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08-18-2005, 01:21 PM
Took FIL back to the hospital for more tests this morning. Had to have the dye and Xray this time. Took forever. I went up to my daughter's office and got a couple of forms and filled them out ... had in-laws sign them so my daughter could get on her computer at work & see the results of any tests they had done at the hospital as soon as they are done instead of having to wait on the Dr. to get the results and call them a day or 2 later. Sure helps having someone who works there. Her husband is head of security there, too, among other things. Between them, they have a lot of power. Makes a big difference! I sure hope nothing shows up in this test. Poor man has been through a lot.

Another funeral at church ... food at 12 today. I wimped out on this one. I took a bunch of food in last night and put it in the fridge ... $30 worth. Told them I had to take FIL to the hospital today and wouldn't be there to help ... sorry. I don't think they liked it much but I didn't really care. I'm tired. (I have fallen and I can't get up!) :p

08-19-2005, 07:35 AM
I hope he is ok, Meme. Cassidy got through the night without an episode. Going to see auntie. My back is killing me and I think the massage lady is on vacation. And I am $8oo short in my checking acct. I was so bad-I didn't balance it. I went back 6 months yesterday and didn't find it!! We were dealing with a lot of money when we bought the mobile home and the car!!!!! Bye for now Mima

08-19-2005, 08:29 PM
Meme, I hope your FIL is ok. I think what you did at the church was fine. You needed to be with him.

Mima, I hate trying to balance the checkbook. I know that I need to do it because the statement came the other day. It's still on the kitchen counter calling my name. lol

Our county fair started today. Tim and Jessica are there. I might go for a while in the morning. My friend plays in a steel drum band and they are performing at 11:00.

08-20-2005, 06:44 AM
Sounds like fun. I may go out to a Craft Fair this morning. Asked daughter, but it's not her thing. Have to wait to celebrate my bd because son is going to Chicago again but going to a Tearoom Monday with my friends. And I know Brad will take me out. 67!!! That's getting there. Went to a cookout last night at SIL's. I still don't know all her relatives-just our side. But it was nice. And cool!!Cassidy got through the night again. Med must be working. Bye for now. Mima

08-20-2005, 08:13 AM
I think I'd enjoy the craft fair. I am such a klutz when it comes to crafts. I'm always amazed at what others can do.

Happy Birthday! You should go to Chicago with your son and celebrate. The cookout sounds like fun. We haven't cooked out this summer very much. We used to all the time. Hopefully Cassidy and the medicine will keep working.

Lazy morning so far. I did stuff at school and at home yesterday, so I almost feel caught up. lol

08-20-2005, 01:38 PM
Happy Birthday, Mima.

Can't sit here but a minute. I've been in bed for 2 days. I have a horrendous pain in my right side and my shoulder and neck on the right side is hurting so bad I can't hardly use my arm. Hubby rubbed the muscle out and helped some but it's still killing me. I thought I pulled a muscle in my side but I looked up where the pain is on the net and now I see it could also be either gallbladder, liver or a pinched nerve in my back causing it. Bad thing is, I'm coughing from the allergies and sinus infection ... OUCH. Dr. called in some Cipro and some cough med. for me yesterday. I'm planning to just stay in bed until this goes away (or until I die one)!!! Well ... can't really stay in bed because I can't lay down. I spent part of the night in the recliner and part in bed propped up on pillows.

FIL got test results back ... Dr. said it was a staple left over from surgery blocking the tube. Said they'd leave it alone. Doesn't sound right to me. I'd be getting a second opinion. But you can't make him do that.

08-20-2005, 09:20 PM
Meme, take care of yourself! It doesn't sound like gall bladder, at least not like my symptoms were.

I agree about your FIL. I say get that staple out of there!

we've had 2 storms go through this afternoon. The grass is actually starting to look green again. We just mowed on Wed. and Thurs., and it looks like it's time to mow again.

08-21-2005, 08:10 AM
Good morning. Brad planted grass seed yesterday and it's raining. How good is that!!! Hope you feel better Meme. I went to the Craft Fair and it was great. Bought a sign for my front door painted by the girl I met Friday night who is my SIL's niece. She agreed that when we go to those functions, we don't know who anyone is. I think people assume we know each other. Cassidy is doing well but now he's tired all the time so I cut his med in half. I see why they recommended that. As long as he is comfortable!! Church today and I think we are going out to eat!! Mima

08-22-2005, 08:02 AM
Thanks candice. Good to hear from you! Brad took me to a nice restaurant yesterday. Going to the tea room today. Motor wasn't in so I can't have my whirlpool yet. massage tomorrow! Cassidy seems ok-down to half a pill a day. I guess I wouldn't be good with a picture camera. Bye for now Mima

Joanne D
08-22-2005, 12:05 PM
Hello Everybody- Happy Birthday Mima!!
Looks like it was my turn for computer problems.. Lightening hit my phone and got the modem in computer. I unpluged but forgot the phone lines. This time of he year storms can be bad. I had to buy new phone and get modem. Spent a bit of money last week.I had them put on Norton anti virus. Now this computer is so slow I can do my house work while I wait for something to happen.My brother will be here in October. He repaired computers for the army. He will look at it for me. If I can stand it that long.
Hope you are feeling better Meme. I have had a flare up in my ankle and can hardly walk today.. Part of getting younger.
I love craft fairs. I don't get to go often though. I like yard sales,but,with the price of gas I don't think I will be doing that either for awhile.

Happy Canuk
08-22-2005, 03:01 PM
Hi. Happy Birthday Mima. Hope you had/have a good one. I don't do crafts and rarely do I go to craft shows. So much of the stuff is just dust collectors :dizzy: I like stuff I can wash.

Meme - hope you are feeling better. I do hope you are just resting and not running around the countryside.

Candice - nice to see you post. Wish you felt better, but it seems that a LOT of people are not feeling so good. Has a lot to do with the weather, perhaps. Hope you get yourself a good doc. that can help you out with that back problem. Surgery works, some, but it isn't ALWAYS the answer.

