SparkPeople Sparks with Lupus Team Messageboard I would like to open up a new team for lupus sufferers like myself SparkPeople Sparks with Lupus Team Messageboard Weekly check in 1/5-1/11 Morning! <BR> Having a rough week. Finished my antibiotic and feeling bad again. Breathing is difficult. I tried to get in touch with my doc on Friday but they didn't get back to me. Also had more labs done and there was no improvement. Waiting for 1 more test result and then will go from there. <BR> Just feeling anxious and scared. <BR> <BR> Hope you had a good week <BR> Cathy Sun, 5 Jan 2020 10:45:40 EST Weekly check in 12/29-1/4 HAPPY NEW YEAR! <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> 2020 is going to be a better year for health. I am going to be more proactive in my health by making sure I don't run out of my supplements, by eating more veggies and fruits, by moving more which is a challenge for me. Not only is it cold, slippery and icy out but painful knees and feet and generally achy legs. I will do what I can but always afraid of injuring myself so will be especially cautious. <BR> <BR> I don't usually make resolutions but I... Sun, 29 Dec 2019 11:51:41 EST Weekly check in 12/22-12/28 Morning! <em>444</em> <BR> Dorothy, so good to see you in here again. I was beginning to worry if you were ok! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I have been taking a plant based liquid iron and B12 together 2x a day. My breathing was getting worse and realised it wasn't just from low red blood. I went to the docs and they put me on an antibiotic and an inhaler...upper respiratory infection! It has helped a lot!! I feel so much better, more energy too. And I'm sleeping better, finally! <BR> <B... Sun, 22 Dec 2019 10:09:19 EST Weekly check in 12/15-12/21 Hi Dorothy <em>445</em> <BR> Hope you are ok. <BR> Heading out to my granddaughters 3rd birthday party today! That means I'll be going to my daughter's house. I'm excited to be seeing my granddaughters but I'm also feeling anxious. My daughter is turning 40 tomorrow and I have a gift card for her. I wrote a small note in her card! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>446</em> Sun, 15 Dec 2019 08:26:19 EST Weekly check in 12/8-12/14 Hello Dorothy <em>443</em> <BR> Haven't heard from you in a couple weeks, Hope all is well with you. <BR> I am back on my iron and B12 and eating more foods with iron like spinach, other greens, beef etc. I got blood work done Thanksgiving week and it was not good. Iron had gone up a bit but my red blood cells were low and a few others were low. My doc seems to think I am losing blood and bleeding either in the stomach or bowels and wants me to see a gastro doc. I already have one becaus... Sun, 8 Dec 2019 15:32:37 EST Weekly check in 12/1-12/7 Hello <BR> Happy December! The craziness of the Holidays has begun and people are already acting cranky and crazy. You have to expect extra traffic, lines, waiting etc and just chill out. <BR> That's just the way it has always been. Getting aggravated, impatient and angry is too stressful and is not very merry. <BR> <BR> I spent yesterday at home with a sore knee. Lots of ice, ibuprofen and rest. Much better today and I got out of the house and was at my son's for a small get together. <B... Sun, 1 Dec 2019 19:27:01 EST Weekly check in 11/24-11/30 Morning <em>426</em> <BR> Last week of November and Thanksgiving week. <em>430</em> Spending the day with my son and dil and 3 of the grandkids. My daughter has to work this year. She had to pick 1 Holiday to she will have Christmas Day off! Last year she had to work on Christmas and missed the day with her girls. <BR> I take magnesium everyday, it helps with leg cramps. The iron and B12 has helped a lot. The plaquenil l take depletes Vit D and the B12. I need to get more vit ... Sun, 24 Nov 2019 10:19:30 EST Weekly check in 11/17-11/23 Hello <BR> Hi Dorothy <em>41</em> <BR> I had a much better week, the swelling in the leg and foot has gone down a lot. I haven't had to take ibuprofen but I still get sharp stabbing pains sometimes for short periods throughout the day. The veins are still very hard but not as tender. I go back to the docs this week. <BR> The iron and b12 are finally working. I'm not so exhausted, but still not sleeping well. I wake up to pee and sometimes can't get back to sleep. With the cold weather an... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 21:38:13 EST 11-10 -11-16 Hi Cathy <BR> Guess you are in allot of pain with the blood clots removal. Hope that you are feeling better. Have you gotten any snow yet? <BR> <BR> It is slowly getting cooler. It is now in the 80's some days. Sun, 10 Nov 2019 00:25:18 EST Weekly check in 10/27-11/2 Happy Sunday <BR> Raining and cold again more leaves and acorns down. Lawn guy coming on Tuesday. <BR> I went to my vascular doc this week. He had to drain the clot from the vein which was so painful, I almost passed out. My leg is still hurting and very tender. <BR> <BR> I had the 2 grandsons here last night for our Halloween party and they were fun, got along good, no fighting. But today I'm exhausted. Took a short nap this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Hope you are well, didn't see you post in he... Sun, 27 Oct 2019 14:07:13 EST Weekly check in 10/20-10/26 Morning <BR> So glad to see you in here again. Iron will help you feel better. I was anemic a few months ago and took a liquid supplement that was plant based. It kept me from getting constipated. Iron pills will do that so be careful. <BR> <BR> I had the ultrasound, it showed a superficial clot, not a deep vein clot. It sure hurts though! Hot compresses, back to taking Bayer everyday and ibuprofen for pain. It has helped with the pain a lot but the doc said he may have to remove the clot. I... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:27:51 EST Weekly check in 10/13-10/19 Morning <BR> Where are you Dorothy? Hope you are ok! <BR> <BR> Gotta see the vascular doc and have an ultrasound this week. I think I have another superficial blood clot in my leg. It's super sensitive and it hurts. I think when I had to go off the Bayer aspirin for a couple weeks when I had that cyst removed, it caused the clot. <BR> <BR> Meeting up with friends today. Have to get moving! <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:34:06 EST Weekly check in 10/6-10/12 Hello, Happy Sunday <BR> Dorothy, hope all is well with you, didn't see a post from you this past week. <em>24</em> <BR> It's getting colder here, in the 30's at night. Leaves are really changing fast and falling. I don't like the cold, I'm freezing all the time and wearing thick layers already!! <BR> <BR> The eyes are doing ok but sometimes I get little twinges of pain and sometimes the Restasis burns a little. The thick gooey stuff I use at night has a preservative in it and I think it... Sun, 6 Oct 2019 13:57:46 EST Weekly check in 9/29-10/5 Morning! <BR> Almost October already! It's getting cooler here and leaves are beginning to change color. We still have had some pretty hot days but cooler at night. It's getting dark before 7 and next month we change the clocks. I wish we didn't do that cause by then it's dark at 4:30. <BR> <BR> My eyes are doing better. I was at another follow up this week. She gave me steroid drops, a sample size to just use till it's gone. I think that will be gone tonight. Also stayed on the antibiotic ... Sun, 29 Sep 2019 10:33:04 EST Weekly check in 9/22-28 Hello <BR> Hope you start to feel better and can start working. I found staying at home everyday was boring and stressful. I felt out of touch with everything. <BR> My eye is doing much better, got antibiotic drops for it but treating both eyes just to be safe. <BR> <BR> I had a cyst removed from my scalp this past Tues and the doc wanted me to take a massive dose of Amoxicilin because I have autoimmune issues. I should have known not to...My stomach has been cramping, diahrea off and on a... Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:01:24 EST Weekly check in 9/15-9/21 Morning! <BR> Yes my SS checks are for disability. Once I reach retirement age the amount will be the same but it'll just be regular SS. Every 3 months I have to send copies of my pay stubs to show I am not making over the allowed amount. I'm also on Medicare and that will continue at retirement. But I still have 4+ years to go. The amount every month is not enough to pay even the basics so I have to work part time and probably will have to continue working as long as I am able. Anytime some... Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:01:04 EST Weekly check in 9/8-9/14 Hello Dorothy <BR> Glad to see you in here and glad you made it through the hurricane. We got the remains of it yesterday with some rain early in the morning but the sun came out by the afternoon. I went to watch the grandkids soccer games for a couple hours, got a little grocery shopping done. <BR> <BR> Not much money this week so I couldn't get much but hopefully enough to get me through this week and next weekend. My SS check doesn't get deposited till the 18th which is a Wed but it will ... Sun, 8 Sep 2019 15:10:00 EST Weekly check in 9/1-9/7 Hi Dorothy <BR> Sorry I didn't start the weeks post yesterday. Having the week off, I lost track of the days. Also hope you are ok. You haven't posted in here the last 2 weeks, getting worried for you. <BR> <BR> Spent Saturday at my sister's for a cookout and also got my laundry done. Hopefully the washer will be fixed this week. One of my sister's said they would help with money so it can be fixed. Thank goodness for family! <BR> My daughter was at the cookout with the girls. I had fun wit... Mon, 2 Sep 2019 13:00:51 EST Weekly check in 8/25-9/1 Hello <BR> Dorothy, hope all is well. You didn't post here this week. <em>40</em> <BR> Glad I went to the eye doc. I have a small tear and that's what the flashes, extra floaters and sometimes sharp pain was about. She says it happens as you get older but my eye has been so super dry that in the morning my eyelid is stuck to my eye. I can't get the eye open so I think it caused the tear. She recommended a nighttime gel for night and something else during the day and they are working really... Sun, 25 Aug 2019 10:53:56 EST Weekly check in 8/18-8/24 Hello <BR> Sorry forgot to start the week yesterday! <BR> <BR> I haven't gotten the compression socks yet, the compression size down but in the larger size. I have to wait for my disability check this week. I couldn't do grocery shopping either. Very low on money. Disability checks come the 3rd Wed of the month and some months it's really late. <BR> <BR> I need to call my eye doc too, been getting pain in my right eye and seeing flashes and it feels like something is in my eye. Hope you ca... Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:50:29 EST Weekly check in 8/11-8/17 Morning! <BR> Dorothy, sorry to hear about your eye. That sounds so painful, hope you were able to get in to see your doc! <BR> <BR> I spent Friday morning with the grandkids, we had fun. I really missed them. They grow up so fast, and before you know it they will be off on their own. Will be seeing them next weekend for my granddaughters 14th birthday. <BR> <BR> My daughter will be there with my other 2 granddaughters. I rarely get to see them which is sad. I realised this week, my daught... Sun, 11 Aug 2019 11:23:28 EST Weekly check in 8/4-8/10 Hello <BR> Dorothy, hope all is well with you. Didn't hear from you this week. <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> Nothing new going on here. We had a couple bad thunderstorms this week, one while I was at work. I think it might have been a microburst...The wind was bad, rain, lightning and also golf ball size hail. It was crazy! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I see the doc Tues. I got another pair of compression socks, the largest size but haven't tried them on yet. Hoping they fit better and not strang... Sun, 4 Aug 2019 12:07:45 EST Weekly check in 7/28-8/3 Hello <BR> July is almost gone. Why does time seem to go faster the older you get?? <BR> Another weekend at home again but today I met up with some friends for lunch. It helps to get out. There are some days I don't feel well spending so much time alone. I get very depressed and bored and I want more than just being home or at work. <BR> <BR> Almost forgot...My doc said I don't have leg ulcers just really bad dermatitis and use hydrocortisone. I did try that in the beginning because it's so... Sun, 28 Jul 2019 19:32:11 EST Weekly check in 7/21-7/27 Hello <BR> Yeah hating those compression socks. Through the years they have never helped me. My docs appt had to be rescheduled for Tues this week. I have a feeling he's just going to stress the socks but I need help healing the wounds and the vein that's hemorrhaging. <BR> <BR> I've been home all weekend staying in the a/c as it's been in the 90's but feels more like in 100's and my feet are swollen. I'm trying to keep them elevated when I can and it helps. If the doc wants me to wear thos... Sun, 21 Jul 2019 11:41:13 EST Weekly check in 7/14-7/20 Hello <BR> Dorothy, sorry you are not feeling well with a fever. I hope those tests show something and you can start to heal. <BR> <BR> Every summer the heat makes my feet swell. It's worse this year and so uncomfortable. I got the lower compression stockings. They were easier to get on and more comfortable. But because the top of my feet right where the foot bends are swollen, the socks dig in. After a couple hours, I took them off and both feet were more swollen. The tighter compression on... Sun, 14 Jul 2019 12:15:29 EST Weekly check in 7/7-7/13 Hello <em>213</em> <BR> Having another quiet weekend at home, alone. Just getting the usual done, groceries, laundry, cleaning etc.. <BR> <BR> The heat is making my feet swell and it's very uncomfortable. I have compression stockings..they are so hard to get on and it hurts my back and shoulders and they are the most uncomfortable things ever. They also do not help. I've had these through the years and they have never helped. I ordered a lower strength compression, will be delivered Tues.... Sun, 7 Jul 2019 10:45:23 EST Weekly check in 6/30-7/6 Morning! <BR> Can't believe it's already July! <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> June was so cold and rainy, didn't think the summer was ever going to start. But finally this past week, it's been warm enough for the a/c!! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sorry that doc has treated you so badly. I would definitely drop him. I've done that a few times. But make sure first that you have copies of your visits, tests etc.. as you need them for your other docs. If they give you a hard time about it, rememb... Sun, 30 Jun 2019 10:52:15 EST Weekly check in 6/23-6/29 Hello <BR> Hope you find a PT place for your lungs. Any kind of help is a good thing. Hoping you feel better soon! <BR> <BR> Went to my granddaughters dance recital yesterday. She was in 4 of the dances...ballet, hip hop, jazz and contemporary. The theme was Peter Pan. Enjoyed it very see how much she has learned and is so beautiful, been dancing 10 years. I did not feel well yesterday, was tired, had brain fog and was light headed. I made myself go anyway. I just couldn't miss the... Sun, 23 Jun 2019 12:09:39 EST Weekly check in 6/16-6/22 Hi Dorothy <BR> Sorry, I forgot to post for the week. I went to my son's for Fathers Day yesterday. We had a cook out even though it was pouring outside. I made some potato salad and spent the afternoon there. Isaac, the middle child was in a grumpy mood and very quiet. Couldn't get him to smile. He finally let me hug him after a few hours. He gets moody sometimes and it's best to just leave him alone for awhile. My daughter was like that when she was little. That same grumpy face...don't loo... Mon, 17 Jun 2019 21:20:26 EST Weekly check in 6/9-6/15 Morning <BR> Dorothy, so glad the docs are finally doing something and not just saying it's all in your head etc.. I hope those tests aren't too difficult to get through and they will help. Rest all you need to, sending prayers for you. <BR> <BR> Going to a graduation party today at my sons. My granddaughters cousin (Abbey) graduated from high school. My daughter will be there as well and I have a gift for Bailey. She graduated from pre school, although she will be back in pre school in the ... Sun, 9 Jun 2019 09:37:21 EST Weekly check in 6/2-6/8 Morning <BR> Dorothy, wishing you lots of luck for your doctor's appt. I hope they figure out what's up with your lungs and have the answers to help you heal!! There's nothing worse than feeling horrible and not know why or how to get better! <BR> <BR> Having lunch with friends today. I need to be out and spend time laughing with friends. I don't get to do that too often. Yesterday, I went to 2 games for the grandkids. <BR> <BR> The weather has been weird. It changes so quickly from cool t... Sun, 2 Jun 2019 09:56:09 EST Weekly check in 5/26-6/1 Hello <BR> I thought I already started the new week. I remember typing a message, guess I got interrupted and never posted?! <BR> <BR> Anyway spent the day with my son and family. Watched them march in the parade, had a cookout, then went to the lake. I sat in the shade, watched the kids having fun. They did some kayaking and fishing too. Glad I went to the parade even though I was tired. Didn't sleep well last night. I would have missed this day with the family. <BR> Most of the weekend I ... Mon, 27 May 2019 22:06:59 EST Weekly check in 5/19-5/25 Hello <BR> Tea Tree Oil is good for fungus. I know you can mix it with an oil for toenail fungus. But I don't know if it will do the same for the walls. <BR> <BR> Heading out to do grocery shopping today and get the house cleaned more. Yesterday, I took down curtains in 2 rooms and just put in the dryer, sprayed with Febreze, hung back up. Still have the Living room to do. <BR> Also, went to my grandsons baseball game yesterday. The sun was out but was very windy and it was cold. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:39:56 EST Weekly check in 5/12-5/18 <em>214</em> Happy Mother's Day!! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Lets try this again! I was posting on my Kindle but everything froze up and I had to delete it all. I still have my old desktop, kind of slow but still works! <BR> <BR> Heading to my sons this afternoon for a cookout. Its cloudy and raw outside, we may have a few showers, temps about 50. The forecast is calling for SNOW Wed a.m. <em>234</em> <em>198</em> about an inch!! <BR> <BR> Sorry about the coughing and the lungs. I... Sun, 12 May 2019 09:24:40 EST Weekly check in 5/5-5/11 Morning! <BR> Sorry the coughing is bad. You sure you don't have pneumonia? Or is it the lung problem the docs haven't figured out yet? This has been going on for months now. I would be mad and on the phone yelling! You have been suffering for too long with this! <BR> <BR> I had a good week but still feeling tired, sleeping in late. But had a couple nights I couldn't fall asleep because my body hurt too much. Every joint was hurting, as exhausted as I was, it kept me awake and taking ibuprof... Sun, 5 May 2019 11:02:13 EST Weekly check in 4/28-5/4 Morning! <BR> Had a pretty good week. Just feeling really tired again as I ran out of B12. I buy the liquid form that is a combination of 2 B12's. All the supplements you can buy anywhere are only one form of B12 and it doesn't help me at all. I started taking it this week so it will take a few more days to take effect. I buy it on Amazon, 2 oz is $50 and it should last a few months. <BR> <BR> Spent yesterday afternoon with friends. We met for lunch and talked for hours. It felt good as I d... Sun, 28 Apr 2019 09:17:43 EST Weekly check in 4/21-4/27 <em>449</em> Happy Easter <BR> Sorry so late, had a busy day. Drove to my brothers and back, spent the day with most of the family. Had a blast with my youngest granddaughters. <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> My son and family went to Pennsylvania for vacation week so didn't see them today. Heading to bed, feeling exhausted but happy! <em>448</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a nice Easter! <BR> Cathy Sun, 21 Apr 2019 22:29:05 EST Weekly check in 4/14-4/20 Hello <BR> We got a little more snow this past week, enough to stick to the grass and leaves. It was cold too. My neighbors still have a little piles of snow where the plows piled it up. <BR> Hope to have the yard done next week. <BR> <BR> I walked 1/2 mile today for a fundraiser. I stopped after 1/4 mile and rested then did another 1/4 mile. My ankle hurt a bit but it's ok now and I got tired easily but that's to be expected since I don't get out to walk much. <BR> <BR> Sorry the heat giv... Sun, 14 Apr 2019 17:14:21 EST Weekly check in 4/7-4/13 Hello <BR> It's finally warming up around here although nights are still very cold, in the 30's and the heat is on. My yard is an absolute mess. I never got the last clean up done in the Fall and then we got snow early. So the yard is covered in leaves, lots of branches and pine needles. I will call the kid that does the yard for me this week, although I won't have money to pay him till next week. Just a bit of snow left out there, should all be gone by this week. The weathermen keep calling ... Sun, 7 Apr 2019 12:20:43 EST Weekly check in 3/31-4/6 Morning! <BR> Cars are so necessary but so expensive. My Jeep is 11 years old and over 162,000 miles. A lot of people tell me I still have a lot of miles left on it. Let's hope they're right!! <BR> <BR> Sorry to hear about the relatives being sick. It's scary! I hate that my 13 year old granddaughter has to deal with autoimmune issues and med side effects. 