THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT!

things that go bump in the night

When you think about it, all we really have to consider is the foot in front of our face. I know. That does sound anatomically incorrect but I promise, I will explain if you’ll just stick with me. As we all know, a foot is measured as 12 inches. That isn’t very far but it is the tiny bit of life we can moderately control. Everything else, beyond our grasp, is truly not in our control. Rain, earthquakes, and wind are all out of our control. The need for trust has to be displayed by us every day of our lives when we send our children off to school, drive a car or cross a street. Without a certain amount of trust, we would be totally immobile and would never go anywhere or do anything in this life. Even turning on a light switch is an act of faith and trust.

 

As we pause to think about it just simply put, we’re in the dark and we need to be enlightened. We trust that light switch will lighten our way and when it does, we take it for granted, much like we say a prayer during a difficult time yet never think about it when the prayer is answered. I’m not saying we should go around saying “thank you” to light switches and lamps because you would definitely be locked up for that, but a simple thank you to a loving God would be good. It keeps the line of communication open with someone who truly cares. How much of life we live by faith and don’t even realize we are doing it.

 

Much closer to “home” we have issues going on in our own bodies that we cannot stop but can merely feel, observe and for which we pursue a solution. The only control we have regarding our health is to check out and educate ourselves as to how our own human body works. We can control our diets, our exercise and our daily activities, all to some extent. We can and do go to the doctors of our choice or who are referred to us. In this current age everything is a specialty. It grows so tiresome and I so often miss the old-fashioned family doctor don’t you? Certainly, I realize as a retired RN how complicated the world of medicine is today and am allowed to grieve for what once was while also appreciating modern advancements. Once again the trust factor enters the picture as we trust our current doctor’s judgment in referring us to some stranger.

 

It’s very difficult for each of us to know how to gauge a new physician. I think it’s a little easier for those of us who have worked in medicine but even we do not know what and who we are dealing with. The criterion for choosing a new doctor is a bit simpler with the internet as we can read critiques from other patients. One can’t base a lot on those however without knowing the whole story of each patient. But the biggest gauge of all is whether or not any new physician helps and communicates with us. Going to a new doctor takes trust. We each know that feeling of expectation and anxiety with each new visit. I truly hate starting from scratch with a new physician. Are they going to help? Why do I have to fill out fifteen forms? Can anybody help and will I like him? My dear Mom used to choose doctors by whether or not they were sweet to her. He or she could be as stupid as a stick but if they were kind to her, patted her on the hand then she loved them and that was a good doctor in her opinion. Bless her.

 

I have been at war with my body for thirty years while having to also remain friends with it. Since it’s the only one I have I had to take the friendly position many years ago. I’ve had much to fear in my life, particularly when it comes to my health. Certainly, like many of you I have had hard times financially, family trouble as well as marital problems. We are human beings who are each vulnerable to the rocks in the walk of life. Along the way we stub our toes, step on sharp objects and walk through grit but we still have to get where we are going. Once again, we cannot remain immobile, even when we have health problems.

 

I know that feeling of being trapped inside one’s own life. I know what it is to be near death and that amazing feeling when you realize you have defeated death. I’ve been through that three times, thus far, in this life and it has a way of making one realize how wonderful life truly is and also acts as a dramatic reminder that heaven isn’t ready for you yet. To me that always acts as a reminder that I still have much to do on this earth and that is the lesson I took from each experience. Those are the experiences that made me who I am but we are also, each of us, shaped by the small daily twists and turns of life which we traverse each day. The interesting fact about each crisis life brings our way is that we usually have been surprised by them. We usually have no control over these times, great or small.

 

Often, I am confronted by individuals who are ill who have great burdens of worry on their shoulders. Worry and fear are those intangible items which do go bump in the night. Being full of fear is a monster each of us has and do face. Often each of us has been in the position of waiting for a procedure, waiting for a report from the doctor or hospital or some other worry regarding our health. If you have faith in a God of love you should be reassured but that reassurance does not always come easily. Our minds take off in a specific direction and we wonder “what if” and worry about what is coming down the road. Things that go bump in the night can also prowl around during the daylight. Ideally, those of us with faith in God should not worry but it can take some time and much soul searching to create the positive juices it takes to trust during hard times. It seems we can have faith in a lightbulb but not in a loving God. There is always the possibility He will allow us to travel down a painful road and of course, who would want that? In this whole faith department, we are in for a penny, in for a pound. Either we believe in a plan of love and growth for our life or we do not. It is often easier to have faith for someone else but when you are the one with the imagination and cancer is looming in your mind, or some other horrible event such as being an invalid for the rest of your life, then it is more difficult. Remember those of us who embrace Christianity are given a pattern to live by but we aren’t the finished product just yet. I’m not saying you need to be a Christian but I am recommending that you have faith in a higher power outside yourself. Whatever your belief, be consistent in it and embrace its precepts to allow your life and those you love to be enriched.
I think it is only human of us to worry but we don’t have to move in and live there. There are many times I have been caught in a cycle of worry, peddling away with my mind filled with some horrific “what if” when I have had to have a chat with myself. A firm scolding would be more accurate a way to define it. I know each of you understand what I am expressing when you recall tossing and turning, fighting the monster of fear and unable to sleep; things that go bump in the night.

 

What do I do when I’m overwhelmed by worry and fear? First of all I pray. I give the whole situation over to One I know loves me and tell Him, or rather remind myself, that He is in charge. Then I try to learn as much about the situation as I can. Education and information always bring enlightenment and none of us want to be in the dark. The next step for me is to remember to take the whole situation one step at a time. If I look at the whole picture of a scary situation, it is too overwhelming. Nothing is built that way and a step at a time is a doable project.

 

This list of what I do to handle worry is longer than I thought as I think back on it. I also try to get myself busy. For one to lie around consumed with fear of the “what if’s” of life leads to nothing that is good. If I can handle movement I do stretching, walk somewhere, even a store or I find something in my home that needs cleaning. Come on, we always have something that needs to be done. Right now I have too much to handle so finding a chore is not a problem. I may talk to a friend, make a call or enjoy a TV show with my husband as company.

 

For those times when I don’t feel up to much activity, because the body is unwilling, I go online, read a book, or pick up a needlework project. I have a needlepoint pillow I’ve been working on for years. When I first became ill, thirty years ago, I was cranking out counted cross-stitch pieces at an almost alarming rate but now my energy is less and my eyesight is not what it was then. In the early days of being disabled I was a massive mess of frustration and pent up energy. Now I have eased into the role…still don’t like it, but have learned to shake hands with it.

 

Lastly and perhaps the most important thing I do when I am filled with worry or fear is to look outside myself to someone else. We can each become so consumed with ourselves and our own small world, we quite forget there are millions of others beyond our doorway who also suffer, love, hate and grieve for parts of life lost to them. It also doesn’t hurt to tell someone I love them. That act brings a magic quality to one’s life, don’t you think? Tell someone today that you love them.

 

 

 

 

Get up, clean up, cheer up, telllsomeone you love them

576 thoughts on “THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT!

  1. Hello, everyone! I’m not sure where the week has gone. It has been longer than I thought since I last checked in.

    Chris, I was pleased to read that all went so well for you on Monday. I, of course, was thinking of you and sent prayers.

    Jennie, you are a true and loving heart. I am sorry Tim’s friend fell off the wagon again. Sounds like he’s trying to get back on. It is so hard. I’m sure those of us who haven’t experienced an addiction have no idea just how hard it is. You are such a sweet and loving “mum” to offer them a much needed break. It sounds doable for you and a blessing for them.

    Tonie, I’m so glad your FM will be here in time to transport and support you at ablation times. One other little note, they should offer and even if they don’t, ask for an ice pack for the ride home and ice the site. SB never had a big problem, but we always get the ice. He actually has gone against orders and gone to work later that evening already. I don’t advise that, but you know young ones. He didn’t drive, of course. We were supposed to possibly get some isolated showers today. I was hoping for them. Dear Sadie is biding time and hoping for a walk today but I just don’t know that I’m up for it.

    PT is going well, but the insurance will not cover the recommended sessions for the month, so we are scrambling to make workable adjustments with things I can do at home. Unfortunately, I have concerts coming up, one this weekend then not again until May 6 & 7. In an effort to relieve some of the tightness caused by the necessary strength building I asked SB to massage me a bit last night and he got too rough. Now I’m in worse shape today. Ugh. Trying all I can to counteract it before tomorrow morning’s dress rehearsal. Concert Sunday. Frustrating. It’s hard to even do the stretches I need to do to help alleviate the tightness and soreness. Live and learn. So, today, heat and stretching and a full day of muscle relaxants.

    Sue, I’m not surprised Jim went back to work, either. I’d say hopefully he won’t overdo, but chances are he will. It seems to be his nature. I really can’t blame him. I’ve done it myself. 😦 Glad you are both improving! 🙂

    Donna, good to see you back on but sorry for your difficulty getting there. I concur with others, enough said. 🙂

    I’m so sorry if I’m jumping around a bit. My latest pill is kicking in so I’m trying to wrap up before I hit the brief “loopy” stage. Thankfully it doesn’t last long.

    Blessings to all!

