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I get that! Getting myself ready to shower, the whole process, leaves me weak as a kitten. I think it's the warmer water and since I know my skin nerves are a bit "raw" it's difficult to tolerate all the water pummeling down on me. Makes me uncomfortable, and I never used to be like this. I don't use hot water because it seems to be just too much of a shock to my system. I get it why elder people tend to take sink/washcloth baths. Maybe they can't tolerate all that stimulation?

We have been having rain, 5 days worth. It was refreshing here in Arizona. Although I liked it, I was more achy and sore while the weather changed back and forth. I get it why my Grams used to say she ached when it rained or weather turned cold.

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2/2/15 10:30 P

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When I take a shower I'm like a wet Marshmallow. I sit in a shower chair and after I dry off there, I sit for twenty minutes trying to get myself up and out of the room. I usually go to bed until the uproar in my body quiets down. emoticon

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Hi MARTY!
So good to see your post. Our team has been slow for a few months. I agree about the shower. It exhausts me and heaven forbid if I accidentally drop my bar of soap! You sounded Springy and positive. Great to hear!

I have been using my Quad TENS/IF/EMS/Micro unit. My Marine friend taught me how to use the IF mode. WOW! He also prodded me into buying a set of 2" x 4" electrode pads. WOW again! What a difference using the larger pads and the IF mode together!!! I was amazed. Before I started using it yesterday, it was time to take a pain pill as I was in great pain. After I started using it, the pain slipped away and it was 3 hours before I needed meds. The problem with using the unit for pain, is I have so many areas to do that are painful. It takes hours to treat them. Just sayin...

Sometimes it feels that my entire day is wrapped around doing this or that to combat the pain. Does anyone else feel that way?

Today is craft day and I am making 2 batches of soaps. FUN to do.

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1/18/15 12:33 P

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I just finished my shower. I consider this exercise as I am in so much pain when I do it. I sweat, I have to remember to breath, I keep repeating "I can't stand it". At least I don't cry anymore, though I do well up some times.

I am just so thankful that I can stand, walk, and control my bladder and bowels.

Drug free for me. Time to go, have much to do today.

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Where is everyone??? Holiday busyness maybe? I know I have hardly been online for weeks now.
Hope all are doing okay. Andrea, I did get a Pilates video but haven't used it yet. Also there are some Pilates moves that can be done on Total Gym too, I just haven't looked into that either. I'm such a slug all this year...LOL.

It's so cold here. Cold makes me ache in the oddest places. My hands, this is the first time my hands have ever really hurt. I guess the aches and pains kind of sneak up on one as we get older. Gosh, I never used to think about getting older until the last year or so. I am trying to be positive and optimistic. It's difficult some days, about 50/50. 6 years ago every day was good. I want to age gracefully! That's my plan anyhow....

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I'm not having so many good days right now. I can't get in a see a rheumatologist until January, PM&R says physical therapy. PCP doesn't want to get involved. PT doesn't help and I'm still doing Pilates. Not sure what my next step is, but there are days I literally spend half of it crying in pain.
As for videos, honestly I've never used one. I've watched some of the videos on this website www.doyogawithme.com/ . Even though it's a yoga site, it does have some Pilates videos. The most important thing in a Pilates video is that the instructor offer modifications as a part of the video. I know there are some on youtube as well.

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Sleep. I got my days and nights mixed up. After working nights my whole life, it's an ongoing battle to sleep at night.

Pain, the usual. Good and bad days.

Andrea, I want to order a pilates video, are there any you'd recommend?

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10/22/14 10:45 A

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It's funny how predictable prednisone is. The side effects and how it works. I know exactly how I'm going to feel on which day of the burst. I'm not sure that's necessarily a good thing since it means that I do need it a lot, but I guess it's good that it's the same every time.
I've been having a hard time getting work outs in lately. My Pilates teacher has been gone more than working, and because of my back flare up I don't want to do anything which does seem to make me worse so I've been doing less than I should be.
Plus, we've been so busy getting ready for then having my SIL and nephew here and now getting the house back to normal, that I've had lots of activity, just not the usual kind.

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Andrea, I have to laugh about the steroid burst. I've done it a few times so I can relate.
Just know, I get it, what you said about being grumpy. I was always hungry, like a bottomless pit. IDK why it makes you ravenously hungry either, but it does.


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10/18/14 10:53 P

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I'll have to look into it more. I'm glad you're finding something that works for you.
Ricka's doing pretty well. We started a new medication but she ended up with some pretty terrible side effects and more seizures instead of less so we weaned her back off the meds. We're working on getting her back to normal.
I do Pilates with a video sometimes, but honestly I'm more motivated when I have to actually go there. Plus, my form is super important because of all the random issues I have. So, I'll probably end up doing a group class as part of my membership to the place where I swim, and then take a duet class with my aunt if I can find someone to do it.
This weekend my sister in law and nephew are visiting us this weekend. It's very weird. She's never made any effort to get to know us. She made it very clear from the beginning that she has her own family and doesn't need another. This morning we went to Eastern Market (a huge farmer's market in Detroit) which was fun. We got so many good things that it's a lot of fun. This afternoon everyone got a nap except me, so I'm kind of grumpy. Plus, I'm in the midst of a steroid burst so things aren't perfectly smooth sailing for me.

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DMSO, dimethyl sulfoxide. Used on horses or other animals. A topical liquid, clear. Will crystalize if it gets too cold. It Kills pain real good. Some people believe in using it, others don't. Personally, I'm not afraid of using it. My horses never suffered from it. I used it last night and it killed the crazy foot pain my soles have at bedtime. It was 20 on Amazon for 16 oz. Plus $ for the rollon bottles. It works and is better than taking other drugs or more pain killers, not that my MD would give me....lol. Honestly, the pain killers don't help my feet anyhow. I figure it's neuropathic pain, so that's why the DMSO works so well. I used on my neck too and wow, went to bed with no neck pain. Can't wait to get the rollon bottles, next wednesday!

Sorry you're having hard time finding Pilates instructor. I know you live a bit rural too. That would make it even harder. Hope you find one soon. What about a DVD? I know the Pilates Reformer machine costs a bundle. I do some Pilates on my Total Gym. I want to buy the DVD for Pilates TGym.

How is Ricka doing? Hopefully well. Are yu recuperated from your back tweak? from moving Ricka? Hope so.

These days have been busy for me too so I've not posted much either. The team wall has killed most all teams and I've heard the same from other team leaders too. It's not jsut me. SP did at least change it so you can only post so many characters which helps. Heck, one Wall post was about 6 inches long! A while back.

Wow, we're both having nice weather! Enjoy it while we can. Winter will be here soon. Well, Arizona winter is more like your spring. But, again, summer here is awful. I am soooooo glad it's over. I know it will be here again, time goes by so fast the older you get!

Gotta go. Ive a few chores to do before bedtime. I don't want to look at dirty kitchen tomorrow coffeetime. Ugh. Clean K makes me smile in the mornings.


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10/16/14 10:14 P

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I have to admit I'm not very active in most of the teams I'm a member of. A lot of the time I just don't have anything to say, and I don't want to say something just for the sake of it.
I'm getting frustrated with trying to find a new Pilates instructor actually. They are either not answering my messages, ignoring my messages, or are so far out of my price range that it's crazy. A few don't teach duet classes (only single classes), which I need because my aunt joins me once a week for a class. I'm still searching for more people to ask, but I'm starting to run out of faith in the system. With all the random things I have, I'll probably be even more limited once I find a person who is reasonable.
Interestingly our weather is about the same, sort of. Today the high was 64, which was AWESOME! Good weather always makes people happy, so I'm glad that it's helping you too.
What is DMSO? Is it a topical thing? I've never heard of it. Hopefully you find something that will work. For some reason, I'm having crazy foot cramps tonight which are driving me nuts now. Last Friday I called to ask for a steroid burst and the doctor acted like I was asking for full on narcotics. They were going to call in Motrin 800s. I told them not to bother since they don't work. She sounded surprised by that. I told her that I've needed narcotics 3 times this week and they weren't enough, but they were expecting Motrin to work? She put me on hold, came back telling me I should go to an urgent care to be evaluated. I told her nope, I have to pay $250 plus 20% of everything for them to tell me they don't know and that I need an MRI. I told her to forget it, I'd just call the pain clinic on Monday. She put me on hold AGAIN, and eventually came back saying they'd call in 4 days of a burst but I have to call back on Monday because my regular doctor would be back in the office. I called Monday morning and talked to the nurse. Apparently the person I talked to last on Friday had written in the notes that I was going to urgent care and they weren't expecting further action from me. She started laughing when I told her the story, except she was also apologizing. They called in the rest of the steroid burst for me. I'm still frustrated by it all. I have ongoing sometimes extreme issues in lots of joints, but right now primarily in my back, made much worse by the car accident in January. I wasn't asking for hard core narcotics, just steroids for the 3rd time this year. I typically get them once a quarter. They work and I'm good for a while.
In good news in my world though, I'm taking a math class (I need a specific math and statistics class to finish my B.S.), and I'm taking the math class at my local community college. I've taken it at the university where I'm doing my degree and couldn't pass it, and there were no opportunities for help. At my community college my emails are answered within hours not days, and my midterm grade posted this morning is a resounding A. First time I've ever done this well in a math class since like 3rd grade. I'm pretty happy with it. It doesn't hurt that this particular instructor I've had before for a different math class and I really enjoyed it so I was excited to have her again.

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Hi Andrea,
Yep, all my teams are only using the Team Wall. Oh well. It made me lose my daily SP habit since the Wall is just not personal like chatting is. On many teams I was chatting with myself.

Ooh, sorry to hear of the snapping and popping, especially the sciatica. I think it is the absolute worst pain! I know it's been a few days since you posted that, so I'm hoping it's already gotten significantly better.

Wow, having to change/find new Pilates instructor is almost like finding a new MD. Sounds like you will have to teach them what works for you.

Our weather here is finally changed too--for the better. It is 63 degrees this morning, and may get up to 88 or so today. Still better than 110. With the cooler weather, I feel like my good nature has returned again emoticon . I just woke up at 7 and took pain pill since last was 9 hours earlier, then fell back to sleep until 8am. I really like not waking up to pain. Instead I got to wake up to the howling dog, and the guy in house behind mine who is using an electric saw. Still, not as bad as waking to pain!

I still have the awful foot pain at bedtime. I ordered DMSO for that, also some empty rollon bottles like deodorant bottles. I'm not against using DMSO, as back when I had horses, I had it for them, and ended up using it on my broken leg and it did take away all the bone pain at night. Day too. Even my dentist used it on my face for facial swelling due to a local anesthetic shot. But I still want to do some more research on it before I go whole hog with using it. I'll let you know what I find out.

Gotta go. Need breakfast and movement.

