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Saturday, January 29, 2011


so many of you have been checking on me, figured i should do an up-date

can you believe it's been 29 days? 4 weeks ago today

i can't believe it

i really can't believe that i'm so down and out yet

chest/lung trouble-- it hurts so bad-- if they told me they would cut me open to find and fix the damage, i'd be all over that-- just seems unreal that this is normal-- i can barely move yet- my chest hurts so bad- i'd still have to rate it at a 10 pain level-- sheesh- dr is giving me percocet in supplies of 75 at a time..........wish they would help!

feet/ankles- still swollen- actually felt my toes for the first time wed........dr is still just saying it's from being too sedentary-- so i'm trying to walk around the house more

fingers- nerve damage- i did do tests at the hospital wed for the nerve damage-- i see the surgeon mon- but my dr had the results thurs- he says they will have to do surgery- from what i'm reading on-line- arm/elbow will be in a splint 6

there's some huge psychological problems with all this

i'm totally dependent on others- i haven't even gotten a rental car yet- with these feet, i can't really twist around to look, i'd have no business driving

of course- i can't go car shopping

so i really am grounded

it snows- and i have to ignore it- and hope someone shows up offering to do it- the 2 girls next door did it twice- but haven't been back since- i had a guy who showed up- after i paid him and he left- i realized he only did about half of it! i did try and shovel the back porch- there's so much ice, it's really dangerous-of course, i fell- skinned both knees, bruised my shoulder, huge bump on my head- can't even explain how long it took me to get up-- well, now it's all icy out there again-- not sure what to do-- it's so dangerous- much less- it makes me look like the dregs of the street not taking care of my stuff!!

i live in a 2 story house-- i'm still sleeping sitting up in a chair in the living rm........regardless, it freaks me out to even think of being upstairs sleeping in my bed-- i also won't go up there and shower after dark-- took me a while to figure this out- it's just too scary to "be up there"- i'm totally vulnerable right now- if someone did break in or something- i can not even try and protect myself.....that's scary- that is really freaking me out

let's see- what else

absolutely amazes me how few people i've heard from- i'm the care taker- you stub your toe- i'm sending a card, etc........none of all of them people have called or e-mailed or nothing

that's messing with my head!

my kids are helping- trucking out here to take me to dr- going shopping- etc

my parents are old- 78 and 80-- i didn't tell them right away cuz i figured i'd be fine in no time- and then i'd tell them

well it's like a lie- the longer you lie.........the harder it is to take back- do i tell them now- or- just wait til i'm 100%??

i need movie lists- i'm renting movies-- i've done all of the in demand if you have ideas of what i could rent.........bring em on!

thanx for listening........i can honestly say- if it weren't for my great spark buddies--i'd be in a lot of guys are holding me together!

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HELEN_BRU 7/12/2012 9:30PM

    How did I miss this blog? I see you are back in action on Spark. I do hope to hear from you, dear friend. You might remember me as HVMBRU OR WHATEVER. I used to have a Betty Boop (cowgirl) Profile Image. Please - let's hear from you!

Helen (xxoo)

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GARDENCHRIS 1/5/2012 7:23AM

    I am so sorry that you are dealing with this! I'm sure we'd all be there to help if we were closer.
what is going on about the other driver? were they arrested? court dates? are you able to get there to make sure they are being held accountable?

As for the movies, I just finished watching all the Bourne movies. they were good.

hang in there!

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MSTINARENEE 3/5/2011 9:45AM

    I am so sorry that all of this has happened to you. I want you to know that you are in my prayers! I hope all goes well with the doctors and know your sparkfamily is thinking about you!

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HALLALUYAH 3/3/2011 6:02PM

    Hey Sparkelingjewel....Like the young lady said."By his stripes we are healed"...I'm glad that you are okay. God bless you.
Love Luyah

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HELLORITA 2/28/2011 9:59AM

    Are you doing any better?

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KAMCCLARY 2/27/2011 10:46PM

    emoticonBy His stripes, ye are healed. Lifting you up in prayer that all of your aches and pains are alleviated. Sending you warm thoughts! emoticon

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READINGLOTS 2/27/2011 4:33PM

I just wanted to send a hug (gentle hug) your way...that must be extremly painful. I understand your fears of being upstairs and something happens.

If you get a cast tell them you want a pretty color! My daughter had them do purple and green for hers--then she had black and put sparkles on it for the next holiday. She enjoyed the variety of choices while enduring wearing a cast.

The people you help are not caretakers like you, makes it hard when they don't reciprocate, but that is just not what they know...wish they'd get it figured out so you'd feel their support.

Sending you thots of sunshine to melt away the snow...


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J0KERSMAMA 2/27/2011 11:50AM

    I just read an email about your accident and they're are not enough words to express my sorrows for what you are going through!! And to find out that you're not getting the help that you need and obviously DESERVE just sickens me!!! It makes me want to just jump in my SUV and take care of everything that's not being done. I live in CO so I know that's impossible. It's wonderful to hear you have such a geat support system on SP but there has got to be a way for us to get you a great support system where you're at. I don't know how but somehow. I know you're going to have your bad days, but I hope you keep your chin up. If there is anything I can do for you (even being so far away) just say the word. emoticon emoticon

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LIZETTA 2/26/2011 8:25PM

  This is the first time I have written to anyone here..dont know why but...I just wanted to tell you I hope you are feeling better and that you are up and around soon. The best of luck to you sweetie.

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DEBDOINIT 2/26/2011 9:41AM

    I hope this finds you recovering & finding ways to enjoy yourself. I'm home too recovering from surgery. The 7th. of March will be 6 weeks & I'm so ready to get back to it. I am carrying around a Jackson-Pratt drain still so I'm limited. It's doing it's job so I have to stop whining.

Take care & I'll add you to my prayer list.


