Todo list: March 24 through 30

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by EllenComstock, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Girls:

    Well, I guess it's my turn to start the post for this week. I have some good news: the hearing in my right ear came back over the weekend! It happened in church. It's been almost three months since my surgery so I had almost given up hope that it was going to happen. Anyway, I was lined up in church on Good Friday to kiss the cross of Jesus and it happened just as I kissed the cross! I don't know how religious all of you are, but this seems like more than a coincidence to me. I am sure that God had something to do with this. I was so stunned that I just walked back to my seat and said some prayers thanking him and have been in awe every since.

    My husband can't believe that God has anything to do with it. He thinks it just happened to happen at that time. I guess everyone is entitled to believe what they want, but the important thing is that I have my hearing back!! Since then I have been able to hear again! It's been a little strange getting used to it. Things seem a little loud to me, but I'm getting adjusted to it. And I feel so grateful. If it is a miracle, which I believe it is, I do wonder why God chose me. It's not like I'm a candidate for sainthood for anything. I'm just an ordinary person. And maybe I can't say that it's totally a miracle since I had the surgery, but maybe the miracle is in the timing in when it happened.

    All I know is that it was an amazing experience and I will never forget it. I've had a couple of other experiences in my life that I've never forgotten either. Maybe some people are more prone to them? Has anyone here ever had any strange experiences in their lives? Like seeing an angel or hearing from a loved one after they have passed on? I've had some strange experiences I'd like to talk about if you are interested.

    Lenore: I'm so sorry you had such a rough weekend with your kids! I'm sure you are doing the best you can, especially since you are sick yourself. I sometimes think we are our worst critics. Take care and I hope your daughter gets well soon. Kids make the worst patients as I'm sure you know.

    Linda: I'm glad your tailbone is better and I hope your cold and allergies clear up soon. If it's not one thing, it's another, right? I'm not sure if I can wait until mid-May for my tooth. This doctor does have a main office in Toledo-fortunately a side of Toledo closer to me. I may just go down there and have it done sooner.

    Terri: Doing one window at a time is a good way to tackle a large job that seems overwhelming. That's how a handle jobs that are so large.

    Anne Theresa: By your last message, it sounds like maybe you are doing better.

    Nancy: Your unsupportive brother sounds like some relatives we had when my parents were struggling with my brother. No one bothered to understand my brother's OCD. My grandmother said that my parents should just throw him out of the house and make him get a job. My uncle said my parents just pampered him too much. Strangers were more supportive than relatives were. I'm so sorry about your son and the unsetting phone call you had with him. Hopefully he will change.

    To-do list:

    -finish spring cleaning our smallest bedroom (we are using
    it as an office)
    -get gas for the car
    -drop off some things for a student's family whose home
    burned down

  2. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    Hello all and Thanks Ellen for beginning the thread this week and for sharing your story of healing.

    My faith is strong and I've experienced & witnessed a few such miracles. God is good!

    You must be very happy to have your hearing restored after such a lot of trouble.

    I had a most amazing weekend! It was wonderful to spend time with my sweetie, sons and daughter-in-law.

    The celebration began with wine and cheese served in-suite. We had a nice visit, exchanged birthday and Easter gifts and then, after changing into our good clothes, we went downstairs for an amazing dinner buffet.

    The dinner was followed by a birthday cake (chocolate cream OMG!), then a remarkable performance of Beauty and the Beast. After a good night's sleep, we had a nice breakfast together. We had a look around the gift stores before we had to part company. It was a whirlwind visit but perfect in every way!

    My pain was bad throughout but I had my heating pad & ice-packs with me and sweetie (God love him!) gave me a back-rub using 024 so, for the most part, I managed the pain just fine.

    To-Do Today

    make soup (in progress)
    water plants
    swiffer floors
    elliptical machine
    make up pill dispensers
    read and rest

    God bless,
    Anne Theresa
  3. LenoreR

    LenoreR New Member

    Hello everyone,

    Ellen, how incredibly fabulous that you got your hearing back! I am extremely spiritual and believe faith had a part in it, as you do. You asked if anyone has ever had something like this happen, so I'll share a wonderful story.

