Sunday, December 30, 2007

I've made a change.... my entry of my Christmas pictures. I had 55 pictures in it and it was making it hard for some to view my journal. I now have a link up if anyone would like to see all of them! :o)

                      ..............Thank you for your patients. :o)



9:48 AM - I don’t understand people at all!
Current mood: pissed off
Category: Life

Remember when I said that I really don't feel like writing in my aol journal anymore? Well, today you'll see why! I really don't like the way others treat you and "asumming" things about you that just are not true! It's really driving me crazy! It's like I said; I write for ME and not for anyone else! Is that too hard to understand? I honestly don't know how else I can say it! It just sucks!
This one person is "always" doing this same shit with me and I'm so fed up with her anticks! She does this all the time to me, but has never left a comment like she did to me, she usually writes me an email! She claims that I have her blocked from emailing me, I was going to copy and paste "ALL" of who I have blocked, but it wouldn't let me. But I had a lot of emails from her this morning when I logged on! hhmmmm, I wonder how she emailed me if she was blocked? I just can not take all the bullshit anymore that goes along with the stupid aol journals! And I don't understand when others will tell me..."Just go private!" NO! I'm NOT going to let anyone rule me and my life! Ever! Especially someone on line that has nothing better to do!
And yes, I am still sick. I don't understand why I haven't gotten any better. This is really concerning me! It's been over a month now. None of the 4 antibiotics have helped me at all, which I find strange, at least one of them would have. The only thing thats working is this liquid I take to break up my chest. That stuff started working the same day I started taking it! Cool!
On top of all that, my body is doing it's own thing once again! I don't know how long this relapse is going to be this time. Of course, I never know.
After taking some deep breathes and walking around the house a bit....I'm starting to feel better. Calming down a bit.
And the weird thing is....when I write stuff like I did this one comments in them, except a few, Like Guido. And everyone talks so much about how J-land is supposed to be so helpful to you and supportive! I'd love to see that one! I've seen it with the others that have cancer. Not trying to be crass, just stating what "I've" seen. And guess what....I'm a cancer serviver! At the age of 23 is when I had to have a full hysterectomy because of indometriosis that I had and on the out side of my uteris, cancer was starting to grow. I've thank God for letting me live. Plus being able to have my kids. It did take awhile until I got better,  but I did get better! Thank God for that!
I'm leaving now....not feeling so good right now..ick!


Currently listening :
Abbey Road
By The Beatles
Release date: 25 October, 1990




Poor Tom

Tom did like he always does, kissing his wife, crawling into bed and
falling to sleep. All of a sudden, he wakes up with an elderly man dressed in
a white robe standing in front of his bed. "What the hell are you doing
in my bedroom? ...... and who are you?" he asked.

"This is not your bedroom," the man replied, "I am St. Peter, and you
are in heaven."

"WHAT!!? Are you saying, I'm dead? I don't want to die ..... I'm too
young." said Tom. "If I'm dead, I want you to send me back

"It's not that easy", said St. Peter, "you can only return as a dog or
a hen. You can choose on your own"

Tom thought about it for a while, and figured out that being a dog is
too tiring, but a hen probably has a nice and relaxed life.

Running around with a rooster can't be that bad. "I want to return as
a hen." Tom replied. In the next second, he found himself in a chicken
run, really nicely feathered. But now he felt like his rear end was gonna blow ........ then along
came the rooster. "Hey, you must be the new hen on the farm." he said. "How does it

"Well, it's OK I guess, but it feels like my rear end is blowing up."

"Oh that!" said the rooster. "That's only the ovulation going on.
Have you never laid an egg before?? Cluck twice, and then you push all you

Tom clucked twice, and pushed more than he was good for, and then
'Plop' and an egg was on the ground.

"Wow" Tom said "that felt really good!" So he clucked again and
squeezed. And you better believe that there was yet another egg on the ground.

The third time he clucked, he heard his wife shout: "Tom, for Pete's
sake!!! Wake up ... you're ' crappin ' all over the bed!"



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This is what happened!

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Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. Most the people I know, but some of them I didn't, wish you had been able to name them. Anyway, still--thanks for sharing and these look like you had a wonderful Christmas.

I'd send you my pictures or write you, but you aren't accepting my email. I have no idea what's going on or why yiou aren't. I was shocked. I thought we were friends, and I just don't understnad why you can't tell me at least why you decided to block me.

Don't I at least deserve to hear directly from you why I am blocked? I am very upset. IF I did ANYTHING, i THINK YOI SHOULD AT LEAST TELL ME.

I want you to know I will always pray for you as I do care about you.


This is what I woke up to. I'm so tired of this crap! In my last entry, I posted an email header that proves she is NOT at all blocked from emailing me! I even tried copying the list of who are blocked but it wouldn't let me! This is my responce back;

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First of all...I do NOT have any of YOU BLOCKED from sending me EMAIL!!! OK?
I would appreciate it IF YOU would NOT YELL at me in my COMMENTS!!!! OK?
There are 55 pictures here...."Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. Most the people I know, but some of them I didn't, wish you had been able to name them. ......So with getting what I just pasted, What I have to say to this is...."TOO BAD!" I haven't been writing in the journal because I haven't felt like it! Ok? I have been writing in another one I have..because is bullshit like this that I'm so tired of! OK? Get a F*CKING LIFE and YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO YELL AT ME for something that is NOT my fault! If you want me to, the only other thing that I can think of to prove to YOU that YOU are NOT blocked is to copy all of the names that are blocked and send it to you! How about that, maybe then you'll believe me! HUH?


If I wrote anything that pisses anyone off....WHO CARES!? This is MY JOURNAL....Right? Dam you for treating me this way! I have a whole shit load of emails from you to go through, which I DO NOT MIND at all.....just stop it all! Just stop YELLING at me, OK? I write for ME not for YOU! Get it?

reading this this morning just was the the last straw for me!


Here you go!

Subject:Re: To Cute Not to pass on
Date:12/29/2007 8:35:37 PM Eastern Standard Time



This is email from YOU! I was NOT on line at that time last night, and if you were blocked from sending any emails from me DON'T YOU THINK I WOULDN'T have gotten this?

