Archive for March, 2009

Blonde, Senior Moment or Lack of Oxygen to the Brain!?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 by pjack214

I figure if anyone is following
and reading my blog they
probably figure I am one
big flake! I once had a
man I worked for tell me
that people would not
know the crazy things
I do if I did not come in
work and tell it. I
proceeded to tell him
that I get such a laugh
out of things that happen
to me that I want to share
to make others laugh.

Things like forgetting
where you park, taking
the bus when your car
is downtown, going the
wrong way on a one way
street…..things like that.
But usually they result in
something funny, so I share.

Friday was one of those
days for me. First off, I
forgot my keyed badge
that gets me into the
building. It gets me in
the front door and then
again through two more
doors before I get to my
office. I stopped off at
the guard’s desk and
got a visitor badge to
show I was suppose to
be in the bldg., but they
are keyed. So of course
I had to borrow someone
else’s badge every time
I had to go to the restroom
or to lunch.

The day seemed to go
more down hill after that
and got a bit funnier.

On break, Deborah, Cindy
and I went to the work out
room to do our usual
walking. I hopped up on
the treadmill, turned it
on and started walking.
Deborah and Cindy were
next to me on other
equipment, when I looked
down at my feet and started
to laugh. They had no clue
what I was laughing about
but I let the treadmill take
me to the end of the
equipment (did not turn it off)
and I jumped on the floor,
bent over, laughing my
head off. Both women
thought something was
wrong and was asking me
what was the matter, I was
laughing to the point I
almost did not get it out
that I had on two different
tennis shoes!

Friday is casual day at
work and I grabbed my
shoes to put on before
leaving the house. Both
pair was together, both
are white with blue
markings on them.
Two different brands.
You would have thought
I would have noticed them
when I slipped them on
or when I walked in them….
yes, they felt different
and one pair is a bit tighter
then the other pair. BUT NO…
I found out after getting
to work. The good thing,
like I said, they look alike.

I could have changed into
the ones I have under my
desk for daily walking but
then I was afraid I would
forget to bring them
back to work. So yes, I wore the
shoes all day. I left work
early that day to go have
my eyes checked and
before going to the drs appt.
I ran by the house and changed!

I am really not a flake.
I am not blonde (forgive
me all the blondes out
there), it could a senior
moment but I don’t think
so, I write it off as being
lack of oxygen to the brain
moments (with my sleep apnea)!

Have a great day,


Play – Hello Dolly

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2009 by pjack214

Last night my niece and I attended
her school’s play of Hello Dolly.
Once again, I was amazed an
so entertained. The drama school
at DCA is packed full of some of the
most talented kids I have ever seen.
The teachers are so fantastic and it
is a given that they are so well liked
by the students. They do an awesome
The night started with the two teachers
thanking the crowd for being there and
for introducing the up coming play.

The painted background was so nicely
done. I believe it was painted by
students and parents of the students.

There were several scene changes. The
park like backgroud, the store, the
restaurant, hat store and others. The
crew that worked at doing that were on
their toes, fast, and did a great job.

The actors and actresses were fantastic.
Not a word was forgotten and these kids
breezed right through the 2.5 hour show.
It was a really nice night out with Holly,
who by the way is in the 8th grade ( I earlier
said she was in the 7th). Some of her friends
sat with us also.

I have to say that the production
of Hello Dolly was the best. The students,
teachers, and tech crew did, as always,
a great job. They rent the customes and
like I said, parents like my brother Mark
(Holly’s dad) who work very hard to get
the stage set up in the gym and to hang
the curtains.

It will be really nice to see the show next
year with Holly performing in it since
she will be in the drama class then.

Thank you for stopping in…

My Honor

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2009 by pjack214

On April 25th, 2009, I will
have my first showing for my
art work. My paintings will be
displayed for viewing and sale
that night. I am very excited for
this chance to show my oil

The Gallery of a Mad House Wife
in Watertown TN. is where I will
be showing. Check it out at .
They feature two local artist on
one night a month.

I have recently been in
contact via email with
the young gentleman that
I will be sharing that night
with. He is in the service,
has been for five years. He
has served two tours so
far with another one on
horizon. He is 24 years
of age with a wife and a
baby less then a year old.
Bless this young man and
his family for loaning him
to us.

