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09-01-2007, 04:44 PM
Hello all,
It really is September. There's no nip in the air here in TX. We're getting lots of rain and humidity. :)

If you are new here, please come on in and stay. We have all followed WW and have weighed on Thursdays. (There is a Thursday Weigh-In Results thread.) Some weigh on different days now but no one is turned away.
We're a great bunch and would love more people here.

Susan, tell us more about this Nutrisystems. I've always wondered how big a portion you get at the meals. Are there snacks? Please tell us all!!!

I'm on day 5 of my medicine. Then, it can take a few more days to work. I do feel better but am so anxious about it not working that I'm making myself crazy.:dizzy:

Okay, everyone talk!


09-01-2007, 10:39 PM
Tina, glad you are feeling a little better!!! Tim slept 12 hours last night. Think he needed it? We had one of his favorite meals tonight, so he was a happy camper.

Amy, so good to hear from you! Home alone can have its advantages. I like your new hobby. I need to start thinking about me more than I do other things too. Good for you for going to the gym and WW. I like your attitude about not letting depression get to you. Rewarding yourselves with a girl's vacation after losing 25 pounds sounds great!! No Brownie outfit! Too funny.

Susan, I do miss school a little bit to be honest with you. I miss the teachers and the kids. I think if the jerk of a principal would still be there, I wouldn't miss it at all, but with the new guy last year things were starting to turn around. I don't feel like I made the wrong decision though. My BP is so much better. It just amazes me. Let us know about Nutrisystem. I had gone online and checked that out some time back.

Do you ever have one of those days/nights where you just want to sit down and cry? I'm having one tonight. You would think I'd be in good spirits since Tim's home. Over the summer I started weaning myself off of my depression medication. A couple years ago I was taking 2 a day, then last year went to 1 a day (dr. told me to do that). In July I started taking 1 every other day. In Aug., I went to every third day. Well, last Monday I took the last one. I don't know if it's my imagination that I'm feeling like this or if it's because I stopped taking it. Bob said maybe I should have waited until Tim had been back to school longer before I stopped taking it. I don't know.

I wish we still had the other house, because I'd pack a sleeping bag and take Kramer and just go there and cry. dumb, huh?

09-01-2007, 11:32 PM
Tammy, it might be from not taking the meds. However, I also think it's because Tim is back at school. It is so hard letting them go back to school.
I know the feeling all too well.
You are soooo lucky that he loves you and wants to come home. Remember that!
Also, it's that time---menopause. The hormones are decreasing and that doesn't help.
Don't be too fast to get back on the meds. That's my take on it.

I am feeling amazingly good tonight. I hope I'm not jinxing it. :lol:
It would be neat if you and Kramer could go back to the old house.

This coming Friday will be the first anniversary of Smokey being gone. I've missed that ball of fur sooooo much. I do not regret our ending his little life because he was in such misery. Okay, I'm gonna cry if I keep this up.:(

Everyone have a wonderful day tomorrow and Labor Day.

09-02-2007, 06:26 PM
Tina, I feel much better today. I'm going to give it a couple weeks without the medicine (unless it gets really nasty), then I'll decide whether to start them again or not. I'm sure Tim going back is part of it, and like you say, menopause!

It's hard to believe that Smokey has been gone a year already. I've thought about what's going to happen to Kramer many times. I've caught him going to the bathroom in the house, and not even coming to get me to go out. I hope that isn't a sign of things that are going to get worse. Luckily, Bob wasn't home either time. He wouldn't be happy at all. He didn't want to bring Kramer to the new house.

Tim has been gone 1 1/2 hours, I've already sent him an email, and I have a postcard ready to stick in the mailbox. Pitiful, aren't I????

It's much warmer here today. I will probably turn the AC on before bedtime. The neighbor has hers on, and it's close to our bedroom window. I can't sleep with the windows shut and no AC. Sweat hog here!!

09-02-2007, 06:47 PM
It's a beautiful day!!! There's no rain, yet. :lol:

I miss my exercising. I think I'll start back to walking some, on Tuesday. (I'm talking about in the house on the treadmill, of course.)
Whatever this gyn gave me seems to be working. :carrot::carrot::carrot:

Tammy, you are not silly sending Tim an e-mail and writing to him already. You are lucky that you can e-mail. David didn't have a computer at school. We did get some sort of phone deal and talked all the time.

Is anyone doing something special for Labor Day?


09-02-2007, 08:25 PM
I'm so glad that the meds are working for you!!! Woo hoo!!! I need to find my Leslie Sansome cd Walking off the pounds or whatever it was called. I think I'd like to start doing that again. I also need to get out the yoga cd that I bought ages ago.

