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Sunday, August 24, 2014

It's the sabbath, and as usual, I have a lot of preparation to do today...

It's not going to be easy...

My dad passed away last night.

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 8/25/2014 10:44PM

    So sorry to hear that. I didn't know he was that ill that he would go so fast. I thought he just had balance problems.

Take care of yourself, and don't over do it, ok.

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NASFKAB 8/25/2014 12:57AM

  so sorry its hard to lose a parent may he rest in peace prayers heading your way for him, your family & you HUGS

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/24/2014 12:57PM

    I am so sorry, GF. I knew he was having major problems but had no idea he would go this fast. My prayers are with you. y

Our pet Rico Suave (Reekie) died yesterday at 5 P.M. so we are grieving too.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/24/2014 12:19PM

    So very sorry, Kathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always.
Prayers, blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 11:23AM

    OH I am so very sorry! ((((HUGS))))

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NATNOEL 8/24/2014 10:35AM

    Oh no I am so sorry.
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OMG. What NOW...

Saturday, August 23, 2014

My dad is in big trouble...

He's 85, and he has been falling a LOT over the last several months... two weeks or so ago he fell through the guard rail on his own 4 ft high front porch, and went rolling across the lawn. He broke one rib, cracked four others, and had all kinds of bruises, especially one shoulder. He was hospitalized because the doctors were concerned about the bruising in his lung. He was scheduled to go home but didn't because he had an attack--he suffers from atrial fibrillation. He got through that and went home... and fell. It messed up his hand so it was badly swollen and it was decided that he'd see his doctor the next morning--and the next morning, he fell again. the hand? Two of his fingers are broken. And, he's in the hospital now; apparently, a bone spur on one of his cervical vertebrae cracked... and the doctors on call discussed it and called in a neurologist specializing in brain disorders.

He has been diagnosed with (deep breath) Progress Supranuclear Palsy, aka PSP.

It's often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's, since there are several things they have in common--but it's rare, only about 0.00006% of the population will ever have it.

Unlike Parkinson's, there is no tremor, but they both affect voluntary motor control. Eyes, arms, legs... He can't move his eyes up or down, a distinctive trait of this particular disease, so he can't see his feet, and when he wavers the least little bit, he no longer has the mechanism in place to correct his stance. so he goes down backwards, like a felled tree. (Odd little piece of trivia, Parkinson's patients fall too, but they tend to fall forward...)

As the name suggests, it's progressive, and his is moving fast. Yesterday he was eating lunch with my sister, and by dinner time his right shoulder had frozen, and he couldn't lift his arm to reach his mouth. Since his other hand is in a splint, he had to be fed.

And he rang for the nurse but tried to get up by himself before she got there, and he fell off the hospital bed. (The doc thinks that's why his shoulder froze up so fast, the neck injury...)From what I was told, they were running to make sure he hadn't done any more damage to himself--I imagine that neck injury must be a worry right now, too.

Add to that some anomalies in my own blood sugar metabolism... I'm a bit stressed! LOL

I had to call 9-1-1 for myself. I did about 3 minutes of my physical therapy, mostly stretching... and my blood sugar crashed. It was 40.
I ate about 24 grams of glucose, and checked again after a bit. It was THIRTY-SIX. It had gone down. I kept eating while I was waiting for the paramedics. It took almost twice as long as normal for the glucose to kick in. By the time they left, it was 75. I ate my "afternoon tea" (ramen with veggies)... a total all in all of about 80 net carbs. My glucose level the next time I tested was three hours later, and it was 150. I expected 200 or more! Crazy...

I left a message for my endo, and they called back but I had fallen asleep and didn't hear it ring...they didn't leave instructions, so I called them.

Tag! They're "it"! LOL

Sheesh,

I'm exhausted!

The kitties are doing GREAT. I found a free clinic. It's a real hassle to get there and wait for six hours once a month, but it's been worth it--Licorice and Isis have become regular play monsters, and they suddenly want to snuggle too--I'd forgot how active they were before! LOL

...And I'm now the choir director for my ward at church. I've never done this before, and it's a challenge, but I'm having fun too!

