Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Joke/Thoughts :)



The kids had cute costumes today.  One was a taco, another a jack-o-lantern and the youngest a cat.  :)  And ...they were the ONLY trick-or-treaters at our door.  So they got a whole lot of candy.  We don't have many children around here now, but I always get plenty of candy ...just in case.

4 yr old Jack-o-lantern (while going around our little neighborhood with her parents), seemed to be calculating her options and said, "If I didn't have parents ...I'd trick-or-treat alll night."  I remember going out a lot longer but I grew up in a large neighborhood. 

After going around here ..they then went to the next town to visit their great grandmother and go around her neighborhood.  And then came back here for dinner.

I would think about going out for Halloween the entire day I was in school.  The only costume I remember was that I was Sylvester the cat ...and had to wear the awful plastic mask and could hardly see out of it.  It also got hot under the mask.  But I did love that costume.  Actually, I can't believe that even in second grade I could walk alone with a friend ...all over the neighborhood.  Our sons did not get to do that until much older.  Parents back then always said don't eat the apples until we check them because there could be razor blades in them.  Somehow ...I don't think parents had to worry about the apples when kids could be eating candy along the way and boy we sure did.  :)  Then ...after getting back in the house, it was always fun to empty the bags ..or pillow cases on the table to assess the collected sweet treasures.  I always gave away coconut filled candy and also Mary Janes.  Blech!

Well ...time to bring the blinking pumpkin inside.

And I can hardly believe that tomorrow is November 1st.  Wow.  Time sure does fly by.

And clocks go back this weekend.  Oh how I do LOVE the nights getting dark earlier this time of year.  And the excitement of the upcoming holidays.  Yay!  :)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

So True. :)



Before all the technology advances ...my Aunt Janet used to say that dogs were reading the newspaper.  :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jon Stewart's Take on the Application Process for the ACA :)



This is so funny.  Sadly based on truth.  But if you don't laugh ...you cry.  This ...IMO ...is hilarious.  Jon Stewart is always funny ...even when I don't agree with him.  Pacman at the end - FUNNY!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Diagnosis? (Update from previous posts)


I can't believe I don't know the diagnosis.  Guess I was just focused on arm movements and shots, etc.

Something about a calcium deposit that tells him there has been a strain for a while and is natures way of helping the situation.  But then something happened ..maybe swelling in between?  Anyway ...even tho I am really adverse to cortisone in my system ...I'm also adverse to horrendous pain and so I went for the big guns - 2 cortisone injections.  (There is more ease of movement although pain very much still there) Rest (no straining, lifting, pushing excessively) and when feeling better by end of week ...begin walk walks with my fingers while standing exercise to strengthen.

If I over do it ...I could inflame area again and to quote the Dr, "That would not be good."  Also ...something about surgery if I over do it and it doesn't heal properly.  So ...I will take it easy.  Maybe it is a blessing in disguise because I will use the time to focus on my business I want to open a web page for and get going with.  :)

Interestingly he described the only position I would be comfortable sleeping in with that diagnosis and he was correct.

I don't know how I am going to totally rest it since I do use my arms to get up if sitting really low.  I guess find other options.  I have been using other arm more but that is mildly aching and I told him and he said that is because I am compensating with it.

I was surprised both the m/a and he noticed I lost weight, since I gained SIX pound over the weekend.  yes I caved with eating comfort food Saturday and Sunday,  Some one else laughed today when I told her I gained six pounds in 3 days.  She said - that's not fat ...that's WATER weight!  Dug!  The comfort food did have more salt than I usually have.  I feel a bit better.  Also now that I know what the problem is I feel less stressed in one way and am back on track with eating better.

If you think of how some people will toss back a couple of drinks after a bad day, stressed ...whatever ...that is how I am with food.  Same thing - different substance.

