Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I want to shake them and tell them how unaware they about their our own intolerance.
Monday, April 29, 2013
I have one more test to go. It is quite taxing and SO much to remember. All this on top of the drill we will be running in a week and a half.
On another note: I went to see my crohn's doc today and we discussed my health. My gut is sore right in the area where crohn's acts up. I am hoping this doesn't mean a flare is coming soon. We discussed how to manage during stressful times. We got off on a tangent and I have been forbidden to eat at buffets. I am not a buffet eater to begin with but with bacteria running rampant and e-coli, salmonella, etc. buffets are out. She is worried I will end up with something I can't fight.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I have one more test. The test today was harder than the one I took last week. I sure hope the next test is not harder than this one.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
They also took our photos for our ID cards.
My back was feeling fine until I got home. Then I needed to take a muscle relaxer and lay down for a while.
I still have two tests to go tomorrow I will do the next one.
Tonight was supposed to be movie night but everyone had something else to do or was out of town or sick. So Brenda and I watched Flight.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Then when I got home I decided to make some dinner and the pain set in. I took a muscle relaxer and of course a few hours later I fell asleep while watching TV. Now I am writing this post and thinking of taking a pain killer and going to sleep. Last night I took one and had a hard time sleeping until about 3:00 am. I kept waking up. I hope tonight I will sleep all night.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
I went to my previously scheduled physical therapy appointment but told her NOT to touch my back until I figure out what is wrong with it. She very carefully worked on my neck.
I called my doc first thing when they opened and got an emergency appointment. I also found out the test results from the urinalysis test on Monday: negative. No kidney infection. Good news.
I went to see the doc and he poked and prodded and decided that I have probably tweaked (technical term) my L1 and T12 vertebrae and pinched a nerve along a muscle that runs laterally. Which is why I feel no pain along my spine. But just to be safe he sent me down for X-rays just to make sure I have not fractured my spine. We all know what a delicate flower I am. There was a LONG line at x-ray so that took a long time. (This diagram is from http://ctspinedisc.blogspot.com/2012/03/transition-areas-of-spine-what-are-they.html)
Now I am on pain killers and muscle relaxers. There are no more anti -inflamatories I can take. I can't tolerate Motrin or Celebrex. So, now I am sitting here waiting for the relaxer to relax me. At bed time I will take the pain killer. Last time I took Vicodin it didn't do anything for me, so I don't hold out hope there. I do hope the muscle relaxer will help my neck too!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Now I have a decision to make do I pay for one year, two years or three years? How healthy is Happi? She is seven years old. It s almost like a morbid gamble. I don't want to over pay. i check off three years and years later I get a renewal in the mail. Then I would get all sad if Happi is no longer with us.
On the other hand, I don't want to under pay and have to renew each year. Seems like a waste of time. What a dilemma. And what if your dog was ill. Would you only get the license renewed for one year? Would that be a bad omen?
After all this I sent in a check for three years. I took a gamble that our lovable and faithful Happi will be around for at least three more years.
Now before I get nasty posts, this mostly all tongue in cheek. Of course I would always get my dogs license for as long as I could. I want my dogs to be around as long as I can.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Then I decided to make some Zoku pops. This time I used my new Zoku tools and put some strawberry slices in the pops.
On a side note, I passed my first animal rescue test! Yay! Two more to go.
Monday, April 22, 2013
At the appointment the doc probed and pushed and decided that I have a bruised rib. How did I get a bruised rib? I have no idea. She had me go down and get a urinary test too just to be sure it was not my kidneys.
She also didn't order x-rays to see if my rib was broken because I have had enough x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, etc.
So I sit here in pain. I can take Tylenol if I want but that is about it.
Now, if someone could tell me how I bruised my rib, you win the prize! Can the water coming out of a hot tub jet bruise a rib? If so, that could be the winner! Other than that, I can't figure it out. On Sunday I went food shopping then spent the whole day studying and taking a test for the animal rescue course, took a hot tub, then watched TV. Nothing physical.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
This morning I didn't feel much better than yesterday. After running some errands and taking my first online test for my animal rescue class, I went in the hot tub. I felt much better after soaking for a while. I brought a magazine with me so I would stay in for a while and really soak my aching bones. I have to say I am feeling much better.
I am sure tomorrow, I will feel much better than today!
The test for the animal rescue course was much more difficult than anticipated. It also took much more time than I thought it would. I have two more tests so I better get cracking!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
I put out a fire, walked to a make believe car accident and reported back and got a dummy out from under a 1,000 pound beam using cribbing. I didn't do triage this time since I just did it a few weeks ago.