I'm just so very tired of this same old shit and nit picking that you all are doing! I also have a life out side from this journal and emails! I know I don't have your full address up Merry! I don't want to get in trouble for having your full address posted!
Has it accured to anyone that maybe I just might be really sick? That what I have has gotten worse?
And J-Land is suppose to be OH SO SUPPORTIVE!!! Sure you are!


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Saturday, December 29, 2007

My Christmas pictures

The pictures were making it hard for some to view my journal. So, I'm going to put up a link for you to go to if you want to view my Christmas pictures.



Friday, December 28, 2007

Voyage of discovery

You are the person you have discovered yourself to be. And there is no limit to what you can discover.

The more you live and experience and accomplish, the more fully you evolve. Every moment is an opportunity to add strength and effectiveness to your life.

Every experience helps you more clearly see and understand the magnificent, enormous potential of your life. The joys and the sadness, the pleasures and the frustrations all enable valuable discoveries.

The more fully you understand who you are and what you have, the more effectively you can put it all to use. Take advantage of each opportunity for discovery, in each moment, in each encounter, and in each challenge.

Every experience is a learning experience. Every day is a voyage of discovery.

A lifetime of discovery awaits you right now. Climb aboard, eager and enthusiastic for whatever experience awaits, and begin the journey.

-- Ralph Marston


Final Exam

A teacher at a polytechnic college reminded her pupils of tomorrow's final exam.

"Now listen to me, I won't tolerate any excuses for you not being here tomorrow.

I might consider a nuclear attack or a serious personal injury, illness, or a death in your immediate family, but that's it, no other excuses whatsoever!"

A smart-arsed chappie at the back of the room raised his hand and asked, "What would happen if I came in tomorrow suffering from complete and utter sexual exhaustion?"

The entire class was reduced to laughter and sniggering.

When silence was restored, the teacher smiled knowingly at the student, shook her head and sweetly said, "Well, I suppose you'd have to write the exam with your other hand".


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Coping with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

yoga or tai chi.

Changes in medication, diet or exercise
A consistent schedule is crucial. Be sure to keep exercise low-impact and moderate, with gradual increases in your exertion level.

Insufficient sleep
Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. A hot bath in the evening can help you relax. If you need help with sleep issues, talk to your doctor.

Onset of allergies
Try to avoid your exposure to known allergens. You may need to talk to your doctor about what allergy medication is best for you.


The more you can learn about your flare-ups the more you can do to mitigate them. In some cases, it may be impossible to identify a trigger.

As you become more familiar with your triggers and symptoms, look for beneficial ways to change your day-to-day life.

Help at home
You may need to arrange for help with housework and taking care of your children, whether it’s through family and friends or by hiring someone.

Changes at work
Many people with fibromyalgia make on-the-job changes, work fewer hours, or switch to jobs that are easier on them physically and/or mentally. Talk to your supervisor about your condition and what accommodations you need.

Moderate exercise
When you're tired and sore, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind. Experts say, though, that regular moderate exercise is critical in managing the pain of FMS. Something simple such as a daily walk can help keep joints loose and improve muscle endurance, both of which can lessen pain.

FMS: Nutrition

A poor diet can make your FMS symptoms worse, so eating well is key. No dietary or nutritional approach is universally accepted for fibromyalgia, but increasing evidence shows that some nutritional changes might improve your symptoms.

To find out what foods may aggravate your symptoms, you can eliminate them from your diet. Experts recommend slowly weaning off of caffeine, avoiding alcohol for at least six months, and removing the following from your diet:


Chemical-laden foods

Refined sugars

White flour

Aspartame (NutraSweet)

Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

Junk foods & processed snack foods

Researchers have found that most people with FMS eat large amounts of carbohydrate-rich foods, and they believe this eating habit could make symptoms worse. Some suggest a diet high in:

Fresh vegetables, especially green, leafy and yellow ones.



Fruits with lower glycemic content, including citrus, apples, berries, cantaloupe and peaches.

Antioxidants, which are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, vitamins C and E, minerals such as selenium and zinc.

CFS: Coping Strategies

Effectively managing your CFS symptoms can help you be more functional andimprove the quality of your life. Experts recommend several life-style changes, including:

Reduce stress
Take steps to reduce your daily stress level and learn how to better deal with the stress you can't avoid, possibly through relaxation techniques, yoga or tai chi.

Get enough sleep
Practice good sleep habits, such as going to bed and getting up at the same time each day. Limit daytime napping, and allow enough time for sufficient sleep.

Exercise regularly
Exercise often improves symptoms, but you may need to start slow and build up gradually.

A physical therapist may help you put together a good regimen.

Pace yourself, but stay active
Keep your activity consistent day to day. Avoid the temptation to do extra on your good days, because that could lead to more bad days. While some people leave their jobs and quit activities due to CFS, people who stick to moderate, consistent activity levels tend to feel better than those who are inactive.

Maintain a healthy life-style
This includes eating a balanced diet, limiting caffeine, not smoking, getting plenty of fluids, getting adequate rest, managing stress and exercising regularly.

Optimizing Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Shirley A. O'Leary, RN, MSCN; J. Theodore Phillips, MD, PhD

Medscape Neurology & Neurosurgery. 2007; ©2007 Medscape

Posted 06/21/2007




The varying diversity and severity of multiple sclerosis (MS) that affects the quality of life in young, child-rearing, and career-developing persons presents significant challenges to the healthcare professional. Neurologists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, urologists, and primary care physicians are only a few among the vast interdisciplinary team who endeavor to not only evaluate but also strive to positively affect the quality of life in MS patients. As recent years have provided us with disease-modifying agents and improved options for symptom management, this previously elusive goal has become increasingly more tangible.

The Impact of Disease-Modifying Therapies

Optimization is the "act, process, or methodology of making something as fully perfect, functional, or effective as possible".[1] Prior to the advent of FDA-approved disease-modifying agents a mere 14 years ago (eg, interferon betas, glatiramer acetate, mitoxantrone, and natalizumab), optimization was not a term used in the discussion of MS. Now a paradigm shift is taking place.

