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Disabled American Vets

Sunday, October 05, 2014

This was about the only charity that my Dad use to give to. I remember having the address labels all the time. Now I always send them money when they send the labels or now they send note paper, all kinds of things. I just received a date calendar for 2015. I always look forward to that. With the calendar you get a book mark, a mini calendar for your wallet and an Official 2015 Flag-Flying Days for your wallet. This is the poem on the back of the book mark.

Thank you my friend

Thank you my friend
for all you do
For giving me so much
Saying no to few

So when I ask
For one more thing
Think of all the light
That a smile can bring

My request is simple
I hope you see
Just a secret pact
Between you and me

Take every change
To repay our debt
By stopping to say thank you
When you see a vet

For all the brave men
And women too
Who fought so bravely
And now need you

To rebuild their spirits
And to stand up for them
By simply remembering
Every now and then

So fly the flag on
Special days
And please take the time
To always say

"Thank God for the brave
For the price they paid."

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DJ4HEALTH 10/27/2014 1:24AM

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MJZHERE 10/23/2014 6:14PM

    My husband always asks people when we are out if they have served when they have on a tshirt, hat, something to make him think they are a vet. Then he shakes their hand and thanks them for serving (which I then do too) and it seems to mean so much to them. Such a little thing to do compared to the years they have served us.

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MRS_TOAD 10/13/2014 9:39AM

    Amen!

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GABIBEAR 10/7/2014 11:58AM

    Wonderful poem Bonnie! Thanks for sharing!!

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JANIEWWJD 10/7/2014 12:19AM

    Beautiful poem!!!! emoticon

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SONGBIRDPAULA 10/6/2014 5:29AM

    emoticon How wonderful this poem is! Thank you for sharing it this morning! I say an Amen to it all! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/6/2014 2:44AM

    emoticon we owe it to them to support them, we would not be free if not for them emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 10/5/2014 11:57PM

    awesome reminder!!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/5/2014 9:27PM

    It is so important to remember our veterans!
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LIVEDAILY 10/5/2014 7:17PM

    Always good to remember our veterans. They gave so much so we could live free.

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GABY1948 10/5/2014 5:56PM

    We also support them....and I am proud to also!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 10/5/2014 2:33PM

    Veterans, my weak spot. I give and donate time and energy to their cause. We can never give enough to repay what they have sacrificed for us. Please take time out of your day to remind your Congressmen and Senators of that fact. emoticon

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ICECUB 10/5/2014 1:02PM

    I ALWAYS GIVE TO THE VETERANS. THEY DESERVE SO MUCH AFTER THEIR SACRIFICES FOR US AND OUR COUNTRY. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/5/2014 12:53PM

    That's one charity I give to as well. Thanks for the reminder about it!

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TGIF

Friday, October 03, 2014

Happy Friday. I finally got to see the Dr. today. I gained two pounds since seeing him in August. I was very upset and he said I was eating the wrong things. I had a Bel Vita soft bread biscuit that I was eating for breakfast in the waiting room. I got up late, had to jump into the shower right away, then take my medicine, then wait 1/2 hour to eat. That is why I took that to eat while waiting. He said yes they are good for you, but too high in carbs. I only have them when I am on the go or doing a flea market. I stay in range.

He sent me for blood tests and I have to wait for those to come back. He told me to walk more, exercise more even though I feel tired. It will give me more energy He is also sending me to physical therapy for my shoulder. I hope I will hear something by the middle of next week.

It is suppose to rain tomorrow. I was going to go to the flea market again tomorrow and have a poke around, not sell but look. I want to get some more fruit. The pears and white nectarines that I got last weekend were really good. They are a couple from NH that have a motor home that come down rain or shine but I don't want to go walking in the rain. I am so sweet, I just might melt. emoticon Maybe I will do some early Christmas shopping.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

  
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GABIBEAR 10/7/2014 11:56AM

    Good luck on your blood tests Bonnie! The nectarines and pears sound great!

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PROT358 10/5/2014 9:46PM

    I can appreciate your health struggles (from a previous blog). I hope you get the answers and directions you are looking for!

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JANIEWWJD 10/5/2014 12:49AM

    Good luck with your blood work. I hope everything goes well for you!!!
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AJDOVER1 10/4/2014 10:55PM

    you ARE sweet! emoticon

I hope the blood tests give the doctor the information he needs to help you feel better.
Best wishes to you!

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LIVEDAILY 10/4/2014 5:21PM

    Glad you finally got in to see the Dr. Hmmpfh!! Eating the wrong things? I hope he did a complete blood panel on you, and I'm surprised that they didn't want you to have fasted before the blood work; whenever I have my thyroid levels checked, it's always a fasting test.

