Showing posts from December, 2015


I had a fun time at a christmas party with friends, but overdid it so I am mucho sore now.
I took a T3 to help and forgot they include caffeine. Hello everybody. What's happenin. *blink blink"* Aw what the heck... Merry Christmas!

At the closing of the year

I feel VERY lucky today. Blessed even.
Today after my half day of work my Dad is picking me up and he and I are going to visit an old family friend in the hospital. She has cancer...and they found it too late to do anything. She's in palliative care in the hospital and Dad wants to go and see her and say goodbye while he's here. Yvonne Brown is such a sweet woman. I work with her son and her husband also used to teach here at the university. I know them more through them being down the road at the lake where my Dad lives. They are very kind to my Dad and have us and others over for pancake breakfasts and visits all the time. Dr. Brown also keeps bees and is always giving us honey and beeswax. Mr. Brown recently retired and they were enjoying their time together until this...I guess it was not meant to be. She did some chemo to try and buy her some time, but it only did so much. They were so kind and supportive for me during my treatment. I have tried to be the same...but somet…

Ho Ho Ho?

I am currently making eggnog cookies and avoiding the internet.
I am a Star Wars fan (it was the first movie I ever's burned into my brain in an unnatural way) and can't get to the new film for a few days yet and I have a number of friends who can't keep from commenting about the film so I've sequestered myself away for a bit. They keep posting things like "isn't it odd in films when characters react to X with Y?" in not-so-clever attempts at vague comments and they are already driving me batty. I hate any kind of brain goes off on a zillion tangents and I get taken out of the wonder of it I am making cookies and will return to facebook whenever I get around to seeing the movie.

Recovery wise I am feeling much better. There is still some pain and soreness, and my movement is still restricted, but it's not like before. I found some old T3's and they're helping me deal with most things remaining. I've got a lo…

Dilauded and fudge go together like...

Dilauded has been making my life more civilized the last week or so. Keeps the intense muscle pain at an acceptable distance so that I am not miserable while I recover. I was reading up on it today and found an answer as to why, since I have been on it, I have uncharacteristically craved sweet things. Case in point - I bought a big brick of (so delicious) Almond Joy fudge yesterday and I am slowly working my way through it. Apparently hydromorphone lowers your blood sugar as it acts so you crave sugar sometimes while taking it.
So there you go.
Fudge is sometimes medically necessary.


Today was fun but exhausting. The craft show was fun and after we met another friend for lunch and it was awesome to just catch up and be outside, altho I am done for the day now for sure. My back is now sore and achy and I plan to do nothing for the rest of the day. Without the dilauded there is no distraction from the back pain, so I'm learning to compartmentalize it so I can get on with my day. It's doable. Annoying but doable. I had a nice day regardless.
I came home with a few kinds of hot chocolate, pear ginger tea, some almond joy fudge and a bunch of wonderful things to enjoy in my new tub - soaps, bath salts and bath bombs. Of course I was only tempted by bath stuff and edible things - there were a lot of nice handmade things I liked but not enough to justify bringing home or paying the prices they were and nothing jumped out for gifts so I just had a nice time wandering and relaxing with my friend.

Now it is time for relaxing and tea and perhaps some bollywood movies…

On the cusp

I am at that awkward in-between stage. My stitches are healing, but incisions are not fully healed. Things still hurt on a low overall achy level and my movement is restricted, but for the most part I'm not tender to the touch and can walk around and bend OK. mind is clearer and so my brain would like to do more, and would like to convince my body it could too. I feel eons better than I expected to at this point...and so I need to keep myself in check and not do too much. Today I am off the high level pain medication so I am learning to adjust -I believe I am healing up OK and can get by on Alleve - I deal with pain well, and so far so good.

I am going to a big craft fair with a friend tomorrow and I think I'll be OK - if someone were to nudge me I wouldn't crumple in pain anymore so it will be nice to get out for a bit tomorrow. I don't want to overdo it, but I'm going stir crazy. Maybe I should be resting more...I don't know how this all w…

Note to self: do not strangle the nice people

Sometimes my in-laws make me want to strangle them. Case in point:

I felt OK enough to go to my inlaws for supper on sunday evening for family supper. Had a decent meal and visit and came home. Today my MIL texted me to say that my niece who was there has whooping cough and was sick since wednesday altho she wan't coughing. And they never said anything. Nothing. They didn't think it was that contagious, since she wasn't coughing and had started medicine. BASED ON NOTHING. They just thought it was all fine...cuz whooping cough isn't contagious at all or anything. They were talking to a nurse today who told them otherwise and said they should let me know I was exposed.
So long story short -1 day home from the hospital I was exposed to whooping cough. I am not sure if I have had my shots for it...but think I'm gonna go in and get it if I need to. The thought of coughing right now terrifies me. I am feeling pretty good now that my drains came out yesterday (YAY!!) but …