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So I just got back from a new doctor. Each doctor I go to I feel a little less human. He took everything very seriously. He did a breast exam and an pelvic ultrasound. He did not find any masses or tumors, but is sending me this week for an ultrasound of my breast and another pelvic ultrasound. He said most cases of HCG when you are not pregnant is a tumor. If my HCG comes back as positive, but the ultrasounds come back negative, then he will send me for an MRI.

So that was my lovely day, how are all of your days going?

I really hope they can figure it all out honey. Big hugs.

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This day sucks, tomorrow will be lousier. This whole last week has sucked. I would like it to be over now.

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Juliet was at home, sick on Friday. Now it's Nathaniel. Let the germs begin. . .

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Boo on the sickness. I hope Nathaniel feels better!

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I guess I will post an update here on how things are going with me.

I have been home from the hospital for 10 days now. I had had a UTI that just never would go away. I think for about 2 months. I had gone to two different doctors (first a minute clinic then my family practitioner) about the UTI. I ended up in the hospital thinking I either had a ruptured tube or a ruptured appendix. It turned out to be a large kidney stone. They sent me home (It was a weekend) and said to call to make an appointment for surgery first thing Monday AM. They also said if I developed a high fever to come in right away to a bigger hospital (I had just gone to a very small hospital because I knew the wait time would be short). I ended up with an almost 103 fever so I went back to the hospital (same company, main office). It ended up I had not only the kidney stone, but infection in my kidney and all throughout my body and even in my blood. They did an emergency surgery to put in a stent and drain my kidney of infection. The bacteria causing the infection ended up being resistant to most antibiotics. While in the hospital my white blood count went from 18k to 8k overnight so they let me go home. I just finished up the 10 day antibiotic that I have been on at home, but I am not sure it is working the way it should. For the last few days I have been having a low grade fever and some pain when going to the bathroom. I am not sure if it is the original infection not completely gone or my body saying it is ready for the stent to be gone. The doctor said to watch my fever closely and to go back to the hospital if it becomes high again. I go back to the doctor on Monday for a follow up visit and to make sure the infection is completely gone. From there they will scheduled a second surgery to remove the stent and kidney stone.

On top of this we are supposed to go on vacation next week. The vacation is already paid for and has been planed a year. I am hoping it works out for me to still go.

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Bonita...what an ordeal! I hope you start to feel better soon so you can be back to your normal self and be able to enjoy your vacation.

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Bonita...what an ordeal! I hope you start to feel better soon so you can be back to your normal self and be able to enjoy your vacation.

Thank you. I am very ready to be over all of this. I am thankful though that we caught the infection before it got any worse.

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Bonita, what antibiotic were you taking?

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Bonita, what antibiotic were you taking?

Cefuroxime

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Cefuroxime

Yeah, cephalosporins are commonly used for UTI's. Claire can't take them because she breaks out in hives, so we tend to stick with Macrobid (nitrofurantoin). She has also had IV gentomycin (when her kidney infection was severe). Have you taken Macrobid before? It might be a good choice if you aren't resistant to it. Did they do a culture and sensitivity test on your urine to determine what you're resistant to? What bacteria were you positive for? E-coli? The good thing about Macrobid is that it goes straight to the urinary system and acts quickly, then gets flushed out just as quickly - it's not really a systemic type drug that takes a while before it starts working. The dosing is pretty frequent as a result, but it works great.

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Yeah, cephalosporins are commonly used for UTI's. Claire can't take them because she breaks out in hives, so we tend to stick with Macrobid (nitrofurantoin). She has also had IV gentomycin (when her kidney infection was severe). Have you taken Macrobid before? It might be a good choice if you aren't resistant to it. Did they do a culture and sensitivity test on your urine to determine what you're resistant to? What bacteria were you positive for? E-coli? The good thing about Macrobid is that it goes straight to the urinary system and acts quickly, then gets flushed out just as quickly - it's not really a systemic type drug that takes a while before it starts working. The dosing is pretty frequent as a result, but it works great.

