Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Turns out my computer had a virus. Only one, but it was a doozey. So, $50 later, I'm back on line. For reasons that escape me, they reset my home page to bing (I have now reset it to SparkPeople) and they changed my screen background to this very bright, difficult to read around background (also now reset). I've really missed all of you. It is obviously going to take a while to get caught up. Please be patient.
Got most of the carpets cleaned this last weekend. I hadn't gotten it done since before the construction, and...yuck!! I went over several places twice. Still have a piece of the living room (have to move furniture around, so it gets done in thirds) and my bedroom. Not going to happen tonight, though.
Went for my annual exam today, and told the doctor about all the bits and pieces of me that aren't working quite right, so now I have an appointment with a podiatrist tomorrow (both feet still not working the way they should), an appointment next week for my shoulder, which I injured last fall and which is still weak and occasionally gets "stuck" in spite of a couple months of physical therapy back then, and I'm going to have some more blood work done for my fatigue and lack of energy. I suspect a lot of that is still a combination of depression and the unremitting heat we are exeriencing, but it doesn't hurt to be sure. The doctor also wants to do a shave biopsy on a spot I have had for years, but which she says is beginning to look funny. Haven't got an appointment for that one yet. The good news: My A1C is 6.1 (down from 6.3 last year) and my liver enzymes are back down closer to where they belong. My mammogram is also normal, but I wasn't too worried about that to begin with. I'm only 63, way too early to be falling apart like this. The A1C was a pleasant surprise, though, given some of the stuff I've eaten lately. There is a good reason I am not only not losing, but am actually gaining a little again. OK, Oak, back on the program, like NOW!!
My job evaluation is also supposed to be tomorrow. I think I am doing a good job, but really, I spend most of my time at work pretending to do something constructive. This is where I should find out whether my job hours are going to be cut to four days a week. I would love to work only four days a week, but I really need to maximize my income this close to retirement, too. After I find out what is happening with work hours, I am going to make an appointment with the benefits office to figure out exactly where I am financially when I retire, given different scenarios. Down to two years and counting now--and I'm hoping it won't have to be that long.
My son-in-law's grandpa, who lives with his parents (SILs parents, that is, not GPs) is not doing at all well, and they don't expect him to live much longer. He lost his wife a couple years ago, moved here from Arizona, then had to have hip surgery almost immediately. He has just never really popped back. It think he is still in mourning. He is saying that he will be out of pain soon, that it won't matter how he feels soon, etc., and was worrying and worrying about his GD getting back from Europe because he wanted to see her again. She is back, and it looks as if that is what he was waiting for.
Daughter, SIL and GD are due to leave for a cruise next weekend, non-refundable of course, so they are worrying about whether they should leave or not. I hope they go ahead. I know they want to be here if it happens, but at the same time there is really nothing they can do. It isn't as if they haven't spent a lot of time with GP, which seems to me to be more important that turning up at the funeral, so I also hope that if they go and he passes while they are gone that they won't feel guilty about it.
In the meantime, do you know how bad the drought is here? It is so dry here that the even the poison ivy is wilting!! Noticed tonight when I stopped to get the mail. There is a patch I spend a lot of time fighting just across the lane from the mailbox. I was considering hitting it with Round Up. I don't usually do that unless I think it will rain in the next day or two, but it is so dry that maybe just the moisture from the Round Up would be enough to act as "watering", do you think?
OK, enough rambling. got to go put the clothes in the dryer. Yep, that's right. I'm blogging while doing laundry again. See ya' tomorrow.