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Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 19, 2009
8:51 PM

Post #6711828

Sorry to be away so long but Monday I suffered another severe attack as I was mowing the lawn in 90* heat. Started to feel weak in my legs so came inside, sat in my recliner and started to get chest pains. I knew what that meant because I had an attack in 98 so I called 911 and they were here in minutes and lucky for me they were. Just got home from the hospital and have orders not to strain myself or go out in the heat of day as I now have an irregular heartbeat when exerted. Never thought it could happen again after losing all that weight? 130 lbs but the doctor said it was my cholesterol and I got another stent and was told that the weight loss definetely saved my life!
Anyway yesterday and today before I left they allowed my family to bring my dog to the hospital and she cheered up a lot of patients as I was able to take her around to visit the patients. Of course I was in a wheelchair and she on my lap occasionally jumping off to greet someone. She is a Shih-Tzu and her name is Scooter and I believe she gave hope and love to a lot of patients as per the Nurse Manager's opinion. Memorial Regional Hospital is a huge hospital and they are useing dog and cat therapy for their patients. I know we helped to save at least one life if just mine.

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Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 19, 2009
8:54 PM

Post #6711842

She is a real lover!

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Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 19, 2009
8:55 PM

Post #6711848

She is a real lover...

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Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2009
8:56 PM

Post #6711851

oH Paw!
So glad you're ok! Please follow doctor's orders TO THE LETTER, because we need you healthy and whole! Do I need to come to Florida?

Hugs,

Linda
seray53

June 19, 2009
10:57 PM

Post #6712296

So sorry to hear about your troubles Tplant. I know you're glad to be home. We wish you a very speedy recovery!

Sherri

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tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

June 19, 2009
11:33 PM

Post #6712421

Ted glad your doing okay..Take it slow & easy

Jeannie63

Jeannie63
Mequon, WI
(Zone 4b)

June 20, 2009
12:58 AM

Post #6712741

Ted I am glad you had a happy outcome! Take it easy and get plenty of rest :)
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 20, 2009
1:09 AM

Post #6712790

whatever I can do, just call. Be well !!

BocaBob
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 20, 2009
3:51 PM

Post #6714932

I can't do much from here on! No heavy lifting and definetely no mowing the lawn as that plus my cholesterol is what put me in the hospital. Must not go out during the heat of the day and will be on plavix and a few other blood thinners for the rest of my life. I tell you it was a shock to me as I thought I was in great shape although I know my cholesterol was high @ 220. The zocor plus my special diet will relieve that problem plus another stent they put in me. That makes two!
This will not stop me from gardening as per my doctors, all four of them, told me as long as I don't lift. Lucky I grow in EBs or I'd be out of business. Looking into an electric wagon that I can use in my garden to carry stuff and also me if necessary as I am afraid the stress of my attack will increase the problems of my Post Polio as far as my legs are concerned. In 98 I had my first attack and within days my hair turned completely gray and shortly after PPS was confirmed as my legs were getting weak.
One thing for sure you don't get rest in the hospital and I had a great sleep last night from 3pm to 8:30am this morning without anyone waking me up to draw blood.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

June 20, 2009
5:56 PM

Post #6715391

TPlant: It's hot right now down there, do what I do, little stints, then come in and rest before going back out hear? I know you, you are pushing it, and don't do that, especially in this heat.
joy

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

June 20, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #6715442

T, take it easy and please take care of yourself.
mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 20, 2009
9:15 PM

Post #6716080

TPlant, glad to hear you are recovering. Please take care of yourself--you can get your gardening "fix" by sitting in your cool air-conditioning and sharing all of your expert advice with us newbies.
By the way, your little dog is adorable...one of my golden retrievers did therapy work at a local hospital, and I know how beneficial it was for both the patients and staff. I'm sure Scooter made a lot of patients happy with her visit.
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2009
1:11 PM

Post #6718292

As someone who is a memeber of the 'zipper club'. Just b careful and let everyone else do the work. Altho this is some oppresive heat right now, nothing says you still cant enjoy watching a garden grow...even if its not yours right now. As a matter of fact, the soul needs it to help you stay better!!! Glad your on the mend. I am in such shock they let you bring the dog in, that is fantastic.
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 21, 2009
1:32 PM

Post #6718334

Get better quick!! And start the Olive oil.

Check out http://www.lef.org, good info on health, but a little heavy on suppliments. I do take sups and can't imagine being without. They have a great book, kind of pricey, but it's about healthy living. I buy olive oil by the gallon, and eat butter about once a month. My cholesterol is low, and my b. pressure is too.

And 90 is too hot for anyone!

Great dog, and cute kid.

Get better quick!

