Tuesday, December 03, 2013
I wish to set the record straight. Mom has not put her cat down yet, she wants to try and save her by trying to clean her teeth herself in hopes the infection may be reversed. The reason for the high vet price is the X-Rays, having to put the cat under anesthetic to check the teeth, and the problems if the infection has gotten into the root which he wouldn't find out until the the cat was under and he was in there taking them out. So its the equivalent of a human being admitted to the hospital, surgery, recovery, meds, tests, etc., Unfortunately, it does all add up very quickly :(( Right now, Freddie doesn't seem to be suffering, she is not losing fur anymore and has recovered what she lost. She is still eating just fine, so we can only hope.
My brother has found the needed parts for my computer. The problem is they have to come all the way from the US. But he hopes they may be in by Thursday or Friday. The problem? My year end report has to be done by Sunday. My brother works nights starting at 3 pm. if the mail doesn't come in in time for him to do anything with it, I might not even get my computer until Saturday, provided this even does work and nothing else was damaged (which he won't find out until he can power up the laptop) I have to work the club's Christmas Party Saturday evening, starting at 5:30 pm. This is a requirement of being club manager I can't pass on it.
My Dr. has doubled my pain medications, the same ones I am already on, especially at night. The upshot? its making me very drowsy, great for trying to sleep, bad for trying to get up in the morning and getting things done :( The pain breaks through, but not as much. This could be good, but don't need extra sleep right now ironically.
I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to check my shoulder and see if he can do anything with it, but couldn't get this appointment until January.
GI tract still a nuisance, some medication I tried didn't work to eliminate the nasty liquid gas. When I have some free time will look into your suggestions.
Thanks for all the support, you are the best!
Friday, November 29, 2013
A couple of months ago, Mom noticed her cat Freddie seemed to be losing a lot of her fur and just wasn't herself. She took her into the vet and found out she had badly rotting teeth. The vet immediately gave her some strong antibiotics and said to come back after a couple of months. When Mom went back with her, she had her in a carrier and put her down in the office. Another man came in with a gorgeous, long haired white cat, like those in the commercials. Also in a carrier and just left him there. Nothing wrong with the poor thing, but the man was having him put down because he could not take him into his new condo :( When the vet assistant came in, she almost took Freddie by mistake! Its almost foretelling. The vet told Mom her cat still had three bad teeth and wouldn't know how bad until he actually went in there and saw the damage. He quoted her 1000 bill! Well Mom simply can't afford that, she is just on Canada Pension Plan. She said she would rather have her put down :( Mom rescued this poor malnourished kitten from a farm and the poor thing would have certainly died without the intervention as the other farm cats wouldn't let her near the food. Its just a shame she would come to this end.
I am not a cat lover, but this just makes me very sad :( The shelters are bursting with unwanted cats and kittens from irresponsible owners who refuse to spay or neuter their pets and allow them to run at large.. They have to put so many down.. So many wasted lives..
I had another difficult day, trying the increased dose of the same medicines and to stop the side effects that were preventing me from increasing the dose, she suggested drinking orange juice as this medicine causes low blood sugar. So I will have to get some and adjust my food and calories for this extra. One side effect I got was it made me extremely tired so I forgot about trying my morning exercise and tried to sleep more, but the phone kept me awake.
I went to the club only to find out I did not have a bridge partner!! I am guessing she e-mailed me, but I couldn't get into that e-mail to check it :( It so happened I had to do some work. My club supplies shipment had come in and I had to unload two heavy boxes of paper. I did a couple of things on the computer, had to listen to a couple of tales of woe and then I finally got out of there at 2:30 pm. My day was wasted! I could have been with Mom shopping the specials on Black Friday! She got some great ones! Lagostina set of frying pans regular $199 for only $40. Very good quality T-Shirt for my brother for only $20. Some leggings were only 1.99!
