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Day 1 – Living Room Update

May 24, 2015

Monday was the day the painters were to start the living room.  I have been playing with my iPhone to figure out how to download the pictures I took – not exactly the easiest to figure ou.  However, technology will not get the best of me.  I also used Eddie’s camera as well – now that is much easier to download.  I am waiting for all the photos to download.

I went to see my chiropractor Monday morning, then made a stop at Home Depot for my doodad – I forgot it on Friday.  Then Ronny and his two guys came shortly after I came home.  I asked if a beard was mandatory to work with him – the other two guys also had beards.

The first thing they needed to do was hand wash the walls – a lot of cobwebs, dirty and also holes to fill as well as a crack or two.  I spent most of the rest of the day back in the office or the bedroom.  The difficulty with the floor plan here is that I have to go through the living room to do anything.  When I went out to the kitchen, I was amazed to see all the draped plastic on the furniture and lights, plus they had taped the floor with brown paper.

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This is what I saw when I came out for lunch.  By the end of the day, they had put one coat on the walls after priming and  put the few pieces of furniture we had back where they were.  They found they could keep moving things around without much trouble.

This post has taken me a long time to finish – downloading the pictures, then trying to find them in iPhoto, getting them to download into the blog – enough to set my teeth on edge.  let’s hope the next ones will work better.

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A Short Reunion

June 24, 2014

As a result of my slide, I have become reacquainted with my cane.  It took a little practice, but I’m doing pretty well, not tripping over it so much.  It has been hard to walk since Friday afternoon and the cane has helped.  It was not my fondest wish to have this reunion, on the other hand, I am glad the cane is there.  I have had it in my car trunk for the past two years, occasionally I use it if I am not sure of the  of the terrain or if there will be a lot of people.

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I haven’t done a lot of exercising, though Saturday I  went in a couple of places.  I was tired when we came home, so I had a lie down.  Eddie wanted to walk by the river in Renton so he could check out the flight line for the 737’s – I was quite happy sitting in the car reading.  Then we went to Panera for coffee, about the extent of walking.  Yesterday I went to see Cheryl, my chiropractor.  I explained what happened and how it had been feeling, so she worked on different places that connect with the knees.   I had an Apple One To One at 11 to work on my book.  I seem to have found something that seems to stump them a bit.  Both Larry and I learned a lot about iBooks Author – says he likes a challenge.  I told him I was ready to forget the whole thing because it has driven me crazy – but I am not about to let technology win.  I decided to go home, have something to eat and have a lie down – sometimes it is smart to do that after an adjustment.  I am glad I did because I was a bit more tired than I realized.

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One of the aspects of  RA and pain is how varied it is – with this situation at the moment, the pain has been different every day.  Friday it was sharp pain in the outside of my knee, yet Saturday it felt as if I had a tight clamp below my knee.  Sunday the clamp was in the middle of the knee and at times there was a sharper pain in the middle of the knee.  Yesterday the clamp was around the knee and today the clamp is mostly gone but the outside of the knee feels as if someone is hitting my knee each time I bend it.  That is one thing that really baffles me about RA – it is never the same from one day to the next.

Today is doctor morning, I am going to see my primary doc for a check up – he has been pleased with my progress, but not sure what he will say about this latest incident.  I don’t plan to do any “running around”, just buy some cookies for Mom for tomorrow.  She was alert and doing well last Friday, though I noticed she was in the wheel chair.  Apparently her knee was bothering her, so they use the chair.  Otherwise they make sure she uses the walker so she won’t forget how to walk.

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I saw the doc and he was pleased with me – not necessarily the slide but my blood work, blood pressure, etc.  Unfortunately he weighed me and I am 15 pounds heavier – Ye God’s and Little Fishes!!!!  I suddenly realized the weight gain a week or two ago – I can’t believe I let it happen so easily.  I have spent a lot of the last few months  working a lot at the computer and not getting very much exercise; now the knee as well.  Yet I have noticed I don’t eat as much because I get full much faster and I opt for fruit for dessert at night.