Trevor will be doing a
patriotic theme, showing
photo’s that he took in Iraq .
Check out his site at .

I am excited over my first
showing and I am so honored
to be sharing it with this
young man. Please keep
him and all of our service
men and women in your

Thank you.

I Don’t Speak ENGLISH

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2009 by pjack214

In my office we have lots
of laughs in passing on
daily basis.
There are always one
liner’s that probably
would not mean a thing
to any of you but they fit
a moment or time there in
the office and they become
a motto, or ism.

Just last week we had one
that became a joke for the
day. While answering our
1-800 line, I heard Cindy
tell someone on the other
end, that she did not speak
English! Now, Cindy speaks
it just fine. But she was
having an off day and he
person on the other end
of the line was speaking
Spanish to her, in that
off moment she slipped in
what she was going to say
(English) and said the
wrong thing. What got me
so tickled was that after
answering the phone,
announcing the business
name, I heard that remark,
but she never faltered or said
that she meant Spanish…she
just kept right on talking.
I heard her hang up the
phone and I asked her if
I had heard what I heard
and she busted out laughing.
That became the joke for the
day. So when asked a question
you did not care to reply to,
you said “I don’t speak English”.

This little slip up went even
further. I was telling my
Mom about it later on the
phone and she wanted Cindy’s
direct line to call her and
say “Do you speak English”.
I told Mom I would email it,
Cindy would hear me if I
gave it out. In my state of
sleep apnea bliss (or my
lack of oxygen to the brain
moment) I was in the mist
of emailing that number to
my Mother, when I actually
emailed it to Cindy herself.
I was unaware of this until
I hear Cindy say “ You
trying to screw with my
mind?” I am thinking,
okay, what have I done,
then it hits me and I am
trying to figure out how to
get out of that one. Finally
she ask me if I was wanting
to call her or something,
but when she came and sat
in my office and wanted to
know what was up…I had
to give and admit that it
was a joke that back fired
cause I messed it up. That
got an even bigger laugh
then the English thing.

Don’t get me wrong, we do
work, but with the things
we deal with on a daily basis,
we have to have those laughs
to get us by. Its nice to work
in an office that allows those
jokes and laughs.

I want to also thank the
gentleman that left the
comment yesterday on the
sleep apnea. I will be checking
out the forums you suggested.
I wished my machine had
one of those cards, but it was
cheaper on the insurance
company (you must no how
that goes) to buy me one
without it. I have learned
my lesson this time, little
changes will be looked at
as a possible sleep problem
from here on out. And thank
goodness this time did not
require the sleep study,
I was able to take a machine
home from the doctor’s
office that did the same thing.
Thanks again.


Sleep Apnea/Migraines/Health

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2009 by pjack214

On a serious note, do you
realize just how important
sleep is to your body. I have
found this out, might I add,
the hard way.

I suffer from sleep apnea. It
was discovered that I had this
sleep issue in Oct. of 2005. It
was a blow to me because not
only was I told this, I was told
that I had to sleep on a machine
that would pump air into my
nose at night to keep me breathing.

For those of you who know
nothing about sleep apnea
let me enlighten you a bit.
There are 3 kinds of sleep
apnea. Obstructive, Central,
or a combo of both. Mine is
obstructive sleep apnea and
that is the most common type.
With obstructive sleep apnea it
most often means that the
airway has collapsed or is
blocked during sleep. The
blockage may cause shallow
breathing or breathing pauses.
Here is my history. I had
headaches, daily. They ranged
on a scale of 1-10, most times
on the lower end of that scale,
dull, nagging, but none the same,
still there. Then on other days,
they would fall in the center of
the scale. Once a month or so
I would have that stabbing, sick,
headache. The one where you
could not lift your head, you
were physically sick and even
the littlest of a sound would
send you to a dark room. I had
these headaches for a year and
a half. I never talked to my
doctor about them, since I had
allergies, I assumed they were
caused from that. The once a
month bad one, I knew was
linked to hormones.

