LADYIRISH317's SparkPeople Blog LADYIRISH317's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Okay... What a long, crazy several days I've had. I'm still having the pain in the left side of my face. The doctor keeps increasing the dose of a medicine that isn't working because he's afraid I'll get a rash from the medicine that might actually work. I'll take my chances with a possible rash! Meantime, they got me an appointment with an ENT doctor -- on April 17. <BR> <BR> Yesterday the old crab next door and his roommate were talking about the shooting incident in Yountville. He then started gr... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:09:17 EST It's official I'm officially old. Today is my 65th birthday. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my great-niece Angie's tenth birthday. I knitted her two pairs of socks (I never do just one pair, always two). I hope she likes them. She's a seriously awesome girl! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The other day I overheard roomie tell someone on the phone, "I'm a kind, gentle giving person." Lucky I wasn't drinking anything at the time! I a... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 15:30:33 EST Sometimes... Sometimes I think I'm in a bad comedy movie. Sunday night roomie howled that someone had stolen her teabags. A laptop and iPhone have sat untouched on my table for months, but they want her teabags. Right. They tell me I'm stuck with her until April. <BR> <BR> I talked to the Nurse Practitioner yesterday. She thinks the facial pain I have is the result of a neural injury (don't remember the name) that's an after-effect of repeated facial trauma I got when I was a kid. Trauma from being slapp... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:18:57 EST Still alive -- sort of I have been sick for quite a while. I've had terrible pain in the left side of my face, bouncing from sinuses to ear to teeth to tongue (the tongue seems permanently damaged, although the Nurse Practitioner says she can't see anything on it). The pain has been fierce. They're giving me Tramadol and Ibuprofen, which aren't doing anything. I'm begging for Dilaudid, which did help me when I took it for pain in the hospital a couple of years ago. Meantime, day before yesterday I threw up my break... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:06:42 EST Is it just me? This morning roomie called me too noisy because the headphone plug on my TV came loose. She said it was "blasting" her. This is the same person who has granted me roughly twelve hours of sleep in the last five nights because "I have important things to do. I don't want to have to worry about someone else's sleep schedule." <BR> <BR> Last night I was seriously depressed and angry (I still am) and ordered some yarn I don't need but will definitely not waste. Seems KnitPicks was having a sale... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 10:00:59 EST Bleaahh... Yesterday was my Margaret's 36th birthday. I miss my feisty little redhead, even after all these years. <BR> <BR> I have had about eight hours of sleep in the last three nights. Roomie not only doesn't sleep (seemingly ever), but she spends all night endlessly rearranging her belongings. She also said several times that has things that have to be done (at two in the morning) and she resents having to consider someone else's sleep schedule. Last night I tried to sleep wearing earplugs and noi... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 19:20:28 EST Beam me up, Scotty I got a new roommate yesterday. She says she's allergic to tap water, that the air here is toxic, she demanded "organic, cold-pressed coconut oil," and right now she's out on the patio lying on a mat (they DO have chairs). She's demanding to leave ASAP, which is fine with me. She kept me awake all last night rifling through her belongings and she told me she couldn't sleep because of the air quality (which was a valid reason to keep me awake as well, I guess). Lord, I hope the Mother Ship com... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 15:35:51 EST Stop me if you've heard this one... ...but my roommate decided she wanted a window bed so she moved to another room. A few minutes later the woman who occupied the other bed in that room came over and asked if she could move in here, because she couldn't deal with my ex-roomie's crazy friends. I said sure, no problem. So for the next few hours they kept going back and forth about whether I was getting a roommate or not, until she finally decided to move to a different room altogether! So for the moment I have a private room aga... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:57:29 EST Friday funk I am feeling terrible. I have a bad headache and the sinus infection just isn't going away. But it's more than that. <BR> <BR> I went to Facebook this morning as always. A designer I'd contacted about a problem I had with her sock pattern wasn't pleased with my response to her answer, accused me of brushing her off (which I did NOT) and called me unkind. Everyone wanted to talk about the heroin epidemic and the people they knew who overdosed. And to top it all off, another member of a FB gro... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:23:31 EST Cheese and whine I got a new roommate today. So far she's willing to use headphones to watch TV and she's okay with closing the door at night, so we might be all right. <BR> <BR> Monday night I had another nightmare about my old job. I left almost three years ago but it's still haunting me. My morning blood pressure yesterday morning was scary (180/77) and I developed a bad headache. The afternoon CNA came in and because I had a hand across my forehead he asked me if I had a headache. When I said yes, he sh... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:20:51 EST Another manic Monday The man across the hall has his TV way too loud (again). The woman next door to me shouted at the CNA for going in to check on her earlier this morning. Someone down the hall is screaming. Just another fun-filled day in Paradise... <BR> <BR> Frank finally got the gifts I made for him. I think he likes them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We got hammering rain last night but this morning it's clear. I hope we g... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:32:25 EST Wet and (a little) wild We're getting light rain today. I'm enjoying it but we seriously need more. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a visitor. Gracie's human brings her around to visit to cheer people up. She got up on the bed and flopped up against my leg. She knows how to make herself at home! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I completed the preemie hat project. My friend Sacha is going to take them to the American Heart Association office... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:13:04 EST Wednesday Wackies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:38:11 EST Early Tuesday morning Sunday they moved roomie to another room on the other side of the building. I never said anything, but I'd had about all I could handle of her attitude that she made the rules and I just lived here. So now I have the room to myself (for the moment) again. No 24/7 TV without headphones, no one chattering in her sleep all night. Oh yes, and her new roommate and neighbors are already complaining about how noisy she is, so it wasn't just me. <BR> <BR> Elizabeth got her Christmas present from me ... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:11:17 EST Totally random stuff Roomie doesn't close the bathroom door (which is right across from my bed). I need eye bleach. <BR> She may go home next week. Please... <BR> <BR> Last night I lay awake listening to her talk away in her sleep (as usual). So I did the most logical thing I could think of and planned a brunch (of course). I mentally made pinwheels of Black Forest ham and Swiss cheese from the deli on (puff pastry? Canned crescent dough?). Spread dough with Dijon mustard (yellow hot dog mustard would also work... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:44:49 EST Well, gee... There may be hope. Roomie told admin she wants a window bed. Admin told her the next one that comes open will be hers. I'm praying for someone to have a quick, complete recovery! (Goodness, window beds seem to be a hot commodity here.) <BR> <BR> My resolution not to buy more yarn this year just crashed. I started some socks for a friend's birthday. Normally one skein of this yarn is enough for a pair. Yeah, not if friend wears size Sasquatch. So I had to order more of the yarn -- and got sna... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 14:37:02 EST Yawn... Another night of listening to roomie argue with people who aren't there. I broke down and ordered a set of noise-cancelling headphones. It's the only way I'm going to get any sleep. <BR> <BR> My great-niece Angie got her present from me yesterday. It looks like she kinds of likes it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More coffee, please... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:24:16 EST In a fog I've had practically no sleep for the last two nights. My roommate talks loudly and constantly in her sleep and when she's awake. I'm not convinced she's not hallucinating. At 2:30 this morning she yelled for the CNA (she hates using the call button. I have to push mine.) and said that her dinner had gotten cold and that five different people who spoke no English came into the room (it was nine hours past dinner and no one had come into the room). An hour later she yelled for the CNA again. W... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 10:18:08 EST Cancel Search & Rescue Sorry I've been gone so long. I've had a miserable sinus infection for the last three weeks. It withstood five days of antibiotics (I don't remember which one) and now they're giving me nasal spray and Allerex. The whole left side of my face has hurt badly from time to time. It's not as severe, but it's not gone. <BR> <BR> Yesterday on Facebook a woman I co-led three teams with told me she had to pull away from the teams for awhile due to a family tragedy and asked me to take over. I posted ... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 13:15:28 EST Well, this stinks I'm sick with a horrendous cold. My sinus, jaws and ears hurt. I haven't slept past three in the morning since Monday. <BR> <BR> My ex called me Monday night and almost before I could say hello, he said, "the reason I'm calling is that I'm short on the rent and I broke my glasses." I should have hung up but I didn't. It's Christmas. But at least he could have shown me the common courtesy and respect of asking please. <BR> <BR> I'm so wiped out from whatever this bug is (before anyone asks,... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:46:54 EST If it's Tuesday... It's been a long, eventful time. <BR> <BR> I'm knitting an Irish cardigan for Elizabeth for her first Christmas. Saturday, while starting the second sleeve, I discovered I'd miscounted the placement of the increases on the first sleeve so that it ended up sixteen rows short!. So as soon as I finished the second sleeve I had to rip the first one back to the cuff and do it again. I was able to reknit it in one day, so now I'm on to the front panels. Good thing, because it has to be ready to ma... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:07:14 EST Never enough I finished my son's Christmas stocking, but I'm not totally happy with it. I sort of "invented" the lettering putting his name on it, but I don't think it came out as well as I'd hoped. I know he won't care, but I want the very best for him. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (I couldn't get a wide enough shot to get the whole name in.) Maybe I could redo the "N?" <BR> <BR> I had a LOT of the red yarn left over an... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 18:42:46 EST Funny time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:16:04 EST Manic Monday Yesterday was a serious pain. <BR> <BR> The day shift CNA was so crabby, I hesitated even to ask for coffee. I couldn't figure out the instructions for the heel on the Christmas stocking I'm knitting for my son (and I do know how to turn a heel). I contacted her on Ravelry, so we'll see if her clarification helps (she actually wrote the pattern fifteen years ago!). If not, I'll just turn it the way I turn any other sock heel. Then, one needle out of my favorite set of sock needles has disap... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:05:02 EST Long weekend I hope everybody who celebrates it had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was about what you'd expect in here. I tried to call my son but the phone system at his facility wasn't working so I wasn't able to talk to him. I finally got through to him yesterday. And my friends can't visit me this weekend, so I'm kind of (very) lonely. <BR> <BR> I slept badly last night, My mother once told me that if you lie still and breathe evenly, you'll eventually fall asleep. But I still haven't figured out how to ... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 19:32:07 EST And then... Someone down the hall has been watching true crime TV since before seven this morning at top volume. I asked if they could be asked to turn it down or use headphones, but nothing happened. Grrr... <BR> <BR> Scary moment last night. I had just fallen asleep when my roommate (who's 95) began to wail as if she was in pain. I asked if she was all right but she didn't answer so I rang for help. Luckily it turned out she was only dreaming, but STILL... <BR> <BR> I have gorgeous wool yarn and was ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:03:35 EST Rainy, muggy Thursday We've gotten heavier than normal rain the last couple of days. But it's so warm and muggy that I suspect we're getting a tropical front. <BR> <BR> I just completed my first hat AND my first mitten! Knitting the second mitten as we speak. The set, along with a matching scarf, are for my older great-niece for Christmas. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:31:07 EST The further adventures... I broke down and bought a new toy yesterday -- an Iphone 7+! Classiest, priciest phone I've ever had. However, buying it turned out to be more of an adventure than I bargained for. I went to the AT&T website to buy a new phone (my coverage is one of the lines on my best friend's AT&T family plan). Several times it told me that my debit card number was wrong (it wasn't), then it told me it couldn't complete the task and that I had to call them. I called them and the operator I got told me that... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:59:32 EST Silly time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 8 Nov 2017 13:17:37 EST Okay, well... They reassigned the other bed in my room the next morning. Luckily we get along fine. She's leaving tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Serious crazy great-aunt brag time! Elizabeth is technically four months old, but one month corrected gestational age (because she was born three months early). But she can already turn herself from front to back (she doesn't care what the doctor says, she HATES being on her tummy) AND she's already teething! So of course for her first Halloween, she went as Wonder Baby (my... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:08:17 EST It's Saturday, right? I have a cold. I've been awake since four AM. The guy across the hall has had his TV on blasting volume since six AM. I'm having trouble finishing the toe of my latest sock, even though I had no trouble with the first one (second of a pair). Facebook blocked a meme I tried to post, saying they thought it might be spam (it wasn't). And the hot water isn't working AGAIN. <BR> <BR> Roommate goes home on Monday. I hope I get a day or two to myself before they reassign the bed. <BR> <BR> Well, a... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 14:23:19 EST Great-aunt brag post! I am about to burst with pride for my amazing great-niece Angie. <BR> <BR> She qualified for the spelling bee. She impressed her music teacher enough on bells and made it into the winter concert (something generally reserved for 5th graders due to the 4th graders' inexperience). And she was named Good Citizen for the month of October (her school's equivalent to student of the month)! <BR> <BR> AND she made it into next week's soccer tournament due to her awesomeness on and off the field. <B... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:28:51 EST Tricks and treats <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:14:40 EST I'll laugh tomorrow I'm not up for humor today. I'm coming down with a cold and I got very little sleep last night. Roomie tends to get chatty at 3AM. I don't say anything because she just takes it as encouragement to keep talking. Then at 6:30AM, when the CNA came in to clean me up, roomie told her twice to turn my light off. CNA told her no, that I live in this room as well. Now she's back asleep again. <BR> <BR> I'm crabby and feeling down, and my head hurts. But at least I can work in a gratuitous great-aun... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:27:18 EST Assorted this and that My roommate sleeps up to 90% of the day. I'm an insomniac with lifelong sleep issues. I don't know whether I envy or pity her. <BR> <BR> You know what? I'm tired of apologizing, especially for spending money on high-quality yarn and tools. I spent years knitting with yarn that was barely fit to be a Brillo pad on flimsy needles that bent or broke if I looked at them sideways. At the risk of sounding conceited, I think my skill deserves top-of-the-line materials. This is true in the rest of ... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:54:09 EST So... We got heavy rain last night. Great news, because it will help knock down the last of the fires. <BR> <BR> I wanted to get up today, but absolutely NONE of the regular staff are here and none of the replacements are trained on the Hoyer lift so I'm stuck until at least tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Not nearly enough sleep last night, and nothing I like on TV (Friday is the one day of the week I can't find anything I like to watch). Meantime, roomie is getting stranger by the minute. I can't have the... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:18:24 EST Valleys and peaks I've found myself jittery this week. I donated a lot of money (by my standards) to various appeals that matter to me. I also broke down and bought myself an early Christmas present: two shawls' worth of hand-painted silk yarn. (The dark red and dark blue on the top left): <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel guilty for giving, and I feel guilty for not giving to other causes. I feel guilty for the money I spe... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:03:31 EST Double your funnies (since I didn't post last week) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:09:09 EST More fun and games I knew it would happen someday. The kitchen here ran out of coffee! Luckily I have enough Starbucks Via to last about four days if necessary, but I'm waiting for the riot from the residents who weren't prepared. This place keeps running out of basics like milk and butter, but how on Earth do you let yourself run out of COFFEE? <BR> <BR> My roommate is so forgetful, it's scary. She doesn't remember that I've told her several times I can't stand and walk. Last night as the CNA walked her to t... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:10:44 EST Overload (TMI alert) I just couldn't muster enough to post funnies this week. I've lived in Sonoma County for over twenty years and I know Napa very well. I love all the areas that have burned. And still over five hundred missing! Meantime all I can do is send money. With all the tragedy of the last few months I have a hard time laughing or smiling at all. Meantime, we have to keep the windows closed and we're being told to stay inside because of the terrible air quality. <BR> <BR> My new roommate keeps asking m... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:32:39 EST Long and rambling What was it Simon and Garfunkel said? "Time it was and what a time it was..." <BR> <BR> Last Friday night I was asleep. About a quarter to eleven something bumped my bed and woke me up. It was one of the guys from across the hall! He had wheeled himself into my room and was looking under and around my bed. I asked what he wanted and why he was there. No answer. I said he was in the wrong room. He said he knew! I asked him to leave but he just kept looking. I rang for the CNA but he left befo... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:21:49 EST We need to laugh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 4 Oct 2017 10:23:35 EST Laugh time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:02 EST Blah... I'm cranky and miserable today. The kitchen crew here can't read a menu (or don't bother to) and mess up the breakfast request every day. When I filled out today's menu yesterday, I asked for a piece of the coffee cake listed, along with toast and bacon. I got the toast and bacon, but instead of the coffee cake I got the scrambled eggs, which I'd crossed out (in fact, it's in my standing instructions that I don't get eggs here). The CNA asked for me, and they told her they didn't have it. But... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:32:36 EST Some laughs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:18:00 EST Sleepy time They tell me I'm getting a new roommate today. They say she's very nice and that I'll get along well with her. That's exactly what I was told the last time. We'll see. <BR> <BR> I have to brag on some of my gorgeous family. The picture on the left is my nieces (l-r Manda, Leslie and Samantha) with Sam's baby Elizabeth. The picture on the right is my great-nieces Angie and Elizabeth. (My niece Manda looks so much like her mom, my sort-of adopted sister Lynda, that it takes my breath away ever... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:10:35 EST I got The Chair I was able to get into a chair and sit outside for two hours yesterday. I was surprised by how sore I felt after that. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Funny, I look at that picture and all I can see is how big I am.) <BR> <BR> I'm not getting up today, Headache and stomach cramps. Hopefully tomorrow. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:58:39 EST More good news. My gorgeous great-niece Elizabeth is home from the hospital! She weighs over six pounds now -- not bad for someone who started out weighing two pounds, six ounces. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also, they're going to try to put me in a wheelchair again today. Hopefully I'll be able to take my knitting out to the patio for at least a little while. Film at eleven as to how it goes. A Facebook friend asked me wha... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:13:57 EST Comic relief <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:29:31 EST Good news Roomie is moving down the hall this afternoon! So I'll have the room to myself for at least a day or two. If I could get out of bed I'd turn a cartwheel. <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:50:14 EST