Joanne - so that is where you have been. Glad you got it fixed and back online. I think most of the volatile weather has left this area for the year. It sure feels like Fall, however. The last couple of weeks, it was so cold. We beat records from 100 years back, for having the coldest day. Didn't even get out of the 40's!!! Then, on Friday it started warming up and we are up in the high 80's.

Tammy - Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's back to school, I go!!! Hope you getting yourself revved up!

Not much new here. Just been really busy with company. Now, I have to get ready to pack and move on the 31 Aug. Thank goodness it is just across the hall! Have been having waaaaaay to many bouts of fatigue lately. I just need some energy to keep going.

Everybody have a good day.

08-22-2005, 03:17 PM
A little better but still in bed. Have been since Friday night. In the bed and the recliner. The pain in my side is a lot better and my shoulder seems to be getting some better. Still coughing. The pain meds. and cipro and cough syrup all together make me so tired and sleepy I don't want to get up and do anything ... don't feel like it either. Everyone was shocked when I didn't show up for church yesterday. I never miss for anything (unless I'm in the bed sick). Hubby said the paino player could only play 4 songs ... all she knew. Maybe it'll make them apreciate me more. :p Preacher even sent me an email and told me I was missed! I didn't answer it ... thought I'd let him worry another day or two. ;) I'm trying to stay away from the mouse on the big computer (I'm using the laptop) and, also, from the guitar for a week or so and let my shoulder get better. That's 2 things that really hurt ... I think the guitar may be what started the shoulder pain in the first place! It's just so hard to use the laptop ... I don't like it as well and I get along faster on my desktop computer. Oh well ... won't be doing much of either today. Just getting my mail has made me too tired to sit here. Gotta go. Have a good day!!! (I'm not checking for mistakes so look over them.) Tammy ... what were your gallbladder symptoms?

08-23-2005, 07:12 AM
Well, Meme, you are doing the right thing staying in bed. Joanne, I know someone else that lost their modem from lightning. Most of the time I unplug mine but I have forgotten. They are always sending me something with the virus protection and it slows it down. But if you get a virus, you could lose your stuff. So Anne, you are moving across the hall!! I am glad this move is easier. I got a box from my son yesterday-surprise-a collage of pics. Went to the tea room-it was nice but there were tiny seeds in the chilled soup so I had to be careful. We shared some chocolate cake. 3 of my closest friends!! I said no gifts but I got a cute stone and a Happy Birthday Bear. The pump for the whirlpool is not here yet. Massage today. Mima

08-24-2005, 08:54 PM
Tomorrow is the first official teacher day. Oh boy! Meetings all morning, hopefully working in classrooms in the afternoon. Friday we have meetings all day. 29th year, and I'm getting nervous. I've seen some of my students, and they are just way too excited to have me again. I might be in for an interesting year. lol I have 17 girls and 9 boys. I know that there are at least 4 stinkers in the crew. I'm tough though!!

I want a whirlpool. Right now. Maybe I could get one put in my classroom to help me relax while I teach! NOT.

When I had my gall bladder attacks, I had pains that started in the middle of my chest and went around to the middle of the back. I never had the nausea that some people have with it, just awful pain. I even argued with a doctor in the ER that I was having a heart attack when he kept telling me it was gall bladder. They had me hooked up to a monitor, so I guess he knew what he was talking about. That was the last attack, and I had surgery about 2 weeks later.

08-25-2005, 07:11 AM
I figured you were back in school, Tammy. I don't have my whirlpool yet! I had a great massage ans it helped my back a lot. But I have had diverticulitis and called in a prescrption but they called it in to the WRONG pharmacy, Finally got it yesterday and it's already working. Finished the last 3 aprons yesterday, now making 6 plastic bag holders. They take 10 minutes each. I try new things to see what sells. Last year, I tried adult bibs!! Still have some left. Things sell more right before Christmas so I am setting up the Fair when I will be gone. Already have a couple who will set up-now I need to find the workers. This morning I am going to my aunt's to help her catch a wild cat-only that it doesn't have a home. In a have a heart trap. Hasn't got it so far-I bought some catnip this time. The cat is afraid ! She is so worried that no one will feed the cat when she moves!!! Is this your last year, tammy? Are you feeling better, Meme. Hi Joanne, Anne, Candice. Mima

Joanne D
08-25-2005, 12:31 PM
Hello everybody... This will be short and not so sweet. I have not felt so good lately. It may just be nerves. We have had some work done here at the house. You know when you start something and then find another problem? Well that is my luck. Now we find after 44 years in this house that termites have said HELLO! This will not be a cheap project. It has made me sick.. The termite salesman was here this a.m. I just hate agressive salesmen. I let the hubby put him off for a few days.. I think they see retirees and start rubbing their hands together.
Back to school Tammy. Hope you have a good year. My daughter has some stinkers too.
Mima..You are so busy! I have enough just doing my own personal let alone crafts to sell at fairs.. IBS is giving me a fit now too..
We have another storm heading to Fl. We are on the west coast so maybe we won't get too much more than rain..I guess it is due this weekend.
Back later...Joanne

08-26-2005, 03:27 AM
Hey ...
What a week! The Cipro about killed me. First my stomach started hurting and then I started coughing up blood. I called the Dr. and told the nurse I thought I'd better stop taking it and she said, well do you want him to call you in something else? I said, I think I'd better let my lungs heal up from what ever has happened to them don't you? And she just said I'll talk to him and see what he says and if he want's you to do anything different I'll call you back. I told her I was still coughing, etc. She never has called me back. I've about stopped coughing up the blood ... just get a speck now and then.

I'm so weak I can barely move. I get up and do a little something and then have to sit down before I pass out. It's been a really rough week. But at least my muscles are healing and not hurting so bad. I laid down in the bed for the first time about 6 a.m. this morning - Have been sitting up since last Thursday night.

08-26-2005, 07:03 AM
Just lost my post!! Poor Meme-feel better. Joanne, after my father died, our house had termites and it wasn't cheap. He used to bring wood home and store it in the cellar!! perhaps you ness to get more than one estimate. I used to have carpenter ants and had to have the house sprayed once a month. We didn't get the cat-waited an hour and she wouldn't go near the trap. I will go one more time. If Auntie didn't worry so much, I wouldn't care. She will not feed her for a couple of days before we go. Frustrating!! My stomcahe is not good. Liquids today. Stay awake in school Tammy. Bye for now Mima

Happy Canuk
08-26-2005, 11:06 AM
Hello everyone.

