Oh Lots - so sorry to hear you were in the hospital, but I'm glad you didn't knock some teeth loose in the fall. What were you taking for the bhp? I take toprol, a beta blocker. It works well for me. I monitor my bp at home at least every other day and log it on to a spreadsheet. My kidney doctor loves it. Was invited to a SB party across the street, but did not go - too many food temptations and I did a lot of eating yesterday.
Hoope you have a good week ahead. Take it nice and slow and don't push too hard.
Hi Lots. I hope the weekend has been going well for you and all. We're back into winter again, three or so inches of snow with more predicted all of next week. We have a large flock of Juncoes and lots of residents, such as Cardinals, Chickadees, Goldfinches and different types of woodpeckers. The pair of Redbellied Woodpeckers are quite impressive. With a football (or commercial) evening, I'm looking forward to beer & chips; Cheers! Trudy
I hope you're reading these 3 comments in sequence? You know how you go into an optometry office, they 'measure' your eyes in a machine first? They also took my specs from me when I got there. By the time I sat down in this new doc's chair, she already knew I had cataracts that were well past removal stage. She could tell by the huge difference in the prescription taken from her machine that day & the glasses I had just purchased in November. "Nothing else makes you lose that much vision that fast."
She did several other tests to eliminate anything else more serious, but nope - she said "you're walking and talking like a duck" & "I can't see your lenses from my side so I don't know how you can see anything from your side." She added she would try to get me to The Right Doctor (for the seriousness of these cataracts) as an emergency case but that it might be a 'few' months before any surgery could actually take place. I got a follow up appointment with her for 3 weeks hence & waited for a couple weeks for the specialist's office to call, but nada. So I called the eye surgeon's office myself & got friendly with his gatekeeper. The next day I had an appointment on March 5th. Employment slips have to be issued to Canadian taxpayers by Feb. 28th. March + April are the TWO most horrendously busy months of the year. They're also the two months when I use my eyes the most & really REALLY need to see!
I've called Janet (my new friend at the eye doc's office) & I've researched this young doctor myself so that I can converse intelligently with his gatekeeper (Janet). I believe I've formed a relationship with her but so far, no cancellations - at least not far enough down the 'emergency' list to find me. I'm waiting. At first I figured I would have to cancel that Mar.5th appt if it did end up being when I met him since doctors tend to get me pretty upset for quite a while - not to mention that cataract surgery is wide awake! I really need to back-bench EVERYTHING else in my life until May. I simply cannot allow ANY distractions for these 3 months. I need my head in tax & only tax. My eyes continue to worsen.
Since we've been staying in the country place and had all that beautiful scenery & birds & critters to see... and I'm forever listening to Dave describe them to me. All I can see of cardinals is the red spot in the trees. And I can't drive either which is a big paininthebutt! I can't get to the clients who are shut in & I can't get to training courses or anything else I should be doing right now before the clients all show up at once. I've given up 10 years of vision - especially that last 5 of them with the headaches & dryness - I'd like to hang that first optometrist but noooo, we dare not! Especially me with my 'past'. So I continue on with my 27" monitor pulled up to the front of my desk and trying desperately to find font enlargers in tax software where it does NOT exist! Online, I can CNTL + to see stuff but none of the tax or accounting software will let me enlarge anything past a 10 font. My head hurts.
Hope you continue to get better 'n better - exercise, diet... get skinny. All of that is more important than work. I just wish I could convince MY boss of that!