    First, a little backround. I am a true American melting pot: On my mother's side, my great grandmother was full blown Irish for the Amish country and chose to leave that to marry a German Protestant, raising her daughter in that faith. She (my grandmother)married a full blooded Roman Catholic with a huge family, had my mother (and three brothers)and raised my mom in the Catholic faith, even sending her to an all girls nun run (does that make sense?) convent school. My mom married a Russian/Polish/Austrian Jewish man and converted to Judiaism before I was born. I was raised wholly Jewish, but my Mom had such a huge extended family I attended mass for Communions, Confirmations, weddings, etc and celebrated the sectarian part of Christmas with her extended family. My mom and her family taught me ethnic and religious tolerance, for which I will be forever grateful. (As an aside, I chose to marry a man with Hungarian blood, so my daughter is even more "melted" than me!)

    OK, back to Irish Mom Mom. Everyone said she was "fey", "had the eye" etc and she really could do some amazing things. She always knew when someone was pregnant before they did, the sex of a baby before it was born, when my uncle would go MIA in Vietnam, where he was while MIA (the Hanoi Hilton, though no government ever told her), even when he was going to be released (they got the telegram 2 days after she said it) and all kinds of smaller things. So, she always said we would all be together when she died (since we lived in another state, it was just one more statement that the family blew off). Christmas Eve 1979, everyone was where she lived for Winter break, and she was in the hospital with cancer. My grandmother wanted to go to Midnight Mass, but no one else wanted to go. I was sixteen and offered to take her. During Mass, there was a bolt of lightening from out of nowhere (and I mean nowhere). For some inexplicable reason, I was desperate for morning to come so I could go see Mom Mom on Christmas. We came home and went to bed. I woke up suddenly at 2:45 in the morning thinking Mom Mom had died and woke my mom, who told me to go back to bed. I was sure I had missed my chance to see Mom Mom one more time. Ten minutes later the hospital called and told us she had passed peacefully ten minutes earlier. Needless to say, Christmas morning for us kids was hard, as well as for the adults. My mom told everyone what I had done in the middle of the night, and everyone exclaimed that Mom Mom had passed her "fey" to me! It turns out that I do many of the things Mom Mom did to a lesser extent. My only daughter (G-d bless her) is named after Mom Mom.

    So there you have it. Ellen, I'd love to hear more about your experiences. At first I thought I was nuts, but as the years have gone by I have grown to accept it. The craziest thing? I STILL know when someone is pregnant, but never did with myself!

    Anne Theresa, I'm so very, very glad to hear that your birthday celebration was wonderful for you. I was so worried you'd be in too much pain and prayed for you all week, but you carried it off like a hero, and I'm so glad that you got to spend time with your family!

    Linda, Terri, Nancy and everyone else, let us know how you are doing. Nancy, I'm so used to seeing you by the time I get here that I am a little worried.

    As for me, I finally caved in and collapsed on Sunday. I knew having the kids for 12 days straight would be hard, but I didn't expect all the complications. Nursing my daughter took the last out of me, and I just collapsed before dinner yesterday and could barely be woken this morning to take the kids to school. Two more days; then they go to Dad for two days, then back to me for five (insane regular schedule; don't ask!! grin). I actually resent that they are coming home today and that I have to run around doing stuff for them later. Then right behind it comes the guilt and the Costa Rica fantasy.

    My fiance (Bob) and I are polarized right now; he really believes my daughter tore her Achilles tendon on purpose so we couldn't take the boys away alone for the weekend (he has a daughter too who was at her Mom's this past weekend). Since they met, my daughter (almost 14) and Bob have had "issues" (almost two years now!). His daughter (now 15) has speech problems and is so immature I would say there is some developmental delay because of it. His daughter resents the popularity and outgoing personality of my daughter, and my daughter having two special needs brothers just can't muster up sympathy for his daughter. Every time I bring up something about his daughter, even something helpful or innocuous, he fights back using my daughter. It's past exhausting, and when he told me his belief this morning, I just about pushed up daisies from the stress. I am stress eating like crazy; for two weeks I had no edema or weight gain from the Lyrica. Several boxes of cake and donuts this weekend and I look (and feel) pregnant, swollen abdomen, heavier on the scale, sugar jittery and stressed to the max.

    I looked at least week's lists for me and I barely did anything. I had pieces of paper all over this morning, wrote down all the things I needed to do all in one place this morning and so far the total is 43 things, not counting whatever I forgot or comes up this week. But, I DID make sure posting every day was on that list! VERY WIDE GRIN
    towels are in the dryer
    dinner is leftovers from the weekend
    4 things crossed off list; one added

    I sure you guys are having a better day than me!