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JENNAMACMOM 2/26/2011 7:16AM

    oh honey!!!! i am sooo sorry for this terrible expeience. don't give up hope, don't give up on yourself. there are still things you can do to exercise while sitting. curls with soup cans or water bottles. laps around a table. keep moving, a little at a time! keep your chin up, we are all here for you!!!! emoticon

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LESSOFME113 2/26/2011 2:15AM

    It's been a while since you've blogged I hope you will update again soon....thinking of you, holding you in the light & hope that everything is alright!


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RELISA4HEALTH 2/25/2011 7:25PM

    Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your accident.
I was in one years ago, not as bad as what you are experiencing, but I can relate to the trama.
As for having to take care of your property and being in a position where you are at the mercy at others, is very humbling and scary too.
My prayer is that God give to you the strength that you need at this time. May he place it in the hearts of many to reach out to you at this time. May you have a quick recovery and from this, may you have a testimony to share with others.

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CLASSIC_AMBER 2/25/2011 5:58PM

I hope you are feeling better. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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EMCCLEER 2/25/2011 10:53AM

    I hope you are feeling better! I have been in a car accident and it does take awhile for your body to recover. I hope you are feeling and doing better since your last update. If I lived closer to you, I would come over and shovel your snow!

Take care of yourself and I will be praying for you~ emoticon


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MARILYNJB1 2/24/2011 1:13PM

    Sure hope you're doing awhole lot better since your last update.Let us all know, we pray and think of you daily. Please get well soon. emoticon emoticon

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  I am so sorry you are having so much trouble. I hope you are feeling a little better now. Hang in there, and know all of us on sparkpeople are praying for you.

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NEELY747 2/24/2011 1:41AM

    I just read about your accident through an Emotional Eaters email and I want to let you know how TERRIBLY sorry I am. You will be in my prayers. And what a bitch that lady is for not having insurance. I hope to hell she got cited and ticketed for that!!! The worst part is that your car insurance will go up because she has none that can pay for your car so your insurance will have to take over. I hate how car insurance companies work. I'd sue her if I was you. She obviously deserves it. But I'm more concerned about your health. I had a stomach virus for three days several days ago and I was massively depressed about not being able to eat healthy and work out for those few days. I now realize how lucky I was. My heart goes out to you. Please let me know if you need anything. Going to SparkFriend you so I can keep updated on your progress. BEST OF LUCK and LOTS OF LOVE.

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NONIE_C 2/23/2011 10:59PM

    I"m so sorry to hear about your accident. And I'm so sorry I didn't realize it sooner!

I hope things have gotten better since you posted this...time for a new update. Let us know how you're doing.

Keeping you in my prayers.

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ELSCO55 2/23/2011 10:18PM

    Sorry to hear about your accident and all that has happened. Hope you are now doing better. We are all praying for you. emoticon

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ELYZABETH23 2/23/2011 8:36PM

    Wow! You have really been through one HELL of a of an ordeal!! I hope the nothing but the best for you and yours. Please get better soon and onto a speedy recovery. Just keep your chin up and keep chugging along and you'll make it!! emoticon

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HEART64 2/23/2011 6:12PM

    I wish you the best I hope you get better prayers go out to you

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BIGMAMAHOUSE53 2/23/2011 3:30PM

    Hope you get to feeling better soon. It's so sad when your down no one seems to care when you have done so much for others. I've been down that road just like you and still doing it. I'm glad your kids are helping. I will be praying for you to get well soon Pray can change it all for ya. emoticon emoticonLinda

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    Sorry to hear that the anxiety is still hanging around, but it is understandable. You have had a lot going on.

As for the percocet - if they aren't working, notify your Dr and he can change you to different medication. They can also combine certain medications to make it control you pain more effectively. What is your dr saying the chest pain/breathing issues are related to?


Please contact the hospital where you were treated. Every hospital has community outreach program or their case managers know the community services an can put you into contact with then in order to help with things - they can recommend reliable sources for dealing with your snow, getting groceries, etc. Use those resources - most of them are backed by your tax dollars. You paid for them, UTILIZE THEM. Let them know about your limited mobility and you may even be eligible for a Physical Therapist to visit and make recommendation on activities to do while indoors to help get your feet in better shape and help with your breathing issues.

You are in my thoughts and prayer. Take care and reach out if you need something.


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CELEST 2/23/2011 1:30PM

    I hear you about how people tend to forget you when you are hurt but you were always there for them...that seems to be a newish affliction. Hopefully someone will actually remember that you NEED someone too. We have an elderly friend here that is practically bedridden now and for all that she was most peoples mother/grandmother/best friend and helper, in her need now, her friends have shrunk to just a few.
Hope you feel better little by little.

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TWENKY215 2/23/2011 11:47AM

    I'm sorry to hear that you are disabled, what a way to be. As for the snow, can you call the nearby church and get someone to help you. Don't be too proud to seek help. I know you said that you are the caregiver but we need help too. It's just as good for us to ask for help and expect it. The people who haven't called you---pick up the phone and bug the bejeepers out of them. Be selfish. you need help and a lot of it. See if you can get somebody to stay with you at night. A best girlfriend, ex husband, ex boyfriend, someone. You don't need to be shoveling NO Danggone snow either. I shoveled it and it had me sore. Are you a cheese head? I will look back at your homepage and see what state you are in. If I were close by i'd check up on you.
GET SOME HELP, That is why God has us all here for, to help each other even if we don't believe that, it's so so true.
Take good care of yourself and get better.
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JOANIEBUG46 2/23/2011 10:11AM

    I am SO sorry you're still in so much pain! I haven't had such a bad accident, but understand they can have terrible repercussions. I just hope that your healing speeds up! I agree about letting your church know (if you have one). Even if you don't, if there's one nearby in your neighborhood, I'm sure they'd love to do some outreach ministry. I know that our church helps local neighbors, in the hopes that they will come and visit the church.
So, I wish you a much speedier recovery! (My daughter just leased a Volvo and she LOVES it. Very, very safe, pretty and excellent rates.)
Hang in there!!!

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LIZK007 2/23/2011 9:48AM

    I'm so sorry about your accident! I'll be praying for you. Wish I were in a position to help you. Please keep us posted!

