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What a day, I hate seizures

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Okay yesterday in my feed I wrote that Erik had a seizure. This is not the first one I've witnessed for my son, that happened in Austria last May. Erik isn't the first person I've seen in a seizure, I was a HS teacher and had had first aid training and twice I got to use it for a young lady who had seizures. It was scary then when it was another person's child it's worse when it's your own and you feel like you don't know enough anymore. I made sure Erik was protected so he could not hurt himself any further and waited it out -possibly 3 minutes, I did not have the presence of mind to time it.
Right after I finished my blog: Benefits to being a Sparker, I heard a thunk. Erik, what on earth are you doing, I said. Then I heard him, he was in active seizure, I ran looking for him and found him on the floor by his bed. I put a pillow behind his head, then I just stayed making sure he didn't thrash and hurt himself. The seizure played itself out and Erik finally looked at me with recognition and smiled. Up, he said, I got to get up. Full sentence right out of his seizure-good job son. After getting him up on his bed, I asked him if he knew what happened. He said yes, then proceded to show me without getting up what happened. He asked about a PILL, he had been prescribed seizure meds several months after his accident, but continually spit them out or refused to take them. He told the Neurologist-NOT GOOD, SICK. We guessed he did not appreciate the after effects of the drugs and could not explain what happened when he took them. The doctor conceded and Erik hadn't had a seizure from August 2010 till May 2014. That one was explained by the massive amounts of stimulus he had while traveling in Belgium and Austria. Anyway, yesterday was the second one in a year-I'm not happy, his wanting the pill is not to cool, since he likes tasting various beers. They don't mix to well.
I digress, he then went to the bathroom and back to bed for several hours, waking up twice for a little water.
Why, Why, Why this time. All I could think of was his friends father's passing and funeral last week and his nasty stomach virus that caused him to race for the bathroom regularly-not easy when you wear a brace to walk.
We will see his doctor in December, unless he has another seizure before then.
When will I get used to this-NEVER. I would like to be calm and not have my whole day trashed after his seizures though. How do I do that? I have no clue! I'm at a loss as how to pull myself together and be able to do something constructive. All I could do is sit and knit-no housework, no sewing- no paperwork, just quietly knit and listen for more trouble from his room.
Thanks for those of you who responded with prayers and goodies to cheer me. I really needed hugs-virtual was what I was able to get. It's days like yesterday when I really miss my Steve.
Now Erik is upset with me, because I'm checking on him every hour or so, last night I told him to go watch TV in his bed so I could go to mine-he was not thrilled with me. Imagine mom telling her 42 yr old to go to bed!
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CLAIREINPARIS 11/16/2014 3:53PM

    Of course you are worried for Erik, 42 or not... He surely can understand how terribly scary it must have been for you... I wish I could give you a big big hug dear Ginie. Oups, j'ai oublié d'écrire en français, j'étais tellement prise par la lecture de ton blog et tellement émue... Prends bien soin de toi mon amie, et tiens-nous au courant.
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BUTTONPOPPER1 11/15/2014 7:13AM

    Ginie, I read this a couple of days ago when you posted it but was unable to respond at the time. I hope that by now things have calmed down a bit and that you both have been able to get a good rest. AS MARTYLYNN1 says, "you have both lost a lot of your independence," and this must be hard to deal with, especially the uncertainty of it all, not knowing what will happen next. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and please know that I just really admire you for your stamina, patience, and indomitable spirit! You are an inspiration to a lot of us here! I hope you have a peaceful weekend!

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USMAWIFE 11/13/2014 9:49PM

    so sorry to hear that he is having seizures but praying this is the last of them for him for a long time

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MILLISMA 11/13/2014 9:11PM

    So sorry, Ginie. One of my best friends in school had seizures and I will never forget the first time I saw her have one.....second grade. All I could do was hold her hand. Do you think Erik will take the meds? It's sad that something that helps us can create other issues. You really did an excellent job of taking care of him. I'm amazed that he realized what had happened and that he was talking fine. Wonder if it could have been brought on by the stress of the recent passing. Thinking of both of you and keeping you in my prayers.

extra hugs....Mary Anne

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HOLLYM48 11/13/2014 5:12PM

    So sorry to hear of this. It is not easy to witness a seizure, it is a very helpless feeling. Sending prayers and hugs your way that it is the last. emoticon

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MARTYLYNN1 11/13/2014 5:12PM

    This is so hard for you both. You have both lost a lot of your independence. I am so glad that he has you to care for him and know you are doing an excellent job of it. To have lost your husband too, I can't even imagine the stress you have to deal with. I will continue to keep you both in prayer.
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PGHP31CK 11/13/2014 4:09PM

    Ginie, are there other caregiver/parents to whom you can reach out? Sometimes it helps to talk to someone who is doing what you're doing, and is in a similar situation.