    Take care,

  4. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    Happy day after Easter...I spent Easter at home with a sick boy....he has a terrible cough, with asthma mixed in. I think it's my first Easter not making it to church, but it couldn't be helped.

    Ellen- so glad your hearing is restored! I believe God gave you your hearing back and that the timing was so that you could share it with others. Which you have already! I have had some amazing answers to prayer as well and I know we have angels watching over us. Once our car was broken down in a remote area of Alaska....night was coming on and it was rainy and cold. Out of nowhere a car drove right up to us, a guy looked under the hood for about 5 minutes and unplugged the O2 sensor. Then he hopped back in his truck and went back the way he had come, as if he had had an appointment to help us. We drove and kept looking for him, but of course, we never saw him again. I really feel he was an angel.

    Anne Theresa- I'm happy you had such a nice weekend with all of your loved ones. I'm sure the play was wonderful and it sounds like the cake was too! You still have a bit of time before your real birthday, but you had a nice early celebration.

    Lenore- my grandpa was Irish....they used to call him "Old Irish." But I don't think I'm very "fey"!

    Nancy and Linda- I hope you are taking care of yourselves....

  5. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Good Morning all...

    Ellen, what a blessing that your hearing came back and just when you had almost given up hope...that is my definition of a miracle!!!!

    Foo Foo on the naysayers (your hubby included) who don't believe, there are so many around us who do not recognize that miracles are happening each and every day all around us. It's up to us to take these blessings for what they are (I believe) a true gift from God.

    Even though you had the surgery there was never any guarantee that it would work and restore your hearing....

    Lenore, hang in there...just a few more days. I have to warn you, I'm a very outspoken person so I'll leave what your fiance said about your daughter alone.

    Anne Theresa, it's so wonderful to hear that you had a wonderful holiday weekend and that you were healthy enough to enjoy it.

    Linda, try not to work too hard this week so you can enjoy the few days that you might get away.

    Terri, so sorry your son is sick, hope things get better soon.

    Ellen, your story is going to be the balance in my day today. I woke up to a nasty e-mail from my sister regarding my Dad's trip to DC coming up on Sunday.

    She's the type of woman who did everything for all in her family to a smothering extent, then complained about it all the way through.

    Since my Mom died, she's transferred her smothering to my Dad who abhors being treated as if he can't do anything for himself. And he happens to be a cantankerous old fart anyway, but she just doesn't get it.

    She made arrangements for a car service to take him to the airport early on Sunday morning before his flight, but he asked us for the name of a good airport hotel so he doesn't have to wake up so early before his 6:00 am flight. We took care of it online, got him the room and he was quite pleased with himself.

    So....he got upset with her (she still doesn't get it) and now she's blaming me and telling me I need to check with her and her plans first as if they matter more than my Dad's....grrrrr!!!

    My husband travels often and has stayed in St. Louis many times, that's why my Dad asked him for advice about the hotels, he knew who to ask and it kept his independence intact. He gets to do things his way....we 'get it'!

    Anyway, sorry to bore you all, but I woke up to this and I'm biting my tongue trying not to e-mail her back just yet until I think it through some more. I don't like to be insulting but she doesn't have a problem with it.

    I really don't have anything on my to do list, this could be really fun!!

    Hugs all,

  6. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Girls:

    After I posted my story yesterday, I wondered how all of you would react to my story. I am so glad that you didn't respond the way my husband did! Thanks for the hugs and for sharing your interesting stories, too!

    Here's a couple more of mine: When I was about eleven or twelve, an angel appeared at the end of my bed one night. I know I wasn't dreaming as I sat up in bed. The angel pointed to my bedroom windows. I looked to the windows, and when I looked back, the angel was gone. I got out of bed and went to my brother's room and told him about it. I didn't tell anyone else as I didn't think they would believe me.

    A week after my dad died, I layed down on my bed in the afternoon as I was so tired. I immediately fell asleep and dreamed I was laying on my bed taking a nap and my dad was walking down the hall in my house and he came into my bedroom. He put he hand on my right shoulder. When he did that, I woke up immediately, and sat up. I still could feel the pressure and warmth of his hand and I said, "Dad?" When I said this, I could no longer feel his hand and could no longer feel his presence in the room. It made me feel sad.

