This is my note book that I put all of my readings in. It's sloppy and I hope you'll be able to read it.
Good morning all. Hoping that you are feeling and doing well. Wow! Thats a lot of mood choices we have now! Cool! :o)
I know...you're tired of seeing these kind of pictures and hearing about them, but it's apart of my life, and I feel it nessasary to post them to log.
My whole body is very swollen. My face is horrid. (nothing too different lol) My nurse came yesterday and that was one of the first thing out of her mouth was, "OMG, your face!" I'm just glad that I already knew about it or that would have really scared me. Whew!
My legs, ankles and feet are the largest they've ever been. I'm keeping my watch and bracelet on to watch the progress on my arms as well. It hurts to bend my legs to sit. They honestly feel like they're going to just pop! No kidding! I'm still walking, but its harder on me, but I don't want to just stay in bed all of the time. I know I need to get up and at least walk. I get very out of breath real quick. Oh...no, my nurse didn't do anything to help me. I even asked her, to the point of begging her.
I'm still testing my sugar and my blood pressure. My blood pressure is still doing the samething...bumping all over the place. I'll get 157/114...182/132 And this is before I get out of bed. Even when I do get out of bed before I check them, its still the same. I showed my nurse this as well.
She said that I probably have hypertension. Whatever that is.
And within a few days, I've gained 6 pounds! This was actually over night, the night before, because I remember telling my nurse this.
I'm really thinking about calling my case manager to let her know that no one seems to be helping or not answering my qustions. I feel like I'm not being taken care of properly with this agancy.
Since this is Friday, I think I'll do it today. And I'm still not empting my bladder as well. All this is painfull.
I'm also not on line very much at all. Because it hurts my legs and feet. Oh...I had a question I wanted to ask anyone who might know the answer. Like I said, this is the most swollen that I have had. The palms of my hands are so dry, they are 'puckering' like when you're in the tub to long. And so is my mouth. I can barely talk because if I have my mouth open for too long, the whole inside, even my lips, dry up quick. And of course the rest of my body always gets dried out when this swelling happens. It's just kind of weird because all of the water retension and then the extremly dryness to the rest of my body. If you might know the answer, I would love to hear it. :o)
I can chug a lot of bottled water in no time...and I hate water. But it's helping to make the inside of my mouth feel better.
My daughter and my babies are going to come over today! YAY! :o) My medicines! lol I'm glad to because I was having withdraw! :o) My daughter is my baby also, and she can always make me laugh! I love that. :o)
Oh....one more thing that my nurse told me yesterday. She was listening to my heart and lungs. She said that my heart sound pretty good and my lungs were clear, (which was good to hear) but she told me to keep and eye on my right lung! It's my left lung thats bad! She told me that she could hear the water getting close to the bottom of the right lung! Now is that possible to hear? Please let me know if it is, because I will do that if its true.
I need to go now. Have a great day and Gods blessings to all of you! :o)
And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln
1. Men are NOT mind readers.
2. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up,
put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us
complaining about you leaving it down.
3. Sunday sports It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.
4. Crying is blackmail.
5. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do
Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work!
6. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.
7. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's
what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
8. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In
fact, all comments
become Null and void after 7 Days.
9. If you think you're fat, you probably are.
10. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways
sad or angry, we meant the other one
11. You can either ask us to do something. Or tell us how you want it
done. Not both.
If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
12. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during
13. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.
14. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach,
is a fruit, not A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what
15. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.
16. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like
We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle..
17. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer
you don't want to hear.
18. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine .
. . . Really.
19. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to
discuss such topics as
football or tanks.
20. You have enough clothes.
21. You have too many shoes.
22.Every dish can be improved with bacon.
23.Do not trust a man who calls the bathroom "the little boys room."
24.Women who sound sexy on the phone weigh 350 pounds.
25.No talking at the urinal.
26.A man may own exactly one pair of holiday-themed boxers.
27.Never date a woman whose father calls her "princess."
28.A PBS tote bag does not make you an intellectual.
29.The weirder the cell phone ring, the more annoying the person.
30.Real men don't dance.
I made a video entry awhile ago and I'll have to use more enrtys to put them up. I don't know why my camera is doing this.
Yesterday, we had a cook-out. Hambergers, hot dogs and brats....I made sure that I got a brat! LOL It was so good. :o)
I had a big surprise yesterday as well! :o) I was in the living room, sitting in my chair, and all of the sudden I had a pain in my lower right leg. Too bad I can't run, I do know that I was walking pretty fast to get to my bed. I had just gotten in bed and in walks a special friend of mine! YAY! :o) We hugged and it's been so long since we've seen each other, that hug meant so much to me. My son knows her girls from years back! It was like my son has kept us together, (in a way) because we were meant to stay friends! :o) I've known her probably since the 3rd grade! Now thats a long time! :o) We've stayed in touch through my son! I'm so glad too! :o) And you want to know something...it does not matter to her that I have bad health and can't do certain things. She has and always will except me for me. She is s sweet heart. :o) I'm so very happy that I got to see her. It meant the world to me. :o) Because she can see that my soul hasn't changed, just my body has!
Now I need to log a few things. And hey...all of my doctors recomend doing this. Because you can go back and find what you need. I'm meaning people that can't or aren't able to write.
