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  • Great doctor visit!

    2/17/2020 2:19:06 PM, by PICKIE98

    LDL 90 TRIS 242 A1C 6.1 FBS 117 BP 124/80 My liver profile, protein, kidney function, iron and Vit D are perfect. He also took me off the Plavix, agreed with me about taking my Cardizem at night instead of morning. I was reading a medical journal of a clinical study o... Read more

  • Sunny Sunday

    2/16/2020 1:30:07 PM, by PICKIE98

    We have actual sunshine today! It is not as cold (20's), but the sun is shining and it is not snowing! Tomorrow is my follow-up appointment with my GP about my Aricept use. I do not see any improvement in my memory, but it has only been two weeks. I did notice that even though I am not sleepin... Read more

  • Saturday

    2/15/2020 2:17:43 PM, by PICKIE98

    Listening to Paul Greene, Pavoratti`, Jeff Buckley, Luther Vandross, Harry Styles, Nine Inch Nails..... Read more

  • Chilly Friday

    2/14/2020 2:28:31 PM, by PICKIE98

    It is beginning to get a little chilly here in Michigan:12 degrees before wind chill. I had so many clothes on this morning to run errands that I was sure that my clothes would spew out if I unzipped the zipper on my jacket! I need somebody to come in my yard and make the snow angels I am no ... Read more

  • Thursday

    2/13/2020 4:39:15 PM, by PICKIE98

    I fared much better at P.T. today after I told Casey that I figured out that it had to be the ankle weights. He then proceeded to tell me that he added another half-pound to each leg yesterday! NO weights today. I did fine, no inhaler or S.O.B. It has been snowing here since the middle of the ... Read more

  • I survived!

    2/12/2020 4:41:57 PM, by PICKIE98

    I got my income taxes prepped this morning and I survived again! I have always stressed out over this task. I have been filing income taxes for 50 years and I stress out every single year. Last year was the first year I only had one set of taxes to prepare, but I still tossed and turned th... Read more

  • Tuesday

    2/11/2020 6:39:36 PM, by PICKIE98

    I had the worst time at P.T. I have ever had, this morning. I had to actually use my rescue inhaler and stop a lot. I did complete it, but only kept up well with the machines. I did not quit, but had to reduce my time on the bars. It has been snowing here for a co9uple hours. Lovely.... Read more

  • Monday errands

    2/10/2020 7:16:47 AM, by PICKIE98

    The last storm has finally stopped. I need to be on the phone and the road today. Lots of financial things and medical things to get.. Luciano` can handle it all. I have never gotten stuck in the snow, even feet of it.. I just plow those ponies through the white stuff and know that my car w... Read more

  • Hospital bills come with a heart attack!

    2/9/2020 4:11:39 PM, by PICKIE98

    I just opened my medicare statement.. thank goodness I owe nothing.. All of those premiums were a great investment. The things that I thought would cost a lot more, were a lot less than expected, BUT that loop recorder was almost the cost of my entire hospital cost! Just the recorder, NOT the d... Read more

  • Saturday

    2/8/2020 4:08:32 PM, by PICKIE98

    Today is a rest day for me. I did six loads of laundry yesterday, so am tired. UP and down the basement stairs at least twice for each load was exercise. going down is not so bad, but a killer going back up with full arms.. I even skipped my bicep curls last night,, just too tired. Don, ou... Read more

  • OH BOY, MORE SNOW!

    2/7/2020 7:26:00 AM, by PICKIE98

    We are fortunate that we did not get any sleet with the blizzard yesterday, ,, snow is predicted for every day for the next week,, ah, winter!... Read more

  • Zombie church, blood-filled washer/dryer...sigh..

    2/6/2020 5:47:42 AM, by PICKIE98

    I had a horrible nightmare that woke me up after four hours sleep. The title kind of says most of it in a nutshell. I never watch zombie shows, so am not sure what this was all about. I woke up and used Navy Seal breathing techniques to get my breathing back in to the right pattern. It took over ... Read more

  • Wednesday

    2/5/2020 6:10:06 PM, by PICKIE98

    I brought almost all of my lunch home after meeting with Karen. I have never brought that much home before,, I only ate one quarter of my sandwich. I took a few pics of some cloud activity around the corolla of the sun, and a weird Dow Corning polluting cloud as I passed near the Corporate h... Read more

  • Tuesday

    2/4/2020 2:34:28 PM, by PICKIE98

    This morning Casey added some more exercises for my therapy. I spend the majority of my time on the parallel bars with balance and stretch workouts. Today he added weights and a longer time on the nu-step and with ankle bands with the step-ups. Tomorrow I a meeting with Karen for a long-over... Read more

  • IT IS TAX TIME! YIPPEE!

