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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Once, Twice, Thrice, Four Times Not Pregnant

Once, Twice, Thrice, Four Times Not Pregnant

I set up an appointment for tomorrow to get my pre-surgical tests done. I can’t believe it, but I have to take another pregnancy test. That’ll be four in the past three months. Really people, I’m gay and monogamous, I swear. I don’t want to pee in a cup anymore. Not to mention, I’m 41 and have a herniated disc, I don’t want to be pregnant. I like kids, I do, but sometime in the past ten years I realized that I was going to have to like other people’s kids. Anyway, tomorrow I get a chest x-ray, blood tests, an EKG, etc. I’m surprised that the local Urgent Care place has all that equipment. It’s not one of those hospital-like Urgent Cares, just a regular doctor’s office that takes…
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Doctor, Doctor, Gimme The News, I Got A Bad Case Of…

Doctor, Doctor, Gimme The News, I Got A Bad Case Of…

a slight heart murmur. I got through all of my other lab tests swimmingly (ha! the pregnancy test was a blood test this time - most excellent) and not until the very last thing, when the doctor used his mighty stethoscope did he say, “Hey, you have a slight heart murmur and you need an echocardiogram. Can you come in on Saturday? Don’t worry, it probably won’t delay your surgery.” Hmmm, “probably”? Okay, just one more test. At least no more blood - I don’t think I have any left. The good news - this doctor is five minutes away. It’s an Urgent Care facility, so it’s mostly walk-ins, therefore easier to get an appointment. He has all sorts of fancy equipment, and he accepts my insurance and can be…
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Omigawd!

Omigawd!

We lost our modem for over three hours. Horrors! And then, and then, and then, they were going to send a technician to our house between eight and ten tomorrow morning. To come inside the house. I’d have to clean and get up early, for the cable guy. The first tech person told us that it was only our connection that was gone. When we called back to ask a question, they’d found out that “only us” was a couple hundred other households. Even though I’d known that our connection was back for about twenty minutes, it was lovely to get the call from the cable company cancelling our tech visit for the morning. Yay! I’m just so not in the mood to have anyone come over. I’m tired and…
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Nothing That A Little Lottery Win Wouldn’t Solve

Nothing That A Little Lottery Win Wouldn’t Solve

Let’s see, I feel nauseous, anxious, panicky, depressed and anti-social. I’m in pain, can’t get a job, and keep getting new medical bills. The only part of the day that I find mildly entertaining is when the kittens do something cute. Okay, that’s fairly often, but still… So, how does one recover from life paralysis? I don’t even feel like blogging anymore. And oh, by the way, sitting in front of us at the Wranglers game on Saturday, “Dewey” from Malcolm in the Middle. Seems like a nice boy. It’s too bad the Leafs can’t play like the Wranglers. See, I don’t even care about paragraphs anymore. Although, I do still care about apostrophes, which is why I had to write to the new Red Rock Station hotel/casino about their…
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Stay Tuned

Stay Tuned

I’m going to pretend like I’m a kid again and post pictures of my school artwork. Leigh-Ann and I took a couple of classes over the last few days; one class in glass etching (mine didn’t come out, but for a simple reason, but Leigh-Ann’s did - it’s “truthy’), and one in dye sublimation. The dye sub class was great - the instructor was organized (not so for Mr. Las Vegas glass etcher guy & his wife...for $350 for both of us! We learned more from the woman sitting in front of us) and we made some quick and easy projects. ...feeding the dogs next door (to be continued) Okay, back. Like 7 hours ago, but between then and now has been a bad Leafs game (Happy 1000th game, Tie…
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Nerve Block Numbah Two – Updated

Nerve Block Numbah Two – Updated

I’m having my second injection (selective nerve root block) tomorrow afternoon. I’m not nervous this time after seeing what a non-deal it was last time. I do, still, have a bruise on my hand from the IV. I hope the same nurse is there who did it. She promised me that she’d be very careful and that I shouldn’t bruise. Hrumph. Anyway, I’ll be gone all afternoon. I’m going to drive to my parents’, then they’ll drive me to the surgery center and then back to their house. I’ll rest up there until all of the meds wear off so I can drive home. The aching generally starts a few hours afterwards anyway, so I’ll be able to take care of that at home. Update - after the injection -…
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Another Injection Update – Zzzzzzz

Another Injection Update – Zzzzzzz

I didn’t get the relief that I expected over the weekend, plus I had some extra low back pain versus just the usual leg/butt/sciatica pain. Perhaps it means nothing. Hey, the bladder seems okay this weekend though, so there’s that. No Depends for at least a little while. I was debating whether or not to have the third injection, but I decided what the heck, may as well. At least that way I’ll have given the injections every opportunity to help before the doctors end up talking surgery again. Mostly, I’m just tired. Tired of feeling lousy. Tired of feeling like I can’t do anything to fix feeling lousy. It’s like a vicious unhealthy cycle in which I’m spinning my wheels. Since I’m tired of writing about my herniated disc…
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