Thursday, April 26, 2012
Yesterday! Wednesday! It was quite the day. One I most likely will remember for quite sometime.
Since it takes awhile to get there, I was up at 6AM after 3 hours sleep to get ready. We left home at 8AM and went to Gainesville. Bob had an eye appointment at the VA at 10AM. What a comedy of errors it turned out to be! Though we had been to this particular group center four or five times over the past years, we managed to miss the buildings and ended up in the country where I had never been before! Bob finally used On-Star and our GPS to get us turned around and on our way. We were only 10 minutes late. Can you believe that?!?!?!?
With the appointment over and on our way within an hour and 15 minutes, we went north on I-75 one exit and decided to have lunch at one of the many wonderful places in that area. We opted for Red Lobster. We both had clam chowder, biscuits, and iced tea. I found I could eat the chowder with no problems, but the biscuits not so much. Bob finished my bowl of chowder and most of my wonderful biscuit. I had 1/2 my chowder left over and should have ordered the cup rather than the bowl. All-in-all, it was a delicious lunch that stayed within my daily tracked allowences. I added some grapes for the total lunch. When we left to go to the next exit north on I-75 for my doctor's appointment, I couldn't believe it as Bob drove right past the entrance ramp! This was the second time within a matter of hours that we missed our way. Fortunately, this was discovered right away and it wasn't a problem to get turned around and back to where we needed to be.
By this time, it was 1:15PM. I had forgotten my appointments along with my cell phone. I had SP appointment reminder sent and STILL could not recall the time of my appointment with my therapist at Shands Springhill Clinic. I thought it was 1:30 and Bob said he thought it was 2:30. Since the building was right there, we stopped and he went into reception to find the correct time. I stayed behind and did some exercising. It took him awhile before returning. THe appointment was indeed at 2:30PM.
That being said, unbelievably, my therapist's wife gave birth to their second daughter and he was running a little late. She gave birth to their first daughter just before the appointment time for me and he missed that one entirely!! We feel "at fault" somehow! lol!!! Since we had at least an hour, we drove back towards UF thinking we would find a place to get something to drink. This is a real issue for me since my radiation in my throat. My saliva glands were done in and I have constant dry-mouth and MUST have water or iced tea or something non caloric to drink at all times. We saw a small plaza made up of seperate brick buildings. Bob spotted a Starbucks and I a Book Rack used book store!! We parked in back of the Book Rack and I went in and Bob walked to the next building with Starbucks. I ended up with a favorite romance novel from years ago. It looked brand new and when I checked the date, it was the originial 1987 and not a reprint. I felt I made a wonderful find. The best part, it was 50% off the already used book price of $1.25! I mean the spine had no cracks, it was in such good shape! By the time I got it, it was time to head back to the clinic.
My appointment was great. I could tell I was coming off the low I had been in for several days as I talked to the doc nearly non-stop! That's a good sign I'm on my way to the upper episode. These never last but a few days, so I knew there was light coming this week and I would be normal again for a number of weeks. These ups and downs tend to come together and last only 2 or 3 days each and then I'm fine for weeks. The only bad thing is, I know he is leaving the university and going to private practice across the state. After four years together, it is going to be very difficult to have a different doctor. Heck, we even share "delivery appointments" with his daughters!!! lol!! But that is life. I think I knew from the start he wouldn't be staying in the academic setting for a very long time. My next appointment in June most likely will be our last together and most of it will be spent finding out about my new doctor.
After the appointment, we decided to stop at a pet store not too far from the intersection we use to get home. Bob wanted to get Coco a new toy or two. Being he is still a puppy and loves playing, Bob wanted him to have more than the one he's had. He ended up getting a very hard ball and a toy dog with two squeekers and no stuffing in it. We were then on our way. It was nearly 4PM.
Anyway, we were leaving town but decided to stop for something to drink and Bob was needing something small to eat because he is diabetic and he was getting weak. We were at the counter of a convienence store, in line to check out and I fell!! It happened so quickly I don't even know what happened. A lady watching said it looked like I went to step and my ankle rolled and I went down. I landed on my cane and my head hit a man on his feet. I was really concerned I hurt him, but he said he was fine. A number of customers and one clerk wanted to help me up, but I asked that they let me try on my own first. I got to my knees and one foot up and Bob helped me the rest of the way. Everyone was so kind and helpful. One lady wanted to take our drinks and bag to the truck while Bob helped me, but he made two trips instead. While he was out the first time, she told me it looked to her like if I hadn't hit that man's feet, my head would have hit the floor - hard! She couldn't stop saying how very lucky I was. I was so embarassed by it all, though there was little I could have done to stop it. Anyway, we didn't get home until nearly 7PM.
We had a light supper and I went on my laptop to get caught up on email and SP. There was so much, I didn't finish SP as I had wanted. There were a lot of sorority events going on that I had to attend to ASAP before I could even get to SP. So I missed lots of huddling and my blog. I watched midnight come and go. I finally tackled my Spark Blog. "What," you ask? You didn't see a new entry from me? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm You haven't seen one since Saturday? Now how could that have happened? Well, it may have something to do with my spending an hour and a half writing a very personal and thoughtful account of my #8 question on the self discovery blog. Just as I went to post blog entry, my browser quit working and it was totally lost. Which is the second reason you are reading this one instead. I was so devestated by losing such a writing, I didn't have the strength to redo it.
All of that didn't keep me down though. I was awake the entire night. With three hours sleep Tuesday and none Wednesday, I crashed tonight around 7:30. But I was back up at 9:PM. I'm ready to move on once more. Hopefully I'll get enough rest to redo that blog tomorrow. However, I also hope I'm verbal enough to make it as good as the one I lost.
This we'll find out later, won't we?
Have a fantastic Friday, my friends. Blessings to you all.
Peace and love to all of you from this ol' hippie chick.