I met my BFF while both of our guys were doing rehab for Brain Injury. Her DH was in a silo gas accident about 2 months before mine had his stroke. We've kept each other sane over the past 13 years -- we've laughed, cried, & screamed together.

Praying for you, AND for Erik.

Huge hugs!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/13/2014 3:09PM

    It sounds like you did a fantastic job and did everything just right. I agree wit you though. No one can get used to this nor should they. Erik needs to take his meds and nix the beer. All meds have side effects but if they are a big problem there are other meds they can substitute. And most of the time the side effects are much less a problem than severely injuring yourself or dying from a seizure. You are doing the right thing. If Erik doesn't want to lose his privacy then he needs to stay on his meds and not harm himself and worry you. I would be doing the same thing if it were my son. emoticon

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GABY1948 11/13/2014 3:04PM

    Oh, Ginie, I am so sorry...I did not know about this. But you always have my prayers. They will continue...I hope this is the last one he has....forever.

You truly do handle things well in my eyes though....I probably would have freaked, if not outwardly then inwardly!

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BAKER1009 11/13/2014 2:20PM

    I'm so sorry to hear you, and Erik, had to go through this yesterday. Sending positive thoughts both your way and to Erik. Hang in there mom. I cannot imagine what it must be like - not just the seizures, but everything you have endured since the accident. You are an amazing person. While I am not suggesting that you be unhealthy, do cut yourself some slack. We can only deal with so much. Maybe sitting, knitting, is exactly what you needed to do at that time.
Big, BIG, hugs my dear friend!
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JANET552 11/13/2014 2:04PM

    I think you don't have to be "productive." You are watching out for Erik and that is productive in another way. Do what you need to do to calm yourself. I'm glad Erik has a doctor visit soon and that you'll go sooner if there is another seizure. It needs looking into, that's for sure.

Go easy on yourself!! Hugs! Prayers!! Positive thoughts! They are all coming your way.

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Benefits to being a Sparker.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I have several real encouraging SFs. Janet552 has been one of the best friends a girl could have with challenges and encouragement. Buttonpopper has been encouraging and patting me on the back too. But lately, I've answered a call by GABY1948. We are not doing exactly the same things but we are trying so hard to maintain a streak that we began with another sparker, a friend of Gayes who is in this with us. We are together on day 31. And I am on day 41 for logging in and doing the trivia questions.
So what's the benefit you might ask. Well I'd gotten real sloppy about logging in, tracking and participating. I think at time Janet was afraid I'd drop out of site, she kept calling me back-benefit. Gaye would encourage me when I responded to her blogs-benefit. Buttonpopper would point out my value as a friend when I gave helpful advice. Brooklyn_Born has been a help too as has been LisaLosingit, MorticiaAddams, ClaireInParis, and Donna, Beth and MaryAnne-sorry friends-your log in names are on the tip of my tongue but it's not coming to mind.
Even though we've run into hardships in life, health, family, frustration, schooling, work we still lovingly reach out to each other. NorasPat amazes me with her energy, drive and accomplishments.
Now I guess would be a good time that this is the time to acknowledge our gratitude, so I'll thank ALL of my sparkfriends young and old -long term and new to the list, sorry I cannot mention all by name...but all of you have touched my heart, my life and many of you carried me through the tragedy of Erik's accident when I was so new to spark people....So God bless you all and keep sparking.
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BAKER1009 11/13/2014 2:27PM

