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At 6:09am on July 28, 2014, Pauly said…

How are you-doing Lots? Hope you are feeling ok. Hows that dog doing? Pauly

At 10:38am on July 27, 2014, Cathy said…

I just been looking through my calendar to find some dates we can meet. This coming week is pretty well taken up but on 8/4 from 2:30 on I could meet or 8/5 all day. The fifth may be better because I will clean on the forth.
I know what you mean about eating. It's now 1:31 and I haven't eaten all day. I didn't eat but a very little last night. I'm just as glad with not eating except keeping up with the Diabetes. Maybe I'll loose some weight. I so enjoy eating though when I'm well. I just been drinking coffee. I like it with lots and lots of milk. All this stomach stuff just makes me feel lonely. It's kind of a sick feeling. Everyone has been very supportive but it's not the same as living with another person.


At 9:40am on July 27, 2014, twiddlemthumbs said…

Hello lots sorry for not commenting back been up and down like a yoyo blood sugars 32 at bedtime last night should be 4 to 7 such a struggle. How are you doing really missed talking to you t is so hot here in the SHIRE breeze building up what is the weather like where you live hope to blog soon take care raymond

At 7:25am on July 27, 2014, Kathy said…

Hey sister. There is a nice cool breeze coming in my bedroom window. Love it!
Yeah I gotta do loads of laundry today too. I got a script on Friday for tramodol for the restless legs and it worked and I am so pleased to have gotten a little sleep.
No, I'm not fully integrated in WW yet - still collecting recipes, etc.
I called the treatment center on Fri and said I wanted a new therapist. The case manager phoned right back and was really nice, saying yes, these things happen and it will take some time to match me with someone new blah blah blah. So now I still have to see the old one as scheduled (should be interesting). LOL.
Hope Zen and Ammi are well.
Have a good day.

At 7:54pm on July 26, 2014, Cathy said…

Ellen, I was reading through your comment page and found my note from when I got out of the hospital. I really do have high thoughts of getting together with you. It's only become more apparent to me that I have to look out for myself. I never thought I'd have to worry so much about how I felt at any one time or the possibility of how I could feel. However it's become apparent that this time since I left the hospital I do have to think of this. So anyway I just did want to say that I do want to meet but let's play it by ear OK?

At 7:45pm on July 26, 2014, Cathy said…


I am still getting my feet on the ground from the hospital stay last. July 19- July 23. The high Blood pressure was the worst of the stay although it was all bad. 320 blood pressure. I went out to eat tonight and got real sick so consequently I guess you might say I'm playing it slow. Maybe next week would be a better time for a visit. How does your calendar look? I enjoy swimming although I don't swim very vigorously mostly swish around in the water.


At 8:47am on July 26, 2014, Trudy said…

Hi Ellen. I'm glad that you have a reserve as well. I always worry about my insulin reserve--what if the power goes off and it all gets too hot? What if the fridge malfunctions and freezes it all? I think all PWDs live day by day, a little bit of stress at the back of our minds...

My great-grand daughter has been visiting. I know you aren't using FB much, but anyway, go to my FB page to see a video I like a lot.

Gardens. We haven't done much this year. Some oregano and chives wintered over, and we planted a couple of small rosemarys. Lots of hanging containers with petunias and fuschias; begonias here and there; a few New Guinea impatiens; hostas that wintered over. Our dogs have had health problems over the summer, so we've been treating them and enjoying the fact that it is, in fact, summer!

At 6:42am on July 26, 2014, catlover said…
Hi Ellen-I had a little excitement on Wed. I went to my PCP for a check-up and he did an EKG. He said it was abnormal and sent me to a local hospital by ambulance. I felt fine and hated the ride. At the ER they took blood and did about 5 more EKG's. Finally, after 5 hours they said I have something called PAC (premature atrial contractions). Fortunately, it is not serious and needs no treatment or meds. I really do not need another medical problem. It was stressful, as I am sure you know about hospital visits. The packing continues, we are packing non-perishable food that we keep in the basement. Hopefully, we will be able to get into the apt ASAP. I hope you are feeling OK. How is the garden going ? Zorro is getting used to being the "only cat". I think he looks for Maggie sometimes. We heard from the shelter where we took her, they said she hisses at the other cats, but loves people. I hope they find her a good home as the only cat. Have a good weekend. Susan
At 3:16pm on July 25, 2014, Linda G said…

A cousin sent me this Ellen, and I knew you and a few others would truly appreciate this, for each your own reasons....

At 7:27pm on July 23, 2014, Cathy said…

Dear Ellen,

I have been hospitalized since July 19 till 4:30 today July 23rd. I had low sodium again and severe diarrhea. While there I developed blood pressure of 230 and became very Nauseated.

I'm really worn out so I 'm taking email slowly. I still want to see you. How busy are you next week. Maybe you can come here. We can have a sandwich or something and relax.