So not everything is weird... just me.
*giggle*
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/23/2014 10:38PM

    I really hate to hear this about your dad. My is in similar situation. We need to call and check on him. He is around the same age and is having a lot of challenges.

Be careful with the blood sugar. GF!! I have been there way too many times myself. It's scary!!

I'm so glad to hear about the kitties. I hope Amigo is okay too.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/23/2014 12:29PM

    OH my gosh! You never have an empty plate, do you! Well, hope things simmer down a little bit! So sorry for your Dad's problems. **SIGH**

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/23/2014 12:21PM

    Ward choir is a calling that would scare me. Glad you are having fun. Wow that is not a good bloodsugar stress really messes mine up too. I hope your dad can figure out a way to stop falling and how to cope. Sounds like a difficult way to live. Enjoy the kitties. Laughter is healing.

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JUSTYNA7 8/23/2014 12:09PM

    I have to say I am fascinated by your father's condition but if it is a quickly progressing disease that is horrible. I'm so sorry. And sad for you and your father. I can offer prayer. I hope you will get to visit. Perhaps he would enjoy listening to you talking about the choir work. But... what a lot to worry about when you can't really do anything to make it better.

As for your own sugars, What the heck? Just after stretching??? I don't know American BS numbers but 36 seems remarkably dangerous. I know when my own blood sugars get too low I tend to go into denial and then panic. I feel so lucky that they are pretty stable these days. I use the extend bars when I know I'll be exercising a long time. Your diet must make it tough. Darn those kidneys!

I just got a call that my B&B guests have entered the Marlborough Forest.. .so they are ahead of schedule hiking the Rideau trail but will come out of the forest with 20 km stil to hike. I immediately told them just to call when they get out and I will come fetch them. They must be miserable. It has thunder stormed for the past couple of days and the humidity has been terrible and the area they are entering is swamp land that will have moving water over much of the trails and muck. I am guessing I have 4 hours to prepare the room/house but I don't imagine they will care much. They were planning to be here tomorrow night.

I also have a dear spark friend who has been coming to the B&B for a couple of years who just had her body MRI... and likely has cancer... again. She is the last to accept help but I convinced her that everything falls on her husband when she says no and she and thier son need his support right now, his job is to be the rock... so I'm about to make a couple of meals to drop off and will drive her to some appointments next week. I already am famiiar with her food needs as she has a lot of restrictions. I usually make all their meals while they stay here. I may as well make double as I have another friend who has a rare neuroligical disorder and while she is busy checking off bucket list activities her family is struggling to try and keep like normal at home. A few meals in their freezer would probably be appreciate. So... it looks like "eat your veggies chicken meat loaf" and "crock pot turkey breast" and "quinoa with roasted vegetables". My guests will have to put up with a house smelling amazing all day and next morning. Although if they are up to it I can make them carrot cake pancakes as those freeze well too, lol. Everything has to be gluten and dairy free and all these recipes are totally grain free.

Well, that was a good planning moment. My struggles are to say no to sugar today... which I blogged about. And I need to do a bit of self care which I think will come from a walk in the pool and reading a chapter of my book . Tonight I am determined to play some harp instead of watching TV. We got a recorder for taping my inlaws' stories and apparently it is a very good one for taping music so I need to practice!

Take care. Justyna

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IOEINC 8/23/2014 9:20AM

    So sorry to hear about your dad. It must have been scary for all of you!! I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. And make sure you keep a check on you too.