After I sent the message that I had emailed and written a postcard, Tim called when he got to school and we talked for about 10 minutes. It really is nice. He and I are so close. Bob mentioned earlier that he thought maybe next weekend or the next that I'd drive to Muncie or meet Tim halfway. We did that a couple times last year.

Nothing special here for tomorrow. I would like to get some cupboard doors painted so we can get them ON the cupboard! Bob did the rest of the cupboard ages ago, and the doors and drawer still aren't finished. It is a pie safe that belonged to my grandmother, then my mother. Tim knows it will be his someday. It has been white for so many years, but we decided to spiffy it up a bit. It is now hunter green on the outside and tan on the inside. We have it on the enclosed porch. We chose the color because it goes with the color of the glider and chair that we have.

Have I even mentioned that I love my porch? I loved the one at the old house, so I was glad that we built this one on.

I'm rambling again.

09-02-2007, 10:08 PM

Tina, Glad you are feeling a little better! No rain here, it's suppose to tomorrow. It's hard to believe that it's been a year! Sweet Smokey.

Tammy, I would miss school too (I think). I agree with Tina about Tim. I too tried to wean myself off of my depression medicine. I found myself crying about 3 times in a week. That's when Amy and my older sister said "You aren't ready yet." I thought I could do it but upped my dosage to the regular amount and felt much better. I've resigned myself that if I have to take it forever, then I will!

Ok, here is the scoop on Nutrisystems. You select your nutrisystem food along with other stuff.
Breakfast : Nutrisystem food, fruit, dairy or protein
Lunch: Nutrisystem food, 2 veggies, salad or fruit, dairy
Snack: fruit and protein
Dinner: Nutrisystem food, veggies, salad
Snack: Nutrisystem dessert

The portions are not large but they are very satisfying. I think it helps with portion control. So far I haven't found anything that I don't really like. Here is the funny thing, Pat doesn't know that I'm doing it. I ordered it, had it sent to school. I have in the cabinet that he never opens. He hasn't even noticed. Like today we were out and about..... so I ate where we were. I just made sure that I didn't over do it. I figured I had to do something.

My older sister said that a nurse that works with her had done it and lost 40 pounds. She had done both Jenny Craig and Nutrisystems and liked it better. So I figured I would give it a try for several months. I'll keep you posted on the progress. You can go to the website and sign up even though you aren't doing the program.

I am very proud of Amy for making herself first. She deserves it!!!

09-03-2007, 11:10 AM
Susan, I"ve tried to wean off of the meds before, but I always went back on when school started in the fall. My mood was much worse then than it is this time, so I think this time it is just a combination of things. I was good all day yesterday, and today I'm fine except for the fibro pain that I'm having.

It sounds like you get plenty to eat on Nutrisystems. I may have to check it out again. Right now I'm doing the counting calorie routine, and it has been ok. I plan to get started in aerobics and see if I lose any before dropping my total calories for the day. I've gone over a few days in the past week, so I haven't lost anything. No gain, so that's a good thing!!

09-03-2007, 11:01 PM
This was an exciting weekend. Pat declared it "No Chore weeekend", we mowed Friday so we got that all done. Saturday we ran around and then cooked out. Yesterday, we got in the car and headed West, the entire trip was about 5 1/2 hours long. We like to do just go exploring. We really didn't find much this time. But it was fun. Today, we went to the Outlet mall to one store. Then we decided to work in a flower bed (it was elective :) Ended up that we rebuilt the flower bed, dug out all of the dirt and then planted beautiful flowers. It looked so pretty.

We went out to dinner at Applebees. We laughed because are shared our sandwich and have been lately. We said "we must be getting old"

Hope ya'll had a good Labor day.

09-03-2007, 11:45 PM
Hi all,
Wow, Susan it sounds like you had a really fun holiday weekend.
There was no working in our yard today. It was raining. Larry did mow Saturday morning (before more rain started).
What store did you go to in the outlet mall? I love the Mikasa stores.

We went to the park this afternoon. It was rainy and there were so many people. We just sat in our car and people-watched.
Tonight we had Pizza Hut pizza. I did not count points today. :o


09-04-2007, 07:52 AM
A no chore weekend is great!!! We sometimes take off like that, and it is so much fun! Just spending time together is good even if you don't do anything exciting. Would you like to come and do flowers for us???? Splitting a sandwich is a great idea. We do that sometimes too.

Tina, isn't people watching a blast?? I love to do that when we go to the casinos. I haven't been to Pizza Hut since earlier in the summer.

09-05-2007, 10:44 AM
I hope we all survived the holiday weekend. :D

Susan, what kind of protein do you have for a snack? That diet sounds interesting. Keep us posted on your progress.

Tammy, how are you feeling? I hope you don't have to go back on your meds.