    • Thanks Lyn for your kind comments….we can only do out best as Christians, but still heeding the advice given by everyone….I know they have my back……I guess you have reached “The loopy stage” by now…..God bless x

  2. Hi all
    DH lost use of his arm for a few mins and a bad head .called Amb they took him in had a scan.that was ok. But they don’t know ..think he may have had a mini stroke he’s is home and has to go see a clinic now. Can’t drive till he sees them.please pray for us…he is ok now
    Chris

    • Oh Chris, It certainly does sound like a mini stroke or something quite similar. With all of his blood pressure problems and history, I’m sure they will find some solutions or pray they will. How upset you must have been. I will certainly have you both in my prayers. At this time in your life with your lovely new house to look forward to, you certainly don’t need this kind of stress. Please write if you have any questions and further concerns. YOu’ll be in my heart and mind. Love you much, Sue

    • Chris, I hope your DH will be okay. That’s scary. . A neighbor of mine had a stroke in my kitchen last year and it sure was a frightening experience. Prayers are with you and your DH…..Jo

      • Jo, It was good to hear from you. I don’t blame you for not being able to move in 30 days. I understand about all the bending and lifting that is involved. Why can’t those folks rent for a couple of months. We did that for one whole summer when we moved to OR 18 years ago, but that was one state to another. If they like your house well enough, surely they will come through with some idea…just you hold your ground. Glad to hear you’re going to see your Mom in May. Hope you make the trip okay. I know it will be painful and you will do all you can to be safe. I also know you have to do it, like our trip tomorrow. Prayers for you as well dear girl.
        I’m having more trouble than ever with my back since this virus and pneumonia. I’ve just gotten weak and all the coughing did harm. I do hope I haven’t popped another vertebra. I am also looking forward to seeing the folks at the pain clinic. Surely they can do something more than I am currently experiencing. Time for this old girl to get a set of new eyes on my pain. Do let us know about the house as well as your health. Much love, Sue

      • Yeah, Sue, renting sounds like a good logical idea. They.mentioned that we can rent from them for the extra month! We’re thinking about it. ..dont know what the rent would be yet.
        Oh Sue , does the back feel like it did when you fractured the vertebrae before? Maybe the new pain clinic will X-ray your spine for you. Having a cough is so hard with back problems. A friend of mine recently had back surgery when she came down with a horrible cough and flu. She heard something pop when coughing. Turns out she had to go back into surgery to fix a disc that herniated. I felt so bad for her.
        Have a restful evening, Sue.
        Love , JO

  3. Morning all
    Hope this finds you all well and happy. We had some great rain showers and all is green and I think the grass has grown overnight, I must mow and weed eat next week. No church for me this morning, I woke up feeling rather crappy and decided to stay home. It is a sunny beautiful spring day out and the dogs are sunning on the back porch. Lyn so sorry for your pain, and yes, I have done that with a massage person in the family. A wrong touch can cause worse pain . Hope you are feeling better today. And the concert goes well.
    I think I am just having a fibro flare today. I painted the bathroom yesterday so maybe I overdid it a bit. Also got the remaining frozen berries out and turned them into jam, so the freezer is stocked with jam for the next few years in case I don’t get a lot of berries. I like to buy some peaches and make peach jam as well. I like strawberry but not as keen for it to make it. I am wondering how it would taste made with Stevia for my brother who is diabetic. I hate to ruin it, maybe I will search the net for a recipe. I don’t like the artificial sweeteners. Too much problems stem from them.
    Well, I will get on with my lazing around day.
    Love to you all
    Tonie

    • Tonie, green already? Your weather has been amazing. I know it’s wonderful to see spring coming on and certainly the wee chicks are enjoying life with you. I am sorry to hear you are feeling poorly today. I suspect that rain storm and the painting both contributed to it. Hope tomorrow is better. All of your jams sound so wonderful. I would wonderful about the jams setting up properly with Stevia. I believe there are some recipes using juices as sweetener that are sugarless. I wonder how they makes the ones in the stores that are sugarless?
      Hope today is better as it progresses for you. Still dragging out here but have to go into Portland on Wed. and must go so hope my back will allow. Still weak and all the coughing has the back terribly painful. Love as ever, Sue

  4. Hello! Out of “loopy” state, now just tired. Still not full recovered from whatever sent me into spasm. Stretching, but not as many reps in a row as prescribed. Trying to listen to my body. Not sure if I overstretched or the massage went awry. PT in the AM, so will see what they say. The concert was beautiful and very moving. We performed Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and a more recent work the Holocaust Cantata. The cantata alternates readings that are letters or accounts of people’s experiences with music. It is quit moving. Before we performed the cantata a woman from Poland who was a child there during that time spoke about her experiences and those of family and friends. The afternoon was definitely worth the effort. This evening I was able to enjoy a walk with Sadie and SB. A rare treat to enjoy that kind of quality time with the boy. Now, time to enter that “loopy” state again and try to control those pesky muscles.
    Sue, I sure hope your cough backs off soon. It seems to take so long for the dared coughing to stop! Sending prayers.
    Tonie, I hope a restful morning and day have had a healing effect. We know you. You probably did overdo. Take care and rest.
    Chris, I sure hope DH is still ok. Prayers, of course.

    • Lyn, I certainly hope backing off the pace of the stretches and hitting the heat mend those angry muscles. Do you have a TENS unit? Might prove helpful. I know they have helped my neck and shoulders in the past…not so much for the back. How nice to have any time alone with SB. It seems the older the kids get the less the time which is natural but still hurts a bit.
      Jim’s doing more coughing tonight and unfortunately my back took the biggest hit with my coughing. Have to go to Portland on Wed….must. Already missed a month of cancer treatment. Also, have my initial appt. with the new pain clinic. I’m hopeful. Any improvement would be appreciated by me.
      Do take care and I’m so pleased you had a musical, spiritual blessing today which obviously broadened your picture of the world today. Much love, Sue

      • The cantata was a sad reminder. They actually taught about the holocaust when I was in school (they still do, my kids learned, but I fear it will be less and less relevant to them). I took interest simply because I tend to be rather empathetic, and of course because my grandfather served over there then. Of course all of us saw the movie that came out (sorry, forgetting the title right now). I’m tearing up now just thinking about it all. It breaks my heart and appalls and angers me all at once. But mostly breaks my heart. I cannot imagine doing that to people. And the completely cruel torture and treatment and despicable experimentation. Well, what can I say.
        I know it will be difficult, but know you must and will make that trip. You will have my thoughts and my prayers.

  5. Good morning all
    Sitting here on my heating pad, getting my back in motion this morning. it is not a happy camper today. But feeling better than it did when I woke up. Fed all my babies, including the horses this am. They were hanging around the fence asking for a little hay and a lot of petting. Killing time before going to swim , waiting for the mail to run so I can take my check to the bank before I go.
    I must do either mowing the yard or trimming today, and the other tomorrow. it will rain again on Wednesday so I have to stay ahead of it. My lettuce and Kale took a big leap of growing after the rain. You can water your plants all you can, but rain makes them grow better than tap water. I need a rain barrel under my guttering to catch the water.
    well, hopefully you are all well and happy today. Sue, I pray you are feeling some better in your back and have been able to eat some more. Take care all
    Love to all
    Tonie

    • Tonie, Sounds like you’re playing roulette with the weather. Hope your check arrived and you got your swim in. SOrry you’re not tip top. We’ve had both rain and sun today which is sort of typical for us. Still planning a trip to Portland this week. You’re right about the rain water. I wish you had a barrel to catch it all, also. Love ya, Sue

  6. Hello……hope everyone is ok….not too well again, Bronchitis bringing me down, and muscle cramp which I think are a lot to do with the damp weather as much as anything…..it never stops raining, only one day last week that was acceptable, really tired of it now,the long range weather said it will rain up to the 5th May, so anything we had planned to do during the kids short visit on Sunday, has gone out te window now.. Was going to write more, but there is an angry red line highlighting everything I am typing, so will have to quit and just hope this posts, then get back to everyone tomorrow…….here goes…..love to all…Jennie

    • Jen, sorry the short time you have with the kids is to be rained out but know you can just enjoying seeing them and visiting with them. That will be so uplifting for you. I know you’re going to be cooking and baking your sweet heart out so try to take it easy so those muscles don’t start acting up. Hope the computer is okay on your end. Love you, Sue

  7. Hi all
    Still here and going….
    No news but all still same
    Somewhere going around all the banks etc for my dad I’ve lost his original will
    I never lose stuff so it’s mortifying. Managed to find a signed copy but it has to be approved by the courts
    So you can imagine today has been full of looking and phone calls to remote phone centres
    Only short post as am full of worry and stuff and thinking
    All best to all
    Chris

    • Chris, I can only imagine. So sorry you have more stress to deal with right now but you know, that seems to be when these lapses occur. Hope DH is staying well. Thinking of you, Sue

  8. Sue
    Be thinking of you on your trip tomorrow.its such a long journey .i wish it could be made better
    I hope the weather at least will be good
    Don’t Let the pain clinic do anything to you you don’t want…well I know you won’t
    Jo
    No don’t let them do that to you and have to move…anyway what’s their rush if they will let you stay there and rent! Doesn’t sound fair to you .i can’t imagine doing it in 30 days and with you going away too. It would be too much. Also with the pain you are with etc….some people are so unreasonable…maybe they will see reason……
    Well going to a coffee shop see if I left will there…then I have to go search for my mothers will In order to get her part of probate handed down to my dad…have to go thru 7 years of his statements with banks
    Ugh at the moment…..!
    DH ok still
    Chris

    • Chris…in total agreement. Not going to do it. It’s nearly impossible physically for me. The whole idea of us renting makes no sense. They’re just being unreasonable . We’re selling by owner and I see now how Realtors earn their commissions:)
      I pray you can get the lost will straightened out. You’ve had soooo much happening in a short time and we can’t always be on top of everything especially with chronic health problems. Take some time and pace yourself.
      Jo

  9. SUE, I’LL BE THINKING OF YOU ALSO AND SENDING YOU PRAYERS FOR THE STRENGTH YOU NEED. HOPE YOU DO FIND A WAY TO GET A BIT OF RELIEF. SENDING THE STAFF ANGELS TO GUIDE THEM FOR YOU AND HELP WITH THAT PAIN.
    CHRIS, WOW THAT IS A WHOLE LOT OF PAPER WORK TO GO THROUGH. MY FRIEND IS GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING HERE. SO I KNOW HOW YOU MUST FEEL. SENDING PRAYERS FOR DH.
    JO I AGREE WITH CHRIS, DON’T LET THEM RUSH YOU. DON’T UNDERSTAND THEM RENTING IT TO YOU EITHER, JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE TO ME IF THEY ARE IN SUCH A RUSH TO GET IN. I WOULD STICK TO MY GUNS.
    OH JENNIE, I DO HOPE THE WEATHER MAN IS WRONG AND THE SUN WILL SHINE FOR YOU WHEN THE KIDS ARRIVE.
    TONIE, HOW ARE YOU DOING? WAS HAPPY TO READ YOUR FRIEND WILL BE HERE SOON ENOUGH. NOW JUST HAVE TO GET IN TIP TOP SHAPE. SORRY TO HEAR YOU ARE IN SUCH PAIN.
    LYN, JUST READING YOUR POST MADE ME FEEL SAD. I DO HOPE PEOPLE NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED. HOPE YOU ARE DOING OKAY. I HAVEN’T HAD TIME TO READ ALL THE POSTS. JUST TOO TIRED LATELY AND IN LOTS OF PAIN ALSO. THINK AUNTY’S MOVE TOOK IT OUT OF ME.
    DONNA HOPE ALL IS OKAY FOR NOW.
    LOVE TO ALL ON THE BLOG. THINK OF YOU EVERYDAY!
    GOD BLESS.
    XXX

  10. Jo, so sorry, I’ve not been on all that frequently of late (stuff going on) and when I do, there is so much I end up skimming and somehow missed the entry about your house. I had to read back through to find it. Please do stand your ground. 🙂

    Chris, oh my. So sorry for the lost will. But with so much stress and so much going on, it can so easily happen. I am just so sorry it creates more stress and work for you! May you find it soon and avoid extra grief!