Melissa
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 21, 2009
2:24 PM

Post #6718535

After I posted Friday I went to bed at 3:30pm and slept until 8:30am the next morning. All I did yesterday was complete rest and went out on my deck in the evening when it was much cooler as it usually is here in my part of the country. Sure glad BocaBob set me up with that self-watering system as I don't have to do anything until August 15 when I start my tomato seeds.
I still am in shock that I had another M.I. and recieved another stent. The medication that is given intravenously today breaks the clot within hours plus the stent keeps it open. I could actually feel the clot breaking up and the blood flowing to my heart. It was a tingleing sensation across the chest. The average stay in hospitals today because of that medication is four or five days depending on the cooperation of the patient.
Another good gardening practice for me is no weeding thanks to my EBs so I'll soon be doing some light puttering around the garden such as fertilizing and watering some of my open container plants such as figs and Jasmine trees that I trained in fifty gallaon containers. The rainy season is here now so that helps a lot! Meanwhile Thank You everyone for your concern especially you, Joy, as I thought you disliked me. Life is to short to hold a grudge!!!
Happy Gardening Everyone
Ted
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

June 21, 2009
3:14 PM

Post #6718718

Yikes! What an out of the blue setback, Tplant.

On a good note though, just think...no need to weed, no need to water (except with your timer system), no need to set up EB's and fight a time-frame ("gotta get these seeds started now!").

Keeping that in mind it seems to me now is the perfect time to be able to sit back and enjoy your garden and recuperate, eh? Of course now you'll need to get out there and pick some of that heart-healthy good food you're growing but I imagine your grandson will gladly help with that!

Rest up! And with all the heat and rainy season right now 'tis the best time to garden in Daves Garden!

Best,
Shoe
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

June 21, 2009
11:10 PM

Post #6720328

Ted, that must have been quite a shock for you. I am glad you are home where you can get some good rest. I swear hospitals are just no place for sick people needing rest. I hope you are staying cool and feeling better.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2009
1:46 AM

Post #6720935

Oh my goodness, Ted, you be careful now, you hear? I'm so glad you are (apparently) doing what you're told.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

June 22, 2009
3:18 AM

Post #6721271

Ted: Never hold grudges they are bad for you. You might want to try gardening on tables next time, it will help a considerable amount I think, won't have to stoop and they are right at your elbows. It is so hot here, I can only imagine how hot it is in south FL right now. Some pointers I heard, is do not go right from the heat right to the A/C, and drink something warm like tea or coffee instead of iced drinks, it really does cool you down and the sudden change of temperature is not good for us. I remember when I worked in an office in the summer, a bunch of people would have the a/c cranked up so high you had to wear a sweater, and my concern was someone having a stroke going from the ice cold A/C right out into the heat in the summer.

Doris' Italian Kitchen sells extra virgin olive oil that is cold pressed and from Italy for just under $20 for the 3 ltr. can. If you must use oil or butter, use extra virgin olive oil instead ok? I even use it to fry in. Garlic and onions also breaks down the high cholesterol also.

joy
liannenc
Concord, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 22, 2009
3:32 AM

Post #6721315

Ted, I'm so glad you're alright and I'm sure you'll take care of yourself-- you can't let your plants or your puppy down! :-) By the way, I think it was really great of the hospital to let you bring her in AND share her with the other patients. It's nice to know that there are facilities out there that recognize that the answer to everything isn't always just drugs and surgery... pet love does wonders!
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 22, 2009
11:47 AM

Post #6721960

Scooter made a lot of patients actually "come to life." They were depressed but when they saw her and when she greeted them with tail wagging and big smile the patients seemed to perk right up and the same thing happened to the nurses. As a matter of fact the whole place cheered up.
I have a complete list of foods and the only real difference between my past and present food was butter? I'm now on several meds including zocor. The temps today are going to be bad according to the Emergency e-mail network it may go as high as 100* which is most unusual as we never go more than the low 90's and only at midday and soon after it would cool down.
CapeCodGardener
Mid-Cape, MA
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2009
1:48 PM

Post #6722429

Oh Tplant, so glad you and Scooter are home and recuperating! My husband has had two stents (1995, and another one three years later ) and is also on statins. He's been doing well ever since.
Wow, you're having 100+ degree weather, and we're in the midst of a Nor-easter up here! My 'maters will never get ripe!
Do take care of yourself. We all appreciate you and your positive attitude so much!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

June 22, 2009
2:10 PM

Post #6722518

Somebody can confirm this. I read somewhere that olive oil was only heart healthy in a COLD state and loses most of its bennies when heated up for cooking with...I don't mind being corrected if this is not the case. I just want Paw around til I'M 70! Linda
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 22, 2009
2:17 PM

Post #6722543

Will have to research that! I know they say to buy the 'cold pressed' olive oil. I didnt know you couldnt heat it tho.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

June 22, 2009
4:05 PM

Post #6723065

Gymgirl: How else do you use it dear? LOL I use it cold for salad dressings, I like to make my own vinegrette; but you might have a point there also, I read that microwaving does change the chemical balance of things; but, that is because of the microwave itself, I thought cooking was entirely different? Now that I need to know also. For a while everyone was pushing the canola oil and I found an article where it said that canola oil was synthetic and was not as good as proclaimed, in fact, it was bad for you.
joy
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 22, 2009
4:38 PM

Post #6723218

For frying, sauteeing, heating, use grapeseed oil. Olive oil has a 'low smoke point', meaning it burns easily. (I'm getting this out of one of my cookbooks)

"Most supermarket oils are a clear golden color and free from taste and aroma. This is because they've been extracted using hexane as a solvent, degummed, bleached, and deodorized." Some of these processes use high heat, which destroys nutrients and destroys oil's antioxidants.

