has to as Ian has a gift for this. The master chose him to be his successor but I wonder if that can ever happen. Ian breaks 3 concrete blocks with his hands now. He is the only one in the class to do this. I don't care to ever see it and don't really like it. What mother would. LOL. He is making plans for his vacation trip to Akron, Ohio. Ian is suffering with a lot of allergies and his MRSA.

Ian's college dorm mate called. Ian wasn't home so he talked to me. He is having problems with his family. They don't like his wife. His mother told him she wanted to call me and have me talk some sense into him and he told her she can call me but she may be disappointed in my response. EEK. I don't like to be a mediator. He's a great kid and his parents are really nice too. As Shultz used to say on Hogan's Heroes, "I know nothing." LOL.

Although I haven't felt very well, I have stayed home and chipped away at all the work around here. I am able to keep up with my chores a little easier now. The house is under control. The laundry caught up. The cages clean. I pace myself and get things done when I feel up to it.

One day a week I usually do my errands and shopping but it's hard now with my MRSA. Dragging the groceries in and putting them away is a killer. In addition, I have had to shop with my hubby. We went to Rural King and Tractor Supply to look at weed eaters and whole house generators. We went to several stores looking for a hummingbird feeder and hated all of them. We took the air conditioner the repairmen couldn't fix back to Lowes as it was still under warranty. They didn't have any new ones but we got a voucher for one for next year. We went to Wal-Mart and bought hubby some new work steel toed work shoes. We went to OReillys and got a muffler for the van and when we got home he put it on.

As many of you know, last year we had a rough year. My MIL died after a lengthy battle with cancer, I had a close spark friend die, and one of my pets died too. In addition we had financial challenges, health challenges, family challenges, you name it. We spent the rest of the year and this year working on trying to get one of my husband's brother a legal guardian while trying to settle a complicated estate and trust. I would love to say it is all over but it isn't. We have received a lot of support from my family, friends, neighbors, and online friends but very little to no support from his family who usually have made our job more difficult. I am dealing with the stress better and want hubby to push through the last of this mess so we can get our own life back on tract. We still have to drive the 60 miles to his mom's house once a week as he is having to mow his mom's yard again now in the miserable heat. We still have the house to sell and more of her possessions. I'm still helping my hubby do a lot of the work for the estate/trust, including talking to experts about pricing things.

Due to stress and having little time for myself I let my personal goals fall by the wayside. I gained significant weight back. I didn't sleep well, didn't eat right, didn't get my exercise in. I'm slowly working on changing that.

During this time I ignored most of my emails and eventually ended up with over 8200 unread emails..I quit counting. I managed to clean them out again. Sadly, some of my sparkfriends have left. Some have changed their sparknames. I am grateful that so many of you are still here and that we are still friends.

On a note of interest, my husband's bosses toilet has been recalled. LOL. It's one of those assisted flush ones that apparently blows up. LOL. I mistakenly thought I wanted one. I do not. This is not the way I want to die. LOL.

I promise to try to check in more often from now on. I'm doing okay. I will make it.

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  • DMF2012
    I hope everyone feels better. Good to hear from you again.
    2006 days ago

    I hope you all feel better
    2030 days ago
  • ENUFF81020
    Hi there, my friend,

    Your story and mine have so many parallels that it is scary. I suspect that you have done better with the spark community than I have, you always seem to catch up to blogs and the like. I have stayed crazily focused on my weight as I prepare for this new surgery, but I haven't had any time for the community or my team responsibilities. I have lost spark friends, It makes me sad, but they need a better friend than I can be right now.
    As for the rest, you know how to do what your body needs and when you need a push or a cheerleader, please let me know. I can do that for you!!
    Now, please, get well, will ya? I think you are ready and deserving of much better.

    Gentle hugs,

    2030 days ago
    stopped by to re-read this blog.......hope you all get better completely, only 1 question,hope i am not being out of line,but how do you get mrsa.....????? you can sparkmail me if you want are a faithfull visitor of my blogs,thanks so much...your friend john emoticon
    2030 days ago
    Somehow I got unsubscribed to your blogs. Happens all the time. But I just read them all. I hope the MRSA lets up and that your immune system kicks in and kicks it to the curb. I know it is a nasty infection that is near impossible to eradicate. So sorry for you on that note. I really enjoyed reading your last few blogs. I am still on spark, I have just been lax lately and only sign on and off again. I am hoping that by todays date you are feeling somewhat better. I got a good laugh about the toilet. Thank you for posting. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2036 days ago
    Oh honey, my heart goes out to you and your family. I believe that eventually things will settle down and be peaceful again. Hopefully, as times passes, so will the the stressful things. Thank-you for blogging.
    2037 days ago
    Yowsers! (sorry I am not very eloquent today; tired from last weekend's veterinary convention) I have been in a slump also - can't quite put my finger on it, just struggling mightily from day to day.

