Wednesday, December 11, 2019

STILL IN BED

Today I worked from my bed. I have been having the dog walker come and take Lucky to entertain her and he takes Happi out during the day so I don’t have to.  I skipped the painkillers so my head was clear to do the work project I needed to do.

Instead I took some Advil once the project was completed.  I called my primary and he out of town. I called an orthopedic surgeon and they said they didn’t think they could help me since it sounds like a soft tissue injury. So I wait it out until my doctor gets back.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

BEDRIDDEN

Yup, I am pretty much bedridden. I can get up and walk but every time I do, I get nauseous so staying horizontal is best. Yesterday I took a whole painkiller but today I am just taking half. I don’t need to be so stupid and sleepy.

I mostly slept and watched TV all day.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, December 9, 2019

ANOTHER ER VISIT

Last night after posting my blog post, I gathered a bunch of items that needed to be taken downstairs, turned off the lights, covered the bird, and started down the stairs. My stairs are about 20 stairs and then two stairs. I made it down the 20 stairs and went to turn the light on and down came Lucky. I turned and wham! I was on the floor. Well, on the stairs.

I lay on the floor for about 20 minutes because I could not get up. Dogs were peeing on the floor because I could not get up to let them outside. Once I got up I new this was serious. I took some Advil PM and went to sleep.

This morning I worked from home and then went to work at lunch time. After an hour there I went to the ER. I could barely sit in a chair. Walking is hard and every time I moved I got nauseous.

The ER was a circus. I finally saw a doctor and got x-rays.  Nothing is broken. I am just bruised and humiliated.  I got some anti-nausea meds and pain meds and sent on my way.

I was supposed to go to another doctor appointment and have guests over tonight. I had to cancel both.

I came home, ate some food and fed the dogs. I got into bed and promptly fell asleep. I think this will take a bit of time to recover from because of how I landed on the stairs.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, December 8, 2019

COOKIES COOKIES COOKIES

I baked cookies all day.  I started with Sandwich Creme Cookie - Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They are two chocolate chip cookies with an Oreo cookie baked in the middle.  I thought it would be easy but it was not as easy as I thought to make.  They look tasty.


Then I moved on to baking the vegan shortbread cookies.   I had to get them in the fridge.  Then I made the vegan sugar cookies and got them in the fridge.

After a short rest, got the sugar cookies cut into Christmas shapes.  Then I cut the vegan shortbread and got them in the oven. Once the shortbread cookies were done, I iced the sugar cookies and decorated them.  Then I was done!  I cleaned up and put the cookies away.  I put my feet up and watched some TV.  I think the cookies are good.  I am a bit worried about the shortbread cookies.  I am not sure about the taste but I am super critical.  My first guest for tea and cookies is tomorrow evening.

Oreo stuffed cookies
Until tomorrow...

Saturday, December 7, 2019

IS ORENCIA WORKING?

I have been on Orencia for a while now and I am not sure Orencia works.  When I went on Enbrel, I felt a change in the first month.  I am not feeling the same kind of change.  I am not feeling the same kind of fatigue but I am still feeling pain in my joints.  So I guess I need to talk to my doctor and find out if this is the right drug. Maybe it takes longer to work.  I did have to go off the medicine twice so far due to infections.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, December 6, 2019

NEW GENETIC TEST

Today I went to get a new genetic breast cancer test. It checks more genes to see if I carry the genes that make me more apt to get breast cancer. I took the Brca test years ago and I was negative. My new doctor wants me to take this new test that checks more things.

I went today to take the test. No one told what the test entails except that I would have to spit. The nurse gave me this giant tube that needed to fill up to a line with spit.

Now it was 8:30 am. I really had not had much to drink yet since I had to rush out to get to the appointment.  I also have Sjogren’s and that gives me dry eye and dry mouth. My mouth was so dry there was no way I could fill the tube. The more I sat there stressing the drier my mouth got. I finally got up and left. I asked for my co-pay back and left. I need to reschedule and plan for this appointment. It can not be first thing in the morning when I haven’t had much to drink yet and my mouth is dry. Probably the middle of the day is the best. After I have been hydrating for hours.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, December 5, 2019

CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS

The decorating has continued. My little Christmas tree is up.


I have a deadline of Monday so I have to really work this weekend. Plus I have to make cookies. I am making three different kinds: sugar cookies, shortbread cookies and chocolate chip cookies with Oreos inside.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

ORENCIA DELIVERED AFTER ALL

Yesterday my Orencia was supposed to be delivered.  I got a phone call from the Orencia pharmacy saying it got delayed due to the weather.  Then I got a text saying it was delayed.  Okay, it was delayed.  I was supposed to take it tonight but okay I will postpone. 

Then at 4:30pm I got a voicemail from the pharmacy where I get it delivered to saying it was delivered.  What?!  I got myself together and went down and picked it up.  I guess UPS got their lines crossed and they got it delivered after all.  So I could do my shot last night.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEM

In my town we have an emergency warning system.  It is an old fashioned outside siren that goes off once a week and then an electronic voice says "This is a test".  If you have lived here a long time like myself, you basically know what time it is and what day of the week it is when you hear it.  "Oh, it is noon on Tuesday."  It is supposed to alert us if there is a tsunami or contaminated water supply or radiological attack. 

I just found out that they are going to disable the system for two years to upgrade it.  I am not sure what in the world will take two years in the upgrading but that is what they say.  I worry what will happen if there is an emergency during those two years.  Yes, there is a text alert system but our area has also been having rolling black outs so depending on alerts that depend on electricity does not seem like a good plan.  What if you don't have your phone with you?  You would not hear about the emergency. 

I want the old fashioned emergency system working.  It seems the most reliable since you can hear it anywhere in the town. 

I started decorating for Christmas.  I have been bringing box after box upstairs.  I have LOADS of stuff to use to decorate.  This year I am going all out with the Santa collection.  I took out a Frost King and Queen that someone gave me years ago and I have never taken them out before.  They are big and SO beautiful.  I will post a picture in the future.  I have the stockings hung and some wreaths up and I am working on getting some lights up.  It is a long process.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, December 2, 2019

NO PARTY THIS YEAR

I decided this year that I am not having my big holiday party.  I am instead having folks over individually for tea/cocoa and cookies.  I can catch up with people better when I have just a few people over and not a house full.

Until tomorrow...