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Good morning ladies !!

Another great day for me. I got so much rest last night that it has re energized me. I actually got in 6 hours of rest last night. I have been getting only 3 or 4, so I can see a med adjustment coming up soon. I have almost finished with my water goal of 8 cups. I will drink more if I can. I am already seeing results from the 5% Challenge. That is such a good thing because I am really trying and kicking in the exercise. I have to update my page and get it all straightened around. I need to blog about the Challenge,but I am really bad at blogging these days. We all know that i am long winded, so maybe it won't be as hard trying to write it as I am anticipating. I've got my housework done for the day and I will be getting new kitchen pots later on.

URBANAUDREYE, I used to send Sassafrass home, so that my Mom could make stuff with the recipes I sent to her from Houma, La. annual local good cook contest. They are great recipes. I cherish them. I have some great ones for jambalaya, shrimp creole, gumbo recipes for all different kinds. This was before Zatarains made it all over the country. I sent coffee from the French Market home for cafe au lait too. It was great coffee,. I still order it from New Orleans.We are lucky, we have crawfish here in Oregon, so that was not a problem.

JUSTPEACHYGA, I love Blue Grass, the blues and Jazz. We went to some awesome Jazz jams at Preservation Hall in N.O. I'm so happy we have most of that available here. My Dad brought us up listening to everything from the Blues through the Big Band Era. He loved to ply his records and we learned to appreciate all forms or music. I even like some classical. He played his trumpet along with the Big Band music. It was from his youth, like Pop and Rock are for us. Thinking about it all brings back good memories and great times. Yes, N.O. food is spicy. How neat it is that your Aunt lives there. I enjoyed my time in the N.O. area. Congratulations on getting in your strength training. That is on board for me right now. I know that it is satisfying to be able to work out with your little one.

Have a nice day ladies!! Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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I'm not a fan of NOLA food... too spicy for me. My sister and niece live there though and of course, they LOVE it. Did first strength training workout with baby girl today... we both did a great job. Loved hearing her music and having a buddy! emoticon

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I made jambalaya once. As close to NOLA as I can get in Northeastern Pennsylvania anyway. There's a few things that aren't too widely available here. Like crawfish and sassafras.

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DEBTEVELDAHL so glad your morning and day worked out so that you were able to meet your goal for the day! emoticon A blues festival sounds so fun! I'm wanting to go to a Bluegrass festival as well. I'm sure there's bound to be one in my area some time being I'm in the South emoticon Gotta look that up!

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Good afternoon, ladies !! It is a beautiful day here. I got up very early this morning and finished half of my exercise goal of the day. Yay !! Now I just have to get outside on this beautiful day and get my walk in. That should meet the rest of my goal.

JUSTPEACHYGA I know what you mean too. I never felt such relief as when the meds were finally right. I felt that I could be such a better person and a Mom I was flooded with love for my kids. They were so little and needed me so much, because we were just us three. I'm so glad that you have gotten your medication straighten around.

URBANAUDREYE, It sounds as if the fair, food and all was terrific. I am jealous. I missed my big event of the year - the Blues Festival - on the fourth of July. I always get my Jambalaya there every year. It was missed. They make authentic N.O. Jambalaya. It is great. You can't get it in a box at the supermarket.

Have a lovely evening, ladies !! Take care and God bless. Deb

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Love it and glad you've felt it too!

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I know EXACTLY what you mean. You always want the absolute best for your family and loved ones, but it's not always easy on us to provide that. Not because we don't want it, but because sometimes we are simply unable. A terrible thing when we do realize it, but unfortunately we cannot change the past. All we can do is look forward to do what we need to for us and for them. I think it's important that we always keep our intentions good.

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I have quit my job, pulled my daughter from the horrible online public school she was attending, embarking on a new path of homeschooling, and having a new plan of adding in more flexibility and less "should's" in my life. I am feeling stable for 6 days now and I feel like I might have found the magic pill between lifestyle changes and the upped medication. Who would have known that just a few tweaks would make such a difference?

I realized though yesterday that because I've been having such mood swings for so long that I was so out of touch with family, affection, and laughter. I've been feeling so much love towards my family (giving them hugs, smiles, and touches on the head, shoulders, etc.). Feel so thankful for them and my life. I am also discovering that I do have a playful and humorous side. I feel a little bit saddened (not in a depressive way) that this was missing from my life and from their life. I almost feel like I was robbed of some wonderful treasures. It's not quite regret but it's something that I can't put my finger on. Do you know what I am meaning?

