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Reply by KathCull_admin
04 Apr 2014, 2:15 AM
Hi Sue
I was wondering how your week has been. I tend to be home most evenings - something I like - but this week has been busier so I am really appreciating sitting on the couch with some music for background - that weather channel has more than one use!

Have you been able to get out more Sue? I decided yesterday that I was not going to wear my boots anymore. I was taking a stand against winter (pardon the pun) That was fine yesterday, but today we had 2cm of snow so my black shoes took a bit of a beating:)

Have you been able to get more help in the home? 
Take care
Katherine

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Reply by KathCull_admin
12 Apr 2014, 1:45 AM
Hi Sue,
I was just pleasantly surprised - the snow in the backyard has definitely 'taken a beating'! I can see grass. My daughter is a mentor to two young girls from Nepal and right now they are sitting at our kitchen table eating pizza, drinking pop - chatting in a mix of English and Nepalese (not sure it that is correct spelling). I enjoy so much the presence of children, forks scraping the plate and laughter. As I get older I find the truly wonderful things in life are the small joys of life. Take care Sue.
Katherine
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Reply by Sue B
13 Apr 2014, 3:32 PM
Good morning Katherine,
Sounds like you've had some fun at your place. I'm never sure which is better;helping in the community or watching my kids do so. Either way it puts a smile on my face. We are in full-on bloom here. There is a woman a few blocks away whose yard is devoted to roses, and right now it is a sea of tiny colourful buds; I love that garden!
I'm working with my home health nurse, who is wonderful, now. Also I'm attending Respiratory Rehab twice weekly. It's kind of cool to be in a group of people who can comiserate with you and not say things like "but you don't look sick" (head-desk-thunk). Sadly we have a fellow who seems to have know-it-all syndrom; he knows everything by virtue of the internet! Why oh why is there one in EVERY freakin' crowd? However I am rather proud that I have not sabotaged myself in this (a habit of mine). All I have to do is not sit near him or talk to him socially; easy-peasy.
I am doing an exercise program as recommended by my home health nurse. At first I wasn't too happy with it because it just seemed so wimpy! But the fact is that it's a regimen I can do and it doesn't leave me fainting...which is kinda good, lol
Well I've probably babbled on enough. I was hoping to post a photo of my most recent crochet project, a.k.a. that which keeps me relatively sane, but I can't remember how to use the insert feature here. Oh well, you can't have everything.
Have a Happy Sunday,
Sue 
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Reply by KathCull_admin
13 Apr 2014, 3:53 PM
Oh I want to see the picture Sue! Do you see the TV like icon with the tree in itbeside the anchor? If you click on it I think that should do the trick.
Katherine 
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Reply by Sue B
13 Apr 2014, 4:08 PM
I'll have to blog it and then put in a link. Well, at least I know what I'm doing with my Sunday! LOL
Tongue Out 
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Reply by Sue B
13 Apr 2014, 5:43 PM
This is the link to my blog. It's my virtual junk drawer. I just finished (knid of) the blog on the Dragon Purse. Hope you like it.

The Dragon Purse (There Be Dragons)

Sue B
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Reply by KathCull_admin
14 Apr 2014, 9:51 PM
Sue the purse is truly beautiful. Thanks so much for posting that link. I have tried to teach myself to crochet - learned to knit when I was small - but only got as far as a chain! I like how your ? crocheting community came together to help you figure out the strap too. 

I am so glad you are part of a group with people who 'get it'. A few years ago I met several people who had COPD who attended a group that sounds very much like the one you attend. They met to talk, learn, exercise as able and support each other. It was such a positive experience for them - helped them to improve their capacity and gave hope.  

Have a good week - happy exercisingCool
Katherine

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Reply by Glasslady001
15 Apr 2014, 2:02 AM
Hi Sue,
i also took a peek at the purse... Gorgeous!!
i used to do stained glass, but can no longer do it, give my osteoarthritis And the COPD. At least I still have some pieces (and photos) to remember ... 
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Reply by Sue B
15 Apr 2014, 3:14 PM
Hi Glasslady & Katherine,
I've come to the conclusion that it's really important to have/do something you enjoy. The closer we become to houe-bound and/or bed-ridden the more we have to have something to keep us from going mad; and that is no exageration!
  

In February I was in hospital after a respiratory failure, for almost two weeks. My husband had contracted pneumonia and was too ill to bring my crocheting, knitting or drawing supplies in. Hence I was stuck doing absolutely nothing! Seriously I was bored out of my mind.


 


I even found myself reading a common romance novel. Anyone who knows me well would be falling off his or her chair right now. (I'm afraid I'm a literature snob.) But those are the books that were readily available at the place and time. And reading is something you can do that doesn't impact arthritis or COPD or practically anything else. Even if you can't read well visually, there are audio books available in pretty much every library, and most libraries now have home services for - well - people like us. Glasslady, have you looked in to something like that? I hate to think of you sitting around going bonkers with nothing to do.


 


Katherine, perhaps knitting or crocheting is something you could give another try now that you're a bit older. My first lesson in knitting was when I was 6 and that really was just too young. My fine motor skills were simply not developed enough to pull it off. Eight years later, though, I was plenty dexterous enough for it. I picked up a pair of needles, made myself a toque and have never looked back. Again, the point is to find something and do it.


 


A good tip is if you're having a pain day and can only do one or two rows at a time, then do your one or two rows and leave it for a while. This one was REALLY hard for me. Not long ago I was able to do and entire sleeve (adult sized) in an evening and within a few weeks I had a nice new sweater. Well I hoped it would be nice, although some times... Now, though I am slowly learning to do small bits to save my fingers and wrists. I resent it like crazy, but I am learning.


 


Well, I have to get ready for respiratory rehab. My clothes aren't going to put themselves on, LOL. Take good care and be sure to tell those you love that you love them,


 


Sue
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Reply by Glasslady001
15 Apr 2014, 6:36 PM
Thanks Sue,

I actually keep very busy. Despite my ailments, I still work full time, have a private practice and volunteer my time holding support groups for those who have lost their pets.
I also have my husband to take care of and 4 dogs.

Although I move a great deal slower, I am still able to get most things done eventually. I feel very blessed.  
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