It was e-coli. I do not know what medicines I have taken before. I do know that they said the bacteria was resistant to most antibiotics.

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When Claire had her culture and sensitivity done in the hospital her e-coli count was higher than could be measured. But, when it gets into your blood that's a whole other story. Claire never had e-coli in her blood, to our relief.

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I'm so sorry your doctor makes you feel like that! Ugh. Can you switch?

It was not him, he did a fine job. He took me seriously and wanted to get to the bottom of things. It was still being completely naked in front of a stranger though. Very humiliating.

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I really hope they can figure it all out honey. Big hugs.

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This day sucks, tomorrow will be lousier. This whole last week has sucked. I would like it to be over now.

Thank you.

:bigarmhug: Why is your day so bad? I am not up on all the news. I hope everything is ok??

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"ClairesMommy" wrote:

When Claire had her culture and sensitivity done in the hospital her e-coli count was higher than could be measured. But, when it gets into your blood that's a whole other story. Claire never had e-coli in her blood, to our relief.

I do not know what the counts were. No one said. I go back to the doctor Monday. Hopefully then I will find out more of what happened and what is next. I am still going back and forth between no fever and a low grade fever. I am hoping that does not mean there is still infection hanging around somewhere.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

I do not know what the counts were. No one said. I go back to the doctor Monday. Hopefully then I will find out more of what happened and what is next. I am still going back and forth between no fever and a low grade fever. I am hoping that does not mean there is still infection hanging around somewhere.

I wouldn't worry too much Bonita. Usually with UTIs the fever is pretty substantial. Maybe you're just run down and fighting off a different infection? Like the dr said, if you spike a fever you should go back to get checked out. I remember so clearly Claire's fever being 105.2 when I took her to the hospital. It took 3 days of IV antibiotics before her fever came down. Sad

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I wouldn't worry too much Bonita. Usually with UTIs the fever is pretty substantial. Maybe you're just run down and fighting off a different infection? Like the dr said, if you spike a fever you should go back to get checked out. I remember so clearly Claire's fever being 105.2 when I took her to the hospital. It took 3 days of IV antibiotics before her fever came down. Sad

I am so glad she is better Smile

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I am so glad she is better Smile

Well, that was 3 years and 2 operations ago. Have you ever been tested for VUR (vesicoureteral urinary reflux)? Have you suffered from what you consider to be more than the normal number of UTIs in your lifetime? If so, you should insist on being tested for it. It's called a VCUG test and is quite simple. They insert a catheter and fill your bladder with a liquid that shows up on a special scan and then they simply watch for where the liquid goes. If it drains downward you're good to go, but if it starts back-flowing up your ureters towards your kidneys then you have reflux. How far it flows back will determine the grade (1 to 5) of reflux. Urinary reflux is caused by faulty valves, or total lack of, that keep urine from backing up out of your bladder. When you get a UTI the infection should normally be contained within the urethra or bladder. Getting back to the kidneys is BAD. Please ask your doctor Bonita. Kidney scarring and damage is very serious. I don't mean to scare you, but I know that countless girls and women suffer from this defect for years when it's simple to correct!

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I will ask the doctor on Monday where to go from here to make sure I never get a UTI again, however it has been about 10 years since I have had a UTI so I do not think I have something wrong making me get them. I have had probably less than 5 in my lifetime. Why this one was so terrible is beyond me.

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Bonita, I'm so sorry that you're going through that! I hope that you are feeling better today and continue to heal quickly and well. How scary!