Meme - gosh, I hope you are on the road to recovery now. What a terrible week!

Joanne - we don't have Termites here, thank goodness. Hope you get the problem under control. Also, sure hope you feel better soon.

Mima - we don't have Carpenter Ants here either - well maybe Carpenter AUNTS :lol: Hope your tummy feels better soon.

Tammy - Hope school is treating you ok, and that you don't get yourself into any kind of flare.

Still packing, but only a bit at a time.

Everybody stay well and have a nice day.

Joanne D
08-26-2005, 11:22 AM
Mima- We have carpenter ants TOO!This is turning into a bad week. We are getting another guy to look at the problem today..
Meme- I hope you ar feeling better soon. I think Dr.s hire the stupid people because they get them cheap. When I was working I talked to some real dummies.
Happy You are luck not to have these pests. Maybe it is too cold? This area has more than it's share.
Hello everybody..Joanne

08-27-2005, 07:14 AM
Good morning, Glad you didn't get the hurricane, Joanne. And glad you are only moving across the hall, Anne. Hey Tammy, it's Sat. We are going to a friend's house to eat tonight, Don't know if I can eat. I ate yogurt for dinner. I think I will double up on stomache ceamp pills. It might be time to go to a specialist. He has the same name as our vet but he is much nicer!! Dog is doing well on the meds. Sleeps a lot. Bye for now. Mima I cleaned my livingroom yesterday and no company was coming!!

08-27-2005, 11:44 AM
Mima, a friend of mine just had problems with her prescription. Must be the week for that. I've seen those bag holders but have never bought one. I stick all of mine in a canvas bag in the pantry. Keep us posted on the cat!! I think it is time for you to go to a specialist.

Joanne, stay calm about all of the problems at the house. Home ownership can be so traumatizing sometimes. I've been keeping an eye on the TV watching the storm. Hope it doesn't cause you too much trouble. My BIL lives in Tampa, so I'm sure we'll be hearing from him about it.

Meme, please take care! Maybe it's time for a different doctor? I feel very fortunate with my doctors and their staffs. All are very knowlegible (that's not spelled right, I don't think) and they are all so helpful.

Anne, I can relate to the packing after moving classrooms!! Of course, now I am all unpacked. Do you have a certain date that you want to be completely moved? It's nice not having to rush to get it done, isn't it?

Thursday morning at school about did me in. We had meetings all morning in the auditorium. I thought after the district meeting, the elementary staff would move somewhere else for theirs. Not. The principal decided to just keep us there. Oh my. My backside was so sore, and it still is. I didn't take a cushion with me.

Yesterday morning's meetings were in the computer lab. Comfy chairs. We are using a new grade book program on-line, so we had our training session. It will be awesome once we get used to it. I'm planning to go to school today to "finish" things up for Monday. I worked on lesson plans for Monday already, but I want to make sure things are organized. I also thought that if I go today, I'll have the copier all to myself and can get things run off for the first few weeks. Not sure where I'll keep everything. I miss all of the storage spaces in my old room!!!! I'm in the original 1926 section of the school now.

Well, I need to get started on the day. It's almost 11:00, and I've done nothing but read the paper, eat breakfast, and post here.

08-27-2005, 04:47 PM
Back to coughing up blood. Went back to the Dr. yesterday morning and he sent me over to the hospital for exrays ... lungs and lower ribs where I have the side pain. My daughter works at the hospital and I've signed a paper where she can get in and see my test results as soon as they are read. She went in to her computer last night and said my lungs were clear and no pleursiy showed up under my ribs so I'm back to square one. I'm supposed to have an ultra sound done on my neck Mon. morning because he said something didn't sound right there. He said he wanted me to see a lung specialist next week but I don't really see the sense in that IF my lungs are clear. Don't know where we'll go from here but I know I'm extreemly tired.

Joanne D
08-27-2005, 08:23 PM
Meme- Do what your Dr. wants and if he doesn't get to the bottom of the problem get another opinion. I may be minor but you should know for sure.
Tammy- We hired a termite company yesterday.. I did not like the first guy. He had a bad attitude and if he had called me hon one more time he would have been out on his butt.The guy we went with did go under the house and check it out to be sure there was no damage.And in the long run it will cost the same.I cant stand know it all I people.I almost booted him out the first 5 min. when I walked in and he was acting really hostile with my hubby because he was asking questions. My attitude calmed him down in a hurry.
Mima- The storm will pass us by. We haven't gotten any rain yet. My hubby thinks maybe tonight. I doubt it. Later...Joanne

Happy Canuk
08-27-2005, 09:41 PM
Tammy - well, I hope you are pacing yourself. I know I am. I have no choice, as my energy levels are so darn low lately. All those meetings would do me in. I don't know how you concentrate on what the heck they are talking about :lol:

Meme - this can't be good! i hope the Dr. can find out what the problem is.

Joanne - what do you mean, the man went UNDER your house. How could he do that? Isn't it cement? I am glad you found somebody to get rid of those little termites for you. Hope the storm doesn't reach you. Be safe.

Even though I am moving across the hall, it seems like a huge endeavour. The only good thing about this, will be that my Fall housecleaning is done :lol:

08-28-2005, 10:01 AM
Of course it's an endeavor, Anne. You have to set up a whole new house. We went to a friend's house for dinner-I only ate meat and potatoes. And I couldn't have dessert because it was made with strawberries. Tammy, rest up today!! Oh Meme, I hope you feel better soon. Of course you can cough up blood from constantly coughing but you got to be sure! When I was in FL , they gave me so many tests. And they came up with nothing but they ruled everything out. I know, I should go to the gastro guy. I just don't want another colonoscopy. I had to go on a liquid diet for one month one time. I also don't want a cholostemy!! That's what my mom had but it was reversible/ Kids coming over today for cake and pizza-I can't eat the pizza. Daughter is upset about boyfriend-he doesn't move very quickly in their relationship. His whole family is after him. They say he's not being fair to her. These guys-he is going to be 31. Any ideas ? Mima

Joanne D
08-28-2005, 03:03 PM
Happy- Homes built back in the 40's in Fl. were built 2-3 feet off the ground. So there is a crawl space there. No air conditioning then. So the air could flow under the house as well as over.We need air/heat these days. We have to deal with the land critters on a constant basis.Newer homes are built different.
Mimi- It sounds like the daughters boyfriend is not ready to commit. She probably should have a good talk with him.

