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Renal Colic, anyone?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yesterday I had to have an ambulance take me from my office to the ER, so embarrassing at work. I had unbelievable pain in the lower left part of my abdomen, spreading around to my back. It took 3 shots of morphine before the pain diminished. The CAT scan made the doctor suspect I had passed a kidney stone. They let me go home after I was there from 9 am to 4 pm. The pain is almost completely gone now. Tomorrow I will visit a urologist to be treated for renal colic, whatever that is.

Wow. I broke a vomiting streak of a few years by losing it in the ambulance. Now THAT's something.

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SCOOTER4263 4/22/2014 11:41PM

    Geez, we can't leave you alone for a minute, can we? No more of this nonsense now! emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/22/2014 8:20PM

    I have passed one kidney stone and it was definitely one of the most painful experiences I've had. Yes, vomiting was also involved. I think I would rather have a baby than go through that again. There is no break from the pain. I went to urologist; ran lots of tests and discovered I have at least one more lurking in there. I live in fear of that day!!! Hope you are feeling better. Take it easy--that's a trauma for sure!

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_UMAMI_ 4/22/2014 5:29PM

    Wow, what a horrible thing to happen at work! I hope, now that it's passed, you're feeling better and are enjoying your day off. Good luck at the doctor's tomorrow.

(I was trying to come up with a pun for Ur*-th Day, but couldn't manage one!)


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JANEDOE12345 4/22/2014 1:34PM

    Yes I did google it and it sounds like a stone to me, too. I had heard about this sort of thing before and never ever imagined how painful it would be. The doctor will hopefully tell me if was indeed a stone, what caused it, and how to prevent it. I am still feeling weird from those shots!

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SUZYMOBILE 4/22/2014 1:29PM

    Yikes! I hope you feel better. I'm sure you've googled it by now; sounds like it was a stone.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

My first spring list is so done I won't even list it again, except the sconces have yet to be mounted and the headboard still needs reupholstering. That is only one afternoon when I feel like it, no rush. Yesterday's retreat did not include one of our two-hour lunches (yay) so I came home and slaved at my projects. Lots of energy due to the doctor upping my medicine. I feel less stuck for a change.

In addition to redecorating my bedroom, I am basically redoing my parlor from rust accents to teal accents. I have enough stuff to have hung fresh curtains, placed fresh accessories, and changed the lamp. Uncovering the furniture and swapping out the art and presto, a summer room. This is where hoarding is a good thing, lol. I must say that ironing ten 84-inch curtains was a drag as they were all stored away folded with sachets.

Noah was supposed to come down and work outside today but so far, no Noah. He just called and is slowly progressing toward CT from Boston. He works very intensely as a designer of heart pumps. He writes the computer code that tells the pump how to work -- so he can't make mistakes and it is wearing, exacting work. That PhD is making him a good living for sure. However, no education is necessary to get down here and grab a rake and it is good for him to get outdoors from apartment living. I think I will hire a professional this year, too. My property is way beyond hope for us mortals.

No other news. I have been looking at new used cars. Maybe a Prius like BFF, maybe a Versa or some tiny little hatchback. Just spending an hour looking on the car lots was helpful and I will go slowly to be certain that what I get will take me into retirement in 4.5 years.

Have a terrific week!

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DELIA38961 4/15/2014 8:20PM

    best wishes on your projects

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/14/2014 7:44AM

    I love the way you sound in this bog!!! It's great to hear you with bounce and energy!! Hope you got some of that yard work done. It was great of your son to come help!!! YAY for you!!!

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_UMAMI_ 4/13/2014 12:59PM

    You sound Good, and I'm happy for you.

Whatever car you get, I hope it can handle your scary winter snows. Maybe this will give you some ideas:

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List Update

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Here's how it's going on the list from March 16:

Spring List, 2014

Put Christmas wrap away - done
Put buckets of cat litter upstairs -done
Locate and move all curtains to big bedroom closet - almost done
Alll sheets in big chest in big bedroom - done
All blankets, quilts and bedspreads little room closet - Done
My bedroom curtains move to LR - Reconsidering goal
Green print curtains from big bedroom move to hallway - done
My former green sheers move to big bedroom - changed goal
Find blue curtains with white stripe for my room - done & hung
Exchange blue for green rugs in my room - done
Swap bedskirts
Untangle double switches in my room
Hang lamps in my room
Reupholster headboard

I have had less time than usual due to Game of Thrones obsession. I am trying to watch all 30 episodes of the first three seasons and am halfway through...then I can get my life back. Of course, there will be more movies to go to and more Saturday lunches (yesterday's lasted until 4:30) but still, my list will get done!!

Doing all this stuff lightens my mood, so onward I go.

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HIPPICHICK1 4/13/2014 10:47AM

Great progress!

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/6/2014 7:18PM

    Wow! You are really making progress on that list! Good for you! It has to make you feel good!

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Noah Film Spoiler

Sunday, April 06, 2014

(As an aside, I had to see this as I named my son Noah in 1975, before the name got popular.)

Is a good-looking, badly-acted film worth my $7.75? This one wasn't and I could have enjoyed it on DVD.