So, kind of out of the blue, I think we are going to be taking in an exchange student from Lebanon! Like we don't have enough craziness and change in our life right now...we have to be out of our old house by Sunday (we're mostly packed, thank goodness, and we hired movers for Saturday afternoon) and then we're going to stay with my in laws for two weeks until we can move in to our new house, but then once we're moved into our new house I really think we are going to have her. She is already here, and she was originally staying with another family but I guess it just was not working out. Basically, she is Muslim (although apparently not very religious) and her host family was pushing her to convert. :eek: DH is her English teacher, and he says that she is a really great kid. Right now she is staying with the exchange program cooridinator over an hour away from the high school, so that is not very sustainable. DH came home a couple of nights ago and he didn't exactly ask me if we could take her in, but he knows me and knows I'm a sucker especially for kids in need and I'm pretty sure he was playing me. Like "Oh, this poor kid, she got here and now she doesn't have anywhere permanent to stay, and she's such a nice kid, and I'm sure her parents are worried sick and she's stressed out, can you imagine being in a strange country and then not having a permanent living situation, and do we know of anyone who could possibly take her in? Anyone? Maybe someone with an extra bedroom in their house? Anyone?" Finally I was like "Well, I guess once we move we are going to have an extra room in our house....." And now two days later I'm filling out the application to be a host family and applying for a background check. He played me. LOL I don't mind though; I just hope that we are able to give her the experience she was expecting when she applied to be an exchange student. Also, since religion has already been an issue I hope it's not an issue that we are atheists, but I don't expect it will be since we will NOT be trying to convert her to atheism. I've actually already started looking around and I know where there is a mosque that we can take her to if she wants to go, and I am looking at the upcoming Muslim holidays. My thought is that if she wants to celebrate them with us, we will help her with that and that will be a cool experience for Tristan. Plus she can also experience celebrating Christmas, Channukah, and Solstice with us. The more the merrier, amiright? LOL Anyway, so that is our crazy life.

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Alissa, that will be such an awesome experience. We used to house a Japanese teenager every summer (back when we had an extra bedroom) and it was one of the best things we could have done for our kids. My girls are so interested in other cultures and I think it is from hosting students

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Bonita, Keep getting better!

Alissa, that sounds exciting! How terrible for her to be so far away from home and be in such a hostile environment. I mean, to deal with that where you have to live and come home to each day.

Everyone has been quiet lately! Everyone been busy?

I don't have much to report. We are officially done with 'pig season'....and overall i would call it a big success and an excellent experience. We just finished up smoking the last of the hams and bacon yesterday. Seamus and I might make one more batch of sausage, but haven't decided. I would definitely do this again. (and sorry to anyone i may be FB friends with who may have been getting an superfluous amount of pictures of ham dinners and smoked sausages LOL).

In other news, we got Solar Panels installed last week! They technically aren't hooked up yet because we have to get a new meter from the electric company but they are sitting on the roof ready to go for when they do decided to show up and change that meter.

Nothing else much going on. Kids are doing a rec soccer and rec cheering program, both very short and not time intensive. Lillian and Aodhan have basketball try outs in about a week.

We are just enjoying the fall weather and football season! Leaves are starting to change and it would be a good time to plan another hike. Supposed to be good foliage this year!

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Kim, yum I bet all of that farm fresh pork tastes amazing!

We just got done moving out of our old house yesterday. Kind of sad; that was our home for 7 years. Now we are staying with my in laws for the next two weeks. My MIL is an amazing cook and both she and FIL are eager to help out with the kids, so we're not making out too badly in this deal although I definitely wish all of the moving was done.

How was everyone's weekend?

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Oh Susan, I just did some stalking and I am so very, very sorry for your loss.

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I know I shouldn't complain because it could be worse but I found out that I have to start a thyroid med. I knew it was coming but it just makes me feel blah. This is my first ongoing medication and it is going to be a change in my life. Like I said, I know many people have been taking meds for a longer time and more than 1 but I just wanted to vent.

Alissa~you must be exhausted. I can't imagine moving (twice basically) with 2 littles.

We went apple picking yesterday. I'm excited to bake!

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"KimPossible" wrote:

Bonita, Keep getting better!

Thanks. I went to the Urologist this AM. My BP was 140/100 so something is still up. He does not deal with BP so I have an apt with my family doctor this afternoon. Blah. It took all morning at the urologist. He is going to put me on another antibiotic because it seems the infection is not completely gone. I will know more in a few days when the cultures come back.