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Fair food is my mortal enemy. Shishkabob wasn't a bad choice, but I didn't need the 1000+ calorie dessert. Really though... who on earth could possibly pass up a Reeses' peanut butter cup, sandwiched between 2 double stuffed oreos, battered and deep fried and coated with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce? And it is only once a year, so I suppose it could be worse. Or I could have been like my hubs and gotten a Mighty Twinx (Twix stuffed in a Twinkie, wrapped in bacon, battered, deep fried, and coated with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce).

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Good morning all,

Wishing you a super Sunday and I hope it kicks off a great week for you all!! Our weather is now getting hotter again. We will be in the high 80' low 90's for a few days, then the cooler temps come back along with the rain. I will be watching Football if I can get my game to stream online. I spent all afternoon yesterday trying to get the Ducks game on my computer. No success. I don't know if I will be anymore successful today, but I can certainly try. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them !! Take care and God bless, Deb

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Apparently I should have washed my coffee cup better. It tastes funny. And it feels a little greasy on the outside.

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Well out here in the middle of nowhere New Mexico the weather certainly is getting more fall like the past two weeks. I haven't even needed my cooler for the last week or so. It may be a passing reprieve from the heat, but I am hoping we are done with 90 degree weather.

That also means that I have lots of time to get in a walk without melting from the heat. I have been having trouble getting up the motivation to walk though. I haven't been swimming since I have two options: get up at 6 to swim, or go after 11 when the sun beats down and requires a bath in sunscreen. The other problem with swimming is that any nearby (50 miles) lightning shuts down the pool and cuts short any swimming.

Anyway, doing okay, Saw the scale drop to 211 yesterday, So close to 210 I can taste it!



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It's about 6:15 am here.... been up since 4:30. I finally got a good night's sleep and when I woke up (which I do often normally) I thought it was like 10 pm. I look at the clock to find out I slept through the whole night without waking up! So I had my breakfast (oatmeal and coffee) and I feel good, not tired at all. Geo got upset at me when I came out of the room at 7 pm (I originally went to sleep at 3:30 pm) and ate a salad. I had labs done yesterday, and at the doctor's office I go to gives out free lunches, so I ate one of them. It made my stomach upset and Geo was mad that I didn't eat the sausages we had taken out for dinner. I should have told him that my stomach was still upset and Polish sausage was just too much for my stomach. I will tell him today. I have been fighting mood swings and getting depressed. I know Geo is in a lot of pain, but some of the things he has been saying have been more than just harmful. I told him I was struggling not to purge (I'm also bulimic) and he told me that was pathetic and if I did purge I was pathetic. I ended up purging. Another time I told him I was suicidal, and he said he wasn't going to stop me and actually trying to encourage me. I don't know if he knows how painful that was. After I said I wasn't going to do it, he threatened to send me to the hospital. I told him I just wanted to go to a place where I wasn't yelled at all the time. Geo doesn't see how bad his anger is, and he REFUSES to go to anger management. He would choose to be alone instead of being with me and taking classes. He said that. I gave him the choice- me and anger management or being alone, and he said being alone. He says that telling him to go to anger management is like him telling me to go to the hospital. I don't know what it's going to take to get him to see how bad his anger is. He throws things, punches walls or doors... If that was me, I would see I need help. But he doesn't. He has never hit me. He says he would never hit a woman. I get scared when he's angry and he doesn't care. I know he is emotionally abusive and I should leave him for that, but I love him. I don't want to leave him... he has helped me a lot in the past and also lately. Sorry for the rant. *hugs*

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Hi everybody,

I'm glad that you are feeling better today, Audreye. It is such a worry when we have kids in school to be sure that they are being challenged and not bored. Friends are important too. Micah needs the socialization that he will get in a regular classroom. Jeni had her meeting about Micah's future this morning at 7:50 am. I don't know if it is over yet, but I won't find out the details until later tonight when she gets home from work. I hope she gets her concerns addressed and solved.

