Friday Fragments…

Half-Past Kissin' Time

In an effort to get back into blogging on a more regular basis, I’m posting some Friday Fragments and linking them up @ Half-Past Kissin’ Time.  It feels good to get back into a ‘somewhat’ normal routine again.  Posting with a bad back and a retired hubby around is difficult, y’all!

I ventured out of the house on a short trip to the grocery store, with Ed, on Monday.  (I’ve been pretty much housebound since my back messed up.)  Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think I’d be so happy to visit the local grocery store!  Walking was still painful, so my visit was short, but it was great to get out and about a bit–and we have plenty of food in the house now!

I also helped cook supper on Monday night.  I had to sit in a kitchen chair to finish up, but, with Ed’s help, I made it. We cooked fresh squash from our garden, and, as always, they were so good!  Home-grown veggies always taste the best.

On Tuesday, we lost another one of our ‘original’ flock of six red hens.  Now we’re down to just two.  Sick sister, as I called her, had been ailing for a while. She’d get low, then she’d rally for a few days.  I’m not sure, but from what I’ve read, I think she may have been suffering from ovarian cancer, a disease her breed (Red Star) is known to have. I take comfort in knowing she had a good life.  She enjoyed the last several months of free ranging. We still have seven young hens in our new flock.  Our egg count topped 500, today–and that’s just since January!

On Tuesday night, we received some of the ‘typhoon-like’ weather that had been predicted for Wednesday.  The wind and rain woke me up during the night.  We woke up to find our house surrounded by water.  The garden was  surrounded, as well.  Fortunately, Ed had dug a long ditch at the end of the garden rows, so he was able to open up the rows, and drain the majority of the water out of the garden.  It’s too early to tell how much damage was done to the plants while they sat in water overnight.  We’ve gotten over six inches of rain during the past week!

On Wednesday, I drove my car for the first time in over three weeks.  I drove myself to the hair dresser’s.  It was time for a haircut, and I was more than ready!  I had over an inch cut off, in an effort to get rid of some of my old hair color, and to make my hair easier to take care of.  The salt and pepper look is quickly taking over my hair, but, you know, I kind of like it!

The weather turned unseasonably cool, on Wednesday.  I’d just thrown my flannel shirt in the dirty clothes hamper (I use it for a jacket when I do outside chores) because I thought I was finished with it until fall.  Surprise!  I had to dig it back out, on Wednesday morning–and turn the heat back on!  What is up with this weather???

After the crazy month of April, I’m more than happy to say hello to the month of May!  Hopefully, life here will soon settle back into a normal state–with no mold or termite issues, no dealing with government agencies, and no more back aches!  Normal sounds very good, right about now.

Happy May Day!

 

 

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Since I Last Wrote…

Since I last wrote, a few things have happened around here.  Unfortunately, a complete healing of my aching back/leg hasn’t been one of them.  I’ve yet to give in and seek medical advice, but am seriously beginning to think about it.

Since I last wrote, a man came and sprayed open cell insulation on the under side of our home.  This should help seal up the floor from moisture and help prevent mold, as well as help keep the floor warmer in winter.  The guy who sprayed the insulation said he only saw signs of termites in one spot, and they were no longer there now.  Go figure.

Since I last wrote, the pest control company came and installed a termite baiting system all around the perimeter of our home.  Termites are supposed to come and take the poison bait out of these little canisters, which are buried in the ground.  The termites then take the poison back to their colony and the poison kills it.  This method is supposed to cut off termites before they get to your home.  The pest control company will be back on May 4 to actually treat our home for termites, too.  They’ll also be installing a plastic moisture barrier on the ground underneath our house, to help with our mold issue.  The idea is to cut off moisture, prevent mold growth, and kill any termites we may have.

Since I last wrote, our money has been flying out of our bank account.  I ordered new checks, this week.  I had the following saying printed on them, “Money talks…mine says good-bye.”  Truer words have never been spoken, lately.

Since I last wrote, we received four and one-half inches of rain–in one day!  Our garden was partially submerged in water, on Sunday morning!  We needed rain, but not quite that much.  We picked our first two squash, last week.  They need picking again, but we can’t get to them, at the moment.  I think more rain is in our forecast.  The good news is, we haven’t seen any deer tracks! Ha!