Over the years, much attention has been devoted to the development of various tools with which to measure the quality of life in MS patients. One such tool, the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Inventory (MSQLI), is a questionnaire that offers healthcare professionals a construct in which to view individual areas of concern as well as areas of stability. The MSQLI is a health-related quality-of-life assessment particular to MS and contains not only generic but also disease-specific components.[2] To truly optimize the quality of life in persons with MS, it is imperative that healthcare professionals grasp the impact that these disease-specific components have in the lives of persons with MS, especially concerning those individuals without adequate coping strategies. Clearly, understanding each person's individual level of satisfaction with his or her perceived quality of life should translate to productive interventions.

Along with innovative symptom management, truly life-altering disease-modifying therapies have created an environment of a supportive, self-efficacious, and wellness-focused MS population. Acknowledging that persons with MS have a fairly close to normal life expectancy and that the optimal goal of the currently available disease-modifying therapies is to slow the accumulation of disability over the disease course, rather than to cure, reiterates the importance of their impact on quality of life.[3] Our role here, as healthcare partners, is to not only assist in treatment selection but to also provide education on realistic expectations, injection strategies (if applicable), and side-effect management.[4] For instance, we[5] and others have found that utilization of various prophylactic medications for interferon therapy-related side effects and injection-site management strategies, as well as dose titration consideration and timing, are necessary to insure successful treatment adherence and optimal outcomes. Ortega and colleagues[6] recently reported significantly reduced injection-site reactions after the application of warm compresses prior to injection of glatiramer acetate. Failure to partner, support, and problem-solve with patients in important arenas such as these will most assuredly lead to patient dissatisfaction, perceived treatment intolerability, and discontinuation of therapy, thus potentiating a negative impact on quality of life.

Challenges Beyond Disease-Modifying Therapies

Additionally, challenges to the healthcare professional to optimize the quality of life go far beyond the disease-modifying therapies. MS is a disease that comprises a complex variety of symptoms that, while possessing some commonalities, often vary widely in their presentation from person to person. Concerns such as bowel/bladder dysfunction, fatigue, cognitive deficits, spasticity, tremor, sexual dysfunction, and sensation disturbance are among some of the quality-of-life detractors that persons with MS may deal with throughout their lifetime. The remainder of this discussion will focus on potentially beneficial interventions relating to some of these problems.

One important caveat worthy of mention in any discussion of MS quality-of-life optimization is the likening to the ripple effect of the proverbial pebble cast into the pond which results in an ever-widening, far-reaching cascade. One symptom contributes to another and, sometimes counterintuitively, medication used to improve certain symptoms may contribute to the worsening of other symptoms. For instance, medications that have significant benefits on spasticity, tremor, or sensation disturbance can often lead to exaggeration of fatigue, increased issues with concentration and memory, and even depression. Awareness of these complicated interactions motivates healthcare professionals to look for innovative medication management personally tailored to optimize quality of life, such as combining lower doses of several medications as opposed to high doses of a single medication, in an effort to reduce side effects. In MS rehabilitation therapy, an educational strategy, in the form of energy conservation, is used to facilitate changes in behavior, hopefully minimizing fatigue impact .[7] However, mediation of fatigue in any one individual is not the same in the next; comorbid conditions such as anemia or thyroid disorders, unrealistic work expectations and schedules with extensive recreational activities, along with a myriad of other psychosocial concerns may be factors to consider for some individuals but not all. Use of open verbal and nonverbal communication skills is necessary to elicit all factors contributing to fatigue.

The Goldman Consensus Group[8] reported that the rate of major depression is significantly higher in the MS population when compared with the US population at large. Furthermore, this group reported higher rates of depression in MS patients compared with other chronic disease states. This likely comes as no surprise to healthcare providers who interact with MS patients on a daily basis. Nor does it seem surprising that depression is just as likely to be problematic in a newly diagnosed patient with minimal neurologic impairment as in those profoundly affected. As mentioned above, depression, cognitive function, fatigue, and medication side effects often can be interrelated. Of note, depression is not unique to MS; those persons without adequate life coping skills or intact family/community support, or who have low levels of self-esteem or family histories of depression, may be at much higher risk and consequently more likely to succumb to depressive syndromes. Clearly, in order to optimize quality of life for patients, healthcare providers must take the time to identify those at risk for depression and develop interventions, both through counseling and pharmacologic management.

Coping Strategies, Health Behavior, and Psychological Adjustment

A broad discussion of optimizing quality of life would be incomplete without reference to coping strategies, theory of health behavior, and psychological adjustment. These factors and the therapeutic interventions developed in response are of paramount importance to patient outcomes -- and ultimately quality of life.

Health-related behavioral theories comprise the selection of a theory that brings an enlightened perspective to the problem at hand and is developed after thorough assessment of the need. The Health Belief Model is one of several health-related behavioral theories that have been used to both assess and explain health-related behaviors. In the 1950s, this model was developed by the US Public Health Department to evaluate nonadherence to preventative measures for asymptomatic diseases.[9] There are 4 basic components to this theory: (1) the person's perceived susceptibility to acquiring a condition; (2) the perceived belief in the severity of the condition (consequences); (3) the perceived benefits of treatment or actions to decrease negative effect; and (4) the perceived barriers to treatment, such as cost.[10] Added to the basic 4 components in subsequent years were cues to action (such as advertisement and physician reminder calls) and self-efficacy. Utilization of this model by healthcare professionals can be quite helpful in the arena of adherence to disease-modifying agents. Through education and partnering, healthcare professionals can concretely communicate the consequences and implications of no therapy (perceived severity), relate evidence-based outcomes of therapy (perceived benefit), and strive to minimize cost concerns, explain risk vs benefit, and involve family members (perceived barriers). Nursing care especially provides substantial impact on cues to action andself-efficacy through a comprehensive plan of care geared toward optimizing quality of life.