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C0NV3RSEL0V3 2/23/2011 9:07AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your accident :( What a horrible thing to have happen.

Here's some movies to check out!

Away We Go (favorite movie of all time)
Moulin Rouge
True Romance (shoot 'em up movie-- just a warning)
Due Date (hilar!!)
Return to Me
Boondock Saints (see TR above)

Maybe have one of your kids run up to the library for you and pick up some tv series on dvd. Glee is definitely on that recommended list :) and anything Law and Order.

Best of luck on your recovery!!

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FLYER99 2/23/2011 8:27AM

    Good morning! I am so sorry to hear of your accident. My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you in your time of distress. Please take it easy. Try and relax your mind (I know that's easy to say). I do agree with your statements that sometimes the people you think will help most, or at least send a card or telephone, don't. It seems the world is a "one way street" at times. Please take care! Bob.

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HUNNNYBEE 2/23/2011 5:58AM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope you have a speedy recovery! God bless!


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LYNMEINDERS 2/23/2011 4:56AM

    My prayers are coming your way....I am so sorry to hear of your journey over January.....
I am trusting that you are starting to feel better and that the swelling in your feet and legs has started to go down and that you are breathing easier and can at least get to bed instead of the chair....

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OSEGUEDA 2/23/2011 12:59AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your accident I will lift up in prayer and in Jesus name you will be better soon.God bless.. emoticon

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KATHY024 2/23/2011 12:23AM

    I am so sorry about the accident. Yes, percocet can be addicting but your Dr. will be hard pressed to give you more than 60 days worth. 30 days at a time. I've taken it after two surgeries and I can honestly tell you that a person would have to be nuts to take that stuff for longer than necessary. I found that while it eased the pain a great deal it also made me tired, sick to my stomach and "fuzzy headed". I doubt you will ever feel like you'd "want" to overindulge on the stuff.

Yes, we have a "sue" society because many people like the girl that hit you do not own up to their responsibility until they are hit financially. Please don't be in a big hurry to dismiss calling a lawyer as the reprocussions of this accident may be with you for many years. She shouldn't be allowed to get away with not being held accountable!!

When our car was broadsided by a man we didn't sue him. Less than 10 years later I developed severe neck problems that have really disrupted my life and put a big burden on me financially. He was 100% at fault for running a red light and we were "midwestern nice".

God bless you

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EKEVERS 2/23/2011 12:14AM

    I'm sending healing thoughts your way. Take care of yourself. We are all pulling for you.

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CINDY-K 2/22/2011 11:17PM

    Sparklinjewells, Do you attend a church? If so, call them and tell them you need assistance as you recover. If you do not, do you have a friend who attends a church? If so, then maybe that friend's church could help you out.
Do not be afraid to ask for help. You will be amazed at how many people will jump at the chance to help you.

I pray that God's blessings and healing will surround you and strengthen you.


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SUNNYE3 2/22/2011 11:16PM

  Sparklinjewells - Here's an Angel of Comfort coming your way to help bring healing and grace as you go through this difficult period in your life. Praying for a quick recovery!

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VICKILYN4 2/22/2011 11:02PM

    Sorry to hear about your accident. I pray that God lays his hands on you and makes you well. Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Take care!

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JODAFEEN17 2/22/2011 10:32PM

    Sending you as much positive energy that the Universe can muster, and since the Universe is pretty darn big, then you should be getting a rush of energy coming your way. Please do not let this situation get you down! You have lots of Spark friends here who would help you if they were close by, and at the very least we sending you our prayers, good thoughts and positive vibes.
I do hope the doctors can DO something for you, especially the chest pains and nerve damage. Be cautious with the meds, they can potentially be worse than the original problem!
Sending you big hugs and warmest wishes for a quicker recovery!

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GOLDENTOP 2/22/2011 9:18PM

    I send out the warmest, joyous, and fastest-recovery prayers to you. Do cheer up. Rest fully to regain your strength, because you reflect strength to so many others. You have touched so many people through your page and blog. So keep at it! -peace emoticon

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TACONES 2/22/2011 9:13PM

    Hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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BEENIEMOM 2/22/2011 8:59PM

    many many hugs to you.....I pray that you have a sudden and surprising turn around! God bless! love Tina

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    I am sending you positive thoughts and wishes. I am praying that your pain gets better and the swelling goes down in the feet and ankles.

Thank you for keeping us updated.

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KELLAROO1 2/22/2011 8:32PM

    Sorry that you are still in so much pain!
You asked for some movie suggestions...I don't know if you like these sort of movies, but I really like Masterpiece Theater, and the Downton Abbey series was just great.


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KELLAROO1 2/22/2011 8:32PM

    Sorry that you are still in so much pain!
You asked for some movie suggestions...I don't know if you like these sort of movies, but I really like Masterpiece Theater, and the Downton Abbey series was just great.


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KELLAROO1 2/22/2011 8:32PM

    Sorry that you are still in so much pain!
You asked for some movie suggestions...I don't know if you like these sort of movies, but I really like Masterpiece Theater, and the Downton Abbey series was just great.


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JAMKAR84 2/22/2011 8:28PM

    Hi Sparklinjewells. I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. I pray that you have a speedy recovery. God bless you emoticon

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DAWNDMOORE40 2/22/2011 7:46PM

    I am so very sorry to hear about your accident and the pain your having to live with! I know that this isn't much consolation, but God can heal your pain and restore your life! If you believe in him! I know that when your the one going through the pain, it's easier for someone else to say that, but it is true. I hope that you believe in the power of prayer because it can move mountains!
I will be thinking of you! I will remember to add you to our prayer list at church this Wed night! You are remarkably strong because God didn't make no junk! Just believe in yourself that you can get back there, and you will! I know some of the damage is irreversible, and that is hard to live with. I can't say I totally understand because I have never been there, but I do hope you realize we are all here to support you! Remember to take baby steps and remember God loves you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHELLYUT 2/22/2011 7:34PM

    I am so sorry to read that you are still having so many problems. It doesn't sound like you are able to rely on neighbors to help.