I thought I had already written about my Eye Saga, but I'll dedicate this comment to the tale o' woe anyway. Long long ago in a land far far away ... no wait, that's a whole nother story! For the last decade or so (I should look that up so I know) I have had a lot of vision variations. 2 years in a row, in August, my vision improved so much that I got to set my glasses aside for the first time in 50 years! But then they would rebound back to their former blurry selves. I had just spent over $400 on new glasses without frames - the less glasses, the more money, it seemed - & within a few weeks they no longer did the job. I started going to my Optometrist (the one recommended to me by my GP) & complained every time about dry eyes & blurred vision. I told her repeatedly that my Dad had had early cataracts & that I followed in most of his other physical phootsteps, but the most she would tell me was "your cataracts are coming along nicely"... like they were blooming tulips! Over the next decade I saw her at least twice a year, sometimes more - & because of my diabetes it was still 'covered' by insurance, but she ran all sorts of tests on all sorts of fancy machines (most of which were not covered by insurance) & she continued to expand her offices to a shiny new building as she wrote me new prescriptions almost every visit... another pair of glasses - often two pairs so I could see the computer. Bifocals were too high up so if the computer was visible, the distance was not, but I got several pairs of them anyway. Thousands of dollars & 14 pairs of specs later,I STILL can't see the computer without virtually putting my face 6 in. in front of the monitor. I have to stand up to watch TV from 3 ft in front of it. Dave has been translating most of the actions on TV my "seeing eye hubby" for about half of that decade now. STILL she insisted my eyes were just getting used to the diabetes & new meds etc. Last year (2012) I went back to her 5 times - trying to get her to find what was wrong with me that the NEW glasses were not working, my eyes are dry & sore all the time from the strain - not to mention the headaches! I POUR drops in & try to rest them whenever I can but it's no fun lying in bed wide awake and doing absolutely nothing - can't read, can't sew, can't even play cards or do a puzzle. It's BORING & a HUGE waste of time I don't have. The only suggestion my family doctor had was to buy a new monitor, which I did. It helped,for a little while, but even he had no suggestions other than what the optometrist told me - drops + new $pec$. Did I mention she sells glasses from her optometry office? I bought those first frameless glasses from her for over $450 & then shopped other places for the rest. FINALLY I whined about the eyesight to the dietitian at the Diabetes clinic - not a doctor - about how hard it is to do taxes & how many mistakes I make all day that I usually catch but it invariably means re-printing or re-doing the return entirely - frustrating, time consuming, expensive!
This dietitian suggested another optometrist - she said all her patients loved this girl. She was in the 'other' side of town, not the quiet, refined district where the first girl had moved to in her nice new building.
I phoned the new optometrist the same day I got her name & the soonest I could get in was Jan 3. it had to be in the new year since the other lady had used up all of my insurance credits. I had no expectations (and no $) so I opted to wait the extra couple months til January. I guess I have to break off soon or I'll run out of space again....
It always amazes me how work gets in the way anymore. I really don't know how I did that full time plus 2 part time jobs and volunteer work and sports for the 30+ years that I did them! I can't even see myself jumping out of bed to get to an office by 9 every day now! I've too many other things to do! And 'jumping' out of bed left me about 20 years ago!
AWESOME WEIGHT LOSS, girl - but I don't recommend getting deathly ill to accomplish that goal. I know it really helps with the BG numbers - right away too, so I'm very happy that you are accomplishing some goals - especially getting that ball and chain you call a 'job' back on track. I wrote a column once about having my headstone read: "I've finally found a diet plan that worked"
Learning curves - they should have to have a proviso on every gadget - like the warning on cigarette packages - that this toy is going to drive you quite insane with all it's rules and foibles. And it isn't just learning about it once - you must then use it regularly or you're back to that manual every time you pick up the gizmo! I've learned my 'new' camera at least 3 times now and am only now getting the hang of what it wants and needs to perform well. Believe me, girl - the camera does all the work - I basically point and shoot. I've even got a tripod set up in our bedroom at the country place so I don't have to find a wall to lean on solely to keep the camera still enough to snap the shot. I'm way too wobbly to get clear shots and now I can't even tell if the shots are clear or not - until I get home and load them on my gigantic computer monitor. That's the first time I get to see what I've taken and it's often like Christmas with the surprises and often a huge disappointment when I didn't get the photo I thought I had.
I was REALLY lucky with that squirrel and she was so patient with me - waiting for me, looking right at me. The only thing she refused to do was stand up and stay stood up until I could line up my shot. And by 'line up', I mean zooooom in - I love that 8 power zoom - and the reason I got that camera (using Airmiles from all the expenditures we've purchased lately). If you've ever tried to zooooom, you know that you must be perfectly STILL when you get a focus on anything THAT close. I have to locate my 'subject'... which is easier if it's a RED bird or a WHITE squirrel mainly because I can't see. Did I not mention that little detail earlier? I'll run out of room here, so I'll start another - quick before the phone starts again. My clients are already coming out of the woodwork. All the things I had hoped to accomplish this time at home, I have not even started yet due to the plethora of calls and messages from clients needing so much 'stuff'. Changed to my 'busy' avatar today too.... sigh.
Man...the weather has been so unpredictable here! Yesterday, we had rain, wind, fog and around 55F...snow pretty much gone. Today...a whole different story...20F...cold and blowing dry snow. I keep hoping for a snow day!! Here's a good one!! I discovered indirectly that come retirement...there is no dental insurance!! So will have to look for private coverage...another premium to pay! What the heck is THAT all about?!! Geez...if there was ever a time when you DO need coverage, it's THEN, when your income is lesser. Sigh!!
