Category Archives: health

Not feeling well.

I hope I’m not getting sick; I can’t afford that because I have so much to do.  I’m behind on a lot of projects, not to mention laundry and everything else around the house.

I could be just run down and my sinuses are just worse.  Hopefully, that’s all.

But I’m going to take some aspirins and relax for a while longer.  Mostly because I don’t feel like doing anything else. 🙂


If the Bionic Man had sinus problems, he’d have gotten nowhere.

Which makes me rant, why can’t we in modern times do something better than sinuses?  Do we really need them?  (I know we do, so don’t flame me.)  But yeesh, I’m sick of them.

Mine are better than they were before the surgery, but I still have chronic problems.  I’m tired of the whole thing.

It would be something to see a superhero movie where they’re screaming for help, and the hero says, “Sorry, but I have a raging sinus headache and it’s dragged me down.  I need to take meds and lay down.”

So, I don’t want us to take away from cancer research or anything, but I’ll be the first one to call into the telethon that has found a way to replace sinuses with a better system!

Time to get back on the weight loss plan

I did well under Weight Watchers, but the session ended and everyone at work just fell apart without it.  Then my scale broke and I just half-heartedly kept up with things.

Enough of that.  I have a new scale and I need to get motivated again.  Not easy because I’ve felt really tired every day for the past few weeks.  Part of that was Morgan being sick and Casey not sleeping through the night without having to go out a few times.  Hopefully that will be better, at least the Morgan part.

I was going to start this weekend; we had an Olive Garden gift card and I promised myself that I ‘d have soup and salad.  I had one hitch; Deptford Olive Garden is where I had that last lunch with my mom.  I never went back.  I told myself not to be such a wuss and get over it, but I chickened out a bit and we went to another one.  That backfired because, let’s face it, one Olive Garden looks like another and it brought a bunch of feelings with it.  So I’m a wuss. And I’m a wuss who said screw it, I’m having a drink and chocolate cake.

But here I am, trying to get psyched up.  I have a long way to go for my goal and I don’t think I’ll get there by my vacation, but I can get quite a lot of it if I get focused.

I joined Weight Watchers today.

I had to do something.  I’ve put on so much weight and for a year and a half, if not longer, I said I would lose it.  Instead, I keep putting on more.  So many of my clothes don’t fit and the few that do look terrible because of the weight and fat/inches.

I needed to do something that would make me stay on target; spending even this little bit of money and knowing I’m held accountable each week is a great start.  Hopefully, I will get my will power kick started again.

I once lost 40 pounds and looked fantastic.  I made myself a promise that I would never return to that person that I was.  But I did.  It doesn’t matter why, what’s important is that I did this again to myself.  I don’t feel good, not in my self-image or in health.

Now, I am climbing back on a path of treating myself better: eating better and working out again.  Not being lazy or letting my activities interfere – using them as excuses of why I can’t do it right now.  My mom had kids and a husband at home, worked full time, was a Scout leader with a full schedule, and did other things too, but she got on Weight Watchers when I was a kid and lost her weight.   If she can do it with all the things in her life, I can too.  My dad supported her in it and in later years, I would.  It makes a difference; even so, it has to start in your own head.

I have to say that I’ve unofficially joined Weight Watchers.  The woman who handles our group at work has put me off for 3 weeks now.  At first, she had all her paperwork put away and asked me to come back after the holiday weekend.  Today, she was out because of a death in the family and the other person forgot I was joining, so she didn’t have the right paperwork.  I insisted on being weighed anyway so I can get going instead of saying “soon, soon, I’ll do something soon….”

I have to lose 25 pounds. And as the first hurdle, someone brought Munchkins to the office.   Plus, I have a Christening party on Sunday, a birthday get together next week…

So here I go.  Already wavering, but already sticking to it.

“Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night!”

Stock tip: Buy Ibprofen. It’s going to be HUGE!

John called the doctor yesterday about his back pain. They told him to take 9 Ibprofen at a time. Yes, Viriginia, you read that right:


That’s got to be a record.  I have never heard of anyone taking that much.  I kept thinking I heard him wrong — or that our doctor meant to say something else, but saw the 9th on the calendar or something.  But I got to say: I waited for him to come home, ready to help him since he could barely move when he left the house in the morning, and he had a long day yesterday with a lot of pain.  Instead, he walked up to the house like he never had a problem.