Terry, where are you? Chantal, don't just read, post. And, Maureen, come back to us.
Amy, I bet your house is quiet during school hours.
I'm afraid some of our newer members don't know we changed to a new month. I put a "warning" on the August thread.

I'm going to drink water today. I've been getting down 6 glasses a day for a few days. Yea for me. :smug:

09-05-2007, 05:51 PM
Tina, I'm feeling good! Last night I was a mess because we had to take Kramer to the vet and they kept him overnight for tests. Test results all came back ok, and he is a totally different dog than when I took him in. He's on a couple different meds. Must run in the family!

I've been doing good with the water too!

09-05-2007, 06:45 PM
Tammy, I'm sorry about Kramer being sick. What meds is he taking?

09-05-2007, 07:02 PM
He is on an antibiotic, and he has to have an anti-diarhea medicine squirted in his mouth. The vet told me that Kramer isn't real thrilled with that one, so I'm sure I'll have fun later giving it to him. NOT!! He also takes phenobarbital for seizures that started on 9/11. We just had him in a few weeks ago for vomiting, so they ran lots of tests to check his kidneys and liver to make sure everything is functioning correctly.

I'm ready to head for water aerobics. It will be good to see everyone!!!

09-06-2007, 06:21 PM
Poor little Kramer.
I hope you get the medicine down him. I always felt so bad having to chase Smokey out from under the dining table to give him medicine. But, it helped him, for awhile.

It's raining this afternoon. The weathermen promised no rain until Monday. I'd hate to be a weatherman. :lol:
I haven't gotten in all my water today. Too much running around to drink water because I didn't have time to stop for restroom breaks.
There's always tomorrow.

09-06-2007, 10:37 PM
I came up with a plan for the squirt medicine. I put it on his food! He never has too many problems with eating. (me either!!)

Tim is excited. David Letterman will be at Ball State tomorrow afternoon. They are having the official dedication of the communications building named after him. He has donated $$ over the years to that program, many scholarships. He went to school there. So did Jim Davis of Garfield fame!! Now Ball State has Tim! Wonder what he'll become???? lol

Bob and I went for ice cream after supper tonight. We walked, so I didn't feel guilty at all. My calories for today are right at 1500, so I'm happy.

Carol, Melissa, and I are meeting on Saturday for brunch. The three of us haven't been together for 3 weeks! I see Carol at church, and Melissa and I are in the same Share Group, but for the 3 of us to go that long is almost unreal!!

09-08-2007, 11:25 PM
Did you know that someone can make you sick over the phone? My sweet little sister decided to share her illness with me........ I woke up today with a sore throat and all stopped up. I just feel horrible. I called her on the way to get my hair done and blamed her. She said "Just stop by someplace and tell them what you have." :) Poor baby, she had a horrible sinus infection, and double ear infections.

We went to breakfast this morning and I came home and laid down for 30 minutes. Then went to get my haircolored, got home and laid down slept for 3 hours. Pat's band is playing at a private party so I was happy I couldn't go. I honestly feel lousy!

Tina, for a protein snack I will have turkey breast (this is my favorite for the week :) and an apple or some kind of fruit. Or I will have beef jerky, it varies depending on my mood. If I have eggs boiled, I'll have egg whites because I like them better than the whole egg. Growing up, my older sister would eat the yolk and I would eat the whites. We shared a lot of things.

Tammy, Poor Kramer!!!!! YEA for TIM!!!! I know that David Letterman is always talking about Ball State! That's neat that he will be there.

I'm off to watch the rest of the TCU and UT game. Pat thinks UT will lose and I said they would win. I'll have to give him a hard time tomorrow (hopefully I will stay awake long enough to see the end)

09-09-2007, 12:37 PM
Shame on your sister for making you sick!!! How dare she!!!! Hope you are both better soon!

Here is David Letterman's Top 10 List for having a building named after you:

Dave's Top 10 Good Things About Having Your Name on a Building
During the Friday ceremony at which Ball State University's new communication and media building was formally named in his honor, talk show host and BSU graduate David Letterman offered the following "Top 10 Good Things About Having Your Name on a Building."

10. Forget your name, just check the building.

9. On weekends, maintenance crew lets you ride on the floor buffer.

8. By law, they have to let you use the restrooms -- remember that.

7. It's a lot better than having your name on a lame talk show.

6. I'll always have a place to crash after a night at the Locker Room. (a bar)

5. Great way to show up that jerk down the street with a vanity license plate.

4. People say Letterman is cold and empty, they might be talking about the building.

3. Fun to see the security guard do a double take when he checks your I.D.

2. Cool to hear exterminator say Letterman is crawling with rats.

1. Unlike me, it should still look good when it's 60.

I thought those were pretty good!!