    2/3/2020 11:30:19 AM, by PICKIE98

    I just made a tax-prep appointment. It is so much easier now that I do not have to do my mother's, the Trust and mine. As of last year, I am now just doing my taxes. Well, the CPA is doing them. It does not take very long since my retirement, with no loans, mortgages, or non-homestead properties ... Read more

  • Sunday

    2/2/2020 12:53:14 PM, by PICKIE98

    Due to some memory issues, along with a very deep family history of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, I started a new med, Aricept in the evenings. So far it has helped me sleep more than a few hours at night, so that is good. With both parents, many relatives with severe memory issues, I know ... Read more

  • Snowy Friday

    1/31/2020 1:39:46 PM, by PICKIE98

    We are back in the snow mode today, but the sleet weather will arrive this weekend. Joy. More ice over and under the snow. It still beats wildfires and earthquakes. I will be starting the aricept tonight,, we will see..... Read more

  • Thursday

    1/30/2020 1:49:12 PM, by PICKIE98

    Today I had an earlier P.T. appointment, but I rested in-between a little more today. I was VERY sore yesterday morning upon rising. At this time I am only doing 70# leg presses, but hope to increase it for endurance, which is why I am there, along with helping my balance.... Read more

  • Wednesday

    1/29/2020 1:28:49 PM, by PICKIE98

    Yesterday I had a very intense workout at P.T. Casey had to make me stop the exercises for breaths in-between. He added some new things to my balance workouts, but kept the leg press weights the same. I am SO sore today, it hurts to sit here and type. NO shoveling wet gravel for me any time s... Read more

  • Monday

    1/27/2020 3:33:55 PM, by PICKIE98

    Today is just an overcast day; dark and breezy. I just putz around on days like this.... Read more

  • Sunday

    1/26/2020 5:31:24 PM, by PICKIE98

    Today is a big pain day. I am not doing anything. I had to use the car to get the mail and newspaper since the driveway was covered in about two inches of solid ice. Now it is all melted, but it is sleeting/snowing at the same time.. Ah, Michigan. The barometric pressure and the humidity is ... Read more

  • German friend, German foods..

    1/25/2020 12:35:31 PM, by PICKIE98

    We really enjoyed having Nick and Moni over last night. The German dumplings are HUGE, the sauerbraten` was perfect! We introduced Nick to Pass the Pigs game, we played their game too. Next time I cook Mexican, all from scratch,; Nick was salivating and we were all so stuffed from the g... Read more

  • Kraut Day!

    1/24/2020 2:09:10 PM, by PICKIE98

    Disclaimer for the subject line: I am a Kraut(German) on Dad's side. VERY German. It gives me license to say that title. (Plus, I LOVE kraut!) Today is game and dinner day with Nick and Moni. I made 2 dozen deviled eggs, a cheese/cracker tray with smoked cheddar and Edam. A relish tray, ... Read more

  • Thursday

    1/23/2020 3:17:10 PM, by PICKIE98

    My first day of P.T. and I was on the leg press and nu-lift machines. I did a lot of balance work on the parallel bars, step ups, walking, stride and balance. I came home and steam mopped my kitchen and both bathroom floors, cleaned the full bathroom, cleaned my entire stove, pulling it al... Read more

  • Wednesday

    1/22/2020 4:48:44 PM, by PICKIE98

    Today I had to call the water department because I never got my quarterly bill. It turns out they got it back from the post office to return to sender! I have lived here since 1984 and never had a problem. They have had the bill there in the office(it is about a mile from here) and never bothered t... Read more

  • P.T. Evaluation

    1/21/2020 3:34:43 PM, by PICKIE98

    I went this morning to meet with Casey, my therapist. I had him when he first began there three years ago. I was gasping for air on our 6-minute walk, had to stop a lot to rest. I start for the real deal on Thursday morning, so bought some new workout pants. My old ones are huge, so got som... Read more

  • Monday

    1/20/2020 7:48:27 PM, by PICKIE98

    Today began with a doctor visit for a wellness check. He reduced my Lasix by half, but added another memory drug. I hit almost every green light in three cities, so that was nice to travel around. We enjoyed a nice lunch and came home to some chores. I also got a doc order for some much-n... Read more

  • Sunday

    1/19/2020 5:00:54 PM, by PICKIE98

    DD is making chicken stir fry for dinner.. I did a fasting day yesterday, will do it again on Tuesday. Tomorrow is birthday lunch after my doctor appointment. We only got about 6 inches of snow.. so far. It is very cold..... Read more