Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Review

A couple of months ago, I saw a review for a book that Tony Danza (the actor) wrote.  I didn't get it for Christmas, so I bought it on Friday.  I read the book in three days!  The book is titled I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.  The subtitle is "My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High".    Tony Danza graduated from college with a teaching degree before he started boxing and acting.

  Tony taught 10th grade English for one double block class, but was at the school all day.  He got involved in the school and  into his students' lives.  He writes about the lessons he taught, how his days were,  about his students, co-workers, and the projects his students did.  He wrote about his new understanding how hard teachers have it, and the work they put into their lessons and all of the responsibilities they have to do, and how the public puts education down.

  I really enjoyed the book, and I recommend others to read the book. 


"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."  Psalms 27:14

   Waiting is one of the hardest things to do in all the world! If you have to wait fro someone who is late, or if you're expecting something important in the mail, or if you've applied for a job and you're waiting for the phone to ring, waiting can almost drive you crazy!  Why is it so difficult to wait?  Waiting means you're not in control.  Someone else will determine what happens next.  Whether you're waiting on an inconsiderate friend, a slow postal system, or an indifferent employer, sitting helplessly can be excruciating.

    Waiting on the Lord is a different matter. God loves you more than you can even imagine.  Everything he does in your life shows his perfect love for you.  When God delays giving you something, he has a good reason.  It's not that he doesn't love you or that he wants to make you squirm.  it's a matter of timing.  Waiting on God reminds us of just how much our lives depend on him.  Every day we wait is another day to realize how helpless we are apart from his strength.  Waiting on God can be one of the most spiritually rewarding things we ever do.  Waiting on God is not sitting around doing nothing.  Waiting on God involves action on our part.  We should pray.  We should continue doing what God told us last.  We should watch for what he does next.  We should examine our hearts to see if any sin is hindering God's answer.

    if you are waiting on God for something right now, don't consider the time an idle, frustrating experience.  Trust that he loves you and that his answer will come.  in the meantime, get busy!

    This was yesterday's (December 29) devotion from the devotional:  The Experience a devotional and journal   by Henry and Richard Blackaby. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012


  I have a good perception of myself.  There are times, where I can have a low self-esteem, but who doesn't at times.  I saw my lung doctor this afternoon. I will have another lung function test in May, and another sleep test in June.  (The sleep test is every two years.)  He said my lung function was 91%  in February and two months ago was 83%.  He wasn't too worried about that.
     I was looking at the paper of the visit in the car afterwards and go mad at him.  At the end of my list of medical problems/daignosis' and towards the end was morbid obesity.  That made me mad.  I do not think of myself as obesis.  I think of myself as full-figured.  I know I weigh a lot.  I lost about 50 pounds five years ago, and have basically gained most of it back.  I go up and down, but basically have maintained my weight.  I am fine with my looks.  (What bugs me about it, is the not dating part, and guys are wrong to not want to date me because of it. )  My lung doctor wants me to think about doing bariatic surgery.  I said that I would think about it, but I do not want to do it.
    I have made changes in what I eat.  I have cut back in my chocolate intake.  In the past few weeks, I have had more chocolate, but then again, this year has been very stressful and frustrating school year.
     People need to realize that what they say to others can hurt others their self-esteem.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Streams in the Desert: November 23

You have shown your people desperate times. (Psalms 60:3)

  I have always been glad that the psalmist said to God that certain times of life are desperate or difficult. Make no mistake about it, there are difficult in life.

   This summer someone gave me some beautiful pink flowers, and as I took them, I asked, "What kind are they?" My friend answered, "They are rock flowers. They grow and bloom only on rocks where you can see no soil."  then I thought of God's flowers growing in desperate times and hard places, and I somehow feel that He may have a certain tenderness for His "rock flowers" that He may not  have fro is lilies and roses.    Margaret Bottome 

  The trials of life are sent to make us, not to break us.  Financial troubles may destroy a person's business but build up his character.  and a direct blow to the outer person may be the greatest  blessing possible to the inner person.  So if God places or allows anything difficult in out lives, we can be sure that the real danger or trouble will be what we will lose if we run or rebel against it.  Maltbie D. Babcock   

          Heroes are forged on anvils hot with pain,
          And splendid courage comes but with the test.
          Some natures ripen and some natures bloom
         Only on blood-wet soil, some prove great
         Only in moments dark with death or doom.