Virgin and extra virgin refers to first run through the press, and second, using no heat, 'cold pressed'.

Zat nuff? There's more, but I'm tired of typing!
goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

June 22, 2009
4:58 PM

Post #6723291

Ted, so glad you recognized the symptoms and took immediate action. Way too many people take the "wait and see" route. My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. With Scooter there to offer love and support you'll be back to puttering in the garden in no time!
joy112854
Crestview, FL

June 22, 2009
6:36 PM

Post #6723765

Molamola: I try to stay all natural without man messing things up with their little processes. LOL I heard that unprocessed butter is not actually bad for you, it is the processed butter that is bad for you. But then again, things change from one moment to the next, first they tell you to stay away from the yellow part of the egg, and eat just the whites, then they tell you it's ok to eat eggs and bacon? If they would all get it straight first then we could all get it right then correct? I love fried foods; ie. catfish, green tomatoes, okra, fries; so therefore, use the olive oil and just watch it that it doesn't get too old before dumping it and replacing it. Is grapeseed oil good for your cholesterol too? I have not really thought about or heard about that one.
joy
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2009
9:44 PM

Post #6724686

I do believe I read on the Health forum that heated olive oil is not as beneficial as unheated. Yes you would use it in a salad. It would be great to know if it is still good for you if you cook with it. I cook with olive oil because I like it.
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 22, 2009
10:16 PM

Post #6724844

Ted, I hope you're feeling better and better!

For cholesterol info, read this:

http://www.scientificpsychic.com/health/cholesterol1.html

Just kind of skip over the Big Words, and you'll learn a lot. And don't depend on reporters to tell you what you need to know, such as TV, noospapers, Reader's Digest. They're trying to sell articles and make money, not inform. Bacon has zero positive nutrients, period. rant done...
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 22, 2009
10:56 PM

Post #6724995

Molamola -- I am 6'1" and weigh 222lbs with a body mass of 24 or so, so weight loss was not my problem as cholesterol is the culpurt. I now read all labels before purchasing. By the way our temp hit 105* today. This is most unusual and a very bad forboding to our hurricane season. The warmer the ocean the worse the hurricanes and I live in a mobile home. Even though we are well insured I would not like to lose our home. As it is now I can not venture outside because of the heat but that is OK as I am sleeping a good part of the day and night and am up at dawn which is 6am
and drink decaf coffee. I can't believe this heat! We don't live in the deserts of Arizona?
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 23, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6725241

Yes, early for such awful temperatures! Poor you! (I didn't say you're fat, did I? I'm the fat one!!)

So much food has the bad oils in it. To still have a little of the flavor of commercial salad dressings, I've saved one of the squirty bottles, and when I get a new bottle of -- say, Bleu cheese dressing, I'll put just a little in the empty container, and fill it with olive oil. Sometimes I'll add a bit of lemon juice, from a real lemon, not a bottle, directly to the salad, or vegetables. Get those HDL's up!

For hurricanes, there's a huge blob of Sahara dust coming off Africa right now. The more of that, the less storms.

Stay good,

Molamola, a strange looking fish.
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2009
1:47 AM

Post #6725686

And right now, even the deserts of Arizona aren't that bad (but let's not talk about later this week, okay?)

Tplant, take it easy and take care of yourself, okay? We want you with us for many more gardening seasons to come!

Jill
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 23, 2009
2:34 PM

Post #6727233

All you poor people. I'm having 87 dys and 78 nights.

Ted, I want to thank you for this thread. I'm looking much more closely at my lifestyle, and making some changes.

Cheers,

Melissa
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 23, 2009
5:07 PM

Post #6727804

I'm very happy to hear that my attack has concerned others and proven that we are not invulnerable to heart disease. I am feeling like my old self but MUST take it slow and easy. No heavy lifting and must watch my cholesterol intake. I tell you that stuff just sneaks up on you if you are not careful plus working out by mowing the lawn in 90* heat was not to clever on my part but I never feel my age which will soon be 72. Where have the years gone?
joy112854
Crestview, FL

June 24, 2009
7:33 AM

Post #6730855

TPlant: I have had 3 friends in south FL having problems with their breathing and hearts due to this heat I think, it is miserably hot here also. I bought a double wide Horton mobile home myself and bought the double lot to put it on also, with well water. It's been settling since it's now 5 years old and everytime a train or huge truck goes by it shakes the whole thing. I have a 4 bedroom, and the master has an office off of it, don't know why I bought such a huge one. LOL I have mine insured though. I'm finally going to get a AWS hooked up to everything outside, that will be nice. Your landscape looks beautiful since you have made all the changes. Just take short stints if you do go out and check on your plants. I do mine in stints, and far as I know my heart is ok.
joy
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

June 24, 2009
11:02 AM

Post #6731046

LOL, where have the years gone? Go to the Jokes forum and read the one called Body Parts.

My mother, when she was well into het eighties said that time goes by faster and faster, that a year just disappears. I'm beginning to experience that, being in my early sixties. ME??? Sixty??? Good Lord, I never thought I'd live this long, so many of my high school friends passed on young.

