Saturday, June 01, 2019

Persistent Premonitions...

For weeks, I had a feeling something bad was going to happen.
It did, but could have been worse.

A couple weeks ago Carol went to church to help the ladies make
stuffed cabbage. About noon she called me... from the E.R.
She fainted and they called 911. I headed to the hospital.

They claimed x-rays showed results "were suspicious
for pneumonia". More tests, bloodwork and eight hours
waiting for a room, and they decided her hemoglobin had
dropped enough to cause the fainting. 

More tests. More bloodwork. More tests. More bloodwork.

Slightly anemic, malnurished (started losing weight during Lent)
and a referral to a G.I. doctor to check her liver (even though
they did a scan with no signs of cirrhosis or fatty liver.) 
Although chemo can take a toll on one's liver and she's been
taking a variety of those drugs for most of the last seven years
with no end in sight.
On the fourth day they discharged her.

She went for her Herceptin treatment this week and I asked
them to do bloodwork and everything checked out well.
Her weight has stabilized because she's eating as she should be.
Energy level is good again.
I hope the G.I. guy finds nothing to be concerned about.

Why don't I have an ulcer from worrying?
Must be all the garlic we Hungarians eat.
 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

What?...

What is this bunk of
nothing that waits for eyes to
look at its nothing

and declare something
must surely be there only
because someone looks.
 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Freaky, freaky weather...

It was a lovely 60 degrees yesterday.
It is now almost 2 am and it is raining
AND snowing at the same time. I swear.

I had no idea it could do that.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

itty-bitty FYI...

For anyone who was on the "Followers" list on
the sidebar, I deleted it. Nothing personal toward
anyone. Blogger messed with it and made it look ugly.
Plus, a lot of those followers and their blogs don't
exist anymore.

The blogs listed on my sidebar also include a rather
big batch of inactive blogs. Some of the authors have
died, some of the blogs have been deleted.
I guess it's acceptable to remove those blogs from the
list on the sidebar but... letting go can be difficult for me.
It may be silly, but it feels disloyal. Abandonment, of sorts.

When I moved from Florida, I lost/gave up a lot of things
that had a lot of meaning to me. A lot. It still hurts if I let
myself reflect on it. A huge failure on a long list of failures.

Anyway. Let's end on a more positive note, shall we?

I'm completely off insulin. Only using metformin for diabetes
control. Glucose levels are staying very stable with the
daily average 120 or lower, depending on what and how much
I eat, of course. A1c 5.6.... but the endo doc is concerned
about my levels of albumin and creatinin so he sent me to
a kidney specialist. Waiting on test results but I'm not
worrying. I feel good so I'm going with that for now.
Weight loss is slow but that's pretty much my own fault for
so rarely moving my ass this winter other than to shovel snow.
Still, almost 40 pounds gone.

Carol is doing well. She's into her second year of daily chemo
(Tykerb) and dealing with only minor side-effects. Hard to believe
that she first started chemo 7 years ago this month. Followed by
mastectomy and heavy radiation. I'm glad I was able to be
here for her. Plus the other siblings, too.

Long-awaited Spring is here today.
Yet another reason to be grateful.

 

Saturday, March 02, 2019

It happens every year...

"First the howling winds
awoke us
Then the rains came down
to soak us
Now, before the eye can
focus -
Crocus."

Lilja Rogers










 Spring springs eternal, my friends. Be patient.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Another good book...














If history books were written like this when I
was in school, I would have paid more attention. 

Tomorrow's weather will make it a perfect day
to curl up with hot coffee , pillows and a warm blanket
and read. 

One of the benefits of being retired.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Could be worse...

Akron -4, with windchill -25.
BUT...the sun is shining!

By the weekend, we are told by the weather wizards,
the world will be melting because the temps will be
close to 50. Holy Shit. and Yay.

In the meantime, I just keep reading.

I recently started a book on the history of pirates:













A christmas present from my sister, Ann. 

Stay warm, my friends.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Snowbound...

I have no idea what any official measure is but,
we had almost two feet of snow on our cars and
close to eighteen inches in the yard.
We haven't seen the pavement on our street since
Saturday morning.

Today is clear and sunny but still not warm enough
 to melt even one damn flake. I guess that will happen
soon, though, because we're supposed to get heavy
rain later today that will continue through tomorrow. 

Then the cold and snow come back this weekend. 

Not everyone hated it.




Wednesday, January 16, 2019

There will be whining...

It's time to sharpen the snow shovels and buy more salt.

The prediction is for major dumpage alllllll weekend. 













Maybe the prediction will be wrong.
Oh, well. It is winter in NE Ohio.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Elisson...

Gone much too soon.

A genius of many sorts.
They would've loved him on Monty Python.
There's no way to remember him other than fondly.