  God finds His best soldiers on the mountain of affliction.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It is Out!

 I saw the urologist this afternoon, and he took the stint out!  Now I can heal and feel a lot better.  This is one doctor's appointment I was looking forward to it.  The stint is gone! Yeah!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Trip to the ER

I have had pain for over the past week.  I wasn't able to explain or describe the pain.  I first tried the medicine for having pain when using the restroom, that didn't help.  After taking that a couple of times, I then took a couple of times the medicine for having urges to use the restroom.  It was tough at school this week, because in the  afternoon and evening, I would go as much as every 30 minutes to whenever.  My body is on a schedule at school and these past 10 days have messed it up.  That medicine didn't help.  I even took Tylenol (the generic brand), that also didn't help. Monday,  I took Aleeve, that helped my knees and bone spur, but nothing else.  Tuesday afternoon, I spent about 3 hours shaking both on the inside and the outside.  I wasn't completely cold, but I did have the chills.

  Finally, Wednesday or Thursday, I figured out the pain was probably due to the stint, and it is.  The pain varies.  I took   pain pills the last two nights, the generic for Percocet.  That made me itch and difficult to go back to sleep.  I think I am allergic to that.  This afternoon, I was in major pain.  Instead of calling the doctor, I went to the ER.  Besides the stint bothering me, I also have a bladder infection.  They gave me morphine at the ER, so after spending two hours, there, Mom came and picked me up.  I was given a prescription for an antibiotic, a pain pill and a ibuprofen.  I am staying home from church tomorrow, since I have two days of school this week. 

  I see the   doctor Tuesday afternoon, and I so do hope he takes the stint out.  I can not go too much longer with it in!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Mammogram and Kidney Stone Surgery #3

  I was scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound at 9:30 this morning.  Dad had me there by 9:15.  I had four pictures taken of my left breast, then I had to sit and wait a bit before the ultrasound of my left breast.  I was done there by 10:45ish.  I was told by the ultrasound technician  that she was to look for two things, and she only found one, a cyst.  She couldn't find the other one, so the doctor on duty read the films and said they look benign.  That means no biopsy.  I am glad for that.

  I walked over to out patient surgery and didn't have to wait long to be called back.  I was surprised that I wasn't taken to have an x-ray done this morning, since I was expecting it.  My port was accessed, but the initial blood flow was slow, and my port continued to run slow.  It was slow on Tuesday, when I had it flushed and had blood work done for today.

   Mom, Dad, and my best friend, Elaine came back around 12:30 to see me before my surgery.  Having Elaine come by, was a nice surprise.  I enjoyed my visit with her.  I even received my birthday present from her, all Pittsburgh Steelers stuff.  Thank you Elaine for coming to see me.

   I go to the operating room, and with my port running slow, the antheisologist says that she wants to access a vein, and I told her that might not be possible.  She said that she will wait until after I am asleep to do so.  They give me the medicine, and she did start an IV in a vein in my right arm, at my elbow.  I didn't like waiting up to that.  The surgery was a quick one.  The doctor told mom, that he had a hard time using the laser to break up the stone.  It was being very stubborn!! He broke up the stone and removed it, and   placed a stint in the tube.  He will remove the stint in a couple of weeks in  his office.

  I came home with five prescriptions.  Only got four filled, since one is for pain meds.  I have an antibiotic to take this weekend, Flomax to take for twenty days, and two other kinda pain meds, depending on if I have certain pains with bathroom stuff. 