    I was undergoing counseling at the time and my counselor said that some people are more sensitive to these types of things than others are. And apparently some of you are, too. Especially you, Lenore.

    Lenore: I am so sorry for all you have been through! It sounds like you could use about a week's worth of sleep and no one giving you any stress! Especially Bob. I can't believe how he is acting towards you concerning yours and his daughter. I suppose these things happen when you both have children, but he is not being very reasonable. I hope you both can work this out. And as for your daughter deliberately injuring herself, that's just being childish.

    Nancy: Hold on to my story if that helps you after seeing your sister's e-mail. She kind of sounds like my sister. My sister has a way of "taking over" sometimes. Your right. It's probably better to wait and cool down before you respond to her.

    Terri: So how is the sick boy? It's too bad he was sick on Easter Sunday.

    Anne Theresa: I'm glad you were able to enjoy your Easter somewhat in spite of the pain. Your sweetie is always so sensitive to your needs, isn't he? You are so fortunate to have him.

    To-do list:

    -dr. appt. (I am finally going to my family doctor to get
    my cholestrol and blood sugar tested. I am praying I
    don't have diabetes!)
    -iron curtains in office and put them back up
    -clean silk plants in office (then room will be done-
    except for later washing the window when weather permits!

  7. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Linda: I realized I left you out in the above reply. Thanks for responding to my story about my hearing.

    As for my tooth, it's been bothering me since last October, and I've been tossed back and forth between my regular dentist and two different dental specialists. No one could figure out what tooth it was. Now the tooth is so bad they finally figured out what tooth it was last week as the tooth is abscessed. The specialist gave me an antibiotic and said the only way to save the tooth is with a root canal. Since October anything cold is really painful. I've been eating on the right side of my mouth and drinking with a straw.

    Unfortunately, he is backed up with appts. and I can't have the root canal done until mid-May.

    Take care.

  8. LenoreR

    LenoreR New Member

    Hey girls,

    It was a beautiful 80s day yesterday and overnight the temp dropped more than 10 degrees and the winds have kicked up. I have a lot of body pain that wasn't there yesterday. I hate this time of year; weather changes constantly. I never knew why my body would go into "defense mode"--now with the dxs I understand better. Layers, layers, layers......

    Nancy; I was so glad you posted, I was worried. I'm not happy to hear about your stress. Please don't think your life is "boring"-- I DO want to hear what's going on. It sounds like your sister really got to you and I am finding that you are so wise (not rushing to email back). I had a therapist once tell me "when you don't know what to do in the moment, do nothing". I always remembered it, usually practice it, and that's what you're doing. Good going! Here's hoping it works itself out without you having an extra burden.... I want to hear about the armoire! Happy stuff! As for your being outspoken, I'm counting on that. GRIN I started out the day concilatory for all he did when I collapsed, but the words from the morning kept ringing in my head until I was just inflamed. When I could ground myself, I sent him a very short email with my view-- next I knew he was calling me to meet; he admitted his disappointment in not going away with the boys was misplaced, apologized profusely, and offered up suggestions on how he could have handled it better. I'm still not happy. We have been trying to find time (asn't that crazy?) to get married, and zeroed in on two dates in August. Now I'm in no rush so I may take my own advice and "do nothing" for now. Nothing on your list-- man, I'm jealous. ENJOY THE DAY!!!

    Ellen, I swear when I read they couldn't get you in until mid May I said out loud "That's just stupid!". I HATE it when medical professionals screw around, find the problem finally, and then say wait it out for me. Geez, what can you do? I've had three root canals over the years and remember the tooth pain; it can consume you. Poor baby, I wish there was something I could do for you. I got a uncle dat could rough him Seriously, I really hope you can manage the pain until May, or maybe Dr. Busypants can send you to another oral surgeon who can do it like yesteray. And the added stress of worrying about diabetes! Sweetie, waiting for the test results sounds like it's going to be murder for you (you seem like me in this regard). Maybe you could focus on the weight loss and remember that with diabetes it's nigh unto impossible to lose weight, so your weight success could mean healthy cholesterol and glucose?

