Goal Planning Monday – Week 96

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Here you go, ladies. I do hope that you’ll continue to join up for Goal Planning Monday! I will try to be back with some goal for the week as soon as I can! We’re starting to do school on a schedule for a while and I woke up late!

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Goal Planning Monday – Week 94

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

(I hope you like the blue the two year old was helping me out this morning!)

Last week’s goals:

Knit one dish cloth. Not Done. I really could have, though.

Clean out one drawer of paper stuff. DONE! Only because I went to do this and I found that I’d already done it a couple weeks prior!

Have Morgaine read one book each day. DONE!

Finish TOS Curiosity Files with Liam. Partially done. We are making good progress. I didn’t realize how long some of the activities take. The studies are pretty complete and we are working on it as a side project.

Get up when the children wake up every morning. DONE!

Get back to menu planning in such a way that we are not wasting food. Partially done. I made good use of our food but I didn’t actually menu plan.

This week’s goals are all about getting back to blogging. It has been much too long.

1. Finish the blog post I have started about Morgaine’s reading.

2. Promote Goal Planning Monday in a few places (facebook/twitter).

3. Comment on everyone that links up on this linky.

4. Join in at least one other meme this week.

5. Write one other blog post.

What are your goals for the week? Be sure to check in and let us know as we all could use some encouragement from time to time!

Goal Planning Monday – Week 93

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week’s goals:

Empty two drawers of their paper stuff. Not Done.

Drop my bags of donated items off at the Salvation Army. DONE!

Reschedule certain doctors’ appointments. DONE!

Try to keep the kiddies healthy. DONE! Looked like wee boy might be getting sick over the weekend but he ended up fine by morning.

Prepare my pumpkins for the winter. Done. 

Blog. Done. One little blog post you can read here.

Start chemistry with Liam. Sort of done. We are doing a Curiousity Files from TOS instead of the chemistry I had originally planned.

Knit two dish cloths. Not Done. I am old and arthritic. I try but I had a serious case of the dropsies!

This week’s goals (will be lower expectations and cutting the chores I had planned for last week in half):

Knit one dish cloth.

Clean out one drawer of paper stuff. If I get motivated, I might tackle the second.

Have Morgaine read one book each day. She is doing really well but still insists on telling everyone that she cannot read. Maybe she is not feeling confident. Keep reading with her.

Finish TOS Curiosity Files with Liam. We’re doing the one on solar max. It is interesting but I have a hard time considering it science.

Get up when the children wake up every morning. We’ve had some issues in the last while, so currently the children are not allowed alone until I can earn their trust. Nothing terrible but I’m getting tired of all the little things so we’re all hanging out A LOT right now :o)

Get back to menu planning in such a way that we are not wasting food. We are saving up for repairs and I’ve noticed that we’ve have more spoilage than I would like in my fridge. I don’t like that at all. I’ll likely see if the Monday Menu Planning Meme is still running.

What are your goals for the week? Be sure to check in and let us know as we all could use some encouragement from time to time!

10 Things I’ve Learned From My Hospital Experiences

Because my abdomen is still distended and painful and I’m still loosing weight, I’ve spent the last month being poked, prodded, biopsied and scanned. I’ve done two bowel preps (and gotten to know my bathroom rather well). I’ve drank a number of potions and concoctions (some more pleasant than others). I’ve gotten to meet a couple doctors and a variety of nurses and I’ve learned a few things:

1. NOTHING is near as bad at the internet makes it out to be. NONE of the concoctions are near as vile as one would like you to believe. I’ve had to take several. No gagging was involved. In fact, I didn’t find them bad at all.

2. Doctors will be most encouraging and positive when you are doing the simplest tests. “That’s wonderful! You are doing a great job!” after every mouthful of barium but they will virtually ignore you when they are doing more complicated procedures. Don’t even try to talk to him when he is doing a colonoscopy, he’s busy.

3. Doctors hate pain. Nurses hate pain. They hate seeing you in pain. If they are pushing drugs it is because they hate pain.

4. There is a certain amount of pain that one can tolerate. It is okay to take something if it crosses over that boarder between pain and suffering. Pain is okay. Suffering is not.

5. If you are having more than a couple tests, chances are you WILL meet a nurse that you have to be very firm with and that is okay.

6. You will feel really good if you stand up for what you want/need. You are the patient and they are working for you. Be your own best advocate (even if you have to bring your husband to sit in the next room so you can draw on his energy to do so).

7. Most nurses are Godsend. They’ve stroked my hair and held my hand. They talked me down when I’ve started panicking. The are funny and caring. They really are a blessing and I am amazed at the care that they give despite what they have to do each and every day.

8. When you have a big ol’ round belly you will get adoring smiles from older couples in the ultrasound department. Even if you don’t feel like it, smile back. It doesn’t hurt to give your “bump” a rub either.

9.  No matter how nervous you are, there is always someone else in the waiting room that is even more frightened. A kind word and a warm smile can go a long way.

10. Be informed and be aware, but know that medical professionals, for the most part, aren’t out to get you. They do actually want to figure out what is wrong and help you feel better. The more “harden” may have their own life stories and it doesn’t have anything at all to do with you. So breathe, go with your gut, but also be willing to be open and trust.