I put on sunscreen but since it was a really sunny day, I got a little sunburn. I have found that when I get a sunburn I get very tired. I came home from the drill and took a nap. I was out for almost two hours. I don't know what makes me so tired. Sometimes I feel very sick if I get too much sun. I have to be so careful.
I am getting tired again.
Friday, April 19, 2013
All this destruction and tension and devastation is tiring. Every time I turned on the TV to relax there was some sort of emergency breakthrough. Every time something happened there were hours of reporting and recapping the reports and recapping the recaps. But it was hard to turn it off, what if I missed something important?
My heart goes out to all those injured, killed and their family and friends. This has been such a devastating week in America. From Massachusetts to Texas. Lets hope for a calmer and safer week next week.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I stopped at the crosswalk and looked both ways. It was one of those pedestrian crosswalks that has the black and white stripes (or zebra crossing as they say in England). That means that the car has to stop. It also had the yellow sign with the little man walking.
I started walking and got 1/4 of the way and a car went through the crosswalk going the other way. I continued walking and when I got to the 1/2 way mark, a car went through the crosswalk kind of fast. I was right in the middle of the street when the car went through the crosswalk. The car practically ran over my toes! As she went flying by the woman looked out her side window and looked shocked that I was standing there. I guess she didn't see me! I guess if she had bothered to slow down... I gave her a look, like, WTF.
I continued across the street (nothing was going to stop me from my Subway sandwich) and got safely to the other side of the street. There were two older gentleman in a cafe and they looked at me and made the hand sign of one inch with their fingers and kind of laughed. I knew what they were saying, She missed me by an inch. It is true. If I had taken one more step, she would have flattened me like a pancake. I don't know if she was distracted or what, but she should not have been driving like that. She almost cost me my life.
But I am here still. All in one piece. And I got Subway!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The news has been so much these past 3 days. One thing after another. Hard to concentrate on other things. My thoughts are with all the people involved in these tragedies.
Happi got her rabbies shot. She was so good. Running right into the back room of the vet's office to get her shot.
I got a phone call with a new work opportunity. Yay!
It is strawberry season and I got a big basket of strawberries. I got to use my new strawberry huller! It takes the hull (or top) off the strawberry easily. I love it! No more cutting the hulls off with a knife. Just clip and twist. I cut up strawberries for a snack and made a smoothie. Delicious and good for me!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I think my first therapy session was a little too much. I have to remember that I don't heal very quickly. I tried to concentrate on work today but it was hard. Every way I held my neck I was in pain. When I got home I put this great circular heating pad on my neck for about 45 minutes. That really helped. It took the edge off. I was able to sit and do some work without being in constant pain.
I need to speak to the therapist and let her know I am a delicate flower (as my father says) and she needs to be more gentle with me. The therapy doesn't hurt when she does it, I think I just don't rejuvenate afterward. Where most people hurt for a short time after therapy, I don't rejuvenate and end up hurting for a long time afterward. My pain sensors are so out of whack.
I am sure I will feel much better tomorrow.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Right before my appointment there was an emergency breakthrough. The Boston Marathon was bombed. So many people were hurt or died. So sad. Because the cameras were already at the marathon, it was weird to see film coverage from the minute the bomb exploded. As my brother reminded me, I was at the Boston marathon 26 years ago to watch my brother run the race. It will never be the same.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
First I made a cauliflower casserole. I think if I made it again I would use little or no nutmeg. I feel there was too much nutmeg in the batch I made. I just love cauliflower and it seems to be in season.
Then I made a Quinoa Tofu Stir Fry. It is pretty tasty. Better than I thought it would be. It has quinoa, carrots, celery, zucchini, black olives, parsley, cashews, tofu, and a bunch of spices. Doesn't sound like it would taste that great but it does. It was easy to cook too. Now I will have dinner for at least two days!
First we learned about dogs. It was a mini training of our first year with little Lucky! How to tell if a dog was scared or shy. How to tell if a dog is aggressive. Then we learned what to do if we encounter a dog who is scared or shy or aggressive.
Second we learned about cats. If you know me you know I am not thrilled with cats. I don't really get cats, I am slightly allergic and no matter how much I put out the vibe I don't like them, they always climb all over me! We learned all about cat behavior.
Then we learned a quick lesson in exotic animals. How to catch rats (as if I would want to) domestic type, guinea pigs, rabbits, snakes, birds, raccoons, etc. the guy teaching the course was like an uncomfortable professor with a quirky sense of humor that I am not sure was intentional!
I really need to get on the ball with taking the tests. I only have three weeks.