Then came the really bad one.
I thought my head was going
to explode or that something
in there was going to bust.
I called the dr. and went
straight over. Scan was done
of the head, I was sent to an
ear, nose and throat dr. but
neither one of these could
tell me what the problem was.
Finally my dr. said that it
sounded like I was suffering
from migraines. I could see the
once a month one being that,
but not the daily ones. Well,
to a specialist I went and yes,
I had what was called common
migraines. Someone who has
these is basically a person that
has a headache daily. Wow…
that was news to me, but at least
I had a name for them now
other then just a headache.

I was put on preventative meds
that helped for a few months
but then they were back
again. In the office of the
specialist one day I
mentioned that I had them
when I woke and kept them
all day. That was the red
flag that he needed. He
told me he needed me to
have a sleep study. I was
not happy with the news
that I could have this,
and I was not exactly
sure what all it meant.
So that is where the internet
came in handy. I love the internet.

My study showed that I had
sleep apnea. At night when I
laid to sleep, the soft tissue in
my throat would fall down and
close off my breathing. In a 7
hour sleep study I was told I
was lucky to be getting 2 hours
of sleep. I had 146 episodes,
and I stopped breathing anywhere
between 10 seconds to 40
seconds at a time. This cuts
off the oxygen to the brain,
causing the migraines.

The hard part was the machine,
getting use to having air blown
up your nose and then to have
this mask attached to your face,
that covers most of your face.
But once you have that first
good night of sleep…wow,
the difference. If corrected
my migraines. Of course, I
will still have one here and
there but not like I was.

In 2005, my doctors office
asked me did I snore as a
child. I told them I did really
bad as a teen, and of course
I did then too. They told me
that I had probably had this
since I was young but what
happens is as you get older,
the inside of your body acts
like the outside, everything f
alls south. That is why mine
got worse. Of course, my
weight has not helped the
issue either. The thing with
the weight is, sleep apnea
is effected by it, but on the
flip side, your weight is
effected by the sleep apnea.
So it’s a no win thing.

It gets even better then
that. I have been using
my machine since 2005.
Yes, there have been times
that I have slacked up but
for the past year I have been
doing it like I should.
But things have not been
right for the last 6 months
or so. I was not feeling well
and I was so sore. Every
muscle in my body was sore
daily but I thought it was
my weight ( I had gained
40 lbs in the last 1.5 years).
But with sleep apnea, you
don’t realize that you are
waking at night or that
your sleep is being messed
up. I have been tired,
hurting, no energy…but
then in February the
headaches came back
daily, that was my clue
that something was not
right with the sleep.

New referral (insurance
change), new dr. and he
explained so much to me.
The reason for the muscle
soreness is I now have
fibromyalgia. The sleep
dr. seems to think that
with sleep it will get
better. What has been
happening, just like the
migraines, no oxygen
was getting to my muscles
at night and they were
having spasms all night.
No wonder I could not
get comfortable and I
tossed and turned all
night. Thought I needed
to buy a new mattress and pillows.

And it gets better or worse
even yet….sleep apnea
can effect your blood
pressure (mine is still
good, probably the
only good thing I have
going), blood sugar,
weight, heart (with
attacks, irregular heartbeat
and failure), migraines,
fibromyalgia, it can also
be a cause for IBS, acid
reflux, and asthma.
With that let me name
what all I have. Years
ago I developed migraines,
asthma, then came the
acid reflux, then the
sleep apnea (although
I probably already had
it and it had not reared
its ugly head yet, but
maybe caused the first
two things I named).
A year and a half ago I learned I had IBS, course the weight thing has been an issue the last
20 years or more. Now
with this last go around
with the sleep (and keep
in mind, I was trying to
take care of myself…finally),
I developed the fibro and
according to lab work from
last week, high levels with
my blood sugar. Now…
the cholesterol is my
fault and something that
I am working on and I
can’t blame it on the sleep
other then to say that
cooking healthy has been
hard cause I have not even
had the energy to walk to
the kitchen!

I am on a low fat/low sugar
diet now and walking. I
have been sleeping with a
new pressure change on
my machine and a new
mask for a week and a
half now and I feel like
I will live again. But to
explain how bad it got,
I barely could lift my feet
to walk. I got to work and
I sit in my chair, I made
myself get up to go to the
bathroom when I needed
to, I went home, I crashed.
I set two alarms, I turned
two alarms off each morning
only to drag myself up to take a
shower, do my hair and go
take a 30 min. nap
sitting straight up
on the couch in
front of the news.
To rush and get
up and dress and
throw on my makeup
and drag into work.
I did this for the last
6 months…only the
last two before the
pressure change
was really hard.
Now…I look back
and I am not sure how I did it.