I went to the store for Mom’s double stuffed Oreos and came home – I am noticing my knee is now on the side, a little below the joint and it feels like badly bruised bones.  Cheryl always says it takes some time for the body to integrate whatever happens and the next day may be uncomfortable.  I have an open house at Breakfast Club – I am hoping things will be more comfortable in the morning.  Afterward I will go see Mom.  This is not the time to put up a facade of “I’m doing fine” because I’m not.  It has worn me out and I am dragged out tired and not always sleeping well; I have trouble finding a comfortable position at night and walking is not particularly comfortable either.

I know I will come through this eventually and be more comfortable – it gets old very quickly to be hampered like this.  I have a quiet week and don’t have much on the calendar because I know rest is important.  I dealt with many other times like this one, though it doesn’t get easier and I haven’t “gotten used to it” either.   However, it doesn’t last forever, just often feels as if it does.

THIS TOO WILL PASS.

Playing In The Garden

June 8, 2014

One thing I didn’t inherit from Mom was her green thumb; I have to improvise for a garden now.  I also don’t want to have to weed and have a lot of maintenance, so I have been looking around to see what I can do that can be low maintenance while being a bit different.  I have had the three beds rather bare for quite a long time and I am beginning to see  what will work.  I bought some flower seed strips (when will they finally arrive?) and I will use those for my color and then decide how I want to place them.  I’ve been looking at tiles and things as design elements that will mix with the flowers while being able to take them up when I actually have a true garden design with Nancy.  That’s a long way off, so this will have to do until then.

I decided I want a stream bed with rocks in the bed by the garage, plus use the pieces of tree as a design instead of lining the outside of the bed.  I have another idea for the design of the wood circles for the back porch bed, I can do that by using the rake to move them from the border – bending over is not easy on the back.  I have the foot path in the dogwood tree bed (cat garden) that works well there.  I am going to put in a little pond, but not with water, with tile type pieces.  Lots of plans but not a lot of execution yet.

However, last Sunday I went to a cake tasting in the morning and on my way home stopped to buy three bags of river rocks.  Each are 40 pounds and cost $3.99 – not bad since most other places charge a lot more.  Unfortunately I came home just before Eddie did and he decided the bags had to be on the ground.  Not my plan at all.  I had moved some of the heavier rocks from the back porch bed because I wanted something to that would keep the rocks from rolling on to the new drive – plus the downspout keeps sending water into the garage.  I wanted to fix that and this was a great idea.

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Also have the right date on my photo.

They may not look like very big rocks, but those puppies were heavy.  Wow, I was winded very quickly.  I may buy some smaller rocks to put between the drive and the bigger rocks to give it a more finished look.  I saw some tiles that were made up of rocks and maybe that would be better because they would be less likely to slide.

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This is my log slice design and I liked the idea of having the stream go through it.  I have mostly used the bags of rocks to do the stream, but I haven’t quite decided how wide it will be.

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As you see, I put a brick under the downspout to keep the water from messing up the bark and sending it on to the drive and into the garage.  (The thumb isn’t visible as you actually see the rocks)  I need to see what happens when it rains to know if my idea works.  The three bags I bought took me up to the design – man was I tired.  I was wondering about how my body would be, even though I released the belief of payback pain.  I took Aleve and actually did quite well the next day.  I also saw my chiropractor and she helped with adjustments.  I also made an appointment to see her Wednesday morning as well.  Tuesday (the 2nd day) I woke up around 3 or so and felt still around the edges.  It wasn’t any place specific, but a little Aleve and some rest and I was doing okay.

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This was far as  I went on Sunday.  I spent Monday afternoon having a nap.

During the week I kept think about my stream and I wanted to buy two more bags – that’s my limit at the moment – to be able to lay out the rest of the stream.  Wednesday didn’t turn out to be good and I spent Thursday morning at my rheumatologist and then my infusion, so I rested in the afternoon.  By Friday I was itching to get back to the stream, but first I went to visit mom.  The last 3 or 4 times she has been more alert when I saw her.  She always enjoys the cookies and chocolate and says she likes me reading to her.  I find myself getting caught up in the story myself.  She also enjoys a back rub, so I do some when I am there.  I notice that suddenly there is a change, but I haven’t noticed it although it has been gradually happening.  She is a little less easy to understand, yet she carries on a conversation as if I know exactly what she is saying.