08-28-2005, 04:32 PM
I slept late this morning, skipped church, went in to the room and did a few things, went shopping, and now I am going to take a nap!!!

Anne, you can come and do my housecleaning when you are moved. lol

Mimi, I agree with Joanne. Your daughter and the dude need to have a long talk.

08-29-2005, 06:40 AM
Sounds like you feel a little better. D and boyfriend did have a short talk. Wasn't promising. He is not good husband material!!! Meme-how much rain are you supposed to get. Those poor people in the Gulf!! Had another bd celebration with all the kids here. Pixxa and cake. Brad got me fish and chips!! It was great. Little Debbie was here. We have to call her that because 2 grandmothers are Debbie. We were at church yesterday and I took her out in the hall because she was restless. And a little boy bit her arm-luckily it didn't break the skin. He was 18 months!!!Mother spanked him . About 10 minutes before she had said that she was going to marry him when he grew up. She says she will marry anyone!!! Back to the tv to watch the storm. Mima Aren't you glad you are in Canada, Anne?

Happy Canuk
08-29-2005, 12:16 PM
Mima - ALWAYS glad that I was blessed enough to live in Canada. It is the most beautiful country in the world (in my opinion :lol: ) Not too much severe weather here. Once in awhile a Tornado passes through, but most hit in unpopulated areas, out in the country. An occassional barn or silo gets removed. We have cold winters, which are invigorating and hot summers, which I could do without. I like FALL! Cool mornings and evenings and long, warm afternoons.

These fellows will make a committment, but I think men have changed. As long as they can live together without marriage, why bother?? So many have lived through divorces or their parents and they feel that commonlaw is the way to go. I hope things work out for them, Mima.

Joanne - Oh, I see. I just wondered how somebody could get under your house :lol: I have NEVER seen that before, so wouldn't have even thought that. I hope you will be safe from this Hurricane.

Tammy - hope you caught up on some rest. It is hard to not feel well and have to go to work. How long before you retire?

Meme - hope you are feeling better today.

Everybody have a good day.

08-31-2005, 07:28 AM
Meme, where are you and how was the storm in TN? Mima

Joanne D
08-31-2005, 09:01 PM
I hope Meme wasn't in the path of that storm. Although it should have weaken by the time it got to her part of the state, I hope..
I hate my computer since they so called fixed it .It takes forever to open anything..Joanne

08-31-2005, 09:21 PM
Anne, I like fall too.
I can retire after next year. I'm pretty worn out this week, which I expected. I've napped each day after school.

09-01-2005, 01:10 AM
They closed schools here yesterday but we just got a lot of rain and really strong wind. No power outage and no trees down. Lots of limbs and stuff. I stayed in all day and rested. I'm so tired. I'm still coughing and spitting blood but at least I know for sure now that it is my sinuses. I felt it sliding down the back of my throat this morning and I just spit it out without coughing and it was bloody so I know it came from UP and not DOWN. Still have the pain in my ribs in the back, too. I called and made yet ANOTHER appointment with the Dr. for tomorrow morning. He's going to give me something to knock some of this tomorrow or I'm not going back to him anymore. I'll find someone else who is willing to actually DO something. I had an ultrasound done on my neck last Friday and blood tests run on Monday and his office has not even called to let me know the results. I'm getting fed up with them.

The high school in Cookeville (8 miles from here) had a bomb scare this morning. Someone called and said there were 2 bombs inside. They got all the kids out and found one in the 1st floor girls bathroom and one in the 3rd floor girls bathroom set to go off at 11:30 ... lunch time. They disarmed them and told the kids they could come back to school but if they didn't they wouldn't be counted absent. If I were a student there, I'm not sure I'd want to go back the rest of the week!

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the cool evenings, the sounds, smells and colors. The only things I don't like is it gets dark earlier and I always hurt worse when the season changes.

09-01-2005, 08:29 AM
Yikes about the bombs. I read 2 e-mails about a friend's daughetr in LA. He is manager of the Marriot so he has to stay but she went to Houston to stay with a friend. She doesn't know about her house. I guess they are some of the lucky ones. I'm glad you got spared, Meme. My computer is slow too, Joanne. And I think the Internet is slow because of the demand. I have the runs!!! and I am supposed to go help Auntie rescue the cat!! We will see. I love the fall too. We will be here til at least the 15th of Oct. Bye for now Mima

09-01-2005, 02:50 PM
Went back to Dr. this morning. Tests were ok except blood is very low. He wrote a perscription for prednisone and more cough syrup. He read me the riot act about how he doesn't like to prescribe steroids and then wrote the script for the prednisone ... got it home expecting it to be 5mgs of the 7,6,5,4,3,2,1 thing ... you know what I'm talking about. Well he did a whole different thing. Wrote it for me to take 3 a day the first 2 days, 2-day the next 3 days then 1-day the next 3 days and then 1/2-day the last 4 days for a total of 17 pills ... I'm still thinking 5 mgs. Opened the bottle and they're huge. He wrote it for 20 mgs. I've never taken 20 mgs. of Prednisone in my life. Most I've ever had is 10. I don't think he knows what the flip he's doing. I'm not taking that much of a steroid ... he's nuts. I'll cut them in half and take half of what he's got written out. If I take all that I'll be bouncing off the walls. I definitely need a doctor! I just don't know who to go to. The kids want me to go to their Dr. but he's really free on handing out the antidepressants ...

09-02-2005, 05:52 AM
I think my Norton is part of my 'puter problem too! Will see a new doc finally but it takes a while to get in......

Meme...hope you are feeling better, didn't know you were so sick! Is your back nerve pain better?

Hi Happy..I do not like stuff to collect dust either but I learend that too late..already got a bunch of dusty stuff!