Our Department of Motor Vehicles was put into trailers after Hurricane Hugo, and they're still there. To help with the airconditioning, they built roofs over them.

Ah, well, to go look at the durn calendar and see what's up for today!

Cheers, and take it easy and smart, everyone.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 24, 2009
3:00 PM

Post #6731736

Shortly after sunrise this morning when I let my dog out I decided to take a short walk to my back garden where all my veggies are and picked some Silver Queen corn but they do need a spraying as one of them had been chewed at the tip but it will just have to be as the walk BACK WAS VERY SLOW for me as my legs are still weak and I tire easily at this time but am getting stronger each day. It was nice to see my melons growing so healthy and I'll bet they will be delicious in another month if they survive this crazy constant 95* heat? Never have we had such consistant heat! Thank goodness for the afternoon storms or it would be impossible with the heat plus humidity. The evenings are pleasant most times but the humidity last night was very high. Even my dog didn't dilly dally. She did her duty and scrambled right back in to the house. Normally she likes to sniff around and take her time but not this time. I wish I would have had her intelligence the day of my attack!!!
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

June 24, 2009
6:36 PM

Post #6732794

Good thinking, Tplant. The very early morning hours should allow you some short excursions before the heat sits in. I have taken to doing my garden duties very early and very late. Its not humid here in the central hill country but the mid day heat is really baking things. I have all my stackers set up with 1/4 inch water lines and control all of them with a manual timer. I just twist the knob of the timer and set the number of minutes I wont to water.

Yep, dogs are smarter than we are about not overdoing it in hot weather. I take my dog walking and if she thinks it is too hot for that kind of foolishment, she just trots from tree shade to tree shade and waits there in the shade for me as I keep slogging along out in the sunshine. When we get close to the car, she goes and sits in the shade of the car untill I get there. Dang smartalec dog!
joy112854
Crestview, FL

June 25, 2009
2:24 AM

Post #6734786

TPlant: We got just a minute of rain today, just enough to make the plants even more thirsty than they were to start with. I've been watering twice daily, early in the AM and then in the evening. My bigger tomatoes are starting to finally turn red!! Of course, with the heat comes the bugs, an uphill battle. Glad my corn was ready before it got too hot, they were spared.
joy
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 25, 2009
3:24 PM

Post #6736800

Next season I have decided to grow everything in EBs as there will be no weeding as I must do now in my open cedar and plastic containers. Even though the open containers are heavily mulched the weeds still pop up. I completely cleared all weeds prior to my heart attack and my garden was perfectly free of all weeds but now because of all the rain that we have had the weeds are back. The cedar containers that I have are slowly rotting and the plastic ones are becoming brittle. Those containers cost as much as or close to the price of an EB? To bad my brain wasn't looking to the future as my EBs are not affected by the ultra violet. They are seven years old now and still look new.

I've been looking into an electric self propelled cart that costs $289. With that I can just sit in it and power myself around. The only problem is coming up with the money because I will still have a hospital bill to pay for even though I have excellent coverage I still have a co-payment of some sort.

I am feeling stronger as the days go by and am enjoying the rest. Today I have a visit with my Primary MD and next week three other appointments with my cardiologist and bariatric surgeon which are both in the same building and Thursday with my athritis doctor so I'll have a full and interesting schedule.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 25, 2009
7:13 PM

Post #6737790

Just got back from my primary doctor's visit and much to my surprise it WAS NOT MY CHOLESTEROL as it was normal but the heat of the day, the weakness caused by my (Post-Polio Syndrome) PPS and the stress of pushing the lawn mower especially uphill? The stent was put in as an additional safeguard in case I'm foolish enough to try it again which I will not. I will never mow the lawn again unless it is in our fall - winter time and only with a power mower preferrably a sitting mower and that is final even if the grass grows a foot high! AMEN TO THAT---
Meanwhile I picked some nice ears of corn today..
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
8:19 PM

Post #6738044

Well, good to hear your cholesterol is good, Tplant--at least activity is something you can completely control!

We just got back from a trip with Grandma and the kids to Disneyworld about a week ago. Grandma rented one of those little ECVs they had there and spent 2 days buzzing around Disneyworld--loved it! She can't walk well and tires easily, and this let her enjoy the special visit. Hope it works out that you can get one for yourself, so you can save your energies for the things you want to be doing, not just getting from poiint A to point B.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

June 25, 2009
8:22 PM

Post #6738066

TPlant: Glad it isn't your cholesterol, now, all we got to do is hold you back a little bit, no sudden spurts of going out and working you rear off you hear? That electric cart sounds just like what you need also. Easy does it remember? If you gotta go outside do it in sprints, and take breaks, lots of them ok?
joy
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 26, 2009
2:35 PM

Post #6741147

Thank you guys but I don't intend to exert myself to the extent of using the moblie carts except at the stores. Everything in the future plantings as stated above will be grown in the real EBs.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

June 26, 2009
7:37 PM

Post #6742191

TPlant: I'm saving up for 10 more of the EBs probably will get them in August or September and another used garage sale table to put them on, it makes it easier to water them and tend them. My daughter is going to make me an AWS system and hook it up also next time. I picked and ate the first red brandy boy tomato today, they are supposed to be kin to the brandy wine you like so well, and now I know why, they sure are meaty.
joy

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2009
12:40 AM

Post #6743331

Glad you are okay...did they not monitor or have you on cholesterol meds?? I am a survivor of 2 heart attacks in 2001.

