A Woman’s “Cycle” Is So Not A Thing To Celebrate

A Woman’s “Cycle” Is So Not A Thing To Celebrate

I’m pilled up, Therma-cared up, and I still feel cranky and crappy. I’ll check back in on Thursday or Friday, when I should be infinitely cheerier and coherent. But, at least I didn’t do The Worm and have my chonies show. Oh Y, I loved that story. A lot of the reason is that I just really enjoy saying “chonies”. One of my best friends in junior high, high school and during summer softball was Mexican. I miss her. Hey, Estella Rivera from Canoga Park, who lived near Columbus Jr. High...where are you?
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Meh

Meh

I should really write something here. Some stuff has happened. I’ve read a bunch of books. I’ve watched some good tv. The Stanley Cup Finals have been fun. We went to Coffee Fest and ate/drank yummy stuff. We finally got rid of the algae in the pool - we had nitrates or something and had to drain it. It’s now very very pretty again. Hawaiian Punch has made packets of powder to add to water bottles. It’s really really good and even better, it’s 10 calories for the whole packet. I recommend it highly, and I intend to use it to kick my Gatorade (original flavor) habit. Blackjack (African Grey) is meowing.
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My Mom’s, Er, Uh, Box

My Mom’s, Er, Uh, Box

Beware, mental images of parents having sex forthcoming. Last weekend, the whole family (including an aunt & two cousins) went out to breakfast at the Suncoast buffet. My mom was showing us the box of mints they got at Silver State Credit Union. She noted that she and my dad would be celebrating their 55th anniversary this year as well, and vaguely spoke of also sharing 55 years of “excellent member service”. Ewwww. But funny. But ewwww. Still funny though, in a my mom is 77 (my dad is 81) and thinking about “member service” way. And now you know, those wacky teenaged thoughts you’re having now, in your 30’s, 40’s or 50’s? You’ll always have them.
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So Very Very Very Tired

So Very Very Very Tired

In the past few days we’ve had cleaning to do (mostly Leigh-Ann though, because oh so very sadly, I’m not yet allowed to do housework), having visitors over, going to the Strip to see them, adopting little Rory (now Vegas) the stray kitten out to them, getting Leigh-Ann her immigration immunization done at Public Health (ick), then my brother’s birthday party was today, on Monday Leigh-Ann has to go back to the doctor, and then on Tuesday *I* have to go back to my surgeon for my check-up. Even though all the family stuff was fun, we’re still very very very tired...and a smidge more than a tad sore. And if you’re keeping track - another mail day, another day with a new doctor’s bill. Luckily, this time it was…
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Four Week Anniversary of My Surgery

Four Week Anniversary of My Surgery

So far, there hasn’t been a miraculous change. Tomorrow I have another follow-up and then hopefully I’ll be sent to physical therapy, where we can make this surgery a success. Rah!Rah!Rah! I hope. Hey, the incision has healed like a champ. I only have a few little scabs left on it and usually it doesn’t hurt at all if I lean against. So I’m back to sitting normally on the couch and in the car, and I can lean back in bed. I still have leg pain (but not as much), I still have bladder problems (some days are great, some are not), and my body suddenly wants to retain every bit of fluid that enters it (’cept yesterday’s stuff, ‘nuf said). My feet are rounded, like a caveman. My…
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Stitches ‘B’ Gone

Stitches ‘B’ Gone

Today is my first follow-up appointment with the surgery. I’ll be getting my stitches out and hopefully finding out how they think the surgery went. Right now I mostly feel the same as I did before the surgery - some leg pain, a teeny bit of back pain, some bladder issues, but without any sciatica. I’m hoping the other problems (they do seem a bit lessened) may be affected by an irritated nerve that’s recovering from the surgery, and from having disc cooties touching it for so long. If so, then I can look forward to more healing. If not, then I’ll have to work hard in physical therapy and strengthen my back to help prevent future problems. Oh, today I got a scary bill from the lab that did…
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Medical Bills Rolling In

Medical Bills Rolling In

In the mail today, we got the surgery statement from the insurance company and the bill from the pain management doctor. From what we could decode, my (selective nerve root block ) injections were $7000...EACH! Had I known, I would’ve just gone straight to surgery, or at least stopped after the first one didn’t do much good. Okay, I understand that he has to pay all of the assistants and give money to the surgery center, but it was like a production line, with at least several of us at a time waiting with IVs in our arms. The procedure took maybe five minutes of his time. Let’s be generous and give him more time. Still, he’s billing $35,000+/hour. An HOUR. My surgery was $19,000. I’ve had more than $40,000…
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I Have A Heart

I Have A Heart

It’s true, I heard it. It sounds like the ocean, funnily enough. Anyway, I had the ECG and it doesn’t look like the heart murmur is anything serious. The tech is sending the results to a cardiologist for a final look-see and I’ll probably hear something next week. It’s a good thing I made my pre-op test appointment early or my surgery would’ve had to have been moved and then the timing would’ve been all messed up for Leigh-Ann’s brother’s visit. Surgery schmurgery, we have to be healthy enough to play tourist for a few days.
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Started My Old Lady Drug Today

Started My Old Lady Drug Today

I started the Oxytrol today to see if it could help my overactive bladder that’s caused by the herniated disc. It’s two patches a week and they cost $10 a piece. Gah, that’s pricey. I put the first patch on this morning and so far my bladder doesn’t seem any better. I’m experiencing a few side effects too, like dry throat, sleepiness, and occasional slight wooziness. They’ve mostly gone away as the patch has had more time to work. Ugh, this has turned into one of the bad pain days. A sharp shooting pain in my right, uh, cheek. The pain pills don’t work very well, but I hope it can take the edge off it. I’ll be happy when the surgery is done. Even when people say the surgery…
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Ack! Pain!

Ack! Pain!

I guess the few days of activity decided to catch up to me today. Whoo, shooting pains from my hip to my calf while walking down the stairs. You know, just when you question whether or not surgery is the right decision, the reality smacks you in the face and says, “Duh, of course it is.” I’m so sad that my stronger pain meds won’t be in until tomorrow. So very sad. I’m also sad that we couldn’t go out for lunch with Helly & Alan before they went home, but hopefully Vegas did itself proud and they’ll want to come back soon. I’m now off to ice myself or take some drugs or moan quietly in the corner or something.
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