But if ever I have the motivation to lose weight ...it is NOW.  I almost feel like going to all liquid diet and lose fast.  But I also know that losing weight fast causes more loss of skin tone, muscle if not enough nutrients, and is a set up to regain the weight because you didn't retrain yourself with a healthier lifestyle.  I was doing really good until this weekend and will just go back to that.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A SeaSpray Riddle (Hint - Orthopaedic Doctor, Fish and a SeaSpray :) And a Hospital Faith Story :)



Okay ...so what is it that an orthopaedic doctor, a fish ...specifically ...the seasoned salmon kind of fish and a SeaSpray ...specifically a SeaSpray that smells of said fish ...specifically ...the seasoned salmon kind of fish ...what is it that they all have in common?  (Possible hint: previous post :)

I caved and as soon as I got up today, I called the ortho service.  You have no idea how resistant I was to doing this because I really did not want to go to the emergency department, but after the hellacious night of pain I had while trying to sleep and the pain was so bad in every comfortable position that I thought maybe in some crazy way ...I actually did break a bone and that was felt even through pain medication.  (Thankfully I've never broken a bone before and God forbid that I ever do)  It hurt so much that I actually invited (I know some of you won't understand) ...I actually invited JESUS to come stay with me and help me sleep.  I just kept repeating it and ..it worked ..I fell asleep for a few hours.
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Okay, I shall digress ...just a bit.  Let me explain.  Back in 2006, I had just finished a fictional book series and in the end...it was so clear how well Jesus loves and knows everything about us (I already knew that), but it was so moving ...or at least it spoke to me in a such a profound way ...it deepened my faith all the more. An epiphany moment of the soul. (Don't you just love it when passages in a book really speak to you ...as if they come alive just for you?)  Also, back in June 2006 ...on the night that I was back in the ED, writhing in pain with 3 stuck kidney stones, vomiting and then also had gotten a MASSIVE Dilauded headache ...that book came back to me.  The nurse had just given me a cold cloth for my head and turned the lights down low in my room, and I had a basin resting at my side in case I became ill again. I was so ill - unable to keep anything down, in #10 uro pain and then also a hideous migraine level headache that I was desperate for it to be over with... and wished I could just fall asleep.  But then I remembered that book and so I quietly whispered at times, but mostly just repeated the invitation in my mind ...Jesus ..please come sit with me ...come sit on the stretcher ..please stay here with me.  (I know that sounds crazy to some - but I still believe it to this day)  I did doze a bit, but woke up ...feeling all those awful things again when they transported me upstairs and felt that way even in my room.  And so after the nurse left after getting me settled in for what was left of the wee hours of the morning ...I invited Jesus back again in exactly the same way I had down in the ED.  With the basin still at my side, I even patted the bed a couple of times while inviting him ...come sit here.  The next thing I knew was that the nurse came in to wake me and she also said, "You were do for your pain medication, but you were sleeping so well that I didn't want to disturb you."  And I got right up and was happily sitting up on the bed with my legs dangling over the side ...sans pain.  I still had to go to the OR though ...to have another stent put back in for another 2 weeks.  That was the first urologist.  he had only put the fist stent in for 2 weeks and then just removed it the day before and that is when the remaining 3 tiny kidney stones got stuck in my ureter.  I assume they were pieces he missed after breaking up the first big stone.  Little did I know what I was in for 18 1/2 months later. C'est la vie.
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So ...remembering that experience and feeling just as desperate last night, is why ...I again invited Jesus back to sit with me.  Hey ...it is a comforting thought.  Maybe try it sometime if you are ever in a difficult situation like this. It's a good thing he's omnipotent ...being so busy and all.  :)

Unfortunately ..now that the pain med wore off, I could hardly get OUT of bed because of the pressure on my upper right side to do so.  Coffee pot on.  Call to doctor's service.  Done!

Ahh ...now for the answer to the riddle - I'm getting there.

My doctor's partner called back almost immediately.

He said bones are hard to break and he doubted that would be it.  He mentioned something about the bursa  ...muscle ...tendons ...I forget exactly.  He didn't know why the ONLY way I could sleep at all was to be on my back, elbow bent with my hand resting on my pillow and thought that should aggravate it more.  He said something about ice in passing, but I was more focused on not going to the ED ...unless I should.  Of course he couldn't tell me not to go, but we did conclude that I would be added into the office schedule sometime tomorrow.  After thanking him again, I said I was glad he wouldn't have to go meet me at the hospital and hoped he could enjoy his on call day.  He said they don't go in anyway and that they have some other ortho person go to the hospital.  Or ... maybe they are already there.  Not sure, but interesting.