Since I last wrote,  one of my free ranging hens has acquired a strong desire to sit in the chairs on our front porch!  This is not acceptable, and I’ve drawn the line at having chickens roosting on the front porch.  The ‘girls’ and I are currently in the process of battling it out.  Let’s just say, the free ranging hens have been spending less time being free, lately.

Since I last wrote, we’ve had lots of family time with our grown off spring and their families.  On Friday, we had company from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.  We weren’t able to get everyone together at the same time, but we were able to visit with every one of them, at some point, during the day/night.  I’m so grateful our grown children still like  spending time with us and each other.  I hope they always will, even as we all grow older.

Since I last wrote, our youngest son, Brad, and his wife, have put their home up for sale.  (They want to move back ‘home’.  Yay!)  They had their first showing yesterday.  Unfortunately, on Sunday morning, the couple woke up to find water leaking from the bedroom ceiling!  It turns out the air conditioner drain pipe [in the attic] had stopped up and caused an over-flow. Talk about poor timing!  The realtor showed their home anyway.  No word on how things went.  Actually, their home doesn’t ‘officially’ go on the market until Tuesday.  Sunday was just a ‘sneak peek’ of things to come.

Speaking of leaks, since I last wrote, Ed discovered a new one in our own attic.  You may recall we’ve been battling leaks, off and on, for a while.  We get one fixed and another pops up.  I tell you, when it rains, it pours, doesn’t it?  Our problem is the front half of our tin roof was put on with nails instead of screws.  After ten years, the nails have begun working their way out of their holes, , thus letting water come in.  I guess Ed will be back on top of our house, before long, if this trend continues.

By the way, Ed just stepped into the room to tell me that ‘typhoon-like’ weather has been predicted for our area, on Wednesday.  Oh, joy! Of course, things could always be worse, so I’ll give thanks, in all things, and press on.

Have a great Monday!

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Catching Up On Monday…

It’s hard to believe another week is already beginning, but here we are again!  As usual, the weekend went by in a blur.  They always do!

You may or may not recall that I went for my routine mammogram screening on last Wednesday.  First, Ed bought me a nice lunch at the hospital cafeteria.  Then, afterward, one of his techs did my exam and I came home.  However, the next morning, Ed called me to come back to the hospital to have additional films done.  Joy, joy!  On Thursday, I headed back to the hospital and had four more films done, two on each breast, which concentrated on a certain area of each breast which was questionable by the Radiologist.  I was not happy, as I had to miss a shopping trip with my daughter, plus I was scared to death!

I didn’t find out the results of my second exam until nearly suppertime on Friday evening.   To say I was beside myself would be an understatement!  I felt as if my life was passing before my eyes while I waited for those results.  (I had visions of having to consult with the surgeon again. ) Fortunately, when the results finally came , they were fine!  My second exam was normal.  What a relief!

On Saturday, Ed did some yard work, while I scrubbed our front porch banisters and floor.  I couldn’t bare the thought of decorating a dirty front porch for Christmas!  I haven’t decorated yet, but at least the porch is clean and ready.  My day progressed nicely until I was eating my lunch.  As I was eating the final bite of my hot dog, another tooth broke!  It’s been less than six months since the last tooth broke!  Sigh.  I’ll be hoping and praying that “Santa” doesn’t have to bring me a crown for Christmas, as I head to the dentist as soon as I can get an appointment.

At least, Sunday was a fun day!  Ed and I, along with our daughter and her family, went to Brunswick to do some Christmas shopping.  It had been ages since the five of us had been anywhere together, and we had a great time.  We laughed so much!  We had lunch at The Cracker Barrel, then spent the rest of the afternoon browsing through various stores.  It seemed strange to be in Brunswick and not be heading over to St. Simon’s Island!  Of course, the temps were only in the 40’s, so there’s no way any of us wanted to be at the beach!

That pretty much recaps what’s been happening around here, so now I’ll join in ‘The Monday Quiz’, hosted by Wayne and Heather @ ActingBalanced.

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1. Yesterday (Sunday) was National Adoption Day in the US – does your family (or friend family) have an adoption story?