Today is a rare day off for me. I have been volunteering at the Democratic headquarters in both Vcouver, WA and in Portland. I do not have to be there today, so my free time is my own. I think that I will watch all five Underworld movies today. I will have a marathon, since my housework is done and I will have nothing to do today after my work out. My daughter, Jeni, swears that this is the best series, so I will see if I want to spend my day cavorting with Vampires and Werewolves. I may just decide to watch Netflix if Underworld doesn't work out. I am not used to having this kind of time in my day. It is a treat.

I wish everyone a great start to the week. I hope that you all have a terrific Monday. It is partly sunny today here. It is gearing up for "monsoon" season, so the weather is getting kind of sketchy sometimes. I am happy to see the sun, even part time. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon



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Thank you.

I'm a little happier today. On her way in we ran into one of her classmates that was just ecstatic to see her, so at least I know she's not lacking in the friends department. She told me that she hopes she's not doing the same things today. I told her if she gets bored in class to let her teacher know she wasn't feeling challenged. I also intend to get around to writing that e-mail today.

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Audreye, thanks for the heads up. I'm sure that I have missed the alerts. I had so much political stuff clogging my email, that I started a new email for just the Sparkpeople, yesterday. I hope that there will be no junk build up in that account now. I was missing stuff right and left the past couple of weeks for all my teams.

My daughter, Jeni is having the same sort of trouble with her son in Kindergarten this year. She has found that Micah is not happy in his class at school. He misses his preschool and the kids in his class last year. He is in a special class at his new school, because he is autistic, but he seems to be doing regular kindergarten work now. Micah is high functioning and she is worried that his school work and social skills are suffering in his present class. She's had several meetings with Teachers and now she is going to the Principal of the school on Monday morning. They will, I'm sure, find something that will be an equitable solution for him.

Good luck to you Audreye !!!

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Deb, could be you missed an email somewhere along the line. If you don't click the link on it every time you get it, it does that.

Xena had been complaining all week that she's bored at school and doesn't want to go. The homework she had brought home has been ridiculously repetitive. They changed her gym day without telling us, from Fridays to Wednesdays.She doesn't like her new teacher and misses grrr old one and her old classmates. It's very frustrating. I had just talked with her last teacher about my concerns of her being more advanced than her classmates. Last week with Mrs. Ohrin they had stated sight words. Now she's back to coloring pages. She told me today they watched cartoons. I want happy the way it was, but this is so much worse. The stress off it it's killing me. I don't even know where to go with it. Take my concerns to the new teacher? Or the principal? The guidance counselor? Grrr.

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Hi everybody,

I don't know how, but I have gotten kicked off of this thread and that's part of the reason that I have been absent. The other part is that I have been working at my local Democratic Headquarters and one in Vancouver, Wa, as well. I've tried to check my email everyday, but it appears that I have missed some posts. I have resubscribed, so I hope that I won't be kicked out again.

Larissa, I am so sorry that you and Geo are at a negative point in your relationship. I hope that when you get to your Mom's, that things will work out for you and for the best. Finding some space at your Mom's may be most helpful. I know what it is like to live with an emotionally and verbally abusive partner. My ex husband, Bill, was that kind of man. It is a real relief to get away from the stress, if nothing else. I hope that you feel better soon.

Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb

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emoticon emoticon Diane

I know things run a little hot and cold with you and Geo. You need to do what's best for you! It might be painful, but it won't do you any good being in a toxic relationship. Use the time with your mom to really reflect on everything. And after all, moms know best, so it could be she can share her insight.

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I've been having a lot of problems with Geo lately, I asked him if he wanted me to wash all his clothes and he started yelling at me for no reason. I know he can be loving and caring (my phone was on my chair while I napped and he plugged it in for me to charge) but he yells a lot too. I know he's in a lot of pain... I went through the same thing with my dad. I guess women do really marry their fathers. I know he loves me, and he has never hit me. Just yelling, punching the wall, throwing things (not in my direction) and the like. I know it's emotional abuse. He would rather leave me than go to anger management. I asked him that, and he said he would rather be without me. I'm depressed and yes he does help with some things but it's hard when he's in a lot of pain. My mom's husband is going to Texas for 5 weeks for a job, and I think I will use that as a trial separation. It hurt so bad to type that. I can't type anymore.

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It just takes time. You'll get there. Any time you start a new med, it's going to take trial and error to find what works for your current body chemistry. You'll lose, don't worry.