Yes, walking more will increase your energy level, IF there is nothing else wrong with you. If you have an underactive thyroid that isn't being treated, no wonder you are lethargic.

I would still go to a different doctor Bonnie, and get a second opinion.

Hope you got some more fruit at the flea market today!

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L*I*T*A* 10/4/2014 1:30PM

    enjoy the weekend............

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ICECUB 10/4/2014 10:20AM

    GLAD YOU GOT TO SEE DOCTOR. WALKING WILL HELP. HOPE YOU FIND SOME CHRISTMAS GIFTS. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

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MRS_TOAD 10/4/2014 9:38AM

    Hope you find some great Christmas presents. As for the doctor's news, hang in there!

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GABY1948 10/4/2014 8:03AM

    I agree with your doc....the more we walk the more energy we have! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/4/2014 2:53AM

    Hi Bonnie
I find the more you go for walks the more energy I have.
I hope your PT appt comes through soon,

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/3/2014 11:03PM

    That's wonderful they sell pears and white nectarines at the flea market! Sending sunshine your way tomorrow so you can go for your walk! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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1CRAZYDOG 10/3/2014 10:55PM

    Glad you at least got in to the Dr. today. Have a good weekend.

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PINKPANTHERS 10/3/2014 10:39PM

    So glad you got in to see the dr, hopefully they can find some answers from your tests. Sorry he gave you a hard time emoticon. Hope you get out to get some fruit and have a great weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Doctor got sick.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I didn't go to the Dr. today as planned. He didn't go into the office. Since I was a squeeze in, the couldn't squeeze me in with another Dr. with all his other patients they were squeezing in/ I would prefer to wait until Dr. B. came back anyway. What's another few days?

emoticon for all your support and well wishes. It never occurred to me that thyroid would have anything to do with stomach problems. I hope it is all related because I am about at the end of my rope. I found out today that Gary was going to take me to VA beach with him this week but didn't because of my stomach. He didn't want to share a room, not bed(Mom), room with someone so gassy and the food he didn't know how it would affect me. He has a whole bus to think of, he can't be thinking of me if I got sick. This is really frustrating me and interfering in my life.

  
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JANTHEBLONDE 10/3/2014 8:51PM

    I'm sorry I haven't been on your blogs for the last eight days...but we have been on vacation in Mexico! I'm sorry to hear you are so sick! I hope you get well soon! Sending you lots of hugs!
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JANIEWWJD 10/2/2014 12:37AM

    Hope you get to see your doctor soon and you began to feel better!!!
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    I hope you find a solution soon. emoticon

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PINKPANTHERS 10/1/2014 12:25PM

    emoticon I know you are frustrated, I hope the doctor gets you in soon so you can get some answers!

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MRS_TOAD 10/1/2014 9:13AM

    emoticon I'm so sorry you missed out on the trip. Hang in there!

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SONGBIRDPAULA 10/1/2014 4:58AM

    emoticon It is definitely aggravating at the doctor's offices to try to get in when we are sick. It goes along as my mother always said that you can't afford the money or time to get sick. I hope you are able to get in soon and get to go to VA beach at another time soon!

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LIVEDAILY 9/30/2014 7:17PM

    You know it's bad when the doctor is out sick! Hope you get in soon!!

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    emoticon HOPE YOUR DOCTOR CAN HELP. SO YOU CAN GET ON WITH ENJOYING YOUR LIFE.

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Sick of being sick

Monday, September 29, 2014

I have had problems with my stomach for years, but it has gotten bad in the last year. It has gotten to where I don't leave the house unless I have to. I don't go to the pool anymore because I am afraid of an accident in the pool. I don't go to the gym anymore, because it is embarrassing. I don't even have friends over anymore. My gastroentrologist sent me for a couple tests. but they all came back negative. She told be to take Fiber One but that just seems to cause more gas. I am at my ropes end.

More than a year ago, I cut my hair to a crew cut. My hair was falling out and I was getting tired of it. I was tired, but not exhausted. I was going to the pool and gym them and able to exercise. It seems like since Easter or there abouts, I haven't felt able to do anything. I want to sleep all the time, feeling tired. I chalked it up to being depressed over my stomach, since I do have depression. They increased my meds which did help a bit. I stil have this feeling of being wiped out. I am up for a couple hours and I am exhausted to where I don't feel like I can't do anything but sleep. I just want to lay down. I am eating at the low end of my calorie range and I am putting on weight.