For many persons with MS, the unpredictability of exacerbations, extent of recovery, and impact of residual symptoms on daily life can challenge coping mechanisms. McCabe and colleagues[11] noted that persons who engaged in more emotion-focused coping styles (wishful thinking) were more likely to experience poor psychological adjustment than were those who employed more problem-focused strategies. They demonstrated that women in general, both with and without MS, were more likely to focus on the positive and seek social support than were men, and that levels of fatigue and medication impact were factors in psychological adjustment and coping. There are numerous variables that affect any one individual's ability to psychologically adjust to a lifelong chronic disease. Aside from MS-related variables such as fatigue, cognition, depression, and medication effects, which affect coping strategies, there are factors related to family of origin. Some of these include -- but are not limited to -- cultural, ethnic, spiritual, and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as family support. All of these factors need to be considered when generating an effective care plan for optimizing quality of life in MS.


In summary, everything we do as members of a collaborative interdisciplinary healthcare team is targeted at optimizing the quality of life of those persons living with MS. As strides are made in optimistic pursuit of new treatment modalities and strategies, it is important for healthcare professionals to "pass it on." Pass it on to patients, and their families, friends, coworkers, other healthcare providers, and the community at large. Educate and teach so that MS patients do not cope by wishful thinking but have access to others who can problem-solve with them, who are prepared to "act, process and make something as functional and as effective as possible." It's called optimization; pass it on.

Supported by an independent educational grant from Biogen

Just wanted to let you.....

Know that I haven't felt like writing much in this journal. I have a lot of pictures from Christmas, but I still haven't uploaded them yet. Haven't felt like it. Theres a lot of new things going on in my life right now, again, I just don't want to write about it right now. Just a lot on my mind.






by Jeanne Hambleton © 2007
NFA Leader Against Pain-Advocate

"It breaks my heart when she cries……" This is the story of Ronald J. Waller, who wrote a touching essay about his wife’s fibromyalgia. Called "She Cries" that can be found with links to his other works on together.

Ronald wrote to me saying, "I took on the project, as my wife, Carolyn, suffers from this condition, in the hope that it would help to raise awareness in the arena of fibromyalgia and the silent destruction this demon seeks to inflict upon all who are in it’s grip."

Ronald has written "She Cries" adding that watching "My best friend, my wife, suffer from this condition compels me to write, inform and continue to learn more about this Demon who not only invades Carolyn’s life but also has affected all who are close to her.

"I am honored and humbled that you want to use these works in your endeavors to educate and inform the medical arena; I never thought my writing would reach so many people on this kind of scale and I could not be more pleased at learning about your efforts. I applaud your efforts and commitment to seeking a better life for those who suffer from Fibromyalgia. I hope we can continue to work together to bring the demon, fibromyalgia, to its knees."

Ronald’s website questions what is fibromyalgia, outlines the symptoms and discusses the pain which knows no boundaries. He describes Carolyn’s pain in the legs as similar to "burning hot grease" adding even the sheets on the bed leaves her purple with irritation.

He said friends had abandoned her and the common choice of words is, "It’s all in her head". Doctors shake their heads and wonder what to do next, says Ronald.

Sleepless nights and fibro fog are commonplace. To add to Carolyn’s condition she has endured numerous operations on her back, wrist and knee "not to mention the Mollaret’s Meningitis that she suffered from while in the Army".

Ronald adds," To know Carolyn Waller, however, you would not know she suffers these multiple medical issues at first glance. Always quick to smile, always ready to listen to another’s problems, always there to tell that joke, placed just right, to put another at ease. I continue to be amazed at her strength and her courage; it remains an honor to be a part of my wife’s life, and a privilege to be allowed in her inner circle to help as I can.

"Carolyn has been my friend when none other could be found; my supporter as I pursue my dreams as a writer; my guide as I overcome my own demons. This veteran (both from the service and from the battles she wages currently) never fails to leave another better off for having come across her path. I know this as personal fact. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the gift of her love and the generosity she freely gives to others. Maybe this is her best weapon in her fight with FMS. Fibromyalgia. Have you heard of it? It breaks my heart when she cries…."

A dedicated couple Carolyn describes Ronald as the best husband in the world although he himself is not a well man. He suffers from post concussion head aches, and has severe pain in his joints in his legs and feet from extreme laxtivity, his joints are giving away it is hereditary. This has left him using a cane inside the house like me and we both use electric wheelchairs when we leave our apartment. As a matter of fact they are our only means of transportation. He is on a mess of medications and it is hard for him to write now, but you all have really changed him and made him feel really good and useful.

"We spend every minute of every day together and very rarely have words against each other. I love him with all my heart and was so lucky to find him, wrote Carolyn. At a time of the year when we send Christmas cards to acquaintances and often sign them ’with love’, I think this story illustrates true love. I wish them both every happiness for the rest of their lives.

You may reach Carolyn at < >and Ronald at < >if you have any questions.
The full transcript of this dedication can be found on the Internet under

Ronald J. Waller is a published disabled writer whose work can be found on
RjsWritingLoft.Com || MyBlog and his website. Written in honor of my wife and best friend it is headed, "For you, Princess."

FMS Global News

Fibrohugs Support

Thursday, December 27, 2007

MS and sleep problens Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by Kate Grossman, MD

As most of you with multiple sclerosis (MS) know first-hand, the fatigue that comes with MS has a very special, "crushing" quality to it, making even simple endeavors seem huge. While there are many reasons for this fatigue, poor sleep quality and quantity make fatigue (and other symptoms) much worse.

By improving sleep habits and addressing the causes of poor sleep, we can do a great deal to increase our overall energy levels. In a recent study of 60 patients with MS, about 50 percent reported some form of sleep disturbance or insomnia.

Insomnia and MS

People living with MS experience several different kinds of insomnia, such as:

Initial Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep at night.

Middle Insomnia: Waking up during the night and not being able to fall back asleep quickly.

Terminal Insomnia: Waking up too early.

Causes of MS-Related Insomnia

There are a variety of reasons why people with MS have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep.

These include:

Initial Insomnia Causes: Anxiety and/or pain may make it difficult to fall asleep. Some side effects of medication can also cause you to have difficulty falling asleep.

Middle Insomnia Causes: Ironically, people with higher levels of daytime fatigue tend to experience middle insomnia, but the causal relationship is unclear. Middle insomnia is also caused by nocturia (the urge to urinate frequently at night), a very common form of bladder dysfunction. Muscle spasms and pain can also wake a person in the middle of the night.