Yes, our family has an adoption story.  After suffering through five miscarriages, the Lord saw fit to bless my brother and his wife with a beautiful baby daughter, through adoption.  Their adoption story is an amazing one.

2. Do you plan out your Thanksgiving preparations? When do you start?

Yes, I do plan out my Thanksgiving preparations, but I won’t actually start those preparations until about Tuesday.

3. Shopping on holidays – pro or con? What do you think of stores and malls opening at 6 PM or 10 PM on Thanksgiving for “Black Friday” What about Midnight or 3 AM? Are you planning to shop at any time this coming weekend?

I’m not a fan of shopping on holidays.  People should be home with their families on holidays.  I think the stores should wait until at least midnight to open, but I really think 5 AM is early enough.  You couldn’t drag me into a store with a ten foot pole this coming weekend!!!

4. Do you have a fireplace? Do you use it? If you don’t, do you want one?

We have an electric fireplace, which probably doesn’t count.  I love a real fireplace, but would only want one if it had gas logs in it!  For years, Ed and I heated our home by burning firewood in a Buck Stove.  The heat was fantastic, but the dust and ashes drove me crazy!  I do miss being able to roast hot dogs and marshmallows, inside, over the fire though.  Fun times!

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T’was The Week Before Christmas…

T’was the week before Christmas when…I came down with a UTI!  Yes, on top of everything else, I’ve managed to contract a urinary tract infection, and we all know what cures those…antibiotics!  I don’t know about you, but antibiotics give me–a yeast infection!   In fact, antibiotics for a UTI are  what started my chronic yeast problem in the first place!  Now, in addition to medications for chronic yeast, I am also taking antibiotics!    Quick!  Somebody stop this ride, I want to get off!!!

T’was the week before Christmas… when our family celebrated the birthdays of our two youngest grandchildren, Caden and Chase.  Our oldest son and his wife were twice blessed with children being born during the month of December.  Their oldest was born four years ago, two weeks prior to Christmas.  Their youngest was born two days after Christmas.  On Saturday, a double birthday party was held for their little December blessings.

I simply can’t imagine planning a birthday party in the midst of Christmas activities, but their mom somehow pulled it off.  The theme of their party was “C is for”, appropriate since both of their names begin with a “C”.  Here’s a photo of the boys waiting for their party to begin–dressed in their birthday shirts, which sort of matched their cake.

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T’was the week before Christmas…when I only had two gifts wrapped! For some strange reason, I’m not stressing about it either. Perhaps, it’s because I’ve been busy stressing over other things–like dealing with “The Problem Resolution Center” over a television, but hey, I finally have some good news concerning our television saga!

On Friday, we received a reimbursement check for our old television! I’m still waiting for someone to call and schedule a pick-up date for the new damaged television, but in the meantime, we got our check! Until they get around to picking up this 55″ television, we have no place to put another large tv, so we’ll continue to watch it, even with its smudges and blurriness. Hopefully, someone will be in touch soon, since we now have their television and their check! After Christmas, perhaps we can finally purchase a television that we can enjoy again–and forget this whole mess!

T’was the week before Christmas…when the airwaves of radio and television are filled with tragedy concerning Friday’s elementary school massacre.  I’m shocked and saddened for all of those involved.  I simply can’t imagine what these families are going through at this time.  However, I could almost see the wheels in our President’s head turning (as he wiped away a fake tear from his eye during his speech), and I remember these words spoken by Rahm Emanuel--“Never let a good crisis go to waste.”  I sense some sort of  “gun control”  just over the horizon.  This disturbs me greatly, as it should each American!  Guns are not the problem, the absence of God in our society is the problem.  So many have lost their moral compass, if they ever had one at all.

T’was the week before Christmas…and I’m already tired of eating carrot sticks, raw broccoli, and wheat bread!  I actually went to Burger King on Friday and ate a grilled chicken salad!  Of course, I blew it on Monday when I gave in and ate fried chicken and french fries, but I’ll do better tomorrow.  There has to be a little more to life than raw veggies and wheat bread, especially this time of the year!

