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pickles37

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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2005 2:13:08 AM

Here you will find people that desire to loose weight and love to talk about that and lots of other things! Join the fun as we chat away!
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 4:12:22 PM

The 18 month old and family will certainly brighten her spirits! The DIL is brightening up my spirits with a 9 cheese lasagna she's making for us tonight. It'll be in the oven by 4:30 pm and ready by dinnertime.

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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 10:42:33 AM

Sometimes you need a doctor to straighten out the other docs (& nurses, pharmacists, lab techs, etc... She rattled some cages and changes will be made. Her breathing is getting better, but the long drive to G B was tough for her. Now we have our 18 month old grand daughter (and other family) to cheer her up & help her heal.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 8:39:50 AM

Good for your wife!! The doctors got put back in their place. Thank goodness Holly is hopefully over the breathing problem.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 5:51:50 AM

Her wheezing was probably a combination of seasonal allergies, a touch of influenza (even though she HAD her shot), and the construction dust, fumes, etc... Yesterday was such a circus, as she was not given meds when she needed or was supposed to get them, given the WRONG meds, almost taken for tests that the doctor did NOT order (one including the use of "contrast" that she is supposed to avoid), and many more things that infuriated and frustrated her. She finally just asked to be discharged, but the doctor refused to do it, forcing her to either leave
AMA (so the insurance wouldn't pay anything) or stay. Don't back MY wife into a corner, because she can get vicious, and she knows who to talk to, including the CEO of the hospital. By the time she was done, she had all sorts of apologies and assurances that none of this would happen again, so she stayed the night. Now, we are planning to leave for Green Bay this afternoon and stay until Monday.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 10:52:44 PM

I'm so sorry to hear your wife had a hard time breathing. Was it due to anxiety or due to other medical problems?

I had lots of claustrophobia when I broke my ankle in NY in the wintertime, home alone for days at a time, and total icing outside. I'm still not over it yet. I feel pain when I think of what your wife is going through. I am so sorry.
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GBGuy
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 3:04:23 PM

Actually, she isn't stuck in the house today because last night her breathing got so bad that she told me she was dying. Needless to say, the ambulance was called and she has been in the hospital ever since. Thankfully, she did not die.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:19:31 AM

Thank goodness the nice weather is there so the wife won't be stuck in the house. With the birds chirping, squirrels roaming around, it is a nice outside scene.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 2:52:11 PM

We are driving to GB on Thursday for the holiday weekend and time with family, including our sweet little granddaughter. We plan to leave GB on Monday, but stop in Milwaukee for the night--and to break up a long, painful trip for the wife. While there, we will catch the Brewers game vs the Padres. We have handicapped seating for both of us. Then, to beak of the remaining trip a little, she has an appointment to see the docs in Chicago on Tuesday, on the way back home.
After Easter, our son and I plan to get her out in the yard (in the wheelchair) so she can tell us where she wants what kinds of flowers, vegetables, etc... planted and she can supervise the whole project.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:51:11 PM

I guess it's more flowers and small goodies to please her mind a bit. With Spring here and summer on its way, things can get despondent with being presently handicapped.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 6:51:00 PM

Yes, I know, and whatever she complains about, I take the blame for it and apologize. She is getting tired of hearing me say I am sorry.
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 9:36:23 PM

Your wife Holly is stretched as far as she can go,and knows she has to go further yet. I can see where one could have a mental break down going through what she is going through.

It takes lots of understanding and when she is the 'witch-est' she needs the understanding even more at that time. I couldn't imagine what she has to still go through. God Bless!!
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 6:24:55 PM

I am trying to be the great husband that she deserves, but she (understandably) has been "very emotional", to the point some would describe her as a "witch with a capital B". Our son helps out when he can, but he works nights and sleeps part of the day. I told him that dealing with his mother like this, he will be a wonderful husband for some lady.
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 9:23:44 AM

GB, thank goodness you are in good enough shape to do what has to be done. I know it has to be a struggle for you, many times. Thankfully Holly has a great husband to care for her.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 1:09:32 AM

Wife is safely home, but the long ride from Chicago was an adventure in agony for her. Now, we have to help her do practically everything, meaning I am on call 24 hours a day. She is in a lot of pain, too.
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 9:47:22 AM

Tell the wife she's a sweetie, from me. I'm sure the Lord is thinking of her often.

Have a safe trip!
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 1:08:54 AM

Ready to go to sleep. I have a doctor's appointment in Champaign and then drive to Chicago, hopefully to take the wife home today, but maybe not until tomorrow.
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 9:04:38 PM

I always fill out the online comments when I have a chance. I've never won money but have had about 6 free dinners for $40, $25, and dinners for 3 and dinners for 2 in the last 9 years.
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GBGuy
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 5:24:38 PM

Nothing wrong with that! A good restaurant SHOULD do something to make up for their failures, like give free food. The ones that do get credit in my book and they get my return business. The ones that don't move down in my priority list of which place I will want to go to in the future. I also like to do all the online surveys that you get on your receipts. I have collected over $1000 in winnings from them so far (still waiting to win a real BIG prize)!
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 11:12:25 AM

GB, way to go on the weight loss and great numbers. It's always nice to have positive results in all ways.