    • Lyn, thanks . That’s exactly what we have decided to do. Not budging on time frame. Not on here very frequently either and then I try to catch up and miss a lot.
      Hope your neck will soon be better. I too have terrible neck and shoulder issues. Herniated disc and bone spurs at C5, CA and 7. I cannot get massages on my neck ever. Heating pad helps the tight muscles relax and magnesium oil I lightly put on my neck muscles at night.
      Jo

  11. Hello……..couldn’t believe that we got a fall of snow just ten minutes ago……never know weather like this in our part of France before, everything is becoming back to front…..sitting in the garden in March, Winter clothes back on in April/May.

    Sue thinking of you on your next dreaded trip, praying all will go well. Haven’t got the energy to be baking for the kids, I’m afraid shop bought cakes will have to do this time……but still plenty of cooking will be going on…..

    Chris….success with the copy of Dad’s will, hope it holds up to scrutiny. I can barely imagine how busy you must be…..hope DH is better now and that you are looking out for yourself being under all that stress my friend.

    Suzanne……things never seem to work out as we would like, but I am grateful the kids can come, sure we will find something to do.
    I hope you can find some relief from your pain sweet friend, and better sleep. Also that your Aunt has settled down, what a weight off your mind.

    Tonie…..so sorry you are in a lot of pain, your guy will soon be here to comfort you ad help you through the medical procedures, someone to lean on will make things more bearable, rest up when you can love, and if its warm enough, get some sun on that back and shoulder.

    Lyn…….Thinking of you, has all the snow gone from your area now…..hope so, if it warms up a bit, it will ease the joint pain for you.

    Much love to all…………….Jennie…………………..no red line today.

    • Jennie, no snow here. It was over 80*F yesterday, and perhaps today, I didn’t check! It is to be mid 60s tomorrow, though. Thankfully, my joints have been rather calm, just the neck/shoulder area and hands and wrists a bit. Unusual, but I’ll take it. Well, minus the cervical business. Wishing you a reprieve and some energy for the kids’ visit. They won’t mind the shop bought cakes, they will be there for the company. 🙂

  12. Sue
    Thinking of you today and that all is well
    Jen
    it’s just been snowing here as well…but we are a lot further north than you..I have known snow in June! Very dark at the moment .and cold ..losing weight now for my summer clothes…huh!
    I’m sure you’ll have a good time this weekend all together it’ll be great
    Well all
    Collected my mums will at sols.it hadn’t been called on so that was good I’ve got that for her probate to hand over to add to my dads. But Dh taken ill,in town on these new meds so had to ring dr and wait for her to ring me back so had to stay at restaurant for ages waiting…as I have to drive Dh not allowed and he’s deaf for phone so had to sit still and wait…another day of sh.t anyway got different meds so hope they are ok
    Back home now sorted out all my papers and had lunch now in bed with hot chocolate and soon a book
    Best to all
    Chris

    • Chris…..we had snow in June when I lived in Yorkshire, I am a bit gutted for the kids though, we all had visions of us sitting in the garden eating ice cream and gasping for air……huh!!! Brollies and wellies more like…….lol.
      Sounds like you are getting things sorted out, so sorry to hear your DH is still having health problems, please God the meds work well and you can both have some peace and a good night’s sleep…….chin up love….xx

  13. DEAR ALL…FORGIVE THE ONE REPLY BUT THE BACK AND SI’S ARE QUITE BAD SO MUST MAKE IT QUICK. NO TRIP TOMORROW TO PORTLAND. THE PAIN CLINIC GOT THE APPT. TIME ALL WRONG AND CALLED LAST NIGHT VIA COMPUTER TO CONFIRM APPT. AND I THOUGHT, WHAT THE HECK. THEY HAD ME DOWN FOR THE SAME TIME AS MY ONCOLOGY APPT. I HAD TALKED TO THEM TWICE ABOUT THE APPT OVER THE LAST MONTH SO KNOW IT WAS THEIR ERROR, NOT MINE. I’LL FIND A NEW PAIN CLINIC; ALREADY GOT TWO PHONE NUMBERS FROM THE GP. WENT AHEAD AND CANCELLED THE ONCOLOGY APPT FOR ONE MORE WEEK DUE TO ALL THE PAIN. THREW UP THIS AM DUE TO ALL THE CHEST CONGESTION AND DRAINAGE SO THOUGHT THIS BEST. THINK I’VE THROWN OUT MY SI JOINTS…SO MUCH PAIN CAN’T BEND OVER. WILL DO MY SI EXERCISES TONIGHT AND THREE TIMES TOMORROW. PRAYERS WELCOME DEARHEARTS.

    CHRIS, SO CONCERNED FOR YOU AND DH. SO SORRY AND SAD YOU HAVE SO MUCH PILING ON YOU AT THE SAME TIME. YOU’RE IN MY THOUGHTS AND HEART TONIGHT. HOPE THE NEW MEDS WORK BETTER FOR DH. KEEP THINKING ABOUT THAT LOVELY HOUSE. DO YOU HAVE A DEADLINE TO MOVE OUT OF YOURS? HOPE NOT. HOPE YOU GET A BREAK AND FEEL LESS PRESSURE.

    JENNIE, FOR GOODNESS SAKE. DON’T WORRY ABOUT A FEW BOUGHT DESSERTS…IT’S FRANCE. I HAVE A FEELING THEY WILL BE AMAZING AND EVEN IF THEY AREN’T, THE KIDS ARE COMING FOR YOU. SNOW? OH MY AND SO SORRY FOR YOU AND YOUR GARDENING DH.

    LYN, SO PLEASED YOU ARE GETTING SOME GOOD WEATHER. HOPE THAT NECK AND SHOULDER SITUATION GETS BETTER SOON. THAT CAN MAKE ONE REALIZE JUST HOW HEAVY THE HUMAN HEAD CAN BE, HUH? DO TAKE CARE AND CAUTION AS WELL AS HEAT.

    TONIE, WELL, IS HE IN THE STATES YET? HANG IN THERE FOR BETTER DAYS WITH YOUR HEALTH AND TAKE HEART IN THE PLANS YOU HAVE FOR MED. CARE. GO EASY ON THE CLEANING AND LIFTING AS WELL AS THE YARD WORK, OKAY?

    RUNNING OUT OF STEAM BUT ANYONE I DIDN’T MENTION DON’T FEEL SLIGHTED, PLEASE. I LOVE EACH OF YOU AND AM TRYING TO BE HERE FOR EACH OF YOU. SUE

    • Prayers, Sue. I am so glad you were able to get an appointment with the new pain clinic on the same day next week.
      Love, Jo

      • Jo Dear, did I miss an entry about your visit to the pain clinic when you refused to go to the meeting? How did it go or is it yet to be? How’s it going with the house? The good thing about the sale going through is that you don’t have to stay as clean. The bad thing is all the packing. I know how hard that is. I’m reminded lately because I’ve been trying to get rid of books and other stuff we haven’t used in a few years, keeping a few of course but all the sorting and lifting…phew. I’m bored but in too much SI pain to overdo. We human have far too much baggage, don’t we? Take care, love you much, Sue

      • Hi Sue…I don’t think I ever posted again about the pain clinic. They had agreed I didn’t have to sit through the meeting after much whining by me explaining how sitting is a huge problem for me. But what happened was I had to cancel the appointment because of my health insurance problems. I won’t bore you with all the details but my particular Cigna plan was not paying any of my claims. I was so disappointed and upset. I was looking forward to going , as much as one can look forward to going to a new doc. I didn’t want to get stuck with huge Medical bills that I would have incurred.
        As far as my house sale..we decline the 30 days. Buyers have 3 days to agree to our 60 day terms. So I’m not really counting on it. It’s God’s will….
        I hope this new fresh set of eyes at the pain clinic will have some answers for you. Keep getting stronger and Jim too. Love you, Jo

  14. Sue
    Oh bu..er..what a thing to happen…..what’s wrong with these people I’ve had similar happen.its so distressing. I have prayed for you Sue and hope all will be a bit better and you are managing to sleep well now.the trip maybe easier next week for you than this week. I do wish all this would ease on you . Can you take anything to dry the chest or does that cause problems for the sjogrens and everything,maybe you are. I do wish someone could come up with some magic . It’s been going on long enough.hows Jim ?