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NASFKAB 8/23/2014 1:32AM

  prayers & healing wishes going your way for your father & you just look after yourself all he best

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Wouldn't believe it if I hadn't been there...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What a roller coaster ride! LOL

I had that fever for THREE WEEKS... and still have the cough, so Thursday found me in the Cardio/Pulmonary unit at the local hospital for testing. Again. yuck. LOL

It took three MONTHS to get the hard drive for my laptop, and it still has issues--there are no programs at all (my MS Office disk has disappeared!) and it only operates in safe mode, so I can't save anything...
July 6th: I fell for no apparent reason. I had Licorice in my arms, and I just turned and went down. Licorice landed easily on the bed, but I didn't fare so well...a box broke my fall, but scraped and bruised my thigh, and I apparently sprained my foot (NOT the ankle, go figure! lol) my knee, my hip-- and both shoulders were affected because of the way I caught myself... ouch. The very next day, a stainless steel pan lid fell on my other foot and I had to have it xrayed--they thought it might be broken, but no. Just an abnormality in the toe, never mind telling me which one... Yet I survive. LOL

Now I'm back in Physical Therapy for the neuropathy issue again, which has gotten worse. Remedial class, anyone? LOL

Yesterday, I went to my Rheumatologist for a follow-up, and showed him my heel. He didn't like the look of it, and decided to do an ultrasound right there in his office. He let me watch...
Black is liquid, gray is soft tissue, white is bone, and red is inflammation, right? There's a tiny bone spur on the inside edge of my heel but not apparently causing any issues. There is also liquid all around the joint...

...have you ever seen a documentary of the lava fields in Hawaii? The lava moves slowly enough that the top has time to harden to a black shell, which cracks into interesting patterns when the red hot lava peeks through the cracks. My heel looked like that when he moved the wand over it, except that there were a few places that were a solid red glow. Kind of cool looking, but really HOT. Literally. So...

He can't do a cortisone shot that close to the tendon/bone connection, since there is a high risk of rupturing the tendon--and he says, "... a ruptured Achilles tendon would not be good". Isn't Dr. Wang cute? LOL

So...

...I'm on corticosteroids again, a WHOPPING big dose the first day--my blood glucose level at my second meal today was 378...! I have another "new" Dr. Wang (my third, an endocrinologist--his brother!!-- not familiar with my case--haven't even met him yet! LOL) had just two days ago called and lowered my baseline insulin because I was dropping too low--his suggestion for this situation was to use my sliding scale on the short term insulin, but my former endo--oh, I miss him!-- had me adjusting my baseline too when I was taking prednisone before. So I'm going call the on-call doctor and ask to go back to my most recent old doses on the baseline. I don't think with the steroids are going to let me crash too far, do you? LOL

I've missed all of you SO much... and there's a lot to catch up on, so I'll come back later. Got that call to make--I'm do for another insulin dose! LOL

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I.M.MAGIC 8/17/2014 11:26PM

    Thanks, all of you! It's great to BE back! emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/17/2014 4:33PM

    I certainly hate to see you having all of these medical challenges. I am sending prayers for to have a speedy recovery and return to good health again. i miss you when you are gone! emoticon

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NASFKAB 8/17/2014 1:33AM

  baby what a lot of trouble great hearing from you, sending prayers & healing thoughts your way, you need me to come over & look after you but if wishes were planes could do it but n my present state be a hindrance

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 8/16/2014 5:20PM

    Geez girl, if you didn't have bad luck, you'd have no luck at all!
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When I got a cortisone shot my sugar went up for about 5 or 6 weeks. Really sucked. Almost had to eat only meat and greens during that time to keep (some) control over it.

Hadn't seen you around here for SO long... Nice to see you back.
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JUSTYNA7 8/16/2014 5:01PM

    Oh I want a protective bubble too! Woo hoo you are BACK! I'm so glad. I've missed you lots. Get all this stuff dealt with. Lots of time to catch up. Hello to the kitties.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/16/2014 4:44PM

    Good grief, you have the worst luck!!! **SIGH** Sorry you're going thru all this and just sending a protective bubble your way -- you need it!

HUGS

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UMBILICAL 8/16/2014 4:06PM

  Be well

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EMMACORY 8/16/2014 4:03PM

    Wow! That is a lot to deal with. Sending you healing energy and prayers. emoticon

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A LOOONG Haul...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It's been almost a month since I got sick--and I'm still not back to where I was, but I'm (finally!) starting to feel more like myself.

