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Weight Watchers after ThanksGiving

Stroke Survivors are typically courageous. I had the courage to show up at WW even after a weekend of festivities that clearly went beyond my usual consumption of several days. My longtime friend, Lee, came to St. Bruno for her annual visit to Quebec. This involves much eating out and little home cooking, lots of deserts and sleeping in. Saturday night we had a great dinner in a bistro that the husband of one of Carl's collegues at work opened last winter. I wisely chose to have salmon wit

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Weight Watchers

Well, I am facing the music now as many stroke survivors are doing. Being disabled is a reason that some people gain weight after a stroke. I have decided that being overweight is NOT for me. Having never had a significant weight problem before my stroke, I scorned the masses who went to their weekly WW meeting in hopes of encouragement on their journey. My Mom has attempted several times since I was very small but only to give up and gain more weight. My stroke gave me a big wake up call in tha

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Colonoscopy

:Clap-Hands:   Well, I have survived the big procedure with much help from the strong medication they gave me The prep is way worse than the procedure and they even let me wear my shoes and AFO. They did remove a polyp which means that even if it is not cancer, I will be screened every year. Now that I know what to expect, this scares me much less than a mamogram.   I am now motivated to take care of my nice clean colon by eating lots of fibre and water and exercising regularly. I wi

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Colonoscopy

Never get old! I am not that old by it seems that one's fifties are a virtual minefield for nasty tests and procedures to detect cancer. My father's lucky early detection of a cancerous polyp puts me in a higher risk for colon cancer so now that I am over 50 I must be screened every 5 years. This involves a colonoscopy. So today is what I am told is the worse part of the procedure. I have to take two doses of Pavik-Salax this afternoon and this evening to clear the colon for tomorrow. i will

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Back pain

My back still hurts but I do have an appointment this month with Izabella ( my doctor) I have a hunch that the pain is the sciatic nerve and that my limp may be irritating or pinching the nerve because I can feel pain around my hip and down my thigh. I have had many leg spasms due to a painful corn on my baby toe that I am working on healing with the help of my shoe maker who stretched my shoes to allow more space and less rubbing . I really hope we can find a solution. Since my stroke my sh

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My aching back!

This week I am feeling about 100 years old. I don't know what I have done to cause my back to feel like I have been through boot-camp for the Cirque de Soleil I know a guy in my town who turned 100 and is more fit than me. Makes me think about my strong genetic pool. My family are long livers many have lasted into their 90's. If I am creaking around like this for the next 40 years I will need to take up bungy jumping by the time I am 97 to offset the mental illness Ii wil have most likely dev

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Emergency measures

Last night we had a reminder of january 1998 ( when Quebec experienced the storm of the century) The power went out during a big Thunderstorm and we had no power from 9 pm until 2:30 this afternoon. We thought that after the bgig storm in '98 we were prepared to face anything. We had no power for 2-3 weeks and temps were below zero F for several days. last night we had only one flashlight that worked, no extra batteries for portable radios. We got off easy this time ; our neighbours won't ha

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Gardening

Louis Lacoste came over yesterday to gather information for the herb garden I want in the back yard. Carl wants to do it in stones rather than treated wood. It will cost more but he is feeling abundant lately so I won't discourage that trend. Looks like it will be about a 2 ft high wall in a kidney shape which will enable me to pick out weeds sitting on the wall. This should be fine so long as I have access to all parts of the bed form either side. It will be great to plant tomatoes and basil

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