Monday, October 22, 2012
The past two weeks have given me the chance to do a lot of important things... I have been quite busy and productive. I could use one more week to wrap a lot of it up and to rest a bit, ha ha.
We have had a lot of issues with our cars during this time, but one of them is back in working order and the other one is close. I have had to fit my things in with everyone else's while we muddled through without easy transportation.
My fall break scorecard looks a lot like this: 8 doctor appointments, a hip injection, a mammogram, and my right eye cataract surgery. I read about a half dozen chapters in my text books and I completed my first field assignment with three interviews and error analyses of their English. I completed working in our front yard, picked tomatoes several times, sorted through all of my clothing--removing my big clothes and organizing things. I am working toward moving them back into my room, even if I cannot sleep in there, and I deep cleaned the family room with help.
I have not done the mending that I need to do, worked on my current afghan, nor cleaned the rest of the house that is needing attention. I have a
lot of work to do around my home that I just cannot get to no matter how hard I try. I have found that if I don't get involved that the others in our family either don't understand how much I want it done or they simply don't do it at the level I need it to be done. Oh well, I have it started. I have less than two months to work, prepare for the holidays and to get the chores all finished before my hip replacement. It has to be done by then!
The owls we made in children's church today were very cute. The kids had fun and were quite creative within the parameters of the activity. I always like it when there is room for the kids' creativity to be part of an activity. They need to be able to make any project their own, complete with their own details and understandings.
Next week is an important week for the members of our church. We have an open house on Saturday to meet the candidate who may be our next pastor. She is from Ohio and has a strong background in working with a high needs community and has a good deal of background in working with immigrants and refugees as well. Those members of our search committee who have heard her sermons mentioned that she has brought them to tears with her speaking, and that her messages caused them to do a lot of intra-personal searching as well. She was the only candidate that the entire search group was in total agreement upon. We will hear a sermon from her during our regular service adn then, at a special congregational meeting, we will determine if she is going to get the position after a discussion and a paper and pencil vote. It could be a big, significant change for our church and it is definitely an exciting time for us all.
It is way past my bed time. Have a great week and do what is best for you!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
It feels as if it sould be later than it is--that's amazing to me. I have been busy as possible today. I started out with some sparking but then, I went to the fitness center and had a hard workout. After that, I ran several errands and then, we went to school to put away supplies for the coming week and to set up Digger's cage. Finally, I found a cute project online to use for children's church tomorrow--we are making owls in honor of Halloween and I came home to clean out all of my dressers while my husband baked chicken for dinner.
I am really dragging, so I am going to scoot off and take it easy, maybe going to sleep early for a change.
Take care and have a good night.
Friday, October 19, 2012
What a difference a day makes!! It is true. I had my post-op appointment with my eye surgeon today and everything is exactly the say it is supposed to be. My right eye vision checked out at 20/20. I was legally blind in my right eye on Wednesday and on Friday, I am now able to see things. The world is a lot more bright and although I am seeing flashes off to the right side (that is to be expected, according to my post-op instruction sheet), I can no longer see the big fireworks like displays when I see a light at night out of my right eye. I still see a mild version, but that is the cataract in my left eye at work.
I do have a problem, I cannot see to read right now. My left eye is my lazy eye and it cannot focus at all. My right eye was set up to be my distance vision eye--my glasses do not help it. However, this will be short lived because in two weeks, on November 1 at 11:45, I am having the left eye done too.
Eye drops have been my world, but I am now down to one of each of three drops, three times a day along with an organic tear to use for the rough, dry, scratchy feeling. Yesterday, it was one of three drops every three hours. When you do three different eye drops, you have to do them five minutes apart so the new one doesn't wash the prior one out of your eye. There was a two hour prep before my surgery and they had to give me three drops of something every five minutes while I waited until the anesthesiologist "blocked my eye." He gave me some medicine in my IV and then used 2 drops twice of something that numbed my eye and that upper side of my face. He taped my eye shut then until the surgery 10 minutes later. Then, they taped my eye open and my head down to hold it still. The procedure was weird, I'd compare it a bit to dental work--lots of sounds and although it didn't hurt, it was edgy and weird.
I decided to go to Weight Watchers last night and was totally prepared for a gain after having had IVs and then finally getting to eat!! I lost 2.4 more pounds which got me to my 10% target there. They gave me their gift, a bronze colored key chain. I am 18.6 pounds away from that goal. I won't get it done by my hip surgery, but I will get it done. I have a lot going on, but I am doing a good job of sticking with it again and my body and the scale are working with me. I think I was on one of the world's longest plateaus for a while--I only lost just under 5 pounds total from prior to my neck surgery in February until August.
I am ramping up to go back to work on Monday. I have spent a lot of time here lately, so don't be surprised when I become less visible again. My time will be limited with my new students to add into the ones I already had. Two of them start on Monday and 6 more will start on Thursday. I will definitely be busy.