After hanging up from the call, I proceeded to the fridge and upon opening the freezer, I thought ...
Ice?  Uh oh ...we used all the ice.  But there is that old bag of  seasoned salmon patties.  So I grabbed the bag of seasoned salmon patties, sat down and applied them (still in the bag) to my upper arm and shoulder.  They worked especially well because as the bag warmed up ...the patties divided into two halves, thus wrapped nicely around my arm and shoulder.  It worked so well  I began thinking ...this could be a prototype for some kind of ice wrap invention ...sans the fish. And what if it could also provide heat?  A SeaSpray can dream.  :)

But after awhile, I began to smell this fishy smell.  Then I realized there must be some tiny holes in the bag from getting knocked around in the freezer for the last 6 months ...or so and that as the bag warmed and the  ice crystals on the old ...thawing salmon melted, the fish ODOR was transferring ON to me. Lovely.

Anyway ...after all that, I don't feel as though the ice helped ease my arm/shoulder pain.  Conversely, the hot coffee that spilled on my shoulder yesterday actually felt better.  Although Bengay didn't help at all either.  I was too sore to stand in shower last night, but I HAVE to now because a. I still wreak of fish and b. because I have to be ready to get out the door ASAP in case the ortho office tells me to come in early.  Although the ortho doc did say they would of course always fit me in, but it would be later in the day because they are so busy in the morning.  BUT ...just in case ...I want to be ready to go and I will be there with bells on. Ugh ...I just had an awful thought.  What if he moves my arm all around or the x-ray tech makes me lift it or positions it in a painful way?  And another thought ...what if I have to get cortisone injections or med?  That is supposed to be bad for our bodies and stays in the adrenals for a year and can wreak havoc with blood sugar and can suppress your immune system.  Just saying.  Of course I will do whatever ...and I do mean ...whatever I have to do to heal.

By the way ...the irony of my needing 2 knee replacements and now having some kind of crazy arm injury when I NEED two good arms to do rehab for knees does not escape me.  So pain aside ...of course I WILL do whatever I have to do to heal.  And if it is true things come in threes ...then this is the end of ortho issues because now I have my third.  Two knees and an arm/shoulder.  DONE!

One last thing ...I really better get into the shower now ...because our cat is beginning to creep me out.  While licking his lips every so often and his tail a twitching ... he keeps STARING at me.  ;)


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hurting Big Time!

50 Shades of Buffet: Comfort Food and Emotional Eating New Yorker Cartoon


Why?  OMG kind of pain!  I've been trying to avoid the ED all day.  I'm experiencing a 2 Percocet worthy pain.  Even more!  But I'm not going there.  I shouldn't be typing either.  I made a HUGE mistake thinking that maybe I was a bit better and I should NOT have let pain med lapse!!!  Playing catch up is no day at the beach.  And I now think I should've been TOTALLY ...COMPLETELY ...NO DOUBT ABOUT IT ...RESTING!

My doctors don't know yet because I've called nary a one, although I did fantasize about it earlier and thinking about it again if this doesn't let up.  I will HAVE to go to ER and I don't WANT to.  I am trying to hold on until Monday morning.

I have also decided that the 1st kidney stone pain is still my worst 10 pain and so this can't be a 10 pain or I would not be typing and I would not even be home ...I would be at the hospital.  But maybe there should be 3 categories of 10 on the pain scale.

10.1

10.2

10.3

Then I could say I was a 10.1 - the lowest 10 score.  I know, I know ...I can almost hear the collective response from medical people shouting back at me, "ONLY a TEN SeaSpray ...you CAN'T go higher than TEN!  

Okay so I have a flare for the dramatic, but it hurts I tell you!   A visceral reaction on my part - I know.  And ...obviously if I'm typing ...it is not a 10 of any kind. Not even a 10.1.

For any new readers, (sorry about repetition to regular readers :), my 10 and I pray I never experience any other kind to compare ...was a kidney stone ... a stuck kidney stone ...that even Morphine didn't relieve.  And as I've written before ...it incapacitated me in such a way that I was unable to brush my teeth, do any grooming or even get dressed and then upon arriving at the hospital ... I banged and began sliding down against the early morning hours locked out patient doors.  That was my 1st and I hope last real 10.

