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Moments of forgetfulness

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Today was rip roaring crazy. My fitbit let me know I had made my 5000 step mark somewhere before lunch, and the day is not done.
I had back to back meetings at work, and was listened to because of my being a degree holding librarian. It was a most impressive day.
I worked hard, and was recognized for it as well.

Then, my hubby had supper waiting for me when I got home.
I am blessed.

In the middle of all that, I forgot the doctor appointment I had changed due to last week's craziness.
Oh well.
I can't remember everything.
I am only human.
A human bean in fact.

Have an awesome day, and be human. Share the beans of human kindness.

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BESSHAILE 12/20/2014 6:39AM


I was behind all week long - but I still made it to the weekend.

Congratulations on being given credence at work.

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FROSTY99 12/16/2014 10:21PM

    emoticon It isn't that we are forgetful, it is just "sometimers" disease-sometimes we remember and sometimes we don't!

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GINGKO711 12/16/2014 6:47PM

    Sounds like a good day!

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Work, Backs, Collisions, and stuff

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

My oh my oh my!
It is that season of ultra busy ness.

I have been working full time since August, so I rarely get on the computer at night. Work is going well, and I love it.

My back was doing pretty good, without a whole lot of extra bad stuff going on. I was feeling pretty good about it until....

Forget the drumroll. It was more like a thunderbolt.

We had a front end collision this past Saturday night in the rain. Hubby is bruised where he had his broken ribs, collapsed lung, and cardiac arrest. I got whiplashed nauseous, dizzy, banged up knee, etc.
The car could have been worse. I saw it tonight for the first time.
Drivers side front bumper area towards the front.

Praise God. We are alive. We survived. The other girl got banged up too. We live.

So I got back to work yesterday and struggled to work 3 hours due to my back and neck.
Last night I slept 10 hours after two nights of barely sleeping.
Today I worked 7 hours. Perhaps tomorrow I will finally make it back to my fulltime day. Meanwhile, I have to find a way to make up my time. I am being given a project involving research, and libraries, and sharing my ideas. Way cool.
I am stoked.

So, into each day a little rain must fall, and it certainly is a cold rain. It was so tough to put myself back in the car and drive to work on the highway in the rain. But I did it.

Time for me to relax.
Needless to say, I am dealing with a few back issues again. Mainly, getting it back off the pain wagon. It could be worse. No structural damage to me, a black and blue knee (where I had the arthroscopy), and pinched nerves, and neck/lumbar pain. I know how to deal with that. I will get over it.

I am practicing extreme thankfulness.

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NORASPAT 12/9/2014 8:17PM

    So sorry you have had another accident, I was just saying you are doing better and now back aches again.
I know you know what to do but knowing is not necessarily the solution. The solution might be you do your PT exercises again if your physician says it will be a good idea. I sure do hope so. (((((HUGS)))) Pat in Maine.

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FROSTY99 12/9/2014 8:16PM

    Praise God that you are alive. Seems you have had more than your share of rain in your life, but HE never gives us more than we can handle.
Praying that you will soon feel better.

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Choosing to stay positive

Sunday, November 16, 2014

No matter what we do, no matter who we are, we are faced with daily choices. It could be as simple as choosing between which shoes to wear, or as complicated as what college to attend, or whether or not marrying that special someone is the right path for us.

Other choices encompass how we think, how we approach what comes into our lives, what our attitude is going to be in the face of whatever calm or calamity in our way.

When I was very young, in my teens and sometime beyond, I dealt with minor depression and moodiness, and remember reading one excellent book that happiness is a choice. Then I learned somewhere along the line in my Christian walk the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is dependent on what happens, joy erupts from a deeper place. I choose to be joyful. For those who read the Book, we are told to rejoice always, pray without ceasing , give thanks in all circumstances ... (I Thessalonians 5:16-18). I thought about this a lot while listening to today's sermon, so excuse my wanting to share, but it has a lot to do with choosing to stay positive.

Staying positive in the face of adversity is a challenge. It is a choice. It is possible. The cup is not half empty, it is half full.

I say this, because I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be working again, let alone working full time, in a fairly decent job that I enjoy that challenges my heart and my brain, and keeps me engaged.

Coming out of disability and embracing whatever abilities I do have has been a challenge. I have not arrived, but I sure am on my way. Staying positive has meant so much.

Those days when just pulling myself out of bed, or putting one foot in front of the other due to pain. Wow. That is all I can say. Staying positive has pushed me past the limitations that could have constrained me. Yes, there are limitations, and my body lets me know when I have crossed the boundary too much, too often, but at least I can get out of bed without the pain I had just rolling over. I can walk without a cane, and in the store walking with a carriage lets me walk a little more. Standing is still a pain in the tutu, but I don't have to just stand there all that often.

I have also improved in my sleep habits in the last year. Now, to add to my healthy habits a little more fitness activities, and minding what I put in my mouth.

Positivity makes it happen.

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NORASPAT 11/30/2014 10:27AM

    Hi DEBORAH I just found your blog. I have had a disruptive year and pretty much all I have time to do is blog.
Our family were to stay with us for a month so far it has been 9. I do not mind but DH is not as easy as I am.
He is actually going blind so he has more challenges than I have HUGS. I still wear the pumpkins in the fall and think of you.
Happy you are doing so well. I remember the bad times. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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PINKIE78 11/26/2014 8:36PM

    I really like your attitude. Awesome. Thank you for shining even more sunshine into my already sunshiney day!!! The next time I have a "down" day I'm going to remember I have a choice. :)

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_LINDA 11/17/2014 2:37PM

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People are always saying they admire my never give attitude and looking on the positive side. After almost a year without the use of my right arm, I have learned to be a southpaw. I am not sure I will get full use of my right hand back, but at least I am still able to do my club manager work, even if 1 finger typing is a bit pokey.. I wrote a blog on maintenance tips after celebrating 5 years if you would like to stop by for a read, probably some of the same viewpoints..
So glad you are working and can enjoy it! Wish they could solve our pain issues though. I can't sleep due to constant wake ups from pain..