Please call some local churches or even boy scout troops and tell them about your situation and see if they have any volunteers that could help you. There are dozens of organizations that have people more than willing to help if they were to only know.

A few years ago I was rear ended by a kid to busy talking on his cellphone to stop at the red light. Even though he was going less than 25 miles an hour I was still bruised up like an eggplant from my seatbelt for almost two months. It hurt to even breath. I can only imagine how miserable you must be feeling. Wishing you a quick recovery. I'll keep you in my prayers.

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    I just read all your blog posts. So much for one person to endure. I hope for the best for you to get you out of this dark time and back to normal. This serves as a reminder to not take being healthy and mobile for granted. Best wishes to you.


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accident up-date

Sunday, January 09, 2011

wow, been a week

of course, it's as easy to say, it's only been a week

definitely life-altering- i've left the house once, thurday, my dughter came out and took me to dr appt

the 2 daughters were here that day and ran some errands for me too

this being dependent is not fun

dr had nothing to say- said it'll take a while to heal- what does that mean?

i am also having other side affects now from the accident/recovery-- i can not lie down, so i've been sitting up for 8 days now- well my feet are like double their size , and ankles, and calves-- says that'll take a while to heal also

so, i've been trying to sit up and put my feet up, but, i only last about an hour at a time- that does not yet appear to be helping any

have been on a steady diet of vicodin- really doesn't seem to be helping any-- i just took my first percocet- we'll see what that does

you hear how easy it is for people to get addicted to pain pills- i have that worry in the back of my head

car is being totaled- i think what they're giving me is low- but........any way you look at it- you're still losing out.........gotta get something else now, and, needless to say, i'm doing some exploring into "safer" vehicles-- but it's still gonna mean another, longer loan.......

haven't gotten a rental car yet- no need- i sure can't drive, but it adds to my feeling of "helplessness"

i really do hate all this whining- but, first off, wanted to up-date all ya'all who've been so kind, and-- whining/blogging does help some

amazing how many lawyer letters i get in the mail every day- yes, it is a "sue-ing" world

not in any way how i foresaw getting into 2011- so much for exercise, getting a rhythym going again, etc

makes me wonder too tho- am i ready to die? what if i had died that, i don't have my affairs in order

need to get that done

it also does re-affirm all concepts of NEVER wanting to be dependent- so- gotta get healthy!

you spark pople rock..........thanx for caring so much


FYI: there's an awful lof of commercials on tv in the middle of the night!

i suspect- no matter how flabby your hind end may be-- sitting on it day after day after day--- it gets sore!!!

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LESSOFME113 2/26/2011 2:10AM

    I think you've received some AWESOME advice/suggestions and comments ~ we are all supporting you......we believe you can do it! You will feel better soon I just have absolute faith you will!


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ALASKAPSYCH 2/22/2011 6:07PM

    This takes me back to the one or two accidents I have survived! I so feel your pain!

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NOSKINNY 2/22/2011 5:55PM

    I DEFINITELY would call the doctor about the swelling in your legs and feet--you could have blood clot(s) which, if they break loose, could cause a stroke or something.

It is VERY IMPORTANT to keep moving, even if just walking very slowly to prevent blood clots, especially in your feet and legs.

Also, ask your doctor whehter to start taking an aspirin a day to reduce and/or prevent blood clots. (Let it dissolve under your tongue, it will get to the blood faster and won't upset your stomach as much.) Be sure to tell your doctor everything, from start to finish (the same doctor all the time so the clinic knows it all from start to finish), and will know how to act if something get worse.

DO apply heat to that areas that are stiff and ice to the areas that hurt and are swollen too, like sore muscles. If an area does both, then ice and cold (first one then the other).

If you have aching pain in the ribs area, a medium tight band around the ribs might help keep any damaged cartilage from hurting as much until it heals.
Here are some very easy exercises to do while sitting that you might be able to do. They are a combination of physical therapy and isometrics. To them to prevent clots and putting on weight while you're not able to move around much (eat even less too):

Be sure to ask your doctor before starting any exercise program, especially to ascertain if the exercise routine will aggravate or worsen any injuries you already have. Never force movements, and don’t do anything that hurts.

Armchair Exercises – Repeat means start with three and work up to 10.

Feet and Toes
Lift your feet a few inches off the floor a couple of inches and wiggle your toes.

Now, slowly lower your legs to floor then slowly raise them back up until the knee joint is locked. Repeat.

Keeping your feet off the floor, extend your legs and push your feet forward as if pointing at something in the distance with your toes, hold for a few seconds then pull your feet back, pointing the toes to towards the ceiling.

Put both feet back on the floor, hip width apart, and come up onto the balls of your feet, lifting your heels off the floor. Hold for a few seconds then relax and repeat.

With your feet flat on the floor, lift one foot at a time and slowly rotate your ankles around in small circles (both directions) to loosen off any excess tension.

After your feet, move your attention to your lower legs and calf muscles.

Sit up straight and tense the lower leg muscles, holding for a few seconds, feeling the various muscles contract before relaxing. Repeat.

Relax and bring your attention to the upper legs. Tense the upper leg muscles and hold for a few seconds, Repeat three times, again building up the tension to your maximum each time.

Sit with your feet hip width apart and come up onto the balls of your feet, lifting your heels off the floor. Push your legs down as if trying to push your heels back onto the floor, whilst resisting and tensing the legs so that the heels don’t actually go back to the floor. Relax and repeat several times.

Next, sit with your feet hip width apart, but with your knees together. Start squeezing your knees together and tense your upper leg muscles. Do this several times, gradually building with each one up to your maximum effort.

Stay in the same position, but this time put your hands on the outside of your knees. Push outwards, trying to open your knees apart, but resist with your hands so that they don’t open. Start slowly, building to your maximum effort.

Hands on hips, sit up as straight as possible and tip the hips forward and back (stretches and strengthens the lower back) and while tipping the hips backward (as if pressing the back against a wall) lift the tummy muscles all the way from the bottom of the belly upward and then squeeze the sides toward the middle.