So I did what I always do when I am upset -cleaned the heck out of my apartment! Scrubbed the entire bathroom, floors, walls, etc. vacuumed every square inch with moving furniture around (thankfully I don't have much -swiss balls are easy to move lol) I took breaks in between each job as my right arm wasn't liking it so much. Then I felt I needed a pick me up and did a 60 min Zumba DVD and really got into it. All was great and then when fixing my supper, I sliced my finger just opening a cottage cheese container somehow. I needed to put a bandage on it and it bled through the bandage so I did not have the shower I badly wanted :(
Mom said she would take me to the stores tomorrow, but not so sure the sales would still be on then. I wanted to attend this major craft fair going on, but its way out of the way and Angus would have to drive us there and back and it would take up a lot of the day. There is also the festival of the trees at our local museum which her neighbor gave her free tickets to. So I will get a short weekend and will be away from a computer. My brother hasn't looked at my computer yet. He is being very careful -he had to order a antistatic mat so he could break it down without running the risk of frying everything with static. Its so dry right now, you get zapped touching everything :( It was yet another dreary overcast day, but the temperatures were reasonable.
I am learning and liking my new computer but sure don't know how things get changed without me changing the settings. I actually have the classic interface for my internet explorer on now for which I am grateful because I had difficulty dealing with trying to add favorites and deal with pop up windows which would fill the whole screen. The internet is still cutting out but I won't have time to call and complain tomorrow. The disruptions were only supposed to last a day.
I am happy to report my stomach gave me a break today. I have to hope the increased meds do not cause me to go the other way now lol.
Thank you so much for all of your suggestions, kindness and support. I do have a DVD player now -I just had to upgrade it. At least I know where to find these upgrades now. it was so much more convenient when Windows Update did it all!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
This is a downer blog, so please don't bother reading unless you are a long time Spark buddy of mine.
Its been one of my most trying weeks ever. The constant waking up in pain and getting very little sleep. The constant digestive tract issues. Bad gas, unfortunate leaking of bodily fluids and solids. Diarrhea once today, but not constantly. Scrubbing underwear everyday getting dishpan hands. I have front end loader washing machines in my building and so cannot do 'small' loads or it offsets the machine, so I only get one load a week in. I have tried Gas-X to no effect. I have tried reducing my fiber more (its hard, being a vegetarian :() I do not want to go back on the 'white carbs' food again. That will only lead to weight gain.
But the worst issue is not feeling the energy or motivation to workout. I usually workout in the morning, but haven't done it this week. I have been working out in the evening, but instead of feeling good, unfortunately the pain is pushing through and getting worse in my shoulder, arm and elbow on my right. My back feels tight and sore all the time and working out is no longer loosening it up and even my usual release stretches seem to do nothing for it. Needless to say, the two pain medicines I am on are not doing a blessed thing!! Three weeks since my toe accident and its still swollen and red, but not getting worse at least. My whole body just seems to be one big sore mass. To add insult to injury, the wildly seesawing temperatures, going from incredibly cold to near freezing wreak havoc on my system. The forecasters say we are in for our coldest winter yet as there is no El Nino or Nina to moderate it. That we will get our cold air masses direct from the pole over the Arctic land so no chance for it to warm up :( The days have been mostly cloudy and dreary, made more so living in a dark north facing apartment getting no sun whatsoever. Sunrise not until 8:30 am and sets around 5:30pm.
A freak accident and my computer that I use for my bridge club work is down. My brother will have to take it totally apart and hope he can find a replacement part. What happened was I was so tired, I feel asleep sitting up and dropped my laptop, and the power cord bent all to heck, rendering it unable to charge my laptop :( Unfortunately, it was damaged inside as the cord took most of the fall (probably saved my laptop from more serious damage to other parts) Its this constant, wearying tiredness that is also hard to take. During bridge games, I am getting to be a running joke at how often I come close to falling asleep at the table, never mind what it does to my concentration and memory. I made three mistakes in my game today I should never make as a very experienced player of high ranking. Its remarkable anyone still tolerates playing with me.
Its hard to get my work done or much of anything sitting as I tend to nod off. I have taken naps when I get home from bridge, but they go as long as two hours and that throws everything off. Its not good sleep hygiene to take that long of naps as it makes it more difficult to fall and stay asleep at night.
Finally, I discovered my Windows Office is not transferable to my new computer, and because I need the full version Of Outlook e-mail, and other programs will probably end up buying the full Office version. I have found Open Office doesn't do all I need it to and my Windows Office work doesn't display right or loses its formatting when I put it in Open Office. I also updated my new computer to windows 8.1 and now lost the ability to play DVD's!! Imagine my surprise! What happened to my player?? When I first put in a DVD, it automatically loaded up a player, but now when I did that nothing happened! I am astonished Windows does not come with the Media Player like it used to. Guess its another thing I will have to purchase. I sure missed seeing my workout videos on this lovely big HD screen :( Fortunately, my old laptop played them, but not without difficulty. I am afraid its on its last legs as well. The DVD kept cutting out.
