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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: Sep 30, 2014 10:02:21 AM

I have a couple of suits in the closet but I'm also too large to wear them. If I would lose about 60 pounds they would both probably fit me. I'll stick to sport clothes for now.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 9:06:38 AM

Regarding dressing up, I used to have 3-4 complete suits with pants, jacket, vest, in some cases two jackets or vests for versatility, and they took up a large section of my closet. But then, I wore a suit to work every day. When I stopped working in the nineties, I didn't need them, but they stayed in my closet. Then I was diagnosed with MS. As much as I tried to stay active, it was harder and harder to do and in the 20 years since then, I have continually been adding weight, over 100 lbs over that time. wife has bought me bigger suits, but I was happy to have just one suit that fit me (until I out-grew it & had to buy another one). Now, I don't try to keep up. I stopped wearing suits completely. When our daughters got married, I rented a tux (had to look good to walk them down the aisle!). I want to lose all that (over 100 lbs) and keep it off. Then I will just need to take all those suits to the dry cleaners!
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 9:59:54 AM

It has to be a big struggle for the wife to start working again when she isn't 100% well enough to do so. It's been one thing or another for her and she hasn't received many breaks.

Great on the losing of weight. I'm just not in the mood to attempt and I'm tired all the time from my CLL. I have a wedding in 20 days and am hoping my sport coat fits me. I have to dig it out of the closet one of these days.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 6:09:20 AM

Well, today wife goes back to work again. Not like she is ready to, but if she doesn't, the clinic will have to close its doors. She will try to take it easy, but there is only so much she can do to lighten her load. In addition, she is on steroid therapy now, so she admits she is in a bitchy mood (hopefully not for the patients). I have a two-page "honey do" list for the week, so I won't get in any trouble (I hope).
On the plus (or minus?) side, I am continuing to lose weight. Another 2 lbs in the past week!
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 12:48:31 PM

Neat! I used to help my cousin put up her Christmas scenes way way back in time. It was fun and she had music going also.

In those days it was just turning the tape recorder on at a predetermined time and let it go. No music dancing though as they didn't have it in those days.
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 8:07:40 AM

Doing the Christmas light show might be extra fun this year. Our son, who is currently living with us, is going to help and I will get to teach him how to set up all of the controllers, wireless relays, FM radio transmitter, etc... for the computers to run the programs, play the songs, and control the lights. He is a computer person, kind of like me, but not as much. He will even program some of the songs!
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 9:50:40 AM

Oh Oh, the wife boxed you in for a spectacular Christmas showing. Christmas season is coming fast.

You and the wife are sure sports fans. I watch on TV if at all. If I could get my favorite team the Buffalo Bills (without a sports pkg) I'd watch sports more.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 8:06:01 AM

Wife & I went to another high school football game last night. The one we went to a week ago led to her hospitalization, as her injury happened while she was climbing into the bleachers. This time we just sat along the sidelines, her in a wheelchair. She is looking forward to returning to work on Monday, but NO STAIR CLIMBING!
Meanwhile, son and I are already starting to get things ready for setting up our Christmas light show. With his help, maybe this one will be our best since we moved into our current house. It better be, because wife is telling EVERYONE about it and telling them to be sure to come out to see it this year.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 9:50:22 AM

It looks like there's a lot of good things happening around you. Wife on the mend, both of you home and weight loss also. I would sure like to see 5 or 10 pounds loss my way also....in a healthy way.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 6:58:49 AM

Everyone is back home. Wife hopefully on the mend. I am tired. At Doc appt. I lost a few more lbs from last weigh-in.
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2014 9:31:59 AM

GB, you're making me tired!! Me going 25 miles is enough for me. Did you consider buying a personal helicopter?

The 6 year old is staying home from school today as she was sick most the night. I'll be doing my babysitting/caring for her while everyone else is doing their thing.

Take care GB and God Bless all of you.
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2014 4:39:46 AM

They finally tried anti-inflammatories on wife and it is working. Her hand is actually getting better, after months of no or little sensation since her knee replacement in June. She is expecting to get out of the hospital today, but I have a 10 am doc appt. in Peoria, so 2 hrs drive there, doc appt., stop and see our daughter and S-I-L (they have stuff for us), then 2 1/2 hrs to Chicago, pick up wife, and 3-4 hrs back home today. Wish I got frequent flyer miles.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 2:10:29 PM

Sorry to hear about your wife's pain. In this day and age, you would expect pain management would be a piece of cake.

My DIL is now fine and once again living a normal life. The DIL's 73 year old father is still touch and go and is expected to degrade rapidly these next few days.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 1:37:30 PM

Wife's condition has (hopefully) been diagnosed, but her pain is not improving and they have not figured out any method to help her heal or manage her pain and discomfort. It is so frustrating.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 7:05:20 PM

I hope everyone is getting better. We are pretty careful/picky about food we take home or keep as leftovers, too. Especially with wife's recent problems with infections, etc..., we don't want to give any of those little bugs a chance.