    No deadline as such for the move except when we get a date it’ll be a month to move by and all stuff in garage and loft needs to be chucked and sorted by then so I can start on the rooms. But our plumber who goes up in the loft and knows it well offered to go up and bring stuff down into garage for us..that’s so good of him..I will pay him for his time..it is such a help..hope it’s not all dusty..I expect it is! Must find out and check with moving firms today to see when available and also a skip to have for rubbish.
    Suzanne
    Hope all is a bit better for you now…..is that snow still with you?
    Lyn
    Terrible times…its covered in schools over here to some extent..whether enough I don’t know . But you can see such things could easily happen again without the right guidance and morals and humanity. surely you would think it couldn’t . Sometimes good people just can’t let things happen …
    Well gonna start my day…..Tonie hope things are ok your side there
    Chris

  15. Guess what ..looking for stuff to change address when move …there was the missing will!
    I put it there as I hadn’t any files made up yet for safe keeping…and I wouldn’t have found it had I not been looking for some obscure reason for something odd to do with move!
    Prayers or what ?! Chris

    • Chris, so pleased you found the will.Indeed, life and instances like this can surprise us. I just had one of my own moments when I got a return call from another pain clinic my doctor recommended and they can get me in on the same day I go to the oncologist, next week. So much difference in the way some offices are run. I’m so relieved for both of us.
      You are going through such busy times right now but primarily I know your concern is for DH. Hope he is seen soon about the recent problems. Thanks for asking about Jim. He is better but will forever be on the blood thinners. He’s still more fatigued and still has a cough but is better as am I. Such a slow recovery from that wretched virus plus pneumonia as well as his lung problem. What a month. Ready to move on to May.
      Sounds like your plumber is a jewel and you are getting so organized. I’d also like to get a skip and a large scoop and clean out our basement but Jim would not like it because he’d want to keep his stuff and I’d want to keep mine…well, not really. I’m in a throw it all out mood whereas he like to hang on to things.
      Keep looking forward to the future. Love you, Sue

      • What a great surprise to happen. Sometimes it’s just easy ain’t it! How good of them to match it to your appt for you.life seems easier when people cooperate
        Yes dh is on warfarin too been on it now for AF for 7 yrs..bit of a nuisance with all the same food diet for it but it’s not too bad we seem to keep it a steady INR
        This bug has certainly taken it out of both of you
        I’m ringing the hospital every day to see what stage the process is at ! Don’t think one girl was pleased but another one was very pleasant .i explained with dh not able to hear on phone and if I’m out driving and can’t answer phone this is what I’m going to do
        I read that this hospital is slow on seeing people after these events so hence my push. When I rang she asked why I’m ringing it’ll come thru so I nicely explained what I had read! and she got all uppity ..not surprising really…and said well it’s becos we have a specialist off ill…..so I said oh dear it’s true then!….I said I would ring again which I did today and found out its with the office and they will ring me this or next week…nope I’m ringing tomorrow
        I don’t tell DH what I’m doing he hates pushing
        Ok that’s it
        DD has got this norovirus quite ill with it today.she was coming over to help do stuff Saturday but don’t think she should as we don’t want to get it
        X

  16. Hello,
    More snow later yesterday….all gone now, but fearful cold…ah well! could be worse.

    Sue….not worried about the shop bought stuff, best pastry makers in the world, so bound to be good, might yet still do it myself…..sounds like they really screwed up with our appointments, and now you have to start over, you shouldn’t have to do this, I hope you manage to find a good pain clinic, and its right for you. Also that the pain in your joints responds quickly to the exercises…..prayer for your health dear friend……love you xx

    Chris….what a great plumber you have, a real gent to offer you the help with bringing your stuff from the loft…..it gladdens the heart to know those kind of people are still around. So it all takes off in a month, don’t forget to catch your breath once in awhile, so happy for you that you found the missing will you needed….God is indeed good……xx

    Tonie, Suzanne, Lyn and everyone, hope the day goes well for you all………God bless…..Jennie xxx

    • Jen, so pleased you have the visit to look forward to. It’s such a tonic to see our kids, no matter how old they become, isn’t it? Sorry about the weather and hope it doesn’t complicate travel too very much. Have a wonderful visit, okay? That’s what I said, how could bought pastries be bad in France of all places. I’m sure, knowing you, you have many items already planned for your menu.
      Do enjoy, much love, Sue

  17. Hi Jen
    Nope it’s when we exchange contracts it’ll be a month…up till it’s a waiting game for everyone to get stuff sorted ..so get things done that doesn’t matter if it falls thru..
    Sun shining here bit cold tho
    Chris

    • Chris……if this new place is where you want to be, then I hope it doesn’t fall through, or do you think the time is not right yet? Still cold, got Winter stuff on…….Jen x

  18. It’s going thru ok lady has a house to go to now and no chain involved.so it’s just time now with the sols
    Yea cold here GS just rang me its slowed him down getting home..can’t see properly 5 miles an hour lots of crashes snow all white can’t see.police on road warning all

    • Chris…..good that there is no chain, sols tend to drag their heels, getting a bit warmer here, but nowt to write home about, thinking about you, and hoping DH is doing better, the soon you get settled in a new home, the better…..love Jen x

  19. Chris, sometimes you have to beat your own drum…or your husband’s. My husband leaves those kind of battles up to me, also. I can be far more firm than he can also if he’s angry, it’s a different story. I must admit I have often had to fight for good care but it is seldom worth it and I just go someplace else. Can you do that in England? Hope DH is doing okay now. I know about the food choices with the blood thinners but Jim doesn’t eat any of the foods involved anyway.
    So sorry you and GS have to deal with snow. It’s spring for goodness sake. Hang in there my dear and promise you will take care of yourself because we love you and so many folks in your family need you to be well. Hope DD gets over that nasty virus. Love you, Sue

  20. Morning all
    I am off for a couple of days and ya’all go nuts with the entries !! I have been busy with yard and garden, and house. Swimming and such, then am tired out. Yes, Sue I got my check, so now I have a bit of cash to do until I get paid again. This once a month stuff is for the birds, I miss my weekly check !! Hard to go from one to the other.
    ANYWAY !! Sue, been praying for you my friend, hope you are feeling better. Jo, stick to it girl, don’t let them push it on you. Chris, so happy you found the will. Jennie, if I lived in France I would never bake again !! Sorry ya;all have been having snow. You must be having the weather we usually have. It came a nice good rain last night and watered everything good. I have to go ” down the mountain” to NC and pick up some good tomato plants, and put up the high fence around the garden yet. Spoke with my FM this morning. He is playing driver picking up all these people from the airport for the wedding. Fussing about all the expense they have gone to for the wedding and having to be with all these people for days on end. He just left all that behind from his cousin’s funeral and now to have it all again. He will not be here for my back procedure on the 17th, won’t be here until the next week. He had already given his word to his daughter to do work for her and sil and wants to keep it. So…another week out. He was afraid I would be angry with him, but I understand. He will not see them again for a long while most likely. They use him for free labor, he knows it but does it for his daughter, only child. Me, I have enough going on to keep me busy and soon will be back at work with Ms Alice. They come home on the 13th. I will have to go pick them up.
    It sounds like we all have a lot going on this month and next. Sat is my daughters 40th birthday. Where did my baby girl go ? She wants a confetti birthday cake with rainbow confetti icing (all mixes) and homemade oreo ice cream, like I used to make when they didn’t have it in stores. Judy and I are going over on Sunday, and then to granddaughters choir recital. Life just gets busier. my thoughts and prayers are with you all
    Love
    Tonie

    • Tonie..i’m.sticking to it!! They’ve got 3 days to agree to give us 2 months to get out or no sale. Gosh..I feel tired just reading all you do. Hope you get relief from the ablation. My friend did and it lasted a year!! That’s pretty good.
      Jo

    • Tonie, indeed, you are the busy one and as all the grands get involved in things it will be worse…or better. Hope the birthday celebration goes well and is fun. Sorry you and FM are another week out but I’m sure his family is glad to see him but it does appear they do keep him awfully busy. Just have to grin and bear it I guess. Won’t be long now.
      I’ll be glad for you when your work family get home and you have a weekly check. Garden sounds like it is coming along. I think you put the rest of us to shame sometimes with all of your projects. I for one admire all you do. Just please get in that rest time and swimming. Love ya, Sue

    • HI TONIE…….SNOW GONE, THINGS ON THE UP…….AND YES YOU ARE RIGHT FRENCH PASTRIES!!! WHY THE HECK WOULD YOU BAKE……LOL.
      STILL AS BUSY AS USUAL I SEE MRS…..I AM LIKE JO….HOW THE HECK DO YOU FIT IT ALL IN?? HOW IS THE WEIGHT GOING? LOST ANYMORE SINCE THAT NICE PIC YOU SENT? WITH ALL THE WORK YOU DO, YOU SHOULD BE AS THIN AS A CHIP……
      HAPPY 40TH TO YOUR NIKKI….AS TO WHERE THE TIME WENT I DON’T KNOW, MY NIKKI JUST HAD HER 52ND…FEELING LIKE OLD MOTHER TIME AT THE MOMENT……ARE YOU GOING TO BAKE THE CAKE FOR HER, LIKE SHE HAD AS A CHILD? THAT WOULD BE SO NICE FOR HER.
      HOPE THE CHOIR REHEARSAL GOES WELL FOR THE GD’S
      LOVE JENNIE X

  21. Hi all
    Well it seems if all goes to,plan exchange contracts end of May move end June ..so fingers crossed
    Our man and his son came today to get stuff out of loft.took them two hours and put it all in garage,to sort.so next step,is a skip to sort through it and house stuff as well that can wait a bit as we have a lot of stuff to do next week and appts.pension people want some money paid to my dad back have to sort that with the probate money and day appts etc
    Tonie
    Family ties and stuff..you just have to tread around it..so good of him to be thinking of how you feel with it
    Won’t be long we are soon into May
    Isn’t it nice for your DD to have those memories of what you used to make for her..and for you that she loved it
    Sue
    She is getting over her virus..but her dog bit her yesterday when she went for the mail and got her finger so she had to go for a tetanus today she walked there but said she felt faint
    We have no choice gotta stick with the NHS ..but rang today he could be seen next week so I will ring Tuesday ..holiday here Monday
    Hope you are both a bit stronger today and how did the exercises go?
    Jen
    Enjoy the weekend it’ll be lovely
    Chris

    • CHRIS……DOWNPOURS ALL DAY, SUPPOSED TO HAE BEEN NICE……GOT A NEW SUN CHAIR, TALK ABOUT OPTOMISTIC……GLAD YOUR DD IS ON THE MEND, NAUGHTY DOG TO DO THAT, MUST HAVE WANTED TO BE THE ONE TO OPEN THE POST…….!!!!!!!
      SO PLEASED THE SOLS GOT THEIR FINGERS OUT AND ALL SEEMS TO BE GOING ALONG NICELY….TAKE CARE LOVE…………………..JEN X