    I love hearing your stories and enjoyed everyone else's sharing too. I'm glad you got the support here but was surprised that you would think we would respond like your husband. Maybe it's a *woman thing*, our having faith in what seems the impossible. Hmm, or maybe it's because we all seem to have faith we can overcome these DDs we've been dealing with for so long, that faith extends to all corners of our lives. Something to ponder....

    Linda, what color(s) are you painting? I love home projects. I think I'm a closet interior designer. I hope you are able to get away even for a few days. Where in northern AZ will you go? I'm a travel bug and am always looking for new places that aren't more than an hour's flight from Los Angeles. I hope whatever you do, it's fun! SMILE

    Terry, I hope your son is doing better. Asthma and a cold is no fun at all, and I'll bet you worry more because of the asthma. You're such a good mom from what I've read. The only advice I can give after nursing my daughter into a collapse is to take a little time for you as you nurse him. So much easier said than done, huh?

    To do:
    Pt for shoulder (done)
    knocked six things off my big list; added three
    bill paying time (Nancy, you done yet?) ;-)
    laundry boys' clothes

    Have a great day everyone!

  9. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    Linda- it is one of the twins who is sick. He caught a cough from his brothers, then his asthma really kicked in. He did a battery of allergy tests yesterday and found out he is really allergic to grasses (like his older brother). He's on about 5 meds now and starting to be able to sleep- me too! I had a few nights of sitting up with him, so I'm glad he's on the mend.

    I have a Bible study tonight, and it's potluck for the ladies group I'm in. I think I will bring chicken enchiladas and a fruit salad. I'll make double of everything so the family won't suffer.....poor babies.

    I hope you all are having a lovely day....
  10. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Girls:

    Well, it's mid-morning here at work. It's been a pretty quiet morning. I have a project I need to get started on, but I wanted to get on here first. You can see where my priorities lie!

    I think I have some good news! I went to my regular doctor yesterday whom I haven't seen in ages to be tested for cholesterol and diabetes. I didn't think she would test me in the office, but she did. It wasn't an official test for diabetes since I had eaten beforehand, but they took some blood and urine and it doesn't look as though I have diabetes!! My blood count after eating was only 108 and my doctor couldn't find any sugar in my urine so it looks good that I don't have diabetes. Of course the official test will be the blood test I have taken in the hospital after fasting. I'm going to do this on Friday since I won't be working on that day.

    Also, I know that scales can vary, but this doctor's scale shows that I've lost another two pounds! Down to 200 pounds! My doctor (who is about a size two, by the way) wasn't happy with my weight. But I did tell her I just lost 25 pounds, so that made her happier. At least with all my exercising I'm not flabby (except for my abdomen area).

    Lenore: Glad you enjoyed my stories. You're right. I should have realized all of you wouldn't have doubted my story about church. As for my tooth, if I have to, I can go to my dentist's main office in Toledo. It's just hard for me to do a lot of driving. I'm glad your fiance apologized, but I think you would be smart to hold off on marriage for awhile until you both work things out.

    Linda: The colors you chose for your painting project sound really pretty. I have never heard of the town of Payson, but I'm sure it will be a nice trip for you. I hope someday my husband and I can take a trip out west. That's one part of the U.S. I've seen very little of.

    Terri: I'm glad your son is better and the two of you can finally get some rest. How is your older son doing? Any luck in job hunting?

    To-do list:

    -grocery shopping (Jim is helping me today)
    -vacuum upstairs

    Take care, everyone. Be back tomorrow.

  11. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    Hello all. I'm having fun with my new camera. If you look in my profile, you'll see a picture of my best-buddy. Her name is Harriet.

    Terri, It sounds like you've had your hands full - I hope you're able to schedule some me-time soon. I'm glad your son is on the mend. It's difficult to see a child suffer - it used to break my heart when my babies were sick. I hope you enjoy your bible study, this evening. God bless.

    Linda, Your colours sound very nice. Thanks for the tip about about Lowe's online. We're planning to paint this season as well, likely a medium-beige throughout. I'm not looking forward to the job (sweetie will do the lion's share) but it will be nice to have the project complete. You're going to need a nice long rest after all that painting and yard-work.

    Can you believe after my birthday celebration, I came home and slept for 16 hours? I've never slept that long before, but my body demanded it. I feel all the better for the sleep.