09-09-2007, 03:29 PM
Happy Sunday,
Susan, I'm so sorry you're sick. It's good you got to rest so much yesterday. Please let us know how you feel today.

Tammy, that's neat about Letterman.

It started off a nice day but it's about to rain, again.

09-09-2007, 08:54 PM
I like the Top 10 from David Letterman. Tammy, thanks for sharing them!

Tina, I slept alot today too. We went to eat breakfast and I came home and went to sleep. Pat asked "Are you going to sleep all day?" I said "I might" I'm not sure if this is a virus or an infection brewing. Pat didn't feel good last weekend, one of my students felt bad this week and so did her mom. I took some Mucinex to see if it will get my head to open but so far nothing. My breakfast was spicy and it didn't do anything to it.

Nothing exciting here except sleep. :)

09-09-2007, 10:39 PM
Tina, we had rain on Friday night, most of the day yesterday, all through the night and this morning. This afternoon it was really nice. sunshine, nice breeze.

Susan, you have to get better! Your students need you!!!

Met Tim halfway for lunch today and then a WalMart run. It was good to see him and talk for a while.

09-10-2007, 04:22 PM
Hi all,
I'm not getting notices when people post----again.
Oh well, Susan, feel better today?
Tammy, that's so neat that you and Tim can get together like that. How is he doing???
How are all the members doing?

09-10-2007, 09:37 PM
I do feel better but not perfect. I skipped out of Open House. SHHHHH don't tell anyone. Mucinex is my good friend right now.

Tammy, lunch sounds fun.

Tina, how are you feeling?

Guess I better do lesson plans for this week and last :)

09-11-2007, 12:30 PM
A Happy Tuesday to everyone! :):):)

Today I'm starting to eat salads for lunch. I'll either cook some chicken breasts pieces or buy a package of them and add to the salad greens. That way, I'll get my protein and salad.
Right now, most fruit is not cheap. Well, this summer not much was cheap.

Susan, I'm glad you took care of yourself and skipped the Open House.

What's going on with everyone?????


09-12-2007, 07:52 AM
Hi everyone. Just a note to let you know what's happening in my life. My hubby is currently in ICU at a hospital in Dayton. He has been a beer drinker forever, and the doctor had told him he needed to quit because he has liver problems. Well, he didn't quit. He has been vomiting blood, his whole body is swollen, he's gained 20 pounds in 3 weeks. He went to the doctor on Monday and started vomiting there. They called the squad, took him to a small local hospital. After a few hours there, they transferred him to a large hospital in Dayton where the liver specialist is.

Anyway, our son is home from school. Very understanding professors. I'm doing ok, but I'm exhausted. The dog is at the doggy hotel so we don't have to worry about him. I ate a nice salad at the hospital cafeteria yesterday with fat free dressing. I was very proud of myself. Then we stopped at DQ on the way home from the hospital last night. I had a small blizzard, and that was my supper. I guess the calories will all work out in the end, right?

I will keep you posted. Prayers would be greatly appreciated!!

09-12-2007, 11:07 AM
Tammy, you know we'll be praying for Bob, and for you and Tim.

This group is here for you. Wish we were all closer to you. We could sit in the ICU waiting room and jabber. We'd drive the nurses crazy. :lol:


09-12-2007, 10:04 PM
Tammy, ditto on the prayers!!!!! I agree with Tina on being up there. We would be chattering away!!! A blizzard sounds good to me. Ice cream is a comfort food for me.

Tina, are you feeling better? Wonder how long it would take us to get up to Tammy?

09-12-2007, 11:33 PM
I am over what I had. Yea! Now I am suffering from a dull back ache when I get up the last few mornings. It comes and goes during the day.
I have a dr. appt. in the morning. I've never been to a dr. this many times in one year. :o

I checked how long it would take to get to Tammy, at the hospital. We'd have to make one stop (layover). Not counting the layover time, it would be about 3 hr. 30 min. About that much time.

How is everyone doing??? We haven't heard from some of you in ages. Hint..hint..hint..
I know you're out there reading this. :cool:
BTW, the tropical storm is going to the east of Houston. We probably won't even get much rain out of it.


09-12-2007, 11:35 PM
we might have to make a trip up there Tina.....

09-14-2007, 01:13 PM

Yea for me! I walked on my treadmill for 30 minutes. This is good because I haven't been able to exercise for awhile.
It felt so good.
I hope everyone has a great weekend.
We all hope Tammy's husband, Bob, can come home soon.


09-15-2007, 09:36 AM
Hi everyone. I had an email from Tina. They took her mother to the ER last night. She said that she has had swelling in her legs for years, but now they are infected and weeping. She is in pain. Tina said that her heart is in good condition though. Prayers are needed!!!!