With knees bent, push the feet hard against the floor (one at a time or both together) then relax, then lift the feet and straighten the legs. Repeat.

Wiggle your fingers quickly for a few seconds on both hands.

Then open and close your hands quickly, extending your fingers to the maximum and making a fist each time you close your hand.

Relax your hands and wrists and give them a good shake – as if you’ve just washed them then realized there is nothing to dry them on.

Stop shaking and gently bend and rotate your wrists through their full range of movement. Add light pressure by gently pushing the hand forward and back from the wrist with the opposite hand.

When we say the upper body, we’re talking arms, shoulders, chest and back.

* Raise both arms horizontally, out to your sides, shoulder height as if you were doing an impression of an aeroplane. Push out your arms in both directions, reaching as far out as physically possible, feeling the stretch across your back and chest.

* Relax from this stretch but keep your arms out straight and start to move them very slowly in small circles as if running your finger around the outside rim of a coin. Do ten small circles forward, then ten small circles backwards. Relax the arms and shake them off.

* Put both hands together as if you have just clapped, hold them out in front of you, elbows raised and push your hands together, tensing your arms, chest, shoulders and back for 10 seconds.

• Put your arms on the arms of the chair, and push down. Repeat.

• Put your hands on the arms and push down. Repeat.

Neck and head
Okay, move your attention to your head and neck. Your neck and spine are very delicate and should only ever be exercised slowly and gently, and without tension, particularly when rotating the head in a circular motion. Never force movements, and don’t do anything that hurts.

Slowly drop your head forward, taking your chin toward your chest an inch or two for a few of seconds.

Bring your head back to its normal position then take it slowly backwards. Again, hold for a few seconds.

With the head tilted back, drop your mouth open and slowly close again, pushing the chin forward. Perform several times.

Bring head back to normal centre position, looking forward. Look to the left side, hold for a few seconds, then change to the right side and hold for a few seconds.

Bring your head back to its normal position, drop your chin an inch to the chest and slowly roll your head in a gentle, relaxed circular motion. Do this several times in both directions, slowly easing out any tensions and stiffness.

Shoulders and upper back (start with three and work up to ten):
Hands on hips, stretch by arching the back backward starting at the lower back moving up to the neck (flexibility) and roll down again

Hold up the head, roll the shoulder joints back by holding the elbows at the sides and bringing hands from the front (at waist level) to the sides.

Hold the arms straight out from the shoulders and/or up in the air and roll the hands forward and backward (helps prevent dislocation injuries) unless, of course, you’ve already got shoulder injuries.

• Stan
d 1 foot from a wall, put your hands on the wall, and lean into the wall. Push with your arms until you are upright again. Repeat.
• Stand in a doorway with hands against the sides for balance. Bend the knees a little, then straighten up again. Repeat.

Good health!

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  hello from spain,hope your feeling better,thank god that nothing very bad happened to you,you where born again on that bad day,take care and recover as soon as possible,cristina rota spain emoticon

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ALASKALILLADY 2/22/2011 3:05PM

    I hope you feel better soon. I wish I was closer so that I could help you out some. There is nothing worse than the feeling of helplessness.

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JUJUDODDS 2/17/2011 4:14PM

    I hope things are getting better. I am thinking of you. emoticon

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NEED2MOVE2 1/24/2011 3:08PM

    Feel better soon emoticon

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JAK106 1/21/2011 10:20AM

    I'm very sorry you are going through this. I wish you a quick recovery. I hope you can sleep better soon. Sending prayers your way.


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CAROLEBABEE 1/20/2011 2:59PM

    Sending you hugs honey. You are still a sparkling jewel through it all in my life. I appreciate you so much and am thankful that you are alive for 2011. I know this is a huge huge life changing event and I am with you in spirit honey and praying for you.
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KLASSIE 1/16/2011 5:30PM

    I am so sorry to learn of your accident. I do hope you heal quickly. I can truly understand how it feels to be dependent and I pray that you can be up on your feet soon and that you'll be able to get a reliable and affordable car when you're ready. I'll be praying for your recovery.

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DAWNWS1 1/16/2011 4:10PM

    I've been away from Sparkpeople for a (long) while, so just read your blog today. Wanted you to know I'll be praying for you that you'll heal quickly and that all will work out for the best!

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GEEKSMEGGLY 1/16/2011 12:50PM

    So sorry to hear of your accident and wish you a speedy recovery.
Take care of yourself. emoticon

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DANSNQUEEN 1/11/2011 9:37PM

    emoticon Let's hope that you recover quickly and that 2011 goes much better than how it has started for you. emoticon We're here for you and you complain as much as you need to.... it helps to get it out.

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WENDYJM4 1/10/2011 10:11PM

    Take care of yourself and get well soon. emoticon

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LLWARD23 1/10/2011 7:15PM

  Take care of yourself. Continue to ask the doctor questions.
The recovery from injuries sustained from a car accident suck.

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ALASKALILLADY 1/10/2011 1:19PM

    Get well soon! I understand the constant pain and nothing helping. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

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OPALMOON 1/10/2011 6:19AM

    Your Spark Friends are here to listen to you and it is important for you to vent when you need to. Though the news isn't what we would hope it to be, thanks for posting the update. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope you can get some pain relief quickly!! I understand your reluctance to be dependent on others - it is a very frustrating situation for you in many respects. Sometimes we need to let others help us, and in a way we give them a gift by allowing them to do that! Blessings, Nattacia


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1EMMA2011 1/9/2011 11:59PM

    Thank you so much for telling us how you are doing. I am praying for you. I am sorry you are in so much pain. You are doing everything right and I can't believe that through it all you reached out to encourage me. Please write and keep us all posted. I am glad you are my SparkFriend - your thoughts are so inspirational to me. emoticon emoticon

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ROSBERRY 1/9/2011 9:49PM

    Thanks so much for the update. Although I don't know you, I have been wondering how you are doing. I know this can't be easy! Take care!! An accident such as yours will definitely take time to heal! emoticon

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    Take it easy so your body can have time to heal. I know it's hard to be patient, especially when you don't want to be dependent. I hope you can lie down soon because I know that will make a HUGE difference in how you feel. I will continue to pray for you that not only will your body heal completely and in a timely fashion, but that something good will come from this experience. We are here for you. emoticon Christine

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BETRME100 1/9/2011 7:57PM

    I just hate that you're going through this...when we go thru something like this, it does kind of bring thoughts of our own mortality into focus...I know I don't have all of my affairs in order either...definitely something to think about, unpleasant tho it may be.

