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Can't believe it's nearly a week since I updated

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Surgery is slated for tomorrow morning. I am now home from work, left three hours early after having got loose ends tied and duties delegated. The team will do fine without me (maybe they'll decide they don't need me as bad as they thought)!

I'll probably post again on Thursday, just to let y'all know I'm home, safe, and conscious... hopefully I won't be too loopy to put together a post. I'll probably hang out on line more during recovery because they don't want me doing anything strenuous for a week: no treadmill, no weights... I'm going to be climbing walls! Fortunately I have a good book to read and some DVD's lined up to watch... but that won't be enough!

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Mid-week progress

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

On the proud of myself list, yesterday I hit the 1,000,000 step mark since beginning to record for the Walk This Way program at work. The program started tracking on July 6th, so that means I've recorded those million steps in a little less than 3 months.

I got up with the alarm to take my thyroid meds this morning and stayed up to walk on the treadmill before getting ready for work. Part of this is because I made yesterday a "rest" day, so I was itching to get moving in a measurable way. Nice heart rate / cardio session.

On the good news about the not so good news front: the surgeon called yesterday afternoon to say that Monday's CT scan has clearly nailed where the offending parathyroid gland is. It's an enlarged gland, rather than an adema, and it's one of the ones on the right hand side. Knowing exactly which one they are going after makes the surgery much less complicated.

On the other hand, it's getting close and I'm starting to feel a little more stressed about it. Yeah, I know, deep breaths, relax, and, in my case, the exercise really helps keep it under control.

May your week go smoothly, keeping your priorities straight and your mind, soul, and body noursished.

  
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CARO1YN 10/10/2009 6:14PM

    Wonderful!!!!!!!

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MARY526 9/30/2009 8:15AM

    Good for your, a million steps! Keep up the good work!
About your upcoming surgery, I know it's hard not to be apprehensive, but try to keep an optimistic outlook on it. I'll say a prayer for you speedy recovery.

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A satisfying Sunday

Sunday, September 27, 2009



I went to the JDRF Walk for the Cure today. I walked to it, walked it, and walked home. In addition to this morning's dog walk, so about 7 1/2 miles in all, not counting walking around while there, or any to-ing and fro-ing here at home.

I cooked for myself, too... and am sitting here sipping my last warm mug of the day. Feeling calm, good, and satisfied.

I figured since I share my whines when days are tough, I'd share my joy for one that's good.

  
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SMARTIEBEE 9/27/2009 8:01PM

    Barb, Good for you! It looks like wonderful weather for a nice long walk!

Keep Sparkin'!
Shirley


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VSWINGLE 9/27/2009 7:54PM

    Enjoy a feeling of a job well-done!

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Can't think of a cute title... Saturday

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Let's see... on the health front, they ordered another test... CT scan coming up on Monday.

On the son front... went with him to Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament today, his first. He lost both of his bouts, and wasn't quite so disappointed with the first as with the second. The first he was out-powered. And he was bleeding when it ended. The second he was winning when something went wrong and he got essentially suffocated in his own gi. So we spent the hour drive home with a little steam cloud over his head. He was beating himself up so badly... just... like... his... mother does herself!

Lesson to take away... My son did not fight badly. He fought with honor and learned some lessons about preparation. When our efforts don't have the desired result, will we take the lessons they offer?

Learning to catch ourselves before we get too far down the path of self-blame, self-punishment and turn it around to "lesson learned" or "there I go again, and I don't need to go there again!"

Hope you're all having a good weekend.

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SMARTIEBEE 9/26/2009 9:51PM

    Barb, it is just as hard to watch our offspring go through facing hard lessons as it is for us to go through them ourselves! Maybe harder! At least for me it is. I hope he took away some of what you were talking about! A good life lesson for all of us! (But Brazillian Jiu Jitsu??? Is that like an oxymoron??)

I hope your weekend is going well too! Mine is off to a good start. I hope tomorrow's 5K goes as well! (How could it not- it is just a little 3 mile run!)

I hope the CT scan goes well too!


Keep on Sparkin'!
Shirley


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The furnace kicked on for the first time this season...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Quick snippets... Saturday I had a great tramp through Pioneers Park. Those Lincolnites who participated in the Buffalo Run? The grass was still tramped down.

Saturday night my son dragged me to a theater event of a boxing match... yeah, the one that was in the news. It reminded me of my age... I came THAT close to falling asleep.

Sunday I lapsed on my program... tired, cold, and probably not getting enough calories for the exercise levels I was putting in... so I overdid in the other direction. I've been "recovering" ever since, back solidly "on program".

Two weeks 'til surgery... and doing fine without the supplements.

  
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CRACKERMOM 9/23/2009 9:38PM

    turned our heat on Tuesday afternoon
it's cold out here in the western part of the state

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