T’was the week before Christmas…and I’m feeling the need to slow down blogging for a few days.  I haven’t been well lately, and I have several things demanding my attention– including another doctor’s appointment on Wednesday.  I may not be blogging or visiting on a regular basis for a few days, but I’ll do the best I can!

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Make Me Crazy Monday…

Acting Balanced

It’s been a while since I posted, but I’ve had an awful lot going on lately.  I’ll do some catching up at the end of this post, but first I want to participate in Heather’s fun Monday meme.  Here are today’s questions:

1. What is your favorite charity to donate to?

My current favorite charity is relatively new, and it’s known as “Mercury One” (mercuryone.org)

2. When was the last time you danced?

The last time I danced was June 25, 2011, at our youngest son’s wedding.

3. How do you show someone you care about them?

By spending time with them, telling them I love them, or doing something special for them.
4. Do you send holiday cards?

I don’t send “holiday” cards, but I do send Christmas cards–which reminds me, that’s on today’s “TO DO” list!

My question for you:

5.  Do you enjoy Christmas Parades, and if so, do you prefer daytime parades or illuminated nighttime parades?

I love Christmas Parades, and actually attended two this weekend–a nighttime parade and a daytime parade.  I prefer the illuminated night parades.

My recap from the past four days:

Our daughter-in-law, Jennifer, got some good news regarding her biopsy, but she had to wait five  l-o-n-g  days to get the news.  It was a tense time for all, especially her.  We were all relieved to hear the good news, and greatly appreciate the prayers sent up in her behalf.

As for me, I’m still taking my yeast medications and trying to cope.  There is some slight improvement, but the problem still persists.    Today I will take my last Diflucan, but will continue the other two drugs for three more weeks.  By then, I will have been dealing with this problem for six months.  I have a follow-up doctor appointment next week.

I mentioned in an earlier post that my HRT has been reduced by one-fourth.  My body is having a hard time adjusting.  My emotions are all over the place.  Hopefully, I’ll level off in another week or two.  I go through this every time my dosage gets adjusted, and it’s pure hell ( for me and for Ed).  No hot flashes or night sweats, so far,  just terrible mood swings, and an inability to concentrate.  If that’s not enough, I’m also having to limit caffeine due to fiber-cystic disease, but wait, there’s more…

My gynecologist called last week requesting permission to refer me to an endocrinologist because my fasting glucose level was a bit high (7 points) at the beginning of my glucose tolerance test.  Since Ed works with my doctor, he ran this suggestion by my primary care physician.  He wasn’t concerned about the slight elevation,  since my glucose level was normal just a month ago.  He monitors my glucose levels regularly, along with everything else, so I’m declining the referral unless my primary care doctor sends me later.  For now, some lifestyle changes are beginning to happen.

My blood pressure has been high on the past two doctor visits, but I attributed it to being nervous.  On Sunday, Ed checked it at home, and it was the highest it’s ever been-160/90!  Not a good thing.  I’ve never been one to have high blood pressure.  I’m going to have to keep a closer watch on that.    My cholesterol has been on a steady increase, too.   Geez, I seem to be falling apart!  A permanent diet change and more exercise is apparently in order.  If I can’t get my numbers down through diet and exercise, then I’ll have to go on more medications, and I’d really like to avoid that, if possible.  Age is apparently catching up with me!

On the bright side, I FINALLY finished decorating the house for Christmas!  I’ve never been this late getting finished before, so I’m relieved to get it done.  Next on my list is mailing Christmas cards and wrapping gifts!  There’s some baking to be done, too, but it will be limited this year.  Sugar and flour are on the “naughty list”…

In case you are wondering, our television saga continues.  We’re still waiting for the trucking company to call and schedule a pick up of the faulty television that was sent to us.  We’ve been waiting since last Wednesday…(This situation is probably not helping my blood pressure either!)  We have to ship this television back before we can get it replaced.  We’re heading into week four of this saga, with no end in sight yet.

If the television saga isn’t bad enough, something is apparently wrong with our satellite reception, too.  Dish Network is mailing us a new receiver this week.  I’m going to lose all of my recorded programs on the old DVR!  I have some great concerts recorded, plus a ton of movies.  A new receiver better solve our problem or I’ll really be bummed…

Now, doesn’t your life seem calm, compared to mine?   Happy Monday!

