Sunday, March 06, 2011
I've lost it and I can't find it anywhere!
I looked under the bed.
I looked in the closet.
I looked in Daisy Dogs toy box.
I looked in the kitties bed.
I looked outside in the snow.
I realized it was gone at the doctor's office.
I think it disappeared when I had back surgery 4 years ago.
I have been vertically challenged all my life. I always loved the song "Five foot two, eyes of blue". It was "my" song. I have been 5'2" since 7th grade. I always thought I would grow up some day, but it never happened. Imagine my dismay when I went to the doctor last week and for some reason they checked my height.
I lost a whole inch! Not off my tummy, my flabby arms, my well rounded bottom. No, I lost an inch of height! Now, I am 5'1". I don't have degenerative spine disease. I stand up straight and tall. The only reason I can think of is that when they put in all that hardware at my last back surgery it shortened my spine.
The lose is changing my BMI, my weight goal and my ability to reach things on the top shelves in my kitchen!
I have told an untruth on my driver's license and every form I have completed in the past 4 years.
I am having to change my self perception from short person to shorter person!
Is it a big deal? Nope!
Saturday, March 05, 2011
THERE IS A VIRULENT COMPUTER VIRUS GOING AROUND. A MESSAGE POPS UP ON THE SCREEN PUPORTING TO BE FROM WINDOWS SERVICE. IF YOU CLICK ON IT, IT UNLEASES A VIRUS. I CONTACTED MY IP AND HE VERIFIED THE VIRUS AND TOLD ME THAT IT CANNOT BE CLEANED WITHOUT TAKING THE PC TO A PROFESSIONAL. NONE OF MY ANTIVIRUS PROGRAMS WILL WORK.
So, I am using my laptop and being very careful what I click on! I would never have clicked onit, except it looked like a valid Windows notification!
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
I was not feeling well, legs felt heavy, light headed, mild headache and nausea. I had not been around anyone with the flu and my blood pressure was way low on Sunday. There is some kind of a life rule about getting sick on weekends, right?
First thing Monday morning, I made an appointment with my doctor and went to see him. As usual, for doctors, and I will never really understand this, was "How are you?" I could have been a real smart azz and said any of the following: Just great, just wanted to see how you are! Or, Well, I haven't met my insurance deductible yet this year. Or, Feeling great, but since I was in the area... Or, None of your business. Or, The dentist was busy, so I came here instead. Or, I'm old, how do you think I feel?
But, since I really do like the guy and respect his profession, I simply said, "not as well as I would like."
After answering all the usual questions, What meds are you taking? Answer, the ones you prescribed that are right there in the computer. What are your symptoms? The same ones I just told the nurse in detail that she entered into your computer . How long have you had the symptoms?Since the day you weren't available. Do you have trouble breathing? Let me check, nope, still doing it. Do you have chest pain? Nope.
Checked my blood pressure and it was 170/100 after being well below 80/40 the day before. Then he ordered a cbc, a metabolic panel and an ekg. I was instructed to get into a gown (which had a rip in the shoulder-this medical system has been donated a billion dollars by a munificent gentleman), so I offered to sew it for them at no cost. I was told they will just throw it away. Now I know why medical costs are so high.
After an unusually short time, the doctor came back in and told me the tests were all normal. Whew, that's the good news. The bad news is that I still feel like crap. H also told me to rest for a few days and call if I don't get to feeling better.
All kidding aside, I do appreciate having a doctor that I like and respect.
So, no cardio, no strength training. I never thought I would miss doing these daily, but I do. This is day 3 and my routine is out of kilter and I feel vaguely guilty (no lectures, please, I know that is irrational!) I'm aiming for Thursday to be my feel good day and to be able to get back to normal. It is all too easy to lose the routine, if I stay away too long.
After more than a year of Sparking, I do no want to backslide on my backside!
Hugs, Sparkies! Happy Day 1 of March!
Friday, February 25, 2011
This was me half a lifetime ago. It was taken at my oldest son's high school graduation. I think I weighed 110 pounds, worked full time, grew gardens and canned, made most of my and the kids clothes, was active in several organizations, taught Sunday school, all those things you young mothers deal with today. I had had one serious back surgery.
Anyway, my son is preparing for his 35th high school reunion now! Half a lifetime ago and, yet, not so long after all!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Let me count the ways that I know spring is finally coming:
The cats are shedding (more than usual).
I have heard the geese flying North (I think they are confused!).
My pair of mourning doves are back.
The Japanese beetles are showing up in the windows.
Daisy dog is staying outside longer without coming in limping.
The sun is brighter.
The days are longer.
My house plants are perking up.
I feel more cheerful.
And, finally, and most telling, I am having an uncharacteristic urge to clean things! Look out old house, here I come, armed with duster, broom, mop and vinegar and baking soda. Look our spiders, your webs are history. Look out Daisy dog, all your toys are going back in the toy box.
OK, spring, bring it on!
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