Joanne...we were hit by lighting before and it wipped everything electrical out in the house!

Tammy..hope you get a great class this year, might make it a bit easier on you!

Mima....Glad you had a good BD.

09-02-2005, 07:48 AM
Nice to hear from you Candice. Yikes on the prednisone-Another problem with it is osteoporosis. My Mom got that severely . Actually, she was addicted to prednisone and got into some serious trouble. It masks everything. I take 5 mg one day and then 2 and a half next. You are smart to cut dose in half. My stomche is better but it still hurts-gonna try to get the cat today. Those poor people in LA-they need Rudy Guiliani!!!I keep praying they get rescued soon. And get those lowlifes out of there!!! Bye for now Mima

09-02-2005, 01:18 PM
I'm telling you ... knock on wood ... but I feel a little better already, just one day on the stuff. Mima, I didn't know you took Prednisone all the time. How in the world do you keep from gaining weight. I once gained 56 pounds on that stuff. They had me taking a lot of it, though, and for a long period of time ... and they didn't tell me it caused weight gain so I didn't have a clue why I was gaining. I only take it occasionally for something like what I have now or if I have a flare-up of the arthritis. I'll take it like the 7,6,5,4,3,2,1 dose in 5 mgs. Then if that doesn't work, maybe once every year or 2 I'll get so bad I'll have to have a shot. I usually get really hungry before I get off of it but even if I gain a couple of pounds it's easy to get it back off just taking it for a week or 2. It's worth it if it'll make me feel better! My back nerve pain is better ... now if my side would just get to where I can lay on it and on my back ... getting tiresome laying only on my right side!

So ... Joanne ... how's the bugs coming along??? I hate bugs. This is the time of year crickets start coming in my basement. YUCK! We need to have our house sprayed this year.

Tammy ... ARE you going to retire next year???
Guess Anne is still moving.

09-03-2005, 07:53 AM
Good morning-finally went to doc yesterday because I was still having pains in my stomache. Well he gave me a different antibiotic. blood pressure is 70/50. That's what Brad's was when they gave him an IV. So he is checking my thyroid which I think is low. I have all the symptoms. I am so lethargic. But first I went to help Auntie and the cat went partially in the trap so we are hoping next time!!! Stayed there for 90 minutes. This is not good for her!!! My aunt I mean. Have a good weekend everyone. Glad you are feeling better Meme. I take very little prednisone. Mima

09-03-2005, 11:32 AM
Meme, we've had bomb scares at our school over the years, but they have all been pranks. Thank God that they all the kids got out,and the bombs were disarmed without anyone getting hurt. I just don't understand what is wrong with people. I think it is time for a different doctor. I'm not so sure that yours is doing the right thing.

Mima, that blood pressure sounds pretty low to me. Mine is like that sometimes in the summer when I'm out of school, but I'm on BP medicine for high BP.

Candice, I think my class will be ok. Out of the 27 students (got a new one on Thursday), I had 14 of them in 2nd grade (7 from my homeroom, 7 from the team teacher's homeroom). It's a pretty good group of kids. One stinker for sure. He is very active, can't sit still, and constantly making comments and bothering the others.
My new student is from the MH room. He had been in one of the other 4th grade rooms, but that teacher didn't know how to work with him so he whined to the principal. Enough said? Joel now has 25 in his class, and I now have 27. I also have the smallest classroom. Makes it interesting. I'm just smiling and going about my business. Don't want to stir up trouble already, but I was a bit disappointed with Joel.

Meme, this is my 29th year of teaching. Next year is 30. The State Teachers Retirement System told me that since I subbed before becoming full time, I only have to teach for 120 days next year to have my 30 years in. Bob and I have done a lot of talking about it. I'm not sure if I'll just go for the 120 days or go for the whole year. Alot of it depends on the class. That will be the group that I had last year, and they are the lowest and worst behaved class that I've ever had.

I've been doing laundry this morning, so lots of trips to the basement. I should just set up camp down there and get it all done. I have plenty of papers to grade, so that would keep me busy between loads. My mother used to stay down there instead of running up and down. She would take magazines with her.

Tim is out running errands for me. Filling the gas tank was one of the errands. I hate to see how much the price is today.

Joanne D
09-03-2005, 12:59 PM
Gas over 3 dollars here.. We won't be doing too much driving.
Meme- Find another Dr. predisone makes you retain water.. therefore weight gain..We took care of the bugs. You know when you live in the south you have to keep up the fight.
Tammy- I just talked to my daughter. She has one stinker too. disrespectful and acting out among other things. Parent not understanding and trying to pull the race card into play. A real mess. The principle is behind my daughter and he is black. I told her to put everything in print which she knew anyhow..
We have been stuck to TV lately.. Just can't believe what is happening in New Orleans and Miss.
Candice- I think the Norton has slowed down my computer too. It took an hour to retrieve messages yesterday!I was so digusted I turned it off and didn't read most of them. A lot was trash anyhow..
Mima- Hope you feel better soon.. Cloudy here but not much rain here on the coast..
Bye for now...Joanne

09-03-2005, 07:47 PM
Bob and I went out for supper tonight. Had a $10 coupon for the restaurant, so that balanced out the cost of the gas. At least that's our way of looking at it. It was nice to just go somewhere together and talk.

Joanne, the little boy in my class that is a stinker is bi-racial. We have very few non-whites in the school. I'm not sure if that bothers him so he tries to act "cool"?
Your daughter is lucky that the principal is supporting her. I am keeping a journal about all of the kids in the class. I'm sure this child's page will be longer than most.

I got a break from the laundry earlier today! The power went off. People a few houses down were cutting down a tree and one of the branches landed on wires. I graded papers and read the paper during that 1 1/2 hours that the power was off.

09-04-2005, 07:59 AM
Good morning!! Gas down the street is 3.40 but we don't buy there. Brad takes my car when he can because the truck only gets 14 mpg. We wnt out to the Chinese buffet and saw March of the Penguins-Really good and awesome. I think the Chinese food helps my bp. Lots of salt. LOL on your class Tammy. The year I retired, I had 26 and about 6 were that bad. 10 were also Special Ed. I only made it til December!!! You will know!! Daughter is coming over today. She has made the break from her boyfriend. Hope she stays that way. Bye for now Mima

Happy Canuk
09-04-2005, 02:46 PM
Well ladies, we are moved. I am sore, and in a flare. Also, fatigue and foggy :lol: So - all in all, NOTHING has changed :lol:

We have only a few more things to put away, but the walls need to be painted next week. So, I will have to wait, and it is now down to one room.