My report cards are done and were handed in over a week before due date.
I feel....FREE!! Almost euphoric!!
I just hope than there wont be any changes to be made after they get proofread. Soon enough will be parent teacher interviews...and at end of February, prepping for the French club at school. Yesterday I was on the computer after I came back from co-teaching a RCIC class at church (Right of Christian Initiation for Children)...almost to midnight, here at Tu., for a bit...then looking for teaching material related to Groundhog Day....in French! Found some!! Gotta love the internet!! Gotta love my printer! I print one copy....and use it as my master to print the rest at school. There's a lice infestation at school....I'm keeping my distance from any kid scratching their heads. I went to pick Mason up early from school (I was working only till 2pm today). Mason wasn't feeling well...poor little peanut, burning up with fever and feeling SO miserable! So he's not going to school tomorrow, that's for sure! We're getting Stephen for the weekend. He's 2 1/2 now!! He's a little sweetie! Looking forward to it. Should be having Riley over soon, to keep everything fair. Well...tomorrow Friday!! I've been able to get a lot done at school, as all the grades 3, 4 and 5 are away for their 3 day Winter camp. Got lessons planned ahead, copies made, sorted out material and cleaned up supplies in my classroom!! In all my 11 years at the school, I have NEVER EVER found myself short of things to do!! Which is the way I like it....hate standing around!
So....have a great day tomorrow. A brand new (and short) month! I'm praying for a snow day at this end for tomorrow ;)
luv and baskets of hugs....linda
Hello Lots. Very quiet these days. Do not knpw if it is old age or lasy. I stay right in the house except for TOPS. Did the laundry. Pension checks came today. Paying bills. I am still upset my Homeowners insurance went up $831/ I called friends on the island they all got increases too. Thunderstorms rain wind going to be awful...we got nothing. Today is a little cooler. I think the 70's and 80's over for a while. Tom is here and will be until late Sunday so Reed's Diner is over. How are you feeling? How is work going? Tomorrow you can say TGIF. Tom reads at MASS Sunday.Chico just came in went right to the treat table MEOW MEOW. He will stay until 8.He loves it here. I think he likes to get away from his two sisters. How is Zen? Do you still have snow around? Take it easy take good care of yourself and keep in touch. A BIG HUG,Reed
Hi Lady Lots. Did you have any bad weather yesterday> They showed on the news horrible tornadoes in Tennessee. What is the world coming to with freaky weather. it is 1 degree here, with windchill of -35. i am going to make a short trip to the grocery store (3 blocks) because I have to get out each day, even if just for a little bit. I was going to go to the Mall of America to et Esther's Christmas present (Amerian Girl outfit) but will wait until the weekend. the train gets really cold with the big doors opening and closing all the time.
Thanks for the info about the zoloft. The fatigue has lessened, but otherwise I don't think it's working. I have an appt in a week and a half.
Sorry to hear about your experience at the salon. I hate that mouth numbing feeling because it takes forever to go away. But at least the color turned out good. I think I'm going to put my own highlights in this weekend - L'Oreal champagne blonde - I just randomly apply it with a toothbrush and nobody knows the difference! Necessity is the mother of invention.
HI Lots- Thanks for your good wishes and concern about my ribs. I saw the doc yesterday, and he said they are probable bruised or cracked, but either way nothing can be done. I will heal in about a month. I was just concerned b/c I have Osteoporosis in my L hip and back. I am glad you and Zen are getting along so famously. Cats know when they are loved. Take care of yourself. Susan
Hello Elleb. Been blah for a day or twp but today was much,much better. The weather is crazy. 76 today. They say Wed we will break a recod and be in the 80's. I wpuld love to see snow. Russ is much,much better too. Let us hope it lasts. Chico was sleeping with me. Sitting in Tom's chair and had his head laying on the edge of my keyboard. He loves it here. I practically have to kick him out. How did work go today? I hope well. The weather report sounds terrible if the wind from the West meets the wind of the East we could have 150 mile winds. Hope they are wrong. Take good care of yourself. I care. HUGS,Reed
Afternoon Lots!! (ok ok....sending you a pretty Winter pic then....brrrr!!) I should have mentioned that when I get my highlights, I ask that she use foil rather that the cap. I can't deal with all the tugging and pulling...yes, VERY painful. Add to that the strong chemical odours.