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10/8/14 3:29 P

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I'm glad you're starting to feel better. It's always hard to get things done or even feel not depressed when things hurt. While doing something for my sister Monday, she was not cooperating and something happened. My back hurts, my hip hurts, and I'm pretty sure my sciatic nerve is pinched again. So far the pain is getting slightly better each day, but it's not a significant increase which has been really hard for me. I also found out last week that my Pilates instructor is moving to TN because her husband got a promotion. So, I'm working on finding a new instructor, but so far I'm not having much luck finding someone with the even close to the same level of knowledge of body mechanics and rehab stuff.
We are starting to have fall weather here though which is nice since I do like the 55-65 degree days. The leaves are changing which makes everything both beautiful and messy at the same time as the leaves fall.

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Hi Andrea,
It seems that few members post in the Daily CHat. I feel it is because of the team wall quick post. People only post a status there. I dislike the team wall feature, in fact, I absolutely HATE it. In ALL my teams, members now only post a quick status. I think it was a very bad move for SP to do. It stops most all of the communication that was once going on daily. I've talked to SP about this. Nothing has been done about it. Very sad.

Otherwise, all is well. I've been using my total gym, and doing well. Taking it slow. I did get back full range of motion in my left shoulder using it several times a day. It hurt at first, but now very little achiness.

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9/22/14 11:53 A

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Hi Phyllis,
I've noticed that things don't always post here for some reason. I guess there's just another downside of technology sometimes. Although you're probably seeing a lot of downsides right now considering you're also having computer problems. Technology can be so great, but also so frustrating.
I'm glad your tests came back negative, although it does make it harder to figure out how to regain the strength you've lost. It's always so amazing to me how medications can do so much more damage than good sometimes. It's like drug companies just don't care about the other side effects as long as the drug does what it's supposed to do.
I still have side effects from a medication I stopped taking more than 5 years ago. But mine are cognitive side effects. I have slower processing abilities and don't think quite as quickly as before the medication. Plus it didn't work. So I sort of understand. I do since I have long standing completely frustrating side effects, but mine aren't physical.
We've closed our pool, it's really clear that fall is here with winter close behind. We're down in the low 40s at night already. The high today is 63. Actually, I kind of like this type of weather. I don't like when it's really hot (anything over 75), and cold weather is hard on me. But this is perfect.
We're trying to get into a routine now that the kids are back in school and there is a somewhat regular schedule again. Last week I stayed where I nanny from Monday morning until about midnight Wednesday night because both of their parents had to go out of town. It was a good time, and everything was fine, but it's just different being gone when I do spend kind of a lot of time at home with my sister. The kids and I got everything we needed to done, and things were fine, I was just glad to be home.


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Andrea,
I posted a long reply to your last post. Now I come back and it's not even here! So annoying! I don't even know where to begin to try to repeat what I had said. I guess best wishes and I'm sorry you were having to go through all that, and hoped things got better really soon, and I could read your frustrations.


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9/7/14 6:58 P

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I'm so frustrated. We haven't had power for more than 48 hours and we're looking at probably another 2 days without power. I'm taking an online math class this semester and now haven't had access to the class in almost 3 days (I was working most of the day Friday, then we lost power). I'm so far behind and I don't understand the material already. I got through 24 of the 31 problems without a hitch, but now I've missed 2 problems because I just don't get it. I'm following the formulas, but not sure what I'm doing wrong. Ugh.
Thankfully we do have a generator, but we have to be careful with it. It used to have the capacity to run our entire house, but now it can no longer do that. The upside is that after it being literally 95 degrees here Friday, yesterday and today have been in the low 70s.
Another thing I should be grateful for is that I replaced a part on our freezer's ice chute/dispenser which would have cost several hundred dollars had it required an repair tech visit. The part cost about $50 including shipping. Hooray!

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Ponselle, thank you, my test isn't until the 9th....ugh!

Andrea, I mix it with a full cup of water, and chase it with more water, sipping, not guzzling. Now if you may retain water due to the sodium, but I counter that with less salt in and on foods.

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Misscus how did your testing go? When I read you had to go through that I prayed you did well. I hope they figured out what is what and can help you.


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8/29/14 11:29 P

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How do you take the baking soda? Do you mix it with water or anything? I've been trying to figure out ways to manage pain without medication.
My migraines are weird. I have a very definite visual aura that comes first. It comes in stages so I know at what stages which medications or tricks will work. The migraine that I've had has been different than the others so it's been weird for me. Usually the steroid burst works, but this time I think the weather is playing into this migraine since I'm at the end of the burst without the usual relief from it.
The kids are getting ready to go back to school. Everyone's excited about it, but also sad summer's ending. The kids I nanny for enjoy school and they've been so busy this summer that they haven't had much down time anyway, so going back to school will almost be easier for them than what they've been doing this summer.

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Andrea,

Yesterday, I took 2 tsp of baking soda out of desperation of pain. I was again amazed an hour after taking it that my muscle pain died down to almost zero. SO, my thoughts on that is it is caused from lactic acid build up within my muscles which also irritate my nerves.

I hope your migraine goes away. I've never had one. I have no clue about how they feel, except imaginably, they are horrible!

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8/22/14 11:39 P

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Where are they doing the EMG? I think the location of it really determines how much it hurts. I didn't mean to scare you... They said my wrist and arm hurt so much because it was smaller nerves and muscles. I think to some extent the more nerve and muscle damage the less it hurts since it's testing the the nerve connection. I had no muscle or nerve involvement in my wrist (it was torn cartilage catching like a hangnail) so it hurt a lot. I had a lot of muscle and nerve involvement in my neck and shoulders so those hurt less. They did one on my back and I felt virtually nothing since the nerves were so impeded by the time they got around to it.
I'm not sure what caused my migraines. It could simply have been the stress of life the past few weeks. My neurologist called me in a prednisone burst, but because his office was recently switched to a corporate office I had to go in anyway. While talking him he told me about a theory coming out of the University of Michigan that claims that if there is inflammation anywhere in the body, of any type, in a person predisposed to migraines they are likely to get one. Because I had the allergic reaction as well as the insane stomach problems, the gash on my leg, and a bunch of stress, he is assuming I definitely had some inflammation going on. I'm pretty likely to have inflammation somewhere on any given day. Plus Friday night a family friend passed away after a long struggle with a brain cancer/tumor. It's one of those situations that is sad, but we're also grateful that she's not suffering anymore because she suffered a lot in the past few months. Things are getting better. The prednisone is making my migraine lessen, my leg is feeling better, my back is feeling better since my Pilates instructor is back, and today was a good day out with Ricka, my friend and her kids so things are getting back to normal.
Ricka didn't mean to hurt me, although she was purposely not cooperating. She doesn't have the ability to think things through or think of the potential consequences in some situations. To her, it wouldn't occur to her that by throwing her weight and therefor her chair around I might get hurt if I'm standing in front of her. She just doesn't have the thought process. She does mean to pinch or hit us sometimes, but this wasn't like that. She didn't want to stand up from her chair on her foot that hurt. I don't blame her, but I was mad at her for a while. My leg still looks awful but the pain is mostly gone. I'm probably going to have a pretty awesome scar...I'll have to make up an awesome story to go with it. emoticon It's been long enough that the bones are healing and she's starting to have less pain which has been great for everyone.
Could you put a pillow behind you in the new chair? That might give a little extra comfort. I go back and forth with how I feel about my office chair. Some days it feels great, other days I can barely walk when I stand up from it. Not slouching is a good thing generally though.
I was very lucky that both of my grandmothers lived within driving distance and I always saw them frequently. I have great memories of both of them and wouldn't trade those for anything. Sometimes those memories are phone conversations so I'm glad that you're able at least talk to them for an extended period of time. They will always remember that you called them Miss. How old are they? I'm one of the people that have a hard time telling someone I love them, so I can understand their reluctance if they don't see you often, but that doesn't make it any easier for you.

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Darnnit, now I wish I had of taken up the author on the Migraine eBook offer. I could have sent it to you. IDK if it is a good book or not, but I could find his email and give you the link to his book??? You never know what will help. SO, what has changed in your life, diet or otherwise that could have began the migraines? Have you looked back on things? To try to find a possible clue to the cause?

I liked the turkey stories. I do love bird type creatures. They are truly sooo much smarter than people give them credit for. Yeah, I had two chickens, Jake and Irma, who were sooo smart! I hatched them from eggs for my son's school project. They would even take a nap with me and I'd fall asleep scratching them everywhere. Lovable little chickens! What fun that turned out to be too. We had them for about 8 years. One flew away in a storm, and the other got out of the yard and was found smushed on the highway. Sad endings. Made me sad and I even cried for a few weeks. Not constantly, only when I was reminded. I am such a soft hearted fool!

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Phyllis, I'm glad that you're starting to feel better. Is the muscle damage something that can be reversed or is it permanent? Hopefully things will continue to improve though. Have you had an EMG before? I've had several and OMG they are the absolute worst things ever. I took pain pills beforehand and still cried my way through the wrist one. The neck one wasn't as bad, and the shoulder one wasn't too bad considering how much having my arm/wrist done was.
I can't imagine having to go through that many uses of you. While its use may be appropriate, I've never understood why people don't understand the correct usage of words like that. When I was younger my grandma would talk to me and ask me which version of the word should be used. She drilled me on things like that all the time. I didn't need speech therapy (I had a lisp) because she worked with me so much. I remember it in a good way though and am grateful she cared enough to do it.
I am having a terrible week. My sister crashed her chair into my leg and left a GIGANTIC gash that still hurts like 14 days later. About 10 days ago I started having this awful allergic reaction to something (don't know what) that left me with oozing blisters on my face. Thankfully the blisters are gone now, but the skin feels weird, is still itchy, and now is peeling. I got a steroid cream for that. For the last 5-6 days I've had major stomach issues that I can't figure out, although they seem to be lessening right now. Now for the last several days I've had migraines like I haven't had in years. I've used half my rescue meds and I've had them 6 months without using any. I'm not sure what's going on. Thankfully I've got a great neurologist who is calling me in a steroid burst to start today even though he can't see me until Thursday. That's why I've stuck with him for like 15 years through several company changes.
Sorry for whining. With everything else going on, my back is like an afterthought which I guess is good since it means that it can't hurt too much or I'd notice it more. My sister's foot seems to be doing better as she'll walk on it a little bit which is awesome.
At the moment there is a family of wild turkeys in my yard. My dogs haven't noticed them yet, so it's fun to watch them walk around the yard and eat things. There's a particular bush on the treeline that must have great berries on it or something since they seem to like it a lot. I think there are 8 baby turkeys wandering around. It's been fun to watch them grow this summer. They've been hanging around our yard all summer.

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Welcome Shalindra (sorry if I misspelled your name) to our little group. I am sorry I was not here to greet you, thankfully dear Andrea did. She's a good gal!

Andrea, yes, I am here. Just been busy, as usual. I finally finished that book edit last Wednesday and it took twice as long as the typical edit. It had 3,986 forms of you, you've, you're, your, you'd, etc. They were all wrong. I got tired of fixing them one by one, so I did a find and then read each one for correct use, and then fixed it. What a pain in the behind! But, I've now educated the author on that matter. BTW, that is a total of 16 pages of just those you you're words, etc. Of course, it is not a bad thing, since the author was talking to the reader, so it was appropriate. I will be starting on his fiction novel in a month and THAT is going to be an all engrossing endeavor. But before I start that book, I am taking a month because I NEED to work on my own writing projects. My one book I have planned to publish by October 1st, and the other, by Oct 31. The first book, can be done easily, the second deadline is kind of a lofty goal...LOL...but I'll try! Without setting goals, nothing would get done in my office.