So I did not get my club's year end report work done and will have to wait anxiously for my computer to be fixed. I have two weeks and in that time, the two bridge club Christmas meal functions, both of which I have to run the games, and in the one I must hand out awards for club championships and take photos.
Its been a week now and no sign of the new caretakers for my building. I have to wonder what the delay is. They have a temp coming in doing part time cleaning. Fortunately, the weird smell I was concerned about in my living room heater has subsided. I thought something was going to catch fire it smelled so bad. I am guessing it desperately needs maintenance.
Tomorrow I will see my family Dr. and see what she has to say about my current state. My specialist thinks there is nothing they can do for my shoulder. I would like a second opinion on that. Its hard to function with a right arm, hand and elbow that wavers all over the place. Of course, I am right handed. I can still sign my name, but barely. My handwriting is a former shadow of itself. Looks more like a spidery old lady's!!
Well, this ran on long enough. If you made it this far, you are indeed a true blue friend and I greatly appreciate it! Thanks for listening!
I want to wish all my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. My internet provider gave me a phone message that they are working on the system tomorrow and will get interruptions in service so I may not get around with goodies to everyone.
Bye for now,
Monday, November 25, 2013
Our winter started with a vengeance back at the end of beginning of November with a massive snowstorm all around our province. But we escaped with a minimal amount of snow and haven't gotten that much so far this winter. Just enough to make it slippery. The bottom fell out of the temperatures and on my four day stay this weekend we woke up to a frosty Winter Wonderland:
When we hit the trail by the river, everything was covered in hoarfrost:
Unfortunately, we lost what little sunlight was trying to get through and things became dull:
These trees were wrapped with wire to prevent the beaver from chopping them down:
The beaver did get some trees, making it a challenge for us to get over :-P
Mom trying to get Daisy to pose:
My turn with Daisy:
In the summertime, we love to sit on these boughs by the river and just enjoy watching any wildlife or birds going by. But generally, the pooch does not like to stay when there is a potential chase around every tree :-P
We haven't had too much sunlight recently and its seems especially bad timing that there is none when I am at Mom's. Will try again this weekend.
We got one decent bargain on some flannel lined chinos at Eddie Bauer. $90 down to $50. The quality was better then anything we had looked at so far. They are men's which we prefer because they have better pockets and are more heavy duty. Mom and I need more rough and tumble working clothes then we need pretty, form fitting flattering clothes. All too often, women's clothing have tiny pockets or even pseudo pockets to prevent unflattering bulges. Neither Mom or I will carry a purse, so we need all our belongings and wallet to fit in good, deep, secure pockets. This is also more practical for hitting the trails and having your hands free, which is how we spend most of our time together.
Got to admit, I was a little taken aback by the complete lack of response by my Spark friends to my segment on SparkRadio this week. I can count on one hand the number who made a comment! Speaks volumes perhaps on how really bad I sound (I know I have a terrible speaking voice which is why I was surprised they accepted me on there). No career in radio for me LOL. I am never offended by criticism, good or bad. But even just a shout out you actually listened would have been nice. It was called Take That, Arthritis and was the second segment in.
They are still not finished working on the air conditioning of my apartment's roof. Today, from 8 in the morning until 6 pm, a truck was parked outside my window running a cable all the way up to the top of the building. Had no idea what it was for. All I know is the last remaining part, a huge fan, sits forlornly in the middle of the sidewalk. Once again, a further delay. It was supposed to have been done by the middle of September!!!
Still not getting much sleep, with constant wakeups and pain. Getting stir crazy and keep thinking about trying to walk out to some fitness classes. But a recent dry run of walking out there showed me not only would it be impassable to my scooter (thanks to some people not clearing their walks) but also walking on the hard pavement really causes me to ache. My joints simply can't tolerate it and then I would not be in good shape to take a class. On the bright side, I got a new workout DVD, 10 Minute Solution High Intensity Intervals including Tabata training! It features five, ten minute segments so that I can choose how long and hard I feel like working. I love this idea because it tailors to how my condition is going at any given moment. I have another DVD like this for kickboxing. But being the workout junkie that I am, I usually do the whole thing. But I might not be able to tolerate that with the high intensity stuff. I will have to see.