As for wife, her MRI came back negative for any fractures (even miniscule ones), but it shows some pretty nasty soft tissue damage, deep in the back of her right hip. She says she broke her "@$$". A day or two more in the hospital and then back home, using a walker again (thought she was done with it).
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 2:46:23 PM

The DIL just got over food poisoning (we believe). We initially thought it was bacterial but now believe food poisoning.

They went to a 1 year old's birthday party and the Grand Daughter brought the white cheddar macaroni salad home. The granddaughter decided to stop off to do some shopping first, for a few hours and left the salad in the 90-120 degree car for a couple of hours before bringing it home to the refrigerator.

What a horrible 3 days of agony the DIL had. Me, being picky, wouldn't eat anything that was made somewhere else, and its safety, unknown.
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 10:02:49 AM

All the x-rays & cat scans don't show anything, but they are hoping the MRI will. She had the MRI yesterday, but they haven't given her the results yet. Meanwhile, she is miserable.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 10:21:55 AM

It's good she's where they can keep an eye on her. Hopefully it isn't anything serious.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 4:50:16 AM

I am back home, wife was admitted to the hospital, which was the reason we went there in the first place. ER doc here called ortho doc in Chicago, who could have given wife a "direct" admission, but it is easier to just have her go through the ER to get admitted.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2014 12:08:16 AM

I find out the ER does little unless it's immediate life threatening. I took the DIL to the ER many times and that's all they seem to do is draw blood, perhaps give an injection and send you on your way.

It's always to see your doctor during his business hours the next day or Monday.
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 10:30:36 PM

Our local hospital ER just drew blood, took some X-rays and said they can't see what's wrong, so they just offered to admit her for "pain management"-in other words, an expensive room to just give her meds & cover up the problem. We want to find what the problem is AND FIX IT. So, I drve her back to Rush Medical Center in Chicago, where they will do what we need them to do. Still in the ER, waiting to get admitted, but she has already had a battery of tests done and right now she is in radiology. I don't think I will stay the night, so that means a late drive back home for me.
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 6:28:44 PM

How's the wife doing? I hope she's OK. Still praying for her and you, nightly....and as always.
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 12:42:14 PM

Sitting in the ER again. Had to take wife this morning because she fell.
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 10:25:48 PM

I've always had problems understanding anyone that speaks slightly different. I can listen to the DIL's 18 year old niece who can be standing right next to me and it's all gibberish while they can understand her. They say it's because they have known her all their life. I have a harder time than most people but I've had that problem even in my teens.

My hearing is still pretty good but the audio test has said there is some loss depending on the frequency. That's to be expected at 74 they say.

Many things are out of our control.

The DIL is a "loser" as she loses most everything she has in her hands. We tell her to put things exactly where they were and there won't be any problem. The home phone, her cell phone, rings, keys, necklaces, and especially medicine.....She now brings things to me in my room for safe keeping so she knows where she left them (with me to watch and know where they are). She's been that way even at 18 year's old so we don't believe it's Alzheimer's.
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 5:35:29 PM

I still stay very active with my mind, but my MS has caused a progressive deterioration of my cognitive abilities. I take a common Alzheimer's med to fight this. I get disoriented, confused, and have trouble with names, etc... (plus, where did I leave my keys?). My language skills have also slipped a lot, as I went from speaking 5 different languages to having trouble understanding a person who speaks English with an accent.
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 12:19:29 PM

Hi GB, Actually my mind (at 74 year's old) is extremely sharp and I intend to keep it that way. I do computer chess (2 game types) about 6 times a day, each, Mahjong, spider solitaire, solitaire, hearts, minesweeper, Freecell, and spades all about 6 times a day also.

I know when the mind stops working, it starts to atrophy, so I don't want that to happen. I have a 48 year old DIL and a 26 year old GD, and my mind is "at least" as sharp as the 26 year old and "much sharper" than the 48 year old. I'm hoping it stays that way.

I contribute it all to keeping the mind sharp. I had an aunt that was a school teacher and when she retired, she got Alzheimer about 10 year's after retiring along with letting her mind retire.

Be careful when driving. I totally felt OK but would fall asleep at the computer or at the TV. I thought I was good when driving but I fell asleep 3 miles from the house and almost hit an oncoming car. That's when I got my CPAP machine and sleep apnea diagnosis.
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 9:55:50 AM

No restrictions for driving yet, except if I don't feel up to it. I can pretty much tell when I am going to have a bad day or if I might be questionable in by abilities to do things. With my epilepsy, it is more of a sudden onset thing, but I still feel it coming on, so if I am driving, I can pull over and put the truck or car in park before I black out.

I guess I am in those "golden years", though I understand your comments about rust, etc... That is why I am making one last push to lose as much weight as I can before the rust makes that nearly impossible. I also have a lot of rust accumulating in my mind--memory going, logical abilities not as sharp, etc... You probably know all about that, too.
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 10:58:49 PM

Remember when we were young and heard about the "Golden Years". Ever since I turned 55 and older, I've been looking for them. I've found many "Rust Years" but no Golden years....although the sweeties I have living with me and in NY are certainly my Golden beauties.

Knowing your posts, you have a very full life which is great.