2 of my sister's have health issues as well as both my brothers. We have polycystic kidney disease in my family so their kids will also h... Sun, 31 Mar 2019 08:36:53 EST Weekly check in 3/24-3/30 Morning! <BR> March is almost over and so happy we changed the clocks. It stays light out till about 7. I don't have to leave an outside light on at 12:30 when I leave for work. <BR> <BR> My car is fixed, wasn't the computer. Turns out that even though my battery was fully charged, there was 1 cell(out of 5) that was bad. It was enough to keep the car from starting. They replaced the battery and the connections, $330. Kind of expensive for me and I asked if it was possible to pay half, the o... Sun, 24 Mar 2019 11:49:57 EST Weekly check in 3/17-3/23 Morning! <BR> My daughter never checks in with me. My son sometimes..It's my daughter in law that checks in with me frequently. Although lately she has not. <BR> <BR> Right now I am stuck at home as my car is broken down. I had brought it in to be re-inspected as it didn't pass last month. When I brought it in last month the check engine light had been on because I needed the 2nd O2 sensor replaced which I did but I had to drive it for 200 miles or more in order for everything to Sun, 17 Mar 2019 10:15:20 EST Weekly check in 3/10-3/16 Morning! <BR> Another reason my work tries to stay open is because parents have to pay tuition whether we are open or not, whether their kids are home sick or not etc.. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> What is Shands? I wouldn't even listen to the doc who thinks your weight is the problem, now saying you might have cancer?? What an ass! Sorry but he is! <BR> <BR> Sorry you are hurting so much and stuck in the house. It's scary and lonely. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> I am stuck in the house today as... Sun, 10 Mar 2019 11:07:34 EST Weekly check in 3/3-3/9 Morning <em>213</em> <BR> Sorry you are hurting so much. Hope you get into the docs soon and not have to wait a long time. There's nothing worse than being in pain and having to wait. <BR> <BR> We are expecting another storm tonight <em>425</em> <em>425</em> and into the morning. It always seems to mess up the morning commute, school delays and closings. My work which is a daycare is open all the time. They very rarely close because of storms. We may have a delayed opening but we ha... Sun, 3 Mar 2019 10:41:23 EST Weekly check in 2/24-3/2 Morning <BR> Sorry you have to wait again to see another doctor for your lungs. Hope this one will know what's going on and not just use the weight excuse. I think the worst part is the waiting! And also after all the waiting to get a doc who is useless in helping you! <BR> <BR> Going to my youngest grandsons birthday party this afternoon. He's turning 7, where has the time gone? My daughter is supposed to be there with her girls. We're having a mixture of rain/snow, so hopefully it won't k... Sun, 24 Feb 2019 11:24:37 EST Weekly check in 2/17-2/23 Hello <BR> Sorry, forgot to post yesterday! <BR> Thanks for the birthday wishes! It was a good birthday, flowers, candy and gift cards from my co workers and lunch on Saturday with my son and grandkids and more gift cards. It was a nice birthday. Didn't hear from my daughter at all but it was expected. <BR> <BR> Hope you are doing ok and feeling ok! Hope you get some answers soon about your lungs. <BR> <BR> Cathy Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:14:50 EST Weekly check in 2/10-2/16 Morning <BR> At least you found out you have pneumonia and hopefully antibiotics will help with that. Sorry you have been so sick and not getting answers. I know how frustrating that can be! <em>40</em> <BR> It's amazing i have not gotten sick from everyone at work. Strep is going around pretty strong right now. I just keep cleaning everything I use and my whole work area. I clean the door handles as well. Lots of people coming in and out. Not just parent's and teachers but delivery peopl... Sun, 10 Feb 2019 11:10:43 EST Weekly check in 2/3-2/9 Hello <BR> Dorothy, what your doctor said is ridiculous!! <em>234</em> You waited all these weeks for answers and he gives you that stupid reason? Why do doctors have such a hard time just admitting that they don't have all the answers? I would call him and yell at him. I don't care who he thinks he is or how mad he gets. You're the one who should be mad as hell!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm still doing ok, not sick. I thought I was getting the stomach bug. I was at a work party Fri night and ... Sun, 3 Feb 2019 18:26:18 EST Weekly check in 1/27-2/2 Hello <BR> Wow last week of January. This month flew by. Keeping warm and trying to stay healthy. <BR> At my work and teachers have been sick with the stomach bug, steep throat, the flu and more. Every time someone uses my phone or computer or sits at the desk, I clean with Lysol wipes. Been cleaning all the door handles, pens and just about everything I touch! <em>40</em> <BR> 3 of my grandkids have all been sick this week as well. I went to some of their games this week... Sun, 27 Jan 2019 21:28:33 EST Weekly check in 1/20-1/26 Hello <BR> Snowed in again, not sure how much because it also turned to ice/rain. It's a mess out there, will call my plow guy as it's probably heavy and wet. It's getting down into the single digits tonight and the wind will be picking up. They're talking about losing power, hopefully that won't happen. So this whole mess will freeze into solid ice tonight! <em>444</em> yeah! <BR> I shouldn't complain as we haven't really had a lot of snow so far this season. I don't like the cold, I'm alw... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:49:08 EST Weekly check in 1/13-1/19 Hello <BR> Didn't have a very good week with my back. I stayed home from work Tuesday as it hurt too much. Going to work would have made it worse. It's so much better now. I can finally sleep. It hurt too much and I was up a lot everynight. <BR> <BR> I think between the stress of the Holidays and shoveling snow and the usual day to day activities caught up to me. I finally got a hold of my snow plower. He said he doesn't come and plow automatically when it snows. I have to call him. So now ... Sun, 13 Jan 2019 14:12:12 EST Weekly check in 1/6-1/12 Hello <BR> Almost forgot it was Sunday. <BR> It was a crazy week going back to work on a Wed. Everyone was so tired. I kept forgetting what day it was...Wed felt like Mon. But those 3 days felt so long. <BR> I went to the grandkids soccer and basketball games yesterday, then did my grocery shopping. I stayed home all day today and did cleaning, laundry, cooking and watched TV. <BR> My back is feeling kind of sore...too much sitting Friday at work and yesterday in the car and at the games. Bee... Sun, 6 Jan 2019 23:07:36 EST Weekly check in 12/30-1/5 Happy New Year! <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <BR> Kind of a messed up week, forgot it was Sunday. I've had the week off too, don't go back to work till Wed. <BR> Besides the 5 grandkids, I also got gifts for my son and DIL. I did not get gifts for my daughter or SIL. They never get me gifts but this year my 3yo granddaughter made me an ornament. She was so proud of it. I hung it on my tree and sent my daughter a picture. Hope she showed it to her. <em>40</em> My daughter was actually p... Sun, 30 Dec 2018 19:50:55 EST Weekly check in 12/23-12/29 Happy Sunday and <BR> Merry Christmas!! <em>445</em> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> Got my shopping done, just have to wrap and get food ready. Going to my sister's for Christmas Eve. Usually most of the family will be there. My daughter and her 2 girls will be there. I have gifts for my 2 granddaughters but had to cut way back on gifts this year. Money is very tight. <BR> <BR> Christmas Day I will be at my sons with the other 3 grandkids. I don't know how I managed to get any gifts this yea... Sun, 23 Dec 2018 12:17:14 EST Weekly check in 12/16-12/22 Morning Dorothy! <em>443</em> <BR> Very glad your lung doc is listening and searching for answers. Hope he figures it out and a way to fix things. <BR> <BR> Had my 3 knee shots and it is feeling better. Now I have to increase the strength in my legs. It's been so long that the knees have hurt and the muscles have gotten weaker, years have taken its toll so it will take time. I try to take a step up using the bad leg and I don't have the strength to lift myself. That's not good! <em>... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:07:33 EST Weekly check in 12/9-12/15 Morning! <em>444</em> <BR> Dorothy, hope you had a good week. And you are feeling ok. Did not see a post in here. <em>382</em> <BR> My youngest granddaughter is turning 2, her party is today down in MA. My son and family are going as well so I'm riding with them. It's my daughter's birthday next Sunday so I have a gift for her. Was going to write her a short letter but decided not to as I don't want her opening it up with everyone around so will mail it separately. <em>446</em> <B... Sun, 9 Dec 2018 10:40:03 EST Weekly check in 12/2-12/8 Morning <BR> Had a good week but had a few nights I couldn't sleep. I had that nerve twitching in my legs and just couldn't settle down to sleep. It's extremely frustrating to be tired and needing sleep but your body feels like electricity going thru it. One night I woke with a charlie horse... one leg it was the calf and the other it was the foot. I don't know what's going on lately with that but I think I need more water. <BR> <BR> The nerve thing depends on how much standing and walking I... Sun, 2 Dec 2018 10:42:26 EST Weekly check in 11/25-12/1 Hello <BR> Thanksgiving was nice, got to spend time with all the grandkids. My daughter was the same with me but I was pleasant anyway, tried talking to her. <BR> <BR> I did make a ham for everyone but mostly for her. My DIL said she thought my daughter appreciated it as that's what her and her 2 girls ate. She didn't sit with us for dinner but in another room with her girls. To me, she seemed sad. I've seen that face before, but I know I couldn't ask or comment. Her birthday and the younge... Sun, 25 Nov 2018 12:20:34 EST Weekly check in 11/18-11/24 Hi Dorothy <BR> So glad you are home and it wasn't a blood clot! Great news but now you have to wait to find out what's going on. Hopefully it's nothing serious! <BR> <BR> I spent a few hours at my sister's watching her son so she could attend a church event. She was singing and dancing for this and was trying to figure out how to get her son there with no help...her ex was useless...long story. He's aggravating <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I did not feel good this morning, super tired, achy. I... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 23:51:05 EST Weekly check in 11/11-11/17 Morning Dorothy! <BR> It's been a good week. I feel better, not so tired all the time. Been making sure to take my B12 and Vitamin D and Zinc everyday. I finally started reading the newest book by Anthony Williams, all about the liver. I may add a few more supplements later. I'll see how I feel as the weeks go on and what my labs show. <BR> <BR> I go to the orthopedic doc this week to learn what the MRI showed. The knee is still not back to what it was, the old 'normal' was painful. The new ... Sun, 11 Nov 2018 10:30:11 EST Weekly check in 11/4-11/10 Morning! <BR> Glad to see you in here Dorothy. I know how tired you must have been. I have issues with my thyroid maybe being hypo but the tests always come out normal. So I'm not on meds. <BR> <BR> I got my B12 this week so back to taking that again. I also feel like I'm getting a bladder infection and went to the walk in clinic yesterday but it showed normal. They are sending it out to the lab and will know tomorrow. I have been taking cranberry supplements for a few days and it feels bett... Sun, 4 Nov 2018 08:38:28 EST Weekly check in 10/28-11/3 Hi Dorothy <BR> Hope you are doing better, haven't seen you in here for awhile. <BR> We had quite a rain storm yesterday. It brought down a lot of leaves. I managed to get out in the morning to do the grocery shopping before it started although it was starting to rain when I got out of the store. But the yard is covered with leaves, pine needles, sticks and branches. The pretty fall colors are almost gone. <BR> <BR> I had 2 follow ups this week with my rheumy and orthopedics. The good news, ... Sun, 28 Oct 2018 14:07:07 EST Weekly check in 10/21-10/27 Hi Dorothy <BR> Ooppss, I thought I started the week already! Anyway, here now. <BR> I had the grandkids Saturday and overnight for our yearly Halloween party. My son and dil have a big party every year so I take the kids. I decorate for Halloween a little bit and we watch movies and play with those light sticks, play games, eat snacks, dinner etc...I made a big breakfast Sunday morning. I'm glad I felt good to do this. I really enjoyed having them here. <BR> After I brought them home, I spen... Tue, 23 Oct 2018 20:55:28 EST Weekly check in 10/14-10/20 Morning <BR> My sleep issue has gotten so much better. The melatonin worked and the nerve in back of the thigh has calmed down. It doesn't hurt so much now when I sit. PT is helping finally, there's healing going on. I can now sleep with my pillows back to normal so my back is good too. <BR> <BR> The sun is out and I would like to try a short walk today. Hopefully I will feel well enough to try this everyday. It's getting colder out and getting darker earlier and earlier so the walk will hav... Sun, 14 Oct 2018 10:51:11 EST Weekly check in 10/7-10/13 Happy Sunday <BR> Dorothy, hoping you are ok as you didn't post this week! <em>40</em> Hope to hear from you this week and praying you are doing well! <BR> <BR> I had an up and down week, some days good, some bad but mostly having trouble sleeping. I never had this problem so bad before. I'm in bed for hours wide awake and I can't get comfortable. I start to fall asleep and then jolted awake by pain or some tiny noise. It's like I'm on edge like I drank too much coffee. I only drink 1 cup... Sun, 7 Oct 2018 12:27:13 EST Weekly check in 9/30-10/6 Hi Dorothy! <BR> Getting colder outside, more leaves changing color and starting to fall. The heat is coming on and I'm freezing. I get cold so hands and feet are cold. <BR> <BR> My sister came for a visit yesterday with her boyfriend. They have known each other for years and have been seriously seeing each other for a couple years but he lives 5 hours away. He's working on finding a job in this area, has 2 daughters in college. I really like him. This is the first time I met him,... Sun, 30 Sep 2018 10:38:08 EST Weekly check in 9/23-9/29 Morning <BR> Dorothy, sorry you are hurting so much. I hope that infusion on Friday helped. Yeah docs don't seem to get it when we say we are in pain. I don't usually complain so when I finally do speak up, it's really bad. The docs don't have to live in our bodies everyday. Pain can wear you down! <BR> <BR> PT went better this week. I wasn't in pain afterwards. They showed me more exercises to do that are gentle and Barbara, one of my therapists pointed out that I tend to be overzealous wit... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 09:48:37 EST Weekly check in 9/16-9/22 Morning <BR> Didn't hear from you last week Dorothy. Hope all is well with you! <BR> I'm still having knee pain and swelling...stayed home Friday and all weekend again. I've been sitting in a chair for 10 minutes now to post this and it hurts. Need to get on the couch to stretch it out. I started PT this week and it aggravated my knee. <BR> <BR> I'm frustrated with the doc as he was more concerned with my shoulder. He seemed to think I had a torn rotator cuff. I know what that feels like be... Sun, 16 Sep 2018 08:34:04 EST Weekly check in 9/9-9/15 Hi Dorothy <BR> Well spoke too soon about the knee. It's hurting again so spending this weekend at home with the legs up, ice, ibuprofen. It's not as bad as last time and making sure I have food with ibuprofen, so far, so good. Knee doc is Wed, no matter what's going on I will make that appt. I'm feeling very discouraged, frustrated, lonely and scared. <BR> <BR> I can't miss anymore work as I have no more personal time left. A co-worker donated 5 of her personal hours for me and I am very g... Sun, 9 Sep 2018 10:15:27 EST Weekly check in 9/2-9/8 Morning <BR> All the stores are ready for Fall here, they even have Halloween stuff out already. Some kids have started back to school, some this week. Every town in NH is different. My daughter in law teaches in the town next door to her, they started last week. The grandkids start this coming week. My son and their other grandmother took turns taking care of them this week. <BR> <BR> My knee is doing much better but I can't take ibuprofen as it irritated my stomach. The knees both hurt whe... Sun, 2 Sep 2018 10:27:50 EST Weekly check in 8/26-9/1 Hi Dorothy <BR> Last week of August. The summer flew by and I spent most of my time working or at home. Too much time alone. Hardly saw my grandkids/family. There is a lot I can no longer do because of my knees and back. <BR> <BR> Having my car fixed tomorrow. Some seal that has been leaking transmission fluid for awhile. I've tried to check the level so I can add fluid, even stopped at a repair place but it is sealed and can only be checked by computer. I also need front brakes and another... Sun, 26 Aug 2018 09:30:33 EST Weekly check in 8/19-8/25 Hi Dorothy <BR> Writing this from my bed. Was at the ER once again, this time for my knee. I messed it up, not sure how. It doesn't take much when you have bad knees. I may have stepped wrong, moved the wrong way etc...It was so bad I had to call for an ambulance to take me. My sister was available to help, waited in ER with me, took me home. The bursa was all swollen, they gave me a shot for it. I'm taking ibuprofen every 5-6 hours, spending lots of time in bed with legs elevated. I can walk... Sun, 19 Aug 2018 14:36:32 EST Weekly check in 8/12-8/18 Morning Dorothy! <BR> Yeah, I miss the others in here and hope they are well. It would be nice to know how they are! <BR> <BR> Sorry you are still not feeling well. Good luck at your appt this week. I go to the digestive doc this week. I still occasionally feel nauseous and have some pain in my stomach. I am not taking anymore PPI's. I have been reading about all the awful long term problems and other health issues they can cause. I have been taking Zantac and a natural herbal remedy, hope t... Sun, 12 Aug 2018 10:53:22 EST Weekly check in 8/5-8/11 Morning <BR> Had a good week. My back is doing better. At least today anyway. I had to do some cleaning around my shower so was bending a lot. I sat in a chair for most of it. That helps a lot but we will see. <BR> <BR> My legs are about the same. The doc wants me to try those compression stockings. I did that years ago and they did not help, just made me feel like they were strangling my legs. <BR> They have more sizes now so maybe they will fit better so will try again. They can be order... Sun, 5 Aug 2018 10:26:19 EST Weekly check in 7/29-8/4 Morning <BR> I had a long post and then lost my connection so the post disappeared into a black hole! <em>234</em> I also had trouble logging in. <BR> <BR> Will make this short so I can at least get the week started. Feeling ok today but my back was hurting all day yesterday, and not sure why. Will continue to be careful though as it's still sore. <BR> <BR> This connection is acting weird, gonna post it <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 29 Jul 2018 09:49:03 EST Weekly check in 7/22-7/28 Hello <BR> Dorothy sorry you are still not feeling well. Always seems like the docs move in slow motion and we just want to feel better. I don't think they realize that we deal with chronic pain and chronic conditions everyday. <BR> <BR> Vinegar does not agree with me and never liked it. In my Medical Medium books, he says vinegar is not good for you and can damage your liver. My stomach is still not back to normal yet, I still get occasional pain after I eat. Taking Zantac 2x a day doesn't ... Sun, 22 Jul 2018 23:32:58 EST Weekly check in 7/15-7/21 Hi Dorothy <BR> I'm so sorry you are feeling so badly. I hope the doc gets you on that new med ASAP and hope also that it works for you and side effects are manageable. <BR> <BR> I spoke to my gastric doc's office this week, finally, about how I have been feeling and that I stopped the proton pump inhibitor. It's been a week and doing better but still get slight stomach cramps and sometimes nausea. But my stomach feels uncomfortable all the time like it's irritated, which it is from that med... Sun, 15 Jul 2018 13:20:20 EST Weekly check in 7/8-7/14 Hello <BR> Dorothy, just saw your last post, didn't get the notice. Sorry you are not feeling well and the new med isn't good for you. Hope blood work showed something useful and they can figure out a good med for you. Hope you didn't have to go into the hospital. <BR> <BR> 4th of July at my sister's was fun but sooo hot. Everyone was feeling the heat and spending time in the a/c inside. I stayed as long as I could, but didn't feel good all the way home. I stopped at my sister's as she could... Sun, 8 Jul 2018 13:01:20 EST Weekly check in 7/1-7/7 Morning <BR> Sorry I didn't start this yesterday...totally forgot! <BR> <BR> It was a busy weekend. My d.i.I's mom retired after 35 years of being a elementary school principal so we were busy planning, cooking, setting up for a party. And it was hot/humid in the 90's. Her mom wanted all pasta dishes, so the kitchen was extra got from cooking.I <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I just stayed home to rest as my feet were swollen and hurt. It was in the 90's again as it will be most of this week. Going to... Mon, 2 Jul 2018 09:22:03 EST Weekly check in 6/24-6/30 Hello <BR> Busy weekend, it was my granddaughters dance recital. I babysat Friday night so my son and daughter in law could go. Then I went on Saturday. The theme was Toy Story, my GD had 3 dances. She has been dancing since she was little. <BR> <BR> Today I had errands to do and dropped by my sister's to drop some things off. <BR> <BR> I went to a follow up this week with the vein doc. My veins have gotten smaller but still hard. My leg and foot are still swollen. I have numbness in my who... