Being Me…

and discovering that that is quite the roller coaster ride. Wanna come along?


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Ah the new year

What a start to a new year.  It has to improve from here.  I started feeling bad on 12/31.  I thought, “Oh no.  Not just in time for New Year’s Eve.”  Well yes, actually.  I was hoarse and my eyes were burning but I did indeed manage to stay up until 12:01 am 1/1/18 with my 12-year-old son, much to his delight.

I have gone to the local urgent care center three times since 1/1.  I’ve seen an eye doctor.  I FINALLY got a strong antibiotic yesterday.  And finally, I think I’ve turned the corner.  In this process, I have had the worst case of pink eye that I’ve ever seen or had, had a painful cough.  I am SO tired of this – I don’t have time for this – lol, or the energy.

One thing I’ve learned from this is that I need to speak up, repeatedly if necessary, until I am heard.  When I went to the urgent care center the first time, I told them I had an eye infection and a sinus infection.  All they gave me was an antibiotic, which the eye doctor later told me would have done nothing.  They ignored the sinus infection, and I was too miserable from the eye infection to think about it at the time.  Next time, I’m going to repeat myself firmly until I’m heard!  I know my body better than they do!

At any rate, I’ve only had three doses of the antibiotic but it definitely seems to be working.  Such a relief.  After eighteen days of being fairly miserable for one reason or another, the idea of feeling normal again is exciting.  Being me might be a good thing again!

 

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Wow what a night!

We had at least one tornado and possibly more touch down near us tonight.  Thankfully, neither was close to us.  The closest one was 2-3 miles away.  I’m truly grateful it was no closer – it destroyed a church, and damaged several nearby houses.    The thunderstorm that followed the hail and the tornado(s) was really severe.  All in all, it was a tense hour or two.

My mother and stepfather returned tonight from Duke University, where they saw a cancer specialist.  They performed a scan of some sort, then went in (non-surgically) to take a look at his tumor.  The news wasn’t good.  They cannot operate on him.  That doesn’t leave many options.  He will go back to his oncologist sometime soon and see what he says, but Dad already said he won’t have more chemo (of course, Mom said that was before he knew they couldn’t operate).  We shall see, but I think his time is limited.

 


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Crowning me … part 2

Tomorrow is the big day – I get my crown put in.  On.  Whatever.  I cannot wait for this process to be over.  My tooth aches at expose to warm or cold, which makes the combo of breakfast cereal and coffee painful.  It has gradually gotten better – I no longer need to take Motrin after breakfast for the pain – but it is still a bit painful at times.  I just want my mouth to go back to normal.

And Sophie?  She’s sick again.  She missed about half of February but did really well last week – that is, she went to school all five days.