When I had my physical in August, my blood count showed by thyroid count was low. I looked it up on Webmd and I have a lot of the symptoms for hypothroidism. I guess it runs in families, my Mom does have it, and she told me yesterday my older niece Kim was just diagnosed about 2 weeks ago. Dr. B sent me a note in August saying we will recheck in 3 months. Well, I am not waiting 3 months, I have an appointment for tomorrow morning. If he doesn't want to do something about it now, especially since I complained about my hair falling out in August of 2013 I will find another Dr. I am also going to talk to him about my stomach and see what he says. I know he will say call Dr. Von Stalk, but maybe he will give me something in the meantime.

  
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PINKPANTHERS 10/1/2014 10:59AM

    emoticon I would be incredibly frustrated. I hope the doctor starts listening, otherwise it is definitely time to move on. Hope they figure things out for you. emoticon

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PROT358 10/1/2014 1:41AM

    You are very brave to discuss these things so openly. Honestly I have experienced similar GI issues, but frustratingly enough the thyroid results came back normal. I had a few accidents over the summer and I almost never left the house. It is embarrassing and painful!

I am on Metamucil (the orange with sugar flavor you mix with water). I take two doses a day for 45 calories, and I find it very beneficial. It helps your numbers like cholesterol, it helps you feel full between meals, it regulates blood sugar levels, and helps regulate BMs. Sorry to be so blunt, but that last benefit is the one that interested me the most given the symptoms. My specialist also put me on Linzess for regularity. It took almost two months to take effect, but that has also helped.

For further reading: "What to Do when the Doctor Says It's IBS" and "Cleveland Clinic: Thyroid Disease."

I know how frustrating it is. I hope you find the right balance of medication soon!

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MRS_TOAD 9/30/2014 9:36AM

    You are right! This has been going on far too long! Hopefully your Doctor will take the much needed steps so you don't have to begin looking for another.

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CBRINKLEY401 9/30/2014 12:37AM

    Good for you!! So glad you aren't waiting another 3 months before going back. I agree that you definitely are showing symptoms of hypothyroidism, and it needs to be taken care of, not continue to be ignored by your doctor. It is amazing how much better you will feel once they get you on the correct dose.

Even my foster dog had hypothyroidism, and though it was really low, he only needed a small dose to correct it. Within 2 months his fur had grown back nice and soft and thick - from mostly falling out and the remaining fur being really rough. He had lots more energy too, and no more stiff joints.

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GABIBEAR 9/29/2014 9:02PM

    I'm so sorry that you are going through such a hard time with your health Bonnie. It was smart of you to go to another Dr. I am doing the same thing with my hormone issues and I am glad I did. I have only seen her once, but she automatically sent me for a blood panel test and am going to see her again next Monday. I hope and pray that this new Dr. is the right fit for you!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/29/2014 7:30PM

    emoticon I am hypothyroid too. When I was first diagnosed, I would go hyperthyroid then hypothyroid until my thyroid slowed to a stop. When I am hyperthyroid, I get all kinds of intestinal issues and stomach issues. I think it is common with thyroid issues. I now have IBS and by eating naturally occurring fiber, like salads and fruit, I have it under control. I also have to eat with all medication except my thyroid medication. That really has helped both my stomach and intestinal issues. (I also have medication that I can take for my IBS that is helpful.) I have issues with eating Fiber One because of the type of fiber it contains. It really did a number on my stomach and intestine! Once I switched to naturally occurring fiber, I was much better.

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LIVEDAILY 9/29/2014 5:21PM

    I agree with everyone else Bonnie - you need to go see another doctor. Make sure you bring a list of your symptoms with you and let him/her know how long this has been going on. It's been going on far too long!! That tiredness, your hair, the lethargy - it's ALL symptoms of thyroid disease!!

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EVRLNGFOO 9/29/2014 3:26PM

    i was going to say, get a second opinion! you have too many symptoms going on for tests to come back clear. i hope they figure out what is going on and you can reclaim your life.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/29/2014 1:34PM

    OMG, Bonnie, I could have written this myself. It took me FIVE YEARS to finally get a Dr. to listen to me.

Persist, persist, persist, till you get answers and your hypothyroidism is treated. That's all I can tell you.

The range for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) of .3 - 3.0 (.3 is hypothyroid, 3.0 is hyperthyroid). Well let me tell you, mine was off the chart and I was told to wait too. I DIDN'T!

Wishing you luck.

