Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Sorry I haven't been around much. I have been taking a spark break of sorts in order to deal with chronic health issues. A couple weeks ago I started getting a new MRSA lesion. A really bad one this time. By the end of the first day the pain and the swelling was 7 on a scale of 10. People ask me what MRSA is like. It's sort of like like having the flu but still different. I can feel the infection in my body like you can the flu. It drags me down, causes intense fatigue, malaise, a low grade temp, lots of night sweats, etc. In addition. I have the pain of localized lesions that are similar to boils, only worse. They can get quite large. My son had one the size of a small cantaloupe. I have had one the size of a lemon. They can also develop sinuses. My son had one on his knee that I could put my finger all the way through his leg from one opening to the other. Right now I also have some capillary fragility. It's something I have dealt with intermittently since high school when I developed severe vitamin deficiencies from being a vegetarian. One of the deficiencies was a vitamin K deficiency with associated clotting problems. I had to take vitamin K shots for many years and still occasionally have to have clotting times before some medical procedures. The way I feel with MRSA can change from hour to hour. I usually sleep more than usual. My asthma and GERD occur intermittently. It causes some of my other chronic health problems to rear their ugly heads. Can antibiotics help my MRSA? No. That's the chief problem with MRSA - it is resistant to most antibiotics and some strains are resistant to all antibiotics. I have to wait until my immune system kicks in. In addition, my son has a MRSA lesion now. I am doing much better but am not out of the woods yet.
The weather has been very changeable and more seasonal. It's certainly not mild but there are no triple digits either. Sometimes it's comfortable, other days it's hot and muggy. I don't handle the hot and muggy days well when I'm sick. We have had a few really nice days scattered here and there though. I love those. We have also been getting some much needed rain too, thanks to Hurricane Isaac. I spent some time getting ready for the rains by getting caught up on all my outdoor chores. We are on high ground so it isn't a problem for us. I hope the worst of the drought is over. Our creek was dry for weeks. The pond got really low. We lost some plants, shrubs, and trees. It reinforces to me that the best plants are the hardy ones. I'm sure the animals have suffered as well. I am still getting lots of peppers right now. Nothing really hurts pepper plants in my area other than tomato horn worms and we have not had any this year.
The days are getting shorter now. Fall is just around the corner. It doesn't get light here now until after 6 A.M. and gets dark now by 7:30. To be honest, I don't like shorter days. As you know in addition to other titles I hold such as Ruler of The World (yes, I replaced Zeus), and Goddess of the Weather, I am also the Sun Goddess. Give me sun and give me more sun.
My normally quiet neighborhood, which is often only inhabited by me during the day, has been noisy lately. The tree trimmers are cutting back the limbs down by the road and the neighbor had a pole barn put up. It is even odd to hear the sound of lawn mowers being used again.
I am having some excellent turtle days right now. They are coming to my feeding station from dawn until dusk. I seldom have less than 6 in a day. We are attracting turtles of all sizes including really tiny ones. There were 2 sets of mating turtles in the compost pile the other day plus another set at the feeding station. Another set the next morning. I had more than 9 turtles in one day at my feeding station. I probably missed seeing some because I have other things to do besides turtle watch. LOL. I am making more detailed drawings of their head markings. I am giving them a lot of fruits and veggies and they are loving it - a big variety every day: lettuce, carrots, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, kiwis, bananas, peaches, pears, plums. We saw a baby turtle eating a persimmon on our trail. At this time of year I think there may be a scarcity of food because a lot of them show up. One day I saw "Strawberry" get angry at another turtle who was taking off with one of her strawberries and they had a tug of war over it. LOL. It was silly because if they get low I put more food out. We had 2 little turtles come almost at dark so it's important that I keep plenty of food out. The turtles are learning to try and like new foods - "Big Boy" loves banana. "S" came and carried off a cherry bigger than her head. On the way to the post office I stopped to save a turtle on the road but saw 3 that had been run over.
Hubby and I saw a great blue heron at the pond a few days ago. We are seeing a few deer here and there. I am keeping the bird feeders full and have a ton every day including hummingbirds. There must not be a lot of food for them either. The squirrels are scarce right now. Surprisingly, it is a good year for nuts.
