Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Mikie, Apr 7, 2013.
I'm about to post #30 over on 149 so thought I'd just start a new Lounge.
Was online paying bills so decided to pop in to see who's been here. I'm soooooo glad about the ticket. The $ reduction was just icing on the cake. You can break a cat of habits by keeping a squirt bottle with water in it around and squirt the cat when she does something. I'm sorry I did that to Tweety, though. She's very sensitive and now, if she sees a bottle, it scares her. I feel as though I traumatized her. I think Rosie is a normal kittie, just wanting to get as high as possible. My DD had a big cat that always slept on top of the fridge.
I sat outside with Barb to have my coffee and we played with her GGD. She's so cute and laughed when she saw Tweety (the GGD, not Barb Tweety didn't know what to think of her and ran away. She's such a good baby but is very sober and always appears to be mulling great things in her mind. She loves her daycare where she has a little group of babies to interact with. She's 8 months old. She gets excited to see her little friends when her Mom leaves her off.
I finally came inside and had a bath. I can handle that but not a shower today. I called the doc and will see him on Fri. He's the one who did my knees and is a very good doc, as are the others in the practice. The shoulder gets sorer by the day. Strangely, though, it doesn't hurt any more when I use it than when I just rest it so am going to try to get a few things done. I'll use my good arm to do any pulling or pushing. Thank God, I already did the worst of the cleaning; that's probably what hurt it. This is a wakeup call to me to get into shape so that my muscles take the brunt of injuries and not my connective tissues. FMS make connective tissues fragile.
Just watched a PBS show on lowering caloric intake by fasting. The most reasonable and doable program seemed to be the one where women "fast" two days a week on no more than 300-400 calories and men get 500-600. Participants can cut blood sugar, total cholesterol and LDL by about half. They said people can live longer on this approach. I have good blood sugar and cholesterol numbers but would like to lower my BP so I could get rid of the BP meds. Of course, losing weight would be a big plus. I'm not so big on living to a ripe old age. I'm not depressed nor have a death wish; I just don't want to live into dotage. BTW, participants can eat anything they want on non-fast days. It didn't seem to matter how much fat they ate on the normal days. I might try it later on. My pushy neighbor wants me to watch that dvd on becoming a vegan. I'll watch it at my convenience but there is no way I'll become a vegetarian, let alone a vegan.
Feels good to have my in basket cleaned out and my bills paid. Guess I'll clean out my purse; it's a mess. I don't have to worry about meals. Yesterday, I got the cooking bug and fixed a pork loin and asparagas. I warmed up ready-made mashed potatoes and cinnamon apples. I don't eat much processed food but now and then, it is just easier. I cooked some ground round and put taco seasoning in it. Today, I'll fix myself a couple of tacos. Everything, including the processed things and the taco shells are gluten free. It's getting more and more common to see "gluten free" on product labels.
I had two coupons for $2 off any frozen food at Publix but could only use one. I gave one to a sweet looking guy for his frozen pizza. He was soooo excited. It must have made his day. Deepak Chopra says we should be generous with strangers even if all we have to give them is a smile. I've smiled at people in the store and it seems to usually make them happy. I know it makes me happy when someone gives me a smile. It often costs nothing to change someone's day.
Well, everyone, I had better get off this computer as typing does seem to aggravate my arm. Wishing y'all pain-free days and lots of smiles.
Hello to W & P Mikie,
and to "chatty-feeling" Diane. LOL
I am groggy Leah,
or faltering freida. LOL
ugh, I am glad your neighbor was only making noise while they put up brackets,
instead of a noisy ongoing hobby,
moving in is an acute problem, and short-lived,
while noseyness, and pushiness,
vegan is much more restrictive than vegetarian. Absolutely nothing that ever came from any animal, including things like an egg, anything like mayo that might have any bit of fat or dried egg, etc.
Personally, I feel it is best for me to eat a lot of healthy vegetarian foods, which I love and which I digest,
but to also have small amounts of certain meats and other small products from as healthy animals as I can get them.
And also, not to get extreme about rules.
Oh, Diane, I am SO very happy to hear thaT Kevin's hearing is behind him and you!!!!!!
Even if it hadn't been as good results,
of course you had it hanging over your head and stressing you, as I would.
