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Week Review of Nov. 9-16

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It was a strange week. I sort of felt better, but I still was wiped out at the end of the day.
Steps: 83664/80952 :) Minutes: 911/967 :(
calories: 3391/3559 :( Miles: 17.66/15/77 :)
I'm not sure how my steps and miles were up but my calories and minutes were down.

I'm finally getting a little more motivated about getting things ready for the holidays. It seems that works all the time with me: put me in a time crunch and away I go. This year, with Helena here, finds me looking more forward to Christmas. I worry about Mom and I don't want to be by a particular sibling, but...Helena will make up for it.

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IMAVISION 11/21/2014 7:33PM

    Wishing you a most pleasant holiday season!

God bless!


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FORZACHANDMATT 11/20/2014 9:27AM

    Enjoy that gorgeous Helena

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RAESUN54 11/20/2014 9:13AM

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
You are doing great. You can do it.

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NPA4LOSS 11/19/2014 12:51PM

    emoticon I am glad that you are beginning to look forward to the holidays!

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MSLZZY 11/19/2014 9:25AM

    You have so much to look forward to so stay the course. HUGS!

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STEVEN2GO2 11/18/2014 10:01PM

    Helena is such a Blessing to you and your family. Have a great time Grandma during the Holiday Season!

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CATTUTT 11/18/2014 9:10PM

    Helena will make up for it. Baby's First Christmas is going to be wonderful!

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Countdown Time

Friday, November 14, 2014

In two weeks, it will be Thanksgiving. I used to be so much more organized. I'd have my cards written. The presents that I had already bought were wrapped and ready. It's not like that this year. Granted, it's been a long, busy year, but I need to get the lead out.

I've got some errands to run quickly. Then it will be time to get down to business when I get home. I must...I will...really. Keep on me...I need help.

I will get out all the Christmas presents that I have bought when I get home. I will make a list of what I have and a list of what I think I need to get. Then, I will wrap some things and see how far I get.

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MSLZZY 11/15/2014 11:00PM

    You are far more organized than I am. You will do just fine!

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RAESUN54 11/14/2014 5:03PM

    I just bought my Christmas cards today. Last year I didn't send out cards because of just trying to get back to normal from my treatments.
I hope all goes well for you this year.

Have a great day.

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DIDMIS 11/14/2014 4:06PM

    Thanksgiving isn't here yet so you are ahead of the game. I don't have many to buy for. I give gift cards to those I so buy for as I don't feel like shopping.

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MYAKAYAH 11/14/2014 3:12PM

    good luck with your tasks, break it up into manageable chunks. It will get done~

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CATTUTT 11/14/2014 2:33PM

    Good luck with your goals to get started on your holiday tasks!

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NPA4LOSS 11/14/2014 12:28PM

    emoticon Welcome the Season! emoticon

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CHICAM 11/14/2014 11:08AM

    Believe me you are way ahead of me!! emoticon I have not bought any gifts at all. I have a big list of gifts to buy. In a big way the worrying of what to get my family and friends takes a lot of the goodness of Christmas from me. This year has flashed by soooo fast. It is hard to keep up. I have to take time to go shopping and to figure out what to buy.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/14/2014 10:28AM

    You are so far ahead of the game. Being a man, I do not even start shopping until December 23! LOL!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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Week in Review 11/10/2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

From Wednesday on last week, I definitely got sicker as the week went on. So, I definitely got some different numbers.
I had more steps: 80952/78024.
Everything else was down a little: Minutes: 967/1031, calories: 3559/3974, miles, 15.77/18.26.
I was down a pound when I went to the doctor on Friday.

But I didn't have the energy to move much over the weekend. I can say that I did get through some paperwork. Not much else can be done when I'm not moving.

As I sat on the couch with the afghan on it that I made for Sherry who knows how long ago, I realized that the time to replace it was way over-do. From washing and drying it so much, it had little yarn piles on it like a person gets on a sweater. I'm now on the second skein of the new one,

I'm moving a little bit today. But it's 6 pm and my sinuses are yelling at me so it won't be a long night. I could always work on more paperwork or the afghan. Or I could get the Christmas cards out and start on them. Wrap some presents - no, that's maybe too ambitious at this point it time.

I know I need to make an appointment with my primary care doctor. The last two times I got sick, he was booked and I went to an Urgent Care. Allergies were mentioned both times. Asthma was mentioned Friday. Members of my family have both, so it's something I should look in to.

I had a follow-up at the dermatologist today. I have some nodules on my ear that he's working on shrinking. A year ago, both my thumbnails got funky and the previous doctor suspected a fungus. My left thumbnail cleared up after the first round of medicine. The right thumbnail got a little better but never cleared up, even after a second round of medicine. The dermatologist cut some of the nail off and sent it off to be biopsied. It came back as having both a fungus and some bacteria in it. So...more medicine to put on it.

I couldn't help but wonder if this had something to do with Mom being sick last winter. Before she was finally diagnosed, I didn't think to wear gloves when cleaning for her. Glad I did start. Now I know I will be more diligent in wearing them while cleaning, even my own house.

Today is the 28th anniversary of my Dad's passing. I like to think of him as looking down at me and that he's content on how I have watched after Mom for him. I know he's looking down at that little girl that I started my morning with this morning and just busting a gut. How could anyone not?

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MSLZZY 11/11/2014 8:43PM

    Give yourself a break. You have been sick so take care.