Regarding pain. I've done well. I find that taking that teaspoon a day of baking soda, makes a tremendous difference in my muscle pain, and pain in general, and doing it daily, pain is at a minimum. I've also began putting a scoop of my protein, vanilla, in each of my two cups of espresso in the morning. This is helping. IDK if I have put more muscle on, but I feel much stronger. I have also added 100 lbs to the Total Gym for doing squats but only beginning with 70 lbs added, with 30 more to work toward adding. THAT has made a difference in my leg strength within 2 weeks. I can now stand from a chair without using my arms for help. I am impressed with my accomplishment.


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Doing the floor from the chair works as long as the floor gets clean. I sort of feel like as long as it gets done, the specifics aren't important.
I'm actually doing okay pain wise today which is awesome considering I drove about 4 hours (2 ish hours each way) to take the younger child I nanny for to a car museum. We walked around for about 4 hours, which can be really hard on me sometimes. I'm really glad we went. The museum actually was really cool and a lot of fun. We took a bunch of pictures, so I'm sure those will take a few days to get through.
Phyllis? Are you around? You haven't written a message in a few days....

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Wow sounds like a very full day.. Sounds like you need to curl up with a book, get your feet up and relax!

I agree, doing the floors just hurts.. my kitchen is in bad need of a floor scrubbing.. thinking of maybe trying sitting in my chair.. it aint cheating if it works.. right?
Try as I could today, got nothing done I wanted to do, I did get the cat and dog their bath and flea treatment, so I did get something accomplished I guess :) Its 7pm haven't started supper.. really dot want to kind of night but I need to find something simple... hope you have a relaxing evening!

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I HATE vacuuming. It hurts my back like little else can. Unfortunately I'm the only one in my house who will do it. Although last week my visiting 12 year old cousin vacuumed my entire house for me. She helps me with all kinds of things and I'm so grateful to her.
My first full day back with the kids was long. The older one came back from camp with enough stuff that it looked like she was moving back in. Plus we had to take her friend home, so even my good sized SUV was pretty full.
Right now I'm at the younger one's tennis lesson. Thankfully my sister LOVES watching him play tennis and she's able to follow the ball pretty reliably so it's sort of like a break for me while we're sitting here.
It's been pouring for 2 days following 2 days of crazy hot heat so my body is in survival mode. Everything hurts, and I really just want to be curled up in the chair with a book or a movie, but sadly after tennis we're going to the grocery store, then we're making lunch for tomorrow and then we'll be watching a movie later. I'm excited about that part.

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Its a new day! Living room vacuumed, work out started... easy goes it, take my time... got a really healthy bfast, now on to the rest of the day!
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Thanks for the reply Anidlh, not much helps at this point... sometimes I get relief when I do my stretches but afterwards well back to the same ole pain... It sounds like you have your hands full , my goodness, I hope your back gives you some rest. That sounds so very painful for your sister... goodness

I think using the chair when I need it is the best as well.. I just have to get a little thicker skin as they say when it comes to others comments. I thank you so much for taking time out to reply and I hope you have a fantastic visit with the children.

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Hi Shalindra, I'm sorry you're having a hard time. Is there anything that helps your pain? I know that everyone's pain is so different and is made worse or better by vastly different things. I have specific exercises I can do that seem to help me deal with my pain.
I am not at the point where I need a chair, but I know the feeling of having to deal with becoming more disabled. It's probably one of the hardest things to deal with. However, if using the chair makes your life easier I would use it sometimes and not push it, then push it on easier days.
I also totally understand your anger when people comment. Their comments, although well meaning, only highlight all of the problems you must deal with everyday.
I'm having a hard time right now, because as it turns out, my sister's foot is broken in 5 places. Because she is already mostly not weight bearing and not mobile the decision was made to not wrap it as that would be overkill since her fractures are stable and she would have a really hard time mentally with any type of cast. But the fractures mean that she's able to do even less for herself than usual which means I'm doing much more and it does hurt my back.
I'm back at my nanny job full time tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it. The kids have been at sleep away camps, in India, and next week are going to be in Florida, so I'm going to enjoy the time I have with them.

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Its been one of those months for me. My favorite time of year but with all the rain my pain level remains through the roof. I have been trying to loose weight and upped my workout which brought even more pain so for the last two weeks I have basically just been moving around the house and occasionally taking the dog for walk/rides.I never ever go shopping without my chair, just cant walk for more than 5 minutes at a time.

I am having a really hard time with resigning myself to the wheel chair, some days I hurt so much I just don't even want to stand at all. There is such a mix of emotions with that one, then on top of that, my husband is in a band so we club a good bit, painful to move from chair to bathroom , generally I find a seat and sit. If its an all day event I will take my chair, , like going shopping, I know I will be more comfortable, but people I know, when they see me without the chair say, oh so glad you are out of the chair, you are doing so good...I am sure they perceive this as a compliment, to me it just makes my anger with my situation as well as worry about using a chair 3 fold.

I feel walking is important but honestly standing is one of the most painful things I have to do each day, along with climbing the stairs... I think, I am just a baby and weak.. toughen up , but constant pain is not good.. I dunno, going crazy!

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I can see it being hard to edit a book quickly if you're more interested in reading the body of what's written than only reading for grammatical correctness.
My neck pain is getting better, slowly, but it's getting better. As my neck has gotten better so has my back. Which is good for me really. Today isn't great in terms of back pain because yesterday while moving my sister while she was standing/walking, she had a seizure. No big deal, it happens all the time. I managed to keep her on her feet, but then she just collapsed. Since then she refuses to bear weight on her left foot. It's swollen and slightly bruised, but I can tell it's not broken. So instead of her being able to move herself around somewhat it's all I can do to get her on her feet and then lift her to where I need her to be.
I'm glad that something as simple as increasing protein intake is making you feel better. Anything that simple that helps is great. I've been trying to add more protein to my meals/snacks, but sometimes it's hard for me. I don't eat dairy or eggs (sometimes eggs but they cause stomach issues). I know most people use dairy products as a source of protein, but not for me. I've been grilling large batches of chicken so I can have it readily available for several days at a time without having to cook each day.
I've done nothing productive today except go to a neurology appointment this morning. I always feel like I should do something every day and I usually get something done, but so far not a whole lot today.

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Good Morning Andrea!

I'm sorry for your neck issues. I can sure relate on that! I am hesitant to have anyone touch my pain areas. I get better results doing my own usual pain relief things. I dislike having to see a different PT, MD, or ?? I hope you feel better. I upped my protein intake, I don't think I was getting enough to be able to add muscle by exercise. It's been 4 days now, and I do feel stronger. So I'm hoping, that my RN friend is correct, that I needed to add 25-30 grams of protein to daily diet to do what I need to do. Add muscle. etc.

No, the book I am editing is about how to write a book! I thought it would be easy, and it is, but the problem, I get sidetracked and it ends up taking a loooong time to edit, because I am thinking about what is written regarding writing a book. So interesting !! I am now trying to stop doing that and just edit, but it is hard. It's a great book though. I cannot wait to just read it and put into practice his techniques. Still, it's hard to sit so long. I am trying to get up each hour and walk for 5-10 min on treadmill!!! But that's hard, unless I use a alarm timer. Which I just got one, and will be using it today....we'll see how that goes.

Sitting only makes my butt hurt! After 6-7 hours. Today I will have to do twice that to get caught up due to my excess interest in book's content. I thought it would be an easy edit, but with the interesting issue, it is not...well, it is easy edit....just my thinking too much on content for my own writing enhancements.

Great book otherwise.

BTW, I finally got rid of the video ads I was getting on every page on SP. What a relief! I added Lightbeam and Adblock Plus onto my Firefox browser, and it worked! Now I have to email SP and tell them what I did.

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I'm sorry you had a rough morning. Mornings are usually the worst for me too. Sometimes there are mornings that aren't so bad, while others make me wish I hadn't been awake yet, just to delay the onslaught of pain.
Does sitting at the computer make the pain worse? For me, it's usually neutral. I have a nice chair with a good cushion in it. So I can sit fairly comfortably for a fairly long time. Do you like the book you're working on editing? Sometimes that helps too, right?
I'm not having a great day pain wise today either. I woke up with my neck fairly sore. It's been getting better with PT surprisingly, but I had to see a different PT Thursday when I went and her work was like a bad massage. I ended up only feeling worse afterward. I go back to the doctor Monday. I'm not sure what the next steps are. As my neck has gotten better so has my back.

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Good morning.
Actually, pain wise, it's an awful morning. I seem to hurt everywhere. Especially my neck! Oy! So frustrating too. I have to wait til pain pill "catches" the pain so I can do my work.

Getting up, getting out of bed, walking and breathing are excruciating. But it is the first step each day. It is the worst part of my day. Usually not this bad. I slept 7 hours though, so after pain is under control, I am optimistic that it will be a wonderful productive day. I have to finish up a book edit by Sunday and I'm behind......meaning a LOT of sitting at computer.

I will exercise in an hour. I could not possibly exercise at the moment....just too sore and stiff


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Andrea,
The doggie always get upset when we leave too. So do my cats. I hope all is well with Ricka after the MRI. I can see why she needs to have meds to undergo the MRI. It is not really a fun thing to do.

Just so darn busy lately. I've got 3 books to edit. One is nearly done. It's an easy one, thankfully! I hope to complete it this weekend. I'm a working on it!

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We're in Cincinnatti right now waiting while my sister gets an MRI. She needs general anethsia so it's a fairly big deal to them here, although they do it for little kids all the time so I'm not sure the difference. My mom and I got breakfast, now we have another 1.5ish hours to wait. I'm so tired I might sleep, but we'll see.
My cousin is staying with my dogs so i didn't have to board them somewhere. They weren't happy about me packing and leaving, but it's better than the alternative.

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It ws a good monday for me....busy too.

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Well, just a busy weekend for everyone! HELLO !!

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I have things organized, but not set up for use. Basically everything is in bins in the closest. I don't have a dedicated work space, which is what I'm hoping the barn shop will turn into. It's a closed off section that has an amazing sky light and heat. I'll probably have to get a stand alone AC unit, but other than that it just needs a really good cleaning thankfully. There aren't mice or other rodent type animals because I have an outside cat who is a great mouser. I get things out and use them either at my desk or dining room table for now. I'm hoping that with all the storage the shop has, I'll be able to store things in an easy to use set up.
I don't have a car today. There were 3 recalls on it, 2 that were major safety concerns. The air bags may not deploy and to fix them they have to take my front seats out and solder something. There might also be something wrong with the seat belt anchor so they have to inspect that and if necessary replace it. Last week the guy told me that if it needed replacing it would take a week to get parts since it's VIN specific, but today the guy said they were generic parts and they were expecting another shipment between 12-3. I said they could keep my car for the day, but that I needed it back before end of business. I have PT tomorrow and HATE driving my mom's car. She's a smoker and her car is disgusting. Just opening the door sometimes makes me nauseous which is why we take my car everywhere. So I'm waiting to hear about my car. Hopefully I hear something soon either way.
I'm sure the kids will love any art supplies you send them. I always loved getting new to me art supplies. It opens up so many creative avenues.