But if there was a 9.1, 9.2 and 9.3 ...using the same logic (flawed ... I know), I am a 9.3.  I am so wrong to be typing now, but keeping my arm close to me.


I do not know why any of this is happening and don't feel like going into it now.  But suffice it to know that I don't even have knees right now ..not painful ones anyway.  And it is a good thing I just changed the November 5th knee replacement to January.  (That's another post)  I have been experiencing the worst and seriously incapacitating upper arm and shoulder pain since late last night. 

If anyone read this post to the end ...and ...if you feel so inclined .. and because there IS power in prayer ...please say a prayer that this will stop and spontaneously heal.  Or if I have to seek medical intervention that it will not be a big deal and can be easily remedied.  Mr SeaSpray said sometimes things just have to work their way out and that is what I am hoping for.  Thank you.  :)
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HELP!!!

I have been good all day but now... I am so craving comfort food!  Lots and lots of warm and tasty... just all kinds of yummy, satisfying food.  Foods that give that warm, fuzzy, safe ...not a care in the world feeling ...make the pain go away ...especially while eating in front of the TV ..and just zoning out ...and ...none of it would contain any calories and I could just keep eating and eating and I wouldn't even get full.  And it would be healing too. First food that came to mind was Thai food.  I don't know why.  I guess because I've been wanting to go to the Thai restaurant I heard about.  My second choice is a big bowl of hot stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy.  No ...THAT is my 1st choice.  Haven't had any in almost a year.  Cheese cake.  Okay ..that's not hot ...but you have to have a comfort food worthy dessert after feasting on the basics in comfort food. Homemade mac and cheese.  Lasagna.  things with crust - like steak pie with lots of gravy. Apple pie.  Hot apple crisp.  fortunately I haven't gone food shopping as I had wanted to yesterday.   Chips and dip ..homemade dip.  Cheese doodles!  I don't know why ...but ever since I was a little girl ...my instinct has been to eat whenever I feel sick or am in pain.  It works in the moment, but remorse always follows.  And I have recently been doing so well regarding weight loss.  That being said - I could easily gain 10 lbs in 2 days and then have to fight like heck for a lot longer to get it back off.  even if I have a cold ...I eat so much soup that I gain weight.  I really have to try to be strong right now because I do not want to undo the good I have accomplished thus far in the weight department.  I even noticed a difference with knee pain. I was finally feeling like I was back in control and going to really lose what I need to do and now feeling this way ..this pain and frustrated, etc ...I feel myself weakening ...motivation wise.  I guess I also ... no I DO need prayer to not undo the successes I have recently achieved.  That would be greatly appreciated if you did that too ...prayed for me to heal and to resist giving in to seeking comfort food right now and to keep losing weight.  Anyone who has ever struggled with weight ...knows the power food can hold over a person if that is their go to way of self medicating, understands my concern right now.  I suppose in one way it's also good that I am not up to cooking anything anyway.  This too shall pass.

The tea kettle is whistling.  Drinking bed time tea is my signal for no more eating the rest of the night.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

GOOOD Morning! :)

Strike a Vogue Pose

I haven't heard anything about the sleep study I did last week.  But, the tech did say she didn't see any sleep apnea moments. I figured as much.

Of course I had to tinkle after being all hooked up to everything.  I chuckled out loud, the first time I saw myself in the bathroom mirror.  Amusing for sure.  Also blackmail worthy.  A-n-d ...it would be a great Halloween costume - sleep study patient.  :)

Anyway ...the next morning it was kind of weird when another sleep study patient and I got a look at each other.  This is because the tech left my door open while I was sitting on the bed, as she was removing the leads from my head, face and elsewhere.  I didn't think anything of it either ...until I saw a man come out of bathroom directly across from me ...sporting red boxer shorts, looking sleepy ...with messy hair ...and he saw me sitting there in my nightgown.  Fortunately, my nightgown was more like a feminine summer dress material, not clingy or see through.  No big deal I guess. 

