Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Lesson

Well.....

Don't know if this is a good topic or not, but.... it is a good lesson, if not for anyone else then certainly for me.
Redmond is a small town for those of you that don't know.  was population of 4,000 when I was in high school. It was a great source of amusement to people I met in the Navy that the Enterprise had more people on it than my home town!!! For heaven sakes.....
Now there are probably close to 20,000..... yep urban growth, about 100,000 in Deschutes County overall.  But that is still small, right.  I can go to places, events and not see another person I know. And thank heavens that remained true today.
I had to do a colon thing and rather than go to the hospital, which I blatantly refused to do, as I do not ever want to have to go thru another 'prep' for that procedure ever again!!! And I am conscious of at least trying to keep insurance costs down, and not have unnecessary procedures done.  So...... there is a 'thing' now you can do where you go in this container (yes, you KNOW what I mean) and then ship it off. Rest assured there are many enclosures to protect said item from escaping.. AND there was a 26 page booklet that was very clear and concise in how to accomplish this task.  Huge sealed container, plastic zip lock bag, then coated enclosed, taped box, that was square (this point is very important...square)  return UPS box. Paid shipping and all.
Well...... there is a drop box for UPS behind the Bank of the Cascades and I figured that I could just slip by there, insert said box and be on my way.. (here is the lesson part)  so I could just go in my pajamas, no need to get all fixed up/dressed to do this deed.  No one would see me......
Well...... the box would NOT fit in the drop box..  no, nope, no way..... no matter how I turned it... it was the same size, no matter how it was turned, took a while for me to figure that out.  The drop box is about a mile or 2 from the house.  I am NOT going to go back home and get dressed.... have my hoodie on over the pj's... look on the phone  (this drop box is by handicap parking, I have my boot on, I am handicapped, right? altho no handicap sticker... and a guy in a car waiting obviously wanted to park in handicapped parking, so I hobble back to car)  per the phone there are 6 UPS places, Postal Connection is one, I go there all the time, so go there, about 6 blocks away, There is a notice in the window re: UPS which was in big letters but body of the notice was not, so had to get out of car, in all my glory and read the notice.... all UPS now being picked up at new UPS store on Veterans Way, by Fred Meyer... lots of people and traffic there!!!  So off I go. Pulling in there, someone pulls right in front of me from opposite direction and parks in front of the store, so have to go to another spot, about 8 parking places down. AND I have to get OUT of the car traipse with my boot and pajamas in front of 3 other stores to get to UPS and go INTO the store, where I was THIRD in line... and wait to drop off my box of turd..... ((do you think they know what is in that box? I am sure I am not the only one to ever have to do this, or the only box sent from Redmond like this, do you? AND I have actually seen people in Wal-Mart in their pajamas before...))
Will NEVER again think I can just go on a short, covert mission without getting dressed and ready to be out in public, as you really don't know what the day will bring your way....

Other than that, was a great morning, we had a good soaking rain and I can see GREEN bursting forth everywhere, can actually SEE buds on the lilac trees, from my back door!!! Not long and there will be blooms and sweet smelling things all about us!

Take Care and God Bless all

p.s.  I am not one to give up, even in adversity and the darn thing HAD to be in the mail the SAME day as the deposit for overnight delivery... timely thing, you know... hahahaha

Monday, March 20, 2017

Shoot

NOW I have osteoporosis.... when had ankle surgery, the doc felt my bones were 'spongy' so had to have dexascan, now undergoing tests and what not... so now, another thing...geez..... low thyroid, COPD, stomach issues... what else?? This getting older, ageing,  falling apart.. I just don't want to be taking anymore meds.... I thought I got rid of all of that when had the gastric bypass, lost weight and no longer have high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, aches and pains in feet, ankles, knees, hips... (due to weight)  is there always a trade off?  at least I no longer have that set of issues IN ADDITION to these new ones.... I guess..... and I DO still wake up every morning and am able to get around on my own for the most part..... as of the 21st Feb :)
There is more daylight, Spring is coming, got daffodils up, crocus too!! It is getting warmer all the time. So there is light at the end of that dark Winter tunnel and the miasma of recovery from ankle fracture and I am happy.. to be able to go on day by day by week by month by year....
Take Care All and God Bless

Monday, March 6, 2017

Yes!!

Snow flurries all day today and very cold...
Fed the birdies.. swept gravel off the apron to the driveway (it gets up there from the cinders thrown down on the snow and bumped up there by the tires of passing cars...
Went to grocery store
All the little things that needs be done, day by day
Take Care and God Bless