My hubby, Bob, must be getting better because he was complaining about the food at the hospital. He also had the nurse call me last night so he could talk to me. He really wants to come home. I have his clothes in the van to take in with me today just in case he does get to come home today. Still not sure he's ready though.

My eating has been out of control this week. Nerves? The main thing that has tasted good is ice cream. I knew that was my comfort food, and now I am sure of it! I need to get back in control before I gain everything that I've lost.

Have a good weekend everyone.

09-15-2007, 07:16 PM
Well, Bob can't come home today. In fact, the doctor told him at least 3 more days. He is back on an IV, increase in the oxygen, more pain meds. I could have cried. I'm going early tomorrow to talk to the doctor myself.

09-15-2007, 10:12 PM
Tammy, I'm sorry Bob isn't doing good.

My mother had a very good afternoon after being so sick.
She still is not allowed to get out of bed. The doctor is keeping her there a week.
I'm so exhausted. I couldn't get much sleep after being up almost all night.

09-16-2007, 09:16 PM
My friends,

I wish I ws close enough to be with both of you. You both need to take care of yourself. Ya'll are in my prayers.

Tammy, I'm glad Bob had a better day, hope he makes it out for his birthday.

Tina, How are your mother's spirits? I hope she is getting relief.

Ya'll know I am here for you.

09-17-2007, 05:03 PM
Hi all,

Susan, you are the best!

Mother was not good late yesterday afternoon and evening. Something set her off and she fussed and fussed and fussed at my sister. The nurse called her doctor who ordered a sitter to stay nights. They even had to sedate her during the night. Because of her stroke, Mother is prown to "Sundowning."
Today she seemed better.
Her legs are much better. I don't know how long she'll stay in the hospital. I've been up there 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. I'm going to get on my treadmill and walk now.

Tammy, hope Bob gets to go home soon.

Okay friends----------Post!

09-17-2007, 10:09 PM
Tina, your poor mother! I pray that things are better for her soon. And for all of your family too!

Bob may come home on Thursday. The doctor mentioned Wed. afternoon/evening, but I'm not holding my breath on that one. I took Bob a red rose today. When we were first married, he gave me a red rose every month on the 19th for a year. We were married June 19.

I came home early today to rest and go to water aerobics tonight. It felt good. I'm going to a class at 6:15 (yes, that's right!!) in the morning. I know the woman that teaches it and she talked me into coming when she called about Bob the other night.

I think I'm headed to bed. Pooed out. Tina, get some rest too!!!

09-17-2007, 10:40 PM

I have a migraine... I am mixed with a hormonal headache and just mad! My girl had an outburst the last 15 minutes of school..... when she isn't with me. Then I got chewed out by someone not in my department. I called my team leader and supervisor! I went to a workshop with the girl and her mom on Saturday about CHARGE. SO I'm giving it to my team leader to help have the idiots at my school understand that she isn't doing stuff just to be a pill!!!!

Tammy, glad you are getting to water aerobics. Glad Bob is doing better! Coming home with oxygen isn't so bad.

Tina, what is "sundowning?" I'm glad they ordered a sitter with your mom. I can only imagine how hard it is to be in a state of confusion and know something isn't right. My grandmother was like that when she had alzheimer!

I want you too to know YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!!! What are friends for!!!! We've been through a bunch together!

09-17-2007, 11:21 PM
sundowning---I'm no expert; but, it means getting confused and irritable in the late afternoon and evening. It hits dementia and Alzhiemer patients.
The first time we discovered it with Mother was taking her back to assisted living one night.
She didn't know where she was and didn't think Larry knew what he was doing. She got frantic. When we got back to her place, she didn't recognize it and wouldn't go in for the longest. Now she can be very aggitated.
We've learned not to take her any place after dark. It's really a sad situation.

Tammy, that is great news!!!

Susan, I'm so sorry you have to deal with idiots!

Sis, how is the weight loss going?
Maureen, are you still roller blading?
Chantal, it won't be long until your Paris vacation.
Terry, when's your next vacation?

Someone is having a reunion.:D:D:D

I'm bushed. I've really eaten good while Mother's in the hospital. Yesterday, I took 3 bottles of water with me and drank all of them! I was running down the hall to the bathroom all afternoon. :lol:

09-18-2007, 10:58 AM
Susan, that is awful for you to be treated like that! Let me at them!!!! And you are right, we have been through alot together.

Tina, I've heard of that, but I didn't know the term for it. Hope things are getting better.

I wimped out this morning. I was up with Kramer, but I went back to bed instead of going to the aerobics class. The sleep felt great. I honestly probably needed it more than the class. I'm getting some things done around here, and then I'll head for the hospital about 11:00. It's an hour drive one way, so I crank the radio and sing my fool head off. I listen to K-Love. Do you guys ever listen to it? I also listen to another local Christian station.