Sleep…..who ever knew
the damage it could do?
I do now.

I am not happy with the
pressure change, it was
a major jump but I
have to do what I have
to do to make it daily.
Life sucks at times.

Thanks for stopping in.

Girls Night Out

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2009 by pjack214

Every so often, maybe once or twice a year
my niece, Holly, and I do a girls night out.
We have done movies, Hauntings at The
Hermitage for Halloween but our favorite thing
to do is to attend a play put on by the drama class
where Holly goes to school.

The first year I was to attend I was sick but
it was one I really wanted to see, my fav,
“The Wizard of Oz”. My Mom went with
Holly then. The next year,
Holly and I attended the performance
of “The Beauty and the Beast” and last
year we saw, “Thoroughly
Modern Millie”.

Holly goes to a private school with an
excellent drama teacher. The kids that
put on these shows are awesome.
The acting is great, they are on top of
it, never forgettting their words and they
have a great cast for scene changes.
The show last about 3 hours.

It’s time for Holly and my Girls Night
Out again. This year the drama class
is putting on ” Hello Dolly”. I am so
excited about this show, it should be
a really great and it will be another
evening for Holly and I to spend together.
Our night out is this coming Saturday night.

On top of this, Holly is my families Drama
Queen (my nickname to her). She is a big
cut up, always the entertainer.
She can act, sing, and play the panio.
She is always getting up in front of us and
putting on some kind of act. She can
do the Lion in the Wizard of Oz, lines to a tee!
At her school, you can’t be in the drama
class until you are in the 8th grade. The
drama teacher has been keeping an eye
on Holly and just waiting for the
day she will be in her class. Holly is in
the 7th grade this

Over the summer the school has a
week long drama
camp which Holly has attended
twice. At the end of the
week they put on a play, these are
kids that are not in the
drama class. The first year they
put on “Annie”. Holly
played, and might I say, very well,
Ms. Hannigan!
She had the attitude, the look,
and the facial expression
down so well. I was so proud of her.

At last years play, she was Alice
in Alice and Wonderland.
There again, she was great in
her part. She never fails
to amaze me.

Next year, I will attend the play the
drama class puts on
with my family not Holly. We will
have to find another
way to enjoy Girls Night Out…since
Holly will be in the
play next year. I look forward
to watching her. The child
has such talent.
Stop back in and see how
things go.
The pics above are Holly as Alice.
Leave a comment if you will. I so enjoy
reading what you think of my postings.

Rubber Bands

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2009 by pjack214

Ever wonder who invented them? The rubber band was
patented in Australia on March 17, 1845 by Stephen
Perry Bobstein.

They have been used for so many things from
making rubber band balls to shooting at each
other, from holding papers to being used as a
fastener for a garment.

The largest rubber band ball was created by Office
Max, it came in at 4594 pounds, circumference of
19 feet and took 175, 000 rubber bands. Not a
ball your child could bounce around or roll back and forth!
I can see that one bouncing down the hill now.

My favorite has been the use of them as a gun.
Now it is not something I do all the time but
I have been known to shoot a few.

About 15 days before leaving my last job, a new
young guy came to work there. He was a quite
sort, but he could shoot out one liners really well.
An easy guy to like and for some reason him and
I hit it off with the rubber band fights. It was a
daily thing for the two of us to shoot a few at
each other in passing, or… seek each other
out just to start a rubber band fight. Not me
of course! 8^).

I was sitting at work just yesterday when I
received an email from this guy. Not getting
emails from him often, I knew it had to be good.
He changed my signature that is placed at the
bottom of my work email from reading,
“Should you encounter a problem along your
way, change your direction but not your
destination”, to reading “Should you encounter
a problem along your way……!” Then
attached to this email was a photo, just for me,
sent with all the best wishes I am sure………………….

I really hope he is not saving these for when we
meet up again!
It does make for a really neat background pic for
my computer. Thanks Drew for the laugh, I am
practicing up just for you…send some of those
rubber bands over to me to use.