I started out with Asthma, then diabetes, then parathyroid cancer (3 operations in 20 years), then COPD, then congestive heart failure, then chronic bronchitis, then CLL/SLL, then sleep apnea. Of course there are my back and hip problems and broken ankle that I always contend with that keeps me from walking far.

I still do most of what I want to do.

Are you restricted in driving in any manner? Hopefully not.
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 9:01:39 AM

My latest condition to be diagnosed is: I have epilepsy. This explains my seizures & blackouts. Now I have to take another pill, twice a day, that makes me sleep.
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 9:03:51 AM

I'll have some Florida days that will drop down into the 40's and even 30's but they usually still get up to the 60's if not hotter. The house doesn't drop down under 64 degrees overnight.

I don't miss my 36" wide snow blower at all!
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 1:10:08 AM

Unfortunately, the temps here in the Midwest will drop significantly and our furnace will get a workout, as will our snow blower.
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 10:00:53 AM

Those temperatures are what I long for and can't wait for the November-December time frame to get those.
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 9:28:52 AM

The last couple of weeks were perfect for us. Highs in the 60s & 70s, lows in 50s & 60s. Haven't run the AC or the furnace at all.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 5:00:16 PM

I understand Rochester NY had low 40's this last week so winter isn't that far away. S. Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming got hit with snow this week, too.

For me, it's the fun time of the year coming along. I'll check the heater in a few months to make sure all the dust is off the coils. If it was just me living here I wouldn't have to use the heat during the winter. The house always gets back up into the high 60's if not the 70's or 80's.
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 4:38:23 PM

I didn't expect to do this so soon, but we got the snow blower out of storage today. We don't need it yet, but had to remove it to make room for other stuff we wanted to put into storage.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 11:06:27 AM

Even traveling for the day I can't wait to get back home and relax. Around here, I'm picking up the first grader three days a week but that is the most I'm usually doing, other than bills, running out to errands, or computing.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 5:54:02 AM

It seems that getting back home and returning to a routine that I have more control over is definitely helping me in my weight-loss efforts. Yes, I still snack, but only what I choose to snack, things I buy myself and can buy in quantity, make room for in OUR refrigerator or cabinets so I can eat a little whenever I need to fight the hunger without adding a lot of calories or other bad factors to my intake. Plus, my activities are returning to normal, which is important.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 11:01:02 AM

My 2 car garage is really a 1.75 car garage as it would never have fit two full size vehicles with the furnace on the one side. I can't believe they were so chincy when they built the house.

It was a 3 bedroom home (before I put the 4th bedroom in). When I checked the ceiling insulation I had about 1 inch to 3 inches - (garbage). The garage had NO insulation in the ceiling. My A/C would never keep up with the outside temperature and the house would drift up to 83 degrees in the hot 96 degree summer. The building inspectors should have been fired!

I put R-40 insulation in the roof. Now the A/C is "kind of" keeping the house comfortably but I do have the extra ~400 sq. foot of garage I'm air conditioning. Much better than before the insulating.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 4:29:20 AM

Our garage alternates between the traditional place to park one of our vehicles (though it is a two-car garage) and a work place/storage place/mess. It is carpeted, but the only heat it gets is from being attached to the house (warmer than outside but not as warm as inside).
It is a nicer, roomier place for me to use my exercise equipment for a month or two, that is for sure.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 1:12:22 PM

I do the 5 "just for fun" to get my 5 for the day then search for the others I want to respond to. I don't have to worry about getting the minimum in then.

My garage isn't a garage anymore now that I have more people in the house. It's officially a 4th bedroom with carpeting, A/C, heat, etc. It's been that way for about 5 years.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 5:24:17 AM

Yeah, I used to do those "just for fun" things, but I have enough in "off topic" and other categories that I do regularly that I don't bother any more.
I started cleaning out the garage yesterday so wife can park her car in it, which she prefers to do so she can just get out of her car and into the house. She was pleased, but suggested that, while the weather is still good for a few months, I could move some of our exercise equipment out there to give me more room to get a good workout. Some men might take that the wrong way, like, "Get your fat @$$ out there and ..." but I appreciate it. Out son will probably make good use of it for a while, too. It will also make it easier for me to move around my workshop for a while (where most of the equipment is now) and get it cleaned up/more organized again before we move the stuff back there.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 9:53:31 AM

How dumb I am. I posted "fun" here instead of the other forum. I'm glad your son drove in Chicago to get the experience. I try to tell people that it is no biggie, just staying in your lane and knowing where you're going.

With a programmed GPS it makes it so much easier also. Glad all returned safely.
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 9:49:18 AM

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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 5:12:45 AM

Our respective trips both went well yesterday. Our son actually drove all the way into Chicago. Wife drove for a little while on the way back. I, on the other hand, drove the whole way, both directions, but I had a shorter distance.
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 1:32:53 PM

Wow, a change in assignments huh. Usually it's the guy that seems more confident driving in big cities. Good luck to all of you and keep it safe. The difference in speeding and being safe is perhaps a half hour.
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 11:10:18 AM

Wife has a doctor appointment in Chicago, but I can't take her because I have a meeting in Champaign, so our son will drive most of the way there and back, but SHE will drive in Chicago because HE doesn't feel confident in the big city.
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