Terminal Insomnia: The causes of terminal insomnia in MS patients are not well-understood, though lack of exposure to daylight can contribute to not sleeping long enough.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

You can improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep by establishing good daily sleep habits, which include:

Exposure to bright lights during the day

Avoiding caffeine, alcohol and nicotine in the late afternoon and evening

Getting daily exercise

Having a bedtime routine that includes relaxation

Avoiding reading or watching TV in bed

Have the same sleep schedule every day, including weekends

Not lying in bed awake; rather, getting up after 15 minutes of not sleeping

Additional Tips

From my own experience, I will offer the following observations and things to try:

Keep Cool: I notice that I sleep horribly if I am too hot. While this is common for many people, people with MS are especially sensitive to heat. I know that the hotter I get, the "twitchier" and more anxious I tend to be. However…

Wear Socks to Bed: I almost always wear socks to bed, even in the summer, as I often have the sensation that my feet are really cold (even if they are not), especially when I am experiencing numbness in my feet and legs.

Give Your Injection In The Morning: I don’t know about you, but I do not find "shot time" to be the most relaxing thing to help me transition into bedtime, especially if it doesn’t go perfectly. Also, I have found that my injection-site reactions tend to be worse after nighttime injections, as I think the medicine doesn’t get dispersed as well if I just go to bed afterwards. My sites tend to get really hot and itchy and often this sensation wakes me up. (Of course, disregard this advice if you take your interferon-based therapy at night to avoid some of the flu-like side effects.)

information/Osteoporosis and Multiple Sclerosis Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by Kate Grossman, MD

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are at an increased risk for osteoporosis. This increased risk is not a direct result of the MS disease process, but as a secondary factor of some of the treatments used in MS, and a reduction in physical activity in people with MS due to disability.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density. As a person ages, bone density (especially in women) decreases. A person with osteoporosis is at risk for fractures from falls due to the weakness of the bone. The decrease in bone density caused by osteoporosis can be slowed through physical activity. Each year, osteoporosis is responsible for over 1.5 million fractures, including 300,000 hip fractures and 700,000 back fractures. It is estimated that over half of all women and a quarter of all men over 50 years old will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis and MS

In people with MS, disability can reduce the amount of physical activity which is possible, thereby increasing the risk of osteoporosis.

In addition, people with MS often must take certain medications, like steroids, that can contribute to a higher osteoporosis risk.

As was mentioned before, people with osteoporosis have lower bone density than normal. Lower bone density means that bones can break more easily and more severely in the event of a fall. This is especially dangerous for people with MS because MS can cause symptoms that affect balance and coordination. People with MS are likely to suffer from more frequent falls. If osteoporosis is present in someone with MS, those falls are likely to be much more serious.

Steroids and Osteoporosis

Long-term steroid use is known to be a risk factor for osteoporosis. The steroids interfere with the ability of the bones to build up and with the ability of the body to absorb calcium. This combination results in reduction of bone density. People who take steroids long-term need to be carefully monitored for osteoporosis. Medications and supplements exist that can help slow bone loss.

What About Short-Term Steroids?

While most people with MS do not take prolonged courses of steroids, high doses of intravenous corticosteroids like Solu-Medrol are used to shorten the duration and intensity relapses. Some doctors also use these kinds of steroids as "pulse therapy," where patients are given regular doses to reduce inflammation.

In studies, young people with MS who were not otherwise disabled showed a rapid reduction in bone density after a treatment with Solu-Medrol, followed by an increase in bone formation. Another study showed that using "pulses" of methylprednisolone did not lead to the development of osteoporosis. What does this mean? It seems that short-term use of steroids causes bones to first weaken and then recover. However, the studies also showed that people with more disability still had a greater risk of osteoporosis. In other words, your body needs physical activity to maintain strong bones.

Physical Activity and Osteoporosis

Bones need to be stimulated to grow stronger. Any activity that is weight-bearing will help your bones. People with MS with disabilities are often less active than other people. This seems to be the main cause of an increase in osteoporosis risk.

The Bottom Line

No matter what your disability level is, you still need physical activity to stay healthy. Seek out a physical therapist if you do not know how to get more exercise. This will not only decrease your risk for osteoporosis, but also decrease your risk for heart disease, diabetes and many other chronic illnesses. You’ll even sleep better, too.


Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas eve #2

Christmas eve

Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays.....

From: My Family...

To: Yours!!!

Stay Safe and warm!!!

Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps you Glowing,
But Only God Keeps You Going!



A moment of serenity

Take a moment to pause and remember who you are. Take a moment to reflect on the things that have real and lasting meaning in your life.

In a world where there is so much change from instant to instant, keep yourself ever connected to those values that endure. Refresh your spirit often with a time of quiet serenity.

Find refuge from the noise and turmoil, and you'll be able to hear the voice of purpose and meaning, calling from within. There are many valuable things you know without being told, and it can be energizing to contemplate them.

Beyond the shallow concerns that must scream for attention are life's real treasures. Those treasures come clearly into focus when you step back a little bit and take an objective look.

Pay attention to the nagging feeling that there must be more to life than all the rush and confusion. There most certainly is.

Take the time to make time stand still. And take in the experience of being.

-- Ralph Marston


Saturday, December 22, 2007

Good morning or afternoon!

So far this week has been pretty average. I still don't have the medicine that my arthritis specialst wrote for me. Monday will make it 3 weeks. I'm tired of having to do the pharmacy's job by having to call the doctor. The pharmacy told me that they've called 3 times. Thats when I called them yesterday! I've been calling everyother day as of yesterday! So, I've chosen to give up on ever getting my new medicine! It's just NOT worth all of this.