Take it easy...It has been in the 90's here in Indiana and I can only go out for short periods or very early in the day or after sundown!
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 27, 2009
6:20 PM

Post #6745891

It wasn't my cholesterol afterall but my attack was caused by the heat of the day and my stressing myself by mowing the lawn at that time. My HDL & LDL and triglycerides are normal. If it wasn't for all the weight I lost because of my Lap-Band surgery and the trenendous loss of weight I'd probably be planting with "Big Red " up in the weed free and bug free garden!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2009
6:24 PM

Post #6745906

ahhhh...do take care!!
seray53

June 27, 2009
9:01 PM

Post #6746456

Hi Tplant

Just checking in to see how you're doing? Glad it's not your cholesterol. Hopefully that stress didn't do too much damage and you won't need the cart. I'm always pushing the envelope in the heat myself. I started to pay attention after your incident. Can't be careful enough sometimes.

Sherri
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 28, 2009
2:24 PM

Post #6748955

Just wish that the weather wasn't so hot. I can not recall in the 32 years living in Fl such high heat with the exception of Orlando in the summer. I used to work outside in the summer with my tent and fan setup but it is just to hot and humid even for that? Maybe there is something to this global warming? Going nuts just sitting around. My roses are and so all my plants are on BocaBobs auto watering system but the open containers need weeding and fertilizing. The EBs are doing fine as they are self caring. One of my better investments. We are getting hit with thunderstorms most every day now so their is little need for watering anyway and I've turned off my water for the rose garden as they are getting enough water just from the rain.
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

June 28, 2009
3:57 PM

Post #6749317

Ted, I'm glad you are getting some thunderstorms at least for the water. I hope you can find something to do while you are inside staying cool. Hope you are feeling well.

Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 28, 2009
6:14 PM

Post #6749781

Just resting in my recliner as per orders till next week when I see my doctors!
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 2, 2009
1:13 PM

Post #6767486

Got the all clear from my cardiologist yesterday! Good News! He reduced my metroprolol because my heartbeat was to slow to one tab a day instead of two. Blood pressure was 110/72 which is normal for me. As I said before my attack was caused by the 95* heat and the stress of pushing my mower uphill plus my weak legs due to post polio, so no more mowing. Now if the rain would only let up as we have been having strong S. Florida thunderstorms everyday and who wants to work under those conditions. Weeds are enjoying it but my corn is ruined from all the water. The ears are not developing properly and those that do have developed a fungus. Same thing goes for the stringbeans but peppers are OK. Melons seem to be doing OK also and the coco coir is working out just fine as it drains very well and my roses are in good shape because of it. Oh well, August 15 starts my tomato seeds.
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2009
3:07 PM

Post #6768001

Glad to hear the good news from your cardiologist, Tplant! That's excellent.

Sorry, though, that the weather is wreaking so much havoc with your veggies. Frustrating to put all the time and effort in, to have it ruined by too much of a good thing. At least you will have some lovely roses to enjoy!
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

July 2, 2009
7:10 PM

Post #6768910

Tplant ... so sorry I've not seen this earlier. Guess I've been too busy in my garden and haven't been keeping up. I'm glad to see it wasn't your cholesterol after all, but please do take it easy in this heat! It's been horrid here this summer. My tomatoes are producing well, along with the cucumbers, but the peppers haven't done too much. I'll never garden without my EB's again. Will try to get some pics to post later. Maybe this will make you feel better, though. evil grin ...

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elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

July 2, 2009
9:52 PM

Post #6769623

Great news Ted!!
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 3, 2009
12:23 AM

Post #6770347

Thanks gang! That sandwich looks real good. I grew all beefsteaks last season and I think I'll do it again this August when I get started.
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

July 4, 2009
7:30 AM

Post #6775612

Ted, I hope you continue to take it easy. I'm so happy your cardiologist cleared you. We shall continue to watch your progress. I will take cues from my two dogs!

Sincerely,

Annapet
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 4, 2009
3:21 PM

Post #6776675

This attack has changed me! I am actually afraid of the heat we are having as it was the primary cause of my attack so I am avoiding the gardening for now.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

July 4, 2009
6:29 PM

Post #6777330

I'm glad to know all we have 2 do is apply a little "heat" to keep the big man in line! Paw are you hydrating yourself properly? Linda
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

July 4, 2009
6:59 PM

Post #6777431

Ted, it's a good thing to be careful in this hot and humid weather. I wonder if those ties that you put around your head and/or neck would help? They've got something in them that makes them cool when you put them in water. Just a thought.
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

July 5, 2009
5:50 PM

Post #6780798

Ted, we're all checking up on you. I even added Pembroke Pines to my iPhone weather.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 5, 2009
6:23 PM

Post #6780886

Thanks but I don't go out during the heat of the day or even if we have a warm evening. The earthboxes take care of themselves with the irrigation hook-up and the roses will have to wait to be weeded although they are also irrigated and heavily mulched but they are in open 20 gal containers.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 10, 2009
2:08 PM

Post #6801580

I haven't been by this forum in a while (June was fun-busy!), so I just found this thread... T, I'm so relieved you're doing OK! I hope you can see part of your garden in order to enjoy it while you sit inside, in air-conditioned comfort. Plants grow even if they share their space with weeds! :-)

I've got a table that I used for seedlings and plants in flats this spring, but I can't imagine how high I'd have to reach if I put tomatoes in EB's on a table! Maybe Joy just does that for her shorter plants, like peppers...