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I know I shouldn't complain because it could be worse but I found out that I have to start a thyroid med. I knew it was coming but it just makes me feel blah. This is my first ongoing medication and it is going to be a change in my life. Like I said, I know many people have been taking meds for a longer time and more than 1 but I just wanted to vent.

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We had a 2-day yard sale this weekend. It was a lot of work and I'm still exhausted. My foot surgery is booked for Dec 9. I can't remember if I said that already. Anyhoo, I picked the last of the tomatoes and they're ripening inside. We've had a few days of frost and the greenhouse is done for the year. Does anyone compost in the winter and if so, how do you go about it? I'm pretty far north and we're pretty much done mowing the lawn so grass clippings are in short supply. We might get one more mow in. I had my annual checkup today - except no pap because I had that done the day I had the Mirena removed, and no breast exam because I just had a mammogram. Everything was pretty good except for my stupid foot. Has anyone ever had a deep crack in their heel? I've never had one before but a few months ago one developed. It's so deep it's bleeding. Any good tips for getting them to heal? It hurts like a mofo when I walk, and it's on my bad foot.

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Back from my second doctor's apt for the day. My BP was 154/112. They took blood and put me on BP med. The doctor said that it is possible that my kidney is not working properly and that is what is causing it. I go back to the doctor on Thursday to see what the results are and for a recheck on my BP.

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Hugs Bonita! I hope they can figure out what's going on.

Ugh...I feel like crap today. Nathan started complaining of a stomach ache last night, and didn't sleep well. He never got sick, but he still doesn't feel well today. I didn't sleep well last night either - stomach was bothering me, and I'm achy all over today. I think I've been running a low-grade fever all day, too. It was the last day of the month for me, though, and I wasn't at goal yet so I had to go in to the office. At least I did make my goal!

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I hope you find some answers, Bonita, and start to feel better soon.

Carolyn -- you too! Ugh.

I have found myself not up to debates lately as I wrap up my five years of work. My last day is Wednesday the 9th. People are wonderfully nice and seem to appreciate my positive attitude, and I'm going out for a lot of lunches, but it is still rather hard to contemplate the fact that I am not leaving of my own accord. On a practical level it's great to get paid to job-search and have some down time, but it's still a bit of a sting.

We had a great weekend, though. Went apple picking and went walking on two gorgeous dams to get some open sky and perspective.

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I have found myself not up to debates lately as I wrap up my five years of work. My last day is Wednesday the 9th. People are wonderfully nice and seem to appreciate my positive attitude, and I'm going out for a lot of lunches, but it is still rather hard to contemplate the fact that I am not leaving of my own accord. On a practical level it's great to get paid to job-search and have some down time, but it's still a bit of a sting.

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I'm so sorry Laurie...it has to be kind of surreal.

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I put Aleya in for cutie of the day.

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I saw Alissa's cuties out there too. Smile

You guys need to put your cute kids out there!

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I went back to the doctor this AM. My BP and heart rate are still up, but not as bad. She told me to double the dose of Blood Pressure Medicine. I am still supposed to be resting. (Thank you for the lively debate yesterday to keep me from being board Smile )

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Susan I'm so so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that you heal quickly mentally and physically, xoxo

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Where is Melissa (username Potter)? She had mentioned maybe a month ago needing to have surgery soon to remove all the hardware from her hip but then she just disappeared. If anyone has FB access to her, tell her I miss her!

I was really worried about my sister, the one who nearly died from sepsis earlier this year. She was suddenly having a ton of trouble breathing, to the point of being debilitating, and the doctor at the urgent care clinic couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. She had been on a ventilator when she was in ICU and I was afraid that she might have secondary lung damage from the sepsis. That kills a quarter of the people who have it within a year, and nearly half within five years. Her test results came back that she was very anemic, which can not only causing breathing problems on its own, but the anemia was also aggravating her asthma, which she hasn't had any problems with for years. An iron supplement and a steroid inhaler, and she's feeling great again. Her primary care doctor said her lungs actually look pretty good, so I'm finally breathing (hehehe) a sigh of relief.