Lots of club work I need to finish up. Year end stuff and I need to do and one last check of our date book and calendar and get it into the printers. There never seems to be one year that goes by without getting errors in it :( I do give it to others to preview and they help find errors, but it always seems something sneaks by :-P The perfectionist in me curdles at this thought as its my sole responsibility for putting it together. Last year it was the publisher's fault -they had a major error in the first printing, and so agreed to do it over, but then made a major error in the second printing!! People depend on this book for important game dates as well as correct phone numbers for club members. It has to be formatted correctly or will have different meanings. That is the biggest trouble I have -I use windows and it does not transfer well onto a Mac.
Mom finally has her TV working and set up with cable in her bedroom. I had given her my TV as I wasn't watching it (haven't been for years) and it was a good quality high definition 40 inch Sony. Ironically, I had purchased it just before I gave up watching TV. My workout DVD's certainly looked good on it lol. We just recently explored around the channels she has (I was trying to teach her how to use the remote) and some of the scenic nature shows were just stunning in high definition, not to mention figure skating, where makeup could no longer hide skin flaws and that we could see every individual sequin in the costumes! Was just breath taking!! I think we will be watching movies in her bedroom from now on!
Time to sign off and get to work!
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PS. I guess most people don't read their friend feed, which is where I posted the link to my interview on Spark Radio. All you have to do is go to the player, let it load and then click on Episode 55 Segment 2 and you will get it. Its the second week in as a new one is already at the top of the list, so you will need to scroll down a bit. Its called Take That, Arthritis. It lasts barely a few minutes so won't waste much of your time lol.
Monday, November 18, 2013
I have the misfortune of getting my neighbour's cigarette smoke flooding my apartment. Unfortunately there is little the Housing Authority could do for me other than putting a heavy rubber strip on the bottom of my door. My Mom bought me one of those ionic filter air exchanger which did not touch it (even though it claimed to be able to take it out) My sister SABLE77 jumped into the fray with some ideas, one being taping up my kitchen cupboards, trying to seal them since the smoke comes in strongest there. Then she discovered large gaping holes between my cupboards that led up to my drop down ceiling I share with my neighbour and she thought that was it. So taking some foam I had and cutting it up she blocked all these holes. She also moved the fridge out to see if it was somehow coming in there but there was nothing. When I washed behind there my mop came away brownish yellow with the smoke residue on the walls:( She did not have enough tape for everything and also noted there were gapes between the ceiling and the cupboards. So we left it at what she could do and hoped that the blocking of the large holes would take a lot of it out. But when I came back later that day, it was as strong as ever :( We have no uptake fans in our suites, its a passive venting system that is supposed to take air up, but unfortunately, it does not. When the wind blows, even slightly, you can actually feel the air blowing down on you from these vents. I closed the kitchen one off long ago, but had to keep the bathroom open as there is no other way to air it out. The filter we stuck in the grate was totally black and furry to show how much crud comes down it. My sister is suggesting installing my own battery operated fan up there to push it back so the bad air won't come out. My sister's next plan of attack is to get a spray foam and just run it along every where there is a joint and crack. Not so sure the housing authority would approve of this as this stuff has a color and would be quite noticeable. We are not allowed to make any modifications to our suite, and if we do, should we leave, we have to put it back to the way it was at our own expense. They don't allow much anyway as I lobbied to put a shower only in there and get rid of the bath tub, but they wouldn't allow that.
I really appreciate my sister and Mom trying to help solve this problem, but I fear it may be hopeless. The only thing I can wish for is if the Housing Authority makes all its building smoke free someday. My caretakers thought they might be leaning this way as so many people have this same problem.
The temperatures have really dropped here after the snowfall, and there is a very real risk of freezing my hot water heating pipes under the window if I open it. We are given a written warning about this twice a year. The people above me ignored it last year and when they froze their pipes, I got the flood :P So I turn my heat up high, open the window and get my floor fan on high and that helps push the smoke away from my kitchen long enough to fix meals. Also suggested was wearing a mask which I may do as well.
With the windchill, it feels like -8F (-22C)
Stuffed up And Sleepless in Saskatoon :P
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