And you know, even tho you're not feeling all that great, you can still make me laugh!! All those commercials on in the middle of the night...

Take care of yourself!

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    I'm so sorry this happened to you! Take good care and rest!

Blessing and emoticon to you Jewells!

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GOANNA2 1/9/2011 6:09PM

    emoticonGet yourself well soon.

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 1/9/2011 5:59PM

  emoticon and get well soon!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
No better way to say it but it sucks and I am sorry. I know it is very, very hard to be confined. I sure hope your getting better each day. Keep taking care of yourself.

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    I am so sorry this happened to you. I hope you will be able to give your body and your heart time to heal. Take care of yourself. Blessings,



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BUNNYCATS 1/9/2011 2:31PM

    So sorry to hear about your accident. Prayers for healing. emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 1/9/2011 2:08PM

    I'm glad you blogged to let us know how you are doing. Recuperating from a shock like that takes its toll on your body. Not to mention the aches and pains from the accident. We hear you and we are here FOR you! So if you want to talk, SparkMail - sometimes that helps too!

Love ya!


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ETAGGEL 1/9/2011 1:41PM

    I am so sorry this has happened to you. You don't sound to me like a person who could sit around under normal circumstances never mind this.
Take care of yourself and make a complete recovery, we need you here.
You are in my prayers


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    Take good care of yourself Jewells 'cause Spark wouldn't be the same without you! I hope you can get everything settled with the insurance soon. I agree with the earlier comment that getting over an accident is similar to grieving. You'll work through the process and come out the other side even better!

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    Take care of yourself! emoticon

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WILLOW49 1/9/2011 12:56PM

    Please take good care of yourself. Your body needs to heal.

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MARGERETTO 1/9/2011 12:43PM

    It sounds like you are taking this accident and making some positive decisions from it. Good for you!!! These are the wake up calls that can really turn into true life changing events. I pray that your recoup time is quick and you will be back on your feet ready to take on your next goal!!


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    Recovering from a major accident is a bit like grieving. You lose things, things are compromised, and there is healing to be done both physical and emotional.

Keep blogging, keep working through it.

Keeping you in my prayers.

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LINDA! 1/9/2011 12:38PM

    So sorry! When I was in an accident I went to a chiropractor for relief. It was the first time I had ever been to one. It really helped. As I mentioned, I worked in the insurance industry for many years. My advice skip the lawyer and settle the claim yourself. Why pay a lawyer 1/3 of your injury settlement. Take care of yourself. I hope you feel well again soon.

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2011 drama over for me already??

Saturday, January 01, 2011


i was sick- my last 6 days of year- had vacation- was down and sick every day

oh well- that's fine- we're still gonna start fresh as of dec 31st- my day back to work

had a good 31st- work- exercise-food

ok, now we're on a roll

leave for work this morning- 5:39 a.m.-- make it 1 block-- NO ONE's up on New Year's Day at 5:30 a.m.!!!-- this young lady- mid-twenties??? blows through a stop sign and BOOM- in the intersection- now, i always watch this corner, cuz, my way does NOT have a stop sign, the cross street does, and yes, people are bad about stopping

i have no idea where she came from- i NEVER saw her

i was driving- heard a boom- then a guy asking me if i was ok

my car is TOTALED!! 2 yrs old..........and it's in pieces........
call work
call the cops
i think i'm ok- yes- chest is sore- pretty sure it's from the seat belt and air bag, but, just sore

cops are busy- does this only happen here?? it's 8:45 when they finally show up?? 3 was below zero- my car's dead- NO HEAT!! NO ONE came out of houses and offered a warm house, or car, or bathrm- NOTHING!!

cops arrive- GUESS WHAT??? she has NO insurance........imagine that!!!

car tow-ers are running late too- BUSY.......takes til 10 a.m. for them to tow my car

did i mention- when my tow truck got there (thank you AAA)-- the young lady went and tried to get him to do HER car!!! ggrrrrr..........

I AM FREEZING!!! i finally get home.......hurt so bad decide it just can NOT be normal-- can not even move/breathe w/o pain

let's see--------where's my car??

think i'll taxi to urgent care- well's a holiday

so i get a taxi to hospital-- wow-- our taxi drivers are NOT nice-- didn't help me at all as i'm walking bent over......

so then i spend 6 1/2 hrs in emergency rm.........they did take 1 look at me walking in and got me in a bed- hooked up an EKG........i've been sick- lots of coughing- well my chest hurts too bad to cough- so i'm audibly wheezing all over.......

chest x-rays- dr is more worried about my breathing than my sore chest

also x-rayed my HUGE thumb......guess i jammed it somehow

x-rays are fine- no pneumonia- nothing broken

dr just says i'll be sore for a WHILE.......a while?? is that 2 days- a month??

i can't go to work like this......i doubt i'm even gonna try and make it upstairs to bed tonight-- hurts to lay down-- think i'll try the chair

and i'm FREEZING!!! hands are like ice- i'm still in my shoes and coat from when i was at hospital.......delayed shock??

did i mention that young lady was dressed in a coat and shoes-- nothing on her legs?
by the time cops got there, no way could they tell if she was drunk

of course-- her neck and back hurt.......screaming how i better have she's taking pictures with her camera phone

cop believes they'll total my car out-- i don't believe that's usually a good deal.......

i still can't believe it

now i'm stopped in my daily exercise
stopped in how much i need to get done here
stopped in how much i have to do at work

just hoping............this'll be my worst of 2011???

thanx for the support ya'all

hope your New Year's started a LOT better than mine!!!