  I hope it is another twenty years or longer before I get another kidney stone, or never again.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Pesky Port Problems

Since I am scheduled to have surgery next week on the 8th, I had to have pre-surgical testing this afternoon.  The nurse went to go and access my port to draw blood, and NOTHING.  I did have a bag of ice there for quite some time, so I hope that had nothing to do with it.  I am keeping Tuesday's appointment to flush my port, to see if they can get blood return.  If not, I do not know what I am going to for surgery.  There is no guarantee that one will be able to find a vein and access it to get blood or to start an IV.  I hope this is not the beginning of things and go through what I went through last November and December.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Yearly Mammogram

    Last week, I had my yearly mammogram.  I had a couple of messages in my voice mail yesterday after school, telling me that I need to have another one.  On Thursday, November 8, at 9:30 am, I am scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound on my left breast.  A mass was found in my left breast.  I am not worried for I have left it in God's hands.

    This is my third time having to get a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound of my left breast.  The other times were in 2008 and in 2010.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

                                                   This one totally scares the living daylights out of me.

Last Saturday, October 13, myself and two others from Real Life went up to Cleveland to go to the Museum of Natural History.  I do not remember ever going there.  The animals that had been stuffed, their habitats, the heads, bones, and other displays were really cool.  They even had live animals outside, but these animals  have some thing wrong with them, and will never be able to live in the wild.  

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Kidney Stone surgery #3

I am now scheduled for my third surgery for this year.  Each one has dealt with the same kidney stone, that I have had for about a year and a half.  I will have surgery, on Thursday, November 8 at 1 pm. I wanted it done on a Friday, since it one be an easy day for my sub, but is not.  I am supposed to be able to go back to school the next day.  But I will be prepared for a sub for the next day, just in case. 

Friday, September 07, 2012

The Kidney Stone is Stuck

The title says it all.  Nobody knew back in the spring, that my stone would not move at all.  It did get smaller by the  first shock wave surgery, but this second one last month, nada!  It just sat there.  It is stuck!  Next month, another surgery, this time to move it, unstick it, so that I will be able to pass it.  A stent will also be placed between the kidney and the bladder, to help that area heal.  Doctor is afraid that if nothing is done I will eventually have problems.  Date of the surgery will be decided on next week.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Akron Zoo

I spent a couple of hours at the Akron Zoo today.  I had to see the new exhibit, Journey to the Reef.  They have a real live octopus in a tank.  I don't think the komodo dragon ever moves.  Every time I am there, it is always in the same place.  I had just missed seeing the new baby snow leopards.  They are only in display this week during the first 45 minutes the zoo is opened.  Here are a few of the pics I took today.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Kidney Stone Blasting Surgery #2

   Two surgeries in the same year.  Mom dropped me off around 9, since she worked from 9-12.  I got called back around 9:30 am.  I had to give a urine sample, even though I gave one on Friday.  After changing into a gown, I was taken down to x-ray, and had a couple taken.  Radiology had a hard time getting hold of the volunteers to come and get me, so some one from there took me back up to out patient surgery.  I got back around 10 and dad showed up.  He couldn't come back until after my port had been accessed and blood was drawn.  The doctor came by around 11 am, and dad stayed with em until I was taken back to surgery.  I opened my eyes around 1:20 pm in recovery and was discharged by 2 pm.  Mom and I got home a little before 3 pm.  I have felt a bit woozy, but other wise good.

   I see the doctor in about a month for a follow-up and will have an x-ray a couple of days before hand.  Hopefully, this will send the stubborn stone out of my body for good.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Pre-Surgery Testing

  The hospital called me yesterday to pre-registered me for Monday's surgery.  Turns out, I had to have some testing done, that is actually supposed to be done seven days in advance.  Not possible, since surgery is Monday.  I scheduled the appointment for 8:15 am.  I was up at 6:30.  They took my health history.  For someone is a cancer survivor and has a few other things, I am pretty healthy.  I had a physical done, blood pressure, was a bit high, took it three times, the nurse had a hard time hearing it, but let it go.  I had to go down to the lab for urine test and bloodwork.  Bloodwork wasn't done, because this lab doesn't  access ports.  So, my bloodwork will be done on Monday morning.  That was weird. 