Oh except the leads.  I'm pretty sure sporting those leads all over my face and in my gunked up hair thanks to the gooey stuff she used to attach them  ...with a  Breathe Right on my nose ...oh and sans makeup  ...wasn't my best look.  :)


Although ...by sleep study standards ...I suppose I was a veritable fashion plate.  ;)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

omG!!! ...

Oh my GOD! ....she SHRIEKS in the morning shower after the sleep study.

The she ...would be me. 

So ..what happened, you ask?

Well ...the morning, (after the sleep study), while in the shower holding my head under water as hot as I could stand it, I was trying to work out the gummy stuff left on my scalp and in my hair that the tech used to apply the leads that record my brain information.  (cool btw- what they can see during the test)  She said hot water should dissolve it.  So after a bit, I decided maybe shampoo might aid in loosening the gunk.  Then there was a particularly large one stuck on my left upper scalp, near the top of my head in the back.  All of a sudden this big chunk comes loose and I panicked when I felt that it was also a big wad, chunk of hair ...at which point ...envisioning a huge bald spot, I shrieked loudly ..."Oh my GOD!"  I still had to try to work it through my hair and I wondered if I was ripping even more hair out.  I was also trying to figure out what I could do to cover up the white scalp skin contrasting my dark hair.

Then ...I was afraid to look at what was now in my hand, until I realized I had only removed a wad of gauze she didn't remove, that was still stuck to the gummy stuff in my hair.

MAJOR RELIEF!!!

Did she make that for US?!" :) (Revised - added original pulled pork recipe)

bacon

I had planned to put a couple of pork roasts in the crock pot at 2am this past Sunday morning so that I could have the pulled pork ready for son's 25th birthday party being celebrated later that afternoon, but got a bit sidetracked when I decided that adding a certain salad to the menu would be nice too.  And this salad required crumbled cooked bacon.  Son also called to ask if he could bring two friends home to sleep over that he felt shouldn't be driving and I said it sounded like a good idea and I'll set up for them.

The bacon had been simmering on low for awhile when they walked in. I was in another room when I heard one of his friends exclaim, "BACON!  Did she make that for US?!"   Ha ha!  Sure ...I always make bacon when company walks in at 2:45 am.  Especially when I'm in the middle of cooking for a party. :) 

I also had been burning my breakfast candle because I haven't bought my fall candles yet and this candle smells like the best breakfast with everything cooking but the bacon ...except I happened to have been cooking that too.  Ha ha.  No wonder they were congregating at the stove.  Ha!  Even in the morning when older son drops the kids off ...if I have that candle burning ...he always looks over at the stove to see what I'm cooking.   It reminds me of cinnamon french toast, pancakes, and eggs.  (It's a really nice candle, that I buy from my friend Marlene's store - Marlene's Country Closet in West Milford, NJ. :)

So ...I walked into the kitchen in time to see him lifting 2 pieces right out of the HOT bacon grease and into his mouth and was going to stop him - but too late.  I don't know how he did not get burned ...I mean HOT GREASE and not even drained on a paper towel.  But he was alright.

Seeing how they were all standing around the cooked bacon ...I asked if they'd like me to make them breakfast.  They all said no, but their eyes said yes and so I said, "You know what?  I'm making breakfast for you.  Go and I'll call you when it's ready."
 
Honestly, I was so tired at that point and knees hurting because I had been shopping and up and about all day.  And if I hadn't sidetracked with making that involved salad, the pork would've been in the crock pot and I'd be in bed. That being said, I decided to surprise them with a full breakfast.

They were so surprised when they sat down to pretty table settings, with a full platter of cooked bacon and cheesy scrambled eggs along with sliced, buttered hard rolls that had also been toasted in the oven (jelly and apple butter on the table) and fruit cups, using the bowl of fresh fruit I had bought earlier.  The only thing missing was the juice and that was only because we didn't have any.   It warmed my heart when they each gave a hearty, "THANK YOU!", as they sat down.  I told them  they all seemed so hungry.  One of the friends said, "Yeah but nobody's ever done THIS before!"  I thought, Awww mission accomplished!   And one of son's friends wants to reciprocate with a surprise dessert and was asking me what we liked.  That was so sweet of him, no pun intended.  I had never met him before, but  he's obviously a thoughtful guy.