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CANBDONE 8/13/2011 7:45PM

    I was in an intersection accident last November and fractured a rib and extrememly bruised my R breast, back, stomach, and side. It took several weeks for the pain to get more tolerable and I still have a hard nodule left over from the hemotoma. I hope you're back in the pink by now. I was afraid to drive for months, but made myself get right back in the saddle. I totaled my car and the other guy's pick-up! (I turned in front of him)

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LESSOFME113 2/26/2011 2:04AM

    Wow & OMG ~ I'm so sorry what a wretched experience....I'm just learning of this and wanted to stop by to say I hope w/ all that I am that you're feeling significantly better!


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OKIE_NANA 2/25/2011 10:55PM

    That's rotten. I don't know if the weather, time, or date were factors in slow response of the police. If you had realized you were injured, the police should have responded faster. Unfortunately, that kind of accident, injuries are not obvious for a few hours.

back in 1989, I was driving my husband's new van home from a night class. Because of the hour, I didn't stop at the bathroom before leaving campus. I could wait a half hour until I got home. The ice had other ideas. About a mile from home, I passed an accident with rescue vehicles, started across a bridge and got hit by the wind. Sounds stupid but I went into a skid and spun around landing on the shoulder. At first it didn't register that I'd hit my head on the side window.

The police officer showed up and offered help. When I couldn't get out of the driver's door, he suggested the passenger door and took me back to his car. While he filled out the report, my neck started to hurt. He radioed the EMTs. They came, put me on a back board and balanced it on the car seat until the ambulance showed up. In the ER, one of the ambulance attendants quietly asked the nurse to get me a bed pan. It was over 2 hours since I left school.

Anyway, I had whiplash. The doctor said it could take up to a year to heal. It did. I hope your injuries aren't that serious or time consuming.

Take it gentle, eat healthy and walk while you watch TV. emoticon

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BIGMAMAHOUSE53 2/23/2011 3:42PM

    I'm so sorry this has happen to you. My heart goes out to you, young people today does not have a heart. This just bring tears to my eyes just reading it. Hope things are better now. Linda

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CELEST 2/23/2011 1:20PM

    My goodness I didnt realise you were in an accident at terrible. This seems to be happening more and more and more and more. My mom had the identical accident at 77 yrs of age. Her car was written off too. She's incured many debts due to medical and the driver of the vehicle the went through the red traffic light has not coughed up 1 penny to assist her.
He was by no means drunk, in fact it was a Sunday morning and he was taking his children to church, but he was not concentrating and didnt see the light had changed. Still, it was his fault and you'd think he would have done the decent thing...but no ways.
She is aching and may never be the same again. She can barely walk anywhere anymore where before the accident she was as strong as an ox. She's also turned into an emotional wreck (poor old dear).
Really sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you feel a little better day by day.

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PERMSOUL 2/23/2011 8:20AM

    What an awful experience!I hope for a quick recovery for you! You were so close to home and noone came out to help you...what a shame. You are in my thoughts!

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JAMKAR84 2/22/2011 8:42PM

    Wow! 3 hours! I had an accident last year and i got upset because my JAA technician (my country's version of AAA) arrive 20 mins after the accident. That woman must have been drunk to be going on about your insurance when she is the one without insurance. But i don't understand my country, if a person is found without insurance, their car is confiscated immediately by the police and they would have been given a ticket.....isn't it the same in yours? And i'm also shocked that none of the persons in the neighbourhood tried to help you out, especially since you made it only one block, they're practically your neighbours. I hope you get better soon!

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ALASKAPSYCH 2/22/2011 6:05PM

    That really stinks! I hope it gets better soon!

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FITVALGAL 2/22/2011 3:17PM

    Wow, what an awful start to 2011 -- I hope there's nowhere to go but up! Feel better soon and best of luck with feeling better and with your car insurance claim!

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MISSYGEEN 1/9/2011 7:48AM

    Yeah, that is a lot of drama. Well, the worst is over. Sorry you got hurt but am so glad it wasn't worse. From the looks of your blog you seem to be taking it in stride. Take care of yourself and remember it is so important to eat right since you can't get around to working out yet.

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LINDA! 1/8/2011 10:57AM

    What a horrible experience. I am retired from the insurance industry. It always amazes me that so many drive without insurance, although the law requires that you have it. Do you have uninsured motorist coverage insurance on your policy? I was hit by an uninsured motorist a couple of years ago. I know is so frustrating! I hope you are feeling better. emoticonI hope all is working out with the settlement of your total loss.

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BETRME100 1/4/2011 1:33PM

    That just totally sucks. Can't believe the cops took that long to get there and that no one came out to help you when it was so darn cold...That chick sounds like a drunken little you know what!!

Are you feeling any better today? I just hate that you're hurting so much...see your own doctor, maybe? Are you taking anything for the pain?

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    OH MY ... what a way to start the new year. Hope you are feeling better ! If you have ANY lingering troubles or problems with your insurance company you may want to contact an attorney...especially if the young lady is going to give you grief. What a nightmare. Here's hoping the rest of the year is A LOT better !

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GOANNA2 1/3/2011 12:28AM

    I am so sorry to hear about the accident. I hope your workplace
understands and that you can take time to rest and slowly get better.

I hope the rest of the year turns out better for you. My thoughts and
prayers are with you. It will be better and you will come out stronger.
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GERRYD8784 1/2/2011 9:40PM

    Spark needs a DISlike button! What an awful way to start your new year! So sorry this happened to you. Hope you begin to feel better quickly and can move on to things you want to do.

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DANSNQUEEN 1/2/2011 7:27PM

    I'm so sorry that you have had such a rough start to this year!! emoticon I'm so glad that it wasn't worse!!! Please take it easy and rest so you can recover. That's terrible that she was ranting about your insurance and that she tried to steel your tow truck!!! some people sure have a lot of nerve!!! emoticon

I have to agree with others who have posted... it can only get better. emoticon

Please rest and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.


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PAULAPOOH4 1/2/2011 1:13PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your troubles!!! I am just glad that nothing worse happened, it could have been a lot worse.