And those results are very good too.
Worth the extra stress of waiting for the hearing,
but WHEW, I'm glad it is over!!
Mikie, I hope your shoulder stops paining soon!
Rosie is probably going to grow into a free-spirited cat like my present one. SHe does keep us on our toes, have to keep an eye on what the next mischief is, whether it is safe for her,
and for a fwe of our off-limits possesions.
Imagine, we own a FEW items, we do not want turned into cat toys!?!
How could Rosie or Pearl understand or accept a concept like that?! LOL
Sending smiles, yes, they are precious!
Just wanted to let you all know we will be leaving tomorrow morning for the TX Hill Country Wine and Wildflower Trail. It is so pretty that time of year but always nice. Will be back sometime on Fraiday nost likely, Just hope that big storm doesn't cause to much havoc with anyone. It is supposed to cover quite few states.
Diane - so happy all is well with Kevin's ticket. What a worry, I know.
Mikie - Hope your shoulder is better soon.
Frieda - I just love your humor, even if your body may may not beoworing correctly ( or mind to sometimes too - he he,
Gotta run and finish some stuff for tomorrow.
Love to awl,
I slept with the heating pad on my shoulder and arm for much of the evening. It's still hurting so will definitely keep apt. with the doc. DD mentioned to me that she also has a sore shoulder and neither of us can remember injuring them. Weird! Our lives are so often parallel that it's eerie. She's going to TX to help her MIL with FIL who had hip replacement. I don't get it. Barb had both hips done and she was up and walking, including climbing stairs, immediately. I walked out of the OR when I had my knees scoped but DD's doc wanted her off hers for three days. I think it's better to get up as soon as possible but I'm not a doc. Thank you all for you kind good wishes for my shoulder. I'll let y'all know what the doc has to say.
Diane, that's interesting about Montel. I got rid of my juicer because of the high carb content of juicing, even veggies. I do have a green powder I can mix into water and it's not high in carbs. I laugh at Rosie's attitude about the water bottle. Tweety is adventuresome but still sensitive and wanting to please. Since we've not been letting her in during her infestation, she will come in now but prefers to go right back out. I actually think it's better for her not to be so dependent on me like I'm her mother. She is officially grown up. I'm happy the dark cloud has lifted.
Leah, I hope the groggyness and faltering go away. We deserve to go through better cycles than most of us endure. Yes, nosey and pushy neighbors will likely continue to be nosey and pushy. He makes sure he always yells at me when he sees me, even if he has to run out to ask me how I am. It's kind creeping me out. I think he's anxious to see whether I've watched his vegan dvd. Oy!
Granni, I hope you enjoy the wildflowers in TX. Will you get to San Antonio? It's one of my favorite places. So unusual and so historic. We can thank Lady Bird Johnson for the flowers.
Just heard about Annette Funicello's passing. I'm surprised that she made it to 70, considering the severity of her MS symptoms. When she was a teen star, I bought every teen magazine with her in it. She had a column in one of them and my friends and I hung on every word. Her folks raised her in the most normal way which was possible, considering her star status. On her 16th birthday, though, they bought her a new blue T-Bird. Wow! Did we ever drool over that.
Barb's GGD went to the pool with her parents yesterday. She was decked out in a retro 50's swim suit with a matching swim cap like the ones from the 60's to keep the sun off her head. On the cap, and along one strap of the suit, were rubber flowers to match the coral colored suit. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen.
In today's paper, the health issue, was an article about singing bowls used in healing. Sounds very interesting and i'm going to look further into it. I'll let y'all know what I find.
Well, typing is aggravating my arm so will end my post. Wishing everyone a great day. I have to shower and go to the condo mtg. I probably have checks to sign.
I've decided to try to get one thing a day done even if it's only something small. This morning, I got up and got my car to the new mechanic for an oil change. As I suspected, the dealership has been been less than truthful about service. I talked to a man with three Toyotas and he's been taking them to this mechanic for years and years. This is a hole in the wall but is certified by AAA and recommended by everyone who goes there. They have the highest rating nationally on "Car Talk" a very good website for cars. This was started by the two brothers who have been mechanics for decades. The show was on PBS and public radio.
