Hi there.....

So kind of you to stop by....I do enjoy the company.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

More trouble?

More trouble? Just found out that I now have nodules (yes plural) on my thyroid.  I knew something was going on because I have been constantly feeling like I have to clear my throat.  Apparently this can happen when one has breast cancer even if that cancer has been removed.  Don't know what will come next.
Add to that the sister of my friend who has pulmonary hypertension and lupus and...the sister has a brain tumor.  Too many people I know have major things going wrong.  To top it off my daughter will probably need surgery one her left shoulder.  She's having an MRI tomorrow morning.
With everything that is going on I'm busy trying to wrap my brain around it all. It's almost too much.  I say almost...I have plans for good things going to happen starting next week.  I think I'll concentrate on those.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

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You know the advertisement on TV about these walk-in tubs?  Well I have a question.  If you have to get in and then fill it and you can't get out before all the water drains out how do you keep from being cold? I wonder how many people think about that when they see the ad.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Gremlins

somehow computer gremlins changed everything  and I couldn't get in here.  Somehow my daughter figured it out.I've missed those of you I  follow and hope you are doing well.  Not much happening in  my world.  It's hot and humid.  We've had more than our share of rain.  I'm not on my laptop but am on an iPad..  Hopefully I will be able to figur out how to get back on my laptop.  Meanwhile y'all stay healthy and cool.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Hard to believe

On Saturday the 4th my friend A texted me in the evening asking if I could take her to the ER at NEGA the next day.  I texted back affirmative and asked if mid morning would be okay.  She replied yes.  The next morning she texted asking if I could make it earlier.  Sensing some urgency I quickly got dressed and drove over to her place.  One look at her and I told her there was no way in hell I was going to drive her, I was calling an ambulance.  She was sitting hunched over on the porch barely able to breathe.  The ambulance came and the techs did their thing.  I told them she wanted to go to NEGA but was told no way.  They would have to take her to our local ER as her blood sugar was in the 600's.  Whoa!  So we went to the local ER.  There they discovered that she had a collapsed lung.  In went the chest tube and on went the face mask to force air into her lung.  Because she fought the face mask they had to drug her.  And she still keptt trying to the it off albeit in a slow motion kind of way.  I just kept telling her no.  Kept talking to her to keep her calm. After what seemed like forever she was transferred to NEGA and put in ICU.  Even after breathing treatments her lung still stayed collapsed for days.  A CT scan finally provided the reason.  She had a yeast infection on her lung!  And it was preventing it from re-inflating.  Another whoa!  I've never heard of that but, apparently, it is not that uncommon at this time of year.  Into surgery she went where the yeast infection was carefully removed without having to take any of the lung.  The lung inflated immediately once the yeast was removed.  Finally, a couple of days ago, the chest tube was removed. She is in a "regular" room as of yesterday afternoon but she still has a ways to go.  Her breathing needs to be better and she needs to start walking to get the lungs to expand as they should.
Because she lives alone she'll be going to my daughter's when she is discharged.  Just until we think she'll be okay by herself.
Now...all of this came about because she is stubborn and and believes she knows better than doctors when it comes to her health.  Plus she was not taking diabetes meds as she should have.  She was self treating.  Had she allowed the doctor to examine her instead of insisting she knew what she needed all of this might not have happened.  Had she allowed the PA to listen to her lungs she might have avoided this long time in the hospital.  She knows better now.  She also knows no more cigarettes, no self medicating and to follow medical advice.  She's now on insulin for the rest of her life.
She's still stubborn and would leave the hospital right now if she could.  She wouldn't make it if she did.  So daughter and I are there, whether she likes it or not, once her parents leave today to travel to help take care of their son's family while he is in ICU in Illinois (or Indiana) with a bum heart.  Seems like when it rains it pours.
By the way, the surgeon who successfully removed the yeast said they get anywhere from 50 - 100 cases like this around this time of year and they don't know what causes it.  Another whoa!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Done!

Yesterday I went for my radiation treatment as usual.  I had the treatment, got dressed and as I was leaving one of the techs told me it was my last!  Talk about being surprised.  I thought I had 4 more.  The doctor said that the likelihood of the cancer returning was so slight that they felt more treatments would do more harm than good.  Needless to say I was happy.  So now I get to wash all the marks off and don't have to plan my days around treatment.  Yay!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Update

I'm doing okay.  My right upper arm is still numb but seems to be slowly getting feeling back around the edges of the numb area.  Allowing me to have my arm down by my side was a saver.  I could not have endured holding it above my head any more and would have quit had they not found a solution.
It's the middle of week 3.  Next week is the last.  Hope I don't have to go through it again.

Friday, April 5, 2019

It worked

Yesterday I expected to have another CT scan to see if having my arm by my side instead of in back holding a post would work.  Well.....didn't have to have the scan!  We tried positioning me with my hand down by my side in the treatment room on the machine and were successful!  They were able to give me treatment with no problem.  I do have some new "magic" markings but who cares?  Those will wash off eventually.  What a relief it was to get up off the "slab" without having a painful arm.
Now I don't have to take the Tylenol before I go.  And maybe the feeling will come back in my arm.
All because a doctor was will to try.