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*in the voice of a two year old* I DUN WANNA! *end screeching and kicking*

But I did just call my doc and have not stopped the med. Thanks for the advice, I just...bah. To try so hard and lose it just drives me nuts. At least it is likely to be just water weight. I gained another pound today too.

Bah.



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HMATTAX - I think that is a question best answered by your doctor. Everyone reacts differently to different medications. It also depends on dosage. Example: The last time I tapered my Lamictal, I was instructed to do it over a 2 month period.

Always get a doctor's approval before stopping a med.

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I really have to say that I love having support here!

So here is a question: how fast can I taper Zyprexa (olanzapine) given that I have been on it for a week or so? I hate this med, I was already struggling with my weight before but taking geodon instead of the Zyprexa. Now the first full week I was expecting a rather sharp dive in my weight and instead was greeted to two EXTRA pounds. The weight combined with the mad raving munchies means that, while I am still on track for calories, it is taking severe willpower to keep on the path. On top of the there is the lack of concentration, but that is standard for the meds I am on.

If I wasn't worried about withdrawal time I would just take off the med from the list. But it has only been a week and a smidge and I am not sure at what point my body gets hooked on the meds. Bah!



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Stef: don't worry about about unnecessary things... I hope you feel better with school coming. I'm the same way... If something is coming up I get all nervous. And you don't have to worry about previous posts.. if you keep coming and posting to this thread, you will get it. Also, just know that every month gets a chat thread, so don't worry if people stop posting here. *hugs*

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9/5/16 6:21 P

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Hi mind if I jump in without reading all previous comments? 😁 I'm havin a low but can't wait tommorrow first day of school. When I'm not accomplishing much productivity I get down on myself and when I'm stressed about something about to happen I get tunnel vision on getting ready for that one thing (or just waiting) and put other things off which causes problems.

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9/5/16 12:50 A

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Well, I'm glad you are so supportive of you Mom. Every Mom should have such a loving daughter. It's hard to see a parent not doing well as they get older. My own parents (both of them) have Parkinson's and it is painful to see them not able to do things they were able to do just six months ago.

Just last weekend, I went to see them for four days. I was so upset at how confused they both would get that I drank an entire pot of coffee and chewed about twenty nicotine gum pieces in one day and ended up in the hospital with chest pain. I'm fine now of course, but I understand entirely about how upset a person can get when it comes to caring about a parent with Parkinson's. It's so hard to see a parent becoming vulnerable. It just really hurts.

I think that for me, I am going to have to make my stays shorter. Four days with two confused parents is two days too many.

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9/1/16 2:06 P

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Even my mom's doctor said that she had years to live, it's just going to be a quality of life issue. She can cook and clean, so she doesn't need to go to to a nursing home. It's just that whenever I talk to Tracy, he's saying stuff like "don't you understand, your mother is DYING" and stuff like that. He says it to her, too.. she's getting pissed about him doing that to her. It's like he's trying to convince us. Tracy is going to be gone for 5 weeks (my mom's health is suddenly okay for that time) and so I'm going to try to go up there with my brother and move her to my uncle's house. it's a cross country drive, but my mom and my brother can switch off. Just get a U-haul and move back to CA (about an hour south of LA) where most of the family is so she can get some more support from them.

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9/1/16 12:22 P

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I don't blame you for being pissed. She shouldn't need to start liquidating just to make his life easier. Especially when ill it's important to surround yourself with things that you love and bring you joy.

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9/1/16 11:18 A

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I'm so worried about my mom. She sleeps all day and falls a lot. Her husband says when she falls it's like her legs give out. I'm pissed at her husband (Tracy) because he's making her sort through her stuff so when she dies he doesn't even need to go through her things. He is constantly saying how she is going to die soon and that none of us kids don't understand. I think that his pressure of getting her ready for death when she still has a good couple years at least. She has Parkinson's, but can get along on her own still. She's 61 so she still has a long way to go. Sorry about the rant... Just needed to get that off my chest.

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Here comes another month and another season. How are you feeling about it.

Right now it's stressful for me. The next 3 weeks are super busy for me. Getting into the kindergarten groove, dance classes start back tonight. No school Friday - Monday. A baby shower and birthday party Saturday. Our annual trip to the Renaissance Faire Monday. And then the following week, library story time starts back plus the hubby's birthday, which means baking. So much to do, so little patience and sanity.

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