Yesterday; I just stayed out of the way of dh and my son. They were the ones that were doing the cooking. I would go to my bedroom and cool off. Maybe watch something on tv. Then I'd come out and tried my exercises, walking. I had to stop because of my chest hurting me. I wanted dh to try and find that pain and maybe be able to rub it out for me. Didn't happen because he was so tired. Theres always today. :o) While I was walking, I actually felt water "jiggle" in my shin! Ick! That made me sick to my stomach! eww! Nothing is suppose to "jiggle" in your shin! I put a pair of diebetic socks on, just to do an experiment. I wanted to see if by putting something on my feet to keep them warm, if it would help the swelling. Nope!
This is a lot longer then I was going to write, sorry. :o)
God'd blessings to all of you!
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
- Allan K.
Good morning. I hope that everyone had a safe and fun day yesterday. :o)
Yesterday was Kayden's birthday, he turned 3! It's so hard to believe he' that old! :o) Wow! My daughter had the party in their garage.
Dh and my son and his girlfriend went as well. I woke up yesterday with no voice. I was able to talk a bit last night. This morning I have a sore throat. gggrrr! I couldn't go to his 3rd birthday party. :o( I cried a lot after everyone left. Then fell asleep. I'll have to see about getting pictures from my daughter.
I didn't know this, but while I was sleeping, a friend of mine came over. Wow, what a surprise! I haven't heard or seen her in years! :o) I remember her since I was 11 or 12! Her doughter came over when dh was home, and told me about her mom wanting to see me. Cool! :o) Not a problem here. :o)
I wrote to her and can't wait for a visit from her. :o) See, not all friends blame "you" for everything. This one is a "true" friend because it doesn't matter at all to her if I'm ill and thats so great! :o) To her, I'm just still the same! :o) And thats the best feeling to ever have. :o) Someone that actually does care.
I have a free week, except for Thursday. Just the day that everyone is here, kind of busy. Other then that...I'm free.
Logging; My body is still swollen. I cannot believe how my legs and feet are. The bottoms of my feet really hurt when I walk. I had a blood clot last week, and its good to see that its so much better now. It was on my left leg. And its the first one that was higher on my leg as well. I'm having a time with my sugar and blood pressure. I'm still checking it twice a day. I'm in a lot of pain with the water retention. Mostly my legs and feet. I've also been keeping them up and still nothing. I lay my chair all the way back, (which is comfy) and relax.
Wishing all of you a beautiful Memorial Day, and remember the young men and women that are still across the ocean.
In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
The above poem was writen by:
Please take a moment today to say a prayer for the ones that has passed and the ones that are still there.
Wow! I got a call this morning from Advanced Medical Equitment. The lady was 'confirming' my weight and how tall I am.
Then, I got another call. This one was about bringing the chair and how many steps we have, I let her know and she told me that I'll have my chair this afternoon! :o) I absolutly love it!!! And it does fit me. :o) I have pictures to share with you.
I love the color as well. :o) I know that this chair is going to help me with my legs.
I hope you all have a great weekend! Keep safe!
Dear Abby Admitted She Was At A Loss To Answer The Following!
Dear Abby, A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a
middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid
twenties. These two women go everywhere together and I've never seen a man
go into or leave their apartment. Do you think they could be Lebanese?
Dear Abby, What can I do about all the Sex, Nudity, Fowl Language and
Violence on my VCR?
Dear Abby, I have a man I can't trust. He cheats so much, I'm not even
sure the baby I'm carrying is his.
Dear Abby, I am a twenty-three year old liberated woman who has been on the
pill for two years. It's getting expensive and I think my boyfriend should
share half the cost, but I don't know him well enough to discuss money with
Dear Abby, I've suspected that my husband has been fooling around, and when
confronted with the evidence, he denied everything and said it would never
Dear Abby, Our son writes that he is taking Judo. Why would a boy who was
raised in a good Christian home turn against his own?
Dear Abby, I joined the Navy to see the world. I've seen it. Now how do I
Dear Abby, My forty year old son has been paying a psychiatrist $50.00 an
hour every week for two and a half years. He must be crazy.
Dear Abby, I was married to Bill for three months and I didn't know he
drank until one night he came home sober.
Dear Abby, My mother is mean and short tempered. I think she is going
through mental pause.
Dear Abby, You told some woman whose husband had lost all interest in sex to
send him to a doctor. Well, my husband lost all interest in sex and he is a
doctor. Now what do I do?
Remember these people can vote, which probably explains the current
situation in Washington, DC.
Good morning. I do pray that all of you are feeling and doing alright this beautiful morning.
Nena came over yesterday with my babies! :o) I had so much fun! I'm on the kitchen floor making 'snow' angels with Kayden! :o) I just thought that since I was already in a lot of pain, why not just go ahead and do it. :) We were throwing snow balls at each other and see who could make a snow angel the fastest! Kayden won! :o) I gave up and just sat there throwing more snow balls at him! :o)
He got ahold of my camera and started taking pictures. As long as he's in the same room as I am, I don't mind at all. He takes great pictures for a 2 year old! :o)
Yes, today I'm paying for it. I would do it again if Kayden or Andrew wanted me to. :o)
My legs, ankles and feet have gone down a bit. I kept them up after my daughter left yesterday. Even if I use the hospital bed to elevate them as high as it goes, doesn't always work. It was getting to me by the end of the day. It was feeling like I was walking on water! Eeewww ick! But, the water build up never really goes away anyhow.
Today I really don't have any plans. Play a few games on Pogo and resting.