P.S.  I’m way behind on blog visits, so please be patient with me.  I’ll get caught up with everyone as soon as I can.

Published in: on December 10, 2012 at 9:45 am  Comments (13)  
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Ho Ho Ho Hodgepodge…

I’ve been having such a difficult week I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to participate in “The Hodgepodge” today, but here I am–because I am a creature of habit and I’m determined!  The good news is- after three days I have finally finished decorating the large tree in the living room. Yay! The bad news is the ornament boxes are still sitting all around, and I have two more trees to go. Perhaps I’ll get them finished today–right after I answer Joyce’s questions and visit a few friends.

1. Share your traditions surrounding the Christmas stocking.
While our children were growing up, everyone in the family had a stocking. We didn’t have an actual fireplace, so I hung the stockings on the wall, near our wood burning heater which stood in the corner.  Some years all of the stockings were filled, but usually it was just the children who found goodies in their stockings on Christmas morning.  The goodies were usually an assortment of Christmas candies and perhaps a small toy or two.  I still have all of our stockings, but no longer hang them.  Here’s a photo from ten or twelve years ago:

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2. How many hours of sleep do you average at night? Is it enough?

On a good night, I average about 6 hours of sleep.  It’s not enough, but it’s a lot better than the nights when I only sleep 3 to 4 hours.  I’ve found 8 hours of sleep to be the perfect amount of sleep for me, but it rarely happens.

3. If you had to give up one thing for the remainder of this year what would it be?

Considering the television issues plaguing me for the past three weeks, I’m going to say “watching television”.  Three weeks and counting since our big screen was pronounced “unfixable”.  We’re still trying to resolve the problems concerning our new”replacement set”.   It appears that we may end up sending this television back to the company due to its major “issues”.  It’s a very nice television, with internet and 3D, but apparently it’s defective.  What luck!

4. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (or Wills and Kate as I like to call them) have announced they’re expecting a baby. Do you follow news of the Royals?

I don’t follow the news of the Royals, but it’s hard since the family is always making headlines.  I don’t really share the fascination that some people have with them.  They’re just people.

5. For me, the sound of childhood is the musical sounds of an ice cream truck!  To this day, I still get excited when I hear one, which isn’t often!   These days there is no ice cream truck around here– only the sounds of our grandchildren squealing with delight while they play outside in the yard.

6. Fruit cake-yay or boo? What’s your favorite dessert made with fruit?

Booyay!  I used to hate fruit cake, but have cultivated a taste for it in my older years.  It’s still not among my favorite desserts, but I don’t mind having an occasional slice.  My favorite dessert made with fruit is apple pie or peach cobbler.

7. What is one thing you want to accomplish before 2012 comes to an end?

To get my house decorated for Christmas!  It’s never taken me this long to decorate before.  By the time I finish, it will be time to take it all down…

Random:

Let me just tell you- introducing your body to four new drugs at once is not a fun experience!  I began my newest phase of treatment for excessive yeast yesterday.  My side effects ranged from dizziness to “the shakes”.  (I’m so grateful I didn’t fall off the ladder while I was decorating the Christmas tree!)  By the time Ed arrived home from work, I was a woman at the end of her rope.  I’d dealt with the lady from the Tax Office, the television repairman, the television repairman’s wife, and I was in the midst of a hormonal episode.  I cried while stirring my pot of chicken and dumplings, as Ed told me about his day.  (He had to have his car radiator replaced, and of course it cost more than anticipated.)  So many issues to deal with lately!   Let’s hope today is a bit calmer, after all,  ‘Tis the season to be jolly 🙂

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Happy Monday…

Acting Balanced

I hope it’s a happy Monday for you, I’m still trying to decide about mine.  I’m thankful that Thanksgiving came early this year, so I’ll have more time to get ready for Christmas– ’cause it’s slow going here.  I’m getting ready, but it’s at a slower pace than usual–probably because I keep taking so many blogging breaks!  Speaking of blogging–I think it’s time to link up with “Monday Quiz About Me”!

1. When was the last time you had your picture taken with Santa?

Actually, I had my picture taken with Santa (at Bass Pro Shop) last Christmas–along with my daughter and granddaughter.  We thought it would be neat to have a “3 generations” picture made with Santa.  I’m the lady in the red top.