    • Chris, Glad to hear your daughter’s virus is better. Sorry to hear her dog bit her…some dogs are unpredictable that’s for sure. I’m so pleased you have a move in date but I’m sure it seems a bit short to you with so much to do. Going through so much of the past will be interesting and probably sentimental. Also, that can be very time consuming. Sounds like you’re in a throw away mood. That’s me. Wish I could get Jim to part with more. Hope DH is okay and glad your persistence paid off and he’ll get in sooner. Thoughts for both of you, Love, Sue

    • Jen, it’s been exhausting. Both of us are still coughing from the pneumonia. We’re both stronger each day. I know you’re looking forward to your company this weekend and I’m pleased for you. Rain here last night but unlike you we had no snow at all this winter. Strange for us. Hope all goes well. Love, Sue

  22. Jo, I am sorry it didn’t work out at the pain clinic. Sometimes I don’t understand some of the decisions when they could make you feel better possibly and save them money. Insurance…We will have a more complicated relationship with our new insurance when Jim retires compared to the great coverage we’ve had for 18 years since he’s worked at the jail but that is the price of retirement.
    Agree with you completely about the house. You must do what is right for you and it will turn out well in the end. They will either come around or the house is meant for another buyer. I’m just sorry you have to keep it ready to show all the time. How’s the sitter these days? Mine is acting up terribly so have been hitting the exercises and hate them but they seem to help once the soreness wears away. At least it is something to do for the problem. Thinking of you, Love, Sue

    • Sue
      Too tired today to swim. I really had no energy. Had to go to,the store and check on the house, send off their mail. Got some flowers for my big blue pots. Sprayed the horses down with Basic H to keep the gnats off them. Red loves the attention, and I need to give them a sap day, noww that they are shedding.
      Poor FM has been running to different airports to pick up family, going to family dinners, rehearsals, but tomorrow is the day. But the family is staying for two weeks. By the time he gets here, he will be exhausted. He was going on about the waste of money on the wedding. He doesn’t go for excess. But, he will survive, and memories are being made.
      Yes, Jennie I am making her cake. She never had the confetti cake, she usually got me to make her an ice cream cake. Butterfinger was her fav.
      Chris purge purge purge..if you don’t use it m get rid of it. I can’t believe the stuff I got rid of when I moved. Although I still have a lot more to clean up.
      Take care all. I need to sleep
      Love
      Tonie

      • Tonie, sorry you didn’t feel like swimming but I certainly understand. The cake sounds delicious. Hope Nikki has a wonderful birthday and year in her life in VA. It’s wonderful to see all the changes in her life and how the kids are all thriving.
        FM is going to be so exhausted and sick of family, etc. by the time he gets to you you’ll look better than ever…and I mean that in a good way. I know you have so many projects to accomplish between now and then the time will pass quickly.
        Both of us are still dragging around and I’m still coughing and weak but better each day. My exercises for the SI’s have made me more stable when walking. The pain is a bit less also. Life, huh? Day by day. Love you and I always put a bit of Basic H in George’s bath water. You’ve trained me well. Love, Sue

  23. Hello,
    Gosh….don’t know if its because of doing too much, but got an unbearable back pain……seems different to the usual stuff that goes on as normal……keep having to lay down, I pray it gets better for tomorrow.

    Sue…..hope the exercises are still working be it slowly and being sore is a bind, but I know you put as much effort as you can into them, and I salute you for that……better health for you and for Jim, God bless….love you….Jen x

    Chris….hope your DD is ok now after her shot, and all is sailing along well with the house etc.

    Tonie…..enjoy the family celebrations…..

    Love to all……………………..Jennie

    • Oh Jen, I do hope and pray your back pain is better for the visit with your son. Heat and lots of rest. Glad you bought desserts and hope you try to not overdo it but know you will. I would, also under the circumstances. Sweet friend, know we’re all sending our love and prayers. Love, Sue

      • HI SUE……TAKEN STRONG MEDS AND HOPING FOR THE BEST…….GOT THE ROAST ON AND THEY WILL BE HERE IN A COUPLE OF HOURS….DH DONE ALL THE PREPPING BLESS HIM…..WE WILL MANAGE.
        YOU TAKE CARE OF YOU AND JIM, THINKING OF YOU ALL THE TIME AND HOPING FOR A RESTFUL WEEKEND FOR THE BOTH OF YOU……LOVE YOU …JEN XX

  24. Jen
    Oh I do hope it gets better over nite for you and you can really enjoy and relax over the days
    DD is better and has gone to see GS and girlfriend and staying overnite. She said she was having a lovely time there
    Cold here.
    Sue
    So good your back is easing up a bit.along with the cough …maybe some sunny days will help maybe they mite be round the corner… I do hope it gets better some more for your travels next week
    Had some blood tests done I know my ana and anti ro were positive but I was low in vit d so Gotta take some ..
    Tonie
    I’ll be chucking away. No room for it all
    Yea FM will be so looking forward to seeing you…get his family duties completed it will be like freedom for him
    Chris

    • CHRIS…..GLAD YOUR DD IS OK, SOUNDS LIKE SHE IS OVER IT, NOT A PLEASANT EXPERIENCE THOUGH IS IT? ITS STILL A BIT OF A CHILLY DAY, SUN OUT BUT THAT NIP STILL IN THE AIR, AND FROST THIS MORNING, BUT HEYHO, ON THE DAY THE KIDS GO HOME, IT SET TO SOAR INTO THE 20’S…..TYPICAL….LOVE JEN X

  25. Good morning all
    Sue, glad you are doing better, even if just a bit, it is progress. Nikki’s back has been out on her all week , sciatica. I shared the exercises with her, now whether she does it or not…..Today after church Judy and I are going over to share birthday cake and ice cream with Nikki, then to Devins choir recital. Long day. Yeah, poor FM called yesterday and is extremely worn down, I could hear it in his voice. Hopefully he gets to rest today, it is done.
    Rained all night and it was cool yesterday. But heating up again today, we will have rain off and on all week. But this is a good thing for the gardens. My lettuce and spinach are almost large enough to pick. I have potatoes coming up and cabbage, broccoli and all is looking good. I do have to get my fence up around it this week. Or the deer will be eating it all before I do. I saw sign they had been scoping it out ! I should make the dogs sleep on the back porch and guard it huh ?
    Chris, keeping on going thru and tossing, it gets easier as you do it. I a, trying to make a believer out of my sister, the master hoarder ! Jennie hope you are feeling better. I need more coffee and some toast ! Talk to you all later
    Love
    Tonie

    • TONIE…….BIRTHDAY CAKE AND ICE CREAM….SOUNDS LIKE MY KIND OF FUN…..WHAT IS GOING ON WITH YOUR GUY THAT HE IS WORN DOWN, THOUGHT IT WAS ALL GOING GOOD, DON’T TELL ME HE IS NOT COMING THIS MONTH NOW? SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE A LOT GOING ON IN YOUR GARDEN, I LOVE IT WHEN YOU SEE ALL THAT WORK COMING TO FRUITION DON’T YOU, MAKES IT ALL SEEM WORTHWHILE……FENCING THIS WEEK IT IS THEN, DON’T WANT TO BE GIVING FREEBIES TO THEM THERE DEERS…….HAVE A GOOD SUNDAY….GOD BLESS….JENNIE XX

      • Jennie
        Oh yeah he is leaving Fla on the 25th of this month, be here on the 26th. They had him running all over Florida since he landed almost. Picking up relatives at two different city airports, running errands, then they had dinners, late nights with families. Big wedding, big parties, not much rest. Yep my garden is coming to the front. All the rain we are getting will help out as well. You take care

  26. HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE. SUE HAPPY TO HEAR YOU ARE FEELING A LITTLE BETTER. HOPE YOUR DH IS ALSO, I KNOW HE IS BACK TO WORK BUT MEN BEING MEN……. IT WILL BE VERY NICE FOR YOU WHEN HE RETIRES.
    JENNIE BACK PAIN UUGGG. I’VE ALSO BEEN SPENDING LOTS OF TIME IN BED FOR THAT REASON.
    TONIE YOUR GARDEN SOUNDS GREAT. WE STILL HAVE SNOW HERE BUT SOON WE WILL START HAVING WARMER WEATHER. OUR SEEDS THAT WE STARTED INDOORS (ONE MONTH LATER THAN LAST YEAR) ARE VERY READY TO GO OUTSIDE AND BE PLANTED BUT WAY TO COLD.
    CHRIS HOPE YOUR MOVE GOES WELL. SOUNDS LIKE THINGS HAVE SMOOTHED OUT. HOPE DH IS DOING BETTER.
    JO GLAD YOU ARE STICKING TO YOUR GUNS WITH THE HOUSE. GREAT THAT YOU DIDN’T GIVE IN TO THEM. JUST DIDN’T MAKE SENSE THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO RENT IT TO YOU?????
    LYN HOPE YOUR NECK IS DOING BETTER. I KNOW I’M NOT UP TO DATE WITH EVERYONE ON HERE BUT CAN’T SEEM TO SIT IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER FOR LONG THESE DAYS.
    LOVE YOU ALL! GOD BLESS.
    XXX

  27. Hello……..all going well except for back pain that kept me awake most of the night, so feeling a bit like a zombie today, thankfully everyone wants to just chill out……hoping to go out to lunch tomorrow….the kids look amazing, obviously living by the sea and a slower pace of life suits them.
    Hope everyone is ok……please take care of yourselves……love ….Jennie xxxxxx

  28. Jen
    So pleased all going well
    Bloo.y back pain..comes on worst times ..hope it’s ok to go out for lunch tomorrow

    In the night DH has jerks on new meds and in sleep kneed my hip about six times before I could stop it ,he can’t hear me shouting with no hearing aid so it was a while before I could wake him to move.so I’m all sore today. Got to drive tomorrow with it as well as DH not to drive at moment
    Windy bit dull here but it gives it nice later in week
    Chris

  29. Morning all
    CHris, hope you are feeling better from being kicked around ! Jennie, enjoy your time with the kids. Glad it is going well. Hope your back feels better. Here it is a beautiful sunny day. I am going to go swim shortly, and then to check the mail for my friends in Galax. It is supposed to storm this afternoon and dark clouds on the horizon say they were correct. Everything is getting so green and growing so fast. the more it rains the faster things grow. The birthday visit was very nice and fun yesterday. all my babies and my big baby. Was so worn out afterwards though. Suzanne, I cannot imagine still having snow this late in the year. But…you have your plants ready to go and that is a plus.
    Take care all and have a wonderful day
    Love
    Tonie

