Monday, 22 December 2008

It's Almost Here


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If you would prefer not to hear the Christmas music, then please press the off button on the player located on my sidebar.

Hard to believe that by this weekend Christmas will be over and gone. December has simply flown by. As expected, there will be no white Christmas for us again unless there is a sudden dramatic turn in the weather.

The presents are all wrapped, apart from one that has not arrived and I am beginning to have doubts it will get here in time. Mike tried to get some Mistletoe but none is available for love nor money although there was supposed to be a super abundant supply of it this year.

Thank you for all the lovely cards we have received, they are still coming in. Isn't it nice to get something bright and cheerful in the post each day?

I heard from the surgery last Friday. They are starting me on a new tablet after Christmas in addition to the ones that I am already on. The doctor decided it would be better for me than increasing the Metformin. I am apprehensive about it, I always am with new medication as I have had bad reactions to tablets in the past. That is why they have decided that I should start it after Christmas. The diabetic staff are not on duty this week, being Christmas week. So, just in case of any side-effects they said the best thing to do was wait until after the holidays. Naturally I am hoping that there will be no trouble with it as that would cut out out that option straight away and still leave me with the possibility of insulin.

I ask once more, for your prayers on this matter, I so need something to go right for me for a change. If all goes well then I can truly be stress free until my next appointment with the oncologist in May of next year. So, I need this new pill to work for me with no problems and combined with diet and exercise, see the desired results.

I was a little sad last night, in fact I still am. Some of you may remember that I lost a very dear friend, very suddenly, two years back immediately after Christmas. She had longed for years to be a Grandmother and died just two weeks after her Grandson was born. She was so special to me. Her husband has kept in touch with me on a regular basis. I was worried I had not heard from him for the last few months and when I rang, I could get no answer. Well, he did phone last night. He is being treated for c of the gullet and has been undergoing intensive chemotherapy. He is such a dear man and now has two Grandchildren, the little girl being only eleven months old. He has responded very well to treatment so far but has had to see a counsellor because of the shock of it all.

So, can I ask you all to hold Eric in your prayers as well. I will not put his surname here. No need to, God will know who you mean.

Well, I did not intend this to sound depressing although I am always down at this time of the year. Christmas used to be such a magical time for me but now it is always tinged with sadness. Losing my Grandfather, Mother and Father all at Christmas, then my dear friend just after. It is always a time full of memories and nostalgia. Mike took the flowers to the cemetery yesterday and it all looks so bright and pretty. It was packed and hard to find a parking space, there were so many people remembering their lost ones.

Of course, we have our Grandsons now and will make the best of it for their sakes but you cannot forget what is gone and can never be again. We can only hope to make new memories.

Anyway, I have a couple more photos to share with you of some neighbours' lights. Considering the credit crunch, I am surprised that so many have put lights up at all and some have done more than ever. Probably because they need cheering up. They are so nice to see.



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Well, time to get off here now. I am being good and sticking to my promise to myself about cutting my computer time, although things have not gone quite as planned as I have felt under the weather all weekend and unable to exercise. I have, at least, stuck to my diet.

I hope all your preparations as going well or, like me, you have finished them. For those who have not yet finished, try not to get too stressed out.





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26 comments:

  1. aww..I will keep Eric in my prayers..how sad...the lights look lovely..I will miss them when everyone takes them down..hard to believe it's nearly over...
    Well done you sticking to your diet...have a lovely week...

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  2. I am finished and can now relax as our Family Christmas is over for this year. Saturday was such a mixture of sad and happy feelings. The joy of getting together with my family was dampened by the loss of my beagle. He was quite elderly and it was his time. So like you, I will try to hold on to happy memories and try to make more in the days ahead. We do miss those no longer with us this year, but we do have to count our blessings for what we have today. I'll be praying that your Christmas is a great one and that when the New Year comes you'll be blessed by having the new meds work as they should and no problems. I'll pray too for your friend with the c. May the dear Lord bless us all with the happiest of Christmas Days. 'On Ya'-ma

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  3. Sending up prayers for you and for your friend's husband. May God touch you and clear your health and give you the best Christmas ever. Hugs, Helen

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  4. prayers goig up for you, also for eric.
    hope you have a blessed Christmas.
    merry Christmas & huggies...

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  5. prayers and good thoughts being to Eric and you. I know how upset you are about insulin.. believe me testing is worse then the actual shot. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
    love ya

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  6. I just love the pictures of the houses decorated. We have several here that are still doing it but have switched to LCD to cut down on the cost. I am sending special hopes and prayers you can tolerate you new pill and it works like a charm. Special prayers for Eric also. Take care and enjoy the holiday.

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  7. sending our prayers...take care!