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:10:26 EST Weekly check in 6/17-6/23 Morning <BR> Dorothy, hope you are ok, didn't hear from you last week. I know you were not feeling well with your lungs. <BR> <BR> I'm hurting a bit this weekend. After sitting for awhile, it then hurts when I get up to walk. I'm trying the couch now to see how it feels when I get up. I have been sitting in my computer chair for weeks and it's been fine till this weekend. I got together with friends yesterday...was in the car and then sitting at a restaurant and I was fine. <BR> <BR> Need ... Sun, 17 Jun 2018 07:56:50 EST Weekly check in 6/10-6/16 Morning <BR> Had a good week. My back feels s little better every morning, not so stiff/sore. It's mostly my knees that give me the most trouble on the stairs or getting up and down into chairs. My left leg/foot is still swollen, the veins are smaller but still hard and my ankle is stiff. My toes get numb a lot when I stand. I go back to the vein doc next week and blood thinners will be done last week of June. I'm hoping there is something else he can do for the hard veins because the circula... Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:12:35 EST Weekly check in 6/3-6/9 Morning <BR> How was your sleep study? Hope you got some answers. <BR> <BR> My back is doing good, but stiff/sore in the mornings. I have to walk slow and careful for about an hour but have not had to take Tylenol. I have also been able to sleep on my back with a pillow under my knees. I sleep much better and not waking as frequently. It gives my left side and shoulder a break. It's my left leg that has the blood clots too and it's been sore. I was waking every 2 hours in pain. <BR> <BR> I ... Sun, 3 Jun 2018 10:46:37 EST Weekly check in 5/27-6/2 Wow, last week of May, amazing how time flies sometimes. <BR> <BR> I got the intake manifold replaced at my car shop instead of the dealer. I thought only the dealer could do it because the computer also needed to be reprogrammed at the same time but they don't. The computer part of it can be done next week and that costs about $100. <BR> <BR> My back has been acting up again so I took Wed off and then had the car fixed Thurs and it took way longer than the 4-5 hours they told me. So I nev... Sun, 27 May 2018 09:08:27 EST Weekly check in 5/20-5/26 Happy Sunday <em>213</em> <BR> Yesterday I did my errands and had to make a few calls about my car. I brought it in Friday as the 'check engine' light was on again. AutoZone will hook up that diagnosis tool for free so already had an idea what the problem was. I need a new intake manifold and only a dealership can do the computer reprogramming so I need to bring it to a dealer...about $500! That is what my car place estimated it at. The dealer i called is where I bought the Jeep and one of... Sun, 20 May 2018 16:36:00 EST Weekly check in 5/13-5/19 Morning <BR> Happy Mother's Day!! <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a good week, my back is still doing good. I wake up stiff sometimes or I have a little pain but most days it works it's way out. I know I have to be gentle in the mornings, no bending to pick things up, nor lift anything heavy. <BR> <BR> Hope you are doing better and able to get the house in order. I do a little everyday depending how I feel. I still have a few boxes to get out to the shed and my snow sho... Sun, 13 May 2018 07:52:14 EST Weekly check in 5/6-5/12 Morning <BR> Dorothy, sorry you are not feeling well. Hopefully the change in dose will help. <BR> My nephew is 18 and special needs. The nurse had everything done that he would need...gave him his meds and changed him as he is in diapers. He was on the couch and we just watched movies. I tried sitting on the love seat but it just sinks in and I couldn't sit there, too hard to get out of and no support. I brought in a kitchen chair to sit. Not very comfortable but better than the love seat. ... Sun, 6 May 2018 07:59:16 EST Weekly check in 4/29-5/5 Hello <BR> Happy Sunday! It's raining here and will be for a few days but we need the rain and it's better than snow! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got 2 Christmas containers out to the shed and did grocery shopping. I still have 4 containers left but I'm glad I didn't do them all as my back is a little achy today. I'm trying not to sit as much especially on the couch. Did some cleaning, vacuumed 1 room and just took apart the vacuum to clean. I hate bagless ones, they get clogged wi... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 12:50:17 EST Weekly Check in 4/22-4/28 Morning <BR> No storms here, just sunny and warming up a little more. Finally getting into the 50's and possibly the 60's this week. It's still down into the 30's at night, so the heat is still needed. <BR> Feeling better everyday, was shopping yesterday and had to go to a few stores to find the new Star Wars movie for my grandsons birthday. I needed the DVD only version as their blue ray player is broken. Then I did grocery shopping. My back and legs were starting to get stiff and sore but I... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:49:25 EST Weekly check in 4/15-4/21 Hello Dorothy <BR> I didn't get an email notice for your last post. That pain in your lungs sounds very painful. Hope you will be ok. <BR> I am going to try to make it to my son's today. I stayed home yesterday as my back was hurting a little. By the time I went to bed it was feeling much better but this morning it's hurting again. I expected it though as mornings are hard to get moving. I feel achy and stiff every morning. <BR> I have been taking Tylenol and it seems to help. I don't have ... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:55:13 EST Weekly check in 4/8-4/14 Hi Dorothy <BR> Glad you are feeling better. I know that area around the lungs and when it gets inflamed, its called pleurisy and yes it is very painful. When I was first diagnosed with Lupus, I had pneumonia and pleurisy and was in the hospital for quite a few days. I couldn't breathe well and each breath felt like needles in my lungs. <BR> <BR> I have been on the blood thinners since Tues and the leg is finally starting to feel better. I still have the hard, enlarged veins, but not as ten... Sun, 8 Apr 2018 20:22:39 EST Weekly check in 4/1-4/7 Hello <BR> Happy Easter!! <em>449</em> <BR> I spent most of my day with family. My son had a breakfast buffet prepared for us...the grandkids and her mom and dad and me. Then we went to my brothers for much food today, I still feel full and its almost 10pm. Despite not feeling well all week, I managed to scrape together 5 Easter baskets for the grandkids <em>451</em> and made a pie and a salad. <BR> <BR> I went to my docs which was rescheduled to Friday...a mix up with direct... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 21:55:25 EST Weekly check in 3/25-3/31 Morning <em>451</em> <BR> Last week of March, hoping no more snow storms. The last one turned into nothing, just had a dusting of snow. <BR> <BR> I didnt have the flu, never got the coughing/congestion. I just had a high fever, extremely weak and tired. My fever broke sometime Tues night. <BR> <BR> But then I broke out in a rash all over, called my doc and they sent me back to the walk in clinic. I had developed an allergy to the antibiotics. They put me on prednisone, benedryl and Zyrt... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 08:46:37 EST Weekly check in 3/18-3/24 Morning <BR> So incredibly tired and weak and freezing this weekend. I can't stay awake. I know it's been very cold here at night but I can't seem to get warm. I was also nauseous last night and this morning so I missed 2 doses of antibiotics. <BR> <BR> It seems to have calmed down but not taking anything till I eat something. <BR> Going back to bed <BR> Cathy Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:01:07 EST Weekly check in 3/11-3/17 Morning! <BR> Feeling tired, hard time falling asleep last night and then the hour time change. I need to get to the grocery store. I don't need a lot but we have another storm heading our way for Tuesday. <BR> My leg/calf is not feeling any better, still tender, swollen. I may head to the ER tomorrow morning. If it is a clot this time, I will have to be admitted. So many problems lately with my feet, ankles, legs. I think I need to see a vascular doc about all the varicose veins. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 10:14:44 EST Weekly check in 3/4-3/10 Morning! <BR> Getting ready soon to head to my daughters. My granddaughter Bailey is turning 3. Feeling anxious about being around my daughter, which is silly but I know I will be OK. My son, dil and the other 3 grandkids will be there as well, so it will be good. <BR> <BR> Sitting with my left foot in the sling for plantar stretches your foot back...also rolling the foot on a frozen water bottle helps too. The right foot is still slightly swollen from the torn tendon and the a... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 08:48:50 EST Weekly check in 2/25-3/3 Morning! <BR> Getting more snow this morning, guess the groceries will have to wait till tomorrow. Another 3-5 inches! <BR> <BR> I spent the whole day with my kids and grandkids yesterday. I had not seen them for weeks so it was nice. My daughter ignored me, didn't even respond to me when I said hello or asked her any son in law did say hi, talked to me and wished me a happy birthday. I think he is finally realising what my daughter is doing and has decided to not treat me lik... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:45:01 EST Weekly check in 2/18-2/24 Hello <BR> We got more snow last night, about 4/5 inches but today it's sunny and it's already melting. My neighbor did my driveway and walkway and the snow has already melted off the car. <BR> <BR> I know so many other women with a similar relationship with their daughters. I don't know what it is or why this happens. I find it so distressing and sad. My daughter in law said she had spoken to my daughter and told her what a difficult Winter I had being sick, my back etc...all she said was t... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:55:34 EST Weekly check in 2/11-2/17 Hello <BR> Valentines week! <em>26</em> <BR> Another weekend at home but this time its my feet. So much agonizing pain, now the left foot is hurting. I took my inserts out of my shoes because it hurt the right foot but I need them because of plantar fascitis in the left. I still have the boot that stretches your foot so have been using that, taking turns with each foot. Both feet feel better but not sure if its from that or the extra ibuprofen. Been taking 400-600 mg every 5 hours so I can... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:54:07 EST Weekly check in 2/4-2/10 Morning! <BR> Dorothy, glad you are feeling better, hope you are having a good weekend. <BR> I have been resting my foot, icing it and taking ibuprofen. Its not so bad as long as I take the pain med.... it wore off during the night, I got up to use the bathroom and it hurt so bad...the top, the bottom and the ankle. I hate having to take ibuprofen every 6 hours but if I don't, its too painful to walk and from what I've read, this can take weeks or months to heal. I'm just so sick of dealing w... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 11:04:59 EST Weekly check in 1/28-2/3 Hello <BR> Last week of January already! <BR> The hip injection wasn't too bad, a couple days I felt sore and the doc wanted me to take things easy...much better now. But this morning I'm not feeling good...I think the beginnings of a cold and little cough. Glad I got all my errands done yesterday. Staying home and resting today. <BR> <BR> It warmed up enough to melt the ice on my steps and walkway. Been walking so slow, afraid of slipping and falling. The ice was quite thick...I think my pl... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 12:46:42 EST Weekly check in 1/21-1/27 Hello <BR> I forgot it was a new week! Didn't miss the day, but later than usual. <BR> Feeling a whole lot better this weekend than I did last weekend. I just get a few twinges now and then when I stand up from sitting. I go for a hip injection on Wed morning. No PT this week, they thought it best to wait till after the injection has a few days to take hold. My last appt, I told them I didn't want to do any leg/hip exercises as I think that just made it all worse and I was scared to do them. ... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:49:45 EST Weekly check in 1/14-1/20 Hello <BR> Dorothy, glad to hear you are feeling better. Hope you made it to church this morning. <BR> <BR> I am doing better today. My son, sister and niece all helped yesterday with errands, cleaning, food and other things. My sister brought me a walker to use as I was pushing a chair around to hold onto..difficult on a rug. I haven't really had to use it that much today. Been walking on my own mostly. I just use it for when I first stand up from sitting as sitting in a chair was the cause... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:55:59 EST Weekly check in 1/7-1/13 Hello <BR> Brrrrr...sitting here with the heat on, layers of clothes and a blanket. It has been frigid, below 0 and the wind makes it worse. I'm lucky no problems with the house or car. <BR> <BR> Except when I went to the gas station had to go inside for the cashier to activate the gas pump as the card readers were frozen and wouldn't work. I don't want the gas level to get below 1/4 tank...afraid it will freeze. Don't want to get stranded somewhere with temps below 0. <BR> <BR> I was supp... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 20:26:52 EST Weekly check in 12/31-1/6 Happy New Year <em>411</em> to all my Spark friends! <BR> <BR> Sorry I'm a day late! Forgot yesterday was Sunday. <BR> <BR> Was at my sisters till 10pm. I babysat so she could sing with her group for a New Years celebration. They were inside in a church, which is was below 0 here! When I left her house it was -3. I managed to stay awake till midnight, saw the ball drop, then went to bed. <em>179</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I have not made any resolutions for the new ye... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 09:38:47 EST Weekly check in 12/24-12/30 <em>445</em> Merry Christmas to all my Spark friends! <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> I hope this message finds you healthy and happy now and into the new year. Many of you have not been in here for quite some time, it's just me and Dorothy. She may be in the hospital so please say a prayer or two!! <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> Have a safe and joyful Christmas! <BR> Cathy <em>444</em> Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:30:17 EST Weekly check in 12/17-12/23 Morning <em>444</em> <BR> 1 week left before Christmas. I'm not done with shopping yet, have to wait till Wed when I get my check. I will concentrate on wrapping this week, a little everyday so I'm not scrambling last minute. I don't want to be stressed out and doing too much in 1 day. I need to take care of my back. Doing better the last couple days and I want it to keep getting better. <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope you feel better soon. The Holidays can be fun but they wear y... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:42:21 EST Weekly check in 12/10-12/16 Hello, <em>443</em> <BR> We got about 5 inches of snow and already plowed out by the same guy that does my lawn. He's very reasonable, charges $35 to do the driveway, walkway, steps and 2 to the oil tank and one to the back door. Most people charge 35 just for the driveway. My neighbor, who had been doing my plowing, lost his wife this past Fall. I think I told you he never told anyone nor responded back to me when I left him a card/cake. He has been keeping to himself...him ... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:05:45 EST Weekly check in 12/3-12/9 Hello <BR> Doing well today. I went to the chiro yesterday. She was very nice and when she examined me I was super sensitive to everything. So she didn't do a manual adjustment. Instead they did electrodes? which is like electrical vibration and also use ultrasound. Its what my old chiro used to do years ago and at first you feel sore then you feel better as the day goes. I was able to go to my sisters Christmas concert. I helped out during intermission with merchandise sales and I was still ... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 19:43:53 EST Weekly check in 11/26-12/2 Hello <BR> Here I am again on the couch in pain. Getting ready for Thanksgiving was too much I guess...too much standing/cooking/shopping/carrying bags. I thought I was careful but guess I need to do things differently. Make smaller trips one store at a time, less bags to carry. I don't have anyone to help with day to day things. I need to be kinder to myself and with Christmas coming, I really need to make changes. <BR> I have been home since Friday and felt better Sat...the grandkids were ... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 18:24:48 EST Weekly check in 11/19-11/25 Morning! <BR> Thanksgiving week...spending the day at my sons/daughter in law/grandkids and my daughter and her family may come by later for deserts . I think they will be having dinner at her father in laws up here in NH. <BR> Dorothy, what are you and your son doing for Thanksgiving? <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> I did get my MRI and will see the doc after work on Tues for results. And yes the swelling in my feet went down so I can get my sneakers on again. This morning I woke with no pain ... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:58:42 EST Weekly check in 11/12-11/18 Morning <BR> Sorry I meant to check in during the week but I had the week from hell. My back was sore/stiff last weekend, nothing really bad but I had my exercises from PT that usually work. But they didn't seem to be working. I went to work Monday and it got worse. I got up during the night and I got that awful nerve pain so bad, worse than ever. I spent the next 3 days barely able to move. I called my Orthopedic doc and kept in touch with my PT lady. No matter what I tried just made things ... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:25:52 EST Weekly check in 11/5-11/11 Morning Dorothy! <BR> <BR> Clocks changed last night...I hate this time of year when it is dark at 4:30 in the afternoon. <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> No damage from last weeks storm but lots of branches of all sizes and tons of leaves and pinecones everywhere. My yard is a mess again. I just had it cleaned up so it looked good for 3 days! I dragged a few of the bigger branches out to the curb to be picked up but there are many more. I cant do all that bending. Will have to have the yard cle... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 09:14:54 EST Weekly check in 10/29-11/4 Hello <BR> I forgot about posting today. I met some friends for lunch and then was busy when I got home. <BR> <BR> I am up late, can't sleep. There's such a bad storm out there with wind gusts so strong its scary with all these huge pine trees. There's stuff hitting the roof, deck etc...I cringe every time a big gust comes through. So I'm on the couch wide awake at 3 am! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a good weekend <BR> Cathy <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:03:57 EST Weekly check in 10/22-10/28 Hello <BR> Have been busy this weekend with the grandkids. The boys slept over last night as my son and d-i-l had an adult Halloween party. After I brought them home, I took a nap and then did some cleaning up. I forgot how messy boys can be but they were both good and we had fun. <BR> <BR> I went to PT on Fri and my back was sore. I told the therapist that the exercise that usually helps wasn't helping so she had me try 2 other ones. The flexion was the opposite of what I was doing and it h... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 19:29:15 EST Weekly check in 10/15-10/21 Morning <BR> It was a difficult week, missed 2 days work but I have earned time I can use. I guess a slipped disk can slip at any time for no reason. I find it frustrating that its a constant reminder I have to be careful every minute of how I move, walk, turn, bend etc...when I first get up in the morning is the worst time things can go bad. <BR> <BR> I have my exercises I can do but sometimes that's not enough to keep the disc in place. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Gotta get grocery shoppin... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:29:44 EST Weekly check in 10/8-10/14 Hello <BR> Sorry so late, was doing so well with my back but Fri and this weekend it feels like I went 5 steps back. Been trying to do one of the exercise that helps the most. It is helping a bit but it's slow. I was supposed to go to a wake this afternoon, a friend of our family, his dad died. But not going anywhere...its hard to move and walk. I sit for awhile but its so uncomfortable and then getting up is painful. Feeling discouraged, frustrated and upset. <BR> <BR> The water heater is w... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 13:19:14 EST Weekly check in 10/1-10/7 Good morning <BR> Slept till almost 9 this morning, all that missed sleep finally caught up to me. I babysat the 2 boys (5&amp;8) last night. Olivia their sister went to a sleepover. We played board games and watched a little TV. I let them stay up a little later. We had fun, did a lot of laughing and they didn't fight. <em>41</em> I should have just gone to sleep when I got home but I watched TV instead. <BR> <BR> The handyman I hire to do work doesn't work for the park, he is quite rea... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 10:35:05 EST Weekly check in 9/24-9/30 Hello <BR> Last week of Sept...time is flying. <BR> I finally got the handy man here this week to check the roof and around the house, fixed the kitchen faucet drip. I also had an outside electrical outlet that no longer works. He finally figured out it was added on to the house by someone else and not done properly so it was completely rusted, not grounded etc..was hooked up separately to the box. It cost a lot just to figure that out, had to go under the house a number of times to follow t... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:35:24 EST Weekly check in 9/17-9/23 Hello <BR> So glad you only had a little damage. Must be so distressing for those that lost everything and those that haven't been able to get back to their home yet and don't even know what kind of damage there is or even if they have a home left standing. <BR> <BR> Been so tired this week, have had to get up earlier than usual for PT or had my car serviced and I wasn't able to fall asleep till late a few nights. <BR> <BR> I went to my grandsons soccer game yesterday and thought I would be... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:58:04 EST Weekly check in 9/10-9/16 Morning <BR> Dorothy, glad to hear you are able to stay home and not under a direct hit from the hurricane...sounds like you are prepared/ready. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I am glad I don't live in FL anymore. I was in Dade City which is north of Tampa Bay. I know not on the coast but still in the zone they are saying. Will know more tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Feeling pretty good this weekend, been doing the exercises they showed me in PT. I hope they continue to help me. <BR> <BR> Got to get ou... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:58:49 EST Weekly check in 9/3-9/9 Morning <BR> Here it is September again...this time of year always seems like beginnings....summer is winding down, school starting, everything is new. <BR> <BR> Heading to my sisters down in MA today for a cookout...expecting rain and wind, temps in the 60's...was hoping she would reschedule till tomorrow but not. They have tarps put up outside around the cooking, eating area but I think we will be spending most time inside. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, yes very quiet in here. Our friends have not b... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 08:34:02 EST Weekly check in 8/27-9/2 Hello <BR> Happy Sunday...slow morning, slept in later than usual. Spent yesterday with my granddaughter, did lots of walking and it hurt every step...not just my back but my feet as well. But we had fun and she got some clothes for school. <BR> Gotta get the usual done shopping, laundry, some cleaning... <BR> Dorothy, hope you're having a good weekend! <BR> Cathy Sun, 27 Aug 2017 12:10:16 EST Weekly check in 8/20-8/26 Morning <BR> I didn't get any errands done yesterday. I ended up picking my niece up from work. Then went to my sons as Olivia, my granddaughter had 9 of her friends over for her birthday...great group of girls and very fun and silly...oh to be 12 again! <em>353</em> They all slept over as well, don't think anyone got much sleep! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> The sun is out today, little chilly this morning, it has been going down into the 50's-60's at night for a couple weeks and saw a few ... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:19:48 EST Weekly check in 8/13-8/19 Hello <BR> Just getting back from my sons. I babysat overnight and all went well. Surprisingly I woke yesterday with no pain and this morning just a little, mostly stiff. Heading to my sisters at 2 to get nice is turning 21 too. <BR> Got to get laundry going and get in the shower. It feels so good to not be in constant pain all the time. <BR> Cathy <em>244</em> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:48:43 EST Weekly check in 8/6-8/12 Hello <BR> Sorry for such a late start, the day just got away from me. I was at my sons Sat till late, slept in this morning and then took a nap this afternoon. <em>102</em> <BR> Still battling the back pain, sometimes its not so bad, other times its horrible. <BR> <BR> My park has a central location that we bring trash/recycling to. I usually put it in my car and drive as its too far to walk with heavy bags that sometimes leak. The trouble is lifting it into the car, getting in/out of ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 19:39:29 EST Weekly Check in 7/30-8/5 Hello <BR> August is here already. The summer is flying by. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning was very painful. I had gone to bed Friday night with barely any pain and did not see a need to take tylenol. Will not do that again as it took me most of the day to be able to function again. I took tylenol last night and so far have had a better morning. <BR> <BR> I did not get a call from the Orthopedic doc on Fri so will definetely call Monday. I should probably call my PCP first to ... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:29:29 EST Weekly check in 7/23-7/29 Morning <BR> Slow morning because of my back, sitting with a heat pack right now, been stretching, moving when I can. I don't want to spend another day at home, alone and not able to get things done that I need shopping, laundry, vacuuming....I also want to set up my fairy village outside but can't lift the bags of mulch or stone. Even if someone helps me at the store, I can't get it in/out of the car. I also need to get everything out of the shed including the water hose but eve... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:15:20 EST Weekly check in 7/16-7/22 Morning <BR> Very slow computer, my desktop. I have been using my Kindle for just about everything lately. This takes forever to load all the Spark ads. Even the typing takes forever to catch up. <BR> <BR> So just wanted to get this started for the week. Argghhh, so frustrating. At least I have my Kindle. This computer crashed on me 2x in one day so I know its only a matter of time till its gone. I transferred all my pictures and documents onto a separate flash drive. <BR> <BR> Spending the... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:41:04 EST Weekly check in 7/9-7/15 Hello <BR> Slow start to my Sunday. <BR> Yesterday was 2 years since my mom passed..we all went out to dinner mostly to celebrate my brother and sis in laws 40th anniversary, which is amazing! But also talked about mom. She wouldn't want us being sad every year thinking of her and not celebrating my brothers anniversary. When me and my sisters went to a psychic medium, that was one of the messages from mom. When mom died 2 years ago none of us remembered their anniversary at all, which is und... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 13:37:16 EST Weekly check in 7/2-7/8 Morning! <BR> Sorry haven't checked in all week. Have had lots to deal with. <BR> <BR> My granddaughter who will be 12 next month was at the docs this week. She has discolorations, not bruises, on her hips, shoulder blade and lower spine. They checked her for Lupus, which came back negative..she has appts with a rheumy and dermatologist. She has no other fatigue, no pain, the discolorations don't hurt not sure what it is. My d-i-l was in a panic, so I talked to her, ... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 08:59:19 EST Weekly Check in 6/25-7/1 Hello all <BR> Feeling lots better this weekend, it took me most of the week to feel 'normal' again! <em>40</em> <BR> The sun is out today, no rain expected. We have had lots of rain this week. One day was so bad on my way to work, I couldn't see the car in front of me. Many pulled off the road to wait it out...thunder, lightning and roads flooded. I was expecting a tornado to touch down, it was that bad... <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a good week. Most of us have some serious health issues,... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:45:38 EST Weekly Check in 6/18-6/24 Hello <BR> Very slow computer today...takes too long for all the ads to load up on this site. <BR> <BR> Still feeling quite sick...crampy stomach and diahrea. Anything I eat or drink goes right through me. Have only been eating toast, rice and water or tea. I haven't been able to take my meds since Thurs. which is not good either. Will be calling the doc tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It was nice to get caught up with Rick and Angie. Wonderful to hear from them. I hope they can make it back here again... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 11:29:00 EST Weekly Check in 6/11-6/17 Morning <BR> Its been way too quiet in here for weeks...guess our friends are not coming back! <BR> <BR> It's just me and you Dorothy! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> I have a baptism today down in MA and need to get ready so will be back later if not too tired. <BR> <BR> I spent most of yesterday at the hospital with my nephew to give my sister a break. <BR> More on that later. <BR> <BR> Cathy <BR> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:39:15 EST Weekly check in 6/4-6/10 Morning <BR> Heading out to see the grandkids games this morning, then not sure if I'm heading to the hospital to see my sister and nephew. Not sure if she is there now or will be later. My nephew has been having lots more seizures, bad ones. Its not surprising with all that he has been through the last 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> And hopefully they can get services set up for home. Even the hospital is having a hard time with it as there are just not enough people available. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, ho... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 09:21:51 EST Weekly check in 5/28-6/3 Morning <BR> I already tried to post a message, lost it, trying again. <BR> Sorry haven't been around this week as I have been at the hospital every chance I get to help my sister as my nephew has been in the hospital. He has special needs and a complex seizure disorder. He was on a ventilator a few days. He aspirated food/liquids into his lungs which turned into pneumonia. They moved him by helicopter to Maine medical where his neurologist is located. He is doing better but not out of the wo... Sun, 28 May 2017 08:40:01 EST Weekly check in 5/21-5/27 Morning! <em>524</em> <BR> Another lazy Sunday morning. My youngest grandson may have a t ball game but not sure if I feel like going. I didn't get anything done yesterday as I was down in MA attending a brother in laws dad. I went to my granddaughters concert this past Thurs night, which was nice. <BR> The sun is out <em>67</em> and it is cooler, about 60 now...I need to clean out my car and do the windows, they are covered with pollen, dead bugs, bird droppings, makes it... Sun, 21 May 2017 10:02:33 EST Weekly Check in 5/14-5/20 HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! <em>146</em> <em>214</em> <BR> Hope your having an awesome day! I had a breakfast buffet at my sons...he had everything you can think of. I also got some plants/flowers and chocolates. It was really nice. I bought a nice hanging flowering plant for my daughter in law, purple flowers, her favorite color. She's more of a daughter to me...I don't expect to hear anything from my own daughter... <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I then went to Kohl's and bought 3 summer shirts f... Sun, 14 May 2017 13:57:10 EST Weekly check in 5/7-5/13 Morning! <BR> It's cloudy outside this morning, the sun peeked out for 2 minutes <em>67</em> and hope it comes back out. Things are soaked and muddy out there. <BR> My yard is finally cleaned up. The guy who comes does a good job and only charged $30. He actually rakes the yard and gets in all the hidden corners around the stairs and deck and does around the drainage ditch. Most other people just use the blower and it doesn't get all the yard waste. My park does inspections of everyone's ... Sun, 7 May 2017 08:50:22 EST Weekly check in 4/30-5/6 Morning <BR> Hope you had a good week. I meant to post during the week but never made it here. <em>40</em> <BR> Had a busy week and just felt tired, falling asleep on the couch every night. <em>102</em> <BR> Drove down to my sisters in MA yesterday for her daughters birthday. Today I'm volunteering to help at the gospel groups annual Spring fundraiser...silent auction, food, raffles and the concert. I help at the merchandise table. <BR> April really flew by, can't believe it's May alr... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:25:27 EST Weekly check in 4/23-4/29 Morning! <BR> Last week of April <em>126</em> Things are finally starting to bloom and the sun is out today. It has been raining most of the week. I need to get out, pick up some of the large branches and drag them to the curb so park maintenance will pick them up. I have so many sticks and branches, I would need to rake to get them all, my yard is completely littered with them. I called the same guy that did my Fall clean up but didn't hear back, so will call again tomorrow. <BR> And I al... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:53:44 EST Weekly Check in 4/16-4/22 <em>449</em> Happy Easter! <BR> Heading to my brothers today to spend the day with family. All the grandkids will be there and that means my daughter will be there as well. She continues to ignore me like I'm invisible. Someday I hope that will change but in the meantime I try not to let it bother me even though my heart is breaking. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope you have an awesome day! And if any other friends are reading, hope you have an enjoyable day as well! <em>451</em> <BR> Cathy ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 08:23:57 EST Weekly Check in 4/9-4/15 Hello <BR> Just a quick start as I am heading out to do a few errands, then to my sons to celebrate his birthday. Turning 36 today! Yikes! <BR> <BR> The weather has gotten warmer and they are saying it will be around 70 a few days next week. Yeah, the snow is melting. Not gone quite yet! <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 9 Apr 2017 14:06:36 EST Weekly Check in 4/2-4/8 Morning! <em>213</em> <BR> Yes we did get the snow....about another 8 inches of very heavy snow as we had some rain mixed in. I went out late yesterday afternoon when it was just about done and did the steps and a bit of the walkway. I couldn't finish as it was so heavy, I was afraid I would hurt my back. I stopped and did the car which was slow going as it was so heavy. I struggled with it but finished. My neighbors son came over and did the rest of the cleaning as it was too heavy for m... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:50:57 EST Weekly Check in 3/26-4/1 Morning! <em>67</em> <BR> Wow, last week of March already! The snow is slowly melting. It rained all day yesterday and that helps melt it faster, glad it wasn't colder out or it would have all been more snow. <BR> <BR> Heading out today to get some shopping done. Pretty quiet around here this weekend. Serta delivered the correct mattress set I ordered and took away the wrong one. Such a huge difference in comfort even though they seemed similar. So I'm happy I called them about the mix ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:24:17 EST Weekly Check in 3/19-3/25 Guess I'm just talking to myself this week. I'm wondering if I should find another Spark team or not bother with Spark anymore! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, got through the storm ok, only lost power for a few seconds here and there. I was lucky compared to some who lost power for days. My neighbors plowed me out and all I had to do were my steps and car. I think we got a total of 18 inches and the drifts were huge. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the 1st day of Spring! <em>378</em> <em>224... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:25:37 EST Weekly check in 3/12-3/18 Morning! <BR> Did you remember to set clocks ahead last night?! <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> Little worn out this morning from babysitting but I don't those grandkids and enjoy them so much. My sons 3 kids are at an age where they can do a lot for themselves. I just have to keep the 2 boys from fighting. If they don't listen, I take something away. <BR> Melissa, so good to hear from you! Sorry you have to miss the party...feel better! I have had to stay home and miss things too, its... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:44:34 EST Weekly check in 3/5-3/11 Hello <BR> Guess its just down to me this week. If more people don't come back then we won't have a group. <BR> Still struggling with pain this week. Got my new mattress but have to adjust to it. Its very comfortable though. <BR> Still have not heard results from esophagus biopsies. Guess no news is good news! <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope you are well and hope all our lost friends are well...Melissa, Rick, Deni...been so long, I don't remember who else...sorry <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> Sun, 5 Mar 2017 11:11:14 EST Weekly Check in 2/26-3/4 Morning! <BR> I know it's still February almost March but we have had such warm weather this week, in the 50's, close to 60. <em>40</em> That never happens in New England. All the snow is almost gone. <BR> <BR> My back was doing so well all week. Sleeping on the couch for a few hours then going to bed was helping. I was waking with no pain at all, it was wonderful. But yesterday I was home all day in pain, could barely walk/move. By the time I went to bed last night it was so much better... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:17:44 EST Weekly Check in 2/19-2/25 Morning! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> The sun is out and it may hit 50 today! Snow will be melting a bit! It was pretty warm yesterday too, in the 40's. I didn't need to wear my gloves, nor a scarf. I saw some people walking around with Capri's and t-shirts...crazy! It's not warm enough yet for me to wear summer clothes. <BR> <BR> Heading to my sons today for lunch and a birthday celebration. I turned 60 this week. Valentines Day is my birthday but it was a crazy week so we are celebrating tod... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:10:55 EST Weekly Check in 2/12-2/18 Morning! <BR> Was glad to see you post Dorothy. I guess our group is down to just me and you. Glad you got the work done around your house. Thank goodness for friends and neighbors! There's always something that needs fixing! <BR> <BR> My back gives me problems now and then and I was told I have de-generation in my lower back and neck. I'm sure the weather and the shoveling doesn't help. I am going to look into one of those electric snow shovels that are just meant for walkways and small a... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:39:16 EST Weekly check in 2/5-2/11 Morning <BR> It's been another one of those weeks, started off with my back hurting all last weekend and on Monday I missed work. I have been struggling all week with back pain. Doing much better now but we did have snow during the week and I managed to clean off the steps, the walkway and a little in front of the car door. The rest of the snow turned to ice so I have to be careful walking. I slipped getting into the car and banged my shin on the door frame, so have a big bruise. <BR> <BR> A... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 08:49:09 EST Weekly Check in 1/29-2/4 Good Morning! <BR> Moving slow today as well as yesterday. My back is hurting and very stiff. Not sure why but have felt that way all week, every joint is screaming at me and it has been hard to sleep and get anything done so I must be having a flare. I shouldn't be surprised with all that has been going on with me. It's frustrating! Lupus doesn't care that you have a life, a job, a family... <BR> <BR> I went out on Friday with my sisters even though I didn't feel well. We went to a restaur... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:16:04 EST Weekly Check in 1/22-1/28 Morning <BR> This place must be extra busy today, had a hard time getting in here. Too many advertisements trying to load up is slowing things down too... <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Last day of my antibiotic and so glad it is, it's been giving me headaches and stomachaches and feeling really tired. Just my body fighting the infection will make me tired anyway I guess. I need to call my doc this week to see if I need to follow up with them to make sure the infection is gone before I have my 2 s... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:49:32 EST Weekly Check in 1/15-1/21 Morning! and Happy Sunday <BR> <BR> It was another one of those weeks. I haven't been feeling well, been very tired and I thought it was just because of being busy from the Holidays etc.. <BR> I ended up at the emergency room again this week. My leg was hurting and then it got swollen on the lower part of my shin. I thought it was a blood clot but turns out it was cellulitis so they have me on an antibiotic and had to reschedule my 2 tests for tomorrow...endoscopy and colonoscopy for Februar... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:36:42 EST Weekly Check in 1/8-1/14 Hello <BR> Late start today. I got so busy I almost forgot. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Got all the Christmas decorations put away, the tree down, vacumned, dusted, cleaned out a closet and re-organized. My son and family came over and he successfully hooked everything up wireless. He had bought me a Kindle and wireless router for Christmas but couldn't hook it up. I needed a password and my son forgot to tell me the router was one he had used before at his house and it already had a password.... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 20:54:58 EST Weekly Check in 1/1-1/7 <em>236</em> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR!! <BR> <BR> Hope we all have a healthy 2017! <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> Spent New Years Eve at my sons and went next door to their neighbors. Adults and kids all stayed up to watch the ball drop. Lots of activities for all of us to do. It was fun but didn't get much sleep, feeling quite exhausted. <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:32:24 EST Weekly Check in 12/25-12/31 <em>144</em> Merry Christmas <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> I know a day late but I was at my sons from Christmas Eve till late last night and I don't have a Smart phone. <BR> <BR> Spent Christmas Eve at my sisters with the family and then was at my sons. It's always fun to watch the grandkids open their gifts from Santa. We spent the day together and had dinner at my d-i-l's parents house, where we opened more gifts. <BR> <BR> Slow start to my day. I was quite exhausted last night and woke w... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:32:28 EST Weekly Check in 12/18-12/24 Morning all <BR> <em>443</em> We are down to the last week before Christmas. I still have some shopping to do. It's hard when your plans for shopping and getting things done have to be changed because of the snow or ice or dangerous roads. We got about 6 inches of snow yesterday. It finally stopped about 4 and managed to get out and shovel the steps, walkway and cleaned off the car. My neighbor came over and did the driveway which is nice. <BR> <BR> Today it is raining as the temps went u... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:07:39 EST Weekly Check in 12/11-12/17 Morning! <em>213</em> <BR> I am a grandma again! Zoe Jeanette(her middle name is my moms name) born yesterday, weighs 7lbs 10oz. She is just beautiful and looks just like her big sister. Lots of dark hair, cute little face. Will post a pic! <em>187</em> <BR> I went down to visit at the hospital yesterday. I met up with my brother and sis in law once I got down to MA and they drove to the hospital. My daughter was ok towards me, snippy as usual but not nasty. She looked really well, ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 09:52:48 EST Weekly Check in 12/4-12/10 Morning all <BR> Slow start to my day, feeling achy and tired, woke with a slight headache. Glad it wasn't a migraine. I did not sleep well on Friday night and then was up early Sat. Was heading to my sons for a Christmas party and my daughter and family were also going to be there. <BR> <BR> My daughter has not been speaking to me and has been hostile to me. I have still been sending emails now and then hoping she would come around. So I was worried and anticipating the party. She seemed o... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:36:44 EST Weekly Check in 11/27-12/3 Morning <BR> Very cloudy and cold again today, in the 40's but the wind makes it more in the 30's. I did not get out to the shed yesterday but I did manage to get the grocery shopping done. Maybe later today when the sun comes out a little. All my Christmas decorations are in the shed. <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> I have a couple errands to do today, some cleaning and laundry. Have not felt all that well the last couple weeks so things don't get done or put away. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, glad you ... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:40:16 EST Weekly Check in 11/20-11/26 Morning! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I slept in a bit this morning. I don't set the alarm on the weekends unless I have something scheduled for the morning. Feeling lots better today, even my back is doing well. <BR> <BR> My sister Jan called last night and we had a nice conversation about our kids and grandkids, Thanksgiving plans and hopefully a day we can get together. I want to take her to The Christmas Dove, a shop that has been around for years and has decorations and ornaments from a... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:33:27 EST Weekly Check in 11/13-11/19 Morning! Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> Just a quick post as I need to get ready to go to my sisters and sit with her son for a few hours as my sis is working after church today. The nurse she usually has was not able to extend her hours for today. <BR> Both my nieces' should be there as well which is good as I am not feeling well. My back is hurting more than usual so I am moving very slow, just took a Tylenol and hoping that helps. But I have also had a lot of pain in my upper back that extends ... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:11:04 EST Weekly Check in 11/6-11/12 Morning all <BR> <BR> Daylight Savings Time <em>128</em> Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour? <BR> <BR> I like the extra hour of sleep but I don't like that it gets dark so much earlier. <BR> <BR> Dot, it has been very quiet in here lately. We haven't heard from many in a awhile and I haven't been spending as much time on the computer so I don't check in during the week. I will try to be better with that. <BR> <BR> My brother and sis in law are coming for lunch today and t... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 08:19:16 EST Weekly Check in 10/30-11/5 Hello <BR> Late start to my day, had the 2 grandsons again last night. They had a Halloween party at their school and then my son and d-i-l had another adult party. So I picked the boys up at school late and brought them here to my place. They had a hard time settling down for sleep and the younger one, 4 yrs old, has had a cold and ears were bothering him. He doesn't complain much but did need ibuprofen during the night. They brought him to the docs today and he has a double ear infection. Y... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:41:38 EST Weekly Check in 10/23-10/29 Hello <BR> Late start today. I had the 3 grandkids most of the day yesterday and last night for our annual Halloween party/sleepover. My son and d-i-l had their adult party last night at their house so I take the kids and we have our own fun...out for dinner, watch scary movies, snacks, Halloween activities... stay up late. <em>333</em> <BR> I brought them to breakfast and then home late this morning. <BR> <BR> It's down in the 50's during the day, 40's at night. About 1/2 of the leaves ... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:22:10 EST Weekly Check in 10/16-10/22 Happy Sunday <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Beautiful weekend here, very cold but at least the sun is out. Many leaves are down and it looks quite colorful everywhere. It's hard to tell where the grass is and the driveways and walkways as they are all covered with leaves. I finally found someone to do a Fall clean up as I never got an answer from a few others. How rude to not even answer an email or return calls. This same person who is going to do the clean up will also do snow removal so I am ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:24:30 EST Weekly Check in 10/9-10/15 Hi all <BR> Melissa, thanks for the update from the hurricane, hope all are safe and power is restored soon. Sorry you have had to deal with people who are careless and uncaring and take advantage of you. <BR> I was planning on doing some yard work today but it is raining out. Yesterday would have been a good day but I spent most of the day/night babysitting the grandkids, which is always fun. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> My daughter is still not talking to me and has had no contact. I am pray... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 12:17:29 EST Weekly Check in 10/2-10/8 Morning! <BR> <BR> Another rainy cold day here in NH. Lots more leaves changing color and coming down. <BR> <BR> I met up with my sisters Friday night. We went through more pictures, Mom had a ton saved through the years. It was fun and had a lot of laughs at the old hair styles and clothes. <BR> <BR> My sisters son Zack is not doing well at all, his team was talking about putting in a feeding tube as he is just not eating or drinking enough and is loosing weight. It's so sad, my sis was ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 10:49:11 EST Weekly Check in 9/25-10/1 Morning <BR> Very cold here this morning, had to put the heat on, I was freezing when I got up. It is definitely Fall out there! <em>465</em> More leaves changing and falling. <BR> <BR> Managed to get the summer decorations put away and the water hose. I bought some Mums as well. Lots to do inside today. I was going to do the grocery shopping but will wait till tomorrow as my car started making a scraping, thump noise coming from one of the front tires. I made an appt for tomorrow morning... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:50:36 EST Weekly Check in 9/18-9/24 Happy Sunday all! <BR> <BR> I spent this weekend feeling sick. I am feeling better with the UTI but woke Saturday all stuffed up and a sore throat and migraine...same thing this morning. Now at work on Friday they were painting some of the offices and I was breathing in all those fumes for hours. Could that have caused this 'cold' or allergy symptoms? I babysat Friday night and no one had a cold but my nose started running and my head started to feel fuzzy. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm finally st... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:22:47 EST Weekly Check in 9/11-9/17 Good morning all! <BR> <BR> Lets never forget today 9/11. I remember my friend Karen Martin..I grew up with her in my old neighborhood. She was a flight attendant on Flight 11, the 1st plane. The reports that came in said she attempted to stop the terrorists. She stood in between them and the cockpit. I knew my friend well and before hearing the details, I knew she didn't go down without a fight. That was Karen. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Getting together with family and friends today to c... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:49:01 EST Weekly Check in 9/4-9/10 Hello <BR> A quiet weekend for me. The usual shopping and cleaning and laundry. I have Monday off but will be home. No one in the family is having a party/cookout. <BR> It gets pretty lonely here by myself. I try to keep busy besides the housework, I watch TV, read, some computer and will do some outside work. My yard is full of sticks, branches and acorns again. Every time it rains or it gets windy, things start falling. <BR> <BR> The leaves are starting to change color as it has been get... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 11:52:22 EST Weekly Check in 8/28-9/3 Hello and Happy Sunday <BR> <BR> Kids are back to school tomorrow around here, although some won't start till next week. <BR> <BR> I had Friday off from work because of teacher development day...getting ready for next week. They had meetings and re-arranged/cleaned classrooms. A couple rooms switched as they needed more space. <BR> I spent the day with my granddaughter who turned 11. She slept over Friday night..we went to breakfast early....her favorite place is IHOP. After that we went t... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:30:17 EST Weekly Check in 8/21-8/27 Hello <BR> Welcome Sunday! <em>67</em> The sun is out and not too hot. They mentioned on the weather report today that it will feel like Fall at night, much cooler than normal for this time of year...hmmm <BR> <BR> Heading to my sons at dinner time to celebrate Olivia's birthday, her family party. She had all her friends over on Friday for a swim at the lake, pizza, made s'mores outside at a bonfire and then they all slept over. <BR> <BR> I made my mom's blueberry pie for tonight. My si... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:49:39 EST Weekly Check in 8/14-8/20 Morning all <BR> I slept in late this morning. Dorothy, I have been very tired this week too. I know with some of the changes I made, adding in some supplements and herbal teas, eating more fruits and vegetables, my body is adjusting and maybe getting rid of toxins etc... <BR> <BR> I hope you are feeling better this week and not so tired. I guess your body was trying to tell you something. <BR> <BR> I had one of my teas this morning, time for breakfast. I need to do some grocery shopping. ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:59:10 EST Weekly Check in 8/7-8/13 Hello all <BR> Nice and sunny here, we had a thunderstorm pass through yesterday but it went by quickly. <BR> <BR> I finally did send an email to my daughter but I don't expect a reply. It wasn't an angry or emotional letter, just my thoughts and observations. She spent the day yesterday visiting her brother and family and they are only 30 minutes from me. It's nice the cousins (all my grand kids) got to spend time together. They don't see each other often as they are 2 hours drive away from... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 10:32:37 EST Weekly Check in 7/31-8/6 Hello <BR> It's August already! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a good week and are having a good weekend. It was not very busy at work last week, not much to do, even the phones were quiet. I brought a book to read and just found some things to do. There was the usual drama between teachers and with administration. The director and the senior leads who are there to help the teachers were very upset and stressed out. Lots of meetings and raised voices coming from the office. <BR... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:57:38 EST Weekly Check in 7/24-7/30 Morning <BR> Last week of July already! Where has the time gone? <BR> <BR> I babysat last night for the 2 boys. Olivia was at a sleepover. Just as I was leaving my house, a storm hit...thunder, lightning, pouring like crazy. As I got closer to my sons it was sunny, no storms but I knew it was heading our way and it did. We lost power about 6:00. The boys wanted to watch a movie and play games but couldn't. <BR> <BR> We cleaned up all the toys and made sure the cat was in. I knew once it go... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:43:05 EST Weekly Check in 7/17-7/23 Morning all <BR> A rainy morning here which is good. It has been very hot and humid this week. <BR> <BR> The biopsy went well and I am in no pain at all. I put ice on the area every hour for 30 minutes till I went to bed and I was expecting some pain but it was mostly just itchy from the tape and bandage and I was able to take that off the next day. Just steri strips over the incision and that will fall off on it's own in about a week. Now I just have to wait till Thursday for the results ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:56:05 EST Weekly Check in 7/10-7/16 Hello all <BR> Very quiet weekend here. I needed some quiet down time and spent all day yesterday at home in my pj's relaxing. Friday was a very emotional day as it was 1 year since mom passed. I took the day off and my sisters came for dinner and we sat and looked at pictures, laughed and talked about mom and what was going on with us. When we get together with the family, there are too many of us to have conversations like that so we have been making an effort to get together, just the 4 of... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:50:38 EST Weekly Check in 7/3-7/9 Hi all <BR> <em>232</em> Happy 4th of July! <BR> <BR> Sorry such a late start. I haven't been home much at all. Been spending time with family, doing a lot of driving, but having fun. We had a huge get together to celebrate my mom. The place was beautiful and right on the ocean, good memories! <BR> <BR> Spent the day at my sisters, had a in the pool, music. I didn't go into the pool as it was completely in the sun. I stayed under the awning and umbrellas and watched the fun... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 16:56:47 EST Weekly Check in 6/26-7/2 Hello <BR> Wow! It's almost the 4th of July already!! <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> A beautiful weekend here and I'm just hanging out getting things done. I bought what I need to set up my outdoor decorations but the problem is the 3 bags of rocks. I barely managed to get them from the carriage into the back of the Jeep, they are so heavy. I don't know how to get them from the Jeep to the area I want to put them in. I may have to open the bags in the car and scoop out a little at a time until th... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:13:19 EST Weekly Check in 6/19-6/25 Happy Fathers Day to the dad's out there! <em>30</em> <BR> I know the only dad we have on here is Rick. He hasn't been on in quite a while and hope he is ok! We miss you in here! <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> I spent yesterday with the 3 grand kids at my granddaughters dance recital. She does ballet and hip hop and did 2 dances. They did Mary Poppins this year and very creative. She was wonderful, knows the dances well and not watching others to see what comes next. They had 2 performances, ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:51:49 EST Weekly Check in 6/12-6/18 Morning all <BR> I’m up early today and heading back to my daughters to babysit overnight and taking tomorrow off from work. They have a wedding in Rhode Island and staying overnight, which means they would have to be home no later than noon in order for me to try to get to work by 1:00. One of the arguments my daughter and I had was she claims she told me about the wedding, which she did not, as I would have remembered about whether or not I could get to work on Monday. Tomorrow is payroll d... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:53:02 EST Weekly Check in 6/5-6/11 Morning all <BR> <BR> It's been quiet in here the last couple weeks...Angie, Rick, Melissa...hope you are all well. Please let us know how you are doing. Deni, it's been months. We hope you are ok and hope you are able to come back soon! <BR> <BR> I lost 2 more pounds! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Cutting out as many carbs as I can and sugar too has made the biggest difference. I realized how sugar/carbs made me feel after last Monday, Memorial Day. I was at my sons and had a burger with... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 10:46:14 EST Weekly Check in 5/29-6/4 Morning all <BR> How is your Memorial Day weekend? I don't have anything planned, no cookouts or get togethers. I don't know what the rest of the family is doing. <BR> <BR> Texted my daughter on Friday about the babysitting on those 4 days...then she asked if I could still babysit overnight as they have a wedding. She says she asked me the last time I saw her but I don't remember her asking. The last time I saw her was the day before Mothers Day when she was so tired and just came home and ... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:23:12 EST Weekly Check in 5/22-5/28 Morning all <BR> It was very quiet in here last week <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well. <BR> <BR> I had an upsetting week concerning my daughter. She said some very hateful things to me that had me crying and very sad. I do not want to get into details as it will only start me crying again. I have been thinking of a way to address issues with her. I think no matter what I say will make no difference with her but I have to try anyway. We have had issues going back for years. S... Sun, 22 May 2016 11:00:42 EST Weekly Check in 5/15-5/21 Hi all <BR> Sorry so late getting us started this week. I spent the day at home getting things done around the house, cleaning, re-arranging, cleaned up the yard. I also slept in a bit this morning. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to 2 of the grandkids baseball games. The first game was hot in the sun, no shade around and even though I had sunscreen on, got a small burn where I missed with the sunscreen. I did sit in the car for awhile out of the sun. The 2nd game was chilly, windy and the gnats ... Sun, 15 May 2016 23:14:58 EST Weekly Check in 5/8-5/14 <em>214</em> Happy Mothers Day to all you Moms!! <BR> <BR> I just came back from my sons, they had a big Mothers Day breakfast. And I have a potted flower plant which is now on my front steps. Will be heading over to my sisters in a little while and spend the afternoon with her. I got together with my other 2 sisters yesterday down in Mass. after I babysat for my daughter. We brought flowers to the cemetery for mom. <BR> <BR> I found out I'm going to be a grammy daughter is pr... Sun, 8 May 2016 13:42:37 EST Weekly Check in 5/1-5/7 Morning all <BR> May is here, hopefully we are done with snow! <em>376</em> And things can continue to bloom. <BR> <BR> I spent the day yesterday babysitting my little granddaughter who is almost 14 mos, not walking yet but standing and walking along holding the furniture and will walk if you hold her hands. She's getting there, slowly, you can't rush it, she'll get there when she is ready. My daughter was concerned as everyone including the doc is telling her she should be walking now. ... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:07:37 EST Weekly Check in 4/24-4/30 Hi all <BR> Wow! The last week of April already! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a good weekend. I thought it would be sunny both days but yesterday it was cloudy and cool with a few sprinkles. I spent the day at home getting things done. Cleaned out a few things and hung some pictures, took the trash and recycling to the parks central location and then picked up the mail. <BR> Today I will get some shopping done and just get out of the house, maybe pick up all the fallen bran... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:58:36 EST Weekly Check in 4/17-4/23 Morning all <BR> I had a nice time at the church tea, saw some friends I hadn't seen in awhile so it was nice to catch up. They had about 7 courses of a variety of foods but not big portions. They were tiny versions, like little tea sandwiches, but enough to fill you up. They also had a raffle and I won a basket with pretzels and a couple dipping sauces. <BR> <BR> The BBQ and my grandsons party got moved to noon today and then the concert is later this afternoon so another busy day. <em>33... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:36:24 EST Weekly Check in 4/10-4/16 Hi all <BR> Slow morning, still in pj's! I didn't have to be anywhere this morning, so relaxing. <BR> <BR> I do have to get grocery shopping done and maybe some shopping for my grandsons birthday next weekend. He needs pants/jeans desperately as he has ripped the knees in every pair he owns from playing outside. I'm also going to look for iron on patches or something to fix the holes so he can still wear them. He plays hard at school during recess and that's when he rips them, but he needs ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:16:45 EST Weekly Check in 4/3-4/9 Morning all <BR> It snowed here last night and is still coming down very lightly, but it is just a dusting of snow. You can still see the grass poking much for Spring! It is supposed to be cold in the 30's all this week! <em>40</em> Still can't put those winter sweaters away. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a good weekend. The 3 grandkids were at my house yesterday for a few hours so my son and d-i-l could get some shopping done. The kids have been fighting a lot lately and I... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:59:02 EST Weekly Check in 3/27-4/2 <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Easter all!! Enjoy your day! <BR> <BR> I got the sauce/meatballs warming up and starting the shells cooking. <BR> <BR> My daughter sent me pictures this morning of Bailey opening her basket...she loves her snacks and bubbles etc... <em>453</em> <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 08:04:28 EST Weekly Check in 3/20-3/26 Happy Spring! <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> It has been a mild winter here in NE...1st day of Spring and they are predicting snow tonight! Arrrggghhh!!! <em>198</em> It will start later tonight... <BR> <BR> Had fun last night, went out with an old friend to dinner and a concert. She recently has been divorced, both her kids are out on their own so she is alone, like me. It was nice to go out on a Saturday night. <BR> <BR> Gotta get out and get Easter stuff for the grand... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:01:29 EST Weekly Check in 3/13-3/19 Morning all <BR> <BR> Did you remember to set your clocks ahead an hour last night? <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> The sun is out again, like yesterday and in the 50's. We had a lot of rain last week so its nice to see the sun, especially on the weekend. I got some errands done yesterday and will get some shopping done today. Time to think about Easter already in 2 weeks! Yikes, it's early this year. <BR> <BR> I haven't had to babysit or be anywhere this weekend at all so getting things ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 10:29:21 EST Weekly Check in 3/6-3/12 Melissa that is great that you got your phone working again. It also sounds like a good company to work for too. So many people are getting so tired of all that toxic chemicals that are hurting out bodies and the enviroment too. I am making my own wash powder and it cleans better than the ones that you buy and pay so much for that only lasts a month. <BR> <BR> Cathy drive safe and will see you later. <BR> <BR> Not much happening here and still working on that one post that I was digging up... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 22:32:50 EST Weekly Check in 2/28-3/5 Hello all <BR> First week of March! Wow! <em>125</em> <BR> It'll be a busy month..Spring begins, we change the clocks-Yeah! and it'll be Easter. <BR> <BR> Next weekend is my granddaughters 1st birthday. I will be babysitting on Saturday and staying over as the party is Sunday. I won't have to drive back and forth 2 days in a row. <BR> <BR> We were supposed to celebrate my youngest grandsons 4th birthday but he got sick this weekend throwing up so they had to cancel. He's upset..I don't b... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:59:52 EST Weekly Check in 2/21-2/27 Morning all <BR> The sun is out again today, expecting the temps around 50, like yesterday. I was able to do errands without my winter coat. <BR> <BR> I also went to my granddaughters basketball game. It was the last one and it was the tournament which means they played each team for 10 minutes. They had not won any games this season but they beat the team in 1st place yesterday so they were very excited. <BR> <em>243</em> <BR> The #1 team had not lost a single game and they were upset... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 08:39:28 EST Weekly check in 2/14-2/20 <em>129</em> <BR> Happy Valentines Day all! <BR> <BR> Getting a late start as I was out the door really early this morning. Went to my sons for a Birthday/Valentine breakfast. I was also there last night to babysit so they could go out to celebrate. <em>383</em> My birthday today, turned 59...yikes! The grandkids each made me a card, so sweet. <BR> <BR> Very cold here this weekend. Last night when I left my sons it was -11 and this morning when I left it was -8. Even colder when t... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:49:24 EST Weekly check in 2/7-2/13 Morning all <BR> It's Super Bowl Sunday. I guess most people will be tuning in to the game but not me. I really don't care about football and all the hype. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a good week. I stayed home from work on Friday. We ended up having a snow storm and I thought it was going to just be a dusting, but it was 8 inches. I had every intention of going to work but once I got out on the road, it was too slippery. There were others sliding off the road so I came back home. I had lost... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:40:11 EST Weekly check in 1/31-2/6 Hello all <BR> First week of February already. It stays lighter out longer in the afternoons. Spring is coming..I shouldn't say that, could cause a snowstorm! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Had a busy day yesterday babysitting my granddaughter. She's a lot of fun to take care of and very easy going. I had to leave my house at 6am as its which is fine but I had been out late Friday night with my sisters so I was quite exhausted by the time I got home last night. <BR> <BR> I need to get out and ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:11:29 EST Weekly check in 1/24-1/30 Wow, this month is flying by, last week of January already. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope you can get the posts done yourself. I know how you feel with disability, it's not enough to even pay the essentials, which is why I had to go back to work part time. I don't know how long I will be able to work, so far I am ok as it's not physically demanding like it was when I took care of the kids. <BR> I have been sending in my pay stubs to SS and after the 9 mos of the trial work period, we will see if ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:58:03 EST Weekly Check in 1/17-1/23 Hello <BR> Cold and cloudy here, we had snow Friday night and most of the morning yesterday. My neighbor cleaned my driveway and walkway which was nice but I finally got in touch with someone to do all the snow plowing as I also need a path to the back door and a path to the oil tank. They won't deliver oil without a path and I need a 2nd way to get out of the house in case of emergencies. <BR> Anyway, heading out to do a few errands in a awhile. <BR> <BR> I have been on Nutrisystem for a we... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 13:36:25 EST Weekly Check in 1/10-1/16 Hello all <BR> <BR> Don't know what happened today but I couldn't log in here and had to reset my password but had to do that 2x. I requested a new password and never got the email for it, did it again and finally got here. I don't know why my password wouldn't work but it was time to change it anyway. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a good start to your new year. Last weekend on QVC they were talking about Nutrisystem and had a great deal so I thought about it and decided to sign up for ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:17:46 EST Weekly Check in 1/3-1/9 Morning all <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Staying home today to get a few things done. I did not attempt to get to the shed yesterday. I will need to clear the snow away from the doors as they open out. It has been bitterly cold here and the wind makes it worse but I guess I need to try before it gets worse out there. <BR> <BR> I have been looking at new computer chairs as the one I have is about 4 years old and it slowly goes down while sitting to the point I feel like I am practically on the... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:53:34 EST Weekly Check in 12/27-01/02 Had a quiet Christmas and now have to get the leftovers used up. I think that I am going to make a grave type for some of the turkey and the others might be in a stew. Had my son's friend over and he ate here too. Still keeping the leg up since it still likes to swell up on me. It is getting better and can't wait for it to heal. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a nice Christmas. <BR> <BR> So sorry but don't know how to make this a sticky. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:06:04 EST Weekly Check in 12/20-12/26 Hi all <BR> Sorry for being a day late. I wasn't home all weekend. I babysat for my daughter, met my sister at the cemetery to put down a Christmas decoration and we talked for quite a bit and then I went to a Christmas concert. It's the one I go to every year and also help out with tickets and merchandise. I really needed that as it's very uplifting and I have been very down and missing mom. <BR> I still don't have all my shopping done, never got to send out any cards and nothing wrapped. I ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 06:58:06 EST Weekly Check in 12/13-12/19 Morning all <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> It's been very quiet in here lately and I know the Holidays keep us all busy. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope your surgery went well and you are at home recovering. Post when you are able and feel up to it. <BR> <BR> I did some shopping yesterday and lately I have been able to walk more without my heel hurting so I got a lot done but I'm still behind and have not decorated my tree yet. I did manage to get the outside decorations set up. I don't have a lot so... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:07:27 EST Weekly Check in 12/6-12/12 Morning all <em>443</em> <BR> Not feeling well this morning. Woke with a wicked migraine, took Tylenol and sipped coffee which usually works but then I felt nauseous and thought I was going to vomit. I was on the couch with a towel as I knew I would not make it to the bathroom. I fell back to sleep and then my migraine was gone but still getting waves of nausea. I was at my sons yesterday for a Christmas party so probably something I ate didn't agree with me. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping I feel... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 10:24:18 EST Weekly Check in 11/29-12/5 Morning all <BR> Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. <em>428</em> I got together with family on Thanksgiving day and the day after. It was fun seeing the grandkids and we all enjoyed the 2 days. I stayed home yesterday as I was quite exhausted. <BR> <BR> I have been fighting the battle of the mice again. They found a way to get in through the skirting which is what covers the bottom of the mobile unit and is where all the pipes, electrical etc is they found their way... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:10:41 EST Weekly Check in 11/22-11/28 Hello <BR> Just want to get us started for the week. Our group is getting smaller with less posts every week. <BR> <BR> This is Thanksgiving week..a short work week and a busy one. Getting together with family and will be cooking and shopping more. Will be getting all the Christmas decorations out of the shed this week, making sure everything works and what I need. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well! Miss your posts, Melissa, Deni and Rick... <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope your ear is doing better a... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:02:37 EST Weekly Check in 11/15-11/21 Morning <BR> The sun is out but it is cold. Still leaves coming down but most of the trees are bare now. I hate that about the winter, not much green out there. <BR> <BR> I have a few more errands to do today and some shopping. I want to start Christmas shopping so I'm not scrambling around last minute. I have less time this year because I'm working. I can only do a small amount of time walking around the stores. I plan on doing more shopping online as well and that will help. <BR> <BR> My ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:16:04 EST Weekly Check in 11/8-11/14 Hello all <BR> Just getting home from my sons after babysitting last night. They were away for the weekend. The kids were good and slept well all was the dog that kept me awake. She was whining to go out at 3am so I brought her out and then tried to go back to sleep but she was down at the bottom of the stairs whining/complaining for over an hour. I think one of the cats was up on the landing too. My son said this has been a new thing with her needing to go out at night which she n... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 14:12:19 EST Weekly Check in 11/1-11/7 Morning all <BR> <BR> Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour last night? <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> I hate that it gets dark so early now and wish we would do away with changing the clocks. <BR> <BR> Melissa, so sorry to hear about your dad. I will be praying for you and your family. The next year or so will be so difficult for all of you. Use this time to have those meaningful, deep discussions with dad and the family. I did that with mom and I feel so much better knowing we di... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 09:23:21 EST Weekly Check in 10/25-10/31 Hi all <BR> Sorry a day late, the grand kids slept over Saturday night and was very tired yesterday. I meant to start the week and kept forgetting and then falling asleep on the couch. <BR> <BR> Getting very cold here, down in the 20's and 30's at night and 50's during the day. I finally ordered a warm winter jacket from LL Bean but their sizes must run small as it feels too snug around the shoulders and chest so I will need to send it back and get a larger size even though I ordered the siz... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:32:47 EST Weekly Check in 10/18-10/24 Hello all <BR> Very cold here this morning, in the 30's, lots of beautiful colored leaves everywhere. Today is a fundraiser for my nephew, the one with the rare brain disease with no cure.. there is a silent auction and a concert today with 3 different bands, the gospel choir, the one my sister sings in..this is for her son. Most of my family will be coming. <BR> <BR> I had a good week at work. I had to find things to do since there was someone on vacation and I usually have quite a bit of ... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 12:29:25 EST Weekly Check in 10/11 - 10/17 Hi all <BR> I thought I started a new week this morning but it seems to have disappeared. <BR> Hopefully this one will stick! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Very quiet in here this week, hope you are all ok. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, was it this week your son was scheduled for surgery? If so, hope all went well and he is healing quickly. <BR> <BR> Rick, have you gotten anymore rain? <BR> <BR> Melissa, hope things are well with the new school year for the kids and piano lessons are fun and keeping ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:31:59 EST Weekly check in 10/4-10/10 Hello all <BR> Sorry such a late start. I've had such a busy day and then I fell asleep and forgot what day it was. <BR> The grandkids came over this morning and did some raking and cleaning up in the yard. It's such a mess out there but it looks better. There is still a lot to be done. I haven't been able to do anything for months because of my foot. I was at my sisters for a few hours and then had to get some errands done. I spent too much time on my feet today and didn't get to ice the foo... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:08:10 EST Weekly check in 9/27-10/3 Hello <BR> Wow, the last week of September and it is Fall. The leaves are definitely changing their color and beginning to fall. <BR> Met up with my brothers and sisters last night and went through mom's stuff....dishes, nik naks, pictures, stuff that she has had for years and years that brings back memories. I took some things for myself and some things I thought my kids would like and there is still more stuff to go through. But we made a good dent in didn't throw anything ... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 11:35:13 EST Weekly Check in 9/20-9/26 Morning all <BR> Nice sunny day here with temps in the 80's. It has been cool at night though, I needed an extra blanket the other night. <BR> <BR> The lawn guy came yesterday and looked at the yard..for cutting down a bunch of branches and trimming overgrown trees and raking/cleaning, will charge 200 which seems a lot but the yard has not been raked in a couple years. That oak tree has left quite a mess of acorns, branches and brown leaves with red gooey seeds or bugs, not only in my yard b... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 10:27:11 EST Weekly Check in 9/13-9/19 Morning all <BR> I did reach out to my daughter during the week, it's always me that makes the first step. Anyway she asked if I could babysit tonight so her and Mike could go out to celebrate their Anniversary. She was also wondering why I hadn't answered Mikes text during the week about babysitting...told her I never got it, which I didn't so I think he has the wrong number. <BR> <BR> I think I need to call a foot doctor this week as my heel just doesn't seem to be getting better. I will h... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:58:58 EST Weekly Check in 9/6-9/12 Hello <BR> Sorry I wasn't here much last week. I have been limiting my computer time, trying to get things done around the house. <BR> The executive director was not around much last week as she has been helping out at our new center opening in another town and when I did see her she was as nice as could be but I am still on my guard as I don't trust her. <BR> <BR> All our centers have been very busy as the new year starts this week, lots of new ones starting and others moving up to new r... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 10:52:27 EST Weekly Check in 8/30-9/5 Hello all <BR> Melissa, thankyou for your words about my work situation. That one comment has made me question everything about myself. I feel nervous at work, that everything I say and do is wrong and its causing me to act differently. And yes I have started looking at jobs again just in case things become unbearable or the executive director finds some excuse to fire me. I'm also very nervous if I lose my job that I will not be able to cover my expenses. When mom was alive she sent me money... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:09:33 EST Weekly check in 8/23-8/29 Hello all <BR> <BR> Having a nice relaxing weekend, sleeping in late, getting some much needed rest. Will get out to the store today and get some things I have been needing. It looks like rain out there, very cloudy and dark. <BR> <BR> Melissa, sounds like you and the kids are very busy with school activities, scouts and you with piano. Hope the smoothies and supplements start working for you and you get the energy you need to keep up with all you do. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope your new vita... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 11:14:20 EST Weekly check in 8/16-8/22 Hey all <BR> Sorry for such a late start. It was a busy weekend...birthday parties, babysitting, got together with my brothers and sisters and shopping with my granddaughter. <BR> <BR> I know I did too much and didn't get enough sleep so will be heading to bed early tonight. But it was an enjoyable weekend and the weather was beautiful most of the time. We got quite a thunderstorm late yesterday for part of the way down to MA to my sisters. The rain was coming down so hard you couldn't see t... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:53:07 EST Weekly Check in 8/9-8/15 Happy Sunday all <BR> <BR> Beautiful sunny weekend here in the 70's. Hope you are having an enjoyable Sunday. I met up with my son and grandkids for lunch at Friendly's. They're so much fun to be around. <BR> My granddaughters birthday party is next Sunday, she's turning 10. I'm taking her shopping on Saturday so will spend the day with her. I haven't done that in a long time. And since my mom's funeral she seems especially clingy to me when I get together with them. She sat next to me at ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:19:11 EST Weekly check in 8/2-8/8 Happy Sunday all <BR> <BR> We're having a beautiful sunny weekend here. I wish I could go out and take a walk but my heal is still hurting. A walk will aggravate it and even standing is painful. Makes it hard to get anything done. I have to really plan my day so I'm taking breaks in between what I need to get done. My sneakers are very supportive so I wear them as much as I can as walking around barefoot is not good . <BR> <BR> I'm hoping Rick and Deni are ok. We have not seen either of the... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 08:37:09 EST Weekly check in 7/26-8/1 Morning all <BR> Wow, last week in July! Summer always seems to go so quickly. <BR> <BR> It is raining here and I need to get the grocery shopping done. And I left my raincoat at my daughters house...grrr... <BR> <BR> This is the 1st weekend in awhile that I have been home. It felt good to be able to get some things done. I got the rest of the Thankyou's done, some paperwork, a few errands and I picked through the flowers that I got from the funeral, saved the ones that were still good and ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:14:11 EST Weekly check in 7/19-7/25 Hello <BR> Just wanted to get us started as I am at my sons now. I babysat little Bailey at my daughters last night and now at my sons. <BR> Bailey is growing so fast, she is 4 months old but already doing things ahead of time. She discovered she can make funny noises with her mouth and whenever you say hi to her she puts her hands up like she is trying to wave. She is sleeping more and more in her crib which is good as they have been bringing her into bed with them and that makes me nervous.... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:09:01 EST Weekly Check in 7/12-7/18 Morning all <BR> Just wanted to get us started for the week. <BR> <BR> I need to get ready for moms wake/funeral and then heading down to Mass...staying at my daughters tonight. <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>214</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 07:45:04 EST Weekly Check in 7/5-7/11 <em>232</em> Happy 4th of July!! <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a happy and safe weekend..I just got home from my youngest sisters house...cookout and party. I left early this morning and went to visit mom before the party. <BR> <BR> We are looking at rehabs again for mom, possibly this week she will be moved as she is doing well. We need to find a rehab that knows about wound vacs..they have to be changed every 3/4 days and can be quite painful...and mom also has a pic line for the antibiot... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:48:01 EST Weekly Check in 6/28-7/4 Hello all <BR> Our little group is shrinking. Guess it's just you and me Dorothy! <BR> <BR> It was family drama week last week. Out of all us 6 siblings, 5 of us agree on how to care for mom. 1 sister, Jan, thinks differently and for years has treated our mom like she was a little kid and didn't know anything. Now she is convinced my mom can't make decisions for herself and the hospital is taking advantage of her, doing unnecessary treatments and procedures. She went to visit last week and c... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:11:48 EST Weekly Check in 6/21-6/27 Hello <BR> I slept in this morning, feeling very tired. This the 1st morning I haven't had to go to any appts...babysit...etc in over a week. I was thinking of going to see mom today but it would have meant driving to Boston for almost 2 hours and back for 2 hours plus visit time and I'm just too tired. It is also pouring rain here and I need to have my breaks checked on the car so the idea of doing all that driving is not a good idea. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a great weekend. It wa... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:58:42 EST Weekly Check in 6/14-6/20 Hello all <BR> <BR> Sorry so late getting started. Just got home a couple hours ago. I have been down in was rushed to the hospital Thursday around noon. Long story short..she had an infection, a UTI and possibly in the surgical area and it turned to sepsis, she went into shock, her blood pressure dropped drastically to like 60/20. We almost lost her..fluids, antibiotics, blood pressure meds and now she is stable. We had her transferred to Mass General where her cancer docs are, so ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:32:07 EST Weekly Check in 6/7-6/13 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> The sun is out again today and it should be around 70! It is still getting down into the 40's at night and it feels like winter... <em>40</em> ...that's New England! <BR> <BR> Heading down to my moms today to talk about her finances and her will. Mom is still talking about going back to work part time and I think that's a good thing for her as she needs something to do and she looks forward to it. She doesn't drive but she can get the Ride like before. She can't st... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:57:30 EST Weekly Check in 5/31-6/6 Hello <BR> <BR> Melissa, so good to see you back in've been busy! Family can take up a lot of time, especially parents. I'm finding that out with my mom. Glad you are back! Post when you can. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope the doc visit went well and they can help you. <BR> <BR> Have not seen Deni in here in over a month. I remember she was having computer problems and I hope she is ok. <BR> <BR> We had to take away my moms pain med as she was taking too many, too close together and wa... Sun, 31 May 2015 10:33:23 EST Weekly Check in 5/24-5/30 Hello <BR> <BR> May is almost over and summer is kind of here. It's still really cold at night sometimes.. the other night it was 37 degrees and the heat came on... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Went down to see mom today at my sisters and she had a cookout for the family. We helped mom get down the stairs so she could sit by the pool and enjoy the party. She did well but had trouble on the stairs. Her feet and ankles are so swollen, she can barely move them...she was very slow but she did it. <... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:03:26 EST Weekly Check in 5/17-5/23 Hi all <BR> Just a quick start today...heading down to see mom and run a few errands for her then spending the night at my daughters to help with the baby. <BR> <BR> Will be back tomorrow! <BR> Hope you are all having a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> Sun, 17 May 2015 12:09:37 EST Weekly Check in 5/10-5/16 <em>184</em> Happy Mother's Day to all the moms! <BR> <BR> Just a quick post to get the week started. <BR> <BR> Mom's surgery went well, she is doing great. They did not have to do the skin graft as the tumor had shrunk down to nothing, so the surgery was much shorter and easier. <BR> <BR> I am heading down to visit mom at the hospital for Mothers Day... <BR> Hope you all are having a great weekend and enjoy your Sunday! <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>26</em> Sun, 10 May 2015 09:37:40 EST Weekly Check in 5/3-5/9 Hi all <BR> Sorry for the late start. I never got online at all yesterday. <BR> <BR> I brought mom to the cardiologist on Friday and she was cleared for surgery. They did not need to do a stress test as all her other tests were fine and they didn't see a need. <BR> <BR> Then I was at my daughters Friday night and stayed most of the day Saturday so she could get some things done around the house. I got home late Saturday afternoon feeling very worn out but didn't sleep well, kept tossing an... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:38:09 EST Weekly Check in 4/26-5/2 Morning! <BR> Wow, last week of April already <BR> <BR> Dorothy, yes mom wears the compression stockings and she needs to take the Lasix as she has had problems with her legs and feet for awhile. She is also incontinent and is supposed to take a med to stop her bladder from spasms but she stopped taking that too. She is her own worst enemy sometimes. The last time she was supposed to have the stress test, she refused the test using the med and then couldn't walk on the treadmill for more tha... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:22:51 EST Weekly Check in 4/19-4/25 Morning all <BR> It seems like April is flying by... <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> My grandsons birthday party is today, the middle child Isaac, is turning 6. He's very excited. My daughter was planning on driving up to the party but Bailey kept her up most of the night so she is staying home. Her mother in law is coming over to help so she can get some sleep. We will see how that goes...I hope she is a help for my daughter and not more work for her. The woman is kind of clueless when it comes t... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:53:26 EST Weekly Check in 4/12-4/18 Hello all <BR> Sorry such a late start to the week. I've been having computer problems and just finally getting back up and running. My Kaspersky antivirus had something wrong with it and it would not finish loading up. Then my whole computer would freeze up and nothing would work, then all the icons would disappear so I would have to do an emergency shut down. Sometimes everything would load up and I was able to get in touch with the company, they sent me the steps to correct the problem. It... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:15:18 EST Weekly Check in 4/5-4/11 <em>449</em> Happy Easter all! <BR> <BR> Heading to my brothers today along with most of the family. Hopefully mom will feel good enough to go as well as my daughter. Bailey has her 1st cold and has been very fussy. Probably caught it from her dad who wasn't feeling well last week. <BR> Got some more cooking to do this morning and get everything packed in the car. I brought an Easter basket for Bailey Thurs so they will open it this morning. I will bring the other 3 grand children their ba... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 08:25:02 EST Weekly Check in 3/29-4/4 Morning all <BR> Hope you are all having a super weekend! The sun is out today and the snow we got yesterday has melted. It will be in the 40's today so a heat wave! <BR> <BR> I have a small gift card for Kohls so I may look for something for Easter for myself or I may get Bailey an outfit. My daughters mom in law got her a Easter outfit that my daughter is not too happy about as the hood has bunny ears. I think it is kind of cute but I thought she might need another outfit. You know NB tend... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:56:00 EST Weekly Check in 3/22-3/28 Morning all <BR> Wow it was a quiet week last week in here for all of us. <BR> <BR> I have spent a lot of time at my daughters this week and we didn't fight or kill each other! hehe...I am going back this afternoon and spending the night again. She is learning a lot from me and I am talking with her like I did the parents at my school, not being judgmental, treating her with respect and sensitivity. She is anxious and feeling down, part of that is being a new parent and part of it is the PP... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:05:33 EST Weekly Check in 3/15-3/21 <em>137</em> Morning all <BR> St Patricks Day this week! <BR> <BR> We got a little snow last night and this morning, but just a little mixed with rain. <BR> <BR> Mom starts radiation and chemo this week, although the chemo pills she will be taking never arrived as there has been a problem with the insurance. The docs office is working on it but not really sure what the problem is. We talked to the docs about what happened last week at her appt. Mom has been complaining all week that she... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 11:31:48 EST I need help Can not get on to reply to others on the weekly check in. If someone can find the heart to help it would be great. I look forward to hear from someone. Thanks Deni <em>239</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:26:00 EST Weekly Check in 3/8-3/14 Hello all <BR> A late start today as I slept in and forgot about the time change. Still trying to figure out how to change the time on my cell phone. I'm used to a phone that automatically changes by itself but not my tracfone. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> On Friday I did test my daughter to find out what was going on and then I decided to just go down to visit without telling her. She was annoyed at first but then opened up about what was going on, the hosp, the nurses, docs etc..and Bailey se... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 12:13:12 EST Weekly Check in 3/1-3/7 Hi all <BR> Late start as I have been on the phone with my sister talking about mom and what we are needing to do to help her. We met with the docs again and she is going to need 5 weeks of radiation and chemo. They want to do this first to shrink the tumor as much as possible. Doing the surgery first is too radical, she will need plastic surgery and will be a difficult recovery. <BR> <BR> So we will need to arrange 5 days a week for 5 weeks for someone to take her into Boston for treatments... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:20:54 EST Weekly Check in 2/22-2/28 Morning all <BR> Just a quick start to the week. We got more snow last night...big surprise! <em>198</em> <BR> I need to get out and shovel and then heading out for my grandsons 3rd birthday party. <BR> <BR> I saw the forecast for the week and no snow is in the forecast for the entire week...have we finally broken out of this loop? Maybe I shouldn't even say that...I might jinx us! <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a good weekend! I am still looking at jobs but feeling very down and dis... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:47:37 EST Weekly Check in 2/15-2/21 Morning all <BR> Snow, snow and more snow...we are stuck in a pattern and already they are talking about the next one. It finally stopped this morning and some are out shoveling or snow blowing. <BR> <BR> I never made it to the movies yesterday. I brought my sister to work as she has been having car troubles again and then I went to the grocery store and got just a couple things, enough to get me till Wed when I get my next check. It started snowing earlier than they originally predicted an... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:31:17 EST Weekly Check in 2/8-2/14 Morning all <BR> A quick post as I just wanted to get us started. <BR> <BR> Today is the baby shower down in MA and even though it is snowing, we are still having it so off I go into the storm. Right now there is only a couple inches and it is barely coming down. I will be able to get there with no trouble as long as I take my's coming back that will be the challenge as the storm is supposed to pick up later this afternoon. The shower goes till 4 but some of us may leave early. <BR... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 07:08:20 EST Hi,I'm new to this team hi everyone. i joined a team challenge also 2day. 30 day walk challenge. i also inviTe U to join the challenge too. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:19:43 EST Weekly Check in 2/1-2/7 Morning all <BR> Hope you are all having a great weekend! February is here already! <BR> Superbowl Day! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> The sun is out, no snow in the forecast for today but we are expecting another foot tomorrow. Mother Nature has not been very nice to us lately. <BR> <BR> I need to get to Babies R Us today and get a baby shower gift for my daughter and then on the way home will stop at the grocery store. I must be crazy to be doing that on a Sunday, the day of the Superbowl a... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:14:04 EST Weekly check in Jan 25 - Jan 31 Good Morning Team <BR> <BR> Up early this AM due to my hands hurting. Got soars all over my hands and now some of them are raw. Had this 3 years ago but this one is worse. <BR> <BR> Cathy heard the weather this morning and they say it will start snowing Monday and will snow till Tuesday. We are to get between 1 to 2 feet A real good one. What day does your Mom have the surgery? Prayers your way. <BR> <BR> Must stop Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:44:36 EST Weekly Check in 1/18-1/24 Morning all <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a good weekend...expecting freezing rain here today which has been causing problems as it makes its way here. <em>27</em> Glad it wasn't here yesterday. Mom and me had a good day, got all the errands done and just spent time together. I drove home after it got dark which was fine as it wasn't raining or snowing and I was able to see well. Sometimes I have a hard time driving at night. <BR> <BR> Deni, sorry you are sick and not feeling well. Hop... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:37:14 EST Weekly Check in 1/11-1/17 Hello all <BR> 17 degrees here which isn't as bad as it was last week, and it's not windy which is better as the wind chill makes it so much worse. <BR> <BR> I got the grocery shopping done yesterday which was Saturday and I know usually busier than during the week but it was way too cold last week with the wind making it below 0. It was crowded and crazy last week as there was a storm on the way and yesterday was even worse because the Patriots <em>281</em> were playing and everyone was... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:50:36 EST Weekly Check in 1/4-1/10 Afternoon all <BR> Sorry so late getting started. The day got away from me, didn't sleep well because of heartburn, finally was able to get to sleep and then overslept. <BR> <BR> We had snow during the night and it was very icey so spent time shoveling and cleaning off the car. Even though my neighbor came over with the snow blower, he only did a small path around the car and walkway. I think I will have to hire someone to do the work as I can't expect my neighbor to do it for me even thoug... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:48:40 EST Weekly Check in 12/28-1/3 Hello all! Sorry so late getting started! <BR> <BR> OMG! The last week of 2014! What a year it has been! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Had a very nice Christmas with the family, spent time with 2 of my nephews I have not seen in awhile. One nephew has been in Texas at school getting his Masters in talented! He played (flute) for us yesterday along with another nephew who plays the piano and 2 of my sisters sang so the Christmas songs were going all day, so beautiful. The kids were... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:09:21 EST Weekly Check in 12/21-12/27 <em>445</em> Merry Christmas week! <BR> So much to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> I am done with shopping as of yesterday...yeah! Now moving on to wrapping and getting the grocery shopping done tomorrow after I figure out what I am making for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. <BR> <BR> Today I am going to a Christmas concert at my sisters church. This the gospel choir group my sis has been singing in for years and I am helping out again with tickets and merchandise. Always a feel good and upli... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:23:22 EST Weekly Check in 12/14-12/20 Morning all <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> Christmas is coming fast, less than 2 weeks and I'm no way near ready. But it always gets done in time. I've seen so many people running around frantically through the stores and not being very nice. I think they are missing the whole point. <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> I am staying home today to rest as I have a cold, just don't feel well at all. I've done some shopping online and I was out yesterday shopping. I can't do too much as my back starts to hur... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:11:02 EST Weekly Check in 12/7-12/13 Hello all! <BR> <BR> Here we go with the video ads again that slows everything down. It takes too long to get anything posted. <BR> <BR> I went to my sons yesterday for a Holiday tree party and was there most of the day. I didn't go to the tree farm as it was raining and I had already gotten soaked that morning when I shoveled the driveway. Everyone came back soaking wet and cold. The kids had fun as they had a huge snowball fight. Everyone found a nice tree. <BR> <BR> Just hanging out to... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:22:12 EST Weekly check in 11/30-12/6 Morning! <BR> The first week of December already! Time to get Christmas on track. I am in the same boat as last year with 0 dollars to spend...I know Christmas is not about money or how much you spend, but it would be nice to have something to give the grandkids. I can't think about it too much...I know it will work out somehow! <BR> <BR> It should be a little warmer here today and tomorrow, in the 40's. It will be good to get the outside lights up. I have to get them out and make sure th... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:19:13 EST Weekly Chek in 11/23-11/29 Hi all <BR> Finally starting to feel normal again, fever is gone, just a sore back from sitting and lying down so much. <BR> The grocery stores will be crowded for Thanksgiving but I am out of everything. Maybe later in the afternoon won't be so bad. <BR> <BR> One of my sisters that went with us has been sick too. She barely got home and started throwing up. I hope no one else has been sick. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving week! <em>429</em> I will be going to my sons again this year and helping ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:25:44 EST 11/16-11/21 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I know Cathy is in Orlando and I didn't check in yesterday so I hope you don't mind me starting a thread for this week. <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great time Cathy! <BR> are you feeling this week? <BR> Dorothy...did it get cold there over the weekend? <BR> much rain did you end up with there? <BR> <BR> Busy but good weekend here. My daughter had her birthday party Saturday at the roller skating rink and it was fun. I got most of the ballet sash... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:27:08 EST Weekly Check in 11/9-11/15 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Wow, the month seems to be flying by already! It's getting colder and colder here. Most of the leaves on the ground have lost their colors, the ones still left on the trees are still colorful. And with the changing of the clocks, it is dark by 5pm... <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Almost done with my packing. I didn't do any grocery shopping...just using up what I have in the fridge. I made chicken soup the other day and saved some in the freezer. I'll be getting home from ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:06:20 EST Weekly Check in 11/2-11/8 Morning all! <BR> Did you remember to set the clocks back an hour last night? <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn't check in here all week except for last Sunday. I was quite exhausted most of the week and slept a lot, falling asleep on the couch and sleeping through the alarm. <BR> <BR> I saw a new primary last Monday and he checked my Vitamin B-12, Vit. D and as usual my thyroid, which always shows normal even though I have many of the symptoms of low thyroid. B-12 was good but my ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:44:45 EST Weekly Check in 10/26-11/1 Hi all <BR> <BR> Very late start to the week. The grandkids slept over last night and then I brought them home this morning. My son and DIL had a Halloween party and my daughter and new son in law were at the party and then stayed over so I had a chance to visit with them. Her belly is growing, she is 20 the 1/2 way point. She looks wonderful and happy. I'm so excited about a new grand child. It feels different with a daughter. <BR> <BR> Last week of October...Halloween is this w... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:05:03 EST Weekly check in 10/19-10/25 Morning all and happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> This month seems to be flying by. Lots of leaves on the ground here and many more still to come down. I have beautiful yellow and orange leaves right outside my kitchen window and the room where I have the computer. Too bad the colors don't last long. <BR> <BR> Had an enjoyable day with mom and yes everything was about Disney and the plans. She's like a little kid in a candy store when talking about Disney. We leave Nov. 13, less than 4 weeks. <BR> ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:43:29 EST Weekly Check in 10/12-10/18 Happy Sunday all <BR> <BR> It must have been a busy week for all of us. I know I have been very tired and my plan to get up early has gone out the window. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I babysat all day Thursday for the 2 year old, Cameron, as he has been sick all week with bronchitis. My son and daughter in law have both missed work this week to stay home with him so I babysat so they could work. It was a fun day with him as the antibiotics were finally starting to work and his appetite was co... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:23:05 EST Weekly check in 10/5-10/11 Morning all <BR> Very tired this morning, I slept well and got about 8 hours in. I think I'm feeling very down. I have been doing the job search every day and not finding anything out there for part time or closer to home. Most everything I see is full time and more than an hour away or it's not for something I have been trained for. Will be meeting with my employment specialist this week, hopefully she has more ideas on where to go from here. <BR> <BR> I may be seeing the grandkids later as... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:42:31 EST Weekly Check in 9/28-10/4 Hi all <BR> Wow! The last week of September, where has the time gone? <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful time with the grandkids and their cat wasn't too bad. He wasn't as crazy during the night and I think on a better schedule now, sleeping more at night. So I was more able to sleep. My son and dil didn't get home till really late, maybe 1 am? I was awake around 5am and could not get back to sleep. I heard the 5 year old get up and go into their room and was making all kinds of noises and trying to ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:17:58 EST Weekly check in 9/21-9/27 Hi all <BR> <BR> Late start today. I decided to try the new church again this morning and my neighbor came with me again. I don't think I will be going back, I just don't feel connected at all. I've only gone 2x so maybe I need to go a few more times before really deciding. It's too loud, too glitzy. The whole thing is about an hour and a half and the pastor only talks about 20-25 minutes. The rest of the time is music, announcements and other people talking about all the goings on. <BR> <... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:17:58 EST Weekly check in 9/14-9/20 Morning all <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> It is really getting cooler here especially at night, down into the 40's and 50's and around 70 or less during the day. I actually had to put the heat on last night. <BR> <BR> I went to my granddaughters soccer game yesterday morning and then stayed at their house till afternoon. I spent time with the kids, my son was outside getting wood cut up for the wood stove and he cut down a dead tree in the backyard. It was quite large and needed to come down e... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:23:56 EST Weekly check in 9/7-9/13 Happy Sunday all! <BR> <BR> We never got the bad storm that was predicted, just some light rain. It skipped over us, thank goodness as there were tornado warnings and flooding along with it as well. The storms brought some cooler weather..was very humid yesterday. <BR> <BR> Going with my neighbor to a new church close to home. We have both been wanting to check it out. I have seen some of the sermons broadcast on TV and I wasn't impressed. They just did not resonate with me if you know what... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:27:52 EST Weekly check in 8/31-9/6 Morning all and happy Sunday <BR> <BR> Wanted to get us started as I am heading over to the grandkids this morning. My son and DIL are away for the weekend at a wedding. The other grandma spent yesterday and last night with them and I'll be taking over about noon and staying the night. They should be back tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> I will be sleeping in my sons room so I can shut the door to keep their new crazy cat out as he runs around all night. The other grandma just texted me that th... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:30:34 EST Weekly check in 8/24-8/30 Morning all and happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> The sun is out today and it will be a little warmer than it has been the last week, around 80, and should be like that all this week. It was starting to feel more like the Fall. <BR> <BR> Nothing much going on here today. I need to narrow down my search for a primary care doc based on what my rheumy recommended and from the web site <BR> <BR> I had heard this was going to be another snowy winter and the squirrels here have been espe... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:18:55 EST Weekly check in 8/17-8/23 Morning all <BR> Just want to get us started for the week. Haven't been online at all with mom here. Heading out soon for my granddaughters 9th birthday party. Having an enjoyable weekend with mom. I miss spending time with her..we've been having some deep meaningful conversations, had a visit with my sister, doing some shopping...she's such a joy to be around. <BR> <BR> Anyway, time to get ready! <BR> Cathy Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:47:47 EST Weekly check in 8/10-8/16 Hi all <BR> Sorry so late getting started. I babysat 2 of the grandkids yesterday from 8am and then slept over. My son, DIL and granddaughter didn't get home till after midnight and I did not sleep most of the night. They have a new cat that was mischevous all night and I was in a lot of pain and I was either too cold or too hot. <BR> <BR> I just got home and heading to my bed soon to take a nap. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a nice weekend <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:54:10 EST Weekly check in 8/3-8/9 Morning all <BR> <BR> Up a little earlier this morning but have to walk around awhile before I can sit at the computer. For some reason, it hurts my back if I sit down first thing in the morning. <BR> <BR> It is cloudy and cool this morning and is supposed to rain the next few days. Not much going on today. Still trying to get exercise in everyday. I walked outside the other day up to the mailbox and back. It's about a mile and I have been doing a mile or more but for some reason this time ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:34:34 EST Weekly Check In 27july - 2Aug Good Day All <BR> <BR> Got up early this morning so here I am starting us this week. It was raining preety good this morning. Has stopped for nowbut does not look good. Each week it sms like a carbon copy of last week. That is how it goes living in New England. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a good weekend. <BR> <BR> Must close. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:41:09 EST Weekly Check in 7/20-7/26 Morning all and happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> July seems to be marching along! <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Another beautiful sunny day here. Not much going on today except some cleaning and will do some sweeping outside as the walkway and deck are covered with pine needles, branches, leaves. I may pick up/rake all the sticks and branches in the yard too. My lawn guy just mows over everything or uses the blower to push things around. It won't be hot today and those biting flies shouldn't be out. <B... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:47:53 EST Weekly Check in 7/13-7/19 Morning all <BR> Thanks for the understanding the other day of letting me vent. I know I have to be patient and have faith that God is working for me and something will come along. <BR> <BR> Another beautiful day here, in the 70's and breezy. I opened a few windows this morning to let the fresh cool air in before it gets too warm out. <BR> <BR> I made an appointment with Aspen Dental...they are doing free appointments for people without insurance for a check up and x-rays and then a discoun... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:55:30 EST Weekly Check in 7/6-7/12 Morning all! <BR> Spent the day yesterday down in MA with the family. My sister hosted the 4th of July this year a day later since it rained so much the last couple days. They have a pool and a nice area for the kids to play. Everyone brought salads, deserts etc..we all had a great time. The weather was beautiful in the 70's and breezy. Some walked down to the fireworks later and some of us didn't. I drove down with my sister and her kids, we left as the fireworks started. <BR> <BR> Feeling... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 09:28:51 EST Weekly check in 6/29-7/5 Hi all, <BR> Sorry so late getting started. I was at the grandkids last night babysitting and just got home. I slept better there this time and the cat wasn't going crazy all night. But I'm achy and sore anyway and from going up and down the stairs so much. But I enjoyed the time with them. <BR> <BR> I can't believe that it's 4th of July this week. My sister who lives in MA is having a party...this is my younger sister that mom lives with...the party is on the 3rd and the fireworks are that ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:05 EST Weekly check in 6/22-6/28 Morning all <BR> Another beautiful sunny day although it was quite cold last night and had the extra blanket on. <BR> <BR> The recital yesterday was fun and cute. My granddaughter did a hip hop dance and her group was quite good. They were all moving together and also did separate moves, no one got lost or forgot what to do. My granddaughter even did a move herself called the 'coffee grinder'...she had to balance herself on both hands and 1 foot while she swung the other leg around and then... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:07:39 EST Meds are working and I'm feeling so much better My crazy med is finally not causing as much nausea, just right after I take it on Wednesday, and all day Thursday, but it's not nearly as intense. I still have the loss of appetite but it's not as severe and myf fatigue is going away. Plus I'm on the correct antidepressant which has made a WORLD of difference. And the lupus med is giving me relief from my inflammation and joint pain! <BR> <BR> I'm going to exercise today and I'm starting Slim in 6 (I was able to get it for $24! ) on Monday.... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:07:04 EST Weekly check in 6/15-6/21 Morning all! <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads! <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Yeah, the sun is out and it should be a nice, warm day! I don't have any plans, just trying to get through the math and locating information lessons. I am on the last level, final quiz for locating info and just can't seem to pass it, it's quite a challenge! They give you 8 tries and I've tried 5x already...ugghh. And the math is challenging...I will try them both 1 more time and then I'm th... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:59:48 EST Weekly check in 6/8-6/14 Morning all <BR> Sorry I haven't been checking in this week, been so busy with my workshop, appointments and family graduations. I have another graduation party today and promised my sister I would come early and help her set up as she will be at church till late morning. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get us started this week. <BR> I will be back later today <BR> Cathy Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:07:54 EST Weekly Ck In 1 June - 7 June Hello just a quick hi to get things going. Have a very busy week ahead with Docs and xrays. Already feel tired so this week will wear me out. <BR> <BR> Cathy hope you had a good time this weekend and all went well' <BR> <BR> Dorothy good buy on charcoal. <BR> <BR> Rick and Melissa prayers for quick recovery. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:41:15 EST Weekly check in 5/25-5/31 Hi all <BR> Just a quick start to get us going. My back hurts too much to sit so I'm standing and typing. Woke up like this and don't know why. <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a good weekend <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 25 May 2014 15:16:36 EST Weekly Check In 18 May -24 May Good Morning <BR> <BR> Computer acting up again dont have much time. Hope everyone has a great Sunday Wanted to get you started. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 18 May 2014 08:55:12 EST Weekly Check in 5/18-5/24 Morning all <BR> The sun is out here again today, hope it stays out. Would like to get out for a walk around the park. Will also be taking some time to organize a few files and find a place for all the books from my classes. I really could use another bookcase but it will have to wait. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope the infection in your foot gets better soon. It doesn't take much to get an infection, just an accident like you had dropping ... Sun, 18 May 2014 08:51:17 EST