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BESSHAILE 11/17/2014 7:08AM

    I truly believe that God intends us to choose happiness. I don't think He's "sending things to test us" - because I don't think He's warped that way. But I do think He knows that the happiness we choose is the real happiness - it is the joy.

And somehow - knowing that He has a plan so big that I often can't even guess where we're going with life - That is one of the great comforts He spreads out before us.

hugs to you and congratulations on making His choice yours.

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JUDITH316 11/17/2014 1:00AM

    emoticon emoticon I sure can relate with you my friend, as one who has come back from a severe work injury loosing all mobility and being bedridden for 1 year, I sure can relate about pushing on and staying focused, being positive and putting one foot in front of the other, emoticon for sharing, you are a blessing and a inspiration, thanks for your friendship and for cheering me on!

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FROSTY99 11/16/2014 8:19PM

    It is so true-every day when we wake up we have a choice of how we approach the day. Looking at things in a positive way can make a bad day go a lot better. If we think we are going to fail we most likely will. If we decide we are going to win, then we have a better than average chance that we will do well.
Never give up, take each day as it comes and give it your best shot.
Have an awesome week.

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FORTYPLUS56 11/16/2014 8:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I can relate somewhat. I am a stroke survivor who is back to working full time. I also love the part about choosing happiness and joy. I heard somewhere that happiness is an inside job. I agree totally.

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Repeat and say again

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Since my husband and I have been through all our health issues, and especially how far he has come, we have an ongoing mutual admiration society going.

Every time we just glance at each other, sit in the car next to each other, or anytime we touch hands or elbows while sitting together, we both gush over each other - Saying - I love you so much.

You know what?
EACH day is a gift, and there is no time like living in the present. I praise and thank God daily for each present he gives me of time with my sweetie. Even if it is just sharing a cup of coffee, or oatmeal for breakfast, or going to the library, or church services together.

Have you told yours how much you really really love them?
Having nearly lost mine, so many times, I am blessed to be able to look at his face, and speak the words of love to him.

God bless you all.
Each day is a gift.

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FROSTY99 11/9/2014 8:13PM

    How awesome and happy you both value the time you have been granted. I believe it is always the best policy to let those we love know it because tomorrow is never promised.
Back in June of 1989 I went to sleep with DH #1 - he had just recently turned 41 and we never got another day-so yes, please let each other know how much it means to have another day to share your lives.
Many blessings to you both.

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_LINDA 11/9/2014 5:12PM

    emoticon So true!
So glad you and your sweetie survived all your trials.. It does sometimes take a harsh wake up call to realize how precious life is and how you may not have as much time with your loved ones as you think..

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OPHELIE 11/9/2014 3:36PM


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MIA Motivator

Friday, November 07, 2014

Imagine my surprise when I looked at my e-mail from a couple of days ago, that I was motivator of the day!
Thank you.
I am grateful for your support.

It motivates me to do more than I actually am. Life is hard, but we overcome and keep on keeping on.

Now, let me make things clear. I wear a fit bit and I walk, not as much as I should, but I walk. I did lose weight pre-surgery, but gained some back. Then I went through a ton of stuff with my husband's health issues. Where he nearly died, more than once. More than twice. At least three times.

Then, coming my back out of disability - I returned to work, and slowly worked up til full time. That is what has kept me from pursuing exercise etc. more faithfully. It is achieving status of being able to work full time following disability, and it exhausts me. That and the fact when I come home, I pass out on the couch, and spend the night sitting next to my husband, gearing my tiredness up for the next day.

I love my work, as an audiobook proofreader. I have read/listened to at least 52 books since late January.

Right now, I aim to make 5000 steps three times weekly.
I aim to get my water in. And potassium.
Sometimes there is just so much on your plate, you can't do it all.
I also have been focusing on better sleep.
Losing weight will happen. Just not at the moment.
Healthiness is not just a number on the scale.

Ok. There. I admitted it. I CANNOT do it all. For years I have tried, and now at age 59 I admit it, I can't. So there.

Healthy foods:

oatmeal with banana and coffee with breakfast (cream and sugar - can't skip it in coffee)

break - v-8 and cheese and pistachios

lunch rice pasta macaroni and cheese, with a tiny bit of bacon, applesauce, and yogurt.

Dinner - spaghetti squash, ground turkey in sauce with glass of milk.

And I walked a bit, though I didn't make 5000 steps.

Motivation: There are so many things that can motivate us. It needs to come from ourselves. It needs to come from within. We have to want to. Then we have to do something about it.

I am here, just not as often as I like. Love to all.

My husband and I just renewed our vows a couple of weeks ago.
So, I am happily married to the same guy, still, and again.

me at work, next to the coke machine I NEVER use.

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WILDHORSEANNIE 11/8/2014 12:06PM

    Keep at it girl.

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_LINDA 11/8/2014 12:33AM

    emoticon on motivator of the day! I was given that too, they must be really digging out the old ones lol.
Your hubby looks nice and healthy, hope he continues to be with no more scares. Congrats on renewing your vows, that is so sweet.
Sitting for long hours every day must be very hard on your back -can you take regular walk breaks to ease things up?
Wishing you many more years of happiness and good health!

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FROSTY99 11/7/2014 7:06PM

    Congrats on being the Motivator of the Day! Every day is a challenge and we all have to figure out how to make it work for us.

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GEORGE815 11/7/2014 6:06PM

    What a lot of audiobooks to proof. Hope they are interesting.

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