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Andrea, we're in the same boat!! I have angst! I too have a FULL and fully organized craft room and sewing, lined with bookcases, and many many boxes of fabric, you name it it's in there. NOW, since I have pets, to get business license, I have to use that room, so I am in the midst of cleaning it all out. Much of my fabrics etc and craft books are going up for sale on ETSY. I NEED to get rid of a lot, I don't want to leave my son when I do die, with all of it!!!

Will be shipping my GKs all my art supplies. I jsut don't do much of that anymore. Different ventures....

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I do do wire wrapping. There are so many different ways to use it, that I've only used a few of them. Others I'm still working on. I'm taking a class July 19 for a specific type of jewelry making that is putting rings together in specific ways to make cool shapes that look almost like quilt squares or granny squares so I'm looking forward to it.
The pole barn started out as a workshop and storage space for my step-dad, and he of course left it trashed when he left so we're still working on cleaning it out. But my aunt is talking about moving into the house with us so if that happens I'll have to get my craft stuff out of the room where I've been keeping it since that's where she'll be sleeping.

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Andrea, I forgot to mention, that I also agree with what you have said regarding the intitial set-up, labels, listings etc. It is a huge amount of work and is much more than I originally thought it would be.....but, with a to do list...I get stuff done....other stuff is terribly time consuming. Today I am printing out MSDS for Fire Inspection....soooo time consuming to do. The whole morning is eaten away by this one thing to do...

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Andrea, I am remembering when I put up my Pole Barn back in the 80s. WOW. Nice you have one. Have you seen what's called "Wire Wrapping". If not, I will try to send you a pic. I think I'd like to learn this, as I also have a jewelry making past.

STILL so busy.....

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Sometimes being overwhelmingly busy fun, but other times it's a lot of fun. I have this huge to do list but between my sister needing care, and the pain I'm dealing with things get done a little at a time. Every day I do one or two things and knock them off my list. It makes it hard to feel like I'm making a real dent in my list, but it's something.
I think once you have things figured out beyond the initial start up things will settle down for you a little. Creating products, containers, labels, setting up the etsy store. It all takes time and effort. Don't feel bad for taking time out from here to focus on something for you. Setting up a business takes a lot of time and effort but it's worth it when things work out.
I think I'm going to set up a workspace in the workshop in our pole barn. There is great light, lots of counter space, and storage space. I got the worst of it cleaned out, now I just need to do the real cleaning-power wash the room (my aunt has my power washer right now) and getting out the rest of the garbage (My trash service provides a dumpster and we're not allowed more than that without paying additional money so we've been filling the dumpster a little at a time each week). But eventually I'm hoping that I'll have a nice workspace for my jewelry making.

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Happy Holiday to all....

Andrea, I am sooo busy, I like it and am having fun, but I wish I had more time than I do....Soon, I'll be more active on SP. I feel like I have dropped the ball here....I don't want to lose our members either....so try to hang on...I won't be busy like this forever, I hope anyhow.

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Phyllis,
Sometimes being busy is good. In your case it sounds like you're enjoying what you're doing, so I'm happy for you.
My neck pain is actually getting better with PT now that they're focusing on my neck. With my neck pain getting better my back pain is as well. It's so fantastic for me. I need to put the work in to make my back better, but it feels more possible now which is a great thing for me. Hopefully you're going to continue doing well since you are sitting so much to work on your products.
Have a good holiday!

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I'm sorry I haven't been online much to be or give much support to anyone, however, it is not through selfishness that I am unable to share. I have been just so busy with my products. I am quite happy to be able to spend a few moments online today to at least say hello and that I am still happy and moving forward. Pain, well it's not so bad. But sitting so much has been an issue. I do try to get up and move around a bit every hour or so.

After July 4th, I'll have much more available time and will be able to post daily (I hope) again.

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My mom seems to be okay. She did get a little burned Sunday, after she was supposedly out of the danger zone.
Living in Arizona I'm sure it's even more important to dress in cool clothes. Even though it's expensive, clothes that are too big are a good thing. I've been buying one of two pieces at a time as others get too big. Part of my problem is that I end up having to buy more expensive pieces because my legs are so long. So I try to pick things that can be adjusted enough to fit for a while.
This week I'm starting my 7 weeks of my nanny job being on hiatus. They have a full time camp this week, then leave for India Friday night for a month. As soon as they come back the younger one is going to a sleep away music camp for 2 weeks. Then after that we'll have a week of full time hanging out together.

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Andrea, how did it work out for your mom being out of sun and wearing all those clothes? I get it, the feeling of being HOT all the time. My underwear and a thin shirt is my dress for the summer. I detest having to get clothes on to go somewhere. I have plenty of new clothes, but they are now too big! Sad, I'll have to do some whopping shopping in a month or so, after I lose another 10 lbs they will all be way too big.

Otherwise, all seems to be well here, despite the ongoing issues with DH.

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It sounds like you've had a rough few days. Just do what you can to start getting back on track. Walk a little, sleep a little, eat a little. emoticon
Tomorrow I'm taking my mom to get photodynamic therapy. She's getting an infusion via IV, and this laser into her eye for 83 seconds 10 minutes after the infusion. Something in her eye is being compressed and causing a blank spot in her vision. Apparently this treatment is also done for some cancers, as well as wet macular degeneration although she has neither. She isn't allowed to be exposed to any sunlight for a minimum of 48 hours afterward (why it's always done on a Friday). This is going to be really hard for her as she's always super hot. They told her for tomorrow she needs long sleeved high neck shirt, long pants, closed toed shoes, a big floppy hat, and gloves even. We have lots of skylights and windows in our house so I'm not sure where she's going to spend her weekend, but I guess we'll find out.
Right now I'm tired and sore. Physical therapy really isn't making a difference. I have huge knots in my neck muscles that of course are causing pain, but so far the PTs don't seem to understand that once the soreness from whatever they did goes away the pain comes back immediately. That's just the way my body works. Oh well I guess. Maybe if the PT doesn't work (and it hasn't yet), I'll get to move on to step 2 of whatever their plan for me is. I guess I'll find out.

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I am not feeling so good yet, as the lack of sleep a couple days, then sleeping all day yesterday and up for 3 hours and back to sleep for 5, I woke up at 5am this morning, and I am sore, stiff and slow. I need to do some walking. I did not eat anything yesterday either. SO today I must take good care of myself, and do it slow. My energy is definitely low, and my will is weak to work on my things. I will still try to do at least some things beneficial for us, and especially myself.

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I'm glad he made it home. It's always hard when your pet can't be found. Especially when you aren't able to go looking for him. I'm glad that he wasn't gone long and that he appears to be unharmed. Does he have a pet door that is operated by a chip in a collar or just one that he is free to open and close?

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Thank you all! My prayers and yours were all answered.....

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Andrea, Iwill respond to your email latrer or tomorrow.....

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Honestly, I have only used one PIlates DVD and it's for a specific prop used in Stott Pilates, however I really liked it, and I think they have beginner dvds. The people in the DVDs are literally the people who trained my Pilates instructor, so maybe I'm biased, but I feel so much better since beginning with her and know that they have a different style of teaching from general Pilates. It really has helped me become stronger and more in control of my hypermobility.
Youtube has some good videos as well. My Pilates instructor told me that a good way to know if a video instructor (especially on youtube or other online places) is if they can offer modifications as a part of their regular video. They may show the modifications or only talk viewers through them. Much of my beginner Pilates was modified, although I'm working on very few modifications now.
Summer has officially started around here since all the kids are out of school now. The kids I nanny for are leaving for India soon, and so I won't see them for most of the summer. However, during that time I'm going to be tutoring an 8 year old girl with special needs. I don't think her parents will be able to pay me, but I enjoy watching her make progress. She has some self-control issues, but watching her parents it's pretty easy to tell where that comes from. I've called them out on it several times and things are slowly getting better. Now it's time to work on the academic skills she's lacking, which she won't do for her parents, but will for me.
I'm also hoping to use some of that time that my kids are gone to get caught up on things around my house. It's likely that my aunt is going to be moving in with us, probably sometime over the summer. She's been receiving the pension benefits and health insurance from her late husband, but because of Detroit's bankruptcy she's lost both of those. She's always worked full time, but she lives in an old money sucking house and since she requires thyroid medication and is diabetic she has to have medical care. She's always been my favorite aunt, and we've always spent a lot of time together (I lived with her when I was a kid when things were rough at home and she was my guardian (so I could drive her around) for a summer after she had major abdominal surgery and couldn't do anything for 3 months. So in order to get things ready for her, I have to get a bedroom cleaned out, and in order to have a spot to put those things I need to clean and organize several other areas as well. I also have tons of regular keep up work to do around our property, so I'm hoping that I'll have a little more time to start doing those things.

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Andrea, can you recommend a decent beginners dvd for Pilates?
I too am stretchable, or hypermobile as you call it. But it's because I lost all my muscle so there's none to provide stretch resistance for the most part.

Yes, I do hope my MBN products do well. I'm not so sure it will support me for a good while yet, maybe someday!

I'm not talkative. I got up too early, and have too much work on my plate for today. As it has been for several weeks now.

My sprained foot today is tolerable. Less painful. YAY! I'm going to walk slow on treadmill. I feel lousy after little exercise since Sunday.

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I'm sorry he's having issues. Maybe if your business takes off you'll be able to change your circumstances. I need something for the summer, but I'm not sure what it is yet. The family I nanny for is leaving for India for 6 weeks, then the younger kid has a sleep away music camp for 2 weeks, so I'm not needed until the middle of August after next week. I don't know what I'm going to do with all my time, since I don't really want to just waste it, but whatever I do, my sister will be there with me.
I've been 2 PT twice now, and each time I've had a different PT and assistant. So 4 people that I have to explain my history to in the Cliffs Notes version. They don't seem to understand that since I'm hyper mobile their "usual" sets of stretches don't work for me. They give me a stretch to do, I do it and they ask "can you feel it?" when I say "no" they look completely stymied. Like I'm doing something wrong. So I keep telling them, I don't feel anything. They want me to do hip flexor stretches using lunges. I do them in Pilates using a reformer and end up almost in the splits before I feel a stretch. There's no way I can go far enough into a lunge to feel a stretch. Plus my knees can't take it. I know I irritate them, but it's their job to make my workout what I need it to be. So far we've done nothing that I don't already do in Pilates. When I attempt to explain that I'm already flexible and strong, they just don't seem to get it. I'm not sure why. And they've done almost nothing about my neck so far, which is actually the issue I would prefer to address in this situation. I figure I'll give them a few more sessions to get it together before I give up. I'm already paying for Pilates and that does more good things for me overall, so paying extra co-pays for PT that isn't anything more than I'm already doing isn't something I'm interested in.
Sorry for the rant. I'm just so frustrated. They keep labeling me noncompliant because I won't come in MWF, and the only days I'm available to come in are W/Th which they don't like because it's back to back days. Except there's no other way unless I bring my sister, which they also don't want. So we keep having this circular argument that I think they expect to wear me down. They also don't like my goal because it's not quantifiable. My goal is to reduce my pain levels. And when I refuse to do something because I know it will hurt me, I think their heads are going to blow off. Other people look at me like they didn't know it was possible to refuse to do what the PTs tell you. If I know something is going to hurt me, I'm not going to do it. Period. There is absolutely no therapeutic value in causing more and unnecessary pain. But apparently they disagree. It's all such a joke.