After the training I decided the pond water was too murky so I took 1/2 of the water out and refilled it with fresh water. Usually in the winter nature does this for me with days and days of continuous rain. We usually have to drain the pond so it doesn't overflow. I was so excited this year that I bought the extra pump to pump out water in he rainy months. We used to bucket out buckets of water. That mostly created backaches! Now I just drop the pump in and plug it in. The lack of rain this year means I only needed to use it once. I will see tomorrow if it did much to the murkiness of the water.
Friday, April 12, 2013
I feel a little over committed these days. My work is booming (I am not complaining about THAT), I have my pet disaster training course, neighborhood watch co-organizer, mom to two needy dogs, emergency disaster responder, movie night host, friend and partner. Too much?
I think I am going to bed early again tonight. I think this medicine is making me tired.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I wanted to take a long walk with the dog today. I have been taking really long walks since the weather has been nice. I just could not get it together to do it. I took both dogs for a short walk and then came home and cooked dinner.
I guess I better get some sleep tonight. I have to take my car in for service in the morning. My front light is out and it makes a weird sound when it idles.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Then we spoke about my neck. He says my neck issues are probably degenerative. Common issue in people. Could be degenerative or not. I start physical therapy on Tuesday. I am to try this and see if it works. If it doesn't in a few weeks, I go back and they run more tests. Let's hope this works!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Then the dentist drilled out an old filling and filled it with a white filling. It feels funny and I may have to go back. It feels like some of the filling or concrete is sticking out. It bothers my tongue. I learned a few years ago that things that bother your tongue feel huge but are usually so small and miniscule. I am going to call him tomorrow and see if he can smooth it out later this week.
I am happy it was essentially painless. I was so relaxed I just about fell asleep. He said I was dozing off and had to nudge me to wake me up.
I called my primary doc today and made an appointment. This staph infection is not going away. It looks better one day and then it looks worse another. It is also showing up on my back. The creepy crawlies!
This pain in my neck is concerning. I know I haven't written about it in months but it is really bothering me. Yesterday some good music came on in the car and started to bop my head and the pain was unbearable. I think there is something wrong, more wrong than soft tissue damage. This has been going on for too long. I have been having this pain for months, since October or November. If it were stress, well, at what point does the stress go away and the pain stop? I am on enough anti-inflammatories to stop any swelling. The hot tub didn't work, a bath didn't work, the massage didn't work. I even lightened my bag to see if that would help, no luck. It isn't my shoulder, it is my neck. So off to the doctor I go.
At least my deductible for the year has been met already. I will give you an update tomorrow.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Then later in the day I got an alert that Annette Funicello passed away. First a Prime Minister and then a Mousketeer. Annette died from complications due to multiple sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years. Annette was also the star of many Beach Blanket films some with Frankie Avalon. Who can forget Annette dancing on the beach in her bikini? Okay, who over the age of 45 can forget those images?
What a day.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
I have tried many different ways to keep track of my time. I have tried a paper format with 15 minute increments that I write in what I have done and for how long. I have paid for a computer program (that also works on my phone) that allows me to start a timer for each task and keeps track in the program. Or I can physically put in the time I spent on each task. Of course I kept forgetting to turn off the timer and hours later I would get a notice that the timer has been running for 20 hours did I forget to turn it off?? None of these seem to work for me because I forget to write down my time or I get lazy and think I will do it the next day.
Usually I am really disciplined but this one thing is such a block for me. I think part of it is that once I get behind, it is SO hard to get caught up that I just bag it until the end of the month. Then it takes me a whole day to recreate it all.
I also cheat myself when I don't keep track of my time each day. There is no way I can remember all the tasks I do, the phone calls I take and make and the stuff I work on. So a portion of my time goes unaccounted for and I don't get paid for it.
Now you would think that making more money would be an incentive for me! Yeah. It is but not enough for me to want to do this task. Each month I swear I am going to do better and keep track of my time each day. I start out some months so good. I keep track of the first week or so and then something happens and I fall off the wagon. You would think that spending a whole day doing billing would deter me from not keeping track. But no.
If anyone has any ideas on how to do something you don't want to do, please let me know. I would love to hear your ideas.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
I had mixed berries and sliced peaches. I made some pops with just mixed berries and some half and half and some with just peaches.
When I do it over again I might put some agave nectar in the with the fruit. The pops need to be just a little sweeter. The peach pops seem fine but the berry pops are a bit tart for my taste. It was a good attempt and they are tasty. Still nothing beats those fudgesicles!
Friday, April 5, 2013
After a few moments I thought this would make a great video! I reached for my phone to record this hysterical moment. I turned on the phone and got it to the video feature. She was still wagging her tail and twitching her nose. Then I made the fatal error. I hit Record and the phone let out a loud BEEP. Lucky woke up and looked at me. The twitching and wagging ceased.