I've been having a lot of problems with urinating and empting my bladder. It feels like I'm pregnant all over again! (I'm not, had it all removed) I told my nurse on Thursday about it. She called my nurse practioner and sometime today before noon, she's ( my nurse ) is coming over for a urin sample and then putting a cathader (sp) in to see if I am empting it, and that if it's just a 'feeling' I'm having. I'd like to have the cathader in for a few weeks. This is a miserable feeling to go through or to have. I've never had a urinary tract infection or anything like that ever in my life, so I don't know how that feels. Things seem to go so much quicker with the nurse prationer, she doesn't have to see me all the time in a few weeks time, since I've just been there. So on this line, it's going faster for me. Thats a good thing. I am still battleing that sinus infection. I'm out of the elixur and almost out of my pills. I called them in for a refill ( they have 2 more) And they told me and my nurse that it's 1 week too early! I showed my nurse how many times I'm suppose to take them and how much I have left and how it is impossible for it to be 1 week too early. She agreed! She was able to get the refills to be filled on Monday for me. I'm thankful for that. Sometimes I'm up late and I will still follow the directions; as in take every 6 hours, I still will. So, now I'm having to go without these two antibiotics until Monday! Gee...I wonder why I'm not getting any better! I have to keep them in my system or they will not work.

My daughter and I went Christmas shopping again last night. Her husband came along. :o) That was fun! dh was watching Kayden while we were out. I can only be out for a about 2 hours, then I'm done, and ready for bed. No energy left at all. I'm almost done. I have just one more person left and I'm going to get that today so I'll be done. :o) My son has been doing all of the Christmas wrapping for me. I really appreciate it too! Everyone that knows me that I absolutly love to wrap gifts and it takes a lot for me to let someone else do it for me. Dh wraped my sons gifts. So thankful. I just can't do it anymore. It upsets me. It's something that I've enjoyed doing since I helped my grandma every year. She would give me a quarter for helping her. :o)

Jason put Kayden's horse together instead of wrapping it. It was the largest. We had a hard time finding a place to hide So, I seen a place in here that it could slide in and we covered it with a blanket! I told Dh that he's too smart and he'll notice that this wasn't here the last time he was! Yesterday I went to get my daughter and Kayden because she wasn't feeling well. The minute we came in this room, he took the blanket off! lol Just to hear his gasp! :o) It was so sweet to see him! So, pulled it out and put it in the living room so he could bounce on it! :o) It was so adorable! He loves it! :o) After all of that, we all layed down in my bed and took a nap! was great to feel my snuggle bunny! I got in first because of my oxygen tubes and then he and my daughter. :o) I was out quick! lol Kayden and I slept until I think it was almost 7:00 pm.! Wow! lol He can put me right to sleep and keep me asleep! lol I'm sawing logs and he's sawing twigs! :o)

I think I'll end this. I hope my nurse comes soon so I can get this over with. :o)
Please be safe and keep warm!





Thursday, December 20, 2007

What Could You Say

What could you say,
if your daughter ever got raped?
or say your son was a mass murderer,
or had a life you couldn't escape?
What could you say,
if your body was so broken,
because your father beat you,
and called you names that remain unspoken?
what could you say
if you fell into depression
became bulimic or anorexic
because of your body's imperfections?
what could you say,
if tear came to my eyes?
would you hold me tightly in your arms?
or simply watch me cry
what could you say
if my words came to an end?
Would you help me recover from broken hopes
and help me make amends
what would you say
if I were never here
would you continue on with everyday life
as I slowly disappear?


Where I Stand

Here I stand,
Until the time
Was it a crime to see what cannot be touched
Hear voices speak words that can't be undone
Was it my fault I was invincible
To the naked eye, I am invisible
I cannot be seen
Because no one wants to see me
I am different
Different from the rest of them
So they ignore me
But I don't ignore them
No one is friendly
Why were they so blind
Because I am not them
I am only mine
I am different
But I can see
But they can't see me
I watch them fall
Divided they fall
Together they die
But here I stand
Until the end of time
Was it a crime that I was unique
Original to the human mind
I was invisible to there standards
Invisible to their lies
But as they kneel to beg
I watch them beg
But here I stand until the end of time
Was it a crime for me to live my life
A crime for wanting to survive
No one would answer
So I will wait until the end of time

Hold me close

Hold me close and don’t let go;
I'm so scared to be alone.
I've been by myself for too long,
And always had to be strong.
Now I only want to rest;
And lay my head on your chest.
Hold me close and don’t let go;
These wars I fight no one knows.
Now whisper how you love me,
Say it tender and softly.
I am weary and soon will sleep,
But with you no longer will I weep.
So hold me close and don't let go,
For I never want to be alone.



Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Fa la la la la la la la la......


Good morning! I'm hoping that all of you are doing and feeling ok/fine this morning. :o)

It's been awhile since I last put an entry in. Not too much has happened thats out of the ordinary for me. :o) I want to thank Missie, Jeanie, Tia, Lori, Sunny, Gerry and Rhonda for your cards! Wow, I love everyone of them! Thank you! :o)

Yes, we got hit with that snow storm that came from the west of us. It wasn't at all as bad as it was predicted. I'm glad about that! Whew! :o) Now I want to play in the snow that we have! It's getting warm enough to take my grandson out to play as well! YAY! The snow is at a point to where it 'packs' good for snowballs and snowmen! :o) lol And a snowman for Madia too! My son went out back to build a snowman for Kayden and Madia ran right through what he had made, which was only 2 big balls for the body! LOL Too funny! You can see the middle of the snowman has a hole in it, and it looks like Madia had a lot of fun doing it too! LOL My son tried to make another one, and she did it again! LOL Madia rreally loves the snow! Which is good! :o) lol She'll come in from going out to 'do her buisness' all white! lol And her snout/nose is all white from 'sniffing' all through the snow in the yard! :o) It's so cute to watch!