Weston's preschool took a trip to the pumpkin patch today. As I was walking him out to the car this morning, he said, "Papa's not coming? You're not coming to school?" I said no. He asked who was going to keep an eye on him at the pumpkin patch. Apparently the teachers forgot to mention that *they* would be going, too.

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I was really worried about my sister, the one who nearly died from sepsis earlier this year. She was suddenly having a ton of trouble breathing, to the point of being debilitating, and the doctor at the urgent care clinic couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. She had been on a ventilator when she was in ICU and I was afraid that she might have secondary lung damage from the sepsis. That kills a quarter of the people who have it within a year, and nearly half within five years. Her test results came back that she was very anemic, which can not only causing breathing problems on its own, but the anemia was also aggravating her asthma, which she hasn't had any problems with for years. An iron supplement and a steroid inhaler, and she's feeling great again. Her primary care doctor said her lungs actually look pretty good, so I'm finally breathing (hehehe) a sigh of relief.

Glad your sister is doing better! It gives me the chills to hear of people dying from Sepsis or having lasting problems from it.

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I am sorry to abruptly leave the debates but I will not have internet for awhile.

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Someone asked about composting in the winter. We do compost year-round but our climate is pretty temperate. In the winter it's very important to make sure you have a good mix of browns to greens, or you just end up with a stinky soggy mess. We often add shredded newspapers or used paper towels since we don't have so much brown stuff in the winter. That's about all we have to do. Some of our friends out in the valleys or mountains where it gets colder move their compost bins into their garages when it gets really cold. If that's not an option, you might consider making a batch of "accelerator" once in a while to add to your compost bin, the combination of warm water and vital-to-compost nutrients might be just what you need. Here's a recipe:

How to Make a Homemade Compost Accelerator | Home Guides | SF Gate

Someone also asked about how to heal a deep crack in their heel. At night, slather it with Vasoline and put on an old sock. That will help hold moisture in so the skin can heal. During the day, keep a couple of butterfly bandages on it to help keep it from pulling apart. And after it heals, try to keep callouses from forming & buff them down if they develop because they are the beginning of the end!

AFM.... Weston seems to have croup again. Yesterday he was kind of feverish and he actually opted for a nap over soccer practice! :shock: Today he's been coughing a bit and as the day wore on he started sounding like a barking seal, poor little guy. I gave him some cough suppressant and piled a bunch of pillows in his bed to raise him up, and he went right to sleep, but I have a feeling I'm going to be sitting up holding him in the papasan chair in a while.

A few weeks ago Weston brought in some nasturtium leaves and we found cabbage worm caterpillars on them. We've been feeding them more leaves, bok choy, and broccoli, and they've been getting bigger & bigger. Last week two of them made chryssalises, or whatever the plural is of their cocoons, and today one of them hatched into a White Cabbage Butterfly so we took it outside & watched while it dried its wings and slowly fluttered here & there and then finally flew off into another yard. We have four more to go!

It's absolutely beautiful here. It got up to 86 at our place, which is just too hot here, but we all took a nap so it didn't affect us too much. It's almost 9pm and it's still in the 70s, and there's barely any breeze. A superstitious person would say this is earthquake weather but that wouldn't be me. :biglaugh: There is a free concert in the park this weekend, which meant parking sucked when we got home from soccer, but it's fun to listen to all the people walking down the street singing, and I'm getting a nice buzz from all the um... herbal things they're smoking as they pass by. I'm just glad this concert doesn't go later than 7pm because the late concerts keep my kids up too late if I can't close up the windows. I have them all open still because it's so gorgeous. Paul McCartney blew off fireworks at 9:50pm not too long ago, which was probably awesome for the concertgoers, but it sucked for someone with kids in bed.

