Saturday, August 16, 2014
What a roller coaster ride! LOL
I had that fever for THREE WEEKS... and still have the cough, so Thursday found me in the Cardio/Pulmonary unit at the local hospital for testing. Again. yuck. LOL
It took three MONTHS to get the hard drive for my laptop, and it still has issues--there are no programs at all (my MS Office disk has disappeared!) and it only operates in safe mode, so I can't save anything...
July 6th: I fell for no apparent reason. I had Licorice in my arms, and I just turned and went down. Licorice landed easily on the bed, but I didn't fare so well...a box broke my fall, but scraped and bruised my thigh, and I apparently sprained my foot (NOT the ankle, go figure! lol) my knee, my hip-- and both shoulders were affected because of the way I caught myself... ouch. The very next day, a stainless steel pan lid fell on my other foot and I had to have it xrayed--they thought it might be broken, but no. Just an abnormality in the toe, never mind telling me which one... Yet I survive. LOL
Now I'm back in Physical Therapy for the neuropathy issue again, which has gotten worse. Remedial class, anyone? LOL
Yesterday, I went to my Rheumatologist for a follow-up, and showed him my heel. He didn't like the look of it, and decided to do an ultrasound right there in his office. He let me watch...
Black is liquid, gray is soft tissue, white is bone, and red is inflammation, right? There's a tiny bone spur on the inside edge of my heel but not apparently causing any issues. There is also liquid all around the joint...
...have you ever seen a documentary of the lava fields in Hawaii? The lava moves slowly enough that the top has time to harden to a black shell, which cracks into interesting patterns when the red hot lava peeks through the cracks. My heel looked like that when he moved the wand over it, except that there were a few places that were a solid red glow. Kind of cool looking, but really HOT. Literally. So...
He can't do a cortisone shot that close to the tendon/bone connection, since there is a high risk of rupturing the tendon--and he says, "... a ruptured Achilles tendon would not be good". Isn't Dr. Wang cute? LOL
...I'm on corticosteroids again, a WHOPPING big dose the first day--my blood glucose level at my second meal today was 378...! I have another "new" Dr. Wang (my third, an endocrinologist--his brother!!-- not familiar with my case--haven't even met him yet! LOL) had just two days ago called and lowered my baseline insulin because I was dropping too low--his suggestion for this situation was to use my sliding scale on the short term insulin, but my former endo--oh, I miss him!-- had me adjusting my baseline too when I was taking prednisone before. So I'm going call the on-call doctor and ask to go back to my most recent old doses on the baseline. I don't think with the steroids are going to let me crash too far, do you? LOL
I've missed all of you SO much... and there's a lot to catch up on, so I'll come back later. Got that call to make--I'm do for another insulin dose! LOL
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
It's been almost a month since I got sick--and I'm still not back to where I was, but I'm (finally!) starting to feel more like myself.
And it's been almost two weeks since my hot water heater died! The maintenance man tried a couple of things, but no dice. He got permission from the manager to replace it, but the landlord insists that parts for the place be purchased from his own hardware store--and they'd just replaced the heater in another apartment and didn't have any in stock, so it will be Thursday or Friday before I have hot tap water again.
Nothing quite like a cold shampoo when you have bronchitis! LOL
I've tried dry shampoo, and my hair looks and smells better, but the residue?... feels totally gross--that stuff isn't worth the money or the time! Meanwhile, I'm having to boil water to wash dishes... and my teakettle only holds about a quart of water.
I miss my Revereware... stainless steel, and it was pretty heavy when full, but it held a whole gallon. *sigh*
Never rains but it pours! But...
I've got all the right things and people on my side!
...I'm going to get through this. I always do! LOL
P.S. My visiting teacher from church, who is fast becoming family, dropped by yesterday just to bring me a little pot of pansies--exactly like the ones on my SparkPage wallpaper--and my grandmother's front stoop! Of course, Isis... five minutes after Karen left, five of the blossoms were on my floor! LOL I've got what's left of them sitting on a little shelf right outside my front door. REASONABLY safe, except from strong winds! LOL
Friday, April 25, 2014
For the first time in I don't know when, I'm actually running a fever.
I think I had one about 15 yrs ago, when I had bronchial pneumonia...
My blood sugar levels have been a bit high since the dose changes--supposedly an adjustment period, right? ... so I just kept doing what I do, and I thought this was just allergies, until my blood sugars starting spiking REALLY high yesterday, up to 328... and suddenly, last night, I was really hot. My eyes--my whole face-- felt all puffy, and I was dizzy... ONE HUNDRED DEGREES.
Not life-threatening, but three degrees higher than my norm... and very uncomfortable. I called my home teaching elder, and he and another brother from my church came and gave me a blessing.
I woke at about 02:30 am, and my blood sugar was 71...
...Had to get up and eat! LOL
Heading back to bed, since it's only 03:30 am...
I'm getting over this quickly, it seems... the power of faith? Oh yeah!... but I AM going to call my doctor when it's daylight, and see what she has to say...
Monday, April 14, 2014
I was just clearing out some old files and came across this (yes, I kept it!)
Midnight has been,
And has moved on,
And I am here.
Mortality stares at me
And still I am here.
When I do not watch for it,
And I must be ready
If I am to catch the light
The perfect picture happens
With every breath I take.
What a precious gift
I have been given
A heart that can see
Is better than eyes.
It is not enough to just watch.
I need to be
I need to live life
In the moment.
Copyright 2007 by Kathleen A. Braley
Friday, April 04, 2014
Thank you all for your prayers.
My SIL, Rosa, made it through the procedure okay, but they ended up keeping her overnight... they planned on doing angioplasties but ended up putting in a stent instead, leading into one ventricle. It had been 80% blocked and the stent is holding it open now. The other three ventricles were 90% blocked, and they couldn't even get the catheter into them for the angioplasty. She has her follow-up with the coronary specialist in two weeks to see where they go from here.
But she's still with us. And they discharged her yesterday, so she's in a good mood.
My brother is talking about going back to the other side of the mountains. They're not happy with their living situation here. They came to take care of her mom, but from what he was telling me, her family is... well... let's just say, more than a little dysfunctional. Case in point, NOT ONE of them even called to ask how she was doing... And every time the two of them leave the house, they worry about what her mom will do to their dog--Once, they came home and found their dog locked out on the front porch (there is a fenced back yard, folks)... and another time, she put moss killer on the lawn in the dog's enclosed yard and didn't tell them, and the dog almost died from licking it's paws. And she deliberately closes the door on it whenever she can-- so they have to take the poor little thing with them pretty much everywhere...
I've enjoyed having them closer so I could see them more often, but I certainly wouldn't blame them for leaving. I know there are excellent cardiologists back in Chelan and Wenatchee--if there hadn't been, she would have died last year!
... we're none of us here for very long, and I want them to be happy while they are.
I spent pretty much the entire day hunting for help. I went to make a small payment on my power bill--and they told me they had sent a disconnect notice this morning! I've been making small payments all along, and now that I've finished with paying off the plane ticket advance I was hopeful that next month I'd be able to start getting caught up--but they won't even make payment arrangements until a certain amount is paid--$100 more than I have!
they did give me some phone numbers. The first three I called? I get discounted rates because I'm disabled and because I get the discount I don't qualify! The last place I called, the lady said "Can you be here in an hour?"
They made a pledge for partial payment, and called the power company!
There is an answer to prayers, y'know?
My wrist is NOT liking the typing lately, so I'm going to have to stop now... but I want to say how grateful I am for all your support in these things!
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