After I left her Friday, I stopped to buy two more bags of rocks and headed home.  This time I did it the way I planned it last Sunday, I left the bags in the truck, took a small plastic carton and my pail, then my wheelie walker to the back of the car.  I could sit down and put rocks into the pail, then spread them from the pail.  It was a lot easier on my back than bending down to the bag on the sidewalk.

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The rest of the stream was laid out, which gave me an idea.  I will put some bit larger rocks at the end of this side and themI may have to move it a little closer to the garage to get the effect I have in mind.

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And now I have the design of my stream.

It’s now Sunday and the 2nd day after my “gardening”.  So far I was a little stiff in my neck and upper back, but I am doing quite well.  It is also chiropractor morning tomorrow and that is an excellent thing.  Next thing to do is  make the log design in the other bed and see what inspires me for that one.  I have a couple of easy ideas and I am interested to see how they work out – will it be as easy as I picture it?

Beginning To Feel Human Again!

January 11, 2014

The past two weeks have been uncomfortable, to say the least.  I think the coughing and stuffy/runny nose have bothered me more than anything else.   I am also finding I have interest in what’s going on around me again; before now all I was noticing was what part of me was being more uncomfortable that day.  I am also very grateful and thankful for my wonderful husband because he has done everything while I have been miserable.  Unfortunately, I gave him part of my stuff, so he is uncomfortable as well.  But he soldiers on and doesn’t give the stuff much space if he can help it.

I am so tired of coughing, not sleeping very well at night.  I went to see my acupuncturist on Thursday for treatment, I have another appointment today.  Cindy has help me tame the cough a couple of times before and I decided not to wait 4 to 6 weeks before going to see her.  I may have to go Tuesday and possibly Thursday – we’ll see what develops.

Eddie and I are sleeping in different rooms because we don’t want to keep passing this stuff back and forth.  I have been sleeping somewhat propped up, seems to make things more comfortable.  Since I don’t have Eddie with me, Bunny has been sleeping with me – it almost feels like rehab again.

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 I spent a lot of time cooped up in the house and finding how little energy I had.  This last week has been better, though halfway through Breakfast Club I had John take over – I could only cough when I wanted to say something.  I came straight home afterwards.

I have had two adjustments with Dr. Cheryl – she barely has a voice and is conserving it as much as possible – she lost her voice for 6 weeks once and has no interest in doing it again.  I have been feeling better with adjustments and now the acupuncture, I hope it won’t be too long before I am feeling back to “normal” – what ever normal is for me.

I noticed Wednesday when I came home from Breakfast Club, I started researching for a new client – I haven’t had any interest in anything lately.  It felt good to work on it for a bit.  Thursday I had a call from a new client and all the while I was sick, I was doing an order by 3 way email.  Thankfully the orders are in and I think they will make it on time.

Friday I went to see Mom; the last time was 2 weeks ago when Eddie came back from Toronto.  I have been concerned about giving her the stuff, I also didn’t want her to think I had abandoned her.  I brought her chocolates and cookies, the chocolates are from Ellen.  She was quite pleased with both and she was also glad to see me.

They have been having her sit in a recliner to make sure her feet are up to help with the swelling.  Judy says if she is in the wheelchair all the time, she will forget how to walk, so they switch with the walker and wheelchair so she will still be somewhat mobile.  She fights standing up for the walker, but it is important to have her walk as long as possible.

I read some more of the D.E. Stevenson book to her – Fern was also at the table and she said she enjoyed hearing me read.  As soon as we finish this book, I will start Candy’s new book  “Finding Serenity In Seasons of Stress”.  Mom enjoyed hearing Candy’s other book “The Translucent Heart” and knowing this new one is Candy’s book will make even more special.

We have been having a lot of wind and rain the past few days, couple of mornings we had heavy frost.  Otherwise it has been in the 40’s during the day and high 30’s at night.  I know so many parts of the country have been in the deep freeze and are now reaching the 40’s and 50’s – heat wave.  I remember ice storms, snow storms, humidity and heat, hurricane warnings, thunder and lightning storms – I am glad I experienced it but very happy to live here where it is fairly mild.  Good things I enjoy rain!

As my attention span and energy come back, I will be writing again – boy, do I miss it!


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