    Lenore, I loved your stories, thanks for sharing. I have a touch of the 'fey' myself, though it comes and goes. I react the same as you to weather changes - 'defense mode' is a good way to describe it.

    Ellen, I'm sorry you have to wait so long for your dental appointment and I hope you don't suffer too much in the meantime. I loved the stories you shared, thank-you.

    Nancy, I hope you're not stressed about the argument with your sister. She doesn't seem to 'get it' at all. gentle hugs to you. {{}}

    It's nice and bright out today (cold with lots of snow) so I'm going to try my best to get out for a walk this afternoon.

    I've been walking and/or using the elliptical machine everyday and watching what I eat, but my weight is continuing to increase. I have a doctor's appointment in two weeks and so - if I can't get my weight under control by then - I'll talk to the doctor about it.

    - respond to e-mail
    - elliptical machine
    - sweep floors
    - windex front door
    - change bedding
    - walk
    - read & rest, watch tv
    - make meal plans & grocery list
    - shop for groceries

    God bless,
    Anne Theresa

  12. LenoreR

    LenoreR New Member

    Well, I thought I had two days off, but my daughter says her ankle is worse so I have her to go back to the doctor this morning. She was up in the night and needed pain meds (you can relate, huh?). My younger son was also up (of course at a different time) with a bellyache. After the second wake up call (about 3 am), I couldn't go back to sleep, am jacked up on coffee and my flippin' shoulder hurts from tossing all over the place.

    Linda, the color sounds lovely. I like warm colors in a kitchen. Mine is French country, so the walls are a goldenrod and the window treatments are colorful flowers and olives on a royal blue backround (I found the fabric in France, brought it home and had enough left over for throw pillows in the adjacent family room!). What's "swan dive"? Did you use an accent color in the kitchen? Creams, blues, greens, lavender? Your primary color choice leaves so many options. I'm so excited for you. It's the little things, ya know? You have to let me know how Peyson is; if I add "look up peyson" on the internet I'll be looking for hours snce I love scouting new places, but there's no room on my to do list for that until probably June! lol

    Hey Terri, I'm glad your boy is on the mend. I know your older son is 20, but I forgot how old the twins are. Could you remind me? I can relate to being up with the kids-- we both have three. I say "Two hands, three kids--do th math!" I didn't develop asthma until adter CFIDS hit from a bout with pneumonia in late 2003, but I know others with children who have it and I'm told it's really scary in a kid. Friday is my son's class service in synagogue; I'll send up a prayer for full recovery for your darling boy.

    Ellen, I aspire to you. I so wish I could lead a more active life (and I don't mean picking up dry cleaning!). You always sound so fulfilled and determined to beat these DDs; I read your posts and they give me hope, so thank you. When you and your husband take your trip out west, after Linda stop by in LA-- I'll save my energy and show you the town! As for Dr. Busypants, maybe Jim can take you to Toledo and you can return the favor with a pain free smile? It amazes me how you just keep going; you are definitely an inspiration. Great news on the diabetes and two more pounds!; I'm really hope your mind was set at ease. As Linda said, arguments (=stress) can be so draining.

    Nancy, I just read in today's paper that there was snow near Ulm, Germany. Did you get snow? Now that you have your new armoire, why don't you you paint the room too so I can get some more vicarious decorating thrills? lol

    Anyone heard from Anne Theresa since Monday? I'm worried she crashed badly after that busy weekend and hope she's okay. I'm also worried about all the others who haven't posted this week; like Linda, I hope to hear from the gals soon.

    My to do:
    -Make appt for daughter (done) and take her at 9:30.
    -Parent teacher conference for younger son at 1:15.
    -Knocked 9 off the "master list"; added one plus this new wrinkle with my daughter
    -Hope daughter can go to Dad's this afternoon so I can take a nap (whenever one of my children is sick or injured, I take over childcare regardless of whos "time" it is- I guess it's a *Mom* thing)
    - if Lila isn't here, heart to heart with Bob
    - continue knocking off that master list

    Enjoy the day ladies!

  13. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Sorry I didn't post yesterday, I caught the crud again just as I was getting better from the first time.

    I also had another e-mail from my sister yesterday morning. She was very angry but I could tell it wasn't really about me. My Dad treats her differently and she takes his crap but at almost 50 yrs old, it's time she puts her foot down and refuses to do so.