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2. Which do you prefer – ham or turkey?

I prefer turkey, probably because we don’t have it very often.

3. Do you give more to charity in December?

Sometimes, but not always, it just depends on what’s going on.

4. Which US City would you most like to visit and why?

I think I’d most like to visit Miami, Florida, because of its close proximity to the Florida Keys.

My question for you:

5.  Do you enjoy watching Christmas movies?  If so, what’s your favorite one?  

I love watching Hallmark Christmas movies!  There are so many good ones, I can’t pick a favorite, but among my favorites are “The Christmas Card”, “The Christmas Heart”, “Call Me Mrs. Miracle”,  and “A Christmas Visitor”.  I also enjoy watching National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” and “A Christmas Story” each year, as well.

Weekend Recap:

‘Tis the season, and it was a busy weekend around our house!  As I mentioned, I’m still working on getting up our Christmas decorations.  Ed and I finished putting up the outside decorations on Friday afternoon, but I’m still working on the inside decorations.  We had a lot of company on Saturday, then some shopping to do on Sunday, so the inside decorations have had to wait.  Today’s top priority is finishing the tree in the living room.  Wish me luck!

I stayed home all day on Friday, waiting for the delivery man to bring our new television.  He was supposed to arrive between twelve and five, but it was after six when he finally called for directions.  By then, I’d given up hope.

On Saturday, when Ed unpacked the television, we discovered we didn’t get any papers with our new television–no packing slip, no invoice, or any paper that we could  use to purchase an extended warranty.  Our plight didn’t stop there…  We discovered our brand new  replacement television already has “issues”!  It has what appears to be two “smudges” right in the middle of the screen, but they don’t wipe off.  Occasionally, the picture also turns a bit blurry for just a few seconds.  Can you believe this?  I talked with the warranty company last night, and they will be arranging repair service next week, while I wait to receive an invoice (for the television) from them.  Here we go again…Can you believe it?

Tomorrow I will also be starting yet another treatment plan for the yeast overgrowth that’s still invading my body.  After drinking the glucose for Thursday’s test, I’ve been in even more misery. (Sugar consumption increases yeast growth.)   The newest cream from the doctor hasn’t helped either.  I’m now moving into month six of this problem, with the yeast spreading again.

While my yeast problem is aggravating, persistent, and a little threatening, our daughter-in-law, Jennifer, is dealing with a much larger issue.  Her six months GYN check up, on Friday, didn’t go well.  Once again, I am asking for prayers on Jennifer’s behalf.  She has to wait a few days to learn more results.  Your prayers would be deeply appreciated.

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What A Week!

Have you ever had one of those weeks that makes you just yearn for “normal”?  Me, too, and this week has been one of them!

My week began with a house strewn with boxes of Christmas decorations, and a lot of misplaced “junk” from the storage room (’cause I have to move heaven and earth to get to the Christmas decorations). Then there was the late-afternoon trip with Ed to meet with a coin dealer.  (Did you know that old coins–the ones minted before the 60’s– are becoming quite valuable as the price of silver escalates?)  This was most definitely not a normal Monday!

Tuesday was spent plowing my way through Christmas decorations, and trying to get the house decorated and “normal” again.  I didn’t succeed.  I spent the entire day in my kitchen, cleaning and decorating.  The good news is–my kitchen looks great.  The bad news is the rest of the house is still a mess.  One tree out of four is decorated, so far.

Wednesday I took out a little time to play “Wednesday Hodgepodge”, then headed out to the city after lunch.  Three hours of traveling, plus three hours of sitting in the doctor’s office equals one tired lady by the end of the day.  I was the last patient to leave the office that day–and I exited with a handful of orders for lab work and three prescriptions.

Thursday, around 1:30 in the morning, our phone rang.  The digital x-ray system at the hospital had gone down, and the tech needed advice from Ed.   As a result of that call, neither Ed or I got much sleep afterward.  By 6:30 we were both up, getting ready to go to the hospital.  Ed for work, me for a 3 hour glucose tolerance test to rule out diabetes.  What a joyous way to spend the morning!  By lunchtime, when the test was finally over, I was “spent”.  There’s nothing like drinking a sickeningly sweet drink on an empty stomach, then having blood drawn four times within three hours!

