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Memorial and exercise

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I spent most of the memorial service on the treadmill. I did stand down to put my hand over my heart for the National Anthem. I took a half day of vacation from work so I'd be watching the same time as my son was attending. Kind of like a psychic timing or something... like that one scene in Apollo 13 where they show the wife's face gazing out the window at the sky, then cut to the astronaut's face gazing out the window of the capsule at the earth.

I didn't spot my son during the service, but I might have found a snap of him that was posted in the Yahoo! Slide show by Reuters. He has a scowl on his face and he looks tired and sad. That could well be his headache look, too. I don't know whether the photo makes me more worried or less.

After I'd done my bit with the treadmill, I did an upper body workout to boot. Exercise helps me stay strong. It was an emotional day.

I got a phone call back from a staffer who works for my district's congressman. He says he is preparing legislation to propose to the congressman to get the same benefits for the wounded and fallen of Ft. Hood as would come with a purple heart. I am grateful, and I hope every member of congress supports this.

Tomorrow is Veterans day. Thank someone in uniform, will you? And take care of yourselves, because it is for you that they serve.

  
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SUNNY332 11/11/2009 9:00AM

    That would be great if they can pass that legislation. It was a sad day yesterday. I was gone so did not see the Memorial live but watched some it off and on though out the evening on the new reports.

Tell you Son thanks for his service. God Bless all of us Military Mama's and Papa's.

Have a GREAT day.

Sunny

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WILDHORSEANNIE 11/11/2009 12:39AM

    and thank you for your son and his service as well. your blog brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. I wonder what good could come from this horrible act at his post.....thank you for putting your emotions to words for us. We are here for you. emoticon

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DHENDLER 11/10/2009 10:45PM

    Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up like eagles on wings of great length, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint, he give strength the weary and power to the faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31

I don't know why ... but this is a song I learned in my youth ... that comes to mind.

Take comfort, have faith, everythings going to be ok.

Love and prayer surround you, your son, and Fort Hood.

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A self-nurturing Sunday

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Those who've followed the goings on over the past half-week know I have some extra motivation to take good care of me so I can be strong for others in my life. In this I'm no different from most folks who might trip over this post.

I streamlined things that needed doing this weekend, and I did them. They are mundane things, you might consider them "going through the motions", but just checking them off the list lends an air of "normal" which is so needed in life.

Change the furnace filter. Take the recycles in. Do the laundry, the grocery shopping, sweep the floor, clear space in the garage. Some yesterday, some today. Last night I heard my son's voice on the phone, and he sounds as though he is keeping busy and getting through these difficult days, one at a time.

I saved my treadmill session for after supper. I just finished it and am enjoying the final snack of my day.

Tonight, early bedtime! emoticon And I have now made it through the fifth day of "no more than one" diet soda, the last two of them without any. Although I have to say it was hard saying "no" to the impulse today. emoticon

  
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MSLZZY 11/9/2009 7:18PM

    You are doing great! Believe!
Continued support for your son. I know this must be hard for you and the family. Take care always! emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/9/2009 6:56PM

    Good for you - keep up the good work.

Hugs, Sunny

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NELLIEC 11/8/2009 9:32PM

    Hooray for the early bedtime -- and water!

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CONCHA77 11/8/2009 8:27PM

    Won't be too long and you won't even be thinking of WANTING your soda... Don't forget adding your water daily. emoticon
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Consultation Day

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I had my Jenny consultation today, down another pound and a half (1.6). Which is decent, but wasn't really the focus of my week.

Since I go to Jenny with my daughter in law, we played catch up. Information about what all came down from my son's viewpoint at Ft. Hood, as told to his wife.

The list of the 13 killed has been released. I looked at the pictures and names, of course. Two of them were attached to my son's unit. One I distinctly remember meeting at the Yellow Ribbon event two months ago. He was a family man; I also met his wife and three children. This is so tragic.

Prayers continue for all involved, including those who like my son, had to be restrained from entering the building while the shots were being fired. I am proud that his first thoughts were to help his comrades, regardless of danger to himself. They didn't let him or the others in until the suspect was subdued. He assisted with the removal of the victims. I know that whether he comes home tomorrow or in a year and a half, he is already a changed man.

My goal for the next week is to remain strong, so that I can handle the news as it trickles in. And I made it through today with NO bubbles, folks. I'm proud of me for that piece. emoticon

  
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SMARTIEBEE 11/8/2009 10:48AM

    The whole thing was such a senseless tragedy and I am so sorry it had to touch your son! He sounds like a remarkable young man and you must be so very proud of him! But then he has a remarkable MOM so he came by it fairly!

Way to go with the bubbles! Good for you!

Shirley


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DHENDLER 11/8/2009 9:22AM

    I'm sorry for you and your boy Barb that you've been touched by this violence. I know that my heart would be pained to realize that my son would be forever altered by an event such as this - as you suggest. You've put a face on this loss. That you met this family reminds us of the sacrifice made for us.