    I'm a firm believer that people can only treat you badly if you allow them to do so. I don't, it's just not in my nature anymore. Life is too short.

    Linda, your colors sound lovely and I hope you get to sit back now and enjoy your hard work.

    Anne Theresa, your bunny is lovely and I'm glad you had a chance to sleep off your wonderful weekend. Did you feel any better afterwards?

    Ellen, I'm glad your blood work was good and that you continue to lose weight.

    Terri, I hope your son gets better soon..

    Lenore, yes we did get snow the other day and it was beautiful. The first day in almost 2 years that we had any accumulation but it all melted later that day.

    I hope your talk with your fiance goes my opinion, his argument the other day made him sound like a petulant child. Please take your time considering this man as a husband, they really don't change after marriage and we all deserve to be treated with care and respect. Sometimes life just doesn't revolve around them.....

    I had plans yesterday to go huge grocery shopping but didn't feel well enough to get it done, so I'm going to try to make it today. I'll have to wait and see how it goes today, and I always have to plan my trips like this for when my daughter isn't here.

    Just a little back story for you....Ellen's brother is a grown man with special needs, so I had to giggle a little bit when you mentioned that he might be helpful with Ellen's grocery shopping trip. My daughter is very mentally ill although she's doing well at the moment and grocery shopping with her is often just heartbreaking, she's no help at all.

    That's how I ended up in this mess of needing a huge grocery shopping trip...when she's with me, it's better if I just pick up a few things.

    Hugs all,

  14. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Girls:

    I am having a busy morning at work! But not so busy that I can't take time to talk to all of you. I wonder how many more Fridays I dare take off. Jim and I haven't spent too much time together lately so we are spending tomorrow together. He wants to go to the library and look at old newspapers. Of course we'll go out for lunch. He does have a cold, but he thinks he'll be well enough for our get together.

    Lenore: Thanks for your kind words about my working. You always say the nicest things. Yes, I do manage to keep going, but it is hard to do some days. I guess I am just a determined person. Plus, I am doing better these days, but I know I still can't work full-time. The worst thing for me is the fatigue. So sorry you kids got you up in the night. I guess that's to be expected when you have children. I guess I told you I don't have children. Because I have endometriosis, I am infertile. Thanks for the invitation! Actually, I have been to LA twice. Once when my husband and I were getting on a cruise and another time when I took Jim to California. We flew to LA airport and rented a car (I can't believe I did this several years ago-I didn't know I had FMS then, but I wasn't feeling too well). We visited our cousin who lives near San Diego. I can't imagine doing this today. But I would love to go to California again and this time visit the northern part.

    Linda: So how was your date? I love going on dates with my husband, too. I'm glad your painting project turned out well. That's the fun part of it. Admiring all your efforts afterward.

    Nancy: I'm so sorry you got sick again. I hope you are making a turn for the better. If we lived closer, I could send Jim your way to help you with your groceries! I'm sure he would be happy to help you! He is a very kind and helpful person. He followed me with his cart and was very helpful in the store. Afterward he put all the groceries in my car for me. I'm sorry your daughter gives you problems when grocery shopping. Jim enjoys helping me.

    Anne Theresa: When you said you had a picture of your friend, Harriet, I was expecting a picture of a woman! What a cute rabbit! I'm glad you had a good birthday, but maybe you overdid it? Anyway, I'm glad you got a lot of rest-you must have needed it. I'm so sorry you weight is up. That must be so discouraging to cut back and exercise and not see any results. Are you on any medication that could be causing the weight gain?

    To-do list:

    -vacuum laundry room
    -clean laundry tub
    -put away yesterday's dishes (done)
    -pool therapy class

    Well, I had better get back to work. I will be back on Monday.


  15. LenoreR

    LenoreR New Member

    Hi everyone,

    Time is short- I have PT so forgive meto not responding to everyone.

    My daughter took 4 hours from my time yesterday to be reexamined, put in a CAST and get some new pain medication (I laughed when I saw the "Heavier stuff" was Tylenol 3--we'd probably need a bottle at a time!). She then decided to go with Dad BUT just for dinner and was back at 8 pm for "Mommy" to take care of her. Thank goodness, she slept through the night so I did too and am feeling a little better to take on the world.

    Everyone sounds good except Nancy (poor baby) and I'd like to end the week by having me and Nancy join you.

