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Don’t catch this bug…..

Posted February 26, 2017 By Ruth

Monday (tomorrow) will be two weeks since my symptoms popped up.

I wrote the last post because I did (and do) indeed feel better.  But I’m not well by any stretch.

I made it through a full day of work Thursday.  And then I came home and crashed.  I won’t say I slept for 24hrs straight, cause I didn’t, but I did a whole lot more sleeping in that span than I should have.  And had no energy at all when I was awake.

Tried to go into work Saturday, made it through an hour, came home and slept for 4hrs.

I still have massive amounts of post nasal drip going on, though almost no sinus pain.  Still coughing some, though a large portion of that may just be the post nasal drip.  My ears are still fucked all to hell though.  I’m having trouble hearing some quieter things.  And I noticed Saturday at work that I was having to concentrate on walking in a straight line.  Its not vertigo as such, but my balance is definitely off.

A couple folks at work who had the same thing told me that they spent 3 weeks from beginning to end before they really felt well.  Which isn’t comforting.  I guess I need to call my doctor again…..

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I can breathe again!

Posted February 23, 2017 By Ruth

Donno if its just the extra few days, or if the steroids and inhaler did the trick, but I can breathe, and although I’m still coughing I don’t feel like I’m hacking up my lungs anymore either.  Woot!

I finally managed to plan out my garden for the coming summer, and now desperately need to get seeds started.  And heck, ordered, as I never even finished that.

Empty holes are so I have fiddle room.  Once everything else is planted they’ll be filled with sunflowers and lettuce.

Gotta do taxes, now that I can think again.

Gotta finish this woodworking project.

Heading back into work today, for the first time in over a week, they ought to be thrilled.

Its been absolutely lovely here the last few days, I spent some time just enjoying the sun.  Even saw Bluebirds yesterday!

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Update

Posted February 21, 2017 By Ruth

Right, so last week, Tuesday, the Urgent care told me I had viral bronchitis.

Wednesday evening I added sinus infection symptoms to my list, and Thursday my doctors office was still backed up, so back to urgent care.  Still viral.  No drugs!  Well, here, have a Flonase nasal spray.  Don’t come back till its been a week or you have a fever!  On the good side of things apparently  my lungs still sounded good.

Yay.

Monday, yesterday, the large majority of the sinus infection symptoms had faded, though weren’t completely gone.  But my cough was worse, and my lungs were acting screwy, and I’d not gotten a single solid nights sleep since this started thanks to the coughing, which was only helped some by the cough suppressants.  I did however manage to score an appointment with my regular doctor.

She REALLY didn’t like the amount of fluid still in my ears (remnant of the sinus infection), but since my ears aren’t really bothering me right now decided to let it slide for now.  She didn’t like the way everything was lingering, looked disapproving when I told her no as an answer to whether they’d done a flu swab or a chest xray at urgent care.  Flu swab and chest xrays were done (both came back normal).  Since most of the symptoms were fading, and my lungs were still clear she didn’t prescribe an antibiotic, but she did give me a course of steroids and an asthma inhaler (and instructions to use it at least once a day for a couple days).

Cross fingers!

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Part 2…

Posted February 15, 2017 By Ruth

When I get really stressed my immune system gets a workout.  I know this, so I started popping Vit C and Zinc supplements to the max recommended dose a couple days after my MIL died.

Either I wasn’t fast enough, or it wasn’t enough this time.

Several of the folks who came for the funeral (including my mother) were coughing.

And of course I work retail, so if its in the community I’m exposed to it, and I specifically work a department where I’m going in and out of the cold several times a day.  I try to be sure to grab jacket and hat and gloves, but I’ll admit it doesn’t always happen.

Monday I woke up with a cough, a nice deep chesty sort of thing that feels like it’s bringing up crud (though if it was it was clear).

Tuesday morning I woke up seriously dragging ass, and headed into Urgent Care since my Doctor’s office was backed up.

Sure enough.  Viral bronchitis.  Its apparently making the rounds in the community.  And of course, unless I get a fever, or start coughing up nasty looking crud, they aren’t inclined to put me on an antibiotic.

Just what I needed.

I still need to do our taxes.  And I need to figure out what seeds I’m going to start when.  And I need to finish this woodworking project thats 90% done.  And…….

I’m going back to bed now……

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Dear 2017……..

Posted February 8, 2017 By Ruth

Saturday morning I got a phone call from my Sister-in-law.  I’d barely sat down with my coffee, my husband was still sound asleep.  And she knows our normal schedules.

But it was indeed urgent.  Her mother, my Mother-in-law, had collapsed in the middle of my Inlaws living room.  Apparently a massive heart attack.  The EMTs were working on her.  But when I asked what hospital they were transporting to the response was “I don’t think they’re going to”.  I went to wake up my Husband, and sure enough, less than 5 minutes later we had another phone call.  They had not transported.  She had likely been gone when she hit the floor, though the EMTs did their best.