Hope the rest of your summer is much better, with you continuing to feel stronger each day!
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 10, 2009
2:22 PM

Post #6801643

Thanks critter. Can't recall such a hot summer? My cardiologist said that I may resume my gardening just do not lift heavy articles which is OK because my EBs are set in place and DO NOT WORK IN HOT WEATHER so I'm forever inside for now.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

July 10, 2009
10:48 PM

Post #6803803

Critteroligist: I don't have to reach all that high, I reach higher watering the topsy turvy's and revolutionary planters than I do watering the EBs on the tables, the tables are waist high. I manage to pick them though without too much trouble too. They are over my head; but I can reach pretty high. LOL
joy
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 10, 2009
11:00 PM

Post #6803844

I guess I'd be pretty motivated to get up there for picking ripe tomatoes also! LOL
joy112854
Crestview, FL

July 11, 2009
1:45 AM

Post #6804500

Critterologist: Trying to get in gear for my fall garden.
joy
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 19, 2009
9:28 PM

Post #6838677

Heya, TPlant, how are you doing?
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 20, 2009
1:01 PM

Post #6841049

Critter -- Doing fine! It is just that I tire by early afternoon. Yesterday I slept a good part of the day in my recliner and retired early. I get up about 6:30am feeling peppy and by noon or so I'm tired and usually fall asleep for two or three hours. My legs have become weaker which I was very concerned that this would happen because stress, especially a heart attack, increases the paralyzing affects of the good muscles. This happened to me in 98 after my first attack. That is when my neurologist diagnosed me with Post Polio Syndrome but I will still be able to do my EB gardening with the help of the light coco coir next to it and will not have to lug the 60lb Jungle Growth which I also love but now it is strictly coco coir because of weight. I set the EB in place and place the tub next to it and hydrate.
Must stay out of the heat so that is no problem at this time of year because the watermelon basically take care of themselves as do the okra and peppers with the self watering system. Don't know what I would have done if BocaBob had not introduced me to his irrigation system? I owe you big time Bob.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 20, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #6841205

I'm glad to hear a good report! Hopefully your energy and mobility will improve as you continue to recover. Good to know you can continue gardening, too!

:-)
CapeCodGardener
Mid-Cape, MA
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2009
2:12 PM

Post #6841306

TPlant, I'm joining Critterologist in wishing you good health and good gardening! Glad to know you're feeling better. Take care of yourself and enjoy those naps!
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 20, 2009
5:49 PM

Post #6842325

I was able to do some weeding awhile ago as it got cloudy for an hour or so and then the clap of thunder told me it was time to go inside but it was nice and cool out there. Too bad the storm came by? It was fun to be out there for the first time in over two months not counting the one day of my attack.
clevesmith
Goodland, FL

September 22, 2011
7:45 AM

Post #8819164

Glad you are doing well. You are on my prayer list.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

September 22, 2011
7:48 AM

Post #8819168

Uh, this thread is two years old...
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 24, 2011
9:32 AM

Post #8821962

Yes, two years have gone by and I'm still here following doctors orders. All five of them. I planted my seeds 8/1 and will transplant them into containers today. My main garden is loaded with weeds as my DIL took off the weed cloth that I had on the garden so I will briefly mow that area today and spray a strong weed killer to kill all and in a few days spread new cloth. My grandson promised to help me because he said he loves me and doesn't want me to get sick again? Boy am I blessed with such a wonderful grandson. I now know why God has let me live when I actually died and was brought back in 98 when I did not want to come back but that was before he was born but that death scene is another true story that belongs elsewhere but not on this thread.
mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 24, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8822576

So glad you are getting help from your grandson, TPlant. How are you doing with your shoulder?
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 25, 2011
12:17 PM

Post #8823434

Well I have about 80% use of my right shoulder which is a lot more than I had prior to surgery but still waiting on my left shoulder although it is not as bad as it used to be but time will tell. Mean while enjoying our puppy. She is a German Shepard but I would still like a Shih-Tzu also as they would be so good for each other.

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critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

October 7, 2011
10:24 AM

Post #8839594

She looks like a sweetie! I bet she's a good cuddler, and she'll never believe she's "too big" to be a lap dog.