Tomorrow, I do my taxes on Turbo Tax. I actually don't need to file but I always do the forms and print them out and copy them but don't e-file them. It's free on TT.
Fri., I see the doc about my shoulder. It's still about the same.
Barb's GGD left this morning. She was wearing a little pair of jeans. Sooooo cute. We will miss her. I think Barb's SIL is staying a couple of days to help her get some things done around the condo. She is quite a bit older than I and her kids worry about her, living down here alone. We told them that she's not alone; she has her FL Family here. My kids don't worry about me because I'm so independent. I'm sure the day will come, though...
I'm still eating tacos. The problem with living alone is cooking for one. I could freeze the taco stuff but it would likely lie in the freezer too long until I would have to throw it out. Luckily, if I like something, I'll eat it for two or three days.
I'm going to ice up and heat my shoulder and arm and rest for the remainder of the day. I just can't work when I'm in constant pain. It's making me grumpy and tired.
Stopped at Target on the way home and no one was in the store or on the roads. The great migration North has begun in earnest. My Oral B electric toothbrush needed replacing so I got a new one. They are soooo much better than just manually brushing. I got some L'Oreal serum to fade dark spots. I have only one on my face but I want it gone. It came on since my facial chemo. I need a followup appt with the dermatologist for my bullseye rash, which is almost gone. I'll ask her to check the new spot. Adrienne doesn't have a specific spot fader that I'm aware of. I use her retinol but it hasn't faded the spot. I think I should suggest to her that she make one. I'm putting the L'Oreal on one hand to see whether it will clear up the liver spots--the acid test.
OK, gang, I gotta go. Be good to yourselves. I believe that should be part of everyone's healing regimen.
I'm not doing well.
Having a tearful evening.
Huz is out, I wanted him to have a change of scene.
I lost my voice...and have not spoken for some days.
I simply do not have the physical or emotional strength to go to any dr.
or to try to explain anything to anyone.
I have not been out for a long time,
I don't see or talk to anyone but dear helpful huz.
Last time I tried to explain something to the nurse on the phone,
I could not get my point across.
Happenned too many times,
I just cannot do it.
And that was when I had my voice.
I slept a bit better last night, and thought that would help my day,
but I plunged anyway.
I think I miss my own voice more than my huz misses it.
He's learning some sign language from me,
plus we write things down.
He's fine with that.
And he's very helpful.
I can't even make it to the car.
He hasn't insisted .
I'm thankful for him.
And you .
I need to feel less isolated , and it helps that you people are here.
The past few days, the cat is more responsive than she has ever been. Finally she is noticing, something is different and wrong.
I don't want to be this way, but I am thankful for her change in responsiveness to me. I need the connection.
Thanks for listening,
and I am thinking of all of you!!
P.S. Please don't suggest I go to a dr...I just can't right now. I know there are many possible causes for my loss of voice, .....some serious and some not. I just have to wait and see right now. Sometimes I cannot stand up and weight bear for a few days, then I can, so I will wait and see....it is all i am capable of, right now. Bless you all.
Lots of very gentle hugs for you. Yes, you need to do what you feel you can
do. I love you dearly and am so sorry about this very rough spell. Hoping
you will improve and and speak enough to annoy Huz!!
I think one can go back to anyone of my posts (long ago) and read it and life
will still be the same. Meaning the son's (rather one son) is applying for
a job overseas. Well, what else is there to do when there are no jobs here.
Well, that isn't quite true. He has a part time position of teaching Judaism.
Yep, thought you might find that humorous, Frieda.
But one can't live on one class alone so trying to go to the UK. Will know the
end of next week.
I have a question for everyone. For those who have had crowns on their teeth.
Did they ever not fit and have to be sent back? Just wondering about others
Life is getting harder but guess that is to be expected.
Hope this isn't too much of a downer. No more retail therapy for me. Washing
hair and pj's is about enough for me too. Feels so good AFTER it is done!
Love to all.
Thank you both for stopping in even when you are not doing well. I'm sending up prayers and sending warm, loving hugs to you both. When I said in my last post that we should be good to ourselves, I meant it. We are the only ones who know what we are capable of. And, yes, it's wonderful to have our online family who understands just what we go through.