Hubby and I saw Daisy one night when we went for a late walk. Normally she doesn't hang around when she sees us and will run off shortly after she acknowledges we are there but she looked really lonely that night. She was sitting in the neighbor's yard and kept looking over at the house where her people used to live. We didn't get too close because she is scared of most people but we were able to get closer than we have for a long time - within 15 feet. We talked to her and she stood there and listened. Even my hubby felt sorry for her. Her eyes are so sad. She still has her collar and on it is a dog bone shaped tag. She followed us for a while. I hope she isn't hungry. There is a lot of food in the compost pile. Maybe she will get used to us and let us get closer if she sees us enough.
All of the chinchillas are doing okay for now. We got Blocker out and found she has a sore on her tail. Reek is demanding a lot of attention. He wants to sleep with my hubby every evening now.
My son Ian is keeping up with his taekwondo classes when he gets a chance to go. His work schedule is so erratic that it is hard for him to plan anything but his master comes in for private sessions with my son if he has to as Ian has a gift for this. The master chose him to be his successor but I wonder if that can ever happen. Ian breaks 3 concrete blocks with his hands now. He is the only one in the class to do this. I don't care to ever see it and don't really like it. What mother would. LOL. He is making plans for his vacation trip to Akron, Ohio. Ian is suffering with a lot of allergies and his MRSA.
Ian's college dorm mate called. Ian wasn't home so he talked to me. He is having problems with his family. They don't like his wife. His mother told him she wanted to call me and have me talk some sense into him and he told her she can call me but she may be disappointed in my response. EEK. I don't like to be a mediator. He's a great kid and his parents are really nice too. As Shultz used to say on Hogan's Heroes, "I know nothing." LOL.
Although I haven't felt very well, I have stayed home and chipped away at all the work around here. I am able to keep up with my chores a little easier now. The house is under control. The laundry caught up. The cages clean. I pace myself and get things done when I feel up to it.
One day a week I usually do my errands and shopping but it's hard now with my MRSA. Dragging the groceries in and putting them away is a killer. In addition, I have had to shop with my hubby. We went to Rural King and Tractor Supply to look at weed eaters and whole house generators. We went to several stores looking for a hummingbird feeder and hated all of them. We took the air conditioner the repairmen couldn't fix back to Lowes as it was still under warranty. They didn't have any new ones but we got a voucher for one for next year. We went to Wal-Mart and bought hubby some new work steel toed work shoes. We went to OReillys and got a muffler for the van and when we got home he put it on.
As many of you know, last year we had a rough year. My MIL died after a lengthy battle with cancer, I had a close spark friend die, and one of my pets died too. In addition we had financial challenges, health challenges, family challenges, you name it. We spent the rest of the year and this year working on trying to get one of my husband's brother a legal guardian while trying to settle a complicated estate and trust. I would love to say it is all over but it isn't. We have received a lot of support from my family, friends, neighbors, and online friends but very little to no support from his family who usually have made our job more difficult. I am dealing with the stress better and want hubby to push through the last of this mess so we can get our own life back on tract. We still have to drive the 60 miles to his mom's house once a week as he is having to mow his mom's yard again now in the miserable heat. We still have the house to sell and more of her possessions. I'm still helping my hubby do a lot of the work for the estate/trust, including talking to experts about pricing things.
Due to stress and having little time for myself I let my personal goals fall by the wayside. I gained significant weight back. I didn't sleep well, didn't eat right, didn't get my exercise in. I'm slowly working on changing that.
During this time I ignored most of my emails and eventually ended up with over 8200 unread emails..I quit counting. I managed to clean them out again. Sadly, some of my sparkfriends have left. Some have changed their sparknames. I am grateful that so many of you are still here and that we are still friends.
On a note of interest, my husband's bosses toilet has been recalled. LOL. It's one of those assisted flush ones that apparently blows up. LOL. I mistakenly thought I wanted one. I do not. This is not the way I want to die. LOL.
I promise to try to check in more often from now on. I'm doing okay. I will make it.