The 26 year old GD and her boyfriend came home with Chinese for the two of them (how rude). It was their first year anniversary together.

I told the DIL to get ready and took her to Cracker Barrel for dinner and used my free certificate from Cracker Barrel. It was nice to only have to leave a tip, for a change.

When I gave feed-back from the "feed us back" receipt from C.B. a few month's ago I complained on my particular food and they sent me a free dinner for two. I'm not proud and used it and we enjoyed the food even more.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 9:11:54 AM

I was surprised how pleased my neurologist (in Peoria) was with my weight loss and (of course) encouraging me to keep it up. BP, heart rate and respiration were spectacular (for me). Of course, he has a new drug he wants me to try for my MS. After the appointment, I took my daughter (who lives near Peoria) out for dinner at Chili's. We picked that restaurant because at about the same time, my son was having a "first date" with a young lady at the Chili's in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Wife is still doing better each day, but can't get used to her "non-knee".
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 9:41:47 AM

GB, you're making me tired again thinking of all the traveling you're doing. I still think you should be getting road mileage from someone.

(Actually, knowing you, you are probably already getting them from God)
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 6:56:55 AM

One of two doctor appointments this week will be this afternoon, in Peoria (a 2 hour drive each way). It is with my neurologist to check up on my MS and diabetes-related neurologic conditions. Hopefully he will be pleased with my weight loss. Afterward, I hope to see our daughter, either at her home, at work, or maybe take her out for dinner.
Meanwhile, wife is in better spirits and continuing her recovery.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 9:46:41 AM

Congratulations on the wife's successful surgery!! One step at a time is what it takes, but to Holly, it has to feel like such a very long ordeal (and it certainly is).

I look and wonder how I could ever go through what Holly's going through and stay sane.

I'm glad you didn't get into an accident on the way home. Thank goodness you had the big rig to hop over the curb.

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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 9:11:46 AM

Wife made it through the surgery fine. They had a little more trouble than they expected removing the old knee, so the procedure took a little longer and, as usual, longer under anesthesia means a longer time in post-op/recovery. Then, when I finally left to return home, I almost got in an accident RIGHT ON THE CORNER OF THE HOSPITAL! I got a left arrow and when one of the cars coming from the other direction saw me moving, he must have thought HE had a green light, too, so he gunned it. In order to avoid him, I had to turn more sharply, leading me to enter the wrong side of the street I was turning onto and forcing me to drive over the sizable "curb" that separates the two halves of that street. My Avalanche took it like a champ, a bit of a rough ride, but it made it through just fine.

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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 4:19:32 PM

I can't imagine what your wife has to go through. God speed a cure.
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 3:35:31 AM

Today is the surgery. We wonder how it will be for her without a knee for 2 months.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 9:32:21 AM

GB, Your wife is such a champion being able to stand up for what she still has to go through. She is such a beautiful person inside and out.

That's excellent you are down in weight. Sorry it had to be due to the circumstances you are going through.

I know it also takes dedication on your part to keep the weight down as some would gain weight with the stress you both have.

I checked my calories for Friday and came to 3098 calories which is a no-no for losing weight. It was so easy to consume those calories also.

I am at least preparing the daily data for a future attempt to control my weight once I am ready to start a new way of life (dieting).

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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 6:02:17 AM

Now I am down over 25 lbs! Something to be said about living with stress and trying to keep up with a sick spouse, huh?

Today, we will drive to Chicago, then check in to a hotel for the night. Tomorrow, we will get wife admitted to the hospital so she can have surgery around 1 pm. Then she will probably stay there almost a week.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2014 10:38:04 AM

Hopefully your ring is somewhere in the house. Chances are that you would then eventually find it.

I'm not ready to start on a weight loss program yet. I'm going to have to make a complete monthly list of foods that I'll eat daily, even probably totally making the 3 meal list with calorie counts along with snacks for the day.

My spreadsheet can accurately do this as long as I decide on the foods.

I also have vegetarian food list, a "weight watchers" type food list and a couple of other lists that I can use for suggestions.

Once I start I have to condense my calories so it happens somewhat fast and doesn't go on for a year or more.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2014 9:40:34 AM

More on the weight loss side, my fingers have lost enough fat that my wedding ring fell off somewhere and we can't find it.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 8:15:39 PM

Sounds like a nice project. It will give the wife some needed uplifting. It's good you have the body flexibility to do all/some of the work also.

If I go to my knees I need extra help getting up. I remember the good old days (age 8 - 15) when I loved running and ran through the fields most the day with my friends. We had about a mile x half mile of roaming fields and spent most of the off hours out there building forts, tepee's, playing cowboys and Indians, or whatever.

In today's world that would be unheard of.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 5:30:04 PM

On the weight loss/dieting side, we are going to completely remodel our master bathroom, ripping the walls to the studs and the floors to the subfloor and removing all the cabinetry, the shower, vanity, etc.. That better burn some calories & help me drop a few pounds!
When we are done, we will have a larger shower with a built-in bench and water sprays from several different directions, most of them will be individually adjustable by volume and type of spray. This will help my wife get through the tough 4-6 months coming up.