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NEW-CAZ 9/29/2014 1:11PM

    certainly think you've exhausted your options with this doc, don't give up, get another.
I was lucky to hit the jackpot with mine, but he was number 4 on my list

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AJDOVER1 9/29/2014 1:10PM

    It's not right for you to be feeling like this for so long. I hope your appointment tomorrow is helpful.
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ICECUB 9/29/2014 12:44PM

    sounds like you may need a new doctor. and more tests. I think all your symptoms may point to the same thing. hope you get well soon. I have problems with my stomach for years too. so I know how you feel. it is inconvenient to say the lease. emoticon

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PEANUT883 9/29/2014 12:17PM

  I hope you get it all figured out. Good luck tomorrow.

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Challenge starts tomorrow.

Friday, September 19, 2014

I am ready. San Marino is our first destination. Our first living the good life challenge is drinking water, it always is. I kind of wish they would do something different. It is always the same challenges. I have to step up my exercise.

I have my menu made through Friday of next week. I struggle with eating on days I do a flea market because you can only do so much for food. That is only one day out of the week though. I did reach all my nutritional goals, I just don't feel quite as satisfied as I do on days I am home to eat.

I have my bathing suits washed and my gym bag is packed. I put the exercises I do in the water into a grouping in the fitness tracker. Unfortunately, fitbit doesn't give me any very active minutes. I don't understand why because I am active but, I know what I do. My problem is I exercise, then I am sedentary the rest of the day. I have to find things to keep me active. Any ideas?

Have a great weekend.

  
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SONGBIRDPAULA 9/24/2014 5:58AM

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AQUAGIRL08 9/22/2014 11:13AM

    Yes, I do have a suggestion because I had the same problem. If you exercise in the morning, don't do it to the point of exhaustion. Cut back your morning workout by a few minutes and add an evening walk or short workout. I was shocked at how much this changed my overall activity level. I also try to squeeze in a short walk mid afternoon just to keep my body moving. The overall exercise minutes were close to being the same but the overall results were vastly different! I hope this helps you as much as it helped me!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 9/21/2014 7:33PM

    BEST WISHES in reaching all of your goals. Sounds like you are READY! YOU CAN DO IT!

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AJDOVER1 9/21/2014 10:50AM

    Weather is often very nice this time of year where you live. Perhaps you can take a walk outdoors once a day.
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LIVEDAILY 9/20/2014 11:35PM

    I have a SP tracker and a Vivo Fit tracker. They're both set at 5,000 steps as a goal. I always make my goal on the Vivo Fit, but not always on the SP tracker. *sigh* I just count how many minutes I've been active. I think you should do that with your water exercises that you do.

I've heard of people setting a timer to go off every 60 minutes, and they get up and just walk around their house. There's all sorts of things you can do during commercial breaks on tv so that you aren't sitting still for too long.

Good luck on your challenge!

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GABIBEAR 9/20/2014 10:21PM

    Sounds like you are certainly ready Bonnie!!! Good for you and GREAT preparations!!! Have fun with the challenge!!

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ICECUB 9/20/2014 7:39PM

    GOOD LUCK!! YOU SOUND READY

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MRS_TOAD 9/20/2014 8:43AM

    Sounds like you are ready. All your pre-planning will help you immensely.

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GABY1948 9/20/2014 6:13AM

    I wish you well and more wellness!

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    Good luck and havae a great day tomorrow!!!! emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 9/20/2014 12:04AM

    Enjoy!

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JOYFUL62 9/19/2014 11:06PM

    Good luck with your challenge. If you have You Tube on your phone Leslie Sansone has 2 minute mini walk videos designed to do next to your desk at work that you might be able to do at your flea market. Good luck! emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/19/2014 9:41PM

    Wishing you all the best on your challenge this month! Sometimes for me when I'm sedentary I will put on some music and dance a little bit, do some jumping jacks, jog in place. I hope that helps a little bit. I think you're doing an awesome job! You're exercising and reaching your nutritional goals! That's fabulous! Woo hoo! I think you need to pat yourself on the back! I hope you have A wonderful weekend!
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PINKPANTHERS 9/19/2014 9:06PM

    I have days where I am going intensive and get 2 fitbit active minutes and days where I feel I'm just going along at normal pace and get 30 active minutes so I gave up using my fitbit as indicator. I just count walks, videos, any actual workouts I do. I do count intensive cleaning, gardening and lawn mowing if I put a good workout in. I want to find some new activities to do during the fall challenge too. So ready to get started that's for sure! We can do it!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/19/2014 9:06PM

    Good luck w/the challenge!

Can you march in place while watching a movie?

Hope you have a great weekend.

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