I think the best part was the gleam and surprise in son's eyes when I first offered to cook for them.  When he was still in high school, he told me his friends thought I was a cool mom.  Ha ha.  We just always opened our house up to their friends and fed them.  There were rules but it wasn't a Gestapo environment either.  I actually miss those days and so I suppose a little of that inspired me to want to feed them too.  Plus ...I just like doing those kinds of things for people.  But ..it meant a lot to me to do this for son ...and his friends ...in the moment too.

So ...while they were talking and eagerly eating up their breakfast, I finished preparing the food.  Needless to say ...I went to bed when the birds were rising.  The guys in the house woke up to the wonderful aroma of pork roasting.  Oh and son and his friends were so funny when they heard their would be pulled pork for the party.  The all exclaimed, "OHHH ... pulled PORK!", with manly excitement.  Even Mr SeaSpray looked like his eyes were glazing over with love once the carnivore in him saw the roasts on the platter. 

I also made a ziti and some other vegetable dishes.  And we had a fun afternoon celebrating our youngest son's 25 birthday.  Wow ...how did a quarter of a century go by so quickly?  Seriously?  Seems like yesterday that I was holding him in my arms in the maternity unit while looking outside the window at the spectacular fall view.  So many flowers surrounding me, the pediatrician thought it looked like a wedding in there and visitors all wishing us a happy life filled with blessings.  So many blessings ...so many milestones passed ...such joy raising him ...and now it's been 25 years.  Wow.

Thank you God.  :)
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We loved this pork recipe - so easy and a keeper.

I have an oval crock pot and so I used 2 pork roasts since I couldn't find the size I wanted and because I wanted to be sure to have enough for company. Also added an extra onion and clove of garlic.  I didn't have cumin or kosher salt and so substituted sea salt.  It was so tender and delicious that the guys all kept coming by to take some wile I was separating it to put back in the pot. 

The following is the original recipe:

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (4-1/2- to 5-pound) boneless or bone-in pork shoulder (also known as pork butt), twine or netting removed
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place the onions and garlic in an even layer in the slow cooker and pour in the stock or broth. Combine the sugar, chili powder, measured salt, cumin, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Pat the pork dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork and place the meat on top of the onions and garlic. Cover and cook until the pork is fork tender, about 6 to 8 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.
  2. Turn off the slow cooker and remove the pork to a cutting board. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium heatproof bowl. Pour the onion mixture from the slow cooker through the strainer and return the solids to the slow cooker. Set the strained liquid aside.
  3. If the pork has a bone, remove and discard it. Using 2 forks, shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat. Return the shredded meat to the slow cooker, add the barbecue sauce, if using, and mix to combine. If you’re not using barbecue sauce, use a spoon to skim and discard the fat from the surface of the strained cooking liquid, and then add 1/4 cup of the liquid at a time to the slow cooker until the pork is just moistened. Taste and season with salt as needed.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Forbidden Fruit -Fun at the Sleep Center :)



What I hope I look like in a few hours from now ...well sort of.   Cute, but not wrinkled ...in a dreamy state of sleep.  Oh and maybe my legs shouldn't be straight up like that.  Would make for an interesting study though. ;)

...or something like that.

So ...of course today ...I wanted (still do), what I can't have.

And why is that?

What is it about humans ...many of us anyway ...that once we are told, "No.", THAT is exactly what we do want?

Post-it : Forbidden Apple

So ...what is this forbidden fruit she speaks of, you ask?

Coffee ...specifically Keurig's fabulous Pumpkin Spice coffee.  But even beyond that ...COFFEECOFFEECOFFEE ..is all I have wanted all day ...a-l-l day.  And ...I did kind of inadvertently drink more beyond ...high noon.  On a normal day - it wouldn't have mattered.  Here is where the justification came in to play tho ...it was just one of the sleep ctr people telling me not to drink coffee past noon.  But when I printed out the instructions ...and there were many ...including wash your head ...there wasn't any mention of restricting coffee.  I rest my case ...assuage my guilt ...well sort of ..with the guilt thing.

Hmmm ...I'm thinking this doesn't bode well ...that my whizzie winkles at 7:pm reek of coffee. (I know - TMI) This is not at all the norm for me.  Must because I was so engrossed in doing the War and Peace version of pre-admission medical forms, that I sipped it way too long ..even tho it did get cold. And the few business calls in between.