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RASPBERRY56 11/11/2014 4:44AM

    Sorry about your health struggles - treat yourself gently and watch the stress.......I have no doubt that you can and will recover from all this!


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MYAKAYAH 11/11/2014 12:08AM

    It is a rough thing to get over being ill, I am just starting to feel normal again. Starting up with normal amounts of exercise this week!

Great pic of the grandbaby~

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DIDMIS 11/10/2014 10:33PM

    Sorry you are still feeling crummy. Who is the little boy? Did you make the afghan? emoticon

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CATTUTT 11/10/2014 9:05PM

    She's such a cutie pie!

SOrry to hear you're still feeling crummy, I hope it clears up for you soon!

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RAESUN54 11/10/2014 7:41PM

    He is so cute.
Yes you dad is watching down on you and happy you are taking care of your mom.
I hope you start to feel better. Sorry you are having such a rough time.

Take care and God Bless.

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Might Be a Long Winter

Sunday, November 09, 2014

I'm still down with this whatever I have. I think I'm a little better, but this drainage and lack of energy are driving me crazy. At least I can say that I have tackled a couple piles of paperwork.

Guess it's time to go back to the doctor and have a check-up. (He was booked Friday and I went to an Urgent Care.) This is twice since the end of August that I've had this similar crud and the doctors at the Urgent Care sort of lumped a few things together. Allergies/upper repertory/asthma have all come up.

I realize that babysitting kids where one is in school doesn't help. Neither does the stress that I've been under lately. So, it's time to think long and hard about my life: where do I need to be right now? I hate the cold and the snow. I love the warmth and sunshine.

Mom needs my help; my siblings sure could pitch in. The oldest sibling is really a thorn in my side. She thinks she's the boss; meaning she gives orders and doesn't have to physically help. A major problem is the fact that she has alcohol/mental problems and it effects how she views things. She believes I am out to get her and she has done quite a few hurtful things to me in the past few years. Each one is worse than the last. I really don't want to deal with that and I certainly don't know how to. It hurts Mom the most; she loves all her children, believes the best in us, and doesn't quite get it. Well, I don't either, but I refuse to jump and be bullied. Anyone with suggestions - please let me know.

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LINDA! 11/11/2014 5:09PM

    I am so sorry that you are sick. Also, wishing you all the best for your mother (and family situation.)

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NPA4LOSS 11/10/2014 12:21PM

    It took 18 years apart and both of our going through dangerous marriages for my sister and I to be back to communicating and being friends. Sending positive thoughts for you time of decision making.

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DIDMIS 11/9/2014 9:53PM

    Oh, Patty, sick and your moms care also. emoticon

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SOFT_VAL67 11/9/2014 7:46PM

    Best of luck to you.
I really need to tackle paperwork and sort drawers and do alot of organizing.
I dread the long winter.

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MILPAM3 11/9/2014 5:43PM

  Intervention for the oldest?

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CATTUTT 11/9/2014 1:41PM

    I don't have any suggestions, I wish I did. But I wanted to say you don't deserve the grief you get from your sister, and try your best not to take it personally. They're her issues, not yours.

I hope you get over whatever crud you have really soon!


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GREENEYES_42 11/9/2014 1:08PM

    Try to concentrate and direct your attention to the good people in your life. The ones who warm your heart --- not the ones who bring you sadness and stress. Just let your sister go on her merry way and you do what you need to do to be happy. Best of luck to you and get better soon!

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FEISTYLIZARD 11/9/2014 12:39PM

    Treat your sister with a grain of salt. We don't get to choose our family, and toxic people, related to you or not, should be treated as such. Reduce the amount of time you spend dealing with her and talking to her. If she asks you why, tell her why. She'll eventually get the memo, and if she doesn't, oh well. You need to take care of you in order to take care of your mom.

Now, I haven't had to take care of a sick parent yet. What might work would be creating a google spreadsheet/calendar that all of you can collaborate on to figure out how everyone can help and when? If you have a sibling who lives in a different city or state, you could talk to them about maybe alleviating even a percentage of mom's expenses?

Anyways, hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself.

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Friday, November 07, 2014

Four weeks ago was a stressful week. Three weeks ago, I started watching 3 girls. They had slight colds 2 weeks ago. A week ago, my sinuses started acting up. The night before last, I started coughing. By 5pm, it was definitely a deep cough. And I really am careful about washing my hands and cleaning the bathroom and kitchen every day. I've been pushing the water and taking pills to dry up the sinuses. Guess it didn't work this time.

I called my doctor first thing this morning. He's booked until Monday. I don't have time to be sick. So, off to the Urgent Care again. Then back home to vegitate.

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OLDEROWL 11/8/2014 7:47AM

    Wish you well. Remember to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids; and do what ever the doctor says.
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CATTUTT 11/7/2014 9:10PM

    Oh no, sorry to hear you're sick. I hope you feel better very soon!

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MILPAM3 11/7/2014 3:23PM

  Oh dear! Remember the chicken soup!

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YELLOW09RED 11/7/2014 1:07PM

    I'm sorry. I hope it just your sinus. Hugs for you feeling better soon.
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NPA4LOSS 11/7/2014 11:38AM

    emoticon I hope that you are feeling better soon!

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MSLZZY 11/7/2014 11:29AM

    Nothing like a fall cold to make you feel miserable. Hope the doctor can help you. HUGS!

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EMMACORY 11/7/2014 10:41AM

    Hope you feel better soon. emoticon Have some chicken soup. emoticon

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