My shoulder and arm hurt when I type but I still want to drop in. I look forward to it and to finding out how my fellow Loungers are doing--good or bad. I believe our prayers for one another count. When we put love out into the Universe, it enriches everyone. Even when I'm hurting, it helps to know y'all are here.
Got the oil changed yesterday and did nothing else but rest and put the heating pad on my arm and shoulder. I just put it on this morning. I don't know that it helps but it doesn't hurt, like chicken soup I'll ice it up. I bought Icy Hot but it isn't as good as Ben Gay. You apply the IH; you rub the BG in and it seems to penetrate. An added benefit is that the menthol smell opens up my breathing. Back when I was on the Guai Protocol, the menthol would have blocked the Guai. I see the doc tomorrow and am praying I don't need surgery. Maybe it's just bursitis and an injection of a steroid will stop the pain.
Nothing exciting going on here except that the Snowbirds and Spring Breakers are leaving rapidly. I miss my Snowbird friends but I don't miss the traffic jams and it's nice to be able to get into restaurants without waiting. Of course, retailers are hurting but soon, foreign tourists will arrive, anxious to spend their money. There's not nearly as many tourists as Snowbirds.
There was hardly anyone at Target yesterday but I shopped early. I got more of the new Hanes boyleg undies. They are like men's undies in appearance. No one to wear the frilly ones for anymore. These new undies are the softest material of any I've tried. I still have a lot of the old style ones but the elastic is fraying. I hate that. I'm at the point in my life that comfort trumps everything else.
Speaking of comfort--I think I'll follow my own advice and go rest. This constant pain takes my energy. I'll tackle the taxes later. It doesn't take long. The older I get, the less I have and the simpler my life becomes.
Take care, my dear friends.
I want to tell you I am doing a wee bit better,
and I am VERY glad to see your posts,
and feel all the support!!!!
I need it, and I appreciate it.
Thanks, so great to see LINDA!!!
And Mikie and Diane, thanks, too!
The caring and support mean a lot.
I did wonder about your area and the storm, Diane, they make me upset too. Glad you are okay.
It is due here, tomorrow, but not as bad, I think.
Linda, i have crowns...i think your problem sounds like the dentist or lab's faults, and they should re-do them.
SOrry for the impact on you though!
VERY good to see you, it lifts my spirits.
I've been very down and trying to hide it.
Huz and I had a ong chat, in writing,
and made decisions about steps to take,
and he is very supportive.
Thank goodness. He's all I have, mostly,
and he is older. Another worry.
But I am a wee bit better.
Thanks to aLL!!
I hope good days are soon coming your way Leah.Do what you feel is best to take care of yourself.I have crowns and one broke off eating a chewy brownie once but no other problems.My shoulder hurt so bad I went to the Dr. but oh that shot was more then I was prepared for.It worked but I would have to be in major pain for a long time to get me to do it again.I hoped the storms wouldn't be as bad as predicted but sounds like you got hit hard Diane I would have been anxious too.So sorry you aren't doing well Linda do you ever get to a yoga class anymore or is that not possible anymore?Bad news for us,the contractor is having financial problems and all work has stopped for over a week.We have been frantic and sick.A text today to set up a meeting Mon.We have spoken to a lawyer and it sounds like we will need to hire one to recoup some funds.Contractors are good people but it's sounding like they made poor business choices which effects our projects health is suffering as you might expect but I'm trying to hang in there.Love to you all I still find comfort here with my Loungers.
I'm so sorry for all the ills and troubles everyone is going through.
Diane, When I was growing up, I was often alone while my Mom worked and storms scared me to death. I think I got that from my Mom who was also scared of them. I don't know when things turned around, possibly from watching shows about storms on TV. I like hail when it's small but not the big, destructive kind. We once had baseball sized hail and it damaged my car. Down here in FL, we usually don't get hail but we get big thunderstorms with lots of thunder and lightening. I love to watch those now. Lightening puts nitrogen into the air and helps fertilize the plants. Of course, it also kills people and starts fires. About the only time our barometric pressure takes a big dive is during hurricanes so I'm not usually in pain when it rains but it has happened. Sending up prayers for a better day for you.
