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Wouldn't believe it if I hadn't been there...

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

So...

...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

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I.M.MAGIC 8/17/2014 11:26PM

    Thanks, all of you! It's great to BE back! emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/17/2014 4:33PM

    I certainly hate to see you having all of these medical challenges. I am sending prayers for to have a speedy recovery and return to good health again. i miss you when you are gone! emoticon

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NASFKAB 8/17/2014 1:33AM

  baby what a lot of trouble great hearing from you, sending prayers & healing thoughts your way, you need me to come over & look after you but if wishes were planes could do it but n my present state be a hindrance

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 8/16/2014 5:20PM

    Geez girl, if you didn't have bad luck, you'd have no luck at all!
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When I got a cortisone shot my sugar went up for about 5 or 6 weeks. Really sucked. Almost had to eat only meat and greens during that time to keep (some) control over it.

Hadn't seen you around here for SO long... Nice to see you back.
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JUSTYNA7 8/16/2014 5:01PM

    Oh I want a protective bubble too! Woo hoo you are BACK! I'm so glad. I've missed you lots. Get all this stuff dealt with. Lots of time to catch up. Hello to the kitties.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/16/2014 4:44PM

    Good grief, you have the worst luck!!! **SIGH** Sorry you're going thru all this and just sending a protective bubble your way -- you need it!

HUGS

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UMBILICAL 8/16/2014 4:06PM

  Be well

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EMMACORY 8/16/2014 4:03PM

    Wow! That is a lot to deal with. Sending you healing energy and prayers. emoticon

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A LOOONG Haul...

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

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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

  
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GEMINI-SKY 7/6/2014 7:41AM

    Hi Kathy...
MEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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POETICJUSTUS 5/29/2014 2:44AM

    Glad you are feeling better. Blessings emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/21/2014 11:20PM

    Prayers that you are soon back to 150%. So sorry to hear you have been sick!!!
Prayers that you get a new hot water tank or yours is fixed sooner rather than later, my friend. There is really no acceptable reason that he is not getting the job done now!!! It is truly a great inconvenience to not have hot tap water...one you shouldn't have to deal with at any time let alone when you are sick!!!
You will definitely get through this!!! YOU ARE A SURVIVOR!!!
Continuing prayers, blessings, love and hugs, dear friend.
Helen

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I.M.MAGIC 5/21/2014 10:06PM

    P.S. JUSTYNA,
Try sprinkling a half cup of baking soda in the bottom of the pan, and SLOWLY adding about the same amount of vinegar... it'll foam like crazy, so I do mean SLOW... when it stops foaming, add a bit of water and just let it set a bit--maybe even overnight--before cleaning it again.

sometimes this works really well and sometimes ... I think it depends on the sugar content of whatever burned...

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I.M.MAGIC 5/21/2014 10:00PM

    thanks for the morale boost, you all! LOL

The man owns a hardware store, where he "purchases" all the materials from himself... so he pays wholesale. According to the maintenance man, they just finished replacing a number of other water heaters, and were out of stock! The new shipment is supposed to be here tomorrow or Friday... so I'm still waiting.

But there's light at the end of the tunnel at least: I actually SANG today! I could only get through one song, but OH, that felt good!

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JUSTYNA7 5/21/2014 8:06PM

    So you are camping, lol. I know that my head gets used to being shampooed every day... but if I stop then my head gets used to being washed once a week. Certainly what we did as kids. I remember as a teen my hair got oily but I have dry skin now. Not that you want to wait that long to try the experiment. Here in Canada if your landlord does not fix things like the hot water promptly there is a tenant rep you can go to to apeal to pay less rent. If there is a reasonable reason for the delay you won't get approved but more than a couple of days without hot water seems unreasonable to me.

Oh Reverewear... I love it. My grandmother and my mother had it and finally I got my own set. I pick up the odd piece for my kids at garage sales or the second hand shop. What I love is it is indistructable. In fact yesterday morning I left my rhubarb cooking on the stove and got onto Spark people... it burned very badly, a solid inch of black crud stuck on the bottom... but that is what I love. I remember my grandmother and my mother burning their pots (must be a family habit) and scraping out that first bit then daily working a little at it to scrub off the burned bottom. Not that things burn often... unless like me you totally forget it was on... but I know with a little hard work it will look just like new in a few days. I seem to remember my grandmother pouring tomato juice into it... but I'm just using steel wool. Sorry you don't have yours any more. You are right they are heavy... but not as heavy as cast iron. These lightweight pans are fun to start with but don't last... warp or scratch or burn or the handles get got to touch. Hmmm. Grateful today for my pots.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/21/2014 3:20PM

    OMG. That landlord's picture ought to be in Webster's Dictionary under the definition of JERK. Good grief.

Glad to her you're feeling a little more yourself., though.