And the other forbidden thing ...a NAP!  Heck ...I wanted a nap as soon as I opened my baby blues this morning ...just because I knew they said ..no naps.  And as I was making the bed ...it was like a magnet drawing me in, like an insect into the spider's web.  I actually have avoided the bedroom and all comfortable furniture today.  Or ..this non napping SeaSpray would've napped. 


So ...this SeaSpray ...did taste of the forbidden fruit ...um Keurig Pumpkin Spice coffee ...as much as she could this morning.  3 12 0z cups ...although I never finished one because I always end up doing something and come back to it cold.  So ...technically 6oz per cup or so.  Like smokers that leave their cigarettes burning - that is how I am with drinking anything... usually, anyway.

However the forbidden part came after high noon.

And I caved ...I justified ...until I could justify no more.  Now maybe if I could've taken a NAP ...I wouldn't have minded the coffee ban.  Mind you ...I n-e-v-e-r rarely take naps.  But today ...it was forbidden ...and so ...of course ...I have been craving a nap all darn day ...even now ...I want a nap.

So ...what's the big deal you ask?

SLEEP STUDY tonight!

I waited too long to print and fill out all their forms and I am finally down to the last one.  There are so many questions I am now wondering if this sleep center is in cahoots with the never ever invasive IRS. ?  ;)


 I still have to shower and I hope that doesn't wake me up. (I think it will tho) They said something about having a clean head in their instructions.  Well ...I'm going for the whole clean body/head package.  Why wouldn't they just say ...take a shower everyone? Clean head?  So weird sounding.  "Wait ..I can't go yet - I still have to clean my head!"  :)

And no body creams.  If there is ever a pre-surgery, pre-test  medical rule I am tempted to break ...it is not slathering on luxurious ...pretty scented lotions and creams.  Again ...it's a girl thing.  Of course (I've written this before), at 24 ...I and my hospital roommate, slathered on Keri lotion which is so thick and greasy and we put it all over our bodies ...after showering before going to the OR.  (This old hospital actually had a large community shower to use before going in the OR)  We had to be glistening for that OR because Keri lotion always gave that greasy shine to skin. I'm surprised we didn't slide away from them ..or maybe we did.  ;)

And I am bringing my own fabulous, best pillow in the world ...that I bought from Sleepy's this past summer.  And they are putting a fan in there for me.  A SeaSpray has her demands.  If I have to comply - THEY have to comply.  I am kidding - of course ...yes ..I am ..kidding.  ;)  My PCP said he wants me to do whatever I normally do when I sleep.  My first thought was - I don't know what I do when I sleep ...because I am SLEEPING when I sleep.  But I thought better of saying it.  Seriously tho - Mr SeaSpray and I sleep with a box fan every night.  he calls it  his sea breeze.  I think of it more as flying in a B-52.  I'm so used to that sound.  I hope there fan isn't one of those whisper quiet fans.

It's so weird knowing they will be watching and listening while you sleep ...and I am guessing awake.  Oh joy ...they get to watch me doing my ...time to make the donuts tinkle walk to the bathroom in the wee hours of the morning.  And knowing how some medical staff conversations can go ..or bets can be made, etc., I wonder what they do to amuse themselves all night?  Nope - don't want to know.  :)  And I made sure I've had nothing gassy - just covering my bases.

For the record - I pretty much don't think this test is necessary, but PCP wants to do it before clearing me for knee surgery.  So a SeaSpray's gotta so what a SeaSpray's gotta do.

Well ...I have to go pack now.  I know I am already bringing too much.  It's a girl thing.  We always bring our in case I need items.  Part of me feels like driving in in my PJ's ..ready for bed.  What could go wrong with that plan?  I am having a baked potato at 9pm.  Partly because I didn't eat enough today and partly because I hope the starch makes me drowsy by the time I sleep.  And I am having it with my Bedtime tea that I have been drinking every night instead of eating.  Hopefully that will settle me too.

I am so not in the mood to do this ...but I'll just think of it as a kind of pajama party with the girls.  I guess there could be male employees, but I think of it as only women working there.