    Every morning I feed my ducks & my little horde of pond turtles line up too.. They are great fun to watch aren't they??

    (I gave Z's chin-chins away to a good client; got tired of being their primary caretaker)
    2038 days ago
    I'm sorry you've got so much to deal with and admire you for remaining positive and taking pleasure in the small joys of everyday life. I wish your family were supportive - or at least not another source of stress. Remind me ... who is Daisy? Poor thing.

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    2038 days ago
    I pray all is well. Good things are coming. Stay motivated!
    2041 days ago
    Now that you mention it, I remember Ian getting lesions too. So sorry! Ewww, putting your finger thru it. Ai yi yi. I can feel sinus infections coming on; achy, malaise, no energy, tired, fog, sometimes depression. So I feel for you. Any kind of boil / lesion is horrible, especially recurring ones.

    That is sooo sad about Daisy.

    Seems like I already read/responded to this blog. Sorry if I responded twice to some. My fault for gettting behind on your blogs.
    2044 days ago
    Glad to see you plugging away at it. Hang in there!
    2045 days ago
    everyone tells me someday my ship will come in....then i find out,it sunk off the coast of loser island... emoticon ...john lol
    2045 days ago
    Hope the MRSA improves. Thanks for the critter update.

    We're in N ID right now. Home Friday.
    2049 days ago
    Bless your heart! I hope you have some relief soon!

    OMG an exploding toilet!! That's traumatizing!
    2049 days ago
  • ABBY_G
    Wow, so much going on for you! So sorry to read about the MRSA. That's cool about the turtles. All the best to you. -AbbyG

    p.s. Thanks for leaving a note on my blog asking about maintenance. I'm finding it challenging, though have stuck to it within a couple of pounds. All the effort is definitely worth it.
    2049 days ago
    Glad you did not become a Spark Ghost!

    2050 days ago
    I'm glad you found the time to blog. You WILL make it. It is nice to hear from you when you can and I'm glad you get turtle time too emoticon I had NO idea that such a thing as an exploding toilet even existed! Thanks for the heads up-wait wrong part of the anatomy!
    2050 days ago
    Look at all the people who love you!!!
    Oh I am so sorry to read the list of sorrow; I've always said that you can tell a person who knows suffering... they develop an incredible sense of humor.

    Happy Dragon Year!!! May your cycles continue and prosper.

    Love, joy and blessings upon you, my sister from another mother.

    2051 days ago
    emoticon Sunshine on your shoulders my friend.
    2051 days ago
    Oh wow! I knew u wrote, but I didn't know that u wrote so much so often. LOL! I thought I was the only one. LOL!

    Please stay motivated. Ur posts on my comments are always a blessing. It lets me know ur doing well and your yet alive. Keep moving forward. God bless!
    2051 days ago
    I enjoy every single word of your blogs :) You never cease to amaze me - despite everything, you're still out there doing chores, taking care of the critters, worrying about everyone else...I can barely get the dishes washed some days, let along do chores! As I've told you in the past, you're one of those sparkfriends that I think about even when I'm not on SP. I log on sometimes just to see what you're up to or read a blog. You are a very special person and I know that if we met in real life, we'd be great friends :)

    I'm sorry about the MRSA :/

    I want to know more about this a dog? cat? Poor kiddo :(

    Your descriptions of the turtles makes my heart swell. You should write a children's book.

    I hope things start looking up, soon!!
    2052 days ago
    It is amazing how stress, change in eating and exercise always equals health problems. You will jump back on board when you are ready. I recently had to take off 30 pounds and get my diabetes back under control for the same stress, eating and not enough exercise reasons. Sorry to hear your MRSA has been acting up so badly over the summer.

    I had no idea that turtles love strawberries and bananas! We don't have a lot of turtles here. It is rare to see one and the turtle is generally a snapping turtle. It is sad that people will just run the turtles over instead of getting out of the car and moving the turtle.

    Glad you had energy and time to blog! Always enjoy reading them! Please feel better. emoticon emoticon
    2052 days ago
    So sorry to hear you are having so much trouble with health issues.
    I'm keeping you in my prayers.
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    emoticon to Ian for his accomplishments in Taekwondo.