Yesterday, I had an appointment to see my neurologist in Middletown. To me, thats a long and far ride. It seems so weird now because I used to just zip on down to Cinncy for a modeling shoot! It takes all I have now just to drive myself, to the doctors. :o)
The doctor said that he doesn't feel ready yet to put me on any MS medicine because of the side effects. Having all these stupid health problems now, is making it harder on me. He did raise my Lyrica. This medicine does help with most of the electrical "shock" that I feel. He was not very happy to see my legs, ankles and feet. He said he wishes he knew what to do for me, but his knowledge is at the other end, my head. :o) Plus, he too was surprised that no one has helped me yet.
I know my mom has only seen this when it happens, here in my journal. I told her the pictures don't look anything like what they truly look like. She took the pictures for me. This time...was very painful in my shins, I could actually feel the 'water' move in there when I had to walk. This time, my legs, ankles and feet were really big and hurting badly. And you bet...I was in my bed as soon as I could! This morning they're way down, but not all the way down. That usually means that they're going to do it again. Oh joy! Not!
Today, thats what I'm going to do, stay in bed as much as possible. I don't want to swell up again. It hurts and it scares me. Because I don't know why they do this and do it so big! I know its from the congestive heart failure, but it still scares me.
My daughter was sending me pictures last night of my 'babies', and they're so adorable! The second picture is little 'oinker!' :o) He's just too cute! lol And he looks just like his mommy did! :o) Full of nothing but cheeks and chins! lol :o)
I need to go for now. My legs are starting to hurt. <sigh>
I do hope that everyone has a great day. Gods blessings to all of you!
An engineer was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and
said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess."
He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket.
The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a
beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week."
The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it
to the pocket.
The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess,
I'll stay with you and do ANYTHING you want."
Again the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his
Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful
princess, that I'll stay with you for a week and do anything you want. Why
won't you kiss me?"
The engineer said, "Look I'm an engineer.
I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that's cool."
A brash young man strolls into a bar and takes a seat next to a stunningly
attractive woman. He gives her a quick glance, then casually looks at his
watch for a moment.
The woman notices this and asks, 'Your date running late?'
'No, no...', he replies, 'I just bought this state-of-the-art watch and I
was just testing it.'
The woman, intrigued, asks: 'Wow! A state-of-the-art watch? So, what's
special about it?'
'Well, it uses ultrasonic waves to telepathically talk to me,' he explains.
'Interesting...so what's it telling you now?'
'Well, it says you're not wearing any panties...'
The woman giggles and replies, 'Well it must be broken then because I am
The man explains, 'Damn thing must be an hour fast!'
There was a Birthday here in J-Land that I've missed!
You are very special!
Thank you for being my friend! You can make me smile when I'm down. I missed her Birthday but, I hope you understand. :o) I have you in my heart always! You're the sweetest most loving person that I've ever known!
Good morning. I hope all of you are doing and feeling alright this beautiful day.
Well...it's been one bumpy ride this week. There were severial times that I wanted off this crazy ride I'm on, but decided to push and keep going. I realize that this week was probably just a preview of whats next.
Its just getting harder for me to do things. I can't use a cup anymore. I have to use a tumble cup for toddlers and another kind that dh got me. I like dh's better. I'd much rather hold Andrew sitting down, I don't trust my arms and hands. I don't want him hurt.
Tonight, Kayden's going to spend the night with us! YAY! Dh called my daughter to see if we could have him for the night. :o)
Dh is getting things ready for when Kayden does get here. :o) Its so cute to watch them play. :o) They usually play "cars." I try to, because it on the floor and its hard to get down and harder to get back up again! :o) I do not attempt that while alone. Dh has to help me do both. :o) Kayden's Birthday is next Monday. He'll be 3! Wow! It doesn't seem that long. :o) They're having a party for him. The theme this time is the movie 'cars.' He can sit and watch that movie over and over. :o) He does seem so grown up....probably because he has a little brother. :o)
Today is my sons girlfriend's birthday. :o) Dh's was the 13th.
Monday, I'm suppose to go to Middletown to see my neurologist. This ride is just so long for me. My body is swollen enough I think. This too shall pass.....
I have been waking up in the mornings and some in the middle of the night. I'm having these dreams that have my granparents in it and they're both trying to tell me something. They have passed. And they are the ones that I have inherited most of my health problems. I can't hear them, and it appears to be like a movie screen playing a movie and another movie on top of the one already playing. Thats how the dreams are. They're the second one and I can still see what I was dreaming before they came into my dream. And when I wake up, its at the same time. And I wake up screaming and crying. And I don't know why. I'll try to see if I can get this dream to play longer.
So...thats sort of whats been going on with me lately. All of the normall pains and in the same spots.
I do need to go...I'm getting a bit dizzy again, like always...I need to put something in my stomach. I haven't eaten yet.
God bless all of you! Have a GREAT day! :o)
Genuine extracts from Letters Sent to Landlords:
I wish to complain that my father hurt his ankle very badly when he put his
foot in the hole in his back passage.
I am writing on behalf of my sink, which is running away from the wall.
I request your permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen.
Can you please tell me when our repairs are going to be done as my wife is
about to become an expectant mother.
I want some repairs done to my stove as it has backfired and burnt my knob
The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared.
The person next door has a large erection in his back garden, which is
unsightly and dangerous.
Will you please send someone to mend our cracked sidewalk. Yesterday my wife
tripped on it and is now pregnant.
Will you please send a man to look at my water, it is a funny color and not
fit to drink.
Could you please send someone to fix our bath tap. My wife got her toe stuck
in it and it is very uncomfortable for us.
I want to complain about the farmer across the road. Every morning at 5:30
his cock wakes me up, and it is getting too much.