Its nice when doing something for someone else helps you out too.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 2:45:05 PM

GB thanks for the update. We are all pulling for her and will continue to do so.
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 8:48:45 PM

Update on wife: Next surgery will be Monday afternoon, to remove the old artificial knee and put in antibiotic "spacers" that should kill the rest of the bugs in that knee before she has a new knee joint implanted in 6-8 weeks. Right now, she is resting after a dreadful round trip to Chicago.
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 5:27:16 AM

I don't care for tea, either. My main beverage is PowerAde Zero. I gives me essential electrolytes and tastes pretty good. I also drink diet soda.

As for my wife, no, apparently she will be able to wear an immobilizer on her leg and get around on crutches, walker, or wheelchair.
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 9:20:45 AM

GB, does that mean Holly has to be bedridden for the 6-8 weeks until the new artificial knee is put in?

Yes, I'll have to stop the coffee when I do my next try at losing weight. Perhaps I'll go to tea with some Splenda to keep it palatable.
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2014 8:01:56 AM

Yes, dieting is a struggle to balance food that will fill/satisfy you with food that is good for you. I don't drink coffee at all (even the smell makes me sick). Maybe if you try cutting back a little on the coffee mate a little?

News re: my wife: The surgeon that did all the surgery on her leg to remove the infected & dead tissue agreed to hand off her case to the next surgeon, who will be responsible for removing her infected artificial knee joint and 6-8 weeks later, put a new one in. Good news!
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 9:50:20 AM

When I eat just veggies I get hungry sooner and feel "depleted" in satisfaction. When I have bacon, scrambled eggs, toast and home fries it seems to satisfy me for a long period. I'll have to get back to my old menu's. I love coffee in the morning and I need Coffeemate which adds quite a bit of calories to the mix for the 4 rounded teaspoons (30 gms)(300 calories a day). That pretty much kills any weight loss unless I give up the coffee totally. I can't drink it black.

Have a safe trip back to Chicago and our hopes and prayers are with Holly.
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 3:44:13 AM

All that weight loss that I mentioned earlier (from being so active due to my wife's health issues) was nice, but I am stuck again. Can't imagine being more active, so I guess I will just have to accept this as a temporary "plateau" and hope I don't start gaining that weight back.

BTW--Driving back to Chicago today to find out what the docs want to do and when. Wife is very anxious.
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 10:29:54 AM

Hi Georgia! Yeah, we spend a lot of time off the subject of dieting, but as the number of participants dwindled down (to mostly just Jemac and myself), we just started commenting about family, etc...). We still have occasional comments that are on-topic, but what difference does it make if it is just the two of us. I think Jemac and I have formed a pretty good friendship and this is just one place we communicate (also on the diabetic forum sometimes, etc...). Maybe more visitors will help us stay more on topic?
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2014 11:05:13 PM

Hi Georgia2girl, Good to see you here. GB's wife has been the topic at times along with our talking about dieting or the lack of losing what we have to lose.

I have lots of excuses in my pocket for not losing weight but my body doesn't want to listen to them. It just wants me to lose some weight and shut up with the excuses.

How are you doing and are you in a dieting way?

I made up a spread sheet eons ago and tried to stick to it, recording 100% of all the numbers including calories, and all the nutrients, but it seems to have gone by the wayside. How are you doing, dieting wise?

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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2014 6:40:18 PM

Looks like ya'll need some company here. This thread appears to have somehow derailed from the original topic. I came in thinking there would be lots of folks dieting and sharing their success. No worries, any conversation will do.
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2014 6:01:04 PM

Today is the anniversary (1980) of the "accident", when a drunk driver turned out of a McDonald's parking lot & then ran a red light, hitting my then fiancé (now wife), causing damage that still haunts her today. Needless to say, she is always down on this day of the year.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 9:42:17 PM

Your wife has been through so much. It scares me even thinking all she has to still go through. I wish We could help in some way.

We will continue to do what we can with our Upstairs Partners.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 5:15:06 PM

My wife is doing pretty well, but she is always taking her temperature, watching for any signs of infection return or resurgence. We are hoping all will be clear when we return to Chicago on Monday, so the ortho docs will feel comfortable enough to go forward with plans to remove the infected artificial knee, implant antiseptic spacers in the knee, and then (after a couple months or so) put an new artificial joint in. If the infection comes back, we cannot rule out amputation.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 9:31:14 AM

We are about over with the cooler weather. We will have a couple of 74 degree days left then the 80's will be in store for us.

A little bit of rain should be heading our way Friday and Saturday.

GB, how's the wife doing?
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 9:23:01 AM

Snow is gone and now we are having rain (tornadoes to the south and west of us). I guess that is why they call it weather?
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:38:57 AM

Yes, us too, when we lived in Green Bay, but it is really unusual here.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 12:48:07 PM

Snow.....I remember getting snow in early June in NY. Glad those days are over with.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 9:09:45 AM

We got snow overnight. It looks weird, since some of the early blooming flowers have already started to sprout.
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