    2054 days ago
    My thoughts and prayers continue for you, Ian and your DH. When is Ian's trip to Akron? Sure hope he is up to it when the time comes. My heart goes out to you and yours, Trisha, but I am glad to hear about the turtles and Daisy and know that everyone is safe and secure. Also praying that your MIL estate gets settled soon. I understand how difficult that can be. My DH's aunt's estate is Louisiana is coming to a close sometime in the next couple of weeks. It has been going on since May 4, 2005. Praise the Lord that it will finally be settled.
    Blessings and hugs, dear friend.

    BTW: Glad to see that you are blogging and taking care of yourself. I absolutely love reading your blogs!!!
    2054 days ago
    I am thinking of you and hoping you hang in there. I am always so very impressed and grateful when you visit my Spark Page or my blog. You are a wonderful person and you have handed so much difficulty with grace and intelligence.
    2055 days ago
    Glad your back hope you feel better.
    2055 days ago
    Explosive toilet! What charity do you donate to when that happens? I am sorry you summer has been so crummy, I hope you and Ian start feeling better soon. You guys sound miserable over there. I love hearing your tales of the turtles. I wish we lived out somewhere that turtles could find compost bin. Man once you start composting, it's hard to through a banana peel or a apple core away. Do you guys keep a bin inside u fill and then take out to the composter once a day or every other day?
    2055 days ago
    emoticon I appreciate you telling us about your MRSA! That is how we learn things! I pray your immune system kicks in to heal you up so life is a bit more tolerable! I am hugging you! Can you feel it? emoticon
    2056 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/6/2012 3:34:17 PM
    poor Daisy - I hope she gets used to you so you can catch her and find her a good home... toilet that blows up --- OMG !!!!!!!!!!!
    2056 days ago
    Hope you continue to feel better. Sorry you and your son are both in such pain. I'm still praying that your MIL's house and stuff gets sold so you can have less stress. I'm sure that doesn't help anything. I love that you feed the animals.

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    2056 days ago
    You are so blessed to have such a good heart. I bet those critters take away a lot of the anxiety you must feel about your health and MIL's estate. That estate has been a painfully long process. I am so sorry for your losses. I pray that your health would improve and that there would be some peace in your life to help you get through your challenges. I have faith in you and you must have faith in yourself. You are a blessing to me and others and I also have missed your blogs. I am glad that you have good support. I know you will make it through this difficult period of time. You can do it! It is so hard also to lose weight and then gain it back. I am sure you will get that back on track because I truly believe that there is not much that can hold you down. Hang in there, chickadee. There is a silver lining somewhere. In our darkest hours it is wise to hold onto and cherish all the good in our lives and know that your heavenly father will see you through all of this difficulty. You are sweet and kind and good. I hope that you know that. It is so good to hear from you and God bless your son for his strength. I pray that he also would find health and healing soon. I guess each one of us has our own burdens to bear. Sending you love, strength, peace and, of course, joy!
    Hugs, Karen Ellen emoticon
    2056 days ago
    I had to stop reading 1/2 way thru will finish later - but so sorry you and your son are feeling bad.. I wish you both get better...
    would love to have all those turtles coming up to eat ... HUGS
    2056 days ago
  • CHRIS3874
    Hope you are better soon. Sorry for the double post.
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    Comment edited on: 9/5/2012 8:29:20 PM
  • CHRIS3874
    Wow get well .
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  • GINNJEN1974
    You are so busy. Feeling unwell has to make that a challenge. I love hearing about your turtles. What a great thing to be able to watch. I hope with Daisy you get where you can help her more. I hate when animals seem so helpless.

    Also wanted to thank you for the comment on my blogs.
    2057 days ago
    I'm so sorry things are so miserable for you. I am praying for your family and hope God answers quickly.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2057 days ago
    Love your blog so jealous you get to write about your activities. Sorry for your health problems. hubby and I moving slower but doing ok. My son and I getting in 2 races oct. the first a donut 5 k and today when signed us up we had to tell how many donuts we would eat during the race(each donut 2 min off end time funny) well we said 3 becuase when I do it will add 3 inches onto my abs for sure. the other race a haloween 4,000 runners and it is fun.
    well thanks for birthday wishes and thanks for being my friend again. I don't expect to stop sparking again. I am quiet this time
    2057 days ago
    So glad to hear from you. It's been nice seeing you on my page, but I have so missed your blogs. It has seemed odd not to have them. I sure hope the MRSA goes away for a while, and I really, really, really hope MIL's estate is cleared up sooner than soon!