    Thanks for the shout out my dear friend :-)
I never told you, but I kept your voicemail for the longest time after Carly was born - the one you left when I was still in the hospital with her. I think it was still on there when I got a new phone back in February. It meant so much to me that you called to congratulate us. I have had a hard time keeping up with Spark this last year, but I know I can always count on some of you to always be there, because you all understand why I'm so hit and miss. You, along with a handful of others, are the reason I still come back here.
((HUGS))
Beth

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PGHP31CK 11/13/2014 9:40AM

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/13/2014 8:51AM

    Je suis tellement d'accord avec toi, Ginie ! Nos Sparkfriends nous encouragent à ne pas cesser nos efforts. Sans SP et mes Sparkfriends, je sais que j'aurais arrêté la randonnée depuis longtemps, alors même que j'aime beaucoup cela. La vie nous absorbe tellement ! Mes nos Sparkfriends nous rappellent de mettre nos priorités dans le bon ordre. :)
Merci d'être une Sparkfriend si précieuse, toujours encourageante et positive, et merci pour tes commentaires en français, ils me sont particulièrement précieux !
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MILLISMA 11/12/2014 8:56PM

    Ginie, you've said it all and that's why I'm still here even though not as much as I'd like to be right now. It's logging in to track and seeing a note or comment that makes you realize how wonderful spark friends are and how important this friendship and support is. There are days I have been really down and, not to my surprise, someone says something that warms my heart and bring a smile or a tear of joy. Thanks for being the awesome friend that you are.

extra hugs.....Mary Anne

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BUTTONPOPPER1 11/12/2014 8:34PM

    Ginie, I was moved not only by your blog but also by the comments, which prove your point--that this is a loving, supportive community.

Honestly, when I joined this community a few months ago after being a Spark member for several years and using ONLY the food tracker, I soon realized how lonely I had been for the past thirty years over here in Japan without American friends. Meeting you and my other new friends here has truly changed my emotional landscape, in fact my whole life! I now have something to look forward to every day, I feel so much less alone, and the good feelings I get here--making me cry, laugh, and love--are improving my health. Your warmth, energy, zest for life, faith in God, and love for your family are a wonderful example to me, and I am so grateful that God pointed me in your direction!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/12/2014 6:54PM

    You are easy to love. You are one of my favorite things about sparkpeople. emoticon

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USMAWIFE 11/12/2014 6:46PM

    always great to give thanks to those who keep you motivted

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GABY1948 11/12/2014 3:20PM

    What a lovely blog, Ginie! I can't even remember how our paths crossed I do know it was by accident but something so sweet about you kept me coming back! You are a truly sweet and dedicated person and I am thankful to know you too!

We all lift each other up and could never make it without our virtual sparkfriends! We are going to gon on with this streak...it keeps us accountable! Won't let you or Julie (SHAWFAN) DOWN!

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JANET552 11/12/2014 2:49PM

    I feel the same about you!! Thanks for hanging in here with me!

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MARTYLYNN1 11/12/2014 1:32PM

    I love the support and encouragement I get from my friends here. It make this journey go a lot smoother. This reminds me, I have a friend I haven't seen here for a while. I need to give her a shout and make sure she is doing ok.
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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/12/2014 11:52AM

    When I add a sparker's name to our church prayer vine, I'm sometimes asked for a "last" name. Of course, I don't know it, but I tell them that it's OK because God knows who they are. My virtual friends are as real to me as they are to God. Full names not required.

Take care of yourself.

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Veterans Day 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I am not bargain shopping today. That is NOT how I wish to honor our Veterans. I will say extra prayers for those currently serving that they be safe, and that their families have the support they need. I will also pray for those who have come home injured physically, emotionally or mentally. I will pray for this Nation of ours, who I feel has forgotten the precepts on which we were founded. I will pray for all Vets and young people discerning the service.
I will especially pray for those in my own family who are serving. Thank you Patrick and Alex. For those who have served Daddy (RIP), Dad (RIP), Vernon, Vincent, Véronique (RIP), Valerie & Donald, Viviane and of course my "sons" Lee & Danny. My own mother(RIP) who through the Belgian underground supported the British and American troops during WWII.
There are so many of my friends with family just come home or still serving I'll pray for all.
I best get busy with all the prayers for all these great people THANK YOU LORD!
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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/12/2014 11:44AM

    I wish every one of our representatives for show up for parades and veterans events would remember them when bills for Veterans support some up for a vote.
My particular delegate then becomes budget conscious. Sadly, we've just re-elected him, the hypocrite.