Meme - read that you were starting to feel better. That is good, but please, continue to rest and look out for MEME.

Mima - hope your tummy feels better soon. Our gas went to $1.14 a litre or approx.$4.56 a gallon(us gallon). Everybody is mad, because the gas comes straight out of Alberta. PRetty soon nobody will be able to afford to drive long distances, and we have LOTS of commuters in this area.

Tammy - So, only 120 days to go. Well, I guess it depends on how you feel. Perhaps you could go as a substitute teacher after that, so it isn't every day.

Joanne - Glad you got rid of those termites. The situation in New Orleans is unbelieveable. Just plain horror. It is hard to not watch to see what is happening, but it is also, so very depressing.

Hope you all have a good day.

09-04-2005, 08:03 PM
Anne, glad that you are moved. It is always such a hastle.

My 120 days of school will be next year. Have to do the whole thing this year. I do have loads of sick days though. I considered staying home on Thursday because I hurt so bad, but I didn't feel like I could do that to a substitute. I'm not organized enough yet. Hope I will be soon though!!

Joanne D
09-04-2005, 08:21 PM
Happy- I don't know how you move so much. No wonder you hurt.We moved into this house 44 years ago and I said then never again.
I can't imagine what Fl. would have looked like if that storm had hit us. The season isn't over yet. November 30 should be the end of it. I just another one doesn't hit New Orleans. Not that it could do much worse.
Tomorrow is labor day. I sure won't be doing much labor.
Stay well everybody...Joanne

09-05-2005, 08:08 AM
New Orleans is already devastated-how much more damage could it sustain.? I wish I could go into one of the domes and just play with the kids, read to them, talk to them. And their poor parents!! Stomache is a little better-also bp might be up a bit/ I usually only take 5 thyroid pills a week but I will not skip in anticipation that my thyroud is low. In the meantime, I think the dog got hit by a car-He has a gash on his side. I treated it and gave him his pain pill. Probably needs stitches. Never a dull moment. Daughter was here yesterday. We had a nice dinner together. Mima

09-05-2005, 08:09 AM
Oh Anne-rest up!! Mima

09-05-2005, 08:38 PM
Joanne, you are pretty close to the gulf aren't you? My BIL was ready to leave his house in Tampa last year with the hurricane situation. He hasn't left his house since 1979, so that would have been a feat in itself! Is the hurricane season pretty much the same or are there some that come in the off-season? We had a tornado here in '92 right before Thanksgiving. That was definitely not tornado season.

Mima, I know what you mean about helping out with the kids. My class has talked about them. Take care of yourself AND your dog! The poor thing! Glad you had a nice time with your daughter.

Tim doesn't know it yet, but tomorrow when he leaves the high school to go to his college class, he's going to take my van to Auto Lube. It needs to be done, so he might as well drive it and get it done instead of taking his car and me going after school. That will help his gas tank at least. He gets paid today, but Bob and I thought we'd help him out a little bit with the gas. That way he can still be putting $$ in his savings account. He has his application filled out for Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. He needs to take the application to the guidance counselor tomorrow so he can fill out his section. He doesn't want to apply anywhere else, but we think he should do it just in case.

09-06-2005, 08:00 AM
My daughter had one college in mind and she got an early acceptance!! This will be an exciting year for all of you. Two nights in a row I have woken up and can't go back to sleep for a long time. I increased my thyroid med-hope it isn't that. Can't win. Lazy day yesterday. No energy-have to go to eye doc today-don't know why. Church Fair is Sat-I have to get some energy. Happy back to school. Tammy. ps-Joanne is above Tampa. Mima

Joanne D
09-06-2005, 08:45 PM
Tammy- I live 1.25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. 30 miles west of Tampa. We used to be a small greek sponge fishing town. A lot of retirees have moved in so although we are still small slowly we are getting a few shopping areas. We are hoping to get a super walmart. Some of the people who moved in and don't know about the years we had to go to Tampa for any real shopping are fighting it.I guess they came from large areas and want to keep the small town feel. They don't mind traveling to shop.Being a retiree area a lot of the elders can't get to the surrounding towns as often as they would like to.The traffic here though is really bad. Hwy 19 is dangerous.
Mima.. It sounded like your daughter is well rid of the boyfriend. Tell her men are a dime a dozen.I am finding it hard to watch the news. I have always been one to face reality. This is reality at it's worst.
Hello everybody...Joanne

09-06-2005, 09:31 PM
Mima, it has already been exciting. We visited a couple colleges over the summer, so that really makes us realize that he will be graduating in the spring. Hope you are able to sleep through the night tonight.

I can understand people not wanting to travel to go shopping. Small towns are nice, but having a choice of shopping places is also very nice. We drive to Wal Mart to do most of our shopping. In a pinch, we run to the grocery here in town, but it is so expensive. Since Bob works at Wal Mart, we make out a list and he brings things home from work now that the gas prices are higher. Trying to cut back on the driving.

09-07-2005, 07:41 AM
I did sleep through the night!! I live in a small town and the Walmart is not far but no groceries. There are stores but high priced. Joanne-a small Greek fishing village-very interesting. I am going to work on my craft prices this am at church. That med-Flagyl-is making me dizzy and probably giving me pains because I went without it for a while and felt better. Let's hope. We prepaid our oil but Brad wants to shut things down as much as possible before we go. Bye for now. Mima

09-07-2005, 09:33 PM
Hooray for sleep! I napped after supper tonight. Tomorrow night we have Open House at school, so I'm hoping to get a quick nap in before I go back for it.