09-18-2007, 12:05 PM
I didn't stay long at the hospital...just long enough to see how Mother did last night and to help her eat breakfast. She didn't eat much yesterday and was starving. She ate almost every bite of her meal.
I needed to get away and rest today. I have a tendency to get sick when I get stressed and tired. Can't have that happen. :o

Tammy, you did good staying home this morning with Kramer. Personally, water aerobics so early doesn't sound good. I'd sink! :lol:

Everyone have a good day.

09-18-2007, 10:03 PM
I am proud of both of you for resting some. You both need it.

Ok, my team leader had a meeting with the administration. Then I was talking to her and told her how upset I was with the other teacher yelling at me, etc... She said "GO tell the prinicipal." Now ya'll know how I feel about her. I did, I told her that in 21 years I have never had anyone talk to me like that. She made the other teacher apologize, etc.. of course the teacher was mad but who cares.

I didn't sleep good last night and still have my headache. Hopefully I'll get to bed early tonight.

Ya'll take care!

09-19-2007, 06:23 AM
Tina, I can understand getting sick when stressed and tired. It isn't easy seeing someone you love go through what they are going through. The sleep really did me good yesterday during the day. I didn't fall asleep at the hospital!!

I have been holding up pretty good I thought until last night when I had a meltdown. I guess I knew it would happen sooner or later. lol I'm not going back on the prozac yet though. My back is so tight and achy this morning. I have a chiro appointment at 9;30. This is my 2nd week of going to her 3 days a week. She's trying to get me straightened out. I always feel good after I've been there, so I hope things are working. I am almost afraid to go today since it hurts. She knows about the fibro, so she's been great.

Susan, I still think that Tina and I could take care of that other teacher!!!!! Get her phone number, and we'll make crank calls and find out if her refrigerator is running or if she has Prince Albert in a can!!!!! Count me in!! Of course, I"VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THAT IN MY LIFE!!!! (or at least for a very long time) Hope you slept better last night.

They weighed Bob at the hospital yesterday. 240 pounds. Not bad for someone 6'3", BUT a month ago on our scales he weighed 187!!!!! I know ours weigh a few pounds low, but not 53 pounds! He has to get rid of that fluid. It is making it harder to breathe. They do have him up and walking with help now, so they think that will get rid of some of the fluid. The PT talked to us yesterday about the fluids pressing on his lungs and heart, which isn't a good thing.

I had thought he might be able to come home on Thursday, but I don't think so. THe doctor told him that he wanted him to be home for his birthday on Sat., but he couldn't guarantee it. I bought another weekly parking pass. Cheaper that way.

Get this. I was hungry this morning even though I usually don't eat this early when I'm up with Kramer. I ate a WW blueberry muffin and am drinking a real Pepsi. Healthy, right??? I have been making healthier choices in the cafeteria down there. They have a really good salad bar. Lots of fresh fruits and vegies. I have been trying to go the soup and salad route instead of the burgers and fries, although those look really yummy!!!

I'm rambled enough. I'm going to go back to bed for a couple hours. Kramer goes to the Pooch Parlor for daycare this week which has been nice because I have him around at night. My chiro appt. is at 9:20. I need to go buy some bigger shoes, socks, and pants for Bob for when he can come home. I know the swelling won't be completely down, so we'll have to find something to wear.

09-21-2007, 12:30 PM

I am failing miserably. I have not been OP for about 2-3 weeks now. I see my weight rising and I'm so discourages. I know I need and can do this. I wish I had someone to hold me accountable. I refuse to buy any clothes that are a size bigger than what I am right. Being an emotional eater doesn't help one bit. ARGH! I guess I just need to suck it up and do it. Sorry for the vent, just needed to get out how I was feeling.


09-21-2007, 03:26 PM
Dori, you can vent all you want. That's what we're here for.

You can do this!
Everyone on this thread will be happy to hold you accountable.
Okay, let's start now
Start back journaling
Drink your water
We want to know how you do today. ;)

09-21-2007, 11:43 PM
Dori, VENT!!! I have been off program also mainly because of Bob being in the hospital. He's home tonight!!! Now I guess that I have to get back in gear. I just ate an oatmeal cookie. I'll start tomorrow!! lol

09-22-2007, 12:14 AM
Yea, Bob is home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

09-22-2007, 01:57 PM
It's Saturday!
I hope everyone is happy, healthy and resting up from the week. :)
My sister went to the hospital early today so I could stay home and get some rest. (She has her grandkids so it was easier for her anyway.)
We will go stay with Mother this afternoon. We have no idea how much longer she'll be there.

Tammy, how did Bob do the first night home? Did you get any sleep?

How's everyone else?????????????????????