Well ...sweet dreams everyone.  :)

PS ..Oh Gee!  Ha ha!  I guess I am tired.  I read the instructions wrong.  They didn't say wash your head. They said take a HEAD SHOWER!  I just kept picturing everyone only washing their head.  Ha Ha ha!  They also say excellent beds and mattresses with pillows for your convenience. (I'm glad they think pillows are convenient.), in state of the art decorated rooms.  Now ...I'm curious.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Apple Orchard Time



Her first class trip - to an apple orchard.  :)

It reminds me of our boys making the same trip while in preschool ...to the same orchard.  :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

First Do No Harm?


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These would be fun to give to the dentist.  Check out other creative cookies (great ideas), from this website HERE.

Wow ...I never knew it could be this good ...at the dentist ...even though my new dentist is doing all the same annoying ..frightful things that the other dentists have done.  Except with his hands ...there just isn't anything painful ...not even the Novocaine.  Not the drilling, pushing, pulling, probing ..none of it hurts.  Not only that ...and I still chuckle at this ...with a good measure of wonderment too ...I truly look forward going to the dentist.  And I have DREADED that my entire life because I've always been sensitive ...probably overly sensitive.  And the fear comes from all the times that hygienists or dentists do something that just zings you in a painful way.  Not in this office.  This dentist IS the poster dentist for wanting to go back to the dental office again.

I also have the utmost trust in him and want to refer the world to him.  Not that he needs it ..but he is just that good.  I even like how he discusses things ..teaches even. He's gracious, kind, supportive and obviously SKILLED.

I know I keep saying I want to write what I feel the former dentist did wrong and there is just so much ...I have to get in the mood.  But I will ...and then I am going to use the post to refer to when I write him a long letter.  Which will begin with thanking him for the good things, .i.e., care in the first decade with him.  I will compliment his staff and office.  But the latter part while it will not be filled with angry accusations ...I most definitely will be itemizing all the times he withheld care ...even tho I repeatedly expressed frustration and concern and more.  And it will mention how he destroyed my trust in him ..which is sad because I had really liked him and the care he initially gave.  There will be a lot.  And I will n-e-v-e-r be able to recommend him to anyone.  While I won't go on a crusade to trash him ...I will be honest if someone brings up his name and are thinking of going to him.  Frankly ...I wonder if I am doing the wrong thing for NOT reporting him in writing to our previous plan. ???  But I am not out to hurt him.  Although ...he sure didn't consider what was good for my dental care.

While again discussing the difference in care with the new dentist ...I ended it with I feel like I have been violated through omission of care.

The reason this came up is because of the stark contrast in results after being with this dentist only since August.  And as soon as he stepped into the room with me I eagerly and gratefully told him how I no longer had the problem that I continually complained about in the other office (there were many) and could hardly believe it and with all my heart ...THANK YOU!

And his work is so much better too.

I take care of my teeth.  Brush, floss, and mouthwash.  But a few teeth were beginning to break on the inside and this other "dentist", would always say ..."Why don't we wait on that."  And I admit I was slow on the uptake because I did trust him and figured he knew best.  Although ...admittedly ...I was feeling like something wasn't right either.  Last spring - 2012, was the final straw.

I am so serious about sending him a letter, that I may spend the money and send it certified so I know he gets it.

And after I do that ...I will let it go.  I will forgive.  I am trying to now ...but I have to say what I think first.  My orthopaedic doctor thought my idea was good and it might help future patients.  I told this dentist too and he said it was a good idea, but if my goal is to help other patients be careful how I choose my words.  I can do that.  I know to keep things in "I" statements and I never call people names and so that won't be a problem.

I really feel I was wronged as a patient.

Today, I even asked this dentist if dentists have a code of ethics and he said we could talk about that, but then our conversation went ortho later.  I am guessing that since they are doctors they took the Hippocratic oath first and then dentists must have their own.

To be continued ...

One more thing ...I guess he didn't respect me either.  because he obviously ignored my concerns and requests.  And if we had not been able to get this other insurance after Mr SeaSpray retired ...I would not be able to afford the major work I am getting done now that could've been fixed when I was the other dentist's patient and still had the insurance.  Just saying.