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Monday, July 28, 2014

Yesterday I got up my nerve and went to church. I showered the night before so I could rest until 10:00, the time when Ralph would pick me up to go to church. The new recliner was lovely. Silent (unlike the groaning one I have at home) and comfortable ...What a lovely gift!

Well I made it through church (only fell asleep once!)

This morning I'm over heated....just put the AC on so that should improve. I signed up for the ten minute challenge team run by Spark Guy. Ten minutes. Surely I can do that. Today I'm going to do the exercises in bed. My neck is really hurting today, cracking constantly. I wonder if there are any "bed exercise" videos here on Spark. They have chair ones....what about bed ones. I know I can try to do bridging. And straight leg raises. And bicycle crunches. Pelvic tilts Ankle pumps.
Any other ideas?.... I can use the resistance bands --hold the handles in my hands and wrap the other end around my foot and push my foot out using the band to resist. And with the smaller resistance band I can put my hands on the ends and spread my arms wide against the pressure of the band. That will be good for my artificial shoulder. I have been negligent in exercising that shoulder.

I will do these when I finish this blog. promise.

Today my daughter has promised to clean out the screened porch for me. I look forward to having it usable. It would be nice to go out there and sit in the evenings. I could have tea out there with one of my friends in the afternoons if it's not too hot.

I've been losing and regaining the same five pounds over and over. It's getting so frustrating repeatedly hitting the same wall. I know what to do to lose it....The Eat to Live program works like a charm. But my husband doesn't like that food and while I liike it....I don't have the stamina to carry out those recipes. They are time consuming and use hard-to-get ingredients. And I love cheese. It's so hard to give that up...that is the only dairy I eat.

And a piece of good news. I have a friend, an elderly lady, who has been reading my other blog and has been impressed by my writing skills. She heard that I have a manuscript that I'm trying to get published....and she has volunteered $1,700 toward the price of having it self published. Now I'm in the process of looking for a reputable company to publish my book. There are a LOT of these self-publishing companies out there but if you go to their website you hear a lot of complaints by "authors"....and it strikes me as odd that these authors cannot even manage to write a coherent, grammatically correct sentence in order to voice their complaints. Is that the type of person who self publishes? Yikes.

well, my room has cooled down. Time to try to get my ten minutes in.

Be blessed today.


  
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_LINDA 7/28/2014 11:51PM

    So glad you could attend church and even be reasonably comfortable in the new chair so much so you could even sleep!
The chair exercise team is a great one -the leader works really hard to motivate people and provides links for all kinds of exercises based on ability and yes, there were links for people in bed although the one I looked at was upper body -I assume they think you can't use your legs if you are bedridden, but who knows what else might be on there -you could always search You tube for exercise videos done in bed..
That is one special lady friend!
Keep on trying!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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JANISMKW 7/28/2014 8:42PM

    Keep it going, Cyn! You inspired me to join the 10-min team too.

Can you get a PT to come to your home from a visiting nurse assoc.? All you need is a Dr's Rx for it. I've had it post-op and my mom does periodically for her neck. They could give you a program to follow in bed, sitting, whatever, and progress it as you can. The Dr. should know reasons to justify it... retaining mobility, balance, specific joint issues, etc. Plus they can do some other treatments like massage and ultrasound.

I looked at SP videos and there are like 7 chair ones... I thought there were more, but there are other things like arm strength training in videos that can be done sitting, even if the video shows them standing. Take breaks as needed.
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JUDITH316 7/28/2014 3:37PM

    emoticon job, keep up the great work, I'm so glad you were able to attend Church yesterday...Blessings on your week... emoticon

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SEATTLE58 7/28/2014 10:42AM

    I hope that you were able to get some sort of 10 min. in, Cyn. That can really make one feel lots better. I know what you mean about the alot of people these days that don't know how to write and spell. It's really pathetic! Maybe talk to other good people locally and they can tell you of a reputable author. Good luck!
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LVZ617 7/28/2014 10:11AM

    I am impressed and motivated by you! I got to your page through the SparkGuy's 10 minute team which I just found today.
I feel if you are willing to do 10 minutes in bed, I can squeeze in 10 minutes in a chair. I had been dong better with my weight, losing 30 pounds, and then those darn IV steroids for asthma a year ago... I haven't lost any of the weight I gained, and went through a period of what's the use, I'll never lose, so I might just as well eat what I want.
It also helps to be reminded to use spiritual grounding.
THANK YOU!