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Allergic Reaction and Infection

For the first time in a lot of years, I broke out with a couple of pimples.  I thought it was due to eating way too many Twizzlers in the past two weeks.  So after visiting with my brother, we stopped at the dollar store for a couple of things.  I bought Clearasil, the pads for the four hour stuff.  This was going to be the first time I ever used Clearasil.  Turns out I am allergic to Clearasil.  I started using it Thursday night and stopped Tuesday afternoon.  Let me just say, my chin is not fun to look at.  It hurts, itches, and feels tight!  Last night I decided that I was going to call my dermatologist this morning.  I did, no doctors are in the office this week.  Thankfully, I was able to get an appointment with my personal doctor this morning.  Besides being allergic to Clearasil,  I have an infection.  I was given a prescription for penicillin and a cream to put on my chin. 

Because of the starting penicillin, I had to call my urologist because of the kidney stone surgery on Monday.  I was told it will not be a problem to be taking penicillin and have the blasting surgery on Monday.  Very thankful for that.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Ballon Festival and Fireworks 2012

This weekend was the balloon festival.  The balloon festival is usually the week before Hall of Fame week (football), but this year, it is a week early, due to some competition for the balloons down in TX next weekend.  The balloons didn't go up Friday night, but did go up yesterday morning, last night (with very little wind), and again this morning.  I went to see it last night, so I could see the fireworks afterwards.  The fireworks were cool, and last about 25 minutes.  There was a red star shaped fireworks.  Very enjoyable evening with a couple of friends who were there also. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Kidney Stone Surgery #2

I got a call from the doctor's office this morning.  Kidney stone blasting surgery #2 has been scheduled for Monday, August 6 at 11:30 am over at Western Reserve Hospital  in the Falls. 

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Stubborn Stone

I still have the kidney stone.  I think it likes me, so it has chosen not to leave.  I had an x-ray on Friday,  June 29, and my doctor called to say it is still there.  It has gotten smaller.  We have decided to shock it again in August, before school starts.  The doctor did say I could let it stay, but then it has a chance to grow again. 

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Kidney Stone When are you Going to Leave?

The title says it all, I still have part of the stone.  I had two x-rays last month, and each one shows that I still have part of the stone.  When I get back from TX, at the end of the month, I will have another x-ray.  If I still have the stone, then in July I will have another surgery to have stone blasted again.  Hopefully,  I will pass it this month.

   Today is the last day of the school year! No more kids till the end of August!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kidney Stone Fun

I was told for a year that I had a kidney stone.  Last Friday morning, while I was getting a CT of my sinuses, I started to feel nausea and then pain in my lower right back.  Aleve didn't help.  Mom took me to the ER that afternoon, and I spent 5 hours there.  I was told my kidney stone was 8 mm and above my kidney and I would not be able to pass it.  They gave me a name and a number of an urologist. 

    I went to the store on Saturday morning, and haven't driven since.  I was in pain. I called off sick for Monday and Tuesday.  I saw the urologist Tuesday afternoon, and he said I needed surgery, they would try to get me in as soon as possible and would call me the next day.  Mom took me up to school after my doctor's appointment.  Dad took me to school the next day and picked me up.  Got an x-ray that evening.

  The doctor's office called me Wednesday morning, and told me  I was scheduled for surgery on Thursday, the next day, at Western Reserve Hospital for 2:30 pm. I had to be there by 12:30 pm.  I had to have an x-ray before the surgery to see where the stone was.  The machine the doctor used rotates on a daily basis from hospital to hospital.  So which hospital had the earliest opening with that machine, they got me in.  It could've been up to a two week wait.  This machine is placed up to the body and a shock wave is sent through the body to break up the stone. This makes the stone easier to pass.  I was home by 6 pm last night.  I was groggy most of the night.