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Thanks for the link Stacy. I have 2 huge composters now (my FIL gave me his as well as the one I bought). We're going to give the law a vigorous raking to get what we can out of that, and DH will save the cuttings from the last mow this week. My doctor gave me some cream for my heel to help the crack heal up. I am using my pumice stone to buff my feet but I do get calluses because my arches are so freaking high and there's a ton of pressure on the balls and heels of my feet.

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I used to have really high arches, too. and then I had two babies, and they both smooshed my feet flatter. My feet are a full size longer now than before I got pregnant with Tiven, and now my arches are lower. The things we do for these kids!

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I had regular arches when I was younger. Then I gained weight, and my feet were practically flat. Now, they're semi-back to normal. I still have to wear stability shoes with good arch support when I run *sigh*.

2 1/2 years ago, I really didn't have any friends at all. There were some people I would talk to in passing, but I honestly felt like I didn't have any friends. I think a lot of it was due to me being overweight and feeling like I didn't fit in with anyone, plus being a working mom when almost all the other women I knew didn't work. Then, when I joined WW I started running....very slooooowly. Luckily we have such a great running community here, and I've met so many incredible people. We get together to run, to eat, to drink, pretty much anything. And I've been overwhelmed by how supportive they all are. One of my friends just gave me her Garmin running watch...no strings attached, and didn't want any money for it (that sucker is worth $200!). I literally cried when I got home from our run yesterday.

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I am cutting out 99% of added sugar in our diets. Wish me luck. There will be a couple of annual exceptions - birthdays, Halloween, etc. But on a day-to-day basis there will be no refined sugar.

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Good luck with that Lisa! I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so that would be hard for me. Blush

Carolyn - That is awesome that you have met up with so many amazing supportive people. I need to join a community like that!!!

Stacey - Thanks for the good info! DH wants to start composing once we get in our new house, so I will have to remember that this is here! I hope that Weston is feeling better by now!

Bonita - Sorry that you are going to be gone for a couple of days! You will be missed.

Laurie - ((((hugs))))) I miss your sterling contributions to the debates, but I totally understand, and hope that you are doing okay.

As for me, we are FINALLY closing on our new house on Friday and moving on Saturday. It has been such a long stressful time in coming, so I am soooo grateful that we're almost there. Then we get our exchange student sometime next week. :eek:

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Bonita~I hope they figure out what is going on soon...for your sake.

Susan~I was not aware of your loss and I'm so so sorry. My heart is breaking for you. *Hugs*

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Alyssa - Thank you. I miss you guys too.

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Alissa, yay on the closing!! Will you share pics at some time?

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I am home after a week in the Outer Banks, NC. It was a trip that had been planned for about a year. SIL got married on Friday and Caitlyn was a beautiful flower girl. The first day we were there I was very sick and we were looking into Out of State emergency rooms. (Peeing blood, very high BP even when lying down) Thankfully I was able to get on another antibiotic and a new BP medicine without having to see a doctor in NC, my doctor just phoned the RX into a place there. After I got on a new antibiotic I started to get better almost immediately and I was able to enjoy the rest of the week. Unfortunately I missed the best weather of the week. I did get some really nice beach pictures though. I am glad to be home and will enjoy sleeping in my own bed tonight. I will have pre-op testing on Monday to make sure all of the infection is gone (If not they will put me on IV antibiotics. Stubborn infection Sad ), then if all is well I will have surgery to remove the stone and stent and put in a new stent on Wednesday.

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I had surgery this afternoon to remove the stone and change out the stent. They still did the surgery even though I still have the infection. I think they are thinking the infection will not go away with the stone still in there. They removed the stone whole (Did not break it up first). My throat is very sore from the tube. I just took some pain medicine that will make me out of it so I apologise in advance if I make no sense at all.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

I had surgery this afternoon to remove the stone and change out the stent. They still did the surgery even though I still have the infection. I think they are thinking the infection will not go away with the stone still in there. They removed the stone whole (Did not break it up first). My throat is very sore from the tube. I just took some pain medicine that will make me out of it so I apologise in advance if I make no sense at all.

Heal quickly and feel better soon!! I hated the tube as well.

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