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ANDREA, all is good here,

I hear ya on the PT issues, remember I had the same issues and I couldn't see paying for what I already do MORE of here at home, and they don't listen or do a proper physical assessment. UGH to PT!

I'll try to get online more often and post.

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Hey Phyllis, is everything okay? You haven't posted on here in a while.

I started PT this week. It's pretty much a combination of what I do in Pilates and what my massage therapist does. So more money for things I'm already doing. Plus, they keep sticking me with PT assistants. The first one had just about no clue and didn't tell me about anything. Had I not already known certain body positions the exercises would have hurt without a doubt. The assistant I had yesterday was much better, even though he was following 2 people around. He kept telling me I was making it look too easy since I can already do just about all the exercises they've started me with. I'm really not all that happy about this.

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Unfortunately almost nothing at my house is a small project. Our property is fairly large and does require upkeep. We're also responsible for the private road in its entirety, which is a HUGE project.
I think I did too much last weekend. I felt terrible all day yesterday and then again today. Yesterday I napped all morning, then was barely productive in the afternoon. Today I haven't done much more, but I'm okay with that for today.
I listened to the Troika albums last night. It's so relaxing and calming. Just thinking about it is nice for me today since I'm currently fighting with the pool filter and sadly, I think it's winning. We're just supposed to have to turn it on and off and it's supposed to work. Sadly, it's not doing that and because it's plumbed in a funny way, no one can tell me what the problem is or how to fix it. I've read so many help forums in the past few days that I think my eyes are crossing in frustration. However, it's currently running correctly. I'm just not sure how long it will last.

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Andrea, I'm listening to Troika, I'm sure glad you sent me that info. I like it when I'm waking up, oh, and going to sleep too. And hay, I admit, I wasn't really seeing the bigger picture on the weeds issue. I understand more now. I didn't realize you had that much area to cover. :O( Now I see why it's so hard. I just didn't realize you used that much or that large of an area. SO, I'll shut up about it.....however, for us on our little piece of desert land, 2-3 gallons would do the job. For some reason, Roundup doesn't work here. I don't know if the heat or lack of humidity affects it or what. DH used it, spent a lot on it, and still had to be back out there the next week pulling, hoeing, shoveling weeds.

HI NEW TEAM MEMBERS!! WELCOME TO OUR LITTLE TEAM!! Just a FYI, we have a topic named "Member Charts" and you can post your physical pain or surgery history there. It's good because when we're reading a post, we don't have to ask questions, and saves you time so you don't have to type out again your issues. It's a great referral tool for those of us who can't remember our team member's specific history. (me especially, I forgetful) So, if you want to add yours there, just copy and paste what you've already typed, that way your history doesn't get lost in the string of posts. You can always edit it and add to it, or hopefully add a resolve to a pain issue. I'd sure like to do that!

Anyhow, we're happy to have you all here. There for awhile, it was just only myself and Andrea chatting. LOL, it's good to have some fresh faces! But, on the other hand, we're also sorry you're here since we know you live with chronic pain too, and we all know how awful that can be.....

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I think I've tried the recipe you posted, Phyllis. I also generally use 40-50 gallons of spray at a time. Buying even 25 gallons of vinegar, pushing them through the store, loading into the car, out of the car and mixing them with Epsom salts would be devastating for my back. I use a 26 gallon tank. There is no way to make sure that the epsom salts are completely mixed in and won't clog the pump on the sprayer attached to the pump. It doesn't actually end up being cheaper for me.
I got the living room furniture moved last night with the help of my cousin so we took turns cleaning the carpet, then going over the carpet again with plain water. It does look loads better than it did yesterday, but I'm probably going to go over the main usage areas again today or tomorrow.
This morning my cousin, sister and I went to a local nursery and bought vegetable plants and flowers. We planted them. It ended up being way more work than we'd planned because of poor planning on my part last year. Or maybe it was more ignorance last year, because I didn't know I was doing it wrong until it was too late. So this year I had to fix it. We bought 3 different kinds of lettuce, 3 kinds of tomatoes, bell peppers, basil, lavender, and flowers. I also have seeds for carrots and onions. I ran out of dirt before I could get the seeds planted though. That's a project for another day.
I'm probably going to regret all I've done tomorrow, but I'm hoping that I can make it through. I still have so many things to do that sometimes it feels like I'm never going to catch up. I just keep attacking one thing on my list after another and hope that things will move along.

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Confused: Walls, chat groups, etc.

Roundup: Great stuff for us non chemists.

History: In 1994 after 4 months of severe suffering I woke up to head to the Doc for my pre-op consultation. Surgery was scheduled for the next day to carve out the bulge between L4-L5. To my surprise, the disc had popped back in. I went to the doctor and he too was amazed. Despite the nerve damage to the right leg caused by this, I learned two lessons: Ibuprofen is my friend, and beware of the back. They informed me that my back was in an accelerated deteriorating condition and that I would not last through retirement.

Advance, 20 years to last year: After 15 years of being almost athletic, running, cycling, lifting, etc with constant caution with the back but no real problems, I began to experience stiffness on a regular basis, including muscle pulls in the back. I responded with less and less exercise, weight gain, etc. My back has slowly become stiffer and more sore over the last four years as I gained about 40 pounds. This last two years I have had leg problems sciatica, etc. and even tore an Achilles after a ride… just walking up the stairs.

Thus, I have decided to make some serious life style changes. 1. I have to support what I have left of the back before it goes really bad. 2. Coddling myself because I am stiff and sore is not a good idea.

In the last two months on those days that I don’t wake up so stiff I can’t hardly walk or move around at first, I have been doing limited calisthenics, weight lifting, stretching. I have suffered one nasty muscle pull in the back, but have made serious efforts and not overdoing things. Now, after 2 months, I am feeling some improvement. I have more frequent better days, I have lost a few pounds… not much yet, but I have noticed muscle definition returning.

Goal: loose those 40 pounds and a few more of the excess in the next 18 months.
Goal: Get in some decent shape and do some riding (bicycle) again.
Goal: Don’t get crippled from the back if I can do something about it.

So… no discs out here: I sure have sympathy for those of you who do. Nasty it is. But, I do deal with nasty over all back stuff.

That’s my “roundup”… for now.


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Andrea, here's THE alternative to Round-Up and it IS a heck of a lot cheaper too. I'm sure it is worth a try.
WEED-BE-GONE
1 Gallon Vinegar white
2 cups Epsom Salt
¼ cup Dawn Dish Soap, the blue original
It will kill anything you spray it on. Just mix and spray in the morning, after the dew has evaporated. Walk away. Go back after dinner and the weeds are all gone! Cheaper than anything you can buy anywhere. NEVER have to buy expensive Round-Up again!

EDIT: DH used it yesterday. It works. I don't know for how long yet. I'll report back when they start growing again. Also, I was going to say that under our rocks we're supposed to have the weed cloth, but ours is worn out, and we need to rake the rocks back, lay the cloth, then rake the rocks back. IT IS A HORRIBLE JOB, AND DH REALLY DOESN'T WANT TO DO IT AND I DON'T BLAME HIM!!


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Andrea, I'd give you my carpet cleaner if we lived closer to each other. It's a good one. Can't remember brand name without going and looking at it. I do understand about the week killer issue. They are hardy little buggers that can and do grow when nothing else seems to be able to. Here in CA we have rocks in our yards. It's called Desert Landscaping, it's law here, since we do live in a real live desert, it's not objectionable to me. It saves our precious water.

It's the weekend. Let's hope we can all enjoy is and have some pain free time!!

Had to edit, my fingers were wrong on keyboard LOL

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Phyllis, I don't actually disagree with you about its use. I actually would prefer to use more natural solutions, especially since I have dogs and cats who roll around in the yard and then sleep in my bed. But, the natural solutions are not useful long term, and it then ends up being so much more work for me. I just physically can't do it. My mom actually joked last night that the weeds are growing better than the yard. Sadly, it's true.
Taking a day off now and then isn't a bad thing. Sometimes rest and recuperation are a necessary component of a person's day.
I would love a few days off, but if I don't do at least a few things I always feel guilty. I think this weekend I'm going to get a carpet cleaner. The carpets in my house are so gross, and actually buying a carpet cleaner winds up being cheaper than having someone come do it. And I have some coupons for different places that will help make it even cheaper.

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Aw, Andrea, I didn't mean it to sound like I was slamming you for using it. What weed killers could the local farmers possibly use that could ever even be way worse than Roundup? I'm just curious. Of course, even judicious use of glyphosate, is ............I'm sorry, we'll have to agree to disagree on the Roundup issue. It's a global issue wreaking havoc in sooo many ways.

I don't feel good today, well, I don't feel bad, I just have no get up and go, or my usual drive and will to get stuff done. Slept on my left eye, I could have eyestrain too. Either way, my left eyeball hurts a bit. But not as bad as my last MD appt...... I think my all-nighter's have finally hit me, and now I feel worn out. Even my espresso did nothing today. I am trying to accomplish at least something today. I don't even feel the will to do my exercise, which I KNOW would probably make me feel much better and give me back some energy.

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Unfortunately most of the farmers around me use even worse things. I don't live in an area that is known for its environmental actions. I use it sparingly, and spend WAY too much time physically weeding instead of spraying most of the time, but I can't weed on the gravel roads.
I'm exhausted still. A friend has a daughter with Autism and she's having major problems with the school. She is essentially on the verge of being expelled (it's a charter school that wants her test scores since she tests way above average, but her behavior is pretty terrible most of the time). It's been really stressful and unfortunately my friend and her husband are not helping the situation. They are giving the school too much information and the school is only documenting the part that makes them look like terrible parents. Plus, the parents have fairly bad coping mechanisms and skills, so they of course are passing those along. But the school is not following through with their behavior plans. They say they're implementing one and change it in the same day "because it's not working". Everyone knows it takes more than twenty minutes to decide if it'll work. Especially in a kid with Autism. The school is also telling totally different stories in different places, so I have to go through everything and see if there's anything I can do for her. Our local school district is absolutely terrible for special education and bullying, so she doesn't want her there. But I can't blame her for that at all. She brought me like 4 inches of paperwork today that I need to get through today so she and I can meet tomorrow. Then Friday I'm going into the meeting to act as an advocate for the family.
Today my mom is traveling to see my brother and his family for a week. I'm going to be alone with my sister until she comes home. I invited my cousin to stay the weekend with me, but I don't know if she'll be able to. It's always easier when she is here since she does anything I ask without complaint. I guess I'll find out soon.

