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Angio scheduled

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Well I wanted surgery this August .BE careful what you want. I am not getting my knee done on the 9th it has been pushed back until Sept 27th. I am having surgery on the 4th. I have to have an Angioplasty with a possible stint and an over night stay in the hospital away from my four legged family.The doctors office got the referral today and got me in immediately. Had another EKG and a echo sonagram.This doctor is nice and did a complete history.
Hubby insisted on driving me.What a disaster. We stopped for gas which I had to pay for and he pulled away from pump while still hooked up. It is gonna cost him to replace gas hose. Owner said he'd install it and for go the huge cost of installation.Of course it is my fault even though I wanted to be calm and go alone. I got screamed at for close to an hour. It was my fault he forgot because I told him to clean HIS cars windows.Male logic! He took wrong turns and almost crashed a few times he was so shaken, but I couldn't drive he was doing me a favor! When we got to the doctors I didn't let him go in with me. He is furious but I was better off without him there. I am trying to call in favors to have anyone else drive me to the hospital next Wednesday. I am hoping to get Bill to go with me. At least he doesn't drive me crazy and he doesn't harp on me.Sometimes quiet is a blessing.
My oldest is again employed. He is doing custom paving jobs in the Monterey area. I hate how beat up his body gets doing construction type work but he has a pay check and it is full time, four days a week.Something for now to cover the rent and pay for food.
After this procedure they may change a lot of my medication. I told the doctor it takes two weeks for my meds to come by mail order. If I fill locally it cost so much more. I suggested just a 2 week supply that I might be able to afford. He told me knee surgery is elective and I told him not according to my neurologist or ortho surgeon, not if they want me to stay up on my feet.If he puts down elective it could mess up my coverage by medicare.
Got a new replacement washer for the one that broke last week. Going to be fun catching up on everything. I gave in and covered half the cost. I out right paid for the other one. Do any of you married ladies have to buy your household items? I think he is just being a jerk.
Really tired but wanted to touch base with all of you.

  
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_MAOMAO_ 7/31/2010 10:59PM

  Praying for a great surgery where all goes exactly as planned and you wake up feeling better than ever!

I'm sorry that your "DH" isn't being so "D". I'm so grateful that your son has work again. Construction work is harder to come by, still, but it pays decently.
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MTNGRL 7/30/2010 2:53PM

    So glad you have the surgery scheduled. I will be keeping you in prayer. I hope your friend Bill will be able to drive , you don't need any more drama! Hugs!

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JAZZIELORI 7/30/2010 10:24AM

    Good luck on your surgery and I am too a believer that what you wish for you will get even if you are not ready for it. I wonder if your hospital has a taxi program. My mother usually goes to the hospital in an ambulance and when she is ready to go home the social worker gives her a cab voucher..it is worth looking into...Holly I have had an ex who said to me everything is my(me)fault and even when it's his fault it's still my fault.. emoticon when i read your post a saw some good luck has come to you ie. washer..Honey just thank God and let the good things come to you because they will as you see in your surgery date!
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VAMPS351 7/30/2010 10:19AM

    Good luck with your surgery holly.
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ENUFF81020 7/29/2010 11:52PM

    Hi Holly,

I think you are doing the right things. I'm sorry about the dumb car thing and the yelling, but getting your heart taken care of is too important tolet go. Joint replacement surgeries are always considered elective and Medicare knows that. You can continue to live without having a joint replaced--although the quality of life surrounding that lack of choice will stink, they still condsider it elective. The doctors--rather their insurance people--know how to write up the paperwork to get it paid for (because that is what they want!) Don't worry over that. Instead, keep praying and taking care of yourself the best that you can. That is what you need--eat healthy, get enough sleep, get your exercise in.... Do what you really need so that you can handle the important things coming your way.

I'll keep you in my prayers. Take care of yourself!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

Oh yes, about finances--my husband and I have a joint account. We put all of our pay into it and pay all of our bills out of it--and we cry together when there is nothing left. We make our purchases together too. that is just the way we have always done things, He is good to me, but he works too hard and too many hours. I always wish he were here more, especially to help me with the boys now that they are growing/ grown up. It's a little bitty thing in the spectrum of things and I wouldn't trade him for anything. emoticon

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ANSING 7/29/2010 11:19PM

    Good luck on your surgery.
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NELLIEC 7/29/2010 11:00PM

    When I was married I didn't have to pay for those household items.

