Thursday, November 21, 2013
My body is changing.
I'm not sure if it's good things or a bad things, or just "one of those" things, but I suddenly started having hypoglycemic episodes in the middle of the night again. I called my endocrinologist (the new one) and we lowered the night time dose of long-acting insulin. That worked for about a week, and I was crashing again. So now, my short-acting insulin for dinner has been adjusted so if it's high at pre-dinner, I'm not to compensate for that--and the dose for my evening snack has been eliminated completely... and so far only one crash--but my morning readings are all over the place, some high, some low.
The government stuff that has been going on?... my food stamps have been cut. I'm still working to revamp my menu so I won't end up having to survive on stuff I'm not supposed to be eating-- it's become extremely difficult to get everything I need and stay above my minimum calorie count--and the sodium levels lately have been way too high so my BP and kidneys are being affected. Funny how that works: the more sodium in my diet, the less in my blood stream--and potassium goes through the roof too, even though I'm not exceeding my daily limit on that. So all kinds of muscle issues...
...and the light burned out in my living room, so I inadvertently walked into the corner of my new bench. I have this lovely bruise just below my left knee to the inside-- and just opposite in back there is now a knot that hurts when I walk.
It's a good thing I'm used to challenges-- like I needed another one... LOL
On another front...
I got a text from my ex yesterday...
...He's very seriously contemplating coming back to Washington state from Texas!
His "fiancée" had refused to set a date, and now insists she has no plans to marry again. I met her, and I actually like her, but...
He pays for four phone lines on a family plan. His own, plus her phone as well as one for her younger son. (Mine is the fourth line. Aren't I a gold-digger? LOL Actually, part of a business deal...) He gave her not one but TWO computers. He hasn't been able to save a cent, because every time he gets paid, she makes sure they go shopping. He bought a new bed for their room--but part of the time he ends up sleeping on her son's bedroom floor. He even put her on his insurance, so she could get better medical care, and she has had double carpal tunnel surgery, with him picking up the tab on copays.
We talked about possibilities before he left, and if he does feel that it's what he needs to do, he can stay here with me for a few months until he can get a place on his own... I'm hoping he finds another reason besides her to stay in TX. He has a coffee shop idea that would work great down there--but the market in the greater Seattle area is pretty saturated. There is a shop on practically every corner... annoyingly so when I'm out and about and thirsty--I don't DRINK coffee--can't even stand the smell!
I even got rid of the coffee smell in my house too-- I got rid of Brian's coffee pot! LOL
There would need to be alternatives for the living room seating... the benches would hold him easily enough (the older one I already had before he left) but he wouldn't be all that comfortable without some back support... I'd have to come up with something... there is an idea in the back of my mind, I'll have to consider some options. Not a bad idea anyway--I do have company besides the neighbor's kids, occasionally! LOL
There's other stuff that has been going on, too.
My stepmom had a pacemaker installed recently... My dad's health is slowly going downhill (I suppose it's to be expected, he will be 85 in February)... My brother-in-law had spinal surgery... My brother is still fighting with his blood sugar levels too...And several of the neighbors have been battling that flu bug that's been going around. Good time to stay home, eh? *sigh*
Licorice is doing a bit better, the fur on his neck is almost all grown in--though his backside and legs are still pretty patchy. It makes him look a lot thinner, like he's anorexic or hasn't been well fed--but the vet said he's at a healthy weight...and at that time all three of them weighed about the same.
Amigo is getting fat. LOL He was neutered back in April, when he had that abscess...
I worry about him a lot lately. There's a pair of coyotes living right next door these days, and it's kind of scary, but he still freaks out about coming indoors--though he almost did last night...
...It was already dark out (it gets dark around 4:30pm or so...) I'd been feeding him and had picked up all the dishes and stuff and had the door open ready to go back in--and the neighbor's teenager, Kit, came running around the corner of the building and startled him. Amigo started to bolt, heading straight between my legs toward the open door, but since I didn't move, he stopped there just short of entering and turned and looked at the kid, and stood there and just watched from that point. Once Kit was around the next corner, Amigo just sat down--right in the doorway. I had to nudge him to move him over so I could get into the house! LOL
It pleases me to think that if anything really dire threatened (like that coyote...) he would probably not hesitate about coming in, and wouldn't worry about Licorice and Isis until after... I know there would most likely be a bit of a dust-up, but if that's less scary to him than what's outside... well.
Survival first, right?