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Sick Puppys and Church Attendance

Friday, July 25, 2014

Well my three friends visited last week....and I promised them I would do my best to attend church on Sunday. Then pastor visited and said they'd installed a new electric recliner for me to use in church instead of the one there which every child under 15 had thought was a trampoline....it was one jump away from falling on the floor the next time I was to sit in it.

Then the next day my trusty friend Ralph came over to pick me and my rollator up to go out for lunch and to do some errands. Lunch went well. however in the car on the way to town (the temp was in the 90's and Ralph's car has no AC) I started to feel REALLY sick. Nauseous. dizzy. weak and exhausted. I couldn't keep my eyes open. I did manage to get through the bank visit (it was a drive up) and still had two more errands but I told Ralph I was done in. " No more...take me home NOW!!"

I got home and with the help of Nanette (my rollator's new name) I made it to my bed and zonked out for two hours. That was scary and something I do not wish to repeat. So now, Sunday looms. what about it? Will I make it? I have my promise on one hand and the recliner also beckons. But what if I get sick? Ralph sits on the opposite side of the church. I can set up a secret method of reaching his attention. I will tell him if he sees me stand up.....wait until I get to the back of the room and if I wave....then come and rescue me. I'll tell you--I do not wish that on anyone and its not something i want to encounter again.'

My guess is that the heat, combined with the fatigue common to my autoimmune diseases ..combined to make me one sick puppy.

  
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JANISMKW 7/25/2014 10:13PM

    I'm sorry, too, that that happened to you. Of course, "once bitten, twice shy" and anyone would want to avoid having that happen again, which is smart. But don't give up, make adjustments.

Linda has good points about hydrating and watching sodium. You can keep water with you in church to sip.

It's great that Ralph is willing to be a friend and help you, but is there any transportation with AC when it's that hot? I'm sure Ralph will understand. Maybe use your rescue inhaler before heading out and exerting yourself? And moderation... maybe don't try to tackle too long an itinerary in one trip.

It is great that you have such a wonderful church community and pastor. And a recliner, how great! I've never seen such a nice accommodation.

God bless you and keep you.

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_LINDA 7/25/2014 8:34PM

    That kind of heat would have made me sick too, unreal, picked a bad day to run errands for sure. Having a heavy restaurant meal wouldn't help either. If it was salty (and they usually are) you could have been dehydrated.
I am assuming you are worried you will get sick in the church because it has no air conditioning either? That is wonderful they would buy a special recliner just for you. You have a very caring church community.. Maybe if you made sure you were well hydrated (or take a water bottle with you) and some anti nausea medicine you would be okay. Your faith is what will keep you going when nothing else will..
Praying for a good day for you to go..
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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SEATTLE58 7/25/2014 4:58PM

    Oh honey, I'm so sorry that you got so sick. It sure could've been a combination of heat, stuck in a car without a/c and running around too here and there. I hope that that good rest helped to feel better and better. Loving you Cyn, Karen emoticon emoticon

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Sick Puppys and Church Attendance

Friday, July 25, 2014

Well my three friends visited last week....and I promised them I would do my best to attend church on Sunday. Then pastor visited and said they'd installed a new electric recliner for me to use in church instead of the one there which every child under 15 had thought was a trampoline....it was one jump away from falling on the floor the next time I was to sit in it.

Then the next day my trusty friend Ralph came over to pick me and my rollator up to go out for lunch and to do some errands. Lunch went well. however in the car on the way to town (the temp was in the 90's and Ralph's car has no AC) I started to feel REALLY sick. Nauseous. dizzy. weak and exhausted. I couldn't keep my eyes open. I did manage to get through the bank visit (it was a drive up) and still had two more errands but I told Ralph I was done in. " No more...take me home NOW!!"

I got home and with the help of Nanette (my rollator's new name) I made it to my bed and zonked out for two hours. That was scary and something I do not wish to repeat. So now, Sunday looms. what about it? Will I make it? I have my promise on one hand and the recliner also beckons. But what if I get sick? Ralph sits on the opposite side of the church. I can set up a secret method of reaching his attention. I will tell him if he sees me stand up.....wait until I get to the back of the room and if I wave....then come and rescue me. I'll tell you--I do not wish that on anyone and its not something i want to encounter again.'