Don't forget, we all started this journey with "baby steps" and you will just have to go back to "baby steps" for awhile.

I hope you feel much better soon!!

Your SP Friend,

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CHLOIANNA 1/2/2011 10:45AM

    OMG! I am so sorry for all that. It's horrible. Where do you live that the cops took so long to get there? It is a shame they couldn't do her alcohol test. And of course she would be hollering about your insurance. emoticon

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    Holy cow! I just can't help but think of how much worse you could have been injured if she did enough damage to total your car! I'm so glad you survived this. Please take care of yourself. Is work being understanding of your need to be at home resting and getting better? Be sure to follow up with your own doc if you don't feel better soon. I wish all the best for you as you resolve all these issues and I certainly DO hope this is the worst you will experience in 2011. emoticon

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OPALMOON 1/2/2011 7:30AM

    I think this year can only get get better...

Sorry to hear this happened...

And I hope you feel and are better VERY soon - take care!!

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PAULINATOR 1/2/2011 12:19AM

    Oh man!!! I am thinking of you!!! Take care girl. It WILL get better :)

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ROSBERRY 1/1/2011 11:26PM

    Oh wow what a day for you!!! I am glad that you are okay! I hope you feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 1/1/2011 10:57PM

    Oh, what a horror story! And like you said, you never even saw it/her coming!!

Just don't sign off on any insurance papers. You want to be covered if later on some small injury isn't so small, if you know what I mean.

Take care - and my prayers are with you!!!

By the way, thanks for that Goodie with the message. How did you know that suited me to a T? I'm not only not making any resolutions, I don't tell anyone my plans anymore either! Huh!

Helen Hope the rest of the year is spectacular.

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SDPARTON 1/1/2011 10:43PM

    I am so sorry about your accident and everything else you have been through! My thoughts and prayers are with you! Take good care of yourself and don't dare over do it!

That is how my luck goes, I have had three cars off in my yard this past year. The last one took out my wood fence, he actually knocked them about an acre into my neighbors yard, did three donuts in my yard and left the scene. My cousin chase him down, got his license number. The police caught him for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and yes no insurance. He went to jail, then we had court, but all they can do is put a judgment against him emoticon fence history and to repair it, my money!

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CAROLEBABEE 1/1/2011 10:24PM

    Oh my gosh! What a huge mess! I am thankful you are okay.
Take care and allow yourself to heal from this situation.

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LADYBIRD82 1/1/2011 10:18PM

    Glad to hear your alright. Sorry about your day. It will get better.

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    I hope things get better from here, and that you warm up soon. emoticon

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WILLOW49 1/1/2011 10:10PM

    So sorry to hear this. Glad that you aren't hurt any worse than you are. Take gentle care of yourself and feel better soon. Everything else will get sorted out. YOU are your first priority!

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xmas with kids is an added present!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

lillian- age 1, and her cousin- klaudia-9 yrs old

kelvyn 6 yrs old

khloe 17 months old

lillian again- she's such a sweetie!

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    They are soooo cute !

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BETRME100 12/28/2010 8:15PM

    Christmas with little kids is just the best...what gorgeous children...take after Grandma, don't they?!

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DANSNQUEEN 12/28/2010 8:55AM

    Merry Christmas!! Thanks for sharing the pictures of your beautiful family!!!! Happy New Year!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PURPLESPEDCOW 12/27/2010 9:50AM

    I agree. This was my first Christmas with a grandchild. Everyone seemed to have a higher Christmas spirit level this year. The kids are adorable and looked like they all had a great time.

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OPALMOON 12/27/2010 5:25AM

    How lovely to share Christmas with all these gorgeous young ones. They are great photos!

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LINDA! 12/26/2010 5:56PM

    Beautiful children! I am so happy your enjoyed Christmas with your family.

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GOANNA2 12/26/2010 5:08AM

    Aren't the children wonderful. It transports me back to
when my son was little. They are gorgeous. emoticon

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LOVEROFJC 12/25/2010 10:38PM

  We too had Christmas with kids.....our 4 (5 next mo) and 15 mo old grandsons. It was so much fun! Collin, the 4 yr old, was really into it this year and Caaeden,the 15 mo old ., knew how to rip the, fun, fun! Have a great New Year!

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xmas gifts

Sunday, November 28, 2010

kit thought i should show these off

i took/found 365 quotes-- cut them up

painted these vases- girls names, flowers, hearts, etc......... wrote "a thought, a wish a day........from my heart to yours"

not sure yet if my intent is that they save them, and re-use every year....but i have started a 2011 list of quotes so maybe they'll get new ones....

pics aren't wonderful-- hard to see with the glass and stuff

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DANSNQUEEN 12/28/2010 8:58AM

    I love this! I did this a few years ago for a Mother's Day gift for my Mom and my Mother-in-law. I cried a couple of years ago when my Mother-in-law was in the hospital having heart surgery.... we were at her house cleaning up for her so she would come home to a nice clean house, and when I went in her room (they are in a new house now then when I gave her the gift), and there was the bowl of wishes/memories right by her bedside.... all these years later!!!! It's truely a gift from the heart!!! emoticon

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THENEWCINDY 12/2/2010 1:43PM

    thats really great!!!

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GOANNA2 11/30/2010 4:38PM

Gives me inspiration to get going and do something for some friends.
And for me too. Thank you. emoticon

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IDSWEETHEART79 11/29/2010 3:37PM

    They look awesome. Great job, I'm sure they will love them!

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KYMBERLEIGH_C 11/29/2010 11:04AM

    That's awesome!!

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JAMER123 11/28/2010 8:23PM

    What a wonderful idea and so cost effective in these days! Congrats on the idea! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/28/2010 2:41PM

    I absolutely ADORE that idea! What a wonderful gift that will last past Jan. 15! emoticon

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HVMBRU 11/28/2010 12:47PM

    Good idea - they'll never go out of style!


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SUGARBUNNIE1577 11/28/2010 12:40PM

    That's a wonderful idea! :)

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