Sunday, February 26, 2017

update

Doing well with the boot... does throw out the hip and back tho... don't always want to put on my ankle boots to just walkabout the house, so still spend a lot of time just sitting with foot elevated :) Have cleaned and washed the house, got the poop picked up in the back yard from the winter months, geez, you should SEE all the poop!! well, maybe not.. but am sure these two dogs, one little one, are virtual poop machines!!! 
Been grocery shopping, been to Costco, so am well stocked...
have to be sure to get those Velcro bands on the ace bandages in the right place or they rub and then you have hurting issues. Can't get those bandages on too tight, or issues!! Bandages, sock, boot and then am too hot, good thing it is not summer, that would be  horrid..... as it is, will be all set for summer... hope, hope.... not back to gym... am sure there is something I could do rather than just sit, but, what would that be? I do my therapy and move the feet this way and that, whether of not it is correct is yet to be seen, but do notice that I have more movement than what I did have at first, but only been not even a week yet, so am doing well, I think... have to have this boot thing for 6 weeks!! My heavens, this just takes forever.... the tingly feeling and deadness in the foot and toes is better, even after this short time, so think it is only time that heals....
Weather has been good.... some great days, some rain, but snow is all gone, have some snow moss in the yard, but saw on line that mix dishwashing soap with water and spray on it, to kill that, so have to get out and do that.  the mooshed down grass is springing up.  Have little violas blooming, YES blooming in the bark on the side yard.. so cute to see... Got out there and cut back some of the mums that were laying flat on the ground all dead, should have gotten them out prior to the snow, but that did not happen, so that is all taken care of.  finally got the xmas lights down!!! HA!!!  :) I see where Brian has been out duct taping the branches of the little weeping plum tree that broke in the heavy snow, hope that helps and it does not die....
So things are slowly getting done and life goes on.....
Take Care and God Bless All

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

leg update


Woke to SNOW this morning and everything frozen over!!! Heard Brian scrapping his windows prior to leaving for work at 6am...
AND talk about 6am.... he was leaving for work at 7am  winter hours I guess and started new 'spring' job working on a playground and has to leave earlier, well...... Luci does not appreciate time and he leaves for work and she gets up and wants out!!! Tried talking to her Monday, explaining that it was an hour early and she could wait.... oh the whining and carrying on was monumental and I HAD to get up get them both out and feed them.... Wednesday rolls around and things have not changed as days have progressed, she still wants to go out as soon as he leaves, I have to get up...
Had my doc appt yesterday and got out of the cast, and into a weight bearing boot, am so very excited!!! Also went to Costco and got stuff that had been needing, but still used the scooter as it is too big a store for me to try walking in right off the bat, have to slowly lead up to walking about on it. and supposed to use one crutch and find a shoe with 2" heel which I don't think I have, ah well, do best I can... but walking about sure does put you all out of alignment with that boot on... have to be careful and cautious about that.... they said there were no concerns and things were looking good.... and have to be in that boot for 5-6 weeks!!!!  Will be 3 months since the accident before I can resume yoga or the gym am trying to do stuff while sitting here and am hard pressed let me tell you, just want to start walking normally again, right now!!!!
Cleaned house today and feels SO good to be in a clean house, with floors all shiny and things smelling clean....
Got that ace bandage on a little too tight and started hurting , think that will take some finessing to find out the right way to do that, so that does not happen, at least my toes were not all purple :)  ha!!
Put a pic of Carl on here, he is in front of the heater, his normal place to be these days... eats, pees and sleeps...
You can see Luci's head in my foot shot, that is where she has been the last couple of months, keeping me warm and cozy and loved upon, her job you know....
Take Care All and God Bless
p.s.  shout out to ALL the people who helped me during this time, yesterday my friend Tanya came in from Madras to take me to the doc's ( she has also been coming in once a week to take me grocery shopping, great help indeed) and hold my hand during the cast removal ordeal... like it was anything, but it sure felt as if they were going to saw right into my leg,... and was sure that they were going to put another cast on me and was going to be so very upset... but just the mind going miles per hour on the wrong track, one more time.....  Thank you ALL so very much!!!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

OFF!!

WELL, have a doc appt on Tuesday, 21st.... and hopefully will get this cast OFF!!! Hoping, hoping, hoping......

A friend did this to one of my pics.. isn't it horrid??? Am sure this is what I will look like at 90!!! So wrinkled!!
 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Foot

Well, the foot apt was not as good, put me in a fiberglass cast, non-weight bearing. SO, I ordered a scooter from Amazon, called local Norco that rents out medical equipment and they wanted $100 for a month and said medicare would not pay for it, non-essential. Well, bet it would not be so non-essential if they had to be non weight bearing!!!  So for a little more just got my own, it works slick, but would be much better in a bigger house, I do a lot of jockeying about to get here and there in my little house, but OK... I can get around much better and faster.  Is going to be something to get it in the car by myself tho, and can't be maneuvering  it and a grocery cart, so will have to find someone to take me. Or go with me.  Need a Wal-Mart run and Costco..... am almost out of TP!!! Oh, no!! I am sort of obsessed with that and have to have LOTS on hand ALL the time.. hahaha.......
sooooo, was disappointed, but guess that is just the way it is.... and the countdown is going to the 21st, I think it is, the next apt, AND then I get a boot, and can be walking or whatever...  but it feels good, hardly any twinges, and off of the pain pills.
Even managed to clean house today!!!!! And do the bathroom, almost feel human, with all that dog hair sucks up and away and know I can do it now, so will be able to keep up...   :)
Things are looking up, even if I spend most of the time with the foot elevated, am reading again and finished two books... both mysteries, murder, mayhem and totally bad guys.....
Take Care and God Bless and stay healthy and careful on the ice!!!!!!!!!!!