It pleases me...
Isis is feeling her oats. LOL
It seems like when she's not asleep she is in full play mode lately. Last night, I was LMAO watching her and Licorice--they suddenly "discovered" the cubbyholes in the benches, and were playing a kitty version of battleship... who needs TV?? LOL
So life still has it's ups and downs, and there are all kinds of changes in the wind besides the weather! LOL
And, my "little sis" neighbor has invited me to have Thanksgiving next week with her family. Not sure about accepting, but if it gets to be too much (noisy crowd! LOL), home is just the parking lot away.
I was wondering what I'd do this year... with Brian's Mom gone, Dad will be with his kids...and I don't currently have the means to go see my own family. We'll have to see how it goes, I guess.
Hope all your holiday plans go well!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
My dear friend MOTLEM, in Tasmania, posted this:
It's a reminder of how we can better ourselves...AND those around us who may be struggling too!...
Monday, October 14, 2013
Had a lot of fun yesterday, met my new neighbors (until the end of the month--long story!). Brandon is in his late thirties (guessing) and we both like to read--the same genres, a lot of the same authors, and even the same books!-- and his fiancée, Andrea? She's like a 40 yr old version of ME! LOL We don't look anything alike--she's Italian, the olive skin and dark hair and flashing eyes and THIN--but we both talk a mile a minute and have SO much in common...
The glass top on Amigo's shelter cracked from the cold, and the glass separated from the frame, so I had to find something to cover the shelter to protect the surface from moisture--and I took Andrea with me to the GoodWill Outlet. They sell the smaller stuff by the pound! I actually found a pop-up tent! I'll cut the bottom up to make a moisture proof tie-on slip cover for the shelter... I also found a pair of khaki mid-calf jeans (in MY size, not an easy thing to do ANYWHERE! lol) PLUS, a bright red, floor length T-SHIRT with a 4" sequined American flag on the front! How fun for lounging around in the evenings, y'know?
Funny, she had so much fun too--and she bought a whole cart full of clothes and housewares! LOL
Then, after I got back and had eaten my afternoon snack, I got a text about one of the 70's coffee tables I'd inquired about from Craigslist... the estate sale was over and it was still available, and could I meet the man in an hour? Whew!
I asked Andrea and Brandon if they could help me load it... and when we got there, the man refused my money--and said there were a few things he was keeping, but anything else we wanted in the house, we could take. The sale of the house was closing on Tuesday, and the disposal of anything left in the house would then be up to the buyer. My neighbors were so excited--they literally have nothing, they didn't even have pillows on their bed--til last night! LOL And I found the table top easel that I've been looking for, for the last three years, and didn't have to pay a cent for it!
It was more fun...of course, with that big coffee table (AND the matching side table! A back-up for Amigo's shelter if I decide I don't need it! LOL) there wasn't much room left in the van. We didn't hit the upstairs, there are a lot of blankets, bedding, etc., but we're going back today as soon as the owner lets me know when he can be there--Andrea and Brandon are putting gas in my van so we can make the trip.
Needless to say, after all the activity yesterday, I was totally exhausted and in a LOT of pain last night... I'm glad I had made a big pot of chicken soup, so all I had to do for dinner was heat it, eat it, and take my pain meds--and thinking back over the day, I went to sleep laughing to myself!
Woke up with my hand hurting though... so took an extra quarter dose this morning. It's going to be another long but fun day... I'll have to be careful I don't overwork my hands. That's the hardest part...
Got to go eat breakfast and feed a few furbabies...
Isis, 3 yrs ago, our last day of moving in. "Just needed to stretch, Mom..."
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I've been wondering why my fatigue has gotten so much worse over the last few months...
Now I KNOW! LOL
I saw my neurologist/sleep specialist for my yearly follow-up, with the usual data download on my APAP (she told me today that technically, it is not a CPAP, since it isn't continuous but adjusts automatically)... and found out that apparently, the apnea issue has gotten a bit worse, and 95% of the time, I'm hitting the preset maximum--which means that some of that time, I'm needing more and not getting it, so I quit breathing.
They reset the maximum today two points higher, and I'm really looking forward to a GREAT night's sleep! LOL
I'm actually very tired today... I wanted to take a nap but spent most of the day running around getting this all taken care of instead--so I've finished my dinner, and I'm waiting for Amigo to show up so I can feed all the cats and just call it a day...
Don't know if you can see them very well, but they looked so comfy...
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