At 1:41pm on July 23, 2014, Pastelpainter said…

Thanks so much for your comment and picture, both very much appreciated. My very best wishes for the future. Hugz, Maureen

At 10:45am on July 23, 2014, wendy said…

hi Lots :) is that one picture what we use to call hens and chickens ? I like all your plants and the upside down ones are nice too.Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.. We still have the kitten and he is a handful..what was I thinking.Someone needs to haul me off next time I get a bright idea to take in another critter.No,he is very cute and fun at times he is not getting into things.My other male cat has bondeed with him and it is the cutest thing.They play a lot.On a sad note-my oldest cat that always had the freedom to go indoors and out,can no longer go out. She was gone for a day or so and had me worried.When she came home-I noticed she could not see so well and was not doing too good.She is back to eating well but never will she be let out alone again.Love the pictures,thanks.I took a break from being online-so just seeing them :)

At 8:53am on July 23, 2014, catlover said…

Ellen-What a lively surprise ! I love the ducks ( I think they are ducks ?) You shouldn't have, but I am glad you did. I will hang them in the new apt. Did you make them ? Things are moving along. Jim was able to bring over many packed boxes and put them on shelves. We have the key, but maintenance and housekeeping are still working on the carpets and cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms. It was used as a sample for months and needed to be cleaned up for us. This weekend we will be able to bring more things and put them in the kitchen and on the floor of the closets.
We have less than 2 weeks to finish packing before we move on Aug.5.
I haven't been sleeping too well. I wake up at 2,3 or 4 AM and can't go back to sleep, which leaves me groggy all day. So many things to do at the last minute with my meds and D supplies. I hope you feel much better soon. That is terrible about your insulin situation. I hope it gets resolved ASAP. My BG have come down for the most part. I need to figure out a new I:C ratio for dinner time.
Take care of yourself. Susan
PS I like your pic better than the new avatar. Sorry about the parsley, it sounds like a ground hog or rabbit ate it. I don't think dogs like parsley.

At 2:16am on July 23, 2014, Pastelpainter said…

Ooooh, you're a fan of William Morris. Love your page.

At 3:35pm on July 22, 2014, lotsofshots said…

What Is a Druid?
"Often when the combatants are ranged face to face, and swords are drawn and spears bristling, these men come
between the armies and stay the battle, just as wild beasts are sometimes held spellbound. Thus even among
the most savage barbarians anger yields to wisdom, and Mars is shamed before the Muses."
Diodorus Siculus Histories c.8 BCE

In ancient times a Druid was a philosopher, teacher, counsellor and magician, the word probably meaning ‘A
Forest Sage’ or ‘Strong Seer’. In modern times, a Druid is someone who follows Druidry as their chosen
spiritual path, or who has entered the Druid level of training in a Druid Order.

At 4:29pm on July 21, 2014, Kathy said…

Hey Lots. Glad you are having a good Monday.
No I have never taken Vistaril. The rest aril, plus gabapentin help me sleep but they take a long time to kick in.
There is "life-threatening heat" advisory and because my window unit is in the living room, I am sitting in the bedroom with sweat dripping dorn my face. It will feel good to take a shower.
Tonight I made cauliflower fried rice - take raw cauliflower and break into bits and pulse in the food processor. Combine with mixed veggies, minced onions and a couple of eggs and het in a fry pan. You could have fooled me into thinking it was actual rice! TShis is a keeper!

At 12:12pm on July 20, 2014, Brian (bsc) said…

Hope you can get all this insulin stuff resolved on Monday. I am doing fine, things are busy. The Inova group has fallen on rough times, Inova has moved the group to every other month and I missed the last meeting due to travel. Maybe we can see each other at the next meeting.

At 10:54am on July 20, 2014, Linny said…

Thank you!

At 7:30am on July 20, 2014, Kathy said…

Hi sister. Yes, the purple flowers were gorgeous. There is sort of a ritzy neighborhood about 1/2 mile from me and I think they all have professional gardeners to tend their flowers.
I gave up knitting about 5 years ago due to carpal tunnel. I really, really miss it now that I have so much extra time on my hands. I can't have surgery because it's in the arm with my dialysis vein graph and the blood flow is all goofed. But, I am doing some yoga exercises for the arms and shoulders.
We are having 90 degrees tomorrow with high humidity, but then sever storms and a cold front coming in.

If I go to Michaels I always end up spending a wad. I could be in that store for hours. I love it.
Did your mom maintain her WW weight loss? I haven't officially started, but am collecting info and recipes.
I got a ton of decluttering done this week, and it feels awesome.
I don't know if you've ever seen the tiles I do - I've put several up on Facebook. they are 4x4" bathroom tiles that I get at Home Depot, and then do designs with alcohol inks.

At 5:31am on July 20, 2014, Brian (bsc) said…

I'm glad I could help. Take the time to take a walk today and just breath, take in the sights and always remind yourself that it is going to be ok.



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