When the workmen were here they put their tools in my wife's new drawers and
made a mess. Please send men with clean tools to finish the job and keep my
If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it yourself! Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. I will get to it in MY TIME. All situations will be resolved, but in MY time, not yours.
Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.
If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.
Should you have a bad day at work; think of the man who has been out of work for years.
Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.
Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.
Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.
Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.
Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking "what is my purpose?" be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity.
Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; remember things could be worse. You could be one of them!
Now, you have a nice day.
I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
I work hard because millions on welfare depend on me!
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
Don't take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.
You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me.
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
I'm not a complete idiot. Some parts are missing.
Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning
Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
Being "over the hill" is much better than being under it!
I have a degree in liberal arts; do you want fries with that?
A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!
He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three
thousand times the memory.
Ham and eggs. A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime
commitment for a pig.
The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.
Make your words sweet & tender today, for tomorrow you
may have to eat them.
During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director how do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalised.
Well, said the Director, we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.
Oh, I understand, said the visitor.
A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup.
No said the Director, A normal person would pull the plug out.
Do you want a bed near the window?
Good morning. I do hope that you're doing and feeling good.
I got a call yesterday from this lady that I needed to talk to about changing my care giver. My mom is going to do it. :o) She only needs to get a certain card from Red Cross and a few papers to fill out. The last thing, we both have to do. I wasn't told what it will be, but I have a pretty good idea. She will only be working for me.
I called my new gp yesterday about my blood test strips and if she could fax a script over to the company I go through, for Physical Therapy again. She never called me back. I did get a call about her wanting me to and see a urinoligist! (the main guy over all of the other pt's took me off , then to just have a doctors script again to get it back) No! I'm not going to see "another" doctor! Because I already know what will happen. After they see me, then they'll want me to go here and there and take this or that and take this test and that one! And I'm Not going to go through all of this again because I can't get my bladder emptied! Thats what that one medicine was for that she gave me. It wasn't covered by my insurance so she just took me off of her shoulders and ship me someplace else. I don't think so! I'm not live stalk to where you think you can hurd me around! All she had to do, just like all of the other doctors, put me on a medicine that my insurance will cover it. I know that she can do it because she asked me what kind of insurance I had and looked it up in a book!
I need to know also about the test strips. Because she had mentioned to me about diebeties when looking at my logs. If she can wright scripts for those, then I won't have to buy them. I'm going to call her again today and ask the same questions.
I know I'm not asking for too much here.
I did get the lift chair! YAY! They asked me what color; I said it doesn't matter. :O) So the chair will be green. :o) And the hot tub has to go through a couple more places like the chair did and then I'll know if I get that as well. And then see how much I have left to spend for the year and if I have enough, have a screened in back deck. Or what they call a Florida room. The both of them will relax me, and I can't wait. :o)
I have been thinking of a few things here about J-Land. Don't take this wrong but, one of the main reasons I had to stop commenting in journals was because of my hands. It's come now, to a point to where I can't read them anymore. Please, don't take this wrong. When I read, then I get in the mood of the author. If they are happy, then I am. If it's a rant, I get angry and feel the need to comment bad things as well. It seems to be, that I need to just stop, and take a huge deep breathe. (this doesn't mean at all that I won't miss you all, or that all of your journals are bad. It's me. Not you. :o)
Plus, I know I don't need to tell everyone to not worry about commenting in my journal because almost everyone already has! And I still don't know why, no one has told me. Oh well.
I have a life out side of J-Land and I need to utilize it.
Friday, dh came home from work and had gotten me this thermos type cup. It has a handle and a lid. He is hoping that it might help. You see, I drop almost everything now. My hands have gotten a lot worse. Last Thursday night, I had spilled a drink in my bed. I called for him and he took my sheets off and put them in the wash. Then he put another set on my bed. I did it again. And he did the same thing. I cried because I really feel like a baby! Not being able to hold my own cups. The one that he brought home works great. I also have a purple baby cup. And I could really care less if anyone sees them because they work for me. :o) So when I drop my drink, it won't spill anymore. :o)
For Mothers Day, all I wanted was my kids and grandbabies and salmon and fried potatoes! OMG! It was so good! My son and his girlfriend made it. :o) It really tasted so good. But, I used to cook like that all the time, and now that I haven't been able to cook anymore, we don't get all of that grease. My son and I were up all night sick! lol My son said the same as I did...it sure was good though! :o)
I have a few pictures at the top with me holding Andrew. :o) He loves to be all in a bundle so he can do his snuggling. :o) And Kayden...He really did catch that fish! YAY! :o) He's my little man! So, I got everything I wanted for Mother's Day! Dh went to the candy store here in town and brought me home Buckeyes! They are so good. :o)
I'm sorry about writing so much. I haven't wrote in awhile and I guess I had more to say then I thought I did! lol
I hope that everyone laughs today, smile, say hi to anyone and everyone! It will make their day! :o)
~~~~~~~~About what I wrote about your journals, I care about all of you and I get upset if I see that you're upset. It's because I care about all of you.
According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips on the
mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
Every night the maintenance man would remove them, and the next day the girls would put them back. Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine all the yawns from the little princesses). To demonstrate how difficult it had be! en to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.
Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.
There are teachers .. and then there are educators.
Why We Miss Rodney Dangerfield Because he said . ..
My wife only has sex with me for a purpose. Last night she used me
to time an egg.
It's tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet
she won't drink from my glass!