  I stayed home today.  I seemed a little out of it still this morning.  I got all of my grading done that I brought home on Wednesday.  My throat hurts.  My voice is still bad, and has been for over two weeks.  I lost half of it with this last sinus infection.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Too Many Doctors

I am forty years old, and I have way too many doctors.  I have more doctors than my mom has.
1. personal doctor
2. chiropractor
3. eye doctor
4. dentist
5. dermatologist
6. oncologist
7. lung doctor
8.ears, nose, & throat
9. urologist

Numbers 8 and 9 are the newest ones.  I saw two different surgeons last year.

At 40, I should not have these many doctors.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Kidney Stone Fun

   I have been told three times over the past year, by my onc, that I had a kidney stone.   I have had no problems during this past year.  This morning,  I had to get a CT of my sinuses, during that CT,  I started to feel nauseous, and when I got up, I had  pain in my back.  I took some Aleve and still went to work out.  Came home, and my pain got worse. Around 2 pm, mom and I left for the ER.  We were there for a good five hours.  I had to have a CT of my abdomen,  and blood work. 

   My kidney stone has moved and is now just below my kidney, and the stone is 8 mm in size.  The doctor doesn't think I will pass it.  I was given three prescriptions and a phone number for a urologist, that I have to call on Monday morning to schedule an appointment. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jesus Calling-April 12

Here is today's devotional from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young.

       "Trusting Me is a moment-by-moment choice.   My people have not always understood this truth.  After I performed miracles in the wilderness, My chosen children trusted Me intensely--but only temporarily.  Soon the grumbling began again, testing My patience to the utmost.

       Isn't it often the same way with you?  You trust Me when things go well, when you see Me working on your behalf.  This type of trust flows readily within you, requiring no exertion of your will.  When things go wrong, your trust-flow slows down and solidifies.  You are forced to choose between trusting Me intentionally or rebelling: resenting My ways with you.  This choice constitutes a fork in the road.  Stay on the path of life with Me, enjoying My Presence.  Choose to trust Me in all circumstances."

                                     Exodus 15:22-25; Psalms 31:14

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Here are some dissection pictures from last month.  My students did both an owl pellet and a worm.

ENT-First Visit

  I saw the ENT (ears, nose and throat doctor) this afternoon. I wasn't with him for long.  Sounds like my throat and sinuses don't look as bad as they did last week.  He did asked if I still had my tonsils, which I do.  I will be getting an X-Ray of my sinuses later this week, and will see him again on the 23rd at 4 pm.  He said he doesn't think I should have to have the surgery again.  Yeah!!!  Cause if I do, I will see about getting it done right after school gets out.  The doctor did call in 3 prescriptions, yes 3.   I will finish my antibiotic tomorrow night.  I now have a Zpack, Singular and another drug. 

   This sinus infection has gotten into my voice, still blowing my nose and still coughing quite a bit, especially during the day. 

   After taking three weeks off, have gotten back to working out again at Curves.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Opening Day-2012

  Today was Opening Day and Season Opener all wrapped into one!  First pitch was at 3:05 pm, and I was still at school.  When I left it was bottom of the second.  The Indians batted around in the 2nd and scored 4 runs.  Shelly Duncan got the first hit of the season.  Justin Masterson got the nod to pitch in the first game of the season.  By the end of the 2nd, the score was 4-0.  By the time I got home, the score was 4-1.