  30. Hi…….its been a dreadful day, so much pain, couldn’t go out…….been awake all night, not how I wanted it to be, I could scream with frustration….why now?? Just praying for some improvement tomorrow, wish I could make it go away…….xxx Have a good day all

    • Hi Jennie, I am so sorry your back is hurting so badly. I know you wanted to feel better for your son’s visit. I pray you feel much better tomorrow and things go well. I know how miserable the back can be especially when you have plans! I try and follow that old saying, take one day at a time! That saying got me through each day when I was going through my chemotherapy treatments and my radiation treatments. I could tell you some horrible stories of things I went through during that time, but I won’t. I like to Praise God for bringing me through it all and having no evidence of disease at all! That was 15 years ago last month!!!
      Now I deal with other problems. My back and hip are bad. My left arm from where I had the breast removed and lymph nodes removed hurts and aches so badly. I have swelling in that arm and it is called lymphedema. I have to wear a compression garment on that arm to help keep the lymph fluid moving and my arm not swelling. It is like a long sock on your arm. I wear it 24/7. The only time it comes off is when I bathe and wash the garment. My husband has to help put it on as it is very tight. I have been in PT in the pool for my back, hip and arm. It feels great when I am in the water. A couple of times I have come home and been in a lot of pain. It has flared up my bursitis in my hip so most likely I will be getting an injection. The last few days have been rough as we have had some nasty storms and heavy rain and hail. Of course you know what that does to your body. I hurt everywhere at the moment. Expecting more for a few more days. We had a bad storm and heavy rains Saturday night for our Relay for Life walk we do every year to raise money for cancer research. Most things were completed. The luminaries were lit but we didn’t get the walk finished because of the lightning. We did get the Survivor walk done. I got one,a luminary, for Sue but the rain washed most of them away before I got a picture! I am going to stop for now. I have posted pictures of some of the Relay for those of you on Facebook! I love you Jennie! Donna

  31. Dear Friends, life has been difficult with so much going on with the health the last two years I feel I have let you all down. I am trying to keep up here and am very interested in each of your lives and know you’re each going through your own trials and facing them brilliantly. As far as the most recent events:
    Tonie, hope you got to go swimming and pleased Nikki’s birthday was wonderful although you do sound awfully exhausted. Your garden sounds fine and I hope you get that fence up, or are feeling up to do, before those ornery, hungry deer get to it. You’re certainly developing patience with all the waiting you’ve been doing. Sounds like FM will be exhausted and so pleased to be with you.

    Jennie, so sad to hear your weekend was so interrupted by the pain in your back. There’s a different kind of pain for those of us who have such severe pain it eats into our family life. I know that pain and completely understand. I’m so sorry. Pleased the kids look so well. Sounds like their lifestyle change has been great for them. Hope you’re able to get some help for that back pain very soon dear friend.

    Chris, oh dear. Doesn’t sound either you or DH got much rest last night. Is this a new development for him? So sorry you’re sore today after that. Maybe you should talk to his doctor about those movements he made. Poor guy and poor sore you. I know this is a terribly busy time for both of you. Thinking of you.

    Suzanne, I remember from past years how organized you are with your seedlings. Hope you get to put them in the ground very soon and feel up to it. All that snow. Oh my.

    Jo, be sure to let us know about the adventure with your house. Thinking of you.

    My love and thoughts for each of you as well as Lyn, Janet, Laura and more. Sue

    • Dear Sue, I really doubt if anyone here feels you have let them down. I am just amazed that you are on here at all, with all you have been and are still going through. Just know how much we love and admire you. Many positive thoughts and prayers for you and Jim. love. Janet.

    • Dear Sue, I echo what Janet said. No one feels that you are letting us down. I too am amazed by you that you manage to still write as much as you do in light of your health problems.You are still inspiring us with your words of support, wisdom and encouragement and I’m sure I speak for all of us . I do pray for you to regain some strength back and for brighter days for both you and Jim.
      Well the three days has come and gone for my buyers to agree to our terms. So the sale is off and honestly I am relieved . The timing is wrong as we have our tickets already to fly to Chicago next week on the 10th to visit our moms. I know it will happen when it’s meant to and it gives me more time to chuck more things! My sitter is not too good…the usual as I know you understand. I should be doing exercises like you are. Are you following Don tigney’s s.i. exercises? I’m not as disciplined as I used to be. I really need to force myself to do them.
      Sue, I will say extra prayers for your trip to Portland this week and that the new pain clinic will have some answers for you. Love you, Jo

      • Jo, I am glad you feel ok about the house not going through. I am sorry though. Kind of silly they didn’t want to give you the time you needed but were willing to rent it to you! Sounds like to me they were not in all that hurry to move in themselves but trying to get more money out of you. Oh well, you gave them a choice and they didn’t take it. Now you can go see the moms and not have to worry about the house right now! I pray your trip won’t be to hard for you. Just take it easy. Take your pain meds and try to enjoy your time with both moms. I will be praying for you and your visits. Love, Donna

      • Donna, thank you for your kind words. I felt all along the buyers were playing a game. I think you’re right in that they wanted to make money from this. I am SO relieved that I can go away without this hanging over my head.
        How is your aqua physical therapy going? When I went for my back and fibromyalgia, it always felt so good while in the pool. But for some reason I seemed to hurt more the next day. I hope it is helping you. I’m about as ready as can be for my trip…my.strongest pain meds and a small lumbar Pillow for the plane are packed.
        Prayers for you to feel better. Love, Jo

    • Dear Sue, I feel like Janet and Josephine. You have let no one down. Considering all you have been going through, I think you have done great and still are doing great knowing you are still feeling bad. I have broken a rib before from such hard coughing. I pray that it is getting better. I know you are suppose to go to Portland this week and I hope you feel well enough to go for your shots and see a pain doctor. I hope you get one you like. I have been very Blessed that I had one who was awesome and he retired and the new one my old doctor recommended is awesome as well! I hope your weather ends up being nice for the trip. It won’t be long before Jim gets to retire and be at home with you more. I know you are looking forward to that day. We all love you and are grateful when you feel like chatting with us, but all of us know how it is when you don’t feel like getting on here. Take it easy and know I will be praying this week and praying for a good trip! Love you, Donna

      • Thanks Donna, I know you understand and face so much of your own every day. I have hopes for the pain clinic but am waiting to see. Cautious I guess. Love, Sue

    • YES SUE, OUR SEEDLINGS ARE READY TO GO. WE ACTUALLY STARTED THE SEEDS ONE MONTH LATER THIS YEAR AND LO AND BEHOLD HERE WE ARE WITH PLANTS THAT HAVE BEEN TRANSPLANTED A COUPLE OF TIMES. WE EVEN HAVE FLOWERS ON OUR TOMATOES NOW. I MUST SAY DH DID MOST OF THE WORK, I PLANTED A FEW POTS OF FLOWERS AND WOULD HAVE TO GO TO BED. SNOW ALMOST GONE BUT WE STILL HAVE SOME AND THE GROUND IS STILL FROZEN. BUT SOON NOW WE WILL BE PLANTING .
      HOPE YOU ARE FEELING A LITTLE BIT BETTER. WE ALL SEEM TO BE HAVING LOTS OF BACK PAIN, BUT OF COURSE I KNOW YOU ARE STILL TRYING TO GET BETTER FROM THAT NASTY P………
      LOVE TO ALL, TRY AND HAVE A GOOD DAY.
      XXX

  32. Sue
    I second Janet …..no one would feel let down…only helped by your words of help and hope
    We are with you and your family each step…just as we feel you are with us
    I hope things are easy for you this week on this trip to Portland and the new pain clinic
    dH has had theses erratic jerks in bed for years some meds make it worse and these are one of them.spare bed for him tonite .the dr knows about them and he has had various tests all negative
    The hip is a bit better but gets worse on times ..trying to keep ok for the move …
    Chris

    • Chris, hope you are doing well. I am glad you have a move in date for your new house! I am so happy for you and your DH. I know it will be hard but I know you will get everything done and be ready for move in date!
      Sounds like your DH might have restless leg syndrome. Has he been diagnosed with that? I know there is special medicine for that. Several of my family members and some of my friends dealing with that. They don’t have any control of what their legs do when they are sleeping. So sorry you were kicked so badly and pray you will feel better soon! Love, Donna

      • Hi Donna
        Good to hear you..how are you
        I’m awake early hrs here but my hip is throbbing.yes that’s what they said he had restless legs ,but they were reluctant to put him on meds as he is on so many and the side effects would be no good for him
        But he is in The spare room now I’m too scared to sleep,in same bed now.. The worst bit was shouting to stop but he couldn’t hear and the thumping of the knee was too strong to stop when I was half asleep,myself
        I hope it clears up,for all the moving
        I have to go into town today to see about repaying a check for my dads probate so that involves driving and walking so I’m not looking forward to it
        How’s all with you how’s your DD
        Jo
        It must have been right for the house to fall thru if it brings relief to you.you can go away without it on your mind now. I hope all goes well for you and all can be as good as can be in the situation
        Well gonna try and get back to sleep.
        Chris

      • Hi Jennie, I am so sorry your back is hurting so badly. I know you wanted to feel better for your son’s visit. I pray you feel much better tomorrow and things go well. I know how miserable the back can be especially when you have plans! I try and follow that old saying, take one day at a time! That saying got me through each day when I was going through my chemotherapy treatments and my radiation treatments. I could tell you some horrible stories of things I went through during that time, but I won’t. I like to Praise God for bringing me through it all and having no evidence of disease at all! That was 15 years ago last month!!!
        Now I deal with other problems. My back and hip are bad. My left arm from where I had the breast removed and lymph nodes removed hurts and aches so badly. I have swelling in that arm and it is called lymphedema. I have to wear a compression garment on that arm to help keep the lymph fluid moving and my arm not swelling. It is like a long sock on your arm. I wear it 24/7. The only time it comes off is when I bathe and wash the garment. My husband has to help put it on as it is very tight. I have been in PT in the pool for my back, hip and arm. It feels great when I am in the water. A couple of times I have come home and been in a lot of pain. It has flared up my bursitis in my hip so most likely I will be getting an injection. The last few days have been rough as we have had some nasty storms and heavy rain and hail. Of course you know what that does to your body. I hurt everywhere at the moment. Expecting more for a few more days. We had a bad storm and heavy rains Saturday night for our Relay for Life walk we do every year to raise money for cancer research. Most things were completed. The luminaries were lit but we didn’t get the walk finished because of the lightning. We did get the Survivor walk done. I got one,a luminary, for Sue but the rain washed most of them away before I got a picture! I am going to stop for now. I have posted pictures of some of the Relay for those of you on Facebook! I love you Jennie! Donna