She was due to retire in June.  Age 65.  No known heart conditions other than a murmur she’d had since childhood.  She had been diagnosed with a colitis or Crohn’s or something (the doctors couldn’t make up their minds), and the doctors had been trying different drugs to try to get things under control.  Maybe she’d had an undiagnosed condition and the drugs aggravated it?  No way to know now, and no point to an autopsy.  If that had been the case the doctors had been doing their best with the information they had.

Saturday afternoon spent at the funeral home figuring out arrangements.  My Husband and his brother pretty well non-functioning, and my FIL not far behind them for all he put a good face on it.  Thankfully my SIL had picked herself up and was able to help us answer questions, cause I sure didn’t know the answer to most of the questions.

Sunday was spent sorting through her accounts and financial paperwork to figure out what had to be paid right now to keep things functioning, who had to be called right now to keep things from going bad, and who could be put off a week two.

The funeral was Tuesday.  Her family and her husband’s family are both very large (she was the youngest of 8 children), and so things were packed with cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and so on.  The family resemblance is strong, it was surprisingly easy to pick out who was from her side of the family.

Dear 2017, this really wasn’t how I wanted to start out my new year!

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It was announced on the official FB page today that Mike Briggs, Patty’s husband, died unexpectedly this morning.  No additional details yet, understandably.

I got to meet them both several years ago at a Con.  A wonderful couple, Husband and I had a great time chatting with them.  I was quite horrified to read this on my feed this morning.

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Found on Facebook

Posted January 12, 2017 By Ruth

Yup……

 

 

I realize that discussions with abused family members isn’t the same as what happens in public…..or is it?  At any rate…..

 

Dude…..

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Catching up

Posted January 1, 2017 By Ruth

The holidays went ok.  My MIL has been diagnosed with one of the colitis’s (I’m drawing a blank on the exact name) and until it’s under control she’s staying close to a bathroom and not eating much.  So the holidays themselves were fairly quiet, which isn’t a bad thing.  We got another new Cutco knife, a set of flannel sheets, and lots of gift cards.

Course, then on Tuesday, while making myself a sandwich, I sliced off a nice sized chunk of the finger pad of my left middle finger (with the same knife I nicked myself with a few years ago in fact).  Not quite sure what went wrong, I wasn’t in a hurry, wasn’t being stupid, wasn’t distracted, but the knife slipped and I was running for bandaids.  I managed to get it to stop bleeding without medical intervention, and then had to figure out how to bandage it so as to keep it clean and protected at work, your average fingertip bandaid just not cutting it.  Turns out there’s this nifty bandage type called a “teragram“, I’d used the padded versions several times, but never noticed the unpadded ones on the shelf (likely because they’re located with the actual wound-dressing bandages rather than with the regular bandaids).  I have now added several boxes to the first aid kit.  It’s basically a clear piece that almost looks like saran wrap, sticks to the skin but not the wound, waterproof but breathable, flexible enough to wrap around a finger tip without added bulk.  A layer of gauze over that for padding and we’re all set!  Its healing nicely, the only remaining issue is that it’s incredibly tender and without the gauze the slightest touch to it feels like someone is stabbing my finger.  With the gauze light pressure is ok, but lifting and carrying (or, shaping bread loaves) is even more painful.  Which is making work interesting.  But I’m coping.  Wish I’d found these over the summer when I got myself with that drill bit, but oh well!

We’re headed into the slow season at work, which means I’ll have lots of time off.  I have a not small woodworking project planned, we’ll see how it goes.  I intend to take lots of pictures so I can post about it when I’m done.

Winter wise we’re definitely in for it this year.  We did have a thaw for Christmas, but then it promptly snowed again and everything is once again white.

Otherwise there’s not much going on.  Quiet is good!

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Dear 2016

Posted December 29, 2016 By Ruth

Go away…..

 

Course, 2017 isn’t likely to be much better.  The large majority of the big name deaths this year come from the same generation……

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RIP Carrie Fisher — Strangled by her own Bra

Posted December 28, 2016 By Ruth

Carrie Fisher died yesterday.  Well, I expect the soul was gone when she had the heart attack and that they were just gathering her family before pulling the plug.  But the official statement was yesterday.

I grew up watching Star Wars on VHS, alot.  My dad’s a huge fan.  Princess Leia strangling the bad guy with the chain he tried to contain her with is a huge favorite scene of mine.

I’ve read a couple of her books, and enjoyed them alot, though they’re not my usual fair.

In her book Wishful Drinking she states:

“George [Lucas] comes up to me the first day of filming, and he takes one look at the dress and says, ‘You can’t wear a bra under that dress … because there is no underwear in space.’

“I promise you this is true,” she added, “and he says it with such conviction too! Like he had been to space and looked around and he didn’t see any bras or panties or briefs anywhere.”

“So, what happens if you go to space and you become weightless,” Fisher wrote. “So far so good, right? But then your body expands??? But your bra doesn’t — so you get strangled by your own bra.”

“Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit — so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”

So be it.