My heart and prayers are with you, your family and others touched by this craziness.



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MSLZZY 11/8/2009 7:33AM

    I am so sorry for the soldiers who had to see and deal with the tragedy. So much sorrow and senselessness.
Keep up the good work and soon, you won't miss the bubbles at all. emoticon

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NELLIEC 11/7/2009 8:40PM

    I am praying for those involved -- including the extended families!

Yay for no bubbles!

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Good night's sleep

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I've written before that there isn't much that a good night's sleep won't help. Yesterday I took frequent walking breaks at work, and at noon I phoned my daughter in law to make sure she was holding up OK. She apparently had talked with our fella and asked him directly if he was wounded and he said "No". I had already concluded that, because I can't believe he would withhold something of that magnitude.

Anyway, having that reassurance, and doing some good self-talking, I slept well last night. I made it through three days with only one diet soda a day. Today I'm going for the full monty... no diet sodas today... if I can pull it off, and I hope I can.

My consultation at Jenny Craig is today. This bigger thing in my life is so far overshadowing thoughts of nutrition and fitness... but, nutrition and fitness are a safety net, a talisman, a way of dealing. Along with prayer and trust in a power greater than myself.

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NELLIEC 11/7/2009 2:23PM

    Hooray that he is OK. And great that you plan to have no soda!!!

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SMARTIEBEE 11/7/2009 10:28AM

    Barb, I am so glad your son is unharmed! You must have had some bad moments there! I am proud of you for not giving in to the soda! I seldom drink even diet soda so that isn't an issue for me. but sweet things -- another issue altogether!

Glad you got some good rest too - It can sure make things easier!

Keep the Spark!

Shirley


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CONCHA77 11/7/2009 9:19AM

    Good for you on not "caving in" for a soda. I use to be a slave to diet coke and NEVER drank water, Now I have no cravings for sodas and cannot live without my water -next to me always. Let us know how you like the Jenny Craig plan.
So happy that you son is ok, Bless his heart.

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Connie

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MSLZZY 11/7/2009 8:51AM

    I hope your consultation goes well. Glad you got some quality sleep. It always feels so good to be rested! emoticon

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Made it through the second day with only 1 diet soda

Friday, November 06, 2009

Considering the tenor of my day yesterday, that's outstanding. For those of you who haven't seen it on any of the message boards in the various communities I frequent, my son is currently at Fort Hood. He is OK, as confirmed by a text message to his wife, and a couple of phone calls from him, as well.

However, piecing together the details of his carefully chosen words with some news reports, at least one of the wounded was from his unit, and knowing what was on his schedule for yesterday, that pretty much places him at the event. He is clearly under orders not to talk about it, though.

While grateful for his safety, this is a huge stress event for those sitting home and waiting for news. For an emotional eater, a danger zone? Well, in this case, not. In my own compulsive psyche, some stress is too big to eat over.

I had a spotty night's sleep, and got up at 4:30 and did a lower body workout... exercise helps stress!

emoticon In my thoughts and prayers are those who got a different message yesterday. And I think it is important for all of us to remember that it is not fair to generalize from press reports that all people who bear a name with a given ethnic / regional flavor, skin of a given tone, etc. "approve" or "condone" what this one individual did.

As much fear and anger as this incident may bring to the surface, it is my prayer that we do NOT take it out on innocents who happen to match some characteristic of the accused!

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THINTOBEVEGAN 11/7/2009 4:46PM

  prayers and many loving thoughts are with you. this was a wonderful post. bless you and your family and those other families as well. thanks for sharing, debbie

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SUNNY332 11/7/2009 9:56AM

    Great Post and I am so glad that your son was not injured.

I do understand how that stress can play havoc on a day.

Have a good weekend.

Sunny

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MSLZZY 11/6/2009 5:39PM

    Each and every person matters and so I try to treat eveyone as I wish to be treated-with respect and dignity, regardless! How sad that events like this make
us suspicious for no good reason.
My prayers are with you and your family!

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NELLIEC 11/6/2009 1:51PM

    I am glad that your son is OK.

While I do think that some of the background of the guy who was the main one who did it had something to do with his actions, I certainly don't think that all people with that background would do the same!

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DHENDLER 11/6/2009 11:04AM

    Thoughts and prayers with you, your son, and the families who were less fortunate.

Wise words and generous, considering how close you are to this situation, to remind us all that we should not pre-judge. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/6/2009 8:41AM

    I canīt imagine what you are going through. I am swedish and have in my youth had a lot of arrogant opinions on "Big americans who thinks they own the world" but with age has some wisdome occured. We are only people who try to live diecnt lives.

My prayers and thoughts are with you as with all the other mums and dads of young people in dangerous situations. O hope you are as well as you can be! emoticon

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CONCHA77 11/6/2009 8:16AM

    Great post. Thank you.

(((Hugs)))

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