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It's spring!

on March 27, 2009 - 9:43pm

Let’s see. Was it only last weekend that I took the cover off the outside faucet because “it won’t drop below freezing again”? There is a chance tonight and tomorrow night to freeze. The wind chill right now is in the 20’s. There could be some snow flurries by morning. So I just went outside to bring the potted plants into the garage and re-cover the faucet. Oh well, at least it’s spring.

I had some medical tests done on Tuesday, a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. I didn’t mind either … I slept through the whole thing. :) It was the preparation for the tests that was bothersome. I’m using that word in place of several others I could think of but wouldn’t put down on paper. The endoscopy was to find out why I’ve started having acid reflux. Apparently, I have a “large” hiatus hernia. The screening colonoscopy was to check for polyps, which can be pre-cancerous. The doctor removed 2 polyps. The biopsy showed that one was an adenoma that is pre-cancerous. I also have a pre-cancerous flat polyp that wasn’t removed. I have an appointment with the doctor next month to discuss this. Not sure if it means surgery or not.

Andrea Bocelli is coming to Dallas in June! I’m going to buy a ticket. I missed him the last time he was here but I’m not going to miss him this time.

God bless us, everyone!

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I'm back ... again!

on March 8, 2009 - 9:20pm

Let’s see … I started getting sick Feb. 21-22. I went to the doctor on Monday Feb. 23 and got a prescription for antibiotics. By Thursday night, I realized that something was wrong. The medicine wasn’t lasting from one pill to the next. I called the doctor’s office on Friday morning Feb. 27 to get a stronger prescription. Picked up the new prescription Friday evening and then went to the airport to pick up my sister Sue, who flew in from NJ to visit.

I had requested Monday thru Wednesday as vacation so that I could visit with my sister. I didn’t start feeling better until the day she left, which was Wednesday. So I called my boss and asked if it was all right to take off the rest of the week too. He approved it.

Part of what I had planned was to start cleaning out the garage. I still have boxes in there from when my mom and I moved here 3 1/2 years ago. I need to sort through them because I am paying for a storage unit that has more boxes in it. I want to stop paying the extra money for the storage. I cut up some cardboard boxes so that I could recycle them. I’d been bad about getting rid of the boxes. I finished cutting them up and then received another box from my niece with Christmas presents … yes, from last December, another box for me to cut up. These are all odd sized boxes that serve no useful purpose to use for storage. I then put together some metal shelving units that I bought to store those things I want to keep in the garage. At least I started the process.

I took my mom to the casino in Oklahoma on Saturday March 7. Little did I realize that I was getting sick again … with something else. I started feeling funny, the kind of funny when you know your body is telling you something is wrong. We stopped to eat but I hardly touched the food. I started feeling nauseous. I went to the restroom and felt a little better when I came out. A little while later, I started feeling nauseous again and repeated my trip to the restroom. I didn’t throw up but, again I felt better when I came out.

The not so fun part started when we got home. I took my sinus pill and that was all I needed to open the flood gates. I threw up repeatedly. I hadn’t done that for well over a decade. I also had severe diarrhea, the kind where you drink some water and keep running to the restroom. I took some Imodium and eventually that helped. I also was running a fever of about 100.6 that kept me up most of the night. I kept drinking water and running to the bathroom. I took some Tylenol and put cold compresses on my head. Eventually, I fell asleep.

I nursed myself with chicken broth and more Tylenol and Imodium. I also slept about 6 hours during the day. It is now Sunday evening March 9 and I believe I’ll be well in the morning … to go back to work. Sometimes life just doesn’t go according to plan.

God bless us, everyone!

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My brother's surgery a success!

on February 17, 2009 - 8:20pm

My brother’s surgery was a success! Not only because the doctor removed the tumor but because he didn’t take out the kidney! It seems the tumor didn’t go as deeply into the kidney as they’d first thought. The doctor thinks it’s not an aggressive cancer and, as long as the biopsy bears him out, my brother won’t need chemotherapy. My sister-in-law was ecstatic when she called with the good news, as was my mom when I told her. Thank you for your prayers.

God bless us, everyone!

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I'm back

on February 16, 2009 - 9:10pm

I didn’t realize it’d been so long since I’d last written. I was serious when I started writing in the journal last year that I’d keep it up. First crisis and I stop. That’s how I am when things bother me. I can’t seem to get my brain to put words together in any cohesive fashion.

Thank you for your kind thoughts. I’m feeling better and so is my mom. I think she was afraid I’d send her to live with one of my sisters; I have 3 sisters and a brother. She kept saying she didn’t want to live with anyone else. I never said or implied that I’d send her away but she was worried about it. She feels better now that she realizes she’s not going anywhere.

I was off today because of Presidents Day. We support banks and take the bank holidays off. It was a relaxing day … if you don’t count doing the laundry.

My Ed brother is going to have surgery tomorrow to remove his right kidney. He has a large tumor in it. The doctors believe the tumor hasn’t spread and that the surgery should take care of it. They found it because my brother was smart enough to go to the doctor when he saw blood in his urine.

My sister Sue is coming to Texas to visit us at the end of the month. She’ll be here four days. I’m taking some vacation time while she’s here. Part of the time will be to do things for myself without worrying about mom.

God bless us, everyone!

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Love my mom

on January 27, 2009 - 9:52pm

1/27/09 Tuesday 11:50 pm

Well, here we go again! Ice storm! There was a high of 80 on Thursday and a high of 79 on Friday. Right now it’s below freezing and dropping. We’ve got freezing rain that going to turn into sleet. I left work an hour early today and will probably be late going into the office tomorrow morning.

I hadn’t written in a while. I hadn’t felt like it because of what was going on with my mom. She misplaced some money in her purse and I looked and found it for her. Unfortunately, she was sure I’d taken it and replaced it when it wasn’t where she thought she’d put it. I know that her thinking isn’t very good at times but it really hurt me. She wouldn’t believe that she had put it where I’d found it. Her comment to me was, “I don’t know which is worse, not trusting you or getting senile.” My reply to her was, “Not trusting me.”

I spent half an hour discussing it with her. She finally accepted that, after all the years I’ve had access to my parents’ money, I wasn’t about to start stealing it now. I know it hurts her to realize her mind isn’t as sharp as it used to be and that her memory is faulty. She understands that I love her and will continue taking care of her.

God bless us, everyone!

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