    • Chris, hope the pain in your hip is easing. I made it to the store with Jim today for the first time in a month. Felt good but painful. Get better dear, Loe, Sue

      • Suzanne, all of your kind words are appreciated as always. Those plants are going to set up a yippee dance when you get them out side and all those roots can do their thing. They always sound so amazing. Sounds like you have a good man there. Enjoy your garden ASAP. Love, Sue

  33. Sue
    With all you go and have been through, you are absolutely fabulous on here for us (loved that show too ) . You push yourself to be here for you blog family. We love and appreciate you so very much.
    We have had thunder showers off and on all day. So didn’t get much done. I did dig up a few little apple trees out in the pasture and transplanted them to my garden area. Hope they grow. Yes, I got my swim in, and I think I got an ear full of water because now my ear is stopped up and driving me mad. Spoke with FM, he is playing tour guide for one of the families from France. They are driving him crazy, as he is driving them all over the state. Tomorrow he is taking them to the beach ( an hour away) he says he hopes ” they catch sunburn ” I had to laugh !
    Well. Take care all. Donna good to see you here. Jo, yep your house will sell when the time is right.
    Love to all
    Tonie

    • Tonie dear, Poor FM. What a drag. As far as the swim water in the ear mix vinegar and alcohol(rubbing kind) and put drops in ear. I used to mix these alcohol acid drops for an ENT doc I worked for. Love the idea of the replanted apple trees. Love, Sue

  34. Mprning all
    Hope all of you reading this are feeling well and happy today. I am getting ready to go and swim , then I have to come back and finish the trimming in the front yard. Judy and I put up the poles around the garden yesterday, the hardest part, so now all I have to do is string the fishing line up top where the deer cant jump over it. if that doesn’t work then I will have to use barbed wire, but I hope the fishing line helps. Next week I go to get tomato plants, so….. Yes, Sue I am like Johnny Apple Seed, who planted the northwest with apple trees. I dig and replant. Hopefully they will take. I have a blueberry bush that has an apple tree that is growing from the same plant. Somehow it got in there, so I will have an apple tree with a blueberry bush at its base.
    I pray you all have a wonderful wonderful day and you are not in pain anymore.
    God bless I love you all
    Tonie

    • Tonie, wow, what a job digging those holes for the post but we can’t have you feeding a whole mountain full of deer. Does it help to put any colorful things hanging from the line? Beth finally had to totally fence their small garden patch.
      I love it when nature graph two bushes/trees together. I’ve seen that done in CA quite a lot because my BIL used to work for Sunkist and knew how to graph different trees together. What fun for you. I hope your swim went well and you are refreshed and not in a lot of pain. Onward and upward to Portland for us tomorrow. Dread it but know I must. The whole being a grown up kinda sucks at times. Much love, Sue

      • Sue:
        No digging holes, just expanded the posts that were there to make them taller, then I will string fishing line all around the top so they cannot jump over

  35. Hi all
    Sunny day here and it gives it into the 20C at weekend….and I bought myself a cotton dress.i don’t usually do dresses but this I liked and it’ll be so cool come the…HOT ….weather!
    My hip still sh.t anti flams not working
    Tonie
    You sound so busy
    Sue
    Thinking of you at the clinics,hope all goes well

    Jen is unable to post as she is still in a lot of pain and can’t sit where the comp. is as it makes it too sore. And the pain is not improving. She’s trying everything but still sore .but she is thinking of you all and sends her love
    Chris

    • Chris, enjoy your beautiful weather and new dress. Sounds like fun. Thanks for keeping us up to date on Jennie. Poor thing. I always write while lying down so can do it even when I can’t sit…like right now. Hope all of your plans are going well toward the move and that DH is better. Do you think your hip should be Xrayed? Do take care of you. Love, Sue

  36. Chris
    Do youthful the hip could be bursitis ? The bursa in ,y right hip gets so inflamed I can hardly walk sometimes. No laying on that side either. If it is you can get injections in it to stop it. For a while at least. Mine acts up when my back is hurting and I have to walk different.
    Might be worth a check ?
    I have found some really good British tv series on Amazon. Watching one now, “Whitechapel” . Really good. Several others that were a few years old, a lot from Masterpiece. Home Fires was also good.
    So my FM said he started out yesterday the color of Camembert yogurt and in two hours was rosy pin and tomato red ! Chris it is only in the 50 s here tomorrow, then warms up on Saturday. Hopefully our last coolness until fall.
    Sue, I hope you are feeling better and getting some strength back.
    Love
    Tonie

  37. Goodness, I didn’t realize it’s been so long since checking in here. Sue, no worries. Donna, you continue to amaze me. Tonie, sorry FM won’t be there as early as he thought, but you are wise and understanding and time will pass quickly enough. I do wish he could be there for you for your procedures, but I’m sure you will come through them just fine. 🙂 Chris, what a mixed bag you have going on! Glad you found the will. Jo, seems things are working out as they should. Suzanne, good to hear from you. We understand completely why you can only get on here sparingly.
    As for the neck PT, it was causing me lots of stiffness and tension and when we checked my progress, I’d made some, but not as much as they usually see. So, no more PT. In talking with a friend, I discovered another avenue to pursue and had one session. She thinks I need some strength training, and the first session went pretty well. She is expertly trained in Pilates (student of one of Pilates’ students) as well as in body work, and yoga. She knows her stuff and is a neat lady too boot. Now, just to find the funds to do enough sessions to set myself up for moving ahead on my own, if I choose. I have another session booked and will see where it goes for now. If it isn’t helpful, back to the drawing board. Thankfully, the numbness and tingling is better controlled now. Kids are doing well, and hubby was just inducted into a local Musician’s Hall of Fame. Concerts this weekend. Busy, busy, busy! Prayers for all. Take care!

    • OH LYN, HOPE THAT WORKS OUT FOR YOU. ALSO SOUNDS INTERESTING. CONGRATS TO DH!
      SENDING YOU PRAYERS TO GET THROUGH YOUR BUSY BUSY BUSY WEEKEND. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
      LOVE YOU AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF.
      XXX

    • Lyn, congrats to your husband. I did see it on FB and am so pleased for him and all of you. I sure hope the Pilates instructor will help your neck and truly believe she will. Do you get headaches when it is acting up? So often the person who helps us with some form of PT can be so subjective. We are each so individual in our problems and bodies. I’ve had some that could help one problem but not another. I personally have had problems over the years with my neck and found lifting light weights helps to strengthen it…when your folks in charge think you’re ready. Do take care, you’re on the right track. It really pays to keep searching. Much love and positive thinking for your current problem. Sue

  38. YES I ADMIT TO NOT BEING ABLE TO TYPE LAYING DOWN
    YES I ADMIT TO BEING IN GREAT PAIN
    YES I ADMIT I AM TRYING ONCE AGAIN TO DRAG MYSELF OUT OF THE BLACK HOLE OF DEPRESSION
    BUT EVEN I DIDN’T SEE THAT ONE COMING………………DON’T THINK I DESERVED THAT CAUSTIC REMARK.
    THINK I AM ABOUT DONE HERE.

    • Dear Jennie, I don’t know what remark you are refering to , but I am sure it is just a misunderstanding. I am so sorry that you are going thru such a bad time and am sending prayers and positive energy across the pond to you my dear friend. Love you so much my Yorkshire friend. Gentle hugs, Janet
      .

    • Love you and sending you (((HUGS))) and lots of prayers! We will all be praying for you sweetie! Lord, in the name of Jesus, I ask you to put your healing hand on Jennie’s body right now! I ask you to touch every thing in her body that is causing her pain. She is your child and I know your desire for her is to be healthy. She puts her trust in you Lord and I am believing with her for a miracle and complete healing. Including not only her physical body but her emotional needs and a clear mind. Deliver her of any depression as well Lord! Give her peace and grace and thank you Lord that your word says they are new every morning and great is your faithfulness! Thank you in Jesus name! Jennie love, rest in God’s love for you! I will keep praying. Love, Donna

    • Jennie, what in the world caustic remark are you talking about? I can see you’re very upset and in a great deal of pain but I’m amazed at the tone. Is it because I say I have always typed lying down? That wasn’t meant to be caustic at all and you know how much I love you and would never criticize you or anyone’s way of handling this horrible blackness of pain we live with. Please…get better soon dear friend. Sue

  39. Hi all
    Just come back from Drs..tonie yea it’s bursitis have to have an injection next Friday .its so sore
    Just when we are moving and I have to do most things …..life eh! I like your do youthful at the start of your post …..does the inj hurt at all….do you have to rest with it after?
    Never heard of Camembert yogurt that’s a new one for me
    Days are getting nearer to when you see him

    Not sure about move they did an ensuite without building regulation needed…it’s done well.but trouble is no one could get a mortgage on it unless they get a retrograde one…. We are OK as we don’t need a mortgage ….must have seen us coming !..which we would have to get..then they mite want all up to check it and at today’s regulations..we mite have to get new stuff or alter stuff..we’d do it but not at the agreed price we said before..so waiting to hear back from their sols……spent a lot already so far

    Jen have emailed you
    Sue
    Hope you a not too bad from trip. He doesn’t think I’ve broken anything just this bursitis thingy
    Lyn
    Enjoy all the concerts your going to be busy..how are your vocal cords these days..you mentioned about them some while back?
    Chris

    • Chris
      Yeah, I figured it might be the bursa the way you described it. No, the inj doesn’t hurt much, and you should kinda take it easy the day of. Use ice packs on I it until it helps, and maybe the day of ice it some.
      Hang in there with the house, it’ll work put.
      I don’t know about the yogurt, that is just what he said. Yeah not too long now. You take care
      Hugs

