Nov 29, 2011

I have been doing ok with my ostomy bags as far as wearing one for at least 4 days which is how long they are supposed to last but these last couple of days has been a pain-in-my-ass (parden the pun). My bag broke twice this morning and the second time I was away from home. That really got me upset. My stoma is also unhappy...I have some red bumps around it that almost looks like blisters and it s...tings. I think the problem is once again my diet. I am having trouble figuring out what to eat that will make my stool just the right consistency; so it won't clog up which breaks the bag where it is attatched to my skin. I have 13 bags left, which seems like alot but I don't know when I get my next order of supplies. I am feeling a bit emotional today as well. I think I need to get myself back on schedule of journaling and meditating...
Eat your fruits & veggies!   xo Inge

Nov 26, 2011

PLEASE SIGN PETITION AND SHARE ON YOUR FB PAGE!! EMAIL TO YOUR CONTACTS AND TWEET THIS. I WANT OBAMA TO GET 20,000 signatures at the very least. If you knew how much of our food is already gmo you would gag! I want to beat Monsanto like the people protesting the XL Pipeline!!!
This is petition for Ban GMOS in United States. Join the movement! Sign now!
xo  Inge

Nov 24, 2011

A friend of mine told me that he is cautious about what he posts on facebook or other public social media. He is concerned about his employer finding out. That got me thinking...There was a time that I made "fear based" decisions, and I didn't always say what I really thought. My cancer diagnosis changed all of that. For the first time in my life I am NOT fearful. Sooo what I am getting at is I don't care who reads my posts on social media. My political and social beliefs are out there on my facebook, my twitter and my blog. If someone doesn't like me because of my beliefs I don't care. I wouldn't work for someone that would fire me for my beliefs anyway.
Eat your fruits and veggies!  xo Inge
Did you sign my petition to ban gmos in the USA yet? Here's the link

Nov 20, 2011

I am feeling good and getting back into my groove so to speak...which means activisim. Please read and sign this petition

This so important because it is our food source and you know how I feel about food contamination.
Please post on your blog, email, tweet, facebook'

Thanks!  and eat your fruit & veggies!   xo Inge

Nov 16, 2011

"President Obama and the USDA have chosen to override and ignore decisions and injunctions made by the U.S. Supreme Court that banned planting of genetically engineered alfalfa and sugar beets without consideration of the Environmental Impact Assessments, which showed high risks to organic and conventional (chemical) farmers.Sugar beets provide over 50 percent of the sugar Americans use in their coffee, cereals, and desserts.
Alfalfa reaches our tables within milk, cream, butter, and meat, as it is used as a major animal feed in the dairy industry.
Obama’s push for deregulation potentially also means the end of the organic meat and organic dairy industries as we presently know them. Essentially, he is choosing to favor the profits of big agribusiness over the survival of America’s family farmers, and especially America’s organic farmers.
Our democracy has to work for farmers and consumers and not just for multinational biotech corporations. It makes absolutely no sense that the economic risks to farmers are not considered before genetically engineered crops are put on the market. It is farmers who pay the costs of genetic contamination, not the biotech companies." excerpted from Autumn of Hope editorial.
Please sign this petition to tell Obama to receverse his decision and ban gmos for at least 10 years like Peru's Congress just did.

There is also a button on right sidebar that will take you to petition.
Eat your fruits & veggies!    xo  Inge

Nov 14, 2011

My first day volunteering at the infusion center, UCI was a success. I talked with a couple of people and told them my story...they told me theirs. I also served them coffee, juice and brought heated blankets....once a waitress always a waitress! I go back Wednesday.
Eat your fruit & veggies!   xo Inge

Nov 13, 2011

I drank my first cup of coffee in eleven months yesterday. Yum! I stayed away from it before so my intestines could heal. Before I got sick I had been drinking coffee forever. It's nice to have some of my "normal" routine back.

Monday I start at UC Irvine Medical Center as a volunteer. I will report to the infusion center. Got my badge and uniform :)

Eat your fruit & veggies!    xo    Inge

Nov 8, 2011

If you have to be hospitalized for something catastrophic like cancer always designate someone to be your spokesperson. Put them on your Advance Directives paperwork, BUT that paperwork is not enough. It says they are in charge of your medical care, BUT it is so much more than that. When you are in the hospital you will probably be on lots of pain meds...doctors will come in to see you when you are half asleep and ask you questions that you won't remember later. Try to always have someone staying in your room, especially when the doctors show up. When you are 1st admitted to the hospital is the most critical time. Lots of doctors come and papers need to be dealt with, especially if you are applying for Medical. I recommend you put your important papers in 1 folder now so you or the person you choose to handle these things can find it fast. I'm talking about, rent stubs, mortage statements, marriage license, pay stubs, bank statements, etc. The faster these things are turned the faster you get approved and treated. When I got sick and went to the emergency room, I was admitted because I was bleeding out and was high risk for stroke or heart attack. I was given blood and loads of tests to find out why I was bleeding. Then I was kept in because I needed liver surgery, the cancer has spread but I was lucky and only lost 10%. While this was going on my son, James had to learn the "system" in order to get my insurance approved quickly. We were first told it could take a minimum of 6 months to get approval. I did not have 6 months to wait. James had to be persistant and literally beg to have things move faster to save my life. What I am saying is be careful who you choose to make decisions for you. Hospitals and insurance are complicated, but there are always loopholes. Choose someone who has the patience and determination to get things done. There will always be some clerk who says no. They need to go over her head and push things through. You know the saying about the squeaky wheel? It's true. Your life depends on it.
Eat your fruits & veggies!    xo Inge

Nov 6, 2011

I ordered some business cards that I can leave with patients when I visit them in the hospital.

Nov 5, 2011

I went to the Day of the Dead celebration in Santa Ana Art District. The last one I went to was in San Francisco several years ago. The celebration was different as far as layout but the theme was the same. I really enjoy going to this because I think its important to remember and honor those loved who crossed over. I will definitely make this a yearly event. 

Nov 4, 2011

I found some new info regarding GMOS. There will be a measure on the California ballot 2012 that requires GMOS to be labeled as such, but I don't think it goes far enough. It needs to be banned!
I saw an oncology orthopedist today. I was referred to him because I had an MRI about a week before my ostomy surgery and it showed I have chronic fractures in my pelvic bone. How did this happen? The prime suspect is radiation. I didn't know what chronic fractures were until today. My doctor said its like a cracked windshield, it will continue to crack unless its fixed. Bummer. He gave me a refe...rral to an orthopedic surgeon. I asked if this would fix my walking problem and he said probably not but it should keep my pelvic bone from cracking anymore. So for now at least I have to use a walker when I go outside the house. Without it I walk like I'm drunk....maybe if I started drinking I would walk normal :D
Eat your fruits & veggies!   xo  Inge

Nov 2, 2011

I am still having problems with my bag leaking. I did have 4 days where my bag was intact, but today I saw my stoma nurse and she helped me put a new one on. It lasted 12 hours and then it breached. I will have to keep trying. My abdoman is still healing and shrinking so I have dimples where I didn't a couple of weeks ago.

I get my tb test checked tomorrow. This is the second one in a row. The hospital is quite thorough with that. Then I take my paperwork to the volunteer office and hopefully start within a couple of weeks :)

Eat your fruits & veggies!    xo   Inge

Nov 1, 2011

Olive and Me

DSC01725 by junkstylediva
DSC01725, a photo by junkstylediva on Flickr.

I miss Olive everyday. We were together for 5 years and went everywhere together.