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Yesterday, after 9 days of taking Rob here and there, all day long, I finally said NO MORE! I had to. He knows how to live homeless, and I was sooo tired out.

Yeah, Roundup, is not the greatest thing for the planet. I'm totally against it. Monsanto has nearly ruined our topsoil, and it will be that way for generations to come, if it ever heals. Glyphosate, is really bad for the environment, and for the people who come into physical contact with it. It's in all the GMO food, not just on the surface, but in the food itself. It is horrible stuff. I'm very careful what I eat. The scientists say, that Roundup is Genocide in a bottle. I believe it, after reading about Latin American countries(among others) and the rates of those people's deadly diseases are sooo sky high, not just high, very very high. Europe banned it years ago. Oh well. If you must use it......Maybe if you could talk to some of the farmer's in your area you could find some alternatives that are nearly as easy to use. I know it's hard for you to spray. But......just sayin.......

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I'm sorry to hear your friend is having a hard time. Sometimes being a good friend is exhausting both physically and emotionally.
My pool is open and running. My uncle and cousin came yesterday and fixed the broken pipes. Today I got the filter up and running and started the process of running the opening chemicals through it. It is a lot of work, but in theory, once our pool is open and running, it's supposed to be pretty easy. Last year was kind of a pain, but I think it's because there were a lot of things I didn't know last year. This year, I knew what chemicals to get, in what order to use them, and for how long. Basically, once the pool is opened the running, all we're supposed to have to do is change the cartridge in the filter every few weeks, and let the filter run about 12 hours a day.
I've just been using a Round-Up concentrate that I mix with water in the tank. It's probably not the greatest, but I don't have the time, energy, or physical ability to spray as often as the more natural combinations require. The Round-Up lasts much longer, so it's easier on my back. It takes about 2 hours to spray the weed killer, even with the ATV, then another 4-5 to spray the bug spray on the yard. It's a of driving around in circles in a vehicle with pretty much no shocks. and lots of vibrating.
Yesterday one of the kids I nanny for had a Poonal. It's like a coming of age ceremony. Apparently the 3 hours ceremony yesterday was a SUPER abridged version. I talked to K's uncle, and he did his in India with his cousin and it lasted for 3 days! I couldn't imagine it. I thought the 3 hours was a long ceremony. The uncle isn't sure he's going to have his own son go through the ceremony. But it was really interesting to watch and be a part of. The maternal grandfather acknowledged me, and made me stand to be acknowledged during his speech at the lunch afterwards. I was really honored. Most people who nanny for Indian families have horror stories about the families, and especially the extended families who are old school. I am so lucky to have found a great family with kids that I really do love and care about.

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Hi Andrea,
I can see where doing the pool would be a LOT of work, however, the enjoyment I believe will be worth the effort. Anything worthwhile, requires some sort of effort. Wow, that's a lot of trash from the pool cleaning. I hope you don't get too sore! What kind of weed killer do you use? I do hope it's as nontoxic as possible. But I do understand the need for a herbicide. That's good your ATV will do that, I'd be scared for you if you had to go and spray by hand!

Keep me posted.

Thursday night, I did a lot of squats and treadmill. I was a bit sore the next day, but I felt stronger. They say the amount of belief you have in your muscle, is the strength it will have. Well, I might have overbelieved in mine!! On the other hand, my top # of steps daily have been averaging 3,800 to 4,500 (Feb 2013 was only 1,380 average daily), but M-T-W-Th I put in 5-7,000 each day. So I think today I am feeling a little fatigued. My shoulders were sooo sore when I woke up, pain pills didn't help. I just now put on my EMS unit and took my Q6hour pain med, so that will help. Then once pain med works in an hour, I will do my walking and squats, and some rowing for the shoulder circulation. I just have no oomph today.I think I'm only going to do enough to get good blood circulation, not even a real workout!! Really, I don't even want to exercise, but I do know I always feel better when I've done it. So I will. UGH though. LOL. I feel like I'm whining and pathetic today.

I want to work on my products, but I don't even have any oomph for that either. I've been taking a friend here and there everyday since Sunday night, all day everyday. Back and forth to ER, Urgent cares, storage units, etc He was on bike, and was hit and run. Also is wrecking his life. This morning he is sooo despondent. The accident happened on the May 1st, he was in hospital for 11 days, and his "Alzheimer;s landlord had his things picked up by goodwill. Now, he's homeless. I don't know what else I can do for him. I know he's in a world of hurt, physically and emotionally. But I've given to him all my day hours and also emotionally all week (similar to nursing) and honestly, I am sooo drained. I think that's why I feel fatigued too. Feels similar to after a round of 13 hour shifts in nursing. Very drained and tired.

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I've started the process of opening my pool. Well, clearing the water off of the cover at least. I also have all the necessary supplies. However, I can't actually open it until my uncle comes and fixes the broken pipe. He's been promising to come for two weeks now. If I had any idea of what to do, I'd be down there fixing it myself. But instead I have to wait. It's not a fun thing. I'm definitely not good at waiting when it's things that need to get done so I can do the next steps myself.
My friend came over today and helped me start cleaning out the barn too. We got the workshop area rough cleaned. As in, it was so nasty that it's probably going to take several sessions before it's usable in any capacity that I would use it in. But we got the worst of the dirt, grime and bugs today which was awesome. I've been wanting to do it for over a year now. I took two huge boxes of junk out to the dumpster. Hopefully there will be enough room in it for our normal load of garbage. It should squish down though, so I think we'll be okay.
I'm already feeling the effects of all the work I've done today, but I want to continue working on things while the weather holds out and before I just pass out from exhaustion or pain. I'll probably do a little more with the pool tonight, and probably spray week killer from a tank on our ATV. That's actually pretty easy. I just fill the tank, hook the spraying arms to the ATV and drive around where I want the week killer. I even have handy dandy switches inside the ATV to turn the spray on and off.

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I agree with you about being sore from exercise is better. But I'm still having difficulties managing pain lately. Hopefully I'll be able to start taking something new daily for pain on Wednesday. I'm going to see my neurologist, but he's the best clinician I think I've ever had. He listens to me and believes what I say. He was also totally on my side when I stopped PT and started Pilates instead. He's a nurse practitioner. The practice was recently merged into a management group and I'm still kind of petrified that something will change and they'll say I can't see him anymore. I would probably find a different office completely if I couldn't see him.
I can see where Keto would be good for building muscle. Good for you for sticking it out. It's amazing that it's working so quickly for you. Feeling better with natural aids is probably one of the best ways to feel.
Today we had some crazy weather. There were 3 storms that blew through about 5 miles apart. The first was about exit 55, the second about exit 40, then the last one about exit 20. The one furtherest south came right over my house. Apparently there actually was a tornado, but the rest of the storms had some rotations, but no actual tornadoes. That didn't stop everyone from freaking out. Last year around this time we had some tornadoes that came through and seriously damaged an entire town. My house was picked up and thrown by a tornado while we were building it. The guys were actually standing in our fruit cellar when it happened. Thankfully our fruit cellar is a room with a foot of cement everywhere except for the door. The same night I was driving to the HS graduation and was literally chased by 2 tornados down the road. It was crazy. Thankfully, no one was hurt that day, and we were able to fix the house without too much delay or added cost.

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It's better to be sore from exercise than to be sore from doing nothing. Just my humble opinion. After being on the Ketogenic plan for 25 days, I'm getting muscle back and I can do many things with ease and without getting worn out. I feel 20 years younger.
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I'm super sore tonight, but that's not really all that surprising considering all the walking I've done the past two days. Yesterday I took my mom to dinner, and then we went to Marshalls. She HATES shopping for clothes, but she needs new clothes since her work clothes are practically threadbare. In ten minutes of browsing and twenty minutes of trying things on she found 3 shirts and 3 pairs of pants. Then she got a suitcase, since she's been traveling to FL more since my nephew was born. Today we went to a small mall with a Carson's store. It used to be Parisian (and it was much nicer then too), she was really disappointed. They didn't have the shoes she wanted in her size (but I found them online for HALF the price and ordered them). We stopped at a Lane Bryant on the way home because I needed a shapewear to wear under the dress I'm wearing next Sunday (one of the kids I nanny for is having a Poonal), and she ended up finding awesome capris there. She was really happy about it. I was able to get her an Amazon gift card with credit card points, so she can put books on her Kindle.
Tomorrow my uncle is supposed to come over and fix the broken pipe on our pool. Supposedly. He was supposed to come Friday, but bailed. He was supposed to come today but bailed. So, who knows if he's actually going to show up. But, until he does we can't open the pool. We're hoping he comes soon.
This is going to be a busy week for me. I don't mind being busy, but usually by the end I'm just exhausted. I'm still hoping that my cousin can come stay with me for at least part of the time my mom's in FL next week. She is a big help with my sister and just whatever work I need to do. She's only 12, but she is probably going to be the person in my generation of my family who will end up helping with my sister should the need arise.


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I feel your pain on the HOT weather! Sounds like you did get a bit of heat sickness. A long cool shower and slightly warm water, not ice cold, with some electrolytes in ti would have been good for you. I use homemade gatorade for years, adding a 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp of Nu-Salt (it is potassium) in a liter bottle with a lemon lime Koolaid, about 1/4 of a package for a liter. But since I quit using artificial anything, I now put the electrolytes in and just drink it plain, no Koolaid. I've gotten used to it. Taking care of your sister that long would be tiresome. No rest for the weary.

My author is reconsidering having me continue with editing his books. He's had time to think, and review my edits. I think he's coming to grips to the idea that he did make a snap judgement based on being overwhelmed. I also think he's had the entire week to learn about Passive Voice sentences and how bad they are. Esp the one's he frequently writes. I have sent him supportive links to sites that really explain Passive voice versus Active voice. I think he's beginning to understand why I did what I did. Oy! So it was a nice email I received from him tonight. After I spent 3 hours putting together the good links on PV, and also included his PV sentences, and above each in red, I put my revisions. I also told him that my revisions weren't set in stone, and this is part of the edit process. It is his job to review and reword what he doesn't like, or, to revise the sentence entirely himself. He is getting it ! Hallelujah!
I also think he was offended to have it pointed out that he did actually write so many PVs. However, I was always kind, and showed him what I did to revise, and why. Again, authors are too in love with their books.


