Archive for November, 2016

It’s Done !!!

November 13, 2016


Wish I saw this last week

This one definitely fits this week.

Hallelujah, the election is over and we don’t have to hear or see any more political ads every 2 minutes.  It is a mixed blessing because there are those who are completely stunned Hillary lost and Donald Trump won.   There are others who are over the moon Trump won – then there are those in between to different degrees.  I didn’t vote for either one – I wrote in a name.  Sometimes I wish they had a selection that says “None of the above”.  That is true of the issues as well as candidates.  What I don’t understand are the Hillary supporters sitting in the streets like a spoiled brat having a tantrum because she or he isn’t get what they wanted.  Get over yourself!!!   If you didn’t vote, you have no right to complain because you didn’t exercise your privilege and responsibility to vote.

What happened to civility and being a gracious loser or winner?  One doesn’t always have things the way they want – suppose it turns out to be the best thing for you.  It may take time. but as I say on my radio show – “In every difficult situation is a gift waiting for you to discover”.   I have been wondering if we have needed a shaking up to rebalance the country.  We have had great presidents, terrible ones and everything in between and our country is still here.  Instead of being afraid and full of fear, concentrate on what you can do and trust the Universe.  It may sound simplistic, simple isn’t always easy.  Your thoughts become things and negative thoughts, words and actions bring more of the same.  Here’s a strange concept – only have positive, loving and empowering thoughts, words and actions.  As for me, I don’t watch the news much – too negative even in good times.

Enough of that, we are all saturated with the whole thing.  Actually, it has been a positive week for me, though I have spent most of it going to doctors.  My Tuesday appointment with the cardiologist didn’t happen.  Threw was an accident on the other side of the 1st Ave bridge – I was in traffic for an hour and a half and half an hour late for my appointment.  I called to let them know – they thought I would be there in 10 minutes.  As I got to the doctor’s office, my phone rang – she was calling to see where I was and that they would have to reschedule.  I talked to a very nice young woman and they gave me an appointment for Thursday morning.  Naturally when I went home, traffic was light and one would never know there was a problem.

I was early on Thursday for the appointment.  I had an echocardiogram and they called to tell me there were some abnormalities – not something I want to hear.  I had them send the results to Doc Pierce, he said he didn’t think it was anything to worry about.  Dr. Ali was really nice and she told it straight without big words.  Essentially there is some stiffness in my heart that is simply from aging.  she isn’t concerned about it but she wants to know how the flow in my blood vessels is, cholesterol numbers don’t tell her.  She wants me to do a scan – not covered by insurance – that will give her a better if I need a statin or not.  She was pleased to see my blood pressure is good, that I didn’t smoke or drink – all good indicators.  She wants to see me in 8 weeks – it is up to me if I do the test.  I will probably do it so I know what the situation is and if it is necessary to do anything.

I saw my dermatologist Tuesday afternoon for a check up.  I am finished with basel cell surgery and have healed quite well.  She was pleased with the results – she has seen noses that didn’t come out too well and I am the second one from Dr. Bradley she says looks great.  Now she wants me to do a cream twice a day to bring up the little red spots as well as those below the skin that could be cancerous in time.  She did say I would probably look very spotty about the second week, but it would take care of them 85%.  I thought sure shoe would be trigger happy with the nitrogen, bit she thinks the cream will help.  A week or so of spotty is small compared to MOHS surgery.  She also checked my legs – they are healed and looking a lot better.  I use the CirAids around my lower legs and it has helped a lot.  I was weighed this week and I have lost 10 pounds compared to Doc Pierce’s scale.

Friday I went to the orthopedic surgeon I saw for my broken arm.  As I was checking in, it seemed to be dicey about payment – no way was I going to pay and have them reimburse me, been there, done that.  They are the most obstreperous group I have ever dealt with using my PIP coverage.  I told her I am doing fine, I am not doing the reverse shoulder replacement because I’m scared, so I really don’t have to see him.  And I left.

I also had fun doing my radio show on Tuesday – I talked about elections and voting.  I talked about where I have voted and how it was done, as well as my experience Australia.  The next couple of shows I have guests – this coming week is Krysta Gibson and next week my attorney friend Dave Gagley.  I have some other ideas for guests, so I am going tp  contact them this week.

It definitely was a good week for me.  I hope it was for you.