I’m up and puttering around today, but I’m exhausted from this week’s activities.  The good news is,  I passed my glucose tolerance test, the bad news is we still don’t know what’s causing my chronic yeast problem!  (Diabetes can sometimes be the culprit)  I have one last round of medications to try, along with a reduction in my hormone replacement therapy.   If that doesn’t work, I don’t know what’s next…Five months of non-stop yeast has been miserable, and quite frustrating!

In three weeks, I have to make the journey back to the city for a re-check at the gynecologist.  It will be another long day, and by then it will be only one week before Christmas!  Joy, joy!

Did you know that in addition to making life miserable, chronic yeast can be hazardous to your health?   Oh the things I’m learning as I continue on this road I’m traveling.  If you don’t mind, I sure could use some prayers concerning this whole situation.

Oh, and one last thing about this week!  Ed, along with the other hospital employees, found out that the cost of their health insurance premiums will be increasing by 49% at the beginning of next year!  Thank you so much, Obama care!  At this rate, after insurance deductions, we’ll be lucky to have enough left to buy a loaf of bread…Like I said, “What a week!”

On a happy note, there were a couple of bright spots in this crazy week.  On two different evenings this week, we were blessed with visits from Brad, our son who recently moved.  He drove over after work to check on things at his old house, and to see us for a bit.  It’s the little things that mean the most, and we sure were happy to see his smiling face 🙂  He and his wife, Jennifer, are adjusting to city life, and enjoying their new home.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Exams, Shots, and Other Not-So-Wonderful Stuff…

I’m late posting today, but I’ve been a busy little bee this morning…I’ve already gotten up early, drove to town, had lab work done, and gotten my flu shot!  What a way to start the day, right?  I figure the day can only get better after all of that!  After hearing all of the coughing at the doctor’s office, I feel like I should come home, take a shower, and take a mega dose of vitamin C.  Apparently, the cold and flu season has begun early this year.

I really hate this time of the year!  I love the actual season of fall, but I hate all the appointments that come with it!  First of all, I get to have my yearly mammogram done this month.  Whoopee…Who doesn’t love having their boobies squeezed as flat as pancakes?  It’s the highlight of my day…NOT!

Following the yearly mammogram, comes the yearly pap test and exam!  Things just keep getting better, don’t they?  I don’t get it…I have no cervix, no uterus, and no ovaries, but I still need a yearly pap test.  Go figure!  Of course they have me over a barrel since I still take hormone replacement therapy.  I have to go to the doctor once a year, to get my prescription renewed.  I’ll do anything to keep those hormones balanced…(and Ed will, too.)  I don’t know how long I will be on hormone replacement therapy, but I hope it’s a while longer.  I”m not very pleasant when my hormones get unbalanced.

Following all of that fun comes my dental checkup.  I don’t really mind my dental checkups, but there’s just something about walking into the office and hearing the sound of that drill…There’s also a particular smell that greets you at the door…a medicinal smell, which reminds me of… shots!  I always try to relax during my cleaning, but more often than not I find myself gripping the arm of the chair!!!

Last but not least is the yearly field of vision and eye exam.  I don’t know if you’ve ever had a field of vision test done, but I hate the field of vision test!  You have to stare straight ahead into this machine and press a button each time you see a little speck of light coming from varying directions.  It’s quite nerve-racking!  Did I mention that you only get to use one eye at the time?  I must have this test done yearly because of one of my arthritis medications can potentially harm the eyes.  After the field of vision test is over, then I get to have my eyes dilated and be blind as a bat for 4 hours!  Such a fun way to spend a day…

Well, I’m getting tired just writing about all of the adventures awaiting me during the next couple of months, so I think I’ll go do something fun–like vacuuming and dusting the bedroom.  I can hear the Endust calling my name now!  After that, I think I’ll go outside and enjoy the totally awesome fall weather that we are currently having…and I’ll think of tests, shots, and doctor visits on another day!

Published in: on October 6, 2011 at 11:18 am  Comments (4)  
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