Take care one and all--It is time for my evening eye drops.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I haven't slept tonight--and I am still wide awake. I know this is a bad way to go to surgery because it is hard to wake up in recovery and you feel awful. I think this is truly nerves about having surgery on my eye. Even though I have had some 45-50 surgeries in the past 12 years, this is different to me. It doesn't make a lot of sense--I didn't do this with the big fusion procedure on my back that lasted 9 hours with 4 surgeons who had to displace my major body organs to do the work on my spine. I am not making much sense and I know it--but with my eye open, the doctor has to make 2 cuts in my eyeball to remove the lens whioch is now covered by one type of cataract on the inside and two others on the outside. Everyone who has had experience with this is telling me that I will be "so happy with the results." I believe them too, I am just a bit anxious about this involving my eye. As my right eye is now, I am legally blind--that is a good reason to fix this. I have a surgeon with an incredible amount of procedures in his experience and a high percentage of successes. I should be good to go, but...
I had a good class tonight and learned of an article and a study that basically proves that America's teachers are hard workers and who are doing better than teachers with similar populations from around the world with their students. I hope this study gets out to the people who have been trashmouthing teachers in the past few years.
Anyway, I finished typing my paper for class today--it turned out to be 13 pages long. The assignment was to interview 3 English Language Learners and to analyze their errors in speaking English, defining them by categories we have learned. We also had to summarize what we learned, describing trends and explaining what good teaching needs to be done with the ELLs we worked with. It was a powerful assignment and I learned a lot about being an ELL and what can help them to become more proficient in English. I also noticed some similarities in the three children I interviewed in their needs which gave me some ideas of what "all kids" in their age group probably needs instruction in.
Our youngest son is being bullied by a couple of kids--in school and on the bus, so I am going to have to pay the school and the bus barn a visit this week. This cannot continue because it is making him anxious. The rumoprs being said are all completely ludicrous and involve foul language and concepts too which is upsetting his world. I wish people would teach their kids the "Golden Rule" and the difference from "right and wrong." That simple background would save a lot of kids from pain and grief.
I'll check in sometime after my surgery--I'll be sleepy and I might even think about sparking ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I think "fixing things" is the theme for my fall break. Miles, our 21 year old auto/diesel mechanic spent his entire day working on both of our vehicles. He has made good progress on both of them, but neither is quite finished. I am proud of his focus on this, he doesn't always have that sort of focus on things. I think his college education is really paying off. If all goes well he graduates at the end of this semester.
He also is going to help do some work on our bathroom and kitchen. We bought some materials and he is ready to replace some of the floor that is worrying me and doing work with plumbing and other things. I think Miles gets his understanding about how things work and how to fix them from his father, the military mechanic. I am thankful that we have people who can do this kind of thing,even if it takes a bit longer and they have to do a bit more trial and error. I am not sure how we could absorb the bills any other way. This has been one thing after another and has run into hundreds and hundreds of dollars--all after we took the car to a dealer who charged us almost 800 dollars and even after repeated returns, the problem wasn't fixed. I am pretty angry about that, that caused us a lot of financial grief that we haven't recovered from yet. I wonder what can be done about them. Grr-rr-rr.
I had my hip injection from my pain management doc today. He is such a good and thorough professional. He told me what to do to make sure he is part of my medical team for my hip replacement. He also met our youngest daughter at the fitness center on Saturday. He took a tumble answering a text from his daughter when he was walking down the stairs. I am sorry because he has been through almost as many medical procedures as me, and falling down 4 stairs hurt him. However, he did my injection and as the anesthesia wears off tonight, I am starting to feel better. He had me make an appointment for in a month because he said it would be worth it for me to have that other injection for relief before my surgery during the busy holiday season. I would like to find a way to honor this guy for his kindness and professional service because he always leaves me feeling physically better as well as emotionally better.
I started the eye drops for my eye surgery today. They have made my eye a bit dry and itchy, as well as distorting my vision in a new way. The surgical clinic called me to get my data, med list, and share information with me this afternoon. The nurse I spoke with me reminded me of the ambulatory surgical center that my ortho uses, efficient and kind. That is the best place to go to for a surgery. They are more efficient with IVs than the hosipitals, especially the ERs. They have it down to an art. I have to be there at 6:30 on thursday morning. The eye surgeon has ordered anesthesia because I have "wiggly eyes that will roll up" keeping him from getting to them when he needs to. He said that the surgery takes a total of 15 minutes. That is pretty amazing.
Anyway, I am getting repaired. Our car and our jeep are getting repaired. Our kitchen and bathroom are getting repaired. Life should improve with all of this repair work going on. I am looking forward to the outcome.
I'll be going to my weigh-in a day early this week--I am wondering how that will go. I am trying to stick to my plan. I hope to finish my classwork in the morning so I can go to the pool in the afternoon. (Dr. F said I couldn't go this evening because the pool water after an injection like I had could result in an infection.) I did a lot around here to make up for that time--it was tricky with the numbness in my leg and foot.
Take care, my friends!
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