I'm glad you're doing better. If you've been doing PT exercises, keep them up.. it's amazing how much range of motion you can recover if you're persistent. 80% sounds pretty good, but I'll pray for 100%!
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2011
10:54 AM

Post #8842086

Thanks critter! Yes, she does love to cuddle and every chance she gets she will jump into my bed after her nightly walk and just nuzzle up to my neck as if giving me a giant hug. I must say I am getting very attached to her as I can feel her sincerity even though she may wake me from a sound sleep! Hope she never stops doing it.She just collapse when I give her a tummy rub. LOL

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 22, 2012
8:02 AM

Post #9175711

Tplant

I know it has been a while, but I just stopped in to see how you are doing? I hope you are well, and enjoying the time off from gardening for the next several months as we head into the hotest part of the year for us floridians.

Jan
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 22, 2012
10:42 AM

Post #9175917

Thank You Jan for remembering me? Because of my health I must remain indoors during the heat and as far as gardening is concerned I'm afraid that is totally out of my future but with my three remaining EBs I may buy some tomato plants and set them out in October when the weather cools down. I'm trying to get a power scooter but medicare won't give it to me if I use it outdoors? Most ridiculous ruling if you ask me. This was made into law in 2008. I have multiple illness's including Post Polio Syndrome which makes my legs extremely weak and all I'd have to do is fall and break a hip. My shoulders are athritic so I can not use any other device. What a predictament?
Enough of my mess I hope everyone is enjoying their harvest.
Ted

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 22, 2012
1:10 PM

Post #9176101

Good to hear back that you are taking it slow a easy. Sorry to hear about Medicare being the idiot they are at times.

I don't know if you have room and if you have a garage, but if so on both maybe you should give growing your tomatoes inside there under a grow light.

Jan
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 23, 2012
10:03 AM

Post #9177208

Thanks but I live in a mobile home -no garage!

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 23, 2012
12:26 PM

Post #9177335

Yes they don't really offer garage option on them do they...LOL, I do wish the best for you in being able to get around outside, hopefully Medicare will change their policy.

Jan
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 21, 2012
11:12 AM

Post #9249018

Hi Everyone -- Just because I have not been posting does not mean that I have not been reading the posts and I am surprised to see not many EB'ers out there. Because of them I was still able to garden and as luck would have it discovered a new variety of currant. Carolyn informed me of it as I sent seeds to her and others and it will be called "Ted's Pink Currant". She will try to get into SSE as soon as the next edition comes out. The people may not know me but my name will live on forever. How proud I feel!
mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 21, 2012
6:39 PM

Post #9249492

TPlant--that is awesome! I will be sure to look for it in the next SSE catalogue.

In spite of the massive drought we had here this summer, my tomatoes in EBs have been incredible. I'm getting so many tomatoes, I don't quite know whatq to do with all of them LOL. It's a good problem to have...I've been able to make sauce, freeze some, and share some with my co-workers.

Hope you are doing well...how is your new dog? Please keep us posted...I miss your posts here.

Linda

tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

August 21, 2012
10:23 PM

Post #9249649

Congratulations on your namesake, Ted!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2012
8:27 AM

Post #9249931

Way to go, Paw!
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 22, 2012
9:55 AM

Post #9250022

Hi Everyone! Yes I am quite humble to have the honor of the discovery of a new variety even though it is a currant. They were delicious and continued to grow and produce in high heat. I was very surprised. I hope Carolyn can develop more seed as I am useless at this time. "Ted's Pink Currant" sounds good to me and something to carry my name. What an honor?
As far as Xena is concerned she is a family dog and spends little time with me as I can not walk her. Hope to get A POWER SCOOTER IN THE FALL TO WALK HER IN THE COOLER DAYS AND NIGHTS.
MEANWHILE WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE EBers?
mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2012
5:41 PM

Post #9252641

This EBer is still here...I grow exclusively in EBs and smart pots now. The tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, squash and cabbage go in EB. The potatoes, leeks and carrots go in the smart pots. I even grew some garlic in EBs last year, and they did great.

I have had such good success with my tomatoes this year--its really been very rewarding.

Hope you will be approved for your motorized scooter, TPlant.

Take care,
Linda
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 25, 2012
11:33 AM

Post #9253300

I have been approved for my scooter but medicare will not allow anyone to use theirs outdoors? That's our congress! I son't need it inside the home as I use an office chair on wheels to get around.
mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 25, 2012
2:43 PM

Post #9253508

TPlant -- sending you Dmail.

Linda

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 26, 2012
6:09 AM

Post #9254096

Tplant, hope your doing ok during the storm.

Hey on the scooter, tell them you need it for inside and don't tell them you would like to use it outside.

Jan
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 27, 2012
12:38 PM

Post #9255764

I'm going to find a used one on Craigs List. So far not what I want or to expensive.
NOW I'M HAVEING PROBLEMS WITH DG POSTING? I CAN'T SEEM TO POST ANY PICTURES. ALL I SHOW IS PREVIEW AND SEND BUT NOTHING FOR IMAGES??
Alot of rain and a little flooding but not in my area. Thanks for your concern.!

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2012
2:25 PM

Post #9255929

Paw,
You don't get a box that says "choose a file"? I think they changed the language.

Choose that box, and look for your pics in your files, then select it. I noticed it's taking longer to upload pics, but the option to upload up to FIVE pics at one post is very welcomed, no matter how long it takes!