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It was so HOT here yesterday. My pain levels were actually pretty good, so the heat must have been good for them. Except we hadn't turned our AC on and I had to do some yard work that I had to use our ATV for. So the heat from the weather and the heat from the ATV just ended up making me sick and I was hot for hours afterward.
I don't do caffeine, so I can't relate to the need for expresso or coffee, but I know a lot of people feel that way. But, if the machine is something you use long term and maintain, even if it was expensive then it's worth it. I'm glad your son is excited about it.
My mom is going to FL over Memorial Day weekend. My SIL has a ballet recital. I have to admit that I think it's a little over the top for her to have a full on recital because she does ballet for fun and as a fitness class, but whatever works I guess. But it means that I'm going to be alone with my sister from Wednesday until the following Tuesday. My aunt will be here to help with my sister on Wednesday and Thursday. Plus I don't have to work that Friday, and I think my cousin is going to come spend part of the weekend with us, so I won't really be alone with her much, but it still stresses me out a little. Plus I'm jealous...not that she's seeing my brother since I don't want to do that, but just that she gets to go somewhere and escape her daily life. I haven't had a vacation in years. I'm hoping that I'll get to do something in July, because that's when the kids I nanny for will be gone. I try not to ask for too much time off from them, so I've always tried to plan my vacations around when they are gone already. I have no idea what I want to do, I just need to get away for a few days I think.

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Hi Andrea,
well the book changes would have been the same voice as his, since I do know how to do that. So, he was being somewhat nit picky regarding "not his words" and of course they weren't because he didn't want to take the time to write in the edits. That's why he hired me to do them for him. Some people you can never please.

Oh well.

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I have to imagine that it would be hard for an author to see all the changes someone else would make to their book. For many I think whatever they write is very close to them and they then feel like it's a personal attack. Or sometimes they're just arrogant enough that they think whatever they write is the greatest thing ever. I've edited and proof read papers for people at both the high school and undergrad levels and it always amazed me how the worst writers were always the most arrogant about what they were writing. Those who were the most open to suggestions were often the best writers.
Good luck with the keto. I know it does work for a lot of people both to control problems they may be dealing with, or for those who use it for weight loss.
I was stood up by the guys who were supposed to open our pool today. I set up the appointment several weeks ago, and when they were an hour and a half late I called the store. The guy there had no idea where the road guys were. I've had some doubts about them the more I've talked with them, but I'm having a hard time finding anyone else willing to drive to our house. I got the number of another guy that I called and left a message for from someone who I trust and who has had wonderful experiences with this particular guy. Hopefully he'll have enough time to do my pool at some point.
I've been enjoying the family I've been baby sitting. The kids are small, which is nice for me. They're mostly well behaved and they pay me fairly well, which is also much appreciated.

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It seems its only me and you now. I'm sorry I've not been on much lately. I got busy with that edit, and my products etc. So I got the 10 chapters plus the 2 Prologue stories that was equal to 2 chapters. THEN, I found OneDrive, where author and I could go in anytime and read or edit etc. HOWEVER, it is a difficult website to master. It took me a week to figure it all out. Then I got my author onto it. He only had it 2 days, and was so confused with it, and I had already shared my 10 chapter edit. He spent the entire Monday evening trying to figure out OneDrive, and also was trying to review my edits. Long story short, I knew from the get go that giving him 10 chapers( 12) would be too much at once, and I didn't pay attention to my gut instincts, and allowed him to have his way and have me do 10 chapters at once.
Then when he looked it all over, he decided that it would take too long to go through my edits. Also he had complaint about some of the words I used, aside from the fact that that is what editors do, and ignoring the fact that he could have rejected any edits I did, or at the very best, work with me a little and give me comments re my edits, and I would edit them until he was happy and satisfied.
Overall, he was simply overwhelmed with that many chapters to review, and the OneDrive program. I KNEW this was going to happen. However he will pay me for my time, $300. Well, that's better than nothing and I did discuss everything with him and at least get him to agree to think about it for a month or two before he decides a final decision. There are a lot of factors involved, and I've made many suggestions. If you recall, I gave him only Ch 14 to review my edits and he accepted over95% of them and was so happy and excited to have his book edited. SO. I will give him time to mull it over. They are such good stories, however, they did require a heavy edit. One of the worst to do.

Oh well. I have eye strain. Too much computer work. ANDmy computer screed died tonight. Fortunately I had an old HP screen to use. DH said he'd go buy me a new one tomorrow after work. NICE.
I'm sorry you are in pain. I can really relate! Sounds like the new babysitting people are doing good by you. I'm happy for you. Babysitting was never my forte as an adult, but it was when I was a teenager. I loved it then. Then life took over and I always worked and went to college.

Our weather is getting up to 100 and I am hating it! I've been on the Ketogenic diet and have lost 15.7 lbs. It's been 18 days. I'm loving it. But because I sit so much, despite getting up and moving around, I have been getting ankle/foot swelling, but is more of a problem now that it's getting hotter. Heat always makes my fingers and feet swell a bit. But not like this. Enough that my MD today put me on a diuretic to get rid of the foot edema. She also refilled all my meds, including my pain meds without batting an eye. I was soooo happy about that.

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So I'm house sitting this weekend for my aunt. She went to Chicago with one of her sisters because my cousin is graduating from college. The graduation was yesterday and they're supposed to be coming back tonight. I like house sitting for her. She has 3 cats and a dog. Her dog is very needy, but for the most part they are well behaved.
I have to be home tonight because my mom is working at a wild game dinner at the gun club where she's a member. Tomorrow night I'm baby-sitting for the family I started with a few weeks ago. It's a busy weekend for me. The weather here isn't great this weekend, which is making me hurt quite a bit. Hopefully I'll be able to sleep tonight and start feeling better.


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Hi Phyllis,
Thanks for caring enough to look up the keto diet. We've tried it in the past, and unfortunately my sister just stopped eating. Part of her overall condition (the TSC) also includes OCD, so if something isn't the way she likes it, she just does without. It didn't last long. She goes through spurts where she will only eat one thing (right now it's a specific brand of cheese flavored popcorn), and literally nothing else. Then every few weeks what she's eating changes, and she becomes fixated on something else. She has a seizure disorder called Lennox Gestaut Syndrome which basically causes uncontrollable seizures. Medication helps, but nothing can completely stop the LGS. It includes every different kind of seizure and they can start as one type and morph into another during the seizure. I'm in touch with several families who use the keto diet religiously with their children and don't see much improvement, along with many who do see improvement in their kids without LGS. Often in kids who follow a keto diet, many supplements are required because the child's condition precludes them from eating certain things. I did ABA with a 4 year old boy with autism, and he was supposed to be following the keto diet. He ended up with more supplements, because he wouldn't eat the food he was supposed to, than actual food. He was basically living on a special formula that his parents paid a small fortune for.
How did you get into book editing? I need something like that, that I can do at home even if my sister's there. Especially over the summer since the kids I nanny for will be gone 6 weeks in the middle in India, then at a sleep away music camp. So I'll be home a lot more. It'll be fun in the beginning, but not so much towards the middle and end since I'll be bored.
I'm kind of irritated today. I was supposed to get my hair done and she texted me to say the salon had no power so I needed to reschedule. She doesn't work Wednesdays which is of course the easiest day for me to do (this was a special week since my aunt needed Thursday off), so now I don't know when I'm going to go. I texted her 4 hours ago, and she hasn't answered. I'd already showered when I got her text, but hadn't yet washed my hair, so I had to lean over the tub to wash my hair which made my back hurt like crazy. It has already been bothering me since Saturday, so this wasn't a welcome pain either.
I'm going to see my neurologist in about 2 weeks. I'm going to talk to him about my taking some type of medication every day to help relieve pain. I've tried anti-inflammatories and they aren't enough or don't help in the right way. I've been doing some research, and hopefully will get something good out of this appointment. I can't keep dealing with this much pain all the time. It's ridiculous.


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Andrea, on this webpage, I was reading about ketogenic diets and seizures, autism. Here is a clip and link to site follows clip.
We report the history of a child with autism and epilepsy who, after limited response to other interventions following her regression into autism, was placed on a gluten-free, casein-free diet, after which she showed marked improvement in autistic and medical symptoms. Subsequently, following pubertal onset of seizures and after failing to achieve full seizure control pharmacologically she was advanced to a ketogenic diet that was customized to continue the gluten-free, casein-free regimen. On this diet, while still continuing on anticonvulsants, she showed significant improvement in seizure activity. This gluten-free casein-free ketogenic diet used medium-chain triglycerides rather than butter and cream as its primary source of fat. Medium-chain triglycerides are known to be highly ketogenic, and this allowed the use of a lower ratio (1.5:1) leaving more calories available for consumption of vegetables with their associated health benefits. Secondary benefits included resolution of morbid obesity and improvement of cognitive and behavioral features. Over the course of several years following her initial diagnosis, the child’s Childhood Autism Rating Scale score decreased from 49 to 17, representing a change from severe autism to nonautistic, and her intelligence quotient increased 70 points. The initial electroencephalogram after seizure onset showed lengthy 3 Hz spike-wave activity; 14 months after the initiation of the diet the child was essentially seizure free and the electroencephalogram showed only occasional 1-1.5 second spike-wave activity without clinical accompaniments.

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Andrea, poor doggies got a cold hose bath! I sympathize with your soreness. You did say you did a lot of things that would make anyone sore!

I did get a new free mp3 album Angel Hearts Storybook for Children, and I Posted it in the Music Links topic. It is a childrens storybook, but appealing to adults as well (ME). I like that Jeremy Irons lovely voice is narrator at times. The female singer is somewhat opera, the music is pretty and relaxing. I wish the album was longer than 20 minutes though. The first song is All Through The Night, one of my harp songs. I made the comment in the Music Links topic, that this would be a good 20 minute listen for when kids are rowdy, and you want to slow them down. Have a 20 minute calm rest period and listen to this. It's pretty good. I like hearing the children sing with the opera singer. Pretty!

Again, I woke up at 4:30 am. I'm happy of that. Although I too was incredibly painfully sore from sleeping. I feel better now after an hour of moving around. Today is a FUN day. Today I am meeting a friend to see the movie Divergent, and then Starbucks to chat and download music for my exercise playlists. I had two movie tickets given to me as a gift. It'll be fun to get out. I don't always find enough excuses to get out of the house.

Book Editing: I got a portion, Chapter 14 only was my choice to do a trial edit for the author to decide if he wanted me to do his editing, of the Thirteenth Unicorn book edited yesterday, as planned. The author was mostly happy and accepted most of my edits, but a few he didn't. His last phone text said: "I am happy, I LIKE IT!!!" So I guess, overall it was a good edit. As authors go, they can be difficult to work with because a book is like a baby. You love it and are overly picky about what is done to it. However, the money is good, even though I might end up making $1.00 an hour, that's probably an exaggeration cause I edit fast, it will still be worth it. I have so much free time. I also like this edit job because the books are fun reads and they are on my Kindle, meaning I can go to Starbucks or to the park/mall and enjoy being out of the house and still be able to make edits on my Kindle to transfer to the document later. I won't know til later today what he did not accept, or why. Overall, he wants his story to be the same, however, some areas have to change. Often, an author will write a paragraph, that really needs to be fleshed out a lot more, and probably end up being 3 or so paragraphs. This is a frequent thing that authors tend to do.