09-24-2007, 11:24 AM
Tina, I do hope you are getting some rest. How is your mother feeling?

I know how exhausted I"ve been. WHen Bob has napped this weekend, I've tried to do the same. He's asleep right now, and so is Kramer. I knew that I needed to get on here and read and post though.

Bob wanted homemade pizza for his birthday on Sat. He ate more than I thought he would, but nothing like he normally would have eaten. He weighed Sat. morning just to get a base weight for home. This morning he was down 10 pounds! I noticed that his abdomen wasn't as large, so those fluids must be leaving him. He is on 2 different diuretics, so they should be working. Wish I could lose 10 pounds that fast!!

I had gained 3 pounds over the past couple of weeks (too much stressful ice cream eating!!). This morning I am back to what my butterfly shows on the tracker. I started journaling again yesterday. I do know that I do better when I do.

I have a chart made up to keep track of Bob's weight, sugar level in the morning, and for 2 hours after a meal, BP, and pulse. He goes to his family doctor the end of this week, and to 2 of the specialists next week. The oxygen therapist is supposed to come sometime today. Hope she doesn't interupt my nap!!!

That's all for now.

09-24-2007, 01:12 PM
Tammy, glad to hear that Bob is doing better.

Today is my official down back OP. I've started journaling and I plan on going for a walk this evening. I'm really excited about starting again.

So far I have had the following:

WW Bacon, Egg, Cheese McMuffin - 4
Minature Mr. Goodbar - 1
3 peppermints - 1
WW's Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans - 6
WW's Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - 2

I still have 10 points to use. Overall doing good.

09-24-2007, 02:06 PM
Dori, I'd say you are doing great today! I really like that beans and rice.

09-24-2007, 10:22 PM

Tammy, glad Bob is resting at home and so are you!!! I know that makes him feel much better. Try to get a bunch of rest!! Who cares about the weight rignt now, just take care of yourself.

Dori, you are off to a good start!

Tina, how is your Mother? I hope youare getting some rest too.

I'm doing ok, I got my eyes checked today. I told the dr. that people were making the print smaller! He laughed! I need reading glasses so not even prescriptions.

Hope everyone had a great evening.

09-24-2007, 10:33 PM
Hi all,
Tammy, it's great that Bob is at home. Did Tim go back to school?

Dori, I like your menu. :)

Susan, I have reading glasses, too. At first, I bought some magnifying ones at the grocery store. But, since I've worked on a computer for so long, I had to give in and get "real" glasses. Now, I always get the ones that are tented for computers. Neat! How are you feeling???

My mother is going back to the assisted living facility tomorrow. Yea! The doctor was supposed to sign her dismissal papers this evening.
I stayed there this morning and was way too tired to go back tonight. My sister and I are going in the morning. Her legs are not infected now.
She will be much happier back in her own surroundings.

Maureen, are you still reading?

09-24-2007, 11:10 PM
I'm glad that your Mother is going to go home. I know that will be so much of a relief for you and your sister.

09-25-2007, 06:38 AM
Susan, I am trying to watch what Bob is eating to make sure his sugar doesn't go too high. They gave him insulin several times at the hospital. They had him drinking Ensure Plus and he was on several meds that raised his sugar. He has tested it in the mornings, and he's always under 100 which is great. Last night after he ate, it was 190. I was gone to the chiro when he ate. He has to learn that he can't eat so many carbs!!!!!!!!!!!! He also had very little protein or fat with the meal. I told him he can't eat without me being here unless it is sugar free jello or something.

Too funny about making the print smaller!!! Sometimes I feel that way, and I wear glasses!!

Tina, came home for the weekend. He left late Sunday afternoon because he had to work Sun. night at the dorm. I'll see him this weekend because I'm going over for the football game. We'll go out to eat afterwards. I will leave a meal ready for Bob to eat while I'm gone. I think one of his friends might come over and keep him company while I'm gone since it will be a few hours.

Tim and I have plans to meet partway in the next week or so for supper. I know he wants to see Bob, so he'll have his portable oxygen. Of course, maybe by then he'll be off of it. I hope so anyway.

Glad to year that your mom will be going back to where she is comfortable. That will make all of you feel much better.

If I can stay awake, I'm going to the water aerobics class this morning. They changed the time from 6:15 to 7:15. Since I missed the class last night because of the chiro appt. and nutrition class, I need it to loosen up.

09-25-2007, 11:51 AM
Tina - Glad to hear that your mom is going back home.

Tammy - Sugar can be a tricky thing. I remember having gestational diabetes and having to watch my sugar intake. I was allowed 45 gms at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then 30 in between. It was a bit tricky. I'm beginning to think I should go back on that diet and see what happens.