I am continuing to pray.

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 7/29/2010 10:07PM

    I agree with Echo about the 2x4!!! I'm very fortunate, my husband spoils me rotten!! I learned early in our marriage to watch commenting on things that I liked or I would get them whether I really needed/wanted it or not! A HUGE difference from my first husband. Although my husband isn't quite as bad in the driving YET, I sometimes cringe when riding with hubby--sure glad he is no longer driving 18-wheelers!!

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us updated, and don't hesitate to vent when needed!!

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GOOZLEBEAR 7/29/2010 9:52PM

    I am sorry too that your hubby is being such a jerk to you instead of giving you the support you need at this time. I hope you are able to get your knee surgery and that all goes well. Keep your chin up. I will say prayers for you too. emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 7/29/2010 9:41PM

    I have been happily single the last 15 years. I hope that you can have someone calm take you to the hospital as it will make your surgery easier to deal with. My prayers and thoughts are with you! emoticon

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TRY2KEEPGOING 7/29/2010 9:38PM

    Rott--I hope all goes well for you. Hope the angioplasty goes as planned so you can go ahead and get your knee fixed. Sounds like you have a lot of extra stress dealing with your spouse in addition to your other physical issues. I am sending you some peace and joy.

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KATHYGBENNETT 7/29/2010 9:31PM

    I will be praying for you.

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ECHOBLUE1 7/29/2010 9:26PM

    Quite a harrowing experience. carry a 2x4 in your purse and whack him. Sorry, he is a jerk. One day you will be free of all that stress. Want to have you sail through each one of the medical problems and get put back together. Hugs, Echo

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MEDICAL NIGHTMARE

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I am in the middle of medical employee goof ups. The lady at the cardiologist was suppose to send paperwork to cardio surgeon and misplaced the paperwork. So no appointment for cardio surgery. I have been put back on the knee surgery schedule for Sept 27th. That Dr.'s scheduling nurse is top notch so we found away around the mix up! Or at least I hope. I emailed her a copy of my test results and she will make the referral from her office and I should get scheduled for an appointment ASAP.
I am still using my little cheap pedal bike under my computer desk. I have noticed an increase in lower back pain and I am glad I didn't spend a few hundred dollars for an incumbent bike. Can't find a chair or position that doesn't aggravate my lower back. My legs are getting stronger and that will be a plus for surgery and knee replacement.
Not listening to him and his negative crap. I am trying to stay focused and positive.It would help things if I can start to loose weight again! I am getting plenty of exercise. I sometimes wonder if all the pain medications slows my metabolism down. I know the Lyrica makes weight loss more of a challenge!
God be with you all and I'll keep everyone updated.

  
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KNITTOBETHIN 7/30/2010 11:09PM

    You keep hanging in there Holly... I'll keep praying for you. emoticon

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VAMPS351 7/29/2010 12:42PM

    Hi Holly, sorry to hear ure still having a rough time of it.
I think its ridiculous when medical places lose paperwork!!! I would phone them up and keep annoying them till the got it sorted out.
Most medications make it a lot harder to lose the weight... you got to keep at it.
I wish you all the best and think of you often.
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JAZZIELORI 7/29/2010 12:05PM

    OMG Holly! What is wrong with some people. Ok sometimes there is a mistake..but you would expect there to be no mistakes in a cardiologist office!!!
Take care of you ..and thanks for letting us know how you are doing
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ENUFF81020 7/29/2010 9:13AM

    Hi Holly,
Losing paperwork is not acceptable in a medical office. I would call them and even go visit them again until this is straightened out. If your cardiologist has determined that you ned a procedure, it is important to take care of this. Bug them until the situation is foxed. (What gets lost can be found, lol.)

Meds and weight loss are a big issue. I refused Lyrica because of the side effects. My doctor pointed out that the weight gain effect from Lyrica is due to water retention, but that is the last thing my arthritis needs--I have enough inflammation going on. As a matter of fact, I think the two meds my rheumy gave me to combat the nasty effects of my fibromyalgia have slowed down my weight loss too. I have done some soul searching though, and I couldn't survive without the relief they give me. You will need to do something similar--you know your own pain and what is tolerable and what isn't.