   After eight innings, the score was 4-1, and Justin had gotten 10 strikeouts.  Sat down for supper at the top the 9th inning, with the closer, Chris Perez, coming out to pitch.  I, personally, thought that Justin should've been allowed to pitch the 9th and get to throw a complete game. After supper, dad, looked at the tv, and said the score was 4-4, in the 10th inning.  Chris Perez blew the save.  At this writing, the game is tied at 4-4 with the game in the 12th inning.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

This week's doctor's appointments

While I was in Indy last week,  I got a sore throat, and while driving home on Sunday, I felt it go into my sinuses.  That means I have my fourth sinus infection since December.  Basically, we had a TX winter, and the winter did a number on my sinuses.  I went to school on Monday, and by the end of the day, felt miserable.  I called and made an appointment to see my doctor yesterday.  I am  on an antibiotic now.  She gave me a name of an ENT (ears, nose, & throat doctor) that she wants me to see.  I called and will see him next Wednesday, during my spring break.

Monday afternoon, I had an appointment with my lung doctor.  He is taking me off the inhaler he put me on last May.  He said, that I do have Sarcoid.  I will have another breathing test in October and will see him the next week.


March 28-April 1 were the dates for this year's NSTA's national conference.  The conference was in Indianapolis, IN.  I heard Bill Nye speak.  At the beginning of his lecture, he asked, how many classrooms was he teaching that day?  Probably more than  half of the hands of people in the room went up in the air.  He is hilarious.  After his lecture, he stayed around for people to have their picture taken with him.  I had my pic taken with him.

I visited the exhibit hall, and talked to a lot of people from small companies, to textbook companies, to museums.  I bought stuff, got things for free.  I went to about 10-12 workshops over three days.  Most of them were very good.  I got a lot of info.  I spent Friday afternoon, at the Indianapolis zoo.  I took a lot of pics at the zoo, and saw a dolphin show.

Saturday evening, I spent time with my seventh grade teacher.  I hadn't seen her since August 1994, a couple of weeks before I started my student teaching.  It was good to see her.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Weekend

This was my scrapbooking weekend.  It had been planned since the last one, back in October.  I took Friday off from school.  We were able to check in starting at 3 pm, and could start working on our albums at 4 pm.  I left the house about 2:50 pm.  I was only going about an hour away.  I got off the exit fine, turned right, sitting at the light, when I was given the arrow to turn left, nothing, and I mean nothing.  My car wouldn't move.

  About 30 minutes later,  or so, a police officer pushed my car, with his, out of the intersection.  I wanted to go left, but he turned me right.  Another police officer stopped traffic, so I could be pushed off the road.  While that was going on, I was on the phone with AAA to have my car towed home.  I was told up to an hour an half of a wait.  The tow truck guy was there within 15 minutes.  I called my friend, and she sent somebody from the hotel, (about 1/2 mile away) to come and get me and my stuff.  My car was towed to a shop in Norton, and I stayed put in Mayfield Heights.  I completed my two books and somebody from there brought me home.

   I had to get my transmission rebuilt and they did a few other repairs also.  The first police officer who stopped to see about helping me, had chew in his bottom lip, you could see the bulge.  The tow truck guy had dropping pants.

Monday, February 20, 2012

CT Results and other Medical Stuff

   I saw my oncologist this morning. I had a long wait in the room to see him, which is unusual. I was weighed and it was different to Curves weight and when I was weighed at a different doctor's office this afternoon. Even my blood pressure was different at each place. The CT results: minor lymph node changes, kidney stone, minor lung changes, spleen slightly abnormal. Labs said I was slightly anemic, but that is due to having blood drawn just after finishing my period. Overall, my oncologist was pleased, and I do not have to see him or have another CT scan for a year. I am scheduled for next February. I can always call him and schedule an appointment if I need to. He also, asked about what I want to do with my port. I said I want to keep it, since I do not trust my veins, they are very hard to access.
     I saw my personal physician after lunch for my yearly physical. I do have to leave another urine sample in a couple of weeks, since she saw blood in this sample. My left ear was cleaned back in December, and had to be cleaned out again today. I got a prescription for another antibiotic for my third sinus infection in two months. I was given a stronger one this time. If I get continue to get sinus infections, then she will schedule me to have a scans done of my sinuses. I told her that I thought I had a bone spur, so she gave me orders to have my left ankle/heel x-rayed. When I left her office, I went over to the Wellness Center to get an x-ray. I do have a heel spur. I will wait to hear from my doctor about what she wants to do about that. I did buy new shoes on Saturday, hoping they will help with the spur. I also have a small mass in my left breast I found and she felt it also. For that, will just be keeping an eye on it myself. If it gets bigger, then I am to call my doctor.
      In between my doctor appointments, I went to Curves. Today, was my 9th visit of the month and my 104th visit since I started in December 2010. I was weighed and measured this morning. According to their records, I hadn't lost weight in the past month, but lost inches all over. I lost between 1/4 inch to 2 inches.

