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
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
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...
Monday, April 14, 2014
I was just clearing out some old files and came across this (yes, I kept it!)
Midnight has been,
And has moved on,
And I am here.
Mortality stares at me
And still I am here.
When I do not watch for it,
And I must be ready
If I am to catch the light
The perfect picture happens
With every breath I take.
What a precious gift
I have been given
A heart that can see
Is better than eyes.
It is not enough to just watch.
I need to be
I need to live life
In the moment.
Copyright 2007 by Kathleen A. Braley
Friday, April 04, 2014
Thank you all for your prayers.
My SIL, Rosa, made it through the procedure okay, but they ended up keeping her overnight... they planned on doing angioplasties but ended up putting in a stent instead, leading into one ventricle. It had been 80% blocked and the stent is holding it open now. The other three ventricles were 90% blocked, and they couldn't even get the catheter into them for the angioplasty. She has her follow-up with the coronary specialist in two weeks to see where they go from here.
But she's still with us. And they discharged her yesterday, so she's in a good mood.
My brother is talking about going back to the other side of the mountains. They're not happy with their living situation here. They came to take care of her mom, but from what he was telling me, her family is... well... let's just say, more than a little dysfunctional. Case in point, NOT ONE of them even called to ask how she was doing... And every time the two of them leave the house, they worry about what her mom will do to their dog--Once, they came home and found their dog locked out on the front porch (there is a fenced back yard, folks)... and another time, she put moss killer on the lawn in the dog's enclosed yard and didn't tell them, and the dog almost died from licking it's paws. And she deliberately closes the door on it whenever she can-- so they have to take the poor little thing with them pretty much everywhere...
I've enjoyed having them closer so I could see them more often, but I certainly wouldn't blame them for leaving. I know there are excellent cardiologists back in Chelan and Wenatchee--if there hadn't been, she would have died last year!
... we're none of us here for very long, and I want them to be happy while they are.
I spent pretty much the entire day hunting for help. I went to make a small payment on my power bill--and they told me they had sent a disconnect notice this morning! I've been making small payments all along, and now that I've finished with paying off the plane ticket advance I was hopeful that next month I'd be able to start getting caught up--but they won't even make payment arrangements until a certain amount is paid--$100 more than I have!
they did give me some phone numbers. The first three I called? I get discounted rates because I'm disabled and because I get the discount I don't qualify! The last place I called, the lady said "Can you be here in an hour?"
They made a pledge for partial payment, and called the power company!
There is an answer to prayers, y'know?
My wrist is NOT liking the typing lately, so I'm going to have to stop now... but I want to say how grateful I am for all your support in these things!
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
My SIL's procedure is tomorrow, though the time has been changed to 8:00 am...
I talked to my brother. Because I have fasting labs in the morning myself, just down the road, I'll take a sandwich with me, and I'm just going to drive on up to the other hospital when I'm done, to wait with my brother. We're planning on having "breakfast" when she's done... It'll most likely be time for me to eat again by then anyway-- and she'll probably be hungry too!
It has been a long day... one of those when you feel like you're spinning your wheels and can't get anywhere or get anything done, y'know?
But that's just on the surface. We're all creating little miracles we can't see, all the time! LOL
I still have my therapy to get through, and a few beautiful kitties to feed... ugh, Licorice just threw up on the carpet. Gross.
Guess I'll have to stop now... LOL
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