  40. Hi
    Well here I am awake .putting ice packs on my hip.rubbing voltarol on it and taking anti inflams and tum is burning..so I’m taking ranitidine …see how it all is tomorrow ……tea and cheese scones out at usual place for breakfast
    Sue
    How are you now after that long trip. how did the pain clinc go?
    Warm and sunny here today and gives it good for a few days
    Ok folks gonna read for a bit and maybe sleep if I’m lucky
    Chris

    • Chris, Sorry I didn’t feel like getting back on here earlier today. Yesterday was one of the roughest days ever. We left here at 8 AM to get to the pain clinic. It was just as I thought it would be and I was unimpressed. The doctor saw me for all of twenty mins and came up with a cream with numbing stuff in it which has yet to arrive and kept asking me what I wanted. I guess I was supposed to say drugs. Instead I asked for an injection and he said that would be good and he will schedule one for the sacroiliac joints under fluroscopy ASAP. I look forward to that even if we do have to go back to Portland again. All went well at the oncology office until the two huge shots in the hip muscles and a very rocky trip home on those same hips. Down today after sleepless night but know all will calm down.
      I do hop your DH is doing better and hope your bursitis heals quickly. Injection should help…hopefully sooner than later. I also pray things go ahead as scheduled on the new house. All of the complications one can run into along the way huh? Hopefully if what they did was done well and according to codes of the city, all will go smoothly. One day at a time, right? You do have so much going on right now. Thinking of you often. Love, Sue

      • Sue
        What a day for you.l hope things ease up. So disappointing when things turn out much as you expect .is the trip for it all to happen next month?
        DH is not too bad but the BP tabs are not really strong enough and are making him tired etc. He has an appt at stroke clinic Monday hopefully he can then drive.
        Well I’m gonna try and get back to sleep
        Love Chris

  41. Lyn I forgot to say congrats on DH winning such an award..looks like a good w.end coming up for you

    Well I’m Resting my hip and ice packing it..hoping it’ll get better .on naproxen but it’s giving me ibs ..but I’m trying to work it all out so hopefully I can improve with it all..lovely and sunny today..went for tea and scones …..but I didn’t I had toasted cheese and bacon sandwich..naughty but nice !

    I think it mite be working out now with the house…..giving it a rest for the w.end….so we’ll see
    Oh yes tonie..I forgot I’m watching home fires on TV on Sunday nites.i do enjoy it…makes you relax somehow
    Chris

    • Chris, I hope that hip is feeling better today and each day onward. I know you’re both looking forward to the stroke clinic visit and I hope all is well for him to drive.
      I had to smile at the bacon cheese sandwiches. I make our version of those for Jim and I every so often for dinner. I like a slice of tomato on mine but he just takes the straight cholesterol version with cheese and bacon. They are also great broiled with a slice of onion but can’t handle those anymore without problems. Oh the adjustments we make to get through this life. I was sitting in the lobby of this huge hospital where I went to the pain clinic and took note of what a variety of humanity walked, rolled and limped through there. Many had oxygen or other aides. It is such a challenge for so many people it’s often heartbreaking.
      Sounds like good news on the house. So good. Hope you both enjoy your weekend. Three more weeks for Jim until retirement here. Love, Sue

  42. Woohoo Sue
    Only three weeks wow.itll go by…..and the summer to come..
    I know ,you see some things in hospital ..people wheeling their drips and o2 to have a coffee.but it’s always good to see the generosity of folks about and the perseverance
    The toasty was so good too ,I was tempted and thought be good before my tablet…..excuses!
    Hip still sore but he pressed it and moved my leg about ….so gotta get over that bit
    Resting it all the time and ice
    How are your hips and back today
    Chris

    • Chris, sorry you’re still sore. I guess we all react differently to bursitis but I find it best to use heat a couple of days after the injection to encourage the circulation to spread. Do what feels good. The trip day before yesterday was the worst. Riding home on those two enormous shots from oncology plus all the other sitting and waiting. They did let me lie down at the oncology office while they sent to pharmacy for the shots and warmed them up. My pain is all throughout the pelvis; hips, pubis, SI’s and back. Today is methotrexate day so that should help a bit. Day by day, huh? Love you, Sue

  43. That sounds so sore Sue
    Day by day is best when it’s like that
    Perhaps tomorrow will be a better day with it
    Love Chris

  44. Hi all
    Reached 81f here today..sunny and nice..but warm in our bedroom this evening ..got fan on
    Hope all had a good day
    That fire in Canada is dreadful…
    dH has stroke clinic tomorrow hope he can drive then
    Chris

    • Chris, I will be praying for tomorrow. Praying that DH will be able to drive. I am seeing my oncologist in the morning for my 6 month checkup! I have a few questions for him. We shall see what he says. My Rheumatologist wants me to take a new medicine since my new blood work came back with a high number for amount of inflammation in my body. I don’t want to take it because it has a lot of side effects including cancer. I have already had cancer once and do not want to take a drug that may give me a new kind of cancer along with other side effects. I am going to see how much longer I have on the one pill he gives me. I have been taking it almost 10 years and 5 years on the one I took in the beginning. So almost 15 years. I think it may be causing some of my joint and muscle pain and inflammation. I am curious to see how I feel after stopping it for good. I will let you know what he says tomorrow. It is getting close to bedtime here so I need to go upstairs and wash up and get in my pajamas. I might decide to read some. Love, Donna

  45. Donna
    I hope all is well at the clinic for you.i can understand the quandary not good choices
    I hope you had a good nite with all this on your mind before the clinic
    Thankyou for the prayers
    As it was good news for us.DH they say did not have even a TIA it was a reaction to the calcium channel blockers for his bp .they can do this apparently ?..so he can drive now which is good for my hip
    The side effects can include numbness for a while apparently
    Thinking of you today
    Chris

    • Chris, glad DH didn’t have a TIA. Oh so glad he can now drive! I know that is going to help you. Maybe you will start to feel somewhat better now. I saw my oncologist today. He said I was doing good as far as the cancer! I was happy about that. I still have one year on the cancer pill, Femara ( Letrezole ). I thought I only had a few months to go. Oh well. I also asked him about the Xjelsanz for the RA. He said if it was him, he would try and see if I can tolerate it. He said I can always stop it if I need to. He said if it made me feel better with the joint and muscle pain, a quality of life is better than hurting constantly. So now I have to fill out a bunch of paper work and see if I can qualify for help getting it through the drug company. Just a waiting game. So at this point I don’t know when or if I can take it. Please keep me in your prayers and I will keep you in my prayers! Love Donna
      P.S. When will you get your injection in your hip for the bursitis? They don’t hurt. At least mine didn’t. It helped me right away.

      • Donna.
        Bit mixed with your appt….good news all is going well but I suppose a year seems much longer than you thought however it seems a good way to look at it with the new drug..it seems as tho it will not happen quickly so you have time to put more thought into it ..
        My prayers for you of course .thankyou for info about the inj. I’m trying to get it better without it.but it’s not working . It’s on Friday
        Love chris

  46. OMG, IT’S SNOWING HERE TODAY. YIKES, STARTING TO FEEL LIKE I’M LIVING IN A NIGHTMARE. MY SEEDS THAT HAVE REALLY GROWN JUST CAN’T WAIT TO GO OUTSIDE. TOMATOES ARE STARTING TO FLOWER.
    WELL OF COURSE WHEN I STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT, REALLY NOTHING TO STRESS ABOUT. WORSE THINGS IN LIFE EH!
    LOVE TO ALL. HAPPY MONDAY! PRAYERS AND ANGELS CHRIS.
    XXX

    • Suzanne, snow today? How much did you get? I sure hope the weather changes soon. You might have to put your plants in large pots and have container gardening with those. Even if it did warm up quickly, it will take a while for the cold ground to warm up enough for planting. What a shame! I bet they are thriving being in the house. It keeps up you will have tomatoes before you know it. I hope you don’t lose them. Hope you are doing well. Take care, love, Donna

    • Suzanne
      I hope it won’t be much snow and not for long..what weather this year.
      How is your aunt now? And you?
      Love Chris

    • Suzanne, oh my. I know all of your pics of your new seedlings are so impressive but you must feel like you are living in a greenhouse. Let us all think melt, melt. New snow if hard to imagine this time of year. Hang in there and I feel sure you will have as beautiful a garden as you always have. How are you feeling physically? Are things working out for your aunt in her new home?
      I envy you all of that wonderful garden and know you will eventually enjoy it all. Love, Sue

  47. Good morning all !!
    Hope this finds you all well and happy. We have been getting our share of showers , which is great for all the growing things. My garden is looking very good. soon I will be harvesting my lettuce for salads, and spinach. I got some sweet potatoes to plant today. I ran the tiller thru the weeds yesterday, so much quicker and less painful than using the hoe. Thank the Lord for modern conveniences . Chris, hope your hip is feeling better. It can take up to a week or so for the meds to really kick in. And yes, the numbness is from the injection, to help you until the meds do ! Mine has been so good it is scary. I am so glad. Next Tues I get the ablations done on the nerves, then we can move on to the sciatic. Then maybe i can go to the other Drs i need to see. At $40 a visit i have to limit them in each month.
    Donna, i hope all turns out well for you with the new meds. I share your caution on taking them. Thank goodness all my numbers have been good of late, and the MTX is holding its own. Although the day after I take my injection, i get a little sick. Does anyone else feel this way ?
    Jennie, where are you ? Lyn, congrats to your hubby. And to you, i know you are proud. Sue, hope you are feeling better my dear.
    I hope you all had a good Mothers Day. Only 2 more weeks and my FM will be here with me. it seems longer than the 6 months he has been gone. lol. But i have so much work in front of me to get done, it will pass quickly. He is so tired from taking all the relatives around Fla. Today he was going sailing on the big boat, he said. And he gets seasick so he is not looking forward to it. His sil owns a boat business, so i assume he is taking them out. He had to go to Universal studios with them on Sunday.
    Well, here it is 11:30 and I have done naught !! I must be up and gone. Have a wonderful day all
    Love
    Tonie

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