09-08-2005, 04:28 AM
Hi ... long time no see. I had a very L O N G weekend and I'm still not over it! :p First: it was my first week back to work last week after being so sick and then I cleaned my nasty house (which I had been too sick to clean for 2 weeks) on Thursday and Friday. Went out to eat Fri. night and got groceries for the first time in 2 weeks. Had company Saturday night (pizza and cards), church twice on Sunday and more company, too. Then: Monday we went to Fall Creek Falls on a picnic with friends. I was so tired by the time we got home Mon. evening I just fell on the couch and slept for almost 2 hrs. Hubby got me up to eat. I took a shower while he made sandwiches, ate and watched a movie with him and went to bed ... didn't get up until almost 9 yesterday. Dr. said my blood count was low ... Hematocrit was 30.2 and Hemoglobin was 10. Guess that's part of the reason why I'm feeling so puny. I'm sure spending a couple of weeks in bed didn't help me any strength wise either. I'm just so ... not really tired ... weak I guess. My get up and go got up and went. ;)

My son sent me an email today and said he was going to be out of town next week. Asked me to pick up his son (10 yr old) from school next week a couple of days and help him get his homework done because DIL will be staying late (she teaches) and he won't do his homework at school ... too many distractions. I start teaching piano at 4 and teach until after 6 and one night until 7 every night except Fri. I don't mind picking him up but I can't take off work just because she has to stay at school until 5. I wrote him back and told him I'd be glad to come get him at 3:15 but he'd have to do his homework on his own because I had to work. He won't do his homework unless someone is standing right over him and they will expect me to do that ... even though I have a job. No one in my family respects my work ... I think it's because I work at home. They call me while I'm teaching and sometimes even walk in the piano room WHILE I'm with students giving lessons. They ask me to do things for them KNOWING that I have lessons to give at that time. Yet they would be shocked if I asked them to take off work to do something for me! My husband's parents will make Dr. appointments on Tues. afternoons when I have early lessons ... at 1:30 and not ask me if I can take them in advance. Then I have to cancel my student and take them. When they could have made their app. on a different day. I've told him and told him to tell them this and he won't. I'm so tired of arranging my schedule around other people's because they don't respect my work. The last 2 times his parents did that I didn't take them. I said, no ... I told you to tell them I have to work. So he took off work and took them. Cost him a bundle, too. Sorry ... didn't mean to gripe so much!

09-08-2005, 08:04 AM
Sometimes life is about setting boundaries. When my kids were younger, I told them they could not ask me anything after 8 at night. Now I tell people not to call after 8. Hey Tammy, the only way I survived teaching was naps. If I had a meeting after school at another place, I would park my car in a quiet spot and take a nap before I went. This minute, I am feeling stronger. That darn med makes me sick!! I can't see that it does me much good. I still get a stomache ache. Weather here is gorgeous. The Fair will be 72. I figured out that I could hang my wreaths on a coat stand-it has lots of hooks!!!!Bye for now. mima

Happy Canuk
09-08-2005, 01:01 PM
Good morning.

Mima - you sound busy, as usual. Wish your tummy would settle down. That can't be fun.

Tammy - I guess that it would be exciting to pick out colleges. We never had that problem, as they just went to the one here. We have colleges and then the University of Alberta. Hope you get a nap in today as well.

Meme - Those kids are just plain rude!!!! I would tell them if I were you, and NOT take their calls during that time. Parents need to take MORE responsibility for their own kids. They are all just way too busy doing things that are not near as important! I hope that you regain some of your strength quickly.

Joanne - hello! I hear Florida is gearing up for yet another hurricane! Hope i doesn't come your way.

Here's a little funny for you

Acts 2:38
An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services when she was startled by an intruder.
She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled, STOP! Acts 2:38! (Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven.)
The burglar stopped in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done.
As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, "Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you." "Scripture?" replied the burglar. "She said she had an Ax and Two
PASS THIS ON TO SOMEONE WHO NEEDS A LAUGH TODAY and remember knowing scripture can save your life in more ways than one.

09-09-2005, 08:14 AM
That's a good one Anne. Hope you are settled. Been trying to get a utility trailer registration form from FL. Finally had it faxed to the drugstore. Brad built this cute trailer to carry our stuff!!! Now to get the plates back! I guess the hurricane went the other way!! Yeah. TGIF> for tammy!! Bye for now. Mima pas-daughter called at 9:30 and woke me up. She forgot the rules!!

Joanne D
09-09-2005, 11:57 AM
Mima- Hope your tummy is better. I ate some pasta last week and had problems with IBS for several days.That hurricane is supposed to move east but they are saying it will loop around and may come back to visit us. We do need some rain . If anyone calls me after 9 pm it is usually my daughter. She has free minutes then. Otherwise it is someone selling something or a problem.
Happy- Hurricanes are fickle. Katrina started small too. Look what it did. That is so sad. The powers that be really messed up. How did the mayor or the Gov.of that state ever get in office?There are a lot of people that have to answer for this mistake. True they could do nothing about Katrina but the the rest of it?So much could have been prevented.
Meme- Hope you are better.. There is a word that is hard to say to family. NO.I know,I have often been in the same position. We did everything we could for our son. He got married and then decided he didn't need us anymore. We seldom hear from him. I haven't found out yet if that is good or bad. We do have more free time.He seems happy and she is a good wife to him so I guess that is all that counts..
Hello Candice and all...Joanne

09-10-2005, 03:46 AM
Eating my head off now and having withdrawal from getting off the Prednisone. I really hate this worse than anything. Bad feeling. My stomache has hurt off and on all day and my knees feel rubbery. Thought I was going to pass out this afternoon. Low blood doesn't help any. I woke up at 6:30 and up shortly after 7 then crashed about 11 for nearly 2 hrs. Got back up and worked a couple of hrs. and crashed again for an hr. I just feel drained. I ate all afternoon ... lots of carbs & junk like mac & cheese, chips, ice cream. Hubby checked my sugar when he came home because I was so weak ... I told him it would be sky high but it was only 90 ... weird. I went out for supper and got a big steak ... need protein! I hope tomorrow is better I need to get some work done. I'm tired of feeling crappy. My sinuses have stopped bleeding and my cough is a lot better ... at least I'm not coughing every breath like I was. I only have 3 more days on the Prednisone, then maybe I can start getting back to normal.