My bestfriend and her husband came over! I can't remember what night it She had made cheese cakes! Yummie! She brought me one with chocolate and Oreo's in it! Oh is so good! I could only have a very small piece at a time because it's so rich! But thats alright, I love cheesecakes and this one will last me a long time! lol It was so good to see her. She can't get out much either. She is getting better now after the surgery! Whew...I'm so grateful that the doctors found it and fixed it! Now she's on a raod of recovery! :o)
I colored my hair again. I tried to get it back to my 'normal' hair color. I got a light brown because the last time I got just brown, it made my hair black! LOL Now, I have just plain brown hair! <sigh> It's closer then the color I had though! lol

Too bad there was no way I could have taken the ultra sound that my daughter just had! Too adorable! This baby is a snuggler too! YAY! :o) It was just so cute to watch the baby just snuggle right in to my daughter! Now I'll have two snugglers! I can't wait! Nena and Jason weren't at all snugglers, so having my grandchildren snuggle is something special  to me! :o) Because I am too and I can't find anyone that will snuggle with me when I go to bed! I hate it. So I'm all by myself when I nap and sleep at night! Dh told me last night that we're going to have Kayden over night this weekend! Cool! :o) He just loves to have Kayden spend the night like I do! He sleeps with me and he keeps me all snugly warm! :o) Nena doesn't mind if he spends the night....she needs to get her rest! :o)

Last night, my daughter and I went shopping. It was the first time that I've shopped this year for Christmas. I loved it! :o) If we both feel up to going again today, we're going to try a few different stores. They didn't have any of the electric scooters last night, so I had to hold on to the basket to walk the whole time we were there! Yikes! That was a few hours! Yep, I'm pretty sore and a bit more worn out today. I know, I'm paying for it today! :o) But it was fun!
My chest seems to be breaking up and the antibiotics seem to be helping. My nurse comes tomorrow, so I can let her know. I've also noticed just a few days ago that the left side of my face/head is numb as well! Now thats never happened before. My left arm is still half numb like it was and now I'm getting more places that are numb. I guess my MRI came back fine with no pinched nerve like the nurse practitioner thought. She said she would call me if I did have one. So, to guess, I would think it's the MS doing it! I tell you, this is one of the weirdes feelings to have. Nothing alse has happened lately, so I'm very happy about that too. Just the same things that I say....and thats pretty much it!
I really need to go for now. I think I've gotten cought up on things around here! :o)


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The miricles at Christmas

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma.
I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my
bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the
bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even
dummies know that!"

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I
fled to her that day because I knew she would be
straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the
truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a
whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her
"world-famous" cinnamon buns. I knew they were
world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm.
Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready
for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted....

"Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been
going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain
mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even
finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun. "Where"
turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store
in town that had a little bit of just about
everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma
handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those
days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something
for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the
car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping
with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything
all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full
of people scrambling to finish their Christmas
shopping. For a few moments I just stood there,
confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering
what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends,
my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went
to my church. I was just about thought out, when I
suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with
bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me
in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class.

Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because
he never went out to recess during the winter. His
mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that
he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker
didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat. I
fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement.
I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!

I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it.
It looked real warm, and he would like that.

"Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady
behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten
dollars down. "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for

The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how
Bobby really needed a good winter coat. I didn't get
any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled
again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a
little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it
in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and
wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it.

Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy.
Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house,
explaining as we went that I was now and forever
officially, one of Santa's helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and
she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by
his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All
right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."

I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw
the present down on his step, pounded his door and
flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.

Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for
the front door to open. Finally it did, and there
stood Bobby.

Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments
spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's
bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors
about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they
were-ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we
were on his team.

I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked
inside: $19.95.

May you always have LOVE to share, HEALTH to spare and
FRIENDS that care...

And may you always believe in the magic of Santa



Job Description

Job Description

This is hysterical. If it had been presented this way, I don't believe
any of us would have done it!!!!

Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma,Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop


Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an
often chaotic environment..
Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational
skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include
evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping
sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away
Travel expenses not reimbursed.
Extensive courier duties also required.


The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess th e phys ical stamina of a pack mule and be able to
go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the
screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small
gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production
of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of
all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one
minute,an embarrassment the next.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work
throughout the facility.


Your job is to remain in the same position for years, witho ut
complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that
those in your charge can ultimately surpass you


None required unfortunately.
On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.


Get this! You pay them!
Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption
that college will help them become financially independent.
When you die, you give them whatever is left.
The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually
enjoy it and wish you could only do more.


While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition
reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this
job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional
love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

Forward this on to all the PARENTS you know, in appreciation for
everything they do on a daily basis, letting them know they are
appreciated for the fabulous job they do.... or forward with love to
anyone thinking of applying for the job.

If you are fortunate enough you will become grandparents!



Sunday, December 16, 2007

Guess Who...!?

Two male friends are out golfing one Saturday
afternoon. After finishing one hole, they wait
for the two women who are ahead of them at the
next hole to finish. They wait a few minutes,
but soon get irritated at the amount of time
the women are taking to play the hole.

One of the men decides that enough is enough.
He tells his friend, "I'm going to go up there
and tell those two to hurry up!"

He starts walking towards the women but after
getting halfway there, he returns to his friend.
"What's wrong?" his friend asks.

"I can't go over there. One of those women
is my wife and the other is my mistress."

His friend tells him, "That's okay, I'll go
talk to them."

He too starts walking towards the women but
after getting halfway there, he too returns to
his friend. He tells his friend,

"Small world..."


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Kayden being Kayden



An MS video I came across



If I were Santa

If I were ol' Santa, you know what I'd do;
I'd dump silly gifts that were given to you,
And deliver some things just inside your front door,
Things you have lost, but treasured before.

I'd give you back all your maidenly vigor,
And to go along with it, neat tiny figure.
Then presto, the old color that once graced your hair,
Before rinses and bleaches took residence there.

I'd bring back the shape with which you were gifted,
So things now suspended need not be uplifted.
I'd draw in your tummy and smooth down your back,
Until you'd be a dream in those tight fitting slacks.

I'd remove all your wrinkles and leave only one chin,
So you wouldn't spend hours rubbing grease on your skin.
You'd never have flashes or queer dizzy spells,
And you wouldn't hear noises like ringing of bells.

No sore aching feet and no corns on your toes ;
No searching for spectacles when they're right on your nose.
Not a shot would you take in your arm, hip or fanny
From a doctor who thinks you're a nervous old granny.
You'd never have a headache, so no pills would you take
And no heating pad needed since your muscles won't ache.
Yes if I were Santa, you'd never look stupid.
You'd be a cute little chick with the romance of cupid.
I'd give you a lift to your heart when those wolves start to whistle,
And the joys of your heart would be light as a thistle

But Alas! I'm not Santa, I'm simply just me;
The matronliest of matrons you ever did see.
I wish I could tell you all the symptoms I've got,
But I'm due at the doctor's for an estrogen shot.

Even though we've grown older this wish is sincere:



A Joke!