Leah, I'm glad you are better. Your Hubby sounds like a keeper. I'm glad you have him. You mentioned crowns; someone had asked about them. My whole mouth, upper and lower, are crowns on the molars. I've never had problems with them but one time, the lab messed up and the crown didn't fit right when the dentist tried it on. He took new impressions and had another lab do the work. It fit beautifully. I had perfect occlusion before all these crowns. Unfortunately, crowns are never just like the original equipment and they can change one's bite. I don't have problems with my bite but it's not as good as it was.
Pam, I'm so sorry about your contractor and having to hire an atty. Unfortunately, this isn't unusual here in FL. Contractors will stop paying subcontractors, leaving the owners with the bills. I hope your atty. can get this settled in your favor. It certainly takes some of the joy out of building a brand new home.
Prayers going up for everyone's problems. I will see the doc this morning and will let y'all know how it goes unless I'm in too much pain. In that case, I'll pop in tomorrow. I actually hope it can be settled with an injection and isn't a torn rotator cuff. That would need surgery. Yikes!
He injected my shoulder. The x-ray wasn't definitive so am going in for MRI next Fri. If it's better, we do nothing. If MRI shows rotator cuff tear, we do surgery. It's done in the surgical suite in the same bldg. under general. It only takes about 45 mins. If cuff isn't torn but bone is rubbing on the tendon, he will go in and just clean the bone off. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. I may not need surgery at all.
He said to take Aleve but it did nothing for the pain and gave me a headache and upset my stomach. So, I'll be going back to the acetaminophen tonight. Of course, I bought the big value size Aleve. Oy!
I came home and slept most of the afternoon. Between the constant pain, and getting no good sleep, I'm exhausted and grumpy. It would be a miracle if the shot stopped the pain and inflammation but history tells me that when I hurt this bad, it will require surgery. I'll have a neighbor/friend drive me if I need the surgery. Barb is right next door so she could check on me the day of the surgery. I'll likely sleep the whole day. I just want this fixed.
This is the same doc who did both my knees and he, and his practice, are the best around. I'm lucky in that respect.
Bad news--the watch I ordered, after obsessing over it, from HSN doesn't keep time. I'm sending it back tomorrow. I asked for an exchange if they still have them. Oh well, if this is my worst problem (it isn't
Sending my best to all our Loungers.
For the first time in two weeks, I slept through the night and didn't wake in pain as I moved in bed. By bedtime, the shot was working and I needed nothing further. If I need anything today, I'll go back to my trusted acetaminophen.
I woke early, fed Simon, who ate everything, pushing the dish all over to get the last morsel, and did my taxes online. I always use Turbo Tax but don't file as I don't have enough income to need to. Poverty has its benefits If I ever win the LOTTO, I have the three years' of tax info to spread the tax pain around.
We were supposed to get rain yesterday but didn't. I guess other areas in the state got some, though. Guess, I'll have to get my lazy self out to water the flowers. I have two gorgeous big pots of fuchia geraniums, blooming all over the place. One is outside my front door--good Feng Shui!
Plan to rest again today and not use the arm much. Think I'll cook up some rice. That's always a good comfort food. I send good wishes to everyone today and, especially, to all who are sick and/or in pain.
I'm just barely hanging in here, but i'm okay.
Mikie, I had wondered if it could be a bursa.
Bursitis can hurt very badly, but run their course and don't need surgery, I think.
So sorry about your problem with your house!!
Must be so stressful and disappointing. Try to take care of your health, and your huz's too. Let us know how it goes. YOU are more important. Take care!
Diane and Granni, and all, I'm thinkning of you too.
We are manageing here.
I still don't have much of any voice.
It's difficult and worrisome, but taking care, and hoping for the best.
We enjoyed watching our wild ducks, visiting, out the window.
SO does kitty.
Take care all,
Glad you got sleep last night, MIKIe!
I tried my melatonin lotion, first time last night, and it seemed to help some. Plus, it's just nice cream too.
so I wante to just pop in to say hi to everyone. Got back in yesterday and have been busy ever since with lots of washes going on today plus a 90th birthday party for a friend who sinsgs in our small graoupl That lady is amazing !!! It was a lovely party.
Not much time right now but wanated to pop in say I am thinking of you all. I popped in on the Porch before so I needed to do a double pop and go to the Lounge. Missed you all and sorry for those of you having problems.