You'll have to post pics of the new Lots! Thank God for the scalp massage though...THAT is heavenly! Speaking of which....what an absolutely BEAUTIFUL angel. Touched by God's Light and Heat no less :) It exudes warmth!
When I was very small...grade 1, I remember making room on my chair in class for my Guardian Angel ;)
What's this I read....you went low at the hairdresser's?? How low? Were they able to assist you? Probably all the stress from being poked and pulled lol
Here's hoping for an early Spring ♥
luv and hugs....linda
Thinking about you and tuned in to see all your beautiful new pictures. It's cold outside but sure can be beautiful. I've started something new, Work. Four questions to apply to life. check out Katie Byron on Youtube. Katie facilitating, These are so moving. I cried. "Loving What is" is her book I'm reading. I'm finding alot of Zen, Meditation and yoga here. Stay worm Have a beautiful and good day. Be blessed.
Hi Lots- Thanks for your message. If you go to Reed's page, you will see why I haven't been on too much the past few days. We also had some snow last night and the temp has been freezing all week. I haven't been outside since Tues. and don't plan on going out until my doc appt on Tues.I am glad Zen brings you so much pleasure, cats do that in their own quiet way. I am going to lay down. Talk later. Cat
Good Evening Ellen. How are things with you? Have you started to sing YGIF yet? Very pretty,relaxing page. I am happy to report RNR are doing much,better. Sleeping which is good. We do have a cough pmce in a while. I fed Tom at 5 has he had to attend a meetinh at the Cathedral. I made a huge pot of New England Corn Chowder. Very heart. Enough for another meal. I was provoked again yesterdat at TOPS when the member who agreed to do the Program lasted 10 minutes. I had to fill in 30 minutes. 7AM meow meow Chico.He stayed here until 1 and came back at 4 to 6. We asked the owners if they minded. They said No he probably wantsto get away from the 2 girl cats. Did nothing today. Did go to the pharmacy and rode home along the ocean..very few out. How is work going. They keeping you busy? Did you see Kath's mittens on MyPage? They are real cold. Have a good evening. Take good care. HUGS,Reed
Hi Lots, looking outdoors and looking at your pretty page, there is no doubt that winter is truly here. We've been having single digit nights and days in the teens. Hope you're well and having a good week.
Hi Lotsy Totsy - sounds like you are getting the cold weather now. You can have it! As I age I'm more sensitive to the cold, plus I'm still somewhat weak from my last hospital episode. I think some of my meds are making me tired, or else a combination of them. I have been on zoloft for 2 weeks and all I want to do is sleep, which is kind of nice because i've wrestled with insomnia most of my life.Antidepressants are such a hit or miss - big fat guessng game. Sounds like you are doing the best ever - getting all your skinny clothes out. How cool. You deserve a break and I am so pleased for you. Give Zen a pat for me.
Hello Lots lovely to hear from you hope you are keeping well and life is treating you ok,I have not been able to type for a while but slowly getting back to normal,smudge is cuddled up to the radiator all four legs in the air so I guess she is content after eating breakfast,my Angel is agt work bless her and the snow is falling again 4 inches over night but this morning was bitterly cold. Miss our Ben there is a bond between you and a dog thaty you do not seem to get with ac cat always wagging his or her tail when she or he greets you listening to ones ramblings during the day keeping my feet warm on a cold day like this yes I do miss our Ben. Hope suri is keeping well,the Shire looks magical covered in snow I miss being able to get out walk and take photos,watching the snow flakes fall not straight down but circling like a tornado slowly spinning down and down 4 cats at the patio doors no idea where they live looking at me as if to say come on let us in and feed us back in a moment.........................ok put four plastic plates out wh dried food allchewing away must be tyelling there friends where food can be got.
Two sparrows sitting on a neighbours tv ariel chatting away well fred looks like the snow is here to stay when do you fly away to warmed climes no idea sid have to fly for a while to keep warm see you later.
Time for a coffee Lots make you one and we cat sit and share a few thoughts keep warm keep safe thank you for your message
Hi Lots- Are you off today ? Do you have you hypothyroidism ? I have had it for years. Way before D. I take synthroid 100 mcg ( I think ). My PCP checks my TSH, t3, AND t4 yearly. They have been fine for years. Many T-1 D have it too. But I guess you know that. I is supposed to get super cold starting tonight thru Thurs. Lows in the teens at night. I am sure we will get no sympathy from Kathy. Have you heard from her lately ? Hope you are feeling OK. Still walking ? I am. I don't know about when it gets cold. Stay well and regards to Zen. Cat
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