And it's been almost two weeks since my hot water heater died! The maintenance man tried a couple of things, but no dice. He got permission from the manager to replace it, but the landlord insists that parts for the place be purchased from his own hardware store--and they'd just replaced the heater in another apartment and didn't have any in stock, so it will be Thursday or Friday before I have hot tap water again.

Nothing quite like a cold shampoo when you have bronchitis! LOL

I've tried dry shampoo, and my hair looks and smells better, but the residue?... feels totally gross--that stuff isn't worth the money or the time! Meanwhile, I'm having to boil water to wash dishes... and my teakettle only holds about a quart of water.

I miss my Revereware... stainless steel, and it was pretty heavy when full, but it held a whole gallon. *sigh*

Never rains but it pours! But...

I've got all the right things and people on my side!

...I'm going to get through this. I always do! LOL

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P.S. My visiting teacher from church, who is fast becoming family, dropped by yesterday just to bring me a little pot of pansies--exactly like the ones on my SparkPage wallpaper--and my grandmother's front stoop! Of course, Isis... five minutes after Karen left, five of the blossoms were on my floor! LOL I've got what's left of them sitting on a little shelf right outside my front door. REASONABLY safe, except from strong winds! LOL

  
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GEMINI-SKY 7/6/2014 7:41AM

    Hi Kathy...
MEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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POETICJUSTUS 5/29/2014 2:44AM

    Glad you are feeling better. Blessings emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/21/2014 11:20PM

    Prayers that you are soon back to 150%. So sorry to hear you have been sick!!!
Prayers that you get a new hot water tank or yours is fixed sooner rather than later, my friend. There is really no acceptable reason that he is not getting the job done now!!! It is truly a great inconvenience to not have hot tap water...one you shouldn't have to deal with at any time let alone when you are sick!!!
You will definitely get through this!!! YOU ARE A SURVIVOR!!!
Continuing prayers, blessings, love and hugs, dear friend.
Helen

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I.M.MAGIC 5/21/2014 10:06PM

    P.S. JUSTYNA,
Try sprinkling a half cup of baking soda in the bottom of the pan, and SLOWLY adding about the same amount of vinegar... it'll foam like crazy, so I do mean SLOW... when it stops foaming, add a bit of water and just let it set a bit--maybe even overnight--before cleaning it again.

sometimes this works really well and sometimes ... I think it depends on the sugar content of whatever burned...

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I.M.MAGIC 5/21/2014 10:00PM

    thanks for the morale boost, you all! LOL

The man owns a hardware store, where he "purchases" all the materials from himself... so he pays wholesale. According to the maintenance man, they just finished replacing a number of other water heaters, and were out of stock! The new shipment is supposed to be here tomorrow or Friday... so I'm still waiting.

But there's light at the end of the tunnel at least: I actually SANG today! I could only get through one song, but OH, that felt good!

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JUSTYNA7 5/21/2014 8:06PM

    So you are camping, lol. I know that my head gets used to being shampooed every day... but if I stop then my head gets used to being washed once a week. Certainly what we did as kids. I remember as a teen my hair got oily but I have dry skin now. Not that you want to wait that long to try the experiment. Here in Canada if your landlord does not fix things like the hot water promptly there is a tenant rep you can go to to apeal to pay less rent. If there is a reasonable reason for the delay you won't get approved but more than a couple of days without hot water seems unreasonable to me.