Friday, February 17, 2012

February Follow-up Tests

The yucky stuff went into the fridge Monday night, I think. My first dose was last night at 9 pm and two more doses this morning. My CT scan was scheduled for 9 am this morning, but I was about 20 minutes early. (Drinking contrast is a good way to clean out your system, along with drinking water.) I was done by 9:30. I had no problems in accessing my port. Then I had to walk to a different building for a lung function test. This time, the tests were like the ones I had for the first time, back in May of last year. You take in a deep breath and then let it all out and forcing it out. There was a test where you would just pant for about 10 seconds or so. Another one in taking in a deep breath and just holding it, then letting it out. I was given a breathing treatment and did the first test again. Again, there was no difference in the results of the first test before and after the breathing treatment. I see my oncologist Monday morning, and my lung doctor in March after school. I started going to Curves in December 2010, and at the beginning of this week, I made my 100th visit to Curves.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Monthly Port Flush

I was scheduled to get my port flushed and have blood work done this afternoon. I am getting my next CT scan on the 17th. No problems with getting blood return. I didn't wait for my results of my blood work. I was in and out within 15 minutes and saw my favorite nurse for a few minutes. My blood pressure was 139/86, a little high, but it was after school. They got my weight, which I don't like. I prefer what it is when I get weighed at Curves. Starting next week, I will be having a pre-student teacher two mornings a week. I am not sure what they call it now, but that is what it was called 20 years ago. He will be observing my class Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-11, the first 4 periods of the day. I got an email from him, and replied, saying to expect to teach a class or two during his observation time. This will be my first time ever having one. It will be an interesting experience.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

ABC's of Friendship

Always be honest. Be there when they need you. Cheer them on. Don't look for their faults. Every chance you get, call! Forgive them. Get together often. Have faith in them. Include them.Just listen. Know their dreams. Love them unconditionally. Make them feel special. Never forget them. Offer to help. Praise them honestly. Quietly disagree. Rescue them often. Say you're sorry when you need to. Talk frequently. Use good judgement. Vote for them! Walk beside them. X-ray yourself first. Your words count. Zip your mouth when told a secret. The above is found in workbook for the Successful Relationship Workshop I am doing at . It lasts for eight weeks, and this page is the last page of section one in my book.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Spaghetti Pie

The picture is a picture of the spaghetti pie I made Monday night for supper. I found the recipe in the new cookbook my mom received last month. The cook book is called A Quilter's Christmas Cookbook.

6 oz pkg spaghetti, cooked and drained
2 Tbsp olive oil or butter
1 large egg
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
fresh basil

1. Toss hot spaghetti with olive oil or butter.
2. Mix together egg and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Stir into spaghetti.
3. pour spaghetti mixture into a greased 10" pie pan. Form into a "crust".
4. Spread ricotta cheese over bottom of spaghetti crust. Add spaghetti sauce.
5. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake another 5 minutes or until cheese melts.
6. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.
7 Garnish with fresh basil and serve.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

January Port Flush

This morning I had fasting blood work done for next month's physical. No problems in accessing my port, or getting blood return. Hopefully, the problems of getting blood return is behind me.

I will have blood work done again next month, because of the CT scan I will have later that month.

My blood pressure was high, but I think it was due to the worry of whether if my port would return blood or not. Plus, I have a sinus infection also.