Frieda - Hope you feel better soon.,
Diane - Sorry the anxiety and all going on with those awful storms. They are porobably the storms that cause us a little grief but not much, in our area on our trip. Hail that large can be so damaging. Yes it is scary and they talked also about possible tornados which as we all know can cause awful damage.. So sorry you were so worried about it also but glad you all are OK.
Pam - Sorry to hear you were having someproblems with your contractor. I didn't get to see the post but have been reading about it from others talking about it on the Lounge. Hope they can aresolve whatever the problem is. That sure is stressful too. Who needs that with a new home ??
Mikie - So sorry to hear about your shoulder. Hopeyou will NOT need shoulder but just do whatever is needed sweetie !
Gotta run now and get ready for shower and beddy bye.
Love to everyone, both posting and those MIA !
Thank you all so much for your input about crowns. That has helped me to
know much more. Nothing like ppl's personal experience! I will change to
the dentist who has the 3D camera and can do a crown in one visit. See
how that goes. Not real soon though. Sometime in the summer.
Yes, Pam, I am able to drag myself to yoga (haha) with the help of ritalin.
I tried coffee, diet colas and other things to stay awake in the 10:30am class
but I had to leave one time because I was going to fall asleep standing up!
Probably would not have been standing for long! So, I take the ritalin.
Not as good as I used to be. Can't hold the poses long but whatever I
can do seems to help pain a lot. Thankful for that.
I, too, am worried about you Leah! Love you so much!! Hope you have
some better times ahead.
And hope the storms don't harm anyone's belongings!!
Do believe Brother and doggie feel they have landed in Oz! They like it
hear so much. And love our slow pace! Which is good. A person on the go
would feel bored here
Later gators! And, yes, the 6' one is in the lake looking for food!
Love you my friends!!
Very good to stop in here, and see all of you!
thank you, each one, for your warm wishes for me.
Diane, I felt confused and a bit sad, that i made you wonder what to say, etc???
you always say the good things to me.
Maybe you think i don't know i should go to the dr, and that it might be very serious?
i do know that, and huz and i are discussing how to get there, and when.
it will take me some time to prepare myself emotionally for all of the challenges, of getting there and dealing with them, and especially the panic about the scopes, etc.
thanks to every one of you.
it's a very difficult time for me.
i was having trouble with depression and sleep and pain, and i'm quite disabled ,
and then this voice loss...is very difficult.
it's a hard path, right now.
we are still hoping my voice is not one of the possibly very serious causes.
but know it could be.
Very glad to read what each of you wrote!!
p.s. i cry very easily, i can't help it. i don't want you to worry about that, or have to be so over-careful about what you say,
DIANE, or others,
i value your friendship and continued mutual support. I don't want that hurt by something i mistakenly said. sorry.
LINDA, thank youfor coming back. It helps me, especially at this time.
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okay, that explains it more.
i too, have trouble with wordings, sometimes,
and i know others do too.
i know YOU would understand about how much panic i would have over the meds and tests and scopes and possible invasive stuff.
i knew you didn't want me to fel sad, but i did, since i thought i'd somehow mistakenly sotr of pushed you away. i didn't want to!
did you read my p.s. on the last post?
i'm glad to see your answer so soon!
PS. I havenot even been able to do small things indoors, it is a huge undertaking for me to go out, and to try to communicate with the dr office and the dr. ugh, they are not understanding. and i will be even slower than ever, since i cannot talk. ugh.
i know the dr will not wait for me to write or type. my wrists hurt now too, and i also have a foot the dr should look at, may have a fracture, ..... and they won't want to give me all that time.
the lack of my voice is the worst thing, right now though.
with everything else, it's so stressful and discourageing.
oh well, i am trying my best, to cope, and huz is too.
even though i am sure he is worried too.
though he tends to assume the best, not worry as much as me,
plus he doesn't know as much about medical as i do, so does not understand the implications..... that i do.
but still, he will help me. For now, he can still do that. Not as well as I could help someone else, but better than many people who wouldn't try as much as he does.
if i find out it is not cancer, and i don't get my voice back, i will get a computer that talks, i guess.
thanks, everyone. i need the support.
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