So: buy stock in ibprofen companies and thank the Blackwells when it goes up!

Update: okay, he meant 9 for the day.  That makes more sense.

Walking wounded, help the others….

I had to take Morgan back to the hospital yesterday. She collapsed in the morning and couldn’t walk. It was like she had a stroke; it was really frightening. They said she has a vestibulary problem in her nervous system, especially in the nerves in the brain.  It throws off her balance which is why she couldn’t keep on her feet; the vertigo is horrible.  She could have had a version that happens with old dogs: it happens suddenly but heals itself in a week. But the risk was, she could have a brain tumor.

Thankfully, she came out of it on her own, which leans towards her being fine. Thank goodness!

But!  John also hurt his back and is laid up, not able to do really anything.  I’m not the kind of wife to point out that I told him to wait until I could go with hin on Friday to set up our RV so this wouldn’t happen, so we won’t even go there.  He really is hurting; you can see how bad it is when he tries to even shift in the bed. If he doesn’t get better, he wants to go to the ER for meds. I said the vet did a great job on Morgan, so maybe we should take him there…

Please support the Washington DC Walk

You may not know it, but there’s more than one Breast Cancer Awareness walk during the year.  For example, one of my co-workers is doing one in October, while Washington DC is having a Walk on May 2-3, 2009.  If you’re already walking yourself or sponsoring someone for this walk, thank you!  If not, please give me just a couple minutes.

Someone I know is walking: Deb Wills. She’s a survivor herself and knows more; she’s walking for all of them.  You can read her words on why she’s doing this; they’re good words.  But I’d like to add my thoughts.

First, let me point out: I am talking only for myself, and no one else.  Deb doesn’t even know I’m doing this, and I’m certainly not speaking for the Avon organization, R.Y.I Enterprises, and All Ears Net.  These are my words.

I’ve mentioned Deb Wills before on my blog.  I’ve also talked about someone in a community can stand out, whatever that community is.  They get a name for themselves and a reputation.

In the Disney fans community, Deb Wills is a name. Her All Ears Net is an informational web site that even the employees of the Disney Company recognize.  When Deb goes places in the parks, people literally stop her every few minutes.  The reason is, she has worked hard to provide a quality site.  It’s affected people which may surprise you when you’re outside our community.  But you’re probably involved in something else that has a person like Deb.

People outside the community can’t believe Deb’s team is all volunteers.  So is Deb herself.  All Ears’ information is free and its advertising goes in support of the site because a site like that takes a lot.  And I can’t even imagine Deb’s to-do list.  And because Deb has shared being a breast cancer survivor, she has people turn to her:  people suffering from it, their families, and the survivors.

It could stop there, but it doesn’t.  Plenty of people who are a big fish in their own pond could just enjoy it.  Deb doesn’t.  She use those avenues to put herself out there to make a difference.  She doesn’t even just speak about it or let someone use her name; she’s certainly so incredibly busy with a full job, a family, and All Ears, that no one would fault her for doing it.  But she does do the effort and the work herself.   Last year, she raised $40,000 for Breast Cancer AwarenessFrom 2001- 2008, Deb has raised over $131,000 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. This year, she’s set a goal of $50,000 and is training hard for the Walk.

She has 85% of that goal.  A lot of people are getting behind her including small Mom & Pop companies and medium ones.  She’s someone you can behind.  She’s an admirable person who not only makes a difference, but she raises the bar for herself and her community in proportion to the growth in her reputation and reach in her community.  By supporting her, it’s not just the people she’s walking for, but all the people who already supported her Walk.  That’s a heck of a thing to be part of.

She’s close to her goal, but every little bit will get her there.  You can even give only a $10 donation, and remember, it’s for a great reason and tax deductible.  Please donate!  I honestly believe Breast Cancer is unfortunately one of those sad facts of life that sooner or later will touch your life through you or someone you know.  I’ve been spared in my two scares, but a friend in theater, one from high school, and I just found out that a friend I know from work have all had to have double mastectomies. Another friend lost his mother to breast cancer.

Please help. Even $10.  Any donation is fantastic, but if you want to also put it behind someone you can believe in, Deb Wills is one of those people.

Thank you.