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/12/2014 7:39AM

    Merci pour ton blog qui rappelle de prendre le 11 novembre au sérieux. Je ne savais pas que ta mère avait fait partie de la Résistance, c'est émouvant. emoticon

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    Thank you. This warmed my heart. emoticon

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    I couldn't agree more! Beautiful blog!
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BUTTONPOPPER1 11/11/2014 9:31AM

    I share your respect and gratitude toward American veterans. Their courage and sacrifices have made the world a better and safer place, and continue to do so. I am moved when seeing any documentary about past or current wars in which US troops have served, or watching any Veterans Day parade with the soldiers dressed up in the uniforms of their youth. What a moving sight that always is! In their place, I wonder if I would have had even a fraction of the strength and bravery they showed when they fought for our country's ideals of freedom and dignity. God bless them all!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 11/11/2014 8:37AM

    Beautifully said. Thank you. My son is now a veteran [Iraq] and I am proud to say he served our country with dignity and pride.

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JANET552 11/11/2014 8:34AM

    I agree. Today is a day to honor those who serve our country. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families because the family makes sacrifices too.

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Grouchiness explained-Miss you Nique

Friday, November 07, 2014

Yesterday I posted that I was grouchy, last night my son and DIL were grouchy too, the only one in our small group not out of sorts was Erik. As I drove home I decided it was the full moon, then I got up this morning and realized this is the day I lost my sister. Of course as is usual for me, just before the anniversary of a loss of one of my dear loved ones, I get out of sorts.
I made it through the day yesterday not thinking about the date, just that it was Thrusday and it was a volunteer day, I didn't want to go, but not being able to put a finger on why-thank God I ignored the calendar until today, I went. Erik was determined we were going because I've reduced our volunteer hours at the hospital to twice monthly, the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. The reasons are for another blog.
My sister Véronique Maë had a brain tumor, she was a nurse and knew her prognosis was not good. She is the one who held my hand from California to Georgia when my hubby died, and when Erik had his horrible motorcycle accident. Nique, as we called her, was a wealth of knowledge about all things medical and if she didn't know she would find out for us. She was good at helping us figure out what certain physical problems we were having might be. She was however not blessed with "common sense". Sometimes that was a blessing and at others it was a curse.
I remember when my sister and I and Erik decided that we were going to Belgium together. We would be joined by a cousin who lives in Austria. She said that her and her husband had time share and she would get the lodging. She got us lodging all right in Germany-thank God my cousin from Austria spoke German. Everywhere we went we spent 2-4 hours in the car.
Arrangements made time for travel. Here is a picture at my aunt's whom Erik and I just visited. There is another cousin and his wife in the picture. Nique is on the left, Marie-Thérèse from Austria-the blond in the middle and Erik on the right.

So she flew to GA, we made sure she would have a few days to adjust to the jet lag, so she also got to see all of my children. Now my sister arrived with shoes that had springs in the soles-of course she set off every security in the airports, she also arrived with two HUGE suitcases and a smaller one within for her Chocolates. Can't go to Belgium without buying a years supply and some to share. Oh my, I pitched a fit, she was not going to take all of that to Belgium, the fees would be exhorbitant, so we spent two days whittling down her luggage. Well since we are both of the same gene pool, there was a struggle, but since I've traveled more she conceded.
When we got to Brussels, I asked the agent at the car rental if the car would fit all that luggage, Erik had a carry on and one bag, I had one large bag and a carry on, Nique still had three bags and my cousin had two. Now, it's a good thing another cousin came to the airport to meet us, we actually had gotten a bigger car, but it was just too close so our cousin took it to her house. At our cousin's her husband and Erik spent a good two hours packing all we had plus a few groceries to get us through the first two days. Get this, we barely had room for us, Nique's train case was the console in the back seat and SHE WANTED TO START BUYING CHOCOLATE. Let's see it was Nique against seven of us-we won. When we got to our lodging in Germany it was up on the third floor and there was no elevator, all of us had back issues-we told Nique she was on her own for her big suitcase, I think Erik broke down and went to help her. My cousin and I made two trips taking our bigger bags up first and coming down to get our smaller bags and Nique's too.... What and adventure. Of course the apartment was small by American standards and since Erik is about 6'2 he definitely felt the crunch in the kitchen eating area.
He got the master suite-being the only guy and we got the living room where there was a murphy bed and a couch. There was only one bathroom though, so my cousin and I took our showers at night, and let Nique and Erik battle it out in the morning-both take forever in the bathroom. Erik switched to nights and I to mornings so that it was more time efficient, but unlike many European places the 1 toilet was in the bathroom not in a WC-you are smart enough to figure out we had a few moments of irritation. Don't remember sleeping much but I must have because Nique got this picture of me.
The view from our window was fantastic though.