Yesterday was going good until after lunch and then I downed I don't know how many pieces of chocolate. I have to stop shoving stuff in my mouth just because it's there. This morning I planned on having a good breakfast, but that didn't happen. I had a Southwestern Scrambler from Krystal's along with 4 hashbrown sticks.

I feel absolutely horrible. I know I messed up this morning, but I'm not going to let it ruin my whole day. I plan on having a salad for lunch and for dinner I will have some Lemon Pepper Tuna and veggies.

I have to keep reminding myself that I can do this. I also need to lose the weight because I want to be around for my kids. Carrying this much weight on a 4'10" frame isn't good at all. Thanks for letting me rant once again.

09-25-2007, 06:30 PM
Hi all,
Mother is back at assisted living and is very happy - and worn out.
We stayed and ate with her and then took her to their beauty salon to get her hair washed and set.
We got her in bed and left. I don't know if she'll wake up for supper. :lol:
I asked them to take her a tray to her apt. (They are very nice there.)
Now I plan on resting for a bit.

Tammy, that's great about Bob.
Susan, how was your day at work?

Dori, maybe you can plan a few breakfasts ahead of time. Have everything ready and it might make it easier.
Also, have lots of veggies on hand for snacks. Just my suggestion of the day.


09-26-2007, 11:23 AM
Me again---Happy Wednesday!
I thought I'd sleep in today. I woke up worrying about Mother. I'm hoping the PT has been called to come today and re-wrap her legs. It's to be done on Mon., Wed., and Fri. from now on. The head nurse at the facility is good but I can still worry.
I have a doctor's appt. tomorrow morning because my back is still aching. (I went 2 weeks ago.) Larry thinks the crummy chairs at the hospital, plus all the stress and tension, has caused the problem.
I need a vacation! Anyone want to invite a Texan to come see you? :lol:

How is everyone doing?????


09-28-2007, 09:13 PM
Tina, you can come to Ohio and I'll try to entertain you!! We live in the middle of nowhere though.

I need to whine a bit ladies, so here it is.
I honestly think that I was getting more rest when Bob was in the hospital. Since he's home, I still have laundry to do of course, but now there is more. I am cooking, and when I was here by myself, I was just grabbing things. My chiro talked today about how tight my middle back was today and it hasn't been at all. She feels like it's stress. We sat and talked a little bit about everything that's going on, and of course, I cried.

Tomorrow I'm taking the dog to the doggy hotel, Bob will be at home, and I'm going to Muncie for family weekend. I'll go to the football game, and then Tim and I will get together afterwards for dinner. One of Bob's friends is planning to come and spend part of that time with him so I don't have to feel like I have to rush back. Bob is capable of doing more than he was, BUT I don't want him getting totally worn out more than he is.

I feel really guilty because there were a few times that I almost wished he was still at the hospital! I know things will keep getting better, and it will be easier when he isn't on the oxygen. Thanks for letting me vent a little ladies!

Pretty pitiful, aren't I? I haven't told anyone here how I'm feeling.

09-28-2007, 11:56 PM
Whine all you want!!!!! You have been working very hard. Go on your weekend and enjoy. Get a manicure and pedicure if you can! Enjoy Tim!

Take care of your self!!!

09-29-2007, 11:51 AM
I'm not getting e-mails that people are posting. :(
Can't write now but will later today.
Love all of ya,

09-29-2007, 11:01 PM
Today did me a world of good. I think it was good for Bob too to have the house to himself for a while. The football game was fun, the weather was beautiful, we ate at Red Lobster and had a wonderful visit. While I was gone, Bob did a load of laundry! He said he is going to start doing a little bit each day to help get his strength build up again. We got a letter from our insurance company saying they won't pay for the last 4 days that he was in the hospital because they don't think it was necessary. Hmmm. Were they there and we didn't know it? I'm turning it over to our case worker at the hospital to get in touch with our case worker from the insurance company. So frustrating! Bob was pretty upset, but I told him to chill out. lol

I'm trying to stay more positive!!

09-30-2007, 03:07 PM
My goodness!!!!! I could just kick the insurance people. They have a little group of "nurses" who think they know everything there is to know.
Their word is the final one. Grrr....:devil:
I'm sure y'all will get it worked out.
I was thinking yesterday about Mother having a sitter every night she was in the hospital. Her doctor was the one who ordered the sitter. I'm hoping that Medicare knows that! We didn't ask for one, he did!!!!! (Although, we are very glad he did.) Also, we had her in a private room, except for the last night--when they moved her. We will probably have to pay some extra for the private room, However, they better not charge us for that last night. Grrrrr.....again. :p

Now, I am doing good. I've dropped a pound. Maybe next week my fish can began swimming again.

How is everyone doing? Has it been a good weekend?

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