I can tell you that one of the best things I ever did was have my knee replacement surgeries. I still have pain, but it isn't that wildly uncontrolled pain that I had befoe my TKRs. It also isn't the unpredicatable pain from my knees locking up on floating cartillage or my knee giving out whenever and whereever it simply chose--like on stairways... Even with the RSD and complications I had with my right knee, I'd do them again. those 3 surgeries gave me back a huge chunk of my life. As for my back--I believe that the exercise on my knees increased my back issues. I cannot give everything I have had done to my back a full recommendation for a repeat activity. Backs are pretty complicated and I don't know if anyone has a good answer to some of that.

Now, please go get on the phone and chase down that cardiac information. You need to take care of the most important organ in your body.
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Sylvia

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NELLIEC 7/29/2010 1:35AM

    It seems logical that the pain meds might slow down your metabolism. Also stress can mess with your metabolism.

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JONIG42 7/28/2010 7:36PM

    what type of cardiac surgery are you going to have? I had double valve replacement last August at the age of 43.
Sorry you are having a rough time, hang in there. I had to quit the Lyrica, after my heart surgery it was just too much, the weight gain and I retained alot of fluid.
Bless you for sticking with your goals! I use a herb pillow, I put it in the microwave and heat it up and put it where the pain is and it works so well. I also have been forcing myself to walk on the treadmill and believe it or not, it has helped a little with the pain. emoticon

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LOVEPETSLADY 7/28/2010 7:35PM

    I had one knee replaced in 5/08 and the other in 4/09. What a difference it made! No more osteoarthritis in my knees. Make sure you ask questions before the surgery and during recovery. Following the guidance of the physical therapist will be KEY to getting the maximum range of motion.
YOU GO GIRL.....by the way, I have a pedal bike (about $100 from footsmart.com) that I use at home. I sit in my Healthy Back recliner (I have osteoarthritis and degeneration in my lower back) and put a pillow between my back and the chair for support. I've been able to pedal up to 30 minutes a couple times a week.





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ASHLEYKAT 7/28/2010 7:21PM

    I'm so sorry that you're having a rough time. Have you thought about putting a little pillow or something behind your back when you pedal? I'm sure you have, but I thought perhaps a suggestion might help.

Keep fighting the good fight!

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BRIGHT551 7/28/2010 7:17PM

    My prayers for you in all the things going on in your life right now. Yes, some medications can effect your weight loss and I know you have enough on your plate without worrying about all of that too. Best wishes.

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EIGHTHCYN 7/28/2010 7:07PM

    I'm sorry that you're having such a rough time.

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Blessings ?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Got a second opinion and that doctor said it , my heart problem looked worse then the first doctor. I am currently waiting to hear from a cardiac surgeon. They will know more when they do the angoplastic procedure. On the left side of the heart they found 74% damage. I know these procedures are routine and done every day. I just have had more then my fair share of surgeries and evasive procedures I don't look forward to another one. Everyone is surprised I do as much as I have been doing with exercise and mowing the lawn. Family is driving me nuts. Everyone expects me to drop dead or have a heart attack at any minute. There are ways of caring that is supportive and ways to drive the person crazy. I get the later. I am not the type to just do nothing. I still need to take care of my animals and my house. Hubby is so concerned but he is still stressing me out and having his evening scream fests. This is not support or helpful. Asking me constantly "are you dying" does not help. ..I am trying to be positive and figure god had the doctors find this to help me and make my life better. Yes I had to cancel the knee surgery for now and I don't know exactly when I can get it rescheduled but heart problem is serious and I can live with the bad leg and its pain a few months longer.
Twice while my friend was here hubby woke me up in the middle of the night. I am back to locking and barricading the door at night I thought with Bill here that he'd behave. No such luck. He was still a stressful jerk and Bill got in the middle a few times to try and calm him down. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH OR PRAY FOR! When we were first looking to buy a house Bill was set to move in with us. His family issues changed and he didn't move with us. I thought having the 3 of us together we'd balance each others health issues out and be able to assist each other and share chores. Well it looks like Bill will be moving in here after tying up some loose ends. His wife wants him to leave and we are everyone choice of locations for him to come to. This may be gods way of helping me and while here I could get my surgeries and Bill could get his medical issues dealt with. Bill eventually wants to still move to Nevada and I have an open invitation to go with him if I choose.Whether he moves in or not my plan has to be revised and my baby steps have taken another path. I do know I am tiring easily . I plan on making an advanced directive and a will soon. I Will keep all my spark buddies up to date as I get more information. A doctor from Stanford is being consulted for the next step I need to take and when.God bless you all and I will continue to pray for all of you. emoticon