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I am so incredibly sore today. My back hurts, my legs hurt. I'm just kind of a mess. However, I pretty much worked hard every day this week. Friday I got a lot of work done, and yesterday I had Pilates, got the fish and put them in the pond (aclimating and all that), picked up sticks all over the yard so who ever mows won't get killed, cut a giant tree/bush thing and picked up those branches, made several trips up and down the stairs to put things down there, and gave both dogs a bath because they found another fish carcass and rolled in it. They got a freezing cold bath from the hose, and I had to spend way too much time bending over. I also fell asleep in my chair with my sister in my lap last night, which is always super hard on my back. Then I spent too long in bed.
Today I haven't gotten much done, but I'm attempting to recover. Hopefully soon I'll get some energy and lowered pain levels so I can get a few things done before the day is wasted away. I did find and order a new patio swing for my sister, and found enough receipts to make up for a year's worth of activity fees that we didn't know she was supposed to receive but she is apparently. And it's due by 4/30. I think they were hoping we'd continue not knowing or that we couldn't come up with the proof in time. Too bad for them.

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Hi Andrea,
Here is a link for Mosquito Fish. It has a good information short article with a photo of the fish. It has a lot of good benefits for ponds to keep the pond healthy. It is not a nuisance fish breed either. www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_dis
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My shoulders are tingling and aching today. I think I will do some upper body exercise and also do backswing. I have a lot to do Sun and Monday. I just got another paying book edit job yesterday with the book here already, attached file. About $450.00 for the one book, and he has two others he wants editing. Plus they are good story books. The one I'll be editing is free right now on Amazon, "The Thirteenth Unicorn" of the Ben Alderman series. It's going to be almost an effortless edit job, not saying there's not enough to edit, but a lot I can make better. I think the author is going to be happy. The writing is actually quite fairly good. If you wish, DL it and read it when you get a chance. It's a fun read.

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I called the number the guy at the feed mill gave me, but the woman who answered (after not answering for 2 days) knew absolutely nothing and couldn't tell me anything except the prices of fish. I don't know what mosquito fish are...we had a mix of cat fish, blue gill, and bass. Last summer pretty much everything but the cat fish were gone. We only found bodies of cat fish. The woman at the fish farm told me to talk to the driver tomorrow, but she can't guarantee that there will be enough fish, but she wouldn't take a pre-order from me. I guess we'll find out what happens tomorrow when the truck gets there.
Sometimes talking to a good friend is better than just about anything else. It can be therapeutic, fun, so many things.
I have advair inhalers and rescue inhalers, but I try to use them sparingly. I really dislike the side effects. I've heard of the movie, but doubt I'll see it. I'm a total rom-com watcher or just a general comedy. But that's just me.
Today I got so much work done I couldn't believe it. However, now I'm sore and know I probably did too much. But the things I did would've been hard to break up into multiple days, I did spread it out throughout the day which did seem to help a little. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.

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That's interesting about the pond. I would think having the water tested would rule out any of the other issues that might have killed off the fish. Then, if no issues, then it would be likely that it was the cold winter. Do you have the mosquito fish? They are cheap, and they do eat up all the mosquitos that like to gather on ponds. I do know a little about ponds since I helped my next door neighbor/friend with her pond for many years. That was the lady named Deb, who died earlier this year of brain cancer. I blogged, a long blog, about her.

I have been having lung congestion, probably a cross between breathing dust when spring cleaning, and my asthma. I really really need a steroid inhaler, to stop the inflammation. Once it gets going it keeps on going. The inhaler will put a stop to it. I have an appt 5/6/14, so will ask for a Q-var refill. I hate paying 45.00 for it though. I'll only have to use it for a few days, then it will sit. Oh well, at least I'll have it.

I didn't take any time to search out new free music. I got hung up chatting with a friend for 3 hours! I hadn't talked to him for months. It was fun. So all was not lost. He's just a friend, no strings just friend & confidant, and we're meeting to go see a movie next Tuesday. A movie called "Divergent", Kate Winslet is in it, and the trailer was real good.

I'm about tired of working on the espresso machine. AND I've drank way too much espresso while testing it. I've been working on it since Monday 6am. I'll get it done today YAY! Then I'll use daily as I would my own machine, for a good test. DS will be emailing me shipping label by next Wednesday. I have to use my own machine's box for protection. DS will ship it back to me, just in case mine needs to be shipped out for warranty repairs. I still have 3 years warranty on my machine.

Now, my sister, who was the one who got me hooked on espresso back in 1995, has said she is going to buy a used machine just like my old one I've been working on, and have it shipped to me so I can rebuild it for her. FINE. Actually I don't mind, since I already have done one, and doing another would be super easy, and much faster since I now know what I am doing, and have all the manuals possible for that particular machine.

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We've never that I know of had that many fish die over the winter. However, we had record cold here this winter. The pond at full capacity is about 20 feet deep. As the summer goes on the water level goes down. It's the lowest point of our land and all the downspouts from our house and barn are deposited into the pond via underground pipes, but it's not usually enough. I don't know anything about the pond or keeping the fish alive, except that we do feed them. We attempted to have a fish tank, but sadly our house has too much light so I couldn't keep it clean no matter how much effort I put into it. And I put hours into it every week. Ironically, on my way to work after getting rid of the fish, I saw the sign that says the fish truck will be at our local feed mill Saturday. I went into the feed mill today, but the guy doesn't know anything. I've called the number he gave me a bunch of times, but no one ever answers. I tried searching the name and phone number and call all the numbers I can find, but no one has answered any today. It doesn't make me confident.
Today I watched my friend's son. He's so cute. Along with my cousins we ran a TON of errands. Thankfully I think I got most of my stuff done, so tomorrow I think my sister and I are just going to be hanging out at home doing projects around here. Hopefully it'll be a productive day as well.
Shipping cheaply is always a good thing. I ship lots of things to my brother and SIL in FL. It's annoying. They really wanted to come here to see a Riverdance style show that was only being presented in 5 cities, Detroit being one of them. They decided against coming, but I was able to find the show, put it on a DVD and send it to them. I never heard a word about it from them. I send presents for my nephew and the only way I know they've arrived is because the tracking number says they have. If my mom weren't trying to be a good grandmother, I would just stop sending things. I'm so annoyed. Honestly, I'm passed annoyed, but yeah...
I'm with you about rigging things. Sometimes it's necessary, but whenever possible I try to figure out the right way to do it so I don't have to deal with it again.

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Since I hate to Gerry Rig anything, I ended up calling Tech Support, and I got the issue fixed. Although it took me 5 hours to do what needed to be done. I took pictures. I have probably 6 more hours to spend on it, cleaning and lubricating two areas, then I am done. It is like a new machine!

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WOW, all those dead fish! Is the pond deep enough for winter temps? Any other problems, I know algae overgrowth can kill off pond fish. Well, that's the limit of my knowledge of pond's and fish. I know fishtanks. I'd love to have one again but I'm not willing to maintain it. I'm just too busy with other things. I'm fine with the fishtank video on my TV LOL. Technology!

I felt pretty good this morning, a rare day that I'm enjoying. Pain, yeah, but not the usual morning hourlong of stressful and painful waiting. I can remember when I was younger, waking up was just a matter of being a bit sleepy and a cup of tea or coffee worked fine.

Edited by: WANDERINONE at: 6/1/2015 (13:11)
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I don't blame you for using the meds to sleep if it's the only way you can sleep. I get to a certain point where I am so exhausted that I take something to help me sleep, but I need to be able to take it when I have enough time to sleep off the effects of the medication and so that the next day I can have a bit of hangover. It seems that no matter what I take to help me sleep, I always have just a small hangover. Sometimes it's worth it and other times not so much.
I worked for a woman who had an expresso machine. I'm not a coffee drinker, but she loved it and used it every day. That's amazing that you were able to get the old one up and running again.
Today my 12 year cousin helped me clean out and wash my garage. It was a lot of work, and in the middle of it she found my dog dragging one of the 24 inch cat fish from the pond. It turns out that all of the fish in our stocked pond died over the winter. We spent way too much time pulling them out and disposing of them today. The smell was absolutely horrific. We were both sick from it. Then as we were leaving my house this afternoon she saw two more that have come up to the side. Because our garbage comes tomorrow (and I can't do anything with them in the yard because my dogs will definitely find them and come home smelling disgusting or sick from eating them) we're probably going to have to get them out tonight. I am so not looking forward to it. On the up side, the garage looks really good and we threw away a bunch of stuff. We washed the floors which always end up gross and dirty because we live on a dirt road so our cars track in lots of things.
Tomorrow I'm watching my friends 2.5 year old son all day. Her daughter was invited to an indoor water park by a classmate and because her daughter is slightly ostracized by her peers (she has behavior problems related to being autistic and a general pain in the butt without the autism), my friend doesn't want to turn down the invitation. Unfortunately her son is also special needs and absolutely HATES water, so he's going to hang with me instead. He's fun and easy to be with though, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm actually the only person who is not a parent or grandparent who has watched him. Until he was two, I was the only person who ever watched him other than his parents so he's pretty special to me.
I've put a few links on the music site, but not anything lately. I've been so busy between my classes and trying to deal with continuing ed requirements plus all the normal stuff that music hasn't been high on the priority list unfortunately. At least, not new music.

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Good morning!
So sorry to hear your days lately not so good. I do hope things turn around and you get your rest. I feel horrible with bad sleep or worse, no sleep. Sleep is sooo important!

I will try to be pleasant. LOL. Really! I feel hateful in the mornings when I wake up like this. It's like this on every morning after I wake up. On a good note, I have my espresso and the distraction of computer and my fav music playing. It helps me to get through the hour.

Today I am going to search Amazon for free music to download. I will post what I find if it's good. Also, if you sparkmail me your address, I will send you a few samples of the products I've already made. I'm only sending samples to 2 other people. I've sure enjoyed them over the years.

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I've had a rough few days. For some reason I'm not sleeping well, which has made me exhausted and made my back hurt so much more than it needs to. I'm basically just trying to get through my days without taking more pain pills than necessary or falling asleep wherever I happen to be sitting.
Hopefully it gets better. Thursday I'm watching my friends son. He's 2.5 year old, but is delayed so he's more like a 1 year old, but he can't walk yet so there's a lot of lifting involved. Thankfully he's an absolutely adorable child so he makes it easy to be with him.

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Andrea, you do well with the kids. They need the prompting to learn to talk about things. It's healthier than staying bottled up inside. That's a recipe for mental issues. Or depression. Kids today have more depression than ever before. A confessional period is an amazing thing for a kid to learn to do. I think once kids learn to discuss their life's issues openly, they are much healthier and better in touch with their feelings. Good for you to give that learning to them. Stay open for them. It's a good gift you're giving. Many if not most people cannot have a discussion like you have been doing with them. Most would rather pay for a Psychiatrist. Sad state of affairs. Not that I think a Psy MD is a bad thing either.

The orange bar above the last post, if you click on where it says "Sort last (or first) post on top" is what changes it. I often will read back from beginning to end, to find something. Then I forget I had it set that way! Puts me in a tailspin cause I set that so seldom. emoticon



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