My guess is that the heat, combined with the fatigue common to my autoimmune diseases ..combined to make me one sick puppy.

  


wow! Real KEYS!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

About two weeks ago my beat up laptop finally expired. :( Then, through the incredible generosity of a friend, I was able to order a new Dell Latitude...which goes retail for $1200 and which I got refurbished for $350. It arrived yesterday and today I've been happily catching up with friends whom I normally chat with. Thankfully I was not completely offline. I do have a Kindle Fire but I'll tell you....styluses suck! I'm much happier--and much faster--typing away without having to look at the keyboard all the time.

That's the good news. The bad news is that I am suspecting that I have neuropathy. Another painful disease on top of the four I already have. However I have not had a doctor's opinion yet so I should not be diagnosing myself.

I've been at home completely now for two weeks. It is just getting too hard and too painful to make excursions. Today three of my friends from church are coming over to visit.. That will be nice. Although I'm afraid I've forgotten how to converse.

My husband refuses to take me anywhere especially if I need my rollator walker or the wheelchair. He won't put them in his car or lift or push.....
So I will be relying on friends to keep me sane. He also doesn't speak to me so I go for days without conversation. It's not so bad when my daughter is here but she is leaving again today for her boyfriend's house so alone once again...

I will keep you posted although there is not much to say.

  
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PGHP31CK 7/22/2014 1:51PM

    Yay for the computer! So glad that you were able to get a new one!!

Praying that you're wrong about the neuropathy.

Hugs & love,
Susan

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SEATTLE58 7/22/2014 12:35PM

    I'm so glad that you have good friends to help you! What a good relief that is for you. I think of you so often with lots of love and care and wish I could help you too. emoticon But I do anyway, with my heart. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 7/22/2014 10:04AM

    You have some wonderful friends! Thank God for them! My neighbour has neuropathy among other diseases including diabetes, but she helped bring it on by poor lifestyle choices including smoking and obesity (morbid). Praying you do not have that one as well :-(
Its nice to hear from you again, hope you have a nice visit..
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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And so it Goes

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I really wish I could go somewhere this summer. With every summer that passes I slide further and further away from "health" and "strength" But our garage needs a roof, our deck needs to be power washed and sealed. We need new kitchen floors....and there simply is no room in that list for "Vacation"....especially when to go anywhere and have any kind of endurance for pain, I must go in my wheelchair....and my husband will not have any part of that. *sigh*

I will NOT feel sorry for myself. I will , instead, be grateful to have enough money to do those tasks for home improvement. I will be grateful for the days when my daughter is at home and enjoy her company. I will eat the lettuce and tomatoes I have growing on my deck and be grateful to God for them.

There are many gifts from God for which I will be grateful. We have a thread on the RAD Team page....called :Smile Detectives....where we seek out things that made us smile and we share them with each other...NOTICE what makes you smile. And tell a friend. Share your smiles!

  
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JUDITH316 7/22/2014 4:35AM

    My Dear Friend,

Been thinking of you of late and wanted you to know I continue to stand with you cheering you on your journey, emoticon for your continued support on my blogs and for your valued friendship, you are a blessing in which I thank God!

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_LINDA 6/29/2014 2:00AM

    Yes, we do have to be grateful for what we have. I too, have been wanting to get away but my medical problems or work keep getting in the way. I enjoyed the first fresh baby cucumbers from the Farmer's Market today. Been a long winter without locally grown produce..
Good idea for a thread! Is it possible I am even busier now with one arm out of commission? Much slower with one finger typing..
Love your attitude!
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JANISMKW 6/28/2014 8:14PM

    Gratitude is good. A benefit is it's the biggest boon to happiness.

I love the website http://www.gratefulness.org/ I subscribe to their Word of the Day... a brief quote they email every day relating to gratitude. Takes a second to read but thought-provoking (and free!)

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God bless.

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LISALOSING52 6/28/2014 2:11PM

    YOU Dear Heart, Make me smile. emoticon
It is wonderful having spark friends like you and I'm grateful and blessed for all the little things as well.
Have a blessed day my beauty!

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