  
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LOULOUBELLE2 7/28/2010 12:12PM

    Sure seems as if things are going from bad to worse for you, yet the fact that Bill might be moving in has to be an answer to prayer. plus when your strong enough the chance of going to Utah might also be an answer to prayer. God IS working in your life even though it's hard for you to see.
The following quote was posted on my page today and when I read it I thought immediately of you. So am passing it on.
Quote: "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain. - Vivian Green" End Quote.
Even though things seem to be getting worse, your attitude seems better. Holly, I do believe that you are learning to dance a bit.
Prayers are with you.
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KALYAS 7/28/2010 12:14AM

    All my prayers are with you. With willpower you can fight anything...

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TEXASG-MA 7/27/2010 9:33PM

  Wishing you all the best and may God bless and help you through your coming days. I'll be praying for you and all your family. I know you can get through this and come out of it better off. The best of luck in this time of sickness.

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IZZYBEBOP 7/27/2010 8:28PM

    Haven't visited you in a while, and see that things have only gotten worse. I hope your heart condition can be fixed, and I just wish your home life could be fixed as well.

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IZZYBEBOP 7/27/2010 8:28PM

    Haven't visited you in a while, and see that things have only gotten worse. I hope your heart condition can be fixed, and I just wish your home life could be fixed as well.

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FIGHTERCHICK32 7/27/2010 6:52PM

    I'm praying for you.

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WILLOWWINDS 7/27/2010 4:40PM

    First I am happy Bill will be there with you. I know that is a big help on you emotionally as in not being alone.

I know God has your best intentions in mind. This is a great thing that the problem was found. You might not have known otherwise.

You are always in my prayers my friend. Keep that chin up. I can see you sailing through all of this with flying colors.

Heck Nevada sounds like it might be something to look into. Never know some blessings are in disguise.

Love you!!

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SWEESIN 7/27/2010 4:31PM

    As a former cardiac nurse, I am praying for you. It sound like you are seeing some great drs. re: to your problem. Good luck and blessings still.

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BRIGHT551 7/27/2010 4:28PM

    Hugs and prayers

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Blessings among thorns

Saturday, July 24, 2010

If it wasn't for the needed knee surgery and all the pre test and hoops they make you jump through I would have never known in time. I saw my cardiologist for all the heart test results. Thought it was routine. My EKG's have been good and I wasn't having any severe problems. Blood work has been better then ever. Cholesterol levels are the best yet! I found out the left side of my heart is 74% blocked, I need antgioplastic and probably a stint put in before we can reschedule knee surgery. On Monday I am getting a second opinion and having test results re read just to be sure before under going any more poking,probing or surgeries. I have operations and being out of commission.This throws a monkey wrench into my baby steps plan for escaping the hell I am in. It sets all my goals out of kilter.My best friend was there when I saw the doctor so I haven't been to depressed. He leaves later today. I am blessed because they found this in time since I haven't died of a heart attack.While my friend was here I thought I could relax. Big mistake dear hubby had a melt down and burst into my bedroom at 2 am.I woke up scarred. He was after my dogs for catching a raccoon in the yard and due to pain and sleep medication I hadn't heard them bark. My back area is close to an acre and they were on his side. I got them to leave the raccoon a lone and it climbed out of the yard and left. No fur missing and no blood from it or my dogs.Never got back to sleep so I only got about 90 minutes at best...BEing screamed at so I will continue later

  
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ENUFF81020 7/26/2010 4:43AM

    Hi there Holly,
There is often another side to things and I am concerned about the effect of this stress on your heart, shoot, it may be part of the cause. Being jerked into reality with less than 2 hours of sleep will not allow you to get better. Was your friend there when this happened? The raccoon was a cover, around here anyway--there are so many of the garbage dumping little mess makers that nobody would think twice if a dog cornered one.
As LouAnne mentoned, can your friend help you out in any way? You need some relief to all of this. Procedures alone will not mend a body, you also need a healthy attitude from yourself and your environment. Something is sadly missing here.
I'm worried about you greatly. It is time to act. Sylvia

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JAZZIELORI 7/24/2010 9:13PM

    I am so glad they found out about your heart..Geeze i am such an actress I think I would be walking with a limp..lol even though it was the heart! I know you will have great luck with this surgery! God does work in mysterious ways my friend..never forget that!
HUGS!!!!
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NELLIEC 7/24/2010 8:15PM

    My church prayer line and I are praying.