HUGS

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/21/2014 1:15PM

    I have been without a hot water heater before and it's not much fun. My hair needs washed every day.

I have 2 sets of stainless steel pots and pans. I seldom use anything else other than stainless or glass.

That Isis is quite the little devil. LOL. The squirrels here are digging in my garden!

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IOEINC 5/21/2014 8:38AM

    I have to agree. What a sucky landlord. I have to agree that he should give you a refund or some sort of reimbursement for those days without hot water. many many moons ago we had an apartment in an old farmhouse in the country and the well ran dry. It took our landlord 6 weeks to get someone out to even start drilling the well. We could not stay there and I refused to pay rent for that time. The landlord argued about that but I pointed out that it was unsanitary without water to even flush toilets. I won out and did not have to pay the $150 rent (and yes that was a really long time ago, early 70s) LOL!!!

It is such an inconvenience for you and I think your landlord owes you a refund!!

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NASFKAB 5/21/2014 5:06AM

  all the best your landlord needs a kick somewhere am too far away & you are too well behaved sorry you are having this inconvenience while you are not fully recovered

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ONECALMMOM 5/20/2014 11:27PM

  I'd report him to the city. There's no reason for the delay other than his financial gain. I'd also ask for a refund of those days for the inconvenience.

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Uh-Oh... What gives??

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...

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RUSSANDMIN1 5/4/2014 9:51PM

    Hope your feeling better!

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WENDYJM4 4/29/2014 8:37PM

    hope you are feeling better Kathy

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/26/2014 8:14PM

    Prayers that you are soon feeling better. Glad you are calling your doctor. Keep drinking plenty of water too.
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Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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I.M.MAGIC 4/26/2014 2:41PM

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TRAVELGO 4/25/2014 6:35PM

  Hope you feel better!

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NASFKAB 4/25/2014 10:41AM

  take care look after yourself pray you feel better soon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/25/2014 10:30AM

    Take care of yourself! IF it's an infection (like bronchitis) that surely would explain the blood sugars (at least partially). Feel better my dear! Glad you had prayer to help.

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IOEINC 4/25/2014 8:29AM

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TRACYZABELLE 4/25/2014 8:22AM

    You feel better ... that is an order! Keep hydrated!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/25/2014 8:07AM

    I'm sending a prayer for you too. There is a lot of stuff going around inlcuding a really potent allergy season. emoticon

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DMEYER4 4/25/2014 6:36AM

  I hope you feel better soon.

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A Little Reminder from 2007...

Monday, April 14, 2014

I was just clearing out some old files and came across this (yes, I kept it!) emoticon



The Watch

Midnight has been,
And has moved on,
And I am here.
Mortality stares at me
And still I am here.
Dawn comes
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.
But
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

  
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RUSSANDMIN1 4/19/2014 7:36PM

    What a nice poem :) Have a good Easter! And thank you so much for the nice note :)

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JUSTYNA7 4/15/2014 6:19PM

    You certainly DO live life in the moment. It made me wonder what that night was like when you wrote this. You are a sweet onion my friend. Justyna

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XMISSX 4/15/2014 2:09PM

    Helloooooooo!

I am new to this place JUST came across your page... I find you very inspirational and I cant wait to see more Blogs from you!

XOXOXOX

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NASFKAB 4/15/2014 10:37AM

  AWESOME & BEAUTIFUL just like the writer

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/15/2014 12:47AM

    emoticon and BEAUTIFUL!!!
emoticon for sharing it! Definitely glad you kept it!!!
Have a wonderful week...one day at a time.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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WENDYJM4 4/14/2014 8:11PM

    beautiful poem emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/14/2014 7:50PM

    Love the poem!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2014 5:45PM

    What a beautiful poem! You are so so talented! Thank you for sharing this.

HUGS

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A little thank you...

Friday, April 04, 2014

So...

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.

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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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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/8/2014 10:58PM

    Continuing prayers for your dear SIL. Glad you were able to get some help with that bill. PTL for his answered prayers.
Sorry I am so late reading your blog. I have been going to my DD's every day to help take care of her new baby boy, Liam. He is four months old and soon will be over his colic. So glad that my two girls didn't have it.
ENJOY a wonderful Wednesday.
Prayers, blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

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I.M.MAGIC 4/6/2014 9:23AM

    You all have such kind hearts--I emoticon you!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/5/2014 10:12PM

    I hope they are able to help your SIL. I understand how you feel. We hated that my son had to move away but there was little chance for him to have a good future here.

I'm so glad you got help with that bill!! Thank God there are people like this out there.

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WENDYJM4 4/5/2014 5:18PM

    hope your SIL keeps on improving.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/5/2014 9:26AM

    Hope your SIL gets better soon. HUGS

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NASFKAB 4/5/2014 4:29AM

  you ae very welcome hope your S I L gets better soon stay well wish could help but so many thousands of miles away good you can pay the bills

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