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Farther Down The Road To Recovery

January 19, 2014

This has been quite a long 3 weeks,  now in its 4th week.  Bothe Eddie and I are having trouble shaking this flu balderdash, kind of up and down.  I have some energy and interest in things at times, other times I just want to lie down and close my eyes.  I find I sleep better, don’t cough as much but have trouble going to sleep at night.  I can now wake up in the morning and feel ready to do things, then around lunch I am exhausted and I have a lie down or a nap.  No doubt the nap doesn’t help going to sleep at night.  However, I need to catch up on the rest I didn’t have while coughing all the time.  Thank goodness Eddie also sleeping better as well.

Now that I have covered Sick Call – aren’t you absolutely fascinated with all my aches and pains?  If it sounds like whingeing, it isn’t – just an update.

I ended up with a lovely ending to my birthday on Wednesday.  I came home from the acupuncturist to find heavy fog – it was a day of mixed weather.  I had a lovely 2 hour nap and when I got up, it was sunny and we had a lovely drive into Seattle to have dinner at Il Fornaio.  The sun was beginning to set, so there was some pretty pink in the sky – it was dark when we came home, so I don’t know how the sunset looked.  I was just please the sun returned for my birthday dinner.

I had venison, so tender and delicious; Eddie had the chicken medallions.  It was the Festa Regionale for 2 weeks and we try to come and sample the different regions through the year.  We split a dessert and they brought it with a lit candle – happily there was no chorus of Happy Birthday by the wait staff.  It was a quiet, enjoyable dinner with the two of us – it was fun and a delight.  Doesn’t take much to make me happy, especially with Eddie there.

We came home and relaxed a bit, then early bedtime.  Since I gave Eddie some of my balderdash, he has been sleeping in another room so he won’t get any more.  I am a generous person, but that kind of generosity is not to his liking – nor mine when he gives me his balderdash.

I have been taking Chinese herbs and a supplement for my immune system along with acupuncture to clear all this out; it is taking its own sweet time leaving.  Thursday I went in for infusion and found myself really tired, so I came home and went to bed.  Not quite how I had planner my day.  But Cindy says rest is very important and I am taking her at her word.

Friday I went to see Mom – she was fast asleep in a recliner with her red throw covering her.  I didn’t want to wake her because she looked so peaceful and comfortable.  The recliner is something she is willing to use to elevate her feet and Judy says it is making a difference.  She said Mom has slept well the night before, but it was a cold, raw foggy day and she wanted to be warm.  I left her chocolates and cookies in her room for later.

Yesterday we had sun all day – we just did some shopping and had something at Barnes & Noble, then came home.  I ended up having a nap and Eddie made soup from scratch.  We have been eating a lot of soup lately, we’re thinking maybe it is better to make our own than buy canned soup.  We’ll see how long that lasts.

Eddie had plans to go wash the car today – we have decided to stay put and read or whatever we want because it’s foggy and we don’t feel like going out.  Eddie is reading a book he can’t put down – he spent the afternoon reading while I slept.  We both love books like that – I read them faster than he does because I want to see how it ends.  Then I am sorry to see it end.

It may not have been an exciting week, but I am glad to feel better and to have interest in things.  So in that vein, I will put a picture in this post to lighten the mood.  I saw these and thought – Yup, that’s Cat Logic!

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A Very Oddball Week – Part 2

July 8, 2013

This has nothing to do with my week except that I really enjoyed seeing Candy’s photos of the blue heron at Lake Radnor.  She sees all kinds of interesting subjects for her photos.

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I went in for my rheumatologist and infusion Tuesday at 10.  The test show a small reduction in inflammation and she is encouraged.  Since the Orencia has to work its way through 42 years of RA, it will take a bit longer for me.   I told her I was looking forward to having more energy – unfortunately that is the last to happen  It is always very pleasant at Infusion, I didn’t get my corner suite this time, they were quite full.  However, every cubicle has a view west, sometimes I can see in between the buildings to the harbor.  I usually relax, read my book and it seems in no time, I am done.

I came home for lunch and then went to see Mom.  She was in the dining room and I brought her cookies – she loves cookies.  She doesn’t walk very much because it hurts her knee, it is probably some kind of arthritis.  If she goes from walker to wheelchair, she will never walk again. so they want her to walk for as long as she can.  Judy thinks the reason she doesn’t like to go from bed to table to bed is because she knows it will hurt.  Fortunately they are watching her progress and there may come a time when they could give her something for it.  I don’t like the idea of giving her a lot of meds, but I also want her to be as comfortable as possible.  This time I had a lot to tell her.

Wednesday was Breakfast Club for me; Eddie wasn’t going to the archives and decided to sleep in rather than go with me.  he has been weeding the garden beds and has found it hard work, but he is pleased with the results.  He also helped Brad and they had time to talk together as well.  I came home and then we went out grocery shopping.  The weather has been more comfortable, low 80’s instead of 90.  When Brad was ready to leave, he and Eddie put the fridge back where it belongs – another reason for keeping the cardboard on the floor.  Once he is finished, we will take it up and  I’d like a support rung by the sink.

We went to Macy’s on Thursday to buy Eddie a couple of pants for work – he said he is messing up his good trousers at work.  He found two pair, but had to come back Friday for the tailor to soften the legs.  Mostly we started moving into the kitchen – slowly while we decide where we want to put things.   It feels the way our other houses felt, can’t wait to paint the rest of the upstairs so it feels more like the houses we had as well.

We also went to Lowe’s for some shelf liner and a couple of other things because we decided to slowly move into the kitchen.  After a few days, some of the places we put things aren’t very convenient, living with it for a while helps us know what works and doesn’t work.  It was a very noisy night, plus the night before was also .  All those firecrackers, fireworks and especially the bombs  – all going off until the wee hours of the morning.  Sometimes it sounded as if it was going off just outside our door.

Friday morning I had some things to do here – I finally have the project for the vintage aircraft museum shirts in the works and the pins were delivered Friday afternoon.  I have also been working on an order for new volunteer pins for the Museum of Flight – I think I made a huge Ooops, I will know for sure tomorrow.

In the afternoon I bought some sugar-free lemon pound cake for Mom and her  housemates for dessert that night.  I didn’t visit with her because she was fast asleep – looks as though visiting in the morning is better for her.  Judy tells me she has been sleeping a lot – sleeps until about 5 a.m., then has a nap after breakfast and a nap after lunch.   Some days she is feisty and doesn’t want them to do anything, other times she is very wiling to have a shower and get dressed.  Maybe it is because of her knee.  She did say Mom’s appetite is a little less, but she is always ready for cookies.

Friday night we went to dinner with Vickie and Rich.  They wanted to see the new kitchen and the bathroom – they admired it a lot.  We went to Il Fornaio in downtown Seattle for dinner and had a wonderful time.  They are such great people – Vickie is our insurance agent, a very close friend, a client, a great resource and a wonderful person.  I am so glad she accepted my invitation to Kent Breakfast Club – I knew her from BPW, so I knew her and how she did things.

Saturday we slept in, went to Whole Foods, then over to Macy’s for the tailor.  It was lovely to relax, I was feeling really draggy, so I had a lie down after we came home, I might even have slept.  I felt a lot better after my nap.  Must be the week catching up with me.  I felt the days all scrambled up this week, I kept thinking it was another day than one it was.  I may not have know which way was up, but this little guy certainly did!

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