Been griping a lot lately ... sorry about that. I'm usually more positive. I'll get over this. If not ... I'll find a way around! :p

09-10-2005, 06:24 AM
Meme-when you don't feel good, you are entitled to gripe. Finally, I had a sort of pain free day-also second day witjout med. I think it was making me sick. Doc will be back Monday. Fair Day-What beautiful stuff we have!!! And priced to sell-hope someone buys it. If I get weak, I'll go lie down in Church Hall. Up at 4:45-good night's sleep. Bye for now Mima

09-11-2005, 09:51 PM
Meme, going back to work after being sick and then trying to clean your house too? You had to be exhausted. And then your family expects you to drop everything for them. I agree about setting some boundaries. I need to do that in some areas of my life also.

Mima, I can relate to parking and taking a nap! Bob and I did that when we were coming home from vacation once. We knew we couldn't keep going, so we stopped in a little town and parked beside the library and slept. It was great!

Anne, the story about Acts 2:38 was great!!!

Weekends always go too fast. I spent quite a bit of it working on school things again. Maybe I'll get into the 4th grade groove one of these days. lol

09-12-2005, 07:06 AM
Well, the Fair went well-still recovering. But I made it through the day. Went to Brad's Church picnic yesterday but I was a Zombie. Suzanne came over and did her wash and we went for a walk. She met someone online and had coffee with him Sat. But he's from CT. 100% Italian. She said he was a nervous wreck. Hasn't dated in 5 years. Too funny. I have to clean up today and we have to shop=probably last big shopping before we travel. It;s going to be hot today. Have a good week tammy. Mima Hi all!!!

09-12-2005, 02:43 PM
You're right about weekends going fast. I spent nearly all day Sat. working on my cousin's website. They have a utility trailer business like ours and have been wanting a website for a year but were waiting until they got the dealership on dump and enclosed trailers. Now they are ready and I'm trying to get their site up and running. Takes a lot of time and tedious work. They're sending me pictures an info. via email and I'm getting the domain set up for them and making the site ... headaches.

Speaking of headaches ... had a bad one all day yesterday. Don't know what that was about. I've upped the topamax to 40 2X a day and soon to be 50 ... they had stopped and I was hoping that was the end of them. I sure hope my migraines are not coming back!!!

I started a women's trio at church and we sang for the first time yesterday morning. We only had the one song ... they liked us so well they made us sing it again last night! (Either that or they thought we needed more practice!) :lol: I took the other 2 women a CD with another song to learn on it last night and told them they had better start practicing ... got a feeling we'll be singing a lot! I ordered us 2 more CDs last night off the internet with several songs ... one has Christmas songs. We don't have another trio at church. One of the women gets so nervous she nearly passes out ... I just think that's so funny because I've been singing in front of people nearly all my life. Not in church ... didn't start singing in church until I was 19. I now have about 40 solos memorized that hubby has put the accompaniment tracks on CD for me. I sing quite a bit. My daddy used to call that 'canned music' ;) he hated it. He liked for me to play for myself when I sang.

I nearly passed out again yesterday, too, but not from fright. Don't know if it was low blood or the heat but we went to Sears after church and when we came out I got sick to my stomach and dizzy and felt weak. Hubby stopped at a station and got me some water. I thought I was a gonner. The van was really hot ... could have been the heat ... I think my blood has dropped some more, too. But ... I had just eaten another steak. I've been trying to eat a lot of protein. It's so hot and dry here. We could use some rain and cool weather. The grass breaks under your feet.

Joanne ... don't know abut you but with me IBS is funny. I don't ever know WHAT is going to set it off. I can eat salad, for example, every night for 2 or 3 weeks and then, all of a sudden, eating a salad will just kill me. Or sweets ... they won't bother me for a while but then eat a rich dessert, there you go ... and go and go and go ... What's with that???

I gotta go talk to our missing link and get her back in here somehow ... got problems (don't ask). Tell you what ... my email address is If I don't already have your email address, email me and send it to me so I can try and figure something out. Thanks

09-12-2005, 09:44 PM
Mima, glad that the fair went well. I agree about it being hot. I had recess duty!

Meme, good luck getting the website up and running. I can't do anything like that, and I'm always amazed by people who can. I also get nervous being in front of people! When I had to give my Talk on the Emmaus weekend, I was shaking like a leaf until I stepped behind the podium. That's when God took over for me.

09-13-2005, 07:51 AM
Good morning-doc called with results of blood tests-My thyroid is not low-I guess I didn't need extra-was starting to feel shaky. I have an infection so he is going to call in Amoxicillin again. It worked once before. And my sugar was 140. I had eaten 2 pieces of bread at lunch. I have to get better before I leave. Hot today-massage!!! Yeah. Mima

Joanne D
09-13-2005, 12:34 PM
Tammy- I hope you are getting used to the change of grades. My daughter is getting things under control in a timely manner. She should have those 1st graders whipped into shape real soon. :lol:
Mima- When did you say you were heading back to Florida? You should try to come to Tarpon Springs this year. I would love to show you around.
Mema- You are the busy one for sure. I bet if you had free time you would still find something to fill up the time..Take care of yourself.
Happy. We are getting into to low 90's and high 80's here. Still hot.. I walked 2 days and then the old oa said hello in my feet/ankles. I can usually walk through the pain in my back and legs but not there.My brother says this is the "Golden Years". I see a lot of rust setting in. :lol: Got to keep moving though.
Hello Candice..How are you? Joanne

09-14-2005, 07:02 AM
Good morning-I forgot to comment on your prednisone withdrawal, Meme-that's waht it does. I think the small dise I take is causing problems-bleeding, blood sugar!! I went for a massage yesterday and she sure found sore spots. Then we did the BIG Shopping.Probably last one before we leave in middle of October. I would love to come to Tarpon Springs Joanne. I should have plent of time. I heard it was a beautiful Place. My cousin's 2 daughters had their baby girls one day apart. One lives with her. I thought I would make a casserole and a pie and bring them over. Actually it's a 50 minute ride. They also have a 2 year old grandson who is having a real hard time. Better her than me except she teaches full time!!!!!!!!!! tehn they all are going to move into this huge house near the other daughter. they will be ready. Bye for now Mima

09-14-2005, 01:19 PM
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