Last night my wife met me at the front door. She was wearing a sexy
negligee. The only trouble was, she was coming home.
A girl phoned me and said, 'Come on over. There's nobody home.' I
went over. Nobody was home!
A hooker once told me she had a headache.
I went to a massage parlor. It was self service.
If it weren't for pickpockets, I'd have no sex life at all.
I was making love to this girl and she started crying I said, 'Are
you going to hate yourself in the morning?' She said, 'No, I hate
myself now.' I knew a girl so ugly that she was known as a
two-bagger. That's when you put a bag over your head in case the
bag over her head comes off.
I knew a girl so ugly, they use her in prisons to cure sex
offenders. My wife is such a bad cook, if we leave dental floss in
the kitchen the roaches hang themselves.
I'm so ugly, I stuck my head out the window and got arrested for
The other day I came home and a guy was jogging, naked. I asked
him, 'Why?' He said, 'Because you came home early.' My wife's such a
bad cook, the dog begs for Alka-Seltzer.
I know I'm not sexy. When I put my underwear on I can hear the
Fruit-of-the-Loom guys giggling..
My wife is such a bad cook, in my house we pray after the meal.
My wife likes to talk on the phone during sex; she called me from
Chicago last night.
MY FAVORITE: My family was so poor that if I hadn't been born a boy,
I wouldn't of had anything to play with.
I had and appointment this morning to see my Primary Care doctor. I do like her. OK...where do I begin....I also have C.O.P.D. My Aunt has this as well. The doctor gave me twice as much inhalers and am to use them more then I was. Plus the start of Enphizema. Oh joy. Actually, I hate tests. I was also given Urecholine to help my bladder problems. But, my insurance doesn't cover it, so the pharmay called the doctor to see if there were anything else for me.
C.O.P.D. is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Do you remember when I had that sinus infection? Guess what....I still have it! I'm to take the medicine that I used to take until my insurance stoped covering it. Maybe this is why I'm having such a hard time with my sinuses....being used to taking what I used to take and then I'm off of it, my body must have went out of whach. Good Grief!
Right now, all I want to do is to just go and lay down for awhile. I'm pretty weak and out of breath already. Well now I know why I'm getting out of breath so fast. There just seems to be nothing right about and in my body. Geesh!
I did have a good Mother's day. have videos and pictures, but I really don't feel like uploading are just being on the computer. BTW, she did see my logs that I kept with my BP, pulse, sugar and weight. I am down 2 pounds, thats good.
Please make sure you do something that makes you laugh today! :o) They're so good for you! :o)
Six year-old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor.
He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten.
Good morning. Hoping today will be a happy one. :o)
I'd like to know where my mail went!?! Yesterday when my daughter was here, I was still logged on, (I do that, I just minimize aol's window) and I seen that I had around 30 emails, and I signed on now, and they're all gone! This really upsets me. Oh well...what else is new?
It was soooo good to see my daughter and my grandsons. :o) It seems like my grandsons have grown so much. I wish I can see them more. :o) I miss them living here. :o)
Getting to play with Kayden a bit, and holding Andrew was great! :o) pawpaw put up a new basket ball hoop in the kitchen. It's a small one. So I can stand for a few minutes to play with him! Love it! I can't get enough! :o) Those boys can really do a great job of cheering me up no matter what. :o)
A very good friend of mine sent me this. :o) I love the house mouse! Plus...lol....mouse was my knick name in high school...lol, because of my voice. Thank you for sending this to me. :o) And also to LJ that sends me all kinds of graphics! Love them! :o)
Yesterday was 'my busy' day. Oh boy! lol! :o) My home health aide came, my food was delivered, and a different nurse came. I thought that the other nurse was going to be my 'regular' nurse. Geesh! I wish they wouldn't keep doing this to me. My legs, ankles and feet are still pretty swollen. Once again, nothing is working for me. My BP has been high and so has my sugar. But to me, thats life! :o) Nothing new. :o)
Now this graphic just tells it like it is. So very true.
By the way....if you sent me anything yesterday and still have it, you can resend it if you want to. :o)
Well....I'm going to go play some games on Pogo.
God bless all of you!
P.S. My side bar is a mess. Most of my graphics and my guestbook are all gone. gggrrr!
"The two greatest fear busters are knowledge and action."
Tape a chocolate bar to the outside of your microwave. If the chocolate
melts you will know that the microwaves are escaping and it is time to
have the oven serviced.
A mouse trap, placed on top on of your alarm clock will prevent you
from rolling over and going back to sleep.
Old telephone books make ideal personal address books. Simply cross out
the names and addresses of people you don't know.
Before attempting to remove stubborn stains from a garment always
circle the stain in permanent ink pen so that when you remove the
garment from the washing machine you can easily locate the area of the
stain and check that it has gone.
Lose weight quickly by eating raw pork and rancid tuna. I found that
the subsequent food poisoning enabled me to lose 12 pounds in only 2
Avoid parking tickets by leaving your windshield wipers turned to fast
wipe whenever you leave your car parked illegally.
High blood pressure sufferers: Simply cut yourself and bleed for a
while, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.
Olympic athletes. Conceal the fact that you have taken performance
enhancing drugs by simply running a little slower and letting someone
Heavy smokers: Don't throw away those filters from the end of your
cigarettes. Save them up and within a few years you'll have enough to
insulate your ceiling.
Create instant designer stubble by sucking a magnet and dipping your
chin in a bowl of iron fillings.
