Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Alrightie, then! It's 4 freakin' thirty in the a.m. and we're leaving for the hospital in about 15 minutes. My blood pressure pills are stuck somewhere between my mouth & stomach ("take with a sip of water" hah!), I've had my 2nd shower with surgical scrub with no lotion allowed after and my skin is shriveling as we speak. I have a small headache--equal parts sleep deprivation and caffiene withdrawl. Guess I'm ready!
I'm not sure when I'll be able to be personally in touch as they don't want any valuables like laptop or cell phone at the hospital. I will, of course, ask Thomas to smuggle them in anyway. If he calls you with an update, feel free to pass the news to anyone who's interested. I think he'll burn out on calling pretty quickly. He's way more stressed than I am.
Thanks to everyone for being SO supportive the last 6 months. I'll be back...
Friday, June 10, 2011
Whew! Today was my last day at work before surgery. I have remote access so will do paperwork from home Friday & Monday to save 2 days of leave, but won't be back to real live work until AUGUST! Lots of well-wishes from co-workers. Enough that it made it difficult to get all my tasks done in the time I had left. As problems go, not a bad one to have.
I got my hair cut--told her to cut my bangs a bit short as it would be a while before I could come back. She misunderstood & cut about 3" off the bottom too. Oh well, now I don't have to worry about whether I'm too old for a ponytail :-) After that we went to the Sears Outlet store & plunked down a grand for a new fridge to be delivered Monday. I'm just happy that will be taken care of before surgery, although would have been better to have it in before company comes tomorrow. Until Monday all we have is a 2 cubic foot fridge that is destined for my office when I go back.
Tomorrow is work from home then daughter's college graduation (version 1) in the afternoon. Saturday we are chauffering my brother & sis-in-law to graduation (version 2). I'm not going to that one as there is no way I could tolerate the crowds going in, sitting in Husky Stadium for 4 hours, then the crowds out. So we're going to drop them off & go find something else to do for 4 hours, then retrieve them plus the graduate, meet her twin at work & all go out for dinner. At which I plan to completely ignore calories and sodium content. I'm going to get whatever sounds good--I know after surgery nothing will be appealing for a while. And all the while marvel at the concept that someone I gave birth to (yesterday, wasn't it?) is a college graduate!
P.S. No, I'm not nervous about surgery. I am, however, increasingly intolerant of my damned hip the closer I get to the big day.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
I had great intentions of tracking all my food again, posting on the boards, etc. I have lost 2 lbs since breaking the plateau so am obviously doing something right, but haven't had time to Spark much.
Getting ready for my hip replacement is becoming time consuming and life keeps throwing extra stuff at me. I'm trying to get things in order at work but today learned I have to do something like 28 patient assessments, double what I had last month with less than 1/2 the time. Trying to get my last 2 MS clients squared away so can close their files before I go to hospital but doctors & others are being slow to respond with things I need to finish. I have an hour drive to the anemia clinic weekly & have to fit in visits to primary doc, dentist, etc.
Worst of all, my poor daughter is on DAY 8 of a migraine! She's a high school Junior/college Freshman & they did a demonstration in class of inducing the mammalian dive reflex. The idea was to hold their breath while putting face into very cold water. (This slows heart rate & raises blood pressure.) They told kids not to do it if they had heart problems but failed to mention that it commonly causes headache. And because it's a college program, no notice to parents. Also no response to my complaint, other than to tell my daughter she "should have listened to her body" better.
Poor kid has never had a migraine before but there's a strong family history. If I'd known I probably would have told her to pass. Anyway, once the migraine started it refused to stop. She's been to the doctor 3 times & has had muscle relaxers, Imitrex, narcotics and a CAT scan so far. She's currently on Percocet to keep the pain tolerable while we wait to see if Elavil will control the migraine. Oh, did I mention it's finals week?
She's better today (pain 5 out of 10 when pain meds wear off instead of 8-9 when it started). But of course I'll worry until she's all better. And because I'll be in the hospital, will have to trust my ex to follow up on this. He SUCKS at anything medical. Really. I could tell you stories.
Anyway, it's almost midnight. I need to get up early to drive daughter to school (she's a trooper) so bed would probably be a good idea about now... Back at it tomorrow...
Monday, May 30, 2011
Last time I drank Pepsi I craved carbs for 3 days & swore never to drink it again. Saturday hubby & I went to see the Lipizzaner Stallions & I decided to treat myself to: a Pepsi. It was large, cold, and I drank most of it. And once again, craving carbs.
So, experiment replicated and confirmed. No more Pepsi for me. Really. I mean it this time!
Got to spend Sunday with Daughter #1, which rarely happens as she's so busy. Very nice. Youngest daughter is under the weather, brining universe into balance...
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Down. That's it, all I have to say for now :-)
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