Almost Over!!!!

November 6, 2016

I don’t think I am the only one who is glad the election marathon will be over on Tuesday.   However, no one is sure what will follow when they decide who won the Presidency – another circus no doubt.  It seems each time the voter fatigue is worse than the one before – too many candidates saying he or she is the honest one and will accomplish so much.  Yet all the while saying what a crook, liar and double dealer their opponent is – enough already.  Afterwards the media will analyze it all to death.  Is this what the Founding Fathers had in mind?  No doubt they are spinning in their graves.  Enough of all of it!!!

I didn’t realize it has been a month since I last wrote here – the last 2 or 3 weeks I have been dealing with bronchitis.  fortunately my doc gave me an antibiotic and I am finally feeling so much better.  I don’t like taking it, but I was so miserable that I was willing to do it.  I found they weren’t kidding about no caffeine, it kept me awake all the time.  Not a lot of sleep.    So I started drinking herbal tea so I could get some rest.  I also wasn’t to have dairy 2 hours before and after, so I had to have my yogurt for lunch.  Otherwise it was okay.  Usually it is the cough that gets me, wearing me out and making sleep difficult.  One night I was so frustrated, I took my to fingers and pressed them to the base of my throat – to my surprise, it helped stop the cough.

I am finding my little and ring finger on my left hand are still numb.  That doesn’t mean there is no feeling – such interesting sensation and they keep changing.  Lately it feels as if I have a tiny blood pressure cuff on the lower part of my little finger.  It also means my fingers aren’t all that strong or working all that well – you should see what I type before I have to correct it!  So there are things I can’t do very well – such as clipping my finger nails.  The right hand works fine but the left has very little strength. This time I used the cuticle scissors to cut my right hand, it actually worked.  Now I can type better with short nails.  I am still much slower than before, it too is slowly getting better.   I am glad to say I don’t have any surgeries or procedures coming up – what a relief!!!!

This week was the first of my radio show – yes, I have started it again.  It is easier this time and now I have a parking decal that says I am an employee of Hubbard Radio.  How about that!!!!!  It is a feeling of coming home and spending time with my family.  This time I have archives on – just click the link and look for  Finding The Gifts and you can find the archives.  It still doesn’t feel quite real, but it is definitely sinking in.  Now I need to start inviting gets and deciding what subjects I want to do – I plan to have the same guests I had last time as well as others.  I need to update my web site and Facebook page to let people know I am back.

Eddie went to Jerusalem to visit his sister – her cancer has come back.  There spots on her liver and they don’t think another surgery is feasible because she just had one a short while ago.  She is doing heavy-duty chemo – today is her second one – but they really don’t hold out much hope for her.  The kids aren’t telling her everything because she is such a worrywart.  Eddie and Tako inherited it from their mother, though Eddie isn’t quite as much of one as Tako.  He wasn’t anxious to go, but it turned out very well.  It really lifted Tako’s spirits and Eddie had a chance to spend time with the nieces and nephew plus their spouses and kids.  He seemed to be a unifying influence since things had been somewhat strained.  He and Tako are the older generation and so he seems to be somewhat of a patriarch.  He is very impressed with all of them and said he would be a mediator any time they needed.

The week he was gone was the first time in 14 years I was on my own.  He used to travel a lot and I learned to create a life while he was away.  Since we’ve been here, he hasn’t really travelled and if he did, Mom was here.  It probably took me that week to realize I was on my own – they he came back.  Life is very different here from when we were moving around.

No big surprise we have had a lot of rain this month and last month.  This is when the “livability” of Seattle is strained – we are used to going and doing while it rains but newcomers aren’t.  I love the rain and since I was feeling miserable, it wasn’t at all difficult to stay in the warm and dry house.

We had Jorge and his crew power wash the house and garage roofs as well as the side walks to get rid of the moss – it is such a difference!  It took him two days – worth every penny!  Also, we had a sewer back up and this time it was really serious.  They fixed it temporarily and then later dug up a position of the line on the bank to fix the pipe – it had a hole in it and the roots were really doing a number on it.  Its was pricey but necessary – now when my sisters come to visit, we won’t have the usual back up any more.

Not a lot else going on – I know I need to add pictures, but the last time I took pictures for the post, I did a header on the kitchen floor and broke my elbow.  I will just have to update in a couple of days.




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