    We have deer in our backyard now! Hubby and son have been seeing them at dawn and dusk for a while, but I finally got my first look last week - there were 2 does and 3 fawns that morning. Saw another doe and fawn (well probably the same ones, but...) this morning - close to the house and my daughter got to see them for the first time. My nature sightings make me think of you! :-)

    Feel well, my friend, take it easy on yourself - you have had an unbelievable amount of crap to deal with. I just hope that it all gives you a break very soon!
    2057 days ago
    I appreciate that you always have kind things to say on my blogs and one of my goals this year is to connect back! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! I enjoy reading about all your critters. It always makes me feel like I am there getting to see them too!
    I hope things go better for you soon!
    2057 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I think I should just say WOW & leave it at that!

    emoticon that is all you can do.

    I am praying for you and your family.

    Love hearing about your animals and adventure.
    Thanks for sharing with all of your friends here on SP

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    2057 days ago
    emoticon You're in my thoughts and prayers.
    2057 days ago
    What a way to conclude a blog: with an exploding toilet! Who knew such things were possible?

    I was just wondering about Ian's trip to Akron and whether he'd figured out the best way to get there and back.

    You must be the Queen of the Universe, if friends' parents want you to step in and mediate their children's marriages! The turtles obviously know who's the Boss Lady anyhow.

    Well, know that I'll always be here. I think of you every day and hope that you can take it as easy as you need to every single day.
    2057 days ago
    I hope you get feeling better as quick as can be! Keep up the positive energy! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2057 days ago
    It may be that the MRSA is your body's way of testing your god-like powers, as in "How much can she do while this is happening?" Me thinks you are the goddess of such things for a reason.


    I hope that you and Ian are feeling better very soon. The best days of the season (or so I think) are just around the corner.

    I hope that Daisy, like so many other animals in your area, grows to trust you and see you as a friend.
    2057 days ago
    Oh you have had your share of messes . Seems we both have had bad times lately. I Sure hope your MRSA leaves for awhile again. My friends hubby suffers from it, too. I have taken care of many with it and so far thank heavens I haven't gotten it. HUGS

    SSo much more for you too. I hope you can keep taking it slow and resting inbetween chores. That is what I have to do, I had to stop 3 times just doing dishes that won't go in the dishwasher last night.
    Hope you get that darn estate done, and then you will have a lot less on your plate and perhaps have a slower schedule.
    2057 days ago
    Wow! You really took the time to catch us up with you! Thank you. I hope the MRSA continues to improve and quickly. So sorry Ian is dealing with it, too. But glad he's pushing through with vacation plans. I hear you on the weather. As I've said, I've turned into a major weather whiner!! I think it is finally supposed to break over the weekend. I hope they're right. Hubby and I are going to a lake next week for a few days to check it out. We are more "lake people" than "beach people" and we're hoping this has possibility for future vacations. The teacher in me loves September but I don't like the short days either. I like cool but not cold weather. That means there are about 3 days out of the whole year of weather I enjoy. LOL I love your turtle stories. How many people have a turtle community?
    Glad the babies are doing well. We are having some serious issues with our dog, Toby. He's around 12 and has had a persistent anal gland infection for some months now. They could remove it but his age and other health issues make us all hesitant to do that. We are now taking him every 3 days for antibiotic infusions in the anal gland plus he is on oral antibiotic. The vet says we will try this for 2 weeks and then reassess. We've had him 8 years today!!
    Hope hubby gets the estate finished up! You REALLY need to be out from under that stress. Would probably help the MRSA situation, too.
    Thanks for the consumer update on the toilet! If I decide to buy I will keep that in mind! Scary thought, exploding toilets! LOL
    2057 days ago
    What does MRSA stand for? How do you and both your son have that? Is it something hereditary?I just googled it and it says it is like a staph infection? I used to work with a lady that got a staph infection from surgery...she had so many problems with her knee due to the staff infection that she wound up having to use a cane for the next few years and was actually considered disabled.

    It sounds like such a painful thing to have!! I am so sorry that both you and your son are dealing with that. You always sound so bright and positive!

    Uh 8200 emails? Who are these people??? Are these just sparker emails??
    2057 days ago
  • SAMI199
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  • KANOE10
    Your MRSA is a difficult disease and I am sorry it is acting up again. I hope your immune system gets working soon. Thanks for explaining that as I did not understand what you were dealing with..Not easy my friend.
    I think you have shown a great deal of strength and courage in dealing with this last year. You retain your love of life, animals, family, friends..and you retain your sense of humor.

    I am happy your turtle population is growing!
    My son did Taekwondo and I also did not like to watch him break bricks.

    Hope you have a wonderful day. You deserve it. You are doing a great job of taking care of yourself and your family!

    2057 days ago
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