Linda
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 28, 2012
12:28 PM

Post #9257167

Finally I can show you "Ted's Pink Currants". They grow through the heat of summer and are truly delicious. When they come to market I hope you try them as you will be very pleased.

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critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

September 10, 2012
12:46 AM

Post #9270449

Yum! I sure needed a tomato that could take the heat this summer. Congratulations on "your" new variety!
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

September 20, 2012
5:17 PM

Post #9281478

Wow ... congrats Tplant! How well deserved this is. You've taught a lot of us so much!

I'm another EB'er ... thanks to you. I'll never ever go back to growing in the ground.

I applaud EarthBox, also. They really last and stand up to their claims. I have 15 ... the first of which I purchased in 2006. It's still out in the garden!
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 24, 2012
11:24 AM

Post #9284981

15? That is a lot of fun. I am so happy that I have helped others to enjoy gardening. Some with disabilities such as myself would not enjoy the rich rewards of gardening. You know you can grow magnificent bulbs, roses, carnations as a matter of fact most anything. People hesitat because they say they need more root space and that just isn't so. All the root need is nourishment so their is no need to explore.
Roses are magnificent in EBs and produce beautiful flowers. Oh! How I miss it but my heart will not stand any type of exertion so I enjoy watching others.
Ted
nancyruhl
Dearborn, MI

January 25, 2013
4:59 AM

Post #9396928

In case you guys don't read the tomato forum, I offered seeds for Ted's Pink Currant a couple of months ago. I still have a few left if anyone is interested in trying Ted's namesake tomato. Just send me a dmail.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 27, 2013
9:48 AM

Post #9399076

Thank you Nancy. Iknow they will like it. Somehow my cleaning lady misplaced the seeds and I promised Flip some seed. I will d-mail you his address. Will you be kind enough to send some?
nancyruhl
Dearborn, MI

January 27, 2013
11:39 AM

Post #9399175

Will do. Nancy
aries44
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

February 13, 2013
4:35 AM

Post #9417424

Nancy, TP - got the seeds! Thanks a lot. I'll let you all know how they do.
Flip
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 13, 2013
6:40 PM

Post #9418328

Sowed Ted's Tomato last night, a long with 3 other currants. I'm really looking foreword to them. I'll let you know how they do. Thanks!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 13, 2013
1:04 PM

Post #9448170

Hello, glad to see that everyone is still checking in. Now that I live somewhere hot instead of cold, "Ted's Pink Currant" is sounding really good. I don't have to *imagine* what those ridiculous hot temperatures feel like: it's HOTTER than that in TX, although not as humid.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 13, 2013
4:35 PM

Post #9448383

Carrie-Where did you move from?
mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 13, 2013
5:44 PM

Post #9448434

I'll be starting Ted's Pink Current next week, for planting out in mid-May. I'm so happy to have some of these seeds, as Ted was a big influence on my getting started using Earthboxes. I hope I can get enough seed to save for next year and share with friends.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2013
12:00 PM

Post #9449177

I moved from Boston.

Everyone says the D/FW area is "humid," but it is nothing like the East Coast!!!! Maybe some days here are more humid than other days here, but EVERY day in the east is more humid than ANY day out here. Yes, it's more humid than AZ or UT or NM here in TX, but it's not humid.

Exception: when it is so cold that there is no moisture in the air.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2013
1:56 PM

Post #9449352

Lol, I think the same thing. I've been to the East Coast, Fenway and New York City. The only people that think Texas is hot and Humid are those that haven't been elsewhere during the summer. Lol The Midwest is REALLY HUMID too. I remember being in Ill. I couldn't even breath. Nebraska isn't much better.


Where I lived in So Cal it got a 105-107 for weeks, not much humidity tho. My plants still set fruit, the only thing I can figure is that it got cooler at night.

I remember standing on 5th Ave. It was in the low 80s, and I was sweating like a pig!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 14, 2013
3:05 PM

Post #9449438

I experienced humidity in Arizona once when it was 119 outside. I couldn't breathe. Thought I would die...gasping...for...air...

gasp.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2013
3:21 PM

Post #9449443

Anyway, this is Tplant's thread. It's good to move around so you get everything thrown away and change of scene.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 23, 2013
11:10 AM

Post #9459143

Thank You everyone for trying my seed. I'm really flattered. Wish I could get involved in planting again but no can do as my legs are very,very weak and will not allow me to walk on uneven ground such as dirt. Have three EBs left and I'm giveing them to Flip at his leisure. I'm saving up for a power scooter but everytime I get close something else pops up to hurt my pocketbook.My TV went out and shortly after followed my very old computer so another delay and I missed my season. I must buy a strong and powerful one as I will be running it across uneven ground. At that time I will be planting again. I'm always thinking about all of you!!!!

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mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 24, 2013
2:21 PM

Post #9460393

So glad to see you check in, Ted. I got some of "your" tomato seeds and I'm so excited to grow them. Just got seeds started last weekend and this weekend, although we are due for 6-9" of snow tonight. At least planting seeds gives me hope that spring is not TOO far away.

Linda

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