When Erik had his accident Nique was still working as a nurse and amidst her co-workers was a doctor her advised her on what we could do for Erik, when she was struck with the brain tumor he helped her find a good surgeon. She had two years after that during which time she made three trips back "home". On one of those trips she came down here to visit us because I was teaching, she decided she'd share my bed so we could talk-oh my was I exhausted, while she of course slept till noon. My nephew was her travel escort, but her daughter added some drama and decided she had to be by her mom-so we squeezed her in the house too-she got the bed I got ready for Nique. We put a mattress in Erik's room for Alex, but he decided to drag it to the sunroom-what a week, but I'm so glad it happened. Another sister came down so her and her son could see Erik's progress and his aunt Nique at the same time. Viette lives in Missouri and her son in Texas, they stayed at my eldest son's house-Thank God, this poor little ranch would have been wall to wall bodies. All my children and their children came to see their aunts and cousins, then my daughter invited her aunts, cousins and us to her house. It was a whirlwind visit, Viette and her son only had three days.
Everyday I have to remember that she is better off where she is, and that I have been blessed with nine siblings and we have made an effort not to harbor ill feelings-of course they happen but a few of us peacemakers try to help resolve them. Life is too short as I have learned since my Steve died at 57, my sister Nique at 60, my mom at 63 and daddy at 73.

So my dears, love the ones you are with and don't forget the ones who have traveled afar. Thank God for them, pray for them, care for them, forgive them and LOVE them.
I am blessed, I have a large family and we support each other. My cousin was an only child and has often remarked that even though we are continents apart, she is glad that she has cousins she can rely on.
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MILLISMA 11/9/2014 8:46PM

    What a touching blog. I remember seeing all those pictures of the visit. I have always envied large families. Would you believe that my husband and I were both only children - not our parents choices. My parents were both from large families and I loved hanging around with my aunts and uncles.

You have some great memories -thanks so much for sharing them. Sending extra hugs your way.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/8/2014 9:11PM

    I remember when Nique was alive and came to visit you. You posted some pictures of your whole family. It was interesting to read about her. She would have loved what you had to say.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 11/8/2014 1:36AM

    Ginie, this was a moving blog of love and loss. Actually, don't you think that loss, or even just the possibility of loss, serves to intensify our feelings of love? You have sorrowful memories of the past of loved ones and times gone by, but I also feel from reading your blogs that despite all the heartache you've surely been through, there's a deep-seated core of faith and joy within you. You really seem to me to be someone who is living life to the fullest, surrounded by your happy, close-knit multitude, and from my point of view, that is something we should all strive to do.

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JANET552 11/7/2014 8:19PM

    What lovely memories!! We carry family in our hearts and it's heart ache when we lose them. Sometimes I think our hearts remember even when our heads are occupied with other things. emoticon

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GABY1948 11/7/2014 5:47PM

    These memories and pictures are priceless as they say! I know you miss her alot!

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/7/2014 4:55PM

    Quel blog émouvant, Nine... Je suis désolée pour tous ces drames dans ta vie... Et en même temps, une grande famille, c'est aussi une bénédiction...
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MARTYLYNN1 11/7/2014 12:29PM

    Isn't it great that we have those memories of the ones we love who have passed.
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HMBROWN1 11/7/2014 8:44AM

    Sorry to hear about your husband and your sister.

