Been just as busy as ever... actually, it never really seems to stop! LOL
I had an appointment with my oncologist recently, all the blood work came back normal (no cancer markers! HURRAY!) and I was sent for a CT scan to check for any abnormalities... because of my kidneys they really can't use contrast, so I don't know how much they see, but I haven't heard anything yet--which usually indicates that they didn't find any abnormal there either. So one thing to celebrate...
On the other hand, my nephrologist (kidney doctor for those who don't know) has moved my appointment forward by six weeks, because of some kind of weird upswings and crashes in my blood pressure... and that illness I had last month? She thinks it may have been more than just the heat, so more tests are in order. I get to do the testing day after tomorrow...
Meanwhile, my neighbor (she's a sweetheart, a single mom with a 4-yr-old) has been helping me out with some of the things that Brian normally does, since he's going to be gone in a few weeks... and she asked me if I'd check with the state benefits program about getting household help paid for through them... We both like the idea-- She can use the income, since she's currently unemployed, AND it would be convenient, since she lives on the other side of the sidewalk, and we go shopping together anyway! LOL
I had my van looked at... my "backdoor" neighbor is a mechanic, also on forced retirement due to a back injury several years ago. He's a sweetie too, and so is his girl friend. They are both veterans, both with health issues... He's not supposed to lift anything heavy, since he had spinal surgery a number of years ago, but there's still a lot he can do, and we took the van to a local parts shop which has a diagnostic tool you can use for free that reads the computer chip in the motor... just one of the spark plugs has apparently been misfiring. We replaced that, and another code came up: apparently, the coil that feeds the current into the plugs is where the problem stems from, but the code for that won't pop up if the spark plug itself isn't working. THAT is a bit more expensive to fix, so it looks like a postponement of the family get-together again, until Brian can get paid and do as he promised... hopefully some time this week, since there is a wedding on the 23rd that is impacting our plans and I want a date locked down before people schedule anything else! LOL
The cats are suffering from the heat, and poor Amigo hides out in the gully on the edge of the property next door. There's a culvert there, and it is cooler since it's surrounded by trees, but whenever he comes back up to eat, his fur is a mass of tiny little burrs and fleas. I can get them out of the fur for him, but it's time consuming, and he's not very patient--Thank goodness he's more interested in the food! LOL
As for a flea comb? You have GOT to be kidding! LOL
The little insulated water dish idea works pretty well. I don't even have to put it in the freezer on some days, since it does on occasion cool off enough at night that it helps keep the dish cool too. I have a second one hiding somewhere in my boxes; if I can find it, I can switch them out and just keep one frozen all the time--at least for the summer.
Once winter sets in, the big problem becomes keeping the water FROM freezing! LOL
I'll keep you all posted on the test results and all the kitty fun... but it's past bedtime, and I still have to finish my workout! Just kidding... can't do any exercises this late and still expect to SLEEP! LOL