Friday, February 20, 2015


And I might as well since that's where I spent the whole morning.  I had an appointment for 10:15 but didn't get in until 10:45.  My sister can tell you about that.  She went with me once.  It's a circus in there.

BUT Barbara, the nurse practitioner I see, spent a lot of time with me.  She had me in the office about 45 minutes.  We went over a lot of things.  She feels that the esophageal spasms are caused by stress and the asthma attack on Sunday was what pushed me over the edge.  She has upped one of my medications and put me on a strict diet.  Already today I feel the difference.  My diet will be rather bland, but better than what I have been going through.

I am to try to take as much stress out of my life as possible.  I don't see how I can, working two jobs, taking care of Joe, taking care of the house, etc., etc., etc.  But I am trying to relax.  I am trying to not let some things bother me and just take it easy.  It seems the one place I really relax is church.

I wanted to join the choir at church for Easter, but the one thing I cannot do right now is sing from my diaphram.  So that's out.  I guess God has other plans for me.

But, enough about that.  It is cold again in this house.  I know it's supposed to warm up on Sunday and then get cold again.  But I don't think it's going down into the single digits for awhile which should help a bit.

I thought I would show you some pictures of Ocean City, NJ.  I am looking forward to being down there this year.  But not in these temperatures.

Frozen pipe at the First Street Jetty -- February 16
Fourteenth Street Beach -- February 18.  Is this person crazy?
The bay at Tenth Street is frozen -- February 20
 Are you all cold enough now?  What a different picture it will be in a few months.

My sister and I last July.
Philly weather for Friday, February 20, 2015
High:  18 degrees
Low:  10 degrees
Wind chill at 11:22 p.m.:  0 degrees
Sunrise:  6:47 a.m.
Sunset:  5:42 p.m.
10 hours and 54 minutes of daylight!


  1. My sister has the same problem you do regarding your esophageal spasms......that's why this trip is so good for her!
    hope you calm down and feel better. You can only do so much!
    Love and prayers!

  2. Hope the medicine & diet help. Did I see a 42 degree day in the forecast? Positively balmy! Ha ha! Loved the beach photos. There is hope for warmth in those pics. Reducing stress sounds easy but never is. I'm glad you are finding peace at church. He is your peace & will renew you.
    Sending prayers & love

  3. Take good care of yourself, Kathy. Let's hope the diet and meds will do the trick. Looking cold where you are, too Hope you have a good stress-free weekend. xo Diana

  4. I so hope you're doing better---sounds as if you're working on everything the Doctor Ordered! Stress-free is the key to a lot of illnesses and ailments, it seems, and I send you thoughts and prayers for gentle days, heart-peace and sweet sleep.


  5. You have my prayers!

    Those pictures are amazing and yes, it will be good for you to bask in the sunshine. Soon, I hope.

  6. Take care of yourself and try to find the things that will help you relax. You have a lot on your plate my friend.

  7. Can I say bbrr!!!???? The beach and snow...nice. We have had such a mild winter that blooms and buds are everywhere, including dandelions! I will keep you in my prayers for your health and hope the meds and foods will help. I get so tired from work that I sometimes don't do much when I get home from work, even though I have plans to do so. I got a birthday card from a friend in PA was post marked Feb 11. I think it got stuck in a snowbank somewhere along the way. Stay warm and take care of yourself!!! Hugs!


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