After changing the settings on my phone so the feature would not beep anymore, I waited all night to see if she would slip back into that dream but to no avail. The dream had come and gone. My opportunity to make her famous for her tail wagging dream slipped out of my fingers.
At least Lucky got a good nap in doggy nap land.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
I bought Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Fly Away Home, Night Road, Mermaid in Brooklyn , The Florabama Ladies Auxiliary & Sewing Circle. I wanted to also find The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Uninvited Guests. No luck!
I really have been waiting to read Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. It sounds like a good read. I also heard Mermaid in Brooklyn was good.
I am also really into Kris Radish books and wanted to find Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA. Her books are such a fun and fast read.
I know the last thing I need is to buy more books. I go through phases where I read all the time and then I only read a little bit. Like right now I have so much to do I don't read very much. I don't have time. But when I do I will have books ready to read. Some day I will have time to read all the books I own. Maybe I am a book hoarder! I keep buying and buying. Although this time I controlled myself. I only bought 5 books. Last time I bought 1/2 a grocery bag full of books.
I have bought a few books on my iPad and I sometimes like it. I don't always like having my books on my iPad. It is dangerous to carry an iPad out in public these days so I don't really like to carry it outside. People have their iPads stolen off the bus or train all the time. Or have their bags stolen. In that case I would rather carry a book because no one wants to steal a book.
Now I am happy I have more books even if it means I am a book hoarder!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
It is that time of year again: time to wish your favorite couple happy birthday. It is Happy Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. A day to salute all those many days we all ate PB&J for breakfast, lunch and an occasional dinner! As a small child we asked for it and as we got older it was the old standby when there was nothing else left in the house to eat. Our old friend PB&J is always faithful.
Of course there is also its cousin The Fluffernutter. I can only eat a Fluffernutter on Wonderbread with creamy peanut butter. I am getting hungry just thinking about this.
Celebrate PB&J Day in your own way. Maybe that means making a sandwich, maybe not because if you eat another PB&J you will actually puke.
Monday, April 1, 2013
A few minutes later the police came and they asked me the same questions. Would you be able to pick him out of a line up? (possibly but probably not) What was he wearing? (don't know he was sitting down in a car) What color were the pin stripes? (I said red) What kind of car was it? (BMW? I don't know cars.) What time did it happen? (what time is it now?)
Then after the homeowner came home and the police left, a bunch of us went outside to talk about it. A funny thing, witnesses are the worst. Pin stripes: I said red, Brenda said gold or silver and our neighbor said white. Type of car: I said BMW, our neighbor said Mustang and the license plate came back Honda. The one thing we agreed on was that the car was black! We do may crappy witnesses.
But I feel good that I followed the training and focused on the license plate. I am 99% sure I got it right. I also followed the rule to not yell HELP. They say to not yell help but to yell a task or a thing to do: Like House on fire, call 911. I yelled car ran into Xs house, got the license plate and called 911. All sorts of neighbors heard me. Good or bad, I guess!
Oh, the neighbor called a garage company and they came and did a temporary fix. Tomorrow they install a new garage door.
That was my exciting day.
When I woke up I decided to try my new waffle maker. I thought the waffle maker was great but the waffle mix I used left something to be desired. I won't use that mix again. The waffles were dry. But they were cooked and crispy! Yay!
I love eggplant Parmesan but I rarely order it because most places don't make it the way I like. I like my eggplant cut real thin. I like it cooked well but not soggy. I don't like it when there are seeds in it. I know there are seeds in all eggplants but some eggplants have less seeds. I found this recipe online and thought I would try it. It was great! I can't wait to have an eggplant parm sandwich tomorrow. I will add this into my rotation. Yum!
Then I made a cauliflower casserole. This is a way I can get Brenda to eat cauliflower. She loves this and eats seconds.
This was a day to eat well! I am just rolling around, I am so full. I have to get back to working out tomorrow.
Today I had to put Lucky's collar on. She has these special collars with pheromones on them. The pheromones are supposed to calm her down and make her less aggressive. We took her last pheromone collar off about 1.5 months ago and didn't put another one on. We thought we would test her and see if the collars are doing any good. After 1.5 months we determined that the collar does calm down her attitude and make her less aggressive. So the collar went back on today. She was SO unhappy. First she ran around and tried to rub it off like she does when we put the flea medication on. Then for a long time we couldn't find her. We thought maybe she had gotten into our bedroom and was on the bed. I went down to look for her and here is where she was: She was up on a box, on a towel we have out to dry off the dogs when they come in from the rain, in the entry outside our bedroom. She was all curled up pouting. When I came up to her she didn't even growl, she just looked so pitiful! She stayed there for about 3 hours. Then I guess she got over it and forgave me and came upstairs.