An older lady gets pulled over for speeding...

Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?

Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding.

Older Woman: Oh, I see.

Officer: Can I see your license please?

Older Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one.

Officer: Don't have one?

Older Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago for drunk driving.

Officer: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.

Older Woman: I can't do that.

Officer: Why not?

Older Woman: I stole this car.

Officer: Stole it?

Older Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.

Officer: You what?

Older Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see

The Officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.

Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle please! The woman steps out of her vehicle.

Older woman: Is there a problem sir?

Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.

Older Woman: Murdered the ! owner?

Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.

The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.

Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?

Older Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers. The officer is quite stunned.

Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license..

The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer.

The officer examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.

Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.

Older Woman: Bet the liar told you I was speeding, too.


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The Barber Shop

A man enters a barbershop for a shave. While
the barber is foaming him up, he mentions the
problems he has getting a close shave around
the cheeks.

"I have just the thing," says the barber taking
a small wooden ball from a nearby drawer. "Just
place this between your cheek and gum."

The client places the ball in his mouth and
the barber proceeds with the closest shave the
man has ever experienced. After a few strokes,
the client asks in garbled speech, "And what
if I swallow it?"

"No problem," says the barber. "Just bring
it back tomorrow like everyone else does."



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The root of desire

Most of the things you think you desire are only shallow substitutes for what you truly would like to have. Learn to look past each immediate, superficial wish to uncover the real, profound and fulfilling desire beyond it.

There's no sense spending your time, effort and resources in pursuit of things that are not even what you genuinely desire. Look instead at the root of each desire and put your energy into what you truly wish to bring about in your life.

The things you crave may satisfy you momentarily, yet they cannot fulfill your deepest desires. By giving in to your cravings, you're actually pushing yourself further and further away from what you truly wish to have.

Choose to raise your expectations. Instead of merely chasing pleasures that quickly fade, work on creating joys that do not end.

Instead of diversions that just amuse you, create experiences that wholly fulfill you. There's no need to settle for substitutes when an authentically meaningful life is yours to live.

Look for the root of each desire. Discover and fulfill the person you truly wish to be.

-- Ralph Marston


Saturday, December 15, 2007



Hello all! Hoping all are doing well/good! So far, so good for me. :o)

I'm still very excited over getting to see my new grandbaby yesterday! Too adorable! Kayden was even there as well to see hie new sibling! :o) That was just so cute to watch him look at the altra sound and seeing the baby in mommy's tummy! :o) At first, the doctor said it was a girl. The baby had it's legs wrapped around the embilical (sp) cord and it was hard to see anything. :o) The doctor would move my duaghter's tummy to see if the baby would move a bit. and everytime he did that, yes the baby would move, but then go right back and snuggle into my daughter! Now that was just too cute to see! :o) Finally, the baby moved enough to see um..that special area...and he said it was a boy! :o) In my mind, since he first said it was a girl and then the baby moved and said it was a boy....hmmmm....I don't really know for sure! lol So I say it's just a 50% chance! lol Because he wasn't completly 100% positive on either sex. I don't care, I'm really happy to see that the baby is doing great! :o) So, when I go to buy anything for the new baby, I'm just going to buy green and yellow! :o) She is scheduled to have the baby April 14, 2008! Now, we don't know the time yet. If it's a boy, she's going to name him Andrew Micheal! I love it! It's the name I was going to give my first born son, but at the 5th month (like she is at right now) I had a miscarrage. It was a boy. And thats the name that I had chosen for him. When she let me know....tears just started to leak out of my eyes! That really means so much to me!

So....I can't wait until April! lol My sons birthday is April 13th! That would be cute if the doctor would give her the C-section on that day! Kayden arrived on her other brothers birthday! lol
When I got home yesterday, I was just so.....I can't explain it! lol It's like I was in a pseudeo moment! When I went in to just lay down, it was like I had passed out and went into a coma! :o) I had so many emotions going on! When Nena and Kayden woke me was like I had slept for a whole day! lol And of course, I always love to be woken up by my children and Kayden! LOL Kayden gets up on the bed and jumps on me or will snuggle up with me! :o) No matter what he dose, it's cute!

Well.....enough of all of that! As you can tell....I'm a very happy and very proud grandmother! I just can't wait to have even more to give my love to! :o) I will love each and everyone of them just as I do with Kayden! And he's very loved by so many people! :o)
Yes...I love to watch Kayden just being Kayden! LOL I keep telling my daughter that she's sitting on a gold mine with him! LOL He's so talented with so many things! :o)
I heard yesturday that we were suppose to get hit with a major snow storm. Then they said we weren't. Then they said that we were again, and it would start around noon today! started hours earlier then they said! Plus, we are going to get more snow then they said too! Good Grief! My daughter and her husband were on their way down south to Kettering for a family Christmas party! Thankfully they made it there safe and sound! Whew! I was so relived to get her call! My son got home fine as well. He had to work a few hours today and it was really coming down when he got off. Having him walk in the back door was great to see! Whew! I worry about my kids so much if they aren't here with me! lol I can't help it, I love them so much! :o)
It is really coming down here! The last I heard was we are suppose to get from 12-13 inches! Good grief! Now is the temp. was in the 30's, I could go out and play in the snow with Kayden! YAY! :o) That will be so much fun! I'm able to walk in the deep snow, I really don't know why, maybe because it's not anything leveled, and it just conforms to the way you walk. Pretty cool huh! :o) I want to see if I can sled down my ramp too! :o) Or just walk over to the park because thats one of the places you go here in town to sled! lol But getting back up the hill would be the challange! :o) It would be so much fun, but I know it would take every bit of energy I have to go and do that! I can always hope! :o)
I'm pretty dizzy right now, (because of my medicine to help my sinuses) so I'm not really able to type too much right now! My hands are very swollen from one of the medicines, I have dimples instead of knuckles! LOL Too funny!
Have a great day! :o)


Christmas Caroling Thru J-Land


This is how it works. You leave the link to your journal here and then do an entry on your favorite holiday song.

Visit at least 5 journals who you believe will play along. When you visit, leave your journal link in the comment section inviting them to play along and come see the song you chose.
My favorite is What Child is This.