X File fans: Create the effect of being abducted by aliens by drinking
two bottles of vodka. You'll invariably wake up in a strange place the
following morning, having had your memory mysteriously 'erased'.
A sheet of sandpaper makes a cheap and effective substitute for costly
maps when visiting the Sahara desert.
WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE OR ABUSE OF DISABLED (VULNERABLE) ADULTS?
"Abuse" includes many actions and non-actions:
Physical abuse is the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment. Physical abuse may include but is not limited to such acts of violence as striking (with or without an object), hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, shaking, slapping, kicking, pinching, and burning. The unwarranted administration of drugs and physical restraints, force-feeding, and physical punishment of any kind also are examples of physical abuse.
Sexual abuse is nonconsensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person. Sexual contact with any person incapable of giving consent also is considered sexual abuse; it includes but is not limited to unwanted touching, all types of sexual assault or battery such as rape, sodomy, coerced nudity, and sexually explicit photographing.
Emotional or psychological abuse
Emotional or psychological abuse is the infliction of anguish, emotional pain, or distress. Emotional or psychological abuse includes but is not limited to verbal assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, humiliation, and harassment. In addition, treating an older or disabled person like an infant; isolating an elderly or disabled person from family, friends, or regular activities; giving an older or disabled person a "silent treatment"; and enforced social isolation also are examples of emotional or psychological abuse.
Neglect is the refusal or failure to fulfill any part of a person's obligations or duties to an elder or disabled adult. Neglect may also include a refusal or failure by a person who has fiduciary responsibilities to provide care for an elder or disabled person (e.g., failure to pay for necessary home care service, or the failure on the part of an in-home service provider to provide necessary care). Neglect typically means the refusal or failure to provide an elderly or disabled person with such life necessities as food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medicine, comfort, personal safety, and other essentials included as a responsibility or an agreement.
Financial or material exploitation
Financial or material exploitation is the illegal or improper use of an elder's or disabled adult's fund, property, or assets. Examples include but are not limited to cashing checks without authorization or permission; forging an older or disabled person's signature; misusing or stealing an older or disabled person's money or possessions; coercing or deceiving an older or disabled person into signing a document (e.g., contracts or a will); and the improper use of conservatorship, guardianship, or power of attorney.
Abandonment is the desertion of an elderly or disabled person by an individual who has assumed responsibility for providing care or by a person with physical custody of an elder or disabled person.
Self-neglect is characterized as the behaviors of an elderly or disabled person that threaten his/her own health or safmeety . Self-neglect generally manifests itself in an older or disabled person's refusal or failure to provide himself/herself with adequate food, water, clothing, shelter, safety, personal hygiene, and medication (when indicated). The definition of self-neglect excludes a situation in which a mentally competent person (who understands the consequences of his/her decisions) makes a conscious and voluntary decision to engage in acts that threaten his/her health or safety.
WHO ARE THE VICTIMS?
States define by law who is considered a victim of elder/vulnerable adult abuse.
All states have laws covering abuse of elders, which means someone 60, 62, or 65 years of age and older as defined in that particular state law. Some laws cover only " vulnerable" elders, using various definitions of "vulnerable" to mean having certain disabilities or medical conditions or being particularly "frail." Most state vulnerable adult abuse laws also cover people with disabilities age 18 and over. Which disabilities make someone fall into the "vulnerable" category varies from state to state. (Click here to go to the database of state laws)
That does not mean that because you don't fall under your state's definitions, you are not a victim of abuse; the emotional, physical, and financial consequences of being abused are just as bad for someone who does not meet their state law's definitions as they are for someone who does fall within the definitions' scope. But those state definitions can govern what your abuser may be charged with and what services may be available to you.
Anyone call fall victim to elder or disabled adult abuse.
Some sources say the "typical" or "average" elder abuse victim is white, female, and above a certain age. There are currently more white elders in the U.S. than there are elders of any other race, and there are more female elders in the U.S. than male elders, so it makes sense that more of them, numerically, are abused. Some studies do show that rates of elder abuse rise as ages rise -- in other words, a 95-year-old elder is more likely to be abused than a 65-year-old elder. This may be because some abusers hope a much older person will die or develop dementia before the crime is discovered.
But the truth is, elders and adults with disabilities of all ages, both genders, all racial backgrounds, all incomes, and all education levels can and do become the victim of someone who decides to hurt them or who assumes care for them but is unable to handle the demands. Being weak, confused, lonely, "tricked," or anything else is not the reason someone gets abused, neglected, or exploited. The reason someone gets abused, neglected, or exploited is because someone made a decision to hurt her or him or let him or her be hurt.
Studies do show that adults with disabilities are many more times likely to be victimized by someone else than are adults without disabilities. This is probably a result of the abusers thinking people with disabilities are less likely to fight back or be believed when they report a crime.
WHO ARE THE ABUSERS?
Abusers can be family members, paid caregivers, neighbors, lawyers...anyone.
Because there is no federal agency that collects and compares data from all of the state agencies that handle different types of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of elder and disabled adults in all the settings in which they reside, we really don't know what type of person is most likely to become an abuser. Studies of the abuse of elders living in private homes show that the vast majority of their abusers -- between 75 and 90 percent -- are family members: spouses, adult children, grandchildren, siblings. But many elders and adults with disabilities are abused by non-family members.
We do know that people who abuse drugs or alcohol, or who are dependent on the elder or disabled adult for their income, seem to be more likely to become abusers. But stable, well-regarded family members can also decide to take "their inheritance" before it is spent or hit a grandfather who isn't doing what they want them to do. Paid professionals like accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents also sometimes abuse their positions to take advantage of an elder or disabled adult.
WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT ABUSE?
Legally, you may be required to report suspected abuse.
Most states have what is called "mandatory reporting." That means that certain types of professionals or, sometimes, "anyone" must report to police and/or adult protective services when they suspect someone is being abused. If you do not, you could be prosecuted (although that is rare, except in cases of abuse in institutions like nursing homes). Reporting can always be done anonymously, and your identity is always kept secret. If you report your suspicions and it turns out nothing is wrong, there are no consequences for you. The only exception to this is if you knowingly place a file report in order to harass someone. In all other states, reporting is strongly encouraged, so that professionals can help assess what's going on and get help in if it is needed. (Click here to go to the database of state laws)
Many systems offer services to elder and disabled adult abuse victims.
Most states have an Adult Protective Services (APS) or Elder Protective Services, usually at the county level, that receives and investigates report of elder or disabled adult abuse. Many types of abuse are crimes, and so the police sometimes get involved. Long-term care ombudsmen help resolve abuse and neglect complaints in nursing homes, and protection and advocacy services address problems in residential facilities for adults with disabilities. For more information on what agencies are involved in addressing abuse and how you can locatethe one in your state or area, go to ASAAPS' reporting section.
Be a good friend.
People who are abused, neglected, or exploited often feel ashamed, angry, fearful, confused, and lots more emotions. You can be most helpful by listening to their feelings, believing what they say, supporting their right to continue to make decisions for themselves, and accompanying them as they move through the service and criminal justice systems. What is not helpful is: blaming them for what happened; questioning how they could have "let" it happen; making them move or give up banking or activities; and taking control of their lives. Changes in ability are nearly inevitable with advanced age, and the experience of abuse may make people notice changes they had overlooked before. Nevertheless, becoming the victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation does not mean the person is automatically incapable of staying in charge of their lives.
What they most need is for those around them to not blame them, not take control of their lives
Be an advocate.
For the most part, the systems that have been set up to help elders and adults with disabilities who are victims of abuse are under-funded, under-trained, and often lack the legal tools they need to do what we want them to do.
You can help by being aware of what legislation is pending that would either help or hurt prevention and intervention systems and efforts, and then making your opinion known to your elected representatives. To see ASAAPS' listing of some of the relevant pending Federal and state legislation, click here.
CAN ABUSE BE PREVENTED?
There are many ways to lower your risk of being a victim of abuse.
Even though it is the abuser's decisions, not the victim's, that cause abuse, there are some things you can do to lower your risk of becoming a victim. For more information about how you can help protect yourself, go to ASAAPS' prevention section.
There are also many things that family and community members can do to help protect older and disabled loved ones. For more information on these techniques, go to ASAAPS' prevention section.
National Center on Elder Abuse, The National Elder Abuse Incidence Study Final Report, Administration for Children and Families and Administration on Aging, 1998. These definitions were developed through a four-step process: analysis of then-current state definitions of domestic elder abuse; the convening of local roundtables of practicing professionals to gather firsthand knowledge about how elder abuse is detected, reported, and investigated; a critical review of preliminary definitions by a group of elder abuse experts; and a pilot field testing of the consensus definitions. ASAAPS has adapted them to also pertain to the abuse of younger disabled adults.
I have so much that I need to log today.
*****Warning***** I might say something that offends someone.
This part shouldn't be offensive. Since last Thursday, I've been having a pretty hard time using my hands. I cant even count how many times that I've dropped things. Already this morning, I dropped my coffee carafe on my right thigh and burnt it. Again, I just started crying. I don't like it when I cry. Thats all I seem to get done doing. I was able to get up and get another gown on and did my best with my thigh. Last Thursday, I was in the kitchen with my home health aide and I was making a cup of chocolate milk. When I picked it up, I dropped it, and the whole cup was all over the floor. And she just washed the floor. I'm glad she has a good sence of humor. Since then, all I keep doing is dropping things. My hands aren't working right like they did. I was so glad it was the weekend too, because dh was here with me. He's already called me to see if things are going ok. I told him about the hot coffee.
Dh was very helpful to me all weekend. I don't know what I would've done without him. I appreciate everything that he does for me. My BP yesterday morning was 149/135. Pulse was 112. It's gone down a lot. This morning it's 141/86. I do these before I get out of bed.
My legs, mainly my right one are swelling again. I don't know the 'why' in this. I'm starting to get used to it. I don't know if thats bad or good. Just used to it. I wanted to take a nice hot bath last night. Dh wouldn't let me alone, and I'm glad. He seen how I have to struggle just to shave my legs, (my legs don't 'twist' anymore from the hip, they are just straight) and just how hard it is for me really just to do anything. He kept telling me to breath. I told him thats what happens when I get a bath, it takes so much out of me. Thats sad. I should be able to take a bath if I want to, on my own without getting so out of breath. When I was done, I hurried to get my oxyden on. Of course that helped me.