    To do:
    give Castgirl a bath, wash her hair, nurse her, etc.
    Master list- took off only one (whahhhh) but added none
    PT for shoulder
    shower, dress, makeup (done)
    work that Master list!

    Boys come back tomorrow, Castlgirl stays. I am trying VERY HARD not to overdo it since my energy resources went from the minus column to a little bit. Wish me luck in not overdoing it!!


    PS. Nancy's going to decorate--I'm too ecxited! (SUPER WIDE GRIN) Linda, the ivories with Cantaloupe are gorgeous. If you are courageous enough to post a picture, I'd just love to see it. Anne Therea, I'll look at your picture later. Mwah!
  16. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Sorry, didn't mean to imply anything, I'm glad Jim's a big help to you.

    Unfortunately up until recently, my daughter just wandered aimlessly around the store looking lost. She's always helped me bring in the groceries though so that helps a bit.


  17. LenoreR

    LenoreR New Member

    Hi girls,

    Nancy, it was my bad about Ellen. I got names mixed up and thought Jim was her husband, not her brother. I really appreciate your giving me the back story--you guys have been doing this thread for a long time and I'm a newcomer, so whenever someone gives me a back story, I really appreciate it.

    Ellen, I'm sorry I made the name mistake. I didn't know your brother Jim, (I got it now) was a special needs adult. Boy, I just admire you more and more. Having two special needs sons, I understand that Jim has it harder than an ordinary person. The fact that you take time to be with him just gives a glow to the halo you have in your soul. Now, remind me of your husband's name so I won't mess up again!

    If I did/said anything that got mixed up in a telephone game ladies, I'm really sorry.

    I have Bob, Nancy has Sweetie, Ellen has___________ (grin), and the rest I'll get as time goes along. Or maybe it's Anne Theresa who has Sweetie? Yikes, I'll need to do a spreadsheet! So, so sorry girls.

  18. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    I slept another 16 hours, from midnight last night until four p.m. today, completely dead to the world! I feel wonderful after all that sleep but puzzled as to why/how I can sleep so much.

    Reasons for over-sleeping could be

    a) still catching-up from my birthday celebration

    b) a side effect of remeron - I've gained weight with this new medication and I've been a *bit* sleepier since starting it, but not like this or

    c) in response to my starting to exercise more - yesterday I went for a walk + used the elliptical machine.

    At any rate, I'll accept the extra sleep as a gift to compensate for my many, many sleepless nights.

    Sweetie has the day off work tomorrow and he's going with me to get my lab tests (the usual tests + extra for an upcoming specialist consult), ECG (my heart is skipping beats again) and x-rays (for my ever-painful neck). Hopefully, this won't require a lot of time so we'll have lots of the day left to spend together.

    My best to each of you.

    God bless,
    Anne Theresa
  19. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    Lenore- my twins are now 13- I again have teenagers in the house!
    One of them is still pretty has lasted a week now. His asthma is somewhat better, but I may take him back to the doc tomorrow. He said he wanted to see him if he wasn't a lot better. We'll see.

    I also have 2 older daughters, for a grand total of 5 kids! One is married and lives in Alaska. She's expecting again in May and we'll go up to meet the new grandbaby in June...I'm excited!

    Linda- I wish we could have some of your warmer weather. We had some snow yesterday and today, and we are ready for spring! I would like to plant some pansies in pots, but I'll wait until it warms up a bit.

    Anne Theresa- let us know how your ECG that the same as EKG here?

    Nancy- Is your daughter able to write yet? I knew she was working on a book, and I wondered if that was still in the works.

    Ellen- thanks for thinking of my son....

    Nice to hear from you all as usual. See you tomorrow!
  20. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Good Morning all....

    Terri, my daughter is still writing but she's having a hard time making it a priority which we talked about yesterday on the phone.

    Their housekeeper left for America recently so she's taken over the complete cleaning of the house and needs to re-prioritize as if writing were her job. She's proud though to be managing her own home now.

    Anne Theresa, I hope your labs go well and I'm glad your Sweetie is going to be there for you.

    I think I figured out why I caught this crud again, I had forgotten to change my toothbrush and it was about an hour after my bath that I got sick again....

    If I feel up to it, I'd love to go get my haircut today but I'm not sure that will happen. It's probably better to stay home and not go back out again so soon.

    Hugs all,