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  8. I will keep Eric in my Prayers. You, my dear friend are always on my Prayer list. I hope you can tolerate the medication. I too seem to be affected in negative ways by even the most tolerant medications. The holiday lights are lovely, I think everyone needs a bit of cheering up this season. My thoughts are with you and hope you and your family have a wonderful christmas. I'm sure your little grandbabies will brighten the day and make it magical for you through their delight.
    hugs to you.

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  9. I know how worrying it is wondering if you have to begin taking insulin injections Jeannette. I'm on Metformin twice a day and I thought I had to begin them last time I went to the clinic. I was so relieved to be told I was quite a way off that prospect. I hope you get your diet sorted out and that you get good results from your tests.
    I will pray for Eric and you too. Poor man...how worrying for him.
    I loved the photos of your neighbours lights. Very festive.
    Happy Christmas!
    Love
    Jeanie xxxx

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  10. mistletoe? tescos jeannette. got loads. least they have here. of all places it was near the bananas in the fruit section lolol go figure. good luck with the new meds.like you i get deressed at christmas,but mum loves it. take care,all the best for xmas and new year.love mort xx

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  11. Yes of course I will remember Eric in my prayers ,Your neighbours lights look lovely certainly cheer us all up ,and the children so love it ,I bet your two are getting excited now ..love Jan xx

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  12. Hi Jeannette ,sorry to hear about Christines Eric ,thats sad .Christine would have loved a lttle grandaughter as well as little Harry .
    Hope the new tablet suits you and you manage to keep well over Christmas ,love and best wishes to you Mike and all the family .....love Jeanxxx

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  13. Glad you don't have to go on insulin. I was given a second kind of med at one time. Glipizide. It worked well. Have a good Christmas Jeannete, try not to be upset. Love you,

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  14. Hi Jeannette, I`m glad you are to have new tablets instead of insulin, I know it`s not what you wanted but I hope they work with no side effects. Poor Eric, he has been through enough without out this awful illnesss of his own. I pray that his treatment works for him.

    I took a Christmas wreath to the crematorium this afternoon and left it in my the special place where I always leave flowers for my Dad, as you can imagine there were many others doing the same. I always miss my Dad more at Christmas.

    Love and Hugs Sandra xxxx

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  15. I think we all are missing people who are part of our memories. This time of year always makes me miss my parents and grandparents. I just continue to tell myself how blessed I am to have my grandson and three children with me I am not alone.
    I will send a prayer up for you and Eric. I am happy that you finally got to talk to him.
    The lights were pretty. Yes they do cheer you up to see.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.
    Take care, Chrissie

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  16. Glad you had good news from the surgery and are going to try a new pill first. I too am a bit down Stuart is not good just now and has been told he has Type 2 Diabetes waiting to see the doctor that does that clinic think it will be next year as they are closed four days each week of the holidays. Hope you have lovely Christmas Jeannette. Love Joan.

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  17. Always special thoughts for you and yours...
    We are going to look at neighborhood lights tonight....
    Have a blessed Christmas!

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  18. It's ok to share your sadness. The holidays bring up all sorts of feelings. At these times I miss my mom. And when I am with my father and his new wife I feel it much more. She is missed, but I look at my tree all lit up and I know she is here. I put up more lights too. I think you are right the little things brighten things up. Merry Christmas!

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  19. How could someone not want to hear Christmas music and especially with Elvis singing.
    Thinking of you my dear friend and ask the Lord to calm your heart and may you truly feel his arms around you holding you tight.

    Love Alberta LORI

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  20. It's good to hear from you, Jeannette. I sure hope the new medication works for you and you don't have to start on the insulin.

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and that your grandchildren can help you stay on the up side. ;)

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  21. I hope Christmas won't be sad for you. I think everyone should have a merry one. I'm trying to be merry but always feel inadequate as usual and buy too much. Linda

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  22. Jeanette you and hubby will be in my thoughts, wishing you a blessed Christmas dear. Your friend Eric will be kept in my prayers. Hope the new pill will be just the right one for you dear. Holidays brings memories of all thosde we love and those with us now in our heart so understand how you feel sad. Enjoy your grandkids being with you, they can so brighten the holiday.

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  23. Hi Jeannette, just do not think about test and doctors at least at Christmas. Try not to be too down. Remember, your lovely ones are still with you. Have a lovely Christmas with Mike and all you lovely family. Love from Antonella

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  24. Sorry to hear about your friend, I always tend to be a bit down this time of year.

    Wishing you the best for next year.

    Yasmin
    xx

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  25. I love those blue lights. Alot of houses here in philly put up blue lights this year. Next year I hope to have my own home and put up blue lights everywhere. (((hugs)))
    lOVE,
    cINDY XOXOXO

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