Noah was eagerly anticipated and opened with lots of good reviews, but having gone in with great expectations, I can only say that the reviews were premature. The latest ones agree with me: this is not such a great movie. It is a romp of scene-chewing for Russell Crowe, once again playing his tortured, sensitive jock only in homemade clothes this time. He owns this movie, for good or ill, and broods his way through it with brow-furrowing determination. His angst on the boat is especially annoying, since we know the Bible is somewhat reticent as to Noah's mood swings.

His wife is played by Jennifer Connolly, who does a good job of being absolutely stunning considering their lifestyle. Introducing Emma Watson as a gratuitous skinny ingenue was an obvious ploy for the Harry Potter crowd's attention - but she can't act. Her birthing scene is such over-the-top bad acting that I had to close my eyes. Unfortunately, her puppy-yelps could still be heard. I am grateful it wasn't in 3D.

The storyline had to be imaginative to fill in all that was not said in the Bible and make up enough to build a movie. It is jarringly bizarre, with rock angels (a rock group, lol), magic seeds, LOTS of gore and riots featuring torn off limbs, plus a bad guy who eats raw lizards. All this constant action is to keep the attention of a jaded audience, I guess. There were plenty of kids in the audience and I just wonder how that lizard thing affected them.

So what's good? The photography is a strong redeemer. I was disappointed that there were very few, albeit beautifully-done, CGI animal moments. We get lots of CGI scenery, however, and it is magnificent. The Garden of Eden, the rocky desert wasteland, and of course, the ark itself -- all flawlessly created and presented in gorgeous living color. The big screen is great for this kind of photography.

The one prevailing thought I have about this movie is rooted in my own faith tradition. Let me say that if a little kid saw this, or if someone saw it who did not know the simple power of the Noah story -- then it would be pretty hard to be clear about what the Bible says (not really much). I think it would muddy the waters, forgive the pun, for those who don't realize that many of the elements Aronosky introduced are from his mind and have very little relation to what we read as kids. The power and beauty of the Noah story is just too radicalized in this film.

And that's that.

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MAGGIEBONGO 4/8/2014 11:55PM

    LOL @puppy yelps hahaha. I didn't know whether Emma Watson could act or not based on what she did in Harry Potter. Sort of disappointing to hear that she can't. And Aronofsky - he's a puzzle. I really hated Black Swan but I forget what else he did that I thought was pretty cool.
Anyhow, run review! I will always love Russell.

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_UMAMI_ 4/6/2014 7:47PM

    I knew it must be bad when I heard his Aussie accent (seriously?!). Today would have been a perfect day to see it, however---we've had nonstop rain for 24 hours!

Thanks for the great review! (/warning)

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JOANNANOW 4/6/2014 7:43PM

    It isn't out on cable. I downloaded the film from the Pirate bay .... I know, I know.... it's very naughty... I live in a remote place where we don't get first run movies... not a good excuse but I'm not feeling too guilty. Who knew I would become an outlaw in my 60's! I hope this confession doesn't go viral! emoticon
So far so good. emoticon

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JOANNANOW 4/6/2014 6:28PM

    Oh boy.... I have the movie on my computer was going to watch it tonight. I'm sure you are right about it ... I'll give it a try for a while though. I didn't have high hopes for it anyhow. emoticon

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GUNNSGIRL91303 4/6/2014 6:15PM

    I'm so disappointed to read this though I thank you for the review! I just was so looking forward to seeing it even though I knew it wouldn't be accurate according to the bible. I only found out yesterday that Russell Crowe was in it, which put some doubt in my mind because he's just not my favorite, though I liked him in Robin Hood for some reason.

Thanks for being honest! I know my hubby is still going to want to see it so I'll just bear with it. Maybe I'll make him read your blog and he'll change his mind!

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SUZYMOBILE 4/6/2014 11:41AM

    Too bad! Given that the Flood is an archetypal myth for more than just our culture, it sucks that Russell Crowe has to ruin it.

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Follow-up on Tests

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The blood work came back and the doctor says I am in A-1 excellent health. No cholesterol, thyroid or infectious problems. Blood pressure is perfect as always and I am fine. A little low on vitamin D, but not even that much. Thinking my thyroid is off - well, that's not the secret of my high weight.

Depression is elusive, a savage black dog to hunt down and capture. You can never kill it but you can keep it at bay. Granted, this was about the coldest, snowiest, and meanest winter I can remember.

My weight has stabilized at 238 and at least I have not gained. Thank HP that I have at least the strength to see that I need to reach out instead of staying in the dark eating cookies, lol.

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BUNNYCATS 4/13/2014 7:11PM

    I'm glad your tests came back normal. Sunshine and blue skies ahead! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 4/5/2014 7:49PM

    ...I had to edit this blog, just way TMI. The short version says it all anyway.
Sorry to the two friends whose comments were deleted.
Peace out,

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SCOOTER4263 4/5/2014 7:07PM

    Thank gods your blood work was good and you're in good health. The rest is, well, I'd say cake, but that doesn't seem right...

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ELRIDDICK 4/5/2014 9:29AM

  Thanks for sharing

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