*****This might offend someone*****
Dh had came down and was talking to me in my bedroom. ( LOL....I'll tell you later ) I asked him if he might have noticed how much it takes out of me just to bath. My hips really don't work anymore and nor do my shoulders. Which makes it hard to do certain things in everyone's life. I asked him that when he is here, if he could wipe me after I go #2? I feel so bad having to actually ask that. I've told myself, if I ever have to have someone do that for me, then there goes my dignaty out the window. I can't do it anymore because of my stupid shoulders. There has been way too many things happening to me all at once again. I'm losing so much more abilities again. It's 99.9% to where I shouldn't be here alone anymore. After I get done with this, I'll play some games on Pogo then go back and watch tv in bed. The thing that I thought was funny; Dh bought me an air conditioner just for my room. Yes, we do have central air but it doesn't seem to be enough anymore. My system is out of whack. He told me that now that I have that in my room, that I can freeze myself as much and often as I want to. When he came in to talk to me, he had on 2 coats and a pair of gloves. lol I had it pretty cold. I think it was 60. Plus 2 fans going. :o) It was perfect for me.
From me dropping almost eveything I've had in my hands this weekend and then having to ask him if he could wipe me, my mood isn't too good. I do feel depressed and just overloaded with too many things that I'm losing so fast once again. My meldown wasn't even done yet. I'll just chuck it in with all of the other things thats fueling this meltdown.
I hope you like the pictures above.
Next time you have a bad day at work...think of this guy: Rob is a
commercial saturation diver for Global Divers in Louisiana. He performs
underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs. Below is an E-mail he sent
to his sister. She then sent it to Laughline, who was sponsoring a
"worst job experience" contest. Needless to say, she won.
Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother. Last week I had
bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work,
so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's
not so bad after all.
Before I can tell you what happened to me, I first must bore you with a
few technicalities of my job. As you know, my office lies at the bottom
of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wetsuit. This time of
year the water is quite cool. So what we do to keep warm is this: We
have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of
equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful
temperature. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose,
which is taped to the air hose. Now this sounds like a darn good plan,
and I've used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get
to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the
back of my wetsuit. This floods my whole suit with warm water. It's like
working in a Jacuzzi.
Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to
itch. So, of course, I scratched it. This only made things worse. Within
a few seconds my butt started to burn. I pulled the hose out from my
back, but the damage was done. In agony I realized what had happened.
The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my
suit. Now since I don't have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn't
stick to it. However, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate. When I
scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the
jellyfish into my butt. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma
over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact
that he, along with 5 other divers, were all laughing hysterically.
Needless to say I aborted the dive. I was instructed to make 3 agonizing
in-water decompression stops totaling 35 minutes before I could reach
the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression. When I arrived at the
surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet. As I climbed out of
the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face,
handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I
got in the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't poop for
2 days because my butthole was swollen shut.
So, next time you're having a bad day at work, think about how much
worse it would be if you had a jellyfish shoved up your butt.
Little Mary Margaret was not the best student in Sunday School. Usually, she slept throught the class. One day the teacher called on her while she was sleeping, "Tell me Mary Margaret, who created the universe?" When Mary Margaret didn't stir, little Johnny who was her friend sitting behind her, took his pencil and jabbed her in the rear. "God Almighty!" shouted Mary Margaret.
The teacher said, "very good" and continued teaching the class. A little later the nun asked Mary Margaret, "Who is our Lord and savior?" But she didn't stir from her slumber. Once again, little Johnny came to her rescue and stuck Mary Margaret in the butt. "Jesus Christ!" " shouted Mary Margaret and the teacher once again said "very good and Mary Margaret fell back to sleep.
The teacher asked her a third question "what did Eve say to Adam after she had her tenth child?" Again, Johnny to the rescue. This time Mary Margaret jumped up and shouted, "if you stick me with that damn thing one more time, I'll break it in half!" The teacher fainted.
I've been taking my BP, Blood sugar, weightand pulse every morning before I get out of bed. (except for the weight) This is my last readings; BP-150/129, weight-222-pulse-90 Blood sugar-139. I don't know if any of these are bad or not. Too much going on and I'm not rememering much anymore. I think my BP is high though. My nurse came yesterday. She did tell me that the new doctor had called he to let me know to keep a log and do the things I've already been doing. Thats good because if I put too much more in my brain, Its going to explode! Just to remember.
I do like this new nurse alot. She just comes in and just starts doing what she's supposed to be doing. I do get good vibes from this one, she doesn't at all make me nirvouse. I don't need that either.
She also needed to get blood, two tubes. Not bad. :o) I told her that she needs to just keep a butterfly in my arm to make it easier on the both of us. :o) My feet and ankles are down a bit. Shes still concerned about me. Too bad she can't be my doctor.
I've been so thirsty lately. I made a big pitcher of iced tee yesterday, and I've drank that, and now I'm in the prosses of making more. I can't get enough. :o)
I just thought of something....I'm drinking like its going out of styl and I'm only urinating like I normally do. I wonder if I'll swell again because I'm not urinating like I should. <sigh>
And yes, I am done with all of this. I'm just going to medicate myself so all I do is sleep. Then I won't have to deal with all of this. I'm depressed, I lost my best friend, and I don't have anyone to talk to that either doesn't understand or anyone. Like if my best friend would come over I'd have her to talk to. My home health aide was here yesterday and I had two hours to just talk. And she didn't mind at all. I really like her a lot.
She was in an orginising mood and looked around and asked where should she start. :o) Thats exactly what my 2 rooms really need is to be orginized. She did get 1 corner done for me. And just that really helps me. And I really appreciate it as well. She told me that she's been spring cleaning at her house and she still had the 'cleaning' mode in her! :o) Shes young...kind of looks like she could be my sons age. So she's younger then me and is able to do all kinds of things. lol :o)
I am really hurting today. My arms and my legs. They are having problems working. My arms feel like they weigh 200 pounds. No kidding.
I'm leaving now.
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
- Allan K.
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
- Storm Jameson