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Struggle to stay on top!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Okay, bad evening yesterday...Erik was pushing candy and for some reason I had a sweet tooth. I suggested we get it out of the house to one of my teacher friends to use as rewards. Erik's response "my buy it, not giving it to ...." Some days he's so good about eating healthy and others.... oh just like mom. However mom does get rid of danger foods.
I had a lovely lunch provided for our county's retirees. We put up with the politicking for the food. A lovely salad, choose your own dressing on it. I put 1 T of vinaigrette on it. The chicken was a smaller portion than last year-some of us complained about the extra large portion since we aren't provided with doggie bags. There was about 1 cup of bread stuffing, 1 cup of steamed green beans, a whole wheat roll, a baked tomato slice -with breading-I was able to scrape that off. It was a relatively healthy luncheon.
They had pitchers of water, coffee and unsweet tea on the tables, last year it was a problem getting water refills-so another improvement.
Then there was desert, a piece of pumpkin pie with a delicious crust-tasted like it may have had toasted nuts in it, there was about a 1T of pecan pieces sprinkled on top. I ate it slowly, oh so slowly thinking of Gaye and her Beck Diet's advice. I actually tried that with all my food and put my fork down every once in a while too.
I've been on our streak, actually I've got two going the first is logging in daily and doing daily trivia, the second is with Gaye "Gabby" and for that one I'm tracking ALL foods, 8+ glasses of water and eating 5 or more freggies.
I am shooting to get back to 7,500-10,000 steps per day and will walk round and round my house if I'm below 5,000-but not getting to a streak point there yet.
All in all I'm doing a bit better, now off to help Erik get his bandage on so he can go to Transitional therapy/gym to him.
God Bless you all, thanks to those who read my last blog, I've been neglectful in not thanking you individually and I know how much that can be appreciated.
Love and prayers to all
Ginie
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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/5/2014 8:47AM

    I ate Halloween candy too. The wrappers from last night are reminding me of it. Oh well, we must focus on the positive and move forward. Hang in there!

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GABY1948 11/4/2014 4:30PM

    You are actually still doing emoticon NONE of us is perfect....there is no such thing! And God's blessings on you, my sweet friend!

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MILLISMA 11/4/2014 2:45PM

    Yes you are doing better and I like your goals. I have been really slipping lately and need to get back to my regular workouts.

Just a note on pumpkin pies....I'm not a pie crust fan and I started making the crust for my pumpkin pies with crushed gingersnaps. It adds a really nice flavor.

hugs....Mary Anne

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MARTYLYNN1 11/4/2014 12:00PM

    Your dinner sounds wonderful. I know the stress of caring for Erik makes it hard for you to stay on track. At least I know stress is a trigger for me.
Don't worry about thanking me. I know you are a busy lady.
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RAINBOWFALLS 11/4/2014 9:49AM

    My steps have been down lately and this week I decided when I have to get up to use the facilities at work I need to take a long lap around the office. It has helped since I do drink a lot of water during the day. Good luck reaching your goals. I have added this one to my winter get more steps in goal

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NORASPAT 11/4/2014 9:23AM

    Hi Ginie, sounds like you are getting back on track.
Why not start with 5,000 steps for a couple of days. maybe every other days and do not push too hard. I have issues with the time change and so many people do. Thinking about the holidays is another drag down for me. So much to do and over in a heartbeat.
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BUTTONPOPPER1 11/4/2014 9:19AM

    That pumpkin pie sounds really scrumptious, with the pecans sprinkled on top. I love pumpkin pie but haven't made one in quite some time (and that's a good thing, I tell you). And it sounds like you had a very pleasant luncheon and made good choices. Good luck with that candy!! I have a little too much experience with "danger foods" in the house, I'm sorry to say! And good luck with getting all those steps in!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/4/2014 8:58AM

    I need to cut back on candy. I'm kind of sick of it actually and it doesn't even thrill me any more. I think I eat some out of habit if it is around.

Your lunch sounded great. I like everything you had other than the tomato.

I am making an effort to do better too - get more exercise in. Eat better. Sleep better. Drink more fluids. Stress less. Get more done around here.

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JANET552 11/4/2014 8:45AM

    WooHoo for streak success!! Keep pushing on those. One way I get my steps is to get up often and go take care of something -- paperwork, dust a bit, mend a little, just some little job. It gives me a break and keeps me moving.

The dinner sounded nice and it's always good to hear when the hosts respond to comments from the prior year.

Take care Ginie!! emoticon

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