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WILLOWWINDS 7/24/2010 5:35PM

    So sorry to hear about the "evil one" in your life not letting you be a peace. Remember "Zap". Don't let him get to you.

I am so happy that you found this problem though. That is surely good news. A second opinion is a good idea.

I will keep you in my prayers.

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LOULOUBELLE2 7/24/2010 5:34PM

    Hang in there, my prayers are with you as always. I'm so glad they found out about your heart problems, but sad that it will make more trouble and heartaches for you.
Can your friend help with finding a safe place for you and your Rotts?
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ANSING 7/24/2010 4:32PM

    I am so glad they found out about your heart. Now you can have it treated before it causes problems leading to emergency rooms. Take care, I will be praying for you.

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DAISYDAY25 7/24/2010 3:12PM

  I am praying for you.

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PATTYKLAVER 7/24/2010 2:17PM

    You're going through such difficult times - my heart goes out to you. I am sending prayers and nice thoughts your way.

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QUEENCOKE 7/24/2010 2:06PM

    I'm praying for you. My mom had a stint put in after a heart attack and the docs made her wait a whole year b4 they would do a knee. She just had her knee done on March 17 this year. I think she is doing fine with it now but there sure were so rough patches.

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Roses and thorns

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Roses: My best buddy is coming up for Tuesday night through Friday morning. I'll have back up and someone to guard my back which will hopefully make hubby behave himself for the next few days. He will fix the fourth computer hubby has managed to damage or blow up.Only two were his. One was a brand new unit that didn't start so he pried it open and spliced the start button wires. A big no no. Now no warranty and unit not working at all.This last one was my tower unit which he managed to get a virus or something one. My buddy will do a recovery job on it and it will hopefully be as good as new.
Thorns: It is still hot here.We will start getting high 90's around the weekend. My weight has gone up to 233. I am not sleeping well.Stress more of a normal level. Have been exercising a lot more, doing a lot of bike pedaling while on computer.My eating could and should be healthier. Dinners are brown rice mixtures or sandwiches.
Roses: A real life adult to talk with.Woo Hoo!!!
Friday afternoon I get to see my cardiologist and get results from all the heart tests and hopefully the release to take to surgeon .
Except for the weight gain which I think is part water and part muscle everything is okay.Waiting to get more answers about the surgery from that doctor next Tuesday. My best non spark friend. He's had my back since 2000

  
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ENUFF81020 7/24/2010 1:33AM

    Roses--Holly, you sound so relieved and so excited to have your friend's company. good for you. I hope that he does help with the computer issues, but I also hope that you just get to relax for a change. You deserve that much.

Roses--I hope that things are all ready for you to get the medical help and procedure(s) that you need to feel better and more independent. You deserve that much.

Roses--Keep your chin up and remember that you have a lot of Spark Friends here rooting and praying for you to have the very best.

Sending gentle hugs and prayers,
Sylvia

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LOULOUBELLE2 7/22/2010 8:39PM

    So glad your friend could come and spend a few days with you. Not only to fix your computer, but just for the company. Maybe he could help take care of your Rotts when you have surgery.
You see your Dr. tomorrow, I sure hope he gives you the okay for surgery.
Keep us posted and enjoy the time you have with your friend.
Remember that your always in my prayers.
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VAMPS351 7/21/2010 2:10AM

    Glad uve got a friend you can be yourself with and be able to relax awhile.
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NPA4LOSS 7/20/2010 11:52PM

    Sending emoticon and emoticon your way. Keep trying to think positive. It seems that some things are going your way. Hope that you get good news about the surgery. emoticon Nola

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SHERRYTOO 7/20/2010 7:58PM

    I'm glad you have something to look forward to this week! Stay positive!

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PERSISTANT123 7/20/2010 7:23PM

    I'm glad to hear that someone you can trust, will be around for a few days. It will give you a chance to let your guard down for a little bit!
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PANFRIEDTROUT 7/20/2010 5:42PM

    Sorry to hear about the thorns but glad there are also roses in your life. Hubby & I have 4 computers; two that we share & then 1 that belongs only to him & 1 that's solely mine. Can you 2 do something like that?

Hopefully, you'll hear some good news from the surgeon. In the meantime, if it's at all possible, try not to worry about the weight gain especially since you wrote that you're exercising more.




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RRP546 7/20/2010 5:21PM

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