Oh Reverewear... I love it. My grandmother and my mother had it and finally I got my own set. I pick up the odd piece for my kids at garage sales or the second hand shop. What I love is it is indistructable. In fact yesterday morning I left my rhubarb cooking on the stove and got onto Spark people... it burned very badly, a solid inch of black crud stuck on the bottom... but that is what I love. I remember my grandmother and my mother burning their pots (must be a family habit) and scraping out that first bit then daily working a little at it to scrub off the burned bottom. Not that things burn often... unless like me you totally forget it was on... but I know with a little hard work it will look just like new in a few days. I seem to remember my grandmother pouring tomato juice into it... but I'm just using steel wool. Sorry you don't have yours any more. You are right they are heavy... but not as heavy as cast iron. These lightweight pans are fun to start with but don't last... warp or scratch or burn or the handles get got to touch. Hmmm. Grateful today for my pots.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/21/2014 3:20PM

    OMG. That landlord's picture ought to be in Webster's Dictionary under the definition of JERK. Good grief.

Glad to her you're feeling a little more yourself., though.

HUGS

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/21/2014 1:15PM

    I have been without a hot water heater before and it's not much fun. My hair needs washed every day.

I have 2 sets of stainless steel pots and pans. I seldom use anything else other than stainless or glass.

That Isis is quite the little devil. LOL. The squirrels here are digging in my garden!

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IOEINC 5/21/2014 8:38AM

    I have to agree. What a sucky landlord. I have to agree that he should give you a refund or some sort of reimbursement for those days without hot water. many many moons ago we had an apartment in an old farmhouse in the country and the well ran dry. It took our landlord 6 weeks to get someone out to even start drilling the well. We could not stay there and I refused to pay rent for that time. The landlord argued about that but I pointed out that it was unsanitary without water to even flush toilets. I won out and did not have to pay the $150 rent (and yes that was a really long time ago, early 70s) LOL!!!

It is such an inconvenience for you and I think your landlord owes you a refund!!

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NASFKAB 5/21/2014 5:06AM

  all the best your landlord needs a kick somewhere am too far away & you are too well behaved sorry you are having this inconvenience while you are not fully recovered

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ONECALMMOM 5/20/2014 11:27PM

  I'd report him to the city. There's no reason for the delay other than his financial gain. I'd also ask for a refund of those days for the inconvenience.

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Uh-Oh... What gives??

Friday, April 25, 2014

For the first time in I don't know when, I'm actually running a fever.

I think I had one about 15 yrs ago, when I had bronchial pneumonia...

My blood sugar levels have been a bit high since the dose changes--supposedly an adjustment period, right? ... so I just kept doing what I do, and I thought this was just allergies, until my blood sugars starting spiking REALLY high yesterday, up to 328... and suddenly, last night, I was really hot. My eyes--my whole face-- felt all puffy, and I was dizzy... ONE HUNDRED DEGREES.

Not life-threatening, but three degrees higher than my norm... and very uncomfortable. I called my home teaching elder, and he and another brother from my church came and gave me a blessing.

I woke at about 02:30 am, and my blood sugar was 71...

...Had to get up and eat! LOL

Heading back to bed, since it's only 03:30 am...

I'm getting over this quickly, it seems... the power of faith? Oh yeah!... but I AM going to call my doctor when it's daylight, and see what she has to say...

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RUSSANDMIN1 5/4/2014 9:51PM

    Hope your feeling better!

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WENDYJM4 4/29/2014 8:37PM

    hope you are feeling better Kathy

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/26/2014 8:14PM

    Prayers that you are soon feeling better. Glad you are calling your doctor. Keep drinking plenty of water too.
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Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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I.M.MAGIC 4/26/2014 2:41PM

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TRAVELGO 4/25/2014 6:35PM

  Hope you feel better!

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NASFKAB 4/25/2014 10:41AM

  take care look after yourself pray you feel better soon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/25/2014 10:30AM

    Take care of yourself! IF it's an infection (like bronchitis) that surely would explain the blood sugars (at least partially). Feel better my dear! Glad you had prayer to help.

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IOEINC 4/25/2014 8:29AM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/25/2014 8:07AM

    I'm sending a prayer for you too. There is a lot of stuff going around inlcuding a really potent allergy season. emoticon

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DMEYER4 4/25/2014 6:36AM

  I hope you feel better soon.

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