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Unread 04-27-2012, 11:41 AM   #471
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i am truly sorry for your loss our animals become part of our family so the loss is always so hard. Glad you have a good support system. I am sure you made his life so much better. Go have a good cry it is ok i would too.(I am big crier) I cleans the soul of pain and sorrow.
Will keep you in thought and prayer
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Unread 04-27-2012, 11:45 PM   #472
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B2Y, I'm sorry about Cooper.
You mentioned putting the pepper in the hamburger... I do that with dehydrated red and green peppers.. yummy! Also good added when making meatloaf.

Welcome to the Insights lounge bgt1121 .

Barb, I hope the retirement process goes smooth for you.

Kelly, I hope you find a reasonable priced pair of glasses.

Not much new going on in my life. Just battling fatigue and pushing through to keep my household running. My biggest thing right now is trying to get my garden planted. Weather hasn't been cooperating this past month. Too warm for me or too cold to be planting! Hope that settles down soon.

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Unread 04-28-2012, 09:37 PM   #473
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I'm so sorry about Cooper. I guess now it makes some sense why he never got along with the other cats.

I pop in and out and read sometimes. Work has been overwhelming and the kids have been overwhelming. There are in law situations and I'm just beyond the limit of what I can handle. I haven't felt this bad physically in about 4 years.

Now my PT has ordered me to not do anything physical other than work and running the kids around for 2 weeks to see if my muscles start working better. That will be interesting, huh? No cleaning for me for 2 weeks. My house is already a disaster and without the minimal amount I've been doing, it will really be special.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 05:39 AM   #474
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Oh Holly, I wish I had some words of wisdom that would make you sigh with relief and say, "Of course! That's the solution!" I think my hardest times have been the "mental" part of the physical hard times--having MS slap me in the face and say, "Hello! This is the way it is now!" Or at least, FOR now.

I don't mean that it doesn't get better, because (so far) it mostly has. Sometimes the relapses or worsening of symptoms settles down, sometimes I've found ways to adapt--not always my first choice, and sometimes I've had to learn to live with the "changes". Read "changes" as "losing something else".

It bites. Most of the time I'm able (eventually) to count my blessings, but I don't go easily into that dark acceptance of loss.

Wow, I'm cheering you up, aren't I? I know, cheering up isn't the point. I hope above all that this valley will soon be behind you and you'll see physical improvements. I hope that, until then, you're able to find ways of coping and adapting--even if you have to bring your family along kicking and screaming. They'll adjust.

Only you will know when "I can't do this anymore" becomes literal, and which "this" has to change. That's been the hardest for me by far. For instance, I didn't want to stop working, and I couldn't AFFORD to stop working, but I couldn't do it anymore. I don't know if working part-time is an option for you, or taking some LWOP--I'm sure you've already thought of every opition.

Can you hire a cleaning person once in a while? Can you (ugh, I know) ask a friend or family member for help, at least until you have time to catch your breath and take stock?

I keep repeating myself, but there has been nothing harder so far than looking at 100 spoons' worth of things I HAVE to do, and knowing I only have 40 spoons, no reserve tank. Especially when the people around you that love you the most are saying, "What the heck is a spoon?"
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Happy Sunday, Everyone! I love Sunday's, as many of you already know that.

Sorry I haven't been posting much. I watched my brother's kids for a week and then last week I spent trying to recover from the colonoscopy prep. As you know, I did the prep last Sunday. Well come Monday morning, I find out that the insurance hadn't approved it yet. So there I sat with a nice clean colon and no where to go. For some reason the prep really upset my system and it's taken me a while to get everything working right. Or at least less pain. I also had a bad chest cold and so the EGD was rescheduled as well. I'll be doing both of them this coming Wednesday. It sure will be nice to get to the bottom of what is causing me so much pain. The GI dr. did say it may all just be neurological pain. If so, I think it's time to adjust my medications.

Today was the 1st day in a while that I actually felt well enough to get some things done around the house. I spend the morning cleaning, organizing, etc. I love being a minimalist and it drives me crazy when things are out of place or don't have a place. I used to not be that way but since I got MS, I just don't like to have lots of nick knacks and things like that. Too much to maintain.

I hope you all are having a great day today!
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I love being a minimalist and it drives me crazy when things are out of place or don't have a place. I used to not be that way but since I got MS, I just don't like to have lots of nick knacks and things like that. Too much to maintain.
Tricia, I'm the exact same way! The more things I have the more places there are to get dusty! I don't save anything anymore. If it's not recyclable then I can't use it. I've given more stuff to my kids than I've kept for myself. Now if I could just get rid of the stuff in the garage that they want to keep but have no place for right now.
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My neighbors across the street are having a birthday party for their little girl this afternoon. She's 4 today.....and I remember when she was born! Where does the time go?

They brought me over some of their cookout food.....potato salad, bbq chicken legs, hamburger......and she said she'd bring some birthday cake once they cut it! They're doing a pinata in the front yard right now. I was watching the kids from the window and they're so cute.
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Where is everybody?

I was just sitting on the couch having my second cup of coffee when I noticed something moving outside the window on the front door. After watching closely I realized that two little sparrows are building their nest in my wreath that's hanging on the wall of the porch! I'm glad I changed it to my spring/summer wreath and didn't leave my fall/winter one up. I'd have had to leave the fall/winter one up so as not to disturb their home. They're so cute to watch.
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I wish you luck with birds that close to your home! I had a mockingbird pair, that were right by the door. I was chased all around the home, even into the garage pecking me. The birds from haties for sure. They were so protective I couldn't get to my car! ginnie
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I have mockingbirds in the backyard and they're pretty aggressive! They swoop down and peck the cats on the back! The cats just ignore them now. It's funny to watch, though!
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